Obama: I’d really like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible

posted at 5:21 pm on February 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, we don’t doubt that.

“I’d like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible,” he said in an interview with San Francisco’s ABC7. “Even though I’m just starting my second term, I know that, you know, once we get through this year, then people start looking at the midterms, and after that, they start thinking about presidential elections.

“The American people don’t want us to spend all our time thinking about elections,” he continued. “They want us to do some work. Now’s a good time for us to get some things done.”

It’s far from impossible that Republicans could take back the Senate come 2014, as evidenced by Obama’s already-voiced commitment to finally helping out his fellow Democrats with the midterm elections as well as his reluctance to exit campaign-mode and maybe actually try his hand at governing-mode (really, I just can’t imagine why Republicans don’t want to work with him, can you?). No doubt he’d love to get more “big” things “accomplished” à la ObamaCare and the stimulus, and he knows he needs to get cracking on the legacy-building — even this unfortunate obstructionist Congress might be the last, best chance of his presidential ambitions (though he’ll certainly try his darndest to prevent that from being the case).

Hence, get ready for still more of this kind of thing, and the accompanying “Republicans hate clean air, jobs, food safety, children, and puppies,” or whatever:

Since the President took office four years ago, America has begun the hard work of rebuilding our infrastructure.  But there’s more to do, and that’s why the President’s plan ensures that the money we invest in infrastructure is spent wisely by adopting a “fix-it-first” policy. …

That’s why the President’s infrastructure plan calls for a Rebuild America Partnership that will attract private capital to build the infrastructure our businesses need most.  By acting on the President’s plan, together we can prove that there is no better place to do business and create jobs than right here in the United States of America.

Investing in a “fix-it-first” policy:  The President’s plan will immediately invest $50 billion in our nation’s transportation infrastructure, with $40 billion targeted to the most urgent upgrades and focused on fixing our highways, bridges, transit systems, and airports most in need of repair.

Attracting private investment through a “Rebuild America Partnership”:  The President’s plan will partner federal, state, and local governments with businesses and private capital to provide America with the best transportation, electric, water, and communications networks in the world.

Cutting red tape:  The President’s plan will cut timelines in half for infrastructure projects and create incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment through a historic modernization of agency permitting and review regulations, procedures, and policies.

Translation: More stimulus via government “investments.” Where is that initial $50 billion supposed to come from exactly, pray tell? The White House is suddenly flipping out about the $85 billion in 2013 sequestration cuts, but can’t seem to suggest any way to replace those cuts; and now they just want to tack on $50 billion in new spending? “Meh, all of our massive stimulus efforts have utterly failed to fix the economy so far, but let’s just double down on more of the same, or at least demonize the GOP some more in the effort.” Perfect.


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Lame duck

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

The facepalm presidency

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

This agenda has more cobwebs than the first lady’s thighmaster.

Chuck Schick on February 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Sure he would. The more time people have to think, the more they don’t like what he’s doing.

The ones who do like it aren’t thinking.

CurtZHP on February 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Lame dork

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I cant wait for the 2015 SOTU to see a defeated Obama. It will be a fire and brimstone rant worthy of Hugo Chavez once he realizes that his legacy is Obamacare and the placeholder during the lost decade.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

This agenda has more cobwebs than the first lady’s thighmaster.
Chuck Schick on February 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

More cobwebs than Obama’s copy of the constitution?

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Man, you shouldn’t treat Beyonce and Reggie like objects

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Well it appears bho is going whole hog on this eo’s? No one has stopped him yet and I don’t think any in dc(both sides) will?

That dang constitution is a drag on king bho isn’t it?
L

letget on February 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

More cobwebs than Obama’s copy of the constitution?

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

You are assuming that he has a copy of the Constitution. I doubt that he has ever even read it, much less owned a copy.

iurockhead on February 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

***Not to take away from this topic, but are we going to get a post on the Drudge Headline that’s been up all afternoon?***

Okay, on topic ….

All the more reason the Boehner should send just about everything to committee for consideration and let them languish until the Fall, then bring them up and vote it down so that they have to start all over next year.

I think Obama will be a lamed duck much earlier than most have and Repubs should take advantage of that in every way possible. Besides, Boehner could have fun saying things like,

“I’ve directed my fellow Republican leaders to devise plans to get these bills out of committees and have asked they send me these plans, with alternatives if necessary, next month so we can discuss alternatives to letting them just sit languishing in committees. From there I will make a decision on what the best course of action is.”

Dusty on February 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I want to steal as much wealth and as many firearms from you as I can in this term.

I won’t say “final”, because Barky and Co. are capable of anything.

Philly on February 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

“I’d like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible,” he said in an interview with San Francisco’s ABC7. “Even though I’m just starting my second term, I know that, you know, once we get through this year, then people start looking at the midterms, and after that, they start thinking about presidential elections.

The World’s Greatest Orator was, you know, in fine form talking about that stuff.

Drained Brain on February 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Obama, the Democrats, and the public need to be reminded daily that the $800 BILLION so-called stimulus is now part of the budget baseline every year.

In other words Obama gets his stimulus every year now. So why is he asking for more? Where is all the money going?

And the sequester represents just a 10% cut in a 30% increase to annual spending. How can such a measly cut to a dramatic increase in only three years wreak such havoc?

How about we return sending to where it would have been without the stimulus?

Charlemagne on February 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

***Not to take away from this topic, but are we going to get a post on the Drudge Headline that’s been up all afternoon?***

Hey…Chill. It’s organic.

WryTrvllr on February 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Dictators are always in a hurry to get things cooking.

Pork-Chop on February 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

By acting on the President’s plan, together we can prove that there is no better place to do business and create jobs than right here in the United States of America.

Well, except for the highest corporate tax rate in the world. And the hostile regulatory bodies. And the wacko environmentalists. And the trial lawyers. And Obamacare. Other than that, it’s a super place to do business.

SukieTawdry on February 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

He has to try, before Obamacare TOTALLY CRATERS the health insurance and healthcare industries at the end of this year, with 10s of millions not even knowing whether they are covered, many more absolutely HAMMERED by the massive increase in premiums, and every medical facility out their turned into a nightmare.

michaelo on February 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The World’s Greatest Orator was, you know, in fine form talking about that stuff.

Drained Brain on February 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

And, why does that stuff always cost me my freedoms, my money or both?

Fallon on February 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

once he realizes that his legacy is Obamacare

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

That’s bad enough. For a dedicated fellow traveler like Obama, that’s quite a legacy. It’s something they’ve worked 60 years to implement. And he goes down in the history books for it.

Cleombrotus on February 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

More work, less golf.

Socratease on February 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Obama, the Democrats, and the public need to be reminded daily that the $800 BILLION so-called stimulus is now part of the budget baseline every year.

In other words Obama gets his stimulus every year now. So why is he asking for more? Where is all the money going?

And the sequester represents just a 10% cut in a 30% increase to annual spending. How can such a measly cut to a dramatic increase in only three years wreak such havoc?

How about we return sending to where it would have been without the stimulus?

Charlemagne on February 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Exactly but the GOP will never mention this. If they agree to an actual Budget they will also not mention this either. Most are GOPe and they want all the spending just as much as the Democrats.

People don’t pay attention to what you do in office, just what you promise on the stump. It is the lesson RINOs learned a long time ago. Conservative on tv, progressive in the chamber.

This is the way they feel about the people that put them in office.

McCain in 2012 made it very clear he would not support Amnesty unless the fence was in place. Well nothing has been done on it but now he is once again for Amnesty. To Hades with the voters he could care less what they think because he knows he can fool them again in 2018 if he runs. The GOP base is so used to being lied to they do not believe any politician tells the truth.

Steveangell on February 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Trying to be the impeachment?

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM

He really is a reasonable guy. We should help him with his agenda. We should be glad he has finally decided to “fix the climate.”

TarheelBen on February 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

There’s some stuff I’d like to see get done as quickly as possible, too.

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

That dang constitution is a drag on king bho isn’t it?

letget on February 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Every time he wipes his arse with it, yep.

Midas on February 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Pull my finger.

Speakup on February 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Obama, the Democrats, and the public need to be reminded daily that the $800 BILLION so-called stimulus is now part of the budget baseline every year.

And the sequester represents just a 10% cut in a 30% increase to annual spending. How can such a measly cut to a dramatic increase in only three years wreak such havoc?

Charlemagne on February 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

GOP needs to be beating this like a drum. But noooo. All we hear is crickets.

Screw ‘em.

petefrt on February 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

More work, less golf.

Socratease on February 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I’d rather he golf more and work less. Congress, too.

Fallon on February 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I’ve gotta tell you, after listening to this interview on Fox News, the President should have no trouble getting his agenda through. I’ve just heard the stupidest Republican talk about sequestation and how much damage it’s going to do and I just can’t believe the Democrats and Republicans are on the same page. Brett Baer gave him the opportunity to comment on how it’s only $85 billion in a $3.2 trillion budget and he was still crying.

If that’s the Republican “strategy” they’re in deep trouble. I can’t believe how dumb this is. If the Republicans were pointing out how minor this all is, how it’s only slowing the rate of growth and not a cut, they could win. With morons like this guy, they might as well throw in the towel and we can go looking for candidates for a 3rd party that can get elected and actually accomplish something.

bflat879 on February 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

yeah, remember that little thing called paygo you signed off on….good times

cmsinaz on February 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Lame duck brain with the intellectual curiosity of a plankter.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

That’s bad enough. For a dedicated fellow traveler like Obama, that’s quite a legacy. It’s something they’ve worked 60 years to implement. And he goes down in the history books for it.

Cleombrotus on February 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

No argument it will be noted as a legislative achievement of grand proportions but history will show it was a governing legacy of disastrous proportions (he’s gotta know this). He will probably be the first president since the great depression to leave office with an average unemployment level of 9% or higher. 65 million on food stamps, negative GDP growth (excluding government spending). Doubled the national Debt, I could go on and on….

The worst is yet to come, and he knows it.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Of course he’s gotta move fast. His poll numbers are dropping and his influence wanes with each month even with his own party because he’s a “lame duck”.

He also can’t reveal his true agenda: Becoming El Presidente For Life before 2016…

wildcat72 on February 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I’ve gotta tell you, after listening to this interview on Fox News, the President should have no trouble getting his agenda through. I’ve just heard the stupidest Republican talk about sequestation and how much damage it’s going to do and I just can’t believe the Democrats and Republicans are on the same page. Brett Baer gave him the opportunity to comment on how it’s only $85 billion in a $3.2 trillion budget and he was still crying.

If that’s the Republican “strategy” they’re in deep trouble. I can’t believe how dumb this is. If the Republicans were pointing out how minor this all is, how it’s only slowing the rate of growth and not a cut, they could win. With morons like this guy, they might as well throw in the towel and we can go looking for candidates for a 3rd party that can get elected and actually accomplish something.

bflat879 on February 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I watched the same interview =and told my wife about it. I’ve now read her your post as it’s in far more detail.

We despair!

Drained Brain on February 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Obama: I’d really like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible

…STUFF it up your azz JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I’ve gotta tell you, after listening to this interview on Fox News, the President should have no trouble getting his agenda through. I’ve just heard the stupidest Republican talk about sequestation and how much damage it’s going to do and I just can’t believe the Democrats and Republicans are on the same page. Brett Baer gave him the opportunity to comment on how it’s only $85 billion in a $3.2 trillion budget and he was still crying.

If that’s the Republican “strategy” they’re in deep trouble. I can’t believe how dumb this is. If the Republicans were pointing out how minor this all is, how it’s only slowing the rate of growth and not a cut, they could win. With morons like this guy, they might as well throw in the towel and we can go looking for candidates for a 3rd party that can get elected and actually accomplish something.

bflat879 on February 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Yes, that was a terrible interview.

Mirimichi on February 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Glad to hear the president is ready to exert some vigorous leadership — I’m sure we’ll soon hear his demand to fix the Soc Sec shortfall and his responsible plan for doing so.

Chuckles3 on February 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Translation: I’ve got a tee-time.

Axeman on February 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Obama: I’d really like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible

Of course you would.

I hope you fail.

petefrt on February 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

“I’d like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible,”

Before people realize how stupid some of my ideas are!

GarandFan on February 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I’ve got some ‘primo’ Columbian stuff , uncut

RdLake on February 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM