Democrats, Not GOP, Mostly Controlled Congress Under Obama Instead of accepting responsibility for the nations ills, Obama apologists regularly blame Republicans in Congress for blocking the presidents recovery agenda. This contention ignores the fact that the GOP controlled only one half of Congress for one half of Obamas term. Democrats have run the Senate for his full term, and controlled the House of Representatives for half that term. In other words, during Obamas time in office Democrats exerted 75 percent of Congressional control. He got approval for his stimulus package, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank banking regulation, and all his major initiatives. If he had really wanted to hike taxes on the rich, he easily could have done so in his first two years in office. When it comes to his failures as president, Obama has no one to blame but himselfand his own party. Tipsheet This should put the lies to rest. Obama and his party of liars have ownership of the economy.