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January 22nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Have your views of Obama changed during 1st year?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As President Obama marks his first anniversary in the White House and the State of the Union approaches, there's criticism coming at him from all corners.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes that doubts he had about the president - since the primaries - have been realized... including that Mr. Obama may not be ready to fight for what his supporters want.

In a piece called "he wasn't the one we've been waiting for," Krugman describes the president talking about health care... saying lawmakers should "try to move quickly to coalesce" around elements of the bill that people agree on. Krugman mocks the message - saying it's like the president is telling lawmakers to "run away."

And when Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Krugman's critique - he ducked the question.

Meanwhile from the right, Pat Buchanan suggests that white voters are one group that might be of particular concern to the president.

In a column called "Has Obama lost white America?"... Buchanan explains how the racial breakdown of the vote in recent elections in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia could spell trouble for the president.

In 2008 - Mr. Obama took a larger share of the white vote - 44 percent - than John Kerry or Al Gore had done before him. But since then - Republicans have won these three major races because there were more white voters; and Republicans swept that vote in "Reagan-like landslides."

Here’s my question to you: How have your views of President Obama changed during his first year in office?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kathy writes:
The thing is my opinion of the president hasn't changed. Have you ever felt so strongly about someone and at the same time you were also truly praying that you were wrong? I feel that this nation is in quicksand and chances of rescue get smaller every day.

Joe from Massachusetts writes:
Yes. I donated and worked for his campaign and obviously voted for him. I expected more openness, attention to Main Street America's issues – specifically jobs, home mortgages and health care. I expected more bipartisanship. We got attention on health care, but with poor execution and leadership from Pres. Obama. The current bill is built too much on spending and special deals and not enough on cost reduction. We got little or no focus on the rest. And we certainly did not get openness. I am a disappointed independent who voted for Scott Brown just to send a message.

Seby writes:
It didn't change my mind. He is still working hard to clean the mess. He has to be a bit more aggressive.

Becky writes:
He has proven himself to be unready and ill-prepared. He has assembled a juvenile group of ‘yes men’ who will advise him into being a one-term president. He has a poor understanding of foreign policy and a poorer understanding of the fabric of America. He does not understand economics and the strength of the free market. We did not elect an emperor and someone needs to get that message to him. If he apologizes to the world one more time, I will throw up.

Jonathon from Virginia writes:
A year later we've realized as a nation that Obama is no savior, but how could he have lived up to the expectations people had of him? People are quick to talk about all that's gone wrong in the past year, but with the mess the Bush administration left for him, who can blame him?

Larry from Torrance, California writes:
Where's the audacity? The president is eloquent at "talking the talk." For me, on many issues, he is poor at 'walking the walk'. His time is quickly running out.


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Yes indeed. I was so pro-Obama. I donated money. I'm 60 years old and he was the first Democrat for whom I ever voted. I was dissapointed in the Republicans under the Bush administration. Perhaps if he gets back to the campaign Obama and focuses on that message, then he will earn back the trust I had in him. One more thing, how can we trust a man who will not even keep a promise he made to his family. Hey, the dude still smokes.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  2. Penny, Bellvue WA

    He's been a big disappointment.

    "Change you can believe in" has just turned out to be Dubya's third term. Nothing's changed.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  3. Aaron Willems

    No, I still admire and respect the President. But he needs to step up his game. It's obvious Congress and the Senate need a swift kick in the a**. It's time for the President to take a page from the GOP and start playing hard ball. Come on Mr. President show some muscle. Let's get ready to rumble......

    Aaron W.
    Oakland, Ca.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  4. pat in lexington, Ky.

    Yes. My hope level is down considerably. I'm tired of Obama being Mr. Nice Guy and wish he would get angry more often. He's got to stop letting people (Republicans) walk all over him.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  5. Joanne B

    NO, we listened to a speech he gave 2 1/2 yrs ago and researched his votes (so many no votes as he could not decide), book, and speeches....we knew what he was then. He is inexperienced and too far to the left for most Americans.
    Obama taught Saul Salinsky in Chicago....research Saul S and that will tell you all you need to know.
    Joanne B
    Mn

    January 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  6. JENNA

    How have your views of President Obama changed during his first year in office?

    A little. I thought he had a spine and he doesn't. I think he needs to get rid of Rham and get a new advisor. He'll get his backbone back then.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  7. Marc in Toronto

    Jack

    I'm more impressed than ever with the President. I wish I could say the same about everyone else and about the American political process that is designed to prevent progress and needed changes.

    Sometimes, I think the President is the only one that truly gets it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  8. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I think that Obama has done a good job after what he has taken on. He's a good Christian man who cares about all people. He will do the best he can considering what's on his plate. He is not like most politicians where one hand washes another. He cares about all people of America!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  9. MikeK

    I'm extremely disappointed with Obama.

    I agree with Thom Hartmann who says Obama is performing more like a senator with a big airplane than a president.

    If there is not a suitable Democrat alternative to Obama in 2012 I will not be voting.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  10. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    No. President Obama has taken on so many (too many) difficult issues that will take more than just 12 months to solve...this wasn't his fault. I still have a great deal of confidence in a man who was given an overflowing plate of critical problems to take on. I admire the man for his courage and conviction, and predict that within a year many of these issues will be behind us.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  11. Jean

    I didn't like Obama from the beginning and his first year in office is no big surprise. He hasn't kept any of his campaign promises, including closing Gitmo within a year and having an open presidency. He promised that the middle class wouldn't see a tax increase, but yet I'm getting less money in my paycheck because of federal taxes. Americans are hurting, but it seems Obama is willing to take my money and throw it into corrupt and failing government programs. Haven't the American people learned their lessons with Medicare, Social Security, and other poorly run federal programs? Wake up America!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  12. Marc in Toronto

    Jack

    I'm more impressed than ever with the President. I wish I could say the same about everyone else in Washington and about the American political process that is designed to prevent progress and the many changes that are needed.

    Sometimes, I think the President is the only one that truly gets it. The GOP and the system are preventing this once in a lifetime leader from getting it done right now. I have no doubt this will change in the coming months and years and that the President will be re-elected for a 2nd term.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  13. David M.

    Hi Jack,

    You better believe my views have changed. President Obama has gone from an anti war candidate to fully embracing Bush's war policies. This is definitely not the change I was expecting.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  14. Ryan, CT

    No... Thus far, he has done everything he has promised during his campaign. For all those who have doubts, and voted for him, you are getting what he promised!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  15. David Livingston

    Wow, Jack. I was listening to a speech the President made in Ohio today. I couldn't tell whether it was live or from the campaign trail from 2008. It was a great speech and the President is very eloquent. Really, really, really made me feel good. Not a lot of substance but a great speech. No, Jack, my views of Obama haven't change in the last year. He's a great speaker. Too bad that's about all he can do.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  16. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    No he is still the same man I voted for. He has no special powers and can not change things on his own. In this country we do not have a King but think about it what President ever had the power to do sweeping change and a change that is wanted overnight. Our President has about as much power as a King and can only hope that he or she as Queen can only suggest change and hope that both houses that run this country can figure out just how to complete such changes.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  17. Kirk

    My views of the President hasn't changed, He is a common sense steady leader, Nor has my opinion of congress changed, The Democrat leadership is ineffective in leading the cause and the Republicans are still willing to do nothing to help Americans as long as it hurts the President. congress is the problem, We need campaign finance reform and the Supreme Court case is clear why we need it more than ever.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  18. Steve, NY

    Gives good speeches, but has the wrong political advisors. There is too much spin by the Democrats. He needs to listen to the people and deliver. He does have a tendency to stretch the truth bordering on lies, it shows. The bottom line his speeches do not match his actions, and his Democratic party does not help. Just one example during his campaign he said "if you like your health insurance you can keep it". How can I keep it if he's eliminating the Medicare Advantage plan for the seniors. Another good example he said "everybody will have the same plan as I do and Congressmen". That ain't going to happen but he got everybody excited that's what was going to happen. There are too many more examples that is too long to list. CNN could finish the job and list them all. People basicly got duped., that is why they rebelled in Massacusetts. I'm sure in a couple weeks The Democrats and Obama will be back to their old ways.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  19. Judy in New Jersey

    My opinion hasn't changed of President Obama, but it sure has changed about the American public. Selfishness and bigotry disguised as economic conservatism rules now, and that's a very sad commentary on how America thinks and votes.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Sheena

    Hell Yes, I was leary of him from the start, now I'm terrified, he promised change, but not the type we all want. We DONT WANT BIG BROTHER WATCHING AND RULING OVER US, which is the turn him and his staff have taken!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  21. Joyce Shirley

    I am an Obama supporter and There are some things I think h xcan do to inspire the voters to re-elect dempcrats.
    1. Take all the earmarks out of the health bill. name the people who have earmarks and if they won't vote for the health care bill when they lose their earmarks, let's vote them out. I believe that could be one of the reasons we lost Massachusetts.
    2. Include some malpractice awards limits. If lawyers won't support that, Doctors will. And the general public, me included, will.
    3. Take all politics out of it, put it on C span so we can see how each senator or representative votes.
    4. Let the Republicans offer positive suggestions.

    The manner in which this whole health care bill has been handled in the House and Senate is disgraceful. So, as a member of the general public, you have heard my response.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  22. Leslie

    Obama get's it.... he just can't sell it.
    Obama is still running against Bush.
    Americans just did not get it.
    Obama smartly avoided running running against McCain, by running against Bush who was not up for re-election.
    As I said, Obama get's it....he just can't sell it, and Americans are starting to wake up.
    How much longer until Obama has to run on his OWN record?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  23. JD in NH

    As a person who actually believed the hope and change mantra was more than a campaign slogan, I'm very disappointed. Obama has sacrified his base for his dream of bipartisanship. Months and months were wasted trying to cajole one Republican to agree to health care reform and now look where we are: back where we started. No change and I've run out of hope.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  24. harry choron

    Considering the extent of the mess that George W. Bush left us with I believe that President Obama has more than his work cut out for him, and has done his best to tackle all these problems.

    Unfortunately, we live in a society that demands immediate results. It will take years to dig our selves out the hole left by Bush.

    Rush Limppaw's comment, "I want this president to fail," has become the battle cry of the Republican party. Shame on them.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  25. Eugene Northern Cal

    It certainly has Jack. Right thinking Americans have kept a watch, on Obama's socialist and marxist agendas. Now this charismatic used car salesman has driven the democratic party off a cliff, with his radical proposals and lies. As President, his first priorities were obviuosly the economy, war and illegal immigration. Health care reform is just an Obama ploy, to redistribute American wealth. Watch the F Word Network and learn Lack.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  26. Joe Travis

    Jack,

    Yes, I am surprised President Obama seemed to make too big of an effort to reach a compromise with the Republicans. The Republicans have been the part of negating every program the Obama administration has put forth, and then are saying Obama is not working with them. President Obama needs to push forward the agendas he promised with his election. He wanted to compromise too much to get 60 votes for Health Care and now look at our situation. Now, we are going to live in the United Corporate States of America thanks to a Supreme Court that railroaded George W. Bush and his policies into office, and now with Justice Roberts we are in serious trouble of complete control by the corporate world. Obama needs to alert the people regarding this egregious ruling and get Congress to pass new laws that will control the greedy Corporations and wealthy.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  27. J Atlanta

    Yes...Obama lost me. My being white has nothing to do with it. We can't afford do-gooder social spending right now. We have to fix our infrastructure, fix our economy, and fix our energy situation. When the money starts to move again, we can be do-gooders by spending other people's money on social systems. Until then, we're on a collision course with national bankruptcy. I'm on the lookout for another champion. Doesn't matter if he or she is eloquent....just that he or she sees the bigger picture. If, as Obama suggested in his speech today, that he stays the course on reforming a health care system that obviously cannot be fixed, he'll be doing the same dumb thing as Bush did....staying the course on a minor lost cause as we neglect far larger issues.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  28. james

    I voted for "he who shall not be named" last election. Would I vote for him next year, not on your tintype!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  29. John from Alabama

    Jack: My opinion of President Obama has not changed in the last year. I believe he is a great president, but Congress is not following his lead. It takes courage to be a statesman, but Congress is made up of cowards. President Obama wants solutions to problems which have plagued this nation for decades, but Congress has no solutions; therefore, Congress is the problem. Just say, no,no,no.....Republicans Policy.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  30. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I didn't vote for him because he struck me as someone out of touch with reality, just trying to say the right things to get elected and once there, reality would slap him in the face and he'd change his views. Unfortunately it's worse than I thought. He has never woken up, until recently, maybe. He is still trying to say anything that makes him popular, lacks conviction in any kind of beliefs and he thinks he has a United States of a America Express card that we can max out get by with only paying the interest in perpetuity. When faced with the reality that is ridiculous ideas for creating jobs have failed, he continues on the same broken path thinking that they just didn't spend enough money the first time. Are you kidding me?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  31. Maria

    Actually, I'm more impressed than I thought I would be at this stage. Obama has certainly shown his inexperience in areas, but he knew he was taking a big hit on international politics during campaign, and he came out aggressively with his international trip andthe W.H. visits from int'l leaders. He's shown a superb handle on international affairs.

    His biggest mistake was to promise us that our government would become a bi-partisan system of cooperation overnight. That hasn't happened and may not happen until near end of his term, or perhaps not at all. He's not to blame for the health care debacle...I put that squarely on GOP.

    He's doing what can be done to withdraw troops who have served multiple tours of duty, and to enhance the policy of caring for the emotional and mental aspects of our troops.

    So I continue to be impressed by him...although *not* by all his choices for his administration. Some big errors there.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  32. Fred (Jefferson MD)

    Not at all Jack.
    He is The President of The United States of America.
    I will always respect that. PAIN AND SIMPLE!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  33. Paul Roberts

    Itlooks like the only public option we are going to have is medicaid, so my wife and i have less than one million dollars so i am thinking about selling our home, live down our portfolio doing things we would not normaly do then move in to senor housing,turn every thing we have left over to the goverment . This way we well have free health care, free drugs, low cost houing, free nursing home care,"at the same nursing home other people are paying 6,000 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR,' iT doen't make a lot of sence to work all your life, save your money and then give it to hospitals,doctors,drug dealers,nursing homes.TO HELL WITH THAT AMERICAN DREAM you might as well party tell the cows come home. Paul Roberts Carthage Illinois

    January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  34. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    OH YEAH... Jack.
    This sweet talker told us all what we wanted to hear, but he doesn't have either, the morality, or backbone to walk the walk.

    We have lost billions that we'll never get back; We have less transparency than the Bush-Cheney secret society; And he has lost all credibility with every foreign country.

    We have not just marked time with Obama, we have gone back to square ONE... And if he shoves more down our throats, we will headed into the negative side.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  35. Nathan

    My view of President Obama has not changed. He, like many well intentioned politicians before him, has succumbed to an entrenched, unresponsive, and failing federal government. Nothing will change until the American people vote every single incumbent in Congress out of office, and continue to do so during every subsequent election. This is the only realistic way to loosen our career politicians’ death grip on democracy. It is the only realistic way to end the influence of special interests groups. It is the only realistic way to get fresh ideas and truly representative democracy back in Washington. If Americans want to put America first, accept that pork barrel politics is nothing more than bribery for your vote and that career politicians are unhealthy to American progress. Move this nation in the right direction and vote the Congressional bums out of office.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  36. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He has lost me but not because I happen to be a white man but because he hasn't really tried to do what he said, fight the lobbyists and work at getting true jobs. He is a tax and spend politician just like most of the rest, just wearing a different colored suit of skin.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  37. Mickey Gensler Bronx, 10471,N.Y.

    Not at all. I did not expect him to get much help from the opposition. He was a bit naive to expect it. Now that he has gotten his head out of the sand he will fight for what is right and get back the publics support.
    In other words he has to stop talking and start doing.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  38. Joe R

    From near Houston...

    My opinion hasn't changed. I didn't think he could get enough support to pass what seemed like more Keynesian economics along with increasingly embracing socialism and continuing undeclared wars.

    Instead of from unindicted crooks like Gietner, he could use advice from any parent of a child of military age who balances their own checkbook, pays their own bills, pays taxes and meets a payroll that satisfies the needs of suppliers, employees and customers.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  39. James

    Jack,
    My views have changed very little. I made it a point to listen to what it was The President was saying and continues to say.... There are actually very few things he PROMISED, a promise being in some folks mind a line drawn in the sand that what every it was they dislike about the current state of our government he alone was going to make changes, and that's just silly!
    What I would think you and the news media would be concentrating on is the other parties willingness to just stand around and do nothing towards making this country a better place.
    Stop asking silly question, you know are not true... Under our system of government he alone can't make changes! I'm sure he understood that before he ran for office. So it would be pretty silly on his part to make "promises". The more silly question put out in the air waves, the more confused the weak minded American citizens get. The powers that be use this time of mass confusion and stand back and take pot shots at an one who is at least trying to do something. Hell! You'd think he get more support for trying, with so many aliened against him.... doing absolutely nothing! And get up in front of the nation and admit they are doing all in their power to stop him! What's that about? Is it his country or is it ours? If it's mine I want them to start working for me! They were elected to do a job, and not just for the ones who voted for them this time.... To show you further how stupid their position is... maybe last time I voted for them? PUT THIS ON TV, I DARE YOU!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  40. David Charleston SC

    Jack;

    No, it hasn't. I still support the man 100% and I continue to believe that his heart is in the right place. Who in their right mind thinks that one year of battling with the Republicans, Republicans who do their best to deny this mess that they put us in, would make this country whole again. I give Obama tons of credit for just stopping the bleeding and allowing us to get a glimps, if only a fleeting one, of what the future COULD be like.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  41. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    I am disappointed in President Obama's apparent unwillingness to take control and run his presidency. I don't expect him to win every fight, but I do expect him to be in the fight and to compel Congressional Democrats to fight for what they believe in. I am disappointed because I voted for him to run a Presidency aimed at changing America for the better. One year later, I am uncertain if he has the resolve to do it. Less talk–more action.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  42. kishen c.rao

    No. Definetely no. What else can he do? He has huge deficit. Landed in wars. GOP drama on health care issues. I bet, he will survive all this mess and come out clean and green. Be persistent and pass this health care with 51 votes.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  43. Matt from Thousand Oaks, CA

    My view of Obama has not changed. What has changed are my views towards the conservatives- they've gotten worse.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  44. Ron Howes

    I feel mislead, Obama was going to bring our troops home from a mistaken war, he was going to get rid of the lobbyists and special interests, eliminate the waste and pork barrel projects. As a life-long Republican, I didn't vote for McCain because I felt it would just be, in effect, 4 more years of Bush. I voted for Obama and got 4 more years of Bush.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  45. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    He is disappointing. That is not the same as incapable. Obama is too deferential to his opponents' efforts, not just to disagree with him, but efforts to support the corruption that infiltrates DC and the US Gov't. I still respect his values and intelligence. Maybe the public needs to elect a criminal to deal brutally with every other criminal elected to congress. He can start with the five from my state, Kansas, which is all but one of them. And that one is too smart to run again.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  46. Brian - Trinidad

    My view hasn't changed.I always thought he was a lightweight candidate with no idea on how to do anything,but had the best image of anyone we've ever seen in American politics.This of course is now confirmed.Maybe next time we'll insist on an answer to the question "How are you going to do all those wonderful things?"

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  47. David

    No, I have always been a person who puts more credence in what a person does and who their associates are. His actions and associates indicated he would govern from the far, far left and he has.

    Dave

    Laguna Niguel, CA

    January 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  48. Potter

    Jack, I'm sad to say that my views of Obama have not changed one
    single iota during the year. I believed he would be an incompetent
    president, and he has been an incompetent president.

    People who have worked all their lives, run a business, been a great
    employee, whatever – they were always doubtful that a man who had
    no experience working in the real world would be able to run a country
    in the midst of economic chaos. Then, he surrounded himself with
    people who actually believe that government could take money from
    Joe, give it to Jane, and voila! – a new job had emerged.

    Give me a break. The only money the government has is the money
    it reached into our pockets and TOOK. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, I
    believe the saying goes.

    Potter
    Morgan County
    Indiana

    January 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  49. Jeff in Covington, KY

    They have changed – to steel my resolve to support him as he's blindly attacked on a daily basis by others with a purely financial agenda. We're about more than money, right?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  50. Todd Grigsby, Manteca, CA

    Yes they have. He hasn't closed Guantanamo, our troops are still slogging through Iraq, the Constitutional freedoms lost under Bush haven't been restored and their violation has not been punished, health care reform only serves to showcase the Democrats' lack of spine, rendition centers still exist even though "we don't torture", we still don't have equal marriage rights for all, etc. He talks a good game, but he has failed to deliver change to the degree that the electorate reasonably anticipated, and as a result the GOP, as evil as they were for prior 8 years, appear stronger in minority than the Democrats do in majority.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  51. Tina Tx

    No. It tells me that he is going to need a bigger broom to sweep out what Bush left behind. Bush let the fat cats ruin Wall st. Now that Obama wants rules they are balking. We must follow rules or we will not remain a nation.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  52. julie ormond

    Yes, my feelings on this administration have definitely changed. I believed what they said about so many things...now,many membrs of our family have lost jobs...the 800 billion dollar stimulus was a terrible mistake and the administration seems to think that it is their to do with as they wish..help re-elect them, maybe..it is not for them, it was for job stimulation..only gov't has jobs now.
    But the worst, is thelying that is so prevalent, that and the safety of this country...eric holder is a disgrace as are so manyothers put in this administration..i thought it might be better, but he is theworst ever..can't e e ttalk without his ever present prompter...he is an empty suit...

    January 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  53. Mr. D

    My views have changed to some degree. I did not expect to see much change during this last year. It is a tough job and requires the backing of the people, and I see that waning. The American people are getting tired of meaningless words about "change", especially in these difficult times. They are looking for action, with a well defined progression of priorities. I don't think that has been happening.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  54. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Jack,
    Yes!
    He has expanded the war effort, resulting in needless deaths.

    Healthcare insurance reform will not improve our health.

    Don't give us what we want

    Give us what we need.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  55. Mike S., New Orleans

    I am more impressed than ever with President Obama. He has tackled major problems he inherited and put the economy on the right track. Americans forget that a year ago the stock market was crashing, banks were folding, foreclosures at an all time high, and the auto industry was folding. We're better off now than we were a year ago.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  56. David in San Diego

    No, but my view of Republican'ts has. They are nothing but rabid obstructionists, demagogues who will lie, distort, complain without any concern about the facts. We need to get rid of almost all of them, in California and nationally.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  57. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    You betcha, all of the above. But then what choice did we have?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  58. David of Alexandria, VA

    I have stopped giving him the benefit of the doubt. I worried that he was a gifted, brilliant, passionate person with no leadership experience taking on the toughest job in the world. He is showing himself to be a very inexperienced leader at a time when we need leadership badly. His soaring oratory is failing him. His commitment to transparency and bipartisanship has not materialized. I thought he would jump into the alphabet soup that is Washhington and try to bring order. he now seems ot be sitting on the side of the bowl, still trying to figure out the alphabet. So, how do you spell Barack Obama with the letters J-I-M-M-Y-C-A-R-T-E-R?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  59. Jane (Minnesota)

    I haven't seen must of the Change he promised in the campaign and is being way too nice in his treatment of Congress – especially the GOP side of Congress. President Obama, it's really OK to get as angry with Congress as the majority of the public is!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  60. Karen, Idaho Falls

    Hi Jack,

    Although I would have preferred Hilary Clinton for President, I voted for President Obama– having Sarah Palin as Vice President was not an option. I had high hopes that he would be able to handle the job, but I am finding that he is all talk and no action and has delegated the job of running the country to Congress. I foresee the next three years as a gridlock where nothing will be accomplished.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  61. Terry Doyle

    My attitude is still the same and has been proven correct – he wasn't qualified for the job then and he isn't qualified now. We need some business people in charge who understand managing – not another career politician who hasn't live through the ups and downs of the real world.

    Being able to balance a checkbook should be the first criteria to getting into public office. Most politicians apparently don't know how to do that yet.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  62. Randy from Salt Lake City

    I liked Obama and I voted for change last November, but what I got was George W. Bush's third term. The U.S. gulag at Gitmo Bay is still open for torture business, hebeas corpus is STILL not reinstated, the illegal Iraq war is STILL a quagmire, the illegal Afghanistan war is STILL another quagmire, new illegal wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, more illegal secret wiretaping, criminal lobbyist as cabnet members, caving in to Big Pharma and insurance corporations and billions of taxpayer dollars to filthy rich banks – just to name a few are the reasons why President Obama is now on my Sh#! List.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  63. Joanne from Medina

    My opinion of President Obama hasn't changed. He is GREAT. The American people are fortunate to have such an outstanding person in the Oval Office. I'm very discouraged however by the endless mean rhetioric against him. Too many Americans have never given him a chance.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  64. gerry avitable

    President Obama has been on TV every day for the last week and. will probably appear every day next week.

    Maybe he's the answer for Leno's old 10pm slot?

    January 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  65. Chris in Philadelphia

    We have learned Obama is not God and he likes to spend China's money. Realistically Obama is not perfect but how much can one man fix on one year...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  66. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    Yes, Jack voted for him and I am deeply disappointed. I know he took on a tough job but where is bi partisanship, the wars still go on, nothing has been done on jobs. He is a liar, incompetent and a one term joke.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  67. Keith L

    No, his actions on everything from the economy to foreign policy have been pretty much as expected for someone with the experience of a Chicago-based community organizer. His mastery of the teleprompter combined with Harry Reid's comments about his dialect are what got him elected - it wasn't his qualifications for the job. The only substantive clue he provided to his true character was his "redistribution of wealth" comments he made to Joe the plumber - America must not have been paying close attention then, but the MA vote and the Teaparty Movement shows that they are now.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  68. MelbaH

    Mr Obama needs to remember a very simple adage. You only have one opportunity to make a good impression. If you wasted it too bad it is impossible to change it. I do not believed that all that glitter of the camping was going to stay there,and I see very clear know why my feelings where correct. It does not matter know how much he talks,the opportunity was lost big time. If I were him I would not waste my breath in more of the same talk, forget it. I felt so bad when he spoke today to companies and Senators that have been bought. I just hope this time people stick by the way they feel and do not let go of the momentum.
    This is a golden opportunity for us the people. Let the ones who are so blinded by his retoric keep applauding him. I have had enough. Thanks Mr Cafferty.
    Melba Hoyos

    January 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  69. Joe CE

    When he was running, I said that electing him was to roll the dice because he was undefined except for "change" and OPPOSITION TO THE iRAQ WAR BEFORE THERE WAS ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT HIS STAND. Presently, many supports are disappointed. However, he still has the possibility of accomplishing something worthwile – needsa little CHANGE though. My vote on his performance is still out. Let's hope for improvement.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  70. Ray Lampe

    Templeton, MA

    I still feel the same positive way about Obama. I knew that if he tried to accomplish any real domestic improvements, the powers that be would mount a huge, powerful program against him, and so it has happened. No surprise. I hope he will fight, as he seems to be doing today.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  71. Ambimom, Fort Lee, NJ

    I was thrilled to have this young, vibrant, intelligent man in the White House who spoke so eloquently about reform and hope. Say what? He has put the fox in charge of the chicken coop (Tim Geithner); and health care reform of which he said was a priority? He has given in on every single meaningful health care reform long before it even came up for a vote in either committee, let alone on the floor. His lack of involvement is nonsensical given the healthy majorities he was given in both houses of Congress. It was obvious last July that Senators Baucus, Lieberman and Snowe were never going to get with the program. Now his big health reform, if it does happen to pass, will give insurance companies $700 billion in new customers who will be forced to pay for minimal coverage they cannot afford. I am disgusted.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  72. jerry blair

    i don buy-cnn-the most trusted name in news-but i did appreciate your candor on nancy pelosi

    January 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  73. gerry luimes

    It has been said that effective government invites feedback from the people; Obama,as a previous community organizer knows what it means to listen actively.What happened to this -apparently lost- quality ? Former general attitude of hope has been replaced by an increased sense of apprehension and gloom. These are indeed parlous times. The effort needed to turn the American ideals around may well prove to be too difficult to overcome.This president must be prepared to "take the bull by the horns",and NOTallow himself to be shaped by events upon which he fails to ACT.
    Long live the U S A !
    gerry at edmonton.can.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  74. Ron Mowrey, Ocala, FL

    First, I confess to being an independent, a lover of this free nation we call the United States.

    This administration claimed it would be different and be for the people, but it is worse than the last. Mr. Obama fed us a bunch of lies to get elected and the back room deal making of the Democrats is outlandish. Who can afford healthcare if you don't even have a job? Where are all the jobs that were to be created from the stimulus money?

    I think we need to drastically downsize the federal govornment and initiate performance pay criteria. Instead of voting raises for themselves they should be held accountable for reducing the deficit and reducing wasteful spending.

    Another gripe of mine....while we are all tightening our belts to the nth degree and eating hot dogs and beans.....our President has flown around the world enough times to feed all of Haiti. Jack, doesn't the office of the President have an annual budget or is it open ended?
    Most organizations have departmental budgets that roll up to the overall organizational budget. It is my understanding that everytime the President flies Air Force 1 there is always a decoy Air Force 1 that flies as well as other planes that bring the blasted contingent of support people along. Plus when travelling to a destination, whether domestic or overseas, there is a group that goes out first to secure everything. So....how much of our money has Mr. Obama spent on total travel this past year while we were in the soup line?

    Sincerely,
    Ron Mowrey

    PS. I agree with you, Nancy Pelosi is a terrible woman and it is time the voters of California wake up and get rid of her. The rest of the country will be so elated when this happens.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  75. Ann from Charleston, SC

    No, my opinion hasn't changed. I still think he has a wonderfully analytical mind capable of solving problems and that he has the skills to bring people together. I think the leaders of the House and Senate are creating problems for the President. Don't get me started on Nancy and Harry!
    What do Buchanan and Krugman have to do with anything? All they do is talk and write.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  76. Bob

    No, the only thing I have found is what I knew already and that is that the other party will always say no to the one in office with no regard to the people of this country. The other party also has taken up the "commerical" approach. That is say it long enough and loud enough (they have the money for this) and people will beleive it. Don't think this works then I ask you why businesses spend billions on tv commericals. The fact that they are wrong just does not matter.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  77. Larraine

    Yes. I like him even better now. He's so incredibly cool and unflappable. I hope he works on a punching bag in private otherwise he's going to get ulcers.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  78. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Not at all !!!! What bush/cheney did to this country will probably take a couple of decades to correct. But the party of JUST SAY NO only wants to stay with the status quo , nothing for the working people but everything for the rich and the corporations. I'm only upset with President Obama because he hasn't walked on water , raised the dead , changed water into wine or sold his soul .

    January 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  79. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Considering what the alternative could have been, McCain/Palin, I thank God everyday we elected Obama. I've yet to hear anyone say, "gee, I wish McCain/Palin would have won."

    I still believe that President Obama will continue to bring the World together, will continue to press for the promises he made as long as we remember what we wished for and that was change, though we continue to fight that change; remain patient; and in the next election elect a Congress that has some guts and is accessible to change instead of ideology and greed.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  80. Abigail Nelson

    Mr. Cafferty–what a pleasant and refreshing view you have especially coming from CNN. Who could believe that the liberal cable network would have someone like you to be able to have an opinion. I believe that Obama has cooked his goose and his credibility has been denied. He has chosen fights that he could not win whether it be the obvious of the Olympics or MA. I m not as worried about his next election as I am Pelosi (from my home state but cannot cast my vote to get rid of her) or Harry Reid. I am a very proud white American woman and excited to be able to stand my ground for the conservatives of America.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  81. Bob Lamar

    My views of Obama have not changed. He campaigned on a platform of change. His constituents thought that he was there to help AMerica, but I had a strong view that he was just aching to get the chance to socialize this country and sell us out. He's doing a fine job of it. That is selling us out.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  82. Mary, Monroe, LA

    Yes: I did not expect lobbyists in his cabinet; gurus from Wall Street , shaping his economic policy; closed-door sessions with big business fat cats; secret meetings with union leaders and insurance companies; or, Congress taking the lead on his health care reform bill. I am very disappointed that he refuses to release his Visitor's Log for public viewing, did not close GITMO in January or deliver a health care bill in August 09, as well. BUT, I am MORE disappointed with Harry's and Nancy's leadership in Congress than I am with President Obama. The Dems have a super majority in both houses yet the minority rules. GO FIGURE!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  83. Larry, Ohio

    No,Jack,my views of President Obama have not changed during his first years in office.I knew from the beginning that Barack Obama was just another politician with a velvet voice and lots of charisma.Take away the charisma and you have the reincarnation of Jimmy Carter!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  84. Maria from Minnesota

    It certainly has changed. I was a huge fan but I've realized he's outstanding at talking the talk and pathetic at walking the walk. An empty suit.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  85. Joe Liguori

    I will say that, post election, I vowed to give President Obama a fighting chance, though I did not vote for him. He got off to a pretty good start and i was somewhat optimistic, hoping that the machine that created him would keep him in check. Helloooooo. I have now come to realize that the machine that created him was the problem. With their near stranglehold on the legislature, the Democrats set out to film an episode of "Pols gone Wild", with a rabid and out of touch healthcare jihad, and Nancy Pelosi's Danish Boondoggle, the Dems came crashing back to Earth losing the Bluest seat in the Senate. My view of Obama has changed, as I now feel sorry for him. I do believe that he was sincere in his quest for change, yet, at the end of the day, and as a result of being the dangling end of Democratic machinations, the only change emanating from the White House will be the Change of Address forms one of Michelle Obama's 60 aides fills out and submits to the Washington D.C. Post Office.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  86. Marc

    Absolutely! He promised everything under the sky and has yet to deliver on any of his promises. He promised change, but Washington is as bad as ever. He spends too much time talking and not enough time actually trying to get things accomplished. He is unable to listen to the American people and look for common sense solutions that apply to the real problems and real situations. I have honestly come to expect nothing of him for the next 3 years, much like congress. Lou Dobbs for 2012!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  87. ken, nj

    Yes my views of obama have changed after one year. He has proven beyond any doubt that he only cares about wall street and K street (lobbyists) and not main street. He is called a socialist liberal but he has increased defense spending, expanded the war in aghanistan, wants to reappoint benancke who gave 23 trillion in 0% fed loans to banks and wall street who have made billions in profits and bonuses. He denied he ever wanted a public option for health care and convinced 30 democrats to vote down an amendment which would have reduced drug costs by 100%-200% for consumers. No cia prosecutions for torture, and no prosecutions for wall street execs. All talk no action for main street, In summary a big disappointment. I give him an F grade.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  88. Don from Belleville, Ontario

    Last year I thought he was a great and inspiring orator. Now I realize he is just a skillful reader of his now famous dual teleprompters.
    Where once I thought he was for the average American, now I feel he is just one of the rich old boys after all.
    Last year he gave me hope for America and the world. Now he just oozes rhetoric and has become next to useless.
    WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  89. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    No they have not, and I am a white middle class voter. I voted for Obama, and with that vote I agreed to give him 4 years to do the job, and do it to the best of his ability, which is much better than it would have been with McCain, I think. My concerns are not with bipartisanship or even transparency, they are with healthcare, and the economy. It will take more than a year to clean up the mess that was left by his predecessor. I don't intend to bury the man because the republicans have won three elections. I still have hope Jack, and so should you.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  90. The Broker.

    "No I still don't like thje way he does business. Don't trust him at-all.
    But it's a beautiful Sunny day out there, so I don't really Care"

    January 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  91. Ken Berwitz

    My views of Obama are essentially the same. But I did not expect US citizens to become negative to him this fast.

    In my 63 years, the only more intense case of presidential buyer's remorse I recall was for jimmy carter. And we all know what happened when he ran for re-election.

    It is, of course, possible for President Obama to turn this around. But, frankly, it will require more humility than I think he can muster.

    I doubt that Mr. Obama's ego will allow him to essentially "admit defeat" and change course.

    Ken Berwitz
    New Jersey

    January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  92. Joseph

    Jack,

    My views of President Obama have changed in the last year... he is doing a better job than I thought he would. I think the voting public needs to grow up and stop looking for instant gratification like some small child. These are very serious and complicated problems and will take quite awhile to solve. We can kick, and scream, and change parties all we want, but the problems won' t go away...let's give the man eight years (like we gave President Bush), and then make an evaluation.

    Best,

    Joseph
    Brooklyn, NY

    January 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  93. David Mashaw

    Jack, I watched parts of the Obama speech/presentation in Ohio today. I was amazed at how poorly he did. He seems to have lost his confidence/mojo. Do you agree? I could not believe I was watching the same guy who normally gives such a moving speech, and it made me think of Bush on a poor day.
    The Massachusetts results hurt him that bad psychologically? I wonder!
    I think he realizes now that he has a great chance to be a one termer.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  94. Kevin,fl

    No sadly they have only Deteriorated, I dont much care for Republicans , but Id rather have a bit higher cost etc. Than support the Third World on my dime , and sacrifice my Constitutional Freedom at the same time. Even the Middle Road Dems are starting to sink his Policies ....................what does that tell you?

    January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  95. Kevin,fl

    WAYYYYY to far Left.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  96. Tommy Goodwin

    JACK
    My opinion of Obama has NOT changed from the primarys. I did NOT BUY his B/S then and I still don't buy it TODAY. HOWEVER, what has caused you to do a FLIP-FLOP on Obama??? I am glad to see that you have finally opened your eyes to his LIES. NOW work on that birth certificate issue, maybe Judge David Carter will settle the issue on the 26th of this month in Santa Ana, CA. I am glad that finally somebody has forced Obama's to come clean and provide documents that all Americans want to see. I'll sent you some tissues Jack, your gonna need them.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  97. kk

    No-my views have not changed. I see him as really trying hard to get things accomplished but there is so much negativity and complaining and whining it is sickening. Until the people that are in the way move out of the way-nothing will get accomplished. Another 4 years wasted. Until you lose your job and have no health insurance and don't know if your unemployment check is going to be extended-you really have no clue. People have been working for years and now are out of work with nothing. Why is Obama-one man expected to solve everything

    January 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  98. Albert K., Los Angeles

    Jack, for Obama to win back respect of the white voters he needs to begin a National dialogue on race relations and begin it by saying a white man plus a police uniform does not equal a racist cop and that being a tired black Harvard professor does not excuse you from obeying police when they need you to step outside your home to be sure you are safe from anyone else inside. That beer party was just lipstick on a pig.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  99. Sam Tighiouart - Altamonte Springs Florida

    Yes Jack my opinion of him has changed and not for the better. I hold firm that he has tucked his tail and scampered off when confronted with any resistance. He has failed to lead us. He has, until yesterday, catered to Wall Street. He has not pushed for the accountability or transparency that he promised. So for me, it is not a racial issue but rather one of performance, or in this case, lack there of. He has taken more vacations in a year than most Americans have seen in five years. So the notion that he was not "one of them" and that "he was an outsider" was pure rhetoric and has changed my opinion of him 180 degrees.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  100. Ken from Maryland

    The views of this white voter have improved. I voted for him, but wasn't sure how well he'd be able to handle the job. I only knew I didn't want McCain/Palin. But in the past year he's shown that he keeps his cool under pressure, consults smart people when he needs more information, and is willing to tell it like it is. Now if only he can wrangle the Democrats in Congress and get them to use their huge majorities to get something accomplished...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  101. Mark

    Yes, it's obvious we elected a clueless, well-spoken Chicago politician who doesn't even have enough sense to turn down a Nobel Peace Prize which he absolutely KNEW he did not earn! Face it, we elected a slick politician who couldn't run a lemonade stand, let alone a superpower like the USA.

    Mark
    Oklahoma City, OK

    January 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  102. Becky

    He has proven himself to be unready and ill prepared. He has assembed a juvenile group of yes men who will advise him into being a one term president. He has a poor understanding of foreign policy and a poorer understanding of the fabric of America. He does not uderstand economics and the strength of the free market. We did not elect an emperor and someone needs to get that message to him. If he apologizes to the world one more time I will throw up. He has failed and continues to fail.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  103. Denis Duffy

    I had little hope for Obama, who I did not vote for. At this point, I have even less. I was willing to be shown wrong in my expectations for the first half-white president. Sadly he has let us all down.

    Denis Pittsburgh, Pa.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  104. Chris - Ottawa, Canada

    My views have turned negative. Obama was elected to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and end corruption. He's done none of those. The world thought they were getting "change," instead they received George Bush's 3rd term

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  105. Arlene, Illinois

    My question to you Jack, would you like to go back to the
    Good Old Bush years?
    Guess you forgot we still lost over 4000 soldiers in a God
    forsaken war.
    Give me a break on these so called " Pundits"

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  106. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Not really. He wasn't the guy for the job. Him being in the job fulfilled a dream that he and many Afro-Americans have had for eons. He was too inexperienced and thought he could do whatever HE wanted to do. The people elected him to institute change and he didn't. He's going to be out the door in 2012. We need someone with practical experience running something other than a campaign.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  107. bob frompa

    he is not for the citizens but for controll of the people

    January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  108. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Sorry to say that I fell for everything he promised when he was running. It is time that he stops blaming the Bush administration for everything that is going wrong. He has proven to me that he is inept as a leader and not up to any challenge. Unfortunately I believe he will only be a one term President.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  109. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I will make the same statement AGAIN that I have sent to your blog (and your staff ignores) since this last summer when the healthcare "debate" really got out of hand and President Obama didn't FIGHT for his own bill.....

    "My wife and I thought we were voting for a 21st century version of Franklin D Roosevelt and we got a re-run of Jimmy Carter instead"

    and btw, Jack, I hear this same sentiment from fellow Democrates here in Las Vegas, Nevada. most, like myself and esp the wife, wish we had voted for Hillary.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  110. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I did not vote for him and will not vote for him in the next election. I was not upset when President Obama won the election as I thought that he just might be able to lead this country to do better and greater things, I thought he had the potential to be a great leader. My opinion has changed, he is an orator and an excellent politician but the leadership skills are definitely not there. He reminds me of JImmy Carter, a great guy, someone you'd like to hang out with but not a leader.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  111. Tony rom Southport

    No, I didn't vote for him. I didn't trust him. I still don't trust him. Every move he makes, every word he says is in "campaign mode." He is power hungry, and America is suffering because of him.

    Just look at what Obama did after the victory in Massachusetts. He attacks big banks and the stock market takes a major hit. He is either the smartest villan ever to occupy the White House, or a complete fool.

    We can only pray that he is a one term president.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  112. Disgrunted Democrat

    Don't get me wrong Jack. I voted for President Obama, but it seems
    that since he took the white house he backed off as the fighter he
    showed himself to be in the campaign. He should have given a weekly fire and brimstone speech and followed up with swift action for the
    people who elected him.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  113. Albert K., Los Angeles

    Yeah Jack, Obama lost his gloss in Cambrdge. To win back respect of the white voters he needs to begin a dialogue on race relations and begin it by saying a white man plus a police uniform does not mean a racist cop and that being a tired black Harvard professor does not excuse you from obeying police when they need you to step outside your house to be sure you are safe from anyone else inside .That beer summit only put lipstick on a pig.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  114. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, I'm a bit disappointed. He took office and had to concentrate on keeping this country out of a depression, I understand that. I also understand that he spent a lot of his political capitol doing so, but I'm worried that he's going to pull a Bill Clinton on us and lean to the side of corporate America, sacrificing the American public for the sake of his legacy and not fight for the strong regulation that needs to be put in place to make capitalism work for all Americans.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  115. Tom in Abilene Tx.

    Although I voted for our President and still support him, I now realize he is not an LBJ (forget Vietnam for a second and remember Medicare and the Voting Rights Act) type pol who has that wheeler-dealer instinct to get things accomplished.He is no give-'em- hell Harry either. His cool, lawyerly, intellectual way of remaining above the fray and thinking issues to death could result in his becoming a one-term president. He simply must learn to take on the GOP machine asap.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  116. Hugh Carpenter ~ Tracy, California

    Dear Jack,

    Not at all; President Obama inherited the financial crisis and two wars, and many would like those two positions and the health care debate the cause of his undoing. The ultra left-wingers cry foul for his support of the war in Afganistan, the far-right seem to denounce EVERTHING our president does. The moderates and independents should be careful not to unravel the common goals that most Americans want - a revitalized economy and jobs, but unless the current political patterns change, working together across party lines appears like a forgotten dream. Unless we as a nation start working together toward common goals in the next few years, I think President Obama will not be president for a second term. Party loyalties demand the hard line, so the wrangling will continue, the country will continue to stalemate, and we will all be worst off for it. Too bad, the future could be so much different. "The past is over, what we do in the present shapes our future." You can quote me.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  117. Luci - Illinois

    Yes, I like our President even better. He is a very caring guy and doing his best to get the country out of the huge mess from the eight years of the last administration. I am a 70 year old white voter and would vote for Obama again. He needs the Media to build him up like they do Mccain, Graham, Inman, and the like. It would help so much. He is working very hard on health care with no help from the party of NO.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  118. Golli Gee

    He's too easy to be hoodwinked and rolled over by the Republicans,
    Jack.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  119. Jim in Alabama

    Yes Jack. I've been sorely disappointed in his lack of backbone in dealing with the crucial issues such as health care and helping main street America. He seems to have caved in to the Republicans and big lobbyists on the issue of health care and the major drug companies and pharma companies. He's spent too much time trying for bipartsianship with the Republicans when t hey never had any i ntention of cooperating on anything. He now has to get a pair and forge ahead with his eyes on the American people rather than the Republicans.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  120. Brad Portland Oregon

    My view of the president is exactly the same as it was when I voted for him. "Promising". How can you expect a president, let alone the first black president, with much opposition based on that alone, to fix all the flaws in our tainted government that has had eight long years to spoil? In one year. It appears that the presidents opposition is growing and the fair weather voters are not satisfied. I think the public can't wait to see this president fail. This could be that the media has been nit picking his every move. You media guys know exactly what your doing. You are completely aware that the american people (especially the elderly) live and die by every word you utter. The media picks and chooses each piece of news that it will broadcast. Whether the media believes it or not the individual(s) that decide what will make it or not to the broadcast is letting his/her own opinion help that process, thus not rendering a correct account. Don't get me wrong. The media does stick to the truth, however it may leave a segment of the story out or report it before the story has fully developed to make one believe that they have the whole story when they don't . The viewer is left to fill in the blanks with other sources of news for themselves or the viewer subsequently believes the whole story has been told. CNN, I have found, is the one to watch as they, in the words of Paul Harvey provide, " the rest of the story"

    January 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  121. Kathy Phillips

    The thing is, my opinion of the President hasn't changed. Have you ever felt so strongly about someone & at the same time you were also truly praying that you were wrong? I feel that this Nation is in quicksand & chances of rescue get smaller every day.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  122. Overby from Melbourne

    For the first time ever, I voted Democratic for Obama, because of two reasons: We do need change and I figured anybody would be better than having Palin in the picture. Well, the change we got was from bad to worse, and as far as Palin goes...well, I was at least half right, as bad shape as the country is headed under Obama, anybody would be better than her in the picture.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  123. Rick in Atlanta

    He promised so much that he couldn't deliver, it was as if he were running for king instead of President. We don't give a President that much power to do all he promised. As a past Senator, he knew he was selling voter candy. His mouth wrote checks his rear end could never cash. He's what I expected – a liar.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  124. Peggy Texeira

    I am an american born and raised in hawaii, 59 years old , my first favorite president was John F Kennedy, in his brief life he made big changes for the good of the american people, his brother Bobby would have been even better if he had not died too, they were always for the people who really needed help not the people with money and big companies,like oil, Banks, insurance ect. Poor Edward Kennedy who fought heart and soul for health insurance for millions of people who cant afford it or are turned away, his beloved state shot his america n dream down, how very sad... Pesident Obama is my second favorite President because I really believe he is doing an awesome job ,with all that is on his plate, 2 wars ,bad economy and vicious critics and attacks that I have never witness before in my life. God Bless the president of the united state.........

    January 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  125. Ed from California

    In spite of the Republicans, he's doing a great job. It's too bad he has no backing from the majority of the Democrats. It looks like the Democrats, the touchy-feely party, doesn't want to hurt feelings. You can't lead by consensus. You have to lead with an iron (Republican type) fist. The Republicans are the minority. And they rule like their the majority. And, it's Nancy's and Harry's fault. Their just too nice. And in life nice people finish last. Cowboy-up Nancy and Harry and lead this country back from the brink. Get the bills passed! Get all the regulations back in place! Get our jobs back from communist China!!And yes, we are still in the brink of disaster. Sorry I yelled.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  126. Susan Frost

    Despite being frustrated by President Obama's fruitless attempts to kiss up to his political enemies, thereby abandoning the progressive base that elected him, I am still mindful that we are way better off with him governing slightly right of center than we would have been with the ultra right wing Senile-Dementia ticket that was the alternative. T

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  127. Alex in Seattle

    I had higher hopes for change when he was elected. I support the things he has tried to do. Now I am just happy no evil is being done in my name.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  128. Philly/PA

    For me, my view of Obama's first year has not changed. I did not vote for him. The main reason was that Obama totally and completely lacked ANY experience for the job of president.

    I am surrounded by a group of middle class friends who have not only college degrees but many hold MS or a Phd. During the past year, I was considered not having sufficient knowledge about the political scene and found that to discuss my point of view was not well received. Consequently, I simple avoided talking about politics. Not having a degree put me in the position of having ONLY COMMON SENSE to support my opinions.

    Presently, I do not gloat. I simply enjoy seeing how my intellectual friends no longer discuss politics.

    The only reason that I have so many intellectual friends, is because during my work history I hired most of them. (I was a self-employed person.)

    PS: As a non college person I was successful by using old fashion "common sense"

    Phyllis/PA

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  129. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Obama made a lot of promises and convinced us he was going to be a new kind of president. One year later and many of us are feeling like we were had, yet again by a smooth talker telling us what we wanted to hear. Only this time, it's not business as usual, it's business at it's worst in Washington. The promises weren't just broken, they appear to have been flat out lies.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  130. Jim from Chicago

    President Obama has slipped into his laid-back professorial role, instead of being the fighter he was on the campaign trail. Citizens are eager to be led actively into change we can believe in, not passively givng in to Tea Baggers and corporations. Obama needs more of "Yes, we can," and less of "What do you think, Joe Lieberman?"

    January 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Michael Ward

    He is exactly what I expected. He is underexperienced in national politics and has been taught a hard lesson in his first year. People voted for a smooth talking person who was not Republican because they wanted change from GWB. They got that plus a lot of deficit spending and bailouts for companies, and not much in return they can see at home other than higher future taxes. I am not saying he is a failure, but his priorities have been not in step with what most americans see as helping. If he continues to do so badly he will be a one term wonder.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  132. gregory woolley Miami Beach, Fl.

    It's my views on those that have opposed him at every turn which have changed and soured. Partisan passions are running deeper than ever in time of great doubt about where America is headed, and how we're going to get there. Why are we measuring Obama's success when we should be looking at our own failures.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  133. JJ - Texas

    He was a mistake... A man who can not control his own party, with a majority in both houses – for good or for evil – can not control a nation like ours...

    January 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  134. Rick McDaniel

    Not much. I thought he was "Hollywood", mostly rhetoric, and entirely too interested in entitlement programs, all along.

    Too much fluff, and not enough substance.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  135. Jimmy from Houston, TX

    Yes, though I didn't vote for him, I had high hopes that he would deliver on his campaign promises and trusted him to be a president for all Americans. We knew he lacked the experience to be president, but yet we were convinced he was smart enough to handle the job. Reality has set in and we are realizing his words are empty. Perhaps it would help Obama if he were to take a few business classes.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Joe Zeh

    Yes. I donated and worked for his campaign and obviously voted for him. I expected more openness, attention to Main Street America's issues, specifically jobs, home mortgages and health care. I expected more bipartisanship.

    We got attention on health care, but with poor execution and leadership from President Obama. The current bill is built too much on spending and special deals and not enough on cost reduction. We got little or no focus on the rest. And we certainly did not get openness.

    I am a disappointed independent who voted for Scott Brown just to send a message.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  137. Tom Bulger

    I'm as white as Mitt Romney's belly button and I love the president. I have never been prouder to be an American.

    Krugman is a genius, but Einstein said, "We are all ignorant; it is simply a question of which categories." Krugman might not be a genius in the political realm.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  138. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Yes. I am not sure he is flexible enough on tax policy to avoid a debt catastrophe. I also fear he is not bold enough on health care. I would have also done the Chrysler reconstruction differently by giving more control to the workers. Finally, I am getting tired of the faux participation evident in his Internet outreach – he seems to be more of the same.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  139. Chandra - Las Vegas, CA

    No, I didn't vote for him and I didn't expect much out of him. His glorious speeches did not support the facts. Obama was a liberal junior senator who voted present, we knew he lacked the experience needed to run the country. With no business experience or understanding how can we possibly expect him to create jobs?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  140. Bill from Michigan

    I think a lot of our expectations were a little overly optimistic and we voters had a little bit of the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington sydrome thinking that we could send in our bright eyed and motivationally driven man to get things done and change Washington over night. Now the reality is setting in that Washington is an inflexable behemoth where the objective is to argue incessantly and accomplish nothing.

    So in answer to your querstion, my views on Obama haven't changed much, but my optimism about what he will be able to accomplish sure has diminished.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  141. ed in ri

    You bet they have Jack. My feelings about all of Obamas "change" ideologies, crashed and burned with his first presidential appointment
    of Rahm Emanuel. He has continued this distorted agenda ever since; and is now surrounded by a hyper-influential staff, that has their own agenda.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  142. Sue in Los Angeles, CA

    Not really, but many people got caught up in the hype. Obamas words never matched his resume. Next time we will count on the media to do their job and expose and report on all the facts of a candidate. I am positive if Obama had gotten even half the scrutiny given to the GOP VP candidate.........Hillary would be our president today.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  143. Allan Hanson Placerville,Ca

    Why is Obama expected to clean up the mess that Bush and his cronies created in 8 years and the Republicans have for twice that and are now precluding anything getting done now. It will take more than 1 year.
    Quit electing more obstrutionists if you want anything done

    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  144. Mason

    I think ththe President is doing the best he can with what he was left with. He has moved where others have procrastinated. hopefully we will come out of this healthcare reform with at least a few must haves and then finish it later in the term. The Supreme court just made the worst decision in history of that body and all the working folks will suffer for it. I hope that the President and the congress can get that reversed or at least delayed until after the next election

    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  145. Seby

    It didn't change my mind. He is still working hard to clean the mess. He has to be a bit more aggressive.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  146. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    No, Jack, I still believe he is a brilliant, sincere and capable man and president. What has changed is my view of Congress! We gave the Democrats the majority as of January 2007, and they have squandered it! Specifically, the Blue-dogs who are Republicans in disguise.

    I say let's not elect a single incumbent, throw both Democrats & Republican incumbents out! Are you with me, America???????

    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  147. Vivien from NY

    Besides getting more gray hair not really. Look Hillary Clinton couldn't get health care reform either. He is president under the most difficult times and people are reluctant to change. They might vote for the idea of change but reality is they are afraid of it. He tried to be bi -partisan the republicans do not want to be – lesson learned. Easy to play Monday morning quarterback now.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  148. steve- virginia beach

    I've gone from not trusting him to being convinced that he's the worst President in our history. Candidate Obama's smooth talk while dodging the vetting process made it obvious that he was hiding something- that he was either unqualified or was hiding his intentions. And was probably a radical socialist. Since becoming President, he's confirmed all of the above to be true in addition to showing himself to be deceptive and a serial liar. And he's driving OUR country into the ground with unsustainable policies and social programs to the point that I question whether he has a chip on his shoulder toward the USA. I question whether the country I grew up in can be restored after 4 years of the Obmination.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  149. Ken M, Millington MI.

    Hello Jack. My views haven't changed but my concerns have grown on whether or not he'll be able to effectively course change. He has made several key mistakes in the 1st year 1) The democrats and his administration lost the message war during the summer over health care. 2) He underestimated how unpopular the speaker of the house and the senate majority leaders are.3) He had to send 30 thousand more troops to Afghanistan which was in chaos and necessary, but not popular. And finally His economic team of gietner and summers fumbled the Wall street / bank crisis. But maybe now he can regroup and work to salvage his message and the direction he wants to lead.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  150. mary

    Definitely–I am soooo disappointed–thought G.W. Bush was bad enough–Obama is proving to be just as disappointing

    January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  151. Gigi Oregon

    My views have change I did not vote for Pres. Obama. I'm a white, older female. I wanted experience and was upset with my party for backing him against now Sec. Clinton who had experience and was older. But today inspite of the negative press in the still quietness of my mind. I know that the U. S. is in real trouble. If you/we are not going change you/we become the problem. Haste makes waste, mistakes and cover ups. So I/we need to learn to apply patience. I will support Pres. Obama all the way. I know he did not create the problems. It has taken a decade to build, it can't be corrected in a year or even four. We can change if we reason with common sense

    I'll be listening to common sense. Not half truths or headlines.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  152. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    Definitely......As a soldier and citizen I don't think the President stands up for the common man, but lets the Mitch McConnell's and Eric Cantors of the world destroy his agenda, piece by piece. I really thought the President was going to fight against the robber barons and corporatism, but he has instead cowed from taking them head on. And with yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, now the field is even more tilted against we the people.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  153. john .......... marlton, nj

    No, just confirmed them..... Everytime I see him go to a podium I envision him resigning ... Have a nice day

    January 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  154. Liz Mezger

    President Obama's efforts to limit the discretion and abuse by healthcare insurance companies and Medicare cost reform is like a major warning of another impending tsunami on the way. The public and Republican outbursts are a pathetic reminder of how limited the general public is when they have suffered already in the economic downturn. Wake up folks!!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  155. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    A year is not enough for him to prove himself. At the end of his presidency, then you can have your views and make the proper judgments!.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  156. Jerry in Alaska

    NO! I knew that he was up to no GOOD & didn't know math, when he claimed to be Black, due to his 25% African blood minority and TOTALLY forgetting his 25% Arab & 50%, THATS 50% White blood Majority. He is a good talker though, with out ANY substance. His/Their Dream of ruining america is still right on track, as we see by the stock market reaction after his rants against financial institutions. I give him an A+.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  157. George, Montrose,PA

    Jack, my opinion of Obama hasn't changed at all. If anything I have more respect for him than ever. He has had an uphill battle since day one yet has always came off cool, calm, and collective. He represents our nation as a gentleman, delivering our beliefs while not leaving those of others behind. He makes me proud. I do, however, have a problem with our wishy-washy no gut democratic congress, and even a bigger problem with the poor sport losers on the other side of the isle with the swept under the carpet race card mentality that fights him tooth and nail on everything no matter what. Perhaps the President is getting a little anxious to get something major accomplished in his short time in office, but I believe he should be given the chance that he has rightfully earned.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  158. Bud Rupert, Reston, VA

    I like this guy aand still hope he ends up as a great president Jack .

    My disappointment in his inability to move the ball over the goal speaks more to his youthful naivete then anything else. Thinking that he could swoop into the White House and use his charm to inact big legislation was a mistake.

    Getting by the hired guns of big business and the idealogs on the hill means hard ball and a certain ruthlessness that I don't think Barak has in him. But he's a first class human being nonetheless and he shouldn't trade that for a health care bill or anyhting else.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  159. Bill in Kansas City

    I still see in Obama the guy I elected. What angers me is the knee-jerk opposition. Those people are much worse than I thought they were a year ago. How can Obama be expected do his job with road blocks at every turn?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  160. Marlow Burrell

    I views about President Obama have certainly not changed abit since he took office in 2009, but some things concern me. By far, he is doing the best he can with what he has, but I strongly don't think he should waste time on idiotic issues such as.... "the VMA-Kanye/Taylor Swift non-sense". As a president, especially in these critical times, one must not render himself to foolish ridicule, go beyond the call of duty and do what they expect you NOT to do... "Fly Above".

    January 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  161. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, not really. I thought he was full of air when I voted for him. I'm just disappointed that he hasn't run out of air. I watched him today in Ohio, and I still don't think he get's what we're going through. But then, he can afford to hop on Air Force One and go to Hawaii at a cost to the tax payers of $50,000.00 an hour to have that thing fly. Now from D.C. to Hawaii, how many hours is that? Round trip a couple million dollars. How many times has he gone there? 2 times? Plus all the trips to Europe for not. So Jack you can see where my disconnect is. That sort of thing takes all the enjoyment out of my "staycation", and makes me irritated as hell!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  162. Steve - Chula Vista, CA

    Yes, Instead of getting the president who promised to work for all Americans, we got a Campaigner in Chief for the Democrats.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  163. Donald Ainsworth

    I think the largest problem is President Obama inherited too many problems from Bush! He has to work with a Congress that is clearly paid for by Big business & Insurance Co.'s, both parties! The Republicans are sitting on their hands with their fingers where they don't belong! I think that after the 2010 elections in Nov. both parties might see who the people are disappointed in! Don from Ohio

    January 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  164. Liz Mezger

    Does our Constitution actually say that corporations are people with inalienable rights? Are groups considered "a single person" and does that group all have the same vote? I think it says that "all men are created equal" NOT all corporations or unions. Money inequality does not provide a fair objective view of issues or allow for balanced representation of issues. If this decision holds we will no longer be a democracy but another dictatorship by corporate america.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  165. Thomas Macchione

    Frankly my views of Obama haven't changed! Being from Illinois and a critic of Chicago politics I knew what the country had elected. His inexperience, not only in business and politics, should have been the "red flag. The fact that he was from academia was only worse. In college in 1976 I predicted when we graduated there would be no jobs because Jimmy Carter would trash the country, I was dead right. I saw the same incompetence in Obama and was dead right. I think the country realized they made a mistake and Sen Brown's election only proved it. It was a blessing that we had this special election to put the brakes on this runaway Democratic train.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  166. Diane - Post Falls, ID

    The one thing that raised my hopes for a change was the fact that when he was a candidate he focused on the needs of the middle class which I am a long time member of – we are the class that sent in the small checks from all over the United States that helped him so many ways – including the election. Needless to say, the middle class has been totally left out again, back to saving the rich and making all of the middle class struggle a little more, if not a lot more. Am thinking he needs to find a way to give this economy a shot in the arm to get the average worker a fighting chance once again to make a living and hold their heads up high. Being on the edge of financial doom does not make for a happy nation of people – boils down to his first year as a 85% failure.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  167. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    I knew that if Barack Obama was elected president, he would do the following: Blame the Bush Administration for our problems, tax the rich to pay for health care reform, and close GITMO. Here we are one year later and so far I'm right.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  168. bgaleles Port Ludlow, WA

    Unfortunately Jack most Americans are children. They want it now, no waiting, no struggling, fix it now, give it to me now. It took the Bush administration 8 years to get us in the mess we are in. Large corporations shipping jobs overseas, no banking oversight. Expecting Obama (or any President for that matter) to correct the situation in one year is ridiculous beyong belief. Rest assured Mr. Brown's victory will not enable him to achieve anything in Congress. As a junior senator he will tow the party line or be out in 2 years.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  169. Darren

    He gave a great speech today but we need to see more in the line of actions. Then again, it's only his first year in and look at everything that was on his plate after us invading two Middle Eastern nations, reverting back to using torture, and sunk knee-deep in the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  170. Craig Cochran

    My view of Obama and the Democrats when they took control of government was that Obama was an articulate, intelligent man who lacked experience and had an idealology inconsistent with that of most Americans. My view was that Democrats would over reach, as they have but I hoped that what they were able to implement would not take us too far down the road before they lost control. I only hope we can get back on track after Brown's election and the 2010 elections!

    I truly felt that Americans might like him but find his policies too liberal – although I hoped that he might really implement some changes in how government operated. I was moderately surprised when I saw how liberal his actions were when compared to his promises!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  171. Vickie

    I knew he'd be a moderate and he is but I was a little disappointed in how far he's gone to get Republican support when they are so clearly opposing everything for opposition's sake alone. My bigger disappointment is with the Dems in Congress, who really should put more money in stem cell research – its the only shot they have of growing a spine.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  172. Cindy - St. George, UT

    Obama told us to judge him by the people he surrounds himself with. Given that, we are in big trouble for the next 3 years. A cabinet full of tax evaders and radicals.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  173. Homeless D in Atlanta

    No, my view of our President have not changed. He is still the one I would vote for.

    However, my views of the members of Congress, both the stubborn Republicans who want to stop ANY constructive changes in ANYTHING, and the do-nothing Democrats, who all have their heads up their butts and are equally reluctant to do a darn thing, has crystallized!

    They ALL need to go home, and we need new people who have our COUNTRY ar heart, not their own stupid self-serving interests.

    It is precisely this kind of idiot government activity 9or lack thereof) that has precipitated revolutions, against bad rulers and against bad government!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  174. aristocratic anarchist

    what? a drinking and thinking and smoking president who attempts to fraction the country becuz his constituents think we need to slow down progress so the malt liquor ,crack culture can play : catchup" or worse "come up"... i mean the black radical congress has been playing the worse kind of racist poltricks ever seen.. and yet the one thing that suffers is the trade policy that empowers the 3rd world and undermines our currency.....all his cheap alcohol caused short term memory loss on how to solve problems that now are being added to ..look at the banks thumbing noses cuz the lawyer president got played and now can complain till the cows come home.. until you purge the congress of financial deregulation that allowed monopolized speculations currently givning tax breaks to bonuses to same ol same ol who imbibed on the causes of present depression..

    January 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  175. Larry Sandahl

    Jack,
    I didn't vote for Barak Obama and now I know why. He still sounds like his is giving campaign speaches. He has a lot of words but says nothing. His campaign was built on the idea that he was going to make changes to the way Washington works and what our tax paid representatives do for us. I cannot see that there is anything new in the capital other than the Democrats being incharge and controlling the congress. President Obama's words about the Haiti disaster were strong in the beginning but the aid and reaction from our government was still very slow compared to the needs of the people. Everyday we hear how difficult it is to move supplies from the airport to the city center. We know it is difficult but we need people there to solve the problems and not keep complaining about them. We need people in Washington that actually understand what the American people need and want. Our leadership there seems to be very disconnected from the real world.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  176. Connie, Chicago, IL

    I am more impressed with Mr. Obama today than a year ago. I beg to differ with Mr. Krugman. While Mr. Krugman's doubts may have been realized, he is undoubtedly a loser, one of the McCain voters. Mr. Obama has done a yeooman's task in 12 months – from cleaning up Bush & Cheney's garbage to all the stupid & racist noise from the right wing haters, including Pat Buchanan, who recently stated that " America needs a white man running the country." Buchanan included, these are people who will never accept a bi-racial president, let alone a black one, . Now voters have to deal with the recent purchase of the Supreme Court by special interests groups with a ruling that will give them legal standing to force their candidates and their views on the voting public vis-a-vis George Bush "stealing the Presidency in 2000. The "Tea Baggers, Pat Buchanan, Low Life Limbaugh, Scarborough, and the rest of the conservative right are praying that Mr. Obama will lose any chance for re-election in 2012.

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    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  177. Dan - Eustis, florida

    No, I still believe he is the right person for this time in our history. He
    can,t do anything about the worthless Congress and Senate. Only the
    voters can remove the money grubbers who disguise them selves as
    our elected officials. Hopefully there are enough lucid voters to elect
    the right people. We must rid our selves of Pelosi, Boehner, Canter,
    Harry Reed, John Ensign and the head crap head Chuck " snake in the"
    Grassely. Only then will the President have a chance of making positive
    change.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  178. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, my views really haven't changed, except to get stronger. I believed from the beginning that he was a naive, inexperienced, ultra-liberal, tax & spend, big government progressive that would hurt the country. So how is the promised "change" working for you? Answer, it's not! D.C. and Congress haven't changed one tiny bit, and the President doesn't seem to be able to lead them into change. See the reasons above. Maybe we'll be luckier next time.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  179. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    Just the opposite, the president has a right to be disappointed in his fellow citizens. We seem unable or unwilling to grasp the need for hard work and sacrifice to get the country moving in the right direction again.

    EJM Granville Ohio

    January 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  180. joe m

    i have to admit that it has. as an independent i genuinely hoped that the president actually represented change. instead no sooner had he completed his oath of office that the dream started to turn into the reality of 'more of the same'. president obama started to pull back from several of his promises such as not having lobbyist be part of his staff, not signing bills with earmarks, bringing people to the table, and of course the most blatant of all, inviting CSPAN to broadcast the healthcare negotiations. with each passing day, week, and month, it became more and more apparent that the only real change was the face of the guy in the white house playing the same old politics as usual. don't get me wrong, i still have hope for change, but like others i'm realizing that it is the american people who are the true agents of change.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  181. Barbara in NC

    Nope – he's as steady as a rock. Always thinks before he acts and I thinl he's taking the blame for a lot of citizen's impatience. They seem to want an 8 year mess cleaned up in less than a year, AND get everone (personally) a job at the highest rate of pay.

    It doesn't work that way. There's a conservative living near me that says he won't even seriously look for a job as long as unemployment pays for him to do nothing. I know that's the exception, but it happns.

    Stop bad-mouthing my President and DO SOMETHING instead of complaining.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  182. Ken in NC

    I am still a supporter of President Obama, however, my support has changed from active to passive. I have come to view him as one who “Delegates” rather than “Takes Charge”. He appears to be one that expects his wishes to be carried out by others rather than one that takes charges and guides his wishes through Congress. He has yet to understand that he must control the reigns of that out of control team of horses called Congress.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  183. Peggy Spokane,WA

    While the truth remains that Obama inherited a huge can of worms from the Bush/Cheyney debacle. There is a tarnish developing on the expectations that many of us had.
    Since he is such a great orator, it was easy to believe that there were shovel ready jobs, and green jobs all just around the corner. It seems that the corner is farther away than we were led to believe.
    It seemed that he had a definite goal for health care and would stand up for the public option, in order to cover all Americans with the care they need. It seems the goal was not that definite.
    It seemed as though he was quick on his feet and fleet of mind and would make decisions to move things forward, but he has turned out to be a deep thinker and decisions do not appear to come so quickly.
    There are still three years left, but now the senate majority has been squandered, and if he is still fired up and ready to go, then he needs to start lighting fires.
    So, for me, yes we can, is now more like, well, maybe we'll get some version of some things done!!! Yep, I am a bit disappointed!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  184. Jay1975

    Jack, he campaigned as a DC outsider and sounded more like a conservative than a bleeding heart liberal. Well, now we know what he is and the people won't be fooled again.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  185. K. Fox

    President Obama is the first honest politician I have seen in the United States in a long time. Unfortunately, his idealistic approach to politics in Washington will be his downfall. He has been too nice, too thoughtful and too patient. He needs to toughen up when it comes to dealing with the likes of McCain and Cheney and any other republicans who criticize his every move. They talk to hear the sound of their own voice, not to deal with important issues. President Obama needs to start listening to what Americans want the most, which is more jobs. My prediction for 2012 – Brown will be President.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  186. Linda in Arizona

    Oh my GOD! Have they EVer! I can't believe I ever voted for this WIMPY, LYING, INEFFECTUAL, DECEITFUL, COWARDLY, KISSA** LOSER!! I would NEVER do it again. I'll vote for the Green Party, or whoever, but not for this piece of crap. NOT again. He's so BAD, I have become convinced he's a republican MOLE. What a complete JERK!!! Where did he COME from anyway? How did we ever get so completely conned? I'm stunned. In one short year, he has taken a healthy mandate, and turned it around completely. The stupid Democrats are DESTROYED. Oh, thank you so much, president rahmobama. LOSER!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  187. Brian Wells

    My views of the President have definately changed. Let's face it, the "Change we can believe in" sales pitch that catapulted him into office was embraced by an electorate that was tired of seeing Bush spend like a drunken sailor and fight a long, costly, and unpopular war. So when a presumed "fiscal savior" came to office and instantly began spending money like a whole ship full of drunken sailors, alot of folks got more than a little angry.

    The economy stinks, the debt is throught the roof, and all we see is political bickering, pet projects, insider dealing and government failure........and another escalated foreign war. Enough!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  188. steve- virginia beach

    I thought Carter was the worst President in modern history then Bush proved me wrong. Then I thought that Bush was our worst President ever but it took Obama less than a year to prove me wrong.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  189. Mike in St. Louis

    Sadly this President has met many of the expectations I had for him. For the good of America I truly wished for more. His lack of leadership experience shows and his promises to build coalitions and consensus to really get things done has failed in all areas with the exception of his Iraq and Afghanistan policies (which are natural extensions of the previous administration).

    His policies have not turned the economy around or stemmed the tide of unemployment. While he feels good "going after the banks" my 401K melts away even faster. All he knows is how to throw taxpayer money at a problem and think it will go away rather using sound economic policy and economic fundamentals. His attitude is that of "Father Knows Best" and I'd like to remind him I already have one of which I'm very proud.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  190. Scott Stodden

    Jack Im a Liberal Democrat and I supported, campaigned and voted for Hillary Clinton all through the primary season of 2008 and my reason was quite simple that President Obama does not have the experience or the know how to handle the job of President of The United States. President Obama preached and told all his supporters and campaigned for change but change in my opinion is not happening fast enough in this country in only one year of him being President. So far we have seen him give in to lawmakers when it comes to health care by reneiging on a public option, he's been doing secret and private deals behind closed doors and he's been very leanent when it comes to terroism and foreign affairs. Oh how I wish Hillary was President today in 2010!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  191. mario ca

    One year I give him a-. Not bad with for a guy who got a full plate of sh...

    January 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  192. Gail, Plano,Texas

    I loved Barack Obama one year ago, and I love him even more today. I am a white female, and a senior citizen. Your statistics just don't add up Jack. And why have you dine a 180 on the President? He cannot do anything because the party of NO will not allow it. He deserves respect but does not get it. Come on Jack. Give the guy a break. Do u want to look at Palin or Brown for 4 years? Now that is 1 scary scenario!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  193. Laura

    I thought his intelligence would be an asset to the presidency, but it has proved a hindrance as he constantly overthinks and fails to act at the crucial point of emotional height. Meaning, he doesn't capitalize on people's emotions.
    Laura

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    The last President took this country into a war in iraq that will cost us billions of dollars; thousands of our boys dead, and thousand of casualty. Were was Bush on 9/11. Then their was Mc Cain who did not know how many homes he own and his V.P. pick that can not Read. Obama was given 2 wars a economy falling and the American people who shop a Wall Mart and still want Jobs.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Jordan L

    When I voted for him, I thought we would finally have a tough progressive president in office. Now we see he is utterly spineless. All flash, no substance.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  196. paul

    jack, the only thing in my mind that has changed after one year of obama's administration is this. the republican minority is still able to put fear into all americans, wether it's healthcare, big banks etc.
    what obama is doing now, touring the country speaking with mayors and governors and promoting jobs as well as explaining to america that he was left with this mess and only we the people must stand firm and understand that we can not fix the problems he inherited unless we stand firmly behind him on healthcare, energy, global warming and the party of "no"!!! as franlik roosevelt said "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" and the republians mus begin to understand that they are the ones holding up recovery by spewing fear and yet they have no answere but to keep things the way they are..
    what a bunch of hypocrits!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Chuck/Bedford, Texas

    President Obama obviously underestimated the American people and what they wanted, i.e., jobs or health care. Most Americans if they have a job they will have some type of health care. Right now, we need jobs....or our health will become a issue....Chuck. Bedford, Texas.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Clint Lemons

    He is doing the best he can, it is great. Gobama!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Megan Dodge - Nanaimo BC Canada

    I still believe in Obama. He's the only sincere President America has ever had. Period.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  200. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Overall I still see Barack Obama as the same capable, highly energetic person I was so excited about a year ago. His administration has been a wonderful, refreshing change from the eight year reign of George Bush. Even though I was disappointed with his decision to make health care reform the signature legislation of his administration rather than making a full court press on the economy, and even more disappointed when he turned the design and implementation of the bill over to an inept, bitterly partisan Democratic Congress, he still beats the hell out of the competition.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Alice

    Jack, the more both sides of our business as usual Congress are mad, the more I like B.O.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Jeremy

    absolutely. Trust me when I say that I was one of his biggest boosters in Eastern Canada, I now regret that decision more than when I quit smoking.

    WOW

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Peter M

    My views of the President have not changed. I am disgusted by the dysfunction of both Houses of Congress and the impatience of people who, driven by greed, were taken in by the Banks and corporations, messed things up and now want Obama to fix their mess in one year.

    These punks had decades to create this mess. Give the President a break.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  204. ProComputer

    Obama is not the problem. He is the answer. The problem is greed. John McCain and wife worth how much? $100 million? How many houses? McCain and other soured obsolete relics must be replaced.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  205. Alex Raftopoulos

    Jack, for some reason people thought that he was going to cure the entire U.S. in a year. Give him time, we cant expect him to fix the U.S in only a year after 8 years of it being messed up.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  206. Jonathon, VA

    A year later we've realized as a nation that Obama is no savior, but how could he have lived up to the expectations people had of him? People are quick to talk about all that's gone wrong in the past year, but with the mess the Bush administration left for him, who can blame him?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  207. Keith Durant

    So corporations and the supreme court need a new constitution..thought I would start their preamble for them.

    We the Corporations of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect profit, establish poor houses, insure eternal servitude, provide for the common market, promote the need for Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to CEO's and their Posterity, do ordain and establish this Supreme Court for our United States of America.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  208. Walt

    My view of him hasn't changed. I didn't like him and his policies during the election campaign and I don't like him now. His arrogance has replaced Bush's ignorance! Once a Chicago politician, always a Chicago politician.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Nima

    My views have not changed regarding Pres. Obama. It was foreseeable that he would disappoint many people after the election. With the state of the economy, it was not possible for him to deliver on the many promises of his campaign. I still support him, but expectations of him were unrealistic.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Larry L, Torrance, CA

    Where's the audicity?

    The President is eloquent at 'talking the talk'.

    For me, on many issues, he is poor at 'walking the walk'.

    His time is quickly running out.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  211. Jon from Tempe, Az

    I like Barack Obama more than ever. Barack Obama is a president that does not put his finger up to the wind to try to figure out what direction the country is going in. He acts on principle. Health care reform may not be popular but it is right. It is the right thing to do. I honestly do not care if the Democrats lose control of the Senate and the House when they pass health care reform because I would rather see them do what is right than what will keep them elected.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Greg

    Obama needs to LEAD. Public opinion is easily swayed by all the rhetoric in the media and store-bought soundbites on T.V. & radio. I am not swayed, I remember the last 8 years of GW and 13 yrs. of Do-Nothing Republicans. Obama just gave us a big tax cut last spring- has everyone forgot already?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  213. Connie OMurray

    I think he was naive going in regarding bipartisan politics. My opinion of the President hasn't changed, but he has the system to contend with now.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  214. Tom in Iowa

    I have noticed that the President will not stand up to anyone on any issue and he is too quick to give in to those who oppose his views. The guy needs to grow a backbone and learn to make a stand on important issues.

    Tom in Iowa

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  215. noreen

    I think he has done a lot but a lot of Americans are blind and expect everything to be done in one year just like they expected the war in Iraq to be over in a couple weeks, and believed in what Bush told them. I think being outside the country we see more than the Americans do.
    Canada

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  216. al_in_Hawaii

    I still think Obama is a great leader, in a country that has forgotten what leadership actually looks like. But like Obama, I didn't realize what was required to lead kindergarteners. Having watched 'the sausage being made', I worry that he will not run for a second term, and that would be a pity.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  217. Europe

    Very Good Preesident , all which say not good they are brain wash.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  218. David A Whitaker

    Jack as long as there is republicans there will never any change in this country. The is trying to do everything that he can, but as long as he try to do something for the average Joe he will continue to attacked.

    David
    Martinsburg,wv

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  219. Ron Feuer

    This president is the smoothest of silver tongues to ever grace the Whitehouse steps. He completely fooled me with his rhetoric which carries no apparent genuine substance....It was not a time in our country's history that we needed this!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  220. Beverly Horne

    I am still a proponent of Pres. Obama. But I wish he would focus on the economy. What about the americans who don't have jobs and are still losing homes to foreclosure. In the imortal words of one of your very own CNN comentators "it's the economy .............!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  221. Phyllis Shrinsky

    I found it suprising that Obama didn't learn the first lesson that Bill Clinton's people knew: "It's the economy, stupid." If he would have made the economy his first priority and succeeded in getting the country back to work, healthcare and anything elso Obama wanted would have been a cakewalk.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  222. Jim

    My opinion of Obama has not changed at all. I viewed him as a "Snake Oil Salesman" then and still do.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  223. Rosemary

    My view of President Obama has not changed over the past year. What has happended is that the "same old politics" in our country have killed my belief that there will ever be changed. One man caring about everyday citizens CANNOT

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  224. ChristianReina

    Let's be honest. Health care is a problem, but in my opinion is not as critical as the unemployment rate. Obama is a great public speaker, but he needs the walk the talk.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  225. Annette

    I like him BETTER now! I like to see the stock market fall when the President pushes healthcare. That means that they're SCARED and they should be. Don't the corporations have enough power? They just got more in the Supreme Court decision today. This President is fighting for his life, and for the lives of EVERYDAY Americans. Stiffen your spine America! Stand with the people and not "corporations".

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  226. Lisa B

    I'm "lucky" I guess – I really wasn't believing he'd be everything he promised in the first place. Part of becoming president seems to be promising everything to everyone instead of admitting to realistic limits and expectations.

    I would LOVE to have him make things work better, and even MORE, think there should be an effort by other lawmakers (congressmen, senate) to arrange these kinds of meetings and meet face-to-face with the people they represent.

    You can't please all the people all the time. You're lucky if you can please half of them. I would love to have the United States that Obama promised, I just never believed it could be done by one president in one term in the first place.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  227. John Daley

    Not to attack Pres. Obama personally, but can someone please tell him not to talk anymore. I am a middle income, average american maie, and in the time he had his townhall meeting today, I have lost almost $5,000 in my pension plan. The same thing happened the other day when he said he was going after the banks. I can't afford to listen to the guy anymore. Thank you.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  228. A. From Oakland

    No, my opinion has not changed. I will criticize the President for executive orders, not the failures of the congress. Honestly, other than everyone criticizing what he is not said about jobs, what do Americans expect the president to do? Do we really want another executive branch writing and influencing legislation because we think we agree with their view?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  229. annewisconsin

    Jack,
    I am a 59 year old white woman. My admiration for President Obama is at an all time high. I am standing up to be counted as someone who thinks President Obama is doing a phenomenal job, accomplishing more in one year than any president in my lifetime. Lighten up, Everyone! Let the man do his job! This bashing of him at the drop of a hat is out of control. He can't breathe without someone criticizing him.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  230. diane

    Jack, your sneering dislike of this president is so obvious that maybe you need to be on that network you reference every so often. Seems you would be at home in your pushing innuendo and hate for this president.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  231. allincompassing

    Jack, you crack me up! Views haven't changed on Pres. Obama, what has changed is that MSM has decided he is not the Politician you want.

    MSM knew that Bush destroyed the economy, and no Republican could get elected following that destruction. Now every Democrat is in the MSM cross hairs. In some cases rightfully so, but in most cases you still have not reported on how the Republicans gutted out government and destroyed our infrastructure accross this nation.

    Shame on You Jack! I read your books, a total rebuttal of your on screen personna.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Arthur from Pennsylvania

    let me get this straight, Obama is being criticized for pushing mediation on health care? Isn't that what a leader is supposed to do? If he weren't he'd be criticized for being too partisan. I haven't lost faith in Obama. I am losing faith that common sense prevails amongst my fellow Americans.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Ross

    My views of Barack have NOT changed during his first year. I knew during the primary elections that he would not be ready to lead and shake things up in Washington. He is too inexperienced to get his agenda through. That's why not much has changed during the first year and health care reform has been a mess and failure. All that the President has done is give speeches, which is exactly all that he did during the primaries. Hillary should have won and we would have had universal health care by now. She took on the special interests before and could have done it again!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Sue From Idaho

    That he may not have fully understood the complexities of being president. However, none of us know and it's hard to assess someone in a year that took many years to put us where we are. Keep on keeping on Mr president I am still behind you. A white woman from Idaho.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  235. Duane

    Obama is a politician like everyone else in Washington. The system is setup so that it is slow. Regardless of who the President is it's not going to have a substantial impact on the average persons life. How different is your life today than it was the day before he was sworn in? Republicans will win back some seats in the midterm election and we will just go through the same cycle again. Until we have a viable 3rd party option, it will just be a continuing cycle.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  236. TC in Illinois

    My view on President Obama has changed but my view of the Republicans has not !!! I thought Obama would work on getting jobs back, changing trade agreements to equalize the playing field for workers and make changes to our existing healthcare system. Instead, we get a Universal healthcare debate for the entire year. Democrats have allowed the Republicans to win the discussion on what the healthcare bill would do, therefore, Kennedy's Senate seat in Mass. was lost. How does that happen ???
    Americans are now voting in favor of the party who got us into 2 wars, outsourced more jobs in 8 years than ever before, let Wall St and banks do whatever they wanted, took a surplus and turned it into record deficits who now blame it on Obama, took wiretapping to a level that Nixon would have been proud of and who now rule the Supreme Court to the point of appointing Presidents and letting companies give as much campaign money as they want which is the only way Republicans can win by buying the best congressmen that money can buy... AMERICA IS SCREWED !!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  237. Doug Brown

    My views on Obama haven't changed. Why would anyone's? He has simply tried to keep his promises and found problems along the way. Every President has this problem and is always subject to the same criticisms. Wake-up and embrace the reality!

    Doug Brown

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  238. Robert Hartwell Fiske

    I have more respect, more regard, more esteem for President Obama - and so should everyone else.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  239. Paul Pritchett in Nixa, MO

    Jack, President Obama is a DINO. He is owned by big business and follows the directions of AIPAC just like most of the republicans and others in congress. In fact, isn't that what all our national politicians do now? The American people have no representation in congress or the White House. Didn't the US Supreme Court prove that just yesterday by ruling that all political offices can be bought by those with the most money?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  240. michaeljwjr

    I think the question you meant to ask, was 'How have your opinions about a black president changed?' from the way you worded your statement.

    Why does it matter what the color of the voters is?

    To answer your question directly, of course it has. At first I thought he was all hype, but now he's actually doing so much that he's got the different news networks constantly talking about him. From the tranparency in the white house (i follow the whitehouse on twitter, facebook, and the whitehouse news feed) I have gotten copies of every thing that has gone across the president's desk and been able to make up my own mind about all kinds of decisions the president has made. In my opinion the longer he is in, the more he is doing to Unite the country (either for, or against, there are very few who are on the fence anymore) and because of the Presidents no-transparency ideals politics are more accessible to every one of us.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  241. Alan DeBaugh

    I think he is the right president for our times, but he needs to stop being so conciliatory to his opponents. He needs to be more authoritative about what he wants.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  242. Bobby louisville, ky

    President Obama needs to grow a pair and get tougher. He needs to tell the other democrats to quit being such wussys and get something done. It's amazing that bush got whatever he wanted no questions ask but Obama can't get one thing passed and he ( had) a super majority. What gives ?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  243. Tom K.

    Santa Monica,

    You have to applaud the President for his much needed and speedy rescue efforts in Haiti, but I've lost faith in President Obama because he hasn't worked fast enough to fix things here in the U.S. To keep blaming previous administrations doesn't work anymore. He's showing that he's very inexperienced and really inept. We, as voters blew it again. We voted someone in based on their race and ethnicity rather than voting in the person most capable to fix this mess we're in.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  244. ivan

    Yes it did! I'm going republican...

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  245. Chuck From Daytona

    No my views have not changed. The last administration had 8 years to screw us up, you can't fix that in 1 year.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  246. Greg in Georgia

    I voted for President Obama as a professional gay male living in the deep south. I have a partner who is Mexican and here on a valid visa. We are university trained professionals who are so disappointed in President Obama on many fronts. We have not seen any of his promises come to fruition and will not be voting for him or any of his allies in the future – not that the republicans are any better but with Cindy McCain and Megan McCain now in favor of gay rights and marriage, perhaps the republicans are taking another review of civil liberties. If this is the case, the democratic party will be gone......

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  247. Jane

    Jack, my opinion of President Obama has changed, in a positive way. He has shown himself to be a strong leader, impassioned but unlike his predecessor, not willing to shove his agenda down the throats of the people and the Congress. He has stood up to the incredible resistance from Republicans and shown his grace under pressure. By the way, I am a 60-year old white woman. I don't care whether my President is bi-racial, multi-racial or of a race other than my own. What I care about is his judgment, which has been impeccable.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  248. Shelly Tabarez

    I hate to admit it but I voted for Obama. I truely regret that decision as I have seen him do nothing more that talk like a preacher and SPEND our money. And yet where is it???????????Ppl have lost everything and prices on everything keep going up and all he wants to do is spend more and look good for the camera. He talkled a good game and we fell for it. But is I am getting screwed as bad as I have I would like to get paid for it.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  249. Liz Ross

    I think it was naive of anyone to actually believe that Obama could come into office and fix all of our problems. Even though he's the president, he's still just a man — just one man. (Bush wasn't even that... was he? He was Dick Cheyne after all.) That said, I'm thankful for Obama. He's a real man with real problems and he's still my president. I'm white and he hasn't lost me.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  250. Marcell

    My views of Obama haven't changed near as much as my disgust for Republicans and other right wing loud mouths !

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  251. Rod Donnelly

    I thought I voted for a strong leader that would bring real change to my country. I thought he would tell the Democrats what his plan was and tell them to follow. Instead, I got a weak leader that trys to be nice. I don't want nice! I want someone to lead and demand the party follow.

    I was a Republican for 30 years, switching to vote for Obama because i believed his words would be followed up by action.

    I want national healthcare. I want us out of the Iraq war. I want Gitmo closed. I want our military and CIA to have and act with honor. I want Bush/Cheney et al arrested and put in jail.

    Instead – I got "Ask Pelosi". I am not happy.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  252. Martha-Lisa Flinsch

    I'm a Democrat who did not care for Obama. But the more the right wing pundits beat the drum and chant their litany of fear and despair, the more I like him. I like hope. We need some more hope.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  253. gloria richards

    Sure. I am amazed at how tough and smart President Obama really has become. The Republicans, corporate interests and radical right have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at him and he's still hanging in there working for the middle class. I'm white, over sixty and contributing more to this guy's party than I ever have in my life. I hope he knows how much we appreciate him even though his critics get more attention than his supporters.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  254. Danny Murry

    It's not magic! It's simlply that he's done nothing since he's been in office in terms of successful legislation. And already he's out of touch with Americans. My how they foget after the election. And, where's the computer transparency! Another flop.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  255. joan

    I love President Obama more today than yesterday. Who cares what Pat Buchanan has to say.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  256. Barbara Guiliano

    Hi Jack, they haven't. We live in a world of instant gratification, due, in large part, to the advent of the internet, "instant messaging" , any movie, anytime you want it, no need to wait anymore, right? So now that this country is in trouble (due again I think to this same collective consciousness), we expect our leaders to produce instant results. Guess what, not everything works that way. I stand by my president.

    Barbara Guiliano
    Kauai, Hawaii

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  257. Cristina

    How have my views changed on Obama,

    I realize that Obama like many of us has high ideals and big ambitions for this country. I don't question his intentions or goals. What I wonder is why we sacrifice 8 years to the busch administration but can offer such strong criticism to Obama after one year. I see communication from the white house and think they are listening.. are we as a people going to give them a chance to act. With that being said, I give credit to Scott Brown for being the right person for office however I think the Republicans are too quick to pump themselves up. They are more concerned with their success as a party rather than the success of the people they represent. I'm tired of it

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  258. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Jack,

    My confidence in President Obama is as strong as ever.
    Ignoring Pat Buchanan's rascist entreaties to white America, his only faux pas is in according Congress respect that it does not deserve. Tell them what you want, pass health care in a series of small reforms , and dare Democrats to load it up with sweetheart deals or the Republicans to filibuster.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  259. Lori Lentz

    My views about Barack Obama have not changed over the past year. I am currently unemployed, sending a child to college and trying to find a job. I like the guy and think he is a great orator, but not such a great President so far. His calling should be more as a preacher than a President,

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  260. Dennis

    My sense was confirmed that he would not give us what we need when he said he would govern like Reagan. Carter had his flaws but he tried to do the right thing. Nevertheless, the early primaries seem to have been right.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  261. Aaron

    Jack
    My views of President Obama have not changed. He is still a potentially great leader that refuses to use his academic training and take small incremental steps to solve large problems

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  262. Anne

    I have come to realize the white America really isn't as ready for a Black president as they tried to let on. I don't remember them giving President Bush this much negativism after year one. If President Obama claimed he walked on water before the election America would have said he was crazy. Now America is mad because he doesn't walk on water. Americans gave George Bush 8 years but are only willing to give President Obama 8 mins.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  263. Rosemary

    My view of President Obama has not changed over the past year. What has happended is that the "same old politics" in our country have killed my belief that there will ever be change. One man caring about everyday citizens CANNOT get the job done.

    We have come a long way in some respects but Washington is still a group where what's 'WHITE" is right and any other shade will not do!!!

    GOD Bless America-pleeeeeese!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  264. Judi

    No, I knew these problems were going to be difficult to solve. I am in favor of health care reform and the "independents" in MA who appear to vote for anyone who uses the word "change" do not speak for me. People are going to have to make sacrifices for the betterment of this country and all who live in it! Saving the banks and fixing health care will improve the economy and therefore jobs.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  265. Duane from Hollis, New York

    Obama is a politician like everyone else in Washington. The system is setup so that it is slow. Regardless of who the President is it's not going to have a substantial impact on the average persons life. How different is your life today than it was the day before he was sworn in? Republicans will win back some seats in the midterm election and we will just go through the same cycle again. Until we have a viable 3rd party option, it will just be a continuing cycle. A politician is like a used car salesman, they will tell you whatever you want to hear.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  266. Jim

    My views of Obama have not changed very much. I had hoped for success of most of his campaign promises. I was wary, but cautiously optimistic, that he would be successful. Unfortunately, his every weakness was exploited by those who opposed him. His supporters did little. And chance, as in the untimely the passing of Senator Kennedy, worked against him.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  267. Sean

    In my opinion Obama speaks one thing and does something completely different. Either he doesn't understand the complexity of the system, or he doesn't care to understand it. Either way he isn't helping the average working American, which is where the weight of the entire economy lies. Too much time is being spent on health care, a long term issue, and not enough time is being spent on the economy. If there are no jobs available it doesn't matter if health care costs are reduced.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  268. Mark

    I originally believed that Obama was "the One." My belief became challenged during last summer at which time I emailed him and told him that he appeared ineffective. Some adjectives I could use to describe Obama now include ineffective, aloof, and detached. It seems that getting elected and living all the trappings of the White House and the Presidency were more important to him that actually doing what we elected him to do. With what used to be control of both houses of Congress and the White House, Democrats seem weak and ineffective. Obama would do well to have less cognac and more beer. I'm watching the "wimp factor" from GHW Bush reappear in Obama and it's not pretty. - Mark, Sun Valley, CA.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  269. Mary from Illinois

    Jack, my views on President Obama have not changed. I just didn't anticipate what a negative effect Pelosi and Reid would have on his efforts to get something done; who would think he'd have to fight the Republicans and them as well! In my humble opinion, they and their cronies are the ones that are making Obama look bad! They need to go!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  270. Hunter wylie

    Opinion of the president hasn't changed. The ineptitude of the dem party leadership has been greatly magnified. I'm a republican who still supports our president. I think we need to impeach congress frankly

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  271. Joe Oliveri

    My veiws are still positive about Mr. Obama; I knew that the senate and congress would let me down when it came to passing healthcare-no surprise there.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  272. Dimitri

    I voted for Obama and really thought he was the real thing.It seems like President Obama has just thrown in the towel when it comes to reforming healthcare.He was resolved to passing a worthless bill that would have insured 30 million americans and said it is better than nothing.Well,there's many more than just 30 million americans who need affordable health insurance.I didn't see Hugo Chavez or Evo Morales give up so easily in their quest to overcome centuries of injustice in their countries.They fight and that's what the people who voted for Obama expect of him.TO FIGHT!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  273. Patricia Sadler--Indianapolis,IN

    I'm a white registered voter and I still stand behind President Obama all the way. Maybe one of the hate mongers could send him a magic sword so he can get everything done tonight. But then they would still complain.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  274. Dru Hughes Florida

    Hi Jack My views have changed tremendously regarding Pres. Obama. Because I dont feel hes the one running the country , I think Nancy Pelousi and Reid should back off . Nance Pelousi needs to come back down to earth and realize shes ISNT the PRESIDENT , and President OBAMA needs to retake control of our Country without the influence of Nance Pelousi . and a question when is her time up ?? She always has an attitude that she is way above us regular americans !!! President OBAMA isnt like that but with her influence she seems to be always up front in the lime light with her arrogrant attitude. Hopefully soon. One more comment how come when President Bush was in office Pelousi minded her P'S & Q'S . Or it seemed like it . President Obama isnt a push over and he should show it !!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  275. Susan from Ohio

    My views on Obama has not changed his first year. He has done a lot, and given a chance will do more. Those whose views have changed wasn't with him in the beginning. He has only been in there a year, and surely they don't think a republican could do better, especially when they're the ones who got us in this damn mess.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  276. david ( seattle)

    the administration refuses to enforce our oil spill mitigation laws regarding international maritime organization member violatiions..also, our libraries close early becuz we have to use the property tax to cover the bond payments the port of seattle never charged proper becuz they tool so many travel junkets then got scared to charge the proper rate . its known to cost $150.00 per person . the cruiseboats pay $7.00 .. the remaining $143.00 has to be paid by our local budgets ..we need n.a.f.t.a. legislation " though shall not play one port against another .,since its been going on the "international councin of cruiselines – miami have to pay $150.00-$185.00 per passenger up front right now or there is no more cruise seasons anywhere in u.s. ............stop kien huat realty frojm laundering u.s currency through norwegian cruiselines....

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  277. Allison

    I am a republican and voted for Bush. But I am amused that after only one year in office, the democrats are turning on Obama, as if by the simple fact of his election all our problems would be solved. I think he is doing a good job, given all the issues at hand. It would be hard for anyone to make our world work better for everyone, and all I see is that no matter what the political affiliation of the president, it is the Congress that seems to have the power to make things happen or not happen. If the people "in power" would get out of their own egos and do what they were hired to do, which is to fight for what is right for our country, then maybe we could finally get somewhere.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  278. Alan

    No change in my views, b/c any rational person understands that it takes more than one year to enact change. This president inherited a country going downhill and should not be expected to turn it around in only a single year. We should not expect an instant fix, b/c all that does is run us into more trouble. He's making progress and working hard, as an American that is all I ask from my President since he has to deal with the bureaucracy that is our government's structure. If we should be upset with anything it should be our Congress b/c they are the ones that introduce and pass legislation not our President, he can only do so much. Get real Americans, big changes take time so chill out.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  279. DMar10

    I voted for him and my opinion hasn't changed at all. I wish I could say the same about my opinion of the American voter "soft and easily influenced" would be my new opinion. It's been almost ten years and the Freedom tower still hasn't been built, yet people expect an entire world economy to be fixed overnight .

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  280. John

    He's terrible at making decisions. Lacks confidence. He is all talk and no substance. A huge disappointment.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  281. Hector, Brooklyn NY

    We are all impatient, silly and naive people, Jack

    Obama came into office with the world thinking he was the second coming, that was mistake number one. When everything wasn't fixed in six months, we all lost faith in the Obama Church. Now, we're blaming him for everything after a year in office.

    Fact is, he was never the savior, just a politician. Problems also take time to fix. Everything on his plate will probably take a decade or so to clear up. So, no, my opinion hasn't changed on Obama. I was always aware that things take time to Solve, and I knew I wasn't looking at Jesus Christ.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  282. robert nichols

    I still stand behind him He came in at a very bad time in American history and has held it well as all around the country as it slowly gets better people every day forget how bad it was. The repub's love to say the big defeat in Mass. but Brown does not run around loudly proclaiming his republican background just his ideal to fight for you and me, sounds like Obama to me.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  283. J.L from NJ

    Absolutely NOT........My opinion and support of the President has not changed.. Now, ask me about Congress, especially Pelosi and Reid and Liberman and all the other hypocrates. It became increasingly obvious that Republicans could care less about Americans but only about saying NO and Democrats only care about BIG BUSINESS and INSURANCE COMPANIES who fill their campaign coffers. Give me a whole NEW Congress (replace them all) but keep this caring, intelligent President and lets see what happens.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  284. Anthony Palombit

    No, my views of President Obama have not changed. Being an educated white voter who understands the priniciples of basic economics, President Obama is bodly fighting against the elitist American private sector who created these problems that are crushing the American Middle Class. This is clearly a war against the classes and President Obama is leading the charge against the minority wealthy class who think they run our country. We the people run this country.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  285. Wayne L Ezell

    I have been behind our President since day one. I hate the fact that people expect him to correct 8 years of Politics as Usual in one year. I feel he has done great giving what he has to accomplish.
    PS. I am WHITE.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  286. Susan

    As a 60 year old, white, former Republican who voted for
    Obama, I am very pleased over all.

    The news media and the American public has forgotten what a
    mess he inherited.

    After watching the news and listening to the Republican talking
    heads, I think Americans would be happier with a total and
    complete Republican America. Lies would rule, the rich would get richer, but the majority of Americans buy all that BS anyway and
    maybe the fighting would stop.

    As a former Republican, I must also say that I have absolutely NO
    representation because the Democrats don't have the ***** to actually do something.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  287. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    We as Americans don't believe in delayed gratification. I'm willing to cut him some slack, but I'm disappointed with the President. I'm more disappointed with the whole governmental system. How can a minority group of Republicans run the show because they can threaten to fillibuster. Let them fillibuster for months or years and then pass the bills. And they should amend the Constitution to put term limits on the Supreme Court and the Legislature, no matter what side they are on. When the Constitution was written, the average life span was apr. 50 yrs. If they can have term limits for the President, they should have term limits for the other branches as well. I like a big government but I would prefer one that works. There's no room for cowards or political corporate prostitutes.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  288. Rohit shah

    Not a bit. My view was same when he was attacked for his preacher. My view was same when Clinton machine was in high gear to wash him off the road. My view was same when we were told that it is not the time for first Black president. My view was the same when banks collapsed, Iraq war ended, Clinton was made secretary of the state, and now Banks will have to pay to the main street. My view was, is and will be that he is a right guy for the people!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  289. T.S.

    I don't know about Obama as that book is still being written, but it has taken exactly one year for CNN, based on the its current journalistic style, to lose creditability with me and be viewed as the TMZ of journalism...CNN is a joke...the only saving grace is here is Anderson Cooper and at times Jack!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  290. Cheston

    Pat Buchannan's analysis is suspect to say the least. A closer look at the numbers shows a few things. 1) young voters of every color did not cast ballots as they had in 08. under 30 crowd of every color votes overwhelmingly for Democrats. 2) The white voters who created these recent victories, were people encouraged by the same force that discouraged them last time, and discouraged Dems from voting this time: enthusiasm (or lack thereof) – Brown ran an effective campaign, Coakley was out to lunch.

    On Obama, may including myself are disappointed, but not for the reasons that Republicans or cable news conventional wisom would suggest – they want Obama's vision to be realized, and we're getting tired of waiting.

    Washington DC

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  291. Tom in Kentucky

    I didn't vote for the President. But I am sick of the constant criticism of the President from both sides. I am proud of the job he is doing, although I don't always agree. To Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the House. Shut up, sit down and get to work. Stop making political points and start making progress for the American people or go home. President Obama is doing much better than I thought. So...go Mr. President...go.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  292. Jill O

    Jack, I watch you all the time and have never felt more than ever like posting a reply, as I do tonight. My feelings towards Obama have not changed one bit. I voted for him, I continue to believe in him, and will continue to support him. People seem to forget the mess he was left with and how much he wants to get done. The only "negative" thing I could say is that he has too much on his plate, but I can certainly understand his enthusiasm to make things happen. I believe things have changed for the better. The people who (voted for him) and like to complain about him cant think for one second that things would be better if McCain/Palin were in office. I don't even believe that people would have voted differently in hindsight. After defeating Hillary, Obama was, and is ,our only hope. We must give him time and support.
    Jill O
    Ormond Beach, FL

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  293. Phyllis Shrinsky Bardonia, NY

    Yes,my opinion of Obama is that I'm disappointed that he didn't realize the nimber one lesson that Clinton and his staff knew: "It's the ecomomy, stupid." If he would have made this his first priority and had even moderate success, healthcare and anything else he desired would have been his for the taking.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  294. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    I supported the President in the 2008 election because he was by far the most competent and intelligent choice at the time, Nothing which has occurred in the interval since then has made me change my mind. If anything, my regard is higher.
    Now as to Congress, Republicans and Democrts alike, I am appalled at their greed, hypocrisy and incompetence. But I see no likelihood of an improvement anytime soon. Maybe a 3rd party is a potential force for improvement.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  295. Ashley

    Over the last year my hopes of Obama being a leader to bring people together: black, white – republican, democratic, independant, has completely disapeared. I watched as he completely shut out talks with people of my party. As a mid-income, white, republican, mother - who crossed lines in hopes of a different future for America - I have lost faith in his leadership of only one way, my way, politics. I won't be jumping party lines next election.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  296. Renato from Boston,MA

    He has promised too many things and tried to solve too many problems at the same time. I don't see any changes yet and I'm losing faith on his “change thing”. We don't want 8 more years of doing nothing! We need jobs, immigration reform to better protect America and a coherent health reform... Real change!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  297. Harry Lime

    Jack,
    My views are the same. I saw him as far left. He's still exactly that way. He just can't get 'er done. Hooray.
    Harry
    Tampa

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  298. Barry B - Redwood City, Ca

    YES! I am a stronger supporter of Obama now then I was before. He has been placed in a position no other President before has. He also has been attaced by the other party like no other President before. I applaud him for his patience and have 100% confidence in his judgement. He will do the right thing and I will vote for him again. The repubs should get out from behind the word "NO" and contribute to the success of the country.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  299. Marianne from Indiana

    I truly believe that President Obama has our country's best interest in mind. Give him a break, it's only been a year. I say "give him a chance, after all it took eight years to get us in this mess and it will most definitely take at least one full term to start seeing true results." Indiana's unemployment is at 10%, we all have to hunker down and bite the bullet and remember how lucky we are to be Americans!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  300. Al Eelman

    My opinion of Obama hasn't changed. My opinion of the congress has not changed. The right wing and the capitalist class have continued to lambast Obama more and more. The "so called" liberal press has helped them. The congress is working hard for the companies that hired them. Their supervisors are on K street and call the shots Giving Nebraska relief from paying for healthcare was a new low in horse trading.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  301. Denise in Florida

    It is about integrity. Obama has integrity and retains it. That is what I voted for. Can't say that for many of our other politicians these days, dems and reps. We are in an age where too many folks want too much too fast and are quick to criticize. The hurtles were/are enormous for Obama and it is amazing that he stay as calm as he does. His stern calm is that of a leader – leaders do not rant and rave.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  302. Angelic

    No, simply because his only one man trying to do so much which requires more time. You know Jack for a people that consider themselves religious they put their faith in man more than God. Sad!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  303. Shelley

    If anything, I am impressed more than ever. This is a very smart man and people need to give him a chance to bring this US back to the good life again. Stop listening to all of the crap on the internet and don't watch the tv ads. Listen to yourself and common sense. Right now the only people winning are the Big Bucks and that is the insurance companies, corporations, and the rich.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  304. Bud

    Obama is a likable man and he has a lovely family. He is a truly gifted speaker. But, He seems unable to use the harsh tactics sometimes required of a Head-of State. He's a tan Jimmy Carter.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  305. charles

    My views about the president have not changed I think he is a hard working president trying to acomplish the goals he said he would with much oppostion i believe for the wrong reasons. Its very sad to see this he doesn't deserve it.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  306. Courtney Anne

    My views have not changed at all about President Obama. I still support him a 110%. He inherited a huge mess from the Republicans and he is working everyday trying to clean it up. That comment by Pat Buchanan is so racist. It disturbs me and I'm a white women. I wish people would stop saying such things.

    Courtney from Ft. Myers, FL

    January 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  307. Gordon Barr

    Mr President keep up the good work you can't fix every problem in one year. This country wants things fixed like fast food quick fast and in a hurry. We should be praying for him not bashing him America.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  308. Diana Page

    For Pete's Sake – LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM DO HIS JOB!!! I don't know why anyone would want to be President and have to put up with EVERYTHING they say or do being scrutinized and criticized. After all, he's only human, and he's doing everything he can. Why can't we agree to support him and work together to make this great country of ours an even better place?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  309. B.J. Hood

    No , my opnion has not changed. America realize he is human.
    Guess what he bleeds just like you Jack. He cannot walk on Water,
    is what every one expected. I have a list of 80 laws that he has passed that will help all People. Billie Jelks-Hood

    January 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |