September 10th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP leaders respond to Obama's press conference

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner on Friday responded to President Obama's White House press conference.

Read their statements after the jump:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“Like small businesses and families across the country, I was disappointed to hear the President insist on raising taxes on hundreds of thousands of small businesses and families across the country. The President spent a lot of time blaming others and talking about more government spending. But Americans want to know that Washington is going to stop the reckless spending and debt, the burdensome red-tape and job-killing taxes. They’re speaking up. They want to know that Washington is finally listening.

“But I agree wholeheartedly with the President that we need to do everything we can to fight al Qaeda, while being clear who the enemy is. And that Congress and the nation must remain resolved that Afghanistan can no longer serve as a sanctuary for al Qaeda.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner:

“With the American people still asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ both parties should work together to show the American people we’re listening and ready to act now to create jobs and get our economy moving again. Half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks won’t end the uncertainty that is keeping small businesses from creating jobs. Republicans have proposed a two-part plan to boost the economy now by freezing all tax rates for two years and cutting government spending to where it was before all the bailouts, government takeovers, and ‘stimulus’ spending sprees. This is a plan Congress can and should act on this month. If the president is serious about focusing on jobs, he should be willing to sit down with Republicans and discuss this new idea to get the economy moving again.

"Unfortunately, the appointment of Austan Goolsbee to be the president’s chief economist represents a commitment to more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ policies. This president urgently needs people around him who’ve created jobs in the private sector and understand the challenges small businesses face, people who aren’t wed to the worn-out notion that our nation can simply spend its way back to prosperity. I hope that the president will take this into account as the reshuffling of his economic team continues.”

Filed under: John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    Folks lets just try to decipher what the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell and his partner House Minority Leader, John Boehner have just said. Lets start with Mitch he used the following words " Raising taxes, blaming others, more government spending, reckless spending and debt, redtape, job killing taxes. Well, lets know check the words used by Boehner, " where are the jobs", we are listening half hearted proposals, fully throated political attacks, uncertainity, freezing all tax rates for 2 years, cutting government spending, bail outs government take over, stimulus spending sprees, SITTING DOWN WITH REPUBLICANS, more of the same failed stimulus plan, small businesses, spend its way back to prosperity!
    JOKES ASIDE THIS IS LAUGHABLE BECAUSE THE STATEMENTS COMES FROM TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE BUT THE WORDS ARE THE SAME!!! THE SAME RHETORIC THE REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DAY IN DAY OUT. WHAT THIS TWO COPY CATS HAVE DONE , THEY HAVE JUST APPLIED Projection one of the most profound and subtle of human psychological processes, and extremely difficult to work with, because by its nature it is hidden. Projection can also be established as a means of obtaining or justifying certain actions that would normally be found atrocious or heinous. This often means projecting false accusations, information, etc onto an individual for the sole purpose of maintaining a self created illusion. Compartmentalization, splitting and projection are ways that the ego continues to pretend that it is completely in control at all times, when in reality human experience is one of shifting beingness, instinctual or territorial reactivates and emotional motives, for which the "I" is not always complicit. Further, common in deep trauma (RECESSION) individuals can be unable to access truthful memories, intentions and experiences, even about their own nature, wherein projection is just one tool. BEWARE OF THE REPUBLICANS RHETORIC, ITS SWEET TO THE HUMAN EAR BUT TO THEM WORDS MEANS NOTHING AND POWER IS EVERYTHING. What you get from both minority leaders is just few words cut taxes, big government, and deficit. What they don't explain to the American people is that, They started the bail outs through bush, the deficit rose because we had two unfunded wars and I guess we have the highest spending in defence compared to the rest of the world. When it comes to uncertainity Boerner and his republican collegues have created that environment through NO, NO to every proposal. And finally the president have offered to sit down with you Republicans alot of times but you don't because you don't know what to tell your defacto leaders Rush limbaugh, and Murdoch!! and now you come here convincing the American people that, you are the victim?, it's too late see you in the ballot

    September 10, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Norma Vessels

    For one thing – Mitch McConnell and John Boehner want to freeze the tax cuts, because they both make over $250,000.00 dollars a year – far above that. The middle class won't be cut, even though Mitch and John keep saying that. They, themselves, just don't won't be noted for being greedy.

    September 10, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Georgia, Joe

    Neither McConnell or Boehner have honestly been willing to work on anything with the President. Their entire approach has been to talk down the economy and stall economic recovery for their political gain. They both were in positions of power in the Congress when Bush/Cheney began the irresponsible spending, wars and tax policy that have brought us to this point. I am afraid that the American voters are having memory lapses about how we got to this place. Our problems are not the outcome of Obama policies, they are a holdover from the policies of the last 10 years.

    September 10, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. zago

    M. Bhoener,

    The American people can rigthfully ask where are the jobs, if they, like you suffer amnesia because anyone knows that the jobs were killed by you and your republican consorts over the last 8 years and now blocking every single initiatitve to create an environment for job growth.

    September 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Mesa Mick

    " hear the President insist on raising taxes on hundreds of thousands of small businesses and families across the country."

    You are a liar Boneher! I watched the whole press conference and never heard Pres. Obama say that – or even hint at it! All he kept saying was lower taxes, lower, taxes and lower taxes and help small businesses create more jobs.

    As for letting the Bushie-43 reach-around tax subsidy he gave the top 2% expire – as is the law – and go back to normal, that's not a tax hike, it's an end of a free ride he gave the rich back in 2001.

    September 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. onlysanetexanleft

    Hey CNN, you love polls so much, how about sowing the polls that all conclude that an overwhelming majority of the country want the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire....opps. Those polls favor the President's stance so I guess we'll never hear you guys talk about them.

    September 10, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. afp

    Even if John Boehner wrote the speech for Pres. Obama, he still would have trashed it. JB and friends are worthless... no ideas, no leadership, ho help for the middle class; just no, no, no.

    September 10, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    More spending, is all Obama knows how to do.......and precisely why the GOP cannot support his plans. He has already run the deficit to dangerous levels, and more spending is simply impractical and extremely dangerous, in fiscal responsibility.

    September 10, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Here's what Boehner calls new ideas:

    1. Cut taxes (on the rich, his owners).
    2. Cut spending (on things that might benefit the middle class, the ones who keep working and paying welfare payments to the rich, his owners)

    There's a loud echo in here. It's been bouncing around the halls of Congress since Ronnie Raygun's time. It's the same "new ideas" they have proposed for 30 years. The same ones that have failed for 30 years. It's the only song they know, the Golden Oldie of the right wing. It's one sour note after the next. It's the way you spell "FAILURE". It's the Repugnant message. It's crap.

    September 10, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. to tell the truth

    is that why you morons blocked, stalled, delayed everything? y'all hope people won't ask before they vote: what exactly have u done for me lately? where is the compromise? co-sponsorship? concession? I guess y'all still hoping for his "waterloo" huh?

    September 10, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. bearced

    Although I think it best not to have one party controling the government, these two clowns and their tired rhetoric are a good reason to seriously consider voting Democrat this fall.

    September 10, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Too Little too late

    If obama, pelosi and reid had worried half as much about the economy as they did the stupid healthcare reform disaster (welfare in disguise) and bailing out the uaw, the economy would be in better shape because the investors wouldn't have been so worried what stunt these three would pull next. VOTE EM OUT

    September 10, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Kevin Collins

    GOPers sure didn't have a problem with all the deficit-spending under Bush like his two unpaid-for wars, unpaid-for/geared-to-the-rich tax cuts, unpaid-for $1.2 trillion Medicare prescription drug plan, Bush not vetoing so much as a single spending bill his entire first term in office, and leaving office with a record deficit just like daddy and Reagan did. Hoary hypocrites, they.

    September 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    President Obama should not have mentioned Austan Goolsbee, but should have mentioned David Koch as a possible chief economist for the Administration. I wonder if John Boehner would have been thrilled at that prospect. It should noted that the Koch Brothers are the ones jerking the strings of both the 'conservative' Democrats and the GOP-'conservative' Tea Party of which McConnel and Boehner is actively benefiting from. With a little digging, BIPAC, the organization that just endorsed the 20 conservative Democrats that went against Obama's health care reform and climate change legislation, can be shown to have billionaire Koch Brothers actively behind it. The trail is most interesting, suggest those interested to see it for themselves. Lots to dial into.

    September 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Marcus

    A resume of both GOPers statements: We're not sorry, you're going to have to bend to our will, and YOU are the one who's driving the country to bankruptcy...

    Work like a charm with other GOPers...

    September 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Viet.Vet

    As usual, the republicans were not listening, have no ideas and are bent on a hope that the President fail in his agenda and if over 87% of Americans continue to struggle in the process, so what ! ,we will just blame him and convence the koolade drinkers to fear this man, we will present some ideas after we are elected and repeal everything he has done. Wakeup America!!

    September 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Once again, the Repubs. are responding with their favorite body part; their BIG MOUTHS. If only they'd move another body part, their BIG BUTTS, maybe we could get out of this mess they've helped create. Don't bet on it though. To quote their spiritual leader, Rush Limbaugh," I hope Obama fails".

    September 10, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. John G

    Obama has talked about jobs since he's been in office yet he took a year out to pass health care which the majority didn't want. Obama isn't for this country but for his radical agenda.

    September 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Republicans always have something to say after President Obama, not just because they understand what are they talking about. They are looking for free coverage from the Media.

    September 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Republicans love to lie about President Obama and what he says. Typical example:

    Fox reports that the President said, "Taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year for everybody."

    Here's what the President actually said:

    "Under the tax plan passed by the last administration, taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year. I believe we ought to make the tax cuts for the middle class permanent," Obama said, adding that the middle-class families are more likely to spend on basic necessities, that would strengthen the economy as a whole.

    Fox lies; Republicans lie; all the GOP lackeys lie.

    For the sake of our country, vote Democratic in November!

    September 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Truth

    Very good response! Just talk about the facts, no attack like Obama always does. This president is the only one who does everything against the will of the majority American people. I don't know who he is working for: for Muslim, for illegal immigrants, for our enemies, for ....

    September 10, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Revolus

    Republicans always have something to say after President Obama, not just because they understand what are they talking about. They are looking for free coverage from the Media.

    September 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Gordon Shumway

    It is painfully obvious that Obama is not at war with islam, but it is also painfully obvious that freedom loving people all over the world need to be.

    September 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Jilli

    The same old recycled crap the republican "leaders" put out after comments by the president. They're whining and lying is old. These one trick ponys have got nothing. They're the Beavis and Butthead of American politics. Aside from that, why should I listen to people that have failed in their responsibilities and elected duties to respresent americans? They took themselves out of the game and chose not to work for solutions. They've chosen to represent the republican party, not the best interests of all americans. Their canned opinions mean less than nothing to me.

    September 10, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. TTBALA


    Are you a joke or what, both parties should work together, just talk, you must think that the americsan people are as stupid as you are to sit there and believe you, for two years you have done nothing but go to the tanning salon and creticize the president hoping that he fails, shame on you, go crawl under your tanning machine and shut up.

    And you stupid mouth McConnell, DO NOT DARE spew your stupidity on behalf of the american people, american people are clever, you are the stupid one thinking that anybody would listen to your stupidity, go back to your backwood country and stay there, you are not fit enough to be with normal inteligent people.

    September 10, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
1 2 3 4