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Podesta criticizes Obama’s ‘enemies’ comment as a ‘poor choice of words’

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John Podesta on Monday criticized President Obama’s comment labeling his political opponents as “enemies” during an interview with a Spanish-speaking radio station last week.

“That was a poor choice of words,” Podesta said on CNBC.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, who is likely to become House Speaker if Republicans take control of the House on Tuesday, plans to make Obama’s “enemies” comment a centerpiece of his final campaign speech Monday night, Politico reported.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as ‘our enemies.’ Think about that,” Boehner will say. “When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word ‘enemy,’ they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators — enemies of the United States.”

The head of the Center for American Progress’s remark came after he had argued at length that Obama has tried to work with Republicans.

“What people want is for both sides to try to work together. One of the things that I think has been frustrating for the president … he wanted to try to bridge that divide but that clearly hasn’t been possible given the poisonous atmosphere in Washington right now,” Podesta said.

But CNBC’s Rebecca Quick brought up the president’s “enemies” comment, which he made last Monday in an interview with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo of Univision Radio.

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder — and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2,” Obama said.

Quick challenged Podesta: “Isn’t some of that poison — it has to start from the top, and you have to lead by example, not get dragged down with wherever the negative campaigning is coming from?”

Podesta concurred: “I agree with that. That was a poor choice of words.”

Podesta said that at “the end of the day President Obama has been a guy who during the course of his career has tried to bridge gaps and tried to find center ground.”

“I think he’ll come away from this election trying to do it again.”

As for the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections, Podesta said he agreed that Democrats are in for big losses.

“I think I’ll have the covers over my head in bed tomorrow night,” he joked.

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  • ladylove

    it was a poor choice of words, when his wife stated “it was the first time in her adult life, that she was Proud of this GREAT NATION”

    it was a poor choice of words when behind closed doors and no camera’s allowed, he told the rich and powerful, that the reason people were not voting for him, was because they were bitter, and clung to their guns and religion”

    it was a poor choice of words, when once again, behind closed doors, and no camera’s allowed he told the rich and powerful at a recent fundraiser, that the AMERICAN PUBLIC, were STUPID.

    IT WAS A POOR CHOICE OF WORDS, AND ACTIONS WHEN HE BOWED TO A MUSLIM KING, AND CALLED HIM, “MY MAN.”

    so of course this too would be called a poor choice of words.

    but the reality is, those poor choice of words, are his true feelings,

    again

    HE SAID WHAT HE MEANT

    AND HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID

    HE THINKS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC

    ARE ALL STUPID,

    100 PER CENT.

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  • lonecracker

    I don’t really care if the president considers me an enemy. So be it, the feeling is mutual. BUT what I really, really am tired of reading and hearing about is that Obama has tired to reach out to his so-called enemies, Republicans.
    He has not done this. Remember when he invited the group of Republicans to the WH before Obamacare was voted on? The word was put out that he wanted to listen to what they had to say and if they had an alternate plan? NOT SO! At the end of the meeting, Obama said, Well, they didn’t have anything of value to add.
    This president has made it a point to exclude anyone, legislators and taxpayers alike, who did not agree with the progressive agenda. He insults everyone from the Supreme Court on down to the ordinary taxpayer, of which I am, and shows his disdain for us on a regular basis.
    Two more years and I hope and pray that Obama will head back to Chicago or maybe move to a country that suits him more that the USofA. He clearly doesn’t like this country. Be gone! Obama!