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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 Obamas 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 presidents 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.
oh forget it
He’s frustrated because we deserve better. Uh-huh.
So now he’s going to run against Congress. How creative. /sarc
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.
How ‘bout Congress returns and YOU STAY AWAY?!?!?!
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.
Barry, please just go away!
So all we need are super committees and a dictatorship. That’s the ticket!
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.)
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!
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.
“So all we need are super committees and a dictatorship. Thats 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.
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.
The first thing we need is for you to leave DC.
Now THAT would send the markets soaring.
Not only that, there is NO honor in liberals/socialist/marxists and especially him. Sluggards.