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January 20th, 2010
07:31 AM ET

President Obama's First Year...

A new CNN poll of polls shows a majority of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling his job.  We want to know what you think about the President's first year.  Complete this sentence, "President Obama's first year..."

Kyra will read some of your comments on the air between 10 am and 11 am ET.

This "Poll of Polls" consists of four surveys conducted in the past week: Fox News (January 12-13), ABC/Washington Post (January 12-15), CBS (January 14-17) and the Gallup tracking poll (January 15-17).  The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. L. Ives

    President Obama first year in office has been nothing more than a reckless spending frenzy by Obama and [Democratic] Congress along with broken campaign promises. He put our country further in debt than any single President in our history. He has broken most all his campaign promises, most important transparency in government and wasteful spending of our tax dollars. The back room politics he fostered in an attempt to pass an inefficient national health care program amounts to criminal behavior in our government. A process where the Republican Congress and American public were denied access. Chicago politics at their worst.

    January 20, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  2. frances

    President Obama's first year as president has been remarkable. He is the first President who is actually governing for the people. He is living up to the words in the Consitution and not the constitution of the Repbulican Party and Wall Street and that is, "government does not help its people, we just want the markets to run the country". Obama has the people of this country as his main mandate to help everyone in need, regulate the banks, clean up the environment. Republicans don't want anything that is going to take away from the profits of the large corporations who are funding them, or companies they may have shares and investments in. Obama is for the people, why don't we Americans get it? Are we going to be brainwashed by the Republicans forever?

    January 20, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  3. CW

    Obama gets an F

    January 20, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  4. brad ascalon

    Is proof that things will never get better in this country as much as we want them to.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  5. Linda

    disappointing,

    January 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  6. Jason

    has helped all Americans see that they don't want what he wants. 🙂

    January 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  7. Shawn Kruitbosch

    I think that, given what he's had to deal with, President Obama has done a phenomenal job! He's trying to lead in a country that's no longer ruled by majority. We are governed by a 41 seat minority in the US Senate.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  8. Glen Pizzolorusso

    President Obama's first year has been a wake up call to Americans who voted for "change" but didn't realize what "change" meant to Obama. Americans voted the terrible policies of Bush out and had no idea WHO they were voting in.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  9. Tabitha

    President Obama's first year in office has been a nice show of an idealist idea of the perfect United States that unfortunately will not be able to happen at this time. Ideas are great but the execution and timing are not happening.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  10. Tedd Lewis

    Kyra

    President Obama's first year in office has been the most challenging a first term president has faced since FDR took the reigns from Herbert Hoover. It has had its ups and downs with more successes in foreign affairs than at home. The latter was due to the partisan obstructionism of the Republican Party led by Rush Limbaugh.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  11. zack

    President Obama's first year of life was probably exciting, growing up in Hawaii as a young mulatto boy.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  12. Peter

    It crazy to think the people HATED Bush with a passion, but still approve of Obama. What good has he done?

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  13. gpoparazzi

    Worst disaster in D.C. I've seen in my life time!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  14. Rafael Suarez

    My opinion about the first year -THEHONEYMOON IS OVER

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  15. Portia

    I think that due to what the President inherited that he is doing as well as could be expected. We as Americans have a long way to go before we can see the results of him being elected to President. I hope that he is given that chance, the chance to show the voters that he will make good on what he proclaimed in his campaign. Make good on his promise for Change!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  16. John

    Obamas first year in office SUCKS!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  17. Tony Sprouse

    You need to learn to read it is Appomattox County not a-pox-mo-tox and check out a U.S. History book.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  18. Ruda Prushock

    President Obama's first year as president has been a total failure. As a loyal democrat I am very dissappointed. The loss of Senator Kennedy's seat is a sign that now people are wanting "change" from this new dissappointing president.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  19. JB from Georgia

    Massachusetts has healthcare....how dare they and Scott Brown keep the rest of us from having it !!!

    I am disgusted at the way the Democrats have handledthe drive for healthcare.
    the White House included!!

    President Obama needs to take control...NOW.Unless he really is a fraud. Re-introduce healthcare in segments. The most needy first.Apply a no spouse left behind rule for Medicare. Let the spouse of the former insurance holder BUY into Medicare when he/she who is 65 or older loses their job or retires.
    Let widows or widowers "assume" their spouses Medicare when they die if they are say 60 or older.
    Let individuals who have
    full healthcare coverage for life from their job donate their Medicare slot to a person in need
    determined by a list similar to the transplant list.
    Make it legal for self-employed to form groups with the same clout as CORPORATE America.
    Give a tax right off to Corporations who donate into a healthcare pool to provide insurance for those in need or allow them on their company roles or allow extended family to join on an employees policy ie. Mom, Dad, sister etc.
    DO SOMETHING. We are desperate and suffering out here

    January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  20. joe trezza

    Pres. Obam's first year has been a failure. New jobs and de-escalating the war should be his first priorities. He has done little on either front.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  21. sandra walters

    Too bad Obama does not have a dictators powers. Unfortunately our government is set up with 3 branches of government to insure a check and balance system. 'Change', promised by Obama, is being hijacked by one of the branches of government– the Congress. Just yesterday Senator Edward Kennedy's seat was won by a politician who promised he would vote against the health care bill being proposed.

    How can a man who has been in office for 1 year reverse all of the bad decisions and lack of legislation that put us in this downward spiral. When Congress steps up to the plate and passes legislation that protects the individual instead of the financiers then perhaps our country can return to it former days of strength and growth. Greed and special interests seem to running our country.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  22. Norma Marcio

    He did not live up to his promises. I am very disappointed.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  23. Kristen Bein

    President Obama's first year in office has been an exercise in what not to do. Pandering to Republican obstructionist tactics will not get Obama the reform he campaigned for. Its time to take off the gloves Mr. President.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  24. David Hall

    Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 – "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not & I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Amazing that he knew this 200 years ago and our president is just now learning this.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  25. CarolynW

    President Obama hasn't delivered what he promised. Instead of "transparency" as he campaigned on, meetings have been held behind closed doors and bills have been passed that haven't even been read! Companies have been handed taxpayer dollars and it hasn't improved the economy one bit. What kind of "hope and change" is that? It's business as usual in Washington DC, and President Obama is right in the middle of it as just another politician. No wonder his approval ratings are down.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  26. cindy long

    i think obama's doing a wonderful job. oh how quickly the republicans seen to forget that thier president is the one who left this mess and spent all that money read about cheney hello u go obama

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  27. Mary Clare

    Honestly, Obama's first year has proven to be one of the most politcally polarizing, non productive abysmal failures in my lifetime. I thought Carter was ineffective, this administrations is worse, way worse. The hope for positive change is gone as long as Obama remains on the current course and continues to have Rahm, Harry and Nancy running the country. Where is the candidate that promised to be president of all the people and promised to govern from a centrist position...

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  28. Rob Dickinson

    Unfortunately, Obama's first year has turned out to be a colossal waste of our precious time. At a time that we needed a microscope-tyoe focus on the economy and jobs, the president was chasing healthcare. And now that the Kennedy seat has gone to a Republican, it is like adding salt to the wound. What an unfortunate waste of time.

    Regards,
    Rob

    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  29. Jim Cyr

    Hi, I am a republican and did not vote for Obama. I did, though, have high hopes that he be successful. Well, that is proving not to be true. Too much under the counter deals, lies, deception, and unfulfilled promises. It is really sad to see our country going rapidly down the tubes. The american people have lost all hope of any type of recovery and lost all hope. We were promised some kind of recovery but instead, we are spending more than we have ever imagined. I think this president is out of control, does not have any idea what this country is about, and if it continues, we will face sever economic destruction and civil uprisings. This is going to be a very dark chapter in our country's history. I am really concerned and fearful of the road ahead. I pray for the younger generations. We have ruined all hope for them!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  30. Molly

    This president and his administration is running rough shod over the country and it's people. To campaign under an umbrella of honesty and openness, yet govern using the same tactics as Chicago politics, is saddening. This country had a moment of hope for a different kind of leader, yet the dissatisfaction is being heard when ever the people have a chance to be heard... VA, NJ, and now MA. How ironic that the state where "the shot heard 'round the world" was fired, has once again made a loud, resounding statement. Hey Mr. President, how do you like your tea?

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  31. Agnes

    He can only do what he can do. Its just unfortunate the people in charged of law making are playing games.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  32. Gary

    It is about time people took back what is theirs. Our President has little or no regard for the wants and wishes of the people he represents. Perhaps he needs to read his job description. This country can do much better

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  33. HECTOR ORTIZ

    I voted for President Obama and the only thing I am seeing is spending and nothing is been done.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  34. Christian Caceres

    Obama is doing a great job considering the condition the country was handed to him in, a lot of people may criticize him but they do not realize that the depression and wrecked economy was created by the Bush administration. If you guys are serious about equality and justice the American government should consider allowing the U.N. prosecuting that administrations (Bush) for war crime and bringing back the gold seal and kicking out the central bank (e.i. federal reserve). Yes Obama may of broken many promises but it is hard to come through when the criminals before him robbed and destroyed the peoples confidence in the government. American is way too scattered and destroyed to expect in 1 year for a single man to put together the pieces of an irresponsible government.

    Christian from up in Canada

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  35. RichardVR

    President Obamas first year has been tough, But he knew it would be. I think it is time that we all realize what we are up against. I cannot forget about the fact that Mr. Obama decided to run for office at a time where we were heading toward rock bottom and had not completely bottomed out when he sat in the seat. As an American, I know with all thats in my heart as much as we were informed, we all knew the day we voted that we had not yet hit rock bottom before we can be on the rise again. No matter what canidate was for office, you have to make a promise to the people who are voting for you and then once you are in office, you have to work on those promises. I refuse to blame Mr. Obama for the trouble that we are in. It isnt fair. What I am juding him on is his work. He had stood up in every way possible and so has the leaders around him that he has chosen. I trust President Obama. the polls that these websites run i believe are false because everyday people like myself, love everything he is working on in our country, incluing healthcare. So go on Obama administration. Its only been a year. Don't let them allow you to take the blame for all thats wrong. It is not your fault! GO DEMS. KEEP FIGHTING! WE DO NOT EXPECT YOU TO BE PERFECT. YOU TWO ARE HUMAN!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  36. Roger Richardson

    President Obama's first year in office has been a disaster for our country. Our standing in the world has been greatly diminished by his lack of leadership and the crooked goons he has surrounded himself with.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  37. Diane M.

    President Obama faced surmountable problems compared to previous recent Presidents. Miracles do not happen over night. Campaign promises broken by so many Presidents for centuries, time to get over thinking they can happen over night, and realize some just can not happen due to opposition from others in government. Its time we give up being Republican or Democratic and become just people working for people. This fight Republican or being Democrat is ruining our Nation, time to wake up become together.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  38. Larry Sperber

    I am so disappointed with all the promises, and all the failures. Both major parties are just in it for their own special interests at the expense of the American people. Stop the wars, re-enact the draft. Stop the wasteful spending. Start programs where people can earn a living, and have self respect. We are not fools, even though we have acted like fools in believing the promises over and over again, It will stop. Hopefully, before it's too late.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  39. Monica

    President Obama's first year as president has been wonderful. He was left with a mess from the previous administration and he is doing his best to clean it up. He is also trying to make us Americans not look so bad to the rest of the world. He is doing remarkable with what he was left and all of us as Americans should stand behind him, not ridicule him.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  40. chuck

    President Obama was elected with high aspirations, and has continuously ignored common sense approaches to various issues.

    F for dealing with terrorism
    F for Iran
    F for economy and jobs
    D for healthcare escapade
    D for Big Government takeovers and bailouts
    C to D for Afghanistan
    F for party politics
    B for Haiti

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  41. Jeanne

    President Obama is heading our nation in the wrong direction.
    The elites of this nation do not want to or care to listen to
    the individual citizens who work, own businesses and worry
    about the future of their children. Their is a lot more to this
    country then the northeast liberals and the California Nancy
    Pelosi liberals. He will forget these folks and find himself
    a one term president with a legacy of failure. The politicians
    not just President Obama and his advisors seem on a path
    that most of us who are possibly a quiet majority do not agree
    with in any way. He should try to fix the economy and keep
    this country safe.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  42. Wendy

    I really try not to down people at all but the only thing I see President Obama is doing for America is showing us how much he likes the camera. However, I dont know how much it is doing for our economy; since many people are still losing their jobs. And me being a mother of a child who was born with Down syndrome, I am not sure how much this new health care reform is going to help her in the long run.
    Obama is just a white man in a black mans clothing.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  43. Susan Catherwood

    President Obama's first year shows what a disaster had built up before he was elected–too bad we couldn't have replaced the entire Congress at the same time and given the President a chance to change so much of what needs changing in this country.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  44. Mr. S

    "President Obama's first year" has for the most part been good. Considering the fact that he is the first African American president many want to see him fail. I support him because the country is changing and becoming more diverse. Although he is tackling a worthy cause that I believe in and need, that is, namely, health care; it is now time to move to jobs and the economy. I worked for the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit program that helped stimulate the economy and assuage the fears of many who now cannot put food on the table.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  45. Catherine

    President Obama's first year has been outstanding. He continues to focus on the objectives of the country. He is on point with the issues that he ran on. He would be better served if the Republicans would get involved in moving forward instead of just voting NO. The Republicans are more focused on push for failure and not working to move this country forward.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  46. Wylene

    President Obama has no moral compass and it shows in all that he says. He has continued to fool many people but not everyone. He is having a wonderful time. He has been in violation of much of the US Constitution. If the color of his skin was white he would be on the road to impeachment.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  47. Kevin Wafford

    This is for Jason Carroll..& Anderson Cooper...
    I was wondering what happen with al the people of Haiti who where UN identified and burried in a mass grave, ate by rats etc. Will the Insurance company pay any life insurance claims.
    We know it was a poor nation but out of all the people affected someone had to have insurance.
    How will the process work we should ask? Will the Gov. there make the Insurance companies come forth with the names of people and businesses who had insurance on their love ones and property. If the people are decesed and records cannot be found I think the Gov. should require all insurance companies to review all their record and locate anyone holding a policy in force and pay the benifecaries....or those policies will become pure profit for insurance companies at the life and cost of this catastrophe.

    k Wafford

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  48. frombelair

    "President Obama's first year was very good: Obama has a 10 miles deep hole in the ground, , if you look from the surface, it appears that nothing is being done to fill it it`s so deep, you have to go inside the hole and see the people that are working trying to fill it, that`s when you realize that a lot is being done .

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  49. CJ

    First I would say he inherited a huge set of issues from previous administrations. In spite of that he campaigned heavily on the economy and I have seen very little improvement there. In fact, I think it has actually gotten worse since he took office. Althought most Americans agree that we need "some" type of health care system, that should have been number 6-7 out of his Top 10 priorities and yet he has spent almost every waking moment working on that.

    I voted for him believing he would make a difference, and although I still have faith he will, he needs to get off health care and onto creation of jobs, alternative energy sources, regulating the financial institutions that are bleeding Americans of their money, and getting us out of Iraq.

    Having a health care system with hundreds if not millions of people out of work will do very liitle good in the short term. We need immediated solutions to current issues, so please Mr. President, concentrate on what your campaign was based on and what led us to vote for you.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  50. c Spann

    I think that the President is doing a wonderful job with the mess he came into.Most people are expecting him to wave his hand & make everyting ok. That is unrealistic. It didn't take us overnight to get into this mess & it won't take overnight to get out.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  51. David

    President Obama's first year has been difficult. People forget that he walked into a bad position and has had to struggle with an opposition party who is more concerned with winning back the White House than helping to rebuild the country. This is not say he has not made some major mistakes: Health care and a stimulus bill that should have placed more emphasis on creating jobs, jobs and more jobs. Its funny how people are all of suddenly concerned about government spending but were silent when Bush was running up the national debt. In the end, we all need to be honest with ourselves. We need to raise taxes, cut spending and be prepared for some difficult days. There is no easy, 1-2-3 way out of OUR mess. We need to dig our way out of this now rather than argue over who got us here.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  52. Benjamin Winsor

    I am very disappointed in the President. I was hoping for real change in the way things are done in Washington. He appears to me to be no more than a pretty face, who when he has a prompter in front of him sounds great. Does he have any real substance? This negative curve in his performance is more than just being new on the job. He has followed through on virtually nothing. I still don't know what he thinks a health program should include and I already knew what the bought and paid for members of congress would present. Both democrats and republicans.Money still rules in DC and the president seems out of touch with everything.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  53. Carline Bienvenu

    What really could we have expected President Obama to accomplish in a year? He won over a county that was in disaster. Bush got the fruits without the labor. 8 years of procrastination and hurt. Obama was chosen for the people by the people, and I feel that he's out getting to know the people like a person. He's doing the best he can with what he has. Tell the repressors that they need to question the least fortunate folks, and we will tell you that in 3 yrs we shall be in those voting lines stronger then we were last year, voting for someone that cares for the people and not for his pockets.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  54. Thad W White

    has been exactly what we should have expected. We all knew there were no easy fixes to the conditions that his administration inherited. He said in his inaguration that these issues would not be met quickly, and without sacrifice, but he promised us that "they would be met." He is working hard, tackling the toughest issues. He said there would be false-starts, missteps, and diagreement. I think he is doing the best that anyone could do given what he was handed on day 1.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  55. Joe

    President Obama's first year has been a learning curve. To judge the President, you need to know what you are comparing against. I do not think that anyone is better suited to be President. President is certainly not an easy job, we are in a terrible economy with wars and earthquakes . Let's give him another year before becoming too harsh.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  56. John Tyler

    "President Obama's first year in office has been very disappointing. He had control of both houses of Congress but didn't have their support. His intentions were good but the Democratic Congress never got behind him. He inherited a real financial mess and only time will tell if his decisions were correct in the way it was handled. I feel bad for all of those unemployed losing their homes while Wall street got bailed out and now getting bonuses. His was put into office because it put hope in the working class Americans and I think they feel let down. The rich fat cats sit back and continue to get richer while the middle class is slowly becoming extinct. Americans can't survive on minimum wage and more are being forced to down to that level of life after having good paying jobs. Too many have lost their retirements in the Wall Street fiasco and will end up working until they die. There has been nothing done to give the working Americans some hope that their downward slide will end. Too many young Americans were taught that higher education is the best investment in their future. Now many of them are deep in debt with minimum wage jobs and the good jobs going overseas, why aren't they being bailed out like Wall Street was. Corporate greed must be rained in and Americans put to work. Americans working pay taxes to support our country. The outsourced work to India and China doesn't help the American that is unemployed or under employed.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  57. Fran Casey

    Kyra, I think we all need to give President time. He has done an amazing job during his first year in office. He needs our appreciation and encouragement. Obama told us that it would be an uphill battle to accomplish all that he wants to do. Let's all get behind him!

    Fran Casey

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  58. Jordan Diaz

    President Obama willfully entered a position to solve numerous dysfunctions that any of us would not have the guts or the intelligence to begin to solve. He is still at the beginning of his Presidency and is carefully maneuvering through the extremely complex situations he is faced with. I cannot comprehend how any American can criticize his efforts so quickly.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  59. c Spann

    I think that the President is doing a wonderful job with the mess he came into.Most people are expecting him to wave his hand & make everyting ok. That is unrealistic. It didn't take us overnight to get into this mess & it won't take overnight to get out.We need to be praying & not complaining

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  60. Donna

    Frances is clearly delusional.
    Obama clearly does not respect the American people or the USA. He is all about himself and governing in a Chicago thug mentality that he arose from. He is continually demeaning the tea party Americans, underestimating Seniors, NO TRANSPARENCY (which he promised). I am not a republican but I can not support the socialistic agenda of the democrats in power. I think that is what happened in Mass. Independent thinkers cannot support the destruction of our country that Obama seems bent on inflicting on us.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  61. Lisa Frederick (Albany, Louisiana)

    President Obama's first year as president has belonged to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and not the President. He looks more like a follower to the American public. The reason Scott Brown won in Massachusetts is because he appears to be a strong leader. Obama should do what he promised – CSPAN, bipartisanship, cut the pork. So far he's done the exact opposite.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  62. Margaret hodges

    President Obama's first year in office was definitely about change. However probably the historically the most unexpected day to day change in Presudential and political and global history, culminating with Scott Brown's culminating the mass change since the election.
    Margaret
    DE

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  63. Jean

    I think that Obama's first year has been disastrous and the really sad news is that he doesn't even realize it. I have managed people for years and anyone who says they have achieved a B+ in their first year on the job is totally out of touch. If the company that I work for is having an inordinate amount of people out of work, we are going into debt by leaps and bounds and I have the support of less than 50 percent of people whom I manage.... HOW IN HEAVEN'S NAME do I call myself not only "above average" but close to "superior." The goodness I see in his total disconnect with reality is that soon the American people will wake up and see what a terrible mistake they have made in terms of electing someone who hasn't got a clue. Actually I see that already happening. Obama will most certainly be a one term president and will only be remembered for one thing....showing his successor how NOT to do it.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  64. Ken E. Derrenbacker

    If the United states could be considered Mr. Obama's child he would be charged with reckless endagerment.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  65. Mike

    ...has been a disappointment so far. Huge budget deficits have been rung up with little improvement to the economy. The unemployment rate has grown as has the National Debt. On the plus side he still looks and sounds good in front of a camera.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  66. Barbara Burgess Maier

    President Obama's first year was remarkably successful despite the Republican's intransigence and the fact that far too many Americans think that we can quickly "channel surf " over difficult problems. If we all had the stamina and vision that the President does, we'd find ourselves ready for the level of commitment that our country deserves of us.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  67. craig

    You got to be kidding, spent our country in to a debt we will never get out from, failed to listen to the voice of the people on health care. Believes the lies about climate change, and still blames the previous jerk for everything. And then there is unemployment, and the continuous lies about transparency.How long will the ones supporting his administration hide their head in the sand. Remember what part of the body is sticking up in the air........

    A INDEPENDANT ! !

    January 20, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  68. Dee

    President Obama hasn't had a chance to do anything yet. He's been too busy taking out the trash that Bush stacked on America. It's sick how the Republicans keep the trash flowing and won't work with him to help America get back in balance. Bush split America in half and it remains paralized.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  69. Josseline Dorvelus

    I think the president is doing excellent considering the mess the country was at the time of his election. HOW MUCH can he does every single corner needs reform: jobs , health care, economy, security ... and many more. I dont give him A+ neither A- but A.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  70. Alex

    Obama's first year in office has been a great success for true Americans. He and his left-wing Congress have set the liberal agenda back at least 20 years, and for that I give him an A+.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  71. Carolyn Dimmick

    President Obama's First Year...was a difficult one. He had ONE year to turn around more than 8 years of mistakes and missteps in the economy and in policies that did NOT help the state of the government, however, I do NOT feel he has brought about all the change he promised. Bush was THE worst President ever elected and he did MAJOR damage. I still believe in President Obama and I feel he is really trying to make changes and good ones, but he has not stood up enough when it comes to these Republicans who have set out to undermine him. He needs to take a firmer stand on some things such as the health care reform bill. He is bending over backwards to get the votes he needs to the point he is practically stripping it bare and there is no longer a public option. I would love to see more transparency in government. I would like to see a bit more of a backbone. I feel he is highly intelligent, and unplussed, but at the same time he needs to get a little angry and breath some fire here. We need JOBS!! I wish he would have given EACH CITIZEN a million dollars instead of the big banks. We would have paid off our bills and gone spending. THAT would have helped the economy! The fat cats in Washington are just continuing what they are doing and now with an extra Republican, it will be even harder. Mr. President, you are amazing, but you need to step it up a notch and I would like a job! It has been more than a year since I lost both my jobs. Please do make changes and do it a bit quicker will ya? The USA is losing its grip on the world stage. We do need CHANGE and FAST!!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  72. Caitlyn

    I'm very proud of President Obama. Overall, I would give him an A- but he has had so many detractors and sabotagers. He inherited horrific problems and it's going to take time to stabalize each of the issues. The economy is better, jobs are starting to come back and houses are selling. I would urge people to be patient and to support our president. People are so flighty and abandon him so quickly. They forget that he has only been in office 1 year! I would say that the talking heads and " has been" vp's should move on and stop saying such bitter, hateful, inciteful, racists comments that cause separation and violence instead of being helpful and encouraging teamwork.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  73. Joyce

    I think President Obama is the biggest mistake America has ever made!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  74. Linda Gomez

    I think President Obama is doing a great job. He communicates with the public more often than his predecessors. In my view, he provides a balanced message without sugar coating. As a senior citizen, I am very concerned about the gap of health case accessibility. If you are not 65, and if you do not have health care benefits through an employer, premiums are too high. Pre-existing condition clauses are hard to meet for some people with chronic illnesses. I am fortunate to have coverage that is affordable and comprehensive. We need health care that cleans up the fraud in medicare, extends comprehensive coverage (including preventive health care) to all Americans, at all ages. We can't afford to abandon any age group. We need the wisdom of the elderly, the strength of the young and effective leadership in government that recognizes the need to collaborate to meet current and future needs of our country. I believe President Obama is such a leader. I support him 100% in his efforts. Oh, I am a registered republican, but have always voted for the person, not the party line.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  75. Tanya

    Obama is doing well considering the number of major issues our nation is facing. He saved our economy from the recession, he has taken swift action to help poor American's, save the auto industry, and the unemployed through benefits, unemployment insurance and tax advantages. During the election and still today American's are sick of the media games undermining our intellegence and the determination of the arrogant giants in the credit card, banking, and prescription drug industries that still believe that money matters more than people.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  76. Terri

    President Obama's first year I will say is not going that well, but this is at no fault of his own and it is not because he is not a good leader. When he came into office he came into a bad situation that has become worse. His color has been more of an issue than all the problems our country is facing. When I first heard about his rating, I asked myself if I could remember other President's being watched this closely. I personally feel white America is being very hard on him and considering the circumstances of what he entered into of course he may not be able to push his agenda when he has so many other things going on. He is still dealing with a failing economy where there are no jobs and jobs are still closing or leaving. He is still dealing with a war in Iraq that America should have never been in. He is dealing with our country's foreclosures of people's homes and large corporate bank issues, dealing with the lack of support because he is black and a lot of unnecessary criticism and this is not because he is incompentent and now this devastating earthquake in Haiti, which everyone is sitting back waiting on him to fail with that too. President stated on his way into office that it is going to take a lot of work to bring America back to where it was and he will not be able to do it all alone, I don't think no one man can. One thing we have to keep in mind, President Obama is our President "a man", not our Savior and people need to back off and stop grading him so much. I don't recall Bush being graded this much... President Obama is just getting his feet on the ground to begin running, but why run when you can pace yourself. I am truly glad he is a man who is poised and reserved and knows how to "shake the haters off!"

    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  77. phnxrth

    President Obama's first year has demonstrated to me that he's an especially guileful individual.

    At least his pushing and shoving (stimulus package after which he apparently didn't know what to do with the money, health care proposal rumored to be a bust) seems to end up somewhat frustrated.

    I'm sorry I voted for him. His first year has created the impression he favors special interests as much as his predecessor did.

    I thought George W. Bush should've been impeached and I also think Obama should be.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  78. Hank

    Kyra, I feel his first year in office has been a mixture of success and failure. What has been most burdensome overall is the plethora of spin-doctors on both the left and right , feeding on fear, and attempting to paint all policy decisions as black or white with no gray area.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  79. Edward W

    President Obama's first year demonstrates how the right man with the right people beside him can turn a wealthy democratic republic into a poor socialist nation. May the God of the Bible have mercy on us all.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  80. kelly

    Obama's doing exactly what i thought he would do nothing.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  81. Abe

    I think President Obama is doing a pretty good job considering the problems he inherited from the previous administration. What we need to do is as a nation is to come up with a solution and not depend on throwing people out of office. We are a nation of resolute and we should think how we can fix our ills. The president is doing all he could, he is not a miracle worker , so lets give him credit for trying. It is amazing how soon the voters forget where the problem started. What we need is vision, hope and giving this president a chance to succeed. God Bless our country.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  82. Muin

    President Obama's first year in office is probably bitter sweet. All I can on comment is news source. Yesterday, I read in NY Times yesterday that an old woman would vote republican in MA because she is unhappy with union deals regarding health care. Her kids would be directly affected by those deals because they don't have unions at their job. CNN reports that liberal progressives are attacking president's chief of staff because he killed public option. I initially thought higher voter turnout in MA would lead to DNC victtory but those news reports really tells the whole story. I didn't know who killed the public option or what union is doing until I read the news reports. We know republicans don't like him but his own party people are turning against him. Thats not good news!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  83. CJ

    The election results from yesterday should send the message to Mr. Obama that he is working on the wrong priority. In a state where the previous Senator was the original champion of a health care system and where the Democratic party could not retain the seat, that to me shows that people do not see health care as Number 1 on the agenda to get us back on the right course in this country.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  84. JR sears

    What a joke this guy is. He is a liar, did not hold to any of his promises, has dealt with the devil (unions), is playing people to get what he wants, and has taken this country down anvery dark road. With him, it is all about what he wants, not what is good for the country. The Dems and really showing thier colors. His administration needs to quit passing blame. They have done more damage in the past year than anyone previous to them has ever done. The are taking this country down the road to civil war. People can not and will not take very much more of this. I am afraid that if he and the Dems continue, he will be inpeached. What a disgrace this man is. You ask what I think of the job he has done, well, he has done a great job at ruining what we had, a great job of sleeping with the enemy, a great job of lying to us, a great job of taking the economy even farther down the drain, a great job of getting our troops involved in wars we don't need to be in, a great job at not doing his job!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  85. Chris Watkins

    President Obama's first year has been disappointing. With a president who promised change and reform, I continue to see business as usual in the White House and Congress.

    One of your early morning reports hit a cord with me – the president sat idling by and left congress to their means, to outline a health care bill, rather than the president presenting a vision for health care reform, that's not leadership!

    Let me summarize my thoughts for both sides – I am so sick and tired of partisan politics, when are they going to get it.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  86. Shirley O'Brien

    Considering the president has only been in office as long as 1 year, it's amazing the amount of business he has addressed from what he inherited from the last administration. I admire his determination to
    recover the economy, you can't fix easily something that has been broken. "Rome wasn't built in a day."The American people need to give him patience to fix the problem, he still has 3 more years.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  87. B. Ryan

    Obama appears more concerned with his legacy and how fast he can push things through the system behind closed doors and by circumventing the checks and balances that are necessary for the protection of the legal citizens of the United States of America than planning and listening. He is spending revenue that is not there by printing money which devalues the dollar, giving away tarp money for grants and not job creation, bailing out irresponsible businesses, forcing people to have health care coverage etc. I had to close my small business when the market turned and switch vocations, I did not ask for nor expect a handout.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  88. Gayle

    His socialistic agenda is only surpassed by his ability to constantly lie, and still have people believe him. We are in the greatest disarray I have ever seen in this country. Obama can't blame this mess on Bush. His unbelievable spending, his crazy agendas, his lack of protecting this country, and the fact that this world looks at him as a foolish, weak man is very sad. God help us all.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  89. Jen

    "President Obama's first year..." has been dissappointing. We have watched our government go from disorganized corruption to organized corruption. If we thought that our government could not get any bigger or any less fair or any worse than it already was, we were wrong. Electing Obama has taught us that it really does take some experience to run this country and the ability to remove special interests hooks that latch onto any candidate they think will do something for them at the expense of hard working Americans! Obama never wanted to unlatch the hooks....he is carting along a whole lot of baggage that we Americans would like to shed. It looks like he will be a one term President but the damage he will do will be felt for a long long time after the halls have been emptied of the less than honest people inhe has surrounded himself with knowingly . He is not keeping any of his promises. I would rather have the blundering George back in office quite frankly.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  90. Scott

    President Obama's first year in office has been all about change. Trying to change the fact that if you are rich you have it all, health care, and tax breaks. We are being brainwashed by the Republicans into believing that if we get health care it will bankrupt the country when they get the best health care of anyone that us as Americans pay for. It's the wolf leading the sheep and we are stupid enough to follow. I guess that makes us for the most part stupid sheep.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  91. Nikita Lott in Jasper, Tx

    President Obama's first year has been truly a struggle to which he has always stated would not be easy and that he is only one person and can not change the world over night. We as people must realize that he did not put the world in the situation that we are in. He is our President and with the help/support of others is working remarkable hard to rebuild the economy. People must keep in mind what has transpired Before President Obama took office!! Many Blessings to President Obama and his family as well as his staff.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  92. Lotty Lowman

    President Obama's first year in office has been an obysmal failure. I feel he and his administration are very out of touch with what "The People" want.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  93. Gina Whitney

    President Obamas first year in office was a disaster for him and his mob. The good thing that has come out of this administration's first year, though, is that "We The People" seem to have awaken from a lazy slumber that had them thinking they were disconnected from the process. I think the Obama administration had intended to take advantage of this slumber in order to "Fundamentally transform America." I'm thankful that the bulldozer that for a bit seamed unstoppable, now seems to be slowed a bit.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  94. Dee

    President Obama's first year has been what we'd expect, with Republicans causing all the dysfunction they can. Obama has tried to be bipartisan. He should just do things "his way", the outcome couldn't be any worse than Bush-whacker!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  95. Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Ph.D.

    President Obama's first year has been as remarkable as FDR's first term. He inherited horrendous sociopolitical and economic problems in both the national and international realms. Any one of these problems, from global economic meltdown to domestic deficits well beyond anything we could have imagined twenty years ago, could take a president a term or two just to make headway WITH cooperation from the House and Senate.. Our health care system must be re-built, not just reformed, to bring America up to par with the social democratic European societies that are successful at delivering health care and wellness to their populations with lower costs per GNP. Despite, Americans fear of increased taxes, t hose systems have citizens paying less out of pocket and with more spendable income. Efficiency does not mean fewer workers making less money, it also means removing profit from a service sector that is able to administer claims at a fraction of the cost which is where much of our health care dollars are spent. All that said, President Obama is doing a remarkable job. I would just urge him to stay on track and use the votes he has in the House and Senate to continue to do the things we supported with our votes. Almost forty years of social neglect or recalcitrance have been dumped on this presidency. Anyone who expected that those problems would be solved in a year, is either unrealistic or "playing for the other team."

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  96. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    President Obama's first year as president has been a train wreck .

    January 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  97. Jared McEntire

    President Obama's first year in office has been a disaster.
    Thank God for Scott Brown, to bring some balance and sense back to the White House. Obama care better be dead, because we need tort reform.
    We do not need 20,000 more pages of confusing government takeovers that are designed so more lawyers have to interpret the mess, driving costs up farther.
    Simplicity is the answer, the entire constitution is only 17 pages.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  98. Elizabeth Long

    President Obama's first year has been an unwelcome awakening. I feel as if I was completely duped. I voted for him based on hope and change. I felt he was the real deal. Instead I see only partisan politics, a huge amount of special interest deals (esp. the unions sweet deal, which he is pushing). I feel betrayed and disappointed. I felt that he had the opportunity to be the best president since Kennedy, and perhaps even surpass that. I feel now like I am looking at the Emperor with no clothes and the sight ain't pretty!
    He has a 3 years to follow up and make many wrongs right. I hope to be proven WRONG in the next 365 days.
    Additionally I cannot stand to see Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc. be more right (no pun) than wrong about this president. HELP!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  99. Gloria House

    I think President Obama has done a wonderful job and willbe one of the best presidents weve ever had. He has our agenda at heart instead of his own or his daddys.
    I am 73 years old, a retired auto worker from Michigan and I'm white
    as if that should make a difference!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  100. Mike Brown U.S. NAVY

    President Obama's first year is just that HIS FIRST YEAR. People seem to forget what kind of economy he had to take over. For those who say he has broken his campaign promises, I say give him the time to show if he has in fact broken them. He still has 3 more years to make good..hopefully 7 more years. Obama's fast reaction to the Haiti Earthquake shows what kind of President that we have now. How long did it take to get help to people in our own country the help they needed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.??

    January 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  101. Helio de Luque

    has not swayed form his original campaign promises. He promised that "change" will take time but it will get here.
    Anyone that understand our political process knows that in order for change to occur in any meaningful and productive manner, bi-partisan cooperation is needed.

    Obama is letting Congress know that this "change" will be realized as a result of cooperation and involvement across party lines.

    This first year has been, if you will, the "honeymoon" between the new administration and Congress. We should see more aggressive emphasis on this administration's agenda going forward.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  102. Veronica

    has been a disappointment, a year of broken promises.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  103. Tammy

    President Obama amazes me. He holds the office with so much dignity and grace. He governs for the people, not the special interests or the most powerful. I think his first year has had to be spent mostly shoring up the devastation caused prior to his taking office, and the changes he has promised are coming as quickly as he can do so responsibly. It, of course, would go much more quickly if the republicans had an agenda other than trying to destroy him. We need them to work with him, for us. (Wouldn't it be wonderful for us all if those 'serving' the people would all work together for our benefit, and not for the security of their own jobs) He's had a terrible mess put in his lap, and I can't imagine anyone doing any better. I'm very proud of him, his family, and his work in the country and the world.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  104. Mike Cooper

    As attested to in the recent election in the bluest of blue states (Mass.), the Presidents 1st year has been a shambles. The Mass. election is most defineatly a referendum on his administrations failed policies for: A. Health care B. Job creation C. defense of the country & D. reckless spending. Hopefully he will learn from this referendum and move more toward the center where the vast majority of Americans are. However as arrogant as he seems to be I'm sure they will put a rosey "spin" on this and move on with the minority agenda. This will be a big mistake in this Novembers elections.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  105. Frank Markey

    President Obama's first year has been the greatest threat to this country since the Civil War.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  106. amin yousouf

    Hi Keyra:
    I love to see America get out of the Problems that is created for the eight years of President Bush. President Obama is doing his best for every thing and it is not posible to get every thing done in one year. Economi, two wars, Housing problems, Unemlployment, and credit with Banks not cooperating with businesses, it's all big problems and takes time.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  107. vivian

    President Obama's first year has been a disappointment. I was so hopeful that he would make a difference. I came from a communist country and the way things
    are being done in Washington are reminding me of the disaster I left behind in my native land. When special groups get special treatment it takes me back to the
    way the folks belonging to the communist party were treated in contrast to the rest of the population. What a SAD day in America. I just hope that he and his
    comrades see the light and work together with all the Parties in Washington to get a FAIR Health Care Bill that would benefit all of US.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  108. Barry Thomas

    ...was 1. sabotaged by fear mongering from the right on health care, 2. knifed in the back by the banks and wall street after they were bailed out, 3. totally mismanaged by the Democrats who took a "screw it- we won" attitude, and 4. finally upset by the great American public that are impatient and wanted the economy fixed right away, jobs restored, and were unwilling to wait for the full results of the two year stimulus and completely unwilling to pay a little more in taxes or to give up anything for the good of all.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  109. Sharon Saunders

    I believe that the President's inexperience and lack of qualifications for the job are apparent. He has not stopped campaigning since he took office, and is still on the stump. He should instead be working with his colleagues ( and yes that includes the opposition) to advance the interests of the American People. Health Care does need to be addressed, but not through back room deals and pandering to special interest. The lawyers are grateful I'm sure, as are the union, people of Lousiana and Nebraska. When he realizes that he is in the office as our elected President and not the annointed one, maybe we can move forward and work toward a common goal. He has allowed Pelosi and Reed dictate his agenda, and I can assure you most Americans are not impressed.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  110. Diane

    I approve

    January 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  111. mark

    Step back a year and look at where this country was and where it. We were a couple of wrong moves away from settling into a long depression. No president has ever walked into such a mess, he could have used these bad times to turn his back on promises he made such as health care. Did any Rebulicans bring a health care bill to congress? No! There was over $500,000 million paid to defeat any reform. I think you know who was paid. All the Rebulicans want is to make this administration look bad they have no interest in fixing this country's problems. My wife and I paid over $15,000 for health insurance in 2007. Wake up people!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  112. Ruby

    I think President Obama is doing the best he can with the hand he's been dealt ... 2 wars, the recession, unemployment, etc.
    It took President Bush 8 years to get us in this mess. Americans want everything fixed yesterday. Even God took more than 1 day to create the universe. Americans need to throw away their "instant " everything mentality. Folks, give President Obama time to brew the coffee; it'll be well worth the wait.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  113. GARY MONTGOMERY

    the win for brown in mass. was not a win for rep.or a lost for dem. the truth of the matter is it was a set back for women. this country seems they are not ready for women it high office's..that is what happen to mrs. clinton. dr. king's dream is still on going for black an women

    January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  114. Mike

    President Obama's first year in office? My grade? I would give him an F! Gave him a chance in the beginning because I'M from Illinois. The cash for clunkers who did that help? People with jobs. We need jobs to be able to bye new cars. Should have known better. When he was an Illinois Senator he voted to increase the EPA tire user fee from 1.00 to 2.50 to help clean up used tire piles in Illinois. Illinois doesn't use the money for that anyway. As a US Senator he voted for the TPMS sensors in cars. That turned a .25 cent valve stem into a 100.00 dollar fix. I guess its not our responsability to check our own tire pressure. Unemployed Automobile Tech from ILL I NO IS!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  115. Brandon Wilson

    President Obama is doing as much as possible to clean-up the "Republican" Mess. Everyone is trying to avoid the fact that this financial crisis was created by Ronald Reagan with his widespread "Deregulation" and reducing the size of government. By allowing these Big Businesses to essentially make their own rules they ran the economy into the ground while paying themselves Billions of dollars in bonuses. I give the President an A+ for all of his efforts and a B for his results. He just has to realize that he cannot be the nice guy he has to get tough on these "Plutocrats" who are standing in the way of real change this country so deaperately needs.
    Lets look at the facts of the 502 promises made on the campaign trail OVER HALF have been either fulfilled or are in progress and being blocked by "Childish, Selfish, Rich, Republicans".

    January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  116. LISA

    His first year, has been to say the least the most difficult for any LEADER to have to face and deal with. I do not envy him and his staff. Why he would have wanted the job i would never understand. With the "PLATE OVERFLOWING" such as it is... That being said while i have not agreed with everything that he has done. Nor do i pretend to have full comprehensive knowledge of the nuances of the massive problems that he faces. I respect and believe that he and his staff do have our best as a country as his stimulating factor behind his decisions. That does not mean that mistakes wold not be made. But which of our Leaders has not done so? Even when the challenges were not so vast as we now have? I have every faith that our country would overcome and never loose our identity. As some have alluded to with SOCIALISM being thrown out there so much. But do people realise that our's is the only counrty that has not had a major uprising or coup and complete change of its pholosphy. Since the civil war? Not even France, germany or any of the OLD WORLD countries can say that. WE ARE FOUNDED ON GOOD STUFF HAVE FAITH IN IT AMERICA!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  117. Diane

    President Obama has face problems that recent Presidents had not had to face, I approve

    January 20, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  118. Paul M

    President Obama first year in office has been a textbook example of misguided political priorities.

    Mr. Obama has wasted countless millions of dollars and valuable time focusing on a severely flawed healthcare bill when his priority should be on returning millions of Americans to work. He can do this by giving those people who have money incentives to spend that money putting Americans back to work. For example, how about a tax break for people who decide to build their own homes?

    His other priority should be expelling special interests from the political process in Washington. It amazes me how many ex-congressmen and administration officials peddle their influence so brazenly. A simple law that says that no one who works for the government can every work for a lobbying group would do the trick. But that will never happen, will it?

    January 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  119. Shirley

    ....has exceeded my expectations. He has overcome much in order to become President and during his Presidency, he has not slacked. He has kept the American people more "in the loop" than our last President–that's for sure. There have been plenty of difficult decisions during this last year and yet, he has not been disrespectful to anyone publicly about inheriting them.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  120. Jan Collum

    I think President Obama has been imminently thoughtful throughout his first year in office. He has been responsive, taken responsibility for whatever his job requires of him, and is a deliberate thinker about what actions are needed for the American people for improvements in their daily lives as well as for the restoration of the US reputation worldwide.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  121. Melanie

    Pres. Obama's first year in office has been nothing but a attempted socialist takeover of our government and financial markets.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  122. Alisa

    ...has been a balanced give & take. He has his goals that are being checked off while maintaining a positive & thick-skined mind-set. He has brought about open debate & dialogue moreso than any other President then gets slapped in the face & disrespected by those who breathe negativity & poison. He is doing the best with what has been handed to him & has made positive strides.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  123. george baker

    Obama has brought Chicago politics with him to Washington and he is finding out America doesn't like it and will not put up with it!!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  124. Adele

    This year has shown that the President doesn't have the experience to run the country. He has been so focused on shoving the Health care down the throats of the American public he has not heard or at least not paid attention to the angry out cry from the American people. It has taken three elections NJ, VA and Massachusetts to open the eyes of the Democrates. Americans are not getting the government that they voted for in 08. He has lied and not fulfilled his campaign promises such as transparency in government and controlling wreckless spending. He isn't focused on the out of control unemployment which should be his first priority. American's are hurting ~ unemployment, foreclosures, economic downturn. He has reminded us over and over again that he inherited these problems but he has made America and American's problems so much worse.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  125. frances quattlebaum

    i am an independent voter who voted for president Obma and continue to support him as do the other family and friends i know who voted for him.
    The opposition to anything he has tried to do I think is unprecidented.
    The republicans have united in oposition to everything he does despite his early attempts at bi-partisanship. Our senator DeMint here in SC put words to the determination of Republicans to put him down.
    The health care industry and the politicians they bought used hundreds of millions of our health care premiums to defeat health care and were making statements to the public that are lies.
    Americans apparently want a President who they would like to have a beer with - I want a president who is inteligent and thinks before he actss.
    Hope you get this – i am late for your show
    I

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  126. Pattyb

    The spending from this president is not acceptable. I have children and grandchildren who will even in there life time not have all this paid off. I also don't approve of giving some states special deals so that he could get his health care bill passed. How is that fair to the other states in this country. Is that even legal? I agree that we do need some health care reform, which I believe should start with what's going on in the medicare and medicad systems. I did not vote for President Obama mainly because I never new what he wanted to do for our government. I believe that right now the Democratic party has too much power. There is no balance and that is why we are where we are. We need to have some Republicans in there so that there can be discussions and they all should be able to figure out what they can do to get a change on health care. A reasonable health care reform and no back door politics.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  127. Michelle

    an utter and dismal failure on so many levels.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  128. Kevin Desfosse

    President Obama's first year has been a deplorable set back for the United States of America. His "change you can believe in" has turned into change that you had never wanted. His promised transparency in government never appeared. The Chicago style politics of ramming health care down out throats is not acceptable. The Federal Reserve’s escalated printing of new money, to satisfy Obama’s big spending philosophy will eventually devalue our dollar, and cause rise to runaway inflation. His gift for superior public speaking seems to have been used to misguide the populace (especially those that voted for him,) resulting in broken promises and lies. His hidden socialist agenda, with no concern for the capitalist foundation of this country, is now very apparent. The people have already spoken in Virginia and New Jersey, and now the people of the mostly Democratic state of Massachusetts have shouted “we have had enough.” There is still time for President Obama to recognize that he now hears the voice of the people by changing his platform into what the people believe in.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  129. allan and emma

    obama has done more than most men could have ever wished for. We were better off with the Bush white house right? The shame for our country is Ted. Imagation his vote after 49 years was the one that counted. His state betrayed him!
    Allan

    January 20, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  130. Maryanne Murray

    President Obama's first year in office reminds me of our first year in our latest home – frustration, hard work, and the underlying promise of a better place. The former owners left it in deplorable condition but after cleaning out and cleaning up, it's finally becoming what we want it to be. It wasn't easy, it cost a pretty penny and we had plenty of naysayers, but we kept at it and now have the place we envisioned. I wish him better days in getting his house in order – it'll be a long haul but I'm sure he has the faith and the fortitude to rebuild the structurally unsound house he inherited.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  131. Sandy

    I didn't vote for President Obama and I decided to reserve judgment . I understand change management. A year later his healthcare plan is not what America wants or needs. Where are our new jobs? The government is now our biggest employer. I do not support passing a healthcare plan that will increase the national debt to an unprecedented amount. America needs change. Not the kind we have witnessed in 2009. I see greed, corruption, and elitism in our public servants(as well as private) at many levels. I have renewed hope in the our country because of what happened in Massachusetts yesterday. My husband lost his job days after the inauguration (19 days short of 30 years with his employer). He is unemployed for the first time in his working life. We have worked hard and saved so we will be fine. We do not expect the U.S. government to take care of our future or our healthcare and we can't afford to be taxed to provide everyone else's healthcare. As Dennis Miller said, " I want the president to take care of the military, hide the Easter eggs, and light the Christmas tree". BTW we drive a 2009 Ford F-150 truck. I want the president to quit spending money we don't have and listen to the voice of the people! I disapprove of President Obama's first year and am hopeful he will change.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  132. Antonio

    ...is a C+ at best but it's not from a lack of effort. He has worked tirelessy to transform the country but part of being a leader is understanding your people. If he did, he would've known that he is not leading a nation of intellectuals but instead people who care ONLY about their bottom line, therefore, Obama's noble intentions will be his downfall. The global economic melt down is call to action to recognized that there is a shift taking place. It demands that every American must change his/her attitude. With the exception of a cloudy health care bill, which needs to better explained, he has put the right things in place but people are still selfish. insular and thinking in excesses and those profiting on wall street want things to remain the same and that is essentially why Obama's plans won't work. Americans are difficult to lead. One only has to look at its history to see this; it took a war to "unite" the country. Consider the flip side if he had not bail out the various industries. Also, Obama needs to wake up and realize that Americans will tolerate much less from a black president than a white one. Health care for everyone is a good thing yet it will be the singular reason for his downfall.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  133. Jim Travis

    Although skeptical, I was hopeful Obama would unify and lead our nation in a new direction that would provide the optimism and encouragement necessary for our country to regain stability and make progress.

    Unfortunately, his leadership of our nation has been extremely disappointing. He seems determined to redefine and reshape our nation into his liberal vision, which is not consistent with the majority of our citizens.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  134. Jim Cyr

    President Obama's first year has bee a disgrace to the American people. I think that if we continue down this road, we will have a civil uprising. This man has done more damage, lies, unfullfilled promises and blame passing than any other former president. I am saddend at the road we are taking. the Republicans need to take back control and build up the peoples confidence. He is making too many under the counter deals with the devil. The unions, Nebraska, these are just a couple of the deals we know about. What else is this snake doing? He will, all by himself, destroy this country. I had really hoped that he would be a success but that is proving to be impossible. I really don't think he has any idea what he is doing. It's all about Obama and nothing else!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  135. GMMiami

    adequate considering the problems he inherited and a welcome change from the previous 8 years of mismanagement.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  136. Mark Hutchinson

    President Obama's first year in office is a huge disappointment. He just does not have a grip or control on the problems confronting the American people. He lacks the 'take charge ' attitude needed as president. From HEALTH CARE REFORM to the BANKING FINANCIAL situation, and the staggering unemployment rate, President Obama has shown no leadership. What about the lack of transparency ? He and the democrat party have failed us all who believed in change.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  137. james

    Obama's first year is exactly how i thought it would be terrible.He has no idea what he's doing.I was hoping he'd prove me wrong.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  138. sandra walters

    President Obama's first year has been one of locking horns with Congress to produce the change he has promised. He does not have the power of a dictator and has to work within our check and balance system to effect change that voters screamed for in the 2008 elections. Just yesterday Senator Edward Kennedy's seat was won by an elected person who said he would against the health care plan.

    How can a man who has been in office for 1 year reverse all of the bad decisions and lack of legislation that put us in this downward spiral. When Congress steps up to the plate and passes legislation that protects the individual instead of the financiers then perhaps our country can return to it former days of strength and growth. Greed and special interests seem to be running our country.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  139. M Goodman

    President Obama's first year has been filled with obstruction by the Republican party. President Obama is following his plans for change as best he can, but is getting flack from many Democrats and Republicans in congress. Listen! Rome was not built in a day, and the President cannot clean up the mess left by George W. Bush in one year. Bush spent more public funds and tore down/disrupted many American institutions in the eight years he was in office. How long will Democrats in congress continue to worry over their own re-elections instead of standing up for the good of America in economic, environmental, health and national security issues ? I do believe that the majority of Americans want change, but not the Republican way. Let's give President Obama time to rebuild, and bring about change without Republican lies and jealousy.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  140. Adejumo Oyeleye (the JAH!)

    Obamas first Year was a Successfull one because, even if some People did not like to see and or to say it like that, "a Room was not built in a day"! I will like the whole World of today to know that, all other (former) Presidents had their own Skill, but, what Obama has done (in this his First Year) was never done during the Time of any other Presidents of the United State of Amerika so, we should Praise and kontinue to surport him! Only one thing left for him to do is, to get rid of that Electric Chair in Amerika and to Change that Law of sentensing People to death in the United State of Amerika which I will like all of us to surport him (President Obama) on this issue – you all remain Blessed!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  141. Sandy

    I disapprove of President Obama's first year and am hopeful he will change. I like what I see happening in Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  142. Kevin Wafford

    I think the president Obama is doing a great JOB....
    His rating is down becasue he has not followed through on some of his campaign promses. But Rome was not built in a day. It will take time.
    But it is up to us to make him do it. He should have the same conversation that MLK had in the white house years ago. When the president at that time told MLK I will make changes but you are going to have to make me do it.
    President Obama compromised enough now is the time to step his game up. Do what he promised. His rating is down only because he is being to passive and trying to please every one. In the words of Richard Branson "NO Risk No Reward" The president need to get more firm on issues. He is the Commander In Chief. and not the Commander surrounded by sheep.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  143. Francie in SC

    I DO NOT approve of Pres Obama's first year in office. 2012 can't come soon enough!
    It seems everyone sees his arrogance and inexperience. It seems everyone has noted his broken campaign promises, secret deals (Harry Reid/Neb), wasteful spending, lack of transparency, etc., etc. It seems everyone is at the point where "truth and trust" are a prime issues!
    We definitely DO NOT want his Socialism or his Health Care bill shoved down our throats.
    tHe promised 'changes, changes, changes" but the CHANGE the country now wants is a REPUBLICAN in Ted Kennedy's long held Senate seat. Congrats to Scott Brown, the answer to our prayers.
    I see this as "poetic justice."

    January 20, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  144. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I think the president has done a good job trying to get the country back on it's feet but to make a deal with the unions to try and get his health care policy through congress is doing business with big business to get it done is wrong! So what if union companies have to raise their dues. They all have good jobs and are paid very well and should help in making heath care available to all. He also has not shown the Iranian rulers that killing those who wish a change in government policies has consequences and he should take a leading role as leader of the free world to bring down the religious leaders who control Iran which is building a nuclear bomb to gain power over the entire Muslim world! We as a Judea/Christian nation should stand up for Christ and his way for all people and if it takes war to show the power of the Christian people JUST DO IT!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  145. Erin

    President Obama's first year has put the Republicans in a corner. There only responce is to lash out and attack, just like a trapped rat. President Obama has done more for the American people than the Republicans want you to know about.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  146. taiwan

    I hear alot of republicans, especially John Mcain say that the president isn't keeping his promise on transparency. Is that the only promise they want him to keep?

    January 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  147. Jamie

    President Obama's first year has shown that he is out of touch with main stream America and is unwilling to listen to his constituents, the American people.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  148. Mehrdad

    Obama's's first year was a good lesson to both him and the people that elected him.
    Things in America don't work the way we think. Corporate America runs this country. Most members of congress are influenced by special interest. They don't listen to American people.

    Obama failed in Health Care reform... The new bill is far from what the people want and still serves insurance companies.
    Obama failed in helping the Economy... Banks took the money and did what they wanted with it.
    Obama failed to start real peace negotiations in the middle-east.
    Obama has not changed Washington's tone or the policy while dealing with Iran.

    But if he were to run for re-election, I will vote for him any day over a republican.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  149. christa

    In October of 2009, I told some of my friends, that president Obama, would not pass the healthcare bill and I almost got cruzified. Today I called them and ask them do you remember when I said this and they admitted I did and I was right. First of all, I voted for him, he was my only choice, after Hillary was not voted in. She would have done it, she is tough, maybe she does'nt smile as much as he, but this woman has backbone. The excuse was, maybe her husband would stray again, what a dumb thing, what does she have to do with his cheating, nothing. Most of americans cheat anyway, but when it is about our politicians we become stupid, like they supposed to be angels. They are people with faults, just like you and me. In europe nobody cares about politicians who stray, they rather look at their performance and if they do a good job. Our mistake was made, we voted him in, because he is a smooth talker, but has no backbone. He also needs to realize, that he needs, to become harder as a politician and he cannot depend on any one but himself. Look as his friend Lieberman, this so called friend is a two faced person and I would not trust him for anything in this world. Mr. Lieberman, needs to live in Israel, because he is more protective of them, then the USA>

    January 20, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  150. RichardVR

    what promises that he has worked on has he infact failed at?
    that is all i am asking? Label them out?
    he works day and night

    Gooo Mr. Obama! You are a true leader 😀

    January 20, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  151. Sidney

    I am split because President Obama needs to really stop worrying what people think and just make things happen. One thing he should do is extend unemployment until the job market picks up. Its a tough job but the integrity of a man will be recognize my others.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  152. Jide pronounced (G-DAY)

    Hi, my comment is in regards to the xmas day attempted bombing by the Nigerian man...I don't see why a country of 150 million people will have to suffer because of another man's ideology....what about the shoe bomber? He is British so why are the Brits not the list the Nigerians have been put on? I guess this is double standard....

    January 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  153. Cnn.com/kyra

    President Obama is doing well considering the messes and on-going challenges he has encountered.

    Thanks
    Darlene

    January 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  154. Marie

    President Obama's first year in office is just what I would have imagined. He inherited a absolute mess and though there is much to be accomplished, I admire him for his determination. He now needs to move forward and rise above the political grade-school type arguing on both sides and get things done.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  155. R. LoBrutto

    Has been disappointing. He has not protected the environment the way he promised during his campaign.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  156. Susan heron

    Everyone gave Bush 8 years to destroy everything & they expect the president to fix it all in one year!!!! Cut me a break & President Obama too.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  157. Paige

    I think That in the past year Obama has done a great job. I am a independent. I am here to tell you that the only reason everybody hates Obama Is because he's not like the tooth fairy! He doesn't have no magic wand to wave over us and make everything better. All this mess was on his plate before he got in office. The only reason our country is the way it is, is because of us.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  158. Randy Leader

    President Obama's first year has been vitimized by a conservative conspiracy for power and the whole world is paying for it.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  159. John Boeglin (bow-glen)

    Presdient Obama's first year in Office is AWESOME! First we are not as hated by the world as we were under the Retarded Cowboy! We are on The Right Track again looking for Bin Laden, Leaving Iraq, and trying to clamp down on the Taliban!!!
    How unfortunate that Massachusetts should screw up SO bad ...they Sholud be ashamed!!! They Have allow Ted Kennedy to die in VAIN!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  160. Ibrahim

    The best ways to describe president obama's first year in office is to refer to the saying " Never judge a book by it's covers". I bet the president knew about the country's enormous problems and the solutions to it but how does he plan to implement these solutions?? I have no idea.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  161. Linda Deitchman

    Despite the best efforts of this idealistic, sensitive, articulate, stable,
    and very decent president, the ignorant, frightened, and meanspirited
    masses have had their "say." Obama has had to deal with too many
    difficult issues without the total support of his Congress. instead of helping him find solutions to our problems, Congress has exacerbated them by placing their own selfish interests at the top of any list. I am ashamed and embarrassed by the underhanded politics which have undermined any attempts that our President has made to remedy our broken state of being. I think he has had to
    "swim upstream" ever since he took office. It is a wonder that after his first year, he did not resign and seek refuge on a secluded Hawaiian island. He is to be commended for maintaining such elegant personal dignity and perseverence when facing discouraging setbacks. I only hope that his general health doesn't suffer during the next three years of his administration. Well , at least he will be able to afford health care, unlike the rest of us.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  162. jerry

    Its okay that scott brown won in massachusetts. Americans have learned to function in a screwed up state. I guess we are a sucker for pain. I guess we want more of the bush administration. You think things are bad under the Obama administration, continue to re-elect these republicans and see what happens!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  163. Corey

    I think President Obama has done a great job, i expected it to take a lot longer to fix the problems Bush left. I do not understand Scott Brown playing on the Presidents health care plan, and Mass already has health care...........

    January 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  164. sarrah terry

    Obama's first year taught him that Congress is his and our biggest problem – regardless of party. Panderers all.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  165. kuduman

    sucks. Maybe if he had a common respect for the national anthem or for the american flag, he wouldn't piss a few off. If he (our own president) cannot salute the American flag that I have saluted as a Eagle Scout, something is not wrong!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  166. Albert Root

    This Election was a real mistake. We cannot have a dictator for a President. He pushed our Military on the Back /burner, that is wrong. Taking charge of everything is not the way to be a good President. He is a power Monger and will not be allowed to keep doing what he is doing. His underhanded tactics are really upsetting and disgusting. May God Help us.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  167. Darlene

    President Obama is inspiring, forward thinking and a positive force lent to the world. The problems he inherited would have made it difficult for anyone in office. He has done as well, and better than most, given the same set of circumstances.

    If people would would look at the great things that have happened since he has taken office, stop focusing on his shade of humanness and look at his show of heart for the people of this great country we would and could move forward in an even greater way.

    To perpetuate political posture supported by personal prejudices and bigotry has and will always set us back.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  168. Amanda

    I was hopefull for the Obama presidency at the outset. I was deeply disappointed, though not surprised. In my opinion, the change he has pushed is not change but more of the same. Power hungry politicians taking care of themselves and not the people. Sweetheart deals with states and unions have got to stop! Big government needs to end! What happened to open doors and discussions..........I guess if we were all drinking the coolaid than the discussions on healthcare would have been on CSpan as origionally promissed. Thank God that all americans are not drinking from the same well.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  169. mary armstrong

    considering all the hate, and some people wanting our president to fail, I think he is doing a great job.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  170. Gail Clark

    Obama's 1st year has been a big disappointment. He made so many empty promises that he seems to have forgotten about. I think his lack of business management prohibits him from controlling our "run-away" Congress. The Democrats in Congress come across as "greedy" and self-serving. They seem to have forgotten the principles on which our Country was founded.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  171. cesar

    ...has been less than expected but I still have hope. I believe in Obama to bring people together but it has been troubling to see how lawmakers have chosen to separate rather than work together to achieve work for us the people. Lawmakers and politicians need to stop pointing fingers and get to work for us!. We need solutions and improvement to our systems and everyone agrees that healthcare has issues. I would like to congratulate Scott Brown and hope the best for us all. C Cris, NJ

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  172. Deborah

    What is a democracy anymore? I am thrilled that Massachusetts had the good sense to elect Scott Brown into that senate seat, and I think it is a saving grace for America. Obama has shown us change alright... for the worse. From a citizens standpoint I sometimes feel like he thinks he is a dictator rather than a president. If the disappointed people of these United States would unite to impeach him we might be doing ourselves, and our children a huge service.

    I sleep well at night knowing that I personally did not cast my vote for him, and ironically the loudest supporters of Obama are now silent. No wonder why.. It's an "Obama-Nation"

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  173. Fay

    I cannot believe the 51% support for Obama. He is the leader of the country and congress it doing what he requests them to do. His leadership is proving that he cannot lead and he didn't listen to what the people who elected him wanted. He has what is called an over inflated ego.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  174. Milexy

    Was a hard and unfair year. He is not perfect and is trying, no other President as had to endure what this president took on at the beginning of his Presidency. Martha's loss was not an upset, simply a chance for the President to take another look at his health care reform bill and do what he wants done, not what everyone else wants him to.. We as a whole need to stop scrutinizing and look at the improvements that have been done.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  175. Marcela

    I cannot believe how short minded people are. That this country would expect a new President would fix the Economy in 12 months. That the Republicans, instead of helping move things forward, get us out of the crisis we are in, are spending their time, energy and dollars in being divisive. We are in a crisis!!! It should be all hands on deck to get things back on track. Not finding every little thing to form opposing opinions. I am unemployed, actually let go from Financial services more than a year now, with no health insurance, and can barely keep a roof over my head. I just wish we could all put our shoulders to the plow and get things back on track, rather than being divisive on the floor in Capitol Hill, on TV, putting-out messages through Radio and Fox commentators that are not helping to get this country out of this crisis. We should fix things and also get to those who contributed to create this problems, fix the processes and systems that did not detect or heighten awareness of the problem, and educate/communicate regularly with the American people, so we could always be aware.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  176. Tina in Florida age 12

    Obama is great! People want to complain about everything, but they do not walk a day in Obama shoes. It is not easy controlling the whole world along with helping other countries. We as people complain when things does not work on our schedule and the way we want, instead of coming together as American people to help restore OUR world, y'all complain. Forget Democrat and Republican titles that is our problem titles separating us, segregation all over again but in another form. Lets build our country together instead of waiting, and watching for one human being to do everything . Obama is doing a great job in only a year, I love him and his family, he inspired me. Keep up the great work!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  177. Charles

    a fine year for the president. He fought a fight that no other previous president has undertaken. His ability to portray us as a leader in the world with respect has no presidence. God Bless his leadership.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  178. Deniece

    I'm from the Caribbean but i think that 1year is not enough time 4 someone to prove them self remember that Mr Obama is not God, and only God do things in & by miracles, It happen even here we give losers 8-20 years and they put us in deaths and expect one political party to do it in 1 year or lest, Just give Mr Obama a chance

    January 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  179. Jewels Martinez

    I didn't vote for him. However, I look at it this way. Give the man a 2nd year to see what actually comes out of his administration. That should be plenty of time to show results of his progress as president. Now that he had a year to clean up the Bush Administration he can actually move forward to show us Americans the "Obama Administration" the 2nd year. So, its only then we can really judge his progress. Now moving on the his 2nd year, I see it as his actual 1st year, and had to clean up the mess in the white house from the Bush Administration. Its' now that we can focus and see the Obama Administraion progess and take a look at our nations financial situation and budgets, and foriegn affairs

    California citizen.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  180. steven chambers

    Considering all the problems that the last administration saved for Our President Obama to try and correct I feel he is doing a very good
    job . The media and the gop and all the people who are suposed to be working for us (the people) have done nothing but undermine and spread visious lies and rumors just to upset the progress that has been done. Mcaine/palin was a no win setup by the gop knowing they couldn't possibly win, so all the sh- would fall on the Obama admin.
    Mcaine should just go away with rush slimeball and nut gingerroot
    and play shuffleboard in Fl.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  181. Marcela

    Obama (12 months) gets an A, Bush (8 years) gets an F. Be fair!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  182. Mary Honey

    Considering the domestic and world situations that awaited him, he has done a terrific job. He has methodically, and thoughtfully approached every problem. To condemn his actions and programs at this early time would be like "throwing the baby out with the bath." I have never had a President that asked so often for input and action on my own part to help make this a better country. I give him a positive vote.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  183. Sidney

    President Obama may seem like he isnt doing the job he was elected but how many people are still part of the racist behavior that we deal with every day? How many people really care about the advancement of other people and races? How many people will take on Obama job and save the system? I think before we really look at what we are saying, we need to look at the past.Your services at home dont get cut off because you owe now..it gets cut off because you haven't paid and you owe back money..so this is what the president is going through. We are being cutoff because of the past and until we as a team, can fix it, it wont be fixed. The president cant fix everything because just look at the people he has to associate with in the congress.90% of them are all liars, thieves,and jerks.They are the problem and they move things slowly, check their palms and notice they always have money in it.We have to start working better as people of all races and get things done ourselves.Kick racism in the ass and lets share success as a nation.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  184. S. J. Wilson

    Considering the full plate our president inherited I don't feel he is doing badly at all. On another subject, healthcare, I have a really novel idea. Instead of our "fat cats", who don't pay for their insurance anyway, arguing over which health care plan to pass, why don't each & every one of them live one month with one of the poorest constituents in their state to see what the rest of us have to do without. Maybe then they would care more about us than their pocketbooks, & pass something that would really help the entire country instead of a privliged minority.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  185. C. Cris

    Given that I feared Senator McCain bringing us into a Third World War, I give Obama a B+. He has brought the world tighter together and has restored partially Americas' image. I think that if Obama was not the president, Haiti would have not gotten the help it's getting from the people of the United States. Thank you.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  186. severn day

    After a succession of incompetent Presidents, Obama has learned that our system of checks and balances failed and Congress has all the power, regardless of which party has the greater number of seats. Ordinary Americans are paying for a 'country club of incompetents' primarily concerned about their sugar daddies. Vote them all out of office this year.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  187. RickfromDetroit

    I give President Obama a passing grade for his first year in office.

    The Republican Battered economy Obama inherited is improving, but not as fast as expected. This is the result of too much bail out money for the business sector and not enough for the consumer. Consumer spending is the "key factor" in the U.S. Economy and the $600 rebate checks should have been issued continuous for 6 to 12 months. This would have kept people in their homes, stimulated the economy, and prevented the collapse of the banking industry, auto industry, and the severe job losses from the resulting recession.

    The Health Care Bill will probably pass after the Republican Party finishes doing the one thing they do better than anything else, BUTCHER THE ENTIRE BILL, then we can spend years amending the Health Care System again. This is standard operating procedure for Washington, don't get it right in the first place, amend, amend, amend!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  188. Scott Stodden

    President Obama's first year has been pretty good given the circumstances and the situation he inherited from the Bush administration. When President Obama came into office he inherited a trillion dollar deficit, he also had to fight two wars, Wall Street was on the brink of disaster, Big Banks were failing and so much other stuff was in disarray. President Obama has held this country together in a way that nobody else could have done, I may not neccessarily give President Obama a A+ but I would give him a strong C+

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 20, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  189. mark b

    here we go again !what do poeple not understand. 14 months ago we were heading into depression. Look at the hand this administration has had to play with. The pevious administration left us trillions in debt
    and in two wars. Who set up TARP? As for the Brown victory, there goes any chance of reforming health care. When all of you people are screaming about your premiums in five years remember what you said today. All they are trying to do with the health care bill is get something started. Wow! at least Obama is trying, Bush spent over twenty five percent of his time in office on vacation and let Cheney run the county and the wars so his buddys at halliburton could line their pockets.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  190. Sandra D. Drant

    President Obama's first year has been very successful in regaining the respect of international leaders as well as tackling enormous problems left behind by the previous administration with virtually no cooperation from Republican leadership.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  191. Orchid

    The former administration laid the groundwork, and so many were either blind, or just plain ignorant. I am truly heartbroken that so many Americans have such a poor view of President Obama and, as such, I see them displaying nothing but spoiled rotten attitudes, impatience, hatred, prejudice and jealousy, including the blindness/ ignorance – this includes politicians. Those that are so opposed to President Obama need to take a good inventory of their own self. Personally, I am nothing but honored and proud of President Obama, and I deeply admire him. He is highly intelligent, experienced, dignified, compassionate, diplomatic. He is an example of a real human being. Certainly, there is much to do in our Country, but do not blame President Obama for so many jobs lost, the poor economy, the bailout, etc., for again it was no thanks to the former administration. As the saying goes: "Rome wasn't built in a day", thus it is not easy for anyone to step in and fix it in a heartbeat, yet I have complete faith, trust and confidence that President Obama is just the right man who is quite capable of putting America on the right path, and he has impressed me thus far. However, with so many opposing him, they could have the capability of bringing him, and America, down. The real question is: How many Americans want to continue to hate, find fault, and create unrest, or do We, at long last, want to stand together, united for good and for peace? I take the latter.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  192. Robert

    Obama was elected largely in part because the guy in the middle wanted change! And Obama ran on change but what he ran on and what he has done are 2 different things! Liberals beware, this country is still chocked full of Republicans and Independents! Now we will see the liberals run from this health care reform like rats from a sewer! They have lied cheated and stole from the tax payer and redistributed wealth that didnt not belong to them! Vote Libertarian if you are a true American! Vote Democrat if your lazy and want a free handout!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  193. Dan, Norfolk, VA

    I didn't vote for this man.
    The country voted for change, and just think, with his out of control spending, in his second year, change is what you will have left in your pocket, because he will have to raise taxes to pay just the interest. IF you are lucky, you may have some dimes and nickels instead of pennies. Don't count on quarters.
    Did the Senator results in Massachusetts last night tell you about his first year? A Democratic state voting for a Republican?

    January 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  194. Robert

    We the tax payer do not want more giveaways that are funded by our money! What we want is personal responsibility and for people to live within your means! What we dont want is to see the girl buying groceries with her Bridge card while talking on her Blackberry! If you need public assistance that bad then you really dont need a Blackberry! These kind of actions are running rampant now that Obama has been elected! Since its beginning this country has always had poor people and rich people! You make of your life what you put into it not what some tax payer can give you! What we need is insurance and drug company reform! We dont need another entitlement bebefit funded by the middle class tax payer period! If Liberals werent so hell bent on getting something for nothing we could stand together as one!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  195. James Cole

    President Obama gets and A, but the American people get an "F". How they can place blame for the economy on the newly elected President is disgraceful. The obstructionist Republicans have done everything to block any true reform, yet Americans continue to buy into their rethoric. They voted for Bush twice and only decided to switch when the economy collapsed due to the Republican agenda. One year into a new Administration is not sufficient to obtain substantial results. People should go back to their iPods, Wikopedia, Xbox's and Sports venues if they want to play games. Leave the serious business of voting to people that actually think!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  196. Dan, Norfolk, VA

    One other thing.
    This man CLAIMS to be a Christian; however, if you remember right after he was sworn in, the first Executive Order he signed was allowing tax dollars to pay for international abortions (It's called the Mexico City Act, or something to that affect).
    He, CLAIMING to be a Christian, will one day have to stand before the ONE and ONLY ALMIGHTY and explain why he allowed abortions to happen. Good luck Mr. President. I would hate to be in your shoes on that day.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  197. Robert

    It would have done no good to have health care reform if people cant find a job! This has to come first! People must learn to go without! All Obama has done is teach a generation to lay around and wait for a free check! When are they going to end unemployeement benefits like they are supposed to do after 6 months and really show the number of unemployeed? Maybe then Washington will wake up but as long as the ones still working foot the bills for the ones who are not there will be no real change! Its time for people in this country to stop worrying about materials things and worry about being self sufficient human beings! This is not France or England this is America, you get what you work for!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  198. Wojciech Moskal

    was very beneficial to African Americans. It's almost like my prayers where answered when he was elected. We need someone like him to be an example to many that hard work, proper education, and choosing not to be cool, can take one a long way. His presidency also showed this far that reversed racism is becoming a big problem in a USA. No more excuses, the federal help was there for those who waned to better them self, their families, and neighborhoods. As an immigrant what I see (as well as a lot of my friends) is people who try to deliberately take advantage of a system, the past, and the only contribution is negative. There are a lot of hard working immigrants from Europe, Asia, Middle East, India who had succeeded America without any special treatments, and to tell you the truth were victimized and looked down upon by so called victims. I watched the show on history channel on M.Luther and he said, he'd love to see a day when people would be judged not based on their race, national origin, immigration status but based on their character. Well someone is turning in their grave. Let's analyze this, actually draw your own conclusions. But when you do, at least be a man or a woman to be honest with your selfs(this goes for all races in todays America).

    January 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  199. Robert

    Hey James Cole, the voters came out and voted and by the way there are very few Republicans in Mass., a Republican was voted in by Democrats and Independents alike! Dont hate the player hate the game! Job number one for Hussian was jobs, he saw fit to go against the voters who got him elected and start up more free entitlements for not only the people who dont contribute but could care less who is! This is America not some Marxist Socalist state! If you want to live like that then feel free to leave! America doesnt need people who feel sorry for themselves and are mad because they didnt get free health care so they could go buy something else!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  200. Robert

    Dont just blame the Republicans for the economy, Clinton was as much responsible for the economy as was Bush! Yes Bush compounded the problem with 2 unnessecary wars that Obama has expanded! The voters clearly wanted out of the middle east but he felt he had to continue it! Thats his bust! It sounds to me like the Liberals are mad because they didnt get their so called free handout and you should be ashamed of that!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  201. Elizabeth E. Stewart

    People are saying that they voted for President Obama, yet they are disappointed because, after one year,he has not fulfilled his promises. "Hello", If my memory serves me correctly, the Presidential term is for four years, not one. It took more than one year to get us in the mess that we're in, change will not come instantaneously it's going to take some time.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  202. Linda O.

    ... I'd like to say has been "politics as usual" but I think this past year has gone beyond that and moved into an entirely new realm. Let's just blame everything on the past Administration while this one does nothing but spend, spend, spend! Speaking of spending, how about the President spend a little time in the Oval Office every once in awhile trying to get some work done rather than giving advice on how Tiger Woods should get his life together, having beer in the Rose Garden following an incident he never should have stuck his nose into in the first place, and going on vacation. If you want to be a President of the People then how about you have a "staycation" like the People as that's the only thing the People can afford rather than have the taxpayers foot the bill of another vacation.

    And while we're at it, I'm still waiting for MY economic bail-out!

    January 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  203. Doris

    Give the President time to clean up the Republican's mess. It will take time.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  204. Butch

    Pres. Obama gets a failure grade from me. Two BIG flaws in his first year stand out. We won't even go into the dozens of other campaign promises that fizzled out.

    1) The Harry Reid/Neb deal doesn't square with the declaration of "Equality and Justice for ALL" – AND –
    2. Obama's snub of C-Span's offer of free airspace for his negotiations that instead ended up being conducted in secret behind closed doors, despite his "transparency" promises.

    There's NO excuse that can rectify these glaring character flaws in a leader.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  205. Dan, Norfolk, VA

    What I don't understand is he says healthcare affordable for all Americans.
    If Americans would quit buying cigarettes, beer, going out to eat 3-4 times a week, buying the most expensive car that the bank will allow them to get, quit buying big screen tv's, etc, etc, then maybe they can afford healthcare.
    I am a retired military man, and earned my healthcare.
    QUIT giving free handouts to lazy people. The bible says if you don't work, you don't eat!!

    January 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  206. Adam

    Reading through this list as an outsider (a Canadian), I am struck, neither by the depth of thought used in some of these political analyses, nor the rife partisanship that defines these forums (which unfortunately detracts from the validity of most argument), but the lack of consistency between the people of the United States about what THEY think needs to be done.

    While it may be accurate to point out particular failures of the U.S. President – especially when his campaign promised significant change – it is beyond hypocritical to believe one man – or one administration – could possibly appease the all of American people who hold the divergent, and often mutually exclusive, interests.

    While healthy debate is necessary in any democracy, petty fingerpointing and incessant whining seeks only to discredit the maturity of the American political community.

    If you think you can run the country better, submit your ballot for elected office. But, if you can't agree amongst yourselves which issues should take precedent, think twice before criticizing someone struggling to make those decisions on your behalf.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  207. david lambert

    Obama debt is misrepresented by posters on this site because it is misrepresented by Republican media – FOX and Limbaugh. Bush II increased the national budget debt by 5 Trillion. Bush II did not pay for wars and the bill is over 2 Trillion over the next 10 years just to cover the deficit created and future military hardware, infrastructure and medical costs of this 8 years. Obama inherited a military budget impact of the war of over 100 billion for this year. Obama inherited a bill to pay the interest on the 10 Trillion Debt that came from Reagan, Bush I and Bush II is over 300 billion this year. Obama inherited an economic meltdown that meant tax revenues were down over $500 billion. So, the $1.3 Trillion deficit this year is not his deficit. Now, if the new programs passed continue he will add about 1 Trillion a year to deficit for the next ten years unless the economy picks up or if the tax breaks for the rich are not allowed to expire. However, these debt increases per year are small per year compared to what is coming without health care reform, medicare reform, and social security reform and tax increases. Obama is trying to deal with reality while republicans have become Libertarians who say not my money now to prevent catastrophy. Ignorance or lies about deficits need to be challenged.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  208. marcie hershman

    My husband and I have plenty of extra space and are willing to house and purchase an airline ticket for a haitian student old enough to travel to the US. Is anyone organizing a program like this? If so please inform us of who.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  209. Helen Dodge

    President Obama's first year in office and the challenges he has had to face is remarkable and most admirable. He inherited an incredible mess. It has taken a year of extremely hard, non stop work to get this country back on its economic feet. Though we are not there yet. can you imagine what we would be like today without the supreme effort made by the current administration?
    President Obama keeps his hand extended across party lines. Few Republicans make an equal attempt at bringing the parties together. Bravo.
    Obama's fight for Health Care Reform has been amazing. Obviously it is not yet resolved, but he is fighting hard and against all Republican odds.
    My congratulations to you, President Obama, for the effort you and your administration are making to make this country a better place in which to live.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  210. karen benzer

    His agenda brought us hope and fairshakes...now let's make it happen.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  211. Cooper

    President Obama's first year has been exceptional because he takes his job serious, and he is trying to make health care afforable for all. He can't get any policies through because the republicans always finding fault in whatever he does. The republicans only vote for policies that fit their agenda and not what is best for the tax payers. All the senators have excellent healthcare insurance. However, they are rich what do they care about the American people. Always talking about the budget and how much it will cost the country. They approved the former President billions of dollars for that unexplainable war. You know what, they are still at war spending our tax dollars. I feel that the republican party are just like little children. They disrespect the president, saying any and everything on television negative. It is no respect in the White House at all; calling the president of the United States on prime time, "YOU ARE A LIAR". President Obama will have a hard time getting any policies through because the republican party are set out to discredit him,so they will NOT AGREE WITH the democrates on anything. I hate to say, they are judging him on the color of his skin and not on his character or ability. How do they expect the country to come together when they are not together.
    President Obama, DON'T GIVE UP AND DON'T GIVE IN.

    God Bless you

    January 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  212. Barbara Johnson

    I have read, with interest, the criticisms of a young man who was elected by the people of his Country...because they wanted someone who wanted change from the previous eight years of greed, fraud and incompetence. President Obama's greatest strength appears to be within his ability to just keep moving forward with a steady hand (sort of like the tortoise and the hare thing). The President has a beautiful, extremely hard shell which he wears to keep off the dirt, the stones which are thrown at him...and which protects his keen intelligence and great humanitarian passion which he has always shown for humanity. He and his extremely capable Administration have prevented a severe Depression; started some people working again through jobs associated with Stimulous money; Laid the groundwork for the first possible Health Care Reform in 40+ years; responded to the Military's request for help in Afghanistan; dealt with the 'everyday' business of the government; responded to the catastrphe in Haiti with comfort and action; and just moves through each day with a steady determination to make things better for ALL of the people of our great America. If you care to look back...one can see that this is more than was probably accomplished in eight years during the previous Administration's time in Office. All of these things have been accomplished while the Republicans have firmly followed their usual 'Rubber Stamp' routine in their attemps to stop any progress made by the Obama Administration...specifically the Health Care Reform Bills. What a tragedy that they would feel they would actually work to defeat a plan which would provide so many changes in the current Health Care System which prevent people from receiving help when they are dying. What sort of thought process is one which is more determined to destroy the President, than to help people in need? It is unconscionable behavior which comes from people who have no honest interest in their country...Their interest is in their own personal gain and in preserving the status quo of Corporate greed which is prevelant. Shame on them.

    President Obama will succeed...He already has and a stubborn, negative stance from a portion of the Country will not determine or prevent positive growth for the people of our Nation.

    Barbara

    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  213. sue scott

    Question...who ever thinks what, should have to back such up by 'facts' because frankly I can't think of how to applaud him...so far.
    But then, shame on me; if I can't say something nice perhaps I should say nothing at all. What good does it do anyway? Is there anyone there? to actually answer our questions??
    Susie,
    Ewa Beach

    January 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  214. C. Cris

    We should really not talk about Obama like he is a dictator able to adopt new laws and make changes at will. We have a democracy and Obama ran for office on a bi-partisan promise.We all need to work together and stop pointing fingers to others because they are on the different side of the aisle. **Marcie Hershman please try and call CNN to bring this up! I applaud your idea!*

    January 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm |
  215. Jeri

    seems to me hehas had successes. no one could do better with all the 'do it my way or you can't do it at all' that is plaguing congress now. in the past there have been strong men on each side willing to sit down and true attempt to work for a decent compromise. not everyone will be happy but there would be a workable and useful end. this is about our country, not their parties.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  216. Michael Clark

    People are homeless, hungry, and no health insurance, and congress is worried about who came for dinner? WHAT!!! this is why Scott Brown got elected, with more to come!!! Wake up Congress!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  217. Leslie

    President Obama's first year in office has been challenging but great considering what he was handed. I give him a B+. Remember, our econcomy was at an all time low, unemployment was at an all time high, a massive bailout with no accountibility had just been issued and we were war with the wrong people. Yes we voted for change. The unemployment rate while still high has slowed. The economy has started to turn. We are fighting the right war now and we are seriously addressing healthcare. All that in only 365 days. He never said change was going to happen all in the first year. He has always spoken about a 10 year plan. Also, remember he asked us to change as well. Get involved in our communities and the political process. How many of you pessimist have made any changes? Is he perfect? Of course not. There is always room for improvement. But he is making an effort to move forward with the things that matter to most Americans.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  218. ronnie patrick

    President obama's first year has been exciting and a painful learning expericence to say the least. for all of us. We do not do well with change but it is necessary to clean up the terrible mess we find ourselves in. Our country was going down the tubes but things are being done and it will begin to take a shape in the future and I am confident that will happen with President Obama. The President is doing an amazing job giving all the problems he came to own in January 20, 2009. The world was in a terrible mess and still is but not as bad and things are getting done bit by bit. I did not know that whites not all whites could be so mean, uncaring and so disrespectful. I am ashame of some of my white sisters and brothers who have tried to damage or distory the President. It has not worked for he is still standing and will contiunue to stand by prayer and faith on his part and the American People who believe and trust in him. I will say to the President continue to work hard stay focused and don't concern yourself about the election of Tuesday in Mass for everything will work for the good just stay in prayer and focused on what is important and it is the American people.

    January 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  219. ronnie patrick

    As I read some of this trash that has been posted on the President , I am sad to be an Amerian and a white one at that. While that I do have a bunch of concerns, I do know that this President did not make these problems they were there before he came. The problems came about eight years before the President Bush and eight years after the President Bush. You are talking about a total of 16 years of lots and lots of bad decisions. Give this man a chance at least two years before you trash him completely. Don't you realize what he came into a mess left by Clinton, Bush days. Two wars, fail economy, bank failures, jobs, health insurance, forclosures and the list goes on and on. Why do you blame this new President for others issues? You need to think lets support him and give him at least the first two years to turn this mess around and I think this is a fair decision to make. I think he is doing a great job given the hand he was given. What would you do you crying fools who can't tie your shoes without directions.

    January 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  220. ruwill

    I think President Obama has done a fantastic job. He saved this country from a financial disaster. He has saved millions of jobs and added others with his economic recovery plan. He saved the auto industry from collaspe. The list goes on and on. The Republicans are bent on stopping his efforts to make life better for the middle class and working people. He should not be blamed for any of his proposals that didn't get through congress. The Republicans should be blamed.

    January 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  221. Matthew Helm

    Obama has done an excellent job, all things considered. His latest proposals on bank regulation would have the biggest long-term impact if passed. Wall Street executives need to realize that the number of people, and this doesn't just include American citizens, who have a vested interest in the health of their institutions goes far beyond their employees, customers and shareholders. We have all seen the chain reaction and fallout caused by the failure of just a few financial instutions. Millions of people, the majority of them having nothing to do with these institutions, are out of work because of the Great Recession that was triggered in large part by idiotic behavior of financial institutions. That translates to lost jobs, wrecked lives and a lot of pain and suffering all over the world. And big bonuses for short-term profits are necessary to attract the best talent?

    January 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  222. Peter Kohan

    The President's first year has shown the American people that never again will we allow a 'community organizer' to run for the highest office in the world, infact Congress needs to enact legislation that sets minimum experience before someone can run for President.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  223. Jackson

    Obama is a great man and President.

    He inherited a mess from a republican President yet now the republicans and their lobbyists are vilifying and fighting him as he tries to clean it up.

    I wish him much luck, he needs it.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  224. yoruba

    The situation that Pres Obama walked into was not good. I think he is being unjustly judged by alot of americans. We should be helping each other not constantly criticizing. If anyone asked, how many people have really read the healthcare reform bill? Not many! I think that he's doing great with the deck he has been dealt.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  225. maria

    It amazes me how ignorant some people can be. We all know prerequisites for change are time and sacrifice. How then do highly intelligent and educated people demand change then expect it to take place without sacrifice and not allowing it the time it needs.
    Give our President a break, he said it from the start "it is going to take time to turn things around, it took 8 years to mess them up and now we as a nation want a miracle in the form of overnight recovery. This should make you wonder where this country would be if not for President Obama's firm hand.
    He is smart enough to know his actions would cost popularity and being that popularity was not the reason he ran in the first place, he has made that personal sacrifice. What have you done for your country other than complaint and oppose change he has tried to make.
    I believe he is doing an outstanding job considering the mess he inherited.
    Nation, give chage a chance!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  226. Butch

    I'm surprised he got AS HIGH as 51%. He's doing VERY POORLY
    in my opinion.

    January 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  227. Adejumo Oyeleye (the JAH!)

    You're kondeming President Obama, may God forgive you for, you have sin against the Law of Humanitarian layed by the Nature!
    Somebody is komming to be taking care of your Health and you're kondeming Him for beeing so good? oh, man, yu need forgiveness!
    I am the JAH!
    My Lovely LISA and Myself,
    WE Love you all,
    Our Children!!!
    ILYAMC3.
    Lovely yours,
    Adejumo Oyeleye (the JAH!)

    January 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  228. Jason Hearn

    I think the president bit off more than he could chew, and it shows. people thought he could fix the nations problems overnight, but really how could anyone, Republican or Democrat, fix this mess. People are getting frustrated and are now pointing the blame at him. Is it unfair, yes. Brace yourselves people , this hell ride isn't over yet.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm |