May 18th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama rips stimulus opponents during Ohio visit

 The president said Tuesday that his administration's economic stimulus package was 'the right thing to do.'
The president said Tuesday that his administration's economic stimulus package was 'the right thing to do.'

Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, heading to the heart of the Rust Belt to defend his administration's controversial stimulus plan and take credit for reversing the recent downturn.

The president tore into the plan's opponents, attacking them for what he claimed is political hypocrisy and a defense of failed policies.

He made his remarks during a visit to an Ohio plant that manufactures steel pipes for the oil and gas industry. In February, the Vallourec and Mannesmann Star factory used funds from the $862 billion stimulus package to add more than 300 jobs.

The package - strongly criticized by Republicans for failing to more dramatically lower near double-digit unemployment - was "the right thing to do," Obama said.

"Now, we've got a long way to go ... but despite that sobering reality, and despite the naysayers in Washington, who look for the cloud around every silver lining; the fact is that our economy is growing again."

The economy grew in the first three months of this year but at a much slower pace than at the end of 2009, according to a government report released in April. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic activity, rose at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the quarter, the Commerce Department noted.

The president accused critics of his economic agenda of "rooting for failure." He also mocked them "trying to score political points by attacking what we did," only to "show up," "cut the ribbons," and "send the mailings home touting the very projects they opposed."

"If the just-say-no crowd had won out ... we'd be in a deeper world of hurt," he warned.

Obama also recently visited Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and New York to tout the improving economy and improved jobs numbers.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Obama the liar

    Another day, another lie from the pathetic liar-in-chief

    May 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. kira

    Thank you Mr. President!

    May 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. key

    I'm glad to see the President call it like it really is.

    May 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Vote out the PARTY FIRST people that have voted NO for our national security appointmets, our jobs bills, our health care, our unemployment extensions, etc.

    They voted NO – we can and will vote them out in November.

    NO MORE PARANOIA – NO MORE HATE AND FEAR – NO MORE LIES.

    May 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    President Obama needs to call out the party of No! While a majority of economists called for a stimulus, the GOP stood on the sidelines and obstructed every attempt to help Americans. These lying right wingnuts offered no assistance to Americans to create jobs, save our homes, or protect our retirement funds. Yet for some reason, they think they will be elected in November because voters like gridlock that the GOP creates. Remember, government is not the problem, the GOP is the problem.

    May 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Of course he rips apart anyone who tells the truth or opposes him. Remember his blanket condemnation of all law enforcement during the Cambridge Harvard professor. Remember how he goes after the people who provide jobs through their savings and risk taking. Remember how he condemned those who said Obozocare would cost a lot more (the CBO showed that to be another lie this week). Porkulus was a big failure, unemployment rose above 8%, which he said it would not do. The man is so caught up in his own lies he does not know the truth. He is an incompetent, corrupt toadie for the unions. What an idiot, his going after people he only makes them heroes, who are bound to be right. Obama one and done.

    May 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Don't dare disagree with all knowing Obama. His word is always the gospel truth.

    May 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Mike

    Republican logic in a nut shell:
    The housing bubble was created during the Clinton years... Fair enough. That means it took over 8 years for the wheels to come off. Correct? If so, then how can these same people criticize a president that hasn't fixed the problem completely in just over a year? We are concerned about the countries divide between upper class and lower class and the disappearing middle class. Why not be concerned with the ignorance of America. I promise you, the upper class knows how this game is played and they are playing you, the lower class. Keep falling for it and I dont feel sorry for you. I only feel sorry for being an American surrounded by idiots. Lets vote Republicans back into office and see what happens.

    May 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. nini

    Stop the empty rhetoric, the curtain has lifted and America is no longer being fooled by your empty words.

    Instead of dividing this country further and demonizing a sector of economy may be you can explain what you meant when you said “We are few days away from fundamentally transforming this country”. We the people need an answer to this questions what did you mean by that Mr. President?

    We don't need transformation we need politicians we can trust and are true to our foundation.

    May 18, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. ramtruck2500

    Its amazing this is almost the first coverage of any hint of an improving economy. One of the drivers of which is human psychology. Continually rapping things just to be angry and then given rants and raves air time does a lot of diservice to the improvement and can actually rework it. one can only guess at why anyone would do this??? So i would really appreciate seeing less reality reporting and dance reporting and just get back to the news theres great stuff happening on both sides!

    May 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    One does get tired of the constant lies from Fox and the right wingnuts. Tax rates are the lowest (under Obama) since the 1950's and the baggers and idiots who watch Fox think they got a tax increase. I feel sorry that the president was dealt such a lousy hand by the the Bush and GOP culture of corruption. Most Americans will eventually side with Obama, as they know the president cannot fix the naysayers being stupid.

    May 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Sean

    People need to wake up and realize that they live in a place called "reality", where things like turning our entire economy around after a near depression-style crash won't happen overnight. There have been undeniable positive developments in our economy, which we should be thrilled about, and we should be realistic, patient, and constructive in our expectations for the coming years.

    May 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Conservatism can only survive if people remain uninformed or ignorant.

    May 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. obama victim

    unemployment is 9.9% sell crazy somewhere else Barry. The American people are all stocked up

    May 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Mike

    As the Governor of Arizona said, the Comic in Chief should keep his day job but wait he is a failure at that as well. Oh well, after the 2012 elections, he can apply for a position with Saturday Night Live.

    May 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The naysayers commit adultry, lie, cheat and steal their neighbors wife then says he's a Republican who stands on religious ground. They are selfish sex driven maniacs and have no respect or family values, they are perverts.

    May 18, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Amy Blankenship

    I feel that with all that is going on in the world, that President Obama, is doing a great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Marry

    I could not agree more with the President! It takes a lot of guts to go against all those “Hell no” people. But they should be ashamed – even if there is progress – they cannot get over the fact that he has not and does not “fail”. It would be so nice if they could start to get out of their crusty “reality” and appreciate that they benefit greatly from the Presidents work. For the media it would be very nice if they would report more on the successes and the work on the problems that the President does so well, than to repeat again and again the unwarranted critic of the “hell no” crowed. This is not based on facts but comes from mean spirited and envious people that have only their (bad) past and no concept for the future to offer!

    May 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. No goes

    We elected this president to fix our problems. We also elected republicans that are apposed to it. Kick the No-Voters out.

    May 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Dano

    Despite what the Party of Hell No has to say, every day there are signs that the economy is improving. Each week for the last month new applicants for unemployment have dropped and thousands of new jobs are being added. The banking industry has been able to pay off most of the TARP loan (plus interest). Just yesterday it was announced that GM is turning a profit again and will be able to start repaying its loan, and today a CNN article announces that new home construction surges 41%. Yes Mr. President it appears that things are indeed starting to turn around. This news must be a nightmare for the GOP and just in time for the November elections too!

    May 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Dar

    And im supposed to believe a man that wanted our service men to pay for their own medical bill's after returning from war with injuries

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENT EVER MADE BY A PUBLIC OFFICIAL LET ALONE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.. AND THIS GUY IS OUR "COMMANDER IN CHIEF".

    HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO REQUIRE THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES.

    Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.

    "Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

    ?????????????????? And some of you believe him and praise him

    May 18, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Mark from Louisiana

    This story makes no sense, above it says

    "Vallourec and Mannesmann Star factory used funds from the $862 billion stimulus package to add more than 300 jobs"

    Does that mean when the stimulus payments stop those 300 jobs go away? How does a company get stimulus money to hire employees?

    May 18, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    The GOP, at the behest of the United States Chamber of Commerce outsourced good American jobs overseas because "it was good for the economy (double speak for profit margin/bottomline). The real reason why is that corporations in the USA don't want to pay a fair wage (the real reason for the undocumented workers that are in this country).

    May 18, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He also mocked them "trying to score political points by attacking what we did," only to "show up," "cut the ribbons," and "send the mailings home touting the very projects they opposed."

    -------------------------------–
    AMEN!!

    MR. PRESIDENT YOU NEED TO GO ON NATIONAL TV AND SAY THIS!!! Call them out President Obama. Call out these heartless hypocrites that haven't lifted A FINGER (EXCEPT THE MIDDLE ONE!) after leaving the country and the economy a shambles and on the verge of collapse.

    I do not know how anyone with even miniscule levels of intelligence can even consider entrusting the country they claim to love so much BACK INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE THAT RAPED IT AND LEFT US FOR DEAD??? To add further insult to injury, they have gone about parading like peacocks and blocking EVERY SINGLE MOVE that could help us get out of double-digit unemployment (that they caused by incenting companies to go abroad), stabilize the markets (brought about due to their lack of oversight and regulations), and help us rebuild our infrastructure.

    The GOP has turned into an organization of unadulterated, unconcealed quest for power for power's sake and the benefit of the top 2% of the population. They call us sheep because we aspire for the revival and betterment of America, an inclusive America. A fair America. Those of us that voted this president in believe not in his dream but in OUR dream of what our country could be...once again, and WILL NEVER BE if these GOPers get a hold of it anytime soon.

    NOT ONE FINGER LIFTED to help America. NOT ONE!!! And some of you are panting behind these criminal, do-nothing losers that would screw you AND their mother again just to have the key to what they see as THEIR WHITE HOUSE?

    YOU, GOP supporters are the definition of INSANITY.

    May 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. pa mom

    I would like to see THIS president set an example and bring civility back to politics. Since he has become president.....there is no civility. It started at his inaguration and continues with ill mannered comments towards a past president to addressing the supreme court in front of the world because he disagreed with them. Men and women in power ar examples and I see nothing to exemplify coming from the US government.

    May 18, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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