"His persistent reminders that he 'inherited' these problems are unproductive and trite. Americans are looking for leadership, not finger pointing and excuses for the implementation of ill-advised policies," said chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Thursday. "I think the vice president is controversial in some quarters, but there is nobody that knows better than he does about what the threats are that face our nation and why it was necessary to take extraordinary measures to protect our country."
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the president needs to prevent an alternative plan.
"Let me just state right up front that Republicans oppose releasing these terrorists or importing them into our local communities. I've supported the president's approach to Afghanistan and with regard to Iraq. But I think on this one, he's dead wrong," Boehner said.
"I am confident. I'm confident that this administration will do what it has done since being inaugurated, pursuing a very thoughtful, considered path to address challenges confronting the country," Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said about Obama's decision to shut down the detention facility.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.