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June 19th, 2010
06:55 AM ET

Criticizing the President

Criticizing the President is all part of politics, but some of the language used to criticize the Obama administration raises questions. Republican strategist and columnist for 'The Hill' Cheri Jacobus and Columbia University professor Marc HIll joined Tony Harris to discuss the rhetoric.

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  1. Dianna

    Regardless of which political party is talking or what American citizen is talking or which President is in office the Office of the President requires respect from everyone.

    June 19, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  2. kenneth

    the people going around criticizing the president are nothing
    but jerks.he is doing a better job then THEY ever can.
    but yet they go around talking bad about obama. if they think they
    can do a better job then they need to become president.
    BUSH put us in the hole and now obama is trying his best to get us
    out. how about criticizing bush for what he done.

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  3. Eileen Wyatt

    I just saw a CNN poll result after the Tuesday speech saying
    Obama's "approval" ratings have dropped. I guess when you
    take so many polls they will go up and down.

    Some have critizied him for "not showing enough emotion". I
    would rather have this guy cool and calm and doing his job
    than a "dead or alive" speech.

    Finally, cool and calm just negociated 20 billion dolloars which
    will actually HELP the problem. I love President "show me the
    money" Obama!!

    June 19, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  4. Elvia M. Chalmers

    You read my mind, my husband and I discussed the language last night. Barack Obama is being depicted as a thug and Republicans are playing into the fears and stereotypes many have of African American males.

    I believe the reason for the Republican behavior is because President Obama is "not" thin skinned and the rhetoric that has worked in the past to distract the dialogue does not work with him and it is chipping away at stereotypes. He is "cool" .

    It is not thin skinned to call what you see, but if behavior is "racist" many now say it can't be mentioned without it being a mark of weakness. Race will only come off the table when it's not on the table.

    It's interesting when Jewish Americans bring up a issue of mistreatment they are not called "thin" skinned.

    June 19, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  5. Carl

    Spend your time on issues and solutions, not tabloid rhetoric focused on the President. Stupid questions like this divert attention from the progress we need to make together.

    June 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  6. Robert Kerns

    Tony: When I was working at Forces Command Headquarters in East Point, I tutored in two intercity elementary schools and started a chess club in both. Both schools were 95% black. Even though I am Caucasian, I felt that the children related to me well. Even though 85% of the children lived in single parent (or more common, Grandparent) homes, most were bright and eager to learn. Too many black college students drop out before graduation because they are so poorly prepared for higher education. Black, well educated male teachers (most teachers in my schools were black females as were both principals) would be a giant step in the right direction. The problem is, well educated black males are in demand in the private sector. A program of pay adjustment would be required to attract and retain your target group. I was fortunate that both of my principals were very strong leaders and the discipline in both schools were outstanding, a basic requirement if learning is to occur.

    June 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  7. Robert Kerns

    The American people have lost confidence in our politicians and the political system. Politicians have only two objectives: getting elected and getting re-elected. To attain either, they must have plenty of money and that can only come from special interest groups. Personally, on the list of people I admire, politicians fall between pimps and drug dealers.

    June 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    I have left comments on the White House hot line for the President and hopefully if enough is said then action will be taken without procrastinating. I suggested

    1. Hiring 5,000,000 people who are currently looking for work in America and hiring them at $12.00 an hour to clean up the coast as well as the wild life then, sending the bill to BP to pay.
    2. Possibly making the oil spill a military operation and setting off bombs 500 feet or more from where the oil is gushing out. Maybe that would solve the problem.
    3. Open more Refieneries of our own in the U.S. and use our own oil putting our people to work.
    4. Stop all offshore drilling in the U.S. just for this very reason not being able to protect what God has given us.

    June 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  9. kate Lerner

    We chose a president that reflects our perfectly divided views on everything, including the war. We are in a time when the opposites we are made of ate facing off. So much boils beneath the surface and I am only thankful that the best man is in charge.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  10. Kimberly

    I will be glad when the "Blame Game" dies. We know what happend and why. BP is guilty as well as ALL of our "Capital Hill" constituents! America never Valdez.. 21 years later!! TWENTY-ONE PEOPLE!!!!! and here we are again. We are always sleeping. America's technology is appalling compared to other countries!! We have had offers from 17 countries (cnn reports).. Why aren't we utilizing the offers? Our own government has been playing the blame game for so long they really do not think they should be held accountable. I believe Pres. Obama "wasn't kept in the Loop" either. Fire them along with the "General". Hiring people at $12.00 an hr when the sub-contractors are getting $54.00 is ludicrous.. Florida's unemployment rate is quite substancial and the cost of living in the "Sunshine Tourist State is "exorbitant"!! This year instead of the "Gator Bowl" it will now be known as the "Oil Bowl" Gotta love it!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  11. Carol R

    The president's title says it all "Commander in Chief" He should fire McCrystal. He can not let a subordinate make these comments to undermine the moral of the troops on the ground. To those saying the president is a wimp are wrong

    June 23, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  12. Bill

    General McChrystal is correct in this situation. There are wimps in the White House and it is very refreshing to see and hear a military man speaking like one rather than as a politician.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  13. Nick

    Does anyone realize that gen. Mccrystal is in the position he is because he is the best persaon for the job? As far as disrespect goes, is it surprising that he would loose respect for an administration that does not support and questions his judjement (remember the request for personnel for the surge). Our president should stop worrying about his hurt feelings, stop looking at his falling numbers in the polls and focus on the war to give us a speedy and successful end. Keep the general, he is a professional and knows more than you do about war Mr. President!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  14. Jim T.

    As a retired navy sailor from Baltimore I am truly amazed at the general and his staff comments. I know by reading the blogs that the civilian community does not no any better but let me tune you in to the facts. In all branches of the service we are to uphold all decisions order by the Commander in Chief, this is not a choice you can make. Now let me tell you why, if the members of the military can pick and choose what orders they will follow and what orders they won't follow this country would only have half the military service men participating in any conflict, because most would quit if they did not like what the order was. I have never seen such acting out of so many senior military personnel but then again they never had a black Commander in Chief. The real true always rear its ugly head.

    Jim T.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  15. Betty Lou Field

    President Obama should accept his resignation today. He cannot be trusted. If his judgment of his comments, about the president senior officers of the government, is so poor he had shown his hand. OUT HE SHOULD GO! I am sure there is another senior officer who can take over his responsibilities that is truly supportive to the president. There is too much at stake to give him a second chance.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  16. Annick B.

    General McCrystal should have his a** kicked – and then be fired. He may be an accomplished general, but he is also a four-star jerk.We finally have an intelligent and progressive President who is loved around the world and is able to rehabilitate our world image. He should be shown the utmost respect.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  17. Allison

    our president always desires respect! Do people remember how President Bush was talked about? and how he never even responded to most of it? Guess what! not everyone will always like you.
    Grow up, get over your ego and show some leadership......some experience....or wait, do you have any? The Gen never put our troops in any danger, I don't condone his intervew.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm |