Obama: Washington politics holding back growth
November 19th, 2013
04:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama: Washington politics holding back growth

Washington (CNN) - We're doing well, President Barack Obama told business leaders Tuesday, but it could be better if not for political hijinks in Washington.

In remarks at a Wall Street Journal conference, Obama said policy decisions in his first term in response to the Great Recession had spurred a recovery that could be better.

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  1. just saying

    another day, another excuse.... poised to break out??? but we were told 2010 was the summer of recovery. another lie.

    the fact is that the incompetent in the white house is what is keeping this country mired down. everybody knows you're nothing but a liar and a fraud. please do the country a favor and resign. you are a total disgrace.

    November 19, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. ED1

    No you are holding back growth only 8% of the people working for you have ever had a real job including yourself.

    November 19, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. freedom

    Who has inflicted those wounds?? Again – no accountability. If he had worked with the House Republicans to delay the individual mandate, the government wouldn't have shut down and he wouldn't have this debacle. But, because of his arrogance and dictatorial mentality, he has exposed his monstrosity of Obamacare for all to see. Can't hide behind anyone on this, Mr. President.

    November 19, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I just hope the public realizes who is at fault for the obstruction and the lack luster performance the economy is doing. The blame lays solely with republicans. These morons threatened to default on our debt & cost us $24,000,000,000 in the process and they're even boasting about doing that. The proof is in the pudding.

    November 19, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Duh, that's what the radicalization of the right wing base and the obstructionism was supposed to accomplish. They're 100% unwilling to allow success when a Dem is POTUS. The damage to the economy and its recovery when the GOP/Teatrolls pulls stunts like shutting down the gov't and threatening defaulting on the nation's debts, causing a downgrade of the nation's credit rating...those things prove it. As far as the GOP/Teatrolls are concerned, middle-class suffering is to their advantage, and that's precisely the calculation they made when Obama won in November 2008. Any success now by a Dem, when demographic shifts are already creating an existential threat to the GOP/Teatrolls, is anathema and must be prevented at all costs.

    November 19, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    " If he had worked with the House Republicans to delay the individual mandate, the government wouldn't have shut down"

    Bull spittle. If the GOP/Teatrolls hadn't threatened to shut down the gov't unless he did as they demanded, it never would have happened. If the GOP/Teatrolls had no changed the rules of the House on the very evening the shutdown would start, just so they could make sure that the continuing resolution passed by the Senate could not be voted on, the shutdown would never have happed. If the GOP/Teatrolls could accept election results that do not result in them being in control over everything, then the shutdown would never have happened. If the GOP/Teatrolls were not fighting a weird mutant resurrection of the Civil War on behalf of the south and deliberately trying to nullify the federal government and secede via obstruction, the shutdown never would have happened. The list is endless. Obama didn't shut down the gov't. You don't get to claim that when the GOP/Teatrolls demanded the shutdown, put it on the table, changed rules to ensure that it happened and then gloated over it once it did.

    November 19, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    GOP is the bad news. Garbage, man. GOP is dead for at least fifty years or so. Shut down costed nation heavy toll.

    November 19, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "For you Obama lovers talking about a third term, read the 22nd ammendment."

    LOL!!!! Miss the joke much? /facepalm

    November 19, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    Who has inflicted those wounds?? Again – no accountability. If he had worked with the House Republicans to delay the individual mandate, the government wouldn't have shut down and he wouldn't have this debacle. But, because of his arrogance and dictatorial mentality, he has exposed his monstrosity of Obamacare for all to see. Can't hide behind anyone on this, Mr. President.
    **************
    The shutdown was an strategy the GOP was talking about for months, which grew out of their anger over losing a year ago. Quit hiding behind a barricade of lies and admit that the GOP has no interest in either governing nor providing a real fix to the problem of affordable health insurance.

    November 19, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. pitbull

    When i read the coments by the socialists on this site with all of the hate that they have pent up in their minds it amazes me

    November 19, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Wendy

    There is no accountability for those elected to office, because never in our history has a group of elected officials in this country done so little to improve the lives of its citizens. The GOP doesn't plan how to create more jobs, no they sit around and plan what they can do to disrupt & cause chaos in the country. They don't sit around or have secret meetings to plan how to deal with income inequality, no they plan how to shut down the government. They don't have meetings to discuss how to work with the President & Democrats to ensure that the ACA works, no they plot ways to make it ineffective. When they look back at the big legislation that was passed by other Congresses they should be ashamed. They were sworn in to defend this country not to sabotage it. The President & Democrats passed legislation to give people healthcare. The website will work, and millions of people will have the security of insurance. When you look at those who are predicting doom for the ACA I want to know how many of you are uninsured? How many of the anchors & reporters are reluctant or cannot go to a doctor because you have no coverage? How many of the people rooting for the failure of the ACA know someone who was bankrupted because they became ill? How can the GOP governors in red states refuse to expand Medicaid to make a political point, sleep? I commend the President & the Democrats for passing legislation that will make millions of people's lives better, I ask the GOP, what have you done for us lately?

    November 19, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Bing

    Obama is the master of destructive politics so the hypocrisy of his statement is rather startling but true to form. The absolute gridlock has helped my stock portfolio immensely. All intentions to hinder us in the oil business has also been feckless so let the show go on.

    November 19, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. CryBabies

    Last comment got deleted....so I'll keep it short. " If you want to help people, tell them the truth. If you want to help yourself (ie. you), lie to them." The American people are starting to figure you out.

    November 19, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |