The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller
President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama speaks about the debt limit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  

Obama in final first-term press conference: Republicans are ‘suspicious’ about feeding poor children

Obama says his re-election should signal to Republicans that they’re wrong:

“And despite that conversation, and despite the election results, the position that’s been taken, on the part of some House republicans, is that, ‘Nope, we gotta do it our way. And if we don’t, we simply won’t pay America’s bills.’”

Obama says long lines for gun purchases are being caused by fear-mongering pro-gun groups:

“As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about to take all your guns away. And, you know, there’s probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business, but I think that those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners, people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship, they don’t have anything to worry about.”

Obama says Republicans are ‘suspicious’ about government feeding poor children:

“But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do, so they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research.”

Follow Vince on Twitter