Obama: Governing without Congress-not quite
January 3rd, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Obama: Governing without Congress-not quite

The White House Tuesday denied reports that President Obama will be taking a go-it-alone approach, governing without Congress.

"He'll pursue all tracks," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "but it is not accurate to suggest that he doesn't want to engage with Congress and that he won't engage with Congress. In fact, he wants to continue to work with Congress."

Carney's comments appeared to be aimed at putting in context statements from Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, quoted in the New York Times and the Washington Post, that "in terms of the president's relationship with Congress in 2012 the president is no longer tied to Washington."

That sparked criticism from Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich who said in Independence, Iowa said Monday, "Having gone off to Hawaii for awhile he has now concluded, at least as I understand the news reports, they have decided they are going to govern with out Congress. Now, I don't know what country he thinks he is in but it is constitutionally impossible to govern without Congress."

Republican House Speaker John Boehner accused Mr. Obama of having an "Absentee Presidency,"  posting on Twitter that "POTUS' "shrunken" legislative agenda ignores need for Senate action on House-passed #jobs  http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23jobs bills."

Earnest, in his year-end briefing,  did not close the door completely to working with Congress, noting "You will see the President focus a little bit more on some of the things that he can - now that he's sort of free from having to put out these fires, the president will have a larger playing field, as it were.  And if that playing field includes working with Congress, all the better."

In his Tuesday briefing Jay Carney also took that tack, telling reporters, "this is not an either/or.  It's a both/and situation.  He will work with Congress.  And we believe, actually, that there will be opportunities to work with Congress, beginning with expanding - extending the payroll tax cut for the full calendar year. "

But, in a delicate balancing act, Carney added, "We can't wait for Congress to act.  And when Congress refuses to act, when Republicans choose the path of obstruction rather than cooperation, then the president's not going to sit here.  Gridlock in Washington is not an excuse for inaction."

A senior administration official, speaking on background with reporters Tuesday, said he believes there will be pressure on Republicans to cooperate with the president and pointed to House Republicans who broke ranks on the issue of the payroll tax cut extension. The official predicted there will be more defections as members of Congress head into the elections. If they are willing to work with the President, the official said, then Mr. Obama and his administration would be eager to respond but the administration also will be looking for actions they can take on their own, including helping homeowners refinance and helping students with loans.

The official claimed it was the president who, in the fall, by intensively campaigning for the tax cut extension, changed the political dynamic and, as a result, brought some Republicans sensitive to public opinion on board. The official denied, however, that campaigning was tantamount to campaigning for re-election, adding that Mr. Obama still has a lot of governing to do and it will be a while before the president engages in his own re-election campaign.


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  1. Eh

    Did I miss the "making education more affordable" boat? After checking my receipts, I found that I definitely paid more this year than last.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Eh

      "Your comment is awaiting moderation." is my favorite.

      January 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Eh: re-adjusting a capitalist system that has made things cheaper for the rich and expensive to the middle class and working class calls for changes in rates that may seem "too expensive"to you but given the earth's dwindling resources, things become more valuable and rates increase, plus over-population creates a more competitive market.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  2. John

    It appears he can fool some of the people all of the time... He is not even close to what Jimmy Carter was. The further the monkey goes up the pole the more we can see his butt.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • lb

      YEP! We see yours right now!
      .

      January 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Always stooping to racist imagery...... poor moronic right wingers.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
      • No fan

        I believe Axelrod made the comment first about Gingrich
        Nevertheless, in an attempt to get the Obama 2012 campaign moving in the right direction, David broke with politically correct protocol by tying monkeys on sticks to aquatic amphibians, saying about Newt Gingrich that "The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt."

        January 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • Sherry

        Actually John, you poor moronic left winger, David Axelrod first made the "The further the monkey goes up the pole the more we can see his butt." remark in reference to Newt. But now, it's a racist remark?

        January 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
      • John

        Actually Bob, that quote was from the head of the obama re-election campaign first, in reference to Newt Gingrich. So perhaps you should keep the racist imagery comments to yourself.

        January 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
      • John

        `I was hoping someone would jump on that quote. It is amazing when Axelrod said it on the Sunday morning talk shows nobody said anything about it. I was just repeating what Axelrod said. We have such a double standard that the dumb libs trip over each other.

        January 4, 2012 at 7:14 am |
      • John

        And yes, the Dems are always stooping to race. How do you feel now that you know this was a dumb libs (Axelrod) comment?

        January 4, 2012 at 7:19 am |
      • John

        BTW, just so we are all on the same page – you agree that Axelrod was race baiting – right? You libs have been exposed over the past 3 years for who you actually are – racists.

        January 4, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • Ms.J

      So I black president is considered a monkey going up a pole showing his butt, well I guess that makes the GOP hyennas of Washington because everyone is laughing about how they will do absoulutelu nothing if we elect one of their members.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • armyvet66

      @John, must be hot under that sheet...you know ignorance come in a multiple array of colors?

      January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • John

        Stupid libs. I was repeating an Axelrod quote and you dumb libs – with your obvious double standard tripped all over it. Where were you dumb libs when Axelrod said it two weeks ago on the Sunday Morning talk shows?

        January 4, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • jerry

      well gosh folks....he has big ears and dark skin...perhaps that is just a fact. Also, isn't it dipo Biden who first came up with the higher up remark? This isn't racism...if you think so your are ignorant.

      January 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
      • John

        Actually, it was Axelrod two weeks ago.

        January 4, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Missus Powell

      It is a very ugly person who uses race to criticize anyone. You then have absolutely no argument because that kind of hatred undercuts all opinions that you might have. You have a right to free speech. Therefore, you have a right to make ignorant, uninformed, misguided and unconsciousable decisions. It is your choice. There are consequences
      in living from the place we choose to live. I have a right to say what I am saying to you, too. I think those of you who live from this place and choose what you do will be seen, by most, as someone we would never want to associate in any setting. Your opinions are of no interest or service to anyone or anything. You diminish your own value as a person so much so that your attempts to diminish another will be ignored.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:15 am |
    • LJ

      So, John, since you're just "repeating what a Dem said" makes it all the better? Ultimately that statement indicates you have no capacity for original thought and just follow what other people do. There's another creature on this planet that does that – the sheep. Get a clue bro. Racist imagery is racist imagery. The fact that you would evoke it and not condemn it because it came from the other side shows the rest of us that you're incapable of formulating your own opinion. Now who's "drinking the Kool-Aid"?....

      January 4, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • DC2003

      Ummmm ... except Axelrod was talking about Gingrich!

      "Newt Gingrich has joked that God wanted him to be a bear, not a gazelle. But President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod today said Gingrich is more like a monkey."

      January 4, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      John, what are you, a white bear or white gorilla?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  3. Jad from ohio

    its about time to show them that you are the boss i wish u done that 3 years ago but over all i thank the president to really trying hard to work with congress who`s morals are sold to special interest republican and democrat as well.
    things are not great but i ll consider obama any day of the year over these circus liars candidate on the right.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Jad, good, President Obama has tried and tried to get along with Congress, but the repukes stay negative and
      non-responsive. Plus former pres. walker bush named 60 officials to high posts while the democratic congress was in recess. Reagan and Clinton did too. The present repukes criticism is unwarranted since their own congressmen did it too.!
      The charge that it is unconstitutional, well in national emergencies, a President who really wants to help the unemployed and homeowners needs to act firmly. Also humans wrote the US cONSTITUTION, so the document is not perfect; rather conservative dogmatics dictated it; most of them were rich. President Obama did great :)

      January 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  4. MAC

    Obama is as tied to Washington as any Washington Insider over the decades and he is tied to his Liberal Elitist Ideology so he is not a moderate!!!!!

    January 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • jamison

      BIGOTS LIKE YOU are a minority in this country and actually the scum of the earth.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • jimm

      If he's so leftist, why are many of his plans based on Republican ideas?

      January 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Ken

      The GOP is so far right that even previously moderate republicans are now seem Liberal.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • Missus Powell

        Exactly.

        January 4, 2012 at 5:17 am |
      • John

        Stop reading Media Matters. Everything looks Right after reading that bunch of garbage lies.

        January 4, 2012 at 7:22 am |
      • jean2009

        @Ken you summed it up exactly.

        January 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Ken, great point :) I recall moderates like Bob dole and Jeanne KIrkpatrick. Oh boy, how times change. What used to be the
        loyal opposition has become a traitorous corrupt right :(

        January 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Gloria in the NW

      I always love the "elitist liberal ideology" descriptions. It is generally true that educated people tend to be "progressive" in their thinking, and Democratic more often than not. Do you understand that the implication of your remark is that to believe the current GOP one has to be ignorant? Not only ignorant, but ignorant and proud of it. When did education become so suspect in this country?

      January 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • jerry

      obama and his pals reid, pelosi, frank, and others destroyed the democratic party, it will take a generation to rebuild it into a viable American institution as it once was. Now the Grand Old Party is center left...as is most Americans. The elections of last fall indicates American is not far left economically or socially and certainly not far right...so guess what is going to happen this fall...both the legislative and executive branch will go to the GOP control. Obama will try to make people believe he is more right (he has already began) but, Americians are of the you can fool me once mode...NObama NOvember 2012!

      January 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        The GOP is so far right it can't see the center.

        January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Jerry: your post does not make sense. First you launch accussations but give no proofs. The DNC IS WELL and alive; fortunately :)

        January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  5. Jariv

    What a bad president we have. Please Democrats, see what you do not want to see. You know it down deep in you that he is not doing a good job. Please do not elect him for another four (4) years. I am independent and was trilled when he became president, the next day after he won the general election, I felt so great, and I felt like the world will now see how different America is because we have a black president. It has been such a bad experience. Again, people, please see what you want to avoid seeing. If he has not done a good job until now with the first two years with congress and the senate democrats, it is not going to be a pretty next two years.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Jariv

      I meant 4 years.

      January 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • Jess C

        Obama may not be perfect, but given the obstacles he's faced, including a "do nothing" Congress that most of America hates, he's done a very good job and I will be giving him my vote. Compared to the field of GOP bozos, it's not even a contest. If we end up with flip-flopping Mittens, which is likely the case, it will be easy to show people who Mittens really stands for. If middle America chooses him, they deserve to get more of what Bush & Co. brought us last time around. I do not want to go backwards! GOP economics led us to 700,000 jobs lost per month in late '08, Obama stemmed the loss and so many have forgotten all about that. He's also made good on most of his promises; some of us have been watching.

        January 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • BGQ

        You really need to open your eyes to see what Obama has had to deal with. You did not meneiton one item which makes him a "bad" president. Typical.

        January 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Missus Powell

        I totally agree with Jess C. I understand feeling sad about President Obama having this mess to deal with, a mess that was brought on by the BUSH 8 YEARS and has continued miserably by the RE-pubs by NOT HELPING our President HELP America. However, THAT IS ALL THE MORE REASON TO GET OUT THE VOTE for OBAMA 2012!!
        Unfortunately, not enough DEMS got out to vote in 2010 and we ended up giving the RE-pubs the power in Congress to do as they have done. WE CAN TAKE IT BACK FOR OBAMA AND FOR ALL OF AMERICA!! He isn't quitting. Don't you quit either. WORK HARDER FOR HIM! I truly believe President Obama is the greatest President in my lifetime, and is truly a blessing we don't want to lose in these terrible times, most of all. I am proud to be a supporter of this man. I have never understood racism, and lived through the 60's to only further the great upbringing I had. I voted for President Obama because of who he is, ie: total package, and it had nothing to do with his race. However, I did celebrate with tears to think a person of color was elected it to be Our President and feel lucky it happened in my lifetime. WE ARE ALL AMERICANS, but foremost, WE ARE ALL CHILDREN OF GOD. We must work together and find others to work with us for ALL of US. President Obama has done no harm, no matter what you have and will hear. We all make mistakes, so if there are some they are not serious. However, I am very afraid for our country if far
        right religious people with their narrow thinking join the other narrow conservatives to govern our country. WE NEED PRESIDENT OBAMA MORE THAN EVER!! He has the wisdom and the courage in these terrible times, not only in our country, but in the world, to do all he CAN do!! We have to get CONGRESS BEHIND HIM and it isn't going to be easy. BUT, YES WE CAN!

        January 4, 2012 at 5:54 am |
      • John

        Jess C – You proved my initial post – you can fool some of the people all of the time.

        January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • jean2009

        Jariv is another truth challenge ultra-right GOP like Geraldine.

        January 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • lb

      What a group of bad republicans we have! Only a fool would believe that one man can solve all the problems the past republican administration left behind. You sir are one of those fools. All the republicans candidates together can not measure up to Mr. Obama.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • lb

      What a group of bad republicans we have! Only a fool would believe that one man can solve all the problems the past republican administration left behind. You sir are one of those fools. .

      January 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      That was putting it mildly!

      January 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Patriot Awesome

      He's still WAY better than Bush and any of the alternatives the Republicans are putting up.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • Harry

        Amen!

        January 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • JohnW

        Seriously. All they can say is "He's bad, he's bad, he's bad" but they can't come up with any better alternatives. No help to the process at all.

        January 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • John

        Jimmy Carter was better.

        January 4, 2012 at 8:02 am |
      • jean2009

        @John Jimmy Carter was better than Reagan, and better than Bush.
        Read Debunking Myths About Reagan @http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/02/debunking-myths-about-ronald-reagan-a-pctc-special-comment.html

        January 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Harry

      Please don't tell me what I know. The Republicans will do nothing for the working (underclass.) Congress is constipated and needs an enema badly. The Republicans in the House act like they work for Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey circus. The Tea Party freak freshmens all need to be fired!

      January 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • jimm

      Why? So we can go back to the policies that brought us the worst recession in 80 years?

      January 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Dan5404

      A record 500+ filibusters, a complete failure of the most do-nothing Congress in history due to a takeover of the GOP by extreme minority Tea Party members, an unethical (possibly unconstitutional) signing of a lobbyist's contract controlling their future votes, bypassing their constitutional oath of office, complete lack of compromise, always tacking on non-related corporate profit bills, handing Obama 2 wars and a huge disaster of an economy! Frankly, I think he's doing a fantastic job with no Congress to work with. He gets my vote and every one I know is on board.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • callmecrazy

      How can you blame all the problems on Obama? It is the republicans in the house that are obstructing everything. Put the blame where it belongs.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • jerry

      this do nothing congress the one elected last november..is doing their job...or trying to and that is to put a foot on obamas throat and get his attention. Obama has torn this country apart...things are a mess here ad with foreign policy...we need a real change...the obama experiment is over.

      January 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
      • Trace

        wow Jerry...You are pityful. Do you ever say anything , other than insulting the President with your high school name calling everyday? Did you know there was a caucus held for all the losers in the GOP/Tea Potty today in Iowa? Do you have a favority Bozo The Clown in that race? Why don't you talk about that crowd of loser, in which, you have so much in common.(?) You are boring all the intelligent people

        January 4, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • semper fides dios

      Obama's being black, I believe should have no consequence to accrediting or discrediting him for office. I don't care if the person is White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, male, female, strait, gay or whatever. What should matter to the American people is the ability to lead well in not only the best interest of this country, but towards accomplishing what needs to be done in the world; things that we as Americans have the ability, and the responsibility to do. So far throughout his campaign I have gone through time of thinking that he has the ability to be a capable and competent leader. A prime example of the positive role he held would be his involving America in the effort for the capture of Joseph Kony, and the neutralizing of Osama Bin Laden. However I have doubts on his resolve, his prior speeches during his senatorial years stating that 3000 U.S soldiers wasted their lives infuriated me, and his complete disregard for the wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, shows Irresponsibility that should being intolerable for his office.

      January 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ semper fides idiot...you may want to check these sites or the many others online.

        President Obama laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery Nov. 11, 2011
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPJj75Xh56U&w=640&h=390]

        President Obama laying a wreath at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Dec. 29, 2011
        http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57350053/obama-lays-wreath-at-pearl-harbor-memorial/

        President Obama laying a wreath at Ground Zero May 5, 2011
        http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/05/05/slideshow-president-obama-lays-wreath-at-ground-zero/

        President Obama laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery May 31. 2011
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QBGouB5lI&w=640&h=390]

        President Obama laying a wreath In Seoul, S. Korea U.S. Army Base – Nov. 11, 2010
        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40120009/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/obama-salutes-troops-condemns-north-korea/

        President Obama laying a wreath at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Illinois May 31. 2010
        http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/31/a-downpour-memorial-day-illinois

        President Obama laying a wreath at Cannes, Franco-American military cemetery Nov. 4, 2011
        http://3chicspolitico.com/2011/11/04/president-obama-speak-at-the-franco-american-alliance-ceremony-in-cannes-november-4-2011/frances-president-sarkozy-and-us-president

        President Obama laying a wreath at tomb of unknown Westminster Abbey May 24, 2011
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8533856/Barack-Obama-lays-memorial-wreath-at-Westminster-Abbey.html

        President Obama Laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial Nov. 17, 2011
        http://www.2space.net/news/article/391973-1321483802/

        President Obama schedule of events for Memorial Day
        http://projects.washingtonpost.com/potus-tracker/issues/veterans-affairs/

        President Obama lays a wreath for D-Day at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy-France June, 6, 2009
        http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/06/world/main5067743.shtml

        President Obama honors veterans at Arlington Cemetery November 11, 2009
        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33859338/ns/politics-white_house/t/obama-honors-veterans-arlington-cemetery/

        President Obama Honors Medal of Honor Recipients at Arlington Cemetery March 26, 2009
        http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/barack-obama-at-anc-medal-of-honor-day.html

        Candidate Obama visits U.S. Arizona Memorial – August 15, 2008
        http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2008-08-15-4077195291_x.htm

        The above sites prove you wrong.

        So, it is abundantly clear you are either illiterate, ignorant, or a liar, or all three. Which is my conclusion.

        January 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Dove

      Jariv, i think you don't know your left from you right.
      i think you are completely blind.
      Obama is the best president this country will ever have, he has done his best to help the middle class, but the republican and people like you are the one gragging the president down.
      Go ahead, elect another republican, you will see how worse the country will be. Foul!!!

      January 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Jariv" 3 or 4 stores my husband worked for went bankrupt under walker bush. Since President Obama was elected, his new store has survived. So I do not agree with you at all. If you lost your millions sure you whine and point fingers; yet your type do not relate to the average American worker.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  6. Really

    Democrats constantly claim that Republicans want to disenfranchise voters (but they never have any evidence). Now they want to disenfranchise millions of voters by ignoring Republican members of Congress. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      Once our elected officials are ON THE JOB it is their job to work for ALL THE PEOPLE, not just for their constituants, or the lobbyist or.....!! THINK ABOUT IT! TERM LIMITS would help. So, in order to work for ALL THE PEOPLE you have to be able and willing to compromise. It is impossible without compromise around one kitchen table in any home. How in the heck do you think they will get anything done in DC without it? DICTATORS SAY IT IS MY WAY ONLY! So-get over yourself and your selfish thinking...AMERICA IS ALL OF US, not just a few select people and that is the REALITY!

      January 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Really: no evidence? hahahahahahah, I read plenty of proof, like abc published that annnual tax cuts to the rich under bush were 900 billion dolllars a year! Multiply that for 8 years and you get-about 7 trillion dollars! You want more evidence?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  7. jrm03063

    Notice that all the responses talk about how bad a President we have, but don't get into any specifics. Baggies maybe? Unemployment down. Health care reform covering more young adults and further improvements on the way. Market up. Enemies of the US on the run. Obama/Biden 2012! Say NO to FEAR MONGERING and closet BIGOTRY!

    January 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      jrm03063: right on! :) You forget many other improvements President Obama installed! Like community college grants, help to poor students, 30 milions help to small busines owners, stopping the recession walker bush left, etc. etc. I think the repukes are envious.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  8. insight iowa

    Republican voting Straight Democrat in 2012... first time in my life.

    Please do use your "executive action" as much as needed. I respect your decisions and I'm positive you have American's best interest at heart. Which is more then I say say my party (Republican) have had this past 2 years.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  9. Aaron

    We've heard over and over that Obama will stand up to the Repubs. The fact is that Obama makes a big deal about doing the right thing, then caves to Repubs over and over and over. 2012 isn't going to be any different.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Harry

      He does need to find his balls.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Harry: you lost your "balls" hahahahaha, poor poor thing :)

        January 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      President Obama has not caved. HE HAS HAD TO COMPROMISE TO GET ANYTHING DONE AT ALL! This bunch of self-serving obstructionists in Congress are not doing their jobs at all. They are keeping anything from being done for ALL of US!! They are not serving this country at all. THEY ARE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND and if you think this is bad you will see a whole lot worse than this if the RE-pubs replace President Obama. Romney says President Obama didn't do what he promised to do WHILE IT IS THE RE-pubs, THOSE OF WHICH ROMNEY IS PART OF, HAVE OBSTRUCTED PROGRESS. Romney said today in Iowa, VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I CAN BEAT
      OBAMA!! Well GOD HELP US ALL if that is all he has to run on!! They have had the goal since DAY ONE when Obama won, to destroy his Presidency. I think the reasons are many. Most of all, I think it is because they are afraid of losing their status quo so they use their own fears to try to scare the hell out of all Americans. DON'T BUY IT!! The far right religious bunch have been building and working for years to take us backwards and the weak-knee RE-pubs embraced them, wanting them to support the RE-pub platform and needed the many against those of us who voted Obama into the Presidency. There is a good chance they will lose because of the damage they have done. I think the RE-pubs know they made a huge mistake but have nothing else to go on. THEY ALL WANT TO GO BACKWARDS FROM WHERE WE ARE!! It isn't going to happen as the country and world is changed, partly due to the economic mess we are in and because people of the world who want to be free are rising up against tyranny. NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THIS BETTER THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!

      January 4, 2012 at 6:24 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      aron: oh? dont count on it :)

      January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  10. Wes Sorenson

    I wonder if Obama will be running under hope and change in 2012? I took that sticker off my car two years ago and have had a NO BAMA sticker ever since.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • steves

      Just Imagine what would have happened if Congress had worked with Obama for the good of the Country instead of Grover Norquist. Get yourself another Obama sticker, as he is the only one that gives a damn about the American worker and the American soldier. Or, you can vote for more wars (the GOP will sure teach Iran a lesson, just like Iraq) and more income disparity. But, by golly, they will keep the bloodlines pure... or was that the Nazis?

      January 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        I agree. I look forward to a more really democratic congress. America can achieve so much if those negative ultra righters in congress are gone :)

        January 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Craig B

      Well thats your loss you probably did not vote for him anyway just saying what you did. Hey if you want to look at what he promised go back and look at his acceptance speech the night he was elected. He kept his word on what he was going to do. Remember everything does not always go your way.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      Why don't you put a sticker saying "I am not really sure why or what I vote for, but I vote nonetheless" ... That would be more aligned with the way you seem to be looking at the world.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Wyobob

      I have a bumper sticker that is well worn, that says "vote republican it's easier than thinking".

      January 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • Missus Powell

        EXACTLY and that is also what I think about any one group who believe what they are told to believe and then want all others to believe the same. It IS EASIER! Like folks who call themselves DittoHeads of Rush Limbaugh. They actually refer to themselves as DittoHeads!! WORSE are the groups that think they should enact laws for everyone so we do not have our freedoms to choose according to our beliefs. The INTOLERANCE will not be tolerated.

        January 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • gavinsox

      new sticker. Obama-Politics of Diasappointment

      January 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        gavinsox; you can stick your words in your behind the times smelly ass :)

        January 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Wes sorenson: real change and progress takes a long time, often longer that a President can foretell, especially with a hostile do-nothing republican congress. I admire President Obama for all he has accomplished with such a destructive congress. Had the repukes cooperated instead of stubbornly seated on their asses, our country would be thriving and regained number one position. more importantly unemployment would have dropped entirely.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  11. fred ca

    So non-partisanship and compromise boil down to 'agree with me or I'll ignore you and rule by fiat. We have examples from other countries where a 'leader' has ignored law and established principles. As obama has shown a clear and constant disregard for both we should not be surprised. That he is doing it so his re-election goes smoother shows a level of sleaze unseen in presidential electorial history.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      fredcka: look if you gop party has a consisten"me or the highway" you disqualified yourselves, you become irrelevant to a balanced pollitical system. When national emergency demands flexibility to pass urgent laws, but you still refuse cooperating, you only paralyze a system. You and your dogmatics no longer earn your salaries.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      fred caca :) now you got a taste of your own medicine , hahhahahah, look reagan and bush also named officials while the democratic congress was in recess, so put back your gun into your holster, tough guy.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    It just too funny how many commenters think that Obama has done a bad job. When other time in history does a President walk into office where the economy is losing 700,000 to 800,000 jobs a month, banks are failing, no credit is available, two wars are being fought and we were already 10 years behind the competition when it came to exports.
    Add to it the fact that you need 10 other players to held move the ball down the field and that all decide that they are not going to help -
    I don't agree with all that Obama has done - but to say he has not done a good job saving the ship is just lying.
    Did I say too funny, I meant too sad.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Our great President Obama walked into a repukes quagmire that walker bush fell into and dragged our economy alongside:(
      The feebled accusations of some repukes are big lies that do not make sense. Sadly the walking crazos are also trying to drag us all into that quagmire. Evangelist and its dogma is also responsible for slowing hiring millions of unemployed Americans.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I also found the repukes obstruction against every single law President Obama issued or proposed. But rather than sad, use the energy of anger to volunteer and re-elect President Obama. Who cares about what the repukes do? anyway it usuallly negative, odd or destructive. So better to act positively :)

      January 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  13. demogoat

    There is so much to do, he needs to press for jobs, tax reform, fixing the health care bill, etc, etc, etc.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • jimm

      Seems liek he is the only one pressing for these things.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Jimm: you are wrong. Most democrats I know share President's Obama's goals and ideas :)

        January 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      YES there IS and we need to give him the Congress to do it with!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 4, 2012 at 6:36 am |
      • jean2009

        So right you are.....one that won't fight him every step of the way.

        January 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Missus Powell: right on! down with the conservatives elected in 1997 :) President Obama needs congresspeople willing to work in peace with him. :)

        January 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        I agree and it is a fact we all and President Obama can achieve progress and higher employment :)

        January 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Bill, NY

    The poor man has had no other choice but to try and govern without Congress. They are not even remotely looking to work with him. Instead it is their choice to try to work on him, or work him over. The only thing they want is to see him be a one term president no matter how much they harm their constituents in the process. If the president is going to get a second term he also needs a house full of elected officials who truly wish to work with him for the good of this country. So if you vote for him, vote them bums out!

    January 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Yes, it is really outrageous and the largest instance of racial discrimination; peacemeal or in individual cases,the repukes fake equality, like bush naming Colonel Powell to a high post, or walker bush doing the same with naming latinos to high posts; however this refusal of millions of republicans and tea party members to cooperate with our President Obama shows a gargantuan rejection to our great President Obama, why? because of his origin. How do I know: easy, many repukes here call him animal names. I am shocked the conservatives do that to a wise, honest and great leader :(

      January 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  15. d

    Great!
    So his answer to working with a partisan congress is not to find middle ground, but if the republicans don't agree with what he wants to do, then he'll just resort to executive orders. Isn't that kind of like governing by decree, the way Hugo Chavez governs Venezuela?
    And by the way, he shouldn't take credit for ending the war in Iraq. The date was already set by the Bush administration years ago, and Obama is just following it through. And we are not at all progressing on energy independence, either, and punting the oil pipeline decision until after the election is just pure cowardice. Avoiding decisions on important issues is not leadership- it's governing by default. How is it possible that for two years, while he had the majority in both houses of congress, he couldn't even get his own party members to pass a budget? He says he wants to bring the deficit under control....but didn't he just say a few days ago (before he later said he wouldn't do it after all) that he was going to ask congress to raise the debt ceiling again? What the heck is he thinking?
    Once a Republican candidate is finally chosen, he is really going to have to be more original in defending his record. Blaming everyone else (first Bush, now congress) is going to get old really quick. At some point he has got to face that we don't care anymore if it's someone else's fault- what matters now is the situation we are in- and if he can't figure out how to make it work, then get out of the way and let someone else try, whether it is a Republican or another democrat. The longer we are in the mess we are in, the more difficult and longer it will take to fix.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      to your last point--COMPROMISE!

      January 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      d: oh? what was the date walker bush supposedly do that? Your denying what President Obama did is crazy. You need to read the papers. If you stay stuck reading Fox News, sir, you are being misinformed !

      January 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  16. Vance

    It's funny to see Americans fall for "immediate gratification" politics. Sadly 4 years is a blink of an eye in American government. If you think the Republicans are going to fix anything you have another thing coming. The President has done a great job in the face of adversity and politics. He has my vote.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Definitely :) we all plan to vote for him and the more outrageous the lies of repukes like romney-the kind of lies- claim, the more of us who will stand firm by President Obama :)

      January 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Dennis Fitzpatrick

    Americans must have short memories. Remember what a Republican government got us 2 wars unfunded, 7 trillion added to debt and inequality in our tax base. Not to mention millions of jobs lost under their watch and losing 700,000 a month when Obama took over. Oh yea didn't Bush give up on finding Osama Bin Laden. Sweet deals for our drug companies and rich got richer. We were so far behind and have been digging out from 8 years of Conservative policies. Did Congress break recordslast 3 years in regards to filibusters in the Senate and a House led by Republicans where the major accomplishment is In God We Trust as our motto.... Give me a break.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  18. callmecrazy

    In my opinion the republicans have not learned their lesson yet so I will still be supporting Obama. When they were in power we went to war for corporations and nothing more. They have not earned the right to lead this country again. Hopefully Obama will do better in the next four years and get spending under control. The republican alternative is unacceptable.

    January 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      You are right, not crazy. President Obama had and still has great ideas, but unpredictable catastrophes like the gulf oil spill, etc. but mainly repukes negativism and treason have slowed down our recovery and employment :( The repukes have turned into their dogmatic idea of evil demons. This is so ironic! They have become their worst nightmare.! Romney claims to be liberal? Now his former enemy Gingritch is going to endorse romney? hkhahahhah, what a patent hypocricy.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  19. SiriusVH

    Reading the comments you realize that most people live in LaLa Land. We get the worst financial crisis since the 1929 Crash and people feel 'disappointed' if things are not back to normal in 2 years! Just ask yourself how many years it took to get out the depression induced by the 1929 stock market crash.

    People seem to forget that, if they still have a job, especially if they are working in the financial industry, it is because TARP (passed under Bush) and the liquidity-enhancing measures taken by the Fed since then (QE1 and QE2), have sustained the financial sector, without which the 'real' economy would not be able to survive. It is Obama's decision to let the auto industry access TARP that has saved the industry. It is Obama's Stimulus Plan that has enabled many states to survive from the budget cuts THEY had to make due to falling tax revenues. It is actually Obama's Stimulus Plan that has enabled Texas to close its budget (Perry does not want to admit that he got $18 billion from the Federal government he claims to despise).

    January 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Wyobob

      I'll bet ron paul voted for it too.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • firstcobra88

      right on!!!

      January 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
      • Missi

        KandeeMann2001 on April 29, 2009 i'm confused. why do oppele keep comparing the Sorento to the CR-V and the RAV-4? both of these are compact utes, and a more reasonable comparison would be the Kia Sportage. i'd think the Sorento better compares to the Pilot and the Highlander. seeing a Sorento parked next to a CR-V makes the comparison even more confusing. LoL. the Sorento is the BIG truck. nearly as big as the Acura MDX in size. so CR-V and RAV-4? maybe it's the price range i guess. but hey that's just my humble opinion.

        March 4, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • jerry

      oh my.... well fact is: O'Barry just don't have anything to run on. He has polarized the county as no one ever has...no great uniter....no great anything. We need a president who will pull this country together and who actually has a resume' that makes sense....the obama experiment is over...thank the lord!

      January 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
      • Matt

        Check your history books. In over two centuries of America, the country has been more polarized. To think we suddenly have it the roughest is arrogant and short-sighted. Also consider...

        The Tea Party ran massive protests on behalf of the second amendment which was never challenged.
        They then decided to elect officials who were "more conservative". More conservative as in less in the middle, as in more to the right, as in more skewed and POLARIZED.
        The rhetoric is not "Obama is wrong" but "Obama is evil" which makes a world of difference when it comes to bringing people together.

        It is a self fulfilling prophecy. He is polarizing because you want him to be.

        January 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • John

      The majority of the experts say stimulas didn't work. People on the right say money went to the unions, people on the left say it didn't work because it wasn't big enough. But, somehow you think it not only worked it saved us all? Dumb libs.
      You know people on the right are simply laughing at you libs at this point. Every time you write "Bush's fault" or "worst economy since the 30's", or "BO is fixing it and he needs more time" – it is simply another lib lie – and the majority of Americans see it that way. If you hold a non-union job or own a business you understand how bad this guy is for this country.

      January 4, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • jean2009

        @ John I don't know why you are blowing smoke....since too many experts say the opposite.

        Exclusive: Obama Stimulus Reduced Our Pain Experts Say posted Jan. 25, 2010
        http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2010-01-25-usa-today-economic-survey-obama-stimulus_N.htm

        One More Time The Stimulus Worked -posted August 31, 2011
        http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/08/31/one_more_time_the_stimulus_worked_262649.html

        Stimulus Worked Drying Up, Questionable Jobs Outlook -posted Oct. 24, 2011.
        http://greaterannapolis.patch.com/articles/stimulus-work-drying-up-questionable-job-outlook

        Q&A: How come the majority of economists and experts say Obama’s stimulus plan worked?
        http://www.debtinfos.com/qa-how-come-the-majority-of-economists-and-experts-say-obamas-stimulus-plan-worked/

        Or is your effort again at trying to rewrite history, because the facts don't bear out and fit the bill for your lie?

        January 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        John: your words hide great panic and fear you elite class privileges are being cut! hahahaha on you, Mr. KKK'er.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  20. EndBigEducation

    "Mr. Obama and his administration would be eager to respond but the administration also will be looking for actions they can take on their own, including helping homeowners refinance and helping students with loans."

    Obama's Championed 2 month payroll tax cut that will make a mess for accountants and the IRS will be paid for a permanent increase in the amount paid by those refinancing their property. His Administration and appointees have continued to rebuild the housing bubble. He also has took it upon himself to subsidize the student tuition of Liberal Universities that pump out degrees with no market demand, while making it more difficult for hard working Americans to attend vocational/trade schools which pump out degrees with a high demand.

    Two solutions to these problems, let the housing market self-correct, a hard time now will be better than going down the road and setting us up for increased pain later on. Stop the subsidization of college tuition. This may initially come as insensitive to those trying to pay for college, but it's actually in the best interest of college students. Universities have been living high off the hog with their inflated budgets and salaries at the expense of Americans. Subsidized education guarantees money to Universities. Those who do not received subsidies are gauged incredible sums of money for lack luster degrees. Cut the subsidies and there will be a reduction in attendance until Universities cut tuition, scale down, gut and pay appropriate salaries. This will make college affordable for all Americans.

    January 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Your post makes no sense, sir. You mean the subsidies reagan and walker bush were a failure? when did you graduate? were they a failure then? If so it figures by your dumb post.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  21. Organic dude

    What i can see is that people are just repeating what hateful people are saying in the media, but very few are actuall looking at the facts. If you like to an ignorant by choice you have that right, but if you like to be informed and look intelligent get your facts together. visit http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/

    January 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      no, thanks. See if you have a set mentality against our great President Obama, the site you give is only false propaganda.
      No use wasting time reading stereotyped conservative destructive ideas. It seems you dont give a hoot for our national recovery. You are too busy attacking President Obama. Go away, Jesse James.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  22. Ken

    As long as there's one Republican in the Senate, with their screwed up rules, there is no hope for change. Just consider the number of filibusters in the senate since this president was elected.

    January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • joep199

      Your point is accurate, but I would have much preferred for Harry Reid to have forced the Republicans to ACTUALLY filibuster, instead of caving every time they even threatened to filibuster. That way the public would have been forced to see just how obstructionist they really are.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      What shall we put instead of these rabid and ruthless republicans? The tea party is even worse than the gop. The so called moderate independents threw in the hat and joined the republicans. The revival party is even more conservatiove as the evangelists is. We want to prevent a bloody revolution. Perhaps parties that represent younger and more liberal groups could provide more energy and ingenutiy plus new ideas :)) The communist and socialist parties are out, of course.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    Why should he work with them? They won't work with him.
    The Republicans' view of compromise is "do it our way". They give in on nothing.

    January 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • jerry

      obama is a leftist...he had a two year run at nothing but far left governing and last fall the voters let him know what they though of him and the destroyed democratic party...the obama experiment is over. BO will try to fool voters into thinking he is moving right...however, we all know what he is and it will not work. Romney is a center left conservative and it just so happens that is where about 65% of the Americans are and have been so you might guess what will happen this fall...you see obama tried to make the voters think he was center left and it worked for him....hahaha

      January 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
      • Missus Powell

        YOU won't laugh long if you think the conservatives who are running and those in Congress, if they continue on, win.

        January 4, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • John

      Obama has shown over and over again he doesn't want to work with Repubs. From Obamacare, to Cap and Trade to the Bank reform. These are his failures. You know the starategy of "pass the bill so you can find out what is in it".
      People who have never been involved in politics, some of us even voted for BO – are very angry at what this administration has done to this country. We are the silent majority.

      January 4, 2012 at 7:39 am |
      • Don

        Actually, you know its the House repubes who are obstructing. It so bad that recently, GOP Senator Mitch McConnell had to "discipline" GOP Rep. John Boehner into letting the House vote on the payroll tax cut extension approved with 90% of the Senate. Pretty bad... Boehner does not even know how low he has sunk and how bad it looks to America. Still, I respect your point of view.

        January 4, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Phil: I agree. Plus reagan and walker bush also named their favorites to high posts while the democratic congressmen were in recess. Bush named 60 people when he governed!

      January 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  24. garbage mouth welfare prez

    Bring your NDAA power bill and we in the swamp shall show you what you cant handle, Obama you are nothing but a marxist, socialist and a facist that thinks he is a dictator by slirting aroud the constitution and you use your liberal media to push it but We The People shall STOP you

    January 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      You s[eal out of your smelly backwards "mouth" Yeeeck! Hey have some tea party, it may help your poliitical diarreha :)

      January 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  25. bawana

    repugs suck and the world knows it ,,,except for the idiot repugs themselves

    January 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • John

      Great quality post. I hope you didn't hurt yourself.

      January 4, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Yes, Bawana: now we need to encourage President Obama to stand firm, like a tree. No more "negotating" with the repukes. Because they lie through their ears! See, the anglo and irish culture thrives through lying and putting things on hold.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  26. SVSIN

    It is easy to keep harping about that things have not have turned around. The reality is it could have been much worse without discounting the hardship 12M+ jobless Americans are going through. Certainly Obama hasn't got every decision right but he has done more good than harm. I will certainly say he has done a lousy job of managing expectations. There is not a silver bullet for an ageing population with medicare and social benefits, a broken health care system and falling educational standards across the board. Needs long term consistent policies and a willingness to broker a deal for America and American interests as opposed to democrats or republican.

    Then again we are talking about politicians they don't care about the greater good

    January 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  27. California Conservative

    SPIN IT CNN.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Missus Powell

      It isn't CNN doing the spinning, lol !! Nice try, tho. It is WE THE PEOPLE speaking out on our own with our own opinions from watching and reading and seeing the truth...

      January 4, 2012 at 6:29 am |
  28. Nathan G.

    @jerry – you offer nothing to this conversation. Either you are simply a troll, hoping to start an argument, or you are so hopelessly entrenched in your own view of the world that you cannot see past it. How about you take a look at what is said and answer the data presented rather than spouting opinion presented as fact. Take your 65% center-right comment. That is simply not true – where do you get this information? 57% of the country thinks that wealth should be more evenly distributed, 49% thinks that the wealthy should be heavily taxed. Neither of those are center-right stances. 53% of Americans think that same-sex marriages should be legally recognized. 25% of the country supports a woman's right to choose in all circumstances, and an additional 52% think abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances. Only 37% of Americans believe that corporations would act ethically without federal regulations. 77% think the EPA should be allowed to do its job. What do you have, other than your opinion, to support your statement?

    January 4, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  29. Marry

    @ John, jerry, Jariv, Wes Sorenson…
    I wonder what a “perfect” President would look like to you. Are you in the 1% group of this country, the very rich? If yes, it is easy to understand your motive to just say any nonsense, never mind any facts, to get a President that will work exclusively for you. I agree, the GOP clown car would then be perfect never mind who makes it!
    If you belong to the 99% of the population where 20% to 30% are struggling, you should do a bit more research and pay more attention to understand why the GOP/TP (trickle down/no solutions/do again all the things that got us in this mess…) is not going to work for the benefit of the country and most certainly not for your benefit!
    If usefulness for this country and the people would be the parameter for choices in elections the result should be close to 1% GOP/TP and 99% Dems.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:35 am |
  30. Missus Powell

    It is disheartening to read so many statements written either by people who are paid to do (nothing surprises me anymore) or by people who truly do not do their homework to learn what is really going on here. APATHY WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING!! Our lives have become so busy that just assuming NOTHING WILL CHANGE IN DC is JUST PLAIN IGNORANT! Alot of talk is about THE HAVES and THE HAVE NOTS!! THAT may never completely change BUT it doesn't have to be like it is and it doesn't have to be so imbalanced that those who cannot make it on their own are not helped by those who can. The BIG DIVIDE IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY!! BRAINWASHING tactics will only work if you believe everything you read and hear with no questioning and work done on your part. Being so busy is CHAOS and when we have CHAOS we are NOT PAYING ATTENTION and so we just roll with the punches.
    Well, the punches are getting worse and will be far worse if we do not stand up to this and in order to stand up to it we are going to have to SELF-INFORM and that is going to take work. MAKE THE TIME!!! IT IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO EVERY ONE OF US AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. I agree with Marry, and right now this is the worse Congress I have ever seen. THEY ARE NOT WORKING FOR US. They stand up there and have nothing to contribute because THEY REFUSE TO. They keep talking about the JOB CREATORS and JOB KILLERS and much of it began with wanting to let the BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE. Okay, HOW LONG HAVE THE BUSH TAX CUTS BEEN IN EFFECT? In all those years we have been losing jobs in this country. SHOW ME THE JOBS the so-called JOB CREATORS HAVE CREATED??? Noone answers that. They just spout their freaking MANTRA. Another one is THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT....! WHO SAID SO? THEY SAY SO!! It isn't at all representative of what the American people want. DON'T BELIEVE IT!! Even the polls tell it isn't so. IF WE ALL DO NOTHING, NOTHING WILL BE DONE and THE TIME IS RIGHT NOW to start getting at the truth. Romney ONLY won by 8 votes. ONLY 25% of the votes in IOWA!! If you think your vote doesn't matter, tonight proves you wrong. SANTORUM used the words TAKING BACK THIS COUNTRY!! TO WHAT? THE BUSH YEARS? TO MORE OF THIS LAST YEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONISM until they DO IT OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY! Haven't enough of us been pushed out onto the highway and even off the road ENOUGH? It is a JOKE that they try to tell us BLAME OBAMA! It is a joke on us if we believe it.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • jean2009

      Trickle down didn't work for Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2. Do they really think we should be stupid enough to believe abundant good paying jobs will miraculously happen at some point if we keep at it forever...I guess they want us to keep trying their theory of killing of the middle class to enrich the rich forever?

      January 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      Unfortunately the people who were ready to Pounce on this President, and the people who expect an INSTANT FIX, voted in the midterms. We who voted this President into Office were not paying attention enough to realize the possibility that the above two would take to the polls as they did, and we who did not vote (low turnout) did Our President a dis-service. By not showing up we let him down. WE WILL NOT BE SO ASLEEP THIS TIME! You say that those voted in are doing their job. Is DOING NOTHING their job? Is that what you expected from them? As for LEADERSHIP, one can lead a herd of dying horses to water but one cannot make them drink. He is doing ALL HE CAN DO and MORE POWER TO HIM!! Once in office it is the job of those elected TO SERVE ALL THE PEOPLE!

      January 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  31. John

    I am a middle class working American – you know, the people this administration have shunned. You think BO is the perfect president? If yes, I assume if you do not own a business or work. Middle class working Americans know we can do better than this guy and his failed policies. What we have now is trickle up poverty. Polls clearly show people prefer to be identified as conservative, not liberal. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  32. Free Man

    We don't need no stinkin "Congress" !!!

    We are THE OBAMA CARTEL !!!

    January 4, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Take it easy, Freeman. We need to cut some corners, but still remain within the law, why? because master liars like ritt romney can use anything against our President Obama. So rather, keep researching and filing any corruption romney did or is doing. Personally that will be safer for you too.:) Why get distracted by loud noises that are plotted to trap you in? Rather stay calm and cool and find clever ways to defend our President Obama :)

      January 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  33. Don

    The President has proved to everyone (even those who say he has not) that he was willing – even determined to work WITH congress. The issue is that the GOP majority in the House of Representatives is 100% unwilling to work with the President ... even when they agree on everything (i.e. the payroll tax cut extension- 90% support in Senate). It takes two to tango ... and the GOP majority in the House has cut off their own feet. Advantage: President Obama. Someone needs to sit John Boehner and Eric Cantor down and inform them that their temper tantrums are unprofessional and heinous. They both risk loosing their seats.

    January 4, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Bill

      Perhaps they'll rehash the "sit-down" that they had when Dems controlled Congress from '07 – '11.

      January 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I agree. Worse, the repukes are gaining hefty salaries by doing nothing, or just acting for the interests of the top 1% repuke wealthy elite. Imagine how much would be saved by cutting down their salaries, or firing them? We the people must sue the House and Senate repukes and impeach them! It is our constitutional right.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  34. Screw Obama

    SOLYNDRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Don

      Really? Thats all you got?

      R.I.P. GOP

      January 4, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • jean2009

      Hurry up with the green energy....Ohio is quaking....even the Repuke governor has halted fracking. That says a whole lot about crude and the crudity of the Greed-Ole-People.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      RATHER: IMPEACH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, RIGHT NOW :) LET US GET SIGNATURES FOR IT RIGHT AWAY :))))))))

      January 7, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      WAKER BUSH: KATRINA

      DICK CHENNEY: ENRON

      RICHARD NIXON: WATERGATE

      PLUS OBAMA RETURNED ALL DONATIONS FROM VIOLATORS OF THE LAW, VERY UNPRECEDENTED

      January 7, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  35. Susan Carlson

    There is a reason that Obama can't just get his own way with Congress without putting in a little work. It is the midterm elections, where Americans specifically voted out representatives that put Obama's legislative ideology over that of their constituents. At the time, Obama admitted that he took a shellacking and said he would have to think about what this meant. Apparently, we now have his answer. When he says he is bypassing Congress, it means he is bypassing the American voters who want him to compromise. The new GOP reps are doing what they are supposed to do – represnt the people who voted them into office, Obama makes no attempt to work with anyone he disagrees with, and is planning on using this tactic for re-election since he can't stand on his record

    January 4, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      NOPE. YOU REPUKES DIGGED YOUR OWN HOLE IN THE GROUND. YOUR REFUSAL TO ACCOMODATE THE REPEATED PRESIDENT OBAMA;S EFFORTS TO NEGOTIATE YOUR TERMS, THREW OUT URGENT NATIONAL NEEDS LIKE JOB CREATION AND CRUCIAL ASSISTANCE INITIATIVES.

      YOUR RUSH LIMBAUGH SAID A YEAR AGO: HE DID NOT MIND IF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY COLLAPSED, AS LONG AS THE PRESIDENCY OF OBAMA WENT. (SOURCE: abc news, last year)

      I WAS SHOCKED ABOUT LIMBAUGHS' LACK OF PATRIOTISM. NO WONNDER REPUKE COMPANIES FLED TO ASIA AND FIRED MILLIONS OF AMEERICAN WORKERS.

      YOUR SUPPORT OF REPUKES IS SHAMEFUL INDEED.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:11 am |
      • Mdmaruf

        Where to begin on this ovuoibs opinion fraught with misunderstanding and presumption. To assume that we hadn't been attacked after fails to point out that no outside force had attacked us since the Pearl Harbor bombing. If anything 9/11 shows the failure to act on information we had already obtained and a lack of communication between agencies that was seriously lacking. Apparently the author has never heard of the adage of getting more flies with honey than vinegar, so I will break it down into an analogy that even a Brown student could understand. If I punch one of your classmates in the face at a sporting event, it doesn't matter that you disagree with them politically, you are there to act as a show of force against me and mine. However if I come to that same game with a cordial attitude showing what we have in common we are more likely to rib each other a little and have a beer an pretzel which could lead to some passionate but respectful debate. You are looking for a simple solution to ending the sanctions against North Korea? They just have to do what they already agreed to do. Heck I think that the current situation with Clinton shows exactly that no matter what, no matter how little the cost, unless it is naked force conservatives are abhorred by and positive situation regarding liberals. Our current healthcare debates are a prefect example. Instead of having a calm, rational debate conservatives are seeking to stifle debate, prodded on by organizations such as Freedomworks, who is funded by the Insurance lobby. I have no problem with reasoned debate if you agree and I can even understand where there might be some opposition as I would be vehemently opposed if it was Bush, unless of course the plan was actually what I wanted. Your last statement is another example of fear mongering and bringing up a tragic even for political gain. No president lives in any world but what they are given. Under President Bush we had civil liberties eroded, Americans spied on at great monetary cost, personal privacy invaded, government expanded, American image eroded and were plunged into terrible debt through massive spending on the war. By changing the tone of the debate with the Arab and Muslim countries President Obama has taken fuel from the fire of the radical jihadists by allowing breathing room for those previously with their backs to the wall. I suggest a reading or re-reading of Sun Tzu's the Art of War, in it he suggest that those who fight hardest are those with no option of escape. It seems that in forgetting his teachings you've left yourself vulnerable to defeat, both politically and intellectually.

        March 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  36. Bill

    How kind of the President, that he wants to engage with Congress. Perhaps we'll see some engagement when the SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Don

      Friendly advice, Bill, don't hold your breath for that one. Which Americans want to return to pre-Healthcare-Reform-times when Insurance Corporations could cancel your coverage if you got sick, deny you coverage if you had a pre-existing condition, and could kick your kids off your insurance if they were still in college?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • jean2009

      The only parts of The Affordable Health Insurance Act that the Repukes want repealed are the parts which would allow insurance companies to deny coverage, and that don't allow them to dump sick people. As for the part about the insurance mandate....NOT! They want you buying that insurance. Case in point......

      Just think about this....isn't Bush's Senior Drug Benefit for Medicare Part D mandatory? They may say No....but Pretty much it is.... either you have to have it, or a drug benefit has to be a part of the insurance coverage you already have from another source, add to that is the fact that you can be penalized if you don't enroll in it from the point you turn 65. If you retire later than 65 you can be penalized for not having enrolled, and your premium will always remain at the higher penalized rate for Medicare Part D.

      It doesn't much matter if your current need for medication is zip....you still need to be covered for when the cost is no longer zip since that will eventually be the case for all seniors.....OUCH! Get the picture?

      So much for that part about them saying it is not mandatory. Any way you slice it or dice unless you are an idiot it is mandatory.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      HAHAHAHA, YOU ARE IN LA LA LAND! IT FIGURES, YOU SOUND LIKE A REPUKE OR TEA PARTY MEMBER

      January 7, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  37. James

    If for once the Republicant's would stop trying to, on purpose ! railroad PRESIDENT OBAMA! And support the necessary!
    America would have been on track 3 years now! Just because they don't approve of the President, don't mean they should disrespect him as such! FALL IN LINE ALREADY! I did 42: times already!

    January 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  38. Rsprings

    He can't govern because he can't lead.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      tired, old cliches the failing republicans hurl. Come on, wake up to the modern age. This new era belongs to the flexibly younger people, not to aged crazy mental repukes

      January 7, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  39. JACKSON

    Obama stays in constant campaign mode because he is too inept to lead and too lazy to do the hard work that the office requires. Once, just once, I wish the man would reach out to Congress and do something, anything. But unless it's his way, then it doesn't get any attention from him, just more words stating the Congress is being obstructive. He's been in office 3 years and has yet, once to produce a budget The worst President this country has ever had, and as a Democrat, that pains me deeply to say such. Wothless, totally worthless.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      Try reading: George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign Trail... by Emily Jane Charnock
      He was no doubt campaigning when he was reading "My Pet Goat" to that classroom of children.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Missus Powell

      You don't know what you are talking about. It sure seems funny that you don't like FACTS even when presented. OR you don't read them. HATE SPEECH is what I am seeing with so much sad anger. I am not going to correct all your errors for you. I think you can look it up and find out how you are wrong. If you won't do that then you choose not to help yourself. If you only listen to FOX and if you listen to RUSH all the time, you might stop for awhile, take a walk and cool off. You certainly can rant so you must be able to think. Good Luck Jackson.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Stop faking, you are no democrat, just an infiltrate possibly. Democrats defend public aid like ssa and Obamacare. Do you? ha, it does not seem to. Lazy? nope, just the way President Obama energetically runs to the podium and walks shows his energy. Deal with Congress? are you blind. Numerous press reports show him meet and appeal to congress. Also Obama and his wife get up at 4.am and go running. No laziness there whatsoever. You are lying. Shame on you.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:27 am |