Obama Aggressively Pushes Back Against Stimulus Criticism

Feb 4, 2009 11:27am

A little bit of pepper from the president today.

"In the past few days I’ve heard criticisms of this (stimulus) plan that echo the very same failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis –- the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can ignore fundamental challenges like energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive. … I reject those theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change."

That may sound, to Republican ears, an awful lot like President Obama’s light-hearted "I won" moment from his private meeting with congressional leaders last week, or like Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s "Yes, we wrote the bill; yes, we won the election." (Which, to be fair, was followed by her saying, "But that doesn’t mean we don’t want it to have sustainability and bipartisan support, and the president is working hard to get that done.”)

They did after all win. So is it unfair to say?

– jpt

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