June 17, 2009

TONIGHT ON LKL: Politics Far and Near

Posted: 07:15 PM ET

Tonight we'll talk about the continuing turmoil in Iran, including a live report from Tehranart.maher.lkl.cnn

And then we'll shift to the home front, and spend a good deal of time talking about Bill Maher's comments controversial comments about the Obama presidency.  How controversial?  He said Obama should be taking some cues from George W. Bush.  Coming from Bill Maher, that will require some explanation, and we've got James Carville and Ben Stein among others here to explain it and debate it.

And of course, we want to hear from you:

Is President Obama trying to do too much too soon?

Filed under: Larry King Live

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Bo   June 17th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Change is coming to Iran, finally the people revolt. Keep fighting for what you believe in and know the World is behind you.

James   June 17th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

President Obama is a coward.
His stand on the things that really matter(gay marriage, human rights, health care) is embarrasing. why not just stay with a Bush. were getting the same thing.

D J Pfab   June 17th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Personally, I think he's handling the Iranian Election Perfectly...
At least he's not shooting off his mouth, without thinking of the consequence's as Former President Goege W Bush would've
Kudos to President Obama!!!!!

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

hello everyone, this should be interesting.

Michael C. McHugh   June 17th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I hope that Iran will have a more democratic government and that we will have better relations with them. We have had no influence in Iran for 30 years and have not even had an embassy there. By law, American can't even trade, travel or do business there. It's written into our passports that any American who tries to go there will get ten years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. Same for Cuba, North Korea and a few other countries.

So the Ayatollahs can hardly blame us for having a huge influence there since American can't even get a 30-day tourist visa to go there!

No, this crisis is all theirs. They were the ones who didn't count the votes off their own people, not us. I wish the young Iranians luck in changing that clerical-fascist regime, but it's not a revolution that has anything to do with America.

Flora   June 17th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

It takes minutes to destroy and empire but years to build. America be PATIENT!!!!

Flora   June 17th, 2009 9:25 pm ET


JGorman   June 17th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

One must take into consideration the mess our new president was left with and the amount of labor intensity required to circumvent the dilemnas our country has inherited. We are suffering economically, domestically, internationally, etc. to name a few.

I do not think he is taking on too much. The same was said about John F. Kennedy. Give him a break. He has but sliced one peice of bread on a whole loaf.

Keep up the good work Mr. President.

Quietstorm   June 17th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I'm supposed to listen to an Atheist like Bill Maher..I don't think so..Why CNN are you giving his words power..his words are meaningless..he doesn't matter

James   June 17th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Bill Maher doesn't matter because he refuses to fall for the same lies that end up causeing all the worlds problems?

Joanne Tomarchio   June 17th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Come on guys, if this is really about transparency and truthtelling, let's be forthright – particularly Ben Stein – the laws are NOT on the books – since the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1998 it took 10-years to destroy our nation's financial system. I am not as privy as you gentlement, but even Stevie Wonder can see that ever since finance was given the green light to lie in bed with each other (banking with securities with insurance, etc., etc) the big players had their way and concocted ways to get super-rich and destroy everyone else. This is basic common sense: if Glass Steagall kept things in order from 1931 to 1998 then just reinstate it and let's get on with life.

Flora   June 17th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I agree with you Quietstorm! Bill Maher is seeking for attension!

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Ok, Bill Maher is correct, Obama will become a diluted figure if the quasi celeb politician image does not cease from being in the publics face. Albeit it is not Obamas fault all the time. Maybe we are just elated to be rid of you know who, cant really say his name.
I dont think Obama is doing anything wrong, my God he is going going going. Shut up Stein, you are a dufass.
I will say I dont think the First Family should be getting too mixed up with the celeb scene, it is a form of corruption these days. Michelle can give the magazine covers a rest as well. She is fashionable, but so are many other people. I think we can go without her leadership on this front for now.

Caitlin   June 17th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

President Obama's hard work as this country's leader has been incredibly evident since his inauguration. Even his physical features are starting to bear the signs of stress with his recently "peppered" grey hair. We all know what it's like to be overworked and overtired. Let the man take his wife to a broadway show.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Always love to hear what Bill Mahar has to say. I like his point of view!!!

@ Quietstorm

Stop winning and turn the channel if you do not like it.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

@ James


Charles Port   June 17th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Ridiculous comments by Bill - a good leader sets the goals then delegates - President Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing - trying to sell his agenda to the public! he has defined the problems, now he is trying to get the support for his solutions.

Imagine a president that did not delegate to his inner circle - that is almost the definition of a failed Presidency.



Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   June 17th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

No President Obama is not, by far, doing to much too soon. This is the type of President America needs. We need someone is capable to handle many of the problems that are at hand and if he was not able to do that then I would not want Obama or any other person who can't do just that.

Further, Bill Maher, needs to put the smoke pipe down and have some patients for our President to pass a health care bill for all Americans. This takes time to get it right. I cannot believe he said all those things. I think he just wants attention of you ask me and get his ratings up. It is so sad what people do for attention.

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

America is in a drought, there are no jobs. Most of them have gone to CHINA, what are we doing to get jobs BACK? My God do you want Obama to turn water into wine? It takes concrete manuevers over a period of time to make things happen in this job areana. We just cant go and streal some jobs. Why dont we start saving money right away, tommorrow by bringing our troops home, an immediate savings of money and life, anybody thought about that yet?

Oscar Torres   June 17th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

President Obama doing too much? Come on, if the president doesnt do anything america complaints, If he does too much america complaints. You know what the problem is? The problem is that Obama doesnt sit around and wait for things to happen. He makes them happen. Come on... Who would you prefer? Another Bush? Ge real America cause we have a president that is in charge and getting the ball rolling!!!!!

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Bill Mahar is an independent thinker... Wow, what a novel idea!

James   June 17th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

i feel the same way as Bill Maher.
So much hope for this president and he is just the same as all the rest.
Just worried about getting re-elected

Catherine   June 17th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I love Bill Maher but you cannot what he said as a condemnation of Obama's work in last 6 months. Ben Stein's comment about the BIG problems proves Obama is on the right track. All of the activities he is partipating in are connected to or the cause of the BIG problems. We are just not used to have a hard worker as a president. Give him a break and thank him instead!

Carmella   June 17th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

All the talk about him being in front of the camera, alot of times the President doesn't ask to be covered by the Press, he did not ask anyone to follow him when he took his wife out for dinner.

No matter what he does you can't please all the people all the time. If he wasn't communicating enough you would still have someone complaining.

He's a young man, he is pretty centered, but he's not an old, he is progressive something America has not had in a long time. If you don't want to see him turn off the TV, don't watch. I would rather be over communicated then uncommunicated.

Flora   June 17th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Totally agree with you Richard the law student! you're really smart

James   June 17th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Ronald Reagan was an idiot. why do people always try to make him into such a great president.
A failed war on drugs and he sat by while the world was infected with HIV.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Ronald Reagan is what started this mess... called the Reagan economics...

Steve Crews   June 17th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am having a hard time remembering when the rest of the world ask the U.S. to interfere in the way they run their countries and how to treat their people. I am sure we dont mind when mexico or venzuela tell us what we have to do in our country. I think we should keep our nose out of their business unless americans are being killed. If the people needing to interfere want go to iran and voice their opintion we should buy them a ticket

Skiatook, Okla.

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Obama is working not fighting, I do not for one single second underestimate his ability to bring it on if need be. He is not putting us out on limbs we cant handle, I guess he doesnt want the USA humiliated further. I cant even believe how stupid some of this conversation is....lots of strategery here, lol.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The DPRK will never be able to launch an atom bomb. China would stop it before it reaches the atmosphere! I am so tired of the fear package. I am NOT sold anymore!

dc matthews   June 17th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Obama got handed a load of doo, maybe 100,000,000 loads.
He is shoveling fast and hard as more comes in too.
What minimums to we need to first do no harm and help those most in need survive while not allowing others to fall too? how do we not only turn this around but work towards the best possible future?
What , less than perfection , and the usual instant results and instant gratification and me first will most of the spoiled accept ?

It took many many years and build up of many problems to set up the Depression of 2008.
WE NEEDED A MESSIAH. None were available.
We have a darn good, smart, (and kinda cute!) man who has, from before day one, worked his butt off to develop smart plans to keep the USA and others hanging on and hanging in.

You can disagree on some things. We all always will, but I do have to say – On the big picture YOU are either WITH the whole USA and democratic world recovery or your with the ones who PROFITED FROM OUR DISASTER.
THERE is no MIDDLE ROAD IN A global financial CRISIS. YOU either SUCCEED or you FAIL. I'M for FULL STEAM AHEAD!
Bring out the big guns !
Others can stick with the pot shots,

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

@ Steve Crews

Well said and I completely agree!!!

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   June 17th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I agree Ronald Reagan was not a great American President, he is partially the cause of this problem.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

@ Richard the Paralegal and Law Student

I am worried that Obama may wiggle out of the way pay health care... and remove the money grubbing insurance companies.

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   June 17th, 2009 9:44 pm ET


Thank you........

Janet   June 17th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think I'm going to SCREAM! President Obama has been in office less than 6 months! Bush had 8 years to screw up. Obama has to eat. So what if the media puts it in on air. He took his wife out to eat. So what. I want to know how much Bush spent using Air Force One during his 8 years. I really do. Anybody?

Obama would get bashed if he were moving too slowly, or too quickly, Lay off and give him some time to breathe.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

hate typos... that is one pay health care

AGonzales   June 17th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

President Obama is not God he can not change the world in 5 months! Give me a break! President Bush had 8 years to mess us up and now people expect President Obama to fix everything right now. His plate is FULL! He is a very smart man and I know he will do the right things and take the right steps to help America become strong again. He is being judged on every single move he makes and every word that he says people just need to let him work. People need to do their part and remember no one is perfect.

Mike   June 17th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

What qualifies a right wing comedian creationist to be on CNN telling Obama what he should be doing? Please answer.

B.J.Fish   June 17th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Back off !...Obama's multi taskin'!.Getn' his foot n the door on all the issues of interest ,before someone tries to slam the door in his face.

I like the open door policy Obama's creating with the use of New Multi-Media Technologies.

Make that Green/Clean technology.:)


Carmella   June 17th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

James, I don't know if he really really wants to be re-elected I think it's a little to early to make that assertion. Three years in the job we will really know if he wants to be re-elected. If you know what I mean.

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   June 17th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I love Bill Maher, to but what he said was kind of out of line. Reminder to Bill, Obama is only 5 months in, not 3 years......Rome was not built in 5 months.... Please America...PATIENTS...........

Further with regards to Obama on TV to much, Hello!!!!!!!!! cameras follow him everywhere he goes, its not his fault and he is working hard. Furthermore, sorry to say but he is the first bi-racial president which is drawing more attention towards him. It is impossible to see past it in this day and age.

OMG, please Johans Brothers, this is news America, give me a break. who care, she some real news that is important now, such as job, economy, environment, etc......

Steve Crews   June 17th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why dont everyone shut-up let the man do his job. no one anywhere has ever had to deal with what he is dealing with and no one knows more about how to do this than him. the people that are making most noise about his progress are the same people that got us into mess in the first place. you had your chance and screwed it up. step up and be of some help, or shut-up and back-off

S.C. from Okla.

dc matthews   June 17th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

my comment above
ooops-i got the wrong link and i'm sleep deprived right now i dint look the link was supposed to go to a discussion on the financial situation .

On the WAR fronts /CAIRO speech ; again full steam ahead!
We need BIG change now. WE need to act to stop Aggression for PROFIT and POWER running over any democracy.

If we want to be the USA WE CLAIM and the world can trust again,

We can lend an hand, but put a hand in all.

Yesterday is not too soon.

Carmella   June 17th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

AGonzales you are totally right on him being judged on everything he does. I wonder if he were anyone else would he be held to the same standard? There is a clear subconscious bias here. It appears our President isn't phased by it all, thank God.

carol   June 17th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Come on....5 months in office. Economic crisis, two wars, Korea etc. He's handling things just fine. Sounds to me like some people really think that he's some super human. He's a smart, caring, guy and the rest of the world is stopping to take a second look at us.

Richard the Paralegal and Law Student   June 17th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Didie ~ California:

I am not worried about that. His campaign ran on health care for all. This is something that he really wants to make happen, especially after his own mother died due to the fact that the insurance company did not want to treat her because she had a preexisting condition. So I really think he will try his hardest to pass health care for all American, I am praying he does, because I want some for myself, lol.... It just takes time we all need to have patients.

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The day OJ was declared not guilty was the day I lost my faith in our judicial system, I still cant stand to listen to anybody that was on his defense team.

angela   June 17th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

We were charged close to $800.00 to spend 2 minutes with a DR at an Er, being told to go home and take tylenol.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

No one really knows what the future will bring and how and when or even if our country will finally heal. The economic issue is a problem deeper with this country than any other country due to huge corporate ownership of this country. I believe Obama will do his best!

AGonzales   June 17th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Carmella-I can tell you when the topic of President Obama comes up it gets heated!!!!! I have seen people almost fight over what they say he is doing and what he is not doing. It is sickening. People are bias and just was not ready for a Black president and thats why they are so critical of him. Call it what it is.

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

@ Richard the Paralegal and Law Student

I agree; however, we do not know what is happening in the background with these insurance companies.

Yes, if we had affordable health care, I would retire tomorrow ... lol

Dodie ~ California   June 17th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

@ angela

I understand your feelings. I had surgery last year and that came with a price tag of $175,000. If I not had very good insurance, I would be losing my home today!

angela   June 17th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Thankfully you were able to make it through Dodie, many cannot today. As you have pointed out the money being spent on the war on the ensueing medical care is astronomical, seems we could save considerably if we would extricate from that war ASAP.

Antone   June 17th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I think Bill Maher is great entertainer but why are you treating his comments about Obama as serious "news?" I feel it is because your network is "cross-promoting" his show. Lately CNN is starting to grate on my nerves. Are you also promoting the JONAS BROTHERS because you have a financial interest somewhere? You are creating "news" which to me isn't news!! The same thing with the "David Letterman" comment. Too much airtime is given to entertainers instead of serious news commentators. Entertainment and serious news have become too entangled and I think many viewers are confusing the two.

RD   June 17th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Was Ben Stein serious when he proposed military action against Iran on Larry King Live? Has he seriously thought about the ramifications of a war with Iran when the United States can barely keep its head above water in Iraq? Has Ben thought about how quickly Iran could close the Straits of Hormuz, starving the world from almost 60% of oil supply which feeds the world's economies? The U.S has been trying to isolate Iran over the past 30 years through sanctions and a cut of diplomatic relations, none of which have worked. Maybe it is about time we genuinely start thinking about how we can get Iran on our side. After all, regardless of all the rhetoric, the leadership in Iran is a lot more calculative than Ben Stein gives them credit for. The leadership in Iran knows if it ever uses nuclear weapons against the U.S. or its allies, the response would be devastating for Iran. More importantly, it will achieve nothing.

Mike   June 17th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Re: Antone June 17th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

"I think Bill Maher is great entertainer but why are you treating his comments about Obama as serious “news?”"

Is that why you had Stein on? For "balance"? A far left comedian prostylitizing atheist "balanced" by a far right comedian creationist? This isn't balance. This isn't informative. Why not ask questions of Maher and Stein about their extreme views? Just propping them up and letting them spout off is not informative.

Jay   June 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

There are a lot of issues that have been put on the back burner over the years,Obama is the only one brave enough to address these issues. And the only one to try to fix them.

dc matthews   June 17th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

want the health care sign the petition! BIG BIZ health care is fighting hard!
Our legislation includes five major provisions:

We give Americans better choices for health insurance. We follow a simple principle: If you like the coverage you have now, you can keep it. If you don't like your current coverage, our bill offers new and more affordable options. We'll negotiate with insurance companies to keep costs low, make it illegal for companies to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and give Americans the option to enroll in a public insurance program.

We reduce the cost of health care. We'll crack down on fraud and abuse, and we'll reduce red tape to keep costs down. We also make sure doctors use the most effective therapies to treat illnesses, so patients aren't paying extra for treatments that don't work.

We put new emphasis on prevention. The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it from ever striking, or to catch it at an early stage. By giving every American access to affordable health care, we'll enable millions of people to be screened for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression.

We bring more help to the elderly and the disabled. We make it easier for these Americans to live independently. We help pay for home upgrades such as wheelchair ramps, and for regular home care to enable people to live in their own homes, not nursing homes.

Finally, we develop a better health workforce, delivering modern and responsive care. We invest in doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet the needs of patients more effectively for years to come.
These changes won't be easy to enact - but we can't afford to wait, and we can't afford to fail.

Show your support for health reform that will benefit all our citizens, reduce the financial burdens on our nation's people and businesses, and put our health care industry on a strong and sustainable basis for the future:

I'll be working hard to pass this bill in the weeks ahead, and I hope you'll be there with me.

Thank you so much for the very real difference you can make in achieving this great goal we share.


Senator Edward M. Kennedy

janette   June 17th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Bill Maher is about his ratings at the end of the day.He's not
right about everything.

jeff   June 18th, 2009 12:48 am ET

look Obama has done more for the people than several administrations before him,he is busy doin what others have neglected to do. it was status quoe to lay up and enjoy the power. not since reagan has a president done what they say they are gonna do,it is refreshing to know someone cares about me and my family and are well being. i used to be a repulican now i am proud to say i am an american whos voice was heard(enough is enough). you know he didnt create this mess but he is the right man for the job(dont get me wrong i do not agree with the bail out of the auto industry). givehim a little more time, rome wasnt built in a day but it can happen in a few years, a much more prosperous and stable country.

shark   June 18th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I agree with james carville . people expect to much to soon.give them a chance to navigate through this mess . it took eight years to get to point.according to most expert the economy has taken a turn for the better.

Andres Agostini (Andy)   June 18th, 2009 2:47 am ET

Honorable President Obama, concerning the present entry of this blog, has only one choice. And that is to implement many things at the same time. Clearly – and not judging his performance of not –, it is indispensable for him to delegate strongly as he is in fact doing. Supervising so much delegation and power transfer is a huge challenge but beyond vital. He has clearly done this with honorable Vice-President Biden. It seems to me that he is facing too many challenges so then he is going to have to call upon great people “on the doubles” not only from the political and military stamen, but also from the scientific, engineering, and creative community. Within those into serious creativity, it seems to me (and very clearly so) those people whose ingenuity is counterintuitive in extremis. Any former president – regardless of political orientation – could be and must be called upon if deemed necessary by the President. Incidentally, he is going to need –as per my opinion – a great number of people into (a) Non-standard, womb-to-tomb Risk Management (the one extraneous to insurance and bonds, driven by applied omniscience and not by financial investments), and (b) Extremely serious people who make a living by performing extremely well in “Professional Futurology” (never Futurism) and “Advanced Scenario Methods.”America is blessed with the ultimate people in conceiving “FUTURES” to capture the UPSIDES and to (i) Modulate, (ii) Reduce, and (iii) Eliminate grave risks. That, too, regarding current or former senators, governors, mayors, activists, and secretaries of states, as well as noted ambassadors. – Andy (Andres Agostini)

als   June 18th, 2009 5:43 am ET

Pres Obama has done more than any Pres has done in history in his short time in office. Bill Mayer commments is unfounded and he must be trying to get more viewers because he has low ratings. Bush vacationed in office for 8 years nothing was said leave Pres Obama alone. The world can see an honest man instead of a jerk we had for 8 years. His work is well documented because of transperancy thats why you see the coruption that was done for 8 years stupid. Intellegent Pres has to have good communication skill and be seen more to explain the coruption that was done behind our backs. Pres Obama take your wife out and enjoy yourself.

Ted   June 18th, 2009 8:05 am ET

Reading all these comments I am proud of being an american! It shows that we have people with brain and perception, and the days of the redneck cowboys and born again bible clutchers are gone with GW!!
Yes, Obama is doing a great job, but it takes longer to rebuild a building than to tear it down. Well said, he is not a magician, but he works very hard to do what he promised.
Now, if we are realistic, he will not be able to accomplish everything. The GOP, instead of supporting him by rebuilding our country, do everything possible to hinder him! Even his own party play dirty politics, everyone is cooking his own stew and this is not the way to improve our life. Let´s face it, the hey days of America are gone and we never will be the same again and you know what: we alone blew it!!
Bill Maher is a great and intelligent comiker who is not afraid to name a crook a crook.
According to our Constitution and Bill of Rights he has the same right not to believe in God as you Bible clutcher to quote the Bible when sending planes to kill innocent people all over the world. Or have you ever seen God so you can be so sure he exists? Or is it only a clutch where people put all their hope? We are free to do both!

SLM   June 18th, 2009 10:13 am ET

I would like to think Bill Maher is coming to his senses and realizing he made a HUGE mistake supporting an inexperienced junior senator who is now President in training. Obama doesn't take a stand on much, his limited record showed that by voting "present" most of the time.

george   June 18th, 2009 1:29 pm ET

Hi Larry; For what it,s worth. I am strongly opposed to Govt. health care. 82yr.old veteran, Waterbury,Ct.

Peter Weerasingha   June 18th, 2009 2:31 pm ET

Bay Buchannan referring to President Obama as "this fella" was demeaning and offensive. Its clearly evident that she has an undisguised disdain for him as a non-white who dared to aspire to the presidency. She tried to cover it up afterwards with references to him as brilliant on occasions. Too late... Debate and disagreement are welcome but why CNN feels compelled to invite someone like her whose only qualification is her brother, is really questionable.

lisa   June 18th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

Keep up the good work Mr. President! I know it takes time. We can only imagine the problems on your plate. The world is just sitting back waiting for you to waive your magic wand and fix it. I wish it was that simple but its not. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FIRST FAMILY!

John, San Antonio, TX   June 18th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

@Dodie of California to Quietstorm. "Stop winning and turn the channel if you don't like it" (whining?) Not just your grammar as I make my fair share of mispellings, etc. but who died and made you Queen? You are an extremely opinionated person with no patience for people who don't totally agree with you. You have a right to comment as much as you want but you have no business telling someone else to change the channel or to go elsewhere. I suspect you are a senior citizen as am I but sometimes I wonder if there is anything you haven't done or are not an expert about. You probably haven't the time to watch much tv but on the last reality show for Survivor they had a contestant who called himself "Coach" or the "Dragon Slayer". If you haven't seen the program you will not know what I am talking about but if you have, I have to say you remind me of Coach. Don't want to spoil what is probably one of your favorite sorts of entertainment but you need to understand that you don't have any proprietery rights over this blog. Can't wait to hear back from you.

Mike P   June 18th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

🙂 I just want 2 put my 2 cents n on acouple of topics 2day, none of which are topics n 2days blogs; first Obama doesnt want 2 say anymore than he already has about the people of Iran standing up 4 themselves against the gaovernment, lest WE get any ideas. I mean c'mon, lets face it were cowards, as well as take everything the government says 2 heart. i.e.. this governer that just admitted 2 having an affair, will anything happen 2 him?, will he lose his job? probably not, just like the long list of GOP,( whoops) U.S.A senators b4 him, some of which were caught in same sex situations.

next i.e.. why no outrage when credit card company's more than dbl people's intrest rate, for no reason? which n turn causes them 2 not be able 2 make theyre payments at all w/out digging a deeper hole w/ penalties?

Next... why r we not legalizing marijuana?, because " they " say its bad 4 ya? every study that might hind at positive effects, they just write off as inconclusive. Funny how they look at a joint and see a syringe filled w/ heroin, yet when htey see a whiskey bottle, its like 'good ole american cure all' LOL. or may what there doing is lookin at us and seeing $, cause i just heard 2 day how medical company's are droping "sick" clients i.e.. a person was dropped that had cancer , no he's at home on his death bed n a great deal of pain, so the family has 2 spend $2300 a day a week, i dont know but i think the late great George Carlin said it best. "It's all bull--, and its bad 4 ya"

We are the ones who should be rising up against out government!!!:)

Mike P   June 18th, 2009 6:20 pm ET


Joe G. (Illinois)   June 18th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

Just like Palin so is also Obama doing a great job for the Conservatives. Every effort of his goes to benefit the Conservatives whom ever so effortlessly distinguish them self from the others more and more everyday. You know.. Some people think that if they are mean, bad, evil and most cruel to babies, that they are I’m going to rock the world in hell someday with their best friend the devil.. They couldn’t be more wrong!!!!

Judith   June 18th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Larry I'm putting my two cents in two.Sorry it's a bit late.

President Obama isn't a coward.Ones from Chicago know what they are doing.Their toughness is softness getting more that way.
He's a 'Think First and React when needed kind of guy'.One doesn't have to be tough and fast to go to War to be Tough.Ones get more bees with honey.

Bottom Line he can not say too much because he will be blame.The
GOPs know this but stick it out there anyway.The people of Iran need to do their thing in their way.Once it's over than Obama can work with that President.If Obama opens his mouth too much and Iran blames the USA the GOPs 'will' turn around and blame him once again.With the GOPs he's in a if I do or I don't do I get slam both ways.

Here is something else about health care that the GOPs have slam him for saying it will be Goverment run.Both Bush and Clinton received
a pension that was run by the Goverment.In fact the 1 1/2 year before Bush retired he kept saying Economy is sound while the Americans knew differently.Before his retirement that is when Bush wanted the bail out of Wall Street not caring if the CEOs help theirselves or not.
Both Clinton and Bush get Sercret Service Run by the Goverment.Both along with the Senate gets health care Run by the Goverment.If it's so bad then why do they have it.Ones that work for the Goverment that gets Health care loves it but the GOPs keep putting their bad mouth out about it.
The Banks and Ins Companies Own the Senate.

valerie   June 18th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

No President Obama isn't taken on to much at one time. We're just used to the lazy, incoherent President we've had for the past 8 years. This is what a President is supposed to do, and boy I must say, he's getting things shaken and moving in the world. Kudos to you Mr. President

teddy   June 18th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

what a rude person bill is. how dear he speak larry king like that . hey larry you handle him very well. but for him if he want he can go to i know why everybody turns him down because he is rude...................die hard larry fannnnnnnnnnnnnn.

Andres Agostini (High-Tech Visionary Andy)   June 19th, 2009 8:19 pm ET

In addition and regarding this blog’s entry, statesmen and especially true statesmen are going to need (as of RIGHT NOW) to be bathed on “Applied Omniscience,” as it is administered by exact science practitioners such as leading-edge physicists and mathematicians. Fortunately, honorable President Obama has understood this way in advance clearly. In general – and this applied for every advance nation –, societies and their hugely complex problems are requiring from public servants themselves to be “toughened up” scientists. This does not mean at all that the version of the referred statesman cannot have great understanding and knowledge pertaining legal, economic, and societal matters. What is does mean, it’s that the new public servant must be – above all and beyond anything knowledge field – an exact scientist PRACTITIONER. WHY? Not only because of the amazing and ever-increasing number of global crises besieging the Planet, BUT ALSO BECAUSE IN THE SOCIETY OF KNOWLEDGE SUCH SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE IS DOUBLING IN REAL-TIME BY SO MANY ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE IN MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSIONS BEYOND GEOMETRICALLY EXPONENTIAL EXPRESSIONS. Governors, mayors, senators, representative, law enforcement people are going to need to have a “rocket scientist” or a consummated “astronaut” genome. I am not sorry about the scientific and technological progression of knowledge, since this world was not manufactured by the undersigned. So, firstly we have the global crises (that pose pre-existential and existential risks) but under stringent, applied science there can be brought about (i) modulation, (ii) elimination, and (iii) termination of such calamities, calamities that can be turned into sustained UPSIDES. Second, the technological progression cause two aspects or facets: (a) UPSIDE (beneficial, lucrative) RISKS, and (b) DOWNSIDE (detrimental) PERILS. People from all lines of practice and fields – with political aspirations – have better forget about “The Prince” and research all of the teachings by Dr. Einstein and Dr. Phillip Feynman just to cite two relevant ones. K.I.S.S. now stands for “Keep It Scientific, S--.” The economy, for instance, is a function of applied omniscience as it practiced by physicists and not by a mere doctoral economist. Every problem (RISK) is directly and indirectly a function of IGNORANCE. IGNORANCE, these days more than ever before, requires of the most aggressive and lawful utilization of the State of The Art, as well with rampant MORALITY, ETHICS, AND PRINCIPLES. I am quite sure that Honorable President Obama is aware of these trends (mega forces that drives us dramatically and subtlety from the background to the foreground). No more public servants into Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Napoleon, and Clemenceau. No more “Emotional Intelligence” and “Political Correctness” beautifully used by some politicians, corporations, clinicians, and managers to “social engineer” and over-manipulate the lives of billions. We need CLARITY, CLARITY, CLARITY plus Applied Omniscience, say a la NASA or DARPA, not just for the bear few but for the great totality of the human race! – Andy

Quietstorm   June 19th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

First of all.thank you to the people that were rude to me on one and I mean no one can call me meaningless..Your words have no power in it..You have hate in your heart severely..and you need help..If I remember we all have freedom of said what you said because you're behind a monitor..

Quietstorm   June 19th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

If many of you think Obama is too laid back..why don't you try being President.

Judith   June 19th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Back again.President Obama isn't doing too much.
Ones in Washington got in a fix of feet dragging.1 1/2 year before Bush left office he kept saying Economy is Sound while ones were losing jobs,homes along with health care.Gas went high and truckers were on the side of the road with their trucks while many of them ate on credit where they went to eat at times or rested.Many truckers lost their rigs.The Big 3 was in trouble and everyone was crying out for Bush to speak.
Yes he came out but not what the people were asking him for.He came out to let the people know they were going to bail out Wall Street.
Bush's retirement would have been held up.
People still cried out for months to follow with one that was paid by the American people Bush acted like he was already retired and one that could have been our President Obama had his hands tied because he couldn't do nothing.

The American People feel as fast as he works it's not fast enough because the Party of No just keeps slamming him holding up what Needs to be done while they sat on their hands all the time Bush was in office.

Leroy Tapia   June 21st, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Alot has to be done, Obama can't be taking time to smell the roses just now! -America is going thru some very hard changes...and definitely alot has to be done! on another Note:

Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers lead families by example, Fathers lead by faith, and Fathers lead by Love. ─Fathers have led companies, Fathers have led wars, Fathers have even led countries, but there is no greater joy to a Father than lead his own children. A Fathers triumph and legacy are not measured by his wealth; it cannot be measured by his accomplishments, and it cannot even be measured by his conquests. ─Father, this ‘Fathers Day’ I wish you all the Love in the world from the bottom of my heart, there is no tie, no shoes or no present I could ever give that could come close to all that you have done for me. ─My present to you this day is ‘Me’, I will live up to the standards you have put in front of Me by example, I will be a good Father, I will be a good husband, and I will be a good neighbor. Father, this day your triumph and legacy can be measured in one word, -Me. Happy Fathers Day Dad!
-Leroy Tapia

joe calleja, st.paul's bay, malta   June 22nd, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Yes, I think Pres Obama is addressing too many topics at the same
time. The economy and jobs should have taken priority above other
problems. He has made a great impact in foreign policy and that is far better than the USA has been received under G.W Bush. Bill Maher was positive in some criticism, but also jumped the gun in his way of expression.
Joe Calleja,

joe calleja, st.paul's bay, malta   June 22nd, 2009 1:13 pm ET

I would appreciate to hear that my comment reached you.

Joe Calleja,

JS   June 22nd, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Perhaps. However, I am sure President Obama has his reasons in doing so. He probably feels a tremendous amount of pressure from the mass to get things done. Our media itself counts the days of his presidency at all time. Example: President Obama's first hundred days and etc. It is a compliment to our President that people expect things from him but not many expected much out of Bush.

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