The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


August 29, 2012


Wednesday, August 29, 2012 — The president on whether there will be a difference in how he

approaches Republicans if reelected:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: My approach has been pretty consistent from the

start; I’ve often proposed ways to solve our problems that used to be

embraced by Republicans. There’s no better example than the health care

bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican

standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts. The

Recovery Act that helped us avoid a depression, a third of it was tax

cuts. My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back

and says, “Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president,

maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.

President Obama reacts to Mitt Romney’s remarks about the way Obama is

making our country “far more like Europe, with a larger, more dominant,

more intrusive government. …”

PO: When you look at the policies I’ve promoted, they used to be

considered bipartisan, mainstream ideas. What’s changed is not me.

What’s changed is where the Republican Party’s gone. In fact, a lot of

the things I’ve done are things that Mr. Romney, when he was governor of

Massachusetts, seemed to promote. … What’s absolutely true is that we’ve

had to take some emergency steps, like saving the auto industry, that

weren’t free, that weren’t popular, but were the right thing to do.

On how being black affected President Obama’s ability to govern:

PO: By virtue of being African-American, I’m attuned to how

throughout this country’s history there have been times when folks have

been locked out of opportunity, and because of the hard work of people

of all races, slowly those doors opened to more and more people. Equal

opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re

vigilant about it. But part of this is not just because we’re

African-American—it’s also because Michelle and I were born into pretty

modest means. … And as president, I want to affirm that that’s important

and reject the idea that if we just reward those at the top, that

somehow that’s going to work for everybody—’cause that hasn’t been how

America got built.

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