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President Obama's Bizarre & Widely Panned New Year's Eve Presser on Fiscal Cliff


"If Obama's goal was to harm the process ... he's succeeding."

President Barack Obama during a bizarre last-minute presser Monday said that a "fiscal cliff" deal was "within sight” but that it was "not done."

"Today it appears that an agreement to prevent this New Year's tax hike is within sight, but it is not done," said President Obama. "There are still issues left to resolve, but we're hopeful that Congress can get it done, but it's not done."

But perhaps more notable than this claim was the president's easygoing style and biting remarks directed towards Republican leaders:

See, if you're on the cusp of a reaching an agreement with a difficult or disagreeable opponent, it's probably best if you don't haul off and mock, tease, and insult them on national television (language warning):

But it seem that's exactly what the president did.

"Seriously, this is a strange message," National Review's Jonah Goldberg tweeted. "Does his base really need to hear him tweak and tease the GOP? Or is this just self-indulgence?"

Indeed, considering the way he addressed GOP leaders (i.e. the people he needs to get a deal done), we're genuinely confused with the president's remarks. And we're not alone. Twitter pretty much condemned the entire ordeal:

But maybe all that needs to be said about the presser comes from an aide to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.):

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This post has been updated.

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