October 26th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
4 years ago

WH bristles over top Republicans' remarks

(CNN)–The White House is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

With his usual sarcastic tone, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters "maybe Senator McConnell is interested in running for President."

The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing, so top aides jumped at the chance to paint McConnell's comments as more business as usual, and part of the problem that landed the "car in the ditch."

Gibbs said there will be time in two years for a presidential campaign, but that "members of the Senate are elected and hired by the people of the United States to get stuff done for the people of the United States, not posture and play political games, gum up the system."

Senator McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart told CNN that senators "are not elected to rubber-stamp the President's agenda, particularly when that agenda conflicts with the will of their constituents." Stewart did not back away from McConnell's comments, reiterating that "ending the Obama Administration's liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell's top political priority."

He said the White House is only targeting them in order to avoid focusing on their failed economic policies.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. C.

    But Senator McConnell and others on both sides of the aisle ARE posturing, playing games, and gumming up the system. Now, the Republicans are not alone in this, the parties seem to swap hobbling administrations, but that means BOTH of them are keeping things from getting done. Knock it off with the finger pointing, get over your self-created ideological war, and get to work, Washington! Our problems (unemployment, health care, education, two wars, trying to raise families, etc.) are much more important that yours (mine's-bigger-than-yours power comparisons, your reelection at your constiuents' cost as you dither instead of work, and focusing so much on ousting your opposing party in some distant future that you ignore the problems we're dealing with now).

    Gah.

    October 26, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Scott

    Can ONE Republican tell me how you can 1) Lower taxes 2) Not touch defense spending or Social Security and 3) lower the deficit. Can't be done. And watch how the "tea party's" concern over government spending disappears when Republicans are in office. No complaints when GWB created the biggest entitlement program in 50 years. Wonder why.

    October 26, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. EZ

    Vote for Democrats!! Give them a chance!! Remember 2 years compare to 8 of republican disasters is not enough. Vote for mainstream not the rich. Keeps the train moving forward towards progress

    October 26, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. MaggieLyn

    Obama, and his supporters, love to say Bush drove the car into the ditch. I agree. However, Obama squeeled the tires, flew out of the ditch, crossed over over the lefthand lane and flew it off the cliff!

    October 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. GMan

    I know, I know, why can't the republicans be more like the democrats, huh? You know, treat the president of the opposing party with RESPECT, as the dems have demonstrated thruout my lifetime. And the dems ALWAYS want the republican president to be a two-termer. That way, they can BLAME everything that happens on him, even if THEY are incharge of congress, like 2006 – and thru most of the Reagan years.
    Yeah, you dems are the paragons of political virtue you are.

    October 26, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. GaDem

    The Single most important thing. Is JobsJobsJobs.

    Frack the Repubs. We controlled all 3 branches of Congress the Repubs did not have the power to tie there shoes if we had not allowed it. We have no one to blame but ourselves no one cared what the Repubs said 2 years ago.

    Now Its looking bad for my congressman Jim Marshall he may not get re-elected.

    October 26, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. candidviews

    Gibbs is an idiot who doesn't even listen to his own boss. The Pres just said that while hsi name is not on the ballot, his agenda is on trial in this election and it is. The long train of abuses is about to come to a screeching end. I will choose gridlock for now over a continued rush into the abyss.

    October 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. tweezer

    Presidents can't control the economy nor can they create jobs. The economy and job creation is a roller coaster that they choose to ride (all they have to do is be tall enough). They might be blessed with good luck or bad luck. They can be boosted by a boom like the dot com bubble or hindered by a bust like the real estate meltdown. They can be lauded because the sun comes up or derided because it goes down. As far as the economy goes, presidents are driving a car that has no steering wheel. The car has brakes and it has a gas pedal. So, Presidents use those two tools as the only tools available. Try driving your car that way. It's destructive, no matter what.

    October 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Mike

    McConnell is un-american. He puts his and his parties agenda first. I think he should be brough up on TREASON charges! These are tough times. McConnell shoiuld be concerned about our COUNTRY and not about obtaining power. Shame on him. I say put him in front of a firing squad!

    October 26, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    With his usual sarcastic tone Gibbs uttered his usual dimwit reply....

    October 26, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. ncatty

    Gibbs is the perfect spokesman for this administration: Condescending and arrgant.

    October 26, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. 21 Year Old College Student

    I'm glad that's their top priority – there's no point in throwing water out of a sinking boat if you don't plug the whole in the boat first.

    Barack Obama took the national debt deficit from 1 trillion, to 4 trillion IN 2 YEARS, He's already spent more money than all the other presidents COMBINED!

    So making sure Obama is only a one term president sounds very good to me!

    And why don't we hear about Obama calling Republicans the "Enemy"? That's a double standard!

    October 26, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. stillcrazier

    I used to be a Democrat but changed to Republican. I am now a registered independent and basically libertarian. I find the partisan mud slinging sadly humorous. The truth is, neither party is without guilt for our current and ongoing national difficulties. And neither party looks ready to do the hard work and decision making required to get us back on track of liberty and free market. We're screwed.

    October 26, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Mark

    They are one in the same. Saving us from a second term of Obamanomics will save the country.

    October 26, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Chuck Coster

    Obama is personally responsible fo rthe firing of a union worker who was buiding a stage for hi sappearance. Obama had him fired beasue he was wearing a USS Bush ballcap, the aircraft carrier his son is serving on in the Mideast. So "George Soros" Obama gives his fiends our money at Goldman Sachs. Works for Soros buying short & making billions after the Demorcat FannieMae & FreddieMAC & Hedge Funds caused the financial meltdown. HAs communists and socialist as bowl weavels thorughout the Eeutgive Banch now. Collaborates with NPR to fire Juan Williams to send a message to the free press. But Obama is getting his millons. S M A L L C H A N G E for us because he now says WE ARE THE ENEMY because we don't agree with his Agenda.

    October 26, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Naomi

    Republicans drove the car into the ditch–that's what Obama is telling you numbskulls but the Democrats controlled Congress from 2006 and they wanted the economy to tank so they could come back to power. And they did. You the little numbskulls don't matter, it's Chicago-style politics or haven't you noticed. And now they are desperately trying to hold onto power after running up the deficit into the trillions of dollars with Obamacare, cap & trade, etc How the heck are we going to pay for all this??? Haven't you seen how the UK, France and Greece are imploding under socialized healthcare, exhorbitant pension plans for union thugs, and shrinking private sector. Open your eyes–Obama and Co. want power like Stalin and Mao Tse Tung.

    October 26, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Jake Flagg

    The #1 thing should be to impeach and remove the ineligible for office, senate or president, lying degenerate obama. That won't happen because it should have ALL READY BEEN DONE. Easy to prove, and easy to do.

    October 26, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. dave

    What was the unemployment rate when Obama was inaugurated? Where were the Dow and S&P when Obama was inaugurated? What was the national debt the day Obama was inaugurated? How much money did we owe China the day Obama was inaugurated? Now tell me things are not one hell of a lot worse now.

    October 26, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Brian

    Most of these poster have no idea what they speak. The Obama adminstration did not need nor want any input from the Republican party. All three branches of the U.S. govt. was controlled by one party....the Democratic party! Until Scott Brown came along they also had a fillibuster proof majority!!!!! So whatever has or has not happened can only fall at the feet of the Democratic party. Sorry folks. Most of these statements are misleading and inaccurate.

    October 26, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Dave

    If Glib Idiot Gibbs said it, it *must* be true. Can't wait for next Tuesday when Mr Obama learns a few new words like "compromise" and "capitalism". It's not the times of triumph that define a presidency, it's the times of trial and struggle. About time Mr Obama earned his pay grade.

    October 26, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Bill Billson

    "Gibbs said there will be time in two years for a presidential campaign, but that "members of the Senate are elected and hired by the people of the United States to get stuff done for the people of the United States, not posture and play political games, gum up the system"

    As is the Presidnet of the United States, but that doesn't stop him from lying and and posturing.

    October 26, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. The MaD HaCkER

    Democrats have had a super majority in Congress most of the past 4 years. So they could say to the Repubs "Shutup and sit in the corner!"
    So NOW its the fault of the party that has been sitting in the corner and being quiet?

    October 26, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. mack

    This country is about liberty and freedom. You are free to fail. I have very little concern for folks who have missed thier chance at the carrot. TOUGH. Re-tool and start over and you will find something you can succedd with, problem is the left is too ready to accept failure as an absolute. Not me, I work my arse off to make the money I spend and WOULD NOT TAKE A SINGEL GOV. penny PERIOD, too bad FDR let us think it was OK to have the government provide charity!

    October 26, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Dean Allen

    The GOP says we were not elected to rubber stamp Obama's agenda and they are correct. So some idiotic lib retorts "the GOP doesnt vote with Obama". Well HELLO idiot we are the loyal opposition loyal to COUNTRY not some empty suited radical who has labeled us "the enemy". Obama needs to stop WHINING, take responsibility for his FAILED policies and man up. The guy is a disgrace to this country.

    October 26, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. George of the jungle

    sounds about right. The repos are not interested in the economy or the middle class. All they was is to be back in office so they can rape the economy more. Vote them out . We can do it if the democrats stick togeather.

    October 26, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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