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Obama: GOP and Dems Together Can Spur Job Growth[Threatens Against "Grandstanding"]
APReport ^ | February 09, 2010 | Charles Babbington

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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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; bho44; bhoeconomy; bhofascism; bhopress; economy; jobs; obama; obamacare

1 posted on 02/09/2010 11:16:47 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Yes, they can: provided they both get the hell out of our way.


2 posted on 02/09/2010 11:18:07 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Steelfish

“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?


3 posted on 02/09/2010 11:19:26 AM PST by Personal Responsibility ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - Orwell)
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To: Steelfish

Just cut the taxes, cut the spending, cut the government already!! Get the government out of our way and we will be fine!!


4 posted on 02/09/2010 11:19:40 AM PST by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Steelfish

I want the Republicans to be the party of “hell no”.
barry is not only insane he is a true jack ass.


5 posted on 02/09/2010 11:19:52 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Steelfish

Hopefully we can keep him doing nothing till the mid-term elections in Nov.


6 posted on 02/09/2010 11:19:55 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Steelfish

deficit cutting??

did everyone bust out laughing??


7 posted on 02/09/2010 11:20:08 AM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Steelfish

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


8 posted on 02/09/2010 11:20:14 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Steelfish

Oh, STFU.


9 posted on 02/09/2010 11:20:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: andy58-in-nh

>> 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.


10 posted on 02/09/2010 11:21:55 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

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!!


11 posted on 02/09/2010 11:21:59 AM PST by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Steelfish

How about abandoning the massive health care tax increase, the massive cap&tax energy tax and the labor goonion takeover through card check intimidation.


12 posted on 02/09/2010 11:22:08 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Special SOTU tagline: YOU LIE!)
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To: pissant

Drill, baby, drill!!


13 posted on 02/09/2010 11:23:01 AM PST by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Steelfish

Ebony and Ivory, together in perfect harmony.


14 posted on 02/09/2010 11:23:29 AM PST by AU72
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To: svcw

I agree, the Republicans should not be the party of no. They should be the party of HELL NO!!


15 posted on 02/09/2010 11:24:10 AM PST by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Steelfish; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; genetic homophobe; ...
RE :””We can't afford grandstanding at the expense of actually getting something done,” Obama said. “What I won't consider is doing nothing.

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. )

16 posted on 02/09/2010 11:24:40 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: Steelfish

17 posted on 02/09/2010 11:25:39 AM PST by GloriaJane (Pro-Choice = Pro-Death........ Pro-Life = Pro-LIFE!)
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To: Steelfish
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.”

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.

18 posted on 02/09/2010 11:26:40 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Steelfish

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.


19 posted on 02/09/2010 11:27:36 AM PST by scory
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To: Steelfish
The only way that the GOP could blow this is by actually cooperating with Obama. This whole thing is nothing but a political show trial in which Obama hopes to put the GOP on trial. “Just say, No!” should be the GOP’s mantra. I suggest that the GOP present Obama with a plan to shrink government spending and decrease tax rates across the board. No ObamaCare! No more “job creation” (read: wasteful government spending) bills. “Job creation” is stimulus by another name.
20 posted on 02/09/2010 11:29:14 AM PST by Nosterrex
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To: Steelfish

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.


21 posted on 02/09/2010 11:29:36 AM PST by upchuck (The horse is in the pasture. The barn door is wide-open. Obama wants to know who made the hinges.)
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To: SmokingJoe

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.


22 posted on 02/09/2010 11:32:46 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Steelfish
Talk about Grandstanding, it was Obama that stood in front of Greek Columns in Europe and proclaimed himself savior of the world.
23 posted on 02/09/2010 11:35:19 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: Steelfish

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.


24 posted on 02/09/2010 11:39:59 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Steelfish
Obobo can take his "bipartisanship" and stick it where the sun don't shine. Now that his Hugo Chavez communist style takeover is falling apart at the seams, it needs to be totally ripped apart, burned, and thrown in the ash-heap of history.

This is no time to go wobbly. This B.S. needs to be put down once and for all!

25 posted on 02/09/2010 11:43:11 AM PST by Left2Right ("Starve the Beast!")
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To: Steelfish

Admit that your $787 billion Stimulus failed, Jack Squat.....


26 posted on 02/09/2010 11:48:57 AM PST by cranked
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To: Steelfish
He promised to do his part — but warned he would take Republicans to task if they don't do the same.

Who is the judge on whether either one is not doing their part? obamma?

27 posted on 02/09/2010 11:49:47 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Steelfish

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
http://americangrandjury.org/investigators-declare-obama-never-attended-columbia-university


28 posted on 02/09/2010 11:51:56 AM PST by lmarie373 ("Im a light skinned mexican-american with no mexican dialect ")
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To: pissant
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.

You must be kidding! Everybody knows that all jobs are created by Govco spending. /S

29 posted on 02/09/2010 11:54:39 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: Gene Eric
I'd prefer the Republicans get in the way of the Democrats while they are staying out of ours. If they wanted to do something positive for a change, for starters, they could "fundamentally transform" America by abolishing our current tax code, which is strangling capital formation, investment, innovation and productivity like nothing else.
30 posted on 02/09/2010 12:04:22 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Remember, his lips are moving.


31 posted on 02/09/2010 12:07:09 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: andy58-in-nh

>> 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?


32 posted on 02/09/2010 12:09:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: scory

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.


33 posted on 02/09/2010 12:14:42 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Gene Eric
Typically, Obama is speaking out of both sides of his mouth, which may or may not be a habit acquired as a consequence of using side-by-side teleprompters.

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.

34 posted on 02/09/2010 12:22:49 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


35 posted on 02/09/2010 12:28:23 PM PST by Personal Responsibility ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - Orwell)
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To: sickoflibs
He has no control over Democrats in congress and will support and sign anything they pass

You know S.o.L., the same thing can be said of GWB, who had no control over Republicans in the Congress, and signed off on just about every spending bill that cross his desk, and never even found his damn veto pen until 2006 (after he and his 'magnificent bastard' Karl Dum-Dum Rove lost their majority), and the fact is, GWB was even a bigger spender than that other loser from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
36 posted on 02/09/2010 12:36:46 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup
RE :”You know S.o.L., the same thing can be said of GWB, who had no control over Republicans in the Congress, and signed off on just about every spending bill that cross his desk, and never even found his damn veto pen until 2006..

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.

37 posted on 02/09/2010 12:59:37 PM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: sickoflibs

WORD!


38 posted on 02/09/2010 1:07:34 PM PST by mkjessup (If you admire, support and make excuses for RINOs (like George W Bush) that makes YOU a RINO!)
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To: tet68

that would be grounds for impeachment, would it not?


39 posted on 02/09/2010 1:18:37 PM PST by wheninthecourse
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To: Jim Robinson
B/S! No compromise! HOLD THE LINE!

As someone on another thread said today, 0bama can go "bipartisan" himself.

40 posted on 02/09/2010 7:07:04 PM PST by thulldud
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To: Nosterrex

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,


41 posted on 02/10/2010 4:01:46 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Steelfish
Hey Barry, last I checked YOUR PARTY controlls both the US House and US Senate. So YOU don't need republicans to pass any of YOUR Agenda.

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)

42 posted on 02/10/2010 6:01:25 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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