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November 8th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

America's love affair with Pres. Obama over?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

America's love affair with President Obama is over.

So says Mort Zuckerman in his U.S. News and World Report column.

Zuckerman writes that the midterm election results show just how far away the country has drifted from Mr. Obama:

"A man who was once seen as a talented and even charismatic rhetorician is now seen as lacking real experience or even the ability to stop America's decline."

There's a growing sense that Mr. Obama has isolated himself from everyone who matters. According to Politico, members of his own party worry that he has distanced himself from: Congressional Democrats, state party leaders, Democratic lobbyists, business leaders, big-dollar donors, Republicans, the media, members of his own cabinet... and most importantly, a lot of voters.

And he may not be able to turn it around in time for 2012, the question being whether he's self-aware enough to make the big changes needed to mend all these relations.

One Democratic official says: "He's more of a movement leader than a politician. He needs someone to kick his ass on things large and small, and teach him to be a politician."

Ouch.

On some level, the president seems to be catching on here.

In an interview with "60 Minutes," he acknowledged mistakes he's made since taking office.

Mr. Obama says he misjudged the pace of the economic recovery and didn't always live up to his campaign promise to change the tone of debate in Washington.

Here’s my question to you: Is America's love affair with President Obama over?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Larry in Springfield, Ohio writes:
Yes, Jack, the scam is over. After America got past the greatest political sales pitch ever offered up, they finally see an empty suit with no experience!

Al in New Jersey writes:
Zuckerman is wrong! The country has not drifted away from the president, the president has drifted away from the country. He has mistaken opposition to the Bush presidency for support of himself. The key question is whether the prodigal son will return before 2012.

Dee in Ohio writes:
For the sake of our country, I hope not! Although, it WOULD be interesting to see if he could win again in the event that the Republican Party just goes crazy and nominates Palin in 2012.

Carla writes:
It's over. Though it was a heckuva one night stand in Chicago back in 2008. Now, he doesn't send us flowers anymore. That rarest of blooms, universal health care, wilted right away. And the peace lily turned brown before it could be placed in water, ending our hopes of a swift end to the war and the flood of money we've poured into that black hole. He's even admitted that he hasn't called - he's out of touch with what America wants. What's a girl to do?

Michael in New Mexico writes:
No. If it weren't for the obstructionism of Republicans and the spineless blue dog Democrats, the country would have been much further down the road.

Jerry in Georgia writes:
It must be nice to be able to run around the world when things at home are just going to hell. Americans are simply tired of all of the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and from the media. The three branches of government must come together in the spirit of compromise and get some real work done. Obama is history as of 2012 and he should recognize that; everyone else does.

David writes:
In the United States? Perhaps for some. For the rest of the world? No!

Ken writes:
Unless people go back to work, it will be a one night stand.


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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    It's about time that people woke up to the fact he is NOT a messiah!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  2. Kevin in CA

    Love affair ? For crying out load, he's just a YAP (yet another politician).

    November 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  3. Conor in Chicago

    No. The media's love affair with him is over. People who like him still like him and those who hate him still hate him. Thing is, US media is a sensationalist monstrosity of dis-information, mis-information, and out-right propoganda. So, it's only natural that they switched on him. There's more drama in a divided government right? Go to commercial...

    November 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Brian, Baton Rouge

    Obama's been a very weak and naive President.

    He's disappointed his base and he's lost the respect of the opposition.

    After the midterm elections, his first reaction was not to stick to policies that he felt were the right thing for the American people, but to give in to whatever ludicrous demands were made by the Tea Partiers instead.

    And the Tea Partiers, from their side, said they would only compromise if Obama did everything they told him to do... which is a very strange definition of the word "compromise."

    November 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  5. David Alexandria VA

    Gee, I would like to think so. If nothing else, he has proven himself to be an elitist academic intellectual with limited leadership skills and experience. His soaring oratory had appeal but clearly no substance in ability to deliver. We need to remind ourselves of the leadership truism: "Hope is not a strategy" and neither is audacity. We need to not elect someone like this ever again.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Mark, OKC

    Oh, yeah....it's over. We thought we were in love with a dynamic leader with vision and what we got was a lathargic, blame-bush politician who is nearsighted!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  7. Alabama,Joe

    It's not America's love affair, it is the media's love affair. When they begin reporting the truth about Obama's socialistic policies and how much it is costing the Tax Payers,it will be over.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  8. Judie Wm's -- El Lago TX

    Rather than "over", perhaps a trial separation ! The voters spoke loud and clear and hopefully it is being heard in DC.

    I'am beginning to think no one likes the sound of their own voice more than President Obama does, and is it just rhetoric, saying so much with so little effect.

    With just 2 years remaining changes CAN be made, and the President needs to pay heed to the American public, and draw a line in the sand on some issues.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  9. JD from Jersey

    Almost all love affairs end eventually, Jack. The real problem is that there aren't and good prospects on either side for a good rebound.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  10. John from Alabama

    Jack: There was never a love affair with President Obama, but there was a clear message. The message is the same, but the players have changed in Congress. Health care reform will not change over the next 2 years. Who gets a taxcut might change? The deficit will grow unless taxcuts are done away with for all people. Sad, but true. Key word: deficit

    November 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  11. steve in fl

    Not yet, Jack. But keep trying.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  12. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Campaigner Obama filled us all with so much hope for a better America. Yes, the blind love for Obama has been replaced with the cold reality that Obama is just another politician speaking the words we wanted to hear. It was only a matter of time before we realized we were duped again, Obama made no effort to work for all Americans and has turned out the be the most divisive president in history as well as inexperienced and naive. The on the job training for this trainee is not working.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Jim

    Jack,

    We are a bunch of fickle people, and stupid as well. We let fear rule our lives and shoot the messenger when we don't like the message they bring. So yes, the honeymoon is over for most of the people in America.

    But two years from now we will grow fickle on the Republicans and Tea Party. The cycle never ends.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    November 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  14. David from Herndon, VA

    It's been over since before the 2008 election. If you look at the statistics - positive vs. negative coverage, you'll see the media has been much harder on Obama than the right wingers realize. Of course, facts have never gotten in the way of their hysteria, so why start now?

    November 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  15. David

    Jack,

    It is over for those people who are charlatans, shameless, dishonest, unrealistic, fickle and have no common sense. People that have a brain; can think for themselves; have rationality of thought and do not have to let people like Beck, Limbaugh, Orielly, Savage, Rove and Palin make up their minds for them. For people like me who are not stupid, it will never be over.

    David.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  16. IKHAN from Nevada

    Definitely not, Jack.
    Come Presidntial elections and we would see the younger voters changing the scenario.

    The mid-terms which did not have Obama on the ballot just proved what propaganda and secret funds from sources apprehensive of his policies, can achieve.

    From day one those who couldn't reconcile with a person of color as their President or plainly were gainst his agenda of change, crafted a campaign infusing racism & faith into politics.
    Knowing well that traditionally the mid-terms bring out the old folks to the polls, these opponents of Obama focused on them in their propaganda. calling into question President Obama's ancestory, birth place and faith. This went down very well with the those in the Bible belt.
    The propagandists then injected the fear of socialism & islamization of America ( a complete non-sense) in their campaign of whipping up fear & phobias. President Obama's efforts to stand up to Big business & Wall Street Dons labeld as socialist. His efforts to bring some sanity to the crazy policy we have been following since the Bush-Cheney days of prosecuting war on terror , were cleverly termed as pro-Islam (utter non-sense again).
    On the economy, experts were seeing an end to recession and beginning of a recovery but saying that it would take time to see the effects on employment and job market. President Obama's honest efforts in this direction were eclipsed by opponents' cacaphony kicked up by opponents on spending & unemployment . In two years short time they wanted us to see a magical turn around in the mess created by his predecessors.
    That President Obama did not fight back with the same venom of vengence , especially in the mid-west, was also a factor.

    However I think that this has all hit home hard & we'll see general elections having a different complexion.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    100 years ago Barack Obama could have rolled into town, dropped the tailgate on the wagon and sold patent medicine. After 2 years in office, that realization has come home to American voters - they've got a con man in the Oval Office. Only those in search of a free lunch or wanting to be on the public dole would be inclined to support his redistribution of wealth liberal agenda. Yeah Jack, the love affair's over.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  18. Carla Martin-Wood

    It's over.Though it was a heckuva one night stand in Chicago back in 2008. Now, he doesn’t send us flowers anymore. That rarest of blooms, Universal Healthcare, wilted right away. And the Peace Lily turned brown before it could be placed in water, ending our hopes of a swift end to the war and the flood of money we’ve poured into that black hole. He's even admitted that he hasn't called - he's out of touch with what America wants. What's a girl to do?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  19. Greg, Ontario

    Oh my God yes. That was over the day you realized he could not stop the Republicans from saying NO to everything (even if it was a good idea) and then you realized he couldn't save the auto and banking industry saving millions of jobs (tens of millions around the world) without spending money. The real kicker though was giving hope to 40 million Americans that they might get access to affordable healthcare. Screw him right? He's done. If only America knew how stupid it looks right now.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  20. Matt Hanooti

    America's love affair with Pres. Obama is over due to the systematic consistent campaign by the right wing in character assassination. Our nation has proved in many ways that racism and bigotry is sadly part of our culture, and the biggest evidence, we can not tolerate a President who is black and has Muslim roots.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  21. Tony from Southport

    Never cared for his politics, so there was no love lost there... however...as far as my liberal brother is concerned, President Obama can do no wrong. The way he used to feel about GW Bush is how I feel about BH Obama.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  22. Tina Tx

    Only for now. When they find out they have been hoodwinked by the Republican parties lies they will wake up and realize their coffee has burnt in their cup. If we had good paying jobs you would not be asking these questions.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  23. Dennis north Carolina

    NO, just your love for him is over Jack. he doesn't create enough bad news for the media to sell. I am sure that you will censor me as usually.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  24. ken, atlantic city nj

    His love affair with progressives, gays, and women is over because he turned out to be a true corporotist. He expanded the war, he challenged the ruling allowing gays in the military, he signed an executive order eliminating all government paid abortion even for rape and incest, he re-appointed gates, bernanke, and petraeus, he is in favor of derivatives trading on wall street, he allowed wall street to give out 144 billion in bonuses, millionaire hedge fund managers continue to pay a 15% tax rate, 8 million illegals continue to take jobs away from american citizens, he gave doctors a 21% pay increase to to get their approval for obamacare, he rejected the drug importation amendment to lower drug costs, he is now making trade deals with india, china and japan to take more jobs away from americans, he is in favor of negotiating with republicans to keep the bush tax cuts in place, and he now wants to stay in afghanistan until at least 2014. Nothing for main street and everythng for wall street should be his campaign slogan.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  25. Joanne

    Nov 3, Wednes morning I sent emails to thousands of people and stated "America has got it". Need we say anymore?
    Nevertheless, the Republican party is on Probation.
    Joanne
    Mn

    November 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  26. Dave, Orlando, FL

    For most of us, yes. After 2 years of pushing his personal agenda at all cost driven solely by his ego while ignoring and working against the real needs of those who elected him, and after bailing out the bums, banks, insurance fraud agencies, car companies and all the other crooks with our money leaving us another 3 trillion in debt, what is there to love?

    He’s toast in 2012. Unfortunately he will be replaced by mother moose – an even worse fate, if that is possible. And I thought Bush was a disaster.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  27. KDS Irvine, CA

    The honeymoon period for the president ended this time last year Jack. The president promised "Change" and "Hope" if elected. Fast forward almost 2 years and its business as usual in Washington. President Obama is going to have a tough re-election campaign ahead of him if the economy doesn't approve. The only thing he can hope for is the Republicans nominating Sarah Palin.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  28. bob z fr ,pa.

    tell me when did you see that many people against a pres. in your life time i amm older than you and i can't the nation has risen up and that is a good sign

    November 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  29. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I think it pretty close to being over. The American people expected that things were going to get better in electing President Obama–in this case–Good is not good, when better is expected–and Americans continue to live the best part of their lives in counting on what is to come.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  30. Stephanie

    How many times can you ask the same question over and over agian? You do know there are TWO parties??? The president's approval ratings are above both of them.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  31. Peg from N.Y.

    Yes. The message sent to him is loud and clear.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  32. vinny

    No! i support him & i always will.. many people have turned their backs on him but not me.. they want things 2 b done in 2 years. b realistic. it took 8 years of Bush destruction.. at least give the PRESIDENT time 2try & fix the problems we face now!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  33. JENNA

    Is America's love affair with President Obama over?

    Hardly Jack, I am still happy that I voted for President Obama even though he hasn't done everything that I wanted, he's accomplished quite a bit with all that Republican obstruction.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    November 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  34. J Farrow

    I do think some of the luster has worn off, but he is still one of the smartest, best informed and well-intentioned presidents in recent memory. Besides, in spite of some failures on the domestic front he has renewed respect for America and its values around the world.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  35. Ed from California

    No. He's done more for the middle class than any other President so far. Check out this web site, "What the 'f" has Obama done so far.com", yep that's the name of the site. Looking at this site I forgot most of what he's accomplished so far. it's a interesting site.

    Yes, we need jobs. But laws have to be passed to get outsourced jobs back. We still have tax loopholes in place that keep American jobs offshore. The Republicans haven't helped out so far to help pass these laws, and now with control of the House, they won't for sure.

    If your "new" speaker swept floors in his daddy's bar for money. What's good for him is good for America's unemployed, too!. Be careful what you wish for!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  36. Carl

    Jack,
    The so called love affair is over for Obama and Biden, now just go.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  37. Ken

    Unless people go back to work, it will be a one night stand.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  38. dale Ia.

    Never had alove affair with Pres. O,, just a break up with the G>O>P> after John McC. hired Miss Alaska,,.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  39. chris

    it is way over remember when he promised to be the most transparrant govt and open govt ever during the campaign trail in 08 how well did that go

    November 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  40. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Yes, they can only love a Republican president who spends recklessly, doubles the national debt and bails out the banks.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  41. AB

    No Jack, America still loves President Obama. America will love him even more once the economy improves and starts humming. This is especially true where Black Americans are concerned.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  42. stormy lady

    The presidnt is like our family so our love and respect for him is forever. When those who never accepted him in an evil hateful way, be gone. He will always have respect because he earned it. His cool demeanor in the face of racists and t party bad mouth is to his credit, experience and education of world cultures not like the others. Bloomberg said it best...most of them don't read or can't. paraphrase. That's a big problem, wholesale ignorance in congress. The president has the battle scars for every person suffering from this abusive behavior and even after he went throughlut the world in such high style, the world that hated Americansand this is the thanks he gets, Let them take over and we will laugh everyday at the stupidity. A rerun of the past. We don't want to hear about the other one alcoholism, let it go sir.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  43. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, I believe a good number have become disenchanted simply because he was not able to deliver on some of his election pledges. However, I think that he now will turn full attention to the economy and the creation of jobs which should have been his first priority. To do this America needs to focus on areas of research and development on new technologies and also to get some new industries that will provide manufacturing jobs and the creation of exports. How he does this will be his ultimate challenge. If, at the end of his term these have been seen as positive changes, then he stands a good chance of regaining some of his initial supporters and perhaps win a second term. To date the Republicans are offering the voters the same old failed Bush administration policies that plunged the country into this fine mess.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  44. gloria el cerrito ca

    yes! yes! yes!!!! He appears to be a nice Republican, Blue Dog president. If I wanted to vote for a Republican, I would have done so. Take the words Compromise, compromise, appease out of his vocabulary and start acting like a strong progressive or he's toast. By the way, do you know of another strong charasmatic presidential candidates that can run and beat him in 2012 and putting DEMS back into Congress. With his spineless mushy behavior, he managed to take a whole bunch of PARTY OF YES candidates this time round with a bunch koo koos.. Thank you Mr. President.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  45. Ralph Spyer

    The problems with this country are larger than any one man can fix, unployment,trade with China, 10 million illegals,our constitutional rights signify nothing without money and everthing with it.Obama for now is the only train moving

    November 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  46. Olga

    President Obama is intelligent and may not communicate well, but he is popular out there.

    Is the love affair over?

    Do we love Keith Olberman? You Betcha!

    Olga
    Austin, Texas

    November 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  47. Mysterious, Chicago

    I am an American. I still enthusiastically support President Obama. I think it is the media who is driving this debacle.

    Happy now, Jack?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  48. tom trapani quito ecuador

    Love affairs usually view the other through an unrealistic prism. So to with Obama he is the right man for the job just give him time for the the clouds to part and some sunshine to break through on his initiatives.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  49. Doris Lauter

    Whydo you keep saying that? Obama has a strong base, like it or not. The propaganda from the Republicans have tried to cook him. Why isn't anyone pointing out his accomplishments? I receive a daily mud slinging of Obama on email and in the news, especially Fox News. The tea party takes it all in, and is flowing with what it thinks is the tide. Sarah Palin has a strong following, yet she is behind Obama in the polls.
    Our economy has bottomed and is heading upward, due to Obama.. If the rich people would just create jobs, all would be well. They didn't create jobs with the Bush tax cuts, just the opposite, so why would they now? They shouldn't be given it again.
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    November 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  50. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Love affairs with presidents cannot exist in today's political atmosphere. It is not like back in the day when Eisenhower and Roosevelt was president. There wasn't a large cable news network that starts with F attacking you everyday. There wasn't weekly polls taken on your progress every week. And most important the country wasn't divided with either you're with us or against us attitude of today. I can remember when I was a kid and you disrespect the presidency no matter who was in office you were corrected. Now the president gets called a liar in Congress and a pass president is labeled racist for mistakes he made during a hurricane. There are too many Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh types on both sides of the fence for any love affair to even get started today.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  51. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I can't say it is over, yet. However, a large amount of the star shine is gone, and more will likely follow as he shows that he cannot change from a far left idealog, to a more centerist position in order to govern effectively. He still has Harry to block anything he doesn't want passed by congress and I can see nothing ahead except gridlock of the worst kind. Come on 2012!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  52. Jane (Minnesota)

    It really sounds to me like you "newsies" want it to be by asking questions like this. Your questions were more interesting when you asked about Palin, Jack!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  53. JONIQUE

    Wouldn't you just love for the masses to stop "loving" our President Obama? No way Jack. Keep wishing. We understand how the masses have listened to you and others and tried to smear our president.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  54. David

    In the United States? Perhaps for some. For the rest of the world? No!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  55. JackieinDallas

    That is the problem with our culture in this country, Jack. We put people up on pedestals then take great glee in throwing rocks at them when they don't live up to our expectations. If we looked less at the Presidency as a popularity contest and more as a decision on who is best qualified, then we would understand that ALL presidents will make mistakes, all presidents will be unable to succeed at everything, and that all presidents will let us down at one time or another during their term in office.

    I knew when I voted for President Obama that I would not agree with everything he said or did. I knew that without help from the Congress, essential bills could not be passed - the president can only request bills and then sign the bill that passes in both houses into law. And I knew that with a split Senate and a very virulent minority (after January, majority) in the House that legislation would be awkward and progress spotty. So I'm not disappointed.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  56. Rob in Brooklyn

    I think America has lost its love for all politician's- they're all liars

    November 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  57. Luci

    No way. He is one of the best Presidents we have ever had. He got no help from the opposing party what so ever. Give him 6 more years and he will have the mess all straightened out.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  58. Roman, Butler, Pa

    If you mean the hooneymoon, well that was over as soon as he was sworn in, less one would forget the dire situation we were in. I guess short term memory is alive and well. What president Obama needs to do is take a righteous stand on the things he cares about. Stand up for oneself and be counted.
    Prayer is helpfull too. And be truthful to the American people. Republicans dont know how to handle the truth.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  59. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I hear Obama is in India in an effort to drum up jobs in the United States. That makes no sense to me. What would have made sense is for Obama to talk to the companies that shipped jobs overseas and find out what needs to be done to bring the jobs back to the United States. I've had enough. When the 2012 election comes around, I won't vote for a Democrat unless it's Hillary for President.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  60. Toni

    When you are unemployed, and this president don't want to do a damn thing about the economy or getting jobs back to this country, there is no love affair.

    South Carolina

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  61. Joe CE

    The answer to this question is obvious to the point of absudity. Why ask? Are to trying to document the polls?

    November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  62. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    No. If it weren't for the obstructionism of republicans and the spineless bluedog democrats the country would have been much further down the road.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  63. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We are very good at critcizing someone who has tried to overcome the wrath of Bush and Cheney that led us down a path that may take 20 years to recover from. I don't blame him for withdrawing from the do nothing Democrats that didn't want him to campaign for them and the party of NO who say it's our way or no way, like the Bush tax cuts. I only hope he has the guts to not go along with them.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  64. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    For the sake of our country I hope not!

    Although, it WOULD be interesting to see if he could win again in the event that the Republican Party just goes crazy and nominates Palin in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  65. pat in michigan

    I think the idea of a black president has been replaced with a president who is inexperienced. That being said he can still make complete sentences with proper spoken English and THAT is refreshing.
    He still has a tough road ahead and we should give him the same chance we gave Bush.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  66. Al

    Zuckerman is wrong! The country has not drifted away from the President, the President has drifted away from the country. He has mistaken opposition to the Bush Presidency for support of himself. The key question is whether the prodigal son will return before 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  67. Griff

    "I said it when Obama was running. 'There is no place for a Pied-Piper of toto's, in any election. They are going to be the biggest losers, unless politics change. There are so many public buildings used for the wrong reasons. Obama wasted billions saving his own skin, by investing in his egotistic-dreams; and found nil idea's to reclaim it back again."

    November 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  68. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    I am disappointed. I removed my "Obama in '08" bumper sticker after the post election press conference where he said he would reach out to the Republicans. Oh good grief Charlie Brown!!! They will just pull the football, again, like they did every OTHER time you reached out!!! Get a clue Mr. President!!! They hate America and will drag us down so they can blame you for it and win in 2012!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  69. Ed's Kate

    No, not really. The bitterness towards him is not because he is not capable of doing his job but because the opposition just doesn't like him. Plain and simple. He has tried to work with the opposition folks but they are the ones who because of their ideology keep saying "No" because they want to see him fail. These folks may have stayed in office and won the majority but they should be wary of the newcomers who for sure will give the new majority a run for their money. Just wait and see.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  70. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Yes,Jack,the scam is over.After America finally got past the greatest political sales pitch ever offered up,they finally see an empty suit with no expierence!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  71. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    You just can't stop rabble rousing can you? He's made mistakes but he's learning. How about asking the Republicans why they're claiming a mandate that they may not have. How about asking how Americans feel about Mitch McConnell being more concerned about politics and defeating the President in 2012 than he seems in working on America's problems. A little impartiality on your part would be helpful, in fact, conducive to healing the country's conflicts.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  72. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    American voters are the most fickle, laziest and uninformed in the world. Big business is sitting on a nest egg of trillions of dollars which were rewarded to them to stimulate hiring. This has not, however, deterred them from giving billions of dollars for bonuses.
    The problem is not Obama, but Wall Street and their cozy friends, the GOP. They depend on our voters to blame it all on the administration because they want to bring back a new republican president and the halcyon years of George W. Bush. Then the dummies on main street can cry in their beer if they can afford one.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  73. Valerie in Raleigh

    President Obama has the ability to do great things for this country. He inherited a god-awful mess left by Bush and to dig out of that hole has been difficult. The Republicans have made it clear, and have followed through on their statements, that their goal is cause President Obama to fail , knowing full-well that if he fails, the country fails. They have done everything possible to under- cut his presidency by saying he is not a citizen, a communist, a socialist plus other disgusting statements. Meanwhile the county does not recover. It makes me ashamed of having once been a Republican.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  74. milagros marrero

    The love affair will continue, Obama is an exceptionally charismatic President. In all my years I have never seen so much rhetoric by the right about a president. I believe the reason for this is because he is the first black president, but I do believe that he is paving the way for future minorities to run for President. America will come out of this recession and when we do Obama will benefit from the positive outlook!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  75. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Yes,Jack the scam is finally over,the American people have finally got past the greatest political sales pitch ever offered up,and see only an empty suit with no experience!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  76. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It has been over with just right after it started! I doubt whether he will be able to turn it around before 2012 election. We may just be seeing Hillary being drafted by the Democratic Party. Too many mistakes,unfulfilled promises and lavish expenditures for this bad economy to withstand. His inexperience is shining through. Whatever Democratic leader said that he is more a movement leader than a politican hit the nail right on the head.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  77. steve - virginia beach

    You betcha. Most Americans have realized how destructive the Progressive's policies are. Not to mention we don't like having to look up people's nostrils when they speak to us.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  78. Overby from Melbourne

    I never loved him, but I embarassingly voted for him. He lost me when he shoved ObamaCare down my throat, and now he's saying the American public was too dumb to understand how successful he's been, and as leader of the Democratic party you'd think he'd be here to help restore his party after the biggest 'shellacking' in 62 years, but instead planned the trip to get the hell out of town as fast as he could. He's president and can go wherever he wants when he wants, so this is just shameful....what's to love?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  79. Patricia ID

    When you're in love, you don't have to run around telling everyone about it. You just glow.

    For those who were on the bandwagon and didn't know why, yes, their love affair is over–until the next wave.

    It is time for us to get back to work and make that second wave happen, though.

    Boise, ID

    November 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  80. Butch in SC

    Yes,it's absolutely over, and the results of the election is further proof of that. What more do we need? With his arrogance, pride, and total deafness to "we the people" who voted him into office, we the people have come to the conclusion he has overstayed his welcome, and it's time to quietly go. Have you noticed, no longer does the college crowd dance and sing in his favor.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  81. Scott in AZ

    Remember that nearly 50% didn't want him in the first place, and an untold percentage who did vote for him weren't "in love" with him, they just saw him as representing change.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  82. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, I think Obama completely misjudged the amount of pure hate his presidency would generate in the south and on the right. That segment of this country has waged a propaganda war that would make Joseph Goebbels proud and is just as factual as anything the Nazi's put out. It's an indictment of the American people that the vile rhetoric coming from the right has caught on with middle America.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  83. Jeff In Minnesota

    The honeymoon is over, but I think most people still like him as an individual. He is the man that faces a lot of tough decisions and he needs to lead the country through this. Talk is cheap, now he needs to lead and that means working with what he has got and taking the country where it needs to go. Unfortunately, a lot of those changes are going to be very disruptive for our society because we have let things go for too long.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  84. frankie

    I love our President. He has not isolated himself from me, and I matter.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  85. Catherine Berryhill

    When will Americans stop voting for a man just because he looks good,, speaks well, has some experience?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  86. Ken in NC

    You got to admire the man Jack. Consider that Republicans worked so hard to hurt him and his administration that they had to dip to "Inventing Lies" about him and his policies.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Voted for him, but didn't love him. I won't vote for him again, and probably switch tickets. Why, well he's egocentric. Totally isolated with his appointed, non-committee interviewed bunch of lackies. Transparent my empty checkbook! He was only charismatic with a tele-prompter. On his own he's an apparent stumble bumble.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  88. Johnny B

    I love the guy, Is the love affair over? hell NO. I think we should change the rules a little, say, Obama run and win in 2012 and 2016. yay!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  89. Angela Savage Austin

    .
    President Obama Is My Hero ...He Is My Hero because He does not exult himself over others....He is my Hero because against all odds, even the threat of death by assassination, He sacrifices all, to help Americans help themselves...He is my Hero because He is a man with faults ( as we all fall short)...and can say I am wrong. He is my Hero because his very blood represents unity of mankind. He is my Hero, because He knows who really has power over this country, but he fail not, and refuse to buckle at his knees and kiss their feet. He is my Hero because He loves Jesus...and Jesus loves him. He is my Hero because He does not worship and gather and stock pile money for the purpose of gloating, but encourages others to share their stock piles of wealth to help the poor, needy, weary, underprivledged and the sick. He is my Hero because He loves even His enemies. He is my Hero because He is loved by his family and wife...and He also returns the same to them. He is my Hero because His message at home is His message globally....Peace on earth.. and never give up or give in to fear!!!! Now you may have wanted a political scorecard and wonder whats love got to do with politics...my friend...what does politics have to do with love? He genuinely loves His Country and Its people. That is why President Obama is my Hero.

    .

    November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  90. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    It must be nice to be able to run around the world when things at home are just going to Hell. Americans are simply tired of all of the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and from the media. The three branches of government must come together in the spirit of compromise and get some real work done. Obama is history as of 2012 and he should recognize that, everyone else does. And now to have a Media Mogul asking if the love affair is over!! Yeah, he's gone. Democrat or Republican, it does not matter, what we really need is a LEADER.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  91. Wendy Truth

    Jack:

    Ya think?? 63+ seats in the house, 6 in the senate, 10 governorships, 19 state houses and 684 local legislative seats??

    I would think that not only is the love affair over but they are looking for a new object of their affection.

    Wendy,
    Montreal, Canada

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  92. James

    America is a divided country, we are divided along so many lines, it a surprise how we keep it together.
    So its no surprise half the country hate the president and half he country love him. Love him or hate him, there would never be another Barack Obama . Under his presidency, a great depession was averted, He reformed our health care, not even the great president clinton could do that. He would forever be remembered as the President who put an end to pre existing conditions penalties in the health care system. Now that something to love.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  93. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    The love affair is truly over. What remains is disappointment in promises un-kept, change left to a stagnant congress, and a once great orator sounding like a broken record.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  94. Kevin in CA

    It was over when he failed to give health insurance relief to the middle class.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Ted

    I do not think people loved him. I think most people that voted for him because of his ability to give great speaches. Now they are sorry because , a good speaker does not make a great president..

    November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  96. Jerry , L.os Angeles

    The President lost some of his magic by trying to appease the Republican party when all they cared about was his defeat and saying no to every part of his legislation. Most of us are disgusted with politics and Cable News Coverage in the past 2 years now do you dam job and start reporting news now.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  97. Tommy

    Yes, it's over. He seduced America in 2008 (not me) but now we know he's the guy who can't even put the toilet seat down.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  98. John from San Antonio

    It should be over. Zuckerman says Americans have lost faith in his ability to stop America's decline. America has been in severe decline for thirty years and we have changed many faces and the parties several times but the decline continues to pick up speed. The bunch we just sent to Washington will oversee a continuous decline because we don't send people to Washington willing to serve the people, only politicians. They are saying all the right things but have not identified the problem. Before you can solve any problem it has to be clearly defined.. Sound bytes and catchy phrases do not define a problem . Professional politicians and public servants are diametrically opposed.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  99. Ann from Charleston SC

    I don't know about the rest of the country, but my love affair with President Obama is definitely not over. I am still hoping that he will succeed as president. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome, but he just may be the one who can guide the country through this mess.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The mess it took Republicans 8 years to create cannot be fixed in two years. The Democratic rush to pass a healthcare bill could have been given a lower priority than job growth but that's water over the dam. Let's keep and refine healthcare, strengthen financial reform and focus on job growth from here on. Obama should not be cited for mistakes but perhaps chided for his priorities in the long list of very difficult problems to be solved. Give the guy some support or gridlock will surely follow.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  101. Griff

    "But I still think Obama is corrupt, Jack. In 2011 Obama will go country in the media, and really hope the world will go away, and get off his shoulders. But I will never stop singing that song, and change a word or two."

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  102. Greg Turman

    Dear Jack;
    Pursuant to recent election results dems will be pro active by getting on the fast track to re-visit the win-win of benchmarking and political branding.

    The synergy created when dems touch base on the subjects of intellectual elitism and playing class war fare should leverage a real anomaly to the liberal bottom line.

    Dems must maintain equipondrerance and never become oblique, less dems become neaped.

    Dem prospectus to achieve non transparent health care, higher taxes, cap & tax, BP shake downs, no jobs, GM take over and other misc higher taxes can only result via dem rationalization of true dem capacity to manufacture happy horse apples.

    Remember, to edify E=mc2 & drowning polar bears one must replicate, modulate and posture one's self to be totally flatulent.

    Dem liberal epiphany to the emulation of socialism has been disappointing to say the least, if not less.

    The travesty of this postulation comes sequential.
    Greg Turman
    Dallas, Texas
    Greg

    November 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  103. Sherrie S. Cutler AIA /Boston

    NO! Zuckerman is wrong and he knows it. I know from the old days when he was a smart young man at Harvard. With Obama, we are not really talking about a love affair, but about another smart young man who was elected President of the US (history will show one of the best) and is working hard to solve the many difficult problems he inherited simultaneously. It takes a lot more time than 2 years and a lot of hand-holding to clean up the mess. Come on Mort ... you are still smarter than that.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  104. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, Obama is a man-child who has yet to emotionally grow up. He also has little understanding of cause-effect. We knew this before he got elected.

    Are the people who voted for him self-aware enough or are they just like him?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  105. Linda in Arizona

    Probably, and he can blame himself for being a corporatist DINO who kicked his base to the curb. If you want to be a republican, then run as one.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  106. Willda Ritter, Lakewood, CO

    It's been over for me for 2 years. I remember Acorn and his giving away Taxpayers money we'll never see again..

    November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  107. Griff

    "Maybe Obama needs a new tune? 'Don't leave me now' (not now), not now, that/when I need you! An old Elvis song: remember jack?"

    November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  108. Annie, Atlanta

    He obviously ticked off some mighty powerful rich folks. I've never, in my life, seen a President or his party attacked the way he has been. $4 Billion was spent to defeat the Dems. Last mid-term it was $660 Million. If you get these guys digging that deep, chances are you're doing something right.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  109. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    I think that America still cares for the President and especially his family. His low approval ratings have more to do with not understanding American politics than with his efforts or abilities. He will become the first one term president that evryone likes. A shotgun blast approach to passing legislation gives the impression that there are no priorities and no one (except the Wicked Witch of the West – Pelosi) has a clue what is going on. Mr. President, clear the slate, prioritize your legislation, find an avatar to push it through Congress and hope for the best.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  110. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama is out of touch with ordinary citizens and the American people reached out to touch his world with a no confidence vote in the 2010 elections. I hope he at least will look around after being tapped on the shoulder. Martha's Vineyard, multiple trips to Hawaii, Europe, Africa, and other expensive trips have been on Obama's agenda instead of working for the people. How do you make him understand that millions of Americans have no job and no large bank accounts to hold them until they find the next job? He said he forgot to explain to the people what he was doing. No he forgot real people are hurting – they aren't just numbers in the unemployment statistics.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  111. Pete - Augusta Ga

    The 'love affair' was the presidential campain & election of 2008. After that came the very bumpy 2 years of honeymooning & marriage between Pres Obama & the public. The election of 2010, however, was the annullment.
    Love affair over? You betcha!!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Elizabeth in Los Angeles

    Given the volume of "high up staffers" who've left or are planning to leave the administration, it strikes me that we voters are not the only disenchanted ones. We wanted change, and we got short changed so blatantly that we will never recover. Forgive, maybe. Forget, impossible.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Maleka, Florida

    No, not at all but my love affair for you is.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Jason Berger

    My love affair with you is over Jack.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Audie

    Obama completely reneged on his promises to us. All the things he promised were left undone (jobs, deficit, end the wars, etc.,) In the end, he ignored the jobs, he ballooned the deficit, and added 30,000 add'l troops to the war! And that's only for starters.... He uses the excuse that he "had too much to do ..."and was "in a hurry to get them done...." neither of which answers the question; but are purely lame excuses.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  116. Tim in Texas

    As of today Obama's approval ratings are at 47%. That's all of 6% points lower than the percent of people who elected him. With what he's had to deal with, I'd say he's doing pretty dang well. Personally, I'm glad he's alienated big business and Wall Street, that's what happens when you take on the special interests and work for the people.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  117. tom mooney

    over over over thank God

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  118. John Bunch

    I love the guy more than ever because he is trying so hard to do good things for the american people. It saddens me that this president doesnt even get the basic courtesy other presidents have gotten. I mean this guy even has to fight to prove to americans that he is American and not a kenyan Muslim, my new attitude is this country doesnt deserve a good and caring president like this, it doesn't

    John
    Seattle

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  119. Cindy

    In a word, Jack, NO, I for one still love Obama. It's the congress I can't stand.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  120. princeton

    It wasn't a love affair, it was misguided infatuation.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Brian

    I was never in love with the guy, just liked his message. We needed hope, not a cranky old senator with a running mate that was (is) a nut. We still need hope, just more action. How does the saying go? "Hope is not a strategy!"

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Paula jennings

    No the love affair is not over!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  123. arkyvet

    If it wasn't for his power to veto, President Obama would be irrelevant.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  124. Arnold MI

    America fell in love with President Obama when he promised us the prosperity that President Bush flushed down the drain. He has not delivered. If the economy turns around in the next two years, it will be love at first sight again.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  125. Vikram

    He has no choice but to come out and speak every day on TV, radio about what he is doing and come up with figures where the jobs are created, where the tax money is recovered and how the education is accessible, healthcare is affordable is the least thing people care now. US resurgence... He has to worry about states like Ohio, Michigan and California which are seeing more of these troubles..and they voted him for the Hope campaign 2 years back.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  126. Ben

    There are two kinds of children who run for 5th grade office (The White House). One tells his classmates how he will effect change, the other
    (Obama) promises all his peers ice cream (campaign rhetoric).

    America is realizing they haven't received the ice cream Mr. Obama promised. So yes, the love affair is ending.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  127. John

    It never began...from the beginning he had his own agenda and now it is unravelling in front of himm.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Kooky in CA

    The President needs to call out the Republicans when they are being MY-partisan and not BI-partisan. Boehner and McConnell and the rest got away with a lot of propaganda the past two years that should have been short circuited by the President right off the bat. If he calls them out he'll be fine. Republican lie sound good but produce nothing.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  129. David in Raleigh, NC

    Obama needs to move to the center based on the 2010 midterm election results.

    Instead he tells us that we don't understand and that he did nothing wrong.

    It's as if Obama thinks we're too dumb to understand his so called brilliance.

    2012 can't come soon enough to put Obama on the unemployment line.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  130. Darr

    Was there really ever a love affair? More like a infactuation for a new voice, new ideas and change in a government worn old, ugly and ragged by the Bush years. I believe there's enough love to go around for Obama, it's just everyone's lips are puckered up with their eyes closed wondering when the big kiss will ever arrive.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  131. Molly

    Perhaps. But I blame love-fickle America, not Obama.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  132. Zach

    Obama is an excellent orator and nothing else. It is clear from his expedition through India that he is running away from not only his voters but his cabinet as well. Everyone was so caught up in Obamas words during the election and did not look at his actual credentials. Now, too late, they are finally seeing what he really isn't.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Tim Judge

    Jack – the love affair has been over for some time now. Mortgages under water, American's chronically out of work, business unable to qualify for credit from the bank's taxpayers bailed-out...divorce in 2012 is inevitable.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  134. Jean

    I still am in favor of President Obama and what he has done with what he was handed. You say everyone that matters has lost faith in him. I guess I don't matter.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  135. betty massachusetts

    Jack I have to say america has never been so divided as since this president has taken office. he considers americans that disagree with him enemys. he chanted to the republicans when he met with them "we won" he trashed a former war hero JOHN mcCain with that taunt. He spends our money like a drunken sailor with no regard for the people that are without jobs. he should have been dumped with the rest of the democrates last tues. President Bush is still a class act. he will not respond to all the trash talk obama has hurled at him. it is time for obama politics to go.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  136. George Dila

    For those who think Barack Obama is a bad politician, look at what he has accomplished in 18 months. What can these "experts" be thinking? I still wear my Obama T-shirt proudly, and I'm one of those older white voters.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  137. Dave Grimmer

    I for one am very proud to have President Obama in office. He was elected during very challenging times and I think too many people have a short memory. Had he not taken the steps that he has, the unemployment rate would be higher than it is now. We are struggling through the worst economic period in our generation. It is naive and short sighted to think that we got here in the two years the Obama has been in office.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Chris, OHIO

    only with the ones that never liked him anyway or couldn't vote for Macaain because of Palin and the ones who thought you could change America in 2 years, Americans are so short sighted and want everything now Grow up Jack report news do not try and make up news, or better yet go to FOX they like your style of news reporting.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  139. David in Raleigh, NC

    Obama selected Biden as his Vice President strictly as insurance. Nobody wants Biden running the country.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  140. david costa

    the opinions about the president are segmented...the independents and liberal republicans who supported him in '08 certainly left him in the mid-terms...but i think they want to see a fighter...for the middle class...out there leading on all measures pertaining to job recovery...i think the "pre-occupation" with health puzzled even his most ardent supporters when the unemployment issue certainly trumped all...
    the love afair with the left is "cooled" with the middle is "tepid" with the right...*poof*
    all this being said, if the numbers come back, if his leadership skills spring to life on jobs, the love affair will rekindle...like any marriage...it goes in cycles...

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  141. Joe

    No, the love affair with President Obama is not over for people capable of rational thought, and who possess common decency. There was never even a first date for Republican and Tea Partiers, whose extremism is destroying this country.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  142. Gail

    Jack, this is not a "love affair". Charles Barkley said it best, the "fans" are fickled. They are with you when you are winning and desert you when you are losing". No different with the voters. Smaller government and decrease in the deficit will not mean a thing if the jobless numbers change. Simple as that!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  143. Al

    No. What's over - or what should be over - is Republican hubris over doing better than the Democrats in one (1) election. It's time for both parties to grow up and start governing.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  144. birddog in Mississippi

    He's doing better than Clinton or Reagan were at this point in their presidencies. And his personal likability is higher as well. Mort Zuckerman never liked him in the first place and is a crotchety old fart – kind of like someone else I know.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  145. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    No, I'm still in love with Pres. Obama. He is the President for the New Age. He will get the unemployment rate down and unless the corrupt Republicans and other right-wing evil doers have their way, he will be re-elected in 2012 and do even more good for the USA.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  146. Garrett

    Jack,

    It's not that I don't like the guy, but congress hasn't made his job any easier. Washington is as partisan as ever, when the country needs bi-partisanship the most. The economy, immigration, health care... all need bi-partisan solution that best fit the Majority of Americans, not a few thousand or million. Get some action from capital hill, and the President will be back in the good graces of the American Public.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  147. a carney

    Patience is a virtue and Americans do not have an overwhelming amount of it. It's very disturbing to think that the majority of people believe that Obama could have changed the world in less than 2 years. He has good ideas to move the country forward but Americans need immediate results. Maybe we need an "app" for patience.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  148. Paul Elshoff

    Fruitland, Iowa.

    Yes...it's over. People are disenchanted. The losing Democrats are blaming Pelosi....I also blame Obama. The losing Dems are disingenuous by not also blaming Obama's leadership failures. Obama will have to have unemployment under 7.5% to get re-elected. This is a dismal econony....and yet Dems claimed the recession is over! So is the love affair.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  149. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    America dont love Obama no more and most of us wants a divorce he only cares about what he wants and the rest of us can either like it or lump it come 2012 America will find true love if he dosnt finally get it .

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  150. Brandon

    How could America not stop loving him? We have a propaganda machine out there demonizing him on a regular basis.The ridiculous amount of lies and slander this president has had to deal with from Conservative radio and media outlets like Fox News are misinforming the hell out of conservative america and it's really hurting Obama right now.

    I still think the Love affair could easily return but only if Obama gets tough and starts calling out these lies personally whenever he can.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  151. Richard Tanner

    Simple fact of the matter is, Obama hasn't lived up to the expectations of America... However, Americans have yet to realize that NO ONE could live up to our expectations. He hasn't lost touch with us, we've lost our touch with reality. And the SIMPLE! reality is NO ONE could have brought our economy back after that eight year economic amBUSH! These things take time, there's no easy button for this situation.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  152. Vikram

    People have simply forgotten that Obama has inherited the problems... unfortunately they only remember his campaign promises.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Ted, MN

    Absolutely not,Jack. Also, President Obama is not "bruised or shellacked. He's just smarter than the average grizzly. He knew that if the Republicans gained the house they will now have to "man-up" to the American people. Of course we saw how that worked in the last eight years. The president will now just wait for another landslide to put the Republicans out again in 2012, just like 2008. So yes, the president gets it. He's not bruised, he's smart. So the question should be do the Republicans get it? And if not, will the
    American voters get it?
    I'm just glad that CNN reported that the Asian trip costing 200 million dollars was a lie. You know how gullible some
    voters are.

    Enjoy your tea Republican voters!
    (Jack, I passed by the local gas station and the guy was outside
    raising the prices, already. They were offering free teacups with
    the purchase of a slurpee.)

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  154. James

    Do we even have a love affair with our presidents? Does the guy who drives a Buick have a love affair with the CEO of GM? Get the job done is what we have with them. The election is over, Jack, but Obama's time isn't. Its time to be nice.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  155. Se June Hong

    What love affair? Almost half of America had a lot of sore losers bent on wishing him failure from the get go. A lot of them bullied and screamed against him and his policies. When they scream, truth didn't matter.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  156. Mike, Ohio

    Of course the love is over! Obama's energetic hullabaloo expired a while ago. America is frustrated with the perceived lack of follow-through from the President. The results of the midterm elections blatantly illustrate the irritation felt by voters around the country, Republicans and Democrats alike.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  157. John Trot, New york

    Once the stimulus package was signed with all the pork that Obama
    said he would not include, he lost much repect. He was seen as the change guy, and change he did, right back to politics as usual . Are there any statesmen left

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  158. Dave

    Come on...American's have a love affair with themselves. They just look to politicians as a mirror. When they no longer like what they see, they flip the mirror. It's going to take some stitches to the chin to teach us to take our lumps and a lil ole fashioned personal responsibility. What a concept.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  159. christopher

    America has a love affair with arrogance. There are individuals whose IQ is more than "99" who look beyond the bullshit political spin and understand that Obama was handed an impossible task and is still admired by these thinkers. Those who hate Obama (and there are many) are merely stupid. Love affairs are for soap operas.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  160. Cheryl

    The Conservatives feared the power of this one man so much that they launched a war against him. Maybe its not so much that he has lost the public's confidence,, but that the American people have proven to be short-sighted, shallow, and too impacted by celebrity pundits that facts like Wall Street Reform and the TARP being paid back get lost in the noise. . I just heard that one trillion of the debt has been erased. Will that info get out or will you cover Palin'slatest publicity ploy?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  161. Stephanie Herron

    I still love Obama! But I don't expect one man to turn the country around after less than two years. Most American voters have short memories and unrealistic expectations.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  162. fran

    You betcha ! Obama has displayed no real love for this country. Sued Americans in Arizona, was inept and indifferent to the pain after Gulf spill and never honored the dead after the texas terrorist killed our brave soldiers. I really regret our foolish optimism.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  163. Marcia from Morris Illinois

    No, it's not over, even though people like you want to speak for us and suggest that that is true. Some of us are now motivated even stronger to fight back against the lies about this president – the best president we have had in a very long time!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  164. Tom socal

    Expect more change from you and every one .
    Every last dime will get sucked out of you pockets.
    Tom
    AffAir was over for me when the big boys got the bail out.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Terry in Iowa

    For those who are easily scared, can’t understand the Constitution and hate everyone who doesn’t think the way they do, there was never love for the President. Those who can critically think and understand that only real Americans can change things for the better, will continue to respect and admire what he has done for our great country.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  166. andrew in north carolina

    Jack, The love afair with Obama ended as soon as I saw that he was simply politics as usual. He, unfortunately, was not qualified to be our President. He has never been responsible for anything beyond family responsibilities. We were blinded by the light....the hope that he was the leader that he kept telling us he was. Fool me once.........

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  167. Larry Blong

    Putting a broken egg back together takes some time. The U.S. economy is way better off than it was when GWB left. Credit Obama. Patience is a virtue. We are on the right track. 1.1 million jobs created since December '09. Do you want to go back to the days of Bush-Cheyney when the Dow was 6000? Obama is great, not afraid to stick it to the rich for everyone else!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  168. David in Raleigh, NC

    According to Obama, I'm his enemy because I opposed his Marxist and Socialist agenda.

    During the 2008 election I was a racist because I opposed his Marxist and Socialist agenda.

    No wonder this country is so divided when Obama calls American citizens who oppose his Marxist and Socialist Agenda racists and enemies.

    2012 can't come soon enough to put Obama on the unemployment line.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  169. Dustin - Houston, TX

    Jack:
    I don't think the country's love affair with Obama is over, but it is certainly past the honeymoon stage. Being in this part of our relationship, it's easier to see that this president isn't any more capable of changing things than any other. It was a tough situation to inherit. The question is whether this relationship will endure to 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  170. Quanisha

    No. They love affair with Obama IS NOT OVER...People dont understand how much DAMAGE BUSH did to the US and how much debt he put the US in...I have faith in GOD and in the election in 2012. I feel that he is doing what he can with the time that he has. Now that there are more republicans than democrats in office, now things will start changing and MAY affect Obama, but I STAND behind him 100%.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  171. John Trot, New york

    Once the stimulus package was signed with all the pork that Obama
    said he would not include, he lost much repect. He was seen as the change guy, and change he did, right back to politics as usual . Are there any statesmen left.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  172. Brian

    Jack – I'm sick of listening to your obvious bias toward whoever appears to be favored by the populace. When Obama was about to win the election in 2008, you were singing his praises, now since thing haven't turned around as quickly as the American people hoped - America's love affair with Obama is over - it's journalists like you that spearhead these notions, notions that fuel the idiotic rhetoric of groups like the tea party. It took us almost ten years to get into the mess our country is in now, Obama has only had two years to start digging us out - let the man do his job.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  173. Phil Stang

    NO...he needs to state in simple terms how he is & will lead this country into the year 2020 and beyond. If he does not, he will be drowned out by the voices that long for the good old days of the 1950(s)...you remember, before civil rights legislation, the push for women's rights, etc.,etc.,etc.......

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  174. Lisa

    I think the question is "Is the media's love affair with President Obama over"!!!! You have to get it – America is more than the East Coast. Oh yah, there is the West Coast too!!!! You – the media – totally disregard the majority of America. And "WE, THE PEOPLE" saw through this man from the get-go. You are to report the news – not be the news, the create the news. In my opinion, you created this inexperienced man into a president and in 2010 the people spoke.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  175. Peter Conway

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I don't think the 'love affair' is over... President Obama simply inherited the worst economy in over 50 years, not to mention two wars, and everything else that 'trickle-down' economics left us.

    George Bush spent 8 years doing the damage... ironicly, he's now on a book tour. Perhaps he'll give us some of the trillions he spent... back? I won't hold my breath.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  176. Konrad

    I wouldn't say the love is over per say, but I will say that there won't be as many Obama plates, hats, blankets, sweaters and all the other franchise items made.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  177. dianne orr

    I'm stll in love with him. Americans definirately have short term$ memory.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  178. LaVon (Hemet, CA)

    Jack, Let's be clear about something...the level of anger and vitriol in this country would be the same if McCain was president. 21 months is simply not enough time to fix 8 years of mess from the previous administration. How is this hard to understand?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  179. Matthew

    I had given up on Politics before Obama was elected. When I was a Junior in High School I was already hearing about Obama and was truly moved by his message and the 'Obama movement' really touched a lot of young people like myself. I am now a Sr. in College and he still moves me when he speaks. The Love is still there!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  180. david, dallas,tx

    The American people have responded to his Yes, We can phrase of two years ago with Show us if you can....the longer he takes to show, the lesser and lesser will be the reciprocation of love from the people!!!! Obama, show us you can and we will shout again, yes, we can.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  181. Mitchell (Michigan)

    One thing we need to keep in mind is time and place. Any person to assume the presidential role right now is bound for an obscene amount of criticism. The only thing keeping me from posting this comment is clicking the 'submit comment' button. I think we need to remember how lucky we are to be Americans and support the people WE have elected to lead us. Through times of trouble and times of triumph we should all respect the political efforts being made to prevail.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  182. Kathy

    Just in case you didn't receive this.
    No, no, and no. The only mistake President Obama made is over estimating the intelligence of the American people- including you Jack.
    Kathy

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  183. Naomi

    It seems that Obama confused celebrity with politics. America's love affair with Obama celebrity may continue. However, if any love of Obama's political agenda existed, it is long gone.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  184. Robert Leahy

    The minute the president alters his stance on anything the right will be all over him for flip-flopping. Anyone that cannot see that the sole agenda of the right is to discredit the president is blind. The campaign of misinformation (and outright lies) that we just witnessed leading up to the mid term elections was and continues to be an embarrassment to our great nation. The dumbing down of America is accelerating at an alarming rate.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  185. Nick , Vancouver, Canada

    I think the love affair was over Jack, until the other night when George Bush gave his first interview after leaving office,.... Now the love affair is back on!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  186. steve / buffalo ny

    americans are easily motivated to hate by loud voices / keep up the good work JACK you are doing your part if you had nice legs you would already be making guest takes on FOXY NEWS

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  187. charlotte tn

    Not over yet. Not for another 6 years...

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  188. doug dallier

    I was in tears during his speaches-pelicans drowing in oil and broken promises have turned me off–and hundreds of emails begging for money-time to get real with the american people

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  189. Diana

    Its so unforgettable that most columnist write columns for ratings. People need to stop expecting so much from obama and start living realisticly .he is not a magician or the mesiah he is human and will make mistakes . people need to wake up .and stop thinking the economy will take only a year to turn around .It took us 8 years to get into the recession now it may just take us another 4 years to get us out .The honey moon period may be over but the people who dislike him will cont to dislike him and the people who like him will cont to like him . This is a (you should know the ans type question).

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  190. Mike Anders

    More of an infatuation than a love affair, and those never last. President Obama's failure was he failed to get more people to drink the Kool-Aid the 'Professional Left' dispenses on a daily basis. The Left will turn on him for that failure.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  191. David

    Absolutely. The President is getting the blame for every wrong in this country. That is just how it is. He shouldn't let it bother him, just get to work. Positive results will heal all wounds.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  192. Richard Bush

    I love being an American outside the glass house of the United States, Personally I never had a love affair for President Obama, And I find it so enlighten that those that did or do now have had their eyes open. The people have spoken. Now maybe we will get what we where promised from this President. CHANGE !

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  193. MP from New Mexico

    yes it is over not because obama lacked experience; nor is it the effect of him not doing the right thing, but because americans are just plain not bright. the only mistake BO did was to focus on health care more than he should have which, BTW, was his campaign promise. other than that he did whatever the situation demanded. the economy is back on it's legs – of course not running, but not limping either, right?
    people whine about stimulus money – what other choice did we have? the country would have imploded without such measure.
    people hate him for unjustified reasons, especially the right. in spite of clarification from all ends about the misinformation of his $ 200 million/day travel there are still a significant number that believe his trip costs as much. just as a number of people believe he is muslim and was not born in the US. People are dumb.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  194. katiec Pekin, IL

    Am not at all ashamed to admit I love President Obama.
    He has tried so hard to do whatever he can for our country and the American people. Has he made mistakes, yes, but he is humble enough to admit this. Have yet to hear your republicans admit for apologize for almost destroying our country.
    With your republicans trying to do everything they can so that no improvement or advancement in our country can occur, with your republicans goals to destroy our president, complete gridlock for the next two years, get rid of regulations, give Wall St back all their perks, benefits, breaks, repeal every policy they can that helps middle class, veterans, less fortunate, unemployed, senior citizens, students etc it is a miracle anything was accomplished..
    They are a disgrace and most certainly do not represent the American people, and, Jack, your right wing bias, propaganda, priase for anything republican is getting very old, to say the least.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  195. Matthew

    I had given up on Politics before Obama was elected. When I was a Junior in High School I was already hearing about Obama and was truly moved by his message and the 'Obama movement' really touched a lot of young people like myself. I am now a Sr. in College and he still moves me when he speaks. The Love is still there!

    Matthew Copus
    Iowa City, IA

    November 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  196. Vikram

    US people are in the republican hole and Obama is in a republican trap. now who can liberate them?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  197. Sandra

    The American people are incredibly fickle–always looking for someone or something else to blame their troubles on. President Obama right from the day he assumed the Presidency has tried to work with both parties and only receives criticism for it; so sad it comes so much from his own party, those who are so far to the left that they would not be able to compromise on anything. Give an actual intelligent President a chance!! Answer: NO the love affair is not over!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  198. anne from canada

    no, no, no jack give the President a chance. George Bush took 8 years to mess up the American Economy, the american people, fired up by the likes of Ms. Palin (who by the way Quit her job as governor) have given the President 20 months to clean up an 8 year mess, let us see in the next 20 months if the GOP can keep their promises to all the fired up people who voted for them. it will be interesting to see, already they are trying to dampen expectations.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  199. LuAnne in Phoenix

    I voted for Obama and I'd do so again today in a heartbeat. His focus is on getting things done, rather than playing to the media. The day you're pleased, Jack, will be the day I might start worrying.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  200. Steve

    The love affair – as the media like to call it condescendingly – is not over. At the rally to restore sanity and mockingly keep fear alive, many of us were happy that the President enacted health care reform and mocked the efforts of FOX and other right-wing outlets to demonize him. He's not a sexy legislator, but those who did not come out for the midterms will be back in force in 2012, lest we let a Republican have a chance to skew the Supreme Court even further toward the interest of corporations and the wealthiest few.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  201. Mary Ann Moore

    No, no, no. I consider myself an Independent. I voted for Pres Obama & support his historic health care program that was passed, support repeal DADT, support cap&trade, etc. I am 72 years old, have 2 grown children whose homes were repossessed, grandchildren who need WIC help (or whatever it's called now) & grandchild with MS who needs no cap on lifetime health care. ALL have jobs, thank God, pay taxes, work hard.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  202. Adrienne, Sarasota

    Let's give our president a break, Jack. Given the situation he began office with, only God could have performed the "miracles" everyone expects. He's definitely not God, but he's done a lot to turn things around. Republicans were definitely not team players – They wanted to see him fail, rather than cooperating for the good of the country. Successful corporations demand teamwork from their employees. We need, and should be demanding, the same from our politicians.

    Adrienne

    November 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  203. Tim in Texas

    While the media likes to make a lot of this, all that really happened on Tuesday is that the GOP took house seats in districts that went for McCain in 2008. They just took back republican leaning district plus about fifteen in democratic leaning districts.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  204. Adeline Mickens

    I don't know about the rest of America, but this American is more impressed than ever! I have not seen such intelligence, quiet strength, resolve from any of the former presidents. I am so proud to have someone like this representing me.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  205. Pamela Retseck

    I still love him. I am a supporter and behind him in a very sincere way.
    Yes we can! Let him know his supporters are out there.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  206. Peggy

    The "WORLD" was never in love with OBama. He was hand picked by a group of political kingpins and sold, supported and financed into a position for failure. He has not been making the decisions, he has simply been a puppet signing off on their views. His failure in the mid-term elections was because there was no AIG or black power out carting registered and non registered voters, falsifying voters registrations and mis-conduct. Surely no one believes the American Voters believe all this 'BS' on how he got elected, we know. What is most concerning is he is in there with no true supporters without their own agendas. God be with us until 2012 when a more honest election will hopefully take place..

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  207. wally in florida

    i don't care who the first minority president is,the deck is stacked against them. birthers,racist,the good old boys club in washington and don't forget the dumb broads club.president obama showed everyone,it's not just a dream anymore.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  208. Diane, MO

    You can say "I love you" till you're blue in the face...
    but if you don't show it, you will soon lose your case.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  209. peter reimann

    president obamas love affair with the american people was cosmetic at best. with the emerging mess in november 2008 he was doomed to be a president with his hands cuffed. if god would have been elected in 2008, he would be a "ONE TERM" president. too bad that obama could only be a crushed atlas with the weight of this world on his shoulders

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  210. Frank Cape Coral FL

    I did not vote for Obama, but I need to cut him a little slack, the love affair with Obama was created by the media, the media create mystical aurora around a man who would save America, and with the temperature of the country, there was no single man who could save this nation from itself, I don't believe there was a love affair for the man himself but for the illusion of a man who would be a savior, Obama was a victim of the far left media, which is already an illusion,

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  211. David Tzvi

    Your question assumes that all America was in love with the President. "America" never had a love affair with President Obama. The country was fairly evenly divided then and it's divided now. If you listen to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents today, you hear much of the same stuff you heard before, during, and after the election of 2008. My guess is that some Democrats are now disenchanted with him, but not because he he went to far. Oh no, it's because he didn't go far enough. If unemployment heads south of 7 or 8%, the Bush Tax cuts are repealed, and some of the more onerous provisions of Health Care are removed, he'll win by a landslide in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  212. Vincent

    Yes, the honeymoon is over; it was a grand event that gave everyone hope and positive energy that this horrible economy could be fixed. But now, people want Obama to get down to business and fix it and now they feel betrayed that he has not done that in their eyes. As the saying goes; "All good things must come to an end".

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  213. Vern, NY

    No,Jack. Voters cut of their own noses to spite their faces. Two things:
    After they voted against their OWN interests:
    1)President Obama is still our great P.O.T.U.S.
    2)President Obama is still black.

    So who did they hurt, Jack?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  214. dianne

    I'm still in love with him. Americans have short term memory.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  215. Pam McFarlane

    IF our love affair is over with the President and I hope it isn't , what does that say about us?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  216. Gayle Miller

    It would seem that the United States has become filled with people of the "instant gratification" mentality with short attention spans. President Obama inherited this Country in serious trouble – in everyway a Country could be in trouble. He has been as "transparent" as a President can be. I also haven't heard concrete ideas from anyone who opposes this Presidency, as to what they would do differently. It's all political football. I truly hope we can all work together to make the United States all it can be, and truly, "of the people, by the people, for the people".

    Gayle Miller
    Chester, NJ

    November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  217. Dan Brown

    Is the love affair over? That's silly. It never got a fair chance to start. The President's miscues aside (and there are many of them), remember that a "love affair" requires two parties. We, the public, in the instant gratification mode we've come to love and embrace, lack the patience to give the man some reasonable time to work on long-developing and institutional problems he inherited, and lack the wisdom of our parents to align our expectations to reality. And the Republicans have gleefully stoked the fire of our lack of maturity and patience to abort the "affair" before it had a chance to grow. Sad, but we get the government we deserve. By the way, I'm a registered Republican, but a nearly extinct breed who expects fiscal constraint and governement out of my religion, bedroom and morals.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  218. Jim Blevins

    President Obama's real problem is that he is doing what he said he would. Very powerful interests don't like that. The puppets of the power elite have certainly attacked him. Those of us that want what he promised are even more supportive of him.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  219. Ruby, Champaign

    Americans are fickle. It's so much easier to focus on Obama's mistakes, rather then give him credit for all his accomplishments. I believe this election has been an opportunity for self-reflection, which he is taking very seriously. Do I still believe in him? Absolutely!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  220. Diane, FL

    No it is not!
    I fully support President Obama, he has helped the middle class a great deal during this economic mess.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  221. david bidlack

    jack i never thought it was a love affair to start with. name on time in the last 60 years republicans in cotrol balanced a budget. Bill Clinton and John Kennedy did! the republicans in the house won't be able to use "founding fathers" and slogans like "core values" to fix things. when they have to start telling the american people what they will have to cut to balance the budget including cuts to social sucerity for those already drawing it the president will no lnger be the foucus of american peoples anger. its the facts of the real details that going to sink the republicans in 2012. they say now that they would like to cut $100 bilion dollars out of the budget. big deal extending the Bush tax cuts are more than that and the two wars are $200 billion a year.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  222. Chris, OHIO

    After reading some of these comments this is one stupid country!!!! Why not put some pants on, shut of Dancing with the stars read something by someone other than Glen Beck and Sarah Palin and quit blaming The President for everything bad in your life, maybe it's because of the horrible choices Americans have made in the last 30 years starting with a horrible union busting President name Reagan. and continued in 2000 and 2004

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  223. LWash, San Diego

    Jack,

    Those of us who have a brain and remember where this country was two years ago, understand the impossible task Mr. Obama was faced with and SUCCESSFULLY mitigated. Amazing to think what the alternative would be if the road preached by Republicans were undertaken. But no in-depth analysis on that, right Jack!? Far-right Republican propaganda machine = wolf in sheep's clothing. Sorry, but this citizen ain't buying it!! No, Jack, Mr. Obama has been doing just fine and he can count on my vote in 2012!!

    LWash in San Diego

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  224. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    America's love affair with President Obama may be over, we all know love affairs don't last forever, but I'm not willing to be jilted again by the Republicans. Besides my love affairs have lasted longer than 2 years.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  225. Diane - MO

    You can say "I love you" till you're blue in the face...
    but if you don't show it, you will soon lose your case.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  226. Marie Conn.

    I think that for a party to run on venom, slander and misinformation and win without being challenged in a meaningful way was a show of how the soundbite spin is powerful. No President has done more for Main Street in the short 18 months than Pres. Obama has so no I don't think the honeymoon is over! My question is, if big business supports Republicans then what would make them hire if they are given an extension on the Bush Tax Cuts? Why not keep to "no" and blame the President and Pelosi since parts of the country seems to be so keen on blame rather than results. If business has to spend money to make money, why then is the gov. different?

    Thank you Mr. President for ensuring that women get equal pay!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  227. Mary Ann Moore-Tallahassee, Fl.

    Absolutely not. The love affair is not over. He's the most honest politican that we've had in years. He is truthful with the American people and explains well all the problems that we face. Now, it's time to get to the middle ground and bring in the conservatives, if they'll listen.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  228. Betsy Burr

    You say President Obama "isn't even able" to stop America's decline. There are many reasons for this decline, but I say none of them is President Obama's fault. He came in after a catastrophic eight years of George W. Bush, and not even FDR could have pulled the rabbit out of the hat in two brief years. People don't realize how close we came to total collapse in 2008-9. They only see the consequences, which have been terrible but not the disaster that could have been. Obama has disappointed me sometimes, but, as the saying goes, I'm happy to dance with the guy who brung me. American voters should examine how their own actions in electing George W. Bush have contributed to this state of affairs.–Betsy Burr, Morristown, NJ

    November 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  229. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Wow! Talk about kicking the President while he is down but that is expected and natural! Actually, from all the speeches given it is surprising to see everything that has been done to stop this economy from goingover the edge into a deeper depression while giving 30 millions of american affordable healhcare. But then again, maybe we expect politicians to do the same old business in Washington of actually doing no real reforms!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  230. Michael Fernandez Bronx, NY

    It was not a love affair. It was a lust affair. We the people have no patience with minorities. We the people gave a bumbling idiot 8 years to ruin our economy. During those 8 years Republicans were in charge of The House , The Senate and the White House. We now want President Obama and the Democrats to fix in 20 months what took 8 years to ruin. I also am disappointed in Obama but, lets be realistic the Republicans are responsible for the Giant mess we are in. Im not in love with Obama anymore but, we can still be friends.

    Michael from New York

    November 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  231. RanDe

    Absolutely. America is now aware of Obama's true colors. Obama represents the hijacked Democratic Party by the Socialist and Marxist. Obama's ideals are to steal, andyes you are in the story you take from the makers of this country and then disperse their wealth to takers of this country. They have rejected the idea that government imposes their will on the people, classic socialism that has proved time and again does not work. The economy will only get weaker prospects will only reduce our children's lives will only be worse and freedoms lost and the people of America realizes this and have rejected socialism in favor of capitalism and the free market and the freedom to define your own destiny. The Majority of America has rejected Obamaisum and the Democratic party.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  232. Kate

    No. The Republicans are just jealous of President Obama, Jack.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  233. the Rev. Canon Peter Larom

    We voted for a "politician" but what we got was a "statesman", and one that is more articulate, and with more grace and intelligence, than any I've seen in my 65 years. The pettiness of todays political conversation doesn't know how to cope with true elevation of spirit and public dialogue.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  234. James W.

    CNN, perhaps you should turn this question on yourselves. But since you asked, to say that the love affair with President Obama is over, is to admit that we as Americans have failed ourselves. We watched as one administration sent the economy into a major tailspin, over time. We elect a new administration, hoping for a microwave, snap-finger, twinkle nose and blink twice turn around and magically set the country straight. If this great nation is to change and start up and out of this tailspin, then it is up to ALL OF US! The politicians, and the President can only do but so much. So WAKE UP, America this country belongs to all of us, not the politicians, the President, corporate America, lobbyists....and the list goes on!!!!! America needs a love affair with itself!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  235. Lorie

    The love affair may have wained a bit but as love goes, it'll be back. As I see it the problem isn't so much with Pres. Obama, it's us, the american ppl. We want what we want and we want it now. It's like ppl expected him to wave a magic wand and make the hell that Bush created in 8 yrs magically disappear. Cleaning up a mess takes time. He has actually gotten some major things accomplished and when the american ppl open their eyes and start to realize these accomplishments as a great plus to this country, the love affair will be on again.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  236. Pat DeMaria Long Island NY

    I still think he is the smartest and most pragmatic president in my lifetime and I am 57. Expectations were too high because what he accomplished in his campaign and even all the hype that he was in charge even before he was inaugurated. While I do not agree with all he has done (tax cut in stimulus) I understand why he did it and the need. I prefer his worldview over anyone on the national stage. He aims to influence others by reason not threats. If the public saw him at the republican retreat or watched him try to work with the GOP on healthcare at the meeting after the election of Scott Brown they wouldn't be so ignorant about the facts and the true obstructionism of THIS republican party.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  237. Edson

    Jack the love affair has ended in 09', just not for Obama but for everyone in the capital. They've been wearing a "kick me" sign for the Afghan War, two mega enviormental disasters, and four years of economical turmoil.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  238. Sharon McMillan

    No, President Obama is the most thoughtful, intelligent and decent president that we've had in a long time. He has passed historic legislation, and kept us from sinking into a great depression and is trying to get us out of Bush's needless war in Iraq. Americans always want a "quick Fix," but the economic catastrophy left by Bush will take time to improve. Also, Americans refuse to accept the fact that America is no longer the economic powerhouse it once was, in most part due to the policies of George Bush which allowed non stop outsourcing of American jobs and industries to cheap labor in Asia. This also is not President Obama's fault, but unfortunately he gets blamed, because he can not "fix"all of Bush's messes in just two years!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  239. Larry in Ft Worth

    Jack:

    We, the voters, are to blame. We were so tired of the way things were going, we bought into Obama's "call for change" hook, line and sinker. We never stopped to ask what he was planning to change and how it would affect us and now we know. There never was a love affair, just a desire for something different, and that we got.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  240. Carl Murano

    Obama is still a slick talker,he had no experience in a real job, no history of accomplishment, he was elected by the media. Hoped he would have been a pragmatist, I was wrong. He only offers class warfare, the race card, union payoffs and european socialism. He is unfit to lead. This election shows that Americans reject Big
    Brother and the Nanny State.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  241. Lou

    BY GOLLY HELL NO,JACK!

    Barack Obama is something that Sarah Palin, McConnell, Boehner,
    Angle, O'Donnell, Miller,Bachmann,Rush limbaugh, karl Rove
    etc. is not and that is President of the United States.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  242. Gigi Oregon

    If the Republican government doesn't work with President Obama they will turn on the Republican government with a vengeance. The people do not like government period. They didn't like government when Obama won from the Bush years, if the Republicans don't work with the President they will turn again to the Democrats. The Republican leadership had better be very careful what they do or you will see them lose all the seats they won and more. "IT'S THE GOVERNMENT STUPID" will become the next "peoples chant" for the 2012 election. The government has robbed us of taxes for years buying themselves the best salaries, health benefits and retirement we only dream off. It they plan to kill health care they had first better give up their own socialized health care. I believe they call that hypocrisy.

    No the people swing both ways and quickly, here today and gone tomorrow. I believe they will hold the Republicans too have an Utopia government by 2012 if they don't...the Republicans will be sent packing.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  243. Bentley - Dallas Tx

    Yes, very over. Obama's lack of experience was never a secret but many people chose to ignore that fact. How could anyone believe that a person with so little experience manage the most influential position in the free world. That issue in concert with his extraordinary arrogance and his obvious plan to socialize the United States have caught up with him and thankfully have done him in. He wildly underestimated the strength, moxy and power of the American people.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  244. Nodack

    Obama has done a good job in my book. I feel he was ambushed by the GOP/FOX from the start and never given a chance. Obama could have balanced the budget in a day, lowered the unemployment rate to 0%, cut the deficit to zero, cure all cancer and end world hunger and I guarantee the GOP/FOX would somehow spin the story as if he did something horrendously bad and un American and the sad part is half of America would believe them.

    Obama did most of the things I had hoped he would. First off he didn't start any more wars. He started treating other countries with a little respect. He tried to fix our health care woes and succeeded in passing reform, something that every other Democratic President has tried to do since the 1930s. I doubt it went far enough in succeeding to cut costs as much as the rest of the industrialized world has done since we already pay twice as much for health care as the rest of the world does, but the GOP refuses to go that direction. They would rather pay $10,000 out of pocket than pay $10 in taxes.

    He reformed the banking system. Some have bagged on him for the bailout, but I think a total collapse of our banking system would have been a bad thing don't you think? The banks have paid most of the money back already with interest.

    He didn't get unemployment down enough, but I fear a lot of those jobs are gone forever overseas. Obama would have to convince US companies to hire Americans instead of shipping those jobs off to other countries and as long as people in other countries are willing to work for dirt cheap that will never happen. They still have the corporate offices in the US, but the manufacturing jobs are gone.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  245. Joy/ Honolulu

    Jack

    Does Obama really have a love affair with USA, I don't think so, and besides people have spoken loud and clear if ever there is a love affair it is done and over.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  246. rajani

    No. We are just fighting on priorities. We are confident of sorting them out and falling in love all over again.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  247. Mike Smith

    I do not think that there ever was a true love affair. I believe that the country was so fed up with the way the former President handled certain issues, it was time for some flirting. Mr. Obama didn't really have to promise much, but he did. Now America is holding his feet to the fire. Personally, I like him, and I am proud to have him as President, but I think he may have to piss a few people off , make some tough but necessary decisions, and make no apologies for doing it...then America can have that affair!!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  248. Thelma

    What's Love got to do with it, Jack?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  249. Jose

    If not, they will renew their vows after two more years of the GOP, Jack.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  250. kihara -Grandview MO

    I don't think the love can be that short-lived,Obama has made some mistakes which he openly admitted to,he should be given a break.Former president Bush had a bunch of flaws and still was given a second chance if not the third. Every1 trips n fall sometimes its the speed of getting up tht matters.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  251. Patrick from seattle

    I'd rather have Obama than a Republican in office. We easily forget the past and don't want to work on the now and future.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  252. Makini

    In my opinion, NO, the "love affair" isn't over yet with Pres. Obama. I think he did the right thing by admitting his underestimating certain issues and time lines to resolve them but I think that's only half the problem. In my honest opinion the American people, including Republicans, (who are the biggest liars and selfish individuals, the majority of them) wanted a quick fix or things to happen over night when our current situation(s) didn't happen overnight and were NOT his fault or doing. I think that many instantly gave up on him or lost faith/belief when they didn't receive instant gratification or satisfaction. I believe that people rallied against him vs. Being more supportive and patient, yes, because he is a black man, and yes, because many had closed minds from the beginning, point blank period, and individuals need to be honest with themselves and stop making excuses or rationalizations that are fictional and so far from the truth. I'm a single, educated, yet struggling mother, who was partly raised by a father who always fought for our peoples/the minorities future and best interest,and by far he is still the most appealing, dedicated, forthright, and accomplished President by far that had my back, aside for Pres. Clinton, and I refuse to turn my back or change sides because I know and was taught that good things or things worthwhile come from hard work, effort, patience, and may take time. No matter what, I'm in it for the long haul w/ my President, Barack Obama!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  253. Jim Carlisle

    Jack

    What love affair? I voted for Obama because what he says makes sense. Doesn't mean I'm in love with him. Anyway, the way many love affairs end up... a lot of mean people out there wish him harm. Hell even one Senator has said getting rid of Obama is his first priority. Millions of people out of work, and a Republican Senator thinks firing Obama is more important?
    Give me a break.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  254. Judy

    Oh come on Jack! Are we really supposed to believe all the garbage being spewed by the press in its attempt to hold the highest ratings? I think he has done a great deal to keep this country from going into a full blown depression! – Caused by – let me guess – Bush and the repubs. UNBELIEVABLE!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm |