Obama courting business
January 21st, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Obama courting business

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Trying to reverse the perception that his administration has not been friendly to business, President Obama is going out of his way to involve corporate America in the effort to turn the ailing economy around.

In the latest move, Mr. Obama has named General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The panel, which will replace the President’s Economic Recovery Board, will be charged with finding new ways to grow private-sector jobs.

‘We still have a long way to go,” the president said in a written statement, “and my number one priority is to ensure we are doing everything we can to get the American people back to work.”

The business community has been warming up to this new strategy that has been coming together piece by piece in recent weeks:

-December 4th, the administration reached a free trade agreement with South Korea.

-December 17th, a tax cut deal that rewarded high income earners along with middle class Americans passed Congress.

-January 6th, Bill Daley a banking executive whom many believe will help foster a better relationship with the business community, was named White House chief of staff.

-January 18th, the president signed an executive order to put regulations under review to insure they’re not strangling businesses and economic growth.

-January 19th, during the historic state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao, CEO’s from 14 big companies like Microsoft, Boeing and Motorola, met with the two world leaders to focus on boosting exports to China and increasing jobs in the U.S.

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs admitted that early in the administration they had to do “some extraordinary things and had to pursue financial reform which some in the business community did not support.” But he insisted that the president has “always had a good working relationship with business.”

Topics: China • Economy • President Obama • William Daley

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perfect timing Mr. President, the economy is stabilizing and now focusing on jobs while Republicans are still stuck on HC repeal which is a not and 2012 election. HaHa Boehner and his boys played people big time.

    January 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Perfect timing? It is a shame that you think this is all a game? Barry said that his stimulus spending would create jobs, keep unemployment down below 8%. Now there is no such thing as a shovel ready project. Wasted $1 Trillion dollars, and by his own account only saved 3,000,000 jobs. That comes to $333,333 per job. Any economist, banker, small biz person would tell you that that was not a good deal. Many more real jobs could have been created. Worth pointing out that Barry spent more on one year 'job creation/saving' than has ever been spent in all the years for Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined.

    And do not give me that stuff about Bush caused all the problems. Even Barry's best supporters claim that The Messiah of the Liberal world did not see that the economy was as bad as projected. So I ask why do you expect that President Bush should have known what Barry could not see? Barry has failed the USA. People are tired of giving him a break, it is now time to create jobs.

    January 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • The Other Michael in Houston

      Jay in N.C., please respect the office and address him as President Obama, like him or not, he is our President. Now, let's do some fact checking. So you say that he has spent more in one year than President Bush "borrowed for the Irag and Afgan conflicts? According to most sources including the Congressional Research Serivice, we have spent 1.12 trillion so far as od Sept 2010, with more to come. The jobs creation bill was a big assest for my business. With the bill I hired 20 employee's. True, the bill could have been better but action speaks louder than trying to hide the facts of the current situation, as the Bush administration done so well. I am a staunch supporter of the President and I am not a "liberal" and never viewed him as "The Messiah". That is you and your Fox Buddies distorting our views of the President. We hold him at a high standard and so far his grade is a C+.

      January 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        As long as he calls me the 'enemy' and threatens to 'bring guns' I will call him Barry. The facts quoted are correct.

        January 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • mike

        Is this same president who was against big business all this years now he reliaze he needs them for job creation. i think
        they don't teach how to create job in community organizing. And funny parts is this big business gave him more money then
        they gave it to republicans. and nobody gives out money for nothing.

        January 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Tired of the propaganda from the right

      I am a supporter of President Obama but I'm not a liberal. While I don't blame Bush for _all_ the problems, the economy did collapse under his watch. Remember Lehman Bros declared bankruptcy in 2008 when Bush was President. That was followed by the near collapse of the entire banking system. The bank bailout (TARP) was started by Bush's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, rewritten with more detail than the three page "Give 800 billion dollars to the banks with no strings" and was passed and signed by George W. Bush. The bill was passed by both Democrats and Republicans if you check the records.

      Somehow, the propagandists have convinced people like you that Obama destroyed the economy (he did not). On the day he started, we were losing 800,000 jobs per month and the banking systems was still very unstable. The DOW was around 7500. Since that time, 3,000,000 jobs have been created, the DOW is now above 11,000 (a huge percentage increase in just 2 years), and businesses are making record profits (overall).

      I just went to congress.gov and did a search on "troubled asset relief program". I find the latest round of stupidity from the GOP is repeal of TARP even though the program is essentially done. What a waste of time when the GOP was supposed to be working on creating jobs.

      Latest Title: To repeal the Troubled Asset Relief Program and to prevent future bailouts.
      Rep Woodall, Rob [GA]

      January 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • mj

        I love the talking points/proganda fr the left. Did u memorize it?
        Unemployment still around 10%
        Foreclosure are still increasing
        Gas price was $1.89 when Obama took office. Nat'l avg is $3.09/gal. Where is the outrage when it was this much under Bush?
        No one is hiring b/c of all the regulation introduced by Obama. People are still getting laid off. My employer provided health insurance have increased substantial b/c of Obama care so what good did this Health care bill do for me? I like my health insurance but at these cost I can't keep it!

        The spending is unsustainable and will bankrupt us just like it did in Greece! Everyone but u know this.
        When Obama took office half of that Tarp money was not spent! Obama spent it then when it was paid back spent it to bailout his croonies in the Unions instead of paying down the deficit. The have to repeal it b/c Obama is using it for what it was NOT intended and no one is paying attention to that. Nice that u left that tid bit out.

        GM got bailed out and under fudge accounting are reporting profits now. REally? If my company did not have to pay the IRS one penny, I too would be reporting a profit!

        January 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Dana

    Can you say crony capitalism?

    January 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Jolene

    So I guess this proves Obama is a socialist? Not.

    January 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Mike Volpe

    MSNBC bows at Obama's feet...NBC owns MSNBC...GE owns NBC...Imelt runs GE...Imelt gets business for his company and a high level government position from Obama..Chicago Style Democarcy at it;s finest!

    January 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The business sector has done NOTHING to add new jobs. And they're not going to until they can root Obama out of office with the help of the right-wing slime machine. Only then will these guys do anything to stimulate the economy.

    While we're at it, can anybody on the Right explain how it took 96 years for oil to get to $28/barrel, yet in less than three years under Bush it rose 400% to $140.00/barrel. Prior to Bush the oil industry as a whole had never enjoyed a $1 billion year among the large companies collectively. Now, they are all showing multi-billion dollar quarters. Yet, there is no job growth there nor in the related industries, so you can stuff the idea that big business grows the economy solely on its own.

    Even funnier is the fact that Bush and Cheney were the alleged oil experts and they let their industry get away with it. Of course, when you're fronting for them what else do you expect?

    January 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Dean

      Well Obama has been in office two years now and oil has not gone down so maybe the fact tha China and India are bidding on the world's supply of oil while five years ago they were not, has something to do with the price of oil today.

      January 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Well Brendan, one thing for certain, Liberals are bad at business and math. You have to compare numbers adjusted for inflation. Adjusted for inflation the price for crude oil was in 1979 $107.99 today it is $89.10. The price will rise and fall depending on demand and other market factors. What do you purpose that President Bush should have done and are you asking Barry to do the same?

      January 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  7. The Other Michael in Houston

    So Jay in N.C. before you start repeating the news you heard on Rush's show, make sure you fact check so you will not appear to be a puppet of ultraconservatism well, unless you are, then I guess it is okay for your to keep repeating the lie. Good point also Brendan.

    January 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You Liberals need to get a new line. Always accusing someone of watching FOX or listening to Rush is getting old. Do a little research on your own and you will find the truth. Barry has spent more on 'stimulus' than President Bush spent on the wars. It is a fact. Barry continues to pour billions in to Afghanistan, for what? It is his war, he agreed with it called it just and has expanded it. According to O'Biden the troops will be there for a long long time.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  8. Dave

    Obama is in Immelt's pocket. All of Obama's green initatives are directly benefical to GE.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  9. Dean

    Obma picked a good man to head the President's council on jobs and competivness..........This statement from Immelt sums up how Jeffery Immelt will help U S business........................................
    When I am talking to GE managers, I talk China, China, China, China, China. You need to be there. You need to change the way people talk about it and how they get there. I am a nut on China. Outsourcing from China is going to grow to 5 billion. We are building a tech center in China. Every discussion today has to center on China. The cost basis is extremely attractive. You can take an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator, make it in China, land it in the United States, and land it for less than we can make an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator today ourselves.

    Mr Obama you continue to amaze me with your desire to destoy the American manufacturing business and economy.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    The feeble-minded fox followers heads will explode with Immelt being asked to help. The bubble head celebrities of fox cable TV have been demonizing him for years. Sad how we had so many American jobs shipped overseas during the Bush/Cheney years and ditto-heads and fox minions want to blame everyone else. To bad these idiots breed. Repubs and neo-cons need to pull their heads out and get some air. Or not.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So much for civility.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  11. So Sick of Racists

    It is so sad to see how many people would rather be a racist and be assured of going to hell when they die than to stop being such a racist and start doing and saying positive things to heal this nation instead of keep tearing it apart. I never believed in President Bush's policies but I would never disrespect a president by calling him a hateful name as you are doing by calling President Obama "Barry". Hell will be too good for all of you to land. Remember that you will not live forever and hell isfor an eternity for your miserible flesh to rot.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      If calling the president Barry is the worst thing I ever do then I have no doubt that flights of angels will sing me to my rest!

      January 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    It's President Obama and Ex or Former President Bush, Jay! You're right; 'so much for civility', patriotism or respect!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, you and the Liberals lie about President Bush all the time, where is your respect and patriotism? Spouting comments about subjects you have not researched, and calling people a bigot and racist and stupid only because they disagree with you is not very respectful.

      Barry calls people that disagree with him his 'enemies'. I have researched this very well and can not find any time in American History where the president made a speech and called citizens his enemy. In similar speeches he has said to 'bring a gun' 'get in their faces'. Where is his respect?

      I choose to comment on facts. If the numbers, dates or comments are untrue I repost and make corrections. I have never in all my years had a Liberal give me the same respect. When they are wrong they just move on to the next subject, blog and continue posting their lies. No corrections, no humility, just more lies.

      I will call him Barry weather you like it or not.

      January 22, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  13. Ernie

    Obama should've did this two years ago, now he's asking "Big Business CEO's" to help him. I guess Obama doesn't remember that he made "Big Business" mad. So now he comes to them with his hat in his hand and asking for help. Obama must have gotten this idea from forme President Bill Clinton. God knows that Obama wouldn't have thought of this him self. Now he needs "Big Business" to help him to combat China. I think it's a little to late in the game. What Obama doesn't understand that it's the "Private Sector" who creates jobs not him or the government. Obama made a statement that the enemy has to be "Punished" well China is the enemy they are not a friend of the United States. It's time for Obama to "Punished" China.

    This is a statement Obama keeps on saying. ‘We still have a long way to go,” the president said in a written statement, “and my number one priority is to ensure we are doing everything we can to get the American people back to work.” A long way to go has come and gone the American People don't want to wait any more, the American People don't want to wait 10 years the American People want action now.

    He had two years to do this, so now this is his No. 1 priorty. It's like bring in your best relief pitcher when you losing 10 to 0 in the 9th ining. China right now is leading 10 to 0 and Obama is in the 7 ining (two years left on his Presidency)

    I have not read or seen anything on what was accomplished with China's Hu and Obama, I gues this must be a secret. This means that Obama got his "Clock Cleaned" again by the Chinese.

    When is Obama going to learn, Obama has to stop being China's "Lap Dog". For everyday an American worker who is out of work it's a vote to make Obama a "One Term President". You can listen to all the analysis on all the "News Networks" are giving and explaining what Obama needs to do to get re-elected but it's the American worker who is out of work who is going to determined who will be in the "White House" in 2012. If the Mid-Term election were to elect a new President Obama would have be gone and Obama knows it, the voter's have sent Obama a message the "Voter's" don't like him and the voter's are going to replace him.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Very well said Ernie. Voters are going to replace him.

      January 22, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, What lie have I told one lie on BUSH? I thought this was a blog,ie, OPINIONS AND COMMENTS! You and I got into a big debate about the fact that I said the WAR which BUSH put us in was one of the biggest reasons we were in economical straits; and that we shouldn't have been there in the first place; and I still say we shouldn't have! Whether the reasons that they've claimed was because of the 'intel' that was available at that time or whatever, there was still questionably, a BAD DECISION made, period!

    January 22, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, you say "WAR which BUSH put us in was one of the biggest reasons we were in economical straits"

      Here are some facts.
      President Bush spent about 800 billion on the wars.
      We owe 14,000 billion (14 trillion)
      75% of what we owe is for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and interest on debt.
      25% is for all other government spending.

      Question 1) Seeing that 800 b is 5.7% of the 14,000 b deficit and even if all the money spent on the wars was borrowed (it was not) how in the world is it the biggest reason we are in economical straits?

      Barry agreed with President Bush's decision to go to war in Afghanistan. Barry called it a just war. During his presidency he has escalated the war, he has spent more, and more troupes have died in the past two years than were during President Bush's eight years. Remember that I agree that we should not be in Afghanistan.

      Question 2) If Barry agreed with President Bush and he has continued and escalated the war in Afghanistan, then would not that make it a BAD DECISION made by Barry?

      January 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I wonder had it been the other way around and BUSH had just come in 2 years ago; was in the heavy process of trying to rehabilitate this nation, after PRESIDENT OBAMA had left the same mess! Would BUSH have been battered, bashed, critiqued, disrespected, demeaned, questioned at every juncture; every thoughtful idea or suggestion, called a LIAR, denied an honorary degree, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE questioned to the WORLD, media telling him what he SHOULD or not say; while OBAMAS' mess was being justified? NOPE!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Please do not get me started on the Nobel Peace Prize.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Where is the respect Liz,

      December 1, 1997, Toronto News story...... It was meant to be an august occasion, the bestowing of an honorary degree on an elder statesman and former U.S. president. But as George Bush entered the Great Hall of Hart House at the University of Toronto last week, not all went as officially planned. About 30 professors, in gowns and caps, stood up from their seats and filed out as the ceremony began. And outside, shivering in brisk winds, thousands of demonstrators held aloft banners that read "Not wanted: George Bush," ...

      I ask where was the respect, where were you?

      January 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, most of my comments dwell with the TRUE underlining problem! What I see and many other AMERICANS see, black and white, as pure racism! The way you and the rest of your fans respond and treat this president, even personally, is unheard of as ever happening to any other president in recent times! Whether you like it or not, I'm going to continue to look deep and compare the tirades and vitirol lodged against PRESIDENT OBAMA, as he tries to fix this nations problems to the ONES who began it's demize!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Please do me a favor. Go to Google.com and enter kill bush next click on images. You will find 1000s of hateful images, disrespecting the president. Many would be considered death threats. If you check the dates you will see that the vast majority were posted before Barry ever decided to run for president. So the next time you want to claim that no president has ever been disrespected like Barry, keep these images in mind.

      I have never seen a post by you defending President Bush. Here are some things you may want to thank him for.
      During his 8 years he reduced the nuclear stockpile by over 5,000. Clinton managed to reduce by a little over 1,000. President G. H. W. Bush reduced it by over 9,000. But I am sure that you can not bring yourself to say that that was a good thing. So for Barry has not reduced the weapons, even though he ran on that very issue.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, It has always seemed to me that the most hell is being raised inside and outside of the congress at the one man who was elected for change; and who saw that the nation was in need of it; who saw that if we did business differently, maybe we could expect better results in the long run! All of his 'enemies' have done nothing but undermined, sabotaged, held him hostage on everything he's tried to do; and the rest of you want it done YESTERDAY! Where were all of your opinions, at the least, ten years ago?

    January 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • mj

      Where is the change for the past 2yrs? We still have high unemployment, foreclosures, high gas prices and inflation after spending over $3 Trillion! More that all previous Presidents combined!!. For the record no-one held Obama hostage on anything. He pushed for the extension of the Bush Tax Cut, no one else did. He had super majority up until Jan 2011 and could have continued with his liberal agenda, passed anything he wanted without care for the rest of us as he has done the past 2yrs. Where is the CHANGE U CAN BELIEVE IN?

      When majority of Americans against the Healthcare bill said to Obama and his minions Pelosi & Reid in DC, we don't want it, was it ok for Obama gave the American people and the other side the proverbial middle finger? We the American people were held hostage, told to shut up b/c we don't know what is good for us, and get in the back of the bus. (How would u feel if someone told Obama to get the back of the bus?!). Secondly if the healthcare bill is so good for all how come Unions, Obama's biggest supporters, got waivers? Why were some cherry-picked companies also given waivers? But the rest of us can "eat cake".

      Now Obama sees just how much Amercians did NOTwant the healthcare with the "Shalacking" he got on Nov, he wants to talk jobs again & and fix the Healthcare bill?

      January 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • mj

      I know u r a liberal so I will type slowly. Do u understand the concept of a super majority? U probalby do not b/c it's math and it is usually hard for most libs.

      It means Obama can do just about anything he darn well please, pass anything he wants (& he did), with any bipartisan input or care for what we the American people want. Here is the big revelation u don't know....

      Obama has had this supermajority for 2 yrs! (Gasp!) So where was the "obstruction" or so-called "undermined, sabotaged, held him hostage on everything he's tried to do" when Obama did not have to care about the Repubs or what the American people wanted when it came to HIS legislative agenda?!!!

      January 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  18. mj

    Jay in NC most of these liberals believe that when the vitriole was directed at Bush, Liberal like Liz agreed with the hate. Therefore saw nothing wrong with it. Let's not forget the movie Death of a President in 2006, depicting the assasination of a then sitting US President Bush, or constant protest with effagees or hanging Bush or Cheney. No one including Liz Carter had any problems with any of that rhetoric. Can u imagine if such a horrible despicable movie was made today?

    The sad fact is that u cannot rationalize with people like that. They see nothing wrong with the hate coming fr their side. They even repeat it. Just like Liz Carter just did. It infuriates them even more when u dispute them with facts. B/c they always revert to name-calling like racism when they r loosing the argument.

    January 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      'Death of a President in 2006' was a sad day in America.

      January 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  19. mj

    GE got rewarded for their help in electing this President.

    January 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, Sad isn't it? But I'd be willing to bet you could count the AFRICAN AMERICANS there who took place in that demonstration of HATE! Generally, we may whisper among ourselves about a white head of state, but that would be it! Toronto? In 1997 I was probably on my job in the UNITED STATES, trying to hold on to it by being sure to complete my daily job description expectations! By then, I was under BILL CLINTON, thank GOD!. However, that's what gives you the right to be disrepectable to BARACK OBAMA, HUH?

    January 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'm sorry that happened to OLD MAN BUSH, but most of it was from his own people; white people! For the most part, blacks were accepting because we were taught and learned to be so by our elders, if we wanted to make it in life, especially in the US of A! Granted, as time moved on and opportunities started opening up for some of us, we started gaining a little more confidence and started being more vocal about what we deserved; having the gall and courage to denounce discrimination and not put up with it!

    January 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      "OLD MAN BUSH" now who is being disrespectful? It was an example of a president being denied a honorary degree. You have gone off the deep end again Liz.

      January 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • Lavinia

        This "free sharing" of infroamtoin seems too good to be true. Like communism.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, when it comes to the two BUSHES, I've always differentiated the two when talking about them with friends and acquaintances, by using that nickname. example: I'd be saying something about BUSH, and would be asked, 'are you talking about George Bush'? And I'd just reply 'No, I'm talking about old man BUSH'. I really don't see where that's disrespectful at all, but if it offended you I'm sorry! I've never saw fit to de-title neither of their beautiful wives though! BTW, I liked that old man pretty well!

    January 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, in reference to your example of George H W Bush being denied an honorary degree, I said it was sad and disrespectful, but he was not a sitting president! Bill Clinton was president in 1997. GHWB had gone back home! He was no longer a president, and my goodness, it certainly didn't happen at a school that he ONCE presided over, in his OWN country! It is not the same; that was not a justifiable example to compare with the 'dishonor' that the University of ARIZONA bestowed upon my PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

    January 23, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I didn't go to Google.com and write in 'kill Bush', simply because I don't trust searching under such a search! Why, I may look up and SATAN is standing at my door, accusing me of plotting and planning to do that! But I believe you though; I'm not surprised and I will be willing to bet they weren't all DEMOCRATS either! Many REPUBLICANS were sick and tired of the GOP lies and corruption too, you know! Now you do me a favor and watch the movie/documentaries 'IRAQ for SALE' on ? and 'GREEN ZONE' on HBO.

    January 23, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, who approves the military spending? Congress not the President. You really need to take some time and learn how our government works. And please do tell how it has changed under Barry. Nothing has changed.

      January 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • Endang

        . I read today that what's wrong with Obama is that he is leading with his head isnaetd of his heart! So, what on earth did Bush lead with?? Why would any American want more of the same the policies that got us to where we are today? The same Americans who voted for Obama should give him a fair chance! The President is doing a good job and does not deserve all the criticism he is getting.

        September 8, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I know how the government works! I've known that CONGRESS has to approve and sign off on not only the military spending, but everything that comes to the platform in the way of laws, bills, domestic and international decisions, etc! That's exactly one of the reasons I continue to wonder why you lay all things that are percieved as a negative at OBAMAS' feet, ONLY! Whenever anything looks like it may turn into a positive, you and your fans start trying to find someone else to give the credit to!

    January 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, is not calling him only by his last name disrespectful?

      January 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, some things have changed! That's why all the tirades and vitriol! They've been up in WASHINGTON stonewalling and rebelling against the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, trying to fight against and resist change, when ultimately they've had to concede to it some areas, like the healthcare bill passing! They're busy at work trying to repeal it, saying AMERICANS don't want it; LIES, but it did get done; though not under a presidents' watch of their favor! So the attempt to revoke it, is just pure, hateful SYMBOLISM!

    January 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, Yes it is! That's why I've always tried to make it my business to honor his proper title with his last name; especially since you don't choose to respect his position title! The media, his constituents and all the rest of his adversaries certainly do drop it every chance they get! OH, but all of you can always remember, and make conscious decisions to refer to ex-presidents as 'PRESIDENT'! Only a few times will I ever drop PRESIDENT from his name; and that's if I need the spaces to finish my comment!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:56 am |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @mj; I sorry you feel that way! However, I am old enough to know that facts are not always the truth; the worse thing other than the covert racism that's been being the underling problem these last 2 years is PERCEPTION by DECEPTION!

    January 24, 2011 at 3:15 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz wisdom or better known as Lizdumb, 'facts are not the truth.'

      Dictionary.com, 'Fact, noun Something that actually exists; reality; truth:'

      January 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  29. Jay in OR

    Boy, this Liz character is out there. Fun to read all the interactions, but a bit sad. Just because someone is against Obama's policies, does not make them racists Liz. Bad policy is bad policy, regardless of the color of the politicians skin.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I agree. You are right! Bad policy is bad policy, no matter the color of the skin, so why have you so diligently defended the bad policies that 'President' BUSH, implemented that are part of the bigger picture of why and where we have ended up as a nation today? Furthermore, I don't believe that every policy that this president has tried to implement is actually 'bad', especially when it has been projected as 'the cure' for our nations ills, in the long run! Rome wasn't built in a day!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Jay in OR

      I don't recall ever "diligently" defending the bad policies of Bush. Why don't you jump to a few more conclusions why you are at it. Not every policy of Obama may be bad, but I don't think it would take more than one hand to count the good policies he has tried to implement. And I don't know of any "cure for our nations ills" policies that he has implemented...Most of his policies are fundamentally bad for our future as a free nation. You can't pile debt upon debt and think that is a good thing...unless you are Obama and call it an "investment". An investment that will take 30 years to make any positive returns, while the debt to fund the "investment" is due in 5 years. That's just bad investing practice.

      January 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, that maybe so; but I'm just stomped at the 'fact' that all of a sudden the citizens/taxpayers of this nation have decided to wage war against a man who, BTW, is trying hard to stand a nation back upon it's feet by having to use every resource he can get his hands on, even if he has to figure out a possible strategy to pay it back. I know some of us raised hell 10 years ago, when the original failed policies were being put in place that started our downward spiral, but not this loud; and to no avail!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Jay in OR

      If you don't think the "hell" that was raised against Bush 10 years ago and continues to this day wasn't as loud as or louder than today against Obama, then you have had your eyes closed and your ears plugged.
      As for Obama trying to stand the nation back upon it's feet?! Are you kidding me? Obama is trying to stand some (his chosen supporters and doners) upon their feet, while knocking others (anyone who disagrees with him) down. Obama seems to think that we are all better when HE chooses the winners and losers. Obama is certainly not trying to help me! He is consistently hurting me and my family's ability to get ahead. My health care costs went up 10% as a direct result of obamacare, my spending power has decreased as a result of his massive debt and money printing policies, my job is less secure as a result of his oppressive increase of command and control based regulations..need I go on? At least under Bush my family's economic outlook got better each year. Since Obama has been elected everything is getting worse as a direct result of his policies. So claim all you want that he is trying to help all Americans, but its simply not true. He only seeks to help his special interest groups at the expense of everyone else.

      January 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  32. Irvin Clark

    Dear Mr President,
    The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford reopened wounds because on September 20, 2010, my wife of 36 years, Joyce Clark, suffered the same fate. While she is not a Congresswoman, she is the mother of our three children, a grandmother of five and a lover of God and people. Joyce was shot five times, twice in the head by an out of control gunman while she was at her job as an employee at the post exchange on Fort Bliss TX; it changed our family’s lives forever.
    Doctors said that because of the head wounds and brain surgeries that Joyce would not be the same; that she would not be able to reason or workout simple problems. God have proven that to be wrong. She is still without her right eye and is wearing a tracheostomy collar because her nose area is totally blocked and she cannot breathe without it. What she has not lost is her spirit, her will and her love for God.
    The reason I am writing you are that Dr. Rafael Garcia, one of the best ENT that we have here in El Paso, has informed me that there is no one in the El Paso, TX area that is qualified to perform the types surgeries that are needed. Immediately after being shot my wife Joyce was transported to William Beaumont Medical Center, where they performed several lifesaving surgeries, including placing several platies in her face. We face a long and difficult road and for a successful conclusion and we are asking for your help.
    I thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this request. My family and I would be eternally grateful for any help you may provide. Should you have any questions or require any further information, please call me at 915-342-6643 or e-mail me at clarkjoycee@yahoo.com
    God Bless You
    Irvin Clark

    January 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  33. Chicago Conservative

    I've read with interest the back and forth between Jay in NC and Liz Carter in Georgia. My political and social tendencies tend toward the conservative, though I try to be flexible. For example, I did vote for Mr. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and for Mr. Obama in 2008.

    I'm glad that GW Bush was President when the 9/11 attacks came because he took action. In hindsight, some of it was misguided, but I believe at the time he considered his information to be credible. I shudder to think how Al Gore would have reacted under the circumstances.

    As to the current financial and political situation, true, a lot of it began while Mr. Bush was still President, but let's not forget that during part of his second term he had to deal with a Democratic House and Senate. Who passed the laws? Not President Bush, but Congress! Who set the parameters that allowed Fannie Mac and Fannie Mae to fail? Could it have been the liberal Democrats? To a large degree, Yes! Finally, going back to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who was President when 2 U.S. emabassies in Africa, one U.S. Navy vessel and the World Trade Center were bombed with great loss of life? Was it President Bush? No, it was the darling of the liberal Democrats, Bill Clinton! I don't recall him doing much of anything to discourage terrorists from taking the next step.

    January 26, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  34. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Chicago Conservative; I can appreciate you comment very much, however, why is it so hard for PRESIDENT OBAMA to get the same consideration when he makes decisions based on his intelligence; what he thinks is credible information and his advisors? It seems to me that for him it's always a double-edged sword! If the resolution turns out not to be exactly what was hoped for or expected, OBAMA is the reason; he's not capable, he's inefficient as the president, it's his fault, IT'S HIS FAULT ALONE! Why is that?

    January 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  35. GARed

    “Last week, the President talked a lot about expanding exports to China. But he rarely mentioned imports or the trade deficit. We heard a lot about unfair trade and job losses during Obama's primary campaign, but those words disappeared after the election. One reason may be that President Obama has surrounded himself with advisors from multinational companies, who have more to gain from outsourcing than from domestic job creation. For example, just this week, the President appointed GE Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt to head his new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.China is giving hundreds of billions in subsidies to multinational corporations like GE to move factories from the U.S. and other countries and locate them in China. For example, Evergreen Solar announced last week that it will close its solar cell factory in Massachusetts, which opened in 2008 with $43 million in state subsidies. Chinese banks offered Evergreen financing for two-thirds of the cost of its new plant at rates "as low as 4.8 percent" with no principal payments or interest payments due until the end of the loan in 2015. Even cheap labor is beside the point. United States clean energy loan guarantees can't compete with the Chinese loan subsidies.E.'s Immelt, the President's newest CEO advisor, says that he wants to create jobs in the United States. But as Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing showed last week, Immelt and GE have been leading the charge of the outsourcers. He notes that GE has "slashed their American workforce to fewer than 150,000, [and] dramatically expanded its global presence, now employing over 300,000 workers worldwide."

    January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  36. Mildred

    I went to tons of links befroe this, what was I thinking?

    June 23, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  37. Laneta

    Your article prefetcly shows what I needed to know, thanks!

    June 24, 2011 at 11:49 am |