I voted for President Obama in 2008, believing he meant it when he said no red states, no blue states, only the United States. The barrier he broke added to his appeal. Six months later, I was off the bus. It was already clear Obama had no intention of building a consensus on anything, although few realized he would be such a radical and partisan polarizer. -Michael Goodwin
“One of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics. I was able to be part of that here, and yet I couldn’t translate it the way I wanted to, to our politics in Washington.” -Barack Obama, Feb 2016
Dismissing extremists in Iran, Obama said last August, “In fact, it’s those hard-liners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hard-liners chanting ‘death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.” -Kyle Smith
The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat. -CBS News' Political Director John Dickerson
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Financial, Funny
A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. Obama's 2012 budget failed 97 to 0 last May after Obama himself last April said he wanted deeper deficit cuts.
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The White House on Tuesday walked back on President Obama's comments during a Nevada fundraiser Monday night when he referred to some of his political opponents in Congress as "crazies."
But I don't want the folks who created the mess -- I don't want the folks who created the mess do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.
"In fact, it’s those hard-liners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hard-liners chanting ‘death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal.
They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus."
"I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking," Obama said.
Obama Says GOP are Doing
the Terrorists’ Work for Them
Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”
We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.
"The president was never good at reaching across the aisle. So when the composition of Congress changed relative to what it was in his first two years, he wasn’t able to accommodate that very well."
President Barack Obama said on Monday he should not have used the word "enemies" to describe his political opponents
"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."