Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday
appealed to his opponents to shun "partisanship" and end the
political "gridlock" gripping Washington, as he sought support
for his proposals that aim to create more jobs in the
Under criticism from several quarters for his handling of
the economic crisis in the country, Obama said "we didn`t get
into this mess overnight" and blasted the deeply divided
response from political parties.
"Lately, the response from Washington has been
partisanship and gridlock that`s only undermined public
confidence and hindered our efforts to grow the economy,"
Obama said in his weekly address to the nation.
Obama said American people deserved more than political
brinkmanship, as he urged people frustrated by the gridlock in
Washington to let their representatives know that it is time
to put partisanship aside to act in the best interests of the
"We can no longer let partisan brinkmanship get in our
way the idea that making it through the next election is
more important than making things right.
"That`s what`s holding us back the fact that some in
Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see
America win," he said.
He said it was time for the Congress to act on the
President`s proposals, including extending the payroll tax
cut, cutting red tape, and getting construction workers back
to work, so that the economy returns to firmer ground and jobs
He said though there was nothing wrong with the country,
something surely was wrong with the politics, that needs to be
"Because we know there are things Congress can do, right
now, to get more money back in your pockets, get this economy
growing faster, and get our friends and neighbours back to
work," he said.
In his weekly address, Obama admitted that though the US
still leads the world in innovation and entrepreneurs, too
many Americans are still struggling to get by.
"If you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring
points is more important than solving problems; if you believe
it`s time to put country before party and the interests of our
children before our own let them know," Obama said.
"We didn`t get into this mess overnight, and it`s going to
take time to get out of it. That`s a hard truth but it`s no
excuse for inaction.
"After all, America voted for divided government, not
dysfunctional government, and we`ve got work to do. And when
we come together and find common ground, there`s no stopping
"There`s no stopping our people. There`s no holding us
back. And there is every reason to believe we`ll get through
this storm to a brighter day," Obama said.