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Obama: Outreach to GOP aimed at ending gridlock

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:39 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2013



WASHINGTON » President Barack Obama says he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of untangling the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's talking with Republicans about ways to replace the automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. He says immigration reform and gun control are other areas where he's hopeful Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

He says even though unemployment fell to 7.7 percent last month, expanding the economy is still his top priority.

In the Republican address, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he's worried that Senate Democrats will unveil a budget next week that won't curb the nation's debt. He's insisting that lawmakers balance the federal budget.

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Online:

Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov

GOP address: www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress







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serious wrote:
Good first step, but HE has got to, in his talks to the public, get rid of that THEM and US attitude. Simpson--Bowles, commissioned by HIM has the common sense answers. It hurts both parties but it's a solution from many months of hearings--at taxpayer expense.
on March 9,2013 | 06:06AM
sumoroach wrote:
the unemployment numbers are wrong. How many works lost there unemployment insurance? 99 weeks goes by fast. Of whick of those people have found a job or benefits ran out? A lot just ran out.
on March 9,2013 | 07:19AM
honopic wrote:
"99 weeks goes by fast"? That's almost 2 years! If you can't find work in 99 weeks, you're not trying. The last time I was laid off, the maximum was 14 weeks. I was pounding the pavement every day, looking for work before time ran out. That WAS my job -- finding one! After 10 weeks I did. It was for less money and fewer benefits, but it was work. Luckily, two days later, I was recalled to my old job. I can't imagine living on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks.
on March 9,2013 | 03:44PM
9ronboz wrote:
The real unemployment figure is in the double digits. Reduce taxes, cut unnecessary spending and get back to real work prez.
on March 9,2013 | 07:25AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Economy is still his first priority? Uh, sure, right. Probably missed that one. Meanwhile unemployment went down to 7.7%. His economic policies, what ever they may be, are working??? While the country gained 236,000 jobs last month, the ranks of those not in the labor force — people who don't have a job and stopped looking — swelled by 296,000. Since june of 2009 there are one million fewer Americans, people who could work but don't, in the labor force. This number doesn't include retirees and normal drop outs.
on March 9,2013 | 07:33AM
serious wrote:
Yes, the economy should be the first priority. The business news all indicate that corporations have billions of dollars in their coffers but will not hire or expand since they don't know what the federal government is going to do. Will the taxes be 15% or 35%? How about a budget Obama???
on March 9,2013 | 07:40AM
Graham wrote:
If he had did his outreach BEFORE the deadline , this mess could have been avoided...
on March 9,2013 | 07:43AM
Pacej001 wrote:
"Obama: Outreach to GOP aimed at ending gridlock" : The media people who write these headlines just crack me up. This one, for example, implies that Obama is the patron saint of conflict resolution "reaching out" (vague biblical ref reference here) to the GOP a group so far from the mainstream of the common good that one has to "reach out" to them. Funnier still is the implication that the president is somehow above the fray (that he created) or the absolute absence of reference to the democrat Senate and its inability to pass a budget or lack of concrete Sequester legislation. LOL. Are we that easily manipulated? Guess for 51% of the population, the answer would be yes. Too bad. ----------- Meanwhile, what would be a more accurate header for this non-article? Obama, Having Been Caught Crying Wolf, Seeks Another Way to Make Himself Look Good While Continuing to Blame Republicans.
on March 9,2013 | 08:32AM
Pacej001 wrote:
"Obama: Outreach to GOP aimed at ending gridlock" : The media people who write these headlines are a hoot. This one, for example, implies that Obama is the patron saint of conflict resolution "reaching out" (vague biblical ref reference here) to the GOP, a group so far from the mainstream of the common good that one has to "reach out" to them. Funnier still is the implication that the president is somehow above the fray (that he created) or the absolute absence of reference to the democrat Senate and its inability to pass a budget or lack of concrete Sequester legislation. LOL. Are we that easily manipulated? Guess for 51% of the population, the answer would be yes. Too bad. ----------- Meanwhile, what would be a more accurate headline for this non-article? Obama, Having Been Caught Crying Wolf, Seeks Another Way to Make Himself Look Good While Continuing to Blame Republicans.
on March 9,2013 | 08:34AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Typical that he decided to close the White House. He thinks it's his. The same security is still in place there. Someone needs to remind Obama that we allow him, and his family, to stay in the White House. The United States is the only country that allows its citizens to visit such a residence. That is, it was, until Obama.
on March 9,2013 | 09:14AM
Anonymous wrote:
Obama now that you are not worried about re-election go out and do what a true leader does. Go out and do the right things although unpopular. Think about it the presidents that are most remembered are those that dig great things for its country or really bad things for its country. Only time will tell where you will settle and be remembered in the journals of our history books or should I say the journals of the internet.
on March 9,2013 | 09:16AM
ISCREAM wrote:
Obama does do what he does...goes golfing...
on March 9,2013 | 08:28PM
DABLACK wrote:
We're being held hostage long enough. Some radical will instigate a riot against the powers-to-be and all hell will break loose. Could be one of the reasons why our guns are in jeopardy. Easier for the national guard to shoot us.....they no more rubber bullets !! How much more will the people take ?? Our used-to-be dollar was worth a whole dollar.....now its only about .07 cents. How did we get there ??
on March 9,2013 | 09:24AM
tinapa wrote:
The President's outreach to the GOP is a clear manifestation of his willingness to put the country above partisan politics and a demonstration of his impeccable leadership skills. He is doing this to inject civility and tranquility over the political process in such a manner that both sides could embrace the spirit of compromise over issues that matter most to American people because without the spirit of togetherness, they will continue to suffer. But to capture this elusive goal, the right wingers must abandon or at least soften their position on critical issues such as dismembering social programs that benefit the poor, children and the elders and to allow the abolition of certain tax loopholes that benefit only the rich. It is time for both parties to plant the flag of truce and flash their political lights on the needs of the American people.
on March 9,2013 | 09:26AM
Pacej001 wrote:
OMG. Sick to stomach.
on March 9,2013 | 11:30AM
hawaiikone wrote:
He's doing this because too many people are seeing through his smooth talk and starting to demand some leadership. Regardless of the why, it's long overdue.
on March 9,2013 | 02:01PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Hope you're right. Suspect just another tactic from an ideologue.
on March 9,2013 | 04:09PM
Pacej001 wrote:
1. Obama "outreach" is a tactic. 2. Given four years of performance, he's willing to put ideology over country. 3. He has no leadership experience and few demonstrated skills. 4. Civility from the man who's turned class envy into an art form? From the same who claimed his opponents want us to drink/breathe polluted water/air? Don't think so. 5. A 1.4% cut to the 2013 budget isn't "suffering". 6. "Right-wingers" have compromised on revenue increases. Obama has not compromised on spending cuts, in fact, plans increased spending. 6. Social programs, unaffordable expensive are self-dismembering unless modified. 7. The greatest "loop hole", mortgage interest deduction, benefits all. 8. Both parties need to produce a balanced national budget. Oh, I forgot, the democrats have refused to do so for four years, the Republicans having done their part since taking the House in 2010. 9. Worshiping a political figure is a form of psychosis.
on March 9,2013 | 04:06PM
ISCREAM wrote:
You drank the whole punch bowl...
on March 9,2013 | 08:29PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The only reason we are having this conversation is the Rep. Boehner and the house held fast on cutting spending instead of more tax and spend...or in President (No Budget Required) Obama's case spend and tax...just catch me on the golf course with Tiger...
on March 9,2013 | 08:27PM
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