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. Sunshine

    Obama has become a disgrace. He's all talk and no show. All he wants is bigger government, a big bank account, and the hell with Americans. He has shown his true colors in suing Arizona and going after Arpaio. If you don't do as he says, he does everything to take you down. I pity his family.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. repubs suck

    all you teabaggers don't forget we just got through the worst eight years of our lives , brought to you by the biggest piece of shit to ever live in the white house . thanks G W Bush for nothing .....

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dean Walsh

    "There are really some very stupid nasty people in this world which show that a computer in the wrong hands can be dangerous."
    Yea, and the Presidency in the hands of an unqualified, community organizer, left-wing ideologue can be REALLY dangerous.

    I laugh at all of you using the silly, oft-repeated analogy about "the car in the ditch". Grow up, put down your talking points, and stop repeating what you hear some eejit say on TV.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. rawduck

    Surely the liberals must be embarrassed for having voted for this socialist. Interesting how they now call themselves progressives.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Veteran1941

    How about lifting the Oil Drilling Ban in the Gulf ! How about
    making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent ! How about lowering
    Capital gain Taxes to 0 % fo 3 years ?
    Forget your Cap and trade Taxes, Take another look at the
    Health Care Bill and repeal parts of it.
    Then sit back and watch the economy explode ! Then you can
    watch your poll numbers go up again.
    Your too Stupid to do any of this so in November we are going
    to start throwing your gang out of office. Then in 2012 we are
    coming for you. Your a one term president because of your
    stupity !

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Chukkal

    IT wasn't long ago that he was referring to himself as a "MUTT"....because of his race. LOL......get it right will you? Either your a dog or you aren't.........

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. jjr1968

    Woof !!!

    Love my dog a million times more than this POS.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Larry

    It' pretty obvious this is a cnn website by the number of defenders of this wanna be leader. No matter how you paint the picture, you still have a president that has no clue as to how to jump start this economy. I have a suggestion for you. Instead of giving away another 50 billion why don't you push for a personal income tax holiday for the remainder of the year? I'll tell you why. It's because the majority of your support comes from people that don't pay any income tax so your koolaide drinkers wouldn't receive any benefits.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Tired of Them All

    So, he can still dish it out, but can't take it? Well, at least we know who the first Cry Baby President is.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Betty Barclay

    That's an insult to dogs.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Peter Courtenay Stephens

    Margaret, Boise idaho

    Yes working harder than any president since, Who? How many vacations has he taken this year? You are in la la land.
    The problem with Obama is he doesn't realise that Socialism and Communism, his favorite ideologies are not economic systems but, political systems and failed political systems to boot or for him to chew on.
    I bet your a teacher or government worker or a union member.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. thedoghouse

    Stupid America's elected a inexperienced, Jr. Senator from the Chicago mob, to the most important job in the world. What else did you think was going to happen?

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Texas Progressive

    I will donate some serious money to support this magnificent President. This country can't survive another right-wing moron. The gloves are off, and it's about time...

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Claire Solt

    Picture this. A 1930's style convertible with four men is trying to get out of a ditch, unsucessfully. Marx and Keynes are in the rumble seat theorizing. FDR is giving tiips to the driver, Obama.

    Up come three pick up trucks offering to pull them out of the dfitch. W drives one, Scott Brown is in the second, and Mitt Romney comes third. They affix ropes to the antique car and pull it from the ditch.

    Obama petulantly offers them the keys. Nah said Bush, we have no need for that old jalopy. Give it to the Smithsonian.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. NH vet

    When you bark like a dog and treat our country folks like a dog
    "you must be a Dog. "so what is your problem Mr. President?
    You need to realize that when you work for us,you are not a ruler,
    you are a servant of all of us Americans of the USA. Do you get
    it,we rule and you are the servant to us all-y-b- w,color has no free
    pass,we are all the same. Get rid of the deck of cards and act like
    a man for all of us. Or grab your tail and skidaddle dude.

    Old dad and vet in war and piece

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. GinBR

    Most if not all that talk about the Prez like a dog are nothing more than what comes out the back end of the dog. And they offer about as much constructively as well. Keep your head up President Obama.

    September 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Kevin

    The least experienced man in the room absolutely wreaks of desperation. Hilarious.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Phillip

    Yeah, you're a dog. Bush was a monkey. Pull up your big boy panties and deal with it. You're the president of the freaking United States. You expect it to be tulips and candy canes?

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Old Navy Chief

    Holy cow, I can't believe some here are actually so lame that they want is to believe that former President Bush was always treated with honor and deference. Are you people high on something? Did you sleep through the eight years of President Bush's terms? There was nothing but contempt for this man from the moment Al Gore admitted (the second time around) that the electoral process was the law of the land. I never saw more churlish and sadistic behavior towards a man. What you democrats have sown, so shall you reap. Especially since Obama is the single most incompetent man ever to be elected to office. As far as the economic policies, your fingers are all over them. From 2006 on, you own the train wreck since you had both the House and the Senate. If you had any sense of the constitution at all you would understand how the economy was wrecked long before your guy was swept in by unions and thugs. Last thought: Your weak kneed and obviously sensitive guy keeps whining about a fictional set of keys that drove us off the cliff. Compared to that fender bender, we are now headed nose first into the Grand Canyon.
    In November, we are coming to take back the keys to the House (and the Senate). We'll see who drives whom where.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Skippy

    Remember, as a Muslim, Obama sees dogs as unclean animals. That's why the family pet took a separate plane to their vacation, and that's why this is so insulting for him.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Fred

    Ohhhh, you poor poor baby! Is the job to tough for you? Poor little liberal.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Our Imam seems to be getting, or at least sounding, desperate. He goes out to be among the normal, everyday Americans that are struggling in his economy and we find him with nothing but union members. What are his plans for the economy that is sinking deeper and deeper into bankruptcy every day. We still don't know. All he wants to do is give away more money to more unions. More money than we have and more money than what we will ever have. His own are running form him as fast as they can and yet he can only point fingers and lay blame. Some leader. He talks about a spending bill stalled before Congress that will help the economy and produce jobs and lays the blame on Republicans yet he will not disclose the contents of the bill. It's a bill that will increase no jobs but will provide money for unions and their pension plans that they have wasted on other spending.
    This is not a President. This is not a leader. This is some know it all whimp that knows nothing but to point the finger of blame when it is apparent that he is the main stumbling block to this country.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Jericho

    If the collar fits!!
    B.O. Stinks!!
    He has done nothing but run us into the ground. He is an angry man and is trying to give justice to all minority interests. Can't wait until he and his trashy, money spending, half dressed wife disappear in 2012!!

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. inforodeo

    was he talking about Republicans or about the real directors of the party that put him in power. "They talk about me like a dog", aside from it's weird grammar, hints that he feels useless and unappreciated (which makes sense, because he really is useless) ...

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Gop

    I guess when your liberal agenda starts to fail it is time to play the Sympathy card.

    Obama said he was going there to CHANGE the way Washington used to be but every part of his agenda is the same old thing that has been tried by liberals before and has never worked.

    So I guess he is thinking the blame Bush thing is not working so well time to blame these powerful groups that I wont name, but hope you voters will fill in with any company you might hate.

    Is this the best the guy has to offer? More blame and taking no responsibility for his own dismal leadership?

    At this rate, it is going to be a long two years before we can remove this clown from office. The only good part is taking over both houses in order to put an end to his job killing agenda he is so hell bent on giving all of us.

    See the wise people tell you this is what you get when you have an actual fool for a president.

    September 6, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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