Morning Briefing: Obama gets boost in new poll
November 8th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Obama gets boost in new poll

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Obama leads Cain, Romney [WSJ]

What this Election Day will tell us about the next [POLITICO]

Obama’s use of the “R” word [Bloomberg]

What Romney would cut [NYTimes]

Daley changes role [CNN.com]

White House: No contact with aliens, but we're looking [CNN.com]


soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. sara

    This president put a floor under a great depression. 6 months in, the numbers became worst. He has done a good job of saving this country from it's financial disaster to capturing and killing the terrorist that were used as a "scare tactic" for 10 years by the republicans led by Dick Cheney. Our future is Ours with this president and I can't think of a better person for me to "ride" with into a better light.

    This adminstration to me has done far more than they get credit for. I remain Optimistic and will never allow anyone to "brow beat" me into thinking otherwise.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Debi

      You took the words right out of my mouth. We all need to stand up for President Obama and let him finish fixing the disaster he was given when elected. We can't let those Repubs win at any expense to the people of the United States. STAND UP VOTERS AND SHOW AMERICA WE MEAN BUSINESS!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Tracy

      Thank you Sarah.. I see Obama's foot soldiers are on the ground and running..... Obama/Biden 2012 – Clinton/whoever 2016!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • margeatlarge

        people need to remember we were all begging him to start fixing the looming disaster even before he took office–even though bush stated right up till 9 days before the bottem fell out that the economy was strong and we should all spend,spend,spend,–bush really wanted the disaster to take place after our prez o got in but it was just a bit early so he has to take resposibility–prez o quietly fixed alot of problems ad they just can not give him any credit–my loyalty is with him annd his lady

        November 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • respite111

      I do not support either extreme. The trouble is that Obama inherited the problems of a Democratic mess. The Dems controlled the house and the senate from 2006 on! On top of that Bush was complicit and did not stick to the ideals that got him elected. You all have to understand that everyone is at fault for this financial collapse. Moving forward Obama and the Dems have to abandon Keynesian economic policy. It fails everytime. You can not argue this fact. If he were a ceo of a company he would have been fired already. That is why he should not be re-elected and the sitting politicians of either party need to go.

      November 16, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • GOD

        Government is NOT a BUSINESS!

        A BUSINESS exists for one reason only: PROFIT!

        What is it you BUSINESS CRETINS do not understand about GOVERNMENT?

        GOVERNMENT exists to DEFEND, PROTECT, SUPPORT and HELP ALL OF ITS CITIZENS, REGARDLESS OF THE COST!

        November 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
      • Vigla

        respite - Let me be very clear, you are insinuating that somehow congressional Democrats, who had been in office pretty much for a year and a half before the collapse, are responsible for the crash? Not Bush and republican controlled congress from 2001-2006 where Bush didn't veto ONE bill during that time? Do you think the policies enacted since 2001 were somehow magically reversed by the Democrats in 2006 when they basically had 51 senators and Republicans could filibuster anything they didn't like? It's clear the problems we face started way back 30 years ago, with deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy. It was worsened with the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the banks went wild.

        So don't lecture me about a democratic congress that was under veto threat constantly had somehow magically caused this crisis.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Bryan

      I mostly agree. Where I am the economy seems to be improving quite a bit too. I had trouble finding a job 3 years ago, but now the company I work for can't find enough skilled workers to fill open positions.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Howard

      MOURNING for America ... if obama gets reelected !!!

      December 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Jules

    I'm with Sara. This president has done a great job during the most difficult of times. Think where we would be if the GOP was in the White House. Another war in Libya, major cuts to the safety net and more tax cuts for the wealthy trying their old reduce taxes on those who create jobs even though they didn't create jobs the last time they had the White House following this old, dead trickle down policy.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Tracy

      Amen.... Obama/Biden 2012....

      November 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Howard

      BARACK OBAMA ...

      First President to refuse to show a valid birth certificate.
      First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

      First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
      First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States .
      First President to violate the War Powers Act.
      First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .

      First President to defy a Federal Judges court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
      First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
      First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs and later admit there was no such thing as shovel-ready jobs.

      First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
      First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

      First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. , including those with criminal convictions.
      First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

      First President to terminate Americas ability to put a man in space.
      First President to encourage racial discrimination and intimidation at polling places.
      First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

      First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
      First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly speak-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

      First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state they are allowed to locate a factory.
      First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (Az, WI, OH, IN)
      First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
      First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

      First President to appoint 45 Czars to replace elected officials in his office.
      First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.
      First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

      First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
      First President to coddle American enemies while alienating Americas allies.
      First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the U.S. Flag.
      First President to go on multiple global apology tours.
      First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends, paid for by the taxpayer.

      First President to refuse to wear the U.S. Flag lapel pin.
      First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
      First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense.

      First President to repeat “the Holy Qur'an tells us,” and openly admit “the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.”

      Remember that 32 months of Obama White House we the people have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our nation's entire history, as the Obama's plan their next extravagant vacation to the Indonesian Island nation of Bali .

      Hope and change anyone?

      * sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept of Labor, Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, Heritage Foundation.

      December 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Trace

    I'm with Sara and Jules. This has been the most difficult in this nation's history. Although Obama has made mistakes, his intentions remain squarely focused on the American People; actually making life better for this country's citizens. He has had to suffer through a lot of disrespect, and an entire party that consistently obstructs his every effort. The republican party is Not the republican party of old. These people promote only criticism, never a serious idea to resolve problems, but rather the same tired failed policies.

    We can often hear Obama supporters speak of his accomplishments. When was the last time you heard a GOP/Tea Party Support a candidate, when every other word wasn't criticism of Obama? My bet is never....because I am yet to hear anything from these GOP candidates that even remotely sounds like intelligent or pragmatic approach to resolving any of the ills currently faced by the is nation.

    So I'm supporting Obama ...without question.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  4. Naldo

    He was given a plate full of problems to eat when he took over, and he took it knowing it would be hard to swallow. The man has proven his worth.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  5. jean2009

    Thanks, Sara, Jules, and Trace: If President Obama has made mistakes it is underestimating the greed and duplicity of the GOP. As I see it, he is the only one representing the American middle class (or what is left of it), low-wage working people, students, the elderly, and our young and disabled veterans...basically the 99%. Without him we would have seen more deregulation of the protections to protect these exact people.
    Obama- Biden 2012

    November 8, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Howard

      LET'S BLAME ALL obama's FAILURES, CHARACTER FLAWS, AND SHORT COMINGS ON THE GOP !!!

      barack ovomit, and his corrupt administration belong in prison. The only thing more nauseating than this phony opportunist, are the throngs of blindly devoted cult followers, like the ones posting here, who slobber all over themselves, with sickening saccharin praise for their dear leader. These are the same kind of poor misguided fools who marry inmates on death row. They are putty in the hands of propagandists, and charismatic leaders who hypnotize them into unconditional obedience.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • david mann

        That last sentence sounds like you're talking about Tvangelical republicans. I'll bet you just LUV the Faux Noise station

        November 14, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • Chris

        This isn't true at all. If you disagree with Obama's policy, the best thing you can do is not take it to illogical extremes. Obama has accomplished positive things. While I personally disagree that he is the right choice for president, I think it is important to recognize that he also isn't the worst. As a republican (and, I'm assuming you are as well) I am ashamed of you and people like you.

        That said, you are obviously a product of media control. Until people see that politics isn't black and white, buy grey, we will be at a stand still. This isn't about Republicans vs. Democrats. We are all Americans, and need to work together to tackle our mutual problems (enormous debt, unemployment, etc.).

        November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  6. fayse

    I stand firmly behind the President. We do need to move in a new direction in 2012 and that would be to vote out all Republican Congressmen and Senators that signed a pledge to Grover Norquist. I really can't understand why many people cannot take a look at the situation of the economy all over the World. The problems in the USA are not unique, and President Obama did not create this financial meltdown. He could have made a lot more progress had the obstructionist Republicans worked with the President and America instead of using the filibuster over and over again to stop all possiblities to move the Country forward.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  7. LOLrepub

    Are you people serious? Obama has been THE WORST PRESIDENT so far!!! I am so glad that you agree with him giving away MY HARD EARNED MONEY to illegal immigrants, and scum that do not deserve health care nor a chance to make it in America. It sickens me that people would rather give everything away to people that do not deserve it, such as everyone on welfare, ect. Do you know why so many hospitals are closing? Because there are so many people going in on Medicade and without insurace... hmmmmm yeah so let's just keep giving them a free ride while I get bent over with taxes taken out of my HARD WORKING PAYCHECK. OBAMA = LOSER, clearly you are not educated if you think otherwise.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • qubee

      this is to LOLrepub,, if and when you find yourself coming close to or touching the precipice of living paycheck to paycheck and it suddenly collapses [here's wishing that it does not], then will you have that same swagger that you're preaching about now? Or will you turn your head back and ask the same agencies, that is "giving away" your hard earned dollars, for help like many others who're in that "lifeboat"?

      November 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Patriot Awesome

      So you'd rather your hard earned tax money going to bombing people instead of helping your fellow Americans?
      Well when Obamacare kicks in you won't have to worry about uninsured people anymore at least. You should be happy about that.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
      • idiotcomotu

        don't pay any more TAX

        November 16, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Howard

      barack ovomit, and his corrupt administration belong in prison. The only thing more nauseating than this phony opportunist, are the throngs of blindly devoted cult followers, like the ones posting here, who slobber all over themselves, with sickening saccharin praise for their dear leader. These are the same kind of poor misguided fools who marry inmates on death row. They are putty in the hands of propagandists, and charismatic leaders who hypnotize them into unconditional obedience.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • SaintM

        Howard and LOLRepub. Sorry to kill your little thrill, but President Obama will win a second term no matter who the repub candidate is. We had 8 years of GWB, then 4 years of his father, and 8 years of Reagan, and the country went to hell under their rule. All of the most impoverished states have been under republican "rule" for decades, and most republicans cheat on their wives, are closet gays and molest boys. The republican party is the party of dirt–the hate of GWB, Cheney and thier ilk is still very much alive in the minds of voters, and the repub leadership in congress are the ones who have stood in the president's way in h is efforts to turn things around. Republicans will have a rude awakening next year.

        November 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bryan

      I'm not sure what you are talking about, he even extended the Bush tax cuts. Anyway, I'm lower middle class and I'd happily pay more taxes if it would help erase the deficit. The rich won't pay the taxes, but us hard working middle class people are willing to, and will take one for the team.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  8. Tracy

    LOLrepub, we suggest you go over to Foxnews.com. We are Obama's ARMY over here, and we stand strong and firm behind him. The media shoud also start reporting on the good that he has done, instead of continuing to let the repubs by your mics and have their voices heard through you all.... CNN, that definitely includes you (Anderson Cooper)..

    November 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • idiotcomotu

      actually, is pretty simple if you don't want your hard earn money to go to those whom doesn't deserve it don't pay any more tax or what ever i for one will not pay any !!!!!!

      November 16, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  9. Tracy

    Obama's ARMY, we stand with you, for you, around you, and beside you. We are hear to protect to you. MR. PRESIDENT, we love you, we RESPECT you, and we are here for you. I am a proud monthly contributor, and volunteer.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  10. EDITH HILL

    Im also one of my presidemt's foot soldiers. He has worked miracles with the hand he was dealt. hard-working honest and caring. 2010 all the way Obama/ Biden

    November 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  11. KMar

    What really amazes me at the anti-Obama people is that we hear no facts, we hear no "he did this specific thing on this specific date and it was bad for this specific reason". All we hear is general adjectives, he's a "socialist", he's "corrupt", he's "opening the borders", noithing specific. Exactly how many people crossed the borders and how do you know? How many people get welfare and how many people are covered free in emergency rooms, and how do you get the actual numbers? The real key is when they call him a Nazi Communist, or Nazi Fascist. Since Naziism and communism are mutually exclusive, and facism is based on corporate control of the government, there's no way someone has any clue when they use those words together.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Chris

      Why don't you give us some facts supporting his success. So far I'm not impressed with Obama. I'm not impressed with our entire political field. Obama has done some very questionable things that a lot of staunch supporters seem to either ignore or shrug off. While the media focuses its frenzy of assaults on the accusations of Cain (which amount to hearsay), I am scrambling to find info on Solyndra, fast and furious, actual policy, and foreign affairs. Does anyone here even realize that while he's pulling troops out of Iraq, he's sending troops to Uganda??? Obama is not our savior, and, at his very best, he's only accomplished making the economy less bad than it could have been had he jsut sat in the white house and watched. I want answers. I want facts. I don't want to have to search for an hour to get useful and illuminating information on topics that matter when I can look at any news platform and see stupid scandals litering the front page.

      THE MEDIA IS OUR WORST ENEMY. HOLD OUR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE AND DON'T RELY ON CNN, FOX, ETC., FOR YOUR ANSWERS.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Bryan

        I would have to say that his Health Care bill was a success. It was one of the things he ran for president on and won because of. I liked Hillary's plan better, but they weren't that different. I guess now parts of the bill is in court, so they might not stand in the end, but at least he did what he said he was going to do. He has tried to do pretty much everything he said he was going to do, even if sometimes they get blocked in congress. We, the people, elected him based on these things so if you are mad about it blame the people and not him.

        November 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I LOVE IT! 'From the shores of Montezuma...to the shores of Tripoli..we will fight our countrys' battles..'! March on troops..Pres Obama is going to need every one of our boots on the ground to win this ' Faux Battle'! We are OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people! HUT! HUT! HUT! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    November 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  13. SaintM

    President Obama 2.0 – with a new house majority to get things really done. Vote smelly republicans out of Congress and the country will be better for it.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Chris

      http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/

      sorry, sir, but Republicans aren't the problem in congress, it's politics. People complain about republicans being the "no" party, but how do they reconcile that notion with the fact that repubs and democrats have a fairly equal amount of "no" votes. Could it be that your beloved political party is also refusing to compromise? Politicians on both side of the aisle are increasingly sticking to party platform because the media is ready to rip them to shreds in the eyes of their constituents. It is your responsibility to take the initiative and learn the truth for yourself rather than have it fed to you by the media. Our politicians need to focus on mutual problems and solutions- the veteran job bill that recently unanimously passed is a great example of this. By the way, Republicans don't own the congress, democrats have a majority in the senate and repubs in the house.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I concur and agree with Margeatlarge. So true! Thanks for your comment to this blogsite!

    November 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    It really is a sad day when our Congressmen decide that pledging one citizen of the UNITED STATES, GROVER NORQUIST...rather than honoring their pledge to the people who put them there and continuing to honor their pledge of allegiance, once they were elected, to THE CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. IT'S OBSTRUCTIVE TREASON!

    November 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @david mann; I don't know who you are talking to, but in case you're addressing me...just so you know, YES! Iwas talking about Repubs...but I do so hate FOXNEWS aka FAUXNEWS and all of the lunatics on there!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  17. Thelookingglass

    And we march and move forward . . . from out of the trenches to overtaking the fortress of "No" We will bring down the walls of the obstructionist and destroy their stronghold. We will continue to lift President Obama up and over. We The People, For The People and Of The People will emerge Victorious Obama in 2012 Period.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  18. MaryM

    Obama/Biden 2012. The repubs have shot themselves in the foot to many times and do not have ANY viable candicates for the election in 2012. Americans are waking up to the GOP/TP DESTRUCTION of America. One example is when the TP congressman and candicates said 'LET AMERICA DEFAULT ON ITS DEBTS" Another example is the GOP/TP congressman signing the pledge to 'NORQUIST' Not to raise taxes on their wealthy benifactors. AMERICANS WILL NOT FORGET.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • MaryM

      spelling correction: candidates

      November 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • steveo

      MARYM,

      You may be right BUT the block of voters that pushed Obama over the top in 2008 are not real happy with him right now (that may change later, who knows) and they are the independants.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • C-Lo

        steveo...pretty busy, but wanted to make a note on your take, at least how I see it.
        Of those who voted for him in 08, I think it's the far left that are more upset with Obama than the moderate left. I'm not so sure he's not playing his cards correctly right now knowing the far left will still support him as a vote against the GOP even though they are not pleased with the fact he hasn't accomplished as much of a "progressive" agenda as they'd hoped.

        I think his real downfall is going to be with the under 30 crowd who have become apathetic vs. their 08 enthusiasm. I don't believe that means a boost for GOP in the presidential race, but it will probably help them in congressional races and also cause Obama to bend even futher, assuming he wins again. I think it'll be very interesting to see what transpires if GOP takes full controll of congress, particularly without a supermajority (which i don't see happening) in the Senate, and Obama retains the WH.

        I know congressional approval rating is 6 ft under right now, and that the left likes to point out that its the GOP's fault, but I feel it has more to do with the general attitudes throughout Washington of more fingerpointing and false caring than it is about one party or the other. We are TIRED of gov't in general.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • steveo

        Good to hear from you C-Lo. There are those liberals who believe he isn't liberal enough. Regardless, they will NOT vote GOP. The far right will not vote DEM. I believe it will be the independant voters that will make the difference once again! In 2008 folks were war weary. In 2011, they may be economy weary! Under thirty turn out will also be key.

        I agree with you I don't see the same excitement in the under thirty crowd either! IF the GOP gains the Senate (without a Super majority) nothing will get done. The Dems will be pulling the same tricks they accuse the GOP of doing now. I look for rmore of the same!

        Funny thing is in his second term Clinton became less rigid in ideology and learned the art of compromise and got some things done! Will lightning strike twice? We shall see. Still a year out!

        November 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • Bryan

        If the GOP candidates keep coming out saying they will eliminate Student Loans, I think they will be helping get the under 30s to vote in favor of Obama.

        November 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  19. Bob (soft R)

    Bryan, your comment about "student load elimination" fully explans the problem with Democrats, not just Obama. You demagogue all ideas to reduce deficits and (more importantly) to make our nation solvent and allow necessary programs to live on, and NEVER OFFER YOUR OWN. When it was asked above to identify specific things Obama has done which irk Republicans, it is what he has NOToffered that is the problem I have with his Presidency.

    The largest examples are senior programs. Few Republicans believe we should abandon seniors and emilinate Medicare and Social Security, but whenever Republicans offer potential solutions Dems simply demagogue and try to scare seniors and their descendents. Certainly the ideas Republicans offer are from their side of the fence, e.g. Bush's semi-privitation of SS, or Rep. Ryan's Medicare proposals, but they at least float ideas as a starting point for a negotiation. I am yet to hear any firm proposals from this President on what he would do address the solvency of these vital programs. I only hear that "we know we have to address entitlements". GIVE ME SOMETHING SPECIFIC I CAN NOGOTIATE TO!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Bryan

      I'm not familiar enough with the amount of money student loans cost the government, and I don't often hear of them being a big problem so I doubt they are much of a factor since the money should be getting paid back anyway. I don't think they should be eliminated though, maybe too many people are let off the hook on their loans so it costs the government a lot? I think it's a good business for the government to be in to try to help the population get a good education.
      I agree that the government needs to come up with some plans to reduce deficits, since the budget is a big part of their job. First off, I'm willing to pay more taxes so go ahead and raise mine, I'm in a pretty low tax bracket but I can easily live off 10-15k a year after taxes, and I think anyone can if they need to. Hasn't it already been decided that the SS age will have to be increased, maybe it was already increased? It doesn't seem like figuring out how to keep SS working should be hard, just some simple math and we can determine the age that it can start at. SS shouldn't need any outside funding, it needs to pay for itself, if it doesn't it has to change, pretty simple. I know healthcare is a huge chunk of the budget, and I'm not sure where all the revenue comes from for it, clearly some is a payroll tax, maybe it should all be funded through the payroll tax. That way it is pretty simple to know how much money we have for it, and we don't have to take money from other taxes to pay for it.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  20. mel

    President Barack Obama 2012!!!!!! we walking with you!!!!! our sleeves are roll up!!!! we are with you!!!!!!

    November 27, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  21. gary

    obame and bite me nees to go

    November 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  22. Jerry Jones

    I support President Obama and will SUPPORT him for re-election. But, we need to understand how important it will be to vote out GOP across the board after all to sit back and just say NO for these three years was WRONG.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |