(CNN) – President Obama took his message on the fiscal cliff negotiations to Twitter Monday, personally responding to a handful of selected tweets regarding the ongoing debate over proposed changes to taxes and spending.
But while Twitter may have provided a fairly new venue for Obama to convey his message (he’s personally used Twitter only a handful of times), the president’s talking points on the issue mirrored those he has delivered repeatedly since negotiations began in earnest last month.
In his nearly 60-minute session on Twitter, conducted from a laptop set up in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Obama responded to about 10 questions, ranging from the likelihood of certain tax deductions being cut for middle class wage-earners to which spending cuts the president would agree to.
While the president said little on Twitter he and his aides haven’t said before, he made clear he is looking for more revenue than spending cuts in this deal because of the already $1 trillion in spending cuts he agreed to in last year’s negotiations.
.@jjfein don't expect 100% my budget; room to negotiate. if you incl $1T+ in cuts already made, rough balance b/w rev & cuts does trick -bo— The White House (@whitehouse) December 03, 2012
.@jjfein don't expect 100% my budget; room to negotiate. if you incl $1T+ in cuts already made, rough balance b/w rev & cuts does trick -bo
This has come as an apparent surprise to the GOP leadership, who expected the president would be open to significantly more spending cuts this round of negotiations.
It wasn't all fiscal talk on Twitter however. The last tweet Obama replied to concerned his beloved Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls.
.@Mica4Life da bears still gotta shot, despite sad loss this weekend! plus rose will return for playoffs!!! -bo— The White House (@whitehouse) December 03, 2012
.@Mica4Life da bears still gotta shot, despite sad loss this weekend! plus rose will return for playoffs!!! -bo
Even as Washington focuses on averting the so-called fiscal cliff President Obama publicly focuses on diplomacy Monday. He meets with Bulgaria's Prime Minister in the Oval office. Later the president speaks about nuclear security at the National Defense University in Washington.
The President's Schedule:
10:15 AM – THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
2:55 PM – THE PRESIDENT hosts a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria / Oval Office / Pool Spray at the Top with Statements
4:00 PM – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium/ National Defense University / Open Press