September 6th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: They talk about me like a dog

(CNN) – Those following President Obama's prepared remarks during a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday were thrown a bit of a curveball when it came to a description of his critics:

"Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true," he told a crowd largely consisting of union members.

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The line was a rare departure from a president who normally sticks close to the text of his speech and may forecast a more aggressive tone on the part of Obama as the midterms approach.

The address is the first of two speeches this week in which Obama will try and frame his administration's response to the recession, less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are on the ropes.

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  1. John

    Obozo is clearly losing it. What happened to Mr. Cool.? We can add this to the list of presidential firsts, how wonderful. I guessing the next speech will expand to mentioning dogs and Bull Conner. The race card is going to be blatently used soon as the pressure of loosing control of Congress gets ever closer. Maybe he needs to take another vacation?

    September 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. David Fitzgerald

    I just don't get it. Why would anyone want to go back to Republicans in charge. The American people have such short memories or...I don't know how else to say it but they are just plain dumb if they'd rather be run by the GOP. If you look at the Tea Party candidates who are winning primaries, it's pretty f'in scary. These are real nut jobs that have no place in life, let alone politics. Wake up people. You had 8 years of the GOP running the car in the ditch. Let's drive forward by putting the car in D. Putting it in R is only going to cause an accident.

    September 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Michael Daniels

    Poor MAN-CHILD B.O.
    He doesn't know what to do, so... he barks. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Waw.

    September 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. 1GregM

    Surround yourself with fleas and you will probably inherit them as you scratch you way to the bottom of the pile.

    September 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Alex

    This comment is not far from the truth, this man has been spoken about in a tone that is not just political, he is truly spoken about like a dog. The misinformation machine that is operating against this man with the financing of the Koch brothers and other interests is sickening. Look at the nasty comments that have rolled in on this blog already, There are really some very stupid nasty people in this world which show that a computer in the wrong hands can be dangerous.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. mike licavoli

    I asked the prez in an email to stop using strawman arguements and in place of "Some powerfull interests,....he can place my name.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Blame George Bush all you want but stuff didnt start to go south until the democrats took the majority of the house and Nancy got the car key's it was then that gas prices hit the fan and everything started to go to hell .

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. gjmort

    Wow. This is one thin skinned politician. One can only imagine how off the tracks he will become when he doesn't have an adoring Congress at his back. I can't wait for Nov 2 when we can once again but some adults back in charge.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Renea

    He is right they do Republicans wont help him try to fix this country in which they messed up but they will try to use every tactic their is to try to degrade this President. They love to use scare tactics ask Jane Brewer Mitch McConnell John Bohner Eric Cantor and the rest. I kind of want them to get back in power so people can get what they are asking for, which is nothing because ask yourselves people what do Republicans have to offer better then Democrats. you cant just choose the other party because things are not going the way you want now, you choose the other party when they have something better to offer you and you know they will keep their word.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Peter Courtenay Stephens

    Actually, My dog is smarter than you. He is also insulted by your comments.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Veteran1941

    Mr. President you are a Dog !!!!

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Rick Smith

    Using the dog reference is a very Muslim thing to say...

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Some of the comments make me sick. The President is right and many of the people posting here are confirming that there are plenty of crazy right-wing nuts out there. You'll get your Republican led government... and you will regret it!

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. No More

    You've thrown all kinds of invectives to the American people Mr. President, now you're like a child looking for someone to cajole you? Why are you getting wee wee'd up this time Mr. President? Your halo has fallen, your styrofoam Greek Columns is now full of dusts in some warehouse in Hollyweird. Many of your adulating followers had finally waken up from their long dose of koolaid ( I was one of them), now you're like a boy who cried for wolf.

    Mr. President, YOU conned me, YOU lied to me; don't expect an ounce of sympathy from your former follower.

    Go take a hike Mr. President, I CANNOT afford YOU anymore!

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Margaret/boise, Idaho

    This man is working as hard as any President during my lifetime and he does not get the respect he deserves. No, he couldn't walk on water or fix everything in his first 100 days, but he has been steady, reassuring and doing a great job. He needs our support, not all this stupid stuff. Sometimes I think voters are pretty shallow and short of memory.

    President Obama you have my full 110% support. My memory of the last Presidency has not faded.

    September 6, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. s.b.

    Is this his new way of saying everyone is racist who disagrees with him? Can't wait for the word bamboozle to get thrown around too. Yawn. Are Americans getting insulted by this yet? Hopefully.

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. sealgaire

    Wow, the victim card. Don't leave home without it.

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Jennifer

    Wow. Really? Amazing. Mr. President, you RUINED yourself with many Americans with your support of the mosque being built in NYC. How dare you! You had your chance to bring this country together, but you've failed miserably. It's more divisive than ever, thanks to your partisan ways and lack of empathy for our country in support of the "rights" of the muslims.

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Robert

    Another example that he is incapable of listening and learning. Ever. To reiterate ad nauseum horrible deceitful economic lies is enough to make one vomit. The GOP has been able to stop nothing. They are not to blame. Really really bad economic theory and horrible over the top spending is to blame. The only people helped by this guy are union thugs of SEIU. A disgrace. Over paid and under worked . The sooner we get rid of this DOG the sooner we can get this country and this economy back on track

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. kd

    Reading the comments here, it's amazing how many Americans actually are as ugly, angry and outright stupid as the Republicans play them to be. You fools already voted in the scoundrels that ruined this country and now you're poised to do it again. Republicans and the people who vote for them are beyond stupid.

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. mongo

    Hey Steve – are you familiar with the term Opposition? Do you know why he gets no support from the aptly named Right? Because he does everything opposite what they believe in. Same reason the Left opposed President Bush 9they of course were worse about it because they voted for things then turned around and blamed him for them). The Right has been in control not ONE second of his term – he could have passed all this lunatic crap hands down if it was really the correct thing to do. It isn't. You dopes dream up all these ulterior motives for the Right's opposition out of your own racist paranoia whee really it's because umm m oh ya he is politically opposite of what they believe in. See there's these things called scruples that the Left doesn't possess...

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. conserVegan

    the dog needs to be harnessed

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Former Yellow Dog

    Mr. President, Bush did drive the car into the ditch, but when you got the keys you drove it off the cliff!! If the Republicans are treating you like a dog, then they are being too kind and easy on you.

    September 6, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Joan

    From some of the comments on this page I would say the President is correct. Tell it like it is Mr. President and call them out on all of their viscious lies and exaggerations. Hold your head high and continue to lead your country with intelligence, thoughtfulness and integrity, something your opponents don't seem to understand.

    September 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Rhat

    Yeah and we gonna rub your nose in it and beat you in November.

    September 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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