Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards
September 22nd, 2013
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Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama blasted Republicans Saturday evening for risking a government shutdown in their effort to defund Obamacare saying, “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis."

President Barack Obama was speaking at the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner. His speech focused on an array of topics, including health care, gun violence and creating economic opportunity.

Hitting at Congressional Republicans, Obama said, “You'd be willing to shut down the government and potentially default for the first time in United States history because it bothers you so much that we're actually going to make sure that everybody has affordable health care. Let me say as clearly as I can: It is not going to happen.”

Obama added, “We have come too far, we've overcome far darker threats than those. We will not negotiate whether or not America should keep its word and meet its obligations. We're not going to allow anyone to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just to make an ideological point.”

Another theme of the night was gun violence, with the president citing recent mass shootings in Chicago and Washington’s Navy Yard. He also spoke of others “whose loved ones were torn from them without headlines sometimes, or public outcry.”

“We can’t rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet.”

The president also returned frequently in his remarks to the topic of income inequality, economic opportunity and the need to build on the legacy of the civil rights movement, echoing the main themes of the evening.

The Phoenix Awards Dinner is part of the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual conference. This year’s dinner honored Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland); former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Elaine Jones; and former President Bill Clinton, who was unable to attend the event but addressed the attendees in a video.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    @don in albuquerque: "Last midterm they promised jobs, jobs, jobs....they have produced zip. The time has come to shut the GOTP down in 2014 on a permanent basis."

    Couldn't have said it better myself – thanks!

    September 22, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Think for Yourself

    A good leader tries to do the most good for the most people.

    A good leader tries to do the most good for most people. Why are you people cutting off your nose to spite your face? Use your brain; Think for yourself. Is what the president trying to do helpful to YOU?

    September 22, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. rs

    The Right is so full of hate, and untruthfulness- they should get zero coverage in the press until they clean up their act. Meanwhile, Mr. President- you're going far too easy on them.

    September 22, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    @bassman
    According to Pew research unemployment among African-Americans is over 13%.

    Yes, it is and we also know why. Maybe you've forgotten your latest Great White Hope (Willard) suggesting to employers that they "punish" employees if they didn't vote a certain way. Most of us know this 'little threat' was aimed mostly at blacks and that it has a lot to do with their unemployment. Therefore, having knowledge of our past and the struggles that were made, continue to support OUR president whose at least trying to create jobs for all of us even the republicans. Imagine that.

    September 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Justjean

    When they take polls related to what people think of Obamacare they ought to drop all responses fom people who admit they don't understand the law. If people DID understand they would see it doesn't change much. Most of us will continue with our current plans, though they may and probably will cost less since administrative charges [insurance company profits] are limited.

    People who otherwise are not covered and either suffer or go on the public dole will like it. Tax payers who otherwise would pay actual costs for these people instead of their premiums will like it.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    September 22, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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