February 20th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC gives verdict of first month: Disappointing

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/20/art.obama.gi.jpg caption="It is the one month anniversary of Obama's swearing in."](CNN) - It's the one-month anniversary of President Obama's swearing-in, and not surprisingly the Republican National Committee is out with its' verdict: It's been "disappointing."

"Obama's first month has been marked by wasteful spending, failed bipartisanship, and questionable ethics," the RNC said in a document circulated to reporters.

The RNC specifically faults the new president for failing to garner a significant amount of GOP votes for his massive stimulus plan, despite pledges of bipartisanship during the presidential campaign.

Republicans also criticize the stimulus measure for including some money for interest groups, despite the president's earlier view that the bill would be kept clean of excess spending projects.

The lengthy document goes on to criticize Obama for not being more transparent with what is in the stimulus bill and appointing individuals to government agencies who appear to have lobbied in the past.

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  1. Shari, NY

    Travis – forget the racial sarcasm this time! Today's RNC has nothing sensible to offer but they must defend their stature so they resort to criticism. Their forté is playing the role of copycat, i.e., token Black leader to avenge the Democratic presidential choice; selection of Palin to walk in Hillary's shoes. While they may be astounded at the fact that a person of color is actually smarter than the collective sorry lot they are, their stance reeks of jealousy and inability to heal the wounds of election defeat.

    February 20, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Pat, Westminster, Maryland

    Republicans think the past month has been "disappointing", but the last 8 years have been just grand??? Hmmmmmm. Don't think I'd be seeking their advice on anything in the near future.

    I agree with "Bart Simpson's" earlier comment - Republicans have overdone their criticisms of Obama, so that their opinions no longer have any merit!! They are not even trying any longer to FAKE thoughtful opinion and common sense.

    Further, I'd like to see those Republican governors who say they just might not accept the money offered to them in the stimulus bill actually NOT take it, and see how their constituents react to that.

    It's the same old, same old, and it was initiated by Karl Rove - if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it. So if Repubs keep hammering at and criticizing Obama, they believe people will buy into their delusion. But guess what? EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! People have wised up.

    One single month into his presidency, Barack Obama already trumps "W" and instills pride and hope in those of both parties who look at the man, not at a particular affiliation.

    February 20, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. DEB

    The Republicans have decided that "Party Über Alles" – Party Above All, is the correct way to go. The party's will is more important than the current and future welfare of the country in general. Since they got us into this mess, they need to shut the hell up and cooperate to get us out of this mess. What nerve!!!

    February 20, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. MikeH

    Interesting to read through the comments. The truth is, the country is not 'bipartisan' so it's unrealistic to expect the government to be so.

    Personally I believe the widening income gap not to mention the widening sense of personal security is driving a wedge into American society. The politics in Washington are simply a reflection of who we are as a society. It's not a pretty picture. We are, truly, a nation divided.

    February 20, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. barbara

    Obama bought and paid for the white house. what that menas is that EVERYTHING from Jan 20th onward is HIS problem, not George Bushes. all of you who continue to blame bush are only making excuses for obamas failures. when you buy a house yoiu do so with the problems that it has (seen or unseen). It is not the previous owners problem/fault if you find yourself having to make repairs. stop making excuses for obama, stop blaming other people and start demanding that he take responsibility for the mess that he is having a hard time cleaning up.typical dems never wanting to take responsibilty for problems because to do so would mean that you have to fix em and you dont know how. amen.

    February 20, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Missouri

    If the Republicans are opposed to the efforts of Pres Obama, I'm ALL FOR HIM! They drove us into the ground over 8 years with Dumya signing bill after bill that they wrote...ENOUGH! They now need to get on board and try to turn this country around or shut the hell up! Who votes to reelect these idiots? This mess is YOUR fault too!

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. 07947

    Hey Helloooo00000
    Thats your problem, You watch to much CNN and CSPAN.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. S.M

    The RNC is in no position to point the finger at Obama nor his administration when in fact they were George Bush's rubber stamp the entire time he held office for eight years.

    The President asked the GOP to write a stimulus of their own and obviously they were too stupid to even do this. They also had some input in how this stimulus package was written and are only lashing out because this bill favors the middle class and not the wealthy.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Peggy

    Why this this the lead story? Of course the RNC are disappointed. They are the worse, sore losers of all times. This is not going to turn around overnight. The Republicans had eight years to do something and they couldn't. Don't you all realize that this negative press is a huge contributing factor to where we are today? The last I looked 90% of the American public is still working. In so many cases, the housing industry was serverly damaged by greedy bankers and people who couldn't even figure out what they could afford. What about the taxing paying, working public who are watching the value of their home diminish and their retirement disappear?

    The RNC needs to stop talking period and support the recovery. Obama is doing all he can in a difficult situation and we need to get behind our President, our newly elected popular President and make this recover start happening or things are going to get worse.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Al in Aledo

    It is fine to just continue with politics as usual and bash "the other" party as many people leaving comments on here are doing. However, let's be very clear,
    the GOP did not just spend 750million dollars running a campaign talking about the failed polices of the GOP and the last 8 years.
    The GOP did not just spend 750million dollars running a campaign talking about change.
    The GOP did not just spend 750million dollars running a campaign talking about a new era of responsibility
    The GOP did not just spend 750million dollars running a campaign talking about how we are not red states or blue states, but we are the United States.
    The GOP did not just spend 750million dollars running a campaign talking about unprecedented transparency

    So, if the Republican's are so bad, and a lost cause then why would the President say these things during his campaign? why wouldn't the President just say what he really thought...which is very clear...

    "The GOP got us into this mess, their ideas are old and tired and do not work, therefore, I will not be listening to any of their ideas. However if they want to listen to my ideas then they will have opportunity to do so, as I will meet with them, I will have them over for Super Bowl parties and for drinks and hopefully they will see things MY way. However, let me be very clear, I will not be listening to even ONE of their ideas."

    See that would have been transparent and honest...because that is exactly what happened. Interesting, how anybody could really be shocked that he got so little GOP support really...I am shocked he actually got 3 of the "evil" senators to vote with him.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Jenny

    Obama is one of a kind. We ran and won the election based on change. He specifically stated he would listen and run the gov't from both sides, Republican and Democrat. However, we saw how wasteful his spending plan was in the stimulus. I'm glad some of it was taken out but there are still A LOT of wasteful spending in the bill. It seems as though we haven't learned very much though. Before the Republicans ran the gov't and now it's the Democrats. The only way to have a successful gov't is to let the gov't run the way it was supposed to; with checks and balance.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Ticker Shock

    "Consider the source from whence it came and charge it up to ignorance" I think that's how it goes. I don't know who coined it.

    After watching a documentary called "Right America: Feeling Wronged
    some voices from the campaign trail" all I can say is that too many Republicans are just plain cold, unhappy, and hateful people. Maybe they would like some cheese with their whine.

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. BW

    Carl O'Bonner February 20th, 2009 10:32 am ET

    How dare the RNC make and negative comments about a President that is so people orientated.

    Thanks for making my point, Carl! If you don't agree w/ Obama, you shouldn't dare make a comment. And liberals should not comment if they can't spell correctly, or properly structure a simple sentence!

    February 20, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. FJ from Atlanta

    RNC are the most delusional group of idiots in the world.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Heather

    Republicans are "disappointed"...surprise, surprise. I don't know why anyone cares what this party thinks. They and King George are responsible for getting us in this terrible, seemingly unfixable mess. Obama and the Democrats are trying to turn things around. I don't know how anyone could even question the intentions. Something massive has to be done and continued tax breaks for the rich and large coporations hasn't worked. Trickle down is a myth and the people shouldn't be fooled by it. I'm glad to see most of the other posts here agree. Go Obama!!!

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. JC

    Republicans? Democrats? What's the difference? They both suck.. It's a shame that America has been brainwashed by drinking the Obama Kool-Aid and think he can do no wrong. His policies suck just as much as the previous administration. He will be a mediocre president at best and god forbid we criticize him, that would be racist no wouldn't it?

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Mike

    The RNC. Ah yes, Obama has been in office for only 30 days and the Republicans are quick to criticize. They go on to say he has failed miserably in his efforts for bipartisanship. I'm pretty sure it takes two to tango. I can't seem to remember the Republicans reaching out, at any measure, to alleviate the miserable mess their party has left Obama to sort through. They better be careful with the rocks their throwing, we're all living in the same glass house.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. lucy2

    I'm not surprised the RNC finds Obama's first month disappointing. Since we're sharing opinions, RNC, I found the last 8 years horrifying.

    Criticizing him for not being able to get Rep. votes for the stimulus? All I heard coming from that side was tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts – which they got! And no suggestions that I'm aware of for anything else. I'm all for making the stimulus the best and most efficient it can be, but bipartisanship has to go BOTH ways. The idea is to help ALL states, ALL citizens, so a bit of compromise is going to be necessary (a lesson the Dems often have a hard time learning too).

    Obama has already taken steps to undo a few big Bush problems like Guantanamo, and seems to be doing as much as possible to help the economy. I don't necessarily agree with every single thing his administration has done, and some of the Cabinet appointees haven't been all that great, but for the most part, I think he's doing a good job in an extremely difficult situation.

    Despite the election results, the RNC still seems hopelessly out of step with the American public.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. judy

    Wow, the republicans that destroyed America are giving advice? Republicans.....party first......country last! They are praying Obama fails!

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Todd

    "The RNC specifically faults the new president for failing to garner a significant amount of GOP votes for his massive stimulus plan..."

    This is too funny! The RNC refuse to compromise despite concessions made to them, then blame Obama for their own refusal to support the stimulus plan. We are through the looking glass here.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Craig- Easton, PA

    If Cantor and Boehner are disappointed, things have to be going well. I'm not sure what they expect with bipartisanship. Obviously when the two parties are in favor of polar opposite directions a choice of general direction has to be made and given the results of the election, they are going to be generally Democratic directions. The bipartisanship comes in with tweaking the bill to include GOP ideas that fit that direction or to address their legitimate concerns. In this case, the deficit for example. The AMT, for example, did not belong in this bill but was included at their request. I understand they are disappointed or truly concerned about the direction and should stand by their principals if that's the motivation, but the carping about bipartisanship is pure politics. They had the opportunity and decided it was a bridge too far.

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Andi

    Linda – you are disappointed that Obama has 'not fixed the economy from the bottom up as promised'...

    Did he 'promise' to fix it in just a few weeks?

    February 20, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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