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-- former special assistant to president George W.
Bush Ron Christie.
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin veteran campaign strategist former Reagan political director Ed Rollins Ed.
Election night said it to the audience that I believe that this president was Smart enough.
That he understands he's been given a second opportunity to be the leader that he seemed.
Inclined to be in 2009.
Is he took the oath of office.
What did you think of his demeanor and his response today.
I think each of the got down there to the house Republicans who based gonna just look at the backs up if you really wanna negotiate this thing.
You need to sit down you talk to each other house Republicans to tell their majority again so they feel they're very empowered.
President obviously deserves whatever.
Credit card for for incredible victory he ran a great campaign.
But at the end of the day it is there's no there's no.
American public cap the American public voted against him and the other half basically.
I only voted for two thirds increases in taxes so my sense is at this point in time he has the job -- to sit down and negotiate both sides.
I got the honeymoon is over.
I thought I was struck by the strident -- of his demeanor I thought it was the wrong tone frankly to begin as that said if you really wanna negotiate you have to give the other guys some.
Face saving ways out of it.
I'm flexible I want compromise but then to kind of wave depend that way.
And it doesn't measure up I would say to -- that the the issue of the taxes which seems to be his foundation -- that.
You raise tax rates what John Boehner has said is we are open to -- -- -- closing loopholes that will raise revenue.
President doesn't really want revenue as much as he wants rates.
And to me that makes him a pure ideologue the pragmatic way is to get the revenue so the government can function better not to not to insist on tax rate.
It's initially accommodating them both tone and word speaker Boehner.
Now making it clear there won't be an increase in rates.
And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell making the same thing abundantly clear we're right back where we started right.
Right back where we started examining American people voted on Tuesday night to continue to dysfunction that we've -- for the last two years.
And the president seems to act like he's been given a mandate that somehow he's been given this great victory importantly he did not use that word.
Well thankful he didn't use that it would but here's the important thing and I -- with my colleagues my friends here.
There is a co equal branch of government that we have -- in the United States and the congress is controlled by the House of Representatives the Republicans and the senate the Democrats.
Obama even though he thinks is as these guys -- said that he's going to be able to push through his tax increases on the rich it's not gonna happen.
The house was reelected on the pledge of a smaller government of keeping government spending in check and of course not raising taxes so.
If the president thinks that house Republicans are gonna roll over I think he's in for a little rude awakening.
-- one rude awakening certainly further for the country came today when.
We were stunned by the the announcement of the David Petraeus is resignation is CIA director.
And this is.
And then he cites in his resignation letter not only an extramarital affair but he's quoting Teddy Roosevelt.
It is remarkable it.
I I have great respect for David Petraeus I don't know the details of this thing he's served his country -- and effectively for very long time.
You sacrificed a great deal to go back demand and take the -- assignment after -- finished it.
I think it's a tragedy but there's also another story here I don't know what the story -- we'll find out very quickly that's story.
Because we learn very quickly the review will -- not be -- apparently.
Testifying before congress next Wednesday before in closed door meetings three separate.
Investigations under way what do you make of it.
Well look I think the fact that he's been under investigation which he disclosed today by the FBI.
It raises questions about other things he has said and done recently that we're kind of off key -- for example.
He -- he apparently gave a briefing to members of congress where he said.
That the video cause the you know who the -- hijacked.
Spontaneous protest and then it was it would lead to the shooting and killing and then -- and -- -- final -- and the timeframe for that was well after have been established.
That the video had nothing to write -- -- with one and half -- and so I think -- the idea that did him being a straight shooter was called into question there.
And so now you know that he was under investigation all the time and it perhaps did it just speculation but.
Was he in some -- feeling pressure to conform to the party line because he was under investigation -- -- you know crazier things have happened.
The timing of this the FBI has apparently have -- under.
The scrutiny will put it that way as a result of a separate and -- related investigation they were conducting.
But this looks like it was baked up and declared ready to day does -- not.
It doesn't in Washington you know the best data dump information you don't wanna Republicans on the Friday.
So we get a resignation by the CIA director on a Friday afternoon.
Citing an extramarital affair to me knowing that he's going up to congress or now not going -- to congress next Wednesday to testify about the -- Ghazi -- under -- This reeks to me of something -- something far more sinister at play here and I its.
They don't want to testify for one but number two of the administration going to be able -- now -- the American people for knowing the truth what happened and -- There is.
So much small swirling around this administration now that we have.
Moved from the campaign and the election back to Washington DC.
And the the leadership of this government.
It is really disturbing as.
It is and I I think what you gotta find is that the Republicans are gonna continue to pursue I think that the facts -- they don't feel any way shape or form intimidated.
By this president's reelection.
There's as is we both said it's a separate branch of government they're gonna do their task.
And and make.
The case the American public.
We're gonna leave it right there thank you very much Ron Christie thank you very much and Ed Rollins repression of -- --