Obama Calls Out Rush Limbaugh, Fox News for Painting ‘Caricature’ for ‘Republican Base’

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The President says propaganda has left him unable to reach across the aisle, and he refused to offer “judgement” on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal

President Barack Obama is blaming his rocky relationship with Republicans in Congress on Rush Limbaugh, and the constant stream of bad press he receives from Fox News.

In the New Yorker follow-up interview to the magazine’s in-depth portrait of the President, Obama is described as being “particularly touchy” when discussing the notion that his inability to compromise with Republicans prevents him from passing more legislation. The publication’s initial interview made media waves earlier this week due to his comments about marijuana.

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“The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh,” Obama said. “But I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think.”

If the voters don’t trust him, Obama explained, then the Republican politicians they elected can’t compromise with him, because their constituents will consider it “a betrayal.”

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“And as long as there’s that gap between perceptions of me within the average Republican primary voter and the reality, it’s hard for folks like John Boehner to move too far in my direction,” Obama added.

When asked to weigh in on the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, Obama avoided giving an opinion on the matter.

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“Well, I like Christie personally, and we’ve had a good working relationship on specific issues like the Hurricane Sandy recovery,” he said. “Beyond that, I just don’t have enough facts to offer a judgment.”

  • freehealthcareforall

    The real problem with the elite Repunant gang is that instead of admitting that they dislike Obama because he is black; they cowardly run around and around with birther issue, stop short of destroy the economy from their shutdown government, playing with the debt limits, and never bother to pass a real budget, constant disrupt healthcare implementation, etc. to blame any bad thing thy can find to Obama. When FDR enacted the social security program, the same GOP party tried to dismantle the SS program for being a socialist idea. It took 7 years for the SS program to start to work and now it provided the safety nest for many retired people (including the Republican elderly who vote against for people who would destroy the program that they benefit). Frankly, just admitting being a bigot will help them have some peace.

    • Justin

      Do u speaka English?

    • Patriot

      And SS is going broke because the government is incapable of adminstering any program responsibly.

  • terrylrt1

    Lmao – but he had enough “facts” to issue a public statement about the Martin-Zimmerman case, and attempt to start a nationwide race war. The absolute hypocrisy of these people just amazes me. And this guy in particular – if he ever accidentally tells the truth about something, I imagine his head will explode.

    • B4Cons

      Your post a perfect example of what the President is explaining in the Article.

  • thomas

    Thank you to anyone who spreads the word/truth about Obama.

  • Feudi Pandola

    Can’t stand Limbaugh, but he cannot hurt the country because he holds no position of power. I voted for President Obama in 2008 but quickly learned the error of my ways when he ignored J-O-B-S for his entire first term in favor of an awful law that does not work and never will work. This presidency has been woefully inept…as bad as the Carter Administration except worse because America re-elected Mr. Obama to assuage its white guilt. And now the chickens have come home to roost!

    • chaos99972@yahoo.com

      Watch and learn, fool.
      Saving 3 millions jobs isn’t “ignoring jobs”.
      Problem is with bigotted, racist republiCANTS rejecting every single thing the prez tries to do because they hate and fear the BLACK MAN in the WHITEHOUSE.
      Gods, I’m so sick and tired of these BIGOTS.

      • Feudi Pandola

        You write like you have a fourth grade education and you’re about as intelligent as a three year old judging by your “comment”.

        • mollycruz

          That’s right, can’t fight the facts, so get personal and insult somebody. Bill O’Really could have written this: all gas, no thought.

          • Feudi Pandola

            Facts? Really?

    • mollycruz

      What a tiresome string of cliched soundbites from FOX; all wrong. Good going guy; keep that box on your head.

      • Feudi Pandola

        Great hairdo Ms. Troll. Do you go out in public like that?

  • x y

    Touchy? Didn’t he want this job with all its pros and cons? Obummer’s disrespect for people, especially republicans, is the cause for his problems. His statement “…inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base…”is absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful of his other mulatto self. People are capable of making up their own minds, listening to him and other people that weigh in on a subject and making up their own minds. Does he really believe the American public really believe what talking heads say and do not have a mind of their own. His obvious oblivious flight from reality, makes him believe his own rhetoric.

  • x y

    One has to accept that Obummer is mentally ill. How could a president of the United States state that he would like a son that attempted to murder someone, used drugs, probably was a drug seller, skipped school and was a gang banger. Outrageous statement. Any high school senior knows that if you take away money from people they will not be able to spend that money normally in the economy. Increase the cost of health insurance and other expenditures have to drop. The economy will have to slow down, the stock market will have to fall, company profits will have to fall. Obummer is such an unintelligent, fool, fraud and a fake, really the American people can not allow him to guide the nation. He has to renounce or be impeached immediately.

  • hap46

    Does Obama think ALL Americans really listen to Rush Limbaugh or watch Fox TV?
    I vote Republican 95% of the time but have never seen or listen to either. I come from an upbringing of taking pride in what you do, do the best you can in everything you tackle, don’t expect the government to take care of you and your family (save for a raining day as surely that day will come), and treat everyone as you want to be treated.

  • Timraiders

    What is the big deal? Fox news is to the republican party what MSNBC is to the democratic party. Just so happens people actually watch fox news.

  • Hal

    What a joke. The bad press from the right has made it impossible for him to “reach across the aisle.” Is there no end to the excuses for his total absence of leadership abilities?

  • Izit Justme

    Rush Limbaugh and Fox News aren’t available where I live, and I don’t really feel like I am missing anything. And I know that Rush Limbaugh and Fox News don’t hold elected office.
    So Mr. President, please explain again why you can’t reach a compromise?

  • ben

    It scares me to see that so many people like @truthisliberty:disqus are in this country. Your arguments are based off of your religion. Religion should have nothing to do with politics. Everyone has their own religion and ideology, who’s to say yours is the one that’s right, because in the end no one really has proof. We must trust in man and in our ability to cooperate with one another. More so in our country, seeing is that we are a country so full of diversity. The republican party has already stated that they would not let obama pass any legislation (or make it extremely hard), i believe purely out of spite and not for the good of our people. Where’s the cooperation? where’s the love?

  • Juan Ganem

    Obama or Osama or whatever his name… is an un-american homosexual.. fraud and liar out to destroy democracy and the american way of life… IMPEACH THE BASTARD