August 30th, 2010
02:02 PM ET
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Obama rips GOP for blocking business aid bill

 President Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking a small business assistance bill.
President Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking a small business assistance bill.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking a small business assistance bill, calling their opposition "pure partisan politics."

The country needs a "full scale attack" on economic sluggishness, he told reporters at the White House.

"While we have taken a series of measures and come a long way ... too many Americans are still looking for work and too many communities are far from being whole again," he said.

The president also said his economic team is "hard at work" on a series of new measure designed both to spark short-term hiring and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Must be terribly disappointing to not be able to throw more money away, on bad programs.

    August 30, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    "I want Obama to fail!" -Rush Limbaugh. How many Republican Senators denounced that ?

    August 30, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. jim

    Code for ,lets crank up the printing press and spend some more money we don't have.And if that doesn't work we'll just blame Bush or Republicans.Dems-party of borrow and blame

    August 30, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. matt

    This administration is unbelievable. Instead of spending a year and a half, passing policies that most americans opposed, he could have been working on employment. How stupid does he think we are. Now that the damage is done he is on our side. Go back to martha's vinyard after this speach you need another rest.

    August 30, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    While President Obama is hard at work trying to get this country back on its economic feet after 8 years of GOP mismanagement and self-interest, the GOP is hard at work trying to destroy the lower and middle class.

    August 30, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Rip those republicans a new one Mr. President. I don't know how republicans expect to win in November when they've NO on almost everything. It seems like the only concensus we get from the Party Of No is from Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and an occasional Scott Brown. The rest of those right wing obstructionists need to start looking for jobs since they are not helping to create any.

    August 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. KK

    The Party of No has a big responsibility for the state of affairs this country is in. They care more about the politics of the country than the people. Bush and his Administration got the entire WORLD into the mess we are in with their nonsense politics and wheeling and dealings.

    August 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. mj

    The last thing we need is another "Bill" for taxpayers to pay. Most small businesses do not need to take out a loan. They need customers/clients do utilize their goods and services. If Obama had any "Business Sense" he would understand this. All this "Bailout" is doing is digging us further and further into a hole we won't be able to get out of. He can not keep spending money that is not there. Please take away his checkbook.

    Found it interesting that he had to ask an agent for money to buy lunch
    while on vacation. Typical mentality, someone else will pay for it. That is a major problem with Society today. Too much Government Control. Americans need to tighten the belt, pay their own way, and not expect someone else to take care of them.

    August 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Alan

    I can't believe that after all this adm has done to hurt business he can stand there and say that it is all of the GOP's fault. I do believe that there is plenty of blame to go around.

    If you are a GOPer or a DEM, if you voted for the stimulus plan, health care, or the bank bailouts, you need to go. It's the DEBT stupid!

    My opinion of course!

    August 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Big George in Big D

    Rip 'em all you want you big money spending clown! Enough with your spending. Four and the door!! Geez, I can't wait!

    August 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Shirley in California

    And I, Mr. President believe you. (Those) people will stop at nothing to bring you down to their pathetic level and regain power. Please keep calling them out. There was a time I might have believed in their "fiscal responsibility" but this new republican party is so low no one with an ounce of dignity or respect would cast a vote for them. Keep up the fight and I'm glad you took some time off for vacation. Stress kills.

    August 30, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. lindaglenn

    if Republicans keep this up we will never get out of this mess.

    August 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. EDDIE

    Why is that the Demorats have the Presidency and the Majority in both the houses and it still seems that theF-ing repubs are still running this country?It's starting to get really pathetic.The Dems need to start showing some gut's.

    August 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Eric

    Dude, you've got huge majorities in BOTH houses of congress. There isn't anything you can't get if you wanted it. In fact, he's gotten everything he's asked for. As a president, asking for legislation, he's one of the most successful ever, if you use that as the measuring stick.

    The fact is republicans are neutered. They have no power to stop anything. If they did, do you think they would have allowed you to take over GM, pass the Cash for Unions program or the National Medical Annexation bill?

    Barry says, "The country needs a 'full scale attack' on economic sluggishness."

    Don't worry, Barry, you'll get one and you'll be surprised how big it is on the morning of November 3 when we take your congress away from you. THEN, and then only, can you whine about how those evil republicans are blocking this or that legislation.

    Welcome to the Obamaconomy... the unemployment line forms here. Now serving Number 19,999,999.

    August 30, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Someone please tell me why the Republican Party hates people so much? I think we're kinda nice.

    August 30, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Once again, I agree with President Obama. After the jump, I read where Sen. McConnel immediately released a statement regarding the deficit. This business aid bill has nothing to do with external deficit spending. This is internal spending, there is a big difference between the two. The senator's comments are way out of line and inappropriate. Clearly, the senator is in league with Rush Limbaugh, who simply want to see this President fail.

    August 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Take America Back: from Texas

    Let me get this straight;........Obambi/Pelosi/Reid have spent Trillions on entitlements, extending unemployemt payments, stimulus spending to the tune of $200k per person for each job it created.......the take-over of health care (even when the majority of Americans opposed it) the take-over of our banking systems, and the list grows.......The MAJORITY in control are the Democrats, they do not need one single Republican to get whatever they want done!

    August 30, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Brian L

    The economy was recovering until 41 was seated!!!!!

    August 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Mark from Louisiana

    Small business doesn't need loans or tax credits, it needs CUSTOMERS. With this "share the wealth" administration customers are few and far between. I hope my business can hang on until we get a new president................

    August 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. HypocriCNNation!

    Sadly, Senate Republicans Blocking This Small Business Aid Bill Won't Be The Headline. Some How The Media Will Twist It To Say That President Obama Is Not Addressing Unemployment. The Enthusiasm Gap For This Fall (November 02nd) Is With Republicans (Totally Ignoring Democratic Voters), And Republicans Will Be Given A Platform To Criticize President Obama At Every (Scheme) Turn To Never Be Held Accountable By The Media.

    August 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. not fooled

    The ReCorporatans will block anything that isn't mega business. If the bill benefits the Main Street it's "Socialist" if the bill benefits out of country non tax paying multinationals, then they are all go.

    Republicans are not doing anything to help this country, they are only doing what will help line their own pockets with no regard to patriotic ideals.

    I am sickened by those who buy in to the lies provided by the saudi owned Faux News (Saudis=9/11) and their devisive anti patriotic ways.

    August 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Just more proof that the last thing the GOP wants is for the suffering to end. It's to their advantage for it to continue and they have done and will do anything and everything within their power to assure that it does...so they can run on it.

    August 30, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. stevegee

    Obama and the Democrats just don't get it: the federal government has no business trying to tinker with our market economy; that's what got us into this mess in the first place! Furthermore, We The People reject the Socialist agenda that Obama, Pelosi and Reid have been shoving down our throats!

    The solution is to dramatically cut the size and scope of the federal government; cut it back to where it began when the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Only then can our citizens (legal ones) and our country begin to prosper again.

    Wake up people! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    August 30, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. John

    That the republican party of NO. They say the county need Jobs,and when Obama try too do something too get jobs going the republican say no. It been almost two year now,and the republican said NO too every thing Obama tried too do. for once why didn't you republican try and help him. I'm republican for all my live,but i sick of all the no and if their are not some changes you will not get my vote in NOV. Vote NO for the party of NO in NOV.

    August 30, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Yep, the GOP and its corporate sponsors want President Obama and our country to fail – so they can make a bid to return to power.

    The GOP doesn't care that average Americans are suffering – they just want to be back in a position where they can de-regulate industries, cut taxes for the wealthy, and in general, use our nation and the American people to further their political and financial power.

    November will be a rude awakening for the Republicans – because we will stand up and tell them in no uncertain terms, that our great nation and her people do not exist simply to further the gains of the wealthiest few.

    Our country was founded upon the promise of a better life and justice for ALL people – not just the ones with the most money.

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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