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. Rational

    Consider yourself lucky, Mr. POTUS. Most of us consider you much lower than a dog.

    September 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Obama is Carter

    Heck, if Obama'g job was whining, he would already be the best president ever.

    September 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Shorty Felter

    Bush left Obama in a hole but he didn't force him to keep digging. Spending more on foreign wars and "stimulus" (i.e. debt) – yeah, that's the ticket.

    September 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I do not understand how people can believe anything republicans say. This man has worked so hard to right this country. Did no one learn manners or respect as a child?

    Now, Bush is a war criminal and that is the truth

    September 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Erik

    Now add either "delusional" or "demagogic" to Obama's growing list of narcissistic personality disorders.

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. BlueDog Democrat

    Obama and all of the other out of control politicians in Washington need to go. A true leader speaks positively about this country! A true leader doesn't attack: auto companies, oil companies, insurance companies, banks, edge funds, venture capital funds, manufacturing, technology, etc....

    A true leader doesn't scare the heck out of every sector and wonder why there aren't any jobs.

    Obama, please resign already. We might have wanted change before you showed up, but now we need it.

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Anne

    OMG....my 6 year old grandson whines less than this guy.

    What a thin skinned embarrassment he is to our country.

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. jim

    I thought he said he was going to be a uniter. He has become really pathetic!

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. mongo

    David Fitzgerald – hey here's an idea – read up on how the government in this country works before you open your ignorant piehole

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Wild Bill

    WoW!!- Haven't heard the "talk about me like I'm a dog–" comment since the Marine Corps in the early 70"s.It was a standard complaint of the brig rats back then. All poor performance could be excused by complainer they weren't being respected-irrespective of their failure to meet even basic standards.. Man- very ghetto- very victim-hood, poor put upon black folk kind of remark. Just what we want want from a President- Retro racism victimhood. What next? Re-runs of "Roots"?

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Jake

    Pretty thin-skinned for someone who dogs Bush 24/7.

    "Dog" would have been one of the nicest thing the Libs called Bush.

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Lindy

    The President's degeneration will be immediatetly revealed by a directly proportional degradation of language.

    Sad commentary for the President of the United States.

    Obama IS NOT a leader

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Shish

    If it looks like a "dog", it barks like a" dog"..then guess what ...It is a "dog."..So let us make it a lame" dog "in November.

    September 6, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Brett

    Because you are

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. bobden

    Yes, Mr. President. It's past time to call them out for their whining and for their lies. They twice put into office the creep that nearly destroyed our country.

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Smilinjack

    I wouldn't degrade my dog by equating you with one. You only wish you were liked as much as a dog is.

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Wizardman

    If everything this President does is viewed through the prism of race, as Democrats do, than any opposition to Obama has to be racial, with no exception. They would vote for him solely because of his race, yet cannot fathom any criticism, as it would have to be because of his race. Similarly, any narrow vote for a Republican had to have been accomplished because of cheating (e.g. GWB), because close votes for Democrats are invariably linked to cheating.

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Hes Nancy's dog and does tricks for her a very loyal pet Obama .

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Kim

    Oh...boohoo........what a crybaby.......the way Dems talked about Bush, MR. Obama.....you have nothing to bitch about, get used to it, because we may talk about you like your a dog, but we will put you out to pasture like and old used up horse...

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Chadw

    No that is wrong, dogs are faithful and loyal..

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Saundra Waecker

    The President says Republicans talk about him as though he is a dog. I havent got a clue what that means. The President I'm sure understand that politics is not for sissies. People on both sides of the aisle do not seem to be kind. How would Mr. Obama like the criticism that Sarah Palin has endured. Besides the last time I saw the Obama's traveling , their dog BO arrived on a separate plane just for him, I have never traveled so well, being a dog in the White House might not be a bad job.

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. coffeeTime

    Maybe his fetching every liberal stick thrown by Reid and Pelosi has something to do with it. Just say'n...

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Fred

    Actually, I like dogs a lot more than I like obama. I would never insult a dog by referring to the obamanation as one.

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Rover

    I guess when you act like dog excrament, people associate you with the animal that made it!

    September 6, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Tony

    Silly Drudgeans. You're calling the president all sorts of names. What you don't realize is this country would be better served with a Muslim, a socialist, or a dog in charge than a Republican!

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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