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How much of a problem does President Obama have with his own party?
September 20th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

How much of a problem does President Obama have with his own party?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There are a lot of unhappy Democrats these days, and they are setting their sights directly on President Obama.

A group of liberal leaders says they want to field a slate of candidates against President Obama in the primaries. Just what he needs.

Ralph Nader tells the Washington Times that without an intraparty challenge, the liberal agenda will be ignored.

Nader - who has repeatedly been ignored by the voters in presidential elections - says Obama running unopposed will kill voter enthusiasm and that voters won't get to see the real differences between the democrats and republicans.

More than 45 liberal leaders support this idea. They point to President Obama's handling of the Wall Street bailouts, the wars, Libya, the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the debt ceiling deal... just a short list of grievances.

Meanwhile the head of the Congressional Black Caucus says unhappy members of his group would probably be marching on the White House if Mr. Obama weren't president.

Black leaders have been begging the president to address unemployment among African-Americans - which is close to 17%. Almost double the national average.

Finally - one of Mr. Obama's hometown newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, is running a column called Why Obama Should Withdraw.

Columnist Steve Chapman suggests not running for re-election might be a sensible thing for Obama to do.

He says the president might do his party a favor by stepping aside, taking the blame and letting someone else replace him at the top of the ticket. Someone like, oh, say, Hillary Clinton.

Here’s my question to you: How much of a problem does President Obama have with his own party?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dale:
His 3 years in office have been a lame, disastrous attempt at consensus-building with an ignorant, uncompromising Republican party. He should have learned from the health care 'debate' that they don't care about the American people and are only interested in his failure. By not standing up for the beliefs of those of us who helped elect him, he is in trouble.

Fala in Dallas:
None whatsoever. When liberals look and see who is lining up against him in 2012 (a la Rick Perry) they'll all get in line. They will see the second coming of George W. Bush on steroids, dumber and more arrogant. It's not even three years and we've already forgotten what these Republicans have done. We Americans were dumb enough to reelect Bush and smart enough to elect Obama. I have my fingers crossed.

Harriet in Bayside, New York:
The Democratic Party doesn't really hate President Obama, but many in the party are disappointed in him, because he gives in too easily.

Dave in Orlando:
Let’s count the ways: Obama can give an electrifying speech, but they are all empty. He has not fulfilled any of his campaign promises in any meaningful way - not one. He spent his first year and a half in office working only for himself on what he hopes will be his legacy: health care. He has given the farm away to the Republicans on every negotiating point. He has capitulated to big business, Wall Street and all the other scoundrels after promising to put an end to their shenanigans and criminal activity. He has held no one accountable for anything. We are still waging several wars, not to mention debt and taxes. Need I go on?

Craig on Facebook:
Obama hasn't figured out that he is the head of the party and how to make it work for him yet. How can he lead the country when he can't even lead his own party?

Bob:
As long as I've paid attention to politics, I have never seen a president endure such opposition to each and every thing he does. I appreciate that our president has hung in there and hasn't lost his composure. Honestly, I don't know how he hasn't punched Boehner, Ryan and Cantor smack in the face.

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. John from Alabama

    Jack: People in the Democrat Party dislike President Obama, because he is not liberal enough, or not conservative enough, or progressive enough. Take your pick. These are some of the same reasons Republicans do not like President Obama, but then there are those like Senator Jim DeMent who liberally hate President Obama, because of the color of his skin. This hate is wrong, because this nation is diversified in race, ethnic group, and creed. The haters like DeMent can not stand someone different than themselves being a leader over this nation. Hate is a terrible thing to behold in grown men who are well educated.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  2. John R

    President Obama's party members dislike him because he is a weak executive.
    He has abandonded his base, sacrificed a super majority, and continues to preach bi-partisanship with a obstructionist GOP. We should not be surprised if President Obama loses the electoral college 245/293 in 2012. The austerity that would shackle America if Obama loses, will lead to civil disobedience unseen in modern America.

    So America has a choice between a weak President or martial law. We shall see.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Its probably because, despite the "socialist lefty terrorist" talking points from the Teas and GOP, Obama has been far more moderate that he appeared before becoming elected. Those on the left were hoping for someone more liberal in their views, and while moderation isn't a bad thing his attempts to pander to the right who can't agree with him because of their own narrative, no matter how many of their policies he adopts. In the end, he's turned his back to his base and party in efforts to win over people who will never listen to him, and that has proven to be frustrating.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Barbara Leavitt

    Because he has caved to the Republicans blackmail more than once~which was already once too many. This refusing to pass raising taxes on the wealthy and his agreeing to keep the Bush tax cuts in. Even an idiot knows if you have a box and you never ad to it........it becomes empty. Our country needs that revenue regardless of what a small percentage the Republicans claim it would be.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  5. Jayne

    Because he's half a Republican.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  6. David in Tampa

    I think he isn't overtly Lunatic Left for most of the democratic wing nuts. They wish he were more like Perry is for the right wing nuts. You know Rabid Right.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  7. Rosemary

    I think these are lies started by you guys in the Media and other operatives in other camps. What family do you know that does not have problems with members of that family and any given time.

    President Obama is the man for the Republicans to beat, and you in the Media, in my opinion, are trying to give them a leg up on beating him by sowing discontent in the President's Party and the Voting Public.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  8. Sharon E from NW Illinois

    Pres Obama's own party dislikes him because they want to get re-elected. His ideas aren't so popular. It's Congress "as usual" playing politics. ATTN: Congress – hear us now or hear us later – you decide. (to coin a phrase).

    September 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Because so many people don't remember much beyond the last sound byte.

    And like we used to learn the multiplication tables by rote in grammar school the Republican mantra of 'Obama is bad' repeated over and ever again 24/7 takes root in the minds of people who have neither the time nor inclination to read beyond a headline or check out what they hear on television.

    Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, said, "If you tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth." He was right.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  10. Terry in Hanover

    It's not dislike of him personally. It's his not standing up for the very folks who put him in office and compromise in the guise of giving the Party of No almost everything they want. He seems lost. Action, not words, will turn this economy and his Presidency around.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  11. greg from NC

    I'm a lifelong Democrat and I do not feel "dislike" for the President, I feel tremendous frustration. And It's our own fault.

    I voted for change in DC in '08 and I am disgusted with the change we're experiencing. Gridlock... It's our own fault.

    If in fall 2008 we could have cleared the clouds of the historic event we were drowning in, someone could have asked quite honestly "do we really think the first african american President will be able to get ANY help from the Republicans in congress?"

    We would have known the answer. NO

    Now We see the answer. Mitch McMconell (spelling sorry) even announced the answer...Republicans will do whatever it takes to make sure President Obama will be a one term president.

    It's our fault. President Obama is a good man and perfectly capable of leading this country forward, if only Congress were blind.

    It's our fault.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Mark

    LIberals, Progressives, Socialists, Communists, they're all the same; it's their "plantation" mentality. They want the federal government to be everyone's big brother from birth to death.
    Mark

    September 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Ralph Sato

    Because President Obama has failed to staunchly defend core Democratic party programs like social security and Medicare/Medicaid. He also damaged the Federal budget and deficit when he caved-in to Republican demands to include all taxpayers including the richest 2% in the extension of Bush tax cuts during the lame duck session at the end of the 2010 session. This mistake has increased the difficulty of raising revenue through tax increases both now and in the future. President Obama has also allowed the Republicans to completely focus the national agenda on deficit reduction instead of the pressing need to reduce unemployment. The result has been to put the Democratic party on the defensive despite the fact that they still control the Senate. His own reelection prospects have also been reduced because of this inability to stand up for Democratic party interests.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  14. Hongli ------ Toronto

    Jack,maybe because he is BLACK and people are not accustom taking orders from a "BLACK MAN" and his own is getting tired of seeing so many NON-WHITES around the "WHITE-HOUSE".

    September 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  15. MYSTERIOUS

    I love President Obama. I suppose the rest, whomever they are, are probably busy listening to you guys in the media. You all never report on the good things he does, but drive down on the talking points from the Republicans, and then take it from there. While watching John King last night, the notes on the cryon all started with the thoughts and utterances of the Republicans, who of course, will not agree with anything Obama does. But absolute no supportive comments from Democrats. Democrats like myself.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  16. Kelly Ontario, Canada

    Is this a serious question Jack? Your question implies that every member of his party hates him. Not True!! I think you and all of the media are part of the problem, there is no journalistic integrity anymore and all that gets focused on is the latest drama which is usually some outrageous lie spun by the right. How about reporting the facts about what's going on in the country then maybe people will see the right wing for what they are and then perhaps the boring non-selatious fact that President Obama is one of the few in Washington who would like to do what's best for all Americans, even if it means some small sacrifice by all, for all. I'm getting to the point where even CNN and yes you Jack are just too into the ridiculous drama to see the forest through the trees. How sad.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  17. ImALibertarian

    Houston -

    Traditionally, good administrators usually have some on-the-job-training before they get to be the CEO. That traditional career path has been demonstrated worthy by President Obama's repeated administrative snafu's and his childish refusal to accept the responsibility.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  18. Jesse DFW

    One Nation under God ... Barack is trying to find common ground that is in the best interest of our nation. I don't care if he is from Mars, he is there because God made it happen.

    As a result, the Democrats will always be upset with him for supporting a Republican Agenda and the Republicans will always be upset with him supporting a Democratic agenda. One day maybe we will get back to Gods agenda and become a strong nation under God with Liberty and justice for all ... sorry, I am dreaming again.

    Who needs Al-Quaeda or Radical Muslim Terrorist to divide our nation, we have the Democratic and Republican Party!
    And people who want to go back to the good old days of salvery and bondage in america. Well maybe China, Mexico, who ever can do it at the lowest costs without moral standards.

    Only the love of God can save this nation, and we the people who understand God's purpose need to do what he is leading you to do (not the democrats, republicans, tea party, etc) .

    September 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  19. Jim

    Because he doesn't have a backbone, he needs to stand up and call the republicans out on the shenanigans. They have made it clear on several occasions that they will not work with him. We needed a pit bull in the seat, not someone that will not back down at the first sign of a fight.

    Jim
    Bowling Green, KY

    September 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  20. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I admire president Obama for the simple reason that he is not afraid to tell the absolute truth, even when it does not fit into an ideology.

    The absolute truth is the only means of coming together and the search for it must one day happen for all of us. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to challenge our beliefs and recognize the lies in those beliefs. And until we do, we will always have to make some level of war against one another, whether that war is ideological or physical.

    So I say, President Obama keep pissing off both sides of the political spectrum.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Because they are the party of welfare........and they want Obama to give all the poor heavy welfare payments. They feel that will ensure that the Dem Party, will keep their voter base.

    Trouble is........they do that on the backs of the rest of us.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  22. Jason Mitchell, Virginia

    I wish they would protest him like they did Bush. Both of these phony parties need to go. Its pretty clear that no matter which one of them win any election the American people lose.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  23. Pat in Michigan

    Probably because he isn't leading! This guy is gone more than Bush was and I thought he was excessively gone.
    It's great that he can make a clear sentence and all but he needs to stay home and push the Congress to act.
    If he doesn't know what to do,Call Bill Clinton and get some advice.
    They called him "slick willy" for a reason. He knew how to twist arms and get things done.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  24. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't think it is the entire party, I think it comes from the far left side of the party. President Obama has tried to meet the republicans in the middle which they refused to cooperate in any way. You have members in the democratic party that is as far left as the tea party is far right. This makes it difficult for any president to get anything done. Trying to get these two sides to compromise and work together is difficult as getting Israel and the Palestinians to shake hands.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  25. david

    Because Obama did the non -elected favors that the country cant recover from..about 3 weeks before his election,he shifted his loyalty based on getting in office. He is epitomy of Hippocrit. a status quo hoe ,if you will

    September 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    We still like him, Jack. But liberals are an idealistic bunch who actually believed bipartisanship was possible. . Personally, I'm glad Obama has finally stopped compromising with the Republicans ahead of time and spoken up loud and clear for what he believes in. Where has THIS guy been?

    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  27. Phyllis G. Williams

    Why does President Obama's own party dislike him so much?

    "They only consult to cast him down from his excellency" (Psalm 62: 4).
    King David said "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head"
    (Psalm 69: 4).

    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  28. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I think the reason is because they had such great expectations from him and all he has done is disappoint them time and time again. Instead of being a leader and bringing the parties together to accomplish something good all he has done is create chaos and animosity. Obama was suppose to be the president of " Hope and Change" and instead he has become the great divider, essentially making himself and his party lame ducks in the process.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  29. Brad, Portland, OR

    His party dislikes him because he's shown himself to be a weak, indecisive leader who isn't willing to fight for what he believes in, but rather folds like a cheap suit and gives the opposition everything they ask for and gets nothing in return.

    How's that for an explanation :-).

    September 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  30. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    because Democrates feel they have been "scammed", Jack.

    when Obama ran against Hillary Clinton in 2008, he used her support of NAFTA and other so called "free trade" policies against her BUT has done NOTHING to rein in the corporate outsourcers since he's been President. he also promised a move toward a universal healthcare system BUT what we got was just a giveaway to the health insurance companies.

    people thought he was a 21st Century FDR. instead they got a re-run of Jimmy Carter, or WORSE.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  31. Ken in Seattle

    In part because he isn't willing to fight for anything, continually giving in to an ever increasing extremest Republican Party. He consistently settles for far less than he should, accomplishing nothing in the precess. Bush/Cheney took this country down a deep dark hole so Obama inherited the biggest mess since the great depression, but he doesn't seem to be willing or able of the kind of leadership it takes to get the country back on the right track. In spite of the fact he promised to do just that. Though even his weak attempts at progress are obstructed by Republicans so obsessed with preventing his reelection they are unwilling to take the steps necessary to remedy the problems they played a significant role in creating. Obama asked voters to hope for a change, and they did.That hope now seems to have been misplaced and people are mad as hell. In addition, a lot of the anger directed at Obama is a result of the anger many voters feel because they supported him instead of Hillary. The country needed a fighter and got a philosopher. People are hurting and there doesn't seem to be anyone fighting for them.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Jamie in St. Louis

    Because he's a failure. It was to early for him to run for President. Anyone with average intelligence should've realized when he ran that he wasn't prepared, had no experience, and wasn't equipped on any level. Instead of running after he gained that experience and maybe being a decent President, he'll in all likelihood go down as one of our worst Presidents of the last 100 years.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  33. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why does President Obama's own party dislike him so much?

    Simply because he has caved in to the Republicans in search of the bi-partisianship that will NEVER happen. He should have gottent he message after his first year in office.

    Time for Obama to put on his Big Boy Underware and get the job done that he was elected to do. Who cares if he has to stoop to the level (gutter) of the GOP to get it done, at least it will get done.

    Doesn't mean I won't vote for him again. The GOP has no one worth my vote.

    NO ONE.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  34. Kenneth in California

    Because he is good look alike Republican President. Strange thing though, Republicans, the party of business, hate him although the market is up 30 percent since he entered the White House.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  35. Armando

    Politician like to fight and show muscles. Republicans do it in congress, despite the importance of the subject. They stick to their views which are most of the time wrong, and aimed at failing Obama's presidency. The problem is that Obama doesn't fight back. As a Democrate, I truly thought Obama will veto the bill that came out of the debt fight last summer. But he didn't. Why can he veto things he doesn't believe in? If he doesn't change and show muscle now on, he might well be alone in the future.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Carla

    Which Party do you mean, Jack? Those, like myself, who were cradle Democrats and who believe in the same Democratic Party that got us out of the Great Depression, created programs to help the indigent, elderly, and children, passed equal rights legislation, and still believe there is hope for this country? Or the weak-kneed, spineless Republicanized Democrats on the Hill, who have done all they can to defeat this man at every turn? If you're referring to the latter, those individuals have become lazy and corrupted by too much power, and they don't deserve their seats in Congress. The rest of us are not against Obama - we just want him to stand up and fight for progressive ideals. The Buffett Rule is a good start.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  37. bonnie from NJ

    I think it is pretty obvious, he has not fulfilled campaign promises of stopping the wars and ending the Bush tax cuts. He also has laid down for the Republicans on numerous occasions without even speaking up about what they really are and what their real agenda is. I am an independent and voted for him and will again, however this time I am back to voting for the person I believe will hurt me the least.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Dennis in Florida

    His own party and many others dislike him because there is no plan and hence no leadership.

    He is an excellent campaigner; unfortunately, the only thing he seems capable of doing is saying ‘PRESENT!’ Blaming Bush and the Republicans for all the nation’s problems will no longer work. His failures are numerous and they can no longer be deflected upon others.

    He is all promises and no performance.

    *************************************

    September 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  39. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    You've got that wrong, Jack. Everybody likes him. People might disagree with having the super-rich pay as much as everyone else, but they still like him personally. We love the lovable.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    We don't dislike him Jack. We want him to do more, like stop allowing the outsourcing of our jobs, or bring back at least 25,000 closed factories for starts, and stop capitulating to the Koch Party. I was reading that the communist Chinese are buying our land, that happens to be in John Boehners district. It's really up to the House of Reps to rebuke all the tax breaks that the rich have. It's the House(under Republican rule) that gave the tax breaks, and loopholes that sent our jobs out. It's not Obama's fault. It's the fault of our Corporations who have their puppets, very well trained. I guess money does speak.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Harriet J. Brown

    The Democratic Party doesn't really hate President Obama, but many in the party are disappointed in him, because he gives in too easily.

    Harriet J. Brown
    Bayside, NY

    September 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  42. Bryan, Colo. Spgs. , Co

    The same reasons most Americans dislike the job he is doing. Common sense, he just isn't doing a good job as president. Its all about jobs and he sucks real bad at trying to turn things around. Big Corporations, Big Unions and state and local goverments get all the bail out money while the middle class suffers. Of those currentlty unemployed less than 10% are union or goverment workers. We are screwed as long as these special interests and our president Obama are calling the shots.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  43. James (Denver)

    When a promise like, "Change we can believe in" is repeated over and over without clearly defining that change and what it will entail, the listeners will fill in whatever they "believe in". His supporters then expected Obama to do exactly as they hoped. When he didn't stop the wars, some were disappointed. One young lady was quoted after Obama's election that "Now I won't have to pay my mortgage." From the preposterous to the possible, people filled Obama's promise with their own Audacious Hope. Disappointment was inevitable.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  44. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    They like him. He presented himself as an alternative to republican politics and bidnez as usual but has in fact become the personification of republican politics and bidnez as usual. He has not presented his party's philosophy to the country but has cowtowed to the rich lobbyists and the corporate interests, much like bushism. They like him, but they want him to do what he said he would do. Perhaps this belated backbone will rekindle some support from his party.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  45. Mark L.

    Jack, that is simple; actually, too simple. President Obama does not have the kahuna to stand up against the GOP / Tea Party. I say there is no room for negotiating with a party that solely favors the top 2% of the wealthiest elite persons of this nation. It is ridiculous how much President Obama is willing to give up solely to come to an agreement with the GOP / Tea Party extremists. If it were up to President Obama alone, I think he would work with the GOP / Tea Party to literally dismantle this nation's entitlement programs – scary, to say the least.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  46. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He trusted the Republicans and allowed the Bush tax cuts to be extended and he has tried to compromise. He is probably the only adult in the group but that is changing as he is now learning to play hard ball with the GOP. The real losers in all of this are the lower and middle class.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  47. Paul From Austin Texas

    Because he does try to gain a point of agreement with the hard right. Also he is just another lawyer in a high office getting nothing really done. Maybe he does need to be just a one term president.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  48. WilliamDennisParks

    Jack, I do not feel that His "own Party" dislikes him, but those of Congress on Both sides who have their Jobs Bought and Paid for by the Rich, The Corporate CEO's Insurance Lobbyist and other forms of Money driven evil doers ! he also was not part of the Party who Raided Funds totaling 3 Trillion from our Special set aside Social Security Savings Fund. Ask him how he feels about that !

    September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Mickey D

    The Democratic Party wants major progressive change in the US, and although they aim their discontent at the President I think their real problem is with the slow pace of change. These people have some pretty lofty goals, like racial equality, social justice, economic parity (imagine that), no more foreign wars, the succession of Texas (the one point where they can agree with Perry), green energy, clean air and water, etc. This kind of change takes generations because old ideas never change, they only disappear when the people who hold then die off. Democrats are bound to be a disappointed and unhappy lot because of the nature of their goals and I think any President with feel the brunt of that discontent.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  50. Larry -Denver

    Does it matter if Obama has a problem with his own party? Afterall its a republican house and a democratic sentate. Its a broken government even if his own party likes what he is doing. Will anybody realize the American public is sick and tired of the way government is operating (or not operating)? Will it take a poll of 100% dissatifaction for someone or some group to wake up? All the talk, all the talk shows, equal 0 changes to our economy, jobs , foreign policy and political system.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  51. Kevin in CA

    I don't know that it is fair to say that they dislike him. However, I think a lot of people are disillusioned with him as the "capitulater-in-chief".

    September 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Googlybear

    all the first-downs in the politial world don't help if you never get to spike the ball. our president has booted some good free kicks, but it seems he's more of a punter.

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    September 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  53. Googlybear

    as long as i've paid attention to politics i have never seen a United States President endure such opposition to each and every thing he does.

    i appreciate that our President has hung in there and hasn't lost his composure. honestly i don't know how he hasn't punched Boehner, Ryan and Cantor smack in the face while they continue to attempt a lynching on his presidency.

    President Obama won't come out as well as Rodney King did.

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    September 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  54. Annie, Atlanta

    Not as much as the media would like us to believe. For those of us who realize the Republican party will do anything they can to make sure our President fails so they can take back the White House, including everything in their power to make sure we cannot dig ourselves out of this recession, it's a no brainer. Of course, you actually have to be able to think for yourself to figure it out.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  55. Doug

    The extreme left saw Obama as a Mesiah, and have found out he is just another PR mouthpiece for the Military Industrial complex. Obama didn't deliver the Public Option in his Health Care Plan. He hasn't been vocal enough in defending the Unions. He has continued to fight fruitless wars that cost to much. He has done nothing to stop Wall street from selling pooled mortgage securities, the very instrument that has bankrupted this country, along with the Wars. He has no plan for improving the countrys infastructure. He as no plan to defeat the Mexican Drug Cartels, that are worse than Terrorist, smack up ugainst our southern border. All the while he sends Thunder Muffin to Afghanistan to advise them how to control their borders. The Democrats are dissapointed and embarassed by Obamas incompetence. He should be a seventh grade Guidence Councilor somewhere, so he could do no harm. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  56. Lisa

    WHO CARES ABOUT THE PARTIES....that is all we hear, is party this, party that...there is never a word, not a single word about the actually people, the citizens. This whole mess is about the parties concern for themselves and their own agendas rather than the people they were ELECTED to serve. Now it is as if we don't even count or matter anymore. Democrat or not...Obama should be concerned more of him being in the favor of the people. NOT ALL OF US ARE PARTY AFFILIATED, BUT WE ARE STILL VOTERS AND STILL SHOULD COUNT! From Toledo Washington.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  57. Evelyn Berryhill

    If the black race asking Obama to step down than they are foolish because that what the republicans and democrats want. They have always control the black race and get what they wanted.Slavery again, let tear down the black race through their own kind. The pression and the talk they will give up and we will decide their fake and black and others are giving in to them again. I hope Obama do not give in to them like the others idiot.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  58. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Let’s count the ways: Obama can give an electrifying speech, but they are all empty speeches. He has not fulfilled any of his campaign promises in any meaningful way – not one. He spent his first year and a half in office working only for himself on what he hopes will be his legacy, healthcare. But that “reform” holds nothing for anyone except the healthcare industry. He has given the farm away to the Republicans on every negotiating point, he has moved all but completely to the right on every issue and when the Republicans moved even further to the right he followed. He has capitulated to big business, Wall Street and all the other scoundrels after promising to put an end to their shenanigans and criminal activity. He has held no one accountable for anything. We are still waging several wars, not to mention debt and taxes. Need I go on?

    We took a chance on someone who was inexperienced, albeit out of desperation. Yet he has proven himself to be an even better politician than Clinton, and I don’t mean that in a good way. So there is no excuse for letting the middle class that elected him down. He has not fought for us the way we fought for him. It is a case of unrequited loyalty.

    And even his new jobs act is an obvious sham and a political tactic that he has no expectation of passing. He should have done that during the first month in office. Now it is too little too late. But he probably will get reelected because he has maneuvered the Republicans to the edge of a cliff and they have no place to go. And neither do we. In a sane world the problem would be insurmountable, but in this one we have to dive into the shallow end of an empty swimming pool. The other option is to dive into the deep end of an empty swimming pool.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  59. Bill of New Mexico

    1.) Obama did not vote for Bush's Wars while Hilary did.
    The anti-war sentiment was strong enough to get Obama the nomination for the Democrat candidate.

    2.) Hilary brings up the name of Johnny Rizo.
    Doubts begin about Obama being another corrupt Chicago politician.

    3.) Obama votes for Bush's Bank & Wall Street bailout.
    Why isn't Obama pushing for jail time–not bailout. He is a Chicago politician.

    4.) Obama's First Stimulus Bill. Half of which is ineffective political deals.
    Obama "really" thinks recovery is around the corner anyway. He didn't really need the money.

    5.) Obama dithers and assumes ownership of Bush's Wat in Afghanastan.
    Is Obama a Republican? What good is the Democratic Party?

    6.) The Democratic Congress makes the Health Care Mess.
    After non-involvement, Obama brags of having cut six hundred billion out of Medicare!
    Is Obama a Republican? What good is the Democratic Party?

    7.) Obama's negotiations on the Debt Ceiling:
    --a.) Give up everything!
    --b.) Take back a lot!
    --c.) Cave in!
    What the heck good is Obama!

    8.) Obama's latest Stimulus Bill and Obama's political rallies.
    Who cares!
    The Democrats and Obama can take "change" and shove it!

    Obama is losing Democratic support for some of the same reasons that he is losing Independents.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  60. Raj, Toronto

    when you flip flop on an issue after poll numbers come out, you look incompetent and do not provide the stability in the markets and consumer confidence that Obama is supposedly trying to establish. I know you know this Jack, but its an epic media failure. Vote Ron Paul

    September 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  61. LLW

    Considering that Obama should not be President because he is not a natural born citizen, he should be having far more problems with his own party. That is until you realize, that his own party and just about everyone in Washington is covering the scandal up. Does anyone care that because an ineligible candidate was elected to the Presidency there is an unimpeachable politician in the Oval Office? Watergate anyone? This isn't about the BC, this is about Article II Section 1 Clause 5 and Minor v Happersett. Obama is not entitled to be President, period.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  62. Leslie Bianchi

    I am a registered independent woman voter from Wardsboro VT (hit hard by Irene) with a strong belief in freedom and equality.

    To be honest, while there are many who want Obama to be more liberal, I think this is exaggerated media hype because you all want more controversy in this election process

    Truth is that any of these GOP candidates are so far right regarding the same issues that Obama is moderate on, it would be insanity to not vote this election or not vote Democrat. GOP doesn't value science or truth if it interferes with profit, or women's rights, equality, and freedoms for people who have "the wrong" religious beliefs.

    DIdn't you notice the people protesting in front of the White house or those NYC protesting abuses by Wall Street? People are paying attention to this GOP obstructionist congress and we all can only imagine how much worst life would be for all but the rich if a GOP wins the presidency!

    September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  63. Bill, Harlingen, TX

    Jack,
    The President, Mr. Obama has problems with many folks:
    Those who are racists
    Those with no ability to understand 2 wars with deficit funding cause deficits
    Those who are very rich and do not want to pay any taxes at all
    Those who think one person in a democracy can fix things alone with no cooperation from congress
    Those rich folk who got w Bush era tax cuts during the wars
    Those who just so greedy, impatient and bigoted that want to buy back the power they had with w
    There is NO deficit problem only a fair taxation income problem so we can not pay our military and vets etc.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  64. FALA NJIE in Dallas Texas

    None whatsoever. When liberals look and see who is lining up against him in 2012 ala Rick Perry they'll all get in line because they will see The second coming of George W. Bush on steroids, dumber and more arrogant. it's not even three years and we've already forgotten what these Republicans have done. We Americans were dumb enough to reelect Bush and smart enough to elect Obama. I have my fingers crossed........

    September 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  65. dale

    His 2 years in office have been a lame, disastrous attempt at consensus building with an ignorant uncompromising republican party. He should have learned from the health care 'debate' that they don't care about the American people and are only interested in his failure. By not standing up for the beliefs those of us who helped elect him, he is in trouble. The question remains on how to we remove ALL the House of Representatives and the 1/3 of the Senate in addition to the White House without allowing the republiCONs the power to slit our collective throats with their government killing corporation friendly policies. To bad middle America is too stupid to consider a third People Centric party.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  66. Rich in Gainesville FL

    None at all. Progressive Democrats hate the Republicans as much as the Republicans hate them. No matter what Obama does, the Left is going to vote for him as "the lesser of two evils". Same is true of all the usual interest groups – unions, African Americans, gays, etc. Most all of us, Democrats and Republicans, are so stuck in our habits and in our thinking that we'll keep doing what we've been doing unless and until there's a complete meltdown.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  67. dave in nashville

    His party may have a problem, but he sure doesn't. A four year gig in a new job with the best retirement plan ever devised is not a problem, then beaches and speeches for life, not too shabby.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  68. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Obama has a huge problem with members of his own party, voters and, according to your narrative, his hometown newspaper. Add in the problem with the Republicans, and I have to wonder how Obama can get anything accomplished. Maybe we do need another Democratic Presidential candidate. Someone that the Republicans are willing to work with. The good of the country depends on it.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  69. bud rupert, reston, va

    the noise coming from the Presidents supporters will go away come November 2012. All this he said she said stuff is all media hyped anyway. It sells books and is the oxygen that keeps the cable channels breathing
    So hear's my question: who do you think the democrats will vote for – Rick Perry? There's the answer to your question

    September 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  70. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: I have voted Democratic all my life. However, I never, ever, realized before today, that they are a bunch of cry babies, and do nothings. Extend your judgment to Democratic senators who do not support President Obama. He is their President, yet they treat him like a "boy" who must do their bidding. If it's 1 thing Republicans are it's that they are loyal to their party. That's about it. But Claire Mc Gaskill, Senator from MO, has turned her back on her President! She is facing re-election, and is afraid. And well, she should be. Members of his own community are whining & crying about unemployment. He is not a prophet, nor the messiah, just a simple, good man, who is trying against insurmountable odds, to do some good. It's a nightmare!!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  71. Rob in NC

    NONE! They may not like everything he does but they will back him because they have to. They wouldn't be able to find anyone else to take his place and do any better at this time anyway. Rob in Nc

    September 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  72. Neal (Dallas, TX)

    Not much. The current batch of Republican nominees, with the exception of Gov. Huntsman, are just like the current Republican leadership, Stuck on Stupid!! They all seem to read from the same playbook, blame everything on the President, cut taxes and balance the budget on the backs of the middle class, working poor, poor and the elderly. I really don't understand how everyday, hard-working Americans, get fooled by this simplistic rhetoric. I used to believe that the American voter was smarter than that, but I guess I'm either out-of-touch or just plain wrong!!!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  73. Patti

    Umm I'm from Arkansas. No Hillary please. We are already poor here. I say leave him alone so a republican will win.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  74. Alex in Wisconsin

    Obama has big problems and it's his fault for trying to be the centrist, moderate president he said he would be. Obama spends so much time trying to be the bridge between the left and the right, its no wonder he keeps getting walked all over.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  75. Wolverine 1 Sterling Hts. Mi

    My wife and I are Democrats who supported Obama with our time, money and votes. We have watched as he has renigned on campaign promises, kowtowed to Wall Street, and surrendered to the Tea Party. The jobs he has started fighting for after 30 months in office are his own and those of his administration. Unless someone steps up who we can support, we"ll skip the President and just vote the lower part of the ballot.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  76. Cy Gardner

    President Perry? President Bachman? Nobody with a half a brain should want the Republicans to finish the job of packing every court with corporate lobbyists on the bench. The GOP wants to run a poor desperate, banana republic kind of America where the rich pay no taxes and obey no laws. Obama is still a more palatable alternative to the corporate fiefdom that President Perry would rule. Cy from Arlington, VA

    September 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  77. ken, atlantic city, nj

    none, the dems especially the blacks continue to think obama cares about main street, and will bring change.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  78. JAB in MO

    He has a lot less problem now than he did before he announced his jobs plan.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  79. Paulette in Dallas

    A Big problem. He went back on his campaign words about everything. He should do the honorable thing and what is best for our contry and just withdraw.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Gerry

    Disillusionment. The old adage, "Be careful what you wish for." certainly applies in Obama's case.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  81. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, despite all the right wing propaganda we've heard, President Obama has been more of a centrist than a true liberal, and that's always going to be a problem with some in the democratic party, which is much more diverse that the GOP. Besides, I'm not sure anyone else wants to inherit the mess that this country is in now and face a Gee-nO-teaParty that would rather see the country destroyed than work with a Democrat.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  82. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Less now that he is dealing with tax policy like a Democrat. Fiscal policy is always the underlying principal in any political party.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  83. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    Everything is going as " Soros " has planned, you reckon he's the evil antichrist? He'll throw Obama in the fire as soon as he's done with him like everyone else he's had dealings with. Maybe not; Obama seems to be doing a pretty good job on his own.
    Obama and "his" party have never got along because of his inexperience in political structuring and letting others lead him ( Pelosi & the like) there'll be no tomorrow for him \\\ Maybe not even a TODAY! ///

    September 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  84. Richard, in Kansas

    Obama has proven to be weak and ineffective. No fiery rhetoric is going to make the independents who put him in office forget that now. For the good of the party and the American prople he should step aside and let Hillary Clinton take the fight to the republicans. He will be remembered more positivly if he "takes one for the team" than if he begs the American people to support four more years of caving to the far right.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  85. gene olcott

    they act like kids,with no smarts of any kind!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  86. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    PS: Hillary Clinton has better sense than to step into this mess & if she doesn't Bill will set her straight. "(?)" Why would anyone want to be president? Excuse me! 'i' guess those that could don't want to be which leaves the rest!
    NO! I'm not naming names, it pretty obvious, look at the straw poles – YEP! that's what it is going after the last straw!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  87. Gigi Oregon

    Actually we don't like the slow response of Pres. Obama but that doesn't mean we are going to vote for the Republican party either. Keep that in mind Jack. We are hasty in getting back at the Republicans for what they did to the debt their eight years with Bush. That's when all those wars were fought on a credit card, mortgages and banking schemes, that bankrupt the home owners and the top half got rich. The middle class bailed out the corrupt banks and car industry while they pay them selves outrages salaries and bonuses etc. We would like to get even. I'd like to see the Republican party get what they gave us...but patience is a virtue so let them continue to be stubborn and use their pawns to spread fear, I will vote for Obama and his patience. And rebuild what the Republicans destroyed in eight years. With a healthy new tax base. That will help to restore the American dream for our grandchildren.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  88. Lynn

    The Democrats are not wiling to change, neither are the Republicans. The Democrats were watching the debates and want to see their own party displayed–for what good that will do–I am not sure. Our country and the world is facing real economic challenges. I am not a tea party but I am a republican who voted for Obama for "change". Neither party wants to build a better America–at least that is what it is portrayed by the media!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  89. Moe Thompson

    I think he has a big problem !! All his speeches seem to be edited reruns..I for one and sick and tired of being called an "Ordinary Folks" I'm 74, been a registered Democrat since 1959, served over 10 years in the Military, raised 4 children, 11 grand children and 4 great grand children and worked steady since I was 15...I'm not ordinary, I'm exceptional !!!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  90. Rudy Padgett

    He has a big problem with his own party, and the American people. If the Democrats are smart, they will find someone to challenge Obama for the nomination. With Obama, the Democrats are going to lose big!

    Rudy Padgett
    Roanoke, VA

    September 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  91. Ralph Nelson

    He's too conservative in economics (forget about social issues, people need jobs). 2010 Census: Adjusted for inflation incomes of those under $85,000 has not increased since 1980; incomes for those $200,000 to $300,000 has doubled since 1980; incomes for those making over $300,000 has tripled since 1980. Americans in poverty has increased 13% because of Bush supply-side (Republican/Reagon economics), one-in-five are living in poverty, the rich's share of American wealth as doubled since 1980, middle class down 1/3.. The rich are paying an average 15% federal taxes, middle class 25%, low income 17%. In the last ten years 53,000 American factories have been moved to China using middle class tax revenues and accounting write-offs passed by the Republlicans. A country gets rich by building manufacturing plants, using and educating the brightest workers, and keeping military spending (an economic waste that taxes future growth) low....this is economics, how it works... the Republiocans are purposely destroying the middle class (by design). Destroying America to line the pockets of the rich. We need a leader, an FDR to lead the middle class back to renewal. Declare as class war and go for it, Mr. President.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  92. Randy

    The president along with other democrats have the same problem, they work for the same crooks that republicans work for. With both political parties beholden to corporations and the rich how do you expect anything for the people to get done? For goodness sakes, if I hear one more time out of the president of the united states mouth "warren buffett said" I'm going to scream. Do what's right for the right reasons not because some billionaire gave you permission.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  93. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    I am a 70 year old white woman who has lived in Georgia for many years. I like and admire President Obama. He keeps his cool, he strategizes, he ignores the lies and other harsh comments by small minded people, he even tries to find common ground and negotiate with people who only wish him evil, he respects their right to their opinions. All of these things will get him what he wants for our country. The Republicans applauded Bush, who got us into this mess – many still praise him, (and blame Obama for the problems, even things that occurred before he was elected.) President Obama is the grownup in government and if the Democrats don't support him, we will end up with another person as Pres. who has no concept that the more people with money, the better the economy.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  94. Chuck in Anchorage, AK.

    Not enough of a problem to do anything about it, unfortunatley. The progressive Barack Obama that we voted for never really took office. Instead we got a President that has constantly given in to the Republican-TeaParty agenda without much of a fight. Yes, we're sick of it, but who else will we vote for in 2012, a Republican? Not gonna happen.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  95. RickFromDetroit

    I am not sure which party he is representing. He keeps sponsoring a Democratic Agenda until it is time for a vote, then he reverses himself and gives the Republicans everything they want. President Obama should consider running as a Republican in 2012.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  96. Carlos

    The President has no problem with his party. The past four years has done a lot to prove that our Congress misrepresents the people and the Republicans are nothing more than obstructionists who are puppets to the corporate hands that keep them in power. I am confident that if President Obama can get as many real Americans to the polls as Candidate Obama did, he will win. They key to the next election is voter turnout.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  97. Dennis north carolina

    I am Independent as far as voting register, if the democrats blame Obama than they should blame the party first. they are a group of spoiled children. Obama did not lose the house but they did. Obama did not create the two wars nor the economy failure but the republican party with the help of some democrats did. they hate to here the truth. Jobs or failure of job creation is strictly the republicans and their big business backers.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  98. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    If the Pres. has anything to fear from his own party, it's alienating moderates by his lack of negotiation skills. I think he is also losing support of Independants. While not having a strong opponent waiting in the wings within the Democratic party, when dealing with Perry, He'd be well advised to heed the maxim of the Civil War general, Nathan Bedford Forrest. "Be there firstest with the mostest."

    September 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  99. Ed

    He is so weak he angers the extreme left. He is so left wing he angers the center. His has not done anything about employment so he angers blacks who have very high unemployment. And he is completely incompetent and so angers everyone else.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  100. Rachel

    President Obama's problem isn't with his own party. It is with independents like myself who voted for him but who have been repeatedly disappointed by his handling of healthcare, entitlement reforms, and tax policy.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  101. Mark, Tucson

    This guy gotta go.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  102. Ed Fertik

    In case you haven't noticed Obama is a blatant ideological sociaist. The S

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Shelley in Dallas

    Right now, I'd vote for just about anyone besides Obama. This guy has failed at his job. Under other circumstances, he would have been fired 2 years ago for poor performance. At this point, though, I'd vote for Hillary and a number of Democrats if it meant a change in Obama's version of hope and change. Not much hope left after his policies. By the way, what will his new campaign tag line be? Keep hoping for more of my failed changes?

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  104. Rachel in Chicago, IL

    President Obama's problem isn't with his own party. It is with independents like myself who voted for him but who have been repeatedly disappointed by his handling of healthcare, entitlement reforms, and tax policy.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  105. PiedType

    I'm an independent, but I'd say he has a very big problem. A bigger problem, however, is that the Dems don't seem to have anyone else.

    Susan
    Denver

    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  106. Larry

    He has a big problem with this former supporter. He looks more like a centrist Rockefeller Republican than a Democrat. If there were a primary with some truly liberal candidates I would vote for them. He will only get my vote to keep the Republicans from getting the White House too.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  107. Jim In Pittsburgh

    The Dems need to man-up. Mr Obama is president of all Americans, not just some, and he has had to deal with some of the toughest issues any president has had to face. But instead of supporting him, they pracitcally ran against him 2010 - and they lost control of the House. We now have right wing radicals in charge of the GOP, and they could gain the presidency unless Democrats grow a pair.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  108. Rachel in Chicago, IL

    President Obama's problem isn't with his own party. It is with independents like myself who voted for him but who have been repeatedly disappointed by his handling of healthcare, entitlement reforms, and tax policy, among other things...

    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  109. vJ

    Don't worry about Obama. He will be reelected. We should fire congress and we will be fine.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  110. Jafsie

    Dear Jack,
    Has Obama been something of a disappointment? Yes.
    Am I so disappointed in him that there's the slightest chance I may end up voting for one of the circus clowns currently vying for the Republican nomination - or even not voting at all? No way.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  111. Rick in Northern California

    Ralph who? Isn't he dead yet? I think people need to pull out their high school government books. The President is one cog in a 3 wheeled machine. People seem to think he can just sign a piece of paper and everything will be fixed. Not so. The man is trying his best to do the right thing and is blocked at every turn by the Republicans who basically want us to have nothing down here off their high mountain they sit on. All you are going to get by running other Dems against the President is the bigoted black haters who want him out because of his race, and the ignorant who listen to losers like Ralph Nader.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Tillie / Texas

    I think President Obama has been betrayed. His party should be replaced with folks that are capable of making a decision without worry about their seat. No one needs to stay in congress forever anyway. Some of those folks are too old and need to go "home" anyway.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  113. Darren

    Lets just say this, after his repeated failures that have been costing the country more than it can afford, if they don't have a problem with him at this point, than I'd say mental evaluations are in order. Problem isn't a strong enough word.

    Darren, Washington

    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Political Monkey

    No problem with base. With everything looking this bad, the man is at 43% approval. We hae an electorate that wants a new Pres spell c h a n g e every so often, like a new iphone every so often. Its all about overboard expectations to start with. He will win 2012, but it may not country well if Gop keeps the congress and same attitude

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Keith Antognini - Salt Lake City, UT

    Jack – I know that Obama is in trouble. As a lifelong democrat, my mother would roll over in her grave if she knew I would even consider voting otherwise. I was a *huge* Hillary supporter in '08, and firmly believe she would have made a much better leader. I would totally support her again if Obama would step aside, and really believe she would win against Perry. Barack can not. I knew all the "Hope and Change" rhetoric was flat in '08, and the kool aid tastes bitter.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  116. Nicholas

    I will vote for Obama and only President Obama. What has he done wrong? The people we need to get rid of are the GOB that votes against everything.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  117. Elle

    All Democrats will support Obama in the election because the Republican candidate, whoever it turns out to be, will scare us so badly we'll make sure we have our photo ID's well in advance of the election.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  118. Nick

    Huge problem for Obama. He's a professor not a President

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  119. Ed Varchal

    I guess the Oval Office wasn't SHOVEL READY either, and the learning curve is very steep. Still, it takes some talent to turn off some of your most rabid supporters.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Rosalind Johnson

    President Obama does not have a problem with Democrats. There is a problem with the constant drumbeat that wears people down until they give in and accept the message that "the President is not doing a good job." Focus on what the President has accomplished which is a lot given what he started with. The Republicans just want another chance to finish the job of destroying America.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  121. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    LOL. 3 years ago you were totally in love with Obama and Hillary Clinton was a pariah. Now you seem to have changed your tune. LOL.

    As for being in trouble with Democrats, Obama totally is. I voted for him in 2008 (primarily because the thought of Sarah Palin being a heart beat away from the office terrified me) and am thinking of writing in Hillary in 2012. In the end, I suppose I'll end up voting for Obama if he's on the ballot (primarily because the current crop of GOP contenders terrify me).

    September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  122. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    He has a serious problem with his own party and with Indepndents as well. He has abandoned everything he campained for, sold out the middle class the the rich and big business. I have stopped donating to him and the Dems and turned down an offer to volunteer to work on his re-election campaign here. I will get motivated to reinvolve myself when someone with a backbone comes along.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Kathy

    Even rats have enough sense to desert a sinking ship.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Ed Fertik

    Obama is a blatant and committed socialist Jack and the Socialist Party is not very big in this country. Lets get a Democrat in there runninbg against Republicans. Obama might do well in Greece !

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  125. Brittney B. (austin)

    i dont think he has any problems. the dems knowwhere their bread and butter come from inthe end, and liberals couldnt stand it if republicans won.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  126. Sue

    Obama is a Republican. He has continued the Bush policies of helping the rich 2% at the top at the expense of the rest of us. He should step down NOW so that Hillary will have time to put together her campaign.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  127. DC

    The President doesn't have near as many problems with his liberal base as the MEDIA would have us believe. His problem is with the more ignorant of the independents... you know, the ones who get their news from an entertainment channel that has openly claimed the title of the propaganda arm of the GOP. The more times they hear repeated LIES the more they become convinced that they are the 'gospel'. The only hope for America is if the right wing media actually becomes more centrist and reports accordingly.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  128. Harold reese

    Problems, none, concerns some based on impatience. The problem is with Weak members of Congress and a Republican Cabal that is proving itself to be very Un-American.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  129. flo Berardinucci

    Well, it is about time. Why must voters have to choose between the lunatic fringe of the Republican party, and a dysfunctional President?
    We are the greatest country in the world, and this is the best we can do?

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  130. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I'd love to vote for Hillary Clinton, but who's going to convince her to run again? She's made it clear she's not interested in another run for the presidency. Obama's problem with his own base is more up to the Republicans than they seem to realize. If they run with a moderate then yes, Obama will have serious competition in the next election. But if they go with a wingnut tea party type, as it seems they're going to, then Obama will be a two-term president because you're right; I'll vote for Obama again if the Republicans don't give me a viable alternative, and I don't consider extremists to be a viable alternative.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  131. Gracie

    He should bow out and let us elect Hillary Clinton

    September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  132. Ray Hoffer

    Jack, President Obama's problem within the Democratic Party revolves around this old saying: "It's not the dog in the fight, it's the fight in the dog." and Obama doesn't have any fight in him! Nice guy, but nice guys finish last. Mr. Presidnet, grow a pair if you want me to vote for you AGAIN!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  133. Pat Carmeli

    My problem with Obama is that government seems just more of "same old, same old" under his leadership. As a progressive, I thought he was one of us. Yet like many of his predecessors, he seems to bow before the money interests in this country: Corporations and AIPAC. Ron Paul is looking good right about now.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  134. luke

    Well, I guess the President has a lot of problems. With me, too. Frankly, I like the guy. But he's been too laid back and doesn't seem to care to really get his hands dirty. Frankly, with the political climate, you gotta get in there and scrap–sounds a little Palinish–sorry. But if things continue as they are, people will be marching. It is horrible out here. Wake up, America. The other side doesn't care about the middle class. They just want to line their wallets or go back to the days of the horse and buggy. Personally, I don't care for the clean up.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  135. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    You are right, Jack! If the alternative is a poll obsessed and flip-flopping right wing corporatist, or a even less bright even further right right-wing religious fanatic, I'd say Obama has a second term, assuming that the muddled middle is not too effected by the by-products of the Citizen United decisiion. We can only hope that we get rid of some or all of the Mad-hatter Tea Party legislature so we can finally start fixing what was broken during the Clinton and Bush administrations. Hope srings eternal.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  136. Tim

    I imagine he has major problems. Aside from the stimulus package and health care we've had a democratic president passing republican laws and tax cuts. He just simply gives more ground to gain less and it isn't working. I believe Hillary would of probably stood her ground harder.

    Tim, Tx

    September 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  137. Mark

    If the Democrats had any sense they would hand Obama his walking papers and tell him to form his own party called the Community Organizer Party, and then nominate Hillary. They might have a chance in 2012 then.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  138. Annemarie Cairns

    Does Jack believe Democrats listen to Ralph Nader? Because we don't and it's a little early to be helping fuel RW rumors that our party wants Obama replaced. We wanted him to stop being reasonable with the rancid, obstrucitonist RW Republican party...he's finally listened and the majority of Americans are behind him on restoring tax rates for millionaires/billionaires & corporations to Clinton levels – - do you call that an outrageous "tax hike" or "class warfare"? We don't, we call it "fair".

    Check back with the polls and us a little closer to November 2012. Talking rumors up now, 14 months away from the election, is what GOP wants you to do, Jack.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  139. Irene

    Jack.....President Obama will get a second term.........just LOOK at who the Republicans have to offer in the way of candidates....(a "no-brainer")!!! If they keep being the obstructionists they seem to want to be......it is their jobs in Congress that will be affected. "We the people" have had enough of a Congress that chooses to work for the next election rather than for our Country!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Pat Carmeli, Cazenovia NY

    My problem with Obama is that government seems just more of "same old, same old" under his leadership. As a progressive, I thought he was one of us. Yet like many of his predecessors, he seems to bow before the money interests in this country: Corporations and AIPAC. Ron Paul is looking good right about now.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  141. nick

    Obama won his term over a wave of speeches, promises and a fairy tale of "yes we can". He had almost 3 years to make something out of these "empty speeches and promises" but he failed to achieve any. If he plans on winning the 2012 elections on the same speeches I think he is up for a huge surprise.Clinton is not a winning ticket either since she already sold out to become a secretary of state. We need a new face

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  142. calaurore9

    Many of us are disappointed, true. Give it a little more time. Ralph Nader? Are you crazy? Don't any of you moon bats remember why we got George W???

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  143. Dave

    Definitly he is in trouble Jack. I think the Democratic party jumped the gun in ignoring Hillary Clinton. He needs to resign the Presidency or at least running in 2012. At best it would give the Democrats a fighting chance. O,bama,s people are for America failing and that is just what they are doing. We need at least a three or four party system. Both sides are failing miserably.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  144. Danielle in NJ

    He is in big trouble, but there is no way he will not run. As a life long democrat I am reduced to two choices, a rightwing nutjob or a wimpy guy who is in over his head. The only way I will feel good about my vote next year is by writing in the name of Hillary Clinton on my ballot.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  145. Tom from Virginia

    The far left needs to shut up and quit whinning. Regular middle of the road democrats are solidly for Obama.
    The left needs to remember how they elected G W Bush with that lefty Nader taking so many decisive votes in Florida

    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  146. Dave - Phx, Az

    Democrats had a super majority for 2 years and did nothing with it except enact this stupid health care bill. They sat around and argued amongst themselves for those 2 years and did little else. They should be mad at their own stupidity and for forcing people to vote republican in 2010.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Atul

    President Obama has more problems from his own party than from Republicans. He has done so well on the matters that had to do with only his executive branch. For the remainder of his term, if the President stops wasting his time on the people from the hill and manage his matters well from his executive branch, he will get lot more accomplished. If Rick Perry gets Republican ticket, we shall likely have President Obama as our president again and of course Republicans will likely again have the house,
    and at that time they will manage each other much better.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  148. Bill in NYC

    Well I got caught up in the "yes we can" mania 3 years ago and like many, thought we were electing a Franklin Roosevelt. What we got was more like a Jimmy Carter.

    I won't vote for President Obama again. If Hillary were to run, I would campaign and give money. Not much out there on the Republican side. I would support Giulliani (I live in NYC and he was a GREAT Mayor) if he ran. Maybe Romney or if he could get the nomination, Huntsman. If Perry is the Republican nominee, I'll vote a 3rd Party

    September 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Earnestine

    in 2008 AMERICANS said that they wanted change. But as we can see, change means doing it different from the old way. We seem to want to keep Republicans in party to keep up the same policies that got us here. And as usual here are the SCARE tatics. Women in hostile enviorments, can't be too bad, you havent file charges against him. That would have been the first thing we would have heard. Americans need to realize through what is now taking place concerning voting, that the Republican Party is now being revealed for who they are and they are just wanting to keep their friends rich, and poor people paying thier share. Take a stand people, he has the right concept, but nobody wants to STAND and face the truth. The problem is not the party, its the politicians that are afraid of loosing a vote. Democrats need to stand with him and come out of the BUSH policies.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  150. Scott in Oregon

    He does have a problem, but so would any President during these dire times. Republicans sure make him fight for every inch!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  151. Karen

    Jack: We need to remember the MESS President Obama received gift wrapped by the the previous administration with regards to jobs loss, our economy beling flushed down the toilet and the increasing deficet caused by not ONE but TWO wars!!!! President Obama is for THE People. He has demonstrated that time and time again. Healthcare, Stimulus and now with the Jobs bill. We keep hearing from the GOP concerning Obama policies are wrong for this country. When indeed they are the one who WILL not compromise and work with the President. As for the Rebulicans running for the W.H, God help us if anyone of these candidates takes this office. My money is on President Obama

    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  152. ma in phoenix az

    In response to your question everyone would like to see more positive news and progress on the homefront and no one more than Democrats. However just common sense will tell you that the amount and magnitude of problems that we've faced since President Obama took office don't get solved overnight. I hope and believe that President Obama will be re elected and when he is I hope and believe that he will move us forward as a nation, with or without the GOP.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  153. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Obama was a young senator before he was elected president but outside of that he was nothing but a community organizer. What did his party expect from him with qualifications like that? Obama never ran anything or was in charge of anything before being elected president into a failing economy and the majority of voters did not really care who was elected as long as it wasn't a republican or someone named Bush. They got exactly what they voted for and now they are left with the outcome. If they are upset or unhappy with Obama it is of their own doing.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  154. Joseph Fraser

    Absolutely not, not only has his recent jobs initiative and debt reduction plan excited independents such as myself but hes shown true leadership throughout his presidency and has communicated his message to the people. With so much negative media now days its hard to see any of the things hes done well; things like Lybia, dont ask dont tell repeal, the first stimulus package that saved and created approximately 2.5 million jobs, killed bin ladin, sadaam is gone, were getting out of iraq and afghanistan. I believe we got an ace of spades who is starting to play his hand.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  155. george

    obama should not run unless he gets better people in the white house tohelp him otherwise chande the constution and declare bill and hillary king and qween and let them get the country straight again.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  156. Eric J.

    The president simply doesn't know what he is doing because he is inexperienced. His actions and results pretty much clarify that fact. His arrogance and condescension is very off-putting. "Let me be clear," Obama needs a new strategy.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  157. Wanda Sheffield

    President Obama has one fourth the problems Republicans have with the Tea Party. President Obama has 81% democrates backing him and they haven't asked me yet.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  158. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    With the introduction of his jobs bill before the joint session of congress, and his "it's not class warfare, it's math" speech yesterday, I feel confident that Obama has finall become vertebrate. If he suceeds in getting other democrats to grow a spine, he will win the nomination of his party and a second term.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  159. Misgana - Denver

    I was at the DNC and has been around since the Democratic primaries. This sounds like sour grapes from former Clinton supporters, and establishment Democrats, but everyone is aware that Obama is the best thing that has happened to this country in a very long time. Let's move forward. Obama rode in on grassroots support, and these people are staying engaged within the party. I think this is changing the fundamental philosophy and makeup of the Democratic party, which is probably the reason for this grumbling we are seeing from establishment Democrats.

    Misgana
    Denver, CO

    September 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  160. ma in phoenix az

    President Obama is a class act. We are lucky to have him. Thoughtful citizens know this. After he wins his reelection he will lead our nation forward with or without the GOP. He'll take the gloves off the second time around.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  161. Nancy Ann

    To even suggest that the the Clintons would be better in the white house that Obama is a cruel joke. They did so many shady acts the last time they occupied the white house and Bill was a supreme sleaze bag. . The Clintons are a dumbing down of our government. The last thing that this country needs is a people with no moral compass in leadership. We have enough of that with the Republicans.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  162. Linda in Arizona

    Obama has continued bush's wars, extended the Patriot Act, expanded the unitary executive, bowed to Wall St., and in every possible way behaved as if he were a republican. What's the use of voting for him again? Every word out of his mouth is a self-serving lie. Hillary? She's just another right-of -center warmongering DINO. By the way, people who call obama a socialist should look up the word. I'M a socialist. Trust me, obama is not. He's a corporatist, right-wing careerist.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  163. Darryl - missouri

    You know what the difference between a Republican and a Democrat is? One word– Unity. Most of the things during the President's term that were not accomplished that liberals wanted were helped to fail by Democrats and Independents. Lieberman on health care, the Dino Nelson helped there too and now the senator from La on big oil taxes breaks. In my state alone 1 million votes stayed home and helped another Republican to march to the senate to make a nutty situation even worst. Yeah we Democrats are our on worst enemy and the Republicans reap the benefits of it.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  164. Curtis in philadelphia

    I think we're watching a real rope-a-dope artist in Obama, he's worn everyone out. He's allowed the Republicans to get cocky and think they can rule the roost, but in recent days Obama has started to talk like a real Democrat, taking a populist position on taxes and jobs. The Democrats have fallen for it too. Jack, when Gene Autry was asked if he's a member of an organized political party, he said; "No I'm a Democrat".

    September 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  165. Heather Williams

    I am a proud Democrat but I am sick and tired of liberals who have unrealistic expectations for our party. The majority of people in this country are not liberal and that is something all Democrats must accept. Instead of giving up on Obama, we need to stand behind him and give him credit for the wonderful things he has done. I know he would do more to promote a progressive agenda if he didn't have to work with an extreme right-wing Congress. Liberals who abandon Obama, our only realistic hope for keeping the White House in 2012, are essentially giving the election to Republicans.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  166. Mike from Phoenix

    Jack, The country was having a heart attack and the democrats nominated and elected a kid right out of med school when they should have found a candidate who had years and years of experience.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  167. lynnej in nc

    A lot. With fairweather friends like in his party, who needs enemies. Case in point was why the healthcare bill didn't go far enough. The Blue Dog Dems did all they could to derail it with their bargaining in order to get their vote. I'll never forget Mary Landreiu wanting $200k or $300k for Louisiana for her vote. They did more to squash the public option which is why there are still millions not getting the healthcare that they need. 2014 is too far away. What do those that are priced out do in the meantime? Hope we don't get sick?

    Between the money from lobbyists, the Republicans and the Dems, President Obama is in a pit of vipers. Heaven help him and us.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  168. Ilene

    The only time I got frustrated with our President was when he had the illusion that the republicans wanted what was good for the country and would be bi-partisan. I hope he has learned that they only want to take him down and if they destroy the country in the meantime so be it.

    I will definitely vote for him next year, the alternative would be a nightmare.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  169. George, Dallas, TX

    Quite frankly, I honestly do not know, at this point in time, how anyone other than George Soros can support this empty suited elitist! Such an arrogant person he is!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  170. Trish from Las Vegas

    Yeah right blame your lack of strength and progress on somebody else. President Obama just came on the scene. These problems have been going on for over 15 years and no one could resolve them in 2 years. Be adults and
    take responsibility. I am black and what does the Black Caucus want him to do force corporations to hire minorities? Be real. Is this anger from Congresswoman Waters because Obama did not run to her rescue from the fangs of the ethics committee for something she is being accused of doing? Companies aren't hiring – period.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  171. Judy

    The media has everything to do with all the negative views that are put into the mine's of the people. You pound negative thought's to the publiuc every minute of the day. How do you think we got into this position it all started with the Bush adminstration, how confient for you people to forget so quickly. Obamba has made calls without to much help from Washington dems and republication alike. The republications play dirty and always have.. now it's Obambas turn to play dirty. His downfall is that he is black and to kind hearted. He was handed the wal street bail out, wars, bush tax cuts, etc. Where are all the jobs that the Bush tax cuts were suppose to create, I don't see any help those cuts create, things are getting worse even with the Bush tax cuts. We think we have it bad now wait until Rick Perry or Mitt Romney gets elected, There goes our country for good.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  172. phil

    oust him, he'll be back in 2016. Why? simple logic, Repubs don't have viable candidate either. Seems like our country could do better than a Geo. Bush look alike, But, this is america, where deer and antelope play, and political insanity is rule of day.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  173. Dale

    His own party recognize a one term president, When they see one.

    Dale NM

    September 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  174. nick- Mobile Alabama

    Neither Obama nor Clinton should run next year. one is incompetent and the other is a sellout. While Obama was a better choice than McCain in 2008- for the obvious reasons- he would easily lose to Republican candidate. heck they are losing every new seat in congress that goes for election. The fairy tale of "Yes we can" ran out of energy and wont get Obama a second term.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  175. Sam

    President Barak Obama will be the Democratic Nominee. There are parts both the Democratic and Republican Parties that are fringe. That fringe is often vocal, but very seldom grouped in sufficient numbers to make a difference. At least lets all hope so. Lets hope that the people that cheered at the "Tea Party Debate" when it was said that we let a man without insurance die of a major illness, were in the minority of the American electorate. A recent poll on people that wanted "In God We Trust" kept on our currency was 85%. I believe those are the people who will elect our President and I believe that they are by and large more centric and not fringe, whether GOP or Dem.

    I don't believe that President Obama is in trouble of not being the nominee in 2012 for the Democratic Party.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  176. Lisa, Texas

    Obama is like signing up with a really bad phone company, no matter how many times you communicate to them that you have a problem, they never get back to you, that's how his party feels I'm sure, that's how I feel anyway. The man knows how to talk, that's about it.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  177. Bob, N.C.

    Jack, President Obama is caught in pickle. He thought that if he gave the Republicans part of what they wanted, they would yield to some of what he wanted.. Greed does not work that way. While the President was trying to work with the GOP for the good of the nation, all he got was a knife in the back. You know the saying Jack. Give 'em an inch and they take a mile. If the GOP cann't help the wealthy who support their agenda, the nation can go straight to hell as far as they (GOP) are concerned.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |