Obama takes digs at Perry, GOP debate audiences
September 26th, 2011
08:13 AM ET

Obama takes digs at Perry, GOP debate audiences

In the latest sign the race for the White House is well under way, President Obama took direct aim at Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sunday night as well as some of the now-infamous crowd reactions at recent Republican presidential debates.

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?” Obama told supporters at a private fundraiser hosted in Woodside, California Sunday night, where tickets cost as much as $35,800 per person.

“You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama continued, in a clear reference to Perry. "It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized reactions from some crowd members at recent GOP debates, who at separate times were heard expressing support for the notion a dying individual without healthcare should not receive free care and booing a gay soldier who asked about the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

"That's not reflective of who we are," the president also said. "This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election."

The event was hosted by John Thompson, chairman of computer software company Symantec and once considered to be a top choice for Commerce Secretary. Obama played up the corporate theme during his remarks:

"I'm back to report to you, my stockholders," he said, adding later, "We have to remind ourselves is the reason we're successful is because somebody made an investment in us. We didn't do all of this on our own.”

Later in the evening, the president attended a separate private fundraising event hosted by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Pop star Lady Gaga was in attendance at that event and pressed the president over efforts to stop bullying in schools.  The president began the fundraising blitz in Seattle earlier Sunday, where he attended an intimate brunch and later a bigger event featuring former NBA star Bill Russell.

The president has three additional fundraisers Monday, including a private event in Los Angeles co-hosted by John Emerson of Capitol Group, top Hollywood political advisor Andy Spahn, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Tennis Channel's Ken Solomon.

Obama’s entire West-Coast swing is expected to net his campaign and the Democratic National Committee at least $8 million.

– CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Lesa Jansen contributed to this report


Topics: President Obama

soundoff (562 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Hey Obama...FU!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • steve

      now thats adult or are you in kindergarten

      September 26, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Balls McGhee

      that's real mature. i guess you were also at these GOP rallies?

      September 26, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Dannon

      wow... intelligent. I suppose you were the one booing our troops and cheering dead uninsured?

      September 26, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Steveintexas

      Good response. Very constructive and positive. Brings a lot to the debate. Thanks for coming.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Barnacle Bill

      What an articulate statement, Dean.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • RobertOKUSA

      Dean: Your obscene comment reeks of "Tea Party"...the lowest form of American there is.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • david mann

      Typical redneck, backwoods, "slept-with-my-sister" n "married-my-cousin" high-schooler remark after a brew or 12. Grow up deano. A black man is in the White House. Deal with it .

      September 26, 2011 at 9:51 am |
      • v8440

        Actually, a half black half white raised-by-white-folks man is in the white house. If you're gonna talk about his race, at least get it right. I agree though, it was a dumbass comment.

        September 26, 2011 at 9:56 am |
      • shades

        you deal with this, Obama is campaigning when he should be fixing the economy. You voted for a loser dude, its over, stop the chirade. and CNN, wheres the Solyndra story, I couldnt seem to find it on your website....

        September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • Dave

        Say it the way it is, stupid ignorant racist foolish left wing radical black man in the white house, god only knows it couldnt have anything to do with his policies. i must realy be racist then, ive never voted for a white dem either

        September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • Mark of Tennessee

        You forgot the Meth he's producing in his single wide trailer..

        September 26, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • Edwin

        shades: the system requires Obama to campaign now. The public has a very short memory, and if the GOP is campaigning, the democrats need to also - otherwise the public forgets they exist.

        Even if he weren't campaigning, though, there is a limit to what he can do about the economy. He presented options to Congress to vote on, but he can't force them to vote. A stronger, more vicious president might be able to, like Johnson, but Obama is no Johnson and the GOP is pretty well determined to block anything Obama does.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • Chucko

        Yeah – deal with all this "hope" and "change" we've been on the receiving end of for the last 3 years. Oh wait . . . .

        September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • epicism

        shades, your argument speaks to ignorance of how our county works. We have a little thing called Separation of Powers, which means that Obama can't do much of anything to fix matters of economy. That job lies with congress.

        Balk at their schedule, which has them doing less work than any congress before them, but Obama's campaign activities have NO BEARING WHATSOEVER on our present issues. We can thank a congress that hasn't been this partisan in generations for that.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • bdgfn

        What's the matter, shades, the story wasn't on the front page, so you couldn't find it? Obama has done more to help this nation's economy than any Republican. Were you complaining about Bush taking vacations while the nation was at war? Or while the economy was nose-diving into the toilet due to his own inefficiencies? Don't bother answering, we all know you didn't.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • LARRY RUBIN

        LOL......GOOD COMMENT ...FUNNY AND TRUE....

        September 26, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • GrampZ

        In response to Edwin: Good reference to Johnson. He's the one who put Social Security in the situation it's now in (robbed the trust fund to pay for the Vietnam War). What this country needs is a lieader and some trusting followers who have enough brain power to recognize when they're getting screwed. Who am I? Just a twice retired veteran and small business owner.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • Hillary

        #1 Hey, obama! there IS NO MAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE OR GLOBAL WARMING!!!!! read the findings of Steven McIntyre. Stop spreading LIES that benefit you financially. look up the connections between Obama and CCX and the Joyce Foundation.

        #2 The debates are supposed to be rigorous! they are supposed to force the candidates to refine their platforms and explain questionable actions or viewpoints. You know,,,,,that transparancy thing.

        #3 Obama's idea of American is no where near the constitutional republic our fore fathers intended. He would like to deconstruct and reform into a One World goverment beholden to foreign policy and the UN. NO THANKS!!!!!!

        # Black president, white president, brown president, whatever......if your are hell bent on destroying our economy, our health care system, our culture, our defense system, and you are the chief conveyor of lies such are Climate Change, then you need to go, no matter what color you are!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • Rob W

        The methods by which the Obama administration has fixed the economy are a lot more sound than those used by investment banks like the one I was employed by between 2007 and 2009. Specifically, that was to inflate the prices of Credit Default Swaps (CDS, AKA groups of variable-rate "toxic" mortgages) while the Bush administration ignored the vulnerability this exposed the banks to. It follows that OPEC raised oil and gas prices to exacerbate foreclosure rates as poor people couldn't pay back on their notes. On the other hand, rather than create a bubble economy, this administration has addressed systematic weaknesses and improved the country's overall vitality through investment in forward-thinking technology and infrastructure ("stimulus"). Ford and GM were brought from the brink. To some chagrin the investment banks that brought us past the brink were also life rafted. So clearly most of the job was reparative because of the injury that a widely-considered Pyrrhic victory in Operation Enduring Freedom did to our country in terms of ~2 trillion of national debt increases and a bursting bubble of wall street abuse did. Though there's plenty rationale to conducting the GWOT that may absolve it from being well described a Pyrrhic victory, the vulnerability to the housing market was opened up through laissez-faire attitudes towards Wall street and the Affordable Housing Act legislation. OPEC drove the scimitar in. Thanks GWB. Perry's of the same line of thought...

        September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • texasMother

        And we have the WORST housing and unemployment since depression.. MUCH worse than Bush times (or any other time) but Obama is perfect? He is the WORST Pres. ever.. beats Carter bar none.

        Oh.. and what is he doing with over the counter inhalers now? Bad for the environment?? but but but.. what about poor asthmatic people (and middle class asthmatic people) being able to breath? They won't be able to afford the gov. mandated breathers unless (wait for it) THE PEOPLE PAY FOR THEM in a program.. this OBAMA man needs to GO!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • REal American

        @Shades , David mann just described you to a tee, yea it's all Obama's fault, uh huh, Like your political terrorists party denies all job creations he wants to do, do the world a favor and move to a communist country

        September 26, 2011 at 10:30 am |
      • Brad5013

        Will somebody please teach Shades how to web search?! Then he can find the Solyndra story, along with DOZENS of similar stories from the other side of the aisle. Can you say Watergate . . . Iran Contra Scandal . . . Jack Abramhoff . . . Mark Foley . . . Larry Craig. . . Ted Haggard . . . New Gingrich . . .?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:31 am |
      • sheperd12

        Yes, he must campaign if he wishes to get re-elected. The Solyndra story was all over CNN and other news sites for along time. Other issues of more importance have pushed it aside. I am not fond of a lot of what Pres Obama has done, but I will still respect the president of my country. As I did GW Bush when he screwed up. As I did Clinton when HE screwed up.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:31 am |
      • bill

        SHADES – this is an election year, and the president is quite capable of campaining and running the government.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:35 am |
      • yeahalright

        Hey Shades, you're a liar...but then again you already knew that didn't you. See that search bar up at the top of the screen? Type in Solyndra that you supposedly looked all over the website for, and voila, 18 stories result. Don't let reality get in the way of your pathetic librul medya zombie rote soundbite. Liar.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • taboo

        All those people that you mentioned who mainly are tea baggers and GOP will never be able to deal with it.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • Jason

        The Solyndra story was on CNN. It just hasn't been running 24/7 for 6 weeks straight like it has on Fox News because FNC has an obvious political agenda to beat the story into the ground. Besides, when has the bankruptcy of one minor company been newsworthy for months at a time?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • WoI Admin

        Exactly what do you think Obama can do to fix the economy shades?

        Congress has most of the power, and they're full of idiot tea partiers who have no interest in helping the economy.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • Big George in Big D

        Hey, DUDE! you obviously don't know what in hell you're referring to. If you voted for the loser in office, that's your problem – I'm tired of it being mine!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
      • A. Goodwin

        Every single recent US President starts campaigning now. Actually BEFORE now. So get off your high horses a s s h o l e s.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Eric in RTP

        @Big George in Big D

        You're the only one making it your problem.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Dominic

        OBAMA 2012!

        I'm never voting for any of the GOP clowns in the race this time.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Jeff

        @ SHADES: Don't blame PRESIDENT Obama for your inability to get a job because you're a bitter, disrespectful, unintelligent and unskilled moron.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Tom

        @shades. When Obama campaigns once you say why are you campaigning when you should be working. When the magnificent 8 are out there week after week with their dog and pony show "debating" (including 2 active legislators} you cheer.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Andrew

        Shades- system is written so that congress prepares all bills. The president may not submit a bill for a vote. It must be brought forth by a member of congress.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        "CNN, wheres the Solyndra story, I couldnt seem to find it on your website...."
        Maybe you needed to look when the story actually broke a couple of weeks back, it was here then.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • iamthefredman

        He is HALF white although you would never know it from the denials and speeches he has made over the past 3 years. You would think he would play up his white half to get white votes since the population is about 70% white.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Darcy

        Obama can't fix the economy if the lame brained baggers keep saying NO to everything and then not bothering to show up. I honestly don't know what's wrong with you people; your Republicant leaders are stonewalling the economy because they don't want the President to succeed, and none of you have the guts to stand up and say it's wrong simply because you don't like Obama. This country looks like a loser to the rest of the world.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Jeff S

        @Big George...you obviously do not know how our government works or how we choose our leaders. Here's a hint...we all do not get individual leaders.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • thinkforurself

        Solyndra? type it into the search box right above this story on the very page you are on and TWENTY THREE articles appear. Sorry Rush wasnt available to give you idiots direction and tell you what to think so I hopped in and saved the day.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • curioos

        Why so much emphasis on 1/2 the mans color? What about the other half?

        September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
      • Vesstair

        Shades- FTA, his fundraising binge is going from Sunday night to Monday night. 24 hours. Maybe 36 with travel time. It's been what, a month or more since his weekend bus tour?

        Wow, he's campaigning for a day and a half every month. How dare he waste so much time. He should be more like the Republican house- for every 2 weeks of work, 1 week off!

        Keep in mind, it isn't that he hasn't been trying to get stuff done... it's that the only thing your ideologue Tea Party "real people" champions will accept from him without change is his resignation.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • Derek

        Why are you making this about race, David? For that matter, why does every Obama supporter play the race card when defending the Celebrity in Chief? Can't folks dislike him simply because he is ineffectual and has horrible policies?

        September 26, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • elLoco

        hey shades, and about Perry..he is campaigning too, and Bachman ? shouldn't they be doing their jobs too? You are dummer than you think. But then again, is questionable if you actually think.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • lauradet

        Ha, Ha, Ha, I love it! You are right on point!

        September 26, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • car1944

        To david mann...Those posting here this morning with their continued illusions that our President is a loser, or is in over his head and the many other negative labels and comments simply cannot/will not deal with their main hang-up. THe latest coming out of hicks-ville is that President OBama is pitting the classes aganist each other. Thats like earlier, them saying that President Obama is the cause of the racial divide??? You have to wonder how these people get through the day, with their rhetoric and vitriol constant. Since Barak H. Obama's election, you would think the Tea Party crowd along with their high-jacked political party created and handed out a manual with all the talking points on how to get rid of this Black man in THEIR White House. All the B/S sounds the same, No it's not about his race-B/S. In fact when it fits their agenda, some will say he's not Black, he's mixed? Does that make it sit better on your tongues?
        This is about and has been about destroying this presedency at the expense of our country as a whole because there are people in this nation of ours who is and always will be racist. That stems from our national history and is not some rant by this commentator.
        Oh, by the way, there are good and decent Americans in our country White, Black, Hispanic and Asian, who will re-elect this President despite the hatred and bigotry.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • Jane

        Right on david mann! Look at all these Tear Partiers going crazy after your remark. You hit a chord!

        September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • Civility2012

        How much time has Perry spent on the road compaigning while his state has been burning? Fifteen hundred plus homes destroyed, milliions of acres burned and where is he? Where's the outrage, GOP?

        September 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • eg48

        amen.... the inbreds can,t stand it. They need somebody ANYBODY.....Reminds me of the Jack Johnson story

        September 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
      • MTATL67

        TO SHADES – Why don't we hear the fare right extremist calling for Bachmann and Paul should to be in Washington doing their job in Congress and with $27B in debt why aren't you calling for Perry to back in Texas doing his job. Just fare right extremist hypocrisy and rhetoric.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • steven harnack

        @shades, unlike republicans the President is capable of doing more than one thing at a time. Come to think of it, the Republicans seem to be having a lot of trouble trying to do ONE thing. He did his work, he gave them a jobs bill blueprint and what did the Republican Congress do? They immediately took a week off!

        September 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        shades: like it or not campaigning is part of the job, he will stop when he wins next year

        September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • drew

        Hey, Shades exactly how many fix the economy bills has the Congress put out there? Jobs bill? Any kind of bill that isn't centered around cutting programs? That's right 0, nada, zilch! Obama put a plan, recently, out for consideration, where is the do nothing obstructional Congress? On vacation..get your facts straight before you open you mouth!!

        September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Drew...maybe you need to check YOUR facts or shut your own pie hole. Republicans put forth multiple economic (jobs) bills in the first 5 months they were in. It was Reid threatening not to let them see the Senate floor, and/or Obama vowing to veto. Like it or not, Republicans were voted in to start to clean up 4 years of a do nothing DEM House and are the ones being "obstructed" by the Senate and WH.

        Get off Hotair Huffington Post for enough time to see the real world for more than spreading these liberal lies.

        September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ shades you need to read "George W. Bush and the permanent campaign trail" by Emily Jane Charnock it is online.
        @ C-Lo the problem started in the House of Representative during the 12 years the house was ruled by Gingrich and Hastert 1995-2007. I didn't see much getting done then; other than a bunch of hypocrites trying a public lynching a sitting president (I mean trying to impeach). There is a total deference between proposing a jobs bill that will actually help the people who are need jobs; and proposing a jobs bill that only helps billionaires and screws people who need a job. Big difference!

        September 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • Mikhail

        Doesn't matter if its a black man in the white house; the fact is that Obama has done very little.I'm a black man who supported Obama and I am willing to admit that his first term in office has been an extreme disappointment. He lacks any kind of 'back-bone' and is simply not self-assured or confident when it comes to his policies. Obama has had his chance; there has been no change and would never be from him because the direction he has lead is totally contrary to fundamental American values, values that have allowed America to be the greatest nation on earth.

        September 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
      • Ray Ward

        Yep! He's probly got im a gun in his truck, and is set to do some sqaurel huntin, after he finishes that 12 pack! I kinda picture him minus a few teeth, havin a big ole beer gut, an IQ less than a ferret and on the same welfare he wants the Tea Party to get rid of!

        September 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • NHBOB

      Everytime I read stupid comments like this, I donate $5 to the Obama campaign.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Ace

      Hey Dean...FU too.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • durundal

      yep, its people like you thats the reason this country is being forced through such hard times

      September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • Scott

        I agree. In the end they are just UN-American.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Lindalou

      Just the first thing out of a tea bagging republican's mouth. You put food in that mouth?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • shades

        namecalling is a sign of desperation.

        you might want to recognize what the teaparty is trying to tell you..Washington is broke, in more ways than one.. It should scare you, like you scare me.. This country has no chance of recovery as the likes of you can still vote

        September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • doug

        Namecalling in the political arena is a sign that the people being namecalled aren't worth getting into an argument with.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:42 am |
      • John

        @shades: Our country is broke due to Bush's de-regulation of the financial sector and the billions we are wasting on a war that we should not be involved in. Wall street was allowed to run amuck for years and we are now paying the price. Oh, BTW, guess which party the majority are republicans.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Roger in Florida

        No shades, The Tea Cult will screw you so hard you'd wish Jimmy Carter back

        September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        "shades – namecalling is a sign of desperation."
        And saying FU isnt?

        September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • kman821

      Hey Dean ... you forgot the "N" in FUN!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • runner305

      You sound like a real intelligent redneck...are you??

      September 26, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • Johnnymfnc

        Why is it so acceptibale to through the term "Redneck" around so freely? you Cracker a$$ cracker!!!! rascist SOB!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • VegasRage

      Wow what a thought provoking response. You managed to address all of Obama's points with FU. I think you should apply to be Rick Perry's campaign director, he needs your talent.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Scott

      I guess this is from the party of no...........No more white house for you.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • Mike

      hey Dean, F U and you and the rest of the republican party

      September 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • TXSOONER

      Agreed Dean.. Hey Obama FU!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • cindy

      If this country cannot allow freedom for all, then the Constitution is worthless and our country as we knew it is no more. People have the right to love who they want and the right not to die, just as much as people have a right to own a gun. You can't pick and choose the freedoms of this country or you lose everything it was built upon.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • MarineDad05

      Is that all you have?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • tstorm`

      Spoken like a true anti-American Republican. Why don't you go wait at the airport and "boo" soldiers returning home from Iraq. You people are good at that.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • ArtInChicago

      Crowd cheering in background...

      Obama: FU Back!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • cm

        Kiss Obama A

        September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Brad5013

      Dean, you reveal a lot about yourself with this post. We all pray the doctors find a way to help you . . .

      September 26, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Pete schweddy

      Awww Dean. Yo know you and the rest of the Teatards want to just scream " Why did you elect a ni**er! Racial bigotry is the hallmark of the GOP.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • tpdsdomer

      Witty response!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • ken

      I'll say it nicer..... Hey has-been !!! GAME OVER.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
      • Eric in RTP

        The game has just begun... and guess what we already know you're the loser.. ha ha ha

        September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • VietVet

      He's gonna FU you rednecks,crackers,and hillbillies up, yall knows yall beez scared --less of them thar black people, why hell, ifn they send them thar colored people to texass they won't have any women left, they'll all move north

      September 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • atroy

      I don't believe Obama attended Fairfield University.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • George

      The lowest strata of American society speaks. As much as I loathe the Tea Party candidates and supporters I have to say that it does serve a purpose. If they could weed out the white trash like Dean here and the people who booed the gay and dying uninsured, then I think they can do what no other group has been willing to do for a long time, and that is a peaceful revolution against the government as it is. Not anti-democrat, but anti-government. Armed revolt would be much too bloody and only destroy the nation entirely, but groups like the Tea Party can over time accomplish much.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
      • steven harnack

        Yeah, they can be identified and sterilized. Proud and willful ignorance is a disease.

        September 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • teapartylover

      You are probably one of those who thinks that Bachman statement about bringing gas down to $2 is possible. You have far too much to learn. Fixing the economy doesn't only fall on the president funny friend but also on congress. As far I can tell, he is the only one who looks willing to comprise, deal with it!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • George

      Dean, go back in the living room and finish working on that 78 Ford transmission.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • NoRedumbPlicans

      I think you meant GW...who started this recession. And for those who are criticizing him campaigning now, you are ridiculous. EVERY president does this when they are up for reelection...even your precious GW did it.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • frontgate

      hahaha
      Obama gonna kick some redneckbutt this next election
      you worthless racist.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Ramrod

      Dean, you have a rich vocabulary. Can you spell those words? Or spelling is beyond your "intelligence"?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Dean

        Obviously, grammer is beyond yours.

        September 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • steven harnack

        @dean, what's the problem? Do you only understand Palinese?

        September 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        Dean the self-appointed grammar police.

        September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • iamthefredman

      Buh, Bye ODummer

      September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • sgurdog

        Well at least the GOP and Tea baggers know how to create catchy little names to express their stupidity and hate.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • steven harnack

        I think that you must be confused. This is Earth, a planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. No one by that name exists here so you should return to your own Galaxy. Come back when you can't stay so long!

        September 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • boyamidumb

      You go for it boy. Shout I loud or maybe take out a billboard "I'm dumb and I'm Proud."

      Good to know that ignorance and stupidity are still alive and well in America.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Jaybird

      Poor ole Dean is showing his typical Republican ignorance. What a joke that Republican party has become.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Damian

      Real mature A W !

      September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Frank

      Obama 2012!!! Perry D Student in College!!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Ben James

      Which branch of the Nazi party did you say you were with?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • GRofPA

      Hey Dean, Obama = America; LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT (

      September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • elLoco

      hey shades, and about Perry..he is campaigning too, and Bachman ? shouldn't they be doing their jobs too? You are dummer than you think. But then again, is questionable if you actually think.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Dva

      Typical Republican post......you were one child left behind....this proves it more than ever, education is good

      September 26, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Jewels

      Dean–sometimes it's hurtful to accept the truth. :)

      September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • sgurdog

      No FU for cheering death for uninsured, booing gay service members and for not believing in science.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Peter North

      Obama is doing just fine. T-Baggers are scared. They are scared they are becoming insignificant and irrelevant.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • robert tuthill

      More proof that the intelligence of the far right is rather shallow ( being nice here ). GROW UP DEAN

      September 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Janet

      Dean:

      Your response is one more manifistation of the vulgarity and hatred that lies within the Republican Party.

      Obama will be re-elected if, for no other reason, because American Independents are disgusted at what your party has become. Crude, evil-spewing homophobic bigots who find giving tax benefits to the largest corporstions who ship jobs overseas acceptable while prefering to allow the sick uninsured poor to die.

      Ronald Reagan would be disgusted at what his party has become. So would Lincoln.

      You will lose in 2012.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • bourneblogger

      @BigGeorge – And we're tired of your party embarrassing our country and making us the most hated nation in the world... Face it – You can't blame Obama for a war that began in 2003 and an economic melt down that began in 2008 when Obama wasn't sworn into office until January 2009... You think we're gunna give you control of our country again?... You're dreaming... Go boo a gay soldier and clean your rifle you uneducated Creighton...

      September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • linton dawson

      How mature of you, Dean.

      Your lack of maturity is exacrtly what our President was referring to – you need to grow up before the adults will take you seriously, Dean.

      good luck with that.....

      September 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Realistic85

      I'll bet you used FU because you can't spell either of those words correctly.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • From Texas

      If you are really interested in knowing what has happened to OUR country's financial sitiation, go to the CBO web page. Look for the chart that shows the long term dept of the country. The tax cuts for the wealthy are distroying the middle class. I bet everyone commenting on this page fits, or use to anyway, in the middle class. CBO.gov

      September 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  2. MarineVet

    Hey, Dean. Did you come up with that all by yourself?

    September 26, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • J

      Hey, don't get down on Dean. He was up all last night trying to come up with that line.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Dave

      Sounds like something he would have picked up from someone like you during the Bush years

      September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • luke

      no he heard it on fox news

      September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • Mike

        I wouldn't be surprised

        September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • George

      You are putting too much stress on Dean's vocabulary asking complex questions like that.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Dean

      Actually, no. I spent eight years listening to my liberal co-workers say the same thing about President Bush (in addition to seeing it in the print media and on television). I just wanted to see what it felt like. I guess only liberals can be ultra-critical in their displeasure with the president. BTW, I love the fact that so many posters assume that I'm white.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • steven harnack

        I haven't seen one post that refers to your race so along with all of your other obvious talents you must be a seer too, eh?

        September 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  3. Frank the Tank

    Hey Dean you left your hoodie by the burning cross.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  4. Balls McGhee

    Dean just cant stand the fact that his team lost the election. He'll vote against his own interests just to win. Well, Dean, ask yourself this. What do you really win by hating this president?

    September 26, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  5. Jon Samuel

    This is what gets Americans so discouraged about politicians like Obama who continously lie. Nothing he said is true. Pack of lies.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  6. Jrod

    That's some deep insight, Dean

    September 26, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  7. SuperD

    The president is calling the Texas wildfires due to Climate Change.

    You know what Obama, you're darn right we're denying this SCAM. It's why they're called "wild" fires in the first place.

    Progressive garbage speak, pathetic.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  8. lost

    I agree with Dean..... He said it well.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  9. Zapp

    From a President who is selling the US out to Communists, anything Perry does seems a bit smaller.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  10. db

    Out campaigning on my nickle, yup that's Obama alright. He goes on and says, ""I'm back to report to you, my stockholders," he said, adding later, "We have to remind ourselves is the reason we're successful is because somebody made an investment in us. We didn't do all of this on our own.” What success is he talking about? Who made the investment into him and is he now paying them back, maybe the Muslim world? He should remember who he is representing here and the fact that Presidents and CEOs of companies are regularly replaced when they lose focus on what the stock holders feel has been the wrong way to go. The US economy is in the pits deeper than it has been except for the Great Depression but we are on our way there. Government is out of control, they do not listen. Why does our government workers now feel that it is necessary to hide behind locked doors, behind bullet proof glass, and hide the facts of what they do if they are indeed working as public servents FOR us?

    September 26, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Barnacle Bill

      Because low intellect imbeciles, like yourself, are out of control? The internet and loser friendly operating systems have brought the human cockroaches out of the woodwork. Now all of the C and D students think they are intellectuals because they can find any answer on the internet.

      The problem is that you're all takers, and not contributors. The reason is that you have little or nothing of value to contribute to society.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Lindalou

      Yeah and the rest of the world is doing just dandy! It's all Obama's fault? Grow up, its a worldwide economic downturn. We'll pull out of this, but the road there will be bumpy. No one American president can do it alone. Global economy, global problem, global solutions.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • shades

        hey lindalou, we elected him, or YOU did I should say to at least start the recovery, doesnt bother you huh?
        Obama has no clue, its obvious

        September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • Claude854

        So, you don't think he started the recovery process? You don't think we are better now than 4 years ago? What an idiot you are. The republicans wanted to do nothing and allowed the economy to fix itself. That's what I recalled.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • Mike D

        The only problem the world has is the push to be 'global'. Beware our loss of sovereignty, hell follows with it.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Rsprings

        Obama used to say it was all Bush'e fault. Now it is the Tea Patry's fault. Is there anything else in the Dems playbook other than Blame someone else?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • Andrew

        rsprings- if the republicans actually let government try to function Obama would own all the results good or bad. Congress has ceased to function. Bring in a parliamentary system.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • Cogito

        You're hilarious Rsprings, because all I hear from the Republicans is that it's all the Dems & Obama's fault...you hypocrite. When the Republicans took the House in the last election they said over & over that their first priority was going to be jobs...so where are they? At least Obama proposed something...all the Republicans have proposed is repealing what little the Dems have been able to do in the face of myopic, partisan resistance to any proposal whatsoever coming from the other side of the aisle.

        & Shades, if you can't find coverage of Solyndra, try the little box in the top right corner that says "Search", because there have been plenty of stories. Maybe if you actually read the news & didn't just troll the comments you'd be better informed...

        September 26, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Realitybites

        Shades,
        No clue is saying 'the fundamentals of the economy are sound' when the stock market is in a vertical nose dive and the housing market is in a tailspin. No clue is not being able to cite reading references that keep you up to date with the lower 48 states when you're likely to become second in command. I suppose these two superstars would have had the unemployment rate down to 6.0% by now.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Norris

      using campaign/democratic commitee funds which is donated or out of his own pocket NOT govt funds. Please know the difference before posting.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • manyote

      "Why does our government workers"
      You obviously haven't used that $250K+ a year on education.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • ER

      Some of us are successful and have become more so under this administration,
      barring how difficult it all has been. Some of us have just kept on working.. (and not corporately!)
      You dont speak for the country, nor are you really informed. Trying turning off your TV and getting out there.
      Keep your nickle, he can use mine.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Lara

      First, I'm not sure how Obama could be campaigning "on your nickle" unless you're a campaign contributor. Second, Obama got comprehensive health care reform legislation enacted, got financial reform legislation enacted, re-directed resources in the war on terror with the result that Osama Bin Laden is now dead, and got Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed. Yeah, it's a real pisser that the world is still in an economic downturn and that it will probably take Obama more than 4 years to undo the damage of the previous 8, but I'm not sure how you can say that Obama has no "record." Maybe you don't like his accomplishments, but you can't say they aren't actual accomplishments.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • swebster

      The US economy is in the dumper in LARGE part because the last idiot in the White House put it there! Amazes me how short the memory is with some people. I am not a US citizen but it just amazes me at the stupidity of some members of the US electorate. You elected an intelligent guy in the last cycle – now a bunch of people want to throw him under the bus. He inherited the worse financial mess in US history. If I had to vote for someone to fix the mess, I sure as hell would not be selecting a Michelle Bachmann or Perry. The guy in the White House today is one of the sharpest minds that place has seen in years. The rest of the world just watches some of the exchanges and shakes its head. I frankly think your political system needs some serious reforming because you have a situation now where a handful of idiots is handcuffing the country on every piece of legislation and nothing gets done. Those clowns do not seem to comprehend the damage that sort of stunt is doing to your economy (inability to govern). It sends all sorts of uncertainty to the world markets that the "most powerful nation on earth" cannot get its governmental act together. In the British parliamentary system you would never have this sort of continual deadlock – the Prime Minister would have dissolved parliament by now and taken the issue to the electorate. The UNCERTAINTY created by all this congressional BS is only adding to America's economic decline. One of the largest impediments to the economic recovery in America right now is CONGRESS and those who presently control it – the Tea Party. However, you do not have to listen to me – what do I know, I am merely an observer from afar, and I really like what the stupidity of congress is doing to the value of my dollar vs the US dollar. Sadly however, if this continues economies the world over are going to be dragged down with the US economy...

      September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Reality

      Every president in their first term goes out campaigning for reelection. It is no different with Obama now than it was with Bush2, Clinton, Bush1, Regan, Carter........... before him. The funding for this campaigning comes form fund raisers and not your nickle. Get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Republicant's killing your country

      Did Bush campaign on your dime? Oh that's different he's republican.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • VietVet

      Yall crackers not got a dang nickel boy, quit lyin yall, yall don give everthang yall gots to yalls wealthy plantation ownin slave masters, includin yer wives,daughters,granddaughters, and mothers, don't yall remember ?, they were rejected and sent ta clean houses fer the illegal immigrants they imported to keep from hirin yall lazy,beer bellied, obtuse,unederkated,george bush incoherent,rednecked and confederate losers,failures, and fu-ups. That be whay unemplyment among illegals is .000001%, and fer hillbillies it be 99.99%

      September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Tom

      Hah, like every president before him. I hope you complained about Bush doing it too.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Duh

        and like Gov Perry is doing on Texas' dime.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Ladeebugg782000

      @db..The last time I checked every other President including President Obama has campaigned and lived on the tax payers dime while holding the highest office of the land/world. If I'm recalling correctly our country was in distress during both of W's terms in the office yet no one complained about him campaigning. The fact our President continue to send bills to the office only for them to be rejected based in part to ensure OUR President appears as a failure is very reckless on behalf of the GOP/Tea Party. I'm tired of the GOP playing Russian Roulette with my life. Let's come to the table like adults terminate the name calling and low blows and start to provide solutions to our problems. Because I'm yet to hear any solutions from any of the GOP candidates just an endless amount of rhetoric. OBAMA 2012!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Onlooker

      So he shouldn't be able to go out and try to campaign for re-election? I mean every other president ever has done that. And it takes all of us to fix this... not just pinning it on one person. Sure he did say a lot durning 2008... however he also said "yes WE can" it takes all of us. And the GOP said day one they will block anything he does and make him a one term president. How on earth can we fix anything if he gets no help from congress to make things happen. As much as i'll say i'm disappointed in what the president has and has not done so far, right now the GOP options scare the hell out of me. All i want is common sense and issue to be talked about in the grey area, not black and white, right or wrong. And it is really sad and telling of some of our citizens to boo on of our military troops, sickening.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • iamthefredman

      President One-World thinks he is president of USA, Greece, Germany, the Middle East, France and then some.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • steven harnack

        And you base that on?

        September 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Jeff S

      ummm, every president has campaign on your nickle. Are you complaining because you do not like how the election system works in America or are you just trying to drum up "evidence" to back your hate?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Chris R

      First off, Obama cannot campaign on 'your nickle'. He must use his own funds for that sort of thing. Will he use AF1 and make use of the Secret Service in thee cases? Of course. Every president has and it makes sense for him to do so in light of security problems.
      Second – everyone has had someone else invest in them. Anyone who has gone to public school or a state university has been invested in by the taxpayer. Any company that makes use of public roads has been invested in my the tax payer. Anyone who has made use of GPS for their work (which is run by the government) has been invested in by the taxpayer. NO ONE makes it entirely on their own. Everyone is making use of the benefits of being part of this society. Someone trying to tell you otherwise is lying to you.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • maxpractical

      Another Yokel who doesn't understand he is being easily manipulated by Republicans who only have to refer to "Them", 'They', those people. Your prejudice and closed mind are blind, willfully ignorant to the tactics by Republicans to do all they can to hurt the country becasue it hurts the President. They don't care about you , you are just a rube they use as needed..

      September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  11. Alina77

    Obama 2012!!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Mike

      I'm definitely voting for Obama!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Rsprings

      Maybe the Mayans are right...2012 is the end of the world.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am |
      • Liz the First

        It will be if we elect another idiot rethuglican't!!!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • runner305

        People have been forecasting the end of the world since ... the beginning of the world! Grow up and realize that.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • Dex

        The Mayan Calender ended a few times, check it out it is very interesting. The End of the world they predicted is not all doom and gloom but rather a dramatic change in the way they lived.

        This would fit perfectly with the election of Ron Paul.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • iamthefredman

      Why woul;d ever vote for him again? The experiment has failed miserably. Next time vote for someone with experience in business or politics or both.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Onlooker

        experiment? what part of it was an experiment?! it was either a guy so old he didn't know how to use email or someone who seemed like he could maybe get this country to rally together. Problem is no one wanted to do the work after he was elected, they just expected him to do the work. The GOP's goal day one was to block anything he did, and the majority of america just goes along with what ever 24hour news network they choose. Its sad to think how little most think for themselves.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  12. Harry

    Way to go Mr. President! Keep calling republicans out on their BS...there is a distinct difference between the fundamentals of the gop and the rest of the country. Americans don't boo soldiers or get excited about the sick dying...there has to be a better way to discuss the issues.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  13. jerri

    its about time that the President is bringing the fight straight to the naysayers doorstep.rhetoric aside,President Obama is handling this nations business.OBAMA 2012....

    September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  14. Marc

    Yep – Dean and the rest of his right wing numb-brains hasven't yet clued to the fact that the field of candidates they are offering up are mostly lunatic fringe, and that they will derail anyone who can appeal to the mainstream. Rick Perry? Santorum? Palin? Bachmann? Cain? Every one a pandering opportunist, if not genuinely lunatic. But they must appeal to the stupidest, most bigoted dregs of society, because those are the folks Karl Rove brought from the slime pits to the polls to get George W back into office for a second term. The old GOP is an election away from being irrelevant.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  15. sunlight99

    Why is it that we have no choice. If you are Democrat all you have is Obama. I really do not want to vote Republican but cannot bring myself to vote for an incompetent egotist. If another Democrat stepped forward I would be willing to bet that people would be trampled in the rush away from Obama.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  16. Enough is Enough

    Obama cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • JD

      You can't come up with a good reason why he shouldn't be President so your only option is to ignore all of the problems the GOP has caused. He has to point out how ridiculous the Republicans are because people like you with your head in the sand just can't see it.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • shades

        How about you point out ONE reason why he should be president, look dude, you guys are now making total fools of yourselves for still supporting Obama, just stop it while you still have a shread of dignity

        September 26, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • manyote

        Good one. Maybe the GObP should switch to the ostrich as their mascot .

        September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Dave

        *Obama care
        *Unemployment
        *Inflation
        *Our standing in the world
        *Spending money like a crack whore
        *Closing Chrysler dealerships of a car company that you are trying to save.. Owned by Republicans
        *Passing all sorts of bills before reading them.
        *The fact that Obama is angrier at Israel for building settlement then Iran for building the bomb.
        *Years of 9+% (u3) and 17%+ (U6) unemployment
        * Hiring tax cheats and lobbyist (despite campaign promise not to).
        * Having a tax cheat (idiot) run the Treasury
        * Having a tax cheat write the tax laws.
        *Screwing the public while looking out for the Unions
        *Food stamps grown from 26 million to 45+Million
        *Pass the largest spending bill in our history before anyone has read it.
        *Census moved to White House
        * Green energy B.S. money pit
        *Tons of regulations that kill jobs and make energy expensive
        *Stops oil drilling in the Gulf.
        *Name-calling
        *Class warfare
        *Printing money, the end result, you dollar worth less
        *Seem to crap on our allies, kiss the butts of our enemies.
        (If you were a supporter)
        *Gitmo still there
        *Still at war (s) now in Libya
        Ya know come to think of it he’s right.. it’s all racism..
        >Sarcasm off<

        September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • seraphim0

        Shades- One? Here are a few...

        Immigration: More deportations under his watch than the last administration, as well as more border patrol agents on the ground. Instead of bemoaning the problem, they're trying to find solutions.

        Iraq: Ending of the combat mission. Scaling down of forces.

        Bin Laden: Deceased.

        Healthcare: Passed. Oh, of course, you might have been one of those cheering for someone's death the other night at the GoP debate.

        Wallstreet Reform: passed.

        Investing in America's Infrastructure: In progress- our infrastructure is one of the WORST in the world for developed countries.

        Afganistan: Withdrawal dates up. If you don't think we need to get out of that country... well, maybe you should sign up for the armed forces.

        Should we keep going?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • 2607

        shades : what about Obama turning -750K jobless to 18 month straight job-growth....guess u r in denial.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • Surely. Not.

        @serpahim0–

        Healthcare? Are you implying it's been a good plan? How about the fact that the middle class (you know, the one Pres.Obama SWEARS he is working hard for and to whom he PROMISED that his plan would in no way cause insurance companies' rates to go up by freaking them out) is now losing a significant amount of money to their health insurance companies because they raised the rates in order to cover the costs of the newly insured?

        Where is the universal healthcare bill he promised to put forth? And don't blame this on the Repubs because they haven't seen one from him either. Let me know when the President you love so much grows a backbone and stands on his own two feet rather than blaming everything on the other party....you know, the party that had ZERO control over him the first two stinkin' years he was PRESIDENT!

        September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • km

        Two more major accomplishments: Matthew Shepard law was passed and DADT was repealed.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
      • silky

        Well said JD and seraphimO, its people like shades that don't realize that George Bush and the republiCANTS nearly doubled the national debt and they suppose to be the party of less spending. Somebody please make me stop laughing. Going from the best president ever(President Clinton) to the worse president ever(George W. Bush) is what tanked the economy and people think President Obama can fix this 8yr mess in 2.5yrs and with an incompetant speaker of the house who will do anything to see him fail, its not gonna happen.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • Dex

        JD – I can't come up with 1 good reason why he should remain our President. I've never seen a nation so divided and he continues relentlessly to make that rift even wider.

        Ron Paul would be great for our country right now.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • Reality Check

        seraphim0...that's a great comment. Man has not been perfect but you can see he is trying to right the ship here. And talk about dealing with a crappy hand. As Bush left office, we heard comments like the worst depression since 1929. There is no silver bullet. But obviously, the man is trying to take the correct steps.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am |
      • Realitybites

        Well done seraphim, but don't forget:

        1) Net positive (though slower of late) job growth for most of his presidency.
        2) The magnificent handling of Libya in forming some type of real coalition (to include the Arab League) and a UN resolution.
        3) Hands off in Egypt allowing them to settle matters on there own.

        I can't think of a single significant accomplishment attributed to Bush. I cannot begin to imagine anyone the field of present Republican candidates who could offer anything different than BUsh. Who in their right mind would want to go back to that. Present day republican supporters vex me (with the exception of the top 2-5% wealthiest).

        September 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • Steve

        He shouldn't be President because he is not an effective leader. He alienates those he most needs to influence. The success of our country, as well as any success or legacy attached to him, depends upon America's economic growth. Obama's rhetoric vilifies businesses and the risk-takers who built them.

        His ideology and his policies create extra cost and uncertainty for businesses. How can we expect consumer confidence when the U.S. government can't manage a responsible budget. His agenda belies the fact that our country is fiscally out of control, now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar, and his solution is to spend more and tax "the wealthy" and businesses. He makes enemies of those politicians who rightfully use any tactics they can to ensure some sanity and some measure of fiscal responsibility. His suggesting that "the other party" in Congress is the reason for his failure is an abject failure of leadership. He had a Super majority in Congress, along with unprecedented public sentiment, and the result was a 2-year effort to produce an illegal, job-killing health care bill that the majority of Americans don't want.

        Leaders lead and influence, especially when conditions are difficult. Non-leaders in a leadership role blame... and apparently in Obama's case, return to the only thing he does successfully: campaign. There are still people (thankfully, now a shrinking minority) that wear blinders and buy into this preacher's bill of goods rather than accept his obvious inability to be an effective leader for the American citizens who pay for his 4-year personal boondoogle. This is a sad time for our country.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Lindalou

      Like that's not what they all do!

      September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Edwin

      He *can* run on his record, but in American two-party politics it is always more effective to attack your opponent than try to say anything positive about yourself - positive statements can be manipulated by the other party.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • Reality Check

      ...Are you freaking kidding me? lol. Call BS on yourself for that.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • FBMarky

      Yeah, attacking your opponent with the truth is just evil. Attacking your opponent for promoting bigotry and hatred is just evil. Attacking your opponent for laughing at poor people dying is evil. What kind of sick person are you?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • rlsanchez

      The economy was a mess when Obama got in office, this war was here when Obama got in office, We got Bin ladden when Bush was in office,, OH my bad, that was Obama who was in office.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • MarineDad05

      And of course, the GOP has records – like block every darn thing, don't work, and act like spoiled brats.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Mike

      Hey Shades–how about I give you a LIST of reasons to vote for Obama
      1. He promotes spending on domestic projects like EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, INFRASTRUCTURE, etc
      2. He's willing to tax the extremely rich, which we absolutely need in our current debt situation
      3. He's much better at foreign policy than bush ever was (the world doesn't look at america as a bunch of tards like they did with bush)
      4. The republicans will strip americans of their social security, medicare, medicaid, continue giving tax cuts to the very rich, and will lead us to become a 3rd world country. If you actually had any education whatsoever, Shades, maybe you would have figured that out yourself.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • jean2009

        Explain please why do we need the rich? What have they done that we should be required to support them?

        September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Excuse me?

      Do you live in a sandbox? How can Obama sit around and NOT call out the tom foolery that is going on within the Republican Party? It's OK for the GOP candidates to throw rocks, but not OK for this man to respond? Get over yourself. You can't have it both ways. I see nothing wrong with how Obama addressed these idiots.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • VietVet

      LMAO, really??????? not that any right wing,inbred, sister raping, trailer trash,thievin,lyin,distortin,manipulating,exploiting,bought and paid for by the wealthy corporate criminals, with a non existent IQ like that bush, or his clone rick the dick wind up midget robot from texas,sewer of civilization, would ever do such a thang yall.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • johnreedlr

      And what has the right wing reality creator been doing, saying how nice Obama is. Wise up, wake up and smell the fertilizer, or you'll be a mushroom forever.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Ladeebugg782000

      I've yet to see or hear President Obama attack anyone. However, I've watched and heard him endure many attacks.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Asq

      Ha hahahahahaha. Fail. The entirety of the GOTP presidential field has been nothing but attack Obama and offer no real solutions to the economic problems, yet when Obama makes a truthful(and indirect, no names, unlike the GOTP) reference to actual, factual statements that can be verified as true, he's "name callling".

      I'm not surprised by your double standard, though I am thoroughly amused.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Linda

      You'd better think about what the record of the Republicans has been and will be – unless you are very wealthy, you will be living in a third world country with no health care, social security or even roads to drive on. Everyone but for the top 2 per cent will be poor and nobody will care! Obama has done more in three years to help Americans than the Republicans have done since Reagan. Read your history. They have done nothing but help the very wealthy and big corporations off shore our jobs and our level of living.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Fear-monger.

        I am "middle class" with an avg family in an avg house on somewhat above avg income. Because I work in a Non-union profession, I have been able to achieve higher incomes due to my own productivity. We have always fared better under conservative leadership, which allows us to contribute more to charities and causes. Big Gov't is a drain on the US economy.

        September 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Linda

      That is the pot calling the kettle black ( no pun intended) You'd better be very wealthy if you want to vote for the Republicans who applaud at executions, sick people and gay soldiers who have risked their lives for us. Read your history- Obama has done more positive things for the American people than the Republicans have since the days of Reagan who is their hero because he lowered the tax rates for the wealthy few and took away the Fairness Doctrine thus ushering in the fascist age of corporations as 'individuals
      and unions and working people as the problem. Don't be fooled. Unless you are wealthy....then it is all good

      September 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • GOP Bad For America

      I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats when the mess the country is in now is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances. Republican policy got the country so far in debt in the first place. Bush and the republicans who imposed all of the tax cuts on the rich and pushed for the war in Iraq which has cost over a trillion dollars. It was Bush and the republicans who deregulated the banks to the point where we had the lending melt down that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression. I see the BIG PICTURE and I will continue to support our President!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  17. Dean

    Im only 12 hanging out in my daddys trailer trash meth lab. All I have is Fox News on TV and my Daddies Tea Baggie friends who like to play with me.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  18. JPNAmerican

    So far Rick Santorum is the only one that has publicly denounced the booing of the gay soldier and only did it cause he was cornered with the question. I'm sure all the other republican candidates don't condone the booing either but aren't saying anything cause it may damage their chances. If that were true then that's just sad...

    September 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  19. GT

    Dean – your response, doubtless deemed articulate by members of your ilk, could use some elaboration for the rest of us that enjoy intelligent discourse.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  20. Jerry

    Not only is President NObama desperate; so are his NObamamites. It's beyond me how this president can lie in American's faces and some clueless people will continue to follow him blindly.

    I thought he was just out promoting his failure of a jobs plan. Instead, he out raking millions so that he is able to buy the 2012 elections, AGAIN!

    If you look at other postings on numerous other articles, it's obvious the the NObamamites are out in full force and as desperate as the "Chosen One."

    America, accept no more lies, no more giving our country away! Remember 2012. It will be here before you know it!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Mike

      I see what you did there. I bet you're pretty proud of yourself for being so clever

      September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • CBinKY

      I guess the same way GWB lied about Iraq and still won a second term.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • seraphim0

      Lies? Wow. Look at your precious GoP sometime.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • slider

      Yeah Jerry, things would be a lot better if McCain & Palin were elected in 2008 -lol, wake up, it's the disfunctional congress that has dropped the ball here.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • justme

      Every politican lies and always has, its the nature of the game unfortunetely, so why are you singling him out as if suddenly he's the only one who ever lied about anything. Also using that sarcastic phrase of the "Chosen One" is just plain old goofy, what's you point with that statement?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Reality Check

      What are you talking about?!?! I will be the first to say Obama is not perfect. But how in the hell did everyone forget the mess that BUSH left. Whom the GOP put in office for 8 years!! Are you expected Obama to clean it up in 2 years?!?

      And who did he give the country away too? And the GOP along with the Tea Party has done nothing be damage to this country.
      * Watching our credit rating drop as a country becuase of political BS.
      * Obama ssking the wealthy in this country to pay at least the same tax rate as everyone else. (GOP opposes)
      * GOP/TP... how about ...stop give tax breaks to companies that just eat them as profit and continue to ship job overseas.

      Yes, the universal healthcare plan is not perfect...but as rich and great as this country is...we have people dying because of no healthcare....including children.

      And if I hear socialism again...I will scream. The GOP and Tea Party folks say they are always religious and God-fearing. But when it comes to helping out your fellow man...one of the most christian things to do...you dont want to chip in and help out. But we will send out men and women into war...and they give their lives to their fellow man.

      For the record, I am not a Democrat. I have liberal and conservative veiws. Love that the state of FL is drug testing welfare or govt assisted individuals. I love the Free Market. But we have seen in the house market what happens to free market when there is NO regulation at all.

      Finally, cheering that people die that need heatlhcare or booing a gay service person is ridiculous. I will not put that on all GOP or Republicans. But you have to admit that is screwed up.

      So, Obama is trying to help citizens with heatlhcare. Trying to grow a middle class that is dying. Tax breaks to corporations to hire american works. He is not perfect...but at least he is on the right path.

      GOP/TP needs to stop fight progress on anything to look good in the 2012 election. And bring ideas to the table. Get the right bills passed thru congress that your parties have created. Create a track record of success. And the American people will follow. Dem or Rep... I want someone that is fight for the country as a whole...not just a segment!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Georgia Tee

      Did you take a class to be this uninformed, or does it come natural ?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You make a comment about buying the election and accuse others of lying? lol

      September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Jeff S

      I could say the same about every candidate. Every candidate stretches the truth, just like every person tends to highlight the positives of their work experience on their resume. Or do you include all the negatives on your resume when you are looking for a job?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • iamthefredman

      Obama's jobs plan? What jobs? He threw $Trillions of dollars at nothing. He had NO PLAN, just a kneejerk reaction. Where did the money go? Where are the jobs? But wait, wait, wait.........where did the money go? Even the best drug kingpins and Mafia bosses cannot launder and hide that much money. WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • Reality Check

        Threw Millions are what? The Jobs plan has not passed yet? So, not following you. If you are talking about the stimulus package. It has come with mixed results, several have paid back the stimulus in full. Other has made several payments and with interest...I believe the government made some money here. But this was started by Bush. Obama carried it forward. I think it was the right thing to do. Unfortnately, the banks clamped down on lending funds. Which help struggle the creation of small business or operating a small biz. And I wish Obama would have held the leadership of these corporation more responsible. I would be happy to listen to anyone explain how you can destroy a company as a CEO and still get a lucrative and ridiculous severance package or worst a lifetime payout. All other employees are on a pay for performance structure...how did they get Millions for huge screw ups!!

        Just thoughts on your comment.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Jehb

      Sorry, no time to look for lies. I'm still looking the WMDs in my 6 month war.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • mike proctor

      Jerry apparently you and some of the other dummies been living on the island of the dead to made such stupid comments I see here. I have one question for all you "I know more than you do" what have the republicans/tea-baggers presented to get Americans back to work in this Country?? Yes they have presented lots,lots of bills to destroy the middle-class on the same level as the poorest of the poor in this Country. Also what I find funny is that all the sorry asses complaining about the Government being to big but yet these tea-baggers have their hands out begging for more of the stimulus money President Obama putting out there to jump start this economy. HEY! how about this one, if you do not have health insurance we will let you die before we offer you any medical treatments because we need to cut back on spending so good luck, I love that one,huh jerry/shades lets hope you or your family do not have to face this problem, but this is what you tea-baggers/republicans wants for this Country.

      September 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Linda

      and you think Perry, Bachmann, and Romney have a clue? Obama is working for the people of America- his jobs bill will help but the greedy unpatriotic likes of Boehner and the rest of the corporate hacks he works with don't care anything about helping Americans. They are the ones who created this economic mess with unpaid for wars and ridiculous tax cuts for the very wealthy. They are so racist they just hate Obama and they hate the working people of America – so I sure hope you are independently wealthy if you are voting for any one of them

      September 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • RENEE' MCDUFFIE

      Jerry no you and the rethugs and tea party are the one that lies to the american people like they are stupid and you fit in with them racist and full of hatred.

      September 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Obamas right.

    Dean, grow up.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Dean

      No, Obama is a lousy president. Unqualified for any political position beyond the local level.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Linda

        and Perry, the executioner
        or Romney, the destroyer of American jobs for his own wealth
        or Bachmann the hypocrite – they are good presidential material? Not! A vote for them is a vote to destroy America – you'd better be independently wealthy with no health problems

        September 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  22. Dan

    To clarify the question to Ron Paul regarding the individual without insurance, It's no ones position that this person die because they do not have insurance, but they should be responsible for the cost since that's the risk he or she took. Ron Paul has explained multiple times that when he practiced medicine, many poor people were given treatment, but the church took care of the costs. We can help take care of each other, we don't need to rely on the government to do that for us. There are plenty of charities that Americans VOLUNTARILY give their money to which could benefit those in these types of situations.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  23. db

    Obama campaigns on the SIN method. Switch the topic, Insult the opponent, Name call the opponent.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • J

      What's the matter? Republicans don't like the taste of their own medicine?

      September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Wootdude

      And what do the Republicans do that's any different? All politicians are the same

      September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Nick Burns

      db, what you are referring to is straight out of the Republiclown campaigning handbook. NAME ONE GOP'er who HASN'T done exactly what you say here.....

      September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Reemo

      I thought that was called the Republican Strategy.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • lgny

      And how many times did the Republicans dis the president in the last debate?!!!

      This is politics as usual. Both sides define themselves as "I'm not the other guy!" instead of responding substantially to the issues.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Pat

        How many times did the Democrats insult the President during the 2008 debates and while they were running? It is OK for the Democrats to insult the President but when the Republicans do it you cry foul? Short memory.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Claude854

      You seem to know that method well.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • DB2

      As opposed to the Republican campaign methods:

      Slander
      Hate
      Information manipulation
      Total lies

      I'll let you figure that acronym out.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • boyamidumb

      You have to admit the current herd of no brain "candidates" running for office of the President of the United States, make a pretty easy target. Every them opens their mouth they say something even dumber than the last time they opened their mouth.

      Gotta say – there have been nothing but idiots to vote for in many, many years, maybe decades. I say we are getting what we deserve, and what THEY are paying for.

      Would be nice that if , instead of fighting with each other, we citizens could get together a bit and actually solve the problems rather than spend our time calling each other names.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Linda

      and the Republicans campaign on nothing but lies – they are anti science – Perry denies global climate change while his state is burning down due to a historic drought –
      anti education
      anti worker
      anti american Get some education. You must be one of the wealthy few if you like these idiots.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  24. Curioos

    What's the difference between a republican and a democrat? The spelling! They both have the same goal which is to take other people's money in order to buy power for themselves and their friends. It really is as simple as that.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  25. volksmaniac

    It's not reflective of who we are . It's reflective of who you are sir .

    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • DB2

      Really? People cheer for someone dying without healthcare, and boo a gay servicemember, and this says nothing about how twisted the perspective in this country has become? Get out from behind your computer – those are real people out there dying and getting shot at, not cardboard cutouts, imaginary friends, or computer avatars.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  26. da

    how stupid is it that people in our nation are homeless and hungry and in a week this clown can raise 8 million dollars for tv ads.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  27. larry august

    this guy hasn't done anything right, except get this country in debt, we cant believe anything he says, hes always flip flopping and making behind closed room deals, he is dishonest, he will tell us one thing and you know it will be different in a week, anybody is better than him

    September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • J

      Well you're logic is flawed right away if you think the country went into debt under Obama. Look up the facts next time.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Wootdude

      Weren't we 11 trillion dollars in debt when Pres. Obama took office?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • mel

      When you say "this guy", you mean W, right?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Don't Forget

      You describe George W. Bush perfectly, but this is 2011 and Bush isn't president anymore. Bush isn't president anymore. Bush isn't president anymore. Wow, I never get tired of saying that....

      September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • jean2009

        Yes, thankfully that era is over; and none too soon I might add. However like garlic the bad smell will linger for years..

        September 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Roland

      Larry- look at what your sainted Reagan did with the debt. Look at what W did. Look at where the tax rate were under Reagan. They are the lowest now in my adult life and I am 55. Pay attention man, where we are now did not just happen in the last 3 years. It has been happening for the last thirty. Do you really think that lowering taxes (again) for corporations and removing "regulations that hamper growth" like minimum wage and anti-discriminaton laws will spur some miraculous recovery?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Rags

      You: "this guy hasn't done anything right, except get this country in debt" Me: Of course, Bush's 8 years of spending till we're broke has nothing to do with where we're at today.
      You: "we cant believe anything he says" Me: You mean Bush, right?
      You: "hes always flip flopping and making behind closed room deals, he is dishonest" Me: You're talking about BONhER (Mister 'NO'!) and his loser cronies, right?
      You: "anybody is better than him" Me: How about you running? But just run the other way.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Linda

      You must be talking about George Bush who took us into two wars but never put them on the books
      or Dick Cheney, whose cronies at Halliburton and other war contractors have made war profiteering an art
      of Reagan who cut taxes to the wealthy and got rid of the Fairness Doctrine, making media nothing but a propaganda tool for the wealthy -or the Supreme Court who took away our democracy when they ruled that corporations were the same as people and could give as much money as they wanted to a campaign- that is fascism my friend and that is who you are voting for – people who are paid for by the corporations, and owned by them. They care nothing for America, only their own greed. If they hate government so much, why do they want to run it? Get an education! Don't just listen to Fox Lies and Limbaugh the druggie

      September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • GOP Bad For America

      To the GOP/Tea Baggers out there: It took eight years to get us there BEFORE his term and in 2 1/2 years THIS President prevented a DEPRESSION!!! I see the BIG PICTURE and I will continue to support our President!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  28. chuck

    Dean you are a moron-get off this blog, idiot.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Dean

      Hey, Chuck...congrats on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'!

      September 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • MikeH

        Dean you are just a paid liar for the Republican Party. You get a stipend for every bit of Republican dung you can smear on the screen. I wonder Which Koch brother would you like to boot-lick more.

        September 27, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  29. branttravis

    Mr. Obama. Your failed policies are not reflective of who we are either. You're a fraud, a failure, and simply a puppet in a suit with no leadership experience or mind of your own. You can only blame the Republicans instead of act like a man and accept your failures and grow a pair yourself.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  30. other marine vet

    As a Marine myself, can u explain since when does a member of the presidents own personal military..the usmc ... Ever given the right to curse our commander in chief regardless of how we may feel about the person? As a Marine we are the epitome of military profesionalism. Stop embarrassing my beloved corps.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  31. branttravis

    Failure. Fraud. Hired Suit.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  32. kennyg

    I was afraid that Mr. O would take advantage of Perry's guffaw, and of course he did. Means nothing. Looking at the many times Mr. O did the same when he didn't have a monitor available with prepared comments, This is a good sign that Perry's the one he needs to worry about, and with good reason. Perry's a leader, a fair but not great speaker, and instills confidence. Hopefully, the GOP will quit playing cat and mouse and just get down to selecting him. He is the only one that can get rid of the current leaderless government we have.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • justme

      Perry doesn't instill confidence in me. I think he'll fix the economy by making sure we all have 40 an hour a week minimum wage jobs with no health care (even if we would have had it before Obamacare), cancel Social Security for anyone under 65 and say there ya'll I fixed the economy.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Jason Z

      Perry a fair leader??? He's as crooked as they come. If you lived in Texas, you would have a clue!! And before you go off saying that I'm a Obama supporter, know that I have not been too happy with him either. But he did not create the problems our country's facing. Debt is a huge problem, but Obama's action has been better than no action. The GOP's constant fighting have been a bigger problem. Don't go saying Perry has kept a balanced budget, either. If you look, Texas is balanced according to tax revenue, but Texas is facing over $30 billion in debt through private borrowing, ALL DURING PERRY'S TIME IN OFFICE!! The guy's an idiot, and hearing all these people cheer during the debates comes as no surprise to me. It's those type of people that put Perry in office here (and Texas is full of them), or they purchased legislation that Perry pushed into law, or they got a spot in one of the many state-appointed positions here in TX, or it Perry received contributions, or.... i'll stop now. Not sure who I'll vote for, but it will not be Perry.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • DB2

      That would be gaffe, not guffaw. And it's customary in this country to refer to the President, whether incumbent or past, with the honorific of "President," not 'Mr." Your post does go a long way towards highlighting your educational deficiencies, however, which leads me to believe that your "informed commentary" might suffer from the same lack of research, accuracy and education. Yep, it does.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  33. Ms Marple

    Yes! This is the Obama I voted for! He's got to stop looking for common ground with the haters. Negotiating with bullies? We knew not to do that in 3rd grade.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  34. lefty avenger

    Obama could't run a gas station properly. Meanwhile the Republicans support Oil Barons, War profiteers and baling out wall street bankers. The Republican people want to cheer at a lynching, celebrate someone dying from lack of health insurance and bash all hay people. This country is in a mess.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Carmen

      Damn Hay people always getting Oat, wheat and barley all over my nice clean floors. Down with Hay people!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Lee Anne

      Obama has great ideas but he's been weak. He needs to stand up to the crazy Tea Party and run this country.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  35. hongli

    Hey Nut- heads If you do not like President Obama then go for the Dictator in Rick Perry or the great Flip- Flopper in Mitt Romney or even better the Pathological Liar in Michelle Bachmann.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • shades

      do you parrot everythign CNN says, or any thoughts of your own? look, Obama is campaigning instead of running the country, finding some solutions would be nice, he is the President right? Liberals are going to lose every seat in both houses if you keep this nonsense up

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • runner305

        Actually, it's the Republican jerks that are going to lose big-time! People are sick and tired of the teabaggers and their distorted agenda.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Joe in Dallas

        So how's that different from Rick Perry campaigning instead of running Texas?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • seraphim0

        Shades, it must hurt being so deluded. If you want to shout at him for campaigning, maybe you should be shouting at your Republican representatives for doing the same. Oh, wait... that would be inconvenient, wouldn't it?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • DB2

        Sure, and Perry has left his Lt. Governor to run the state throughout the worst fires there in memory. Run home and take care of an emergency with the people who elected you, or self-promote and raise money...And is Bachmann running back to Congress to ensure that her voice is heard through all the economic wrangling? Not even worth mentioning any more, as our jacked-up election format requires both parties to do the same thing. Obviously, you have a deep and personal loathing for our president. Stop trying to cloak it in criticisms that apply to our political system as a whole and call it what it is. You just can't stand the guy.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Brian

        What you people don't like the agenda of less government and more freedom? I guess what you are really after is your piece of my pie is that right? All you liberal hacks can parrot it all you want but the tea party is not a hate filled, racist, Republican plot to destroy the world. It is everyday people who have grown tired of being taken advantage of by government. Those of you who bash the tea party are just scared because you see it for what it is. A truely American revolution for freedom. Cry all you want but history will tell the true story.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • MARY

        WE SHOULD ONLY WATCH FOX RIGHT LOL

        September 26, 2011 at 11:27 am |
      • tks123

        actually shades and runner, it is the American people who will lose no matter which side gets in. It is just like the sheeple posting in this comment section Obama bad, Repulicab bad. The fact is most Americans are clueless and vote party line no matter how inadequate the party is. Nothing will get accomplished until we go broke and the American people are materially affected and finally stand together to take back their country by requiring fiscal responsibility from its government and true representation.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • GOPno67

        WHAT HAS THE PRESIDENT DONE SO FAR...to name a few...

        Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
        Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act
        Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island
        Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers
        Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%
        Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college
        Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
        Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans
        Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status
        Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers' interests)
        Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay
        Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%
        Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
        Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
        Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years
        Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history
        Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time
        Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia
        Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers
        Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans
        Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids - 4 million of whom were previously uninsured
        Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
        Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods' by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations
        Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition
        Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their parents' insurance until the age of 26

        NOW WHAT THE HECK HAVE THE 2010 REPUBLICANS ACCOMPLISHED!!!SO FAR...Union Bashing, Medicare Social Security Dismantling, Do not ever touch the top 20,000 earners in this country, continue to cut Education dumbing down America, Cut the EPA no one should regulate polution, Automobile/industry pollutants, FAA, let the market regulate themselves, they are responsible and DEADLOCK FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. What a wonderful world this would be.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  36. maximusvad

    I am surprised Obama is campaigning at all. Unless Colin Powell or another moderate Republican takes the ballot Obama has this one in the bag.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • DREW

      Mitt Romney is leading Obama in all polls. Wake up, your hope and change is about to crash and burn

      September 26, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Claude854

      Agreed!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • DB2

      It would be nice to be able to assume that, but ask Delaware how that worked for them when everyone assumed Mike Castle would win the Republican primary for Biden's vacated seat. Christine O'Donnell ring a bell?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  37. Mary Louise

    Perry IS an idiot. It's a shame he's the governor of my home state.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  38. eunice a

    PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE MY VOTE -2012 AND EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD DO THE SAME UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICAID, MEDICARE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU THATS EXCEPTLY WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO

    September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Debbie

      Eunice, you must be disabled or elderly as your comment makes you appear that way. You obviously haven't paid any real attention to Obama. The man has to be working for a foreign country as he is not for the USA. Per Obamacare, come 2014 you will be lucky to get an appointment with your doctor or get the care you need. You will also watch family members be fined when they get sick because they can't afford insurance and many more surprises. Some doctors will be shutting their offices down. We have a flat economy now and we have a prez that doesn't care. Dems were in control when Bush was in office. Everything has went down the crapper since Dems took control. You cannot blame anyone else. Since their way has not worked for many years, things need to be reversed. Before you know it you will hear that Obama is a lying crook and has probably gotten an offshore account with money being flitered in by other countries who have bought him to bring the USA to her knees. Do not let him blind you.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am |
      • nancy

        debbie you are blind, completely. since the healthcare act passed over 5 million children that had no coverage have it now. Have we heard of pediatrician shutting their doors? Have we heard of them having long wait lines? NO and NO. you are watching FOX to much. No one is going to go broke cause if you can't afford the basic smallest health care policy which by the way costs a whopping 700.00 a year for major medical then you will get a subsitty. No more preexisting cost, no more denial, no more non coverage of maternity. Please get your facts straight you sound really stupid.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
      • Steve in Denver

        Uh, Debbie, you don't get information from reliable sources, huh? Why would you not be able to see a doctor in 2014? are you on the myth of the evil government takeover LIE that your side has been spreading? In 2014, employers of more than 50 people will have to offer health INSURANCE, and indifiduals will be mandated to purchase health insurance. This is all expanding the PRIVATE market for health care.

        We could also go into the right wing myth of Canadian or British citizens waiting months to see doctors. But, again, this is a right wing illusion. Our health care system is the most expensive in the world, and our quality of outcomes is 35th in the world. Brittan and Canada rank well ahead of us.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • Lee Anne

        So when Dems were in control of Congress and Bush was president, everything was the Dems fault.
        Now that Repubs control Congress and Obama is president, everything is the Dems fault.
        Your logic is twisted and faulty.
        What's your iq 22?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • BrooklynDave

        Rather than regurgitating facts where the opposition will likely counterattack with some distortion with a venomous loathing for my opinion, some personal attack, forehead slapping circular logic, and blame it on the other guy meandering I propose this... quietly go and vote. Both sides have their merits, some less than others. And please be careful what you wish for, that voting button would need launch codes if it were any less dangerous. Stop arguing with Mike, Henry, or Thomas and the only argument you need is at the ballot. Your opinion doesn't make a decision for us. You only end up validating it.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Reality Check

        Eunice...stick by your statement. I don't agree 100% with it but... Debbie is still believing that Obama is from a different country. A muslim and robbing america everyday in office.

        Wow. These people really exist in America. Our education program is failing this country. This is a true sign of it.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
      • VietVet

        WHOA!!!!!!!! talk about a retarded, inept,incompetent,kool aid slurpin hillbilly wench, hey aunt bea, yall needin to go ahead on down to thet thar weight watchers stor yall and get rid of thet thar fat between yalls mule ears, thm thar brains is screamin fer mercy lulabelle

        September 26, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        So when Bush was in charge it was the Dems fault and when Obama is in charge its his fault?

        September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • USA Angel

        Its so sad how REAL facts always get ignored by your type. (Typical).

        September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • Jewels

        Debbie– You actually sound like a mad, mentally-off balanced person. No need to try and insult others when you should probably be looking in the mirror.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Rsprings

      I think the Repubs will fix the issues with the social programs you mention. The Dems will continue down the path to insolvency and ti will be very bad for everyone.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • USA Angel

        LMFAO. Why hadnt Republicans done it allready then (i.e. fixed some program, made something more efficient, made a tax break create a job) ?? How many ....glorious(lol@that) years of repub destruction did we have? After they decimated the budget surplus....spent spent spent and paid for none of it- where was reform on that agenda?? Oh I know- right up under Bs' ing.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am |
      • GOP Bad For America

        What planet are you on? Almost 60% of the National Debt is the result of the Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and the prescription drub unfunded benefit. Wasn't it Republican policy that got the country so far in debt in the first place? If I'm not mistaken it was Bush and the republicans who imposed all of the tax cuts on the rich and pushed for the war in Iraq which has cost over a trillion dollars. It was Bush and the republicans who deregulated the banks to the point where we had the lending melt down that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression. I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats when the mess the country is in now is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances.

        September 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • seraphim0

      Debbie... you realize that instead of helping america, the stated number one goal of all republicans was to sink Obama's presidency and to prevent his re-election. Or do you not recall that? It wasn't fixing the economy. It wasn't helping the deficit... it was destroying a presidency. How can you honestly stand behind a party who has such messed up priorities?

      Let's look at their lineup for the candidacy:

      Perry: Are you kidding me? Do we want a nation of minimum wage, poverty line jobs? Because that is ALL he created in Texas. Look at his record.

      Michelle: Another extreme right-wing christian. One who has a husband with the 'pray the gay away' clinic- by the way, find one serious, respected psychologist or psychiatrist that would agree with him (and not one who's theories on the matter have constantly been debunked).

      Mitt: Looks like the most sane out of the republican line up... what does that say, exactly?

      So, we have to choose on the GoP side between the 'cowboy image' cultivator who brought McJobs to Texas (and who thinks that the Fed commits Treason), the Theocratic Priestess, or Mitt... heck of a choice, GoP.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • Henry Miller

      Typical Obama supporter: illiterate and ignorant.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Steve in Denver

        Un, Henry Miller: Several comments which cite facts and present logical arguments. Your only response is "typical Obama supporter. Illiterate and ignorant." Could your post say more about YOU than the people you are talking about?

        September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Matt

        Illiterate...really? Is that the best you can do. I'm an English major, and I saw nothing illiterate about that response. Kind of hard to argue with facts, isn't it

        September 26, 2011 at 11:25 am |
      • MTATL67

        Instead of coming up with childish insults. Make the argument for the Republicans. List the legislative accomplishments of the GOP. Tell us what pieces of economic legislation to turn this country around have they passed. Give us proof that they have done something, anything to make this country stronger. Currently the GOP and their un-American allies the Tea party are doing nothing to improve the economy of the United states and trying without success to blame everyone else. Their lack of actions makes all their complaints sound hollow and empty.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  39. Reemo

    The GOP have reached a catch-22. Their core supporters have such a skewed vision of our nation, as evidenced by the debate audience, but they can't afford to lose their votes.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  40. DREW

    Too bad Perry is 10-times more qualified that Obama. Perry actually has a PROVEN track record of success, unlike the Jr Senator from IL

    September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  41. james

    President Obama is not perfect but he's still great compared to the other options. I only wish the republicans were'nt so determined to let the country go down in flames just to make him look ineffective

    September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • VietVet

      it don appear thet the only answer ta thet thar republican,conservatiove, and hillbilly problem be ta kill em all and let whatever god they lie about worshippin and imitatin sort out the good ones, it shouldn't take him/her long, heck I ain't never seen a good one yall, well there were that one time wit betty lou, but that only lsted like 5 minutes, but she shore was good for them 5 minutes

      September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  42. Really??

    Larry, Really?? Where have you been in the last 10 tens? Obama did NOT get us into debt. Forget someone name GWB?? 2 wars and cutting taxes on the ultra rich...please.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  43. Debby

    Obama shouldn't criticize anymone because his record is far from stellar. The booing of the gay serviceman was about his question not him serving our country so libs get over it.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • runner305

      Booing his question is as disrespectful as booing him as a serviceman, so maybe YOU should get over it!!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Debby

        Sorry respectufully disagree. The question had an agenda behind it unfortunately.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • FBMarky

      They were booing because they're ignorant idiots and I'm really glad they're on your side. What a pathetic bunch of losers.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • Lee

      Debby – you're in denial. The booing of that serviceman (even if it was the question they were booing) was one of the most disrespectful things I've ever seen.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • Matt

        It was pathetic...have we really sunk THAT low

        September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • USA Angel

      Sorry respectully disagree cause thats BULLHOCKEY. Where was the thanks for risking your life???They didnt give a hoot what question he asked. They shouldn't have cared- he is serving- RIGHT NOW- regardless. Things like that show ignorance and irony. Cause we know how Repubs love to tout "LOVE OF COUNTRY AND SERVICEMEMBERS". Love em all- dont pick and choose for a quick clap. Repubs=Phony bologna-

      September 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  44. Really??

    years?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  45. Ronbo42

    Dean, if you are the best the GOP has to look foreword to for votes in 2012, then can you say four more for Obama.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  46. Curioos

    "where tickets cost as much as $35,800 per person." I wonder what these people expect in return for this money. The greater good? Please, let's not be naive. Our government is in the business of benefiting the few at the expense of the many. The few that benefit changes only very slightly depending on which party is in power. The many need to wake up.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  47. Adam

    Nice attempt at jabbing Ron Paul there, but the cheering was about the government staying out of our lives and letting us make our own decisions, not about a man dying because he doesn't have health care.

    Just goes to show how little Obama actually understands the medical system. No institution will let a human being die because they don't have health care. He'll get the medical services he requires. He's just going to have to pay more for them.

    Of course, health care could be affordable for everyone if Obama would quit spending all this money and putting our country further and further into debt; accelerating the devaluation of our currency with help from the Federal Reserve, who prints money to bail out banks overseas at the expense of our middle class.

    How about the fact that Obama has lied to us time and time again? I voted for him, too, based on some of the things he said; none of which came true.

    Here's a refresher for you all who seem to have forgotten:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfu1_Scgyow&w=640&h=390]

    September 26, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  48. TXJim

    Enough is Enough says:

    "Obama cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents."

    I say:

    Rick Perry cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents.
    Mitt Romney cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents.
    Michele Bachmann cannot run on her record so his only option is to attack her opponents.
    Rick Santorum cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents.
    Jon Huntsman cannot run on his record so his only option is to attack his opponents.
    Most Teabaggers cannot run on their record so his only option is to attack their opponents.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Rsprings

      Obama has a record to run on!! Not a very good one but at least it sows how incompetent he is.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • TXJim

        Just because you don't like what he has done, doesn't mean its not a good record.

        I don't have a problem with it.

        September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  49. TXJim

    maximusvad

    I am surprised Obama is campaigning at all. Unless Colin Powell or another moderate Republican takes the ballot Obama has this one in the bag.
    ----------

    Colin Powell is an Obama supporter... most of the moderates are sitting this one out. They know beating an incumbent, no matter how unpopular is a tall task. Without a united GOP, and they are very divided, its an even taller task.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  50. livingsacrifice

    I thought Obama's remark about Perry having a "state on fire" was a little classless, tasteless, and to be honest, rude and insensitive to those who were victims of the fire. I live near the Bastrop community and I don't think anyone who has been affected would like that remark. And, what does that have to do with Rick Perry anyway? He's not responsible for the fire and neither is global warming.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  51. Reemo

    When the gay soldier asked that DADT question, all of the GOP candidates were thinking, "Who let that question through? I thought Fox News was supposed to be moderating this!"

    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  52. Dave

    The ignorance of the people posting here is incredible. Tons of posts saying Obama should pass laws to fix the economy. Did you people go to school? If you did, did you pay attention and learn anything? All laws originate in the house. Republicans control the house. They have not put forth one proposal worth a crap. Obama is a figurehead, not a dictator who can snap his fingers and change things. You might wanna tell that whack job Bachman the same thing, she thinks she can just pass any law she wants.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  53. Jared

    I wish one of the parties would give me someone worth voting for.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Mort

      Sarah Palin will run and when she does you will see things change quickly. She will put the focus on the election where it needs to be. Failed social spending and a dependant American electorate could bring down the whole country. Her focus will to be refocus us on what made and makes us great. Self reliance, Self Respect, Accountability, Property Rights and personal responsibility.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Henry Miller

      Absolutely!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • GMaof2

      I'm from the great State of Texas and have lived all over the U.S. at various times. Perry has my vote. Except for the drought, we aren't doing too bad down here. Gas is $3.32 a gallon, we can provide food for our families, we provide for ourselves and the list goes on. We have no income taxes and Texas is a great State to live in. Perry is a leader and has a great track record. We have jobs, even if they are minimum wage jobs. We don't sit around expecting 'entitlements" from the Fed Gov't. Perry is NOT another Bush! People of the U.S.– get off your duffs and find a job-they are there. One starts from the bottom and works toward the top–not the other way around. Whatever happened to the good old work ethic?????

      September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Jehb

      Amen!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  54. GOP = Greed Over People

    You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.”

    What do you expect from these heartless GOP "chiristians"? Soon, they will be cheering the death of babies in ICU when they decide Medicaid cannot afford to keep the poor alive, kinda, like the God like figure Jan Brewer in AZ deciding who gets extended Medicaid care and who does not.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  55. Joe in Dallas

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I'm quite disappointed with his refusal to attack the Republicans. Obama, we know you're trying to be bipartisan. We know you want to bring us together. But sometimes you have to stand up and fight, and sometimes you've got to get into the gutter and play the game their way. God knows the Repubs and Tea Partiers have given you plenty of ammunition with their obstructionist ways. Hell, Boehner has stated that his number one priority, above ALL OTHER PRIORITIES IN GOVERNMENT, is to assure that Obama is a one-term president. The Repubs have taken a loyalty oath to the "No New Taxes" lobby that supercedes their oath of office. They've given you tons of ammo. Use it.

    The problem is all about missing body parts. The Republicans don't have brains and the Democrats don't have balls.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  56. CIA

    These are all CIA plants intended to sway the public. Treatment of the #occupywallstreet protesters is the real news.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  57. Inrealityhere

    So, Obama hopes his supporters will be ignorant enough to believe that the fire in Texas is caused by climate change and a few outbursts from an audience means the whole audience supports the view of those few when in fact, according to this article, "Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized reactions..."
    "Obama’s entire West-Coast swing is expected to..." cost taxpayers millions of dollars but so what? He can travel around the country at our expense and try to hold onto his job while the common people pay the tab...and Lady Gaga sings his praises. 2012 can't come soon enough! BTW- do a search and you will find: Global Warming Hoax: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns

    September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  58. TXJim

    Debby

    Obama shouldn't criticize anymone because his record is far from stellar. The booing of the gay serviceman was about his question not him serving our country so libs get over it.
    -------------–

    The booing of any serviceman who is in harms way is a disgrace..

    September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Mr. Kennedy

      booing gays that serve is not right their americans jus like you and i and people cheering cuz someone died and not had health care.........really ....really and as far as Obama not serving..........well there may be presidents in our history who hasn't served in the military and has done this country a good justice look it up

      September 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  59. bravado in boston

    For all you President Haters out there, keep in mind:

    Even while the Dems may have controlled both houses of Congress, Repubs had filibuster mania (record amount in the senate)

    Even though Repub were elected to the House in 2010 to create jobs, they have passed less than 200 bills and passed NONE on job creation (and have yet to submit a plan)

    Even though the Great Recession started under W, it has stablized under the current POTUS, and actually, the economy has had growth (albeit slim) in all quarters save one.

    You are paying less taxes NOW than before the current POTUS took office (check your payroll tax rate)

    You are more secure now under the current POTUS than under W

    and the facts continue to mount......

    Obama 2012

    September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  60. Jerry

    Hey eunice a, those Democratic talking points are no longer working or scaring Americans into supporting President NObama. You may want to try other talking points/lies. However. I caution you and the other NObamamites, Americans are wising up. Good luck, though!

    Oh, yes, eunice a, I am a life-long DEmocrat!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • FBMarky

      Are you even able to post a civil comment without resorting to juvenile names for our president? Do you really think a person who can't debate in an adult manner should be allowed to even vote? I say we take those tests from Bush's No Child Left Behind program and make every voter pass by a certain score before they can cast a vote. If it's good enough for our children, it should be good enough for adults, right? I'm guessing you'd score pretty low!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • luke

      from what i've seen americans arn't wising up, we're getting dumber. obama may not be perfect but the the GOP hasn't shown me a candiate that I would vote for yet.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • seraphim0

      "Nobama" ... hilarious. You realize that the GoP are the ones who tried to block any and all bills proposed just to give Obama a bad name, right? Even those that included things that THEY wanted included in them. Just to try to cripple his administration. It was stated from the get-go that this was what they were going to do- from their own RNC!!!

      You people have the shortest memories, I swear.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      "Jerry – Hey eunice a, those Democratic talking points are no longer working or scaring Americans into supporting President NObama"
      Yep Democrat scaring talking points like 'death panels', 'terrorist threats', 'communist'
      .......oh wait, wrong party, sorry.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • USA Angel

      Here is the thing. We are paying attention! The repubs want to "make govt as insignificant as possible" they want to shrink "the size of govt"- ergo govt programs- ERGO....what was that Eunice....Social Security, medicare/aid. IMPORTANT POINT- this is to ensure you get off that talking point bull. HAD WE HAD LET BUSH AND HIS CRONIES " privatize" Social security like they wanted- THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STEAL THAT MONEY TOO. And therefore- it would have been defunct. Ugh, Is it only rich repubs that read, comprehend, and think individually? Y'all some eight grade comprehension having dingbats sometimes. LIKE ARGUING WITH BIRDS.lol. They will never get it. They just wont.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  61. TXJim

    Jared says:

    I wish one of the parties would give me someone worth voting for.
    ---------
    Therein lies the 2012 problem..

    September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  62. Jamie

    Obama is blaming the wildfires on Texas on global warming? there have been wildfires for thousands of years. Obama is desperate. What a shame.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  63. Scott

    “Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party."

    Well he describes me exactly.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Henry Miller

      It describes me as well. The GOP seems to have become determined to turn the country into an authoritarian theocracy. The Dems, though, seem determined to bankrupt us. Neither option is palatable.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • Boytjie

        The Dems, though, seem determined to bankrupt us.
        ==========================================
        The GOP seems to be pretty good it it: unfunded wars, a prescription benefit program combined with tax cuts

        September 26, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  64. Eric

    The best canidates the Republicans can come up with are Romney and Perry. Good luck with those choices

    September 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  65. Josh

    Why not impeach Obama for what he did to our country?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  66. Larry

    How come Obama's Social Security Number is out of Connecticut where he never lived and belongs to a dead man named Jean Paul Ludwig?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • jean2009

      Truth or Fiction says you comments are Fiction. You have bought into an email hoax lie.
      http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/Obama-SSN.htm
      You TeaPotty people just love to grasp at untruths.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  67. Michael

    Should the wisdom of the American people re-elect Obama, the USA will return to the top of the heap. Should you elect a GOP candidate the USA will crash and burn literally with another war and more pocket lining for the rich! Your choice. Also, for those of you who are bashing Obama because he's out campaigning, why not bash your congress representative for being on the job and accomplishing nothing for the good of all the people. Hey, you elected the 2010 Congress, full of GOP salt and vinegar plus the hope to right the good ship lollipop in Washington, how's that really working out in getting things done? REALLY?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • jean2009

      Amen!

      September 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  68. Joe the Plumber

    The most patriotic thing that Obama could do for this country is RESIGN... NOW!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  69. TXJim

    kennyg says:

    I was afraid that Mr. O would take advantage of Perry's guffaw, and of course he did. Means nothing. Looking at the many times Mr. O did the same when he didn't have a monitor available with prepared comments, This is a good sign that Perry's the one he needs to worry about, and with good reason. Perry's a leader, a fair but not great speaker, and instills confidence. Hopefully, the GOP will quit playing cat and mouse and just get down to selecting him. He is the only one that can get rid of the current leaderless government we have.
    -------------
    You have a short memory Kenny... Obama smoked McCain and Hillary at the debates.. You also don't live in Texas Kenny.. even his supporters know he sucks as a leader and has benefited from weak opponents in the last two elections he won..

    As far as it meaning nothing? No it means everything.. being able to think and make the right decisions when pressed is the difference in important decisions... those are the type of decisions that help you kill Osama Bin Laden with zero casualties and conduct a war on Libya where you win without one ground troop being on the ground and zero American casualties..

    If Rick Perry cant come up with coherent thoughts when he is being challenged by Mitt Romney, what is he going to do when there is a REAL challenge, where lives hang in the balance.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  70. Mike

    That's the what the Tea Party and Republicans do best, Blame it on others. They are little kids on a playground always blaming others for there mishaps. Wake up, it's not all his fault, it was your guy Bush and Cheney that screwed america over for 8 yeras with their lies, then you want some guy to come in fix the mess in a blink of a eye. Then you nut bags elect a republican congress who is just determined to block anything this president goes, even if its right for america, because they want to see him fail and put the blame on him then worry about the people that sent them to washington. You want to blame someone, blame your self for electing idiot tea party freaks to office, who can't see anything in the mirror but themselves. So far not one of them has provided a credible solution, other than put the blame on Obama, if you are so damm smart, lt's hear a real solution from your mouths? I'm all ears to hear what you have to say? the only they know how to say is "it' obama's fault' and no new taxes" as if that's going to provide the miracle solution that we need.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  71. Henry Miller

    “You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,"

    It's kinda a scary that a man on whose judgement we're forced to rely is apparently incapable of understanding, at the very least, the implications of both the recent NASA findings concerning the heat-retention model and the recent CERN findings concerning the role of solar cosmic rays in cloud formation. He apparently also doesn't understand that a local instance of weather has almost nothing to do with climate.

    I've been hearing for years how smart Obama is, but to quote the old movie, "Stupid is as stupid does."

    September 26, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • randme

      Just keep on denying. Galileo was right, but the masses just couldn't accept changes to their long-held beliefs.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Inrealityhere

      Right on! To Henry Miller

      September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  72. randme

    Obama is finally warming up to the campaign. The Republican debates will make him look even better. Maybe the Republicans should consider not televising their debates. The audiences are killing them.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  73. Obamajoe

    God bless America.

    God bless President Obama.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  74. TC

    So...let me see if I have this right. He raises $8M and spends almost as much of OUR money travelling to get around on AF Oneand for the associated support activities (USSS, WHCA, Staff travel, local LEO support, etc.) for a campaign tour! WTF, over?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  75. Matt

    Both parties are but two sides of the same coin, ready to trample your rights when it fits their needs.

    And we get to spend our tax money on the President's re-election campaign. Lucky us.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  76. Zebra

    The US is a tale of 2 countries, and one don't give a s*** about the other. The people here are the ones that lose.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  77. Vicky

    Yes, Mr. President, you WILL BE re-elected in 2012! I used to be a Republican, but I fully support you. Thank you for bringing dignity and intellect to the highest office in the land.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  78. Thomas

    "You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama continued, in a clear reference to Perry."

    Mr. President, you need someone to tutor you on logic before you make such statements.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • GMaof2

      Yes, Texas is on fire, but so are many other states. History repeats itself over & over. Obama's in over his head and it's extremely apparent. NObama keeps all his little dealings behind closed doors. He proposes 'new' plans, but never backs them up w/ strategies on how to rectify them. So what if Perry isn't a good debater? He's a leader and takes care of business when it comes to Texas. I DON'T want a flip-flopping Mormon for President nor a Radical Ron Paul. Backmann doesn't have leadership qualities and the list goes on. PERRY for 2012!!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
      • jean2009

        No more Texans for president. Obama-Biden 2012

        September 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  79. Liberty Queen

    President Obama is correct in his assessment of the Geezers and Old Pigs and the Pea Party, the parties with peas for brains and pease for you know what else and the lard butts who wish ill and death on everyone including our soldiers. The people who took this economy down are the dunce George W. Bush and darth vader Dick Cheney along with all their buddies on wall street, in big oil, in big pharma and their gun-runner buddies. Perry is a fascist yahoo and Romney is a misanthrope mormon and we know how mormons treat women. Obama is dealing with a bunch of bullying boys and gadfly girls in the House and Senate who think nothing of playing chicken with the taxpayers of the United States, including women and children.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  80. Bill

    The tea party crowd is destroying the Republican party, which is standing by and letting it happen. It's up to the rest of Americans to make sure , if the GOP falls, we don't let the tea party destroy our government and our great country! Any tea party candidate or any candidate who signs any kind of pledge to any group must be defeated for our democracy to survive. Every candidate for office should be beholden to our country first and it's citizens, not some anti-tax or anti-abortion group. Candidates: You sign a pledge, you LOSE my vote!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  81. sabs

    We don't have a two party system. We have a 1 party system. The Republican Party. The Democrats aren't a Party, they're everyone else. Will Rogers once said he didn't belong to an Organized Political Party, he was a Democrat.

    The Republicans group think, and vote in this giant block of doom. The Democrats are individuals with a wide range of different political agendas, so it's really easy to get 2-3 of them to switch sides in a vote, if you offer them the right incentives.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  82. S.R

    Obama, best person for the job. He inherited the G.O.P created mess. It's a simple as that. Before George W. we had a SURPLUS after W. we have this. I am sure all Bush's friends are fat and happy.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  83. Justin

    OBAMA DIGS AT PERRY because OBAMA IS PETRIFIED OF ROMNEY AND HIS BRILLANCE! Nice try! Deflect, that is all it appears this admisistration can do, Not so easy at this point, the American people have their bi-foculs on!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  84. kathy

    AWESOME picture!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Vumba

      Your right, I look the same way after I get off the plane, 'where is the bathroom'?

      September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am |
      • Henry Miller

        :-)

        And look at the guy holding the hat to the right. Probably thinking, "Damn! He's the president–he gets to go first!"

        September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  85. Hes Right

    And a big reason why some folks who used to be Republicans are now supporting the President is because they finally "got it" that Republicans will not do anything for the Middle Class and the Poor! And let's face it, the majority of people are not independently wealthy to be able to vote for or be aligned with Republicans anymore. Republicans want to cut Social Security that people worked for thirty, forty, or more years of their life for in order to collect the benefits of the program in their golden years. Republicans want to throw these folks under the bus and forget about them - retirees, the elderly, the poor, the middle class. Democrats will give you back the money you invested in Social Security and help you in other ways when you are down and out and need the help.

    And Republicans did not stand up to support the Gay service member, as President. Obama pointed out, when he was being booed by the audience. That is very SHAMEFUL, discouraging, and speaks volumes about the Republicans! That shows how much Republicans care about our service members putting their life on the line defending this country. And yes, Republicans want the Hispanic vote but would just as soon send Hispanics back to Mexico and take away any benefits they receive and profile them, and want to amend the U.S. Constitution to take away the present right to become an American if a child is born in this country no matter from where his parents are originally from. And it will be a cold day in H-ell before they stand up for Hispanics and actually do something to help them, like passing the Dream Act that is so long overdue! So, of course the President is right in these and many other matters. Republicans need to be Voted Out Of Office ASAP! They are being very destructive to this country and aligned with the Tea Party this country will NEVER move forward and advance. Out with all of them already! OUT!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  86. Nerissa

    Obama might just be the most partisan president in recent history. Instead of working together to find solutions, he takes cheap shots to win votes.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  87. Nick

    It's sad for the anti-Obama crowd that the President can practically phone in a campaign and STILL get re-elected, simply because the Republican ticket is whiter trash than a bag full of styrofoam.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Vumba

      Well Nick the minority 'trash' did not work, there are no other minorities to chose from, so what do we do now, right, we go back to the white guys. I myself would like to see a woman, of any color, become President. The guys have had enough time to show leadership and have failed miserably. It's a time for a change all across the board...

      September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Henry Miller

      Exactly, I suspect, what a lot of Dems were thinking last November–right up until they lost their elections to the styrofoam crowd.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  88. Henry Miller

    "...expressing support for the notion a dying individual without healthcare should not receive free care..."

    "This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country.."

    Absolutely correct! The choice is whether government is going to treat its citizens as responsible adults, capable of making their own decisions, and of living, or dying, with the consequences of those decisions, or is going to treat us with contempt as irresponsible children incapable of making those decisions.

    Freedom includes the freedom to make bad decisions, and society has no obligation–nor, on any large scale, ability–to protect people from the consequences of their own bad decisions. Further, to give government that obligation would entail giving it the authority to make those decisions on our behalf and to impose them on us, thus utterly repudiating any shred of individual freedom. Indeed, much of the philosophy of "Progressivism," a term being adopted more and more as the term "Liberal" falls into well-deserved disrepute, explicitly espouses social micromanagement by "elites" presumed to be smarter, better educated, more socially conscious, etc., than the ordinary dullard of a citizen.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • robnla

      If society has no obligation to protect people from their own bad decisions, please explain the Bush/Wall St bailouts. What happened to capitalism, survival of the fittest, lifting oneself from one;s bootstraps? I guess the conservative philosophy is to bail out the rich but leave the poor, sick, and elderly to die. Teapublicans must be the most callous, racist, selfish bunch of "Americans" this country has ever seen. They signed oaths to Grover Norquist, not the American people.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • What???

      So...going by your post, a guy who worked his whole life for a company who pilfered his retirement fund and then declared bankruptcy has made a bad choise and should die for it? He spends every extra cent he has saved throughout his life kjust to get by and now health insurance is no longer an option...this is the guy we should let die for his bad choices??? You need to re-examine your priorities.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Sally27

      So, Henry Miller, according to you, a person who has worked his entire life to take care of his family, but has bad insurance, should just die, because he wasn't responsible enough to insure that he only worked for a company that provided great insurance or excellent retirement benefits? Most responsible adults don't have enough savings to pay for the medical care needed to cover a long term illness. And the repubs are the ones who want to turn back the clock to "reclaim our country"...well, in times past, we as a society took care of the less fortunate amongst us. We felt that it was our obligation to care for our neighbors when they were down. Yet, it is the dems, who you say have "well deserved disrepute, who want to conserve those moral standards, and the "christian" repubs would just let the poor die on the streets.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • MDguy

      Mr Miller – you make some salient points about the right to be able to make one's own choices in life but there is a middle ground here that is to the left of your position and to the right of die hard liberals. There are many millions of people who want/would get health insurance but are unable to afford it. A hard-right response such as "well, they should've planned more effectively or gone into another profession" (the typical extremist Republican response) is neither a realistic nor fair way to look at people who are suffering, either economically or physically.

      One key characteristic missing from the Republican platform (indeed from you) that doesn't get much press is compassion for people less fortunate.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • DB2

      Kind of like requiring a 12-year-old girl to take a vaccination against something that is not contagious, you mean? Let's not pretend either party represents what you're stating, as one party leans towards social programs for the poor, the other towards social programs for corporate "individuals." And, what you're really espousing is essentially anarchy. Gov't stays out of everyones way, lets everyone make their own decisions, doesn't interefere then the decisions and actions of one individual damage or destroy the many. After all, it's survival of the fittest right? If I walk into your house and take everything you have does it become your fault because you chose not to install good locks on the doors?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • jean2009

      A.) The person in question could not purchase health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Since when is that a personal decision? http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html

      September 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  89. OldieTampaBay

    wouldn't it be nice if the name calling stopped? If the constant jabs at the candidates are doing stopped as well? How about someone .. somewhere talk about HOW they are going to fix the US & then DO IT?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  90. joe smith

    wheres' Jack Wheeler when we need him..

    September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  91. Anton Chigar

    He's right. 2012 WILL be bigger than '08. The special interests have been setting the stage for this war for 3 years, and they want THEIR country back!! No regulation on anything, government "entitlements" slashed, trade policies designed to maximize THEIR profits while exporting more US jobs, the end of organized labor and minimum wages, no more environmental policies, etc.. The USA these people want will be the end of the middle class, and its being sold to a naive, obtuse, angry public with "victory mosques", "sharia law", "socialism". Its time for people to stand up to these far right lunatics, and put them back under the rocks they hid under until chickenhawk george let them out!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  92. lana a.

    You know what I am confused because everybody keeps talking about oh wow the economy is so bad what are u guys talking about how is the economy bad me and my family and my friends all work and are making the same amount of money we always have been making if not more so how is the economy so bad why all this complaining if people are thinking to not vote for Obama because of the economy well then I don't agree at all cause I don't see or feel that anything is wrong with the economy at least it hasn't effected me to take notice. Oh and I work as a CPA and have been for the past 14 years.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  93. noteabags

    "Hey Obama...FU!"

    Dean, you just validated everything Obama said. That's the republican way. Thank you for proving his point.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Dee

      exactly!

      September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • jerrod

        that's not stereotyping...

        September 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  94. Matt - Bethlehem, PA

    How quickly you Republican/Tea Baggers forget!

    It's George W Bush who got this country in debt! He began his first term with a budget SURPLUS and squandered it...got us into two wars, one of which was based on lies about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction...and it was still on his watch as Wall Street crashed and the housing bubble burst.

    This is not passing the blame, ITS FACT!!!!

    Obama stopped the bleeding and its going to take more than 3 years to clean up the mess from the previous 8!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  95. Dan

    Did those supporters paying $35,800 per person also pay for Air Force One and Secret Service for the fundraiser or did they leave those expenses to the taxpayers? These are probably the same type of scumbags that will benefit from green spending or carbon taxes, like Solyndra (bankrupt) or Goldman Sachs who wants to run the carbon exchange.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  96. Vumba

    Liberals always feel they are the "enlightened" ones, and the rest of us just play catch-up. After reading some of these entries I would have to say Liberals are quite...what do you say...emotional. To the point of being rude, crude, and arrogant. That's being "enlightened"? Thank goodness after 2012 common sense replaces enlightenment.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • BrooklynDave

      LOL. Thank you for noticing.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You dont have any passion about politics then? you are just blah with the whole thing huh?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Vumba

      Cedar Rapids: I have 'passion', but that's for cherry ice cream. You missed my point on how people talk because they hide behind their computers, 'they will never find out who I am, FU!' Is it really necessary? It just gets old and on this particular website it's more liberal than others. Although I do admit other websites can easily go the other way. It was more of an observation than 'drawing a line in the sand'. Back to my R.E.M., '...If you believe they put a man on the moon...'

      September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • USA Angel

        Passion for ice cream. Work? Kids? Career? Happiness? What happens in your life going forward? No? Just....cold treats. Well if that's all you got passion for I could see how nothing else really matters. Politics kinda encompasses all of that and if you squat in basements eating your passion all day...well......

        September 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Matt - Bethlehem, PA

      Calling liberals rude?

      Did you even read the article??? How about the Republican audience's cheering the death (hypothetical) of someone who didn't have health care??? How about the Republican audience's booing of a US solider who happens to be gay?

      How dare you have the nerve to call liberals rude!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  97. Brian

    An idiot is in the White House! Pay attention!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  98. Inrealityhere

    Inrealityhere
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    So, Obama hopes his supporters will be ignorant enough to believe that the fire in Texas is caused by climate change and a few outbursts from an audience means the whole audience supports the view of those few when in fact, according to this article, "Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized reactions..."
    "Obama’s entire West-Coast swing is expected to..." cost taxpayers millions of dollars but so what? He can travel around the country at our expense and try to hold onto his job while the common people pay the tab...and Lady Gaga sings his praises. 2012 can't come soon enough! BTW- do a search and you will find: Global Warming Hoax: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

    In moderation for?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  99. James320

    So far, I have not heard a single republican candidate offer any ideas that aren't the exact same policies enacted when Bush & the republicans ran everything. If it didn't work at all then, and the economy only became disastrously bad under Bush, why on earth would they think it would work now?
    They promised they'd change and only work on jobs programs if people would vote for them last year, and so far, these republicans haven't produced one actual jobs bill (sure, they created one they titled a jobs bill, but if you read it, it was about dismantling social security, and had nothing about jobs in it at all).

    September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  100. Fundies

    I am looking forward to lunch.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  101. Voltairine

    GOP/Teabag solutions for healthcare, gay rights and the economy: Involuntary Soylent Green Factories

    September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  102. Gene Cole

    The least Presidential president in my life time, excepting Jimmy Carter, whom he ties in the race to the bottom.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  103. Brian

    To think there are actually people out there that defend this man! A socialist muslim that has never even held a job in the private sector. I'm even more surprised they voted for him in the first place. I'm not a fan of Bush or any other candidate I see so far either. Is this really the best we can do! OBAMA??? You got to be kidding me!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  104. BBinJB

    At what cost to the taxpayer does this 8 million go to the Democratic Party?

    President Obama cannot be focused on his job if he is spending 10 hours a day campaigning, nor can anyof the other candidates.

    The cost of travelling to these locations is extremely high for someone in the Oval Office. He is not setting the example that he promised in his 2008 campaign. ALL of the candidates running for office become neglectful of the offices they hold during a campaign and these campaigns are starting earlier every election.

    The government for the people, by the people and of the people has been replaced by a goverrnment for the people, by the people and of the people who can afford $38,500 dinner reservations. They purport support for the little people while draining them of their incomes and excluding themselves from the very laws they create themselves.

    Is there not some sense of conflict of interest when the Congress can create a law that grants them an automatic raise unless they vote it down? I get a raise, if I'm lucky lately, if and only if I do a good job. Our government has failed to do a good job since Ronald Reagan was in office.

    What of the health care bill? They excluded themselves from that as well. And the FULL retirement after serving only eight years...this is definitely of the people. Who in this country gets that?

    We need to implement a mechanism that would invoke the people's right to self governance, public referendums on all legislature that deals directly with the Congress and its member's over-stuffed benefit bag. NO law should be passed that excludes any public servant, the idea is counter to the ideals this country was founded on.

    We should also use the public referendum to remove from office any member of Congress that is found guilty of misuse of office. This happens all the time and they get their hand slapped for it publicly, while privately they get a pat on the back and a wink.

    We need a way for the people to regain their voice in cacaphony of noise raised by the elitist extremists that have pirated our government.

    Vote, I would prefer that you don't vote for an incumbent for the next 3 elections, but vote. Vote based on your conscience with a blind eye to race, creed or religion.

    Oh, and by the way, next census check the other box for race and put in AMERICAN.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  105. QDOGFL

    After reading this blog, I can see that the GOP supporters/Obama Haters are completely insane and out of touch with reality. Whether it stems from their obvious racial prejudices or just plain ignorance about their own party's ineptness, having the gall to blame the global economy on one President is just dumb; No "if's, ands, or buts" about it. You think we'd be better off with McCain, Palin, or Romney in office right now? The only difference would be that the rich would have an even larger safety net for preserving their wealth at the expense of the poor, thereby widening the gap between the classes. What would be considered "middle class" would no longer exist, as Republican's policies have generally called for a system formed of the "haves" and the "have-nots" and healthcare reform would still be in a limbo state to this day. Obama is not perfect and the Democratic strategy could definitely be tweaked but, it's the best we've got for the trying times that we're in. If anything, the administration should have nixed the outrageous amount of overseas spending that has occurred over the past 10+ years.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  106. Dee

    “You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama continued, in a clear reference to Perry. "It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.”

    and people in this country are still blind to see that the GOP is a horrible choice! It's OBAMA 2012! ALL OR NOTHING! LETS GO!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • MDguy

      Couldn't agree more.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  107. Go Obama 2012

    Why is it whenever I see posting on here from a Republican, it's the same tired over done and rehashed stuff I heard on Hannity or Limbaugh yesterday? Darn near verbatim too, don't any of you think for yourselves, or has the struggle for power and greed blinded your ability to read anything but Fox News. Really????

    September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  108. craig spencer

    @shades..Grow up! Presidents do run for re-election, that being said Obama does not stand a chance in you know where of being re-elected. Saddly, though the GOP alternative will do no better, we have been doing evertyhin to get this economy going and nothing as worked. Taxes are lower that they have been in dacades and still no jobs. Welcome to gobalization.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  109. samuel

    I was a Rep, but voted Obama 2008. And if it is the right thing to do for the country I will do it again. I did 30 years in the military and care about America ! No a party or race ! If we all took a moment and cared about America and stopped the name calling and acted liked adults. Then the country and start to recover. But, we listen to GOP, teabager and Dems who just want to deadlock this great country ! Vote with your brain, get informed and think about America as a whole.

    Save America !! Thank you

    September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  110. spike

    Fire in Texas = GlobalWarming? OK, Obama, whatever you say.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  111. Eli

    Hey Obama,

    It's not 2008. You are the incumbent and your record on the economy and unemployment is horrible. You've had your chance and failed. It's time to give someone else a chance. Please go away. A-salaam Alaykum.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  112. RS, CA

    Was Michelle there with her 20th costume and wig change of the day?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  113. zip

    Since when did trailer parks become Republican think tanks?

    September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  114. Lillith

    Mr. Obama YOU own this economy....STOP blaming everybody and everything else....ain't YOU the President....doesn't the buck stop with you? Your sheep are beginning to see you not only have no clothes....other than campaigning you don't have much between those ears. (And you sheep....I AM A BLACK AMERICAN)!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  115. Mike

    Time for a Real Change. Vote fro someone who wants to bring back personal freedom and discontinue all those policies violating our rights. It's time for freedom. It's time for sound money. It's time for truth. Ron Paul 2012!!

    September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  116. omegarising

    What an absolute pathetic joke this so called "president" is. So now fires equal climate change??? BWAAHAHAHA, ROFLMAO!!!! This empty suit dictator wanna be doesn't have a fuucking clue!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • zip

      How's that GED workin' out, cooter?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Steve in Denver

      No, Omega. Fires aren't equal to climate change. Record droughts are the result of climate change, which in turn cause record fires. It is cause and effect, but you have to be able to understand one thing causes another thing, and that might cause a third thing. 1, 2, 3. I know it is hard to concentrate that long, but you really need to try.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • omegarising

        So let me see if I have this straight. Fires=climate change, cold weather=climate change, hurricanes=climate change,hot weather=climate change, drought=climate change, flooding=climate change, cow flatulence=climate change, humans breathing=climate change, a bird dying=climate change.....Yeah, I think I got it *sighs*

        September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Matt - Bethlehem, PA

        @ omegarising,

        Once again you people are hiding your heads in the sand. Climate Change....its something scientists have been saying for some time now, OOPS, that's right, you don't believe in science.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:55 am |
      • USA Angel

        LOL @ your responder. DUH....SCIENCE= climate change. This lady has never met anyone or anything smarter than a fifth grader over here??? wussup with that! lol. Other point to be made_ -_-_Better than M Bachmann & hubby, and Perry's team of nuts_-_-_you know they are constantly talking about "signs" blah blah blah. (God got somebody out of the bed about being president. Wow. Lmfao) Which is better? Scientific fact...or...hmmm...hokey pokey "cause this BIG LADY says so it must be true" philosophy.

        September 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Sheil

      Are you really that incapable of complete thought. Climate change cause the drought through no rain and temperatures over 100 for months and high winds. If you can't see that you are blind!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Linda

      Get an education- learn some science. Global climate change is caused by the continued burning of fossil fuels and it is destroying our planet. Droughts and floods are part of its destruction. Texas has had its worst drought in history which is why it is burning. You live on this planet too and so will your children's children yet you buy into the propaganda and lies of corporations and big oil who care nothing for your family but only for their profits. Get real.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Linda

      The truth is my friend, you don't have a clue. I feel sorry for your children and your children's children if the likes of you and the Repubulican naysayers continue to deny what is fact. Climate change will destroy the planet – humans will go extinct along with most of the world's animals all for the profit of big oil and coal. Try some education and some real science and then you will become someone who has a clue and might work to stop the use of fossil fuels which are destroying Mother Earth/ It is a fact!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • jean2009

      Anyone who records data for a phenology garden knows climate change exists, and that we are currently experiencing it.

      September 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  117. Mike

    All of these GOP commenters, all of them attacking Obama and not one of them saying anything about the topic – the fact that the current crop of GOP candidates and their supporters are for people dying without health insurance and for booing and ridiculing active military personnel simply because they are gay.

    What a disgrace the GOP has become. The sad part is that the election is still over a year away and I fear they will only get worse.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  118. Marc

    The President is doing what he can,with what Bush left him! A economic mess! Yes he is campaigning just like every other President has done! The GOP spent up all our saving from Clinton years.Now they talk about spending?No way in hell going back to the GOP!And, poor republicans have no clue that they will not see any of that Rich Money in their life time!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  119. Sheil

    If Tax cuts Create jobs then the Bush Tax Cuts should have created lots of jobs. Instead corporations used the money and Out Sourced American Jobs. DeRegulation got us banks that charged more than loan sharks if you made a mistake on your arithmetic in your checkbook. Environmental DO WHAT YOU WANT policies lead to dirty air and water. Wake up Republicans. Lies told over and over do not make them true. You are being hand fed un truths and you suck it up like your deprived of the ability to think and see. The Party of NO does not want jobs they want failure so they can take back power. It's that simple. Wake up. Do you want 4 more years of George Bush's policies. Are you Really that Silly! This is Corporatism not Capitalism. OBAMA 2012

    September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  120. Kim

    I am upset with Obama for lots of reasons but the Republicans are near psychotic with their delusions. So many people out there can't see that the Republicans are ONLY for big business. I've got some sobering news, Mr. Average Citizen, you are never going to be a billionaire, statistically, factually speaking so please stop voting rich and living poor because that is really screwing up the country.

    Why do you support the Republicans and the mega wealthy at the expense of yourself, the poor, the middle class and the country?? It just plain makes no sense.

    And to all those who don't seem to care if the Repubs do away with SS. What are YOU going to do when you are too old to work and there's no more SS? If the Republicans have their way, we'll all be living like characters in The Grapes of Wrath or like those from a Charles Dickens' novel.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  121. Tony 14-0

    Good to see that the CAMPAIGNER in CHIEF is in full campaign mode. I guess he has no problem lining his pockets with money from millionaires and billionaires. Oh yes, and that "corporate jet" he flies around is paid for by the taxpayers. Isn't $1 billion enough already. This is boarding on ridiculous. How about staying home and working for a change. We have given you a nice "white" house with a wonderful office (oval).

    September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Mike

      So if the candidate you voted for had won and was campaigning right now (as he most certainly would be, our entire political system works around campaigning and elections) you would be up in arms just as much, posting on every topic that CNN publishes that he's not doing his job etc. etc., right?

      Yaaaaa, right. Think about that for a second and how absolutely ridiculously childish and hypocritical you sound.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • TXJim

      Tony.. I'm sorry.. I didn't see your complaints about GW Bush doing the same thing... and Bill Clinton.. and Bush 41.. and Reagan.. and Carter.. and Nixon ..and LBJ ..and Kennedy, even though he was killed during a campaign trip..

      Could you repeat the same thing about the other presidents in the last 50 years?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • USA Angel

      WHo puts "WHITE" in quotes. lmao. Furthermore- you people (lol@that) will say ANYTHING- factual or otherwise- to play like you have a valid point. Please. Republicans have been campaigning since the first day after the last election.

      They wont help do any of the heavy lifting. At a regular job this sounds like grounds for termination.

      I need a show on CNN!!! I love you AC360. Your "white" hair rubbing on my black skin while I massage your neck will be a perfect fit!

      September 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  122. GauisJulius

    I have yet to find on CNN the comments that Obama made to the Black Caucus this weekend where he obviously was race-baiting. Not sure why CNN decided to leave that out, but include many small stories of how bad the GOP is. Funny that Obama talks about being above race-baiting, yet he obviously did this over the weekend.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  123. ScubaDude

    It is astonishing to me that folks posting here are so pro-Dem or pro-Rep, and all seem to lose sight of what is best for the country. The reality is that both extremes are disasterous, both extremes spend all their energy, and our precious time, attacking each other rather than truly solving ht eproblems we face. I don't need you, Obama, or Boehner, telling me what is best for me, based on results they obviously don't get it. Once you flaming lefties and righties get back to your caves and communes, maybe the few left with common sense, and a true love of what makes America great, can get this country back on track – neither extreme can or will ever be good for America.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  124. MDguy

    The president was right to reference the despicable remarks made by audience members in the GOP fundraisers. They underscore how twisted/out-of-touch-with-reality the Republican party has become............a sick bunch of people. I look forward to President Obama's second term in office.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  125. Kevin

    The problem with Obama is that he has to run on his record. He can snipe against certain Republican comments, but he has to convince Americans that his policies aren't complete failures (which they are).

    I actually like Obama. He seems like a great husband and father. But he is the worst economic President in the history of the Republic. And he's going to somehow convince Americans that he knows what he's doing.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  126. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY INTELLIGENT CHOICE THERE IS TO MAKE!!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Jeff S

      I plan on making up my own mind...thanks.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • omegarising

        Like I said, the only INTELLIGENT choice there is to make. Unfortunately, America has a hell of a lot of UNINTELLIGENT people.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • Dex

        Jeff S,

        I don't believe he is telling you but rather trying to make you research and learn about potential candidate, Ron Paul. The media ignores him completely, which is very strange. He has a lot of good ideas and is the real deal when it comes to not flip flopping or lying/sugar coating it for you, like what seems to be all politicians. As an independent myself, if you are interested in making up your own mind, watch some videos of Ron Paul on youtube, and wiki him.

        September 26, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Ron Paul = Crazy

      Dude, Ron Paul is Crazy!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • USA Angel

      Ron might croak before the general. Let him relax and take his meds properly. Mr. Magoo for prez...lol. Seriously though....he screwy sometimes- but if I had to pick one of em.....If I HAD to.....I look into him hardest.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      We need a hypocrite like Ron Paul like we need head lice. If he thinks people shouldn't be living off the government tit, and that people who can't buy health insurance because they have a pre-exiting condition are making a personal decision. Then the fool should give up his own government provided health insurance and pension.
      Paul is just another case of while my hand is in the government till you should "Do as I say, not as I do."

      September 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  127. mousedreams

    Hey, "job creators", where are the f-ing jobs you keep promising? A decade of tax cuts nets huge job losses. TAX CUTS must ELIMINATE JOBS, TAX INCREASES must CREATE JOBS...

    September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  128. Mark

    Obozo is a joke. He loves to blame everyone/everything for his administration pathetic performance. Well, he was never qualified to be president. We all know why he was elected. The great experiment blew up

    September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  129. Marc

    Tony- Did you complain about Bush flying and campaigning?Probably not! Did you complain about Bush's 2 wars and spending for that?Probably not! Go back to that GOP "NO Black hole" and hide!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  130. Marc

    Ron Paul has no chance in hell of winning!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  131. Terry

    We are getting a good dose of Republican hate for Blacks, the Poor, the Elderly, the Hispanic and Latino Communities, Gays and Lesbians, and Middle Class Union Workers who are out of a job because all of their jobs were shipped offshore to improve profits for Corporate America. Since these folks are clearly the majority in this country, let's see how they vote in November 2012. By the way, if you are out of work, the Republicans plan to block any jobs bill that might help you.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • TXJim

      Don't forget.. they don't like people who are dying either..

      September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Sheil

      @Terry.....You said it! And you are right on! Obama 2012

      September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Marty

      Terry-you are ignorant.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • USA Angel

      Oh...you forgot a few folks....Lets see. They dont like the educated...the literate....the talented.....where do these socialites live Baby Jesus!

      September 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  132. Emmett O'Riley

    I think the worst part about the booing of the soldier and the uninsured person was that NONE of the debaters, and I use that term loosely, stood up on their hind legs and chastised the booers for being heartless. To me it's an indication of the sad direction this great country is headed.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  133. TJeff1776

    IT USE TO BE logical, manly, and unifiable AFTER an election for America then to come together for the common good.
    Six months BEFORE an election, political opposition would then crank up again. Not true anymore. Generally speaking, during the 1990's the Health Industry began to pour billions into political coffers- mostly onto the Republican
    side. From Tea Party rallies, we observe large pictures of the Prez depicted as Devils, Lizards, pigs. and other low forms IMMEDIATELY after the election. In foreign lands, they are suppose to "understand" our system, but they mostly DON'T. Too deep for them, I suppose. In the meantime, we are suppose to undertstand why they don't understand.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  134. QDOGFL

    omegarising- Are you starring in IDIOCARCY 2? Global Warming equals changes in atmospherics that could cause less rain in Texas, hotter weather conditions, more droughts, and guess what...more chances for wilderness fires to occur. I guess that's merely a myth though, as Governor Perry would have everyone believe. More likely the state just had an increased amount of idiots lighting fires for fun over the past few years. I'm also guessing that when lightning storms strike dry brush and wood, candy canes and fruit juices should burst out all over the place.

    No dude! you don't have fkn clue! Get edu...ma...cated!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  135. blah blah blah

    " as much as $35,800 a plate" - the poverty level for a family of four is $22,350 per year (not per plate) – you're a fool if you think either party has the interests of the people as a priority – they just want to win and no one seems to care they're doing it on your backs.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  136. wild willy

    Is the teleprompter clown functionally capable of doing anything other than flapping his lips? Evidently not, judging from the unemployment rate and housing sales. Obama = a failed liberal experiment.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  137. A Canadian

    Regardless of who's in the White House, America is doomed. The Chinese own the US now. A few decades back I often used to hear, Better dead than Red. Today, it's better Red than bankrupt. Your economic power is gone and a bunch guys living in mountains aka Taliban have given you a broken nose. What is it that you guys are proud of? I would suggest that you guys do the honourable thing that a Samurai would do. We could ship the swords if need be cause you may have no money to buy them.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  138. Pragmag

    Oye. Obama's doing it again. He said that GOP's approach will fundamentally cripple America and cited their stance on climate change as a reason. Does get how freekin liberal this makes him sound? We need Hillary in the race, and fast.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  139. Jack

    Most comment here are obnoxious and very childish. If this is the majority of the attitude, then we need to send you back to your grandparents for training. Your parents apparently didn't do a very good job!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  140. Dave R.

    HENRY MILLER; Ever heard the saying "bad things happen to good people"? Some sthing happen through no fault of the individual. You don't want protection from some of that? Then maybe you and others of your ilk should just pay as you go. You have a fire in your house? Ok, have your credit card ready when you call and be ready to put up about 10G's. How about the BP oil spill? Shouldn't there be regulations to protect those residents. And what did we find out? It was Bush era regulation denial that had every one looking the other way. Actually, I think all people like you should pay a $10.00 toll every time you put your car on the street. Tell us how that feels. Yeah, for you it's all about me and to hell with every one else.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  141. Damian

    These particular Republicans mentioned in this article should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and need to get their heads examined..................oh but wait never mind they are empty!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  142. Georgia Tee

    The one thing obvious to most is this, the teapublicans can not, and will not, discuss facts..They live for the speculation, and name calling, the only comments made are based on opinion.....For a group of people to vote against their own best interest is amazing, How do you get through to someone that likes hearing themselfs talk ??????

    September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  143. Becky

    What an arrogant jerk you guys voted in as commander in chief. And that is putting it nicely. No room for arrogance in the White House.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • A Canadian

      Ha ha!!! Good one Becky. The entire US is seen as arrogant by the outside world and you talk about just the White House.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  144. Mit

    Obama lol. Soon to be another distant memory. It's true that he is a good campaigner, but as a President he fails. We will remember his "results"as we vote next year

    September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  145. Monica

    Yeah, I'm of course voting Republican in this election because of economy, they are correct on fiscal issues, but socially, it is seriously some kind of insanity. Of course at the debates you have some extreme people, but still – even the Dream Act convo, do these people even know this is a conversation about children who have done nothing wrong and broke no laws? They appear like a bunch of psychopaths..

    The global warming thing – we can talk about that, global warming happened, such as it did many times before we were even here, and it seems we're cooling off again, so I'm not concerned about that. Perry is questioning the theory of man made global warning not the actual event of global warming, something that liberals just refuse to point out – it's just "global warming deniers."

    September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  146. omegarising

    You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care .

    What an absolute disgusting, vile piece of filth this little man is. Seriously, saying people are cheering because of people dying? What a demented, vile abomination this turd is.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  147. Bob

    Yep, vote Republican: We need more war (probably attack Canada next), more deregulation like Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Leman Bros, Banks, Wall Street (aren't they doing great). No unions, less teachers, less public safety, more money for insurance and drug companies, no taxing rich fairly, keep loop holes, Yep we need the Republicans because they did so much better.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  148. GOP Hate the USA

    poor conservatards always hitting below the belt with their vomit but cant take it when the other side does the same always playing the victim card. keep it up Obama you got my vote.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  149. JWR

    When President Obama took office, we Americans were in an 11 trillion dollar hole. That is the amount that was lost in 401K plans, stocks, savings, home values and other personal losses. My question is how long will it take to dig out of an 11 trillion dollar hole? One year, two years, three years? The answer is it will take years possibly ten years. That's reality. Fast food economics like the Republicans propose will make it even longer. Where is their plan anyway? Boehner, where are the jobs? Who are these mythical "job creators"? Please name them. How many jobs do the mythical "job creators" promise Americans if the Bush taxes are extended? What areas are these jobs in?

    September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • DB2

      Thanks JWR – one of the smartest points I've seen today. Simple answers are demanded by simple people, but the reality is that all of these issues are complex and interconnected. Unravelling and correcting all the issues that have led us to this point will take years, patience, and leaders who aren't willing to accept the quick "simple" band-aid solutions that don't address the real problems.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • AA

      It was 9.6 trillion when he took office. It's now 14.2 trillion because of all the failed stimulus packages and incentives he was giving. The incentives failed the first time he tried it, yet he tried again for the second time....etc. His only solution to the economy was to spend more money.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  150. bird

    There is no level so low that Obama will not stoop to it. It's Perry's fault the audience boos? Yo! Odumbo!! Your poll numbers are so low as to be almost non-existent. I guess that the fault of you and the democrats right????????

    September 26, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Mike

      What does that have to do with anything?

      Once again, another GOPer who cannot address the boos themselves, the fact that the candidates essentially condoned the boos by not confronting them with the perfect opportunity. Everybody saw the candidates awkward looks as their supporters booed active military personnel and a hypothetical where a man dies because he has no insurance.

      I'm still waiting for one single Obama detractor to be mature enough not to use ad hominems as their entire backbone for argument. It's quite literally all they got.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • MTATL67

      Typical extremist maneuver deflection. Is it acceptable to boo a solider that is literally in another country defending your freedom. Is this the Roman arena chanting let him die. If you think that is acceptable then you are as cold hearted and un-American as those that did. It showed a complete lack of leadership by everyone of the Republican candidates. No matter how much you try and deflect what happened me and people like me will not let you.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • The Fitz

        So by your logic Obama should be help accountable for the speech he was at when Hoffa called for violence, and he said nothing?

        September 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  151. Kevin

    I do have to wonder if some of this Audience response we are witnessing (such as the cheering for someone dying without health care et. al.) is not driven by a frustration with a demographic that seems unable or, more likely, unwilling to care for themselves. They want to live a lifestyle of leisure at the expense of hardworking tax payers and many of us find it hard to open our wallets and help out the person who's values and actions fly right in the face of what we believe is decent and moral.

    In addition to my confiscatory taxes; I tithe and give to several charities. So I know I get sick of listening to the Whitehouse say how I have to give more. I think we have reached the tipping point in America where those of us who work hard and contribute to society are finally saying no more to a white house that wants to loot us again to help out the voters that support them.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • A. Repeat

      I do have to wonder if some of this Audience response we are witnessing (such as the cheering for someone dying without health care et. al.) is not driven by a frustration with a demographic that seems unable or, more likely, unwilling to care for themselves. They want to live a lifestyle of leisure at the expense of hardworking tax payers and many of us find it hard to open our wallets and help out the person who's values and actions fly right in the face of what we believe is decent and moral.

      In addition to my confiscatory taxes; I tithe and give to several charities. So I know I get sick of listening to the Whitehouse say how I have to give more. I think we have reached the tipping point in America where those of us who work hard and contribute to society are finally saying no more to a white house that wants to loot us again to help out the voters that support them.

      September 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • USA Angel

        I work hard and contribute also. But I was fired by the "job creators"(lol) now I have no health insurance. Q. Should I...and everyone in my catergory...be killed off cause we aint working TODAY? If I understand correctly, the reason I receive unemployment is because I/ my company paid into insurance.

        SO if we kill off all of the ME's out there- you know how lazy/ unable to manage physical labor wealthy folks are- WHO'S GONNA DO ALL THE WORK???????

        September 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  152. Marc

    Becky- Most whites say a Black Man is Arrogant instead of Confident! Right!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  153. Kool Aid

    Dear Righties,

    Ok, let me get this straight. You are allowed to attack the current president for items such as 1) campaigning, 2) reading from teleprompters (an oldie complaint, but a goodie nonetheless), 3) attempting to pass ANY legislation (to be sure, the man could have the endorsement of Jesus himself and most of you STILL wouldn't support him)?

    To be clear, ALL of the above are with the normal course of business for ANY head of state in a democracy.

    However, at the same time, we on the Left are supposedly not allowed to 1) criticize ANY legislation proposed by the Right, lest we be labeled unpatriotic, 2) criticize anyone who would put their notes in the palms of their hands, because that is supposedly what 'normal' people do, and 3) accuse any of the those on the Right of being racists when their actions CLEARLY scream of racism.

    I mean, everyday that I wake up, I wonder to myself, what is the Right going to present me with today? Will it be more evidence we are living in a real-life version of the Emperor Has No Clothes, or confirmation that we are witnessing the conversion of this country into a real-life Banana Republic.

    Or both???

    September 26, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  154. EJ

    It's going to be really fun to see all of your faces when he is reelected because he definitely will be. At least that much is for sure. Those of you on here posting negative remarks are the majority in this country. That's one thing to be grateful for.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • EJ

      Excuse me, minority.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  155. Marc

    The President will Win Again,WHY? The GOP has no plans, just to name call once again without any idea's of their own!Nope!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  156. OEF 6x Vet

    I wouldn't speak for others as many of you have. I have only ever had my orders and my actions to speak for me. Though I know as I wore a uniform I represented all americans everywhere. I have given all I have and stood from afar watching all of you bicker back and forth over right from wrong, good from bad. I have read everything all of you had to say and I am left in tears. Freedom is hard, you have to work at it and be willing to defend it. Freedom is a word that many have fallen for through out history. It's fragile though it can provide the greatest strength. None of this any of you get. Quit standing on one side or the other pointing and bickering. Take your freedom and all the rights in the constitution that I have bled for and do something about it. I can personally name 50 people who deserve that of you! 50 that will never get the chance! Quit being selfish, narcasistic cry babies. Those people did not boo a soldier as stated. Be better others are counting on it.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  157. Joe&Angie

    Dear Righties,

    Ok, let me get this straight. You are allowed to attack the current president for items such as 1) campaigning, 2) reading from teleprompters (an oldie complaint, but a goodie nonetheless), 3) attempting to pass ANY legislation (to be sure, the man could have the endorsement of Jesus himself and most of you STILL wouldn't support him)?

    To be clear, ALL of the above are with the normal course of business for ANY head of state in a democracy.

    However, at the same time, we on the Left are supposedly not allowed to 1) criticize ANY legislation proposed by the Right, lest we be labeled unpatriotic, 2) criticize anyone who would put their notes in the palms of their hands, because that is supposedly what 'normal' people do, and 3) accuse any of the those on the Right of being racists when their actions CLEARLY scream of racism.

    I mean, everyday that I wake up, I wonder to myself, what is the Right going to present me with today? Will it be more evidence we are living in a real-life version of the Emperor Has No Clothes, or confirmation that we are witnessing the conversion of this country into a real-life Banana Republic.

    Or both???

    September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  158. Maggie

    I am not the biggest fan of Rick Perry and I believe he is not the best governor we have had but he took time from his campaign to take care of business and came to the burning state to see what help we needed. Yes maybe it was for PR but he is still taking care of business. And to refer to our state as burning like it’s not a problem is ludicrous. Has he come to visit Texas to see what is going on does he knows that people were killed? No he came to our state just for a 15 min speech where he could raise funds for his campaign. Since the door price was $1500. Did he take a tour of the disaster no he had dinner on a lake for a private fundraiser. This is not a president that cares to me this is one who wants to be a rock star and that he is not. No he denied us relief the first part of the year our state was burning like it was not a natural disaster. So who is the one denying climate change? I think that children are suffering in our state because of policy that have been past but to stand by and watch our state burn and not do anything and then use it in your campaign speech like Obama did is wrong. If we are one country then why not help. No he is out too busy gathering money for his campaign to care that the country is in need of help. We need more jobs and not just by building bridges but my making these companies bring back the work instead of sending it across the pond. And loans are not the answer that is what got us in this mess. And helping bail out big companies instead of American people who work hard for the "American Dream' is not a way to recovery. Honestly, Obama should be taking care of business instead of campaigning but hey how else can he be on the cover of Rolling Stone.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  159. IneedAhandout

    eunice a. I'm not surprised based on your comment that you are worried about handouts from the government. Where do you think all these hand outs are supposed to come from? Being in the bottom 50% of the US population that basically don't pay any federal income taxes I don't understand why half of us get a free ride. How can this be a fair tax system and then we ask those top 10% who already pay over half the overall tax burden to pay even more. Do you think the rich will stand by while Obama takes more. The Buffet's of the world don't care but most millionaires will. Those of us in the bottom half will all suffer more when Obama goes after them for a bigger share. They won't grow the pie to just have it taken away from them, where's the inventive, and if there is no incentive( $ ) in creating more jobs then they will not. He just doesn't get it.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  160. Matt

    Once Obama was elected, the republicans became the "party of NO." Instead of trying to fix the mess they created, the party was more interested in making Obama a "one term president." They put politics before the country, and for that, I will never forgive them. I don't agree with everything Obama has done, but he's tried to fix this mess. He's trying a lot harder than the republicans are.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Dex

      He has tried to fix this mess?

      Are you okay in the head there guy? :) lol.

      He's taken from Medicare/Medcaid to fund his Obama care, His actions of ramming this bill threw before anyone could read it, and even Nancy Pelosi said, "We must pass the bill in order to find out what is inside the bill", prompted a very large portion of American people to gather and protest against this. This was Obama's first and utterly most disgusting abuse of power having the majority of both House and Senate to get this accomplished.

      You know have your reason why all those Democrats lost their seats in mid-terms. Now Obama's head is on the chop-block. Once we can get someone who is intelligent enough to run this country and is able to United the people not Divide the people as we have seen Obama do so many times, we as American's, no matter which political party we hold affiliations to, can get through this mess.

      Vote Ron Paul!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • MTATL67

      I agree. Folks that complain and criticize President Obama can not show any examples of accomplishment by Congressional Republican and their extremist allies. Make the argument for the GOP by listing what they have done. Once they can produce proof of any economic legislation their complaining and blaming is hollow and rings of desperation.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  161. QDOGFL

    Matt

    "Once Obama was elected, the republicans became the "party of NO." Instead of trying to fix the mess they created, the party was more interested in making Obama a "one term president." They put politics before the country, and for that, I will never forgive them. I don't agree with everything Obama has done, but he's tried to fix this mess. He's trying a lot harder than the republicans are"

    – Well said! You hit the nail on the head with this one!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  162. AZ Dem

    Its sad all of the anti Obama support BUT if we go back to around 2005 the disdain for Bush from the left was somewhat similar I'll admit. HOWEVER the difference between the two is clear. Bush got two full terms to do as his pleased even AFTER Dems took over COngress in 2006. He did what he thought was right and made us like it. HE crippled our economy starting wars and giving tax breaks at the same time while squandering a budget surplus. Obama has had nearly 3 years to enact his "agenda" and try to get the country moving forward. We've seen historic legislation including Affordable Care Act so NO ONE has to suffer from a major illness and simultaneously fight with their insurance provider for coverage. We have seen Wall Street reform so that they can not sink our market like they did in 2008, meaning if they screw us again the tax payers aren't on the hook for it. I could go on but I will refrain.

    Yet after all of this the right and tea party insist to make this man a 1 term president. He wasn't going to fix this crisis over night but he has made headway. We are no longer hemorraging 750,000 jobs a month, sure we arent growing as fast as we would like or even need BUT he can't do everything. Congress has its part and right now it looks dysfunctional as ever. Obama has been stopped at every chance to right the wrongs of the Bush administration and for a bit there he was making SERIOUS headway. Until we get Democrats and REASONABLE not even moderate REASONABLE Republicans in office we will be doomed to worry about gov't shutdowns, credit rating decreases, and the numerous other self made conflicts in Congress. Obama is doing what the GOP has forced him to do he is no longer offering that concilatory hand and compromise first nature. He will fight for the middle class since they are the ones who elected him and if he does not get a 2nd term then it will be the country's loss. History will be much more kind to this president than we as a nation are currently which is fine but don't let partisan news reporting get in the way of doing things to make us a great nation again. Obama has a story we all can learn from and as a nation we need to come together to solve our problems not tear each other down.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • USA Angel

      Tell em AZ!! I just wanted to cosign....I agreed with all of that

      September 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  163. Redneck Genius

    Yep, clearly Obama is finished. Nothing more to see here... lets just get back to our shacks and wait for prosperity to return once the republicans take back the white house. No further need to go to the 'libary innernet' and attack clear thinking folks who care about more than just themselves... now we can get back to our mud fishin and white supremacy, and forget the white house had ever been soiled.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  164. sequoia

    Go OBAMA! The audiences at the Republican debates have proven themselves to be disgusting, vile people with extremely perverted "values." Cheering for people to DIE because they don't have health insurance? Boo-ing US soldiers who are serving in Iraq? Sick. And people like Rick Perry who deny the scientific REALITY of climate change are idiots and deserve to be mocked relentlessly and it's great to see Obama back in campaign mode. Obama landlside 2012.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  165. DontDeleteMe

    Dear Righties,

    Ok, let me get this straight. You are allowed to attack the current president for items such as 1) campaigning, 2) reading from teleprompters (an oldie complaint, but a goodie nonetheless), 3) attempting to pass ANY legislation (to be sure, the man could have the endorsement of Jesus himself and most of you STILL wouldn't support him)?

    To be clear, ALL of the above are with the normal course of business for ANY head of state in a democracy.

    However, at the same time, we on the Left are supposedly not allowed to 1) criticize ANY legislation proposed by the Right, lest we be labeled unpatriotic, 2) criticize anyone who would put their notes in the palms of their hands, because that is supposedly what 'normal' people do, and 3) accuse any of the those on the Right of being racists when their actions CLEARLY scream of racism.

    I mean, everyday that I wake up, I wonder to myself, what is the Right going to present me with today? Will it be more evidence we are living in a real-life version of the Emperor Has No Clothes, or confirmation that we are witnessing the conversion of this country into a real-life Banana Republic.

    Or both???

    September 26, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  166. Mark

    Matt, you hit the nail on the head. The second Obama took office the republicans have done nothing positive, as they are only hell bent on focusing all thier energies on the stoppage of progress. The crisis we are in now is something that was set into motion a long time ago, not a single presidential issue, and we are only reaping what we have sown.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  167. AA

    I voted for Obama in 08 because the guy was a smooth talker. I didn't know that he's only gonna take care of things I don't care about like abortion, illegal immigrant rights and gay rights. I want someone who will at the least protect our borders from the influx of criminals and someone who will NOT spend/borrow way too much money during a recession. I will never vote another lawyer-type person in office again. A great resume does not necessarily equal a great leader. The worst leaders of all time were actually intellectual men. I need someone with a good heart and a conscience. Obama's ruthlessness towards the unborn reflects his true character. He's only good at posing for the media and figthing for all this "freedom" B.S. which is mostly just for illegals and for immorality anyway.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  168. pat

    I'm voting for Obama because I like his policies. OK?

    September 26, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  169. MTATL67

    The fact that the audience cheered about letting a man die and bood a soldier defending their freedom was bad. What was even worse was the fact the none of the candidates vying for the position of Commander in Chief stepped up and showed any leadership by telling the audience that is not who we are as a people and is unacceptable. Their lack of action tells me more than anything about the type of people they are and the type of President they would make and it is not a very good one.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • linton dawson

      100% correct – HUGE lack of leadershiop – we saw this last summer during the Health Care debates, we saw this during the 2008 campaign and the real irony is my bet is the vast majority of all these reprehesible people call themselves "christians" . . and don't even think they are being hypocritical!

      Watch – one of them will personally attack me in 5....4....3....2...1.......

      September 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
      • The Fitz

        Amazing how you accuse the Repubs of religious extremism, yet you are the one who brings it up. A typical lefty scare tactic.

        September 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
      • USA Angel

        Thats funny. DONT MENTION IT! or else you fully support it. what a tactic.lol

        September 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  170. KatR

    I keep remembering the report of what Obama said to Cantor during the debt ceiling debate.."I'll take this to the American people". This is exactly what the President is now doing. He has tried, in good faith, to compromise with Republicans and gotten nowhere. And so, the nice guy that used to talk about compromise and unity is fighting fire with fire. The President has no constitutional power to force Congress to do anything. He's doing the only thing he can do constitutionally to light a fire under Congress and that is to go the people selling his ideas in hopes we will fulfill our civic responsibility to petition our reps to stop the politcal games and get down to the business of governing. He may be taking a chance with this route because it may be that the majority of Americans don't want his ideas to be implemented. But it doesn't look that way to me....especially when I hear that 80% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, 75% of us want taxes on the wealthy to go up, and millions of unemployed Americans still can't find a job. We either revolt and storm the House and Senate chambers as was done in Wisconsin or we use our collective power via communication with our reps and the ballot box to get America back on track. Go, Mr. President. I and millions of other Americans support you.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  171. Jugger

    I would like to see America "clean house". Get rid of all the members of Congress, Rep. & Dem., then start from scratch. This political undermining has gone on long enough, from both parties. Can these people who have been in congress for 30+ years, really have an understanding as to what happens in "real life" America? I would like to see all congressional positions have an eight year maximum term limit.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  172. AA

    I want a president WHO WILL ALSO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF LEGAL, HETEROSEXUAL, and RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, not just those of illegals, homosexuals, and atheists.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  173. jh4dc5s

    Climate Change = H.A.A.R.P

    September 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  174. closetiguana

    “Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Democrats but are puzzled by what's happened to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the jobs numbers lately?”

    September 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • ArmyVet

      Personally, I'd rather be poor and jobless than have a bunch of anti-science zealot homophobes in office.

      However, I would also like to note that currently the WORLD is in a recession. Caused in part by lack of regulation in the banking sector (aren't the GOP for deregulation?). Also, when the GOP controlled both Houses in Congress and had a huge surplus, they did what.....Yea, that's right increased spending and cut taxes. The debt could have been paid off in 4 years. Fiscal conservatives huh?

      September 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • linton dawson

      I've been watching the jobs numbers for 12 years.....how come you are opnly must now becoming upset?

      Also, if memory serves, Many, many Republicans have referred to the unemplyed as "lazy", "Alcoholics" and "drug addicts".

      So can you elighten me as to why the Republican candidates would work so hard (as they calim they will) to create jobs for lazy dopers and alcholoics?

      September 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • closetiguana

        I hardly believe 20% of the population is lazy and addicts (20% being the real number of people under employed). Would the Republicans have put their focus on health-care from the getgo instead of creating jobs as Obama did?

        September 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  175. ArmyVet

    I would like someone here that is a TEA Party collaborator (notice I did not say Republican, there's a difference) please explain to me how booing a gay soldier who does the same thing every other soldier does isn't blatantly disrespecting my Army, as well as any other service. I don't care what the job specialty is, what branch, for what reason, etc. everyone that signed up signed away many of the rights civilians enjoy out of love for country (and yea I'll say it, more love than the ones that didn't sign).

    So booing someone that has the balls to do something you didn't? Who should feel "gay" now? BTW, would actually like a reply to my first question.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • USA Angel

      I would like a reply 2! Hold tea bagging individuals responsible for the tea bagging they do! (Who knew they really had balls in their mouth all the time as the name tea bagging insinuates-at first I thought it to be mere coincidence)

      I take that back. These folks never research anything they hear- including the fact that the term tea bagging- great in pornos- really refers to all the balls they have in their mouth. LMAO. They didnt have any black folks nearby who watched Soul Plane to educate them. Classic!

      September 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  176. Principled

    First let me separate GOP/Republican/Tea Party supporters into the subsects of their party those that identify by faith and those that identity with the economic principles of the party itself. This is the question I ask any and every GOP/Republican/Tea Party supporter that does so based on faith... Most of you being Christians, do you NOT SEE the contradictions in some of your actions in accordance with your religious beliefs? Christianity preaches selflessness, patience, forgiveness. It also preaches that one should LIFT UP AND PROTECT HIS BROTHER and LOVE OTHERS AS ONE LOVE'S THEMSELVES, REVENGE IS THE LORD'S, etc. Which would technically promote Universal Healthcare, Same Sex Marriages, the end of Dont Ask, Dont Tell and the Death Penalty.

    I dont believe in all these things but luckily I'm not a part of a party that makes certain religious beliefs part of their mantra, either.

    As for economic interests and the principles that identify such. any business major with any sense will teach you that IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. The sad thing is "conservatives" know this all too well that's why Obama followed in FDR's footsteps the ONLY problem with this is conservatives (in office) only want success when A.) they can benefit from it, B.) show that it comes from their principles and C.) the success WILL NOT UPSET their internal concept of power and their "balance" of thereof.

    Yeah, you can say its about race with the GOP (in office) and Obama but really its about image, PLACE, their principles of conversalism (the bare meaning of the word conserve is to save, restrict, hold and hoard in HOPES of that which is held working for the greater good of those in line with those that conserve) and the flow of economics through access to information and other resources.

    Obama, the Internet, time, technological advancements, etc are allowing MORE people of diverse backgrounds attain higher and higher levels of achievement which allow them access to power and the ability to shape our collective destiny. This in itself is not a problem for the GOP, the problem is they CANNOT CONTROL IT and they are in danger of losing the veil that allowed them to maintain regardless the political/economic situation.

    Think about it... in the 80's when you thought of success it WAS the Republican image. It was conformity. Now it's changing at a rate that it is becoming exceedingly difficult to skew towards the Republican ideology, lexicon and imagery.

    So hold it to heart what you already know in life, the GOP is doing what EVERY entity on this planet (biological/ideological etc.) will do when faced with its demise. CLAW, TOOTH AND NAIL TO SURVIVE, REGARDLESS THE FACT THAT ITS EXISTENCE ULTIMATELY IS A CONTRADICTION TO THE GREATER SYSTEM IT EXISTS IN.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  177. USA Angel

    Duh. Naw...aint nobody looked at the jobs numbers. WHat insightful sarcasm!!!!lol. NOT. The Prez hasnt been as forceful as I'd liek him, but how can he when he is under nothing but constant attack. If Obama says girls should wipe front to back like the doctor say, the opposition would rather give a girl an infection and tell her go the other way. Thats how cynical and nasty spirited they are. IF he could just whip out his big b*lls and make everything better.....WHoo!! I'd love that. Really. I really would.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  178. Texan

    To use the Texas wildfires as a political one-liner is a slap in the face – not to Perry but to ALL Texans. To say that Texans had it coming b/c of what the governor believes is atrocious. So where the tornadoes in Missouri their fault, too? How about Hurricane Irene – guess it was the fault of the Jersey Shore cast right? I mean they do have a republican governor too. Apologize, Mr President.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  179. Texan

    To use the Texas wildfires as a political one-liner is a slap in the face – not to Perry but to ALL Texans. To say that Texans had it coming b/c of what the governor believes is atrocious. So were the tornadoes in Missouri their fault, too? How about Hurricane Irene – guess it was the fault of the Jersey Shore cast right? I mean they do have a republican governor too. Apologize, Mr President.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  180. linton dawson

    shades says:

    namecalling is a sign of desperation
    ====================================

    No, name calling is a sign of immaturity, lack of education and lack of commitment to your principles, unless acting like you're in fifth grade is that to which one aspires.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • C-Lo

      So you're saying many libs are immature, poorly educated, unprincipled, and aspiring to a 5th grade status? Just curious with terms like "teabagger, repukes, republikkkans, teajadists, republic...nts, Shrub, Caribou Barbie..." Shall I continue, or is it enough that shades called it out?

      September 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  181. USA Angel

    If a dirty word hurts you you need tougher Bootstraps. If a name fits you- and you get called on it.........(who fault is that? the namecaller- or the person who's actions led us here). TRUTH!

    September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  182. Mark

    It is so frustrating to watch the republican party do nothing but stalemate the process in order to further their agendas, expand their already corrupt pocket books and focus on making President Obama a one term President. All the while the American worker doesn't have jobs from the "Job Creators" whom have had their tax breaks all along, but have failed to create jobs. They want deregulation of the free market system, so they can run amuck, make money and screw our planet over for the next generation. The want to dismantle the "entitlement" Social Security, something someone has paid for their who lives and now no longer can count on. Everything they do is for the almighty buck and at the expense of the American people. Shame on you. The problems we are having now are something that was set in motion a long time ago and most people saw coming, we should be comiong together to solve our problems, which means compromise. But, the more I look, the more I am convinced it is not any republican political dictionary.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  183. bill johnson/calgery

    you cnn trolls are bickering among yourselves. it looks like you all are using the same script. take a drink of koolaid and get back to blanimg bush.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  184. Recovering Republican

    Name calling is wrong, and beneath Amercas set of values. Unless of course, you are a Republican attacking a Democrat, at which time name calling is "Patriotic" and "Serving God". Obama is finally letting the GOP get a taste of what it has been dishing out for years, and it appears the carefully crafted, but hollow, GOP faithfull can't handle it. Republicans like to think they are tough as nails. Turns out, they are Gummy Nails. Deal with it whiner babies.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  185. T B

    It is clear that we as Americans (hopefully) enjoy the freedom of speech and the ways in which we write /express our views. I don't care if u agree/disagree with our current president- but hey he wanted the job. So now comes all the joy and pains of trying to do what others before him screwed up or left unfinished. We can bash and yell scream and cry but does it really make a diff?
    We gather info thru friends.media,etc but who's to say one side is right-or wrong. I love my country and its a shame its tearing itself apart by the very people we elected. If u never voted then why be so mad. This is a neutral post.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  186. Drogo, who bit the dust

    This bastion of liberal northern California is hardly the locale where one would expect to find many former Republicans.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  187. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Republicans are interested in two things: Money and Power. Once the average voter understands that maybe we can turn this country around.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Neo-cons maybe...but traditional Republicans are interested in individual rights and responsibilities. Dems, on the other hand have always been interested in the same two things, Power and (other people's) Money.

      September 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  188. Allie

    I am so tired of people blaming the presidents for the country's misfortunes. The Blame belongs to everyone who has voted the idiots we call our Senate and State Reps. If they would once just sit down and forget what party they represent and represent their constituants, see the problems in front of them, find solutions, and stop trying to add to the problems by only passing things if something they want (which is totally unrelated to the issue at hand) is in the bill, then maybe something can be done. Right now, all we get is , "Well if I was president then I would pass......., I would do this......., and I could fix this......, In my opinion, If they could and would and represent us now, where are they, and why haven't they done something? Oh yeah, wrong party is president. I don't want to help him or give him some advise because then he would get the praise and not I. Well, if I had my way, then I would fire all those "cry babies" on Capital Hill and put them in the back of the Unemployment Line and see how they like it.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  189. stopbeinghypocritical!

    Taking cheap shots at Obama has become some people's favorite past-time! What about the other side? Why are the House members going on vacation now? Why are they still getting health care from the state? It personally offends me to think that my tax dollars are being used to pay for Michelle Bachmann's prescriptions when she has been so vocal about the supposed ill-effects of Obamacare! And I don't know how old that hag is, but under current law, she is entitled to retirement benefits from 50 while the rest of us are being asked to give up ours!

    It also offended me the other day to see people booing the gay soldier. And it offended me even more to see none of the candidates standing up for him. Shameless self-serving cowards, every single one of them!!! And the people who support them are plain pathetic.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  190. Ray E. Georgia

    When the evidence is against you, blast the presenter. I see where Obama says the Republicians will cripple this country. Exactly how is that? The new Deal, The Great Society, and on the same track, Obama Care is all going down in flames. Over 9 percent unemployment, 14. 5 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, 46 Million on Food Stamps, most States seeing red ink. Over 15 Percent of the people living below the Poverty line. After 75 years of Big Sociial Programs what happened? Blame the Republicians? Who is going to buy that Pig in a Poke.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • USA Angel

      Hmmmm...how will Republcans cripple the U.S. LETS SEE!!! DO you have Alzheimers? Is 2008 a distant memory? Who- prey tell- do you think had screwed up for at least 7 out of the last eight years??? (I'll at least give credit to Bush for his Aids work, huh?) COME ON PEOPLE! Let's deal in reality!

      Why the black man gotta fix everything in a year? y'all let "goofy mc gooferson" screw up for two terms, now Obama should have a magic potion. GTFOH.
      lol- I'm just being silly about cause he black (some people be sensitive!). BUT WE DO get scrutinized like lab experiments.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  191. Erick

    Some people are losers. They have been blaming on government the most of the time. They don't have no common sense not to work as team to each other how to make U.S. improves instead of blaming and finger point at the government. I blame on people who are idiots like the Tea Party.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Erick, it seems your Korean to English translation software isn't tranlating too eloquently. Maybe time you ask Kim Jong Il to update it so when you spread his propoganda, it sounds intelligible.

      September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  192. Rick McDaniel

    Obama just alienated all of TX. Guess he wants NO votes from TX.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • USA Angel

      Alienated??? lol....why cause he realizes Slick Rick is a freakin Douche?? Out there campaigning hard about how wonderful of a job creator he is in TX, only not mentioning the fact that most were created via OBAMA's Stimulus. How slimy and deceitful of him. TX will be mad cause they aint about to dump this goofy off on the entire US. Prez O. 2012!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  193. GOP Bad For America

    The Rethuglicans screwed up the economy and the budget with their off-budgets wars and ill-advised tax cuts and a president (George Dubya) who had no idea how much he was being manipulated by his VP (Chaney) and advisors and we certainly want them to also put the final screws into the country? Obama came in at a bad time and has had to clean up the mess left by Bush and a GOP/Tea Bagging Congress hell focused on destroying our government. It took eight years to get us in this mess thanks to Bush and the GOP. Unfotunately, it will take almost as long to get us out, provided we re elect Obama next year. Otheriwse, if the GOP win, they will destory our government and get us into another great depression like Hoover did in the 30s.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  194. RENEE' MCDUFFIE

    You are the joke if you can control your language retard then don't post

    September 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  195. OutWith ThemAlready

    A big reason why some folks who used to be Republicans are now supporting the President is because they finally "got it" that Republicans will not do anything for the Middle Class and the Poor! And let's face it, the majority of people are not independently wealthy to be able to vote for or be aligned with Republicans anymore. Republicans want to cut Social Security that people worked for thirty, forty, or more years of their life for in order to collect the benefits of the program in their golden years. Republicans want to throw these folks under the bus and forget about them - retirees, the elderly, the poor, the middle class. Democrats will give you back the money you invested in Social Security and help you in other ways when you are down and out and need the help.

    And Republicans did not stand up to support the Gay service member, as President. Obama pointed out, when he was being booed by the audience. That is very SHAMEFUL, discouraging, and speaks volumes about the Republicans! That shows how much Republicants care about our service members putting their life on the line defending this country. And yes, Republicans want the Hispanic vote but would just as soon send Hispanics back to Mexico and take away any benefits they receive and profile them, and want to amend the U.S. Constitution to take away the present right to become an American if a child is born in this country no matter from where his parents are originally from. And it will be a cold day in He-ll before they stand up for Hispanics and actually do something to help them, like passing the Dream Act that is so long overdue! So, of course the President is right in these and many other matters. Republicans need to be Voted Out Of Office ASAP! They are being immensely destructive to this country and aligned with the Tea Party this country will unfortunately Never move forward and advance. Out with all of them already! OUT!!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  196. OEF 6x Vet

    "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject".
    -Sir Winston Churchill-

    This government was not created for you to squander. The matter is of selection, select a canidate in which the people can better control and influence (or for which you believe is such) and make gevernment work for you. This blog is not that platform. Quit complaining your fathers complaint.
    Facts:
    Our government is bigger then it ever has been (resembling a socialist trend)
    Our elected officials are none responsive (resembles a failed republic)
    Our Country's deficit has been raised (product of inflation due to systemic faults)
    Our society is advertly paranoid (usual)
    Obama, W, Bill, George Sr. are not at fault (You are, for falling asleep at the wheel)
    It is a basic accountability drill, hold your elected officials accountable and make them respond. 101 people get off your fat gelatinous hind quaters and engage. Earn your right to be an American and control your freedom. Demand a better candidate and raise your awareness. The media will lie, cheat, and scew the truth, dig deeper and go to the source.
    Lesson over!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:12 am |
  197. USA Angel

    Ha Ha....and which one of the current presidential candidates do you think would have done a better job at steering us in these turbulent waters? SMH- WITHOUT THROWING EVERYBODY OFF THE BOAT WHO ISN'T WEALTHY. lol....what would YOU have done differently. I didnt like the route completely...but who am I to tell him how to do his job when he gets BEAT OVER THE HEAD DAILY....by a groups of idiots who keep talking about doing nothing.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  198. USA Angel

    I love America. Obama...loves America. Democrats....love America. Rethuglicans (lol@that!! classic) love......to whittle America down and make Obama a 1 term Prez – they love THEIR DONORS. VOTE THESE BUMMMMS OUT!

    September 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  199. USA Angel

    Who said that??? I open my email and all I see is RICK THE DICK. LMFAO @ that! Y'all hit it right on the head!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  200. USA Angel

    Do you know how to read 8th grade graphs and pie charts with REAL facts on them I wonder....Lets look at the trend and realize its an upward trend. better than I can say for the last presidency.

    P.S. The "job creator" (lmao) are sitting on their cash, crippling the economy, and dont want to help prez create jobs- he would look like the sexy big boner of a president he is. (you know that walk is the walk of a man who got a HUGE package!) lol. They dont like that. (Pay taxes like Reagan wanted us to???!!?? NO!!!!!!!!)

    September 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  201. nan

    Just to set it straight! Obama is the only candidate compaigning1 The GOP has not picked a candidiate which is why these debates are happening. Since Obama started a few months ago the GOP needs to start the process. However, it would be wonderful if Obama spent 1/2 as much time working on the economy as he does on TV,Internet, etc.. He is so busy campaigning I do not think he realizes the mess is continually growing. I am not surprised that CNN is not carrying the story of Solyndra they are a one sided media. Also, the President is NOT black – he is white and black racially mixed... Why does everyone keep referring to him as black? Just because his skin color is dark he is not Black! He is white and black. At least get it right!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  202. nan

    Unfortuantely, he is not the frist black president ! He is the first racially mixed president! So stop with the racial stuff.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • USA Angel

      LOL! Nan..its America...and here- my Grandmother says the lighter(fairer skinned) folks say if you darker than a paper bag- YA BLACK! all day. You got some white in you? italian? German? HA! No...most dont care. either you're black or you aint. White folks dont see half and half. Once you put a lil coffee in milk- its coffee! lol.... thats just what Grandma says- Black people have to deal with alot!

      September 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  203. SkekLach

    Why can't we just do away with the politicians completely? I can't seriously be the only one sick of being represented by all of these liars and partisan puppets.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  204. SiriusVH

    For starters, as of the end of September, employers in the U.S. have added 1.26 million workers in the past 12 months, Labor Department data show.

    Next, according to Bloomberg News, Sept 28, 2011,

    "President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

    The legislation, submitted to Congress this month, would increase gross domestic product by 0.6 percent next year and add or keep 275,000 workers on payrolls, the median estimates in the survey of 34 economists showed. The program would also lower the jobless rate by 0.2 percentage point in 2012, economists said."

    In the Bloomberg survey, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. estimated the plan would add 1.5 percent to the economy, while Macroeconomic Advisers LLC said 1.3 percent and UniCredit Research, up to 2 percent.

    The results of the complete survey are shown below.

    ============================================================
    Table of Forecasts
    ============================================================
    GDP GDP Jobs (thous) UR Change
    2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013
    ============================================================
    Median 0.6 0.2 275 13 -0.2 -0.1
    Count 34 30 28 28 28 26
    --------------------
    Action Eco 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    AIG 0.7 0.1 250 100 -0.5 -0.2
    Aletti 0.4 0.0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
    Anderson Eco 0.5 0.5 500 500 -0.5 n/a
    BBVA 1.3 0.9 900 900 -0.8 -0.7
    BNP Paribas 0.5 -0.3 500 -300 n/a n/a
    Clearview Eco 0.8 0.8 750 750 -0.5 -0.5
    DB 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    Econoclast 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    Euler Hermes 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    Fact & Opinion 0.5 0.5 500 1,000 -0.1 -0.3
    Faifield n/a n/a 300 200 -0.2 -0.3
    Fannie Mae 0.7 0.0 500 0 0.0 0.0
    Goldberg Inv n/a n/a 150 100 n/a n/a
    Goldman Sachs 1.5 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    Guerrilla 1.5 -1.0 200 0 -0.2 n/a
    H. Johnson 0.2 0.3 25 45 0.2 0.2
    JP Morgan 0.1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    MacroEco 1.3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    MacroFin 1.5 1.5 1,000 1,000 -1.0 -1.0
    Manulife 1.5 0.5 2,000 700 -1.0 -0.3
    Mizuho 0.2 0.0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
    Moodys 2.0 1.0 1,000 0 -1.0 -0.4
    NFIB 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0
    Niagara 1.0 0.1 125 0 0.0 0.0
    Nord 0.4 0.5 n/a n/a -0.2 -0.4
    Parsanec 0.5 0.5 1,100 700 -1.0 -0.5
    Pierpont 0.3 0.0 50 0 -0.2 0.0
    Raymond James 0.3 0.2 350 25 -0.5 -0.1
    SPSU 0.9 0.1 110 0 0.0 0.0
    SocGen 1.7 0.8 1 1 -0.4 -0.2
    State Street 1.2 -1.0 340 -370 -0.2 0.3
    Standard Charter 1.0 0.5 600 300 0.0 0.0
    Unicredit 2.0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    W Hummer 0.2 0.2 150 200 -0.1 -0.1
    J Forest 1.0 1.0 n/a n/a -1.0 -0.5
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    Separately, according to data released by the Commerce Department on Sept 27, 2011, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a good indicator of business spending, increased 1.1 percent after falling 0.2 percent in July. That was well above economists' expectations for a 0.3 percent rise and suggested that businesses, sitting on about $2 trillion in cash, had not responded to the recent financial market volatility by curtailing investment. Orders for machinery edged up 0.1 percent, while computers and electronic products rose 1.3 percent.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Wow, thank Sirius. That a cost of just over $16,000 per job...oh, no, wait. Missed a couple commas $1.6 Million per job. And we get unemployment back down to 9%.

      Additionally they are working that wonderful DC magic in cositng 3.04% of the US Economy ($447B of $14.7 T) to generate 1.5% "growth."

      Sounds like a plan to me.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
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      LOL....Why even try to shine a light on facts...its like dumb people kryptonite!! BUT...let DEAR Sarah or DEAR michelle tell us that President Obama ate a piece of toast that cost $20,000...OMG!!! They act like GOD put it in the bible and it can only be true cause it must be cause someone said it one time somewhere (in a dark cave-lol!) lol....idiots DONT LISTEN TO FACTS OR REASON- guess thats why they are so aptly named- IDIOTS!

      September 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
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