Arianna appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday to discuss the tax cut deal and its impending vote in the Senate.
Noting that the bill shows the president "capitulated" to Republican interests, she voiced concern about Obama's "pattern" of saying one thing and acting differently. "He proposed and accepted something he's been opposing for years," she said.
She compared the tax cut compromise with the White House's handling of financial reform, explaining that in both instances, Obama's message contradicted his behavior. With the financial reform package, she said, he "basically did a lot of what Wall Street wanted, and then went on to give a speech calling them 'fat cats' and attacking them...the rhetoric does not match the actions."
The main problem with the tax cut deal, Arianna continued, is its failure to address job creation. "The president has been saying for months now that jobs is the highest priority," she said. "And the whole debate has gone completely away from jobs. No one can tell you that this [deal] will substantially grow the economy or produce innovation."