Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos
October 12th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos

With his $447 billion jobs bill stalled in the Senate, President Obama on Wednesday previewed several of the attack lines he will level in the coming weeks against Senate Republicans who put the brakes on the legislation from moving forward.

“Last night even though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate,” Obama told Latino community leaders at an event in Washington. “They said no to more jobs for teachers. No to more jobs for cops and firefighters. No to more jobs construction workers and veterans. No to tax cuts for small business owners and middle class Americans.”

The comments came the morning after the bill Obama has pushed for over a month failed to garner the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed. A total of 50 members of the chamber supported the measure, while 49 cast ballots against it. Democrats remained largely united save for Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana, both who face tough reelection challenges.

But in his speech Wednesday, the president vowed to push for measures within the bill that were likely to draw more bipartisan support – a strategy that White House officials foresaw weeks ago when it became clear the complete plan had no chance of winning substantial GOP support.

“A lot of folks in Washington and the media will look at last night’s vote and say that’s it, let’s move on to the next fight. But I’ve got news for them: not this time,” Obama said. “Not with so many Americans out of work, not with so many folks in your communities hurting. We will not take no for an answer.”

Obama’s remarks were also notable for where he delivered them: before an influential voting bloc that has continuously waivered between the Democrat and Republican tents over the last decade.

“This job bill would cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America - 25 million Latinos would benefit,” the president said as part of his latest effort to shore up his support in the community that broke his way 3-1 in 2008.

“I ran for president for the same reason many people came to this country in the first place. Because I believe America should always be a place where you can always make it if you try,” he also said, drawing loud applause.

The president’s direct appeal to Latinos is his second in the last month as recent polls suggest his support among members of that community has now slipped slightly below 50 percent – a devastating 20 percent drop from three years ago. Likely causes of the waning support include the recession’s harder bite on Latino workers and the president’s unfulfilled promise of immigration reform.


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  1. California Conservative

    It's not like Obama hasn't done this before. Remember anyone that opposes Obama is "THE ENEMY".

    October 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • S.Positive

      It is really time for the President to flog the butts of these repubs do nothing group. Needs to hit them VERY HARD such that they feel the pain. NO MERCY Mr. president as we know you have tried your best to work with them but who can work with an angry lazy group like the GOP?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • Guest

        Yeah, crafting a bill specifically with the intention of having it fail in the Senate so that he has something to campaign on in 2012 really qualifies as attempted bipartisanship. President Obama has already completely abandoned any attempt at governing and has begun full-time work on his 2012 reelection campaign. He's as guilty of letting this issue sit around with no action as anyone else. This Congress and this Administration are both the biggest group of lazy do-nothings I've seen in a long time. BOTH parties stopped working for the people a long time ago and we need major political reform to get moving forward again. It's time for an end to the two-party system!

        October 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Ann Marie

        Vote these Rethugs outta here

        October 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Wayne

        So, "Guest" what would you have him do if he can not campaigne on what he believes and wants to do? You, "Guest" are part of the problem.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Wayne

        campaign was spelled wrong

        October 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • mythbuster2011

        Incorrect, the Senate Republicans said "NO" to Obama, as the world is starting to say.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        Why in the world do you people believe this man has your interest at heart? Because he is of your blood? Can you not see what I did, in him. After being a Democrat for fifty years this narcissus, fraudulent socialist pig sent me packing. He is using you to gain complete dictatorship of the United States. He will fail, but he is giving it an honest try in everything he does. I realize I will not be able to change your mind. All I do ask is for you to do a little more thorough research in what this man is trying to do. It certainly does not favor you, me or any other middle class individuals. Why do you think he is leaving the Border wide open? Not for illegals. This is a small problem that has been there for years. It is the Middle East connected as Obama is connected. The telling days are ahead when he does nothing to Iran for what they just did in trying to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador. Think about it then study other things, such as weakening the military, setting his CZARS up, and warning us he was establishing his on military guard.. These are his words not mine. The same Islam physiology that is wide spread in the Middle East. Wake up Americans. We either stand together are fall as a nation.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        @FIELD1stSGT...because it is obvious the RethugliKLANs don't have the best interest of working people of any color at heart...all they care is they have been bought and paid for by the 1%.

        All I see in you is a mindless racist buffoon spouting the Faux network spiel. So, we are to believe that the President personally sent you packing: or was it your own actions that sent you packing. Frankly, I doubt if President Obama knows your name, or who you are. I would bet it was your own actions. After 30years you should be retired your are obviously not fit to serve.

        Hear this from a 76 year old white woman...Obama-Biden 2012

        October 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • Melo-D

        Guest bought the GOP talking points hook line and sinker. Do you always do as Roger Ailes tells you?? Ha, what am I talking about you probably don't even know who that is, yet he forms your opinions for you.

        October 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Way to go jean..... proof positive that all you can do is bash bash bash.... never a contructive comment ... you cant even decide if RR or GW was the worst president in your 76 years..... LOL

        October 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
      • Notfooled

        You are right . And while he is at it he should do the same to Ben Nelson of Nebraska who voted against the Job bill because he signed Grover Norquists pledge in Oct. of 2009. Google Ben Nelson–Wikipedia - scroll down under Taxes.
        Americans for Tax Reform.

        October 13, 2011 at 5:06 am |
    • Ann Marie

      Oh right.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      AND THEY ARE THE ENEMY, GOP AND TEABAGGERS WILL DO ANYTHING TO DISCREDIT POTUS AND THE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING SPREADING LIES. WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT IN THEIR EFFORTS TO BE THE PARTY OF "NO" TO DISCREDIT POTUS WE AVERAGE AMERICANS ARE PAYING THE PRICE FOR THEIR POLITICAL GAMES. WE SHOULD STOP PAYING THEIR SALARIES ON BOTH SIDES UNTIL THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED JUST LIKE THE ANY OTHER EMPLOYED YOU DON'T DO YOUR JOB YOU DON'T GET PAID.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • Rsprings

        I think Obama is doing a great job of spreading lies himself. How proud will you be when we are bankrupted by his failed economic policies?

        October 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER AND A STUPID MORON.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Hey there proud ... you seem to be doing pretty good at spreadin BS and lies yourself .... Tell me proud supporter... would you call out the military to deal with this enemy?

        October 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • steven harnack

      What did he say that was wrong? If the vote had been on the bill itself it would have passed but because of a procedure that Republicans have made a habit of abusing it can't be voted on. I'd like to hear the reasons why the Republicans are afraid to let the bill either work or fail on its own merits.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

        THEY WON'T APPROVE IT BECAUSE THE RICH WILL HAVE TO PAY HIGHER TAXES AND WE CAN'T HAVE THAT. THE LITTLE BUSINESS MAN JUST TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM WHILE THE HUGE CORP AMERICAN CO JUST KEEP ROLLING IN THE HUGE PROFITS. HEY LOOK AT THE COMMENT MADE BY THE CEO OF BANK OF AMERICA WITH THEIR NEW FEES, "WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A PROFIT" JERK OFF, DIDN'T WE BAIL THEM OUT TOO.

        October 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        This is pure stupidity. Blame the rich. What the hell do you people want? Take everything away from the rich and give it to you. Where then, will you be in six months? Over the years they gave you housing , what happened? You tore them up. They give you food and welfare checks. instead of housing you buy dope and wine. You people are so sickening. Ever heard of getting education instead of being kicked out of school because of your stupidity. Four letter words, no respect for women or elders of your race must less those of others. Then you expect the other races to kiss you lazy butts. Not this former Democrat. You take the Bidens, Clintons, Pelosi's, Reids, Kerry's, Sharptons, Jackson and the immoral Kennedys and stick them where the sun don't shine. Especially take Obama the traitor who intends to make slaves out of you again, but you can not see that, for the answer to you is to steal from the rich. If this is what you want move to the middle east. there you will fit perfectly in color and brainpower. I worked for a living in Uncle Sam's Army for 30 years and dang sure can not stand a bunch of whining slobbering dogs holding their hands out yelling take from the rich and give me their hard earned money. I deserve it because my ancestor was an idiot an his brother sold him into slavery 250 years ago. Get up, get out and work like the Mexicans do.

        October 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        @FIELD1stSgt Who are the slaves you are talking about? Currently everyone working a minimum wage job may as well be a slave since that won't even pay the basic necessities, let alone for them to go to college. You need to lay off whatever you are smoking it has fried your brain.

        October 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Jean if you were rich, what would you be saying right about now. Look lets just say that The gates fortune is up for grabs..... and his will said that the current 56 billion was to be split into 1 million chunks,,,, Which 56 thousand of poor and middle class americans would be chosen to become instant millionaires..... It would be a feeding frenzy.....

        October 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Howard

      The obama's are shameless self-serving cons, the mainstream media are their shills, and the American people are their marks.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • Wayne

        And it's obvious what you are, I just can't post it.

        October 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So wayne, whats wrong with an honest opinion? We all know what you are though .... biased ..... to the point of being incapacitated

        October 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Melo-D

      Hmmm, I thought Hank said Obama was the enemy. Why don't we just say no Americans are the emeny. Just people with different opinions. Sorry if that's not partisan enough for you.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • DonMan

      The la raza clowns are the only ones that will vote for Comrade Obama. Anyone that claims to be an American and then sides with la raza and the invaders is not fit to an American at all, but a traitor to the country and it's people.

      October 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Jean

    So disengenuous to say its the republicans fault. He's got the majority in the Senate with 51 democrats and 2 independents that caucus with the democrats and he couldn't even get all of them to vote for this ill-advised bill.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • tlfaulkender

      Its called a republican filibuster, not majority rule, must get 60..

      October 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • tlfaulkender

      All but 2 dems., Ne. and Mt., who thought they should emulate rich trickster lackie G.O.P.'ers when all it will do is get themselves fired by their districts. 2 B replaced by non-patriots.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • S.Positive

      I will spell it out for you Jean, FILIBUSTER. Got it. Thats why the President must GO hard against the do nothing lazy GOP.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • steven harnack

      Had they been voting on the BILL, it would have passed or did you just skip the article and go straight to WRONG?

      October 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      They have to blame somebody jean .... and since their party is never wrong.... well there you go.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    What do the Republicans really offer? That doesn’t mean what do they criticize but rather what can we put faith in that they will actually do? Is it really just “more of the same” that worked for them in 2001 – 2008 and that contributed so heavily to all of the problems we have? Their current total focus is arrogantly and stubbornly on achieving their political ambitions, at any cost and without conscience, and on appeasing the Special Interests and influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, their strong supporters who dictate to them, ... is that really what we want? Can we even endure “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style?

    This list is just some of the deceptions included in “more of the same”, without elaboration, and assuming that the arrogant and insulting, self-serving and dishonest nature of the issues will be remembered. Remember: the multiple tax cuts heavily weighted for the wealthy; Global Warming stated as not a problem; private accounts recommended for Social Security; the actual minimized/ignored warnings before 9/11 while concentrating on Iraq; trumped up justification for attacking Iraq; abandoned effort in Afghanistan; Afghanistan presented as secure; the false coalition with America paying 95%+; Iraqi oil money never paying for the war as was proposed; pressure put on the intelligence community for finding justification; including the authorized departure from Geneva Convention rules; frequent misrepresentations to manipulate public opinion; no bid contracts ($100B’s) to favored vendors; responsibility for port security offered to Dubai Ports; always excusing the growing deficit and unfavorable trade deficit; the apathetic reaction to the hurricane Katrina aftermath; blocking bringing less costly American drugs back into the US; vengefully exposing the CIA agent's identity; squelching the “wiretapping without court order” story; falsely raising the security threat level before 2004 election; the excessive deregulation and the lack of any responsible oversight always favoring the few and resulting in unchecked greed, gross dishonesty and criminal self-indulgence eventually bringing down the financial industry; encouraging the deportation of American jobs and taxes; the sociopathic GWBush falsely presented as a “born again Christian”; and then after Bush-Cheney: the Republican continuing totally belligerent concentration on their political ambitions; stubbornly obstructing and faulting all efforts to address problems; irresponsibly withholding any bipartisan cooperation; aggressively intimidating and coercing their own representatives to force unity; supporters organizing, directing and sponsoring the Tea Party movement, much like the ‘Swiftboat” effort and the manipulation of the Christian block, aimed to deceptively excite and sway public opinion; ... on and on, everything totally without any conscience, with complete disregard for responsibility and always aimed to benefit only the few, their supporters and controllers, while insultingly just taking the public for granted.

    The consistent self-serving dishonesty that is always boldly undertaken without any conscience is the real problem and is what literally costs the people so much. With GWBush you could tell when he was lying by just checking to see if he was moving his lips. Now with Boehner, McConnell, Kyl, Cantor, Ryan, Bachmann, Perry and others and the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin and more, their offensive arrogant and stubborn demeanor that says their goals are all that matter and that they can say/do whatever to achieve them, is how to recognize their insulting effort aimed to disguise their self-serving con. To see their style as strength instead of the obnoxious and bold “cocky” deception it is, is to just accept being a victim and to then return to “more of the same” – their actual goal and a catastrophe for the majority.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • tlfaulkender

      As will see in 13 months, our memory is still fresh from the destructive policies of the G.O.P.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Rsprings

      Wow!. Well written but wrong

      October 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • VN Vet (PH)

        Where is it wrong?

        October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Haneef Shakur

      Well said and well wrtten. How quickly we forget of all the craziness that took place only a short time ago. And they call Obama crazy and a do-nothing President. I agree totally with you.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        We would have actually be a lot better off if GW Bush had actually done nothing. Like the tax breaks for his wealthy friends, NCLB which was a profiteering boom for brother Jeb and all those Texas textbook publishers: plus 2 wars for his war-profiteer VP, Halliburton and Black Water.

        October 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So is he back to the worst president now hean2009???

        October 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • VN Vet (PH)

      You are 100% correct. I could not have said it better.

      Thanks

      October 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  4. rf924

    "A new poll by the authoritative Evolving Strategies firm finds that Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney would all beat Obama it the election were held today."
    ------------------
    Ok Barry, you had your chance. Now go take a seat at the end of the bench and you might as well put your warm-ups back on....you won't be needed again after that horrific performance.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • LouieD

      IF we get to see Romney's or Cain's performance as President, no doubt we'll yearn for the "good old days" of President Obama. Mark my words.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Rsprings

        that hopey chanegey thing hasn't worked to well. I long for the Bush days.

        October 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        In the Sienna College poll Bush came in 39th on the list of great presidents.

        October 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • tlfaulkender

      Reality is a majority is wise to the G.O.P.'s rehash of last 12 years, ain't gonna happen in the foreseeable future, it is not a mid-term election and the dems will be back enforce.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • jean2009

      Any poll today is like licking your finger sticking it in the wind to see what the weather will be in 13 months.

      October 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  5. AEK

    Hummmmm...If memory serves me correctly the Republicans main platform in the last Congressional elections was to present legislation that would produce jobs for America. Haven't seen anything from them at all and now when the President takes the lead in the issue they scuttle the legislation. I sure hope America is following along. I do not mind if they disagree with President Obama as long as they come up with an alternative plan. They haven't done anything since they've been in office and are very likely going to make this one of the most unproductive Congressional sessions ever. All in an effort to prevent President Obama from being reelected. Hope the American people feel it was worth it!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Beverly NC

    Great job President Obama. It is past time to call out these hypocrite Republicans for who they really are. Republicans hate all non-whites and have a special hatred for Latinos assuming all are illegal and exist for landscaping and housing cleaning jobs. They hate blacks and assume all are on welfare, are lazy, and most are criminals and drug users. Look at GOP Governor Scott in FL who implemented mandatory drug testing on all people getting welfare stating more than half were on drugs. Turned out less than 1% were – but Republicans hate the poor and all minorities. Just look at how they treat our PRESIDENT...slander about his birth, his citizenship, his religion that were ALL intentional lies, ugly racism, total disrespect, and complete and total OBSTRUCTION for every effort he has made to restore jobs and our economy. Republicans are so full of hate they cannot get a single thing done in Congress. They are do-nothing, lying, non-leaders stuck in the past wishing for the days when minorities could have never been President.
    Whites are now the minority in America and Republicans are terrified – more pro gun than ever, more openly racist than ever, against every immigrant effort to help Latinos become part of our successful middle class.
    Call these Republicans out President Obama. Let the nation see who they really are by what they do/don't do rather than the lies they tell on camera.
    Best thing for America is to rid ourselves of ALL Republicans in 2012 so we can move America forward in every way!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Good and accurate post. Remember when we go to the polls.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Me

      Too bad that won't fit on a bumper sticker.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • jean2009

        Obama -Biden 2012

        October 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  7. GOLD FISH MEMORY

    Com'on, man?! Blaming the the Republicans / Bush is a SAD excuse for poor leadership.. BAD Plan, BAD leader, and now sad complainer... Gold Fish memory: Harry Reid blocked serveral attempts to vote due to lack of DEM support on the bill and now with the help of two DEMs, it's the Republicans fault; Really?

    October 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      YOU ARE SOOO RIGHT ABOUT BAD LEADERSHIP, I AM TALKING ABOUT BUSH, HE TOOK OVER WITH A HUGE SURPLUS FROM CLINTON, PISSED IT ALL AWAY AND THEN SOME. OBAMA TOOK OVER WITH A PILE OF CRAP THAT THERE ISN'T A SHOVEL LARGE ENOUGH TO DIG US OUT. REMEMBER NIT WIT, THE ECONOMY TANKED BEFORE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, MY 401k PRVOVES IT. AND WHO BORROWED MONEY FROM CHINA SO WE ALL CAN GET A TOKEN $600 CHECK, WHO SENT OUT THE FIRST BAILOUT MONEY, SURE WASN'T OBAMA.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  8. GOLD FISH MEMORY

    Still waiting for the PROMISED 4 million Jobs from OBAMACARE, waitining, waiting... Oh look, it's 2012, time for DEMS to care again...

    October 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Clwyd

      Your going to wait a long time as there was never any statement of 4 million jobs for Obamacare!

      October 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  9. tlfaulkender

    Right wingers showing their delusions on 2012 again...whine and moan dooo nothings.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  10. Be Sane

    Jean,
    I guess you can't count. It takes 60 votes not 50 or even 52!

    October 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • jean2009

      And I guess you can't read ...since I never mentioned 50-60 or 52..in any of the above posts.
      .BTW what are talking about.

      October 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  11. Clwyd

    If Obama could speak to the republicans he would only need one word that they would understand and that has been NO< NO< and NO!

    October 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  12. no to pork obama

    photo op with the tax and spend zero president who has no respect for America, Down With Pork obama and his ways of socialism and racism.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • S.Positive

      Watching too much Fox news now, are we???

      October 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • Wayne

        Speaking of faux news, it's better than any communist propaganda going. Or at least equal too. It should be banned in America. Along with.............

        October 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  13. Mac

    I wouldn't say stopping the demorats from wasting money on a plan than will not work is doing nothing. Doing nothing would be letting it pass. Prior to 2010, the demorats controlled both the house and senate for the previous 4 years. Why wasn't the so called jobs billed passed then? Oh, right we had the stimulus bill which lowered the unemployment how much? Oh, and then we had the healthcare which also lowered the unemployment how much? And it lowered healthcare cost how much? Another glass of Kool Aid please. Repubs didn't vote for Obama and have jobs. If you haven't had a job during the last 4 years don't plan the repubs. Start with the Dodd\Frank bill and then look at all the Obama regulations put in place to restrict companies from hiring people. If you want to keep getting unemployment and have no chance at getting a job, you sure have the right President in place.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  14. 1crusader

    An immigration bill is in the best interest of everybody, for moral, and economic reasons.Not only have many immigrants left my state due to a tough immigration bill, giving up their sources of income; but the state has lost a lot of revenue in key industries, due to a lack of workers, boycotts by tourists and conventioneers in protest of the law; and the actual monies that the laborers put into the economy themselves.I think that many people forget American history when it comes to immigration.Most people only think back as far as Ellis Island, and not Plymouth , Massachusetts or Jamestown,Virginia.The European settlers came here the same way that many illegals do today, by ship , as uninvited and illegal;, in a sense) and for similar reasons; economics being one of the 2 primary reasons.I am not condoning anyone breaking the law, but I think that if more people saw this in terms of the desperation and need to survive that many have ( and put themselves in their shoes, under the same set of circumstances) , that they would maybe have a better understanding as to how important it is to resolve this as soon as possible, because it isn't going to go away.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  15. Victoria AvgAm

    I don't know how these repubs are supposed to go back to their home states and explain why they voted this down. oh yeah these guys have not been holding town halls to hear what the people have to say... maybe thats why the people are protesting in washington so these guys can't ignore them anymore. Congress hear our cry!!

    October 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Bob

    Blame, blame, blame, blame....OBlameA

    October 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  17. FedUp

    Excuse me???? I believe some of his own party refused to vote for this piece of legislation. Of course, his party won't be blamed, just the Republicans. As an Independent, I find this hilarious. What a jokester he is.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      You are right, I believe a few didn't vote to pass it. I feel Independents are flip floppers, can't make a decision so does it matter what you feel, it's like getting up on the right side of the bed or not for you Independents. How many Indepenndents have put themselves in the race? GO AWAY AND STAY INDEPENDENT NOT HAVING GUTS TO MAKE A DECISION.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  18. Chicano's Wife

    The GOP's definition of Latinos - illegal just until election day when suddenly, we recall that millions are actually US citizens and eligible to vote.

    I'm pretty sure my kids are legal since I was there when they were born! And even though I wasn't there when the esposo was, he must be American because he doesn't do the yard work and he can't pick decent fruit at the grocery store.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  19. ART

    FIELD1stSGT IS obviously high on something and I think its meth, wow have you ever read more crap in your life.Dude get a clue and a life you retarded buffoon and try making sense next time you decide to spew your craziness.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      HE NEEDS MORE THAN A LIFE, HE NEED THERAPY, MUST BE SUFFERING FROM AGENT ORANGE OR SMOKED TOO MUCH WEED WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM. YOU KNOW THE VA CAN HELP HIM WITH HIS ANGER ISSUES

      October 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  20. Jack Cardwell

    What this is all about is OUR CHILDREN and OUR GRANDCHILDREN. We cannot risk them not having their millions, their best insurance and their fine educations. Let alone force them to have to work. So if millions die for lack of insurance, lack of living space, lack of decent food, so be it. Thats life. A million can die today and it will not affect the millionaires and billionaires. If you have to sacrifice sacrifice the worthless poor. Wish Jesus would run. I think the self serving Republican would get Veto-ed out of existence.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  21. U.S. yes

    G.O.P.= rich and the racist,,,,.have turned their backs on America .and this President,,,figure they'll wait it out ..since they can afford it......OCCUPY.... their seats in 2012,,,, oust the party of NO....

    October 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  22. Jeff

    This whole thing is a clownshow. Both sides are crooked idiots and lie about everything. These same issues we have today, immigrations, foreign policy, social security, corporate tax loopholes, oil, you name it, are the same issues we've had for several decades and nothing ever gets done. Each party gets elected, spends 2-3 yrs blaming the past regime then spends the last 1 yr trying to get re-elected. This happens over and over and the American people buy it over and over.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  23. A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

    @ FIELD1SGT WOW SUCH AN ANGRY PERSON, FIRST OF ALL LET ME TELL YOU, I AM NOT ON WELFARE AND HOPE I WILL NEVER BE, I AM NOT LAZY AND WORK FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE, I AM AN EDUCATED PERSON AND A PROFESSIONAL IN MY CAREER AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT COLOR AM I TO MAKE SUCH A STUPID STATEMENT LIKE MOVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST, GUESS YOU ASSUME THAT ALL WHO SUPPORT OBAMA MUST BE BLACK, I AM NOT! YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ASSUME. IN NO WAY AM I RICH, I DON'T BEGRUDGE ANYONE WHO IS SUCCESSFUL, HAVING SAID THAT, I DO EXPECT THEM TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE RATHER THAN THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX THE HELL OUT OF US. NOTHING IS HANDED TO ME OR MY ADULT GROWN CHILDREN WHO I PAID TO HAVE THEM EDUCATED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN MERIT THEY HOLD GREAT JOBS. SO YOU SERVED FOR 30 YEARS, I THANK YOU FOR THAT BUT YOU CAME HOME WITH THE BIGGEST CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER AND FEEL YOU ARE OWED SOMETHING, GET COUNSELING BECAUSE YOU NEED IT BADLY, SUFFERING FROM AGENT ORANGE OR SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU ARE SO ANGRY, I THINK YOU ARE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO MOVE SOMEWHERE LIKE UNDER A ROCK.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Among those Latinos that would have benefited from this bill.........12 million ILLEGAL Latinos!!!!!!

    Obama is a total fraud.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Melo-D

      You're a fool. Do you understand that right now there is fruit and vegtables rotting on the vine because farms can't find enough workers to pick it. Americans don't want the jobs latinos are taking. Tell me Rick, does that kool aid...I mean tea taste good.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • C-Lo

        You're a fool. Do you understand there are thousands just to the north sittin' around complaining instead of heading for a job? I was "out of work" in my profession the better part of 2010, but worked most of it (30-60 hrs/week depending on need) at $9.50/hr. You just proved the problem with the "occupy" protests...they don't want work, they want handouts. They think they are OWED something. Why aren't they picking the "rotting" produce that's being abandoned by the immigrant workers? BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY.

        If they can "organize" these protests, why can't they organize a business. If "corporate greed" is so bad, where are their independent shops?

        The only thing we are OWED in this county is the right of self determination without gov't interference. No one is stopping these people from starting their own businesses except themselves (laziness and/or fear) and the GOV'T through out of control rules, regulations, taxes, fees, fines...

        This reply brought to you by cold-brew and green tea.

        October 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • W.G.

      to pRick igoota agree with melo-d your an IDIOT !

      October 13, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  25. W.G.

    Republicans want the common man to suffer where he will blame it on Obama .
    It does´nt matter how good Obama does republicans would rather tear the country down
    than let Obama win another election .

    October 13, 2011 at 4:13 am |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Beverly NC; I agree with your comment of the blatant race-based attacks against Pres Obama. You know I have been citing this infusion of hate since forever! The worst thing about it is they keep claiming it's not about race; like we're stupid fools or something! It's like...if I was standing on your toe, and you told..'Hey! you're standing on my toe'; and I looked you square in your face and said 'No I'm not'! 'You're just a trouble-maker'! That's how stupid cons-in-denial are, about being called out!

    October 14, 2011 at 8:39 am |
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    October 27, 2011 at 9:42 am |
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