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January 25th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

The President's Report Card

How would you "report" on the President of the United States right now?  Use this score card as you watch the State of the Union address tonight.  Leave your comments here and we'll bring the grades to you tomorrow on the show.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jeff meyer

    The president states that troops will begin to come home in July 2011, my son is stationed at fort Bragg NC and is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in September. If they are bringing the troops home in Sept then why would he deploy in the first place? It seems to me that the pull out would present a more dangerous environment for the remaining troops and trops deployed after July !!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  2. Richard Morgan

    The president promised that within a year and a half of his presidency, a senior citizen earning less than $50,000 would pay no more taxes. In fact, in 2011, my withholding taxes will increase.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  3. PDZ

    Economy (B+) Considering where the Republican administration brought us no one could realistically expect much better than he is doing.

    Energy – (B)

    Afghanistan/Iraq (A) – We are on target to remove combat troops from Iraq where we should never have been. Although, I'd like to see the strategy shift in Afghanistan I feel that we still need to take down Bin Laden and company.

    Gay Marriage (C) – Not much has been done on this. Should be legal everywhere already.

    Govt. Spending (A) – He tried to cut spending with the budget as he promised only to be circumvented by his own party with temporary spending referendums.

    Health Care (B) – A good start but in the end I think he compromised too much.

    Don't Ask Don't Tell (B+) although he gets flack for it not happening fast enough I don't see how it could have been a priority any sooner. There have been more pressing issues. It has stalled for implementation but it WILL get there and that is what is important

    Immigration (C+) I think he did well standing up to AZ but it is an important issue for many reasons and more time and resources should be devoted over the next year to this issue.

    Civility (A) – This is a hard grade to give because on the one hand I admire his attempts to be civil and bi-partisan but sometimes there are fundamental disagreements in philosophy that can't be overcome. In these cases he should be more assertive and use opportunities, like Tucson, to highlight the need to for major change in some of our systems and ways of thinking.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Matti Monawar

    Ali,
    Although the U.S is doing an outstanding job with military aspect of the war since Gen. David Petreous took command of ISAF/NATO forces in Afghanistan. The civilian component is nowhere close to the par thus the imbalance created political rifts and ongoing setbacks to push forward the goal of democratic order in Afghanistan. With Holbrook gone, the U.S needs to appoint a new capable civilian team that will complement Gen. Petreous and make the goal of 2014 somewhat more realistic!

    Security and stability in Afghanistan will allow to utilize the U.S advanced expertise and capabilities to invest in huge Afghan mineral deposits worth Trillions of dollars....while keeping an close eye on Iran and Pakistan.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  5. Peter Cagg

    Congress is loaded with self serving politicians. Your report card means nothing. Draggin the wagon through the mud is an unbelievably difficult task. Pushin it is impossible.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  6. Zoanne

    I am still so impressed by this president. Whenever he speaks, he is intelligent and well spoken, yet he doesn't sound like he's talking down to you. Whatever he has in store for us tonight I'm sure it will be well thought out and try to have a positive outlook for the future of this country. As much as the gun -nuts will have more to complain about him, I hope he does bring up renewing the automatic weapons ban. He has nothing to lose by bringing it up, since those people don't like him no matter what he says and would not be voting for him anyway.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  7. Debra Deao oakland tn

    Not to down play the economy, but during elections border control and illegal immagration was at the top of the list of campaign promises, what happened? Seems it has been swept under the rug.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  8. Ron Hall

    Economy ( D) Taking $125 Billion out of this years SS trust Fund input doesn't deserve much of a grade.

    Energy (C) I think he is flirting with an energy policy.

    Afganistan/Iraq (C- ) We have less business there than Cuba.

    Gay Marriage ( C) Isn't going to happen for a long time on a national basis.

    Government Spending( D) He is going to put a cap on a very small piece of the Budget, while we spend a fortune trying to police the world.

    Health Care ( F) F stands for failure to lead his Democratice Congress with sound ideas to reduce the cost of Health Insurance and Health Care. They made a mess of it.

    Don't Ask Don't Tell( A) He has exerted sound leadership in this area

    Immigration( D-) Too little effort to protect our borders from ileagal infringement.

    Civility( A) Kudos for promoting an environment of civility

    He barely passes because I don't want to retain him or his Chicago White House.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  9. James in Idaho

    Are we grading him on his ability to be civil, his message and calls for civility ot how civil his SOTU is?

    January 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  10. Steve

    Economy: (F) In spite of spending like a wild drunken sailor, there is very little that he has done to improve things.

    Afghanistan/Iraq: (F) Found bin Laden yet or found a way to 'win' this war? Nope

    Gay Marriage: (F) While he 'opposes' gay marriage, he counterintuitively calls for the repeal of DOMA and insults our intelligence by doing so.

    Government Spending: (F) He thinks spending the country into prosperity works. It doesn't.

    Health Care: (F) His bloated healthcare bill was his idea to get on Mt. Rushmore. All it did was buy him a GOP Congress.

    DADT: (F) This ties in with his poor military skills in Iraq/Afghanistan. Considering the fact that he never served in the military, Obama has made it clear he has no respect for the military's safety or decency by shoving this repeal down the throats in spite of opposition from the chiefs of the Army, Air Force and Marines. Politics first, what's right afterwards – that's the Obama policy.

    Immigration: (F) As with most Dems, Obama wants to make as many citizens/voters as he can from illegal immigrants to help his party in future elections. Need I say more?

    Civility: (D) He doesn't get an F because while he does pretty well everything wrong, he isn't as contentious as some. That said, doing what's wrong with a smile on your face is still hardly flattering.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  11. Marjorie

    This president may not be perfect. However, if it is possible for Americans to look at the big picture, the whole community, and the long term economics, as opposed to the immediate, me-centered, short – term, revenge based politics that got us into these messes (economic, political, and social) it should become apparent that on several fronts Mr. Obama is doing what needs to be done.

    He once compared the economic problems that we have and are still facing as a very large ship. Anyone who has been to sea must agree with him, when he went on to say that one does not safely turn a big vessel around quickly. This mess will take effort, cooperation and a long time to clean up. And what Mr. Bush hopefully could learn from this in hindsight is that most big messes do.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  12. vonLuck

    Economy B+
    Energy A
    Afghanistan/Iraq B+
    Gay Marriage F
    Gov. Spending C-
    Health Care B
    Don't Ask/Don't Tell C-
    Immigration ( F) Obama has no intention to secure our border with Mexico and I'm pretty sure he will be pushing for Amnesty for the Illegals from Mexico.
    Civility A

    January 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Jackie

    Our President is doing a great job, and his State Of The Union Address was a wonderful statement of the direction he needs more time to lead our country in.
    Keep up the good job Mr. President!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  14. W. Jerry Jones

    I thought the discussion on energy deserved an A + because the President presented the goal of high speed rail transit as an energy alternative and did not hesitate to give a definite goal of 2031 or twenty years as a date to have it in place. The rest are as follows:

    Economy: A

    Afghan/Iraq war : B

    Gay marriage: C CNN has suggested that Americans have placed other goals above it as a higher priority.

    Government spending: A

    Health Care: B I thought he could have just given the highlights of how it would affect job growth and the budget in a sentence. But since its repeal is a subject that will be addressed in Congress, it may not have been necessary to discuss it in great detail. He did present the case for the end of penalizing people for pre-existing illness.

    Dont Ask/Don't Tell: A+

    Immigration: B

    Civility A: I did not notice any boos from the chamber and perhaps because the date night concept worked, the habit of standing for only one party was minimized. He did not simply complement his own political party and criticize the other. Furthermore, Rep. Paul Ryan in his response was equally bipartisan but slightly more weighted toward his own party position.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  15. Dan McMenamin

    A's all the way around.

    OBama is looking into the future. Too many are mired in the way things are – President Obama may be ahead of his time – However he has outlined the road to success for the USA.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  16. cwj

    President Obama's speech was well rounded and touched on everything pertinent to America right now.
    For those who say they wanted more....more what? Those who say this are usually the ones who only complain no matter what he says!
    The mixture of seating was a much more hospitable arrangement, but whether the GOP will try to make anything work is still questionable.
    I say "kudos" to the President and his speech! He is doing his best to try and bring our country together to get major issues accomplished rather than just placing blame!

    January 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Phil

    Economy – ( B+) Doing the best he can and saved the auto industry

    Energy – - (B) Has a plan for solar energy and nuclear. Will be years away from oil dependency. He says 2035 for independency.

    Afghan/Iraq – -(A) At least has a timetable and realizes we can not remain in Afghanistan forever. Withdrew from Iraq as promised.

    Gay Marriage – - (A) Against it personally but realizes being gay is not a choice and supports peoples rights.

    Don't Ask/Don't tell – - (A) Believes the military should allow gay/lesbian's serve in the military

    Government Spending (B) Majority of his spending was attempts to bolster the economy and to save or create jobs.
    Doesn't happen overnight after two decades in the making.

    Health Care – (A+) An A plus for attacking this issue. Although not a perfect program, many parts of it should kept. Should not be repealed, should be overhauled. If it is repealed, how long do you think it will take Congress to replace it? Answer – years or not at all. The Republicans are not keen in having this change. Wonder why?

    Civility - (A+) He thought he could work in a bi-partisan manner but soon found out that our politicians number one objective is to get re-elected. His intentions deserve the A+

    January 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  18. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras Negron widow to Hernandez, WWII

    This is base on my household situation.

    Economy – ( C) Doing the best he can with what he was left.

    Energy – – (B) He has a plan for solar energy and nuclear. Yes, it will be years away from oil dependency. He says 2035 for independency.

    Afghan/Iraq – -(A) At least has a timetable and realizes we cannot remain in Afghanistan forever. Withdrew from Iraq as promised.

    Gay Marriage – – (A) He realizes being gay is not a choice and supports peoples rights.

    Don't Ask/Don't tell – – (A) Believes the military should allow gay/lesbian's serve in the military

    Government Spending (B) Majority of his spending was attempts to bolster the economy and to save or create jobs.

    Health Care – (A+) For finally attacking this issue. Although not a perfect program. I do not get on a program because things are run different at the State of Florida. It sould not be repealed, should be overhauled. If it is repealed, how long do you think it will take Congress to replace it? Answer – years or not at all. Republicans are not keen in having this change.

    Civility – (A+) He keeps working in a bi-partisan manner but Republicans have mine everything. His intentions deserve the A+

    The topic of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (D)

    January 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  19. Jane Worthington

    HE is a good liar. Tells people what they want to hear. I could only catch parts of the speech because I was working. Being in the health care profession, I give him an F on his Health care reform bill. IF it goes thru, then everything will boil down to the almight buck. If you are of a certian age, regardless of Health or activity or productivity in society, you get nothing. If you are poor, you go on the waiting list. Rich can buy what they need. Everyone falls into these 3 catagories.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:22 am |