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Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

By Doug Thompson
May 14, 2010

Obama: Singing the same old tune (Reuters)

With his administration and policies in disarray and his party’s fortunes falling, President Barack Obama returned Thursday to his familiar theme of blaming Republicans for his problems.

Obama claimed any failures to jumpstart the economy is all the fault of his predecessor and the current GOP minority in the House and Senate and claimed his economic policies are working.

“We are heading in the right direction,” Obama claimed. “Despite all the naysayers who were predicting failure a year ago, our economy is growing again.”

Obama’s message may not sell to the the millions of Americans still out of work in the longest-running recession since the Great Depression. More Americans have been out of work for a longer period of time than any other point in American history.

Still, Obama claims his policies are working while slamming Republicans for “gumming up the works.”

“Their basic attitude has been, in Democrats lose, we win,” Obama told a Democratic fundraising event in New York City. “After they drove the car in the ditch, made it difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No. they can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back in the ditch.”

Recent polls suggest Obama’s “blame my failures on Republicans” strategy isn’t working. Independent voters who gave Democrats victories in the last two elections continue to the party in droves and when Obama arrived earlier in the day for a speech in Buffalo his entourage faced billboards that proclaimed: “Dear Mr. President, I need a freakin’ job. Period.”

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5 Responses to Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

  1. dvl666

    May 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Doug, you are acting like the rest of the” things must change immediately” crowd. It took 28 years to create the mess Obama inherited and now that he’s not solved it in 18 months you’re ready to cast him to the dust bin. That’s what we need, put the idiots who gave us this mess back in charge. Obama more than any President in my lifetime tried to work with the minority. All they did was say “NO” to everything even policies that they had previously championed.
    When Rush,the real GOP leader, hints that the greatest natural disater in the Gulf was caused by eco-terrorists, and that Goldman Sachs ety. al. are victims even you have to cut Obama some slack.
    As shabbily as W was treated by the left wackos, Obama has had worse from the far right wackos. Again when 30% of Republicans do believe that Obama is a citizen, Christian etc. did you actually think all of the countries problems would be cured by now?

  2. Almandine

    May 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    • woody188

      May 15, 2010 at 12:11 am

      Yet we are the ones accused of saying things over and over hoping to make people believe.

  3. griff

    May 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

    “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interest, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” – Thomas Paine

  4. Thomas Bonsell

    May 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Normally, Doug is spot on, but this time he isn’t.

    Anyone who knows economics also knows the last thing to grow in a recovering economy is jobs in the private sector.

    Look at what happened in 1937 when FDR gave into conservative wing-nuts to cut government spending and “balance the budget.” His recovery immediately changed directions and headed south again. It took until 1939 for the GDP to recover to 1937 levels. It took until 1940 for unemployment to fall to 1937 levels. One year longer for unemployment than GDP to recover. Let’s get real.

    The only way for jobs to come back faster is for government to do the hiring; then we would see real bitching.

    Why now insist that historical trends must be different just because Obama is in charge?