Transcript for Does Obama Still Have 'the Juice'?
Mr. President -- -- -- hundred days and -- second. On the go until you put it seems everything into -- try to get past. Obviously didn't. Congress ignored your efforts to try to get them -- -- sequestered cuts to receive the Phillies threatened to veto it got 92 Democrats in the house voting yes. So my question to you is. Do you still have to choose to get the rest of your agenda. My if you put that -- out of and then there's whose contract -- all -- Galloway. There are they. I think it's it's a little. As mark -- and served. There are rumors of my demise -- -- little exaggerated at this point. Look what -- we. Do we understand there -- and divided government right now. Problems controlled house representatives. In the senate. This. Have that requiring sixty votes for. Even the most modest piece of legislation. As gum up the works there. And I think it's comes to no surprise -- the American people but even members of congress themselves. Right now things are pretty dysfunctional on Capitol Hill. This fight that I'm actually confident that there are a range of things we're really get done. I feel confident that. The bipartisan work has been done on immigration reform. Will result in. A bill that passes the senate passes the house and gets on my desk and that's going to be a historic achievement. And I'm. I've been very. Complimentary of the efforts of both Republicans and difference in. Those efforts. It is true that. The sequester is in place right now it's damaging our economy is hurting our people and we need to left. What's clear is that the only way we'll look -- is we do a bigger. Deal that. Meets the test. Lord our deficit. And -- and our economy. At the same time and that's gonna require. Some compromises on the part of both Democrats and Republicans. I've had some good conversations -- Republican -- so far. Those conversations are continuing I think there's a genuine desire on many other parts to move past. Not only sequester. Washington dysfunction. Whether we can get it done or not. You know we'll -- But I think video who have moved to sequester is a good example. For this this recent face. -- a good example. Fuel -- poll that. Don't even as recently as my campaign. Republicans were saying sequester this terrible disease disasters in -- -- and our military it's going to be disastrous for the economy. We've got to do something about. Then when it was determined that doing something about it might mean that we close some tax loopholes. For the wealthy in the -- connected. -- well you know what we'll take us a question. And the notion was somehow that we had exaggerated the effects of this -- memorable presence. -- Brian wolf. -- chicken little the sequestered no problem. And then and rapid succession suddenly -- White House tours this terror. How can we let that happen. Meat inspectors we got to fix that and most recently. What are we gonna do about potential delays at airports. So. Despite the fact that. And a lot of members of congress were suggesting that somehow the -- was a victory for them and this wouldn't hurt the economy what we now know is that what -- Warned earlier what -- stood up here and warned repeatedly. Is happening. It's slowed our growth and its resulting in people being thrown out of work. And it's hurting. Folks all across the country. And the fact that congress. Responded. To the short term problem of flight delays. By giving us the option. Of shifting money of it's designed to. Repair and improve airports over the long term. To fix the short term problem. -- not a solution. So essential -- -- what we've done as we've said. In order to avoid delays this summer we're gonna ensure the -- for the next two or three decades. -- reasonable. Hold on second. The so. The alternative of course. Is either. To go ahead and impose a whole bunch of -- -- on passengers now. Which also does not fix the problem. -- the third alternative is to actually fix the problem by coming up with a broader larger deal. But it did Jonathan you seems. Suggest that somehow. These folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That's their job. Their elected members of congress are elected. In order to do what's right for their constituencies and for the American people. So. If in fact they are seriously concerned about passenger convenience and safety. Then they shouldn't just be thinking about tomorrow or next week for the week after that they should be thinking about what's gonna happen five years from about ten years from -- fifteen years. The only way to do that this for them to engage with me. On coming up with a broader deal. And that's exactly what I'm trying to do is -- continue to talk to them about our other ways for us to -- us. Frankly I don't think that. If power to veto for example a separate bill -- that somehow would lead to the broader effects. It just means there -- pain now. Which they were trying to blame on me. As -- -- five years from now. But either way the problem citing fix the only way the problem does get fixed is if both parties sit down and they say are we gonna make sure there will reduce our deficit sensible and how we make sure -- were investing and things like rebuilding our airports. And our roads our bridges and investing in early childhood education all -- basically search all the things are gonna help us grow. And that's what the American people want did just one interesting statistic -- from -- Airports if there was a recent survey. The top airports in the country in the world. And there was not a single US airport became in the top 45. Not one. Not one US airport was considered by the experts. And consumers who use these air force to be in the top 25 in the world. Having Cincinnati airport came in around thirty. What does that say about our long term. -- competitiveness and future. And so when folks say well -- there was some money in their favor. Not deal with these -- well you have the money is this -- Love phones that are supposed to try to upgrade -- airport so we don't rank. And -- bottom. Of industrialized countries when it comes to our infrastructure and and if that's what we're doing we're using our seed corn. Short term and the only reason we're -- because right now we've got. Folks who are unwilling to. Make some simple changes to our tax growth for example to close loopholes that aren't adding to our competitiveness and our -- -- the middle class families. So I'm. That's a long way of answering your question. The point is that their common sense solutions for problems right now. I cannot force. Republicans. To embrace those common sense solutions and I can urge them to I can put pressure on them I guess. You know rally the American people around those. -- those common sense solutions but ultimately. They themselves are gonna have to say we want to do right thing and I think there are. Members. Certainly in the senate right now and I suspect members in the house as well who. Who understand that deep down but -- word about their politics it's tough. Their base. Thinks that compromise -- me is somehow of the trail. They're worried about farmers. And I understand all and we're gonna try to do everything we can't. Create. Permission structure for them to be able to do what's going to be best for the country I was gonna take some time.
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