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  • UteExpat London, United Kingdom
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    I wonder if Obama still believes that Republicans must only ride "in the back of [his] bus"? I am glad he (says he) wants to work together now, but wish he would have been more gracious earlier on in his presidency. His attitude toward his "enemies" is one reason why he is falling out of favour with crossover voters.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    How nice of him to now include everybody in the discussion. I seem to recall the same rhetoric in his campaign and after he was elected. Does he mean it this time? Hope so.

  • SqueakyWheel Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    "I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people's agenda forward,"

    Funny how it is now the people's agenda that is of concern and not just the Obama agenda. A little whooping in the polls and all of the sudden you are more willing to work with everyone!

  • Ethel Lindon, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    It sounds like too little too late. Where was this attitude when he (Obama) was ramrodding the secret health care bill? Where was the BIPARTISAN agenda then?

    Good luck, MR. President. As Commander In Chief, he needs to take his own counsel. Talk is cheap.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    Silly Republicans. They seem to forget that their party was the one who voted NO on every single issue for the last 2 years. They seem to forget the hundreds of measures added by Republicans to the Health Care bill, only to vote against it. That is the way Republicans were "involved" in the process.

    Compromise for Republicans means doing it their way, or no way.

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:08 a.m.

    Interesting that the AP article considers Boehner and McConnell "antagonists". I guess that makes Obama the protagonist in this story? After Tuesday's election results, I don't think most of America sees it that way.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    Is he going to talk to them like he did last time? Remember when he said he will have the cameras in the room and it will transparant? Remember how he didn't listen to them and tried to correct them every time they made a comment?

    I'm tired of demos telling us that they are great listeners, when they can't stand people who won't agree with them. It's alright to disagree and have different view points. It's another thing to completely disregard the people. 2012 can't get here fast enough.

  • Gordon T. Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    I am a Democrat but must admit this country is not going anywhere until Obama is out of office. Many Democrats wish they had never voted for him. He reminds me of Jimmy Carter who is another Democrat I did not vote for. Obama is smart but not qualified for the job.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    Obama is learning a lesson on diplomacy. One cannot be the brutal dictator, but must lead by example and open mind and heart. Repentance is a bugger, but must be done in order for this country to recover and become a stronger nation.

  • Ethel Lindon, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    Ethel | 10:05 a.m. Nov. 4, 2010
    Lindon, UT
    It sounds like too little too late. Where was this attitude when he (Obama) was ramrodding the secret health care bill? Where was the BIPARTISAN agenda then?

    Good luck, MR. President. As Commander In Chief, he needs to take his own counsel. Talk is cheap.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    He's always been trying to work with them, the problem was that he kept offering compromises at the start of every bill so we never see the "we want this" "no we want that" "fine we'll put some of that in here". Like take the stimulus bill, it started out as about 40% tax cuts because Democrats knew Republicans wanted those so they put them in at the beginning as a compromise. The healthcare bill has plenty of GOP things in it but they never tell you that. That's just democrats compromising and never getting credit for it (things in healthcare bill: can buy insurance across state lines, insurance pools, allowing states to come up with their own plans, ending junk lawsuits, tax breaks for employer-sponsored insurane, the fact that it's a private market plan since we gave up single payer, the public option, and the medicare buy-in).

    But no, republicans just want to go make massive deficits (extend tax cuts for rich is 70 billion a year, cutting the insurance mandate while leaving in the pre-existing condition dropping ban means people free-ride until they need insurane and so insurance costs skyrocket)

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    I thought the economy and jobs was his "#1 PRIORITY" when he took office? I guess somewhere it got pushed to the back burner and off the stove into the freezer??? Where is his head? This is a joke!!! I like Politizoid's animated video on him about #1 Priorities, and the number of times he has placed things as the NUMBER ONE Priority! Hey Obama it should have been the number one priority since the day you took office! All I can say is this, "Get A Clue!"

  • UtahnativeinliberalCA Claremont, CA
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    From the liberal "left Coast" which seemed to defy the rest of the country. Lets hope that fiscal responsibility returns to the House of Representatives where it belongs and that they will not bail out California or New York from the bankruptcy they both deserve because of their fiscal irresponsibility.

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Squaky (since it's a pseudonym, I took liberties with the misspelling ... feel free to do likewise)

    Can you please define "everyone" for me? We're in the middle of a political civil war here. If you took the side of the republicans on the promise on fiscal grounds (taxes, spending) see that they deliver the results. If the blame goes to the dems ("you put us in too big of hole to dig out of in two years") then your support of that excuse is evidence of your hypocrisy.

    If you took the republican side on the promise of jobs because business wouldn't be worried anymore, measure job creation in quantitative and qualitative terms. 20 million new jobs at Walmart and Target isn't progress.

    If you took the republican side on health care repeal, pray that you or a family member doesn't find themselves in a crisis that drains all your assets ... or worse ... watch helplessly as your child dies needlessly because of affordability.

    Refer to Mosiah 4:17,18 That's just one example

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:00 a.m.

    And no more talk from either side like Mr. Obama's statement, We won, so we'll do it our way or get to the back of the bus.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    Too late. Obama has already sealed his fate as a one term president.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    Obama's specific quote was “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

    Had a white man said that he'd have been branded as a racist. The time has come for the Republicans to usher Pelosi to a window seat in the back of that bus.

  • Billy Bob Provo, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Silly Williary. Of course they voted against most (or all) of what Obama and his liberal friends brought forth. They voted against it because they knew it is bad for America. And judging by the results of this year's election, America agrees.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    This is silly. Obama and his party think that people who make more than $250K are rich and should be taxed at a higher rate than others, Republicans understand that $250K and over for a small business owner does not necessarily mean rich and that we shouldn't be taking their money away at a higher rate anyway. Obama thinks it's okay to force people to buy health insurance, most republicans don't. What's to discuss? Nobody is going to change their mind. Just write a bill, vote on it, and get it over with. I don't think fiscal conservatives should compromise one bit with Obama. I think they should repeatedly shut down the government if necessary until he's out of office. Have you seen what the national debt is at? Enough is enough. No compromises, and if they can't deliver, we need to vote them all out of office. They say you have to compromise to get anything done. Who says anything needs to be done. Nothing is far better than anything congress and the president have given us in recent history.

  • Embarrassed in Seattle Redmond, WA
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    Most Democrats ask for compromise from the Republicans but never allow it themselves. Beware of compromise, it is a very unstable virtue.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    'When Republicans were a Senate minority in 1991-1992, there were 59 cloture (filibuster) filings. When President Clinton took office, with Republicans remaining the minority in the Senate, that number shot up to 80 in 1993-1994.

    When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 to a record 139 in 2007-2008.'

    'The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    To Pagan:

    Other than just presenting us your typical liberal drivel...your point is what?

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 4, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    Obama's specific quote was "WROD-up--G." All year long, the Democrats were telling people to "get out and vote." Then people told the Democrats, "We voted, now get out!" I loved how the different news networks covered the elections. On MSNBC, it was called "Election Night 2010: What Went Wrong?" At Fox News, it was "Election Night 2010: Party!" You can tell it's winter. The Democrats have gone into hibernation. In Washington D.C., volunteers were washing the mud off Democrats and releasing them back into the wild. Voters didn’t like how President Obama was handling the economy. Wait a minute he was handling the economy? Christine O'Donnell, after losing her election in Delaware, said “Our voices were heard.” In your head, lady.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    "your point is what?"

    I believe his point is that it seems odd for Republicans to be demanding for Democrats to compromise when Republicans refuse to compromise. One can understand that republicans feel they have a mandate and should get their way because "the people want that" except... there's two flaws with that.

    1. Republicans filibustered to death everything democrats wanted to do (they even attempted to filibuster small business tax credits... and six of the seven republican co-sponsors to pay-go legislation voted against it because Obama came out in support of it). So why should Republicans get everything they want because of a "voter mandate" when they did everything they could to stop anything Obama wanted despite his "voter mandate" in 2008?

    2. Turnout wasn't that high. Honestly half the reason the republicans did so well is because democrats were disappointed... that Obama hadn't done more, and stayed home. If you notice some key races (particularly Nevada where Reid boldly stood by his votes and with the president) only the democrats who ran away from Obama and their votes got crushed because their base didn't turn out for the spineless cowards.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Polar oppoistes - Obama vs the American people. Obama lectures and the people reject him and his fellow congressmen for ignoring them and pursing their own agenda. Can Obama find middle ground? No. Will Obama make some weak attempt for a week or two to ... as he did in Jan 2009? Probably but it will end quickly after the GOP leaders put bills on his desk that the people want such as NO TAX INCREASES, REPEAL OBAMACARE, JUNK CAP N TRADE, TAX CUTS and PROGRAM CUTS to regain fisical balance. Obama won't go for any of these with the exception of extending the BUSH tax cuts. Obama's idea of compromise is for the other side to do as he wants which of course is like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get his way. The bottom line here is the PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN and the GOP are carrying the peoples message to Obama. The ball is now in Obama's court to accept or reject the peoples wishes keeping in mind another election is fast approaching in less than 2 years times... best the dems don't forget that!!

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Nov. 4, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    I think we should divide the country in half. Republicans can have the West, Democrats can have the East. One Libertarian Paradise, one Communist Utopia, everybody's happy. (Except Pagan. He/she will always find something to complain about.) Of course the West would get the nuclear arsenal, since the East won't have any use for it. The East can have the West's illegal immigrants. I'm sure they'll be reall asset.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    The point with compromise with el presidente, Mr. Barak Obama, and his idea on bipartisan crossing the aisle notion he has, is Republicans cross "his" aisle and agree completely with him, because they have zero ideas he will agree with; so this is how it works for democrats; republicans must agree completely with democrats, signing on to there break the country and run up unsustainable debt that will bankrupt us....they could care less. 90% of the people are happy with their insurance, etc., etc., so we are doing all this baloney to irrepuably harming all of us and the country, for the sake of a few freeloaders. So you liberals tell me what's your idea of compromise with all of this stimulus, bailout scenario is for you guys? If you liberals have your way this country would be over. You want government control of everything in our lives. Why don't you all move to San Francisco and smoke pot and live with the food police, who just banned McDonald's Happy Meals for kids on their 2010 election ballot. This president will be a one termer, and wait until 2012 when TEA and Republicans finish the job.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 4, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Correction re-post.

    RE: Brother Chuck Schroeder | 2:00 p.m. Nov. 4, 2010
    A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Obama's specific quote was "WORD-up--G." All year long, the Democrats were telling people to "get out and vote." Then people told the Democrats, "We voted, now get out!" I loved how the different news networks covered the elections. On MSNBC, it was called "Election Night 2010: What Went Wrong?" At Fox News, it was "Election Night 2010: Party!" You can tell it's winter. The Democrats have gone into hibernation. In Washington D.C., volunteers were washing the mud off Democrats and releasing them back into the wild. Voters didn’t like how President Obama was handling the economy. Wait a minute he was handling the economy? Christine O'Donnell, after losing her election in Delaware, said “Our voices were heard.” In your head, lady.


    PS: Financial crisis? What crisis? Obama spending $2 billion to visit Mumbai. President is traveling with 3,000 people, bringing 34 warships, and spending $200 million a day to make the trip. And to endure the financial burden in the middle of a crisis? Something isn't right. Ya think?.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 4, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    Hey Patriot. I'm an American and I support Obama.

    Obama has always been willing to reach out to Republicans but all they offer is a closed fist. The Republican Party is controlled by its extreme fringe. The Senate--Senator Bauccus--spent months and months working on the Healthcare bill with Republicans who went home to their districts and peddaled lies about death panels.

    Thank goodness Obama tackled healthcare as soon as he got into office--otherwise it would never have been done. Obama recognized the key to future fiscal health is to reign in healthcare costs. the healthcare law doesn't do enough--but it is a start. And if the Public Option had been included it would've further reduced costs $110 billion over 10 yrs.

    35 years I was a registered Indpendent and voted for Republicans and Democrats. But no more. The moderate Republicans have been pushed out by the
    extremists.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 4, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Obama is not capable of truth. He will never do any meaningful compromise with anyone. His goal is to destroy the free enterprise system. He is only trying to present himself as a compromiser, but he has never compromised with Republicans in his life.

  • B Logan, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    I, for one, am not AT ALL concerned with whether the two sides can work together. As far as I'm concerned, the election on Tuesday is only part one of the real change about to happen. You Republicans don't worry about what the media thinks. They will hate you no matter what. Just do the right thing. Repeal Obamacare, cut spending, and reduce taxes. You think you can handle that? And for all that is good, don't let Mitch MeConnell in front of the camera. Get someone who can articulate what you are doing.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I read "The Audacity of Hope" and when Obama was elected, I had HOPE that he and the Democrats would do better than the Republicans did (how could he do worse?). But then, when I observed that what he said in his book and what he did in office were not the same thing, I felt betrayed. His bumbling of the oil spill disaster, the stimulus bill that didn't produce jobs and wasted a lot of money, the health care monstrosity, the indifferent attitude toward our citizens who live on the southern border, his arrogance, and on and on and on. Every time I see him on TV he is more and more diminished in my eyes both as a man and as president. The job is too big for him. He created the mess his administration is in and caused the Democrat disaster at the polls.