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. DagnyTag

    What an astoundingly arrogant, self righteous hypocrite. As usual; BO's only game is blame....and he states that the very thing that he is pointing the finger at > "politicking"< is exactly what HE will be doing, and HAS been doing. HYPOCRISY. Isn't he supposed to be above politics, leading the country towards unity and transparency? Can't all you lefty liberal tools understand that this guy is a hard left radical ideologue (at heart) with NO CLASS, just excuses and blame? No experience, no accountability, no transparency, plunging glaring hypocrisy and THE MOST anti-private sector, anti-profit, anti-business, anti-capitalist agenda IN HISTORY!!!! Nov cannot come soon enough.

    August 9, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Stacey

    Darned straight! Go Obama and the Democrats! The three NOs = NO to the Party of NO in NOvember!

    August 9, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Sean

    As with the 2008 elections, it seems that Obama's opponents have been underestimating his ability to appeal to reason and objectivity over their divisive, self-serving, political demagoguery.

    The big question is whether the public will be open to objective facts surrounding things like health care and wall street reforms, the effectiveness of the stimulus plan, and everything else that's been accomplished despite flagrantly politically self-serving opposition to all things Obama, or if they'll fall prey to the continued rhetoric of fear, division, and lies that continue to be spewed forth by Republicans.

    August 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Unbelievable

    Yes, pretty good at campaigning. Wish you were even partially as good at governing.

    August 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. WI loves Obama

    GOP= The party of no solutions, no progress and no memory of who ruined this economy.

    August 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. BlueDem1

    Republicans have done NOTHING except play politics ever since January, 2009. Their leadership voted to create the TARP program in Oct. 2008 (before Obama was elected), spent federal tax dollars like crazy when they controlled Congress during the Bush-Cheney years, and, back in the '90s, proposed an alternative health insurance reform plan to President Clinton which included–guess what–a mandate that all citizens purchase health insurance coverage. Now, they're suddenly in favor of "fiscal restraint" (during the stimulus debate, the total amount of cuts the Republicans demanded totalled LESS THAN 2% of the total package); they're totally against the "government bailouts" (which the ENTIRE Republican congressional leadership voted in favor of less than two years ago!); and they now believe that the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act which is based on the blueprint of a Republican plan–is a "complete government takeover" of the health care system and is "totally unconstitutional."

    The Republican Party is doing nothing but appealing to disgruntled right-wingers into voting for them again. Don't listen to the Republicans' rhetoric, instead read their RECORD.

    August 9, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Derek from Boston

    Obama, Obama, Obama, what are you saying?

    Your name is not as hot as it was in 2008. And conservatives hold a PhD in Politricking. Hell, I'm convinced that's the only reason they are still relevant.

    August 9, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Orlando Patriot

    No Mr. President you have spent the last 20 months using "majority rules" with total disregard to its effects on our country and the economy. The Republicans could do nothing more then tell you and your lemmings (i.e. Congress) that the policies you want to implement will have serious negative effects to this country. Obviously the Republicans have been proven right.

    When you took office unemployment was at 6% and after you added 3 TRILLION dollars to our national debt unemployment is near 10%. That was not the Republican's fault since we TRIED to stop you but you proceeded with negative effects. You then pass a Health Care law and Financial Reform that FURTHER eroded our economy. We TRIED to warn you without success. You did it anyway and our economy is worse off now than it was only 20 months ago.

    Mr. President let me remind you this is YOUR ECONOMY NOW!! These laws you passed have seriously hurt our economy and it shows. The Republicans have not "tried to obstruct progress" but rather "tried to obstruct economic disaster". Unfortunately we did not have enough votes to stop you so the economic disaster came regardless.

    You misread the American people and most are not as stupid as you think we are. We can see who has made things WORSE and will tell you in November. We look forward to you trying to defend your policies over the last 20 months because we know you can't. This is no longer "Bush's economy". It is "Obama's economy" and it doesn't look good.........

    August 9, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. floridian

    Politicking is apparently all he is good at, so far. He claims that the Republicans have been politicking for 20 months. Unfortunately he is wrong, again. I hesitate to call him a liar owing to his office as POTUS. And, he has not been governing, he has been arm twisting and bribing members of Congress to get unwanted and costly legistlation passed. Remember the first major meeting he called to obtain bipartisanship? If I remember correctly, he told his former opponent in the general election "I won". So much for governing!

    August 9, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Great. When's he going to actually act Presidential?

    August 9, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Gil

    With some of the raving idiots that are running for the extremest radical right I think I'll bet on the left. I sure hope I'm right and my vote might help?

    August 9, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    Obama is 100% correct. He has been governing, perhaps not always brilliantly but governing.

    The GOP in the meantime has put all of its energy into harming America. Conservatives would much rather control a bankrupt nation than help govern a prosperous one. They want the middle class to suffer and be frustrated in the hope that we will vote for "the other guy." They know that Americans think that if things are not going well, you fire the CEO and hire another one. The GOP strategy is most plainly described as sabotage.

    America's Conservative leaders only have two core beliefs:
    1. Get power however you can.
    2. Enrich yourself and your supporters however you can once you are in power.

    They don't believe in limited government, small government, family values, or any of that crap that they tell the yokels. They believe, as Adam Smith put it, "All for me and none for the rest."

    August 9, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. the real ib

    Obama has never come off the campaign trail that's all he knows how to do. Look at the unemployment rate since you took office; look at how the deficit has grown and no this is not Bush's fault it all yours. We don't have a president we have a campaigner and it's showing. So Sad.

    August 9, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Red by Choice

    "We've spent the last 20 months governing; they have spent the last 20 months politicking." Correction: The Dems have spent the last 20 months SPENDING! We are meters under water and the Dems are pushing the country under further. "USA, the new Greece"

    "They forgot I'm pretty good at politicking." We didn't forget. However, the nation learned that you are willing to ruin the country for years to come for your politicing today. Chicago politics at their finest!

    August 9, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Southern Moderate

    Obama has my support, and all democrats in November. I will never vote for a republican again. Besides Obama is a perfect moderate republican of the 1970's. Stupid Republican base these days...

    August 9, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Laura, Massachusetts

    They've been spending the last 20 months politicking? I think he has that backward...that is all he has been doing is campaigning and politicking....

    The republicans having been saying no...

    Both parties need to have ideas...the dems promised change and change they gave us...for the worse!!!

    August 9, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. January 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    I would rather watch reruns of the Weather Channel than listen to this self-absorbed blowhard speak.

    August 9, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "What the hell is so hard about a marrage between one man and one woman?"

    I'm not sure...why don't we ask the over 50%+ of heterosexual married couples that will have a failed marriage why they can't seem to make it work blah blah Jesus God the Bible yadda yadda Pope Flakes are a part of a balanced breakfast.

    FACT: Angry, resetnful, fearful religio-fascists who don't want to admit that heterosexual marriage is becoming a failure anyway...they're just worried that homosexuals will do it better.

    August 9, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Grog in Ohio

    To commenters complaining about Obama's governance... what's the complaint? Gitmo is still open, we're still in Iraq, we're escalating Afghanistan, unemployed people still have no health insurance and unemployment is exactly where George W. Bush left it. What's your complaint?

    August 9, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Jerry - Florida

    Oh, and don't forget he's good at lying, too!

    I wish President NObama would pay as much attention to the business of the country as he does to politicking and vacationing. Not to be outdone by Mrs. NObama, of course.

    Most insulting, the American are paying for all these frills.

    God help America!

    August 9, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Ramon

    For those of you who disagreed with president why don't you come out a say you hated this president since he was elected. It has nothing to do with politicking not what he is trying to do for middle class american

    August 9, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Ss

    He found something he could do, at least! Too bad he isn't as good a leader as he is a blabberer!

    August 9, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    All that the President has to do is remind us that he is doing what he was elected to do.
    Did anyone watch boner on To Meet The Press on Sunday? I have never seen Gregory trying so hard to get the orange man to answer simples questions.
    Simple things about the tax bush cuts that boner couldn't answer so he kept talking about Obama this and Obama that. Once again just witching no solutions.
    The one I thought was more interesting was the question about boner wanting to raise the retirement age to 70. In his own words he said so back in June. Gregory asked him about it and he waddled all over the place but couldn't be man enough (LOL) to say yes I said it and this is why or how we are going to proceed.
    Not only is he a hypocrite he is a first class coward!!!!!!!!!
    Ohio wake up!!!

    August 9, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Pretty good at politicking?" It's all Obama does.

    And I guess, in Obama's mind, "governing" is synonymous with wasting trillions of dollars

    August 9, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Cindy

    His politiking has certainly been good enough to pass quite a few big ticket items in congress this year, despite the GOP's obviously partisan efforts to make them his "Waterloo."

    Despite the GOP's efforts to discredit his presidency, Obama will go down in history as a great one.

    August 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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