That statement cost him considerable leverage in his dealings with Congressional Republicans.
The sequester could now remain in place for months, if not even longer.
White House officials had predicted for months that Republicans would cave by agreeing to new revenue from closing tax loopholes.
But they never did.
The president’s strategy is now down to this: He’ll crisscross the country highlighting how Americans are hurt by the spending cuts forced by the sequester and hope public pressure will force Republicans back to the negotiating table.
It’s a dangerous game.
While polls show more Americans are blaming Republicans for the gridlock than the president, if the economy gets worse, ultimately people will blame the president.
That’s not a guess, that’s history.
Republicans have forced the president into a corner.
GOP aides are saying they think the sequester will affect Democratic Americans more deeply than Republicans’ and they feel they can pacify their own side longer than Democrats can keep their members in line.
We’re not sure of the logic behind that but the Republicans haven’t been getting much right for years.
The only thing President Obama can do now is wait.