Economy 'blip' not forcing Obama to change strategy
June 8th, 2011
04:13 PM ET

Economy 'blip' not forcing Obama to change strategy

Washington (CNN) - The economic recovery may not be moving as fast as some had expected, but despite a slowdown in gains, President Obama has no plans to respond by adding more road trips or ramping up his public message, according to a senior administration official.

"What he says isn't going to change," stressed the official.

The President and top aides have cautioned against an overreaction to the latest jobs numbers which showed only 54,000 jobs created last month, instead of an expected 150,000.

"Recovery doesn't happen overnight," said the official, who added that one disappointing report doesn't indicate a trend.

Deputy White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said the economy is in a much better place than it was when the President first took office, but acknowledged that there is much more work to be done.

"He knows that it [economy] was the top issue on the minds of the American people one month ago when the jobs numbers exceeded expectations," said Psaki, "and it will be six months from now."

Psaki said the admnistration's strategy of investing in education, clean energy and research and development needs time to pay off.

"He will continue to travel the country to discuss his policies and the steps he is taking to put people back to work."

White House aides say that skeptics should take a look at the auto industry as a "good example" of the long and difficult process that can yield good results.

The auto bailouts in 2009 were controversial and unpopular with some Americans who didn't appreciate their tax dollars being spent to keep private companies afloat.

But on his visit to a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio last week President Obama touted his administrations efforts as a big win for the auto industry the economy and Americans.

"I want you to remember the improbable turnaround that's taken place here at Chrysler," the president said.

With the 2012 campaign season already underway there's mounting pressure to deliver a stronger economy much sooner. Polls show most Americans aren't happy with the president's handling of the economy. ###


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. LUNA05

    He might have good intensions, but he dont know how to handle the economy, the goverment can't creat jobs, and borrowing more money is stupid. Unios are a threat to our freedom , liberals ideas are ruining our contry.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • brooker

      Liberal ideas are what founded this country. But I guess you wouldn't known anything about that.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
      • Glenda

        We know very well, that is what you call the Constitution that Obama has destroyed since coming into office. He has no ideal what to do about the ecnomy. Everyone with intelligence knew this coming in but you see they elected the knothead anyway. So pull you pants up it's going to be a crappy road until 2012. PALIN 2012.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @ Glenda Palin? Really. I hate to disappoint you but she is not even running. She took your money and ran. If she was, she would be in the Republican Presidential Debate on Monday. She's not. (Would not be able to answer questions).

        June 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • dgeneric

        Liberal ideas are what plundered this country, and continue to do so! The "elite" have created a dumbed-down society, that believe just about anything they see/hear coming out of the idiot box.... educate yourselves, it is okay to be wrong sometimes, especially when you first start thinking for yourselves. I know people do not like to be fooled, but it happens all the time, even to the best of us.... So get over it, you have to crawl before you walk, and you have to walk before you run. Our nation can be saved, by a back to basic approach to government, 2012 invites this opportunity, Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!

        June 9, 2011 at 7:45 am |
      • jean2009

        No to Ron Paul that would be the worst mistake this country could make.

        June 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        Our founding fathers were liberal the conservatives went back to England and King George; and our last King George allowed Halliburton, Black Water, Wall Street, and tax breaks for the wealthy to plunder the country.

        June 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @ Glenda-–Tell us how he destroyed the Constitution.

        June 13, 2011 at 4:43 am |
  2. betterdays

    His "message" is "Hope and Wait."

    June 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  3. MAC

    I know you liberals will blame GW for the current economy, but after 2 1/2 years it is now Obama's economy!!!!!! Unemployment and gas prices are higher than when Bush left office and the deficit since the democrats won the Senate and House is greater over that 4 years than under the entire Bush 8 years. To stop deficit spending we need to cut 7.5 trillion dollars from the Obama budget initially sent to Congress to break even and not create anymore deficit spending!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      Yep Mac, that's what, an unfunded tax cut that was slanted toward the wealthy, sitting on the porch 1 month before 9-11 happened, attacking Afghanistan & then going into a Nation-Building Daydream after letting Bin-Laden escape @ Tora-Bora two months into the war, attacking & Nation-Building in Iraq once Afghanistan got "boring", a Sr. Prescription Drug Plan that wasn't paid for, another tax cut for the wealthy. Yep, do those things & you can send even a Clinton Economy into a tailspin that's hard to pull out of; especially when Terry Schivo is your #1 priority.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • rob

        The just blame Bush argument was old a year ago. Mac is righton the money.

        The Dems spent 09 and 10 pushing an 800 BILLION DOLLAR FAILED Stimulus thet paid off their friends in the public sector unions . They passed the health care bill with phoney accounting and 500 billion in Medicare CUTS while Nancy Pelosi said "We have to pass the bill so you can find out whats in it". Obama even signed the Bush Tax Cut extension.

        None of this went to help the private sector and the Dems paid the price in Nov. 2010. In Nov. 2012 we need to finish the job

        June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @ rob They cut 500 million in Medicare fraud. Not in Medicare benefits. Big difference. The republicans want to do away with Medicare as we know it. The healthcare bill had 200 amendments by the Republicans in it. That's hardly ramming in down their throats. The Dems paid the price because the people thought they would create jobs if they had the tax cuts exrtended. They found out no jobs. They also want to cut Medicare and Medicaid and take away their bargaining rights . Fool them once , but not twice. Can't wait for 2012. The House and Senate will be Democrats and we can get to work again because nothing has been done in the last 5 months.

        June 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
      • Glenda

        not fooled – It's funy to me the Democrats are always yelling that the Republicans want to do away with Medicare or Social Security. When the Republicans have never touched either. But the Democrats have. They have totally destroyed Social Security and that was and never intended to be the governments money. It was set up as a general retirement fund for the aged paid into by the workers for their retirement benefits. The Democrats are guilty of Stealing and should be punished by all their retirement and past retirement taken away from them to pay this deficit back. They have destroyed all the welfare programs plus medicare and medicaid by letting illegals gobble it up mostly in the last 6 years under a Democrat Congress. IF THERE IS ANY FIXING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IT IS TO DO AWAY WITH THE CANCEROUS PARTY THE DEMOCRATS. PALIN 2012. Sarah has the cajoles to do it.

        June 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @Glenda I really do believe you are for Sarah Palin. Always getting the facts wrong.

        June 13, 2011 at 4:23 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Psaki said the admnistration's strategy of investing in education, clean energy and research and development needs time to pay off.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    If Obama is banking on a recovery based on education, clean energy and R&D, he had better be satisfied watching it from his home back in Chicago because education and R&D take on the order of a decade to make a difference in jobs and clean energy is about 1% of the economy. Is this where he wants to focus efforts right now?!?! I think the people who are out of work expect more from the Federal Government than," Wait a decade."

    Government policy can only do so much to affect the economy, especially to improve it. But the quick things the federal government can do are with lower taxes, reasonable regulation and trade agreements. I know at least in the first to instances all of the administration's talk recently has been to raise taxes and to increase regulation. He just needs to now find an economist who will tell him these things are okay. Good luck with that.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • XWngLady

      The President just announced a deal with the manufacturing sector and community colleges to train 1/2 million high quality manufacturing jobs...This is the type of out-of-the box hybrid of market/government/educational programs and projects that he will be focusing on. The old paradigms of trickle down from the 1% that make the most money is just not going to work because they see now that they can make big profits whether we have jobs and benefits or not.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Glenda

        Where's the money coming from for these jobs. This is no solution. Borrow more money tax the rich more. Bullcrap you've got a watermelon head in the Oval Office. Spit them seeds out boy and think with them two brains you got. No more spending. No more Taxes. This is not the way to make jobs. This is just bigger government. If you stay on this route the biggest depression this world has ever seen is coming and coming fast. I feel sorry for anyone following Obama. by right he ought to be left in and to face the crush he has created. The next President will be harrassed from day one and it will wind up being all their fault.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • dgeneric

        What manufacturing jobs? They have been sent oversees, along with billions of dollars to foreign banks, trillions of dollars in "nation Building" projects, our troops, and so worth. These jobs will not return as long as there is no incentive to return. Our Government has been corporatized at the expense of our entire nation. What jobs are left have been taken by cheap illegal labor, imported from mexico. Destruction by Design, a blind man could see this. The government has sold us out, that is the SAD, HONEST, TRUTH.... 2012 vote to turn our country around! Ron Paul 2012, listen to the man yourself and then decide if he isn't right for America. Ron Paul 2012.com Restore America NOW!

        June 9, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Larry

      Yep. Tax cuts have created so many jobs. Deregulation has created so many jobs. Just not in this country.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Glenda

        Everything was going fine until burrhead got into office and spent 4 trillion dollars in less than a year. He should not have bailed out anyone. No one bails out the public and they're the ones who pay the taxes. This is a disgrace in the first order and the most braindead ideal ever to come out of the Oval Office. If big business can't pay their way shame on them. You see it saved no jobs for most of these jobs from the mfgs he gave money too was overseas. So Americans saw nothing and will see nothing, but the worst depression ever. PALIN 2012

        June 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
      • skarphace

        @Glenda: "Everything was going fine". Really? You are serious? Wow.

        June 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        Larry you are so right. If tax cuts created jobs there would be millions of unclaimed jobs, and 0% unemployment. We have had 3 terms of the failed Taft theory of economics (Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2) trickle down economics and welfare for the rich don't work. The third time is not a charm. Hoover promised everyone a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage...Ha and we still have people who want to buy into that myth.

        Ernie has the nerve to tell me that Taft "common sense economics" will work again ...please don't wet down my leg and tell me its raining.

        June 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @ Glenda---It's only you who saw nothing. Everyone else saw the recession turn around and stop bleeding jobs and the whole auto industry saved. Ever heard the saying you have to spend money to make money? If we just stop spending, people will lose their jobs which will cause more unemployment and less revenue for the country. Infrastructure, innovation, research, will all cease and everything will just crumble and get worse. Yes we have to cut spending but we also have to do it in a responsible way.

        June 13, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  5. Coop10

    The president needs to realize the psychological effect of the office. He needs to change his message,and he needs to become more proactive.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  6. XWngLady

    Mr. President Just like parents, experts don't always say or do what children and/or lay people think they should, you shouldn't either. Keep going on the path that you are going. You have brought us back from the brink of desctruction and put us on a much better footing. Thank you. Those of us with any sense, who don't have a political agenda to destroy you, support you and understand that on Jan. 21st, 2009 there was no way that you were going to be able to completely turn this economy around in 2 years, and 4 and 1/2 months.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      As usual you are wrong. Here is Barry's report in 2009 with his projections of how fantastic things would be after spending our children's children's money.

      The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

      http://www.politico.com/pdf/PPM116_obamadoc.pdf

      Notice the chart on page 4 (pdf 5). According to this report, as of the 2Q 2011 we will have an unemployment rate of 6.75 % with the stimulus money, and 8% with out. Think of it, we are now more than 1 point higher than if we had not spent any money at all.

      Barry's policies have failed, he has destroyed America.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • sigh

        Is that all you have? He's destroyed the country? Really? I see that same exact line every single day by Con posters. Wonder why...it's not like you're being PAID to post this stuff or anything, right?

        June 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
      • dgeneric

        Stimulous? Ha! Paying off his campaign contributors...

        June 9, 2011 at 8:06 am |
      • Notfooled

        @Jay in NC---If the States had used the money the way they were supposed to use it, those numbers would probably be a lot closer. They instead used it to take care of their deficit and therefore no new jobs were created.

        June 13, 2011 at 4:41 am |
    • Jack

      X. You're absolutely correct. The charts showing trends of increasing GDP and employment since Obama imprlemented his programs (which incidentally reverse the negative trends from the last administration) are unmistakable. Anyone who can't see this are frankly ignoring the facts, and will get us back into the mess we were in with the Replublicans, who are primarily interested keeping tax cuts for oild companies and the most wealthy. Even Reagan figured out that this is unsustainable. Idiots!

      June 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        The carts show what Barry and his supporters Hope would happen. As we all know now it did not work out that way. Barry failed. He was not as smart as you all claimed.

        June 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      Total jobs lost in 2008, 2.6 million of those 1.9 million were lost in the last 4 months of 2008. The current recession started in December 2007. We have had 30 years of Taft trickle down policy and welfare for the rich. Hoover following Taft's failed policies caused the great depression. Obama policies have created more jobs in 2 years than Bush created in 8.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  7. mj

    He will continue to travel the country to campaign. That is all he has done since announcing his bid to run for Presidency (first term). Does not care how much pain and suffering he has caused the American public. There are no jobs. Prices of fuel, gas, natural gas, groceries and goods are putting a strain on all of us. We are becoming a Nation of "Entitlements". Is he bringing our Great Country down for reasons we don't want to express or is he just a Community Organizer tied to Big Business and Unions.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      MJ: those "Entitlements" come from cutting working people's hard earned wages for Social Security & Medicare before they ever get to touch it, for almost 50 years in some cases. Your damn right they're "entitled" to their money.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Larry

      Thats all the Republicans have done since that last election. 3 day week, 2 weeks on, one off.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      He was too late to bring this great country down...G. W. Bush had beat him to it. He took over a country hemorrhaging 700,000 jobs a month. Generally housing has lead the way out of recession; but in this case Phil Gramm, Jim Leach, and Tom Bliley (Republicans all three) made sure with Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act of 1999 that deregulated the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which caused the sub-prime meltdown. People won't be so quick about building a new house.

      Thank you very much, but those so called "entitlements' were paid for by working Americans and removed every week through FICA taxes. I worked from the age of 15 and every week SS was taken out of my pay before I received it and when Medicare tax came about that was taken out too. As for Medicare once you retire your monthly SS has withholding taken from it for the Medicare premium and Part D drug benefit premium.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  8. rob

    They called last months jobs report a "BLIP"??? here's a few "Blips"

    -9.1% unemployment
    -1.6 Trillion deficit
    -14.7 Trillion debt and climbing
    -Warnings from ratings agencies about run-away debt
    -Medicare and Medicade going bankrupt and no plan from the dems (accept cutting 500 BILLION to spend elsewhere)
    -$4 a gallon gas,
    -Home values continuing to drop
    -89% think the economy SUCKS
    -48% think were heading into another recession
    -Record high numbers of people on Food Stamps
    -Black unemployment at 25 year high
    -Media won't even report the numbers of Homeless people

    On and on it goes. Eventually even the media is going to get tired of this Administrations Spining.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually most locations are currently reporting a decease in homeless rates from 2009 levels. Sacramento reports a 25 % decrease from 2009 levels and a 50% decrease from 2007 levels.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • sigh

      Was that in a survey? "80% think it sucks"?
      Ok....

      June 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  9. Jake

    the surplus left from Clinton was NOT blown in Obama's first two years in office....stay the course Obama, you have my vote!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      The surplus from Clinton's term did not make it through Bush's first term, and yes I agree Obama must stay the course. I lived through the failed mess Reagan created with his "voodoo economics". . It takes time for industry which is basically fueled by home construction to get back to work. That is why we need infrastructure jobs; with all the housing foreclosures it will take time for housing to rebound. The only places we will see housing starts, sad to say, are places like Joplin and Tuscaloosa. Another place jobs could be created is in green industry retrofitting, and retrofitting existing homes.
      I think many more people are ready to understand the mess was caused by the last administration, and all the people who created the mess want to do is continue with the destructive policies of more of the same....Yikes!

      June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  10. Jotunn

    Who is the source of the intitial 150k jobs estimate? The White House?
    I'm not sure I'm comfortable with them being immediately dismissive of a missed target, even if it is a one-off, and especially if it was a self-set target. "Just a blip" and "we know why we were wrong" are two very different statements which inspire very different levels of confidence in me. They were off by 100k jobs, 66%~. What's the source of that discrepancy, and how do they prevent that in the future? To me, "just a blip" is code for "we don't know what that was."

    June 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  11. Henry Miller

    Of course he's not going to change anything–that would be admitting that his last 29 months has just been one economic screw-up after another.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  12. FedUp

    Strategy???? He has a strategy??? Never heard of that before.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  13. wishing

    Man up America. You cut taxes, and fought two wars and funded a huge Medicaid program without budgeting for them, then nearly destroyed the banking system and general economy with hubris and greed. You are lucky the economy isn't worse than it is. Work hard, stop wasting money, pay your taxes, and the economy will slowly begin growing again. your impatience with the economy and the President is a sign that you haven't learned your lesson. Aside from the top five percent, whom the GOP will not let us tax, money doesn't grow on trees and get rich quick schemes usually make you go broke. Buckle down, quit complaining, do what you can do to make it better, and things will get better...over time.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't worry...the GOP/Tea Party will self destruct because it will run a social conservative wingnut unacceptable to liberals, moderates, and independents in the general election.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  15. mfb

    so, a "blip" is what we're calling in now? right.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  16. maikl

    Obama thank you for:.Gas price- my family don't drive, food price very good - my family eat less,price house so good – my family going to loose very soon our house,vacation- my family even not think about it,but you take a lot. It make as very happy. Play golf ,take vacation, just try to govern, it not quality.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  17. maikl

    Obama thank you for:.Gas price- my family don't drive, food price very good - my family eat less,price house so good – my family going to loose very soon our house,vacation- my family even not think about it,but you take a lot. It make as very happy. Play golf ,take vacation, just try not to govern, it not your quality.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  18. maikl

    To everybody who complain About president Obama. What you all expect? The gay never had real job,just community organizer. Let's face it. What you want from him. He don't now HAW....

    June 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • sigh

      Stop watching Faux News. For the love of god.
      What you just said is a complete INSULT to ever Community Organizer out there. I DARE you to go into the South side of Chicago and get people to work together to make it a better/safer place. I'd like to see how far you'd get.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
      • Jotunn

        You didn't counter his point. Is it a valid one?

        June 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      Since when is being a lawyer not a job? Since when is teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School not a job? Since when is representing the south side of Chicago in the Illinois State Assembly not a job? Since when is being a U.S. Senator not a job? I'm sure the President knows plenty about having a real job. You are totally clueless.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • maikl

        A few month be attorney,a few month work in S.S Chicago, 14 months to be senator-this is good time to be president? Millions like that. Did he ever did payroll, study economics or run HOT-DOGS STAND??? We got what we deserve.

        June 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • maikl

        You forget Acorn... Job my as...

        June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • jean2009

        @maiki you forgot Baskin Robbins, a deli, for a private company that processed health records of police and firefighters, a telemarketer, author of books, teacher of constitutional law at Chicago Law School 1992-2004.
        He has obviously worked a lot longer and harder than you at whatever or he wouldn't be called President.

        And please get your facts straight...He didn't work for Acorn, check Politifact he did represent them as an attorney alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois institute a motor voter law. He may have represented them through another firm, but he did not work for Acorn.

        June 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  19. JP

    You can't fix the economy if you have to get the approval of the union bosses and trial lawyers for every move you make.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      Didn't you mean the approval of the Rethugliklan House of Representatives?

      June 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  20. beevee

    I hope president Obama now directs his attention more towards getting us out of this economic rut and talk to americans his concerns about the crisis we are in. Otherwise the GOP will turn the tide against him and make it difficult for him to be re-elected. Exactly that is what one GOP leader said ' their plan is to make him a one-term president". May be he meant that they will do anything to defeat Obama in 2012 by creating all sorts of hurdles to Obama's plans. It makes me feel like that they have a hand behind the economic crisis we are in now and blame the president for it. What the president needs is counter strategy. Good luck.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Jotunn

      While the President does need a strategy, the people may need one too. Ask not what your country can do for you... Change can begin at any level by creating pressure on itself and the others. (Book plug! http://bit.ly/j4ZOwY)

      June 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
      • Glenda

        OH GOD! Now Obama is a John F. Kennedy. He wouldn't make a pimple on a dog's rear must less John. Now Teddy Yeah he could reach that one. But what would he do with it. Give it a stimulas and send him overseas plus opening up more Border fence. IT'S TIME SARAH THROW YOUR HAT IN THE RING THIS MAN IS GOING DOWN 2012.

        June 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sarah the Twit, is an air-headed bimbo.

        June 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ jean, I just love the Liberal name calling. When all else fails call someone a name.

        June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You go President Obama, don't let them force you to tip your hand because they have nothing, absolutely nothing to offer.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Glenda

    Brought us back. Are you kidding me. Obama has damn near destroyed us. We are on the verge of bankruptcy and the military is going broke with all his cuts. The Democrats have stolen all the Social Security Money. He keeps giving free schooling and medical care to llegals. Who is paying for that? You are one sick person that along with Obama needs to be given radium treatments until your gone. PALIN 2012

    June 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Jess C

      Time to take your meds.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Acam

        While I have a lot of respect for Miyamoto and have had the honor to meet him in pesron, if he makes an entire Zelda game in a tinted glass style, where there are ugly thick black lines dividing Link into blocks of bright colors, don't expect me to find solace in discovering that it's inspired by church windows. The article was insightful but failed to address exactly WHY so many people are decrying the new style. Art goes beyond how the game looks it affect how it FEELS. A proportionate Link feels less courageous when you realize he's fighting disproportionate pokemon-looking monsters. Another example: a zelda game in a deformed world starring Link with 3 eyes would be interesting being inspired by picasso, and fun being that it's Zelda. It just wouldn't feel epic. You don't have to appreciate EVERy design decision to be a "true" Zelda fan. Everybody here including me, reading this from this website will probably buy the game whether they like the graphics or not.

        November 9, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • jean2009

      He was too late George W. Bush beat him to it...and please Sarah Failin what a joke.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  23. ryanrory

    There seems to be a lot of stupid people on these blogs. It takes a little more than a talking point or regurgitated news blip to create a truism. In the same breath, thank you to all the bloggers that have taken the time to research and use critical thinking in formulating their rationals that carry weight and are based in fact.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  24. Raj

    Glenda,
    I seriously doubt your American citizenship. Only people who want America's destruction will vote for the airhead Palin. Obama is the best thing that happened to USA after the disastrous Bush presidency. Frankly, all Republican candidates look and sound stupid and have nothing to offer as solutions to America's problems.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Glenda, everthing you just got through accusing the Democrats of is exactly what the Republicans did, right down to the stealing! You must be ill or something. GWB GHWB and all war presidents of recent times have been dipping into our social security fund. They took it and now they can't pay it back! Bush even told us it was running out and that we might need to start thinking about privatizing our retirement incomes. Your Palin couldn't even finish being governor; she got taken by greed and glitz!

    June 9, 2011 at 3:35 am |
  26. Jess C

    Good for Obama! The GOP is all for cutting spending, however, they also bitch when jobs go away. Let's see, could there be a connection between cutting spending which also cuts jobs in many sectors? Why is the GOP so unable to connect those dots? You cannot have it both ways....cut spending and and hope create jobs; nor can you expect to keep giving huge breaks to corporations and the wealthy. Large corps. have not made much effort to add jobs; they are simply enjoying their record profits. Everyone needs to pay their fair share and quit gauging us in the middle. And if the health care reform isn't perfect, we need a better solution to covering the uninsured as most of use who do buy insurance are sick of high premiums due to the uninsured using our emergency rooms. Keep up the fight, Obama, we're with you!

    June 9, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  27. Bill

    Are the taxpayers paying for these campaign trips? This man's been campaigning for re-election since before he took office. Everything he says or does is geared toward getting re-elected. Let him pay his own campaign expense.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  28. Enough is Enough

    Obama is proof that socialist ideas don't work if he gets 4 more we will be asking Greece for help.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  29. Ernie

    The people are tired of hearing Obama saying this is just a "Blip or Bump in the Road". Obama has had two and half years to get the economy back on track and has "failed". The proof is in the pudding. Unemployment is now 9.1% and it will go higher. Obama is the biggest job busting President since FDR. Obama said while he was campaigning he said that if any company is doing business over seas will be taxed, well that hasn't happend because of all the "union workers" who support Obama. What about the "union worker" who is out of a job and the "union" can't find the "union" a job do you think he's or she is going to vote for Obama come November 2012 don't count on it. The people are tired of all the rah, rah rah speeches everyone now knows that Obama has failed and there is nothing he can do. It's going to come where Obama will say the same thing thing President Herbett Hoover said "There's nothing more the government can do". When President Herbet Hoover said this it was in the middle of the "Great Depression". What ever Obama says or does it fails. All of his intellects and think tankers are finding out that what they have learned in school doesn't work in the real world, it may look good on paper but in reality it doesn't work. The same holds true with all of Obams economic advisors he's had five of them and they couldn't fix the ecomony with all the theroies and models they they learned in school. Obama doesn't think "common sense economics" will work. It's time for people to stop relying on government to fix all the problems when government is the problem. I predict if the "Stock Market" goes below 11,000 everyone will see the next great depression. Obama is a man who will never admitt failure he will alway blame his failures on someone else.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  30. Travis

    um we had 8 bad years and you give this guy two and a half years and say hes done nothing! he has created over 2 million jobs and counting. So yea we do need to cut the deficit but how do you propose we cut more taxes for the rich and cut the deficit. LESS money coming in means more debt their is no way around that. You basically want to put bush back in office. NO ONE was worry about the deficit when he was in office and he raised the debt ceiling 7 times in 8 years wtf??? YOU people piss me off he didnt pay for no child left behind, two wars, the prescription drug bill or his tax cuts that didnt lead to any economic boom and you guys basically want to do this all over. There hasn't been a great economy since the clinton days.The trickle down effect does not work. Hey guys the rich dont need medicare or social security yet they say we must cut it to reduce the deficit, but yet plea for an even bigger tax break. the tax rates are at the lowest since the 1960s and you want them reduced more. Our roads are crumbling, our schools are rated # 17 in the world and the middle class and poor are carrying all the burden while wallstreet and CEOs are recording record breaking profits its so crazy we want more of these corporate people running washington. PLUS last but not least the republicans are in contron of the house so why don't they introduce a jobs bill or something for the economy as a matter of fact what legislation have they introduced besides anti-Obama legislation???? They are not doing shit its partisan politics as always. Because hey if they introduce a jobs bill and it helps the economy they cant have that because oh no it might help Obama. NO ONE in washington can get anything done like this. But oh lets kill medicare and make our Grandparents suffer even more while rewarding the rich for crumbling this country you guys are pathetic and no matter what you would never support a democatic president. HIt me up when you move out of your parents house. It will take YEARS to get this country right not overnight and that won't change no matter who is in office. Sarah Palin people and everyone else just quit talking its gonna be Romney vs Obama and we all know that those other people are running for vp at best. So go ahead elect MItt Romney hes alot like Obama with his healthcare plan and his views on abortion, i mean he didnt create jobs with his company he laid off shitloads. Sry all the other candidates lets debate Obama vs Romney and thier alot alike which means the incumbet stays in office and yall can move on to 2016 cya im out

    June 15, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You go Travis!

    June 17, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  32. raquel

    lets go !!!!!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  33. bill

    I voted for Obama in 08 and will vote for him again. reason, he was and is the underdog. People forget that he was an unknown black man that beat a senior senator, heroic veteran a white man at that. I am a northern republican and I remember when the southern states were hard core democrats, that is until LBJ become president and gave black people their rights. Personally when I look at all the red states I see the old south still intact in attitude towards minorities, But there is more to this. The big boys and fundamentalist churches have joined hands in business. Together they have painted Obama as the devil. I don't know if another president would have done better and if Romney gets elected I hope he does a better job, but most of all I hope the hatred directed towards presidents stops, after all they are elected by a majority.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  34. Cecilia Riveros Barreto

    Congratulatios: Mister President. I wish God Ligten your mind.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm |