President Obama got a bit frustrated with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) today when the Texas Republican attacked the administration's deficits.
During a sometimes tense back and forth with the House Republican caucus, Obama often took issue with the questions conservative lawmakers posed.
But no one got Obama quite as miffed as Hensarling.
Hensarling, one of the prominent conservative voices in the House, criticized the Obama administration's spending, arguing that the yearly deficits Democrats complained about under George W. Bush had now become "monthly" deficits.
Hensarling also took quite a bit of time making his point before actually posing a question to the president.
Obama interrupted Hensarling (whom he repeatedly called "Jim") partway through his question, uring him to wrap it up.
"Jim I know there's a question in there somewhere, because you're making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I disagree with, and I'm having to sit here listening to them," Obama said. "At some point I know you're going to let me answer."
When Hensarling finally relented, Obama did not seem pleased.
"With all due respect, I've got take this last question as an example of how it's very hard to have the kind of bipartisan work that we're going to do," he lamented. "The whole question was structured as a talking point for running a campaign."
As for Hensarling's claim that Republicans' anuual deficits have become Democrats' "monthly" deficits, Obama accused Hensarling of dishonesty.
"That's factually just not true. And you know it's not true," he said.
On this count, Obama is right. Deficits have not increased 12 fold, especially if you take into account the different accounting mechanisms used by the Obama administration.