ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Clayton Sandell report: In a pair of fundraisers this afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri for Senate candidate Robin Carnahan, President Obama painted the choice this election season between moving forwards with Democrats, or backwards with Republicans.
“They run these ads, thinking, you know, well, we might be able to fool them one more time,” Obama said of the Republican Party’s strategy, “It's not going to work. We don't have to guess how the other party will govern, because we're still living with the results from the last time.”
“We already know how this story ends,” he said, “And in the 18 months since I've been president, they have been singing from the same hymnal.”
The president blasted Republicans for criticizing him on fiscal responsibility.
“It's a little odd getting lectures on sobriety from folks who spent like drunken sailors for the better part of the last decade,” the president said, “You'd think that after turning a record Clinton surplus into a record deficit and record debt, they'd be a little shy about this.”
The president said the “same folks in the other party whose policies gave us the economic crisis are now looking for another chance to lead,” after driving the economy in a ditch.
“They want the keys back, and you’ve got to say to — the same thing to them that you say to your teenager: You can't have the keys back because you don't know how to drive yet! You can't have the keys! Maybe you take a remedial course. Or I'll take you out to the parking lot and you can drive in circles. But we're not going to let you out on the open road.”
Targeting Carnahan’s contender on the Republican side – Congressman Roy Blunt — Obama said that as one of the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives he had his hands on the wheel.
“He was there giving those tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and oil companies without paying for them, adding to our deficit, adding to our debt. He fought for fewer rules and less oversight for Wall Street — still fighting for them. That's how he makes his money.”
The president again criticized House Minority Leader John Boehner for comments last week saying that plans for financial reform were like killing an ant with a nuclear weapon.
“An ant! That's what he called what we just went through. You can imagine a movie, ‘The Ant That Ate Our Economy.’ Just — that's a big ant. “
Additionally the president also laid into Texas Congressman Joe Barton’s comments during the oil spill hearings, when he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for what he called a “shakedown” at the White House. The president first defended his position for the creation of the $20 billion compensation fund.
“I want BP to do well, because obviously their ability to pay depends on them staying solvent. But I said to them, "’Do right by these folks.’ And they agreed to put together a $20-billion fund to make sure that everybody was being compensated. Seems pretty sensible, doesn't it?”
The president said that when he heard Barton’s comments in the hearing his reactions was, "’Nah — he didn't say that.’ But he did — because they don't think in terms of representing ordinary folks. That's not — that's not their orientation.”
The president said the choice in the election is between the “Bartons and the Boehners and the Blunts.”
“They've got that ‘no’ philosophy; that ‘you're-on-your-own’ philosophy; the status quo philosophy — a philosophy that says everything is politics and we're just going to gun for the next election, we don't care what it means for the next generation. And they figure if they just keep on saying no it'll work for them, they'll get more votes in November because, if Obama loses, they win.”