Rep. Jackson: This president treated 'differently' over debt-ceiling vote

Jackson's comments seemed to echo those of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who strongly implied earlier this month that Republicans are making the vote more difficult because Obama is black.

"Read between the lines," Jackson Lee said on July 15. "What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th Amendment?"

Jackson was not nearly as direct, and instead spoke more generally about the need to refocus spending priorities on average Americans.

"The problem, Mr. Chairman, is not that we spend, it's that we don't honor our obligations," he said. "We are a nation that spends billions of dollars to put a man on the moon, fund the war in Afghanistan, fund the war in Iraq, but we can't find the money in this Congress to put a man on his own two feet right here in America."