President Obama refuses to accept responsibility for his sequester plan due to kick in on March 1. Obama personally approved of the plan from White House Budget director Jack Lew and White House legislative affairs director Rob Nabors.to propose sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to two senior White House aides who were directly involved.
Rob Nabors has told others that they checked with the president before going to see Reid. Mandatory sequestration was the only action-forcing mechanism they could devise. Nabors has said, “We didn’t actually think it would be that hard to convince them” — Reid and the Republicans — to adopt sequestration. “It really was the only thing we had. There were not a lot of other options left on the table.”
There is no question that Obama is a gifted orator and he has been wrongfully successful in flipping the blame for sequestration squarely into the lap of Republicans. Reality is that sequestration was initially a proposal from the White House during the debt ceiling debate and was enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 2, 2011 and signed into law by President Obama on August 3, 2011. The architects of sequestration are President Obama, Jack Lew and Rob Nabors. A meeting was held with Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. They presented and sold the sequestration plan to Harry Reid. Unfortunately, they were able to sell the plan to Speaker John Boehner and Congress enacted it in their budget plan.
In fact, the final deal reached between Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2011 included an agreement that there would be no tax increases in the sequester in exchange for what the president was insisting on: An agreement that the nation’s debt ceiling would be increased for 18 months, so Obama would not have to go through another such negotiation in 2012, when he was running for reelection. White House Budget director Jack Lew stated in his confirmation hearing that the White House staff went back to the 1984 sequestration plan that Senator [Phil] Gramm and Senator [Warren] Rudman worked on as a basis for having a consequence.
Now, the president asks that a substitute for sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is once again asking for more spending, more taxes and is changing the game plan. This was not in the sequestration plan adopted in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The above information was gathered and assembled and verified from various online reporting sources ie: Bob Woodward – Washington Post, Brutally Honest, etc.