March 24, 2009

The Prime Time President! We Want YOUR Comments!

Posted: 04:37 PM ET

Tonight, the president goes prime time!  And, we want to hear your thoughts!  President Obama holds a prime time Q and A with reporters tonight as he tries to shore up support for his economic agenda, including a $3.6 TRILLION budget.artobamajobsgi

We want to know what's on your mind! Watch the president's press conference, beginning at 8 p.m., ET, on CNN and then CLICK HERE to tell us how the president did.  Did he answer the questions you want answered?  Does his plan have your support?  We want to know!

Then, tune-in to the live show following the press conference.  We just may use your comment on the air!

Also tonight, a "Larry King Live" Exclusive! White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel joins Larry from the briefing room.  He says the president's plan is the road to recovery. Critics say it's a recipe for disaster.  Rahm Emanuel is talking only to 'The King of Politics."


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Marla Alberts   March 24th, 2009 5:51 pm ET


Does the public as a whole know this? Judge Judy and Larry King do not know this as they spoke of Madoff being out after serving 1/3 of his time. He's in a Federal Prison, so unless his money talks, he should do all his time just as my loved one is doing for a first time, non- violent offense.

The public is not aware that our prison system currently houses 203,000 inmates which is over 40% of capacity and it costs the taxpayers conservatively $40,000 per year, per inmate to keep them in jail. Nearly 85% of these inmates are first time, non violent offenders, with lengthy sentences of 5 years or more.

Only those serving time in a state prison have the opportunity for parole. I know of a person doing time in a state prison after leaving a bar at nearly 4 times the legal limit, striking a pedestrian, killing him and leaving the scene of the crime. She was sentenced to 4 or 5 years and will likely be out of jail in 2 years. All the while, my loved one sits in a federal prison for making an illegal business deal for drugs with a ready willing and able adult. No gun used, and no drugs ever found on her or at her home.

It's time that the injustice of our sentencing guidelines, the condition of our federal prison system, and the cost to taxpayers is made known to the public and to those in power. THIS is a broken system!!!!

Glo   March 24th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

I'm very proud of Obama. What I'm not proud of is how the right wingers are continually degrading him. After 8 years of lousy policy and doing nothing, maybe the Republicans should shut up. They try to act like everyone is stupid when it is them that is stupid. Understand this, the Repubs LOST the election because of stupidity. Don't act like you know anything because we know you don't. You need to get rid of Ann Coulter, Rushmouth and Laura Ingraham as well. They are bringing your party down to its pathetic knees.

Kelli from Tampa   March 24th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

DODIE FROM CA can come to FL now, I am watching Korea...come on down!

amy   March 24th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

BO lacks passion during his speech, he's become too attached to his TELEPROMPTER. This is BO w/out his teleprompter.. ugh, ugh, you know, I ugh, you know. NOT too SMART. He's mouth is moving but not saying much. 2012 hurry up.

Amy from MI   March 24th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

I think a lot of the reason our economy is in a mess is because the people who work the hardest get paid the least. My co-workers and I put in long hard days in the hot sun, or in rain and thunderstorms, sometimes snow. We make a weekly salary that equals less than min. wage when you consider the hours we put in. While the ceo's of these failing companies are getting paid millions to sit behind a desk and watch their businesses (and businesses they have funded)fail. Give back to the working class people. The back bone of our country.

Angela S.   March 24th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

My problem with medical cost lies within the lack of sharing medical information, prior tests taken and history already recorded. I have had problems with this because I believe that its not my health that is of concern but rather running up my insurance for tests, and unnecessary returns to the doctors or places like Patient First. Every doctor or medical institution should have access to all prior care provided to you...universal. This is not the case and frankly I find that some doctors and institutions take advantage of patients with duplicate tests.

Michael C. McHugh   March 24th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Giving these bonuses to the AIG executives really bothered me, and many others who have been core supporters of Obama since the primaries. Whatever that was, it definitely wasn't change we could believe in–not at all what we were promised. I just hope Obama doesn't turn out to be yet another Democrat who acts like a Republican once he's in office. I expected a lot more from him.

Annie   March 24th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

If the president was supposed to sell me on something, he didn't. I still haven't heard WHY we have to spend so much money to save irresponsible businesses and people.

Angela S.   March 24th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

I would like to suggest to you what I believe would help all who are being laid off.

Instead of laying off an employee, why not give them (the employee) the option to continue to work with the company, at the unemployment rate of pay...still keeping their health insurance...still being productive and even cross-training to do other jobs necessary for the growth of the Company, until things improve and they will be the first rehired....possibly with a bonus. I know when I was no longer working, I just became depressed...because I had to work , I needed to work. Today I still have not found another job and I receive unemployment. I rather be working, I rather be productive. I feel that we can better serve ourselves, both employers and employees with this type of an option. Production will not fail, companies will not go under, people will not feel disregarded or powerless, and we the employee will still be active, productive and appreciated. I really want you to hear this idea and see if something like this will help everyone concerned. If not please tell me why.


Angela Savage Austin

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

@ Angela S.

You must have excellent insurance. I work for the local government which does NOT offer very good insurance so my HMO not only never duplicates tests, but I have to BEG in order to obtain a test I know could possibly save my life.

James   March 24th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Let's hope President Obama continues to talk to the American people and not start hiding the way most presidents do!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

@ James

I do not see that in his personality. He freely admits when he makes a mistake... giving me the impression that he has a good sense of self esteem and confidence... thus he will not hide not matter what.

Carl   March 24th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

As long as he got the point across. It is important that the American people know that fixing it cannot be in a few days but it will take a few years.

Katie   March 24th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I would love for Larry to ask Rahm Emanuel how much of the $18 million he earned at Wasserstein Perella was in bonus payments and whether he is willing to "give it back". He received it at the "height" of Wall Street excess!

Brenda Nance   March 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing a great job. I feel the media looks for the negative and forgets to think positive! We need to get back to the spirit of the "Greatest Generation" and work together. I want to scream "Just Stop IT!" Let us all work together and follow our leader. I read once where President Kennedy was given and then carried in his pocket "Spectators sit in bleachers row by row but the one who fights the bull is the one that really knows." President Obama fights that bull and we sit in the bleachers throwing dead chickens. GET BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT AND WORK TOGETHER!

JoAnn   March 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry, I think the president is doing great! Come on, isn't it refreshing to have a president that is willing to have a press conference without any hesitation in answering questions and speak honestly. I say give the man a chance. You wanted change. You can't have change without making changes! I support him 100% !

JoAnn   March 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Larry, I think the president is doing great! Come on, isn't it refreshing to have a president that is willing to have a press conference without any hesitation in answering questions and speak honestly. I say give the man a chance. You wanted change. You can't have change without making changes! I support him 100% !

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Of the questions that were asked, he appeared to answer them with some detail. However, I have a couple of questions of my own that I did not hear being asked.

1. Why MUST we bail out AIG? Why are we unable to divide up this corporation to its components? Those areas that have totally failed, allow it to fall. Those areas that are hurting but salvageable … we help.

How will this tremendous spending affect inflation and will that drop the middle class.

I don’t think the middle and lower middle class people can handle a huge inflation after this.

louie & annie   March 24th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Mr King, we are really impressed w/Pres. Obama, the 1st election we voted in was Eisenhower vs Adlai Stephenson,,so we are in our late 70's. we have not been so impressed since John F Kennedy. we wish him well & hope he ends war & brings troops home soon, we've lived thru many wars beginning since World War 2 ....war hurts & pains & who wants to pay 90 billion a month for this horrible war...we could use the money here in USA ..

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Obama will not hide...he has accepted the job as President of the United States. W occupied the position of President of the United States. .

Cassandra   March 24th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Obama is the hardest working president I have seen in my life time. Good job.....No.....GREAT JOB OBAMA!!!! Keep on working hard. Keep being honest, even if it's not pretty. I'll keep supporting you President Obama.

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 24th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry, Why wait for tomorrow, I'll tell you right now. It was a snoozer, the same old stuff. We learned nothing new.

Ed Henry is my hero, he sure made BO look like a deer in the headlights! Ha!

Wendy   March 24th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I think the President did fine tonight. The problem I have is with the media. Ed Henry asked a question twice about AIG & his tone was rude. The media seems to be saying the President was angry? Maybe if the media showed some respect they would get more in return.

Cassandra   March 24th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Obama is the hardest working president I have seen in my life time. Good Job....No....GREAT JOB OBAMA. Keep on working hard; Keep being honest, even when it's not pretty; and I'll keep on supporting President Obama.

As for ED HENRY....Get over it!!!!

CHICHI   March 24th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

My president!!! As usual he is precise, concise and to the point!!! We will get it done!!!

Angela S.   March 24th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

@Dodie from Irvine CA...Fortunately today I was put on my husband's insurance because I just learned that I am Diabetic at 54 years old. I worked for the State for over (10) years as a contractural employee. No benefits were available yet I saw others come through th door as permanent employees when I was told there was a freeze. However I paid for temporary insurance called Kaiser when I needed an operation. Even then I was not told I was Diabetic. I have no clue when this happened to me because its is in my Family. I thought it skipped me. When I applied for another job at a Pharmaceutical Company, it was then that I was told my Glucose level was 376 and could not be hired until I was under a Doctor's care. I had to go to the emergency room again and today I have over 3,000 dollars debt to emergency services. I am unemployed at this time and so are both of my sons (laid off). My husband by the Grace of God is still working. FYI,,,I took the State Exam and registered as best qualified in 2006 and still has not been called in for a job. Yet I am told by friends and co-workers others are still being called in as permanent workers. I do believe there is some form of corruption there (friends and family). I know I am saying more than what I originally was to address but I am so frustrated. Forgive me.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

@ Kelli from Tampa

Ah, you found out about Korea. Yes, I saw the prime minister of Korea tell the Chinese government in a press conference that information regarding messing with their launching of the satellite. I watch CCTV. Yes, President Obama has a real mess on his hands. Not only the economy...

Thanks, if it gets much hotter... I just might take you up on your offer 🙂

goblue   March 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Great press conference- why penalize a president who can effectively communicate with the public?

Mary   March 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Impressed by his knowledge of the issues and so glad we are finally addressing most of these issues in this country.

Rich   March 24th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

President Obama has been doing a great job considering what was left on his plate.

At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX while his chief terrorism head, Richard Clarke, was warning him of the Al-queda threat. He wasn't given the time of day because he was a Clinton hold-over.

The economy is going to take time to turn around.

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 24th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I guess Obama forgot that there is a war going on. Not a mention of it.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Wendy...I agree...and anyone who can make a hero out of Ed Henry is desperate for a hero.,,,desperate for a leader...oh yeah...a Republican.

Selina   March 24th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I think the President did an excellent job although if I had not seen the press conference and were to listen only to the "pundits" on CNN I should think it was a disaster.

Jason-Tampa, FL   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

:::Double Talk from the President:::
The President didn't like the questions on why he LIED along with SEC Giether and SEN Dodd. ED Henry pressed him on it and he dismissed Ed Henry with a smart a$$ comment. Not productive and very rude in my opionion. Well now he (President) knows how frustrated we are to see his OWN department with Chris Dodd made the decision to let AIG get these bonus. Now he is doing Double Talk. He is a politician who got caught.

Sheila Mills   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I thought the President did a great job of handling the press. He was detailed in his responses and understood the complexities of the various subjects that were raised.

Wayde Binder   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Obama has shown, once again, to be one of the most brilliants leader of our country, he is eloquent, intelligent and he went right to the point in every question he has been asked.

Bill Kimbler   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am so proud of President Obama. He is making himself available to be held accountable for his decisions so far while in office. He is standing up in a difficult time in this country and leaving. It's refreshing to see a Presidnet wiling and speak and justify what he is doing.

Adam From New York   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I Think The Question About Race Was Clearly Not Needed To Be Asked If Anything She Should Of Asked It At The First Press Conference.

Gail   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

President Obama clearly articulated the state of affairs and what his administration is doing to tackle this massive task. However, as much as I like CNN, I was disappointed in your News Conference representative. He appeared to be grand standing. Boooooooo!!!!!

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Jo-Ann....let's bring back W so we can talk about his war some more and completely neglect everyhting else while the country goes down the tubes..

John   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Boaring.....Obama wants Wall Street to fail, Government to take over the banking system, Government to control healthcare, and we all just march like blind mice straight to Socialism.

Assata   March 24th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

President Obama is doing the best he can to clean up the mess left by Bush. Allow the man an opportunity before judging his competency to lead this country.

Joe Vles   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

The president was excellent. Never mind any of his well-considered plans, just the eloquence was so refreshing. My gosh, language is important again – as well as lucid intelligence. Obama will succeed.

chaka allen   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Obama did a great job. What's funny about the "pundits" is that they seem more worried about "making news" than getting real information. Obama provided real information tonight, and I thank him for that.

Tim Lambrecht   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I am thrilled to have president who is clearly working his butt off to get us out of this mess!

Jim Wolford   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Larry, off topic here, but I've noticed when you sign off you clatter your bottom false teeth before the camera image exits. Why don't you count to fifty after closing?

Bob McCleary   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

With the smoke screen of the AIG bonuses wearing down , will there be any effort to confront the higherups at Goldman Sacks for their money groping?

Lynda T.   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I thought President Obama did very well; however, as usual the media is trying to find every little negative thing to harp on. I believe that President Obama is determined to be positive and to give the American people hope. The news media, on the other hand, is determined to "bring us to our knees." Why is the media so focused on trying to destroy the hope of the American people?

Mike   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

First time I have heard Rahm Emanuel speak and I was quite impressed with the interaction between Larry and him. I will follow and support the President in his mission to attack our economic problems.

juanita   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Excellent; Thank you President Obama for being a true leader in a nutty world. And you are handling it with grace,dignity and intelligence that was lacking for over eight years. lol. Keep up the good work we are praying for you.

Serano   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET


We've chatted before. It is sooooooo refreshing to have a President who is
articulate, informed, and on point.

The pundits? Ed Henry? I thought Obama was being sensitive, when Ed came back I thought the answer was great! Say Hello to Anderson!

Sonoma County, Ca.

Melissa   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

He still has my vote!

Wayde Binder   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Obama has shown, once again, to be one of the most brilliant leaders of our country, he is eloquent, intelligent and he went right to the point in every question he has been asked.

Beth Chambers   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

It is refreshing to hear how our president addresses his audience with respect: he tells us his thought processes and expects us to listen and debate as responsive, intelligent, and responsible adults.

Hannah   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I believe that Obama was at an impasse many times during the conference while answering questions. He failed at providing adequate answers concerning the deficit he will create and why he waited to express his rage at AIG, while America needs answers.

Harol   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

i think he did a great job answering the questions that he was asked but i think that they missed a few questions like what he plans to do about immigration? How will he help students be able to afford going to college ?

Natalie Cornell   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Hi Larry, I think the President did great. I agree with him that the only way to lower the deficit in the long run is to impove education, health care, and develop a green energy policy and industry. We voted for change and I think we got it! NRCornell

Denise Johnke   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Pres Obama is truly getting to what I call boring! I am already sick of hearing him speak and he needs to give it a rest! He sidestepped the most important questions and I am so sad I ever voted for him! He is going to RUIN this country!

Idack Returns   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I was very very shocked at the way CNN is reporting tonight. When the american people are working so hard and want the things the president has in his budget, it took your reporter ED HENRY to ask one of the DUMBEST question. We know he is a republican, and we know CNN is no longer what it used to be...but can't you see CNN the reason your RATINGS are down is because you and your reporters ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH US, the people.

President Obama, THANK YOU for serving our COUNTRY, WE ARE WITH YOU!!

LAW   March 24th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I think if you weren't a fan of the President, you'll probably find a lot to criticize, but if you're the general public then you were happy to see a President who could articulate his ideas and rationale for his plans clearly..

It's a refreshing change to have a President who knows what he's talking about when he makes a decision.

Tina B   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I believe in our president. I think he's taking the bull by the horns.
We Americans do not want to take any responsiblity in the current financial crisis. We want an immediate repair and our President explained it best: "This is a steamliner not a speedboat.
Bin Laden got what we wanted "financial crisis" How did Rome Fall.

Elangovan   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

When it comes to effective communication, Obama can not match the skills of Bill Clinton

rhonda Bloschock   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Boring and predictable-less talk, more action. Deficit numbers are terrifying!

Nancy Henderson   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

It is just so refreshing to hear a president speak with clarity and conviction. Did he answer ALL my questions NO but I truly feel he is trying his best and that he knows where he wants to go.

Angela S.   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Can anyone comment on the question/suggestion about unemployment in previous comment. I need to know if this is a foolish idea or something that could help. I have posted this before and to this date no one has comment . Is there anyone who can comment pro or con....I want to know what you think, especially those of you who are more knowledgeable about these matters.

wally   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

CNN has lost the basic tenents of journalism with rhetorical questioning designed for self-aggrandizement. Your lead-ins are not journalism but entertainment. Why praise Henry's questions. Isn't that what he gets paid to do?

Barb Woodriff   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I thought Pres. Obama did a GREAT job!!! I am SO PROUD of him. I also enjoyed the Rahm Emmanuel interview so I could get to know more about him.

We are so lucky to have this president at this time!

Silvia Baeten   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

President Obama is still the man I helped to elect. He is bright, has goals and objectives. And like many others before him that had critics bashing them he will change the course of the US and the planet. He will turn this situation around and with a bonus, he will help the people that is most vulnerable -the real worker – like me.

Elly   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

It was great to hear from Rohm Emmanuel. He looks like he could use a good home cooked meal. Don't they feed him at the White House? I hope he can get home for Passover.

Farzana Jafri   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Come on give the President a break you guys waited patiently for eight years of disaster , please wait for a few years of progress.

adam   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

it bothers people who turn on the TV to watch American Idol and find out it's just another puff piece press conference. Obama can do these conferences mid day instead and post them online. it's not like it was breaking news and it is starting to turn off constituents. after a hard day at work in this economy, i want entertainment, not boring talk.

Lenore   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

So many are critizing President Obama for all his appearances on t.v., no one mentioned the fact as to how many days Bush remained in hiding and on vacation. Let's stop this critizism and go forward.

gary maas   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I have finally had enough of "the most trusted" network...for as much as you toot your own horn how lily white you are, why in God's name would you sell advertising to an organization that says they will help you beat the government out of taxes that you owe??? You are all marketing and I am quite furious about it...grow up and do as you tell about yourself..

Mary   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I think Obama is trying harder than any President I've seen... however, the economy is too horrific, how on earth can he change any of it ? Just don't see it happening, seems they want him to fail... too bad, if he does we all fail... Hang in there Pres...

Kristie   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Why is it the media seems so judgey and negative towards the President. My God what he has accomplished in a short amount of time....60's astounding. Show our Commander some respect MEDIA!!!

Dr. Heather Raff   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I just listened to President Obama's news conference tonight.

I think that Americans can continue to be proud that they elected an intelligent, focussed, openminded president. We in Canada wish you all well: we admire the United States for its great energy and ability to 'remake itself' through adversity. Best wishes!

Heather Lloyd   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I think the President has a very tough job and I think he came across tonight as being very honest...this is something that I haven't seen from some of the former Presidents. I support our President 100%.

Warren Davis   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

It's a breath of fresh air to have a president that can actually think and answer a question without simply repeating a predetermined comment like a 1950's sports celebrity trying to sell Brylcreme like Bush did.

Evan   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Thank god I don't have to listen to Ed Rollins Anymore. Good choice on political pundits Larry.

ann   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

The hype about Ed Henry's question is ridiculous. Shame on CNN for trying to find something small to sensationalize. There was a lot of serious discussion about big things. Ed Henry isn't that big.

W. Long   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

it is so wonderfully refreshing to have a President that can speak with intelligence and knowledge. After 8 years, this press conference gave me confidence that we have a smart, capable leader who will do his best for all of us.

William   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

The President did a great job. Why does CNN have someone like Ed Henry as a White House correspondent? He does not seem to be able to ask intelligent questions? So many better questions he could have asked.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Angela... It must be scary for you too. Not to be hired by the state. I have seen just recently that people in government are hiring friends or people they know. This is not supposed to happen, but it is happening now.

Yes, I can not even imagine how frustrating this must be for you. I liked what Obama said... he said that he will just keep plugging away... I think it is what we all must do

Marlea Evans   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Hooray, talking to me like I'm not a child, breezing through subjects large and small with equal skill and sticking to his plan: Healthcare, Education and Energy. An A+++++

Mark Benson   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Would they rather have George W? Aside from Rush, Palin, and A. Coulter I think the answer is no!

Terry McCann   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

For God's Sake, Give the man a break!
Obama has inherited one whale of a mess and is doing his best!
The country is behind him – they trust him – and that is probably the most important thing.

Erica Price   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I was very pleased with the presidents message. I am proud of the fact that he does not claim to have all the answers, but he is willing to try to make things better by holding us all accountable for our part in making our country stronger financially and ethically. We are the government–we have to have some trust in the elected leaders to do as they said they would , bring change to America.

I loved him telling that guy that he wanted to know what he was talking about before speaking (AIG)– quite a change from W don't you think?

Colleen   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Obama is the Man! He hit all cylinders pumping.....

Charles   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I dont think anyone will disagree that President Obama has a very hard task in front of him. I voted for President Obama and I very much support him, however I am very concerned about the level of spending that he is bringing this country to in his first 65 days. I very much hope that there is no hidden agenda with all this spending because it is starting to get a feel of big government and political agendas not just this current economic crisis.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

President has done a great job today. I liked the way he snubbed CNN's Ed Henry. That guy deserves it.

Karen   March 24th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

He did fine. He answered questions put to him pointedly and honestly. Let the American public judge, send the pundits home!

Badora   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think he did great. I cannot imagine how he manages to keep calm and focused. I get tired just watching him trying to always explain everything to a group of reporters who are always trying to see if they can out do each other. He is too good.

April   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am tired of him pre-empting my TV shows bouncing his head back and forth like he is watching a ping-pong match while looking us down his nose.

Lorenzo   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am very satisfied with President Obama`s answers. I think he did very well and that it was clear that he was talking to the american people . the media are trying to make him look angry...I dont really get it!!! But Obama was very clear and that is important for us citizens.

aaron   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

the more i listent to Obama speak – the less impressed I am. the repetitive nature of his remarks are not compelling. it's the same old -re-hash of a four point platform without ANY specifics. it's become pedantic.

Pat Nave   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It is so nice to have a thoughtful, smart, good leader. He did just fine, and inspired even more confidence in his leadership. We are lucky to have him.

Anupam   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think as usual he emphasised on the three most improtant pillars of any country which goes on to build a strong economy – Energy, Healthcare and Education. A president who has such strong basics, will certainly lead us out of this mess to more prosperity

Joette   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Listen Larry, I would listen to the President everyother day on Prime Time. The game plan is to educate the American people, and there are a good many who need to be listening. No such thing as "over exposure"!!!

The American people need to be engaged with this President and listen carefully what he is asking us to do. We must pay attention not only what is going on in Washington but we must be accountable for our own daily lives.

RES   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

The President did a fine job. Many of the press people seemed like the enemy. I was especially disappointed with Ed. Henry. Why are they trying to trap him and aggravate him. Most of the American public don't want that!!!

Philip   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Calm, cool and collected. it was very comforting to hear the wide range of issues and the magnitude of them. I'm glad he is tackling many things. I can see now why the budget is needed. I didn't understand fully before but I do now.

Mark - San Francisco   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think Pres. Obama is continuing his campaign promise by doing what we elected him to do. Anyone who thought this was going to be easy and fast is quite frankly "crazy!" We all need to move into a supportive mode and stop whining about every lil hiccup along the way, who cares about AIG, they've obviously been screwing up all along, lets work on getting them back on their feet and getting our money back!

Sandy Lillie   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Watching Obama's press conference, my husband and I were enormously heartened. This is exactly the kind of leadership our country so desperately needs at this time. It is so reassuring that someone this bright, thoughtful, present and able to grasp complex realities is at the helm.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

President Palosi needs to be voted out of office in 2010 or all free loving Americans are all in trouble.

Carlos   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

A wise answer for the future deficit, it will NOT be a burden if society benefits from it in the future.

fred   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Barack stayed on message and explained his plans. In my opinion
his plans are the same as the majority of the American people. He knows confidence needs to be restored and he knows he can do that if we work as a team.

Kevin Lynch   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

President Obama showed leadership. He is setting the agenda that will make America better.

Keith Kahl   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET


The President is doing a great job trying to turn this shipwreck around. Ed Henry is an adolescent journalist wannabe. And, why you keep Bill Bennett and Lou Dobs around is beyond explanation. Thanks.

Keith Kahl

Dorothy Conley   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

President Obama has been transparent and informative in his administration. American and the world has seen and heard more from this President than any other President.
For 16 years the Republicans have dragged the American financial situation into the dirt, now they want to disagree and complain about his plan.
If someone else in Washington knew how to solve this problem why didn't they do it!!!!

David C   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

CNN correspondents don't get it. They need to listen to the President. Straigtening out the economy will not work in the long run if we do not fix health care and energy problems. Obama is right - multi trillion dollar deficits will be with us whether we address those problems now or not. Let's begin to fix the long term problems now, and we will be in a much better place in five or ten years to tackle the huge deficits which will come regardless.

Jules   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

As usual Obama was great.I was worried about your tacky display of your CNN reporter "Henry".

Ron   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It's refreshing to have a president talk to the American public strightforward manner. I don't agree with everything he says, but, at this point I would vote for him again.

E. Brady   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

His emphasis on planning for the long term economic growth was absolutely crucial to Americans. He is able to remain calm in the face of criticism and share his thinking processes with us.

carolyn55   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think that Ed Henry needs to stay away from Lou Dobbs. He's MADD.

Jay   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Obama is trying to fix the mess the other party made. After eight years the other party has suddenly become genuises. They kept their mouths shut for eight years.

Nikita   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I loved President Obama's response of liking to know what he's talking about before he speaks. I actually cheered when he said that. And his full-throated defense of science? Love, love, love it. It's about time pragmatism rather than rigid ideology came back to the whitehouse.

mike   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

He is slicker than "slick willie". He said nothing. It was simply a cheerleading session. To say that peoplel in a 39% tax bracket, don't get a 39% deduction when they donate to charity just underscores that he has no concept of the tax code or what is fair

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I thought Obama's press conference today was great! Really, really great!


ken west   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The president went right to the point. He has a plan and he is being honest. He will suceed, if he can get the approriate backing from congress.

Alverta McKenzie   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am encouraged by President Obama's speech. I liked his comments about persistence. He seems to have a great handle on all of the
economic issues. He is smart, articulate and I have faith in his abilities.

His concern for energy, education and health care are my concerns.

Thank God he is on the job.

Thomas Smith   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I thought the President was terrific tonight.
And Ed Henry got exactly what he deserved.

Toni Nshuti   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I hear some people are already complaining that the president now looks like a "talk show host" because of the many appearance on TV –
Didn't people ask for transparency?

Jeremiah   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Nice shirt Larry. A breath of fresh air. Barack was conceptual, vibrant,
HONEST(LIKE ALWAYS), direct and I am not sitting here wandering what the heck he was talking about, but instead understanding his direction and goals. I dont need him to "woo" me but to teach me about the economy and where we are heading. I think we are definitely going to grow and I thank him for implementing what he feels his best for US as a nation.

Tina B   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

President Obama has only been in office 60 days, he inherited this mess. We need to believe in him and give this wound time to heal.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am tired of the pundits. Bill Bennett is generally very negative. I thought President Obama had an excellent news conference. I think he responded extremely well to Ed Henry. Ed was somewhat rude if you ask me. President Obama was polite and responsive. He was great in response to questions about the budget and deficits. He is taking this country in a new direction and the American people are behind him. The pundits need to listen more carefully. They make many mistakes in referencing his attitudes and behavior. He is one of the most professional, intelligent and respectful Presidents we have ever had. He cares for the American people.


David in El Paso   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Fascinating fielding of questions on the economy. Very detailed and on the mark. Very confident. Thats why I voted for President Obama. I'm also very appreciative of the press release earlier today on the administrations strategy to focus resources and funding on the border. We need the help, and Mexico needs the help. the naro-terro threat to national security doesnt get any closer than our border

Colleen   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I agree with Brenda the media is very negative our Pres is Great

Keith in Corona, CA   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Refreshing! A man that admits there have to be adjustments. Willing to try something new and admitting it will take adjustments along the way!

Chris   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Who cares about AIG? Small Potatoes compared to this HUGE budget, he needs a lesson in basic math...

B L McGinnis   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The president was clear and concise in his opening comments and answers to questions from the press. I don't think the comments that he appeared tired are take is that, after being accused of being too jocular or "punch drunk", he was trying to temper his normally energetic, outgoing personality. We need is hard and won't happen overnight....but we didn't get here overnight. I strongly support the president's agenda.

frank   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET


Ted   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I thought that the President did an excellent job! Ed Henry is biased!!!!

Jeff   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

obama is dead on! i mean thats wat they should focus on first! focus on home! i mean the fact that he didnt mention anything about the east isnt a concern.... when he started he was trying to work in favour of americans and thats exactly wat hes trying to do... GREAT JOB OBAMA!!!

Terry   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

President Obama did fantastic and what is amusing is Bill Bennett trying to say otherwise. Why is it the pundits are always so off base when it comes to Obama? It really is amusing...President Obama shut Ed Henry down, plain and simple.

Shawn Gilbert   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

It's a blessing to have a flesh-and-blood President (not a cardboard cut-out) with an intelligence that comprehends and can address the challenges of his job and who speaks to the American people as if he actually respects them. We do not expect our President to work miracles; we do expect him to be intelligent, explanatory and accessible.

Laura   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Great speech! Always articulate & informed. Agree with his policies & taking time to work on economy.

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

John King your right wing bias is getting ridiculous are you a journalist or a pundit.

Selina   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

By the way, about Ed Henry – he deserved it – he actually looked angry himself asking the question. He doesn't deserve to be defended.

Kerry Jackson   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

We thought he was terrific. We feel confident in the plan. It's like buying a new suit for an interview on credit. You don't have the money, but you won't have it in the future if you don't invest now.

Richard Cortez   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Larry, I voted for this guy just like I did for Bush. The difference is that I gave Bush a second chance, shame on me. I won't make the same mistake with President Obama.

Chris   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Obama is working hard, but some of the public think that he's doing poorly, I'd like to see them try the presidency with this wide range of challenging issues.

Debra   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Deer in the headlights? Come on! The president gave Ed Henry a well-deserved comeupance!

Hope   March 24th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

So refreshing.... a president who actually answers the questions versus evading them.

rick   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

i thought the President did a very good job in laying out his vision for getting us out of this economic mess. what i'm getting tired of is the new media trying to play gotcha. I'm a blue collar worker and I could care less about the AIG bonuses. Nobody I work with cares about the AIG bonuses! What we do care about is our jobs, being able to afford our homes and taking care of our familes, college for our kids and healthcare. And after listening to the President, these are his main priorities as well.

Sean Vincent   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I was delighted at the presidents ability in answering the questions and his grasp of the severity of our situation as a country. I am confident he has the tools, knowledge and leadership needed to bring make our country respected across the globe as well as prosperous and safe at home. I am proud of President Obama.

Rich   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Senator McCain promised in his Presidential concession speech to work in a bi-partisan effort with President Obama. That ended with the first bill!!

Let's see an alternative budget proposal from the Senator Mitch McConnell and the GOP Leadership!!!

And cut back on the Pentagon procurement process!!

Kay, Barrington, Il   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I thought Obama did a terrific job describing his vision on investing in the future of America. I think he is right that it's not just about spending, but it's about investing in areas that will help America to grow rather to contract in the future.

Pam   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I thought the President did a great job. It was interesting to hear him explain that the powers Geitner has asked for would have nullified the whole AIG bonus debacle. On another subject, I completely appreciated Rahm Emanuel's answer about President Obama utilizing so many mediums to speak (Leno, town halls, etc.). His view reflected my feelings–I very much appreciate hearing from the President often and via various mediums. And if the time comes when I am not interested, there are always many other channels or activities from which to choose. President Obama is very attuned to the people who voted for him–and there are many of us! And his actions and comments continually reflect that, which is further evidence that he gets it.

Alicia   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Pres Obama has a lot of Judas in his cabinet..his comments tonite were right on!

Steve   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The President did a good job in stressing his priorities and will eventually this economy around.

Sheila Mills   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

People who say they don't understand why we have to bail out these banks don't really understand the devastation that would occur if he allowed these mega corporations to fail. You think things are bad now? We all would be in soup lines. These companies are huge with giant tentacles stretching throughout the economic system.

It appears to me that congress has been asleep at the wheel for a very long time. They need to come up with a plan to ensure that these companies cannot grow so large as to be a danger to the entire economy if they fail. Failure of any particular business should not bring down our economy, but today it could happen because of the way very large businesses are structured.

vince   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Bill bennett is a hater. he is all about negativity. still bitter about the defeat of the republicans last november. its very unfortunate he can,t find anything positive about the whole conference but the president facial expression.

Kim   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Mr. President was articulate as usual. I decided today after looking at our options to stick with the President until someone else has a better plan. I am placing my bet on building a new economy that will be driven by American ingenuity and optimism. Let's go America!

Fatima Jo'wan McKindra   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I have no idea what press conference the panel saw but based on their comments it was obviously not the one I watched! Here in Arkansas we believe that before you speak you should think. I feel that your panel continues to fail to do that before or after they speak which is why they seem so impressed with the answer that their colleague Ed Henry was given. This confirms that President Obama does have relatives from Arkansas.

Christopher Connolly   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

President Obama is intelligent and well spoken. His news conference this evening was more of the same. I see a President that is vague and lacking business experience. At least we all knew where President Bush stood on most issues. President Obama has no idea on foreign policy. I wouldn't even ask him a question on it because his answer would not be sufficient.

Cassandra   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Joann, The war has been going on for 6 or 7 years now....You mean you still need somebody to TALK ABOUT IT. Get over it!!!! The president is trying to fix THIS country. Not Iraq......The hell with Iraq and Afghanistan too. Fix the USA!!!!......Way to go President Obama.

Donna Gasper   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I have never been so bored in my entire 57 yrs. of life. B.O. will not or can not answer questions that are not on a post it note that have been already written down for him.. He stutttttters more than my 3 year old Grandchild. Oh by the way-I'm still and Independent Voter!!! HELP ME!!! U.S CITIZEN

Laura   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I thought that President Obama was clear, candid and provided the details on how his economic plans will serve to bring us out of this recession. He is absolutely right about tackling the health care costs now. Although economists have known for the last 10 years that health care costs for baby-boomers will swallow up our entire GDP in the future, no one has ever been successful at tackling this issue. I give him high marks for facing down the both the current and the future ecomonic tsunamis at the same time.

bob   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think the President did an excellent job in presenting his case to date. I think his critics should "put up or shut up"!

Bill Howard   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

President Obama conveyed outstanding detail about strategic plans for a young senator who took over as President less than 90 days ago.
I stand firmly behind him! God is blessing him and He is blessing America for having elected him.

Wanderin'   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Obama needs to go forward and stop passing the buck to the past. We cannot continue to allow the deficit to grow. He can't change everything at one time. Spending has to stop by the government. We can't bail everyone out. Consumer credit must be reinstated. Get real. This is a disaster.

Dwight Stecker   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I am a 64 year old registered Republican. I think he was great!

I especially support his persistent effort to link improvements in education, health care and clean energy with the renewal of the US economy.

Anthony   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Is it possible to hear some POSITIVE reporting? I know the media's job is to scrutinize, but sometimes it seems that this recession is prolonged and deepened by the constant negative reporting. I mean, how is consumer confidence supposed to increase if all consumers hear is that the economy will never get better?

desirae   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Wendy you are right he did come out rude first.

Pete Schnebele   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Mr. President,

Great job !! this is a big ship to steer but I appreciate all your efforts to steer it to a new course. Especially with the use of long-term solutions and not "quick fixes". Thanks for your persistance, keep it up. I'm all for a more perfect union in which ALL are safe and prosper.

mike   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hey, does anybody realize that the bottom 50% of Americans only pay 1.4% of the tax

Selina   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

John King has not been a non-partisan journalist for a very long time.

Ilin   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Although, we are living in an economic crisis I am glad that President Barack Obama shares his ideas and the direction he is taking this country with the people, unlike the last 8 years where the people were not involved.

Anthony_SAR   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The focus in on the immediate US locxal issues ... economic concerns, jobs, health care etc.

While foreign affairs are important issues, they should not dominate this particular press conference.

Obama seems to stay on course with his plans to "re-engineer " Washingtopn relative to the paradigms of change.

President Obama is doing a fabulous job with only 64 days in office in facing the huge challenges.

Diane Wallace   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think that the President Obama did very well this evening, he is being honest and cares about the working class as well as all of America. He has shown that he is a man of his word thus far and we need to give him a chance. If anyone else has a better idea of how we can get out of this depression I am quite sure he welcomes your thoughts.

Curtis   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

President Obama did not say anything tonite and once again our media , the ones that suppose to have the peoples back watched in awe and asked no questions to get answers. Would he sign a bill that will tax energy com panies , which in turn will raise their prices to the consumer (US) would he sign it? The Preesident didn't answer and not one so called news reporter followed up to get an answer. America, we are in trouble. Couple morfe years of printing and borrowing trillions and the US dollar will be the same as the Rubble after the cold war. Who voted for this C student in Econ 101? Not me.

Kent S.   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

We are dealing with a Congress trying to posture itself for re-election and an Executive branch trying to solve immense generational problems which transcend the election cycle. Congress has to get on board. The partisan bickering is sickening. Imperfect though it may be I applaud the President's plans, persistence, and hopes. Have not heard any long term solutions from the opposition...only objections designed to help them with their next election.

Mary Desaulniers   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Obama is articulate, has insight and a logical mind. It's such a relief to see this after the last 8 years. I think given the mess this country is in, the criticism is overwhelming: 'they" gripe if he's too fast in doing something and doing too much, and they gripe if he's not getting things done fast enough (like the staff of the Treasury Dept.) I'm actually ashamed of the way Congress has handled the last 60 days.
It seems like the American people have a better grasp of what the President is up against and what has to be done to get us out of this crisis in what is, yes, dare I say it, a declining country!

Lynnette F. Shureb   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

So many really thoughtless questions. The worst Chuck Todd regarding "how come you haven't asked the American people to sacrifice?"

My response is Mr. Todd read Sydney J. Harris the best editorial writer I have ever read!

Todd what do you call mortgage fraud loss of earnings, loss of health care all connected to 2 unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!

I blame the huge distraction of the war and all the corruption that comes along with war from our Congress being more vigilent of Wall Street and the Greed Mongers!

The mother of a soldier my only daughter who served in Mosul and thank God came home relatively sane but still can't get a job!

Obama you are the man!

Mark, Loganville, Ga   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think the President did a wonderful job tonight of putting everything in perspective. The media bites at him for not having all the answer. In every press conference he says over and over again that he doesn't have all the answers and details are not complete. This is called honesty.

David Taylor   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The President offered succinct intelligent honest positions regarding his policy direction and the current state of affairs. There will always be those who do not agree and see things as they choose. I enjoy hearing someone who can properly construct a sentence and explain themselves even if I don't totally agree with their position.

Nancy Demler   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Is anyone else wondering how our government can continue to spend $10 billion in Iraq each month for the past 6 years, and then NOT expect it to bankrupt our economy? Oh right, Cheney had said this war would last perhaps 6 weeks, or 6 months, and Iraqi oil revenues would pay for our war efforts. Still waiting for that?

Anne from Michigan   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

If the New York AG had hanged the AIG execs, Ed Henry would ask why Obama didn't shoot them first. He's the President and is dealing with a lot right now-DUH

Charles   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

the President handled the press conference well. It was refreshing to see our president "hold his own" and express it intelligently.

David Batson   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET


Nicole Langlais   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The president was strong and presented a good report on his amazing work for his first 2 months in office. He is doing more than most presidents do in 2 years.
I wish the media would present at the big picture instead of focusing on every little hiccup.

Peter   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Too much focus on his agenda (how to spend my money) and not enough on really answering the correspondents' questions!

carolyn55   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Obama is wonderful. He's doing a great job for America.

Mrs. Phillips   March 24th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I thought that the President's address touched on a lot of the same issues we've been talking about for a while now, but it was necessary. If he wasn't trying to reach out and keep communication open then we'd be grillling him on not telling us what's happening. We're dealing with mostly economic problems and his addresses should continue to focus on what the country is facing: the economy.

I think that when he answered the AIG question with "It took several days for me to come out with a response because I like to know what I'm talking about", it was pure brilliance. Talking too quickly and responding out of anger has gotten this country in enough trouble.

Jeff Jones - Georgia   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Thank you for re-iterating the fact that Iraq and Afghanistan were not even mentioned tonight. What a stark contrast in focus from the previous administration's direction. Whether you agree or disagree with the war(s), this president is prioritizing, economizing, communicating and affecting the positive change he ran on.

Getnet   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I think the president did a nice job in expressing his agenda.

Ron Joyner   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The President was very informative about both short term and long term answers to our economic challenges. It was evident that he has given much thought to the wide range of question asked of him tonight.

I have gained greater comfort through his leadership.

Jonas   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Give Obama a chance, he is trying to give us a chance!!!!

Shirley   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I love you and your show. President Obama is doing a great job. He has to try several different plans because he is reinventing the wheel. We have never been in this financial position in our nation. President Obama can't get bogged down with knit picking, small minded thinkers. What I say to the critics... think George Bush, that should be enough to shut your mouth and let our president do his job. Give him some space to breath. He is smart and can do more than one thing at a time. Get a life.

HOWIE   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET


john fairley   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I'm one of the Canadians that were insulted on the Fox show "Red Eye" by Greg Gutfield. The ignorant arrogance from that show was astounding. No wonder much of the world holds the US in such disdain, they're ignorant of other countries, including their closest neighbor.

From my perspective north of the 49th it's beautiful to see intelligence and love back in the White House. Mr. Obama radiates what it is to be an evloved human being. The world is better off with him in power.


John Arnaud, Toronto, Ontario   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I thought Obama was great yet again – from up here in Toronto, Canada. Obama is a great leader – and his budget emphasizing health care, energy and education is exactly what is required to rebuild the USA. He is genuine, he is committed and his outlay of goals – and trying to quantify them – is admirable. I have yet to hear any reasonable critique or solutions oriented ideas from any other congressmen and/or women. The confidence he shows in laying a strong foundation for future growth is sincere and pragmatic. I think the USA is fortunate to have him in charge. He will do great things for this planet.
All the best Mr King from North of the border.

Janet Miley   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I enjoyed the President's conference tonight and I the highlight for me was the way he answered Henry's question. The President replied, " Because I want to know what I'm talking about before I speak." I respect anyone who can do this.


Moriel   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Great Job Tonight Mr. President
keep steady – don't let critics shake you
Often people want immediate results – we must be patient

Eagle Eye   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

He did a marvelous job tonight. I hated the way CNN judged his performance afterwards. They were worst the Hannity and Holmes or Rush Limbaugh.

Jim Tracy   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I thought the President's prime time was excellent. If we don't think long term than what's the point. Everybody has an opinion but most don't have an answer. I am retired navy and their we have a motto, Don't complain about things unless you have an answer to correct the problem.


AJ - Scranton   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I enjoyed his press conference. The man is obviously smart and engages everyone in his conversation. I don't agree with those pundits saying he was tired and angry. I did not see that. He answered with lots of explanation compared to our previous President. My favorite line was when he told Ed Henry that he likes to know what he is talking about first before he speaks about it. If we can all do that the economy wouldn't be where it is now.

Tim DeLong   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What a difference it is to have a President who is articulate and intelligent, who fully understands all of the issues, who has a clear plan of where he wants to take the country (and the right plan I might add), and who is a true leader.

Diane   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I think that we should thank God that we have such an intelligent and caring person that we do for a President. If there is any person who can get us out of this mess it's President Obama. If the mediia would give him slak and quit picking at everything he says and does. Thank god there not in his place we would really be in a mess. Everyone is quick to find fault but few have any better answers..

Rey   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

President Obama is trying very hard to get our economy straight. Patience I say to all.

Chris   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hey Larry,

Please, Please, Please, tell the people of America the COMPONENTS OF THE ECNOMY IS WHAT OBAMA IS WORKING ON.



DUD!! DUD!!! DUD!!!


Ron Krueger   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

How refreshing it is to have a President who represents all
of the American people. Neither the talking heads nor the
party pundits get it. He is solving the problems of all of the people
not of the Republicans nor of the Democrats. The President
understands the problems arose from neglect of both . He clearly understands we need to rebuild an economy that is sustainable.

Peter McQuilkin   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

cnn coverage following the presidents press conference was good with the exception of William Bennets attitude, it takes me back to the pre-election bantering he displayed, that is until they were counting the votes and he ate crow.

Kathy Shoalmire   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I thought the President was articulate and thoughtful in his answers. The format was very refreshing. I particularly thought his response to Ed Henry's ridiculous question about timing in vocalizing outrage over AIG was masterful. President Obama obviously likes to understand before he opens his mouth and he showed his feistiness, not anger, in dealing with Henry. His answer was better than saying ' Ed, it's just politics. Sometimes you do the things you do because that's the political game." The working public doesn't care about that petty stuff. Shame on you, Ed.

Laurie   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

He still can't speak without a teleprompter – notice the fluctuation of speed at his opening statement!!! It was located in the back instead of on the sides – maybe to fool the public!
He dodged questions about AIG knowledge (he signed the bill that included their compensation!!)as well as medical coverage for injuries to our American soldiers – heroes – wounded in battle, CAP & Trade policies, etc........ More importantly, he's been part of Congress for the past 2 years. He voted for most of these policies – he did not simply inherit them. I'm tired of the excuses and lies. He needs to quit campaigning and get to work.

Silvana B.   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

hello Larry i think that Purpel is your color!! i like your shirt very much anyway the President was on his job tonight he was very precise on answering the press

Joe R, NY   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

It's nice to hear and watch a president intelligently discuss the issues.

Cuong Le   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Again and again, the President's budget and plan getting critized from left to right as irresponsible. I'll tell you what is irresponsible. Sitting on a big mess and not doing anything about it is irresponsible. Are the actions taken by President Obama right? They are all debatable, but one thing we all should know is that not doing anything about the messes we are in is just unacceptable. I applaud the President for taking bold action and take the critics constructively.

suzi badrena   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Our President is doing his job, and I think we should support that effort and let him move forward without distracting him every 10 seconds to be reassured that he has a plan..It's been 60 days and he has proved that he is doing his best to solve huge problems that he not only inherited, but have mushroomed because he was hampered by the Republicans slowing down the stimulous for a political show. PLEASE, just let this man do his job and have some confidence!!

Nancy Garcia   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I think that President Obama is well spoken, comforting when he speaks and i am proud of how hard he is working to turn around the economy.
His ability to answer the questions is above and beyond what we have had in the last twenty years. If we all stick together and try hard we will overcome this disaster we are experiencing.

DRG   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Same talking points. Heard this before.. I

gtm   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

no matter what the president say it is race. Give us the white house which our ancestory built let obama be our president and the republican can set up shop on the west coast and start there on country, and if I remember the house that got us in this mess was republican and white. If you don't like blacks then leave. We did not ask for this mess we never had nothing anyway. Most of aig bonus receivers were white who is fooling whom

Gailen Narum   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Ed Henry got the answer he desearved. Let move on.

Pete   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The president did an excellent job of conveying the message of reality that this country has been trying to avoid for to, to many years. Overspeculation has brought us to a place of false recession and cost a lot of people their happiness, in some cases their lives and most of all their easily gained money.

Kristie   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Chuck CNBC newscaster on newroom floor saying I don't want to bail out the average american ive done such a great job what are you going to ask of the average American. What an elitist question.

nick berry   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What a bore. Man needs to learn to answer thw question in fewer words and get to the point. Most of Americans want the MtV quick reply and solution. If his plans are so great why will the deficit increase for so many years? Won't a prospering economy and his tax increases erase it?

Nick   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

It makes me feel good to see a President who's sense of direction is to take America towards a better place for all Americans. I felt his goals and direction gives hope to a broader spectrum of Americans than we have had in the past. I especially liked his comments on persistance in seeing this through. I hope he knows that most Americans are behind him and want him to succeed! I get tired of those who only want to find the negative.

Suzanne Hilton   March 24th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Why didn't the President call on Helen Thomas? I'd like to know what she would have asked.

Owen Davis   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

We are now at war in Mexico, in addition to Iraq and Afghanistan. The President remarked only in passing about this new and sure to be extremely costly war. He has blundered badly by following the failed Nixon-era war on drugs strategy. He concentrated almost totally on the economy, and failed to be convincing that he has any real understanding of either the problems or the solutions. If that is what he wanted to display as his strength, he badly needs a "do-over". Every pitch by the press corp resulted in a swing and a miss by the President. No amount of happy talk by his handlers can make up for the lack of substance at the top.

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

The press core was nervous not Obama. I thought Ed Henry was going to cry or have a tantrum.

Cha Cha da Vinci   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

President Obama is tackling our financial problems with a candor and honesty that is refreshing compared to our horrendously corrupt past. I have complete faith in him. He is at the helm and I am a proud American.

william sheehan   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Superb speech ! Definitely a new experience ! His quick ,insightful responses bespeak of understanding of the issues while retaining a relaxed , dignified composure. Such an impressive human being . SO
FORTUNATE to have him as President !! And a man with a great sense of humor !!!

Barbara Banks   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET


Ed from CNN said that President Obama got mad when he ask him the question, "Why he didn't respond faster. I didn't see that at all. Ed should have been embarrassed when he told him off nicely. What did he want the president to do, sound like Bush who hardly ever knew what the "heck" he was talking about..

Pamela   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think we are fortunate to have a President who will take time to speak directly to the American public, especially during these difficult times. He has kept his promise of transperancy. For the first time in years the American public can have an understanding of what is taking place with their government.

I also think that the press and the pundits are absolutely unrealistic in their criticism of a President who has been in office for 64 days. President Obama has explained more about his administrations plan than Bush did in all of his 8 years.

As far as the budget, are there any critics out there with another plan??? If so, please come forward.

Sardesian   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

In my opinion, the President is trying to do his best. His 60 days of service in White House, he was left many issues which are not very easy to deal. He already protest to the Wall Street by banning their overrated bonuses. After the bailout, Citigroup stopped buying its expensive jet by his warning. He is a human being as we are. So, give him some time to fix things. What choice we had before elections? Everyone made a change by electing him– for the US and the world.

Andreas   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

The last statement was best, changes need time and this is what this nation has to learn.

Jeri   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I appreciate the president's comments and perspectives. I like the fact that he reaches out to several target audiences using a diverse medium. This is the time that we will look back and say America began their transormation in energy, education and health care. Bravo to a leader who multitasks well managing several important initiatives well unlike past presidents.

Josef   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

The President did a great job.
I sure want him to keep his promise and work on health care and get it done. Also it amazes me hoe the republicans never were concerned about the deficit when it came to Iraq and now they jumping all about it.

Sanjay   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

John King is obviously a republican...he never says anything positive about Obama

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talha   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I liked the optimism and the fact that the whole press conference revolved around steering the economy in the right direction which is inarguably the biggest problem we face right now. You feel like listening to this guy and he makes you believe in the conviction of his word.

gerry   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Wonderful to have an intelligent pragmatic president in charge.
More talk about deficits in the last 2 months, than in the last 8 years,
GOP did not even blink at the 1 trillion deficit, prior to January, GOP
as always is only doing political posturing, because they have no
intelligent solution, AND they are afraid of losing in 2010.
It is time to fix our country ! We have put it off for far too long,
I say .....DO IT !

Lindsay M.   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I believe that President Obama is providing the American people with words of substance that we can understand. We must remember that we live in this country too, and should actively take part in saving OUR economy. Get rid of those credit cards.....and SAVE!!!! The President's job is not to be the one and only voice in America. When American people speak, our voices are louder than President Obama's or anyone else's in the White House. President Obama is not the one who got us in this mess of an economy....but I believe that he is doing all he can to prevent further distruction and to show the American people that we should not only hope for the best, but take active steps to help him accomplish this.


Vicki Tonski   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Thank you for the opportunity to tell you my experience listening to President Obama tonight. He was clear, focused and consistent with his priorities for this budget. I am so appreciative of his confidence in my intelligence and ability to hear and make my own decisions on the challenges we face.
Bill Bennett and many of the other commentators seem to want to reignite the old arguments of the polarized years, I refuse! I am keeping my eye on the ball - health care, energy, education, reducing the deficit.
Larry, it is indeed "possible tha the pundits are out of sync with the public" – good call:)

Lina   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing a good job during a very tough time. It is easy to point fingers and judge him. But I think he is looking to the future and the bigger picture. Can anyone do better in his place?

higino   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

i loved !
the president seems very engaged on economy
and he needs support from congress not a fight !

Cathy   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Boring and didn't answer the questions

Girish B Desai   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

President did good, was comfortable and said what he planned to say. He did not get carried away by press questions. He was upset to Ed's questioning and I think its his right. Press does not have absolute right on any one and definitely not on President of USA. If some one of you know VK Krisnamenon and morarji Desai? They did show press their right place when,a reported insisted on some issue which offical does not want to answer.

Jeremy   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Obama fields questions with insight and frankness...a refreshing change for America. All in all it was an excellent snapshot of how the White House is attempting to grapple the nation's issues, which is exactly what a news conference like this should do

Mike Ortosky   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

While I believe that the administration, as with many of us, is doing everything they can to have a positive effect on current economic issues, I also believe that terms such as "get this economy going again" are indicative of our collective misunderstanding of the depth of fundamental change needed. Our entire way of life is changing at the most basic levels of food, water, housing, energy, as well as the model of community that provides those basics. "This economy", based entirely in consumer spending (single bottom line), is on its way out and an entirely new economy is forming based on social, environmental and economic values (triple bottom line).

John   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Press seems frustrated with President's poise

Pam   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

One commenter mentioned President Obama looked tired. Of course he did, the responsibility of his job is greater than any of us can imagine!

Patricia   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I had to give President Obama a hand. He is so well read, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. It's just so refreshing. Please someone talk about the fact that the Republicans (the NO party) have not talked about a plan for the mess we're in.

john gilmore   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think Bill Bennitt is out of tough. I believe the president did a great job. The president handle himself quite well ON ALL LEVELS.

Garrett   March 24th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Anyone who is still wondering why we MUST bail out AIG needs to pick up a newspaper...oh wait, they're extinct

K   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Why can't you all just stop being haters...The President is doing an awesome job and you can't stand it. This goes for the media, Republicans and all of his critics. He is smart, confident, and handling everything that he inherited with passion and dignity. Get a life and and support Obama so that you can get a job too.

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Obama's press conference was better done than Bush did at his best.

Kay   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It's so great to have a smart, articulate president!

michael from woodland hills   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Ed Henry was unnecessarily hostile and rude, and Obama's subtle smackdown of his repeated question made Ed look petty as well. I hope Obama learns his lesson, and cuts Ed out of his next press conference. CNN: please send a better reporter next time. Anderson Cooper, maybe. He would never be as rude as Ed was tonight.

Joan Stroud   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am a Canadian and have to say that I admire President Obama and what he is trying to do. As is often said, these are not normal times that the world is going through, and it is going to take an abnormal approach to try and solve the problems facing the US. It seems that there are a lot of people who are quick to disagree with the path that the President is taking. I just wonder how John McCain would have dealt with this terrible calamity that has been placed in Obama's lap. He would just be reversing what him and the Republicans did to put the world in jeopardy to begin with.

Jeff   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

good job obama! proud to hear we wants to take care of home first

William   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

We are very lucky to have a man like President Obama in office during this time of crisis. Why does CNN have Ed Henry as a White House correspondent? Of all the signficant questions he could have asked he really made a poor choice.

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tom   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

He's articulate, he's intelligent and he refuses to respond with five word answers – I waited 8 years for this. Let him be.

Mattie   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I thought the President did an excellent job. What I love about President Obama he keeps us informed. He realizes that we have big problems in this country and he has to have big ideas to resolve them.

Joe Lendvai   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I think the President was brilliant. He makes sense. My wife and I support him without qualification. We want him, and our country, to succeed. This is not a partisan issue. Just saying "no" , as the critics are doing, is unhelpful.

Hillary Lantrip   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Why is America still focused on energy? According to our budget plan in 2001, America had successfully found other energy sources to power our nation but for some reason we still seem to be stuck on it in 2009. the Research is usable! we need to start creating opportuntities for these other sources to be used.
Also i as a middle class citizen have been and continue to sacrifice due to the economy. But what about all the governemt spending on wasteful exspenses. such as Nancy P. and her italy trips or her reserved military plane every weekend for her liking. EVERYONE needs to sacrifice.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Joette. Educate the American people? In what?

Nick   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I believe that the President was honest. Obama is trying his best, and I have faith that if his plan is worked correctly, and he compromises, and works with all parties. I believe that we have a strong President to lead out country out of this economic downturn. Not only that Obama does care about America from an American stand point, not a Business stand point. Let us have hope.

Kathryn Murtaugh   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

President Obama is dealing with each issue, piece by piece as he promised. He is working in an environment that is toxic and has caused these problems in the first place. He is open and honest. He is explaining in detail his plans and concerns. Not sure what you pundits are looking for. He was not angry. He may have been a little tired but he is working on a crisis that is destroying people everyday. He should be tired because he works long and hard for the American people. Keep up the great work President Obama.

rhona mcbride   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

In my opinion Barak Obama's press conference was fantastic. He explained clearly that his budget will change with time and growth. I can't stand listening to the pundits afterwards because they completely twist every word that has been said. I won't even watch these twenty four news programs any more.

Sanjay   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It's such a relief to see a presdient who can answer substantial questions in an intelligent way...instead of drivel like "i'm the decider"

Keith   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Mr. Larry, Great show
I think the president is doing a wonderful job, considering what he's face with." It's an if you do or if you don't situation. If he does something about our problem, its down graded, if he doesn't do anything its still down graded. So either way he can't win. So good job President....keep doing what you think is right...

thanks A+ for the President

Nancy   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I like how Obama tried to give clear explanations especially about the need for regulating non-banking firms.

Paulia   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry, the media is out of touch with the people, and the president is in touch and smart. He is such a visionary. Not many of those left.

dave   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The President's press conference was excellent, he emphasized correctly that we cannot solve our raft of problems one at a time, that they must be addressed in concert and with persistence. The pundits' obsession with when who said what is inane and infuriating. Come on CNN, get the big picture in your sights and report on it. King and Gergen are the only ones of your "best political panel" who seem to get this point!

Diane   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

100% my support

Lucia   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The President convinced me, I see the logic of investing in infrastructure to make America strong in the long term....not in derivatives or other middle man schemes, but in health care, education, and domestic energy production.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I think CNN is going through kind of "midlife crisis". It does not know whether to embrace this president and support him or go all out criticizing him like FOX News. Almost all CNN anchors making fool of themselves.

Cheryl   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Obama ate the media for Lunch. It was time he put them in their place and explain to the American people what his plans are for the next couple of years.

Steve Franklin   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This president is having to deal with some very tough issues in a very short time. It seems to me that his critics think these problems can be solved overnight, if only he would do it in exactly the way they want. If you got the opions of ten different economists, you would get ten different opinions on how he should proceed. The only alternative to going about it it the way he is, is to do nothing at all. I'm sure this would please the republicans (ala Mr Bennet), who would like nothing better than to see him fail miserably, even if it meant dragging the whole country down to defeat and destruction.

diana hess   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

What I find completely ludicrous, is how the media continues to ask how it is possible for the president to "manage" so many issues at one time

My daughters, both in high school, both in honors, take english, math, history, science, language and electives. Should we ask our children to "just do math" for 3 months, or just do science–

I think if we ask our children to manage their schedule and study, and do homework, and activities–I think we can ask a brilliant, Harvard educated-life experienced, husband, father and President to manage this country–and by the way, we don't expect freshman in high school to be the same level of wisdom as a senior.

Let's all give our President a chance to succeed, because ALL OF US need our country to succeed

Maybe by the President showing thoughtfulness, due diligence and patience, this generation will learn the mistakes that quick fixes on any level, don't work.

Andres Albir, Boston   March 24th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Obama press conference shows us how Obama is having a hard time convincing the U.S people and Republicans that he is doing the right thing. If we are going to get out of this crisis we need to work together as republicans or democrats because this is all of our futures that are suffering.

jay tobias   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

We loved Obama's energy, he reminds us of poet Scott Steele

Dane   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Mr President handled himself very well. He has to take on problems nobody has had to deal with. Economist, news analyst, political analyst, professors, & scholars have not had to deal with this type of economy. They only read historical facts about economic downturns. Wall street knows how to do one thing and that is try to make $$$$ regardless of who is involved. They can't fix this mess because they don't care about regular people in America.

Donna Lewis   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I thought the President was brilliant. He was so well informed about each subject placed before him. He told us that he was not alone in his thoughts about each subject and named leaders that agreed with his analysis. He has accomplished so much in these last 2 months, it amazes me that he receives so much criticism. As he noted and I ask, where are the resolutions to our problems offered by his critics. I think that there is a lot of slant against the President by the press and i thought he handled that well. He did not appear nervous or unsure to me. He appeared confident and was persistent in pointing out how his program will be the vehicle (cruise ship) that will get this nation back on track.

Carmella   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Ed Henry needs to stop asking compound questions. He also needs to listen to himself ask questions. He always shows alot of emotion and he always sounds like he is on the attack. He needs to go back to journalism 101.

Joe Bayless   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I thought it was very refreshing to hear an informed President talk. That hasn't been the case the past years, but beyond that he is believable. I am sure some of the talk-guros will pick it all apart. They are there to find sensations, things that will rattle the listeners chains, but will do little to work toward solutions. I find the president's hope for the future, which will include sacrifices from the wealthy as well as from those losing their jobs, very realistic. Critics will want to polarize. I don't buy that anymore. We need direction toward a hopeful future for all.

ken   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

he did good job overall; 7.5 outta 10; coulda been more specific on certain issues but his overall message - be patient and let the programs take their course - was very good.

Elgin Panetto   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Obama was knowledgeable, eloquent, and answered tough questions calmly.

Rey   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Chris you are absolutely right. Education especially is important because we could not compete with India if Americans wont educate themselves. Don't forget about the global economy which is dominating the world right now. I say education is the key.

Maryanne Smith   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

How 'bout a little optimism guys? I say "THANK GOD FOR OBAMA" and
I pray for him every day.

Susan   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

It was incredibly refreshing to hear a president who was not trying to evade questions and who could discuss topics intelligently but clearly enough to make sense to the average Joe.
I continue to wonder why people keep saying that he is trying to do too much at once. Everything in the economy is interdependent. Reducing healthcare costs for individuals and businesses will help free individuals up to spend more in the rest of the economy and free businesses up to invest in other things the business needs thereby stimulating others in the economy. It's not complicated. It's a domino effect.

Wendy   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I agree Karen send the pundits home! They are making news where there is none. The President wants to talk about the economy which is most important, not the politics.

MRT   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Who needs republicans to diss Obama when we have CNN and all their pundits.

Kechia Warren-Joseph   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

President Obama was effective in communicating his objectives for this Press Conference. I believe that he has been busy in the last 64 days. Everyone is SO CRITICAL! He has been visible and quite forthcoming in keeping us informed of what is going in Washington. During the Bush Administration, the American people were not part of the process. I believe that President Obama will keep the people in the loop to the extent that it is reasonable.
Some of the questions were almost accusatory, of course we all know that he inherited this economy and he is at least trying to do something different. He has done more to address the problems in the last 64 days than George Bush did as the economy continued to decline. If we continue with the same old way of doing business, we will have the same old outcomes and America and the American people can not afford that!

Linda   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I thought President Obama did a great job (as I always do) explaining complex wonkish subjects. He never talks down to us. I am very proud of him as our leader. I think he and his administration are working harder than probably anybody should have to work. Remember, he inherited this mess. I want CNN to quit picking on him, which is what I feel they have been doing lately.

jim   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Just watched the great to have an intelligent, articulate man in charge. then saw Bill Bennett, a consevative mouthpiece, say how bad the president was. More proof that the Republicans have nothing to offer Then on your show Nancy somebody also a conservative say the president doesn't know what he's doing. Only talking head I have any respect for is David Gergen..he has been there and is objective.

Also please stop all the multi-screens and flashing on and off and lines across the botton of screen...just show one thing so your audiance can concentrate on the issues

Brenda   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry
The President was very good tonight. I wish people would stop being
so negative about him. William Bennett trying to say he look mad. I
didn't think so.

Carol   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

President Obama has been in the White House less than 3 months. He inherited two "useless" wars, a lousy economy, an education system that is failing our children and a healthcare nightmare. He has attempted to do more in this small amount of time as as "any" other president. These messes were not attained overnight, so why do the naysayers "ASSUME" the President Obama can cure these ills overnight? Let us stop holding these "personal" grudges. You may not like him. You may not have elected him. You may want him to disappear. But, guess what? He was elected by a large margin and will be YOUR president for the next four years.

Emma, CA   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET


I am thrilled that President Obama is coming before the American people to explain what his administration is doing and thrilled that he is sticking to the campaign promises he made. Healthcare, education and energy. He knows what the American people want and why we elected him. It was because WE believed in his promise for CHANGE. Remember Larry, "Yes, We Can." And he is bringing change to America that has been neglected for 20 years. I love our President!!
Republicans who oppose this President are beholden to their lobbyist and are the reason we are in this mess!!

Judy Matheson   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I think President Obama presented a clear rational plan about how to restructure the economy. The cost of uninsured health care, the need for developing education and jobs, and getting banks in the position to lend money are so critical to the current and future economy that it is hard to believe that politicians are resisting these reforms.

Dianne: Paducah   March 24th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The President looks very tired. Recovery will take time. We did not get into this mess over night.

Michael   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

While this looks like the New Deal again, he is giving the money back to the people, take a lesson from history, and be responsible with it!

verna heiberg   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Exactly what press conference was Bill Bennett watching? He thought the President was tired and that the press hammered him. I thought the President looked great, serious,and explained his economic policy very very well.
What a relief to have a leader who can answer questions intelligently and straight forward.
We elected Pres. Obama to change things and that's what he is trying to do.
And Yes He Can if we help him. The people are behind President Obama.

Pat Nave   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Who cares why the President waited a couple of days to comment on the AIG bonuses?

That's gossip mag stuff. Maybe that's who Ed Henry shoule work for.

Marc Chernin   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The country spends almost a trillion dollars a year on oil imports. Shouldn't the government take over GM or Chysler and turn one of them into the greeenest and most efficient car companies in the world. Also, subsidize the purchase of one of these cars and get the old ones off the road. This will also help with pollution. That way we can tell OPEC to drown in their oil.


Carl Dubois   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The effect of inaction on issues like Healthcare; Energy and Education in this Country is much more catastropic than investing in American Ingenuity. This means Growth...

Hello all, this means SPENDING!!

We as a country need to stand up and responsibly end the iresponsible GREED on WALL STREET!! If this mean REGULATION and CAPPING SALARY's of companies taking FEDERAL MONEY. SO BE IT...

I love the message sent to the MEDIA in not calling on outlets like WALL STREET JOURNAL and NEW YORK TIMES...

michael mccormick   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Are you kidding me this may be our last chance to listen to reason. He is dealing with unprecedented disasters at all fronts. As i watch and listen to President Obama i connect with his analysis process and trust his conclusions as the rout out of these multiple messes.

Maureen   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

It's very unsettling that the entire GOP base is against spending money to make an investment in our country and our people; energy, education and health care, but it's OK for a republican President to spend more far in eight years on a war in the middle east which only served to allow only the rich to get richer on oil! While Wall Street robbed the middle class!

colley   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Pres. Obama was not mad at ED HENRY he's just trying to clear things up, is Obama NO DRAMA....

R Carl   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I feel the country is in much better hands now with Obama as president. What a pleasure to have an intelligent, articulate, thoughtful person as president. He’s done an excellent job staying on message: economy, healthcare, education, energy. All important to me. What a laugh that the press is hurt. Gotcha journalism is out of control.

JLBrown   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

When the president made the comment that we were not in a speedboat, but a slow moving vessel indicated that this progression would take time.

Frye   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Just take over AIG and other companies already.

j. steck   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

in light of the recent tragedy/loss of Natashia Richardson, how can Obama say that healthcare is the first to be cut ?

george   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The CHinese are looking for another currency now that's a real worry

shary   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Obama, did not do anyting to show comfort as Presidents are to do.

Patricia Winget   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I think the press conference was excellent. Pres. Obama answered everything that I'm concerned about and made me feel very hopeful for the future. i think his critics are totally wrong and offered nothing constructive. He absolutely did not appear nervous, he's the most articulate person I've ever heard. His opponents talk about increased spending – he talks about homelessness, health care, people, families – that's the difference. I will be supportive of him and trust him through all of these tough times.

Pat Winget

Tiara, Maryland   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET


I think President Barack Obama did a fine job tonight, considering all that he is dealing with. Question: why suggest his response "I like to know what I'm talking about" is coming from a place of anger? Isn't it the proper thing to do....know what you're talking about before you open your mouth. Speaking out of term is exactly why America is in the condition its in today.

lisa from tn   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

the president is doing a fine job. Please take Nancy off the panel, she adds nothing to the discussion

Linda   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Well Larry
I enjoyed hearing Raul Emauel on your show.
I also agree that Ed Henry needs to get over it, enough about why you didn't tell us sooner when did you know. Get on with some real journalism questions. I thought he was rude too.
SO Glad to see David Gergen on your show a voice of sound reason.

ann tucker   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I thought president obama's press conference showed his amazing ability to articulate complicated issues in an understandable way and more importantly, he's believable! He's the right man for the job.

Troy, Indiana   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Tonight the president represented the folks who overwhelmingly voted him into office in November. Very proud that he is in prime time facing the music. Did not vote for him but absolutely respect him after tonight for facing the music. This guy has ushered in a new way of being President of the our great country. The first thing I'm going to do is find out the voting record of the republican senator I voted for in the last election.

I now realize that that senator does nothing but talk about old and very tired tax cut ideas. I've started a letter to him tonight to come up with new ideas or get the hell out of the way. I too have to start thinking differently

Basim   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

ed henry was completely unprofessional in the way he asked his question, somehow suggesting an answer in his tone.
just plain stupid

Joe   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Frankly I think that we were left with a big problem that may be too much to solve in the immediate future. This talk about recovery and budgets get me nervous. For the longest time the people have been hearing how much money we are spending. All the way from Bush and now Obama.

Money doesn't grow on trees and I think what people are frustrated about is not only having our tax dollars go overseas but how are we going to pay for all that has been spent? Will I end up paying for this recovery with the money that I have saved over the years?

I must say that after Bush, Obama seems to speak more clearly.

Sue Martinez   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I loved it when he answered Ed Henry.......that was the best. part of his speech......I have all the confidence in President Obama, so nothing tonight surprised me.......I think he is doing a great job.......lighten up on him about trying to do to much at once.......this is a man that can multi's just that the old geezers in DC can't keep up with him.........God Bless the President

Bryant   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

CNN's reaction to the President being a little short with Ed Henry was both childish and predictable. What other President or politician has had to deal with so many problems at once, gotten such tough questions and handled them as well as Obama has?

TKFord   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Give the man a break! It's been only 60 days. I think he's doing a good job balancing the crisis and looking forward. He's being realistic. I don't recall ever seeing so much activity coming from the Oval Office. David Gergen said it right...let's not let the ocean liner sink!

anne watson   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

THE MOST INTELLIGENT President in years. He had my undivided attention and he was easy to follow. I GET IT-WHY DON'T THE REPORTERS??? THE PRESIDENT IS SO MUCH SMARTER THAN

Terry   March 24th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Please give President Obama time. I really wish the pundits were as rough on former Pres. Bush as they are on Pres. Obama, we may not be in such a mess. Persistence and patience...the President STILL has my support!

Michael   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

While this looks like the New Deal again, he is giving the money back to the people, take a lesson from history, and be responsible with it! Are we up to the challenge?

Patricia   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

He only used the teleprompter for about 15 minutes. He spent the next 45 minutes answering questions from the press. DA!

Joan Lundberg   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I really can't say how BO did in his press conference, About 5 minutes into it, I fell sound asleep and had a very good nap, not waking up until about 10 minutes before it was over.

donna dempsey   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

It's so refreshing to see a President when asked questions can actually explain all the details; it is obvious that he understands all the facets of the issues. This is a difficult time and I am extremely glad we have at the helm! I have so much more confidence that the economy, etc. will get better than with last administration.

Patrick   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Inherited a deficit. Now he is going to triple it. I love "Change"

John   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Welcome Back Carter!

Brenda   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET're not too smart. It was a Q & A.

Susan Friedman   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

We are lucky to have a president at this time who is so smart! Go Obama!

Nick from FlA   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I believe that the President was honest. Obama is trying his best, and I have faith that if his plan is worked correctly, and he compromises, and works with all parties. I believe that we have a strong President to lead out country out of this economic downturn. Not only that Obama does care about America from an American stand point, not a Business stand point. Let us have hope.

I support Obama

keith   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

way to go obama great speech . 62 days give him a break

eibren   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I found the President's presentation convincing and motivational.

How any nation can feel it can get ahead without fully handling the basics of educating the new generation, sensible healthcare expenditures, and energy autonomy is a mystery to me.

A balanced approach to the errant financials that almost bankrupted us is better than allowing them to be completely destroyed and thrown to the wolves along with all those whose money and pensions they have placed at risk...

What was your question again?

How can there be any question?

Obama is doing the right thing in as correct a way as can be developed in such a short time. At least he is dealing with issues, instead of sweeping them under the rug like the last administration.

Get with the program, boys!

If the media had done its job regarding what the financials were really up to over the last eight years, Obama wouldn't have as much on his plate as he does right now.

Do your part and your job–correctly.

You will find an easy target soon enough that actually deserves your wrath, if you do your spadework (as you should have been doing all along...).

Dolores Burke   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

President Obama is amazing in terms of superior qualities in performing the job of President at a highly energetic level daily. It is particularly impressive that he is able to overcome the rapid Republicans who spend their time criticizing him to the neglect of their obligations to help the nation. I fault the Republican leaders who do not seem to care that their actions and words destroy our country. I get the feeling that the Republicans are running around like "Chicken Little" with no concern that they are harming themselves and our citizens in their chaotic attempts to regain political power.

Alfred   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If the Republican party is smart what do they propose to get the economy started?

Jim Tracy   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The critics have alot to say but can't provide a solution to the problem.


monty   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Folks, we NEED to spend and spend BIG if we don't want a 1930s style depression. Big Business and the Banks are in an iceberg. Only government spending can defrost our economy. Let's worry about the deficit later.

Pat Genereux   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

1. I thought the President did a great job! So nice to have an articulate president who can speak beyond sound bites.
2. I wonder where all these reporters probing questions were when Bush was taking us into his Iraq war, spending the country into ruin...and CNN and everyone else was glassy-eyed with excitement in the days of 'shock and awe' and being 'embedded' with the troops...and the ones who did ask tough questions were ridiculed...
3. Where were all these politicians (Dems and GOP) when every president since Regan was dismantling regulations in order to pander to their wealthy donors and the banking oligarchy...we are reaping what hey have CNN pundits and naysayers...back off!
Just my thoughts,

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Cheryl you are so right – the press are afraid of Obama because they all know he's the smartest guy in the room.

Neicey in Ohio   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET


C'mon, MS Ann/ Race ....HA ha Nice one, child... have a question next time called on.

beverly   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Thank you President Obama; I did not vote for you but I appreciate you speaking to us (the American people) and not over us. I will reconsider my vote in the next election. You just may be the real thing.

willie   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

president obama answered correspondents' questions on point without hesitation. he did not duck or try to shut any correspondent down, but answered them quickly with definite and concise answers. i personally did not detect any anger to ed henrys' or any other reporters question. i know that there is an election in 2010 but i think that politics should give way to the common good of the people.

Falashade Smith   March 24th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Despite what critics are saying about the president repeating the "same old rhetoric" I felt he said what many Americans needed to hear. I have not only experienced what it has been like to lose my job, yet I also know what it is like to be a college student who worries about there being a job for me when I graduate. The president used his time to give a plan and remind the American people that the mess that is now our economy will take more then the first hundred days of his presidency. I personally dont think his supporters, or for that matter, anyone who has been affected by this economy got tired of his "rhetoric".

jay tobias   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

First time Democrat voter, very proud of our president. Great speach, he reminds my wife Julie of poet Scott Steele

Ger   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

His sincere efforts at truthfulness makes me feel calm and relaxed

D from Chicago   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

A President who can speak in full, comprehensible's like a breath of fresh air! and Ed, has the sting subsided yet? that had to hurt!

Jeannie   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

At least Pres.Obama has the guts to face the press and answer questions

Konji   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

President Obama did a good job. I feel alot better knowing he is in charge!

ann   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

what is the First Family doing in terms of sacrafice? Will the First Lady be repeating outfits? Any budget cuts to running the White House. Show us your committment to sacrafice.

Inez B.   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I think President Obama did a good job informing me on the course of action his adminstration is taking to get America out of the mess the Bush administration put it in. I, too, would like things to be okay, right now. But I know it will take time. I wish the President and his cabinet well. All of America should do the same.

dennis   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

only way to fix the economy is to get rid of income, property, gift, inheritance taxes can we spend if the government just keeps stealing from out pockets?

Sanjay   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

What a sublime display of class and raw intelligence. The difference between Obama and his predecessor is the difference between a Mercedes and a pick-up truck. Needless to say, there are those who prefer the latter.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Angela...I really do not think your idea (although insighful) is practical. Corporations want to make a clean break. Most people, if they agree to work for less, they are far less productive and will leave as soon as they are made a better offer somewhere else. Also, I am sure there are some legal issues with reducing someones wage for the same job. I work for a large company and I have made suggestions like...reduce our 401K matching by 1% or reduce cut out performance bonus scheme.....the feedback I receive back is the the company will not reduce compensation becuase it wants to remain competititve to attrack and retain talent. That does not make a lot of sense when they are letting talented people go.

Peggy and Art Moran   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

We thought that tonight's press talk by Pres. Obama was great!
It is just so good to have a president that is bright, articulate and farsighted ! The press seems :
1. so arrogant to us at times and
2 to sometimes be interested in pushing their own agendas.
We think President Obama is a gifted individual and should be given a chance to prove himself. Let's face it, he is following a disastrous administration!

Carl   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The media wants to get their stories across so they can compete which networks can get the most viewers. They just want to get the negative out of Pres. Obama. They are afraid to bring up the postive side of the administration.

Jim   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The president did great!

Ask Nancy why do Republicans want to destroy America?

Rey   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I will always support the president because we elected him to be there, first of all. I strongly believe that he is guiding the country in the right direction - compared to all those who would "more of the same."

Sally   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

A marvelous press conference. He is reassuring and so very bright. Thank goodness he is explaining his administration's thinking and action as it comes along. He is the finest president I have seen, far beyond John Kennedy, although I really liked the peace and prosperity under the Clinton administration. This man is focused on the long term health of our nation and I do not think he will be swayed by the nay-sayers and the negative press. Ed was just doing his job and the President handled the questions well.

Paula   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Listened from beginning to end & thought he did a great job. I love his ability to communicate with the American public in a way we can understand. No one knows what the future will hold but I'm willing to cast my lot with him.

Dr. Moondra   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Obama is developing a long term strategy rather than reacting. This is a extremely complex and scary problem where politics have no role!

Chris - Boston   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

For the idiot whose comment was "he's become too attached to his teleprompter", there are not teleprompters at a live press conference. These are challenging times, requiring challenging questions and tough answers, hence the tenor of Obama's answers.

Jimmie Lee Brown   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I was very impressed with what the President said tonight. Those who are against what he is proposing should come up with an alternative. Nothing is accomplished by merely critizing.

Waheedah Bagby   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The President did a good job of helping the American people understand how varied aspects of the economic package–alternative engery, education, health care–fit together to grow the economy now and in the future.

I think the President he was a little ticked with Ed Henry's question because AIG has taken the focus off the economic package Obama is working so hard to get America to understand and support.

Susan   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hurrah, Obama! Pundits quit trying to distract us.

Nancy   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The U.S.A. finally has an honest President. He inheritated a mess. He is striving to solve the economic problems in a way that is fair to all Americans not just the elite. So what happens? The solution is taking time and of course when things aren't done in a day, well everybody turns on him. Can anybody make sense of this????
The economic situation certainly wasn't created in two months, so why the outrage that the solution is taking time.

Judy Love   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The President talked intelligently and in detail about the budget. He stresses that education, health care and energy are very important in our long-term strength as a nation. I agree with him and an important part of my consideration is as a grandmother of two important young children. Our nation will only stay strong if we have a strong middle class that is educated and working differently (but at least as efficiently) as previous generations.

william perkins   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET


Silvia   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Slow Down Pundits!! We did not get into this mess overnight and will certainly not get out in 64 days and counting. Give President Obama the time to get this done right.

Randy   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Still no real help for those losing homes, hundreds of thousands a month. The banks/lenders do not help, no little to nothing of the plan. He needs to place a full halt on all foreclosures until the banks start doing what he has asked them to do. No one else is empowered to cause change.

Robert Morgan   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET


President Obama was again up to the task in answering harsh questions from the press. He inherited a sinking boat from the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress. He seems to be making a very good attempt to bail the country out of the economic mess he inherited. Obama need help in bailing out the country and throwing him anchors is not helping him or our country.

Kyle   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Pres. Obama is a good reader, not a good speaker. Finally, the media ended their love affair with him and asked the tough questions. He seemed like a deer in headlights, and quite frankly downright angry at times. He really needs to get his facts straight before he goes public with them. GO ED HENRY!!!! PS: Pres. Obama quit using the teleprompter it is becoming a crutch for you.

miles   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Honestly, I saw a president who was cornered by politics. For all his appeals for post-partisanship and putting pragmatism above ideology, partisan attacks are having an effect on his narrative. Obama, I hope, has learned a few lessons these past weeks in how to better preempt opposition narratives.

He pitched his budget to us, but it was nothing we hadn't heard before. The notion that long-term growth supersedes all short-term concerns is shaky, namely the growing deficit. I don't think Obama had a good answer for this. That's probably because what really needs to be said about this topic cannot be said, namely that Americans must cope with much less wealth (home values). This would have made the argument for his investment agenda much stronger.

Overall, I felt Obama struggled tonight. There were moments where he had his flow and made memorable remarks, but it wasn't sustained. Perhaps it is a too big an expectation otherwise, but I think he will be more ready for this next time. I think people forget that, in truth, he is new to the job and young.

Selina   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Bob – completely agree with your assessment of CNN. There is a lack journalistic integrity. It seems the perception is if you criticize the President, you are doing your job.

Smith-Harrison   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I think President Obama did an excellent job tonight responding to the
questions from the press.

The press/media/strategist response is out of touch with the every day Americans.


Sydney   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Larry you mean to tell me that the Rebulicians don't have a Plan? Wow...that's not at all shockin!!!

Mrs. Phillips   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The man has been in office 9 weeks and the critics seem to be trying to rip him apart as if he is sitting on his butt. I feel like we elected a man of the people and if ANYONE brought him any better suggestions or answers he would be open minded. He spoke seriously because these are serious matters. NO PASSION? What did you want him to do, grap a pitch fork and scream "DOWN WITH THE AIG MONSTERS I SAY"!

Jackie   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

President Obama did a fantastic job...I especially like his response to Ed Henry. I appreciate that he is not reactionary!

Raysa   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Everything President Obama said tonight makes perfect sense. Above all, the sooner we start working on this nation's many issues, the better for all. Stop the criticism, start acting!

Katie Bauer in Iowa   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hi Larry!
I thought Obama did a very good job tonight; he answered the questions clearly and well, and as usual; he was calm, cool, and collected. I my lifetime I haven't seen an articulate president in a long time.

Joette   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I agree to all who blogging about the negative pundits. I always enjoy David Gergen and Ed Rollins but am sick of Anderson Cooper and Ed Henry being so negative and always trying to play "devils advocate"

Will   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Obama response to Ed Henry was Brilliant. He not only spoke to Ed Henry but all the pessimistics who doubt progress, prosperity, and an alternative to the norm......They missed there chance to oppose the war, lets stand out and hopefully be rewarded in four years

Carmella   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

One More thing Ed Henry's questions are way to wordy. They need to be short, concise and focused. His questions have none of the above. That is the 2nd time he has done that to President Obama. Hasn't he learned anything. He only makes himself look bad trying to be in such command of the subject.

Priscilla Peebles   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I think President Obama is a compelling figure and brilliant man. He takes the time to explain the economy to the American people while reflecting a true and honest concern for the average person. I support him and thought he did a great job tonight.

I just believe that the political pundants as well as others should back off and let the president and his team develop and implment policies. We are in a crises and all Americans should get behind President Obama. What a relief to know that we have a smart president...finally after 8 years of know-nothing Bush and criminal Cheney.

Ron   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Larry, I cannot understand what I am hearing from your fellow CNN commentators. Where does this notion come from that the President was angry, and having a bad night? Yes the press was hitting him with some tough questions, but I found his answers to be honest, direct, and reassuring.

I think he is doing a great job under very difficult circumstances. It seems sometimes the media is a little out of touch with what ordinary Americans think.

Bill   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing Obama blame his predecessor. I was a Commanding Officer in the Navy and it was common that we had 2 months to blame the previous Commanding Officer. Guess what Obama. Time is up. You own it my friend. America is finding out what you knew when you tricked us into thinking you were more than a State Legislator from Illinois. You are in serious need of on the job training. Problem is that this is not time for on the job training.

Dee Pulliam   March 24th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I thought the President did a very good job tonight. He is keeping us focused on what is ahead and talking to the American people – rather than treat us like we couldn't possibly understand the problems.

I appreciated his comments about people in the work force giving up a day's work to keep their colleagues on the job, since I am one of those people and "we get it" even if Washington does not.

Thank you Mr. President for talking directly to us!

Eleanor   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I thought President Obama was amazing at the news conference
the difference between him and Bush is just astonishing
President Obama is intelligent and articulate
He can answer questions off the cuff Like no president I have seen in a long time
Its too bad the media are always so down on him and so negative
He came into office and had to deal with the biggest economic mess
ever in America
Pleaseeeee give the man a chance to try and fix the mess the republicans created
One thing I will say is this president conveys an amazing Sense of SELF CONFIDENCE and he in turn makes the american people more confident
I suggest the media start being a little more positive
Great Job President Obama ....God Bless you and guide you

david watson   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

We elected Obama to solve problems. Looks like GOP still has no vision.

Sherrie Eugene, Oregon   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I can't thank President Obama enough for bringing forth the issues directly to us the people! President Obama is completely clear in reasoning! Now if we could only get the media to understand without continued shaping and twisting of exactly what our President says and means!

We have a President that WE do not need the media to decipher for us THIS TIME... thank you very much!

Cassandra   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Yea!!!!!, I'm loving this crowd tonight......Most of us are with the President. We're not listening to this media mess.

Tim Social Studies teacher   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I have heard more substance from this president in two months than from Bush in eight years. Yes he looks tired-he's working his butt off!

Jim High   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Tonight President Obama proved himself the smartest person in the room, and that is why he is a great President.

Hector Valenzuela   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I will always go with the President who has a plan. No doubt we're facing enormous problems. Yet, it takes a true leader to keep pushing ideas and plans to fruition. Cut the President some slack and let's get behind him!

Elgin   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Whenever a conservative comes on the show they always seem very abrasive and become extremely defensive.

colleen from canada   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

i agree with many of the comments above. If you listened only to you guys, you would have a totally different take on the press conference. The President did just fine, and I did not see any anger regarding Ed Henry's question. What i do see is an Ed Henry that I often find unprofessional, he likes to grandstand, and I just wish we could have someone like John King covering these press conferences. Ed just not cut it for me, he always seems to be trying too hard.

paul drouin   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

After only 60 days on the job... he is definetly holding his own!!!

Nick Lillo MD   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

AS a physician, I was very disapointed that neither the press core or the pres discussed tort reform.

Eddy   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This President is so close to us, I had to text a friend during the press conference with the following message:"What an intelligent and smart President America now has"!

Jon J. Tucci   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Why don't the Republicans tow the line and step in to help. The American public is tired of the trash talk and political side steps!

Aaron   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I think most of America has become addicted to negativity and the justification of failure, and not the hope of success.

amb   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Gio – How can you say we had 8 years of lousy policy and doing nothing? There was no threat of people losing their jobs as it is now; no trillion dollar bailouts like now under Obama; we were safe from terrorist attacks under Bush and now Obama wants to make "NICE" with all our enemies. The Muslims will never be NICE – they want to kill the infidels (that's you an me and our families – everyone who is an American). Obama and his administration are very naive and are only going to bring our country down. Are you prepared to speak the Muslim language, Korean or Chinese? Well, if we keep going down the path that Obama is directing us, you had better get ready for loss of all your freedoms and learn another language. And you call the Republicans "stupid," Better look at yourself – very closely!

jahnjay   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

we.need to be patient with the president and his economic team the task we face is tedious and require a lot of work

Param   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I enjoyed the press conference, Obama looked in control

Seahawk   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I don't know why Nancy, Republicans in congress and in general are so critical about President Obama. Do they think they did any better with Bush? Bush, a President who could not find his way out of a paper bag! My advice to the President is don't give in to people that don't have anything to contribute or nothing to offer of their own!

Stephanie W   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

On the topic of Ed Henry – – he was rude in yelling at our Senior Leader of the Country. And in response, Barak Obama was not angry but focused and with the appropriate tone to check yes I said it : Check which means to deliver the a response that leaves no room for misinterpretation. I like knowing that my President wants to gather the facts before addressing not only the United States but the World is watching US. I am proud of his BO's hardwork and dedication. And maybe just maybe if we all began speaking and believing that our economy is getting better it will. Negativity and could have and should haves have never fixed or created any Action. Remember Yes WE Can!!!

Sidd   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Give him some time. Ocean Liner will turn. Investing on basic infrastructure like health care, education will fetch long term goals.

Larry   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Articulate and clear, he leaves the contemporary conservatives in the dust behind him.

Jason   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I've seen more of Obama then I ever did of Bush to reach out to the american people

carol   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

the president is trying to do good like every other president. the big banks and big business don't seem to be helping much with the county's sacifice.

Sylvia Redleaf   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

President Obama is being criticized for being "out there."
I believe he's doing something called "us-ing." That is, he includes us in the process, while showing a respect for our intelligence.

mbayed   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

The president is doing an excellent job.

Ragy Thomas   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What do we have to do to get all 'pundit' critics focused on talking about viable alternatives?

john harding   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It is absolutely wonderful to have a President who can speak logically, think clearly and inspire me to look forward earnestly after eight years of one who did none of the above. I think the neatest thing that speaks to this President's quality is seeing Helen Thomas back in the front row again. Bravo!

Daniel Floreancig   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

The president is doing his part, are we.....are we thinking of starting our own business, or still thinking of jobs jobs.....Are you ready to hand over your job to china or ready to take your future in your own hands

ram ahluwalia   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET


Steve Ederson   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I think the President did a great job. He summarized his plan he has for the nation, detailed why Geithner was seeking the additional authority to deal with the non-banks not under FDIC control. I call it a standing bankruptcy, allowing companies like AIG getting restructured and dissolving unwanted legal contracts going forward.
All of you back seat drivers; put up a plan or stop criticizing the president. It makes you look like a bunch of tattle tales. Nobody likes a tattle tale.
If the President fails, I still will respect him.

Barbara   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Why can Obama not give us an anticipated timeline for the anticipated recovery?

Raghu   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Ed Henry's question was the most imbecile, uninformative and looked like he was just wanted to show off! The President was clear in his answers, thoughtful and understood every details of his projects. A far cry from the last 8 years when it was embarrassing to hear our President speak.

Ann   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It's so refreshing to finally have a President who can speak intelligently and with detail about our really important issues.

Yves   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I like having pundits provide commentary, but what's the point of having Nancy on if she's nothing but a Republican talking head? Why can't she detach her own personal political views (which I couldn't care less about) from commentary about the press conference itself? Other conservative commentators know how to do that.

Patrick   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

3.6 trillion, anybody know where in the world we are going to get that money?

John   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

President Obama did very well. He held his own. This recovery will take time and everyone needs to be patient as no has the answer/s.

damienpfister   March 24th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Two great lines: the ocean liner metaphor works well to suggest it is a slow process in getting re-oriented.

And "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." Let's not allow immediacy to tyrannize our expectations–we need thoughtfulness, not gut reactions.

Annetta   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The President 's speech validated again that he has no real plan, no grip on reality and is leading us into more dangerous days!

Ardrella   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The President is doing an excellent job by remaining focused. I'm impressed each time President Obamo speaks because he believes in what he's doing.

Dr. Chan   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

He hit all the major problems that need to be fixed to get this economy and country on the right track, not just those which are short term fixes but involve structural changes............ like fixing education, healthcare, and energy and putting back the emphasis on manufacturing jobs not just services like financial......................which we have all seen to our detriment to be rather ephemeral.

Rich   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

It's time to end the "tax-exempt" status of institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton etc.........I would like to know how much of their endowments were invested in AIG!!

Kudos to President Obama.....he didn't go to Harvard Business. He went to Harvard Law and worked for minimal wage in the Chicago community.........

Obama's not a "Wall St." insider!!

Judy   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

President Obama did an excellent job

Sanjeev Mishra   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Its refrshing to have a President after a long long time who can really take on tough questions and respond with pointed answers. The first Prime Time Press Conference by our previous President was probably 9 months into his first term and here we have a President who has already given his 2nd in 64 days. But ofcourse we have republicans and right wingers who are commenting that he has got to do better. I find that really funny. Either they did not understand what the President delivered since he did not talk about "Fear", "War" etc.

fr0st33   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

To Ed Henry, this is not a time to play hero on media. AIG was wrong giving bonuses away. Let's stop stirring up public anger and move on.
Kwami K.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

CNN should fire guys like Bill Bennet and send him back to gambling. We don't need analysis from weirdos like these.

Benny   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think the President acquitted himself rather well. People have to realize this mess doesn't get solved in 60 days.

Eleanor   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I would like to know if the CNN Political Analyst are so smart and have all of the answers why did they not run for the Presidency?


Tommy   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The president compared our economy to an ocean liner...
Anyone remember the Titanic, they saved all the 1st class passengers while locking in the 2nd, 3rd in coach while the boat sank.

Mike Davies Oregon   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

President Obama did a good job of answering tough questions.
Any of the yokels posting about teleprompters should try speaking
on National Television. I cant wait to see your performance.

One important point was the the Republicans have not presented an alternative budget. Why not? No ideas?

Barbara Bolton   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

President Obama hit a home run. It's like trying to loose weight – it took a long time to gain it and it isn't going away anytime soon. You must have tenacity and a long term focus. Short term thinking doesn't work.

Investment is important to recovery. Education, medical reform, and clean energy will propel the USA ahead in the global economy. If we do not spend now we will continue to struggle for years to come. Yes trillions seem a lot, but millions seemed a lot 50 years ago. If our economy is strong we will generate money for the budget. If our workers are educated and innovative we will lead the world. If we do not invest in our infrastructure we will fail.

BETTY S. DELONG   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing a great job. I think it will be a while before we see a big change. He is definItely a working president and is putting the people first. HATS OFF TO YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA. For the first time in a long time we have hope.

Natashia   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Most took from this press conference exactly what they had already expected to hear.

Keith   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The press was tough... and economy focused. A real, intellectual debate is underway based on a strategy that has been set forth by The President.

Priorities: 1) middle class 2) healthcare 3) energy 4) education. Michael Bloomberg has made the point that what got NYC out of the problems in the 70's was investment in things that will change the problems in the middle of the crisis.

Can we spend on new priorities that fix the current crisis AND change the trajectory of structural problems? Increase spending now and expect growth + changes will make future debt as a % of GDP lowest in decades. (net numbers are what counts)

He also said that all problems will not be solved with the 1st budget in first term.

Agree or not...

A different dynamic is at play. Imagine Bush, or McCain responding to the pointed questions tonight? What would they have said?

The next move is up to congress to respond to the direction and opening budget priorities.


John   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I'm watching FOX news. I'm a little tired of the Obama Network, I'd like real news.

Gene   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

CNN feeding us all this negative stuff with their negative and biased take on Obama and the situation…how many of you even make under 100, 000? Why do you not have diverse opinions from a diverse range of sources not the same ole CNN upper class(and white) pundits? Is this a subtle attack on Obama hmm? Why wasn’t Ed Henry asking other presidents hard questions about Iraq and/or Afghanistan, etc.,.This is not news anymore. Its CNN spurning a negative spin on everything and everybody – especially Obama!

Russ   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I have no confidence in Geithner. Tonight I lost confidence in our President.

Kris Johnson   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Obama is not superman, he didnt creat these problems....he just inherited them, if anyone else has a better idea as to how to deal wth the many problems facing america, maybe they should run for president in 2012.....

now until then, instead of nit picking at every little thing obama does and says, we should be supporting him, letting him know that we the american people are willing to work just as hard as he is at getting out of this crisis! end of story!

Carmella   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Why don't you talk about what people are saying about Ed Henry. he really stood out and not in a good way.

Neil   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Good job by the president. he answered the questions and liked the exchange with your ed henry. the smart alex deserved it.

Shakeia   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The president is keeping us involved daily. Good Job Obama.

AJ   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Now imagine, how GW BUSH would be at this press conference – now that is scary!!!

Jose L   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I hope the ship is not the titanic going into an iceberg (triple deficit).

I thought he was still running for president, when will he realize that he needs to be president and stop running a campaign.

Alaudin   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What a masterful performance by President Obama!! All Americans should be proud of him.

Is he the leader the world has been waiting for? I do think so.

Lorraine McCoy   March 24th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry-I'm frankly suprised at a CNN reporter for trying to badger the president with the same question. Why did you wait a few days to express the White House's outrage? Give me a break. Is that all the news CNN can find to pound the President on? He answered the reporter's question twice already. I guess the reporter wanted to become a Sam Donaldson, when he questioned Ronald Reagan.


Vera   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

WOOHOOOO, good job Mr. president!!!!!

Mark   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

TV pundits are not the real messengers when it comes to our government. The president is responsible for that and I am quite pleased with his effort to keep the American people informed. He is the best person we have for the job. Let him do his work.

keith fullan   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

i think that prior administrations have spent a heck of alot more than obama.

Jan   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think he is forward-thinker which is what this country needs

Kathy   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Obama is trying to turn this economy around. He deserves our patience and attention. WE deserve to have our representatives to work with him and to stop playing pollitics! We notice!!!

Judy   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The President did a good job. We need to be vigilant in our public discourse but we need to be constructive, not destructive. Few people really understand all these moving pieces. We should pause and think before criticizing and we must stay engaged.

Matt   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Republicans are only interested in winning or trying to win the next election. For them, it is always about the win. So who cares what the GOP has to offer, that is if they have anything to offer at all, except "say no" at every turn?

Sonia   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ed Henry got spanked tonight. Since Jan 20th, I sleep much better knowing this guy is running the country....Conservatives has not offered one counter proposal or idea to deal with the crisis....but then again, they thought the economy was strong....

sandra lepisto   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think the President sounded very intelligent even though the problems we have are nearly incomprehensible. I haven't heard any better ideas from anyone who has criticized his ideas.

Jonathan (Portland, OR)   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Greed and mistakes made by less than 10% of homeowners will put all of us soon in a great depression if not already and unfortunately the other 90% will pay for it gravely as it is an American tradition. One for all and all for one !!!

Greta Taylor   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Presidnet Obama, spoke eloquently about the economy, the budget, and the need for patience. Again he was outstanding and on target.

Skye   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I'm absolutely stunned as to why everyone – pundits, Democrats, and particularly Republicans are being so critical of every solution offered by the Obama administration to our economic plight, as if the economic fiasco we currently find ourselves in was created by this man since his election in November! Are we serious? Isn't anyone on the other side of the isle willing to acknowledge the last 8 years that might have contributed? A little proactive collaboration might be appropriate people! If you folks can't work and play well together, just let us know – we're happy to find new officials to represent us! And incidentally I lost my job in February, so I'd be happy to sit in any of your $100,000+ seats!

yetty   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ed Henry is one of the most two face guy I have ever seen, when Bush was spending money on false accusation about Iraq war,Ed Henry did not show anger or show outrage about him leaving debt to American generation,but now, we have a President who is willing to spend money on the right cause,Ed Henry began to look like "Jonny just miss road".

Antony Karanja   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing an outstanding job. The pundits are failing to note the fact that George Bush could not even deliver a comprehensible sentence. If you want to get better when you are sick and you have been given a pill, do you cut in half so as to save on spending on medicine? That's what the pundits are asking Obama to do.

Ahmed   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Finally we have an intellectual president who can respond logically to questions, is informed of important issues, and is able to frame and reframe as necessary.

abraham, TX   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think Obama did pretty good on his speech, but I have not yet satisfied on his defense on stem cell research.

patty b   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I thought he phoned it in....he seemed to want to be anywhere but where he was?! He evaded direct questions (like about AIG etc.), and answered questions the way he wanted to – even if his answers did not correspond to the question asked!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Still avoids the tough bonusgate questions that I still want answered (who knew what and when) simple short answers should take a few seconds to answer. Transparency is lacking sir. We want answers not a pep speech and what we already know. (are you secretly hoping the pan will fail so you can Nationalize the banks.. only thing that makes sense to me)
His answers do not pass the smell test. He bobs and weaves a lot. He will loose that 'whats your plan' argument soon, what will the new talking point be, I wonder?

I wonder how many seats the Dems will loose in 2010.

I have yet to see change and those homeless children are waiting SIR no time left for stimulus.. We the people were knocking on the White House door......was any one home?

Talk is cheap sir.

yvette   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think President Obama did a brilliant job. He is personable, charming, dazzling and magnificent. He is on the right track in solving the economic mess he inherited (as much as the GOP would love America to forget that this mess was caused by Republicans, the people who elected President Obama WILL NOT FORGET – and DO NOT hold President Obama responsible, at least not for 2 years).

I'm proud of you President Obama! My family, friends, neighbors, teachers of my children, etc., all support you and will help you get your budget passed!


Wayne Perrins   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The President did a great job. I would like to see some of the critics who are making comments tonight deal with the issues the President has to contend with. There are some people who do and some who don't. President Obama is a person who does and a mover and shaker.

bob kegley   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I admire the President for not being afraid to talk to the American people. I continue to be impressed by his knowledge of many subjects and his ability to respond to them. He is bold and not afraid to express his opinions. I support him more each day.

nwanso   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am so proud everytime i see President Obama talk. He come accross as someone who has a hold of the issues. He did just great!

EMcB   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It's refreshing to have President Obama in the white house. Finally someone who understands the regular people and our concerns

Rob & Meg from Hudson WI   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

John Mccain and the rest of the Republican party needs to quit playing it safe and get into the game! Why havent they offererd an alternative plan that might be able to address some of the weaknesses of the Obama plan and offer a compromise that might be able to strengthen our current course of action. I feel the current inaction of the Republican party, will only perpepuate partison politics and split the country in a time the public needs it's government to work together!

Rob & Meg

Sharon Hastings   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I feel I'm a "typical American" and I voted for Obama. I am willing to give him the time to deal with these huge problems facing our country. My little "teddy bear" and cutie Ed Henry (that cute round face, those dimples, looks like he turns 11 on his next birthday) gave my President a little bit of a hard time. That's okay Ed, but us "typical Americans" know it won't be perfect and it may not be pretty, but where are the Republican alternatives? Who else is willing to put their name on a solution?

Joe in Cali   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I was happy with the Presidents remarks, but really getting tired of the Press' negativity.

The reporter pressing on the "two day" delay in the President's comments on AGI really irked me. I appreciate a person like our President in that when in dealing with strong emotional issues, WILL take time to look into the problems and respond intellectually, not strictly from emotion. Unfortunately, reporters are only accustomed to "get it out there asap" to gain from "emotional" responses, and forgo the intellectual aspect.

A comment on the topic of stem cells: Why is it that the media seemed to rally on the "Octuplets Mother" for having been fertilized with so many eggs? I haven't heard anyone put together the fact that IF she only had a couple inserted, the rest would have been "tossed." Do people not realize that stem cells are derived from the "EXTRA" fertilized eggs. So, if people don't want the "extras" implanted, do they just want them thrown away? Or put to good use. The only answer aside from the above situations would be NOT to allow artificial insemination.

deeKaye   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

President Obama did an excellent job. He answered the questions completely and honestly. He has done his homework as he should. It appears that Ed Henry question was not for information but meant to be rude and argumentative.

Joan   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Pres Obama is doing the best any smart Pres could do at this time.
He inherited a mess. We need to give him our support and some time. He cannot change eight years of mess in sixty days. He cannot walk on water. Give the Pres a chance!!!!!!

jane p   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

President Obama did a great job again. Patience and persistence are the words of the day. He is taking on the right track for the future.

Jane Smith   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

There are few people alive who have dealt with the situation that President Obama is facing. Give the guy some slack. Americans want the easy fix. It is not going to happen. Not every move will be perfect, but the man is trying and I am willing to stick by him. Stop the negative commercials, the negative press, the negative mood and help get this country moving forward.

Yves   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It is pure CNN press bias to portray Obama's answer of Ed Henry's question as "showing anger." The reality was that Ed Henry's question was stupid, and Obama rightfully put him in his place. The audience can see through that pretty easily.

Sikes from TX   March 24th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

He had me on tenterhooks – I am a strong supporter, but I was a bit worried that some of Mr. Obama's words were not as careful and well-crafted as they could have been. Frankly, I feel that he could have done better.

Christina   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

It is so refreshing to hear a competent, intelligent person who REALLY cares about solving our problems the the ways that are best for ALL Americans.

Precious Mitchell   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I just watched the prestident on t.v. All I got to say is give the man time. And I think if he needs the money to fix our country let him get ask questions if you want, but think real hard at everything that has happened so far inb just 64 days!!Belive me I know it's alot of m oney he needs to fix the crisis but also look at where it started (he ain't superman) let the man beath please. I think he won this election for a reason so let that stand and let him do his best. I guess you would also like to hear me say he done an amazing job tonight.

Natashia   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Personally, I think this was his best question/answer session yet. It is truly a pleasure to listen to this man speak.

Machele   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Ed Henry's question didn't spark anger from Obama. He answered it short and sweet. Loved it.

Beckie Whittier   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Main Street American deserves to be heard without Washington's filter....they just don't get it....Republicans or Democrats. Main Street is just trying to put food on the table...not getting elected.

dmitry   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I just became a citizen, and this presedent makes me proud to be an American!

Pete   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I'm still waiting to hear the President talk about ways he intends to fix the health care system. Nothing will improve until he reforms the lawsuits to bring down malpractice insurance. He will never do that because that hurts his fellow attorneys' pockets.

lisa from tn   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I liked how he found the one negative comment and read it first and the loudest., CNN, please replace John King, he is too bias

cindy jlk   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I really feel for the President, i know he wants to do the right thing.

Karen C   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I like to ask people who whine about the projected deficits….what is going to be people’s reaction if we keep a low deficit and continue to bankrupt our population with healthcare costs and become more dependent on foreign oil and our working force becomes less and less educated. Yeah, if that happens we better NOT have a deficit because we will never be able to grow again. People, the difference between this President and several of the past is that they are trying to close the innovation gap and propel us forward. It’s a whole different thing, to ME, to spend money on necessary innovation and spend it on war.

If you want to ask the president your own question, go to and submit your own question which he will be answering on Thursday. Gee, the public being listened to.....that is CHANGE.

Nick   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

President Obama may have delivered a fairly compelling speech, but he still hasn't given a half-way decent explanation of how he plans to pay for all this spending. A tax cut without a spending cut is actually a tax increase – it's just hidden and imposed on our children.

Margaree   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Given a chance, I believe President Obama will do a great job. Afterall, he did not go into this with a blank slate.

Alfred   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Why don't the Republican party help with the economy instead of pointing fingers.

sngeorgia   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

President Obama's plan makes perfectly good sense to me. Our country needs a foundation to build on. It's about time. He did an excellent job, point by point.

Joyce Kominski   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am so overjoyed to be spoken to as an intelligent citizen for the first time in as long as I can remember. Rather than have someone play on our fears, President Obama is treating us with respect and communicating regularly . Excellent!

Mike/MASS   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Boy is President Obama the People's President! Thank God we have a compassionate, intelligent, and savvy guy like him in the oval office. His visibility is a breath of fresh air. Critics should give him a year before judging him. The country is in quite a mess (thank you George Bush) and nobody even talks about a $17 billion/month war expense that has been building for 6+ years.

This is from a white senior citizen who's also a veteran. Kudos to the Prez!

Los   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Obama missed conveying to the country on how spending trillions is going to make this country successful. He was complaining that he took on 1.5 approx trillion and that was a bad thing…so how is it laying on additions trillions a good thing? He didn't sell me

Richard Shane   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Voted for the President, his responses did not provide confidence. Seemed a bit green/unsure on the deficit.

Joan from Nebraska   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The President did GREAT! It's the Repubicans who cannot understand him and still cannot put forth a plan of their own. I love your program most of the time, as I watch every night but find that sometimes the people speak over one another so a person cannot make sense of anything.
The President is everyones President and has done more in the few days that he has been in office that any other that I know of except Bill Clinton. I want to hear him more!!

Jo Jones   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

My favorite part of tonight was the President's smackdown of Ed Henry. Even if you do not like the man, respect the office. I think it is wonderful that we now have a president that makes himself accessible and accountable to the people

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Does Ed Henry think The President is a reporter like him???? to report something as soon as it happens??

Sandra Davis   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Ed Henry's question was perplexing. I understood the president very well. Explaining the government to the people is necessary right now. Ed Henry wants to grand stand. What he as a reporter could do best the next time is create a question that helps answer the more pragmatic needs of the public.

We the people want to know what is being done . We need to know less when AIG received bonuses. Tell us how the issue of AIG is getting resolved. Mr. Henry should not waste time on small issues. The economy is just too big for that.

frank   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

the president demonstrarted exemplary constraint in answering the presented questions. i do not consider you panel guests to be objective; especially the female [smuggy nancy]. her comments are partisan, devisive and myopic. she has a hammer and searching for nails. my president is doing what i elected him to do, make me a part of the political process and the opportunity to have my hand on the HELM.

renee   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Love Paul Begala!

Moriel   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

First we say the President should give hope to
people about the economy, then we say he is
too optimistic... If the media would stop finding fault,
and point out positive actions, maybe it will give Americans

Mike Davies Oregon   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Watching Bill Bennet trying to portray the President as "angry" is just tedious. My fondest memory of Bill is his complaining about the student loan program back in the 80's. Had to be destroyed so we could turn it over to private firms that gouged us.

La   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I think President Obama is keeping the people in the loop like he promised to do and that is more than President Bush did.

Ugo   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I give the president a 8 out of 10. His attempts to defend his budget have become somewhat redundant. Also, lets hope the media does not force Obama to be more like George Bush, you know staying in the white house and alienating the American people.

Yvonne   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Ed Henry got a smack down. Obama had a little smile on his face just before he delivered it. The place erupted with laughter.

Chad, MN   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Wake up people!!! Forget your emotions and think with your gut. The country is in trouble and it will mean more of the fat cat people getting breaks as we dig out of this and make the needed changes. The system is set up by them and for them until we make the changes. We will look back at this 2 to 4 years from now and they will right book after book. The question is, will we ever learn!

Bridget C.   March 24th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

President Obama did an excellent job, as he ALWAYS does, no matter what Nancy or Ed Henry says, which I truly believe someone put Ed up to asking that question in such a way, because that was so not Ed to attack him with animosity as he did....All of the negative criticism towards President Obama on the economy is WRONG!!! This did not begin on his WATCH...

Bernice Cross   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mr. King, why are so many news reporters (especially cnn) asking negative questions to our president? When Mr. Bush was president and the country was going to pot, there were no questions or blame.
Now when we have a President that seem to care about the people , every one is so critical. I think he is a great president. I have always loved to watach cnn, but now I turn because of the hidden agenda of the reporters. I hope they do better and just report and not insert their
personal bias thoughts.

Thank you

Dawit   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

When is some American people stand up for the country instead of their own selfish agenda. I think Obama is awesome.

Susan Ellis   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama is extremely articulate and deeply compassionate; he cares deeply about America and the issues that are important to Americans in these difficult times. He is inspiring and deserves our trust and support. Needless to say, he has my support. He did well tonight! Thank you, Barack, for being at our helm.

tom   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I was impressed with President Obama this evening. As an educator it is gratifying to hear a President speak with superb English, pronunciation of words and a grasp of the language. It was also a relief to hear a person in such a position who his articulate and truly knows what he should know as our President. We are in good hands!

mateen   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

You go Obama.Keep up the good work.

Heidi   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Barack did a great job. He's thoughtful, and he and his administration are working tirelessly to redirect this huge ship – most of us are completely clueless about how hard this work is. I hope all of us can care about Barack and those working for us as much as he cares for us. I trust the leaders doing the research, their intelligent leadership and care about the lower common denominator vs. the leadership of the last 8 years! Go B!

Drewk   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am willing to pay for health care, education, a domestic energy policy. I am not willing to pay for a tax cut to derivative traders.

They pay 15% income tax I work and pay double that!

Claudia Cochran   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Let's not forget that it took 8 years of economic negligence to get us to where we are today! He's had 64 days... be patient! & For all those who think it's an awful plan: WHERE'S YOUR ALTERNATIVE? To all those officials criticizing our President, where have you been for the last 8 years? Have you actively fought against the conditions that led up to this recession? Let him do his job. TRUST HIM, he's the smartest president we've had in years! I support him all the way.

Ida   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama Sir,

You tell um! Only 60 days and it seems like you've been in office a whole year. You are doing an awesome job. I am so proud to be an American under your leadership. Now go home and have a sweet eveing with your adorable family.

Audrey Turner   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I think you all need to lay off of my President. He has done more in the
60 days then any other President.

jahnjay   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

republicans in congress give bush a blank check for eight years and its some of that spending that we are paying for today .They have no plan but only criticize i ask the american people to b patient

Gayl Tibbs   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

You bet I think he did a good job. It is such a nice change from the smugness of Bush and his ridicoulous answers to anything. I no longer feel like I have to be embarrased for the American People. Obama is a geniune gentleman, he is honest in his delivery, and I admire him for taking on so many overdue causes. What president has ever taken on the lobbiests, to the Defense companies. Thats not an easy task and I am sure a lot of welathy people in the DC area are sshivering everytime he mentions his plans. You go Obama. And yes Larry King, you guys are out of touch with the american people. We want to hear him eloquently explain what he is doing, and why. I want a president who speaks to me, not the fat cats who have lived the luxury at our expense. Overdoing things. Give me a break. I bet your shows ratings are considered overrated right.

Diane Richardson   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry, I think President Obama did a great job – who is the fool up yonder in this blog that thinks he is reading a teleprompter.

We need to give him time. After all if took at least 8 republican years to create this mess.

Richard Pittsenbarger   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Pres. Obama is trying and we need to allow him time. This mess didn't happen overnight; and we can't expect him to cure it overnight. He doesn't have an arrogant air about him as the former president. I can listen and feel his concern for the country and the world.

Kay   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama did a great job tonight. Those that blames him for the country's economic crisis has forgotten 8 yrs w/Bush.

Gina   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama is doing a great job. He is being honest and answers the questions to the best of his ability. He was comfortable and he has confidence that Americans can come out of this financial crisis on top. Please give President and Obama and his administration team a chance before judging him so harshly. He has only been in office 60 days.


carolyn-AustinTX   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

No one has yet noted the comments from the President that give an inkling about how the budget will be balanced later.. his comments regarding the discrepancy in the ratio of investment between the common working man and those who have benefited TREMENDOUSLY in the past decade.

I truly appreciated President Obama's comment that if charitable contributions go down because wealthier people can no longer take a 39% deduction while they are yet still very well to do.. is that really a charitable act? This is a call to true morality claimed by the basically wealthier Republicans.

Sean   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

When we need strong leadership the most our leader has never appeared more clueless. Very disappointing.

shary   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

The press is finally waking up and giving Obama a few real questions. With no teleprompter he does not do to well. I see why he has been back on the campaign mode, as he is having problems. He is finding out the campaign is the easy part. To bad the Party wanted to keep Hillary (the little women) down on the farm. She would at least know how to answer questions. But if we remember he always took a few days when he had any conflicts in his campaign. The man has real ego problems.

John Freddi   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

At last a President in command of the issue. Good questions from the press and excellent, convincing answers by the Prez.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

@ John

If you like REAL news... check out CCTV!!! You will get much more than you bargained for. Most Americans do not like too much world wide stuff.

Stephen D. Bruce   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I hope people realize the President Obama did not create this crisis that our country is in,but the custodian who replaced the last custodian who left the office in a mess,now he's left with the job of cleaning up what was left behind,and yes the ocean liner analogy does make sense.

tim   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hey Larry!
It seems that President Obama related the past to every question that was asked him. My problems as a conservative is iIknow that there were issues that can be traced further back than the Bush era. We are a nation who is praying and supporting our president, but lets leave the past the past. Let's build a strong nation. The only thing you can do about the past is talk about it. That does nobody any good. We need vision speaking and becoming reality!

bill   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Chuck Todd had one question and he chose that one? What was he thinking?!

chuck   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Come on, obviously, the guy's the right man for the job.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am part of top 5 percent working hard more than 80 hours a week did not make money duriNg the bubble and now I have to pay the defecit. I don't understand this

Lisa   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I continue to be concerned about the President's reliance on autocratic terms – I think, I did, I want. He sounds as though he is still running for office! I wonder how other world leaders will respond to his style.

binny Silverman   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

He is a wonderful communicator and this is what our country needs. He cares about the people in this country.

Chris   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I have always believed in the 'tortoise and the hare' philosophy. Pres Obama is doing what needs to be done at the right speed. I know it will be tough, rough and we will still need to sacrifice. It's too bad a Republican president and his cronies got us into this mess and then rode off into the sunset with their nice pensions! Back in D.C., the leftover Republicans turn around and want Pres Obama to give the nation immediate solutions. Give him some room and a fair chance.

Sheila   March 24th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama handled himself well and he stated his case to the American public. I am glad to hear from him and him alone. I do not like nor do I want others to tell me what the President has to say. I want to hear what he has to say and decide for myself how I feel about his ideas.

Bill Coleman   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I was astonished to hear the President say, in his opening remarks, that passage of his budget proposals is necessary to prevent future boom-and-bust cycles. The man thinks he can control the business cycle? Wasn't that conceit debunked back in the 1970's????

ann   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think people are getting tired of the rhetoric. Answer the hard questions. The whole world knows you can give a speech.

jay tobias   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Obama changed my view of Democratic spending policy, the idea
of setting up a private/public fund is brilliant!! thanks

Amy   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

. Thank god for Pres. Obama. We need his tenacity and intelligence. I only hope Americans remember to be patient and give him much needed time to deal with this problem that the Bush administration couldn't solve in over one year.

Doc   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

In these troubled times we need our president to be constantly visible and informing the american people on what Congress plans are for the U.S.

Diana Gendron   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The President did an excellent job of putting forward his plans, then answering questions in a clear, detailed manner! He inspired confidence that he is well informed and has a VISION. But he is also open to adapting in how to get to the objectives. I love to hear him speak and explain things!
CNN seems "stuck" and "hung up" on AIG bonuses and trying to "toot their own horn" in all their "got ya" activities.

Kathy   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think the majority of the American public has more patience than the media appears to. It took us a long time to get here.....multiple problems, multiple layers of each problem. NO ONE could get us out of this mess in 60, 90, 120, days or maybe even 12 months. At least this President has a plan!!

I am glad that he is talking to us!! Boy, no matter what, that alone gives the man a lot of points in my book. I wish I could watch the Town Hall on Thursday on the internet. He does not hide; he is confident; and I tend to believe him a lot more than his opponents and the media.

This American is rooting for him, his plan, and his administration. If he fails, folks, we all go into the tank.

Derrick   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

President Obama is doing an excellent job addressing all issues the United States is faced with.

Dorothy Pearson   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think the president did tremendously well tonight. He answered questions honestly and did not sugar coat anything. However I wold like to point out that your own Ed Henry is more interested in being confrontational than asking questions of substance.

Jim/Barbara Marran   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The President was direct and on targe in his pres conferencet. He handled each question with a fullness of response. We especially liked his emphaisis on the need to be PERSISTENT. That is a value we greatly admire.

Webb in Santa Fe   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Googling Larry King Live, I found 2007 the latest post. I guess this is where I rate this show these days. Larry King has come full circle in twenty years from investigative reporter to public relations personified.
The reporter in the White House for Fox tonight reminded me of Dagwood Bumsted fifty years ago, as were his questions. The President responded to his stupid question and his stupidity in re-addressing it was an insult deserving the President's appropriate response, " I like to know what I am thinking about.
it's a shame when Mr. Murdock directing his reporters. The news is short of objectivity and obviously skewed. So we see the end of newspapers, a great foundation, giving way to TV, a much less substantive media. The Web will be less reliable, but the third estate has given up on being creditable. And we all lose. I'm sure the moderators won't allow this comment.

PatriciaMK   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Obama is clearly up to the job – kudos to the press corps as well, for coming up with deep questions!

Koshy   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

President Obama had a good performance tonight. His grap of facts and knowledge is impressive.

I don't know who is responsible for the flap with the AIG bonus, either way it was wrong and should be corrected. There should be laws to prevent such outrageous acts in the future.

I think congress, especially republicans, should stop criticizing the President and should work with him to stop the bleeding economy and work towards the recovery.

La Margo   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The only way to end the Drug cartels is either to LEGALIZE drugs... or stop drug use in American. Since the latter will NEVER happen, it seems the only way is to legalize drugs.

Jon J. Tucci   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Pfotenhauer, or whatever is a right wing hack, who really doesn't even understand the basics of economic recovery. Nor do most right wing hacks. Such hypocrites!

Marcus Brisker   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think that the presedent is being juged in the first 100 days of his presedency and that is something that the American people cant do .Have we become such a microwave society here in America that we always want a quick fix ,it didn't take 100 days for us to get in the issues and problems we have I think it was 8?

Dana   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

President Obama answered the questions with calm assurance and intelligence. Health care, insurance and education are important to me.

Vineesha   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The President did an amazing job with answering difficult questions w/ poise & honesty. He gave concrete information regarding the economy, for which most of the questions were centered around. I believe he is committed to eliminating the debt that we as a country inherited. There are no such things as an easy fix – it takes TIME to solve such a giant problem. I, also, am outraged about AIG but focusing on that issue takes away from the bigger problem of the economic crisis. I am relieved that we finally have a president who is willing to focus on solving the detrimental issues surrounding health care and education.

Morgan   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I feel like the American media and its people are trying too hard to incorporate drama into our day to day news. I heard a "CNN Consultant" say that he felt nothing but tense drama throughout the press conference. The vibes I picked up were completely different. People wanted answers and he tried his best to carefully choose answers for those questions. It should not be about nit picking or creating tense, dramatic situations.

Obama addressed key issues and at least he pays enough attention to each of these issues to give direct, thorough responses; which is more than we can say for the previous president. What the American people need to realize, just as they do not want to accept that weight loss must be a gradual process and instead run to diet pills and false solutions, any good policy and legislature takes time.

I am happy to see the American people finally participating on the politcal stage. I only wish that people paid this much attention during the former administration. Does any average person even know who the former Secretary of the Treasury was? This political attention and participation is vital and very much improved, but it can also be a bit annoying now that the same people who never paid attention can nit pick any little thing this administration does. Yet, they asked for transparency and boy are they getting it.

Carlton   March 24th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

President Obama presented the facts and inspired hope by his speech tonight.

Bryant   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Can you imagine Bush or McCain making it through that press conference? Wow.

Jenny   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Why can't some people understand that if this plan does not go through, we would all be affected monetarily, mentally, physically and spiritually. This has yet to be discussed.

Kevin   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Why don't they just "write off" what people own on their mortgages (acquired from 2003-2008) across the boards by 30% thus decreasing mortgage payments for many (and taxes), which in turn would put more money back in the economy (less foreclosures) as people would have disposable income again and money to pay their mortgages. And then the banks could absorb the 30% hit to them on the mortgages that they should not have extended credit to in the first place.
This would allow for the decrease in home prices to be more tolerable and fair and close the gap between what people paid for homes and what they are worth. It would also allow people to qualify and take advantage of low refi rates.

This is my trickle UP theory. Bail out the middle class, not the banks.

Marilyn   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am so impressed with President Obama! He speaks plainly so that all of us non political individuals can clearly understand what he's saying. I think it's a good thing that he is thinking things thru, and I'm OK that this will take some time. All President Bush did was send us checks which did nothing to solve our economic problems.

Harol   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

what i dont understand is how we can keep talking about what we can do and how we can do them if he has answers then he should have already done something if we now that their is a problem with mexico and the cartels we should bring back our troops and have them patrol the borders we should fix our own problems before we fix others problems.

Rick c.   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mr.President. HELP! The credit card companies are legally robbing the american people ..charging up to 32%.

Walter   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

He talked very pretty and hartfelt, but he didn't say anything we did not know before.
He is just buying time and keeping us busy and entertained
he says he is fixing too many thing at once when non is being done now......


Beth from Lawrenceville, GA   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I don't think the news reporters showed any respect for our President tonight. President Obama makes himself accessible to the press in this his 2nd press conference already, and they can't even stand up and thank him for doing a good job in these tough times. It appeared to me that the reporters were all on the muscle tonight, but found a willing adversary to match their wits. We all need to support the President. Go Obama!

Franklin   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This is a time in our history that we should come together behind a President who has been given a mandate to tackle our problems and yet the Republicans are busy looking for political openings to exploit while the media is busy creating discord. The media is busy looking for words, phrases to divide us. The media has failed us repeatedly and it is high time they start taking responsibility. The media didn't make the fuss they needed to make to expose the Iraq war for what it was and it didn't blow the whistle on wall street. WAKE PEOPLE, IF YOU LOVE THIS COUNTRY, GET BEHIND THE PRESIDENT EVEN IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT HIS POLICIES. THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. WE MUST BE ONE.

Jean   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mr.President you look very tired, i feel sorry for you slow it down

D J Baird   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Drug us is not a victimless crime. Americans should be asked to stop using drugs as their sacrifice to help solve the Mexican drug war issue. Millions in aid to Mexico won't help until Americans stop demanding them. (And Canadians)

James   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

What do people expect from this administration? I don't think Obama is the great savior of our country but he's working on a problem that has been YEARS in the making. Instead of complaining, why doesn't the other side offer SOLUTIONS or alternatives and be willing to work with the Democrats. All they are doing is making themselves look like sore losers that are just trying to make things harder so they can say "I told you so" and the country is just worse off than before.

DRE from Denver Colorado   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Way to go President Obama!!! You answered all those questions with intelligence, empathy, and integrity. You make this country so proud! I had never voted before and neither had my sisters and brothers but we are all so happy we voted this past year. You can count on us in 2012 too.

Love ya,


Connie   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I really don't know to what Press conference you all were listening , but President Obama just kept repeating himself. He is rudhinginto things which need to be very thoughtfully planned and considered. Haste makes waste. He i\talked in circles and was evasive. e is the emporor with no clothes.

Wendy Cecce   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It's Called "Trim the Fat"

Paul Lehman   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Larry, It's refreshing to have some one who gets up in front of the people and addresses their concerns without being cute. Tonight I felt like the President was enlightening me with facts that were in the reality. I got something that told me about what he was thinking and why he thought
that way
Thank you..

Roberta   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Tough times, tough questions. He did a good job. If congress will not give middle class me a tax break–then at least tax everyone else as much. I feel the middle class carries the taxes for both the rich and the poor and we deserve a break. I didn't know that the wealthy that make charitable donations got a bigger tax deduction that I do. I cry foul over that.

Darla   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think President Obama did a great job tonight. Those who are critical of the president need to remember that our problems did not occur overnight and they will not go away overnight. It is going to take time and effort by the government and the American people. We need to stand behind our president and support him as he works to make America a better place to live and work. We need to stop pointing fingers and placing blame and focus on fixing the problem.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Chris your right no tele prompter, just a hudge 52 inch televison in the back of the room.

ezzie   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

what do people want from this man/ he gets it. he knows what things need to be done to fix this economy. Give him some time

carol burgess   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I thought the president did a great job at the press conference tonight. I thought he answered the questions honestly. It is great to have a president who has a grasp of the big picture and the small details.

Phil Y   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The President was not angry he gave a proper response without
anger. I love the way he gave such detailed responses with out a
telepromter. As an Iranian Jew I am comforted by him.

Carmella   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

President Obama was outstanding tonight, he was clear, concise and not shaken by any question. I especially liked his response on charities, to paraphrase President Obama said people should give out of their hearts not based on a tax deduction. Then tied it right back to the health of our economy. Economy good charities will not suffer. An outstanding answer.

Christine   March 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

President Obama is trying to get beyond the sound bite mentality and single news cycle orientation of the press. Perhaps the press should re-think its own mentality. This is a genuine crisis. The sound bite mentality serves no one.

Deborah Crowder   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The President makes total sense. If all we do is cut taxes without fixing education, healthcare, etc., etc., it won't matter about the economy because we will not be sustainable as a nation. Ed Henry's question was so "old news" & deserved the response given. I am thankful that we have this man as our president during this time.

Steve   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It's heartening to see that the media are keeping President Obama accountable. Not only does that encourage better results in D.C., but the American people will also be better represented. You guys are on the front line in keeping our politicians honest, and you have disproved the conservatives who say that the "liberal media" are allowing our Democratic majority to do what they want.

dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I'm starting to question his promise to the average joe.

Chinu   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I was impressed to see him take on a tough question on the delay in coming out on the AIG issue. The process he adopts to form opinions and arrive at decisions reassures me that my President will make informed policy decisions.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

His 5 year plan X2 will not work. I am not alone in this. Others agree. Its not just my view on this.

debbie   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Still not sold in Crescent City, Ca
I think Annie should look at her rewind on this speech. When asked directly why it took so many days to show outrage about AIG the president talked all the way around it and his body language and voice showed huffiness and curtness when asked to give an anwer to the question again. I'm a democrat who is not sold on Obama even though I'm trying to be positive.

Dale   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Finally......a President "moderate Republicans" can believe

James C   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

People should give this man a chance; we're only three months into his presidency.

Ron   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I was pleased to hear some tougher questions from the press. I would like to hear more of the same. That's how our democracy works best.

Audrey   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I love Obama, and he can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. He did a good and earnest job during his press conference.

Ryan Thurmond   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

If you think that Obama was nervous and had no answers, I wonder where you have been during Bush's years?

Barb   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Where was the Press for the past 8 years! I'm outraged at how they didn't call out Bush when he would hold staged press conferences, or on the Bush Administration lies to the American people. It's pathetic how now the Press are trying to bring down a President with "a thousand cuts"...he's giggling, he made a gaff,'s an absolute joke that the media think people are "stupid". And they do think people are stupid by the way. It's disgusting to see the media try to rip apart one of the most inspirational and intelligent and hard working Presidents it's had in years. Perhaps it's because the Media is a "corporation" with CEO's who want a government "by the corporations, for the corporations". American TV news is a joke. Republicans need to step aside and let this man run things cause their 15 minutes are up.

Daniel Saldana   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What's with Politico's ad? That played on CNN at 8:44pm CST? Downing Obama. How stupid.... I forgot, thats politics!

Well I am 20 y/o and I am not stupid, I like debates, I like to see politicians pressured.
That was a good press conference. I am glad he answers questions. And if he doesnt know he tells you he will find out more information.
I also DONT think he was nervous!!! I think he was very professional, how often is a president not going to stutter once in awhile! They all do. He has more running through his head then anyone do you realize whats he is told everyday that we dont know! (or want to!). It takes a minute to concentrate on everything.


Tom   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Ask Nancy if she is dizzy yet? Must be with all the political spin!

George Patton   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

When treating a patient who is very ill i not uncommonly appear very fatigued and serious particularly while dealing with the family. Why? Much of my day is preoccupied with thoughts of the patient and what i might do to cure their illness. Then i lie awake at night thinking of ways that i might solve their problem. My struggle is written all over my face. Then i must face the family trying to encourage them while at the same time being truthful. As i watched the press conference Obama's affect suggested to me someone who was deeply concerned about the multitude of problems that the US faces. This is not just one patient but millions of patients. Sometimes the real story of concern and commitment is more in the face of the speaker and not in the words from their mouth. Are our questions as family designed to trap the speaker or to gain a better understanding of the problem so that we might participate in the solution?

sngeorgia   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

For once, a President that speaks to the American people as an Adult..
It appears that Ed Henry should have asked a question about the future of Ameica. I liked the answer very much. Rahm and Obama appears "thinner"...........these guys are Working!

John   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Quit drinking the Kool Aide Carmelia.

Kyle   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

to the person who said that a teleprompter is not used at a live press conference, did you miss his opening remarks? That was his best moment, because he was reading a script. He really is too attached to the teleprompter.

Randy   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Let's give the President time to do what is right for the country.

Kerri Mustain   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Again, another disappointment. I felt that the President continues to give the public campaign speeches which are divorced from reality. His comments regarding the charitable deductions are but one example. Charitable contributions have accomplished much more than the federal government has in all the areas which the President proposes (education, health, energy).

Toya   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am frustrated with the negative analysis of the "so called' political analysts. The president is putting forth his best effort to gain stability in the economy. We nor he asked for this situation. Regardless if he "inherited" it or not, we are here and we have to do something that will hopefully ensure sustainability going forward. Investing in foundational things such as healthcare, education and energy will move this country forward. Picking and disecting his every word and statement will not move us anywhere. No one has an answer but every one has an opinion. Where will we end up if we invest in our children? The deficit is deficit and as responsible as we try to be the fact remains – if not us whom? There is no easy answer.

Shailendra   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am really very fortunate to have Obama as our President.
I dont want to imagine anybody else in that position.

Anne Bowen   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Come on people give Obama a break!! He's on our side and trying to help us all!!!!!!!!!!! He's human, he a father, a son , a husband and he's our President. Plus of all our past Presidents he has been on the poor side of life also. The only ones complaining are the ones not benifiting!!!!!!!!!!!!............Not to many men could do what he's doing. GIVE HIM A CHANCE !!!!!!!!!!

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think it was a some what weak selection of reporter he called on.

christine - thousand oaks california   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Obama is a breath of fresh air, and a visionary. He is spot on about what will happen if we DON"T address the economy with very bold action. We will become a second rate nation with substandard education, healthcare and infrastructure. George W Bush led us down that path – now Obama has to undo Bush's huge blunders.

Alvin Crawford   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Even if you don't agree with the substance, he clearly demonstrates that intelligence is an important characteristic to have in a leader. He understands the issues and is incredibly articulate. It's an exciting time, especially for young people, to become engaged again in what happens in Washington. It feels like there will be healthy debates about where the country is going, rather than on fear and division.

Bill R   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The president did a great job as usual. The pundits however(some cnn staff included) have hit new lows.

First two weeks ago it was "Wall Street doesn't support Obama". Since then we have had an unprecedented recovery on Wal-street.

Now what can they say "The president looked tired tonight". Of course hes tired he's been working day and night trying to save the economy.

As for the republicans I am still waiting for "alternative" solutions instead of the same old tired "This budget and these policies won't work".

What didn't work is the last 8 years!

eva   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think the President is tired and well he should be. He has only been in office 60 days. What do people expect? I think the reporters should back off a bit and the nay sayers shut up until they have a better solution to this mess we are in. Half of them are responsible for it.. Let the man do his job.

Lucious   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The bottom line is that he showed the American people that he is as much if not more capable to handle his job as well as any other man or woman in the United States of America period.

Dave Riley   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Ed Henry's question was trite!
Are there not more important issues than why the president didn't express anger at the AIG bonuses two days earlier?
I would also have been upset that this was brought up twice in an important prime time news conference.

Uma   March 24th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think the President was really good. Health care is a major issue and should be addressed. People criticizing Obama should think about the millions of Americans who cannot afford basic health care. I am sure that he will get the support from all ordinary Americans who go through such misery.

Gail   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

No mention of Ed Henry's rudeness or grandstanding at the News Conference. Just like the Media to control the message. Shame on you. In spite of all the pundits, President Obama is doing a great job and definitely keeping his focus on the American people. Thank God for that!!!!! Action speaks louder than words.

D. R. Nazeri   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

(University of Richmond, VA)

I watched the Conference with my "Obama Presidency: the first 100 days" class which consists of liberals, moderates, as well as conservatives. Most welcomed the President's message & reassurances.

President Obama projects confidence and does a tremendous job at explaining to the people why he is pursuing the policies he has highlighted in his budget (Energy, Education & Healthcare).


And now for a little complaint:

WHY does John King keep saying "he never mentioned the word 'Iraq' and he never mentioned the word 'Afghanistan.'" This is factually incorrect, as he did refer to the "Afghan war" and the "Iraq war."

And, Ed Henry's performance was less than impressive.

So much for the "best political team on television."

Tony   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Your metaphor equating our economy to a cruise ship is wrong. Our economy is more like a drug addict and in more than one way. First, we've been addicted to making money for so long that that we seem to feel like the greed has to continue. Second, we've seen that a failed economy can recover, just like an addict can. I think we need to just let it hit bottom, like an addict must, in order to genuinely recover. If that means AIG and other companies fail, they just do. There is a fundamental problem with the structure of the way we pursue making money that is wrong: not everything that makes money is the right thing - financially or, sometimes ethically - to do.

Lynn   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Boring, bla bla. Did not answer any questions.

Kathleen   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry, I enjoy your show very much. However, there are too many ads. It seems that every few minutes comes another ad.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Ed Henry decided that he would play the role of angry white man. I only wished that he would have thought about his simple minded questions before he asked it. The AIG bonuses constitute less than one percent of the total amount of money loaned to them. Almost half of the bonuses will be returned, so that mutes much of the phony anger demonstrated by these inept politicians.
Everyone needs to understand that these deep problems that we have will take time to resolve. It is certainly premature to expect that they will be resolved in 60 days. We all are groping in the dark for the right answer. Only an extremely small fraction of people even understand the problem. Few people understand credit default swaps and CDOs.

Reggie   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think that the President did an exceptional job. All the critics need to offer up alternatives, and stop being so negative. We have did things the Republican way for the past eight years, they did not work obviously. This is exactly what we need in a president, to get out among the people that elected him and work for them, and not for wall street. We should all be tired of politics as usual.

Charlie   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

His honesty is so refreshing and the way that he listens to the questions presented intently and answers them in a way that all americans can understand. He knows his audience and speaks well to us. He's not speaking for sound bite purposes.

Nina   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The press' questions for this conference were at times irrelevant and based on unfair and weak criticism of President Obama. Questions should be based on what the American people are saying– not politicians...Republican or otherwise.

Zeb Davis   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm not sure some of your commentators watched the same press conference II watched. I thought the president was clear concise and easily understood. He understands the economy and I'm confident he will turn this around despite the fact a lot of people will try to undermind the publics confidence in the president.

lynn whiting   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I was very impressed with Obama tonight. I thought he fulfilled the following purposes in an open and intelligent manner:
1. To educate and keep the public informed in an orderly fashion.
2. To let us know he is there as a figurehead to preside but to lead in
in the open air of transparency and to invite debate and thought from
all – even his critics. He has even given us, the people, a place to do
this on a website.
3. To emphasize the main areas we all need to work on to remain
competitive in the world: education, our economy, healthcare, and
to restructure our business/financial institutions and regulations.
4. That unless we build a new and solid foundation we could have
the same type of economic problems all over again.
5. All of us need to sacrifice and be a part of the solution.

Greg Lewis   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Obama is dioing his best and his best is better then most.

AJ   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Diane: agree with you.... this will take time; this mess did not occur overnight and required multiple things to go wrong (perfect storm) and like most things in life this will take time to get better and Obama is just the person with the temparment and intelligence to lead us through this. Overreacting or reacting prematurely can be detrimental. Obama is aware of this.

Gina   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Same old garbage recycled again. Didn't say anything new. Never truely explains his policies. When are Obama lovers going to realize he is not doing a good job. He never admits was he has done wrong, only blames the previous president, which people like to hear. He says what people want to hear and nothing with actual content. Its like he is campaining all over again. How many more chances do we give him to fix the economy or ruin America has we know it.

millahd   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

President Obama is doing an outstanding job, given the terrible situation the previous administration left him to tackle. The media is horrible, they put so much focus on negative things and don't emphasize enough on all the good things our President has done. It's really appauling. He does'nt get enough credit. The media hyped up the AIG mess, made it to look like it was our Presidents fault. Well get everyone into a frenzy about our crumbling schools and the fact that there isn't a cure for AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer etc...

Jeff   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Obama is focused on our problems evil doers other than AIG and the press corps..LOL

steve   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The President did pretty well. Investment is the key to future growth. The weakest part of his night was not saying that the deficit will be further reduced in future years by the changes the country must make in medicare and medicaid through the reform of the health care system.

By the way Ed henry is weak and continues to try to pander to the simple issues. the AIG bonuses are the tail wagging the dog. I think we should ask Ed if it is okay to void his employment contract and wether he thinks he would have any legal rights if that was done.

The real issue is reform of the system so this does not happen again.

Karen Bernard   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I like what the President said about global world peace. It was very different to hear hope for peace from a president even though I don't think he should have reached out to Iran I respect his idea for world peace.

ray   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Please recognize (because obviously you don't) that Obama will TRIPLE the DEBT!!!! Bush passed on a debt that began decades before he took the helm. Yes he increased it...but Obama is thinking about TRIPLE that in the next 10 yrs!!!! He is going to bankrupt our country. Seriously!

Sandra   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The American people are getting real, real tired of the negative reporting by the media. If the people had to make a cut the media would be the first to go because the media has driven us into a recession which is causing depression because of all the negative publicity. It does not matter what he says it is always something wrong in the eyes of the media. For example, if he smiles he taking everything as a joke. If he is serious he is scaring the American people. I think the people working in the media are bi-polar. I know it is your job to make a big deal out of nothing, but it is seriously time for you guys to make a change. You are making us look like incompetent fools to other countries and they are sitting back laughing at us. Looking at the blogs your ratings have dropped tremendously.

ike   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The President did very well. He made the job of his critics even more difficult.

russell   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

nervous not at all , but tired, uh duh lets see , troubled housing, the economy, health care, education, the war , wall street, aig , bail outs, and mexican drug lords, all in 69 days ....
tired , he deserves a good night sleep...

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I have NEVER seen a president work as hard as this one. I bet Obama works a good 16 hour day. Well, maybe Kennedy came close as we were very very close to war and most Americans had no idea how close.
Bush on the other hand was always on his ranch digging in the dirt. Good Grief. I was upset giving him his wages.

David Nightingale   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It concerns me: 1) that President Obama didn't step up and say, "we dropped the ball (on the AIG bonuses); I'm the quarterback, and we fumbled – therefore it's my fault and my responsibility. I will make other mistakes, but overall, I hope the American people will see that we're addressing the right problems, and we're doing it successfully..." and 2) NOBODY in the administration is talking about wealth generation on the order of that brought about by the interstate highway system on every intersection in America, or by the internet – worldwide. Energy supply is the only item that can generate the kind of wealth we need to pay for the stimulus, in ten years – if we dedicate real resources to the search for "free" electricity and build a 21st century (zero transmission loss) grid to distribute it, rather than simply rely on our 19th century grid overlaid with some software update.

amira   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

ed henry is always so foward,really do u tink ur larry king or oprah

Tish   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mr. President its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I expected mistakes I made plenty of them in my first 90 days probationary period on a new job. Keep up the good work.

Gina Stoffel   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Obama continues to talk a good game but his words and actions have driven the economy further in the hole and are threatening our safety.

margaret   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Ed Henry, unlike most of the other journalists, is consistently disrespectful in his approach with the president. To this point, please believe, the president is in NO WAY "caught off guard" by Henry's question- the problem is that Henry is CONSISTENTLY patronizing, as I and others have observed it in other press conferences/question and answer sessions. So what you saw in the president's reaction is more of an IRRITATION TOWARDS HENRY! We know because we have witnessed Henry's "GOTCHA" method of questioning the president on at least 3 other occasions. We would like to see CNN get away from the CONSTANT criticism of the president. If you all had done ONE TENTH of this critisicm during the EIGHT Bush years that you have done in just two months of president Obama, perhaps we would not be in this mess now. It is almost as though you all went out of your way to appear unbiased during the election season, probably because it would have affected your ratings negatively. But as soon as the election is over, you all have gone almost completely negative. The Larry king Show is the exception to this. But Anderson Cooper, John king and to some extent Campbell Brown have gone quite negative, especially ANDERSON COOPER, which is extremely disappointing because during the election season, he appeared to be about the most objective reporter.

Terry Williams   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


I am currently watching your show. It is obvious to me that Republicans are in a love and hate relationship with the President. They love that he is an intelligent, analytical and articulate man, a far cry from President Bush, but they hate everything about his politcal views. Republicans are be grateful that we have a President who thinks before he speaks.

Drewk   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

If you spend a little time reading you can find out exactly why we loaned AIG money.

It was the right decision. I would explain it but you prob wont even read this

Pat Brown   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I would like to hear Nancy's response to whether the Republicans have a better solution to this crisis since she seems to be so critical of President Obama plan and the way he answered questions?

Dwight Stecker   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Even your "pundits" seem to be anti Obama.


The comment that the ship might sink is absurd. If the ship sinks we all sink including the pundits.

Thanks to Obama, I believe the ship will – albeit slowly – arrive in a far better place.

Sinking is not an option.

Ragy Thomas   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Take 30 seconds and think how any other president would have handled these same questions. There lies the answer to all criticisms.

Heidi   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm surprised CNN keeps Bill B on the show – he's clearly disrespects Barack, and has been since the beginning of Barack's campaign. Bill shows no tolerance and never gives one ounce of support re: any of Barack's decisions. CNN: Bill Bennett makes you look silly – could he loathe Barack any more than he does? Am I the only one that sees his antagonistic/cynical fact twisting? BTW Bill, Barack isn't running anymore, he's in the job, making decisions and FIXING what was handed to him.

John Adams   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Is it me,or does President Obama's optimistic realist style,coupled with his confidence,provide a needed warmth from the highest ranking official in the United States,that's a necessary element for the growth of our great nation?

Daniel Williams   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

A very good news conference,He covered The topic well

Nancy and John Allen   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

He spoke of the drug wars and stopping guns going across the border from USA. We fear loss of 2nd amendment rights.

Jan   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Obama is awesome. Everytime I hear Bill Bennett speak, I want to throw something at my TV.

Dan   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Are republican pundits always negetive ?

James Orehmie   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

President Obama did well tonight. He was focused, ,informative, articulate and re-assuring.

Anne Allen   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This president has accomplished more in his short tenure than his predecessors have in the last 10 years! He is getting things done, & his adversaries don't like it. Let's see their plan!! Way to go Obama!

Joan   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Yes the pundits are out of touch with the American people. All the polls show that we are pleased with a President who addresses our needs and since we are not perfect everyday we get that President Obama is not perfect but far surpasses all of us in his diligence and committment. The pundits have an easy job: Criticzing his job. Where were they when our sons were dying for missing WMDs?

Lamont Hutchinson   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Oh Boy here we go again. This is the opportunity we (the black race) have been waiting for and again the conception of the black race can't handle the pressures of the office is covertly rearing it's ugly head.

If we can with stand the waves of hatred for 400 years we can handle the pressure and bigotry of this countries polices coming from the white house. The man is facing an impossible task and then we taunt and tease all the while he struggles and meets the challenges head on.

Go to hell america!!!

Helen   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think the pundits and reporters need to get a refresher course on what "nervousness looks like". Prez Obama was cool, focus, honest and talking straight to the American people. Great Job. Compared to Bush, you get an A on knowing your subject matter and how to intelligently answer the questions.

Doc L.   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

He did well. Everyone in this country is so short-minded. The simple answer the the viewer's question you just aired on T.V. from the viewer that said she didn't hear why we have to bail out the banks is that we have to bite the bullet, look into the future more than 1 week, and realize that these banks are needed for credit to flow for LONG-TERM recovery.

Jackie   March 24th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Actually, I think that the President did a very good job tonight. I think that the most of the media outlets, including CNN, has unfairly criticized the President. He has only been in office for 63 days now, but expected to turn all of these problems around in a heartbeat. Let's stand together.

Virendra Agarwal   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It is refreshing to see a President after 8 years who can speak in complete sentences and not afraid of answering any questions. Republican machine is squirming to discredit his efforts by asking irrelevant questions as asked by 'Ed Henry' expressing anger. Instead, republican commentators commented that President was angry in answering him. Let them try asking them 'Bush' who avoided most press conferences.

Jayne Jones   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Yes, the budget involves lots of money over the "out years". I do not want my children and grandchildren to have to keep paying. My parents did not want me to have to be paying, but I am. President Obama has vision and there is a price. That is why Nancy and the rest of the naysayers predict gloom. They have no vision or desire to believe in anyone. I am just so happy to see a President that is trying to initiate change. We are so braindead from the past 8 years that we cannot give the man a chance to wake up this country. If the Republicans cannot be a part of a solution, then they are part of the problem.

Tony   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

You pundits have it all WRONG !!!! Obama came across neither tired nor nervous.

I don't think you will read this over the air but when Ed Henry asked that question, Obama certainly did answer. Ed (and maybe other CNN heads) didn't like the answer. The question actually showed more about what was on Ed's mind than Obama's. If the question was genuine, he had NO REASON to qualify it with suggesting what Andrew Cuomo did in New York. They have two different jobs and two different objectives.

Enough with the nonsense already.

Mike Grosh   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It is so pleasant to see a politician, let alone President, actually try to answer questions with honesty and detail. Some may think he is too pedantic but that often happen when real people use logic to try to solve problems rather than stumbling to remember and hit the sound bits. As for the overly critical Republicans, Ladies and Gentlemen it is time to shut up and help. Your constant by partisan imaginary outrage may well win you the majority control you so soundly misused before, but control of what? Wake up people, this is bigger than you petty career climbing. M

Carol Cerqua   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think President Obama is doing a great job-concentrating on the task at hand-the economy. All of the nit picking is an unnecessary diversion. What did you know and when? Give me a break.

bernard   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The PRESIDENT wasn't upset that reporter was with that strong answer.

Cynthia L.   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How can we possibly criticize our president for "overcommunicating" with America? Regardless of whether you agree or not with his policies, one must give him credit for setting forth the issues and for taking responsibility.

jahnjay   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

lets forget about politics and rally behind the president to get out of this economic mess

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Ask your guest what they think about pelosi's comment about the UN-AMERICAN comment she made to the illegals about the immigration officals doing their job.

ram ahluwalia   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Obama is great.....give him a chance.Ed henry loves to scratch

Feroze   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

When should stop bashing AIG so that the new investors like myself who is just starting to gain confidence in the market can make a small return based on the record low stock price. The average small time investors have not seen stocks this low.

Sharon   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you, Mr. President, for pointing out what a lot of people seem to overlook – we are not demonizing the rich – but that that it is time to level the field. $50 dollars of charitable contribution to Oxfam from a starving student like me is like sacrificing a million dollars (in comparison to someone who makes thousands of dollars way more than me who can write off buying a Porsche as business expense? These people have no reason to complain about not getting a tax cut!)

Muky   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mr. President did a very good job tonite.......I think most americans I really ignorant about what is really going on, so the more Presi. Obama comes out to make things clear the better.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET


There will NEVER be enough men and power to stop the drug cartels. The Appetite for drugs in America is too high. It is like prohibition. If we legalize it, that would put the Cartels out of business.

Sherwood M   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

First, who comes up with these questions the press asks the President? How about asking him why it is ok for 7.5 million Illegal Alien Criminals to have jobs while 12.5 million Americans are out of work?

What too do....I give the Illegal Aliens and those that support them credit for ONE THING...they know how to mobilize, are willing to do whatever it takes to organize and hold MASSIVE RALLIES...meanwhile those of us who are citizens, those of us with rights stand around like sheep waiting to be abused by government and the National Chamber of Commerce.

Where is that DRIVE, THAT DESIRE on the part of Americans, on the part of 75 Million Boomers...seriously, we the Boomers are being set up for a HUGE many listened CAREFULLY to this evenings speech?

Here is the skinny...right, wrong, or confused, OBama (and most of those that support him) have their VISION set on some tomorrow over the horizon, one that 75 Million Boomers cannot see, and will not live to see. They freely admit to get there MEANS GREAT SACRIFICE, and GETTING THERE MEANS NOT SADDLING THEM WITH OUR DEBT....can you read between the lines folks?

Obama's BIGGEST TARGET is what?

ENTITLEMENTS...Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security...he's not publicly said it yet, but do some snooping and you will find that Obama wants to push back WHEN we can collect our Social Security....64 will become 68 and the 67 of today is going to be 72! Obama feels this is a FAIR PRICE FOR BOOMERS to pay for his AMERICA OF TOMORROW where Blacks, Browns and White people (notice where white people are in this equation?)are all one big happy multinational Socialist America.

Rationing our SENIOR CARE in Obama's mind is a fair price for we Boomers to pay for his better tomorrow, his health care for all, better schools and blah, blah, blah....

Here is the problem...why should we BOOMERS give up our Golden Years for a better tomorrow? Why should we die undignified deaths, why should we be forced to eat catfood in our waning years, why should we see our health care reduced to comfort care as Obama pushes us to an early grave in the name of personal sacrifice for a GREATER CAUSE THAN OURSELVES, for HIS VISION OF THE AMREICA OF TOMORROW he wants to leave to his daughters?

Yes, I have some problems with hsi plans.

First, entitlements...WE BOOMERS HAVE ALRADY PAID FOR THEM...the fact that the government stole our money, desparately wants to escape the fact that THEY OWE US is not our problem, and we must not let OBama make it our problem. WE BOOMERS NEED TO GET REAL LOUD REAL QUICK.

I did our taxes today. IF I look at Social Security and factor in our employers matching share, we put $12,648.00 into the system this year. If we retire at 64, we will have paid into the system for 48 years....start doing some quick math, and you quicly realize that THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS NOT GIVING ME/US ANYTHING I/WE HAVE NOT ALREADY PAID FOR! Stop acting like us BOOMERS are the albatross around the necks of those under 35 who are WANTING THEIR TURN YESTERDAY, who feel they OWE US NOTHING but a kick into the coffin.

Medicaid/Medicare...PAY FORWARD...that was the original intent...we put into the system today, and the money properly invested will be there waiting for us in our Senior Years. Again today I paid my taxes....$1546 given over to Medicare/Medicaid that I have not used yet, will not use for at least another 11 years if God's willing and the creek don't rise. Like it or not, WE PAID OUR DUES.

In short, Entitlements ARE OUT OF HAND because the government has mismanaged the funds, the government has WRONGFULLY given benefits to those that do not deserve them (IE, Illegal aliens and 4.5 million anchor babies).

I know, jump up and down and scream and yell about me being a racist, but LOOK AT THE FACTS! Medicare/Medicaid was NEVER INTENDED for those people (US OR THEM), but it has been used for THOSE PEOPLE, and now that the system is on the verge of insolvency, the younger generation wants to make us BOOMERS THOSE PEOPLE, wants to paint us out as the SELFISH ORGERS standing in the way of Obama's Utopian Tomorrow.

What bothers me, is much like the Jews in Hitler's Germany we Boomers seem to be meekly accepting our fate, wrongfully believing that the government and the youth will WAKE UP TO OUR PLIGHT, will DO RIGHT BY US, will not march us off to internment camps (nursing homes) to die. Don't kid yourselves folks...look at the writing on the wall, take a GOOD LOOK AROUND and you know i AM RIGHT....IN THE NAME OF OBAMA's DREAM, in the name of a better tomorrow, in the name of giving those under 35 what they need in the way of health care, better schools, access to college, so forth and so on, WE BOOMERS WILL BE WAREHOUSED in cinder block prisons as the youth impatiently WAIT FOR US TO DIE.

dmitry   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

the presedent is doing great! We Americans need to support Mr. Obama.

Ray   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

President Obama continues to look forward and continues to impress. At this juncture commentary about the AIG bonus fiasco is no longer news. Let Congress, many of whose members were too busy posturing to read the bill, come up with a solution that will prevent further abuse.

WH   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Finally, we have a President who has an indepth knowledge of all the issues facing us both domestically and globally and can speak effectively on those issues. Congress beware, we elected him in and we can vote you out.

Felix H.   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think the president did great, we just have to be patient, let the ship turn arround slowly.

Selina   March 24th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

And now we have to go through the 'before EdHenry', 'after EdHernry' on AC360....Larry, yes, the pundits are very much out of touch with the public.

S Hammond   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I thought the president did an excellent job at this press conference. He was concise, and clear about the economy, and the direction he wants to take us. It is frustrating that the only thing I hear from the other side is the deficit's too big, and stop spending. This is empty rhetoric If we need to spend money to get this ecomomy on the right track then SPEND.

Peggy   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


I strongly disagree with Nancy when she says that the President appeared to be nervous. Nancy is not very good at reading body language. When the camera showed a shot from the back of the President it was so plain to see the President was very relaxed examine his stance especially the position of his feet. Nancy go look at the tape.

cindy   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I thought Ed Henry, was very disrespectful to the President of the United States. He portrayed the streotypical reporter , trying to be the hero reporter no matter who he steps on, this time it was our president.

Jeff   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We are fortunate to have Pres, Obama as our leader at this critical tme

Willie   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The President has been in office 60 days, and the Republicans are running AIG aids. They have offer no plan and always wait in the weeds to jump on you. The President has a plan, and it will work. People need to get on board and stop worrying about AIG, Wall Street has been stealing money for years, and they finally got caught. Now he is trying to bring the banks back, and everyone is crying foul. The need to show who AIG insures, and all the 401Ks. Republicians were carrying the bags during the Bush adminstration, now they're running for cover. Come up with a plan or shut up. AIG needs the help, and someone to over see their spending.

Chris   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

President Obama did well in taking on the questions that were asked of him; conversely, some of the weaknesses of the press conference stemmed from how the conversation was directed, not from what the President said. I also thought he did well initiating themes that will drive the next phase of his message. Persistence, directness, and diversity of views will all be important qualities of the continued American recovery.

Johnny Walker   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Its simple. Would you rather have George W. Bush tackle these problems (afterall he only had 8 years to do so) or would you rather have Barrack Obama tackle the country's problems? The answer is easy. George W. Bush did nothing, his republican congress did nothing. Now, Barrack Obama tackles the problem. As Rod Stewart sang, " The difficult I can do, the impossible will take a little while"...
End of conversation.

damon   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Well i must say some of his thoughts are ok, fix medicaid fix our health care good deal after that its lost focus on alternate means of energy. I dont know about the rest of the country but i know when the oil industry does well where im from, down south, the rest of the economy does well. Next issue on the economic speech stem cell research regardless of if its adult or embryonic on an ethical standpoint is the same ....ITS WRONG. OK next is the world monetary he kinda avoided it but in the end he said he agreed, America is a Godly country read your Bible its the beginning it will start with the money,one global currency, then it will be a global government and thats the start call me crazy but ive been called worse. The only thing wrong with todays democrats is they are two steps away from communists let the homeless stay in the streets let the people that want to work work you say youre not out of a job say that again in two months.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We have seen Real Estate bubble, Internet bubble, Financials bubble and I think the next biggest one is the media bubble. These guys are going crazy doing more harm than good.

chandra   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why don't you bring in real experts and not ex-political advisors from the other party? Larry is right. These so called "experts" are not in touch with the public.
They let Bush get away with a horrible war, a huge deficit, and made us look like fools on the world stage. They let him off the hook for 8 long years!
Get over it. We have a great President! He is smart, educated, urbane and we love him!

Jean Hayes   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We finally have a grownup in the Whitehouse. I deeply appreciate his assumption that the American People are a smart people and can handle bad news. He explains clearly, the complexity of the problems we face. And how he plans on handling the solutions to those problems!

Daniel Gant   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The President was excellent in his address. He was deliberate in his answers as he should be and displayed complete confidence. I disagree that the President displayed anger when the CNN reporter asked about the promptness of the White House response regarding the AIG bonuses. The press must understand that when the President of the United States of America speaks the world is listening to his every word. That being the case he must be cautious and deliberate in his answer and word choice. The President must not allow the press to lead him into what they would consider a good news story.

Christina   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

It makes me know that things are turning around when I see an intelligent,competent President who obviously really cares about ALL of the people in our country and making our great country even greater.

Mike Lennon   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I have owned a small business with 30 employees for 27 years. Why are the banks that are receiving government spending so slow to lend to America's backbone, small busineses, who are the most capable in stimulating the economy of every town in America?

Dana   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

President Obama answered the questions with calm assurance and intelligence. He is able to multi-task. Health care, insurance and education must be a part of the economic equation.

Bill Kennedy   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I found the comment that the President relies too much on his teleprompter quite interesting. Obviously the writer forgets that it was a press conference and the President was answering on his own. Frankly, I thought he did an excellent job responding to the questions asked. It sure shows the political bias that some people have and their desire to discredit no matter what.

Jon J. Tucci   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

60 days in office. What do you want. Miracles! C'mon folks be real.
60 days in office, you couldn't get the plumbing fixed. Geeesh!

Patti   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I totally support President Obama in his charge and spending to produce a better economy. I do hope to hear more about AIG regarding regulation. Gone should be the days of a company to big to fail.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Anybody hear about Obama feeding 2500 people with 2 big macs and a bag of doritos?

Wayne   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think tonight President Obama did great and these republican critics needs to stop with their bashing of all President Obama's policies when they have none to show for let us not forgt who go us into this mess. In temrs of the AIG thing I think it's very stupid how the media is trying to blast him because he didn't come out as swiftly as they wanted, I think that it doesn't matter how fast he came out with this scandal but it does matter that he fixed, let's all move one and get over it! I think we all voted for him because we trust in his abilities so please instead of watching his every move let him do his job, stop stalking him let him breath and get to work!

Jemeul   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The press conference was great. I learned a great deal and have a better understanding of his vision for our country. Quite frankly, I agree that we need to make investments in energy, education and our nations crumbling infrastructure. Its clear to me that he has a clear understanding that we have to prime the pump, and have fuel to get the machine running and keep it running. If thats investing in the American PEOPLE, the let it happen. He is a smart man, proud that he is our president.

Reuben from Casper Wyoming   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I'm sixteen years old and have finally become interested in politics due to President Obama. I watched this press conference and I have watched most his speeches. My mom watches him 24-7 so I guess I have no choice, but I don't mind. I have learned more in the past 2 months about this country than I had in my entire education (I'm a Junior in High School).

Anyway I definitely support President Obama!

Reuben from Casper Wyoming

Ashley Richardson   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry, what infuriates me the most about the GOP responce to anything the Obama administration is initiating is two fold. Where was their concern about spending while spending 10billion dollars a month on a unnecessary war in Iraq. Two. Where are the GOP solutions to this financial crisis?

Ken Scarrella   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

He's been in office 64 days..and has done more than The Bush Bunch did in eight years. He's the most apparent and straight forward Pres. in my 40 plus years of voting.

THe people voted for him, trust him, and appreciate his energy in tackling this mess. Give em a break! media and republicans. Look at it this way he cant do any worse than the previous administration.

I like his communication to the American people. At least he is trying to help us apposed to W's not having a clue....

John Basinger   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Many of the Congress and other politicians must not think the American public is smart enough to know that the Obama plan is
not a sure thing,but he has took action that many administrations would not tackle because they were politically fearful of the possible reprocussions during their term in office. The immediate change will be hard, but the future will be brighter[10-15years down the road].
Atleast this adminitration has started to address problems that have been around a long time that others would not put their future on the line for their fellow Americans. This plan will have to be changed and adjusted by qtr as we go down this road of righting all the wrongs. The previous administrations[many] are as responsibile for our state of affairs by ignoring the problem of living on credit and no real products produced. Between service jobs and the Government, I would estimate 80+% of American are employed and produce no product for world trade! Thank You!

Ron   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

All the people on this TV show and in the press are the ones who will have to pay higher taxes, so of course they are all uptight.

Eric Meyer   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

President Obama has only been in office for two months, all I hear is criticism, criticism, criticism. Where is the support? Give the man some room and let him work.

Victor   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

This man is the only person in the world with a plan to save America and its economy. The big tragedy for America is that Americans don't realise that they are in such a precarioussituation that they cannot – even for one minute – push back at any attempts to save themselves. If Obama does not succeeed – it will not just be a question of Next! it may well be bye bye USA – end of empire.

If America was a burning house its people would all be cinders because the one guy that is trying to find a way out for everyone is getting no help – and instead keeps being told – O that won't work or Why aren't you getting us out of here faster.

Jim Wolford   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Ed Henry...

Hey, my man!! Are you feeling the love?

You JERK!!

Keith from Texas   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think Pres. Obama was classic, again. I am an avid CNN viewer, but I personally lost a lot of respect tonight for Ed Henry. He made the comment that President appeared to get angry when he pressed him on "why He and his administration didn't get angry soon enough." As an African American, it's been clear to me for some time that the media/reporter are looking for an opportunity to say see he's just another "Angry Black Man" and be able to say, see we told you soo.

He will not give you such an opportunity!

Feroze   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We should stop bashing AIG so that the new investors like myself who is just starting to gain confidence in the market can make a small return based on the record low stock price. The average small time investors have not seen stocks this low.

nedzad   March 24th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why we American people wouldn't come along and help President
on his way to fix what previous administration did to all of us?

renee   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Ed was rude with the president, and it way no need to be he was very unprofessionl, CNN needs to coach Ed on how to be respectful...

Natasha Boozer   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

He did great! Keep up the good work!!

Dolores Burke   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Ed Henry should think twice about sensationalistic questions to the President. Is he more concerned with being noticed himself (Henry) rather than getting information? I think Henry was "out of line" but then, the President gets so many rude and stupid questions by Republicans, Henry is not worth noticing.

Rosa   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think he did an excellent job answering all the questions. I have three people at home to try and communicate with and never really feel like I'm doing a good job ... imagine having over 300M. I'm glad he's using every avenue available to him.

Pete   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The reason why AIG is 'too big to fail' is because all pensions would be thrown into flux that AIG controls. Guess who has their pensions with AIG???? The pres, the senate and congress. No chance they will let it fail for that simple fact alone.

Morgan   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

To Dodie:
I think legalizing all drugs is a temporary solution. I think instead we should follow, say, Amsterdam's set up, where "soft" drugs such as marijuana are legalized and controlled. In this fasion, people who smoke and buy pot do not have to deal with drug dealers who also sell harder drugs like heroin and cocaine so they are less prone to use these drugs. I think it would be completely idiotic to legalize ALL drugs. Instead, we need to focus on key issues such as Why do so many in Americans and Europeans have issues with substance abuse? Which substances are wrongfully considered harmful, such as marijuana, and how should they be regulated to avert the usage of harder drugs?

As long as there is a demand out there, there will be someone there to fill it. South America and Mexico are just trying to get their cut in filling that demand. If we could tune this demand down, not necessarily by legalizing every drug, but by looking at which "drugs" should be legalized and controlled, then we could not only resolve this current drug war fiasco but prevent others in the future.

hajer boukari   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

It,s not easy for pres. Obama to straight in 3 months, what pres. bush messed up in 8 years,,it,s not a magic it will take time, so we can,t blame him now for some body else mistakes...i,m proud of you obama..

Jeb Baker   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am conservative, not necessarily Republican because I find some of them hypocritical, and it fascinates me how the crowd who makes a mess and gets fired all of a sudden becomes experts on how to fix the mess. Republican strategy seems to be return to power by criticizing the Democrats at every turn. On the other hand I believe the better plan is to clean up the GOP. These include returning to conservative practices. For example, they doubled the federal debt during the last eight years. Also, they have welcomed into the party people with pro-choice leanings. That is not conservative in my opinion and is why they lost and lost big lately.

KissyJ   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Rahm is hot!!!!! That being said, I think Pres. Obama did a fine job tonight. I'm amazed how he really has his arms around ALL of our problems and multiple issues are getting attention. I hope to GOD that the People hold all of these politicians' feet to the fire to get things moving.

Paul   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Ed Henry is certainly no Dan Rather

Greg Miller   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Lets think long term & act on it now – I believe the President wants to – I believe it's time for serious people to be thinking seriously – just think where health care would be today if we listened to Senator Kennedy in the early 70's

Frank   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Obama did a great job he is doing everything he said he would do. And he is the only one who has the stones to come up with a plan for us. And the question Ed asked was not to good. I'm glad the prez answered it the way he did. lets all start to work in getting this country on it's feet.

Cheryl   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

How refreshing to have someone at the helm for a change that is actually intelligent, insightful and compassionate and checks his ego at the door. How many of us could turn our own indebtedness around overnight. Be reasonable and give him a chance and some time.

Jan   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think everyone in American ought to take a Dave Ramsey course and we wouldn't be in the shape we are in......Don't buy unless you have the cash to pay for it first.
I think our President is a very smart man also............he has it together and knows what to be done. Why can't Americans see that? And no it isn't going to take overnight..just like being didn't take overnight to get on there and it won't just fall off overnight either. It is going to take some HARD work which Americans have grown a little lazy with all of the luxurys we have.

tim   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

i see no racial issues here, just a ton of hard work and getting this nation moving forward. race is not and has not been an issue. This nation is past that.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Speaking as a Canadian, I would suggest that America is very fortunate having Barack Obama is your president. To me your president has a extraordinary ability to explain his position on the American problems and the solutions required to resolve these problems.

I agree wholeheartedly with Obama's ideas – there must be changes/solutions which meet the future – the old ways must go!

Mark   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The President was in top form tonight. After his next term, we'll elect him as Prime Minister of Canada. A true leader!

Ro   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

No one seems to have caught an important note the President made, that the politics in Washington are hard to overcome. The President is never going to accomplish his goals with all the incompetence in Congress. He needs to clean "house" (including senate) and start fresh. If the constituents are made aware of how our representatives voted, on a daily basis, we can get these dead beats out of office.
Prime example: Voting on the AIG bailout without even reading the bill. Our elected officials better step up or they are out!

Verna   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I took time to listen to entire press conference. I had to. I have been affected by this economy and quite nervous about what else is likely to happen, not to mention the AIG fiasco, tax payers dollars being squandered in the wrong direction.

But the president was absolutely, resassuring. He gave pointed, detailed answers to explain the steps he's taking to restore the economy. Bubble and bust is not acceptable– he's trying to fix our financial system.

I am convinced he has a plan that will work.. As he puts it , it will take time.. He's not a speed boat but an oceanliner. Yes, for now I am willing to take my cruise to see a better America in an oceanliner.

Kudos to #44. He's doing a great job!!

Fred Buhl   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

President Obama inspires confidence. He is intelligent, thoughtful, serious, and , more importantly, sincere. It's clear that he cares people in the Unites States and abroad. He has done more in the first 60 days than many Presidents have done in several years–I think he deserves our support and passage of his 1st budget!

nora   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

working together.... seems to be a lost art in this country.....

vondell mccoy   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

We LOVE the way The President speaks. We also understand some of his mannerisms. We believe The President did an awsome job tonight. We believe that even when he snapped at that reporter, it was necessary for him to do so, and as a result, the reporters eased off. Even I understood him on that point when he first spoke to it. I admit I lost confidence in him after the bonuses, I wanted to"break up" with him. He makes us understand and grow interest in the ways of the world by the way he speaks. I am from the streets, undereducated and unemployed, as are some of my friends and acquaintances. These are the people I am referring to when I say "we". To most of you who will read this post, if it is even posted, Homelessness is a concept. It's something you've never dealt with firsthand. I believe The President has. We consider him as "real". The only low point in most of our opinions was when the lady asked about race. I am proud of the way he answered her, but I would have enjoyed hearing his views, ideas, and new upcomming policies regarding race. I am proud to see him putting the biggest issues first. Race is not as important today as it was 40 years ago, although it is still an issue. It is good to see that we are not the only ones with this question in our minds; it means we are not selfish people. We can wait. we enjoy seeing President Obama and his administration do what they are doing. Everyone should know that we built it, and we will repair it.

Ronza   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

It's amazing how CNN try to make a hero out of it's own. Obama blew Ed out of the water. Direct and to the point.

christine - thousand oaks california   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think Obama handled Ed Henry's question very well. And I want to hear from the president regularly. He needs to communicate with the American people and he is doing it well and often.

lisa from tn   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Bill, you are a fake and phony. My son is an officer in the Navy and he is taught not to express an opinion of his Commander in Chief. What kind of officer are you, fool

Hellen from canada.   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

your president is a president you can be proud of . He did great tonight. If we had to do his job right now we would be a little bit tired to. give him a little patience andhave hope you will be okay in the future.

Carol   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am tired of the "pundits" saying that President Obama became angry when asked by Ed Henry about AIG. Stop attempting to make something out of nothing. The President did not look angry or nervous. He looked tired and serious. He has been working diligently and should be given credit for doing such. Please find another way to discredit him...That argument is NOT working. The American people are smart enough to see through the divisiveness of the pundits and it's not working... Nancy needs to get a life.

Nancy   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think the president did just fine. He was engaging and very well informed. I disagree with Bennett and Pfotenhauer that he looked tired and just wanted to be out of there. He has a way of thinking through his answers so much so, that his speech follows his train of thought and slows down to match. Now think about Letterman's "teleprompter or no teleprompter" (particularly the "no teleprompter segment") commentary and you will understand the need to think before you speak. He came on strong and he ended even stronger. I came away with a much better understanding of why AIG is such a troublesome issue and an understanding too of the complex and tenuous nature of a budget.

jo   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think what is becoming VERY obvious is that the media has nothing concrete to contribute. Questions are the run of the mill stuff that you would hear from "Joe the Plumber".
AIG is a big piece but it's not the only piece that we need to understand and deal with. What was done after Enron to protect people and ensure that it doesn't happen again. There have been many disasters over the years.
I applaud Obama's efforts to get it right. Is he doing too much – how can he not do what needs to be done. People don't have medical covereage, and as an ex couselor in high school, I know first hand that our kids are behind. There are some things that just can't be delayed another month or election cycle. That's why I voted for him.
I live in this world and applaud his honesty. To Ed Henry and Chuck Todd, they both need something to write in the morning. Please ask Republicans what one idea have they come up with – just one and continue to ask them but I haven't read or heard one thought from any of them. Lot of criticism, but nothing beneficial to people; but I guess they're waiting for Rush to tell them what they should do.

DonnA   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I thought the President did an excellent Job tonight getting his points across. I think that those who thought that he was angery. Maybe he finds it difficult to put up with stupid questions and harping on unimportant topics.

Sirocus Barnes   March 24th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

He wants to know what he talking about first..THUMBS UP!

John   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Is anyone scared to death that our government does not care what it does to the next generation? I'm part of that and I'm terrified. With the huge deficits and continued spending it is leaving our generation with little help. How are we going to pay for all of this? How can we ignore the issue of marijuana when so many Americans support the legalization of it? It could even help pull us out of this economic crisis and put a "crackdown" on the Mexican Drug Cartels.

Amit Aggarwal   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I think the President did a fine job. He didn't have to do this press conference but he is acting like a true leader where he wants to keep the American public abreast of his thoughts and views in this tough time. His role as a President is to lead the country and the American people and he is doing just that. If he had the magic bullet, he would have done it. He is a human being who gets the information from his staff and news and makes the best decision based on that. To say that he doesn't know whether his plan will work is like asking – he doesn't know what the future is going to be. Nobody knows that but the main thing is that you try to do the best based on the advice of the smartest people and your will achieve close to the goal.

Pam Roach   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

President Obama did fine tonight. Glad to finally see the Press challenge him on the AIG issue. Overall he seemed to have a command over the economic issues and wanted to send a message of hope during this recession. I have only one complaint: the timing in his speech seemed a bit off and was a little distracting. I heard that he has a new teleprompter?

Andy Curet   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Our current economy situation is not an easy one to understand, much to solve quickly. The President answered as clearly as he could. He felt sincere and demonstrated intelligence and common sense. This is hope.

William Greenwell   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am 72 yrs old and I am so sick and tired of you news and political pundits slice and dice everything that Pres. Obama does. The man inherited a crockpot full of you know what and you people expect him to turn it into a flower pot full of roses in 3 months Shut up ,cover news, cut him some slack and let him do the job he was elected to do.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

@ Drewk

I have read some reasons and ((( fears ))) but I still have a hard time with why we can not divide it up into its components..

WANDA   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I really think that President Obama spoke straight and to the point. We as America people should not down him for trying to fix a mess that we faced before he came into office. Rome was not build in a day nor was this world created in a day, so lets pray for President Obama and the other leaders of this nation that God will give them the leadership role to help the America people.

talha   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I think we do need more people like ed henry....that's what makes america great

Jeff   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Pres. Obama is totally in touch with the economic reality that we ordinary Americans are living; his knowledge is in-depth, and he has the guts to try to address the tough politically difficult long term problems our country has faced but done nothing about for years – healthcare, energy, education, even defense procurement problems. Yes – this is the President we need at this difficult time.

djmall218   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Contrary to popular belief, Pres. Obama is not Jurel from Krypton nor is he the Messiah. He is a man who eats, sleeps and breaths just like the rest of us. LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM GOVERN. "Don't bring me any more problems, bring me some solutions" would be my answer to the press and the nay-sayers. This is why WE THE PEOPLE elected him as our leader. Great job Mr. President!!

Audrey Jones   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


I am an educated African American female in my sixties. I think the president did quite well. I am a bit tired of people expecting this president to solve a problem(s) in a few days that took years to create.

I think the media should ask the tough questions but respect the answers, give the man a chance, and judge him on his merits when the time comes. He does not have a crystal ball. If he did, I am sure he would not be president of the United States today. It appears that he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Ex. He was asked the question about why he did not come out sooner to express his opinion on AIG; I thought his response was great, but I guarantee you if he had come out the same day with a thoughtless response, the media would have eaten him alive.

Also, I cannot understand why race has to always come up; he had a white mother that carried him in her womb for 9 months for God's sake! When is America going to get it? The people care about their families and their lives; they pretty much could care less right now if he were purple. In these tough times, anyone who cares about his color or race is not really hurting very much. If I needed a heart transplant, I would not care what color the person was that donated the heart and neither would anyone else. I apologize for the length, but I am glued to your show every night, and I have never taken the time to write anything.

I thank God for an educated, articulate PRESIDENT that is concerned about someone besides himself!

Brian   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

While I may not agree with everything that Obama has in the budget, I voted for him because I believe in his ability to lead this country not just preside over it. I started watching Obama tonight with the idea that we needed to scale back the spending because we should not increase the deficit. For me, Obama did exactly what needed to be done. He articulated the long term importance of a significant investment in healthcare and education. All in all, I now support the Obama budget. Im not listening to the political correspondents trying to pick apart influxes in the delivery of a sentence. Im focusing on how Im going to find a job and have health insurance.

yetty   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Stop this madness every party spends more than they could afford,Republican like spending money on War,War,War,while President Obama spends money on everyday issue that concerns every American.I love him and I will always be proud of him.well,I dont know about you.

Dave Mora   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

With all of the talk about the health care crisis in this country today, answer this question for me.

How much do State and Federal Emploees pay for their Health Care?
How much do Corporate Executives pay for the Health Care?

I have asked this question before and have been told that Health Care benefits are part of their negotiated compensation.

I have been employed by my current employer for 37 years and the first 29 years my Health Care benefits were part of my compensation and I paid nothing for them.

I now pay $500.00 a month for Health Care insurance for my wife and myself.

I am tired of paying for the Health Care benefits for the State and Federal Employees and for the Medicare and Medicaid Insurance for the Healthy LAZY third generation people who have never worked a day in their life.

How much could the Health Care be helped if we ALL paid for a portion of our Health Care?


Kristie   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I watch CNN just to hear Paul! I love you Paul you rock! I mean I love you as a great commentator.

Dick (Bowie)   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Less important than how he handled the press conference is how is handling the presidency, which I think is very well. For those who want to attack everything he does my question is, what alternative do you offer. Do they really believe that we should have let the economy collapse? Do they really believe that reducing taxes even more will solve the economic problems we face. I, for one, don't and am pleased to see positive action and positive plans to address the economic, social, educational, and environmental issues we all face.

David   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

He did excellent! Better than Bush and Cheney. He is genuine, honest and unlike the republican ideologues, he wants to help America. As far as AIG, where were the same people, like Bennett and your guest Nancy, when Bush and Cheney were taking our country to the cliff, economically and politically? Did they ever criticized the corruption, the arrogance and the damage bush-Cheney were causing to our country? With those ethics how they dare to criticize President Obama's trying to handle a mess he inherited? They are a bunch of hypocrites. GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA A CHANCE, HE IS ONLY IN OFFICE 2 months; after all you gave Bush-Cheney an 8 year break, please!

Non-American Observer   March 24th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


His plans may not be perfect, his rhetoric may have some flaws and his demeanor may be offensive to some. But, no one can disagree with the fact that this president i trying his best to do what is in the best interest of Americans.

God Bless Barack Obama

rita sachs   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I think the President was very effective and I applaud him for his willingness to meet with the Press.
I urge Congress to support the budget. I am eager to make progress on all of the stated goals and ready to support a committment to change.
We must get past the blame game and get on with improving life for everyone in America.
I am tired of NEGATIVE blather....I want cooperative action.

Kyle   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Pres. Obama is a good reader, not a good speaker. Finally, the media ended their love affair with him and asked the tough questions. He seemed like a deer in headlights, and quite frankly downright angry at times. He really needs to get his facts straight before he goes public with them. PS: Pres. Obama quit using the teleprompter it is becoming a crutch for you.

Charles   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Amazing...Republicans say boring...CNN says he was tired...The exact same thing I have said about both of them for the last eight years.

Chris g.   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Obama was emotionally disconnected and arrogant.

Corinne   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Is Obama still running for President??? This press conference sounded like he is still running for President....The questions seemed staged and he never really answered the ??? put before him..there is no change...same old statis quo...what a shame

Tom   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Ed Henry was the one who came off bad. First, he tries to ram about 3 questions in his initial one, one of which had nothing to do with the first 2. C'mon Ed, this press conference wasn't a CNN exclusive. I just hope that nobody stepped on 6" inch Ed at the end of the news conference because Obama cut him down to size. Amazing how the press likes to act like Obama got angry when it was Ed Henry who was visibly upset just asking his several questions. Keep that spin going, CNN!

amira   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

ed henry is always so foward do u tink ur larry king or oprah

Ted   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This structured plan has goals and vision. Which is better than not. How the money is spent is still to be determined to fix the economy. The idea that were not in a speed boat in order to fix this is good common scense.

Col. Michael McDowell, USA   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I am supportive of the President and his agenda, but am dismayed at the political posturing being done in Congress to keep things from happening. An amendment to enact term limits must be introduced to remove these career politicians from thwarting progress and in being pawns to special interests who own and control their votes.

Karen   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I think it is ludicrous that the media and the right wing 'talking heads' feel that Obama can correct all that ails the economy in just 60 days. It took Bush and the Republican party 8 years of mismanagement to bring us to the brink of depresssion in the first place. What we need now more than anything is consumer confidence which is being undermined every day around the clock on the news outlets.

Renee   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

ED HENRY should give up his journalistic career. He is very condescending and DISPRESPECTFUL to President Obama. I didn't see him act like that with Bush. What's his PROBLEM?

I don't think President Obama should give ED HENRY the courtesy of asking a question since his questions are always idiotic. Same with Robert Gibbs....QUIT CALLING ON ED HENRY!!!

Tracey   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Charities WILL suffer because of this. Why not cut most of the pork and allow Americans to continue contributing and deducting? It's hard enough in today's economy to give, the charities will really feel the pull back from the middle class givers who no longer will be able to help.

Ken   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

If bonuses were stopped the execs would have sued.

Johnny B   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

when will people unite after all we are all connected to each other

Peter Pirzadeh   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Why do I have the feeling that the president wants to say things he thinks the American public like to hear? One gets tirred of hearing the same professorial stuff over and over again. What seems very stange to me is that he wants to add to an already huge deficit and then cut it in half. It sounds like the retailer who jacks up the price tag hours before they claim they're going to have a 48 hour 75% reduction sale. The blogers and the political pundits keep saying that the American public is not stupid. Well.... I add my voice to that as well. I feel the prresident, though well intentioned in his decisions, is still seeking the approval of the American people even though he has already been elected.

Thomas   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

America is broken – this is an opportunity to rebuild it from the ground up. Obama has the courage to take on this challenge – resistance to change is illustrated to the utmost, (big execs, AIG, etc.) It has taken a near total collapse for a GM to accept the fact that business has to be done differently... As with America, is has taken a large majority to feel the pain before we decided to demand change –


Ron Joyner   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Ads pay Larry King and his show. No ads, No Larry king Show.

Lauren   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

As always President Obama did an outstanding job. It is refreshing to have an intelligent President. I think it's funny though the odd things the pundits bring up to complain about. The republicans created such a mess and we are beginning to see a turn-around. It is so quick. The Right should be happy that the President is saving their butts.

John from Houston   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

How refreshing to hear discussion about what our current President has just said versus the last four years of having a late night comedian ask, "What did our President just say?".

Alene Wright   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

The President answered most of the questions I wanted. Some of the media set up questions that will cause those against the President to have something else to grip about. However, we must look at the past 8 years and get to the bottom of our problems and look to this new administration to help fix them. President Obama has a plan. What does the Republician party have that is better. If they have a plan that is better they should come out with it or get behind this president and try to do something for our country for a change, not the same old stuff that got us in the mess we are in now.

Glenda   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Why did the President ask only certian reporters for their questions? No one from the following was allowed to ask questions: Time, Wall Street Journal &Newsweek.

I did not understand the Presidents answer to the question about China and their unacceptance of American dollars.. I hard the breaking news on Fox this afternoon around 3:oo p.m. that China is calling for a single currency. Would this be the New Economic System that is to be discussed next week when the G20 nations meet next week? Should this be referred to as The New World Order–The New one Money System. Glenn Beck's program this afternoon at 5 p.m. brought a lot of information about what is about to happen.

Thank You,

Glenda Parrott

Yvonne   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

President Obama did an excellent job!!!! His responses were very clear. He did not seen nervous but was very much in conrol.
Those that are against him don't want to see him or his plan to succeed, anyway.

During my future foreign traveling, I will now feel like a proud Amriercan and will no way feel embarassed. I know I will probably never meet him in person as President, doing my life time. Seeing and listening to him, via television and radio, I feel I have met him. He definely have made a connection with the American people. I am looking forward to him being our President for the next eight years!!!!!!

Jay   March 24th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Mess that was created over the years can't be fixed quick and easy. President is on the right track.

harold in elpaso   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

It's hard to say how the President did tonight only time will tell. Larry,
let me tell you what i know. I have a lovely family of five which i have
supported for the last ten years and now things have gone for the
worst, you see Larry i'm a unemployed contractor who's been in
the middle east for last 4 years only to come home and find out
that i am a 34 year old diabetic and that i can't find a job. Who's
going to pay my bills next month. I don't qualify for unemployment
because my former company didn't pay in to it , so tell me larry
wheres my bail out?

Don B. from Houston   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

What I like about President Obama is he is into action. And he is open about the action he is taking and advocating. What a refreshing change from the last administration who only told lies and did what the christian right and the fat cat republicans wanted.

I am an independent but I voted for Obama....I was actually hoping Rushie baby would be driven back to the "pills"!

Dianne: Paducah   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Money is green, Obama doesnot have time to deal with the race issue
Thats what i got from his answer

Jan   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Amy: if you can't say anything nice......don't say anything at all.

Sam   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Anyone who doesn't now know why AIG must be rescued must crawl out from under that rock!

Tom   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Still waiting for the GOP alternative on the budget and the problems facing this country! I'm not holding my breath!

Roger   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I think President Obama touched on something I’ve been concerned about since he took office. Every time he puts forth a proposal for recovery his Republican critics say they have a better plan but, don’t produce anything except topics. When any person contacts the Republicans to get definitions to the topics of their better plans you don’t receive any. I do feel President Obama gave an explanation of why Republican critics only give topics and no further information, they don’t have any! Republican better plans are to just say NO! President Obama’s answer to the CNN reporter, “ I like to know what I’m talking about.” Isn’t that a better answer then the reporter would have received from President George W. Bush?

Vicki from NJ   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Regarding President Obama's response on Mexico/Drug Cartels, etc. about reducing guns...hello! I'd like to remind him and anyone else, guns don't shoot guns, people do!

Also, I'd like to know how much he and Dodd received in the way of contributions from AIG. It must have been a good amount since they made sure the bonuses stayed in the recovery package that, he the President, signed. And, I'd like to comment that I think it's funny how the politicians call money they receive, contributions, but when top executives of financial businesses get it, it's called bonuses.

The post office which works for the government just laid off thousands of folks while the top execs get triple-digit please stop the greed and stop lying to us! The greed is widespread and all those that can get it, do, while us chumps out here working or laid-off keep paying for it. Why is that?

GBY   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

My nefus will be paying for all this stuff Obama's doing.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Good evening,

The president is loosing ground fast!

NO! The issues are easy! The solutions are easy! It is the lack of trust, corporate interest and the politics that are complicated!

i.e. America has systems in place for companies that fail (yours and mine) then, why and who decides to bail out AIG/auto industry/airlines etc. etc. etc. I know I didn’t. In fact I don’t even know anyone who said yah, let’s give all those rich, greedy, unsuccessful business men our hard earned money to screw it up again! Who’s the next big bailout?

What happened to government by the people for the people. . . Who does the government really represent?



tanrah43   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

President Obama did a great job... When will the Republicans take any responsibilites for this mess. We spent over $2 Billions a month for 8 yrs. in a war that caused this economy castrophe. We need to retrieve the $79 Billions in Iraq banks. Republicans continue to blame the Democratic Congress. We the American People know whose to blame and it's not President Obama. Republicans continue to throw rocks and hide hands.

Tina B   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


Like FDR fire side chats, our President is communicating with America.

Bruno   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Finally, an articulate, intelligent, passionate, well guided, ambitious President, still can't believe it!

damon   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I swich subjects fast too.

Marigan   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I have more faith than ever in our President. The GOP should not judge 60 days against 8 years.

David Fineberg   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I was very suprised by the question by Ann Compton of ABC news. Why did she have to bring that up after his being in office for almost 2 months. Bad idea for her. And the CNN reporter asking why he and Tim G.(Treasury Secretary) took so long to come out about the AIG bonuses. I liked President Obama's answer to that question, I needed to get all of the facts before commenting.

John   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

How about Obama saving the tax payers millions of dollars? Next time he wants to avoid the "heat" in D.C. he's not running out of town on Air Force One, he will just spread his wings and fly out of town.

bb   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Shoot straight with the people of the United States, Obama. No one yet has taken the time to present a solid argument to explain why a large "systemically" connected corporation like AIG can't be allowed to fail. The only explanations are that the systemic risk would be too great. I doubt it.
Let AIG fail and see what happens. Obama, Pelosi, and Mullaly would all still be filthy rich, with not one of them actually having earned income the way a real patriot has. Schools would stay open, lawyers would still rape their clients poor. The world would continue. Ben and Timothy would be fired. IMPEACH OBAMA and vote a true intelligent person into office who did not ride the coattails of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. This election was soley about RACE and everyone knows it!

Jon J. Tucci   March 24th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Calling out all "Republicans"...Where's YOUR plan. Bring it out.
Do you have a PLAN...don't say "Tax Cuts"...stale....bring it out...
tells us YOUR plan....c'mon

Peter Gummer   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hi Larry
To fix the economy, we have to be makers and sellers of widgets, not buyers. Education is a major cost center. So are medicare and alternate energy. But what widgets are going to be BUILT IN THE USA, and sold to others ... at a profit!

Good work Larry.

nuha   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

It so frustrating to see critics always criticizing everything. The same people who are worried about preventing the ocean linear from sinking before it turns are the same people who object to bailouts that are very essential to keeping the vessel afloat. So please stop criticizing and get on board to recovery. We will all benefit. Incase there is no recovery the worst that can happen is we will be in the same place we are today.

sammy abdullahi   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

president brack obama did a great speech answer the question we expected from the president about the economy about health care but wegot give him sometime it takes time tosolve this problem we have right now!

sammy abdullahi   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

president brack obama did a great speech answer the question we expected from the president about the economy about health care but wegot give him sometime it takes time tosolve this problem we have right now!

Ted   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Which press conference did these pundits watch? I thought that the president did an excellent job! Its the commentators that are out of touch with the American people not the president.

talha   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

It's people like him(Ed) who keep everyone on their toes.
No doubt it's a little unjust to be so tenacious in judging such a fresh administration when they are still dealing with the mess which started long time ago.

Sherri   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Have any of you got a better idea? Please have someone come up the right fix for the economy so we can let the President have something to compare his budget to. Until that happens, he has my full support. No one wants to trade places or take this mess on for themselves. We need a miracle to fix this. Obama is just a man not a god. All those who got us here need to give back their ill gotten gains and do what is right.

Delores   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think that the President did great, I would hate to be under the microscope of people who get to sit back,look and criticize. A part of me would like for him to let the chips fall and see what they all say then.
If you do nothing which is what has been done for the last eight years, you lose, if you try to save our great country, as we struggle through these uncharted waters, it's never good enough. The bailouts are necessary, nobody like them. I have yet to hear anyone with a better idea. We elected him to be aggressive, bold and taking us in a new direction. Economy, International Policy,Education, Energy

Robert   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Maybe its just me, but I am glad we have Barack Obama as president to deal with these problems we have before us today. Since taking office he has been the same man I voted for in the election. He is still having town hall meetings, he is holding press conferences regularly and he is trying to relate to the american people in a way I have not seen in my lifetime and I lived through the Reagan presidency. In just 60 days we have seen him many times in these types of settings and also in just 60 days he has passed laws consistent with his promises, without dropping the ball on the economy. To me he seems like a working man who happens to be the president. Whats unbelievable is how he remains unflappable in the face of criticism and adversity, those who did not vote for him have not waned in their criticisms and he has not ask them to.

matt   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

What about the tent cities that are poping up. How long till we save them and to keep more from coming?

Banker   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

About AIG bonus: How do you expect the president to respond to a wrong logic?

Let’s imagine a situation that CNN is near bankrupt tomorrow and receives bailout money to remain afloat. However Larry King is the only program which is still making money. Will Larry king get his bonus from CNN? If not, will Larry king stay with CNN? If he leaves CNN because he is denied the bonus, what happens to CNN as an organization?

In the case of AIG, if they have given bonus to people who have not performed, it is the problem of the AIG board. Nobody expects government to run a private organization. To summarize, to blame either Obama or Geitnher on this issue is plain wrong. It is the AIG board, which is to be blamed.

Jose L   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think we need term limits on congress and senate, Thank God we already have them on Presidents. The power struggle by all politicians including the president have caused great harm to the well being of the American people. It's time to get back to basics, smaller government, more freedom and liberty for all.

Holly Bodman   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Wait a minute! Aren't our trillions of dollars a tremendous sacrifice? Yet we were not asked nor credited by Obama for this sacrifice!

Obama is impressively facile in his appearances, but I'm becoming disenchanted with him and his economic team, not to mention Congress.

Steve   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How refreshing to have a President who is articulate. smart and an obvious leader and who can answer very difficult questions so effectively. Why is it that he is more scutinized than his predecessor who has limitied ability in the English language, and who for eight years spoke only to the choir (invitation only) and I'm sure had hand-picked reporters to call on with softball questions.

Anyone who believes Bush was their hero ought to have their head examined. I can't believe it.

Dennis, St. Paul, MN   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

What a SNOOZER!! Too bad we are forced to watch him on every channel! I feel like we must live under Hugo C. Forced to LISTEN!

mike   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I thought obama did well tonight. This president has only been in office for 60 days. lets go back and look at the tapes from when Bush was first elected was the pressure this great. and Obama has a lot more to deal with than Bush. Remember the world is watching and we have the tapes.....

Niecy   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

President Obama is doing a great job in my opinion. He shows compassion about what matters to the American people.
Pundits and the news media–now that's another story. Can you find anything positive to say? Must you attack innocent sentances and make more out of them than necessary? Do you really think the American people think like you do? Most media and pundits have no idea what the American people think. They report how they want us to think. And that is usually wrong. They try to shape our thinking with negativity. Anyone knows that it takes time to make positive changes. The panel, for the most part, was a joke. It's a good thing we can think for ourselves.

Gloria Zieour   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I thought the President was right on target with what the American people want to hear. The press seems out of touch with US. Ed Henry: There is a lesson you should learn from the President's response to you–Get the facts first, before you jump in with your reaction. John King: Loved your comglomeration of words–why didn't you do that with Bush–would there have been so many or would they have even been in the dictionary. Those of you who think the Pres is too visible or involved in too many things at once: What a relief and reassurance he is to US. We are in a huge mess and he is out there doing what needs to be done. He has the energy, BRAINS and a very good staff that enables him to do so.

Esther Webb   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I thought he was intelligent and articulate and very persuasive. I particularly was impressed by his telling the CNN reporter that he likes to know what he's talking about before he speaks on an issue.

I liked his analogy of our country's huge predicament to an ocean liner (not a speedboat). It takes time to turn it slowly in the right direction.


rick   March 24th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I thought he did a good opening, but were was the new york paper,USA and many more. Why didnt they get called on.

Denny   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Obama needs to stop campaigning and start governing. The election is over and it's time for substance and reality.

Scott   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Once again the leader of the free world panders to the lowest common demoninator with promises to take care of them since they obviously cannot take care of themselves, let alone the babies they mass produce to fatten their welfare checks. A pitiful commentary on our once great country.

Matthew, Houston, TX   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The part where President Obama addressed the 10 year projections against this budget was an important part for him to say. I interpreted him to say that the next budget will look at this budget – what worked and what did not. They would then tweak the priorities as required which would make this years 10 year projection based on this budget moot.

It should be noted that NO CBO 10 year economic forecast has been correct, as has no other 10 year projection. It's fair to look out 3 – 5 years but beyond that is foolish.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

@ Morgan

England legalized Heroin and had a drop of 95% in robbery, theft, etc. They have everyone register as Heroin addicts and then are administered it at specific government operated clinics. We do that in California but NOT with Heroin... We do it with Methadone which is MUCH worse than Heroin. Here if you identify yourself as a Heroin addict, you can receive methadone... and the State of California will even pay for it...

cindy   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I thought Ed Henry was very disrespectful to the President Of the United States

Erines   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

This question about race really took me by surprise, as well as the president of the United states. Can anybody in CNN give me the purpose for that puzzling question?

Barbara   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

What's up with CNN? That so called panel were in contortions trying to cover for Ed Henry being slapped down.

Mark L   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think the president did a great job, He has the country's best intrest
at heart. We need to let him do his job. Remember, it has only been
60 days!

Bob   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Everybody laughed when The President shot back at Ed Henry. Still CNN is trying back this idiot.

Sanjeev Mishra   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Question to one of the Commentators John: If you are watching FOX why are you blogging on CNN. This is place for folks who watch real news and not right wing propoganda machine. CNN is not the place for you.

Shirley Thomason   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The president said that in looking over the AIG stimulus package they realized that to make the CEO's give back the bonus' would be unconstitutional. Did they know they would be so outrageously high? I don't know. Probabley not and he was just as outraged as everyone was. Maybe a small mistake but he has said he would make mistakes. Nancy, get over it.

Michele   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Obama is doing great considering the wreck he had to contend with post Bush.

Tim Miller   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

He was boring, totally unresponsive to specific questions, very hard to listen to. He is not smart, just phony.
But 52% of the voting public could not care less. Most had no idea what he said, did not understand anything he said, if they did have an idea they said yea, right on, if they didn't they said yea, right on. In unison they said "we love you Obama".
He may lose a percent or so when they go to buy their next carton of cigaretts and find he raised the price 40%.
We are done.

Lauren   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

After 8 years of overspending. Republicans, please tell me where you get off complaining about spending? I was complaining for 8 years about spending and I never heard a right winger say a word; in fact they said it wasn't any big deal. At least President Obama is fixing things with spending instead of bringing America to its knees.

Cammy   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

"...because I like to know what I'm talking about BEFORE I open my mouth"...unlike Ed Henry and many pundits!

Mandy   March 24th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The Prez was awesome and he showed how smart and suave he is. And please, I wish the media would stop trying to tear the Prez down. But. he's going forward for the people and with the people support.

joe   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

give obama a chance to do his job

Al   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The President is setting a new standard for the leaders of our lands. When was the last time the government talked to us and not about us. The last time our government talked at us was when they wanted our vote. I like that the President is talking to us and allowing us to talk back to him. Notice to all government leaders, we will not go back to the old ways, I promise you. I hope I see my local government at our next Home owners meeting. Or they may want to start looking for a new job.

LaRaine   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am so glad the president mentioned education as a high priority in his budget. We definitely need more education in government policies, roles of Congress and the president, and economics from the sound of the people responding to this blog tonight. The blame for ALL problems in this country rests with Congress. They make the decisions, insert the pork into all the budgets, and stimulus plans. They made the decision to go to war and then cried they were misled! Isnt it their JOB to make sure what they are doing is what is best for the country? Bush did not create this mess. You need to learn your history and look back to Clinton and his policies that were put into place. Yes, Bush should have turned them around instead of listening to Congress and we wouldnt be in this mess. Also, Obama and, obviously CNN viewers, need to educate themselves in foreign affairs and truly understand what the Muslim world intends to do! They are not an idle threat to our way of life – they are a very serious threat and trying to hold hands with Iran and make nice only makes him (and the country) look very childlike! It is hard for the rest of the world to take us seriously when our president wants to be friends with a country that says the HOlocaust never happened! National security should be a priority and the defense budget should not be forced to go to the sale bin! Yes, put money in education so people will be made aware of the real issues facing this country, stop a president from hiring and appointing people that dont pay their taxes, stop Nancy Pelosi and her windfall tax on retirement plans and her praise of illegal immigrants (aliens) that are draining her state's welfare and health care systems! Where is the sacrifice of Congress and why isnt this president saying anything about that?

Ria   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

President Obama is doing an excellent job! Ed Henry was obviously offended with the response from the President.

President Obama is attacking these very difficult challenges facing the country and attempting to explain these difficult issues to the broad American public in simple terms. Brilliant to engage "the people".

He remains in my mind a president who is aiming for greatness by engaging the public in a way that reminds of true democracy and that is a government by the people, of the people and for the people. Go President Obama, you continue to make us proud.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Nancy Pffftt....this woman has no credibility. She advised McCain for God sakes...get her off the air. Good job talking..bad job on the ecomony....compared to what???? The previous Administration? Why are we having to listen to this hack?

R.L. Morrison   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Ed Henry was wasting time with his follow-up question. President Obama was not upset. He answered the question!

Carmen   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I have three thoughts

I think it's too easy for this country to get distracted by the AIG bonus flap, its not the real problem and although its easy to sensationalize, we should move on. Ed Henry's question came off as too strident

It was obvious he was going to drive home his four budget points on energy, health care, education, and debt reduction. Nothing wrong with having a theme, Congress and the American people will take cues from it.

This president is very much a realist. Some think he sidesteps when he doesn't answer questions in black and white or throw 100% of his weight on a specific proposal. I think it shows a necessary trait – flexibility and pragmatism. Congress and the oppostion will influence the budget and alter the specifics – a good president knows this upfront and is willing to hear alternatives and adjust his approach. I find this the most refreshing thing about Obama – I don't agree with everything he's done, but I can tell he's trying and I can appreciate his approach

Dianne   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

You Americans better get your act together! Both Democrats & Republicans! The G-20 is coming up in April and y'all better google BRIC – Brazil-Russia-India-China and global currency. China owns 50% of your accumulated DEBT. Y'all have been living in a BUBBLE. China can call in the DEBT.

The WARS ya'll been fightin' aren't "boots on the ground", it's been an ECONOMIC WAR. Get smart real fast!

America is fast becoming a joke around the world, and that happened under the BUSH Administration.

The World is willing to give President Obama a chance, but if he's seen as obstructed by the Republican party, the grace period will end abruptly and other forces in the world will seek dominance both in currency & military power.

Get with the program.

ANGELA CAMPBELL   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET


Smith-Harrison   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

President Obama was not nervous or tired at all doing the questioning from the press tonight.

Was CNN's panel watching the same channel?


Miss D   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

After 8 years of George Bush and Cronies, Inc.,lack of oversight and deregulation of Wall Street, a wasteful S.E.C. a fake war leading to more than a trillion dollars in deficits, and the dumb and dumber attitude of America, I feel confident that if Obama is given some time, he is the right man for the job- the only man! He is honest and has the pulse of America; He really wants to restore America to the Land of Opportunity for Everybody. I trust him. That doesn't mean he will get everything right, but he is smart and certainly fairer than any politician I can name, So I say, Yes, we can-Give Obama some time and things will get better. The Republicans need to stop trashing him; they have done no better, actually a lot worse. So Republicans, Shut up and get with the program. If everyone benefits a little, we ALL BENEFIT A LOT!!!!

gwen   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a 50 year old black woman it is so refreshing to finally see a president in my lifetime to speak with the press and not back away from difficult topics with corny one line jokes. The President exhibits such eloquent intelligence on a myriad of issues it is quite calming to the mind, body and soul. I believe it is the press who lives in a bubble not just Washingtonians. Yes we were outraged about the bonuses, however, we understand what the bigger issues are and are willing to give the President much more time to put our economy back where it belongs. So, while the media thinks they have a big story or something to knock the President down a peg, we, the public, are patient. After all we didn't get here overnight and we're not getting out that way either.

tim   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

These areas are essential like Health Care and Education. They need help! But who needs help is the business owners in getting their people back to work. Plants opening back up and getting the unemployment down. The lets focus on health care and education. let's get back to work.

Bob Klein   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

NO, He didn't answer the maine question that is on my mind. How are we going to deal with AIG??
I was a Federal Food Inspector for 25 years, and In the USDA there are different departments responsible for different oversite.
My question to Mr. Obams would be, Why are we looking at AIG as a CONGLORMATE?? If you look deeper, you would see that AIG is a company built with it's integrety in several areas. Some are profitable, some are problemed, some are failed.
Would it e possible to focus on AIG in a way where the departments that arew doing a ood job and are profitable can remain untouched, the problemed departments could be helped, and the failed departments would be cut out like a product on a shelf that does not sell??
Why do we have to look at AIG as a WHOLE, Couldn't we seperate it out and deal with the problem areas seperatly??
Thanks for your consideration.
Bob Klein

Richard   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Pres.Obama doinga difficlt job very well – ed Henry throw a spit ball and his CNN classmates get excited – what we've come to expect from the pundits

Doris   March 24th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think President Obama did very well! My goodness you expect him to come up with a solid solution in 64 days! Give me a break! Americans want everything yesterday that is part of our problem! I am glad we have a President who doesn't give knee jerk reactions, as he said he took time in order to give an intellegent response!

Rich   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Our country needs to go into a full blown "Depression".......newlyweds need to start moving back with the "in-laws" if they can't pay their mortgages like in the OLD DAYS!! No more govt. buying "toxic assets".....Let the Chinese buy the McMansions!!

We've gotten ourselves into this mess......We've got to get ourselves out of it!!

Laura Smigielski Garcia   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Our country is in a mess. But I can't imagine a better leader to get us out of it than Obama. He's intelligent, persistent and has integrity. You go, Prez!

rick   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

i believe our president is doing well for the circumstances, i also feel the media seems lost, and a bit confused now that we have an actual president addressing the issues. and responds to reporters questions.

Lynn   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

CNN seems to be churning out more and more reporters with (conservative) political agendas. Ed Henry was way out of line in his tone tonight! And why is John King on your panel tonight giving his judgments? Isn't he supposed to be an objective journalist? These guys are clearly conservatives. Why do I even know this? I don't know Wolf Blitzer or Anderson Cooper's political views and there's a good reason for it - it's not their job and they would be the first to say that!

Pashion Vig   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Excellent job Mr. President! Seems like some members of the media are hell-bent on finding something lacking in how the President is handling things. I'm extremely impressed with the way things are going.

James H. Taliaferro   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It was great to see the "President" answer the questions from the press with the knowledge and understanding with what it is going to take to get us back on track. It was also a pleasure to see a president speak without fumbling and blurring his words.

Cathy   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I find it interesting that President Obama would ask where the economic plan of the Republicans is..... hadn't we just had eight years of it?? I wouldn't look for it too hard!!

Nancy   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I think if you want to gauge the success of the President's press conference all you needed to do was to recognise the gleeful satisfaction on the faces of some cabinet members (for some reason the camera panned to the back of the room where they were standing listening).

Crescenciano   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

There is an old adage...quitters never win and winners never quit...sounds like persistance to me, Obama might be on to something. The issues and perspectives will always vary but baby-steps is how we all came to walk and progress.

Emma, CA   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Nancy, Nancy Pfotenhauer go away.............and repent your sins.
Ed Henry needs to be demoted..........poor thing.
Republicans in general should be sent to an island far, far, punishment for bringing our nation to it's knees!

Marina Rangel   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I just saw in your show the message paid by the "American Issues Project" – obviously a republican group – and you’d think there is an election going on right now! Instead of spending their time and energy on these kinds of messages they should be thinking of how they can help the country.

Leon   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I'm a little confused why some haven't put two and two together when asking the President about how he plans on reducing the deficit. It's pretty obvious, once he builds the base of the house (dealing with Health and medicare drag, reducing demand for foreign and no more wars), then he will build the rest of the house (alternative energy, green jobs etc). Great job Mr. President, I appreciate you.

Fatima Jo'wan McKindra   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I feel that only Paul and Jeff added anything substantial to your panel discussion. Nancy Pfotenhuer should really be replaced because she brings nothing positive to the conversation. And contiues to apologize for the do nothing republican administration that we just threw out...that just makes NO sense.

Joette   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dear amb: I am a Republican who backs President Obama 100%! First of all it is not President Obama's fault that the ecomony was tanking before he became President, most of the jobs which have been lost were in the works prior to January 20th. Second – All Bush could talk about was his"war of choice", the two wars which were started during his terms where done so without alot of thought and planning. Of course we want to make "NICE" with others, why do they need to be our enemies? This first job of foreign policy is diplomacy and development, not defense and war. Our freedoms are not going to disappear unless we let them. Each one of us needs to work towards improving our standing in the world. Because the world is watching! Finally, I would not ever call someone "stupid" but I would say that I am most frustrated with the GOP and their actions for the last nine months! They can not cope with challenges from the middle class!

Livina   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The President did very well, and the knowledge that he has gained in this short period of time helps him articulate the issues at hand. He did better than previous Presidents would have done under the same circumstances. The analogy of the speed boat vs big ship turning the corner best describe the present economic mess. Patience! Patience!

Gina   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

President Obama is doing a fantastic job his press conference was
educational and to the point. he was honest and answered his question to the best of his ability. He was on target with healthcare, education and energy growth to stimulate the economy and get us back on track.

Tiara, Maryland   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Where are the solutions? I'm tired of so much money being waisted. We have numerous graduates from some of the worlds most prestigious universities and our economy is going down the toilet. Stop running your mouths and put your eduation to work or do you need a certificate in common since?

mustaky de khady toure   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

overhaul the president performance was great,he talked about the economy and how he's going to fix it,some reporter asked some good questions and the president replied objectively to those questions.
this press conference gave the president the oportunity to lay out his plan and how he's going to rescues this economy.

Pete   March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I think it is funny that anyone who criticizes the president is immediately called a republican. Folks, democrats and republicans are getting after him because they stopped drinking the kool-aid and are now looking at the facts and what he is actually saying....and it ain't good.

Drewk   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Stupid Lady doesnt she know the common plan for health care in America will be optional. If you like what you got keep it.

My plan for health care is a base plan very basic and then you can buy add on insurance. Hopefully it will be employer subsidized

Clifford L. Qualo   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Larry, I believe that President Obama answered to the extent that answers are able to be validated. This crisis didn't begin during Obama's administration, and to be truthful, though severely exacerbated during Bush II, didn't begin there either...we'd have to look back even prior to "hokum" (Voodoo Economics) when unionization of the American workplace, market speculation as an open-ended game, and over valued material wealth took over the American moral spectrum. Given that the cost of living was bound to increase, the issue was not whether or not it would become an issue, but rather when. The overwhelming preponderance in seeking a higher standard of living seems to have overridden good sense where a house costing $25,000.00 in 1966 has evolved into a $175,000.00 "investment" today. That isn't progress...that is ludicrous.

The high cost of living was predictable when Curt Flood won that anti-trust case which seemed instead of limiting the parameters of that victory to the issue of enslavement, became a rallying cry for deregulation of the services rendered market. Further, when Ford, GM, and Chrysler began producing sub-standard vehicles without any sanctions from the government, the floodgates were opened for one-way trade impositions which would eventually cripple the most powerful economy in the world.

The wholesale validation of all military endeavors regardless as to verifiable authentic strategic reasons of national security by the U.S. citizenry created a new corridor of economic illusion in which the spending on military equipment, military intervention, and the alignment of nations under an umbrella favoring the perpetuation of conditions relative to continual increase in such spending also greatly contributed to our present "crisis."

Electronic control over world markets also seems to have played a large part in instituting a situation whereby the supposed gains have been far outweighed by the current losses especially in as far as the economy has seemingly been manipulated into a reactionary posture via unregulated loans and mortgages.

We need to reevaluate our priorities and cease to expect that we can continue to feign ignorance in the face of our protracted greed as a society while enjoying increased salaries and material wealth which far surpass their real values.

Solo Azu   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Excellent delivery by President Obama.What the detractors can't fathom is the man's youthful exuberance and his ubiquitousness.
At one point ,he's laughing too much, says the detractors. I wouldn't be surprised when next they say he's breathing too much.

Toya   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

The President has been in office a mere 60 days! How many of us when starting a new position even knows where the bathroom is in 60 days? Do you even know your job effectiviely and efficiently in 60 days? The scrutiny is ridiculous! If we don't address foundational issues that really matter there won't be a productive next generation to take over! in my opinion we need to make fundemental invests in our people in order sustain a productive viable workforce that will ultimately get a "inflated" deficit under control. We pay now to reap benefits later – everything ultimately has a price tag – that is the nature of our society – the market, supply and demand with hopefully appropriate regulation will dictate our future.

SHONTELLE   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET


Rennie   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

The lack of patience and insistence of a quick fix by our society, with what is going on with our economy, mirrors the greed and need for instant gratification that got us into trouble in the first place. Where were these Republican critics when Bush rode us into ground? I'll take a "teleprompter president" anyday over what we had before! Last time I checked, presidents weren't limited to 64-day terms.

Richard J. Shaker   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I will try again. I will not call Ed Henry a fool. I merely point out that Obama answered his question brilliantly, pointing out that investment in America is needed in order for us to ahve solid rather than ahve tepid growth. Neither Obama nor the masters of this blog seem to appreciate that it is a serious problem that CNN represents itself with a reporter who is not intelligent or thoughtful but rather is an egomaniacal showoff.

Rebecca   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Present O and comany should have let AIG go belly up Mr Ed would be the first one to say he did nothing to save the many retirement plans
that was Written by AIG

GuessEd Henry retirement is not with AIG

Jayne Jones   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Dang, Sherwood, take a pill.

Kyle   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I think it is hilarious how people now feel the media is being unfair to Pres. Obama. All of a sudden, the questions are unfair and too tough. That is not what you all thought when Pres. Bush was being asked these same tough question. I guess it depends on whose in office on what you consider an unfair question. It's a tad bit hypocritical.

Theresa Dumas Indiana   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I really think the president is doing a remarkable job. There is no easy solution to this crisis.We have to continue to monitor and evaluate the growth and encourage lenders to lend and consumers to buy.It's all about circulating the money. I'm no expert, but I believe this is crucial.

unbelievable   March 24th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

CNN, I felt like I was watching "FOX NEWS". Im disappointed on your coverage of the Presidential address. No one is acknowleding the tremendous burden President Obama has to deal with. President Obama you are doing a magnificent job. Republicans are bitter, they wish they had your spot so they can run the rich to the bank and the poor to the gutter.

joellyn   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Obama has not an original idea in his head. He lacks the experience to lead. I could have done what he is doing when I was in 5th grade. Simply to tackle a problem by striking up a committee and taking the best idea is a disgrace to the office of the President. He will do horrible damage to this country. Please write your congressman that Obama should be removed from office.

John Duffy   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I understand that some are trying to say the president was angry today.

Here's what gets me angry: when shrill, shallow hacks make stuff up.

President Obama schooled Ed Henry and everyone knows it.

Heidi   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Rahn did a great job – I look forward to seeing how he evolves. His sacrifice is much appreciated! And I agree w/ the prior poster, someone needs to be cooking some nice home cooked meals for Barack and Rahn, I too hope he gets home to CHI for passover!

kim   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Pres. Obama did a great job - as always. His confidence, calm and intelligence are just what we need now. I believe in him. Period.

Angelo Diaz   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

We all know that MONEY WON'T AND CAN'T SOLVE POVERTY. Maybe we should start looking at HEALTH-CARE somewhat like we do poverty.

I believe Obesity is "Health Poverty". And America (U.S.A.) is the worse / Fattest country in the world, but yet the Wealthiest. Obviously Money is NOT solving our Health problems.

- Educating people of what they really eat and drink in Fast Food joints I believe should be the FIRST STEP. Maybe this time around would be very wise to view Dollars and Donuts in the same manner.

Feed an Impoverish Country Leader more money; The country will be furthered impoverished by war.

Feed a Fat man (or woman) more Donuts; his/her Life will be furthered impoverished by Heart Attacks and higher Medical Bills.

Valentine   March 24th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Isn't it amazing how Republicans focus most of their energy in Criticizing versus proposing a better economic plan? We are in this together. Therefore attention should be less on demonizing the President and more on collecting ideas from both sides of the house towards solutions.

Brenda   March 24th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I can't believe these telepromter comments........wouldn't it be intelligent to know what your saying instead of being a BUSH and making up words that does not exist.

Joe   March 24th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

the more i see obama the happier i am i voted for him! even though i do not initially agree with all his decisions or statements i admire the fact that he is willing to be upfront and honest about what is going on. he is criticized for "over-exposure" in the face of a president that gave very few press conferences, and not offense to president bush but i do not think he could have come close to the eloquence and insight obama showed tonight.

the best line was when he was dogged about taking 2 or 3 days to show his outrage over AIG bonuses. his response: i like to know what i'm talking about before i speak. AWESOME! his point that he knows that when the budget gets kicked around the halls of congress he will lose some things, as long as the general ideas are appropriately represented.

he understands how the system works and he is clearly open to ideas and is not afraid to make mistakes or own up to them. for only 60 some odd days in, he seems to be off to a great start.

Anne Bowen   March 24th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Will anyone read what I wrote and why do I get message saying "being Modified'!! Come on peopel GIve obama support he's been poor and with job going to be drained soon if you guys keep treating him with such disrespect!! News reported at the talk were mean and cruel to OUR Predisent .. GET A LIFE!!!

Nicole   March 24th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Obama rocks!!

jane   March 24th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

It's nice to have an intelligent President for a change! It make me so proud of be American and I know the World are proud as well!!

ray   March 24th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Obama is no god , is high time people knew that the better. The man is doing a great job.........................the country will not change in a day, it takes process which he his doing i hope people do understand this. The economy problem is not in the USA alone is global does anybody gets it ......................Mr Obama well done, my family and I salutes you for job so far, and we are praying for you.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

He asked for the job... we are not forcing him to fix the economy. He is not being forced to fix it... don't force America to believe this amateurish bunk.
Your baiting the GOP and your critics are beneath the Office of the Presidency you insult those that came before you

(I remember Carter and he had the Smile that people saw though I wonder how long till the True Obama plan is shown and his voice annoys instead of inspires)
Sooner rather than later.

I am wating to see why I should trust you with my county. We hear words but see nothing

We bow to no man but pledge elegance to a republic
putting trust is man is against what our country and counter to what it was founded on

you want us to fail so we come to you for help???

Not a new idea .. scary if you look who it was that have used it to come to power.

Lots of supporters here tonight I see (abuse of freedom of speech?)
not honest at least.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

@ Dianne

China will NOT call in their dept. Believe me, I have seen President Ho make a bad face every time they discuss our economy, but they will withwdrawl slowly so they can get their money back.

I laugh, because China would NEVER go to war with us, because we owe them almost 2 trillion dollars....

Aaron Dissement   March 24th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

2 comments as a European on business in the US for business watching the show, first the comments of the panel are poor and the replays of the press conference are useless. There's no deep analysis, just paraphrase. Then the amount of advertisement is insane. Sorry I usually enjoy the show.

Bob   March 24th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Ed Henry, STEVE KROFT .... who are these clowns?. Is this what journalism is. No respect to the President of USA? What do they think of themselves. Idiots!!

Annette   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

President Obama has sold me on his plan. I like the idea of investing in the future so that Americans can live a full and productive life. Many of our problems in this country, the government have known about but nothing ever gets done. They rather talk about for thirty years than do something about it and when a catastrophe happens, no one wants to take responsibility. It's definitely time for a change. Let invest in the future for a stronger more prosperous country.

Bob Odle   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I thought the CNN reporter, Chuck Henry, or whatever his name was, was very rude, impertinate, and apparently openly hostile to the President. Lou Dobbs said the President didn't answer his question, but I teach debate and I thought he did when he said, "We waited a couple of days". The reporter emphasized "days" as if to indicate many. The President went on to answer, "I like to know what I'm talking about when I speak." That is unlike the previous President who wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive" like some six gun toting, TV, frontier marshall.

Agnes   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Obama is my hero!He works so hard for this country to improve the economy!He sounds very honest and genuine.I support him 100%!!!!

ck, upstate ny   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

President Obama was engaging, had a clear understanding of the issues and addressed all questions appropriately including that of Ed Henry's. What a thrill.

Eloise, CA   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I think the President did a excellent job addressing the economic issues tonight. To echo the sentiments of so many others, he IS the hardest working President I've ever seen. President Obama has done more to stimulate this economy in two months than most of his predecessors had done in their whole term. I just don't get Ed Henry's questions or exactly what he was fishing for. The question has no real substance, I mean, in the whole scheme of things what different does it really make when he responded to the AIG mess. The mess is going to take some time to clean up, but I like the preparation's I've see so far.

Ken   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I think the president did a excellent job, I think putting Ed Henrys question out there as a good preformance makes it clear that CNN is a channel that I will no longer look at. Because I think Ed Henry 's negative attitude was ugly and rude. Also why do you keep using Bill Bennete he is the most negative pundent on TV against Obama. Just like he thought John McCain would win because he was right, well he was very wrong as usual.

Zion   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I love it. President Obama handled the press, he handled the AIG issue, and he handles the haters. Oh, the salt felt by those who realized that he did wonderfully without his teleprompter. That's right, you seem to forget that even with a teleprompter, he writes his own speeches. I loved Ed Henry's question because again, it proves that he can handle pressure. What is the theme, my President handles things. For those who claim, oh, we're so bothered by the AIG bonuses, again I applaud President Obama for not giving into irrational anger by walking all over our Constitution, you know that piece of paper that the last president trampled on. Again, he handled it. That's change I can believe in. If you can't believe in it, too bad, because the change will be back in 2012.


sngeorgia   March 24th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I can't believe it........but there are really people in this country that want the President of the United States to fail. President Obama is doing a great job...considering what he was left with. He SOLD IT TO ME!
Everybody suppose to have Short Term and Long Terms objectives, and I hear him loud and clear. I've been asking for a while....why did our deficit go up under Bush, because nothing was taken care of in the country. Ed Henry got what he had coming to him......He was Disrespectful, and Henry appeared angry when he asked the question. Oh yea, Henry is a Republican.

Mariella   March 24th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I thought President Obama did a wonderful job answering the questions completely, fully (even elaborating on some), and intelligently. Liked his analogy at the end of the cruise ship vs speed boat. I think it's great he is speaking to the American public.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

What would it have mattered to have Obama express his anger about AIG any earlier than he did. Does anyone really think he was happy about it? As he said, he likes his responses to be facts and data, not moronic stutters like W. The question was stupid and CNN should expect more from their correspondents.

Michelle Tjosvold   March 24th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Finally, we have a president who actually TALKS to us in clear language rather than rhetoric, and the many are viewing him with a microscope. This President has been in office for full 64 days, has been VISIBLE to SOME GROUP or SOMEONE on each day...the MOST visible president on record, I believe. He has covered at least 12 important issues in that time, from AIG to states' funding packages. The more he has on his plate, the move visible he is and the more he moves the issues in inches toward resolution, the louder America is.
Where were we when a president lead us to a war without dipllomatic intervention first, or when a vice president lined his own pockets? It seems that we TALK when the President starts talking. Let's be reasonable...he has not even been on the job 90 days and UP for review. We need his energies to burn for 3 years and 301 days MORE, at least.

Jose L   March 24th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I can't wait for nationalized banking and take over of private companies. When Ed Henry asks why the Government take over is better, Obviously President Obama will know what he is talking about, "Socialism".

Betty Ann and Dick Ritscher   March 24th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

We think President Obama's press conference was a virtuoso performance. H took hard questions with equanimity and answered with hard facts and information on actions taken and planned. He acknowledged that he was bouncing more that three balls but knows that it is necessary to get the economy moving and to deal with long-standing problems. It is a real pleasure to listen to an articulate president who can use the language effectively without relying on notes and canned statements which have no meaning or basis in fact.

Jan   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I think our President is doing everything he can for the American People....he really wants to fix this mess. As for Ed Henry...the guy is a jerk, and I thought Pres Obama put him in his place quite nicely. Ed Henry looked a spoiled brat.

John a true partisan.

Larry, why do you interrupt your guests all the time.

Better Days are Ahead......I'm sure. It will take longer than 60 days to fix 8 years mess. Where were the republicans to fix things in the last 8 they have ideas. What are they??????

Natalie   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Some pundit on Anderson Cooper just said he thought we saw a glimmer of a one term president. I can't believe how out of touch some of the CNN pundits can be! Thank God for David Gergan. He's always sensible. Some of the other folks are really out of touch!

Alfred Paleno   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

It's obvious that some of the reporters at the press conference,especially the one for cnn, are trying to make a name for themselves! It's so obvious and painful to watch . We finnally have a President that's visable for all of us and yet that's not good enough! I am so sick and tired of the greedy press and partison Republicans who continueally play politics! No matter what the President sez or does is not going to be good . But guess what, the people are on to them and know that they don't really car about the American people. Your Reporter, Henry, is a Phony !!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

wow this is a lot of people that want Larry King to show they support him.

Poll numbers do not come close to this amount of adoration and devotion.

Putting faith in a man not country is not what America was founded on.

King George?

I vote no to your power grab... while I still have a vote.

Kim   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I think President Obama did just fine. I wonder though, not to play the race card but if Obama was White would there be so much negative pondering? President Obama did not start this crisis he is only tring to gtet us out of it. I never heard the reporters or the pondents criticize him as much as they do President Obama.

I think that this country does not care how the little people get along when in fact it is the little people that carries the world on our shoulders with the grace of God. After eight years we finally have a President that seems genuine when talking about the working class people.

At least he knows how to speak and is projected as being passionate, we never got that from former President Bush.

Carolyn Chambers   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I thought the president did a great job explaining the priorities that really matter in moving our country forward. Many of our allies are ahead of us in education, transportation and health care. I don't want to keep losing ground to them.

Carolyn Chambers
Athens, GA

Pete   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I hope Obama continues to mess things up so the market continues to go down so I can buy more stock and then make more money as it goes up when he is gone. GO OBAMA!!!

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

SNGeorgia...there are not people who want our President to fail...they're Republicans.

Shirley   March 24th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

The President did a great job! Where was all this concern while we were being put into this situation by the previous administration. The time to be negative was then. We at least have a President that truely cares about the people of this country. The crisis didn't happen over night and won't get solved overnight. Did Ed Henry ask what took Bush so long to respond to the Hurricane Katrina situation. If people put as much energy into trying to do their part as they do making negative comments this economy will improve much faster.

Carlean curry   March 24th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Larry Obama made a great speech tonight about the economy we need to listen to what he is saying instead of trying to make him look bad all the time . we as parents need to raise our own children instead of letting them raise us. Charity begin at home then spread abroad. we need to forget about race and the world will be a better place for everone. God made us all.President Obama I Love you and your family. My Prays are with you. Love Always

JSunShine   March 24th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

President Obama is already doing a great job. I appreciate the fact that he is spending these "trillions" of dollars because it will allow me to still have a job next year. I am a teacher and I am so thankful that his budget includes things that matter to the American people like, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, etc.........If he did not do this, where would the economy be tomorrow or next year. I sometimes think the media tries to find any negative thing to say about our new president. I don't even believe they gave Bush this hard of a time, even when he was on vacation while our (USA) troubles were doubling. You are absolutely right Larry, the Reporters Are Out Of Sync With The Real Public.................

Shelly   March 24th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I was at a nail salon when the press conference started. The women turned their chairs so they could see and nobody spoke for the duration. His magnetism and charm are still very strong.

Someone said he seemed angry tonight. I thought he seemed tired. He's been going at a break neck pace for a very long time. For us. And that's what we need because everything is urgent.

When he speaks its as if he is just talking things over during dinner.

Jan   March 24th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I agree with J from Raleigh, What does it matter about how long it took him to express anger toward AIG, I am glad our President likes to think and research before speaking. Maybe most Americans should apply that concept before speaking also.

Mike Lennon   March 24th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Correction. My comment should have said "Why are the banks that are receiving government funding so slow to lend to America"s backbone, small businesses, who are integral in stimulating the economy of every town in America?" As a small business owner for 27 years with 30 employees, I can vouch for the fact that bank credit is a critical component of stabilizing the economy at it's foundation.

Dave :(   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Why should we bail out banks that are legally Scamming US!!!!

sly   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Here is the argument to keep compensation high for bank and other corporate executives: we will lose the "best and the brightest" if we lower salary and bonus packages.

Please!!!! Why should they make more than doctors, physicists, and engineers, who are infinitely smarter and serve a much more useful purpose in life?

Ok, I'll answer the question. Because everyone wants the chance to earn a million dollars without investing the necessary time it takes to learn a real skill.

When the executives come down from La-La land is when our economy may make positive strides. Until then, a bus tour of the homes of overpaid, arrogant executives should become a staple of our new economy.

JANIE   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Why is Nancy on the Panel? It is evident she offers nothing, how else did John McCain lose the election. The 2nd thing can anybody imagine John McCain standing up there talking about the economy? AIG bonuses were part of the Bush Ad. although Regulate so this will not happen again with contracts to Executives who aren't earning bonuses.

Steve Ederson   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Ed with CNN got crushed by the President when he wanted to force the issue on why did the President wait two days before speaking. "I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." The President knew how to back Ed off him.
Unlike Senator Dodd who was posed with a tough question by CNN correspondent Dana Bash, he sorta folded like a cheap suit.
Good advice for you Ed; don't do that again, unless you like getting roughed up by the President. I don't think CNN will play that line of questioning on your behalf.

yetty   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET


Ruth   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

It is always a pleasure to listen to your US President. It seems to me he is working very hard and keeping the American people engaged in what he is doing and what is needed. I don't ever remember seeing a US President staying so closely connected to the people. It is to bad there are some very negitive people like Bill Bennett and Ed Henry who together couldn't come even close to do what he has done in his first 60 days.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

@ Dianne

I don't think the countries can agree on a world currency. Even in Europe, some of the countries still use their old currency instead of the EURO.

You are correct. China really did not like BUSH! They have many statues of Clinton but none of Bush. The People in China just could not understand why we voted for Bush the second time.

Denetra Higgins   March 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

President Obama did extremely well tonight. He answered all questions repeatedly! I liked all his positive, heart felt and pressing efforts of what we all need to do. I support him whole heartly! After all, he inherited this mess. The president is striving for this country which is rich in many ways to continue to grow.The hope and change is for the 95% to have the same benefits as the 5%. Thank you President Obama.

Joe   March 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

what was nance pfotenhauer on larry king talking about? she claimed obama was "nervous" to talk about AIG. he came off frustrated, for sure. but her claim made it sound like he was scared or something instead of just fed up with the scale of greed. as i said above i dont think president bush could have held up as well.

AND, for those that keep making this point, the TELEPROMPTER was used only for the introductory statement. the answers were all straight from his head and he discussed some really complicated issues. even if you dont like him you do have to give the guy some respect.

mehdi   March 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET


J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

OMG ... Ed Henry on Anderson Cooper...I am going to have to get off CNN ... he is a serious jerk. Clearly Ed is a Republican.

Diane   March 24th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I think the president is pursuing the correct course to avoid another Great Depression.

The Great Depression lasted so long in the U.S. because the government didn't spend enough early on to get the country out of it. By contrast, Japan was relatively unaffected because it employed deficit spending and devalued its currency. Later, when inflation became a danger, it reduced deficit spending.

It sounds counterintuitive, but it's true. And what finally got the U.S. out the depression was deficit spending. This solution is called the Keynesian theory, named after John Maynard Keynes, a British economist who lived from 1883 to 1946.

Matthew, Houston, TX   March 24th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Enough of AIG, already. It's over and done, he took responsibility and is trying to address more important issues that affect our pocketbook. Please see my previous post.

Eddy Ludwig   March 24th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I’m a Canadian who travels to the US on a very regular basis. From an outsider looking in, it puzzles me that no-one ever mentions that economic bail-outs are happening all over the world and that not everyone can be wrong. This is the right thing to do! That’s why we pay taxes in the first place. Government is there to maintain control of economic stability. I can’t believe people criticize these investments all over the board when the alterative would be the worst depression the world has ever seen. I think the problem is that the timing couldn’t be worst for President Obama because it’s even harder to justify these huge investments when he also has a huge deficit that he inherited… Keep in mind that Canada is going through the same problems and the same solutions are being implemented. We will all make it through these hard time and much faster because of these measures!!

Donna No Shock   March 24th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I thought the President was brilliant, on point and forward thinking in all of his responses. I think that a lot of this "primetime" reporters are trying to make news rather than report the news. President Obama is time enough for all of them. The man is sharp and quick witted. The things the beltway press are concerned about is not even on the folks outside the beltways radar.

Reggie   March 24th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

it seems to me that the American people are the only ones smart enough to understand that this will take time. The media seems to need to keep this nonsense going so as to have something to report on. AIG is old news move on to something else. Did anyone else think that the President got made? I didn't see it. I guess CNN needs to keep ratings so they will trump up stuff that actually wasn't there. I am very dissappointed in CNN.

Fred D.   March 24th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Dear Larry King:

Your show has way to many commercials for a "TABLOID INTERVIEW" show- -give the American Public a break- -Suggestion. Try charging more for your advertising spots and that way the American Public won't have to be bothered with so many unnecessary commercials and you can talk more about the issues–that is the supposedly true purpose of your show–Right???

Thank you.

Best regards,

Fred D., Florida

Cheryll Lawand   March 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

This administration doesn't appear to hear what the majority of the country is now saying about the direction they are taking the economy.
Infact, they seem to be doing everything wrong when they pass unread bills without giving much thought to the ramifications of their actions. Cleaning up Washington, and transparency were the promises Obama made during his campaign. This is not what we have seen since he's been in office. Obama and his immediate cabinet need to be held accoutable for what is unfolding infront of us all. We are slowing being stripped of the right to defend ourselfs on many levels. This administration in a short amount of time has managed to take this country down the road towards a socialistic style government.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

He really feeds off others ... when there is no reaction he seems dull and boring.

As if the crowd gives or takes his energy.

I want to see a reason I can trust you.

You are insulting half the American people. You have the job sir.. now DO YOUR JOB.

You seem giddy with power .. tonight you looked depressed.

Carter had more to solve
You scare us to rush us to vote.... BUSH TACTIC ALERT

Jan   March 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I hope Americans do realize that the President isn't the one that gets to make all of the decisions he still has House and Congress to deal with and everyone has a different idea on what needs to be done. The fact remains that you should be worried about the House and Congress why they haven't tried harder and sooner to have these problems fixed before they got so bad.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

What's the big deal if he uses a Teleprompter? Talk about being desperate for something to criticize him over. The man is giving a speech to millions of people...get real.

Bettye   March 24th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

President Obama was his usual articulate self. He was sharp on all questions asked and answered them in length. He is not a magician or a mystic as some people seem to think. Does anyone have a better plan for the budget? Anyone? I didn't think so.

There are those who just have to criticize. They see it as their job.

Donna   March 24th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I think President Obama made a favorable impression overall. I just hope that big ship he referred to is like Noah's ark....and not the Titanic!

Caitlin - NY   March 24th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Ed Henry is all about "Ed Henry"

susan ortiz   March 24th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I have never in my lifetime seen or heard a president so focused and in tune with the American people. 24 hr news is pathetic trying to keep up with a man of vision. Just give it up and let us move forward. Susan

Robert   March 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

In my opinion it is unfathomable that in 60 days people are outraged. Republican smublican. WOW, people make off the cuff comments like this guy is doing a bad job. I dont even want to mention that last presidents name and not because I am a registered democrat, but because he was one of the worst I have seen in my 37 years of life. People forget that 9/11 actually happened during his watch, during his term. Katrina how was that handled? Iraq? This economy mess? The VP a legislator? Whats the oppositions fascination with predicting the future of Obama and where his policies will take us, are they reading his palms or what? Some of the rhetoric is ridiculous makes me turn the channel.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Washington needs to take some control and bring the pendulum back to the middle.

wilma wilson   March 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I think President Obama has a brilliant plan for the economy, and we the American people should be more considerate.

Gail   March 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Our President was brilliant tonight. He explained his answers not as sound bites , but in a sound and coherent fashion. I loved when he put Ed Henry in his place and I wish Ed Henry would stop wasting his questions with the inane. Also , please stop critiquing the way he looks or doesn't in the analysis. sections. I will right now though and say he looked damn good!

Tony from Memphis   March 24th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

President Obama was great tonite . What can I do help this man?

Saadi   March 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

This is exactly what we elected you for, President Obama! Thank you!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

AIG is old news move on //
NIXON wanted the press and public to ignore Watergate that turned out well.

Obama lied Liberty died

God help our repubic

DAN ALAN DITMORE   March 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Obama is far greater than the partisan critics who try to smear him and the treasury secretary with the side issues such as bonuses that can be and are being worked out. Why dwell like flies on the coat-tails of our great leader? He was superb. Monday morning quarter-backs should temper their biting attacks.

Irene   March 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

he did great as usual.

Karen   March 24th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

If Canada wants Obama, they can have him. I will ask the questions everyone is thinking, but is afraid to ask.

What do I expect from this administration? To STOP blaming the past years – Wasn't Obama and Hiliary Clinton in congress before he became the president? Then how is it that he and the democrats claim to have inherited the problem – they were there when the problem occurred and was happening.

Everyone sitting in the House and Senate – every republican and democrat for the last 12 years was part of the problem, He didn't inherit anything, quit coping out with a lame excuse. He knew what he was going to face. He was part of the problem to begin with and still is. All of them are and want to blame Bush as the sole person for making this country the greedy, irresponsible country it is today.

Could Obama PLEASE answer a question directly and stop avoiding them. I know less now than I did before because he won't answer a question directly. The only avenue we have to get to him and that is UNFORTUNATELY through the news media, which I might add was singing his praises before poles even closed.

This is not about race or party – it is a critical time in our country and for the first time in my life I am afraid to be an American. I am afraid for my children. People in this country are making this a racial or party issue and it is a tragedy waiting to happen. I am afraid to be the culture I am. I fear our future.

My child died in Iraq for nothing if he ends the war early. I'm glad for those whose sons will come home, but for those who died, they died in vain – just as those in the Vietnam war. And they will be forgotten just like all Vets.

Tell me how the stimulus plan is helping me, a college professor when Higher Education has been cut, is being cut and will be cut again in July.

As a teacher and with my husband as a teacher, we both work second jobs – the company my husband works for as a second job is closing the doors – why? Because banks won't lend the money. Why? because they are keeping it. Why? I don't know!

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Obama has been in office for only 9 weeks, spent more than probably any one else has and had more balls and parties for his inauguration than anyone else. Why didn't he think of the American People when money was being dished out for all those fancy parties – that no other president had? If he really thought we were in a recession would you please, Larry King, ask why all that money was forked out during a "critical time for American" – to inaugurate one person. If he truly cared, he would have declined all that flattery and saved the money for our deep recession.

As a nurse, I see no benefits coming our way for all the democratic talk about health care and health reform – the insurance companies run health care, get a grip – is this presidency going to run hospitals and insurance companies too – why not turn into Germany?

I think the American People are due an explanation as to why money keeps going out – people are getting raises, and we still need more money. I realize it won't happen over night – but this is a little fast.

Why isn't the stimulus plan in detail in every newspaper so the American people can see for themselves. This WAS his campaign pledge, that the American people would know what was in the stimulus plan and he has failed the country in that regard.

He also campaigned that he would NOT sign a bill with earmarks – or did the people forget this too. He just signed a bill with 8000 earmarks.

Why don't we the people working deserve answers. All these people writing that he is clear, concise and not shaken – I agree with all three. He clearly doesn't answer the questions, he is so concise you don't get an answer and he is not shaken because he has nothing to loose.

I have everything to loose and can't work any harder for my 3 children. I see no relief in sight. There is no hope for the middle class, white, working people.

I beg you Larry King – please ask some of these questions, I would just like to know why he campaigned for one thing and is changing his tactics now.

Larry King – please ask why, because you and those in the news, regardless of whether we like it or not, you are our voice and we have no way to ask questions or seek answers unless you the newsmedia ask. For all the harassing you are receiving for asking what many Americans want to know – I am sorry. Keep on helping us to understand what Obama won't answer.

I hear lots of talk, I see poor action (like the money given to raises), I feel helpless, and I sense we are going no where.

peggy   March 24th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Larry do you people on CNN think this President is stupid, do you not think that he didn't watch Wolf Blitzer, John King, ed Henery and all the rest today plan on national TV to hi jack him at the news conference tonight, you wonder that he showed some anger when he knew exactly what to expect from ed henery, he might feel like a hero (Ed Henry) but he came across as an ass, people can;t imanage that you could have a whole news stations trying to destroy their own President. Then you get all these talking heads afterwards, about 10 of them, one that agrees with the President and the rest calling for his head, what do you expect. Shame on all of you. If your country fails for ever you all deserve it, but te rest of us do not.

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Hey...Americans Want Truth.............wha? idiot...

Kim   March 24th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Pete said,
"I hope Obama continues to mess things up so the market continues to go down so I can buy more stock and then make more money as it goes up when he is gone"

Pete you stated the above. I am just curious, do you think President Obama started this or you think he just can't fix it?

Most people are forgetting that it was the highly elected former President Bush who stole his way in the White House that put us in this hole yet President Obama get blamed for it. LOL

FInger pointing has always ben the way of the world, no one wants to face the truth and say yes I did it, iI made a mistake.

Let's all help him make this situation better because God knows most of YOU aren't. Complaining is not going to make the situation better becuase it did not get us here in the first place. Greed did.

Doris   March 24th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

The real plan is, the Republicans will do everything they can to make President Obama look bad and derail him, for him to fail! Then they can try and run for office again in 4 years. (That will be scary) They already have negative ads running on CNN about the AIG issue. They can deny that Rush is not the spokesman but I think he is! They want the President to fail which is why they haven't presented an economic plan or they just don't have one!! Their negativity along with some Democrats basically pits Americans aganist Americans!! That is so counterproductive!! CNN why are you not talking about that!!

tracy   March 24th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Good job Mr. President

don cohen   March 24th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

grew up 3 houses down from larry– have an article about the old neighborhood That i would like to forward to larry please tell me how to fax or e mail this magazine article written about me in magazine about growing up in the neighborhood -thanks Don Cohen

Tamara   March 24th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

During the entire time of Obama's Campaign, he consistently stated that the mess that we were in was going to take time to fix. Why are the American people expecting so much when Bush continued to dig us in a whole deeper and deeper until his terms was up? At least we are getting some resolution in less than 6 months. President Obama please keep talking.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ Sherwood M

Actually they are NOT working. They are living off of Welfare through their girlfriends having tons of children...

Bill Coleman   March 24th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Why does President Obama preselect his questioners? Has any President ever done that before?

Linda   March 24th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

The President did great. He has only been in office a 2 months. It took America a few years to get to this all time low brought about my Bush, let's give our president a few years to get us back on track. I am tired of the media telling us what we heard and how we should react. We all have opinions of our own and we know what we think, we do not need nor want the media to tell us what and how to think. Where was the media when Bush got us in this mess.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Do they still teach civics?

I wonder ... I think I know why he want to get the federal gov into the education system and health care.. our very lives will depend on our leaders.


L. DeSantis   March 24th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Excellent job in explaining tough situations to the public. It is so nice to have issues upfront and intelligently discussed. He has a good grasp on the issues and I am confident that he will move this country in the right direction. 61 days in office and your "best" political team is already calling him a one term presidents. Really???

JANIE   March 24th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Steve Ederson:

I thought the same thing you just stated, he jabbed him in his mouth, which was much needed. Ed Henry has been dragging this stale question around to every press conference venue he is attending, This is all The Republican have to continue to drudge on. Move on!

Lynn   March 24th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

The only thing more annoying than Ed Henry's amatuer and nervous attempt to try to humiliate the President tonight.. was Ed then going on AC360 afterwards and congratulating himself for asking the hard questions! Good grief!

annie   March 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

wish he would have called on Helen Thomas tonight, so happy she is finally sitting in the front row, during the Bush administration, they only gave her a back row seat..sad for an older woman, she said, "they do not like me, I ask too many questions" ....she must be 90 yrs by now...

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Where wee all of you when Bush was being Voted in for a second term???

I felt I was practically the only person who felt that Bush was taking this country down.

Lets look at his resume... he bankrupt two companies and the Saudis had to bail him out. This is not good business...

J from Raleigh   March 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET really should put down the crack pipe before you start blogging.....

Sunny   March 24th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Seems to me that Obama dodged some questions, particularly ... will you sign a bill with no cap and trade and middle class tax cuts... and, why wait several days to express your outrage on AIG bonuses (among others). I am interested in the actual answers to those questions. And, I thought he was a little arrogant in his response to the latter. I noticed that he just keeps repeating endlessly his talking points, namely healthcare, eduation, and energy. I would like to hear HOW his three "holy grails" are going to solve all of our problems. I hear over and over that investing in "H", "E" and "E" will solve our economic woes, but he doesn't explain how that will happen. I'd like a lot more detail on that. It's not that I disagree that healthcare, education and energy are important – it's just that he is spending a ?!##$%-load of money on these elements and does not detail how all this spending is going to cure our economy's ills. It bothers me that maybe he is so focused on these three areas of his agenda that he's unwilling to go beyond them to look for solutions. Let's face it, he has no practical experience in running anything and has no track record of solving anthing of the enormity and scope of our economy. I hope he's up to the task.

Wally Harshberger   March 24th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I think the President did well responding to the questions, but was growing frustrated toward the end. The question that Ed Henry asked seemed to me to be pointless, having only the purpose of putting the President on the spot, and I think that is how the President perceived Henry's question. His answer that he needed time to acquire enough information about the AIG situation in order to put his thoughts in order before saying anything seemed appropriate to me. He has a little more on his plate than Cuomo has.

Some of the journalists asked sincere questions about difficult issues, while the primary purpose of others seemed to try to make the President stumble. It's easy to ask the questions. It's quite another matter to come up with answers to our overwhelming problems for which few people will agree. And the fact that he's changing some of his viewpoints says to me, that he is listening to and weighing the input of many different people.

I think that he is working very hard and putting 100 % of his energy into the complex issues that face our nation. I have developed great respect & admiration for him. There are some issues on which I disagree with him, but on those issues I'm not certain that my thinking is correct. Did I mention that I'm a registered Republican?

Sandy   March 24th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I shudder to think what would have happened if John McCain and Sara Palin had been elected. President Obama and his team are doing an outstanding job with the mess they inherited. He mentions health care reform, energy and education in his book The Audacity of Hope. He is going forth with the promises he made in his campaign on these issues. These are the things that will bring us into the 21st century! I think he showed great strength in answering the questions. We don't need your team of experts to tell us how he did.

Dave :(   March 24th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

These banks today have been ran so poorly by these college educated idiots its no wonder things are crashing!And now we the tax payer must bail them out,come on were is the logic!Try bailling them out with no job,humm.Hows this supposed to be done.Lets all take a few steps back and figure out who pays the most taxes per the percentage of income.Oh of course its the people who dont have jobs and have very little money to survive on.Yet again stick to them!!!

Tiara, Maryland   March 24th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Bill, I know you are not serious. Are you telling me that President G.W. Bush never preselected his questions......Laugh Out Loud (LOL)! .....and the sad part about Bush–he didn't even have the smarts to answer the preselected questions with any true intellegence.....LOL!

VH   March 24th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I try to avoid pundits and journalists. But because Pres. Obama was speaking, I continued to watch until Q&A time. All I can say is I now know why I don't bother. Journalists and pundits these days are complete and total morons. No wonder newspapers and TV media are tanking, and the American public is so ill informed. These barely literate drama queens who pose as "serious investigative journalists" are horrendous (except for Jeff Johnson, the foreign journalists, and the articulate gentleman from Ebony.) It is shocking that not one of them seemed to grasp that the "ocean liner" analogy Obama was using. It is a very common metaphor in economics to help one understand steering and turning around any nation’s economy. In other words, the changes we implement now will take (5-10+) years to manifest, not months. Just as it takes several miles to turn around a large ocean liner, versus the few yards it takes to change course in a speed boat. Yet the pundits and journo's seem utterly oblivious to Obama's tutelage. Even the so-called "economist" Nancy Pfotenhauer. Fire them all as a total waste of time. If Pres. Obama isn't speaking, I'd rather watch the Comedy Central – or the NASA channel.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

DID anyone see he is hiding the teleprompter. its a LCD monitor under the camera.

I saw one of those in pictures at his .... home town meetings.

Do you call teleprompters 'memory aids' now?


Your fans will love this.. when are you going to make another public appearance?

If you read the UK blogs we are already becoming a joke. BUSH 2.0

D.A.R.   March 24th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I and my husband are turning off CNN permanently. Folks such as David Gergen, Ed Henry, . . . have become negative,petty, and provide no helpful questions or comments. Actually I could name many more but this message is supposed to be short. Journalists and reporters (yeah, right) are worthless anymore, with very few exceptions. President Obama is doing a great job and much of the negativity and "gotcha" behavior from CNN (and other) reporters makes them look absolutely ridiculous. More and more people are seeing this. Journalists should try to help this country, not bring it down.

Diane   March 24th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

For those who doubt the course the president is taking to avoid another depression, I suggest you google and read about the Keynesian theory. This is what finally got us out of the Great Depression, and this will help us avoid a depression today. The reason the Great Depression lasted so long in the U.S. is because this was not utilized earlier.

Mercedes   March 24th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I am a supporter of Pres Obama, but Ed Henry asked the question that I wanted to know! Don't tell me that you are going to help the middle class and behind close door make deals with the lobbist and Wall street to make their life richer while we get stuck paying for it all.

Suzanne   March 24th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

The world is watching you America and you are not looking very good. Strong racial problems as usual. If President Obama was w,hite he would not be judged so harshly, as a Canadian I am not considered Black, as an American I would be, think about this, very similar to radical Muslims vs. regular ones.

sue ferguson   March 24th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I can not figure out what Nancy added to the panal discussion other than her manical smile? And, how unfortunate that CNN chose to have one of the singular negative comments scolled at the bottom of the show"Obama deer in headlights". I think the comments speak for themselves- the press conference was well received by the AMerican Public- at least of those that repsonded to htis blog. I can not believe how biased CNN has become and how they are becoming the voice of dissention. Other than Gergen- who remains balanced, most of the voices on CNN are displaying extreme bias. Even Thomas Freidman thinks the stimulas package may not be big enough! What the hell is the alternative to what we are going through now? Do nothing? Or maybe we should do more of the same? Get a grip. Obama even says he is open to constructive criticisim and will incorporate suggestions and cirticisim into his plan moving forward. When I hear what CNN puts on the annoys me and all I wish was that the news shows would try to mirror the Sunday Farieed Zakaria's show. Can't we pleae get some intelligent talk going?

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

March 24th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Where wee all of you when Bush was being Voted in for a second term???


I voted against Bush
For the same reason.

They both didn't give the 'vibe' that they were being honest.

These blogs seem to be akin to stuffing a ballot box.
Not very honest

Anthony   March 24th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Great job Mr. President! It is unfortunate that some people expect the impossible from you in such a short time in office. This mess that was handed to you is the same kind of "republican" destruction that President Clinton had to tackle when he took office and he was successful in wiping their behinds and you will be successful to. Stay the course of your directions, and more importantly don't forget who you represent, The American people. We placed you there to do just what you're doing, exposing the mess from the top down and putting in corrective measures to fix the problems long term. For those nay sayers, in particular the "republican" opposition, it's time for all of you to show your true "American" patriotism and support our President and stop your ridiculous negative criticism & senseless rhetoric. If you're truly in office to see American strong again, you should be doing everthing possible to make it work together and clearly you guys are not doing that.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

@ Karen

The economy mess started 8 to 10 years ago. Large corporations such as AIG have been operating in a negative cash flow for years due to Bush and Alan Greenspan deregulations. This allowed Greed to the max.

This is Capitalism at its very worst! Were Large corporations have seized this country instead of an army. We are always in jeopardy of our freedom if an entity, whether it is a dictator, an army or large corporations who seize control the money and power in a country.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

My favorite part of the whole press conference was when the President stated that most Republicans are criticizing his budget plan because of the deficits, but have yet to produce an alternative.
Well last night on LKL we learned what that was.
Rep. Connie Mack has FINALLY told us what the Republican’s plan to save the economy is: 1.Decrease the size of Government 2. Deregulate and 3.Cut taxes that promote jobs.
Excuse me Mr. Mack, but isn’t that what has been done for the last 30 years?? Look where it’s gotten us!
Where are all these jobs that were supposed to be created by giving big business tax breaks to create jobs? I’ll tell you where it is. They’re executives are living in them, driving them, swimming in them and wearing them dangling from their wive’s ears!!
Deregulate?? Are you completely insane? Deregulation is EXACTLY the reason we are where we are! People creating money out of thin air based on something WORTHLESS!
Decrease the size of government?? Oh really? We leave it up to the private sector to get us out of this? The private sector does not WANT us out of this. The elite are quite comfortable even with the loss of their “paper profits”. There are people DYING in this country because of the economic downturn and you want us to hand backover the keys to the henhouse to the foxes who’ve been running it for years.
No thank you. You’ve demonstrated that the Republican Party is comfortable with the status quo. We’re not idiots you know. We know you’ve duped us in the past. I’m stunned that you are surprised that we’ve finally had enough.
Go off to a corner and lick your wounds. Your party is irrelevant. Your ideas are archaic and belong on the clearance shelf with the VCR. They serve only those that cling to their corruption and don’t understand why the peasants are in revolt.
Go on. Keep being negative. Don’t try to be a part of the solution. Waste all your energy telling us how a guy we trust and respect is going to fail us.
We are going to get out of this. There will be missteps along the way. We’ll get over those. It’s not going to take 4 years. At the end of the day, you are giving ammunition to your Democratic challengers. I can see the ads now…”(Insert Republican candidates name here) on CNN and the only thing we hear from them is the word, “NO” over and over and over again.)
Good luck in the future. I will miss you guys. I don’t know what is going to happen the blog after you leave yourselves as relevant as the Save the Spotted Owl party

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Baiting the GOP by the president feels like KICKING a MAN when he is down.


Kim   March 24th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

I agree with you Doris. This country has been engaging in fighting wars between Americans and Amiericans for many decades. No one wants the other person to do better than them especially a Black man. That is all they are looking at. No one wants to admit it but the thinking is, how dare this Black man come in and try to run things and we do not have to do what he tells us to do. This is the filthy thoughts of those involved whether no one admits it or not.

It is sickening and I pray that one day we can come together as one and pray for mercy from God to deliver us from all of this seperation.

Penny   March 24th, 2009 10:37 pm ET


Thank you. I couldn't have said it any better. I think some people are not concerned about whats happening in this country at all. I think some people do not want to hear any solution to the problems we face because they want so badly for President Obama to fail. I thought that he was very clear in his answers to the questions tonight. I just hope I don't have to see the CNN reporters clip of the "tough question' every time I turn on the TV. I, for one, am glad that the President thinks before he speaks.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

I did not see the teleprompter... however, I do believe he is speaking with out being told every word by an ear piece. If you took out Bush's ear piece, he would be speechless........

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Wow this Bush obsession is starting to scare me.

Why do you bash the GOP? And your fellow Americans. Have we elected a bully? WOW t

You need to work with the other party you know?

Or do you not think you will need them??

OH CRAP ... this isn't what I think it is.
If it is


Tiara, Maryland   March 24th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Karen....please! You know like I do that Bush should be put under the jail. It doesn't matter that President Elect Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in office....the Republicans were in control and ran this country into the ground. All of the yacking is annoying, I'll talk to you in 8 years after President Elect Barack Obama has completed his two terms as president.

gloriaford   March 24th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I believe President Obama scored highly tonight, and answered some difficult questions with truth. Some of the reporters are very hostile and showing some racial unrest. They expect this President to work miracles in 60 plus days, and George Bush had 2 consecutive terms, and made this mess.

Obama will work through all of it, and remember he is a contingent being in need of others and not God who is absolute and necessary.

susan ortiz   March 24th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

This question is so laughable I can't stand it. The talking heads are so desparate to bring President obama down they can hardly stand he just goes past them. I'm sorry but this is too pathetic to even spend time on. Susan

Nancy   March 24th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

President Obama was to the point: Doesn't take any "guff" from reporters. He stated "the critics haven't put out their own budget" – – why not?" Why didn't they respond when Bush was in office to all the problems we now have? It took them eight years to get us into this mess and they want the President to do it within 64 days! Keep cool President Obama – you are doing okay and take your time in making decisions – – so as you said, "you know what you are talking about!" Any great boss does likewise!

Sunny   March 24th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Are we still talking about race? Dang, I thought we just elected an African American as president. hmmmm.

Vicki from NJ   March 24th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Come on folks. Stop blaming a CNN reporter for Obama's blunder of an answer regarding AIG. You people are so in love with Obama that you can't see straight???!!! Obama is supposedly working with his team he put in place on a day-to-day basis, so why would he need a day or two to come up with the right answer to that question? I'm proud of CNN for asking and Obama is into AIG via their contributions, so there's your answer!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

I would love to see Bush, Rove and Cheney's off shore accounts. I bet they are all now worth Billions.

JANIE   March 24th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Joe in Ct. you are spot!

Cheryl   March 24th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Dear Larry,
We watch your show every night. Nice job on the Rahm Emanuel interview. He has been so villainized by the press, but he seems like a pretty nice guy.
As to the President's press conference, it was great to see some new people being given a chance to ask questions. The worst question of the evening came from CNN's own Ed Henry. He deserved to be dressed down by Obama. He was rude and disrespectful, and not fair or impartial. Sorry, but the other networks did better. It's not the content, either. It's how it's asked and in what kind of spirit! Why so snide and nasty? As for you, Larry, you rock. PS: Thanks for putting Joy on as much as you do. She's great!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:43 pm ET


in his town halls they are big ones and are in the crowd.

And who was it that the press thought had an earpiece .Palin.. Bush...?

Cant remember which

They learn from the 'best'

Why do you guys still think you have to win an election?? We think and vote because of what we think

I didn't vote for bush the second time. He messed up to many things by then and didn't show the values he ran on. (wasn't' a conservative you know)

frank   March 24th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

i am active military [26 yrs], and I do not feel slighted when the president does not dedicate press conference time to present his position on military issues. he is the CIC and with that i am confident he will not compromise / abuse / ignore what is considered a responsibility/obligation second only-in decision consequence- to that of being president. i am confident that he will listen to his/our military leaders to use our military capacity as one of our instruments of power, and i pray not the first instrument of choice. "might, might make right, but diplomacy makes right everlasting." there is a strategy at work here and the success of strategies rests with making correct assumptions. get that [asumptions] wrong and everything else is mot. he has provided his commander's mission vision guiding principles. let's allow the strategic process to take hold and begin to run its course...the risks and the consequences are to great not to. FRANK

saul wildon   March 24th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

alan mullaly of ford ,1 7.7MM in 2009. disgrace!!!!!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

I would love to see Bush, Rove and Cheney’s off shore accounts. I bet they are all now worth Billions.

I would too.. would shut up the conspiracy wackos.

BRING ALL OF EM TO TRIAL... then we move on to this one over the AIG BONUS GATE

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

If you are referring to me, I am not angry at the Republican party. I belong to NEITHER party. I like to be an independent thinker. Actually, I think many republicans have been hit much harder that I have. They did not see Bush, Rove and Cheney as clearly as I could.

Zion   March 24th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

@ Vicki as you may have noted in my above comments, I was waiting on your hateration. Ed Henry asked his series of questions, and President Obama answered the questions. He handled Ed Henry, CNN, and obviously your hate "in love with Obama you can't see straight.." Get over the change because it will be back in 2012.

Dani   March 24th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

President Obama rocks!!!!!

mehdi   March 24th, 2009 10:48 pm ET


Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

You guys are odd ... why are you convincing me of anything.... HE WON

I don't need anyone to tell me what to think

ESP after that stimulus fiasco.

Dodd you convinced so many

BTW He RAN AGAINST Bush (McCain) My dead grandmother could have won and she has been dead for 20 years.

Joe   March 24th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I cringed when I heard Ed Henry's question and his narrative in te post press conference analysis. What a shallow question! The man is an embarrassment to your network.

Chubear   March 24th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

First, WOW, Ed Henry got PWNED! big time lol but hey, if you're going to get your butt handed to you it might as well be by the President.

Secondly, it's been long since we've seen this type of absolute quality in a leader in the White House... it feels almost foreign. Love him or hate him, this President oozes quality.

Linda   March 24th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Ed Henry was the one that was angry and rude. He got the answer he deserved. So really does not need to pat himself on the back.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Actually the bonuses do not bother me as much AIG has and will continue to pay the banks of other countries that they and have owed for possibly 5 or 8 years. AIG has been running arrears for years...

cloning cars??? now that is a new thought... just love that creativity as long as it does not make it worse financially for us

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

If you are referring to me, I am not angry at the Republican party. I belong to NEITHER party. I like to be an independent thinker. Actually, I think many republicans have been hit much harder that I have. They did not see Bush, Rove and Cheney as clearly as I could.


ITS OK... Sorry of you thought I was hostile to you.

Just get tired of hearing that stuff all the time
that's why I want the trials


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

I would love to see them go to trial... just like madoff... since he made off with all their money.

You gotta hand it to us Americans. We do get creative!!

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I'm glad that's all your after...who's to blame. I was afraid you might be more interested in a solution to the problems we face. As long as all you want to know is who did what, when and where I'll write a letter requesting that the White House release that information in the National Enquirer. I'm sure we could get him to open a vein or two for you during his next press conference if that would help as well.
Who cares when he got angry? Who cares if he mis-read our reaction to it? Maybe he had other things on his mind than a poll. Maybe he did think the bonuses were going to go over "like a fart in church" when in fact they went off like a bomb in the National Cathedral during high mass.
People....FOCUS! He said there would be mistakes made. Is this really the mistake you want to throw him to the wolves for? Have you never made a similar mistake? Did you take responsibiltiy for it. He has said on several occaisions "As President, I am ultimately responsible". What more do you want?? NEXT TOPIC!!

Diane   March 24th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

For those of you who worry about the actions taken by the president and the fed, google "A REVIEW OF KEYNESIAN THEORY" and read the article. The reason the Great Depression lasted so long and was so deep, was that the Keynesian Theory was not adopted. Why do you think wars help the economy? The answer is government spending. But a better solution is government spending to invest in the country instead of spending on weapons that are then destroyed in a single moment.

Hope   March 24th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Thank God that we have a President in office who doesn't stoop to level of some of his detractors including some in the press. He is a dignified, brilliant man who is criticized no matter what he does. On Sunday he was too happy and today he's too angry. If the press would stop trying to create narratives and simply did their job we would be much better off as a nation. And I agree that the question about race was completely inappropriate and the reporter bringing up the President's children was unnecessary. Ed Henry got pwned on national television and it was exactly what he deserved. CNN needs to clean up its act and stop acting like a Fox News wannabe.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

@ Chubear

I agree. I think this guy is doing a dance with everyone in Washington. I cannot even imagine how difficult it is to get both the Senate and congress to agree on anything!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

die from Irvine CA March 24th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Actually the bonuses do not bother me as much AIG has and will continue to pay the banks of other countries that they and have owed for possibly 5 or 8 years. AIG has been running arrears for years…

cloning cars??? now that is a new thought… just love that creativity as long as it does not make it worse financially for us

OK ...... yea the energy plan is great I wonder how the environmentalists will think.. (in WI We Energies had a fight with a bird group that lasted a while and that was over a few TEST wind generators)

Where do we think BOTH parties make their money WALL STREET
... do people not know how the govt and campaigns work

Yea when NIXON was forced out it was just petty theft against the other party.

Its not the crime its the cover up He continues to want to avoid it gets more interesting .. .

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

I did not think you were hostile... you are just speaking your mind. No need to apologize.

I would with a group of people that would embarrass a drunken sailor...

Cheryl   March 24th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

By the way, I wanted to add that I counted well over 100 times the name of Ed Henry was mentioned in the letters above. Probably representing at least 100 families who are hopping, if they all stop watching CNN, do you think anyone will start listening and get rid of the kid? Or do the comments from viewers really even matter?

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

NO worries

THIS Bush/Obama spending plan will ruin us

I hope i am wrong.

See I have hope

Bruce   March 24th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

I think President Obama continues to speak directly to the American people. Maybe the press should join in the same approach and conversation. Some questions were overwrought already in a media blitz over the last few days.
I hope President Obama continues to speak to us and continues to be visible, while handling many tough issues that haven't been addressed... that alone is refreshing and something we haven't seen over the last 8 years.
We've seen and heard more from Dick Cheney in recent weeks then we saw in his last year in office.

Robert   March 24th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

@americans want truth
you seem to be the type of guy I can always find a fight with. You will make bold statements then act as if your comments are all in the name of democracy or something bigger than you. You should run for office, so we can put you under the microscope and see what your life has been like when you have had to make decisions. The republican bush bashing is on point because Obama has had only 60 days. In that amount time, for people to be in opposition, they already had to be opposition. And yeah I hear ya you didn't vote for Bush the 2nd time, but I would bet money you couldn't find it in your heart to vote Obama, for whatever reason. If you are smarter than Obama, take the lead show us the way. Im willing to accept any capable leader including you, but save your BS for the next election, its way too early to judge this man's presidency.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Funny thing is ... the Dems and far left said how out of touch the GOP were ... Ive been using compuers since my TRS 80 (think that was what is was called)
Then got an APPLE ][e ...

Remember Davids Midnight Magic anyone (acoustic couplers?)

I think they do not know who they are trying to pick a fight with?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Everything in balance.... Americans, including myself, have a tendency to be extreme... we have difficulty being or thinking in the middle. Maybe that is where our creativity stems from...

I am very concerned about our environment. I am concerned about the animals we are pushing to the brink of extension.

But I don't strap myself to a tree.

Lynda Flynn-Thal   March 24th, 2009 11:03 pm ET


Maggie Mae   March 24th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Loved Listening to President Obama Tonight.!! How refreshing to have a President Speak on the Actual Issues and not Subject we (The Listeners) to Fear and Threats Constantly. Larry all of Canada Loves you.!! Keep up the Fantastic Work.!! Maggie Mae out.

Chubear   March 24th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

The President looks very tired.

I'm hoping there's someone there to tell him enough is enough and to take a break when need be. This is a marathon and we have a lot of work to do in the coming years. He'll do us no good to burnout early.

... btw, didn't Bush have a number of vacations in the first 60 days and there wasn't much going on back then either lol. Ok ok, I jest... or do I? O.o

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

What did I do to you Robert?

THE GOP LOST... they had Palin rembemer

Why do you think there are only 2 parties in this countries?

Why do you want to start a fight with me?

I don't hate you I just think this guy is a joke and not right for the country right now.

We Pledge our Allegence to our Republic not our leaders
King Geroge and indipendence form England thought us that

WHY do you even care who I VOTED FOR

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I find it especially amusing that Ed Henry, the CNN correspondent wanted to know who? what? when? some 10 hours after they "aired" the Congressional hearings into the AIG fiasco.
Here was the opportunity to get some answers. Here were the three guys most likely to provide that information being "grilled" (CNN's analysis of the proceedings, not mine) yet, they couldn't resist having their correspondents interrupt it with color commentary. I never heard what they were saying because I was so incensed that they had the gaul to interrupt the questions and answers to give us their opinions.
Honest to god, I thought the two correspondents sounded like they were on a shoe shopping expedition.
To top it off, they had COMMERCIALS on during a time that the government was trying to provide the American people with answers. How do they expect us to take them seriously as the elite of NEWS organizations?
When will CNN finally get over it and rename themselves CINN (Commercials Interrupted by News Network).

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

@ Chubear

Bush was always on vacation in his first term. I became irritated with him collecting his paycheck

I think Obama ... being a lawyer... enjoys a good challenge! Maybe he bit off more than he could chew... but we all need to give him the time he needs and just ride the economy roller coaster. I guess that is easy for me to say, because I have a bed and a home to sleep in. I don't know if I would be that tolerant if I was sleeping on the streets....

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Everything in balance…. Americans, including myself, have a tendency to be extreme… we have difficulty being or thinking in the middle. Maybe that is where our creativity stems from…

I am very concerned about our environment. I am concerned about the animals we are pushing to the brink of extension.

But I don’t strap myself to a tree.

Sorry its just the idea of emergency powers make me nervous.

A lot of the safety nets created from the great depression are still in place so we are not that bad off even if we get to a depression

We need ot keep the checks balances and safeguards in place

The constitution and other founding documents are our guide for leading each other... our founding fathers knew man could not be trusted ot lead itself... that is why they are not amended often AT ALL

I STill think the TAX 90% bill could be REAL charges.. not even tried to hide that (at least a hearing)

Erma Gibson   March 24th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

President Obama has my unwavering support. I am inspired by the leadership in the White House. The administration is intelligent, focused, forward thinking and concerned about the plight of the American people. I look forward to the next eight years of the Obama Administration. If President Obama's vision for America is realized I feel that my progeny will be limited only by the choices they make in life.
President Obama is doing the right thing by taking his message directly to the people and avoiding the MSM spin.
BTW I had to sacrafice MSM including CNN for the sake of my own sanity and peace of mind (too one sided).

Robert   March 24th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

Not angry, not dangerous. A very civil minded law abiding individual. I thought I mentioned what you did and not to me. Look, what I see is that you don't trust this guy. Maybe some women see me and clutch their purses when I am actually holding a door for them. But the problem is that your fears, turn into opinions, and then your opinions become beliefs. How can you expect a president to not make mistakes. You seem to believe that Obama is in bed with the money, AIG. Hence " he and hillary were in the senate". "They knew what was going on." Please don't take my comments as bashing you. I like to add some humility to my arguments and I like for the people I argue with to do the same.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

Joe In Hartford, CT

Ah Good evening Joe. So how long have you been lurking on this site? 🙂

Congressional hearings into the AIG fiasco might do better facilitated by the average American who was NOT paid by AIG!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

I don't think he knew that being brilliant doesn't mean you automatically can do a job well.

I used to work at a place that had a lot of temp grad students.. some were boobs.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

My brother works as a senior lecturer and he is surprised at what he is seeing as well he was goona ask a few pol sci guys what they thik but hasn't told me yet

Wario   March 24th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

Very interesting how Obama keeps reminding everyone about the inherited $1.3 trillion deficit, and hammering that as much as possible, yet he forgets to keep telling everyone that HIS stimulus package is going to leave us (according to his conservative estimates) $7 trillion in debt (!). I understand you have to "spend money to make money", but economists are estimating a $9 trillion to $11 trillion deficit at the end of his term. That seems like a lot of the same old "tax and spend" politics of our old democratic party, not the new one I signed up for...

hari   March 24th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Guys. It is boradly agreed that AIG bonuses are a wrong thing to do. CNN has covered it for a week and we know about it. Adrew comeau did a good job in trying to get back some of the bonuses. This is time every body was trying to get past the issue. Infact senate probably will not vote on that issue
At this kind of time, I thought Ed Henry pushed it a little bit when he asked the president. I just dont agree with him.

Where is all the media when the bonus clause was introduced in the bill?
Certainly republicans will try to take shots at this but I dont think they have the right. They would have had the right if they uncovered the AIG bonus clause in the bill and said that the reason they dont want to vote. Infact they just voted againast it even without reading the bill and proved themselves as GOP (grand obstructionist party)

Rick St Thomas   March 24th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

I thought the level of questioning by the White House press corp was generally very poor. It was , to me, shallow, and mostly concerned with minutae. I have nor heard any of the "best political team " who gets what happened, what's happening now, or where we are headed. No one I've heard gets who Barak Obama is or what he's doing. For a bunch of bright, attractive, articulate, educated people you (to paraphrase a congreeman) could not hit yourselves in the backside with either hand.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

@ Dodie
Long time listener, first time caller. Finally couldn't keep my mouth shut.

I wonder if Ed Henry and CNN under-estimated our response to his question? Mr. Obama took a few days before declaring what a great job he was doing.

CNN and the pundits got it out in about 30 seconds. you think Ed will be before Congress next week to explain?

Robert   March 24th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

We must remember that Republicans while Bush was in office had control of Congress as well. Democratic Senators could do nothing to stop a two term agenda. Also look at Republicans today during what is going on now. To much talking about what someone else is doing, trying to get a consensus of opposition. Republican Governors and Senators who dont like what Obama is doing and don't want stimulus money can just micro-manage their own states and districts and show us by example. Make your state the cream of the crop of the nation and then maybe you can earn some validity to your comments.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Hey Robert its OK...

I don't trust Obama.. I don't have to like him... I have a duty to question my leaders.
Think it was Jefferson (not sure) who said something like

... trust no one ... question everything.. even GOD for he would rather you question things then not

something like that anyway. Have to look that up sometime

Sorry I didn't mean to hit such a nerve
It's cool

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

@ Robert Are you in the legal field??

@ Americans WANT TRUTH\
(You said)
Sorry its just the idea of emergency powers make me nervous.

I like that honesty! I respect your feelings. I don't always agree... but I can usually respect people that I do not agree with (unless I view them completely off the deep end) which I seldom see in here. We all have issues. Mine are with the religious nuts... that want to push their religion on to everyone else...

Yes, we all will get through this even though many of us will lose our tempers during the process. It is good emotional growth for all of us.

hari   March 24th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Where is the rebuttal speech from republicans? Did they pull out Gov.Jindal since there is a Volcano errupted in Alaska like 6 times so far in the last week

Wario   March 24th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

I believe since children are really our future, TEACHERS are the ones who should be making close to six figures. Why not make TEACHERS the ones we want to attract to higher paying jobs??? Just think what type of quality individuals that would attract to one of our most important professions??? I'm sure our future would benefit accordingly...

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

Still think that Barny Frank Freddie Mac connection could land him in jail

But we will have to see

We are all REVOLUTIONARIES at heart you know?

Jan in Texas   March 24th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

I am so disgusted by Ed Henry that I'm turning off CNN. Ed Henry and Bill Bennett are quite the pair. Disgusting!

Loved Obama!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

@ Joe In Hartford, CT ((( LOL )))

Poor Ed... everyone has been bagging on him all night long. I guess he could sit before congress... as incompetent ???

Paul O Hayre   March 24th, 2009 11:29 pm ET


Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

I'm a Christan.. Lutheran (another revolt of sorts against ROME)... but its OK.. You didn't know.

My uncle was a Nuclear Physicist .. he worked in CA
HE was a holy roller.. cyclotron i think he said

Still think its funny that Los Alamos national labs (the town ) Had the highest ratio of places of worship to population.. not sure what it is now but I bet its still up there... The work maby?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

You remind me of my son!

As an old friend who is a psychologist says to me all the time...

A little paranoia is healthy!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I was disappointed with Jindal..

With is background and education I thought it would be a slam dunk

Guess that makes my earlier point
Was it Oxford or Cambridge

Forget now

Wish he would he would drop that Bobby thing... its silly

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Worked for Woodward and Bernstein

I could write a book .. wonder who will play me in the movie?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Not to offend you or anyone... but many religious nuts... and just because one is religious does not quality one as a nut!! are also recovering drug addicts... so in California since we have so many of those... it seems likely that there would be a lot of churches here.

I guess I am just an independent thinker... I rely on myself. At times I think it would be nice to be religious.. but I am not! I just could not see the point in it..

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

no its the 12 steps the having faith in a higher power step..

some people go over board with that one

Kathy   March 24th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Ed Henry was rude and, really, who cares about whether the President responds with the kind of anger that some people like to see? In fact, what a relief to see an intelligent, level-headed person in the White House...finally. Bravo to President Obama!!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

It sounds like you got burned out.... Is that correct?

keino3   March 24th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Why we are still forced to take John McCain's arguments serious and why are we giving credence to Senetor McCain or his "former" advisors? Let’s get on a positive note, but let’s be real.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Yes, its a good fit. The obsessive/compulsive character.

@ Kathy

I agree.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

I had a pagan living in my apartment .. nice lady she was gay and she was shocked when she learned I was a Lutheran .. did SHE have some odd ideas about Christians (to be honest I havn't been ot church that much this year but I never did go that much.. when I get down its nice reminder of my childhood (and the message stuff too)

Like Christians never know Easter and Christmas were PEGAN holidays

Like a kid never asked their parents why the Easter bunny isn't in the bible.

Angus   March 24th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

Honestly, it's only been 60 days. And the President is right – we've not invested in the future of the country in over 8 years. It's time to start investing in Energy, Education, and Health Care.

Joe   March 24th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

I think President Obama did a great job on his interview with the press unlike George Bush who always tried to cover up his mess that he made from his bad judgements on the US financial system or he might not have just not cared because it was not in his agenda.We could see his performance over the last 8 years.President Obama is doing more in the first 100 days to clean up Bushs mess then Bush did in eight years.Yeah Obama is spending money to make up for Bushs stupidity as President.We are better of with Obama then we would have been better with another BUSH like president.YOU CANT SIT AND DO NOTHING.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

March 24th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Yes, its a good fit. The obsessive/compulsive character.
what me?

I resemble that remark.

The press has to keep em all honest (or try)

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

March 24th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Why we are still forced to take John McCain’s arguments serious and why are we giving credence to Senetor McCain or his “former” advisors? Let’s get on a positive note, but let’s be real.


Don't know ... he isn't running again? His daughter scored some points on the View I guess

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

Cute with the Easter bunny effect! What did you learn from her?

Mona, Vancouver BC Canada   March 24th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Finally, an articulate, thoughtful and visionary President. After only 60 days in office I think some of the journalists missed the opportunity to ask smart questions rather than just questions geared to trap.

As for Ed Henry, I do not join the pundits giggling about how he made the President angry. First of all I took the President's response to be direct and to the point. To suggest, as one of the pundits did, that this "flash" of impatience indicates he will be a one term president is just another indication that Republicans have nothing intelligent to offer. All they seem to be able to do is trivialize in order to demean the politician they do not support. That is sad. This terrible economic disaster could be an opportunity to all work together for the greater good. They squandered their mandate, rubber stamped a disastrous administration and now suddenly know they are talking about. Wake up. And as for CNN coverage, you could also elevate the discussion. And what the heck was that board about with the words....better in a classroom for 5 year olds.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

Whups I got censored..

What I meant to say was...@ Dodie

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you.

Cry and the President punches you in the nose!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Ah, a 12 step member too. Good group

Hey Joe! Are you still lurking???

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 24th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

@ Dodie

Yep still here. I got censored for what I hope was the "b" word and not cuz I was picking on Mr. Ed.

I guess we'll know the answer to that if you're able to read this.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

You do know the average IQ of most presidents right..?

I wonder about Obamas.... he speaks well but the messed up a bit .. I take that to nerves.

I haven't been able to find a place online that had a credible estimate
I say

mid 130 or 140 maby.. Wechsler

He doesn't seem to get quick responses .. seems a bit canned and recycled.
Not able to adapt quick.

I would like to know how long he was using ... sorry didn't read his books anyone know.

Theory is drugs use stunts your emotional IQ.. when using your maturity gets put on hold.
(one theory any way)
Would explain some things but I don't know .. not sure I believe that theory.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 24th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

@ Joe In Hartford, CT

Awe, was CNN being bad to you??? I wonder why? maybe they do not see the humor in your witt like I do...

I have problems in another CNN room. I end up getting moderated all the time because I put in the words... terrible inflation and I guess they do not want anything negative in there...

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

Ah, a 12 step member too. Good group

Hey Joe! Are you still lurking???


I m not.. just know some that are

Niecy   March 25th, 2009 12:01 am ET

It is painfully obvious that CNN does not read these blogs. I have taken the time to read every single one and the American people have spoken. Loud and clear. Sure, there are those that disagree (fundamentally) with our president, but they at least note that he cares about the American people and is willing to tackle the big problems. All the CNN pundits and journalists seem to do is nitpick on sentances-that don't matter.
Anderson Cooper–pretty pathetic.. Wolf–not to bad.
Nancy–please choose another profession. Campbell–refreshing. Ali–thank you. Anderson–please (did I mention Anderson already?) John King–not to bad. Ali–thank you. Gloria–good job.
Ed Henry–no comment, but I hope you can lick your wounds quickly. CNN thinks they need you.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:02 am ET

I noticed his .. cheat sheet .. booklet.. tabbed and indexed.

Bush could have used one of those.

Crescenciano   March 25th, 2009 12:04 am ET

yes I know its persistence not persistance...I am typing tired.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:04 am ET

when has a blog been a good indicator of anything?

That's like believing anything you read on the inter net or see on TV

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 25th, 2009 12:04 am ET

They weren't being bad. I broke the rules. I thought I was only bending them, but I accept responsibility. I'll be appearing before Congress all week!! Getcher tickets now!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:04 am ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

Yes, he is smart.. probably around 140 I would imagine. Hard to determine without giving him a test and even then, the tests are not always that accurate. He hears himself speak before he actually does... accounts for the delay... I think he uses laughter as a way to extinguish nerves...

If I were up there... I would be sticking my foot in my mouth all the time. I give him a lot of credit. At least he seems human and has good self esteem as he is able to admit his mistakes.


you said> Theory is drugs use stunts your emotional IQ.. when using your maturity gets put on hold.
(one theory any way)
Would explain some things but I don’t know .. not sure I believe that theory.

Yes, I adhere to that theory. It makes a lot of sense when a 50 year old acts like a 16 year old most of the time. Well that happens even without drugs (LOL)

Jean   March 25th, 2009 12:05 am ET

President Obama was GREAT as always, he is working extremely hard to clean up this mess left to him with integrity and concern for the citizens of the USA and around the world approval again. I have never thought highly of Ed Henry but, he certainly made an a@@ out of himself tonight. President Obama's reply was PRICELESS!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:06 am ET

@ Niecy

You must have a lot of free time!!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:06 am ET

Its like using Wikipedia for a reliable source . OK for stuff that doesn't' matter

Yea don't say you work for Wall Street

Adnan   March 25th, 2009 12:07 am ET

On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), I rank Ed Henry a –10 (yes, a Minus Ten !) The people solidly elected President Obama, and not you Mr. Henry.

And, oh, please we don't want to see your smirky smile, Ed.

CNN please do something about showing him on the air. Is that the best you can do, in getting reporters to cover the President?

Thanks for listening!


PS: Oh, by the way, I rate President Obama on the same scale as +10.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:07 am ET

@ Joe In Hartford, CT

Ah yes, there is a fine line between bend... and break LOL

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:10 am ET

@ Americans WANT TRUTH

There is an area we both agree on. Wall Street and foot in mouths!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Funny ever notice his press sec Gietner is it and that Berkley Prof adviser she is way To happy

They have the same thing? Nervous laughter all of em?

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:11 am ET


You got my vote!

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Awe. they probably got their fingers caught in the cookie jar. I would say something else but CNN would give me the boot like Joe!

Joe are you still here? Frustrating when you can not get your posts seen.

Japheth   March 25th, 2009 12:15 am ET

The president is equally stunned as American People at AIG, and it was imperative for him to be calm and collected hence no rush to responding to AIG bonuses. Ed Henry is better positioned to understand this. Nothing Personal but that is how the system works. The Obama Administration is right on track to seek more powers for regulation. The mindset of so many institutions are bent towards Greed and this is the worst enemy of this generation. i do not think Corporate America will easily give this up! Good Job Barack Obama.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Americans WANT TRUTH

It was nice listening to what you have to say. Remember .. a little paranoia is healthy! By the way, I was a 12 step-er too.

Joe... if you are still out there. Good night ole friend! Take care and ....


Good night!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:17 am ET

There has to be a plan on why he is so hostile to Wall St.. Organizer days ... resentments the haves vs have not thing?

He know he is one of the haves right???


I don't know why the AIG thing had to be such a mess up... he could just 'strong arm the ' guys.. you play nice or you get no help

national security excuse.

Or they tried and leaked it?

greg   March 25th, 2009 12:18 am ET

get Ed Henry & Bill Bennett OFF CNN,,,,,we do not need them.well, Ed Henry made his mark tonite, now we all know who he is & is not..go home ...

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:19 am ET

some in the biosphere will figure it out but its so odd he wants to avoid the subject still.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 25th, 2009 12:19 am ET

Behaving gets me in WAAAAAAYY too much trouble!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:19 am ET

nite missed that ... wasn't there when I posted.

TAN-ALI   March 25th, 2009 12:26 am ET

President Obama was very good in explaining to the people what he is doing . Why is CNN condemning and criticizing his good work? All your strategists are constantly speaking against Obama WHY??

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:26 am ET

GOP bating is a diversion thing... but it makes no sense

Why keep the attacks up your office is above that ?

Makes not sense at all.

GOP aren't voting for him anyway (he is a dem)

The rest of us don't care but its odd alright

The personal attackers against his own populous is what gets me a but miffed
Odd to attack a citizen BY NAME they usually have no comment they have their own opinion .. line

Bush used it all the time...
The presidents serve all their citizens after all

Almost bulling
That is creepy and a bit odd. He has the job.. why worry what they say... its only your first few months.. just wait till 3rd year of so.

betty ann modaff   March 25th, 2009 12:30 am ET

First, it is great having a president who can speak well and I feel he did a great job handling some challenging questions.

Doc L.   March 25th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Sorry CNN, but Ed Henry was childish, unprofessional, and disrespectful to our President tonight. The public wants to move on. CNN used to be the best news show on T.V. Ed Henry should be fired! He just ruined the reputation of CNN!

Helena Shaw   March 25th, 2009 12:31 am ET

President Obama projected intelligence, confidence and focus. He was strong and knowledgeable, and he made sense. What more can we ask for?

Donna   March 25th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Please do not run ads against the President. My god he is just starting out -please give the guy a chance and I will not watch anymore if you continue these ads. The election is a long way off.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Notice how it was Rush then .. who is that radio woman .. like they were going after the Right wing radio people one after another

Just gets the personalities higher ratings they love it... brings in more listeners they bait him back to keep the thing going (remember the VIEW fights)

Oddly reminds me of Quayle and Murphy Brown...thing

James Shaw   March 25th, 2009 12:33 am ET

It's intertesing to see how much Obama is glimpsing over the specifics of his economic stimulus. He usese such general terms about "moving forward", "economic growth", and "creating jobs" but doesn't give specifics about how it will be done. He can only speak in broad terms and when the specific sections of his legislation (such as allowing 165 million to be given as bonuses) creates an uproar, he cannot handle it. I don't think this oversimplification with fly in the long run and I don't think he can keep hiding behind rhetoric and metaphor.

Monica   March 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET

I liked President Obama's answers and his sincere dedication he keeps showing us to pull our country out of a very difficult time and I wouldn't have any other person try to do what President Obama is doing. I don't know any president that has done this much in their first 64 days of their presidency.

As for Ed, someone should have taught him that if he can't say something constructive or positive, don't say anything at all. I am glad the president gave him an educated lashing. He truly deserved it based on his tone when he asked his question.

President Obama makes me feel comfortable and keeps me proud, we have a great country, please let's all try to stay positive and together during these tough times!!! GO USA!!!

Rick   March 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Obama rocked it!! People are expecting overnight miracles but he is setting proper expectations with the American people. I made the right choice in November!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Don't get the VP 'fight'

He cant be 'that' sensitive?

Andrea Pick   March 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Very upset. Obama said that Medicare is a major "cost" problem. My dear father who is a paraplegic is being booted out of the hospital because his 100 days of care under Medicare is up. That sucks! He is a good, honest citizen, he deserves better than that.

jane   March 25th, 2009 12:34 am ET

I think ED Henry is a "gotcha" sort of news reporter as I often find his questioning to be more about him than at getting at the truth. His manner of asking Obama about the AIG bonus fiasco was extremely rude. He even brought in Obama's children. CNN often focuses on the irrelevant or goes for being sarcastic. Obama never got his 100 days, especially from CNN. CNN mistakes criticism for truly enlightening questioning.

David   March 25th, 2009 12:35 am ET

One question was from way out in left field:

Do you believe in a one world currency?

Why not ask him if he believes in little green men?

Connie   March 25th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Obama has only been in office 64 days, he can't fix the mess that Bush made overnight. Great job Pres. Obama

Lois   March 25th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Re: This evening's news conference.
President Obama's brilliance underscored the depth of his talent. He spoke clearly and credibly to every point. I am so proud to stand behind a leader of his vision and substance.

Desmond Brown   March 25th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I think the president answered the questions in detail this is one of the most intelligent Presidents this country has ever had

Ed Henry's question was a direct attack on the president it was very disrespectful ! in the tone and manner he asked why it took a couple of days to express anger does expressing anger solve the problem ..I think Ed Henry should be coached on how to ask the right questions to get the right answers that will benefit America !

Tom Lester   March 25th, 2009 12:35 am ET

i voted for him. i like him. i like his policies, his vision and his priorities. i hope he continues to do the fine job he is doing for many years to come.
quite a number of lurkers on this site that don't choose to follow rules you posted. personal attacks and cap. letters are always a sign of a weak arguement.

Meher   March 25th, 2009 12:36 am ET

He gets more "Presidential" by the day! And he seems to feel the pain of middle America.
Last comment – Has any other president ever signed on to a budget that makes a systemic change – that will make a difference NOT to his immediate poll numbers but to fix a problem for the LONG TERM – even BEYOND his own two.

Jesse Whitfield   March 25th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Looks like we finally have a President that want's to do something! Why are the Republicans looking for negativity during the semi depression?

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:38 am ET

'Please do not run ads against the President. My god he is just starting out —please give the guy a chance and I will not watch anymore if you continue these ads. The election is a long way off.'
Why should he care about criticism. He is grown man. If he cant handle this...
What I don't get is why he is acting like he is still running .. more .. we will... we shall.... all future tense.

Debra K   March 25th, 2009 12:38 am ET

As usual, Mr. Obama didn't answer the questions but bloviated various platitudes. Sounded just like a campaign speech. About that subject of taxing charitable contributions, why does he want to cut out the precious help that others do for so many. Very telling, when he and Biden give a pittance to charities, if anything! They both do not help others in need but want to tell us what to do! Answered no questions, went no where, just like the proverbial Alaskan bridge. He asked to have this job, so get on with it and quit whining about what he "inherited".

becky   March 25th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Could it have been more staged?? Since when does the President have a spokesperson give a pre speech to tell you what he is going to say before he says it..... We do not need a new celebrity flying all over the country to be his own best PR person!! Since when does the President of the US have nightly appearances on TV for entertainment. Since when do companies become so important that they cannot go bankrupt. That comment has been made several times, that they are too important and too strategic! Where is all of the bail out money coming from but yet Obama promised first he would cut the deficit in half by the end of two years now he will reduce the deficit by the end of his term!! Where is the magic dust that he is using to get all of this money ! Stop the madness! We need a President not a cheerleader!

Nichole   March 25th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Since when has a President's use of a teleprompter become news?

John Viculin   March 25th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Contrary to the comments of some CNN panelists this evening, I feel that President Obama looked energetic and calm throughout the exchange with reporters this evening. I feel that the response to Ed Henry's question was polite, calm and appropriate. Obama did not look angry as your panelists assert. Obama looked firm and to the point. Sorry, Mr Henry, your baiting did not work.

Donovan Johnson   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Give Obama a break he is trying his best. Dont forget President Bush was on vacation his first 36 day in 2004!

Burnal   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

All the reporters asked the wrong question. When will there be transparency to the federal reserve bank?

mildred/Texas   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Awesome Job Mr. President, once again we have authority and leadership, with intelligence in the highest office in the land. You inspire me to do more and do better. President Obama despite what the news media says is in control. And I love It. I just love it! Yes ONE MORE thing
The news media especially fox new channels are griping, spreading their personal opinions, trying to sway the public and what is even worst, it is almost as if they think they are the police reporting every bit of anything they can get to grip about. The hatefulness of the news is outrageous, the first 100 day, they report his every move, his every word, his every look. and NEVER! EVER has this been done to any other president. I want to file a law suit against the news for entrapment. Fox news keep your opinion to yourself, cause we don't care about your gripes. sincerely the public is outraged

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

One question was from way out in left field:

Do you believe in a one world currency?

Why not ask him if he believes in little green men?//


Its because of what China and Europe were doing

He is good looking at his notes too (looks down and you hardly notice it)

Beej   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Quite a performance. How very refreshing to have a President who is the smartest person in the room. And what idiocy to talk, as some pundits and commenters have been, about teleprompters and Obama's tendency to use "uhm" and "ah" when answering questions. Are you all so conditioned to politicians who, when asked a question, spout some memorized talking point with glib precision that you can't even recognize when someone is actually thinking out loud and trying to give a direct, honest answer? I'll talk a few "uhms" and "ahs" any day over Bush's or Cheney's or even Bill Clinton's slick non-answers. There is an intelligent adult in the White House now. Get used to it.

Lisa   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

I am living in Germany while my husband is deployed, unfortunayely we have to stay up late to get the live broadcasts, however I do believe that Obama will pull this country through if the Americans will help be part of the solution and not the problem, which has been demonstrated by these big comapnies who only care about themselves. We all need to pray and help Obama make progress for the Americans , I would also like to say Thank You to Michelle Obama for her dedication to military familes. Unfortunately spouses are limited to employment opportunities in Germany which creates stress within the family.

Linda   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Not only did President Obama answer the questions, he answered them in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. I was truly impressed with his demeanor–calm, genuine and sincere.

Scott Hall   March 25th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Am I the only one to notice how much the congressman and congresswoman behaved earlier today during the hearing. Apparently if congress can't keep within their own rules such as speaking out of turn or trying to talk over their time limit why should I think they are capable of creating a just law and guidance for the country. I've seen first grade classes behave better. It absolutely sickening to my stomach.

Adrian Cornelius   March 25th, 2009 12:43 am ET

He did very well. I disagree with those who said the President became upset with Ed Henry's question. He answered the question and was very poised in doing so. I didn't detect anger at all. I don't know why the pundits try to Make a story out of nothing.

greg   March 25th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Lets give this man time. He is just 2 months in the WH. Lets give him time.

Gina   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

I agree with JoAnn...Ed Henry...MY HERO!
I do not agree he answered questions...I thought he side-stepped direct questions!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

He doesn't use I that much . but we a lot.

Odd thing I think.. just his style I suppose

CharlesH.KickIII   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Pres. Obama is awesome! Can't believe some of the thoughtless remarks by my fellow countrymen on this blog about Obama and our situation. Seems like everybody wants instant gratification on every front. It's going to take some time before this mess gets back on track.

Michael   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

I agree that mr. obama's recovery plan is not a speed boat. It is a more like an ocean liner. THE TITANIC !!! God help us.

Brian S   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

President Obama didn't inspire confidence. I'm tired of taxpayers doling out billions to banks that turn around and hoard the money, and insurance companys that give it away in bonuses and then come back for more. I just read an article where the Goverment is putting a company in Alabama out of business, giving the contract for Condoms that are supplied globally by the USAids, to a South Korean and a Chinese Company. And he has the nerve to say he wants to change Washington politics. So far its just been more of the same as far as I'm concerned, the only difference being is he's actually tripling the deficit so far and he hasn't even been in office a hundred days. I shudder to think what his whole termis going to be like.

Aisha   March 25th, 2009 12:44 am ET

President Obama handled the press conference extremely well, which is more than I can say for the press core. He didn't shy away from any question and gave perfectly logical responses to every question asked. His analogy to the ocean liner vs. the speed boat was right on. Instead of the press wasting questions on the President's race. "four days," why he is doing too much too fast (is that a joke?)and why he hasn't asked Americans to sacrifice (was he kidding?), I wanted to hear more questions about what specific things the president was going to do on education, homeland security, green initiatives, healthcare and the economy. I give the President and A+, and the press core a great big fat F.
Columbus, OH

Demian   March 25th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Obama seemed a little shook up as the conference went on, but this may be a good thing. He is getting too comfortable in his popularity and speech giving abilities. He needs to be kept on his toes.

Bhaskar Meka   March 25th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I am surprised by the reaction of the media on 2 different comments.

1. "the fundamentals of our economy are strong,"

2. we've got the long-term fundamentals that will really make sure this economy grows.

Maria   March 25th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I Think the President did pretty good. However since he knew about the bonus deal to AIG he should have answered it TRUTHFULLY. This could make or break the Americans support for him. Since it is our tax money going to these failing, cheating companies, we should see all the ceo's be fired without compensation. If he does not do that then forget about bailouts. He may also be seen as being in their pockets. That is the only negative thing so far I have against what he has been doing. It's a tough job but he better do it correctly or he will be out next election and this country will be down the tubes.

Katy   March 25th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I appreciate that President Obama is keeping in touch via both live and TV appearances. His explanations and solutions seem sensible to me. I think most of the people know that this will take a while to turn around, and we won't be going back to where we were, nor do we want to. He is right on about Americans making sacrifices. In my immediate family we have examples of that – I am taking 12 furlough days a year, my retirement account is down 35% (and I am 4 years from retirement age), husband is retired, one college educated son is a stay at home dad because he hasn't been able to find a decent job, and his wife works; my other son teaches 5 large classes a day plus runs the school media center. We are all stretched, but histoically things turn around. I'm glad Obama has the vision for health care, education, energy, and security – I can't think of a better person to have in the office. Things have to improve – we can just let things fall apart and stand around and wring our hands. Also, I am impressed with what I've heard from his staff like Emanuel and Axelrod.

Brian Tourville   March 25th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Larry Please !

Get some panel pundits that can walk and chew gum at the same time.

You've one continually calling for Obama to Quit Universal Health Care, Quit Higher Education, Quit Renewable Energy Development Projects, Quit pointing the Auto Makers in the Same Direction..

"and just focus on the Economy – before it Sinks".
Someone give that guy a stay in a Florida Rest Home Resort and spare us from further Pundit statements bordering on Arrested Development as the Best Way Forward for America..... gahh !

Brown   March 25th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I think the President did a great job. He answered the questions effictively, he seems to be working for the American people, and not caring what the critics are saying. He is doing what we elected him to do.

Yvenst   March 25th, 2009 12:46 am ET

From a true sincere objective standpoint, obama did well.

Anyone who differs, probably didn't like obama from the get-go and it's probably because of external emotional reason.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Beej... He did use a teleprompter. dont mean to burst you bubble..

he uses LCD HD TVs so they are not such a photo op.

It was under camera ... in the hall things they are LCD and back of crowd

I am impressed how you dont even see him looking at his cheat sheet booklet.

Anita Cohen   March 25th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I am a bank manager who has lost her job due to reduction in staff and have now joined the ranks of the unemployed after being in this industry for 19 years. I listen to our President and only feel positive towards his policies and hopes for the future. He has inherited a debacle that the previous administration has put us in, and hopefully, with the eyes he has put in place, will be able to turn this country around. I am hopeful for the future, but cautious. I do believe if anyone can get us out of this mess, it is President Obama and his constituents. I have a home and live in Florida which has the fourth lowest unemployment benefits in the
US, but I will keep my home no matter what job I have to take to make sure the payments get paid.

I think the President is on the right track, and hope the fools in Congress and the Senate do everything in their power to make sure he is successful.

Tyler Roberts   March 25th, 2009 12:47 am ET

President Obama did an alright job tonight. If I were giving him a grade I would give a B- or C+. He totally lied when asked the question about the AIG bonuses. He was part of helping get them in place then acted like he didnt know anything about it. He keeps saying it is necessary to spend and spend money. He tells us we must lower health care cost, but how are we going to do that? He answered almost every question saying people agreed with him and so on but never named anyone specifically or a group of experts that showed evidence and support for his plans.

Terri   March 25th, 2009 12:47 am ET

He is answering tough questions and he makes sense...what is everyone waiting for? This President isnt giving us a Presidential helping of BULL. He will prove his plan will work. As for me and mine we are ready to get to work with him.

Shana Howard   March 25th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I think President Obama is addressing his questions with much caution. He is thinking deeply about what is best for the American people and he is showing that he is trying to help the economy bounce back. The economy should be his main priority because there are too many families struggling on a day to day basis due to job loss. I say let him breathe and give him a chance to do what he can for the US

Allen Kwok   March 25th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Good for Obama for not taxing AIG bonuses, and good for the ones that did return that bonus money. Very inspiring. I think Obama took the moral high ground, and the ones that returned the money is a glimmer of hope, and demonstrates nobel characteristic that should be an example to everyone.

Alicia   March 25th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I think President OBAMA , is doing a great job! The economy is going to take time to recover. For God sake Mr. President Obama is only been in office for a short.... time! Give him a break!

rick smith   March 25th, 2009 12:48 am ET

So if you don't give 700,000,000 dollars to Mexico, you could hire 23,000 people at 30,000 dollars each per year to watch 12 miles of the border. I guess I forgot to add the cost of bullets...... Forgive me please...............

Ken Ball   March 25th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Watched President tonight. Then had to go to union meeting to vote on giving a day a week up to avoid lay off. It passed. Now part of the under employed. Better than being part of the under employed. But we will have to cut our family budget more.

Thank you

Ken Ball

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I think the President is on the right track, and hope the fools in Congress and the Senate do everything in their power to make sure he is successful


I hope he doesn't abuse the separation of powers like bush did.

President is getting ahead other the other TWO too much for my taste

Cindy   March 25th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Obama didn't impress me or sell me on his budget . At least he wasn't STONED like he was on 60 minutes.

Gina   March 25th, 2009 12:49 am ET

What hapened to "what do you want to ask the president @ the conference?" Noticed C Todd didn't ask anything close to what ppl were thinking on line...

Brian Euerby   March 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

If the American treasury had a nickle for every time George Bush used the words of phrases, "Weapons of Mass Destruction", "Iraq", "Saddam Huessin", Terrorist/m, well the would be no debt. If Mr. Bush had spent more time dealing with the American economy as opposed to just pay it lip service at the State of the Union Address, there would be less problem. Mr. Bush lets face it, left this President with the worst transfer of power ever in the history of America. Mr. Obama, if he fails miserably, I will give him all the credit in the world for giving it the ol' college try. I feel Mr. Obama is speaking with the most sincerity I have ever heard from any President. If he succeeds by nano steps, then this is huge by comparison to the mess he was left with.

laura smith   March 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Congress played a hugh role in driving us off the cliff.Now they are the ones complaining about the cost of the tow truck. Let's get back on solid ground!

Rich Rodriguez   March 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

President Obama was, in startling contrast to the previous administration, refreshing intelligent, informative and deft in his presentation. In was sad to have CNN representative, Ed Henry, ask such a poorly considered question at the press conference. What was he thinking?

nancy sawyer molina   March 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I think the President is in a different playbook than the Press and all their political hacks.
You are all playing dodge ball while he has moved to a different court and a different game. I love when you pretend to represent the
American people, know what we are thinking, and better yet, how we live day to day. You really don't have a clue. Ratings, not reporting, have become your god. Maybe your jobs will be the next to be outsourced.

Barbara   March 25th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I am so relieved to have a leader who is articulate and thoughtful. It feels like the grownups have arrived. Ahhhhh.

Tom   March 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Job well done! It's been 64 days. I know of no executive that gets a job evaluation after 64 days on the job. Don't sweat the AIG bonuses. I don't like them either but they are immaterial to the overall recovery. Keep a focus on the big picture – getting Americans back to work. It's jobs, jobs, jobs! Health care reform is also sorely needed. Persistance WILL pay off! Finally, it's great to have a president fluent with the English language.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I wonder how many people you could create jobs for to build and man ... good border fence with towers too.

The whole 9 yards

Anna   March 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I thought the President did very well. I am very concerned about the size of the deficit, but with things the way they are, I don't know what else we can do. I thought the President was on the mark when he asked people to give him a better plan if they have it. I would not want to be in his shoes. He has inherited a huge mess, and there is no doubt that President Bush and his staff knew what was going on and kept a lid on it so that he did not have to deal with it. I am also so tired of hearing the Republicans critizing everything that is going on, but why are they not working on some kind of plan to get us out of this. It is so easy to talk the talk, but very hard to walk the walk. I really don't know how anybody can deal with all the different problems we now have. Certainly, it has not been dealt with in the last eight years. I also wish that the Economist who are so very bright, would come up with a solid plan, and submit it to the President. Who knows, he may just take their suggestions, and it may all work out. I have lived through 13 Presidents, and I have seen them all blunder, and I have also seen so many make tremendous strides for the country, but I have never in all my years heard the hate, disgraceful things, and terrible E-mails that have gone on during the election, and continuing even as we speak. Let us all work together. Could any of you do a better job, if so, than go do.

Dani   March 25th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I agree with a previous poster in regards to the Ed Henry "gotcha" question. I felt the President handled himself quite well, especially considering the rude, condescending tone and rhetoric used by Henry.

We DVR'd the press conference because I had to work at my second job although i did hear a bit of it on local progressive radio (guess where I lean??). As always, I thought President Obama handled himself with class, without being elitist, and spoke in a language than made sense to me.

Although some may think he is overexposed, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the past 60+ days and learning everything I can. It's about time a president actually cares that the American people "get it."

Iyapo Kontar   March 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

The president did well but dont you think it funny that after only 64 days we are talking about what he has,nt done.
That tell you where we are as a people.

Lynn   March 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Stop criticizing and start offering solutions! This affects all of us! We all need to be more supportive of the President and his administration.

connie   March 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

President Obama did just fine tonight and boo to Ed Henry for trying to be so smart and "goad" the President. The President is extremely smart, has a bazillion things on his mind and if he wants to read from a teleprompter before taking questions from quote journalists, then let him read all he wants–in front, on the side, under his nose. Just think if W which must stand for withoutbrains had used a teleprompter and read a newspaper, he might have KNOWN something or at least LEARNED SOMETHING!!!!! stuff it, eddieboy. connie

June   March 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

There's no surprise here. This is politics as usual. This is just another dog and ponny show–He's just selling his way to the next four years. ..In the meantime his sidekick Timmie is busy putting together a deal with the hedge funds that will all be guaranteed by the FDIC–whoever THEY are! Are they even funded????

The hedge funds are the very culprits who put us in this quagmire!

Sub-prime money has been around for years and worked very well to help real working people who maybe ran into bad times along the way, so lenders accepted 'stated' doc loans.
It's only when the hedge funds finally realized they could make a scam out of this by selling high returns that people got taken for a ride with these 'teaser' loans that turned out to be a scam.

tom   March 25th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Hi Larry,
I think he his way off track instead of bailing out the car industries and banks and companies like AIG ,I thing he should give 1,000,000 dollars to every household in America. After all if people dont have money to buy cars, why make more?The reason why house sales are starting to rise is because of all the foreclosures give the people the money to pay off the mortgages and cars loans . banks would get their money from the loans paid off car, manufactures would do better because people could pay off their car loans and would have money to spend to buy new cars and still have money to spend to put back into the economy .

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Notice what news media didn't get a question.

Newsweek i think.. La and NY times. No surprise there
noticed a few others .. see which ones he does and doeesn t call next one

Gareth Cleland   March 25th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I thought Obama did well keeping his cool tonight. A lot of questions asked tonight were not exactly answerable, only through speculation. It must be annoying to be asked unanswerable negative questions. I have to say too that I am already sick of experts telling us how things are bad and will not work but offering no solutions to the problems at hand. You don't need to pay an expert to tell us its a bad idea, you pay them to tell us what a better idea is. Go for it Nancy, tell us what we should do?

Larry   March 25th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I am amazed that President Obama and his party subscribe to the trickle-down theory which they disparaged for so many years. By that, I mean that they are giving hundreds of billions of dollars to big corporations and banks hoping that the money will trickle down to the people who need to borrow it. What is wrong with this picture?!?

Noey Keys   March 25th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I think the President continues to be well spoken in conveying his ideas to the public, despite the media and those who are too willing to criticize without proposing better ideas.

It is absolutely essential that moneys be infused to create jobs in much needed areas of our economy and the President's consistent message about education, infrastructure, health care and other areas displays genuine passion about this country and its people. This is what we most need at this time....

Marsh   March 25th, 2009 12:54 am ET

If you oppose The Presidents plan were is the suggestions to make america a better place.

Dumbari Deezua   March 25th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Obama may not be smarter than all of us in America, but there is certainly not one republican out there who is as smart as Obama. And he demonstrated that again tonight.
Republicans should be ashamed of themselves trying to recklessly criticize Obama after they have destroyed the prosperity of this country and our image overseas.
Obama is a God-sent to clean-up their mess; and they should better short-up and watch this smart President revitalize this great nation.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Stop criticizing and start offering solutions! This affects all of us! We all need to be more supportive of the President and his administration.


Why should I do his job for him.. I would worry if he TOOK any of my advise anyway.

He should have the right answers .. we elected him to lead not manage

Sunshine   March 25th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I think he did a wonderful job. He was not nervous, he thinks before he speak.

Mary   March 25th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I continue to to stand by President Obama, I like that he is willing to do what needs to be done in behalf of the hard working middle class individuals. I am proud of him and I am tired of the pundits and their constant negative comments. I guess pundits need a job too!!

Michael   March 25th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I have had to stop watching your show as it has become unwatchable with all the commercials.

Sorry, I like the discussion, but can't devote that much time to the the barrage. SOME commercials are OK but my lord you have WAY too many.

Micaela   March 25th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Considering the task, Mr Obama is doing a great job. I love Alberto.We love Obama

Belen Silvas   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

When have we ever expected a President to solve the all the United States ills in the first 100 days in good times let alone with all the problems we have now.
President Obama is willing to get out of the "box", when so many past presidents have chosen to stay in it.
Give the MAN a break.

nancy   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

It's pretty hard to turn around an ocean liner around when it's a sinking ship. I feel the same way about spending trillions of dollars we don't have for ten or more years down the road when people are suffering the most RIGHT NOW!!! Like those 'tent' families that the reporter Kevin brought up sleeping under bridges....they can't wait ten years to eat or have a roof over their head!! It's like we are all just cattle to the political machine we have created....THEY WORK FOR US!!!! Any employer in today's economy would have FIRED THEM by now!!!! There won't be a tomorrow if we don't take care of today. It would be like a family who doesn't have enough money to feed their children or pay their mortgage, but they set aside money for college for their 2 year old!!!! RIDICULOUS!! For such a learned person, our president seems to not know the basics of budgeting!! Maybe he doesn't care if his children become citizens of the United States of Communist China, but I do!!!

raghav putrevu   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I think Obama needs to slow down the spending spree and focus more on regulations. The AIG bonus fiasco is testimony to the fact that careful thought is not being applied to the bail-out/recovery programs. At this rate, the price for economic recovery is far too great. !!

Eddie   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

If Pres Obama makes the slightest upgrade to the economy he will be re elected. He is so well rounded and I trust him.

chinedu   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

It is really interesting that we are judging this current president who has been in office for less than seventy days with more tenacity than his predecessor who made a total mess in eight years! Let those who believe they have better ideas come forward and present their ideas. The president already made it clear that he is listening, and he is. Otherwise, the critics should shut the hell up and sit their behinds down.

Renee   March 25th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I really like Obama and believe he is the right person for the Presidency.

Here is the part I don't understand about our "bailout" using our money. If it's our money, then why would we not have a plan that pays off or a portion of our house mortgages (based on certain criteria, etc) directly to the bank who holds our mortgage? This would directly reduce the debt of many American's losing their homes and pay the banks directly for mortgages they hold. Families could then refinance at lower mortages and have lower monthly payments. Right now banks will not refinance if you have more than 90-95% but less 100% loan to value in your home and you have a job and have never been late on a payment. What gives here? I'm not an economist by any means but seems to me if you want people to spend money they need to not only have have some extra money but some security about their personal assets.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Can someone explain the logic of if it was easy to do thing would have been done already.

Space program comes to mind....

Doesn't that mess with the logic

Ken Ball   March 25th, 2009 12:58 am ET

The President is doing what he can. Now we need to quite talking and start walking one man can not do it alone.

Rodney C   March 25th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Lets face it Larry, at this early stage of recovery, nobody anywhere can really praise the president nor talk down about his plan. Nobody really knows whats going to happen. All we can do is hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Everyone just needs to do their part to help in the crisis and let time see if the plan works or not and we all need to be having this conversation in about a year and and half or so.

jsherw   March 25th, 2009 12:59 am ET

The ship is finally captained by someone who can explain how the engines works. That alone should give us confidence. AIG bonuses is just water-cooler talk. The government has no legal ground to take away contracted compensation bonuses. Unless, they arrest everyone of the AIG criminals, but then the would have to roundup the rest of the bunch at Citi, JPMorgan, Goldman Sacs, GM and put them all in one cell with Bernie. Lets not distract from the issues with anger. None of us would want to lose our paychecks for the week if the government took over our job tomorrow.

Terri   March 25th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Nancy is out of touch...she's still bitter and shows it. She doesnt get it even now. Nancy needs to do the math herself and she under estimates his ability to bring this country out oft his recession. She needs to get over herself

Gina   March 25th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Give us REAL ANSWERS..not the same repetitive answers/excuses...
wrong..I still don't like him... and tired of hearing the same old thing from him every time

Maria Cape Canaveral Fl.   March 25th, 2009 12:59 am ET

That dumb question by Ann Compton about race was the biggest waste of time and she should have known better. He is our elected President and most of our educated society has become color blind. Judge someone on how they are, not what color they are. I hope some of her colleagues call her on this. We must, as a progressive society, do what he says on the economy to get things back on track. Why is everyone so against his health care agenda. My goodness cannot we see the forest for the trees??

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I agree nancy ....think this is his Katrina moment and he doesn't seem to get it.. or has a reason not to I hope

leslie smetak   March 25th, 2009 1:00 am ET

The president , wall street, politicians do not get it. he talks about people with 75,000 dollars per year salaries. That would be $36.00 per hour jobs. what govt.didn!t take away . the wall street people did. I have never seen $75,000 per year. I definitely have not gotten a million dollar bonus. I just lost a job that paid $13.00 per hour .nobody gets it. We are not sharing the pain

AD   March 25th, 2009 1:00 am ET


Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:01 am ET

The President is doing what he can. Now we need to quite talking and start walking one man can not do it alone.


You do know what a federated republic is right.. just askin

jack   March 25th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I like the ways Obama handle the question. He is very much articled about his agenda for economic recovering; some people seem to sense that Obama was nerviest. My question to those pandas is that how did you know he is nerviest? I think it is contrary to what they have suggested.
It seems all the people on media are already millionaire or about to be a millionaire, how will they know what other ordinary people are going through.

Brian Tourville   March 25th, 2009 1:01 am ET

"Race Discussions" – when raised by most [ not you Larry ] older News Reporters has become patently disappointing.

These Reporters are attempting to be seen a Bold and a Stand Out among their Peers : 'Red Meat & Edgy' ...

If nothing else Reporters – believe this of the Era we now communicate in:

You're coming off as Shallow :

"shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"
Lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious.

Tyler Roberts   March 25th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Most of you people act like Obama answered every question that was thrown his way. You are acting like he had no idea what questions were coming or he didnt choose the questions himself. They submitted the questions prior to the news conference. Then he picked and chose which reporters to call on to answer the questions he wanted to answer

quig   March 25th, 2009 1:02 am ET

I'm getting pretty tired of hearing people whine about the Republicans being so corrupt when I hear so much in the current news about the way the Democrats (Dodd for one example) cut special deals for the AIG bonuses and then lie about it with a straight face on national TV. I think most politicians are corrupt and that neither party has a corner on that market. Bush had some in his administration and we know that Obama has some in his administration like the Treasury Secretary who failed to pay his taxes and has not been prosecuted for it, yet. If this is change we can believe in, I refuse to believe anymore!!!

chinedu   March 25th, 2009 1:02 am ET

We were patient with Bush for eight years despite his obvious errors. Why are we judging Obama with more tenacity than we did for Bush's 8 yrs term. He said that he is open to ideas. Where are all those who claim they have a better idea. Let them come forward. Otherwise, they should be humble enough to shut up.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:02 am ET

I know why not just ask him where is all the talk of race relations and healing during the Wright thing and not a peep since election

Kim   March 25th, 2009 1:02 am ET

President Obama makes me very PROUD to be an American!!!

jane   March 25th, 2009 1:04 am ET

Tell Anderson the focus is not on how Obama acted, but on what he said. The substance of his speech should be the focus, not whether he was tired, nervous, or agitated. "Acting" is a superficial consideration. Thank God, Obama knows how to handle the "small" fry.

Matt   March 25th, 2009 1:04 am ET


Reporters, pundits, and the President himself have all reported different figures in terms of the projected deficit increase (or decrease) in the next year as a result of the Obama administration's proposed budget. I want to know the truth. Is the deficit going to continue to grow or will it be reduced in the immediate future under the proposed plan? Will federal spending increase or decrease?

And what about the war in Iraq? Obviously, this issue not only has a major impact on American citizens, as over one hundred thousand troops are currently serving in the Middle East, but also remains extremely important in the context of the United States economy. The billions of dollars spent on the war have been a major contributor to the enormous national debt we currently face.

Finally, I agree that the issues of alternative energy, healthcare, and education are absolutely vital to the state of this country in the near future. However, at this moment, with unemployment rates at their highest in twenty years, I want to know what is being done now. Are public housing, welfare, and employment projects currently in place to help those who can no longer afford to take care of themselves and their families? What about programs for finding jobs and recovering healthcare for those who have recently become unemployed?

I like the direction Obama is headed, but I am tired of hearing cryptic, vague generalizations rather than honest and direct responses. Give me the specifics Mr. President. Give me the truth.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:05 am ET

He had a HD LCD monitor under the camera

and a his cheat seet book on the shelf. of his podium.

I was impressed you didn't see him look down much all..

he sure is good ..

I used to do a bit of public speaking and he is does it well

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:06 am ET

During the town halls they are back in or behind the crowd

he wants to avoid the photos

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:08 am ET


I know its as if one side is more upstanding than the other.


both Dems

I think if its to illegal or blatant they act so holier than thou.. Its like they think people have no memory or can't think for themelves.

Fernando   March 25th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Ed Henry,
I would have answered the same way, if you act like an obnoxious paparazzi you should get your answer and move on. Please CNN I like you well, don't dwell on this response over and over.
As far as OB critics, mostly republican ultimately, you lost the election and have no plan of recovery. It's like creationists arguing against evolution, all they have is a bunch of criticisms on the flaws of theory but they do not have anything tangible and effective to offer either.

Abel Haile   March 25th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I think those who are criticizing him are blinded by their own criticism and they end up being simply critics and not idealist who can help us move forward. We are tired of those whose jobs relie on criticizing one who provide ideas because if u have alternative solution lets here it. Ob all the way.

Randall Herbert   March 25th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Hey, everyone,! C'mon, Aren't you listening.!? The criticisms i've heard are, 'Hows he gonna pay for all this spending', HE TOLD YOU, You look at exist.& prev. spending, really look at it.! There's waste every-where, that's the scam, SCAM the GOVT. it's been going on too long. You look at the wasteful spending, cut it out!, tax the rich -THEIR SHARE, and spend, invest, in sustainable systems! Yes Health care syst., renewable energy syst., education, welfare, look at it all, and fix it.! That's what we ran & supported him, to do, and that's what he's doing.! The waste will pay for half of it! Listen again & again to his opening comments; he's DOING it ! Give him a chance, some support and some time. He didn't show his anger soon enough, ! ? Go dunk your head in some CLEAR it-stil, Listen ! & you might learn some-thing, He's honestly answering your quest. Imagine anyone else at the helm rt. now, ie. Sen. John McCain. ! ?

Mary   March 25th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I stand by President Obama, I believe in him and I know he has the American people in mind. I am so tired of the pundits and their negative comments and acting like they are all knowing. It is tough being president and I for one do not expect him to be perfect. I feel he is genuine and honest and does not have to cow down to the pundits.

blonde   March 25th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I think that gop has bankrupt this country long before the new pres. Took office.

Arun Dey   March 25th, 2009 1:15 am ET

Larry- President Obama and his team, in my humble opinion, at least are trying to do the much needed "direct talking" with the people and it is the only way for USA and for that matter, the rest of the world come out of the current financial wounds- lust and greed of those who brought us to this point are all negative energies we must do away with. We need positive energy around us. This is what President Obama and his team are trying to do. If all of us believe and act accordingly that we "will get out of this mess", I believe that we will. Hope that your colleagues propagate some positive energy while sharing their views on camera and it will do miracle. Let us all do our bit alongside the President and current administration. God willing, I am confident that we will prevail...Thank you Larry- keep up the great work!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:16 am ET

sure except Im not in the GOP and didn't vote for Bush the second time..

He ran on one thing and over spent too much

the Obmama spending plan is just a re hash of the Bush one that he rejected months age.

If this doesn't work then he will HAVE to nationalize the banks but that might be too late ... I haven't heard another plan after that.

his hostility toward Wall Street I dont get

With the level of anger about the AIG scandal does he WANT to start a class War

I don't even want to go down that alley

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:17 am ET

Its our duty to question him....we elect our leaders to lead us not manage us

Its part of what a Republic is

Ram   March 25th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Obama did great. In the grand scheme of things does it really matter why Obama waited two days to express his outrage on the AIG bonus. He did express is outrage, by the way.

As the president rightly said, we should all, including the press, be focusing on getting out of this economic issue and not be looking to sensationalize every word he says.

Ronnie Barnes   March 25th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I am an American Veteran, who thinks the Our President is running on all cylinders, He has the best interest of our great Nation first on his program, The news media should understand that This mess was handed to him , This AIG issue is a thing of the past, and the mistakes have been made , lets learn from this and move forward , If we keep looking at the mess we are in, we will never get out of it . He is looking fordard ,not for getting what has happen, but surtianly not focustiong on it , or dwelling on it. . I am sure that this proplem will not happen again, Our President is working to keep us, the American Citizens informed , and involved, He understand what the middle and lower income people are facing . In fact besize gas prices ,we are still surviving , We have a history of adjusting , seeing that The Rich has always gotten richer, and the poor seems to stay poor. It is time for the Rich to carry the tax burden of our country , after all they are the ones who have had the gravy ride, To whom much is given, much is required. it is time to put that to practic. Lets Support our President and the news should stop bashing his efforts . We the American People support our President . We are The United , United, United, States Of America,get it? so why do I fell to see that , in what comes from the news reporters Where were all the news media ane there fifty questions, when the deposit accured ? and who made them authorities on what we the American Citizen think.?

jane   March 25th, 2009 1:20 am ET

Tell Ed Henry to learn how to ask a question in an appropriate manner and perhaps he will get a more thoughtful response. Cuomo does not have as much on his plate as Obama does. Would it not be helpful if more congressional leaders, governors, and news stations could accept some small helpful role in helping our nation out of this terrible economic crisis–you know like Cuomo did? Ed Henry should interview Cuomo, someone he might be able to show some respect to. Pundits and talkers do not do much heavy lifting.

nancy   March 25th, 2009 1:20 am ET

Do the math, Terri? Have you figured out how much a trillion or even three trillion is yet? It's enough one dollar bills stacked on top of each other to reach the sun and then back to earth again!! It's also enough that if you broke it up equally among EVERY man, woman and child in the U.S. Census right now, it would equal over $12,000 dollars APIECE. For a family of four, that's debts paid off; banks get loans paid back, cars get paid off.....GET THE MATH, TERRI???

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:21 am ET

CNN you really have to do a documentry on what our country is.

Federated Republic guys... we give the job of leading to our leader.
Give them the "fun" job

I hope not blonde but looks bad I cant let myself believe they have no back up.

Kevin   March 25th, 2009 1:23 am ET

Few questions for Ed and CNN since CNNl appears to so proud of Ed's question tonignt. Why did CNN and Henry take 8 years to adopt the slogan "keeping them honest"? Bush got away with murder! Where was CNN to keep his administration honest? Bush said nothing and did nothing, but that was okay1 This President has to be all know all. hummm... I wonder why the race question was rasied tonight.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:24 am ET

Besides he knows a LOT more of what is happening in the world now he gets his security briefings.

Guess that's an OH MY moment for most of em

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:27 am ET

I don't get what the extra power thing is for... he can just use bully diplomatically and say its for national security thing right.

Or work with us for the good of the country rhetoric?

nancy   March 25th, 2009 1:27 am ET

People like to bring up the past they forget it is the same Congress that was under Bush???....the Pelosi Palooza is in full force now that she has a captive audience who requires everything to be rehearsed and explained to him before he can answer simple and direct questions!!! For all the bad decisions he made, Bush at least let the reporters ask him questions off the cuff instead of having everything on teleprompter and rehearsed!!! It's like some freakshow futuristic movie of a actor! But not even a believable one like Reagan!!

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Lot of things don't pass the smell test

When France is saying you have to reign in your spending??

Wow that's sad

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:29 am ET

Yes and this is really just the

Bush/Obama spending plan

Was rejected months ago even is recycled.

Americans WANT TRUTH   March 25th, 2009 1:32 am ET

I want to still know the Fanny Fredee and Franks connection isn't investigation or at least hearings

Lost of blame to go around but the odd ones are aciting more odd

Pelosi immigration thing (still think it violated her oath)

Franks and the supreme court

They seem to like to use diversions but all presidents do i suppose

wrt   March 25th, 2009 1:33 am ET

The president knows what he is doing,he is focus and we need to support him if we want this economy to work.

gabrielle duenat   March 25th, 2009 1:42 am ET

I thoroughly enjoyed listening and watching the President during the News conference. I always do. I drop everything, everytime the President is on. I and millions of Americans feel blessed by what a "gift" of a hard working , intelligent, articulate, caring leader we finally have. I am so happy that he is our President.I feel he is taking care of me; I feel he is taking care of the country; in what needs to be done, tryring to make this country great again, working on making the lives of average americans better and keeping us safe.

Why was Ed Henery such a Jerk!

..And what was that question about Race by what's her face Ann something? I am so glad President answered the way he did, something to the effect..Yay great.!. It lasted one day. The Ignauration!
How great that is is 2009 and the majority of Americans are race and ethnicity blind. I remember when Kennedy was running. He was Catholic. He was Irish. After he became President is was a mute issue. So I say Enough is enough! Stop bringing it it. As Colin Powell said, First and foremost I am a man, a general, a husband, a father, and I happen to be of African-American heritage.That's the same for the President.

99% of all college kids are color blind and ethniciity blind. And the majority of Americans who voted for the President voted for him because we knew he was going to be great for our country. I just got back from Europe and the consensus among people there, adore cra him, and feel the same way.

ed,vancouver canada   March 25th, 2009 1:45 am ET

there is so much money and its all worthless.
that is why the u.s wants the whole world to print money.
otherwise the american dollar will crash and the chinese will own the stock market.
wake up are being screwed over.
obama is a liar

iklas nick noensie   March 25th, 2009 1:47 am ET

The president has a good grasp of the problems at hand and the right understanding of the sources that led us to the current economic difficulties. He has the right attitude and good program to get us out of this hard time. Because of the complexity it remains to be seen whether this good program is the right program. The war against the economic hard time is more difficult than the war against terroism as the enemy is ourselves and our greed. We should rally around Obama in this war against the economic hard time as we all ralied around George Bush in the war against terrorism. On the Middle East I expected him to outline his plan to position US as an honest and compasionate broker. Middle East is extremely difficult as the Israelis and the Arabs are born enemies since the days of Abraham.

ed,vancouver canada   March 25th, 2009 1:48 am ET

minimum wage 20 an hour.
teamsters should raid the whole u.s. at once

nancy   March 25th, 2009 1:51 am ET

How long will it take of this presidency before they quit using the past as a crutch for the current problems? Obama himself said tonight that when decisions are made it can take ten years to see the effects.....Does that mean the Bush years were the effects of the Clinton years?? And the Clinton years in turn were an effect of the H. W. Bush years? The buck could get passed all the way back to George Washington!!! I think the 100 day mark is a time to reflect and say, oh yea, I'm the new president....I'm in charge.....VETO!!!!

Faye   March 25th, 2009 1:58 am ET

I feel really bad that Obama gets bashed by the media about the littlest things.
He is only human, and he so far has done a great job at juggling so many heavy balls at the same time.
Americans need to quit bashing him and give him the support he needs for this thankless job!

nancy   March 25th, 2009 2:02 am ET

Right, Ed, our Canadian friend. Isn't that the case? The neighbors can always see what's going on in the house next door before the owners realize what's going on under their own noses!!! Don't people realize that you can't just keep printing 'magical' money to fix it? People are living in la la land and waiting for their share of tarp!! What they'll get is a bankrupt country and a leader who will just blame the previous administration if his "plan" doesn't work......c'mon, we know it's not really "his" plan....there are hundreds of advisors all talking in his ears to give their two cents....which is what the dollar is going to be worth soon!!!

Andrea Taylor   March 25th, 2009 2:08 am ET

President Obama was articulate, to the point, had command of the topics, responded well to questions and communicated to us where he wants to take the country.

A+ - We really can not ask for a better President. I love President Obama - he's a great and caring human being on top of everything else.

Claudia Lawson   March 25th, 2009 2:09 am ET

President Obama made me feel proud to be an American, and we are truly blessed to have this president. He is thoughtful, intelligent, articulate, confident, and uses common sense. I am confident our future is in good hands.

S Kerger   March 25th, 2009 2:42 am ET

You want my comments on Obama's press conference? Are you kidding me? What you should do is look at a few of Bush's press conferences, or play a couple of Sarah Palin or McCain tapes, and then, you should all get down on your knees and thank God that Obama is the President of the United States! I can't believe this is even an issue.

Thank God for President Obama.

There will never be another President like him.

S Kerger   March 25th, 2009 2:44 am ET

And a little add on to my previous post, less you think I am a biased Obama Supporter, I am a Canadian, who for the first time in my life, is envious of the U.S. just because you have Obama.

Dodie from Irvine CA   March 25th, 2009 3:05 am ET

The AIG bonus is peanuts compared to these guys. Good Grief No wonder the world wants to get rid of the dollar….

John Paulson earned a record $3.7 billion last year to top Alpha's ranking of the 50 most highly paid hedge fund managers. The Paulson & Co. chief surpassed perennial powerhouses George Soros and James Simons, who ranked second and third, at $2.9 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively. The top 25 on the list earned an average $892 million, up from $532 million in 2006.

This is outrageous... earning $3.7 billion in one year!!! No wonder we are in the mess that we are in.

3,7oo,ooo,ooo divided by 365 = 10,136,986 a day or $422,374 an hour or $7,039 per minute. That is just outrageous to me. So for the time it took me to type this and figure it out, this guy made 70 thousand dollars. YIKES!!

Tony   March 25th, 2009 3:10 am ET

Why does our President bail out these big companies? It us, the working man, that does not make that much money that needs bailed out. I am single and live on my own and with the way the economy is I can't find a good job. I even went back to school to get a job. But now no companies are hiring. We the people should have got a stimulus check again. These big companies that got bailed out, it's their own fault for the mess that they are in. But Obama said that he bailed out the banks for them to start lending again. Well, that is nice but how can they lend to people who have maxed out their credit or how can they loan to people with no credit. Now I know that it's not Obama's fault for the mess the U.S. is in, but I don't see him clearing up what has been a mess for years, in a little less than a year. He is nuts for thinking this. I just want to know when it's the people who made good money and had good jobs, will be able to have good things again. The middle class is the poor now. It's not fair. Gas and consumer goods prices are what is killing America when people can't get a job do to this economic downfall. Obama should come and live in my shoes for one month and see what it is like to be struggling to make ends meet.

Bruce Miller   March 25th, 2009 3:33 am ET

I'll give him a chance. No one else has a solution. But if he would nationalize the Fed, he could print the money instead of borrow it.

Carolyn Webb   March 25th, 2009 3:34 am ET

Obama is brilliant! So refreshing to listen to a president who is intelligent and a compelling speaker as well! I do so wish the wretched, negative, ill-informed GOP representatives would shut up and let this administration get on with the business of leading this country out of the dark ages and back into the light!!!

Jay from CA   March 25th, 2009 3:48 am ET

Could you imagine if McCain and Palin had won....with all the issue facing the nation and the world...actually don't imagine's too scary a thought...yikes!!

Douglas   March 25th, 2009 3:48 am ET

How refreshing it is to see an intellegent person at the podium!

Deedy   March 25th, 2009 3:58 am ET

IDeedy from New Orleans, I think the president did a very good job,with so much and for those who thinks he's taking on too much this is the hand that's been dealt and he has to play it, I don't think noone wants to be in his shoes right now, even with all the criticism he's very impressive, I don't understand why so much scrutiny is on him, there was never a president in history that's been scrutinized as much as him and noone has had as much on their plate as he have. It's only been 64 days.

Richard   March 25th, 2009 3:59 am ET

I think that president Obama is going to have a hard time turning around the economy the way he would like to. He did not know about the AIG situation because he did not read over the stimulus package. The senate is going to continue to to include "fine " print that President Obama might over look like he done in the AIG situation. Can he really trust the senate? Can he really relay on his immediate team to read and analyze documents that hit his desk.

MSSR   March 25th, 2009 4:02 am ET

I did not vote for Obama, but since his election, I've hoped for the best.
The best? More like 'worst than the usual.' It seems there's been one lie after another.
During his conference tonight, he gave his usually well-delivered messages... it's just that they were empty, empty, empty. He told us NOTHING!
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's seeming smirk caught by cameras at the end really sent a message across TV land.
Hidden agendas are wrapped all around this Congress, and we are to sit back and swallow one big horse pill after another.
God help this nation and the GOOD people in it.

Sandra P.   March 25th, 2009 4:07 am ET

I think President Obama is doing a great job in explaining his policies and keeping the american people engaged in the political process unlike his predecessor President Bush. It's very frustrating to hear officials criticize his plans and not offer an alternative solution. If they hate his plan so much then why aren't they trying to collaborate with him so they, collectively, can come up with a solid foundation to move this country forward? I feel officials, both republicans and democrats, are using this as an opportunity to discredit the President in preparation for the next election. Very Sad...I want the President to succeed, my future, my child's future depends on it! Put the politics aside guys and stop yapping your jaws and start working for a better tomorrow!

joe   March 25th, 2009 4:57 am ET

This guy has absolutely no experience running anything. Why anyone can think that he will solve anything is beyond belief. The man has done nothing since being in office other than repay everyone who helped make him president. OK here is his solution, we will spend all this money on anything Pelosi and reid wants even if we dont have the money to spend. umm, isnt this the reason we are in the financial situation we are in. Stupid, Stupid americans are buying this bull. I will keep my money and guns you can have the CHANGE.

Mickey Klanyes   March 25th, 2009 5:42 am ET

Obama, come and be Australia's Leader!!!

Dwayne   March 25th, 2009 5:48 am ET

Well Done Pres. Obama

Chris   March 25th, 2009 5:54 am ET

Why are people worried about the President using a teleprompter when we have so many other issues to worry about. Get a life and figure out what is important to you rather than listening to the media.

raj   March 25th, 2009 6:00 am ET

just switched from fox to cnn, bill o'reilly seemed to believe the president is a failure for goodness sake give him more time than 8 weeks compared to the 8 years the previous govt had to run your country to the ground...

Chris   March 25th, 2009 6:12 am ET

Our President is doing a great job and we as Americans should give him some time to fix this terrible economy. He didn't create this mess and it will surely take alot longer than 64 days for him and his staff to fix it. We have to spend money to make money it won't go away by magic.

Edwin A. Johnson   March 25th, 2009 6:13 am ET

The President along with the rest of the nation is clearly supporting a ' Bailout' policy which is further entrapping the nation in financial "gigantism". The dangerously large financial institutions hold influence (power) out of balance in relation to the impact they have on the country as a whole. They have already gained monopoly power and are adversly strangling the economy,

These banks, insurance, etc MUST be broken up so that no one or group of them can or do further impact and control our economy.

We have monopoly and anti-trust laws which will , if enforced, align the interests of the nation and the will of the people. We NEED NO FURTHER BAILOUTS.
signed Edwin Johnson

Zion   March 25th, 2009 6:19 am ET

Stop beating up on Ed Henry, he was simply doing his job. First of all, I don't understand how threatening he really was because he didn't have a well formulated question. He asked about a series of random things, and never really had a main idea. He did return to the AIG bonuses which was fine. People can be outraged all they want, but again, the bonuses were already in play when President Obama came to office. We need to make up our minds, do we want capitalism or do we want socialism? In capitalism, the rich get richer and many times its unfair, unearned, and uncalled for. Just ask me as a black American, I have seen some of my co-workers get preferential treatment who did not deserve it because they were at the top of the food chain, and color did not hurt. Have white Americans been really living in a such a rose colored society that they did not realize that things like this went on? I've had this discussion with my white friends. It seems like its mostly whites that are caught off guard that sometimes things are not fair. I'm not trying to be racist, but its just an observation.

Dennis Lasko   March 25th, 2009 7:09 am ET

Some of the new people last night President conference just do not get it! P/Obama show in place doing what need to be done. the man has done more in this 60 days which other President's have done.We all have to Remember the people of this U.S.A. Love him White or
Black an voted him in office. And the old (rep) whit hair man that call himself so call know all and his saying the looked like the President wanted walk out of news conference isn't so. This kid of reporting right for problem the U.S.A. is having an he just doesn't get. The President show all of the people of the U.S.A. he on the job each day & night trying his best work the the problem. Also trying asking problem by knowing all about problems not like the last president. the news reporter stop the of making problem and report. that means not being on one side of the aslie. thank you for time Dennis

Judith   March 25th, 2009 7:45 am ET

At least President Obama comes forward and talks while Bush did things in secret.Let's not forget that it was Bush at the end of his term kept saying economy is sound till all heck broke out 3 weeks later when they couldn't hold it back no longer.
Mortgage problem started falling apart in 2007.Ask yourself if your not sleeping who was Presisdent at that time.

nancy   March 25th, 2009 9:16 am ET

Obama seems to be a good man, good father, good public speaker......however, not a good person for president right now. He just does not have enough experience to deal with problems that were faced by greater statesmen than him in the past who didn't do well with them either. He is young and very idealistic.....that's great, but not great for us right now. Maybe he should have joined the Peace Corps?Quite frankly, he doesn't seem to have the balls to stand up to the people he deals with every day. He is like a puppet. I really do hope it turns into a David and Goliath situation, but, quite frankly, that would take divine intervention. And he's not God (which I know may be a shock to some of his sheep)!

sally   March 25th, 2009 9:42 am ET

Pres Obama has a shield around him, Ed Henry did not touch him, Henry's reputation is blackened now, do not think he should be allowed in White House any more !....where was he during Bush yrs. ?...SO SORRY Helen Thomas was unable to ask a question & SO HAPPY she is finally sitting in 1st row, Bush made sure she sat in LAST row, sad, Thomas said, "they do not like me, I ask too many questions"..she must be almost 90 yrs by now...

Steve   March 25th, 2009 9:59 am ET

Why not give Pres. Obama the benefit of the doubt. Unlike Bush he is doesn't require softball questions by the Press or invitational only passes to his rallies.

I guess being intellectually and English language challenged is the key to getting a free pass by the Press and 50% of the American people. See how far Obama would get if all he could muster is "its hard work"

VKL-TWP   March 25th, 2009 10:28 am ET


Terry, TX   March 25th, 2009 10:47 am ET

Sounds like the little mesmerized and mindless Obamites got their email orders to blog.....Mr. King you don't get these many blogs on your best days.....

VKL-TWP   March 25th, 2009 11:43 am ET


debbie   March 25th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

A President that finishes sentences and answers questions, how impressive. I feel the President as usual did a great job. A telepromter is used when delivering speeches,could you remember for a hour exactly what to say. If that is a problem then what was Bush's excuse for blundering every speech he ever made. I could not listen to Bush speak , he always messed up on words and never said a sentence that made sense. It was like listening to Palin , what a team Bush and Palin. Republicans are so shocked we have such a brilliant President. Republicans wanted in office to continue to led this country out of control, If McCain and Palin would of won we would seen a country spiraling out to the atmosphere of debt and while Palin would of been shopping, McCain would be helping the wealthy out and the rest of us would of been forgotten like we were in the last administration. For those few that found our President boring or didn't answer the questions you felt he should of, then how did you feel when when Bush spoke? Bush never spoke with the conviction and honesty as President Obama has. I did not feel safe with the Bush administration and if you have a problem with a president that can articulate words and speak with clear and percise wording then that is because for 8 years you were forced to listen to clown material from another President that lack knowledge and proper speaking skills. Great job Mr. President.

Question Authority   March 25th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

OBAMA = puppet of minority parasitical fascist Brzezinski.

OBAMA = therefore a Deception. Fact, can-NOT be trusted.

Question your own soul-satisfying research.
Question your own soul-satisfying research.

YOU...WE are the MAJORITY. 1776 Answers 1984 in 2009.

Valerie from Oklahoma   March 25th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Good for you Raj, for switching from fox to CNN. It's quite obvious that Bill Oreilly and the rest of the Fox team are all Obama haters, but they loved retarded no speaking Bush. Their just a bunch of old mad racist Republicans who can't stand the fact that America now has a very intelligent President who can't be moved by what the Republican party says.

I've never liked Fox. CNN is the bomb in spite of Ed. Henry.

Cassandra   March 25th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

The President has my respect for having the guts to even engage with the press corp, unlike his predecessor. I just think the media is completely out of touch with whatthe American people are feeling. I just wish the media would STOp trying to make President Obama look bad. Its not going to work. Trust me he will definitely get reelected in 2012. I know what the media intent is as so the the President. We are five steps ahead of you guys. I just wish the media had done their job during the timeframe President Bush was in charge.

mcgary   March 25th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Yes Obama is easy on the eyes, a good speaker, etc., etc., but this country is going to be so far in debt, we will never ever get out. It's no different than when you run up about 10 credit cards and you end up robbing Peter to pay Paul. Well eventually Peter doesn't have anything to take from and you can't pay your bills. How do you think they are going to pay for the so called budget cuts projected after next year; – you and I will be paying so much in energy and other taxes, you will be lucky to have enough to put a gallon of gas in your car. you need to read some comments made by Peter Schiff on the economy. He has predicted accurately the US economy for the last 10 or 20 years. We gutted our manufacturing, let our infrastructure decay, and encouraged our citizens to borrow and live way above their means. Crime is increasing, people are losing their jobs and people are becoming more and more desperate and violent. They are used to having what they want when they want it so it will be a big jolt for most when they don't have it. Yes, Bush did not leave us in good shape as far as the economy goes, but the answer is not to keep spending – that's part of how we got here in the first place among many other reasons that started way before Bush was President. It's time to quit thinking the govt owes you anything except to keep you safe – that is their responsibility; socialism is not the answer either. Quit drinking the Kool-aid people.

debbie   March 25th, 2009 3:07 pm ET

I'm not black and I hate kool aid so stop using that BS to forget what Bush did. President Clinton handed Mr. Bush a country of working people and we were in no wars or had a spiral of debt coming at us until the Bush administration took office. Look back 8 years so you can see the facts before you speak. . We haven't been attack since Pearl Harbor and Roosevelt didn't play then and President Obama want play either. The President made it very clear, if we are attacked ,they will hear us roar. Keep you white views to youself and by the way I'm white.This is not the 50's so black is a color not an excuse to belittle our President. We had all white ones until Obama, and so far all you can attack him on is what, he might like kool aid. You must be Republican!

Lin   March 26th, 2009 3:23 am ET

This is for all that wanted CHANGE! You got it – thanks to president.
I hope you are loving him now.

Lauren   March 26th, 2009 8:53 am ET

We sure did get CHANGE! Don't you love it! Our President will bring us healthcare, lower taxes, financial reform, and peace just to name a few things. Sure better than a President that brought the country to its knees through a $2 trillion deficit, deregulation, and war. Who wouldn't want change? The top 1% of the country, warmongers, and scietifically backwards people, that's who.

Carol   March 26th, 2009 9:27 am ET

It is quite funny how none of these same people who are complaining about "too much $$ is being spent" NEVER complained while we became engaged in (2) senseless wars in countries who never ever asked for our assistance. Where was all of this dissent when President Bush was just spending OUR $$$ and allowing OUR children to be killed daily??? WE are still there and WE are still NOT wanted there... Of course our econony is failing, all of our hard-earned $$$ is being spent in Afghanistan and Iraq and our military who spends so much $$$ in the US is not here to spend it. Duh, no rocket science here just plain old commonsense.

Precious Mitchell   March 26th, 2009 11:12 am ET

For you Lin. I do Love my New prestident very much cause as God says you should Love everyone!!!! And I think you should give him a chance to make Change!!!which will not happen over night!!!!!I know that and some kind of Change will come within four years!!!!!! I have seen what's happened the past eight years and I had no choice but to wait and see so now you have no choice but to wait and see!!!!!!

Philip   March 26th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

I am happy to see a president who is not affraid of high-tech and facing the people directly. I can see a man who really means business to take us forward technologically.

Peter Barrows Workman   March 26th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

Humans amaze me! They put up a bozo; and worse they elect him; for 4 years; during wich time this bozo; scatters garbage all over this garbage laden planet! Then they butter the BUN! Elect the bozo for another 4 yyears; to put a second coat of garbage over the first coat! Bankrupting the country in the process!

Obama; has not yet had time to get down to ground level; let alone get rid of the mess that years of human error, has distributed accross the universe; Even the heavans, are full of human manufactured space waste.

Helen Boston   March 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Larry I think President Obama is the most intelligent president that ever graced the face of the earth . He has obviously stunned many of his critics by his eloquence skills poise and innate intelligence .Many , including Lou-Dobbs just can't seem to understand the intelligence of this man .he is not only the president of the great USA .He is the world's president .His new method of keeping in touch with his people is absolutely COMMENDABLE -----Show them what you can do our president .God bless you

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