May 18th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama rips stimulus opponents during Ohio visit

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The president said Tuesday that his administration's economic stimulus package was 'the right thing to do.'"]
Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, heading to the heart of the Rust Belt to defend his administration's controversial stimulus plan and take credit for reversing the recent downturn.

The president tore into the plan's opponents, attacking them for what he claimed is political hypocrisy and a defense of failed policies.

He made his remarks during a visit to an Ohio plant that manufactures steel pipes for the oil and gas industry. In February, the Vallourec and Mannesmann Star factory used funds from the $862 billion stimulus package to add more than 300 jobs.

The package - strongly criticized by Republicans for failing to more dramatically lower near double-digit unemployment - was "the right thing to do," Obama said.

"Now, we've got a long way to go ... but despite that sobering reality, and despite the naysayers in Washington, who look for the cloud around every silver lining; the fact is that our economy is growing again."

The economy grew in the first three months of this year but at a much slower pace than at the end of 2009, according to a government report released in April. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic activity, rose at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the quarter, the Commerce Department noted.

The president accused critics of his economic agenda of "rooting for failure." He also mocked them "trying to score political points by attacking what we did," only to "show up," "cut the ribbons," and "send the mailings home touting the very projects they opposed."

"If the just-say-no crowd had won out ... we'd be in a deeper world of hurt," he warned.

Obama also recently visited Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and New York to tout the improving economy and improved jobs numbers.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    And the only answer the party of NO had was to let the entire banking system fail and a total meltdown of the financial and manufacturing sectors and then sit back and wait for the "natural business cycle" to correct the resultant depression and the 40% or higher unemployment.

    That is precisely why you Dumbo's were thrown out of power, get used to it!

    May 18, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Mike, FL

    The stock market has gone up by more than 54% since the President Obama took office. If you had invested at the begining of George Bush presidency, you would have lost money by the time he left office.

    May 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Mike in SA

    Yes Mr. Obama, with 18 consecutive months of the fed keeping their rate hovering around 0%, you should see growth...just not the creeping growth we are seeing now. Normally that rate would equate to explosive economic growth instead of this trickle. Come back to me when the Fed starts raising it's rate above 3% or so. That's when they will think the economy is truly advancing. A slowly growing economy with a Fed's Funds rate of 0% is really very poor, but you already knew that, didn't you Mr. Obama?.

    May 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. sheena canada


    YOU....You have the gall to say President Obama has nothing positive to say ..since when ..on any one of your ridiculous spewings/postings....have you said a positive word about anyone or anything.


    May 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    r May 18th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

    And im supposed to believe a man that wanted our service men to pay for their own medical bill's after returning from war with injuries

    Not to discredit you, Dar, but as soon as I can I'll research THAT story. However, yes I did and DO stand by my President. If in fact he was asking the military to help kick in for their healthcare I admire the fact that he stated his case and his reasons. Unlike others we've had in charge, President Obama is quite capable and comfortable in making his case AND re-evaluating his course of action when necessary.

    May 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Eric in Denver

    This is too funny. The stimubust being defended by the liar in chief absolutely hysterical. This joke of a president Barack HUSSEIN Obama will be gone in 2012 thank the lord. His policies have destroyed this country to the point of no return. I will quote the president "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it". Four and the door Barry!!!

    May 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Naqib

    "$862 billion stimulus package to add more than 300 jobs. "

    That's only 2.8 billion each... Nice job !!! oh... as far as the rest of the counrty... 17% real unemployment this week... keep up the good work

    May 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Dan do know that the quote you referenced was made up, right? I mean, are you that much of an idiot to believe every insane email you get from right-wing nut jobs that make stuff up?

    May 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. pete

    quick everybody – look at what tcm wrote below. read his blog carefully, because it is a perfect example of the ridiculous rantings of a paranoid, unintelligent, fox news watching, conspiracy theorist. you always know it's them, because by the time your done reading, you find yourself chuckling and saying, "what the hell was that?" it's a bird, it's a plane, no – it's a babbling idiot>

    May 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Since all of these comments are from anti-Obama individuals who lack logic, please read:
    Firstly, unemployment rates are declining. Please educate yourself before you're laughed at on forums by those of us who actually understand the current state of the economy. The deficit problems would have been even worse if it wasn't for Obamas (and his administration) actions with the bailout and ARRA. Which by the way the bailout was started by the past administration, so hush with your ridiculous anti-democratic rhetoric you obviously acquired from FoxNews. And the stimulus package created hundreds of thousands of jobs all across the country... that information is freely available, but I guess your type of people only read what you want to read and disbeleive when told what is actual.

    You can keep on believing the hate and ignorance spewed by the Tea Party and the No Party, because after all the Republicans want to get elected... so they're going to make the people in power look bad. And they are doing this in the form of exaggerating claims, giving out incorrect stats and numbers and misleading the American public into thinking the Democratic party isn't bi partisan, when the reality is the right is doing everything to make the left look bad. As they always do, to get elected/re-elected. You can thank the Democratic party for getting us out of the recession, reforming the health care system, stabilizing the banks and housing market, expanding energy technologies, proposing amendments for equal rights for Gay Americans, wanting to get rid of GITMO.... but you're right... they literally have done nothing for the American public. Not like Obamas predecessor who took a surplus and made it into trillion dollar deficit, started two wars (one of which completely against the laws of the UN) which he never finished and Obamas admin has to fix, attempted to create laws that were for inequality, passed laws that violated our basic constitunal rights... Jesus you guys seem to just want to blame your problems on someone. Fine blame Obama, but I can assure you... vote in the Repubs and you'll lose more than you bargained... and big corps will have their way once more.

    May 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I can't even imagine how bad things would be without the stimulus. I just can't imagine. It would have been nice if the banks would have had to pay large fines for causing this mess, but they got the bailout money already. They are the only ones not suffering with the rest of us.

    May 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. leaning right....

    he came to divide! he lied to all of you when he said he would be a president of the people! he is without a doubt a president to some! its not that he tried and failed, it was never the intention! he came to divide! this country was strategically split in half by this wrecking crew that is the administration! HE CAME TO DIVIDE!!!!!! end of story!! you people will know when the RIGHT leader comes along! trust me we will all know.... NO WAY IS IT THIS EMPTY SUIT! people like obama mama absolutely puzzle ME! I really don't personally know people that delusionsal! I have never even met one! maybe its because they only exist anonymously on blogs, I mean I know people who voted for this guy, people on the left but this insane logic and rhetoric I never heard it come out of a mouth , good thing I guess because I would probably smack IT!!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Common Sense Americans

    I geuss for some whites your true colors are really showing , let us minorities continue to have power over you , because if you haven't notice lately , some whites just can't get over the color thing ........

    May 18, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Moosemeat

    How many dollars did it cost to save "A JOB". Was is $500,000 to save a single $50,000 a year job. Government being what it is, that would not suprise me. Does anyone have any math on this?

    May 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. seebofubar

    The sooner we get this hipocritical, lying know-nothing, fool out of office the better. It's amazing how some on this blog actually believe his crap. We have some real stupid American I'm afraid.

    May 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Bill in California

    EVEN THOUGH THE EMPEROR STOOD IN FRONT OF THE DWINDLING CROWDS COMPLETELY NAKED, he continued to espouse loudly of the finery adorning his body.

    May 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. haren

    Republican and Tea party guys chant that 'we want our country BACK '
    but I would like to take our country FORWARD.

    May 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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