President Obama is sounding a populist note today at a town hall meeting in Racine, Wisconsin.
The president told the crowd that congressional Republicans are working for big corporations and Wall Street and not ordinary, recession-weary Americans.
In opening remarks before a question and answer session, Obama mentioned Texas Republican Rep. Bill Barton's apology to BP's CEO Tony Hayward when the oil giant executive appeared on Capitol Hill for a grilling from lawmakers.
Obama sought to redefine the perennial debate in Washington between the "big government" and "small government" camps. He told the audience in Racine that:
"This debate we’re having in Washington isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about responsible government. It’s about accountable government. It’s about a government that stands on the side of the American people – a government that breaks down barriers to opportunity and prosperity. That’s the kind of government we need."