Obama hits the road with debt compromise message
July 22nd, 2011
02:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama hits the road with debt compromise message

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his call for compromise on Washington's contentious debt reduction talks on the road Friday, telling an audience at the University of Maryland that politicians need to "wind it back" and stop "demonizing the other side."

He didn't hesitate to lash out at GOP resistance to tax hikes in the marathon negotiations, however, declaring that it's time for "the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations (to) do their part."


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  1. B

    Great, but about six months too late..

    There is too much to resolve before things start happening and when they do, standby for some upset folks..

    July 22, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. A real American

    That's what he always does: comprimise. Funny how, after the comprimising, there's very little liberal input into the resulting policy. Keep voting for corporatists, and you get what you deserve.

    July 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. bill

    Instead of lecturing us, why don't you show us your plan.

    July 22, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    University of Maryland? Wow. Talk about preaching to the choir, Obama. Here's a thought – why don't you try to take your message to independents – you know, those voters who don't fawn over your every word? Those are the voters that are going to make or break your reelection.

    On second thought... keep talking at the University of Maryland.

    July 22, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Ray E. Georgia

    I am amazed of how Obama makes no bones about Class Warfare. Soak the Rich. But that will increase the unemployment even higher. But it seems most people want someone else to pay the freight. Good luck with that. The bottom may be about to fall out. Business left the U.S. because of not being able to pay everything. Wonder why unemployment is running about 17 percent?

    July 22, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have delcared class war on US!

    It not a "compromise" until corporations and the ultrawealthy make sacrifices at least equal to what the rest of us have made and will continue to make. The top 2-4% of the country own 60-80% of the wealth in this country. Therefore, they should be making 60-80% of the sacrifices. Right now though, the GOBPbaggin' political prostitutes have kept the wealthy and powerful from making any sacrifices whatsoever. Their game plan moving forward appears to be to make some token gesture (which, BTW, is exactly how abusive partners control the one they are abusing) that does nothing to acknowledge the gross disparity in how the rich have gotten massively richer during the Bushco regime, while everyone else stayed the same or lost ground. This is a travesty and a tragedy, and American cannot survive as a land of opportunity for all if the cult of corrupt corporatism prevails in achieving its feudalistic goals and continuing the vampiric practice of sucking off the money and energy of average Americans.

    July 22, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    He just cannot give up wealth redistribution so therefore the other side just has to knuckle down and give in to him. Stand firm Republicans!

    July 22, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    Mr. President –

    I agree that the gerry-mandering that has gone on in states results in idealogically inflexible representitives. So too does giving national power to parochially-minded politicians. The Constittution expects you to be the solution – you have to be a more forceful executive and unmask intrangecense.

    You can not stay in the safe middle any longer. You have to use every tool at your disposal to privide a direction and force action. The 14th Ammendment allows YOU alone to say NO to convoluted proposals from Congress while directing the Treasury to re-finance bonds to keep the US debts [including payments to soldiers & pensions] "valid".

    I know you don't want that target on your back, but let's face it, the TEA Party won't vote for you anyway. You won't motivate them to hate you anymore and EVERY OTHER CONSTITUENCY wants you to do it – especially if you delay Congressional pay as a means of minimizing cashflow at a time of crisis. Democrats, Independents & even sensible Republicans would vote FOR you in 2012 just because you took this decisive action. The progressive base would be re-energized.

    We all know that no other president has had to face the immediate post-inagural obstruction that you have and whether we talk about it or not, we know WHY. This country's history is that a certain type of person sometimes has to do twice as much. You are going to have to make history and brush back the zealots in the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

    July 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "wind it back" and stop "demonizing the other side."
    He didn't hesitate to lash out at GOP resistance to tax hikes
    The Demonizer-in-Chief speak with forked tongue. Tell many lies.

    July 22, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    declaring that it's time for "the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations (to) do their part."
    What about the nearly 50% that don't contribute ANYTHING do their part? How long does this buffoon think the few can support and pay for the many?? How much does he want now? How much more will he want when that isn't enough?? Are we heading to 70 & 80% tax brackets with this socialist?

    July 22, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    It's time to end the elite welfare programs.

    July 22, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Republican Robber Baron

    Excellent speech by the President this morning. I think this was one of the best Town Halls or speeches he has given to date.
    Really it is time for some common sense and plain talk. Stop the Partisan extremism and don't cave to the Far Right Fruitloops.
    END the Bush Tax Cuts, End the absurd labyrinth of tax loopholes for special interest...make the Robber Barons pay their fair share without being to hire an army of shiesty lawyers to evade or not even pay a single $ in many cases.

    July 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. one voice

    Make the debt ceiling a clean bill and hit the CROOKED GOP/TEABAGGERS in 2012 with their "NO RAISING TAXES ON OUR CORPORATE MASTERS". Who in their right mind would EVER VOTE GOP/TEABAGGER?

    July 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    The problem with compromise on the dems side is that the argument is starting from the middle. Half way between the middle and the right is still the right.

    July 22, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. DC Insider

    I am glad that Obama has seen some reason in the latest rounds of debt discussions, and is willing to compromise. I find it sad and shameful that the far left Liberal and the Tea Party's so blinded by having to win that they won't compromise. Both sides want to run us off a cliff and point to the other side as the party that got us in this mess. And the Liberal left is not furious at Obama for "compromising too much." Where is T'sah from Virginia and Dominican Mama for Obama to jump in here and defend the President from his own party?

    July 22, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |