President Barack Obama used the final press conference of his first term Monday to demonize Republicans as uncaring leaders “suspicious” of feeding poor children.
Below is a selection of the president’s sharpest quotes aimed at his political opponents:
Obama says Republicans want to ‘collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy’:
“So we’ve got to pay our bills. And Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly, and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”
“The last time Republicans in Congress even flirted with this idea, our AAA credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history.”