Reggie Love: Obama leads like he plays
August 27th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Reggie Love: Obama leads like he plays

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Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Reggie Love, the man by President Barack Obama's side for two years in the White House, said the president plays basketball like he leads.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, Love said the president is a competitor above all else.

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  1. BlkPwr817

    Great, since Romney can't SLAM DUNK, he isn't fit to lead...LOL

    August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Howard

      OBAMA DOESN'T LEAD AT ALL ... HE JUST PLAYS !!!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • Howard

        ... AND, HE'S BEEN PLAYIN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR OVER 3 1/2 YEARS !!!

        August 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  2. Demosthenes

    Badly?

    August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  3. Reggie19

    At least Romney is a decent family man who has made somehting of his life. He does not have to rely on "Slam Dunk" to show what he is capable of doing. Maybe if Obama did more of what he was elected to do and less "Slam Dunking" then our country would not be in such a mess. Obama has no idea on how to lead....if he did, our country would not be heading down the wrong track.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • BlkPwr817

      Wrong again. At least he's a decent family man. Is that supposed to mean the President Obama isn't?...LOL The TRUTH is that this country for 8 years prior to his election was driven into the ground by the GOP. But we expect for it to recover in less than 4 years. Your disdain for him is beyond what he's done so far. I'm quite sure you felt the same way in 2008 before he even spent his first day in office. And talk about heading down the wrong track? Romney/Ryan is nothing but GWB 2.0. They've yet to disclose anything NEW that they would do for this country. Same failed policies that got us hear in the first place. They've done nothing but bash President Obama & classify him as "other or foreign". Despite all of that, he's done the best he can do w/ a congress who refuses to work w/ him. Why? Can't be because of the color of his skin. We've moved beyond that right? Wrong. This country needs to take a long look in the mirror.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • Howard

        STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION ... OBAMA STOOGE !!!

        August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
      • flecka

        BlkPwr817, I couldn't agree with you more–well said.

        August 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
      • Reggiedw

        You drank too much of the Obama koolaid. When you lose your job and your house i hope you will not be whining about hard times!!!!!!

        August 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • John

        I did not agree with BUSH going into Iraq 8 years ago.....but we keep going back 8 years ago...Obama has been president for that last 4 years, our DEBT has soared more than all the presidents combined before Obama. Unemployment is way above 8 % its more like 20%, we are approaching $20 trillion how the HECK are we going to pay this down...who is?? you ..our children...enough lets live in the PRESENT....lets LOVE OUR COUNTRY a bit, remember " Ask what you can do for your country...." time to have a leader that has actually built a business....Romney is far from perfect but he is what we need now

        August 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
      • Richard Jones

        I just watched "2016: The Movie" and from what I saw Obama, or Soreto, or whoever he is is anything but a decent person. Because of a worthless sire and a pathetic dame he is probably very confused, angry, and hostile. I expect that either in the debates or after he gets stomped on Nov 6, we will see him go beserk !!!

        August 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
      • bb

        TYPICAL blame, blame blame, just like Oblunder, do nothing but blame

        August 28, 2012 at 8:49 am |
      • bb

        So here is another fine example of our tax dollars at work paying this bozo to play roundball VOTE NO FOR THE JOKE

        August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am |
      • The REAL TRUTH...

        Whey stop Howie? You and bb and others have been spouting the same ole rhetoric for some time. So you don't like Obama.. big whoopie! Fine. Exactly what does Ryan/Robme plan do to to fix the mess?? Yeah, right.. BUSH3.) ? 20% UNPAID FOR across the board tax cut, decimating/privatizing Medicare ?? Sounds great to you gullibles.
        Do a little FACT checking and educate yourself on WHY we are in the so-called mess we are in. Yes, you'll find the TRUTH about the long-term impacty of Dubya's 8 years. Unfortunately your revisionist version of history is as short on FACT as is your brain is on cells!

        August 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Howard

      AMEN ...

      August 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • carol

      Reggie, you are wrong. Romney is not too much of a family man with a dog on top ot he car. I must say, lets us not forget that his grandfather was ran out of town because of having many wives

      August 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • twyce4

      why are the american people so dumb?? If this Prez done recovered 4 mill jobs with no help from congress what do you think he would have done if they would have passed the jobs bill =more jobs ,but yet you fools bash him ,lol let me see his birth papers hes un american lol GW AND THE GETTING OVER PEOPLE PARTY HAS RAPED THIS COUNTRY BLIND SPUN UP THE SURPLUS SHIPPED JOBS OVERSEAS ,AND 4 U SELLOUTS WHO 4 GOT THAT GW AND CHENNY WERE BUSINESS MEN GW WAS AN OIL TYCON AND DICK WAS 2 GAS WENT UP STILL JOBS WERE LOST WE WERE GIVING MONEY AWAY THEN HE BROKE AMERICAS ARMS,LEGS AND BACK BUT YOU WANT OBAMA 2 FIX IT JUST LIKE THAT LOOK W T F HE HAS DONE ALOT YOU UNGRATEFUL MUTHA F HE HAS SAVED HOMES ,CARS ,JOBS ,LIVES THIS COUNTRY ,BUT THE FOOLS WHO MISSED SCHOOL AND ARE ILL ASK 4 HIS BIRTH PAPERS .... HIS BIRTH PAPERS
      THE 1st BLACK PREZ OF THE THE FREE COUNTRY THE USA ... DO YOU REALLY THINK HE WOULD EVEN BEEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH OUT A ANAL CAVITY TEST THE 1st BROTHER IN THE USA BUT YOU WANNA SEE HIS BIRTH PAPERS .YET YOU CANT BECOME PREZ OF THE USA UNLESS >>>REPEAT UNLESS YOU ARE AN AMERICAN.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FAILED 2 IN 2010 YOU LET THEM CRAZY PEE PARTY IN AND LOOK WHAT THEY DID LOL SCREWED OUR CREDIT RATING UP SAID NO 2 EVERY THING THE PREZ SAID OR TRIED 2 PAST LOLAND BLAMED OBAMA 4 EVERYTHING BAD ..LOL IF YOU LOST YOUR WALLET OR A TOOTH ITS OBAMA FAULT LOL I HEARD GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY LOL HES ALREADY HERE, I WANT MY AMERICA BACK LOL B4 GW OR AFTER GW ALL THE GOP HAS PASSED ARE VOTERS LAWS ABORTION LAWS FIGHT HEALTCARE LAWS AND BENIFITS TO THE NEEDED COME ON THE CUT FUNDS 2 MEALS ON WHEELS GTFOOH WHO DOES THAT HEARTLESS SHEEEEET THE GOP
      BOTH PARTYS ARE MESSED UP BUT 1 PARTY TRIES TO HELP THE ONES WHO NEED HELP ,THEY PUT THERE HANDS BACK OVER THE WALL TO HELP THE ONES WHO NEED IT!!! AND THATS WHAT THE DEMS DO NOT 100% OF THE TIME BUT 90% GOP NO DIVERSTY JUST SPECS ,UNDER GW WE LOST OVER 8 MILLION JOBS IN 8years UNDER OBAMA AFTER TAKEN OVER THIS BROKEN BODY OF AMERICA HE CREATED 4 plus MILLION JOBS WITH 98% OFF THE GOP SAYING NO TO HIS BILLS TO HELP THIS COUNTRY EVEN THO HE WAS USING SOME OF THERE SAME BILLS THEY WANTED PASSED >>>>UNTIL OBAMA SAID IT ,WHY WERE THERE NOT AS MANY OF THE CONGRESS GOP OR EVEN GOP SUPPORTERS EVEN MADE THIS MUCH 2 SPENDING DOE ON THE WARS LOL 2 FALSE WARS ,BUT THEY MAKING A STINK ON HELPING AMERICANS WHO CANT AFFORD HEALTH CARE ,THEY RATHER SPEND ON WARS THAN HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT VOTED 4 THEM !!!! THINK ABOUT IT YOU LAB RATS OBAMA TRIED 2 WORK WITH THE GOP BUT THEY DIDNT WANNA WORK COME ON THEY WOULD LET THE INFERSTRUCTURE BILL PASS HWYS STREETS BRIDGES WORK AND THEY SAID NO NO NO ... OBAMA 2012 AND IF YOU WANNA LET US FALL OFF THAT CLIFF AGAIN AND BREAK UP OUR BODY BE AN AZZ AND VOTE GOP DAMN I LOVE MY DROID LOL OBAMA 2012

      August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • John

        TWYCE4....since you are so smart tell me what has OBAMA done for you? time to live in the present my friend...how much do you make now? are you paying more for food? how about gas prices?...since you are so smart ...tell me how do you plan on paying that $20 trillion or do you feel we should pass that on to others...like our children!!!! wake up my friend go watch "The movie 2016" and see what Obama wants to do...he could careless about America, he has hatred for our nation, our people are colonials in his eyes and we should owe the world

        August 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
      • bb

        U dont believe that do ya???

        August 28, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • Howard

        @ TWYCE4 ...
        After reading this obama stooge's long winded B.S., as to how obama has supposedly helped our economy ... drive to the gas station, and fill you tank at over $4.00 a gallon ... drive to the market, and buy one or two bags of groceries, for $40 or $50 ... and, check the sinking value of your home. We don't need this obama stooge to tell us what a great job obama has done ... and, as for cries of RACISM from the middle class white man ... even though 98 % of all Black People voted for obama ... if 98% of white people voted for McCain ... obama would still be voting 'Present" in the Senate.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • rr

      REGGIE19 C an you help me understand some specifics regarding how Obama is not a decent family man or hasnt done anything in his life. These were your words. And what kind of mess has Obama got this country into ? Seems to me that he has gotten the country out of a mess, at least most of the way , with 4.5 million jobs, housing rebounding,stock market at 13100 efforts to end the Bush wars(yes Bush wars) these were not Obama's wars. ( although the bil came due on Obamas watch. Your a generaliser at best. No deep thought Reggie. Idiot

      August 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
      • Reggiedw

        Not once did I say that Obama was not a decent family maan. It is all the negative comments from you liberals/democrats that I was directing my comment to. You people are trying to make Romney look like if he has committed some kind of crime and the man if a good family man with a fantastic business sense which is what America needs to get back on the righ track.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Dear RR please go back and look at Sen. Obama's voting record on the Iraq conflict. He is quoted as saying that he would vote to fully fund our troops..He did not do that ... now that bill is/has come home to roost.... But you would not know hat because you are an Obamanot and incapable of indepenent thought.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Triman

      Oh really.The Stock Market went from 6000 to 14.000.Maybe you do not have sh5656 invested in the Market like the rest
      of the Moro767676 in America.Unemployment going to take years to drop to the 5% if you are educated to understand this,
      but probably like the rest of the moro76767 believed that Romney is going to create 12 million jobs in 4 years with his big mouth of manure.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  4. KJ

    Reggie19, and Howard are both angry because they know that the American people can see right through the flip-flopping (liar) Romney which is why the President is leading. Do you really think the American people are stupid enough to vote another Republican into office after the fiasco the country has had during the Bushco Administration. Get over it, or better yet, move outta the country... OBAMA/BIDEN, 2012

    August 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Howard

      @ KJ ...
      In 2008, obama promised transparency ... to fix our economy ... to defend our constitution. In 2008 Americans were deceived by obama, and sold a bill of goods. Everyone got so swept up by his soaring rhetoric ... so that unfortunately, when the honeymoon was soon over, we were left with a FAR left ideologue, who ran this country into the ground. Therefore, those who voted for obama in 2008, at least had an excuse, of not knowing any better ... BUT, anybody who falls for his B.S. in 2012, is just a fool and a sucker, whose gullible lack of judgement will bring down this country ... beyond repair. America is MORE important than obama ... obama is replaceable ... America is not !!!

      August 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
      • The REAL TRUTH...

        So what bill of goods did Obama sell you Howie?
        He has tried to fix the economy.. the stimulus stemmed the loss of some 700,000 jobs a month. Remember those ? The ones Dubya's regime lost?
        Transparency.. Oh? you mean like releasing his college transcripts?
        Absolutely America is more important than Obama. More important that all the trght wing yay-who's and Ryan and Mitt the Twit and all the Teapugs who are blaimg Obama. It's a shame they haven't figured that out yet.

        August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  5. KJ

    Also, BlkPwr817 is right- Romney has hired all of the same Bush lackeys to run his (Romney's) campaign. Just a repeat of the Bushco years if Romney is elected. Republican voters should broaden their horizons and listen to CREDIBLE news organizations, and try researching so they can become EDUCATED voters and stop relying on Faux News for their info.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Steveo

      Lefties want to control your money and now your time. "Don't watch Fox, don't watch Fox", they chant all the while they are mesmerized by Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow! Go figure!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  6. WWRD

    Highest national debt in U.S. history – his administration has add $5.6T in new debt
    - 8.5% unemployment and under-employment is approximately 18%
    - Obamacare, which steals 716 billion from Medicare
    - $787B failed stimulus
    - Inflation rate at 8.7%
    - Housing market still in the tank
    - Solyndra
    - Fast N Furious
    - Covert wars in Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Iran
    - High gas prices
    - No energy policy except carbon credit tax schemes and no drilling on Federal land
    - Redistribution of wealth policies
    - 2.2% GDP growth – well below where we should be
    - No plan to overhaul the burdensome tax code
    - Highest number of Americans on Food Stamps in U.S. history
    - Uncontrolled entitlement spending
    - More golf trips than any President in U.S. history
    - Hasn't passed a single Federal budget during his administration
    - Credit rating falls for the first time in U.S. history
    - No successful auto bail out-GM still owes American tax payers 46 BILLION dollars

    August 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • The REAL TRUTH...

      Can't you people do anything other that parrot foreign-woned Faux Noise enertainment propaganda. Check some FACTS bubba! Thisis what Obama inherited.
      Evaporation of $1/2 trillion surplus,
      NEGATIVE 8.9% GDP,
      $11 TRILLION national debt, – $6.4 added by Dubya!
      $1.47 TRILLION deficit,
      $2.8 TRILLION in tax cuts (unpaid for),
      TWO Wars (unpaid for),
      Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for),
      $3 TRILLION borrowed from China,
      BILLION dollar no-bid contracts awarded to the military-industrial complex,
      a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis,
      losing over 700,000 jobs monthly and a economy heading into Depression

      These are all verifiable FACTS, but your Repugs refuse to accept the TRUTH !

      August 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Yes they are facts... but you left out one of the most important facts... .AS a Senator he (Obama) helped create a large portion of those problems...

        August 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  7. LJC

    It's a good thing Bush didn't privitze the locks and levies protecting New Orleans, it would be under water by Wednesday night. This would be a classic example of Private/public construction project, managed by the Corps of Engineers produced and constructed by the private sector, not solely driven by profit and no oversight.

    August 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      and who pays 800.00 for a hammer.... it is not the private sector. Face it ... this administration wants to have everyone employed by the state... sound familiar?

      August 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  8. Richard Jones

    I just watched "2016: The Movie" and from what I saw Obama, or Soreto, or whoever he is is anything but a decent person. Because of a worthless sire and a pathetic dame he is probably very confused, angry, and hostile. I expect that either in the debates or after he gets stomped on Nov 6, we will see him go beserk !!!

    August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  9. Rocco

    If Obama "leads like he plays," then Obama must play like total crap. Not hard to imagine, being as he throws worse than a little girl.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  10. OCRealist

    It seems like some posts have been taken down. This post is in response to Ann Marie who posted at 3:35pm yesterday. I am pasting her list and the "reality" of it.

    4.3 million jobs saved (of 4.4 million Bush LOST); Whatever... hard to really quantify this. If true, BO is still down 100,000, right?

    Immigration Executive Order, Amnesty to Immigrants since Congress has refused to act on the matter for nearly 4 years;
    nice work Mr. President (golf clap)

    Cut taxes for 160m Americans; Please clarify/quantify... this sounds like "baseline accounting" to me.

    Wall street reform passed; Well done. The problem is the SEC is SO outgunned by Wall Street, they are running amok again.

    18 new tax cuts for small businesses; Please quantify. Likely baseline accounting again.

    Unfair credit card fees eliminated; While I am for the CC companies being reigned in, I struggle with the work "fair". Please quantify as well.

    466,000 new manufacturing jobs; Were they necessary? For US companies overseas? Solyndra?

    $1 T in spending cuts; I will start referring to baseline accounting from here on out as BSL. This is BSL.

    Protected Reproduction Rights; That's great.

    Stem Cell Research funded; Great. Spending OPM (other people's money).

    Efficiency Standards Doubling; Your description is overly efficient as it is not very clear... Let's face it, the Gov is a lot of things, but efficient is not one of them.

    U.S. Oil Production at 8-year high; Great. Nice work. Was BO the driver of this, or just at the helm? Fair question.

    Natural Gas Production at all-time high; See above.

    Renewable energy production up 27%; Ditto.

    First Latina supreme court justice appointed; We expect every President to appoint a qualified SCJ. Why should we see race or gender? Isn't that kind of the point?

    $100 billion invested in science and research; Again, OPM, please specify. Do we need research as much as we need money for all those dying in the streets without health care?

    Iraq War Ended; That's great, but he is 1 for 3. What about Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay?

    Afghanistan War ends 2014 and all troops return home; I'm from Missouri, show me.

    Libya Liberated; Really? OK.

    Osama Bin Laden Dead; Nice timing Mr. President. Bush's rebuilding of our intel assets globally, and military/SF ops, located the fish, built the barrel, and BO decided to shoot the "fish". A lot more teamwork involved here. Did Reggie Love win the championship at Duke on his own???

    Incentive to Hire Unemployed Veterans; I should hope so. Well done.

    Don't Ask Don't Tell Ended; That's cool. The irony is that there have been gays serving in the US Armed Forces honorably for decades.

    Unemployment Benefits Extended; Give me a fish, and I eat, teach me to fish... How much longer do you extend these?

    Equal Pay for Women Protected; I like it.

    Health Care Reform Passed; Kind of. Pandora's box... See my quote about Missouri above.

    Seniors' Drug Costs Lowered; At who's expense? There are no free lunches.

    College Pell Grants Doubled; OK. I know lots of successful people (including myself) who took out loans and paid them back.

    Guaranteed Coverage for Contraception; I will leave this one alone. That's cool, but I am noticing a trend of handing out money and services.

    Medicare and Soc Sec Protected, and finally, I hope you are right.

    Auto Industry Saved And GM just announced they are stopping production of the Volt. Additionally, companies fail and succeed every day (see Wall Street and the banks).

    Sorry this is so lengthy, but I had to give my rebuttal. It doesn't seem like our President holds himself as accountable as he said he would in 2008 (If I don't get this turned around... one term). I do not doubt your fondness for the BO, but I need to see some quantifiable statistics that he has turned this country and economy around. Anyone who has ever managed a P&L, or managed people knows it is all about results. Show me unemployment tracking in the right direction, quarter over quarter GDP growth, and get more people working and contributing. The fact that such a large percentage of the country does not pay taxes is staggering and sad. Growth, Innovation, Quantifiable Results, Freeing up entrepeneurs and industry to do what they do best.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  11. OCRealist

    ... and on more thing.
    As a basketball player all my life, any time I see the President's game, he is lofting up, lame, lefty jumpers. I met Senator Brown from MA recently and asked if he wanted to play BO one on one (Sen Brown played at Tufts). He said he would love to, but the WH has not responded. I am sure if it happened, ESPN would televise it, and it would be a great opportunity to raise money for worthy causes. I will give BO credit for hooping into his 50s! Well done Mr. President!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 3:42 am |
  12. jc

    We won't be fooled again...

    The evidence is clear: there is no license; there was no marriage. Ann took Obama's name, but there was no love, no estrangement, no coercion, no selfless gallantry in the "marriage." Obama was a financially desperate student who got a big break when the Dunhams found him and paid him to be a father in name only. Ann and son Barry went on with their lives, and Obama continued on with his studies.

    Is it possible that our president doesn't know this? I find that hard to believe. I do know, though, that he used the compelling, but mythical, story of an African father and Midwestern mother to get elected. I also believe that whether or not Obama knew the truth about his parents' relationship, he didn't realize then that Obama Sr.'s Kenyan nationality would lead opponents to question his "natural born citizen" status.

    In all likelihood, our President is a "natural born citizen" who was elected under false pretenses. Mr. President, in the next election, please run on your record and not a mythological past. History and your fellow citizens deserve this much.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:50 am |
  13. Kool-Aid Police

    Well Reggie, he plays horrible so that answers the leadership part as well. Reggie is a shill so what else is he going to say?

    August 28, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  14. About what we expect

    He leads like he plays? So should we assume that Obama is really, really, really bad at basketball then?

    August 28, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    A couple of Books written about Obama, AMATEUR and LEADING FROM BEHIND explains Obama to a T. True Obama is a good family man, but shouldn't be in the White House. The Fiscal Mess we are in has been building for the last 75 years, not the last 8. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. Obama, being a Liberal doesn't know how to get off that path of more and more debt. All the Liberal Programs by Democrats are failures. It is time to elect a new president.

    August 28, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • The REAL TRUTH...

      and the same can be said of Mitt the Twit.
      The man simply does not beloing in he white house. No record – unless you count gettign wealthy being a corp raider off the backs of americans – no plans (the Ryan plan is not viable), completelyu out of touch with the average American, and you red state welfare (yes, you get more in Fed funds than you contribute) lemmings are buying into it, hook line and sinker!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  16. Steveo

    Leads like he plays? You mean like air balls, double dribbling, traveling, fouling?

    August 28, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  17. RealityBites

    Obama didn't win a basketball scholarship for a reason, and leadership ability is clearly not a requirement for the 2012 LSM presidential scholarship..

    August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  18. Marc A.

    "He leads like he plays". You heard the man. Now Google "Why president Obama throws like a girl." He leads like he plays.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • demwit

      I find that offensive. my little girl throws better than Obama. He throws more like a Eutopian soccer player..,

      August 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  19. Samantha

    A "LEADER' == "Unifies", 'Manages" and "Resolves Problems".
    An Obama == "DISUNIFIES the Citizens of this country - He plays the Anger and Class Warfare Game", He never managed his Senate and Congress – Instead he plays on campaign trails. "Unresolved Unemployment and US Debt at 16Trillion now".

    So we the Citizens of this Country are being foolishly played and lied by this Obama. Where are your PROMISES of HOPE and CHANGE - Where are the results of the stimulus and 5Trillion debt increase for the last 4 years? Promised 6% of Unemployment, Your '-' sign becomes a "+" sign to our unemployemnt; and cut debt to 50%? Where is your Math and Economics?

    August 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • The REAL TRUTH...

      actuallt Obama said cut the deficit (not debt) by 50%. He has only managed to cut it by some 38% (versus the previous occupants last deficit) and that's with the Republicans blocking and filibustering at every turn. It's not a great number but it is progress. As was ACA – but because it was a Republican health care plan, up to AND INCLUDING the mandatory components – pushed thru by Obama, it is now BAD and their failed SCOTUS effort is laughable!

      Shame you right wing haters parrot so much Faux Noise propaganda instead of checking out the facts.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So was this true of the first 2years? I think not... You are an obamanot and the problem with you is that you are all blow and no go.... all you can do is throw words from behind a fake tag...

        August 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  20. Jimbo2e371

    You talk about gas prices, but you forget that the President has NO CONTROL over gas prices. International demand is what drives gas prices. If you tell me we need to pump more out of the ground, I'll tell you that those oil companies will sell it overseas where they make more money. You would have to put in the XL pipeline and then MANDATE that fuel is specifically for the use of the US and Canada. Is that going to happen? No, because "Big Oil" won't let it happen. There is only so much oil in the ground. We need to diversity our energy portfolio. Fracking needs to be further explored. Wind, Solar and other methods need to be explored. This money comes from the government because it is in ALL of our best interests to have a secure energy future.
    I'm not overly thrilled with Obama, but compared to the "Economic wild, wild west" that Romney / Ryan support... tearing down all the regulation, drill for oil everywhere, stop all the subsidies for alternative energy is a misguided path. We need to progress to the 21st century... the car, oil, and coal are 19th century technology. Yes, it's gotten better, but my 1989 Dodge Colt got 42 mpg combined and nearly 50 mpg on the highway... how many cars do that now, nearly a quarter of a century later.
    You talk about people drinking the "blue" koolaid... what about the ones drinking the "red" koolaid?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • ppostma7104

      You say the "President has NO Control over gas prices". This is only partially correct. Gas prices are based on a combination of things: world oil prices, capacity to refine available oil, type of oil available to refine, federal taxes on gas and special mixture regulations for different regions. The President (EPA) has dozens of formulas of gas for different regions of the country, that means gas refined for Wyoming can't be shipped to California if needed. This restriction on "free exchange" restricts competition and therefore keeps prices higher. Imagine if all refineries could just make one formula of gas, the creates efficiencies of scale. Also, it is almost impossible to open a new gas refinery due to EPA licensing requirements. Without more refineries, you restrict supplies and keep prices higher. Obama likes high gas prices to make Electric cars more competitive, so he has no incentive. Getting more oil out of the ground will help. Oil prices are set "on the margin" based on international supply and demand (and a little bit by speculation). Even if you drill more oil in US and export it, it drives down world oil prices, which are a driver of gas prices.

      January 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • RationalRepublican

      You say the "President has NO Control over gas prices". This is only partially correct. Gas prices are based on a combination of things: world oil prices, capacity to refine available oil, type of oil available to refine, federal taxes on gas and special mixture regulations for different regions. The President (EPA) has dozens of formulas of gas for different regions of the country, that means gas refined for Wyoming can't be shipped to California if needed. This restriction on "free exchange" restricts competition and therefore keeps prices higher. Imagine if all refineries could just make one formula of gas, the creates efficiencies of scale. Also, it is almost impossible to open a new gas refinery due to EPA licensing requirements. Without more refineries, you restrict supplies and keep prices higher. Obama likes high gas prices to make Electric cars more competitive, so he has no incentive. Getting more oil out of the ground will help. Oil prices are set "on the margin" based on international supply and demand (and a little bit by speculation). Even if you drill more oil in US and export it, it drives down world oil prices, which are a driver of gas prices.

      January 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  21. RationalRepublican

    Obama is a student of UNC basketball and as such learned about the 4 corner's strategy invented by Dean Smith. Obama has successfully employed the 4 corners in answer all questions from the press. He takes 5-8 minutes on a rambling answer, thus running out the clock before too many questions can be answered. Very smart.

    January 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm |