Obama rested and ready for clash with Republicans
November 14th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Obama rested and ready for clash with Republicans

Washington (CNN) – After a shellacking at home, it was nine grueling days on the road in Asia, or as President Obama himself put it with a laugh, "Around the world - in less than 80 days."

But when Obama showed up unexpectedly in the press cabin of Air Force One Sunday afternoon after a long flight of about 14 hours home from Japan, I was one of the few reporters onboard and he looked rested and ready to face off with Republican leaders on tax cuts on other issues.

"Campaigning is different than governing," Obama told reporters. "They are flush with victory after a campign of just saying no. But I'm sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock."

Obama also made news on some international hotspots by saying he finds a new Israeli settlement plan "promising" and he feels "reasonably" confident he can get the new START treaty with Russia ratified by the Senate in a lame duck session of Congress that starts this week.

But Obama again made clear that extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class will also be a top priority in the lame duck, repeating his mantra that tax cuts for the rich "usually won't boost the economy and we can't afford it."

Obama seemed to be issuing a bit of a challenge to the Republican leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Rep. John Boehner (Ohio) by saying it is "my expectation" that they will work with him in the lame duck and "won't just want to obstruct."

He added there will be plenty of time in 2011 for "philosophical differences" to be fought out between the parties, but the lame duck should be focused on coming together.

Obama also hinted again at a mid-course correction, vowing he will adjust his approach to better connect with the American people.

"I spent the first years trying to get the policy right," Obama said. "In that obsessive focus on policy, I've neglected a few things that matter a lot to me."

Obama said that in focusing so much in the first two years on the "short-term crisis" he did not spend enough time on  "maintaining a bipartisan tone" and cleaning up Washington by targeting earmarks, which are "wasteful at a time when everyone else is tightening their belts."

As he did at a news conference a day after the midterm election that saw his party get wiped out in the House and just cling on to contol of the Senate, he  spoke again about the benefit of "getting outside Washington and shaping public opinion" more.

Obama vowed that "moving forward" he is going to "redouble" his efforts to get back to some of those basic principles.

On Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Japan, Obama had a bilateral meeting with Russian President Medvedev in which he reiterated his pledge to get the Senate to ratify the new START missile reduction treaty in coming weeks.

The treaty has an uphill battle right now because the White House has had a hard time convincing pivotal GOP Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) to sign on. The administration is racing to get the treaty finished in the lame duck before their Senate majority officially shrinks in January when the new Congress convenes, which will make prospects even dimmer.

Obama said the administration has had a "series of conversations" with Kyl and is thankful that influential GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham both "say they want to see this done."

The president stressed "how important Russian cooperation has been" in moving U.S. troops and equipment in and out of Afghanistan, and top administration officials warned this weekend that cooperation could be in jeopardy if the treaty fails, raising the stakes even further.

Obama, meanwhile, seemed to be going out of his way to praise Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after facing sustained criticism that he has not worked hard enough at sustaining the alliance with Israel.

He proclaimed a new Israeli plan for settlements "promising," and said his administration has privately told the Israeli and Palestinian sides to "start negotiating as soon as possible."

"I commend Prime Minister Netanyahu for taking I think a very productive step," Obama said, adding it "shows Prime Minister Netanyahu is serious" about forging peace.


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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. John D.

    You mean he's spent enough taxpayer dollars to become the laughing stock of the world. What an F'n loser!!!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • biglio

      you clearly have no idea of what the world thinks of republicans and Obama, maybe even idea of what's outside your trailer....like most americans ignorance is your defining trait. WE are very worried about the US and its decline and the fact that electing republicans you are accelerating it, Nero and Rome come to mind......
      Biglio, (european living in Canada)

      November 17, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • Solomon

      You having the gull or audacity to call our President a loser is beyond a sense of sanity in my opinion. Assuming you dislike his policies, but name calling a person who represent the whole country in a positive image, just undermines the rights to the first amendment purpose. Make a constructive criticism about his governing approach, however seeing your negative comment as the first posted on this website is appalling and shouldn't be encouraged. I think and strongly believe Obama's stance on GOP should be by using his executive order powers more often than trying to be bipartisan messiah, because in a honesty former GOP president wouldn't hesitate if they were in same situation.

      President Obama is currently the most powerful man in the world, according to the Forbes Magazine, so your definition of loser seems really far-fetched compared to influential mediums.

      Hope Obama does not extend the Bush's tax cuts, approves unemployment extensions for Americans suffering from a poor economic environment and show more assertiveness against the GOP. Midterm elections just proves money talks in politics by using it to gain votes in elections, in addition the argument Wall Street and Obama partners in crime just false campaigning by opposition in right.

      Exit polling results show senior citizens voted more in this election and their reasons are obviously narrowed down to against the Health care law, because they already have insurance. This is just selfish mindset in all respects, because the GOP mantra is supposedly wanting to help stop government spending for next generation, but what's the point if medical insurance coverage doesn't help ones with preconditioned illnesses? Push for younger voters must being now, since history shows progressive movement begins with contributions and involvement of the next generation not to pause progress roadblocks.by the older ones. I'm all for senior citizens voicing their rights in voting, furthermore many completed this to get the first black president in the oval office. Don't agree voting against a party for trying to provide health care for all demographics, because one party misinforms them, as well as believing in it seems rational or morally just for America to move forward.

      Realistically, if a person has debt going 8 years caused by someone else, and then you expect this person to accomplish a complete 360 turn around in a matter of 2 years or 4?

      November 17, 2010 at 10:55 am |
      • Dee Bee

        It is amazing and disgusting at how much disrespect is shown to our President. The country pretty much hated Bush and Cheney, but they were never blatantly and with so much hate, shown this much disrespect from people. And this fake fear of socialism,,,if you get services from the state, that is a form of socialism. For the elderly, we should never hear that negative tone come from their mouths. And I am for social security and medicare, because if an elderly person had to pay for their own medical insurance, they would probably die alot sooner.

        November 18, 2010 at 10:12 am |
      • Randy Taylor

        The man is a loser of the first magnitude. Not only that, he is a dangerous loser. The only up side is that he is a slightly better loser than Jimmy Carter. I remember those years. We were the laughingstock of the world. A bowing, scraping apologizing, imposter of a president is just plain sad. And now I see where the civilian trial for the guilty terrorist good him aquitted of almost all charges. Didn't Holder say it would be a slam dunk? Oh yes, he works for Obama. Probably just a coincidence.

        November 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • big al

      Reality is we were the laughing stock under the last president.

      November 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  2. Steve T

    Time to bend the Republicans over and drive it home. No more of their treasonous stonewalling.

    November 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
    • Dee Bee

      You made a point, it's time for the Dems to stand up and be strong and stop with this constant cowering and running for the hills when the Repubs raise their voices. As far as tax cuts, trickle down economics does not work for the poor man. The Dems need to call the Repubs bluff,,,let the tax cuts expire and redo them for the middle class. If any negotiating is done, raise the ceiling for the middle class to $350K and let the rest go up that 3% that they are whining about. There are so many loop holes in the tax code, they're accountants will find a way around it anyway.

      November 18, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  3. blake

    It would be wonderful to see a conservative agenda advanced - smaller federal government, a workable plan to get the federal government out of retirement/health care/education, no Marxism, balanced budget amendment, proAmerican attitude in relationship to the rest of the world, etc. But that is not going to happen with a Democratic president and Democratic majority in the Senate. In view of this reality, I will take gridlock over the relentless march toward Marxism we have been on the past two years any day of the week.

    November 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
    • Wise Texan

      From 2000 -2006 the GOP controlled all 3 houses, yet none of the things you've mentioned were accomplished under their administration. In fact, the very opposite of what you'd like to see is what actually occurred. During the Bush administration 11 new federal agencies were created, and 250,000 people were added to federal payrolls. This was the single largest expansion of government agencies, and government power since the Cold War began in 1948. Under the same Bush administration Medicare Part D was added, and by 2018 it's estimated cost will reach $727.3B. For 6 years Republicans spent money like it was raining cash, and not one Bush budget was balanced. The true deficit figures were hidden because the Bush administration never included the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the budget. This is why Congress always had to vote on additional war funding. If you really want to talk about spending remember that the $700+ billion TARP program was enacted by the Bush administration. Also keep in mind that for 6 years the Republicans were not concerned about Fannie Mae/Freddie Mack, derivatives, or the bundling of sub-prime mortgages being hedged and leveraged. Finally, it really gets my ire up when people start throwing the terms Marxist, Socialist and etc. If you have ever read, or are willing to read the philosophy of Karl Marx, you'd see it was a warning and not a way of governing. Read the warning about capitalism creating exploitation of the labor force. That's been going on here for over a hundred years. It's the reason that labor unions were formed, and the reason why we have labor laws. Look at the exploitation American companies are engaging in when they off-shore manufacturing jobs to: China, Taipei, Sri Lanka, and all the other cheap labor producing countries.

      November 18, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  4. Woodsong

    No Obozo, we voted to stop you!!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  5. ss26mar

    to connect with the american people he needs to resign. his socialism is neither wanted nor appreciated in this country. His crooked unions, scams and lies are not what america needs.

    November 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
    • Brad

      You know not what you speak. Define socialism for me please. Is Social Security socialism? Is Medicare socialism?

      November 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  6. Holly

    Go get them Obama!!! It's amazing how so many can blame so much on one guy. Didn't Bush leave you with a 1.3 trillion dollar deficit?? How they all forget. I think you're a stand up guy doing the best you can for this country. I applaude you and not the millions of haters out there. Lord help them if they get to heaven with that much hate in thier hearts!

    November 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
    • Dee Bee

      Obama saved GM and now they are showing profits and have is paying America back the money it borrowed. People voted these Republican nuts into office who are not fighting for their best interest. They convinced these people to bring them the water they plan to use on them when they water-board them.

      November 18, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    Hold your ground Mr. President and don't hesitate to use your VETO pen at EVERY opportunity the time to get tough with Republicans is now.........They are only interested in seeing you fail..........Fight fire with fire!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  8. LOU

    Mr Obama. I still find you offensive and even after the beating your party took in the elections you are back to business as usually. That; is the business of arrogance, selective listening and not really being in touch with the electorate. We have perservered these two years and we can wait another two. Sir you may be remembered as the first president of color in this country but your legacy may also include the worst president in US history. I am being kind since I used to be a supporter. You gave us change Mr President and we gave you change. Unfortunatley you are to arrogant and more change is coming.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  9. iceaxdave

    You mean like he was ready for the S.Koreans? The G20? Nov. 2? A 12 year old's al qaida question? The Olympics for USA? Border security? Obambicare? Bush tax cuts? Afghanistan? The economy? NASA? FNMA/FMAC? European missle shield? Nuclear Iran? Guantanamo? Domestic terror trials? Unemployment? Ground Zero mosque? National Debt? Iraq? Obambi's administration is an unmitigated disaster on all fronts.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  10. 100% ETH

    Emmm..., these are not a simple issue. By now, we must understand the reality. Which is, we are living on the HALF-SINKING WORLD that it will go deep and disapeared for ever and ever.

    What are the solutions??!!
    Christians we said, God, save us.
    Science said, fist-by-fist.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  11. Alex, Austin, TX

    After escaping the "shelacking" for a celebrity-ladden trip to India and Asia, Obama bought time for the dust to settle and for Axelrod to come up with a combat strategy. And I bet it is all about retaining his presidency.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • Wise Texan

      GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell was quoted as follows: "Our goal is to see that he (Obama) is a one-term President." It sounds to me as if the GOP's only goal is regaining power. During 8 years of Bush the economy or GDP only grew 1.2%.. The government added 250,000 jobs to the federal payroll, but 2.6 million were lost in total by the time Bush left office. This is proof that tax cuts don't equate to job creation. In truth the largest spikes in job creation actually occurred in times when the tax rates were nowhere near their current rate.

      November 18, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  12. Jerry, Florida

    Can't this moronic administration ever get it together? One day the Bully-in-Chief wants to work with the Republicans; the next day, instead of working with them, he wants to dictate to the Republicans. And to top it off, the Flip Flopper-in-Chief wants the American populace to support his idiotic policies and way of thinking. One day one his top aides indicates that the president is ready and willing to compromise on all the Bush-era taxes; the next day the Arrogant-in-Chief contradicts his top aide. And of course the top aide, who has been well trained in the smoke and mirrors philosophy attempts to lie his way out of his statements. This has ended up being the most shameful administration this country has ever had in the White House.

    And with Boblehead/Plastic Pelosi seemingly poised to lead our party, there is no way but over cliff.

    Fellow Democrats we must resist this clueless President, the Boblehead, Senile Reed, etc., etc., if we are to save our once prosperous country. This administration is unwilling to GET THE MESSAGE of the recent elections.

    Oops! Sorry, I forgot that they ARE, after all, clueless.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  13. crazyvic50

    President Obama needed to 'listen' what other contries are 'thinking' about America. Now, it's time to 're-juvenate' American with decent jobs, affordable health care and being 'serious' about paying the national debt, especially to China. I laugh about SNL jokes about the debt to China but it's 'unimagenable' to have a debt wiht a less developed nation. Presdient Obama job now is to bring wealth back to America. This decade was a 'waste' due to wrong policies and 'hard times.' Thank God is almost over.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
    • Solomon

      What do your think he's been trying to do more the last two years? Could you do the job better than him? People like you in this forum need a reality check and understand seeing your writing on a website for the first is cool or exciting sort like when a child opens his or her presents on Christmas Day, but stating the obvious or what everyone of us already knows is insulting our intelligence. In other words, unless you can come up with a idea or theory to solve a social policy or constructive criticism with some premise than voting is suffice. Like him or hate him, so vote...

      November 17, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  14. Faisal

    Obama. such a nice guy. He fixed what was not meant to be fixed, and broke what was not meant to be broke. Loser.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  15. Faisal

    OBAMA FIXED WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FIXED. AND BROKE WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE BROKE!

    November 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  16. Faisal

    OBAMA FIXED WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FIXED. AND BROKE WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE BROKE!!

    November 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  17. Faisal

    OBAMA FIXED WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FIXED. AND BROKE WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE BROKE

    November 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  18. Faisal

    OBAMA FIXED WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FIXED. AND BROKE WHAT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE BROKE! ALL FOR THE SAKE OF VAIN GLORY. THAT'S RIGHT YOU HEARD ME "VAIN" + "GLORY" DID THINK SINK THROUGH YOUR THICK INCOMPREHENSIBLE SKULL?

    November 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
    • Tango51

      Two things, Faisal:

      1) What did he break and what did he fix and how was what was broken fixed and what was fixed in good shape before Obama screwed it up? You sound like you have a compelling argument and we need people like you to help shape our young minds, so please provide facts. I'm really interested.

      2) Check your grammar before you post anything here. Otherwise, you lose all credibility and everyone who reads these posts, especially the left wingers, will assume that you have no idea what you're talking about and that you’re probably just some idiot who listens to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Believe me bro, you don’t want that.

      Just looking out for a fellow right wing extremist. Thanks, Faisal. You keep up the good fight. And again, please use spell-check before you post anything. Let's not give the leftwingers any room to question our right wing philosophies.

      November 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  19. J Thomas

    Obama now says that he wants to focus on more important issues, like earmark spending. Huh, funny considering those 'earmarks' allowed Pelosi and Co. to buy enough support to pass health care legislation. We need a one bill, one vote policy in Washington. That will end pork.

    November 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  20. gary

    What's with the small print?

    November 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  21. crybaby

    President Obama is ready to take on Cry-Baby Boehner!!!!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  22. Rob in NYC

    READ MY LIPS: NO TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  23. RW

    Quit giving our (US) money to foreign countries. Help out our own US economy. One in six Americans do not get enough to eat. Our seniors can't afford a cut in SS. Doctors worry that medicare cuts will only decrease the little they make now.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  24. Islander

    He's true to form. Talk tough outside the ring and try and talk your way around it or through it, inside the ring. ALL TALK. Nothing else. Hey, that's UNchange !

    November 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  25. Franz

    no he's not.......

    November 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  26. John G

    Hey Obama, maybe you can start by telling us why so far there's over 100 companies, unions ect.. that are exempt from Obamacare. PLEASE DO TELL!!!

    November 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  27. David M.

    Maybe it's just CNN being a little sensational (imagine that!) but a "clash with Republicans" is not what Obama or the American people need right now. What's needed is level-headed discussions about a number of issues that are extremely important.

    Why not try – difficult though it may be for politicians – to put aside your political dogma for a while and work through these issues like big boys and girls. Just because a Democrat proposes something is no reason for Republicans to dismiss it, and vice versa. Well, unless it's proposed by Nancy Pelosi, but that's a whole different saga in itself.

    Just go to work, do your jobs, and try to serve the American people for whom you work. Can you do that???

    November 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  28. Four and The Door

    So now that Democrats got their clocks cleaned in midterm elections, Obama is going to be Mr. Bipartisan?!?!? This will be fun to watch. It should last for about a day.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • biglio

      mhhh so let me assess the situation, the dems have the senate and the presidency....and the repughs the house...to me the balance of power is still in the dems hands.....so much for cleaning up the clock...i think you should re-study your civics.....ha, ha......good luck passing a republican agenda in the next two years and remember, filibuster works two ways if you by chance are going to get the majority int he next election....

      November 17, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  29. Bobby

    I don't think a clash is very smart. Bill Clinton managed this change better than and POTUS in history. He did not clash, but he also did not give up his principles. He became more accomodating, more inclusive, had a great sense of give and take, and his approach not only improved this country but caused him to be able to win the 1996 election with ease. If BHO wants to be more than a one-termer, he would learn from Clinton.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  30. John

    And from Obama to the Republicans, "Campaigning is different than governing". Really did he just now learn that by the loss handed him? Will he finally practice what he preaches?

    Isn't it amazing how the president somehow thinks he needs to travel more to "shape public opinion" for his goals. And once again we see why he suffered the losses. His arrogance is incredible. If only" We The People" would listen to him. What ever happened to him listening and working for us...

    Wow! Please keep down this path. If you think 2010 was an interesting election wait and see what continued arrogance gets in 2012.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  31. James

    "Campaigning is different than governing," Obama told reporters. "They are flush with victory after a campign of just saying no. But I'm sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock."
    -----–
    First off, if there was any "grid lock" up until this point, then it was his fellow democrats and their super majorities fault.
    Second, Having people represented in this country through voting is not gridlock, it is democracy. What are your options Mr. President? One party rule? Dictatorship? Such BS hyerbole is rediculous, especially from the leader of the free world.
    Third, You are absolutely right that people didnt vote for gridlock, they voted to derail your far left agenda. The message is loud and clear.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  32. mark

    I cant wait until 2012 to vote this liberal out of office. btw I voted for this idiot which was the worse mistake I ever made. Both parties are worth their weight in crap and need to be held accountable. One measure to keep politicians from getting too powerful is by limiting term limits for officials at all levels of government. I have signed a petition to make it so.

    November 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  33. cobra

    He is not to be trusted for anything that comes out his mouth!

    November 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  34. Mike

    Don't give in, Mr. President. The Republicans have clearly stated that making you a one term President is their main mission.
    Not skyrocketing healthcare costs, not unemployment, not national security. Their own political gain is what they consider important.
    Call them out on it. Be more forceful, and show the American public how much damage the Party of No is willing to cause them to political gain.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  35. Russ H

    How can a President be a ACORN attorney, a cheating company, being in Illinois as a Senator for 3 years, which is the crookest State in the Union know how to run our governent with the likes of Pelsoi, and Reid? God bless America because Obama has no idea what he and other idioti government officials are infor in 2012.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  36. Francisco

    Go Obama. I have a lot of faith in you. I can see your plans for change and reshaping this country for good. There are millions like me (WELL educated americans) who support you.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  37. Mr. White

    You expect Obama to say he's not ready?

    November 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  38. Ken from FL

    "Campaigning is different than governing." ?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This from the guy who's never stopped campaigning from the day he stepped into the Oval Office. Will this man EVER learn anything??

    November 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  39. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans don't want to work with the President on anything – PERIOD. They obstructed everything President Obama and the Democrats tried to do for our country, and spread lies and fear, hatred and division, leading up to the midterm elections.

    After the midterms, Mitch McConnell went before the Heritage Foundation and said that the Republicans' #1 priority was to make President Obama a "one-term president". No mention of job creation; no mention of helping the American people. Just the same old saw about doing anything and everything to regain power.

    Be warned, America: The Republicans have nothing to offer us except the same tried-and-failed policies that took our economy down the toilet. The Republicans don't care how bad it gets for the average American; in fact, they WANT it to get even worse than it is so they can continue to lie and blame President Obama, stoking your fears and your mistrust.

    America, when are you going to wake up and realize that the Republicans DO NOT have our country's best interest at heart?!?

    November 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  40. guest

    Thanks President Obama for standing up for the poor and middle class of this nation. We appreciate your efforts.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
    • Juan Carlos de Burbon

      This President did NOT stand up for the middle class. He has no idea what the middle class is. He threw us under the bus. He threw small businesses under the bus.

      Rather than take care of the middle class he decided to push for pet projects that will crumble the fragile economy and burden small businesses in the US. It does nothing for us. NOTHING AT ALL.

      Rather than focus on the economy he focused on his legacy. BE IT KNOWN THAT HIS LEGACY WILL BE ABANDONING THE MIDDLE CLASS...that is, what's left of the middle class before he's voted out.

      There is no more middle class. Obama was the last nail in that coffin.

      NOBAMA 2012.

      November 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
      • Notfooled

        I don't know what you are talking about. Everything President Obama has done is mainly for the middleclass. Healthcare, going after Wall Street, credit card reform, small business loans, Job bills, equal pay for women, lower tax cuts for middle class, student loans, saving teachers, police, firefighters jobs. Saving the auto companies. What have the Repubs done? You need to do some research because you don't have a clue.

        November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
    • Matthew

      You're kidding, right?

      November 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
    • Larry

      Wow. Guess you must have really drunk deep from the BHO Cool-Aid ...

      November 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
    • vamike

      So you appreciate that his policies have killed more jobs for unskilled workers and continued war in Afghanistan. I don't see that as standing up for the poor.

      November 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
      • Wise Texan

        Contrary to your belief, but the President's policies have not killed jobs for unskilled workers. Skilled labor such as manufacturing, textile, millwork, and etc. were killed due to Presidents' Reagan, Bush 1 & 2 creating tax breaks that rewarded corporations for off-shoring jobs. Bailing out the auto industry saved several hundred thousand jobs when you take into account all the suppliers, and etc that rely on the auto industry.

        November 18, 2010 at 11:29 am |
    • NObama

      If he was standing up for them he would extend the tax cuts to help create jobs.

      November 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
      • Notfooled

        They had ten years to create jobs with these tax cuts. Instead they shipped ten million jobs overseas. You have been taken in by their rhetoric. The jobs are gone.

        November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Bill Duke

      More like jerking them off. He should re-name himself Bush III.

      November 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
    • kelly alger Name*

      Really? So people who work hard to make ends meet and do things the moral right way (which by the way has gone down the tubes in this nation) can keep paying for people with assurance wireless phones?...when did a cell phone become a necessity? And a right? For the working class to pay for the "poor" who have their hair and nails done, wear designer name clothes, and drive Cadillacs? I live in Michigan. I see these people whip out their Medicaid cards all day. It sickness me. Helping the "poor" ! They aren't poor. They feel entitled to services. Our country needs priorities. Maybe in a few generations, if the government can just govern, and not continue to give hand outs to everyone, just maybe the American people will take accountability into their hands.

      November 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
    • CuadRose

      Yes we do, we absolutely appreciate you President Obama.

      November 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
    • cubes63

      Let's look at the ppor. i have seen the poor as lazey. I have paid into the system since I was 15 and a half. I always worked. Never cared what it was. It was a job. Tierd of hearing about the so called poor. Get a job. If you had one and lost it. Did myoiu save. I'm tierd of support the people who can'; think for them selves.

      November 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
    • zp[a

      Thank you Obama for letting poor stay poor and not letting anyone else get better! Thank you, thank you, thank you. One day when you make me poor, I will appreciate all you have done for us, Mr. President.

      November 15, 2010 at 12:08 am |
    • Supportive

      Hear, Hear!

      November 15, 2010 at 12:20 am |
    • guest to

      Every American need to thanks President Obama for standing up for the poor and middle class of this nation. We all appreciate your efforts,

      November 15, 2010 at 12:47 am |
    • Ali

      My opinion, Ed henry is a creepy crawler, hoping for a job with FOX knocking my President....doesn't matter, I don't watch FOX, and I am slowing weaning myself off of CNN, so I won't have to read or listen to his bias reporting. I really dislike his reporting.

      November 15, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  41. guest

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As every one of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about,
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don't give up though the pace seems slow–
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the goal is nearer than,
    It seems to a faint and faltering man,
    Often the struggler has given up,
    When he might have captured the victor's cup,
    And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out–
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far,
    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit–
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

    – Author unknown

    November 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
    • Juan Carlos de Burbon

      NOBAMA 2012!!!

      November 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
      • Solomon

        Person with Latin name wants to against Obama? Take your ass to Arizona without any citizenship documentations, and then see how GOP policies would affect you...

        November 17, 2010 at 11:40 am |
    • artmessiah

      Thank you. That was beautiful.

      November 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
    • Linear

      isn't this I Rise by Maya Angelou?

      November 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
    • Guess who

      What a bunch of jibberish Obama only supports lib's and do nothings. He does not care one bit for the real middle class other wise he would have left my healthcare alone. Thanks for messing up one of the best things i had with his insistance on covering everyone working or not, Legal or not, and he sure has taken care of the financial mess making it much worse by meddling in something he knows nothing about. I lost my home and got no help from him or the dems but i was wrong group and made too much money.

      November 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • Cyndi

      Well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  42. well there it is

    Talking out his keister again.

    The article reads: 'Obama also hinted again at a mid-course correction, vowing he will adjust his approach to better connect with the American people. "I spent the first years trying to get the policy right," Obama said. "In that obsessive focus on policy, I've neglected a few things that matter a lot to me."

    That's what was wrong to begin with, what was important to him had nothing to do with what the American people wanted.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  43. Libby60

    Viewing the things that I have, my opinion is that President Obama is going a good job. Mush more than the ones who recently preceeded him. He just needs to make it known to the country all the things that he's accomplished since January 20, 2009. It needs to be loud and clear, because most people don't read. They only listen to what people are repeating and the majority of that mess are not true. Make it clear and loud Mr. President. I'm behind you.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  44. Roberta Osborn

    We have far more dire problems than finances at this time. We are on the brink of losing everything that makes this country the land of the free. The Constitution is no longer the basis of the government of the United States. I can personally attest to the validity of Bonnie Calgano's book "Organized Gang Stalking: New Torture Tactic to Neutralize Citizens?” I have experienced 10 months of organized harassment by local first responders and law enforcement due to slander that most probably first originated in another state against a family member who irritated the locals by running for sheriff. In our case, they went so far as to impersonate that member of my family, which we were able to prove to the Department of Justice Office of Intelligence, Policy and Review. With the submission of that proof, DOJ was able to slow down the harassment, make it back off a little, but NOT STOP IT. The fact that un-reviewed, unconstitutional invasion of privacy and harassment has been legitimized at the local levels, continuing so far as to allow the perpetrators to convey additional slander within the community to isolate the victim, and that this can go on for YEARS without redress, has essentially wiped American civil liberties off the face of the earth. If the government can slow it down, they know who the perpetrators are and they know what is happening–that means these tactics have been sanctioned by the government. That means we are not being lawfully governed under the Constitution, because no one has that pay grade, not even the President. THIS is what President Obama should be worried about and promising to fix. I am solemnly making it my life's mission to let the average American citizen know what is really happening and to call everyone who has suffered from these organized harassment techniques to make it their mission as well.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  45. cel

    It's time to fight the party that killed the first two years and lied it's way back. And fight hard. Government is not and never has been, a business. If it does not redistribute wealth, then the lives of those who fought for freedom, have been wasted. Because, without a redistribution of the wealth, there is no freedom for the poor and middle classes.
    We will still be ruled by rich, greedy kings.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  46. Jim

    Once again, a big mistake. Do not clash with the republicans or democrats.. Clash with China Rapid growing economy
    China is the threat everyone should be concerned about.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  47. ME

    Obama. Don't ever quit on us we are behind you.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  48. TOTAL FACT

    That is the whole problem. Here comes Obama wanting to face off with the Republicans. He will not listen nor will he work with the republicans. He has an agenda. One that does not include the betterment of the America people. The problem here is this man needs tro be impeached before he can do anymore damage. I don't know about the rest of you but after 50 years as a Democrat I have left the party never to return. If this is the best you can put forward then my best is to leave. This man is Islamic through and through and it is a proven fact they can't and will not conform to Democratic ways. So therefore all Obama wishes for is to destroy America. He will have done his father Mohammed an honor. But at the same token he will betrray the United States. GET RID OF THIS CANCER NOW.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
    • Solomon

      TOTAL FICTIONAL. Now this best suits your writing premises...

      November 17, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  49. Dennis

    He better be, I didn't vote for a republican president.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  50. Matthew

    Look, Obama is really losing it. He thinks that people voted all of the democrats out of office so that Obama can waltz in, say, "Hey, we're STILL going to do it my way or you all will be OUT, OUT I tell you!" He's truly delusional!

    November 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  51. CAWinMD

    Compromise where you must, but you don't have to compromise on the tax cuts issue. At worst, offer a 1 year extension for the high earners, with no possibility of extension beyond that one year. Use the next year to come to a bipartisan compromise on what to do. Anything beyond that is just plain irresponsible.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  52. Phil

    If Obama is finally ready to fight the Republicans, it is about damn time!
    This White House, for the past 2 years have been focused on cooperation with the Republicans and have NOT fought back intelligently at the blantnat lies, hypocrisy, and off-shore nation building arrogance of the right wing extremists.

    You are two years too late with the necessary anger and response to the Fox extremist liars.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  53. Kenneth Krieger

    Obama still doen't get it. I voted for grid lock. I do not want a middle class tax cut. I want business to get a tax cut so they will hire someone. Well 2 years of grid lock and Obama dividing the races with his retoric. He will not get reelected. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    November 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  54. Handofdoom

    MMm let's see I got it ,' a Big ideas for cutting deficit, ' send BIG BROTHER packing ! MMm yes it will work,' U can Downsize the Government FIRST !' MMmmm OH YES ," That alone will save Billions ! "

    MMmm OH YES, " To bad these old farts in WASHINGTON can't do something about all the dam Size of the Government " ! NO , " BIG BROTHER Sanctuary " all must go ! U can Downsize the Government FIRST ! That alone will save Billions ! Then send the Government and Obama packing ! Just Obama alone will save even 1 or 2 Billion !
    Angry VOTERS , will be checking U out ! To see IF U ACT ION !

    November 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  55. Terry P

    Sure he is. Obama needs to start packing his bags. This guy had so much going for him, but fell into the same old line of "promise the voters anything to get elected." We, the voters wanted what he was promising so badly, we forgot that politicians never tell the truth – they either outright lie and tell half truths.

    I'll never vote for a Dem again. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Carter was the last Dem I voted for, and that was a disaster also.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
  56. Larry

    Here's the deal: BHO has rammed every one of his sacred cow initiatives down the throats of the GOP and has not been willing to listen or compromise. Now he has a simple choice – compromise and listen, or gridlock. Your call, Barry.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  57. Bobbie

    Title doesn't even fit the article. Title suggests that Obama is read to basically shoot down any ideas the Republicans come up with. However, the article doesn't sound like that. I'm glad the Republicans won the House or the Obama Administration would continue to pass whatever they want.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  58. vamike

    Are you kidding me – Obama has said that he wanted to be bipartisan in the past, but his actions have spoken much louder than his words.

    I only hope that he will take advice from Bill Clinton and learn to work with the republicans. Clinton faced the same situation two years into his presidency and he worked masterfully with the republican congress to get a balanced budget.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  59. jimmy

    Clash with Republicans? And this is new information? We have a President that has been trying to repair 8 years of republican incompetence and negligence only to be stopped at any mention of possible progress. Republicans have been saying "We're going to take this country back". Well I don't want this country to go back. I want this country to move forward!!! Republicans and their oppression and intolerance are a cancer to this country and to this world. Thank you President Obama for trying so hard. We so appreciate all that you do.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  60. Gary Ricards

    I sense our president seeks new credit(s) for future bipartism efforts and new congressional initiatives that may replace his hoped-for broader Federal governmental intervention into our lives for what is better served by private initiatives. You sir smack of being now called a hypocrit driven by desire for recognition not leadership. Shame; shame;
    shame Mr. President.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  61. effelbee

    The Number One order of business should be to let the Bush tax cuts, expire, as they were designed to! Leaving them in place for any taxpayers is 11th on the priority list for dealing with the employment crisis, per the Congressional Budget Office (non-partisan) . They were designed to return to the Clinton era rates for a reason: we cannot afford them as a country. They were W's gift to his rich supporters and friends.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  62. Moustapha Balde

    No matter how hard things get be positif ,hope for the best and never forget where you came from and how you get where you are today .

    November 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  63. CleoBx

    How Pres Obama confronted the Chinese on the world stage about their currency seems to be a subtext.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  64. Nathan

    This is hysterical. Even after the American people filed a restraining order against this man and his policies via the ballot box, he remains divisive. He's darn right Republicans were obstructive. They tried to obstruct socialism. Which true Americans wouldn't obstruct that, or at least make every effort to do so?

    He is so blind, deaf and ignorant of his own failures. He's pretending that he wanted to "target earmarks" when his stimulus bill was full of them. He's pushing these failures off on others to avoid being held accountable. Of course, there will always be people who support him blindly because he's black, he's cool, he's a great speaker, etc. But those who know the truth stand against him.

    Am I a conservative? Yes. Am I a Republican or a staunch supporter of the Republican party? Absolutely not. I stood against much of Bush's work and now I stand against Obama's. They both have faults, but Obama is the one in power right now and is thus the one who is being held accountable for his actions. Will I keep a close eye on the Republicans and hold their feet to the fire? You betcha. But I will be doing the same for Obama.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  65. Dave

    Obama: "How 'bout we try it this way?"
    Republicans: NO!
    Obama: "Okay, then. Got any ideas?"
    Republicans: NO!
    Obama: "Look. The American people elected you to help this country. Are you going to lift a finger?"
    Republicans: NO!
    Obama: "What if we just used all of your ideas, would that be acceptable?"
    Republicans: NO!
    Obama: "Thanks for making your position crystal clear. I look forward to reaching across the aisle to find a compromise we can all agree with. At least we can both agree that we're Americans and everyone has an opportunity to make this nation a better place for our children, and generations to come."
    Republicans: NO!

    November 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  66. lendo

    The president of USA is always commited to solve problems that Americans are facing,I PERSONALLY LIKE THE MAN.but i also have a question... how can he help people in Angola.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  67. Tom in the PIT

    Everyone speeks of running the Government like a Business. That sounds great. The end of 2009 beginning of 2010, when the economy was tanking, many companies had major lay-offs and pay reductions. With all of our politicians being multi-millionaires, how much pain would a pay cut be? As a matter of fact, everyone employed by the Federal and State Governments not only make good money, they also have great benefits. Why don't we do what companies did – a 5% cust in pay for front line people (including military personel), a 10 percent cut for management positions (Including officers in the military) and a 20 percent cut in pay for top officials, including the Joint Chiefs, the Supreme Court, and both Houses. Let's start getting serious about cuts!!

    November 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  68. Ben Alcobra

    What "clash" is he ready for? He spent two years allowing the Republican minority control the legislative, executive, and judicial agendas of this country. It'll be even easier to let a majority of that party run things. As long as he just keeps taking it easy as he's always done, he won't have to deal with any "clash". Don't worry, President Obama. Things are about to get even easier. Who knows, maybe you'll even get a one-on-one interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  69. dcfromct

    Obama's right, Americans don't want more gridlock, they also don't want ANY of the bad bills and policies he and the Dems have been trying to push through. After almost 2 years, hopefully they finally gotten around to reading their own garbage bills and are finally ready to LISTEN to someone else. Obama better learn to swallow his pride, put his ego aside (if that's possible) and actually work with the GOP. If he doesn't right away – he's done and will be a lame duck for the next two years until he is booted out.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  70. Brian

    He better start turning into Bill Clinton really fast or his presidency is over

    November 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  71. Kevin

    Good – you guys in DC battle it out day and night. You'll be too busy fighting to mess things up any more than they are. Sorry, I meant to "get things done."

    November 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  72. Joseph Atkinson

    President Obama has had no cooperation from the Republicans so far and I'm sure he will not get any in the future.This young President was elected with a mandate which war opposed not with the welfare of the country in mind but to defeat him and gain power.Americans should have stood behind him and given him time and support.We should have respect for the President and hope that he will be successful regardless of the party to which he belongs.Hate propaganda is the thing most Americans are getting tired of.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  73. Andy

    Gobama! :)

    - A

    November 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  74. howard fein

    Perhaps we should invite the Russians to buddy up in Afghanistan?

    November 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  75. JKH

    Please cease and desist from using "shellacking". Someone used it after the election and the media picked it up. It is a new ignorant stupid buzzword that has no currency. Just wait until the new repubs enter congress. Then use it when the American people realized that they have been shellacked by their failing to fully understand the issues that brought on the precarious state we are in.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  76. VCMD

    Wow! President Obama is telling Republicans that Campaigning is different than Governing!! He also questioned the wisdom of the voters saying they voted for the party of the No! That sure will energize Republicans to work with him.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  77. Obama Rocks!

    Mr. President,
    Please don't let these brainless bullies back you down. Stay on track. They won't compromise and if you compromise they will call you spineless. You are our last best hope to avoid being dragged backwards .

    November 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  78. billNY

    The guy sure talks a good game. Too bad his incompetence is ruining OUR country.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  79. GeorgeBos95

    We (or at least I) didn't vote for more gridlock.

    But it seems that the Dems controlling Congress werent able to focus on the biggest issue of them all – THE ECONOMY.

    Health care – {yawn}. What difference does all that convoluted legislation make when the economy is tanking?

    Not a lick. President Obama, you've been focused on the wrong issue.

    As for the Repubs. who are vowing for a fight – wake up. We want solutions and bipartisanship. Your bluster would be best left at the doorway. Roll up your sleeves and focus on SOLVING PROBLEMS.

    Take your demagoguery and shove it.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  80. redstar79

    I'm with you, Mr. president.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  81. rick52

    I, too, appreciate President Obama's efforts. Health care reform was a great accomplishment. The economy is starting to gain strength. There's no need to yield anything to the Republicans.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  82. Bryan Ivy

    Obama needs to understand the we the voted him in. and congress and obama work for us! not the people work for them. obama promised JOBS and we have seen nothing except him and Congress shove legislation down our throats that we DID NOT ask for or that we WANTED!! Obama needs to know that either to make good on his promise of more jobs or REALIZE that he too can and will get VOTED out of office in 2 years.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  83. Stephen

    Actually he should be ready to face the republicans as well as the Aermican people. Maybe on his next trip he will go home to stay and take his freeloading Aunt with him. Go back to Kenya!

    November 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  84. badguy

    Obama and the Demo's lost out because the electorate is upset they did not follow the mandate they were given in 2008 to change this economic system as much as would be required to get people working again. That means, government employment, conversion of our economy from "free trade" to "fair trade" economy, etc. Obama and the Demos did not perform. Voting Republicans in was an act of desperation Who else could they vote for (Socialist Labor? Green Party)?
    The Republicans are all puffed up thinking they've been given a mandate to kill social security, kill tax breaks for the poor and middle class and lower income taxes for the rich. I've got a message for them? You think the Demo slaughter was big, wait till 2012 after you've killed social security and medicare, middle class tax breaks AND the unemployment rate is worse than it is today!! Sunami is the only thing I can think of that depicts what will happen to THEM.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  85. jho

    Can't you use a bigger font? Why so much spacing between paragraphs?

    November 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  86. jh

    Nothing's impossible I have found,
    For when my chin is on the ground,
    I pick myself up,
    Dust myself off,
    Start All over again.

    Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
    Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
    And pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    Work like a soul inspired,
    Till the battle of the day is won.
    You may be sick and tired,
    But you'll be a man, my son!

    Will you remember the famous men,
    Who had to fall to rise again?
    So take a deep breath,
    Pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    -Dorothy Fields

    November 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  87. andy

    Mr President – you are still as out of touch as before your trip.You are an arrogant self centered dictator wanna be and should have never been elected.Save America and resign,go back to your home of Kenya and stay.You have destroyed the Democratic party as well as hurt America.You are the worse president in my life of 60 years.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  88. Borx

    Obama: "I'm sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock." Uhhh, I believe that's exactly what Americans voted for...stopping the unwanted, and arguably detrimental, "change" that has occurred in Washington over the past two years.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:02 am |
  89. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Obama is mentioned here http://nosuchthingasanopinion.blogspot.com/

    November 15, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  90. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Want to see cleverness? nosuchthingasanopinion.blogspot.com/

    November 15, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  91. g reg

    Give me a break. This is about as lame as obama's next two years will be

    November 15, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  92. Raf

    It's the little victories that matter the most...

    November 15, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  93. drmsony

    Mr. Obama still does not understand: The recent landslide vote of Republican lawmakers by the people of this country 10 days ago is to stop what this irresponsible admistration has done. Gridlock is welcome compared to the damage they are bent on. Wake up Dems. !

    November 15, 2010 at 12:32 am |
  94. guest

    I think we'll finally see the true colors of both parties in these next two years. I just hope that most Americans aren't blinded by the fury of their impatiences.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:50 am |
  95. Heather

    Well maybe the American people like the fact that the Republicans say no to Obama. Has this thought ever occured to Obama? Obama still does not think the problem is his policies. He refuses to except the idea that people do not like his policies, even after ramming his health care law down the throats of the American people, who every poll showed did not like the law!

    Obama is not very smart, for a man everyone claims is!

    November 15, 2010 at 1:00 am |
  96. ybs

    Those that only dish out obstruction!
    Deserve nothing less than the nuclear option!
    And when thugs mess around with Obama,
    they won't be able to run too far!
    For Obama & Petraeus will launch those drones!
    Until the GOP ceases all obstruction, and moans!

    – ybs

    http://bit.ly/twitterybs

    November 15, 2010 at 1:09 am |
    • Richard Weed

      Uh, ybs, you have it basackwards. Obama IS the thug.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:19 am |
    • Juan Carlos de Burbon

      I'll be a productive day when the GOP takes over. The Dems had total control for the past two years and we're in worse shape now.

      Maybe the Dems should start doing more listening than dictating. The American people went to the polls and they sent a message. No more Dems.

      November 15, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  97. Buzz

    The Republicans now OWN a piece of the economic mess their party created. The voters expect them to deliver on their campaign promise. Which is "jobs, jobs, jobs". If the Republicans decide to waste the next two years trying to obstruct. The voters will toss them out of office as fast as they put them in.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  98. Liz74kim@yahoo.com

    I wish the President all the best. As for those obstructing his efforts..I will say that their day will come when their hypocrisy and spite will come to light and tables will turn on them..voters are watching. As for you Ed Henry how much ink will it cost to put the word President (at least one or twice0 before the name 'Obama'. Your articles are good but you disgust me on this. Fed up with Obama this, Obama that...give the man the title that he deserves..I can see yours is 'Senior White House Correspondent..so do not diminish those relating to others...

    November 15, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  99. Sunny Guy

    Take a page from the Republican playbook, and just say no to their proposals. Let them have a taste of their own medicine. If there's one thing the U.S. does not need, it's a continuation of the tax cuts. Let them expire. Good riddance.

    Sunny Guy

    November 15, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  100. Toughlove

    You libs r funny. He's not going to be clashing with the Repubs...he's going to continue to clash with the majority of Americans. Either libs are deaf, stupid or so arrogant that they want to force stuff down our throats for "our own good". Whichever it is....you just lost and you'll lose again in 2012. IT's time for you all to Clintonize...move to the right.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:39 am |
  101. DavidH3

    President Obama, you spent too much time trying to compromise and appease people who were not willing to compromise and who cannot be appeased. "Maintaining a bipartisan tone" is pointless and will lead to another rout in 2012. You have to rouse the ranks. You've got to fight. The campaign for 2012 has begun.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:45 am |
  102. Lost in Alaska

    I'm waiting ...... waiting ..... I have yet to see real leadership from this President. I voted for him because I was fed up with Washington politicians. But I have yet to see much difference with him.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:50 am |
  103. June

    Resident Obama, you have finished one year & 11 months. rome wasen't built in a day. have patience and you will prevail. all of our prayers are with you and with God all things are possible. keep smiling and pushing on and all who are trying to make you fall will fall.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:58 am |
  104. Notfooled

    @ Guest --that's a beautiful poem. I think all of us has been there at some point in our life. The key is to remember it and try and give those who are young and have not reached their full potential a chance. Not to label them as lazy but remember you were there once and made it. The elderly have worked all of their lives and deserves to be taken care of.
    As for President Obama no matter what your reasons for disliking him, this man has worked very hard. It must be very lonely being the President. The harder he worked the more walls he ran into. But he never gave up fighting for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. "So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit– It's when things seem worst that you must not quit". President Obama stick to your principles and we will back you. After all you are the President of the poor, the middle class, and the rich. We are all Americans.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  105. williefloyd

    Mr. President, you have a veto pen-please keep it near and use it when you think necessary. Do not cave to the right wing extremists.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:36 am |
  106. Daniel

    Actually I did vote for gridlock, no legislation is good legislation.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:42 am |
  107. Richard Weed

    We don't need this jerk "shaping public opinion". We need him to govern in accordance with public opinion. Shove it down our throats and complain he did not have a chance to fully explain it. Or, that we are not smart enuff to understand it (Biden). BS to these dems. Keep it up and 2012 will be just like 2010.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:16 am |
  108. joe

    at least he'll go down swinging...but he will go down.. 2012

    November 15, 2010 at 3:19 am |
  109. Kevin

    He should do the right thing and resign.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:45 am |
  110. allen

    go obama!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  111. Nick

    God Bless Barack Obama – keep fighting against the Corporate Right wing nuts and their blabbering, misguided tea boogers.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:14 am |
  112. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    Obama really doesn't get it. Democrats didn't get voted out of office because he wasn't being bipartisan enough. He was incredibly bipartisan, caving in to the Republicans at every turn. Everything he produced came with loads of concessions to conservatives, despite the fact that they never wound up voting for the final bills.

    One person can't make something bipartisan. No matter how many concessions Obama grants, the GOP won't vote for his proposals. They know that it's their job to see that he doesn't succeed. If he succeeds, he gets re-elected, and that's not what they want. Republicans are not patriotic. They're bitterly partisan and selfish. Until Obama wakes up and grasps this point, they're going to keep taking advantage of him.

    And his comment about earmarks is ridiculous. Earmarks aren't even in the top 10 of the country's biggest problems. Obama lost the support of the voters because he turned out to be an accomplice in helping Wall Street, and the insurance industry, violate the American people. That's what people are pissed about. Not earmarks.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:39 am |
    • Solomon

      Financial Reform and Health care Reform purpose to assist the public or Wall Street or Insurance companies? This a rhetorical question siding these reforms helped us the American people with some provisions to prevent another recession or insurance companies from whipping-out our bank accounts. Agree if Obama's agenda succeed, and then voters wouldn't re-elect the GOP congressman to some point, however regardless the outcomes many GOP supporters don't give a damn. For instance, earmarks are a win-win situation for all sides of the Congress, but the Bush's tax cuts would disproportionately assist wealthy more than changing economic trends.

      Obama still the president and Senate is still blue, so the red coats took the House.... Vote in the house, stopped in the senate and worst case scenario passes– veto.

      November 17, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  113. PrdWolverine

    Barry, you are so full of dung. I don't believe even YOU listen to what you are saying anymore ! Please minimize your damage to the country over the next two years, and leave quietly.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  114. Scott Trent

    Obama is ready to clash with the majority of VOTERS is what this should say. Obama said "But I'm sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock." The American voter (the majority of voters) did indeed vote to gridlock or stop the Obama agenda.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  115. Louisiana Man

    Obama, adorn your armor, display a David-esq stance and get ready to joust and rumble for the anticipated clash.

    The American people are supporting you-YOU ARE NOT DEFEATED!!!!

    But mainly-DONT GIVE IN–The tax breaks for the obsence rich represent-
    a slap in the face for the working class
    did not meet its supposing objective of creating tons of jobs with the net proceeds
    ballooned the deficit
    and left the greedy GOPS wanting more and voted against you in every endeavor

    November 15, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  116. I need to be a reporter

    Reporters should report the facts and not sensationalize. Stating that Obama just got a shellacking is wrong-while he endorsed candidates, he was himself NOT a candidate. Also, please state the number of seats lost or retained in the House and Senate, not inject your opinion of what the results mean. Can we just have some facts and direct quotes instead of conjecture? We are adults and able to draw our own conclusions from the facts.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  117. From Michigan

    There are may small businesses in obama's "rich" that he wants to tax. These are the people that create jobs. My question is what happens when your employer has less money and things cost more due to inflation (QE2) and tax increases? Hmm.... Just think who pays your payroll. Is it the poor or rich. I myself am not rich but I get paid by a large organization. If they have less money overall they will not be able to invest as much or hire as many. When I have more bills than income I don't think that I need a new job for more income, I look at what my bills are and get rid of the ones I don't need such as trade a new vehicle in for a used.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:38 am |
    • Notfooled

      The CEO'S and shareholders will take home less profits that's what.

      November 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  118. Monroc

    He may be rested and ready, but when "he" does not have it in him, then what's the use? He has turned out to be Mr. Yes, no, maybe.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  119. Bill

    This president just cant help splitting our country with everything he says. Thanks Mr President for not representing the middle class.

    November 15, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  120. Ernie

    He should be rested he got his "Clocked Cleand" at the G-20 Summit, South Korea, and Japan. so his batting average is 0-3. Not very good. Now he's coming home to fight with Congress. I don't think his batting average is going to be any better. There are a lot of demarcates who now will not vote the "Party Line" and will not go along with Harry Reid and the President. That's because in 2012 their going to be up for re-election and they want to keep their "Job". All the changes are going to start now not in January but now. The House Republicans have the President on the "Ropes" they are going to "Knock him Out".

    November 15, 2010 at 9:45 am |
    • Keisha Nomby

      learn how to spell idiot.

      November 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  121. Willy Brown

    The rookie is back for another lesson.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  122. skokie

    OK MR PRESIDENT IT IS TIME TO FIGHT, REMEMBER THE HOTTER THE BATTLE THE SWEETER THE VICTORY.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  123. Jake

    the time has come for Obama to really call out the GOP on their inability and unwillingness to lead!

    November 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  124. Notfooled

    President Obama stick to your principles. And listen to Nancy Pelosi because she is a fighter and knows how to win. That's why Repubs dislike her so much. The country is going in the right direction whether they like it or not and they have nothing to contribute.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  125. Notfooled

    Sign a petition. Tell President Obama don't cave on the Bush tax cuts. boldprogressives.org/home

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  126. nayafknbiz

    kick their ass Barack, be aggressive , get it done. your doing a swell job, hang tough man, times will get better.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  127. Good Luck

    Good luck President Obama, the Republicans are on the war path. I dont think they have any great ideas or plans to get anything done. However, they should start their own football team they have excellent Blockers they just cant get the football over the finish line. So, Mr President get your gear on and barrel through. Lets get something done.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  128. What a punk

    Here we go again, He's gonna cave into giving the top 1% and Republicans their way......They are gonna take it and run right over his punk @zz .......I really am believing he's another Carter now.....No spine

    November 17, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  129. Tango51

    People need to shut up and let the man, our president, do his job.

    - Stop complaining about the healthcare, because if your kid had a preexisting condition, you would be thanking him. Stop complaining about the economy, because the economy, although not great, has improved since Obama came to office.

    -Stop crying about your freedoms being taken away unless you can point out what freedoms you've lost (being forced to have health insurance is the same as being forced to have car insurance, but no one complains about being forced to have car insurance)

    - Stop complaining about government telling you not to eat too much soup. The government is not telling you what to eat, but educating people about the amount of sodium that's in the soup, which can ultimately help your blood pressure. The choice is still yours, eat as much soup as you want, just stop complaining about it.

    - Stop being confused as to whether or not Obama is a Muslim because guess what: HE IS NOT! And even if he was, who cares? We don't judge, right?

    - Stop crying about your taxes going up, check your facts, and you'll see that taxes for the middle class have bin reduced just as Obama promised. The taxes for the reach have not gone up yet, but they may and if you're reading this, chances are you're not rich and your taxes are not going up, so relax. And if you are rich, you'll be fine. You'll feel good about being a patriot and helping out this great country.

    - Stop crying about Obama's trip to Asia costing $200 million a day. It didn't. Check your facts: the entire war in Afghanistan costs less than that per day. And start being pissed off at those people who spread these dumb stories as facts before they're verified (e.g. Glenn Beck, Shawn Hennity, Fox and Friends). Lies are not going to help this country.

    - And finally, START using your own head instead of letting FOX News opinion guys tell you what you should think. You complain about the government suggesting that you shouldn’t eat too much sodium, which is for your own good because you're probably smart enough to determine what's good for you on your own, right? That's funny, because you don't seem smart enough to understand all the facts before you form an opinion, so you take what Glenn Beck gives you, and you run with it like an idiot. Don’t share their agenda. It’s for their own good, not yours.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  130. Solomon

    "That's funny, because you don't seem smart enough to understand all the facts before you form an opinion, so you take what Glenn Beck gives you, and you run with it like an idiot. Don’t share their agenda. It’s for their own good, not yours."

    It's not funny Tango51, because if you tell a lie enough times, and then people will start believing in it. I totally agree with your post, however the complaining or crying wording sounds a little mean. Honestly do care about other peoples views, regardless they differ from mine. My stance and your discussion seems to scratch the surface about solving the partisan conflicts in this country.

    How credible is the news? Anderson Cooper to me is one my favorite media reporter, because of his objectivity and solely sticking to the facts. Really commend him on going in a discussion on the false statements made by GOP congressman, in regards to President's Asia tour cost to the tax payers. Cooper explained there are many issues or matters to attack on spending, but "You don't have to lie about..."

    Again, I do agree dissent is important right every American has, but lying is crossing the line. American voters need to be given bipartisan or objective medium source, and then, only then we could have a clear, sound and consensus to move this country in a positive direction. Tango51 you seemed to bring up a very important matter in this forum that some media reporters are beyond bias reporting tactics and now attempting to manipulate people's minds through feeding on their fears, hate and uncertainties.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
    • Tango51

      Overall Comments:
      Solomon – You're right, my post was a bit mean and for that I apologize. However, it is sometimes frustrating to see that people who are bias, who lie, and who continuously polarize this country are still in business. Shawn Henniti is a great example of one of those people who have been lying and lying for years and he's still in business. That leads me to believe that either people do not want to hold accountable those who lie and polarize this country because they share their agenda and would not give up on that agenda even if that meant greater good for the country

      or

      they simply do not get their facts straight.

      Either way, I'm worried. That is NOT patriotic. I respect people’s views as long as those views are based on truth. And I respect all those who openly welcome ideas from both the left and the right and educate themselves about those ideas before they form an opinion. And even after they form that opinion, if new information arises, I respect those who reevaluate their opinion to ensure it is still valid.
      I've never seen this country to be so divided as it is now and, in combination with the current economic climate or the perception of the current economic climate (let's face it, most people still believe that we are worse off than we were in 2008, which is not even close to truth) we as people have to find a way to hold those who are not helping our situation accountable. And by that, I mean those who spreads lies, and like you said, manipulate people by creating fear and hate.

      November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  131. jobs created by the republicans??

    The republican & sister tea party have no 'plan' outside of twitter exchanges of how to invest or create manufacturing jobs in America in a global economy with endless supplies of cheap labor and global logistics!!.... The only jobs created during GOTP bush days were in the financial sector on wall street......Wall streeters were rushing to steal as much of American 401ks and house values as they could....Obama and a few democrats need to keep hammering home long term energy infrastructure changes that decrease our national operational costs while simultaneously creating jobs in the energy and transportation sectors..... stop the republicans from giving away the remainder of American manufacturing jobs and technology to China in their idealist pursuit of free markets which are gamed by far too many countries at America's expense

    November 18, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  132. Bil

    I am amazed that BHO contiues to protray he is still in charge during his lame duck 2 years in office. Go away quietly, hand over the check book because you need a Payee or Conservator. Not sure who is more dense, Pelosi or BHO. Neither got the point. By the way Princess Pelosi, nice to see you flying coach again instead of Air Force 2.

    November 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
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