Obama Mocks GOPer Who Wants ‘Something’ From Shutdown

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, October 3, 2013.

President Barack Obama on Thursday mocked a Republican lawmaker who said the party needs to “get something” out of the ongoing government shutdown but that he doesn’t “know what.”

“Think about that,” Obama said after quoting the lawmaker during a campaign-style event at a construction company in Rockville, Md.  “You have already gotten the opportunity to serve the American people. There’s no higher honor than that. You’ve already gotten the opportunity to help businesses like this one, workers like these. So the American people aren’t in the mood to give you a goodie bag to go with it.”

Obama was rebutting Indiana Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who said Wednesday that “we’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

The White House organized the event to highlight the economic costs of the partial shutdown, now in its third day. Obama, repeatedly calling it a “reckless and damaging Republican shutdown,” reiterated his call for House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a measure to reopen and fund the government without gutting the health care reform law.

“Call a vote,” Obama said. “Take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now.”

And looking forward to the looming need to raise the debt ceiling, Obama said the repercussions would be global if Congress failed to do so.

“If we screw up, everybody else gets screwed up,” he said.

124 comments
DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

The infighting in this nation makes the USA look like a bunch of rich spoiled children. That is the way others see us. and we don't care, just like a bunch of rich spoiled children. We will continue our down hill path because it is easier then saying no. No is a grownup word that spoiled children hate. The party of no is hated by the 47%. So, the party of yes will continue to dilute the hard working middle class until there is equality. We will all be brought down by this attitude. No, not one, government will last forever. So keep taking from the master government until the sheer weight of the masses bring down the USA from the inside.

MelissaGillespie
MelissaGillespie

So apparently the republicans want to have a prize for shutting the country down. Gee, what a surprise. 

kenkatzen
kenkatzen

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a senior vice president at CGI Federal

CGI Federal is the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the $394 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.

George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an OBAMA 2012 CAMPAIGN DONOR after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.

IMAGINE THE PRESIDENT GIVING SOMEONE A CONTACT for supporting him?

What will he think of next? 

I guess the president was in the mood to give CGI Federal a goodie bag to go with it.”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/michelle-obamas-princeton-classmate-is-executive-at-company-that-built-obamacare-website/#ixzz2iqEwe6Xw

KBR1028
KBR1028

From what I can tell, the Tea Party folks are not much different than the Taliban.  A vocal, rabid, and zealous minority (they represent roughly 18% of the electorate) who are willing to destroy the country in order to impose their views and ideals on everyone else.  And, if they get their way on this, there will soon be another manufactured crisis about some other "cause".  This is the epitome of tyranny by the minority.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

I just wish people would put their party allegiances aside and look at the reality of the situation in this country.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

This country is being taken to the cleaners by politicians with corporate ties by both sides and they have everyone fighting over which one is doing it worse, and this bill is the same. Its not good for you, me or any other average joe. It benefits the insurance companies and the government medicare system at the cost to all of us and anyone who doesn't see that hasn't done enough research or is unwilling to consider the possibility.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Can any teabillie point out what other president that had to deal with the threat of economic extortion over established law because one party lacked the political power to repeal or change it?

Anyone?

dectra
dectra

As well he should. 


The GOP  alone orchastrated this mess. Now, when they've been caught on camera, exposed for the small minded children the are, they whine...."you're being mean to me"

Note to Bohener and your idiot brethering: YOU OWN this mess. Man up and DO YOUR JOB.



brianguy
brianguy

nobody's gotten more freebies and lavish attention, and spent the most money in recorded history on every type of absurd legislation they demanded and then some, than Obama and his dirty cronies, and yet he has the nerve to point the finger... ridiculous.  yes they're demanding to get something back out of this Obamacare debacle, even though the Senate and President refused to hash out an easy deal.  the long term compromise is what the Congressman was referring to.  compromise however is something the President would know nothing about, since he never agrees to meet with anyone outside his own party.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

How much do we pay in interest alone on our debt monthly? You can't go add a guest house when your underwater and we are at submarine levels guys. WAKE UP.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

Obama could without conceding anything on health care fund everything else right now but finds that his leverage is in trying to make the government shut down hurt and affect as many people as possible therefore instead of trying to limit the furloughs and put people back to work he choose to fight over his legacy his signature legislation and couldn't care less what happens to the american people out of work, because if he funds this individual bills in front of him he has no leverage and god forbid might have debate the merits of the legislation.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@KBR1028 The importance of the balance of power is to guide our government to compromise. What issue do you take with Obama thinking he can tell congress what to do?

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@MrObvious Will that suffice or do you need more examples. I have no idea why the media and the democratic party and spokes people have decided to call this a suicide bomb, and extortion, its not. Its how things happen most of the times. Our congress doesn't have to write a blank check they can evaluate the importance and spending of bill by simple vote in both houses. The situation where both house can't agree the usually go to conference and has out their differences. This hasn't happened because the democrats have maintained the stance the affordable health care act won't be touched and the republican have refused to back down on that and being that they have the house they can. The system is setup to protect the minority voice and balance power for a reason to make it hard to pass things without strong support and often compromise. They system is built to have situations like this where the parties have to come together except one is refusing to talk.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@MrObvious


The United States federal government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 was the result of conflicts between Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress over funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health in the 1996 federal budget. The government shut down after Clinton vetoed the spending bill the Republican Party-controlled Congress sent him. Thefederal government of the United States put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services from November 14 through November 19, 1995 and from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996, for a total of 21 days.


And over 20 other times in history. The media should cover this better, its not uncommon.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@dectra  They have proposed bill to fund all major programs. The Arizona government offered to foot the bill to reopen the grand canyon, the federal government declined. The military got funded yet our troops got blacked out of NFL games this weekend for no reason. The president thinks his stance is to make it hurt the american people and then blame congress, it sad and despicable. They grant permission for a immigration reform protest on the closed mall yet lock out veterans, yet people still support and accept this behavior. People should be outraged.

jsfox
jsfox

@brianguy There is so much factually wrong with this comment one hardly knows where to begin.  

So we will start with spending Spending is currently at the exact  levels the Republicans wanted it. And in fact our spending is at the lowest level as a percentage of GDP as it has ever been in the last half century.


What  types of absurd legislation do you speak of that has cost money?


Next, the Republicans had 18 opportunities to go to conference in the normal order of business to hash out a budget deal. They chose not to and chose for one reason only. They wanted to shut down the government because they could not get their own way on the Affordable Care Act. An Act by-the-way the was dully passed, dully signed and found constitutional. And the side that wanted it kept won the election in '12 and won it by a wide margin. Just because you don't like it does not mean you get to hold the country hostage  until you get your way.  The President should not make deals with hostage takers. You want to make a deal open up the government again with a clean CR and go into conference.


And he has agreed to meet more times than I can count. Boehner is the one who said he would never negotiate with the President again.

dectra
dectra

@brianguy

Nice show of Christian Hatred, Brian.

Jesus would be so proud of you, bearing false witness and all............

Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

andy_spiller
andy_spiller

@brianguy Dear Brian - of course it can be proven that Obama's spending is a direct response to his predecessor's policies, what with G.W. giving Tax breaks away, increasing Medicaid costs without funding either policy. Then there are 2 major wars, one of which is illegitimate, neither successful and the cost of those in moral and geo-political terms alone have bankrupted America. Add in the financial crisis (again a major disaster on a global scale during President Bush's and the Republican Party's watch) and the irresponsible pandering to the far right during  several manufactured political crises over the last 2 years whilst losing the general election, again, I think that frankly Republicans bleating about compromise (which they rarely participate in) is akin to a teenage temper tantrum with far-reaching consequences given the current conditions. It is clear from this side of the pond that the Republican Party is in farcical disarray, whose only option is childish vengeance. IS the Republican Party even mature enough to govern anymore? I think we should be told.

Sincerely

A Brit

dectra
dectra

@ChristopherWeingart 

Where was all this 'concern' when Bush was waging his war of CHOICE in  Iraq?

You know, the one that cost us 3 Trillion dollars?

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart Our founding fathers would be appalled at the attempted coup by the Republican Party. They had 18 opportunities to act like responsible legislators and sit down with the Senate and hash a budget deal. They chose not to because they wanted to shut down the government.

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart Who doesn't care?


"In a revealing moment Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos replayed a clip from last year in whichHouse Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) explained the foolishness of the tactic that he is now, a year later, pursuing. “It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected,” Mr. Boehner said then. “Obamacare is the law of the land. If we were to put Obamacare into the CR [continuing resolution] and send it over to the Senate, we were risking shutting down the government. That is not our goal.”

Cowed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and bullied by the most conservative members of his caucus, Mr. Boehner has done exactly what he said made no sense. Now he doesn’t know how to get out of the predicament. A shutdown is bad; a default on the debt, which looms 10 days from now, could be catastrophic. The speaker is demanding that President Obama negotiate, while setting “red lines” for those hypothetical talks (“Very simple. We’re not raising taxes.”). It’s not an impressive strategy.

rodrigo_paris
rodrigo_paris

@ChristopherWeingart Oh, yeah? And then you guys would scream to heaven that he's acting like a tyrant, in violation of the Constitution, etc. You are nothing but venomous demagogues, unworthy of being American citizens.

yahzicoyote
yahzicoyote

@ChristopherWeingart And why, exactly, shouldn't a President fight over his legacy and his signature legislation?

If you had a Republican president, wouldn't you expect him to fight for those things?

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox @brianguy

Yeah but its unconstitutional, its not a tax its a fine and that is a travesty that the supreme court went they way they did.


rodrigo_paris
rodrigo_paris

@jsfox @brianguy  

Let us not forget that hostage-takers are, in plain English, are nothing but terrorists. That is what the Tea Party is: A bunch of crazy fanatics, willing to destroy the country if they cannot have it their way. They are a minority that tries to terrorize the majority. The only thing positiva about them is that either the moderates in the GOP kick them out, or the GOP dies. It would be good for American democracy to have a GOP conscious of their reponsibility to the American People at large.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@andy_spiller @brianguy 

Obama knew all this going in and yet promised to cut the deficit in half yet 5 years later it is almost three times what it was when he took office.

That doesn't make you angry?

He flat out lied and no one wants to take him to task, ask the questions.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox @ChristopherWeingart 


The wanted the healthcare bill on the table. Lets be realistic in our statements. The republicans have repeatedly said they didn't want a shutdown. The want a minority voice something the constitution calls for. They want a balance of power, a compromise, the things that make this country great. We don't have a dictatorship we have a democracy. 

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox @ChristopherWeingart Sign the individual funding bills the democrat controlled senate refuse to acknowledge. Then he would have to talk to congress with neither side having any leverage about where to go forward with the affordable care act.

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart @jsfox @brianguy But it isn't unConstitutional as decided by The Court. Now you don't like their decision, well I didn't like their decision on Bush either or a lot of their decisions lately. This does not mean I get to take the country hostage. I either believe in out system of government or I don't. I have an issue with the way things are going I go to the ballot box.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

In 2009, the year Obama took office, the annual deficit was $1.4 trillion. (Generally speaking, the deficit is the amount the government takes in minus what it spends.)

The deficit was a little smaller in 2010 and 2011, but only modestly so, at about $1.3 trillion for each year, according to numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. For 2012, the budget is projected to be $1.1 trillion.

The White House’s budget projections show a deficit of $901 billion in 2013, also short of Obama’s goal, even if his policies are enacted by Congress, which is by no means certain.

rodrigo_paris
rodrigo_paris

@yahzicoyote @andy_spiller @brianguy Are you sure? Is the intellectual level of Americans that low? Don't they even know to find a word in a dictionary?  You have it on-line, guys, or, perhaps you don't know the alphabet...?

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox @ChristopherWeingart 

Because it wouldn't be discussed.

They wanted a conversation democrats refused. The constitution calls for a conference when the two house can't come together on a bill, thats the case here thats what they want. The constitution doesn't call for the president to decided whats on the table when going into conference. They need to compromise.

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart @jsfox  Aug 23, 2013 "More than a third of congressional Republicans told their leader on Thursday to shut down government rather than pay for the Obamacare health care law, according to the Associated Press.

Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Steve King was among the 80 Republicans who asked U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to resist any spending bills that would accommodate the new health care law, which is nearing a critical stage of signing up millions of Americans for health coverage."

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/08/23/80-republicans-including-steve-king-say-shutdown-better-than-obamacare/article


And if you read the letter, which you will find in the link,  you will notice that they have gone so far off the edge that they are now repeating their own lies to themselves as truths.

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart @jsfox No that is not true. Now maybe Obama shouldn't have put so many Republican ideas into the legislation in the first place and let them come up with them. And are you forgetting all the committees on healthcare reform legislation in which both Republicans and Democrats participated and that the Republicans decided to quit.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox They had a chance in the beginning? when? This was never a compromise its was one way the entire time. Thats why we now have a bill that has everything obama wanted in it.

jsfox
jsfox

Sorry for the typos Late and typing on a iPad.

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox  Not insisting on a shut down. Wrong. Insisting the budget be used to bring the issue back up yes. Never not once calling for a shutdown.

jsfox
jsfox

They had an opportunity way back in the beginning, but they chose to not be involved in something the country needed, healthcare reform. They were to busy saying NO to everything. And since then have done nothing, but try and kill it by telling one lie after another. They offered up no other viable solution or alternative legislation. They have one goal to kill it. And right we don't gave a dictatorship we have democracy that works through legislation. You have tried 42 time te repeal, defund, destroy Obamacare and dialed.you don't decide because you are not getting what you want to take the country hostage because we are not a banana Republic either.

And didn't want a shut they gave wanted one since 2010. And not wanting must be why 80 republican reps back in August wrote a letter to Boehner insisting on a shut down

ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox @ChristopherWeingart 

Its attitudes towards the minority voice like that that divide a country. More civil unrest then I have seen in a while. I'm just saying I think it is a bad move to take a stance against compromise when there is still such a strong percentage of the public that so strongly oppose this decision. 

jsfox
jsfox

@ChristopherWeingart @jsfox Listen to me very carefully. In 2009 the Republicans had an opportunity to participate in the entire healthcare debate. They chose not to in  some vain glorious attempt to make Obama a one term President. They decided through their leadership just to say NO. So there is your first opportunity lost because Republicans decided not to govern. (Something they are still not doing )

Next in 2010 you took the House and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. You failed. 42 times you failed at a cost in excess of 70 million dollars ( and you guys have the nerve to call yourselves fiscally responsible ) Sometimes you win sometimes you lose in a democracy. Then 2012 the repeal of Obamacare is front and center yet again. One side wants it gone, one side wants to keep it. The side that wants to keep it won and by modern standards won big. 

So now the next tactic is defund or delay. Sorry it is now our turn to say NO. This has now been litigated. Obamacare is the law of the land. Will it need tweaking? Most assuredly, as Medicare needed tweaking and Social Security needed tweaking and as does most legislation as time passes. However the Republicans do not want to tweak it they want to kill it and that is not going to happen. 

Now the Republicans could do something unique for them. Come up with something better, sell it to the American people as better and get them to vote you into the majority. Or accept Obamacare is here to stay and come up with constructive, not destructive solutions. So far the Republicans seem hell bent on destroying things as opposed to being problem solvers.



ChristopherWeingart
ChristopherWeingart

@jsfox Why sit down if your told your only point of contention isn't on the table?

Why shouldn't there be a balance of powers? Is Obama the only voice that needs to be heard or listened to? Why can't he have a discussion on the affordable care act?

You guys act like this type of negotiations aren't common.

More debt ceiling increase bills have had a political rider or issued attached to them then not.

jsfox
jsfox

So in other words the Republicans have released a few hostages, but they will shoot the rest if Obama doesn't negotiate? Sorry you don't negotiate with extortionists. Pass a clean CR and then Republicans and Democrats sit down in conference and hash out a budget deal. This was what Republicans should have done in the first place instead of refusing 18 times because they wanted to shut down the government.

There will be no delay in the mandate, Obama does that he might as well agree with the Republicans and scrap it. Now if the Rs agree to single payer fine.