Obama: Republicans Are Not Responsive to Public Opinion – That’s Why They’re Unpopular
Barack Obama was on with radio host Tom Joyner today. During the interview Obama explined to Joyner that the reason Republicans are unpopular is because they “have not been very responsive to public opinion” and “that is the reason they are unpopular today.”
The Washington Post published the transcript:
TOM JOYNER: Mr. President, those plans sound great. It makes a lot of sense. But you’re dealing with a bunch of people who seem to want to say no to anything that you want to do. And so, when you come next week with your jobs plan, how are you going to get it passed when everybody in the Republican Party seems to say no to everything you say yes to?
BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, this has been a problem for two and a half years now, but despite that fact, we’ve been able to get health care passed. Despite that fact, we’ve been able to make sure that we put more money into the Pell Grant program. Despite that fact, we’ve been able to try to fix the financial system so that we don’t have another train wreck like we’ve had in the past.
So we’re going to continue to see resistance, but the main thing is to communicate directly with the American people. Now, these folks so far have not been very responsive to public opinion and – which is why they are very unpopular right now. But they’re speaking only to a very narrow segment of the population, their base.
We’ve just got to keep on putting the pressure on. My attitude is that my job is to present the best plans possible. Congress needs to act. If Congress does not act, then I’m going to be going on the road and talking to folks, and this next election very well may end up being a referendum on whose vision of America is better. Because the fact of the matter is, is that the American people voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for dysfunctional government. And if they see one side not willing to work with the other to move the country forward, then that’s what elections are all about. So we’re going to be in a struggle for probably the next 16, 17 months.
TOM JOYNER: And I’m going to be right there in the foxhole struggling with you.
BARACK OBAMA: Well, because the key always is if the American people are mobilized, then change happens. When they’re not mobilized, then special interests, lobbyists, the folks who put party ahead of country – those folks are going to benefit.
For the record… Republicans currently hold a nine point lead over democrats on the generic Congressional ballot.
Maybe Republicans aren’t the problem, Barack.