February 23rd, 2010
06:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Liberal group: White House has 'loser mentality'


"The White House obviously has a loser mentality - but America rallies around winners," the leader of a liberal group said Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - The leader of a liberal group slammed the Obama administration Tuesday, saying the White House "obviously has a loser mentality."

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-founder Adam Green was reacting to a statement by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the issue of a public option in a health care bill.

Gibbs said Tuesday that support for it was not broad enough to justify including a government-run insurance program in the health care reform proposal released by the White House Monday in advance of a bipartisan health care summit later this week.

"There isn't enough political support in a majority to get this through," Gibbs told reporters in the daily briefing.

The PCCC is leading the charge among progressives to pass a public option and is pressuring senators to sign a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to use a procedural mechanism called reconciliation in order to get the public option through the Senate.

"The White House obviously has a loser mentality - but America rallies around winners," Green said in his statement.

Green added, "More than 50 Senate Democrats and 218 House Democrats were willing to vote for the public option before, and the only way to lose in reconciliation is if losers are leading the fight. That's why Democrats in Congress should ignore the White House and follow those like Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez who know that the public option is a political and policy winner."

Filed under: Health care • Obama administration • PCCC
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Flem

    Of course Obama's a loser. Even his liberal pals are saying it. What a joke the whole hope/change platform turned out to be. And all the sheep bought directly into it. Can we please get someone like GWB back in the White House and stop fooling around?

    February 23, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Candi

    America rallies around winners-bye bye dems,winning is not you,you are the loser with the loser mentality.

    February 23, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Stop the Nonsense

    While I wish the administration was more agressive, a "loser mentality" is a bit harsh.
    Under Bush, the Democrat just walked away on every battle, The Obama Administration has yet to give up on ANY proposal. Point ot Thursdays bipartisan meetingto get healthcare reform through.
    If instead of complaining groups like this would campaign for candidates or point out the shortcomings of the Republicans, maybe these bills wouldn't have to fight so hard or comprimise as often.

    February 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    I'm disappointed that Dick Cheney has survived yet another heart attack. I'm disappointed the Obama administration is choosing to block War Crimes charges against Bush jr's two attorneys who were found by the US Justice Dept. to have grievously errored in their judicial excuse for OKing torture based on a UN treaty that was never ratified.

    Perhaps Dick Cheney's conscious is bothering him over the thousands of American soldiers that have lost their lives due to his push for America to invade Iraq.

    February 23, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. ed

    A loser mentality, that is what liberalism is all about; you are not good enough to achieve on your own, that is why you need the government to achieve for you.
    The fact that a one term senator and community organizer is now showing up as a loser is no surprise to many of us.

    February 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Mountain Dude

    Progressives supported Obama to a landslide with lots of work and it is disheartening to see him cave to being bullied by the minority. He needs to take the gloves off. The GOP isn't being civil to him so he should call them out on the floor. A large majority supported the President on his platform and we expect him to stand up for us and ignore the GOP that ruined our country for almost a decade.

    February 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Cayce

    Loser mentality in the white house.Is that the same as a loser in the white house?Maybe loser mentality because of the loser in the white house.Suck it up you loosing dumocraps,blame this on Bush too.

    February 23, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Big Steve

    Absolutely. Adam Green has it correct. The Public Option IS health care reform. The House and Senate bills are just compromised insurance company giveaways. Where's the change we voted for Mr. President? Are you listening to the people who actually voted for you? Maybe you should start playing to your base and quit kissing the feet of those who want to destroy you. As Truman said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

    February 23, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Fred in SC

    Loser mentality in the white house ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    February 23, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Rosalinda

    I totally agree.

    February 23, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. eolufemi

    Adam Green needs to list these 50 senators that are on board with reconciliation and a public option because at last count only 23 were willing to sign a petition stating as much let alone vote for it on the floor.

    February 23, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. isobareng

    It appears the President and Democrat leadership in the House and Senate have decided to change the rules … disregard the U.S. Constitution … and ram their flawed health care through at any cost.

    Congress has now vowed to utilize a one-sided, Democrat-controlled legislative maneuver called “reconciliation” to get the votes they desperately need on health care.

    And that’s not all. President Obama has released his own pro-abortion version of the bill … also side-stepping the legislative process – a move that raises serious constitutional concerns. Our nation’s legislative branch writes our laws, NOT the President.

    February 23, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. redgraham

    If our beloved president would only grow himself a pair...C'mon Barak, be more like FDR. Welcome a challenge. welcome a fight, get real change!

    February 23, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Sylvia in SC

    With Obamas followers,a bunch of loosing morons that can not reason or read,lead by a loser that has never had a job,who wants to socialize the nation,does not listen to the people,what do you expect.I am just thankful he is loosing,do not want or need his policies.

    February 23, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Tim Bailey

    By progressive im assuming you mean socialist. the last thing we need right now is MORE government.

    February 23, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    All Liberals have a "loser mentality."

    All Liberals are firmly convinced that individuals are incapable of dealing with their own problems and can't possibly get by without government "help." All Liberals are firmly convinced that further technological progress is impossible, that the only possible solutions to environmental problems are to surrender, to give up things

    February 23, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. John C Champlin

    Go for it Pelosi!
    Go for it Reid!

    February 23, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |

    White House obviously has a loser mentality – because they are a bunch of LOSERS!

    February 23, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Mr Green's contempt for the American people is absolutely astonishing. He, in his infinite wisdom, doesn't care in the slightest that a majority of the people of this country want nothing to do with yet another insanely expensive government idiocracy running, and ruining, American health care.

    February 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Mary Ann in VA

    I agree that the demorcratc party seems to mostly be made up of folks who won't or can't seem to make a stand for anything they supposedly represent. The GOP on the other hand does'nt seem to care much what others think...they go ahead and follow their core beliefs. Mr Obama is treading a narrow line but I agree he needs to get tough and do what is ultimately right for the people. Both parties need to remember the people.

    February 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. You lose Green....we win....

    no public option.....

    and by the way, no gay marriage either since Barack and Michelle Obama are against it big time....you lose again.....deal with it...

    February 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. valwayne

    The arrogance and corruption of the left wing Elites has been incredible. Imagine fighting with each other about what to inflict on the American people against their will!!!

    February 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Andy

    Guess what-a Democrat in the news has opposed NObama's healthcare and I thought ONLY Repubs did this.You mean dems oppose the MASTER.So the party of NO is also the dems,well welcome aboard,like I said about NObama's healthcare-JUST SAY NO.Put NObama on this plan 1st with congress/unions if it is the answer.What do as I say and not as I do.Now who is the hypocrite?

    February 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. John

    Good for Adam Green, The administration and the media would have you believe that it is only far left Liberals in the Democratic party who support the Public Option when in reality it is eighty percent of the American Public including a large percentage of Independants and Republicans. Who do they think they are kidding? The American people will not support another give-away to the insurance mafia in this country.

    February 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. David in Chicago

    And thus an example of why the Republicans club the Democrats like pinatas...Obama is as liberal a president as the PCCC will ever find in the White House in the next 20 years and should work with them, not against them. PCCC has the same "whiner" mentality that many liberals have when they don't get their way...not that the GOP doesn't, but at least the GOP knows the power of voting in blocs.

    PCCC should think about what the GOP already knows...you lose your power when you bash your own guys in public. Do they think they'll be better off criticizing, losing the WH or Congress and working with republicans?

    The only "loser" mentality here is PCCC's. Work with what you got, fellas. Read the papers lately?

    February 23, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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