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. independent

    A serious politician commenting on a dilettante.

    September 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. BDub

    And deliberately working to bankrupt America and take away American's Liberty is somehow "Public Service"? That's change you can believe in. More personal attacks in a weak attempt to reduce the oppositions credibility will continue to backfire.

    September 17, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Laura, Boston

    Obama is a serious leader? Has he been drinking his own kool-aid?

    Of course Linda McMahon is going to use terms she is used to that is her background..

    Obama used "hope" and "change" and was he serious about it..I'm still hoping and waiting for the change I can believe in...he is good at slogans himself so he shouldn't thrown stone now should he?

    September 17, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. jenn, philadelphia

    The President is right, public service isn't a game. And lying about being in combat when you weren't isn't forgivable. No matter what the Democrats think. Blumenthal says he "misspoke" about his service. When that happens more than once, it's called a lie.

    September 17, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Odd... Obama fails to mention that in 2008, then-candidate Obama was offered and gladly accepted free face time on the McMahon's programming.

    What's changed, Obama?

    September 17, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Stacie

    As someone who watched crappy tv during the 80's, I apologize for helping bring folks like McMahon, Sean Duffy and Christine O'Donnell into the spotlight. We were only teenagers. How could we possibly know that our mindless watching of MTV and WWF would cause such harm to this country. Please, please forgive us.

    I'm not pecking Puck!

    September 17, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. USN

    Dems have been leading congress and controling the money for more then 3 1/2 years ! All 3 for more then a year and a half . And it's still republicans keeping anything from being fixed? Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. Yes we need adults in charge , 2010/2012

    September 17, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Dean

    "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......................................This is true but the challenges are above Obama's head and abilities. In fact he is causing many of the challenges.

    September 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. LIP

    Everything is all about politics and sound bites right now and nothing anyone says can be trusted as truth, to unfortunately include the President of these United States.

    September 17, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The President is correct Public service is serious business. What the we are angry about is the lack of public service. What the public has received over the last forty to fifty years are representation not for the public but for the Corporations, the Lobbyists, and for the elected officials themselves.
    The public seems to be a very low priority to today's elected representatives.

    September 17, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. GI Joe

    As our elected officials and candidates get more and more violent in their discussions (smack down, reload, crosshairs, take him out, knock the hel. out of, etc), the populace in general will become more violent also.

    Of course, "they are only words" . . . . . . . so far.

    September 17, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. jim

    And I can understand how someone that has never held a job in the private sector and has lived of the government their whole entire life would be able to mess up the economy the way that Obama and the rest of his merry men have.

    September 17, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. dawn

    Indeed, public service isn't a game. But President Obama is the wrong person to make that point.

    September 17, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Big John

    If what they say is true that Dick Blumenthal would be a rubber stamp for the policies coming out of Washington, electing people such as Linda McMahon would be a rubber stamp for policies that got us into this near depression to begin with. As President Obama once said the economy is like doing a U-turn with an ocean liner. He's correct on that point. First it must be slowed enough to begin the turn, then the turn ordered, then the turn is initiated and it finally begins to actually change direction we're at this point now. The depression was avoided thanks to the programs initiated by President Obama we've slowed the ship and the turn order was given. The problem we have now is that some of the crew members are the party of "No" and are doing everything they can to avoid the turn. Returning any more crew members from the GOP would be the absolutely wrong thing to do, they want the ship to head back toward the waterfall. Vote for the democrats in November and let them complete the turn away from danger.

    September 17, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Steve- Illinois

    "Public service is not a game." I never had such a good laugh in my life! Here's the President, with the economy in the toilet, unemployment through the roof, a stimulus that was a huge failure, all brought to us by politicians whom most have never even held a real job, trying to blast a candidate that has operated a hugely successfull entertainment business! maybe it's about time our government is run by people with proven success in running a business profitably, instead of by a bunch of college educated idiots that couldn't operate a lemonade stand profitably, if you gave them the lemonade for free!

    You spend your way INTO bankruptcy, not OUT of it!

    Common Sense!

    September 17, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Manuel

    If we want our state to stay with pride and on top, we need Mr. Blumenthal. Ms. McMahon doesn't know us. We know she's has a lot of money and can buy anything, but we can not let her buy this seat. My uncle has a few millions, maybe I should have talked him into buying the seat to make sure we'll continue to have a state with pride.

    September 17, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Justin

    The state of our democracy, is in shambles. We finally have a President, that is trying to do the right thing, and all he gets is backlash from the Republicans, all because they want to be in "power".

    September 17, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. len

    If you play at a wedding, the bride is the star. If you are elected to public office, the voter is the boss. It's all for the show and if you forget that, you lose your gig.

    Listen to Bill Clinton.

    September 17, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Don E. Wuerl

    Linda McMahon is very creative; insane people are very creative. But, she is only spewing BS! I don't want to goto the US Senate to hear BS; I will go to a dairy farm to do that! There are plenty of those here in the state of Wisconsin!

    September 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Carl

    The Status Quo??? Forgive me but I'm pretty sure it is your polices that fit the bill on the Status Quo!! Give me a break!

    September 17, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. barry

    I hope McMahon wins. Her statement is exactly correct. Obama policies are what drew us into almost depression status and Blumenthal will just be a rubber stamp for the bad policies. We need independent thinkers not more little sheep.

    September 17, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. William Jefferson

    President Obama is a Titan who is constantly bothered by pesky little nits called the gop. If they were not so intent on grabbing power and instead did the work of the nation this would not be a big deal, but they are always more focused on how they can make the country fail because that is their publicly stated political goal.

    If congressional republicons could pull their heads out of the arses for a second they would see that we have an historic opportunity to ake some fundamental changes to make our nation one that lives up to our best ideals and implses, instead of wallowing in the mud with beck, limbaugh, palin, odoneel, toomey, paul and the teahadist movement.

    September 17, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. malabar

    If its not a game, get off the golf course and basketball court. if its not a game, dont sue states that try to enforce laws and ignore states that avoid enforcing them. if its not a game, stop trying to figure out which member of the opposing party you should demonize and run against, as that seems to change almost daily. and whats the big focus on odonnell and masturbation? hahaha, if u all love her quotes frm the 90s you should have no problem with Whitman going back there against Brown. try not to make ur hypocrisy so transparent in ur juvenile rationalizations

    September 17, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Orlando Patriot

    The key to the phrase "Public Service" means that you SERVICE THE PUBLIC!! What that means is you work for US!! We do not work for YOU!! The responsiblities for government are fairly simple: to defend and protect the constitution and the people of this great nation. What we have is an administration that is NOT protecting our borders OR protecting the economy of this great nation. Being a modern day Robin Hood (take from the rich and give to the poor) works ONLY until the "rich" realize that government is disincentivizing them to make money (i.e. why make more money when the government just takes more?). No society has ever lasted by taking "from the rich and giving to the poor". Just look at Greece...........Enough said.........

    September 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Snow

    Oh yes as nobummer says we need serious leaders in DC but wait a minute, we need a leader in the White House not a community organizer with no experience running a lemonade stand even(and it shows).

    September 17, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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