September 14th, 2010
04:33 PM ET
4 years ago

White House Dispatch: In full contrast

Washington (CNN) - As President Obama delivered his back to school speech in Philadelphia, back at the White House I was hanging out in the West Wing where top aides were glowing over their efforts to paint House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Republicans in general, as obstructionists and out of touch. "It feels good to be on the offensive,' said one aide.

After months of trying to sharpen their economic message, a White House aide said the 'wrestling match' over extending middle-class tax cuts, and whether the wealthiest Americans should continue to benefit from the Bush era cuts, has allowed them to better contrast what Democrats are pushing for and Republicans are trying to block.

Rep. Boehner, said the official, is a good "symbol" of that contrast. And while the official admitted that the White House has helped to elevate his name recognition, the benefits of their strategy outweighs that.


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  1. Marty, FL

    Shawn GA,
    Please Google "Market Watch." Bloomberg actually has it at 13% deficit reduction from August last year. Market Watch analyzes it for the budget year. Sorry for the confusion.

    September 14, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Web Spinners

    And in the depths of the WH, the little troll tale spinners are hard at work, concocting their tales of illusion and myth to spread over the land to divert attention from the failures of their leader, the Puppet Master. And the plot thickens.

    September 14, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Valerie from Raleigh

    The Republican supporters seem to have forgotten the terrible years of the Bush presidency -– took us to war with the wrong country, turned a tax surplus into record losses. Gave tax breaks to the wealth at a time of war, never before done in the history of our country. Gave rich war no-bid contracts to Cheney's buddies at Halliburton, trashed the constitution, tortured prisioners and ruined our reputation around the world as a good and decent people. Now sitting in the White House is a man of intellect and education who has worked very hard to get the country back on track while having to deal with the party of "No" who have shown a willingness to act against the country and actually take it down to return Republicans to office. Republican behavior has been shameful. Remember this when you vote in November. Vote and support the middle class American - vote Democratic.

    September 14, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Dennis Small Business Owner Utah

    Open, Transpatent, and AEB's

    Washington should cleansed.

    Hope November gives us a good start

    September 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Everyone keep dreaming who thinks the RepubliCAN'Ts are going to take over in November... They have NOthing, NO plan, NO Solutions!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November!!! Yes We Can!!

    September 14, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "All things went to hell after 2006 when the Democrats took a majority in the houses. They ignored the warning of Bush about the housing market and guess what happened..."

    Actually, Barkey Frank made proposals in early 2007 to try to fix that problem but, like almost everything the Dems tried to do during 2006 to present, it was filibustered. Check the Congressional record. Add in Bush vetoing almost everything the Dems did and the only thing you can claim that the Dems had control of was what got filibustered and/or vetoed.

    September 14, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Dave

    This White House's obsession with good PR and nothing more, and defining the other party, is not contributing to the recovery of this country. Yes, Mr. president going back to school is good for the children, and your people should go and take basic economics classes as well! And also take some public administration lessons, and they can skip the public relations class!

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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