WASHINGTON (CNN) - After spending his first days in the White House wining and dining the opposition — literally — President Obama took a tougher tone Wednesday, reprising some of his harshest trail rhetoric over criticism of his stimulus plan as its Senate fate remains in doubt.
“In the last few days, we've seen proposals arise from some in Congress that you may not have read, but you'd be very familiar with, because you've been hearing them for the last 10 years, maybe longer,” he said in comments delivered at the Department of Energy. “They're rooted in the idea that tax cuts alone can solve all our problems, that government doesn't have a role to play, that half- measures and tinkering are somehow enough, that we can afford to ignore our most fundamental economic challenges: the crushing cost of health care, the inadequate state of so many of our schools, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
“So let me be clear: Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed. They've taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over $1 trillion. And they've brought our economy to a halt. And that's precisely what the election we just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment, and now's the time to move forward, not back. Now's the time for action.”
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that the president was increasingly unhappy with the holdup. "He said the time to talk is over," Gibbs told reporters. "I think it’s fair to read impatience into that."