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BLITZER’S BLOG: President Obama in full campaign mode
January 12th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: President Obama in full campaign mode

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - President Obama is now in full re-election campaign mode. If there was any doubt, just check out the campaign speeches he delivered Wednesday night at three separate fundraising events in Chicago.

“I’ve said before, I’m not a perfect man,” he told one Chicago group. “I’m not a perfect president. But I’ve promised you this, and I’ve kept this promise. I will always tell you what I believe. I will always tell you where I stand. I will wake up every single day thinking about how I can make this country better, and I will spend every ounce of energy that I have fighting for you.”

The audience, of course, erupted in applause. He inspired them. It was vintage 2008 Barack Obama on the campaign trail.

If you need further evidence that he already is way deep in campaigning, just check out the amount of money he’s raised so far, without any Democratic primary challenger. When all the numbers are in on the Republican side, I suspect we will see that Obama raised more money in the last quarter than all the Republican candidates combined.

That doesn’t include the super PACs on the Republican and Democratic sides.

By the way, the president still has that extraordinary ability to effectively read a speech from a teleprompter without making it look like he’s actually reading the speech.

And I noticed the other day that Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has gone to President Obama’s playbook and learned that technique as well.

In Des Moines, right after the Iowa caucuses, the Romney folks had the teleprompter all set up for him, but pulled it at the last minute. He gave what was widely considered a lukewarm, off-the-cuff stump speech. We had heard it on many occasions. His remarks were widely panned.

But in Manchester this week, after the New Hampshire primary, he very effectively used the teleprompter and delivered a strong, well-written and compelling speech that outlined his vision. He did a very good job.

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  1. Nodack

    More partisan bickering. Split America down the center and half of Americans hate the other half. Both sides think the other side is anti America and evil. I 'm no different. I was neutral a decade ago. Now I vote against Republicans no matter who is running against them.

    The Iraq war based off of lies and fabrications was the big one for me. America found out it was all a lie and instead of punishing Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, they re-elected them to another term as if to reward them for a job well done.

    Then when Obama was elected they made attacking Obama their only goal. They left Obama with the second depression, two unfunded wars and doubled the debt. You would think they would want to help Obama help get America out of trouble, but instead they concentrated on making Obama fail instead of helping. To me that was nothing short of treason. On top of it they have their very own propaganda machine/ anti Obama news station in FOX that devotes 24/7 coverage to attacking any and everything Obama does no matter what.

    Because of that I will never again consider Republicans a viable party. i'm not a Democrat, I'm and anti Republican.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  2. Perk

    Good Luck Obama's team and see you on the court ! Ron Paul For President and do your research ! Defense on National Media needed and I think they've got Ron Paul blocked for the touch down. "It's Growing....Freedom In America.....Go study Ron Paul's Amazingly Accurate Predictions from 2002......It's a wake up call for Liberty and Economics and he's telling the truth and taking on the status quo.Yes,we're out there and go SC ! Get up 70's generation ! Anybody know James Taylor ? "It's Growing ".....From sea to shinning sea ! Go Doc Go !

    January 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  3. Brian Crouse

    I know that many are stating that President Obama governmental restructure ideas are purely political. I am a republican, so my opinion does not comer from a pro-Obama platform. I have to ask, why are the political pundits so quick to dismiss ideas of improvement just by labeling it political timing. My opinion the majority of politicians act politically. However, I would call our congress men and woman to address issues on their merits and not simply what camps they are originated from. Trimming down the government, doing away with redundancies is a good idea. Streamlining how the government works is needed, and what many americans have needed to do in their own lives or business. I would ask all engaged in government to get behind the American people and make this country better!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  4. MK54

    Wolf, when Obama truly shifts into full campaign mode, we won't need you to tell us. 2008 demonstrated he is a superb campaigner that can debate with anyone and inspire with powerful rhetoric. If you think he is doing anything more than warming up, you have been watching the feeble Republicans too long.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Ron B

    Well i dont care what u guys say im voting for obama. Matt Rommy is stupid

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  6. unretired05

    Obama doesn't need to campaign, all he has to do is let the Republicans talk. The only worry would be a third party ticket with Colbert/Stewart.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  7. blog

    "BLITZER’S BLOG: President Obama in full campaign mode" Deadbeat obama has been for the whole time he has been in the WH, at the taxpayers expense.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  8. bird

    Thank you for stating the obvious. Obama has been in full campaign mode since Jan 21st 2009. Rather than do his job and run the country, he has been working his re-election since day one.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  9. Matt

    Obama has been in full campaign mode since he took his Oath of Office.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  10. JOE

    Some very good points here but sometimes less is more and a better way to describe the rightwing's unjust scrunity and disrespect for President Obama can be summed up in the following. The opposition knows President Obama is the most progressive, thoughtful, considerate and articulate of US Presidents in modern history but his one problem in the eyes of the opposition is he is black. Its that plain and simple!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Coach

      I totally agree. Political Historians will view this President as the best post Vietnam US leader, period. Good to see your thoughts of positive & hopefull US politics in public for any to see. Stay gold.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  11. John B

    I can understand why all the Republicans are so upset about this. They feel only the Republican candidates (if you can call them that) should be campaigning. Why don't you clowns go have another debate. Maybe you can talk about what makes you have a bowel movement this time...

    January 13, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  12. Jerry

    Woolfie, FINALLY you pen something I can agree with you on. Even though the lying stooges presidential spokespeople have been lying (as usual) about the president's on-going campaigning, the fact is that the president has been in FULL campaign mode since before he was sworn into office. And, that may be OK. But don't lie about it. Also, part of America's problems may be due to the fact that this president CAN NOT campaign and take care of America's needs at the same time.

    The worst of all this lying and in-transparency is that the president has been campaigning on the tax-payer dime, and still lying about it.

    Can America really trust this clueless administration? If we want America to continue on the trajectory to being completely ruined, YES. If we don't want to go completely over the cliff, NO.

    This is not transparency. This is not the hope and change that led to the election of this clueless and inexperienced president.

    My pet rabbit and his brood can probably do a much better job than this incensere administration has done up to now.

    Lord please HELP America.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:01 am |
  13. nelson

    Just wondering those who do not want Obama to campaign, does that mean he is not supposed to stand again?
    I though he can stand for another term , and that i what he is doing.
    For those who think he has done nothing, just wait for the catalouge of what he has accomplished when the right time comes.
    To me he has done what is humanly possible mainly regarding foriegn ploicy and the economy.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  14. Robert Johnson

    Having never learned the distinction between leadership and campaigning, our President has been in full campaign mode since January of 2008, mistakenly thinking that there is no distinction between the two.

    January 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  15. What?

    The best thing Obama could do is campaign to raise funds, then donate those funds to the treasury. At least that would put his best skill, campaigning, to good use?

    January 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Warren in NY

    Is that a partial headline? "President Obama in full campaign mode..." Since 2007? He never stopped campaigning! He has been the campaign President.

    January 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  17. Ken from FL

    Wolf, he never got out of campaign mode. That's the problem.

    January 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  18. Chuck

    If Obama had been doing his job for the past 3 years, he wouldn't need to spend so much time campaigning.

    January 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Carla

      are we forgetting that Bush left this country in a turmoil.. Fm. President Bush Sr left the office with surplus, when Fm Pres Clinton took office..,then Frm Pres Clinton left office with even more surplus to Bush jr, What did Bush jr did? he put the country in a hole.more like turmoil... pres obama had to spend money to make money....their is something wrong with us American how quickly we forgot... it took bush 8 years to damanage this country yet we want President Obama to fix Bush Mess in 3 is a lesson you have to spend money to make money,, the GOP is more concern about making President Obama a one term president instead of helping the American people

      January 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Walter

    What is he campaigning for? Unless you've been living under a rock you know what he stands for and what he's done (or not done) for this country.

    January 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  20. Boa

    Obama compromises is "my way or the highway" strategy or making a press conference of how mean the republicans are being to him. Alway complaining and laying blame somewhere else.

    Also when have he ever stop being in campaign mode? I'm sure he loves to get money from they top 1% that he always complains that don't do there fair share.

    January 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  21. descarado

    The fundamental skill of governing a modern democracy is the ability to fashion a consensus from opposing viewpoints and move the nation forward.

    Lacking this basic skill, Obama campaigns 24/7. 365/365 on the taxpayers' nickel, polarizing the nation into abject paralysis.

    If you think a 24/7 campaigning President is basically useless, what is one that is a lame duck President?

    This is what you get when you elect a man with a very thin and mysterious resume.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      I am so tired of the this stupid republican regurgitation, Lets break it down so even you can understand. All Presidents are Politicians and they have to campaign to get reelected its part of their job. If you want the President to stop campaigning then vote for him in November. (there will be no more elections for him to campaign for)

      January 13, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  22. Albert Friday

    Obama keeps forgetting to remind us of the terrible debt he has gotten us into when telling us the entirely wonderful things he has done for us. Which by the way we never ask him to do in the first place.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  23. eciam

    Romney Created 100,000 Jobs, President Obama Saved Millions!
    While Romney Would Just watch the ship sink!

    January 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  24. Evan

    I know that the media wont's to portray this and every election as a relation to the economy. People are always asked "are you better off now than you were 4 years ago," but this is a stupid way to analyze who you are going to vote for because the fact is that THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT CONTROL THE ECONOMY, the president has a little influence over the overall actions of government, and government has a little influence over the economy. That is it. It's like the people who in '08 said "Obama is going to pay my mortgage." If you believe that getting anyone to become president in our divided democratic republic, that operates among a global free market will have a significant impact on your personal finances you will be waiting for a long, long time. The most important roll of the president of the United States is Commander In Chief, this is also the only duty of the president that the office does not share with any other branch of government/state/ex. It is this roll that Obama has done exceptionally well at. Also Obama has shown the ability to get things done, you may not agree that they were good things, but you cannot deny that he has gotten a lot done in one term.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • grif99999

      I strongly disagree that the POTUS does not have any influence on the economy. There has been a dramatic increase in government regulations coming out of the BO administration. He is using the Cabinet positions and the Czars to enforce the changes he wants. He is adding regulations to the point it is killing jobs. Why are so many so willing to give BO a free pass? When will he be held accountable?

      January 13, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • Carla

        giff99999, When did Fr. President Bush Jr held accountable for the unjust war?

        January 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  25. str8whtguy

    C-Tran: You speak of President Obama's "promise for change", yet you insist that he's done nothing. Here's his record on his promises:
    1. Iraq war – over. Check.
    2. Osama bin Laden – dead. Check.
    3. Major health care reform – passed. Check.
    4. End the ban on gays in the military – done. Check.
    5. Keep the economy from sliding into Depression-era levels – Check.
    6. Unemployment – down. Check, but still working on it.

    Shall I go on?

    January 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • ardee123

      You forgot the most important one "increased in poverty and still going up "

      January 13, 2012 at 6:25 am |
    • Expat

      Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Nope
      Create a public "Contracts and Influence" database – Nope
      Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity – Nope
      Require health care providers to report preventable medical errors – Nope
      Allow imported prescription drugs – Nope
      Appoint federal-level coordinator to oversee all federal autism efforts – Nope
      Double federal funding for cancer research – Nope
      Create a National Commission on People with Disabilities, Employment, and Social Security – Nope

      Should I go on?

      January 13, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • Carla

        Expat What Did Bush did in 8 years? you want President Obama to do more than what the president that i voted for ,,i am a republican and they will not get my vote again,... you expat want too much in 3 years... it is bush who put us where we at right now. the bail out was not because Obama put us in the mess. we need to check ourselves

        January 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Lizzie

      One: the war would have been over with or without Pres.Obama
      Two: Clinton let him go, Bush tried, with the intelligence put place the seals got him
      Three: threw the baby out with the bath water redone the HC to his liking, after extensive backdoor payoffs, Insurance increased for everyone.
      Four: Gays have not done so bad in the military or do you think our men in uniform did not know which ones are gay.
      Five: With the new policies instituted by this administration we won't come out of the recession any time soon.
      Six: Only because hundred of thousand got of the unemployment roll, and now are on the welfare roll. 399000 filed for unemployment in the first week of January.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Bert in UT

      Right on. And Republicans keep saying "he can't run on his record".

      January 13, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • meinohio

      1. Used George W.'s plan to end Iraq war.
      2. Troop's killed Osama, Under Bush-Hussein killed
      3. BAD health plan most do not want...Even he himself does not understand it entirely
      4. Gay/ban...big deal, we have bigger fish to fry
      5. Still fighting depression
      6.In Dec. Holiday help and people running out on their unemployment time for benefits lowered the unemployment rate
      7. He gets noted for not fullfilling many,many promises and sinking us while the whole time he campaigned in office.

      January 13, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • grif99999

      Please do go on. You forgot to mention the record level of foreclosures. You forgot to mention the constant high unemployment. You forgot to mention the National credit rating downgrade for the first time in our history. You forgot to mention the $16 Trillion deficit. How did you miss all of that?

      January 13, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Carla

        gif99999, how did we get here in the first place. If when President Obama took went into office everyhing was in order, he wouldn't have to do any spending just fix what need to fix... the house market was there before President Obama got into office. Everything unfolded when Pres Obama got into office. we all need to think all the things you mentioned did not happened over night. The credit rating how can he be blame for it? why cant we focus our attention the person we the american people need to blame for the mess we are in presently.... President Obama did not put anyone on umemployment they were alreday on it. If a business owner business went under,,, the business had problems way before the president went into office. as a person in the medical field you individuals need to know that the president is not trying to govt run healthcare. What is medicare? Medicare is a govt healthcare and all of other healthcare providers follows Medicare fee schedule, BCBS, UHC Cigna etc, so I don't think the president is changing the healthcare into a govemental run healthcare, medicare is already a govt healthcare

        January 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  26. DC Observer

    Obama made a big deal of saying he was Christian and not Muslim during his campaign. Well Obama has attended 525 fund raising event while in office, while he has gone to church just 5 times -- I am afraid I know no CZhristians with this unusual way of practicing his religion. He may not be a Muslim, but he is also NOT a Christian – At best he is an atheist and he shoulc be truthful with the American public on this point - Otherwise he sets a HORRIBLE example for young christian children and teens

    January 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  27. Donald in CA

    I'ts good to see Obama going into full campaign mode. I'm tired of hearing all the right wing ritoric with no one from the left fighting back. Most of the liberal politicians are wimps and want stand up for their own president. They are still scared of what sarah palin says, PLEASE. And where did the NAACP disapear do?

    January 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Kinnith

      Heck, he's been campaiging since 2008!

      January 13, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Bert in UT

      About time. The Republicans went into full campaign mode in 2009 when they decided to follow Rush's advice to "make Obama fail", even if it damaged the country, even if he proposed things they were in favor of yesterday.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Lizzie

      But press secretary Carney said in the morning briefing Pres.Obama is NOT in reelection mode

      January 13, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  28. dina

    We know what Obama promised.We know his faults. He wanted more than was possible with a do nothing Congress.(Mostly Republicans who just wanted the Democratic president to fail.)So rather than choose someone who we don't know and we do know changes his opinions to fit the crowd, Obama is the best choice. He will do better.He's learned a lot this first term. We need to support him or we will be mired in the racist, right wing for a long time.They are not for the middle class. They are for supporting the rich. Everything is not perfect in the Democratic philosophy either, but it is much more supportable that the philosophy that does not help people, wants to end social security, end health care and let people fend for themselves. That is not what good dovernment is about.It's about working together and supporting all people and not just the rich. The gaul of a candidate saying he understands what the middle class is like when he has no idea how to live on no paycheck. He is a joke.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  29. Riley

    .................................Obama never stopped campaigning................................

    January 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  30. Drew

    Obama has been in full campaign mode for the last three years.

    January 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  31. roadwarrior

    all the kings horses and all the kings men couldnt put obama back in the white house again

    January 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • HenryB

      We shall see, roadwarrior, we shall see.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:03 am |
  32. Etta

    And this is different how? He has never stopped campaigning. Maybe if he wins and can't run for re-election he will actuallt spend time in the oval office doing more than photo ops. Doubt it though...too much fun getting on the big blue jet for fun somewhere.
    By the way- he had a majority in the House and Senate for 3 yrs. What of value was done?

    January 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  33. Russ

    All Barack seems to be good for is campaigning...great cheerleader...lame leader with no skills and totally dependant on others inputs. Feel sorry for the guy because you know that he has no personal thoughts on how to fix the country outside if what others tell him. Again, great cheerleader, not a great leader. A couple of years in congress and a couple pieces of legislation does not adequately prepare anyone for prime time presidential decisoin making processes.

    January 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  34. joesmith

    wonder when the grand poo-pa of journalism is going to devulge to the American people the real story about Romney, and Bain, and their purchase of Premiere Radio, through Clear Communications, and then hiring Beck, Hannity, and Limbagh to do his bidding; I mean these guys are getting a pay check from know there will be a lot of sweetness; but, CNN fails again to bring us the news..Ron Paul is not buying anyone to do his bidding..too bad the press is so non-existant..

    January 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  35. Scott

    Obama will win for one major reason: Its an election year and not only the Pres's job on the line. People are even more dissatisfied with Congress than they are with the President. As a result more legislation will get passed, the economy will improve and politicians will make an effort to hang onto their positions. If the economy improves as a result, the President will get the lion's share of the credit. When things are bad he gets the blame, when things are good, he gets the praise.

    January 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  36. dave

    Another day of......
    unbridled criticism, scorn, disdain, name calling and demeaning comments directed at and about our politicians...

    If re-elected, I promise to my Republican supporters that as commander in chief,
    I'll commit Romney and gingrich to bunk cages at Guantanamo so they'll have ample time to debate where and when Reaganomics went wrong!
    As for Ron Paul I'm sure his libertarian platform would greatly be apreciated among the psychiatric wards and high security detention centers of the nation.
    Yours truly,
    B Obama

    January 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Drew

      you mean that same gitmo he was supposed to shut down? Your president has lived up to a lot of his promises hasn't he. Gitmo, transparency, ending wars only to get us involved in other conflicts, debt reduction, job creation, has he done anything he said he was going to do? Oh yea, the only thing most Americans didn't want Obamacare. Great job. No I'm not a republican, I can't stand politicians on either side. I just get disgusted at Dems puffing up Obama as this great president, when clearly, he hasn't done squat to better this country.

      January 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  37. K

    Obama will win by a landslide. You heard here first.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Melvin B.

      I am so gald I'm not the only one who feels that way. I agree will you 100%.
      Obama 2012

      January 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • brian in dc

      All the energy that the Dems had in 2008 is doubled on the Repub side for 2012. You think the Dems hated Bush, you underestimate how much the Repubs hate Obama and Dems in general.

      January 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  38. 14forBama

    We've been told by the supposedly "left wing" media for two years now that Obama is "vunerable." I have serious doubts that was ever the case. I suspect a silent majority of Americans are less than pleased that the change they voted for in '08 was blocked by a handful of tea partiers and are quietly waiting on the chance to make that displeasure known at the polls. At any rate, if Obama was "vunerable" at one point, that vunerability is decreasing daily.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  39. paul shuffield

    this country could be great again, if we put politics to the side. and show this president the respect that we have shown to other presidents in the past.and put the welfare of the country and its people first.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Carla

      Paul, as a republician I am in a greement with you. The President is not always refered to as President Obama, but they still call the man that I vote for ( Fm President Bush Jr.) and who put the American people and the country in the position we are in right now.,this is rediculous

      January 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  40. roadwarrior

    the change is coming re elect oblama and he will finish his ture plan the destuction of the american way of life

    January 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  41. Michael

    President Obama should pressure Mitt Romney to release his tax records which is something Romeny has avoided. What is Mitt Romney trying to hide from the voters? President Obama would win his re-election easy against Romney.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  42. johnny popper

    That's what we pay him to do! Promote thyself while on the public dime. And he gets away with it too....just like all the politiicans these days. They literally, simply campaign and take payment from lobbyists and their staff runs "our" government according to how the people the lobbyist represent tells them. the Presidential post has become a lobbyist w#t dream now that our corrupt supreme court, in their infinite wisdom, said anyone anywhere can give any amount they want to buy our representatives. So the wheels are completely off. OB is just the latest puppet to be purchased. what does he care, he looks like he's having the time of his life and the country is being run into the ground. I literally can't listen to or watch any of these people in DC. They are from out space to me. All except the Tea Party people. They are the only ones grounded in reality, willing to talk facts and hard truths.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • filthburger

      U kidding? The tea party is based on racism and religious fanaticism. You are correct though about the constant campaigning. Politics will never change unless we have term limits and campaign finance reform.

      I'm sorry, johnny, but the Tea Party is what is going to get Obama re-elected. That level of unflinching stubbornness to compromise on anything is the problem. Even Obama compromises.

      January 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  43. joshua

    the campaigner in chief makes it official. that's for the heads up.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  44. weddy

    All any voter needs to do is ask themselves: are they better off today than you were 4 years ago? If you are then vote Obama if not vote GOP. I am not and am voting Romney, its that simple.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Scott

      That actually makes a lot of sense. In 2008 the sky was falling and my company had to lay off over a third of our workforce. But we're hanging on now – not making a killing – but doing better, so I guess you've convinced me to vote for Obama.

      January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Why do you blame the rep., the democrats had the majority for 2 years by 2008 and done everything the wanted without opposition

        January 13, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  45. Melvin B.

    Yes, President Obama is in campaign mode, which is great. He’s got my vote, Romney can take a page from the Obama playbook, but make no mistake he is no Obama not even close. In a few months you will see the Obama machine take off. I’ve donated 4 different times in recent months to the Obama campaign and I’m extremely happy about it.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • JOE

      He's been campaigning for several years now. That's all barry does.

      January 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  46. C Tran

    Obama promised again "change will come". Seems like yesterday, all those promises of CHANGE that never did realize. There is a saying "Fool me once, shame one you; twice, shame on me".

    January 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Jillian

      No . . . It's fool me twice . . . We wont' be fooled again

      - George Bush

      January 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • str8whtguy

      Oh, you mean change like ending the useless war in Iraq, finally getting Osama bin Laden, passing massive health care reform, ending the absurd ban on gays in the military, preventing our economy from sliding into a full-blown depression, getting the Big Three auto manufacturers profitable again, getting the banks who got bailout money to pay nearly all of it back, shall I go on?

      January 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  47. ncsteve

    What a joke! Obama has never left campaign mode. No one in the history of the office has been less interested in governing than BHO. He loves the perks, vacations, etc. He just doesn't like the work part. Even Democrats in Congress are fed up with him dropping everything in their lap.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Julien

      Bush had taken twice more vacation days than Obama and he never went through such trying times. When he did, i.e 911/Katrina, he never stood up to the occasion and fought for America. At least we finally have a president who put political gain on the line for important legislation.

      January 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • kayla

      no, you are wrong again, democrats cannot wait to support president obama again

      January 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  48. a disgrace

    obama's disgrace of a presidency is over!

    January 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  49. mike/ florida

    He's been in full campaign mode sinse 2007... he's not a commander-in-chief... but campaigner- in – chief!

    January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  50. Eric

    The President is always in campaign mode. It’s something that all politicians have to do to keep their job. That’s the reason why some of the bad legislation is being passed…to cater and pounder to constituents. However, I think he is speaking genially and honestly. The country has a clear choice in's not democrat or republican choice; it’s a humane choice. Do we want a country that supports all, no matter the class; or do we want a country that only favors the top wealthy.

    I hope it’s the latter…

    January 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Fudgeman

      I hope you mean former.. the 'latter' would be the second half of your sentence, and I certainly don't want that!!!

      January 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  51. Dee

    “I’ve said before, I’m not a perfect man,” he told one Chicago group. “I’m not a perfect president. But I’ve promised you this, and I’ve kept this promise. I will always tell you what I believe. I will always tell you where I stand. I will wake up every single day thinking about how I can make this country better, and I will spend every ounce of energy that I have fighting for you.


    January 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  52. Gurgi

    Obama – "The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."
    -- Obama = a bigger flipflopper than Romney, and I'm not really a Romney fan.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Ozz

      You still have to pay back the debt. Raising the debt ceiling accounts for EXISTING obligations.

      January 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Carla

      we are in this mess not because of President Obama, but because of Fm President Bush Jr. He got the house with surplus from Fm Pres Clinton. He lied to go to war. war suppose to build revenue but this one did not it put America in a hole. The president have no help even when the GOP gets their way they still refuse to help the President...the GOP goal is to make President Obama a "one term President" they are not for the American people....We all need to wake up and be fair and honest if you don't give me a chance at proving myself how can i do my job... had the president not bail out the banks and the auto companies we would be in a bigger mess than we are now. The GOP does not care about the American people. It is a shame that they are more concern about a fail president instead of helping the the country which the GOP themselves are the one that got us here.... they will not get my vote again, before i vote for GOP i rather not vote, but trust me as a republican i will be giving the President my vote because i do believe that he did not get the help thy he so well deserved. GOP had me angry when they were willing to let the country lose its credit rating,,,what more proved we need

      January 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  53. Tyler Harris

    At first thought, the president using a Teleprompter is mildly off-putting because it suggests he is being disingenuous. However, it seems to have become the norm. That's why I believe, for this election, the debates are so very important, because the president and other candidates are not able to rely on pre-scripted material. I hope more people will follow them in the coming weeks and months.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  54. JP

    Obama said, "I will spend every ounce of energy that I have fighting for you.” The problem is it only applies to trial lawyers, union members and illegals.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  55. kim, dodge city ks

    Republicans will never be able to hide their destructive agendas behind a well delivered speech. There is just no hiding the fact that our industrial base and technological prowress has been sold off piecemeal by successive Republican administrations, and no one needs a teleprompter to get that message straight.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  56. sayer

    I think a lot of people will be going to President Obama's playbook. He's just that good.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Melvin B.

      You are 100% correct.

      January 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  57. petemg

    This all goes to prove that he cares nothing about the budget, but more concerned about his own re election. This money of $440 million could have been put on our budget. He has been campaigning quite a while under the guise of spreading his ideas. I am so sick of how could not have a budget and yet he uses his executive decision to spend more money. If he were to have spent more time on our budget he would not have accumulated so much for his own wallet. Enough of this weasel.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  58. Jim Thomas

    He has been running for the 2nd. term ever since he was elected the first time.That is why he has not accompolished nothing that is really good for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.He is by far the worse pres. this country has ever had.He gets an F-.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  59. Dr. Who

    I will spend every ounce of energy that I have fighting for you.”

    Remember that he is telling this to a room full of Investors, err, I mean Campaign donors.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  60. insight iowa

    Obama has my vote!!

    When in our history has any president ever had to face a GOP Congress who refused to do anything even when given what they wanted... just to make a president a "one term president". I think if given the fair and honest chance he could put us back on our feet.

    Republican voting straight Democrat ticket 2012.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Melvin B.

      I love it!! Great post, I'm voting the same way.

      January 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Ron

      "Face a GOP Congress". For his first two years he had veto proof majorities in the House and Senate. The last two years he had 2/3 of goverment – the Senate and of course his own presidency. The House has sent many, many bills to the Democratic controlled Senate that Reid will not even allow to come up for a vote becaause there are probably Democrats who would vote for the House billls if Reid would bring them to a vote. Get over this "GOP controlled congress" crap.. If we had a President who would actually lead, and not just camapign, then this country would be much better off.

      January 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
      • Johnny DC

        Bravo, Ron. Unfortunately you are preaching to the anti-choir, and they are incapable and unwilling to listen to your points and look them up for themselves.

        It's far simpler to regurgitate the same nonsense story that the GOP is a do-nothing House and that all they do is say "No". In reality, they've attempted to pass more responsible budgets and incredibly necessary reforms, and every time they try, Obama calls a primetime press conference to change the subject to tax cuts for the rich.

        January 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • Etta

        Exactly!!! Well said!

        January 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • someguy

        What BS. Democrats didn't have 60 votes until Al Franken was sworn in July 7, 2009. They lost it when Scott Brown was sworn in February 4, 2010. That's 8 months, not 2 years. When you factor in Ted Kennedy's illness and winter recess it's down to 14 weeks. Further, even when the Democrats technically had 60 votes, one of them was Joe Lieberman, elected as an Independent, who could hardly be counted on to vote with the Democrats. Pay attention much?

        January 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • qanerd

        So right on. I am so tired of hearing about obstructionist Republicans. The Dem's had a chance to push their agenda and had full and total control for two years.

        January 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • C Tran

        My 2 cents. Candidate Obama boasted in 08, he had an ABILITY working across the aisle. That ability proved to be non-existent when it was needed the most, the debt ceiling and (not so) super committee negotiations. Either he was naive to have thought GOP would cooperate or he plainly mislead voters to get votes. Since he claimed his ABILITY, he should not have blamed the other party. Even when Dems controlled both houses, not much was achieved. Lately, he suddenly became very active, instead of his usual passive governing, in the payroll tax issue and the appointment of Cordray. 2012 re-election is no doubt the motive.

        January 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • sam9962

      @ insight iowa....Now that's what Im talking about!!! Your post is refreshing and Im so glad to know at least one American is paying attention enough to switch their vote. May I recommend The Audacity of Hope...a good read!

      January 13, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  61. Ted , New Mexico

    While this is the manner in which we pay for or elect presidents and all other political officials anymore even judges in some states. This is exciting to see, but how USA democracy works in reality is sadder. While big money has been in politics for a long time and the manner in which people funded politicians under the table in the past, for the majority of the American Public we only thought this was the case but now we see it and it moves the possibility of seeking office to only the elite the 1%, and to hear Romney put it is a grotesque lie its about power and looting the middle class of America. This election will be moved into class warfare and after it is done if Romney is elected to the victor goes the spoils, God help us.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

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