Obama rips GOP for excessive partisanship
August 16th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama rips GOP for excessive partisanship

PEOSTA, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama laced into his conservative Republican congressional critics Tuesday, accusing them of putting partisan political concerns before the country's interests.

Appearing before a crowd of farmers and small-business owners in the presidential battleground state of Iowa, Obama called on Congress to help boost an anemic economy by passing an extension of the payroll tax cut and a new road construction bill, among other things.


Filed under: Congress • GOP • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Round Them Up

    "putting partisan political concerns before the country's interests"

    Oh, this partisan is a major pain and destroying us. When will Obama stop!!!!

    August 16, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Frank - Ohio

    And we rip Obama for his lack of leadership, ideas, budgets, debt ceiling bills, failed stimulus, high unemployment, growing debt, war in Libya, name calling (tea party are terrorists), Obamacare, weak economy, $1.1M bus, ....................

    August 16, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. gt

    maybe he needs to read some the black caucus statements ..and few from nancy, harry and barney... i am sure there might be one or two partisan statements ...ugh...

    August 16, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. George Busch

    It is the GOP. What do you expect from them. They are calling you every name but N-–R to your face and accusing you of everything they can think of and/or make up. Either get down in the trenches with them and get dirty or get a VP who is a pit bull (with or without lipstick). And get a spec ops team to take out Faux. Most of your problems will disappear then.

    August 16, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    In September, the effects of the state budget cuts in TX will be felt, as a large percentage of the public-sector employees Rick Perry hired will be let go. Unemployment will shoot up, and the myth about his job creation will eb exposed. Public sector emplyees have increased by 19% during his tenure, while private sector growth in employees has gone up 9%: couple this with a fast-growing population, and teh job picture in TX does not look so rosy. For all his talk about growing jobs, its been in public sector infrastructure to handle the waves of people flooding in to find work, only to be handed minimum-wage jobs at Wal-Mart. Public-sector growth with part time jobs, at the expense of health, safety, and education will be a long-term job-killer, rather than boosting the economy. Perry's using so many mirrors he's blinded himself.

    August 16, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    OK Thinking Americans. We often say we've got our President's back. Let's show it. American won't get better until we stop saying "both sides are to blame" and hold the instigating offender responsible.

    I support the President calling obstructing politicians on the carpet. I just wish he'd go a step further and do what John McCain promised for those that might have obstructed him as President.

    The old mavericky one said, "I will call them out. You will know their names"!

    August 16, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Chas in Iowa

    The GOP have made an agenda of being obstructive to every move by the Obama administration.They have blocked appointments to try and obstruct the day-to-day operations of the Consumer Protection Agency. They have neglected to vote up or down on many judicial appointments. This further shin straps the bench from operating in a timely manor.
    The waste time passing outragous legislation in the house as a big GOP show knowing it will not even get consideration in the Senate.
    Then the GOP and Tea Party threaten to shut down the government through financial default and point to Obama when our credit gets downgraded.
    Time to send a bunch of these obstructionist GOP faithful home. Put Mitch at the front of the line as a pure obstructionist.

    August 16, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Excessive partisanship??? Really??? Isn't that what we saw during your first TWO YEARS when Democrats controlled ALL of government and excluded Republicans from EVERYTHING? This clown is incredible. He's been the most divisive, partisan President EVER in the entire history of this country!! NON-STOP partisanship, campaigning, class warfare and demonization. This fool has got to go in 2012. No way the country survives another 4 years of this fool.

    August 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Inmyopinion

    Is he for real accusing Republicans of putting partisan political concerns before the country's interest when he is the king of sticking to his party and only his party? This coming from a man who is 100% Democrat and only Democrats matters and nothing else matters if it is not Democrat. Seriously, Obama should look in the mirror closely before criticizing others. Now his concerned with boosting an anemic economy when he has spend the last few years on his healthcare plan, shutting down Guantanamo, running automaking companies, etc.....and spend huge amounts of money on stimulus packages to rescue wealthy large industries whose managers, owners make outrageous salaries, bonuses and get huge benefit packages while the mom & pop businesses saw no stimulus package monies and somehow manage to survive keeping families employed. Even Hollywood got stimulus package monies, a multi million dollar industry that throws money out the window without a care.

    August 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Blame Not Working

    The Republicans were in control from 2000-2006 before the Democrats took over congress in 2007. In 2006, the final year under a Republican President and a Republican Congress, the unemployment rate was 4.6%. Today, under Obama and a Democrat congress, the unemployment rate is 9.1% (according to the Federal Government – but 10.2% according to Gallup). Under Obama and the Democrats, poverty has reached its highest level since 1959. The numbers don't lie. The failed economic policies of Democrats have been destroying lives, wrecking our economy and shattering the American dream since the Democrats took over congress in 2007. The before and after statistics prove it.

    A brief history lesson:
    1977: Jimmy Carter (D) signs the Community Reinvestment Act, guaranteeing home loans to low-income families.
    1999: Bill Clinton (D) puts the CRA on steroids by pushing Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac (F&F) to increase the number of sub-prime loans (owning a home is now a 'right'.).
    1999 (September): New York Times publishes an article, 'Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending', which warned of the coming crisis due to lax lending policies of the Clinton (D) administration.
    2003: White House calls Fannie and Freddie a "systemic risk". The Bush (R) administration pushes Congress to enact new regulations.
    2003: Barney Frank (D) says F&F are "not in a crisis" and bashes Republicans for crying wolf and calls F&F "Financially Sound" Democrats block Republican sponsored regulation legislation.
    2005: Fed Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan voices warning over F&F accounting "We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk"
    2005: Sen Charles Schumer (D) says "I think F & F over the years have done an incredibly good job and are an intrinsic part of making America the best-housed people in the world.".
    2006 Sen. John McCain (R) again calls for reform of the regulatory structure that governs F&F.
    2006: Democrats again block reform legislation.
    2008: Housing market collapses: Democrats blame the Republicans.

    Obviously the Republicans aren't free of guilt concerning the cause of this crisis because they didn't try hard enough to prevent it and in some cases allowed it to happen (one of the reasons conservatives and independents disliked Bush by the way and one of the reasons that many of those votes went to Obama as a 'protest' against Bush's liberal tendencies). But as can plainly be seen the Democrats hold the lion's share of blame for the economic melt down we're currently enjoying.

    How can it be the 'fault' of the Republicans when the democrats are the ones that caused the current recession/depression and have been in complete control of the purse strings of the country from 2007 – 2011? Only in the mind of the socialist propaganda machine can it be 'Bush's fault' when 90% of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the democrat party.

    August 16, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Mikey

    The GOP would rather have the country go to hell in a handbasket to make Obama a one-term President than have the country do well and have him get re-elected. In my entire life, I do not remember so many people rooting against the country due to partisanship. It is sad that so many, especially elected officials, care so little about America and Americans. There are a lot of people who should simply be ashamed of themselves.

    August 16, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The President is 100% correct, yet it's guaranteed that the GOBPbaggers will accuse him of being overly partisan simply for expressing what we've all observed. It's Bizarro World 24/7 when you live in the extreme rightwing teatard echo chamber.

    August 16, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. dd

    Still the only adult in the place! i cannot believe we can not get anything done...pathetic gop

    August 16, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    Repubs.: They hate Obama more than they love America.

    August 16, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Abraham

    Pls, who is the Republican party presidential nominee?

    August 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    The teabaggers, by their own admission, want the President to be a one term president so that they can elect somebody who will impose big brother rules and governance on women, books (see Albermarle Cnt, VA/Sherlock Holmes book ban), who you should marry, continute to give the super rich tax breaks while the middle class disappears and so much so that I am already tired of typing.

    August 16, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Kel

    Anyone else notice the conspicuously place bales of hay? #StagecraftWin

    August 16, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    So how is the "Where's the jobs tour" going Obama??? Find any of those "shovel ready" jobs you joked about??? Oh, you mean this is a "Im trying to save MY job" tour!! Yes, yes, it all is clear now. After all, it has ALWAYS been about YOU, the One, the Messiah, the Jim Jones clone. Keep those buses rolling before I go get my eggs....

    August 16, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. barry

    I guess he is just lashing out from his truly horrible experience. It must be tough getting a job you have no idea how to do. On the other hand he has made Jimmy Carter feel much better about himself.

    August 16, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. rutledge

    Headline: Obama rips GOP for excessive partisanship

    You got to be kidding me! The idiot nobama is the MOST partisan president ever. He is the GREAT DIVIDER.

    August 16, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    The Republicans completely over estimated this fools ability. They did NOT need to even try to make him a one term president. This dunce has done a marvelous job of it all on his own. Is his new campaign slogan going to be "OK, so I lied. Relect me anyways cuz I'm a really nice clueless guy"?

    August 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |