Obama Calls Upon Congress To Put ‘Country Before Party’

Written by Keith Roberts on Aug. 20, 2011

In a weekly radio and Internet address to the nation, President Barack Obama once again put the blame on Congress for “holding this country back”.

“I think our country would be a whole lot better off if our elected leaders showed the same kind of discipline and integrity and responsibility that most Americans demonstrate in their lives every day,” Obama said in the address.

He also called on both political parties to come together and “put country before [their political] party.”

Obama, who is currently on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with his family, said that Congress should “put aside their differences to get things done” once they return to Washington, D.C.

In the address, Obama once again called for cutting back the payroll tax and passing a road construction bill so construction crews who are “sitting idle can head back to the worksite, rebuild roads, bridges and airports.” The president also said that he wanted a passage of trade legislation in order to “level the playing field for our businesses”.

“These are commonsense ideas, ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “The only thing holding them back is politics. The only thing preventing us from passing these bills is the refusal by some in Congress to put country ahead of party. That’s the problem right now. That’s what’s holding this country back. That’s what we have to change.”

The address was taped this week in Alpha, Illinois during one of his Midwest bus tour stops.