March 24th, 2009
01:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: GOP needs to figure out what it stands for

Obama spoke to regional newspaper reporters on Monday.
Obama spoke to regional newspaper reporters on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama thinks the Republican Party needs to figure out what it stands for, at the risk of appearing obstructionist.

"I do think that the Republican Party right now hasn't sort of figured out what it's for," Obama told a group of reporters from regional newspapers on Monday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "And so, as a proxy, they've just decided 'we're going to be against whatever the other side is for.' That's not what's needed in an economic crisis."

The president said that unlike the early 1990s, "when basically we were pretty prosperous," the current economic muddle calls for a more productive tone in Washington. "Right now, everybody's got to pull together," he said.

Obama criticized Republican legislators for attempting to stand up for fiscal responsibility, even though the Bush administration spent eight years growing the federal budget.

"I understand their efforts to brand themselves in that fashion," the president said. "I just want to make sure that when it comes to solving this current economic crisis, that we don't get so caught up in short-term politics that we're missing the big picture."


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Brian Crooks

    @ FreeNLovingIt: Where do you get this data?! I'm an African American and at no point has anyone in my rather large extended family ever talked about outlawing abortion, legislating marriage, outlawing Spanish, privatizing Social Security, or any of the other crazy social policies of the GOP. To say that 99% of any group believes anything is already a bad place to start. And to lump all minorities into a monolithic group is even worse. I don't claim to speak for all minorities or even all Black Americans, and I wish people would stop trying to lump us all in together like we think with one brain and all agree with each other on all issues.

    March 24, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Ismail from AZ

    To "FreeNLovingIt"...

    hey you SOB, what u thinka Palin?? Is she one of your 99%??

    If yes, how do you think I should take her the best (From the rear OR usual OR a 69 ro what?) :-)

    March 24, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. dumbocrat alert

    we do not stand for a welfare socialistic state-not my kind of change unless you feel self entitled like a democrat voter.

    March 24, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. truthsayer

    The first Repubican to align with the President in a substantial way will reap the benefits in popularity amongst Americans.

    March 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Kevin

    The Republicans didn't get when they lost big in '06, they didn't get it during the presidential election, they didn't get it when President Obama spoke to Congress, but they will get it in 2010, and I will be only too happy to give them their pinkslips in 2010, to say nothing about 2012.

    March 24, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. CAW in MD

    @Michael,

    Okay, you want justification for the current spending? How about this:

    1) The world is teetering towards an all-out economic disaster. Every economist out there will tell you that what needs to happen is that money needs to get injected into the system. The only entity capable of doing that right now is the federal government. Economists differ on what form that injection should take, but none dispute the fact that it has to happen.

    2) Health care is eating up our budget. We pay more than anybody in the world per capita on health care, but we rank somewhere in the 20s on how effective that health care is. Federal spending on trying to make health care a) more universal (to cut down on folks using the emergency room as their primary physician), and b) more affordable through eliminating the waste and streamlining the processes will eventually result in health care being *less* espensive. But to get there you need to invest in some basics.

    There's more, but you get the point. Now my challenge back to you - a) identify a Republican alternative (good luck), and b) explain why you think it is more effective without once using the phrase "big government".

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. ot boston

    Can someone please let the republicans know that Obama is the President. Theey are trying to tranish his performence and not putting the well beings of the Americans as priority. They have been nothing but a bunch of obstructionis. Let's remember that Obama has been in office about 60 days; and accomplished a lot more that the previous administration has accomplished in 8 years.And unlike Bush, Obama can walk and chew at the same time. The republicans have been lying and giving false statement; the never gave a alternative/solution to the economic fiasco that Bush has created.

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Liz

    For "Karen – PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT":

    You and Mr. Obama should become better informed. Those in the GOP who hold true to their conservative ideals do offer a plan. It's called cutting taxes, cutting spending, becoming more fiscally responsible, and reducing government interference. ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND NOT PUNISHING THAT SUCCESS! The GOP does not believe in creating government dependence like the Democrats do. The argument that the GOP doesn't offer an alternative plan is a lie that has been fed to you by your "wonderful" president who believes YOU SHOULD BE CRAWLING TO HIM FOR YOUR EVERY BASIC NEED RATHER THAN TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF!

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. it is what it is

    Thank you President Obama....thank you. they complain without solutions. If you have an idea, bring it to the table. This is America the country of G.O.P, DEMS, INDE....we have to fix our country.

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. EBC, Boyds MD

    The GOP are so confused and delusional it's not even worth mentioning anymore. These GROWN men and women are so DEAF and BLIND, all the warnings and low poll numbers don't seem to resonate in their heads.

    The GOP is just destined to be irrelevant for the next decade.

    March 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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