Obama says GOP would ‘cripple’ U.S.
SEATTLE — President Barack Obama took his newly combative message to the liberal West Coast on Sunday, aiming to re-energize faithful Democratic voters who have grown increasingly disenchanted with him. The three-day trip, ending Tuesday in Denver, comes as Obama has shifted from seeking compromise with Republicans in Congress to calling out House Speaker John Boehner and others by name. The president has criticized them as obstructionists and demanded their help in passing his $447 billion jobs bill. This approach is a relief to Democratic activists fed up by what they viewed as the president’s ceding of ground to the Republicans on tax cuts and other issues when the economy has stalled and unemployment is stuck above 9 percent. Obama’s three-day trip offers him the chance to try to reassure some of his most liberal and deep-pocketed supporters with his aggressive new message as the 2012 campaign revs up. At his first fundraiser in Seattle, Obama mixed frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up. “From the moment I took office what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make our economy work better and give people more opportunity,” the president said at an intimate brunch fundraiser at the Medina, Wash., home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley. About 65 guests were paying $35,800 per couple to listen to Obama at the first of seven fundraisers he was holding from Seattle to Hollywood to San Diego on Sunday and Monday. Obama said 2012 would be an especially tough election because people are discouraged and disillusioned with government, but he also said he was determined because so much is at stake. The Republican alternative, Obama said, is “an approach to government that will fundamentally cripple America in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.” Obama got a friendly welcome from invited guests at his first stop. But elsewhere liberal activists were making plans to greet the president with demonstrations criticizing his policies or reminding him they want him to do more.
Let's face it, this congress has done almost nothing in three years. I cannot, in my lifetime, remember a time when fewer laws were passed. These obstructionists have ruined our country. It isn't Obama, no, no, no, it's not the President's fault. It's guys like Boener who is a bonafied asshole. He and his minions have tried their best to make Obama a one-time president. Unfortunately for them, they have made themselves into nutballs who could care less about their country and what's good for it. I say let's use the voting booth to show them what we think of 'em.