Obama In Seattle

August 18, 2010 by staff 

Obama In Seattle, ABC News’ Karen Travers and David Kerley report:

For months, President Obama has been to punish the Republicans for obstructing their agenda in Washington. Today ramps up the sarcasm in front of an enthusiastic crowd in favor.

At a Seattle fundraiser for Sen. Patty Murray, who faces a tough re-election battle, Obama once again said that Republicans are the party of “no.”

“Do you remember your slogan for the campaign – Yes we can. His motto: ‘No, we can not say,’” he said to laughter from the crowd Democratic fundraiser. “No, we can not. It’s really inspiring.”

Obama said that all Republicans have to interfere with any agenda, he and his fellow Democrats are pushing in Washington.

“No aid for small businesses, not tax cuts for the middle class, not the use of clean energy, not on making college more affordable, without reform of Wall Street,” he said.

Despite the gloomy economic data which remains a drag on his approval ratings, Obama had an optimistic tone.

“After 18 months, I’ve never been more sure that our country is headed in the right direction,” he said. “We’re doing what it takes to move forward. And we are doing what is necessary not only to rebuild the economy in the short term, we want to rebuild in the long term, for our children, our grandchildren.”

Obama said Republicans have only strategy is to hope that Americans forget what happened when they were in control, driving the economy into a ditch.

Basically, what this campaign comes down to is that between now and November are betting that you all come with a case of amnesia,” he said.

Earlier Obama met with the owners of three Seattle-area small businesses and said it was “difficult times” for people in their shoes.

“Nobody is getting too fat and happy, everyone here is operating on very thin margins, and are constantly thinking about their employees and their obligations and responsibilities to them,” he said.

Obama again urged the Senate to pass a jobs bill would cut taxes and make more loans to small businesses and blamed the hold up to the Republicans.

“Not even the will to vote. And every day goes in this obstruction is another day a small business somewhere in the country can not get a loan or can not get the tax cuts he needs to grow and hire,” said .

The president said that the owners of the nation’s small businesses are not interested in political games or what is best for a party.

Karen Travers and David Kerley

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