August 9th, 2010
04:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to GOP: I'm pretty good at politicking, remember?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Republicans on Monday that he is back in campaign mode.

In a fundraising speech in Austin, Texas, Obama complained that while his administration has been governing the country since January 2009, Republicans have been trying to obstruct progress.

"There has been a fundamental lack of seriousness on the other side," Obama said. "We've spent the last 20 months governing; they have spent the last 20 months politicking."

In reference to the upcoming November congressional elections, Obama said: "Well, we can politick for three months. They forgot I'm pretty good at politicking."

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  1. Fran

    To bad he sucks at being a being President.

    August 9, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Capt. Snarky

    Politicking, Yes. Leading, No.........

    August 9, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Back in campaign mode?? Who's he kidding; he's never been out of campaign mode!

    August 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Time to take the gloves off Mr. President. I'm glad you recognize that they're policking because I definitely know they are and the rest of the silent majority in the country knows it. I can't wait until November. The GOBP is in for the shock of a lifetime.

    August 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Mike

    When did he ever leave campaign mode?

    August 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Dar

    Yes Odumbo you are right (no pun intended), We don't want anyone to forget what you have and or have not done to ruin this country either.
    please try to help the others like your self so we know who to vote out this November. your track record has not benn the best so far has it.

    August 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Freezer Frost

    Yeah he can lay it on pretty thick
    The lies he calls "politics" make me sick
    He's rightly on the outs
    Even booed by the Boy Scouts
    Come 2012 we'll vote him out quick!

    August 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown PA

    "President Barack Obama warned Republicans on Monday that he is back in campaign mode."
    When was he not in campaign mode?

    "Well, we can politick for three months. They forgot I'm pretty good at politicking."

    No mater of politicking will be able to save you as you won't be able to answer a single question unless it comes from a supporter.

    August 9, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Amen Mr President! Only there has been a seriousness to the other side- block any and all porgress you try to make!
    They LOVE thier status Quo- the rich getting richer, their cronies making billions on oil and defense in a manufactured war, the decline of business in this country despite all their tax cuts.
    Has anyone else noticed that Republicans say the Obama administration has done little to add new jobs yet they gave away billions of dollars to business in tax cuts and still managed to plunge us into the worst reccessionin our history?
    Before we complain about the current administration, its time to look back at what got us here in the first place.

    August 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Politicking is what he's good at. governing effectively is another matter.

    August 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    That's true. Obama has a mouth. No common sense to go with it, but he does have a mouth.

    August 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Phil, georgia

    President Obama is Right On. He ran an excellent presidential campaign. So just imagine, he has alot of accomplishments to run on now. There is nothing the republicans can attack because most of what he said he was going to do as a candidate he has accomplished.

    August 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Shelley

    when has he NOT been in campaign mode??? That's ALL he knows how to do apparently.

    August 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    President Obama just opened a can of "WHOOP-ASH"...LOL Yes We Can!!

    August 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Loretta

    Yes Obama is really good at politicking.......good at lie-ing......good at the blame game.....good at just being plain stupid....Go home Obama and take all your people with you including the flies....
    Wake up America, make your vote count, GET RIDE OF OBAMA, REID, and NANCY P. Give America back to the American people.....You are disgusting..

    August 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Rick in OP

    Yeah, Obama is good a "politicking".

    Too bad for us he is no good at running the country.

    August 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Ofailure

    the only thing this community agitator is good at,

    August 9, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    In regards to the Rick Perry article, does anyone notice that he's giving the President a Mason handshake? But the President is not giving it back to him.

    August 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Adalbert

    Today's republican platform is lying and doing nothing.

    August 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Augsbee

    I think President Obama is fantastic in "politicking" just not in administration, management, especially of a country. He is an incredible fundraiser, great motivational speaker, no one can deny it but when it comes to finances, budgets, taxes, running the country, etc....forget it, he is out of his element, a fish out of water and that is because he's never been a governor, mayor, city manager, business owner, business manager so he has no experience for the job he took.

    August 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. DagnyTag

    Pure arrogance and propaganda. Self righteous, hypocritical ideological elitist. You will go down. 2yr lame duck session rapidly approaching. Have fun with your blame game b.s. It's already far too late. You had your chance and took us on a trip to looney leftyville. That crap is coming to an end.

    August 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. NYC REPUB

    This President will have my support for the remainder of this term.......And my vote for the next term.

    Obama 2012.

    August 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Sarah

    On the contrary, Mr. Obama; we remember how good at politiking you are. For example, you 'politiked' on energy, begging the rest of us to watch the air in our tires, put on a sweater...and now, you take un needed trips to Broadway and Chicago restaurants, causing other people to keep their cars on the road longer than needed because of your motorcade. We remember how good at politking you are with the gay community, because even though you don't support gay marriage, you don't agree with Prop 8..which opposes same sex marriage...

    We remember how good at politiking you are, Mr. Obama, especially when it comes to healthcare; parental coverage up to 26, forcing insurance companies to take any and all, even if they CAN'T pay for their insureds' ailments, and then not allowing language specifically banning illegal immagrants from using your public option or federal funds given to hospitals to cover legal citizens illnesses.

    Or how about you brining up Bush's name recently? The Blame Bush routine has never gone wrong for you...especially when you were campaigning. It's too bad that during all that blaming and all that finger pointing, you had no idea how to fix not only what Bush caused, but what the democratic controlled House and Senate caused as well.

    So yes, Mr. Obama. We remember how good your are at politiking. We remember it well. And we will remember...in November. Have a nice day.

    August 9, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Yeah, unfortunately you're also pretty good at caving in to your corporate masters when it comes time to stand up for real reform. Obama a socialist? Don't make me laugh, teabaggers. Have a nice day!

    August 9, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Abe

    Politics is all he excels at. It sure isn't governing.

    August 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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