Bob Rubin:
"Tell the middle class they must sacrifice for the betterment of the nation. Tell them they must work longer for less Social Security and pay more in Medicare but receive less. Wrap your self in the flag, talk about Jesus and point your finger at an enemy. Speak of impending doom and incite fear."

Barack Obama:
"Yes Mr. Rubin."

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama has urged leaders of Congress' supercommittee to press hard for a deal on slashing the deficit — and not look for an end run around a key enforcement mechanism.