‘it’s on: obama takes iron fist to gop’

CBS: President Obama may have been wearing a metaphorical velvet glove during his big deficit reduction speech Wednesday, but make no mistake about it: He took an iron fist to the Republicans.

… he set up the choice between his proposal and the one offered by the GOP. Mr. Obama said his plan to save $4 trillion over 12 years was grounded in staying true to the idea that “each one of us deserves some basic measure of security and dignity.”

And that, he said, means protecting the social safety net – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment insurance – even while reforming the programs involved. Those programs, he said, are integral to America’s exceptionalism. “We would not be a great country without those commitments,” argued the president.

He then went on to question the Republican plan for reflecting an abandonment of what makes America great … it says “we can’t afford the America that I believe in and that I think you believe in”…

The Republican vision, he added, was “deeply pessimistic.” The president said that Republicans are positing that America can’t afford to fix its bridges, to care for seniors, to send its kids to college – that America, in the end, can’t afford to be great.

And then he really went after the GOP, targeting what he said were $1 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans contained in the Paul Ryan Republican 2012 budget proposal.

…The Republicans, he argued, want to sell out what makes America special – its commitment to its people – in order to give the wealthiest Americans a little more spending money..

…This was the President Obama that voters rallied around in the 2008 presidential campaign – a candidate willing and able to lay down a clear vision grounded in progressive ideals….

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11 Responses to “‘it’s on: obama takes iron fist to gop’”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    April 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    He was brilliant. He was quintessential Obama. I love seeing post-speech headlines like: How Obama Used Paul Ryan: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/how_obama_used_paul_ryan/2011/04/13/AFVcNmXD_blog.html and the GOP whining: GOP: Obama’s Speech So Partisan We’ll Never Reach Budget Agreement http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/republicans-reject-obama-speech-on-personal-grounds.php?ref=fpa bwwahahahaaaa!!!

    This is a good read as well: Obama’s Plan May Mark Turning Point, Moody’s Hess Says

  2. 2 Linda
    April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I would prefer a picture without Summers or Orszag. Orszag has been dissing the President since he left.

  3. 3 LOL
    April 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Yay new pics on Flickr guys

  4. 4 anniebella
    April 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I hope he know the holy crap out of the GOP.

  5. 5 anniebella
    April 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I meant to say, I hope he knock the holy crap out of the GOP!!!!

  6. 6 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell is being a royal jerk. He obviously spent his ENTIRE afternoon figuring out how he was going to pan the President’s speech. He focused on trivialities (e.g., “Obama managed to invoke Ronald Reagan,”) and petty details instead of addressing the substance of the speech. He had the nerve to suggest that the President’s speech was “desperate” and “defensive” against the very “effective” Republicans.

    Methinks O’Donnell is pizzed that SOMEONE is finally serious about taking his Bush tax cuts AWAY. Despite his pretenses about not being impressed with the speech because it was “desperate” he seemed MAD…as mad as Paul Ryan himself.

    • 7 Ladyhawke
      April 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Hope, I listened to about four minutes of Lawrence tonight and I reached for the remote control. “Without A Trace” is so much more interesting. I had a feeling we were going to be reminded (once again) that he worked on the hill and he knows everything there is to know about tax policy. I am just so sick of the gasbags trying with all of their might to find something to complain about. It is so tedious. The speech today was pitch perfect. Full stop. Deal with it Lawrence.

      The problem for Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Cenk Uygur, Ed Schultz and their ilk, is that they are becoming irrelevant to me. The only way these folks can keep any eyeballs is if they are bashing President Obama. I have basically stopped watching MSNBC. But every now and then I will poke my head in the door to see if they have come to their senses. Most of the time, my reasons for not watching are validated.

  7. 8 UT Austin Liberal
    April 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I love how the President laid out his approach. It was simple, clear and had a vision. There was no pomp and circumstance (like when Paul Ryan announced what I like to call his “path to poverty” and surrounded himself with half the Republican caucus on the stage b/c he knew he needed the cover for the absolute CRAP that is his budget proposal), but the President sure did deliver a one-two punch that made me thankful that he is President and leading us through a difficult but hopeful period.

  8. 9 kelly
    April 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Go POTUS!!!! ❤

  9. 10 LunarSea
    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    That picture was perfect for today. After I got home from work I listened to the speech and was walking around quoting Batman and Robin when they had those fight scenes: Pow, Kaboom, Bam.

    Apparently you got into my head and found the perfect picture to complement the voices.

  10. 11 Bobfr
    April 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Here’s what I wrote on 11 April 2011:


    We all know what our wonderful President enunciated today.

    O’Donnell and all the rest of ‘um can stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

    They know nothing about governance in a democratic society, they know nothing about morality or empathy, and they have demonstrated beyond any reasonable, analytic that they know nothing about the most transparent, moral, empathetic, effective President in the 60 + years of my life. period.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.MORE.TOGETHER.

    And, we will prove it on ED 2012 and everyday before then and thereafter.

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