As his Hawaiian vacation drew to a close on Monday, President Obama spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One about the upcoming congressional session. Republicans, the president predicted, will “play to their base for a certain period of time.” He then cautioned GOP leaders about playing politics.
“I think that there’s going to be politics, that’s what happens in Washington,” Obama said. “But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that we are creating a competitive economy for the 21st Century. Not just for this generation but for the next one. And so my expectation, my hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job this year is to make sure that we build on recovery. We started making good progress on that in the lame-duck, and I expect to build on that progress when I get back.”