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BLITZER’S BLOG: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?
Wolf Blitzer interviews presidential candidate Barack Obama in Davenport, Iowa on October 31, 2008
June 28th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?

(CNN) - With President Obama back in Iowa today, I went back to look at my interview with then-candidate Obama in Des Moines on October 31, 2008 – only days before his election. He reflected on how far he had come in Iowa.

"There were a bunch of people out here who signed up for our campaign when we had almost no money, very few endorsements," he said. "The polls weren't good for us."

Those words might inspire some of the current Republican presidential candidates who right now are way down in the polls, have little money and limited endorsements.

More significantly, I reviewed the interview and found this fascinating exchange. I gave him a list of five domestic priorities and asked him to prioritize them if he were elected President. His number one priority was not on my list; the other four were.

He responded in this order:

1. Stabilize the financial system. "Making sure that the plumbing works in our capitalist system."

2. Energy independence. "We can create five million new green energy jobs with a serious program."

3. Health care reform. "I think the time is right to do it."

4. Tax cuts for the middle class. “It’s part of a broader tax reform effort.”

5. Education reform. “Making sure we have an education system that works for all children.”

By the way, the one priority I had mentioned that he did not include was comprehensive immigration reform.

How has he done on those priorities? You decide.

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  1. shegufa shafinaz

    CHANGE takes time. when Barak Obama took office he inherited a country that had lost most of it's glory and promices
    both domestically and internationally...TO get AMERICA back on track is a giant tusk. atleast I have faith in his INTENTIONS.

    June 30, 2011 at 5:14 am |
  2. Gary

    President Obama, said today: Current tax rates (high at 35%) have not been lower since he was born. I guess he forgot when he was 20 something, under President Reagan, the highest tax rate was 28%, and when the President was 30 something, under President George H. W. Bush, the highest tax rate was 29%. Does the President not know his history? As you chastize Michelle Bachman for her "mis-statements", I'm sure you will do the same for our President, right, Wolff?

    June 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Ben

      If US Corporate taxes are so high, then why did I pay more money in taxes than GE who raked in Billions in profits? Because that 35% taxation rate is the rate before the thousands of tax loopholes. The tax rate that corporations effectively pay is much less. The effective tax rate now is lower than it was under Reagan – lower than it has been since the Truman administration – the Dems caved into the GOP las December to get the last budget passed – to be sure that these tax rates remain in place – and yet no jobs. When will you people understand that if you give someone at Goldman Sachs a tax break on his multi-million dollar salary, they aren't rushing out to create jobs. They aren't going to quit and start a mom and pop buisness and hire 10 workers – it just does not happen like that. This core argument by the GOP is demonstrably and factually just wrong.

      June 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  3. RJWTimes Bradford England

    To Wes, Reagan didn't create jobs and not as may as you say. Michael Moore said that he precided over the wholesale dismantling of the infrastructure and sold many jobs abroad. And the fault of the economy not now but certainly in 2009 and 2008 was Bush's fault. Remember, in May 2008 when Bush was in charge over 800000 jobs were destroyed.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Chris (NJ)

      "Reagan didn't create jobs and not as may as you say"

      Which was it? Did he not create jobs, or did he just create less than Wes stated. The fact that you're referencing Michael Moore in a debate loses you credibility. Imagine if I referenced Rush or Glen Beck... You would jump down my throat.

      Fact is we saw a time of economic boom in the 80s and again in the mid 90s. I want to point out though that it was a Republican congress led by Newt that oversaw the boom of the 90s. What led to the Great Recession was a lot of bad policies spearheaded by both parties under W. His administration saw many policies that liberals tend to agree with such as spending programs, no child left behind and the first stimulus package. Let's note for a second that the first bailout package did not stop the Great Recession... The fact that we let companies like Freddie and Fannie go under so that the bad players were out of the game is why we haven't had a second crash. If you reward bad players with a bailout, it just shows them that they don't have to follow the rules. Than again, most of them were Washington cronies and you can't let your buddy go broke, can you?

      June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  4. Anders Perillo

    Why are comments closed on *almost* every Obama item you put up, CNN? But you're wide open to letting liberal commenters savage conservatives like Michelle Bachmann? Are you deliberately protecting your "messiah" from criticism? It sure seems so. I'd even go so far as to call it bald-faced evidence of your bias. You're despicable.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  5. Lew Burgher

    Liberals are the worst. Why do they always blame the rich? When did it become a crime to actually get off your butt and work hard to make millions of dollars? Why do the liberals talk bad about the rich? Reagan Understood that cutting taxes for small businesses (Who were mainly the rich companies) helped the economy grow. Its common sense...thats where the jobs come from. The GOVT could never create jobs...they wouldnt know how to. The Obama administration would rather destroy the rich, give to the poor and keep everybody dependent on Big GOVT. Thast what Jimmy Carter did and thats what most Liberals have done. Capitalism and free markets are what keeps America running.....anything else is just slavery and socialism.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  6. humantwo

    Well Wolf, personally I have disagreed with some of our President's actions, yet feel he has done much to get some groundwork done on some very scary political agendas, but am appalled at the GOP's very obvious plan from the start, non-fact-based negative rhetoric and Congressional stonewalling as their contribution to America's difficulties, and may I add, no plan of their own other than protect powerful special interests! President Obama has my vote if for only one reason, he attempted to accomplish what his counterparts failed to even look at, and has always risked himself for ideals to stabilize the middle-class and help the poor, even at the cost of his own party affiliation. Yet the rhetoric from the GOP, given a very close look, is eerily similar to rhetoric of a country in Europe in the 20's and 30', and that is really scary!

    June 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  7. JPR

    Let's start with the fact that Obama inherited a serious mess that Bush 2 created; Obama helped save the financial system from a complete meltdown. Since then he has been passive on fixing the economic issues. On energy independence there has been minimal progress...too little and too slow. Healthcare reform got done.... but with so many compromises to the Insurance Industry that we are left with watered down insurance reform. Some progress on education reform and with all the school budget cuts it is hard to notice any real progress. Don't think the tax cuts for the middle class were achieved in a meaningful way and no tax reform was achieved. Immigration policy still a complete failure with zero visible action to stop the flow across the border or attract immigrants who will help stimulate the economy and benefit the country. Still spending a fortunre on nation building in the Middle East with no end in sight. Having said all this, there are no strong alternative candidates and the unfortunately the republicans are all about
    preventing progress and collaboration and only out to support the wealthy with zero concern for their fellow countrymen.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  8. Eric

    1. The financial infrastructure was on the verge of collapse on election day 2008. It has not collapsed in the two plus years since.

    2. Energy independence. Obama has been hamstrung by the gulf debacle, where BP / Halliburton negligence created a no win situation. The drill baby drill folks look far worse. With a mission to stop progress at every step, Republican members congress have yet to put in their first five minutes of work to promote "green" energy jobs.

    3. Health care reform. Obama has delivered health care reform. You may not like it, and most likely you're misinformed about it. I would agree it could have been better, but is the best America could hope for given Republican efforts to undermine it. (see: government death squads)

    4. Tax cuts for the middle class: Social security payment cuts of 2% reduce tax burden by up to $2,000 for middle class workers, no benefit for the wealthiest 1%. Bush tax give away to the super wealthy continues as price of maintaining a tax cut for middle class. It becomes an election year issue whether those who increased their real net worth by 800% can afford to pay a little more to help their country.

    5. Education reform: Much work remains to undo "teach to the test" requirements of NCLB, a hand-out for charter school donors to Republicans and a slap in the face to hard working public school teachers. It's a travesty that moving one kid from a 50 to a 75 on a standardized test is more important than investing in five motivated kids getting 95s and moving them closer to 100. Modest changes in the rules are taking shape, but it may be many years before the Bush era damage can be undone.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  9. The King

    He's trying, but its tough when the entire GOP and the might of their special interest benefactors trying to undermine him at every turn. The far right refuses to allow change to the status quo that serves them so well. If people took the time to look past the drumbeat of fear/hate propaganda "socialist" "death panel" "sharia law" victory mosque", etc.., they would see President Obama has their interests at heart. If he fails, and the right wins, this country will be a polarized filthy rich-dirt poor third world country in 20 years.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Wes

      So, the first two years of his presidency, when he had a filibuster proof senate and congress and held the white house, and still did not get these things done, it was still the GOP's fault? I just dont see how.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  10. JP

    If making sure union thugs, trial lawyer skum, and illegals are better off Obama has succeded. "Yes we can destroy the country" shoud be his new campaign theme for 2012.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Steve in Denver

      Yup. Just read where thousands of innocent little old ladies were beaten by Obama's union thugs, robbed of their medicare, and sent to their death panels. In case you are a dumb as Rocks republican, that is sarcasm.

      Really, how long is this moronic "union thugs" thing going to last? Unions represent 8% of workers, oooh, they are a big threat.

      June 29, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • ValyLory

      WOAH! These kids are seriously GORGEOUS! That ltlite girl should be on magazine covers. I am jealous of her hair! What beautiful kiddos, and you did an awesome job of capturing them Erin! Love your work!

      October 13, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  11. JoJo

    The repub did everything within their power to make sure none of the noted task was accomplished but they failed and YES Obama will be re-elected!

    June 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Wes

      I say again, the first two years of bammies presidency he had a filibuster proof senate and congress, they could have passed anything they wanted and the GOP would not have been able to do crap about it. So why didn't they?

      June 29, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  12. robert

    Really! Wolfe! you couldnt' answer the questios yourself – what a cop out – too afraid to say this president has failed that you would rather have someone else do your bidding – you are CRA@-

    June 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  13. ray

    You go it wrong. This man has only one priority. Getting re-elected! He will say whatever he thinks will accomplish that. What he does, if anything, will be what serves his interest at the time.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  14. Whoosh

    HAIL to the CHIEF!!!! Let them talk and criticise Mr. President. Your work will speak for you.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Dan

      Speak in no words, since there is no major positive accomplishment; the rest are excuses, since we are talking the level of the chief executive here not some organizer middle manager....

      June 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Wes

      Oh, it has, and that's why his approval rating has hit a record low.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:57 am |
  15. RJWTimes Bradford England

    The last thing we need at the moment is a Ron/Rand Paul presidency or Michelle Backmann for that matter. The best president we can have is Obama- Biden 2012. If we have a GOP presidency all that is going to do is launch an assault on the working classes of America. They will cut teh deficit but they will put up the taxes, put up the working retirement age and it will be a disaster.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Wes

      Yes, because Obama/Biden has been so working class friendly that they have pushed policies that have lost 1,000,000 jobs in the first 2 years of them being in office. Now that is hope and change we can all believe in. And dont say it's Bush's fault, that is a copout for failed policies and we all know it. Reagan created 20,000,000 jobs in his tenure, and you never heard him blame crap on Carter.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:59 am |
    • Big George in Big D

      Typical yankee rhetoric! Where on earth have you been? Obama has done NOTHING but screw up more. He's managed to lose more jobs than any other POTUS! Wake up and quit dreaming!

      June 29, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  16. barbequebob


    If you were a real journalist, you'd point out how the party of the ologarchs, aka Republicans, have done everything in their power to destroythe US economy, prevent Obama from fixing it, and blame it all on Obama.

    If you and your fellow tools were more than mere stenographers for the Republicans, maybe the US would not be on the verge of going down the drain.

    Try doing some journalism. Maybe even point out the connection between Bush Tax cuts, our current deficit, and the fact that taxes on the wealthy in the US are lower than they have been for many decades. Thats why we have a deficit. Can you say that?

    June 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  17. jacquie

    President Obama tried to do what he was elected to do by a large majority of voters in this country. The Republicans apparently feel that only they are entitled to hold power on this country and instead of working with this President their stated goal from the moment he was inaugurated was to make him fail. They cared not what the voters voted for, they obstructed every thing the voters voted him in to do. He hasn't had a chance to do what he wanted to do. He was handed 8 years of a mess and everyone is dumping on him for not fixing it lickety split with the obstructionist, job killing Republicans making everything he wanted to do almost impossible. He got done what he could reasonably get done. He deserves a second term so he can finish the job of reconstructing the middle class which has been dessimated by the Republicans and their policies for 8 years and now 2.5 years of obstructing any jobs creation and blaming Obama for not creating jobs. The Republicans have blocked every jobs bill that has been put up just so they can precent Obama from succeeding. The Republockans should be voted out of office so that we can finally support the middle class.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  18. Eric

    The President has lived up to his promises, but could've done more if the Blue Dog Democrats would've voted with the Democratic block early into his term. We missed out on getting more doen before the mid-term elections, and now the Party of No is able to block anything the Prez proposes that's good for the country...

    June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  19. howard thompson

    Wolf, I like your questions but the real problem is he is not a dictator like many think, he just cant wave a wand and all change our goverment is run by about 530 individuals, spit among Democart, Republican and independants, all who seem to have there own agenda. so we should be grading our goverment as a whole not one man, But this is all useless in this day and age since we are all split and most seem to not educate themselves on the issues and instead are led by the media of all factions. both left and right. and to be honest i think all those congressmen senators and even the president live on this since thier only objective is to get reelected all blaming one party or the other for the problems we face. what they should do is start to work for the american people and not the special interest that fund thier campigns.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  20. Grim Reaper

    Polling and trolling from the Propaganda Room. You can't fix what you don't understand. We attempted to stabilize a financial system by recruiting the same Ivy league Wall Street characters that were responsible for the mess in the first place. I've heard the talk now I want to see the results. What I see is more media jackals gushing over 21st century Camelot. America bleeds while you cash in.

    Keith Richards says it best, Talk is Cheap. Show us the jobs.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  21. Zedo

    Yes, the president has lived up to his campaign promises...Health Care Reform, Education reform and Tax Cut for the Middle Class. All need to be amended, however, but we all know some key components of those bills got voted out in the Senate by Republicans and a handful of uncommitted Democrats. He has and still works vigorously on stabilizing

    June 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  22. clearskies

    1) - kept us out of a great depression, kept the American auto industry afloat. Check.
    2) Energy independence - nope
    3) Health care reform - check.
    4) Tax cuts to middle class - check. (Had to cave on tax cuts for the rich to get this.)
    5) Education reform - meh

    June 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  23. Jacob

    Come on Now Wolf you are better than this. Journalists are supposed to ask questions of their subjects not their readers. You tell us what he prioritized but are too lazy to list what was done for each priority or if something was done at all. You are the journalist we expect you to dig into those answers then provide us Facts, instead of saying "you decide" how he did on his priorities. Duh I will have my own opinion but your supposed to provide sufficient information so that your comments aren't just filled with speculation and slander. Wolf your a better reporter than this. are you afraid to say anything negative about the president? or afraid to say anything negative? because this article has said nothing at all.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Chris (NJ)

      The whole purpose of this blog is to be an open ended discussion where he asks a question...

      June 29, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  24. Arthur Brown

    Obama have no power over global oil price. Why can't people understand this simple concepts.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  25. william fitzwater

    Well its this time of year when we eximed did He ( Preident) keep his promises.
    Heath care reform yes
    stabilize financial system sort of
    energy independence no
    tax cuts for the middle class untouchable with the Republicans in chagre and defiecent talks in progrress no
    education reform sort of
    I would now add where is the President going to pull enough jobs to bring employment down from10 % or higher that unreported down to more bearable levels and no spend a dime ? . Where are these so called hi tech jobs that going begging to be filled that don't exist ? So called private industry that's going to get us 7 % GDP when GDP is more likly to be at best 3 to 2 % for the foreseeable future how can we sell stuff if they are our creditors and no one is buying bet expecting every one else to boy or in our case to me a consumer with no money ?

    June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  26. Ben

    1.) Nope. While continuing to cast the blame at the previous administration, the most significant moves President Obama has made, have both been continuations of Bush policies (tax breaks for wealthy and bailouts).

    2.) Again no. We are still hearing the same arguments from both sides. Republicans want to drill everywhere and stay on oil. Democrats are not interested in developing any long-term solutions. Both sides are equally idiotic here.

    3.) Almost. Had Obama and the Democrats taken the time to actually read their own bill, this may have gone into effect. Instead, the numerous (and often very significant) flaws in the rushed bill have been exposed, and we are back at square one.

    4.) Finally, he got one. The middle class got their tax breaks, as did everyone else. However, we still have not taken any sort of real steps towards developing a comprehensive and fair tax system that does not require the few to pay for the many.

    5.) Strike Five. Can we even say that there has been a significant effort made here? As flawed as it was, at least Bush had a plan. Our children continue to get the short end of the stick while we "adults" bicker and argue over whose fault it is.

    Overall, not good. The most significant acts under President Obama have either fallen flat, or been mere extensions of Bush Doctrine. The Democrats completely wasted their time with the super majority, having achieved no real results. Blast the Republicans as the "Party of No" all you want, but remember that the Democrats had everything in place to do as they pleased. How can you control everything and get nothing done? Incompetence comes to mind.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  27. the_dude

    Well at least obama helped all the big banks and corporations. Obama saved the big banks with taxpayer money so they could turn around and foreclose on you with your own money. Thanks to bush and obama you paid for your own forclosure.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  28. Rennes

    Since 1968, the U.S. national debt accelerated fastest under President Ronald Reagan until President Obama claimed this distinction. The national debt does not take inflation into account, so perhaps we should look at inflation-adjusted deficits instead. According to research by Dave Manuel,

    From 1946-2010:

    Democratic President

    Total Years: 29
    Average Inflation Adjusted Deficit: $150.73 billion

    Republican President

    Total Years: 36
    Average Inflation Adjusted Deficit: $202.28 billion

    A president is not solely responsible for the nation's deficit, but he does sign the budget into law. And Republicans have put their John Hancock on some really short-sighted budgets while preaching conservatism.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Lew Burgher

      Funny, you bring up Ronald Reagan. He like Obama Inherited a Huge deficit from Jimmy Carter. However...the difference is Ronald Reagan actually eliminated that deficit.....Obama increased his by huge numbers and continues too. Please revisit your history have your facts wrong.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Ready for New Change

    1. Our financial system is so unstable it is scary. I have no problem with taxing wealthy corporations....just quit taxing the middle class, and QUIT spending money we don't have. Nothing is FREE....quit the entitlements. If you get welfare, you need to do SOMETHING to earn it!
    2. Whether we like it or not, we need gasoline. I have no problem with exploring other forms of energy, but we have plenty of oil here in the U.S. and Obama won't let us drill!
    3. Obama and his democratic cronies rammed a health-care bill down the throats of Americans that nearly 80% opposed. I thought you guys were supposed to represent the people???
    4. What a joke!!
    5. As an veteran educator, I have typically supported the democratic view of education funding. However, the stimulus money that was given to schools had so much RED TAPE attached that I am beginning to wonder who or companies that provided materials that were supposed to make things better.
    6. Immigration reform is a MUST....please get control of our borders, or we are going to have some serious prices to pay!
    How on earth can anyone compliment this joker on his leadership? He and the Democratic legislators have failed to propose or pass a budget....they just keep spending and continue to blame Bush for the predicament we are facing. Financial institutions(who approved all of these housing loans that spiraled the economy out of control) are now making money hand over fist....let's tax them some more!

    June 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  30. lynn

    Another person who commented referenced the Politifact-meter which is tracking promises kept, in the works, or failed. He has accomplished more in 2/1/2 years than Bush did in 8, and that's having been given an economy in freefall and an opposition party that has done nothing but obstruct on every issue. Kudos to the president.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  31. JB

    1) Well, the NY Fed stated that the Bankruptcy Reform Act was the trigger that started the meltdown and as a result, later exposed the rampant system of abuse and fraud. One of Obama's goals was to help folks facing foreclosure from not defaulting. He has failed.

    Financial security begins on main st, not wall st. Jobs and the ability to own a home are benchmarks of the shining days of America. These are gone. GONE. And we're to believe that they're not coming back.

    And the system is now somehow secure? Pass the kool-aid please.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Lisa B

      JB, I was just wondering why you had to include racial innuendo "pass the kool-aid". How far have we come as Americans when we cannot discuss the president without using race. GROW THE HELL UP AND BE PROFESSIONAL YOU ARE THE TYPE OF CLOSET RACIST THAT KEEPS RACISM GOING.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • Lew Burgher

        Lisa????? Kool-Aide has nothing to do with Race or Color. Drinking the Kool-Aide meaning jumping on the Liberal bandwagon and having tunnel vision.

        June 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • shawn

      1. You have a first point
      2. You have no 2nd point

      From what I can read you have drank the kool-aid of the anti-obama I doubt there is any point to meet half way on but I'm not quite sure why Obama only 3 years into a term has to be responsible for the resurrection of the American dream that was systematically destroyed by greedy babyboomers, wall street and the uber rich.

      The country has been in a net economic decline for quite some time regardless of what dream goals we set...most were not realist at the rate we spent (good) and borrowed (not as good). Where is all the saving from all those profits on wall street, big business and the middle class? We'll the profits went to uber rich shareholders, uber rich wall street types and the middle class did it's job at spending...but now they cannot. The sytem was flawed starting in the late 80s

      June 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  32. Paul Begala

    Lets be honest, Blitzer is way too stupid to realize that Odumbo is a Marxist whose "priorities" are to break the American economy, cripple American industries and open the borders to anyone and everyone.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Charlie

      A Marxist would not have expanded our wars in the Middle East, a Marxist would not have implemented a health care bill that forces people to pay for insurance, a Marxist would have not bailed out the banks, a Marxist would have implemented a government sponsored jobs program rather than leaving it up to corporations. Before you resort to name calling why don't you actually study Marxism and find out what it actually means to be a Marxist. Whatever you think of Obama, he is a pure capitalist.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • razin

      Very intelligent and well thought out argument! I am completely overwhelmed by the logic and facts of ...... OH, sorry, that was a rant, sorry carry on...

      June 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • Steventxsa

        razin – you want facts? Use Google and do some homework yourself. I'm not going to write an essay and cite my sources for a CNN comment board. My response have and will always be based off facts from my own research (personal and college related); and I mixed it up with some opinion's of mine that point to what I believe is a better direction than the current direction.

        June 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Steventxsa

      A marxist? I think you need to take a real look at the picture and take a sociology class. Obama is trying to fix the social classes and restore the middle class. Which is hard to do as republicans say no to everything because they are bank rolled by corporate America. The same corporations who have made it impossible to make a decent wage for the majority of Americans. The same republicans who want to do away with minimum wage, take away healthcare, and keep this trend of bad economics going so they and their corporate sponsors can continue to make money.

      This countries class problem and financial trouble started under the Reagan administration; with debt as well as bringing the banking industry and lobbyists into the white house and on its staff. Obama isn't the problem – he is trying to fix the problem. It's truly unfortunate that so many people are blinded by their hatred (for whatever reason) and separated by political parties. Leave the fear campaigns, stop your blind support of political parties, reevaluate what is good for our society as a whole (not just for you) and start to vote based on the right thing to do. Then and only then will you discover what being a American is all about. Give and do more for others – then you do for yourself. That isn't just a term from the bible – that is a term that used to represent what America was all about. While we value capitalism and personal growth – we can't forget compassion for our neighbors who are our American brothers and sisters . This trend can be brought back; it just takes one person at a time to start doing it again.

      From an Independent Voter and someone who values common sense.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • cliff

      This, coming from the party of more tax breaks for corporations, less financial regulations, more job cutting, less healthcare, more military, less stimulus. Sorry, but most of America from the center to the left aren't buying it. It's going to be a rude awakening once you step out of the echo chamber.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • David Wallace

      Dude, you are an embarrassment to civilized discourse. "Odumbo"?? What outrageous disrespect for the office of the President. "Marxist"?? That simply shows an astounding ignorance of the term and history. And your assertions that the President is trying to tear this country down is just ludicrous and stupid. Do everyone a favor and keep stupid comments like the above to yourself.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • shawn

      Again your mind is made up so me making a point to a brainwashed fanatic is sill but...

      Obama clearly states in #1 to stabilize the capitalist system we have...he believes in the system more likely then you hard your pennies in your backyard. Just because some believe in good healthcare for all doesn't make anyone a Marxist...let alone a socialist. Actually the sad point if you over generalize because those are just "isms" and reality is a degree of one "ism" to another "ism". I'd call Canada a nice little capitalistic society with a nice socialized medical system...and nobody has to be a marxist to take part in both.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Whoosh

      Yo Saul Beagle, go over to and pitch you tent. People on that site aren't informed enough to know differently, like you. They will buy anything just prefix it with antic-OBAMA rhetorc. Bam!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Max

      Get real. Let me guess who you're listening to on talk radio.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • jbs

      Obama had nothing to do with it...Ronald Reagan and Corporations are doing that.........................a–hole!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  33. Larry

    I think he clearly failed on all four (that he answered). Our economy is on self-destruct, our deficit is at 14 Trillion, in many parts of the country, including mine, double digit unemployment is the norm. His health care reform is a joke at best, and we're sure not energy independent yet or even close. I'd go on, but why bother, you get the point. But I can't let the immigration thing slide. What exactly, has he done to protect and defend our borders from illegal immigration?

    June 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • mikey

      it's all change you can believe in. Obama 2012

      June 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • cal usa

      All the data shows that the rate of deportations of illegals under Obama far exceeds that under Bush. No that any of you Tea-Partiers will give him credit for it, of course. What is it like, living in a fact-free world?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • NeilsInSeattle

      In 2009, the Obama administration deported more illegal immigrants than any previous administration had ever done in any previous year.

      I don't know if the 2010 numbers are available yet, but my understanding is that they are expected to be comparable.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  34. Troy

    I notice nothing about equality for GLBT citizens. How can we sit in judgement of China and Sudan for human rights abuses when federal and most states comment their own. As far as the others he's made great strides except for energy independence but he's done enough to make the Saudis nervous Everyone wants the magic fix Republicans have done too much damage to be fixed. Reagan= Deficit explosion Bush 1- recession, Clinton eh. He didn't do much better and Bush 2 total disaster, Does anyone notice all but one was a Republican? And the one Democrat we had couldn't bow fast enough to kiss the toes of the right wing. The problem isn't with Obama but the right wing obstructing everything.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Feven

      I am a black girl immigrated from Africa and a democrat.
      I always remember all the promises OBAMA made during his 2008 campaign. I think every body was impressed and specially after 8 terrible Bush years. But when I see Obama's policies on ground, HE IS JUST ANOTHER BUSH. He promised change; yes we also need change NOW. 4 years are more than enough for OBAMA!!!
      Obama has a black skin but internally he is just BUSH. He is a disaster.
      Enough for OBAMA!!!
      We need some one with fresh policies who can lead America to the right way.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
      • Looking Glass

        Feven, what does your color and or race has to do with the price of tea in china? You have not a clue . . . anything you get here in America is a whole lot better than what you got back in Africa. So sit down and count your blessing. Period!

        June 29, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • chris

      I think his repeal of dont ask dont tell was a pretty big step for LGBT rights.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Lew Burgher

      Troy, do you live on earth? Reagan actually eliminated a deficit created by Jimmy Carter. Obama didnt actually inherit anything from anyone....he made promises to clean things up and actually made them worse. Keep drinking that Kool-aide though.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • trust but verify

      the national debt under reagan went up less than 2 trillion in 8 years... the national debt under obama has gone up 3 trillion in 3 years (only went up a total of 4 trillion in 8 years under bush 2)...

      June 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  35. Bill P

    The answer is "no." But partisan Republican obstructionism (e.g "I want the president to fail.") is the main cause, not Obama's lack of trying.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • John DC

      Of course you are right. The Republicans were very powerful in stopping him, given the supermajority the Democrats held in Congress for 2 of the past 3 years.

      Excuse much?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Rebecca

      Right. Poor Obama. Can't succeed because of those evil Republicans. I feel so sorry for him. We'd better give him 4 more years... NOT.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • bigdoglv

      This guy owned the government for two years. Stop blaming others for his failures.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • CJE

      Its not the Republicans fault for threatening to fillabuster during the Democrats majority. The Democrats didn't even make the Republicans fillabuster. They cried and went home without forcing the issue. Opposition parties are supposed to be the 'party of no.' They were doing the job that their constituents elected them to do, which was oppose Obama's socialist agenda.

      I thought it was nice to see a party fulfill its election promises for a change.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • Mr. Jones

      oh my gosh....and I thought it was George W's fault again....

      June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Austin

      You do realize he could have passed anything he wanted to pass for 2 yrs, right? Making lame excuses for him like saying "Obama's has been terrible but its due to republicans" is just a terrible argument since he had a super majority in both houses. But leave out the facts... Obama's good at doing that too!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
      • Looking Glass

        Coaching from your living room couch again . . . When you are actually playing in the game, we can talk.

        June 29, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Dean

      Bill, you have a new person that just moved into your neighborhood. He wants to change the social and economic values in your culdesac to match what he thinks the neighborhood should be......Do you want him to fail?

      June 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Lew Burgher

      Nice try Bill.........................Do you realize that the Dems controled the house and the senate until recently........................Obama had so much power and he failed miserably to act on busy running rock with his boys.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  36. Joe

    Obama has failed on all counts and been even worse on foreign policy. He truely should be a one term president, that's all this country can afford. He certainly has not been as honest or open at President Besh and yet the only news organization holding him accountablle is Fox News. CNN please stop fawning for Obama.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Joe

      Sorry President Bush.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • bigdoglv

        Bush, Bush, blah, blah. Is that all you got?

        June 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Lisa B


      June 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
      • Lew Burgher

        Lisa, You cant use Fox news as a scapegoat for every argument. Who cares what Fox Or CNN says...look at the numbers and facts on your own.....judge for yourself.........Obama has failed. period.

        June 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Feven

      I absolutely agree!!! with the comment on foreign policy failure. He is worse than Bush as I am an immigrant from the other corner of the globe.

      He is just IDIOT!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Zedo

      Fox News is your source? No wonder why you're so clueless about President Obama's achievements. You need to get your facts right.

      The president has and still works relentlessly on pushing his agenda, 1-5, through but the GOP works equally or even harder to see the country fail. Remember the statement, "We want Obama to fail?" Well he's not the country is, because Republicans take pride in voting no to bills set on their desks.

      America's needs will be met only when Congress puts country first, not politics or corporations. So, let's rally behind the President!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Whoosh

      Joe, the only truth the POTUS can get is from CNN. Fox lies to make fools of people like you who are unable to think for themselves. Let's face it dude, if Barrack skin was a different tone, he would not be News and you tea people would not exist.
      (without sheets anyway).

      June 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  37. Kip (Portland, Oregon)

    Well let's look at the record: (1) we have lost eight million jobs and gotten back one million new jobs; (2) gasoline is nearing $4.50 a gallon in Oregon; (3) I just had an operation (despite Obamacare) and paid $6,000 to use a hospital's surgery center for one hour; (4) the unemployment rate in the United States is 9.1 percent and even higher in the state of Oregon (10.1 percent) and in Clark County, Washington the unemployment rate is 17 percent; (5) we are still involved in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya–the Afghanistan war alone costs $120 Billion per year–my sons and daughter in law together have had 5 combat tours among them since 2005, so yes we are sick of foreign wars that are unending and accomplishing very little; (6) millions of Americans are coming to the end of their extended unemployment with little hope of working again in their lifetime in their chosen job areas. In the meantime, the President and his family continue to travel (most recently Obama to Ireland and Great Britain and Michelle and the kids and the mother in law to South Africa, Soweto, etc.) and be little more than tourists at our expense, when most Americans can't even afford to go on even a minor vacation by car. And Washington DC remains in complete partisan gridlock with the threat to NOT raise the debt ceiling and have the US default on its debts. And of course the Republicans want to get rid of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid and just have more tax breaks for the super rich. And thanks to the US Supreme Court the largest corporations will buy the next election and our Congressional represenatives will do whatever the corporations tell them to do. The sad part is their is little relief for average American's from either party with no great men or women anywhere in the mix for 2012. I am not sure this country can take another four years of a President with "zero" chief executive experience, but Obama will likely squeak through the 2012 election after wasting huge sums of money (over one billion dollars) on an election that will generate little enthusiam and the country will be in even worse economic shape in 2016. Not a very uplifting future for the average American! The only sure thing is that the top one percent of wealthiest Americans will still be richer in 2016 than the next 90 percent of the population!

    June 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • cal usa

      What I find amazing about your posting is that you correctly point to the corporations buying influence (courtesy of the Supreme Court), to the Republicans trying to dismantle Medicare, Social Security, etc, to the GOP attempt to hold the debt celing hostage, to the partisan gridlock, to the tax relief for the rich and still wind up blaming it all on Obama. By the way, by the time the election is over, he will have more executive experience at that level than any of the potential wannabees. In fact, Only Clinton and George W will have more and neither is eligible.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • KD in Las Vegas

      Well said!

      About the only thing I would challenge is Social Security. Every year I recieve a letter from the SSA that says if it is not fixed by 2037 I will recieve 30% less than what I'm project at now. I want out of this program today. The gov't can keep what they took out already. I can do better by putting cash under my mattress or buying CD's. The best part is when I die my kids can have what I don't use.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • tony

      well said.....just perfect

      June 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Patrick, FL

      OK, you sir are just another example of people getting on a forum or blog and pretending to know anything at all. Congrats.

      1) Yes we have lost millions of jobs, but MOST of the Jobs lost came at the end of the Bush Admin, and the first few months of the Obama Admin. Currently we have had over a year of positive private sector Job growth.

      2) Gas prices have been dropping for the last 2 months and with the Oil Reserves from the US and EU entering the markets are expected to continue falling through the Summer instead of the usual price spike that happens in the summer every year.

      3) Majority of Obamacare, the real meaty parts don't go into effect until 2014. So to say that Obamacare is not helping you, your right but its not because Obamacare is a failure it just has not gone into effect yet.

      4) Unemployment is at 9% and obviously varies from state to state county to county. This not the fault of any one person or thing but rather a combination of People and policies that go way back and as long as it took to make such a massive market collapse it will equally take time to rebuild it. With Job growth happening every month we are on our way albeit slowly.

      5) The wars were not started under this administration. But he is obligated to see them through. 100k solider home from Iraq, 40k+ still there and coming home in 2012 hopefully. Afghan pull out has been announced, everyone home by 2014. Again what more do you want then progress in bringing the troops home. To cut and run would only pass the buck onto the next generation that will have to go back and repeat the war all over again.

      6) The president is the ultimate ambassador. It is part of his job. And its no different then anyone before him. Family traveling if its in service of a government program then its not paid for by the American people. Except their security detail.

      The income gap is growing day by day. Ask the GOP if they will remove the tax cuts for the rich and stop Oil subsides.

      I do agree with you that our Government is extremely dysfunctional and is getting worse day by day. But i attribute most of it to an uniformed electorate that votes for people like Michelle Bachman in MN and Sarah Palin in AK.

      Obama has not been perfect by any sense but he has made a lot of progress in many areas. Unless a bombshell is dropped in one way or another he will be reelected in a walk and good thing the Republicans have nothing going for any of them by Far Far Right loonies.

      Until Congress (Senate and House) accepts Term Limits on its members our Government will remain the same partisan, do nothing people. Why, because we continue to vote them in. Whats the point of having a Senator that has served for 20 years or 30 years... They are not more experienced. They are old and more partisan. They forgot how to do their jobs and learned how to keep their jobs.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  38. mikey

    What me Worry!!!.......Barak Obama

    June 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  39. Really?

    Heh, both parties have lost sight. It's been about jobs, but both parties are lost to that fact.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • karina

      I was told by John Behner that when the House was won by the Republicans it would be jobs, jobs, jobs. I guess that is the same word for abortion, abortion, abortion

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • karina

        Mr. Beahner...WHERE ARE THE JOBS? The wealthest private businesses have not created jobs while getting their taxes cut and the loopholes unclosed. Mr. Beahner..where are THOSE jobs you keep talking about, that we won't get if the wealthest have to pay taxes. Seems to me in the 8 years of the Bush tax cuts, we should have learned our lesson.

        June 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  40. CaliforniaBC

    – "Stabilize the financial system" The free fall was stabilized and we're into a recovery. GDP is out of the negative percentages and up in the positives since 3rd quarter 2009. 15 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Foreign investment is up. Yes there's work to do but that's realistic to expect unlike much of the criticism.

    – Energy independence: He's tried but it's stalled due to the polarized political atmosphere. Like most of his policies.

    – Health care reform. DONE!! Might need adjustments as the years go but we have a solid base to work from.

    – Tax cuts for the middle class. DONE! Much of it through the Stimulus Bill and he kept all the Bush tax cuts in place based on a deal with the GOP who demanded the rich keep their cuts.

    -Education reform/Immigration reform: Well he still has a year and half to go in his first term.

    If, you Wolfe or anyone else, wishes to keep track of his promises I suggest referring to Politifact's Obama-meter.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Dick Dover


      June 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • John DC

      Your entire first paragraph shows how little you understand about financial markets and health of an economy. Our GDP "growth" is weaker than the growth after ANY "recovery" in American history. There's a reason for that. His policies and the policies of the Democrats in power are hindering what would have been an explosive recovery effort powered by capitalism and free enterprise, as it was in the 80's and previous recessions.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  41. RapidFireAR

    1. Worse than ever
    2. Not helping
    3. Bankrupt, here we come!
    4. Yea, right!
    5. You mean indoctrination? that's a success! Math, English, Science - "FAIL"!

    To sum it all up, a complete and total disaster! good job Mr. President, good job!

    June 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • nancy

      Who are you The President has done the best that he could with what he was given period.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • John DC

        What he was given was a Democratic supermajority and a populace overwhelmingly disgusted with President Bush and the right. What he accomplished is embarrassing – ESPECIALLY given what he had to work with.

        June 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
      • stab

        comeon nancy you really can't believe what you are writing!!!!!!!

        June 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • makle

        His best is the worse.

        June 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Nardfather

      Ha, you post is just talking point crap. You must watch alot of Glenn Beck

      June 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Whoosh

      You do not have anything original Fireant. How many Govt checks do you get a month?

      June 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  42. Jon

    Fair to middling on #1, working on #2, okay on #3, somewhat okay on #4 (still not sure if that's a good call) and not a whole lot done on #5. Still, at least he's done things on all five of those issues.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • tony

      You are part of the problem Jon

      June 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  43. razin

    1 – Done,
    2 – Attempted,but failed.
    3 – Done – (jury still out on its success / failure).
    4 – Not really attempted
    5 – Some interesting things, but nothing major.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    Heck no! Enough said. His deeds bear the course which is none.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  45. Brian in Los Angeles

    He has done 2/5 so far. Healthcare reform and tax cuts to the middle class. He has not been able to stabilize the financial system, has not taken on energy independence and has not taken on education reform.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • John DC

      Tax cuts to the middle class? How has the media been so successful in blinding the sheep of this country? Have you not seen the spike in gas prices? Are you not aware of the incoming, "necessary" (Obama's own words) horrific rise in energy costs? How about the adverse tax effects on Obamacare, written in the language of the law itself, containing dozens of small taxes that affect everyone from businesses to the poorest of classes?

      Obama has certainly not lowered taxes on the middle class, even if your federal income tax was lowered slightly by him - which is false, it was Bush who lowered your taxes in the first place.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  46. mj

    Too funny. Not one objective has been completed successfully.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  47. George Battallia

    Not even close. I want vote for him again!!!!!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Whoosh

      That's ok george. I didn't vote for him before but I will in 2012. I know 11 moe that will vote for him who didn't before. Vote your pocket book.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  48. Martha in CF

    I think President Obama has done rather well with what he has to deal with--the party of NO-the Republicans that is. The American people are wondering where the jobs are--it is NOT up to the government to create jobs. The President was handed a raw deal when he took over as President-I think he has stabilized America to get up and running again. It is going to take time-it took almost 14 years to get over the depression.
    What we need is all those jobs that went overseas to come back to our American soil. Businesses and corporations should stop paying the CEO's all this big money and distribute it to its workers and start hiring. We Americans have become a pretty selfish bunch..
    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • John DC

      "Businesses should"?? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

      Who are you to decide what businesses should or should not do? Businesses do what is in the best interest of the business. Unfortunately, your socialist leaders have been successful in tricking you into hating big business, despite the fact that big business wants the same thing you do – to become more profitable and to hire more people because of it.

      Keep drinking the koolaid, sheep. Penalizing business and CEO's isn't going to bring jobs. It will only shrink the economy.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
      • Martha in CF

        I am all for business. But why do the top people of those businesses need to take millions in pay?

        I am starting my kool aide stand ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must be a republican to think you have to cut people down.

        June 29, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • makle

      Anybody is guilty, But Obama. When he finally take responsibility. Like child never sorry. He is stupid even with good school.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Lew Burgher

      Martha, your not very bright! Hows the Kool-Aide? When Bush was in office you liberals complained about Jobs......Bush's that a Liberal is in its not his job. And BTW...he campaigned on creating jobs for the US and bashed Bush for not doing so.......nice try though. Govt wants to Tax the rich corporations to pay into govt funded programs for the poor folks...that doesnt help create jobs. President reagan proved that. get a clue

      June 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
      • Martha in CF

        Thanks for the compliment, Lew. Bush II, Bush I and Reagan are to blame for the mess we are in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Both parties had better start working together and get this mess figured out............

        June 29, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Jeff

      The buisnesses go overseas because the DEMs through to much regulation on them. So its cheaper to send the jobs overseas. Thanks to NAFTA which was signed by Clinton. How about GE making 14 billion in profit last year and not paying one dime in taxes. Oh thats right thats because Obama has the CEO of GE working for him on the geen energy thing and who is set up on making the most rewards on green energy GE the makers of wind mills. Remember the DEMs have been in control of congress and the senate since 2007 they are the cause of the mess. they make the laws not the Pres. the Dems and obama has doubled the national depth in 2 years 3 times more then bush did in his 8 years. yet theres nothing to show for it. they flub the unemployment rates because they don't count the people that have used up all their unemployment benifits.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Jeff

      When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242, 973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.
      The 111th Congress, from January 2009 to January 2011, accumulated more debt than the first 100 congresses combined.
      The definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out different

      June 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  49. Joshua

    Any attempt to portray President Obama as keeping his promises is laughable. Whoever suggests he has been successful can't be taken serious. Only a partisan hack would use a word like "priority" instead of the word promise because you know his policies have been total failures. We see how this next election is going to be played out by the guys in the lame street media. As Michelle clearly said, we have had help from the media.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Nardfather

      I belive the proper Sarah Palin term is lame stream media, not street. good try but just like her you can't quite hit the mark

      June 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • CaliforniaBC

      Joshua, it may be educational to read some of the more substantive posts on here.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  50. MM

    I'd say he's got at least 3 out of 5.

    He stabilized the financial system, he enacted health care reform and he gave tax cuts to the middle class.

    We're certainly not energy independent at this point, but he has taken some steps in that direction. And I can't say he's passed education reform

    June 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  51. Sonya G

    Sounds like he did everything he said he would do. The people that are complaining are the ones who have not been paying attention and would vote against him anyway. Seems like he is a man of his words to me. God bless

    June 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Rennes

      Thank you. I feel that he has worked at improving American and even though he has been blocked, he continues to work and not let the negative people take control.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  52. Rich

    Wolf when Obama took office the price of gasoline was $!.86 per gallon. Today it is over $3.38 per gallon. The unemployment rate was a little over 7 percent and today it is over 9 percent. Financial stability in America is uncertain and home foreclosures have remained the same. In 2008 one million people lost their homes to foreclosures and in 2011 another one million lost their homes. We are now engaged in 4 wars not 3 like when Obama took office. We have troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Libya with no real end in sight. Obama did pass a very expensive health care bill that really will not go into effect until 2014 so we do not know the outcome of that fiasco yet. In 2008 the National debt was $10,024,724,896,912.49 today that debt is $14,348,244,868,011.88.

    Now taking all of the above into consideration i don't think Obama has delivered on his promises however the president only sets the agenda and the congress controls the purse strings. Obama can do nothing that the congress does not allow and pay for with the exception of the attack on Libya and our wonderful glorious politicians made a symbolic gesture to vote on it essentially approving the on going war in Libya as long as no boots end up on the ground. Meanwhile America continues to borrow money to pay for this war putting our unborn children in debt up to their eyeballs so that they and their children are born into a life of debt and servitude. They will be left to pay for the foolish waste our politicians incur.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  53. Michael

    If one were to ignore the state of the USA at the end of the Bush (Cheney) administration and assume everything was great in January 2009, then one would be justified in criticizing President Obama, and harshly. Taking into account that Cheney & Co. pillaged the national economy with truly reckless abandon for eight years, sold out American workers, undermined consumer rights, empowered corruption in industry, and gave billions in public funding to cronies in Big Banking and Big Oil, leaving the USA on the brink of financial ruin – why then, President Obama is little short of a miracle worker, especially seeing as how his administration has been obstructed by an entire, unanimous political party in an effort without parallel since the founding of our nation – bent on destroying his legacy at all costs, even the well-being of the country they pretend to love.
    President Obama received a hard job, a big part of which has been to deal with the mindless hatred of a racist minority who would rather die than follow the leadership of a man of color. Nonetheless, he embodies the future of the USA. Change happens, whether you like it or not. The GOP, by attempting to channel the hatred and ill will of the extreme right, has sold its soul and doomed itself to oblivion, until more moderate factions take control – if they even can at this point. We may see former Republican moderates form a new party more in line with traditional American conservativism, as opposed to the fascist diatribe of hardline demagogues like Palin, Ryan, Bachmann, Pawlenty, and DeMint.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • John DC

      So to sum up your long-winded delusional speech: If your predecessors were terrible, no matter what you do or accomplish or break, it's okay.

      Sound about right?

      It's impossible for you lefties to admit Obama is leaving us with a worse America because you are incapable of rational logical thought and analysis. The bottom line is simply that America would have been much, much better off with any other leader than he. It's that simple.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • CaliforniaBC

      Well said!!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Dennis

      Excellent points . . . Obama getting the blame for this disaster is no coincidence, it was planned all along. It’s the only hope Republicans have of regaining any control after the raping they gave this country over 8 years of Cheney-Bush; Pretend those eight years never occurred and hope many Americans are so totally ignorant or hateful they actually believe the man in office less than 30 months caused these problems.

      Ten years in two pointless conflicts have bankrupted this country and made many corporations even more obscenely rich than they were when this started. It seems many politicians want Americans so focused on petty bullcrap that they don't have time to notice that the raping continues.

      Blaming Obama for not fixing this is like blaming someone for burning down a building that was already an inferno when they walked in . . . not being able to fix a train wreck in progress is a far cry from having caused it. Apparently too many of my fellow citizens are blinded by slogans and rhetoric from the greedy and hateful among us to see what’s truly happening in this country.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Well said. Thank you. If everyone would quit all the negativity and ask where they could serve, help or at least give our respect that a President deserves, how different things might be. Me...I say a little prayer for him every night, that he will not become so defeated and dejected by the unfounded criticism he receives on a daily basis. He is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Lew Burgher

      Really Mike?? Obama blames Bush for his failed Presidency. Ronald Reagan actually walked into more of a nightmare than Obama......What did he do??? He turned this country into a Super-Power and the economy was booming under his watch. he didnt place blame...he just cleaned it up. A REAL LEADER! Obama is a bum.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  54. Lord Bedlam

    1. You can't stabilize financial system when the GOP blocks every measure to tax the wealthy/corporations.
    2. There's work to be done on effective energy independence program
    3. Health care reform did happen
    4. Tax cuts for middle class can't happen when the rich (see GOP) aren't willing to pay their fair share.
    5. Haven't seen much in this area.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Steve

      Because of course raising taxes WITHOUT lowering spending is the smart Democratic move right? And then next year raise taxes again? Then again? Then Again? Then Again? And yes the middle class WAS taxed...hello health care? My monthly premium for health insurance went from 400 to 700 a month. That is a 300 a month tax increase from the government from me.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • razin

        Hmm, As a response to the Ryan plan, Obama outlined his own proposal that included both spending cuts and tax increases (something like 3:1 ratio). So your understanding of what is proposed by the president is incorrect.

        June 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
      • jedimindtrick

        Steve, to claim that your taxes went up due to increased health insurance premiums is ridiculous and far fetched! If you want to blame someone, blame your your sorry employer and your insurance company for sticking it to you in the name of increased profits. If you don't care for Obama that's fine, but stop making s&%t up buddy! Good grief, you numb skuls just kill me!

        June 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • Rick in OR

        Steve, please explain to me how an increase in your health care premium was directly caused by what I'm sure you call Obamacare. Are you also implying that your health insurance premium has NOT been going up before that? My premium has gone up every year for the past 5 years. All of my increases went into affect before any part of the health care reform act went into place. You realize of course that most of it won't go into affect until 2014.

        June 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • Dennis

        "That is a 300 a month tax increase from the government from me."

        If your health insurance premiums went up, take it up with your insurance company, they're the ones causing the assinine rate increases in this country . . .I'm not sure how you equate this with a "tax" on the middle class from democrats.

        Did you see any reduction in your premiums under Bush?

        June 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
      • John DC

        Steve, don't forget the implied tax hikes on oil prices and energy prices as well. But no, the media and Lefties will have you believe that the middle class is somehow better off because of Obama's policies.

        June 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Charles

      1) The rich pay most of the taxes.
      2)You got that part right.
      3) Sort of. Are you any better off?
      4) I guess fair share in your mind means pay everything.
      5) Nothing on this one to report on.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  55. RJWTimes

    A really good post. Glad to see the Situation Room has its own blog. Adds to political coverage from the Caffery File. To think that anyone would vote for anybody but Obama is scary. Good to see the list of achievements of Obama since 2008.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • makle

      What achievement? It's joke. Where is change? I now only change (penny, dime ,) left in many PEOPLE pocket.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm |

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