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Obama gets tough on jobless benefits

By Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post

The gloves are off.

For the second time in three days, President Obama is planning to unload on his Republican adversaries, calling them out for blocking the passage of emergency unemployment insurance.

A White House official says the president will take to the Rose Garden Monday morning at 10:30, where he will “have strong words” for the GOP lawmakers who have blocked the emergency legislation despite having supported identical measures under Republican presidents.

“And he will point out that they are calling for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while telling working families that we can’t afford to help them when they need it most,” the official said Sunday night.

Maybe it’s the polls, which are showing a steady decline in Obama’s numbers. Or maybe it’s just the frustration of another big victory — passage of historic Wall Street reform — while majorities of the public say they don’t trust his leadership on the economy.

Or maybe it’s just that basketball-playing instinct finally kicking in. You know, the sharp elbows he gives once in a while.

Whatever it is, the president of the United States is getting a little bit feisty. In his radio address Saturday morning, Obama unleashed a similar critique, accusing Republican senators of standing in the way of financial aid for middle America.

“They’ve got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don’t need them and didn’t even ask for them, but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help,” Obama said. “And every day this goes on, another 50,000 Americans lose that badly needed lifeline.”

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