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November 4th, 2009
09:28 AM ET

President Barack Obama: One Year Later

Today marks one year since President Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s first African-American President. We want to know your thoughts on the last year.

Post your comments and Heidi will read some of them in the Newsroom, from 9am to 11am ET.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Roger6060

    The media made President has been a complete failure.

    Worst president @ the worst possible time.

    Keep up the the bias reporting CNN.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  2. Diane Carlucci

    I think the President is doing a good job. With the way things were when he took office one year ago – it will naturally take some time to get us back on track. I feel that things are getting a little better now.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  3. 318is

    Great campaigner, questionable administrative leader and decision maker, too bad...

    November 4, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    President Obama was handed the biggest pile of crap since the depression. He gave hope to the world, the US is once again a bright light to other countries. The economy is allready showing signs of recovery. He is doing a great job in a less than great situation. Tell FOX network to find another job.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  5. Eliot J Chandler

    How do I think the President's doing one year later?
    Not so well......... I'm quite disappointed in his performance.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  6. E. F. Marcos

    Mr. Obama has been 100% negative to the U.S. He is a Socialist and immature in governing and is tried to "impose" his leftist agenda. I lived under the Soviets and Castro and know what I am talking about. He is a Communist who will destroy the U.S. as we know it, if we allow him.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  7. Kara from McCammon, Idaho

    I think this election was not so much a referendum on the president as it is on incumbants. We are tired of not being heard. We want to see progress, we want to see change. The time has come to fix health care in our country. Enough protecting your power its time to take a stand.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  8. Gina Van Boxtel

    Good Morning Heidi,

    President Obama has been doing a stellar job!

    The general American public is extremely impatient and want EVERYTHING and everything NOW; hence, our current economic state.

    I believe that the conservative party leads this ignorant mass of our population by misinforming and criticizing Obama's Administration in order to accomplish their own selfish and greedy agenda.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  9. Alice Crowe

    President Obama is doing a great job. In his first year, he has made headway all over the world in reconciling us to other countries, by showing them respect and offering to negotiate. Quite different from our previous president. He has made headway in other areas too. But the problems left by our former president's administration are vast and will take lots of time to address. One year is not enuf time to undo 8 years of incompetency. But he is getting it done as fast as possible. Kudos to President Obama on his first year.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  10. Tyler

    President Obama has turned around a difficult situation with skill and grace. Repairing the mess of the Bush administration is not easy and requires more time than many want to give it. Be patient and let his programs work. This is a momentous time in United States history. Let the man do his job.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  11. andrea leger

    President Obama has reclaimed the dignity of the American people throughout the world. As Canadians, your leaders affect our economy and I for one, wish that soon....very soon, monies will stop being spent on needless and pointless wars and reinvested in our communities in order for the next generation to be able to live somewhere else then in outer space...

    Andrea Leger

    Cocagne. NB

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  12. Winifred

    President Obama has done okay but unfortunately, we expect more than okay from him. He promised us the magic touch that would change everything and we just haven't seen that. I think it is time he stepped up and perform. Yesterday is a warning for Dems to do something positive or face the music.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  13. Gerard Panzica

    With the garbage he had to deal with that was left by the previous president, he has done an amazingly good job. It is not easy to clean up after a financial nuclear holocaust (which Bush got us in) but he is thoughtfully getting us out of it. I believe that once he has a chance to get this house in order, he will go about making this the great country that it once was.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  14. David Cooper

    I do not agree with everything that our President promotes, but, I do believe that his ideas are best for the country. I think that when his Presidency is over, that he will be remembered as the President of the century.
    Unfortunately, he is up against a lot of opposition for his main program, Health Care, but it is necessary to include everyone in some kind of health program.
    The Afghanistan war is probably the most perplexing problem, since we don't want to just leave and leave the entire country in the lurch but on the other hand, we are suffering so many casualties. I do not envy him with this decision.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  15. Tim

    Obama got elected with his Baptist preachy style speeches which were void of any substance.

    Obama is now trying to be the President the same way. He needs to accomplish something in the areas of jobs, laws against the greedy and corrupt Wall St and getting a single payer health care system.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  16. vinny t

    He is do a great job. Look at the mess he walk in to. After 8 years of a mess how can you fix it in 11 months. Give him a few more months vinny

    November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  17. Sherri

    Although I didn't vote for President Obama, Rome wasn't built in a day even Heaven and Earth wasn't created in a day it took six days to do that, so why do we expect miracles for the President in a year. I believe he has done okay. Give him an honest chance to do the job. Like Martin Luther King he has a dream and a goal, the only way to make that dream or goal attainable THERE HAVE TO BE TEAM WORK! Which I'm not seeing from any administration that has come this way.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  18. Reuben

    Obama is doing a phenomenal job. He is making bold decisions that make sense. I had hoped to see him get caught less in the mess that is Washington politics, but all in all he is doing well. It is so nice to listen to the leader of the free world and not be embarrassed.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  19. Todd G.

    The main premise of President Obama's election was to "CHANGE" the atmosphere in Washington, he has polarized and divided us as never before. Transparency of government with CSPAN cameras in on health care negotiations, that didn't happen. He talked about Bush's deficits even though his party has been in charge of congress (and the budgets) completely since 2006. I see him as not just another poltiican, but a smooth talking ambulence chasing lawyer car salesman. He does not follow through and his administration attacks dissent far worse than anything they can blame (or imaginarily inherit from Bush), just like the tea party protesters they horribly bad mouthed. I think the governor races are a prelude to the midterm and I AM A REGISTERED INDEPENDANT who will NOT be voting for this guy again. All he seems to do well is sweet talk dictators while giving them everything they want while attacking any American so much as questioning his policies all the while spending more and pushing the deficit higher than imaginable even 9 months ago.........They will have to get ACORN to give them about ten to twenty million fake votes to win in 2012 I am sure unemployment will not have improved by then........

    November 4, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  20. Maggie

    It certainly has been more of a struggle than anticipated, but I have faith that President Obama will still be one of the great Presidents of our time. However, the one thing that I feel is central to success is his promise to bring home the troops from the Mid-East. They do not want us there and the wars are draining our finances. Our economy will never improve until we bring our troops home and those countries will be at war long after his term is over.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  21. SC Independent

    Obama has been a BIG disappointment! I feel that good speech writers
    got him into the White House, "ready-or-not – and he was definitely not ready. Nor is he yet.
    He lacks maturity and experience, essentials nothing can replace.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  22. Lillian G.

    I think that President Obama has done an incredible job, despite all of the criticism! In my town money from the Stimulus Package has been used to repair streets and most importantly remodel schools! Not just some of them...all of them! Overcrowding finally addressed! It nice to see my tax dollars being used for something other than war! He is definitely not getting the credit that he deserves.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  23. Rev. Lawrence Nelson

    I am pleased with what President Obama has done so far. I think the recession would have been far worse without the stimulus package. I am thankful that other countries are friendlier toward the U.S. because of President Obama. I support his efforts to reform health care. The economy seems to be improving. President Obama inherited a financial mess that will take a while to work through. We do need to have some patience because even President Obama cannot work miracles.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  24. Mary Collins

    Obama's one year results have been outstanding. Soon so many forget how bad off this nation was before he was elected – economy and internationally. That is why God instructed Moses to keep the folk in the desert so long so they would not revert back to their bad ways. The Republicans have nothing to offer but fear and the weak fall for the "same old" – "same old" deceptions.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  25. Judy Singh

    To all those people who think the President isn't doing anything – I think the President is doing the RIGHT thing by taking the time to talk to his advisors and do things properly through the senate.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  26. Meta

    I think considering the fact that this president walked into the worst economic crisis ever, the worst foreign relations climate (after eight years of Bush/Cheney), and job loss, he is doing a tremendous job keeping all the balls balanced in the air. Not giving in to pressure on the right or the left but thoughtfully approaching every crisis with brilliance and control (governing from the center as promised). Something we all have issues with from time to time; not knowing everything he knows and is dealing with in realtime. I may not agree with him all the time but I think he is doing a remarkable job.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  27. Jim Harshman

    I voted for Obama, but didn't know he was bring to the White House Czars inspired by Mao, Acorn, SEIU which have every intent on totally distroying our freedoms. In addition, I am getting tired of seeing his face on TV...he has done NOTHING in his first year! I am really disappointed.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  28. Sherri

    Although I didn't vote for President Obama, Rome wasn't built in a day even Heaven and Earth wasn't created in a day it took six days to do that, so why do we expect miracles for the President in a year. I believe he has done okay. Give him an honest chance to do the job. Like Martin Luther King he has a dream and a goal, the only way to make that dream or goal attainable THERE HAVE TO BE TEAM WORK! Which I'm not seeing from any administration that has come this way.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  29. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    You have to admit he's trying his best but sometimes your best isnt good enough whenever your a sitting president I dont like his war strategy but then I didnt like Jimmy Carters strategy either I was one of those disapointed soals 30 years ago stuck on the USS. Texas that left with our tail between our legs since then ill never trust a Democrat when it comes to war .

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  30. Independent voter

    Obama inherited a mess. It's going to take longer than one year to see the effects of his policies, however, his diplomatic efforts have already given the US a better international standing. Americans can have such short memories. Eight years of debauchery will not be undone in one. The public also seems to be easily "inflamed" by the media. I want to see less "commentary" and more "factual" journalism on TV. CNN, let us make up our own minds about what we are seeing.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  31. Dave Hiner

    Mr. Obama is showing how inexperienced he really is. He tries to use Chicago styled bullishness instead of political persuasion to manipulate the legislature.
    He has failed on his promises of "openness", restricting lobbyists, and bipartisanship, a task undertaken unsuccessfully by his predecessor, but Mr. Obama's promise none the less.

    His takeover of private industry is unprecedented and dangerous for all those who believe in free market capitalism. He has not stopped earmarks as promised, and continues to fail to reduce deficits. He has NO programs for job growth, probably his second most important job behind national defense.
    In summary, he has nothing positive to show for the last year.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  32. Hassan

    As a physician, I knew that it is against my personal interest for Obama to become president. Nevertheless, as an American I voted for him because I thought It will be good for the country as a whole.
    On health care reform I am very disappointed of him. If you ask anybody in the health care system about health care cost, all agree that tort reform is the most important step to reduce the practice of defensive medicine. This contributes to about 30% of the health care cost.
    I am very disappointed and saddened to see there is no mention of this important issue in any bills or presidential speeches. The only conclusion that I can make is that president and the congress are protecting their own interest as lawyers( not to forget that the first lady is a lawyer as well). This is not a secret that medical law suits are the most important source of lawyers income. Sad.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  33. mom

    Considering the magnitude of the mess he was given, Pres. Obama has done well. I know many are "upset/disappointed" that he has not done more on his promises or what they specifically want, but real life is not a 30-60 minute tv series where problems are resolved in that massively short time frame. "Real-life" problems take real time to deal with and rectify. Do we want someone who does not think through all the ramifications of decisions, if so then we should have kept the previous administration in office. I personally want someone who will think through all the ramifications of decisions and put into place real prceedures, legislation and just plan actions that will be of benefit to the majority for the long term and not the minority for the short term. Do I agree with all the decisions Pres. Obama has done no, but then I dont know all the reasons from behind the scenes that went into the decision. I truely believe that Pres. Obama wants to do the best for every for now and long into the future. Those on the other side who are being negative and obstructive are only hurting all of us for the benefit of a few. Many Blessings to Pres. Obama, his team, the US and all the world.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  34. Deborah

    Our country is worse because of the socialist path this presidency is taking us on. On a positive note, because of the path our leadership has taken our country on; the people of America are waking up to what a great nation we have had. Americans are becoming more appreciative, dedicated and vocal of the American freedoms we took for granted.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  35. sarah coon

    President came into office faced with more serious challenges than anyone that served before him. Some people seem to feel that he should have solved all our problems the day after taking office. We all need realize that doing allhis campaign promises with a snap of his fingers cannot be done. President Obama is working with Republicans that are not going to vote on any of his programs and the Democrats are acting as if they do not have a backbone or the concerns of the American people and can't agree on anything. He has DONE A WONDERFUL JOB ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HE HAS NO SUPPORT FROM THE GOP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND VERY VERY LITTLE FROM HIS FELLOW DEMOCRATS! I EXPECT TO SEE EVEN GREATER THINGSFROM THIS PRESIDENT MOVING FORWARD. Just think what could be done if he had cooperation!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  36. dennis linville

    It was reported earlier that Obama made over 700 promises,did 49 and didnt do 7. This creates the illusion that the 49 are of great impact on Americans. In my last post i addressed the main promises he made and has accomplished none of them. so why not clear up the obvious misconception. what are the 49 things he has done? how do they compare to the ones he hasnt done ?

    November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  37. Melissa

    Unlike when Bush was president I am now proud to be an american again. President Obama was elected into a huge mess. Unfortunately, in his welcome packet they forgot to include the magic wand that would fix all the world problems over night.
    The problems we face took many years to create and are impossible to fix over night. Our presidentis working diligently to correct these problems. Even as one of the millions of unemployed in this country I think that his critics should review the history of the Bush administration and get off President Obamas back. Perhaps they realize that when everything gets going it will open the door for a long Democratic rule.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  38. Lou

    He is taking on our biggest problems head on and he is asking us to do the same, How many of us can say we have. He makes me proud.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  39. Justin Isaac

    I'm fairly pleased with the way President Obama has handled his time in office. However, he didn't assume office until January 20th so it has not been a full year. It takes time to sort out the mess that we were all left with. I would like to see troops out of the Middle East, also the economy to really level out and stay on a positive path. These things I expect to happen in 2010 and hopefully not far in to 2011... realistically. Good job Mr. President, keep making strides to better the world.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  40. ANDRE D.

    The president is doing the best he can under the circumstances. You people in the media are trying to sway public opinion with your day by day critique of his every move and intention. stop it with your surveys and opinion polls! why the desperate attempt to link the recent elections with his administration? He would do a whole lot more if you people in the media would rally for his support and stop it with your negative reporting of his ever move. what other president has ever been subjected to your minute by minute scutiny? In the ten months of his presidency he has done more or at least comparable to his predecessors. Give him time. more reporting on the white racist agendas of those who oppose his presidency please! thank you Andre'

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  41. Jeff

    I fear for our country...B O hid last night and didn't even watch the elections.(really...?)....People that he knew personally in states bordering DC.That appears to be his M.O.....Very Ostrich -like...Let's have another SPEECH and let the people know what his Health Care will cost us and who will be covered....How many times did Candidate Obama state that we the people would have the same insurance as the Congress ? Where is President Obama on this subject. Was it not true ? Please tell us.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  42. bahama papa

    Heidi, I think people should be more realistic. Barak Obama has done more in one year for America than most leaders in the world combined in their respective countries in a full term. It looks bad from the outside looking in, to see how ungrateful and unappreciative some americans are, especially those disruptive republicans. they complain about everything the man tries to do. Remember he is just a man, not superman; relax and let him do what he was elected to do, remember he has 3 whole more years to go.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  43. Rick from Ct

    He is a great president and I think he is doing a wonderful job, I do think the American people do need to stand with our president because he is just one man and I think I remember him asking us from day one that he can't do it alone and needs our help so maybe the question should be the american people one year later are we really doing our part? because I truly believe he is the best we've had in a long long... long long time.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  44. John

    I, personally think Obama is doing a perfect job, considering the mess he inherited from the Bush era. However, we the American, are inpatient, things does not just happen overnight. Eight of years of destructions certainly will not be rebuild in one year.
    One year from now, American people will see a big change in their lives.
    Give him time to do something.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  45. Nancy Fleisher

    Last Nov. 4 was one of the happiest days of my 64 years. Now, a year later, I am still very happy that it is Barack Obama who is facing the many challenges our country faces. I knew that it would not be an easy fix. He is making progress.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  46. OJ

    Heidi ( a great name. My daughters),

    Re: The NJ & VA elections yesterday. A good thing. History shows that all great empires fail. Ours is in such turmoil and has been since the Clintons were in power. Are we next? We have to get Obama out of office, get spending under control and build our military. It is sadly underpowered, in my opinion. We don't need 40,000 additional troops in Afghanastan/Pakistan. We need 500,000 or more to go in and get the job done. Stop worrying about how the world will view us. Get the "bad guys" out of business. If it is possible. Remember that region of the world has been in turmoil for thousands of years. The alternative is to pull out and let them fend for themselves. So long as we are able to defend our shores.

    Good job that you do.


    November 4, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  47. Brandan

    I am wondering why cnn is concerned about what citizen's in other countries think about pres obama. How about asking the citizens on the United States of America how we think he is doing? With unemployment as high as it has ever been, Health care in the toilet, and Obama starting with his gun control, i do not think he is doing a very good job!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  48. Pam Danz

    President Obama is doing everything I warned my friends that a traditional Progressive Chicago Pol would do. He is running the country into the ground buying votes with the tried and true tax and spend program that has always worked for Democrats. He is unique, though, in the magnitude of his spending. He has already quadrupled Bush's bloated deficit and is now planning to spend more breathtaking ammounts on healthcare that doesn't fix the problem of people with no access to preventative healthcare and a program to fix the manmade global warming which recent scientific research tells us is a fiction. The deficit will be paid off by the sweat of the working person in the form of a sneaky hidden tax called inflation.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  49. tanis Robinson

    I think its a little funny one year to the day his brother doesn't say anything about Obama and his family relationships. Now that his book is out Obama is planning to go to China where his brother lives to me that sounds like a pay off with the U.S. plane. I would check to see if Obama doesn't have a big bag with a lot of cash in it when goes. That sound so much like it was timed between them. So many things in Obamas closet coming out now he really knows how to hide things from us how much more is he planning to hide?

    November 4, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  50. Ali McMenamin

    President Barack Obama has accomplished so much more than anyone could have expected in his first year as President We are on the way back to a substantial recovery, brought back in one year from the brink of a total collapse of not only the financial instutitions, but, of the entire American way of life.
    We should all give thanks (regardless of party affiliation) and praise to this one man who has taken on so much and started us on our way once again to a great future!
    How could anyone expect more of a President?
    Respecttfully submitted,
    Ali McMenamin

    November 4, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  51. Bill S

    Hail to the Cheif.
    Bill S
    Livingston Montana

    November 4, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  52. Kathy & Mike

    Two things that anger us: Give the man a chance! Obama has only been in office for ONE YEAR! He has an eight-year-old mess to clean up! Why is everyone giving up so easy? We shudder to think what would have happened in America during WWII if everyone had given up! Which brings us to our next comment. Without mentioning names, there are groups of "Americans" who are causing such a divide in our country that we fear a civil war! If America doesn't pull together, behind our elected leader, put a fork in us because we're done!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  53. emma mcdonald

    i tnink the president is doing a good job considering the things he has to straighten out. everyone thats complaining about him being too slow to respond to things are those that are not willing to let things take time to work. give our president a chance!!!!! yall didn't complain about bush....i think its all because of his race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    gop is not trying to help ........they want him to fail.......thanks rush what goes around comes thing? get it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  54. Anthony Johnson

    After (8) years of the Bush & Cheney administration which left this country in financial ruin and sheer devastation, Barack Obama has done an outstanding job in my opinion. It baffles the mind that politicians who are supposed to be so intellectual and elected to office by the people to act on behalf of the people have done just the opposite since the beginning of Obama's term.

    Although he may not have solved all of our nations problems, I think it is ludacris for anyone to expect (8) years of wreckless waste and greed to be restored in (1) year. No one could do this, not even republicans.

    As we faced some of the worst times in history since the great depression, you would expect our polictians to put down their political differences and join together for the good of all Americans. Instead, you see a bunch of selfishness and underlying hatred which has halted the progress of our new leader.

    I am encouraged by what I've seen in our President and I'm confident in the months and years to come that he will bring the country back to the status of greatness that it once held in the world.

    Instead of asking how our President has done over the past year, we should be seriously looking into the past (8) years and investigating the fraud, greed, and lies of the past adminstration that caused this terrible catastrophe in the first place.

    It's amazing how we get convenient amnesia so quickly and then cast all the blame on the new guy.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  55. Hettie Herron

    I'm disappointed in the progress made on many issues by Obama. The longer he is in office the more clear it becomes that he is just as guilty as the rest of WA D.C. of being more interested in playing the political game than doing what is best for the American citizens. When Obama took office he was dealt a dreadful plate by George Bush , but now that he is in command his inexperience is showing up and he has not learned the valuable lesson that sometimes we must go slowly to accomplish things – he bit off far to may major issues at one time to do any of them justice.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  56. Lambert Novak


    I am an 85 year old male Democrat..White.............

    I am so dissapointed in the man we elected as our President. This man has never ever told the truth of anything he has promised the people of these United States of America.

    What an opportunity for a Black man, to show this nation that they are as honest as any white man. Yesterdays elections should show that the citizens of our country are fed up with his rhetoric and, he needs to start listening to the people he represents and not himself or Michelle and his family.

    He has proven to the American public that he needs dozens of Czars because he can't handle the job he promised the citizens of America but pass the buck so he can always say, IT WASN"T MY FAULT !

    What an excuse for a leader !

    You wanted an opinion from a Democrat that has given his all, well,
    I would love to send him about 2 gallons of Pepto-Bismo because this is just the tip of the iceberge.

    You thought the Lusitana was a disaster? Just wait till 2010.

    This man is not for real, but, of course, he was bred in Chicago, need I say more.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  57. Todd G.

    I keep seeing where Mr. Obama "inherited" these problems. His party was the majority in both houses of congress since 2006 and had the majority in the house since 2004 so the only problem he was handed he was handed by the majority in congress his OWN PARTY his own leadership........Divisive, Pinocchio attacking all dissent yep his not just a career politician, he is also the most left wing Senator from a corrupt district city areas in our nation he is also the most left wing President trying Chicago politics nationally and he is sure good at the buck NEVER stopping on his desk..........Chairman Mao and Mr. Alinsky would be proud. Not what I expected, when I voted for him he is just another life long politician who talks nice sure glad Americas enemies like us now or the luck warm allies in Western Europe.....egads let him run for the U.N. in 2012 he may get another Nobel Prize for something he hadn't done yet.......but we sure do hope a salesman pinocchio

    November 4, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  58. harold

    i am from canada asfor as i can see he doing fine for 10 month in office but the amercan will have to give him some more time to fullfil is dream for the amercan.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  59. Hank Vegas

    President Obama has done a good job. But he needs some new advisors and the publics help to get the job done. He needs to use the TARP money to buy up all the ARM Mortgages because 98% of them are going to fail. No ones income is rising as fast as home related costs. The Banks know this and have stopped working with the tax payers who bailed them out. The credit reporting agencies are distroying the credit worthiness millions of borrowers. He has to MAN-UP and ask these greedy Bankers "What are you doing to help our county?" We need everyone to grab the economic rope.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  60. James Robert Brown

    I think President Barack Obama Is doing good Job as President and if everyone would remember Barack didn't take office until January 20,2009 he hasn't been in office a year, also the republicans to lay blame on President Obama for the deficit but the truth is that we arr still incurring debt George W. Bush created and, will be for several years!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  61. Max

    The goals set were unrealistic and unattainable. The American people were led to expect a miracle when there is none. Truth is a bitter pill to swallow but some politicians may try telling it to the American people. There is no magic cure for what presently ails America.
    I, like many Americans, believed we would get someone as forward thinking as an FDR, but unfortunately the President will have to make hard decisions in 2010, one of which is whether he will continue to surround himself with the likes of Gietner and Summers.
    No healthcare reform, troops in Afghanistan and jobs disappearing. As an ardent supporter my light is dimming on how I will cast my support in the future. Don't get happy GOP, it will definitely not be for the likes of you.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  62. Lynn

    This congress needs an industrial strength training session on coming to consensus!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  63. Juanita from Detroit

    President Obama has always maintained that his goal was to produce long range solutions to past problems, with this in mind I can say he has begun the process. Already, I can see a greater respect from the rest of the world, it seems we may actually get a health care bill, some gains have been made in women rights,and gay rights and he does take time to consider the effects of of his actions before acting. His eventual success will depend on whether the Democratic Party will man- up and do the right thing.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  64. David Kissel

    He inherited some unbelievable national nd interntional problems.
    It appears sometimes that he is seen asbeing personally capable of
    solving the problems of the world. Even those problems he is able
    to give attention to with his leadership, one year is such little time
    when so much of the real action and change is dependent on the
    congress, locaal legislators and citizen energy and support to make
    real change. In a democracy we a voice thank God. But oh how
    frustrating, if your leader does not support your view, or those holding
    power positions can't seem to get their heads together. I could tell them. Bet you could too.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  65. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Ask this same question next year .

    November 4, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  66. Patricia Powell

    I am so fearful of Obama's changes in the U.S. He is and will take away the U.S. Republic as we know it. We are headed for Socialism/Marxism at a rate so fast it makes our collective heads spin. I don't think he is a patriot. I think he has his own agenda and has been groomed for the Presidency since he was a teen to do just what he is doing............
    CHANGE the U.S. from democracy to dictatorship.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  67. Tam

    The Afghan War, the economy, the spending, healthcare, and gay rights are just small things the President inherited. I commend his efforts on getting busy and challenging his colleagues to do the same. For the first time, I am aware that Congress is actually working. Even though the Republicans negate everything the Dems/President propose, they are even hard at work misleading the public. I am impressed. The GOP is still not the party of choice. The Tea Party does not represent the majority of Americans who are affected by the recession. The Americans affected can't afford to take time off work to travel and have "Tea"! Where were they 8yrs ago? Perhaps the Tea Party Express is funded by the taxbreaks from the Bush Administration!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  68. ken

    one year of talk and no action other than gay health care rights and a gay hate crime bill. No jobs and skyrocketing health care premiums need to be addressed immediately. All you get from obama and the democratic congress is we can't we can't we don't have the votes. Wall street and the banks were bailed out in one weekend but main street must wait and wait and wait. I am tired of excuses. It is time to declare an economic and health care emergency and implement by executive order all that must be done. We can't wait 8 more years. Obams needs to use all the presidential powers he has to end corporate welfare and greed or he should resign immediately.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  69. Hacketack

    President Obsms is doing a great job, he justs afraid to put a cap on executive Salarys, and find a way to share the Wealth , which is what is killing this ecconamy. His Opponants want to lead this country fron the pocketbook, using Government as the enforcer. Lets all support Our President..

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  70. Don

    The only GOOD thing I see he has done so far was to Call off the Federal Dogs that were going after Medical Cannabis Patients in States that have Legalized It for Medical Use, They are still trying tricks to get around it though... I am hard pressed to think of much more that was actually Good for the people besides trying to put a reasonable Health Care bill together, We`ll see how that plays out, Success its still up in the Air on that.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  71. Carl Conger

    In spite of all of the hateful, disingenuous commentary by many right-wing media commentators, I believe he is performing well. The US has turned the corner in regaining the respect of the international community, the economy is gaining steam, and there is hope that a healthcare solution may finally be realized.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  72. Melody

    One year later..I am now proud to be an American. I am proud of a well spoken, intelligent President . He has, in one year, IN THE BIG PICTURE assisted USA in being aligned more with other countries in a positive well thought out way. I also remember ho pathetic any one of the last 8 years looked like. CNN would never have know what that guy was up to....

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  73. milburn

    By the end of his term, China can come and take over, thanks for nothing but running this great country into the ground.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  74. Melody-Flagstaff

    Two days after he was sworn in, Obama banned the use of "harsh interrogation" and ordered the closing of Guantánamo.

    A day later, Obama reversed George W. Bush's funding cutoff to overseas family planning organizations — saving millions of lives with the stroke of a pen.

    Three days after that, Obama gave a green light to the California car-emissions standards that Bush had been blocking for six years — an important step on the road to cleaner air and a cooler planet.

    Two weeks after that, Obama signed the stimulus bill — a $787 billion accomplishment.

    Ten days after that, Obama formally announced America's withdrawal from Iraq.

    A week later — we're in early March now — Obama erased Bush's decision to restrict federal funding for stem-cell research.

    In April and June, Obama forced Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy.

    In June, Obama reset the tone of our relations with the entire Arab world with a single speech — an accomplishment that the Bush administration failed to achieve despite a series of desperate PR moves (anyone remember Charlotte Beers?) and a "public diplomacy" budget of $1 billion a year.

    Also in June, Obama unveiled the "Cash for Clunkers" program, a "socialist" giveaway that reanimated the corpse of our car industry — leading, for example, to the billion-dollar profit that Ford announced on Monday.

    I haven't even mentioned Sonia Sotomayor, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the order to release the torture memos, Obama's push for charter schools, his $288 billion tax cut, or the end of Bush's war on medical marijuana. Or the minor fact that he seems to have — with Bush's help, it must be said — stopped the financial collapse, revived the credit markets, and nudged the economy toward 3.5 percent growth in the last quarter.

    Oh, and one more thing: President Obama is now a month or two from accomplishing the awesome and seemingly impossible task that eluded mighty presidents like FDR, LBJ, and WJC — health-care reform

    November 4, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  75. Hector L. Campos

    Your President has been doing an excellent job under very difficult circumstances. Regrettably in Northamerica and the US in particular, you live in a world of instant gratification, and that includes politics – some people expect magic results yesterday when in fact your country remains at the brink of bankruptcy, and it will take many years, Obama or not, to bring it back to some resemblance of economic health.

    President Obama and his administration is only 10 months in and some pundit are already making much of the local elections yesterday – please, give the man a break; the GOP left a mess behind and the Democrats are, as imperfectly as they may be, trying to clean it up. I think he’s your best assets, both within your country and overseas. One thing the world know for sure, Obama has already made a difference – sadly, many misguided Americans are simply too blinded by right wing ideologues to see it. Time will tell the full story.


    November 4, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  76. D Bird

    I believe that President Obama is doing the best he can. He needs to sit down, and weigh what are the most important items. He needs to really resolve the issue of both wars in both IRAQ and in Alfangansta/Pakastain. I believe he had done well in foreign countries. BUt these other countries needs to understand he cant help every one. Our country is in a mess and we need help FIRST. Let other countries help the poor countries. I am sorry Kenya thinks He should be there, but like he said he can not favorte any country. He needs to get people BACK to work. He needs to SAVE the education, and he needs to hear the america people speak.
    He really NEEDS to fix the IRS, Tax Payer Advocate Section and some of the IRS laws..
    I think people are very critical because they have nothng else to do or say. I believe that people who are very criticial and their demanor are signs of hatred. People are very raciest. I have heard these raciest words from many people includig the mouths of my own relatives. They go to church, come home and their mouts are full of evil.
    Obama needs to work on items that are TOP PRIORITY,
    BUT i beleive he is doing the best he can and He has done more than BUSH did in the first 10 months. HOW many vacations has OBAMA taken since becoming PRESIDENT comparig to BUSH.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  77. Ken Cormier

    Barack Obama is the best America could have gotten, given the mess he inherited. He is the most intelligent, hardworking and visible president ever - and deserving of our support .

    Ken Cormier
    North Port, FL

    November 4, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  78. Xenia

    I believe that we can't trully see the benefits of EVERYTHING Obama promised because everything he promised can't be accomplished in one year. Give him time, he will give results.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  79. J. Anderson

    I suppose this is not a comment on Barack Obama, and yet it is.
    Not having the tomes of the proposal of Medical Coverage, it surprises me that your public opinion is at any time saying that the plan for coverage for everyone is not good for Americans. I feel that if you are working for people who's job uses you up they have an interest in you staying healthy.

    The government who taxes you all should provide health care for everyone as
    a provision of their responsibility. If I had my tax money back, I would choose to insure myself for illness first.

    I used to work for a health insurance company and for sure there would be a ton of job losses in that part of your economy but, why would you want insurances companies to continue deciding whether you live or die.

    I just could not believe that someone would worry about socialism.
    Your over 200 year nation is not going to turn to socialism over night
    get real.......

    The only thing that I worry about is that your president doesn't go far enough for your coverage.

    Why would you continue to have a system that makes profits on the sick..... seems ethically wrong to me

    Have a good and healthy day


    November 4, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  80. Kara from McCammon, Idaho

    Lets not forget we've not yet entered the Obama economy yet we are still recovering from the Bush economy. We are a consumer driven economy. These consumers can not spend more on the goods and services we produce if they are not paid well enough to have discrecionary spending money and if their money is being used up to pay insurance premiums leaving nothing left to pay for the actual helth care.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  81. Tim

    I feel betrayed. I am an meteorologist and atmospheric scientist, a democrat from New Jersey, and voted for Obama. In yesterday's governor's election, I voted for Christie. We've GOT to get republican majority in either the house or senate.

    Obama pledged transparency in all scientific endeavors, especially on the subject of global warming. So what does he do? Appoints John Holdren (come on, really now!) who in the 70s proposed we launch soot into space to increase solar radiation to avert the global COOLING! Obama and the Senate has received numerous letters from the top US physicists, meteorologist, and climatologists proving, beyond doubt, that man has negligible influence on climate. He can't not know this, yet he persists. I feel utterly betrayed, as so many Americans. May we please have an election "do over?"

    November 4, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  82. Doug

    What’s the difference what we write Heidi? You will only speak of the ones you agree with…

    November 4, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  83. Kenneth Scott

    He's started doing everything he promised to do during the campaign save for the reversal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. He's doing more to live up to his campaign promises than any president I can remember, and I'm old enough to remember back to Nixon.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  84. jamie bryant

    they're all politicians so in a small sense, they're all liars. i think the president truly has a good heart but i think he's focusing in all the wrong directions. GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, GIVE YOUR PEOPLE HEALTHCARE, AND EDUCATE AMERICAN CHILDREN TO PREVENT YOUR GENERATION'S MISTAKES. if he fails to do those things, i don't personally think humanity stands a chance, let alone our country.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  85. Bill

    President Obama is tackling many of the tough issues head on, which is more than many of our recent Presidents can take credit for. I think he just needs to continue to stick with his beliefs and style of leadership for which he was originally elected.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  86. Kelly

    I think Obama is doing a great job. People who are disappointed with his so called "lack of progress" really need to review how our system works. There are so many checks and balances that occur for bills and other changes – not much can be done overnight. Just reading headlines lets you know that things are happening and being discussed in the White House.

    Let the man do his job.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  87. EKB

    I read betwen the lines. I like what my President is saying and trying to do. Frankly, I don't care what you think I feel as though we are changing and I'm proud of my vote of confidence in President Barack Obama!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  88. Patrick

    I thin he has done well so far. President Obama is actively attempting to bring together nations from across the world in a peace resolution. He is also attempting to make life for everyone a little easier in every class with unifying health care across the country.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  89. gaza nobles

    President Obama is well on top of the job and I know he is on course for a second term. We thank God for him.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  90. Gordon Walworth

    I think the president has completely reversed his ways. He promised a lot of things in the campaign and now he has had to many back door decisions. This business of remming the health care bill through is just one of them. He does not listen to the American people for anything now that he has been elected.

    Gordon Walworth

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  91. uli

    magnificent work Obama...

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  92. Kevynn Mykael Moshier

    I voted for Obama and still support him. I do feel however that he attempted to put too much on his plate this past year. This is still a concern for me and I hope Obama learns to take his time. All good things take time.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  93. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    Alice, Tyler, Gina, Reuben ditto.
    Tim, E.F. Marcos, 318is, Roger-wrong
    Obama gives us hope that the wrongs of
    Bush will be turn Around.
    Independents give the Obama Administration 8 years. A goodwill real President is the best jolt our economy and our deflated egos need.
    Keep on truckin Obama...
    Americans get off your asses and help your neighbors.
    Small businesses embrace the Healthcare, It can only help with the families you cannot aford to insure.
    If you are middle class, you should be fighting to get healthcare, Trust President Obama on this one. We want 2 terms for this President.
    Be patient, don't be a subscriber to the crying, lying repubs Glenn Beck will explode, I hope it does't make him drink though.
    Rush L. is still recovering and cannot put any real level headed help.
    Palin is already gone, she just does't know it yet fade out.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  94. Thelma

    I think President Obama found things to be even worse then he expected. With the enormous problems he was faced with I believe a lesser person then Obama would be totally overwhelmed. Let's give him the chance he deserves to turn things around. He has made a good start. He stopped the bleeding but recovery may take awhile.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  95. Alton

    One year later and Obama is the best thing that has happened to China and the rest of the financial world. HE is spending the United States into bankruptcy, killing the dollar and essentially sapping any opportunity for our children and grandchildren. He hates the US and is doing his best to put us into a third world country.

    THe healthcare reform's only purpose is to control people if it were truly healthcare reform it could be done much simpler and cheaper. The cost of the healthcare reform will do nothing but drive healthcare costs higher and make it more inaccessible. So if this is change, who wants it.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  96. Independent Man

    Given the trashed state of the nation that he inherited from that last guy, I would say he's done spectacularly! Yes the nation struggles, and happy days aren't here again, but he has also contended with an extreme pushback from racists, tea-baggers and conservative wing-nuts who's rather see the country collapse than actually pitch in and offer new solutions. And the President seems to be on the job, doesn't spend have his time off in some remote ranch clearing brush and rounding up doggies.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  97. Ted Marules

    Considering the Republican radicals on Fox and other talk shows have 24 hour Obama bashing programs, I think he has done a good job so far. As long as the far right of the republican party is in control of the full Republican party, the democrats don't have much to worry about. If Rush L. and Sarah P. are the candidates in 2012 for president from the republican party, then the democrasts will have every seat in the house and senate

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  98. Gary Rubenstein

    As a small business owner and a registered Democrat I don't see where the President has made any progress other than catering to Unions and others on the Left.

    What about the rest of us in the middle who work for ourselves, don't look for government handouts and don't appreciate so much government in our pocket via increased taxes.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  99. Doug

    Why not do polls instead of leaving comments?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  100. 1vet

    A year ago, the US was like a sinking ship drifting into the perfect storm. President Obama has kept us afloat and has us sailing into calmer waters even though the passengers keep asking "Are we there yet?"

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  101. Janice Buckingham

    President Obama has done a great job considering the plate he was handed from the previous administration. Bush's administration did nothing for 8 years, but sit back and let everyone else from the banks , Wall Street, insurance companies, to the large businesses run the country. Now he is picking up the pieces and trying to but us back on track so each one of us has a better health, like the Government people have, and providing jobs for all of us. Jan

    November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  102. Lynda (Clark)

    President Obama has worked harder that any president in recent history. He inherited an enormous number of problems and has been addressing each issue intelligently and with much vigor. Eight years of mismanagement cannot be fixed in months but in years and we have the right person in office to get this debacle redirected and on the right track. Time, patience and support are needed from our contry.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  103. Nancy Moore

    I believe President Obama is the leader this country needs, and absolutely the best we could have. Now, if the opposition would try being supportive instead of being destructive, we would be in a good place after this first year. It is undoubtedly the most unproductive tactic the GOP has taken. I shudder to think where we would be if their candidate had been elected.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  104. John M.

    President Obama has done a great job with the train wreck he inherited from 8 years of the Bush administration.

    The economy was on the verge of failure, mainly due to greedy bankers. The fact that that they believe they deserve rewards for being bailed out just goes to show how deep the greed and corruption goes.

    We were/are spending ~$10 billion a month on the war(s) in the Middle East. However, the Republicans are not willing to spend a lesser amount to give us National Health Care.

    The current health insurance companies are another example of greed and corruption taking precedence over what is right for the country and its population.

    Obama needs to stay the course!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  105. Rhea

    President Obama was elected a year ago, but did not take office until January 2009. He will have been President for 10 months in late November.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  106. Scott Mrozek

    In his first year, President Obama has done a commendable job in his attempt to repair a horrible situation that he inherited from the previous administration. It took YEARS to get into this mess and he just needs some time to get us out of it. Not to mention, his great job of repairing international relationships that were also damaged severely.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  107. cece

    I also saw the young men with baseball caps, baggy jeans stand in line for hours to vote for Obama. Those are the same ones that the party hacks do not talk to or are concerned about. Those young fellows are the ones who lost jobs .The banks were bailed out and all the young people, white and black saw that the jobs were not supported. Trickle-down economics do not work. We learned that from Reagan. This election was not worth taking off from work to vote. As long as the middle class struggles, incumbents should get scared.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  108. deb will

    President Obama is a class act and has done an exceptional job considering he inherited a global financial crisis and near destruction of our economy. He is now taking the flak for high unemployment which he repeatedly told the American people would take a good year or two to rebound. I wish he had not met so much Republican resistance over healthcare insurance reform.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  109. WendyN

    I voted for President Obama and I liken his past year to the TV show 'Clean House' where the host goes into a home that is overwhelmingly covered in clutter and mess. He's doing the best he can with the mess he was left, but he is a deliberate and well-organized person who needs to make sure he's looking at all the options for his 'throw away', 'keep' and 'sell at a yard sale' items/issues. He's doing better than the alternative candidates would have ever done!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  110. Edward J Herrera

    My wife felt betrayed by Pres. Obama when he continued to give Saudi Arabia immunity from lawsuits from 9-11 families. She supported Obama and I was for Hilary Clinton. She campaigned for Obama, she has told me she will not vote for him next time. We are a 9-11 familly.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  111. Gary Ryan

    well,the democrats have proven,like they always have,that all they can do is screw things up;spend;spend;spend;and trow the country into a first they thought that they could tax the rich but that didn't work because the rich have expensive then they figured ,lets go after the seniors because they are all retired on all of their money lets tax that isn't working because all of the seniors aren't rich like Obama thinks.they have finally proved time & again that all they can do is increase the deficit and put a lot of people in the hospital from all of the worry that they will loose all of their benefits!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  112. jobless

    what do i think about him, well lets see, i am job less. i can not buy a car like he said i could. my car was not what they were looking for as clunker. i am not the correct type to get any time of help. i see girls who have 5 plus kids who get their nails done and their hair done but thanks to HIM i can not get any of these things done. oh sorry can not help you. i worked and was a tax payer for 29 plus years but THANKS TO HIM I AM NOW JOBLESS. so what do i think of him NOTHING. I THINK HE IS A JOKE. I JUST WANT A JOB AND THERE ARE NONE OUT THERE AND HE KEEPS SAYING HE WILL MAKE JOBS WELL WHERE ARE THE JOBS. if you want to make changes, change the WELFARE. i can not beleive how many kids these little girls are having and can stilll get their nails and hair done. that really bothers me. can i can not even go to the doctor or buy food which is what i need, and why can i not get any food. cause i have no kids at home i am a single white women who lost her job thanks to him. and no one wants to help me.....

    November 4, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  113. Sonja

    The President in my opinion hasn't done anything for our country for the good yet. The more I listen to him and research his back ground the more I feel the President was the wrong person to have in the white house running our Country. The health bill that they are going to pass rather the people want it or not is just WRONG ! Why doesn't someone suggest just fix what we all have as far as the health care systems goes? The President will not get my vote in 2012.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  114. Vicky

    Change? Oh yeah, the rate at which our national debt is accumalating has quadrupled!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  115. Patt Eureka Mt

    President Obama inherited a nightmare, and everyday seems to bring new and bigger difficulties. Who would have thought we we even have pirates on our plate? We all share a responsibility in where our nation is headed. Most Americans would get poor grades as citizens, most media poor grades as journalists, and most of our elected have put the people above getting re-elected, the party, and the wishes of the lobbyists who have stuffed their pockets. Obama has to LEAD the way to a new tomorrow, and we all have to help in our own way.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  116. Colette Magwire

    One word – AWESOME!!!
    I am a conservative republican – I am so impressed. He has probably done more this year to promote peace, help the economy recover, and bring health care to the millions of people in the US then the republicans did the last decade.

    I wish the republicans would work with our president instead of against him.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  117. david c donovan m.d.

    A neophyte still trying to learn how to lead. why didnt he pressure
    foreign vaccine makers for an adequate supply instead of talking
    at length with david letterman ?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  118. david

    although i am republican, i would vote for the better, most honest candidate regardless of the party. i didnt trust the promises of obama and certainly couldnt see where the money would come from to pay for his agenda. the media seemed to be in control of his favorability. what has he done to deserve the nobel peace prize? too much too soon.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  119. Noel Gonzalez Sr.

    I am a registered Republican, I voted for our present president, and i don't regret my choice at all. We all knew that no matter who won the election for president that they would inherit one hell of a nightmare. But for the first time in my 43 years of life i can truely say that we have a president that is really trying to do some good. Yes he's trying to take on to many job at once and it can't all be done, but at leaset he's trying. So thank you Mr President for caring for the American people and not your pocket!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  120. Didier J. "Capi" DeNier

    Can we start all over?
    I am not impressed at all.
    The stimulus plan, currently in place with an "eyedropper policy" is not doing what it was supposed to do. Democrats should go back to "It's the economy stupid"
    As for the health plan, for or against the government "option", the most intelligent statement I have heard lately came from Joe Wilson. "If it is good enough for the american people it is good enough for lawmakers!!!"
    Finally an honest statement.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  121. Frank C. Hulse

    I believe that the Health Care debacle should be ended and the shift should be made to putting America's middle class back to work.
    There is no good reason for the President to be out campaigning for anyone. He should be working on how to create jobs. Small businesses are the key to the economic recovery, not government spending.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  122. Sabine Dutoit

    Pres. Obama is the best president this country has ever elected. If all the ideas he has outlined in his Audacity of Hope were implimented, the world would be transformed. I am a senior. Yes, I will not receive a COLA this year. I may have to pay more for some services. I live just above poverty level. He is doing the right thing. Making the Tough choices. I urge the young people to stay strongly supporting him. We older people will be gone. Please keep this remarkable man in office with the support he needs. He is cleaning up the abominable mess created by the previous administration. His plans will and are working. He can do it but only with our help.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  123. len

    living in Arizona, the stimulus funds have created 12,000 jobs but 196,000 were lost, do the math. Fire every Financial CEO(banks) or nationalize them and start over. Their greed know no boundries! Shame on them.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  124. Donita

    I am very proud of President Obama. I think he has done well for the first year. Every one is expecting a miracle in the first year and there were miracles. This country has NO patience and expected everyting to be done on January 21. Every one has to work together. The economy is getting better. Those who critize and write/speaks negatism cant see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think the next year will be better. The first year, he has to be able to see what has happen and try to fix what he can. BUSH made alot of promises and did not keep one promise but took the lives of over 45,000 people over OIL. I hope he can work more on recreating jobs and putting business back to work. God Bless the USA and our friends on the HILL

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  125. pink770

    As long as Barack Obama continues George Bush's policy of supporting businesses at the expense of the consumer, he is on shakey ground. No jobs no votes.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  126. Thomas Bickel

    The majority of Americans one year ago today didn't like what they saw. The polls told us that. But like a marriage gone bad, it's not always greener on the other side. I agree the economy was bad one year ago today, but big government isn't the answer. As history has taught us, if you let it go, it'll fix itself. Big Government isn't the answer. It never has been.

    How many times do you have to touch the stove with a fire in it to know that it's going to burn you? My children are smarter than that!

    No, I am not happy about what I see happening and taking place. Ever hear of the saying, the fish stinks from the head down? Well......

    R- Pa.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  127. Cheryl

    Listen, this president inheritied a mulititude of major issues our country needed to have addressed. From the economy to our health reform this president has been willing to hit it head on and work towards making the necessary changes.
    I believe this president has what it takes to make it happen. We didn't get in these situations in a year and it will definitely will take more than a year to get out.
    The president is willing to confront all these ole "mossbacks" and tell them that their way of doing what "always been done" does not work and its time to take a different route!
    Mistakes will be made and thats to be expected in the new paths that are being taken. That's how we learn what works and what doesn't.
    Even though I didn't vote for him, I'm definitely behind our president in making and working towards the change that our country needs.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  128. bob Niedzielski

    President Obama's first year is a DISASTER! His only accomplishments are increased costs to taxpayers through the bailouts, increased corruption in his administration, a healthcare reform bill most Americans do not want, increased Czars with no accountability, increased unemployment, reversed our country's committment to our friends in europe in ceasing to provide missle defense and finally, as the so called "Commander In Cheif" has failed to support our troops in Afghanistan. I think he should be IMPEACHED!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  129. Denny

    The President is spending unprecedented amounts of taxpayer money with little or no oversight. There are no positive results for America or Americans to date, and poor prospects for positive results in the future unless you consider shifting control of our economy to government bureaucrats. This healthcare bill is a disaster. Call your senators and put pressure on them to stop this massive experiment with our economy and our health. We in Nevada will do our best to remove Reid from office in 2010 but we need everyone who wants sensible health reform to put pressure on the senate now. Stop this crazy experiment before it gets out of control. CNN how about you giving us some oversight on where our money, and our great grandchildren's money, is being spent.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  130. Bill Campbell

    i think the President did an excellent job winning the election. Unfortunately he continues to blame the prior administration for every problem this country faces. This shows little class or leadership.
    An honest look would reveal the cause of our fiscal problems come from congress and the overspending of our government.
    Mr. Obama continues the spending spree at a rate unequaled in the history of our country.
    The president is a great speaker but his policies are horrible for the United States.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  131. John

    How has he done? Considering he walked into office in the middle of two major wars in the middle east and the recession and resulting failing banking and automobile industries – not to mention healthcare reform – he has stood up well on his promise for CHANGE in light of intense opposition from long entrenched lobbyist fronts, a government too comfortable with inaction in health care reform and a foreign policy so desperate for help that the international perspective is to grant him the Nobel Prize for peace even before any considerable action or results have taken place.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  132. Steve Brown

    I operate a successful small business in southern Oregon where unemployment is around 12%. I consider President Obama a daily inspiration because of the courage he displays, given the tough job he has. The politics of dignity goes a long way with me. It is worth noting that my business has done better this year than last.

    Steve Brown
    Ashland, Oregon

    November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  133. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    Melody you are like music to my ears.
    Rebublicans please list your parties acomplishments?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  134. sjuneau

    I don't get how fickle the whole country is. We voted for Obama we need to stand up with him. Never during the 26 years of voting, that I have been privileged to have, have I felt that this President is truly My President. America stop letting big money ruin your country.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  135. Heather

    I believe that President Obama is doing a great job as president! For those of you who say he has not passed health care should learn about how something gets passed; first congress has to give him something to pass, but they cannot get their stuff together and do what is best for the American people and give him something to pass. I am frustrated that there is just a lot of talk about what to do about the War, but as someone with several friends who are in the Military I am glad that he is considering all angles and thinking about the people that wear the uniform, not just winning a war!
    Change will happen, it will take time, just chill people!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  136. Dave Walls

    The President is Superman being constrained from change by Kryptonite. (the blue dog Democrats) supported by the party of "NO". Dave, Tamps.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  137. stephen

    For all he walk in to, he's great but their lot more to be done.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  138. Edita Sanderson

    Candidate Obama run as moderate and fooled a lot of Americans.
    President Obama coverned to the extreme left – bigger government -that government is the solution to people's live, not GOD; tax and expence – he has this notion that money grows on tree, forgetting that every penny they expence in Washington comes from hard working ordinary Americans; and last, his socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth is making America the borrower not the lender, the biggest debtor in the world.
    Conclusion: Candidate Obamama sounds good for America
    President Obama is a nightmare for America

    Thank you for CNN and hopefully you will contue to be the real watchdog for the people of this great country I love, the USA.
    Edita Sanderson

    November 4, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  139. Jeff Trammell

    He Stinks people are dying here no jobs and he's taking care of the rest of the world. He need"s to take care of the people Of The United States of America That is who he is president for, not the rest of the world.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  140. deb w

    Hurray for President Obama!!! He inherited a gigantic financial crisis which nearly destroyed the economy, not to mention the global economy, and is working hard to pull us through. Those who criticize him are thankful they are not in his shoes.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  141. Dave Walls

    He would be doing a great job had he not had to fight the Republicans and blue grass democrats running our country from bribes of the insurance companies and big business. DWalls, Tampa

    November 4, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  142. Denny

    This President seems to only know how to campaign. I'm not sure what office he is campaigning for now but maybe he could put that on hold for a few years and work on actually doing good things for America. So far I think he is a disgrace to the office he now holds. I expect things to get much worse under his lack of leadership but one can always hope he wakes up one morning and does something good for the people of this great country.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  143. mari in nc

    Where was the "Conservative Republican" voices when Bush was spending billions hand over fist for the "war on terror" ????? Selective memories.... or what are they really screaming about?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  144. juanita

    I am very pleased with the work of President Obama during his first year and will continue to support his agenda for this country. All democrats in Washington must get behind the President's health care plan and pass a REAL health care bill with a public option. We can turn this country around!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  145. gaza nobles

    Pres Obamas first year in office is better than Pres Bushs entire 8 yrs in office, we engaging our enemies in dialogue and taking time in our decisions to send young american lifes to war, God Bless Pres Obama

    November 4, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  146. Blue Collar

    As a Dem. I still have issues as to how he came into Office which indicated to me from the start that we were in for more of the same with him at the Helm. I believe he wants to be a good President but I also believe our 1yr old Pres. is learning to play ball with various factions of Congress in order to get things done which unfortunately includes some specific special Interest groups that he'll have to have in his corner in order to make positive change.

    Does the phrase, "Bitten off more than one can chew" mean anything to you?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  147. Anthony M Koicuba

    President Obama reminds me of an old saying that he is spending money like a drunk sailor on shore leave. I hope he sobers up before he puts us in a hole we cannot get out of.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  148. Mark-Twin Cities

    After one year President Obama took office,did do some things like unemployment extensions, cash for clunkers. However, the troops are still in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay still not closed, Jobs created are not in the private sector but government offices, stimulus packages gave companies the ability to give huge bonuses did not help the low to middle income. Unemployment rate is NOT improving at all, in fact is worse. More troops over seas will hurt the stock market. We cannot expect Iraq to be or reach to our living standards.Obama can't do things over night- granted, but should be honest with the reality and saying so. Yes was hoping for change, the only "change" is the dollar bill being worth two quarters,two dimes and a penny.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  149. Patrick Cannon

    I voted for Barrack Obama and I understand the tremendous challenges he faces on many fronts and issues. My support for our President will not waiver, I believe that he is doing everything possible to make the right Decisions regarding all aspects regarding the war in Afghanistan, Health care, the economy and theats to out national security in other areas that the American public is not even aware of. I am however disgusted with the partisan attempts by the Republican party to impede, hinder, discredit and attempt to create distrust of the President's efforts to the American people. The Republicans need to show the American people that they can and will step up to the plate and work quickly and diligently to bring finalization to these tasks set before them. If the Republican party put as much effort into truely serving the people of our nation as much as they have in their attempt to undermine progress on many issues, we would be a lot further down the road on all these challenges and enable our goverment to concentrate on other issues in a more timely manner. I really think it's time to clean out our congressional House and Senate and get some people in there that are not just motivated by money, greed and self indulgence.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  150. Patt Eureka Mt

    President Obama inherited a nightmare, and everyday seems to bring new and bigger difficulties. Who would have thought we we even have pirates on our plate? We all share a responsibility in where our nation is headed. Most Americans would get poor grades as citizens, most media poor grades as journalists, and most of our elected have put getting re-elected, the party, and the wishes of the lobbyists who have stuffed their pockets above their responsibility to the people.. Obama has to LEAD the way to a new tomorrow, and we all have to help in our own way. He has accomplished much, and certainly has improved our reputation globally. Many old ways must go, and make room for the new that will move this country forward. He was the talents and the vision to lead us , we must have the patience, and support. He can't do it alone as we go shopping.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  151. Elsworth Smith

    President Obama has been doing a great job working to slow the loss of jobs and turn the economy around, but it has only been nine months. Turning around the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression will take time. The President has restored America's standing around the world and at home is pushing through an agenda that will improve the living standards of working and middle class Americans. His intellect, discipline, and vision continues to be a source of inspiration and pride for most Americans.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  152. Larry Stokes

    Why do you contnue to report Obama's ethinic origion every time you mention his name. Like everyone else, I realize he is the first African American President, but is it necessary to continue to announce his race? Obama is half white, in all fairness, this should be mentioned as well. Looking back on other prominent polititions of color, I don't see this at all./IE Sec. of State Powell. Senator Brooke Sec. of State Rice. I feel CNN is more objective and less prejudice than the other news networks. After all, he could be refered to as a white man who is half Black, both cases are irrelevant. What is important is he has improved the respect of the US in the rest of the world. As Americans we should just be behind him. No matter what he looks like, he has the ability to connect with the rest of the world. Somthing we did not see in the last President

    November 4, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  153. Eddie

    Heidi, are you Republican? The tone and style of your interviewing as Anchore tend to portray your Republicanism.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  154. Quetta

    SC Indepent and Todd G, President Obama is a breath of fresh air compared to what we had lately. He is doing a wonderful job tackling unthinkable issues that by the way, he wouldnt have had if we had a real leader prior to him. Some say that President Clinton put policies in place that led to the financial meltdown, but what they dont say, is that the financial meltdown that we had didnt happen under his or no other Democratic watch. The job of a leader is to monitor situations and implement policies to help prevent crashes. If we had a thinker in the white house, this situation would not have spirrowed out of control as it had. Picking up the pieces of a disatrous 8 yrs, is no easy task. With all of the technologies, smart people in the US, as well as the many warnings that the Bush administration had, I dont see who would be giving Obama ANY slack for trying to clean up that mess! And he takes it all in stride and with dignity and grace, he dont mind, cause he knows, that someone has to do it, and Thank Goodness the American people knew that another one of the same self centered, arrogant, selfish kind would not have do. SC by the way has a Republican governor who is a joke and 2 Republican Senators and are leading the way in Unemployment. I guess, SC Independent, this is the type of leadership that you are used to, but not on my watch. I am quite ashamed to say that i am a native of SC, and oh by the way, let's not forget, Joe "U Lie" Wilson..... what a disgrace for our so called leadership, but i guess small, selfish minds, embrace these types.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  155. Rijuta Pathre

    Congratulations to President Obama. No other president had to deal with so many issues at one time and he is dealing it with such a grace and courage. Rebuclicans call themselves patriotic but when it comes to work together for the best of the country,they are only focus on how to defeat the President. If they want small govt. why are they themselves working in the goevernment? You don't need govt.interfeering in your life.Right? Then get out of it and stay out and let the President do his job with compassion,dignity and intelligent the virtues we have not seen for long time.American public is hepocratic..Why did not made fuss when war was spending money like crazy and now when Obama is trying get us out of ehole they are screaming about defficiet. Use your brains people. Don't react emotionaly because of extremes in right wing.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  156. Patrick Poor

    I am very disappointed in President Obama's lack of keeping his campaign promises. His whole campaign was based on his battle cry of change. He hasn't produced. It makes me wonder if he is more of the same–just another lying politician. The other problem I have with him is his headlong rush to socialism. He said he is not a socialist. Everything he is doing is to promote socialism. It looks like another lie. Attempts to create socialistic utopias have always failed in the past. It will fail this time as well, and may destroy our country in the process.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  157. Susan Holland

    President Obama is not representing the majority of the citizens and
    has obviously been paying back supporters with czar jobs, legislation that will put America even more in debt. Who authorized a government takeover of GM and Chrysler?
    Heidi you reported on new jobs created by German firm in Syracuse,
    but did you imagine companies would be taken over by European
    firms because the dollar is so WEAK?

    November 4, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  158. Yvonne Renee' Jordan

    Bam-Bam Obama!!
    It has ONLY been a year since his election and the man was handed the WORST of all possiblilities! People seem to forget that we were "Bushed" while our last president milked the citizens while the Bushes and their buddies were bankrolling off of the fuel! Apparently nobody remembers how Bush made sure to "bailout" big wall street and big bankers with John Q. Public's $$ before leaving office.
    Like Pres. Obama had anything to do with ALL that Bailout $$! Bush didn't even make sure where the money was going! Pres. Bush KNEW that those failing businesses were going to pay big bonuses to HIS buddies! If he didn't know, why didn't he put requirements on the financial aid.
    Big business knows the risks, that is WHY they incorporate themselves to protect the private property of the company heads! Bad bankers and poor managers of business should fail! That makes room for the "Little Guys" who have a dream and are willing to do what it takes to succeed!
    John Q. Public, who finds it hard to keep milk and bread on the table for the children, should have NEVER been expected to pay big payouts to individuals that apparently couldn't manage finances!
    Bam-Bam Obama!! Keep fighting the fight for us Citizens that desire a chance for our great-great-great-great-grandchildren's grandchildren!
    I love the Green Energy movement. Protection of the water, air & natural resources is vital to human life.
    Thank-you, Pres. Obama, for repealing the law that allows our Federal Government to invade patients rights in states that allow for medical marijuana! Fixing America's roads is a GIANT plus also, as anyone that travels the roads of this country very well knows!
    Pres. Obama is a VERY brave soul to even WANT to step into the mess he was elected to fix!! .
    My little sister is a Republican, and she adores the Bush's. Apparently, it is easy to be blinded by the political party and ignore the damage America suffered with it's hand in the bushes twice!
    My prayers and best wishes are with the Obama family! Keep chipping away at that giant stone you were handed on OUR behalf!!
    For the PEOPLE & by the PEOPLE should NOT include big payouts to shoddy business practitioners!!
    Keep the Faith!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  159. Pol watcher

    Obama promised 'change' and that's what we're getting – in spades!
    So far, he's instituted more wasteful spending...more debt spending money we don't have... more Constitutional rights taken away... more unwanted government control in our lives... more leaning towards socialism.... and now perhaps more war, adding additional troops to Afghanistan.
    He reminds me of an irresponsible boy, trying to do a 'man's job." Just flash a smile... and (he hopes!) all will approve.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  160. Lowell

    It is not about Obama, It is all about the right and left of both houses of congress. Both sides are owned by some group of right wing or left wingers looking out for their own behind's. If only Obama could do what he was elected to do, our problems would slowly go away. You can't fix 8 years of nothing in 10 month's

    November 4, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  161. Susan

    The media has been making a big deal over the elections for governor in New Jersey and Virginia, as though it is a referendum on Obama' s leadership. When people elect a governor, they want the best person to manage the state period. Massachusetts is without a doubt a strongly Democratic state, yet most of the governors have been Republican. Rhode Island is also strongly Democrat and half of the governors have been Republican.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  162. Kathy Smith

    President Obama is spending money that the US does not have. WE ARE BROKE!! We must help ourselves before we can help others. He and the government in general is selling out country out. Stop spending.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  163. CeeBrooke83

    I think it is ridiculous to ridicule the president at such an early stage of his term. So often, Democrats or those who voted for Obama are criticized for putting him on a pedestal of perfection and godliness. However, Republicans feed into this stereotype with their unrealistic deadlines of turnaround. If it took 8 years to get us into this mess, it is going to take a lot longer than one year to see improvement. Patience is a virtue!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  164. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    Edward all americans feel the hurt of 9-11.
    Many do not know how to heal this wound. We also have Katrina- Bush victims. Let President Obama get our finances in order and people back to work.
    Suing Saudi Arabia I don't understand? Bin Laden is the one you want
    to seek. He cannot live forever. All of us are just mere mortals.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  165. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    susan your right.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  166. judy and andy fabri

    Dear Heidi, President Obama has done a wonderful job. He was strapped with a trillion dollar deficit, a failing economy, disgrace throughout the world, failing banks and insurance companies, housing foreclosures in the millions, job losses in the tens of millions and a healthcare boondoggle that allows tens of thousands of people to die each year and that no president up until him has had the moxy to tackle. He has met these challenges with a level head and dedication to purpose that we have not seen for decades. Hooray for our President, he has God and the American people on his side, with them, how can he fail? Sincerely Andy and Judy

    November 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  167. Conscious Mindz

    I think given the tremendous amount of bad politics in the past 8 years, 10 months for Obama is making good traction. Out of 500 promises he has delievered on 49 vs 14 he has not, is impressive. We as he stated, have a long road to climb and it ISN'T going to happen over night. America must be patient because it didn't take 10 months to get us here in the worst recessions in history. The change we voted for MUST come from the people. Obama can only provide the vehicle for "CHANGE". We as American must join in to help change happen and stop THINKING one man can "CHANGE" the world.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  168. kayla

    It's been a hard time, but the president never said it would be easy. I voted for him, support him and damn proud of him. I'm with him 200%!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  169. Fernanda

    President Obama is doing a good job > He is working for the midlle working class people and i hope both Democrats and Republicans work together to pass the health care reform so much needed for all Americans .
    I aprove all the hard work President Obama has been doing.
    God bless America

    November 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  170. Motown Expat

    The stimulus spending has done little to help the average American while hugely increasing the national debt.

    Obama continues to push his Socialist agenda. His apologies to other countries should be an embarrassment to all Americans.

    He seeks publicity when it suits his purposes but complains about that publicity when it does not. He spends $million$ of taxpayer monies on "date nights" with his wife and complains when people criticize such expenses. His wife similarly spends taxpayer monie$ for personal indulgences such as shopping for recipe ingredients. The Obamas are not private citizens; they should not feel free to indulge all personal whims when those whims carry a cost to the American taxpayer.

    Obama the great campaigner is showing himself to be a selfish, thin-skinned and indecisive leader who is incapable of compromise with respect to his personal agenda.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  171. Tim

    The only person that is glad that Obama is President and doing such a terrible job is Jimmy Carterand George Bush. Carter and Bush know they will not be called the worst Presidents in recent times anymore now that we have Obama who now claims that title of the worst President in recent times.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  172. Quetta

    many more accomplishments would have been shaped by now, if it wasnt for the tug of war in Washington. Obama is not an expert in every field and therefore, he dont try to be and that is why he has hired Czars to fill in some of the blanks. One should be proud that there is not a big Know It All' in the leadership position, but a pragmatic type that knows his own worth and isnt uneasy getting varying opinions. Washington might be the same to you because Republicans are stubborn, selfish politicians, that are fightin him tooth and nails. if everyone had the people's best interest at heart, then we would have had better results sooner. Only small minded people would expect miracles in a matter of days. I guess those same minds, took their eyes of the ball for eight years of disaster, but now all of a sudden they want to pay attention. Well, do note that Obama is trying to work together but Republicans will not dare give him that type of victory therefore, they will continue to tell lies and use stall tactics, that unfortunately, the like minds will not see through the smoke.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  173. Dodie ~ California

    I believe President Obama has worked harder than any president I have ever witnessed. Even though I may not always agree with his tactics, I believe he is doing the very best he can for this country. As someone pointed out from Canada, President Obama took the helm of a vessel that had run aground with no fuel.

    President Obama took office when our country was on the verge of collapse resulting from 50 years of Capitalism taking over and with the Bush Administration finally pushing us over the edge. President Obama still has a difficult uphill battle. He definitely needs our support. (((He cannot fix everything.))) Between Lobbyists, derivatives, hedge funds, Congress more interested in their welfare than ours and large corporations strangling the life out of this country with their greed, we are a mess. I believe President Obama really wants to do the best he can for this country. He is NOT some Greedy SOB like other leaders of previous administrations.

    His willingness to join the rest of the world and bridge relationships through communication instead of holding the USA as an arrogant country that thinks we are better than any other country will make the USA safer. You make enemies by being an arrogant self righteous country. That was how we were perceived by many countries who just tolerated our presence for the past 8 years. I appreciate President Obama and our vice president, Biden for their honesty! I may not always like it, but I have respect for this administration. I know it is not perfect; however, I am so thankful that I am not being lied to like I was for the past 8 years.

    Thank You President Obama. You get an A in my book!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  174. RB in Calif

    President Obama is doing a great job! What an incredibly hard working and decent man we have for our leader. With all the accomplishments that other bloggers have listed and the short time period in office he has made great strides.

    I think most of us do not realize what a complex and complicated lawmaking system we have in place and therefore expect instant results too often. Also, for this administration, the negative and politically driven force from the right only makes it more complex. I would like to see democrats use some of the same force and intensity that the repubs use and get a way with and keeps their followers so fired up.

    Also, I am watching cable news less and less, and I'm kind of a news junkie, because the tone is wrong. Please, instead of analyzing and analyzing this administration and comparing and comparing and stating over and over how partisan how nation is, how about reporting on what is being accomplished, dig deep in to those stories; I see some of that, I want more. And, start reporting over and over when dems and repubs work together. Set the new tone of bi-partisan workings. I know there must be some out there. It is true that we start believing that which we are told over and over. So please!!! change the tone from negative to positive. Let the extremists be the negative ones. Most people will recognize that they don't want that.

    We are undergoing a huge shift in so many ways. I, as a mom of 4, believe it's for the better; greener, closer to home stuff/community, family values, better education, health care that's readily available and affordable, quality of life things. Report on all of that please!

    Our president has the heart, the intelligence, the will, the talent, the charisma to lead us, we just have to be willing. The media could play a huge role in helping the positive come about.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  175. kate

    Heidi......Impressed ! This new young president is smart, serious and dedicated. I've never seen a president like him. He's working on numerous issues handed to him from the previous eight years of narrow minded thinking, and making progress on most of them.

    What he needs to work on, will take time and support to fix.

    His ability is amazing. We love him and are behind him 100 percent of the way.

    We think he'll go down as one of the best presidents of all times.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  176. Dan

    Well, this country voted for his "change" campaign. I am neither Democrat or Republican, but I must tell you, by the time he gets done with his spending agenda, you will have "change" all right. You will have pennies left in your pocket. If you are lucky, you may have a few nickels. We have to pay for all of this spending some how.
    Also, he claims to be a Christian, but the first act in office was to overturn the ban on federal funding for international abortion, and now he is catering to the Gay community.
    As a Christian, my bible says God created Eve, not Steve, for Adam. No wonder we have so many natural disasters. The almighty is trying to get our attention. WAKE UP AMERICA!! Lets get back to the biblical principals our country was founded on.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  177. pc

    He's doing a great job considering all the speed bumps by the right wing nut jobs.we need to vote out all the bull sh&tters out of congress so the president can move forward and bring this country into the 21 st century.thank you MR president for your love and dedication to our country.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  178. Marie

    These Libs will always blame Bush. Even though the democrats ran the Senate for the last 3 years. Bush brought us a long way after 9/11 but he did not whine on what was put on his table. This economic crisis would not of happen if it wasn't for the dems with all their liberal agendas. And now with Obama and the Senate and House we might as well kiss this great country goodbye. Entilements are coming for everybody!!!! Well the young will pay the price for this disater. There problem.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  179. Abby

    Please give the Man a chance! He inherited 8 years of mess. Why do we expect him to resolve everything in 8 months?????
    President Obama, we have faith in you.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  180. Heyward

    Obama was elected one year ago today, he hasn't been in office one year as of yet. Secondly I heard some Pakistanis complain about Obama but they have not joined in or helped the US at all in capturing Osama in laden (remember him). If they want our help, then they must put forward an Olive Branch themselves. I was appalled at their criticism at our President. They have some nerve.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  181. Virginia Jourdan

    When asked to grade Pres. Obama people should be asked if they know what he has accomplished so far, if they don't, tell them and then ask them to give him a grade. Pres. Obama has accomplished a lot in one year and he is still pushing hard to accomplish more. I give him an A.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  182. Dodie ~ California

    In my opinion, President Obama has been doing a paramount job!

    The general American public is extremely impatient and wants everything right now. In the depression of the 1930s, the stock market did not fully rebound to the 1928 levels until 1956. This was 28 years. To expect a president to fix our economic mess within 1 year is absolutely outrageous. It should also be noted that the start of the economic mess started in 2007 which was on the Bush Administration’s watch!!! In the depression of the 1930s, the job loss was at 11%. I live in California and our job loss is currently over 12%.

    I understand that the conservative party leads the moronic mass of our population by misinforming and criticizing President Obama's Administration through the use of “fear” and “moral” tactics in order to accomplish their own selfish and greedy agenda. Just remember that “values” does not keep people from losing their jobs, homes or put food on the table!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  183. tonee (dallas)

    Good job! Not yet great, but on his way.

    Water never boils when you're standing over it. Trust, it will get hot.

    No one expects to have a degree after their freshman year of college. Give the man time to Bloom... Barack is working on his Core Classes.

    *Fans claim Lebron James saved the NBA, but doesn't have a ring yet. They have faith he will get it one day.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  184. Donna R.

    It isn't the prez who is messing up, it's Congress. Do you really think they care about us and our financial troubles? As long as those clowns have their jobs,over-paid salaries, and perks, Congress will do what they darn well please. The only thing Barack needs to do is grow bigger kahunas!!

    November 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  185. tonee (dallas)

    also, those complaining about joblessness... do you really have time to be glued to the computer, blogging?

    make yourself a promise and live up to your own hype first.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  186. scotte

    I would hate to see the state of our country if Pres Obama had stood by like pres Bush and let the financial cancer destroy our country. Why are so many americans ignorant to the fact tht the country was
    headed to a complete shutdowm and he and his economic advisers saved us from drowning. Further, if most americans saw their bill for their last medical procedure that the insurance company paid, there would be no opposition to health care reform. God bless Obama.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  187. Quetta

    Obama need to be a little more reprimanding and call names when it comes to his agenda being blocked. those who voted for him expected certain things and understand that they dont happen over night, however,if it is up to the Repubs, it will never happen. they dont want him to have ANY victories whatsoever, even if it is beneficial for the people. it surprises me that many among them are so small that they cannot figure that out. they really dont see the the Repubs are very selfish and self centered and would rather protect their trinkets of bribes than to make America better. Wake up you people and smell the TEA.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  188. G Whipple

    President OBAMA is doing a great job. If those who elected Him would stand behind Obama he would be doing an excellent job. But we the people are letting the FAR RIght Party of NO drown out the CHANGE we voted for.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  189. Quetta

    i would like to see Pres Obama change the banking system and actually prosecute the bankers because they have insured other banks knowing that they didnt have the funds if something extreme happened, as it did. There is a word for that and it is Insurance Fraud. Many people are pointing out why we cant even fire those top executives because the banks will probably fail and that they are experts. Well, to me, those top executives have already failed and why would we want to keep them running any bank when they have already ran them amuck. Top CEOs of banks that riskilly insured other banks should be reprimanded with not just a loss of job but a jail sentence. This may not get all of our taxpayer dollars back but I think some might feel some sense of justification.

    November 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  190. David

    I think, for one thing, that President Obama through the stimulus has gotten hold of the wild fluctuations in the economy, infused a new energy and friendliness into foreign affairs, and given the country a chance to look at itself again. That last sounds vague. What I want to say is that by going in whole hog on health care, by talking about increasing access, the President has opens up the future a bit. It has to be worked out, that's for sure, but getting into the details explores health insurance and medical care possibilities and that's a brush with enlightenment. Job creation follows growth in the GDP as I understand but it is important for the President and congress to encourage and stimulate areas of the economy that will see future expansion in employment. Hopefully job growth comes about soon.

    That's sort of policy focused, there's a bit of relaxation, so to speak in the country now. Just a slight easing up of pressure on the public, on all of us.

    That's my view Heidi. This topic could take up a whole hour long show if you wanted.

    November 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  191. Felicia

    Under the circumstances that he has had to deal with, President Obama has done an excellent job. The Republican Party and its supporters have given him backlash, has contributed to the spread so much misguided information, and has tried to suppress every effort that the Democratic Party has made to correct some of the damage that the Republican Party did before he even came into office. It is amazing to me how much information there is in the media, especially the Internet that slanders the Democratic Party, and spreads hatred towards President Obama and everything he stands for. It is unfortunate that more often than not, the media is based on rhetoric that is centered around propaganda designed to persuade viewers into thinking the way that they "the media" wants them to think. The Republican Party has purposely set him up to fail by using such propaganda, and refusing to support him on anything that he does. It's sad that so many Americans fail to see this. The Republican Party did the damage, and they have flipped the script by putting the blame in President Obama’s lap. They come across as bullies; they try at every opportunity to keep the upper hand at suppressing growth and opportunities for change, and they are blaming Obama for something that they created. I feel that Obama has done an excellent job. I don't think that there is another person on this earth that could do any better given the circumstances that he has had to deal with. It is so easy to point the finger and say what he hasn't done, instead of giving him credit for his efforts and for what he has done. Rome was not built in a day, and The Republican Party did not screw up the American Government and it’s economy in a day.

    November 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  192. Leo Marquez

    On the newsroom, Tony Brown, mentioned that Warren Buffett who's financial/investing advice is so valued, had some more pulic advice to give Americans. But the question I'd love Mr. Buffett to answer is, according to Jay Epstein, how can the Berkshire Hathaway corp buy Moody's for 500 million, proceed to issue triple-A ratings for sometimes 3 times the fees, to companies who they subsequently graded and used the financial instrument of "structured debt". They also paid the same handsome fees for rating these "piggy back" debt packages in which the original structured debt package served as 100% collateral. These wer pools of debt which included subprime mortgages and credit card debt with a derivative called credit default swaps (to insure them,in theory at least, against default). By 2007 Moody's had taken in more than 3 billion dollars in fees and buffett's was valued at 3.2 billion dollars giving him a paper profit of 2.7 billion dollars. In his companies 2002 annual report he said derivative contracts are "time bombs, both for the parties that deal in them and the economic system." Now the question is Mr. Buffett how can you justify this type of hypocritical chicanery????????

    November 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  193. Truth or Consequences

    Nothing anyone has said matters at this point. Just put the pieces together and come to the NATURAL conclusion. What do you think about these pieces?

    1. One of first actions: issued Executive Order sealing personal records... birth certificate, passports, school registrations, records, religious records, etc.

    2. August: Brought his LosAngeles Occidental College Prof & family to the Oval Office for a 10-minute meeting. Reporter asked Prof Roger Boesche what transpired in 10 min. mtg. Prof said O told him about his Health Care plan, and oh, by the way, that O complained about grade of B he received from the Prof in European Political Thought and wanted an A. Does this make sense? However, such a meeting might have more meaning if one were concerned about leaks of personal records that might reveal category in which college funding was granted – such as "foreign student" then one might want to engage "insider help" and secure from any possible leak... and perhaps discussion of "health plans" might fit in. 10 minutes might do it.

    3. Approx Aug. 15, 2009 Article in L.A. Times about the interview, included PHOTO OF THE PROF at his California home or college workdesk that was taken in DECEMBER before the August meeting BY Jay Clendenin of the L.A.Times.

    4. Personally HIRED lawyers to pursue avenues for legally deflecting attempts by Americans to get documents, in addition to Exec.Order; many attempts by concerned citizens to obtain those records legally were thwarted and Hearings refused, such as latest promise by Judge Carter(?) in California setting a Jan. 10, 2010 Hearing then withdrawing and refusing to hold the Hearing just a short time after it was publicized that he had set a Hearing.

    5. Agreed to release Log of Visitors to Oval Office; lied, only released partial list, released portion does not show August meetings (the Professor) etc.

    Then, among first actions were activities involving Unions. Consider as payback for support.

    What has payback been to those business people who guided and supported his election?

    Consider the urgency of the Health Care Plan... does anybody realize that the big prize goes to the corporations/businesses who will be able to dump their Human Resources BENEFITS departments, dump those employees, dump the equipment and facilities required for that operation, dump the time spent on research of various insurance policies to select and offer options to employees, to dump the paperwork, and to pour the businesses' huge savings into their own pockets??????????? The employees will be "dumped" on the "Public" "Consumer" "whatever" OPTION.
    There is a name change we could suggest... How about the Corporate Health Benefit Plan... it sure isn't the Public, Consumer, American Health Benefit plan.

    Please comment with corrections if any, to these puzzle pieces!!

    November 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  194. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Every one wants to blame George Bush for this war well heres some food for thought George Bush inherited this war from Bill Clinton from not taking out Osama Bin Laudin when he had a clear shot at his head so this war was in real time was a Democratic fault .

    November 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  195. Robert Lake,MI

    People must remember that Obama was elected due in large part that most Americans were sick of GW Bush and knew McCain offered more of the same. Obama was in the right place at the right time. Having said that middle class America has seen no change and pretty much more of the same, only instead of the wealthy benefitting from the Administration the poor are benefitting from the current Administration in areas that are plain ridiculas! Obama does not believe in the American dream he believes that since you are poor for whatever the reason may be he`s going to take care of you and this is whats going on and it will be why Obama and the majority in both the house and senate will lose in 2012!

    November 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  196. Bob in Tulsa

    Republican Renaissance? Really? If they had won over half of all the elections being decided, I might agree. How many did they win? How many did they lose? This country still has a hell of a mess to clean up after the Republicans tried to dismantle everything from the Constitution to the treasury. Keep in mind that the Republicans have a well orchestrated plan to obstruct and delay any legislation that would resolve the issues Americans wants fixed. That doesn't come from me. Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Oklahoma has already admitted Republican plans to make Obama look bad by delaying key legislation and then blaming him for not producing results when the next election rolls around. Inhofe's comments are documented in the Tulsa World in an article that appeared several months ago. How can you trust people who are more than willing to sell out the best interests of the American people just to further their own political power play? The party that wraps itself in the flag and religious conservative "values" is oozing massive quantities of slime. Get wise America.

    November 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  197. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Put the blame where it belongs The blame for the war goes to Bill Clinton and the recesion goes to George Bush and if you dont like that lets have a blog fight.

    November 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  198. maria

    President Obama has done a great job especially considering what he inherited. I dont know why people keep referring to him as "a year in office" when a year isn't until Jan. We Americans need to be a lot more patient; he has the weight of the world on his shoulders and I think he is being treated unfairly. He is our president; folks need to accept that and stop the hatred and division and try to work together to solve our issues. We have major issues in this country and its ridiculous how much news coverage is spent with a day by day, minute by minute following of washington...give it all a break; we can't even get news on what else is happening for all of this political coverage with in accurate info. How on earth can you blame him for losses in VA and NJ; had he not supported the candidates there he would have been blamed for the loss just like he is getting the blame now. Wake up america; he is only one man and the exit polls showed that those voters think he is doing a good job so why does the media keep putting a spin on it today that the democrats may be in trouble...even though history shows this is always the case in these states when one party is in office the other party wins these elections. So please stop trying to get ratings and report the facts and move on. Also give Pres. Obama the respect he deserves. He inherited a huge mess that no other president in my lifetime has inherited and he deserves our patience and support. The republicans dont need to celebrate too much; they are racist bigots and need to wake up and realize they had control for 8 years and did absolutely nothing so why do they think they have all of the answers all of a suddent. Its pitiful that our taxes pay them salaries to waste money like they are; the time they are spending working against the democratic agenda rather than trying to work together to solve our country ills. The economy, healthcare and jobs are not just problems to be solved by the white house; these are problems that need to be solve by everyone we have in office and we can't do that with the republicans opossing everything. Come on folks.....take a chill pill and work together to make this country better for all of us. All of these nasty attacks does not good for no the end of the day we have major issues that need to be addressed and you can't solve anything with these one sided conservatives us there who don't know the meaning of the words "I serve my country"......not just your party....but your country...all of you in office; I dont care if you're democratic or republican you are all in office to server our country and not your own policital agenda. So if you just put on the hat of "what is best for my country" rather than what is best for my party then our entire country would be in a much better place and headed in the right direction.

    November 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  199. uma

    I like the candiadate Obama rather than the president Obama. He has tried in some areas ( health care ) and in some others he has failed miserably ( gay rights issues etc. ). He did not meet with the respected world religious leader Dalai Lama on his recent visit to US. He is the first president to do so. This is not good international policy and only boosted and strengthened China in violating Human rights issues.

    November 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    The President had a mess when he got into office and it can't be cleared up in a 1 or 2 years. This is a long and thankless process. The Bush administration did everything rough and without control and now someone else has to clean up the mess. This country was hated by everyone and why, because we had no respect for others and did not sit down and talk to anyone. Bush ran amok and ran many of out allies away from us. I respect the fact that President Obama is cautious about sending more troops to Afganistan. This is a unnecessary war and our young men and women should not be sent over there unless it is absolutely necessary. I like the way he talks to everyone even if he does not agree with them. Cheney said recently the President needs to go to over Afganistan and get the job done. Well did you and Mr. Bush get the job done when you were in office? I have read many things stating the President is weak and does not know what he is doing. My question to everyone who believes this is, why is it we are always running off fighting someone and don't say it is because we are always right. The President cares more about this country and the troops than Bush or Cheney ever did!

    November 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  201. David

    Felicia, Republicans are just standing firm until they get a majority in one or both houses of congress. When that happens they will probably loosen up and we'll see bipartisanship. President Obama swept into office with powerful and intense popularity and so they have to, on principle, stand in opposition to him. And both parties have to shoulder responsibility for the economy. The media gives the President a fair shake, though a bit sticky at pts.

    However, I do not intend to say that President Obama does not need any advice or comment when it comes to assessing how things are going. He does need that advice, as does any elected official, so as to better understand the desires and opinions of the electorate.

    November 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  202. Clinton R Bowen

    Hi Heidi
    It amazes me how the Republicans, can watch business leaders being hauled off to jail, convicted for stealing from their clients retirment accounts,it has happened over and over, then turn around and curse our beloved U.S. Goverment, when the goverment is doing everything they to help the public with their problems.Why do the Republicans, hate our goverment,so much ? The U.S. goverment does everything to insure our rights under the constitution and look o ut for the well being of its people. When as a young man I swore a oath when I joined the U.S. Marine Corps, to to my country,s goverment and every day I hear Republicans cursing curing it . This talk makes me sad to know that some people hate America, and they never critisize business leaders that are stealing them blind.Could it be that the Republican,s want Wall Street to be there goverment?

    November 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  203. Hector L. Campos

    It’s encouraging to read the many positive comments posted here by concerned & engaged Americans, and some from your friends/neighbours to the north, including my own.

    I don’t claim to speak on behalf of my fellow Canadians, but, know that in this country President Obama is highly liked & respected as a new bred of American leadership asserting what is fundamentally good about your country, its constitution, declaration of independence, and the essential values of justice, ethics, integrity, compassion, solidarity and what is right for the American people and beyond.

    He, the Democratic Party and its millions of supporters have an historical opportunity to reshape your country internally and reposition its place among the community of nations as a force of good in the world. I did not vote for President Obama, but, if I could I would have – he captured our imagination and offers the possibility of something much better, saner and worth striving for.

    Notwithstanding Limbaugh and his mentally deranged statements and the venom of some media editorialists and pundits from the extreme right, which very few people around the world take seriously, in the long run President Obama shall overcome the challenges and obstacles before him, especially if he can count with the unwavering support of the many Americans, wealthy and not so wealthy, who have invested time, energy, efforts in getting him to office. Have a little faith friends, he will prevail. HLC – Canada

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  204. nabil batarseh

    although i voted for obama,i think he is not handling the economy,the healh,the wars right.i cannot beleive the outragious spending.our grand children will suffer from these actions

    November 5, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  205. SC Independent

    What ever happened to AMERICA, "The land of the FREE?"
    Under Obama's administration, it's swiftly disappearing, as socialism is boldly replacing it. Recent doings to consider:
    – HEALTH CARE: We don't want our Health Care run by the Gov't!
    NO WAY! According to Rep. Michelle Bachmann on CNN-TV this morning... she reported that there's a scary phrase in there that "after 2013, we CANNOT buy PRIVATE insurance any more." (She cited page 92, if I recall!)
    – CASH FOR CLUNKERS: the Gov't is in the Automobile business – even telling us what cars we are allowed to BUY, and drive. Another "control technique."
    – EDUCATION: In today's newspaper "The Greenville News" (11/5/09 page 3) it states, schools are offered money to change their ways.
    Specifically, "Obama dangled $5 billion in federal grants to states willing to undertake an overhaul of their schools in SUPPORT OF THE WHITE HOUSE's PRIORITIES.
    Add these things to all the other Government control of our lives, the wasteful spending, the huge debt still accumulating, the pending decision of more troops sent to Afghanistan to lengthen the war, the disappearance of our Constitutional Rights....Where does it all end?
    Where is our FREEDOM in these plans??? Are we going to sit
    back and watch it disappear?

    November 5, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  206. Arine Ward

    Its simply amazing to me. Citizens will fume all the negative comments at President Obama. Never once giving him the chance to prove himself. INSTANT change isn't going to happen. Never has one President residing at 1600 Penn Ave, been able to INSTANTLY change mess. All this talk of your grand children having to pay for this clean up, what about what you and your children are paying for now. People don't read, they just speak, and that speaking causes other, non readers of FACTS to walk a path of confusion. Simply grow up Americans, and stop all your silly acting ways, the Constitution gave rights of Freedom of Speech but many of you take things too far. I simply say, Sad Day for America, as we have one of the Best Leaders In the World, and America still complains. America the never happy country, will reap what its sowing!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  207. Dawn

    I think when President Obama took office it gave the entire world a boost of energy for 'hope'. Things in the United States were pretty bleak and I think we desperetly needed some 'hope' which had been non existent for years.
    Now, I still think we need to remember how it was before he came into office and face realization that he can't work miracles – we need to remember the 'muk' we were in before he got there and give him a fair chance which is a fair amount of time , to try and turn things around. Also, it's not just up to him but all the others in Congress. Congress needs to work together to fix the problems and quit thinking of it as Republican or Democrat problems/answers.We need to support him as a Nation in crisis.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  208. Felicia in Georgia

    David, I agree, there are a lot of Republicans “not all” that are just standing firm until they win a majority so they can take over office. Bipartisanship? I don’t know, I would love to see that, but I beg to differ… You said that,” President Obama swept into office with powerful and intense popularity and so they have to, on principle, stand in opposition to him”. I’m confused, what’s more important, principalities or the people? It sounds like these individuals are acting more on emotions than anything. You said that the media gives the president a fair shake. There is nothing wrong with a fair shake here and there, but so much information is untrue. Just give me the facts, no opinions. I would rather hear the news from an unbiased stance. The Internet is the biggest culprit, there are so many websites that spread rumors, and hate about President Obama its mind-boggling. All I am saying is give people a fair chance to form their own opinions about the President without influencing their thoughts by spreading false rumors and hate.

    I agree that President Obama does need advice and should seek it on every given chance that it is needed. I really do wish that the Republican Party would put their defenses down and try to meet half way with the Democratic Party.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  209. C. Padgett-Morris

    I like many other Americans are sitting on the fence with this health care issue. On one hand, I think a univeral heath care system could be a good thing, but at the same time, I don't want the government deciding what I can and can't have. But, if you stop and think about it, insurance companies have been doing the same thing for years, they just call it denying benefits. I think that Americans would feel more receptive to the health care reform if the members of congress and all branches of government were to have to also utlize the same health care system. Why should the American people pay for them to have a different health care plan than what we have? If it is good enough for us, it should be good enough for them. I mean has anyone even thought to ask how much it is costing the American public to pay for the insurance coverage for these public servants? All of that money we are pouring into their health care benefits could go toward paying for benefits for all Americans. I'd really like to see this subject thoroughly investigated.

    November 7, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  210. SJ Martin

    I've taken to allegorical comparison for this topic.

    One: A house is neglected, and infested with termites, for eight years. Someone then inherits the house. What comes first? Fixing the foundation so the whole house doesn't end up in a sink hole or tending to the ascetics? Obama is attempting to shore up the foundation and the politicians can't put their personal politics aside long enough to provide for the American people.

    He gets an A for actually trying to, and for, making progress.

    While we're on the topic. Why is the American president being graded by foreign people? His obligations are first and foremost to the American people. Once he's managed his own obligations to his own country then we can contemplate his and our obligation to foreign countries.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  211. Gary

    It was a very sad day for our country when this man took office. He continues to talk about the sad state of affairs when he took office. Don't tell me he didn't know that when he took the job. He is trying to overhaul our complete way of doing business which includes the family. The issue of his birth etc is going to court the 26th of January. This man has alot of secrets.

    November 8, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  212. Anthony

    Here's what I saw from the begging when Obama was elected. I noticed that the Democracitc community where arrogant and to dependant on him to get so much done within a little time frame. The Republican community isn't even giving him a chance, and are being too egotistc about them losing. I think that both sides really need to let go of their pride and come together to find soltutions and get a better word out to make a progressive change. Obama said that he is absolutley willing to work with the community. I also see that too many people are being extemely impatient with him, but they got to realize that most of this change isn't going to happen within a year, and probably not even the second or third. But, if the community was really to come together then the change they want can move a little faster. So, here's what I'm saying, be patient and take things slow, come together and find solutions, do your best to get your word to him, and always, always expect mistakes, this, I believe, is a problem that many are having becuase they want the "perfect" president, but the truth is that no one is perfect.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  213. mercedes wilkins

    president obama had done an unbelievable job. you and i can't believe,but cry that this man had helped us. obama is truly the man, my man and i hope he reign beyond what the 22nd amendment say what he should reign to. i love obama, he was my senate, now, my president. i give him an high A. He desires it, and if he every runs again, or, do anthing, he got my vote and my support again.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  214. David

    Felicia, I guess what I'm saying is that President Obama along with democratic majorities in both houses of congress could be and are quite powerful and Republicans whose opinions about how govt should proceed to deal with health care reform, the economy, among many other issues are at pts opposed to some of the President's plans, must feel they should stand firmly against the pressure of the President and the legislative majority. In this there is a check on the popularity of the President but also on the democratic congress. I would like to say that in my post, I said principle, as in conviction from hard won practical experience of what people experience.

    I think bipartisanship will be forthcoming, esp as work continues on health care legislation.

    I agree with what you said about reporting. I can make up my own mind too. Though for a media outlet to have an editorial stance is not unheard of. I think that works for newspapers better than for national news networks though because those networks are viewed or read by so many people, so networks are beholden or should be to a high standard of impartiality and accuracy and thoroughness in reporting and giving relevant facts and background information.

    As for Republicans and Democrats meeting halfway, I think they can do that. Sorry for responding so late, didn't see your post until late last night.

    November 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  215. Amos Annan

    One year is not much time to clean up the Bush mess.

    If he was allowed to govern without the continuous Republican obstructionism, there would be more progress.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:40 am |