Elaborating on his failure to heal the partisan divide in Washington, President Obama said Thursday his presidency got off to a bad start in 2009 because some Republican lawmakers were more concerned about their re-election than they were in helping him to save the nation from economic ruin.
Speaking at a town-hall-style event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the president said he has “done soul-searching” in office about what he could have done differently to work more effectively with Republicans in Congress.
“I think part of it had to do with when I came in, we had a real emergency and we had to act quickly,” he said of the recession in 2009 that prompted a government bailout of the auto industry and passage of an $800-billion-plus economic “stimulus” package that cleared Congress.
No Republicans voted for the stimulus in the House, and just three voted for it in the Senate — one of whom, then-Sen. Arlen Specter, quickly fled the GOP.
Soon after the stimulus vote Mr. Obama began work on his health care law, which also turned into a partisan fight. Although the president invited Republicans and Democrats to the White House to talk about his plans, in the end Democrats moved ahead without the GOP, clearing the bill through the House and Senate without earning a single Republican vote.
Big Baby Barack
The Democrats had control of both Houses when he came in. They were also the ones that started the spending spiraling out of control.
Okay here is the deficit from Rep To Dem control
nominal dollars inflation adjustments
2003 $377.6 Billion Deficit $470.82 Billion Deficit R R R
2004 $413 Billion Deficit $501.21 Billion Deficit R R R
2005 $318 Billion Deficit $373.24 Billion Deficit R R R
2006 $248 Billion Deficit $282.14 Billion Deficit R R R
2007 $161 Billion Deficit $178.1 Billion Deficit R D D
2008 $459 Billion Deficit $488.82 Billion Deficit R D D
2009 $1413 Billion Deficit $1509.62 Billion Deficit D D D
2010 $1294 Billion Deficit $1360.67 Billion Deficit D D D Sequestration takes hold
2011 $1299 Billion Deficit $1324.16 Billion Deficit D D R Republicans gain control of the purse
2012 $1100 Billion Deficit $1100 Billion Deficit D D R
2013 $900 Billion Deficit $884.96 Billion Deficit D D R
And this always looks good on paper but in reality------- Here is what is left our children and their children. Not billions, but trillions.
Here is the National debt between Bush and Obama
12/30/2005 BUSH $8,170,424,541,313
12/29/2006 BUSH $8,680,224,380,086
12/28/2007 BUSH $9,229,172,659,218
12/31/2008 BUSH $10,699,804,864,612
12/31/2009 OBAMA $12,311,349,677,512
12/31/2010 OBAMA $14,025,215,218,709
12/31/2011 OBAMA $15,125,898,976,397
12/31/2012 OBAMA $16,432,730,050,569 103.9%
We all know how high it is now!
Poor cry baby. He is the selfish one. He is self centered and self serving.
To all of you blacks, are you now proud of the first Black President?
I know more Blacks that hate his White hide!!!
if he said it, IT'S A LIE!!!
When one accused someone else of something, the one that accuses the other is guilty of what the second one is being accused of
If memory serves me Obama had a full democratic Congress so how could any of this be blamed on Republicans. I guess some things never change with the crybaby in chief.... So I reckon until the country is rid of the Obama sickness that's what we'll be hearing is just more Whaaaah whaaaah whaaaaah!!!!
The main problem Fidel Obama had is America is not Cuba...It's a much larger country with a Constitution that protects the little people from Totalitarian wannabe's..Our first Fanny packin', Koran kissing, Marxist traitor Prez needs to realize..We the people are going to fight his fundamental transformation until Hell freezes over..then we'll fight him on the ice..Molon Labe.....! We the informed also know he's a mere sock puppet of the Psychopath, Inbred New World Order crew.
Oh Amen Robert u bet we will fight
Yep as Christie said, Obama is a petulant child!
The Petulant man Child was diced by the People who voted against him and now we have to pay for this idiot to play gold and his lard assed wires vacations.