February 3rd, 2010
11:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama rips politically motivated GOP 'obstruction'

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President Obama answered questions from Senate Democrats Wednesday. (Getty Images.)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama tore into the Republican opposition on Capitol Hill Wednesday, blaming the GOP for what he called politically motivated opposition on virtually every issue.

Democrats have been willing to incorporate Republican ideas on health care and other issues, he said, but Republicans have not been willing to do the same.

Addressing a gathering of Senate Democrats, Obama promised to "call (Republicans) out when (Democrats) extend a hand and get a fist in return."

Several Democrats facing tough election fights this November were given time to ask the president questions on high-profile issues such as trade and deficit reduction. Much of the president's time, however, was used to lash out at GOP tactics.

Senate Republicans, he said, have tried to employ the filibuster more over the past year than in all of the 1950s and 1960s combined. The GOP's strategy has been "20 years of obstruction packed into one," he said.

"If you want to govern, you can't just say no," he argued. "It can't be about just scoring points." The filibuster, he added, only works as intended if there is a "genuine spirit of compromise."

Updated:  1:07 p.m.

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soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Tony

    This guy is speaking to the masses that do not follow the news. Anyone that is informed, knows that the Republicans have only wanted to sink any policy that would improve things.
    They made this mess, don't forget.
    Now their goal is to halt any "clean-up" effort, because if things improve during the Obama Administration, then they are further irrelevant and ineffective than they were during Bush's GLORIOUS 8 years of driving the country 8 years in the wrong direction before realizing he was holding the map upside down.

    Look at all the independent organizations that endorsed the health care reform. AARP and the AMA which are two of the biggest groups that would be effected by this, yet the experts says that it would improve things. The Republicans saying that it is too "costly" need to be reminded how most of them voted for the war and still support the two wars of Bush which were the largest waste of taxpayers money in our history. This party is a joke and just trying to block any improvement since their years of disaster.

    Wake up to the propaganda from the right!

    February 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. honest abe

    Republicans are ANTI AMERICAN (unless you're talking about corporate and white america) then they are all – american.

    February 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. beth

    Why do my comments always disappear? All I want to point out is that saying NO offers no solution. Ask anything of a TODDLER and you get the same response...NO....no further ideas, just NO! Shouldn't these elected officials have something to offer? I don't believe that the current administration has all the answers, but I'm still confused at how making health care 'affordable and available' to all Americans is a bad thing. Of course if we have to go with the senate's watered down version, then it is. It's time the Tea Partiers begin to think of humans as individual people who matter regardless of the size of their wallets. I'm proud to be able to help the less fortunate and Ms Palin and the other Facists should watch where they cast their stones....especially since none of the Palin family are gainfully employed and since little Tripp and Trigg benefit from government provided health services.

    February 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Fran - Syracuse

    This is the audacity of arrogance. Sorry Mr. President, you can't shut the voices of tens of millions of Americans (Republicans) out of the debate process, draft monumental legislation behind closed doors,
    allow Pelosi and Reid to run the Congress more like a dictatorship than a democracy and then call Republicans obstructionists.

    February 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. kas

    Obama is just such a jerk. I am sick of the sick and sound of him. Period.

    February 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. sara

    To be honest, I'm sick of my Tax payers dollars paying them For Nothing. Do your jobs "obstructionist", or forego your salaries!

    February 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't understand this President, he is weird to detect and eccentric to predict. He says one thing, then contradicts the other. By the way, when we are in the moment, which he was in this meeting, sometimes we often act with emotion than by disposition, we let our situational dispositions take place.

    He has to fix that balance cause is about policy and results, not words and thoughts.

    February 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. rs

    I love the way the Anti-American Republicans claim they are "saving the country" and that's why they won't do anything for the American people. So what are they saving it for? More bad management like Bush's?

    Hey old white guys- we'd like a little help here.

    February 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Some of you have it right! Either 60 votes is a fillibuster proof majority or it is not! Which is it DEMS. If it is fillbuster vote, then the GOP could not fillibuster, which means they could not obstruct anything! Yet Obama claims that that did! Keep swallowing the lies, liberals! One day you make get full!

    February 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. I C Spotts

    Obama is a fool! No, that's slandering real fools. He's an idiot that needs to go back to school and this time take a few history lessons.

    February 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Jimmy James

    He had a "Super Majority". That means he can and did ignore the republicans. How is that being obstructionists? Only now that he has a 19 vote majority and not a filibuster proof majority is he saying they are blocking him. Anyone who disagrees with him or his policies is vilified. Way to be a uniter.

    To those of you haters on the left that resort to name calling, grow up. Name calling shows you have lost the argument. You have no substance so you turn to name calling. Obama is a failure so far and Pelosi and Reid can't control their own party. Hardly the republicans fault.

    February 3, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    Some of you have it right! Either 60 votes is a fillibuster proof majority or it is not! Which is it DEMS. If it is fillbuster vote, then the GOP could not fillibuster, which means they could not obstruct anything! Yet Obama claims that that did! Keep swallowing the lies, liberals! One day you may get full!

    February 3, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Tom L.

    This coming from the same person who said he was going to be fiscally responsible and then submits a 3.8 trillion dollar budget.

    This coming from the same person who gets repaid TARP money and decides to spend it rather than follow the law that specifically states that when the money is repaid, it must go to pay down the debt.

    Sure, Prez, whatever you say...

    February 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Tom L.

    Look at all of those racist white guys in the picture...

    February 3, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. gt

    that a boy show how not to work with the other side , to not get anything done,,, ugh... hopeless...

    February 3, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. usualone

    Where are the Republican proposals for anything? I read the papers and if they mention anything besides "No" , where is it? Of course they will blame the "liberal" media. Why is everyone afraid of the health plan? I guess they like our premiums going up as they currently due. Just one of my medications doubled in cost since December 31. All our costs are going up in 2010, even though as retired folk we didn't get a raise...because of the current formula used. Of course, the President will get blamed for that once peoiple realize costs are going up for everything. He most likely could override Congress, but then can you imagine the heat he would feel from every direction. Also, why do you blogsters have to be so nasty. That won't get us anywhere. I dare you naysayers to give constructive criticism, instead of thinking only of yourselves. Our children were in debt big time even before President Obama took office. He must spend monies to dig us out of the hole. Also, economic indicators (real numbers) indicate we are gaining in growth and other ways.

    February 3, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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