Tweeting the Debt Deal: Notable Reactions


Don't Eat It!

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.): "This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."


Captions by Jenée Desmond-Harris

If You Say So…

Rep. Allen West (D-Fla.): "Tonight's passage of the Budget Control Act will assuredly lead to long-term sustainable economic growth and American jobs."



Holly Robinson Peete: "Maybe Rep. Gabby Giffords on House floor will get Washington's priorities straight! @Rep_Giffords #kumbayamoment"

Not Moved


Bill Maher: "Can't get with media swoon over Gabby Gifford return to Congress, a body that didn't have the balls to outlaw machine guns on streets of USA."

Just Slightly Defeated


Mat Johnson: "Now I know how Chewy felt at the end of Empire Strikes Back. #debtdeal"

Master of Metaphor


Eugene Robinson: "Let's see, the economy is gasping for air and we're choking down the oxygen with budget cuts. Nice going, everybody!"

Tough Love


Donna Brazile: "Democrats must understand we are also responsible for this mega debt drama. Had the House, Senate and White House 2 years ago. Sorry folks."

Worse Than We Thought


Melissa Harris-Perry: "Looks like GOP did more than win an election in 2010. Appears they 'staged a coup' in 2011. #lousydeal"

Less Rhetoric, More Detail


Barack Obama: "Looking to learn more about the debt agreement? Our infographic shows you the nuts and bolts: OFA.BO/fzKLKc"

Doesn't Hurt to Ask


Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.): "#Obama has authority, moral obligation to use #14thamendment to raise the #debtceiling. Read my letter to President:"

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