President Obama To GOP: ‘Responsibly Govern Or Be Prepared For Me To Use My Veto Pen’ (VIDEO)

With two years remaining in his presidency, President Obama has already staked out his position in dealing with the incoming Republican controlled Congress.

During an interview with NPR, the President acknowledged his “frustration” with the results of the mid-term elections in which resulted in the loss of control of the Senate.

After more than six years of obstruction, President Obama said:

“On the other hand, now you’ve got Republicans in a position where it’s not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me. They are going to be in a position in which they have to show that they can responsibly govern, given that they have significant majorities in both chambers.”

While the President reaffirmed his willingness to work with Republican leaders, he made it no secret that he was fully prepared to exercise his veto power over legislation that would attempt to reverse the prior objectives of his Administration.

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Describing his prior use of the veto, the President stated:

“There are going to be areas where we agree and I’m going to be as aggressive as I can be in getting legislation passed that I think help move the economy forward and help middle-class families. There are going to be some areas where we disagree and, you know, I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate even after the House took over — Republicans took over the House.”

However, with the Senate soon to be controlled by the GOP, he stated:

“Now I suspect there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out. And I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made in health care; I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made on environment and clean air and clean water.”

Even as a purported “lame duck,” President Obama’s message was clear:

“[R]ecognition by both Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell that people are looking to them to get things done and that the fact that we disagree on one thing shouldn’t prohibit us from getting progress on the areas where there’s some overlap.”

In response, McConnell stated:

“There’s a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don’t like.”

So let’s roll up our sleeves and get it done GOP. Many of us believe in miracles.

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