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Skip to comments.Unleashed from Washington, Obama declares war on House Republicans (On the dole again...)
Posted on 08/16/2011 7:09:42 AM PDT by Libloather
Unleashed from Washington, Obama declares war on House Republicans
By Sam Youngman - 08/15/11 09:25 PM ET
President Obama, on the road and seemingly excited to be there, unleashed an assault on Congress and his Republican rivals, accusing them of making the economy worse and threatening their political futures.
In nakedly political terms, Obama spoke repeatedly about challenging Congress in next year's elections if they refuse to compromise with him on the economy, and he took thinly veiled swipes at his Republican opponents.
As the president embarked on his Midwestern bus tour, stopping in Minnesota and Iowa and small businesses along the way, he fired off his most intense criticism of Congress yet, warning lawmakers they will be defeated if they continue to obstruct his policies.
"If your voices are heard, then sooner or later these guys have to start paying attention," Obama said in Iowa on Monday. "And if they don't start paying attention, then they're not going to be in office and we will have a new Congress in there that will start paying attention to what is going on all across America."
Looking to rebound from one of the lowest points in his presidency -- the protracted fight over the debt ceiling and the subsequent show of disdain for Washington -- Obama spent the first day of his bus tour criticizing Congress and his opponents.
While the White House insisted in the lead up to the tour that the trip was about official business because Obama was talking to Americans, the president was clearly talking to voters. With his sleeves rolled up, tie missing and campaign cadence on full display, Obama appeared to be in total campaign mode.
Both in town hall meetings in Minnesota and Iowa -- a state teeming with Obama's would-be Republican rivals -- the president took aim at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's healthcare plan.
"Its amusing to watch one of the major Republican candidates now trying to wiggle out of the fact that my health care bill is very similar to the health care bill he passed at a time when he needed to compromise because he was living in a Democratic-majority state," Obama said.
But throughout the day, and especially in Iowa where Obama was launched toward the White House in 2008, the president trained his attack on Congress, talking openly about defeating them at the polls.
In announcing that he will be putting forth "a very specific plan to boost to the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit," Obama preemptively challenged Congress to "get it done," or else.
"And if they dont get it done, then well be running against a Congress thats not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear," Obama warned.
The president also sought to make peace with his liberal supporters, explaining and defending some of the compromises he has made on healthcare and tax cuts and blasting Republicans in the process.
"Look, the bottom line is were moving in the right direction," Obama told one questioner. "But I know its frustrating, because the other side is unreasonable. And you dont want to reward unreasonableness. Look, I get that. But sometimes youve got to make choices in order to do whats best for the country at that particular moment, and thats what Ive tried to do."
The president's tour is scheduled to continue in Iowa on Tuesday before moving to Illinois.
I really hate growing older, but I can not wait until Novemeber 2012 to get here so I can vote this simpleton idiot monkey out of the White House!!!
We will lose the House if we allow Obama to chip away at our credibility. And that's where Immigration Reform stops so we do not want to lose the House. We need to win more seats.
You are what you vote for.
if they don’t start paying attention, then they’re not going to be in office and we will have a new Congress in there that will start paying attention to what is going on /
This is the first time he has ALMOST told the truth. He should have said this about his own party. I hope he’s listening to himself. That seems to be the only person he believes in. Idiot!
I thought this dog-and-pony tour “had nothing to do with the election”, and thus they were justified in sticking the US taxpayer for the bill for the buses. Then why the political rhetoric?
Part of his drive for civility, I suppose.
And Obama’s narcissistic tin ear and b=blindly panicked advisers come through again! A tax-payer funded Magical Misery Tour replete with fierce yet petty partisan attacks and blame-everyone-and-everything-but-me sermonizing is JUST what the voters want right now.
IMO, we’re seeing a cornered rabid hyena who knows he’s toast.
“”Look, the bottom line is were moving in the right direction,”
Left out - For my plan to bring America to it’s knees.
A white woman was on FOX this AM - she voted for him the first time and will vote for him in 2012. The 10% you talk about can't be helped. I don't under stand it, but some people just can't be educated, informed, or persuaded when it comes to politics. Cultist brain, I guess.
So how’s that hope and change working out for you?
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IMO, were seeing a cornered rabid hyena who knows hes toast.
Right you are. And cornered hyenas are very nasty and viscious.
Hey, he’s campaigning. It’s the only thing he knows how to do!
That was probably my sister. She is hopeless. We never discuss politics - - - - we can't.
He’d resign, except Soros won’t allow it.
In every clip I see on TV, NObama is saying ‘it’s not election season yet”-—but he is campaigning hard & fast—with taxpayer money. He isn’t spending his war chest yet at all.
Using a one million dollar bus to speak to 500 people in towns of 1000 in flyover country isn’t going to work.