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Gibbs: No premature 'mission accomplished' on the economy

By Aaron Blake
In a direct shot at the Bush Administration, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that he is "not here to unfurl the 'Mission Accomplished' banner" on the economic recovery.

The comment - a clear reference to the Bush Administration's premature declaration of victory in Iraq in 2003 - comes as Democrats seek to refocus a difficult 2010 electoral landscape as a choice between the past and the future.

Gibbs and White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod were both dispatched to the Sunday shows to sharpen the distinction between Bush and Obama.

Democrats have gradually upped the rhetoric in this manner as the economy has been slow to recover and some Democratic candidates have been hesitant to embrace the national party's agenda.

"The president's going to lay out a choice: look back to where we came from and look forward to where we're going," Gibbs said on NBC's Meet the Press. "There's no doubt that we're on the right path."

At the same time, Gibbs acknowledged that Democrats could lose the House in November's elections, which are now less than four months away.

"I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control," Gibbs said.

By Aaron Blake  |  July 11, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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ToddPollard:

"President Bush did not want to go to war, "

Todd baby the historical facts do not support your claims - you should stop getting your "facts" soley from the morons on Fox News (and off of bathroom walls).

Bush didn't want war?? On the contrary - Bush and the Republicans wanted very much to go to war with Sadam and they decided eairly on (even before the attacks of 9/11) to targeet Iraq.

It appears the ultimate reason for going to war was so they (Bush and Company) could win the upcomming elections.

Posted by: alfa73 | July 12, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are not getting the House-- at best they'll gain a couple dozen seats. Gibbs knows this--just trying a little reverse psychology. With candidates like Paul and Angle, they could actually LOSE seats in the Senate.

The economy? Bikini graph anyone?

Posted by: wd1214 | July 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are not getting the House-- at best they'll gain a couple dozen seats. Gibbs knows this--just trying a little reverse psychology. With candidates like Paul and Angle, they could actually LOSE seats in the Senate.

The economy? Bikini graph anyone?

Posted by: wd1214 | July 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

President Bush did not want to go to war, but the democrat party senaters like Hitlery and John Kerry (who was a traiter in Vietnam, by the way) VOTED FOR THE WAR!!!! The Democrats have been in charge since 2006...so it is THERE WAR and OBAMAS WAR. B

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 12, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I love the Party of No! members who are now trying to rewrite history by claiming that the Democrats were in control since 2008, so it is all their fault. Remember the little item called the veto? How about the same old techniques now in use by the party of NO!? Stall, block, lie, misrepresent, it is all in the GOP play book. There are no solutions to the issues in that party as long as it is only working towards taking control at any cost, not solving our problems. Look at what happens to any moderate Republican running for office. OUT!!!
Both parties have to get down to basics, Country first, not last. eliminate unlimited political contribution, and go to 1000. per candidate, per pac, per corporation or citizen. STOP the wholesale BUYING of VOTES, the psychological debt owed by the incumbent to his supporters.
Care about the country, not the wallet, not the party. That is what is wrong with both parties.

Posted by: atc333 | July 12, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad they're not going to call anything "mission accomplished". Congress has not accomplished anything productive on whatever their current mission is--and nothing at all will be accomplished until after the mid-term elections are over.

After careful consideration, and looking at all the arguments on both sides, I have determined what the problem with this country really is.

It is not the Democratic party; not the Republican party; the economic and political problems in this country are the results of the INCUMBENTS of the House and Senate. They have formed a bi-partisan coalition to do absolutely nothing except support big business and special interest groups. That's where they get their campaign money from. And other things.

Posted by: bwshook1 | July 12, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I think what the Administration is asking for is patience. They are asking the American to look where we came from. It's so apparent that the GOP isn't going to do nothing to advance the discussion. It's amazing that the American people think that the GOP is going to do anything different than what they did when they were in power. Deregulation, friends of big oil and tax cuts for the rich all the things that put us in the mess that were in now. The problem is Americans want a quick fix and there just isn't any. What's equally amazing is that 55 percent of the people think that Obama is a socialist. At the end of the day the American people will get the government they deserve.

Posted by: tonyron41 | July 12, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Why shouldn't the Democrats roll out mission accomplished banner? In a little over a year and half since Obama got elected, the Democrats have manged to get more people dependent on big government since the great society day. As far as they are concerned the mission is accomplished. Course the Democrats will find out how much the American people feel this coming November.

Posted by: RobT1 | July 11, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Gibb's and Axlerod are still complaining about inheriting everything. The democrats have been in control since 2006 a full two years prior to the meltdown and did nothing to stop it. Prior to 2006 the democrats where the party of NO. What has Obama and company done since the takeover? Gitmo is still open, we are still in two wars, his drones are murdering civilians, the stimulus (went to mostly dem areas and companies) has not created jobs but has created more debt for most of us to payback and a HC plan that is nothing more than tax increases, wealth redistribution with increased bureaucracy. How about stopping the earmarks he promised to do? What happened to going line by line? What happened to meeting the opposition half way as he promised? The only thing I have seen is ramming one's own ideology down everyone one's throat. How did you think the other party was going to react.

The only way to restore order is to give neither party the upper hand, since they are both selfserving, then they will have to meet each other midway and we will all benefit.

Posted by: Wisconsin1 | July 11, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Gibb's and Axlerod are still complaining about inheriting everything. The democrats have been in control since 2006 a full two years prior to the meltdown and did nothing to stop it. Prior to 2006 the democrats where the party of NO. What has Obama and company done since the takeover? Gitmo is still open, we are still in two wars, his drones are murdering civilians, the stimulus (went to mostly dem areas and companies) has not created jobs but has created more debt for most of us to payback and a HC plan that is nothing more than tax increases, wealth redistribution with increased bureaucracy. How about stopping the earmarks he promised to do? What happened to going line by line? What happened to meeting the opposition half way as he promised? The only thing I have seen is ramming one's own ideology down everyone one's throat. How did you think the other party was going to react.

The only way to restore order is to give neither party the upper hand, since they are both selfserving, then they will have to meet each other midway and we will all benefit.

Posted by: Wisconsin1 | July 11, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. In another article - no comments allowed - wapo's intrepid reporters claim a legal American gave 87K to GOP pols.

One has to wonder.... what were they doing when the story of the century - where did little barry's millions in contributions come from?

Media bias? What media bias.

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Posted by: jianchibu | July 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs says, "there's no doubt we're on the right path.

I guess that he hasn't seen the statistics....

Well heck, I'll just come right out and say that OF COURSE he's seen the statistics that most Americans believe that his administration is absolutely on the wrong track.

Which leads me to ask. Why lie and say that we're on the right track when almost all Americans say that we are not?

My guess is that these guys just don't care what Americans think, and have decided that NO MATTER WHAT this November, all the progressive c*rap agenda is going to get rammed through. Recess appointments, deceptive naming of legislation that is not shared with the opposition party and passed on party line votes, lame duck sessions before January. It doesn't matter. It's time (according to democrats) to put all chips in.

They are going to absolutely pull out the stops until this country is absolutely sucked dry.

Posted by: tacheronb | July 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs says, "there's no doubt we're on the right path.

I guess that he hasn't seen the statistics....

Well heck, I'll just come right out and say that OF COURSE he's seen the statistics that most Americans believe that his administration is absolutely on the wrong track.

Which leads me to ask. Why lie and say that we're on the right track when almost all Americans say that we are not?

My guess is that these guys just don't care what Americans think, and have decided that NO MATTER WHAT this November, all the progressive c*rap agenda is going to get rammed through. Recess appointments, deceptive naming of legislation that is not shared with the opposition party and passed on party line votes, lame duck sessions before January. It doesn't matter. It's time (according to democrats to put all chips in.

They are going to absolutely pull out the stops until this country is absolutely sucked dry.

Posted by: tacheronb | July 11, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

OKAY GIBBS...WHY DID YOU EVEN GO ON THAT WHITE ALBINO GORILLA SHOW...NOT ONLY HAS HE MADE A MOCKERY OUT OF "MEET THE PRESS" BUT NO ONE EVEN BOTHERS WATCHING NBC...MUCH ANYMORE

Posted by: dove369 | July 11, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Who ever gets majority of seats, it will still be same to the people. If seats are split, it just gets worst for the people, but it just feels little safer and better when republicans are not calling the shots.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | July 11, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I no longer care about Democrats and/or Republicans. I care about how our lawmakers are constantly pandering for votes, selling themselves to the highest bidders and how they consider themselves to be some kind of Royalty. Bad behavior, corruption, lying, cheating, stealing has no political party boundaries. They are all crooks. They need to stop fighting with each other over politics and start representing the best interest of the American people. We didn't send them to Washington to wage war with each other. It's disgusting and sickening.

Posted by: WindyCity | July 11, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I no longer care about Democrats and/or Republicans. I care about how our lawmakers are constantly pandering for votes, selling themselves to the highest bidders and how they consider themselves to be some kind of Royalty. Bad behavior, corruption, lying, cheating, stealing has no political party boundaries. They are all crooks. They need to stop fighting with each other over politics and start representing the best interest of the American people. We didn't send them to Washington to wage war with each other. It's disgusting and sickening.

Posted by: WindyCity | July 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

You get the country you are willing to work for. Some Americans are an impatient bunch. They watched for eight years as Republicans just about destroyed our country. But don't even want to give President Obama his first term to make a difference. Republicans have still refused to accept responsibility for anything that happened on their watch. They have blamed President Obama, Bill Clinton and even Jimmy Carter. Any time someone tries to hold Republicans responsible they whine like a bunch of sissies. But, I digress.....

Republicans decided from day one to oppose everything President Obama and the Democrats attempt to do to clean up the mess left by Republicans. They have offered no solutions and have no answers. Their only idea is to make the American people think the President is a failure. What will the Republicans do if they regain power? Well we know they will try and repeal health care reform, they will probably try and protect Wall Street and big oil since they are already whining and crying because President Obama is trying to hold Wall Street and Oil Companies accountable. They will try and take our country back in time rather than moving us forward. We have already heard Boehner say so. We have no clue as to why we should vote for Republicans other than they have opposed everything President Obama and the Democrats have tried to do to clean up the mess they left behind. Why would we reward a party whose only contribution this past year has been a concerted effort to destroy the duly elected President?

Posted by: catmomtx | July 11, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Now even th eWhite House admits the Democrats will lose the House....I wonder when they will admit they are going to lose the Senate as well?

Posted by: Realist201 | July 11, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps mr. gibbs would rather unfurl the "mission accomplished" banner proclaiming the war in afganistan is over, or maybe the oil spill has been stopped and cleaned up, or maybe the illegal problems on our boarders have been addressed, or how about the fantastic jobs recovery we are in the midst of. Oh thats right, I forgot, none of the things have yet come about.
Is it not about time this administration stopped this ridiculus whirpool of spin, stop blaming everything on bush, we all know most of whats happening started during the previous administration, we elected this president to solve these problems not complain about them. I say we because I am a democrat and voted for obama.
What ever happened to compromise in washington, obama blames the republicans and the republicans blame the democrats. any 10 year old can tell you nothing is ever going to get done under these conditions. time to get off your horses and on the stick or get out of town.

Posted by: mopboy | July 11, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Labor Exploitation is "Shovel Ready".

The Department of Labor, no use calling this a "special interest group", has assumed no regulatory role other than to enforce Labor Contracts. The 'Right to Work' marginalizes over 85% of the workforce with a winking denial of due process.

20 Million Immigrants will share the nightmare of assimilation into the workforce. Happy Days!

The Unemployed are not lazy, haven't you ever seen the Stockholm Syndrome before ? Stop bumping people off the roles as "no longer looking for work".

The 'enemy of my enemy is my friend' Foreign Policy has been gamed by US Corporations off-shoring jobs to slave labor in 'enemy' nations. They are no friend of mine, tax them blue and let them complain to the 'enemy' about Big Government. Export Democracy by not exporting slavery, and yes I mean China.

By now the Obama Administration should know that the cooperation of the Business Community is contingent upon being their poodle. What are they going to do, call you names ? Simply reveal the facts.

Posted by: gannon_dick | July 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but the House is a poor substitute for the Presidency. The best the GOP could do is "officially" say no. See, the President has the veto and if the GOBP remembers under little newt, shutting down the government, even in this climate of lazy racist teabaggers will guarantee their ouster in 2012. The GOP couldn't manage themselves out of a wet paper bag so Obama will be eating their lunch every day. Remember Clinton? Careful what you wish for, you may get it - for two years.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | July 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mission will be accomplished in November when dem socialists are booted out of power. Can't WAIT until November!

Posted by: jgoodsonar | July 11, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I would not necessarily be upset if they did. Then the GOP would have no excuses to say "No" all the time and they would share the blame. I love how the GOP blames everything that happened in Bush's last term on the Democratic Congress. Well actually they blame everything on anyone but themselves.

China will certainly be happy. They love the GOP who exported our jobs to them, pay interest on the money they lent us to fight in Iraq, block the US from getting into green alternative energy like they are doing. And of course Wall Street and Big Oil will be thrilled as well.

But the Dems are also responsible. They have screwed up the first two years. Focused on the right issues but in the wrong order. It should have been economy, jobs, energy, healthcare.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Who would the party of "It's Not Our Fault" blame if they can't blame the party of "No?"

Posted by: ieklein | July 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I would not necessarily be upset if they did. Then the GOP would have no excuses to say "No" all the time and they would share the blame. I love how the GOP blames everything that happened in Bush's last term on the Democratic Congress. Well actually they blame everything on anyone but themselves.

China will certainly be happy. They love the GOP who exported our jobs to them, pay interest on the money they lent us to fight in Iraq, block the US from getting into green alternative energy like they are doing. And of course Wall Street and Big Oil will be thrilled as well.

But the Dems are also responsible. They have screwed up the first two years. Focused on the right issues but in the wrong order. It should have been economy, jobs, energy, healthcare.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Barack "Green Shoots" Obama won't declare victory prematurely! Good to know!

Posted by: batigol85 | July 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

No more Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Wonderful.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 11, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What will they win on, a return to Dubya's Reaganomics, no regulation for more oil spills and mining deaths, children un 26 not being covered under their parents plan, more tax cuts increasing the deficit, a useless Polish missile defense or upping the cold war war machine (Romney), Cantor/Boehner to be determined, lemming type voting for prescription drugs, war, corporate welfare (over 200 billion) without funding, privatizing SS making decades of payments getting no benefits, trickle down which became outsource out, or maybe fighting men strapping water barrels to the side of humvees not having MRAPs. Maybe going after Iran while losing Afghanistan. People may dislike the Dems but the alternative presented has put us into the current recession. Both parties are of the connected, the difference is when your are knocked on your butt the Dems offer a weak hand up (people want a job not a handout) while the GOP says sit there and suffer.

Posted by: jameschirico | July 11, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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