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.
The dictator-in-chief gets almost everything he wants even with a Republican majority in the house and senate and still he complains!
The entire problem rests at his feet and his alone. He never even tried to work with anyone. He acted then and now like a spoiled brat. He has no leadership skills and it has been showing for years.
Socialism isn't saving the nation from economic ruin, contrary to what Barack Obama believes.