Obama takes on GOP tactics

Bob McDonnell’s boilerplate response couldn’t match Obama’s passion and strong delivery in his State of the Union speech. Over at Politics Daily, Walter Shapiro called it “Republican elevator music – conservative clichés delivered in a soothing voice.” McDonnell had nothing to say about Obama’s rebuke of GOP tactics of obstruction, name-calling and fear-mongering.

Since his speech was written before Obama delivered his, that’s to be expected. Here’s the question: How will Republicans in Congress respond to Obama’s criticism?  Obama was the grown-up in the room, calling on Republicans and Democrats alike to get a grip and solve some problems? Are they ready now to start acting like grown-ups and contribute answers to the nation’s problems? Or will they continue to vote ‘no” on everything Obama proposes?

So far, that tactic isn’t endearing them to the public. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama much more popular than Congress, and Democrats slightly more popular than Republicans.

Obama was clearly the adult in the room, channeling Americans’ aspirations for a better and more responsive government. Are Republicans ready to do their part?

263 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

January 28th, 2010
7:48 am

I agree w/ Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in that we can’t afford the spending or tax increases that Obama plans on doing. I thought one of his big “changes” was a decrease in spending?

Peadawg

January 28th, 2010
7:51 am

Also, this got reeeeaaaally annoying: I *clap clap clap clap clap* Propose *clap clap clap clap clap clap* to *clap clap clap clap clap* allow *clap clap clap clap clap* …..

Let him talk for cryin’ out loud…stop clapping after every word he says. Let him finish a sentence, geeze!

not a CT fan

January 28th, 2010
7:52 am

One of the first things Obama did was to sign a bill allowing federal funding of abortions. Now think of what that did for our country. More babies can get aborted because Obama added another source of funds. One less human to leave a carbon footprint, which may help our environment and one less mouth to feed which may help the economey. Now that’s what I call progressive! Sure, taxpayers have to foot the bill, but someone has to pay for it.
“Rev” Wright’s God must really be smiling down on Obama now.

Peadawg

January 28th, 2010
7:55 am

“One of the first things Obama did was to sign a bill allowing federal funding of abortions.”

Which is sick and disgusting. Now I have to pay for someone to murder their kid.

Jimmy62

January 28th, 2010
7:56 am

They will continue to vote ‘NO’, and rightly so, as long as Obama proposes more spending, more taxation, and more government.

Funny thing about the influence of corporate money in politics. If government was the size and scope it’s supposed to be, instead of much more massive, there would be little reason for all that corporate money to flow to D.C. because the politicians wouldn’t have the poqwer to pick winners and losers like they do now (a function that the market should be deciding, not D.C.).

Ponder

January 28th, 2010
8:00 am

Read the first 4-5 pages of the State of the Union speech — looks like a Republican/conservative speech!!!

CT – you really need to temper your ‘walk on water’ view of PresBo…also, looks like the same ‘ol, same ‘ol regarding your divisive finger-pointing “they” ranting…

Dr. Adia Winfrey

January 28th, 2010
8:03 am

The animosity towards President Obama is not only disheartening, but also scary. While I understand there are party differences that will cause obvious divides, the opposition to everything is childish and frustrating. I think many of our “leaders” have forgotten that serving the American people is more important than re-election. I agree that President Obama was one of few adults in the room last night, and I just pray that the other people present last night will GROW UP!

quod erat demonstrandum

January 28th, 2010
8:03 am

Here is a news flash – any President is more popular than Congress – I would even bet used car salesmen, siding salesmen and the odd guy that hangs around the 5-points Marta station are more popular than Congress.

NRB2

January 28th, 2010
8:04 am

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama much more popular than Congress
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Even Charles Manson is more popular than Congress.

NRB2

January 28th, 2010
8:05 am

The only thing we need to do is get government OUT OF THE WAY AND OUT OF OUR LIVES.

They are incapable of solving problems. They only know how to create them.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 28th, 2010
8:08 am

Some please answer me this – as Jimmy62 reminded me, this battle over Corporate money –

Why is it okay for George Soros to funnel millions into Congressional pockets for the Progressive agenda, using various think tanks, foundations and other means, but it isn’t okay to have Exxon-Mobile do the same thing for energy agendas?

Shawny

January 28th, 2010
8:11 am

He was an adult until the point when he blatenly said that the supreme court, 1 of the 3 equal powers of the US govt, was wrong. That was finger pointing and very un-adult like.

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:11 am

“Obama was clearly the adult in the room, channeling Americans’ aspirations for a better and more responsive government. Are Republicans ready to do their part?”

It is amazing how two people, watching the same speech can come up with 2 totally opinions. I thought he acted like a child, playing the blame game and regurgitating past talking points that he has already lied about. Examples….
- He says he wants bipartisanship, when he just got done blaming everything on Republicans.
- He blamed the Supreme Court for a ruling. How is that trying to bring this country together? Was it okay for the Unions to have a direct line to the President but the corporations needed to be restricted?
- He says we need to stop playing r the “We won. You lost” It’s funny how….those were the exact words he uttered about a year ago when the Reps were trying to express their viewpoints on the Stimulus. It is awfully hard to be an “obstructionist” when you do not even have an invitation to the party. Now, with the 41st vote, the Reps are back in play. I guarantee his speech would have looked a lot differently had Brown not won that seat.
- He is going to “line by line and remove earmarks.” It’s funny because he said that while he was campaigning and what happened when the Stimulus Bill came? line by line of pork still remained. What happened with his first budget? Line by line filled with pork. 2nd budget….Well…you get the picture. He hasn’t done that one bit so why should we believe him now?

I know you libs think this speech was the greatest one ever, but let’s face it….Until we get rid of all of the politicians, Rep and Dem included, and put in term limits, things will always be the same. These guys do not care about average Joe- America one bit. They just want your votes but not because they want to go out and do great things for this country, but rather because they want to take advantage of it to better their own personal situations. It is sad but true.

Cosmos

January 28th, 2010
8:13 am

Jimmy62, did you even listen to the State of the Union speech, or were you just practicing your rw talking points during the speech? Obama is proposing a freeze on most government spending. Nobody has had their taxes raised and most have gotten a tax cut. He will let the Bush tax cuts on the rich expire but they got bigger cuts than everybody else. Government has not grown under Obama like it did under Bush.

Shawny

January 28th, 2010
8:13 am

It is still illegal for corporations or unions to contribute directly to politicians. Corporations and unions can (and already do) influence legislation through PACs (Political Action Committees) with funds contributed voluntarily by employees out of their pockets, not with corporate or union funds. That was the case, and still is.

SouthernGal

January 28th, 2010
8:14 am

Wow…Nuclear Power Plants and opeing off shore drilling…weren’t these proposed by Bush and struck down as down right stupid?

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:14 am

It got so bad after awhile…I actually wanted to turn the station to the Duke-FSU game WITH DUKE Vital doing it. Now THAT is bad…..

Shawny

January 28th, 2010
8:14 am

I liked how McCain was seen saying, “Blaming Bush” to someone seated next to him. I think he was waiting to see how long it would take Obama to point that finger. More blame game – VERY adult like (not!).

pittplaya

January 28th, 2010
8:16 am

Apparently Cynthia Tucker watched a different SOTU speech. Either that or heard on the words that came out of the President’s mouth and completely forgetting just how polar opposites he has led during his first year in office.

“Obama was the grown-up in the room, calling on Republicans and Democrats alike to get a grip and solve some problems?” Well considering that the Republicans have all but been removed from the legislative process by Obama, Pelosi, and Reed, the first place he should have placed blame on the reckless partisanship is squarely with himself. Perhaps instead of hiding behind closed doors with a select few who dont represent America, maybe more voices would have been heard and real solutions could have been drafted. But that was never Obama’s objective all along, was it?

Are they ready now to start acting like grown-ups and contribute answers to the nation’s problems? The Republicans have been the grown-ups and have been smart in starting the conversation on these terrible process with a resounding “no”. The same resounding “no” that the American people have said. I do agree though that the Republicans need to be more vocal on their proposals. The proposals are out there on numerous topics including health care, but all of those ideas have been ignored by the democratic leadership. Republicans need to start doing what Obama has said he wants to do in speeches, but then never does it in practice (in fact does the opposite)…go public and on the record with every proposal, every hearing, every discussion. The current democratic-leadership will not accept any of them, but at least the proposals will be out there come November 2010 and then two years later.

“Or will they continue to vote ‘no” on everything Obama proposes?” I dont see anything wrong with a “no” vote to policies that most American’s dont agree with as well as would hurt this country both in the short and long terms.

“So far, that tactic isn’t endearing them to the public. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama much more popular than Congress, and Democrats slightly more popular than Republicans.” How about when you remove Obama’s name and look squarely at the polls for his policies…completely different looking.

“Obama was clearly the adult in the room, channeling Americans’ aspirations for a better and more responsive government.” He said the same things during his campaign for President, which frankly has never ended even to this day. Its one thing to say something, but then do the complete polar opposite is another. Where were the CSPAN debates on health-care reform? Even if the leadership didnt want Republicans to be part of it, at least show the back door meetings with the people making the new policies. But again, thats not what they really want. Otherwise, the American people would have seen the special interests, kick backs, and preferential treatment for the various Union groups.

He is a also constant campaigner, but then hypocritically says that people need to worry not about re-elections and worry about getting the job done. Well Mr President, you should follow your own advice before asking others to do the same.

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:17 am

Cosmos….nobody got their taxes cut this past year…Okay, but what about next year and the year after, and the year after, and the year after? What about the tax increases being put on corporations or the wealthy? You don’t honestly think that THEY are going to absorb them, do you? Nope…they WILL be passed on down to you and I when we go to buy them. So…while he didn’t raise taxes on everybody, his policies certainly will.

Steve

January 28th, 2010
8:19 am

There were no adults in the room. The majority of real men and women viewed last night as a silly contest played between two groups in the their latest $400 haircut and best suit waiting for the steak and wine paid for by a lobbyist.

Cosmos

January 28th, 2010
8:20 am

Scott, you can’t blame Obama for something he hasn’t done. He is letting certain tax breaks expire and will levy a tax on the 5 largest banks that took TARP money and didn’t lend but are now paying out big bonuses.

cas

January 28th, 2010
8:20 am

Adult? This was not a call to bring the parties together but an incrimination directed at all who oppose this past years divisive and destructive programs. As he read his speech it was apparent his writers scampered from poll to poll giving indiscriminate lip service to each. The polls demanded the republicans be included in decisions…he proclaimed cross party involvement. The polls demanded fiscal responsibility…he promised responsible spending. Nothing more than another attempt to pander to Americas sincere concerns. The only thing sincere is the desperate attempt to stop the democratic house and senate from migrating to the peoples actual desires and recover ground lost.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 28th, 2010
8:21 am

Freeze non-discretionary spending – what a joke.

Congress and this administration have boosted spending to the various agencies within the Government, now they want to freeze the spending at that level – if the more conservative voices gain control, they would not be able to reduce spending for three years.

Just another progressive ploy.

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:23 am

Steve…You hit the nail right on the head. Perhaps you should write this blog. Call it the way it really is. Every politician is a SCUMBAG, starting with the almighty TOTUS on down.

ctucker

January 28th, 2010
8:27 am

Scott,
The reason it took so long for the Senate to produce a health care bill is that Max Baucus spents months negotiating with a bi-partisan group. There were three Democrats and three Republicans, including Olympia Snowe and Charles Grassley. How can you call that “shut out of the process”? But in the end, the Republicans wouldn’t go along with anything — no matter how much the Democrats changed the bill to please them. Grassley even repeated the “death panels” lie, even though he knew better.

NRB2

January 28th, 2010
8:27 am

Obama is proposing a freeze on most government spending
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Exactly in what universe is $250 billion over the NEXT DECADE considered “most government spending” when they waste that much in a SINGLE DAY?

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Cosmos, You CAN and You SHOULD!!! Cap and Trade legislation has not been passed yet. What will happen? WE the consumer will get screwed…Not a direct tax, but it will be an extra cost to us as the companies that have to pay it will pas it on to us for over $1,000/yr. Stimulus….Where/when is that going to paid for? The healthcare reform bill: Where exactly would that money come from? You are like the TOTUS…made of teflon so nothing with ever stick to you, the Dems, or liberals in general. That is the problem…No accountability by anybody in Washington.

Turd Ferguson

January 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Muchado about nothing. Obama hit the standard low lights and high lights. Will give him credit in one area…when speaking of American progress, great people, great land, etc., he sounded just like Sarah Palin when she pulled that stunt during the Biden/Palin debates.

Scott

January 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Cynthia
“How can you call that “shut out of the process”? But in the end, the Republicans wouldn’t go along with anything — no matter how much the Democrats changed the bill to please them. ”

How were the Reps allowed to change it ONE BIT??? How was there any debate on this bill on the floor with all members of Congress? Where was the promised transparency? Remember? The whole watching it on CSPAN thing?

“Grassley even repeated the “death panels” lie, even though he knew better.” So let’s see if there is rationing that occurs and it might result in your death simply because you are not worth the cost to the taxpayer to keep alive, how is that NOT rationing? Do you think Ted Kennedy would have been alive for as long as he was if he didn’t have the current healthcare system we are one right now? Nope, he would have been rationed out of the system. The panel of medical experts would have said “Well…we can spend X dollars to keep old Chappaquidick Ted alive for an extra year or spend that same money to keep 5 people alive for 5 years. ” I know it is hard for you to understand that errors in that thinking, but give it a try.

ctucker

January 28th, 2010
8:38 am

Scott,
I think you can do better than use of the word “scumbag.” I’m trying to conduct a discussion that the average Southern grandmother would be comfortable participating in.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2010
8:41 am

Strange, rather than “the adult in the room” the phrase that ran through my mind was “hectoring old biddy.” Or something like that.

Jimbo

January 28th, 2010
8:42 am

Dr. Adia Winfrey

January 28th, 2010
8:03 am
“The animosity towards President Obama is not only disheartening, but also scary.”

You are correct, which is exactly how we know the wrong person is in office. “Serving” this country should be an honor not a platform to attempt to ram through one’s agenda.
obozo, peonlosi and reid all need to go before it’s too late.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2010
8:45 am

Does anyone here doubt that the republican health care plan – (1) real tort reform, (2) interstate sale of health insurance products – would have passed? Or is there any doubt that Obamacare will raise costs for all, but that real tort reform would eliminate wasteful procedures? Or that interstate competition would allow sale of products that people really want, rather than what their state requires them to buy?

The leftists feel a chronic need to control the engine of progress rather than unleash it. That is the reason the economy died as the 2008 election approached, and will remain dead until there is a serious change in the tax and regulate philosophy of the current overlords.

ctucker

January 28th, 2010
8:49 am

Ragnar Danneskjöld, Republicans controlled three branches of government for six years. why didn’t they pass and interstate sale of health insurance products? They didn’t. Instead, they rammed through a massive Medicare prescription drug plan that adds huge amounts to the deficit. Where were your calls for limited government then?

Ridgerunner

January 28th, 2010
8:49 am

Sorry, Obama was the “despot” in the room.

His shot at the Supreme Court was disgusting and usually the first thing a budding dictator likes to do ………….. put his “wisdon/authority over that of the court.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 28th, 2010
8:56 am

As per the usual Obama speeches, it was long on talk, but not much else.

He seems determined to spend us into bankruptcy, marginalize the more conservative Democrats, advance the Progressive agenda and I lost count of the number of times I dozed off.

The Republican response was slightly less boring.

My opinion, Business as usual.

ctucker

January 28th, 2010
9:02 am

quod erat demonstrandum, I can understand your dozing off. The speech was too long! But “spend us into bankruptcy”? I guess you didn’t hear his calls for a spending freeze? For targeted tax cuts?

midtownguy

January 28th, 2010
9:07 am

Opposing all things Obama is how Republican Representatives and Senators are going to get re-elected back home. All politics are local. What do you thing would happen in the primary if any Georgia Republican showed any support whatsoever to the President?

Road Scholar

January 28th, 2010
9:07 am

Jimbo: We could elect Jesus Christ as POTUS and some Christians (alledgedly) would criticize him, esp if he proposed programs for the poor.

I listened to the speech. I still am a supporter of my president; he won’t go away no matter how much you deride him (just like Bush). Deal with it! I thought the speech was pretty middle of the road. But the proof is in his and Congress’s actions. Too much time has been “wasted” on healthcare. Get a bill done that sets up the states ability to have HC across state lines and encourages the states to have the courage to do what Mass. has done.Get rid of the special deals included in both bills under debate. What is good for Georgia should be good for LA, Iowa, etc. Allow the HC coops to form so that grops of people can band together to get reasonably costed HC. Tort reform from a legislative body of lawyers? yeah sure!

You can’t have prior conditions ruled out until all have HC. Get er done and move on….

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2010
9:07 am

Dear Ms. Tucker, pharmacology is cheaper than hands-on medical care, and generally more effective too. The republican attempt to shift the “burden” of medical care from practitioners to drugs was not implausible; I am sufficiently thoughtful that I am unwilling to proclaim it a success or a failure, believing that the experience is too brief to measure the efficacy. We would agree that the costs of pharmacology within Medicare have increased, but that is merely a tautology given the nature of the program.

We would also agree that republicans alone could never implement tort reform, at least not without a veto-proof majority, given democrat intransigence on the issue. Surely we can also agree that the vast array of unnecessary medical procedures, acquired only to eliminate risk of tort suit, would abate over time with some tort reform. The jbmlaw solution – which I have proffered on other blogs here – would create a “workers comp”-like program for medical malpractice, funded party by license fees and partly by the state. (The latter would urge real oversight by the state in the regulatory function, which is presently mostly-perfunctory.)

As to republican failure to abolish state limitations on sale of health insurance policies, that was never really an issue until our democrat friends began to demonize the health insurance companies. Health insurance profit margins are negligible compared to those of Hollywood, to cite a frivolous sacred cow for the left. The republican solution to a market failure created by the state is, of course, removal of the regulatory inhibition. We appreciate that such a simple solution would never cross the minds of our leftist friends.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 28th, 2010
9:11 am

ctucker, the spending freeze is smoke and mirrors

With Healthcare and cap and tax – we are doomed to failure.

Blue

January 28th, 2010
9:13 am

Notice how CT “picks and chooses” the posts she wants to reply to…and only chooses the ones where she thinks she has the upper hand. When someone brings up “how is it ‘adult’ to point a finger of blame at the Supreme Court, and at least 6 times at Bush”, NO chance she is going to say “yeah…whether it was true or not…he should have taken the high road”. Nope…everything is the fault of the right, and Obama can do NO wrong in CT’s eyes for two reasons; he is liberal, and he is black.

Steve

January 28th, 2010
9:15 am

The country is and has been run by what the sports and entertainment world would say are “wannabes”. Not too long ago we had a presidential candidate, Al Gore, talking tough and ready to fight big oil. Birds are still chirping about that potential fight. Mr. Gore leveraged that “tough talk” into making millions for himself. We then had another tough President landing on an aircraft carrier again talking tough. This President has made millions over that past few years as a community organizer. His tax return demonstrates very minimal charity. We continue to be managed by British royalty- “what do I do you ask? I don’t do anything, I think and give speeches”. The 80% or so in the middle are working (or trying to) hard, put food on our table for our children waiting for leadership who “walk the walk”.

joan

January 28th, 2010
9:15 am

You must not have been watching the same speech I did. I felt like Alice through the Looking Glass given that nothing Obama said (except his references to drilling offshore and nuclear plants) made any sense at all. He is clearly in his own personal bubble. It is also clear that he intends to continue to try to cram down his misguided judgements on business and economics whether the American public like it or not. I would like to see his term ended soon. That spending freeze comes after an uptick in spending of 20% this year, and is only for about 1/6th of the budget. Talk about smoke and mirrors. I guess he believes people aren’t really paying attention.

Peadawg

January 28th, 2010
9:16 am

“Instead, they rammed through a massive Medicare prescription drug plan that adds huge amounts to the deficit”

Like Obama’s health care “reform”? Like his public option? Where are YOUR cries now Cynthia?

TruthSayer

January 28th, 2010
9:18 am

I don’t consider myself an “obstructionist” when I prevent my 3 year old from playing in the street…

dookh8r

January 28th, 2010
9:18 am

GOP Plan is a Return To Failed Policies. Isn’t insanity defined by doing the same thing that fails over and over and expecting a different outcome?

Blue

January 28th, 2010
9:19 am

Peadawg; She’s too busy singing “none of us are free”.

ctucker

January 28th, 2010
9:22 am

Blue,
It always fascinates me that so many of my critics claim I inject race into every argument. It’s what psychologists call “projecting” — when you blame other people for what you are doing. Anyway, I thought the president’s calling out the Supreme Court was gutsy. It would be better to criticize them behind their backs? Perfectly appropriate, I thought.