Boehner continued to call for an immediate return to 2008 spending levels, saving $100 billion a year — but he declined to detail which programs would get the ax. Obama said he was prepared to work on spending cuts that would take effect over several years, but he defended investments in education, energy, transportation and research and development as critical to competing in the global economy.There's a glimmer of hope, however. Boehner's tone after the election was muted -- almost grim. After 2006, and 2008, the mood at the returns celebration for the winning party was jubilant. Why? Perhaps he realizes the gravity of this situation. Managing an outspoken conservative voter base and the Washington establishment isn't for the feint of heart. Let's just hope he makes the right choices.
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