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January 29th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama renews call for bipartisanship. Is he dreaming?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Talking about bipartisanship makes a nice soundbite; but at the end of the day, it's just that: Talk.

President Obama went into the enemy camp today - going head-to-head for more than an hour at a meeting of House Republicans.

For the most part, it was polite and cordial - how much good it did is an open question.

The President chastised Republicans for opposing him on taxes, health care and the economic stimulus plan. Of the attacks on health care, the president said, "You'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot," and "I am not an ideologue."

The Republicans accused Mr. Obama of ignoring their ideas and driving up the debt.

This all follows the State of the Union speech, where President Obama renewed calls for bipartisanship.

The number two House leader, Congressman Eric Cantor, says the president's address to Congress was full of "rhetoric and lecturing." Cantor says he appreciated the offer of bipartisanship, but that Republicans have heard this before.

But after today's meeting, Cantor said this is the kind of discussion they need to have more of.

Cantor has accused the administration of showing "arrogance in ignoring public opinion," and that Congressional Democrats have been no better when it comes to bipartisanship. He insists the Republicans are open to talking and working with the other party.

We'll see.

Sadly, the current political strategy in Washington for both parties seems to be: "I win if I can make the other guy lose."

Here’s my question to you: President Obama has renewed his call for bipartisanship. Is he dreaming?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kris from Ohio writes:
I don't think he's dreaming. He believes that if he just calls for bipartisanship enough times he can make the Republicans look bad without actually having to be bipartisan. It's all gamesmanship.

Steven writes:
Even if President Obama is serious about bipartisanship, which it is too early to tell, I don't think Pelosi and Reid are the slightest bit inclined to work with anyone.

Brian from Denver writes:
Yes, of course he is dreaming. The GOP made the decision to scuttle Obama's main domestic priority (health care) to win points for the next election and they did this by arguing that it was a socialist plot to take over the country and kill your grandparents. It has been very effective; Obama's numbers have plummeted inside just a year. Other than doing the right thing for our country, what incentives would the GOP have to not continue doing what they are doing? It's working.

David writes:
Obama is the one who refused to allow Republican input on the health care bill, directed that negotiations occur in secret closed-door meetings so Republicans couldn't even see the bill as it was drafted, and directed congressional leadership to avoid a conference committee so that Republicans couldn't have a say on the merged Senate-House bill.

Ken from North Carolina writes:
It's more a nightmare than a dream. The president just doesn't get it. He should have gotten the message at the State of the Union when he called for tax cuts for businesses and Republicans (who get high and happy on the scent of tax cuts for businesses) neither acknowledged nor applauded.

Carol from Northampton, Massachusetts writes:
I thought it was a dream until today, Jack. Obama took questions at the Republican retreat. I was riveted to CNN. Each side made valid arguments in a reasoned civil manner. It was compelling and refreshing. More of this please!

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. JIM El Paso Tx

    Sure he's dreaming Jack! The Repukes have no intention whatsoever of "getting along". Heck..Boehner in his comments about that almost GAGGED saying they wanted to play:)

    January 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Dreaming its like he hasn't woken up since the election but wed night he said some thing I hope I was not dreaming

    January 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  3. Christ from NY

    Sure he had some rhum that hasn't left him one year after he took office. To think that Republicans are interested in governing with him is a nightmare he will wake from when he finds himself a one term President.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  4. Terry in Hanover

    He's been drinking is own KoolAid.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  5. John Echols

    This is the most partisan congress and senate I ever had the displeasure of being employed by me, well, at least some of them.

    Obama will not be bi-partisan; he is the leading expert in LYING! Do what I say; not what I do! And what's worse, there are many people that have not awakened yet.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  6. John Echols

    This is the most partisan congress and senate I ever had the displeasure of being employed by me, well, at least some of them.

    Obama will not be bi-partisan; he is the leading expert in LYING! Do what I say; not what I do! And what's worse, there are many people that have not awakened yet.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Dan in Capitola

    I don't think he is so naive as to believe the Party of No actually wants to help him or this country. They want to continue to sit by and chip away at Obama's administration and hope the 2010 elections go their way. I think Obama really wants to work with them but he is also positioning them publicly for full blame for not moving the country forward. They will NEVER win a charisma or PR war with him so they'd better change their dirty diapers and get busy.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  8. Ed North Carolina

    Of course he is. If you watched the State of the Union the camera shots of the Republican side showed snickering and whispering and little applause. It was a victory for the President just not to get yelled at again. It didn't seem to me that they would own up to even their own proposals as long as they came from his mouth.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Terry

    Simply put YES!
    It really doesn't matter. Whatever he says or does, he's damned if he "do" and damned if he "doesn't". This is because of two major reasons, his party affiliation and ……………..wait for it…………………… he’s from Hawaii (wink, wink). I think the stage has been set to insure that no other "Hawaiian" will ever run for president again!

    Terry Alabama

    January 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  10. daryl

    So long as the cable news media's business model is designed on feeding and fanning the flames of partisanship....no. Obama never ran on bringing partisanship to an end by himself, and it is mighty disengenious to keep implying that he should when everyone else is fighting against ti.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  11. daryl

    So long as the cable news media's business model is designed on feeding and fanning the flames of partisanship....no. Obama never ran on bringing partisanship to an end by himself, and it is mighty disengenious to keep implying that he should when everyone else is fighting against it.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  12. Ed's Kate

    No he is not dreaming. The President is trying to work in a bi-partisan way because in the real world that is what America is all about. However, the opposition prefers the un-American way of doing things. It is just ridiculous the actions of quite a few of our elected officials. All they are actually doing is showing their ignorance and arrogance. Hopefully, the American people will see through their antics and realize just how much they are hurting our democracy.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  13. K

    It's a great concept BUT with the mule-headed republicans who would prefer to do anything to make this adminstration fail it is an impossiblity. Me thinks the republicans have forgotten they were elected to represent the PEOPLE not themselves, their party and their special interests.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  14. alan turkheimer

    Maybe the President is call for bipartisanship Mr. Cafferty. It appears he is the only one with the courage to do it. This congress is so divided that it will never get anything done but bicker. The average Joe Voter like me should e-mail all their members of congress, both houses and tell the to get with or the ballot will talk. There is no other way and in closing, the President is correct in what he is trying to do, but he has a road block in front of him.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  15. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    As long as Pres. Obama's policies are to the left he can forget
    Republican support. He has to compromise toward the middle
    to really achieve bi-partisanship. The country is so partisian, its a shame
    both sides can't give and take a little.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  16. Chaney. Louisiana

    I watched CNN's coverage of the President taking questions from the GOP,and I thought it was very good, certainly an air clearing. Hopefully both sides learned something!!!!!!. but one thing I am sure of, if these people in Congress dont get the message, to stop the partisan bickering and get to problem solving.... when possible the encumbant will be ousted by the Independent voter.....

    January 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  17. Bud Rupert, Reston, VA

    The Presidents call will be ignored by the majority of the Republicans. But I think he should start having lunch and dinner sessions (maybe a couple of cold ones) with Mitch McConnell and John Bohner. Reagan did it quite successfully with Tip O'Neil and they grew to really like one another. That could make a huge difference – building those relationships. He should use his charm and it's considerable

    The other alternative is to build some bridges with the moderates like Olympia Snow and Susan Collins. Baraks wife could help.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  18. Allison - Vancouver B.C.

    Yes. The Republicans have made it very clear that they will have nothing to do with bipartisanship. They are more intent on bringing this President down, and the country be damned. President Obama has done his best to try to make your flawed political system work, but he will never have any support from the G. NO.P. Time to give up on them and get on with it.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  19. Jim Murray

    I wonder what the president is really smoking. The Democrats have not accepted any input from the Republicans that I can tell and for the most part have been dealing behind closed doors. That is not to say that the Republicans are without fault. Both parties have been acting in bad faith and are not listening to their constituents, the people. They have, for the most part, forgotten what this republic is really all about, “We the people”

    January 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  20. Collie from Tacoma WA

    He is not dreaming. he is just asking for ideas to flow freely and meet in the middle, the best ideas from both sides. Forceing to much of one side's agenda might be to much of a bad thing. but to take the best of both sides and merge them into one solid plan. Hey thats workin together.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  21. JENNA

    President Obama has renewed his call for bipartisanship. Is he dreaming?

    He is a good guy trying to do a good thing, but the truth of matter is that the GOP has no intention of working with him or any other Democrat for that matter.

    So if Obama is listening to me I'd tell him stop being such a nice guy and get to work.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  22. Brad in Memphis

    Dreaming, no. Deluded, yes. Obama has to realize he's in power politics and stop begging the Party of "NO" for their participation. Let the Republicans show their true colors and make them filibuster things that are good for the country. I've got a spine I'd be willing to FedEx to the Democrats if they need one.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  23. Lloyd Creech, Oliver, Canada

    President Obama has requested that a monthly meeting be held between him and the Democrat and Republican leaders of Congress.

    Almost immediately we see why things are so acrimonious in Washington and very little is accomplished.

    Someone who seems to be one of the major spokes people for the Republican party
    Boehner from Ohio says that they will meet with President Obama but they won't compromise their ideology.

    Instead of being more concerned about their own political position Republicans should learn the meaning of compromise. Boehner should go back and learn from President Reagan (Republican) and Congressman Tip O'Neil (Democrat) who actually worked together and got things accomplished.

    Too bad Republicans don't learn that they are in Congress for all Americans not just their own selfish careers.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  24. gerry luimes

    Jack,Obama is not dreaming.He is not a believer in bipartisanship simply because it is impossible here.The solution is one party-say communism- Look at what China is achieving under this system.
    Something to be envious of ! Now there's a thought to reclaim international superiority .........If mc.Cartyism is NOT dead,and communism is rejected,then the alternitive can only be......BI PARTISANSHIP.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  25. David of Alexandria, VA

    The quesation is whether he really means it. If his idea of bipartisanship is to say to Republicans and Independents, "Here is is, do your bipartisan duty and agree to it." then he wil get the sdame result he has experienced so far. If he really sits down and listens to alternative veiws and tries to adopt them, he may get somewhere. His failure to see through on this to-date has created a hostile and suspicious crowd that will not make this easy in any case.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  26. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Wide Awake!

    January 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  27. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Doped-up is more like it.

    Look, nothing is going to happen during this presidency except more war, more torture, more rich getting richer, more profits for filthy rich corporations, more taxes on the middle class and less services. We're totally doomed, Jack.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  28. Virginia Velleca

    I wonder why Obama is being blamed for the Republican "NO" Block. I also don't understand why the Massachusetts Independents claim to be unhappy with Democrats and Obama for not doing anything and then elect a man who promises to block everything Obama tries to do. The Media seems to understand that this is Obama's fault, I don't see how. We are told that the Public doesn't want health care and the summer "Town meetings" are refered to, but noone is pointing out that the objections were based on lies – there is no "death clause", you could choose your own doctor – with fewer restrictons than the Insurance companies have now &c. &c. There is so much misinformation, primarily promoted by FOX and Newsmax. I would like to see more done about that

    January 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  29. Andrew

    Yes I believe he is dreaming. How can he expect bipartisanship when he and the democrats are the most partisan group right now by not even listening to the republicans. He is only now talking of bypartisanship because of the win ny Scott Brown. Now he is going to start blaming the republicans because nothing is getting done.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  30. James Wardlaw Dowagiac Michigan

    He's dreaming. There is no yellow brick road as long as the Republican strategy is working. You name an issue and the Tea Party idiots are represented. Cutting their own throats on petty, personal frustrations.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  31. T.Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    That ship has sailed. Everybody seems to know it but the President.I do not expect this administration to get anything much accomplished in the next three years because of this naivete.I think Obama will be a one-term president if he does not accept that the GOP is out to undermine him no matter what.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  32. BAM in Maine

    He probably is. However, I think one of the biggest problems he has is Nancy Pelosi – one hopes she hops another plane for Copenhagen and stays there, becomes a permanent resident. Probably Whorehouse Harry will soon retire to Nevada – then perhaps the Republicans won't have the door to the White House slammed shut.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  33. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Yes. Considering just a few short weeks ago he was holding closed door meetings on health care, cutting deals with the unions and shutting Republicans out of all talks because he didn't need any Republican support. Fast forward and now that he needs their help he is trying to bully them into going along with his agenda and will put the blame on them when he doesn't get his way. The vote in MA was a clear message that we want to stop the direction this administration is taking the country.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  34. Larry Stem

    I believe that SOME Repubs actually will consider compromise with Obama. The Pences and Hensarlings, are NEVER going to, no matter what you offer them. Everyone knows the public WANTs compromise, yet the Repubs seem to be tonedeaf. Things need to get done, and one item I want done, is an investigation of Bush Inc, particularly Rove and the Office of Legal Council, and Ashcroft/Gonzales. I have NO hopes of that every happening, but perhaps some compromise will come out of this meeting today...by the by, Obama handed them their heads in that meeting while keeping it civil and professional.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  35. Karen, Idaho Falls

    He is doing the right thing to invite cooperation from the Republicans. The ball is in their hands and what they do with it is up to them. If they have no willingness to cooperate, then the Democrats should stand together with the President to accomplish his goals.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  36. kenneth, Dover,DE

    Yes obama is dreaming and that is his problem. He is not living in the real world. He needs to awake and smell the roses in the rose garden and the manure in congress. When you put two teams on the field the purpose is for one to beat the other. Politics is a blood sport.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  37. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Good question, Jack. He must think there is a Republican he can pick off. At least he has to be seen as trying. If the Republicans don't bargain in good faith, it will reflect badly on them.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  38. Stephanie

    No, I don't think he's dreaming. Bipartisanship is the only way he will be able to get things done in Washington. President Obama needs to step up more. Put transparency into action and put restrain on lobbyist. Wednesday night's SOTU speech showed leadership I haven't seen since the election. I think if he learns from last years mistakes he can reach the goal of Bipartisanship– because without it nothing will change or get done.

    Wilmington, DE

    January 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  39. mike ca

    Yes
    The Republicans act like spoiled kids.
    If my children acted like this I would turn them over my knee.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  40. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, the only time this country has ever seen bi-partisanship has been after it has been attacked. I doubt very seriously anything will change now.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  41. Zach - DC

    Fortunately he needs some form of bipartisanship to get something done now. Ideally the senate would be split 49-49-2, with the house having similar proportions. The lack of bipartisanship this past year can be squarely blamed on the Dems and Obama who felt they didn't need to comprimise, since they had a supermajority.

    The laughable irony was, even with no need for partisanship, they couldn't pass legislation such as health care. Fortunately there are plenty of moderate democrats that had a difficult time with the far left leaning bills. Calling Republicans the party of no and blaming Dems lack of results on them ignores the fact that they didn't need a single Rep to say yes. Maybe they have just introduced some terrible, terrible legislation (I'm looking at you Pelosi).

    January 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  42. Theresa Anderson

    Jack,
    Thank you for your "open" thoughts. When is America going to wake up. Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are ruining our country. We must put a stop to this. Can we get rid of Nancy? Can't she be held accountable for her actions? Her outright disreguard for anyone but herself is a disgrace, but I'm not surprised

    January 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  43. Mac from vacaville

    That boat sailed when the Democrats initiated the health care bill without any republican support. In fact, the exact moment all venues of communication were shut down was when the bill passed the House. Its foolish to ask your opponent to start over when you are punching him in the face as you say these things.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  44. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    One might think he is dreaming, but in reality he is showing how rigidly resistant the Republicans are to other than their own agenda. Bipartisanship is something that should exist in both parties, not just one.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  45. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Dreaming big time. Calling for so-called bipartisanship is standard political talk for "I'll blame the other guy when I fail". If we had true bipartisanship, we wouldn't need two political parties. Let's face it, neither Republicans or Democrats serve any other purpose than to keep the country in a state of distress so they can try to justify their existence. Bipatisanship is a pipe dream as big as they come.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  46. David,Natchez,MS

    I don't think he is dreaming because I doubt he has gotten any sleep since the Democrats lost Kennedy's seat.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  47. Penny, Bellvue WA

    Bipartisanship takes two to tango.

    And the "Party of No" is sitting out this dance.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  48. Cathy

    Jack, I watched every second and loved it. Prez was on point and "we the people" need to hear this type of exchange. Next, I want to see a Q&A with the DEM and Prez. I also want to see a side-by-side comparsion of the DEMs, Prez. and GOP proposals so "we the people" can make up our own minds. The facts are out there for all to see, if you choose to educated your self and not allow the spin or 2 min sound bits get in the way of the reality of an issue. BTW, great to see you on tweeter finally.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  49. Maria

    I don't think Obama is out of touch with reality in the least, but he must make good on his promises to create a bi-partisan Washington. He'll keep trying, and eventually he may sway a few GOPs or moderate Dems. But I doubt he's holding his breath.

    Maria
    Brunswick,MD

    January 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  50. Vince Latona

    NO...he is not dreaming...that would imply that it's a wish...instead he is lying ! He no more wants bipartisanship than he wanted to see Scott Brown elected.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  51. Rose

    Absolutely. His detractors will never let up.

    RK, London

    January 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  52. Moses

    He very well may be dreaming if he(and democrats) thinks bipartisanship lies only in agreeing on a decision. To have excluded the GOP from discussion tables is a mistake they made. You don,t pass out a reform and then tell me to come discuss it. You tell me you want to create a reform and we should meet to bounce around ideas. That explains the 0% GOP vote on health reforms. Call for bipartisanship is like folks (including myself) declaring "I,m open". Yeah right, you are open to what you can be open about.

    Dallas, TX

    January 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  53. Jack Martin

    Of course he is dreaming. The Republicans, and some Democrats, can only say yes when a proposal benefits them or their corporate supporters. The corporations are specifically those making money from the Bush wars, the drug cartels, the insurance moguls, and the super rich execs on wall street. When was the last time they said yes on a bill that would benefit the poor or the middle class?

    January 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  54. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, yes, he is. Just look at how well that has worked trying to pass health care reform. Republicans are the default party of the U.S. and they are furious that Democrats now form the government. As a result they have been dubbed the party of "no" as they play the part of the tail wagging the dog. As a Canadian I don't know if American political parties with a majority of seats can pass legislation they see fit, but if they can, then Obama and the Democrats should pass into law what they consider vital to the interests of the American people and what was promised during the election campaign. Assuming the Democrats can act this way, then what is the point of bipartisanship if it is simply to just be nice.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  55. Mark... Voorhees, New Jersey

    Of course he is dreaming. The Republicans (and some of the Democrats for that matter), are obviously compensated by corporations. They can get campaign contributions, and other myriad remunerations, not to mention consulting or lobbying jobs if they lose their seats.. What can Obama give them? The chance to do something for America and its people? The opportunity to do what they were elected for? The Don't make me laugh. Although sometimes you do

    January 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  56. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, after watching Congress misbehave all year, I have come to the conclusion that bipartisanship is both mythical and overrated – like the unicorn. The sooner the President accepts this unfortunate reality, the better.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  57. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    He is having a pipe dream. After alienating the Republicans ever since he got into office and left them out of meetings with Democrats does he really think they are that stupid to fall for what he wants now? He is only doing it because his job is on the line. If Mass went Democratic it would be the same old business as usual – leave the Republicans out of the loop.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  58. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Jack, actions speak louder than words. He has been spewing this bipartisan rhetoric since the campaign. When reality set in during the first year, he preferred to attack the right as being obstructionists, tried to shutdown Fox, and locked the Repubs out of all backrrom dealings so he can ram his agenda through. It is only bipartisan if you listen and meet in the middle. Compromise between the left and the far left is not bipartisan nor is it an attempt at bipartisanship.

    January 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  59. timthy duff

    Maybe if they were paid minimum wage,quit bickering left or right,did what they were sent there to do,oh who am i kidding,easier to keep doing what they are not doing.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  60. Joe CE

    WE get bipartisanship on rare instances of national emergency. The present situation would seem to qualify but politicans don't see it that way. Republicans have yet to realize that when they gain a vote that they also gained some shard responsibility. The voter do not want gridlock, they want progress on jobs and health care.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  61. Darren

    Crazy like a fox, and giving the 'Party of No' enough rope to hang themselves with.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  62. Joe CE

    Bipartisanship comes rarely and only in cases of national emergency. The present situation seems to qualify but the politicans do not understand. Republicans are still in a stop anything mode. They don't realize that by gaining a vote, they now share responsibility. The voter did not elect anybody to create gridlock.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  63. Rod Gualtieri

    I'm hopeful that the GOP , in time, will move away from the Party of Republi-can'ts and return to Republi-cans.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  64. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    In King Obama’s quest for the Holy Grail of Bipartisanship, The Knights Who Say, “NO” will forever stand staunchly with their fellow Republicans and shall not let America pass through their Forest of Impediment until we have presented them with a shrubbery. That is to say, if Obama truly expects any Republican of the House or Senate to change their way and actually try to do something constructive for our nation in lieu of being the obstructionists that they are, then he is nuts.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  65. frank

    He's been dreaming since day one about bipartisanship. That died with Newt. Or Reagan with his union busting. Remember all the stupidity about the 'Evil Empire' that nearly got us into a nuclear war? There is a big difference between a Curt LeMay saber rattling and the President saying he's on a leash, and the president doing the saber rattling. The GOP never has cared about bipartisan ship for the past few decades. And counting. Check their voting record. Votes don't lie. You know lies, like when the GOP moves their lips.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  66. J Atlanta

    Dreaming, yes. Ain't gonna happen. The really bad news is that the Republicans are sowing the seeds of their own gridlock when there time comes around again. If Democrats don't do anything else, they will remember the obstructionism and repay in kind, making the so called 60 vote Senate majority a permanant fixture in American politics.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  67. calaurore9

    Carol Colitti Levine Northampton, MA

    I thought it was a dream until today, Jack. Obama took questions at the Republican retreat. I was riveted to CNN (Fox axed it quickly).
    Each side made valid arguments in a reasoned civil manner. It was compelling and refreshing. More of this please!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  68. John from Alabama

    Jack: If first you do not succeed give the no boys and girls another chance. It is worth the effort, if only to have more friendly speech in both houses. No I do not think it will work, but President Obama is no coward. To answer the Republicans questions takes courage and brains both of which he has in a great quanity. Take care, Jack . Do not take any wooden nickels.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  69. Katja in Florida

    Yup, it is all just a dream. While I can believe that President Obama, would really like to see bipartisanship, it ain't gonna happen. Those "fat cats" on the hill will fight tooth and nail to keep things the way they are. Why should they change? They have had the whole country snowed for decades. They are firmly entrenched and will not give up without a fight. Only by we the masses voting them out and demanding term limits will we finally see the real bipartisanship and real change we have been promised.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  70. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Jack, you ask if President Obama is dreaming. On August 28, 1963 MLK told all of us about a dream he had and as of today that dream has not been fully realized. But, let me ask, where would we be if the Reverend King never had that dream?

    January 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  71. Sharman, Richmond In

    He may be dreaming, but, oh what a nice dream! It's just too bad that the bozo's in Washington can't quit acting like spoiled brats long enough to quit worrying about the next election and act on behalf of the public that put their trust in them and put them in office! Without some cooperation, nothing will ever get any better than it is today.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  72. Jim Zajac

    Jack, of course the president is dreaming. What will wake him from his REM sleep will be the nightmare that partisan politics, much like religion, was created to deal with the fear of the unknown.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  73. Elizabeth from Toronto

    I hope not. What he is trying to do is to make folks in the Senate and House Dems and Republicans accountable for what they say and do. These days politics is overly mean especially with the Republicans acting out in the same way as they did during the Clinton/Lewinsky saga. Members of both houses are wasting the American people time and money. The world needs the American economy to start growing. Americans need a strong economy to have the lifestyles they are use to. Instead of trying to destroy the President who is obviously trying his best to get out of a bad situation handed to him last year, members in both houses should be working together to make real change. It's a bore these days to listen to all the "children like" accusations that I see grown men and women participating in. Do the people's work not what keeps you elected!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Max Fairview, Texas

    Jack there will never be such a thing in Washington as bipartisanship until politicians learn to accept responsibility for their actions. If you ask a democrat who's fault it is the economy tanked they will say republicans caused it all. If you ask a republican the same question they will say the democrats did it. In reality it was both parties over a very long period of time that crafted bad legislation and lead us down this path to ruin. These politicians need to stop acting like children and pull up their big boy pants and take some responsibility for a change.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, OH Yeah!! Dreaming is putting it mildly. As long as the Democrats have Queen Nancy and King Harry in charge, with their big majorities, it will almost certainly continue to be "My way or the highway, we won, get over it" which makes bipartisan compromise a pipe dream! The only good thing is that there now appears to be a way to stop the bleeding of the taxpayer's wallets, if the Republicans can stop King Harry by filibuster.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  76. IKHAN san jose ca

    Hi Jack,

    in the current climate when GOP & the far right is doing everything possible to make his presidency a non-success & the Republicans are totally focused on the next elections, I have my doubts if his pitch would work.
    Its up to the American public to wake to what is going on & lend him support loudly & clearly if they want some good done for them for a change.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  77. Steve Canada

    I watched the session on CNN to-day and was impressed by both sides. I think that its simple. If either side thinks the ticket to re-election is by destroying the other side by sound bites, nothing is going to change.I think that the President should have the exact same conversation with the Democratic leadership that he had with the Republicans to-day. I do not thinks he is dreaming at all.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  78. Joe in Missouri

    He is not dreaming if he continues to be part of sessions such as the Q&A today. Openly held public meetings with opponents will require that both sides work together or the side that doesn't will be exposed for the world to see.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  79. Docb

    Jack,

    This was on camera..Watch it –The President called them out -in the question section- on every point. I doubt that the repubs will play nice –not in the script but now on record–we have proof of their intractable behavior with NO solutions...

    Strange, Obama always lets the opponent show their a$$-he did it with clinton, mccain and the senate-now repubs in their own words. The republican aides are now lamenting that they allowed cameras...Hit the nail on their heads -didn't he!

    Do not get me wrong..the dems have done little to help the people!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  80. Greg - Minneapolis, MN

    Not only is Obama dreaming, he must be smoking something stronger than ordinary tobacco! For some years the Democrat idea of bipartisanship has been "Do it OUR WAY!!" We see this with their recent attempt to ram health care down our throats, despite public opposition. True bipartisanship will only be achieved when there are no more secret deals, payoffs to members of Congress for their support, and all parties having an equal say in crafting legislation. In other words, the exact OPPOSITE of what Democrats have been doing for some time now!!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  81. Albert K, Los Angeles

    He’s dreaming Jack, they travel separate economic paths. Obama’s path is law and order regulating bandits who hangout at banks and markets. Republicans want to continue down the old Reagan Trail of 1890’s “Horse-and-sparrow economics” promising if we feed a horse enough oats some are bound to pass through to the high-end and trickle-down onto the trail for the sparrows ignoring how it all got lost in the Bushes; the George Bushes.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  82. Allan Hanson Placerville,Ca

    If the national debt is not a product of the Bush Administration I don't know what is. 2 wars, no oversight of the financial sector.
    If the Republicans are not the party of "NO",they refuse to even look at a Democratic plan.
    Can anyone tell me one thing the Rebublican party has done for anyone but big buisiness I would like to hear it. They have nearly destroyed this once great country, and it will take a while to recover. It won't happen in one year.
    Bear with this Administration.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Jim in Alabama

    Yes Jack, I thnk he is dreaming? The Republicans have already shown that they are more politically motivated than they are motivated to actually cooperate on anything that this administration might propose to do, regardless of whether it's for the good of the nation or not. That's exactly what's destroying this country. Partisian politics have always been around but not necessarily so when the nation's welfare was at stake as it is now with terrorism, the economy, climate change, and immigration. Now is the time to put petty philosophical differences aside and do what's best for the country. Voters said that in the last election, but apparently many of those in Washington chose to ignore it. Fire those who did.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  84. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it is very difficult for an arrogant, smug,elitist,like President Obama,to communicate with arrogant,smug,elitists like GOP leadership!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  85. Chad from Los Angeles

    The only way to get bipartisanship is to get the corporate interests out of politics. Too many politicians are more loyal to their corporate campaign donors than to the American people. The recent supreme court decision is going to cause more harm than anything else we are worried about, including terrorism, wars, poverty, earthquakes, you name it.

    We need to take citizen rights away from corporations, not give them more power!!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  86. Alex in Seattle

    The GOP will continue to sit on their hands, like they did at the SOTU, until President Obama fails regardless of what he does to promote bipartisanship. They will even vote against tax cuts (Their favorite mantra.) for businesses to ensure Obama fails. The trouble is that the people of America are suffering while congress fails to get things done.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  87. The Broker.

    "He's Puddled! (Last Year) 'I am not the President'.
    (Wedenesday) 'The people won't wait for Washington'

    "Think's' 'I am the White House.' 'They are Washington!' He continues to try and seperate himself! He is living in Denial. Wont be long before they put him in a Pschyco Ward!?

    January 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  88. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Yes, Jack the President is dreaming. I watched the meeting with House Reps. today and they are collectively stupid. Also. Cantor's use of the term "arrogant" is racist. It is one of the words white guys use when referring to blacks. I am white. I love and respect the President, but he is living in fantasy land if he thinks the party of NO will ever work with him. Republicans and I mean all Republicans are racists. And non-thinkers. Thanks Jack, for a place to vent.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  89. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    There is a strong difference between dreaming and hope.

    Dreaming is fantasy, denying reality. Where hope is seeing new possibility. And to hope there must be mutuality, no one can hope alone.

    President Obama is offering a new possibility, based in reality, void of fantasy, it is up to all of Congress, all of us, to begin to do likewise. And when we do, we will come to understand that it is our differences that make us stronger.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  90. Sue From Idaho

    Maybe not, Jesus rose on the third day.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  91. ROD Chicago

    Yes, he is dreaming. The repubs dont like the ideas policies and direction that this administration is advocating and so are standing oppposed. That is the way it should be. I want my reps to fight for me and not play games.
    Anyway, Cantor is right! Up to this point the Prez and Dems said, we won, we rule, so just shut up as do as youre told.
    Now their phony baloney jobs are on the line and they are singing a different tune...oh what a suprise.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  92. Randy Houston

    He is dreaming unfortunately but, both sides are just as guilty. Hopefully they will wake up and realize what compromise really means. It means you have to give something to get something........then you see how it works and add to it if it does and subtract from it if doesn't. Eventually the parties with the best ideas that actually accomplish something will get what they wanted in the long run because all the American people want is solutions that better their lives. Seems pretty easy to most of us, you would think guys at their paygrade (congress) would be smart enough to figure this out. Also applies to the President.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  93. Kris in Ohio

    I don't think he's dreaming. He believes that if he just calls for bipartisanship enough times he can make the Republicans look bad without actually having to BE bipartisan. It's all gamesmanship & politics in Washington these days.
    Time for a REAL change: throw all the liars out!

    January 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  94. Willow, Iowa

    Only if he keeps pushing at them, over and over, forcing them to interact. The Party of No needs to be pushed into bipartisanship. Hopefully. As with the health reform, Obama welcomed any ideas. Where were the GOP ideas? Where were ANY ideas? If Obama can show the population of this country what he is willing to do and what the GOP's answer is, only then will the GOP do anything cooperatively, if their elections are at risk.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  95. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Up to this point the only compromises Obama has been wiling to concede to are between the Left and the Far-Wingnut-Left. When he had a super-majority he obviously did not care what Republicans thought. Now that he has a road-block inthe Senate, it's all about "reaching across the aisle".

    January 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  96. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    There will be no getting along with the Republicans, they are still pissed at loosing the election and have no desire to help the President at anything. The idiots I help elect should have stood together and passed everything they wanted when they had the chance, all of that has gone down the tube and now to get anything they will have to take what the Republicans want them to.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  97. Wayne from New Brunswick Canada

    The weaknesses of democracy are being exposed. What is better; two powerful but polarized parties in which nothing gets done, or coalitions of parties in which some parties have to cooperate to get things done. And this 60 seat majority ruling for the Senate; isn't this anti-democratic? Isn't democracy supposed to be 50% plus one? The US would be better off with a dictator; at least something would get done without having to bribe every congressman and senator with whatever.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  98. Willard Gatzke

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I don't see how you can even ask the question.

    Never, in the history of our country, have the two parties reached such universal accord. Both sides have searched their respective souls and come to the same consensus.

    The country is in trouble, and its all the OTHER PARTIES FAULT.

    Will
    Canon City, CO

    January 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  99. Dennis North Carolina

    The people in control of the elected offices who are republican would make this almost impossible. the whole intent of the people of the republican party is to make Obama fail while he is in office. we are a country headed for failure and this the full intent of the conservative wing so they can take full control of the country. the enemy of this country is within and we will fall like Rome did which caused the empire to fall.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  100. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I hope it works for everyone's sake. I like the idea of Obama meeting weekly with each party's leadership. Maybe they finally could bond and get something accomplished.

    January 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  101. Laura

    More of a delusion really but smart politically. The country is fed up with who can destroy who while under the guise of looking out for the interests of their constituents. Why not take the step of extending the olive branch to try and get some cooperation and remind both parties that they work for the people?

    It's doubtful that it will have long lasting effects but for an election year we'll see who actually wants to accomplish something or who's driven by pure hate and control.

    San Angelo, TX

    January 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  102. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Only about as much as I am when I think of calling and getting a date with Marisa Tomei for the weekend !!!!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  103. Charles in Lawrence, NJ

    Politics is about serving the voters, not the business community but republicans have never allowed that and never will so this bipartisanship call is only necessary posturing. Lock the door against corporations, (You kids go out and play, Mommy and Daddy need to talk), they have enough advantages already with the recent Supreme Court ruling for unlimited special interest spending on elections and issues, the people need representation.

    The Supreme Court decision of allowing unlimited spending by special interests may sound like free speech but 60 seconds on prime time TV costs a million dollars and spinning lies to dimwits, one person one vote, works well, like it or not, just catch Fox News a couple times if you have any doubts

    January 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  104. Wisconsin Don

    He's dreaming and his agenda is giving the country a nightmare.

    Wisconsin Don

    Racine Wi

    January 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  105. kathryn

    Every American should have watched "Critical Conditions" on Dateline on Sunday night. It is an eye opener for all Americans.

    All those who are falling for the non existent boogey men where healthcare is concerened will find out the suffering of other Americans when their insurance company tells them "Denied" for a kidney transplant for their child who eventually dies.

    They will get to experience what other Americans experience when a child gets a stroke and the insurance company refuses to cover the cost for a comfortable bed an dmedical treatment and equipment and you have to watch your child die slowly because you have already remortgaged your house to pay for medication and the money has ran out.

    Only then will they wake up to realise that they are not as "covered" as they thought.

    The Publicans want Pres Bam to fail and that is why they try to block and fold arms on every proposal that he makes.

    If the Publicans really wnated to participate, they would. They need to stop lying to the public an dseek sympathy while lying that Dems are doing things behind closed doors. The Publicans choose to stay on the other side of the decision door to seek public sympathy for their own political gain.

    They make me want to sick!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  106. Will from San Jose, CA

    As long as our politicians work in custom built gerrymandered districts their goal will always be to make sure the other side loses. The only thing these people care about is getting re-elected, and unfortunately the best way to do that is to block any and all plans that originate in the other party.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  107. Laura

    No, he's not dreaming; he's probably just lying through his teeth. Some serious house cleaning would have to be done if bipartisanship were to ever be a reality. Even if you enter politics all sincere and altruistic, after hanging around with the old corrupt jaded politicians who have been there forever, you're bound to end up just like them, just hungry for power.
    Laura

    January 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  108. southerncousin

    Mention the name of Palin or Bush in your next column and see the hateful, slimy comments made by your liberals and you will see why this is so tough. Menion TEA Party or anything Republican and you get the same deranged, hateful rhetoric coming from the libs. They defended David Letterman when he made sex jokes about Palin's 14 year old daughter. Everytime Obama scolds us, or Reid and Pelosi call us names, it infuriates me. Don't even get me started on people like Boxer, Schumer and Waxman.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  109. HUBERT BERTRAND

    Jack; Politicians are two face, As soon as he left they back stabbed him.I think that is worst kind of slime politician, They want him to fail so they can say see we were right,

    January 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  110. kathryn

    I hear Pres O offering a hand of bipartisanship to the Publicans from day one!

    They choose to turn away from that hand and come out moaning like a woman in labour.

    Now that pretty boy from Massachussettes has won, let us see if he has more that what was in his hand in the magazine spread to take to washington or not.

    The Publicans are wicked liars who care about their mistresses mor ethan they do Americans!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  111. JIM,Roanoke Va

    His idea of bipartisianship is my way or no way. Talks a great game,but is a master of selling snake oil. Hasn't got a clue as to how to deal with the economy.Asks Republicans for their ideas and then when they give them,he tells the media that Republicans just say "no" to everything he wants to do.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  112. Marilynn Haueisen Smith

    Marilynn Haueisen Smith: I agree totally with your remarks on Pelosi's unnecessary trip to Copenhagen! Let me tell you, I have two sons ages 30 and 40 with Degrees from Arizona State Universities, who are both fine up- standing, smart citizens; both, are out of well paying jobs due to down-sizing. If anyone in the US Congress really cared about the American people and the employment, and the insurance dilemmas we are facing, maybe the Congress should forgo one month's salary (each) and help out this terrible economic crisis.....thus, setting a compassionate example.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Jeremy

    Where were all of these Republicans when President Bush drove up the debt by starting a useless war in Iraq against public opinion, meanwhile bragging about not watching polls and being 'the decider'? Obama's bill is big, but it spends this money on US, to improve OUR economy and Republicans complain about the debt! What hypocrites, all they care about is getting the presidency back.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  114. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Of course he is dreaming!

    And those in Congress who are so stubborn need to realize that, although they have CONSTITUENTS, in their capacity as Unityed States Representatives and Senators, their business is the business of the ENTIRE country.

    And a lot of us out here in this country are getting totally sick of all the stupidity, stubborness and inability to work together! After all, EVERY taxpayer pays their salaries, not just their 'constituents'.

    Speaking of which, have you ever had occasion to call the office of a Senator or Representative from some district other than your own? Talk about getting the heave-ho and rudely to boot!

    Who do those folks think they are, anyway?

    January 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  115. Scott Stodden

    No Jack because we need bipartianship in Washington now more than ever. Republicans are the party of no and I commend President Obama today for standing up to these Republicans and telling them how it is. If we could all work together to get things done like the stimulus bill which did help our economy and save and create jobs, health care which is something all Americans need right now, but Jack these Republicans say no to every single thing that the President wants to do. Republicans had it there way for 8 years and that's why were in this mess to begin with because of you George W Bush but the Republican way didn't work, so why can't Republicans and Democrats work together to bring change that America so desperatly needs Jack, why not?

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  116. Janne from NC

    Unless the President is willing to force Pelosi and gang to join the bipartisan band wagon nothing is going to change. I do not understand why he does not see how polarizing a figure she is. Or is it he knows but because she gives him political cover he does not care?

    January 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  117. Robinson

    he made a big mistake in the past. but it always start anew from a point. we all pray they think about us in what ever they do and not about their ambitions.Let them think about america not parties.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  118. Evelyn Rivera

    Republicans don't want to be partisan. They would rather see Obama fail than see this country succeed. The republicans that we have in office right now are horrible, selfish, low intelligence individuals who could care less about America! I just can't believe how the American people can't see this. The President is trying his hardest to be partisan! These idiots even go on television and announce how some of these things, if they continue opposing him, will be his Waterloo! Are they for real? Who voted for these idiots? Who keeps them in office? I would think that if a good Healthcare Plan is passed and it is partisan, both parties will get credit. I'm sure there are some republican families out there who are also in need of healthcare benefits. In conclusion, with the idiots, republicans that are in office now, Obama is dreaming about partisan!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  119. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, if he's dreaming then he is like the majority of us regular folks out here. Only the politicians don't want to work together. Most of us would love to see Congress and the White House walk the middle road and get things done.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  120. Jack from Canada

    I have watched as the rest of the world also watches how the Obama report was received – it appears that it is much like here in Canada – the party that is out of power will do nothing to help the party in power – you wonder why people feel so powerless with government – politicians will sell out their country just to try to garner a few more votes – surely there was something in President Obama's plans that they could have worked together on – a starting point – rather than admit that something in there could be a starting point for the good of the people they would rather run the country into the ground .A lot of money is wasted posturing for the electorate.
    Instead of acting like school kids they should try acting like a family and work together for the good of ALL THE PEOPLE – I still remember being taught that as a child – it must be a lesson that is out of fashion now – that may be why there is so much divorce now.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  121. tami perkins

    Obama has tried to play fair and work bipartisan since day one with a party that has no intention of working with him on anything. The only way the GOP gets a vote is by selling lies and distortion. Just like AlQueda, it's difficult to fight an adversary like that. When you stand up and try to change things for the better they start their tea party crap built on lies and subliminal hatred perpetuated by plain ignorance. Just because Brown won Massechusetts doesn't mean the public rejected Obama, it just means they were sold a pack of lies to make them choose the status quo. Tami from Clear Lake Shores, TX

    January 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  122. Al in Pittsburgh PA

    Dreaming? Absolutely. But it is important to set the bar high – that's part of what made America great. The key question is this: can the Republicans put America first? Or, as seems to be the case, will they continue to hold our country hostage for short-term political games? Come on guys, show some good faith and get off your oversized, country-club butts.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  123. William Courtland

    So whence did the Booing eliminate when he was chiding them all?

    Did the speech have a different answer if they booed... Did the Booing only come from the croud in stand and not of the members of Congress and the other elected?

    Was it coerced in retrospect?

    The call for Bipartizanship is done with the Constitution in hand. It can not then be refuted else be called out for treason against the oath.

    The President does not need to ask for a federal union of civily obedient patriots he expects and demands it. The President is above the Party, the risk of not being re-elected is in defeating the nature of the party inside the ranks in a single term and not fearing the reprocussions in re-election, as if the job is done: the proof is in the production of a new Congress(one not hampered by the existance of the chance of gerrymandering in growth prospects of census populous recalabration for a domestic number of representatives.)

    January 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  124. JaneE

    The President looks better for trying to work with Republicans. I suspect that he knows that no Republican will work with him. Right now the Republicans have a vested interest in making things worse for the country. No way will they support anything that might actually create jobs or save lives.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  125. Independent in Michigan

    Bipartisanship is a myth; US politics is an exercise in 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' and when necessary applying the iron hand in a velvet glovedt.. Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon both knew how to play the game and, like them or not, they got their programs through Congress. At different times I voted for each; they got the job that needed to be done accomplished.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  126. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    As a fromer Republican who lfinally ost faith after Watergate, Iran-Contra, Bush and Cheney war crimes, ect, It has shown me that Republicans are firmly in the grasp of the robber barons who steal everyday from the average American. Bipartisanship does not exist with the Republicans. It is strictly their way or the highway. And that highway usually leads to middle class Americans being left out in the cold while the rich warm their bones with tax cuts and greed made possible by the GOP.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  127. daniel

    No, he's not dreaming...maybe extending that olive branch too far. I would push the 51 votes on some parts of the health care bill. Those who are struggling to make ends meet understand. It's difficult to deal with rising cost of maintaining the family household. Insurance and medical cost affect everyone, whether young or old employed or unemployed.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  128. john

    We alow unintelligible actions year after year and will let it go on for many years to come ! And we call this the great U.S. We have our troubles just like the rest of the world.

    We have come so far and so far to go!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  129. Steve Batts Edna Kansas

    I sit and watched the republicans smirk and sit on their hands during the State of the Union. Fat chance the repuglicking are going to have any change of heart. They are to busy drinking tea. Any Obama dreams are nightmares

    January 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  130. frankie, President Obama's loyal fan

    No he is not dreaming, he is very much wide-awake. He understands that American citizens are disgusted with this do-nothing Congress (both parties) that does nothing but whine and argue and try to get re-elected. He offered some ways and reasons for everyone to act better. He also quietly pointed out that getting America's business done trumps bipartisanship.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  131. Laura

    Politics: how I love to hate it, like an evil character in a bad soap opera.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  132. Bob Playa Union Argentina

    Sadly we move further and further away from bipartisanship as we shout longer and louder to no avail. It's not in the cards for at least a number of years, maybe longer. I took a LONG time to get where we are and it will likewise take a LONG time to get back to where we should be!!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  133. Johnny From SC

    He must be taking a page from Marion Barry ( smoking crack ). Because no republican is going to vote with him on anything wether he's right or wrong. It's not simply political either. These folk's are more like Rush Limbaugh's that have to be politically correct. For instance I can agree to disagree you Jack. But I'm sure we both can agree that you're not always wrong. The Republican's can't do anything. That's why they are now called the party if " no ".

    January 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  134. Pat Truitt

    Unfortunately the answer is yes. Republicans would drill a hole in the boat of the whole country if it ment they coulld sink thye Dems.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  135. Gigi Oregon

    Is the Republican party known for their bipartisanship? NO!
    Is Pres. Obama dreaming NO! The president is in a Republican nightmare. And "we the people" as usual will have to live with the fallout. We will continue to pay our taxes while the bickering of government chews it up in cost, with raises and health care for themselves.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  136. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jack, President Obama is reaching across the aisle, the Republican party however is pulling out all of the stops, and declared war on all efforts to move forward by the Democratic lead Congress and Senate. It's clear with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the Republican party is working every angle they can do obstruct, defeat and block all legislation, and wait for their corporate masters to flood their campaign coffers with mega donations, the likes that have never been seen in American politics.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  137. Rich

    I hope that the President is not dreaming. I believe he wants to change how things are done in Washington. I don't believe that the leadership of Congress (either party) wants to see change come about.

    How about this? A 100% turnover in Congress! All incumbents replaced. That doesn't have to mean a switch from the current majorities, but I believe that voting in an entire new House and 1/3 of the Senate and then the rest of the Senate in the next elections will send the message that the American people are sick and tired of how Washington does business.

    The deal making that went on with Health Care to get it through the Senate is a great example. In Washington it is called our Political process. On Main Street it is called Blackmail and Bribery and usually winds up with someone in jail. That is what I call irony.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  138. Liberal wingnut

    Lets see Obama shut the GOP out on health care then shut voters out on c span

    Then Obama scorned moderate democrats and the supreme court during his state of the union. Bipartisanship? I don't think so.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  139. Brian (SC)

    The definition of bi-partisanship is what gets me. It seems the democrats' expectations are that the republicans just vote for whatever is thrown at them. THAT would be their bi-partisanship. How about getting both parties involved in the writing of legislation? That would be my definition. Hard to vote against something you helped write. Oh yeah. Televise it on C-SPAN while your at it. Like that would happen!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  140. Michael Stout

    As long as the Republican party celebrates people like Palin, the answer is a resounding 'Yes.'

    January 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  141. Sony

    As long as you only have two parties and the success of one party is dependent on putting down the other and making their base a.k.a special interests feel proud, bipartisanship is a dream. On the other hand, if you had a set of independents who had no party affiliation, then you achieve more than bipartisanship, you get common sense, which for some reason goes out of the window in Washington today. Bipartisanship requires every single representative or senator to be in touch with the pulse of their people, now that sure is a dream......

    Dallas, Tx...

    January 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  142. andrea ,ca

    yes, and yes. and that is to bad. we the people are getting sick and tired ot the bickering going on in washingtoncd. they need to grow up. it is ok to disagree, but to it with dignity. after all we elected them to get a job done, not to fight, kids can do that, they are all grown men, or so i thought?? shame on them, all of them. stop the finger pointing, stop the blame game, these times are way to seriouse for that. my 9 year old son has more sense then that. GROW UP, UP THERE. after all they making big bucks, and NO result. we want results from both sides, period....

    January 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  143. Michael Hsu

    It's clearly delusional (to put it kindly) to think that dems & repubs can work in bipartisan manner. And that's the way it ought to be – especially given that the dems are actually pursuing a socialist takeover of american liberties. So, the best role for the republican party is to oppose socialist legislation being proposed by the democrats in all forms.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  144. Tucson Arizona

    I believe that it is sad our great nation has fallen so far into rhetoric, re-elctions, pursing personal interests, listening to lobbyists that, I, and eternal optomist have become pessimistic about America's future. Where are the future leaders? When will it be for the people? If we do not get fresh faces in congress then the answer will be yes, he is dreaming, bipartisanship is not possible.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  145. ron levine

    Jack, a year in office and he STILL dosen't get it. Can't wait till 2012, bring on Hillary.

    Ron

    January 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  146. Greg, Ontario

    Yes, Americans like most free countries are to stupid and selfish to see the logic and benefit in a bipartisan attitude. Face it Jack freedom today equals what's in it for me and who cares about the rest of the country.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  147. Neil

    In today's toxic partisan atmosphere, yes, it is essentially dead. Get rid of the opinion journalism, and endless pundits who only seem to want to hear themselves bellow, return to true journalism that Walter Cronkite and his peers practiced and we can revive bipartisanship.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  148. Jim, Simi Valley, Cal

    Is he dreaming????No. Is he hopeing the Republicans remember that they were elected by the people of the United States of America, and not the United States of the Republican Party, Yes. The Republicans can't get over the fact that they left this country in a mess, and were defeated by a mixed blood, white/African American, who is educationally smart, and better being President of this country, and more believable then any of their candiates.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  149. Larry

    Interesting how bipartisanship wasn't an issue until the Mass. voting results. Now that he needs the GOP vote he wants to make nice. It's amazing how his entire atitude has changed.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  150. Steven Garner

    even if President Obama is serious about bipartisanship which it is too early to tell I don't think Pelosi and Reid are the slightest bit inclined to work with anyone.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  151. Catty

    Unless he stops being so insulting to republicans, everyone will try to kill his agenda. It seems everyone forgets that you attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar!

    January 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  152. ken connecticut

    Let's go with the republicans ideas and see how bipartisanship it is. lol He is day dreaming. I wonder what his dreams really are?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  153. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Yes, Jack, sorry to say he is dreaming! The party of NO will not cooperate with Obama even if it for the good of our Nation.

    The Republican party has been hijacked by the neocons, haters, now, Teabaggers. Republicans want a "purity test" how will this help America?

    "Saying NO to everything is not leadership!" ~ President Obama

    And....... Obstruction, name calling, hate, fear mongering, etc., is a strategy for failure.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  154. Joel, Marion IA

    The whole concept of bipartisanship is a dream. Not that I'm skeptical, but neither party want's to make concessions because both believe they are right and that their policies will best serve the US.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  155. Ed from California

    In fairy tales(aka. democratic minds) everything is wonderful and idyllic, puppy dogs and rainbows. We can "all" work together and get the job done, with no ones feeling getting hurt.
    In the real world (aka. republican minds) everything is up for sale, it's dog eat dog, survival of the fittest, get out of my way I'm coming through, I'm making money, honey.
    In bipartisanship, it's opposite worlds coming together for the common good. It's too bad fairy tales are just that, fairy tales. And, we all have to live in the real world.
    The democrats have to "man-up" and start leading this country. We gave you the power to lead the country. Start leading!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  156. steve rubenstein

    Which party froze the other party out of the health care debate leading up to the Congressional bills? Why, it was the Democrats who wholly ignored the Republicans! And the President has the nerve to chastize the Republicans for being partisan. Look in the mirror, please.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  157. Mickey

    And they expect the Israelis and Palestinians to forgive?? Cantor needs to grow up. The President has extended an olive branch. Reach out and try to meet a middle ground. I listened to the SOTU and it was NOT lecturing, at least not in the sense of putting the GOP down. It was a lecture in the sense of a learned professor laying it out for his students to learn!!! Apparently Cantor and Foxx are incapable of change.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  158. Tom in Iowa

    In 2008 the GOP decided the only way they can win back Congress and the Presidency was to make the current administration look ineffectual. To that end they have loudly opposed every single bill that has been proposed and so far they have succeeded. They cannot abandon this strategy or they will look like fools.

    So yes, the President is dreaming, the Republicans will never agree with anything he proposes.

    Tom in Iowa

    January 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  159. rosey petals

    Dear CNN, thanks for the coverage today and MAYORS in the A.M. Very informative, Tell CNN Viewers they are going to track the millions collected by major agencies and other ones, plus the RED CROSS, who may have raise a large amount. Haitians are still suffering everyday, no food, water and supplies. What's going on, no one should be fighting and dying fron the lack of. Track the money, this is as big as the Stimulus that CNN tracks daily. Funds were collected all over the world, now for the good of humanity and to help the families and crying grieving children, track the money, please for them. The first family gave $15,000 and they are not the wealthiest. It would be good to list all wealthy contributors.Help! Rose from Alabama.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  160. Ann from Charleston S.C.

    If he is dreaming, I like the dream. He did more today to get the ball rolling than anyone else as far as I am aware. I think Obama will make progress toward the goal of bipartisanship, and that it can eventually be achieved. We saw an African American become president, something I did not think would happen in my lifetime. Much progress has be made toward integration in this country. We put a man on the moon. We saw the disintegration of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Many dreams have been realized while the cynics were denying that such things could ever be.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  161. Kyle McCreary

    Well, Jack, the biggest road block to bipartisanship is ego. Since most of our elected officials have egos that are so large that we have to grease the doors jams on Capitol Hill so that they can enter the building,..you tell me.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  162. Jack Grimmer

    Partisanship got us into this mess. We have many problems to solve, but the politicians seem to think that the electorate doesn't care. Well, we do. It is time for our elected officials at all levels of government to stop the petty bickering and focus on what they are supposed to be doing – governing for the benefit of the people. Do not look back, only look forward (and beyond the next election). Only when we all work together can the problems be fixed. P.S. Elections are coming fast. Want to keep your job or join me in the unempoloyment line!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  163. Dimslie

    Tell him to call George Bush. Bush can tell him how well his attempts at bipartisanship worked out.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  164. Gregg-Washington, DC

    Yes, but that is apparently within his nature. It is ashame that the American public hasn't figured out that the President is the problem, Congress is the problem. The "President proposes and Congress disposes."

    January 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  165. Steve851

    Without an end to gerrymandered districts and the imposition of term limits, we are at the mercy of ultra partisans, beholden to their special interests.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  166. JL

    The Democrats had the overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress. They didn't have to be bi-partisan and they knew it. Remember Nancy Pelosi infamous line "We won the election, we have the majority, we write the bill" Bi-partisaship starts when the majority party respects and is inclusive of the minority party. For Obama to chastised Republicans for being partisan when the Democrats have the overwhelming majority and have not been inclusive or transparent and openly partisan themselves is ludicrous. But as they say, tomorrow is the start of the rest of our lives. Let's see what happens.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  167. ken connecticut

    Their are right answers to the problems facing this country. But how does one compromise what is right? And if one is right, how do they convince everyone that they are. I guess we have to learn from our mistakes

    January 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  168. Edmundo Castro

    Yes, he is definitely dreaming. The GOP party are and will continue to bash on Obama and make him look so bad so they can win 2012.

    To Obama: Use your executive orders and everything in your power or you will just be another president with no accomplishments in the list.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  169. Rusty Taylor

    The ONLY thing that is bipartisan in Washington, is the stinking LOBBY DOLLAR, It graces itself between the two parties and FEEDS BOTH of them, Jack BOTH parties should be ashamed of this action, in NO WAY is it representing the people.Merely a tool of GREED.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  170. Sarah from Pennsylvania

    Read my lips: Term limits

    January 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  171. Raymond Cottengaim

    I would hope not.

    These people we have elected to be our REPRESENTATIVES have just simply lost sight of what they are elected to do. I think the President has his thumb on the pulse of the American people and is trying to tell all these folks we want them to do something, besides ending up on CNN in some some kind of compromising or embarrassing position. Good News bits but very bad leadership.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  172. Brad L

    When the American people get sick enough of BOTH parties, and a new party emerges we might have compromise in Washington.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  173. Theresa

    OMG-I'm still laughing. It would be nice but so far it's been one big nightmare. I think the opposition thinks it's job description starts with a BIG FAT NOOOOOOO!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  174. kurt kress

    I'm sorry but the Republican concept of bipartisanship is "You do what I want, the way I want" Bipartisanship means comprimise in the Republican party and that they consider a dirty word.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  175. Brian

    Yes. Of course he is dreaming. The GOP made the decision to scuttle Obama's main domestic priority (health care) to win points for the next election and they did this by arguing that it was a socialist plot to take over the country and kill your grand parents. It has been very effective, Obama's numbers have plummeted inside just a year. Other than doing the right thing for our country, what incentives would the GOP have to not continue doing what they are doing? It's working.

    Denver, CO.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  176. Bob

    I think Obama has made a huge mistake. You don't compromise and placate bullies and traitors. One doesn't need uneducated, proud-to-be-ignorant, self-righteous, and hideously immoral people on one's team. Obama shoudl have worked for the impeachment of the political hacks on the supreme court who attacked and succeeded in compromising the very core of our democracy by appointing bush in 2000, and he should have worked for the exposure and trial of bush and cheney for war crimes and for leading this nation into unnecessary foreign wars. Obama should have immediately cut military spending, and begun a rapid disengagement of American military forces from foreign countries. Instead – a weak, irreversible slide into bankruptcy and failure.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  177. John Brown

    Bipartisanship is a great idea, to bad it does ultimately fail.

    The problem with the policy of "winning when you make the other guy lose" is that it does not advance this country whatsoever. It holds our government actions stagnant and makes us appear ignorant and unresponsive from the outside. Instead of working out our differences towards common goals, we bicker and argue amongst ourselves like children hoarding toys.

    It will be a brighter day for this country when each side of the aisle stops their petty intrusions into the private lives of others and begins to consider how to take this country forward for the benefit of us all.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  178. Leon Myerson

    I think President Obama missed a golden opportunity in his SotS speech. In his campaign, he raised more money than any other politician in history, and it came from small donors via the Internet, not from special interests. He should push that as the future for all politicians, of both parties. Cast off from the fat cat donors and their narrow agendas once and for all. Truly be the leaders of our nation. And offer the aid and experience of his own campaign staff to ANY politician, of either party, who wants to go this way. That would get everyone's attention.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  179. Andee

    Our President asked for bipartisanship before he was elected. Republican behavior has been insulting and embarrassing to this great country. Apparently they don't really care about their constituents. They were elected to work together to fix the past 8 years of neglect. They should ALL stop behaving like 3 year olds and be adults, do their jobs, stop the petty bickering. If they are so worried about the midterm elections, they need to do something positive, cooperatively. They need a collective dope-slap!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  180. aristocratic anarchist

    obama lives a dream while we live a nightmare of 2 party politics that only come together when big business buys off both sides and the people get played out of prper trade policy becuz it doesnt fit with the agenda of big business..... if he could introduce non shareholder welfare ideas , maybe..but , when he gets played by the 3rd world while doing a favor to his loyal constituents who want us to slow down so they can catch up ( or come up).. i would say that the president shouldnt be drinking in the "store"
    rahm emmanuel sabotages more trade policy prpers as a favor to the hate he is loyal to ........... stop the drinking andthinking and the headline winking while the world sees you blinking about your inept ability to discipline banks before you gave all the money away, mr. president"" stop bankrupting the country to make the outside world like us more ,,,weaker!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  181. Donald

    I have to laugh at all the Obama supporters who come on here and post that Obama has been bipartisan all along – that is the biggest load of horse hockey I've seen posted on these boards – who is kidding who here???? NO Democrats thought Obama would march in and all would fall at his feet in worship – the shock is it's not happening. Democrats idea of bipartisanship was Republicans just saying YES to everything Obama, Pelosi or Reid throws at them – that ain't gonna happen either.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  182. Karl from SF, CA

    No matter what the President does, the Republicans are not budging an inch. They may be talking today but it won't go anywhere. It’s time for the White House to go about its business, and that of the American people, without them and pass everything in such a way that it makes the Republicans look as bad as they really are by not supporting the American people. They have the votes to do it if they work it right. The longer the Republicans keep saying NO the less relevant they become and they aren’t that far from total irrelevance now.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  183. Tom

    Carbondale, CO
    Sadly, I think he is dreaming. It seems so impossible, everything is rooted in it. As an American, I am always disgusted by the State of the Union address, seeing our representatives divided so clearly with the half standing, and half sitting crap. I think everyone in that room has lost the ability to think for themselves and America is following the example. The election process seems to be to blame, but I am just not sure what the solution is. I for one am tired of it.

    As for the current Republicans stance on "hearing the bipartisanship talk before". This isn't 1st grade, they need to do their part regardless of what the democrats do. Both parties need to stop worrying about elections, and get it done. Government needs to provide security, rights, and well being, not jocky for re-election.

    My family personally will be without health insurance this year. And to keep my wife from going blind I am looking for any additional job to pay for the $20,000 operation. Anyone who thinks private business is a good choice for health care, call every provider in this country and ask for coverage, and let them your family is 100% healthy in every way, and your wife is pregnant. Let me know what you find out. Health care is not about making money. I am not a number, I am an American.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  184. michaeljwjr

    Of course he's not dreaming but people need to understand that the President is not a Monarch. He can not bend the House or Senate to his will. He can direct the Democrats to do something, and he can direct the Republicans to do something, but h does not have absolute control.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  185. kathryn

    Has any of you talking ever lived in the Uk and see how much different and bette rtheir healthcare system is? Europe has a much better system than here where you do nto have to wait for insurance companies to determine whether you or your child live or die!

    Give Pres O a chance r you will never know if he would have really made things better and different.

    How Americans quickly forget! The Publicans do not want Pres O to suceed because he is going after insurance companies and lobbyist s and Wall Street.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  186. kathryn

    How Americans quickly forget! The Publicans do not want Pres O to suceed because he is going after insurance companies and lobbyist s and Wall Street.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  187. Ken in Mt

    yes he is dreaming. bi-partisanship is an imposible dream in today's poisionous atmosphere. Obama could propose the entire Republican agenda and they would all vote against it. It doesn't matter what Obama proposes the Republicans will oppose it because they feel that to do otherwise would make them Democrats, and that is not what they were sent to Washington to be.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  188. Ken in NC

    It's more a nightmare than a dream. The President just doesn't get it. He should have gotten the message at the SOTU when he called for Tax Cuts for businesses and Republicans who get high and happy on the scent of tax cuts for businesses neither acknowledged or applauded.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  189. David Smith

    Wait a minute...Obama...seems like I know that name from somewhere.

    Oh yeah! He's the one that refused to allow Republican input on the healthcare bill, directed that negotiations occur in secret closed-door meetings so Republicans couldn't even see the bill as it was drafted, and directed Congressional leadership to avoid a conference committee so that Republicans couldn't have a say on the merged Senate-House bill.

    If Obama had approached healthcare in a bipartisan fashion, he'd already have a healthcare bill on his desk. Maybe, instead of forcing a radical and unpopular healthcare bill on the American people, he could have started with a few changes that have broad-based popular support (from all points on the political spectrum).

    If Obama truly wanted to be bipartisan, he'd already have a bill on his desk that ended the antitrust exemption for healthcare, set up an interstate health insurance exchange, eliminated pre-existing conditions, and did several other things that *everyone* agrees is necessary. Instead he chose politics as usual, it backfired, and now he's in damage control mode, talking about how much he loves bipartisanship.

    Hypocrite much, Obama?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  190. joan

    What an interesting meeting today, Obama is one smart man. The people in the party of No are all fake. I had to turn off CNN not one word how President Obama walked into the lions den and came out a hero. Obama was fantastic. The party of No is not going to go along with anything that will help the people . Replace the fake ones with people who care about the people.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  191. kathryn

    Has any of you talking ever lived in the Uk and see how much different and bette rtheir healthcare system is? Europe has a much better system than here where you do nto have to wait for insurance companies to determine whether you or your child live or die!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  192. ronvan

    He, President Obama, has reached out to try and get things going. Now lets see what will happen. Probably nothing, the republican children are pouting because they have not gotten their "treats = $$$$"

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  193. Tom in Texas

    Bipartisanship is a pipe dream, as long as the "I win, you lose" attitude is there. The strategy here seems to be "if you keep them from passing bills, they will have no record to run on", which is from the Tip O'Neill and Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay days.
    I haven't seen a politician REALLY do something for the good of the country in a long, long time.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  194. Peter Bremy

    Yes Jack, he's dreaming- but so was Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, and John F. Kennedy when he charged the USA with putting a man on the moon in less than a decade. All landmarks of progress start with a dream. I believe Obama is the man who can make the dream come true.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  195. Bianca

    Obama isn't speaking to the Republicans about bipartisanship as much as he's trying to get Americans on his side. If average citizens believe it's the Republicans that are causing the gridlock, they'll pressure them to go along with Obama's agenda. That's who Obama is really addressing with all these attempts at reaching across the aisle.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  196. Maria Houser Conzemius

    Yes, Obama's dreaming! I am tired of him trying out his fabulous personality and skills at bipartisanship on the "Party of No." You can't make friends with Republicans when they don't want to play nice. Part of leadership is knowing when to say "no more games. I'm done." I want action, and I want action on health care now!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  197. Mike from PA

    He's been dreaming since he entered office. Time to wake up !

    January 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  198. Bill West

    Dear Jack,

    I'm an Independent and have been for 35 years now. I think the President is dreaming so long as Nancy Pelosi is in office. She, more than any other politician, keeps the Republicans who want to participate bottled up and throttled in order to promote her own agenda. If the President is really interested in bipartisanship, he needs to tell her to step aside and get out of his way.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  199. Marvin Lee-Arcadia, California

    Pres. Obama is not dreaming. There are some issues that both Democrats and Republicans have similar views on. For example, Sen. McCain agreed with Obama's disapproval of foreign companies providing financial contributions to political campaigns. Bipartisanship is possible because that's how bills passed during the Clinton administration.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  200. Terence Reilly

    Republicans still do not accept the fact that President Obama is trying to clean up the fiasco of an economy that he inherited from their failed policies. Do I think they will start working with him?...No way, they have already demonstrated that they are only the party of "NO" and they wish him to fail, even if that means dragging the country down with him. They simply dont care

    January 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  201. muriel collins

    It need not be a dream if the public actually vote out term career house and senate members. Term limits would encourage members to want to leave some legacy to mark his/her efforts. As well, the media must make those who criticize any policies, offer a solution that will pass the truth test. Simply allowing them to give their political talking points without accountability ensures they don't have to be bipartisn but simply the candidate who kindled the biggest fire of fear. Regardless of your political leanings, voters must see this behaviour by both parties as unacceptable.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  202. an observer

    Simple answer,YES!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  203. soaponarope

    He may be dreaming but those who are successful start with a dream and follow with practical steps to get there. President Obama may seem professorial because the congress acts like adolescents. The ball is in Congress's court and I am open to see if they are able to have the maturity and wisdom to follow through with the practical steps of bipartisanship. I'm waiting. I'm watching. I'm listening.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  204. J Travers Devine

    Yes, he is dreaming. How can you possibly have bi-partisan action when the most basic views of each political party are 180degrees apart? What Democrats consider 'moderate' Republicans see as 'Socialistic'. What Republicans think is sound economic policy the Democrats see as 'total lack of restraint' on big business.

    I am very partisan and as much as I dislike the other side, the fact is I see the World one way and they see it completely different. Are either of us right? probably not 100% but likewise, neither is wrong 100%.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  205. Danny Crump

    Jack-

    After watching the past year of Washington politics I am having flashbacks of Blazing Saddles. Somebody please send for the convertible, I don’t think I can take much more.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  206. John Belen

    Jack,

    How does the President scold republicans for the lack of bi-partisanship and then hold talks on critical legislation behind closed doors?

    How you you scold one party for its lack of bi-partisanship while your most trusted aids tell the media that bi-partisanship means that republicans need to give the president what HE wants?

    How do you scold people for their lack of bi-partisanship while ignoring what the majority of american people feel is a REALLY bad bill?

    I don't understand.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  207. Kevin

    Jack,
    No he is not dreaming. He is just trying to move thing along a little quicker.
    This country is where it is today because of NON partisanship.
    Many ideas and programs have been started and then refined over the years, by many different leaders.
    We will get through this when the time is right and enough is agreed to, to do so.
    Until then, the debates will continue, whether heated or not, until the issues are resolved.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  208. Bunny

    Apparently he has been dreaming since he got into office. I wish he would dream about sending me a check.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  209. Maleka

    In my Marv Levy Voice.....Bipartisanship, Bipartisanship, are you kidding me.

    Maleka
    Miramar, Florida

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  210. leon

    "I win if the other guy loses" only works in a 2-party system. It is not leadership but it's all the Republicans have. Thus it will likely continue.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  211. John Ely

    Come on, Jack, there is no way this congress will work together as long as they feather their own political agendas. Only term limits will cause this body to work together.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  212. Pedro

    The Repulicans smell blood in the water and have no incentive to budge on anything. The Democrats are completely spineless and don't seem to understand that not passing the health care bill means that they will have nothing to show for a whole year's work, while being vulnerable to attack anyway. The democrats don't get it – they can't win votes by pretending to be republicans. The can only win votes by doing what they were elected to do – pass constructive, difficult, but important legislation, not try to run for the hills when the going gets tough. It's time democrats give up on the hope of bipartisanship and find a spine. And it is time for Obama to stop lecturing and start leading.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  213. Craig / HB

    Yes! Republicans will do anything it takes to take down the administration regardless of what it does to the country. I think he should stick to what he campaigned to do. Because, that's what we have elected him to do.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  214. C.K.

    It's absolutely a waste of time; it will never happen. The Republicans who sat and refused to clap even once during the SOTU speech proves my point. No matter what Obama said, their minds were made up that they were going to show their disdain by remaining in their seats through the night. I didn't expect anything less.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  215. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The President is just trying to do what the Founders intended – find the middle ground, make a deal, and govern for the People, not the Party. The House health care bill incorporates 200 provisions offered by Republicans, but which the Rs voted against, in mark-up, soCanotors accusastions pf partisanship are "the pot calling the kettle black." It takes two to tango – both House and Senate Dem leaders have tried and failed to get the Rs to deal. Obama is trung agian. The Lesson frm Mass is that the voters want reuslts, not partisan point scoring. If this does not work, voters will punish the Congress for it this fall. Herzl said, "if you will it, it is no dream." We'll see...

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  216. Cynthia in Canada

    Sadly, I think he is dreaming.

    Obama is the only politician in either of our countries who seems to really care about the needs of citizens. He understands his role as leader is to better the lives of the people in his country. Unfortunately, most of the politicians in the US and Canada today don't seem to understand their role in a democracy is to serve the needs of the people. It seems politics have degenerated into nothing more than ugly power struggles. Who cares about the voters? It's only about blind partisanship and power.

    In Canada, our greatest hero is Tommy Douglas- the man who led and won the battle for universal health care here several decades ago. This is why Obama is admired so widely in Canada. He is fighting to provide health care for the most vulnerable in your country. Canadians value fairness, equality and benevolence. Obama represents all those qualities and it is a shame that Republicans only value destroying his efforts. We only wish we had a leader like Obama in Canada now.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  217. Henry Ma.

    Yes, we in Ma. gave him the answer.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  218. Rosemary

    Unfortunately it appears that he is dreaming but to his credit, he does keep trying. I wonder when voters will realize that the Republican party is acting like the 2 year old that had his favorite colored candy taken by someone else. He refused to take any candy but instead just stands, points and whines. I am personnally getting tired of seeing all of the overtures made to them and they don't reciprocate.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  219. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Know Jack he's not dreaming. I listened to his speech today out the RNC's meeting. I thought it was very productive. But, man is weak. Already their a barbs flying.

    The problem Jack, I believe, is the Democrats are so upset with the Republicans and Bush/Cheney for leading them down the wrong path during the Iraq War. Many lies were made no ands, ifs or buts about it. And, I'm thinking the Dems are silently mad at themselves too for not fighting harder against Bush going to war in Iraq. And, I'm thinking that Dems figure; well you Republicans screwed up so bad why should we let you have a say? So it's a big hurdle to get over for the Dems to trust the Republicans. And that leads a broken government.

    In My book, the Republicans have to come and make amends for screwing things up. Bush/Cheney the secret energy meetings that took place, and I'll bet back then the Dems were shut out of a lot of things. Guaranteed! So their has to be some making up to do. But, do you think they will do that? Do you think they can swallow their pride and say they were wrong? In relationships when one does wrong to the other what do you do, you buy flowers a nice card and you humble yourself and say I'm sorry. Is that so hard to do?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  220. Dave

    What a joke he is. Joe Wilson yells "you lie", which in fact was the truth and he gets grief bigtime. Obama scolds the Supreme Court and everyone looks the other way. Where were his manners? The guy is a power hungry, egotistic, unqualified disaster as President. He has brought the office down a few notches in my mind.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  221. Phyllis G Williams

    Pres. Obama renews call for bipartisanship. Is he dreaming?

    Oh! The President has shown more Christlike Love
    than we knew he was capable of. He will get a Star for fulfilling
    Matthew 5: 43-48. The country will be blessed, if their response .is reasonable.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  222. MoPro

    Please tell me how bipartisan Obama can be when his chief of staff is the most in your face, expletive spewing partisan there has been in recent memory...and he is feared for the revenge he extracts from those who disagree with him...including the press/media.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  223. Pete Mills

    Hey Jack;
    Mr. Obama certainly is dreaming, in so far as the Democrats go. They keep saying the Republicans are the party of no, when in fact, if they would consider some of the Republicans suggestions, regarding health care, such as Tort Reform and allowing insurance to be sold over state lines, maybe they might become the party of maybe if not yes. Their arrogance in being the majority party is one of the biggest roadblocks to bi-partisanship.
    What do ya think?
    Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion.
    Pete Mills Mt. Gilead, Ohio

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  224. Jake Allen

    Jack, I'd like to see a military trial take place at a military installation.
    As far as what military installation, let's get the navy involved and hold the terror trial aboard an aircraft carrier, sailing around the world. That would make it a truly global event without leaving U. S. property since the ship flies the American Flag. The advantages that come to mind, are: built in security, definitely the most difficult target for a terrorist to try to attack and presumably the most cost effective venue.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  225. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Not only is he dreaming... he is having a nightmare, He needs to wake up, and more forward without them because the GOP has been in a deep sleep for the last eight years!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  226. Debra Eisenberg, Gaithersburg,MD

    Jack,

    Either President Obama is dreaming or he's being PC so the public continues to see him as the harbinger of change he promised us and espoused to be. We can only hope he realizes the GOP's actions and statements clearly illustrate their unwillingness to cooperate. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." I believe in him and hope he realizes that he will ultimately be judged on what he and his administration achieve and not by how bipartisan he was. He needs to follow through on his tough posture with both Dems and the GOP... Once he succeeds, the Republicans and Dems will do what they always do - take credit for the successes and blame the administration for the failure.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  227. Juan Sanchez

    I dont think President Obama is dreaming.. It could be possible as long as the GOP stop playing such kind of political games that do nothing but affect the American People. Those people in Washington ( this include Democrats and Republicans) should put their political interest aside and start doing what they are supposed to do "WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE." If there can not be a bipartisan talk in DC, I suggest the president to push his agenda forward (as long as his plans benefit the American people) using the votes of the Democrats who are too soft when it comes to govern..........

    January 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  228. john ......... marlton, nj

    No,
    Obama isn’t dreaming, he is delusional. The State of the Union speech confirmed two things about Obama; his values or what he considers values are not reflective or consistent with traditional American values and; he does not tell the truth and he does so intentionally.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  229. Robert from Utah

    We can only hope that he is not dreaming. When I vote for someone I don't vote for a party, I vote for the person. This is not a ball game, we are not voting for our favorite sports team. We are voting for the person that will best represent our values, not for someone to play games at the expense of the American people. I applaud our presidents efforts to this end.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  230. Jerome

    I don't really think it matters. From what I have seen over the past year, Republicans and some democrats do not respect President Obama as the leader and president of this country.
    He is never addressed as President Obama, many in congress and senate say what they want and totally talk to him as the regular "joe" on the street. I was always taught, with the position of being the President of this fine country, there comes respect. Maybe many in goverment forgot to take their "sensitivity" and diversity classes.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  231. Co

    Don't wory Jack, the bikkering will go on untill the independents create their own party!! There is hope; the suppreme court decided, in all their wishdom, to allow the corporate world to invest heavily in the US politics. Lets hope one is smart enough to cover the cost for the third political party in the US. .................... and everybody wil start to behave to stay in the governing seats and not kicked into the oposition.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  232. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack—one-more-time, the Republicans in Congress have NO, None, Nada—interest in what is in the best interest of the American people—and shown us time and again that, for Republicans it is “Politics 10”, the American people “O”!It was smart politics for President Obama to agree to meet with the Republicans—he is hardly dreaming—he exposed their hypocrisy for what it is!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  233. Jim

    Obama reaching out to Republicans is a good (if long overdue) move. Whether it's anything other than a show for the press remains to be seen.
    The question will be:
    1) Whether he just wants them to blindly support Democratic positions or actually acknowledges that they have something to contribute. One huge example could be the health care bill - he COULD say, "OK, I see this thing is flawed and lacks wide bipartisan and public support, so let's scrap it and start again." But he's chosen not to do that.

    2) Whether he invites them to his various secret meetings

    3) Whether he tones down the rhetoric and stops attacking them at every turn

    January 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  234. Randy, Austin, TX

    What everyone, including Obama, wants it true statesmanship. Idealogs can never engage in true statesmanship because they are unwilling to compromise. Jack, when was the last time you saw a true states(wo)man?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  235. James Taylor

    If President Obama truely desires bipartisan cooperation, he (and the congressional Democrats) must be willing to compromise, just as he obviously wishes the Republicans to do. I believe the President and Speaker Pelosi still do not understand the anger of the American public and it's time they begin to listen.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  236. Stewart in OR

    Forget it – TERM LIMITS is what the people need.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  237. Isabel

    He is not dreaming and more than Murray dreams of beating Federer. He is hoping for the best possible outcome in an incredibly challenging situation. He is an idealist that, despite his first year in office, has hope. Perhaps he has learned that he needs to lead from his strength rather than compromise away his advantages. He surely needs to do this to be effective. However, calling for bipartisanship illustrates the stone-walling practices of the current Republicans and the necessity for better communication. Remember, he called for "common sense" in politics: perhaps he is dreaming on that front.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  238. Merrill in Maine

    Both parties are made up of bickering buffoons who are not influenced by either Obama or the voters. Most of these blowhards will have to be changed out before the whole system crashes. Pleasant dreams, Sir.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  239. Steve, Lake Tahoe

    Jack, a year in office and Obama and the demos have proved again that the we are of no concern to then other than providing funds for partisan fighting and big business. The best salesman wins and nothing changes for us. Bring on Sara Palin. What do we have to lose?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  240. Jake in San Diego

    Bipartisanship? Obama has gotten so used to working with smoke and mirrors that no one can trust this man.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  241. minnie

    Why can't the people get through to The great one. He does not listen to anyone that disagrees with him. We do not want his health care plan. period. Why try to ram it down our throats????
    and Kathryn. really. We have the best healthcare system in the world.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  242. Mark Pettersson

    Yes he is dreaming. Republicans main goal is to bankrupt our government and then say "See? Government just doesn't work".

    January 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  243. Joy

    When the Republican National Committee threatens to withhold financial support to any Republican supporting any proposals from the White House or the Democratic side of the Congress how can anyone expect bipartisanship to exist.

    The Republican's in Congress believe bipartisanship is "their way or the highway." It is my hope that voters will see that and understand that it is the party of "NO" that is keeping much needed legislation from passing.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  244. Anita

    Are you kidding me????....they're the ones who won't cooperate...the only way bipartisanship will work is if the Republicans get their way, no matter what!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  245. cecilenoel

    no is not dreaming ,republicans need to understand say no to everything doesn't make them a good learderchip...stop be a bepartisanship.republican stop ,the king of the lord God put him there because he as a plan to push him to realize the prophetie...be a part of the bepartisanship with the king barack obama hussein..stop to against the man.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  246. Chip Pierce

    Yes, he's dreaming, but at least he's trying to forge a solution.
    I don't think Obama understands that the present mission of the GOP is to do anything to bring his presidency down.
    It's pretty scary when a large portion of our gov't welcomes a terrorist attack for political gain.
    The Republicans are as great an enemy to Obama (and Main St.) as The Taliban.

    Carlsbad, CA

    January 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  247. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You don't dream when you're playing russian roulette or texas hold them, somebody has to to shoot first or fold. I'd say Obama is playing to win.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  248. Badger11

    It would help if the President would stop prefacing everything with comments blaming the past administration and Republican congress. That approach backs Republicans into a corner and they go defensive.

    The blame game doesn't work in marriage, in business, or in our daily lives. It certainly will not stimulate bipartisan cooperation in government.

    If he is challenged, by all means use facts to respond, but don't always lead with a punch. As previous great leaders have found, President Obama will best achieve his full potential if he can lead from the middle and facilitate bipartisan collaboration.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  249. Martha Coker

    As Steven Tyler and Aerosmith says:

    "DREAM ON".

    January 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  250. Jon S.Pridham

    Dreaming? maybe. Hoping? definitely. Why? God only knows. In the past year the GOP has done nothing but accuse him of anyting from a Socialist Agenda, to atempted brain washing of our children in school. He should know buy now that they don't care about the state of our country, they care about stopping everything the President wants to do for the United States.

    Jon S.Pridham
    Kittery ME

    January 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  251. Docb

    Jack,
    I was surprised to hear you mention the Mass vote. This is not the first talk Obama has had with the republicans but it was the first on CAMERA! The repubs may regret that they allowed the cameras.

    Calling people fascists or worse...saying that they plan death panels is not helpful anymore than calling names of the republicans. Lying allowed by the media is convincing the public that there is more anomosity in the Well and on the Floor than might be true. They are all horsetraders–but there are few 'Statesman' now!

    Whining is not the solution–lying is less a solution!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  252. Doug-Alaska

    He's dreaming as long as the democratic leadership can compel their members to vote a straight party line through special favors and/or outright bribery. The "we won; get over it; sit down and shut up" approach that has been used so far resulted, predictably, in the other party voting as a bloc in response. Neither party seems to be paying much attention to the will of the voters. Stay tuned in November....

    January 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  253. Brad

    I'm one of a growing number of Americans who look at both parties with scorn and disgust. The great thing is that with all the fighting between and within parties, the American people are caring less and less for either. If these lame a$$es can't put a little bipartisanship on the table when our country is in trouble and their bases are drying up and looking elsewhere, how are they every going to deal with tripartisanship?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  254. Jeepster

    @ Kathryn: Guess what? We are NOT EUROPE and DO NOT WISH TO BE. Hate to be a love-it-or-leave-it type, but I hate to see you and others of your ilk so pained as to have to endure another second in this abysmal USA. I get confused: Are we supposed to be multicultists or one-world-one-culturists? I and about half the U.S. believe in and will defend the core of what our country is about, and among those values is self-reliance, independence, self-determination and lack of governmental babysitting. The government's job is to keep the borders safe, our economy free to foster entrepreneurship as intended, and to lift us ALL up ... not simply play to the lowest common denominator while trying to soak the rich. We are fundamentally different nations. So celebrate diversity, why doncha babe?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  255. Jim

    If "bipartisan" means the Democrats and Republicans are again allowed to openly pander to their respective finanial enablers (big labor and the likes of Acorn for the Dems and big business and banks for the Reps) while holding hands in screwing the public, then I hope it never happens!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  256. Philip O. Atlanta, Georgia

    Jack, the Republicans are totally irrelevant. Just out of curiousity; What is the probability of having a motion skewed to the right in both the house and senate? These guys are so crippled by Nansy Pelosi and her large family on the left. If the president is dreaming by preaching bi-partisanship i suppose this is the dream my friends on the left will not afford to see him wake up from.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  257. Ruth Buerkle

    Yes. The past year has shown the Republican agenda across the board is to flatly disagree with everything the Democrats put forward. It was highly visible during the State of the Union when Republicans sat on their hands even as the President asked for the two sides to work together for the country.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  258. Kathy, Willcox, Arizona

    He may be dreaming. But without dreams and the audacity to pursue them there would be no United States of America.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  259. Bea Ledbetter, the valley

    Jack, President Obama should have put up a curtain at the State of the
    Union address so no one could see the Republicans.

    Bea

    January 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  260. Rita in NJ

    Let me offer you a challenge. Go to the websites of everyone in Congress. What hits you when you just look at their websites.? My hope would be that they would model the type of comments and words we would want our children to emulate. Civility, respect, and an openess to differences?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  261. Kevin

    No, Obama is not dreaming. He is just being disingenuous. He doesn't want bipartisanship anymore than he cares about what the people want. All he cares about is his own ideology. He is determined to force his agenda on the people of this country even though the people do not want it. And when anyone disagrees with him, he points fingers at them. The Republicans at least realize that the majority of this country does not want Obama's health care, nor do they want him to waste anymore money on his economic stimulus packages that do not work. And Obama is trying to blame them for not being bipartisan. It is he who is not being bipartisan. It is he who is not listening to the public. The win of Scott Brown in Massachusetts is only the beginning.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  262. BOB of Morganton N C

    Obama IS an ideologue and a socialist.We can not expect bipartisanship until Obama an the Dems get off their arrogant high horse.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  263. Ramses

    No, he is not dreaming & knows the reality. It is my observation that Republicans are as mad as hell because the Democrats won the election & do not want to cooperate. They are like a pack of wolves, determined to attack from all sides to bring an elephant down & satisfy their hungry stomock. They want to screw up the people more & think they can win their next electioin. Power, Greed, selfishness, non cooperation that is their game. Perhaps they hate a black man who is the President. What good ideas Republicans have? People are paying the price. It is a shame.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  264. Jake in San Diego

    Bipartisonship? When a freshman Housemember asked Pres. Obama direct questions, Obama cut him off and never answered the questioons asked. More smoke and mirrors from our president. Obama isn't dreaming, he's lieing.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  265. Andrew Fairhall

    Obama's pursuit of bipartisanship is a fool's errand. Dems not screaming and pushing (like the pubs) is hurting them and no change is seen coming. The sad thing about the GOPof today is they'll hurt the US in order to get back in power – treasonous.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  266. Carol

    Republicans have no interest in working with this adminstration. All they care about is gaining control and we have already seen what mess they can make. Repulicans say they are for fiscal responsibilty but when they were in control do we remember the spending spree that they went on.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  267. Dede

    Of course he is not dreaming, but rather trying to bring some common courtesy and common sense to this horrible mess we have going on in the country. Why are the Republicans so unwilling to accept the state this country was in when President Obama took office? How can responsible elected Republicans, sit on their hands and vote no on every issue that comes before them. Don't they get it....This Black man won the Presidency of the U.S. and is capable of doing a good job. They need to get over it and get rid of their racists feelings which they obviously are harboring.....We pray for the President and certainly for this USA.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  268. Lee/California

    I hope he's not dreaming. I voted for him because he said he would bring us together.Not Red America or Blue America but the United States Of America. He's let Pallosi and Reid play left wing hard ball, I think most answers to our problems can be found somewhere in the middle. I hope the left and the right figure that out before it's too late.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  269. virgil

    I remember that the last president required people to sign a loyalty pledge before they were even allowed into a presidential speech. In the last few days I have seen President Obama take tough questions from many people even the Republicans. I think doing this regularity could really solve problems and yes, please keep this on TV so we can all watch.

    PS keep hearing that the health care debates are not televised as promised during the campaign. My question is does Obama have the authority to put this on C-Span or is this a decision that congress makes? I’d really like to know if he could even make this happen and CNN should inform. Please email me back with the answer if you can.
    Thx,

    January 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  270. Sue from Redwood City

    I hope Obama's not dreaming this time but we will have to wait and see. I have so much pettiness and deliberately untrue negative spin put on things coming from the extreme right over the last year, such as Palin's extremely vicious "death panel" attack. I doubt the Righteous Right have any intention of changing their ways since this attack has been coming from very negative, self serving agendas. They will stoop to anything because their true agenda is to try to cause Obama to fail, ala Rush Limbaugh. They have no interest whatsoever in what is best for Joe Citizen, they just want venemous hateful revenge for loosing the 2008 election.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  271. Subhash

    There is nothing in this world that is bipartisan.Favourite are there ,even amongst children! To expect of bipartisanship in politics is a DRAEM

    January 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  272. John from MA

    If Obama really wanted bipartisanship, then at his meeting with the Republicans he would have insisted that they turn off the cameras, toss out the reporters, and lock the doors. You can't put any politician in front of cameras like that and expect a productive, attempt to reach compromise. Sure looked like nothing more than a photo op to me.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  273. Big Tony

    Is Obama dreaming, maybe, but isn't that where all good ideas begin? It will take bipatisanship and less lobbying by big business, to restore the confidence of the average American in its government. "Divide and Conquer", the very old miltarey strategy comes to mind when I think of the two party system and money from big business has caused the greatest divide to bipartisanship. The true question is whether or not our politicans can stop catching the knuckle balls being thrown at them by big business.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  274. Tricia

    I think he is right to try but i think it will never happen. I have never seen such a partisan group of people. There was a statement made during the republican response to the state of the union speech the other night that really struck me. I do not recall the exact words but the new governor pretty much came right out and blamed democrats for the current deficit. I could not believe my ears because the folks in control at the time all of those decisions were made were republicans. As i recall, Bush took over with little to no debt. That is just one example of the comments that are so partisan that they are never going to work together. It is going to take some high profile people not getting re-elected to wake these people up and show them that we, the american people, are tired of their crap!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  275. Phillip B.

    Obama and his administration are molding a theme for the general public to pick up: We want to make nice, but the Republicans don't

    It's disingenuous nonsense on his part.

    Gotta love how he weaves calls for civility and an end to the blame game, and turns right around and lays blame and criticizes the Repubs.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  276. Debbie Gomez

    He might be dreaming, but its still a worthy cause. I see alot of comments geared only towards the GOP's policy of "no", but the Dems aren't doing any better. To consider themselves "neutered" because they have 59 instead of 60 now shows you just how disfunctional they are. There aren't 2 parties...there are 5....Blue dogs, mod Dems, mod Repubs, and Conservatives. Oh, and then there's the party of Joe Lieberman, who changes his allegiances with his underwear. Obama is doing what he can to forge a conversation, but without BOTH parties dropping the politics of the moment in favor of serving the people, we'll continue to see no progress. I only blame Obama for not being forceful enough before now, but it falls to Congress to actually move things to passage. Sadly, both sides are blowing that.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  277. phyllis maston

    He may be dreaming,but he is also working at it. Going to the Republican camp shows that. If the majority was willing to do their fair share to help develope equivocal polices that benefit all those who are willing to work and support improvement, rather than just trying to protect and keep what they think they have, politicians on all sides would not be able to act the way they have been acting.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  278. Dan in Owensboro, KY

    I think it was obvious by the looks on the sour faced Republican side of the audience that bipartisanship is not going to happen! The Republicans erroneously think that the MA election has sent a message to Dems, but that is not what it was about. It is about getting rid of career politicians who are serving their own political careers instead of representing the people and legislating. Both sides of the isle should consider putting some "new blood" in.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  279. KWT

    Amazing to me the responses on this question. If you are a Democrat, then it's the Republicans who "won't" play nice....if you are
    a Republican, it's the Democrats who "won't" play nice! Can't you see the incredible hypocrisy to all of this? Neither side wants to let the other side "win" anything...an argument, an election, a vote, etc...Always the other guys fault...is it any wonder that more and more
    voters are turning Independent? The party in power, either party, will continue to get massacred in elections and not change any of their
    strategies....great plan! Try that in the business world!! Congress not listening to the American people is like a business not caring about what their customers say....bipartisanship will never happen again.
    These guys are all blind from their own hatred of the other party....

    January 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  280. Sharon

    It is sad, but he is dreaming. All the Republicans can do is say NO to anything and everything the President proposes. They have no productive or positive input so all they can do is make up lies and use scare tactics to arouse the ill-informed. This is then perpetuated by the media causing more division between the two parties.

    Jacksonville, FL

    January 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  281. Rayshaun H.- New York

    Maybe so Jack, but was John kennedy dreaming when he challenged the U.S to land man on the moon? He said we choose to do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard. Bipartisanship will prove really hard but we must choose to take on the hard, it has to be done and we must strive for it because failure to do so will be to our detriment .

    January 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  282. B in FL

    President Obama was great today answering the Republicans questions. Some Republicans even admitted it may have been a bad idea to have the Q&A broadcast because the President did so well. With that said, I'm doubtful there will be bi-partisanship because our two parties have very different ideas on what's best for the country and there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Therefore, elections have consequences and the Democrats need to grow a spine and realize the majority of Americans voted for their ideas in 2006 & 2008 and push forward with or without the "NO" Republicans.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  283. Phillip B.

    My gosh, just reading the responses on this thread, there are so many political hackjobs on here.

    Where were you when the Dems/Libs were lambasting the Repubs?

    Just the utter height of hypocrisy...unbelievable.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  284. Patty in California

    In a world where those that have taken an oath of office meant what they said....to support America and Americans....this would not be a dream, it would be reality. We all know we don't live in that world. We live in the world where it pays more to mouth the oath, then do whatever it takes to make sure you and your party win in the future. What's good for the country/Americans has no bearing. Republicans are far more interested in destroying this presidency and the party in power, therefore insuring their future and their party, than doing anything remotely beneficial for my country.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  285. Judd

    Jack,

    A prolific exchange, let the facts speak for themselves. Why not check the facts on the questions (statements) by the Republicans and President Obama's answers to them? Please use your journalism skills and report the facts on this.

    Thank you,
    Judd
    Winterset, IA.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  286. kathryn

    If you all cannot see the efforts made by this president to reach accross the isle to the Publicans which has never been done before by any side, then you are all so sad. Pres O is trying. The Publicans are playing the victim.

    Look at how many of the Publicans have been proven unfaithful to their wives and families in one year. Where were they when the policies that got us here were being made? Why give Pres O such a hard time at trying to sort things out?

    A year is too short a time to clean up all this mess. Pres O can do so much and no more so stop sitting around an dwait for him to come and flush your toilet!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  287. Cliff - Beaverton, OR

    The President and his party took Health Care Reform behind closed doors, shut out the Republican legislators, and then tried to ram it through congress without a proper review. That is not the bipartisanship CHANGE that I expected from this President and I think the President now has to do some serious fence-mending if he really wants to go forward in a bipartisan way.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  288. John/San Antonio

    Sadly, yes, this is a pipe dream. As many have said below, both parties are more concerned about sticking strictly to the Party line, even if it's in everyone's best interest to compromise.
    It actually sickens me to listen to the ignorant rhetoric of both parties as they bicker back and forth about whose plan is best and how wrong everyone else is.
    If this isn't a prime example of the need for Term Limits, I don't know what is. Time for some new blood. Time for a legislature that actually listens to what the people want.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  289. E.J. in Tacoma

    Yes he is dreaming and hoping that there will be some support from the GOP but unfortunately Jack I don't think he'll be getting one iota of support from the party of no! There was not one willing republican Senator in support of his stimulus package, Health care bill or any idea his administration comes up. Thank goodness President Obama hasn't given up his dream of unifying the people. Can you imagine people like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, or any of our founders giving up their dreams. James Madison never gave up and it took years to come up with the final drafts of the Constitution. Lincoln never gave up his fight for Union and freedom for all. I hope the President doesn't give up his dreams or hopes for this country.
    e.j.in Tacoma

    January 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  290. Ashley/PA

    It was a nice thought but it's also very obvious that the GOP doesn't want to do what's best for the people but just themselves. Obama could put together a bill that would ban abortion, make Christianity the only religion and make Palin president and the Republicans would still vote against it simply because they had planned from day one to vote against anything he wants.

    Time to get rid of both parties and finally get real Americans who know what hard work and struggling is all about – not those born with silver spoons and hate-filled talk shows.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  291. Dalas Klein

    Look Jack, this bi-partisanship has been going on for ever on both side. I'm 60 yrs. old so I've witenesed it for 40 yrs. But it has been more previlent on the Republican side for the last 15 yrs. Just how many Rep. have voted for anything that Obama has wanted passed? I don't think you can find 10. I don't believe the Rep. will change no matter what, unless Obama accepts their idea, their laws, their bill and so on and so forth. That isn't a two party system. That's a Republican Party-Dictatorship.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  292. pcyoung38

    Of course he's dreaming. Did you hear the Republican response. Not only are they on the fence for what the President is planning but they are on the fence for what they want to do. With no melding of the minds this is going to qualify as a long and unfruitful term of office. The only solice is to get on board with creating jobs. Then, maybe, the nation will put alittle more faith in government. Til then we are all ununified and disgusted.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  293. People's Republic of NJ

    LIberal bipartisanship works this way: We and our Messiah are correct in every facet of thought and behavior. You Republican Wingnuts are always wrong, have always been wrong and always will be wrong. But here's what we'll do. Step by step, we'll endeavor relentlessly to create the caretaker state that violates the very core of your beliefs and the culture of our nation. You can take it or leave it. Take it, and we'll anoint you bipartisan. Dare to question our will, seek some sort of justification, or outright defend your own core, sacred beliefs? Why, how dare you you dogs, you animals, you swine?

    January 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  294. George Van Etten

    Jack,
    Everyone should forget partisanship...as long as career politicians are in office, the work of America goes unanswered. Here is an idea....term limits of eight years for both houses, just like the President. What effect will the various and sundry lobbying groups have then ?

    George
    Houston, Texas

    January 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  295. Sean Russell

    Yes, unfortunately- he is dreaming.

    The Repubs never play well with others. And they know that if they were to look even remotely civil and cooperative with a Democratic president, their narrow-minded, redneck, bigot base would have a fit. They're not interested in anything that the vast majority of people in this country want. They are the proverbial 'squeaky wheel' and do whatever Rush and G. Beck instruct them to do. And with unlimited corporate slush fund money now going toward their party (thanks to their SCOTUS flunkies)- they don't have to work with anybody. Just sit back, do nothing, and let the country go to hell.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  296. Bill in Fargo, ND

    I am elated to see Pres. Obama haranguing the GOP today and to hear his potshots at the Republicans during his Union Address. The GOP has been nothing but trouble for Americans since the 1920s and it is time for that party to go. As far as I concerned Obama should just say the heck with bipartisanship and keep up the heat on the Republicans until they do what they've refused to do since day one of his presidency, which is cooperate with the Pres. on issues like health care and education and the economy. Way to go, Obama!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  297. dave

    When President Obama calls for bipartisanship, I think he just means he wants to see some Republicans jump ship. True bipartisanship implies that both parties compromise. That ball is squarely in the court of the majority party.

    January 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  298. rosey petals

    Christ from N.Y. The president is not focusing about two terms. He explained that months ago and to Diane Sawyer. With those lazy old politicians and the name calling, you know socialist, etc.,Those old guys in Washington live for their next term and next term, and next term. It's their career and paycheck. They don't get up everyday and work for a better America, they think everyday about staying in office and pleasing their lobbyists friends. Check the politicians' years. The president works everyday and their propoganda works and they are liars and lazy. 2009 they did nothing, zero. The last president never took questions and never answered about WMD, never explained the logic and would never ever meet with the opposing party and answer questions. Unthinkable! Rose from Alabama.

    January 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  299. Jim from Auburn Wa

    i am growing concerned that the USA is becoming socialist. Take from the rich and give to the poor when mandated by the government is not what I had when I voted for Obama. Just let me know when the hammer and sickle is added to the stars and strips.

    January 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  300. Bob in Colorado

    Mr. President is not dreaming, he's politicking. He has to reach to the middle now that the Senate is no longer filibuster-proof. As a staunch Independent who voted for Obama, I'm very happy that bipartisanship is finally being forced onto him. Massachusetts was not a fluke, and I'm too young to pay for expensive mistakes that last a lifetime.

    Constitutional Amendment: The United States Government may not exceed a deficit of 10% annual revenue.

    January 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm |