Fundraiser-in-chief
President Obama with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in California Wednesday. Mr. Obama is on the west coast for several fundraisers and two town hall events.
April 21st, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Fundraiser-in-chief

SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) – With his re-election campaign officially up and running, President Obama offered supporters in San Francisco a robust defense of accomplishments thus far in his first term, while asking them to step up their efforts to help him win a second.

“Our work is not finished,” he told a largely enthusiastic crowd at a ‘Gen 44’ fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, even as he cited his administration’s efforts to battle a deep recession, reform the education system, and passage of health care reform legislation.  His remarks were met with loud applause by the crowd when he mentioned the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ as well as his appointment of two women to the Supreme Court.

“I believe in an America where government lives within its means,” Obama said as he focused on his day job and spoke of the need to confront the deficit and called for cuts in defense spending, as well as reforming the tax code.  “We all need to share in the sacrifice,” the president said while saying that sacrifice should not extend to investments in education, infrastructure, and technology for the jobs of America’s future.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy,” Obama told the crowd of the setbacks and disappointments that have followed since his election, but that it was the unfinished business they needed to pick up on going forward.  The sentiment of unfinished business was echoed periodically throughout the remarks by audience members asking more to be done in certain areas such as same sex marriage, and a single payer health care system.

Obama told the crowd the decision to base his re-election campaign in Chicago, was to put the effort back “in your hands,” and to keep its distance from the punditry of official Washington.

Prior to his appearance at the Masonic Center, Obama attended a separate fundraiser at the home of Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, with the likes of will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder, in attendance.   Wonder performed a song before Obama spoke.

In his remarks to supporters seated at seven small tables in Benioff’s Victorian-style home, Obama spoke of the “stark choice” between his policies and Republicans, while touting policies he said were going to lead the way in the globalized economy of the 21st century.  The president took a few questions from the crowd as the traveling press pool following Obama was ushered out of the room.

Obama is scheduled to attend a third fundraiser in San Francisco for the DNC on Thursday morning before heading to Reno, Nevada for a town hall, and then on to Los Angeles for more fundraising in the evening.

All proceeds raised from the three events in San Francisco will go to the Obama Victory Fund according to a Democratic source.  The different venues were designed to include a broad range of supporters, with tickets running from $25 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800 according to the same source.  The event at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, which featured football legend Jerry Rice, and performances by DJ Hope and Goapele, was expected to draw a crowd of 2500.  The two smaller events were expected to draw over 200 guests.


Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • fundraiser • President Obama • The News

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  1. La, La, La

    I still want to know what the health care bill has done for me? My co-pay has gone from 25 to 75 and premium up 40%.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • thedevelisalie

      @La,La,La..My deductable hasn't moved a penny..And your premium is up 40%! Try contacting your insurance carrier.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Altemio

      Here's what Obama Care has done for you. It caused so much uncertainty and frightened the Private Healt Care Insurers that you copay has gone from 25 to 75 and premium up 40%. Now thats Hope and Change for ya!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • mpagel

        These increases indicate to me that insurance companies realize that their grotesque profit margins are coming to an end, and they are grasping for any pennies they can squeeze.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:36 am |
      • Jerry

        Obamacare has nothing to do with your premium and/or co-pay increasing. You need to talk to your insurance provider, then consider changing providers if you are unhappy. Obamacare allows people that might not normally be able to afford coverage, to be able to get healthcare. The only people that should be afraid of Obama and Obamacare, are the wealthy tratirs that have been allowing our citizens to die needlessly for years, while they lined their pockets and bought yachts, mansions, etc. The wealthy should be shaking, because they are public enemy #1.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:36 am |
      • middleman

        Areed, though to blame "Obamacare" for the HealthCare Industry's response to the bill is ludacris.

        Instead, we should continue to place this industry, which has repeatedly screwed customers, back in its rightful place.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • Jon

        More like they're probably shoving up premiums as far as they'll go before the part of the law that gives states the right to veto major premium hikes kicks in.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Bradley

        Altemio, my insurance rates were going up 30-40% every year for the last 10 years. 2 years ago, my rate was $1000.00 a month. I have many pre-existing injurys and was just about at my ropes end when it was made available to my wife a domestic partner program to include me on her policy. Now my coverage is better than the old one and I pay $49.00 a month. Obviously, from your remarks, you feel the system works fine. It does till you find yourself on the other side of luck. I was an "A" student in college going for a degree in architecture when I had a freak injury that bedridden me for 9 months. I came from a poor family and suddenly in 1982, I found myself in $40,000 debt. I had to drop out of college and spend the next 13 years paying off medical bills. Most friends said to declare bankruptcy, but that's now I was raised. Then after that when I tried to get health insurance, I was denied for pre-existing injury. The doctor that fixed my knee lied in the operation report and I missed suing him by 3 weeks in statute of limitations. I had to financially go through this all over again and since have had 9 surgery's. I am 2 months from my 50th birthday and I have never bought / owned a home. I am the poster child for single payer health care. I hope you and everyone else reading this thread has better luck than I in life for I wish this on no one. Unfortunately, many don't understand till it's too late. What a beautiful country this would be if we never had to worry about financial disaster from medical bills.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Redhead

      You may just want to ask your insurance company that question and while your at it ask them what the annual dividend was to their stockholders and how much their COEs golden parachute package was.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • Notfooled

        Exactly. Why can't people see this and blame the Health Care Act for everything.

        April 22, 2011 at 3:24 am |
    • Mark

      Most of the provisions of the Health Care Recovery Act do not take effect until 2014. They should have no impact on your current coverage except for pre-existing conditions which can no longer be rejected.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Leftfoot

      That's unfortunate. The healthcare law can't force insurance companies to set premiums at a set price. The idea is that in the coming years, the average pool age is likely going to become a lot younger. That is, younger people required to pay a modest premium without filing any claims for years at a time. If the insurance companies have any semblance of fairness, this extra revenue should keep premiums from rising or possibly go down due to the payers that aren't filing claims until they get older. The current problem is that some people are trying to save that $75/month, get sick, get a $50k bill, file for bankruptcy, and your premium goes up.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Independent Thought

      My uncle has successfully owned and operated a small business for many years. He's had a nerve condition that has kept him from being able to get good health insurance because of "pre-existing conditions" clauses and because he couldn't just get it from his employer. This last February he was diagnosed with leukemia and was able before he started treatment to qualify for insurance thanks to the new health insurance laws...so at least now the treatment isn't going to bankrupt his family and years of hard work.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:37 am |
      • skytag

        Cool. Stories like this make Republicans crazy. ;-)

        April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • John B

      Health Care Reform was written by and services the needs of the health insurance industry. Higher premiums are good for the insurance industry.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • middleman

      Your health care costs went up because that has been insurance companies' way of protesting the health care bill. Their costs may have adjusted slightly, but there is no reason for the dramatic increase insurance carriers have forked their customers with.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • f

      Mine too! Prices only go up. It is the way economies work. If prices go down, you end up in a depression. Of course the exception to the economic rule is; technology brings prices down. Cell phones are now free when you sign up, Digital cameras are a dime dozen.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • tmc

      the healthcare bill has not kicked in yet. it kicks in in stages over the period of a few years, so no, you haven't seen any real difference yet. the difference we have seen is probably the health insurance companies raising prices to make people like you think the obama healthcare package is failing and raising interest rates, because the health insurance companies do not want to change the system because htye are making absurd profits. everyone should be required to have healthcare just like everyone is required to have auto insurance. if someone hits you, you want them to be insured. if someone has cancer, you want them to have insurance so you and I don't have to pay for them, which essentially is what happens if they don't have insurance or the money to pay for it.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Grocko

      Why don't you guys EVER blame the corporations? They are the ones who raised your rates. You bend over for them pay ever increasing premiums and you STILL thank them.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • a health economist

      I hate to say it to you but your premium was going up even if the health care bill had been defeated. Insurance companies spent gobs of money trying to beat it, or at the very least mold it in a way that benefits them. These increased costs get passed on to consumers in the form of increased premium. No business is going to eat cost increases without raises prices.

      I'd be willing to bet my annual salary you saw your garbage bill increase last year due to increases in gas prices. That fuel surcharge item is your garbage company passing on increased expenses to you.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Jon

      Have you gotten any additional coverage benefits, though?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • f

        NO, YOU SILLY PERSON!

        April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • Jon

        @f – next question – have you actually read your policy?

        April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Nate

      what the bill did was, make it to where everyone has to carry insurance, but they didnt cap what companies can charge us, it was put in that a cap could not be installed for so many years. so what the insurance comanies are doing is raising everhthing...drematicly...before a cap is set and they cant kill our wallets. the thing i dont like is that i, being in the military, have to pay my full medical bill if i get seen by anyone who isnt a military doc, and the same for my family, so if im back home on leave and my wife goes into laber or my kids fall down the stairs my insurance can neglect to pay cause we are not near a military instation...

      April 21, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Altemio

      Govt is trying to control private industry. I understand the need for taxes to a point but the waste is totally incomprehensible. Yes under Obamacare every American will finally have access to health care but this comes at a price. Those Americans who have private insurance either through their employer or pay for it on their own will experience a dramatic drops in both care and service. Just because it sounds good doesn't mean it is good. They will try to implement price controlls on how much Doctors can charge and thats fine but the Doctors will always find a way to make their money. In countries with nationalized healthcare "Canada' Doctors provide services outside of work hours for cash only. They make a killing and we're right back to where we started. Only those who can offord it will get service. In my opinion it seems that everything the Fed Govt touches turns to S#!T!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Paul

      Ask you un-regulated insurance company

      April 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • f

        The insurance industry is one of the most regulatedindustries in the economy today, alon gwith banking, Wall Street and medicine. Alll these regulations are expensive for the companies to manage. You need to hire tems of lawyers and bak office paperwork peole to manager all this extra work. NONE fo it adds to the profitability of the company. This is why bank, etc. pull in huge revenues, but claim the bottom line has small or no profits. Most government regulations are redundant, poorly written procedurally, and would never work in private industry. Hence, this is why business hates government ! You have bureacrats telling business peole how to run a business! It never will work.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @ f---–Businesses hate government because government are watchdogs and regulate them so they can't cheat the people. They also collect taxes from them so it's less for them top put in their pockets.

        April 22, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • bird

      It's allowed your hard earned dollars to pay for some "less advantaged" persons health care. This douche is all about re-distributing $$$ away from the hard working people.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • nanse

      Well fool, you couldn't figure him out when he was campaigning?! La La La, just another victim of Media mass hypnosis that put him in office! He TOLD you he is God, guess you believed him......

      April 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  2. birthmom

    He manages to cross the country and not even stop long enough to look at tornado ravaged areas in between Washington and the west coast. But the media is silent I guess it was enough that he signed a distaster r
    lief form. If this was George Bush crossing over this major disaster how many pics would you see of him looking out the window. But CNN says they are not biased?!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • thedevelisalie

      @birthmom...Looking out the window isn't worth a damn, just a photo op! Looking out a window is not going to help the affected.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • Wesley

        It's still a valid point. Bush got criticized heavily for this action. Obama did not visit the affected areas at all. 45+ dead and billions in damages. Seems like it would garner a visit.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:34 am |
      • f

        For the entire Obamanation, it is all about grabbing your money. "Fundraising" they call it. "Investment in our future they call it, while Americans call it TAXES. Ripoff, con artist and scammer. He learned the scamming ways from the mean streets of Chicago handing out socialist leaflets.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • mpagel

      All disasters are terrible, but we can't equate the latest tornado disaster that has seen good, immediate response from our government with the epic disaster in New Orleans with a grossly negligent government response.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • Scott

        seriously...you don't know half of what happened in N.O. to be making a statement like that. Do some research and you'll find out EXACTLY why there was a "delayed" response from the fedreal government after Katrina. Do your research, then come back and have a discussion.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Kevin

      Makes you wonder how he can show his face , this man has already surpassed any politician in lies and see`s it as time for more of the same BS for his followers who seem to think he is doing a good job , 2008 our dept was $7.6 Trillion today
      2011 $14.5 Trillion and has time to send Libya Rebels an extra $25 Million along with a price tag at $21/2 Billion and counting and he claims to feel our pain when he is the one doing all the spending and lying to the American people with him trying to pursued the S&P to down grade it`s findings and standings

      April 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • Sockness Monster

        Thank God for Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        After 8 years a republican rape
        I can almost smell fresh air again.

        April 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • skytag

        "Makes you wonder how he can show his face"

        I wonder how people like you can show *your* face. Oh wait, you're not.

        "this man has already surpassed any politician in lies"

        Baseless character assassination.

        "2008 our dept was $7.6 Trillion today 2011 $14.5 Trillion"

        Now we have outright lies. The national debt when Obama took office was $10.6 trillion and it's $14.3 trillion today. Of course my figures from the Treasury Dept might not match the numbers you got from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. And I challenge you to detail how much of that is directly attributable to anything Obama's done. Post hoc arguments aren't valid.

        "he is the one doing all the spending"

        Yeah, you people always say this and then when I ask one of you to detail all this spending *he* is doing you crawl away into the dark.

        "him trying to pursued the S&P to down grade it`s findings and standings"

        This is nothing short of slander. You people are pathetic. You couldn't discuss an issue honestly nor knowledgeably if your lives depended on it.

        April 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jerry

      He doesn't need to fly over the storm ravaged areas, we've all seen the pictures. If the President stopped what he was doing to go visit every place everytime there's a problem, he peobably wouldn't be able to get a lot accomplished. Now, we all know that you republicans like to sit around and accomplish nothing, but we democrats have a nation to save (thanks to you and your butt-boy Bush).

      April 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Robert Paulson

      So let me get this straight people want the government out of their life’s...until they need something. If there is so much tornado damage why not contact GE or BP for a helping hand since Republicans want them in charge. See what you get.

      I live in Texas where the fires are roaring. Our Gov has embarrassed us time and time again with crazy antics and lies. During his re-election campaign he told us we were fine, then after he got re-elected turns out we were broke the whole time. He’s already destroyed our school system with tax cuts and other social services and now he has the audacity to ask the government for help because this issue is beyond Texas’ capabilities. I’m not looking at Obama for answers; I’m looking at our Gov for answers. You should too. For all I know Perry’s probably been trying to put out the fires with oil from BP.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  3. Enough is Enough

    Obama has no accomplishments unless your a thug union boss, trial lawyer, or illegal. There is no health care reforn just a new entitlement program. Another you lie moment Obama said, “I believe in an America where government lives within its means,” The campaigner and chief makes me sick.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Doldrums247

      What have you accomplished in your lifetime?

      April 21, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • Scott

        what has obama done? what have you done in your lifeteime? how do you equate someone's accomplishments to someone else's? Is that a fair comparison? LIke beauty, accomplishments are in the eye of the beholder.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
      • f

        It doens't matter what Enough is Enough has accomplished in his life time. He is NOT the president. Obama is a fraud from start to finish. He has no idea about economics, rule of law, the Constitution, or how to make money, create and run a business, etc. Almost every successful president in the history of the USA was at some point a business owner or military leader. Even GWBush was. Whether a farmer, lawyer, CEO or something in between Obama has done nothing with his life. He is a trained lawyer, yet never once opened a practice or joined an existing law firm. He agreed to be a puppet for the Democrats to get elected and get rich. That's his life's accomplishment.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • AL B

        You poor uneducated people, I have little to say except I have mercy on you that you support the people that are using your hatred and getting richer everytime one of you people HOLLA!!!!! Stop and think what did BUSH do for you or this conntry except F it up!!!!

        April 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • nanse

        Well, I, for one, accomplished enough common sense to recognize him what what he is & did not vote for him. (No, I'm not a Republican, am an Independent with brains!)

        April 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Captain Jenks

      Yer a woefully stupid talk radio moron. Every major stupid talking point spouted. Obama is George Bush the Third. That you saps actually think this corporate logo president is some sort of re-incarnation of Ceaser Chavez or Malcom X simply demonstrates how little you matter to anything actually going on in that town. D and R's- bunch of stupid pawns- the lot of you.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Phil

      I find it amusing when people yak about "union thugs." Who do you think mugged America? Where is your outrage over the corporate destruction of our economy?

      April 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Bill

        I beleive he answered it. Union thugs sent jobs overseas with their demands

        April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Rick From LA

        Such ignorance o think it was unions that moved those jobs across the seas, when it was greedy corporate demons who rather double their already immense profit margins.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • f

        Union thugs?? I am a building manager and I have 30 Union THUGS right now protesting outside my building. They want me to hire their F**in' union at twice the pay rate I am paying MY workers for a construction job I am completing. They are so F+++ing Stupid! Why would I pay twice as much for the same job? This what Union THUGS DO. My men do a great job (that's why I hire them) and they are happy to work. If they were not happy, they can quit and march outside with unemployed idiots! I HaTE UNIONS. They killed this country and shoudl be outlawed as terrorist organizations.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • 14401

      Most people I know wish he would just go home and not work (if you can call it that) at all.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Jeff

        You obviously have not talked to enough people.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Republican's are fraud's !

        You need to get out more , obviously the people you are talking to are moron's !

        April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • 4 more

      Democrats don't like spending either but some had to be done to stop a failing economy and get the country back on track. I know Republicans don't want to hear this but the economy is recovering, the stock markets have recovered, jobs are staring to be created. Plus the President is not trying to take money from the middle class or give tax breaks to his buddies, or strand the elderly without insurance.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • Aaron

        wow we got one smart person on these forums.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • Mark

        Obama is 2+ years into pulling us out of a mess that took 8 years to create. For those who are apathetic and don't think he's done enough for you personally, get over it! We all have to sacrifice to help our economy recover, and this is going to take some time and we will not each get eveything we want. In order to form a more perfect Union, the preamble to our Constitution calls on us to promote the general welfare. We are going in the right direction, back from the brink of depression, and there's no Republican candidate looking to save our economy without hurting those most in need.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • Rick From LA

        There are many things the Pres is doing that is not being showcased. It is sad, this was one of the best Presidents in a long time yet people are brainwashed to find the slightest flaw and blow it out of proportion.

        We did what was asked of us in Lybia and stepped aside to let those who pushed for this war finish it, Obama tried to stay out of it but was pushed into commiting our assets by the British and French Government also by Hillary Clinton. Yet pundits and GOP zombies are calling it Obama's 3rd war.

        Obama is getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan in his 1st term by doing it the right way. Remeber it was a GOP pres that stuck us there for so long.

        Obama was pushed into the worst economic disaster since the Great Depressionm yet here we stand with a DOW Jones index ticking up and jobs being created daily. Given the circumstances and the fact that the GOP has vowed to tarnish him no matter what the cost to the Country, the man in the Oval Office has done one hell of a job.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • nanse

        Oh really? Tell that to those who earn $250K! That'd be your small local business man, who maybe has 3-4 employees! I live in Calif. & can tell you what the Democrats have done to our State & as Obama said; "They're not finished yet"!
        Stay tuned, unless we get lucky in 2012..........

        April 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Mike in NC

      Ditto Enough! This guy wants 4 more years to thoroughly destroy the America built over the past 235 years. Yes, there are many things America can do better but not at the expense of my grand & great grandchildren. We are sick and tired of the Campaigner in Chief jetting around the country pushing his propaganda. Cut carbon emissions, ground Air Force One!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • jim

        Yea, what was the unemployment rate when he went into office 6% now it 9%, he wouldn't have been so bad if instead spending his first year and half in office trying to pass that health care bill (which most people dont want) he focused more on stopping the
        down spiral of the economy. Then securing our borders to keep jobs for legal citizens he blocks arizonas bill mean while not doing a damn thing to secure them. Bailout the big banks who pretty much started the recession but not really given a crap about the middle and lower class people. I can go on forever. And although bush sucked to at least he didn't raise the deficit double if not triple the amount in just 2 years. I sure hope ron paul runs for president because he isn't just a talker like most and his track record shows it he cares. Obama if he gets reelected 2012 will be a disaster unless your already rich.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • GrogInOhio

      Wow... Faux News much?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Republican's are fraud's !

      Google Obama's 90 accomplishment's, the list is even bigger now ! Please educate yourself !

      April 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Jerry

      Wow, republicans are so uneducated it's scary. Um, I'm not going to waste too much time on you because you are so insignificant, but I will point out that you should at least learn how to insult people correctly. "Campaigner and Chief"? Really? Lol...I'm not even gooing to help you out on this one. Go back to school.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Jon

      Remind me – which one of those categories you just claimed did the DADT repeal work for?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • NeilsInSeattle

      Besides health care reform, in his first two years, President Obama:

      Passed stronger Wall Street reform than expected

      Passed credit card reform

      Passed a tax cut for 95% of working Americans (as part of the stimulus bill)

      Passed FDA reform that finally gave them recall powers

      Passed repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell legislation, putting the military in charge of if/when the policy would actually end

      Passed tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage

      Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers

      Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

      Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees

      Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history

      Saved the US auto industry

      Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years

      Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national database of volunteer opportunities

      Reversed the 'global gag rule', allowing US aid to go to organizations regardless of whether they provide abortions

      Ended major military operations in Iraq

      Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time

      Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia

      Deported more illegal aliens in 2009 than any previous administration had in any previous year

      Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting in 2016

      Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers

      Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

      Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen soldiers to Dover Air Force Base

      Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse

      Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids - 4 million of whom were previously uninsured

      Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

      Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis

      Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system

      April 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  4. Ric

    You haven't even started to work, buddy!!! Can you list some of your accomplishments, Obozo??

    April 21, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Bert in UT

      Ended worst economic collapse since the great depression, ended the war in Iraq, finishing the war in Afghanistan, universal health care, restrictions on Wall Street excesses that caused the collapse of the economy, now turning attention to reducing the deficit. How much more do you want? Another Bush to start wars on the credit card?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Don

        Are you serious? We stilll have combat troops in Iraq and they continue to die for this worthless effort that he voted for as a Senator. Obama increased our troops in Afghanistan by 30,000 and it's another useless effort to do god knows what. And now, your peace loving leader has us involved in another war that is costing us a ton of money....or did you forget about Libya? His health care is so universally reviled he has issued over 1,000 writs permitting many unions and companies to opt out on a temporary basis.

        And if you think the economy is improving, wait unitl the banks begin catching up on home foreclosures........the numbers will be staggering. The feds put a temporary delay on the banks with some new regulations, but they didn't change the ultimate outcome.

        You need to but a ticket and take a ride from your airy fairy land back to earth.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Jon

        @Don – actually, Obama didn't vote for the Iraq war as a Senator. He was a State Senator in Illinois at that point, and was against the war from near the beginning; that's part of the reason he won in the primaries against Hillary, I tend to feel.

        Furthermore, for all your talk, you know that if he pulled out of Afghanistan tomorrow you guys would accuse him of dishonoring the troops and cutting and running. Or did you forget that McCain was saying back during his campaign that he expected we'd be in Iraq another ten years?

        Final combat troops out of Iraq at the end of the year. As for the whole Afghanistan quagmire... well, what are your candidates promising to do about that? Have you even asked?

        April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • blaze

        your kidding?

        April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • jim

        @jon Obama may noy have voted for the war but he sure hasnt stopped it he said a bunch of bs before getting into office close gutonomo bay(which is stupid there terrorist ) he hasn't done, bring the troops home (hasn't done, but sent more over) what the hell are they there for? Iraq dont want us there so bring them home and
        get them out of harms way, then recently threaten to cut pay to them (the troops) if republicans cut funding to planned parenthood (who MOSTLY does abortions ) why should tax papers pay for abortions?(its got nothing to do with womens rights, that's a cop out excuse) so yea.he's done so much good NOT just good talking

        April 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Sockness Monster

        You can tell the kind of people you are talking with when they use
        words like......Obozo.
        Surprised he didnt call out "Libtard"
        6 year olds screaming from the basement.

        April 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • Jon

        @Bert – All right, where am I going to start? AGAIN – the troops in Iraq are going to be home at the end of this year. The troops in Afghanistan are there because Obama *PROMISED* to refocus there during his campaign. And cutting pay to the military is generally **what happens when you try to shut down the federal government.**

        Finally, Planned Parenthood doesn't fund abortions with taxpayer money. They've been specifically banned from doing so since 2009.

        April 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Jeff

      1. Averted Financial Collapse caused by dubya – this would be enough.
      2. Repeal don't ask don't tell
      3. draw down of Iraq war.
      4. Healthcare Insurance Reform –
      5. Financial Reform
      6. Appointed 2 women to Supreme court
      7. Restored US reputation as a global partner not global THUG

      Now please tell me what W accomplished. Your bias blinds you!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am |
      • Martoon

        He is finished in 2012!
        1. "Averted Financial Collapse" by making the US dollar worthless.
        2. "Repeal don't ask don't tell" does nothing for anyobody.
        3. "draw down of Iraq war." while he sent more troops to Afghanistan.
        4. "Healthcare Insurance Reform" raised costs for most Americans.-
        5. "Financial Reform" What reform? You mean the elimination of free checking or the extra credit card fees we now pay?
        6. "Appointed 2 women to Supreme court." Justice is supposed to be blind.
        7. "Restored US reputation as a global partner not global THUG" By not having a foreign policy? Our allies see us as weaker.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Cyrus

      Not a big fan of Obama, Ric, but since you asked, here is a short list:

      1. Enforcement of the Equal Pay for Women (the first bill he signed into law)
      2. Better body armor for our troops, and better housing for military personnel
      3. Reduction of troops from Iraq
      4. Elimination of wasteful defense spending
      5. Increased infrastructure spending in over 30 years
      6. Expansion of the SCHIP program (GWB almost eliminated it!) to cover 4 million more children
      7. Closed Off-shore tax havens for corporations
      8. Rescued the auto industry from near collapse
      9. More federal funding for science and research,

      and my personal favorite,

      10. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • Greg

        Cyrus, you are very misinformed. Better body armor for the troops? I have done three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, just finished a year Afghanistan, Pres Obama had nothing to do with our body armor it hasn't changed in the past three or four years when the E-SAPI plates were introduced and that was under the former presidency. On better housing for the military, where is that exactly? For those who don't know, any major construction done on a military base takes years before it even approved. Any new housing would have had to been submitted in what is call a MilCon project, which stands for Military Contstruction, it takes a minimum of four to five years to get that through Congress, so any new housing for the military cannot be attributed to this presidency. Finally, for all who keep claiming Pres Obama is responsible for troop reduction and the removal of U.S. forces from Iraq, that plan was well in place during the final years of the Bush presidency, Obama is merely following the plan develop during Bush's final years in the White House. I would agree that Pres Obama gets the credit for following through with the plan.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:46 am |
      • Frenchment

        Come on man stop lying. I am a big fan of the President and I don't have such a list of his accomplishments. I will add your items to my list and use it now when people ask me what my President has done for his country!!!

        April 21, 2011 at 11:49 am |
      • null0

        Ended the tax loophole for corportation? I guess that is why GE paid 0 dollars in tax last year,right?

        April 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
      • NailOnTheHead

        BiNgO! You hit the nail on the head – and for what it's worth it all is Jeff's point no. 7
        7. Restored US reputation as a global partner not global THUG

        The only and main reason I voted for him (registered republican and 3rd Generation Vet/FW)

        April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Redhead

      What has Barack Obama not done?

      Hasn't declared political capital from the electorate even though he actually won the election
      Hasn't used a 5 to 4 vote of the supreme court as a mandate to take the country to an extreme position
      Hasn't had a brother deliver dangling chads and disenfranchised minority voters
      Hasn't given a no bid contract to a company in which he has a financial interest
      Hasn't allowed his vice president to make extreme decisions and beligerant displays of arrogance
      Hasn't allowed the vice president to claim political immunity because of the tie breaking vote in the Senate
      Hasn't named a chief justice with no supreme court experience and who only follows party lines(Judicial activism?)
      Hasn't created a cabinet department and increased government hiring
      Hasn't held secret energy policy meetings
      Hasn't refused to allow freedom of information act requests on energy policy
      Hasn't stood by and watched oil companies manipulate prices, (Which is what really sunk the economy you either pay for heat or your mortgage)
      Hasn't gutted environmental and fiscal agencies which allowed for self policing in the energy and financial sectors
      Hasn't started a war of choice to get even with the guy who tried to kill his daddy
      Hasn't put in a tax cut during a time of war
      Hasn't pulled the cost of the wars out of the budget appropriation process
      Hasn't said you are un-american if you oppose the war
      Hasn't used someone like Turd Blossom to discredit a severely disabled war veteran and hero because it's just politics
      Hasn't squandered a massive budget surplus and the ability to cover social program responsibilities
      Hasn't declared that he regrets not privatizing social security
      Hasn't created the worst debt in the history of this or any other country
      Hasn't used signing statements to circumvent the constitutional requirements of congressal responsibilities
      Hasn't allowed the largest abrogation of rights in history
      Hasn't destroyed documents or tried to hide them in his library
      Hasn't declared mission accomplished
      Hasn't actually ingored the other party
      Hasn't agreed that Reagan proved that deficits don't matter
      Hasn't been accused of dodging military responsibilites
      Hasn't been associated with neo-conservative principles
      Hasn't tried to privatize education to gut unions
      Hasn't tried to gut the seperation of church and state, (Faith based charities anyone? Follow the money and see which evangelical organizations were funded)
      Hasn't been the worst president since Herbert Hoover
      Hasn't stood by and watched middle class jobs go over seas
      Hasn't allowed for off shore tax shelters
      Hasn't been given any credit at all for a pretty remarkable two years behind a complete disaster
      Hasn't really bad mouthed the prior administration even though he is entitled

      I am kind of glad he isn't delivering the same old crap we had for 8 years. But at least the middle class can dream a little

      April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Liza

      Huge health care reform laws kick in 2014. Check it out!! Insurance companies are gonna finally have to actually give us health care–including children with pre-exisiting conditions. Wake up and do some homework on some big changes Obama has done!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  5. S Hills

    Facebook is not going to 'save' Obama or any politician from losing or winning. I think that people are aware to a degree that leadership at all levels and in both parties is frightfully bad for working men, women, & children.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Oh yes it is Obozo. Time for you to hit the highway and get on with your lifes work.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • So Bitter You Are

      And so punctuation challenged.
      Look at the above lists of accomplishments and read them, . . . I mean really read and think. Take off the Faux Noose blinders and see the light.
      Unless you are a Koch poster, paid 12 cents a post. You ain't one of those are you?

      April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Sockness Monster

      Bob in pa

      "Obozo" !!
      Did you just turn 6 years old ?
      Happy Birthday.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    if he does any more "work" like he already has, the country will be totally bankrupt.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Arron

      We were already well on our way, fighting in Afghanistan, and committing genocide in Iraq, under the last Republican President. What's a few more trillion.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • Kerygma

        There are 545 human beings in complete control of 300 million in America. 435 congressmen, 100 senators, 9 supreme court justices, and 1 president. All say they are against deficits. So why do we have a deficit? They are in complete control not you and I! All say they are against inflation and high taxes. So why do we have inflation and high taxes? Do the math...we are being molested by 545 liars and thieves.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • stormsun

        Arron: "genocide" is a serious accusation. I did not support the invasion of Iraq, as it presented no threat to America and was not, it seems, involved with al Qaeda or the 9/11. But American and coalition forces have not committed genocide and in fact take extraordinary care, amidst the chaos of war, to avoid injuring noncombatants. They often put themselves at great risk specifically to reduce such casualties. These are very dedicated, brave men and women; your use of inaccurate and inflammatory words, such as "genocide" does them a disservice.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • Arron

        Stormsun – May I ask, exactly how much time you spent over there? I have almost two years of boots on the ground in that theater. I know what I saw.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  8. Katie

    We need a president with cahones and Obama doesn't have them..

    April 21, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Bernard

      Do ya have any respect for the Commander in Chief of our great nation. this man has done nothing wrong all he has attempted to do is fix this government that others have destroyed. The Great Wall of China was not built over night, but it only takes one night to destroy it. Give him a break stop insulting him and help input ideas to fix the problem....

      April 21, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • GregHaus

        I don't respect people who lie to me.. You shouldn't either.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • the constitution

        Can you give us an example of what exactly Obama has done specifically that directly fixed anything in this country? He lied plain and simple. He promised in 2008 that he would not extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Well, that was a lie because he did. He promised to bring our troops home. He didn't. He expanded the wars overseas. He continued where George W. Bush left off. His foreign policy is exactly the same. We are struggling to stay solvent as a nation yet tax dollars that could have went to saving people here in the U.S.A. from losing their homes to foreclosure is being spent on being the world's police overseas. Bad things are going to happen in the world. We can't prevent everything. This guy has spent more money in 2 years than what Bush has spent in all of his 8 years in office. No president in U.S. history has spent more money than president Obama. If you are going to defend Obama's performance, be specific as to what he has done that has made such a wonderful difference to where we should consider him for a 2nd term.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • 1am4thepeopl

      Agree completely. Obama needs to stand up to the right wing extremists and get a single payer health system in place(the HMO's are bankrupting america), get "don't ask don't tell" abolished, ensure folks can marry the person they want, get guns out of the hands of anyone who is not a law enforcement officer. Obama show some ba11s.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Nate

        the only way they get my guns from me is if they shoot me and take it. you ever wonder why we are not attacked on american soil...its because all thos extreamists know that we have the right to bear arms and if they invaded they wouldnt just have to worry about our law enforcement or military, they would have to deal with every american. the second we are not all allowed to carry a wepon you will see more attacks and ground troops by those who want to invade.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • clay

        gun crimes in the UK are up by 89% as of 2009. ...seems like your idea of banning personal ownership of guns isn't such a good idea. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223193/Culture-violence-Gun-crime-goes-89-decade.html

        April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Jon

        @Nate – so guess it's a good thing Obama hasn't really lifted a finger on gun control, huh?

        April 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Jeff

      No ... we have a POTUS with intelligence and quiet strength. Cahones, that macho crap is for fools. Politics in America is about compromise and within and around the system. He told us ALL (all that would listen) that his agenda would be met with fierce opposition...Power in this Country (follow the Money) will not give ground without a long fight. POTUS I got your back!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Dan

        Jeff He is the WEAKEST leader of the free world I have ever seen. Nice that you can put a spin on weak and turn it into quiet strength. Please grow up or at least work on cracking 80 on the IQ test before posting again. Thank You

        April 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
      • the constitution

        What compromises exactly do you agree with? What you said was quite vague in defense of Obama. We have specific problems that require specific answers. Liberalism always lack the elements of "what", "how", and "why". Liberalism can only survive as long as people remain conditioned to have someone more qualified to think for them. I challenge anyone who may be contentious toward this to ask a liberal a specific question on one of the issues. When you get that vague, ambiguous, sophisticated, embellished, politically correct answer, ask him/her specifically "how?" or "why?". You won't get specific answers to those specific questions. This speak volumes to how liberals mean our country no good. I have yet to see the liberal media open their platform for a live public debate over the issues. This won't happen because they would not be able to edit and censor and control information. This is exactly what they are doing.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  9. Bob

    YOUR RIGHT BUT YOU ARE FINISHED, THIS COUNTRY CAN'T AFFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF THIS JERK.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Bernard

      Do you have no Morals at all. you would vote for a dude like Bush or Clintion. But a man who is doing all in his power to help, you would tear him down. You are very Fullish to insult this man there is somthing wrong with you.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • Dicky

        Really? what a really sad statement and blinded to the truth.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Bert in UT

      No, what we need is another Republican to cut taxes while starting wars, extend Medicare benefits without even pretending to pay for them, and deregulate Wall Street so we can have another rip-off like the home loan and derivatives fleecing that nearly destroyed the world economy.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  10. Mammy

    Dude is seriously messed up in the head.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  11. Former Democrat

    This "president" has done more to polarize this nation on every level than any president in history.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • 4 more

      No, people like you have done more to polarize this country. Hate talk radio, right wing and left wing fanatics who think that everyone should live exactly like them or get out.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Jeff

        Thank You!!!!

        April 21, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Steven

      Yes it's his fault that he is black

      April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Dan

      A lot of people become former Democrats after 25 years old when they grow up a little bit. It is only natural as you become wiser to drift from that party.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  12. ralph

    Enough is Enough

    You are an idiot,enough said.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Roski

      Anyone that calls Obama an idiot, must be an idiot. President Obama is the furthest thing from an idiot, if you comprehend the true meaning of an idiot. President Obama may be a lot of things, but idiot is not one of them.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • jim

        Ok,how about stupid,lier

        April 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  13. Danny Boy

    "Our work is not done"

    No Mr.President...but you are!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  14. dew

    our job is not finish, untill we take everything from the taxpayer's and push amenesty down there throats ,and make illegals americans then my job will be done.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  15. John

    I have news for all you Republicans. The President is a black man. Get used to it.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Mike in NC

      Sorry...you are only half right. Obummer is only half black! I don't like either half of the man. Am I racist against both black & white?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Doles

        You don't like only half (black/white) of the man and you see how uncomfortable it makes you...now imagine my dilemma for not liking the entire you.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • dsang

      John...did you just notice this?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • notayesman

      I don't care if he is a PURPLE PEOPLE EATER! He SUCKS as a president!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Doles

      And the worst is that he will be for another four years. I don't what he might become after, but I believe he will be black for the entire eight years. Too bad!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  16. BillyK

    Hey – give the guy a Break – He CAN Fund-Raise – Get LOTS of Money – – READ Fancy Speeches – – Bow to Kings – He's got the makings of a Nighttime Chat Show Host !

    April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Tami

      At least he can READ them and SPEAK them unlike a previous president...

      April 21, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  17. Jordan

    One and done. Goodbye fool.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Jeff

      He is smarter than you. You TOOL!!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Dan

      Jeff is tool your favorite word or just the longest one you can spell?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • lil' Davy

        Dan, you need to learn to count as both Sherlock and smarter are longer words than tool!

        April 21, 2011 at 11:59 am |
      • Doles

        Is it me or is there something wrong with your phrase? It might just be me.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  18. RichP, easton, pa

    I agree, it's not done yet, he needs to finish the work of the last two in office, While it is a worthy goal to bring 3rd world countries up the powers that be figured out to get everyone on a level playing field you need to bring the first world countries down so they meet some where in the middle. Our last 3 administrations have been very successful at this and I also need to give credit where credit is due and include our elected Congress an Senate members for following along so well. Still waiting for the tax and trade changes to that we can at least pretend we are closing the barn doors.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  19. ron

    Brilliant Brilliant man. The haters, hate everything. The rest of us work on making America great again, like it used to be. The haters will just keep hating, using childish names and continue to bring the USA to her knees.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  20. Canadian

    I honestly can not wait until you Americans fail to elect President Obama to a 2nd term, get someone MUCH, MUCH WORSE, and then dig yourselves into an eternal hole of economic troubles. President Obama has proven to be, and has the credentials of, a brilliant economist.

    IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM, SEND HIM TO CANADA.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • qxr234

      No problem! I'm sure he could find a Certificate of Live Birth for Canada somewhere!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:04 am |
      • Bert in UT

        Yeah, the last resort. When you can't find something real to criticize, make up something and cling to it no matter how many facts disprove it. How desperate does the right have to be to keep inventing birther nonsense?

        April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • notayesman

      should we provide him with a parachute to exit AIR FARCE ONE over CANADA, or NOT???

      April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • blaze

      i wish i could

      April 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Sockness Monster

      Thanks Canada !

      After his next four, we will send him your way.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  21. Jack

    When's he gona start doin his Job? Fundraising LOL get Back to DC!!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  22. Cheryl

    Who pays for Obama's travel when he takes campaign/fundraising trips? I suspect we the people do. Does anyone know how much this fundraising trip costs?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Bert in UT

      Paid by his reelection committee.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Jeff

      get a clue. Sherlock. Tool.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Dan

      Jeff is tool your favorite word or just the longest one you can spell? Grow up!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  23. Sickofhisarrogance

    Well, at least he has his priorities straight. Everything is running so smoothly in the country he should take some time out to raise funds. Ho wdoes it feel to have a President that just wants to be a celebrity America?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  24. Independent Voter

    Obama's first mistake was assuming the republicans care about this country at all and can be worked with. He is learning they are corrupt, all bought by oil and coal companies, along with banks. They do not like this country they like Europe of long ago with Feudalism. They destroyed this country in the first 8 years of this century, they like to pretend it was different republicans but it was them. They put on a new racist face and say they are the new republican party. Obama needs to stand strong and force the corrupt Republicans to get us off Oil and invest in our country.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • davec

      You keep drinkin' the kool-aid and your nose will grow.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  25. Arron

    Guess who else had no accomplishments, yet used this same argument to win re-election. Bush. Let me finish the job in Iraq. Let me finish the job in Afghanistan. Guess what, in a total of 8 years, he did nothing other than let us fall into the biggest recession since the Great Depression.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  26. Phil

    Yes we can in 2012.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Fearless

      No HE can't 2010!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  27. Kerygma

    “Our work is not finished,” – Obama

    Let's make sure HE'S the one that's FINISHED for good in 2012!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  28. MAR

    Obama represents the lazy entitled populace- not the American people or the American spirit.
    I so wish he would be voted out of office. His voterbase of government-sponsored moochers and misguided optimists will probably inflict him on the country again.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Aaron

      obama represents the lazy? excuse you i work for every penny i make.. and i support him 110%.. get your facts straight you idiot. and stop dissing your commander and chief, show a little respect. the reason why this country is falling in to a black hole is not HIS policies, but all the stupid uneducated people in the u.s, and the republicans that are just trying everything they can to run this country into a ditch we can't get out of..

      April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Jeff

      So your fellow citizens that get social security, medicare/medicade are lazy. How can you know that? Have they not paid there due's. (and if you did not know most of them are WHITE)

      April 21, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • Arron

        Last time I checked, I am white, as is my family, and we are working our asses off. So quit lumping all WHITES together. I also know some BLACKS who have 8 kids, are on welfare, and haven't bothered to go and find a job. So this isn't a color problem.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Sockness Monster

      Forgive MAR

      He is just using sarah palin's talking points.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  29. EDubb

    Okay I'm truly tired of all these fix it now jokers in America who don't understand that it takes more than 2 1/2 years to undo the mess BUSH left behind. Obama stepped into a mess. Don't forget the deficit was rising well before obama took office. Just because the man in the "Big Seat"is different doesn't mean all the old problems go away. Its so convenient to blame Obama. I know it may be hard for some,but use your heads and realize he's actually making progress through a bad situation. History shows this lull in our economy was on its way back around anyway.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • davec

      Gosh, you could be an MSNBC commentator!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Dean

      Most people have no idea about the Glass-Steagall Act and the effects of Clinton doing away with it or the effects of Dodd and Frank. It;s easier just to blame Bush. EDubb look it up.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • HairyL

      Yeah, Obummer just made the Bush mess infinitely WORSE

      April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Wesley

      So wait, you wish us to not blame Obama, while doing the exact same thing by blaming Bush? Seems legit.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  30. Dan

    Mr. Obama I think it is Up to the voters as to when your work is done. The calendar says you only have 639 days left in office. Time to start working and stop campaigning.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • 4 more

      How many congress people and governors are out campaigning instead of being in Washington trying to get a jobs bill passed. Oops forgot, there is no jobs bill, only their budget idea of take from the poor to feed the rich!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Jeff

      Dan what could you possibly tell the POTUS about work. Your perspective is so small. Tool.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Dan

      Jeff
      I have done more work in my life in the first 45 years than you will in your entire punky little pathetic life.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  31. joe of south dakota

    I am not sure what every one is angry about??? I am sure the oil companys are happy as hell. So are the people on wall street. Lets face it people nothing will ever be done to help the people of the US unless you are rich or from another country. I have an idea lets get in to another war!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  32. esoj

    First, perhaps many commenters have memory loss but when Obama took office, it was from the Republicans who had taken this country to the edge if the Abyss. Republicans have held control over the Whitehouse and both chambers of Congress longer than the democrats have in almost 40 years! The issues we face are their doing with theories that somehow by giving the rich tax breaks it will trickle down to the rest if us. So maybe you are in blind denial but I'm not. Obama may not be your ideal President, but I kind of am thinking that it is a racial issue with the naysayers but they are too dishonest to admit it to themselves much less the rest of us.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Dan

      That abyss Had more to do with Clinton signing NAFTA and de-regulating the lending industry than anything Bush did Einstein. How long is your memory?

      April 21, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • esoj

        Oh that's right let us not forget the WMD issue that has cost us billions and countless lives. Or the TARP program. All Bush whacked ideas. And now we have no money for Medicare but Boehner found a pot of gold to hire a private Attorney to fight a legal battle against the civil-rights of some of our citizens! Yeah Republicans have it right. How could I forget! Winning! Ugh we should have a civil war and end this dumb marriage if ideology once and for all!

        April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Dan

        Esoj
        A functioning Democracy in the middle east is priceless! You may not realize that for another 10-20 years but it is. The cost of the wars only amounts to about 7% of our current 14.6 trillion dollar debt but I guess it is easier for people like you to blame the war than look at the truth. Our economy is a train wreck only artificially stimulated byt the large debt Obama took on.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Doles

        Folks, we have an angel among us! This guy couldn't possibly be human. He's too smart and hard working for our kind, folks! Sir, may you grace us with your ability by running for office!

        April 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Dean

      Dan – most people have no idea about the Glass-Steagall Act and the effects of Clinton doing away with it or the effects of Dodd and Frank. It;s easier just to blame Bush.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Kyle

        Don't you mean the Republicans in the house and senate when clinton was president. I am sure you actually remember who voted to get rid of the glass-steigall act.

        April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Wesley

      Sigh. The Democrats controlled congress from 2006 on. At least get the facts right when making your argument.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  33. Dan

    Obama is right with 14.6 trillion in debt OUR work will never be done but when does his start?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  34. Kerygma

    My comment is waiting on moderation...all I posted was his quote "Our work"...etc. and added that we need to make sure he is finished ie. vote him out in 2010...typical CNN being stupid!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  35. kasey

    Work isn't finished? Try work hasn't even STARTED yet. Get a clue. And already running around on the campaign trail isn't going to help us start, either. Sort of like what happened when he was elected to the senate. Didn't really act as a senator, just started campaigning for president. And get rid of the hired audience. That's not a real town hall type meeting, it's a bunch of wannabes willing to cheer at whatever he says. As someone else said, he's a nightmare, and the sheep will probably elect him again, afraid of being called racist if they don't.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  36. VegasRage

    Our work is not finished, we have not finished destroying the economy! We must finish the great destruction George Bush started. Give me another 4 years and i'll make sure that the worlds economy is utterly demolished.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  37. Mark

    “I believe in an America where government lives within its means,” Obama said

    Does anyone in the MSM call Obama on statements like this? Like "Mr President you have run up the deficit by $5+/- trillion dollars, should I ignore the facts and just agree with you? Please advise". Our over all debt in the history of the counrty is $14+ trillion of which 35% was during the last three years. Math has no agenda!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  38. VOLKER

    OBAMA is sooo right when he says “Our work is not finished,” he told a largely enthusiastic crowd at a ‘Gen 44’ fundraiser at theNob Hill Masonic Center, He is ONLY 1/2 Way in Screwing the US Economy and USA. The Public will Die unemployed.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  39. WDRAD

    I still find it amusing that people actually still by into this guy. People think Republicans are nuts? Liberals are even more whack job batshit crazy!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  40. Kerygma

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing YOU that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. – Charlie Reese

    April 21, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  41. Kerygma

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! – Charlie Reese

    April 21, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  42. Fearless

    There are 545 human beings in complete control of 300 million in America. 435 congressmen, 100 senators, 9 supreme court justices, and 1 president. All say they are against deficits. So why do we have a deficit? They are in complete control not you and I! All say they are against inflation and high taxes. So why do we have inflation and high taxes? Do the math...we are being molested by 545 liars and thieves.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Jon

      Because even if they say they're against deficits and taxes, turns out that both of those things are required in order to keep the government running. Also, I'm kind of tired of hearing you all complain about high taxes when *federal* taxes are the lowest they've been in three decades. (If your *state* taxes are high... well, sorry. In case you haven't noticed, that's a different election entirely.)

      April 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  43. Dean

    “Our work is not finished,” he told a largely enthusiastic crowd at a ‘Gen 44’ fundraiser at theNob Hill Masonic Center------------Yep, the country is not quite broke yet. But we're getting there.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  44. obama2012

    Obama's only flaw was he tried to work with the masterminds of our recession, every republican in the united states is actually voting for the country to fail. I wish we still had the lion in the senate, but we don't and atleast obama starts with the right idea and is pulled in the wrong direction, unlike every republican poolitician, starting out wrong, continuing to be wrong, and finally crying for tax breaks for more rich people before they let ANYTHING happen. For every good piece of legislation, republicans can think of the exact opposite to negate said legislation.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  45. davec

    Bottom line..... Since Obama took over, we have generated more debt than in the ENTIRE remaining history of the U.S.!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Jon

      Nah, I'm pretty sure we're still below the World War II debt relative to GDP.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  46. Fearless

    This is the simplest, most understandable and truest explanation of the woes of the nation and who caused them, as well as how to cure them. This should be sent to every person in the U.S., including the '545'. – Charlie Reese

    April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  47. Ron R

    Obama will be reelected in 2012. No Republican has the courage to run against him because they will lose. The Republicans scare the crap out of me with the things they say, but what is even more frightning is the large number of wingnuts that believe the nonsense the Republicans and the "tea baggers are spewing. The are morons led by morons.
    And they are racists. Obama in 2012. Go Democrats.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Bill

      How do they scare you? When they say get a job or pay your own way.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • notayesman

      We all know what color this one is doing the hotshot talking!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Dan

      Thanks for the laugh. That was the most entertaining piece of comedy I have read this year.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Monk

      @Ron R, spoke like a true left wing liberal racist.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • f

      End MEDICARE NOW. END Social Security NOW. Give me back the money I put in for the last 30 of my hard work. I work hard and SAVE MY OWN MONEY for retirement. Why don't you liberals? 4 more years and we are all going to look like Afghanistan.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Jon

        Hey, f – you got any older famliy members to pay for? Like parents or grandparents? Fun fact for you – you ever try to guess what care for the elderly costs *without* Medicare?

        April 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  48. Jake

    Read A Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul for the REAL reasons we are where we are.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  49. Kareem

    *60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since 0bama Was Inaugurated in 2009
    *868 SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHAN WAR UNDER OBAMA...
    *Border chaos, just today two Americans shot execution-style at US border
    *Oil Climbs to 30-Month High...
    *Under 0bama, Gas Prices Double
    *WSJ: Dollar's Reign 'Near an End'.
    *Housing starts see biggest drop since 1984
    *FOOD PRICES JUMP MOST SINCE 1974
    *Percent of People Working Lowest Since 1983...
    *Home foreclosures peaking
    *Over 44 million Americans now rely on food stamps (around 14.3% of the population).
    *10% unemployment (April 1st, GALLUP: Unemployment at 10.0%; underemployment 19.3%)
    *New unemployment claims surge to 412,000
    *Double-dip housing recession
    *$5 GAS HITS DC...CNBC: $6 GAS BY SUMMER.
    *0bamacare
    *0bamacare waivers to unions equal 1,168 and climbing
    *Giving 10 billion to Brazilian oil drilling company Petrobras only to turn around and say "We look forward to being your first customer"
    *He Tripled the national deficit in his first year. Obama nearly matched it his second year. This year the deficit will be even higher.
    *Gold at an all time high, showing a weakening dollar.
    *Gitmo still open
    *3 Wars
    *Debt Hits New High: $14.3 Trillion...
    *0bama officials tried to keep S&P rating at 'stable'...
    *GM bailed out, 0bama allows CEO to fly private jet again, Gov't Motors to pay out $189 million in bonuses; some workers to get 50% payoffs.
    *AP: AFTER PROMISES, OBAMA ADMIN OFFERS LITTLE TRANSPARENCY... REJECTS MORE THAN 1/3 OF FOIA REQUESTS
    *Obama Accepts 'Transparency' Award – in Secret!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • HairyL

      Amen, Kareem

      April 21, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Arron

      Ok you addle-minded Machiavellian waste of space.

      First off, gas is STILL 25% lower than it was at its peek, when Bush was in office.

      Housing was already on that path before Obama took office, and once that truck starts rolling, there isn't a damn thing anybody could do to stop it. Let's not forget all those tax breaks for housing that the federal government gave.

      The number of dead in Afghanistan, is nothing compared to the number of dead in Iraq. A country in which Bush invaded.

      What was unemployment at when Bush was in office? Well above 10%.

      GM bonuses were in contracts that were already signed before the recession.

      I could go on and on, but I have better things to do.

      How about painting the whole picture, instead of just giving talking points.

      I can't stand either political gestapo. Both sides have blood on their hands on this one. Obama's ineffective policies, and Bush's warmongering machine.

      Where was the concern for our country when Bush was spewing the Hitler-esque "You are either with us, or against us" rhetoric?

      Let's not forget, Bush created one of the most free-rights threatening agencies in our nations history, in the Department of Homeland Security.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • rugger

      Kareem,

      On Jan 20, 2009 the economy was in a total free fall. Do you actually think McCain would have prevented increased unemployment or foreclosures. Any individual taking office on that day faced years of economic problems as there was NO solution offered by either side that would have pulled up business confidence to start hiring again at robust rates in the last two years.

      Unemployment is still the biggest cause of a lot of the statistics you ranted on.

      The free fall has stopped for most. I have a job, my 401K has recovered, my company has been profitable through the recession (but still not hiring in mass). A lot of people unforetunately are still without firm employment which leads to the anger.

      Yes I will agree with you that Obama needs to focus more on jobs and so do the Republicans. You should be fed up with both.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jon

      May I also note that Obama helped save a city of 700,000 people in Libya? And that he also did it at a cost that's currently somewhere below 1/1000th of the cost of the War in Iraq?

      April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  50. 45545454

    wow, really boy?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  51. Bert

    Oh yes you are finished- we can't afford your spending or trying to turn us all into minions.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  52. Jake

    If he hasn't finished, I scared to death of what his future plans are. I wonder if he would consider just playing golf for his remaining time in office and not making anymore decisions? I'm on board for letting him have his salary and doing nothing.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  53. marvin j

    Interesting I thought in November after many Repuplicans raised millions upon millions from corporations using the new "corporations should be treated as individuals for campaign donations purposes but yet hide behind corporate tax laws.

    Many voted to keep washington out of state business so you have a Governor who knows how to get in touch with that evil federal government that you want to now come visit. If the President did come visit you would still complain as many haters do. No matter what he does it never enough. WOW!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  54. Bellic

    Please let him be finished!!! I do not like this guy, and neither should you! Oh we have no money, so lets spend a lot more and accomplish nothing, but pretend that it helped. And then our kids and grandkids can pay for it. Yeah, a great idea. Massive government spending didn't get us out of the Great Depression, WW2 did. Massive government spending won't get us out of this one either.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Jon

      Let's be specific, shall we? The massive spending *during* World War II got us out of the Great Depression. Furthermore, every economist I've talked to or read has said that things would have been a whole lot worse *without* the stimulus. We're just barely starting to climb out of this mess... you know, provided the Tea Party doesn't vote against raising the debt ceiling and basically destroys everything.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  55. Otis

    I am not finished – Obama

    Oh yes you are – us

    April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Bellic

      Sadly he doesn't ever listen to us.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • f

        Goodbye Obamanation !

        April 21, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • f

      Oh yes, you ARE finished. Here are some leaflets you can hand out in Chicago.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Jon

      What do you mean "us," dude?

      April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Big_D

      So one person now thinks he speaks for everyone? Or maybe just the other voices in his head? Delusional much?

      April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  56. smiley

    Ah, Obama is back to the only part if being president he does well.....campaigning.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  57. Steve

    You are finished.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  58. NewMalthus

    The Obama Administration's Great Medicaid Lie:

    During a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted to double-counting in the Obamacare budget.

    In her first appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee since the health-care law passed, Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.

    “There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count,” said Shimkus. “You can’t count — they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare.”

    He continued: “Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. […] What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?

    Sebelius’ reply? “Both.”

    April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Jon

      The idea is that the $500 billion is being transferred to equivalent services that will take up some of the slack from Medicare. Anyway, it's still better than ending Medicare as we know it altogether.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  59. notayesman

    This president was obviously the worst student in mathematics to have ever hit the Blackhouse! What a fool! So far he is the only one to make max dollars and reap the benefits of his Obomocure over any other citizen that he was supposed to be helping with jobs and healthcare!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Jon

      The "Blackhouse"? Gee, I wonder why the race card gets pulled out so frequently around here...

      April 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  60. RL Jones

    When I see the intractibly stupid still supporting this disastrous president, it is truly disheartening. How many Obamcare waivers we up to now? And most of them to unions and other supporters? Hmmmm. Nothing stinks there....liberals are absolutely about ends justifying any means. That has been proven conclusively with Obama in the WH.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  61. Royce

    He said today on CNN that "I am not finished" wonder what else he has in mind to screw up?
    Man, we are about to lose a Country while he is on vacation. 2012 should open up your minds for what he and his administration has done. You have one vote, use it wisely.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  62. Monk

    "Our work is not finished...."

    It better be, before he finishes destroying the greatest nation on earth. Before he turns us into Greece or France or Mexico. Though if he turns us into Mexico, would that mean that Mexico's immigration rules would apply for us? We might finally get border control. The world is not ready for his "One World Government, currency, people, etc."

    April 21, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Jon

      And here we go with the New World Order crap. If you're really into that kind of nonsense, can I just point out who had a Skull-and-Bones member in the White House for two terms?

      April 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  63. Brooktrout 2010

    Americans have short memories. Go back and read the newspapers in late 2008. Under Bush's econommic policies we alomst wrecked the entire world's economies. I would rather have a bad economy than no economy at all.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  64. Al

    98% of what is posted here is political rhetoric. Only 2% is rational discussion and/or real problem solving.
    If it were more 80/20 we might have some hope of having a viable country in the next 10 years. Big cuts will be made. All will pay more TAXES. Anthing else is partisan fantasy.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  65. Andagain

    Of course it isn't finished. It hasn't started yet.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  66. Do Not Vote

    Again for Obama

    April 21, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  67. Ken

    "Our work is not finished" – When is it going to begin?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  68. Rick CT

    I guess living within one's means means that it's OK to spend nearly $2 for every $1 you make. Or that it's OK to maintain over 60% of the one-time budget increases for TARP and "stimulus" as permanent government spending in the future. As a result of his work, our's is just beginning. His should be done.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  69. KRS1

    I guarantee you there is only a couple people making all of these posts under different names. Just look at the timing of the posts. They all sound strangely similar.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  70. John B

    He's not finished yet? I guess that means unemployment and gas prices are headed even higher. Weee.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Jon

      You know why I give Obama a pass on the gas prices? Because he's at least *tried* to do something to prepare us for it. Cash for Clunkers; his green energy policies - he's seen this coming back the entire time. Too bad there's few in this country who are serious about energy independence.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  71. blake

    Sorry Mr. Obama, but you are finished. You have been finished ever since you were unmasked as a redistribute the wealth, Marxist, with a very different vision for America's future than that held by the vast majority of Americans.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • f

      I believe it was "OMEN III" where the Antichrist becomes the President of the USA. Life imitates art. And you though this crap could only happen in the movies!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Big_D

      The GOP thought they could cure rich people of greed by giving them everything. It doesn’t work.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  72. Dan

    Moral of the story is NEVER let Oprah Winfrey pick another president of the United States.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • f

      Oprah sucks. Goodbye to her too.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • thedevelisalie

      @Dan: Oprah didn't pick him, she didn't even endorse him YOU dumb ass! The masses elected him...And are going to again...Good Luck with Donald Tramp! The Repukes have stooped to new lows trying to enact laws that will never pass, just another attempt out of hatred..It's hard for a Rich man to get into Heaven..The lover of money is the root of all EVIL.. Read a BIBLE....(The Republicants)

      April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am |
      • NotAStereotype

        I seriously question any person who actually thinks that the elite class of Americans are Republicans. My opinions side much closer to the Republican party and I make a whopping $24000 a year for full time employment, with no benefits. People talk about Republicans "killing the middle class". Most Republicans I know are in the middle class.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  73. thedevelisalie

    I'm dumb founded that many of you think that the debt crisis just started in 2008.. Large sums of money were approved to stop this country from further collapse. The nerve of some of you ingreates! All i'm hearing is that my grand and greatgrands are going to have to pay for this. SO WHAT! We're paying for what our greatgrands borrowed, get over it! I'm paying for shit now that wasn't beneficial to my grandparents or greatgrand parents...

    April 21, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Trae

      You are not paying for deficits from your grandparents. The deficits were virtually gone under HW Bush and Clinton. Yes, "W" Bush added a lot to the deficit, but it has exploded under Obama and he supports more and more entitlement programs! The only part of the budget that can really be controlled – discretionary spending – has grown 87% in Obama's first two years! So, yes, your children and grandchildren will be paying for Obama's deficits. It is money going to pay INTEREST on the debt and serves no productive purpose.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am |
      • Jon

        @Trae – yes, because THE ECONOMY COLLAPSED. And that spending kept things from getting worse.

        April 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • notayesman

      the problem with ur reasoning is that NOTHING has been done since 2008 to make things change for the better! Now they are a whole lot worse due to JUST THAT!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Jon

        Nothing? Seems to me that we're slowly starting to come out of this recession.

        April 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • notayesman

      Negor people's ways of throwing out money is NOT the solution to America's problem! Get over it and let's not ever AGAIN put a Negor in the office of president....NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!! OBOMACURE is the lesson we should LEARN not to duplicate!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  74. Trae

    Look at the audience. These are the taxpayers that will be picking up the tab for the deficits and entitlement programs.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Jon

      You mean, just the same as we would be under Bush?

      April 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  75. Cracker

    Tax-reform and the re-defining of a corporation. (getting control of them, de-centeralizing them. for right now they have control of the Federal Gov't).

    The two are deeply intertwined and are the source of war, poverty and unnecessary instability, a hinderance to actual growth and the desire to continue to from a more perfect union. Corporations are 5th columns in and of themselves.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  76. Clark1b

    President Obama is either delusional or he is deliberately being deceptive. He has been deliberately building a huge federal government which costs huge dollars ... but now that he is campaigning says that he believes in a government that lives within its means. I DON'T BELIEVE HIM.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Arron

      Just like Bush led us to believe that he would "Finish the Job" if we re-elected him.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  77. DJ SMPS

    Does he ever actually work as President? Or just travel and hang with his rich buddies. Perhaps he should win the Nobel Economics Prize this year.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  78. Rob

    I am glad to see by the responses that others are noticing his few accomplishments. First "the change" now "I am not finished". Wonder what the next little catchy toon jingle will be? Ever notice when a candidate runs... they come up with a little jingle when they are trying to get votes. Like "I put America first", The economy and Jobs is why I run", I want to help you, I want to fix health care and get us out of debt, Get us out of Wars. Have you heard any of these at any time from him. Are they not the most important things in your life for this Country? It is not about Republican vs Democrat, it is about saving this Country from total finanical bankrup destruction. We need some one who has the business sense to fix our Country.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  79. Roy

    I am glad to see by the responses that others are noticing his few accomplishments. First "the change" now "I am not finished". Wonder what the next little catchy toon jingle will be? Ever notice when a candidate runs... they come up with a little jingle when they are trying to get votes. Like "I put America first", The economy and Jobs is why I run", I want to help you, I want to fix health care and get us out of debt, Get us out of Wars. Have you heard any of these at any time from him. Are they not the most important things in your life for this Country? It is not about Republican vs Democrat, it is about saving this Country from total finanical bankrup destruction. We need some one who has the business sense to fix our Country.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  80. Steve T

    Rightwingers – Tell you what: Take a few minutes to read this and then get back to us.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-real-housewives-of-wall-street-look-whos-cashing-in-on-the-bailout-20110411

    April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  81. joeinalabama

    You know why he hasn't taken the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, they would come home and want their jobs back, it would make his unemployment numbers look bad for the next election.
    He is all about getting re-elected and spending other peoples money.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Jon

      Actually, no, he's doing it because he's trying to end those wars responsibly, with the withdrawal timeline keyed to "status on the ground," as per his promises during the campaign. And because SOMEBODY made a big deal out of potentially "cutting and running." You know, it's funny that you guys manage to stop caring about the wars you start just as soon as someone else is responsible for them.

      Also, we're out of Iraq at the end of the year.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  82. noel

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/04/19/michael-goodwin-obamas-living-fiscal-fantasyland/

    no, he understands that if he does nothing the ignorant and the DIM base will re-elect him and then he can continue his reign of financial ruin. not sure the guy will ever have the cajones to do more than pay the deficit minimal attention... in other words, another POOR leader from the dims... i guess when he makes us a banana republic we can call him president obongo!!!;>)

    April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  83. Big_D

    Obama largest failure was to be pressured into TARP by Bush. Obama should have bailed out the public not the banks. I don't blame Obama for being naïve; he thought he could trust Bush. The CIA has been infiltrated and the rich have all the tools to control our nation along with all of our nation’s money. We have a long history of controlling countries with the CIA and now since that has been privatized we have lost our own in the crossfire. If you think I am crazy go look for yourself.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Rick From LA

      I took a look and here is what I found. Bailing out the public would only provide individualized short term effects while bailing out institutions like banks and Autoindustry would have a more permanent stabilizing effect on a national level. The CIA does not run the country as Obama time and time again kicked them in the jiblets with releasing secret information and appointing a director that is loyal to no one. I have a feeling that senior members of the CIA were willing accomplices in the wikileaks debacle as a way to get back at the President. Other then that your assumption have no evidence or shred of proof.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  84. 21st Century Amerika

    Obama can't lose, as anyone who opposes him in any way, shape or form, on ANY issue, is by default a racist. Thanks to the NYT, CNN and other propaganda mechanisms masquerading as news organizations, this particular strategy has proven as effective as it is simple. Nice job, Goebbels would be impressed.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Jon

      I try to avoid playing the race card, personally. Unless, of course, the person who I'm talking to actually specifically says something racist. Which happens around here.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  85. DanoMcRoo

    Given the fact that after next year there will be an all Republican congress, BO, even if he manages to get re-elected, is in fact, finished.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  86. noel

    arron, bush was a moderate free spender son of a /yankeecarpetbagger... he spent 5 trillion in 8 years while obama has spent almost 4 trillion in less than 3... that's ok w/ you?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  87. Robert

    My only comment, although simple because I'm new to this, I feel really should get people thinking. You know, I read on CNN all the time as well as my local news about the constant fighting and bickering between Democrats and Republicans ranging from the different wars going on and how they should be fought to the nation's health care to the whole budget thing going on. You see, thats just all you see, mean while, NOTHING ever gets accomplished. No problems ever get resolved. Now instead of putting their political and personal beliefs aside and actually work TOGETHER to fix these problems, all their energy is focused now on campaigning and fundraising. All the while, things continue down hill. I know some of you out there are thinking reading this that I'm just a un-educated political simpleton who doesn't know the history of politics or the technical, verbal garbage that comes out their mouths and your right. I'm just a hard working individual who wants to know what happened to this country and it's people? I've read sum of the comments above and how some of you go back and forth attacking one another and you've never met one another. You go back and forth with one another based on your political alliances. I just don't know how other wise intelligent, rational people can act this way. What you really need to do is take a step back,open your eyes a little wider and realize, Democrat, Republican, THEY ARE ALL POLITICIANS people, they don't care bout you in the end.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  88. Thundercrunk

    your not finished??? i hope so because u havent even started!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  89. 14401

    Kudo's to headline writer. Fits the president well. Toooooo well.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  90. K in CA

    Thank you Mr. President for keeping the country out of a second Great Depression resulting from the gambling by the financial elitists. This was particularly difficult to accomplish given the existing huge deficts already created through the irresponsible slashing of government revenue by the prior administration, the two unfunded wars, and a massive unfunded Medicare giveaway, all voted for by Paul Ryan.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • clay

      i hope the financial elitist you're refering to is barny frank. he should be in jail for looking the other way in regards to what was happeing to fannie and freddy. as i recall, when asked by the previous administration how things were going, he flat out lied.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  91. Big_D

    This economy is the end result of the Reagan revolution. Bush Sr. was right it is voodoo economics and the worst failure I have had to suffer though as an American. Putting the rich’s pocketbook has only given us a royal class we hated so much in the past. Maybe it is time for the public to stand up against the royalty again. Should we try taxes or OFF WITH THEIR HEADS?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  92. dgal878

    We'll see about that OBAMA. All those big dummies that show up at your campaign functions ARE NOT the majority. They are just a bunch of losers that either support you because of your ethnicity or your party line. Either way, they are not the majority so enjoy what they have to offer you while you can. You're on your way OUT!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Jon

      ... she says on her way out the door to attend one of Bachmann's get-togethers...

      April 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  93. blakravn

    Bow to the GREAT ONE!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  94. omegarising

    CHOO CHOO, CHOO CHOO! ALL ABOARD THE OBAMA PIPE DREAM EXPRESS! CHOO CHOO!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Big_D

      The biggest pipe smoker is the one that thought trickledown economics would work, EVER. It is based on the assumption that rich people are benevolent benefactors not greedy bastards.

      April 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
      • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

        In fairness, there is a MINISCULE portion of financially successful people who actually appreciate the workers and their significant contribution to said success.

        Having said that, they are such a minority that when they are discovered, they become NEWS... An oddity.
        Otherwise, you nailed it.

        April 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Rick From LA

      Obama's biggest failure or pipe dream was in trying to work with the GOP. They have proven numerous time that they are about themselves and not the people they serve. The most filibusters in the history of congress tells you that something was wrong. There were numerous bills that pased unaminmouslt through their respective committees and ended up on the floor for debate only to be filibustered by the same GOP members of those committees who passed them in the first place. This is the type of people we want running this country?? Peopel who back something one day but turn against it the next so they can tell their constituents that they are fighting for them? How naive are their voters?

      April 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  95. John B.

    oh beleive me yobama, you're finished. tick tock, here comes 2012!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  96. rivirivi

    We, the real American people are sick and tired of watching the Republican rip us off, accepting bribes from foe and friends alike, selling our country pebble by pebble and drop by drop and attacking our very existence, voting for dissolving Medicare for people born after 1957, voting for more school cuts, the kids do not even have toilette paper! they have old pianos, and music and art are non worthy for the mighty Republicans all the while they continue to accept bribes (called incentives by the political prostitutes and pimps called Lobbysts) The corruption is out of hand and should be out of place. But I do not see them paying social security that is why they do not care they have their own "social security" as they are living in another country. TREACHERY AND THIEVES ARE RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT undermining what our ELECTED PRESIDENT NEEDS TO DO. TRAITORS!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  97. cybexg

    400 Americans own more wealth than 104 MILLION Americans. Market mechanisms fail at these extremes...but still the GOP wants to continue to make the situation worse

    April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  98. Rick From LA

    My favorite of all time is going after the super rich who hid assets in Switzerland (UBS). Billionaires not paying taxes beacuse they kept their monies in offshore holding accounts. Rock on POTUS!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  99. Obama 2012

    There is no true way to assess the job Obama has done in office because the truth is:
    Republicans and their single minded followers have been deliberately hammering him and shouting down EVERY idea he has had. EVERY idea. Even before he was elected the hate was obvious. There is no denying that because of this hate he has been fighting an uphill battle since BEFORE day 1. You people really make me sick. He is trying harder to make REAL change. Trying harder than the past 5 presidents for sure. Seriously, you people make me sick

    April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Monk

      Change, yes,,,,,change American into greece or france or mexico.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Jon

      @Monk – as opposed to, say, changing us into China or India? Which seems to be the Republican plan du jour.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  100. Andrew

    I love how I can read obama saying he believes in a govt that lives within it's means on CNN; then read in my local paper that ol tim g expects congress to allow us up to 14.3 TRILLION dollar debt ceiling.
    This is the definition of double speak. 1984 people.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  101. 15415141851

    Well, again 99% of african americans will vote for him because in the previous election if you did not vote for obama and were african american; you were regarded as a traitor to your race. Race has always been a big part of the election but Obama has done nothing for the economy.
    HEalth care: Bull s***. I was denied health care by kaiser due to pre-existing condition.
    Bailout: After banks were bailed out; AIG gave bonuses.
    CEOs of automanufacturers: allowed to fly private jets again.
    Price of fuel: Increasing every single day.
    Housing market: still low.
    Financial Market: fluctuating more than ever.
    3 wars
    Record deficit.
    Obama constant doing Pelosi's bidding untill Boehner became speaker of the house.
    Unemployment claims still high.

    But I guess the people who campaign and vote for obama can afford $6/gal of fuel. Does Obama pay for his own gas? I dont think so.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Jon

      Wait – you were denied by Kaiser for a pre-existing condition? And YOU'RE AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT STOPS INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM DENYING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS?

      - okay, you know what? Screw it. I'm done here. Y'all are way too frustrating.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  102. Stephen

    America certainly needs change. Good bye Obama, obamacare, gayforce, and unbalanced budget. Repeal Obamacare, override his repeal of do not ask do not tell, and cut all across the board including social security, medicare and medicaid. America needs to cut even more deep than Republicans are talking in the range of 800 billion to 1 trillion to really make a dent in the deficit. Take the military, national guard, police, etc and put them on the border to enforce it, deport illegals, shut down companies that hire illegals (such as Chipotle), cooperate with Mexican government to annihilate the drug cartels in Mexico, no more repeals for drug addicts and work with Hollywood to ban stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen that use drugs and do not stop using, execute drug dealers, and if any attorneys try to prevent this saving of American society, disbar them permanently!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Jon

      Yeah, no. I'm against pretty much all of that. And I plan to vote accordingly. Cope.

      April 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  103. Independent Voter

    The key issue with America and most of the people on this post is education, and the lack of it. In economics anything the government does to effect the economy has a lag, which means if you do something today you will see the results in a 18 months to many years down the road depending on what it is your doing. Two and a half years is not enough time for a president to ruin a good economy, this means the economic mess we are in now is from Bush not Obama. We are now just beginning to see the effects of Obama on the economy now, and they have been going in the correct direction. As for the deficit, There was a surplus when Bush took office, the 2 wars, the department of homeland security and unfunded tax breaks are what caused the issue. The funny thing is 99% of you do not make 250K a year and never will yet you fought to keep them, now the programs that could help you are going to be cut and your happy. Back to my first point, the issue is education!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  104. Nerdfighter!

    I wonder how many R's here listen to Rush Limbaugh? I swear some of you idiots are quoting him!
    Also does anybody remember the Bush factor? You know, the guy who put us in this whole? This probleme cannot be fixed over night, it's like expecting a bullet wound to heal over night....though maybe you are that ignorant...in that case I pitty the fact that you brains can't grasp the concept of 'Together we stand' because it's obvious your minds are divided.
    Obama, you have my vote.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Monk

      "Obama, you have my vote."
      Another one showing the inability to think for himself/herself. The koolaide drinkers need to be careful, too much koolaide makes your nose grow.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Jon

      @Monk – yet we all have our favorite flavor of kool-aid, don't we? What's yours? Trump? Bachmann?

      April 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Andy K

      Still blaming Bush? Seriously? Pointing that finger was bad leadership the first year and just plain sad this far into President Obama's term. It's time for leaders to be accountable, not fingerpointers....

      April 22, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  105. jerry

    "Watch it boys, we're being ratted out!" Two years into his first term and he's already on the road to reelection and what has he "really" done? Stop the wars (no), Unify (no), Cut spending (no), Build Infrastructure (no), Stop Illegal Immigration and Step up Border control (no), Stand up for Americanism (no). You'd have to be a Lemming to follow this path over the edge! It is time to be Conservative with our Country's future or we'll surely spend ourselves into oblivion!
    Think of how much this Country can save if we did just two things: End 2 fruitless wars (poss 3rd looming) and stop paying for Illegal's health care and social services! Billions of our dollars would revert back into our economy!!!!!! Why hasn't it been done?? Mr. Oboma's pandering for votes has cut our throats!! He can Chuck and Jive around a lot of things but this holds true, as a Nation we are more divided than ever, we have spent our future, we're falling apart at the seams and Americanism has a taint to it!!!...It's your choice!!!....

    April 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Jon

      1) "Stop the wars" – working on it. We're out of Iraq at the end of the year. And he promised to refocus on Afghanistan during his campaign – remember?
      2) "Cut spending" – is a little difficult when the economy is falling apart. And actually, he *did* just cut spending by $38 billion.
      3) "Stop Illegal Immigration" – not a priority at the moment.
      4) "Stand up for Americanism" – I'm sorry, do you expect that someone has to be a cowboy diplomat a la George W. in order to "stand up" properly? In case you haven't noticed, we screwed up in Iraq! We screwed up big! If that's not worth apologizing for – at the very least – what is?!

      April 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  106. laine

    dis world is so full of hate b/c the color of sum1 skin..our father in heaven is not lookn at ur skin color he died 4 our sins in order 4 us 2 love 1another..and most of u cant accept dis man skin is black..get over it..dis not slavery nymore time has change through our lord and saviour..every president enter the office takes 3 to 4 yrs to correct the previous presidents mistakes..if u elect another one its gonna be the same way..every1 can say what dey gonna do until dey cd work dat has 2b done..come on people life is too short 4 all dis skin color hate..our kids are marrying all colors..we all have the same color blood..yours not white and mines not black..like it r not he is President...whom ever else u put in office are gonna do the same..4 years of all dis going on n dis world can not b fixed n 4 years..if we all prayed and quit hating it wouldnt b like dis..our master is not satisfied with our behavior toward 1another..nuthin gonna get better until he says so. ELECT OBAMA AGAIN

    April 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  107. Sockness Monster

    When Bush said, your either with us or against us
    he wasnt just talking about Terrorists.
    That little speach started this mess.
    Sad that Republicans wear that badge with honor.

    When Republicans yell they want to take back our country
    what do they really mean ?

    Blacks back to the end of the bus.
    Woman back in the kitchen pregnant.
    Gays back in the closet.

    You CANT go back.
    Time to bury this dinosaur.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  108. Michael D

    Obama is trying hard to fill the shoes of president in the wake of an ongoing disaster in our governmental process, which face it; a problem which will never stop happening throughout the world until a comet hits the planet or a massive solar flare wipes us out. Humans are, by nature; a species that feeds on greed, power, control, wealth, and expansion. We are unlike any other species on the planet, in this way; except ants. Although, Even their agenda focuses more on survival and success of future generations, versus just having "things".
    I find it disgusting that a president that touts green energy, creating jobs, and rescuing the economy; plans to (and is on par to succeed) raise more than 1 Billion dollars (more than any candidate in history) for his presidential campaign to be re elected. I am certain he could raise far more money if the money was to be donated or re injected into programs that support people who have lost their jobs, cannot feed their children, and improve an education system in this country that frankly is graduating idiots with lower IQs every year exponentially.
    Maybe the prediction of the meek inheriting the earth wasn't so far fetched. The smartest people in our society are too greedy and stupid to realize their wealth and power serves a greater purpose than just for themselves, and the stupidest people keep breeding and are too busy watching TV to realize or care what the smart people are really doing to our society or world for that matter.

    Best of Luck Humans............

    April 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  109. Andy K

    I can't tell you how disappointed I am that the President is busy fundraising when we are in such a financial crisis as a country. I sincerely wanted to see President Obama do well, and have serious regrets that this man ever took power. From our out-of-control debt, to the wasted stimulus money, to the decision to go into Libya, to his priorities consistently being contrary to what's top of mind for most Americans. Mr. President, go home and get us back to work instead of piling up more money to save your job.

    Massively Disappointed

    April 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  110. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You go, skytag! @NeilsinSeattle; Thanks for the extensive list of all of President Barack H Obama's accomplishments. These clowns will say and do anything to devert the layman American's attention from all of the issues that have been resolved under his presidency! They don't want to acknowledge the truth about the President and how he has succesfully handled and closed issues. They think if they repeatedly harp on the FEW things he hadn't got to do yet, they can keep him in 'bad light' to the stupid!

    April 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
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