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March 23rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Does Pres. Obama risk overexposure?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I like him, but I'm tired of looking at him. It feels like President Obama is everywhere these days. When he holds a prime time press conference tomorrow night, it will already be the second one in his very young administration.

Media wise, is President Obama getting overexposed?

He was chatting it up with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show last week; which was great until they started talking about bowling. Every day some town hall meeting or summit at the White House or elsewhere gets covered live by the cable networks. We show him leaving, getting there, doing it, leaving, and getting back. Enough!

Plus, you can't pass a newsstand without dozens of Obamas staring at you...

Politico dubs Mr. Obama "the Everywhere President," pointing out how despite a severe recession and two wars overseas - he's making the effort to give off a very personal and intimate presidential image. But some experts suggest a personality-driven presidency does have its risks. One media and pop culture expert says the president is trying to "metaphorically remove the moat from around the presidency," but that can be tricky.

Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers says that when a president is in the public eye too often, people may just stop listening at some point.

Republicans have already been critical of the president for appearing on ESPN to fill out his college tournament brackets and doing the Tonight Show interview. But the GOP attacked Mr. Obama for being a "celebrity" during the campaign; and that didn't seem to work too well.

And the Special Olympics gaffe on the Tonight Show aside, interviews outside the realm of hard news do give him a chance to connect to more Americans. 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' scored its fourth highest ratings ever the night the president was on.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the media, how much of President Obama is too much?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jo from Fort Collins, Colorado writes:
Pooh to you, Jack! I love to see as much of this president as possible. It's so refreshing to get updates almost daily; I feel more a part of the "process" of this country than ever before. He is just trying to make us feel like responsible Americans again and I think it’s what we need!

Michele from Sparks, Nevada writes:
Tired of seeing him? C'mon Jack! He is the most approachable and open president we have ever had. He is talking to his employers (us) about how he is doing his job and staying in touch with what matters to Americans. I'd rather have this new set-up than the secret administration from years past. We are done being kept in the dark. We are not mushrooms and should not be treated as such.

Marsha writes:
Enough already! Get to work, Mr. President. You look far too relaxed and jovial for the current state of affairs. Trust me, Mr. President, the American people aren't doing a lot of smiling right now.

Joe writes:
How much fresh air do we need? Big relief so far – we'll let you know.

Liz from Los Angeles writes:
Depends how you voted, don't you think? The Republicans are still sore that he won, and are natural whiners to boot… so there you go.

Ken writes:
If it's going to be a transparent administration we need to see a lot. We need Obama to be there to explain the processes to those of us who don't understand. The unnecessary appearance on the "Tonight Show" is another thing all together.

John writes:
Are you kidding, Jack? After that last guy in the White House, we now get to listen to actual intelligence, wit and charm. Damn, stick one of them Obama IVs in my arm. I'll take mine intravenously.


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Did George Washington risk over exposure when he agreed to assume command of the Continental Army? Did Lincoln risk over exposure when he determined to preserve the union? Did FDR risk over exposure when he got us out of the first fiasco of Republican deregulation? It is a risk he is prepared to take for these United States and the future of our children.

    March 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  2. Dianne: Paducah

    Jack, If people dont want to watch President Obama, Than they can change the channel on their televisions. Some people just need to complain about something. If He gave one million dollars to every citizen in the US from his own pocket, some people would still find a reason to complain. Especially FOX. Let the man at least try to do his job as effectively as he possibly can. Thank you

    March 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  3. David

    No not at this time he need to be seen talking the issues. Remember we had a CEO who didn't answer the media and public question and you see what that got us.
    Speaking of the last Prez don't you think he should give some of the money we paid him back? he's costing us 10 billion dollars a month this little thing call the Iraq war.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  4. Dr Maria Wallace

    Please give it a rest people, if he stayed out of your eyes view you'll would have something to say about that. if he didn't let you follow his every move you wouldn't like it either. So get over it, he is the best President we will ever have, and it is refreshing to see this new talent at work. The president cares less what is said about him, he just stays the on point, and get up everyday and does what he was elected to do, by the people and for the people. Great Job Mr. President, remeber if they weren't talk about you then you would know that you weren't doing a good job. (jealousy, and hate is not Cool).

    March 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Michael Durham Signal Hill Ca.

    We should want the president talking to us. Behind closed doors we have had enough of. This economy is serious and we should want the president up front and center. I believe going to the american people is the right thing to do. If he convinces enough of us that might get republicans in line now when we have to spend and later the democrats when we have to cut back the spending to work on the deficit.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Melanie Sandusky, Ohio

    Jack,

    You need to get a grip, no matter what this guy does, someone is bashing him! If you don't like the job he is doing or you feel you see too much of him, just turn off the news and get out of his way!
    This guy has done more in two months and three days than any other president. He is trying to fix a mess he didn't even know would be here when he started running for president. Geesh, shut up and give him a chance!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Glen in Omaha

    He's his own best asset, the best at explaining the situation, the best at showing a steady, calm, face, and the best at inspiring others to action. He should be on the air 24/7!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  8. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I believe it's good that the president is reaching out through different mediums, but I don't think it's very presidential to appear on late night television. I'm glad he has a good sense of humor, but a lot of people are looking for answers. I think he should focus more on working on the problem, and less time on jay leno talking about it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    President Obama admits that he is living in a bubble; but try his best to be out here in the world with the rest of us. I appreciate his willingness to be open, transparent, and present.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  10. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Jack, he is certainly doing it like no other President of my time. I know things change but he is definately given us the change of seeing and hearing from him a lot. I compare it to campaigning all over again.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  11. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    I am sure if F.D.R. were president today, like B.H.O., he would use all the technological media innovations at his disposal to communicate with a population that really wants and needs to know the unfiltered truth about what is happening during these bad economic times.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  12. Mari the Mom

    Hi Jack,

    President Obama needs to be on TV, giving interviews and staying in touch with us. How else can a president communicate? We are in the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, we need to hear from our president as often as possible. Some people will still complain, dislike even hate him, that's fine they are free to complain all they want!

    At our house we love to hear from President Barack Hussein Obama!

    YES WE CAN .......RECOVER AMERICA....... AND YES WE WILL!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  13. E. Gavin Parthenais

    Wow. Over-ambitious, accomplishes too much, too charming, too personable, let's bring back the guy who hardly had a new conference and went to bed at 9pm. He only managed to drive our economy, constitution and global reputation into the ditch without beging able to construct a complete sentence. The problem with the 24 hour converage of Obama is the 24 hour cable news blab-a-thon, not the Pres.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  14. rin

    According to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll reported today: Nearly half of those surveyed (46%) say AIG management is "most to blame for the fact that these bonuses were paid." Almost one in five (19%) finger Congress, while 8% blame Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and 7% say President Obama bears responsibility.

    So does obama risk overexposure.....NO!!!! ITS HELPING HIM

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  15. Lesley Anne

    I don't think so at this point. With the public outrage at the moment and so many things up in the air, I think it's important for the president to appear "everywhere" to deliver his message like only he can. He has enough critics. When things calm down I believe he will be making fewer appearances and speeches. But he did promise to be accessible and let everyone know what is going on and he is delivering on that promise by going out in the world. Some criticize him for continuing to campaign, but I think his effort is aimed at staying connected to the voters, getting them behind his agenda in the same the way he garnered their votes. He's asking for their support but also listening first hand to their complaints.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  16. Darlene

    He's being himself...hard-working, great communicator, not afraid to say he's made a mistake, and he's just like the guy next door – he likes a beer and a great basketball game. Everyone is enthralled with him because we have so much hope for the future with him in the lead. Sometimes it like we can't get enough. I for one am not complaining!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  17. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    Is there any petty isssue that pundits won't complain about?
    I think that all the talking heads on the "news" channels are over exposed, and way over rated.
    As long as the president speaks on current issues he is delivering more news than the news channels are. I could listen to that all day long.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  18. Deb (New York)

    Enough secrecy for a lifetime in one administration. I like hearing the President telling me what he is focusing on as well as his ongoing plans for our country. It is also nice to see him relating to everyday folks. I know this is exactly who and what I voted for this past November.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  19. carolyne

    Jack , who cares, its either Obama or the Economy. If i have to choose i will choose Obama. I dont want to hear of the economy.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  20. John, Fort Collins, CO

    After eight years of being left in the dark by President Bush, President Obama's constant exposure has been a real ray of sunshine. Just what the doctor ordered for these tough economic times. I appreciate being kept informed.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  21. Jean, Indiana

    After 28 years of presidents who brought us Dub-dumbness, inappropriate secual affairs, Iran-Contra and Bedtime for Bonzo, the United States has a president we can be proud of.

    No amount of Obama coverage is overexposure. It is bringing America back to a place of leadership in the world.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  22. Christopher Dyson

    "Does Pres. Obama risk overexposure"? As one of his former opponents would say: You betcha! These days he's been as ubiquitous as Geico ads and bad hairstyles... Don't get me wrong,I voted for him,but he (and his acolytes in magazine publishing)should tone it down a notch or else, in time,people will stop listening or taking him seriously. You know how our pop culture is( Vanilla Ice/MC Hammer/Britney anyone?) -Christopher, Buffalo NY

    March 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  23. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    At least when President Obama speaks, he says something. He is articulate, knows what he is talking about, and it is very evident that he cares about the people of the United States. That idiot that used to be in that chair couldn't talk his way out of a paper bag, let alone make any sense.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  24. Dexter in Houston TX

    Jack
    We will never get tired of President Obama. He has engaged all Americans. For the first time in my life I feel this president is working for me and not a select few. I think you should ask this question in 1,397 days, but my answer will be the same!

    Dexter
    Houston TX

    March 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  25. Karen - Missouri

    Are you Republican, Jack? Obama is very popular so what's the problem???? He is not just another President. Critics? Only the Republicans are so hyped up and critical. Whiners. It's never too much. We just had Bush who only showed up to tell lies. Obama has been working his tush off...why can't we let him alone to do his job HIS way...NOT the Republican whiner way.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  26. Valerie - North Carolina

    President Obama is intelligent, clear-thinking and a master at expressing himself when speaking to the country. Obama's presence is reassuring to the country that he is indeed in charge and is working on the many problems left to him by the last administration. He has a monumental job ahead of him and I admire him more each day.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  27. Kim, Atanta, GA

    Actually I don't. Obama needs to continue to be seen in the public eye until this financial crisis drastically improves. He's trying to improve this countries very low moral, and at the same time show that he cares. On the other hand; what I can't understand is why the republicans are out and about. They have zero solutions (evident from the last 8 years) other than more tax cuts. Jack, will you please do us all a favor and tell those power thirsty republicans that the campaign is over. There is no need to open their mouths every time our President is on tv. President Obama is doing a fantastic job and the nation can do without the republicans over exposure.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  28. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Different audiences see him in each different venue. It's not the same people seeing him all the time so it's not too much.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  29. Steve - Mich

    I could care less, the man speaks well, and generally says what the people would like to hear.

    When Bush spoke, he got covered just as high of a percentage of his speeches, and he spoke and acted like a buffoon embarrassing Americans and degrading himself with his pathetic faculties.
    And he repeatedly lied to America, and said a lot of antagonizing things, including continual shots at the Dems who mostly controlled Nothing during Bush's reign.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  30. marie banderas , in Bandera Texas,

    I do think Pres Obama does indeed face too much exposure..I too, am tired of seeing him constantly..I do want his plans to work, and the nation heal, but, to be constantly in the news, even if he eats a hot dog, goes on Leno, is getting to be a bit much, and even though he DID inherit a lot of these problems, I am tired of hearing him defend himself using "that term", just get on with running the nation, stop complaining and defending yourself now..if your constantly on tv, etc, when are you at WORK ?????

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  31. agilog

    I do think there is some risk of over-exposure, however I think the Obamas make everyone feel included and inspire us to be better Americans.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  32. Leslie in Lincoln, NE

    I can't get enough of Pres. Obama! The more exposure the better, I like having this kind of relationship with our President.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  33. Mary Barton Horst

    Hi Jack – seeing President Obama on the various tv shows has been wonderful and reaffirmed my vote in November. President Obama is getting out there HIMSELF and reporting what he is up to. A great improvement over the previous administration, which kept the media and the American public guessing and insecure.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  34. Nicki

    Not only is President Obama risking overexposure, he seems unable to put limits on anything. He feels that every issue needs to be attacked immediately, lacking focus on any one issue such as the economy. He feels he should be seen as an average person by being seen everywhere, lacking focus that his campaign had in massive form. Obama is flying by the seat of his pants, still in campaign mode and taking every opportunity to make himself or his administration the center of the news cycle.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  35. Marci-Joy

    I don't feel like I'm seeing too much Obama. I actually really enjoy listening to him speak. When I watched Bush stumble and stutter and pick people to speak to that had already been coached on what to say I turned off the television.
    When Obama speaks he calls on random people in the audience who often get flustered, so you know they aren't coached. He always answers them without dodging questions.
    He's truly exciting to listen to!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  36. Ken in NC

    Jack, if we didn't see much of him many would be saying he is in office and now all he does is eat and sleep in his new public housing. His presence in the public and on TV is his way of communicating to the public what he is trying to do to turn around our economy.

    Like you said on one of your commentaries several weeks ago, there is a button on our TV's and radios that can stop the signal from coming through. Anyone not wanting to hear from a working President can use the ON/OFF Button.

    Consider that he has been deemed to be the "Everywhere President" while President Bush, even when he was on TV was the "Nowhere President".

    March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  37. James in TN

    LOL....it's nice to see a president who can actually make a complete sentence but I don't how he he can't be in the public eye and still be transparent. I watch the 60 minutes interview and he was explaining how during last weeks town halls he wanted to walk to the hall and secret service says "no sir, it's 750 steps". I mean who thee hell counts the steps but Jack, he's young and full of life and energized. I like him. You mentioned the special olympics comment so, I must tell you, it didn't offend me at all. In the disabled community there's just too many sensitive people.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  38. max

    is he still campainig? i thought the next presidential election is in 4 years from now. What is he doing?
    Stay home and work instead of wasting time. work, you are paid of running the country not to chit chat. If he would have stayed home, maybe he knew what his staff is up to.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  39. Patricia, Miami, Fl

    You can never get enough of Obama. He is intelligent, eloquent, positive and of course charming and handsome. When he speaks -there is substance. How unusual.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  40. EILEEN.. Austintown, OHIO

    Over exposure of President Obama on Jay Leno, etc., surely is a refreshing break of, my visual image of my President with a coloring book at the end of a busy White House Day.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  41. shepherdwong

    When it comes to the media and Obama, please give us Obama. At least there's a chance we'll learn something.

    Steve
    Clio, California

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  42. Gregg Niemi

    Jack
    of COURSE the republicans are criticizing President Obama for reaching out to the country. It's what they do - that and belching out the same tired, trickle down economics that got us into this mess in the first place.
    Give the guy some credit. We're faced with an unprecedented set of challenges and we've been fed a steady diet of fear and loathing for the past decade. It's about time somebody tried to let us all know we can get through this.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  43. Nancy Pacinelli

    Bravo, President Obama! We finally have a president that is on the job everyday everywhere. How refreshing from the last 8 years of a vacationing, inarticulate president.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  44. Kyara

    It isn't Obama's fault that the media covers his every move. If they could follow him to the bathroom and see what tissue he uses, they would follow. His "overexposer" is due the the medias obession.

    Kyara from Milwaukee

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  45. Gary Anderson

    Jack, I can't get enough. After 8 years of flubs and blubs and dumbspeak, it is just soooooo refreshing to hear a whole sentence. And the fact that it makes sense and means something doesn't hurt.
    Des Moines, Iowa

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  46. Kendrell White

    There is nothing wrong with President Obama taken a hour out of his very busy day to do somethin fun or making a public apperance. I was excited to see him feel out a NCAA bracket. It made him seem like a normal citizen of this country.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  47. Rick Medina,OH

    In the first place, you have a problem with definitions ... at what point is someone 'over-exposed?'

    We have a President who campaigned and won on a wholly new paradigm. He used the Internet in new ways, and has a database of folks who adore him that never exercised citizen-ship before. I have responded to two, and 'clicked off' 10 other e-mail messages on my Blackberry in the last two weeks ...and I am totally OK with it. My President ... one I worked hard to elect ... finds ways to talk to me.

    I know that results are what fills history books, but for now, talking to me works!

    Rick, Medina, OH

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  48. Obama guy in LA

    after 8 years of you-know-who, I'll take Obama 24/7 thank you very much.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  49. Darren

    In this time of financial disaster, we need a president to reassure the nation that we will recover, from the previous administrartion's failures, and everything will be okay.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  50. Robert in Baton Rouge, LA

    Well atleast I know he's working, unlike the last president who I only saw on vacation all the time.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  51. RI Carol

    A few weeks ago we were hearing that the President should be "more visible" in this time of economic turmoil...so now he is being criticized for that??? Enough already!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Chance

    I personally really like that he's doing his best to communicate to the public what he's doing. That's one thing that was horrible about Bush. Remember in October when we're all desperate to hear from the president, and all the headlines read: "Where is the President?!" Seeing Obama reminds everyone that we really do have someone working on the problem, and he happens to be someone who cares what we think about his solutions.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  53. Marty Ward

    Jack, as long as the President is productive and effective doing his job, he can dance in front of as many cameras as he wants! People love this guy, I love this guy. People want him to succeed, I want him to succeed!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  54. Patrick, Austin, TX

    He needs to be in his office working and solving some of these problems. There will be time for all this media attention after he fixes in the economy. I doubt I will even watch tomorrow night. I will wait and catch the highlights on cable.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  55. Ian, Canada

    As soon as the Republicans stop critisizing him for trivialities it may become too much. Since that doesn't appear likely my guess is the people want to hear what their inteligent and charismatic president has to say.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  56. Kathy Matluck

    I can't get enough of him

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  57. John Halonen

    Obama should continue his exposure until "Bush" is no longer part of our thought pattern.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  58. Dave from Connecticut

    Jack,

    You only think this is "too much" because for the last eight years we've had an administration that did nothing. Former President Bush forgot about domestic issues like Health Care and focused more on starting wars with two countries.President Obama is showing us how a President is supposed to act.

    – Dave
    Connecticut

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  59. R. Leatherwood

    No...he could be like GWB and Cheney and hide his entire term or be what he should be...A President of the people...listening to us and informing us of what were up against...
    I would rather have too much Obama than messages from a bunker...

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  60. Sherri Illinois

    Absolutely NOT! America needs a President that is out there with the American people letting us know what is going on with the economy crisis + 2 wars + the banking & auto industries fiasco (DID I FORGET ANY OTHER MESS THAT BUSH LEFT BEHIND?). With so much going on in this country we NEED a President that communicating constantly with MAIN STREET USA. Thank God for him and what a refreshing drink of clean spring water after 8 yrs of drinking dust from George Bush & Dick Cheney who spent most of their time on vacation riding the horses on the ranch & shooting at friends while hunting.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  61. Edwin Merced

    It can be tiring to see the excessive Obama presence in print and electronic media.
    What would we rather have the silent, invisible and hiding presidency of the Bush years.
    This guy deserves respect, it would be easy to hide from the media in the presence of hard and difficult times. It requires a lot of courage to face the media in the midst of financial disaster. But then, again, maybe Bush would do better.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  62. Anne Billups

    Hell no! Obama is not being too over exposed. The GOP [McCain] compared him to Moses during the campaign they were so jealous. No matter what Obama does he will be criticized by the Republican cabal led by Rush Limbaugh. Look, Obama is no stupid, and as long as he's received so well by the public, please don't let this man stop!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  63. Rick/Marysville, WA

    If the President is over exposed, why did 20 million viewers tune in to Leno's show?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  64. ivan (virgin islands)

    No jack i don't think there is to much over exposure, with the state of the economy we need weekly if not daily updates from the president. President Bush was not in the media spotlight this much and you see what happened to the economy. Let the american people know what going on good news and bad news.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Bernadette Loesch

    Come on Jack enough sour grapes. The best disinfectant is sunshine. We are so used to Bush/Cheney and all of the backroom deals, secrecy, lies and Conservative rhetoric and fear which kept us uptight. I for one am enjoying EVERY SINGLE MINUTE HE IS OUT THERE explaining the how, why and where he is taking us.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  66. S. Bielfeldt

    He should stay away from interviews by comics. An attempt at humor can too easily be mistaken by certain governors and others starting up their election campaigns,.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  67. Barbara

    Better the Everywhere Man than the Nowhere Man we just had for eight years - What's 'is name?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Jon

    jack,

    President Obama represents US, the people of the United States, and should be accessible at all times because of this fact. He is seen on television so much because it is THE means of communication now adays. President Obama is doing his best to reach people of all class, race, religion, and social status.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  69. Greg Hendricks

    Well jack at least he stays in touch with the American public unlike the last one (Bush) who was busy hiding from his horrendous mistakes!!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  70. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    Where was all the outrage when we had to look and listen at the idiot in chief every day? Sure, Obama risks over exposure. But, better to have a lot of exposure then to have the secretive Cheney.
    I mean all we did for eight years was watch George stumble in public(every day), while the country was being run in secret by the vice-president. At least now, with our president out there, we have some idea of what is actually going on.
    Besides, it's nice to see the Republicans so jealour of our new president that they have been reduced to saying absolutely nothing positive.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  71. Sue from Seattle WA

    I'd much rather see Pres. Obama everywhere than watching George cut brush or ride around on his mountain bike. Finally we have a president who appears to give a damn about the country. We were long overdue for that kinda guy.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Jess

    Honestly – too much of him? Tired of looking at him? Then why did you vote for him? He's our president and I admire the fact that he has been so prominent in the media and in EVERYTHING that he is doing. This is the first time, it seems to me, that people in this world are actually interested in what is going on. If he wasn't so front and center people would be saying "where is he?" What I'm sick of is people complaining for the sake of complaining.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  73. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    I don't think we're seeing too much of President Obama yet; after all, he IS the brand new President of the United States, and he hasn't been President for that long yet. He is so intelligent and has such excellent oratory skills compared to the last few presidents, I don't mind seeing a great deal more of him!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  74. Will

    Jack,
    The President is presenting himself as personable and compassionate as opposed to his predecessor who seemed like an elitist in an ivory tower. It's nice to see the leader of the free world doing a media blitz like he is, and I hope to see more of it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  75. Lee in MN

    When a President is intelligent and has a great deal of information to offer, we will never get enough or too much. Why is the other side so hell bent on not wanting him succeed. This is more about turning this country around than about partisan political offices. This is about success of OUR country as citizens of the United Sates.

    We want more of the same, much much more

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Liz in Los Angeles, CA

    Depends how you voted, don't you think? The Repubs are still sore that he won, and are natural whiners to boot ... so there you go.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  77. Dre from Denver Colorado

    I can't get enough of President Obama. If I don't see him and hear him speak for a few days I begin having withdrawals. I google his name every day, several times a day, just to keep up with his current events.

    Every word he utters, though poetic, is informational, educated, articulate, and pleasing.

    I know the media channels all say "100 days" in terms of 24 hour coverage of President Obama, but I hope it continues much further than that. I might need to go get put on depression pills or something if they take my Obama away. He makes my day!

    DRE

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  78. Jim Blevins

    When what Obama says is old news, or not important, then he is overexposed. I have yet to hear Obama when he didn't have something new and important to say. Change is happening, but it takes a lot of selling - Obama is his own best spokesperson.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  79. Jay Stebbins, Boston

    Hey Jack,

    It seems like you miss seeing Bush instead....

    Kidding,
    Jay

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  80. ALEX

    President is doing a exceptional job keeping the
    American People inform. He is working for the
    Amercan people and keeping the American Public his
    employer inform.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Eugene

    I don't mind "dozens of obamas" staring at me jack, becuz it that tells me that someone is in charge.....Given what we've had over the last eight years (a president working in the dark), I think we should all appreciate the fact that we now have someone whose moves and decisions are clear and opened to the public....Great job Mr. President.....Atleast we know what you are doing.......

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Michele ~ Sparks, NV

    Tired of seeing him?, C'mon Jack! He is the most approachable and open President we have ever had. He is talking to his employers (us) about how he is doing his job and staying in touch with what matters to Americans.

    I rather have this new set up than the secret Administration from years past. We are done being kept in the dark. We are not mushrooms and should not be treated as such.

    PEACE

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  83. Todd Alexander

    You asked how much Obama is too much Obama, I feel like I am hearing from Sienfeld, the guy is on tv so much and whats up with his press guy he is way too much , I would rather see less of them both as it meens they are actually doing something other than screwing around signing things with way to many pens and way over budget sign the dang thing already and get on with getting a quart of wesson oil back to a price real americans can afford

    March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  84. paul

    I think the President is approaching the media differently than his precessors. Being visilbe is important to understand what he is trying to do, and those who complain, well, I wonder what they have to say that is interesting or important. The President is out there and speaking a simple positive message. If he did nothing and nested at the ranch like Bush, well, we all know what he accomplished and the mess he left.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  85. Daniel, Richmond VA

    The overexposure of president OBAMA is like taking a sun Bad.At one certain point you get sunburn. Be careful Mr President

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  86. Mary Caudle

    I think it is absolutely wonderful that he's out trying to do something, and making himself available to the American people. Finally, a President that cares, and is working hard to fix things......hopefully he will shame everyone in Washington to work as hard as he does!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  87. Peter

    I'm still reflexively flinching whenever I see Air Force and Marine One thinking I'm going to see Bush. So please Pres. Obama help me get over my presidentialphobia.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  88. Crystal

    How much is too much? This right here. The fact that we have to ask that question answers that question. This is too much. I voted for the man yes, but there is only so many times I can listen to the same words before I tune it out.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  89. Terry Hanson

    I am concerned about the frequent accusation by the Far Right that the media gives more exposure to Democrats than Republicans. I personally enjoy Obama's frequent coverage but this gives the Republicans more of a basis to support their claim.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  90. Lenny

    Heck no, Jack. He's the president of our country. I want to see him, know what he's doing and saying. I don't think it is possible for him to be overexposed. There's so much for him to deal with he's got to be out there explaining, encouraging and pressuring doubters to get on board. There's nobody else better prepared to do this than Obama. Could you imagine George Bush trying to do what Obama is doing? Ouch!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  91. gerry luimes

    One thing is for sure Jack; Pres.O is changing the concept of an aloof
    American Administration by leaps and bounds,aided by his popular first Lady-wife.It just may be beneficial for the rest of the world to be visitors to this tactic.Whether this president can change the economy for the better is the next-important- question.Then again ,one would be compelled to ask: WHO CAN? under these globally negative circumstances.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  92. Marsha Feldman

    Enough already!!! Get to work Mr. President. You look far too relaxed and jovial for the current "state of affairs". Trust me, Mr. President, the American people aren't doing alot of smiling right now.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  93. Ellen Faden

    Why would you ask this question on a day of such success?

    No! I am still THIRSTING to know every idea, move, success AND failure of this new president.

    Please, 24/7 Obama is still too little. We need to recover from the past 8 years of Bush hiding behind his ineptness.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  94. Jennifer

    I don't watch that much television and honestly any time President Obama is on TV for any reason every show from The Situation Room to The Daily Show runs and re runs clips for days. If over exposure occurs it might be more due to the constant recycling of every appearance Obama has by every news agency there is.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  95. Steve

    I don't think President Obama is being overexposed on TV. I feel that unlike the last administration he is at least making an effort to connect with the people of this country. I can only give him high marks for at least trying to solve the problems we are facing at this time. He seems to be listening more to what the people want, instead of doing whatever he wants and answer to no one.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  96. Jay

    You (the media) do have a way of beating a dead horse..... however, you tell me..... I recall that Bush was shown on the cable news channels daily for about 7 years after 9/11 ...... was it over exposure, or was it the policy????

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  97. Angela Ashley

    I don't think that President Obama can appear too much to the American people. We want a President who is VISIBLE for real and not hiding out within the recesses of the White House like the last one did. GW Bush only spoke and communicated to us when he had no choice and he really didn't want to then when so many things were going wrong in this country. For once, here is a fellow who wants to talk to us. He doesn't want to forget about the millions of hard working Americans who helped him get elected. The President is the best person we have to explain to us what the deal is and not sugar coat it. To me, it's a breath of fresh air to see him and to hear him speak. To those who criticize, you don't have to listen. Turn off your TV and hush. To the GOP who are constantly whining and criticizing, shut the he** up and go to work like we sent you to DC to do.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  98. Ken w

    If it’s going to be a transparent administration we need to see a lot. We need Obama to be there to explain the processes to those of us that don’t understand. The unnecessary appearance on the “Tonight Show” is another thing altogether.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  99. Dean H. - San Francisco

    I don't mind, it's helping to get the bad taste out of my mouth after watching Bush's smirks for 8 years.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  100. john christopher

    Are you kidding Jack? After that last guy in the White House and now having to listen to actual intelligence, wit and charm. Damn, stick one of them Obama I.V.s in my arm. I'll take mine intravenously.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  101. Joe Palen

    How much fresh air do we need? Big relief so far – we'll let you know.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Sophie, New Brunswick, Canada

    Jack, whenever you are leading a team, a company or a country, I don't think there is such a thing as too much comunication. He promised you transparency, that is what he is giving you! At least you know what is going on!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  103. Jo Fairchild from Ft Collins Colorado

    Pooh to you Jack! I love to see as much of this president as possible. It's so refreshing to get updates almost daily, I feel more a part of the "process" of this country that ever before. He is just trying to make us feel like responsible American's again and I thinks its what we need! Keep it up President Obama.....Jo

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  104. Jim in Philadelphia

    Jack,
    The president is doing the job he was anointed to do. He is distracting us from the ongoing "crisis". We need not be concerned with his men behind the curtains. Whether it be Geitner or Bernake, the Defense Dept. Hillary or the NSC. The people under him don't need him to function, take this quote from NSC adviser James L. Jones as an example:

    U.S. National Security Adviser Jones gave these remarks at the 45th Munich Conference on Security Policy at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof on February 8, 2009.

    "Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through General Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here. We have a chain of command in the National Security Council that exists today.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Sheila of New York

    I think in ordinary times it might be over exposure, but during these difficult times the American people need hand holding and calming influences. President Obama has a way of helping you feel that this thing will work itself out.

    I am frankly amazed at how much energy he has and all the work that has been done in the span of 60 days. Most executives find it difficult to get one plan under way in that time.

    If the President is comfortable with talking to us at this pace, then we should accommodate him. He is the one on the hot seat and we should try to make him feel as comfortable as possible as he tackles one challenge after another.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  106. ez

    It's good tv; he gets about 30 million viewers on average.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  107. mh

    It is Obama's way to bring intelligence to American public. It is not about image or being a celebrity. Nothing negative I see from it. You go Obama!
    MH from Canada

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  108. Thomas

    Jack, we need our President to be a leader!! Obviously the press is in love with this man. If you are getting tired of him then stop reporting on him, but say good-bye to your advertising!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Mike in Colorado

    After eight years of the verbally and intellectually challenged Bush it is great to have someone in office who can speak in whole sentences and get stuff done. Party on America

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  110. Kelli

    I don't mind seeing President Obama. I'm tired of listening to the whiny republicans talking about how he's spending too much money trying to save us from the mess THEY made. Why do they think any of us should listen to anything they have to say about how to handle a monetary crisis or any other crisis for that matter. They didn't care when Goerge Bush was wasting trillions of dollars.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  111. MRW

    I am definitely tired of seeing and hearing him. Total over exposure. I travel every week and in every airport the magazines sport his picture. Every news channel tell us what time he gets up, when he works out, when he and Michelle stroll the gardens. Last night we got to see his children's swing set . WOW. Way toooo much

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  112. Ellen - Onset, MA

    Jack, it's a little too much exposure for me. We all know if he fails we all fail, but I wonder, what is the price tag for all this "campaigning – oops I mean running around is costing the american tax payer. Every time he makes a move outside the White House all this traveling and security measures that need to be taken are costing us money we don't have!!!! Enough!! He should stay back in Washington and do his job and stop all this unnecessary traveling. Maybe if he had, the AIG bonus situation wouldn't have developed into the circus that it is!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Lourene

    It is never too much for me. I just love seeing him because he is a wonderful reminder that anything is possible. I have a lot of faith in his intelligence and his staff.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Shaun

    Jack, It is awesome that we have the leader ( Obama) of this country talk to us. Can you imagine having the leader talk to only the insiders? Oh, the Bush ( Cheney) administration.
    Shaun

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  115. Karen Walls MI

    No, the more I see him, the more refreshing it is that after 8 years, the reality is.....no more of Bush and the face of the drastic past administration! Overexposure, is what was done to hurt America, a War, etc. with the worst crew EVER!! Obama simply reminds me of what brought America together historically representing a big change and that makes me so PROUD of my COUNTRY!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  116. Darryl in Oakland

    How much is too much of Obama? How about how much is too much of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Bradjelina? Please. This is the President, and he's one that is actually making an effort to engage people in these troubled times. There is never too much. He is a welcome departure from the standoffish tone set by the previous administration.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  117. Idaho Obama Fan

    We can't get enough of Obama. So refreshing to hear an intelligent person after 8 years of that little nitwit & his cronies. We know the president has his work cut out for him but we also know who is responsible for avoiding the cleanup until it became catastrophic. ANYTHING Obama does will be more productive than simply sitting on one's hands for 8 years. And we can tell that he has given the issues a great deal more thought and attention that the previous administration did in its entire time in office. Think what this country can accomplish, once we are on the road to Wellville, with a calm, determined & brilliant leader. I almost said "such as Obama." I am not sure there IS anyone who can hold a candle to Obama. He certainly came along at the right time.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  118. Christina

    Personally, I really appreciate the exposure. I am 22 years old, and for the first time, I feel like I know what's going on. President Obama simplifies the issues and explains them in a way that people of all ages and backgrounds understand. I think his exposure depicts and open door policy, he has nothing to hide. This is vastly important in a time with so many issues.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  119. John

    Well Jack, if he never comes out of his bubble (ie. "W") he's being secretive. If he communicates too often, God-forbid, he might get over-exposed, and we will get bored. Sign me up for telling us as often as possible what he's up to.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  120. Caryl

    As long as the President is using the media to explain the issues, the process, the way forward, the reasons why he has chosen a particular course, how he sees it affecting us and bringing us together, and why it might be uncomfortable in the near future...then there is never too much exposure....because we are all frightened by the unbridled greed that the Republicans have wrought on us.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  121. LInda in Bisbee, Arizona

    I don't mind seeing him, but I think he should stay in Washington, stop doing "town hall"-type meetings, and appearing on venues for buffoons, like Jay Leno, and act more presidential. In addition, I want him to stop talking about basketball, bowling, or any other sports activity, which is just a bunch of crap, and only takes away from his very limited time. I know he can walk and chew gum at the same time, but NOBODY can pay complete attention to everything. The AIG bonus blowup proves my point. I like the president, and it's wonderful to have someone so intelligent in charge (for a change), but last week was more than even I could stand. Cool it, please.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  122. Monte C.

    Give me a break, this is a country who will run Octo-Mom stories 24-7.
    I say give the people what they want. More Obama, and more Cafferty report!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  123. Monnie

    Love to hear the President anytime, anywhere he goes. Especially on things that matter, it so nice to be included on things that are going on in this world.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  124. Margo Mann

    Jack, you just don't get it. We all are so happy to have a President who doesn't embarrass us every time he opens his mouth. We have to keep watching to make sure we aren't just dreaming. Yep, he's real. He can talk. He's articulate. He has a brain. And he is so charming. We can't get enough of him. We need time to adjust to this. It's been a long eight years. Margo

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  125. King

    Jack,

    Are you kidding me? After 8 years of Bush/Chenney Neo-Cons, I don't mind seeing Obama 24/7. The man gotta do what the man gotta do. Please don't listen to these GOP losers who ruined the economy and got us in an unnecessary war in Irag. So what if he loves basketball, and do his brackets like "average joe". No one complained when "W" followed baseball. Give me a break!!

    King

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  126. LeroySkalstad

    No pictures or video. Politicians should be heard but not seen.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  127. Mike

    I'll admit that we see a lot of Obama but it is a nice change when compared to the bunker mentality of the previous administration.

    2 Wars & a world financial crisis requires a leader who is willing to be out in front and open to the public.

    It's nice to finally have a leader who is confident and comfortable in his own skin (something that the previous president certainly was not) and who manifests that confidence to the country and the rest of the world.

    Definitely the right leader for the right time.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  128. Chuck Wright Georgia

    Hey Jack,
    When it comes to too much exposure on TV, Obama is way down the list. It is refreshing to hear clear statements from Barack contrasted to the talking heads. Our group refers to most of the experts and many 'name' commentators as "Bar Talk". When younger, I used to hear similar 'blowhards" at the local pub. Now I can just turn the switch.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  129. Sean

    Hey Jack,
    I think the people that are complaining about Obama taking on too much are already forgetting about what happened to this country with the president who spent most of his time doing NOTHING!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  130. JR Fore

    Jack, I'm a first time 44 year old voter, I love seeing this President and everything he has to say, I back him 110%, not to mention I now watch CNN everyday hours on end. never did that before.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  131. Tom S.

    I think the more exposure the better. I remember when President Bush used to hide over the progress of the war and at the end of his term the country was in turmoil. President Obama has a life outside of the oval office.
    I think humor and smiling on Obama's part is a great thing. I don't miss the smirk on President's Bush's face at all. A smile makes anyone's day!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  132. Jeff Crocket

    Every other week he seems to be on either a magazine cover or 60 Minutes. I understand the novelty of a black president, but this is serious over exposure. His other problem is putting out a new project daily, and then never mentioning them again. There is only one focus, and it is the camera lens and teleprompter.

    Jeff Crocket
    New Britain, Ct

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  133. Karen

    There is no "too much". We know what he's doing, why he's doing it and when he plans to do it. It's about time we have a President that stays in touch with us "common" people. AND he can speak intelligently at any given moment-which we DIDN'T have with W.Bush.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  134. Janet, Denver, CO

    It will be awhile before I get tired of hearing a president who speaks thoughtfully, coherently, and in complete sentences which are gramatically correct.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  135. rea

    I've already started turning the channel or stopped tuning in if i hear hes going to be speaking. All i am begining to hear is blah blah blah. I dont need pep talks, just get out there and do. Its just started to be too much, his face is everywhere, hes on TV speaking all the time it seems. He feels more like a celebrity then my president, feels really sort of dirty if you ask me.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  136. Carol, Michigan

    Jack, I think President Obama should be on televisoion as much as possible. After all, we have never been faced with such dire circumstances and our President needs to assure the people of this country we will get through it, and talk in terms "we the people" can understand.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  137. Brien Norton

    I think he should have his own network, 24/7, real world Obama. After the last eight years I can't get enough of hearing you talking heads say "President Obama" over and over. It sounds like music to my ears. Everytime I hear the words, President Obama, I smile on the inside.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  138. Andrew

    no, I just can't get enough of him Go OBAMA

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  139. Max

    I campaigned and voted for Obama and wanted to see him every step of the way but now I hope never to see him again. I think his plan to avoid Bushs label of "most unpopular president ever" might be a bad one...

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  140. freddie Gavin

    If the President was status-quo–(White male) he would n't be covered so much. I guess the media hasn't gotten use to seeing a black-president.

    Freddie
    Augusta Ga.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  141. Jeff K Charlotte, NC

    Let Mr. Obama talk, talk, talk, and talk some more. He is trying to keep us informed as he promised and I find that refreshing! We had eight years of a President who said very liite to us and when he did talk he made very little sence.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  142. Will- Texas

    Jack,
    The President is presenting himself as personable and compassionate as opposed to his predecessor who seemed like an elitist in an ivory tower. It’s nice to see the leader of the free world doing a media blitz like he is, and I hope to see more of it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  143. Pat in Playa del Rey

    Jack,

    President Obama works for all of us. He should be talking to us, every day. Accountability is a refreshing change.

    Pat in Playa del Rey

    March 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  144. Steve

    Jack,

    Are you kidding? This is what we elected this guy to do. I mean he has done more in the last couple of months then Bush did his whole term. I don't know how the rest of the blue collars feel but I need to see what he does and where he is leading us. Let's at least give him the rest of the 100 days before we say enough already! He's certainly making me feel better about the direction we're going.

    Steve

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  145. Shaun Turner, Maine

    It is my personal opinion NO, he does not risk over exposure, the magazines and other stuff he is on or in would not be on the shelves if people were not buying them, it will calm down later, when they stop buying them. But he run on a campaign that promised to allow more access to the president.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  146. Orlando, Miami Beach, FL

    People just don’t have enough to complaint about. With Bush it was that he didn’t communicate enough, now Obama is doing it too much. Is there a way to find a perfect formula? We need to give this guy a break. I’d rather have him talk to me more than less. Trying different avenues to communicate (ESPN, Leno) just shows that he is comfortable talking to us and trying to reach as many of us as possible. I appreciate the openness and being able to see his face to tell his sense of confidence in what he’s trying. President Obama, don’t stop, your critics didn’t get it right when they had their shot on the spot, they shouldn’t be criticizing.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  147. Joan

    We need leadership and I am happy to see our leader every day with hope and a direction to help us see beyond this negative situation we are in today.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  148. kris dorsey

    No,
    He shows genuine concern and his constant presence
    provides clarity. A refreshing change after 8 years of utter nonsense.
    Kris in Florida

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  149. Beverly Scott

    There sure are a lot of jealous people out there commenting that our President is being over-exposed! Not in my thinking....It's about time we had a real person who is unafraid to be in the Media daily. The more he comes out, the more people who didn't know him or vote for him will see that he is a real down to earth person who wants what is best for the American People. For people who don't want to see him....I suggest "use that remote"!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  150. Katrina Survivor

    I have a very personal reason for wanting to see more of President Obama . He resembles the husband I lost 5 years ago. The more I see him, the more I remember my husband.

    People should see more of our president, in my opinion its great, I can't get enough of that smile

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  151. Mary

    If he doesn't talk, he's hiding and afraid of the media.
    If he does (and heaven forbid, laughs) he doesn't know how serious the situation is.
    If the does more than work just on the economy, he's spreading himself too thin.
    If he only works on the economy, he doesn't realize there are other problems out there.
    Come 'on – give him- and us – a break!
    He is – and should – use all tools at his disposal.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  152. Antonius

    I think the president is not overexposed. At least we the American people know he's hard at work trying to fix these problems that he inheirited. Im more worried about his safety than his willingness to stay in touch and inform the american people.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  153. VJ

    When you are going through bad times, you want to hear/get help from the person who has ability to get you out of bad times as frequently as possible. You will start ignoring/hating the person once you feel he/she is not helping much to solve your problems. I have not felt that yet with President Obama... I hope that day won't come.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  154. Ken in NC

    An overdoes of Obama is a cure for no exposure to Bush.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  155. Antiq

    overexposure?!?! this is what a president should be doing, seeing him take responsibility when thing go bad and when things go good...unlike G.W. Bush.

    when things got bad, Bush was nowhere to be found. Jack, this President is letting the American people know that he's not shirking from meeting all crises head on.

    between the two, i would much rather see the Commander in Chief out in front leading the way, inspiring confidence.

    Antiq
    Long Beach, CA

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  156. MZ

    Jack,
    You got your answer from the people of USA. They want to see him because his is the commander in chief of explaining to the tax payers almost every thing. This is what you call multi tasked president. Please Jack enjoy this wail you can because you might miss this in 8 yrs :0

    Mz

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  157. Augustine - Savannah, GA

    Jack,
    The President is not seeking any prominence. He is already very well known everywhere. Reaching out, connecting and reconnecting with the people who elected him is not overexposure. It is, in my view, ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!
    This is what we have missed for the past eight years.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  158. Carrie , Alabama

    Well , this is tricky Jack, I voted for Obama and like him , I also like to see my grown sons but just do not need to see them everyday, all day long and especially when I am watching my favorite TV show in the evenings..
    Over exposure makes room for gaffes , as in the Leno show.
    I did not watch 60 mins ( I forgot) ) I dread Tues night because it preempts American Idol .My husband said he feels he is not being serious enough with his Presidency after we watched him on Leno.

    So to answer your question , I would like him to pull back and speak when we need it but lay off the TV shows. We have enough talent to entertain us , we need a President to lead us, keep us safe and be our face to the world ....not sit down to dinner with us nightly and get in bed with us with late night TV.

    As with nudity , leaving some mystery enhances appreciation.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  159. Dwight M Lee

    Hi from Cape Coral, Florida where it is "windy" and 76 degrees:
    Hey Jack:
    Sadly, the president has already reached the point of saturation for some and that group keeps growing… he often sounds like he is still campaigning – now for his ideas and plans as president; instead of his ideas and plans for becoming president…
    Mr. Obama seems to like to hear himself speak, probably listening glued to CNN on his TV(s) in the White House every evening…
    Don’t get me wrong:
    •I like him
    •I voted for him (the most liberal politician I’ve ever voted for…)
    But I am getting just a bit sick of seeing him everywhere – has he cloned himself…?
    Now, that's taking stem cell research too far!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  160. Harold

    Why would the nation or the republicans feel that too much of President Obama will be a bad thing? He is the President, not a king or the Pope. He is the nations manager. In any corportation the in line workers appreciate a manager that can get his hands dirty with them. In doing so he earns their respect. He becomes on of them, not above them. President Obama is one of us. He goes to basketball games, files out his brackets, kisses his daughters goodnight and daily reminds us that he is hard at work doing the people's business. I personally would enjoy going to work every day if I was working underneath a man like that.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  161. Joy in Marietta, GA

    Enough already! I don't want to hear what Obama is "planning" to do, I would rather hear what is being done, but not every day, or even every week. He is not on the campaign trail anymore. He has a majority in Congress. Just get on with the job. Surely he has plenty to do besides write and give speeches, or comment on other administration speeches. I will feel more confident when I see the results of his work. That is W-O-R-K not T-A-L-K.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  162. Penny Morris

    Too late. I tuned him out 2 weeks ago. Same old hotair and self aggrandisment. Any mention of Obama or his wife and it is MUTE button for me. Enough already!!!!

    That joke last week about the garden on the White House lawn and the harvest in June to feed the guests and sfaff. Please spare me.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  163. Nancy, Tennessee

    I wish the President would be quiet for a little while. I do not approve of him showboating on Leno. I think, he parties way too much.It looks like the market is in a good mood and he doesn't need to say anything to break this upward trend. My retirement needs to recoup what it lost.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  164. Will

    Jack,
    The President is presenting himself as personable and compassionate as opposed to his predecessor who seemed like an elitist in an ivory tower. It’s nice to see the leader of the free world doing a media blitz like he is, and I hope to see more of it.
    Dallas, Texas

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  165. John

    I've stated for over nearly a month I think the President is going through "Campaign Withdrawal". I do think he needs to instill confidence, but seeing him as often as we do is way too much. I believe he is under utilizing his Press Secretary.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  166. Sefie Eliseo

    No, he is not. I'm happy we finally have a president who knows what he is talking about and how to explain complicated matters to the public. Most people are not too interested in politics to tune in to the news, but they will watch Jay Leno and similar programs. President Obama knows exactly where to reach the public, and I am happy every time I see him on television.
    Sefie Eliseo

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  167. james C. Barnes

    He so likeable but he is just like BUSH in trying to convince us he doing the right things and we all know how that worked out. We all will soon see that what he's telling us also like Bush won't quite have the end he said it would.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  168. joe phelps

    Jack are you kidding ? this is want the people want !!! a president who is involved in what happens every day,the only people who are crying about seeing him to much are the one's who know they will have to answer to him real soon.......... Joe

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  169. Steve G.

    People will see what they want to see.... Personally we elected Obama as a representative of 'The People'. As far as I saw it, President Bush tried to hide his objectives, where Obama is a servant of the people. We SHOULD always know what he's doing, thinking and acting on with our money, our time and our government. Again....Transparency... I LOVE IT...

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  170. Glen Black

    Every minute he is on the air is one more minute that we do not have to listen to some politician trying to undercut a guy who I believe ia actually trying sincerely to solve the problems. Lets have even more of him and less of the spinners.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  171. gloria

    The question should be is the news media overexposing itself. They have a dangerous habit of adding words which will scare Americans No matter what the subject they will add words that emphasize catastrophy rather than hope. They don't give news they make -up news especially by using scary words and may cause the reader to not continue reading the real words of the newsmakers themselves.
    I am glad that Obama is out in the open to bring lots of hope and honesty

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  172. Matt in Costa Rica

    Hi Jack,

    Obama has got to do a lot of public speaking to break through the right wing noise machine which trumpets Republican talking points on cable and the radio. Fox may have stopped covering his press conferences but America (and expats in Costa Rica) want to see Obama more.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  173. Marilyn Rebert

    Jack,
    After having a president that spent almost 3 years out of the past 8 on vacation,(That's where he was for 9/11) we are starving for a president who is real, authentic, and among the pheasants! The "let them eat cake" crowd is out of power! Can't get enough of Barack, and his family! He is on the job 24/7! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  174. Dan

    I think that he risks being like that new song you hear on the radio all the time. You like it at first, but after a while you get tired of hearing it. I like him, I voted for him, I look forward to the things to come, but I do have to change the channel sometimes. I think that some of the exposure leads to people being over critical of a man who is still a human being, and as such is open to making mistakes. People have been excesively critical of an adminsitration that hasn't even truely gotten out of the honeymoon stage. I think reducing air time would assist in resolving this matter.

    Dan Hogan
    Huntsville, AL

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  175. Cathy from MA

    Yes, I think we have seen too much of President Obama lately. Too much Mr. Personality and not enough Mr. President. I even e-mailed the White House and told them so!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  176. Francis

    Its like a new car, wifey,hubby you can't get enough of it on first and like everything else it just fades out and as long as everthing is just fine will be satisfied and just move on to the next big thing.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  177. Annie, Atlanta

    I like a President who is willing to talk to us, all of us, instead of a room full of select supporters, while Cheney is pulling the strings from an undisclosed location.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  178. bonnie

    No, for me Pres.Obama does not risk overexposure. I want the truth from him & I want to be informed. I specifically liked it when he said, Instead of just say no, put your two cents in and come to the table with some ideas of your own.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  179. K. Greenfield

    President Obama is trying to involve the people in the decisions that affect the nation while also changing the way things are done in Washington. He would be a fool to allow his programs be defined by the chattering media and the backbiting politicians only too eager to misrepresent what is happening. Obama is allowing us to see what he is doing. While some people may turn the TV off, most of us are eager to see how he is going about the business of governing–and we want to hear from him rather than critics and commentators. I'm still fascinated with his attempts to bring some real change to Washington. Keep covering the Obama show!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  180. DEVILDOG1958

    no, not for me if he works for me i want to hear whats going on, would your boss hire you and then, don't want to know what your doing,

    OOOO THATS HOW AIG DID IT,

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  181. james

    yeah jack, listen i like the president . president Obama at least is honest than those No and Good for noting ANDERSON COOPER AND GOP'S. So i if i have a chance to see him everyday on cnn i will love it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  182. Nathan White

    Barak Obama is the most important world leader. How can he possible suffer from "over exposure"?

    More world leaders, less Hollywood celebs and their mindless antics.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  183. Rich

    Yep when he speaks he does say something, usually about putting his foot in his mouth, and oh, wisdom on who is going to win the NCAA tournament. This all calls into question the more he is out there running his mouth, the odds are he his going to misspeak, because he cannot take his teleprompter everywhere he goes. Since when does being a pop idol, great speaker, good looking guy, qualify you to run the country? Wake up!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  184. Greg, Tallahassee, FL

    About 50% less than we have already seen.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  185. matt.benzor san bernardino,ca

    My goodness we finally got a president who is'nt hiding his agenda.And now they want to hide him what's wrong with us have we gotten bushified that our brains are fryed from the bush presidence ! the anwser to your ? is "NO"

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  186. Lynne Forrest

    I love seeing President Obama but it's the constant questioning of him by the cable news networks that drive one mad.
    In just a few hours I heard: Is the President losing focus?
    Is he trying too hard? When does the country tire of him? Should he be doing so much? Should he be seen so often? Is he in danger of over-extending? Is he being too light-hearted? Is Obama dropping the ball? Any problem with talking basketball on Leno? Is he focused on image or the economy?
    If we're tuning out, it isn't because of President Obama himself, it's the constant repetitive harping about him. No one should be subjected to this intense scrutiny, never mind the President. He's only been in office 2 months and everyone talks about him like he's been there for 8 years. Craziness!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  187. Doug Hill

    Well, Jack, at least he's not on vacation!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  188. Kristina Dudley Boston, Ma

    I like the President, but I got tired of him right after the election. There is only so much Obamamania that one can take.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  189. Lori in Charleston SC

    Jack, I think Obama is really making an effort to fix our problems, but if I wanted to look at his face every ten minutes I'd buy one of those damn plates ;-)

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  190. Robert Prescott

    Jack,

    I'm just fine with President Obama being thoroughly covered everywhere he goes. He excudes and instills confidence, and I find it to be quite a refreshing change from the ever vacationing President Bush. Besides, if we weren't seeing so much of Mr. Obama, those of you in the media would fill the void with the likes of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Ugh!!!

    Robert

    North Port, Florida

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  191. Carol Ann

    Jack, if I don't get my "Obama Dose" at least 5 times a week, I'm not right. I'm informed, involved and entertained. He's the best thing to hit TV in a long time.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  192. Wendy in Chicago

    In my opinion, money rules everything. The news networks decide who is exposed and how much, according to their ratings. Right now,people want to watch and listen to our president. He is a hot item. Therefore, its just good business to keep a lot of him in stock.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  193. judy

    No I don't think he is overexposeing himself I think it is refreshing to see our pres and leader on tv at least he is trying to solve problems lord know Bush never peeked out of the door and when he did he didn't seem to know what the heck was going on in the world. Obama always has something important to say and at least we can understand what is going on.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  194. Tracy

    Does Pres. Obama risk overexposure?
    Are you kidding me??
    If Pres Obama was causation would he still risk overexposure? I don’t think so.
    I think it’s because he is the first most powerful black Africa American.
    Let the man do his job lets see what he can do instead of chastising him.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  195. Bill Davidsen

    As long as Obama tells me something new I'm glad to listen. If he repeats his message or is just cheerleading, I will lose interest fast. So far I'm listening.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  196. Julie Maniglia

    When President Bush started hiding under the bed instead of facing the meltdown of our financial system, the possible end of American car manufacturing, the looming foreclosures caused by the business laissez faire attitude of his Republican Party and the inevitable horrific unemployment and destitution of our people, it is refreshing and comforting to have President Obama go face-to-face and one-on-one with Americans who are frightened and desperate for answers.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  197. Louise in Alabama

    Ah, Jack, you are on twice a day, several days a week, with a staff, and are not at a risk of over exposure. In fact, your job pays your bills. You have several things to say that stimulate the psyche of the world enough to agitate them to a point to where they want to respond to your questions. That is command presence. What is the difference between you and the President on t.v.?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  198. Martha, Brooklyn NY

    At least he's easy on the eyes. I'll look at that 1000 watt smile any time. Just wish his administration was less risk averse.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  199. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    After 8 years of a President who hid in the White House or in Crawford, rather than face a crisis or situation dead on, I rather like an active, visible President. I don’t think he’s overexposed — rather I think he is accessible, which is frankly a relief.

    Maybe you can talk the First Lady into taking over some of the media obligations, Jack, since we know you don’t mind seeing HER!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  200. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    I love seeing him. I do not think he is in danger of over-exposure as long as he does his job and keep the American people involved. He is doing a great job. Unlike Hedi and Spencer Obama is not getting paid to have camera follow him around and by the way, I am going to plant a vegetable garden this Spring.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  201. Stuart Royston

    I think it is very refreshing to have a President that is communicating with us. It makes me feel that he really is there for us. In this day in age communication is more important then making us wonder what is going on like we had with Bush. Thank God we have a good man with a steady hand on the tiller.

    Stuart Royston, Pagosa springs, Co

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  202. Nancy Smith

    This new president has brains AND a personality. It's almost too much for most of us to cope with. Let's all lay low for a while and see how his policies work out - we don't really have a choice about that. Nancy in OK

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  203. Amy Elkridge,MD

    C'mon Jack, you know how this goes,

    WE'RE IN THE HONEYMOON STAGE:

    no matter if his feet smell bad,
    or he constantly leaves the tiolet seat up,
    or makes a total mess of things he's trying to fix,

    we still love him just as much as the day we said,
    "yes we can"

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  204. Austin

    Public exposure is a big part of what got him elected. While the GOP grumps are busy bickering back and forth like the grouch they are and looking for reasons to tarnish his image, it is eminent for him to deliver his message directly to the people.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  205. bill in TX

    Jack,
    No, President Obama does not risk overexposure! He is bright, educated, honest, makes sense and he needs to tell the public what is needed to help our country through the mess he inherited. The public needs to hear the message many times over. Think of "Octo-Mom". A trivial story with little consequence but, the media has overexposed her.
    We are lucky to have a president who can demonstrate leadership at a time when the country needs to regain the arts of cooperation, negotiation and consensus. Educating the public and demonstrating his leadership helps offset the 24/7 radical right-wing broadcasters. At some point the public will come to see the elegance of saving the country with reason, candor and thoughtful actions.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  206. Stephen P. - University of Central Florida

    Jack, would you rather have a president that hibernated from the media during two wars, the countries worst national disaster and our worst economic period in sixty years? I think not.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  207. jim morgan

    Yes, I too am getting (not a little) sick of seeing Obama everytime I turn on the TV or change the channel. Maybe if he stayed at the White House, spent less of OUR tax dollars traveling the world over, he could possibly make a CHANGE he promised. We constantly get promises after promises of how he is going to make things better for all of us and weather he wants to admit it or not the CHANGE he has made is for the worse. His attitude toward the problems we all suffer from is a joke. Oh yes, I am still awaiting my stimilus check. I think we all have been dooped!

    Jim
    Wood County, Tx.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  208. Nick Valiante

    I really don't think so. In fact it sort of nice after having spent eight years of having a Vice President in a secret place except when he would appear in public and attempt to scare the hell out oh us, and a President who would run away and hide every time something bad happened to the country. Example Katerina and 9-11. So at least with Obama he seems to be enjoying himself as he deals with our problems.

    Nick from Fenwick Island De

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  209. carol bryant

    It is indeed refreshing to have a president in communication with the public in such a believeable and approachable manner. He communicates with intelligence and inserts genuine humor. I do not recall a president who could think on his feet as he has done throughout his difficult challenges. The people have hungered for this kind of leadership, and I believe his strategy for keeping in contact with the people is not contrived for political purposes. Rather it is what is called for at this critical time in our history. He continues to be an inspiration to young people of all races.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  210. ricky

    I feel it is good to be on t.v. however, the "he's a cool guy" status, has got to go. I've heard that more than once from so-called credible journalists. I really dont care if my president is "a cool guy". If i do have to see him everywhere, i would like him to speak out against the fed, instead of giving them more power to create more money out of thin air. I'm not an Obama fan, so its fine with me for him to keep on going on Leno or any other "entertainment" show. Hopefully, he will put his foot in his mouth again, and again. Thanks.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  211. Ed from Tallahassee Florida

    I could see how a media hound who watches everything could see him getting over exposed. But most of the shows he goes on don't have that much of a cross-over audience. So for a lot of viewers it's a nice change to have the Prez go to you rather then hide at his Texas Ranch.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  212. Vig

    It's time to get beneath the surface of Obama, if there is anything beneath the surface. Obama needs a stage, a camera and an audience or he's lost. Thanks to the media talking heads who got a thrill up their leg when Obama showed up, Obama has to somehow keep the thrill alive. Basically, my feeling is Hillary was right all along – when she said, "where's the beef" – or as Peggy Lee sang, "is that all there is?" There is a disconnect between leadership that is meaningful and leadership that is based on external props, tv prime time and late night yaps. This guy is going to turn out to be very shallow indeed.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  213. Vicky from San Diego

    Seeing President Obama's face everywhere these days makes me feel like he's in this with us. He's helping us through this tough time.
    His sense of humor is real and his so is his logic.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  214. Julie Kraft

    Obama is everywhere because he needs to get his message out to those people who think that the economy is going to turn around in a matter of months. Those are the same folks that don't watch the news, or his news conferences.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  215. Sirocco

    Personally I feel as if Obama is NOT overexposing himself. As a middle school teacher in a low income community, my students are more engaged in their school work and eagerly look forward to hearing of Obama's plans to change the state of education. If the high-profile nature of his presidency is encouraging students to do well in school and pursue their dreams I am all for it!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  216. Larry

    Jack:

    A rather amazing question from one of the very enablers of all his exposure. As you noted his comings, goings, musings and every movement is covered by the media, including CNN. That all devalues his substantive efforts to inform us about his plans and policies. This latter exposure is a refreshing change from the disconnected, regal presidencies of some other occupants of the White House.

    So to answer your question, all of the minutiae coverage is too much from the get go. But for a democracy we can never get too much information direct from our President about the important issues of the day. Kudos to this President for being accessible.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  217. Dennis Perez

    During thiese times of bad economy, political scandal and the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, it is nice to see that the man in the dirivers seat is trying to get the middle class up of the ground and in the right direction. Everytimne I see Obama on the news I always stop to see what he has to say. Why? Because I know he is on my side. I am in the middle clase and I would much rather see the flow coming from the poor, middle class and going up than the traditional from the top trickling down. For the last 8 years it has been noting but complete frustration. How much is too much? Until the economy is healthy, I personally enjoy his talks everyday..

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  218. Dave, New Britain, CT

    Jack, Seeing and hearing President Obama on the news is like a fresh breeze coming in for the first time in 8 years of stale, dank, stagnation. These are extraordinary times, and at last, we have an extraordinary leader! I hope that you people in the media won't trip all over yourselves now trying to bring him down. When Bush took us to war, the media went along wholeheartedly, waving the flag and forgetting their journalistic duties. Now, we are at war again, in different ways, and you are trying to knock this President down in less than two months on the job. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  219. Billy Joe Johnson

    Jack,
    I always thought overexposure was something that applied to polaroaids(remember those)? Though I personally don't think President Obama has been "overexposed" but if that be the case, then you could make a case that the former vice president was woefully "underexposed". For what it's worth, I think the old proverb "familiarity breeds contempt" has some truth to it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  220. Lamar/lake city,sc

    I think its awsome that we have a prez. Who actually cares about the american people and the people abroad.I applaud pres.obama for keeping us in the loop afterall we the people are the ones who gave him the office.those of you who feel different fine change the channel or get on board this train of change for a better tomorrow.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  221. Sam ( vancouver BC)

    Your qestion is tongue in cheek.He is doing fine so far. The danger is the Republican "Misunerestimate", Imagine complaining that an employee works too much. Get real an be thankful !!!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  222. Peter Brown

    It is not about him, it is about his personality! The President Obama is elegant, eloquent, smart, attractive and appealing, and the media can't just ignore him. Also, he has a lot of energy and good ideas not only to share but to discuss with average Americans. This will always make him a popular and celebrity style president. Sorry republicans, a charismatic president or leader you have him one in a generation. May be Sarah Palin will be this leader for your party one day! Let us wait and hope! Yes she can!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  223. Larry Ludwick

    Considering that We, the people, just spent the last 8 years of NOT having our president speak to us, chosing instead to barricade himself in the White House and alienate himself from the nation, Pres. Obama's public profile is a refreshing change of pace. His frequent and open communication with us inspires confidence in these troubling times. And confidence is what's needed to stabilize our economy and ease the anxiety of the American people. Pres. Obama is wisely using the media to accomplish these goals.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  224. Rick, Port St Lucie, FL

    Too much is really the constant drumbeat of the news media echoing what we Americans already know! The economy and unemployment problems. Not enough is the positive good news and confidence that the President needs to continue to tell us. Wall Street might have tanked us, but Main Street confidence is what will turn this around.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  225. Eli in Charleston

    Jack right now we need all the words of assurance we can get. President Obama actually goes and hear the concerns of people. The last 8 years our cries of help have fallen on deaf ears.

    It's nice to finally have a President who seems to actually be working and getting out of the bubble of washington.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  226. bonnie

    Can't have too much of a good thing.
    Houston, TX

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  227. Yvette in Casper Wyoming

    He does not risk over-exposure! I love seeing the President on TV explaining his policies, his vision, our future. He is the most articulate, engaging, intelligent President our country has ever had. CNN says it will track the first 100 days of his presidency but I can guarantee that your viewer ratings will drop if you cease to cover President Obama's every move and every speech, and every event, etc. In fact, I would encourage CNN to track his entire 8 years.

    His smile is dazzling, his intellect is above the majority, his personality is amazing, his verbal skills are unmatchable, our President, is, in my eyes, the most transformational person in history.

    Keep giving us more of President Obama and we'll keep your viewer ratings high.

    Yvette

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  228. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Not to me. I love getting up everyday and seeing my President. I never get tired of seeing my intelligent, well spoken, handsome, confident President. I haven't been able to say that for the past 8 yrs.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  229. Nalini Juthani

    Jack,

    I love watching our president everywhere.He is the only one that produces hope and calms our anxiety in this recession and preventing depression from setting in.
    Let us rememeber that he is driven and task oriented president. Those who think "Is he doing too much" may have slowed down and unable to digest what he is doing to get us out of this recession.
    I am addicted to watching CNN because it covers every event our president is on.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  230. Nonie

    Yes, it seems like overexposure. However, after the no exposure of our last president, I welcome the president's face. I also think that this overexposure will die down once the economy begins to truly move out of crisis mode. Today is a good start! But for the next year, I think we should get used to hearing about what is going on straight from the lion's mouth. He was serious when he said he couldn't do this without us. So I guess that is why we should also expect to see representatives of the president at our front doors from time to time too! It looks like change to me.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  231. Janet Glazier

    It's refreshing to see our President so engaging.Yes he may have a few little gaffes once in awhile.However,I'm glad President Obama is trying to reach All American any way he can to get out his message.It's alot better than the past 8 years we had with Bush.His cabinet was all about secrecy,and we know where that got us.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  232. Sandra fromTexas

    Speaking as a person who voted for him twice, there ain't no such thing as too much.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  233. Joe

    Obama actually knows what he's talking about and therefore is unafraid to appear in public frequently. It's good to see that he's staying in touch with the public and is at work during virtually all of his waking hours. W was already on his second vacation to Crawford by this time in his first administration.

    Joe
    Baltimore

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  234. kwesi ,springfield.MA

    no! no! no! jack! this is 21th century, let the president heal our soul,is better for me to see the president everyday on the News.I see hope, hope,hope anytime he is out there.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  235. BJ

    There is never going to be too much of seeing and hearing a President that can speak a complete sentence. As long as President Obama is making efforts to fix this broken nation - I will look at him, listen to him, and keep praying for him!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  236. Marty

    Sonora, California

    Is President Obama "overexposed"? Compared to what has gone on for the last 8 yrs I'd say "No". I've noticed when people around me see the President on tv, listen to radio, or see him in print, there sometimes seems to be a collective sigh of relief. I think confidence is coming back to our daily lives, and I'd like to see it continue. I for one don't want to see the hiding and back room deals that seems to have plagued the Bush Administration. Isn't it great when we have an open an honest government? ... Uh oh ~ I hear the meds cart coming to my room with my "happy pills". Later Jacki.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  237. Bill from Oklahoma

    Jack I see you on the situation room a few times a week, and that is too much exposure. Over exposure of a president during a time of crisis? I do not think it is possible.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  238. Jan From NJ

    Like him. Voted for him. Sick of seeing him on tv.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  239. katherine magdangal

    How much Obama is too much?.....more than 8 years!

    Obama is not only NOT WORRIED about being seen too much....his henchmen have made sure that he will be around for a LONG TIME.

    This quietly slipped in BEFORE HE WAS EVEN SWORN IN:

    111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. J. RES. 5 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 6, 2009 Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification: `Article– `The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.'.

    You (and every reputable media institution) should make this info public.....that is if you're allowed.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  240. Elizabeth Lea

    No Jack – I think he is an extremely smart president. He knows that he has to counter the Republican's constant negative comments about each and every decision his administration makes. The best way to do that is to make sure he keeps the American people aware of the positive things he is trying to do to get the country back on track.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  241. Bill J Florida

    Nice to have a young family in White House, He is a Hands on & has done more in 3 months then, the former Administration did in 8 years [more good things]
    Future candidates shoud be tested. [we need to prevent a repete mistake]

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  242. Allie Lark

    Heavens no Jack. In these trying times we need to know the President is out there communicating what's going on. I have no doubt he'll pull back when his budget is passed and the economy gets better. For those who don't want to watch him, switch the tv channel.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  243. Ritchie Nordstrom

    Over exposure of President Obama would be refreshing. Here in western South Dakota the local media is very conservative, so we barely get any news or see President Obama.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  244. Donald in CA

    At least he is not hiding like the last president. I would be cardful of going on programs like 60 minutes and be accused of laughing at the serious problems by the interviewer. Thats what made the morning talk shows, not the serious issues he talked about.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  245. Rusty Allen

    I would much rather hearing too much of the Presidents action steps on each issue than to receive speculation assessments from a round-group of so called "experts" in the media.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  246. Eric

    Hello Jack.
    Eric from Canada.
    The question should be how long is the media going to broadcast coverage of Obama,during the last couple of years all the media couldn't get enough of him and CNN continues to count down his every day move including his 100 days. I heard a report that "What are we going to report on day 101 " You tell me. ( BTW I like Obama )

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  247. Antonius

    President Obama said while running for president that he likes to work hard and thats what he's doing. Working hard for the people and trying to solve these problems and help us become a better, more powerful, more respected country than we were before.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  248. Stefan

    President Obama is doing the right thing to reassure the American public that we are on the right track to improving our economy. In order to make things work the president has to connect with the people by hearing their concerns as well as reaching them to gain their support with his proposals. The Republicans are just jealous that they aren't getting the attention that the president is getting now. Anything he does is criticized by those who are just looking to slam him. I guess they haven't learned their lesson from the last election. Unless they come up with something better rather than just complaining, the Republicans just need to sit back and hush.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  249. annie moussette

    I cannot see enough of President Obama. He reminds us that he is human and also that he is giving all that he can to get us out of the mess we are in.
    I look forward to seeing him like I do with you, Jack.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  250. Peggy

    Pres. Obama has a calming demeanor and a great smile that to many Americans shows his confidence in what he is doing and I have to say I rather have a slight laugh and smile than the grim Pres. Bush and VP Chaney who threw nothing but fear at you. As for being on tv all the time isn't that the decision of the media and the producers of the 24 hr. news channels? Why should the Pres. be locked up in the White House because the media can't control their coverage of him? Both the Pres. and his wife believe that they have to get out and about to see for themselves what the American people are feeling and thinking, gee how refreshing. I rather like hearing his speak since he can speak and put sentances together with ease unlike our last Pres. the "butcher of the English language"!!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  251. Tracy

    You're right, Jack. Why should I listen to the President when there are experts like you and Blitzer to tell me what the President said?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  252. Pegasus

    Cafferty....you don't think you are risking overexposure by appearing all week on CNN? I think it's great that President Obama is reaching out across the nation/world to people by being on tv constantly. That's letting us know that he's in tune with us and want to be accountable to us for every thing that's going on in this world. Come away from those old traditions, Cafferty, and get with the program. This is a new era...times have changed and so have people and situations. But if you want to continuously be stuck in tradition and the old way of doing things, then so be it. But don't knock someone else, especially the president of the U.S. if he wants to appear 24/7 in the media, newspaper, radio, etc.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  253. Philip Vitale

    If I heard from President Obama everyday it still wouldn't be too much. After all don't we (or at least I) watch & listen to you guys in the media on a regular basis and put up with all your bellowing & bloviating. Do we say it's too much? Maybe. But even if we did you're back year after year and no one elected you either.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  254. outwolfin

    I liked him at first, but more and more he seems to typical. Food for thought, ALL AMERICANS STOP PAYING TAXES AND GET THE GOVT. WERE IT HURTS then are money cant be wasted!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  255. Eric

    Like all pop-culture generated, overexposed fads (swing-music/martinis/cigar-bars, Vanilla Ice, Pokemon, hypercolor t-shirts and "tribal" tattoos for example), Obama too shall pass.

    My prediction, three years from now, you'll be able to pick up train-loads of marked-down Obama "collectable" tchatzkes in the discount bins at Dollar General.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  256. S, Michigan

    Not enough! It's refreshing to actually understand what a president is saying rather than stuff like "i'm the decider" or "nukiler".

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  257. pete

    Tired of Mr. O Bama sure but also tired of looking for a job tired of A.I.G. on the T.V. Tired of misery in this nation that hurts the economy more he needs to get rid of his treasury sectary a lot of things need to be done but first things first get America back working should be his main priority which it doesn"t seem to be as a matter of fact i don't know where his priorities stand he is trying to accomplish to much at once so therefore he does not get anything done except waste valuable TV time and money

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  258. Ken

    President Obama has said that one of his favorite presidents was F.D.R. This "high profile" I think, is a reflection of his desire to emulate that same 'closeness' that F.D.R. shared with the nation. I also think the "peoples" response i.e. the high attendance of the Jay Lenno show is due to the fact that for so long we went without a spirit of national pride in our President that now to see a man try so hard to do the right thing, well I guess we just like it and feel good about it.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  259. Kathleen New Jersey

    It can never be too much. I would much rather hear our president giving the country his intelligent and positive ideas, than listen to the many negative comments from some republicans and other people, who just can't seem or don't want to see the positives. I often just turn off the TV or change the channel, when a program becomes objectionable and starts harping on the latest negative talking point.
    I always enjoy listening to President Obama, because he makes sense, I agree with him on so many issues, and he gives me hope for our country.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  260. george c paree

    When I first saw the guy he gave a wonderful speach 2004 He started to run against hillary O.K. he still seemed O.K. then he won It turns out to be the biggist mistake americans ever made .He is now a howlling communist planing to bankruypt our nation put are kids into serives camps to earn so call higher education .I find the news media tolally at fault he comes out with 1966 communist plan were they take over make the country a welfare state to bank rupt us but does any of you question him no?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  261. Allen, Hartwell GA

    When he spends more time being the news than being the president that will be too much. After the last 8 years of having no president at all it is refreshing to know that someone cares more about the American people than some wars in a far off land – even though we do have Americans still dying over there.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  262. Richard Ancel

    The most toxic assets we have today are the Republicans/Conservatives who are on TV everyday rewriting not only the history of the 8 years of the Bush Administration but the history of the recovery from the Great Depression and FDR's role in same. The Obamas are the best spokespeople we have to argue that the problems we face can be solved – both from the President's viewpoint in selling his programs to the public (which programs today seem to be taking effect) and from the viewpoint of Michele and the kids which show an extraordinarily normal family coping with extraordinarily hard times. The country needs to see and hear both of these to counteract the bile being spouted by the naysayers of the right wing news media, the Conservative Congressional spokespeople, and the grandstanding Governors turning down bailout money so desperately needed by their hard-pressed constituents.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  263. Brandon from Texas

    Jack, come on now...the real question is why would the pundits all of sudden become so fickle. After 8 years of Bush and his hiding behind closed doors and the American Presidential seal, is it not refreshing to see a President, who can hold his own in the public spotlight. Had it not been for the snowballing of the economy towards the end of Bush's term, we probably wouldn't have seen him until the inaguration of the new President. To us(the citizenry) it shows that he is willing to go through the struggle with us.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  264. Steven

    I do believe that the media coverage that the president is receiving is a bit over the top. This could be detrimental to his office as well as counter productive to his attempts to resolve certain issues. I understand that he is trying to portray the transpariency image that he has brought about during his campaign. Until some of the issues that are currently plaguing the American society are resolved, it would be best to remain low key. By continuously participating in events such as the Jay Leno show and other, this just adds coal to a fire that is already burning. Until real progress is made, this is just going to allow his sceptics that opportunity to punch wholes in his attempts to repair our country's broken financila system.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  265. Ralph Smith

    It is very refreshing to have a leader BRAVE enough to face the press and the public.
    "W" hid on military bases or at vet gatherings to make speeches and announcements. His earlier gaffs made him look like a fool so he needed to do it. Now you have an intelligent articulate leader, be proud of him.

    Ralph – Canadian in Anguilla BWI

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  266. Geoffrey Jeff

    Jack,

    President Obama, I still love the sound of that, is on the job and the task before him is tremendous. The guy that just left the office, whose name I've retired from my thoughts and lips, spent close to 45% of his time in office..at his ranch in Crawford clearing brush. I'm thrilled to have a President who is actually WORKING...there's only one of him and so many of us...I applaud his balancing act.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  267. Peter Brown

    It is not about him, it is about his personality! President Obama is elegant, eloquent, smart, attractive and appealing, and the media can’t just ignore him. Also, he has a lot of energy and good ideas not only to share but to discuss with average Americans. This will always make him a popular and celebrity style president. Sorry republicans, a charismatic president or leader you have him once in a generation. May be Sarah Palin will be this leader for your party one day! Let us wait and hope! Yes she can!!!
    Peter Brown from Baltimore, MD

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  268. Brian Smith PhD

    The more exposure the more transparent the government becomes. For far too long the government has hid behind closed doors and protocol. This president is ripping all that way and exposing it all. Fair enough. Now if we can get the A__holes in the House and Senate to do the same. Please excuse the use of the expletive. I realize its use is not doctoral, but my frustration with Washington politics releases the juvenile in me.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  269. J Kape

    I don't think he's getting to much exposure. I simply love it when he appears on TV, he just genuinely appears to love people and wants to mingle with normal Americans.....he appears to be reachable, unlike previous Presidents who have lived in the upper crust so long, they can't relate to us....

    STOP complaining....we wanted change and he certainly is that!!!

    Go Prez!!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  270. ricky

    I do think the president should be on television however, the "he's a cool guy" thing has got to go. I've heard this more than once from so-called credible journalists. I really dont care if a president is a cool guy. If I am going to see him in abundance, especially on the economy, I would rather hear him speaking out against the fed, instead of just giving them more power to make money out of thin air. I'm not an Obama fan, so I dont mind if he keeps going on Leno or any other "entertainment" shows. Hopefully, he will put his foot in mouth again, and again. Thanks.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  271. Tracy in Atlanta

    Back off, Jack! Obama needs all hands on deck to get the country back on track and every appearance recruits us to the cause. We need reassurance now, and we'll want progress updates as all these programs start working (or don't). When things are on an even keel, I'm sure he'll be happy to work quietly in the Oval Office, making occasional appearances when necessary.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  272. Marilyn

    I'd rather hear our President any time rather than that Republican leader, ol' Rush Limbaugh for 3 hrs. a day, 5 days a week. Why doesn't the press complain about him?

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  273. C Greene Oklahoma city

    No. but the Republicans risk over usins their mouths.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  274. Kathy Strongsville Ohio

    Hi Jack, can't wait to read your book-thanks for sharing. Now back to your question regarding is it possible to much Obama? NO! CONTRAR!-as long as he completely tells us 100% of the truth w/o omissions, exceptions and/or exagerations unlike "babble 43". Very refreshing and very much needed and deserved by "we the people". Take care.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  275. D. Evenson

    YES.
    I'm more than tired of seeing him and hearing all the empty rhetoric. It's become apparent that after only 100 days in office, this guy does not have any clue what he's doing! He is given far too much exposure by the media and has done nothing to insure any confidence that he or his appointed cabinet members can do their job. Impeach him!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  276. Mel Demers

    President Obama is a populist president. He has obviously decided that he can get more traction talking to the people than with the politicians in Washington who all have their own agendas to attend to. It's working. He is asking the people for help and they are responding. Look at me_ _I'm taking the time to defend him by emailing you instead of doing something productive.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  277. Christopher

    As long as there are people in Washington and the media who are simply happy to just ride the ‘Just Say No’ bandwagon to the President’s efforts and policies to right this country, I strongly welcome every opportunity to see the President articulates his plan and strategies to ordinary people like myself. Overexposure, I don’t think so? A refreshing change, you betcha!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  278. Jeremy

    President Obama is doing the right thing when it come to being in the public eye. In the current state of our economy, you need to have a president who is willing to make that extra appearance in the media. We will know when the president has reach the point of overexposeur, when the president makes an appearance on an mtv show (no disrespect to mtv)

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  279. Clare in Dallas

    Sure, transparency is great. But appearing on late night television and ESPN does not really accomplish anything besides showing America that Barack is a cool guy. We get it! In the early days of American politics, presidential candidates didn't personally campaign at all. Now they never stop. Obama has become a legendary historic figure before even four months in office. (I would highly disagree that "someone is bashing him no matter what he does.") I think it's time now for him to stop schmoozing and start filling the big shoes of Wilson, FDR, Lincoln, and all the others he has laid out for himself.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  280. Jennie Savage

    I would much rather hear about the state of the country and the economy from President Obama than from Mitch McConnell, John Bohner and Rush Limbaugh. As long as they and their ilk are constantly trying to the define him and his plans for our country, he has no choice but to define himself and let the country know what he is trying to accomplish.
    Jennie
    Worcester, MA

    March 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  281. flexx

    NO Jack, this is what i like, a President that shows the american people what he is up to, ..not like BUSH/CHENEY , where they were sneeky, & did whatever they wanted, without anyone knowing..... OBAMA is intelligent, & a pleasure to listen too, he makes sense! finally a president that makes sense! lets give the President a chance to prove himself without being so critical, like the republicans do ......p.s. i didn't hear the republicans during the BUSH yrs!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  282. Al from SoCal

    Its just Obamas novice avidity. Too much will be a year from now when his rhetoric is seen for what it is propaganda.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  283. Patricia from Toronto, Canada

    Here is a young President who is honest and true, trying to do a good job to undo all the wreckage of the past eight years. He is trying to be close to ordinary folks and by being available at town hall meetings, holding press conferences, and doing the odd "60 Minutes", he is reaching out and touching the American people. Way to go Obama! We love you north of the border too!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  284. Dawn

    I think it’s fantastic the way that this president utilizes the media to get his message across to the American people in this time of crisis. He’s up against the right wing Republicans and Fox News who are distorting his message. Whenever he televising a speech, I check Fox News and they are not even televising it! The people who watch Fox News never get a direct speech, only snippets and distortions of what they want their audience to know. So, if he can go on a variety of media, there may be some chance all the people can get the truth!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  285. Linda in Florida

    Not in my book! Isn't it refreshing to have a President who can speak in complete sentences and actually makes sense too! I appreciate the fact that he is keeping us informed, which we never were with our previous President. And, if he wasn't keeping us informed, people would be saying they weren't hearing from him enough. I watched him on Jay Leno, 60 Minutes last night and I plan to watch him tomorrow night too. If people don't want to watch him and / or hear him speak, they can change the channel.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  286. Audrey in Georgia

    I would love to turn on my television and only see President Obama.
    Instead, we get the President and the party of no. If it were up to me,
    I would like to see an all Obama channel 24/7. His cool and positive
    attitude are inspiring.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  287. Nora - Albuquerque, NM

    President Obama is a president of the people, elected by the people and at long last, makes decisions WITH the peoples' involvement and support – unless, of course, you are a REPUBLICAN!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  288. Arlene Norton

    Maybe American are more used to not hearing from their president – or even him being in Washington – or, holy cow! Showing up for work! We are used to seeing golf outings, brush clearing on the farm, and incredibly late, discombobulated staged video interviews after major "fore – told" disasters. We just don't know quite what to think of a working president.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  289. Denis Grinko

    Jack, when we watch the president's every move and even you question the relevance of this constant stakeout, it is evident the media has gone too far. To put it in terms a schoolchild could understand, he's like the new guy at school; half the girls love him, half hate him, and everyone got his schedule and follow his every move. Don't put the prez through that, it's no fun – believe you me.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  290. Billy Perno

    Jack, Your question is ridiculous and suggests only a negative answer. I am proud to see our President available to the people, also offering a good role model for young Americans.

    Billy Perno Long Island

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  291. Jan

    It is refreshing to see the President of United States out meeting the people. How many Presidents do you know that kept in touch with the people that put him in after he became President? He is keeping congress on their toes when they see him out talking with us. I believe he will get the work done that has needed to be done for a long time. God bless him and God Bless America.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  292. Jacquelyn Malone

    Jack, you and Wolf are on CNN every day and I don't think that you are over exposed. The question is crazy. Our economy is in the tank, everyday we hear of more lay-offs and company's closing. We elected President Obama to lead us and to look out for this great Nation of ours. If that means he has to take to the air ways to get his message out, I say MORE POWER TO HIM!!! These are serious times, and as such it calls for drastic measures. We are listening to hear what our President has to say about direction we need to go in!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  293. Jean R

    For some people President Obama can't do any thing right. If he is not visible then they will claim he is hiding something from us. Now that he is working very hard to correct the many problems of our country that he did not create, he is too "visible". GIVE HIM A BREAK! He can walk and chew gum at the same time and it bothers some. I am happy that we have a President that will tell us what is happening, good or bad!!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  294. Candi in Idaho

    AMEN – we cannot get enough of the president. And we are with him 100%. We know that recovering from this mess is going to take years – but there is no one on the planet who is better equipped to lead us out of the muck and into the future.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  295. Edward Pabon

    I support Ohma but his frequent apperances seem to be similar to scam techniques where you use frequency to convince the victim to trust you. Today's bank bailout is supported by the stock market becuause it means they can continue their financial games, such as increasing credit card fees, while reaping the benefits of their greed (i.e., bad debts).

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  296. joy

    jack, I think its great that he's in the publics eye. he gives everyone that listens to him a sense of calm and that he's in control of the situation. And for once in a long time we have someone in the white house that's intelligent and has something to say, thats worth listening to. Since this president has been elected , I have difficulty watching regular TV. So I say ..... let him stay on the air , he's perfect eye candy, he can finish a sentence and he's popular with the American people, and we need someone that has the confidence and capabilty that Obama has. Could you see Bush trying to convince people that he knows what he's doing, that's what got us into this mess.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  297. Coravious, Jacksonville

    President Obama is the President of the UNITED STATES, NOT Wahington D.C. He is doing exactly what our public servants ought to do. After all, they work for the people, or at least they're supposed to, so we should be allowed to know what is going on with our country. The president is keeping the American people informed as we need to be. Why would we not want our public servants to be visible? I know, some of those public servants are probably afraid that their jobs would be in jeopardy if their constituents were informed as to the decisions they are making in office. Obama is taking our country into a new era and i suggest that the rest of the public servants follow suit or their names may be added to the unemployment list.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  298. Linda Williams

    If he WASN'T making an effort to be open and available, he would be criticized for THAT. It's only been a few months, and you guys sound like a bunch of "whiners"! What is it that you WANT from Obama?

    I for one, APPRECIATE the fact that he makes every effort to get his message out & to get it out clearly. God knows, if he doesn't, those who oppose him will gladly do it FOR him, and we'll all be misled, as we were for the past 8 years! Be thankful that President Obama is exactly the man that he is!

    March 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  299. Patrick

    It's is truly refreshing to have the President out of the Oval office and speaking directly to the American people on a regular basis. He said that he would keep the electorate informed during the campaign and he is keeping his promise. Because he is able to articulate what is wrong with the economy and how he plans to fix it, I have a better understanding of what he is facing and the tough decisions he has to make. A far cry from the past administration.

    March 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |