Obama Bus Tour Stop #1: Cannon Falls, MN
August 15th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Obama Bus Tour Stop #1: Cannon Falls, MN

In Cannon Falls, Minnesota this morning-  the first stop on his three-day Midwest bus tour- President Obama laid out the differences between government and politics, saying that the latter, and not the former, is at fault for our current economic woes.

"We have a political culture that doesn't seem willing to make the tough choices to move America forward," Obama said. "We have a willingness to play partisan games and engage in brinksmanship that not only costs us in terms of the economy now but also is going to place a burden on future generations. And the question is can we break out of that pattern?"

Speaking to a crowd of about 500 people on the banks of the Cannon River, the president once again expressed his frustration with the climate in the nation’s capital and reiterated his call for people to "send a message to Washington that it’s time for the games to stop."

But shortly after expressing hope that a month spent listening to frustrated constituents far away from Washington D.C. would imbue congressional lawmakers with a "new attitude," Obama criticized those who would try to convince voters that government is broken.

"Government and politics are two different things," Obama said, before listing all the parts of government that make people’s lives better, like soldiers in combat, FEMA relief workers, public school teachers, firefighters, police officers and even EPA workers who monitor pollution. "That’s government. So don’t be confused, as frustrated as you are about politics. Don’t buy into this notion that somehow government is what’s holding us back."

Obama also took aim at another of his opponents’ primary attack lines when he was asked a question about the rising cost of prescription drugs. Citing some of the efforts made to control prescription costs in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the president addressed Republican attempts to rename one of his signature legislative accomplishments.

"The affordable care act, health care reform, also known as ‘Obamacare.’ You know what? Let me tell you, I have no problem with folks saying ‘Obama cares,’" he said. "I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care that’s fine with me. But yeah, I do care about families who’ve been struggling because of crushing health care costs."

Topics: Bus Tour • Economy • The Vault

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Peoria Chief

    So where is the President's plan for medicare?

    August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • S.Positive

      If you can read, you would have read the plan by now. Please do not show up your ignorance, you are embarrasing us Americans. http://www.whitehouse.gov would help, that is if you can read...

      August 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • como1

        I have read Obama's plan for Medicare. He reduces it by $500 billion and funds other programs with the reduction. Now as I recall Ryan also called for about a $500 billion reduction in Medicare and Dems thought that was terrrribbbbllle. So hypocrit libs where is your plan? Where are your 2009, 2010 and 2011 federal budgets. It is really easy to criticize when, as a liberal progressive, when you write very little and complain much.

        August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • jb

        Obama already REDUCED Medicare Benefits in his health care bill........ the same bill that the Courts are declaring UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

        August 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • como1

      Why I listened to him on the radio this morning saying it is time to get Americans back to work, criticizing Perry the one guy who has put Americans back to work. As for minimum wage jobs the pay scale was set by Ted Kennedy.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        Not thank...read my lips no new Texans! The last thing we need is another ignoramus from Texas in the White House. ...joe should know the Teapotty is the NAZIS.

        August 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • Al Choudhury

        Please no more Texan in this century. One was enough!

        August 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • S.Positive

        And I thought P chief was the only subjective dumb one. You say you've read the Medicare bill and yet it appears you lack assimilation. That I would not bother to help as dummies are hard to educate. So minimum wage jobs from Perry is what you wish for Americans, well he won't be President anyway so by God's grace, America would not go through that.
        That is not liberal thinking but an objective thinking...

        August 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • bill

      There is no way he will capture Iowa and Minn. this time. Gallop says 39% approval so you know it is 5 points lower. No media hype about that. Not like George Bushs' numbers. I wonder why? This President is finished. The libs best run Hillary because any one of the GOP candidates (except Paul) are going to crush this incumbent President. The liberal media knows it.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  2. joe

    If bullshit was electric Obama would be the worlds biggist power source

    August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • jb

      Thanks, Joe. I needed a good laugh.

      August 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  3. joe

    Obama is trying to play these gulliable people like a fiddle

    Wait Nero was playing the fiddle while Rome Burned

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • S.Positive

      Joe, stop being childish, no one is a kid here. Get a life and stop mouthing your ignorance. Go watch your fair and balanced channel and let the intelligent grown ups have some useful discussion here. No more trolls please...

      August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • joe

        you liberal lowlifes are like zombies you follow Obama like the Nazis lollow Hitler

        August 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • S.Positive

      Joe, low life is spelt JOE. I guess you didn't know that...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  4. Azhitman

    The Rolling Blunder Tour?

    I wonder how much these buses costed us tax payers.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  5. joe

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson
    you should heed his warning

    August 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • jean2009

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      August 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  6. Juan

    Joe, get a brain. If you are going to say dumb stuff like that, go to Fox News. They would be happy to hear that mess.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      Joe's brain doesn't work it has been pickled in tea.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
      • jb

        Jeanne, Girl.....

        When words fail you, you are great with NAME CALLING and BELITTLING.

        Like Hillary Clinton said in 2008 ... Obama is a good speech and nothing else.

        August 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • jb

      Juan, Juan, Juan....

      You must be one of those free loaders that Obama loves.

      Take heart. Obama said today he will give us a plan for JOBS in SEPTEMBER>>>>>>> after his vacation with the Rich that he loathes !!!

      August 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually, I listened to his speech this morning and he was talking about his plan for jobs. He has done that from day one, but you and your right-wing friends can't hear.

        August 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • jean2009

        My name is Jean...thank you very much!

        August 16, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • C-Lo

        Yes, we know your name is Jean...but if you'd read a little more than the headlines (or in the case of this thread, actually read the headline), even you may have enough intelligence to realize that JB was referring to Juan. take things a little to personally?

        August 16, 2011 at 10:15 am |
      • C-Lo

        sorry, before you jump on all the wrong things, make that "too" personally.

        August 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  7. jb

    After 2 years spent on a health care bill that the Courts are NOW saying is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, Obama said while on his bus tour that he will be giving us a plan for JOBS...... in SEPTEMBER...... right after his vacation with the Rich that he loathes.

    Honestly, I am not making this up.

    Check it out.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • jean2009

      Maybe you better check out the SCOTUS.blog article written by Erwin Chemerinsky for Aug. 5, 2011
      He is the Dean and Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.....plus many other titles, and he has argued cases before the Supreme Court.

      He clearly states it is constitutional and gives valid reasons why. So check that out.

      It is a good logical read...as opposed to your rambling mess.

      August 16, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • jean2009


      Wasn't it just last weekend we watched teathugliklans ripping each other at that Iowa campaign kick off?

      So now you are quoting Hilary Clinton...that is soo rich. But, I liked even better his response to her quote.

      "Today in Oshkosh, Wisconsin candidate Obama offered a rebuttal with citations from his record,

      "When I brought Democrats and Republicans together to have health insurance in Illinois, that wasn't talk. When I fixed our criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions in Illinois, that wasn't talk. When I worked with Republicans on nuclear proliferation issues that wasn't talk. So she's exactly right that speeches aren't enough. That's why I've been working for the last twenty years to provide real solutions to the American people." – Barack Obama

      August 16, 2011 at 10:37 am |