Obama: House Republicans should be 'embarrassed' by their record

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:08pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama is interviewed on MSNBC's ''Hardball with Chris Matthews'' at American University in Washington December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama is interviewed on MSNBC's ''Hardball with Chris Matthews'' at American University in Washington December 5, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Republicans who control the House of Representatives have to be "embarrassed" by their inability to produce legislation such as an immigration overhaul.

Obama's comments in an interview with MSNBC'S "Hardball" show were a sign that tensions linger between him and congressional Republicans after a government shutdown and close brush with a debt default in October sent all Washington politicians' job approval ratings tumbling.

Obama wants the House to approve an immigration overhaul that the Democratic-controlled Senate has already passed, but House Speaker John Boehner is showing no signs of taking action on the legislation this year as the president wants.

Obama said the concerns of some Republicans that they will face conservative challenges in the November 2014 congressional elections inhibits their ability to compromise.

"And I actually think there are a bunch of Republicans who want to get stuff done. They've gotta be embarrassed. Because the truth of the matter is that they've now been in charge of the House of Representatives ... for a couple of years and they just don't have a lot to show for it," he said.

The comments from Obama were unlikely to help improve the climate between him and Republicans, who routinely bristle at his criticisms. They say he refuses to compromise with them.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (46)
spongeru6ber wrote:
The GOP should be embarrassed? So far, while their news hasn’t been good, it at least was honest! Obama’s plan for America–DETROIT!

Dec 05, 2013 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
Way to lead. Keep insulting the other side and campaigning against them and wondering why they wont work with you. To future candidates, this is why Reid and Obama can not get anything done. Take a page out of the last 40+ Presidents handbooks and figure out you are leader of the country which encompassases all political parties, and not just your political party.

Dec 05, 2013 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:
@thenewworld, how is the truth insulting? The current house republicans have been unproductive, passing very few laws, unless you think voting to shut down the ACA some 40 plus times as being productive.

There is a an immigration bill in the House that would pass if brought to the floor, just one example. The Farm bill is on hold because of food stamps.

Dec 05, 2013 8:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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