November 4, 2010

ICYMI: What went wrong for President Obama?

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Ralph Maxwell   November 4th, 2010 11:25 am ET

With the results of the elections showing dissaproval of Obama's policies & the dire economic times & joblessness of the US – Isn't it embarassing that our President take a 2 Billion dollar vacation to see the Festival of Lights with 3000 of his pals. The security of the President is at stake( 34 warships) and even a small disruption would be big coop for anyone who dislikes America. The monies and security in a foreign land loaded with terrorism, seems to me foolish and dangerous; especially when Americans being killed a few miles over the border in Mexico.

Allison Conti   November 4th, 2010 11:34 am ET

I watched your show last night. I am one of many unemployed americans about to run out of unemployment and as scared as I am to not afford my bills when this happens, I do (as Ben Stein sated) miss being a contributing member of society the most, There is a new illness out there recession depression. I want to thank you for your debate last night.

Jerjol   November 4th, 2010 12:28 pm ET


Nothing!! He will serve out his term and be a one term President.



And the U.S. will fall into the category of a "THIRD WORLD COUNTRY"


Dont YA just love it????????????????????????????

Jerjol   November 4th, 2010 2:16 pm ET

Now that the political "GANSTERS" have taken over the House


Hal Neukirch   November 4th, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Larry, I am from Kansas and work in Huntsville. My daughter lives in Oklahoma. So the stage set I just want to state that where ever I go people are screaming that the vote Tuesday was a message to our representatives-–GET RID OF OBAMACARE and RESTORE JOBS. I keep hearing President Obama and the Democrats say it was not about OBAMACARE but it is... Can they not see the number of House Dems that voted for it and they are now gone. Regardless if President Obama thinks it is the best for the people-–We the People say NO!!! Thank you for listening....

Kat   November 4th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

What went wrong is that America DO NOT want change. They have this greedy get rich quick mentality. Change takes time and is painful! Noone walks into rehab and walks out on day 2 or walks out without suffering first.

They want a president that flushes their personal toilets, put butter on their bread, sugar in their tea and put pennies in their pockets.

What America has jist done is to have created more chaos and blockage for the president from a white supremist party full of evil, hateful crooks in jacket and tie. they hate to have to say "yes" or "no" Mr President to a black man. They lie and twist things to sabotage his presidency everyday.

How quickly America forgets that this president inherited a huge debt from these said Republicans. It is the reason the country is in this state.

President O, give them the presidency. These old bags and bats need to bear in mind that Ariel Sharon and Arafat fought over land and "Power" for years.

Where is Kennedy? Did any of them take anything with them? The White House, Mass and his seat are still here too.

Wally Menns   November 4th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

arry , The position of our new leaders in Washington is an abomination – they are espousing hate, disagreement, discord and disunity. They make me ashamed to be a Republican. Since 1950, for 36 out of the last 60 years, this country has had a Republican President. And look at our descent as a country and world leader!

Obama has been President for one year. Throughout the election hundreds of thousands of people across the nation prayed for God's perfect will to be done, and that the person God wanted to be in the White House would win. Whether we like it or not, whether he pleases us or not, Obama is God's choice for this country for such a time as this. We should bow in prayer as one nation, that God's good and perfect will is done in us and through our President.

To Mitch McConnell, the hate mongering Tea Party, the unGodly immigrants and Godless Americans (those not believing in the God of this country) and every other dissenting factor, "Shut your friggin' mouth. No one needs to follow anything you say – you're blind, stupid and not led by the true power source of this world. So shut up or get out of our country."

The cry of the true God-centered American people is for change and growth- but through compassion, patience and love; the things of our God that hate mongers know nothing about!

IKHAN   November 4th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

Well Larry,

Undeniably, Race & Faith played a major part followed, not preceded, by Economy.

If one cares to look carefully. From day one an insidiously crafted campaign calling into question President Obama's ancestory, birth place and his faith started insinuating itself into politics.

Older folks in the Bible belt were targeted whipping up fears & phobias. Advantage clearly going to his opponents, though he was not on the ballot.

President Obama's stance against Big business & corporate rule was dubbed as 'socialism' and that blended well with the anti-Obama propaganda.

Then although economists generally were talking about an end to recession and were cautiously optimistic. Also predicting that effects of the economic recovery would take time to reach the common man & the job market. President Obama's efforts in this regard were eclipsed by un employment, all the hulla balloo over spending and propaganda.
I also feel that the President did not fight back as vigorously as needed, especially in the Mid-west.

William S. Templeton   November 4th, 2010 5:51 pm ET

The president has done a GREAT Job, and so he should make no more apologies. We would be talking a completely different language if he had not the courage to do what was nessassary. People are well and insured due to his actions, jobs were saved but people have so short memories. Run away trains do not stop on a dime; how long did it take to dig this hole, permitting the Wolves to guard their own hen houses and thieves to police themselves. Stay your course, it was correct then and now. Redardless of any outcome, NO MORE apologies, you did what was nessassary, that was and is your job, and you have done it very well.
May GOD Bless you and keep America strong.

Ellie Burns   November 4th, 2010 6:21 pm ET

Stephen A. Smith,
I wanted to thank you for voicing an opinion that is felt by us young frustrated Americans. I am sick and tired of empty promises, and politicians saying what they will do once they get into office, but kicking their feet up and dicking around once they get there. I am 21 yrs. old and the last two years have been so frustrating and irritating, that I've stopped voting altogether. It's a slap in the face!!! What democrats and republicans have done the last 2 yrs is a freaking slap in the face!!! Thank you for calling it out, thank you for calling the President's LACK OF WORK out, because everyone just wants to see him interacting with people, as long as he shows up on The View that's all anyone cares about!!! Screw that!! I want to see those promises being met, I want to see those damn jobs you promised being given to the people that have been struggling so hard out there to make ends meet!! Just another prime example of how the love of power has made NO CHANGE. Something that you, Mr. Obama PROMISED US BEFORE YOU GOT INTO OFFICE!!! It was Jimi Hendrix who made the quote, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." And I gotta say, President Obama, no one's been sleeping any better since you came into office. Thank you Stephen for voicing my generation's frustrations.

Ralph Colon   November 4th, 2010 6:55 pm ET


The dollar bill says – “In God we Trust” – The republicans say they believe in God – The Bible says to give Caesar his and to give God his tithing’s – The Bible also says to share your wealth and believe in God – The Bible also says to give up your worldly possessions to follow God – If God says all this in our Bibles then why is President Obama wrong in taxing the rich higher taxes than the poor people? Isn’t taxing the rich higher taxes better than giving up all their worldly possessions if indeed the Republicans believe in our Lord Jesus Christ? However, we see that the Republicans are nothing but hypocrites just like the Bible says we will find people to be in his name. We also see the republicans trying to destroy the healthcare for the 50.000.000 people that do not have healthcare. We also see the Republicans hate President Obama for wanting to tax the rich higher taxes than the poor – things that God would want President Obama to do for Gods people in this country. Let us not forget that the Republicans and Bush put a cap on medical malpractice cases in this country making it difficult to sue a doctor for hurting your children. These are the Republicans that run this country; these are the evil doers of Satan. Then we have people like Rush, Laura, Sean, Glen, who creates the final blow of hate towards President Obama and Black People in this country, selling books of confusion and hate to millions of suckers who follow their lead; and of course who will be judge by God after their death. This is the evil country we live in and created by these evil doers. This is my view!

God Bless Our President Obama
Whom Does God Jesus Christ Bless!


Joe G. (Illinois)   November 4th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

The all inclusive Liberal Progressive Democratic Party of Immorality is the Majority in the country, there is no contest about that!

What just happened yesterday only goes to show what they are all about. Like sure they care about killing innocent and defenseless babies still in the womb, same sex marriage, and all those other kinds of perversions in the world in the name of Hell on Earth and Equality for all.

But it also goes to show that when it comes to their personal wallets, they can care less about Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Borak Obama and who ever else might still be a Borak Obama supporter.

I just hope the Conservative Republicans do not all end up with spiked suppers by inviting all these ex Boraxians in their houses. If you know what I mean! Thanks and good day.

Hugh in California   November 4th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Practice! Like I try to practice my spelling. I misspelled it, but you can't keep mispracticing God's commands if you believe in it so fervently. "Love Thine Enemies" is scripture you have yet to comprehend; your actions prove it.

Hugh in California   November 4th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

What went wrong is President Obama has so many enemies in the Republican Party they do not want him to succeed on anything. They are the party of NO, no to healthcare, no to small businesses, no to tax breaks for the middle-class, no to any thing that President Obama introduces to help this country recover. The GOP needs to stop now before we go into another depression worst than the last one. Americans want jobs, not lip-service, not stonewalling, not religious oppression; they want religious freedom and politicians who will come to their political senses and give us a country that works! We need jobs. God help us if they don't. If they continue to obstruct, they will only destroy the lives of the American people. There is no gain in this pattern of irresponsibility. Just to win elections? Good grief - this is not a debating club. If these people don't wake up soon, we will become the biggest second rate economy on the planet. All our military might will not save our nation's people from more foreclosure, sickness, homelessness and despair.

Annie   November 4th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

As a person from Canada watching in amazement the results of the elctions, I wonder how you can expect a man who has been in office for one year to right all the things that went wrong in 8 plus years of Republican rule. To deny the average person (who is either ill or jobless) health care is cruel and could easily happen to anyone who loses employment. Speaking of jobs.....then answer this ...why does a major department store in the US and Canada have people in the Phillipines answering repair calls. These individuals then have to call North America to arrange a visit to repair your appliance. Are these not jobs that could be filled locally?

Dodie   November 4th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

@ Larry
The Republicans are using numerous paradigms and layers of overt and covert attacks on The Obama administration; thus, moving the US down the tracks towards poverty in order to anger Americans enough they will all vote the Corporate owned Republicans in office.

Rhetorical Syllogism in paradox‏ is a very successful argumentative tool that uses verbal aggressiveness which involves attacking President Obama's concept and also includes character attacks, competence attacks, ridicule, and threats (fear). along with one or more minor premises that are left unstated creating confusion and deletes any true commitment. It is a very powerful argumentative approach and the Republicans are using this. It was obvious with Anderson Cooper as he was trying to get to the truth with Michele Bachman, to no avail.

The Republicans in the game of Chess have just "Checked" President Obama. If Pres Obama increases government spending to pay for healthcare, and aide programs to the Americans, The Republican party will whine and scare everyone that our deficit is too high and the government should not be spending money. If President Obama shrinks the government which will cause even more deregulation of wall-street and banks, then Americans needing healthcare, unemployment, etc will be very unhappy.

The problem is that President Obama did not express what President Roosevelt did after the depression. President Obama did not actually come out and say how bad the Bush administration strapped America. President Obama did not want to play dirty politics possibly because he truly believed if you govern through intelligence and dignity, everything else will fall in place. Unfortunately, President Obama has learned a valuable lesson. I wonder if it is not too late?

LE   November 5th, 2010 9:43 am ET

We had a choice and we chose" Greed Over People,"this Country is all about making the rich richer, and the poor, poorer. It was built on that foundation.

Dodie   November 5th, 2010 1:24 pm ET

IKHAN November 4th, 2010 4:32 pm ET
You stated: " From day one an insidiously crafted campaign calling into question President Obama's ancestry, birth place and his faith started insinuating itself into politics"

Excellent example of the strength and power from propaganda and rhetoric. Americans who "believe" this, fail to realize that if President Obama was not American born, the FBI, CIA and OSI would be completely inept/inert as all federal employees MUST undergo extensive background investigation. These 'Believer' Americans fail to understand........ they are saying to the "WORLD" American intelligence cannot even determine the birthplace of our president! How Sad and embarrassing!!!

@Jerjol November 4th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

Well stated. People underestimate Sara (Ms. I can see Russia from my home) Palin because the well-read individuals can see her lack of substance and knowledge; however, what they do not take into consideration is the millions of Americans who do not see with clarity and are moved by her "cheer-leading" quality.

@ Hugh in California

I agree with your statement that President Obama has many enemies in the Republican party. I suspect the real power in Washington "The old boys club" which includes Cheney strategized the entire time-line for numerous years, but most obviously since 2000. They knew that the Bush Administration would drop this country down due to their insatiable greed and what better way to pass the blame is with President Obama at the helm. This gives them 4 years to regroup and rain power for the next 8 years starting with the 2012 election. The real question would be..... how to "wake-up" Americans bringing in clarity and vision?

Marry   November 6th, 2010 11:27 am ET

@ Kat, Wally Menns, IKHAN, William S. Templeton, Ralph Colon, Hugh in California, Annie, Dodie, LE
Thank you very much for your comments! They are all so correct and from different point of views. But what they have in conmen – you think and you try to understand. A lot has to be changed in our country and perhaps it would be a good start to take a very critical look. Usually that is not done because quickly there comes the accusation “…how dare you – the US is the greatest!!”
People like Hal Neukirch, Ellie Burns, etc. have not been elsewhere! If they had, they would realize that the US is not anymore the greatest! It is because people have never learned to distinguish between short and long-term goals. It seems to be always instant gratification and very simple solutions – and the ones that promise that have a good chance to get voted for. Funny that these voters never seem to remember when they have been taken for a bad ride and being fooled!
The difference between Republicans and Democrats is:
Republicans can sell bad ideas that hurt the average person very well and without scruples serving only 2% of the population!
Democrats are very bad at selling very good ideas that help, trying to appeal on reasonable thought of 98% of the people.

Lucy   November 6th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

I'm a supporter of President Obama. I donated to his campaign and voted for him.

I think his greatest weakness has been in articulating and explaining his work and accomplishments as President. It's a surprising weakness given his rhetorical skills.

He's been up against great odds. Talk radio and Fox News have promoted outright lies about him and his legislative agenda - particularly Health Care Reform. And, the racism.

I was hoping Obama was more liberal than he appeared to be when he was campaigning. He's shown to be only left of center. It's a disappointment to people like me who are very liberal or socialists (he's clearly not either).

I will almost certainly contribute to his campaign and vote for him in 2012.

James   November 6th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

I can't imagine saying that Obama did not basically blame Bush. I don't know anyone who would not say he did and does more of that than any President in history. If you recall, many are now saying it's time to stop blaming Bush and take ownership.

I'm always surprised that while a lot of people are good with writing, there is a real lack of understanding of finances. The financial mess that began in late '07 and peaked in March '09 was not just the doing of Bush. Why are the extremists on the left so unwilling to make themselves look less than informed by not admitting the Democrat congress under Bush had a significant role in the financial disaster in that it all began when they insisted that any and everyone be able to have a mortgage. Bush wanted to reign the two key financial institutions in but the Dems in congress would have no party of it.
I'm not a Democrat or Republican; I think it's better to analyze the entire situation and not just blame one party for the sake of blaming them with no serious analysis of the situation. I always wonder when one finds "his/her" President to be perfect and the other person's President to be totally flawed. Partisan, wouldn't you say? There are some who are yet to say Obama has made even one error. No wonder there is no agreement of anything.

James   November 6th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

I know it's easy to compare Canada and US on healthcare, but keep in mind as was pointed out recently, everyone in Canada pays federal income taxes. In the US only 50% of the people do. Some want to blame corporations and the wealthy for the healthcare issues, but yet the 50% that pay no taxes want the healthcare but yet still expect to pay no taxes. That is a significant burden for half the country to carry. So really Canada and the US cannot be compared until the tax structure is the same. Both countries, of course, have their challenges.

James   November 6th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

A lot of people are well read but at the same time have no understanding of finances.

Dodie   November 7th, 2010 12:15 am ET

@ James
Good Evening James! Your 6:47pm comment to me stating that no other president blamed the previous administration is incorrect. Franklin D. Roosevelt being sworn in as President on March 4, 1933 blasted the previous administration for the enormous economic problems. He made these statements over the radio and explained the complex financial issues so Americans would not feel helpless and frightened. On, October of 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt again blasts the previous administrations for ignoring mounting problems and shunning the needs of Americans. FDR won popular support by uplifting the American people which gave rise to radical programs and placed power from Wall street and Large Corporations back in the hands of the government.

The Bush Administration had generated not one war but two at the cost of over a trillion dollars when taking into account continued medical care of the war veterans, among other costs. Not to mention maintaining 730 bases around the world not including Afghanistan and Iraq. The bush administration also raised the national deficit not only once, or twice, but ((Three)) times in order to fund two wars. There has been a shift in which the wealthiest 1% of the population is gaining wealth whereby the middle class is being decimated. You can check this out with IRS public statistics. All the evidence and facts are there for you to find... James! Enjoy a good read!

IKHAN   November 7th, 2010 1:53 am ET

well stated.

thanks for putting the record straight. Enlightening comments as always.

Jim in VA   November 7th, 2010 8:11 am ET

The same actions and attitudes in Washington that brought about the voters statement in the mid-terms are alive and just as sick as always.
We are treated to announcements of "contracts" with India to the tune of $10 B which are represented to mean 50,000 plus jobs in the U.S. Does this include the recently announced move by Harley Davidson to build their motorcycles in India? The same company that enjoyed protectionist trade policies to remain competative against the Japanese two decades ago is now moving yet another American manufacturing activity off-shore. There needs to be some negative reinforcement to this type of action. Tarrifs and duties on imported manufactured goods of certain classifications would be a logical starting point.

Jerjol   November 7th, 2010 11:51 am ET

@ James, although I agree with most of what you say, I will suggest only one thing.

Wasting more than a trillion dollars on orchestrated wars instead of health care would cancel out all over the top costs for health care.

Wars are a necessary part of American culture, otherwise how would the arms industry that employ thousand of people survive, let alone the nearly 500 million dollars they contribute to the election process in America.

The fact that thousand of our young Americans are slaughtered because of the orchestrated wars, no one really cares, particularly the pentagon that see casualties as nothing more than "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" and the cost of fighting wars, but ask any family member of those so-called Collateral Damage victims, and they will tell you, "THAT THEY CARE VERY MUCH"

James   November 8th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Thanks for your comments. Certainly giving up young Americans in war has never been a good thing and never will be. I think everyone who is employed should pay something in federal income taxes which would enable us move forward financially in a much more positive manner.
I'm aware of where the middle class stands and this is due in part to the financial mess where many signed for mortgages they could not afford. I believe the Democrats have to take the hit for that for reasons I already stated. I like to analyze situations for what they are and never blaming anything on our preferred party doesn't require any intellect.
I think many who complain about non-stop probably are not happy with their personal situation, and as we know, few would ever take any personal responsibility for their personal problems. It's too easy to point the finger at someone else.
I still maintain no other President has constantly throughout their time in office continually blamed the previous administration to the extent that President Obama has. It serves those who just want to focus on the past quite well, particularly if the past is a party unpopular with them.

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