September 6th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: They talk about me like a dog

(CNN) – Those following President Obama's prepared remarks during a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday were thrown a bit of a curveball when it came to a description of his critics:

"Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true," he told a crowd largely consisting of union members.

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The line was a rare departure from a president who normally sticks close to the text of his speech and may forecast a more aggressive tone on the part of Obama as the midterms approach.

The address is the first of two speeches this week in which Obama will try and frame his administration's response to the recession, less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are on the ropes.

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  1. Peter s

    They will frustrate and hate you!!! BUTYOU WILL PREVAIL AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!

    September 6, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. c huff

    He must know he is a dog to make that comment. truth hurts. Have been a democrat for 46 years, but after that idiot got in office, I changed to the real party- republican! I have never seen such an egotistical, self-centered person who always blames everyone else for his mistakes.

    September 6, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. jim

    Obama just doesn't like the fact that most Americans love their country and don't won't him to change it by turning it into some socialist utopia modeled after a sytem that has failed whenever it's been tried.The man has no shame and lies constantly about what he's doing and takes credit for things sucessful that he had nothing to do with like the recent removal of troops from Iraq which was agreed to months before he came to office as our president.

    September 6, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Rose

    Now Obama knows how Bush felt during the Obama campaign. Obama said some pretty nasty things about Bush and the GOP, he is getting a taste of his own medicine. It comes with the job, if Obama doesn't like it he can always resign!!!

    September 6, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. mary ann

    I watched the president's speech today! What a shock! He has lost all his presidential charm and is now in "community organizer" mode.
    It was hard to watch
    What a shame!!!

    September 6, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Republicans gone wild!!

    According to you online CNN polls: Who would you vote for this Nov Dems or Reps the Dems has a 12 pts lead. I think people will use their common sense and see President Obama has work his A$$ off for all Americans. This will go down as the biggest comeback victory for the Dems in history.

    September 6, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. nena

    It's time the President takes a stand on the verbal abuses from the Repubs. All they do is complain, complain, but have done nothing to support those in Washington that have been working hard to bring our country back to stability. Thank you, Mr. President and all the hard working Democrates who have been working hard to clean up the mess left behind by the last admin.

    September 6, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. mshare

    Yes! GO OBAMA! Tell it like is!!!!!

    September 6, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. American

    Loved the speech. It had some fire to it. Love that groove he's in. We need that fire right now. Keep riding it POTUS!

    September 6, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    HORRAY,Obama. now the rest of the dems, need to follow suit, and give the Republicans Hell. I for one am tired of the party of NO.

    September 6, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Andy

    Sounds to me like an insult to the dog.

    September 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Patriot

    The Republicans that are ripping the President can not even come close to matching him for intelligence and passion. I mean John Boner-are you kidding...this guy cares more about his tan and his Scotch than the American people.

    If America returns these Republican clowns to power in November–they get everythingn they deserve-problem is–the rest of us have to put up with it as well...

    September 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Mark

    He nailed it. !!!!!! Thank You Mr. President

    September 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Less than two years in office – left with a huge mess to fix + the unexpected challenges like BP & the oil spill ... all people do is complain!
    Yes, times are tough!

    But just what do you think the GOP is going to do? When John Boehner was asked what the Republican agenda would be if they won election, the man smugly replied, “TBD" = “To be determined!”

    The republicans believe, and have said so, that – if properly stoked – public anger alone can carry the party over the finish line.

    They’ve also said that getting “bogged down in the issues” is a distraction and even a potential liability.

    Totally simple minded to vote for a party that brags they have no plans or policies except to stir up foolish anger and so spineless they won't even discuss the issues!

    September 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Kathy Fry

    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    September 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. MarkE

    Obama's a moron. Too little; too late. It's time for new and effective leadership in Washington. Thank God the end of this train-wreck administration is nearing it's end.

    September 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Obama is barking like a dog

    First Obama uses racial attacks and now he is accusatory using inflamatory language. Well, Mr Bow wow it is your analogy and not theirs so if you want to be treated like a dog - keep messing up the White House and this nation

    Obama has lost it -– Watch for this Teleprompter talking head to be aggressive – accusatory – mean – and a whole lot dishonest anout the GOP and amybody who teir to go up againat him. Obama has hurt this nation deeply first the likes of Pelosi Reid Frank and others must go -- and then it is time to Send mr Oblah blah home to Chicago

    September 6, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. slade

    if it walks like a dog, barks like a dog, its a dog. and his wife is a pig

    September 6, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Jim

    He is a DOG!

    September 6, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. TommyJohn

    Man, talk about your thin skin. This is the sign of a man losing control big time..... a dog? Really, where does he get that?????

    No leader worth his salt would ever let his anger/feelings get the better of him in this manner. Time to go home O'

    September 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Livin the good life

    That's the spirit! Call them out and don't back down! Sorry you have to stoop to the level of that but, it's time to fight fire with fire. After a while people get tired of turning the other cheek at the bullies and have to take a stand! GO! GO! GO! Tell the truth. It will ALWAYS be the best answer to the dumba$$es spewing hate, lies, fear and just plain CRAP from their CRAPholes! Beau Colby

    September 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. bobby

    Don't insult the dogs.

    September 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. hey

    It appears our president is good at giving criticism not so good at taking it.

    September 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    woof, woof. now roll over, Mr. President!

    September 6, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Sally

    This idiot socialist is always blaming someone else. Being compared to a dog is to good for him.

    September 6, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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