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Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC
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Posted on 08/11/2011 1:46:14 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC By Sam Youngman - 08/11/11 03:15 PM ET

Obama blasted Congress from the road on Thursday, saying things would be worse if lawmakers returned to Washington.

“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant. “There is something wrong with our politics.”

Obama rolled out what sounded like a new campaign theme Thursday that makes Washington gridlock his foil and the obstacle to increased economic recovery.

Obama criticized and mocked Congress's months-long fight over a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reduce deficits, and said he would not heed suggestions to call Congress back to Washington during the August recess.

“The last thing we need is Congress spending more time arguing in D.C.,” Obama, grasping for an aggressive message amid economic turmoil, said to applause from the crowd.

“What I figure is they need to spend more time out here listening to you and hearing how fed up you are. That's why I'm here.”

In raking Congress over the coals, Obama, with his sleeves rolled up, tried to get in front of near universal disgust with Washington politics that has peaked since the debt ceiling agreement.

While Obama’s own poll numbers have faltered, Congress has hit all-time lows with the public.

A new poll by The Washington Post published Thursday showed that almost 75 percent of Americans “have little or no confidence in Washington to repair the economy.”

Eight of 10 respondents said that they are “dissatisfied with the way the political system is working, up dramatically from late 2009,” according to The Post poll.

A Gallup poll this week found just 24 percent of Americans said most members of Congress deserve reelection, the lowest total ever recorded by Gallup. 



The president, who made his appearance on the same day a crowd of Republicans hoping to replace him attended the Iowa State Fair and prepared for their Thursday night debate, is not immune from that disdain for Washington, however.

The Washington Post poll showed that only 33 percent of respondents are confident that Obama will make the right decisions on the economy.

In Michigan, Obama did not single out Republicans or Democrats, but blasted Congress for what he said had been “the worst part of partisanship, the worst part of gridlock.”

“There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than American win,” Obama said. “And that's got to stop.

“We're supposed to all be on the same team. Especially during tough times,” he said.

As he did in the waning days of the debt fight, Obama urged the audience to write their members of Congress to urge them to “stop sending out press releases” and instead vote on legislation Obama said would immediately start creating jobs.

In discussing the recent decision by S&P to downgrade the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA, Obama said the trouble “could have been entirely avoided if there had been a willingness in Congress to compromise.”

“It was a self-inflicted wound,” Obama said.

The S&P downgrade added new uncertainties to the economy and has increased volatility on financial markets.

Earlier in the week, stocks plunged as Obama tried to reassure voters on the economy. The visuals were better Thursday, with the Dow Jones up more than 400 points as cable news carried the president’s remarks from Michigan.

The gridlock and the political circus that caused uncertainty and led to the credit rating downgrade are why people have turned against Washington, Obama said.

“That's why people are frustrated,” Obama said. “Maybe you hear it in my voice. It's why I'm frustrated. Because you deserve better.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; obama2012; obamaspeech

1 posted on 08/11/2011 1:46:17 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
I thought he just said that partisanship...

oh forget it

2 posted on 08/11/2011 1:47:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s frustrated because we deserve better. Uh-huh.


3 posted on 08/11/2011 1:48:11 PM PDT by Lost Highway (I don't know what the world may need but a V8 engines a good start for me)
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To: Sub-Driver

((cough))Bull((cough))sh**((cough))!!!


4 posted on 08/11/2011 1:50:45 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Sub-Driver

So now he’s going to run against Congress. How creative. /sarc


5 posted on 08/11/2011 1:51:47 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Sub-Driver

BO is just regurgitating Harry S Truman’s campaign against the “do nothing Congress,” which won Truman’s race for president.

Obama does not have an original thought in his brain.


6 posted on 08/11/2011 1:51:52 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Barack!

How ‘bout Congress returns and YOU STAY AWAY?!?!?!


7 posted on 08/11/2011 1:52:11 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC

No, that would be the second thing. The first “thing” is you returning, you useless, ignorant, narcisistic, marxist a$$hole.


8 posted on 08/11/2011 1:52:28 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Barry, please just go away!


9 posted on 08/11/2011 1:53:55 PM PDT by swamprebel (("Barackalypse Now" - "Obamageddon" - "debt man walking"))
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To: Sub-Driver

So all we need are super committees and a dictatorship. That’s the ticket!


10 posted on 08/11/2011 1:55:21 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Next he’ll haul out that old Roosevelt saw about,”We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” What a piece of work. (Illegal labor probably and done in the dark too.)


11 posted on 08/11/2011 1:56:16 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
“There is nothing wrong with our country,” that a change in the White House won't solve!
12 posted on 08/11/2011 1:56:26 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Sub-Driver

“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said””

Good grief - this man changes his mind more often than he changes his underwear.

That’s not what he said when he was running for president.

Don’t forget bozo - you said you would fundamentally transform America. YOU DID and we don’t like it!


13 posted on 08/11/2011 1:58:34 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, the last thing that we need is an Obama President that can sign anything! Cursive, print or mark his "X"....in any fashion!
14 posted on 08/11/2011 1:58:43 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

A socialist autocrat by nature and indoctrination, who harbors nothing but disdain for constitutional representative government, has no need for a legislative branch to help him achieve his nefarious purposes.. It is only a hindrance, especially when its power is divided along a partisan faultline.


15 posted on 08/11/2011 2:00:32 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: jonrick46

“So all we need are super committees and a dictatorship. That’s the ticket!”

That is the new underlying message now, isn’t it? He is trying to set the table. He’s amazing in a twisted way; he never stops manipulating. No wonder he needs so much vacation time.


16 posted on 08/11/2011 2:00:36 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s right. No one likes his politics. Tyrannical Marxism isn’t real popular round these here parts. His soiled panties are in a wad just because most Americans and some meanies in Congress aren’t cheerfully going along with his happy-go-lucky “do-gooder” plans to become our evil overlord.


17 posted on 08/11/2011 2:01:21 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Sub-Driver

The first thing we need is for you to leave DC.


18 posted on 08/11/2011 2:02:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver
Wouldn't mind seeing Obambi attempting some wind surfing in the remote North Atlantic during his vacation.

Now THAT would send the markets soaring.

19 posted on 08/11/2011 2:05:51 PM PDT by comebacknewt ((on second thought, never mind, go away again Newt))
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To: kittymyrib
Obama does not have an original thought in his brain.

Not only that, there is NO honor in liberals/socialist/marxists and especially him. Sluggards.

20 posted on 08/11/2011 2:10:32 PM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Sub-Driver
In discussing the recent decision by S&P to downgrade the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA, Obama said the trouble “could have been entirely avoided if there had been a willingness in Congress to compromise.”

“It was a self-inflicted wound,” Obama said.

Just like machine-gunning off your leg with trillion and a half dollar a year deficits.

21 posted on 08/11/2011 2:17:24 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: dfwgator

I don’’t think he made any friends with that statement.
And he is going to need all of the friends he can get. Can you imagine a Demo congress not supporting him?


22 posted on 08/11/2011 2:19:42 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Sub-Driver

New Tag Line.

Thanks, Barrack...


23 posted on 08/11/2011 2:20:23 PM PDT by moovova (“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I agree. Now, if we could convince Obama to just stay on vacation and stop touching stuff we might get somewhere.


24 posted on 08/11/2011 2:22:02 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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To: Sub-Driver
He's almost right.

The last thing we need is for HIM to return to DC.

25 posted on 08/11/2011 2:32:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Sub-Driver
““There is something wrong with our politics.” “

Which he can fix. “I hear by resign the office of President”

26 posted on 08/11/2011 2:34:11 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Sub-Driver

Ahhhhh, that goes for you too Buckooo!


27 posted on 08/11/2011 2:35:34 PM PDT by jackieh
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To: Sub-Driver
Unfortunately for tax paying Americans, "compromise" to a Democrat means capitulation to increased taxes. The Democrats want to increase taxes on the very people paying most of the taxes; the very people responsible for job creation. What we need are more tax payers, not more taxes.

The tax and spend Democrats just know how to borrow and print money and complain that the "rich" are not carrying their "fair" share!

28 posted on 08/11/2011 2:39:27 PM PDT by olezip
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To: Sub-Driver
“The last thing we need is Congress spending more time arguing in D.C.,” Obama

Fixed.

29 posted on 08/11/2011 2:40:14 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Don't mend SS, end it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This stupid looser isn’t going to back off. He just keeps digging deeper.

He’s panicking, he knows he’s seen as the complete failure that he is.

This all makes me laugh at the white hating bastard son of a Communist whore.


30 posted on 08/11/2011 2:49:21 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Talk about frustrated. This American is frustrated for lack of LEADERSHIP on the part of Obama.


31 posted on 08/11/2011 2:51:51 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Gator113

This stupid looser = loser


32 posted on 08/11/2011 2:54:16 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Sub-Driver
“That's why people are frustrated,” Obama said. “Maybe you hear it in my voice. It's why I'm frustrated. Because you deserve better.”

What a guy!

33 posted on 08/11/2011 2:58:37 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Only those that may opose his policies have to ride in the back of the bus.


34 posted on 08/11/2011 2:58:59 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Sub-Driver

No, there is something wrong with our President!


35 posted on 08/11/2011 3:00:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sub-Driver

All we really need are more committees and Czars. /s/


36 posted on 08/11/2011 3:07:52 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: Common Sense 101
Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC

No, that would be the second thing. The first “thing” is you returning, you useless, ignorant, narcisistic, marxist a$$hole.

Don't beat around the bush, tell him what you really think of him.

37 posted on 08/11/2011 3:08:52 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Ear more"KIMCHI".)
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To: Sub-Driver

that tells me they should....


38 posted on 08/11/2011 3:32:53 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dick Obama, shouldn’t you be out playing golf or something?


39 posted on 08/11/2011 4:07:51 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: kevslisababy
"No wonder he needs so much vacation time."

There is no doubt that Zer0 spends his vacation time to connive his next steps in his Marxist mission. He might reread John Maynard Keynes book The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money (1936), which is the backbone to the Fabian Socialist movement throughout the world. While writing this reply, I found these words:

"It is a scheme to exploit the “dog eat dog” element in human nature in order to put over something which the average Keynesian entrepreneur considers rather remote, i.e. to use one set of capitalists to help bury their competitors and then apply the final coup de grace to the whole system of private enterprise. This, incidentally, is the principle that enabled the Bolsheviks to assume political power in Russia with ridiculously small forces."

-----Zygmund Dobbs, Kaynes at Harvard Economic Deception as a Political Credo

40 posted on 08/11/2011 4:53:01 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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41 posted on 08/11/2011 5:15:25 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow! So this bozo sits around on his rear end making no concrete proposals at all while Congress manages to work out a deal to allow Obama to borrow 2.4 trillion more dollars during the next 18 months, and then Obama makes the central theme of his campaign to attack Congress? Utter insanity. Obama clearly has total contempt for the attention span of the voters if he expects anyone’s going to actually believe that.

Not to worry though. The polls tomorrow will tell him this nonsense ain’t flying in Peoria, and he’ll quickly shift to some other nonsense instead, hoping the polls will change for the better for him.


42 posted on 08/11/2011 6:05:10 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: kittymyrib
Yes, but the difference is that Congress actually did do something!

A poor Republican Pres. candidate (sound familiar) saved Truman.

Ofcourse, when he did finally leave office, he couldn't have been elected dog catcher.

43 posted on 08/11/2011 6:34:11 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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