Obama to talk student loans with Jimmy Fallon
April 20th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Obama to talk student loans with Jimmy Fallon

(CNN) – President Obama is heading back to late night television next week, set to appear on comedian Jimmy Fallon’s show as part of a week-long push to pressure congressional Republicans to renew a measure keeping student loan rates at 3.4 percent.

News of Obama’s appearance on the popular late night comedy show came via Twitter from both Fallon himself and White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer Friday morning:

[tweet https://twitter.com/#!/jimmyfallon/status/193315044564545536%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/#!/pfeiffer44/status/193329462199320577%5D

It is the president’s first appearance on the show, though First Lady Michelle Obama was a guest in February.

Fallon, whose audience skews toward the younger demographic Obama is hoping to reach, will speak with the president while he is at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tuesday. Obama’s stop there is one of three colleges he is visiting Tuesday and Wednesday as Congress gets set to consider whether a 2007 provision that cut student loan interest rates in half should be allowed to expire.

While the measure garnered bipartisan support five years ago, Republicans are concerned with the significant costs of extending it. According to the Congressional Budget Office, extending the lower rate for an additional year comes with a price tag of $6 billion to the U.S. government.

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  1. Blue Bear

    It sure would be nice to keep the interest rates low for all of us who have student loans, but it's not going to happen. There is no way the republicans will pass up this opportunity to shift the burden off of the wealthy and push it over to the middle class, all oin the name of making us 'business friendly.' After all, they have their anti-tax pledge to uphold!!

    April 20, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  2. alex chapman

    Repubs.: Invest in ALL of America, not just the ones who vote like you do. Progressive ideas is what created the largest, greatest Middle Class in History. Conservative, "worry about me & my kind only" ideas is what's causing it's rapid decline.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Steveo

      Progressive ideas also created the largest "government dependant" class in history! See LBJ and his "great society"!

      April 20, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • Voting 4 A real Leader

        The buffet rule would of payed for that one.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • S.positive

        And you did not benefit from it. Using the same infrastructures the same big government paid for. May everything just fell from the sky... Whallaa and here they all are AHHHHH...

        April 20, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • S.positive

        Thats why no one takes you so called conservatives seriously. You are talk and no action... Remember GWB, running up the biggest deficit, sending the country down in 2008 and still the wingnut are all out preaching cut spending. No ounce creditbilty in these buffons...

        April 20, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • Steveo


        Let's see:
        Section 8 housing? -no, although I did rent a house to a section 8 tenant- NEVER AGAIN!
        Medicare/Medicaid? – No!

        I am not saying there was nothing good about it, I am saying some of the programs helped create a dependancy on the government! Tell me where I am wrong (with facts and not political emotion)!

        April 20, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Steveo


        Are you telling me Bush had NO DEM help in spending and deficits? No DEMS voted to fight and fund 2 wars? Congress didn't authorize spending? Do you know how government works?

        April 20, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • S.positive

        Okay, Let me see how smart you are Steveo, GWB was president then. President Obama is in charge now. I did not hear you mention the republican leaders in congress but you single out the president to criticize. Again, you lot have no credibility. If you had used section 8 housing which I have never used, why discount that some folks might need it today as you did then? It is called fairness and not selfishness. STOP THINKING ABOUT YOURSELF. You now see why we dont like your lot. Just trouble makers all the way. Change before it is too late for you Steveo...

        April 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • Steveo


        You jumped the tracks there. How many conversations and topics are you tackling at one time? The subject was not Obama but, LBJ. I said nothing here about Obama and you brought up Bush! If you have never heard me criticize BOTH parties before, you have been reading with yur eyes closed./ Many times I have stated BOTH parties have failed and even then I was criticzed by some on the left!

        If you want to talk about Bush and Obama , no problem but I was taling about LBJ and the Great Society". Again, good elements in it but it did explode dependency on the government (as most liberal programs do)! THAT is was I was talking about!

        I have never said I used section 8 housing. What I said was i rented a house to someone who used section 8 and I won't do that again (unless you think i don't have that right, with my private property)!

        I never said they was no need for government programs, Once again I stated dependency on government programs exploded! Lastly I am far from selfish, a look at my checkbook will tell you that!

        Funny how you assume the worst about me soley because my political leanings are different from yours! How does that work? ASSUMPTION!

        April 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • S.positive

        No point dragging this on Steveo, we are all Americans just see things differently. I will respect your view without talking it down so far as you respect mine without talking it down as we are not going to agree on this one. Have a good weekend...

        April 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only society Steveo sees as great is the society for the welfare of the 1%.

        Suggested research sources:



        April 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • Steveo


        I will not disrespect your points of view! I want the best for this country just like you do! You have a great weekend as well!

        April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        "What Was Really Great About the Great Society' the truth behind the Republican myth by Joseph Califano, Jr.


        Due to the programs and legislation passed under Lyndon Johnson. The poverty level in this country dropped in 7 years (1963-1970) from 22.2% to 12.6%. Were it not for that today 24 million more Americans would be living in poverty.
        If it were not for the student loan program we would have far fewer educated people to move this country forward.

        Steveo you obviously know nothing about what you speak.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Steveo


        The only society Steveo sees as great is the society for the welfare of the 1%
        All you have to do is show me where I said that! Otherwise you're just spouting speculations, untruths, assumptions, AND lies!

        April 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        April 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Steveo " Progressive ideas also created the largest "government dependent" class in history! See LBJ and his "great society"!"

        I call that saying exactly what I am talking about.

        "The Great Society had several major goals. Full civil rights for blacks and other minorities, economic help for the poor and disadvantaged of all races (known as the War on Poverty), the establishment of governmental agencies to train unemployed, generous funding for schools and colleges, and special "Head Start" programs for youth of the poor classes in society."

        So what is your implied proposal other than to remove those gains and go to "welfare for the rich"?

        Maybe you should research the good done by the Great Society legislation.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Steveo


        "What Was Really Great About the Great Society' the truth behind the Republican myth by Joseph Califano, Jr------------–
        His work on drug and alcohol abuse is highly commendation but quoting a liberal to explain a liberal policy?

        April 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Steveo


        Did I not say there were good if not great elements in the Great Society? Why do you ignore parts of what I say?

        April 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012,

        The core stance of the GOP is Military spending.
        The core stance of Liberals is social programs.

        No one is but you mentioned doing away with social programs! What I am telling you while they are required, a by product is the fact that GENERATIONS have been raised as government dependents! For SOME, there is no incentive to stop the cycle! Even Jesus said we would always have the poor with us

        April 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo Please explain what maximum benefits we have ever derived from war.

        April 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
      • Steveo


        @Steveo Please explain what maximum benefits we have ever derived from war
        You mean other than the birth of our nation, and freedom for our allies?

        April 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Steveo

        His work on drug and alcohol abuse is highly commendation but quoting a liberal to explain a liberal policy?

        **Commendable, not commedation!

        April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • Trace

        @Steveo, its truly a pity you ALWAYS get twisted around the axel of the GOP's favored hate of government. Have you ever heard " ...to provide for the common good"? Just because you don't like the fact there are people that need assistance, doesn't mean they will go away just by ignoring them or constantly blaming the government for their existence. That's not the way life works! On many levels I agree there is an inherent problem with continued government dependence related to entitlements (i.e. welfare etc.) But this problem DID NOT start with Pres. Obama and certainly will not end with him. So stop vilifying him for all of the problems. Pick a side instead of being your usual false equivolent evils of both parties...touting your independent bonafides.....In other words "Shut the Front Door" dude and quit speaking/writing from both sides of your mouth.

        April 21, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • GetReal

        Why do Repus find it necessary to reference historical data from eras that are irrelevant to today's world? Do they simply live in the past or long for it? You can't drive forward by only looking in the rear view mirror.

        April 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
      • realistic_01

        @Voting 4 A real Leader

        First, I guess you meant to say, "The Buffet Rule would have paid for that one," but your economic sense is as lacking as your grasp of the English language.

        From someone who actually knows something: about the subject “It’s literally incredible,” Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Hannity.“ ”It’s almost an embarrassment, it’s so shameless. If you were to collect the Buffett tax for the next 250 years — that’s longer than the life of this republic — you will not have covered the deficit, Obama’s deficit for 2011. You collect it for another 250 years, so we’re now in the year 2612, and you’ve covered 2011 and 2012 and you need to cover only 498 other years of deficits.” (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/krauthammer-blasts-buffett-rule-an-embarrassment-its-so-shameless/)

        April 22, 2012 at 3:02 am |
      • crazyvermont

        @Jean....yet there are more people in poverty today then when LBJ instituted his great society, so what was gained?

        April 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • Steveo

        Why do Repus find it necessary to reference historical data from eras that are irrelevant to today's world? Do they simply live in the past or long for it? You can't drive forward by only looking in the rear view mirror.
        Look like you don't understand how what was done in the past brought us to the present! Looks like you fail to acknowledge how any criticism of President Obama is answered by liberals by these two words: "George Bush"

        April 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • GetReal

        Your point is that our present is the product of the past, but our current economic woes are not the result of the previous administration's policies?
        My point is that the entire world has changed in many ways over the past 50 years and we need to adapt in the present by planning for the future. There is no way that the Founding Fathers could have predicted even a small percentage of today's world, yet the Republicans treat the Constitution like it is the Ten Commandments, engraved into stone.
        One of the problems with big government is the inability to adapt. That's why t takes years to alter course. Therefore, President Obama is still trying to correct past mistakes, against an obstructionist Republicant Congress (except for the first 2 years). This administration and Congress were very effective, until the Tea Party took over Congress. They are the problem. They must go. The President's hands need to be untied for his second term in order to push the economy forward in the World's markets. We can't keep looking backwards. We need everyone to be pushing in the same direction, towards a healthy, prosperous society.

        April 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • usatruth

        @Steveo,, you need to educate yourself more on politics. Like it or not, Voting for Republicans means we all (conservatives, democrats, and independents) get punked by the 400 unpatriotic rich families only. Bush's Tax Cut supported by Republican Congress is to "TRADE OFF" American Jobs with China loan to get our government running. More unemployed Americans join FOOD STAMP because they lose jobs to China Socialists. EVERYTHING REPUBLICANS PROMISE ENDS UP DELIVER BY DEMOCRATS and that is the American Politics. Sadly to say!

        April 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Howard

      Liberals trumpet the misguided philosophy of solving hunger, by eating the goose that lays the golden egg ... or, eating next year's seed crop ... dishonestly and irresponsibly exploiting every opportunity to rile people up ... enflame their emotions ... and sell out our future, for immediate gradification !!!

      April 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        April 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Trace

        Howard, its safe to say that you've continue your factless, fecal matter comments! Do you have anything that would provide a profound position of anything for a person of intelligence? Or is it your life long mission to appeal to the "stupid and ignorant" ? Geesh dude...what a miserable life you lead. ...blah blah blah....the Libruls hate Amurika ... commies, muslims, blah blah blah. Its amazing a person as intellectually shallow as you could find your head to put a hat on it.

        April 21, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • Knute

        A Joke (Obama) on a joke show. Makes sense

        April 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • GetReal

        Hi, Howard. Still trolling and "dishonestly and irresponsibly exploiting every opportunity to rile people up ... enflame their emotions ... and sell out our future, for immediate gradification", I see. Found any friends lately?
        Actually, I see that your social skills of communicating is improving. Your right wing extremist rhetoric is much less offensive, without all of the name calling. If you could improve your intellectual debating skills, people might actually find your posts more pallettible. 😉

        April 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
      • BADGUY

        The "goose" flew off to China and is awaiting a Chinese dinner party where it will be "cooked". Enough fairy stories! We don't NEED the 8 million dollar/year (average!) CEO's in this country to rescue us from poverty. The last 12 years have shown that!

        April 22, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Jersey Bill

      You poor delusional mooron.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Jersey Bill

      You poor delusional moron.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • roger

      ‎"Apparently, Im supposed to be more outraged by what Mitt Romney does with his money than by what Barack Obama does with mine."

      April 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Ted

      Well that mentality cuts both ways. Those making under $50K a year are primarily concerned with themselves, despise those who are better off, and incidentally do not pay taxes. Moreover, liberal unions are highly focused on only their needs at the expense of everyone else. So selfishness knows no boundary. And by the same token democrats do not hold the lock on caring the same as Republicans are not uniformly capitalistic scoundrels. There are opportunists and crooks on both sides of the aisle just as there are very fine people in both camps. Wise up and try to think rationally, in a non partisan way, what would really be best for the country.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • BigDStud

        This is in response to Ted, yesterday at 8pm. You probably do not realize, cause you have never served your country, you

        just like to spout off like your the one doing all the sacrificing for our country. 75% of our men and women in the armed

        forces make less then 50K per year, and you say they are all envious and despise us. Your a real piece of work.

        April 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • GetReal

        The best thing for this country would be a second term for President Obama without the obstruction of a Republican Congress. That means kicking the Tea Party out of the House and a Democrat supermajority in the Senate.
        That's what we had in 2009 and Congress was extremely productive, passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which eluded previous administrations for over 50 years.
        We can't afford the status quo of Washington gridlock and partisan fighting. We certainly can't go back to where the GOP wants to take us. They already destroyed our economy. Now, they want to destroy the middle class and put the poor onto the streets to fend for themselves, just to support Wall Street millionaires and big oil. That is not the America we need nor want.

        April 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
      • Morgane

        GetReal: It concerns me that you believe that the democrats have nothing to do with the economic crisis. The housing (Sub prime) collapse was at the hands of the democrats wanting to help those who could not afford a house. What logic is that, giving someone the keys to a house who does not have any plan to pay the loan off... The democratic beliefs in our society is to simply help the poor. People who think the 'Middle-Class' are the ones getting shafted by the republicans are morons and have no right to vote. Republican views are not to help the rich and screw the poor. The republican views are simple, freedom. More government is the opposite of what our nation stands for. Having Obama for another term while having control of Senate and Congress is what you would call a dictatorship, (loosely used, dictatorship). I don't want to talk about the Healthcare crap, which is unconstitutional might I add, and the fact that Obama has wasted billions of dollars towards pointless programs. Yet, people still want to vote for him because he is going to help the American people. Wake up, he hasn't helped dick. He is seriously destroying our country, and people who are in the teens and twenties will be broke because Obama loves to spend and help the poor who do absolutely nothing for our country, except pick up crap and sell burgers.

        April 22, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • b

      why would I
      invest in liberals when they they fight us every step of the way?

      April 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • GetReal

        Very interesting question, b. We have a majority elected liberal leader, whom the GOP leadership has vowed to defeat, at the expense of the nation's well being. We have a Democratic majority in the Senate, who can't pass bills due to relentless Republican filibusters. Yet, you believe that it is the liberals who are fighting 'us'?
        I think that you must have your 'us' and 'them' bas akwards.

        April 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        Senate budget would take no republicans to bring to the floor...simple majority and Mr Reid can't accomplish that task?

        April 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • GetReal

        crazyvermont – As oyu know, 'bringing it to the floor' with a simple majority only starts the filibuster, which requires a 60% supermajority to overcome. Reid is simply not wasting the Senate's time.

        April 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • nici

        Josh- you are the first one to say exactly what I was thinking. Do these cheap loans not drive up the cost of tuition? Does this mean now that I am being handed money I can apply to one I cannot afford or need? Sounds exactly like the housing crisis based on false hope.
        YEs the banks and Wall Street had PLENTY to do with it, but if you honestly think the Government and Fannie and freddie and the like did not have any part of it, then you are delusional, and frankly those people also need to take some responsiblity on their own. Every week I was mailed , or took calls from banks begging me to take a second mortgage or a new credit line, did I? No way, I saw what was coming sold my place in 2007 and was abel to open my own business, 4 years later I have the money in the bank, self employed and work 60-70 hours a week to make it happen. There is alot of blame to go around but people and this administration have taught everyone to find someone else to blame. Like I said there are many parts to the equation, and if my kid gets into an IVY league school and I have to shell out $250-300K for 4 years of school I am simply not doing it, because I cannot afford to, and neither can she or she will spend the next 20 years paying it off. PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY- NOT ENTITLeMENTS>

        April 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • BADGUY

      America's so called "Free Enterprise" system is anything BUT free. It is run by a few Rich elitists, FOR a few Rich elitists. The top 400 people in the USA have 42% of the Nation's financial assets. The bottom 80% have 7%. Without money, people are NOT free. They're forced to cater to the Rich for a pittance. The sooner we move to a mixed Capitalist-Socialists economy, the sooner we'll ALL be better off. GM was a start. We need the federal government to gain MORE influence on our economy. The government can develop this influence by direct investment, acquisitions of companies through bankruptcy bailouts or controlling interest stock purchases. We need the federal government to begin acting as an "employer of last resort" and a brake on the excesses of "free enterprise".

      April 22, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • BADGUY

      Why would ANYONE in the lower 80% vote for:
      – The elimination of Social Security.
      – The elimination of Medicare
      – The elimination of Obamacare
      – The elimination of the 15% Capital Gains tax.
      – The elimination of Contraception
      – The elimination of Abortion
      – The elimination of Voting rights for Blacks, Hispanics and students
      – The elimination of tax penalties on "male only" golf courses
      – The elimination of the middle class

      April 22, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • crazyvermont

        kind of sounds like you want continual handout

        April 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • GetReal

        – The elimination of PEL grants.
        – The elimination of Federal assistance without a clean drug test.
        – The elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency...

        April 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • GetReal

        crazyvermont – kinda sounds like you would rather give away taxxpayer money to help the upper 1%, oil companies, pharmaceutical drug companies, insurance companies and Wall Street market manipulators. You've gotta look at the whole Republican agenda and decide who you are really supporting. These social safety nets are vital to the survival for hundreds of thousands of people that only need a little helping hand to update their skills, get that job just around the corner, etc.
        We are a better nation and people, as a whole, by extending a helping hand. "or we'll find that we're following in the turning away." – Pink Floyd

        April 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • BADGUY

      Make no mistake. If you're in the bottom 99% of the economic base in the United States, you're chances of making into the top 1% is nil. You WILL be called on, though, to make the top 1% richer than they already are, and at your OWN The top 1% IS the GOP. They use "Abortion", "Race baiting", "Contraception", pitting one part of the lower and middle classes against each other, to maintain control. If the 1% didn't throw out some red meat once in a while, how could they win ANY elections?

      April 22, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • crazyvermont

        Really?????? Less then 10 years ago I was under $75k per year. Today, I'd be classified as a 1% which shouldn't be possible under your theory. Of course, I had to work harder then most of the 99% crowd, as well as take risks, and make choices. Reality is it's out there for anyone willing to work for it

        April 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • GetReal

        crazyvermont – Congratulations on your sucess. Sounds like your hard work, risks, and choices have paid off. I've also worked hard, taken some calculated risks and made some choices that ave not paid off so well. Over the past years, my wages have been flat, below $35k. I'm not whining, but life has its ups and downs. Luck of the draw is just as important as how you play the game. Most people who have been advantaged with being born with a silver spoon can stay in the game longer that those who have not. That gives them enough of an edge to make it through life's difficult times. Others simply don't have the resources to make it without some temporary assistance. But, if interest is tagged onto that assistance, as is the case of CC, mortgages, car loans, PEL grants, etc, then the less priviledged is being penalized. Therefore, the playing field is far from level.
        Q: Where would you be if you became ill and couldn't work for a month or year? What if your insurance company dropped your coverage? How would you pay for hospital bills?

        April 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
      • BADGUY = That tells me you probably either: 1. Robbed from you customers. 2. Robbed from you stockholders 3. Robbed from your investors


        April 23, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Banjosdad2003

      Progressives have created only fear, loathing and the destructive path we are on. All he does is talk, blame, and golf. Nothing has "change"d.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      meeting makes sense...they're about same competency level

      April 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • bioya1

      Vote Democrat in November:
      > Steal more money from the earners and give it to the lazy
      > Spend more money we don't have so we can pass a broken country to our children
      > Let the government unions tell us what to do, instead of the other way around
      > Apologize to the world because we are successful and free
      > Grow the governemnt even more, after all, it knows best how to spend our money
      > Come out in the open with the benefits of Communism, after all it has such a stellar record
      > Endeavor to make gasoline $10+ a gallon while demonizing the oil companies
      > Take serious what Hollywood actors say, after all, the are really smart and love America
      > Let's keep the black vote solid by buying it, as we do every election
      > Never forget, Conservatives & patriots bad, but Marx, Engels, Soros, Lenin, Alinsky good.
      > Lastly – never fear, we'll tax everyone but you!

      April 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  3. Jules

    Who gets a 3.4% rate on their student loans? Not anyone that i know. My students loans are at 6.8% and I have excellent credit. In fact, my car loan at the time was at 4.9%. I was absolutely shocked when I went back to grad school that the lowest rate I could get for my student loans from the GOVERNMENT was higher than the rate I got on a car loan from a FOR-PROFIT bank. Ridiculous!

    April 20, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  4. carlos

    and since the mittsy campaign is following the President wherever he goes, the mittsy will be interviewed by Mr. Ed, oh boy what a laugh that would be.

    For those of you who do not know who Mr. Ed is, google it....hehehehe

    April 20, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • GetReal

      No need to Google it, Carlos. I remember Mr. Ed as being a talking horse in a 1960's sit com. "A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And no one talks to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed."

      I believe you are referring to 'The Ed Show'. Great show preceding into 'The Rachael Maddow Show'.

      April 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • BADGUY

      The ONLY fallacy in your argument: Mr. Ed had some sense!

      April 22, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  5. jean2009

    The United States of America was founded by Progressives. Adam Smith, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were progressives. Many conservative Loyalist boarded ships and went home to England and King George.


    April 20, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Steveo

      Nice history lesson but what does that have to do with our current state of affairs? As much as you like to remind folk how much the GOP has radically changed since Lincoln, would it not be fair to assume progressives haven't radically changed since Franklin?

      April 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        Simply the Founders were liberal progressives...not right-wing conservatives who went back to King George.
        Stating facts has a great deal to do with who our real founding fathers were...they were not some GOP teaputty misconception. Many of them would appear radical even to today's progressives. The America revolution was the most radical in history.

        Did you even research the links to Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith's views on taxation?

        April 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • Steveo


        Are you suggesting the progressive mindset back then is the same today?

        April 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • tomnikoly


        Do your own research. Then maybe you'll have an argument based on knowledge.

        April 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ted

      But George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and others were conservative both fiscally an politically in comparison to Jefferson. It is a fallacy to say that conservatives left and only liberals remained. You are comparing apples and oranges. Empire loyalists left, but that had little to do with fiscal and political conservatism. And as it turns Jefferson's vision of an agrarian utopia lost to Hamilton's pragmatism and remains as the core of our economic system today. Nice try, but just too much of a stretch.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • Trace

        @Ted, you missed the point ...I know, I know, that's common for you Tea party types. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President. In other words, All of the Founding Fathers...You know the Ones Your Tea Potty faith so often tout as real americans in the drafting of the constitution ...WERE ALL DEMOCRATS! Try to keep up with the conversation before arguing in complete ignorance.

        April 21, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • GetReal

        An agrarian utopian society sounds great compared with today's money hungry, self-centered society that is destroying our country, today. I think you may have just identified the turning point when we went wrong.

        April 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      your comment highlights the problem with today's revisionist educational system. The men you referenced were brilliant thinkers but a far stretch from today's progressive. Read a history book and you'll find the term progressive emerged from two factions within the communist party. One side still was bent on revolution and the other side felt the same end result of Marxism could be achieved through changing the mindset of American citizens over a period of fifty years

      April 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Sponge-Bob

      "The government which governs best governs the least". --"It is better that the government fear the people rather than the people fear the government." - Yea those sure are today's lefty ideals. Put the kool-aid away.

      April 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • GetReal

        I would say that the government that governs best ensures that the needs of the people is within their grasp. That doesn't mean long term welfare the able bodied. That means providing the tools (healthcare, education, and an economic environment that enables them to support their families). It also means protecting our natural resources for future generations.
        In case you haven't noticed, President Obama has been empowering the people to petition their representatives by letting them know where they stand on the Republican's anti-social agenda, stripping away women's rights and taking away vital services. Obama is truly a President that serves and protects the needs of the majority. He empowers them with the knowledge of what is happening in Washington and when to speak up. Those millions of phone calls shakes the Congressional Republicans to the core. President Oama has an invincible weapon against the party of NO; the American people.

        April 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Breann

      So why, again, is Katrina relevant? Are there thandouss of people dying that I missed? Besides wasn't Haiti supposed to be Obama's Katrina?Obama's job isn't to be in the front line slurping up crude with a straw. His job isn't to find a solution either. His job is to delegate people who can find a solution. That's what executives do. The problem is, there has never been a massive oil leak 8,000 feet below the surface of the ocean before. In fact, that is a large part of the reason why I am against offshore drilling in the first place. So, essentially, you are criticizing him for not solving a problem that has never been solved before. Sounds a lot like fishing to me.My biggest peeve with this situation is how the government is not accepting outside help in the form of supplies and manpower from other nations. With a disaster this large, we need all the help we can get. And my second biggest peeve is that this mess isn't altering the public perception of offshore drilling one iota. But the interesting thing is..Obama actually got in front of the people and took responsibility. How often do you see a politician do that?

      September 8, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Riza

      I disagree, Belle, he was not being hoesnt in that speech. He was using rhetoric that would appeal to his conservative base. We had very legitimate reasons to go into Iraq, and he was fully aware of them . BUT, they were liberal reasons and he could NEVER admit to them. He fabricated excuses to avoid admitting to a legitimate humanitarian excusion. Genocide is a liberal cause. Environmental anhiliation of one of the most important wetlands in the world; and dumping oil in the Persian gulf is a liberal cause. Admitting we are taking oil to feed his families oil coffers was NOT something he was about to admit. All he had was they were mean to his daddy and he had to get revenge. Lame excuse, but it was all he had.

      September 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  6. Suzanne

    Shouldn't the president be doing something about high gas prices, lack of jobs, and the crummy economy instead of appearing on late night TV?

    April 20, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  7. don

    the high cost of education has taken a big toll in my state. Education is key to progress. The president is right on . Carlos you are a riot. Mr Ed is to intellegent to be talking to ol mittens. Obama 2012

    April 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • max


      April 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        We will discuss who is an idiot after looking at who doesn't know how to unlock the Caps Lock key on his keyboard.

        FYI Teachers are not overpaid nor are they draining the system. On average they make 12% less than workers with the same education and skills. Research shows in most cases their wage scale lags other jobs by 9%.


        April 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • GetReal

        Would you suggest that we should underpay the people who are responsible for the safety, supervision, nurturing, and educating your own children while you go to work? What kind of message does that send to your little nippers? "I don't care enough to pay your teacher enough to care whether you learn anything or not."
        "Well, Max, if you don't care, why should we even bother to go to school?" your kids reply. "See ya later, after we go hang out with our friends."
        I'm guessing that you don't have kids, Max. Well, neither do I, but I still pay local taxes that subsidize schools. I have no problem with kids learning discipline, social and job skills. The kids are the ones that we wll be depending upon to build our own future, regardless of their color or famiy background. If you don't mind, I'd kinda like to have some well educated people shaping the future.

        April 22, 2012 at 3:04 am |
  8. gaylon38

    We as taxpayers do not wish to pay for your people's education.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  9. Byron J.

    It seems like ancient history when in 08' everything came crashing down. It was no arguement that it was the result of George W. & Co/policies. Now itz Obama....How did we get here???.......OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  10. Alan Shoquist

    Even as a Republican I can see the advantages of low interest student loans. What I can't understand is why they have to cost the tax payers 6 billion dollars a year! It's a loan for pete's sake! Somebody is making money off it. Rather than subsidizing Stafford loans why doesn't this "federal loan program" simply make the loans to students and collect the interest itself when it's paid back? Maybe that's just too simple. :/

    April 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  11. max


    April 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Robert

      "Like" button checked.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Name*Essie

      @max...HE IS DOING HIS JOB, AND BETTER THAN ANY PRES. B4 HIM! THAT'S WHY YOU ARE ON HERE TAPPING AWAY AT YOUR EXPOSED JEALOUSY!!! ~and we like him on tv, bcz he makes a lot of sense compared to those you pal around with...hmmm!

      April 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • GetReal

      Just goes to show what you know, Max. President Obama is going onto the Jimmy Fallon show to send a message to an audience of college aged viewers. His message will be something like, "In a couple of days, Congress will be voting on a bill that will determine whether millions of college students will be able to complete their education. But, House Republicans want to cut off those much needed grants. I need your viewers to tell their congressmen and representatives how important your education is in finding employment, in todays difficult economy."
      You see, Max the President is working to inform millions of college kids tat the Republicans are about to cut off their grants. He is immobilizing them to practice their rights to voice their wishes to their political leaders. That's how the system works.
      President Obama's strength is in fighting for the needs of the majority, then rallying that majority to speak up against the congressional Republicants. Their knees buckle when their enemy, Obama, morphs into millions of angry callers.
      It's a brilliant, can't lose strategy that will expose the right wingers for their loyalties to the 1%. With his personality, no one can sell it better than President Obama. He is intelligent, articulate, humorus, and, last but not least, genuinely sincere.
      I guess some people can't recognize effective leadership, even when it is in action.

      April 22, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  12. Ron in California

    I wonder did Obama have student loans? If so did he pay them back? Or did he get AA Scholarships?

    April 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  13. WIMPY38

    Ahh those repubs: They want to make money like Buffett but they don't want to spend it like Buffett.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  14. davey

    S.positve can't spell buffoon..try moron instead.....voila!

    April 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  15. John

    It is amazing what Obama has done for class warfare and diviseness in this country. He kept it up yesterday saying "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth". Guess what Mr. President, people like Mitt Romney's dad were the ones who paid for the entitlements that helped people like you. Without them the hand outs people like you took from the governmnet would not have existed. Instead of being grateful you start class envy/warfare against these very people that helped you.
    This, in a nutshell, is what libs are all about. Then they bash stay at home moms – simply priceless.
    To people like BO who made it through life because of entitlements – you are welcome. And, stop spitting in the faces of those who provided the entitlements.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  16. acdcguy

    He is only trying to buy the young vote, period, and you know it, so please do not say otherwise!!

    April 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  17. Jerry

    Why don't they also talk about ALL the taxpayer funds that Mr. Obama has wasted over the years (Solindra and OTHER alternative energy projects, electric cars, funding for oil exploration in Brazil and other countries, campaigning on the taxpayer dime, etc., etc., etc.)

    Lately he's been attempting woo college students in hopes of making them dependents of the government "dole." I hope college students are smart and patriotic enough to see through Mr. Obama's smoke and mirrors.

    America is waiting and "REALLY" HOPING!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • tomnikoly

      Did you know that student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt? Think a little bit.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      April 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • Robert

        Facts – respond with useful facts.

        April 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • getoverit

        Truth hurts, doesn't it?

        April 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • GetReal

      Jerry, meet Howard. The two of you should enjoy each other's rants. Why don't the two of you get together over some beers and let it all out? If you wake up in the morning, you will feel much better.

      April 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • GetReal

      Jerry, in case you haven't noticed, China's government has been subisdizing the R&D of their alternative energy technology. Those investments are now paying off in the reduction of solar panel production costs. They are also leading in electric vehicles and Li ion batteries. In other words, China is kicking our butts, because we have only been sitting on them, as you would obviously prefer.
      Would you prefer to lie on your back or get off your dufus and compete in the world's huge AE market? President Obama is wisely investing in the future of our AE technology. There was no way that he could have predicted the breakthroughs in China. The losses in Solyndra, et al, only indicate that we are already behind and need to make more effort and investments in order to catch up. If we continue to snooze, Jerry, we will lose on an unimaginable scale.

      April 22, 2012 at 3:57 am |
  18. nICKATL01


    April 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  19. Amabo

    When I read the title to this article, I thought it was going to be about Obama giving Fallon "access" to education.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  20. nolimits3333

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 10 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 27 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Steveo

      What? The economy was slowing, there was that little dot.com bubble bust, The U.S.S Cole and U.S embassies were attacked while Clinton was in office. We had that Bosnian air war going on! All Under Clinton, not his fault but on his watch!!

      "Obama has solved the deficit problem as well" Sure its solved but only if the goal was to increase it!

      April 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • Trace

        @Steveo...you are at risk for being defined as a putz......Come on dude; Pres. Obama (and by the way you should try that title sometime), Could Not have possibly solved the deficit problem. No One Man Could EVER solve the current deficit problem. It may not be solved during our lifetimes. So are you so vapid to say that President Obama failed his job because he didn't solve the deficit issue? Get a life!

        April 21, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • justanotherguy60

        With at least a $10 trillion dollar debt in three years is nothing to brag about. The pres and his cronies have not solved, but created a bigger problem.

        April 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • Steveo


        Try to read what I was responding to. The writer above me stated Obama (did not use the term "president") solved the deficit! Did you happen to miss what no limits 3333 said? I think you did!

        April 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Robert

      How has he helped? Give me one way that he has helped America.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Howard

      ... Bush inherited a nation at peace ... until 9-11. Frank and Dole, both democrats, caused the financial melt down, with irresponsible legislation, during the Clinton Administration. Obama spent 5 TRILLION dollars, in just 3 1/2 years. Bush spent 4 Trillion in 8 years. Obama spent 1 3/4 Trillion dollars on a bill that nobody read, created by a mish mosh of unelected bureaucrats. During the Obama administration, America's credit was down graded. Obama is the WORST President in the history of the United States.

      April 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
      • GetReal

        Bush's response to 9-11 was to let bin laden slip through his hands at Tora Bora, then declare war on a country that had nothing to do with 9-11. He manufactured lies about WMDs, defied the UN, invaded a soveriegn nation, killed 4500 US troops, maimed thousands more, indiscriminately bombed millions of Iraqi civilians, wasted Trillions of dollars of unfunded money, which has overflowed into Obama's budget that you decry. Yet, after all the lies and waste, Americans voted W in for another term. During that term, he sat by and watched the country's economy collapse.
        How many founding fathers did it take to write the Constitution, which we all defend?
        Our credit was downgraded because of the Tea Party's alliegence to Grover Norquist over their loyality to the nation. President Obama and Boehner had a deal on the table, but they refused to compromise. Let's just keep the historical facts straight, Howard.

        April 22, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  21. DEcember 2012


    April 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Steve

      Got that right DEcember 2012. Romney is so completely alien looking and sounding to most Americans.I hope Americans wake up and vote all Republicans out at all levels in November when they vote for President Obama.

      April 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Robert

      Obama doesn't even have a record to review, he didn't do anything other then be born black to get elected. Tell me what he did before he was elected..............

      April 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Your Name Here

      DEcember 2012, you need to go back and read your own post and then talk about "THE HATE AND BLAME GAME" some more. Typical Liberal Hippocrit!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Steveo

      DEcember 2012,

      I'm afraid you give Romney too little credit. you kinda forget the man was Moderate GOP governor in the backyard of the Kennedys! You also seem to forget the legislature was overwhelmingly liberal! He was lucky enough to get ANYTHING done! Yet he did!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • GetReal

        Yes, SteveO, that was the Governor Romney, but now we have the primary candidate Romney, morphing into the nominated general candidate Romney. How can you predict who a President Romney would be pandering to? Big business, Wall Street, big oil, the 1%, women, middle class, Latinos, blacks, the poor, college students, educators, civil servants, healthcare providers? (Maybe I should have stopped at the 1%)

        April 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
      • Steveo

        @ GetReal,

        No doubt you have a point BUT that point is easily applied to anyone who runs for president. Candidate Obama is not not the same as President Obama! All candidates promise the moon and seem to forget there is a Congress to deal with! How did you predict a president Obama? Allyou had was his words! His senatorial resume (all one year of it) was pretty thin!

        April 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • NB123

      You must have missed the race card played by YOMAMA for the second time with the Zimmerman thing, he is a full on racist and everyone knows it...., it's a fact that blacks can not and will not admit it. Racists can only be white... Just wonderful. This is what OBAMA has done to this nation.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  22. Observer91

    I'd like to hear what the President has to say. At least he's doing something to bring this issue to the attention of the American people.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  23. Biotechdev

    Here's the explanation for the bad economy – Fallon as na Obama advisor

    April 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • GetReal

      No one can spin a story like you, Bio. Where did you get the impression that Fallon is advising Obama?
      It's really simply. Fallon's ratings get a boost from the President's appearance. The President get the opportunity to send a message to specific demogrphic of Fallon's college aged viewers. The viewers receive fair warning about the pending expiration of a bill that would allow an increase on the interest on their college loans. That empowers them with the ability to petition their political leaders.
      In other words, Jimmy Fallon is lending the President his stage to call out the Republicans on their agenda and his audience to empower them with the opportunity to speak up before it is too late.
      The only problem with that brilliant move is that it doesn't suit your right wing agenda, Bio.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  24. Robert

    Don't watch Jimmy. Obama hasn't done anything useful yet so why not start trying to get re-elected.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  25. Sponge-Bob

    Fallon's audience is mostly lefties so they'll eat this up like pigs at a trough.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  26. r jackson

    obama 2012 get rid of the clowns

    April 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  27. Jersey Bill

    Obama buying votes with taxpayers' money. Hey college students and their parents: pay you own damn bills. Save, borrow and work. Why stick people who work and pay taxes with your bills?

    April 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • GetReal

      This has nothing to do with paying college students' bills, Jersey. It's about whether their interest rates should double, making a college education less affordable for hundreds of thousands of students, who are already paying a penalty for being less fortunate. What does the nation gain by reducing the education of its young people and future work force?
      We are already trailing behind in education, technology, Alternative Energy, etc. How do suggest that we turn those trends around?

      April 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  28. KarinCP

    Hey – IF the prez wants to keep the rates low – just have his Senate vote it – He OWNS the Senate – – No Problem – make it another ObamaCare Vote – Force it through – – buy the votes like last time if necessary – – Meanwhile – Ignore the HIGHER gasoline prices – and LOWER Jobs rate – – go for it Chief Campaigner

    April 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • GetReal

      Karin – No offense, but you seem to be rather misinformed. The Democrats haven't had a supermajority in the Senate since 2010. Republicans have been filibustering nearly every bill that comes to the floor, requiring a 60% vote for passage. President Obama was able to push through the Affordable Care Act before the Tea Party took over the majority in the House. The Republican controlled House has attempted to overturn everything that President Obama has achieved and have embarked upon an extremist right wing agenda at the expense of women's rights.
      President Obama has increased our oil production and has increased sanctions against Iran by cutting off their oil exports. To compensate for the reduction in supply, OPEC has agreed to increase their production, in order to reduce prices. Obama is doing everything possible to reduce our dependance upon foriegn oil.
      If you want to blame someone for high gs prices, point your finger at every gas guzzling SUV and beefed-up pickup on the road. Blame the weekend motorsport joy riders, roaring around on ATVs and motorboats. They are wasting the world's oil supply, jsut because they have enough money to pay for it. They think that gives them the right to waste precious resources and pollute the atmosphere.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  29. estibaliz

    Obama is desperate... ha ha ha

    April 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  30. MikeB

    Does anyone realize how the Student Loan talking point was queued up for this election?
    It's another case where the Democrats cut the rates some years ago and set them to expire this summer. And guess who is queued up to be the bad guys if those cuts are let to expire. Another political ploy similar to the recent payroll tax cut that ripped off Social Security just to put more money in the pockets of everyday people; in an effort to buy votes. Here we go again.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  31. MikeB

    Jimmy Fallon will want to show after being used like that.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • MikeB


      April 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  32. americanjackal

    Funny, we'll bail out banks, lenders, and motor companies, but we won't even dare speak of bailing out students. The morality there is that the "students" are individuals who got themselves into trouble (neverminding the environment or policies that directly lead to kids taking student loans in the first place), while banks just do business ("too big to fail?") - so we want to look at an option like that as a handout to worthless slugs. But I have to wonder how well the economy might be off if all those thousands (if not millions) of people forced to live with their parents and work to pay off never-ending interest because their repayments are higher than some folks' mortgages were to suddenly find they could afford to pay rent, use utilities, and buy and consume more?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Rob

    Obama has time to go on talk shows, but no time to fix any of America's problems? Just another reason to vote this un-American socialist clown out of office in November.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  34. Carol100

    Don't trust Obama with anything... he'll run a large deficit on it and run it into the ground. Obama is just words and a hypocrite. We need a new president.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • GetReal

      Obama will run a large deficit on keeping low student loan interest rates, Carol? How does that work?
      So, you re voting for Romney because he is more than just words and not a hypocrite? LOL!

      April 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  35. Andrew G. Kreitschmann

    Another reason why we must not become jaded and cynical and focus on what Obama has not done...we should focus on what he HAS done, and intends to do, and how much better he is than the alternative, and OF COURSE how much better he is than his (abominable) predicessor.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:38 am |
  36. MIke

    It's election time and Obama is out spreading the BS once again..... can he fool the people again??? Some can be fooled everyday of the year for life

    April 21, 2012 at 6:15 am |
  37. max

    obama needs to stay off the tv and do his job then again maybe we're better off if he stays out of washington and the country, worst president EVER

    April 21, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Name*Essie

      @max...STOP HATING, MAXIE-POO!! ...Let me try and put this simply so you will understand...PRES. OBAMA IS ONE OF THE BEST PRESIDENT'S THIS COUNTRY HAS HAD! Why can't you haters get that...OOOH, bcz FOX News feed you those foolish, untruth talking points DAILY, and bcz you don't read & use your own brains, that's how you spew out this nonsense you keep reverberating! ...you might want to catch up with Dorothy & the gang that's on the yellow-brick road to see the Wizard! Lol, lol, lol!!! ~OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

      April 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  38. Sick Man

    You are a very mentally disturbed man, Mr. Obama.
    I hope you get that therapy you require in order to sustain your family.
    I might file on their behalf against you for the abuse I see you inflict upon fellow Americans and mock them which concerns me greatly.

    I am an authority that holds weight under the law.

    You are sick and twisted.
    I want you out of that office. Nothing you do exemplifies the virtues required to be president of the United States.

    April 21, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  39. eroteme

    Will very likely generate votes, but a continuing downgrading of the presidency.

    April 21, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  40. Paul Dirac

    I can get 3.5% on my mortgage, but the GOP wants to raise interest rates on student loans? They should be required to pass an IQ test before they run for office...

    April 21, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  41. descardao

    Maybe his Obamatron zombie minions can insert their exalted leader into old episodes of "Lost in Space?"

    April 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • GetReal

      Here we go folks! Whenever the trolls get desperate, they always resort to name calling and absurdity.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  42. Kikiboss

    Wow, I am amazed at the amount of time spent tearing each other apart. Liberals and Conservatives need to just accept their differencies and work towards finding mutual agreements. No one side owns the monopoly of ideas, it's time to build each other than destroy each other. They are poor people who need welfare and rich people who don't, those are facts.

    In a democracy of representative Government, the people in office are meant to fight and work for their constituents. It is time to all give ideas and work together. America is one therefore it's time to show it, the Nation cannot only be one when watching the Olympics but fail to come together to agree on Politics, it's time to grow up

    April 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  43. Schizoid

    So much of the same endless blame game here... seriously, can americans realize once and for all that the wholle bipartisdistic system has been corrupting te US for decades. Democrats and republicans share the same level of reponsibility for the actual crisis by putting their ideologies before common sense, and preventing people with new original ideas to reach power. The US will not get better neither under the rule of the republicans or of the damocrats. ONLY WORSE.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  44. dgdm


    April 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  45. nolimits3333

    Obama is Jame Bond, and the Republican Party is SPECTRE.

    April 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jeff M

      James Bond? Really? More like Austin Powers. He is a complete joke. The liberal media has its job cut out for them to mask his radical leftist policies and failed administration....but they will try their best, as usual.

      April 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  46. Travis T

    Maybe Obama should read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, or maybe it was just that he was too busy in college studying Karl Marx communist manifesto. Which Karl Marx didn't even complete his work and relied on others for his well-being and his family.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • GetReal

      You appear to be somewhat of a Karl Marx expert, Travis. Studied his works, have you? You're obviously a commie.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  47. A.W.Messenger

    Obama's appearance on Fallon clinches the fact I won't be voting for him in November.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Name*Essie

      SOOOOO!!!! HE DON'T WANT NOR NEED YOUR VOTE!!!! He has millions & million others to vote for him!!! #kickrocks

      April 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • justanotherguy60

        With all his failed programs and agendas, his millions might not mean much at the polls. Biggest failure since Carter.

        April 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • GetReal

      But, you were a staunch supporter before, right? If this is your criteria, you should do some serious research and soul searching before casting your vote for Romney.

      April 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  48. Jeff M

    I am so shocked the liberal media and talk shows are embrassing Obama.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  49. JerseyFresh2012

    Wow - what a surprise! Obama still doing the talk show circuit like he is promoting a new film. And where is he doing this interview? Surprise, surprise - a college campus. One of the only places people are stupid enough to keep listening to his lies. This Empty Sui is headed for a huge loss in November, along with the Dem Senate. After Jan. 20, 2013, all branches of government will be run by the GOP!

    April 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  50. NB123

    Well, I always have thought that Jimmy was the best, but he just lost me.... Bye Jimmy!

    April 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  51. bk

    why college subsidized loan and unsubsidized loan has same interest rate? can someone answer this? Pres Obama just going to talk but NO action will be taken 'cause he wants to get elected. He doesn't care for small people like me!!!! I really like to talk to someone about little peoples issues. Also on CNN i have never seen that they have interviewed 3-4 individual those who are not celebrity- little people who are working family and what are their issues?

    April 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  52. Scoresheet

    Nice to see some people are trying to express themselves without resorting to low blows innuendo, and just plain meanness. It is very important that we as a people discuss together our issues, they are many and difficult. Without a true consensus we are doomed to have more of our hard earned money taken away from us. Ask your self where did 10 trillion dollars disappear to? Did you get any of that? Some of you even take time to find supporting information, maybe that same somebodies could expend time and find it. My bet is some off shore protected banking interest that does not answer to the American people. That is what regulation is all about... to protect us the citizens of this country all 310 million of us not just the 3 million that have 90 percent of our money... that's right our money... if that doesn't upset you.. think about it a bit more.. 1 trillion divided by 310 million.. hmmm that's a lot of dough. Think of your old car you can't fix or your house that needs love and attention and buying food feeding that car much less your family is a full time occupation. I strongly suggest that everyone who reads this lobbies every person you can with one single message.... REGISTER and VOTE... make it happen as long as only 1/3 of us vote what did you expect... Things to go your way? Right.. Let them decide for themselves in the privacy of a polling booth what they want to vote.. The idea is to get a true plurality not a very vocal minority who would just love to take more of all our hard earned money. Thanks for your time have a great day... laters... Scoresheet..

    April 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  53. bioya1

    You gotta love it when the Democrats try accusing Mitt Romney of being the grandson of a polygamist, which isn't true, when the fact is that Obama's father was one:

    Mitt Romney's grandparents, Gaskell and Anna Romney, however, were not among them. They wed in 1895, and it was the only marriage for each of them. You have to go back three generations, to Gaskell's father, Miles Park Romney (1843-1904), to find a polygamous ancestor of Mitt Romney....

    [Barack] Obama's father ... was also polygamous in keeping with local custom, taking an informal Kenyan wife who preceded Obama's mother but remained a consort, according to accounts by local people and the senator himself.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  54. ROBERT

    i just read so so much of the crap you people are talking about here. do we remember when gwb was gov do i guess not we can't, if we keep talking like this, can any one remember when gwb was gov, blacks and wite alike was so so worry about there life saving going rich and poor we all going crazy in this love place that we so so much in love with, how much time then we read about mom and dad who have to walkaway from there home, how much people who burn reck there own home that they just bay, are we still doing that now? come on people all we have to do gop and dem black and wite rich and poor, is do the right thing for the lovely place that we all love, and obama is right when the poor can the rich get richer look it up in your all self,

    April 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  55. John V

    Why is this "news"? A joke of a president appears on a jokesters tv show? What's the issue? I love it when the leader of our country... the leader of the at one time "greatest nation" has nothing better to do than to jet him and his family to wherever to do a 10 minute joke-time. This guy, barack, has lowered the class of the office of the President by phathoms.

    April 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  56. LeeBoca

    Hey maybe if this guy wants to be on tv, made he should give up his day job.

    April 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  57. GetReal

    President Obama knows where to be, at the right time to support the right bill for all the right reasons. When have we ever had a President who is on top of everything?
    It may be off subject, but why has there been no acknowledgement from the MSM about how he is handling Iran? While Repugs are shaking the oil markets with threats of war on Iran, Obama enlisted the assistance of world leaders to increase sanctions, cutting off Iran's oil income. Now, they want to negotiate.
    In order to compensate for reduced supply, he got OPEC to agree to increase their production.
    This is a great President who is well respected throughout the world and keep our nation safe, without expensive wars and loss of lives.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  58. PaulC

    I'm going to vote for Obama for reasons of my own. I consider the Repugs out for the 1% and not the working class.
    All the ranting and posting will not change one Repugs or one Democrats mind so I am going to just tune the verbal diarrhea out. You might consider stop wasting your time.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  59. ShrinkingClass

    IT's JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!!!!!!!

    CONGRESS is working against U.S. citizens! Congress is approving work visas that are being used to DISPLACE U.S. citizens in their jobs, then WE THE TAXPAYERS are paying unemployment to the DISPLACED U.S. citizens!

    Floors and floors of corporations are filled with entry level foreigners from India that U.S. citizens have had to TRAIN and then the U.S. CITIZENS are layed off!

    CONGRESS approving work visas to DISPLACE U.S. citizens in their jobs!
    CONGRESS working AGAINST the citizens of the United States!

    April 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  60. Psavs

    Simply not true that extending the current student loan interest rate will COST the federal government money. The fed can and does borrower money for less than 2% so collecting interest of 3.4% is making money. Yes it its less than collecting 7%, but its not costing money.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  61. Dontbow

    Good you can play some lying moron songs right before he comes in. I am sure he will throw out some bs to try and get all the students to vote for him like everything else he does. Lets just hope students have brains and dont become tools of the dumocratic party.

    April 22, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • GetReal

      I believe that the appropriate song would be 'Hail to the Chief' to introduce the arrival of The POTUS.
      Actually, President Obama is there to help college students by informing them that the GOP is getting ready to increase the interest rates on their student loans. This empowers them with the opportunity to petition their political leaders before it is too late.
      President Obama = Power to the people
      GOP = Power to the 1%

      April 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  62. shrinkingClass

    CONGRESS is working against U.S. citizens! Congress is approving work visas that are being used to DISPLACE U.S. citizens in their jobs, then WE THE TAXPAYERS are paying unemployment to the DISPLACED U.S. citizens! Floors and floors of corporations are filled with entry level foreigners from India that U.S. citizens have had to TRAIN and then the U.S. CITIZEN are layed off!

    CONGRESS approving work visas to DISPLACE U.S. citizens in their jobs! Congress is working against the citizens of the United States!

    April 22, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • ShrinkingClass


      April 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  63. JerPell

    I’m one of those people who collected unemployment for 3 years, Now I’m allowed to abuse the welfare system along with food stamps and I also get my heating oil fully subsidized. Your darn right I’m voting for Obama, I don’t want to be forced to look for a job. Now I’m fully and completely dependent on the Government, He bought my vote, I like my free handouts!

    April 22, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  64. BADGUY

    The Republicans cater to the top 1% ONLY. All the anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-Obamacare talk is to inflame the lower classes to fight among themselves and to keep their eyes off THEM.

    April 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Sponge-Bob

      Did you down a double shot of kool-aid today?

      April 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Steveo

      OK, let's see: Pelosi is in the 1%, Harry Reid is in the 1%, The Kennedys are the1%, the Clintons are the 1%, Soros is the 1%. I don't want to be a full fledged government dependent, maybe you do! Not me!

      What is really funny is I don't hear Dems/liberals addressing the issue of personal responsibility. Bill Cosby did but darn near got boo'ed off the stage! What I hear from you guys is blame and more blame for the the other guy!

      April 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • GetReal

        So what if there are Dems in the 1%? Obama is a 1%er, too. So what? The point is whether the privileged are as patriotic as the middle class workers. Do they contribute their fair share to the same society that has faciltated their wealth.
        Is this a nation about feeding endless greed or feeding its hungry children, SteveO? Don't you see that it is the existence of the poor and helpless that exposes the shame of the greedy? How can a billionaire be proud of driving down streets that are full of the same beggers he has exploited?

        April 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • Steveo


        I have no problem with rich Dems or Repubs or anybody else but it appears that there are those in your party that do! Following the bouncing ball GetReal. Badguy stated the GOP caters ONLY to the 1%. I kindly reminded him, there are1%ers in his party too. Do these rich folk pay their fair share? According to the law...YES! You mentioned that the Dems did not have super majority in the Senate since 2010 and that implies that they have a super majority in 2010.
        Why didn't they address the tax code back then? Why did that super majority work with the House to address the tax code? Why isn't ANYONE addressing the tax code?

        Again, according to the LAW, 1%ers are paying their fair share.

        April 23, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Gloria

      OK...you just proved there is no real reason to have an honest discourse on politics or anything else. You see, the problem is you are not factually correct. Probablitlity would also more than like show that you know a Republican that is not as you say and would prove that. That is why anyone making such generalizations about Democrats and liberals are equally not worth commencing a conversation. So, revel in your comment but know it does in no way show you are probably much more intelligent than you advertise yourself to be. As fas as 'lower classes'...I am greatful we have ot yet gotten to that spot. There are no real and hard demarcations that people are locked into. That is why you see people rise and fall from certain levels of economic success year after year. Also, if wealth is relative to others, one must look at our 'purchasing power' and 'material ownership' wit those in other nations and, if one did, one might have a more worldly and healthy understanding of class and respect for what our nation has accomplished in such a short period of time.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  65. MalcolmXcrement

    Sadly, Jimmy Fallon is the closest we get to someone in the media asking The Emperor any hard questions.

    I can't believe we voted this guy into our highest office. Atleast I finally know what BUYER'S REMORSE is...

    April 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • GetReal

      How do you feel about selling out to the same party that has brought this country to its knees, Mr Xcrement? Does it make you feel more patriotic to support the same party that is so focused upon bringing down our President with endless lies, to the detriment of our nation? How does it feel to join the extremist right wing band of Tea Party traitors?

      April 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
      • harryzoyster

        The Dims along with Freddie and Fannie caused the recession and Dictator Obungle has made our situation infinitely worse. You're not fooling anyone. Everyone knows Liberals/Socialists/Marxists like Obumble are the real traitors of the Republic. Nice try though. Well, not really.

        April 23, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  66. j

    we all know how funny Fallon isnt, so...a total of 4 people will actually be watching this?

    April 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  67. Wow JustWow

    Jesus Christ Republicans are so effin stupid!

    April 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  68. Tired of the lies

    What's Obama handing out from his wallet? Taxpayers, taxpayers kids and taxpayer's grand kids money!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  69. BADGUY

    Craz – That tells me you probably either:
    1. Robbed from you customers.
    2. Robbed from you stockholders
    3. Robbed from your investors
    4. Robbed from your bank
    5. All of the above

    April 23, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  70. ireuel

    As I thought not a thing in the CNN head lines about the 8.3 Billion dollar scam to keep a program in Medicare going until after the 2012 election. The new health-scare bill was going cut a program that some seniors were allow to buy private health care instead of being in the "System". But it was die to hit on October 15th this year and they redirected 8.3 billion to keep it going until next year. They used a term used in the Medicare program that can be used as a Experimental test program and diverted 8.3 Billion to a already used program that most the seniors that have been using it like. Well during open enrollment this year, they get to keep it, but next year it goes away and all seniors will be back in the generic government controlled program. Yes we are now see what is in the Health scare bill now that it is passed.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  71. Gloria

    Ahh, the environment of intelligent discourse in America. And we wonder why we are not taken seriously by the rest of the world.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  72. harryzoyster

    Fallon better not ask the Fuhrer any tough questions or he'll find himself on the dictator's enemy list.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  73. Josh Anthony

    If you people think that college is a right BOTH Republicans and Democrats arguing party, not content, are all stupid. Lets give students loans without judging their prospects of paying them back in the future... Sounds like, wait I've heard this before, the collapse of the housing market. I'm in a college with a 52% drop out rate, and it is because the majority of students don't belong in college, at least at the younger stage in life. I know this I went to school when I was 17 and dropped out after a semester. Now I'm a 4.0 student and I see Americans subsidize these jokes of students all in the name of "educational equality". The U.S. already has a program for poor people to achieve the college dream, it's called the G.I. Bill. I know this because that is how I'm able to pay for school. By the way those of you who say the Constitutionality doesn't matter because they didn't face our problems just remember something. Those who refuse to learn history are doomed to repeat it, and right now you are all backing the same forces that will collapse the economy just four years after the same sort of lending principles almost collapsed the economy. Go read a book on economics and stop watching television.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  74. Chas

    Fallon is just about BOZOBAMA's speed. Meanwhile Krout Wasserman-Schultz mealey mouths nonsense about why the demwit Dumbocrap controlled U. S. Senate has gone 1091 days without a budget. Is this Democratic non leadership the plan for a BOZOBAMA 2nd term. The Krout says it is all about BOZO's job which the Republicians want. Well yea, Krout what is it you want? You are the lowest common denominator in the demwit Dumbocrap Congressional delegation. You are as stupid as BOZO and you know it as well as we do.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 am |
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