Obama chides Republicans during Leno appearance
October 25th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

Obama chides Republicans during Leno appearance

Denver (CNN) - Seesawing between comedic and somber tones during a stop on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, President Obama took swipes at Republicans in Congress and claimed he has yet to focus on the GOP presidential contest.

“Look, I think the things that folks across the country are most fed up with, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, is putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation,” Obama told the late-night comedian when asked about increasingly rancorous tone in Washington.

‘It's shocking that they opposed something I proposed,” Obama later joked when asked about GOP opposition to his announcement last week that he planned to withdrawal all troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

And when it comes to the heated contest among Republicans to vie for their party’s presidential nomination, Obama maintained he’s just not that interested in it yet.

“I'm going to wait until everybody is voted off the island,” Obama joked. “Once they narrow it down to one or two, I'll start paying attention.”

Obama’s Leno appearance – his fourth on the program and second as president - came during the president’s three-day swing through Nevada, California, and Colorado, during which continues to push his jobs proposals while unveiling a series of jobs-related initiatives that the administrations says do not require congressional action.

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  1. Democract Dave

    Waits for Republicans to complain about his appearance on Jay Leno....

    October 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    The Republican party has followed the policy of "No to Everything" to the point now that they are obstructionists to the recovery of this country. The GOP in Congress are obstructionist to recovery because they can find $260K for squirrels and $200K for a simulator, $3,100,000 for the Chattahoochee Recreation Area in Atlanta and $7M for repairs on a church in Savannah, Ga. but cannot find a single dollar for teacher and fire fighters...so yes that makes them extremist and obstructionists.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Steveo

      You forgot to mention the half billion to Solyndra, or doesn't that count? How many teachers and firefighter could have be hired with that! Fair is fair, right? Sadly not so much anymore!

      October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Trace


        Well, after we get the last of our finest out of Iraq this Christmas, we'll have plenty money. I'll take the Solyndra $500m loss compared ....... to the deaths of 4k soldiers, more than 75k wounded, 100's of thousands of Iraqi lives, and $1.5 trillion in this country's treasure flushed down the toilet in an effort to get one man for his hatred of Bush Jr's dad, ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

        .....You're such a genius...can you hear the sarcasm?

        October 26, 2011 at 1:04 am |
      • steveo

        Comparing conducting war (which is a government function) to a poorly excuted and ill advised investment in a industry that is proven to be in its infancy is silly. Again, wrong is wrong no matter if it is a "D" or and "R". People die in war, whether that war is popular or not or whether you feel it is just or not. That is the nature of the beast!The major problem in poltics is people STILL cheer lead the mighty "D" or "R" even when the "D" or "R" is flat out wrong. That would make you, Trace, IMO part of the problem!

        October 26, 2011 at 8:06 am |
      • steveo

        I will agree the ending of war will free up funding. My hope is a good portion of that goes to pay down the debt. The debt that BOTH parties had a hand in.

        October 26, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • cuisinemanager

      You just proved the republican point. Obama found, demanded and raided the coffers of the American People for $787 Billion to retain teachers firefighters police and it clearly (your own admission as seen above) did not work, now he wants another half Trillion dollars to do it again. Why does he need more, because it did not work the first time, it will not work the second time. A country (any country) cannot spend its way back to prosperity. Won't even get into that it is the democrats holding him back an not the republicans. That is another issue altogether!

      October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
      • Trace

        @cuisinemanager and steveo

        First of all, Steveo...what business has ever been a sure thing? You ever heard of ENRON? Or did you just start complaining about this country's investment in the energy industry after Obama took office? Guess what Steveo, we all should have been invited to Dick Cheney's office when he set energy policy and promptly landed us in a war. AND THERE'S THE CONNECTION TO WAR ...and Nobody hears your "THERE'S NO D OR R, RIGHT OR WRONG CRAP" Have you know understanding about the failures in our nation's capital. We must call out wrong where it exists and this should have started with the prior administration...because we are certainly doing it to this president.

        But back to your silly post; Capitalism, that practice, or concept has always been about winners and losers. So You or any other idiot blaming the president for the failure of Solyndra is indeed disengenious at best; complete lunacy at worst. Need I remind you how much we, the american people paid Brown and Root, Haliburton etc. for the no bid contracts in Iraq, which nearly bankrupted this entire country(?) and for terrible services to boot.

        Now...on to cuisinemanager. If you stopped making up your on facts or listened to more that Faux news for your information, you would be aware that the $787Bn dollars used for the stimulus, by accounts from the most most respected economists, saved us from a 2nd great depression. Avoiding that was a good thing in my estimation. Still, the amount of money we paid to Iraqi's for blowing up their country is more than we put in rebuilding our own. I think that un-american in and of itself. I believe we should spend what is necessary to protect this country. I believe is spending money for our defense...whatever it takes...and it appears this president does as well. He just uses our resources properly i.e. drone attacks

        I could go on, but you get my point!

        October 26, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • steveo

        Mornin' trace,

        Your post is ALMOST not worth my time by here we go!
        1. I will man up and tell you the GOP fouled up! You manning up to say the same about te Dems? I don't see nor do i see it!
        2. " We must call out wrong where it exists and this should have started with the prior administration...because we are certainly doing it to this president". Not sure where we have been hiding but plenty of folks called out Bush and are still doing so!
        3. "Nobody hears your "THERE'S NO D OR R, RIGHT OR WRONG CRAP" You got that right, now enjoy the fruit of that!
        4. As far as Solyndra. PLENTY of e-mails are surfacing detailing warnings about Solyndra, again, nobody wanted to listen and now private investors are scheduled to get their money back BEFORE the tax papers will. I guess I'm at fault for calling that out, right? "No Business is a sure thing?" Isn't that up to PRIVATE INVESTORS and NOT the government ESPECIALLY after the warnings?
        5. I agree with you that things should have and could have been much better with how this war was contracted out. Whether Halliburton OR Solyndra, it was STILL foul!
        6. Resorting to name calling prove juvenile! Let's debate as adults shall we?
        7. One day the blinders will come off, I just hope it's not too late!
        8. I have NO problem calling out wrong when it is found in BOTH parties! That appears to be greatly difficult for you!

        October 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Trace thank you for a clear and concise post.

        The people who claim to be Libertarians are nothing more than TeaPotty /Republicans trying to make people think they are a third party.... PLEASE NOTE:

        Bob Barr the 2008 Libertarian Party candidate is now thinking of running again for congress as a Republican... Hello! – Ron Paul claimed to be a Libertarian, but is now running as a Republican...Hello!
        So we now know what the Republican party is becoming.

        I would suggest reading Dan Agin's article online: "The Comedy of Libertarian Hypocrisy" 9/18/11,
        or on the Indisputable website; "Civil Libertarian Hypocrites" by Marilyn Penn 4/13/2011.

        It sums up the lunacy of professing to be a libertarian. Which is nothing more than their shouting the teapotty mantra..."its All About Me...Me...Me!"

        October 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • steveo

        The people who claim to be Libertarians are nothing more than TeaPotty /Republicans trying to make people think they are a third party.... PLEASE NOTE:

        Bob Barr the 2008 Libertarian Party candidate is now thinking of running again for congress as a Republican... Hello! – Ron Paul claimed to be a Libertarian, but is now running as a Republican...Hello!
        So we now know what the Republican party is becoming.
        Not arguing that point but realize, the current political system has NO room, NOo funding, and little support for a third party candidate of whom Ross Perot may have been the most successful. Where are they going to go? Will they be welcomed in the Dem/Liberal party?

        October 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  3. Tony in Greenville

    When 75% of Americans say pass the jobs bill and every republican senator voted against it, how is that a representation of your constituency? How can republicans say they're listening to the people at the same time they're disregarding everything they say? I hope the exposure of their do-nothing attitudes and worthless contributions since 2010's election are visible for the next 12 months. Most of us know where the actual problem lies, and it isn't with the president. It's up to the brain dead rubes who swallow fox news like tripe to make a huge leap of faith, or at least stay home next November. ABO is not technically a candidate. No matter how many times you say "my dog/frog/hog could beat BO", it's not gonna happen.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • C-Lo

      When 70% of the public says they are against the "Patient protection and (un)affordable healthcare act" and nearly every Democrat congressmember votes for it, how is that representation of your constituency? When, as you put it, the rubes wake up and realize that the Dem's are just as down and dirty with corps, hopefully you will also wake up and realize that gov't creates the problems then asks for you to vote them back in to solve those very problems they create.

      Why does it seem like the more gov't screws things up, the more the public relies on them to fix it?

      Wars, Halliburton, banking, Solyndra, SocSec, medicare/aid, stimulus, bailouts, foreign aid, borders, Patriot Act, No Child left behind, home ownership for all...Bush, Clinton, W, Obama. Gov't program after program fails (some sooner than others) because each creates more dependency on DC.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    i have no comment at this time

    October 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Steveo

      Nice! 🙂

      October 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Well we all know one thing.......Obama puts his party ahead of the people, all of the time. He wants power, and he wants absolute power. he will do everything he can possibly do, to stay in power, right or wrong.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • C. Howard Fields


      October 26, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Hud

      You are so so wrong.

      October 26, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  6. vic

    After everything we have been through with the near destruction of our country by the policies of the GOP people are still in total denial about what happened. You think all this stuff happened in just the last two years. Wake up middle class citizens you are being screwed by the ultra right wing.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Steveo


      You're but only half correct. Both parties have failed us! You have forgotten about the housing crisis that started growing under Clinton! Dems are just as culpable.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Trace

        Get outta town SteveOH NO !

        You know full well there is only one party actually trying to pull this country out of completely imploding. Don't try to make yourself sound reasonable by saying both parties are at fault. History and the facts make such a position hypocritical or describe mental ineptitude on a grand scale. .... You take your pick of those two choices.

        October 26, 2011 at 1:09 am |
      • Jubilirao

        Steveo and Trace....You guys why don't you findout a bipartisan solution as everyone of us will be in dumps.

        October 26, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • steveo


        Steveo and Trace....You guys why don't you findout a bipartisan solution as everyone of us will be in dumps.
        Actually I would love to but that will be difficult as long as people decide all "Ds" are always right and all "Rs" are always wrong and vice versa! Much easier when we can get past the letters D and R (sounds like Sesame Street.. "the problems in this country are brought to you by the letters D and R"). Until then, expect more of the same! The hope is we soon remember we are Americans first!

        October 26, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Steveo I would leave the Democratic Party if they took in the Teapotty/Libertarian/Hypocrites....so no, I don't think they would be welcome in a group that is desperately trying to help those who need the most help.

        By that measure, you cannot have both sides of this discussion. The Republican Party is no longer the Republican Party it has been hijacked by a big tent of self-centered malcontents, funded by an extremist group of anarchist John Birchers'.

        "How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker's Union-Busting Campaign" by Lee Fang 2/21/2011.

        Abandon hypocrisy and call it what it is....the party of the1% greedy hogs at the trough.

        October 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Hud

      You are so so right. Thanks for telling it like it REALLY is.

      October 26, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  7. Steveo

    "Look, I think the things that folks across the country are most fed up with, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, is putting party ahead of country or putting the next election ahead of the next generation". These are the words of the President of the United States of America and I believe they equally apply to his party as well!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Trace

      Yeah right Steveo! Its thinking like that which brought the "Tea Party" to power this past election. There were TOO MANY Americans that believed the Republicans and the astro-turd party created by the Koch Brothers, would actually work to create jobs for the millions of americans out of work. And what did we get? A DO NOTHING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND MORE POWER TO THE PARTY OF DOPES (sorry) NOPES.

      October 26, 2011 at 1:15 am |
      • steveo

        Well Trace, feel free to embrace denial if you choose! The fact remains YOUR party is just as culpable.

        Whether it's the Koch Brothers or George Soros, damage is being done! The difference between you and me is I can look beyond a "D" or an "R". It appears you cannot!

        October 26, 2011 at 7:54 am |
      • C-Lo

        My guess Trace is that you would support a "policy of no" if the tables were turned. Tell me of one Republican/conservative piece of legislation you agree with...I'll even give you the leaway of offering one that Dem's have embraced.

        October 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • steveo

        Afternoon C-Lo,

        My whole point is it is easy to point out the missteps and failures of the "Other" guy but we circle the wagons when others do the same to ours. Nothing wrong supporting one's party but it is hypocritical not to also call them out on their failures and missteps as well. Folks seem not to get that! As a result, America slowly fades!

        October 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • C-Lo

        As usual, your comments are logical, moderate and non-inciting. It's nice to have a reasonable voice running on these blogs!

        October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Trace Hang in there....

        C-Lo and Steveo are trying to pass themselves off as 3rd party believers who are without enough capital to fund a party, but in truth they are members of the hijacked Republican Party which currently recognizes nothing more than the goal of keeping the 1% at the trough, and the other 99% as minimum wage bankrupt/homeless/uneducated slaves.

        Once you grasp that you have a clear picture of their motives...and what we are up against.

        October 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @ Jean
        You are partially right, at least about me (can't and won't speak for steveo, though I think he may feel at least somewhat the same as I). I'd prefer to be able to be labled Republican, and yes the party has been hijacked, and it sucks, not only by the, as you call it, 1% (who has control of both parties, Dem's just have yet to accept that fact), but by the extreme social conservatives.

        As I 've stated before, this is the result of Dem pushes over the last 200+ years of creating a strong Federal gov't, which, historically, the Republican party was for State's rights. With the growth of the Fed gov't, we've seen more and more degredation of the US. My fear, yes I said it, "fear," is that what we've seen over the last 20 years will continue to grow and feed on itself. Power controlled in DC makes EVERYTHING you see possible as it's a lot easier to manipulate a small concentration of individuals than it is 50 (57?) diverse states.

        The new Republican Party does not represent me, generally, and those that do are being drowned out by the radicals, not unlike the enviro wacos in the 80's and 90's did with the Dems. So the Tea Party rally cry resonates with me on this level. You can cast all the stones you'd like, and try to turn these notes into a race bating discussion because I talk about wanting to "take back my Country (Republican party)." But in reality, isn't that exactly the mantra of the OWS protesters, wanting to take back the country from the corporate/gov't corruption...but that prhase was already taken?

        One thing is certain, Dem style big gov't policies do NOT have my support, whether they are "wrapped in the Constituion" or any other "paper" or who writes them R or D.

        October 27, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  8. Trace


    The difference between you and I is ; straddling that fence must be painful for you. And here's another problem with you....OVERLOOKING THE OBVIOUS GIVES A PERSON NO CHANCE OF CORRECTING THE PROBLEM.

    Mitch McConnell, if you've ever heard of him, has only cared about one thing and one thing only " Make Barack Obama a One Term President"

    Now steveo, How Does AnyOne (R or D) come to the negotiating table to work with anyone with that as your main objective? Please....You sound like an animated fairy tale.

    Get with it dude and quite trying to make it seem you are the only true intellect, common sense person discussing this. At least acknowledge the contentious atmosphere in today's politics. Otherwise you sound like a road runner / Wyle E. Coyote cartoon

    October 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • steveo


      As far as McConnell, his statement proves he plays politics over country! Why do you think I support that? BOTH sides do it. Never happened to Bush, did it? Never happened to Clinton either, huh? Or ANY President!

      Your second point about sounding like the only... Well, I could always resort to calling name like yourself but I have decided to act my age!

      If you have CAREFULLY read ANYTHING I have written, you will see that I fully acknowledge how politics and politicians work.

      "Otherwise you sound like a road runner / Wyle E. Coyote cartoon".

      Once again personal attacks. I just have 2 things to say about that.

      1. Looks like you are a big fan of ACME products, enjoy them!
      2. MEEP MEEPI!!

      October 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • jean2009

      Thank you...read my post above. Obama-Biden 2012

      October 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  9. C-Lo

    More of my comments holding in "moderation" for hours on end, so we'll try this–seemed to work last time.

    Libertarians are selfish, Socialists are envious, the next four posts will be from ruthless Hitler or Lennon youth.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Wow, that worked. let's try the cut and paste thing...

      Jean: it's impossible not to find some level of hypocracy in nearly EVERY event in human life. The bigger question is, what is the spirit of those actions/attitudes? We ALL act in our own self interest first–you cannot keep another's house if you cannot manage your own. You characterize the Libertarian mindset as Me, me, me first. The other two thirds of the equation are a) the me, me, me also refers to personal RESPONSIBILITY, which there is not enough of, and b) it is a philosophy managed in terms of government, not society. Just curious, have you read Ron Paul's web site thoroughly to better understand his approach.

      Regarding running as Republicans...it's because, as we've seen, 3rd parties are dead in this country. Even if you exactly embraced the qualities of 80% of America, if there is anything other than a D or R behind your name, it's a no-go. Green Party, sociallists, "populists" do the same thing on the Dem ticket. I traditionally voted R because they embodied more of what I believed in than the Dem when there wasn't another choice, however, in the next gubernatorial election here in Colorado, I will almost assuredly vote D, because our current Gov, Hickenlooper, is doing a great job managing in a tough enviro. He's someone I trust and believe in with his ability to manage...more centrist than most ANYONE else out there.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

      October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • steveo

      welcome back!

      October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Thanks, been around on and off today, but Commie News Network likes to "moderate" my comments.

        BTW I've just labled us Hitler/Lennon Youth. Jean and Trace will have a hayday with that!

        October 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • steveo

        Well just on help you out, here is posts # 3. One more to go!

        October 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • C-Lo

        No, #1 is "in moderation" right under my initial comment. But thanks. Where are you from?

        October 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • steveo

        I am in S.C. How about yourself?

        October 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Denver, CO...birthplace of the Obama era! I chime in between assignments here at work, we are hitting our busy season, so will have less time to chat. One reason I'm glad to see someone else around who can see the value of being able to criticize Obama without being a Bush apologist. Too many around that see it as black and white (both litterally and figuratively).

        Take care, hope to "see" you around.

        October 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  10. Trace

    Ok Steveo and C-Lo! I think you know whose policies Jean and myself are advocating. And since we can't get rid of this country's established constitution, it makes no sense to push the theory "both parties are at fault" when standing at the ballot box.

    Without any sarcasm or criticism, as two american citizens, please tell us all the GOP candidate that you are supporting against Obama(?) I'll take my answer off the air as even when I'm using metaphors, either one of you are complaining about name calling....geesh

    Just tell us the person you feel would do a better job as President.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Steveo


      I apologize. I did nor see this until today. In all honesty ALL candidates have issues. The one I would support is Romney. I will say that once again, party purist will shoot themselves in rear end . They don't like the facts he is not far right and a Mormon. Don't get me wrong, I voted Bush over Gore in 2000 I also voted for Clinton Bob Dole! Me disagreeing with Obama in no way means I hate him or wish him ill as others seem to do! The current system limits folks like me but 2 viable choices, 3 if not voting counts!

      You said " it makes no sense to push the theory "both parties are at fault" when standing at the ballot box". That right there is the stone cold truth and that is so frustrating to me. I cannot be boxed in by either party!

      There is it!

      October 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm |