Only a skilful and cunning rhetorician, the likes of Barack Obama, can make a completely twisted analogy and convince his brainwashed devotees [zombies] that he is making sense.
The President's twisted and disingenuous analogy: The Republicans in congress are holding the middle class tax cuts hostage to the high-end tax cuts.
The definition of a hostage-taker, or a kidnapper for that matter, is [typically] someone who holds something hostage in an effort to extract money from his intended victim. Needless to say, the hostages are also his victims.
President Obama fits this definition perfectly.
For indeed the President is seeking to extract huge amounts of cash [taxes] from families making more than $250,000 a year in order to support his left-wing addictions, namely, his reckless government spending sprees. And, that is why he is currently holding the middle-class families [those who are making less than $250,000], and their tax rates, as hostages: in order to obtain - from the higher-income families - the cash he needs to support his long-standing addiction to reckless and unbridled government spending.
The Republicans, on the other hand, are not seeking to extract money from anyone.
If, however, Obama is unable to extract the cash-ransom he seeks, then, sadly, the hostages, namely, the middle class families, must suffer the consequences, and their tax rates will increase.
Indeed, the Obama Presidency is not, and has never been about the American people or about middle class Americans; it is all about Obama, the cunningly masterful rhetorician, the ultimate narcissist and the hostage-taker-in-chief.