Obama was too busy on vacation, going on Sunday talk shows and giving campaign speeches to work out a deal on the mess he created.
From Beltway Confidential:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., negotiated a fiscal cliff deal with Vice President Joe Biden after talks between President Obama and House Republicans stalled, but the White House portrays Obama as the hero.
“At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy,” the White House fact sheet says.
But this deal was hammered out by McConnell and Biden. “I need a dance partner,” McConnell said, because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., refused to negotiate.
“Over the course of many phone calls, Biden and McConnell cut a bipartisan deal,” National Review Online’s Bob Costa reported. “They spoke several times on Sunday afternoon, and then continued to talk late into the evening, past midnight. They haggled, then haggled some more.”
Even Harry Reid admits that’s what happened. “Talk to Joe Biden and McConnell,” Reid told reporters when asked to provide an update on negotiations over the weekend.