Skip to comments.Obama: GOP and Dems Together Can Spur Job Growth[Threatens Against "Grandstanding"]
Posted on 02/09/2010 11:16:47 AM PST by Steelfish
Obama: GOP and Dems Together Can Spur Job Growth
CHARLES BABINGTON WASHINGTON Appealing for bipartisanship in a town where it's hard to find, President Barack Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans Tuesday to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. He promised to do his part but warned he would take Republicans to task if they don't do the same.
"The people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics," Obama said afterward, making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room.
He started his remarks to reporters by engaging in a bit of wishful thinking: joking about Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell "out doing snow angels together on the South Lawn."
But the friendly rhetoric quickly gave way to tougher talk.
"We can't afford grandstanding at the expense of actually getting something done," Obama said. "What I won't consider is doing nothing."
Obama ticked off several areas where he said cooperation should be easy. But most of the ideas on which he called for bipartisanship were ones he favors, whether it was job creation (money for infrastructure repairs, small business tax cuts and lending, tax breaks for energy efficiency improvements), health care (extending coverage and making it more affordable) or deficit cutting (a bipartisan commission).
"I won't hesitate to embrace a good idea from my friends in the minority party, but I also won't hesitate to condemn ... what I consider to be obstinacy," he said.
He also threatened to act unilaterally to install his choices for several government vacancies that normally would require Senate confirmation, if his nominees continue to be held up.
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Yes, they can: provided they both get the hell out of our way.
“The people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics”
I assume this means Obama will change from his “we won, that means we do everything our way” attitude and begin to participate in good faith, give and take negotiations?
Just cut the taxes, cut the spending, cut the government already!! Get the government out of our way and we will be fine!!
I want the Republicans to be the party of “hell no”.
barry is not only insane he is a true jack ass.
Hopefully we can keep him doing nothing till the mid-term elections in Nov.
did everyone bust out laughing??
They certainly can. Start by defunding the EPA, opening up the coasts and mountains for drilling and mining, slashing capital gains, and eliminated taxes on manufacturers.
But they won’t
>> Yes, they can: provided they both get the hell out of our way.
Oh, yeah... what was said about the uselessness of the Republicans earlier in 2009? Something about causing enough trouble, and best to stay out of the way.
B/S! No compromise! HOLD THE LINE! We do not negotiate with terrorists and we DO NOT negotiate away our rights!!
Obama be damned!!
Rebellion is brewing!!
DON’T TREAD ON ME!!
How about abandoning the massive health care tax increase, the massive cap&tax energy tax and the labor goonion takeover through card check intimidation.
Drill, baby, drill!!
Ebony and Ivory, together in perfect harmony.
I agree, the Republicans should not be the party of no. They should be the party of HELL NO!!
Didn't he give this phony speech a year ago?
He has no control over Democrats in congress and will support and sign anything they pass, until it becomes obvious it can't possibly pass. He is full of crap. He probably would like a bipartisan bill in the abstract, but he won't press for it. He is too weak. (plus the time for bipartisanship was a year ago, Republicans have little or nothing to gain now. )
Now why don’t you just do that, Mr 0bama? We will be very happy to take even more seats from the Democarts in November.
The only thing Hussein does is “play petty politics”. It is apparently the only thing he knows how to do. What a wretched little man he is.
I shudder when I think of 3 more years of this fool.
This is a 100% sham. Total BS. nobama is just warming up for the health care “summit” on Feb 25. Which will be another 100% sham and complete BS.
nobama is scared shitless his party will be decimated in the Nov elections and he’s baiting the Reps to get their share.
“Up yours” would be the correct response.
With the lame stream media completely in the tank for nobama, there’s no way any good will come from this for the Reps. Run away. Let the RATS stew in their own juices.
He also threatened to act unilaterally to install his choices for several government vacancies that normally would require Senate confirmation,
Oh, I’m sure that would make friends in the Senate.
The hubris of this thug is beyond belief.
Mostly he’s looking for someone to blame for the consequences of his policies. As soon as the GOP agrees to anything he wants to do, he’ll claim they signed off on all of it. Even the fact that they met with him will be spun. Remember that routine about the underwear bomber, where they tried to claim that saying “good” when told he was in custody equated to approving all their prosecution plans? It’s just your basic sociopath move. Anybody who’s spent any time around one has seen it all before.
This is no time to go wobbly. This B.S. needs to be put down once and for all!
Admit that your $787 billion Stimulus failed, Jack Squat.....
Who is the judge on whether either one is not doing their part? obamma?
Obama is an idiot and it might not be surprising that rev Maning says that Obama did not attend Columbia university this guy is a phony
You must be kidding! Everybody knows that all jobs are created by Govco spending. /S
Remember, his lips are moving.
>> I’d prefer the Republicans get in the way
I hear ya’.
I recall Obama complaining about the Republicans messing things up, and made the recommendation the GOP should remove itself from some sort of involvement. Sound familiar?
We all “shudder” how things would be just a year from now! Three years from now, we’ll be like the UK where 3/5ths of the voters won’t recognize the country they live in.
Nonetheless, Obama by turns, has: accused Republicans of horribly messing things up, then shut them out of the deliberative process, then accused them of being obstructionist, then claimed they had no ideas of their own, then offered that he'd be glad to listen to any ideas they'd care to submit, then invited them to do so, but warned them against the dangers of taking too adversarial a position.
In short: he couldn't be more full of shit if he were a manure spreader.
Sorry, I forgot the /s tag at the end of that post. Ther problem with how crazy liberals are today, Obama specifically, is that it has become impossible to write satire / sarcastic jokes. Any good satire / sarcasm of the libs is only a week away from being true.
GWB was far better at getting bipartision bills I hate passed through the congress than O. He did not have Pelosi and house liberals on his side. These were all easy deficit spending bills to pass that he used short term to get re-elected. Controlling deficits was very low on GWB’s list of priorities, if it was one.
Neither Bush nor Obama would veto their own parties (in power) bills. They will/would sign anything and say it is historic. When conservatives were finally forced to oppose Bush in late 2006-2008 (over immigration) it was a disaster for the party. There could be no happy ending for the party after this. This is why Mccain had to lose.
that would be grounds for impeachment, would it not?
As someone on another thread said today, 0bama can go "bipartisan" himself.
I agree with saying NO,But you have to Articulate EVERY SINGLE time you do with Examples of what you are saying NO to,For Example No to People being Fined or sent to Jail for Not buying Health Care, NO to making Health Savings Accounts Illegal, No to Death Panels, NO to SOCIALISM ETC,ETC,
So stop with the Three-card Monte BS and fess up to the American people that it's the democrats who are the real road block to YOUR commie goals.
You know, those Blue Dog Democrats who haven't swallowed your 'progressive' (read: Commie), Kool-Aid and still kind of like the USA and unlike your Mrs , 'have always been proud of it'. (snicker)