Obama: Let’s overcome partisan gridlock
November 24th, 2011
11:49 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama: Let’s overcome partisan gridlock

(CNN) -– Drawing from the spirit of Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Washington to sidestep the partisan bickering that has taken center stage in American politics this year.

“With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible,” Obama said in his Thanksgiving address. “But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community and country.”

Obama added: “If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.”

The president, who said he’ll spend the day eating food and watching football with his family, also thanked military service members and those working in soup kitchens and shelters on the holiday.

“This sense of mutual responsibility –- the idea that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper –- has always been a part of what makes our country special,” Obama said. “And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.”

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. John

    Forget It Mr President the Republican and the Tea Party will never Agree to anything. It got to be there way or no way. But you don't give In to them stand firm. They are the One that people are getting mad at.

    November 24, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Obama has to say it even though he knows bipartisanship and compromise are not happening with this Congress. At least he knows that if Republicans block everything, so that the doc fix expires at the beginning of 2012 and the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2012, the deficits will disappear in a few years (2015 or 2016), according to a CBO report issued in June of this year. This is true even if Congress decides to cancel the automatic cuts that are scheduled to take effect in 2013.

    November 24, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    I'm a big fan of Obama,.. but he should stop it , with the olive branch to the Gop,.. these guys will never, co-operate with you,.. they're out to destroy you,.. and at the same time take the country down. Their agenda is chaos , and your failure,.. so go it alone,.. use your executive powers to do the right thing,.. and leave the obstructionist out in the cold.

    November 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. fred ca

    And to overcome partisanship all everybody has to do is bow down to the chosen one. It does not matter that he is the least articulate, least competent, least intellectually and most corrupt president in the history of the USA. Just worship him and obey him and all will be ok.

    November 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Peace

    Very nice and kind of your Mr. President, but you are talking to the deaf ear. The unity is for one day only when there is eating and cheering. Tomorrow it will be a different story. You got the message from the beginning of your assignment as President. It has been the same the way through the past 3 years. I do not think it can end up now because it is the celebration day!

    November 24, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    good luck with that Mr.President...the GOP had NO interest in working with you from day one and once the Tea Party came in that mood went up two-fold. Just keep working FOR the American people...the polls ALL show we want to close corporate loopholes and have the upper 1% pay their fair share in taxes. The tone death GOP just refuses to do that and will only do the will of the American people IF they agree with that will themselves.

    November 24, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. gavin

    Mr. President, The only one who can ovecome the partisan gridlock is you. We are all waiting for you to show us the kind of leadership that is necessary to bring this country together. We are all waiting for you to lead us out of this economic mess, create jobs, and revive our economy. We are all waiting for you to resolve our debt crisis and come up with a plan for solvency. We are all waiting for you to stop blaming others for our problems. We are all waiting for you to accept responsibility and be accountable for what you say and what you do. Mr. President, it is now time to be a leader and show us you are capable of doing the job of President.

    November 24, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    @Gavin: Very well articulated and most-certainly true!

    November 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Peace

    @ gavin
    Are you asking the President to be a dictator and dictate everything he wants to be done. This kind of leadership does not exist in this country. Creating jobs , reviving the economy is the entire team work which is to be carried by those who have been assigned to take different tasks, and not only the President. May be you can elaborate a little bit what you mean "time to be a leader and accept responsibility"!

    November 24, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Ed

    Fred CA I think that you are confused. I think you are referring to George W Bush. The least articulate (have you seen any of his speeches), least competent, least intellectually (Have you seen his grades at Yale?? Any lower and they would have forced him out. Bush or not) and most corrupt president (no bids allowed and awarded largest Iraq contact to Halliburton. VP's old company) in the history of the USA. Get you facts straight.

    November 24, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    How could anyone that truly want the best for this country not want to reelect this man?

    November 24, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Allen Gingrich

    @Gavin: What else does the president have to do besides blame? He rightfully blames congress for not sending him any bills that aren't ideologically driven. Then, when he exercises his executive powers to try to bypass a stalled congress, Republicans point fingers at him for "overstepping".

    I couldn't imagine what responsibility and accountability you expect him to take, unless of course you want him to usurp the failures of the past administration as well as the current Tea Party led house.

    November 24, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Debra From Georgia


    This President has done nothing but led. You need to call your "do nothing congress and tell them to stop getting in the way of progress. This President, Killed Bin Laden, Brought Kaddaffy, Is ending the war in IRAQ, gave us universal health care, and yes the stimulus plan worked. It created 3.3 million jobs and if it was not for that "do nothing congress saying no to the job bill, no to the middle class, and no no no to the growth of our economy, he would have created more jobs. Now, that is leadership.

    November 24, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Let's get honest and sincere, before we listen to that kind of pure BS from this President. Congress should absolutely not pass ANYTHING, that will increase spending.........period!

    If Obama wants something, he has to give up something. That's the bottom line.

    November 24, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. fred ca

    No Ed...I am not confused. I saw W's grades...no one has seen ANY of obama's. All we know of his college records is that he is the only editor in the history of his law review that never published. As far as corruption...the only (well, mostly) times he voted more than present in the state leg was to give millions to a hood...who took the money, let buildings fall apart and put hundreds of poor people on the street (while basically buying obama his house). And as to halliburton...not even close to the 2 billion (so far) to obama's owners for 'green jobs' that are fiction.

    November 24, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    When the Left quits trying to spend the country in bankruptcy and tax its citizens into penury, then maybe we can "overcome partisan gridlock."

    November 24, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Canuck

    America is a lightly taxed nation compared to many. When the Republicans put those two wars on the credit card without raising taxes, how did they imagine they would ever be paid for? The world is watching in amazement at the behaviour of (mainly right-wing) American politicians. Go Obama.

    November 24, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. gg

    how come its the goverments job to create jobs when the democrates are in the white house when republicans are there its not goverments job and what about all those republicans sitting at home getting fat pension for voting to ship manufacturing jobs over seas, they should all be in jail for treason both democrate and republican

    November 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Don

    So does that mean you will tell your fellow liberal henchmen to stop their failed unfocused “stimulus” spending?

    November 24, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. truindep

    one minute Obama blames the repubs the next his calling for an end to partisian bickering , Mr. pres say what you mean , but mean what you say

    November 24, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Alexia

    If the chosen one had truly wanted non partisanship in Washington, D.C. then he should have been the example upon entering office instead of bashing all from the other party. Such a fake! Such a liar! How could we America have elected such a fool !!!!!

    November 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Chance

    When your idea of compromise is "agree with me", it will always be tough to find compromise.

    November 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. patricia

    When our current so called President put all the money out to bail out his contributors, and his back street buddies he know who would pay for that THE TAXPAYER, War is a part of freedom if you do not think so your are in the wrong country, OBAMA is a JOKE, as a President what an embarrassing mess.He does not even know what country he is in most of the time, Now it is a big deal that Big Girl Michell was booed at Nascar, what did she think would happen, she is a big fraud. Nascar supported the troops long before it was a political game. Take your show to Chicago they may want to see you but we do not!!!!!.

    November 24, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Joey

    Teapublicans don't feel they are their brothers/sisters' keepers. They look after #1–themselves. So much for Christian charity.

    November 24, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |