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July 26th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Is Pres. Obama more concerned with reelection than with the country's welfare?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After listening to his speech last night, you gotta wonder: Is President Obama more worried about the U.S. defaulting on its debt obligations? Or is he more worried about being re-elected to a second term in 2012?

The president says he wants a deal on the debt ceiling, but he's been unable to bring both parties together to agree on anything– even after days of closed door meetings. Republican House Speaker John Boehner walked out on talks with President Obama this weekend. He said he won't negotiate with the president anymore and instead he will work directly with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. There's a match made in heaven.

The president is in trouble. For starters, a lot of the people who elected him in 2008 aren't so pleased with the job he's doing. An ABC News/Washington Post poll out today shows the number of liberal Democrats who support Obama on his jobs record has dropped from 53 percent last year to below a third. And the percentage of African Americans who feel the president has helped the economy and the jobs situation has plummeted from 77 percent to barely one-half.

One recent poll showed that any generic Republican would beat President Obama by eight percentage points if the election was held today. I don't know if you've noticed, but the current Republican field of presidential candidates leaves a lot to be desired.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, said he thinks it would be a good idea for President Obama to face some primary opposition as we get closer to the election. The last incumbent president to face primary opposition was ... ready? ... Jimmy Carter.

Here’s my question to you: Is President Obama more concerned with his reelection than with the welfare of the country?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    Absolutely not. I'm definitely not one of the Obama "cheerleaders," but it's apparent he's been trying and trying and trying to compromise with the Republicans and it's like dealing with a sack of rocks. It's mind boggling the way Republicans have approved debt increases in the past for both Republican and Democratic presidents. Either they have gotten suddenly ignorant or they are worried about the next election. If the economy goes over the cliff they will try to blame Obama and, sadly, a segment of the population will actually believe them.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Dr. Michael D. Knox, Tampa

    Yes. If he wasn't he would do what's right: end US wars and put defense spending on the table for big budget cuts.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Russ in PA

    Yes, as are most politicians. That's why we call them politicians, so that we don't have to use a four-letter term that might otherwise offend someone. How on earth could anyone believe that the answer to debt is to sink deeper into debt? Or believe that security is assured with ever more wars? Or believe that the answer to any problem experienced by society rests in the hands of government and politicians that have no sense at all?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Ed from Texas

    Maybe, but there's no doubt that's how Republican members of Congress feel. They're more afraid of being "primaried" than allowing the U. S. to default.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  5. Jk from Minnesota

    Let's put it this way, Pres. Obama is showing more concern for the country as a whole than the Republicans – its pretty clear they are going to serve their lobbyists and are worried more about re-election and the hell with the rest of America.

    There is not nearly enough focus on getting the long term unemployed back to work or infrastructure rebuilding on either side in my opinion.

    All, in all its very disgusting to watch.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  6. Chaz, Boston, MA

    Are you kidding me? If there's anyone who doesn't care about the welfare of the country, it's the Republicans in Congress! They've degenerated into a mob-like cabal of ideological purists who want nothing more than to appease the Tea Party lunatics who put them in office. Clearly Obama's the only grown-up here; he's the one who's trying to compromise with a group of stubborn bufoons.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  7. Martyn

    That Jack is a very good question, frankly I think everyone in D.C. is more concerned about reelection than the welfare of the country. That is why we are in the situation we find ourselves in today, too many politicians and not enough statesmen; real democracy takes a very firm second place I am afraid.

    Martyn, Fort Lauderdale

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  8. David in Tampa

    No more so than the rest of the slime balls in elected office. Wouldn't it be nice to make these characters live in cardboard boxes in Arlington National Cemetery until this debt ceiling mess is disposed of and they actually have a 2012 budget in place. Take the bus instead of being driven or driving to their job. Go dumpster diving for meals and bathe in a stream. Why should I care about their well being they don't care about mine, or anybody else's for that matter.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama is more concerned with this nation's welfare than the Republicans. Republicans like Senator Jim DeMent are concerned with one thing, and that is defeating anything President Obama trys to do. Well, it has backfired on them, because this nation by a 70% mark want the debt ceiling rtaised for 2 years. This issue has taken up to much time, and is making international markets nervous. The Speaker of the House is afraid of the Tea Party wing.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  10. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Whether or not he is more concerned with reelection, the president is correct to insist on a debt limit that will take us past the election. Without it there will be nothing but political posturing until the election and the business of the country be damned.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    That's not even a real question. It is totally, absolutely, obvious.

    He would sacrifice this country, rather than lose power. He would bankrupt this country, to increase his power. He may even intend to destroy this country from within, by bankrupting it.

    Every citizen should recognize, that this man just last week, gave away millions in aid to Somalia......a country that doesn't even have any real government, while simultaneously saying he might not pay seniors, their SS, which they paid TAXES to get!

    Obama is liar, and a fraud, and he is DANGEROUS to America.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  12. sean 1

    I think he is concerned for the welfare of the country. He has not sided to the left or to the right on many issues or at least the ones certain people have not obstructed. The debt talks are evidence of that. He appeased both sides and wanted one little tax increase and the Republicans flipped. I really hope people learn that switching parties does not get the job done.....it only slows it down.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  13. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack, what is hard to believe is that Obama has been in office now for well over 800 days and the democrats have yet to come up with a budget to operate our government. Our government has been operating on a blank check policy since Obama took office. That is not right. Every congress before Obama was required to submit a budget and then operate some what under it. At 2 trillion dollars a year and counting Americas operating expenses are the highest they have ever been. The country's welfare is in the toilet and all Obama is concerned with is his own job not yours and mine or the lack their of.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  14. David of Alexandria VA

    Frighteningly, yes. It was clear from his budget submission in February that he is absolutely out of touch with economic reality. His current preference for a smoke and mirrors deal from Jack Reid that will kick the can down the road and take him past the next election shows that his focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs," starts with "mine, mine, mine." I wish he had spent the 30 minutes he spent politicing on TV last night reading a book on leadership instead.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Mary from Ocala Florida

    No..I think he genuinely concerned about the country and he is staking his re-election on it. The general public is behind him. Any politician that does not understand the ramifications of not increasing the debt ceiling is playing with fire. It needs to be a clean debt ceiling bill with no strings attached. The 3 parties can then fight it out until the next election and let the voters decide!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Bernie

    I would venture to say, the country's welfare; while on the other hand the digustingly greedy, selfish, grasping GOPs care only about their pockets and that of their cronies

    July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Tackash

    They go hand in hand Jack. Why would he be less concerned with the welfare of the country if he wants to be re-elected. The real question should be; "Are the Republicans so obsessed with destroying Obama that they don't care taking the country down while doing so". Please name one legislation that the Republicans have passed or proposed since taking power that would improve the state of the economy. I will be watching for your answer.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  18. Willie

    No. I think he is desperately trying to roll a huge,uneven,uncompromising,
    Republican Boulder up a steep hill.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Ken in Seattle

    It is the Republicans who seem to be obsessed with 2012 and damaging Obama in advance of that election, at the great expense to the welfare of the country. There is no doubt Obama would like to be reelected. However, his willingness to agree to significant spending cuts, even though many are unpopular with his party, indicates he is also thinking of the long term welfare of the country. He has gone to great lengths to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling knowing the grave long term consequences of a failure to do so. The Republicans are obviously willing to cause great long term harm to the country's economy for the sole purpose of seeking political advantage. If they are allowed to succeed the rich will continue to not contribute their fair share to the country, and those less fortunate will continue to quite literally pay the price for the Republicans ideology of coddling the wealthy few and large corporations at the great expense of everyone else.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  20. bill

    No.The president is concerned with the American people while the republicans and tea party members are for the rich and big business not paying taxes. Republicans and tea party members need to get their hand out of the pockets of big business and the rich and agree with the president.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  21. Gerry

    Its all about re-election and Obama's personal agenda. Taking the debt ceiling issue to the American people in his speech last night amazed me. Here was the head of the administration that got us into debt demanding a blank check to get us further in debt. And surprising the amount of voters supporting higher taxes and raising the debt ceiling to compound this foolishness. Pretty easy to understand Obama but difficult to understand the voters that elected him. At some point in time even they will have to realize that we cannot afford this administrations policies if we expect to survive.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  22. MYSTERIOUS

    Well, it depends on who you are. If you are a Tea Partier and Republican, then yes. If you are not with either one of these groups, then you'll realize that he's looking out for the middle class and the poor.

    After all, he's not a Republican. McConnel specifically stated that his main goal is to make this man "a one term president."

    Who's only thinking about elections?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I think President Obama is one of the very few elected officials who is actually putting his country (America! Not Kenya! Dammit!) first! Not only has he said as much publicly, he has also put Social Security (which had NOTHING to do with the debt besides being a slush fund for the "Deficits don't matter." Cheney administration) on the table which angers the Democratic base.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  24. Ed Hoffman

    Yes he has always been more interested in his re-election than running the country. he has not been a leader.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  25. Loren

    From his behavior, can't say he cares about being reelected, but from what he's done, can't say he cares about the welfare of our country. I can say that he's making Jimmy Carter look better every day.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Tom in Desoto, TX

    All politicians have reelection on their mines all the time. That's one thing getting in the way of doing good for the country, they have to think of who's sending money to their campaign and what they have to deliver in return. I believe Obama is concerned for the public's welfare to include schools, infrastructure, clean air and water to name a few, and ways to pay for it. Republican's want the rich to get more wealthy via more tax breaks and they want more military spending at the shrinking middle classes expense . Educate, not assassinate our youth,

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  27. billy bob

    Obama is basing his entire re-election on welfare payments.and the republicans are basing theirs on corporate welfare.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  28. Diane, Oklahoma

    The welfare of our country depends on his re-election, when taking into consideration the Republican Candidates. However, the only thing he hasn't done to get this problem resolved is to throw the sane people under the bus and capitulate to the insane, Tea Party fanatics who would ruin us all.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  29. Dave

    Yes,
    Did you hear his last speech? But even he should be smart enough to understand this. What caused the housing crisis? Borrowing more than they can pay back. What happens when people (or country) owe more than they make? They lose everything. What happens when they default? Their credit rating goes to hell, but with tough times and hard work, they can dig their way out of the mess. Someone needs to do something with this debt ceiling and how much we spend and they need to do it now. It’s been talked about for the last how many years? If not now, when?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  30. emilio

    I believe its the other way around, the republicans are worried about their future in the next election, that is why they want to pass only a 6 month plan. They know the the american people, democrats and republicans know we have a great president in Mr. Obama and they want to do everything and anything to discredit him even if it causes harm to our great country.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Julie from Illinois

    Jack,
    I truly believe that the president has the best interest of America and Americans at heart and not reelection. As he has said, if they think I have done a good job they will reelect me and if I haven't, they won't. President Obama seems to be the only one wearing his big boy pants in this whole mess.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  32. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    I think those who accuse President Obama of this are unfair. Even before he was inaugurated and they had no idea what kind of President he would be, several Republicans declared that their only goal is to get rid of him, not to govern. He has remained remarkably calm and level headed despite the many groundless attacks on him. Several times he has given the Republicans exactly what they wanted and they backed away and wanted more apparently just to try and make him look ineffectual. The smart voters recognize this and will remember in November 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Pete in Georgia

    It took me a minute or two to stop laughing from this question. Are you kidding ??
    Obama LIVES for nothing but elections, it's his lifeblood. It's really ALL he knows and understands.
    His every moment, every action, every decision is predicated on how it will affect his being elected.
    Nothing, but nothing else matters.
    Period.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Joyce Grissom, Marshall, TX

    No. If he was only concerned with re-election, he would not have offered up any concessions. Clearly, the American people didn't support him in cuts to the big "3". What he really wants is to move on to the most pressing problems facing the American people-JOBS. The GOP wants the conversation about everything but JOBS in hopes everybody forgot the only legislation they have repeatedly passed are in their war aganst women and protectionist attitude of giving our tax dollars to big oil and corporations. I think POTUS really just wanted the world to see who the GOP really is and that Boehner is bad at his job.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  35. chris

    of course all elected officials are more concerned about gettign re-elected than worry about the over taxed americans he can he and others in washington care more for them than us

    July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  36. Denny from Tacoma

    Probably both and righfully so. If the Republicans take over and continue what they did for us between 2000 and 2008, our economy really will go to hell. It galls me to hear the Republicans begin their statements with, "The American people want..." They should really be saying, "Big business wants..."

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  37. David, Canada

    That accusation is simply a baiting tactic by Republicans and applies to both sides. Both Obama and Boehner are closer on key differences than most seem to realize, but have been put into a box defined by unions on the left and the Tea Party on the right. Neither seems to have any control over these opposing forces now engaged in bitter class warfare. Wow!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  38. Brian, San Diego, CA

    Absolutely not. Obama has been willing, time and again, to risk the wrath of his base by compromising or discussing compromise on issues like the Bush tax cuts and entitlements in order to make the necessary deals to move the country forward. Meanwhile, the Republicans have consistently refused to budge on anything that might anger their base, such as tax increases, even when the welfare of the country demands some sort of compromise. You tell me who's putting elections ahead of the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  39. Gerard Luimes

    This specific question(like many others) may well draw all prejudiced,uninformed,radical,cynical, and annoying responses to your blog.
    2: Obama,we know, is a full blooded,well educated,internationally respected American citizen.He is one who may well be more qualified
    to hold the highest office than any presently self proclaimed wanna-be candidate.
    3: There are plenty of indications that O has a heart for the well being of the country's citizens.To speak FOR them means that he is speaking for the country's POSITIVE future.
    4: No matter what his fate could be after the next 450 days,no need for him to worry; He is perfectly well equipped to land any job to his liking !
    5: Who can ever assume that being a leader of a large,important and diverse country would be a cake-walk?
    It needs international insight and a ton of guts !

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  40. richard a. winkler

    Absolutely. Everything this man does is for his re-election. I voted for him and now feel he conned me into it. He is the biggest disappointment I have ever voted for. He is the same as Bush.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  41. barbara in nc

    I don't think so. I believe the republicans in the house are the ones in constant campaign mode because they have to go thru it every two years - and they HAVE been threatened by Armey, Rove, Koch Bros., etc., with being "primaried" unless they toe the line of Grover Norquist's "VOW". Who died and made Norquist emporer of this country? That's my question to YOU.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Leslie Yaffe

    West Long Branch, NJ

    Absolutely not! Contrary to the lies and spinning it is obvious that President Obama is attempting to put the welfare of our Country first; by looking to find a compromise that most Americans can accept and that will bring the least pain to those who are the most vulnerable.

    President Obama pledged his allegiance to America. The GOP are pledging their allegiances to Norquist, Koch Brothers & Big Corporations. Beohner, Cantor & McConnell are committing treason and should be impeached.

    The silent majority of Americans have woken up, and we will CLEAN THE HOUSE (and Senate) and get our America back.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  43. LW

    Obviously President Obama is NOT more concerned with getting reelected than with our countries’ welfare or he wouldn’t be so willing to compromise to an extent that will alienate his constituency. The GOP is more worried about their reelection to the extent that they would throw away the American way of life for their own greedy pocketbooks. Their disdain for the middle class and poor is evident in every word they say. Why not tax everyone making between $50,000 and $250,000 1%; between $250,000 and $1,000,000 2%; and over $1,000,000 3% (that's with no write offs) for the next 4 years . We get such a good bang for our buck that it should be a 'no whine' tax – if you want to whine don’t use our services and see what life is like.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  44. Iris in L.A.

    Not at in the slightest. But, I can't say that about the House GOP members.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  45. Jerry Hurley

    President Obama is trying very hard to work with a group of Republicans who cater to the whims of the uninformed tea party minority. While I am sure he would like to be re-elected, he is not prostituting himself to special interests as are House and Senate Republicans.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  46. John Colorado Springs

    He may be Jack, but not as much as the republicans are concerned with achieving Boehner's stated goal of making sure Obama is a 1 term President.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  47. Jim

    Jack,

    No, he isn't. But the radical Republicans certainly are. They're willing to give tax breaks to the rich while they take benefits away from the poor, the elderly, children and the unemployed. Be reminded, once again, that this whole mess started on Bush's watch. Obama is simply trying to clean up the monumental mess left by the previous administration. Turning the country back over to the party of George W, Bush is a sure prescription for total financial collapse.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  48. Greg in Arkansas

    Obviously he is more concerned with the welfare of the country than getting reelected; otherwise, his poll numbers would be higher.

    Telling people what they want to hear (even if you have to make something up) is HOW politicians get elected.

    Cutting taxes while increasing spending on "credit" (you know, the proverbial "Free Lunch") has gotten more people elected to Congress than ever telling people that they will have to eventually pay for what they want.

    Now that the "bill" for all those "free" Government services is due,
    Doing the "right" thing is not the "easy" or "simple" option that Americans have grown accustomed to.

    He will have my vote next year BECAUSE he seems to have figured out that neither side can "win" if the other side "loses" and Bipartisanship is NOT a dirty word,

    July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  49. Susan

    You've got it the wrong way around.
    It's the REPUBLICANS who are concerned with getting the NON-REELECTION of President Obama.
    They've said that from day one & they are trying every trick they can come up with to make sure he isn't reelected.
    Obama appears to be the adult in the room, while all of the others look like the SPOILED BRATS that they are!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  50. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think President Obama is more concerned with the tea party members who were stupid enough to sign a pledge tying their hands behind their back. Now they want to use extortion tactics instead of negotiating a solution to the debt ceiling crisis. I think any president past and future would act like President Obama is acting if these extortion tactics were being used against them.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  51. Ellen Hammond

    No. President Obama is concerned about Soc.Sec., Medicare & Medicad. All Boner wants is for Pres. Obama to say is that he wall get RID of Soc. Sec. OR to say that he will RAISE THE RETIRMENT AGE or in SOMEWWAY make it possible to finally get rid of Soc.Sec. THATS all that needs to be done for the House to act. This is what they have been waiting for since Soc.Sec was brought in. I'm 84 so I know this is what the Repiblicans want.& have been waitung for.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  52. Herman Portland OR

    Yes Jack ,Yes,
    After last nights speach the President has not moved either party and is using this political time bomb to further his re election prospects. If he were truly concerned about the future of our country he would drop the mandatory tax increases and agree to one of the many plans that have been put forth or will be this week. There is a time for political posturing but not now. Just because it is not a big deal it really is OK.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  53. Brad, Portland, OR

    I think Obama is very concerned with the country's welfare, and is willing to compromise with the Republicans far too much for the country's good.

    The Republicans, on the other hand, have taken the country hostage and refuse to compromise at all. If their demands aren't met, they're willing to destroy the US economy.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  54. bob z fr ,pa.

    can you trying to do a good job with cutting spending for such a large amount inten days that is what he wants so nobody reads it and they sneak in a bunch of junk this pres is the mostun american pres i have sean and iam in my 70's

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  55. Steve, Clifton, VA

    President Obama has shown, from the Stimulus to Health Care Reform to the change in policy on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the BP Oil spill, at every turn ,over and over again , that his primary concern is undoubtedly for the well being and welfare of the country. While it is obvious that he places the country before his political ambitions, he is not foolish enough not to recognize that the Republicans want him to fail and want to embarrass and humiliate him with childish drama during an election year. My Dad used to tell me "Don't give your enemy a stick to crack your head with". The Republicans put this question out there because they are the ones that are guilty of this and that have clearly placed a greater value on political gain than the welfare of the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  56. Jon Radtka

    Jack, I think the president should start acting more presidental and stop trying to get reelected. I am unemployed, and have been for quite sometime.I think his time would be better spent working on getting this country back to work. You can do the math, no jobs=no reelection.I get so mad at all the well paid politcians who dont seem to care about the rest of us.I struggle every day just to pay my bills.Come on Mr. President, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Jon- from south Florida

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  57. Rob B

    No way – the President is the one who cares about American people. Boehner and his nihilist right flank are holding a gun to the head of the American economy. Reagan said no negotiating with terrorists; the President cares too much about the hostage to not compromise, which he has done at every turn. Can the GOP say yes to anything??

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  58. cal

    Yes. In 2 years he has proved he can not run the country. He is good at telling lie's to get is job back. Wait till the democrats start hammering the same thing over and over tax the rich help the poor and screw the working people. All the newscompany will line up for Obama and do a hit job on any person runn ing aginst him. and do not for get the he is black act.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  59. Weldon from Fredericton NB Canada

    Why should he be any different than any other politician. Their motto seems to be "Me first, to hell with the welfare of the rest of the country".

    Seems that they all are in need of an attitude readjustment..

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  60. Burt in Az

    I believe he is more concerned with the welfare of the country. The Republicans stand to gain more by not raising the dept ceiling for their main backers (the Wall steet bankers) since they will make more on the higher interest rates they will be able to charge the government.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  61. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Shouldn't the question be directed towards all the politicians involved in the debt ceiling drama? Because all of them, I have no doubt, are thinking more about the 2012 election then they are thinking about Middle Class who are losing everything they worked so hard for. I've said it before in other "Cafferty File" questions, and I'll say it again, when it comes time to vote next year, I'm going to darken the circle next to Write In, and then I'm going to write, "None of the above". I'm that fed up with the President, members of Congress, and members of the Senate.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  62. john / omaha

    this man-child will go down in history as the worst pres.ever. what does this say about the people that voted for this clown.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  63. Keith Heitzman

    Absolutely not, President Obama is more concerned about fixing the mess of the GOP and Bush years. Although many may not like the hard talk about reduced benefits, the President is doing the correct thing by standing up to the idiots of congress. And as for now the idiots are the republican party.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  64. Kevin in CA

    Like any politician, he's probably very concerned about reelection and satisfying his base, up to the point where he realizes he'll own another financial meltdown.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  65. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl considering obama and everyone in congress has not put forth even just 1 item they could stop spending frivolously on (like 4 wars) and say well, we got another week to figure this out! they are all too busy raising campaign money, taking trips, and going home early on our dime to be bothered to DO THEIR JOB! If we have a country left, we should write in NONE OF THE ABOVE on all ballots. Hint: term limits would mean no need for all of the pension plans & perks they voted themselves, would save billions.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  66. Peg from NY

    I certainly hope not! If he is hoping for reelection, he had best rectify this situation swiftly. If he is under the impression that his actions will help him get reelected, he is fooling himself. No one in Washington D. C. is going to get reelected after allowing this mess to occur.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  67. lou

    I don't think so. Obama put two democratic programs, medicare and social security, on the table, to try to come to a compromise. That really ticked off a lot of his base. For Republican, by not compromising and refusing to work with Obama on anything, they ignite their base. If we all lose, they win with their base. It's really a horrible way to govern this great country.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  68. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Obama does have the welfare of the American people in mind. Every other politician in Washigton however, is more concerned about their re-election then they are about the welfare of this country. This is outrageous behavior on all their parts to hold the American people hostage while they fight their never-ending re-election battles. The founding fathers who formed this government were all a bunch of rich white guys. The people running the government today are all a bunch of rich white guys. The trouble is, they are not the ones in government, they just call the shots for the guys that are in government.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  69. Rahul Dhanda, San Antonio Texas

    I strongly believe that Obama is trying to do what is best for the country. He unfortunately is facing the backlash from the coalition of white males who have suffered terribly at the hands of progress. This party is commonly known as the TEA PARTY. This party celebrates keeping minorities unemployed and destitute, and women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Their motto-let's bring back the good ole boys!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  70. Alice

    Jack, you know President Obama is wrapped up with his reelection,
    and his mind is not with us, or for us! keep up the good work!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  71. Kaye Boykin

    A better question would be is there any one in Washington who should be re-elected?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  72. Jamie in St. Louis

    That's all any politician is worried about. Do you expect any different from the one with the most power?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  73. michael schack

    jack
    He,s put his head on the block he told us that,it's the republicans that are messing this country up .They don,t want us little people to get ahead ,leave the rich and big corperations alone.is there message. I still say every week we should draw a name out of a hat and say "YOUR FIRED"

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  74. Paul

    FromDeepInTheHeartofHurstTexas
    Jack
    It appears to be about "Winning"
    to quote another famous philosopher of our time

    Obama appears to be in the quandry of his own making.
    "Balanced" used to mean Fair, Syncronized, equitable...

    Now it means "My way "

    July 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  75. Paul P.

    This is a very cynical question to pose. Obama has been fighting for balance and compromise in the economic approach to the country's debt, and although his recent televised speeches have been unnecessary, I sense his frustration. I believe to single him out when the GOP have taken the debt limit hostage in an effort to appease their base, is grossly unfair.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  76. Gordon NJ

    Since he is alienating the left almost as much as he is hated by the right, I'd say he is trying to do the right thing by the country. Of course since the Republican economic plan seems bound and determined determined to channel the ghost of Herbert Hoover, I wish Obama would stop wasting his time and ours by pandering to the right.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  77. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Based on what we heard last night, NO. But the GOP and the F network sure want people to think that. This man inherited a mess from a dictator and has tried many things to help improve our lives and yes he's made some mistakes but the GOP wants to put us in a grave.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  78. bonnie from NJ

    Since he is willing to make cuts to ss, medicare etc. which will certainly not please his base, no he is not. But why single him out, you could fill in the blank in that sentence with every member of Congress, regardless of party.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  79. Alvis Lanton

    Jack,
    Each destination has many paths, some provide the best options. The key is whether the team; decision-makers, executives and laborers can leverage their wits, wisdom, knowledge and energies to ensuring success along the way.

    Both sides claim to have the answer, but it appears to me little more than ideology and political postering. I do not understand why equal parts of spending cuts and increased revenue is not an option. Nonetheless, I am very disappointed with all of thm in terms of representing me and the interests OF THE NATION!

    They appear to be blinded by the comfort of their ideologies and suppose those paradigms are "best" for America. How can such narrow perspectives consider the welfare of such a diverse nation? No Jack, my challenge to each of them is to restore my faith in the notion that people genuinely want to do right for America, even if it means laying aside their self-righteous views.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  80. Kenneth from California

    President Obama's reelection is for the country's welfare, he's concerned about both.
    The Republicans have occupied the White House a total of 20 years since Reagan. At the end of Obama's term the Democrats will have lived there 12 years, including Bill Clinton, who one must admit, did a decent job.
    This President inherited the biggest mess in our history from his predecessor. Given the behavior of the Republican's no compromise attitude, and reluctance to recognize we the people, many have no desire to go back to the GOP.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  81. Peter

    Jack,

    I don't think this question pertains just to the President, rather to all the dysfunctional "leaders" in Congress. How can these "elected representatives" feel that they are promoting our desires? I for one want to see our once great country get back on course and see these buffoons as deliberately undermining our nation's progress and potential. If these "leaders" can't agree on a course of action prior to August 2nd they should all forego any government generated income, salaries and perqs, and seriously consider resigning their positions as they should no longer call themselves Americans. Instead, they should all change their names to Bendict Arnold, and we know what that means to the public. The behaviors inside the beltway are a disgrace to this country!
    Sent from the great Pacific Northwest

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  82. pat, Idaho

    He should have been worried about the shape of the country a long time ago, right now he probably hasn't got a cold chance in he*l of being reelected..

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  83. Annie, Atlanta

    Cuts to Social Security – check
    Raising Medicare Age – check
    Bush Tax Cut Extension – check
    Cutting Spending during a Depression – check
    Suggests Lowering Taxes on Wealthy to 29% – check
    Surrounding himself with Wall Street insiders – check
    Ignoring left leaning economists – check
    Ignoring Americans' preferences – check

    Looks more like he has a lucrative job waiting for him in the private sector, or is attempting to nuke the Democratic Party, or both, rather than a Democrat running for re-electon. But then what do I know?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  84. Tony Hamelin from St. Louis

    Jack,

    Honestly, I don't believe Obama has put his reelection ahead of what is best for the nation. Obama is following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln once wrote on the eve of ending slavery " I'd rather be right than be president.". The Republicans in Congress on the other hand,...well, I can't say what I really feel their true motives are... FCC regulations won't allow that kind of talk on the air.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  85. Linda

    OUR President cares about much more than getting reelected. John Prine said it best, "...blow up your TV, throw away your paper...". The media are who care about campaigns. Voters care, period.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  86. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    The welfare of the country is best-served by President Obama's re-election.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  87. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Absolutely yes. He is the biggest liar and phoney ever to serve as president. He is more concerned with the greedy derivatives market gamblers on wall street than jobs for main street. Obama guaranteed bonuses for wall street but he can't guarantee social security recipients will get their checks.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  88. Brian (From Chicago)

    No Jack, the Republicans are. They'll sign any pledge shoved in their face just to get elected. Obama is responding to his base. He is giving the Republicans everything they want, and his base is screaming foul as they feel abandoned. He has to draw the line on the Republicans threatening to drive us off the cliff every 6 months.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  89. frank

    we could say the other way around,

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  90. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    He is more concerned with the welfare of the country in my opinion. He's going to go to the wall, and put his job on the line. Can the same be said of certain other elected officials in Washington.

    This is just plain stupid. As an Independent I'll be sure to vote Democrat all the way in the next election. The Republican's (especially the Tea Party) are not interested in the welfare of the country. And don't deserve my vote or respect.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  91. Tony Hamelin from St. Louis

    Jack,

    Honestly, I don't believe Obama has put his reelection ahead of what is best for the nation. Obama is following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln. His aides said if he emancipated the slaves he would not get re-elected. Lincoln's reply... " I'd rather be right than be president.". That was Lincoln, and this is who Obama is too...a man of integrity.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  92. Ron in Ohio

    I think the republicans are afraid the tea party will oust them if they comprimise. They are also afraid their big contributors will cut off the money! Duh! Is this so hard to figure out??

    July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  93. Tina Tx

    Obama and re-election is not what worries me but what gets my goat is that the Republicans refusal to work with the other side. Lets talk about the blank check Mr Boehner keeps harping bout? Didn't his president, Mr Bush get a big, blank check for 10 years that got us into this fine mess? Tell your fellow Republicans to shut up and lets all come to the table and work with the Democrats before we finish killing off America, the once greatest nation in this world.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  94. Reggie

    Obama is playing political games with our lives. His first and foremost concern is that he gets re-elected. He does not care anything about the American people. He has divided our country like how it was when there was segregation between whites and blacks but now it is between democrats and republicans. Everytime I hear him speak its like he is making a political speech. The sooner we realize that this man is thinking about himself the better for us. Obama has to be voted out in 2012 so we can get someone who has leadership skills. He can then go back to being a community organizer which he is so good at doing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  95. pat in michigan

    Jack ,it's not just Obama.There is big money to be made by being the "Top Hog at the Trough"
    You can bet that Speaker Boener is sweating bullets over his re-election.He has a $67K golf tab to pay at the Ritz Carlton in Naples. Small businessman my Butt!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  96. Greg M.

    Jack,
    lol.The gop wants us to think that,when in reality... lol. That's all I have.lol,very loud.
    Greg M. FL

    July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  97. Jason K

    Jack, that's a silly question. I don't think this is an Obama thing, I think you could apply this to all the Representatives and Senators up for reelection this year too.

    Has there EVER been an exception to this rule? If we default, are the members of Capitol Hill OR The White House going to lose their pensions, medical, or pay checks? I very much doubt it.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  98. Tom (Atlanta)

    I doubt if he'd admit to that; however, he has never changed his we vs they style that he use during his 2008 campaign. I believe his big mistake was in verbally blaming our problems on and demonizing "the other guys" be them oil company or pharmaceutical company executives, Wall Street Managers, bankers, "the Tea Party (who ever that is), even after elected and still today. The result has been that the very people he needs in difficult time have been alienated against him, and now simply don't like him and won't work with him. So, he continues to blame those bad guys who now don't only disagree with him but now also don't like him very much. I believe we are seeing a sad example of "the Peters Principle" and unfortunately will suffer through it. Thanks goodness for term limits.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  99. Conor, Chicago

    Just because the Republicans are completely unreasonable and Obama calls them out on it doesn't mean last nights speech was a campaign speech. They are totally divorced from reality and are about to destroy the world economy. You can't tell me that destroying social saftey nets that Americans have paid into for a lifetime all so these Tea Party nutcases can tell themselves that they aren't paying for welfare recipients is not worthy of Presidential rebuke. It is. These people are completely off the deep end and the only chance this country has is for the independants in the middle to start calling them out as well. The best way to inform independants is to interrupt their regularly scheduled programming.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  100. Jeff in Virginia

    YES !!!!!! That is the "Only" thing on his plate right now is next Nov. If he really was worried about the debt, he would have agreeed and the Speaker and raised the debt, and let that bi-partisian panel come up with some "REAL" cuts, not like "Harry's " 1-trillion from the war, when we have already started the withdrawl.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  101. Sam

    Here's my 2 cents......
    Every career politician is more concerned about reelection than making the tough choice which may be unpopular! So, yes, Obama is much more concerned about reelection. How about he sends that $86 million to the US Treasury, instead of spending it on useless campaign slogans? Also, could you please tell Warren Buffet et al. that since he is so happy to pay higher taxes, he can send his check in today! He does not need a law to pay more!!! I'm sick of hearing these rich guys tell us that they are happy to pay more taxes only if the laws require them to do so......go ahead and pay more now!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  102. Kim Smith

    So far, it doesn't appear so. All politicians have a built in re-election mechanisim in their DNA, the best of them still put the good of the country ahead of their own interests or their party's interest. Obama is the least of the evils we have to choose from these days. Republicans have a proven track record of hatred for the middle class, and they are looking to double-down on their dogma.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  103. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Definitely no. The Republicans try to discredit Obama's promise that he will not touch social security or any Government programs. We did had a stimulus few years ago and now so suddenly we have a problem with the debt ceiling. It is a political stunt from the Republicans that probably would leave Obama with no other choice but to use the 14th amendments and raise the debt ceiling. If we ask any Republican Presidential candidate about the debt ceiling they would probably evade the question than risk their election. Obama will win this one, and it has nothing to do with his reelection.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  104. michael howe

    Jack, I don't see his concern with this country's welfare when he gave us Wall St.'s debt with none of those crooks going to jail, a health care plan with no public option that mostly benefits the big pharma companies as now we have to buy their health plans, not stopping the wars like he promised, and no jobs? He was so busy taking care of big money he kinda forgot the little folk who elected him so yes I do think he is a bit more concerned with reelection rather than this country's welfare. I do wish him luck though, I like him and he did inherit a mess from "W"

    July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  105. Ed_in_Sac

    Yes, but Jack if your job was in jeopardy wouldn't you defend yourself by distorting the facts or claiming it was the previous employee's fault ? No neither would I, guess we don't qualify to be politicians :-)

    Ed in California

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  106. Jackson - Portland, Oregon

    I was proud of President Obama last night on TV. He reminded me of Pres. Kennedy facing down Kruschev during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Some issues are bigger than reelection–like nuclear and economic holocausts. What we saw last night was a strong leader holding his ground, for the good of the country, against a Republican caucus held hostage by intransigent Tea-Partiers. Good for you, sir!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  107. Mel - Houston

    With the Republican vowing to have him fail and be a one term President I would think that thinking of your future would be in order. He has a lot of things he would like to get done yet. Unfortunately he can't control the congress and the senate Republican from fillibustering everything he perposes. It is just about the most dysfunctional body of government that I"ve seen in my life time.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  108. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    If president Obama cared more for re-election than moving America forward, he would have allowed the arrest of Bush and Cheney as he was bound to do by treaty. Instead of the nation wallowing in Republican crimes and stupidity through lengthy trials, Obama has shielded the culprits of our debt and unemployment from the World Court and from our own.

    Now some voters have forgotten that Republican redistribution of wealth to the rich, charge card illegal wars, and the donut hole give away to the Pharmaceutical Industry are greatly to blame for America running in the red. Everyone remembers the Democrats were running a surplus before Bush, but too few remember what happened to the surplus.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  109. Ed from Md

    If Obama wasn't more interested in reelection than the countrys welfare it would upset my whole understanding of U.S. politics.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  110. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    Jack, it's too early to answer that question but the date of knowing is closing in fast. IF Obama caves in to the Republican extremists demands, he will show that he's more concerned with re-election than the welfare of this country. If he confronts the Republicans and stands up to them for the middle class and Seniors, he will show that he's willing to risk re-election to protect these groups. I believe in the end, he will cave in and that disturbs me greatly because I voted for him hoping for change. Once again, the democrats will find a way to snatch defeat from t he jaws of victory.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  111. Sunny

    Aliso Viejo, CA

    No, I don't believe he is. He does not want a short term solution because: 1) the U.S. credit rating would be more deeply affect by a short term vs. a longer term solution; and 2) he doesn't want to make the country deal with this issue again in six months. The short term solution is more a reflection of the Republicans' focus on the election and politics.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  112. pat in michigan

    Jack,It's not just Obama. There is big money to be made being the "top hog at the trough"You can Bet Speaker boehner is sweating bullits over his re-election. He has a $67K golf tab to pay off at hte Ritz -Carlton in Naples,Fla.Small businessman my Butt.
    I do have a solution to this mess . Lets hire contractors from say India or Japan to do the job Cogress is supposed to do. Pay them 10 bucks an hour without benefits and layoff the current Con gress without pension or benefits.That should help a lot Jack!.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  113. Mary

    Of course, who would want to be president these days.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  114. charles daugherty

    The president is more concerned with the welfare of the country . it is logical sense he is willimg to compromise. i am not in any party. i vote for the people with the most common sense and best work ethic. at this time it is by far pres obama and the democrats. you see the richpublicans think americans are stupid and dont know the truth , we know about the ALEC and its agenda.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  115. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    Let's see....extending unemployment insurance, increased access to health care, financial regulation, repeal of DADT, the Zadroga 9/11 health act, and FDA Food Safety Act to name a few.
    I wish every politician exhibited the same concern with their own re-election.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  116. Ann from Charleston SC

    I think President Obama has the country's interests at heart more than reelection. Republicans have declared that they plan to make Obama a one term president, and as far as I am concerned their arguments are intended to accomplish that purpose more than solving the country's problems.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  117. Chris Brown FL

    jack of course he's worried about reelection he's a politician and he should be worried. this debit crisis is a perfect example of how little they are worried about this country and the people that live in it. . i hope the American people remember at election time but they probably will not what is wrong with this country they say through the course of time that a democracy lasts 200 years and the last sign is apathy it would appear that we are there

    July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  118. Carl Ball

    Jack,

    President Obama has show me he is concerned about “What’s Right”, not “Who’s Right”. He has shown himself willing to invest the time to really understand the issues, then negotiate and compromise as needed to reach the best possible outcome – none of which Republicans seem able or willing to do.

    “What’s Right” is a superior management position than “Who’s Right”. As long as President Obama sticks with “What’s Right” he has nothing to fear about the next Presidential election.

    Carl from Pahrump, Nv

    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  119. Shari Cecil

    The President is trying to take the 2012 election out of this debacle for the sake of the nation not for his re-election. It’s the Republican Party who wants to continue to play politics with our country’s economy by demanding a second debt ceiling vote next year. Jack, this crisis is solely created by the men and women we voted for and they have gone too far this time. Even if they do manage to get something passed by August 2nd, the damage is already done. We now see how far the extreme right is willing to go. We can see how broken Washington has become and the spin isn’t going to work this time. They are threatening the very people that hired them. We can vote them out as easily as we voted them in and based on the past 30 days…my 2012 vote is already decided

    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  120. Robert McCarthy

    No, the Republicans are. This is an old tactic. Charge your opponent with what you yourself are doing.

    Stalling on raising the debt ceiling, holding up trade deals and Infrastructure Bank legislation is intended to stifle the economy to cause this president to fail. This is the Republican strategy. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it plainly, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. This the Republican's goal and they are willing to sacrifice us to achieve it.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  121. Minesh

    Thanks Jack for figuring this out! He wants to keep his liberal base -that loves tax hikes, more borrowing and spending to detroy the economy and take US dollar down the tubes.

    Minesh Baxi Troy, MI.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  122. Richard in Kansas

    Each plan raises the debt ceiling right now to diffuse a crisis. With that avoided why can't congress take up the issue again in 6 months?Their job is to be there and work. Unless you do not understand the issues, Boehner's plan is easily better for the country. Obama/Reed's plan gets congress back to the table after the election which is PURE politics and to make matters worse I voted for him!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  123. Greg, Ontario

    I doubt it very much Jack. As the first non white President he knows he has been under a microscope sense he was elected. If he was to take that approach and not really believe in everything he is trying to do it would have a negative effect on anyone like him in the future. Nothing holds a grudge like the American media.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  124. Dennis north carolina

    I believe that Obama is the only elected official in Washington, dc that cares for our country and its citizens. all the other elected officials are worried about their re-election instead of caring about us( we the people). the tea party has everyone who sign their pledge running around like chicken wit no heads or puppets with no minds. the party of no is still no and the tea party which a small part of the republican party is a big no. they want to take care of their rich donors. the tax breaks for the rich have been in place for over 8 yrs but wear are all the jobs they are going to create? this was just a ploy to pay back the rich for their backing!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  125. Bill in New Mexico

    Sure Obama is–what politician isn't.

    On the other hand, if we had to go through this every 6 months what a frustrating waste of time. We are going into August and this mess started in May–that is 3 months that our government locks down ready for civil war.

    However, if the Republican Party wants to be uncompromising on increasing taxes, the Republican Party will suffer as much as Obama to have these "default games" a month before the November 2012 elections.

    What about Mr. Grover Norquist having sworn statements (not to raise taxes) of many Republicans. Would the Republicans like it if this action was reciprocated by the Democrats?

    After listening to Mr. Grover Norquist being interviewed by Wolf, I am ready to let this country default. If people like him has the power to keep a Party from compromising–then I do not care. Let's default!

    I think the Democrats will set their heels in for the next "default game!"

    No compromise! Let's default!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  126. Matt (Minneapolis)

    Unfortunately I am not clairvoyant, but it would seem to me that the welfare of the country and the reelection of its President are one in the same.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  127. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, judging from his speech last night, he was concerned with the welfare of the nation. He, basically, wishes to raise the debt ceiling for revenues to meet the cost of government obligations without having to only cut spending on services that would cause undue hardship on countless numbers needing government assistance. I believe he has suggested closing the tax loopholes for the wealthy also as a source of needed revenue. Perhaps it along with some of the money gained from the raised tax ceiling could go to paying off the debt as its sole allocation. I find it interesting that supposedly intelligent members of either party haven't come to an amicable agreement to what is in actuality an easy problem to solve.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  128. Richard C.

    Jack, the obvious answer is YES! Obama squeezes the least amount of business around his campaign functions to raise more money for his re-election. The country is going down the toilet, economically; there are two wars, and his speeches just pour gas on the political flames. He is not prepared for any type of crises but he still thinks he is right in all instances. Can you say 'narcissist'?
    Malvern,PA.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  129. MRT

    Of course not, his point was that the republicans would try and tie it up again during election if it was not extended. Why is it the Boehner says Obama wants a blank cheque for the debt ceiling . Did the republicans not give a blank cheque to G.W. Bush without strings attached as well as allow him to spend trillions of dollars on two wars that the voters did not want.. Where was the concern about debt then?????

    July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  130. Linda Blume

    No I think he is THE ONLY person leading. Oboma is doing what is
    best for the entire country. He is not being help captive by the
    radical "Tea Party" Linda Blume
    Orangeburg, South Carolina

    July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  131. Kathie

    Pres Obama is concerned about our country. The dems are the only ones making any concessions. Any democratic idea is an automatic no from repubs. repubs have only one objective–take Obama down. what a platform.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  132. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Good God no, he appears to be the only one willing to compromise at the sake of his reelection!

    This is what is wrong with this country. A small group of people come up with a lie and bend it to sound like truth in order to bring down what or who they refuse to understand. Good and evil, right and wrong are just products of absolute truth and lies. And both political parties, one sided media outlets, all have almost perfected the science of blurring the lines of truth and lies for the sake of greed and power.

    You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free, wise words. There are no words to describe the truth you just know it. When someone tries to explain truth it then begins to become a lie as people put their own spin, their own perception on what was once the truth.

    Give us the truth that is not wrapped in lies or both political parties can shut up!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  133. Barbara in Fla.

    Isn't that what this is all about? Just listen to both of those "concerned for the US" speeches last night. Nothing but pure politics! If the Senate, Congress and the President really listened to the people, I mean really listened, non of this would be happening. It is always the same old same old......tell them what they want to hear, get elected, then do as you will or in this case, not do.'
    Oh and while I am here I have a question.....Where has everyone been for the last 9 years?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  134. METALWORKER

    Not any more than the speaker and Cantor. Thier 2 year terms are also up and they are in compatition for the speakers job.
    The 2012 election should prove intresting.
    I can't help but wonder if all old people, poor people and middle class people not rep. No one seems to be worried about , republicans that is .SS. payments or health care. People seem to yhink that if there is no tax raise they will be able to live like kings.
    I do not , for one minuet believe that the gemeral pub. is that out of touch
    What is in the Kool-Aid? METALWORKER in IL

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  135. Liz

    Yes, I honestly tink that he is more interested in the reelection than the predcament that our country is currently in. He and his cabinet members should somehow formulate a solution by the deadline so us Americans won't have to go through the horible ordeal that is expected if it is not solved. If indeed the reelection is what's keeping him from doing his best, that is not justified and this county iwill be screwed!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  136. Frances

    No. President Obama is working as hard as he can to forge a deal. The Republican leaders have said from the beginning that their goal is to "Break President Obama." Make him a one term President. They have been very clear on this. They now have even more radical Republicans since so many tea partiers got elected. They don't understand or care how compromise works. They will not raise any taxes on their wealthy donors, or even take away tax breaks for multi-millionaires and multimillion dollar companies. But they have no problems from taking from the middle class, the elderly and the poor.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  137. Sue in Cincinnati

    For those who feed on a steady diet of vicious Obama hatred, the answer, of course is yes, he cares more about being reelected. But I voted for him and will vote for him again. He's made mistakes and has shown he,can learn from them. Given the TOTAL lack of cooperation he's been forced to contend with from the Republicans, there must be many moments when he secretly regrets ever running for President in the first place. Like a bunch of mindless sheep, led by Grover Norquist and Rush Limbaugh, they are so intent on bringing Obama down, that they will be taking our whole country over the cliff just for the selfish satisfaction of seeing him lose in 2012. Stay tuned to watch their negative behavior backfire on them.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  138. Nate NC

    President Obama is confused. It is obvious to tell that he is being pulled in different directions. One minute he is arguing with Boehner, next placing a hand on him as if still friends. I really hope this is just another big coverup before something positive and extraordinary like Donald Trump raising the birther issue just before news of Bin Laden's death. I think for the welfare of this country, playing this debt ceiling game in front of the world will help trick the Taliban into attacking a false target and reveal more information to the CIA.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  139. Dan in Albuquerque

    No, Jack, it's the Republicans who are afraid. They are trying to get the debt celing settled in two steps so that Obama is fighting them over the debt ceiling and their extreme political agenda beginning again for months before the election. They believe he'll be so distracted that he won't be able to campaign. I think he should follow Bill Clinton's idea: do the debt ceiling unilaterally. He might keep a challenge in the courts to give time for a fair election in 2012. He does have the 14th amendment as a basis for that action. I guarantee the Tea Party will virtually go away if a default occurs.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  140. Talitha

    The president doesn't care any more about the middle class or the poor than the Republicans or Democrats. For all of them, it's self-preservation. Why not ask all of them to give up a portion of their salaries to help the debt crisis, they will laugh at you, after all it's not country first with any of them.

    Talitha
    Walnut, Ca.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  141. Ronald

    I don't think you can run for the presidency and not be a little power hungry, but time and time again President Obama has proven that he cares about the American people. Over the past 2 and a half years of his presidency, he has signed into law an enormous stimulus package and healthcare reform bill for the American people. He also lead an effort that took out the most wanted terrorist in our history: Osama bin Laden. The President clearly cares.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  142. Bilal

    I wish I could say he is not, though I am quite uncertain. It appears that all of his actions are for political gains rather than the nations welfare. The sole method that we could determine his intentions is if he decideds that one term as president is enough.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  143. m. oliver

    Jack, poeple understand the house republicans are not working to
    correct the debt limited, they are working to make Obbama look bad,
    but the only poeple who they are hurting is the middal and the poor!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  144. Dan Ventura

    No, he is going to get the whole country on welfare

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  145. Darshan

    Jack,
    Please post this same question to House Republicans. Why can't we have a vote of no-confidence and force new elections for our public officials?

    This stalemate is the epitome of what is wrong with our government. I can't wait till 2012 when Dems win back the House and Obama can actually get things done.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  146. Barbara

    I don't think so...everyone parses President Obama. Pick, pick pick...I value his sincereity, lack of loosing temper, and like everything else in our society....I feel like we are high school. Oh the drama!

    Everyone needs to be seen saving the day.....get a life congress!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  147. John Kelley

    This is such an inept question. All political figures work on their own political agendas. If John Boehner doesn't follow the extreme right wing of the Republican party, he has to think about whether he will be a Speaker of the House ~ so he is not going to compromise with reason.
    This incredible language from the Republican party is not new; they have been hammering against President Obama ever since he ran for office. So of course they are going say Obama is thinking about the election.
    I know one thing Obama has a better chance of winning in 2012 than the Republicans at this point – just look at the polls. The Republicans have proven themselves to be the spokesmen for the wealthy, the priviledge...nothing new.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  148. Darrell

    Obama is more concerned for the country, the Republicans are more concerned how the Tea Party will percieve their actions. Kinda spineless if you ask me.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  149. Kevin Boston MA

    Of corse he's more concerned about the welfare of the country more than his reelection. He is willing to cut 3 trillion from programs that progressive liberals his base loves including medicare and medicaid. No one is low enough to put the success of a nation behind his own political purposes.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  150. Angelo

    This Joke is going to haunt us for a long time. It is now Crystal clear that Boehner and his Republican jokers are only intereseted in getting re elected. WE ARE ALL SCREWED- NOW INTEREST RATES WILL GO UP, AND WE ALL WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  151. Bilal from Florida

    Unforunately these days, all politcians possess more concern for their own jobs than the jobs of their constituencies. Ever since the negative reaction from the Health Care reform law, it appears that the president has been directing more concerned with what is best for him politically rather than what is best the nation.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  152. Doug Ochs

    I don't think so. If anything he is too concerned about the welfare of everyone, including republicans. (Oh, that sounds like someone who is concerned about getting reelected.) I think the two are so related that it doesn't really make a difference. If he didn't care about the country, he would quit now and go start a TV reality show and sell books from a bus like one of the other candidates you guys seem to always report about. I am not going to mention her name because I am sick of hearing it!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  153. Ryan

    No, I think President Obama might be the only one who truly wants all of these people to come together and compromise. I believe he really has the best interest of America in mind, not a special interest. If the GOP can't agree to a few tax loopholes being closed for corporations and the wealthy, then who's best interests do they have in mind? It certainly isn't the education of our youth, public safety, and/or rebuilding America. So I will ask as our President did on Friday, What can the GOP say yes to?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  154. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Remember, Obama said words to the effect that he would rather be a good one term president than a bad two term president. Obama has broken every single campaign promise he has ever made – including that one. Rather than creating jobs, he spent his first two years ramming through health care reform that does nothing for us but has resulted in a windfall for the industry. He has given away the farm even before sitting down at the negotiating table with every issue he has had to face. Thus he has accomplished nothing in the way of the change we expected and has screwed his supporters and constituents every step of the way. It would appear that he is trying to commit political suicide. But he is not. He is the shrewdest politician in my lifetime, making Bill Clinton look like a rookie. He will get his second term, the country and the middle class be dammed.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  155. Dave Rodriguez

    I believe President Obama is sincere in his efforts to try and solve common everyday problems we all face. I am a Deputy Sheriff in the Corrections division Oneida County N.Y ,and we have a long time prison in our area that the Gov. Cuomo will be shutting down resulting in 500 Officers and Civilians out of work. We have lost plenty of private sector jobs, and this is one example of why Republicans in the house need to stop blocking the efforts of the President. It is OBVIOUS that they are focused on hindering progress for whatever reasons. We did not elect these officials to put on a show about their political indifferences. This debt issue needs to be resolved, so that they can finally stop the bleeding and concentrate on private and public jobs. This is disgusting..

    Dave Rodriguez

    Utica, New York

    July 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  156. Scott in Bellingham

    Obama is worried about re-election because horrific numbers.

    Obama’s deficit spending rate at $1.72 trillion/year, 324% of that of GW Bush, the previous record holder. Meanwhile the average unemployment rate under Obama is 9.42%, and that’s 3.92 additional percentage points over the average unemployment rate under GW Bush.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  157. Mike Montague

    I don't believe he is, he is merely sticking to his guns and is determined to impress upon the wealthiest that they have been an exclusive club with their own set of rules for too long. They are in fact a major part of the problem and therefore must be part of the solution. Lets pretend for a moment that the US economy is a living organism. Right now the appointed physicians are locked in the next room bickering over whether the patient needs more food or a good enema. What the good doctors are failing to acknowledge is that more than 90% of the blood ($$) has been removed and is no longer circulating through the body, it has been hoarded away by the top 1% and the patient is going to die without some serious tax reform to bring some of it back into circulation

    July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  158. Donald in New Mexico

    Jack, are you more concerned about your daily work and family's well being,or are you more concerned with your next contract or next job? I'm sure Pres. Obama is more concerned about our country's welfare. Sure he is thinking about the next election, and is politically posturing himself for 2012. His reelection will help our country's welfare. He will be a different President without reelection politics. He will step on more toes to get our business done. He can "take no prisoners". Maybe we'll get a jobs program, and hopefully a smart, compassionate immigration policy.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  159. Bilal from Florida

    Considering that he appears to have alienated those who have elected his to office as well as having done a dearth for the indigent I do not feel he completely has the nation's best interests at heart.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  160. Randy

    Every President who wants to run for a 2nd term can be accused of being preoccupied with their reelection. Obama is not doing this, and I don't see anything blatantly obvious that he is neglecting his duties. But since you bring it up, you've given the Fox gang something to spin on their shows. Next subject.

    Randy in East Point, GA

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  161. James in Georgia

    The problem of re-election doesn't exist for the president alone. Everyone in Washington seems to be operating in a state of perpetual campaigning. No one wants to make the hard decisions necessary to get the country headed in the right direction for fear that they will alienate their constituents. Most everyone understands that it will take both cuts in spending as well as increases in revenue to get us out of this debacle, why is that so hard for all of THEM to understand? Put on your "big boy" pants and do the job you were elected to do!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  162. Sean

    Jack, he's not called the Campaigner-in-Chief for nothing!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  163. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, all presidents during their first term are more concerned with being re-elected then anything else. Why can't we have a simple up or down vote on the debt ceiling? Why now, must this simple vote be tied to spending? Obama is doing what's right for the country. Going back to Reagan we have raised the debt ceiling 33 times, that's more than once a year. Why now during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression is Congress creating a problem where there shouldn't be one? Oh right, Mitch McConnell is on record with saying, what the rest of Republican leadership wish they could, that his number one job is NOT to create jobs or improve the economy, but rather, his number one job is to make sure Obama doesn't get re-elected. If you ask me, Obama is the only one in Washington doing his real job and that's governing.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  164. Bilal from Florida

    Unfortunatley, politicans seem to be under the impresssions that they are more deseving of jobs than the fourteen million unemployed Americans.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  165. jack lancaster pa

    Yes, along with all the other empty suits in DC.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  166. Bilal from Florida

    Unfortunatley, politicans seem to be under the impresssions that they are more deseving of jobs than the fourteen million Americans who are.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  167. Jim Jensen

    Concerned with reelection? Compared to whom? The question obviously better applies to Cantor and the other young guns, who are now wearing their gun belts around their ankles.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  168. Rudy Padgett

    Obama says one thing today, something else tomorrow. .so you really don't know what he stands for.. I think re election is more important than the welfare of the country. All politicians are more concerned about their own personal welfare and could care less about the country or the people.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  169. Lew Young

    NO. I've followed this circus on CNN and I believe the Tea Party has the most to worry about when it comes to reelections. I live in Kentucky and Mitch won't be getting any more of my votes either!

    Lew Young Glasgow, Kentucky

    July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  170. Jose A.

    You bet .... this president is the lamest of the lamest ducks.
    Awesome soul filling speeches, yet poor performer. Lame president, bad congress, rising debt without limits (with checks & balances) = disaster.

    As long as he collect another 500K under the stress of our backs, who cares whether the budget is balanced or not.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  171. dave in nashville

    Well, considering his lifetime pension, security and benefits stay the same with one or two terms, I say there must be a backside reason a guy wants four more years of abuse and grey hairs. A true statesman, like George Washington, would hand the mantle to a new vision once he secured his main goal, in Obama's case healthcare. The rest is suspicious to me.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  172. Valerie D.

    President Obama is just Presidential. He is truly representing the entire country's needs on this issue...in stark contrast to the Rich side of the legislature. The Reps in Congress spent all the money Clinton left them .... The Rich are putting the bonuses in their pockets and NOT creating the jobs Rep. Boehner keeps protecting. Just went to Rep. Boehner's website as "My Speaker of the House" as he claimed last night and funny thing ... because I don't live in his District, I got this message: "Due to overwheming site traffic, our contact form may not be loading for everyone. We apoligize for the inconvenience." Seriously?!?!?! If you can't hear from people in 49 States, you're not the Speaker of MY House of Representatives John! Give up your childish fight and agree to President Obama's fair plan. Sad to say, the Rep. Party has blown it on this one, and is looking very petty in the process. We have to give the man his due and go with the tax on the Rich. face it, they haven't creted jobs with all the perks they've gotten for the past 8 years, it can't hurt anyone but their pockets (where they have stuffed all tehir profilts for a decade!) The Reps. and Tea Party need to stop being so pig headed and stubborn and accept defeat on this one gracefully. (And get that Cantor fella under control–he really makes the Reps. look aweful). Be Christian and do the right thing. Take from those who a lot has been given and share with those who are scrpaing by (middle class and lower)! Don't JUST thump your chest that you are a Christian–Show it! Walk the Walk John.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  173. Thom Richer

    Doubtful. Bad times...bad government...corporate welfare...contrived wars for the benefit of arms manufactures and world banks...elitist Congress...governing of the people, not for the people...fear tactics rather than truth are his obstacles to better performance. Not concern for another term. We are hell bent on achieving a WORLD economy and it is the exact thing we and the world do not need. Many before have sought a world order for the benefit of the few at the cost of many and have only succeeded in destroying lives and freedoms. Each of us (countries) needs its autonomy to be great. Without once again embracing peace as a way of governing, second terms are meaningless.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    July 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  174. ken

    absolutely yes, its all about him, Jack

    July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  175. ajks

    Pres. Obama is not worried about his reelection–with the possible candidates that are available for the GOP, he will be a shoo in. What he is trying to do is to keep the GOP from hijacking the debt ceiling issue as a topic for the 2012 election. Everybody in D.C. needs to stand up and do what is right for the American people NOW, not drag it out for their political objectives.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  176. DJG

    Jack, It's clear that the republican machine is trying their very best to make problem a 2 step fix so that it comes up again during the election. This plan would make it easy for them to blame President Obama.
    When will politicians do the job for all the people they represent instead of constantly looking at the next election cycle. Maybe it's time they experience the fear of wondering "where will my next paycheck come from"!

    DJG/Florida

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  177. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the president spent much of his political capital when he championed the stimulus program to keep us from slipping into a depression. He has alianated his base by continuously caving in to Republican demands on things like retaining the Bush tax cuts. He has seen his reelection chances fade month by month as he continues to try and keep this country afloat.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  178. Marilyn Jones

    I would trust Obama over Speaker Boehner who said, '"It comes down to the people in this room. It comes down to the willingness to stand together. This is the path to victory for the American people," Seriously??? the people in the room? Sounds like people outside the room better stand together!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  179. dennis

    YES! he created a big part of this issue to start with.
    at this point i beleive we would be better off with a used care salesperson running the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  180. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Of course he is. If he could be king forever, he would. He loves the limelight and likes the stage. Only problem is when he 's on the stage he just stands there.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  181. Jake from Chicago

    No I don`t think he is evan focusing on his relection. If anything it`s the Republican candidates that currently hold a political office like Bachmann or Thaddeus McCotter that are focusing on there campaigns instead of focusing on the debt.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  182. Kevin

    Has anyone considered that the Republicans are actually living up to what they said in the first days, weeks, months that Pres. Obama came in office, "that they wanted to see him FAIL". And considered why they would want this to happen, Do you think they so want HIM to fail that they would put your whole country at risk????? I wonder why????????

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  183. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, your question hits right to the heart of the current problem.
    The welfare of the American people or the reelection of Barack Obama. The man came from nowhere, has literally no genuine credentials yet was and is an incredible public speaker and has mesmorized the majority of America. . But his words have proved false and in only 2 1/2 years he has taken the nation to the brink of financial oblivion Permit me to suggest Obama sees himself as Master of the World at the expense of the nation upon who's ashes he will stand.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  184. Rich ,Fat and Proud of it

    Not at all. The President is simply too intelligent to think that all we the people need is a good line or two here and there to get our votes. He has a great deal of responsibility to a broad spectrum of high powered individuals and groups of people who expect him to perform and produce results. The Man Can't WIN. No matter what he says or does there will always be somebody unhappy .Seeking another term based on the perception that he would be able to hoodwink everyone just dosn't add up. It makes no sense. Most really smart people think of better ways to achieve results.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  185. Penny from St. Paul, MN

    Jack,

    I don't know of any politician that is NOT more concerned with getting re-elected than in doing their jobs. The political fundraising starts the moment a new President is elected, which is sickening. I've heard stories of how Congressmen admit that they spend more time fundraising than working in Congress. I don't know about you but this is not what I voted for.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  186. Malcolm Crawford

    Like any politician, I'm sure Mr. Obama has an eye on his future chances for a second term, but, no, I do not think he is more concerned about the election. As a matter of fact, he was quoted recently saying he would risk losing the presidency to pass a meaningful solution to the current debt ceiling debacle. But those freshman Republicans. . . .Ah! That's a different kettle of fish!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  187. Sue in Chicago

    Jack,

    I feel Obama has always been concerned with the country and us citizens. However, the Republicans begin their negative rhetoric soon after the elections anyway. It's been a pattern since Clinton.
    The Republicans speak louder through different venues (especially radio), that the older generation has come to think and believe the "sky is really falling"! I don't recall in the past such negative talk, to a point that it sounds so hateful. The people that serve us in government have lost respect for the Office of Presidency totally. This is not giving honor to the office, person or what our President represents. It just shows that people in high places can get away with bullying!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  188. Jay Goss

    He's concerned about the Debt Crisis. Getting reelected is a "cost" of the governing process.

    Politics obfuscates that we need a balanced approach that reduces spending and adds revenue.

    In my opinion only (MOO) we need to reduce our spending that does not affect long term: 1) keep our investment in the things that produce jobs like Eisenhower’s interstate roads; and 2) reduce our spending on things that do not create jobs like foreign aid and our private military.

    In addition, we cannot rely of tax cuts to add jobs. As an example, look at the airline industry where taxes were cut (Congress inaction) which most of the airlines used to increase fares. I do not believe that continuing the Bush tax cuts will result in more jobs. I believe when first introduced the priority from these Bush tax cut was profit and the investment from reduced taxes was invested abroad in form of lower wages.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  189. Paul B

    Absolutely NOT. I thought we were supposed to have a government for the people and by the people. What we have is a Republican party that refuses to cooperate on any issue, not just the debt limit. Its Government By the Repuublican left for the Republican left. The idiots who Voted this fringe group into office are now seeing just how out of touch with reality these people are. Shame on All of them !! All the Pie charts of expense show that defense spending in all areas is well over 60% of our expenditures but the republicans want to cut the little sliver of the pie chart that pertains to social secirity and Medicare.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  190. Ronald Gilbert

    President Obama is more concerned with country then Republicans who are playing to base and Grover Nordquist. Who made him as a non elected ideologue a basis for the running of the country. The Republicans are like the child who kills his parents and ask for sympathy as an orphan. The Republicans created the need for a deficit increase- 1.5 Trillion lost revenue from Bush tax cuts and 800
    Billion from Iraq unecessary war to date- 2.5 Trillion rmoved from the
    current Deficit would obviate any pressure to increase the limit.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  191. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I'm sure you'll get replies that swing from the far right (Obama only cares about re-election) to the far left (Obama only cares about the country). The real situation is both. Obama wants to get re-elected in 2012 (and I really don't see any current GOP candidate having a chance) and he really, REALLY doesn't want to be POTUS when/if we default and loose our credit rating. But at the same time, I think Obama has more of a feel for what may (probably will) happen to the average American should the debt ceiling not be raised than any of the GOP representatives in this whole thing.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  192. BK from Michigan

    No, but the Republicans are more concern about making sure that President Obama has a difficult time getting anything threw the House. This is evident by their refusal to sign the Harry Reid proposal that doesn't have any tax increases. They claim to be working for the people, when in reality they're only working for big business.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  193. Jan From DE

    No I do not. If he had a primary opponent you might say that he is but this whole thing is really going his way. I think he has made it very clear that the Republicans won't work with him or the Dems in a balanced approach and most Americans want the wealthy and the corporations to pay more. I think Obama has the 2012 election in his pocket.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  194. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Unfortunately for ALL the elected in Washington D.C., there seems to be something in the air and or water that affects their sense of logic and reason, wiping out their memory of why they were sent there. It's become a very warped and sick game to them, with we, the voters, winding up the losers(they, on the other hand, go on to be very successful and rich lobbyists). Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  195. Terry in Virginia

    Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling past the 2012 elections and the GOP wants to raise the debt ceiling in 2 phases, with the first phase ending a few months before the 2012 election. Exactly who is playing politics for re-election advantage? Both sides are. BTW, I'm an Independent who voted for Mr. Obama.

    Other countries don't have a debt ceiling; why do we? Clearly, a debt ceiling hasn't worked to keep government spending under control. Get rid of it. Come August 2nd, Mr. Obama may have to do just that, much to the glee of the GOP, but come November, 2012, both parties will find out just how ticked off many voters are. Jobs! How quickly they both forget while they play smoke and mirror games like they're doing right now.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  196. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, there are politicians who would be willing to watch this country go right down the toilet just to score political points. I am not sure Obama is that type of person. Once a person becomes President his or her political party should be the AMERICAN PEOPLE party. If he does what's right he won't need to be worried about being re-elected, but if he is just campaigning with this debt deal....he can start packing his bags right now.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  197. Dave in Ogden

    No Jack I don't think so. I am neither a Democrat or Republican I am an Independent and I believe he truly tries to meet the Republicans half-way. The President has stated he is willing to put his reelection on the line to fix the economic problems the nation now faces. The problem is this desire to compromise is taken advantage by the Tea Party members who try so hard to cut him off at the knees with little concern for the well being of anyone else. This loud vocal minority is willing to destroy the economics of this country to prove their warped point. Their behavior borders on treason to the very Constitution they claim to have an allegiance to.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  198. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    No, Jack. But the some of the Republicans are worried about the kickbacks, payoffs, lobbying jobs and under the table pork they might lose, and they are the good ones.The others are religious fanantics, rascists, and assorted nutcases who might be reponsible for the demise of America. Compared to them, the president is a day at the beach.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  199. Bill

    Virtually all politicians are more concerned with getting re-elected, than doing what they were elected to do ! Power is addictive, just as is wealth and notoriety. When you are doling out trillions of dollars in pork, foreign aid, and having the position to establish which internal programs are to be funded in a heady place to be. It's like a heroin addict controlling his supplier. We all know the path that has brought us here. However, the dragon that was a pet long ago, has now become a monster that will devour us all.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  200. Mike O'Meara

    No. Reelection is definitely important; but, wanting to keep the "negotiation" from starting before the election is in both the Democratic Party's and the Country's best interest. Republicans and Tea Party zealots are using this vote to kill any hope for economic recovery. The effort to threaten the payments of the Government and its bond status should be punishable in court. A bad precedent was set by letting Wall Street off the hook when they tanked the economy. The Republicans are looking to get the same leniency when they do the same tanking. If the President is not a Democrat after next election, what will stop the zealots from tearing everything of value away from the huddled masses?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  201. Joe S. Elko, NV

    John Boehner is the one more worried about keeping the Tea Party happy, rather then what's best for the Country.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  202. Joey from Columbus, Ohio

    Jack, all Presidents want re-election. Obama ended fundraisers, he's compromising with the Republicans.. or attempting to. That looks like the opposite of running for re-election.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  203. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    I believe Obama realizes he could be a one-term president if he doesn't make some firm decisions. He can start by getting us out of Afghanistan and Iraq and stop sending aid to Pakistan, and repurposing those funds toward fixing what's wrong with this country and taking care of our own citizens who need it. The anti-terror safeguards we have in place are working, and we don't need to keep a presence in that part of the world. Another thing he can do is take steps to increase revenue for the Social Security and Medicare coffers by raising the payroll ceiling from $106,800 to unlimited, so the rich contribute their fair share, and also raise the minimum age to collect Social Security to 75 for people born after a certain year...2000 might be a good starting point. How many 10-year-olds do you know who might object to that now? And these suggestions are only for starters...

    July 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  204. Carol Georgia

    Jack,
    Unfortunately, Obama is concerned about upcoming elections for his party. I really don't feel that he is MORE concerned about that then the welfare of the country. It appears though, that most of the House and the Senate ARE more concerned about their political futures, thus they refuse to compromise. It's time to get over their childish behavior and their egos and put the country first. This could back fire and the American people could vote out the lot of these arrogant individuals. Unemployment sucks!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  205. Jim

    Show me someone in Washington that isn't. Well really not just Washington.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  206. Arthur L. Diggs

    The President has to play with the hand dealt him, I can't remember
    a time when we had a Republican Administration in power and the
    USA at peace, with low unemployment. The last Democratic President we had, the US was at peace, everyone had a job, The Controller of the Currency along with The Secretary of the Treasury need to withhold
    paychecks from the leaders in Congress until a Deal is in place.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  207. Randy

    YES! So is boehner, cantor, Reid, pelosi, McConnell, and every other politician who takes office only to turn around and sell their votes to wall street and the military industrial complex. As long as we have pay to play politics what do you expect?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  208. Jack Pine

    Hi Jack,

    Yes, He as well as all of the Congress, and it is our fault for re-electing these worthless paracites.

    Jack, Tennessee

    July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  209. laura

    President Obama has already been elected, he has nothing to gain by instilling fear and a false sense of instablility in the American people. Republicans, on the other hand cannot allow the American people to think for one minute that Pres. Obama is accomplishing anything during his term in office. Republicans have voted down EVERYTHING that's been presented regardless of how the people of the State they represent feel. I went almost 9 weeks without an unemployment check when republicans refused to pass the extension during the summer unless we continued the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

    President Obama was NOT my choice for president. 2012 President Obama can count on my vote.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  210. Ron

    It seems to me that everyone involved has a personal agenda. They care more about themselves than they do about the Country. If we do default, I would like to see the President & Congress forego their own paychecks until a compromise is reached. Why should they have business as usual while the rest of us suffer?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  211. Margaret Martin

    At This Point, I believe President Obama, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Cantor
    and Mr. Reid are Not listening to nor are they caring about the average
    American.
    I am disgusted, disgruntled and Fed Up with Washington DC.
    OMG, You Idiots, THE WORD IS COMPROMISE!
    marge

    July 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  212. wao

    At least Obama appears to be interested in helping middle class and seniors and not the business jet set. Business Jet owners versus Social Security Recipients that turn out and vote. Tell me politicos in DC can not miss this point!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  213. Susan

    I'm not sure if he is doing this to get reelected, but I do know that all of the "intelligent" officials we have elected should have known about this situation and done something about it long before now. I think we should fire them all and replace them with kindergarten students. They could do a better job.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  214. Sam

    We have a President?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  215. Mark from Calgary

    The Republicans are the pot calling the kettle black. They're all running for re-election, too.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  216. Mary in Kernersville NC

    Obama truly cares for the welfare of this country!

    The republicans are playing games and we the American people are paying for their incompetence!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  217. Richard

    Jack,

    If he were most concerned about his re-election, why would be willing to compromise of the sacred cow of Medicare & Social Security? I believe he was honestly trying to find a way out of this financial mess in a way that was balanced.
    The GOP will eventually have to answer driving the economy over the cliff. Unfortunately, we may all be on that bus!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  218. Mike

    Re-election? I thought Obama and Biden must have passed on. It sounds more Like "Balling" Boehner has somehow become the president. It seems as though he is one calling the shotsas he is telling us what he will and will not let happen.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  219. Jeff In Minnesota

    It's not just the President, it's all of Washington. When you have a political elite, what do you think happens? This is why we need term limits so that our government can focus on the people's business and not the business of constantly getting re-elected. Give senators three terms tops and Representatives six terms. I am guessing that with term limits like these, we'll see more get done than with the "lifers" we have there now.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  220. Kevin from Upstate New York

    I think it's very interesting that the President said he'd veto ANY bill that didn't extend the debt ceiling beyond 2012 (aka, past his re-election bid). As if it didn't matter what else was in the bill, he'd veto it no matter what, even if it was an otherwise perfect bill that fit all our needs, if it didn't extend beyond 2012. I've trusted the President on many issues many times, but here I suspect he's playing the game when he really shouldn't be.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  221. Jim in NC

    I believe that President Obama is concerned with the country's welfare. He is taking heat from his party for having agreed to deep cuts in the Democrat's "sacred cows" programs. Republicans (and I have been one for 36 years) appear to be more concerned about corporations and the wealthy. How can we believe that Congress will do the right thing for the American people, the average working man, when their average net worth is $6.4 million?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  222. Gigi Oregon

    I believe Pres. Obama cares or understand better the American people than does corporate America. He is doing a great job under the most difficult times in our nations history since FDR. An elitism party cares only about their lobbyist money making them rich. And works solely for their own personal gains and not the peoples. And will lie about their interest in the people. Pres. Obama CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE the way the oppressed only can.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  223. AzRose

    I believe that Obama does care about the welfare of this country but I also think that he is using this Debt limit crisis to further his chances of re-election. Every time he speaks about the Debt Limit progress or lack of progress, he injects comments that he thinks will help him in 2012, Last night was a prime example of a purely political speech.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  224. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The reason for the demand to extend the debt limit to the election is not electoral but strategic – if he succeeds, the GOP lose all leverage on tax policy, especially regarding tax cuts for the rich.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  225. Ralph Nelson

    If he were to do something for the country he should figure out a way to restore small business and push a war on energy. New business starts are at there lowest on record (source of 67 percent of all jobs), and the future is in alternative energy (its booming) and as President Cinton has pointed worth 7,000 jobs per billion spent. The President is too conversative and the Republicans block all job creation efforts in the House. His speech last night wasn't political, the Speaker's was. The way the Speaker presented himself I thought I was watching a coup.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  226. Rosie MD

    Absolutely not. He is in office for two and a half years and is trying to do the right thing for the country. I have the greatest respect for the president for taking the heat to make the country better for all of us.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  227. Fred In LA

    That's always been Obama's game plan. That's why he hasn't stopped campaigning since he was elected. He's obviously brain dead when it comes to economics and foreign policy. Perhaps after he's out of office, we'll all get a look at his college transcripts and see just how smart he was. By the way, has anybody interviewed any of his class mates or college professors?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  228. Dan

    Absolutely not. In order to reach a compromise with the House, he offered changes that jeopardized his standing with his primary supporters. Too many in the public got their idea of a "good president" from hip shooting cowboys like GW Bush and Ronny Reagan, people who wouldn't shy from making a decision–whether that decision is the right thing to do or not. We now have a president who prefers to make the right decision, even if it takes longer to get there.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  229. perry jones

    the man has not stoped campaining for one day sence 07 so the question should be is he ever going to do the job he was elected for

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    July 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  230. Karl in Flint

    The President can bring the Tea Partiers to the table but he can't make them compromise. Kind of like the other end of the horses that won't drink even if to lead them to water. I don't think he's looking at reelection right now. To strike a deal that puts us in this same spot in six months is outrageous. Hopefully Americans are waking up to what the Tea Party is really all about and will dump them next year and get back to reasonable negotiations.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  231. Renee Peoria,Ill

    No, he's made it clear that he'll happily accept being a one term president as long as he can make a difference. Problem is, that's exactly what the GOP is afraid of, a Democrat (not to mention the first black president) making a difference right after their party royally screwed the economy. Hence the obstructionist agenda on the right. The truly sad part is they think everyone is as blind and stupid as the tea partyers and we can't figure this out for ourselves.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  232. Ken in NC

    President Obama is definitely concerned for the welfare of the country? The problem simply put is that Republicans have decided to do everything possible to cause constant conflict in the Obama Administration to slow the operation of government to a crawl. Consider that on every issue that Republicans supported, they flip flopped once the President came out in support of it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  233. Kooky

    The only people that should be worried about reelection are the Republicans. The Tea Party nut jobs in particular. Hopefully the people that elected them are waking up to the disaster they have created for our country and will correct that error next year.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  234. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    President Obama is the only adult in the room in any meeting with republicans. He offers them what they say they want, and more. The result is that they balk and walk. Because the the expressly stated intent of Mitch McConnel, John Boehner and Erik Cantor is to crash the economy in order to defeat Obama. They have said this repeatedly. At no time in this countries history have we failed to raise the debt cieling when the treasury asked congress to raise it. At no time have we ever defaulted. Why now McConnel? Why now, Boehner?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  235. Judy Denison Ia

    Absolutely,he is and I sure hope he doesn't get elected again. I voted for him the first time looking for change but not the kind he has brought to our country. I'm sick about his health care program, what I know about it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  236. Eric

    Any politician is concerned with being elected and reelected. From the moment President Obama became president, he has faced a Republican majority in the house and minority in the Senate whose stated purpose was to reject ANYTHING the president proposed. In fact McConnell stated that Obama needed to be a one term president. I think President Obama is doing as good as can be expected. He has made hard choices a leader has to make. He saved GM and Chrysler (and those jobs). He pushed through with the help of Nancy Pelosi a health care bill that no other President was able to do. HE GOT Bin Laden!. He got Financial Reform. These are major initiatives. All in the face of outright Republican opposition. The unemployment stinks. More could be done. Republicans don't want to spend anything to create jobs. I prefer going back to the taxes during Bill Clinton when we had a balanced budget and black ink as far as the eye could see.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  237. Barbara

    I think Obama is trying to do what's right for this country. I think Republicans are trying to make sure he he has No Chance for reelection by causing caos. What they don't realize is that it's going to backfire. People are fed up with their rederick.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  238. Jeff Cramer

    The President is NOT using the debt crisis for improving his reelection chances! Remember, President Obama inherited this entire mess from a Republican predecessor. I am a Republican (or former) from Ohio and I'm telling you this is an insult to the American people. We elect and pay these officials to legislate, compromise, and keep our country in a state of well-being. That is not happening! Time for a NEW message: Taxation without Representation: the birth mantle of our country...only THIS time it's domestic and we are paying for this dis-service. Let's all change our W2's to M99 for the balance of the calendar year and shut off the money to Washington....after all- no one is listening to the tax payers...yet!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  239. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack

    i missed Obama's speech last night. I watched the weather Channel to find some relevance. Whatever the outcome in the next couple of weeks I won't be affected regardless of any decisions concerning the debt. The choice of increase or default is a choice between bad and worse. Last nights speech was a referendum on the past ten years of a failed Democracy. Every American should stand together and declare it's all my fault as a Patriot regardless of party affilliations.
    We all go down together. Nobody is spared!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  240. 2011eyes (Rube)

    Why would any president try to negotiate with cone-head republicans unless he wants to fix the problems he inherited. Republicans can't be serious about wanting to steal tax paid-for Soc.Sec. & Med. funds. If they succeed with their atrocious plan, they will be facing upheaval in this country and probably many lawsuits for theft. If that's the best the Republicans have to offer the people and this country, we need to take their salaries away since that's a waste of our tax dollars.
    I think by now the president has realized how arrogant, corrupt and pompous these Republicans are and he may not even be interested in a second term.
    And, by the way, T-partiers do NOT speak for all Americans. If their demands are to cut spending, let them ask their Republican friends to work for no salaries, retirement and other perks (all paid for by the taxpayers) until they realize what their jobs are.
    In every future election, I will vote to replace all Republicans.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  241. Mike in Minneapolis

    I don't think so. It was clear that the republicans would not work with President Obama from the beginning. During State of the Union addresses they sat there, arms crossed and pouting like sulking, insolent children when everyone else was applauding. It is now obvious that the the right refuses to work with the president in any capacity. American culture has its issues for sure, but that sort of work ethic and attitude will get people fired, even in D.C. Obama will win in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  242. Joellen Hopkins

    Definitely no! However, the Fat Cat Republicans are certainly more concerned about causing him to fail than they are about those of us who depend on our monthly Social Security checks. Are they planning on giving up their own paychecks next month?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  243. Ondina DeVoe

    President Obama, I believe, would gladly forgo re-election if he believed that the country would benefit from that action. Republicans are manipulating this situation to TRY to make the debt issue an election year problem...George W & his boys paid off their buddies with the two wars and tax decreases...Obama has been cleaning up behind them since he was elected. The Republican "job creator" is really just a 'good ole boy' who keeps more income than 98% of Americans. Hmmm....ya; think?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  244. donna

    Are you kidding? He's bent over backwards for the idiot Republicans run by the tea party. THEY are the ones holding us hostage with their stupid rhetoric, pledges and amendments that just waste time and do nothing. I'm 60 years old and have been out of work for 8 months. The focus should be on job creation - and the tax cuts for the wealthiest have not produced any as far as I can see. I sincerely wish the Republicans get everything they so richly deserve.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  245. Gary Salerno

    Dear Jack,

    I absolutely believe that our President's main goal is to do what's right for this country, not using this issue to gain votes. I hear this wacky excuse some are giving about a lack of leadership in getting a deal done on this issue. The real problem is the pledge that many members of congress have taken regarding no tax increases. Pledges and vows are good for marriage, but not for economics, especially in times of financial uncertainties. Signing such pledges hamstring one's brain and keeps it from thinking critically. Might as well leave it in the trunk of one's car when heading to work. Decision made. No work to do now except to say, "no". This is what is holding things up. The financial collapse of this nation is a potentially real concern if this deal does not get done soon, despite what some elected officials argue to the contrary. These are not scare tactics. Those suggesting consequences are not as dire are simply trying to hide behind the ill-conceived notion that we can solve this problem without a balanced (increasing some revenue streams) approach. Such a position is lacking in common sense, skirts the reality of the time, and avoids the duty, obligation, and responsibility to work with others. Compromise is not "caving" to principles. It is what sensible people do. Get real. Get it done!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  246. Jan from Florida

    I believe (as do most of my co-workers) that President Obama is sincerely trying to compromise. I don't believe that he is posturing himself politically. I just cannot believe that the republicans can take the chance of turning the economy of this country up side down knowing that they will ultimately be blamed for it. The American people are sick and tired of all of this.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  247. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. A President who isn't concerned about the welfare of this country would say "take this job and shove it" wouldn't be concerned about reelection.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  248. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    I think that ALL politicians are concerned with getting re-elected. I also think that President Obama is concerned about the country, not just big business and the plutocrats. He has shown that by constantly trying to negotiate with Boehner and the Republicans (they've walked out when he didn't cave to their demands), by putting SS, Medicare, and Medicaid on the table, saying that cuts will have to be made in order to work with the Republicans (and still the Republicans have refused, because he wants tax increases on the wealthy).

    So, Jack, I believe that you've asked the wrong question. You should have asked "Are Boehner and Republicans so single-minded, so determined to discredit and ruin this President with the goal of making him a one-term President that they are willing to sacrifice the economy by not increasing the debt ceiling?" Or, "Are Boehner and the Republicans more concerned with re-election and with making sure that President Obama is a one-term President than they are with doing what is in the best interests of the whole country?"

    After all, it is CONGRESS that has the power of the purse, not the President. It seems that you, too, need a lesson in civics and in the separation of powers.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  249. Billy

    My name is Billy Taylor from Dyersburg,Tennessee my answer is yes,its the same ole show just different actors just as always. I wish they all would just go on unpaid vacation and after a while the problem would fix its self and take the media with them.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  250. Paul

    Definitely not Jack...although I will fault the President for staying on the sideline too long between January and June, he had to try to get involved and make sure Congress took this seriously. A balanced, compromise approach that cuts spending, eliminates those loopholes and subsidy payouts are the minimum that needs to occur. As for the Republicans in the House, they are so out of touch it defies logic. We forget that the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" plan they keep harping on from last week, not only didn't pass the Senate, even had it done so would have been vetoed. As for a balanced budget amendment, it is an impossibility both constitutionally and politically. First, does anyone remember it takes a two-thirds vote of each House of Congress to get sent to the states? That will not happen so why even waste time on it. The House members who continue to say its "their way or no way at all" have only political interests in mind...they must discredit President Obama at all cost. Their rhetoric and intransigence on the debt debate says it all. They will, if they don't compromise and find a true bipartisan solution, bear the blame with a large majority of the American people if polls can be believed.If we default, or take the economy down, the Republicans will likely destroy much of their party because they forgot what made American politics work since 1789...COMPROMISE FOR THE GOOD OF THE "WHOLE COUNTRY", NOT JUST THEIR OWN PARTY FOLLOWERS!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  251. CarolO

    He has tried his darnest but how can he get thru to these radical Republicans when Boehner can't even reach them? The debt ceiling was raised 7 times for Bush are called "simple maintenance." For this President and the extremeists in the Senate, it's a major war to get done what has been done for every other President.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  252. calaurore9

    No. People on the far left and right seem equally annoyed with Obama. So, he's clearly committed to bringing both sides together for the good of the country. If he can do that, he will get re-elected.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    July 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  253. Mike from Texas

    Jack,
    If President Obama were not concerned about the American public he would have agreed to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. The wars have created our deficit along with foreign aid, pork attached to every Bill, and rediculous tax cuts for the wealthiest and corporations who have not created any jobs with their billions in profits. Trickle down does not even dribble down. There is one good thing coming out of this lastest Republican stonewall, America is waking up, and thinking about the next election now and not in a favorable way for bull headed Republicans that just want Obama out at any cost.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  254. Chris From Rhode Island

    Obama seems to care more about the Country than the Tea party OR the GOP. It would not surprise me to see the Democrats take the majority again and the GOP loses out like they did before. If the deficit was really a problem, the gov't would've paid it off YEARS ago, the tea party/gop are trying to use it as leverage against obama for their own political gain, NOT for what's in the best interest for the country. We've had a deficit for nearly 20 years,. so it is a problem, why didn't Bush senior AND Junior pay off the deficit?? They Squandered Bill Clinton's surplus when he left office and the republicans kept us in a deficit for nearly 20 years and instead of accepting responsibility for creating our mess, the GOP/TEA PARTY choose to blame obama instead. I voted in 2008 for McCain and the republican party, looks like I'll be voting Democrat this year as I don't trust anyone in the GOP/tea party.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  255. AB

    Absolutely not jack, President Obama is sincerely concerned with the welfare of United States and is trying to clean up and fix the mess and dysfunction that resulted from eight years of Republican leadership. Remember, Obama inherited a recessionary economy and two wars overseas and a raging national budget deficit. These are problems that he did not create. His predecesor, George W. Bush created it and left. It is grossly hypocritical that the Republicans are screaming and hollering about a situation that they and their policies created!!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  256. Diane

    I don't pretend to know what anybody's motives are, especially at this time under the conditions we are facing with this debt ceiling issue. I do know this . . . it is appalling that we have elected officials to resolve the serious issues facing our country and we are facing a serious unresolved debt issue. Jim, ask us what we would do so I can answer, add another layer to the checks and balances system – that layer being the American people. That's right, let us decide when our representatives reach a stalemate. Put it to popular vote and we will make a decision – a popular one. Oh, and let's cut their salaries in half so they can begin to experience what it's like to live in an economic environment that has ignored the needs and wants of "the people".

    July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  257. Cory

    I don't think so, Jack. But even if he was, it would be better for the country if he gets re-elected in 2012. Let's not forget who's running for the Republican nomination.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  258. Jenna Roseville CA

    Is President Obama more concerned with his reelection than with the welfare of the country?

    Considering that he has opted to make unpopular concessions for the good of the nation verses the good of the party should answer that question Jack.

    My question is why do the Republicans still refuse to work with Obama?

    Aren't Republicans the ones that are more concerned with THEIR re-election than the welfare of the country?

    That is what I see.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  259. Dean from Idaho

    Absolutely not, he is wheeling and dealing with the boys and, like every other president, has one powerful bargaining chip... the "VETO". Have you noticed that Boehner hasn't cried one time over this whole mess? As for the election, I vote to have the candidates on TV with a panel (Simon for sure), and then have a national vote to pick a running mate, then have one grand finale for president of the united states.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  260. General Wrath

    100% yes he is only every concerned about reelection!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  261. JMBarrett, North Providence RI

    Absolutely not. I hope he'll be my hero and stay the course against Republican opposition, for no other reason than because the Republicans are out to destroy the Middle Class.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  262. Dale Elam

    Obama is more conerned with being reelected. And, rightfully so. He will not be reelected! The democratic party needs to wake up and back someone who can win....Hilary is waiting in the wings. She was right in '08 and she will be right in '12!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  263. Jerry K

    Obama is the only adult in this debate, The childish T Party is like a spoiled brat kid that wants something and will lay down on the floor kicking and screaming.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  264. Bob

    Let me see Jack, Obama wants to tax the rich and end big oil tax breaks. The Republicans want to take from our Social Security and Medicare and NOT tax the rich (the only reason they are against tax hikes). The Republicans support the wealthy and the Democrats support the middle class and poor. Yep the decision is easy.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  265. Michael, from Alabama

    I believe President Obama is interested in ending the debt crisis, but has been waylaid by the Republicans. If Speaker Boehner is serious about resolving the debt crisis, he should stop complaining about how the Democrats' plan doesn't meet Republican approval and reach out to President Obama, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid and begin to seriously compromise, otherwise it won't matter who wins the presidential race in 2012, cause we will all lose.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  266. Jeff - Long Beach CA

    No. Republicans clearly are – they are the ones that think 'compromising' is voting for a debt ceiling increase that if they don't will cause global economic catastrophe. That is not a compromise that is extortion plain and simple.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  267. salli

    No.....he has stated that he would rather be a "one-term" president than throw the elderly or poor under the bus.

    I am disgusted with our Congress.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  268. Christine in Florida

    Obama's concern lies with this country, not re-election. The Republicans hope to resurrect this issue in six months so they can run on the same issue they used in 2010. I'm still waiting for them to create those jobs they promised.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  269. DK

    No brainer Jack. If President Obama were more concerned with a re-election bid there wouldn't be need for Bernie Sanders to come out in opposition to his debt ceiling plan. Any democratic president only concerned with his political gain would have long ago sent the House packing. And would've got near to nothing passed since last November. President Obama seems to be the only one concerned not just with the left house or the right house, but as Boehner himself puts it, the WHOLE house.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  270. Joe Seefried

    It is so obvious. He made it clear that part of his deal was to extend the debt ceiling thru the next election. What does that tell you. And the Republicans are playing the same game. "It is the duty of every Patriot to protect his country from it's government." Our forefathers would be ashamed of us.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  271. Stephen Charchuk

    Why not both since one will lead to the other? I don't understand all of this binary thinking..... After all, he's not a republican.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  272. Nadine

    You could ask the same question of any of the congressmen. You think Boehner isn't worried about keeping his place? He will kiss the feet of the Tea Party to remain as speaker. Get real.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  273. Martin in D.C.

    No, but then again it's worth noting that Sen. Mitch McConnell has said defeating Obama is the GOP's #1 priority. Maybe the real question should be: are the republicans more concerned with winning big in 2012 than with the country's welfare?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  274. Cheryl

    The speech by President Obama last night was no different than his campaign speeches.

    I am very sad to report that I voted for him in the previous election, and it probably won't be a re-occurrence. I don't think he really gets it.

    Signed, A "new liberal" Republican.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  275. karen

    Seems like it.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  276. Ashish.N, San Diego, California

    Yes, Jack. Politics is all about power – gaining it, retaining it or growing it, and not about people, policy or sound governance. No matter which party you support, you end up disappointed. That is the sad state of the politics in this country.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  277. Ohan S

    Pres. Obama is concerned for his re-election rather than for the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  278. Randy West

    We voted for Obama, HOWEVER the answer to your question is....YES!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  279. Dana Collins

    I guess you have to ask this question, Jack, but considering how much he's put on the table that's near and dear to liberals, I think the question should be whether House Republicans care more about the nation's economy or getting re-elected. They will not budge on revenues, which is irresponsible and makes us look crazy to the rest of the world.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  280. Jeff

    Definitely not, I trust Obama's integrity of character – he's sincerely trying to get something reasonble through -but he inherited the debt and the unworkable 2 party system. The Republicans clearly use more political tactic posturing than the President does. They seem incapable of true compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  281. bobby rowland

    No, he is more concerned with the nation. The republicans are more concern with defeating this president and maintaining their power than any thing else.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  282. Haylee Lynn

    Ha..I believe everyone is worried about keeping their jobs right now..President or not! :)

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  283. Pat Houston

    Our Campaigner In Chief cares only about his re-election. All other issues and causes are in the back of his bus.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  284. Antonio

    C'mon, Jack. Why does it have to be one or the other? It's both. He needs to keep working-class folks in a good economic situation to be re-elected.

    But the republicans sure are more concerned with making President Obama look bad, and they're doing a great job at it by opposing everything he proposes.

    Am I the only one that heard Boehner's speech? It was more about "how bad the President is," than the state of the union. They should be ashamed.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  285. Jason Oregon

    Clearly Obama is more concerned with the welfare of the people. He and every one else knows, we can't recover until the rich pay what they used to. It's in the history tax charts and debt charts. Republicans don't have a clue as to how to run this country. They never did, since Reagan. Nixon lowered the taxes on the rich to 70%. That was as far as we should've gone.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  286. Richard

    Yes, how else can you explain a speech about how we need to include taxes only hours after supporting a plan without them? Clearly the speech was not intended to further the negotiations and bring us closer to resolution, so it feels like a safe bet that his primary motive was electoral politics and had nothing to do with the good of the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  287. steve

    All politicians are concerned about their re-elections but this President has given the GOP just about everything to make this deal work and the GOP has failed to do anything but balk that they are not getting enough. Polls show that most people will blame the GOP for failing to compromise as they should. This is a wing nut group of republicans who have taken moderate republicans hostage. Their failure to move the debt ceiling because of their ridiculous pledges is going to hurt Americans and they will pay for it come the next election cycle. This GOP is only concerned with one thing – getting rid of Obama at whatever cost! SAD!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  288. Oscar

    nope its the republicans that are pulling the stunts their pulling with the debt & deficit negotiations trying to make Obama look bad so he wont get re-elected & i pray he gets re-elected and i pray that the ones that voted Boehner and the rest of the republicans in will vote their bully tales right back out of office in the next election, and tell them we are not gonna put up with any party trying to hold our country hostage for thier own political gain.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  289. Jill

    Obama is trying his hardest to solve the problems of the country. Every report shows the shift of wealth to the wealthiest and away from the middle class. We need to raise the taxes on the top 2% ($250k and up) and process the cuts he proposed. That isn't an election strategy, it is required for the well-being of the USA.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  290. Lucene Olivera

    No, I think Pres. Obama is genuinely concerned with the US and the American people. You have to remind yourself that raising the debt ceiling and doing budgets is the CONGRESSES job. As they say Congress holds the purse strings.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  291. Tom in Memphis

    Yes, of course. In fairness, though, ALL Democrats and Republicans are more concerned with reelection than with the welfare of the country. Frankly, it's time for Americans to wrest control of government from these do-nothings, and start electing non-partisan candidates to office.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  292. nathan

    As someone who supported Obama, regrettably I think the answer is yes. I am a classic independent and was genuinely hopeful that he will move the country towards moderate but as I have listened to him on immigration (address to LaRaz), health care, taxes he has gone about everything with "I will listen but you are joking right" approach. And he has been busy with his re-election campaign already. Unbelievable. Here is an idea president, ask all who are contributing to your campaign to pay to the federal reserve towards the debt. He only cancelled his campaign speech yesterday to appear on TV to again blast the conservatives. Who blasts someone when you need their help in resolving a conflict..... Oh am still waiting to know which bill will have the 100 day waiting period for public to discuss. It is sad that he is more focused on scolding opposition to appear presidential. I am sad that I tried to believe a politician. I think I have finally learnt that we are all out here for ourselves.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  293. Kevin

    There is no doubt in my mind President Obama is more concerned with his reelection. Every action, every step will be used later as ammo on how he "stood up" to the GOP. In the end, if we go into default, it will no doubt be interpreted as the fault lies on the other side of the aisle. Sadly, millions of citizens are unknowingly part of his campaign – whether we like it or not. This is not a time for pride; rather, it's a time to suck it up and do what's best for the people who put him in office in the first place and not what is best for the ratings.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  294. Bette

    President Obama has tried to do everything he can to please the GOP-including removing taxes on the rich from his plan. What he is refusing to do is decimate Medicare and Social Security so that the Republican fat cats and Tea partiers can get even richer. Obama has my vote. When are moderate Republicans going to wake up to the fact that the right wing WILL DESTROY AMERICA as we know it and implement a plutocracy of their own folks.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  295. Kash

    I was really impressed with the president until I started falling asleep with his speeches.
    Of course he is thinking about the election. Wouldn't you?
    I really am concerned about this debt debate. It seems like all the presidents before him were able to get it raised. He is not getting it.
    There is a reason.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  296. Snehal Shah

    He should be concerned with neither! He is not capable of doing either. Just like any generic democrat would have been president after Bush, right now most of the nation wants anybody but Obama, from both parties! Regarding debt ceiling problem, Obama just doesn't get it. For him to resolve this problem is to be a modern Robin Hood, which is not gonna happen.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  297. S. Simpson

    I truly believe the president cares about all people in this country, unlike the Republicans who only care about the wealthy and the whites. Look at the field of potential Republican nominees and you can see all they care about is blasting the president instead of coming up with solutions to this country's problems. The president is truly focused on the economy, education and the plight of the lower and middle class. I plan on not only voting for him but campaigning for him and donating to his campaign.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  298. Sorry I Voted for Obama

    Obama is only looking out for HIS job. He hasn't done ANYTHING he's promised. Boken campaign promises after another. Forgive me for helping get him elected.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  299. Grayam

    Does President Obama want to be reelected? Of course his does. However, I don't believe Obama is more concerned with reelection than the country's welfare. I believe every president wants to do what's best for our country. Unfortunately, the back and forth arguing between the parties makes it hard for any president to get done what they really want to accomplish. In a country where everyone wants everything right now of course his approval rating is going to go down. I have not faith in our president. I've lost faith in our process because it's controlled by people that just want to keep there jobs despite how many of us Americans don't have any.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  300. robert safter

    he is absolutely more concerned with the country than his reelection and I am an independent but all it takes is a look at what he has always said and what the sad state of our country is. His actions never suggest evn in the remotest that he has done things to harm us. Turn your eyes backwards in your head and try to find a man whosw last name rhymes with push and begins with a "B".

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  301. James jones

    There is no doubt he is moreninterested in reelection. His speech offered nothing new, no plan,no leadership. It was partisan and demeaned the Republican effort and pushed more class warfare by hitting the " corporate jet owners". He didn't even acknowledge Senator Reid's plan that had no tax increases but chastised Republicans for not having any in their plans. His worst performance to date.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  302. teresa

    its all about re-election and the current agenda.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  303. Tyler

    Yes he is more concerned about his re-election. I believe this for two reasons which are: one, he does not want to re-enter these discussions anytime before the next election, and two, he was very disengenuous in not mentioning that obamacare has contributed to the national debt. Come on.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  304. David M

    Is the President more concerend with getting re-elected than solving the crisis at end? Are you kidding Jack, every President's primary objective in his first term is to get a SECOND CHANCE. Heck why would he want to give up the free use of the US's Corporate Jet, Air Force One, and have to start riding on the very Corporate jets he does nothing but complain about now....and have to pay for it!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  305. Tod

    Why does it have to be one or the other? I think the President is concerned with both, and rightly so. His re-election IS about the welfare of the country and vice-versa.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  306. Alex B. from North Carolina

    Definitely yes. Where are his ideas to solve our country's debt problem? All he has done is fill his speeches with empty political rhetoric, telling Congress to stop playing games, while he refuses offer any cuts himself for fear of losing support from special interest groups.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  307. Jack Beslanwitch

    President Obama is intent on keeping this country fiscally safe and sane. The Republicans are the one that do not have a clue and are intent on flushing this economy down the toilet. The cumulative record of the Republicans on job performance towards jobs is absolutely zero. At least President Obama is trying despite what the congressional Republicans have done to march this country straight into fiscal lala land. Until the Tea Party are marched home permanently, I do not see much hope. And President Obama is the only one with a sliver compassion and sanity and ability to compromise. Which is more than I can say for the Republicans.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  308. DM

    I don't think President Obama is more concerned about reelection than doing the work of the people. That being said, I would like to see him face a primary opponent as I consider him no different than the "FAKE DEMOCRATS"

    July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  309. Rick Yates

    Jack:

    I am afraid the answer is yes, but I believe that most politicians elected to public office in Washington have the same attitude. Can't put all the blame on Obama. And I don't know how to put an end to the politics, except to limit every elected office in Washington to a single term.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |