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Unleashed from Washington, Obama declares war on House Republicans (On the dole again...)
The Hill ^ | 8/15/11 | Sam Youngman

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.

"It’s 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 don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s 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 we’re moving in the right direction," Obama told one questioner. "But I know it’s frustrating, because the other side is unreasonable. And you don’t want to reward unreasonableness. Look, I get that. But sometimes you’ve got to make choices in order to do what’s best for the country at that particular moment, and that’s what I’ve tried to do."

The president's tour is scheduled to continue in Iowa on Tuesday before moving to Illinois.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: house; obama; obamabustour; republicans; war
Sure does enjoy declaring war a lot.
1 posted on 08/16/2011 7:09:53 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

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!!!


2 posted on 08/16/2011 7:13:21 AM PDT by rjsclassics (bringing people together)
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To: Libloather
The idiot is definitely insane.
I know about 10% will believe anything he says but he has to be one dumb MF if he thinks people will believe what this fool says about why we are in the shape we are in.
3 posted on 08/16/2011 7:14:24 AM PDT by DeaconRed (1-20-2013-The day we send the community organizer back to community organizing. Real Change! ! ! !)
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To: Libloather
Boehner's doing a great job fighting back. Yes, that's sarcasm.

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.

4 posted on 08/16/2011 7:14:33 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Libloather
The Local Idiot has been superceded by a National Idiot.

You are what you vote for.

5 posted on 08/16/2011 7:16:22 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Libloather

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!


6 posted on 08/16/2011 7:16:38 AM PDT by mardi59 (Cl)
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To: Libloather

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?


7 posted on 08/16/2011 7:19:01 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Libloather
Sure does enjoy declaring war a lot.

Part of his drive for civility, I suppose.

8 posted on 08/16/2011 7:19:01 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Libloather

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.

/s


9 posted on 08/16/2011 7:21:31 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Libloather; flat; unkus; sheik yerbouty; conservativguy99; freekitty; MamaDearest; seekthetruth; ...

IMO, we’re seeing a cornered rabid hyena who knows he’s toast.


10 posted on 08/16/2011 7:22:55 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Libloather

“”Look, the bottom line is we’re moving in the right direction,”

Left out - For my plan to bring America to it’s knees.


11 posted on 08/16/2011 7:23:37 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Voter#537
I know about 10% will believe anything he says but he has to be one dumb MF

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.

12 posted on 08/16/2011 7:26:44 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Libloather

So how’s that hope and change working out for you?

Shepard Fairey beaten up after spat over controversial Danish mural. Artist best known for the posters that helped elect Barack Obama is accused of peddling pro-government propaganda

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/aug/12/shepard-fairey-beaten-danish-mural?CMP=twt_fd


13 posted on 08/16/2011 7:26:58 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

IMO, we’re seeing a cornered rabid hyena who knows he’s toast.


Right you are. And cornered hyenas are very nasty and viscious.


14 posted on 08/16/2011 7:27:41 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Hey, he’s campaigning. It’s the only thing he knows how to do!


15 posted on 08/16/2011 7:33:33 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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47 Days And FR Is Still Short Of Its Goal

We Are In A Fight For Our Republic

Are You In Or Are You Out?

Support Free Republic

16 posted on 08/16/2011 7:35:19 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Bitsy
"A white woman was on FOX this AM"

That was probably my sister. She is hopeless. We never discuss politics - - - - we can't.

17 posted on 08/16/2011 7:47:21 AM PDT by DeaconRed (1-20-2013-The day we send the community organizer back to community organizing. Real Change! ! ! !)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

He’d resign, except Soros won’t allow it.


18 posted on 08/16/2011 7:53:05 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: Libloather

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.


19 posted on 08/16/2011 8:06:49 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Libloather
Obama opens mouth, markets fall.


20 posted on 08/16/2011 8:09:41 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Libloather

(unleashed an assault on Congress and his Republican rivals, accusing them of making the economy worse )

Well Mr Obama.
Which Republicans wrote ObamaCare?
or the fail Stimulus Bill
or the Bank bailout or the Fannie and freddie bail out or the GM bailout ?


21 posted on 08/16/2011 8:10:06 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Voter#537

That was probably my sister. She is hopeless. We never discuss politics - - - - we can’t.

I work with one myself. Hopeless is right.


22 posted on 08/16/2011 8:17:37 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: rjsclassics; All

Keep Talking, Mr. President

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/keep_talking_mr_president.html


23 posted on 08/16/2011 8:22:27 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Libloather; All

America’s Whining CEO

“So how fast would it take a board of directors of any fortune 500 company, forced by angry stockholders, to dump a CEO that did nothing but whine, make excuses, and blame everyone else but himself for his poor job performance and lack of results? ”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/08/americas_whining_ceo.html


24 posted on 08/16/2011 8:22:57 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

You absolutely right.


25 posted on 08/16/2011 8:25:28 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Libloather
Obama declares war on House Republicans

That's sort of a daily event for him isn't it?

26 posted on 08/16/2011 8:29:03 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Libloather

I am extremely angry that taxpayers are paying for him to campaign.


27 posted on 08/16/2011 8:29:53 AM PDT by imskylark
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To: imskylark

Me too.

I’ve been livid since he was elected. The taxpayer-funded campaigning and free media time has never stopped, except for golf and vacations.

The rest of this year most of my paycheck goes to the government.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.


28 posted on 08/16/2011 8:47:11 AM PDT by justapicker (I don't want the cheese, I just want out of the trap)
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