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(CNN) - Like every president before him, Barack Obama has aged dramatically since taking office. It comes with the territory.
I’m back in Washington after three days in Iowa, including time with the president. We had an in-depth, on-camera interview. We also had a chance to chat off-camera. Let me share my impressions.
When we met Tuesday in Peosta, Iowa, I recalled sitting down with him at the Democratic Convention in Boston in 2004 when he gave the keynote address and at one of his final campaign rallies in Des Moines, Iowa, at the end of October 2008, only days before his election. I told the president I would post pictures of him in 2004, 2008 and now - so that everyone could get a flavor of how he’s aged.
Watch Wolf Blitzer's interview with President Barack Obama
“Some people,” he told me, “some old friends who I have been seeing around here, have reminded me that when I was a young senator traveling through Iowa that I looked a little younger than I do now.”
That is certainly true. He recently turned 50.
He seems a bit slimmer, too, even though he likes to eat - including burgers, fries and other less than perfectly healthy meals. White House staffers tell me he does exercise every day, usually while he watches sports. It’s his opportunity to break away - even briefly - from the responsibilities and pressures of the job.
After the interview, many people asked me if he seemed nervous, tense or worried about getting re-elected.
The answer is no. He seemed quite confident that he would be re-elected. In fact, he flatly predicted he will be re-elected.
He said he loves being president. “It’s the greatest job on Earth,” he said.
The only time he really got emotional was when I asked him to tell me the worst part of his job.
“The worst part is when you are talking to a family member of a fallen soldier and you are hugging them. On the one hand, you hope that you’re making them feel a little bit better. At the same time, you are reminded of the incredible sacrifices that people are making for our country. And then, when you see sometimes our politics not living up to that level of commitment and patriotism that we see from our troops - that gets a little bit of frustration.”
He added, “For a mother or a father who’ve lost a loved one, that’s always the toughest thing about the job.”
One final note: Even though he largely took the high road in avoiding too much criticism of his potential GOP challengers, I got the sense that would certainly change once the Republicans firmed up their nominee and the 2012 race for the White House really gets going.
WATCH: Wolf Blitzer's interview with President Obama
He predicts he will get re-elected?! I'll take that with a HUGE grain of salt coming from the same guy that called the summer before last the "summer of recovery" and told us that he had "shovel-ready" jobs that never materialized and cost us untold billions. Tell me, if Obama taking "the high road" will surely change when the Republican challenger is firmed up what road will he then be taking? Let's see...if he's not going to take the high road....oh! You mean he'll be taking the low road. Well Wolf, that really doesn't say much for his character now does it.
I am disappointed with him. He is supposed to be the leader, but it seems that he is not doing any leading. Also, he is now keeping in touch with the people like he promised. We have no idea what he is doing. The republicans seem to be telling him what to do. The average American doesn't get heard so matter who we try to talk to.
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sir,i will ike to state here that from losses that USA suffered after the great depression,US politics was based of country first.the political leaders after this time was looking for all posible means that the US economy can get back on track.and it helps the country by makking USA what it was 11 years back.But in 2000,the USA political land scape took another dimention as the political cocus was not having the interest of the country first but political pride and self interest of who wins,their aguiment is not based again on posible solution to USA problen but on who wins.They dont even care of what a comon man is going trough on the street.One thing that is too bad for about it all is that when a member of the republican party make a wrong statment,another repuiblican member will support it and same with the democrate party and it was not like this before 2000.You will hear politician says "if you make me the president of USA,i will make price of fuel to less than $2 a galon","I know how to creat job,make me president and i will creat job"thise people are ready to die with their all their plans if they dont make them the president.which at this point,they were supost to breing up this plan for the seek of the country give it to the rulling goverment to inpliment them so that USA can go back to work again but they preffer not untill they become the president.But there are some Americans Like the republican man RON PAUL and Democrate woman DONNA.This two people are still having the interest of country first and if others can reason like them then i thing America wil be America again.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 19% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. Fat chance on a 2nd term.
Some say, create jobs, stop talking about it? How? The pres. has been trying to work with congress, Repulicans in the House, to be specific, to no avail. Even after the Republicans declared and vowed to make him a one-term president (Minority leader McConnel), that they want him to fail (RL), etc., he still wants to work with them to move the country forward. The majority of the American people want both parties to work together to solve problems. I'd like him to be a little defiant, resistant to their push, but overall I'd say give the Pres. a break! He is doing what he can in a bad situatione.
Um, Obama certainly has aged and it's a point easily proven...so why did you choose 2008 and 2011 pictures where he looks EXACTLY the same?
One thing that hasn't changed is his commitment to looting the public treasury for personal gain. He used taxpayer money to pay for his recent campaign swing through Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. That is illegal, and he knows it, but does it anyway.
Yeah OK..glad to see your accusations backed with facts!
You are forgetting your history, if you ever learned it. That was "Dubya" who paid off all the republican supporters with goodies he plundered from those in the other 98%. How else did big pharma, when the prescription coverage was added to Medicare, prevented the section that dealt with using the bargaining power of the Federal Government to allow bargaining for lower prices, like ever other country does.
I'd be much more sympathetic with your post if you hadn't only singled out our President for criticism, since this kind of thing is done by every politician I've ever seen or heard about, irrespective of party affiliation. As it is, you simply appear to have a grudge against Pres Obama. Its just personal with you, so why should I care?
what's wolfy and chris mathews from MSNBC going to do when this doofus gets booted out of office?
To Pffffffft not amused: What will Chris Matthews and Wolfy do? They'll cover the next doofus in office, of course. It's called journalism and it's their job.
I did not see Fox news reporters in your list. Could it be that is the only source of news that you believe? Fox is not news, it is the Republican spin of the news. MSNBC is too far to the left for my taste. I find CNN is the closest thing to an impartial news source. When they have an issue to discuss they find someone on the left, they also have a person on the right for them to argue and, occasionally, come to some agreement. (Funny, that is what our government is supposed to do)
"...'when you see sometimes our politics not living up to that level of commitment and patriotism that we see from our troops – that gets a little bit of frustration'...” Yes, there is way more than a "little bit of frustration" with the veto-threatening non-compromising partisan Diva-Man in the White House. Another venting interview with the Debt Man Squawking.
YEAAAA ... Or do you mean the fact Obama put every democratic value on the table and the GOP couldn't even close tax loop holes! It’s very frustrating that I give more of my pay check to the government then the wealthiest of the wealthy. What's even more frustrating is that Middle America “working class folks” keep putting all these Republicans in office in hopes that they will save these rich people all this money so it can “trickle down” to them in some miraculous way. Regan was a good president, but Regonomics killed small business and has crushed the middle class. So if you’re a republican and middle class get off Regan’s sac because the republican party is not helping the middle class, and for all you Liberal dems out stop enabling the poor through ridiculous entitlement programs. I can not stand getting behind someone at a supermarket who has to pay with an access card and then gets into a $50,000 car, with their expensive cloths, $1,000s in jewelry women with their nails & hair done. These people are supposed to be poor, but they live better then people who make 100k a year. Let’s face it both parties need to work at it, but the one thing I can say is that at least Obama tried, he put entitlements on the table even Medicare which really shouldn’t be touched. Actually, I don’t even think you can call Obama a Democrat for how much he tried to meet half. Frustration is not the half of it.
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If Blitzer was a real reporter he would ask the TOUGH questions, but in all truth, Blitzer is nothing but a liberal sound piece for obama. Blitzer never reports on the truth, maybe CNN should look into what NBC did by cutting tape on Perry, maybe CNN should look into why obama has sealed his school records, maybe CNN should look into the question by people about the fake birth certificate. Just report the real news instead of being a mouth piece for the liberals, Come On Blitzer, grow a pair, be a real man, stand up for America and the questions or just shut up.
I may be old, but in my, and Wolf's generation, no matter how a person came in contact with the President, everyone, regardless of personal political view, addressed a president, you showed the proper respect for the office and the man, even in disgrace like Nixon, he was "Mr. President". Is respect another casualty of this insane partisan s__t?
No one reaches the office, with the exception of "Dubya", easily. It takes some guts and having more sense than your opponents.
this is what America has produced, one loser interviewing another..wait till they emiminate cursev writing from out tax paid for schools..if you think this interview is tainted..Ron Paul makes these two bozos look like pre-kindergarden..
For those of you who criticize Wolf Blitzer, your points are all laughable. The man is a professional and he is doing his job. He's journalist and a damned good one. I don't notice you critics on CNN getting paid the big bucks for your great insights and commentary. No, instead I see you here in these blogs bashing everyone in sight. That's why you are confined to these back allies of the Internet while Wolf Blitzer gets on TV every day to tell the American public what we need to hear.
Amen to that Bob!
You don't age the way President Obama has without doing a lot of work. As for the person who said that Obama has gotten nothing through Congress, please! He got the Affordable Health Care Act through Congress. That's one of the greatest accomplishments in the last century. In fact, no other president has been able to do that. And yes, he and the SEALs nabbed Osama bin Laden. He put the elements in place and gave the command. You can also bet that his life is in danger from those who followed bin Laden. To say that he took no personal risk is a bald-faced lie. I also agree with others who said he took a huge political risk. If the mission had failed for any reason, he would have been history. Finally, Barack Obama has given us two significant tax cuts: one in 2009 and late last year. He's compromised repeatedly with the republicans and given them many concessions. It's about time they returned the favor.
Several states have striked down the health care reform requirement that FORCES people to buy health insurance or get fined.The reason the insurance companies went along with the reform was because they were counting on the avalanche of new subscribers and now that does not realize, that wonderful piece of health care reform will crumble. Another point is the health care reform consisted of 1990 pages that even the lawmakers who voted for it, did not even read. For example, after 2012, homeowners who sell their houses will be subject to a 3.8% sale tax, if their gains exceed the IRS allowed gain. Why after 2012? Because it is re-election year. Pretty tricky, this would make Tricky Dicky proud. On top of that, considering what Obama promised and what he achieved, it is almost Zilch, nada, nothing.
It was amusing to hear Obama's words about Perry. He said "this is big stage, be careful about what you said". There is no doubts in my mind Obama had a lot of experience in this regard. In 2008, candidate Obama was not very careful about his promises which turned out, pretty empty. Fact 1, Obama wanted to close Gitmo, he in fact signed Executive Order 13492 in Jan 2009 to close it, as of now, it remains open. Fact 2, the promise to release Abu Ghraib pictures did not realize, he backed off after the generals advised against it. Fact 3, Obama wanted to end the war, now the US has more troops at war. Fact 4, Obama boasted the "ABILITY to work across the aisle" and now he blamed congress. I wonder if that ability even existed. Either he lied or too naive. Never the saying "easier said than done" has been more true. The above are facts, not wishful thinking, whether one is for or against Obama, they remain facts. At least Obama was telling the truth about "CHANGE", under his presidency, it was a "CHANGE" for the WORSE.
Now as far as I recall and can remember and I am a pretty old man, I do not know a President who was perceived as getting it all right all of the time, there's an old proverb or two in there somewhere.
What I do know is:-
1) He got health care passed.
2) Financial regulation passed.
3) The recovery act passed. CBO minum 1.7m. jobs created max over 4M and by the way almost half was direct tax credits to the Middle class.
4) DADT repealed
5) Several tax credits and other measures to help small businesses ( initially Republican opposed) then passed last December.
6) Tarp a Bush plan executed and much now coming back to the Gov. It will all come back
7) Auto bail out GM now ahead in market share than Toyota and profitable, Chrysler recovering. Ford did not take anything and doing well AND most of the money put in paid back and we will get the rest.
If that is a President lacking leadership when opposed at every turn on any technical ground usable and still getting it done I missed something somewhere.
What I also Know is: please check my facts above and following:
a) Since Republicans became the House majority, they have presented 214 bills
a(i) Many, many to repeal health care one way or another
a(ii) Repeal financial regulation
a(iii) Stop The recovery act
a(iv) Lots of anti gay anti abortion religiously based social legisaltion whose only purposes are nationally divisive but energise Republican party activists and members.
a(v) have filibusterd one way or the other a huge number of gov department appointees and Judicial appointees by simple rote reason.
B) I just think Republicans were Jobs Jobs jobs economy during campaigning in 2010.
My question, where is a single concrete directly jobs related Bill from Republican House members? Dont give me tax cuts they havent worked for ten years, nor trickle down economics, but they sure added big time to the deficit and debt, along with wars which increased oil prices.
C Thru governor ships and at the House level FAA farce have tried to destroy the right to join a union. That takes away my basic freedoms in the constitution.. stop it! Wisconsin recalls are delivering a message. More to follow.
Finally someone that has been keeping track of President Obama's achievements! It is so easy to say he has done nothing, but history and those of us still of sound mind cannot help but realize the truth; there has been lots of success and there would be more if it were not for the zealots of the GOP and their tea party puppeteers.
You the man, Hodge!! Could not say it any better!!
Many good point, keep posting buddy
I completely agree with you, and am sick of listening to folks bashing the President. He has done more than a good job under extraordinary obstacles, and one crisis after the next. I was a Republican for 25 years, but that party is not the party I used to belong to... Barack Obama deserves a 2nd term. None of these Republican candidates have his intellect and comprehension of the issues. If there is any criticism at all, it's that he might think things through too much, and perhaps he should have invoked the 14th Amendment in the recent debt ceiling debacle. They would have tried to impeach him, but at least he would have shown some audacity that Democrats crave. However, Mr. Hodgson, you cited the killing of Bin Laden, and that took tremendous audacity. He's got my entire family's vote.
Angela, did we read the same article? I don't see Wolf promoting the president in this blog but I compliment him for a balanced and honest article.
"He seemed quite confident that he would be re-elected. In fact, he flatly predicted he will be re-elected.
He said he loves being president. “It’s the greatest job on Earth,” he said." Is is Pres. Obama's incredible arrogance that drive me nuts as a polite Southerner. Is it just because he is a Yankee or because he is obnoxiously full of himself?
I so wanted to like Obama and for him to succeed. Too bad he let us all down.
Again, good piece.
Wolf, you gettin' that tingling feeling in your leg with that interview?
The USAis calling for obama to STEP DOWN!
Jim - Umm ... no we're not. I hope he wipes the floor with the Republican candidates I've seen come forward so far. In fact, aside from the Jobs issue (which neither party has addressed but both will need to) ... I'd say he's doing a pretty darn good job. It would be refreshing to see a decent candidate come from the GOP this time so we can have good debates on the real issues, but alas, it seems that won't happen.
The USA is calling for Obama to STEP DOWN!
So, if someone disagrees with you, they should be impeached? So, you want a President Biden now?
Mr. Wolf disappoints me. He is no different than all the other liberal media, supporting this pathetic President. He buys into President Obamas rhretoric and drinks his "kool Aid" He is not as bad as Cooper, he is a joke He gives our President a pass along with his correspondent Ishea. What has happened with this company. I live now in China and never would believe that my country gives this Anderson Cooper and CNN, including Morgan a free pass. They should be fired, because all they will do is promote President Obamas 2nd term and destroy our country
as opposed to the Republican Kool Aid – less government, less regulation (which worked so well in the financial sector), letting big business do what it wants, perks for the rich and table scraps for everyone else...
Shut up Creep! If a repub wins, i hope you lose everything that's valuable and precious to you just like the middle class have lost so much of their, and will lose more if those disgusting repubs/teabaggers win.
The media is doing it's job, my friend. Simply because you do not like or care for President Barak H. Obama, does not mean the press should follow your hatred towards our President.
President Obama walked into the biggest national mess since the the great Depression, yet people like you want to blame him for everything from the debt to a hang nail. No credit given for saving the auto industry, no credit given for stopping the national bleeding of jobs sailing off into the sunset, no credit given for iniatating a National Health Care Law. No, people like you only want to "Take Your Country Back". Aren't you smart enough to know that most Americans know what it is you really mean. Do you really believe that we cannot see through your new code word process or what use to be known as "Pig-Latin"?
So hate on my friend, Presidet Barak H. Obama will be re-elected and your Teapublican Never Ending Parade of Stupid, marches on.
Yes, car1944, well stated.
Is liberal media any media that does not dedicate their entire message to denouncing everything not to the right?
Get sooo tired of hearing liberal media, blah, blah, blah.
I prefer what you call liberal media because I get the facts and a balance that does not exist outside the liberal media.
The media I bet you prefer must be the ones that say they are fair and balanced, but in reality are nothing more than GOP mouth pieces hell bent on forcing the many to be subservient to the few.
A boring message like tax and spend liberals, when the real message should be borrow and spend conservatives.
Reagan tripled debt and left Bush a poor economy, GW got a 5-10 trillion surplus projection and turned it into a 5 trillion deficit reality and doubled the debt, GW destroyed the economy thru a policy of looking the other way.
All historical and verifiable FACTS, not spin
I hope you stay in China. We don't need your kind here. Also I don't think you should reder to the US as your country.
Cerez...is that an American name? You're unAmerican. You're also probably right where you should be...please stay over there so you can't cancel out my vote. OBAMA2012!
stick to watching "fake" news then. I hear it's fair and balanced.
With the slate of weak Republican candidates, our President Obama will win. It certainly won't be a landslide, but it will be a legitimate endorsement.
Legitimate? Not even Obama's social security number is legitimate. He is using a social security number that was issued by the state of Connecticut to someone born in 1890.
Wait. Are you telling me that Connecticut, a state as opposed to the federal government, was issuing social security
numbers under a federal program 45 years before social security was even created? And then Obama managed to either convince Hawaii state officials to give him that number, or he managed to steal it, or both, at the tender age of 0?
I'm intrigued by your intellect, sir.
Are you aware that there was no social security in 1890?
Wow, I did not know we had Social Security in 1890.
Seriously? Where do you get your 'information'? Social Security numbers were not even ISSUED until 1936
When are we as a nation going to learn that the President CANNOT create jobs. Creating jobs is up to the entrepreneurs out there. The President cannot make a person create a job just by saying so. So we need to stop saying he needs to be more focused on creating jobs. Get a life America it's not something he can do. The only "jobs" he can create is by creating more Federal jobs which means a much bigger government. Wake up people and get educated before you start blaming him for our own short commings.
Thanks Buford. Finally someone with some sense. Look people, we have american companies holding on to 2.5 trillion dollars in cash. These are the same companies who are under the Republican base. How is it that when they say they will create jobs, why haven't they done it already? Why are they waiting for an election to do so?
Big Oil, technology companies are the biggest profit making companies. Instead of them looking for more of a profit margin, they can create almost any type of job they want. I agree Buford, people wake up.
Really, my belief is that these big corporations, which a large number make up the for all other donars to the TeaPots and the Republicans. With that said, your right Mr. President cannot make these businesses hire it's up to them to do so. They figure that if they come together on not hiring, the general public will continue to criticize all that Administration and he put into action. Those who voted Teapots and Republicans in still don't see the big picture and they will not stop until they land everyone but, the big corporations and the rich in a deeper ditch. I am Obama2012. Great post.
President Obama has Bamboolzed all of us. Here he goes again, flying out to Martha's Vineyard tomorrow taking two weeks of vacation while millions cannot find a job. I will Never Vote another Democrat in my Life. All they care about is themseleves and their money.
Haven't we had enough of the lies?
Who else takes more vacations?
Time for a change. America needs a Leader not a Liar.
George W Bush spent more time in Crawford, TX than he did in Washington DC.
Get your facts straight, Bobby .
Fact is GWB spent 112 days in Crawford during his 8 yeas in office. BHO has played golf 128 times in 2.5 years in office. let's factor in a little roundball...his vactions....fund raising. You get the point Pamela.
Boo hoo for someone taking a vacation. Hopefully B Hussein will take a permenant one!
The ranch was used much like Bidens residence is now. A working home away from home. I dont think that Bush charged rent though.
oooops our President can't take a couple of weeks holiday while the House and senate are off for 5 weeks!?
If you think Obama lies take a close look at the Republican current candidates, the list is far too long and would fill 10 pages.
You may not like his style of leadeship or priorities but he has clearly led quietly but effectively Not by shouting at people but listening and trying to compromise with an opposition that has no intention of doing any such thing =listen or compromise.
Perry, Bachman, Cain the epitomy of Honesty and Integrity.??.. give us all a break.
MR Lee, have you not been paying attention for the last 2 years? Bush had taken triple the amount in vacation days at the same point in thier presidentcies, Reagan and Bush Sr. also. SO STOP WITH THE HATE or come with a better complaint!
While I don't fully endorse Obama, I just want to point out that the previous president took more than 450 days of vacation during his presidency, that is more than 1 full year off the job.
George W. Bush. he spent 487 in his two terms on vacation.
Who else takes vacations? You mean like all the Republicans are right now, too?
Who said this "We will hunt down those terrorists and make them pay.... Now.. Watch this drive." I believe the previous president took far more vacations than the current. Not just more frequent, but much more inappropriate.
I think you are very mis informed about who cares about money. I was a Republican and with what I am seeing now I will never vote for another one.
I don't understand your comment. The President has "Bamboolzed" (sp?) us by taking a vacation? Huh?? Then you mention "lies" several times but are not specific as to what you mean. What DO you mean?? You also say you will never vote for another democrat in your life due to all of the lies and vacations....were you previously an Obama supporter? What did you think of the 8 years "pre-Obama" when we were continuously lied to again and again about a WAR that has cost thousands of American lives. Or what about the extensive vacations Bush took in Texas during "WAR TIME"....so much so they started calling his vacation ranch in Crawford, TX the "Western Whitehouse"??? This didn't bother you? For the record, the final count for the number of vacation days Bush took during his Presidency was 1020. That is more than a 3rd of his 8 years in office. THIS IS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU?? But Obama taking a couple of weeks has pushed you over the edge?? My guess is that you don't like Obama for some other reasons which you don't care to articulate here. Instead you call him a liar who takes too many vacations. I'm sorry, but your argument not only makes no sense....it doesn't support the facts. (btw, if your curious, google vacation time spent by modern presidents and compare democrats to republicans....if you're truely pushed over the edge by excessive vacation taking by presidents, just by the numbers alone one would think you would be a lifelong Democrat).
Hey Robt. E. Lee – Bush spent Bush Spent 487 days At Camp David, and 490 days at his texas ranch during his presidency. Be quiet.
Whoa, Robt. E. Lee are you by chance related to Robert E. Lee the conferate general? Well, I assumed that much of what he represented was burried in the grave with him. It"s time for all Americans try to work together on putting this country back on track. Perhaps, it's time for you to take a vacation because from your remarks you sound like your all burned out buddy.
See what happens when you vote for someone just to prove you aren't racist?
I think you just proved you are. And BTW....STFU.
JUST TO PROVE THE POINT THAT YOU ARE NOT RACIST AND VOTED FOR OBAMA? ARE YOU KIDDING, REMEMBER WHAT WAS THE CHOICE? GOOD FOR NOTHING PALIN AND THE OLD MAN MCCAIN. CAN YOU IMAGINE THEM RUNNING THE COUNTRY IF BUSH WASN'T ENOUGH PROBLEM. HE IS DOING THE BEST HE COULD WITH BUSH DOWNWARD SPIRAL GOP THUGS BLOCKING EVERYTING HE DOES. FOLKS, STOP WATCHING FOX AND TAKING CUES FROM RUSH & HANNITY.
While I'm not an Obama fan, he has been one of a few voices calling for bi-partisinship. ie: he suggested increasing revenue (taxes) and decreasing entitlements (SS, Medicare etc). Noble but without needed specifics. The Congressional Dems & Reps drew the line in the sand. We must remember the Republian Pres. started the deficit spend....Obama & Dems accentuated it–grossly admittedly. Two wars are th Republican doings–costiing billions if not trillions. I'm personally tired of teh US being the world warrior. We could do much better taking care of ourselves first then everyone else. Seems lately we've been doing othrwise.
Obama in 2012! Enough said!
Please! Not another Obama speech. He needs to stay off TV and get the economy going. Create JOBS not just talk about what needs to be done. Now he is blaming Europe and saying America is not as bad as Greece! That sounds like a football coach saying to the press "at least we are not in last place" there is one team worst than our team/country. If Obama has a jobs plan, why not call Congress back now! The unemployed need a job now not after his vacation and especially not after another glorified speech.
To discuss problems in Europe and how connected world economies are, is not blaming.
Wow – time to go back to High School and study up on global economics, I guess, huh Mike?
This man is the most embarrassing failure.
Did you forget about George W Bush? Bad Memory!
Except for the first year and last two years after the Dems took Congress the GWB'seconomy and economic fundamentals were pretty good. BHO hasn't had a good day yet.
"This man is the most embarrassing failure". Give us a break. Australia is one of the most racist country. Remember until recently you had an all white policy. How could you like a Black President ?
Obama came into a total mess created by George Bush's policy. He has done a lot patiently dealing with Repub/Tea Party fanatics, who made sure that the economy never get off the ground, They voted against everything Obama asked for. The man is intelligent and caring and given time will turn things around. Return a better America than what he inherited. I guarantee.
Good riddance to this failure of a President.
He is not going anywhere.
bet you the big BLA CK bus won't be heading to any poor BLA CK communities. Nope, no way. Its time for Obama and family to head to........... Martha Vineyards for another vacation.
The bone he left us poor people is the promise of a speech after Labor Day that will detail his O so perfect plan of job creation.
At least you got a bone from President Obama. What do you think you will get from the Repubs? You better pay attention and vote Democrat, If you are bad off now– you let the repubs in there and they will take everything away. And I mean everything. Don't buy that Job Creator line.
I'm surprised to liberal moonbat Wolf Blitzer didn't hump Obama's leg like Chris Matthews does.
You are crude and obscene, obviously lacking intelligent debating abilities. Instead of watching a truly balanced newcast on many channels that have a varied audience, just stick with 24/7 right wing propaganda from FOX. They will never give you snything to criticize.
bet you the big BLACK bus won't be heading to any poor BLACK communities. Nope, no way. Its time for Obama and family to head to........... Martha Vineyards for another vacation.
who would ever think that doing nothing could age a person so much.
He tells lies regularly. That does require some efforts.
Name anything that our government does for the citizen of this country that is for free. Some one has to pay for it. Take Obama Care is it going to be free. Not hardly. First the people that work in health care want to be paid for their services, supplies cost money, schooling costs money, facilities cost money, and government red tape costs money. Who is going to pay for all this "free healthcare"? It is the citizens, Obama is not writting a check to pay for it, not even congress is paying for it, they have their own system as this one is not good enough for them. It is the average Joe the Plumber that is going to pay for this in increased taxes. It will bankrupt companies, they will lay off people, job loss, and medical staff will either stop and retire as it does not pay or you will receive your medical service from a foreigner that got his license to practice in an Indian or Egyptian Cracker Jack box. Parts of the bill, which by the way was jammed down our throats by people that never read it–the supermajority democratic congress,–and has been found unconstitutional. Way to go Congress!
Not really. One court said pat of it is and the other court said differently. If it is, then no one could also be required to buy car insurance. That would save all the drunk drivers and multi-wreck causers a lot of money and make the rest of us pay for our own death or injuries. That's the American way according to the right wing. Who cares about insuraance for poor people and the middle class...it's all a socialistic conspiracy, right?
CNN has consistently criticized President Obama in every way possible. Obviously the powers the be at CNN feel threatened by a black President and are determined to do everything possible to put him a bad light. Your anti-Obama bias is so obvious that it has become boringly predictable. Perhaps half of the 100 or so people who watch CNN regularly are swayed by your propaganda. I used to admire CNN for its Hurricane Katrina coverage. Now I feel personally attacked whenever you attack our President. Stop your bigoted attempt to mirror FoxNews.
Anthony, could you post a link to the version of CNN that you are reading? I'd like to take a look at it...
Mr. Rawls, u show a bigotry my friend. CNN has "made" this man POTUS. How naive u are thinking CNN has been anything, but President Obama's spokeperson everyday. People like Wolf/Cooper/Yellen and now Bergen support and speak about how "great" this man is as our president. Fox tells it like it is-he is a much greater failure than Carter ever was-I voted for Carter back in 1976. Obama has failed and if u think 4 more yrs with this man will save our country, u are just as naive as many other people who voted for him last election.
Ow. My head hurts. Im pretty liberal, and i can admit that CNN sucks up to Obama a bit much sometimes, they did it with Bush too though a lot... they prefer to just take the easy road and report what they are told rather than do any investigative research. Fox is the same, but instead of believing what they are told by the govt, they vehemently deny it... with no research either...
Other than trying to play both sides of every issue, CNN's biggest problem is the rudeness of their reporters, especially Wolfe Blitzer. They're always interrupting the people they interview just to make sure CNN get its points across. Let the people finish before you rudely interrupt them. This was most evident last night with of all people, the President of the United States. Like him or not, he does deserve our complete respect.
GW Bush, Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and Ryan gave Pres. Obama a sinking ship and he patched it up and kept it from sinking and steered us around the rocky shoals in just TWO YEARS! Now the Repubs are trying to blow another hole in the hull and drown us all....AGAIN. An't gonna let that happen!
Like both those posts.Keep it up!!!
Best president in an economic crisis EVER!!! And the FIRST to pass major healthcare reform since Medicare!!!!! The the FIRST to get Osama bin Laden!!!!! The economy is IMPROVING!!!!! Intelligent!!!!
you guys are sick and racist give Obama break he's been president for two and half years and is trying to make that change we need
Its sorta pathetic seeing a grown man with the first name Wolf grovel at the feet of another man like that. This is true journalistic excellence at its very finest!
Obama may be a decent man...but he's totally incompetent and certainly doesn't belong in the Oval Office.
You cant all him incompetent without giving him a chance!! He is just trying to clean up the mess Bush and the Reps left.
2 1/2 years – going on three and if anything the country is in worse shape.. . He's had his chances
after 4 .. awwww lets give him more time...
and god forbid.............
after 5 – your still not giving him the benefit of the doubt... Its a tough world out there...
after 6 – you really don't realize how bad it is...
after 7 – darn.. this economy
after 8 – well we gave it our best college try........ sorry it didn't work out... thanks for the memories and here's the 30 trillion dollar debt to remember me by.........
Pammy...You must really like BHO. Sure GWB left a mess for BHO but in my view the Democratic Congress had more to do with that than GWB. fact check.please
I think Mr. Obama is doing a phenominal job considering the republican party has done nothing to help and indeed have only been obstructionists. They brag about it and openly state that their priority is to make Mr. Obama a one term president rather than work to improve the economy and work on a jobs bill. I think if people were truly paying attention that Mr. Obama's poll numbers would be sky high and there would never be a republican elected to office again until they grew up and acted like adults.
Sue, crawl out of your cave and actually look around you. 9% unemployment. 15 trillion dollar deficits. Obamacare that will cost even more that the majority of Americans didn't want nor, to this day, know what is included in the bill. We ARE giving President Obama credit. Credit for everything he has created in this horrific economy. He had a full democratic congress for two years – and accomplished the stats I listed above. Get real with yourself and wake up before it is too late.
How does 'ObamaCare' cost us more than the current system? Uninsured people receive care today... they just do it by showing up at an ER and never paying the bill. That cost is passed on to you in higher prices for your services to make up for the loses. If they are provided with insurance (either government subsidized or 'forced responsibility' of buying for themselves) then the costs can be controled and managed more efficiently (large groups have more leverage in keeping costs down). It's not 'socialized medicine' and in the long run will help lower what the 'true costs' would have been on the current trajectory. Oh yeah... and morally it's the right way to do it.
I am sure the president will be elected for the second term. Considering the dire situation we were in during G.W. Bush's tenure as president we are slowly climbing ot of the deep trench inspite of the GOP ganging up against every effort that the president has been making to get us out of the economic crisis. Wake up voters. We have a good and smart president. Give him a second term and we will be happy that we did, the economy will improve and the country's image will change for the better.
There is no other choice! Could we as African Americans, Latinos, Seniors, those in need of health care or jobs not vote for him? Hope is sanity prevailing to re-elect Obama.
As long as u continue to get "free health" care/food stamps/temp jobs, u will always be in the situation of voting Democratic and especially President Obama. People in our country need to become strong and independent and not sit home expecting that small "gov't check" to survive each month. He is the worst president our country has ever had, but u can't see that
Your wife and dog catcher are one in the same.
Wolf, you should resign your position at CNN. President Obama should be paying your salary, not CNN. Then in 2012 you could go do some things you are really good at, Dancing with the Stars or maybe a return appearance on Jeopardy. Your intelligence was really revealed on that show.
Obama has aged a lot. I guess being responsible for over 3 million people losing their jobs is stressfull.
8 million lost under Bush; 2 million gained under Obama. Check your facts.
So Mark, 5-6% unemployment rate under Bush. 9%+ under Obama.... yeah right. He has created jobs. The only place growing jobs is in our government – and the deficit continues to grow with it. Wake up my friend.
I know I aged several years when I had to deal with several 2 year old children when the only word they knew was NO
don't forget he got our countries credit rating downgraded. that takes a-lot of work.
No, the Rep fight got us downgraded. S & P said that themselves. READ!
If you bother to read S&P's reported reason for the downgrade page 4, it states that the Republicans are at fault for a) wanting to default and b) taking so long to grow-up.
Get it straight micheal in ca. I bet you have a Job, yes? I'll take my chances with the Commander in Chief in 2012.
Betty, I can certainly agree with that. And knowing that he despises the country as it was founded and so many of its people can't be too great for him, either.
Your numbers are not true. There has been positivie jo growth since mid-2009, just slow. Bush handed him a big unemployed number to try to fix. Despite Republican do-nothing and Tea party obstructionism, the numbers are beginning to slowly pick up again. No president could fix this mess in less thnan 5-10 years, especially since one party does not follow the wishes of most of the people. That will change in November, 2012.
President Obama has my vote. I don't relish the thought of living in a Theocracy (the dominionism connections of some of our far-right candidates have turned me totally against them). We need less government intrusion in our lives, not TOTAL government dictatorship of RELIGION.
If you want less govt intrusion, then you don't want to vote for the democrats who think that the govt should have a say in how many times you go to the bathroom.
Barry wont git my vote
Obama is practicing Socialism. Socialism is the Government taking over and making you dependent on them to survive. Hummmmm, what is the problem with that, it takes all incentative out of caring or even working for a living, and has been a total failure everywhere it was tried.
If you truly believe that we need less government intrusion in our lives then Obama is not your guy. All he has done is expand the role of the state. Ron Paul is the only candidate that can be trusted to shrink the government. He is also strongly opposed to people in government dictating their personal views.
Those of you criticizing this blog are hopeless. If you would take the time to 'read' instead of 'scan' it's titled, "My Impressions of President Obama." The blog wasn't meant to be a news item, Wolf was only blogging about his personal impressions of meeting and interviewing the President of the United States. If you want substance, watch at the d%mn interview! I think some of you are not happy unless you're complaining!
Your complaint is duely noted.
Thanks for saying that; I couldn't agree more! The whiners who want to blame Obama for everything under the sun and to have the audacity to blame him for the economy like he created it is crazy. What about giving him credit for stemming the 700,000 jobs/month that were being lost in later '08? Or for giving a crap about insuring people for healthcare. Who is going to pay for the uninsured, the rest of us? They have no answers, only complaints. If Obama cured cancer, they'd still complain it wasn't fast enough. Reality is they'd be the first to block stem cell research that could help cure many diseases. Thanks President Obama for those things you have done that you and your administration don't brag enough about. The one fault this President has is he tries too hard to compromise with the GOP (extended tax breaks to name one) and the GOP has no interest in seeing this country succeed or have job growth because that would make Obama look good. Amazing he's been able to do what he has period! They'd rather see us all suffer to win votes.I
I 100% agree with your comment(s) ... WELL SAID!!!!
I wholeheartedly agree.
Well lady we don't have the time or the ASSETS for this man to mature enough to be Commander-in-Chief. He is stupid, a fraud and a unpatriotic pig. As for you if your follow him on blind faith for his color then you are in the same boat. Face realisn Ethenicity does not make one smart nor does it make one capable of running a government as large as the U.S. This man had no experience so it was not like the people blindly walked into his preachings of change, change, change. What he really meant by that was to Change, the flag, the national antheum and the CONSTITUTION. IT IS WAY TO EARLY FOR A MAN OF HIS NATURE TO BE TALKING THIS CRAP. IT WILL NOT FLY. ANOTHER THING YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT HE HAS NOTHING THAT PASSED THE CONGRESS OF THE U.S. WHAT HE HAS DONE WHICH ARE AN ATROCITY IS BY EXECUTIVE ORDER PASS OBAMACARE AND TYHE AMNESTY LAW FOR THE CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS. THIS WILL BE OVERTURNED AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS AS SOON AS WE CLEAN SHIP IN 2012. A TEA PARTIER WHO USED TO BE A DEMOCRAT UNTIL YOU'RE MAN SENT ME FLEEING. HE IS A SMUG KNOW IT ALL WHO KNOWS NOTHING. YES HE HAS DONE ENOUGH TO BE IMPEACHED BY BYPASSING CONGRESS IN ATTACKING LIBYIA. GIVE IT UP ON THE WARS BUSH GOT US INVOLVED THOSE WERE A HAVE TO SOONER THAN LATER. AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION IF IRAQ DID NOT HAVE WMDs THEN HOW DID THEY GAS TO DEATH 3,000 KURDS IN THREE DIFFERENT VILLAGES JUST 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO OUR ATTACK. YOU GO FIGURE YOU DUMB REARS. IM SICK OF YOUR IGNORANCE.
Seriously, check your timeline again. A quick check of Wikipedia:
"The Halabja poison gas attack (Kurdish: Kîmyabarana Helebce), also known as Halabja massacre or Bloody Friday, was a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people that took place on March 16, 1988, during the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War, when chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi government forces in the Kurdish town of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan".
Just a friendly reminder, when you use all caps, it represents shouting. But if facts can't change your mind you must believe the alternate reality that Fox News paints.
My impressions of Obama: He is an arrogant, corrupt, lier who will stop at nothing to gain power and money at the expense of others while smoothing over the problems by pointing fingers and blaming others for his failures in inetpitude.
C'mon people get a brain!!! What did you expect Obama to say abou this re-election?? You think ANYONE in his postion woulld answer," I doubt it" or " I got my work cutout for me" or "There is a long time between now and Nov of 2012."
If he did, you all be screaming our leader has no confidence in himslef so why should we ?
Give Obama a break and any one else in that situation.But America has lost it's common sense, hence we are doomed.
Mr. Blitzer, Obama didn't take out Bin Laden – the Navy Seals did.
Yes. Obama's greatest foreign policy achievement was following the Bush Doctrine. LOL.
He gave the order to execute a risky job that few besides the SEALs could do. He watched real-time thru the mission. If anything went wrong he would look like President Carter after the failed rescue during the Iranian revolution.
He and the SEALs had courage enough. While the type of risks were very different, the SEALs are (literally on occasion), trained to death for this kind of job and were ready to lock and load and rock and roll. In this case the President figuratively "pulled the trigger" of a great weapon.
The Navy Seals like all other military members react off of the orders they are given. They were put into action off the authority of their Commander In Chief. So yes President Obama did take out Bin Laden. Stop trying to discredit the man.
No one is discrediting the man. It was nice of him to give the order after a 48 hour delay of his saying no three times in 48 hours. That is why the Seals found Bin Laden in his mountain clothes getting ready to flee. The clothing had money and emergency supplies sewn into the clothing. I give Obama credit for finally giving the order that Oama figured they would not find the man. Then again he had nothing to do with the tracking down of Bin Laden that started many years ago and was something he had not figured out how to stop yet. Given time that order would never been given. Cates and Panetta had already threatened to quit before that order came. Gen Petraues and Clinton were so mad at your man they could havwe bitten a nail into. So Like the great adulter Rev king you people give honer to give all you can to another treacherous man.
Yes, the Seals did get Bin Laden....under the direction of the Intelligence Agencies and with the approval of the the President and his Cabinet. President Obama. Not Bush. Obama. just want to make sure YOU know that.
Tom, they were doing their job. The one that OBAMA set into place.
obama took out our credit rating...
No, S&P managers said one of the primary reasons for their decision was the failure of politicians to refuse to compromise and come up with a meaningful solution to begin solving our problems That was not Obama, it was the Republicans led by a minority of extremists who controlled it all and led to the loss of hundreds of billions. Just like a tax increase for all of us, the opposite of what the right wing wants.
From all new sources, foreign and domestic, with the likely exception of the phone-tapping Fox News organization, we suffered this current skid in fortunes due to the uncompromising Tea Party. It is the opposite of what the Constitutions aim was to prevent "tyranny of the majority". We were wrecked by the "tyranny of a minority".
Under who's command Tom, under who's command??? Give me a break, the Navy Seals could not have done jack without the POTUS giving the go ahead. You don't know dude, ever served in anything other than yourself?
Yes, after Obama had the guts to risk a great deal by doing a dangerous assault to confirm his identity and kill him. The other choice was to use a drone missile and not know if he was dead or not. I heard many people from both sides praise his leadership on this situation. It showed he is indeed deserving of the title Commander in Chief.
I would vote for my local dog catcher before I would obama
That is an interesting statement. It used to be a description of people, primarily in the South, who would vote party line and paid no attention to anything else. They were called "yellow dog Democrats" and were said to be willing to vote for a yellow dog(mutt) if it was the Democrat on the ballot.
How times change. Now it is the other party using a variation of it. And that is your history lesson for today.....
Being that people in Mobile don't value education and struggle with reading the names on the ballot, I can see why you would vote for your dog catcher. Just remember Bama Boy, you spell dog catcher O-B-A-M-A. If you come to the voting location in Semmes I can help you.
I'm a 60-year resident of the South before retiring and I'm evidence that the South is far from solid Red. I'm for Obama all the way. We ARE slowly improving, despit the Tea Party led Republicans, who would destroy the economy completely rather than compromise on anything, ss most Americans want them to do.
what a coincidence the individual from mobile, al wont vote for obama. pretty sure you state is locked up red so just stay at home bud.
And I am sure all the dogs would join you too! ahhahahah
what about a community organizer??
You have that right. I expect nothing more from you out of Alabama. I hear a dog catcher is a well respected, high paying position down there in the poor (po) Red state, right up there next to the gov'ner.
Where are Mr. Blitzer's impressions of Obama? Perhaps, his liberalistic love of Obama will not let him share how badly Nobama has done.
Blitzer works for CNN, which is firmly on the Obama payroll.
Then why do you watch ir instead of propaganda puppet Fox?
We're all fortunate that someone of Barack Obama's caliber is willing to be our President. We could wind up with a buffoon like Palin.
Frank, if you call what O's got "Character", you're half right. He's a character, all right. He said he tears up meeting with families of fallen soldiers. As an Army officer, I respect that. But every president (especially W) has been bothered by this. Fact is, he's delusional predicting he'll be re-elected. Unemployment over 9%, Federal Debt that's nearly doubled since he's been in office, continued housing issues, plummeting US Dollar value, gas prices over $1/gal higher than when he was elected, inflation already appearing ... need I go on?
Is it not obvious to you that the problems we are facing are largely due to the actions of Bush, and the rethugs frrom the past decade? 2 wars, trillions spent on tax cuts to the rich, redistricting by the rethugs (Tom Delay in prison) and a gridlocked congress (thanks to Tea baggers). I would have to say 'thank god' we've had Obama to help stem this tide of madness. If you want things tiger better, votedemocrat my friend.
Yeah, you really do need to go on. The debt hasn't nearly doubled - it was $10 trillion when Obama took office, and as was so tirelessly repeated about 3 weeks ago, the current debt is $14.3 trillion. If you want doubling of the debt, look to Bush. Yes unemployment is high, but when Obama took office we were shedding 750 thousand jobs a month. We're not creating a whole lot, but the trend line is up, not precipitously down. Yes, gas prices are high, but they were higher under Bush. In the meantime, Obama has passed universal health care, is getting us out of Iraq, made the decision to get Bin Laden, and has made significant strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on oil through raising fuel efficiency standards, signed the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act, among other things. He is also blessed with a really weak Republican set of candidates. So anybody who "knows" he's going to lose (or for that matter "knows" he's going to win) doesn't get it.
Chad: If he hasn't changed any of the directions that Bush started in three years then what good is he. He is a failure at what he promised in his campaign of Bull and Sh–, er Hope and Change. No change too place no matter how much hope we put into it. Imagine how far down the road he will put us in the hole if he if given another 4 years to screw things up. RA16897089
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