August 4th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Obama rallies unions, rips GOP

President Barack Obama sought to rally the Democratic Party's union base Wednesday, telling a meeting of AFL-CIO leaders that the looming midterm elections offer a clear choice between moving forward with a stronger economy and moving backward with a failed GOP philosophy.

He ripped former President George W. Bush's administration for fostering "a profound animosity toward the notion of unions" and creating an unstable economy that only advanced the interests of "a privileged few."

The president's remarks were delivered against a backdrop of rising Democratic fears over the November elections due largely to what many analysts view as a tepid economic recovery.


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  1. brokenarrow

    obama has driven the car in the middle of the ocean-–AN OCEAN OF 20 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT-he has driven the in the bottom of the ocean -AN OCEAN OF 10% UNEMPLOYMENT–he still want to drive the car in another ocean -OCEAN OF CAP AND TRADE-CAN SOMEONE PLEASE PUT THE CAR IN REVERSE.I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AP

      your an idiot, obama is the best thing that has happened to your country; its called an intelligent leader.

      the 20trillian dollar deficit wasnt obamas doing... deficits rise and fall over long periods of time. measures being taken today, including getting out of iraq finally, will eventually help reduce the deficit over time.. it will be many presidents down the road before this actually happens.. and its the entire governments fault, not the presidents. your system of government doesnt work with one person making all the decisions...dumb americans dont even know their own system of power. get an education

      August 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C'estMoi

    I stand in awe of our intelligent President and his intelligent staff. They ROCK.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. boomer

    I haven't been impressed with him

    August 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • C'estMoi

      I'll admit I have a few problems with some things I'd like to see him do differently, myself.

      But that speech ROCKS. Bush was never able to get speechwriters worth a damn, or maybe it was him. I don't know.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    I agree with Obama. We need the union support. He inherited a huge deficit, and he is slowly getting us on track. I reallly think he prevented a world wide depression, when banks overseas were affected by the faillure of banks here, and you started to see them falling like Dominoes. People just have to look at the big picture, and stop playing partisan politics. I think Obama is a man of principal, and he is a leader.The republicans had Bush for 2 terms, and they couldn't do it. And they lied to us aout Iraq, and got us into an unnecessary war which increased the national debt even more. And we owe China a ton of money for financing it. How can anyone expect to unravel all that in a little over a year. The Republicans need to stop the partisan politics, and think about what the American people need. They don't need more mud slinging. I was a Republican, by the way, now I have lost all faith in them. Their partisan performance under Bush was disappointing, and they are desperate to get their power back, so they are playing partisan games. Hope the unions can stand up to them.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken Krieger

    More hate speech. There is always a boggie man. He spreads hate. He is a liar. Ken Krieger 239-283 7385 Cape Coral,Florida

    August 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in NC

      Thank you for posting your phone number. I was wondering what the number for the Florida Home for the Mentally Infirm was. Now I know.

      August 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |