Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation
August 20th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation

VINEYARD HAVEN, MA (CNN) – A senior administration official said President Obama and his top economic advisers are “making progress” in constructing the jobs plan that he’s expected to roll out after Labor Day.

The official said it’s still a work in progress, with top aides “crunching numbers” and “weighing options.” “This is something that they will continue working on all next week,” the official said.

The “new ideas” the president will announce will be in addition to other issues the White House has been pushing for weeks, including cutting payroll taxes and rebuilding roads, bridges, and airports. In his weekly address the president said “there are things we can do right now that will mean more customers for businesses and more jobs across the country.”

The president is keeping a low profile on Martha’s Vineyard. His mornings consist of economic and national security briefings the official said. His afternoons will closely follow Friday’s routine which consisted of some family time with his daughters at a Vineyard Haven book store, some personal time on the golf course and some one-on-one time with the First Lady.


Topics: President Obama • The News • Vacation

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    new ideas = shovel ready.

    Reminds me of Dr. Strangelove, when they all were in the situation room taking about the 'doomsday device.' But this is no movie, it is real. Our president claims he had a secret weapon. in his back pocket. all along. I feel much better now. Just click your heals together three times Barry, you will be home soon.

    August 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • marc

      Hey Jay in NC,

      Your ridiculous half truths and exaggerations are exactly what's dragging down this country. The president never said this is a secret weapon in his back pocket all along. This most recent effort is a response to the situation on the ground right now. He's offered many tactics over the last 2 years to respond to the economy.... most of which have been killed by Americans who primary goal is to make sure he's a one term president, period, Their secondary goal may be to improve the economy AFTER he's gone. There' simply no way they will stand for the economy improving on his watch. I keep hearing what a failure the stimulus was... shouldn't the same arguement apply to the Bush tax cuts? Half truths and exaggerations... on both sides. Obama's the only one showing some maturity, commens sense, and good judgement. Get a clue.

      August 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • OICU812

        Hey marc, you're right about one thing, Ever since this lame excuse of a prez starting going around the world apologizing for our nation, not being a christian nation, were arrogant, selfish, spoiled, I've had no use for him. I served in the military unlike this school boy you call your prez, And this is the only nation on earth that has hundred's of thousand's of our troops buried in foreign lands who were trying to protect freedom for others, So if you want to continue being a coward and support this PUPPET, Feel free to go bow down to other leaders like this moron. you and odumbass are pathetic. LOSER.

        August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Larry

      And just what have the republicans presented?

      August 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Nothing but tax breaks and subsidiesfor the rich.

        August 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Discernment

        Fair question, what has the Tea Party Republicans presented? After all, the GOP did campaign on jobs.
        – – – – – – –
        ANSWER:
        0 – Jobs bills sponsored by Republicans since January 2011.
        3 – Bills passed by House Republicans that cut 2-million jobs. They were bills HR1, HR2, and HR658.
        10 – Job Bills sponsored by Democrats that were voted down by Republicans.

        August 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
      • angus001

        Who cares. We are talking about Obama claiming that he has the cure and will let us know later. Wow! I thought he would have had a plan before now. Gesh!

        August 21, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • joe

        Obama is grandstanding lets har him not is publisists

        August 22, 2011 at 8:08 am |
      • joe

        Demorats will promis you anything to get reelected
        Obama is a snake oi salesman

        August 22, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        joe, i know republican has a horrible memory but just last week the leading republican candidate promised $2 a gallon gas, talking about promising anything

        August 22, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • Jay in NC

        This president, while in office, promised that unemployment would not go above 8%.

        August 22, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Juan

      Jay, you should know the Republicans haven't came up with one plan about jobs. So, Shut up.

      August 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
      • mary43

        You're brilliant...you see the Republicans are shot down every time they approach the Dems w/a plan. It seems it's too important to keep all those entitlements that way your liberal politicians will get the votes of the moochers and the rest of us will try to live upstanding lives and watch our paychecks shrinks as the government taxes the s%*t out of us. Try watching anything but CNN and MSNBC and lay off the koolaid and you should do well.

        August 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
      • Donald

        Juan, both sides have shown zero leadership and zero competency of creating job growth. Try being civil and bring substance to the conversation with telling others what to do. Last time I checked, people do have the right to express their views.

        August 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • iamaliar

        The Republicans barely control the House so why is it their obligation to find jobs when you Democrats under Obama can not find the outhouse.

        August 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
      • whoopitydoo2

        The reality is that only the Tea Party has proposed a plan. Dems want to establish socialism. Repubs want to do the same, only in a different way. The Tea Party wants to save America. Elect more Tea Party folks so that we can save our nation. Otherwise, we'll be a liberal socialist nation where hard work is punished and laziness and entitlement mentalities are rewarded. We need our government to get out of the business of providing for the lazy, no good for nothing liberal entitlement babies and get back into the business of national defense, to include securing our southern border. All you liberals can shut up and sit back while we fix our land! You've done nothing since the 60's except for get high and get us into debt that we can't afford. It's time for a change. GO TEA PARTY!!!

        August 21, 2011 at 2:58 am |
      • angus001

        Why are you nuts making this a dem vs repub thing? Its an Obama thing.

        August 21, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • joe

        and Obama has done nothing except go on Vacations

        August 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Howard

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012,
      OR BETTER YET, IMPEACH HIM NOW !!!

      August 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        Howard I have befor me the good old constitution
        please tell me what me what article and what amendment
        you would like to implement to inpeach the president
        how long will the privilege class use the procrastination process
        to keep the middle class in prision;
        I wonder if your principle of hate
        keeps the rich and you from doing the right thing
        Also I find it hard to here you say all those thing against
        the commander and cheif .
        with the faith you have in G-D.
        MAY THE LORD contine ti keep you and bless you .

        August 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        to

        August 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • iamaliar

        Russell Brown – in what manner do ou think the middle class is being kep in a prison and who is doing it. THE RICH. OH! Your poor imbecile. I feel so sorry for you because you couldn't climb up the ladder on your own free will so that now someone must give you something for you to make it. Go to a socialist country, relocate, to where they make everone equal your so dissatisfied. It is not the obligation of the rich to keep this country going however they are the ones doing it. You people are so ignorant you take nothing in the right context. Do you not get back most all if not all your IRS money you paid in at the end of the year. You do if you have two or three children. Some of the poor get back more in IRS money than they makie in salary, but they're still yelling for more taxes on the rich. This I don't understand . How will this help them. They're not going to get anymore gimme crap. The Illegals are reaping most of the freebies. One must, to rise above, educate himself and not lay around on the front porch smoking MJ and drinking wine. You have to have some inititive.

        August 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • joe

        forget impeachment just throw Bozo Obama out in 2012

        August 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Bob

      Right on. Where is the indignation for the "vacation" president. Working my blessed butt.

      August 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • iamaliar

      HE BALANCES JOBS AND FUN BUT HE HAS NO IDEAL HOW TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. The moron. GET THE WATERMELON MAN OUT OF THE OVAL OFFICE.

      August 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • OICU812

      That's a good one, LOL.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  2. Vijay

    We must not begrudge a short vacation for the president and his family. The good man needs some private time with his wife and his daughters. Afterall he is more on the job than most of them in recent times. He can do 'job creation' planning while on v acation too. With this so called global economy/global potential for our investments, there is little he can do right now by being in the office. Cut him some slack.

    August 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • frank jones

      look Pal, its not like he is working a 9-5 down at the coal mine. The guy wanted this job. We are all in a mess, not entirely this mans fault but he needs to do something more than blame the last guy.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        All he needs is a minimum of office equipment and a secretary. All of which can be had no matter what the scenery outside looks like. As with any president regardless of where they are, they are not out of the loop or out of reach, and they are never really on vacation.

        No, matter who is in office they are going to hear this from the other side. I didn't see Rethugliklans rushing back to Washington saying....Mr. President let's get back to work and solve this...now did you?

        I really don't see you saying they should come back...why?

        August 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • Larry

        It's not a 9-5 and he is working. What can he do when the entire congress is ON VACATION? He's the President NOT the dictater.

        August 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • J.V.Hodgson

        Hi,
        Yes he asked for the job and we elected him. Whats all this 09:00 to 17:00 garbage the Presidents job is in effect 24/7 365 or did I forget the 03:00 phone call line from Hilary? He hasdone quite al ot job wise which you may disagree with Auto industry bailout, recovery act ( CBO min number jobs 17m created) and now working on more and better I hope... problem the Repubs are going to disagree with whatever he has to say even though its good for the country Toll on 2012.
        Hodgson

        August 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
      • Bill

        Vacation days taken through the first 31 months in office for the last three Presidents:

        Clinton: 28 days
        Bush: 180 days
        Obama: 60 days

        Conservatives need to shut up about Obama taking a 10-day vacation. Bush took three times the amount of vacation time, and he was only trying to fight two wars and a weak economy in his first term.

        August 21, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • Russell Brown

        sweet words who repects them
        we the people of the united state
        in orderto form a more perfect union
        establish justice insure domestic
        tranquilty provide for the commom
        defence promote the general
        welfare and secure the blessing of
        liberty to ourselves and our poserity
        do ordain and establish this constitution
        for the united states of american.

        August 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • iamaliar

        Bill – Your so stpidily wrong it is pitiful. Bush in 8 years did take 180 days of vacation. In less than three years Obama is already at 120 days. But who cares as long as Congress okays these vacations and says to hell with the people of the U.S. who are paying their outlandish salaries. None of them including Obama work more that 200 days a year. This in itself is stupidity on Americans part. We need to vote these people out, put people in who will not change all this. Obama even when he works does not do his job. You can argue that until your blue in the face, but it is the truth. He has implemented no bill through congress that has passed. He has passed what he has so far by executive order. His action in the Libyia incident was an impeachable offense even though granted it needed to be done. But the procedure was for him to have called his Secretary of State first and told her to start proceedings through the congress for congressional approval. But due to the emergency of the situation I am going ahead and ordering an air strike. Did he do this? NO. Hell NO, he did not. This makes it an impeachable offense. NATO can not and will not give orders to any country to make strikes.Tthey only agree it is needed. Then the countries come together to decide what needs to be dones. Then those countries that are wiling to do so must get approval from their government body. This is how democracy works. Not some wildcat Hussain or some Muslim dictator like Obama wishes to be. Of course I realize I am talking to people who will not or can not understand this.

        August 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
      • california girl

        Mr. President has been doing something from day one he entered the oval office, definitely. And, from that day one, the Republican agendas were to criticize, oppose and disagree with the man. It has NOT been easy for this mixed white/black president to perform his duties to the country, due to the Republican's continued hatred and racism. From day one, they could not accept the fact that the United States has voted for a black president. Pathetic.

        By the way, let me assure you. Mr.President is never on a 100% vacation...work always goes with him...everywhere/everytime. Believe me.

        August 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Iamaliar....from Bush by the numbers;
        Number Of Out Of Town Domestic Trips: 609
        (That's not counting Camp David visits or bike riding outings)
        Number Of Foreign Trips: 49
        Number Of Visits To Camp David: 149, totaling all or part of 487 days.
        Number Of Visits To His Texas Ranch: 77, totaling all or part of 490 days
        Number Of Visits To His Parents' Home In Kennebunkport, Maine: 11, totaling all or part of 43 days.
        States not visited by Bush....1 Vermont.

        August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • RM

      He can have all the vacations he wants but he needs to solve the problems this country is facing, It is not rocket science, He has been at it for years now. If he can not solve these problems such as unemployment, then he should step aside and let some other person do it.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Obama2012

      He is truly a great leader and so many don't see it. President Obama's focus and multitasking is incredible and on top of it all he maintains integrity, patience, and so many other qualities. His work ethics are impeccable, but this country no longer values such. I see it everyday where I work where politics gets rewarded over work and competence.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • mary43

      Cut him some slack? This president has taken more time off than any others. Do your homework and golfs and rubs shoulders with the ultra rich while the rest of us slackers are trying to find two coins to rub together and buy groceries. The president and the first lady are frauds just face it.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • nagrom

        And you don't think the radical religious repugnant repukes don't rub elbows with the rich and famous? After all they are descendants of God and the chosen ones and if you don't believe it just ask them. And what cloud were you born on Mary? Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?? Geez

        August 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • angus001

      I think this is more of a leadership question. Do I take a vacation while everyone is suffering and the Fed Gov has screwed things up, or to I show the nation that I will tighten my belt just as you have.

      August 21, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • nagrom

        And just where did Bush go when he ordered the young men and women of the Armed Forces to invade Iraq and Afghanistan? How about to his ranch in Texas?? Sound familiar? How short the memory becomes when someone leaves office.

        August 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  3. beezer

    Dear Obama, I hope you read this. If you Build a road, it is only a temporary fix. We need to get manufacturing back here in the USA. If we make products and sell them to the world, it helps us greatly. we cant sell an asphalt road to the world. It seems like the only thing we make in the USA anymore is crackbabies and Crime. We are Bleeding profusely and need more than a band aid. They say that you are doing something this week that I am Unfamiliar with, it is called a Vacation. I and many of my Fellow Americans do not have that luxury but I hope you enjoy it. It makes me feel good that You and Congress can spend my tax dollars on the finer things.I have a Challenge for you, Prove to me and My fellow Americans that you are not just some broken promised politician, prove to me that you can have hardship like the rest of us and cut your trip short. It would look better in my eyes and my fellow American.I am recently laid-off due to your failed "cash for Clunkers "program. I am a small automotive engine builder near Philadelphia and that program took all of our customer base away. I want to work and I used to love my profession but the jobs are gone. Unlike Rush Limbaugh, I want you to Succeed because if you do well, me and my fellow Americans do well but do feel you need a lot of constructive criticism.Lets not blame anymore! any of us! Truman said"The Buck stops here" . please take his words into consideration before "The Buck stops" entirely. I really wish you well for all our sakes.

    August 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      We need green energy jobs..if we don't do it the Chinese and India will be selling us the equipment.
      We need to funnel more into education and research. We need a better prepared workforce trained for new jobs. Instead we have governors cutting education to the bone and letting teachers go.

      Frankly, it is hard to imagine that taking in effect less than1% of the all the used vehicles in the U.S. off the road would put anyone out of work. Did PA have a corner on the Cash for Clunkers Program?

      " In total, an estimated 69.4 million cars and light trucks were eligible for trade-in under the program. From just the four-week program, the Department of Transportation approved 677,842 applications for sales vouchers under the Cash for Clunkers program, or under 1%.

      http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/10/cash_over_clunkers.html

      August 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • Donald

        We did have "green jobs" but the company in Mass folded and is now headed to China (most likely because of lax pollution regulations).

        August 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
      • nagrom

        There is a manufacturing facility in MASS that just moved its' production to China. They manufactured solar panels. Want to know why? Because they had to pay a decent wage and benefits to employees here and drove up the cost of the manufacture so they sent the jobs to China so that they didn't have to pay a decent wage and benefits thereby reducing cost. Guess what? We import them back here at an inflated cost. Where is the justice? Free trade. You have to love it.

        August 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Larry

      Building that road puts people to work. Whenpeople work, get a pay check, they buy things. It's got to start some where. What have the republicans proposed?

      August 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Obama2012

      Those days are over. We'll never get manufacturing back. Obama wanted to go that path and itruffled world leader's feathers big time. American companies sold out the American workers, it wasn't the other way around. It makes no difference if we bought American or not, the greedy CEO's created work for other countries rather than putting it back in America. Drive an American vehicle ... where the parts are made where? Once the free trade agreement was signed and the doors were opened, that was the end. There's no going back and it's sad for the younger generations. Not everybody is a teacher, lawyer or a doctor. Even teachers get tossed away with budget cuts.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Ron

      Why are you talking to the president about getting manufacturing back to the US. You need to talk to republicans who want to continue providing incentives and tax breaks for companies to ship those jobs overseas!

      August 21, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • mominpa

      well said. Not only does Obama need to stop blaming the past and realizing that the "buck stops with him" but he should also lead by example. Until he and Michele together and separately, stop jetting around on our tax dollars, he cannot be taken seriously. He has yet to show us a plan for economic recovery and his very lack of action is also driving the EU down. It is time the media shows the people of this country the turmoil in France, England's austerity program, Greece riots and Germany's struggle. Spending beyond our means will bring us to that. Get honest with the american people!

      August 21, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Russell Brown

      Mr Beezer
      when you address the president of the
      unitedstates of american please tone it down
      please sir let us remain civil we can disagree
      without the evil tone
      and the word of G-D said let him who is without sin cast the
      first stone .
      calling all americans to pray for our President and our congress
      all of our leaders those who hate Jesus
      those who follow the teaching of Jesus
      may the lord bless and keep everyone of us .

      August 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Ciriticisms of Presidents on vacation are politics as usual. It is standard operating procedure for supporters of the party not in control of the White House to feign outrage and indignation that the President should be working during a time of crisis.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • frank jones

      Randy, Im not in any party, they both suck! But I do agree with you, he should take a vacation, a long one. that way he cant mess anything else up while away.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • Larry

        Maybe you've forgoten 136 filibusters in the 110th congress and 244 in the 111th. Get the republicans to "compromise, work they were hired to do, and we would be much farther along.

        August 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Donald

        Larry, so in your eyes the repubs should agree with everything the dems say and support without question?

        August 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • nagrom

        Well thanks to Obama GM and Chrysler still building cars here in the US That must be worth something to someone and I am sure if having more time I can name several other things he has done to create or retain jobs here. How many jobs have the Repukes provided since they took control of the house? ZERO!!!

        August 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  5. judasgoat

    i wouldn't put it past this president to sit down and have a summit with the tea party reps...... to clear the air on whats important to their cause and dispel all falsehoods and rumors about wealth transfer and other concerns they have after all he [president] did say that the tea party has a voice. and it would not surprise me one bit if he met with the delegates of that group in the near future after all he is totally a people person.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Michael

      He will never do that.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  6. MARK

    I wish I had time and money to take a vacation too. I gotta go...start looking for a job.
    -Unemployed, and wish I could enjoy the extravigant life of our president.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Jerome Howard

      Same here – laid off 4 years ago, no full time job yet, so I'm not allowed on family vacations, since I should be looking for a job instead. Although a vacation would allow me to forget my troubles for a couple of days.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Obama2012

      Well then ... why don't you run for office if you have better answers. I was dirt poor during Reagan's reign and lost everything during Bush II. Nobody ever told me it was the president's fault.

      When did that change?

      August 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • OICU812

        You mean odummy restored to you the things reagan and bush took away, food stamps welfare, free public housing and told you to go to work.

        August 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
      • Raul

        The two comments meneointd address different issues. Yes, the one about the blacks will rise up and take over and we will become a Muslim country is a racists comment and should be addressed as such. You have gotten good advice on how to handle that.However, the second about a lot of babies will die is in response to Obama being the most pro-abortion president in history. His policies will have a direct impact on children yet born, including minority children (which are targeted by Planned Parenthood, BTW). Just because someone is concerned about such policies does not mean they are implicitly racisit.I got very weary of being covertly labeled a racisit by media, friends and African Americans beacause I did not support Obama politically.Just as we have an obligation to teach our children about racism we also have an obligation to teach them not to label everything as racisim. One can absolutely dissagree on moral and political issues that have nothing to do with a candidates skin color and everything to do with their character.

        July 31, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • Ron

      Then run for office! In the meantime, instead of focusing on the president taking a NINE DAY vacation, why don't you talk to congress about their FIVE WEEKS vacation? Focus...

      August 21, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • california girl

      Mark, maybe if you had the education/intelligence, skills/hardworking abilities, and work experience our current president has, maybe you will have the money to spend and be able to enjoy a few days off from work, too. All of us just have to work a little harder (for the money), and enjoy the fruits of our hard work. Be realistic.

      August 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • nagrom

      Ask your Republican representative I am sure they can help you find a job. How about contacting Joe the Plumber? Maybe he needs some help!

      August 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  7. judasgoat

    by the way tax credits to employers and road construction jobs are the biggest scam i know.....they resurface the road 1yr and then are back in 3yrs doing the same thing cheap resurfacing product . now if they can redo airport runways to last at least15 yrs why not the roads? this whole system needs to take inventory. also all levels of gov't and gov't programs must be cut by a 1/3 the recent cuts of 10% to 15% is not going to do it. do forget cut back on food staamps and supplement usda commodities butter ,beans ,canned beef, pinto beans etc. no one will go hungary they feed kids 2 meals a day at schools ..... this mess were in is real..... the hav and hav mores can't escape either you've got to pony up too. its time to quit playing and save this country.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Ron

      Spoken like a man who's hasn't eaten the "healthy" meals ours kids (well, your kids because mine are grown) eat in school. You should drop by and buy yourself a plate of healthy food from the lunchroom some day. Then, come back and talk about people going hungry.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  8. TeaParty Mike

    Today Obama blamed congress( he means Republicans) for the recession because they have not passed bills yet to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Exactly how has the fact that these bills have not yet been passed caused a recession. The tax payroll tax cuts and 99 weeks of unemployment benefits have not expired yet. They are still in effect and were put there with the help of Republican votes in the first place. Extending them will not add additional stimulus to the economy they are not already providing, though they should be extended for a while longer to help not shrink the economy. Many Republicans will support their extension in a jobs bill that will require Democrats and Obama to support measures that Republicans will want to add like rolling back many regulations that business is saying are getting in the way of expanding and tax reform that will get rid of tax breaks and loop holes while at the same time reduce US business tax rates to a level that is competive with the rest of the world. Doing this the right way can increase revenue by inlarging the tax base by getting companies like GE that paid no taxes to actually pay some.
    I don't expect there will be much support for any Obama stimulus two plan from either Republicans or a majority of voters including swing vote independents. A majority of voters including the independents did not want stimulus one and still believe it failed. If Obama wants to spend hundreds of billions more for a stimulus two that is a copy of stimulus one, it will not be support by the public. And I am hearing some hinting that he wants to pay for it with additional defict reduction, which of course is not deficit reduction at all and again has no chance of recieving the support of a majority of the public.

    August 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans/Tbaggers have no "jobs plan" but they will make sure Obama's job plan for Americans is disrupted. Stayed tuned in and watch Republicans/Tbaggers complain about how any job plan will take money from the "Rich".

    August 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Michael

      Claudia,

      You really need to stay out of the heat down there. You've become a mindless mouthpiece spewing out the democrats one-liners.

      August 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • Obama2012

        Michael, you really need to elaborate ... because your comment did nothing but insult the poster. You are naked.

        August 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      I'm not down in that Texas heat here in Ohio....so I will spew a little about that Teapotty plan we hear so much about in this state. A John Kasich (moron) came into office and passed legislation to restrict union rights to bargain. Now he is pleading with unions to come back to the table and re-negotiate because he knows SB-5 is going down to defeat. Unions voters had the numbers to put a referendum on the ballot and have the numbers to defeat the bill.

      The reason Kasich wants to re-negotiate is he also know with that many people defeating SB-5 they are also going to defeat his attempt to restrict The Affordable Health Care legislation restrictions that are on the same ballot.

      It is time for a march on Washington against the teabagger/Rethugliklans; it is time the Bush era tax cuts end..and time for them to do something besides say NO to every plan the President has presented.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Michael

        Jean, relax. The Republican actually put over 4 plans on the table. Three were tabled immediately by Harry Reid after Obmaa said the bills would be DOA, as they contained a provision that required the govenment to adhere to a balanced budget. One was voted down along party lines in the Senate.

        Meanwhile, the ONLY plan the president has ever introduced was in early 2011, when he asked for $4 trillion in spending without any restraint at all.

        Regarding your union affiliation / affinity, the Unions have driven businesses out of the midwest and are now trying to legistlate where investments can be made (ie. Boeing). You are quick to blame republicans, business and the tea party, but Ohio is in the shape its in now due to successive democrat administrations and unions disregard for economic consequences of their positions.

        August 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Micheal believe me Strickland in 4 years didn't do the harm to this state that the corruption the Taft administration did over a period of 8 years.

        ....and I am glad Harry Reid tabled those 4 wrong headed plans, that would have hurt everyone but those who can afford to be taxed more.

        August 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • Ron

        Jean,
        I hope you guys send the message loud and clear that Ohio believes in the right to "self-determination"! That means, if it's legal to join a union and you want to join a union, you can join a union. The ONLY way you're going to get those manufacturing jobs back to the US is through a STRON union because politicians sure as hell aren't going to do it! Then, I hope you can recall that moron from office just as WI is going to s__tcan walker. I'm not a union member, but I certainly support your right to join one! Fight hard up there!!!

        August 21, 2011 at 8:44 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Ron. Right at the present Kasich is begging and pleading with the people who put the repeal of SB-5 on the November ballot. He wants them to come back to the table to renegotiate the legislation.Unions are not dealing. Kasich knows the numbers are there to repeal the legislation...now his worry is so many anti-SB-5 union people will come out to vote that they will also defeat legislation that would hamper the enactment of parts of the Affordable Health Care by his legislation on the ballot to put restrictions in place.

        I don't see Kasich serving a second term.

        August 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • mary43

      Mr/Ms. Hater, it's the teaparty NOT teabagger you ignorant person. Everyone has a right to their opinion but the problem w/the liberals is you can have your own opinion as long as it agrees with them. HYPOCRITES!!!!

      August 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
      • nagrom

        And of course this comes from a Tea Partier! And what do you put in you Tea? So we don't expect you to compromise at all will you?

        August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  10. ted

    The critics are begrudging Obama a short vacation, during which he is still on the job 24/7. What about Boner and McClownell, both of which along with 533 others took a five week vacation? Where is the outrage about that? I just took a seven day vacation, during which my work called me or emailed me a few times. We Americans need to be able to take vacations, but a five week one for Congress is way too long. Two weeks max and back to the grindstone, slackers and start try doing something about the deficit, debt, jobs, taxes, entitlements etc. There shoudl be outrage.

    August 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Michael

      Just curious if you're outraged that Pelosi and Reid both did the same when they were leadership and are on the 5 week break as well. Or does your "outrage" extend only to the Republican party?

      August 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        I don't think either party should have a 5 week vacation, nor do I think they should receive a full lifetime retirement for only 5 years of service.

        Yes we need to invest in green technology and infrastructure....heaven knows the Chinese will be selling it to us if we don't build it first....and the Rethugliklans have let the infrastructure go to pot

        I can see you are another Teabagger with a death wish for America.

        August 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  11. Michael

    Obama does not need a vacation to formulate his jobs plan. He will return in September and propose increase taxes on the wealthy, targeted government spending in "green jobs", an infrastructure bank to target investment, etc.

    In other words, he is taking 10 days to present a re-hashed version of policies that have failed for over 30 years.

    America, this recession will begin to end when Obama is unemployed.

    August 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Obama2012

      IT STARTED DURING THE BUSH 11 REIGN. HOW IS IT YOU PEOPLE DON'T GET IT? I LOST MY JOB IN 2003 AND THEN A BUSINESS IN 2006.

      You are drinking Grand Old Poison. They are trying to kill the middle class and middle class people who support the Republican's today are clueless that they are working with a group that is trying to kill and oppress them.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Ron

      Mike, he's either "on vacation" OR "taking ten days to rehash policies" (i.e. working). Can't be both. Pick the one you like least and complain about that one, please.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • nagrom

      Gee Michael I didn't know you were in the situation room with Obama helping to draw up the next jobs bill. And what did you suggest to him to be done?

      August 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Aleyna

      The guys he is cutting off at the knees..are the loons and wigntuns at the moveon.org and the far left super-progs who thought they had wrested control of the country..I believe that Obama was wisely landed in the middle and will eventually govern from center left..I knew something was up when Powell endorced him. He came back from Bahgdad a changed man..I noticed it write away and it is even archived here somewhere I still think he is 4 years early but since HIllary could have accidentally won this thing, maybe his logic wasn't as flawed as I thought. I think that his daily pronouncements are also for Bush's team..the two are trying to help each other in a manner that was not there when Clinton was leaving the White HOuse.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  12. USN ret

    Enjoy your Vacation Mr. President. Why in the world would anyone in politics want to aspire to a thankless job is beyond me.
    The poor poor Americans who can afford to post here are surely starving to death. The accusations you have made against Congress are railed against by your detractors and hypocritically done by them as well.. Thank GOD an Independent like me can voice my opinion without worrying about " men in black leather" coming for me. America will get out of this, but , NOT by anyone posting here. It will take all three Branches of Government. Good Luck with that !!

    August 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      At age76...yes we will come out of this. We have been here before and pulled ourselves out of it, but without all the hate toward this president.

      Gee ....and he wasn't even driving the bus when it went off the cliff.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Donald

        Jean, he has had the wheel for three years and has done nothing. In two of those years there was a democrat majority in the house and senate. When does the blame game stop and the real work begin?

        August 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Ron

      All it will take is more of independents dumping the republican/tea party brand in the 2012 elections. I'll bet you (independents as a whole) didn't vote for 350 filibusters and opposition to ANYTHING this president has tried to do??

      August 21, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  13. J. North

    I hope the American people will give him a permanent vacation comes November 2012 so he can be the good family man that he wants to be. He's done enough damage to the country already.

    August 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  14. mj

    Interesting to find out why the Trade Bill has not been passed by House or Congress. It has been sitting on Obama's desk for 2 1/2 years. Possible reasons .. "the dog ate it", "they redecorated my office", "Bush has it", "Nancy wants to read it first", "no one has explained it to me".

    August 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • TeaParty Mike

      Good point mj. I too am wondering why Obama has not passed the Trade Bill. He seems to be saying he is waiting for congress to pass it while all that is needed is for him to sign it. Maybe Obama has been too busy going to fund raisers, vacations and bus tours to pay attention.
      I also wonder why Obama is trying to blame the recession on the fact that a bill to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment has not been passed yet. Neither measure has expired yet and extending both will not add additonal stimulus to the economy beyond what they are already doing. They should be extended for a modest period of time considering the present state of the economy, but doing so will only maintian the present level of stimulus, not increase it.
      I do not think Obama really thinks about what he is saying or he has really bad advisors, or maybe he just is not very bright.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Obama2012

      ... had to gun down Bin Laden, seeing that sat on the last administrations desk for how long (?).

      August 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  15. ClaudeRaines

    I simply do not understand why the Republicans would complain about O'Bama taking a week or two vacation, while both houses are on a five week vacation. If memory serves me right, George Dubya Bush was on vacation more than he was on the hob. The GOP are nothing but hypocrits, which seems to be a euphemism for Republicans.

    August 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  16. sargeanton

    B.O. Makes W. look like Einstein more and more. As for all the Palin bashing - what do you expect from people whose only political education comes from SNL or MSNBC?

    August 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  17. chechi

    Everybody needs a vacation to rest, think, cool heads, re-focus and re-charge batteries. The energy used to critize the president could be put to a better cause. Dito for Congress and House members. How come no body complaints because they are also on vacation ? They were elected to serve the American People and get paid same as the president does. They also need to rest and come back with clear minds to do the job they were elected to do.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Elenaaaa

      It defintely is good to take a break from it all. Everyone takes a break from work and school so he should be able to also.

      August 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  18. iamaliar

    Don't be a jokster. Obama is not balancing anything except how to illegally getvoted back for another 4 years. It would be laughable as the joker he is if it didn't hurt so bad. The worst thing ever to crawl out of a sewer to become a President.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Michael must not be a millionaire or billionaire because they aren't complaining, therefore Michael must be part of the minority that will never be allowed to wine and dine like the richest on their luxury liners, million dollar estates around the world and still have American dollars tucked away in some foreign country. I ain't mad at them, so Michael you're not in that minority alone, I'm also in it.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  20. root and branch

    Mr. Obama is an absolute fraud. He was a marginal student at Harvard. He is cunning but not intelligent. And he have America. And Claudia in Houston can go to hell.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • jean2009

      Facts would dispute you....President of the Harvard Law Review and he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude.... which would indicate he was no academic lightweight .

      August 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Ron

      What's a fraud is YOU trying to distort his record. So happy people already know the facts or can easily find the truth in this mad world of technology. Bottom line, you're going to have to step up your game if you want anyone to take you seriously.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  21. Angy

    I'm just wondering if the Obama HATERS were making the same postings when that LYING, CHEATING bush loser was in the WH. probably NOT.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      No....they were praising him for the their tax breaks, their war profiteering gravy, and the corporate welfare.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Your president gave $300,000,000 to Johnson Controls, a multi billion international corporation to create 320 jobs. That is $ 937,500 per job! They are laughing all the way to the bank.

        August 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Jay It will be worth every penny of the investment into research (which is not pay per employee) to have the technology for global leadership in advanced batteries ....and to have them made in the USA. FYI The grant was awarded by the Department of Energy.

        There you go with your death wish for American industry again.

        August 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • mary43

      I find it interesting that you capitalize Obamas name but not Bush. Ignorant person that you are!!

      August 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Batuhan

      I agree this type of comment sulhod be challenged in public, particularly in a (presumed) group of white people. How would a white suburban woman have any inkling of what Black America will do in response to the election? This obviously, ill informed, racist individual (and others like her) is reacting out of irrational fear. I might have asked her, How do you know what Blacks will do? Where is your information coming from? I would challenge you to think about the message you are sending to your kids about people who are different than they are. What is it that you are afraid of? The hope brought about by this election doesn't mask the embedded racism in our culture. As parents who want to raise healthy, anti racist children ( and who want to protect our children from the pain of racism, homophobism, etc.) we have a responsibility to be vocal and active in confronting and dismantling the racism in our communities.

      July 31, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • Callista

      that parents sholud disown relatives who express bigoted attitudes, but sometimes relatives surprise you with the occasional outburst of ignorance especially in a campaign season when Prop 8 is making daily headlines and one party is accusing the other of being a Muslim (implying that all Muslims are bad). How have others dealt with these situations among family members?

      August 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  22. TeaParty Mike

    Obama better have fun while he can.
    His base is still howling about his compromise with Republicans on the debt ceiling bill. Pelosi was heckeled and called a sellout for voting for the bill. She tried to defend her vote by saying at least she saved Medicare and Social Security from being touched. The Black Caucus is angry with Obama for compormising with Republicans and is declaring war on the Tea Party and any futher compromising.
    But Obama is planning to release a deficit reduction plan with more spending cuts and modifications to Medicare and Social Security. He said on his bus tour Democrats need to support some changes to Medicare and Social Security. Both more spending cuts and modifications to Medicare and Social Security will be viewed by the left as more compromise with Republicans and the Tea Party.
    Obama is calling for Republicans to put party first and support the plans he will be releasing. But it sounds to me like he is not going to get any more Democrat votes for bills that the left will look at as a compromise with Republicans. No more spending cuts and for sure no modifications to Medicare and Social Security will be the line in the sand from Democrats in the House and Senate. How is Obama going to be able to continue to preach with a straight face to Republicans to compromise when his own party is not going to support his own deficit reduction plan.
    And if his jobs plan is going to be stimulus two, it will not be supported by a majority of voters any more than polls still show stimulus one was. Polls show a majority of voters did not when it was passed and still do not support it or believe it delivered as promised. If Obama's jobs plan is a repeat of stimulus one, Repubicans will not support it and a majority of voters will thank them for it.
    So by all means Obama should have fun for a few days, it is going to get ugly real quick for him.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  23. GozieBoy

    CNN to Obama: We love you – kissy kissy!

    August 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  24. TEAPARTY Mike

    Can't wait until Obama takes a long vacation after he is defeated in the 2012 election. That will be like a vacation to the rest of American also.

    August 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  25. TEAPARTY Mike

    Obama better have fun while he can.
    His base is still howling about his compromise with Republicans on the debt ceiling bill. Pelosi was heckled and called a sellout for voting for the bill. She tried to defend her vote by saying at least she saved Medicare and Social Security from being touched. The Black Caucus is angry with Obama for compromising with Republicans and is declaring war on the Tea Party and any further compromising.
    But Obama is planning to release a deficit reduction plan with more spending cuts and modifications to Medicare and Social Security. He said on his bus tour Democrats need to support some changes to Medicare and Social Security. Both more spending cuts and modifications to Medicare and Social Security will be viewed by the left as more compromise with Republicans and the Tea Party.
    Obama is calling for Republicans to put COUNTRY first and support the plans he will be releasing. But it sounds to me like he is not going to get any more Democrat votes for bills that the left will look at as a compromise with Republicans. No more spending cuts and for sure no modifications to Medicare and Social Security will be the line in the sand from Democrats in the House and Senate. How is Obama going to be able to continue to preach with a straight face to Republicans to compromise when his own party is not going to support his own deficit reduction plan.
    And if his jobs plan is going to be stimulus two, it will not be supported by a majority of voters any more than polls still show stimulus one was. Polls show a majority of voters did not when it was passed and still do not support it or believe it delivered as promised. If Obama's jobs plan is a repeat of stimulus one, Republicans will not support it and a majority of voters will thank them for it.
    So by all means Obama should have fun for a few days, it is going to get ugly real quick for him.

    August 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  26. enough of obama

    as the welfare prez is on vacation, millions of Americans have lost their retirements and their savings and oh obama goes on vacation, obama has killed the American dream, obama has destroyed the economy, so its time that all Americans sight their targets on obama as he set his sites on destroying America and in 2012 we make him the target of our pain and we run him out of office and all the way back to kenya. Time for obama the welfare prez to FEEL THE PAIN of all REAL Americans.

    August 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Ron

      REAL Americans think you're not very smart.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • california girl

      The recession, bad economy, high unemployment the United States is now experiencing, are ALL the products and
      END RESULTS of the huge mess started, created and maintained during the last eight years, left behind by the then Republican supposed-to-be leader of America. No matter who is in the oval office, it won't be easy to fix eight years of huge destruction.

      August 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  27. enough of obama

    hey opbama you going to change the way of the law for the OWI that one of your handlers got

    August 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  28. Keisha

    I don't think anyone posted here understand that the economy problem is a global crisis. It is not an AMERICAIN thing! If all of you believe that WE ARE the greatest country in the world WE should act like it. Remember before the republicans took control of the house thing were getting better. How do you expect the economy to grow with all these cuts. It true we must pay down our debt, but that doesn't mean we need to stop living. Let me give you an exemple. When you purchase a house you don't just stop everything just pay down the mortgage. Instead, you furnish your home, go out, you still living while you paying your debt. That's what WE need to do. We cannot just cutting without spending. They work together. It time for us to realize that cutting taxes DO NOT CREATE JOBS. If it were true everyone would have been employed in America. No taxes have raised where are the jobs. It is time to stop all the bickering and take a good look at the republicains. I am not a democrat or a republican but facts are facts. What the republicans are selling ISN'T GOOD for American.

    August 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  29. jean2009

    Think you may be wrong about that.

    http://news.yahoo.com/house-eyes-action-trade-bills-setback-152314811.html

    August 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  30. marty

    President Obama and real Americans pledge allegiance to the United States of America, the Republicans pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist. That's the big difference... in attitude, judgement and willingness to work for the people.

    August 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • lisakauai

      As an American citizen who has voted Democrat for 30 years, I find myself ready to vote GOP for the first time in my life. With that said, I take offense at your comment. I have and always will Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America... classifying people into categories is unintelligent.

      August 21, 2011 at 6:05 am |
    • Ron

      What's really sad is that poor, white Americans vote republican because they had been led to believe it's a black/white thing. I'm talking people on welfare or barely getting by job-to-job, paycheck-to-paycheck. Republicans LOVE them because they are mostly uneducated (don't hate the messenger) and are willing to work for minimum wage in order to compete with china's labor rates. All BS of course, but their politicians won't tell them that. We are earning less than we did in the 50's while the top % are raiding the coffers with the help of republicans. I hope these poor guys wake up.

      August 21, 2011 at 9:01 am |
      • Lili

        The majority of folks on welfare in our country are corporations and white folks on welfare...yep they're the majority who are sucking the system but almost always a black or pbrown face is portrayed. Enough already.....

        August 22, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • James

      Now that's TREASON!

      August 21, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  31. J.V.Hodgson

    You can sum up the whole problem of the American political system in one sentence.
    " A complete and total lack of common decency and civility!"
    Where lies are commonplace, truth is a rare commodity, in pursuance of freedom of speech I would remind all Americans of a great French Philosphers words " I may disagree with everything you say but will defend until death your right to say it" The important part of that is that he is prepared to debate your right to what you say with anyone.
    Our congress has lost the ability to debate but my god has it used the filibuster... = no debate to excess. They constantly just talk AT each other rather than TO each other, Both sides!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 21, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  32. lisakauai

    He can vacation all he wants. What I would like to see though, is... when he returns, heads start to roll over the "Fast and Furious" Scandal. Can't seem to find any info on it on the CNN website... it is absolutely criminal that promotions were given to the men who botched the operation!

    August 21, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  33. Clyde

    Obama is an elitist puke who enjoys his vacation on MV while the rest of America suffers. What a worthless piece of garbage.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • Lili

      Clyde, please stop the HATING!!!!!!!!

      Obama /Biden 2012

      August 22, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • joe

        For A better America No more Obama and Bidin adter2012

        August 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  34. mtta

    Obama had democratic majority both in the Congress and Senate for two years when he moved into the White House. He could have passed any legislation to tackle national debt and unemployment. But he didn't do anything to check his spending or create jobs. Now suddenly he claims that creating jobs is his priority. He'd better tell the country and the Congress how he is going to finance whatever plan he cooks up to solve the country's problems. He cannot keep on appeasing voters with Chinese money, while pushing the country more into unsustainable debt. He has a habit of proposing plans the country has no money to pay for and then turns around and makes the opposition look bad when they don't go along with his game. He plays this unproductive game over and over since he got the job, exacerbating the partisan divide while solving none of the problems of America.

    August 21, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  35. Ron

    There are no lies in congress. They are all stricken from the record!

    August 21, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Ron, congress is immune from being charged with slander. Who exactly do you think is in charge of lie patrol in congress?

      August 21, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  36. angus001

    This is part of Obama's white folks tour. Check out the pic on the article.

    August 21, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • joe

      You mean Buckwheat Obama's SCREW AMERICA TOUR

      August 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  37. angus001

    i.e., I'm white like you tour continues.

    August 21, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  38. Satellite L15-S104 Battery

    I guess I'm not a fair-minded person because I don't think he needs another vacation right now. Obama

    August 21, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  39. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Root and Branch: Oh, touchy, touchy, I must have really stepped on you without using any foul language. I hope you're having a wonderful and blessed day. Bye, bye now.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  40. california girl

    Nice to see our president taking a break (with the kids). Let me assure you though...it's never a 100% vacation for the president...definitely...work goes with him everywhere/everytime. However, just like any family man, Mr. President needs to be able to spend some quality time with his own family. Obama 2012.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Elenaaaa

      I agree with California Girl. President Obama deserves to take a break from the issues he is dealing with in our country. Obama 2012!

      August 24, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  41. lainey

    He is a great vacationer-in-chief....but his idea of mixing business with pleasure would be learning how to drive a golf cart and playing a round of golf... that's a real challenge !!

    August 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  42. James

    I see the Village Idiot is still in the Village–

    August 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  43. Gary Christopherson

    Mr. President and Congressional Leaders and Members,

    While you fiddle away on your escape from your responsibility to America, people are in trouble and our future is endangered. Mr. President, call Congress into emergency session now. Congress return to Washington now. Fix the American economy, protect our most vulnerable and build a thriving American future.

    Gary Christopherson, http://www.ThrivingFuture.org

    August 22, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  44. eunice a

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 THEY GOT MY VOTE -- I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ONE OF THOSE STUPID REPUBLICANS - THEY DONOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OR THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IF THEY DID THEY WOULD STOP BLOCKING EVERYTHING GOOD THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DO -– OH AND BY THE WAY I WANT TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT MY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS THAT I PAID INTO AFTER RETIREMENT IN 2 YEARS... I DON'T WANT THOSE DAMN REPUBLICANS TAKEN IT AWAY FROM ME -- AND AMERICAN'S KNOWS THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. BE FOOLS IF YOU WANT TO AND YOU WILL BE TAKING CARE OF THE GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER

    August 22, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  45. joe

    Obama is all about smoke ans mirrors

    August 22, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  46. joe

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

    August 22, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  47. Jerry

    CNN, are you kidding me!? This clueless president can only handle one issue at a time. And, in this and every other case IT"S FUN and not the ECONOMY. CNN (Dan Lothian, of course) isn't it about time you folks stopped "coddling" this hypocrite of a president?

    August 22, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  48. MAX

    Thank you Mr. Norquist for getting us in this mess, and the sheep that followed you. Thank you!

    August 22, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  49. joe

    Obama would like to do away with our constitution

    August 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • nagrom

      Hey Joe I think you have Obama confused with Perry Bachmann and Palin don't you? Seems to me that they are the ones telling how they are going to change the constitution and file new amendments to amend the constitution.

      August 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • joe

        You forget who Obama's Puppermaster is George Soroes

        August 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Which, like it or not, is the intended way to amend the constitution, not the undermining of it through the courts (liberally OR conservatively). At least with them PROPOSING changes, we have the right to have our voices heard, not by some circut court judge's opinion.

        August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • joe

        Rebublicans are not for doing away with the second ammendment l.ike Obama is
        Remember once the second ammedment is taken away there is nothing stopping then from removing all the others

        August 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        Yeah like amending the constitution....the 27th amendment took 202 years to be ratified.

        August 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  50. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    How is NOBAMA putting Americans to work when he had is bus built in CANADA at the cost of 1.1 MILLION dollars on the backs of the American people NOBAMA is SERIOUSLY detached from the American people while he is in the sun having fun there are 48 MILLION Ameicans lining up to collect food stamps and lining up at food panttries and thousands of Americans lining up for hundreds of jobs . It just doesn't look good the timing of this vacation is HORRIBLE his advisors are letting him down and leading him to slaughter.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • jean2009

      Government contracts for procurement normally go to the low bidder that conforms with the specification and is considered reliable to do the job.

      "Invitations for Bids (IFBs) usually include a copy of the specifications for the particular proposed purchase, instructions for preparation of bids, and the conditions of purchase, delivery and payment schedule. The IFB also designates the date and time of bid opening. Each sealed bid is opened in public at the purchasing office at the time designated in the invitation. Facts about each bid are read aloud and recorded. A contract is then awarded to the low bidder whose bid conforms with all requirements of the invitation and will be advantageous to the government in terms of price, and price-related factors included in the invitation."

      I doubt the President saw the contract or the bid...this was a purchase made by the Secret Service last July...and since the buses were purchased to protect both candidates I imagine they looked at what was the best price and equipment for them to do their job.

      August 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And just like we want CEOs to be held responsible for the actions of their underlings, regardless of how much "separation" there is, so should the President be responsible for the actions taken by gov't workers. And where is the outrage by the unions?!! Why aren't they up in arms about this president's administration sending union work over the border? Funny how loud that silence is.

        August 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  51. joe

    Obama = worst disaster in america since 9/11

    August 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      Hey he got bin Laden.
      Passed health care reform.
      Looks like he will be at the helm when they get Quaddafi
      Passed the Lilly Ledbetter act.
      Signed stem cell research
      DADT repealed

      August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  52. joe

    Obama would love our economy to blow abart (he's working hard to make that happen) than he can TRY to institute a eurpean style system
    Obam is backdooring the Constitution Now

    August 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ joe For your historical reminder.

      2.6 million jobs lost in 2008 (who was president?)
      Stock market crashed in 2007-2008 (who was president?)
      TARP signed Oct. 3, 2008 by President Bush
      Auto-bailout legislation signed Dec. 9, 2008 President Bush
      Gasoline all time national high June 2008 – $4.11 per gallon
      3 Million homes foreclosed in 2008 (who was president?)
      26 banks failed in 2008 (who was president?)
      Lehman Brothers /Merrill Lynch/Bear Stearns failed in 2008
      authorized torture and rendition of prisoners to countries that used torture....George Bush was president

      For a full listing of Bush failures see:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-boyce-and-paul-abrams/george-bush-a-failed-pres_b_124765.htm

      August 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  53. joe

    the only thing obama can Balance is a ball on his nose

    August 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      Not according to Forbes.com

      http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/19/obama-bush-spending-oped-cx_kh_0119hassett.html

      August 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  54. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey Joe, you quiet now, huh? Jean, he can't fix his mouth to admit who the President was during all of that! None of these clowns can. They've been trying to close their eyes on those 'FACTS' ever since OBAMA took office. They just wish we'd all forget about that 'ERROR' and focus all the negativity, accusations, and maligning responses against PRESIDENT OBAMA, while they sit up and act just like nothing EVER happened! They're simply a pathetic bunch of GOP/teapartying trolls, PERIOD! It's just pitiful.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Pete

      Obama can't really take credit for
      bin lauden the op was in place Obama just happened to be at the right time right place

      Obama is a fake an CNN does it best to make him look good with all its liberal lowlife proaganda
      Obama has to act like he has control but he really does not.
      Obama is the Puppet of George Sores... who would love to see this country crash

      August 24, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Pete

      Obama will destroy all that we accomlished in iraq and Afganistan by pulling our troops out just so he can get votes
      90 % of our regular military (not reservist weekend warriors0 want to stay the course and have victory and democracy in those places

      August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Pete

      Liz
      don't pick on Joe He's done more forthis country that anyone on this board and then some amd most of what he done wil never be spoken about
      liz you can't mock him until you lived in his shoes
      My hats off to joe and all like him in the Military

      August 24, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  55. joe

    Thanks you Pete
    working on a proposal this morning no time to hear these Liberals praise the snake oil salesman
    this guy speaks transparency but he's all about back door dealings

    August 24, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  56. Pete

    Obama;s vacations are a security nightmare
    Bsh stayed on his ranch and security was fixed and had a normal cost
    Obama likes to play the big shot on someone elses money
    sort of like you lowlife liberals collecting off the goverment
    God forbid we have to have this moron Obama in office four more years the guys a disgrace and a total joke
    the worlf is laughing at us since we have Bozo the clown for president

    August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  57. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Pete, I'm not mocking Joe...LOL! I was just waiting for his answer to Jeans' post of Aug 22, 2011 6:40pm ET. He has so much Obama 'snakeoil poison' to spew! BTW, when I first encountered him on this blog, I thanked him for his service; but I don't agree with his generic cock & bull stories in the name of 'opinions', and I see no substantial basis of reasoning, not coming from him, that I'd even need to waste time pondering his obviously beligerent, personal hate of the PRESIDENT! That's it in a nutshell!

    August 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  58. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I thanked him, but I also began to wonder if he was being honest. People can say whatever they want on the blog! His 'military' behavior, like only a few others on here started to look suspicious to me and I told him so. My hats off to any MAN or woman who signs up to 'defend' this country! I've NOT lived in his shoes, but I live in the aftermath, with the side effects of a war torn veteran. My husband's a disabled USMC veteran of the Vietnam War. I'm from a long line of veterans, father WW2, uncles..cousi

    August 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  59. Liz Carter in Georgia

    So Pete, your attempt to reprimand me when it comes to my pride, love, honor, respect, and admiration for ANY United States Military Person, still in active duty, discharged or retired is ambiguous and demeaning to my character. I resent the implication...THAT'S NOT ME! Question: Have you walked in a soldier or a marines shoes? Myself? I, like the Clintons, the OBAMAS and others who passed through the WHITEHOUSE went to school instead, but I AM a retired FEDERAL worker (civil service) of 32 years! OK?

    August 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  60. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Mary43, I find it interesting that many of you folk can still refer to BUSH as 'President' Bush, but the True President is refered to by all sorts of names Barry, NOBAMA, Bozo Obama, odummy, odumbass, snakeoil salesmen, just to name a few! When you all cry and whine about him, I notice you never make the mistake and say Pres Obama, not even Mr Obama! It's one of many demeaning names, or just OBAMA! BTW, many haters on here write his name in small print, so don't even try to cry! Even the media says OBAMA!

    August 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  61. Liz Carter in Georgia

    How is that Joe? Better yet I wonder WHY is that....maybe it's because...Well you've seen what happens when he tries to come to the 'front door'! You clowns crack it just a little bit to peek out, and then you slam it 'in his face' and scream NO! Being above board and transparent has become a no-no and out of the question for THIS President! It's still going to be a helluva job for him, but he may have to come through the back door like the LAST one and the 42 before him did to get something done! He tried!

    August 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  62. tmy

    Obama is doing a pretty good job considering the right wing nutjobs are trying to cause him to fail in every way possible. Trying to cause the president to fail isn't going to get me to vote for these losers. I'm voting for Obama no matter how bad the country is doing and I'm sure there are millions that feel this way.. Even the CEOs of large corporations are running from these idiots!! and I don't blame them.. They have a disease called conservative nutjobs.. LOL

    not sorry about that,

    August 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  63. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @tmy; nuttin' but the truth! I agree 100%.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
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