On Governing All The Time

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Barack Obama, July 29, 2010, on ABC’s The View:

“We shouldn’t be campaigning all the time. You know there is a time to campaign, and then there is a time to govern. And what we have tried to do over the last 20 months is to govern.”

Barack Obama, June 30, 2010, at a rally in Racine, Wisconsin:

“Just yesterday, I was stunned to hear the leader of the Republicans in the House say that financial reform was like using a nuclear weapon to target an ant.  That’s right.  He compared the financial crisis to an ant.  The same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs.  The same crisis that cost people their homes and their lives savings.  Well if the Republican leader is that out of touch with the struggles facing the American people, he should come here to Racine and ask people if they think the financial crisis was an ant.  He should ask the men and women who’ve been out of work for months at a time.  He should ask the Americans who send me letters every night that talk about how they’re barely hanging on.”