2011-04-05t182937z_01_was301_rtridsp_0_obama

I don’t always agree with Slate’s Dave Weigel, but his withering piece on the willful obsolescence of the White House press corps came to mind today as President Obama fielded questions about the sequester. Obama’s initial remarks were filled with inaccuracies, misplaced blame and tendentious arguments — but that’s par for the course. The “question” and “answer” session was far more aggravating. Let’s review the transcript and recount just a few reasons why:

(1) The president twice made glaringly misleading or false claims about deficit reduction pertaining to the 2011 Budget Control Act:

We’ve already cut $2.5 trillion in our deficit. Everybody says we need to cut $4 trillion, which means we have to come up with another $1.5 trillion…We have a Budget Control Act, right? We agreed to a certain amount of money that was going to be spent each year and certain funding levels for our military, our education system and so forth. If we stick to that deal, then I will be supportive of us sticking to that deal. That’s a deal that I made. The sequester are additional cuts on top of that, and by law until Congress takes the sequester away, we’d have to abide by those additional cuts…