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February 24, 2009

CNN Analysis: Hillary Clinton mockery of Obama proves true

Posted: 10:20 AM ET

During the most contentious stretch of the Democratic presidential primary campaign last winter, then-candidate Hillary Clinton mocked Barack Obama for his pledge to transcend Washington's entrenched partisanship.

"The sky will open. The lights will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect!" Clinton bellowed.

Obama dismissed Clinton's sarcasm as overly cynical and further evidence she was a creature of Washington. But as President Obama prepares to make his first major address to Congress, Clinton's comments are borne out.

For a candidate who won the White House on a mantle of bringing the country's two political parties together, Washington could not be more divided on Obama's initial weeks in the Oval Office and the policies he has put in place.

Depending on who you ask, in 30 days the new president has either rescued the nation's economy from financial ruin or set in motion the most liberal government in a generation, and one that's likely to prolong - perhaps even prevent - the country's economic recovery. 

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Platon Nicolas Rigos   February 24th, 2009 10:31 am ET

Yahoo continues to veer the Right..

Yahoo is not only allowing Fox News to dominate its news video presentations, but even allow Sean Hannity to spill is slanted take on events past and present. According o a recent video clip Obama is on course to be as unsuccessful a president a President as FDR (yes you heard it right FDR who got reelected how many times ?). And the great expert to discuss this ex- Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Yahoo show low regard for its readers when it slants new that way. .
As part of its abysmally poor, (Hillary Duff news) Yahoo recycles FOX NEWS video with all the slant it entails. Three days into the Obama presidency FOX was declaring the honeymoon over


sean brizendine   February 24th, 2009 11:21 am ET

larry give him a break i bet your glad he's doing something because even you could loose everything.
"sean in santa rosa"


Kevin   February 24th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

I believe people should just allow President Obama to do his job. To many people think they know everything and that they speak for the people, WRONG none of those governors or senators speak for the people. they all are just in front of a camera for their own politics reasons to slander the President. We as the people should releif every governor and senator of their job that goes against the President especially after what happen to people under the Bush administration. Get on board and help move this country in the right direction or be gone. too many countries has respect for their people but this goverment of racial profiling by trying to put another Rep governor from Louisiana against the President just because he is an Indian descent . Do you see these guys are not for us the people or it would not matter if he was indian and the president is african american. That governor is Stupid and Dumb if he even try especially after Katrina or this country will have the biggest rise of people for the president that this world could not handle.


Blaine   February 24th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, bipartisanship is only a dream in this country, but trying to make it work is not. I will give him credit for trying to reach across party lines and come to a valid conclusion for both parties. As has been stated there is only 3-5% of the stimulus bill that is being debated, so then in that regard, I'd say he achieved trying for bipartisanship.

I think that bipartisanship will be incredibly hard to come by because for democrats, this is a feeding frenzy of tax money. For republicans, it's a shot in the nose for losing the controlling stake in the federal government. Given, politics is more cut-throat than russian roulette itself, a sore loser is mighty apprehensive to lend a hand.


Marion Dongieux   February 24th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

I believe Obama has made efforts to bridge the partisanship, but neither party is trying very hard to reach mutually agreeable solutions/positions. This requires some compromise by each side, which Congress seems unable to accommodate. There's too much party entrenchment.

By the way – please cut out some of the constantly flashing and changing marginal graphics on your programs. They distract the viewer from the issues being discussed. We KNOW what program we're watching, and don't need it flashing in and out during the whole program. And the background bubbles that are in motion – are these necessary? Your screens are just too busy.


debbie   February 24th, 2009 12:44 pm ET

This is insane how Fox nonsense goes on and on about President Obama, they have closed their narrow minded views and continue to insult the President. I for one do not watch Fox nonsense for the disrespect they show our President. McCain has shown he is a sore loser and Palin still does not realize how her nonsense and lack of ability cost her respect. What really do you expect from a Republican channel, from the beginning they are out to try and see how much disrespect and lack of compassion they have for this economy.If McCain had of won this stimulus would of been the greatest but this outlook is not about common sense , but all about republicans losing.


Dave of Detroit   February 24th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

Why does Partisan Politics supersede representing the electorate? I kind of liked Governor Swazenegger's response to Stephanoplis when he was asked why he backed the President's Economic Reovery Plan and went against the Republican Mainstream. He merely replied-What difference does it make if you are a Democrat or a Republican, both use the same roads, go to the same schools, etc-He added if 64 % of the people of California wanted a balanced budget and to get out of debt-the Republicans should listen! My only comment on the Republican Minority and their constant cry of being left out of the planning is simly this-We did it your way for 8 years and look where it got us....To me, the main job of government is to regulate the Countries Resources not Deregulate them and I am still waiting for President Obama to reregulate the Oil and Energy Industry and assure the people that out of control gasoline prices will not happen on his watch-Watch Bonier and the Republicans go when he puts the Windfall Profits raxes back on!


VKL -TWP   February 24th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

Some people want change, but not from president Obama! If John MCcain or GWB was singing this tune most republicans would be aboard this train and singing along! They are so conservative, and others are such liberals for wanting something other than what they keep shoveling! We are not racist, they keep saying! but sometimes actions does speak a lot louder than what is said! lets keep it real republicans! Your favorite team lost this time,and because they lost you no longer want to attend the games, you don't want to buy any tickets! keep in mind , you reap what you sow! if you keep sowing all this hate and division , don't be surprised when some of the same comes back atcha!


USAF   February 24th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

CNN , I WENT TO WORK THIS MORNING , AND JUST THE MENTION OF THE NAME OBAMA AROUND SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS HAS SOME PEOPLE AROUND HERE CLIMBING THE WALLS ! DO YOU GET THAT WHERE YOU ARE OR ARE YOU ONE OF THE ONES DOING THE CLIMBING? THE MAN HAS BEEN IN OFFICE A LITTLE OVA ONE MONTH AND WOW WHAT A RISE HIS NAME GETS OUT OF SOME . I THOUGHT IT WAS HIS POLICIES THEY DID'NT LIKE! I GUESS FOR SOME ITS MORE PERSONAL!!


Betty   February 24th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Republicans are opposing the Stimulus Package, because they do not want to give credit to an African-American President for straightening out this mess. The entire country is in a mess. Would a wife and children hinder a father from going to find a job to put food on the table?


Joe G. (From Illinois)   February 24th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

Some people ask for their last cigarette.. Others for an “Anything Goes Nondiscriminatory” Fantasy Hero with whom they can relate to. But now that the people have started to realize that the monthly bills haven’t stopped and keep coming in… It’s all a different story. Isn’t it?


harold from ct   February 24th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

McCain will be negative tonight..he want his own stimulouw pkg..too late..he was voted OUT...go home McCain to Ariz..try to become closer to your 7 children..wonder if he knows the, well..7 children, 7 homes 13 cars all foreign but 1 ...


veronica from mi   February 24th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

love Geo Clooney Larry..& Palin should stay in ALaska we do not want her here....sore loser..can u imagein her being the pres if McCain lost his life ?....


John Bozoian   February 24th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

Everytime Obamas makes a speech, Larry King will get McCain or some other republican as a guest to undermind everything that is said. How can Obama work with these Republicans when they sit there with a closed mind and just keep up the negativity...... The Republicans need to help with the problem at hand and quit working on the 2012 election...


Paul   February 24th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

Republicans call themselves Christians but they act selfish, frustrated,narrow minded and ar full of envy. There concern is not at all the improvement of America's economy. From the start they acted immature, infantile (Palen and Mc.Cain), ill-judged and ill-mannered. Obama is a real Christian because he continues to reach out to them. That's exactly what the bible tells us to do. Whatever Republicans do or say, Obama will always be admired in Europe and the rest of the world. That was not the case with Busch. In history good and intelligent persons were never respected and understood. We even can prove it with the bible.


USAF   February 24th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

JUST LISTEN TO THE REPUBS WHINNING! it took little dude GWB 4 YRS TO START THIS RIDICULOUS MESS AND THE REPUBS VOTED LITTLE DUDE RIGHT BACK FOR ANOTHER 4YRS OF RIDICULOUS MESS, AND NOW THEY'RE WHINNING ABOUT OBAMAS FIRST MONTH ! WOW , WHAT A JOKE ! OBAMA CAN'T FIX OUR PROBLEMS, OBAMA 'S NOT RIGHT FOR THE JOB, OBAMA. OBAMA, OBAMA! CRYING LIKE SOMEBODY TOOK THEIR LUNCH MONEY! THEY DID ,AND HIS NAME IS LITTLE DUDE G W B !!!!!!!


mike j   February 24th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

everyone here is a loser and a bunch of gossipers i mean this is the goverment we are talking about they all cry and wine and you all only see one side thats sad and lol this is as true as it will get the only resson the man won was because he is black that is the only resson obama still does not write his own words and he does not make the any kind or remark without first having his guys say yes to that no to this im sorry he is not my president i mean the guy cant even think for him self and you wont me to follow him lol never


nardofree   February 24th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

wow! I have had some disappointments before because something didn't go my way , but wow ! listening to the repubs at work crying about obama is a whole new thing. listen up cry babies and whiners ! you were at the wheel 8 yrs. and you fell asleep ! now that you've crash the country , you still want to be the driver! your license has been revoked!


lisa   February 24th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Paul – From what you wrote above, you clearly are not reading your cults post. At least the majority of republicans post on here speak with intelligence.

Harrald from CT talks about McCains 7 houses – did you say something about envy?
Veronica from MI talks about Palin going back to Alaska and staying there. I call that ill – mannered

And would you really like to discuss narrow mindness? LOL if anybody so much as disagrees with Obama they are automatically a racist.

You're a hypocrite


lisa   February 24th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Nardo – if you knew anything you would know that the democrats had complete control the last two years of Bush. Also, it wasn't eight years of a bad economy. It started to get bad the last couple of years when the housing crisis came to be. Which by the way was caused by the dems making banks give out loans to people who could not afford them.


Jamie aka OBNOXIOUS   February 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Well meow, I think we are in for some serious CHANGE.. Now larry do you think I can be at peace soon? Im kinda on my toes with the rest of the country thinking about what to expect next, lol.. God bless america..

Hats off to ya larry, The one and only.... JAMIE


Woody McBreairty   February 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Clearly the Republic-can'ts are going to be a group of obstructionists and do all they can to prevent President Obama from implementing a successful agenda. This bunch of old fools, the rich old white men, will not hesitate to put their own egos and self serving interests before the good of our country and the American people. I find it interesting that most of the right wing extremist fanatics in Washington are from the south, the poor, uneducated and ignorant people of the south, living in poverty and "fear of God", keep sending these nut jobs back to Washington to support the wants and needs of the rich while leaving their constituents to fend for themselves in poverty. They really should wake up and smell the moonshine; otherwise they will continue to live in their squalor, taking drugs, swigging alcohol and mountain dew, and propagating more of their own to carry on their tradition of ignorance and poverty. Only if and when they learn to send Democratic representatives to Washington will they stand any chance of improving their lot.


denise hawke   February 25th, 2009 12:54 am ET

the first thing the president needs to do id stop paying senators salary
after they leave ofice.my company has no intention of continuing to pay my salary after i leave. let them draw social security like the rest of us.and worry about their own healthcare after retirement. just imagine hoe much the government could save per year? 82,000 x10 is over 8 million dollars that could go for much better use.


Betty griffin   February 25th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I think Obama did a great job,I am confident I made a right decision when I voted for him! He has a rough road ahead but I trust that he is sincere and will do the best possible job to fix this mess we all are in.


mimi   February 25th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I want to write a comment with respect to Rep Marsha Blackburn.........she burns my ear when she speaks, I have heard her on several programs and she is as bias and WRoNG on allot of things that come out of her mouth.
One thing I know for a fact that she's wrong on she said that Obama will raise taxes on small businesses because small businesses make over $250,000................which one is she talking about, can she provide me with a list of small businesses that make over that, I am a small business owner and I have never seen that, my family ownes 2 small businesses, 3 friends of mine have businesses and they are even franchises and none, I repeat NONE make anywhere near this in a year!............what the hell is this woman talking about?


denise hawke   February 25th, 2009 1:05 am ET

to mikej
in response to your comments. you sound like a white supremess raciaist. 64% of the american people voted for Obama. instead of whinning because he is BLACK why don't you look at him as the president of the united states? as far as i know we still live in a democracy and majority still rules. by the way FYI i am white.


denise hawke   February 25th, 2009 1:10 am ET

i totally agree with mimi. i also own a small business and have for the pasy 10 years. i have never made 250,000 and never expect to either.
those types of businesses get way too mant tax cuts the way it is and maybe this will help us" small " owners survive.


LadyB   February 25th, 2009 4:54 am ET

Although at first glance this analysis seems accurate, but I believe it's a little bit premature to draw any real conclusions.

There is still three years and approx. 11 months to go.....

Who knows what will happen, the jury doesn't have enough information to render a verdict just yet..


Michael C. McHugh   February 25th, 2009 11:15 am ET

Republicans attacked FDR and Truman ruthlessly, but that didn't stop them from trying to get as much of their reform program as possible passed. Lincoln's enemies were literally shooting at him, and he had little support from the opposition in abolishing slavery. For a truly brutal campaign, go back and study the rage against Lincoln in the 1864 election. Not nice at all.

JFK was attacked very harshly, and many people still wonder if it didn't go even further than that.

Not even George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson were immune to harsh political attacks from their opponents.

Or, as Woodrow Wilson observed, if you can't stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen.

Just when did this mythical era of bipartisanship exist? Maybe for a few years under Eisenhower in the 1950s.


nardofree   February 25th, 2009 11:16 am ET

LISA, THE TRUE HURTS ! I'LL BET YOU ARE ONE OF THE ONES AT WORK CRYING LIKE A BABY ! PLEASE GIVE ME A REAL REASON WHY YOU ARE COMPLAINING! YOU TALK AS IF YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF A TRUTH! GWB WAS THE PRESIDENT WHO SENT OUR TROOPS OVER TO FIGHT A WAR THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN, TELLING ALL THOSE LIES OF WEAPONS THEY DID NOT FIND, AND SPENDING TONS OF MONIES LIKE A CHILD ! I HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND I KNOW A SMUG ATTITUDE WHEN I SEE OR HEAR ONE! SMILE SMUG ONE!!!!


USAF   February 25th, 2009 11:21 am ET

HEY , DENISE H. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!


RAF   February 25th, 2009 11:39 am ET

I'LL BET THE REPUBS WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT EARTH WIND AND FIRE'S PREFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.


lisa   February 25th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

Nardo – You got me, your a smart one.........LOL

Crying like a baby over what?

I personally, am very thankful to Bush for keeping myself and family safe for the past 7 years.

No, I am not the only what with knowledge of the truth. I think everyone pretty much knows the dems controlled the last two years of Bushs' presidency. I also think everyone knows that the dems pushed and got the banks to give anyone who could breath a morgage. Unfortunatly for Bush, he is getting the blunt of it all. Not that he was by any means perfect, but this is not 100% his fault.


nardofree   February 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

lisa , bush keeping you and your family safe? no my friend that was us who served in the military! if i didn't know better i'd think you were sweet on me . on the real , I do believe that anyone who gets up and goes to work 6-7 days out of the week should be give an opp. to buy a home for his or her family. Surely I mean something they can afford. Would you agree on that? Sometimes things happen where people lose a job or someone who maybe the primary bread winner takes sick or even dies making it hard for the family to stay in their homes.. All I'm saying is its not always because they couldn't afford to pay because they are low lifes or just anyone who breathes..


Lisa   February 27th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Nard – Yes, it was the military that did and is keeping us safe. I do acknowledge that. But it was Bush who knew or made the calls to put in action.
Yes, in a perfect world, everyone that worked would have a house to call there own. But this is reality.We live in America, where everyone is capable of making something of themselves, sure some may have to work harder than others but the opportunity is there.

I feel horrible for the people that are losing there houses due to job loss, or illnesses. I am not heartless, nor do I feel the people are low lifes. This maybe happing in bigger numbers at the moment, but forclosures have always happened. That being said, it is not my kids and their future kids job to bail them out. It called personal responsibilty.

Are you not worried about where this country stands financially? I was always tought that debt is a bad thing and to avoid it at all cost.

What about all these seniors that lost all of their retirement? I will be honest, I would feel MUCH better bailing them out then the younger people with their houses. At least the younger people have a chance to work and make up what they lost. There are alot of seniors out there that are hurting with know end in sight.


Lisa   February 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Nardo – One more thing, You noted you were in the military. I just would like to "thank you" You guys don't receive near enough for all you guys/gals do.


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