Obama Criticizes Ted Cruz Over Shutdown

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President Barack Obama, elected as a first-term senator in 2008, took a swipe at Republican freshman Sen. Ted Cruz for focusing on building a political base instead of governing.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the president said that when he was in Congress he “didn’t go around courting the media. And I certainly didn’t go around trying to shut down the government.”

Cruz has led the Republican charge to defund the president’s signature health care law as a prerequisite for reopening the government.

“I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it’s left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money,” Obama said. “But it’s not good for government.”

[AP]

33 comments
ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Sen. Cruz is a self-serving freshman senator who is working not for the American people but for his own political interest and thanks to the GOP's self-promotional tactics that gave rise to the political terrorist, anarchist baggies aided by their GOP propaganda machine turned full volume against a black Democratic president, fueled by the activist GOP-majority SCOTUS' Citizens United corruption of democracy with unlimited, usually anonymous, campaign funding, ongoing voter suppression, and elections-rigging gerrymandering putting Cruz and baggy reps out of reach from the GOP party establishment.

The baggies are so focused on killing the ACA that they cannot get past it. Recall the GOP are those that claim to revere the Constitution and sleep with a copy in their jammies, "strict constructionists" who somehow object that the ACA was legally passed by both Houses, signed into law, and upheld by a GOP-domineering SCOTUS which still allowed the red states to opt out of allowing their poorest to sign up for Medicaid depriving millions of poor uninsured in 26 states of insurance in states like Texas where one in four and one in three Hispanics are uninsured.

Cruz and the baggies have hurt rather than helped the country and represent the worst in mankind and in America--fear, anger, ignorance, greed, selfishness, bigotry, and arrogance. Sen. Cruz has raised his political profile (as a buffoon) and money from the shutdown which most baggies like since they hate government anyway and downplay the shutdown which does not effect them. Baggy queen Sarah Palin called its impact "a pin prick" and she really knows pricks and Fox News calls the shutdown "a government slim down" not even breaking a sweat. 

Think that these baggy extremists really care about America or the 99% since they always put, like the GOP establishment party, politics ahead of the country. These are the so-called super patriots who wrap themselves in the US flag under which few have ever served militarily, the faux "Christians" who repeatedly cut funding, food stamps for the poor they see as "takers" and the so-called populists funded by rich outside conservatives who represent a minority of a white minority, usually older, poorly-educated, white males and their dutiful, overweight wives. Look at their rally images. Do they represent overall America?

j.cadman.smith
j.cadman.smith

No. 1 rule:  Never give in or negotiate with blackmailers or hostage takers.  The Republicans are the ones who put conditions on passing the CR - which is only for 6 weeks anyway.  Imagine what's to come when the debt ceiling is reached.

barneydidit
barneydidit

I don't understand why Obama won't "sit at the bargaining table" with the GOP. I mean they're being sooooo reasonable...they just want to negotiate like adults do when they have differences. I mean....just because they want to negotiate how much of a law that's been ratified and deemed Constitutional...and was a Republican idea in the first place...and is only there because the exact same Republicans in 09 refused to negotiate on the Public Option bill that the Democratic House passed with a 65% public support rating Obama is willing to part with in order to get the government running again...is no reason for him to be obstinate. 

cristo52
cristo52

Imagine a corporate CEO entering into contract negotiations with the Teamsters and declaring "I will not negotiate." They would burn the building down.

Truth#1
Truth#1

To understand who Mr. O is, just listen to his criticism of others. He describes himself. He is the projector-in-chief. It is his way of deflecting the worst of who he is onto others. Low information voters assume, he can't be that which he criticizes in others; he must be better than them. And so they blindly follow his lead... right off the cliff. That's how he got elected. That's how he has hoodwinked most journalists. That's how he hangs onto an approval rating in the low 40s. 

But something is happening... more people are catching on to his tactics. More people are judging him, not by his words but by his actions. The result is more Americans every day do not believe his words and do not trust him. He is losing credibility and his polling numbers are dropping. It was HE (not Cruz or anyone else) who turned the tide on himself with his amateur handling of Syria.

paulejb
paulejb

You have to admit that no one surpasses Barry 0 when it comes to hubris. The most disconnected president in the history of America has the gall to criticize others for his own faults.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

@cristo52 When have you ever negotiated a union contract, questioned authority, your bosses, sued a corrupt employer at the state and federal levels, initiated a congressional, Dept. of Labor, Justice Dept, Inspector General, NLRB, etc. investigation? I have. Corporations often negotiate "in bad faith" walk out of contract talks at the last minute, let contracts expire, and hurt and exploit workers for profit like the five million manufacturing jobs shipped under Bush-Cheney overseas or to Mexico along with hundreds of millions of lost revenues from GOP-enabled thousands of corporate tax dodgers offshore. Of course, the GOP poster child "at-will" employee can be fired at will for no cause like I have been for exposing corporate, military, and federal corruption that goes on 24-7.

Compare the lives lost of union members over the years to corporate executives or injuries inflicted by rank-and-file union members to company employees, 100-to-one?.

jsfox
jsfox

So a question. Why did the Republicans decide to turn down going into conference to has out a budget 18 times? Because they wanted a shut down. They could not get their way on Obamacare. A law passed by Congress, signed by the a President and found constitutional by the Supreme Court. And then it was re-litigated at the ballot box. Those that wanted kept won. You do not take the country hostage because you cannot get your way legislatively or at the ballot box. That is extortion. So you want sit down talk, finally, fine pass a clean CR and the Zdemocrats will talk and negotiate. As long as you are putting a gun to the country's head not happening

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@cristo52 He would if the teamsters said that before they negotiate he has to give up on his strategic vision for the company.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

@Truth#1 Lying and bigotry come easy for you. Think God does not know or is impressed?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Is that why even Grover Nordquist stated that this is nothing but Cruz and his ego?

paulejb
paulejb

@jsfox 

Slavery was once the law of the land, Fox. Does that make it okay with you?

paulejb
paulejb

@j45ashton @paulejb 

Indeed! Almost five full years of nothing but generalized nonsense. Barack Hussein Obama is the caliph of nonsense.

manlyman
manlyman

A norquist fan now are you now mantyboy?

outsider
outsider

@paulejb @HudsonValleyTim @mantisdragon91 @Truth#1  

No it doesn't. Guess your side should have won if they wanted to stop it. Since, you know, Obama RAN on what he's doing, and was elected. 

Twice. 

It's pretty simple. The GOP is trying to say that elections don't matter; the country has to do what they want, or they'll prevent it from doing anything. 

How is that not treasonous? 

outsider
outsider

@paulejb @mantisdragon91  

He is satan - but that doesn't mean he's inaccurate. 

I think Grover is just as much to blame as Cruz is. But he's not wrong when he says this is Cruz's fault. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@manlyman I hate the man and his politics, but even he knows a self serving fraud when he sees one.