Obama: GOP made political 'calculation' to 'stand on the sidelines'
December 12th, 2011
07:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama: GOP made political 'calculation' to 'stand on the sidelines'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama accused Republicans of making a blunt political calculation after his election three years ago, deciding to resist his initiatives, skirt compromise and bank on the economy getting worse to bolster their re-election prospects.

Openly speculating in a CBS interview on the GOP's strategy, Obama said Republications decided: "Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines because we think the economy is going to get worse and, some point, just blame him (Obama)."

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  1. GI Joe

    He doesn't need to say it. Record number of filibusters, Hell No voting, disrespect for our President - we've seen the worst of the very bad in the republicans and we're anxious to vote them out next year. They are fighting ONLY for the wealthiest (their donors).

    December 12, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Indy

    Republicans have stood on the sidelines since day one and heckled and spit in the face of team Obama and team America. They could not win back the Whitehouse with intellegence and a better game plan so they have done nothing but cheat and lie and without any care that they have been hurting 99% of the country.Bush and the Republicans brought the worst recession and most un responsible spending to country and when Obama proposes fixes, Republicans make sure they play every dirty trick in the book to continue their game and take as many casualties as needed to fool people into thinking they are the better team.There are two teams and Obamas team is Team America and the Republicans is called Team Republican, so when you vote you have a choice to vote for the party or vote for the country.

    December 12, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. billy

    Republicans have tried to crush our economy because they think it will win them an election. They've placed their own ideology over our country. I hope they pay the price.

    December 12, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  4. diridi

    Our dearest Obby, what do you expect. They always forget it is 21st century, they are thinking as they are in 6th century. GOP is bunch of Idiots. Period. Obama2012.
    PS: We need stringent immigration even to India and slow the process till America is working again...God bless.

    December 12, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    He's right. More importantly, in 2004 the GOBP deathcult warned voters about switching leaders in the middle of two wars. While that excuse was rather lame, giving that GWB wasn't really doing any leading, it is much more relevant now. We are in the middle of cleaning up an economic mess caused mostly by the GOBP deathcult. It would be unwise to switch leaders back to the same deathcult that caused the problem. President Obama has been making the effort to get things accomplished in the fact of GOBP resistance. He deserves reelection in this basis alone.

    December 12, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. wgf

    I want Obama over any of the Republicans, but I'm not sure this "income inequaltiy" argument really works. It is fair to suggest that those that benefit the most from our society, and stand to benefit the most from an economic recovery, should contribute more in taxes. But throwing "income inequality" into the mix muddies the water, because it can be easily twisted or misinterpreted to suggest that his goal is income equality.

    December 12, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama said Republications decided: "Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines because we think the economy is going to get worse and, some point, just blame him (Obama)."
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    Way to tell the truth and shame these devils President Obama. That was their unilaterally voiced declaration directly after you were confirmed, to sink you and make you a one-term president even if the economy went down the toilet with you.
    You are still the captain of this ship sir, and we're still facing stormy seas. But we will give you command of the steering wheel for another four years because you have us on the right course. The fact that we have to go through the storm made worse by the Party of Hell No makes no difference. We shall overcome IT and THEM.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    December 12, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. PA_outofwork

    No; the GOP recognized the Obama policies were flawed and would lead to debt and deficit, which we now find out 3 years into this administration is true. Let’s review the Obama legacy:
    FAILURE on the economy, unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007
    FAILURE on taxes, his jobs plan that, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new tax burden on the American people.
    FAILURE on home foreclosure, home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007
    FAILURE on a budget, no budget since 2008
    FAILURE on health care, you won’t be able to keep your health care plan, Obamacare strips $500 Billion from Medicare, ObamaCare will add more than $500 billion to the deficit during the first ten years, and nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade.
    FAILURE on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    FAILURE – Home sales, sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years
    FAILURE – Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    FAILURE – Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007
    FAILURE, since Obama, Debt Increased By $35,835 per Household.
    FAILURE, Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in August 2011, as the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year.
    FAILURE: 11-21-2011, America’s debt has exceeded the country’s GDP.
    FAILURE – 11-29-2011- Obama now has the lowest job approval of any president ever.
    FAILURE – 12-09-2011- Americans' wealth suffered its biggest quarterly loss (July 2011-September2011) in more than two years; household net worth fell 4 percent as stocks, pension funds and home values lost value.

    For all you bleeding heart liberals, this is not blatant lies or cherry picking of the facts, and this isn’t spreading lies and hate speech, these are the facts.

    December 12, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  9. MaryM

    Yes, they did. And the American people have noticed the GOP/TP unwillingness to help Americans and America. They are done and they know it. Why do you think all the best GOP/TP people are sitting on the sidelines this election.

    December 12, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are not going to like the fact that Pres. Obama has discredited them. Their record is clear. Someone needs to dig up some of those 2009 sound bites: of Republicans stating their refusal to participate on committees, of Boehner stating how the "won't participate" in the health care reform committee. of McConnell declaring that Republican would not participate in financial reform because it would "lead to the destruction of America." That was the rallying cry before they began singing the blues over "Government Motors Corp". Remember those days?

    December 12, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Senate GOP leader predicts a payroll tax deal
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    This will turn into another example of what the President is talking about. Sen. McConnell made this prediction so that when Republicans finally kill it [they have already blocked it twice, including half of their own members voting against their own bill] the bill, Sen. McConnell can turn around and blame Democrats for the failure to pass the bill.

    December 12, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. chuck weidemann

    That pretty much sums it up!!! Stand on the sidelines and watch millions of people struggle while the republicans look to make political gain...What are we as a nation going to do??? Until we as people demand better this is what we get....Congress members in both parties were elected to lead,which means DOING what is needed to keep this nation moving... Not doing nothing but trying to win votes in select groups to further your own agenda....that is what divides a nation! Compromise is not a BAD thing !!!

    December 12, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Cal

    As soon as Obama was elected the Republicans declared that they wanted the President to fail and have done everything they can to block every initiative he has. But look at the state of the country when Obama was elected. The financial markets were out of control, people were losing their jobs and their houses, we were fighting two wars, Bin Laden was free. And the Rebublicans want the President to fail. In other words they wanted us to lose our jobs and our homes, they wanted more of our service men and women to lose their lives, they wanted the terrorists to win. And they call themselves Americans. What a joke. The Republicans only care about money and power. They don't care about you or me, and any statements to the contrary are clearly lies based on their stated objectives and actions.

    December 12, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Under Mitch McConnell, the GOP has adopted a radical anti American agenda. After almost destroying our economy, they refuse to get off their sorry butts and help the 99.8% of Americans.

    December 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Tax breaks for big oil and the wealthy, along with Wall Street bail outs, are forms of socialism that will not work.

    December 12, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. chuck weidemann

    I wonder if our military gets to stand on the sidelines if they don't like whoever is president at the time??? Wouldn't work would it??? How is this congress different???

    December 12, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Greetings

    Everything you've done since entering office has been a political calculation. Get to work.

    December 12, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Sandy

    I'm behind you 100% Mr. President, as is all of my friends!

    December 12, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think the attempted destruction of our economy by the GOP is called, 'radical right wing fiscal engineering.' It did not work leading up to 1929, and it is still not the answer.

    December 12, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. fred ca

    Oh come on. The dems railroaded through payoffs and scams for 2 years...and neglected real issues and honest solutions. What were repubs suppossed to do...squeal with delight like msm and mindless dem cheerleaders and beg to help payoff the wall street, union and political thugs that own obama and the dem party?

    December 12, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Nash

    I agree with that assessment. McConnell said his goal was to make Obama a one term President, country be damned (I added the last part). What a strategy? What he forgot was if they remain on the sideline too long the economy will not improve and they will have to use the same strategies they discredited when the other party was in power. It was all cozy when GW did a stimulus package.

    December 12, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |