March 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to take on Bunning

(CNN) - White House aides are saying there's a "strong possibility" President Obama will take on Sen. Jim Bunning during the president's 1230 p.m. ET economic remarks at Savannah Technical College.

The president's staff has already been making political hay out of Bunning's filibuster against extending unemployment benefits.

"This is an emergency situation," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday morning. "Hundreds of thousands have been left in the lurch....I don't know how you negotiate the irrational."

12:20 p.m. ET UPDATE: A White House official tells CNN the president and his aides decided at the last minute to drop any reference to Sen. Bunning in his economic remarks to avoid getting mixed up in the "Senate debate du jour" today.

The official said the White House wants the president's remarks to focus instead "on the employment picture in Georgia" and the nation in general, and will let Gibbs' pushback on Bunning stand on its own.


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Clearly Departed

    "Irrational", Mr. Gibbs? Spending money we don't have on a program that creates an incentive to not find/create a job is irrational.

    March 2, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    Extending unemployment benefits AGAIN – for the 4th time in the year that BHO has been in office would be IRRESPONSIBLE (well that's a shocker BHO being irresponsible with spending)....they have already been extended for over 2 years in many states with the highest unemployment rates, depleting the unemployment funds in over 36 states and driving up Unemployment Costs to employers 3 fold or more.....BRILLIANT!!! Stop with the hand outs, people have at more than enough time to adust and come up with an alternative plan to manage their individual situation....STOP WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS!

    March 2, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Well then where is the money coming from ? Bunning has yet to recieve an anwser from the Obama administration, remember that is all he asked folks.

    March 2, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Steve-Illinois

    Amazing!!! The President makes a big deal about PAYGO, exempts everything he wants from PAYGO when he enacts it, and anything else that comes up is considered an "emergency!"
    Gibbs- "I don't know how you negotiate the irrational." Maybe that's why NOTHING is getting negotiated! Every major bill is going to be paid for with fantasy land money that doesn't exist and never will!
    Maybe if this administration had been focusing on jobs for the last 14 months instead of their agenda, people wouldn't need 99 weeks of unemployment!!!! For those that can't count, that's 5 weeks short of 2 years!!!
    If these people don't start using stimulus money to create jobs in the PRIVATE sector, instead of spending the majority of it on "creating or saving" government jobs, there won't be enough tax payers left to get the White House' lawn mowed!!!

    COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Rickster

    Bobby Gibbs said "I don't know how you negotiate the irrational."

    C'mon people....this is how backwards we have become as a nation. What's irrational is constant spending without asking how it will be paid for. Answer the question. Take the money from the democrat slush fund/stimulus, pay for the unemployment benefits and move on.......but answer the question.

    March 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Makes sense to just leave it be...there's really no reason for Obama to look like he's beating up on a confused and cranky old man who is obviously suffering from vascular dementia and a severe manpamper rash.

    March 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Mike

    Nuts. A lecture from uhbama is always humorous.

    March 2, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. diridi

    pres. obama, you ignore this idiot...pass the health care reform....good luck and pass the jobs bill and also, we need to pass financial reform....god bless...you get my vote for next election....

    March 2, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Joel Miller

    Sometimes its important for the President to be "above the fray" but when thousands of unemployed Americans unemployment benefits and health insurance are held in the balance and thousands of highway jobs and important infrastructure projects are placed on the back burner, the President should firmly and clearly denounce the arrogant succubus from Kentucky's action and his fellow Republicans who support it.

    March 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. OBS.

    Well, one could say the republicans are shooting them selves in the foot once again, but the ever gullable right wingers don't seem to care that people on unemployment are barely able to make ends meet from unemployment check to unemployment check so there has been hardly any mention of it from the republican snakes side of the pit. Too bad.. They certainly are trying every mean, dirty trick in their mean spirit (kill the nation) book to bring down President Obama's administration. Well, perhaps Bunnings big block will help just enough of the republican hangers on to see just how their "christian" attitude relates to those (the Democrats) who do not see eye to eye with their holier then thou attitude. Which would be, hooray for me and screw you.. The Christian (republican) way...

    March 2, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Sorry, you decided against it President Obama, you should have ripped him a new one.

    After all, you represent the 400.000 Bunning has abandoned!

    March 2, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Capt. Snarky

    You know, the Democrats passed PayGo into law, requiring that expenditures be budget neutral (you offset expenditures with cuts elsewhere in the budget). Now, they want to release funds for these unemployment benefits WITHOUT the required budget offset, and Bunning has called them on it. Perhaps this isn't the best choice on his part, but it IS smart. It highlights quite vividly the Democrats absolute hypocrisy when it come to funding and debt. Bunning, while seemingly callous, is actual just being fiscally responsible, which is more than I can say about the democrats from the President on down.

    March 2, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Citizen First - BELIEVE it !

    BUNNING IS Right – WE HAVE TO STOP the SPENDING now. YES, some Americans will suffer now but in the long run, we will ALL be better off. STOP THE SPENDING NOW. WE ARE IN DEBT – BIG TIME. The FAT LADY is SINGING. Listen up. TERM LIMITS. Pay attention to WHAT the voters want. We want a balanced budget and an efficiently RUN government. TERM LIMITS will do that. TERM LIMITS are the Power of the VOTER. Remember voters, YOU HAVE THE POWER to make these politicians DO WHAT YOU WANT. It's called the VOTE. Remember, NOVEMBER – PINK SLIP – VOTE
    Wear PINK to the POLLS. SEND A MESSAGE to these POLITICIANS.
    TERM LIMITS are in your POWER.

    March 2, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Dar

    Everything is an emergency with the Dems, all gloom and doom. The Dems just cant help them selfs, they have to keep throwing money away, nothing can wait with them. Just pass a bill and we will fix it later is their attitude.
    Kind of like the first stimulas bill that failed, opps lets do another one and see if it works without any reasoning or fore thought behind it.
    As far as Odumbo coming after Bunning LOL, Odumbo better start watching his own party members. Look behind you Odumbo, you dont have as many people following your dumb butt as you once had.

    I beleive that this will get passed, but only after someone figures out how to pay for it. Pay As You Go, remember Odumbo you just said that . What a loser we have as a president, no balls just retoric.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 2, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Susan

    IF Obama and the Congress would do something realistic and down-to-earth to help create jobs, we wouldn't need to extend unemployment. So far the job creation is all smoke and mirrors. At this rate, we will be extending unemployment until people reach Social Security age and then can just switch over. Give me a break!

    March 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    Good, I'm glad the President will not comment on the bunning situation. It's time for the right to handle their own. Let's wait for the right to speak on the matter, then we will see if they are ready to get down to business or keep playing political games.

    March 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. John independent from NY

    Give him the high hard one Jim! Someone please teach Congress how to balance a checkbook. Neither Republicans or democrats have a clue. Add $5 of spending must equal $5 not spent. It really is simple most real people can understand this but not morons in Washington.

    Flip em the bird Jimmy!!!

    March 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Indiana Voter

    Didn't Obama himself want the "pay as you go" system that he endorsed in the State of the Union Address? Or is that only when it is convenient. I wish Obama would take him on and let this debate happen. He knows he would lose and that is why he decided not to take him on.

    March 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Dee, 1 Vote

    Mr. President, they can't (RNC) stop this nut, just Bunning is wants a "Photo Spot"!!!

    March 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Obama- is there ever a thought to stop spending?? We have to stop this reckless debt you are getting us in. Tripling debt in a year isn't enough? Bunning is going about this the wrong way, but someone needs to be sane and reign in this unsustainable spending. Why, Mr. President, are you trying to bankrupt us??????

    March 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Tim

    Because he knows Bunning is right. We need to stop funding any measures, including these faux emergency measures, without first finding the funds to pay for it.

    Thanks Bunning, you are a patriot.

    March 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. joel palmer

    Don't ever wrestle with a pig;
    You just get muddy and the pig likes it

    March 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Joseph

    Obama and DAMEs have no plan to create any jobs but big plans to spend every your pennies. That is the reality.

    March 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Enough

    Sure Obama will go after anyone who acts responsibly. We cannot just keep on extending unemployment benefits indefinately without a way to pay for it. Unemployment benefits should NOT turn into welfare..........permanent.

    March 2, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Monkey wrench

    "This is an emergency situation," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday morning. "Hundreds of thousands have been left in the lurch....I don't know how you negotiate the irrational.
    ______________________________

    Oh Come on Robbie, you know how, Rahm & Obama are experts at it, you call it a National Crisis, an Emergency of epic proportion, the likes of which we have ever seen, it must be done or all will perish.

    Perhaps if the Dems stripped all the superfluous Medicare BS off the Bill and cut spending to pay for it under your latest Pay as you go Bill, then it would become rational to the irrational (YOU).

    March 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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