Analysis: Obama sees 'load of you know what' from GOP
February 28th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
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Analysis: Obama sees 'load of you know what' from GOP

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama chose the day of the Michigan Republican primary for what might be his highest octane attack on the Republican candidates to date.

He hit them where the Obama team believes the GOP has the upper hand: the auto bailout.

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Speaking to a fired up audience at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington, the president took a swipe at Mitt Romney without naming him telling the crowd, "some even said we should 'let Detroit go bankrupt.'"

Later he went after Republican opposition to the bailout by nearly cussing:

"They're saying that the problem is that you, the workers, made out like bandits in all of this; that saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions. Really? Even by the standards of this town, that's a load of you-know-what!"

The crowd laughed, but the remarks are unusually pointed from a president who has mostly left direct attacks against Republican candidates to surrogates.

The president's bailout barrage appears mostly aimed at Governor Romney since he's the most outspoken critic of the government's auto-industry bailout; it's been years-in-the making and includes a 2008 New York Times op-ed entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Santorum has also said he opposes the bailout.

A recent NBC/Marist poll shows Republican opposition to the government's rescue of the auto industry may help them in the Michigan primary but hurt in the general election. The poll shows 63% of all registered voters in Michigan support the auto bailout and, according to NBC's First Read, that includes 61% of independents. This is no doubt welcome news for the president's campaign looking ahead to the general election.

But 50% of GOP voters likely to turn out in the Michigan primary think the bailout was a bad idea. Only 42% of those likely to vote think the auto bailout was a good idea, so bailout politics could be a wash for Republicans in Michigan Tuesday.

Don't expect the president to stay quiet on the point. Democrats feel their prospects in Michigan are looking up. That's because the auto industry is on an upswing, according to the president the auto industry has added 200,000 new jobs and has a plan to add more, and unemployment in the state has fallen dramatically. While it's still a very high 9.3%, that's well below the 14.1% it hit in 2009.

The Obama campaign likes to say they see many paths to the 270 electoral votes needed to win re-election, but Democratic operatives close to the campaign believe Michigan is among the states the president must win if he's on a path to victory. Its 16 electoral votes are valuable and after all he's done for the state, if the president loses Michigan it won't bode well for his odds in the rest of the nation. So expect more talk of the successes of the auto bailout.

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Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • Michigan • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (42 Responses)

    I'll spell it out for you Mr. President: SUGAR HONEY ICED TEA

    February 28, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Mt man

    Doesnt matter which republicanT wins michigan. Its all obama in the general come november! I dont even know why they try!
    Obama 2012! Its a lock! Deal with it haters!

    February 28, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. carlos

    "They're saying that the problem is that you, the workers, made out like bandits in all of this; that saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions. Really? Even by the standards of this town, that's a load of you-know-what!"

    ......and we will make them eat too.
    Way to go Mr. President, give them HELL......poor REPUBICS

    February 28, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In an earlier article, a right wingnut posted that Fiat owned 60% of GM. I was sure that GM owned 10% of Fiat, but I am also sure that the foreign owned media with a touch of Saudi, Fox, is reporting it wrong to make their viewers go nuttier than they already are.

    February 28, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    It's not just Mittens, Ricky, Newt and Ron were ALL against saving the American auto industry! What ever happened to the GOP slogan of Country First? That one never really did happen did it? Even when it was on their stage it was always Party First with the GOP, no matter what. If an idea from the dems helped the country, block it, that was and is the GOP tactic, Party First for the GOP, period.

    February 28, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. TrinityLee

    "He hit them where the Obama team believes the GOP has the upper hand: the auto bailout."

    I gather you meant to say something along the lines of; He hit them where the Obama team believes they have the upper hand on the GOP: the auto bailout.

    February 28, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "a load of you know what".... Pretty much describes whatever Obama is selling for snake oil on any particular day. Reality, truth and Obama never share the same space and time. Of course his union lackeys just suck it up since the clown that stole the car companies to give it to the unions will always be welcomed as their savior. Yup, steal if from the bond and shareholders (evil rich 401K people) and deliver it to the unions. Gee, where has Obama advocated this before??? Obama, a one trick donkey.

    February 28, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Tired of republican lies

    That was a tell all speech...the President told it like it is....republicans are a load of you know what!

    February 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. arale norimaki

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.The fishy issue is why did TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.
    is john Boehner being investigated for owning shares of Trans Canada?

    insider trading has been one of the perks that our Congressmen and women have gotten away with for years. When they vote on something that they have heavily invested in, it fraud at the highest level. He should be investigated.

    February 28, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Taran

    Obama just spouted a load of you-know-what with this speech. Why are the liberals not crucifying Obama for Gas prices like they did Bush in 2008? How was it Bush's fault then, but not Obama's now?

    February 28, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Texas Doc

    A load of Santorum? Ew! That is what they are though.

    February 28, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Have you EVER seen a Republican poll that has a majority in favor of anything President Obama has accomplished?
    You never will.

    February 28, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Wes B.

    This is why people hate politics/politicians. Clearly, the bailout was a success. Yet, the GOP politicians double-down on their statements of why it was a bad idea. This is stupid. In everyday life, people make mistakes. But politicians pretend like they're never wrong. Of course Democrats do this too. It's just another reason to prove our system is broken.

    February 28, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. B

    It is clear that the Republicans are screwing themselves into the ground with all of the -you know what-.

    February 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Looks like it worked, there you go rebugs and t baggers. This is from the people of Michigan.

    February 28, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    Of course Romney and Santorum oppose the bailout. It was spectacularly successful, saved 1.4 million jobs and the United States has been paid back the vast majority of its loans. Republicans prefer no-bid, secret contracts with a "time and material" provision that is designed for fraud, billions of dollars in cash virtually disappearing into thin air and money-laundering. And cooking up the occasional war sure helps from the republs perspective. Well maybe Rick can pray real hard to his lord and master, Satan, for a major terrorist attack within the United States to make him feel better.

    February 28, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. walter wood

    Go President Obama....You have my 100% support againt those liars and hypocrits! Repugs parade around as super patriots, when in fact are crybabies and the first in line to get their "checks started"! They are as anti- middle class as it gets.

    February 28, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Church

    Leave it to the corporate raider to want to see the auto industry crippled.
    These Repugnants have no concept of the devastation that would have accured to millions of families if GM and Chrysler had been allowed to fold.

    February 28, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, Taran, he spouted a load of truth: its a pity you can't handle it.

    February 28, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Most people accepted the $4.15+ gasoline under George W. and did not complain because they knew he was incompetent.

    February 28, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |

    DEMS stay focused.......It's not over, its not a wrap...Power is not yeilded immediately.....Press on, get to the booths in November.....
    Obama 2012!!

    February 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens was opposed to the auto bailout, but favored the Wall Street bailout. He is so upper .0001% out of touch with real Americans.

    February 28, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. txjack

    So if Obama helped bailed out and saved the Auto Industry.

    Why does he not do something to help the Airline Industry?

    Is it because he has vested interests in seeing them fail?

    Or is it because his handler George Saros is telling him what to do.

    February 28, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Namejkane fl

    Only an idiot republican would vote againest their own interests in Michigan, vote republican and send all your jobs to China, morons, the USA is watching.

    February 28, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Rob

    AWWWW did I say something CNN didn't like????
    OBAMA will be a ONE TERM PRESIDENT. DO your own research and see for yourself. He RUINED our country and RON PAUL is the only one that can get us back on track. SEE FOR YOURSELF.
    Crawl out from your HOLE you live in and SEE FOR YOURSELF.
    RON PAUL 2012 or TYRANNY and the fall of the US.

    don't make me repost this CNN I WILL expose you on Drudge

    February 28, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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