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90. And this happens while Bush screams about "obstructionist" Dems

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

June 15, 2005

Q Scott, last night the President excoriated the Democrats as obstructionists; today he painted the inaction in Congress on the energy bill as a disservice to the American people. There seems to be more than a little bit of frustration that has permeated his rhetoric as of late.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the American people expect better from their elected leaders. And what you're seeing too often is that the Democratic leadership is standing in the way of moving forward on issue after issue, as the President said last night. The President is committed to getting things done, and he's committed to working across partisan lines to do so. But in order to get things done you have to have leaders that are committed to working with you. And I think too often now we're seeing that Democratic leaders are more interested in obstructing progress and blocking action.

Q So is he getting frustrated at the way that his second term agenda is stalled in Congress?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I don't think the President looks at it that way. I think the President believes very strongly that we should focus on the big priorities of the American people, and that we should work together to get things done.

In the first term, there was a lot of talk that we couldn't get things done on the big priorities, and we did. We got a lot done when it came to getting our economy growing by passing tax cuts. They were needed, and we got them passed. People said we wouldn't get them passed. People said we couldn't get Medicare modernization passed; we did. Now we're about to -- or we're in the process of moving forward on getting seniors their prescription drug coverage and better choices when it comes to their health care. People said that we couldn't move forward on trade promotion authority. People said that we weren't going to get things on other important priorities, as well, in the first term, but we did. And we've made some progress in this session of Congress.

But too often lately, you're seeing Democratic leaders holding up the stop sign and saying "no" to everything that we're working to achieve on behalf of the American people. And that's unfortunate. The American people really expect better. They want their elected leaders to talk about what they're for, and put forward ideas for solving problems, instead of standing in the way of solving those problems.

Q Is the President concerned that he's taking the heat in terms of poll numbers and public perception because of what's happening up in Congress?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President is leading the way when it comes to acting on our nation's biggest priorities. And the American people -- that's what the American people expect us to do here in Washington, D.C. And I think the American people reject those who simply say no and stand in the way of getting things done.

The Republican Party, under the President's leadership, is the one who -- or the one that is putting forward ideas and putting forward plans for solving problems. That's why we're working with Congress to pass a comprehensive piece of energy legislation. That's why we're working with Congress to move forward on strengthening and saving Social Security for future generations. That's why we're working with Congress to move forward on a free trade agreement for the Central American nations and the Dominican Republic. That's why we're working with Congress to move forward on a appropriations bill that keep us on track to cut the deficit in half over the next five years.

These are important priorities for the American people. And we've made some progress on these issues and it's time for Democratic leaders to stop blocking those efforts. And that's the point the President is making.

Q His direct confrontational approach that we heard last night, is that something that you'll hear mostly at fundraisers, or is that going to be part of his standard speech from now on?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, it depends on the actions by the Democrats. The Democrats need to come to the table with ideas and show more of a willingness to work together to get things done, instead of simply saying "no" to progress on important priorities for the American people. That's not the way you gain the trust of the American people, as the President pointed out last night. The American people want us to get things done. The President is going to continue doing what he has done, which is elevate the discourse, put forward a positive and optimistic agenda for our future, and reach out to others who want to get things done.

We appreciate the leadership in Congress, the Republican leadership, because they're trying to push forward on important priorities. We're moving forward on energy legislation. The Congress is holding hearings on Social Security reform. The Senate committee -- the Senate Finance Committee, last night, had an informal vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement and passed it with majority support. So there are a number of issues that we need to continue to move forward on and get done.

Q Well, does he think it's productive and that it will make the Democrats more cooperative by calling them the "party of 'no'" and "obstructionists"?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President is going to continue to focus on getting things done and focus on the priorities that he has outlined for the American people.

Q I'm talking about the tactics --

MR. McCLELLAN: I know. And that's -- I'm telling you what he's going to do. The President is going to continue pushing to get things done and continue to focus on the big priorities. The big priorities are continuing to move forward on winning the war on terrorism and spreading freedom, to defeat the ideology of hatred and oppression, and continuing to move forward on economic security here at home, and to extend -- or to promote lasting prosperity.

We have made significant progress when it comes to getting our economy growing. Our economy has seen sustained economic growth. We're in a sustained period of expansion when it comes to creating jobs and economic opportunity. We need to continue to act to build upon that.

That's why the President was highlighting the energy legislation today. The President put forward a comprehensive energy plan four years ago, and Congress has yet to enact that. We are hopeful that we can get that done this year before the President -- before Congress recesses this August.

So the President is going to continue focusing on the people's priorities and focusing on getting things done. And it's time for Democratic leaders to stop trying to block efforts to move forward on the American people's priorities.

Q Well, we're talking about changing the tone and trying to improve relations. Do you think that the kind of statements that you're making and that he made last night are helpful in that regard?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the President has always worked to elevate the discourse, Terry. One of the things that he was disappointed in the first term about was that we weren't able to do more to change the tone here in Washington, D.C. It's a bitter and partisan environment that exists here in this town. The President is committed to changing that. And that's why he has always focused on the big issues facing the American people, and moving forward to solve the problems facing this country. We have made great progress over the course of his first four-and-a-half years in office, but he intends to continue leading and acting on those big priorities.

Q But does he believe that adding to the name-calling helps to change the tone?

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me keep going. I'll come back to you, John. You've already had your question. I'll come back to you.

Q How do you square the fact that the President says we need to end --

MR. McCLELLAN: But, John -- wait a second. What are you referring to? The President simply --

Q You can come back to me later.

MR. McCLELLAN: But it's incorrect what you said. The President -- the President is calling it like it is. And the American people expect better.

Go ahead.

Q The President says he wants to see an end to the partisan bickering, at the same time he is singling out Democrats, not congressional leaders overall, and using definitely stepped-up language in front of a GOP $2,500-a-plate dinner last night. How do you reconcile those two things?

MR. McCLELLAN: Democratic leaders are the ones who are too often standing in the way of progress. And the President is going to call it like it is. He is focused on a positive and optimistic vision for the American people. That's what he's put forward. Democratic leaders too often right now are simply saying "no" and offering no ideas, no solutions. The American people want better.
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  - Democracy in action...  skooooo   Jun-16-05 08:12 PM   #1 
  - Yes, and I'll tell you what else is democracy in action that just  Eloriel   Jun-16-05 11:34 PM   #77 
     - Hi Eloriel.. here's some more pics of the event... (from Indymedia DC)  althecat   Jun-17-05 03:42 AM   #91 
        - Does the "unidentified aide" remind anybody else of Waylon Smithers?  baldguy   Jun-17-05 06:46 AM   #100 
        - Dead ringer for Waylon Smithers!!  Blue Belle   Jun-17-05 01:27 PM   #136 
           - And wishing he could "release the hounds"....DAMN those cameras! LOL!  dicksteele   Jun-17-05 08:54 PM   #148 
        - More pics  MadisonProgressive   Jun-17-05 08:45 AM   #111 
        - Gawd-I am so proud to know that my name is  myrna minx   Jun-17-05 11:05 AM   #125 
        - I was just thinking that - my name is in there too!  Maraya1969   Jun-17-05 04:02 PM   #146 
           - So is mine and about...  AceAlmighty82   Jun-18-05 12:12 AM   #149 
        - these pictures make me swoon...  lies and propaganda   Jun-17-05 12:55 PM   #133 
        - it looks to me as if the WH aid did not take them. can he refuse them?  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-18-05 10:17 AM   #150 
        - Hi, AL, darlin'  Eloriel   Jun-17-05 02:53 PM   #144 
  - priceless photo  knowbody0   Jun-16-05 08:12 PM   #2 
  - Wish I Could Nominate It For A Pulitzer!  Dinger   Jun-16-05 09:02 PM   #36 
  - I was just thinking the same thing.  proud2Blib   Jun-16-05 09:53 PM   #51 
  - The "it" is "Integrity"  zann725   Jun-16-05 10:59 PM   #62 
  - No, The "Grit" Is in Integrity!  ChiciB1   Jun-16-05 11:37 PM   #79 
  - Is Conyers married?  goclark   Jun-17-05 09:07 AM   #114 
  - Bush should get used to it!  Jeff In Milwaukee   Jun-16-05 10:57 PM   #61 
  - 546,000 signatures? - Bush lie/deny same ole-same ole BS  Imagevision   Jun-17-05 04:12 PM   #147 
  - To keep people like Rep. Conyers out ...  dchill   Jun-16-05 11:51 PM   #82 
  - To keep out the peasants.  tridim   Jun-17-05 01:46 AM   #89 
  - I was thinkin' it was 2 keep them in!  xxqqqzme   Jun-17-05 11:43 AM   #127 
  - I like this one of Rove,Chimp and Rummy....  OneTwentyoNine   Jun-17-05 06:58 AM   #103 
  - It's to give repugs a visualization of their dreams  Inland   Jun-17-05 07:03 AM   #104 
  - The bars  hobbit709   Jun-17-05 10:10 AM   #118 
     - Exactly. The Thugs can't go anywhere, while those delivering are free.  Democrats_win   Jun-17-05 12:05 PM   #131 
  - So only the "chosen" can get in (what the bars are for) ,,,  maryallen   Jun-17-05 10:57 AM   #122 
  - Bars  Ian_rd   Jun-17-05 11:36 AM   #126 
  - Looks like a threat to me  rox63   Jun-16-05 08:12 PM   #3 
  - But Conyers ain't blinking!!  ailsagirl   Jun-16-05 11:09 PM   #65 
  - I'd love to give Lurch there somethin to ball his fists at  KeepItReal   Jun-16-05 08:13 PM   #4 
  - Conyers doesn't look scared  FreedomAngel82   Jun-16-05 11:10 PM   #66 
     - You're right, Conyers fought in Korea...Lurch only fights 4 Bush's coffee  KeepItReal   Jun-17-05 12:10 AM   #83 
  - It's a Rock'em Sock'em Robot! nt  PunkPop   Jun-16-05 08:13 PM   #5 
  - ROFL! Good one!  July   Jun-17-05 07:39 AM   #105 
  - That really smacks of  Sydnie   Jun-16-05 08:13 PM   #6 
  - Class of a rats ass .....  Botany   Jun-16-05 08:34 PM   #22 
  - Oh Botany, you always know how to make me swoon!  Sydnie   Jun-16-05 08:38 PM   #26 
  - Someday I will be in Boston and I expect to see ......  Botany   Jun-16-05 09:12 PM   #40 
  - Botany, you said it all. Even if I am not your fave EDV, I have to applaud  Nothing Without Hope   Jun-16-05 10:39 PM   #59 
  - Yeah -- This Would be a Good Photo for BAG News Notes to Deconstruct  ribofunk   Jun-16-05 09:21 PM   #42 
  - Hmmm...either fist-guy doesn't want to take the petitions...  classof56   Jun-16-05 08:14 PM   #7 
  - Outrageous! Bars between the people & power.  IndyOp   Jun-16-05 08:15 PM   #8 
  - Our own Ceacescu in action!  KlatooBNikto   Jun-16-05 08:27 PM   #16 
  - Yup. Awesome picture. nt  BullGooseLoony   Jun-16-05 09:00 PM   #35 
  - I Agree! It is an Outrage to Not Allow a Congressman to Enter!  AuntiBush   Jun-17-05 12:00 PM   #130 
     - Not one with 1/2 Million US signatures. -nt  mccoyn   Jun-17-05 03:42 PM   #145 
  - A president who feels the need to protect himself from his own people!  fooj   Jun-16-05 08:18 PM   #9 
  - How 'bout protected from elected members of Congress?  KeepItReal   Jun-16-05 08:23 PM   #11 
  - The AP number are all wrong  liam97   Jun-16-05 08:24 PM   #12 
  - Contact US The Associated Press  Tigress DEM   Jun-17-05 12:26 AM   #87 
  - But the winds of change are blowing hard, fooj!  meganmonkey   Jun-16-05 08:24 PM   #14 
  - I bet they're the fists of a  kingofalldems   Jun-16-05 08:23 PM   #10 
  - If you can ID him, perhaps FEDEX enlistment papers!  IndyOp   Jun-16-05 08:28 PM   #17 
  - You nuts?  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-17-05 03:51 AM   #93 
  - Terrific photo  Malva Zebrina   Jun-16-05 08:24 PM   #13 
  - Yes, like Senator Leahy, Representative Conyers is a very  ElectroPrincess   Jun-16-05 08:45 PM   #28 
  - Nailing it to the Door (Gates of Hell)!  AuntiBush   Jun-16-05 08:27 PM   #15 
  - "Nailing it to the door" an Eviction Notice, perhaps?  zann725   Jun-16-05 11:06 PM   #63 
     - Too bad they couldn't wall paper the oval office...  Blue Belle   Jun-17-05 01:35 PM   #139 
  - Rec'd. Everyone should see this picture.  bleever   Jun-16-05 08:29 PM   #18 
  - i hope bush enjoys looking out through bars too  tk2kewl   Jun-16-05 08:29 PM   #19 
  - He'll look good in one of those Orange Jumpsuits  femme.democratique   Jun-16-05 08:32 PM   #20 
  - Bush in Federal Prison  PegDAC   Jun-18-05 09:51 PM   #152 
  - Well said!  KeepItReal   Jun-16-05 08:33 PM   #21 
  - BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!  ailsagirl   Jun-16-05 11:22 PM   #70 
  - Rep. Conyers makes me proud to be an American.  blueblitzkrieg   Jun-16-05 08:35 PM   #23 
  - For the people...  FuzzyDicePHL   Jun-17-05 09:54 AM   #116 
  - UN Fucking Believable!  MuseRider   Jun-16-05 08:35 PM   #24 
  - But there was nothing new in the DSM  proud2Blib   Jun-16-05 08:57 PM   #32 
  - Hello!  MuseRider   Jun-16-05 09:13 PM   #41 
  - Yes, he's a great kid  proud2Blib   Jun-16-05 09:52 PM   #50 
  - The thing about the DSM  Thav   Jun-17-05 09:00 AM   #113 
  - It's outrageous but the neocons' masks are slipping and this  ailsagirl   Jun-16-05 11:25 PM   #71 
  - Media contact list here  psychopomp   Jun-17-05 12:25 AM   #86 
     - I asked 20/20: how about we take one at a time?  chomskysright   Jun-17-05 01:46 PM   #141 
  - awesome./ nt  Califooyah Operative   Jun-16-05 08:36 PM   #25 
  - Forgot to take his meds,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  geckosfeet   Jun-16-05 08:39 PM   #27 
  - Conyers should have been able  shraby   Jun-16-05 09:00 PM   #34 
     - i was thinking the same thing  orleans   Jun-16-05 09:22 PM   #43 
     - Again, I think it makes THEM, not US, look bad  ailsagirl   Jun-16-05 11:27 PM   #72 
     - That Gracious faux-Texan hospitality...  hootinholler   Jun-17-05 12:19 AM   #84 
  - Great Pic! Email it from Yahoo & a bit better a pic of the Aid FYI  WePurrsevere   Jun-16-05 08:47 PM   #29 
  - reminds me of "The Mouth Of Sauron"  maddiejoan   Jun-16-05 09:22 PM   #45 
  - Yeah it does a bit at that...  WePurrsevere   Jun-16-05 09:37 PM   #48 
  - What great imagery!  melissinha   Jun-17-05 10:06 AM   #117 
  - Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes are at #1 & #2 right now  Patiod   Jun-17-05 08:24 AM   #109 
  - Just like a bully  goclark   Jun-16-05 08:49 PM   #30 
  - but look at the tension on his face  NJCher   Jun-16-05 09:04 PM   #37 
     - The aide was ordered to refuse delivery  Ready4Change   Jun-17-05 08:09 AM   #107 
  - signed by 122 members n/t  Twist_U_Up   Jun-16-05 08:51 PM   #31 
  - "Whyyyyy I oughta....!!"  BullGooseLoony   Jun-16-05 09:00 PM   #33 
  - good one bull,,,,,,,,,  geckosfeet   Jun-16-05 09:08 PM   #39 
  - The people & their elected representatives kept from entering the...  Historic NY   Jun-16-05 09:05 PM   #38 
  - That makes me so angry that they weren't let in!!  Conker   Jun-17-05 08:49 AM   #112 
  - OMG, that picture speaks volumes!  blue neen   Jun-16-05 09:22 PM   #44 
  - He was afraid it was a subpoena  Generic Other   Jun-16-05 09:29 PM   #46 
  - If you look closely...  Gregorian   Jun-16-05 09:34 PM   #47 
  - haha. nt  Califooyah Operative   Jun-16-05 09:43 PM   #49 
  - Link to that pic so that we can email? Please?  Scout1071   Jun-16-05 09:58 PM   #52 
  - Here's the link...and RATE IT, too.  Bush_Eats_Beef   Jun-16-05 10:11 PM   #53 
     - Roger that! Exactly what I was hoping for....  Scout1071   Jun-16-05 10:24 PM   #54 
     - PS - I like the way the Bush folks look behind bars.....  Scout1071   Jun-16-05 10:25 PM   #55 
     - Done! There are only 126 votes on this!  Daphne08   Jun-16-05 11:33 PM   #75 
  - Here is a little earlier, Conyers coming up the stairs with the petitiion:  Nothing Without Hope   Jun-16-05 10:29 PM   #56 
  - Thanks! Had to add that to my blog!  Roland99   Jun-16-05 10:34 PM   #57 
  - I added to my local dems website home page  WLKjr   Jun-16-05 11:31 PM   #74 
  - compare to the picture of the losing dem senate candidate from GA  bobbieinok   Jun-16-05 10:35 PM   #58 
  - Lets see, unidentified man loses petition,  progressoid   Jun-16-05 10:54 PM   #60 
  - Exactly....  obreaslan   Jun-17-05 06:29 AM   #98 
  - Holy Moses!! Look at those FISTS!!!! What thug is that??  ailsagirl   Jun-16-05 11:08 PM   #64 
  - Is that our "house" with the bars on it?  FrenchieCat   Jun-16-05 11:10 PM   #67 
  - Actually  hobbit709   Jun-17-05 10:18 AM   #120 
  - That's the beauty of the Digital age...  The Animator   Jun-16-05 11:11 PM   #68 
  - Don't forget to rate this one, folks...118 votes, 4 stars, down 1/2 point  Bush_Eats_Beef   Jun-16-05 11:16 PM   #69 
  - Yes we is da master race!!  dbeach   Jun-16-05 11:28 PM   #73 
  - I am remembering a scene from that movie about the Sufferagettes  NVMojo   Jun-16-05 11:34 PM   #76 
  - JC blogs about it here  Carolab   Jun-16-05 11:36 PM   #78 
  - "but I would think that sitting Members of Congress deserve a bit more ...  understandinglife   Jun-16-05 11:48 PM   #81 
  - And this happens while Bush screams about "obstructionist" Dems  Bush_Eats_Beef   Jun-17-05 03:24 AM   #90 
  - Break Out  PegDAC   Jun-18-05 10:09 PM   #153 
  - a beautiful man john conyers. thank you sir - and everyone involved  faithnotgreed   Jun-17-05 10:17 AM   #119 
  - Be sure to rate the Photo # 5 on yahoo.  Douglas Carpenter   Jun-16-05 11:43 PM   #80 
  - Done, thank you!  Pacifist Patriot   Jun-17-05 06:47 AM   #101 
  - That's not one man, that's millions  psychopomp   Jun-17-05 12:19 AM   #85 
  - or...  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-17-05 03:47 AM   #92 
  - You can't make me Taake it ! Nyaaah nyah nyah-nyah NYAAAAH!!!  Pooka Fey   Jun-17-05 12:31 AM   #88 
  - Look at this picture! The US President is not accessible to the public?  Catfight   Jun-17-05 05:34 AM   #94 
  - It will be interesting to see if this follows the "9/11 Commission" model.  Bush_Eats_Beef   Jun-17-05 05:57 AM   #96 
  - Behind bars...  Everybody   Jun-17-05 05:54 AM   #95 
  - excellent. bush is "behind bars" already. he's not safe anywhere because  truthisfreedom   Jun-17-05 06:07 AM   #97 
     - Yes, Bush was behind the bars and probably playing his video games.  higher class   Jun-19-05 06:14 PM   #155 
  - They couldn't/wouldn't admit a member of Congress to the WH?  Pacifist Patriot   Jun-17-05 06:45 AM   #99 
  - Well, he is delivering something with explosive potential...  Ready4Change   Jun-17-05 08:17 AM   #108 
     - I wonder if Joe Average would understand the message in the photo.  Pacifist Patriot   Jun-17-05 08:40 AM   #110 
  - Outrageous to say the least...........  OneTwentyoNine   Jun-17-05 06:51 AM   #102 
  - awesome...God bless john conyers!  rndmprsn   Jun-17-05 07:44 AM   #106 
  - Outraged  melissinha   Jun-17-05 09:27 AM   #115 
  - There should be  morffin   Jun-17-05 10:24 AM   #121 
  - A sitting member of Congress could not ...  BattyDem   Jun-17-05 11:00 AM   #123 
  - Nice!!  malmapus   Jun-17-05 11:02 AM   #124 
  - at bush white house it's male prostitutes in  nannah   Jun-17-05 11:45 AM   #128 
  - Who's the Guy w/the Fists Clinched at Honorable Congressman Conyers?  AuntiBush   Jun-17-05 11:54 AM   #129 
  - White porn stars Good--Black Elected Officials Bad  barbaraann   Jun-17-05 12:21 PM   #132 
  - i wish this thought didnt cross my mind...  lies and propaganda   Jun-17-05 12:59 PM   #134 
     - Good thing Conyers can print it out again  melissinha   Jun-17-05 01:34 PM   #138 
  - Perhaps we need to march on Wahington - we need organization  Imagevision   Jun-17-05 01:22 PM   #135 
  - Great angle on the photo. Accents the oppressiveness of it all.  Spectral   Jun-17-05 01:30 PM   #137 
  - DEMOCRACY FUCKING FENCED OUT!!!!! take down the FENCES!  chomskysright   Jun-17-05 01:41 PM   #140 
  - John Conyers Next Delivery: Neocynic's Indictment  Neocynic   Jun-17-05 01:59 PM   #142 
  - You know it's serious when msm refuses to cover Conyers  Imagevision   Jun-17-05 02:05 PM   #143 
  - it looks to me as if the WH aid did not take them. can he refuse them?  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-18-05 10:19 AM   #151 
     - I believe that he did accept the petition.  Senior citizen   Jun-19-05 02:06 PM   #154 

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