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Barack hits out at US right

US President Barack Obama has decided that fiery self defense and withering mockery of Republicans are the best modes of attack as he tries to save Democrats from a drubbing in November’s mid-term elections.

world Updated: Jul 14, 2010 00:59 IST

US President Barack Obama has decided that fiery self defense and withering mockery of Republicans are the best modes of attack as he tries to save Democrats from a drubbing in November’s mid-term elections.

Obama adopted a sarcastic tone, rarely seen during his 2008 campaign, likely distilled from months of frustrating political combat in Washington.

He branded Republicans as extreme and incompetent, deriding, for instance, an apology to BP by Republican lawmaker Joe Barton who described a compensation fund set up by the company for victims as a “shakedown.”

And he lampooned Republican House of Representatives leader John Boehner, who criticised measures Obama used to rescue the crisis-riddled economy as tantamount to using a nuclear weapon to kill an ant.

“It should be a movie: ‘The Ant That Ate the Economy,’” Obama said in a mocking tone while stumping for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at an event in Las Vegas.

On the economy, he reminded voters that Republicans were in charge when the economy pitched into the deepest recession since the 1930s.

Obama argued that he, by contrast, had made the tough decisions that staved off a second Great Depression.