August 16th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Obama rips GOP for excessive partisanship

President Barack Obama laced into his conservative Republican congressional critics Tuesday, accusing them of putting partisan political concerns before the country's interests.

Appearing before a crowd of farmers and small-business owners in the presidential battleground state of Iowa, Obama called on Congress to help boost an anemic economy by passing an extension of the payroll tax cut and a new road construction bill, among other things.

"America is going to come back from this recession stronger than before," the president declared. But I "need your help sending a message to Congress" that "it's time to put politics aside and get something done," he said.

Elements in Congress refuse to "put country ahead of faction," Obama said. It is time to "put country ahead of party and put the next generation ahead of the next election. That's what I'm fighting for."

Obama's latest salvo against tea party-backed Republicans came in the midst of the president's three-day Midwestern bus tour, ostensibly meant to promote administration's new rural economic development initiatives.

The president is scheduled to discussed a number of political and economic issues during a one-on-one interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday afternoon.

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  1. Little Suzie

    Mommy mommy! Look at how that tiny little donkey head bobbles when his fat elephant ass partisans.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The prophet

    Could the confederate army take over the district of Colombia also known as the Federal district one day?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    obama is the best thing that has ever happen to the gop.. he has single handedly made sure we will have 16years of gop domination starting in 2012.... if he had only gone middle of the road and made jobs a priority instead of the stupid health care...

    August 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • KKDenver

      I wouldn't count on that

      August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Little Suzie

    Silly prophet. No way. The confettiates are only part of the tiny donkey head. The big fat retarded elephant would just squirsh them again.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Hes in iowa telling americans they need to conserve Then hes off to marthas vinyard where rent for just a 1500 sq ft home which i know he wont stay in something so small is 5 grand a week Some conserving mr pres

    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cult of Personality

    I will vote for Perry / Bachmann in 2012 as "Commander in Chief" and VP of SOMALIA !! OBAMA / BIDEN – ALL THE WAY IN 2012 !!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Little Suzie

    Remembo when it was a donkey backpeddaling a big fat elephant head? Funny looking animals.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    That's right, give them their partisan tactics right back to'em & make them own 'em! I hear Mitt is out there happily blaming Obama for the S&P downgrade, like the GOP had nothing to do with it, were in fact innocent bystanders, instead of the major instigators! I really never expected there to be such animosity against this president, in this day & age, but the Republicans behavior goes beyond party politics & straight to Belligerent! I thank the prez for keeping a cooler head, keeping his mind on what needs to be done, but not backing down from calling the GOP on their bad, useless & bellicose behavior!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Satan

    Bwahahaha!... Yes my little puppet point in one direction to avoid people looking at you. Both parties are corrupt.. Too bad the people are too stupid to see it.. Everything is going according to plan.. Bwahahah..

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Humber

    Obama did become more pragmatic after the GOP took over the House.
    He changed and tried to compromise.
    The GOP is only concerned with winning in 2012.
    Obama is being reasonably centrist.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Obama Bin Laden/Obama Biden

    I'm going to be partisan so I can point out how partisan other people are.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Humber

    @ Satan:
    Yes, both parties are corrupt.
    The right decision needs to be made about which corrupt party will do better for the nation's prosperity.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anomic Office Drone

    He's right. Most people in America are moderates. To serve us both sides have to learn to compromise, and so far, the GOP have been the ones who are most in the way.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CARTIER

    Bye Bye GOP in 2012......VOTE THEM OUT.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    It does not matter what this President does...
    There are always going to be people bashing him.
    He could single-handedly get everyone a well-paying job, affordable housing, and a chicken in every pot, and some would bash him for not cooking the chicken.
    That's the way it is, and that's what politics do.
    Not divide and conquer; just divide.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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