Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 14, 2012 @ 7:35PM
Created on November 14, 2012 @ 5:11PM
President Obama discussed a number of topics in his first post-election press conference, but the two that got the most play were the impending "Fiscal Cliff" we all keep hearing about and last week's sudden resignation of General David Petraeus.
President Obama pledged that he was open to any and all suggestions from house republicans that could potentially fix our financial situation and would prevent us from going over the "Fiscal Cliff" at the end of the year. He also said that he wouldn't budge from his belief that the top 3 percent of Americans shouldn't get to keep their bush-era tax cuts, and that his focus was on the middle class who desperately needed the financial relief.
Obama also fielded several questions about the timing of last Friday's announcement that Petraeus had resigned over an extra-marital affair. One reporter asked him why the FBI didn't act sooner to notify him and other political leaders of the investigation into Petraeus' affair. Another reporter asked him if the affair represented a "damaging breach" in our national security.
All of this made us wonder can Obama, his fellow democrats in the senate, and the republican controlled congress work together to avoid a financial disaster that could make most of your taxes go up next year and create other financial problems? Are you worried about the state of our national security because of the Petraeus scandal? 5 News asked a political expert at WVU for his take on all this and he said he is just hoping for the best.
The first thing Doctor Patrick Hickey noticed was that Obama seemed much more forceful in this address now that he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected. Hickey said that Obama definitely ordered congress to stop fighting with him and work together to come up with a long-term plan to save our country from falling off the financial cliff.
Hickey doesn't think the House will play ball unless the nation's top 2 percent get to keep their tax cuts as well. Doctor hickey didn't have anything to say about the Petraeus situation. He stuck to the battle between the house and Obama.