April 6th, 2011
02:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama blames politics for shutdown showdown

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that attempts to inject political issues such as health care, abortion and the environment into a spending measure are holding up a deal on funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    You are disappointing a lot of people by not blaming the hard right. Not me, though. Blame game is for juveniles. One can find a guilty party on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately for you, Mr. President, the guilty parties add up to a minority in both Houses of Congress.

    It is up to you to convince enough people that they are more likely to get re-elected by avoiding a shutdown. You were once challenged to prove that you could stand up against the majority of your party. Maybe, it is time to offer the same challenge to those fearful to vote with will of the American People.

    They can always jump ship if the GOP kicks them out, but I really don't think that they will be kicked out. Tea Party candidates have had their 15 months of fame. Times have changed, you created it.

    April 6, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. FM

    This is totally a political theater. Does Tea Party think after the catastrophe of shutdown, something good will come out of it????

    April 6, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. jpmichigan

    I blame both parties , Democrats won't help to made a significant cut in spending and the Republicans won't stand touch and just shut down the government if the Dem's won't budge. We cannot afford all this spending under the umbrella called investments. We need to get serious or just shut down. Hold Obama's and congresses pay until they do what the people, who are their employer wants from them!

    April 6, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    And it's the worse kind of politics where simple minded people (GOPer base) are manipulated by selfish and greedy politicians (GOP) with fear and hate (tea-baggers) to support policies and agendas that hurt them and all Americans.

    April 6, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. chris

    The President is absolutely correct!!! Those politicians on the Hill all need to be fired!!! This budget game has been going on for months, and it makes both parties look very stupid!! These guys don't give a hoot about the American people!!! They only care about the image they are projecting to the American people and their constituents as Conservative hawks. But what the people fail to realize is that although, they are talking about shutting down National parks, museums, and other institutions that are free. People fail to realize the revenue that is generated by the people who go to those cities and States spend money!!! So, folks really need to understand the impact of a Government shut down in the context of, it is not only Government agencies being impacted, but small businesses that depend on Government employees to spend money at their shops and etc...So, this part of the equation is not being acknowledged by the media or the politicians!!

    April 6, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. kat

    Shut it down!!! We must get our deficit down. This clown doesn't have a clue what he's doing. We can't afford 4 more years. People need to wake up before it's too late. Thank God the Republicans seem to be sticking to their guns.

    April 6, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Healthcare, abortion, and EPA was things you tried to cram down our throats. You got Obummie care done and possibly government financed abortion under the Obummie care program. You say no with smoke and mirrors and an executive order which is over ridden by the actual law. Funding for planned parenthood however is federal dollars for abortion. No denying that Obummie. Your EPA actions skirted congress. Congress is a part of government Obummie. You are not a dictator even though you want to be.

    April 6, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    ...and guess who's doing all that?

    Yep. The American Taliban aka Republicans.

    April 6, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Indiana Voter

    Democrat politics are as much to blame as Republican politics. Democrats want a shutdown and are not going to compromise anything. Republicans actually passed a budget in the House over a month and half ago. What have the Senate Democrats done? Nothing! Just like they did when they didn't pass a budget while controlling both houses of congress. Democrat policies=failure.

    April 6, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Biggge

    This is what happens when U make a deal with the devil, now Speaker Boehner is muddy water.. It hard working for the Corporate guys and working the the Tea party. Now the hate has spilled over to him....How does he look service men and woman in the face now, also the medicare cuts for the elderly.. Outragous, are we going to put the health of the elderly in the hands of Corporations.......How about we cut the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that the Repub's push though....

    April 6, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. RiffRaff

    Scream it from the rafters! Repeatedly. Get control of the messaging. Do not let people believe the garbage they are being told. The repugs vowed in 08 they wouldnt work with Obama even though thats what the people want. Now theyre being held hostage by the TP-Dick and his Armey. Again, they prove they cannot grasp the concept of compromise or know how to effectively legislate. The TP has money,not a mass following. When will people learn the 'conservatives' always misrepresent.

    April 6, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    Now that the CBO has scored Ryan’s “cause” you may want to pay close attention to what they say about his quest to save Medicare costs

    The good news it does save money for the taxpayer, bad news, you get to pay the difference.

    For example, let us say you are now a befuddled 78 year old with high blood pressure and a hearing issue(too much hip-hop in your younger days) and the monthly premium for 1 78 year old with pre-existing conditions is 1780 a month. You get a stipend of 1680 from SS and your 401K has now dwindled from that fat 100K to 15K. Your “voucher” assuming Congress is in a good mood that year when they were deciding the budget, is 750 per month. Zounds! My math shows you have 100 big ones to pay towards your Medicaid “voucher” so you can stay in the nursing home(sorry you have no surviving family and your spouse passed on because the “voucher” did not cover his/her “pre-existing condition). Not sure $100 is going to cover you Medicaid voucher(over half of Medicaid recipients are children and about a third are old folks in nursing homes), Congress was in a good mood that year but NOT that good of a mood.

    Oh, and did I mention the new GOP “cause” being pushed by Ryan, does nothing to close the donut hole that the GOP created for your meds?

    So, what to do?

    You get to answer that question, ‘cuz you see at 60 I got no dog in this hunt as I still get the “old” Medicare plan.

    So this will be your only warning as I am trying out this new GOP “christianity” of “I have mine so screw you”.

    I did not realize when we were supposed to "walk in the footsteps of Jesus" He meant to follow him and not step on the bodies of both the young and the old cast aside, while we pursued that the GOP's true God, the almighty dollar,

    April 6, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. jf

    He is correct: It is the politics of massive, all consuming, government, ie; democrats!
    We, the people that actually generate wealth in this country can no longer afford to pay for all the freebies the demoncraps distribute to ensure votes.
    Social Security? Give me the monies I have contributed in a lump some and I'll call it even.
    Medicaid/medicare? I'll pay for mine.
    Obamacare? Nothing more than another mechanism to redistribute to those who don't or won't to those that do.

    The real problem is the entrenched politicians that came and stayed well past retirement age. Their staffs also must go.

    The only solution for this is strict term limits for both the elected "representatives", AND the career staff members. The elected ones are no longer their to represent their constituents, but to exercise the power that extended memberships in the houses gives. The career staff members are just the camp whores following the power just as flies follow something else.
    They ALL must go!

    If not via elections or voluntary retirement, there will, eventually be a series of events that the unions are screaming about as a few sensible governors try to defang them: "Rich Rogers talks about fighting for union rights ‘over thousands of dead bodies’.
    If that is indeed their sentiment there probably will be bodies. But most likely theirs.

    In summary -until the spendthrifts are gone, real term limits enacted, the public unions decertified and disbanded, and most of all the voting public uses their brains instead of creased-pants emotion, this republic is heading for the dumpster. I wonder who our new rulers will be?

    April 6, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hold firm Mr. President. The GOP accuses you of weakness, DO NOT CAPITULATE!
    Let them shut the mother down, and then what.....?! What will that gain them? Not a darn thing except that a few more million Americans will get to see them for what they've always been: excrement not worthy of being used for fertilizing.

    April 6, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Tim

    We are the American family? I thought I was the "enemy" and relegated to the back seat?

    Words matter. Elections matter. If he has a better budget, present it. Too bad they were political on the budget process when they were in charge.

    His rhetoric is really unbecoming. I'm more presidential than he is. Get rid of the clown.

    April 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. ghags17

    Obama should blame himself and his Administration for the SHUTDOWN. explain once again why this should have been done last year with the Dems. in office and it was not so we are now blaming the Repubs. Obama STOP HIDING BEHIND THE SKIRTS OF WOMEN AND MAN UP

    April 6, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. diridi

    whoever voted for these GOP thugs, deserve...well deserve...they cut medicaid....and all government....hold your heads tight, for voting these idiots.....

    April 6, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. jenn, philadelphia

    Of course the President not wanting to "go first" with any proposals because the Republicans might use it against him in his reelection isn't politics?

    April 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    It's totally about politics – the Republicans have stated their #1 goal is to make President Obama a one-term president. They want him and our country to fail. They spread lies and fear, anger and division, all in the hopes of making things so bad for our country that people will vote the Republicans back into power – even though all of the Republicans' policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    The Republicans rely on fear, on mistrust, on anger. They don't care how much our country and her people suffer; in fact, that's right where they want us: Scared and desperate, more likely to make bad decisions, more likely to turn against ourselves. They want this house divided; they want this house to fall.

    The Republicans have demonstrated through words and actions that they only care about the wealthiest 2% of our citizens – and the corporations (both domestic and foreign), who will fill their coffers at election time. They constantly yammer on about how lowering taxes for the rich creates jobs – when the last 10 years has proven them WRONG! (Jobs have been created – overseas, where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.)

    Why anyone thinks Republicans give a rat's fanny about the United States and her people is beyond me.

    April 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Jay

    So, the Dems have the opportunity to get this order of business done BEFORE the November elections of 2010; but now, somehow, it's politics that are to blame for not passing a budget? What an absolute baffoon this cheap excuse for a President has become....

    April 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Hey Obambi....try the TRUTH; the reason for a shutdown threat is Dems refuse to cut up the Credit Cards!

    April 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Tired of the nonsense

    Politics and the Republicans. It's their fault.

    April 6, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. rusty155

    If the Government shut down It will be the Republican fault and only there fault. They are not trying to Compromise at all. NO more extending and get a deal done. Going on with This thing week after week Is nuts.

    April 6, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |