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Boehner Video Hits Obama on Jobs, Oil Spill

Saturday, 03 Jul 2010 10:12 PM

House Minority Leader John Boehner is striking back at President Barack Obama with a video that questions the president's leadership on key national issues.

The YouTube video, titled “What About the Country, Mr. President?” is in response to Obama's speech in Racine, Wis., on Wednesday in which he ripped into Boehner for telling a newspaper that a major banking overhaul bill is like "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."

"That's what he said – he compared the financial crisis to an ant," Obama said at the town hall meeting. "This is the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly 8 million jobs. The same crisis that cost people their homes and their life savings. He can't be that out of touch with the struggles of American families."

Boehner's video reply was swift and biting, and it came on the heels of a Labor Department report showing that employers cut 125,000 jobs in June amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

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“This week the president traveled to Racine, Wis., a city with 14 percent unemployment," Boehner says in the video. "And he used his time there to attack me. I'd ask the president several questions:

“Why aren't you focused on stopping the oil spill in the Gulf [of Mexico], and getting the Gulf cleaned up?

“Why aren't you focused on reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

“Why aren't you focused on cutting spending now?

“Why isn't the president focused on creating jobs that the American people are asking for?

“Mr. President, what about the country?”

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