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January 29th, 2010
08:54 AM ET

President Obama & Bipartisanship

Since his campaign, President Obama has expressed his desire for bipartisanship. Even during this week’s State of the Union address he talked about reaching across the aisle.

Do you think the President will be successful and why?

Leave your comments below. We’ll air some of them between 11am and 1pm ET in the CNN NewsRoom.


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. jah

    It was rather obvious from the State of the Union address that Obama takes no responsibility for the failure that exists in the country at this time. The blame consistently falls on someone else, George Bush (who controlled the congress then?), the Republicans, etc., etc, etc. He still does not understand that he has no experience in this realm. He is an academic...a figure head. There have been other figure head presidents, but they had a vice-president behind them that took up the slack. Obama .... look who he has. NOT very encouraging. I feel strongly that until Obama owns up to the fact that he hasn't a clue what to do. He is in way over his head and he starts listening to people who know how to run a business and a company (Mitt Romney), he will never succeed. He has a huge ego and nothing but book learning to back it up.

    January 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  2. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    It seems to me that the president is a more conservative man that could help bring the parties together but the far left will not go along. I don't think that they will come to an agreement on anything The two parties must work together for the whole of America not just their constituents because it is the whole of America that is in need and the neediest should be the first to get help from the recovery act as well as health care reform! Let's put the neediest before big business and special interest! Maybe then God will see that America cares for the poor, elderly and sick before big business and special interest groups! And then we can have the help from God to make this country what it was, one for one and one for all!

    January 29, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  3. Jerry Daniel

    It is painfully obvious that bipartisanship, to the Democrats, is both parties voting the Democratic line. I'm an Independent and not overly fond of either party. However, it was quite apparent that the Dems did not want to listen to the Republicans at all when they had their 60-40 Senate majority. Now they're talking bipartisanship. Give me a break!

    January 29, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  4. Apple

    Tony, seemed as if Wilson who shouted "You lie!" in the last meeting with the president got scolded before he got to the SOTUA....Lol. He was as quiet as a lamb with his animated looking face.

    Ha haaa! Am so glad that Obama for once shows that he has some backbone by saying what needed to be said.

    I hope that he does not go back to apologise to anyone.

    The truth shall set us free!

    January 29, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  5. ken

    As long as we have a two party government there will be no bipartisanship. Each party wants to game the other party. What is truly hilarious is the fact that obama is doing everything a right wing republican would do if they were president. Obama sold himself as a liberal and so far he has reappointed gates, bernanke, increased defense spending, bailed out banks and wall street, expanded the war in afghanistan, turned down the public option, turned down the drug importation amendment for big pharma, expanded corporate welfare and tax cuts, same trade agreements, expanded lobbyists, expanded wall street bonuses, increased debt, and no interest in main street other than vote getting talk. The tea party needs to unite with progressives and drop the traditional dems and pubs.

    January 29, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  6. Bob Gay

    Untill the republicans and democrats realize they are working for the good of America and not their parties there will be no Bi Partisanship regardless of who the president is. They are truly making jerks out of themselves acting like a bunch of kids playing sandlot baseball arguing about who is the better team. Now they are trying to figure out how to create jobs. I was relieved that Obama is backing up some infrastructure project like the hi speed rail links now how about opening up all those factories in Detroit that once produced cars and have them produce wind turbines. What about getting Hydrogen gas pumps at the stations. The car manufacturers will be ready with fuel cells but no way to fuel them. What about jobs setting up an intelligent electrical grid across the nation , lots of jobs their. The list goes on but as the old saying goes if all their brains were made of gunpower they collectively, couldn't get one nose to blow. We really nedd a strong 3rd party.

    January 29, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  7. Krys

    How can there be bipartisan when the Publicans decided from day one that they want Obama to fail and are going about doing just that?

    They think that sitting around doing nothing but criticising and blocking his proposals can help America?

    The Publicans got us here to begin with! How quickly Americans forget.

    Every American should have watched "Critical Conditions" on Dateline on Sunday night. It is an eye opener for all Americans.

    All those who are falling for the non existent boogey men where healthcare is concerened will find out the suffering of other Americans when their insurance company tells them "Denied" for a kidney transplant for their child who eventually dies.

    They will get to experience what other Americans experience when a child gets a stroke and the insurance company refuses to cover the cost for a comfortable bed an dmedical treatment and equipment and you have to watch your child die slowly because you have already remortgaged your house to pay for medication and the money has ran out.

    Only then will they wake up to realise that they are not as "covered" as they thought.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  8. osiaspost.com

    Unfortunately, The Republicans are going to use Pres.Obama's gesture to screw him and the Democrats so they can go around and tell the American people "We told you so". The Democrats need to change their campaigning style. Republicans are ruthless, cold and heartless look around and see who their supporters are even those who are trying to distance themselves from the GOP.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  9. Wojciech Moskal

    Many people think republicans and democrats are more about throwing rocks at each other then actually helping people or simply doing their job.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  10. John Tyler Pa

    I think that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle with Congress on bipartisanship. He reached out during the State of the Union address but I think the Republicans are still sore losers over the 2008 elections. When the Democrats were in the minority they still worked with the Republicans knowing it was in best interest of the country. Deep down it may be a racial issue that the Republicans can't over come.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  11. George Vodin

    I like President Obama's concept of having a tax to dampen reckless exhuberance. Perhaps we should take that one step further and tax congress one-half of one-percent on any amounts they add to the federal deficit. It would certainly be bipartisan and I bet it would get some pork out of the barrel.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  12. john

    The democrats had a SUPER majority they could do anything they wanted for a year... they did nothing for creating jobs

    January 29, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  13. chaney

    I do not think President Obama has a hope in ### of achieving bi-partisanship, in the first place the Republicans DO NOT and WILL NOT cooperate with Obama, under any circumstances.... the only thing they hear is regaining POWER, at all costs the country can go down the tubes but we must regain power at all cost.....they had better watch out the INdependents giveth, and the independents can takety away.....

    January 29, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  14. Arne Langsetmo

    At best this is for show.

    The Republicans have shown no intention of ever compromising, and insist of more of the same that got us here or nothing.

    They have expressed a desire to "stop Obama", to defeat anything he proposes, to cause his "Waterloo", and they have repeatedly SHOWN that they intent to act on these desires. They vote en bloc against the President. They ask for "compromise", and then vote against the very legislation they asked for compromise on.

    They are irredeemable. Except to demonstrate that, no point in even talking to them.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  15. debra freeberg

    Tony – If out Dem president said the sky is blue, REP would sy NO, its purple. We will not ever see bipart

    January 29, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  16. Frank Perkins

    Hello Tony,
    I do not believe that the Republicans are interested in bipartisanship whatsoever. We have had a full year now of only NO! The objective is nobel but I believe the times have changed for the worse and it is not about what is best for the country with these politicians anymore. I find it difficult to believe when the President has put so much effort into reaching out to the other side.
    Sincerely, Frank Perkins

    January 29, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  17. marc h

    Absolutely not. The Republicans primary interest is in gaining power and not addressing issues. Rarely do they offer anything in terms of solutions or philosophies, unless Just Say No is considered as such. The GOP are not thought leaders, their approach is to prey on fear, untruths and attacks. They march together sort of like an extremist group, this is supported on how they vote on major bills and legislation. Too much dogma and no substance. Obama should let it go and move forward.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  18. grrace

    Tony, Obama has been reaching out to Republicans, but it is clear, they have not interest in being Bi-Partisan. They want Obama and the Country to fail, so they can say "look, look, he failed, vote for ME..." They've restated it several ways from, "I hope Obama fails" to "this will be his Waterloo" to "it will break hiim," proof that they will vote against the JOBS BILL, using the excuse "it's a government takeover of our jobs..." So sad. America's jobs and economy is doomed and it'll be the Republicans fault. Republicans have taken no responsibility for tanking our economy, because THEY are making money from it. They're against tax cuts for small business, because Republicans make their money from BIG BUSSINESSES. So sad, we're doomed.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  19. Alassane Sock

    I believe that both parties Democratic and Republican need to come togher to get better deal for American Citizens who getting tiring of that
    sitaution.
    Thank you Tony,
    Goog job

    January 29, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  20. Egberto Willies

    President Obama will be unsuccessful in bi-partisanship as the GOP thinks its path to regaining power is to prevent any successes for this president. I think it is a flawed tactic and wish that they reconsider. I think it is incumbent then on Obama to continue to point out that our economic and healthcare failures are a direct result of past policies that should not be revisited lest we want to repeat the past. He must also assure Americans that while the pace of economic improvement is slow, recovery from our previous disaster cannot be corrected in 1 year.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  21. Matt Coleman

    I fear that the President will be unsuccessful. He came to office with a promise of reaching across the aisle, and he appointed some Republicans to important posts. However, he was met almost immediately with extremists calling him a Nazi and a socialist. The Republican members of Congress not only did not speak up against these people, but seemed to decide that they would be adamant in trying to kill almost anything proposed by the President.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  22. James Munsell

    No he will not be able to get any support from the Republicans they are determined to be against anything the Democrat's come up with. It was said here on CNN that it is a prerequisite to be against everything the Democrats are for to be a Republican. Here we go again politics as usual in the White house.
    Come on, give the new administration a chance. One year doesn't give enough time to dig us out of this hole.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  23. Nita Pledger

    No, he can't be successful because Republicans are only looking to the next election. If they ensure President Obama's failure in passing his legislation, it will help their chances in November. For example, the objections that the Republicans have to President Obama's proposal of a tax break for hiring are very easy to resolve, but the Republicans are not interested in passing anything to help the country. They are only interested in their success in the next election. Although, I've been a registered Republican for many years, that will change soon.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  24. Betty from MN

    No, the republicans have but one goal and that is not to give President Obama anything. It's plain to see they are not even wanting to try to work for the American people. A big bunch of crying babies that need their diaper changed.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  25. michelle penny

    Yes, President Obama will be successful because, real Americans want change that benefits America and, will support his Presidency all the way up and thru his next term- I'm hopeful............ America successful!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  26. Herman Newsom

    Republicans are NOT interested in bipartisanship or solving real problems. All they want is to obstruct all democratic plans and lower taxes for big businesses with a limited government. The news media should STOP covering republicans until they begin to offer up real ideas that includes democrats ideas like the President has done for them.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  27. LB

    You repeatedly show the President offering to work with the opposition in his SOTU address. You don’t seem to point out how he then went to Florida and tried to ‘score points’ with the same old misinformation that the Republicans have offered no ideas. They were excluded from the process and their communications of ideas have not been responded to. This President will not live with his own words. Apparently when he says no one should try to score points, he means no one but himself. When he says people need to stop the misinformation, he again means people other than himself. He can’t do this trash talk and expect the Republicans to walk into the room expecting progress. This is like a spider talking to flies. Would you go in with your guard down after the comments made in Florida and the comments made by the henchmen on the President’s staff since Wednesday’s offer was made?

    January 29, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  28. Tammy Bostick

    Right Now the Republicans may be in disagreement with the President, They may not even like the President, his decisions, his ideas or his style of Administration of the Financial Numbers that will direct the Economic Stability of the United States of America Economy. However the Republicans need to get over their personal feelings and consider the American People, their lives, their survival, their economy is all in a critical condition here. This is not the time for the Republicans to continue to fight against President Barack Obama and the decisions that He is making concerning moving this Nation Forward toward a Positive Cash Flow Operating in the Green and reducing the $12 Trillion Dollar Deficit currently reflected in the Federal Reserve System. Now either they cooperate with the President Barack Obama and Respect His Decisions, regardless of whether they like them or even disagree with him is not the ISSUE HERE! The Issue that the Republicans have to consider is forget about themselves, their dislikes, their disagreements and think about the suffering of the American People. The Republicans are Making Huge Salaries getting paid everday to work in their respective positions in the Whitehouse and can they relate to those who are unemployed and losing all of their assets, dignity, respect, peace, and their emotions have been affected. The Republicans need to consider this if they became unemployed right now and they had to look to Washington, D.C. to make decisions that were going to affect their future how would they feel with the constant unneccesary and foolish fighting that is occuring in the Whitehouse without any remorse as to the fact that they needed a Job or Business to better their financial portfolio to take care of their personal obligations and responsibilities.

    NOW THE FIGHTING MUST CEASE IN THE WHITEHOUSE AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND STRATEGIC PLAN THAT THE PRESIDENT IS PROPOSING.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  29. Mark Griffin

    Yes, because he is a smart and compasionate leader, but It will be very difficult for him than for past presidents because there is also the element of color. This really is not just about polictics, this is a man who has defided the odds and quite frankly have made the republicans look bad and they are going to make him pay. Our leaders (politicians) should be ashamed of themselves.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  30. jw

    NO WAY!! Republicans don't care about working to help those of us that are hurting, they feel only the need to make any proposal a non-starter for the President and the people. Even before he makes a speech they are putting down the idea. If they cared ,about we the people on main street, they would be speaking of HOW to make the idea work better for us. We have a Republican Party of NO and SELF concern working in D.C. and only for Wall Street and big money interests.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  31. grrace

    Tony, . Republicans have truly gone CULT with their "Purity Test." A Republican will not be allowed to work with the President in a Bi-Partisan way. It's MUTINY and something must be done about it. Can we make them walk the plank now?

    January 29, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  32. Arine Ward

    The really sad issue here...is this: President Obama is going to have to fight harder and continue to stand in the midst of this adversity from the Republican Party. Then he will come through the storm without a spot or blemish...The Republican Party needs to be dissolved and infused with a new party of Independents, that will work for the betterment of the American People. The Republican Party will not help to bring change collectively because the majority of them are making $250, 000.00 and don't want to be taxed for it...but its alright for us working Middle Class, to continue to foot all the bills, and they sit back on their nice Resorts in Hawaii...Don't tell me because I didn't go to college and get a degree I did...and I don't make $250k so I'm affected by these effects of the Pary of NO!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  33. Richard Summers

    No chance for bi-partisanship now the Republicans smell blood. Tony, don't read to much into the Virginia election. What I'm saying is I voted for McDonald not because I wanted to note displeasure with Obama but because McDonald was the best choice this time. I think Obama is doing a terrific job. As a independent I voted for McDonald because he was clearly the best choice not because he is a republican. The democrats simply ran out of superstars to put up for the nomination. Deeds is from a small extremely rural county....there was no chance he could have won

    January 29, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  34. Herman Newsom

    It appears that Republicans figured out how to manipulate public opinion by participating in every political poll question raised. The Republicans are flooding polls with their base to answer poll questions that you the media frequently use to make analyses about the pulse of the country.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  35. Ollie

    Every right thinking citizen of this country will expect that to be the smartest move to get to solve the myriads of problems this presidency has been bequethed with, but I bet that the Republicans would never do anything to convey the impression they have helped the president to succed, thereby, unwittingly doom their prospect of snatching back the white house the next election.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  36. grrace

    Tony, I feel the Republicans are extremely disrespectful to the voters who voted FOR Obama and his agenda. WE voted FOR his agenda, we voted FOR a Democrat. But Republicans and their supporters ignore that, including their eight years of terrible governing. Republicans even forget that BUSH VETOED everything the Dems tried to pass to correct the economy back in 2006.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  37. Jonn McDaniel

    President Obama made the campaign promise to work across the isle. He has not kept this promise. Sadly, he came across as blaming everyone else for the state of the union in his speech (Bush, Republicans, Supreme Court, Democrats who are backing down, etc.) but he seems to think he is not culpable. Where does the buck stop?

    Regardless of whether or not the Republican minority try to work with the Democrats, bipartisanship cannot fail because the President refuses to reach across the isle. That would be a fatal flaw in leadership.

    President Obama, please lead congress and the nation to unity! The time for bitterness and partisanship is over.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  38. Robert Tatum

    No Tony, I don't think president Obama will achieve his goal of a bi-partisanship arrangement with the Republicans. The reason? Because the GOP doesn't want to do anything to make it appear Obama is doing anything good for America. This sad state of affairs , in my opinion, is somewhat due to the give and take of politics, but mostly it is because of race. The strong conservative block that currently makes up the core of the GOP is dominated by 'Old South' members and these guys simply cannot accomodate to a black president. I really enjoy your share of the daily news and hope to keep on watching you every day. Robert Tatum

    January 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  39. Mike

    Tony unfortunately President Obama's plea for bi-partism cooperation will not be effective. However, if the American public puts the pressure on both sides it will happen. Most American's are sick of the staunch stance of both sides and want them to work together, and FAST, to resolve issues. Most American's don't know how to send messages to congress why not show them how easy it is by posting links?

    President Obama did send a strong message to remind Congress they work for US, the American's who elected them. The body language, facial expressions, and attitudes were disgusting to all who watched the SOTU. Imagine what other countries who we encourage to follow democracies think when they see how Congress behaves.

    We want results, we want results now, not studies, and not the lies "they have never reached out to us" as stated by some Republicans especially Mc Cain. The fact is the hand has been outstretched all along but when it is time to make some concessions on both sides, the Republicans walk away from the table. If a bill passes and is not "perfect" then change it later to make it work.

    This is not a football game with two teams playing against each other for bragging rights, it is the leadership of the most powerful country in the World! Congress should act with dignity, cooperation, timely action and dedication to the American's they serve represent. The time for good old boys in Washington must come to an end!.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  40. Bob, San Diego, CA.

    No I don't. He needs to bring Democrats to his office to talk about bipartisanship. They don't seem to understand that Republicans are all so representing the people and should have say in the process. This one sided Democrat rule is what screwed Califorina.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  41. Jim N.

    The republicans in this country truly believe that they have a winning strategy to win the 2010 congressional elections. They oppose everything the democrats suggest, offend no one and support policies that will protect the wealthy in this country. The president will have no chance at achieving bi-partisanship with the republicans and thus nothing will ever get done in our government. Our democratic system is truly broken. We need to vote everyone who has had a part in this polarization of America out of office and try to start over.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  42. Michael Auld

    I don't think that the Republicans are at all interested in bipartisanship. They smell blood and are bent on bringing down the Obama administration and as many Democrats as possible. Their refusal to work with President Obama was very telling from their demeanor at the State of the Union address. The Republicans have been successful at this juncture to play a smoke and mirrors game with the with a mostly uninformed public, many of whom are hurting from either loss of or the fear of loosing jobs. It is easy to take advantage of a confused people. This is exactly what the Republicans are succeeding at doing. At this moment, they are not interested in even a facade of bipartisanship.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  43. grrace

    Tony, Independents ARE Republicans! They just too cowardly to keep the name RepubliCON. Why don't you do a poll and find out what they were before renaming themselves "Independent."

    January 29, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  44. Cee Gregg

    President Obama has gone beyond and above the call of duty to reach out to the Republicans to be bypartisan. They decided from day one of his presidency (probably even before his inarguration) that they were going to be obstructionist. Why? There maybe some moderate Repubs that really want to work with the Democrats. Are they being held hostage by their leader, political postering.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  45. Arine Ward

    It shows the RNC has no care of the American People...They are heading off to Hawaii for their meeting...that 250K must be nice, they want to hold on to that, and not pay for anything. However, they are in total agreement that the middle class should support them, because they are the elite...Vote the Republicans out in 2010 Replace every last one of them!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  46. Marguerite Watson

    Bipartisan didn't work in 2009 and bipartisan will not work in 2010.
    After not getting a single bill pass my President should know not to trust the Republicans. If he tries this in 2010 - He can forget about being reelected. I appeal to my President - DON'T DO IT!!!

    M. Watson

    January 29, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  47. Marc Plichta

    No, no matter how hard Obama tries the GOP will refuse to agree with him. Chances are they'll fight him his whole presidency.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  48. grrace

    Tony, I don't see how it' possible. First of all, they HATE Obama, and we get it we get it already. Second, Republicans have a PURITY TEST, or contract, to NOT work with the President. Third, all of the Republican ideas so far, SUCK.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  49. Jerry

    It is long past the time to believe that Republicans will ever work honestly with Democrats. Republicans have only one thing in mind-the next election. Democrats need to get to work and then they won't have to worry about the next election. Americans need help now. Democrats can remain in the majority if they keep working to help Americans and move our country forward.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  50. George

    The current state of American politics is to accentuate the ability to stand up against the "institution", but not take the responsibility of not actually getting anything done. Mr. Obama wants to reach across the aisle and be bipartisan, but only after his biggest agenda item failed in getting passed through back door tactics. I watched the SOTHU Address, and his attempt to reach across was a token attempt at best. His visit to the GOP retreat in Baltimore, MD today is another token attempt. These tactics are nothing more than media fodder for the November elections to help the Democrats to make their case for reelection.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  51. Carol

    I agree with the Barber in you piece – the State of the Union speech is now such a joke. The Dems & Reps stand up, sit down when something is said to benefit their PARTY. I am an independent, and sick of both parties – they are supposed to be representing their constituents, but they clearly only care about party. It's time for both parties to get voted out and Independents who care about the People and the Constitution sit in those seats. Then, maybe the work of the People will get done.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  52. Mike H

    I do not believe that the president will be successful because it seems we have another "war" on our hands. Our gov't loves to label things wars, "War" on drugs, "war" on crime, etc... we now have a war of the parties. Neither party is worried about bipartisanship they are both worried about the label below there name.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  53. Donna R.

    I was a Rep. for 30 years but got so tired of their childishness that I became a Dem. I highly doubt the parties will ever get together for the good of the people,as, in truth, we are the least important on their agenda. The only time we become their focus is at election time. I,ve given up voting all together–what's the use.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  54. Charlie King

    He can not get bipartisan results, because the Republicans have had an ultimatum to be sure he does not succeed, so they will vote no regardless what the question is.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  55. jean

    I think the republicans will never be bi-partician with Obama they think if you say no to everything obama he will not succeed . they want him to fall. if he fails they have a chance . never mind the people and what we want or need .I am tired of them saying no to every think nothing gets done our representatives can not . work for us I will never vote for another republican if they keep this up.
    what about the people this makes no sence

    January 29, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  56. Michael

    It depends....

    If Obama very soon comes to the realization that the Republican Congress will NEVER support him then, yes, he can have a successful presidency.

    If he continues to _stubbornly_ adhere to his "let's all hold hands together" fantasy about bi-partisanship, then no, I believe his presidency will fail.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  57. andrew allen

    President Obama will not be successful at bipartisanship because The Gop will not give Obama favaor on any bill or law. Its just the Dem's and Obama on there own until the time that we have another Republican president, and then thats when we will see the Republicans setup.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  58. Bob K.

    Tony,

    President Obama will not be successful because his liberal base will not let him come to the center. Speaker Pelosi rants on about "parchuting" the now-dead health care bill and stuffing it down our throats. In addition, with the Republicans have NO incentive to make any deals with Obama considering their prospects in the upcoming November election.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  59. Arine Ward

    The Republican Party needs to feel a Big WAKE Up come election time. The Election is on their mind they want the White House...its time they are shown again...We will not be MOVED...they wanted us to fall deeper into recession and it be so horrible that we would die, so they could come out with their $250K and look like Kings and Queens!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  60. Josephine Mungin

    No, First of all, since Obama became the 1st African-American presidentI, I believe the Republican party has become more of a party of Racist. Many of them have pumped up their constituents into a violent frenzy at many of their town hall meetings. They show total disrespect for the president ie. shouting "You Lie" by one at a meeting. They are more hell bent on trying to make Pres. Obama fail rather than what's best for the people and the country. It is so sad that many of these republicans don't do the country a favor and retire.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  61. Danielle

    Republicans will not bend, they just say NO to everything. I think most people are missing what is happening right in front of their eyes though. Obama wanted to "change business as usual"- that means that there is going to be a substantial financial loss for the senators because they are all getting paid by lobbyist for what they vote for! Nothing that "gets done" has anything to do with what We-The-People want, it is about what corporations want and how much money they paid lobbyists to "get it done".

    January 29, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  62. Quetta

    i think that he can be successful if he move on with the agenda irregardless of bi partisenship. i make this statement because it is obvious that the Republicans dont want him to succeed therefore, they will not work with him under no circumstances. it is all about their personal political positions.

    it is quite telling what that means for the country, and it is quite sad that you have too many American people that dont care.

    if all politicians had the country's best interest at heart, and were not just selfish,they would find a comprimise somehow. don't we, in our everyday lives, work environment or at home, find comprimises with everyone that we encounter for the sake of making things work, somehow?

    January 29, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  63. Steve Dankner

    Republicans resent Obama because they cannot get over losing last year's Presidential election. All they can think about is winning elections in 2010 and 2012. They do not care about the country;s ills and are willing to let it fall to pieces if it makes Obama look bad, hoping that will result in GOP victories down the road.

    This is like Hitler willing to destroy Germany when he realized he couldn't save it.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  64. Janis Moriarty

    No, I don't think he will be successful. He has spent a year reaching across the aisle and now needs to just get things done. The opposite party has proven time and again that they have no intention of cooperating and working for the people. They are more interested in self growth and personal greed. Shame on them. This is coming from a former Republican.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  65. Jozette - Barrie, Ontario

    Of course he will be successful. I wish people would show a bit more common sense! It took the last administration 8 years to break down the economy, lose jobs and throw everyone into a panic. This administration has been in office for a year and already, everyone is screaming that nothing has been done.

    It cost money to correct the wrongs done by the Bush administration and it takes time. On top of all of that – there are still 2 wars going on. Stop all the negative and maybe you'll start to see some of the changes already evident.

    President Obama will get the job done! Have a little faith people!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  66. Ben

    John Donne is quoted, "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." President Obama is trying to convey the sense of urgency that is needed to address the problem of the economy. Sadly, the GOP does not have the same feel related to this since of urgency because of their reliance on the ideals of the Free Market System. No one part alone will be able to solve this problem but many pieces contributing to the whole can. I think President's efforts are merited and should be considered as an olive branch, but the GOP has already formulated their own opinions. They do not wish to work with the President but in many cases to undermine his efforts. This was not the case when the Democratic controlled Congress worked with former President George W. Bush.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  67. alex

    The President will not be successful: 1) The Republicans smell blood, and are looking for "Waterloo" opportunities. 2) The Democrats are still in a steamroller mode but remain disunited and leadership is ego driven. 3) The Administration is hobbled by internal conflict and an "entourage syndrome"; we are so cool and will protect our club VIPs from you idiots. We are so hung up on competition and winning in this country that concession and compromise are just not possible. alex, coral gables, fl

    January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  68. Meg

    No. I am an Independent and I was so ashamed of the Republican side of the House at the State of the Union Address. I am also so disappointed in either side that will not "budge and inch". How can we expect the Middle East to come to the Negotiation Table, when we cannot do it ourselves. What are we saying to the world?

    January 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  69. Kate

    The President is attempting to fulfill his campaign promises. It is distressing to see just how OBVIOUSLY intent the republicans are on giving this man no respect and no support and trying to insure his "failure" instead of fixing the problems. It is glaringly apparent who cares about the people and who does not! They need to drop the holier than thou attitude and come up with some real solutions before they throw salt on every proposal!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  70. grrace

    Tony, The Democratic Party is the best party. It's has the best platform, it expresses all my values...it's the most fair party, and the most financially responsible. Republicans are for BIG tax cuts for BIG OIL, BIG Insurance Co's, BIG BUSINESS. Republicans hate "the little guy", thereby, HATE Democrats. Republicans HATE Medicare, which is why they won't vote for the Healthcare Reform Bill...THAT bill will strengthen Medicare, making Republicans cringe in their pants.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  71. Dan Chester

    The question you should really be asking is: is President Obama sincere when he says he wants to "reach across the aisle" with bipartisanship. In 2009, he shut the Republicans out of the legislative process time and time again, meeting only with Democrats and then introducing bills at midnight that no Republican had ever had the chance to see let alone work on. The Republicans have offered many solutions to the nation's problems but they've fallen on deaf ears. Witness President Obama's disingenuous challenge that "if anyone has better ideas, let me know," or something to that effect, in the State of the Union speech – as if he hadn't been offered many good ideas by the Republicans. My question is: why, unlike Bill Clinton, doesn't President Obama seem willing to listen to differing points of view?

    January 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  72. Bud Pratt Punta Gorda, FL

    The obstructionists had their chance at bipartisanship, but said no, preferring politics.

    It’s time to stick it to them, one item at a time. If they really like high credit card interest, insurance companies dumping sick people, or denying coverage to those who need it, make them vote for it.

    If they want to filibuster for Wall Street profiteering, on our money, make them do it.

    Then crucify them with their votes, at the next election.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  73. Dave R in PA

    Good Luck. The Democrates can't pull together a single Democrate Plan. As for Republicans, bipartisanship starts with "Bi", it takes two sides. I've seen Obama make the effort, but you can't be bipartisan when one side simple says "No". If the Repuiblican plan is to reject everything, just to make political points you can't have bipartisanship. I think they all need them to understand the word "Pluralism"

    January 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  74. Kevin McGee

    I think it is quite interesting how members of the media, expert journalist and others speak about whether or not President Obama will be successful or not. The conversation should be adjusted because it is more4 about whether or not the people of the united states of america will be successful. Sure politicians have their role and the focus always seems to be on specific politicians. However this is bigger than any politician. It is about the american people. Will the US be successful in working with one another. Will the US be successful in bringing the job market, and manufacturing back to plrofitable levels. Will the US be successful in accomplishing many issues that have been great challenges over the decades. Will we be successful in reducing the numbers of americans that are being incarcerated everyday and making us better citizens? Will the education, and health of americans be improved? This is not about the president, but about the american citizen...

    January 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  75. Rohan

    GOP did not do anything in there time on now they are not willing to work with the other side to let anything happen.Arent the president the one to make the call so why the republicans want to do it when they did not doit in there time.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  76. Marsha Gonzalez

    I don't know if he will be, but I do know that as once a democrat, now independent, it feels divisive every time the president uses words like "inherited", "past administration", etc. In raising my kids, I certainly don't allow them to back peddle when solving issues, I tell them to focus on now in going forward. As the leader of our country I feel it is Mr. Obama's responsibility to lead everyone in staying away from negatives about who started the mess. I was not happy with the past administration, but I see no difference in this one. Please Mr. President, if you truly want bipartisanship, speak in bipartisan terms. Speak about now and solving the issues. We are WELL aware of what the past administration has done, but stay focused on your own administration without using child like antics of "they started it!" It's just too much to listen to.

    The president and so many who voted for him seem more focused on pointing out the errors of the past administration than on the issues at hand. You truly cannot get where you are going in your car, if you are continually looking back at all the potholes you hit that were "someone else's responsibility to fix" without getting into a collision. How can he then create bipartisanship if he feels the need to continually remind us of who we need to blame for the country’s plights. It's counter productive and it feels downright arrogant on his part.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  77. kt

    in the state of the union, pres obama said republicans need to get off the side lines and work with democrats. why dont the democrats have to work with republicans to keep the present tax cuts and lower some of this massive spending. wake up people the prime mortgages ARM this year will mean more homes will be on the chopping block. maybe jefferson was correct " democracy is the vilest form of mob rule" we do live in a republic. seems like no one in govt. gets it. the most powerfull political body is not dems or republicans it's independents. mass. got it and still no change. if dems have to cut deals behind closed doors to get anything pased then something is wrong. they treat the people like mushrooms, feed them second hand oats and keep them in the dark..pathetic

    January 29, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  78. Wesley Bryan

    As a republican, I am troubled by the attitude of the Republican party during the President's State of the Union speech. Their non-responsive stance, even when it refers to helping American's, shows that they only want to put down the President, even at the expense of destroying our beloved country. I call upon the Republican party to put away party politics and stand with the president in helping us all. Let see whether the meeting with the President will bring about a change.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  79. Kevin McGee

    If the President will nto be successful, America will not be successful. Some people seem to express comments as if its ok if the president and congress cannot work together. Like maybe the next election cycle will bring hope for the partisans of political parties. This is about america. If the focus and direction of these parties cannot get it together more failure will be in the wake of the USA.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  80. Wojciech Moskal

    I laugh every time the two parties argue about the size of the government. The way I look at it is: when everyone in the country plays by the rules the government will decrease on it's own ( hey brains * supply/demand * relation ship), when everyone in the country breaks all the rules, sinking the nation, the government size will increase on it's own as well. Not only if needed, the government can take absolute control of the nation, declare marshal law, and fix everything a military style. You have my yes on that one. Their job is to save and protect the nation. And let's see who is that government the people always talk about(making them look as if they where aliens from out of space ): military, cops, courts, etc. Now lets take a look at those who would oppose the government: the rich that cheat and lie, manipulate the system, the drug dealers, the bad doctors, people who break the law?. Now what can also happen is the government or parts of it could get corrupted as well. what happens then is, people vote, the military back up the people(no; i know you rich boys think when i say people it means you, you're wrong), and everyone get fixed and straighten out the revolutionary style, go ask English they will tell you all about it. But the good news for the rich boys is that the majority of the country are lairs, cheaters, on drugs, or doing every thing you're doing(wall street), just on the smaller scale. This is a part of some of the military people rage, And sentences as* f...k them all* become popular, when referring to our fellow American citizens.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  81. Greg F.

    No, bipartisanship will not be acheived by Obama. But it is not his fault. While everybody seems to want bipartisanship, that is the responsibility of the Party in the minority.

    Funny how you never had Republicans asking for bipartisanship when they held the White House and both chambers of Congress in the early 2000s. Back then they were screaming about "a mandate of the people" and "rule of majority".

    This is only emphasised by the election of Scott Brown. One Senate seat changes Parties, and it renders the media and those on the right unable to count. 59 IS STILL GREATER THAN 41!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  82. Patterson

    We the United States of American can be sucessful if we can all do what is right for The United States of American. President Obama never said "Yes He Can', he said "Yes We Can".

    January 29, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  83. Ruby

    No I don't think he will success neither party cares what happens to the people out of work or homeless or our starving nation as long as they get their salary for what little they do, their great medical insurance, their long paid vacations and great retirement for life.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  84. Arine Ward

    @Marsha...
    That is absolutely correct, and the issue with that here on this issue. Is the Republican Party will not give the President the opportunity to fix, and turn a mess around. They keep saying "No" and then all these Headlines, about this one and that one...All they do is draw more and more fire into the fire...American Politics are a complete Nightmare...and its the Politics that will cause for the complete failure of America...Because parties are messed up...and if the Republicans were sitting in the White House, and the country is worse today than it was a year ago...Then you wouldn't hear a peep out of them cause that $250k is still coming in they don't feel nothing. That is why they need and want war, it makes them money, they don't care about America or her people...they only care about the almighty Dollar...

    A house divided against itself can't stand...were supposed to be ONE Nation under God....its division here...and it will be brought back on course...with or without the Republican Party...Constituents look what you are sending to Congress Vote CHANGE!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  85. grrace

    Tony, I respect the President for trying, but Republicans are not trying. They're trying to kill his Presidency. Republicans want to kill GREEN JOBs, green jobs scare the pants off BIG OIL, who are supporters of Republicans. Tax cuts for small business undermines BIG BUSINESS, another supporter of Republicans. CAPPING Pollution, another scary thing for polluters, who support Republicans. The "little guy" and the Planet are doomed, if Republicans take control again. Republicans only have concern over their wallets.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  86. Kevin McGee

    Is everything broken "including" the media? Somehow members of the media seem to express itself as if it is some forth rail or fourth institution of government. If the presidency, and congress institutions are broken, education broken, healthcare broken, financial systems broken... Then surely the media and it's institutions are also broken. Along with everything else in America. If we can take these positions about everything, then what must we do? Somebody must start working together. But that must be too much to ask or expect...

    January 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  87. Rl

    Republicans acting like they are the ruling party.They should remember that they are not and they are there to work with the president and not fight everything he set out to do.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  88. grrace

    Tony, Republicans Vetoed everything Dems passed starting in 2006. Apparently they still ARE!!!!! Obama cannot overcome the hatred toward him, because Republicans have NO intention of changing.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  89. Ms P

    You can call it bipartisanship, but what I see is a lot of hatred. The "repubs" are a bunch of hypocrites and would refuse to cooperate with the Pope if they felt he would have too much power. The nerve of McDonald to follow behind the President's state of the union speech to even part his lips to talk about the recent terrorist attack saying the US should not defend terrorists but defeat them. As reported on CNN, he was an attorney general in Virginia when the first terrorists who were responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center went on trial in that state. But, now all of a sudden it is wrong. Now, I don't know about you, but I have been watching since the 9/11 attacks, during the time George Bush was president, and Bin Laden has been a free man since then, his name is hardly mentioned anymore. Some citizens, especially the "repubs" are very quick to forget the economic crisis, the wars, jobless situation, etc. started on their watch. Bush started a war in Iraq with Hussein which didn't have a thing to do with 9/11, lied about these so-called weapons of mass destruction and had the man & his sons killed, put his sons dead bodies on public display. I could go on & on...how dare these hypocritical idiots sit in judgment on anyone. They will not cooperate for the good of the country. I for one am sick of all this game playing, the people want action to move this country forward.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  90. Ernest Montanez

    Tony I am watching your program this morning and I feel that your previous e-mail answer to limit terms is a good question. Why because maybe they( Democratics/ Republicans ) will know what is to have to " FIND A JOB". Also Tony the infromation about why the Republics and the Democratics can not agree ought to be more transparent to the American people. The American people should be exposed more to the diaologe. Like the " The good president we have". Our President needs to stand firm on his values and principles and in the end the country will support him. Tony : Sir You want to report on a subject : check this out social security security " over payments" A person recieves S.S. and than goes back to work, after the person notifies S.S. they continue to send the checks and may gone for awhile. After S.S. get the information that the person has returned to work. The American people have to re-pay thousands of dollars back. The S.S. has cuased more harm to the american people over and over in this area. Most cases that I know of have devasted families. Check this out..... Good stuff

    January 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  91. yvonne

    The Republicans are interested in one thing; making sure that Obama doesn't look good at ANY cost to the country. IF they have any good ideas, let's hear them. IF they could come up with something positive instead of nothing but critcisim it would go a long way toward boosting the nation's consumer confidence. I thank God that It's Obama making those tough decisions, and not any of those sour-puss, republican wind bags. Obama is an extremely intelligent, honorable man who is doing his best to do what is right for this country. I truely believe that, given the choices we had in the 08 election, he is the best man for the job. I really wish the crybaby GOP would stop focusing on the Republican party image and start focusing on what's best for the U.S.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  92. Joe Owens

    The President’s attempt at bipartisanship is positively doomed. Those across the aisle – the party of hatred, intolerance and obstruction will never stoop to usefulness/cooperation.

    Joe Owens
    Otway, North Carolina

    January 29, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  93. grrace

    Tony, I'm so sad. I feel our country is doomed. And again, it will be the fault of Republican Teabaggers.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  94. darrell miracle

    There are those that will do nothing to help Mr. Obama. The folks that elected him are now sitting back & watching the elephant stomp him. Is it 2012? Is the election upon us? We tell our children, "majority rules & to be good losers". Are we are hypocrits. We have watched the past administration put an unnecessary war before our economy and now the same folks are putting their agenda in front of correcting any past errors. With the new golden egg in their baskett there is even less incentive to work out any solutions. The next election is on the front burner. We should demand more. If money is the root of all evil & we are one of wealtiest nations ever than why have we not learned how to lose and how to share? Unfortunately greed trumps need in our country. Change won't happen without bipartisanship.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  95. Jonn McDaniel

    Unity only happens from the place of power. If you are not in a place of power, it doesn't matter how much you want to work together with the other side. Only when the person in power does what it takes to work together can unity be achieved.

    The Democrats have all the power. They are completely in control. It is up to the Democrats to be leaders in unifying the congress and the nation. It is up to President Obama to lead by example to the Democrats.

    I continue to hear people chastise the Republicans for their lust for power and then turn right around and encourage the Democrats to do the same.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  96. Greg F.

    Since Obama's SOTU speech on Wednesday, the Senate took a vote on extending the federal debt ceiling - without which the United States would go into default. All 40 Republicans voted no.

    The Senate took a vote on requiring Congress not to pass legislation that it can't pay for. All 40 Republicans voted no.

    The Senate took a final vote on passing the overall plan. Thirty-nine Republicans voted no. The 40th, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), skipped the vote.

    There's your answer. Welcome back "The Party of 'NO!'"

    January 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  97. Dan

    Something to think about. Do your remember the 800+ billion "stimulus" package? And there is now talk of a second "stimulus" bill.
    People, how do you think we are going to pay for it?
    We can't go out in the back yard and pick the green stuff (money) off the money tree.
    Duh. Raise taxes. You all say he is doing such an outstanding job.
    All I can say, is wait until you start having less in your paychecks because POTUS had to raise YOUR taxes to pay for his spending plan.
    Any comments??

    January 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  98. grrace

    Tony, I wish Obama success in bi-partisanship, because Republicans sure have created the CLOG in the system. Dems worked with Bush, then Bush Vetoed them. Americans need to do some serious DRANO of the GOP.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  99. Ernest Montanez

    Wow that was quick? The Prisident is on TV with the oppisite end of the democractics... Tony hold them accountable to their words. Keep up the good reporting.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  100. fred davis exile az

    The REPULICANTS have already had many chances to be engage in MEANINGFUL dialogue. they only exhibit infantile displays of lying, pouting and whining. they became to accustomed to having their own way and their policies were disastrous.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  101. Quetta

    i think the American people need to wake up and smell the coffee.... Republicans are obstructionists, selfish, soles that dont have your best interest at heart. if they did, don't you think that they would have been in agreement with something that is presented by the Democrats. in case you all dont know, it is the party and President in charge that creates the agenda then it all goes into to comprimise mode. yes the Republicans were in negotations for months on major issues. they had already had their negative minds made up.

    i just hope that the people of America could see who is working for them, even if they may not agree with some of the measures taken. everyone should agree, that in the dire state of our nation, doing something is better than doing nothing....... no is not the answer.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  102. Jack Davis

    Unless the Republicans change their mindset, there will be little progress in our congress. Until people can determine if a politician is sincere in helping the people, there will be no widespread acceptance. Until people understand the economic disaster we were in, there will be fingerpointing for the blame. Personally, I think that the president and his party are trying to help the citizens of this country at a great sacrifice. I can only see a slight benefit for the health care fix proposed by the Republicans as with some of their other policies – which caused a huge deficit inherited by this administration.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  103. grrace

    Tony, I'm watching Mike Pence and his crocodile tears...disgraceful!

    January 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  104. grrace

    Tony, the mission of Republicans and their self serving ideas, is TAX CUTS for the RICH. When they say "across the board tax cuts", they ignore the tax cuts middle class just got, from Obama. They steal credit for things that worked, but they didn't support. Republicans will do TAX CUTS to the point of crippling every social program in America. Republicans HATE all social programs, even if it means starving people. Who wants to support those ideas? People who are sitting pretty on a mountain of money (Republicans).

    January 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  105. Rolando

    NO (unfortunatley). The republican party has made it more than clear that their agenda is to oppose his agenda regardless of the negative effect on the american middle class.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  106. wrigga

    Two indicators, the first being, the expressions of the faces of both parities during the president's speach. The most telling, or a way to forcast bi-partsanship is to find out how rich each member of both houses and their respected parties are by rank and what industries they make their monies from . (THE MONEY DON'T LIE).

    January 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  107. Oladapo Babatunde

    7 million Americans has lost their jobs . The only way to make things work out for good is by joining President Obama to make it work. everything has a positive and negative side
    The lost of jobs has been in place before president Obama was elected.
    and this cant be fixed immediately .The only way there can be a solution is by working together as one , not just as democrat or republican but as Americans.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  108. Robert

    @grrace, I`m in the middle class I saw no reduction in my taxes! All I have seen is people who dont contribute to taxes are the ones getting all the returns! We can not expect big business to be accountable when the citizens of this country are doing the same things! Its time people went without and certainly those who dont earn the money to have the things that working people should enjoy! When people in this country live within their own means then we can address big business! As long as big business is taxed out of doing business in this country then they will seek other places in the world to operate! Its our choice do we want to all be on welfare or do we want to make it where the big businesses can operate on a fair playing field? The rest of the world is ready to take our wealth and as long as the citizens have the mindset that rich people owe people with less then we will keep seeing things fall apart!

    January 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  109. grrace

    Tony, I just heard Marsha Blackburn regarding HealthCare Reform "starting anew"... She's speaking at the Republican retreat. She is one crooked INSURANCE AGENT!!!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  110. Teresa

    No, never. Republicans officials will never work with him on anything. They expect everyone to believe that this country's problems began on Jan. 20, 2009. The leaders know better, but this is about selling the product to the base so they can get back in power.They do not believe that Bush should be held accountable for events that occurred under his watch, even though for eight years under his reign we had to listen to how everything was Clinton's fault. That is why McCain lead the charge of "blame it on Bush" during and after the SOTU speech. I do not know how to relate to the type of people who believe in the idealogy of the right. My mother and siblings are conservative Republicans, I know how and why they think and vote like they do. I can tell you they and others like them will never consider bipartisanship, ever. Why? Because their leaders only care about being the party in power.

    January 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  111. Robert

    No republicans dont hate social programs they hate the making of so many people lazy in this country! When my wife and I work full time and and pay $500 alone in medical benefits per month to see people who wont work for what they have and to ask me the tax payer to supplement their wants instead of being satisfied with the bare necesseties they ask for more and Obama is giving it to them! When we can barely afford to have a cell phone to watch the pregnant girl in line at the grocery store paying for her 2 carts of food with a bridge card all along yapping on her iphone, crap has to change! I say if you have the ability to work in any capacity and choose not too you should only recieve the bare necessities period!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  112. grrace

    Republican Marsha Blackburn says she wants "less governement and beauracracy in the Health Insurace Bill." She wants to "start anew". That's code for NO REGULATION of Insurance Companies" and therefore, "we don't need to change anything...kill the bill."

    January 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  113. Robert

    President Obama made it sound real good but the Democrats have been going it alone and excluding Republicans in many situations since 2008! Problem with Obama is he owes to much political capitol to the left wing fringe of the Democratic party to get anything done! Problem with that is now they dont have the super majority and because they refuse to work with the other party is what will cause the Democrats to lose! Its that simple! Liberals claim Republicans have all the money, talk to Nancy Pelosi about that! The redistribution of wealth in a Democratic Capitolist society is just palin wrong! The only change I`ve seen come from Democrats is how to take from the rich and give to the poor! Poor is a fact of life in this country always has always will, the people working hard to achieve the American dream owe nothing to those who choose not to help themselves!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  114. Arine Ward

    @Robert
    I keep hearing people are lazy and don't want to work and your taxes are footing the bill...People aren't lazy, they are tired, where are the jobs? Just because you and your wife, are fortunate enough to work, not everyone has that luxury and its not because we're lazy...Where are the jobs? Outsourced by the Republicans, for bigger tax cuts...So we're far from being lazy, even if we were flipping burgers, then you and others would have something to say because we were not college educated...News Flash we are college educated and still no jobs, so if $500 a month in medical benefits for you and your wife...is a blessing...try that with both you and your husband unemployed and not because were Lazy...and its not President Obama's fault this all started under Bush and his Administrations Reign

    January 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  115. Robert

    @grrace, we didnt need medical reform in the first place we simply needed insurance and drug reform period! The problem with Liberals is they wanted access to free health care at the expense of the working stiff! Its a shame in this country that a working stiff has to accept inferior health coverage compared to those who recieve free health care! When a family of 5 in Michigan can recieve over $900 per month in food assistance, their eating steaks while I have to settle for whats on sale! It has to stop!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  116. Robert

    Liberals can say what ever makes them sleep better at night but the fact is the Democrats have and are doing the same things! Dont blame one party without blaming the other! Republicans are trying to make this country get back to the principles that this country was founded on! This country was not founded on bank bailouts and the welfare system! This country was founded on hard work and personal responsibilty period! Our fore-fathers never stood in line with their hands out as if somebody owed them something! People with more do NOT owe people with less period!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  117. Arine Ward

    I'm trying to figure all this out...So are people standing in grocery lines, monitoring what others have in their carts, and how they pay? I don't have time to think what is in someone else fridge. Let alone, how the hell they paid for it. Does anyone cart spying stop to ask these people their story...last I checked with a food assistance, it doesn't say that you can't buy a steak?? With the economy so messed up the question then becomes why must the Republicans trail off to Hawaii for a meeting...they've corrupted Washington keep the meeting there...But they can afford it right? So again the economy is all Obama's fault he has just destroyed it...NOT! It was destroyed when he walked into it...and then all these people wanted a Quick Fix...and he can't quick fix what the Republicans don't want because they have to come off that $250k and they don't want that at all...So stop blaming OBAMA and blame the problem the messed up, dilapidated congress men and women you sent to congress saying "NO"

    January 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  118. Arine Ward

    @Robert,
    That is the WHOLE issue...America has CHANGED...taking the country back to the principals it was founded on, doesn't include ALL of We the People...that is the reason its Greedy, and chaos are here now, we are reaping what was sown by the founding corrupt fathers...of racial injustice, discrimination, and overall no hope for anyone who didn't look like them! Change Here Now!!! Yes We Can!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  119. ronnie patrick

    You need to ask the Republicans that question. The party that just say NO.

    January 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  120. Henya, Ca

    I hope so it’s not the first time that our President is reaching out to them, Our President is doing a wonderful job considering watt he inherited from the Republicans, if they ever want to be in power they should support the President, as the president said even if we do not agree on everything not doing anything is not an option, they act like little spoiled children why are we paying them this my Tax money going to waste they not passing anything not doing their jobs the American people we are watching them, I will never forget their behavior, they want to blame the President for everything this President done more in 1 Yr, then the Previous one in 8 yr, he is in my opinion the perfect President for our difficult times, as we can all see it’s not easy to change people in Washington this is because they are closed minded and also some of them to old. Not willing to learn something new this is sad for all of us,

    January 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  121. Robert

    Hey Arine I see it everyday I have to pull money from my pocket in which I have worked for to see that! I as a tax payer I should be concerned with the free handouts to people who dont deserve it! The girl out of high school with 3 kids that has never paid into the system and sits around waiting for that free check does NOT deserve it period! She deserves birth control not more free money that makes her more and more dependent on me! And yes in the state of Michigan you get a "Bridge Card" so no feelings get hurt and yes if you have one you can buy nothing but steaks if thats what you want! Know what your talking about before you b lame the tax payers and Republicans for the economic woes!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  122. Oladapo Babatunde

    Debating on same issues can not solve the problems at hand.
    We all need to find out a solution and work together to solve the problems
    Millions of Americans cant put food to the table and if we dont agree to work together rather than debating there will never be a soltution.

    January 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  123. Arine Ward

    Republicans Say whatever they feel is enough "fear" to pitch at America for her to agree. The democrats may have had the majority in congress, but HELLO it still has to be approved by the President, and how many "Veto's" did he render or Executive Orders he signed into play...

    And lets not forget the concocted story of WMD to get us believing just what they wanted...

    so tell me @Robert, just how does Republicans Sleep at night...their is the root of the mess...WMD for the gain of oil...with the infiltrated chaos of independent contractors like Haliburtion owned by who??? to step in and what? Make Money...if it makes no money, it makes no sense to Republicans, to the hell with the people...Change Here NOW!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  124. Ms. Doubtfire

    It's time to realize that politics is not about in-fighting to your constituents end. And listen up constituents: " stop letting your political leaders put words in your mouth!" I'm constantly hearing from so-called leadership, "the American people want this & that." There is no 100% of any party of constituents demanding all or nothing. Our political dirty water will never get clean if more constituents don't speak up for the American quality of life package (works hand in hand):

    Jobs
    Homes
    Education for adults & children
    Health Care
    Retirement/Eldercare

    Everyone shouldn't work in the sole interests of our politicians to have nsurance, nice homes & bank accts. They're there to spread the wealth. It's like church members working to insure the Pastor has a nice home & image; yet the elderly couple who pay their tythes are eating cat food!

    Get it together people, we are all accountable by a hand in or a look away.

    January 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  125. Robert

    As long as you liberals keep the same old ideas of taking from one to give to another you will see major loses in the upcoming elections! Thats a fact you can take to the bank! Democrats have said no to every Republican proposal since Obama was elected and the American people see that ie: New Jersey, Virginia and now Mass.! I`ve learned to go without, I`ve learned to live within my means I was also taught at a young age dont expect anything from anyone else and certainly not from your government! This is the land of opportunity not the land of free giveaways! You make of it what you want out of it nothing more nothing less!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  126. Arine Ward

    @Robert...
    You mighty tax payer, and seeing this young woman with three kids, struggling...What have you done to help her, and many like her....instead of fume the venom of Republican mayhem...get your people to infuse some type of structure to help ALL women with children, as a woman, mother, she will DO anything to take care of her children...as far as Birth Control...the last time I checked you were just a man with no "S" on your chest...so you can't decide who should or shouldn't procreate and under what circumstances...
    So pass the Healthcare to include Abortion...and then you can be the God you seek to be on who or what should be controlled.

    As to the Bridge Card, I see your a Grocery Spy, so no matter what a person is going through they are on your tax dollars, no matter the cause...simply sad!

    January 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  127. Ms. Doubtfire

    The Republicans getting stuck on dumb stuck on stupid is not going to resolve our issues. While they do everything they can to create stalemate, they're getting their 40 acres & a mule!

    The Democrats need to play the game & let the Republicans know in the best interests of the USA they will move forward, period.

    Both party leaders have a place to live, eat & work or start new futures regardless.

    The independents matter in votes but what difference does it make if they're not proactively creating change.

    The media needs to focus on truth not sides. Get the constituents on air to speak with and ask questions of our political leaders. Put mainstreet on live. I'm sick of seeing the same people repeat the same speaking points. Duh! The bottomline:

    People need help not a political spectator sport where nothing is getting done. People demand change and support your President. Anybody can support their President when they focus on the constituents.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  128. grrace

    Don't you just love when Republicans get over 180 Amendments into the Healthcare Bill, then complain it's "too BIG" and "they were cut out of the process." WHAT A JOKE. WHAT a HEAD GAME.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  129. grrace

    Republicans don't want "Government" in Healthcare = don't want REGULATIONS over Health Insurance Companies....

    "Less Governement" = DE-REGULATION of Health Insurance Companies.

    Health Insurance Companies are sick and twitsted FRAUDS. Making millions off the sick and defenseless Americans.

    It is the Governments JOB to step in, regulate, and stop the fraud.

    Thanks.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  130. Arine Ward

    @Robert
    That is what I wanted all along...to see your true colors...you think I need a job, and I sit on the PC all day, eating crunch & munch...lol Just so you know Might Republican, I'm very much employed, and take care of my family without the help of government assistance...I'm simply the voice for all those that can't speak out and take up for themselves against wolves like you.

    So just as I thought, if you bait a hook just right, a fish would be caught every time...Thanks for your support! Have a super day!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  131. grrace

    Tony, will there be "bi-partisanship?" Can Obama be successful? To quote the Republican Party "NO." Listen to them DOG the President. Republicans will dog him forever. Look at them holding up the HEalthcare Reform, while 45,000 people die this year...and for what? Tort Reform. They could care less who's suffering, as long as they get what? Something as pathetically useless as Tort Reform. And for who? Quacks. Republicans support quacks, BIG OIL, Frauds, and Bankers...uh,...crooks. Look at 'em dog on.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  132. grrace

    The President can try a keep reaching across the isle. Just remember who you're dealing with. Democrats are the best party, they fight for the Middle Class, while Republicans want to kill it. It's how Republicans make their money.

    January 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  133. jay

    Let us cut to the chase. Nationalse the the nation's largest Utility companies, the same for the Nations Insurance Corporations and kick out the illegals from this country.

    Net result, cheaper Winter heating bills, sustainable Healthcare costs and millions of jobs for twenty million un or underemployed folks sitting home in the afternoon watching CNN.

    Regards,

    Jay in the Heartland

    January 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  134. Joe Owens

    Dan and his ilk have screamed about taxes for generations now, and it is extremely tiring. Sure, we don't like paying taxes, and never have. U.S. taxes are not nearly as crippling as is being claimed – in fact, taxes are only a true burden to the lower income citizens. Put very succinctly: "PLEASE STOP WHINING ABOUT TAXES!! THE COUNTRY HAS LEGITIMATE PROBLEMS TO RESOLVE!"

    January 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  135. Krys

    Every American should have watched "Critical Conditions" on Dateline on Sunday night. It is an eye opener for all Americans.

    All those who are falling for the non existent boogey men where healthcare is concerened will find out the suffering of other Americans when their insurance company tells them "Denied" for a kidney transplant for their child who eventually dies.

    They will get to experience what other Americans experience when a child gets a stroke and the insurance company refuses to cover the cost for a comfortable bed an dmedical treatment and equipment and you have to watch your child die slowly because you have already remortgaged your house to pay for medication and the money has ran out.

    Only then will they wake up to realise that they are not as "covered" as they thought.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  136. Henya, Ca

    The more a watch this I know that we voted the right President into office, he is so calm and assertive smart eloquent, I’m very happy with him. Unlike the other side that still want to blame the President for every think.

    January 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  137. Karen Nelson

    How very refreshing! We now have a President who speaks intelligently, frequently,and openly with anyone, friend or foe! The previous administration rarely held even a press conference for fear of a gaffe.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  138. Lori

    I have always believed the President wants to work with the republicans but they make it impossible no matter what issue comes up they stir up the right wing until compromise becomes out of the question. My 14yr.old daughter and I were talking about this and she called the republican party the "republicant's" and I think that sums it up pretty well.Being a democrat myself I'm not happy with my party either, the infighting they do among themselves is very disgusting. I thought being the majority they would get up there and get things done but all they seem to want to do is fight and bicker and not stick together. It seems no matter who is president neither party is willing or able to work together for the good of the country.

    January 30, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  139. MMetzger

    No I don't think a bipartisan government will happen not in this administration and not the future. Why ? Because neither party is not willing to bend a little to gain a bipartisan Government ! They got their heads so far up their butts they cannot see the goodness of a bipartisan Government that that is what it takes to be a great government where both parties are all for one thing and that's the government working for all americans in union of one another.

    January 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  140. MMetzger

    And just what was papa Bush doing at the White House today ? I am willing to bet he was there to thank Obama for not pursuing charges of war crimes against his son. They are all a crooked bunch and I don't trust any of them at all for nothing right !

    January 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  141. Stephanie Chapin

    According to the Associated press on Friday, January 29th, 2010, the Republican National Committee adopted a rule to provide financial support to ONLY those candidates who support the parties platform. It is this kind of politics that has led me to be an independent voter. So, in order for a Republican candidate to make it in the national elections he ALWAYS do what the party says, not the people in his district want. That will not allow the parties to work together. It is spliting this country apart. We need to create reform. I do not want candidates representing "the party", they should be representing the PEOPLE in they were elected to represent.

    January 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  142. Stephanie Chapin

    @Robert
    Please don't say your government does not give you anything.
    You have roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and the list goes on and on. So yes Robert, YOU to are getting handouts from the government. No longer do you have to directly pay, as it was so long ago, that often people forget.

    January 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  143. Daniel

    I dont think the President will be successful in seeming to reach out to the GOP. Both sides are diametrically opposed to nearly all of each others ideas. Unless one or the other side goes against its core values or agenda there wont be much success. If the GOP goes along with anything close to the current version of the health care bill for example, the GOP can hang it up for 2012 and it would be a total sell out on their part . Both parties are not as in touch with the American people on many of the issues such as health care, illegal immigration, jobs, the economy and tax reform

    February 1, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  144. Tanya

    Pres. Obama is wasting America's time with "reaching across the aisle! The Republicans will never work with him on ANY of his agendas. They like HEALTHCARE the way that is now. They like the EDUCATIONAL system the was that is now. And they like the BANKING/WALL STREET structure the way that is now! Conservatives believe in a HAVE and HAVE NOTS society. There has never been a "level playing field" in this country. The POWERFUL will always have their foot on the necks of the POWERLESS! Sad, but true....

    February 1, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  145. Stephanie Chapin

    Who paid for the Republicans to fly to Hawaii and meet? If they were all in Washington, why did they fly to Hawaii, to miss the cold Washington weather. I hope tax payers did not pay for it. I am very upset with this "stick to the party platform or else" rule they just adopted. I thought Republicans were supposed to represent the people of the state who elected them.

    February 1, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  146. Weaver Moses

    I feel that the Presdent Obama's persistence in acheiving bipartisan support of his agendas will eventually pay off. I still feel strongly that if the republican and democratic parties are ever to unte on any political agenda it will happen during his presidency because of his tenacity and, more importantly, his genuine desire to unite the two parties to work for the good of all americans. I believe his compassion and love for people wil outlast the political egos in both parties that prevent a united front in serving the people of this great nation. Love really does conquer all.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Herman Newsom

    Why are republicans even being listened to? Republicans have talked down their noses to the democrats during all their speeches! So tell us why would they want to be part of a platform for bipartisanship? Obstructionist they are and WE NEED TO TONE THEM ALL OUT UNTIL THEY BEGIN TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY...

    February 4, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  148. Herman Newsom

    This thing republicans are saying about protecting our children and grand children is simply a talking point for them and not a value statement. Republicans have kicked the can down the road for decades on true reform that works for the middle class, a real balanced budget, Medical & Medicare, and on and on and on... I am not fooled by this republicans theatrical play

    February 4, 2010 at 11:21 am |