Presidents tend to repeat themes and phrases from their predecessors. President Obama is no exception. In his televised remarks on the budget agreement, he said: "But beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help America compete for new jobs -- investments in our kids’ education and student loans; in clean energy and life-saving medical research. We protected the investments we need to win the future."
On August 7, 1995, President Clinton gave an interview to National Public Radio: "Now, there are two plans to balance the budget. I believe two-thirds of the American people agree with my way. I think they'd rather take a little longer, have a smaller tax cut, and protect the incomes of elderly Americans on Medicare, protect our investments in education from Head Start to affordable college loans, and not gut the environment."