April 4th, 2011
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  1. col_lib

    1 day of US disaster in Iraq/Afghanistan.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Mike

      Do ot forget Lybia, we are the biggest spender and supplier there.

      April 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  2. Kishore

    For $1 billion, I would buy me $100 million worth of real cash, assuming I could get 10 cents on the dollar.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  3. Architect

    How about asking how many new schools could be built for $1 billion. How many youth centers could be created in inner cities? How much $1b would help a group like the boys and girls club or the YMCA? Why not spend 50 cents of every dollar raised for any political campaign towards something other than annoying advertisements and bumper stickers? I'd vote for the person who does that.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • staciacnn

      Architect –

      That is a good question. After some research it looks like the average cost of building a junior high school today is about $15m. So for $1 billion you could build almost 67 new schools.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • John in NY

        It depends on the schools, for example cashed strapped California wouldn't even be able to build two schools equal to the Robert F. Kennedy Community School it opened for this school year since the pricetag for this single school was $578 million dollars (or $130k for each student that will attend it this year.)

        April 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Rico Suave

      Typical liberal whining. Let's talk about how many GUNS $1 billion would buy for every man, woman and child in 'merica! Tell you what, boy . . .

      April 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Cm

      Campaign money is what supports our belief in the political and democratic system. It also stimulates many jobs

      April 6, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  4. Blogson

    $1 billion might be enough to buy each Washington, D.C. politician who accepts campaign "donations" from corporations and special interest groups an airline ticket out of town to some place like the Gobi Desert, with no return fare provided!

    April 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Stan De Leon

      Does your figures include teachers, principles @ ap, supplies and maintainence? If not, they would certainly reduce the numbers of schools that could be built. It would be interested if your figures would include these expenses. It would also have to include future salaries, supplies and maintance.

      April 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • Mike

        A lot would depend on if it is how we spend money on schools or how the normally top ranked Finland spends on their schools. We could almost twice as much. it is a shame that we spend the most but only get half the product. Need to reduce excessive administration and return to proven teaching techniques.

        April 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • Chris

        Stan,
        He said to build a school not to run it for X amount of years. Your "rebuttal" to what the man was stating is irrational. The average middle school is somewhere around 15 million in the state I live in as well. I would much rather see more schools and less politicians. How about you??

        April 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  5. bob

    I dont, know ask George Soros how his millions got Obama to dance like a trained animal

    April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bob evans

      It's okay. You don't have to say dance like a trained animal. You can call him a monkey like he is.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:01 am |
      • donutman

        you can call him a monkey..i can call you an idiot

        April 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Charles

      You do realize Glenn Beck is just a little nutty, right?

      April 5, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  6. denmond

    In a few years..... a loaf of bread...

    April 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  7. dan

    Big Macs aren't THAT expensive.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • A NEW POLICY

      Not yet, but with this gas price increasing, your big mac will be inflated with rep candidate!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  8. abe

    The Presidency.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Heef

      We will see... if it doesn't buy the presidency it is an awful waste of money though isn't it?

      April 5, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  9. ThoughtProcess

    Wait, why is this a bad thing? Let's say those "donations" are coming from the likes of Exxon and whatever other huge corporations making zillions or dollars. They go to Obama's campaign. He hires a bunch of staff officials, buys flight tickets, takes out commercial time on TV networks, hotels, car rentals for staff and on and on. It's not like that money piles up in Obama's pocket somehow. I don't mean to defend a president I'm rather unhappy with, but that he were to attain $1billion and spend it here in our country on typical US goods and products really isn't all that bad. Exxon -> peons seems like a better direction than the other way around, no?

    April 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Mike

      True spending the money here is better than him sending 2000 manufacturing jobs to China for hisTexas wind farm, yet we will employ 300 here. Or sending 2 Billion to Brazil so they can drill off shore and we can buy their oil.

      April 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Darkheart

      And while is flying around on our tax money on Air Force 1. How about he quit kissing babies and start doing his job. The last Prez we had that kicked some butts and did good for the country , was an actor named Reagan. I think all they all need to be fired for not doing what they promised!!

      April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
      • AGeek

        If you think Reagan was all that and a bag of chips, you've got a *seriously* broken history book in front of you. Our current economic disaster was largely started by Reagan's policies!

        April 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Charles

      A disproportionate amount will go to tv, that helps very few.

      April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • gonefishing

      looking short term, yes, but to Exxon and other big corp., it is an investment. What are they investing in? The politicians. They are buying opinions and votes, which ultimately hurts us.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  10. Dick Hertz

    Obama would buy 50,000 more wetbacks.

    April 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  11. conoclast

    Why do we bother with "votes"? If it's as it increasingly seems, that dollars are what win elections, why not just cut to the chase and simply sell elected office to the highest bidder? The money could then be used for things we can't otherwise afford, like education. Trouble is, only republicans seem to crave political power enough to buy it so the proceeds would no-doubt go for repealing progress.

    April 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Greg Kells

      How can you say only Republicans buy office, when the story at hand is a Democrat trying to do just that? Both parties have reduced elections to fund raising competitions followed by a slightly more eloquent version of The Dozens. If we quit selling our votes to the same two group of idiots, maybe it wouldn't cost a billion dollars to run for president.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Chirpie

      The latest election in California proves this ain't a foregone conclusion.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Jay in NC

      "only republicans seem to crave political power enough to buy it" ?? Is not the story about Barry and his billion dollars. No republican will come close getting that much money.

      April 5, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • Heef

      Good call buddy, Obama is raising a billion dollars for his campaign and Republicans are the only ones willing to buy the presidency???? I would hate for all this "progress" to get repealed... can you imagine if it did, we would still have troops in Iraq, and we would still be the laughing stock of the world because of Guantanimo, and lobbyist would be in cabinet positions... thank GOD for Obama, bringing dignity back to the white house... if He hadn't signed that Stimulus bill without reading it, unemployment could have gotten as high as 8 percent! When are the republicans going to wake up...

      April 5, 2011 at 9:40 am |
      • A NEW POLICY

        Have to agree heef. You make some valid points. We live in such a corrupt society, no one thinks about the children, they are only thinking about thwir gain. What happen to our morals? Where is the dignity? The White House was created "FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE". But today you must question, "Which people?" The congress? The Senate? Which people are you for? They are certainly not for the working class. When I read "THE PEOPLE" I SEE EVERY UNITED STATE CITIZEN! Not just a group or a class. So why do I have to pay more in taxes for the government to not pay there gasoline bill? When $25,000.00 comes out of pocket and goes to the government the question is, "WHO IS WORKING FOR ME?" The congress to me is nothing but thieves not being taxed. The congress should pay the same taxes I pay, and support their own prersonal vehicle, and pay there own gas and vehicle maintenance as I do. You thieves! And that is every single on in the US Senate as well as Congress!

        April 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • killroy

        Unemployment was above 10 percent.

        April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  12. Tim

    Did this article just say $1 Billion buys 5 Bugatti Veyron's. The slide itself says Veryron's cost $1.7 Million each, which would make the number of those cars $1 Billion would buy 588, not 5. Does anyone proofread these articles?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • unknown

      its 600 not 5

      April 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Obama 2012

      The slide said that 1 billion could buy almost 600 Bugatti's not 5 like you stated in your comment...Double check the slide

      April 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  13. sk3ptic

    $1B is enough to buy enough smart but badly-intentioned people to produce enough sheer lying BS to get someone elected to President. Stop believing those people. When you see a political ad, especially if it seems to be an attack ad, know that what you are seeing or hearing is BS and shut it off. Don't listen to drum banging, horn blowing, homilies or other nonsense either. Listen to what the candidates say they will do to lead this country. If you sense honesty, vote for that person and plan contingencies for whatever he said that you did not really like.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  14. Chuck

    1 billion dollars would buy me a lot of assassins :)

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  15. who dat fan 1

    Wow. so let me figure this out..a person is going to spend one billion dollars to get a job that pays 400,000...Oh yeah this makes sense because it's about serving the people of our great nation....And if any of you believe the part about serving you deserve everything you get and some. The problem with this equation it doesn't matter what party you belong to, it's the same crap from both sides of the aisle. Some guy gets elected using money from contributors and donors who are going to want a return on their investment. So next time these guys running from office get up there and tell you the evils of the rich and corporate america, remember this working stiffs do not contribute the kind of money that they require to run for this office. God saves us all

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  16. irish man

    a billion would be the privilege to have $ex with me for about 100 times. And you must be a hot gal. After 100 times, i figure its boring anyway, plus with a billion, im pretty sure i can get better arshe....

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  17. Dean

    Freedom to escape our sick selfish society and live in peace.

    April 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • JLS639

      Nope, in order for $1 billion to have any value, you have to be able to spend, save and invest it in... [drum fill] ...the sick society you want to escape.

      April 5, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  18. angelthathaswings

    What about helping people get out of debt??

    April 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  19. Chris

    We nolonger live in a democracy we live in an "ecomocracy" where votes are cast for the highest elected office in the workl by the dollars of the special intrests groups that can afford it. In the end historians may be righting about the fall of America being brought on by greed and corruption. I believe in America and its people. It's still the best country in the world. It just seems like we have lost our way. Will we ever have another president that is for AMERICA and not for a party or a special group? I pray for that day.

    April 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  20. Mr. Apples

    Lots of Kraft dinners.

    April 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  21. Martin

    1 billion items at the $1 store.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • nataylor

      you forgot tax

      April 5, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  22. FloridaRes

    Let's see, if not for the GOP/Conservative Supreme Court, we wouldn't have unrestricted donations to PACS, etc. Unfortunately the GOP (the ones who brought this suit to the Supreme Court) is the one at fault here. If Obama doesn't raise this money, only the GOP will have enough to buy the Presidency with little opposition!

    April 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      That is all we have heard for the past two years, it's the Republicans fault. Will this president ever take responsibility for his own actions?

      April 5, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • JLS639

      /like

      @Jay No, it is not only the Republicans' fault, but GOP-appointed judges were the ones that allowed this to happen.

      Raise the roof! (on campaign spending, that is)

      April 5, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Heef

      Because someone like you will only vote for the guy who raised the most money right?!?! I know, just speaking for myself here, that I will NOT waste my vote on anyone, regardless of their policy or platform, unless they can raise atleast 400 million dollars in a campaign. I will not vote for a Poor guy... gross.

      April 5, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  23. sapsxy

    The real question should be : " what are all the things that would have been possible to get done-with the total
    amount of money that was given to all parties during the economic crisis ? ".In other words-if there had been
    no sub-prime crisis to begin with,there would have been no eventual handouts of billions of dollars to corporations,
    around the world by various governments : and the same world wide collective money amount would have been
    available,then : what would be all the things,that would have been possible ? " Forbes. ???

    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  24. Realist

    For $1 billion, you could give every person on Earth $0.15.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  25. sapsxy

    Some guy named "Ambani" build a billion dollar residental home in Mumbai.Go figure !!!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  26. skeeter

    IT WOULD BE A START ON REBUILDING THIS COUNTRY , LIKE WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING FROM 2001. THE CRONNY PEOPLE IN OFFICE HAVE MORE TIME AND SPEND MORE EFFORT BLAMMING THE OTHER GUY AND PARTY THAT THEY ARE THE ONES TO BLAME...... AT EVERY ELECTION THEY ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF OUR SUPPOSED PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY ,,,,,,,,, GAY RIGHTS AND ABORTIONS ....... HOW A BOUT JOBBBBBS AND HOW ABOUT HELPING OUR COUNTRY GROW. BRING BACK OUR JOBS. HEY HOW ABOUT ALL TRUE AMERICANS TRY THIS ONCE IF A COMPANY LEAVES THE US OF A FOR CHEEPER LABOR AND NOW TAXES DONT BUY FROM THEM ........IF YOUR HUNGRY EAT YOUR FORGIEN CAR........

    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  27. connors

    and republicans don't spend more than this? stupid article CNN

    April 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • RobS

      No, they dont. Obama raised more than anyone in his previous campaign. 1 billion is a healthy increase above that and it is VERY unlikely that any Republican canidate will be able to raise anywere close to that. I am not sure Obama can hit this target this time around given his perfomance so far. The excitement behind him had died down but he wont have a Hillary to compete against so those dollars may help. There are no Republican candidates that are going to excite the right either and those that are coming forward to date are not that appealing while others are just jokes (Trump, Palin, etc.)

      April 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  28. Tim

    You know what I'd do with a billion dollars? Two chics at the same time.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Roscoelette

    Why doesn't Obama spend that billion on buying health care for some poor people or paying off part of the deficit? He is great at telling average hard working citizens to share the wealth. Not so good at doing it himself, or requiring his friends at GE to do it.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Bui,

    A good President does not need to raise money. Only the liar, corup, poor perform president to look for fund raise to attack the other candidate. So, if Obama is a good president then he should not spend time to ask donation, people would vote for him. Please don't play dirty political. Keep doing a good job if he is loving this country. My Americal dream seems to loose

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • gonefishing

      The only way to change the system is for us to vote on issues, not people. This is feasible, we just need the initiative. Our democratic republic system is nearing a stage of uselessness. Corporations buying politicians, meaningless political games, incompetent government departments and wasteful spending... We have the potential to be the greatest nation in the world. We choose not to.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  31. Jason

    I just have one invented word for that yacht, yachtacious!

    April 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  32. john

    We're doomed. Is there really any disputing it anymore?

    April 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  33. Edge

    Buy Gold

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  34. Edria C. Fleming

    If a billion dollars is raised/ spent on a campaign I honestly believe President Obama will lose this election based upon the morals, values, and ethics of what is going on in our society If anything the grass roots campaign is the only thing which can save you President Obama. I hope you understand this. People have barely enough money to put in their tank for gas let alone $25 or $30 to send you. You may be able to given money by the big wigs who pretty much run this country but the working class trying to make it on a day to day basis will not be the ones coming out of their pockets. That is just a realism of what is going on.

    I voted for you that I don't hide that fact. I think you have lost touch with the original message. Stop for a minute, pray and go back to little man and his/her needs. It's to a point where it's a new form of slavery out here. Employers are having 1 person do the job of 2 and not capable of paying them their worth.

    Teachers are getting cut on a daily basis because there is not enough money in budgets to pay everyone. Why has Detroit, Michigan and Beloit Wisconsin both become bankrupt cities. Both were factory towns which at one point thrived. How about incentives for companies who go to those places and start jobs?

    I see on a continual basis people accumulating debt to go back to school because they can't find a job in their field. Why?

    Then you have schools who don't emphasis dual languages which leaves us behind in the business world. Half these kids can't even read let alone compete with their foreign counterparts.

    Your top priorities should be going back to basics of your message. Stopping whatever craziness is going on in Wisconsin before Scott Walker creates a monstrosity of that. Help California in some way before they shut off all the lights and focusing on domestic stuff as opposed of putting our soldiers and country in harms way.

    Thanks good luck with that.

    Would love to hear from you.
    Edria,Texas

    April 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  35. phreedom

    one billion things at the dollar store.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  36. Chad

    Quite disappointed in Obama, though he's still better than the alternative. He campaigned on "change" but found that it's not that easy in Washington. So he's become just another bought-and-paid-for politician. A billion dollars spent to get a thankless job that pays $400,000 a year. There is no math that enables that to make sense to me.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  37. DavenFL

    CNN's producers are on the right track, but ducked out early (oh, a bit like Sarah Palin). They didn't finish the job.

    While these politicians – regardless of their stripe – toast each other at $5000/plate dinners, there's an American (yes, American) family starving. There's someone who's too sick to navigate the mega-bureaucracy to get medical attention, there are roads and bridges crumbling.

    Probably not in my lifetime, but I hope enough Americans finally 'get it' enough to throw these bums out. Egypt's a good model, for starters.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  38. Greg Kells

    Maybe we should be asking why it costs a billion dollars to run for President. Is it that expensive to convince us that they are "the lesser of two evils", or is it that expensive to hide the other options? We have several political parties, but have resigned to a two party system because they convince us with million dollar advertising campaigns, that they are the only game in town. A vote that isn't for sale can't be bought, so I guess we really do get the government we deserve.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  39. Bill

    It's a simple fact that advertising is very expensive, so you need lots of money to run a campaign. Too bad REAL campaign-finance laws will never be enacted.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  40. Jymbo

    For 1 Billion.... you could probably buy at least 3 or 4 Republican Senators and/or Congressmen.... or 2,000,000,000 Alaskan Governors doncha know

    April 5, 2011 at 4:51 am |
  41. SF

    Gray Design has better looking yachts than the $1 billion toy.....and less expensive too. Besides, I'd rather go for a yacht from Gray Design and buy gold bars with the remaining cash!!

    April 5, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  42. Eric Tedford

    Apparently, it will buy votes.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  43. Just Wondering

    2 fighter plane's

    April 5, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  44. J0nx

    $1B would pay a lot of his homies' mo'gages. Ah liberals, thanks for this train wreck.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  45. UNREAL

    I really don't care about the raising of 1 billion dollars, if private citizens and public corporations want to shell out there cash, which they have the right to do, to back a pawn with no backbone then by all means go ahead. The bigger issue I have is going to be the hours, days, weeks, next year and a half that our president will use the time he is supposed to be leading and defending our country in milking every hour he can to defend his position in the white house. All past first term presidents have done this, but mark my word, watch what is about to happen. Obama will spend a much close to a 1 billion to the tax payers with just his time alone.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  46. John

    Another vacation on Air Force 1...

    April 5, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  47. Charles

    Salary and benefits for 10,000 teachers for a year.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  48. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I thought the same thing. Who is working at those schools? With so many teachers being fired, laid off, terminated for cause, who'd be teaching in those 67 schools? In Georgia for example, many of our high schools have merged or been turned into junior high schools. With the drop-out rates 'polled' out to us and claimed to be so extraordinary high throughout the US, who would even be attending these 67 schools? Every president and hopeful has raised money for his campaign! So why all of the good ideas now?

    April 5, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  49. Jerry, Florida

    What would 1 billion buy? In this case, the re-election for an undeserving president.

    I was hoping that he would not announce his bid for 2012. However, I guess he feels he has not done enough damage yet.

    America, don't be fooled. Lets show this clueless president that our votes can not be bought for a billion or at any pice, and that the teflon has bee gradually wearing off.

    America, lets make sure we make the right decision in 2012. Enough with the smoke and mirrors!

    April 5, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Jon

      Hee. Wasn't Reagan the Teflon President? And besides, you and I both know that the Republicans are going to raise and spend just as much, *if not more*. Murdoch and the Koch brothers will see to that.

      April 5, 2011 at 9:40 am |
      • Heef

        I don't think it will cost near that much to beat Obama this time around. Its not money that wins the presidency, it is policy and talking points. Obama can win if he just goes back to the basics, tell the people what they want to hear and when you get elected, do what ever you want regardless of what you said.

        April 5, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Barry

      how much did Dubya spend on his reelection campaign? I'm sure it came pretty close to this same amount. He got reelected and look at the damage that guy did to the US. Prolonged the war in Iraq, didn't focus enough on Afghanistan and of course ignored and dismantled regulatory agencies that could have prevented or mitigated the ensuing financial meltdown that caused the current economic collapse that we are currently suffering from. Way to Go Dubya, Mission Accomplished !!
      So back to your statement...maybe Obama will get reelected with his $1bn....we can't do worse than Dubya did. GOP can't even come up with a viable candidate.

      April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  50. Jack Smythe

    This is the biggest problem with the government in America. The politicians will destroy the economy, jobs, people's lifestyle, outsource jobs, and lie through their teeth just so that they can get election capmapign contributions from big business lobbyists. These big business fat cats control the government through their lobbyists.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  51. JSQ

    I would buy an Island.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  52. Philip

    It would pay for about 4 days worth of the Bush tax cuts to the richest 2% of Americans.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  53. Lawman

    There is a charity which feeds half a million kids in the developing world (just for the record, I am not associated with them but like their work enough to donate to them every now and then). For 1,000,000,000 USD they could feed hmm, half a million kids for over 131 years, check out the numbers here: http://www.marysmeals.org.uk/about/6-15-feeds-a-child-for-a-year/ What would be really awesome would be for Obama to say, hi, guys, look, instead of running for president again , I want you to help me to do something really great and feed kids. I dare you, Mr Obama, to raise just 1 % of that money for a good cause instead of for your race. That would be respectable. By the way, how many kids in the US are hungry today?

    April 5, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  54. Right2choose

    I find it ironic that the liberal left cries and whines about the SCOTUS decision to allow corporations to donate to political campaigns but yet they don't see anything wrong with their socialist President raising $1B for his campaign, most of which will come from the very unions that are helping to bring this country down.

    Anyone with a modicum of common sense will vote for anyone but Obama. He's done more damage to this country in two years than any other President in history.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  55. Free Man

    What will $1 Billion buy???
    SOCIALISM...

    April 5, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Diskullman

      After 2 years of results from Obama, you still think he's a socialist? What a fool.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  56. LANDRU

    Let's put this in proper perspective. With 1 billion dollars you could spend 100,000.00 a week for 192 years.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  57. T

    1 BILLION DOLLARS , wow !
    I'll use that money to support our schools and teachers nationwide and hopefully raise the intelligence and SATs scores of our nation's youth and hopefully have a more than a few brainacs that graduate and eventually/hopefully solve our many problems, national and global. That would be a good investment for the future...
    I'll probably keep just a paltry million for my old age.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  58. i want a billion dollars

    hey, look at the bright side, a good chunk of the money will be spent on signs/ads, hotels, trips, food, a temporary boost to business

    April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  59. Lee S

    How many people could we deport with a billion dollars

    April 5, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  60. nataylor

    By summertime, a full tank of gas perhaps??

    April 5, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  61. A NEW POLICY

    I can tell you what it cannot buy... Our Freedom! We lost our freedoms when Bush & Dick screwed us literally by created the totalitarian policy known as USA PATRIOT ACT. The invasion of our 4th amendment rights. And how come the CIA who the first Bush use to be a director of did not become part of DHS? I guess they were too busy Dicktating to the media on how to not talk about the oil wells we own. When did we start owning oil? Why did Obama take the ban off drilling and month later, Haliburton, screws up the gulf by blowing up one of our connect pipe ways in the gulf? If I ever shot someone in the face, I would be put in jail, but the VP of the US gets overlooked. Crooks! Wait until history unfolds!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Bill

      And Congress had nothing to do with it at all .... oh wait ... I changed my position on that!!!!! LOL ;)

      April 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  62. BigNutz

    yeah, NEW Tomahawk cruise missiles, but what about used ones? We're not all rich you know.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  63. Gregory Adamson

    What we need here in the south is more churches (yeah right). How many churches would 1 billion build?

    April 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • MAT

      They should put them in DC. Crack capital of the US. Entitlement monkeys all.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  64. Calvin

    He's not going to raise $1billion.. He won't even come close to his 700 million last time. The reason why he got so much last time is because people were desperate to get a democrat in there to try and undo all of Bush's mess.

    He promised to bring our troops home.

    He promised to close Guantanamo Bay.

    He promised to go after the criminals on Wall Street whose greed started the recession.

    He did none of these things, in fact he's done the opposite! He'll be lucky to raise $200 million.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  65. Diskullman

    Same thing as always, enough politicians to get your way.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  66. can't wait for 2012

    Worst president ever.....pray that he does not get reelected

    April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  67. fla5183

    It would also fund 2,000 jobs at 50,000 per year for 10 years.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  68. Steve

    For $1 billion, you can buy the House of Representatives and every member of Senate 7 times!

    April 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  69. Paulie

    A better President who doesnt lie and isnt arrogant and listens.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  70. SteveH09

    1 Billion (1,000 Million) I can't really picture that amount. But I wonder why Obama thinks he needs so much. Wouldn't it be cheaper to just do a good job?

    April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  71. Paulie

    Maybe we could buy a President of the United States instead of the President of Islam and the rest of the world. Maybe we could even find a President who cares if congress passes a budget and doesnt announce his re-election in the middle of a government shut down. You know someone who makes good smart decisions.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  72. MAT

    Some of the taxes Obama's buddies at GE should have payed. Energy subsidies were meant to do this for GE. Who was advising him again? There should be no public funding for campaigns period.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  73. Ryan

    How about college tuition for thousands of students.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  74. Webrydr

    Well...a billion dollars would buy ME! Rest of my life, whatever you want, with a day off now and then.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  75. Brad

    I guarantee you I could buy and or spend it more wisely than the government could!

    April 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  76. Jessica

    1 billion would buy about 2 extra days in Iraq or the wing of a B-2 bomber.
    ............It could also pay for 25,000 teachers one full year's salary or 1,500 brand new fire engines!.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  77. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Dick Hertz, 'Obama would buy 50,000 more wetbacks'?!?!? This is a perfect example of the true feelings, mindsets, and attitudes of many white Americans AKA (The Superior Race), the Majority, towards all other non-white Americans; the thought of as inferior; the Minority! I've responded to folk like you ever since SEN OBAMA started running for president! Yep, I've always known you 'supremasts' were still thickly quilted into the heart and soul of America! It's the very reason we can't get anything done!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  78. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @A NEW POLICY, I agree 100%! Good comment, Barry.

    April 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • A NEW POLICY

      Sorry to say Liz Carter, but I belong to that white race of superiority with complex issues, but this has nothing to do with race and everything to do with capitalism. Greed is the root of all evil! As for Dick Hertz, 1 billion would buy 5 billion wetbacks you moran. By the way, I will be voting for Obama again, because I'd be damned to vote for someone that can afforf to buy it. Lets calculate... Obama is raisinga billion, but the republicans can buy it? That means whatever price tag. Theprice tag could be 50 billion, and they would buy it. This means they will be spending more than what Obama will be regardless of what he raises. So, the logical reasoning is why would the media put this out there unless they were being paid or connected to the republican campaign? MORANS! The media at CNN must be trying to dirty this man's name for some purpose or else they would not have allowed this out on the web? The real question should be why would CNN create this? News is not truely suppose to be bias, why would CNN create this? To understand what people are thinking? To understand if people are paying attention to the truth. Was it not Bush and Dick who push for DP World to manage the majority of our own ports in the U.S.? The same company that was considered to be a threat to the U.S., but Bush stated he would veto any bill that did not allow DP World in to manage? In return, Haliburton would have owned the Stevedore's jobs on the east coast had of this ponzy occurred. A group that can buy anything due to the billions made from oil, is willing to do anything to make billions, but someone that must raise money to do something is not that willing to put people in harms way.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  79. Bill

    A Presidency

    April 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  80. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @A NEW POLICY; Thankyou for your response. No need to apologize, because I agreed with you for your views, not for your color. I didn't even know it. I know there are many of you and us out here who do demand respect for each other and governing stability. Thankyou for your continued clarificational analysis of the problems that we're facing as a nation due to our elected politicians greedy choices; past and present! OBAMA will be needing AMERICANS like you, to counter the ill-informed votes of supremasts.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm |