“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for today’s Big Deal. Today’s Big Winner can keep the sugar-coated Satan sandwich he just won, or he can trade it in for what’s behind our three doors. Behind one of them is a clean raising of the debt ceiling and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Behind another is a balanced budget amendment. Behind the third is a sovereign default. So, Big Winner, will you keep your prize, or trade it in for what’s behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3? Which do you choose?”We decided to keep the Satan Sandwich.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., was quick to condemn the debt ceiling compromise, calling it a “Satan sandwich” because "there is nothing inside this sandwich that the major religions of the world would say deals with protection of the poor, the widows, the children. It’s not in here.” The term was picked up in headlines across the country and even prompted ABC’s "TopLine" anchors Amy Walter and Rick Klein to dive into "Satan sandwiches" of their own on air.Maybe next time we'll pick what's behind Door #3. In the meantime, bon appetit, and remember to eat your peas!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agreed with Rep. Cleaver’s “Satan sandwich” metaphor, adding the “Satan sandwich” of a debt ceiling compromise probably comes "with some Satan fries on the side.” But, she said, the devilish agreement was a necessary evil. “Nonetheless, it is something that we have to do,” Pelosi told ABC’s Diane Sawyer Monday before the House voted to pass the bill and raise the debt ceiling.