October 26th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
12 years ago

WH bristles over top Republicans' remarks

(CNN)–The White House is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

With his usual sarcastic tone, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters "maybe Senator McConnell is interested in running for President."

The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing, so top aides jumped at the chance to paint McConnell's comments as more business as usual, and part of the problem that landed the "car in the ditch."

Gibbs said there will be time in two years for a presidential campaign, but that "members of the Senate are elected and hired by the people of the United States to get stuff done for the people of the United States, not posture and play political games, gum up the system."

Senator McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart told CNN that senators "are not elected to rubber-stamp the President's agenda, particularly when that agenda conflicts with the will of their constituents." Stewart did not back away from McConnell's comments, reiterating that "ending the Obama Administration's liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell's top political priority."

He said the White House is only targeting them in order to avoid focusing on their failed economic policies.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Black Sabbath

    23 months of Obama has given us record deficits, record unemployment, longest jobless stretch since the 1930's, record bank failures, record foreclosures, record trade deficits, record poverty rate, failing dollar, national poverty at record highest level, foreign policy disasters, record number of golf games played by a president, record death toll in Afghanistan, record number of food stamp recipients, consumer confidence at record lows. Time for a change!

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Joe Mama

    Bobbie Gibbs knows he will be in the unemployment line after America votes out oBamahmadineajab in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    How pathetic it is- to blame republicans for all ills- democrats had been in power for 4 years now, dificit is astronomical, we rae on the road to become a Sovit Union, we rae told what to eat, what to drink, HC overhaul, businesses are taken over, Unions are ruling the day, they are contributing the $$ to democrats in the same amout they are given the bailout...only the blind brainwashed liberals don't see what is going on. I don't approve what republicans were doing-and I mean the progressives , however now id your chance to vote the incumbents out and have a new wave of people in DC, who will support our constitution not only when the take the oath, but in their every day decision. Our founders predicted what is happening now and we have to go back to the wisdom of our founding fathers and uphold and practice our constitution if we have any chance to save our republic.

    October 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Gary Hench

    Some replies here indicate 'Party First". Missing the point folks. It's Counrty first...Not party. And, to that end, Hussein Obama has to be a one term president because in two terms we'll be the United Soviet States of Amerika.
    This Marxists has to GO!

    October 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Kharkov43

    I couldn't agree more with him get the PROGRESSIVE out of here and off to FRANCE where he belongs.

    October 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Kala

    Getting rid of Pelosoi and Reid would be great but ultimately it is important to hobble the radical left wing and impede the Obama agenda. If Obama was as great as his ego thinks he is this election would be a landslide election in his favor.

    October 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Kathy

    Nice tag you have the WTF. So you call those you disagree with pickle brained morons, deluded, unpatriotic, Unamerican twits and then you top your little tirade off by calling us all hatemongers. I don't suppose you see the irony there but do please keep posting as many people with actual minds read theses posts.

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. 06mike

    Interesting reading this liberal blather on CNN. The annointed one is the problem now! The dems caused the economic problems as identified by Dean above. Yet the kool-aid is strong and the dems have to get back at that boogey man Bush. After all he beat their man – Gore! Don't let facts get in your way! Down with the USA. Onward with Socialism. Vote democratic and ruin what is left of America.

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. PCsurfer

    You libtards are comical. Ooh, the Republicans are so mean – their so hard on this poor, defensless, socialist loving, closet muslim extremist! Well, News flash: 63% of the nation want to ensure that Odumbo is a one term mistake. That's why his approval is at 37% – duh. Because he sucks. Hey Obama, like the Dem in RI said – shove it!

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Eric

    You all sit here in judgement of the GOP because they do not want the president sitting in office yet you all wanted to get W out of office and you went so far as to make several derogatory comments about him as a man. Get over all of your self-righteous indignation and get on with life. The American people do not want your brand of social justice. No one has a right to tell anyone else how much is enough. That is for each person to decide. I also find it hilarious that all of these people are in here saying who got us into this mess in the first place. I answer, it was the democrats and the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 under Carter. The fundamentally BAD economic policies were disguised by the run-up in prices until intelligent speculators acted as stabilizing expectations to bring the home prices back into equilibrium. Then all of those people that got home loans that could not afford them because of the CRA were foreclosed on. That is the contagion that spread across the world economic spectrum that brought the whole house of cards down. Then the dems in congress and senate (of which BO was one) passed the stimulus and then they passed another bailout and omnibus when he was president. Get your facts right.

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. I want to be free

    Yes. I am voting to stop the gov't. Yes stop. I don't believe in statism or socialism or fascism. I believe in myself, my family, and community. Freedom individualism. Yes, we are voting to stop the liberal agenda. Gridlock is good.

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. GaryB

    Party first. It's been the Republican mantra for the past two years; no reason to think they'll change if they get control of congress. The only question is which Republican social programs (i.e. government welfare handouts to already rich CEOs) the GOP will try to attach to the extension of the middle class tax cuts that Obama is trying to push through.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. BillyBob

    McConnell is right. Getting rid of the racist, incompetent CrackheadCommunityOrganizer is job one. That incompetent moron has destroyed the American economy in 2 short years and seeks to do more damage.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Obummer

    I am completely baffeled at how so many people with such large vocabularies lack a the simple ability of common logical reasoning. Oh wait, Obama got elected, on second though I'm not baffeled in the least bit.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Reggie From LA

    What? And that's a surprise? One of Obama's biggest problems is that a lot of Dems are standing around wiping tears because they cast their votes and didn't get their magical reward. You surprise me John Stewart. If he had given everybody everything we thought we were entitled to because of our one vote, it would be millions of little gifts. Here's what ya' do. Be spoiled and angry. Don't vote now or in 2012 and let Mitch McConnell and the other GOP and TeaGang have what they want. No Obama. They have not been able to endure his presence in the Whitehouse even before he began working issues. They absolutely refused to allow him to be successful. That's why many of you whiners didn't get ponies for your birthdays. And when they resume control after they drive out a one-term Obama, you can act as if HE failed YOU.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. jasmine

    It was Obama who told the Republicans, just 3 days after taking office that "Elections have consequences..... I won" (his own words), indicating that he would not, and did not have to, work with members of Congress from the opposite party. There would be no compromise. The Dems have had TOTAL control over two branches of the Fed government (Executive and Legislative) for the last two years, and had total control over the Legislative Brance for the two years prior (since 2006 midterms). S0, the Dems continuous braying about the Republicans being "The Party of No" is a fake argument. The Republicans could not stop anything.

    The current state of the economy is owned by the Dems in Congress and Obama. THEY OWN IT. Unemployment was 7.6 when Obama took office and it ihas been over 9.5 for quite a while now, despite the tripling of the deficit with their failed stimulus.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Alton Smith

    Let us not forget that many of the current senators and congressional leaders have been in power for a very long time. Vote ALL incumbents out. I gave Obama a chance and he managed to screw small businesses and the middle class even more. The rich are getting richer...guess what, many are democrats. The poor are getting poorer. It is the middle class that is hurting. I will give tea party candidates a chance becuase I like their message of spending less, and quit adding to the deficit. I am not racist. I just want to give America back to the people, and not the special interests. If the tea partiers blow this one...they will be voted out next time. Plain and simple.

    October 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Tired of the nonsense

    For 8 years, I watched the Bush sheep let Bush and his regime destroy this nation.
    For 8 years, I hoped and prayed that America could recover from the neo-fascist, near-dicatatorship of the Bush years.

    Now, all those sheeple who thought Bush walked on water are being shown that intelligence is in the White House now, but the Bush sheep won't ever admit it. That means they'd have to admit that they spent 8 years worshipping a dunderhead like Bush.

    Get real, folks. Turnabout is fair play. For 8 years, the intelligent Americans had to live in fear of our Constitutional rights being ripped away from us by Bush and his lackeys. Now, those lackeys will have another 6 years of having to tell themselves that they were wrong to follow Bush and that they allowed this country to go to hell in a handbasket.

    October 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. ETEE

    In reading the Marxist diatribes above it's obvious that, the closer we get to November 2nd., the Leftist Socialist Democrats heads are 'splodin!!! I thought Behar's was actually going to burst all over my plasma screen. Wonder what it would look like in 3-D??? I'm old enough to remember Bill Clintons catchey little phrase in the 1992 Presidential Election. So, to borrow on that, I will leave you with an answer for the catastrophic losses in the House and Senate you Leftist-Socialists are about to suffer: "It's the Marxist Communist in the Whitehouse, Stupid!!!"

    October 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. AM

    Confused again.

    I thought Barack's goal was to be a one term President. How did it become the Republican goal?

    Barack's doing a fine enough job on the one term President issue all by himself. Of course Michelle is not helping him much either.

    Biden in 2012. At least with Biden, we'll know what we are getting.

    October 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. annie s

    ...And there are people that will vote for these scum.. I'm thankful that President Obama has been the man in charge these past two years. Had McCain won, we'd be at war with Iran, bankrupt and is a depression.

    October 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Another Fool

    All I had to do is see who is eporting this story and now I understand why all bloogers are saying what they are saying. Communist News Network. Am I surprised everyone is dissiing the Republican Prty taking over the House and Maybe the Senate. Naw... I understand you Progressives. Good luck – a very long night for all of you on 11/02/10.

    October 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Marcus

    My oh my...
    GOPers haters are on full mode today!!!
    Except Dean, who at least provided factual data to support his claims (to which I disagree with), it's all 'sheep', 'cool-aid drinkers', 'handout lookers' and the likes when you guys talk about those who disagree with you.
    Hate, disdain, mockery, unrealistic perception of the others, complacency and hollier-than-thou attitude...
    If Obama's plans are so bad, then what is your alternative?
    I'D LIKE TO SEE YOUR PLANS FOR THE COUNTRY, with data and numbers to back them this time, please...

    October 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. MaryA

    "The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing," If that's true, why is Obama fixated solely on campaigning? The amount of time and money he's spent flying around the country is shameful! The name-calling and finger-pointing to his constituents is shameful! He was elected to represent ALL Americans; not just the Dems. He's acting very unpresidential and classless and certainly doesn't seem to be focusing on the economy, as he's promised for so long, all the while finding other priorities.

    October 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. 06mike

    Marcus, your 92% vote is blocking your vision. Bush did try multiple times to rectify the mess Clinton started. Sweet Barney stopped him each time threatening the race card. You know how that works – – you probably use it all the time.

    October 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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