August 30th, 2010
02:02 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Bob in PA

    This Country needs another President.

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Christy C.

    Not true Mr. President! Your liberal agenda has severely hindered small businesses in the last 18 months, so please do us all a favor and stop lying by once again blaming the Republicans...

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. November 2010

    Fire that lousy, no good economic team of bozos who have no clue as to what they are doing. This economy is all their fault. FIRE ALL OF THEM.

    August 30, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Meanwhile this hypocritical Bozo wants to levy the biggest tax increase on Small Business Owners in history come January! We see through your charade Erkel and thank God Republicans are stopping your unbridaled spending spree!!!

    August 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Shawn-GA

    Man this guy just can not be honest... it is getting pathetic how he lies and people just gobble it up without educating themselves...

    August 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Shawn-GA

    BTW folks all those who state the Iraq war caused our economic troubles... I know that no one has educated you to this so allow me to enlighten you a bit.

    The ENTIRE war has cost less than the money Obama has thrown away on stimulus that did nothing for the country!

    WAKE UP!!! Read and educate yourselves, slick speeches do NOT make a leader.

    August 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Jane

    Mr "Blame everyone else"..President doing what he does best. Out the door in four.

    August 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. C Smith

    I hope in the next few weeks he starts calling out the Republicans for the pure obstructionists they are. If he can make the American people wake up and see the Repubs have no ideas to help the economy, he can spare us all from them taking too many seats in November.

    August 30, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. More change in November (but good change)

    I'm a small business owner and Obama's policies are hurting more than helping.

    Also, this man is an idiot. The GOP CAN'T BLOCK his agenda. He's had a supermajority in the Congress for his whole presidency. Obama is just playing politics and laying blame. The man failed, get over it.

    August 30, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Squiggs

    Here's your GOP at work people. Go ahead put them back in power. You think the "lesser" of us have it bad now. They'll become invisible once those American haters are back in power.

    August 30, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Jan

    The media wonders how 20% of the nation can believe that Obama is a Muslim.

    Well, this is why a bunch of the American people have no idea that the Small Business Bill is FULLY PAID FOR... because CNN et al lets the GOP get away with lies like this:

    "Instead of growing jobs as promised, Washington Democrats have grown the size of the national debt, the federal government and the unemployment rate," McConnell said.

    Please inform the American people that this Small Business Bill is already PAID FOR.

    August 30, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Sherry

    The President shouldn't be too surprised. Republicans have and always will be for BIG BUSINESS and could care less for the small business guy or blue collar workers, other than how they can be used to line their own pockets.

    August 30, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. bill

    keep after them.mr president.hold them accountable.we the majority know what is going on.the repubs started on the day you were sworn in.with the intent of stopping everything you try.even if it means.DESTROYING EVERYTHING IN U.S. OF AMERICA.

    August 30, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. joe

    Instead of increasing the deficit with all your bailouts, since nothing has worked and we are still losing jobs(2MIllion this year), there is a simple answer. Companies in the US now have close to 3 Trillion dollars. Because of your solcialistic policies, they are scared to death of what is coming next and that is why they sit on the sidelines. The answer is repeal the health plan, tear up Wall Street reform and continue the tax cuts. This will have a major affect on these companies. Small business do not want to hire because of the increased cost of your health bill. So no matter what you do on the small business jobs bill, it will have no effect whatsoever. That is why the Republicans wont vote for it. You are nothing but a crybaby and wont listen to people who know what they are taling about. Wake up Mr President.

    August 30, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Tim

    Yes, too many Americans. He's not one of them, he's off on vacation again.

    He's almost as brilliant as he thinks he is.

    August 30, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Tim

    If you put a little propeller on his head, it all makes sense.

    August 30, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Way back in the '80's, Frank Zappa stated, in an interview, that 2 things destroyed the United States of America and they can both be abbreviated with 3 letters. Those 2 things, he said, were LSD and MBA. By LSD, he went on to explain, he meant the whole inward-gazing me, me, me attitude which started to replace a more common-good approach as the baby boom came of age. By MBA, he meant the commodification of everything as well as the change in our education system from one producing well-rounded individuals able to think for themselves to a vocational system which teaches specific skill sets for specific careers and churns out obedient little consumerbots. Frank Zappa was a smart man. Have a nice day!

    August 30, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    All we hear is how the repulsive repuglicans are pro business and not Obama. Well! Where is the action to back up their empty words?

    August 30, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin's created jobs: one for herself, one for her husband Todd campaigning for her, one for Bristol and one for Bristol's baby daddy Levi. That's 4 jobs, all in the family.

    August 30, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Dano

    How sad that the GOP is doing their best to ensure that our economy doesn't rebound from the disaster they caused just to improve their chances of winning some seats in November. Party before country is their motto.

    August 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Scott

    The democrates don't even support this bill. He has enough votes in his own party to pass it if they wanted to. Wake up America this guy is a liar and cares nothing for anything but himself.

    August 30, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Tinkers Dam

    Should read, "Obamatard rips GOP for not supporting unions."

    August 30, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. gt

    oh really ,,, lets see you control all 3 branches ....give me a break and man up.... i guess you havent heard of the buck stops here...looser..

    August 30, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Why Should The Republicans Do Anything to Help America . . .

    It's much more important to defeat Barry and regain power.

    August 30, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. mike

    The party of NO is at it again and they tell there voters that they are out for small business that is another joke that there brain dead party members suck up to maybe Obama needs to get a blackboard like Beck has and teach these uneducated idiots just like little school children and if they still don't get we can put a dummy cap on them and have them sit in the corner of the class

    August 30, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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