"What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further. We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else's."
That was then-President-elect Obama in January 2009 speaking to the Washington Post, in the heady moment of hopefulness when many of us believed a new president could lead a legislative effort to address the ticking time bomb of our retirement security system.
In that interview the President went on to say that there will be “very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and responsibility and duty,” and that he intends to “spend political capital on this.”
So, where has the President been since then?
Until this weekend, that is, when President Obama took the opportunity in his Weekly Radio Address — coordinated with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — to attack an obscure proposal by a House Republican congressman that almost no one was talking about.