Obama channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism'
December 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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Obama channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism'

(CNN) - More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New Nationalism" speech, President Barack Obama sounded similar themes Tuesday in the same town in the Republican heartland of Kansas, delivering a populist speech that called for extending the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year.

Obama described stark differences between a Republican ideology he described as leaving people to fend for themselves and his vision of government helping provide equal opportunity for all Americans regardless of where they begin in life.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    As long as Pres. Obama is discussing the immediate issues and legislation before Congress, then he is not campaigning for re-election. He is out doing his job, being a leader, pushing for votes in the Congress by gaining the support of the will of The People.

    December 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The republican party of Roosevelt's time is no longer existant. The republican party is now a bunch of radical lunatics hell bent on destroying the country just to protect corporate profits and to protect tax cuts for the rich. The President needs to propose a REAL infrastructure bill that focuses on rebuilding our levvy systems, our bridges, our roads, our sewer and irrigation systems, lightrail that travels from coast to coast, etc. This country is falling apart and republicans are willing to sit on the sidelines and watch it crumble.

    December 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    The gist of Obama's drone-like rhetoric is RAISING TAXES and he knows all too well that the GOP's response is NO! He will then use all stalemates in his divisive class warfare strategy to divide our Nation even more! What reductions in SPENDING is He proposing? Where is HIS compromise in reducing the size of his already-bloated Government? Obama's political agenda and campaign approach is vividly clear and with every Congressional impasse he will use it to his own personal gain! This is NOT about the Rich vs. The Middle Class. Clearly, nothing of significance will ever improve until Obama is replaced! Simply put, his left-wing ideology and unwillingness to moderate from it renders him impotent to lead our Country!

    December 6, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The smarter Repubilcans in Congress can see "the box" that Democrats are carving around the corner that the Norquist Repubilcans are painting themselves inside of. Democrats are going to "keep them honest" by holding them to their "values." Just watch. Patience."

    You might want to check the Collins-McCaskill carve-out for pass-through corporations before you jump to that conclusion. In the interests of "compromise" they want to carve-out an exception for the millionaires who are making that money through pass-through corporate status (general, S-corps)....it's a way of throwing a bone to GOPers who complain that a tiny tiny surtax on income above $1M (i.e., starting at dollar number 1,000,001) would somehow blow up every small business in the country. Of course, corproations with billions like PriceWaterhouse are also S-corps, so this loophole is a no-joke concession to giant corporate interests that the Dems SHOULD NOT MAKE. People screaming for a sane tax code should be with me on this: if you're going to say that the rate goes up at $1,000,001, then you don't automatically complicate things with a loophole. JUST DO IT. NO QUARTER.

    December 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Obama will find willing support from Republicans in congress when he is ready to cut taxes without raising other taxes.
    His political games are unproductive.

    December 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "The republican party of Roosevelt's time is no longer existant."
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    Nor is the democratic party of JFK.

    December 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    Obama will find willing support from Republicans in congress when he is ready to cut taxes without raising other taxes.
    His political games are unproductive.
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    Republicans demand dollar-for-dollar spending cuts for spending increases. What's wrong with Democrats playing by the rules and demanding tax increases over here for tax cuts over there? Republicans made the rules. Democrats are just showing the American people that Republicans are being disingenious by making "dollar-for-dollar" demands.

    December 6, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. GT

    teddy and obama.... lol... teddy would of like to had obama head on his wall..

    December 6, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Obama will find willing support from Republicans in congress when he is ready to cut taxes without raising other taxes.
    His political games are unproductive."

    He's not the one switching positions whenever it suits him. Help for the middle-class and higher taxes for the rich...been pretty consistent about that. The GOPers/Teatrolls on the other hand, have in the past said that tax cuts do not need to be offset (when defending the Bush tax cuts)...now, when it's a middle-class tax cut, they want them paid for with cuts to programs they don't like...or by suggesting complete and utter nonsense like making the Bush tax cuts permanent (despite them being promised as temporary from the get-go and being the single largest contributing factor to the national debt and deficit) or fgetting rid of 200,000 federal workers as a means of spiking the unemployment rate they can blame on Obama and as a way of de facto deregulation of various pet industries that donate huge to GOPers. The only games being played here are really on the GOP's side of the aisle and the false equivalencies the MSM is selling about it all do nobody a service but the 1%.

    December 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    "The republican party of Roosevelt's time is no longer existant."
    --––
    Nor is the democratic party of JFK
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    And so what? What is your point? The reference was to the time period pertaining to Roosevelt and here you come drawing parallels with an era decades later. It appears to be your MO, to justify something foul and wrong perfomed by the GOP with the childish response of " Well, but so-and-so did this". Really? Two wrongs don't make a right, and at what point will you deign yourself to live up to your misnomer of a moniker and give credit where credit is due? Or to at the very least admit that the GOP is being intransigent, obtuse, and loyal to themselves and the 1%ers only at the expense of the middle class.

    December 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Nothing but 4 years of campaigning, campaign speeches and partisan rhetoric from Obama. He has fundamentally changed America alright. He's changed the Presidency from a position of leadership for ALL in this country to a position of lead Democrat party hack. He's turned the most powerful position on the planet to the equivalent of a gutter snipe. This country simply cannot endure another 4 years of this Obama non-leadership.

    December 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    ... What's wrong with Democrats playing by the rules and demanding tax increases over here for tax cuts over there?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    With this political shell game the government continues to grow and become more expensive, the economy continues to suffer and the debt continues to grow. We have seen plenty of this while American families and businesses have had to cut back and do more with less. The federal government should not pretend they are on another planet...

    December 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Keith in Austin who said:

    Simply put, his left-wing ideology and unwillingness to moderate from it renders him impotent to lead our Country!
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    Please. I believe that for all of the times in the past three years that you've accused our President of being "weak", and have claimed victory over his concessions to the GOP your above assertion is rendered null and void.
    The fact of the matter of that President Obama has compromised enough, given in enough, and extended his hand over the aisle enough to be able to now say "ENOUGH" to the GOP's shenanigans with our full blessings.

    December 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    the fact that the GOP voted no to end oil subsidies for companies that saw record breaking profits, tells the whole story on being serious about spending. There is nothing anyone can say to change that. That vote alone exposed the GOP that they truly care nothing about fiscal responsiblity, along with the trillions they spent before Obama was even a senator.

    End the subsidies to pay for the jobs bill and the problem is fixed.

    December 6, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I assume Obama is trying to get the populus to get their congressman to approve Obama's agenda. So, you that want your congressman to approve Obama's agenda let your congressman know. So far it appears the populus isn't getting the message, or, they don't agree with Obama's agenda.

    December 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. California

    Your socialism/comminism is not wanted Obama. Referendum continues 2012..................

    December 6, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Mike

    Wooowee! This fella here is double downing on the hope that America is still not paying attention, is too stupid to understand and wants to be a nation of sheep. Well, that may be actually but more people are paying attention than in 2008. Let's get it on in 2012....buy lead not gold.

    December 6, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. A Texas Democrat

    I`m tired of all the BS from BOTH parties...............

    December 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. A True Centrist

    HUGE difference between this President and President Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a proven leader, whether it be as Police Commissioner, on the battlefield or in the White House. President Obama just can't lead, all he can do is campaign and read speeches off a teleprompter. Can you imagine two egomaniacs like Gingrich and Obama debating? Wow, they'd be fighting to see who could kiss their own ass first.

    December 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Little Jimmy Truth

    Oh my god...

    Obama will replace Teddy to his own face on Mt. Rushmore with out taxes.

    December 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Keith in Austin – Your unwillingness to put aside your bias against the POTUS and check the FACTS regarding what he did and is doing, and not what you BELIEVE that he did and is doing, makes your claims of lack of moderation and compromise coming from him very hilarious...

    December 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    With this political shell game the government continues to grow and become more expensive, the economy continues to suffer and the debt continues to grow.
    ---------------------
    I like the shell game observation. Excellent point. The debt continues to grow. The economy is allowed wilt, and the majority of Americans are made to suffer. For what? Because of Republicans.

    Guess who wrote the current operating rules that specify "dollar-for-dollar" on everything, right down to the type of light bulbs used in government buildilngs. Republicans. Please. Do not fault Democrats for playing by the rules of The Game that Republicans have demanded.

    December 6, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. wrote:
    So far it appears the populus isn't getting the message, or, they don't agree with Obama's agenda.
    --------------
    What polls are you listening to? An overwhelming majority of Americans want the same things that Pres. Obama is seeking for them. Why do you think you haven't heard Boehner, McConnell or any other Republican leader using the phrase "the will of the people"? Because Republicans are dead set against the will of the people. Pres. Obama is dragging them through the burning sands so that the American people can see Republicans for exactly what they are and who they fight for.

    December 6, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. diridi

    Here my vote in advance for you...obama...

    December 6, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. PA_outofwork

    Another useless speech from the useless teleprompter president. OMG = Obama Must Go.

    December 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |