President Obama questioned about immigration and Fast and Furious at Univision town hall
President Obama questioned by Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.
September 20th, 2012
08:51 PM ET

President Obama questioned about immigration and Fast and Furious at Univision town hall

Miami, FL (CNN) - President Barack Obama flew to Miami on Thursday to try to shore up Latino support in a town hall forum broadcast by the Spanish language network Univision.

Before an audience of 700 Spanish speakers – half college students - at the “Meet the Candidates” forum, Obama defended his record on immigration and tried to explain why his administration did not fulfill a 2008 campaign promise to tackle comprehensive reform in his first year in office.

“When we talked about immigration reform in the first year, that was before the economy was on the verge of collapse … the stock market was collapsing. And so my first priority, was making sure we prevented us from going into a great depression.”

Univision host Jorge Ramos pressed Obama on his pledge, saying “a promise is a promise.” Obama countered that the lack of legislation in Congress was not entirely his fault.  Republican political opponents, he said, kept many significant immigration measures from getting off the ground.

"I am happy to take responsibility for the fact that we didn't get it done," Obama said. "But I did not make a promise that I would get everything done 100% when I was elected as president. What I promised was that I would work every single day as hard as I can to make sure that everybody in this country regardless of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, that they would have a fair shot at the American dream. And that promise I've kept."

President Obama was also asked about the recent Inspector General’s report on the controversial gun-trafficking operation into Mexico known as Fast and Furious and whether Attorney General Eric Holder should be held ultimately accountable.

“You told me during an interview that you and Mr. Holder did not authorize the Fast and Furious operation….should you fire him?” asked Ramos.

“When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it…Those folks who were responsible have been held accountable. The question now is, how do we move forward with a strategy that will actually work?” responded the president.

Obama handily won the Latino vote last time around and holds a considerable lead now in polls. In the latest Gallup survey of registered Hispanic voters, Obama tops Republican challenger Mitt Romney 66% to 26%.

Needing a heavy Latino voter turnout on Election Day, Obama detailed differences between his campaign and Romney’s on issues important to that group.

“We are now confronted with a choice between two candidates in which the candidate sitting here with you today is committed to comprehensive immigration reform, is committed to the Dream Act, has taken administrative actions to prevent young people from being deported.

“And that stands in contrast with the other candidate who has said he would veto the Dream Act, that he is uncertain about what his plan for immigration reform would be, and who considers the Arizona law the model for nation and who has suggested the main solution for immigration is self deportation,” he said.

Both campaigns are running Spanish language ads in battle ground states with heavy Latino populations, like Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia.

Romney appeared at the forum on Wednesday where he criticized Obama for not delivering on his pledge.

"When I'm president, I will actually do what I promise, I will put in place an immigration reform system that resolves this issue," Romney said.


soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Rachaelincolo

    Did CNN seriously write an article about this appearance and NOT MENTION the "fast and furious" fire Holder question and answer? What are you doing CNN?? He hasn't personally answered any reporter on this issue until now and you don't report it? I'm sick of it. You're robbing the public!

    September 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • staciacnn

      Good point! We will add it. Thank you for reading.

      September 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
      • Paul

        The article says:
        “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it…Those folks who were responsible have been held accountable. The question now is, how do we move forward with a strategy that will actually work?” responded the president."

        What about the first part of his reply where he falsely blames the previous admin?
        "Well, first of all, I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration."

        September 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Michael P.

        You added it but left off the lie that President Obama told when he said the program started under the previous administration...

        September 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • tim scowdie

      This is another example of cnn left wing artical.It just shows cnn is Obamas campain network.PITAFULL

      September 21, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Thomas

      So what would you like him to say differently? He's not going to fire his AG because people under Holder did something stupid. They were held accountable personally and dealt with.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • jean2009

        Those people under Holder had been at the ATF a lot longer. Kenneth Melson had previously been in charge of Wide Receiver which had been discontinued after 450 guns went missing. He was originally appointed by Alberto Gonzales.

        September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Bob

      And you are acting like a whiner.

      September 21, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Vicki Weinberg

      I wholeheartedly agree with Rachael and would add that you failed to report Obama's big fat LIE about Fast and Furious being Bush's program. That's is absolutely NOT true! Why you (CNN) continue to give half the stories is clear evidence that you are not properly exercising the 1st Ammendment by accurately and thoroughly reporting the news!

      September 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • FlotsamJetsam

      Frankly the entire F & F issue is a red herring. The practice had been started under GW Bush but as soon as Attny General Holder found out about he canceled the Operation. The Inspector General had issued a report absolving Holder and the administration of any wrongdoing. The only point of contention at this point is what did the President know and when did he know it and on the internal grounds he is claiming Executive Privilege.

      This whole thing has become a witch hunt for Rep Issa and there isn't much there. No big intricate conspiracies like Watergate or Iran Contra.

      September 23, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • Allen

        I came here today to see if the factual error about the Bush administration starting this had been corrected and see that you still believe the lie. President Obama was even called on this by Jake Tapper at ABC (before you start the fox lies diatribe). Look it up. Sadly CNN has not corrected the error – but then who would expect accuracy here?

        October 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. mikle

    Latino stupid and trust Obama in his empty promises.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Thomas

      Yeah those dumb little Latinos, why aren't they voting for a party actively trying to deport them? If republicans stopped demonizing them and treated non-white people with a little more respect then maybe they'd get their vote.

      Almost no african americans are voting republican. There is almost a 40%+ gap in support for democrats in the Latino community. Female voters are 10% more in favor or democrats, single female votes are close to 30% more in favor of democrats.

      If republicans would stop demonizing minorities and women, which they can't this election as they have been doubling down for years to appease white male christian voters, they might have a shot.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:06 am |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Thomas, what's that brown ring around your nose?

        September 21, 2012 at 8:21 am |
      • Thomas

        Probably your wife's a–hole. But what did I say was wrong?

        September 21, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • Steveo

        Thomas,

        Didn't the Obama administration tout their high number of deportations? Can't have it both ways!

        September 21, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • Thomas

        Well gee Steveo, that's not what Mitt Romney was saying apparently Obama hasn't even done close to enough.

        http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/09/20129101132381726.html

        September 21, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Steveo

        You give me an Al Jazerra link? I stated the current administration touted high number of deportations becuase you stated this:

        "Yeah those dumb little Latinos, why aren't they voting for a party actively trying to deport them?

        So what I am telling you BASED upon the "touting" of this administration, is they (the Latinos) ARE voting for the party that is actively trying to deport them! Why can I say what I said? Easy! The OBAMA ADMINSTRATION TOUTS THE DEPORTATION NUMBERS and according to them, they are high! So in short, If and when Latinos vote for Obama, they are voting for the party that ACTIVELY deports them!

        September 21, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  3. lbird

    Is it just me or does it seem like corruption is more widespread than ever in our country? Consider a recent civil (non-criminal) federal court case in Texas. In this case, the judge and his friends threatened the litigant (the "victim") with "death" and seized, without any notice or hearing, prohibited him from hiring a lawyer, and essentially into a bizarre civil lockdown. The litigant has been under this civil lockdown order for nearly two years, and is prohibited from having a lawyer, from owning any possessions, from freely traveling, from working, etc… The judge redistributed the litigants property to the judge's friends.

    LawInjustice.com has details about this disturbing case and some quotes from the judge:

    THE COURT: "I'm telling you don't screw with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to screw with a federal judge, and if you don't understand that, I can make you understand it. I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me."

    THE COURT: "You realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death"

    It' hard to believe, but this really is true

    September 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  4. sheldon

    CNN why don't you report all the news. People have caught on to you not reporting all the news. You are losing your viewers. I use to like your news sites but it is old having to go to other news sites to get all the news.

    September 21, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Mary-Anne

      Totally agree! CNN and many other broadcasters and print media are cheating the American public by "spinning" the news and selectively omiting or ignoring stories that are damaging to the president. What happened to "follow the truth where ever it takes you".....

      Why aren't there more stories on the terrorist attack of the Ambassador in Libyia? The security of a US embassy and lying to the American people ought to be a big story.

      I rarely watch CNN anymore....can't stand the bias

      October 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  5. tim scowdie

    Good reporting doesn't need to add anything.

    September 21, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  6. november2012

    obama came across as a lying fumbling idiot...himself. He is finished and knows it, his body language shows it...a dismal failure and the evidence is all around....obama can't hide from it...can't perform in a venue that is not heavily controlled by him and come across as a viable leader, clear eyed, or trustworthy.

    September 21, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Gretchen

      You been had, have you seen the polls lately son?

      September 21, 2012 at 2:13 am |
      • saywhat?

        You mean CNN polls? What a joke!

        September 24, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      So right, he looked like he didn't actually know what the next question would be so true to his nature he lied.

      September 21, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  7. R Cervantes

    Univision has not done any investigation about letting guns walk. "wide reciever"the original 06 ,also another original "secure communities"were 93% detained are young latino males ,most are undocumented workers ,not Felons or criminals turned to border patrol.Republicans blocked the health refom postponing Immigation .
    out of control Bush era Ideas

    September 21, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  8. Jay in NC

    The Democratic party is all about discrimination. They want to put you into a category then assume that you all feel the same. You are black then you need social services. You are Latino then promises migration reform. That is racism, plain and simple.

    September 21, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • Thomas

      Er, have you ever heard of demographics? It's not racist, it's focusing on what specific groups of individuals favor based on statistics. It's funny you should mention racism when republicans have been blowing the dog whistle for years. Google "Dog Whistle Politics".

      As Mitt Romney said, "...keep America America[n]".

      September 21, 2012 at 8:14 am |
      • Trek04

        Are you saying that treating people differently based upon "what specific groups of individuals favor based on statistics" is not discrimination? The definition of discrimination is the "treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit."

        Who is blowing the dog whistle?

        September 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • rosco

      Agreed

      September 21, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  9. Frank Marshall Davis

    These were some of toughest questions he's gotten so far. Why can't CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS press him on things? Oh I forgot, they're in the tank for him.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • Thomas

      When has any news organization done anything but softball the politicians? Can you honestly say you've seen an interview of Romney when there was any followup question to a half answered question either?

      September 21, 2012 at 8:17 am |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Since you're obviously an Obama lover, you only see things from one perspective, his.

        September 21, 2012 at 8:22 am |
      • Thomas

        Can you find a video on youtube this election season where Romney or Obama has been asked a poignant question that was difficult? and that had a person following up that question?

        September 21, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        LET'S BE TOTALLY HONEST ABOUT THIS. IT IS AN ELECTION YEAR. NO CANDIDATE WOULD WANT TO BE PUT IN A BAD POSITION BECAUSE OF TOUGH QUESTIONS. MITT ROMNEY'S PERFORMANCE IS GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS. THE PRESIDENT HAS THE ADVANTAGE BECAUSE AS THE INCUMBENT, HE CAN SET MORE OF THE TERMS BEHIND ANY INTERVIEW AND PRESS APPEARANCES. EVEN WHEN A WRITER CAN SPEND ALL THAT TIME WITH HIM, HE STILL HAS TO SIGN TO CERTAIN NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS. ONCE THIS BEAUTY CONTEST IS OVER, THEN THE UGLY QUESTIONS CAN NO LONGER BE AVOIDED.

        September 22, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • rdsink

      Frank, I doubt any intelligent person would argue that the networks you mentioned are objective and not left leaning just as few would argue that Fox is not conservative based. What is truly alarming is the degree our mainstream media swings. There is little effort by media sources to simply report without putting a spin on it. Now for those individuals who take advantage of their critical thinking skills it's not as big of an issue, however, I fear a vast majority of Americans are content with believing what they hear and see without giving it much thought. So in short we've allowed bias, dogmatic news agencies to dilute the truth and forfeited best qualified for most liked.

      September 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  10. twyce4

    Sounds like some repugs dont wanna belive the truth ..Obama is changing america 4 the right directions ,alot of you clowns Dems and Repugs want sheet 2 happen just like that ..Well u voted GW in twice were was all that noise wen
    all of our money went down the drain Now u guys wanna get upset cause a brotha trying 2 get sh-t right so it wont go wrong again and u marks taking crap I know u guys are crybabies OBAMA 2012

    September 21, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  11. Prosperid

    GOP supporters complaining about CNN, ABC, NBC, & CBS when Mitt (whom you don't like anyway) only interviews with
    the bias FOX media. .....HINT- currently most of the people who are interviewed as guests on FOX are Romney staff members (economics, domestic, foreign advisors, etc.) because the grass root so-called conservatives hate Mitt.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Every year there's a survey on the media and year after year it's the same result, heavily biased to the left. Since you obviously don't agree with most viewers one can only assume you worship Obama and are hard left.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:25 am |
      • Thomas

        Care to comment on people actively being a part of Romney's campaign working at fox news on television? They don't disclose that the people telling you what to think are paid employees of one politician.

        September 21, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • Prosperid

        Not a hard lefty (independent) but the right sure hasn't shown any reason to vote for them in the next few years and beyond thanks to obstructionism and like Mitch McConnell says "Our only goal is to make Obama (go an include America) FAIL. You can't judge of media. Obama has more negative ratings in the social media like facebook thanks to misimformed righties like yourself are blinded by your hatred for Obama.You are obssessed with anti-Obama messages. Do research. Again....Obama has more negative social media ratings than positive (thanks to you & other blind sheep) yet he leads in the polls....including your precious FOX polls.

        September 21, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • LocalVokal

        "Heavily biased to the left" because the right is rather.....behind in their thinking, to put it nicely. Ever wonder why so many educated people are "Heavily biased to the left"?

        September 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • acdcguy

      That's because most of the left are too scared to go on Fox, they know they would be eaten alive..........but every now and then, when I need a good laugh, I'll flip over to MSNBC.........

      September 21, 2012 at 8:45 am |
      • Thomas

        The problem with FOX is that it's a hypocritical spin machine that actually employs people, on camera talent, that are Romney campaign officials without disclosing this fact. Most interviews I see between D/R on fox involve people like Hannity or O'Reilly asking a question, getting a liberal response then spending the rest of the interview trying to talk over the person they are interviewing while getting louder and louder.

        Can you tell me why Hannity is saying a video shot in May is old and outdated, but then proceeds to scream over a video from 1998?

        September 21, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • LocalVokal

        EXACTLY! I thought I was the only one that noticed! Whenever the fox folks bring on a liberal thinker, ask them a question and if they don't get the anwer they want, they either CONSTANTLY interrupt or let the person finish and toatally twist the answer. When the person tries to say "You're putting words in my mouth..." the host says "You just said that" over and over until the end of the interview.

        September 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  12. TJ

    Why didn't you include the ? asked about why he is ramping up the war on drugs when it is obvious that it is the root of the problem with cartels.. Also if Obama's entire response to the fast and furious question were printed, it shows that he is spinning a report that condemns his administration and the doj for obstructing the IG's investigation on all levels. It far from exonerates anyone-it actually has Obama and Holder looking more involved than previously thought. I'm ashamed I voted for him in 2008. but not nearly as ashamed as I am for CNN for obviously doing all they can to protect the reputation of the imbicile we call president.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  13. nmlndz

    Jorge Ramos did a great job asking the question the Latino people deserve answers to. Though Latinos do feel used by Obama administration and the political games being played to obtain the Latino vote, it is obvious Latinos would rather support Obama than Romney.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  14. rosco

    While much has been said of America’s declining influence in the world, developments in the Middle East and North Africa indicate America has actually remained an influential player. The problem is that the White House’s influence is fast proving counterproductive. And the fruits of President Obama’s foreign policy innovations may soon enough be viewed as fuel for the global jihad.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Thomas

      Specifically which parts of Obama's plan are leading to this global jihad?

      September 21, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • jsmoulder

        Lack of a plan is what will lead to a global jihad.

        September 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      Everything obama has done has promoted the over throw of regimes and allowed the istamists in...started back in 2009 with the Green revolution in Iran, he would not support it so the radicals stayed in...the radicals allowed in by jimmy-the-idiot-carter. Domestically obama's polities have been anti-economy, anti business, and anti job creation. Our ONLY hope for a decent future lies in good private sector jobs and yet obama criminalizes business daily on his never ending community organizing campaign trail... he is hanging the democrates with their own rope.

      September 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        IF YOU LOVE BRUTAL DICTATORSHIPS THAT MUCH, I SUGGEST YOU MOVE TO SYRIA. I HEAR IT IS LOVELY THIS TIME OF YEAR.

        September 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      By lack of plan as a reason do you mean like 9/11 and Iraq War for non-existent WMD?

      September 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      BY LACK OF PLAN, I THINK THEY MEAN WHY HAVEN'T WE INVADED THOSE INSOLENT ISLAMISTS YET? TYPICAL CHICKEN HAWK STUPIDITY.

      THE PLAN IS SIMPLE. LEAVE THE FLEDGLING DEMOCRACIES TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN FATE. IT IS WHAT ANY DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WOULD WANT. IT IS WHAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WENT THROUGH FOR THE MOST PART.

      September 22, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  15. wigglwagon

    "What I promised was that I would work every single day as hard as I can to make sure that everybody in this country regardless of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, that they would have a fair shot at the American dream. And that promise I've kept."

    Unfortunately, President Obama's definition of 'everybody' only includes those who refuse to abide by the law. Citizens and legal immigrants are forced to work for low wages with no benefits because he insists on 'over inflating' the supply of workers with the illegal aliens. Sure, people are sympathetic about those brought here as children but why does he refuse to take action against the parents who caused this problem?

    If he were truly concerned about the welfare of America's people, he would have fulfilled his promise to get 'card check' on the legislative agenda.

    If he were truly concerned about the welfare of America's people, he would be fighting to make companies who make their profits off the American consumer market also pay their fair share of taxes(tariffs) to support that market. Companies should not get a free ride just because they chose to move their factories to other countries. Instead, he is still preaching that we need more 'free trade' agreements. What we really need is EQUAL TRADE agreements.

    When the balance of trade was equal, America prospered.
    When nearly 40% of the work force was union, America prospered.
    When government regulation of business was at its peak, America prospered.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  16. culturalhonesty

    EVERY White country on the planet is forced to become multicultural and multiracial.
    EVERY white country is told to end its own race and culture.

    No one asks that of ANY non-White country. Immigration and forced-assimilation is for ALL & ONLY White countries.

    Anti-Whites call themselves "anti-racist", but their words & actions lead to the genocide of only one group: White people.

    The true goal of anti-racism is to genocide my people.

    Anti-Racist is a codeword for Anti-White

    September 21, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  17. CallingitRacism

    This article seems to be motivated by an insidious RACISM. Ramos asked a ton of very good questions about immigration, Fast & Furious and he took the President to task. This article makes it sound like it was another polite exchange between old friends.

    FACT: The President enjoyed 2 years of majority in the House & Filibuster proof majority in the Senate, yet he did not deliver Immigration reform. The simple fact that this MAIN THEME in this exchange is expunged from this article is a RACIST SCANDAL because it assumes LATINOS are too dumb to gather up this SIMPLE FACT.

    A promise is a promise and Obama blamed inaction on there being 3 branches of government that must work together to achieve Immigration reform. That was a LIE. He had full legislative support. He could have passed anything he wanted to pass.

    CNN you are a RACIST joke of an organization.

    As for the Fast & Furious questions, again, CNN is covering up the actually exciting exchange between Ramos and Obama. Ramos pressed him on firing Holder and Obama excused him to which Ramos fired back then why not release the documents requested which would clear Holder? You know, the ones that Executive Privilege was invoked to protect?

    The treatment of issues important to Latinos by CNN in this article is a major scandal.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  18. SAM

    I, myslef is an immigrant but i followed all the immigration laws...came on F1 then on H1b and now a proud GREEN card holder....and i followed all the immigration laws stood in the LINE for years to get my GC.....Can PRESIDENT please explain then why not open up legal immigration?...it is very very unfare when legal immigrant has to stand In the line...they have to go through so many requirement s to even get a visa and here you are giving free greencars to illegals by name of immigration reforms....this is unfair .....illegal is illegal no matter whether he has came here early or late....they are law breakers and should be deported period AND IF THEY WANT TO STAY, THERE ARE LEGAL WAYS AND LAWS BY WHICH IF YOU QUALIFY THEN CAN ACHIEVE LEGAL STATUS THEN WHY NOT ALLOW THEM TO FOLLOW THE LAW.....and if you want more people then open up legal immigration reduced waiting period you will have many young PEOPLE ----PLEASE NO IMMIGRATION REFORMS....ONLY LEGAL IMMIGRATION----

    September 21, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  19. judy

    Thomas is right at least 4 fox commentators are activlly working on the romney campaign . So much for fair and balanced news. Frank marshall accuses people of being for the president when it is clear that he is for mittens . So whats the difference. ??? Good interview president did a much better job than mitt and the latin population understands where the president is on issues that effect them. They are a growing intellegent group that the republican party has ignored untill now. This will haunt then through the next campaing as well. They need to change not only their platform but also their attitude about the 47%. Forward

    September 21, 2012 at 11:37 am |
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    September 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  21. ann

    You're still cherry picking on Fast & Furious – you cut the first part of his answer where he LIED and said the program was started under George Bush – it began in 2009 – 9 months into his presidency. Why the cover up?

    September 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  22. Retired Sailor

    In the military the commanding officers are held responsible for what happens in their command even if they didn't know about it at the time. When that happens they are relieved of command and their career is over. But why should we expect to have this administration held to the same standard. As the law states, ignorance is no excuse. Guess that Obama and Holder forgot about that.

    But I guess that Obama shouldn't be held to higher standards than a commanding officer of a unit.

    September 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  23. NOvember 2012

    obama is looking more and more like someones lap dog...on his own with out the teleprompter he just falls on his face. And my goodness with the middleast falling apart, rising fuel prices, food prices going up, massive layoffs begining, obama care scaring the crap out of people I would be a fumbling idiot in a town hall meeting...in fact I'd resign in shame (like bill clinton should have done, and like President Nixon did). This is the worst presidency we have had in our history...soon the media will have to turn on this fraud and frame him as he is...incompetant! Big difference between a community organizer and a real leader...and this is becomming very very aparent.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  24. uncdig

    Side stepping, jive talking again. I didnt promise – I promised to work hard everyday. Lets check his schedule for today – yup – no work – just campaigning & home by 2:45 – enough time to take a nap before the kiddos get home. This has been the schedule for 4 months now. A 9-5 pres when (in his own words)" the economy was on the verge of collapse the stock market was collapsing" Enough of this non leadership – this is not a 9-5pm 4 1/2 day vacation. Tough times require tough work – thats what leaders do.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  25. tibs

    If you vote for Romney or Obama youre part of the problem.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  26. Charles

    The really hard question that was asked (that evidently CNN and most of the MSM don't want you to know about) was about the lack of security at that Benghazi Consulate. Obama wasn't about to address that and disgustingly gave a total non-answer:
    http://bit.ly/UituYK

    September 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  27. Borderless

    Obama has an excuse for everything. Sadly, Latinos will probably learn too late that he is too weak as a leader and to uncommitted to their cause to keep any promises he makes to them.

    September 22, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  28. VS

    How can President Obama get away with lying (saying that Fast and Furious started under the Bush administration) and no one says anything? While another program under the Bush administration was "Operation Wide Receiver," it is amazing what he can say and is not challenged or corrected. The result is people actually believe the incorrect information. I prefer the facts Mr. President.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  29. mike texoma

    Anyone reading this who does not believe it was more important to head off a second Great Depression than to fix immigration, at that time, has his head in the wrong place. And I would venture the same argument could be made for national health care, although it is a closer thing. But after the Dems lost a Senato or two, which was unexpected, the opportunity was lost to the conservative filibuster.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  30. Larry

    More obama lies Mr Bush's gun program had nothing to do with fast and furious obama lie after lie and no one says a word but obamas 47 % of welfare voters don't care it all about mo money mo money .

    September 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  31. KM

    Let's compare facts about "liberal biased media":

    1. When the Dems controlled the House and Senate, from 2007 to Jan. 2011, 74% of the guests interviewed on CNN,
    NBC, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC were Republican. If you exclude MSNBC it's almost 80%.

    A. 87% of the time Democratic legislators were on these shows, they were on with Republicans in a debate format. Excluding MSNBC, at no time were any panels totally Dem.
    B. 53% of the panels were totally Repub, 0% totally Dem, except for MSNBC.

    2. Since the Repubs took control of the House, and excluding MSNBC, the statistic for #1 has gone up to 83% excluding MSNBC. As for "A", 0% of the panels on all networks excluding MSNBC have been all Dem, while 61% of the panels have been all Repub. This is Fox, Wolf Blitzer et. al. on CNN, CNBC, Meet the Press, the rest of NBC, CBS, and ABC.

    3. When the Affordable Care Act was passed the news media gave 79% of the coverage to politicians and public figures opposing the ACA. At NO time have the "liberal" media, including the New York Times, even listed the 23 simple one sentence provisions of the Act.

    4. When Eliot Spitzer, governor of New York, was discovered to have hired prostitutes when visiting DC, he was hounded day and night by all of the networks including MSNBC, until he resigned.

    On the other hand, when David Vitter, Republican senator from Louisiana was discovered to have been regularly using the SAME "service company" in DC, the press barely mentioned it and he won re-election.

    By the way, he is known as "Diaper Dave" because of his "attire when being serviced".

    Now, lets hear cited evidence from the other side supporting the "liberal bia" theory....do I hear anything? Anything?
    Specific examples? All I hear is chirping.....

    September 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • rdsink

      I would gladly argue to the contrary but to do so effectively I'd need to know your sources concerning the percentages you've posted.

      September 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  32. kathy/Minnesota

    And as usual, hard questions or not, HE HAS SUCH EASE WITH HONESTY.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • rdsink

      lol politicians and honesty.... that's just funny. This comment was not meant to be a personal shot at you. I just have a difficult time reconciling these two terms.

      September 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  33. BORN IN THE UNITED STATES

    OBAMA-THE EGOMANIAC WHO WOULD BE THE ALL SEEING EYE FOR US ALL–DESTROYS AND CORRUPTS OUR
    GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE WITH A MEDIA OF DECEPTION THAT FUTHER CORRUPTS OUR LEGAL PROCESS WITH
    HALF TRUTHS OR NO TRUTHS TO FUTHER A PLAY BOOK THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE COMMUNIST REGIMES AND
    SOCIAL LEANING COUNTRIES THAT DOMINATE FREEDOMS--LOOKS A LOT LIKE TIMES HERE AT HOME------JUST SAYING-WE FOUGHT WARS ABROAD AND PRESERVED FREEDOM THEN-WE MAY HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN
    FOR US AS WE DID FOR OTHERS.-----

    September 23, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  34. Ed R

    Anytime Obama has to deal with impromptu questions or has to speak without prepared text, he comes across as confused and lost. After being hammered over the Mideast debacle, Fast and Furious, selective enforcement of federal law, what are the czars doing?, what are you going to do about the fiscal cliff and the towering deficit, he will freeze up, especially if the moderators refuse to accept the "It's Bush's fault and we need more time" hooraw. I'm waiting for someone to yell out, "We thought you were our leader! Why can't you lead?"

    September 24, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Thomas

      To me it sounds like hes actually thinking about the answer before speaking. Romney would do well to hem and ha for a few seconds before dropping another bomb.

      September 24, 2012 at 9:17 am |
      • rdsink

        If you're referring to the comments made directly after the attack on our ambassador and our 3 other heroes, it appears Mr. Romney spoke with clarity which is more than I can say for multiple leaders in the administration. We're still hearing blame pointed at a video which I believe most Americans would greatly disagree with... it was the video, it was spontaneous, it was rioters and finally it was terrorists. 60 plus days out from a presidential election and nobody in the administration wanting to readily admit a terrorist attack happened on their watch, I get. The complete disarray and multiple contradicting statements from the administration, that's alarming.

        September 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm |