Gibbs: Republicans are accountable now
December 26th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
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Gibbs: Republicans are accountable now

(CNN) - With significant Republican gains in the U.S. House and Senate and a new session of Congress around the corner, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the Republican Party now has more responsibility to govern.

"There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so," Gibbs said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

He said the party can no longer afford to "simply sit and say no," and instead needs to continue the trend from the lame duck session of being part of a constructive conversation. Gibbs said part of that trend should be making 2011 a year to put politics aside because there will be plenty of time to campaign for the 2012 elections.

However, when Congress returns in January members will likely face a legislative agenda that includes typically partisan issues. Gibbs said the president wants to strengthen entitlement programs for future generations and address the long-term deficit and education.

"We are certainly hopeful that the Republicans come into next year with a willingness to sit down at that table and begin having a discussion about how we're going to make progress," Gibbs told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Sometimes the first step is the biggest one."

Gibbs also said he doesn't expect major changes in President Obama's Cabinet and would be surprised if the president decided not to run for reelection.

"We're making progress and I know he wants to continue making that progress and finish those jobs," Gibbs said.

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  1. Monster Zero

    Seems to me Republicans have been held responsible for anything and everything under the Obama Administration for the last 10 years... When are the Democraps going to step up and take accountability for the fiscally irresponsible Bills they crammed up Americas arse? Granted the Demowits accounted for the war spending that Bush did not but what about the other 12 trillion dollars they racked up for us? Unemployment at a record 10% and probably a 20% unreported, these idiots want to still play politics...and Seattle slue, Clinton's trade deals and high corporate taxation are a huge component of the economic pickle we find ourselves in now, WTFU!

    December 26, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Republicans have the House, demos still have the Senate and the White House; so Republicans need to keep being the "party of no" when faced with the lunacy of the liberal demorcat fringe left. AFter 2012, when the voters give the boot to Obama and the liberal fringe in the Senate, then they can turn the economy around.

    December 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. lefty avenger

    Republicans destroyed the country by gambling away all the money in their wall street casino. The rich then whined that they had gambled all their money away and had gone broke. Instead of creating universal health care that exists everywhere else or helping working people they bailed out these fake conservative renegade hedge fund managers instead so that they could keep their aristocratic oligarchy party going. Bush and crew sent these country straight into the ravine. Obama wanted to help the people one tiny little bit but realized that only the rich must be served just like Bush did before him. The republicans fool the entire middle of the country with a few gay people distractions and a bunch of guns. Meanwhile, democratic champions of the working class surrender everything to the industrial baron supporting republicans.

    December 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Grif99999

    goforit. BO didnt inherit the mess we are in. He didnt just walk in the door. He was in Congress prior to the White House. He helped to create the mess. When does he get held accountable?

    December 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Al in Virginia

    "B" – Any time there is a bill with Pork or other irrevelant items attached naturally there are going to be a "NO" votes. Wise up some. Just because the title of the bill says one thing the other garbage included in the bill should be stripped. What we need is to have congress pass a law that a bill will only contain language for which the bill is and not the other trash.

    December 26, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. superchargedshytt

    The GOP's have a RESPONSIBILITY to constantly say NO to a bunch of idiots that constantly throw money away like paper is getting cheaper!!!

    December 26, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Chris

    It's amazing to me that after all of the bail-outs, the record profits for big business, and the entrenchment of the "too big to fail" policy that democrats still pound on this ridiculous notion that the republicans are the evil party of big business and greed. Obama has done more for big business and multi-national corporations than any president in history. It is time all of us rethink our party affiliations.

    December 26, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Time Grows Short

    The Democraps ruled this country for two years like Joseph Stalin ruled Russia and CNN is attempting to shift blame to the GOP ?

    December 26, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Funny how the Republicans who aren't returning (Voinovich, Bennett) or who were shunned by their party (Murkowski) start to act reasonably, rather than being shackled by the extreme right and being forced to follow their reactionary, country destroying ideology.

    December 26, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Time Grows Short

    Forget it. It's a zero sum game to Democraps. In order for them to keep the whitehouse, their strategy has been and must always be mud slinging. The other side must be destroyed by investigations rumors, inuendo, allegations and phony impeachment attempts. We'll have 2 years of maggot infested Democrap trickery and gamesmanship so they can give away more of America to banksters, big pharma and oil trillionaires. Not that the GOP is much better.

    December 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Walter from Tampa Bay

    Gibbs still not getting it? He needs to be fired! The people of the United States, all, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, put an end to the Obama pain train. Railing down one sided Bills all through one group (Democrats) is not what this country wants, and certainly not in our best interest. The history books will depict this as dictorial, and ultimately the down fall of this one term President (IMHO). Americans, like being on a Team of unification, crossing the finish line together. This President failed as this type of leader, and the end result was having sacrificial lambs in the Dem houses, and left them out to slaughter. Most Dems realized this and with in 24 mos put an end to it on 11/2/10. I'm very grateful this Holiday season that we have balance restored in the greatest nation in the World.

    December 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. gmh

    Obama ran the economy off the cliff???? What???? nocountryleftforkids where have you been? I lost 65% of my networth before Obama came into office and 80% of my dividend income. You sound like someone who had no investments to loose. How about pulling out some old Wall Street Journals from the fall of 2008 and read them. I have kept them as a reminder of what was the worst financial downturn in my lifetime. Things are looking up and hopfully we can move forward, if the Republican party does not derail the momentum.

    December 26, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. JonWNC

    Tony T, Obama's jammed far-left liberal BS down our throats? Oh, like individual mandates for insurance? (Repub idea) Converting half the stimulus, originally intended as mostly infrastructure, into 1/2 tax cuts? (Repub idea) Extending the tax cuts? (R) Where exactly is this far-left BS you speak of? Is it the START treaty, the one that past Repub presidents and Secretaries of State support? Is it the closing of Gitmo? Nope, Obama's followed the Repub game plan on that one, too. Oh, actually paying the medical expenses of 9/11 heros? Is that the BS that's been jammed down your throat?

    December 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. dew

    obama and the lame duck are the greatest , look at what they passed and look at all the jobs, oh never mind sorry about that, as soon as i find out i will let ya'll no.

    December 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    In most cases in the last 2 years, No was the correct answer.

    December 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. blake

    Gibbs has zero credibility to tell anyone (especially the GOP) what their responsibility is. Perhaps it is time for Mr. Gibbs to focus on executive branch responsibilities to the American people.

    December 26, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. sara

    Oh here we go again. They need to work together and come up with plans and ideas before either one says no. Do some brainstorming, get together, play nice. Be mature adults that can lead our country. If you disagree, that is fine, but do it with respect and have a plan to back it up with. Put your money when your mouth is.

    December 26, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Marcus

    phoenix86 and Grif99999 – The partisanship of your posts reminds me that true story about a Democrat leaning newspaper bashing President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address solely because he was Republican. But in the peculiar case of phoenix86 (whom I recall believed in the 'The fundamentals of our economy are strong' line back in 08) that is not a real surprise...

    December 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. GonzoinHouston

    What's really going to be fun is to watch the republicans try to deal with the Tea Partiers. The TP's are not going to be content until they have forced some kind of brief government shut down, just to prove they can. I can't wait to see them try to pass a budget.

    Thanks to the GOP, the Senate is now effectively ungovernable. A filibuster used to be a rare tactic, used perhaps 2-3 times per year. Now almost everything is filibustered and the democrats will adopt the tactic as well. Nobody is going to get 60 votes in the Senate for anything useful.

    December 26, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Felix

    The Republicans said no to every thing and now they have to share power with the Democrats and that is good because they cannot blame President Obama for every thing that is going wrong in this country. President Obama is cool he does not get angry and at the same time he is making the Republicans look angry and nasty.
    The Republican Party made a big mistake when they allowed the Tea Party Mob ran the Republican agenda and now there are no real contender for 2012. Palin is making money and most of American people knows that she does not have the capacity to govern at the same time she is the front runner from the GOP, and that is good for President Obama!


    December 26, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Wait...what?

    Wait a minute. The GOP is supposed to "govern". But....they hate the government! All I ever hear from Republicans and conservatives is how much they hate it. Make up your minds, you hypocrites.

    December 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Marcus

    Time Grows Short – Educate yourself before compaing Obama to Stalin. Did Obama:
    – sent people to prison (to do HARD work, in some cases to the death) just because they made jokes of him?
    – starved to death a whole country (or state)'s population?
    – created phony tribunals in which the defendant entered the courtroom knowing full well that if he did not 'confessed' his whole family would suffer 'an unfortunate accident'?
    And the list can go on and on and on...
    Point taken; Obama is a liberal, NOT a communist. If you make a confusion between those two terms, educate yourself. If you really believe that he is like Stalin, get some meds quick!

    December 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. James L.

    Gibbs means democrats can no longer come up with insane policies and legislative bills that won't be challenged by the GOP. Don't know if the GOP is much better, but after seeing Obama and listening to Gibbs, anything could be a step up.

    December 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Dems destroyed america

    Gibbs needs to shut up and figure out a way to fix the economy instead of saying this and passing DADT. He is clueless and just spouting out huis rear

    December 26, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. stevegee

    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House, not a creature was stirring except lame ducks getting soused. The bills were hung by Pelosi with care, in hopes that the leftist votes would be there. The citizens were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Tea Parties danced in their heads. And Obama in his 'kerchief, and Michelle in her cap, had just settled their brains for a short Hawaiian nap. When out on the Internet there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my PC to see what was the matter. Away to Windows I flew like a flash, tore open the browser and shouted “Not so fast!”

    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen law gave the luster of tyranny to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight Republican dears.

    With a little tan driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it's John Boehner carrying a big stick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! "Now Cantor! now, Ryan! now, Bachmann and Scott! On, Runyan! On, Meehan! on, on Herrera and Noem! To the top of the steps! to the top of the Hill! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" But I heard them exclaim, ‘ere they drove out of sight, "Happy Days ahead for all, and to all a good fight!"

    December 26, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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