The stand-out quotes, and what they mean, on this Friday morning:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “It’s time for leadership. I would hope that the president would look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway — halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin.” — House Speaker John Boehner on the debt-ceiling offer Republicans presented to President Obama on Thursday.
In a cunning move, Republicans offered Obama what he said he wanted, which was a debt-ceiling increase with no strings attached. The problem: The increase would last only a few weeks until Nov. 22, and the deal does not end the government shutdown. Obama himself said it: You never get everything you want in any negotiation, and that certainly applies here. Obama will be hard-pressed to turn this deal down. But the American people may face another potentially crippling financial crisis just before Thanksgiving. Let’s say it all together, folks: This is no way to run a railroad.
• “Cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney after hearing the GOP offer on the debt ceiling.
Cooler, yes, but how cool? These negotiations have a long way to go and, again, the government shutdown is not addressed in this latest deal.
• “Cutting food stamps at this time is nothing less than callous.” — Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis on fellow Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision not to renew federal food stamp aid available to certain unemployed adults. The decision will affect about 58,000 Missourians, Nasheed said.
This isn’t the first time Nasheed has gone after Nixon who surely was expecting some Democratic blow-back for his decision. Maybe the only surprise was how long it took. The Star posted this story Monday night, and Nasheed didn’t speak out until Thursday afternoon.
• “Biggest mistake I’ve ever made. Not that I would have won, but I probably would have, and he wouldn’t be in the White House.” — former NFL coach Mike Ditka, as quoted by the Dickinson Press, regretting that he did not run for the U.S. Senate against Barack Obama in 2004.
It’s questionable that the hot-headed Ditka would have won this race. After all, Ditka would have faced all kinds of questions about why the ‘86 Bears didn’t win a second Super Bowl. That team was good enough to have won four straight.