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President Obama sounds like candidate Obama on unemployment

President Obama unveiled a different kind of Rose Garden strategy moments ago. He took to the famed West Wing spot to hammer congressional Republicans over their obstruction of legislation that would extend unemployment insurance for millions of Americans. He’s done it before. But today he brought back-up. By putting a human face on the suffering taking place in households across the country, Obama has dared the GOP to turn its back once again on the people they say they, too, want to help.

Quick catch-up: Republicans have insisted that the $30 billion needed to finance the extension be paid for with previously allocated stimulus cash. Meanwhile, they are mute about how and where the money would come from to finance the $678 billion needed to continue the ill-advised Bush tax cuts. These dollar figures can easily numb one to the struggling people over whom this battle is being fought. Not after this morning’s smack down.

Standing with the president were Denise Gibson from Brooklyn, N.Y., Jim Chukalas from Fredon Township, N.J., and Leslie Macko from Charlottesville, Va. All unemployed. All looking for work. All hanging on by their fingernails. "These are honest, decent, hardworking folks who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own," Obama said. And he said the Republican argument that providing unemployment benefits decreases the push to look for work is an “attitude, I think, [that] reflects a lack of faith in the American people."

The Senate is set to vote again on the bill tomorrow. With the arrival of Carte Goodwin, who will be sworn in to take the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) and give the Democrats the 60th vote they need, the legislation is expected to finally pass. But I give the White House credit for using the Rose Garden and the president to hammer their message home. The president was feisty. He was strong. He was direct. Kinda reminded me of candidate Obama. He needs to keep it up.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 19, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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More crap from this POTUS and even the roses can't hide the odor.

Posted by: jayjay9 | July 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Pay for the benefits. If we're ever, for the love of Pete, going to be responsible with our revenues, pay for the benefits you support. Find the billions to cut somewhere.
Folks, anything else is irresponsible.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 19, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, they are mute about how and where the money would come from to finance the $678 billion needed to continue the ill-advised Bush tax cuts." What does that even mean? Financing a tax cut makes no sense, there's nothing to finance. Just goes to show how entitled liberals feel to your hard earned money.

Posted by: peterg73 | July 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It's about time Obama stood up and called Republicans out for their phony deficit concerns. What a bunch of whiners! Where were they when Bush/Cheney put 10's of billions of dollars of spending off the books? When they cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% by increasing the debt?

Inexcusable, naked political partisanship.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all they have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | July 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the president is slow on the uptake because a couple of Senators and Congressman are forwarding a new bill proposal that could reduce unemployment below 5% within 12 months.

Here's the article if you're interested:
"Controversial Bill Could Drop Umemployment Below 5%" by Xelan Bonn (xelanbonn.com)

Link: http://xelanbonn.com/3119/controversial-bill-could-drop-unemployment-below-5/

Posted by: Jacks4 | July 19, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Discussion on only unemployment benefits?
Where is the discussion on JOB CREATION???
What else can we expect of our clueless leader?

Posted by: SeniorVet | July 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

President Obama indicated in his speech today the economy is in bad shape, five people are fighting for each job and that "emergency" relief is needed.

That's sure a great way to convince voters how effective President Obama's anti-business economic policies have been.

Five people fighting for each job is alo a great way to convince people we should keep letting as many illegal alients into the country as possible. Why stop at five? Why not make it ten people fighting for each job?

Keep it coming.

Anti-Business = No Jobs = No Obama

Posted by: jfv123 | July 19, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"It's about time Obama stood up and called Republicans out for their phony deficit concerns. What a bunch of whiners! Where were they when Bush/Cheney put 10's of billions of dollars of spending off the books? When they cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% by increasing the debt?"

This phony argument is going to be exposed in January when every single tax payer gets a 5% increase in their taxes. The wealthiest will only see about 3%. The joke is on you cool aid drinkers who actualy believe what this man says. The only thing in common with Candidate Obama and President Obama is he is lying and still trying to blame others for his misteps if they are truly misteps at all. I don't believe they are, Obama has demonstrated his hate for the middle class and is attacking them any way he can.

Posted by: Pilot1 | July 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Peterg73: hey dip@hit, how do you think the government provides tax relief to the tune of 678 billion dollars? how will they replace that money lost for tax collection, huh genius?

No wonder you Rethugs caused this financial crisis, you silly idiots!!!

Posted by: rastaman48 | July 19, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"The Senate is set to vote again on the bill tomorrow. With the arrival of Carte Goodwin, who will be sworn in to take the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) and give the Democrats the 60th vote they need,"

So, it is really not the Republicams holding this bill up, it is the democrats via having an ailing and now deam Sen. Byrd not participating and only now his replacement being seated.

Posted by: ahashburn | July 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi and company claim that paying unemployment benefits is the most efficient form of job stimulus. Use the unspent stimulus funds to pay for it.

Why do the Democrats insist we go further into debt?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | July 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

It's about time Obama stood up and called Republicans out for their phony deficit concerns. What a bunch of whiners! Where were they when Bush/Cheney put 10's of billions of dollars of spending off the books? When they cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% by increasing the debt?
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There's nothing phoney about being concerned about the deficit. If you're not concerned, you're an idiot. The current state of our economy is an illusion. We're living on borrowed money. When the money begins to dry up you will see thing unravel with breath taking speed.

Posted by: peterg73 | July 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

Did this garbage served up as a speech make you want to squeeze by into your cheerleading uniform and turn a few cartwheels? You're pathetic!

Posted by: mgrantham2 | July 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

Did this garbage served up as a policy speech make you want to squeeze back into your old cheerleading uniform and turn a few cartwheels? You're pathetic! I guess you 'choose' to be stupid...

Posted by: mgrantham2 | July 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama hates the free market, took over the auto industry, and forced health care on a nation that didn't want what he was selling.

And it's the REPUBLICANS who lack faith in the American people?

What a joke.

I am sick and tired of this thin-skinned five-year-old child. He throws a tantrum at any criticism. He sure likes to say the words "I take full responsibility" but he never actually does it.

We really could not have elected a worse President. Not if we tried.

Posted by: etpietro | July 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama hates the free market, took over the auto industry, and forced health care on a nation that didn't want what he was selling.

And it's the REPUBLICANS who lack faith in the American people?

What a joke.

I am sick and tired of this thin-skinned five-year-old child. He throws a tantrum at any criticism. He sure likes to say the words "I take full responsibility" but he never actually does it.

We really could not have elected a worse President. Not if we tried.

Posted by: etpietro
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Yes, we could have. And some of you did try. His name is John McCain.

Posted by: cjbass55 | July 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"t's about time Obama stood up and called Republicans out for their phony deficit concerns. What a bunch of whiners! Where were they when Bush/Cheney put 10's of billions of dollars of spending off the books? When they cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% by increasing the debt?
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There's nothing phoney about being concerned about the deficit. If you're not concerned, you're an idiot. The current state of our economy is an illusion. We're living on borrowed money. When the money begins to dry up you will see thing unravel with breath taking speed.

Posted by: peterg73 | July 19, 2010 1:40 PM"
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You made his / her point. You people were SILENT during the Bush administration. You cheered the Republican administration on when it wanted to continue borrowing money to spend on a war that should have never happened.

This President wants to spend money on Americans, and you come out in droves to denounce it? I agree that we should be careful with how we spend money, but by remaining silent when it was convenient, you're only showing yourselves as a hypocrite.

You should be concerned about the deficit ALL the time. We had a surplus in 2000. In 2008, it was a huge deficit. Where were you?

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | July 19, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This jackass in the WH feels he can spend whatever he wants to push his socialist entitlements. Unemployment checks should be doled out only after the legitmacy of the claim is verified by some government bureaucrat, and the expense paid for by a take-away from some other Obama entitlement program.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | July 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This jackass in the WH feels he can spend whatever he wants to push his socialist entitlements. Unemployment checks should be doled out only after the legitmacy of the claim is verified by some government bureaucrat, and the expense paid for by a take-away from some other Obama entitlement program.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | July 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Instead of extending tax payer dollars to the unemployed why doesn't Obama create the jobs he promised as part of his economic recovery plan? I guess BO has discovered that temporary Census employment doesn't generate the type of economic recovery he envisioned. For all of this BO blames the Republicans. How funny...er not. Can't wait for November 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: bmayhewbz@hotmail.com | July 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama blaming the GOP? His own party has the majority on the Senate and the House. Could this be a political maneuver? Naaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Posted by: primegrop | July 19, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

We can give the rich tax cuts and finance the Christian Oil Crusades but we can't extend unemployment benefits, provide health care or educate are children. The latter three are "socialist"

RepuBPlicans.

Posted by: areyousaying | July 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Better yet, lets use the unspent TARP money to pay for the unemployment extension, since they were the leading cause of the problem to begin with.

Oh wait can't do that, that would be taking the money out of the bankers pockets....

Posted by: NHEngineer | July 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, you do realize that everyone other than Washington D.C. insiders who feed at Obama's trough laugh at stuff like this don't you?

Face Capeheart, Obama has failed and all his whining won't save him. If he wants to pull out of his steady decline maybe he could quit spending money we don't have to the few special interest groups that still support him.

Maybe he could also refrain from sending a private jet to deliever his dog as well.

Posted by: robtr | July 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

People want jobs, not more unemployment insurance.

Put the money towards jobs, then you won't need to keep extending unemployment benefits ad infinitum.

Too simple?

Posted by: tspafford | July 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart you will not be a responsible writer until you admit Obama is the dumbest president this country has ever seen!!!! Thank goodness he is already a lameduck....

Posted by: Theo7 | July 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing phoney about being concerned about the deficit. If you're not concerned, you're an idiot. The current state of our economy is an illusion. We're living on borrowed money. When the money begins to dry up you will see thing unravel with breath taking speed.

Posted by: peterg73
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The phoney part is being so very concerned about the 30 billion being added to the deficit for extended unemployment benefits and then not being concerned about the 678 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy that would be added to the deficit.

Understand Now? How can the tax cuts to the tune of 678 billion be ok and not the 30 bill for desparately needed unemployment benefits?

Posted by: celested91 | July 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

People want jobs, not more unemployment insurance.

Put the money towards jobs, then you won't need to keep extending unemployment benefits ad infinitum.

Too simple?

Posted by: tspafford
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Actually it is too simple? The 30 billion helps over 1 million with unemployment benefits but would not create 1 million jobs or even 1 thousand jobs.

Posted by: celested91 | July 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

People want jobs, not more unemployment insurance.

Put the money towards jobs, then you won't need to keep extending unemployment benefits ad infinitum.

Too simple?

Posted by: tspafford
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Actually it is too simple? The 30 billion helps over 1 million with unemployment benefits but would not create 1 million jobs or even 10 thousand jobs. So extending the benefits gives you a bigger bang for your buck.

Posted by: celested91 | July 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

People want jobs, not more unemployment insurance.

Put the money towards jobs, then you won't need to keep extending unemployment benefits ad infinitum.

Too simple?

Posted by: tspafford
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Actually it is too simple? The 30 billion helps over 1 million with unemployment benefits but would not create 1 million jobs or even 1 thousand jobs.

Posted by: celested91
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You don't get it. The money goes to the workers directly. They receive, spend, but this does not produces any jobs. This is a taxpayer-subsidized "job".

Business tax cuts, improved business credit, etc to stimulate business creates jobs, thus increasing tax revenue, decreasing unemployment, thus insurance costs.

The 30 billion only refers to the extension up from current 99 weeks. The cost of the entire benefit from day 1 for each unemployed worker is far more than 30 billion.

Give the man a fish or teach him to fish.

Without jobs, people will be on unemployment forever...going to keep adding benefits until we don't have to work for life?

Posted by: tspafford | July 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it Obama who pushed pay-go? I wonder when that kicks in? Could it be.... when extending the tax cuts?

Posted by: doug7772 | July 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Barry the soft femme attacks with words and plays shell games with the $800 million stimulus money most of which is still unspent.

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Candidate Obama never had a plan to fix the economy, and President Obama doesn't either. So you're right, he's the same old guy.

Posted by: doug7772 | July 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse


Barry and his Union A*Hole Thug Buddies threatening America. Barry S.E.I.U. ACORN Soetoro's South Chicago Agitator Alinsky Punk Extortion Style Politics is Un-American.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !!

Posted by: FraudObama | July 19, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that the Republicans wanted to extend the unemployment benefits as well. They offered to do so, if have of the money came from the stimulus funds, but the Democrats said no.

If this is true, it is pretty disingenuous of President Obama to claim that the Republicans are obstructing the unemployment benefit extension.

Posted by: BGuardian | July 19, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The GOP asked only that it be paid for-- a new concept for Obama. The only thing holding up economic progress is Obama's policies.

Again, would someone please nudge Paul Volcker or maybe check his pulse.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You don't get it. The money goes to the workers directly. They receive, spend, but this does not produces any jobs. This is a taxpayer-subsidized "job".

Business tax cuts, improved business credit, etc to stimulate business creates jobs, thus increasing tax revenue, decreasing unemployment, thus insurance costs.
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YOU don't get it.....business are sitting "hoarding" billions and are not HIRING because there is no demand for their GOODS and SERVICES.

Businesses don't need tax cuts they need demand.

Putting money into the hands of the poor unemployed....believe it or not...stimulates the economy and CREATES DEMAND.

Read Krugman....he explains this in depth.

Posted by: celested91 | July 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I disagree. I was impressed with candidate Obama. He inspired us all to hope and look forward to change. He seemingly erased the small racial divide when he was inaugerated as president.

Now I'm not impressed. He has purposely grown the racial divide for his political gain. He enacted a healthcare bill and didn't EVER try to fix unemployment!!! At the state-of-the-union speach LAST YEAR he said his number one focus in 2010 would be jobs. (>>looks at watch)we are still waiting! His message of hope, turned out to be lies. His change was real alright! Lie and blame the former president, now lie and blame the current minority of Republicans when he has a super-majority!

You can sling all the b.s. in the world and get away with it, until it starts stinking. Now it stinks!

Use your vote this Nov and in 2012!


Posted by: JBfromFL | July 19, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts are not financed. It is simply a reduction in income to the Government which the Government must adjust to. If the Government has less money that means it has to spend less money. Why is that so hard for the Left to understand?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Guys...here is the Krugman article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/opinion/05krugman.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

bobbo2....Taxes are the Government's INCOME. If you don't have as much INCOME then you have to find that INCOME somewhere else. Cutting TAXES leaves a big INCOME gap.

Read Krugman. he really does explain it well.

From this "lefty" to you.

Posted by: celested91 | July 19, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Middle Class better get on board or else.

Posted by: JAH3 | July 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

LOOK WHAT OBAMACARE SNEAKED IN!! THIS IS THE MOST ASININE LAW I’VE SEEN, AND WILL NOW HAVE SMALL BUSINESSES DOING OBAMA’S DIRTY WORK! THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT HIRING MR. OBAMA!! THEY DO NOT TRUST YOU!!

http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2010/05/24/health_care_bill_includes_form_1099_frankenstein

This is the most asinine provision -- hidden in the OBAMACARE law than any reasonable human could ever imagine.

HOW IN THE WORLD COULD THIS EVER BE ENFORCED? This is one of the most ANTI BUSINESS provisions Team Obama has developed to this date.

QUESTIONS FOR THE ERSTWHILE CONGRESS:

* What will you do to get this repealed?
* When will you take action to get this repealed?
* How can you expect a small business to comply with such asinine requirements?
* Why was this not caught by your office prior to it being signed?
* Why are we -- the citizens -- just now finding out about this??

Please Sir/MADAM, just answer the questions above, and do not tell me how to skin a cat.

Are we mad? YOU BETCHUM RED RYDER!!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 19, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The "Magic Negro' does not know what he is doing.
It is very clear. He is a loser and so are his supporters. He is a racist community organizer and he happens to be running the government temporarily. Fortunately for us, he will be out of office the next presidential election and his absolute power will be lost come this January.

Posted by: nychap44 | July 19, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"...He was strong. He was direct. Kinda reminded me of candidate Obama. He needs to keep it up."

Unfortunately that is all he is, a heck of a candidate. When it comes to actual governing is where he fails.

Posted by: tanks_wp | July 19, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's my nomination for pointless and convoluted argument of the day:

"The Senate is set to vote again on the bill tomorrow. With the arrival of Carte Goodwin, who will be sworn in to take the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) and give the Democrats the 60th vote they need,"

So, it is really not the Republicams holding this bill up, it is the democrats via having an ailing and now deam Sen. Byrd not participating and only now his replacement being seated.

Posted by: ahashburn
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Yup, blame (now dead) Robert C. Byrd for gummin' up the works of that diddly-durn gummint (what WUZ he thinkin'?). Couldn't possibly be Republican obstructionism gettin' in the way of them benefits. 'Course not! It wuz a Democrat plot all along, what with Byrd's hangin' on and then dyin' as he did. Yeah, boy! We all know them Dems hate real Americans.

For myself, I'm inclined to blame the whole Senate for putting partisan politics above the needs of the unemployed.

But ahashburn's argument, now THAT's sumpthin'!

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | July 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

pig pens have less odor than the rose garden these days!

Posted by: greenstheman | July 19, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans become terrified when Obama attacks, just like they were at the end of 2008.

Well done Obama, keep it up. There's still time to fix your previous mistake of not destroying the Republicans completely when you had the chance.

Posted by: blazertaco | July 19, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

P.S. When you see fifty thousand jobless Right Wingers screaming at Obama for eight hours a day on a message forum instead of looking for work, lots of things begin to make sense.

Posted by: blazertaco | July 19, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are politically brain-dead if they don't hammer this one night and day until November. The GOP has no problem financing the $670 billion in tax cuts that were mostly for the rich, but $30 billion to people who need it most - AND WILL SPEND IT IMMEDIATELY, STIMULATING THE ECONOMY - is somehow a bridge too far for them.

This issue here puts into bold relief the difference in constituencies between the parties. There are too many working class Republicans who are so imprisoned by FauxNews that they actually think the GOP works on their behalf. The Democrats have been far too passive in helping these people see how they are stuck in a Stockholm Syndrome with the Republican Party. It's really quite incredible how deluded they have been for so long. It ought to be easy to correct that, but it seems like Dems are too afraid of being called "class warriors" to ever point it all out. Why?

Posted by: B2O2 | July 19, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

After reading the Priest-Arkin article I'm thinking we could get 30 billion out of the intelligence budget and no one would miss it.

Posted by: mocmao | July 19, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants folks to think that "unemployment" is strictly a problem for those who were previously "employed".

In reality "unemployment" is a major problem among the young ~ e.g. college graduates over the last three years, recent high school graduates, and so on.

Actually, their rates of unemployment are EXCEEDINGLY HIGH. They're the kind of levels that'd had Ernst Rohm and Adolph Hitler smacking their chops over the young men they could attract.

Unemployment compensation DOES NOTHING for these young voters ~

Until the Democrats are willing to come to the table over JOB CREATION they should get no Republican votes on any measure.

Posted by: muawiyah | July 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

How about that "Summer of Recovery"?

I had to laugh regarding the line about financing the Bush tax cuts. Jonathan, my dear hack, you don't finance tax cuts. The money is not yours or Obamas. What you should have said is who's money can we take to finance the left's tremendous appetite for entitlement. Thank you and good night you buffoon.

Posted by: gorams1 | July 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, too many stupid people in America. The $678 Billion dollars is what the Government will take in when the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy expire later this year. Gee that's over 1/2 a Trillion Dollars and you know we need the money to reduce our deficit. So the Republicans want the extended unemployment benefits PAID FOR IMMEDIATELY, something that HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, yet they are lobbying to make the TAX CUTS PERMANENT. Lets see, $30 Billion or $678 Billion, hmmmm, if I was stupid, I would vote Republican and let them loot the U.S. Treasury again.

Posted by: Taylorsucram | July 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Two points:

I've never understood the argument that we need to "finance" letting people keep more of their hard-earned money (i.e., tax cuts) unless the gov't has some sort of pre-existing claim on your income -- do Dems really want to argue that?

Second, my grandfather and his family lost their jobs and fell on hard times in the '30s in easter Oklahoma. There was no unemployment insurance, so what did they do? They piled their belongings in a car and moved to California, where the parents and 7 children picked cotton in a field. You know, those jobs Americans apparently won't do any more. Guess what, those jobs are out there, they provide meaningful work, and the individuals Obama posed with today should be encouraged to go find them.

Posted by: JAT5 | July 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

President Obama sounds like Candidate Obama on everything! He's never left campaign mode to transition into executive/managment mode. Probably doesn't know how, since his experience running anything was close to zero going in. Just saying...

Posted by: CREEBOLD | July 19, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

"It's about time Obama stood up and called Republicans out for their phony deficit concerns. What a bunch of whiners! Where were they when Bush/Cheney put 10's of billions of dollars of spending off the books? When they cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% by increasing the debt?"

This phony argument is going to be exposed in January when every single tax payer gets a 5% increase in their taxes. The wealthiest will only see about 3%. The joke is on you cool aid drinkers who actualy believe what this man says. The only thing in common with Candidate Obama and President Obama is he is lying and still trying to blame others for his misteps if they are truly misteps at all. I don't believe they are, Obama has demonstrated his hate for the middle class and is attacking them any way he can.

Posted by: Pilot1 | July 19, 2010 12:54 PM |---------------------------------------

Facts to your idiotic post please. Don't just repeat FOX NEWS talking points.

Where does it say that "every single tax payer will see a 5% raise in their taxes"?

The unfair and stupid tax cuts for the super rich and corporations have to end. PERIOD.

So, provide facts, you moron. Otherwise shut up.

Posted by: mackiejw | July 19, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The question that needs to be asked is: "Are you better off than you were 19 months ago?".

The President can do all the selling that he wants to, and bring out as many people as he sees fit. The bottom line is that the American People are not blind or stupid. We will no longer vote on knee-jerk issues or slogans such as "Yes we Can". Those days are over.

The Pres and the Democrats have had 19 months to prove themselves, and what do we have? Highest unemployment in decades, highest deficit ever, less freedoms and more regulations and government control over citizens lives. And yes, it IS Obama's unemployment, Obama's deficit, Obama's oil spill and Obama's wars. When people see things for what they really are, then they will decide accordingly this Election Day.

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Posted by: ofeliasage | July 20, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions hem and haw and try to launch a load of platitudes rather answer Gregory's questions. And then--be still my heart--Gregory actually calls them on their obfuscation and tells them they didn't answer the question.
GREGORY: I think what a lot of people want to know is, if Republicans do get back in power, what are they going to do?
SESSIONS: It’s quite simple that Americans do know the agenda that is before us. They understand what the President and the speaker stand for, and they understand what Republicans stand for. Republicans…very strong, standing with the American people back home. [...]
GREGORY: Congressman, congressman, that’s a pretty gauzy agenda so far. I mean, what specifics — what painful painful choices are Republicans prepared to make? … How do you [balance the budget]? Tell me how you do it. Name a painful choice that Republicans are prepared to say we have to make.
SESSIONS: Well first of all, we have to make sure as we look at all we spend in Washington, D.C., with not only the entitlement spending, but also the bigger government we cannot afford anymore. We have to empower the free enterprise system.
GREGORY: Congressman, these are not specifics, voters get tired of that.
SESSIONS: Oh they are. They are. … Let’s go right to it.
GREGORY: Do it!

THE PARTY OF NO HAS NO ANSWERS.

Posted by: sherardg | July 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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