Obama pushes Congress on initiatives for middle class
February 21st, 2012
12:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama pushes Congress on initiatives for middle class

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Congress' decision to extend the payroll tax cut while also pushing legislators to enact the rest of what the administration characterizes as its economic support plan for the middle class.

The president declared he is prepared to move ahead with his domestic agenda whenever possible with or without congressional support - a message with clear political overtones in the current election season.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    The GOBP deathcult considers bipartisanship a terrible sin, so we won't be seeing much bipartisanship from them.

    February 21, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Unfortunately, Obama's idea of "bipartisanship" is rubber stamping what he wants. Sorry, ain't happening.

    February 21, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |

    Just because they were able to get one thing done doesn't mean they still aren't broken. The 112th Congress is a do-nothing Congress and the worst ever.

    February 21, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  4. diridi

    Obama2012. Period. Republicans=No Good to the Nation.

    February 21, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Tony

    Republicans will laugh at the president and accuse the president of partisanship, because he does not roll over and do what Republicans want. That is what Republicans consider bipartisanship: the president and Democrats should agree with what Republicans want. Nothing will change that, unless Republicans lose the upcoming election. There is a good chance of that. The president leads all Republicans in the polls.

    February 21, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Like a cat toying with a moribund mouse.
    That's MY President!!
    Anybody else wanna play chicken with #44?!
    Obama 2012.

    February 21, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. ST

    Bipartisanship is essential. Once a person is baptised, he can not go back and claim he is not a believer, otherwise those who have been watching will either reprimand or punish him.

    February 21, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. mike

    Dont count on it Mr. Prez.

    February 21, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. jgnewman

    Oh please, he has done nothing but pit one group against the other. He isn't a uniter, he is a divider, implementing class warfare. Problem is he doesn't do what he says he's going to do and he lies constantly.

    February 21, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is kinda hard to have Bipartinship when therei s only one person at the dance. It is way past time for the democrat controlled Senate to take up the Budget.

    February 21, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Yeah, good luck with that Mr. President. That being said, if (or most likely, when) the opposition still refuses to work with you, give them a taste of their own medicine and roll right over them. It will work to your advantage come November.

    February 21, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Time will tell if we will see more bipartisanship. Despite right wing talking points, I thinik President Obama has been trying to govern from the center, espousing moderate positions on most issues, alternately angering people on either side of the aisle.

    February 21, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. chuck weidemann

    Keep calling them to do their duty....and when or if they don't call louder!!! The people respect a president who tells it like it is.

    February 21, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Katie

    OBAMA 2012! A true American!

    February 21, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. logicnLA

    He called for it in his election in 2008 and fought for it all through 2009 and 2010. It wasn't until last year he finally gave up. Hopefully with Congress at an all time low poll ranking they willsee the need to accomplish things before the elections in the fall.

    February 21, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Wvazoe

    He will call but the obstructionists won't answer.

    February 21, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Dave

    He's wasting his breath. Considering how the GOP has treated Obama during the past four years, he should just run right over them. The GOP has no interest in the success of this country or working with the President. All they are interested in is power and control and they should be treated like to dumb, petulant brats that they are.

    February 21, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. gt

    please.........................not going to happen and you know it...

    February 21, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |