March 27th, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Obama clarifies open-mic comments

President Obama took the opportunity Monday (Tuesday in South Korea time) to clarify his private comments that were picked up by TV microphones earlier in the day:

So this is not a matter of hiding the ball, I'm on the record. I made a speech about to a whole bunch of Korean unversity students yesterday. I want to see us over time, gradually, systematically, reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons. And as Dimitri said the United States and Russia, because of our history and because we are nuclear superpowers have a special obligation – that doesn't make it easier, because both countries are committed to their sovereignty and their defense.

And last point I'll make: the only way I get this stuff done is if I'm consulting with the Pentagon, if I'm consulting with Congress, if I've got bipartisan support, and frankly the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations. I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is probably pretty good evidence of that.


Topics: President Obama

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. WiredWrong, S.F.

    What...that the administration isn't selling out the U.S.? Apologizer in chief and is now turning into begger in chief, having to bow down to other countries...

    March 27, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Phil

      The Christian moral right thinks an apology for an act that took innocent lives is unmanly and unpatriotic.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Delu

      I guess you'd rather the POTUS simply invade countries then rather than talk to them?

      And how is apologizing where an apology is due a bad thing? Also what he did on the mike isn't called begging, it's called NEGOTIATING, there's a difference.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:22 am |
  2. Shade

    People are not dumb.I understood what he meant.Most people know thats what he meant but since it is an election year,the GOP are going to misinterprete his comments.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • GetReal

      The GOTP has been trashing President Obama since day one. But, you are correct that this election year has caused them to squeal even louder. Fear of losing makes people do that.

      March 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama was clearly trying to throw America under the bus AGAIN, for his own agenda ... the fact that you so easily believe his B.S. cover up, proves thay YOU are extremely dumb !!!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
      • Delu

        And what agenda will that be Howard?

        Also, how did you deduce that from what was said?

        March 28, 2012 at 12:54 am |
      • jdw1043

        As I recall, Obama threw Osama Bin Laden under the bus, when George Bush couldn't get the bus started.

        March 28, 2012 at 6:35 am |
      • s

        No Howard you are DUMB, probably a repub

        March 28, 2012 at 7:04 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Howard, almost didn't recognize you without your CAP LOCK BUTTON ON! No matter what President Obama says or does it will never sit right with you. He is not throwing our country under the bus as that is just paranoid, tinfoil hat talk. We are in 2012 and it is way past time for all the world powers to come together for the sake of humanity and this President is the one that can make it happen!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • RJ

      I wonder how many more promises he has made to destroy our country? Hopefully the US Supreme court will set the reocrd straight and let this president and congress and the american people, what they did without republican supoort was illegal.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • FLIndependent

        You do know that even if the SC strikes down the mandate as being "unconstitutional" that it doesn't mean it's illegal, right? If the states want to enforce a mandate they can do so. Guess our education system really is failing us!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • me

      then can you please explain it to me? the only thing i understood was that he needs time before he can bow down some more...obama seems to think he can tell other countries to get rid of there nukes, well its not his place to decide that. yes its a good thought, how ever if we get rid of our nukes then what defense do we have??? our troops that are slimmed down to nothing all over the world? plz america has to wake up and smell the s&!t

      March 28, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  3. LolDems

    How expedient to rationalize your own agenda because the environment is unfriendly so you must act alone. It should be obvious to all thinking Americans that nobody can really trust this guy. Especially with a background of community organizing, liberal college professor, and inexperience. We have seen this mix before and it spells D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • comeon

      You are pathetic. You call yourself a "thinking American" but then this bs come out of your mouth. Do they give a script to read once you register as a Republican/m0ron?

      March 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
      • R Reagan

        Why do democrats always turn things personal? When you can't defend something intellectually you resort to name calling. 2012 is going to be a rude awakening to all of you CNN libs.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • Howard

        You are pathetic. You call yourself a "thinking American" but then this bs come out of your mouth. Do they give a script to read once you register as an obama stooge ?

        March 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • Durundal

        Howard, pot meet kettle: I still cant quite distinguish whether you are terminally braindead and bored, or another spam-bot poster looking to push meaningless prop through volume. Either way, you are pathetic

        March 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Dan5404

      The only environment that is unfriendly to diplomacy instead of constantly threatening war is the right-wing GOP. I think a Harvard graduate with experience at organizing communities makes a good resume, especially when you add in the long series of international diplomacy successes and the killing of a lot of Al-Queda and Taliban leaders. That's why he is rhe only one qualified for the job, so I and millions more will hire him for another four years. I AM a thinking American, and decided many years ago that the GOP agenda is for the billionaires and rich corporations, not the American people. Today's GOP has convinced me even more.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
      • R Reagan

        Actually the GOP represents the majority non union working class that feel government's role should be limited. Real Americans don't need a nanny telling them how to live their lives. If you are on the government dole or a union I suppose you do need the nanny telling you how to exist.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • Ron Burgundy

        Regardless of this nonsense Obama is not the best choice. The best choice is one that follow our freaking constitution andone that has real plans to change the economy besides printing more money and creating more tax breaks. It is one that does not want to regulate ever single part of your life and want to let you live you're life. It is one that has a Superior voting record. It is one that has defending this country by serving in the Armed Forces. It is one that thinks we should only go to war when it actually makes sense and is Actually declared by congress. Get a clue about what country you are living in and what it made it so great and you might be able to appreciate the Only candidate that represents the US the way it should. If you do not know who I am talking about you need to educate yourself on the subject of honor, integrity, and service before self.

        March 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • John R. Thompson

        Dan (The Ostrich ) Get your head out of the sand ( I'm being nice ) and figure out that the current administration has just about destroyed our country and YOU want to give him another 4 years. Come into the real world, I for one don't think AMERICA can stand another term for a muslin. I am still trying to figure out HOW he was allowed to run for the office in the first place. ENOUGH PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO OPERATION FAST-AND-FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Do we NEED another term of a radical-LIAR--OH I forgot if you are a muslim it is all right to lie for religious purposes.

        March 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • Howard

        Harvard grad ??? Where's his buried college records ???
        This phony got the Nobel Prize for doing NOTHING !!!
        He voted 'present' 127 times, in the Senate.
        Now, he's BETRAYING America, just like he betrayed
        all who believed his lying campaign promises.
        If we are to SAVE AMERICA .. first, we have to kick Obama out of the White House !!!

        March 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • jxb767

      The only thing that spelled disaster is the fact you think a republican president can do better. Its because of people like you Bush was elected for 8 years!

      March 27, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • landofgreatness

      Your logic is a disaster. You no doubt prefer a "cowboy" in office who will go on record as saying "we're gonna git them folks", but who of course can't even find Osama Bin Laden much less kill him.

      By all means let's get another absurd Republican in office who starts another war based on faulty intel and lies to the American public. Let's bomb.bomb,bomb Iran and throw the world into chaos. Let's start the cold war all over again by saying that Russia is our number one enemy.

      My God people, when in the world are you people going to get a brain and stop thinking with deficient testosterone mixed with anxiety and fear mongering.

      God I hope you Republicans realize that you need to stay away from world politics. It is not your gift. Spreading fear in churches would be more your style.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • R Reagan

        Once again to my point...always turn personal when you have no argument.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • landofgreatness

      Your logic is a disaster. You no doubt prefer a "cowboy" in office who will go on record as saying "we're gonna git them folks", but who of course can't even find Osama Bin Laden much less kill him.

      By all means let's get another absurd Republican in office who starts another war based on faulty intel and lies to the American public. Let's bomb,bomb,bomb Iran and throw the world into chaos. Let's start the cold war all over again by saying that Russia is our number one enemy.

      My God people, when in the world are you people going to get a brain and stop thinking with deficient testosterone mixed with anxiety and fear mongering.

      God I hope you Republicans realize that you need to stay away from world politics. It is not your gift. Spreading fear in churches would be more your style.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • Ron Burgundy

        When are you going to stop looking at it like it is blue and red and look at it with open eyes to see the whole picture. It sounds like if you really did some research on the current GOP there is one person that is not a war monger, religious nut, or for the 1%. He is actually for the people and wants to get us on the right track with real plans (detailed ones) of change. He has a very consistent voting record and is willing to go against the grain for the right cause. How do you guys really like Obama. He is stripping every thing that has made and makes this country great.

        March 27, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Howard

      OBAMA IS A TRAITOR, WHO IS NOW TRYING TO COVER HIS TRACKS.
      IF AMERICANS KNEW WHAT THEY NOW KNOW ABOUT OBAMA,
      HE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ELECTED IN 2008 !!!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Carl

        Your're an idiot!

        March 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Howard

        CARL IS AN IDIOT !!!

        March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • qubee25

        I have to admit it, man; you are as sharp as a marble. Continue............

        March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Carl

        You're an idiot!
        I used correct grammar this time!

        March 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Scott

        Howard.

        Ok, So Obama is a traitor? What country or military power is he now reporting to, since, according to you, he doesn't support America anymore. Or is it because of the color of his skin?

        March 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • Charles

        you sir are an idoit

        March 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • Loran

        You really need to be honest with yourself and just admit that you don't like him. He is not a traitor and has the gray hairs to prove it. He is working harder than any President in my life time. Everyday there is news about something he is doing for the country and everyday the GOP finds fault with it. There is something seriously wrong with people who finds total fault in someone. You need to start with the man in the mirror.

        March 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • Delu

        So what is it about Obama that Americans shoulf have known Howard?

        And why would they have not elected him over McCain?

        Please keep your dissertation short.

        March 28, 2012 at 12:58 am |
      • s

        Oh I am sorry howard , your are a towel head

        March 28, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • Howard

      OBAMA IS A TRAITOR.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • King Harry

        And you are an idiot.

        March 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • Cooltropic

        Without a doubt you are a moron....and a idiot.

        March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • jane

        Howard is still an idiot, and he needs therapy.

        March 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • Durundal

        stick to the cosmo section, you clearly cant comprehend anything substantive. Wait, thats probably too complicated of a remark: get a life, get an education, but mostly just get out of here

        March 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Non-Alighned

      Let me get this straight...you're criticizing Obama for performance of normal diplomatic dialog. If you even had an acute idea of what goes on and has been going on for centuries without your knowledge. Obviously by having a comment that does not indicating the burning desire to implement gunboat diplomacy, he hasn't steered our country further into the waters where our military must clear up the mess... something you obviously desire. Sad.

      March 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama's promises of transparency have turned out to be a complete betrayal. Like Hugo Chavez, Obama exploited democracy, to get elected, but once in power, he is systematically removing oversight, accountability, citizen's rights, and freedoms ... all of which are guaranteed in our constitution ... which Obama is trashing. If Obama gets a second term, America will soon be living in a dictatorship, just like Venezuela.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • GetReal

        Suck it up, ole buddy, because Obama is going to slap down any challenger you have.

        March 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • John

        ...What rights has he taken away?

        March 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Scott

      Yes, because nothing says "can't trust this guy", like organizing communities to help people, and teaching our children. Yes, clearly teachers and helpers cannot be trusted...

      March 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • Howard

        Just because somebody is a teacher, doesn't mean they are automatically righteous. There are 'bad' teachers. Indoctrination is ugly. Mao, did it ... Stalin did it ... Hitler did it ... the madrassas do it ... and, now, Obama is doing it.
        Obama has appealed to the self-serving concerns of the teacher's unions ... all, in order to support his own political ambitions. Our children are being used as political pawns, and Obama is mortgaging their futures.

        March 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • Delu

        Howard mind talking about some real issues of indoctrination like the issue over highlighting of Gays as gays in their contributions to history as well as the attempts of religious sects to push Creationism as fact to be taught in Science class?

        March 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • professor x

      I'd like to see you run a country of 300 million and have hostility coming from all angles.

      March 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • GetReal

      Well,this American thinks we can trust President Obama further than any Repug. At least he is putting this country back onto its feet after Bush's BS failures.
      Obama 2012!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Delu

      And I ask again, what agenda is that? Or rather, what agenda do you THINK that is?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
      • FLIndependent

        The haters can never give specifics on what they think President Obama's "secret" agenda is. It's really fun to watch them squirm and whine...afterall, most of us who realized Bush's real intentions after he invaded Iraq and were smart enough not to want to give him 8 years had to then suffer through the 2nd term because of the idiots who voted for him. So, whiners, you know what they say about payback – you'll be whining until 2016!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  4. rightytighty

    Bipartianship!? Does anyone really believe that in the middle of this divisive election??
    No, because bipartianship is a two way street, And if Obama can't man up, put his pants on, sit at the table and take responsibility now, he never will.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Dan5404

      No, for the GOP it is a one-way street...my way or the highway. It's not gonna happen.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • Howard

        WHEN IT COMES TO SELLING OUT YOUR COUNTRY ... WHY SHOULD WE WANT A 'TWO WAY' STREET ???

        March 27, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • FLIndependent

      Obama did nothing but try bipartisanship his first two years – he got slapped in the face every time! He was called a wimp for giving in to the do-nothing Repubs; he couldn't possibly ever win because the Repubs declared Day 1 that they were going to make him fail. He saw the light after the 2010 mid-terms and realizes that it is a hopeless situation, therefore he's doing what he can without the Congress. That is why we not only need to reelect him but give him a Dem Congress & House so that he can continue to move this country forward!!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • 4 More Years!!!

        NIce!!!

        March 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • rightytighty

        Apparently progressive liberalism involves forgotting about the first two years that Obama had a SUPER MAJORITY in the Congress. And even then.., Obama was still unable to get anything done(non-unconstitutional). Those dirty repubs....

        March 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • Howard

        SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA !!!

        March 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • CaPT. snARKY

        Hmmm. Bypassing Congress to get his agenda through. That sounds an awful lot like the beginnings of a dictatorship.....

        March 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • chuck

        Let me jog your memory. Obama had a democratic congress the first 2 years in office and didn't get anything done then the country wised up and started dumping the democratic blockage in 2010. He is all about blaming others for his failures. Why doesn't he go back to '93 and '94 when Clinton loosened the banking regulations so that "all Americans can buy a home" – even the ones that couldn't afford them.

        March 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Stephanie P.

    President Obama, we love you. You will get our vote. I can't believe there is so much hate and disrespect for this Black President. The GOP spells hate, disrespect, and disaster. It's amazing that you don't see much color in the the GOP, I wonder why?

    March 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • DJ

      This is not about Race!!! its about selling our country out. Obama wants to make us the weakest most dependent people on the globe. He wants us all on a program of AID so that there is no turning back.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • kenny

      Thats exactly what the the demo did to BUsh. I couldn't believe it at the time that there was that much hate and disrespect.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • IronMolly

      Ironic that if people disagree with this president, they are immediately labeled a 'racist' – regardless of their political offiliation. He is the President – not 'the Black President'. He is a man who was voted in by the people to be the President of the United States – like it or not. I am tired of 'black this', 'black that', etc. How about we just agree to disagree and leave the color of the person's skin out of the conversation! As long as people cannot see beyond the color of a person's skin, racism will never end – on both sides!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Cooltropic

      No question he will get the vote and 4 more years Stephanie, there is so much hate and ignorance in this world.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Chris

      There's the race card. I was wondering when it would come out!

      March 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • GetReal

      Stephanie – "It's not about racism." It's about stupid Repugs who get their views from Rash Limpbag and the Faux smear machine. They are only GOTP drones, who can't think for themselves. So they either flame anyone who differs with their rhetoric, spew out rude names, or try to bully someone into submission. They are disgusting little maggots, with no education and no idea of how this country should be run.
      How am I doing, Howard? Of course, I'll probably need some more practice before I can reach your level of Trolling.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  6. bleepingdeadalien

    I doubt this was an "accident" that the president's mic was open. I strongly believe that a clear and assertive message was delivered, the only question is to "whom" the intended recipient is?

    March 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • GetReal

      President Obama knows all about open microphones. Obviously, he didn't care because there was nothing underhanded going on. He just wanted to calm some concerns Putin has over our missile deployments. Nothing wrong with that. Apparently, the message was to Putin, because Medvedev said that he would transmit that message to Vladimir immediately. Medvedev clearly respects President Obama which is why he demonstrated understanding and cooperation.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  7. Phil Tj

    It is easy to read the minds of Americans and judge them by what they write and say about Obama. Thanks God that Obama saved you guys from depression. Wait, the red dragon has woken up, see next few years where you will be. Love you president because we can compare him with other past and he has worked hard to save America from depression. You will not appreciate him, but will remeber him when he is gone from WH.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  8. JOHN

    The writing on this board proves the President point. There are so many people who are against the President no matter what he does or try to do. People refuse to open doors and let the clean air come in. instead they rather keep it close (mind). if change is this hard can you imagine what it was like in the 30's 40's and 2008 for people of any color or ideas. We as a people would never reach the promise land because folks refuse to accept change. Change is not bad change is good. In order for us as country to progress to the 21th century we must be willing to change. If not our country is going to continue to be divided and we heading towards a more scary place then Jim Crow or segregation.
    President Obama is the person who have try to bring change and it willing to continue to look for change. If you agree or disagree with President that fine, but doing doing nothing is not an option and going back is not an option. If a Republican is elected God save us all because is going to get even harder out there

    March 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • R Reagan

      It's about policy not race. Why do libs always try to make it about race? Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?

      March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • Delu

        If you mean just after the financial crisis 3 years ago, yes America is looking more healthy economically now.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
      • s

        Seems your worthless comments are being missed anywhere, Go pick up your unemployement check

        March 28, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • landofgreatness

      Well said John,

      I am sad to say that I used to consider myself a Republican years ago. I have since realized that the Republican mantra is indeed all about hate, doom, and disaster. Help no one, encourage no one, change nothing, is another favorite social agenda of theirs. And let's not forget their "Bless the wealthy – screw the rest platform".

      The single best thing that could happen to our global future as a society of thinking, feeling, human beings is that this obsolete Republican party finally – go the way of the WHIGS, and fade into an irrelevant past where they will be the most comfortable.

      They can form their own society and wear white wigs and colonial garb and pretend that America is still as it was in the the late 1700s and early 1800s. How and why they continue to drag draconian beliefs into the twenty first century is a mystery to me. I don't believe they will truly find happiness until they have screwed up the entire planet.

      They need a planet of their own where scorched earth rhetoric is the world's only language and everyone speaks it with vehemence. They need a world where compassion, common sense, and reason, need not and does not apply. They need to feel free to start wars at will, and bomb, bomb, bomb, anyone they choose. They need to have their "Rights" restored to freely practice hateful bigotry to not just blacks, but to anyone who does not wear the white wig the way they do.

      They need to hypocritically govern by proclaiming "Freedom" while legislating their moral values into laws that discriminate and punish all who do not believe what they "know" is right. And of course they need to be able to profiteer at everyone else's expense regardless the consequences.

      In short they need to be transported by the "mother-ship" back to whatever backward planet they originated from, where they can worship Rush Limbaugh without shame and demean as many women, minorities, and sinners as they like.

      – amen

      March 27, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Thank you for your comment. I agree!!

        March 27, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Well said – the Repub party is a real downer to say the least. There is absolutely NOTHING postive for the country in their ideology – it's all about making the rich richer and making the general populace slaves to their corporate masters. They do need to go live on another planet – maybe Gingrich can lead the way when he sets up his moon colony!

        March 27, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • DA_Man

        Well said! Could not capture better what the Republican party is all about. It always amazes me that more people do not clearly see that.

        March 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • Ron Burgundy

        You do not consult with anyone except you're circle. If you did actually consult with congress you would not have bombed Lybia without having clearance and had Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., introduce a resolution declaring that the president’s use of offensive military force without Congressional authorization would be considered “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

        March 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
      • King Harry

        Amen twice.

        March 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • GetReal

        Ron – President Obama kept us from unilateral involvement by enlisting the multilateral forces of the UN. Therefore, we didn't need to declare war on Libya. The result was 0 American troop casualties, minimal expense to taxpayers, and a quick and clean exit strategy. That's how it should be done.
        But, you simply don't get it. Do you, bud?

        March 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Ron Burgundy

      Are you kidding me? He has passed all kinds of crap that strips our rights. He has not changed the economy he is just keeping it going on the same broken system. I am not for Dems or GOP. I support a person that has real plans for change and one that defends our rights as AMERICANS. You all have to be seriouslly blind to not see what the hell he is doing or not doing for that matter. If you think Obama is going to lead you anywhere you are kidding yourself. The difference between me and you Obama supporters are that I have spent months researching and have real facts to make my decision. If you are watching the news and think you have the facts you are doing yourself and our country a great disservice. Just go do some research. Obamacare, NDAA, Iraq (troops not out), Reauthorization of Patriot Act, and much more if you go look.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • GetReal

        I've been paying close attention to Obama since his 2007 campaign. I hear a good, honest, intelligent man who is sincere and means what he says. I see a pragmatic leader who methodically solves problems by consulting experts from all sides of an issue. Then he makes the right decision and delegates the matter to bipartisan committees, who write the bills.
        President Obama follows proper procedures and makes things happen. When confronted with opposition, he tends to find common ground to compromise upon. Yet, the GOP refuse to play ball.
        So, now he is still leading and solving problems without them, putting them to shame for being so anti-middle class.
        This man has an awesome arsenal against the GOP. Can't wait to see it unleashed during the general election./

        March 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
      • Delu

        For someone with real facts, you weren't very clear on the fact that what Obama did on Libya was issue an executive order which the office of the president had every right to (meaning it was not unconstitutional).

        March 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  9. Howard's Daddy

    Obama will win 2012. The Republicans should 'man up' and admit their failure for allowing extremists like the Tea Party to sink their ship. Good luck on 2016, if you are still relevant.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Howard

      IF OBAMA WINS ... AMERICA WILL LOOSE !!!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Obama already did win Howard – remember the 2008 election?? He will get a 2nd term and hopefully a Dem House & Senate so that he can put his policies to work for all of us and move us into the 21st century.

        March 27, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • King Harry

        Learn to spell correctly. Might help.

        March 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Scott

        Howard, it's SO FUNNY that you kinda sound like how the Taliban reacts to our elections. I'm kinda afraid you might blow something up...

        March 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard besides being a moron....correctly I think you mean LOSE...not loose.

        I can lose all my money, but the jingling in my pocket is loose change.

        For a stronger America I like Obama-Biden 2012-2016.

        March 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Norma Vessels

      Thank you, Howard's daddy. 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • kagetreal

        I luv Howard's Dad!!

        March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        I do too!

        March 28, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • chuck

      You need to check your facts. If the Tea Party is 'sinking the ship' then why did they take control of the House in 2010? If Obama was doing such a great job then your own party would have supported him in 2010. Your guys had control of the WH and both sides of Congress and the only thing to show is a bloated gov't and more debt. Yet you still blame others and then say that it is the Republicans that perpetrate hatred and divisiveness.

      March 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • GetReal

        The TP gained seats in Congress because of superpac smear ads. Now, most Americans have buyers remorse and want the TP out of Congress. I predict an Obama landslide in Nov. Dems will take back the majority in the House and the super majority in the Senate.
        Then, you will see a unified government that gets things done, for the benefit of the middle class, not just bread heads.

        March 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
      • FLIndependent

        Don't forget that most Dems & Independents stayed home, leaving the overzealous Tea Partiers to vote. That is NOT going to happen in this election – we have woken up and will be voting in strong numbers to kick the Tea Partiers and right wingers out and give President Obama a 2nd term with a Dem House & Senate.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  10. Jerry Jones

    Stephanie P.
    I agree with you 100% the GOP is the worst problem. We love you President Obama and we got your back in 2012...

    March 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  11. Rhonda

    Obama said,"I'll be more flexible (about arms and missle defense) after my election"...??? Wake up America, this guy has his own agenda, says disparaging things all around the world about the USA......and now this? Wake up America–Wake up!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • GetReal

      No, Rhonda. He said, "I'll have more flexibility after the elections." In other words, tell Putin that I have heard his concerns, but I can't do anything about it right now, because the GOP will make every effort to demonize whatever I do. Tell him not to worry. We can have an adult conversation once I get the right wingnuts off my back.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Delu

      And what agenda is that?

      Please tell us oh wise one, why stating that he will have more flexibility to act on a bipartisan issue after elections is proof of a hidden agenda.

      It's just like the NRA claiming Obama is "coming for your guns" because...... he hasn't yet done anything to take away anyone's guns so far...... IT MEANS HE WILL LATER!!!!!!

      March 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      You are so wrong...the President is not saying disparaging things all over the world about the USA. You loons are!! YOU haters are the ones making the USA look like a big 'un-united' bunch of radical, sqwawling, heathenous, nuts!! A bunch of spoiled brats who can't get their way, so you fall out in the floor, kicking and screaming!! Thinking that we're just too GREAT to have a President who sits down with leaders, negotiates, and talks with other heads of states, hoping to achieve a common interest that could be healthy and good for all involved!! Yeah...you imbiciles like to call him names like Apologizer in Chief, Beggar in Chief...when you ought to be calling him Statesman In Chief or Diplomat In Chief!! We know you 'cowboys and girls' would 'RATHER FIGHT THAN SWICH'!! You're ready to get another war going instead!! You don't want him out here 'apologizing' and 'making friends'....you don't want us being friends with other folks, because then we couldn't 'fight'! Republicans and there gang just LOVE TO FIGHT!! War means dollar signs to you and you'll stage one or set one off in a minute!!! Furthermore, other countries are taking notes from you Rhonda, and folks like Howard and Jerry. They see what a 'Democracy' looks and sounds like...and they don't want this in their country!! President Obama is a man who is trying to be and show the face of true, civilized DEMOCRACY and you all back here are giving the world a look of what HYPOCRACY looks like!! They see you loons dismissing, direspecting, back-stabbing and undermining his efforts with hate, lies and trash talk! I guess the foreign folks are saying to themselves in private as they laugh....'IS THAT WHAT THEY CALL DEMOCRACY'? 'IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A HYPOCRACY....WE'LL PASS ON THAT'!! Another thing.....Who are we anyway not to ever have to 'apologize'...America sure has done her share of wrong now! If that is what Obama is doing as he tries to cool heads, negotiate, and make amends....that takes a BIG MAN!! We hadn't ever had one of them until now! @R Reagan...to your point of libs calling names...are you reading the.whole thread?? You must thing Howard's an undercover lil! LOL! Btw, we also don't need a nanny dictating to us how to voice our comments and 'freedom of speech' either!!

      March 28, 2012 at 7:13 am |
  12. judy

    diplomacy a word the repos know nothing about. A vote for them will put us right back into anothet war. Not one candidate running for the republican party has a clue how to be president. Even the russians are making fun of them. Cowboys all. I'll stick with our current president who seams better able to handle the world stage. Lets move forward not back to the cold war days. Obama 2012

    March 27, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Howard

      Obama is a weak leader, who is selling out America. You naive, gullible, Obama stooges, don't understand that America has REAL enemies. You can't negotiate with terrorists. American needs to reestablish a policy of peace through strength. it's time to kick the community organizer out of the White House. America needs a commander and chief ... not a liar and thief.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        The real enemies are the GOP.

        March 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • PTNY

        Your answer then is Bomb Baby Bomb! Can't negotiate? Peace through strength?

        Get out of my country if you insist on violence.

        March 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • GetReal

        Strength through peace is a much better approach. No one likes a bully. But, everyone likes a bad a$$ friend.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
      • s

        Howard what a fairy name, no normal person is named howard FOREST

        March 28, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  13. Name*Liz Carter

    @JOHN and @landofgreatness! Thankyou for your beautiful, well written comments! They are the whole truth and nothing but the truth!! I enjoyed reading them.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  14. Ryyyyannnn

    I think the president was being perfectly honest and was refering to the party of no that has tried to stifle him at every turn. Even to the point of flip-flopping on thier own ideas that the president happened to agree with. "Presisdent Obama agrees with our idea? *SHOCKED GASP!* Quick, Release a press report saying we disagree!" That is all the president has gotten from the GOP from day one. So telling the Russian president that america can't agree to anything, even the sky being blue is a perfectly acurate statement. I think we'd get pretty F*ing nervous if Russia started putting missiles in Mexico and Canada, even if they werent pointed at them. Mitt Robme needs to shut his f*ing pie hole, he isn't the president, nor will he ever be. We don't another war, hot or cold!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  15. Joi Gibson

    Now Boehner wants to invoke the water's edge doctrine? Too late. You all have been disrespecting this President for three years and some of us have had enough. I prefer diplomacy to war. We have enough nuclear weapons to blow up the world 20 times over. When will it be enough. And what the President said is the truth. Where is the shame in that.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!

    March 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • jerry

      obama disrespected our country...and the polls show we know it...he is finished.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
      • Delu

        Actually the polls that show him coming out ahead of any of the current crop of republican candidates, his approval is higher than theirs.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:27 am |
      • FLIndependent

        What polls Jerry – Obama is leading Mittens & Santorum in the swing states. Sorry to burst your little bubble!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  16. OBAMA2012

    Howard......your just bitter and at every opportunity you try and cut down our President. The only loser here is you. Crawl back under that pathetic GOP rock you crawled out from under. OBAMA/BIDEN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Howard

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA BEFORE HE DESTROYS THIS COUNTRY BEYOND REPAIR ... IF HE HASN'T ALREADY !!!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Cooltropic

        Howard you idiot, do us all a favor and shoot yourself in the head.

        March 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • PTNY

        You're like a Junk Yard Dog...a bully.

        March 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  17. Norma Vessels

    Thank you, too .. Landofgreatness. 🙂

    March 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  18. Rakesh

    Right wing republicans cannot stomach the fact that Obama has been the most successful president when it comes to foreign policy. Republicans are so dumb, which reflects that kind of people they are selecting from to against President Obama. They use scare tactics to scare the dumb republicans and hope to get few dumb independents to join them to get them in power. How dumb do you have to be to vote for spending money outside USA and not for the development and job creation in USA. You talk about gas prices, before Obama we paid almost $4.00/per gallon for gas during Bush administration, therefore he has kept the inflation to 0, but you guys are using dip in price when Obama came in office as the starting point. This party should rename itself as a party of dumbos.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  19. Kemikal

    It's quite a shame that many of you believe all of what you hear, and not what you see. The GOP is what's wrong with America, but sadly many Americans share the same distorted views as the GOP. People, you should really learn to think for yourselves; should you do so, you'll clearly see that no Republican candidate possesses the CHARACTER required to represent the USA as it's President.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • jerry

      many of us believe nothjing of what we hear...and ONLY what we see and what we see of obama we just don't like...

      March 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • Joyce

        Only because he is the wrong color and don't come bck and say you are black, I wouldn't believe it.

        March 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  20. Trevor

    Great....4 more years should be just enough time to finish off what is left of our Constitution and Rights

    March 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Joyce

      If the repubs get 4 more years we won't have a country. They will start a war with Iran and that will do us in.

      March 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Right Joyce...they are ready to fight! fight! FIGHT!! That's one of their 'get rich quick' schemes!! At the same time reducing America's and the world's population! BTW, none of them or their children will be going to fight....just ours!!

        March 28, 2012 at 7:33 am |
      • FLIndependent

        But I thought we were broke according to the Repubs – how then can we possibly go to war with yet another country?? Oh, that's right, they are only concerned about the debt and deficit when there is a Dem President. How stupid do they think we are??

        March 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Trevor

      What makes this Country a truly great Country, whether a Republican or Democrat is in office, is our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Take a really good look into "Indefinite Detention".... The new "Trespass" law HR 347.... The new "Martial Law Bill" . If those three things alone don't scare the heck out of you, I don't know what will. Don't just type out a knee-jerk reaction to my post...actually look at these laws, and think about what they COULD mean. Murphys Law states that IF something can happen, it WILL eventually happen. I respect everyones point of view, and comments...heck I served this Country to help ensure your right to speak them, as did countless others who have even given their lives for our freedoms.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  21. jerry

    obama is NOT to be trusted. He already rolled over for the Russians on the Poland thing... he shoved his healthcare down our throats without bi-partisian support (and we are a bi-partisian country). He IS NOT KING of the US...and he needs to get that understood....but oh well, he is finished at the end of this year and can return to the sewer he came from..Chicago.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Delu

      "and we are a bi-partisan country"

      Ummm....no?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  22. GetReal

    I saw President Obama smoothing over a diplomatic issue with Russia, in just a few seconds. That's what I call an excellent diplomat. Medvedev immediately understood what Obama was referring to and the importance of the comment. That's why he said that he would immediately transmit the message to Putin. That demonstrates respect and a willingness to cooperate.
    Republican leaders need to show the same respect and stay off the international stage. Their involvement will only be detrimental to the progress our President has made.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Howard

      Smoothing over ... more like selling out America.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • Delu

        How?

        March 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • jerry

      funny...real funny.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  23. Howard's Daddy

    The only real "sell out" in this debacle is Mitt Romney for putting his selfish political goals over the welfare of the country by declaring his desire for another cold war with Russia. It is truly justified for Medvedev to ask Romney to check his watch but Romney is probably busy writing on his Etcha Sketch for his next response.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • jerry

      while Russia provides weapons and missile defense systems to Iran...whos side is obama on? It is not America, and he continues to prove it.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • Delu

        And that justifies antagonizing Russia how?

        Wouldn't it be better to persuade them to stop those bad ol' arms transfers by coming up to them and saying: "Hey we're your friends here, giving arms to Iran isn't doing that friendship any favours, mind stopping that already."

        Or America could just get Russia on the side of Iran against the "Great Satan" that it makes itself out to be according to Romney......

        March 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  24. Sponge-Bob

    It doesn't matter what Medvedev thinks or says, Putin calls the shots and makes the decisions. Will he continue to open up Russia or will he tighten down the screws? Only time will tell.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  25. Joyce

    It doesn't make any difference what he says or does in the eyes of the repubs it is wrong.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  26. GetReal

    Wow! The trolls are out in force, today!
    Hello, Howard. Still spewing your trash talk, I see. Just look at the hostility you have started.
    I think it is great that our illustrious POTUS can solve problems with world leaders, with only a small comment. What a wonderful President we have!
    Just look at Medvedev's response to Mittens' stupid sabre rattling. Repugs don't understand the first thing about diplomacy. So, they should STFU about foreign policies and let President Obama do his job.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  27. Travis

    Shall we all compare the size of our phalluses because this is really what this all sounds like. "Obama is a traitor" "The GOP are liars" its all disgusting. Not a single fact has been shed. BOTH sides need to respect eachother. Sure.. I am going to vote for Obama.. but I am not going to condem you for voting for whoever gets your vote. Mr Romney, Mr Santorium, Mr Gingrich and Mr. Paul all deserve their well deserved respect. So stop sharing hate and share some facts. Share some opinions without blasting eachother.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:17 am |
  28. Cpt_Mac

    It is good to see both teams showed up on CNN.com.....I thought it would be only the democrats here. Two sides to most discussions and I did want hear both sides of the open mic comment. To most of us in the audience, it's like walking into a classroom as the new guy, and it is interesting to hear so much emotion....especially the name calling. Once you reduce your comments to name calling and "screaming" at one another, I will say you lost the debate. Nerves and fear of losing tend to do that. Are we not Americans first. Civil debate makes for a better chance at a win.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  29. JD

    No need for ANY apology or clarification about what the President said. It's called honesty.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:04 am |