September 17th, 2010
11:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Public service is not a game

 Obama: Public service is not a game.
Obama: Public service is not a game.

(CNN) – GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon's pushing back Friday against some jabs from President Barack Obama.

Obama, in Connecticut Thursday to headline a fundraiser for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic Senate nominee, brought up McMahon, a former pro-wrestling executive.

"I understand she has promised a 'smackdown'. That is what she said. And, look, there's no doubt, I can see how somebody who's been in professional wrestling would think that they're right at home in the United States Senate - if they were watching some of the behavior that's been going on. But the truth is - and Dick understands this - public service is not a game," said Obama.

"At this moment, we are facing challenges we haven't seen since the Great Depression. And facing serious challenges requires serious leaders," added the president.

While the McMahon campaign agreed with some of Obama's comments, they don't see eye to eye with most of what he said.

"We agree with the President that this country is facing challenges we haven't seen since the Great Depression, and Washington needs leaders who are willing to take on the status quo. But with all due respect to the President, his policies are the status quo, and I think it's clear from the polling that the public has had enough of the endless spending, the mounting debt and the growing unemployment rate. Dick Blumenthal would be a rubber stamp for the policies coming out of Washington, and people are ready for something different," says a McMahon campaign spokesman Ed Patru, in a statement to CNN.

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely Connecticut voters released earlier this week indicates that McMahon has narrowed Blumenthal's advantage to six points. The winner will succeed Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for a sixth term in the Senate.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Obama said "...And facing serious challenges requires serious leaders," Seriously?

    Obama & his speech writers are now plagiarizing Hollywood movie speeches for their rhetoric, in this case, The American President (1995) starring Michael Douglas as the President: "We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them."

    Pathetic.

    September 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. mami.ray

    I don't think that people understand..it's not Obama's policies or ideas that we're sick of...it's the fighting, whining, bickering, and political grandstanding that we're tired of. It's the watering down of any could be substantial bill to appease the minority party..they are the ones who are fighting for the status quo and they are playing their fear mongering games when it comes to any sort of "change". They don't want change and that's obvious...and their hate mongering, xenophobic rhetoric is working on the fickle American public, unfortunately.

    September 17, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. AtHomeDad

    Re Linda Mac/CT Senate race:
    Sure, we can all laugh at WWF, but she was managing a real company. Any different corraling viewers than Barry's old job hustling grass roots volunteers? And, if Dick is such a serious/honest broker, why the several deceitful lies about his "Vietnam Service"? No candidate these days has clean closets. No person with tidy background (and sanity) wants to go through the gauntlet to get elected - invasive reporting and boot-licking fundraisers inclueded!

    September 17, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Obama considers public service, a huge bonanza in benefits, which he doesn't have to pay for. He couldn't care less, about anything else.

    September 17, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Anonymous

    You tell'em Pres Obama !!!!

    September 17, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. jeb b

    i hope the president takes ex-prez clinton advice on what 3 points or the message that he must convey going forward to the people as president clinton explained on jon stewart's show. a "fresh" message is imperative because the message or tone of the bush yrs have surely played out. i question just who's prepping you for the talks and discssions you have w/ the electorate????? aka the folks. you seem to hesitate when speaking as if your afraid that you are going to offend someone........get on point with a clear vision/outlook about the days that lie ahead.

    September 17, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Listen up democrats and republicans! Change is coming! A new era of personal responsibility and respect for freedom and civil rights is coming. Everyone will be viewed equal in the eyes of the law and everyone's rights will be protected. We the young people see past the facade and know that the democrat and republican parties are one and the same. A two headed beast that is destroying our country. The awakening has begun! Those of you who have fallen for the divide and conquer charade and believe in one of these parties still have time to wake up and make a change! Support freedom and the Constitution or get out of the way. Change is coming indeed. Educate yourself about the Federal Reserve and find out about the lies we have been raised to believe. Find out about this group of PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS who have hijacked this nation and really call all the shots! Then you will see D or R doesn't matter, it's whether your are with the people or the bankers.

    September 17, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Jeff from Va

    No, Public service is not a game, he needs to tell that to some of his fellow Democrats, the ones playing with our childrens future. Sure she and her family have made their there money on Wrestling (Sports Entertainment), she is an exectutive, she is not a wrestler. Boy the Democrats are really worried about November, as well they should be.

    September 17, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. John Q.

    Mr. Obama, you may not know this but professional wrestling is a business... a very successful business I might add. It takes management skills, business knowledge skills, financial accountability, all the things mostly lacking in Government right now. You're right, it is not a game, and best left to professionals. Political progressive ideologues are best left to lobbies and community organizing, not running a government; as you continue to appoint the same in error. You just don't get it sir, and it is showing badly in our continuing economic woes.

    September 17, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. MR. AMERICA

    The term "endless spending" that the GOP keeps touting is a lie.

    September 17, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Sure it's a game. He who gets the most campaign contributions from lobbyists wins! have a nice day!

    September 17, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    Want MORE insane federal spending CT?

    Want MORE federal debt on your children and grand children shoulders?

    Want MORE unemployment?

    Want MORE illegal immigration?

    Blumenthal = OBOZO Rubberstamp. Dead on and enuf said!

    September 17, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Naqib

    Although some would consider the current "Service" a joke

    September 17, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Pam

    It is very sad that people like Linda McMahon and Sarah Palin think they are qualified to service in public offices.
    Sarah already proved she couldn't hack it when she quit her job as Governor of Alaska.

    September 17, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Ancient Texan

    This president is a real piece of work, picking individual members of the opposition party and attacking them. Never in my 50 years of voting in national elections, have I seen the President of the United States so aligned with a group of special interest citizens and totally ignore or belittle the rest of the nation.

    September 17, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    President they won’t get because they want live in small world

    Yesterday secretary of state how tea party affect our foreign policy example

    Our foreign policy almost same whether republicans or democrats in power. Foreign investors they don’t care who is in power . But recent comments from Tea party makes foreign investors think twice

    We need jobs so we need investors we can’t ignore foreign investors specially small investors

    September 17, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Rick CT

    Obama should talk. He's spent every waking moment smaking down his opposition in a way no resident in the history of this country has done so directly.

    And now he's going to game the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to circumvent the Constitution in order to achieve his governement takeover of our lives objectives.

    Forget all his promises, this is clearly nothing more than a rough-and-tumble game to Obama, and he'll do whatever it takes to win it, regardless of whether his goals actually coincide with the best interests of the people

    September 17, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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