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Obama disses bloggers, talk radio

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President Obama criticized conservative bloggers and talk radio Thursday morning for playing a role in what he described as the "brinksmanship" in Congress.

Obama said brinkmanship forced politicians in Washington to make a deal at the last hour, risking America's economic reputation in the world.

Obama has been president for more than five years. The national debt and federal deficit spending have expanded more during his tenure than under any previous chief executive.

Part of the economic impact of the brinksmanship, Obama noted, was regaining the trust of the American people and ignoring the special interests.

"All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do," he said.

Obama's administration has granted more than 2,000 special exemptions from provisions of Obamacare since its passage to labor unions, corporations and others.

The president also promised in 2008 to insulate his administration from the influence of special interest lobbyists, but dozens of them have been given influential positions in the White House and elsewhere in the federal departments and agencies.

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