Published On: Sun, May 25th, 2014

Obama Blasts Republicans, Media ‘False Equivalence,’ Scoffs At ‘Gridlock’ Claims

Obama blasts Republicans

President Barack Obama has been accused throughout his presidency, by his own supporters, of trying too hard to accommodate the demands of Republicans in congress, but speaking at a fundraising event on Thursday, Obama delivered what may be his most blunt and direct attack not only on Republican congressional intransigence, but on the media which reports on what Obama called the “false equivalence” that says “Congress is just broken.”

In the stunningly blunt statements, Obama slammed what he called “a group of folks in the Republican party” who are so “ideologically rigid” that they “refuse to budge” when it comes to compromising on what the president described as mostly middle-of-the-road proposals set forth by Democrats over the past five years.

“You’ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there’s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible. And there’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript of the Thursday address.

“The truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific. We have a group of folks in the Republican Party who have taken over who are so ideologically rigid, who are so committed to an economic theory that says if folks at the top do very well then everybody else is somehow going to do well; who deny the science of climate change; who don’t think making investments in early childhood education makes sense; who have repeatedly blocked raising a minimum wage so if you work full-time in this country you’re not living in poverty; who scoff at the notion that we might have a problem with women not getting paid for doing the same work that men are doing.”

Obama went on to say that “the truth” is that Democrats by contrast have not been “overly ideological.” In fact, Democratic ideas, he said, have not been “radical proposals coming out from the left,” but mainstream policy proposals.

Citing examples, Obama said that Democratic tax proposals have not called for “rates in the 70 percent or 90 percent when it comes to income like existed here 50, 60 years ago,” but simply asked “those of us who have been incredibly blessed by this country” to give back.

Obama also pointed to health care, noting that the so-called “Obamacare” law is “not some wild, crazy system,” but instead was designed simply to “make sure everybody has insurance,” while maintaining the private insurance structure that currently exists.

“This made the other side go nuts,” Obama said. “The simple idea that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, nobody should go bankrupt because somebody in their family gets sick, working within a private system.”

But the Obama remarks were not reserved solely for Republicans. He also slammed media coverage of the problems in congress, deriding the “false equivalence” in the media that portrays both Democrats and Republicans as equally at fault for “gridlock.”

“It’s not true,” Obama concluded. “What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.”

While Obama made his remarks on Thursday, they did not circulate widely until the weekend, meaning that Republicans have yet to weigh in with their rebuttal.

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  1. joevsyou says:

    Is he the one that will change your racist hearts?

    Many whites have been able to look beyond race, and see Barack Obama for the great man that he is.

    Will you be able to do that? Only time will tell.

  2. slipknot0129 says:

    hi.. I will be having a practicum for my social science class.. and i need to discuss about current events and i thought of barack obama’s inauguration speech.. I need to give the class an evaluation about my discussion. Can you give me ideal essay questions about barack obama’s speech. at least three.. please i really need your help.. thank you..

  3. Harriet W says:

    When he was 20 years old, he traveled to Pakistan, which at the time was under Martial Law and American citizens could not travel there. The only way he could have gotten in there was using an Indonesian passport, which would mean Barack Obama is not a US citizen.

    The original source of these theories was not from conservatives. It was from a Hillary Clinton supporter, and Democrat – Phil Berg.

    People in the Hawaii Department of Health lied about seeing the thing and were told not to talk to the Press. Now some of them are coming out and saying that there is NO Obama birth certificate.

    The long form BC that was released to snub Donald Trump lists his father’s birthplace as Kenya, which in 1961 didn’t exist. It was British East Africa, not Kenya. Again, that’s another inconsistency that proves his BC is a fraud.

    Obama’s grandmother even says she witnessed Barack Obama’s birth in Kenya.

    Despite the existence of Obama’s Hawaii certification of live birth, Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lakin’s attorney, among others, have claimed that anyone, including foreign-born children, could acquire a Hawaiian certification of live birth, and so Obama’s possession of such a certificate does not prove that he was born in Hawaii.

    In March 2011, during an interview on Good Morning America, Donald Trump said he was seriously considering running for president, that he was a “little” skeptical of Obama’s citizenship, and that someone who shares this view shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed as an “idiot”. Trump added, “Growing up no one knew him.”

  4. lcollier93sbcglobalnet says:

    I am an African-American voter and have been since 1990. I vote Democratic and always have because I believe that is the political party that is more sensible enough to make this country running somewhat descent. Republicans I never have voted for, never will. Just look at the example that George W. Bush has giving us in 8 years. Total chaos. The Iraq War, still can’t find Osama Bin Laden, the economy. Can I get a witness.

    Now to my question, I voted for Barack Obama because he, to me, seems to be driven with ideas to turn this country in the right way, but time will tell. I always feel that the Dems are for all people, the real hard working people first. I 95% have voted Democrat (Bush-Clinton election I voted against Clinton and of course not for Bush, Bush-Kerry election, I voted against Kerry and of course not Bush and in my own state I’ve voted against Jim Mc Greevey twice for Governor).

    Here’s my question (finally). African-Americans. We all have dreamed of this day being a black man as the President Of The United States Of America. Breath-taking. I voted for Barack Obama because he is a democrat who makes sense within his political issues. African-Americans, did you vote for Barack Obama because he’s a Democrat? Because he makes the most sense in he’s views on CHANGING America? Or did you vote for Barack Obama for the reason mostly everyone is saying, because he’s black?

    If Barack Obama was a Republican, would you vote for him?

    What are your views.

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