August 3rd, 2011
03:15 PM ET

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. fayse

    I will stand with the President. He has a very hard job and yet he has remained strong even in the face of criticism from the reight wingnuts 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      Amen to that.

      Obama-Biden 2012

      August 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • John

        Hope for Change in 2012.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:58 am |
      • ehurley

        He has my vote.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:54 am |
      • Russell Brown

        I Have Learned That Success Is To Be Measured Not,
        so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the
        obstacles which he has had to over come while trying to suceed..
        let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come
        except there come a falling away first and that man of sin
        be revealed the son of perdition,

        August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • John

      He doesn't have many of you "left".

      August 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
      • sara

        You wish...O' in 12

        August 4, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • MTATL67

      I stand with him also. He has shown grace and style against some of the most horrible personal attacks that I have seen hurled at a President in the 25 years of following politics.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        "the most horrible personal attacks that I have seen" You must have been watching the Disney version of politics.

        August 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • Lynell

        Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sewteehrat and a certified genius.

        October 8, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  2. RJ Anderson

    No more Obama-he has spent money wildly and no results. Obama has no clue! He is clueless. Obama is not statesman either. typical blackman if you ask me! His way or the high way arrogance. He got what he deserved , the tea party!

    August 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Dave Carney

      RJ Anderson sounds like a typical Tea Party freak. Prejudice, terrorists! No more tea party, and no more GOP. I hope they all die a slow political death!

      August 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • John

        We all know he doesn't have anything to stand on, but you need to know the name calling doesn't work anymore. The people on the left are really showing their true colors now – a bunch of followers who haven't a clue. This country is more divided now than when he took office, the middle east is turning into the bloody winter and the, all the economic numbers are trending down, the credit ratings are on the verge of being lowered, congress and the president has no plans to make anything better, housing, food, energy, – you name it. The redistribution has killed us and blaming Bush, the repubs or the Tea Party doesn't work anymore. But, he can sure campaign.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:57 am |
      • DanK

        AAAMMMEEENNN with the bigot, terrorist, "Tea Party" ststement!

        August 4, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Helen O

      I just need to ask, after the last admnistration got us into this war, and debt started accumulating by the millions daily, how did you think we were going to get out of it? I would also love to know why we all didn't stand up and protest when we entered the war 10 times faster than we are concluding the debt ceiling debate? Prejudice is not right, especiatlly when we are taling about the President. The Dixie Chicks got death threats when they spoke negatively about President Bush. We should have respect for everyone. THAT'S THE FIRST PROBLEM!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
      • John

        The hate from the left is so telling. Like spoiled children who didn't get their way.
        Ignorant comments. BO kept us in both wars, got us into another and is now looking at actions in two other countries. The economy and debt has never been this bad. That is what has created the TEA PARTY. You talk about the Dixie Chicks getting death threats when you have a Dem posting above yours calling for death to all repubs and TEA PARTY folks. Call names all you want (because I know you on the left have nothing else), but the TEA PARTY is here to stay – even after 2012 when a Repub is elected into office. They are you neighbors, parents, relatives and friends – you are just to ignorant to know it. As much as you hate it, they are Repubs, Dems and independents.
        I did not vote for Bush and I didn't like his politics, just like I don't like BO's.
        How do you feel about a flat tax? I am all for it.
        BTW, how does your argument hold up if I tell you I am a person of color?

        August 4, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • DanK

        John, ya needs 2 get your facts together and stop listening to Limbaugh!!! And the Tea Party's popularity is in big recession (unless you listen to fox news LOL) due to it's terrorist actions in congress ! Just a bunch of millionares trying to destroy the middle class and our country!!!

        August 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • John

        Dank – the process is as follows – the house (or Senate) passes a bill sends it to the senate (or House) where it can get amended and sent back. The house passed 3 bills, all of which got tabled in the Senate.
        When is enough, enough? The current bill will bring us to about 19-21 trillion over the next several years. Is that enough?
        The Tea Party is doing exactly what they were elected to do – stop the crazyness. It is too bad you can't say the same for anyone in your party. It seems you are the one listening to Matthews, Sharpton, Schultz and the boys. Even the lefties are now saying this president is in over his head. Don't blame me if you are disappointed. The dems have tried to call the Tea Party people all kinds of names because they are affraid of politicians who think more of doing the right thing than getting reelected.

        August 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Anthony Ogbologbo

      If there is anyone who is clueless it is RJ Anderson and his band of GOP and tea baggers!! I wonder where you were in the 8 years of disaster that was Bush/Cheney administration. Under Bush millions of jobs were lost, despite the sad events of 9/11, Bush policies made the aftermath worse, just a few examples; by starting a wrong war with iraq under false and deceptive intelligence reports despite warning from those who knew the facts like ambassador wilson and some dude who was part of the UN inspection team, Bush and Cheney handlers demonized the people who disagreed with their policies. We all remember how in order to get re-elected in 2004 Bush deliberately created fear and uncertainty in the American economy by 'manufacturing fraudulent intelligence that indicated there were plots to attack the financial district in New York. I recall vividly how his first homeland security Secretary and Attorney General John Ashcroft would address the media everyday about phony intelligence. Once Bush was asked about Bin Laden, he said it was no longer his priority, even said the war on terrorism could never be won, but guess who got Bin laden? You know the answer!! More over, Bush boasted that under his watch the home ownership was at it's highest in the history of America, but what he failed to tell everyone was how bad the loans were. The dumbest of them all he cut taxes for political reasons, how in the world would you do such stupid things with two unfunded wars to boot!! You republicans keep yelling about spending like Obama put the money in his pocket but guess what if you gop have any idea about accounting and budgets, you would understand that the fact that you incur costs and refuse to 'book; the transactions in order to make your book look 'good' -sounds like enron; and deficit less apparent does not change the economic reality of the situation. It is to Obama's credit that all these unfunded obligations were brought into the books which was the right thing to do. One can go on but what I find mind boggling is the fact that republicans forget that it is so easy to bring down stuff but rebuilding takes a very long time. Poll after poll indicated overwhelmingly that majority of Americans wanted some revenue in the debt plan but tea party and republicans in Congress refused to allow this happen and seem their own brand of democracy was 'majority' have their say while minority have their way! Wow, this democracy America style. Each night I watch them on cnn like robots repeating over and over again sound bites on how Obama had no plan, blah, blah. like any USELESS plan is what Americans wanted..if tax cuts was the solution to all problems then they ought to be held responsible for the job losses, due to their obstructive politics since Obama took office. That style of politics whose doctrine and goal was to see that Obama becomes a one term president or that Obama fails as a President is wrong headed and not in the interest of America and come 2012 all democrats and independents must work very hard to make sure Obama gets elected and remove as many republicans as possible from Congress in future elections, especially all those whose brand of politics is that of 'my way' or the highway.. I am not an American but I see what majority of Americans see- how obstructive the republicans and the tea party is.. enough said..

      August 4, 2011 at 12:56 am |
      • John

        The fact that you call taxes "revenue" is very telling. Stop watching MSDNC... Pelosi continues to ride in a personal jet, the military bands has a seperate line item of 200 million, much of the stimulas is gone with nothing to show for it, but you want to take more money from the small percentage of people who already pay upwards of 60% of all the taxes in this country. Can you imagine people like Pelosi saying those people pay nothing and need to help share?
        I am a middle class American watching my minimal savings in 401K going down with the leadership not having a clue what to do about anything – but they know they need to raise taxes? When the Bush tax plan expires we all pay more, even those of us making under 50K. WTF? BTW, jobs were created for the first 4 years of Bush because of the tax cuts. Look it up...

        August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • DanK

        John, again, you have been propagandized to believing crap put out by parties very uninterested in your middle class status!!! My wife lost 3/4th of her retirement investment when Obama took office . but it was because of Bush's inept leadership (or should i say Cheney). Now she (due to Obama's leadership) has gained it all back with the stock market being back up! Best get ahold of your conservitive broker and find out why you have lost so much!!
        Don't worry so much unless you are a millionaire though, you will not pay one cent more tax if the Tax breakc for the RICH are repealed. If you are in the top 4% of the wage earners don't worry either, you and your kind can buy enough Conservitives to keep the tax breaks.

        August 4, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • John

        Dank, again, the propaganda is in the left. Those are the people who want business as usual. 3 months before the bill the left was talking about raising taxes. The talk has now changed to where 75% of Americans think it should be – shrinking governmnet and cutting waste. Do you think there is no waste in this governmnet? How do you feel about Pelosi and her private Jet?

        August 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jon

      Typical Black man????? He is more educated than you, richer than you, and has more class than you. If that is a typical black man, than I am happy for him for being better than you!

      August 4, 2011 at 4:29 am |
      • DanK

        Jon's a bigot

        August 4, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • John

        The original comment was racist and so is the respose.

        August 4, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • vking

      The Tea Party is a joke. Every Republican I know talks out of both sides of their mouth. Hands out for every program available for their families. Then slamming the programs. Wake up America they are a party of ruining the middle class!

      August 4, 2011 at 5:56 am |
      • John

        More hate from the left. Some programs are needed, some are a waste of money. Did you see Acorn just got several hundred thousand dollars of your money in FLA recently? I am sure you think that is money well spent. How about FREE birth control, and surgical sterilization as preventive care with no co-pay? I assume you are for that – who will pay in the long run when premiums go up? Working, middle class.

        August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • CSL

      @RJ Anderson: typical bigotry, if you ask me.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Will

      Why don't you judge his performances instead of his skin color?Imbecile!

      August 4, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • MTATL67

      How much has your Congressmen spent. I bet you don't even know. The President can't spend what Congress doesn't give. This shows that people have no idea of how their tax dollars are being spent. I suggest you go look up the special project of your Congressman and Congress then come back and tell us what you find. You will be shocked

      August 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • MTATL67

      EXTREMIST, FISCAL TERRORIST – You and your group have proven in the past few weeks that you and your extremist group would rather see the United States collapse than compromise and have a working government. If you do not like our style of government. I am sure Syria, China , Cuba would be more than happy to have you and your single minded extremist points of view.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      have your brain stop working
      DO you know a man name President Bush
      who spend all of the surplus
      Do you know a man name president clinton
      who left a surplus
      you must check your facts on President Bush
      the reckless poices that mr Bush use has hurt all of american
      .

      August 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  3. Jay in NC

    As far as aging, I would say he is dong better than most. Active, both mind and body. I do not agree with most of his policies, however he does set an example of an active healthy life. Especially after he gave up smoking. I am sure it took a lot of work.

    Happy birthday Mr. President. Too bad Marilyn Monroe is not around to help you celebrate, Democrat style.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH3oOVKt0WI&w=640&h=360]

    August 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  4. Helen O

    You know I am so tired ot our Republican party always bashing the President. They are proud because they got a great deal for corporations and the wealthy. I wouldn't be proud of that. Their plan did not solve anything, yet so many walked away smiling as though they had actually won somethng. The middle class lost again. When are we going to have anyone, besides the President, who is willing to stand up for the middle class the way the Republican party stands up for the wealthy and for corporations. Why shouldn't the wealthy pay the same percentage of taxes as the middle class. What would happen if the people only supported small business to help them flourish and to show the wealthy that we are just as important as you are. Your business would not survive without us, the people, who buy your products and support your businesses. If we were to stop, what would happen to the businesses? Wealthiest Americans pay less in taxes than school teachers? Is that right? Wake up America!!! You may have your own reasons for not approving of President Obama, but, in this, he is right. There has to be additional revenue coming in. If the Republican party only protects the wealthiest to make sure they face no tax increases, guess where it will come from? Every time I hear them say they speak for the people, it makes me laugh. They only speak for "select" people, and not most Americans. I am tired of working so hard to get no where because, you see, they don't mind raising our taxes. If everyone would take a stand and say, I will pay my fair share. The wealthy should pay the same percentage as the middle class, and our congress should care about us too. We vote, and it is time to make a difference. The tea party has a great concept, but no flexibility. Hey guys, if you want to cure the debt problem, it doesn't take an Einstein to realize that they have to increase revenue – the only question is how long will the middle class continue to take this. Let your representatives know that the wealthy should not be paying a smaller percentage of taxes than you pay!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • John

      I am all for a flat tax. We all would be much better off.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  5. CSM

    Happy Birthday Commander in Chief. Wish you many more!! Keep on doing a great job for our Country at home as we protect her from abroad. Hooooah!!!!

    GOP- Psht!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:28 am |
    • John

      Why do you libs feel the need to lie to make your point? Hooooah? Really? What company are you with?

      August 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • MTATL67

        I'm so tired of Conservatives trying to make LIB a dirty word. Are all Conservatives neo-fascist or Racist's and Nazi’s. The Tea Party has proven itself to be a fiscal terrorist group. What the hell do you think the founding Fathers were. They were LIB's. If they were Conservatives we'd still be a part of England. Oh and question how much is Rush paying you?

        August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • John

        Our founding fathers were LIBS? LOL
        From where I sit, Liberal could very well be a mental disease.

        August 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ MTATL67, if our founding fathers were Libs, that must explain why they did not give women the right to vote, and all had slaves their entire lives. No freedom, all government rule.

        August 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  6. vegas01

    Who cares! We don't need a President that ages well, we need one that 'leads' wisely. One that is willing to age, if necessary, to protect and preserve the People's liberties. Instead we have one that is recklessly leading us over the cliff, and encouraging us to be like Esau and trade our birthright (US Constitutional rights and the power thereof) for relatively worthless items of the moment. He doesn't hesitate to spend our futures to cash in on a unsustainable freebie now.
    Because I respect the priceless nature of our inalienable rights as US citizens, I anxiously await his departure from office.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • MTATL67

      You do realize the President only spends the money Congress gives? It is Congress that spends the money. Look into all the special project that you Congressmen has spent your tax dollars on. I bet you will be shocked. We need to start holding the right elected officials accountable not the most convenient. The President is not the only leader in our government just the most visible.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  7. MTATL67

    He has lead extremely well and has my vote. It is the other leaders of our government (Congress) that a few American's refuse to acknowledge and hold accountable for their reckless and disgusting behavior. They refuse to acknowledge that an extremist group nearly caused a national disaster. For some reason they are blindly obsessed that President Obama is the anti-Christ. I have been following politics for 25 years. I have been in the Military. President Obama is one of the best Presidents that I have seen. He prevented a depression has help pass some sweeping legislation. He has had to fight a Congress that has been taken over by fiscal terrorist's and who's leaders are drunk with power and carrying out personal vendettas and following a policy of "No to everything" A Congress that has passed no legislation to improve anything. It shocks the hell out of me how some American's just let that slide and chose to blame one person instead of the ones that are actually responsible. Some American need to take a political science class. The Speaker of the House is 2nd in line to the Oval office and current one has done an extremely poor job. The President is not the only leader of our government just the most visible.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • John

      Can you name something he has lead "well" on. His fingerprints are not on anything. Congress sucks, but he leads congress. He is seen as the Anti-Christ by the people he leads? We are heading into another depression – you say he stopped the last one, but he is not leading us into this one? Fiscal terrorists? You do realize that whole mess could have been avoided when the Dems held all three branchs – right? They did nothing with a budget, but the Tea Party people are terrorists?
      You people on the left are totally lost now that your only option of "more taxes" has been taken off the table.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Russell Brown; No! They don't remember any of that! They have put that completely out of their minds! They get angry when anyone, even intelligent thinking conservatives brings that past 'obamination' back up! Everything's OBAMAS' fault now! I don't know where all of the weeping and wailing was when BUSH/CHENEY was taking us down this road of destruction. Yet they're screaming and crying at the one who was 'elected' fairly by the people to try to fix it! Nothing he suggests is the right thing to do! SAD!

    August 9, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Questions: Is your guy capable of fixing the problems? If he gets reelected will he continue to complain about the last guy (him self)?

      August 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You should've just ignored this thread Jay, because you're not genuinely wishing the President a happy birthday! 'Too bad Marilyn Monroe isn't around to help you celebrate, democrat style'....you see what I mean folks? Jay can't even wish a simple happy birthday to the President without a negative conservative, sarcastic drag attached to it. However Jay, it's not style-privvy to Democrats only! Had he chose it, I'm sure he had a choice of many other 'Beautiful Americans' to sing 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' to him!!

    August 9, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, I think you just don't get it, this was my wish for him. If I wanted to give a cut I would have said Monica.

      Take a look at the MTV video, Jennifer Hudson did a very nice job. Last year The First Date left the country, and Barry was left with Stedman and Ms O. But I am sure you think that was a racist, cut on your true love.

      http://newsroom.mtv.com/2011/08/04/barack-obama-jennifer-hudson-happy-birthday/

      August 9, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If I thought it was a racist cut, I would have said so. I said what I thought! It was a negative drag on it! Furthermore, I can't get to your great concern about what this President, his wife and family chooses to do on his birthday anyway! Any year! If they like it, you ought to love it; what business is it of yours? Do you REALLY care that your 'First Date' left him on his birthday last year and he was 'left with Stedman and Ms O'? What was wrong with that?...You're just an envious, racist, sick person.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Were you as worried about what BUSH, his wife and family chose to do on his birthdays? Did you even care? Were you comparing his celebrations with past Republican Presidents as to what would've made them better? So why Marilyn Monroe?!?....She'd have really made his birthday better, Democrat style, huh? It's Monica Lewinski if you really wanted to 'cut' him though, huh? You need to get a grip Jay....it seems you've gone of your rocker! The world sees what and who you really are. I've known it all along!

    August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @RJ Anderson; OBAMA is not what many of your kind likes to think describes a 'typical' blackman, but I WILL ask you....What IS your definition of a typical blackman? Does your definition include the slight you made that it's 'His way or the highway arrogance'? That couldn't be true! He's caved or compromised to keep peace on many issues! But if that's so, it sounds like the arrogant demeanor of a 'typical' whiteman to me! Your remark could be applicable to most of the 43 before him, especially the last one!

    August 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm |