President Obama was elected in 2008 with the mandate to get us out the economic disaster wrought by the GOP party.
Under the stewardship of a GOP congress and Bush/Cheney, the American economy (and world economy) was in the midst of the greatest financial peril since the Great Depression of the 1930's.
The American people were suffering and President Obama, with the aid of the Stimulus Package, assiduously worked to alleviate the GOP mess. From the get go, the leadership of the GOP emphatically stated -- via obstructive posture and words -- to the Democrats and Obama: You have no partnership with us, you are on your own.
As would be GOP king maker Rush Limbaugh exhorted: I hope you fail.