As he has done so many times in the past, the president even used first responders as a backdrop for his remarks. The implication was clear: If you don't support his demand for even more tax hikes, then you want people's homes to burn down because firefighters might be laid off by the sequester.
Among his remarks, the president said, "These cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy." That's an odd statement for Obama to make -- sequestration was his idea and he signed the legislation that authorized it!
Responding to President Obama's call for more tax hikes, Speaker Boehner said: