As far as Rep. Maxine Waters in concerned, time has come for President Obama to get tough with Republicans and put together proposals that help the poor and especially the hard-hit African-American community.
Speaking Thursday at a job fair in Atlanta, the fiery California Democrat said unhappiness is rising in the African-American community with the nation's first black president.
"There is a growing frustration in this country and in minority communities because the unemployment rates are so high," Waters said in televised remarks. She went on to cite home foreclosures and the increasing wealth gap between blacks and whites for "creating frustration and, yes, some anger" in the black community, which wants to see Obama take on his opponents.
"The president is going to have to fight, and he is going to have to fight hard," she said.
Referring to the recent battle with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling, a fight that many liberals see as having been won by the conservative GOP, Waters called on the president and her fellow Democrats not to be intimidated, saying, "you cannot back down."
"The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president. We're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired. We're getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is."
Waters also lamented the quasi-campaign bus trip the president wrapped up Thursday that took him through three Midwestern states.
"We don't know why on this trip that he's in the United States now, he's not in any black community," she said.
On the campaign stump, protesters overshadowed Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry's first stop Thursday in New Hampshire.
As the Texas governor tried to shake hands in Portsmouth, some chanted "Go Back to Texas" and waved signs like the one that read, "America Says No to Texas Ugly." That appeared to be a reference to Perry's remarks Monday about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and how he would be treated "pretty ugly" in Texas if he "prints more money between now and the election."
Michele Bachmann, speaking to a crowd around 400 in Florence, S.C., brought cheers as she heaped criticism on Obama.
"We will get to a balanced budget, we will," she said, promising she would submit only balanced budgets as president. "There is no need to raise the debt ceiling when you balance your budget and when you live within your means."
She also said Obama's call Thursday for the removal of Syrian President Bashir Assad was too little, too late.
"The president should have acted weeks ago to call on President Assad to step down when his regime started slaughtering and oppressing his own Syrian people -- by this count now it's thousands of Syrians," she said.
And Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman turned to Twitter to attack Perry for his positions on evolution and climate change.
"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy," Huntsman tweeted.