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How much do you blame Pres. Obama for struggling economy?
September 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

How much do you blame Pres. Obama for struggling economy?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With the Dow tanking nearly 400 points on Thursday, it looks like Americans are more likely than ever to blame President Obama for the sluggish economy.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows for the first time ever a slight majority, 53% of those surveyed, blame this president for the nation's economic problems.

Just in time for re-election.

That number is up sharply from the 32% who felt President Obama was to blame six months after he took office.

The silver lining here for Obama is that Americans blame former President George W. Bush even more than him for the nation's economic woes. But Bush won't be on the ballot next November.

The poll also shows that about six in 10 independents believe both presidents are to blame.

This is not good news for President Obama, with the economy sure to be the top issue in the 2012 race.

Another recent CNN poll shows eight in 10 people think the economy is in poor shape, and less than 40% approve of how President Obama is handing the economy and unemployment.

What's more, only 9% say the president's policies made the economy better.

Thirty-seven percent say they made the economy worse, while 39% say his policies prevented the economy from getting worse. Fifteen percent say they had no effect.

If it's the economy, stupid – and it always is – the president has a real problem.

If he has any hopes of a second term, something's got to be done about persistent 9% unemployment. And it's got to be done quickly.

But the Congressional Budget Office predicts unemployment will remain above 9% right through the end of next year. Which means it's very likely to become someone else's problem.

Here’s my question to you: How much do you blame President Obama for the struggling economy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

H.:
The president can't do much to help with a "no" Congress. They don't give a damn about jobs or the economy. The Republicans will ruin this country to get elected and people are dumb enough to let them.

Rose in Glendale, Arizona:
I believe that Obama is now more to blame than Bush. Since Obama took office, everything has gone from bad to worse. His policies have not helped the job market at all. In fact I think his policies have done more harm. He acted way too late to make significant changes that could have helped. Instead Washington spent way too much time on the Health Care Bill. Jobs should have come first.

Ray in Knoxville, Tennessee:
Jack, Our economic struggles are the result of 30 years of Republican economic policies. These policies have kicked the feet right out from under the middle class. These policies have rewarded companies for cutting out good paying American jobs, sending them to foreign shores and allowing big investors to make ungodly sums of money. These policies, and not unions, not the civil rights act, not the voting rights act, not the welfare system, not social security, not Medicare have resulted in roughly half of the American population not paying taxes. These policies have resulted in America heading rapidly towards banana republic status. Finally, all these policies were put in place long before Obama took office.

David on Facebook:
Yes, It was a mess he inherited, no question. However, he has displayed zero leadership and has surrounded himself with poor advice, so he does share in the blame.

Mark:
Jack, Where have you been? If a giant asteroid struck the earth tomorrow it would be George W. Bush's fault... just like everything else.

Richard in Malvern, Pennsylvania:
100%, Jack. He doesn't have a clue. He should go back to the faculty lounge where he belongs.

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soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    None I blame the tea party and John boehner they obstruct everything he does....

    September 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Jeff Schroeffel

    I blame him a lot. He has piled on so much government in two years, businesses are reeling to cope with the new laws and regulations. He continues to push for higher taxes and more rapid changes. The sheer volume of government he desires causes business to be cautious and unsure. Its the great uncertainty.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  3. fiftysomething99er

    I don't blame our President at all. Many may disagree and deny, but its Bush.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Ted - North Carolina

    I don't blame him. I blame him for his capitulation, however our economy sucks because of the Bush administration and our do nothing congress. I still listen to obama, and I still hear someone fighting for me – the guy in the middle and for those less advantaged than I.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  5. Sharon, Colorado

    Hardly at all. He inherited a huge mess. Has received NO cooperation from GOP & very little support from Dem's. They all started campaigning for 2012 right after inauguration day & that has meant that not one thing has been accomplished as far as the business of The People. Unless, of course, you are a Corporation; the new People that Congress serves. How can long time members of Congress like John Boehner stand up with a straight face & blame the President for everything? Until somebody admits their mistakes they'll keep trying to repeat them.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  6. bonnie from NJ

    It is hard to say because of the way the Republicans have made it their job to make sure nothing good happens on his watch. Sometimes I get aggravated and frustrated with him, but then I think that is exactly what they want you to think. I believe the first stimulus helped if only the fact that it kept unemployment going, which out here we would have been sunk without. With the extensions over though there are still very few jobs out here and it is not so much as I blame him for where we are, but question his ability to get us out of here. That being said there is no way that I am voting for a Reublican, there is no chance for the middle class with them.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  7. Samantha

    Jack,
    While I do not blame Obama for bad economy that he walked into nor the debt created before his Presidency, I do blame him for his lack of leadership. I blame him for turning his back on Main Street and giving more to Wall Street. I blame him for us being in this position not through his sole creation, but rather his naive approach and lack of comprehension of the Greed Factor. He should have backed us, like we backed him.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  8. s in fl

    O% for causing it. About 50% for the insufficient stimulus. But I blame him 100% for thinking he could get an ounce of cooperation out of the GOP. Instead of starting out presenting a compromise, he should have gone all in. Everything he and the American voters wanted and then start negotiating from there. Let's hope it's not too late. I'll take a "socialist" over sociopath everytime,

    September 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I don't blame Obama at all. This question keeps being asked in different ways. Obama inherited this economy from George W. we all know that. Then the Ignorant voters elected a "Do nothing" Republican led Congress. Everything Obama has attempted to do has been denied, or "compromised" (mutilated is a better term) by the Republican Congress. A better question would ask the voting viewers "Why elect a democratic White house and a Republican Congress? What else did you really expect? Did you think it would be funny?"

    September 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Mark

    Well his failed policies and lack of leadership, I'd say he's fully responsible. Oh but wait, he's a Liberal and they never take responsibility for themselves. It's always the other guys fault. People want to blame Bush for this, but due to American ignorance and lack of constitutional education, it was the Demoratic party that cotrolled both houses from 2006 to 2007, when this recession all started. If you want to put blame on anyone, the Democratic party's socialist agenda created this mess. Enough with the taxes, quit the effin spending!!!
    Mark

    September 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  11. Ed from Harrisburg

    To blame President Obama for the struggling economy is completely ridiculous. Americans are to blame for thinking they could own more than they could afford and for greedy business people for creating conditions to fuel that dillusion. The Federal Government is to blame for mismanaging Americans' hard earned tax dollars and the Congress is to blame for allowing robber barons to pick both the pocket of the government and the people. It is clear to me given the politics of the day no politician Republican or Democrat had the leadership abllity of an FDR to put the country back on the path to economic properity and growth. American has sold out to American interests and is getting fatter and dumber and deeper in debt. St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store....

    September 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    I place no blame on him at all. Bush Republicans gave us this economy and the Republicans driven by the tea partiers will block anything Obama or the Democrats do to improve the economy and create jobs Mitch McConnel said priority one for the Republicans is to make Obama a one term president. That tells you where the economy and jobs place on the Republican priority list.

    An improving economy and creation of jobs between now and the next election is the Republican's worst nightmare.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  13. Pete in Georgia

    I'm assuming you're asking this with a straight face, Jack.
    Obama is a HUGE part of our economic problem, the list of his deranged ideas is endless, much too long for this response.
    The central problem with him is his TOTAL lack of understanding of our free enterprise (note the word free) system. Because of this, and corporate America's awareness of his ignorance in how free enterprise actually works, there is today a total lack of trust and confidence in the business arena. EVERY businessman and corporate head is just waiting for November 2012. Our country is in peril.
    It can't get here soon enough.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Larry -Denver

    Here is how i breakdown the blame (why must we do this?) 80% the Bush era, including tax cuts and two wars unfunded.
    10% Obama for not doing anything but watch as things unfold, 10% just for Wallstreet and . 200% the Congress of the US since 2001. I think that more then 100% but that is the way this country operates, it never equals 100%

    September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I mostly blame the republicans for the economy. President Obama was handed a economy that was about to go over the cliff. It was the republicans who choose to finance two wars on a credit card. The Iraq war was unnecessary and they know it no matter how they try to spin it. If President Obama wouldn't have acted the way he did we would now be in a depression. The republicans reject everything proposed by the democrats. They had one reason and one reason only to take the debt ceiling vote up until the last minute, and that reason is to make president Obama look bad and try to win a election.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  16. lou

    I blame the news media and politicians more than Obama himself. 70% of our economy is retail spending. In order to keep that going there has to be demand, which means folks have to buy stuff. But with all the gloom and doom being reported every day, with our leaders going on tv all the time telling us we're heading for disaster, people are holding a death grip on their purse strings. And as long as they keep doing that it will translate to a death grip on this economy. How about you start reporting that 91% of the population has a job right now. Let's try that angle for a change.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  17. Lou, Fayetteville, NC

    I don't blame him. I blame those who are dead-set against him finding a solution that someone who has money will buy. Republicans and Democrats are responsible for the majority of our jobs going away when they could have kept some of the jobs here where the pay would have been without benefits and more in common with overseas costs. There should have been a rule that if you transferred a job overseas, you had to keep one here. Bringing our people home from wars, stimulating the economy and getting things happy again will not happy under this President. I can see clearly now.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  18. James (Denver)

    Tricky question, Jack. Obama inherited a snowballing economic disaster. The bailout was like diverting that snowball down an even longer snow-covered hill in order to delay the moment of impact. Enter Obama. The usual economic tools for recovery are government intervention, business development, and revenue adjustment. He's tried each, and shaved the snowball down a bit, but the accumulation of snow has continued and outpaced his efforts. Hard to blame the President. It isn't politically savvy or conventional wisdom to do the right things: liquidate our bad debt, raise the Fed rate, stop the spending, and go through a period of harsh but necessary correction. In this country of 24 month political campaigns, what politician can afford to promote the right thing, or is honest enough to take that risk? Strangely, one is: Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: From 2000 until 2008 this nation lost over 6,000,000 jobs. During the same period, a person could get twice the amount of mortgage and home they needed by just having a pulse. No background checks on salaries, or credit rating was done to secure many of the these loans. Lack of oversite by the Bush Administration lead to having to bail out banks and the creation of T.A.R.P. We stopped losing jobs, but due to the wrecklessness of of the Bush Administration it will tale 16 years to fully recover. Lack of oversite by the S.E.C.; F.D.I.C.; banks, and motgage companies just went wild. Greed was their motivation not common sense. No, President Obama can not be blamed for alot of things that happened. Also there were 2 wars started under the Bush Administration which help drain the economy.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  20. macdilg

    Blame him completely. If he hadn't spent the nation on a failed stimulus program we would be comming out of this by now.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  21. Overby from Melbourne

    All of it...Obama and his cronies don't have a clue about what to do. It's beginning to look like they do have a clue on how to ram through our tax dollars into these 'green' companies Obama and his big campaign contributors own stock in, though. This is all so disgusting. And now they're talking gov't shutdown again...boot all the incumbents out in 2012...

    September 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Very little. It's much easier to get your vehicle stuck in the mud up to it's rooftop than to get it out. George W Bush was in denial and oblivious to obvious signs for over a year. John McCain's economic adviser, Phil Gramm, said so as well referring to American's as whiners. Then the bottom dropped out. Obama has been trying to clean up Bush's mess. Republican's are in capable of cleaning it up, they created the mess. Tax cuts for the rich will never be an answer. It took over a decade to clean the last republican mess starting in 1929.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  23. Ricardo

    The only thing I blame him for is not calling out Sen McConnell for saying "We will do everything we can to make him a 1 term president." That personal mindset is what continues to derail our country. Our president needs to be tougher! SSgt Martinez (TX)

    September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  24. dazy

    Come on jack don’t be fooled. This are deceptive obama supporters praying for obama /palin match up

    September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Not one iota. But now if you want to talk about Congress, that's a different story.

    And I cannot see how any Republican can either. If you listen to a Republican talking head he or she will say that the Government cannot create jobs or stimulate only the private sector can in one breath, in the other they vilify Obama, even after he bends over backwards for them.

    How can we blame a single individual for the shortcomings of decades of poor policy and wrong ideologies in an economy that is globally affected? It makes no sense.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  26. Russ in PA

    I blame both parties equally. Until Americans wake up to the fact that there is precious little difference between the two parties, and vote for true believers in freedom and sound money, there will be little improvement in the economy. Both parties favor spending – as long as it is there own – and both parties permit the destruction of our currency and liberties. It seems counter-intuitive to most people, but we need elected officials that believe in liberty and free market principles to cure what ails us.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  27. Herman Portland OR

    I don't want to blame the President for the economy. Blaming the President does nothing for our future. I would say he has done less to strengthen our economy than he could have. President Obama once elected ignored our economy and practiced partisan politics with the focus on a liberal agenda that further increased our spending a debt. Jobs were of no concern at the time. currently it is the subject of his re election campaign. America has been in trouble since President took office. He owns our current dilemma with the high unemployment and lack of job growth in many of our businesses.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  28. RoseMJ in Ohio

    Jack it means most Americans aren't looking at the WHOLE picture! No, I don't blame the President, I blame we, the voters for voting not coming out in droves, like in 2008. If we had stood together in 2010 as in 2008.we would all be on a better path. As it stands.now republicans will block anything the President proposes, no matter how right or fair it is! FIRE all republicans on his staff. Forget trying to be bi-partisan....it AIN'T working! I voted for Barack Obama because he can lead the country! I'll vote for him again! Jack, I just can't stand IGNORANCE nor HATRED of any kind!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  29. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl he wanted the job, even though he was clearly not qualified as his performance has proven. the rich are richer, the poor are poorer, and more of them. i blame him entirely for not having a plan (or a clue) on how to fix what is broken with America and not making things happen. LBJ knew how to get things done, as no party member was around long that crossed him.dems will lose if they can't find someone vastly better to run.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  30. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much do you blame President Obama for the struggling economy?

    Well let see Jack, if you tie a man's hands behind his back and you put him into the a boxing ring to fight would you blame him for losing the match?

    Obama and the Democrats didn't create this mess and they have had their hands tied by the GOP though filibuster, cloture votes, delays, plus out and out thugary.

    If we wanted the economy fixed then we shouldn't have elected the GOP we should have given Obama a Super Majority so he could have gotten the job done. It is our fault that we are in the mess we are in – not his.

    Jenna
    Roseviile

    September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  31. Clarissa Garza

    I do not blame President Obama for anything at all, in fact, I completely 100% support him and will be voting for him in 2012. His success is hidden behind these conservative Republicans that can't stand their money being taken away from them. Obama cares about the working class which is the BACKBONE of this country. Its refreshing to see a President that cares about things that affect the majority of the US, such as higher education and healthcare. He cares about the future and he knows that the real voters will not blame the economic problems on ONE HUMAN BEING. He can sit there all day but until these congressman can get their crap together we CAN NOT DO ANYTHING. People are more focused on Obama's race instead of the great things he has done. Racial thinking is America's obsession and we can sit here all day and say thats not what its about, but think again. AUSTIN, TEXAS. Thank you!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  32. Ron WPAFB

    Absolutely not at all! Zilch, 0%, Nada, Zip! It's , "100%" Republican Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  33. MYSTERIOUS

    I possess common sense. That being said, I know it took eight years to get us into this mess, and obviously, it will take more then a hot second to get us out of this mess., The Republicans have made a complete debacle of the United States' financial system, and it is just difficult to reverse in a matter of 2.5 years.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  34. Craig Johnson

    I blame George W. Bush. He made this mess, now there's a struggling attempt at cleaning it up. Bush had 8 years in office...how much sense would it make to say that Obama managed to screw everything up in just a couple of years? The problems were obviously already there to begin with.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  35. Donna, Wisconsin

    I don't! The party of NO continues to stop him. If rich Republicans sitting on their money were to start hiring, he would not be blamed and a Republican would not get elected next year. That is their thinking. Bush started this mess and the GOP wants to continue those policies. As long as the rich can get their workers to do the job at less pay and more hours, they get the goodies. Or they are doing even better because their company is over seas. Look at FORD! Building a new plant in India and going to hire 5,000 people! We need those jobs! Republicans have never been for the middle class–ever!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  36. Bob from Melbourne

    100%. He owns it. Its his polices and his bills that were passed

    September 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  37. Mel - Houston

    The trend of the current ecomony was established during the Bush Administration. The President has also found out that changing the direction of an economy is like turning a super tanker, they both don't do sharp corner well. He has also found out that bipartisan legislation is dead in this country for now. So, with a divided government little will change until some fundamental changes are made with regard to money in politics.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  38. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Quite a bit, since he listened to Summers and Geithner who opposed helping out borrowers early on by reducing mortgage balances when the idea was first introduced in 2009. That would have solved the problem then. Bernanke is moving in that direction now with QE3, but not nearly big enough.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  39. Jayne

    The only thing I blame Obama for is pushing more trade agreements. Bad idea. Other than that, his hands are tied. Republicans are doing a great job of making sure the economy doesn't improve and jobs don't come back before the 2012 election and their donors from big business are obviously in cahoots with them. If our corporate overlords can get the GOP back in control, their dreams of doing away with things such as clean air and water will become a reality. Their wildest dream is turning the people formerly known as the middle class into third world laborers.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  40. Harold F. Crockett Jr.

    I do not blame this President for the downturn of the economy. I do, however, believe that he should have addressed jobs as soon as he became President. By concentrating on Health Care, despite its negative effects on the economy, jobs were largely ignored as more and more of them disappeared. We may argue all day about whose fault it is, but the bottom line is jobs must be created, now. Infrastructure is a very good investment in jobs and in the well-being of the country. No more talk, action, now. Republicans, get out of the way. Your obstructionism may win you an election, but it is hurting America every day. You are doing no favors for the average American, only for the wealthy and powerful.

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

    Obama can be faulted for not being more aggressive in his dealings with Republicans, who don't seem to be genuinely interested in anything but further enriching the wealthy and corporations and making sure Obama doesn't get reelected. The severity of our economic woes are not his fault. Obama inherited the greatest financial crisis since the great depression and not all of his efforts to get us out of it have worked, but at least he is trying. All he gets out of Republicans is the same old tired horse manure they have spouted for ever. An economic approach that has decimated the middle class financially and that got us into this mess in the first place. George W. Bush inherited a budget surplus and a sound economy and flushed it all down the toilet by cutting taxes to the wealthy and corporations and spending money like a drunken sailor, as well as letting Wall Street and the financial institutions police themselves. This assault on America's economic back bone was aided and abetted by the same minions of the wealthy and corporate America who are now blocking efforts to get the country out of the mess they created. Do any of these people have conscience or even an ounce of integrity? Given their current behavior the question would seem to be redundant.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  42. Barbara Leavitt

    I think he wasted his first year on the health care issue rather than working on jobs. That is a given. Now, from all I am seeing and hearing I'm afraid he and people he has working for him don't have a clue as to what will get us out of this mess. NOR do I believe the Republicans do either........their only focus is on protecting the rich and big business. Our country is in big trouble, neither party will work with the other. They are like children trying to 'one up' each other. Disgusting.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  43. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Not at all, Jack. The president inherited a huge mess and has done his best to mitigate it, despite the "I hope he fails" crowd and a do-nothing Congress. We would all do well to remember that his opponents' economic policy would have been to do nothing and allow a second Great Depression to happen.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  44. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I blame President Obama for being too weak in negotiations with the obstructionist Republicans. I blame the obstructionist Republicans much more for NO JOBS BILL YET although that is what they ran and won on in 2010. There are millions of unemployed Americans hurting out here in the real world while the government plays political games with people's lives and livelihoods inside the beltway. I need a job NOW! Not when these clowns get around to it after banning abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood.

    Alex the unemployed Veteran

    September 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  45. James in Springfield, VA

    I do not blame the president at all. This was all in motion before he even took office. But like the president has said getting out of this mess will not be easy and sacrifice is going to have to be made. Even the rich people the tea party republicans want to protect. So now we have a president who has put a jobs bill on the table and what has been done with it.....nothing! Why should I be surprised by that. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and Paul need to be voted out of office .

    September 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  46. Andre

    Everything by this Nation was screwed up way before he got into office. Bush messed up a lot and got richier through it all, and just before it was about time for him to pass the torch they had no choice but to let the cat out of the bag. The whole is so deep, it'll take way longer than 8yrs to fix it. Obama is doing a good job but look at the congress he has to work with. They want him to fail... I don't blame him at all...

    Trenton, NJ

    September 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  47. Peg from NY

    Plenty. He took office and championed healthcare not jobs, employment or the economy. Bad decision.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  48. Lloyd, Penticton, Canada

    Hi Jack
    I guess maybe being in Canada some of us see things a lot differently than Americans. Canada is continually recognized as the best or one of the best countries in the world.
    There are many things different in our country, for example we don't have banks and financial institutions going bankrupt and closing, because we regulate them. They still make $billions in profits. All our citizens have healthcare.
    There seems to be absolutely no question that the major portion of the United States problems have been created by
    Republican tax policies and not regulating the large corporations. Have the tax policies changed at all since Reagan?
    Why don't Americans pay attention to what the Republicans say. They are going to do everything they can to make sure the African/American President Obama will only have one term. They are not the least bit interested in working in a bi-partisan way to solve the problems plaguing the country. They are willing to have millions more of their fellow citizens unemployed. They don't care that thousands of bridges, highways, schools are unsafe, particularly the schools in low income areas. How can they be so ignorant to not understand that if they make funds available for infrastructure repair, millions will be back to work and $millions of revenue will come into the government? Did the Republicans see what happened in the auto industry that they were against helping?
    To blame President Obama shows typical Republican hypocrisy and ignorance.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  49. Stephan Hoglund

    Geez Jack why do you keep draggin Obama thru this stuff, I do not blame him a bit other than he is too soft but hey he inherited a nightmare and yeah the repugs DO NOT want to hear it but it is Fact and the house and senate he has to work with makes it impossible to do a thing! Get over it or start telling THAT story over and over and over again in a Rovish Style of repetitiveness where repugs repeat lies over and over till people believe them why not do the same with the truth!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  50. barbara in nc

    Not at all. I wish your people would explain to the masses that it is CONGRESS that approved all the spending. The president cannot spend a penny without the House and Senate approving first.

    Do you not realize how many people in this country are ignorant of how our government works (or, in the case now, how it is NOT working). Why don't you use the time and the resources you have access to to educate the uneducated? At least THAT would be something positive, instead of just stirring up hate and fear all the time.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  51. rightospeak

    I do not blame him , Jack, he is doing what all the other politicians are doing -stuff their pockets with money and benefits and screw the people.Unless we get some patriotic, honest souls to hold the reigns of this nation and bring our economy back -we are doomed. He wouldn't even stop all wars-just get into more .What does he care ? He is not suffering-makes speeches to inflate his ego, travels like a king, has excellent healthcare , dental care, paid retirement unlike the millions that lost their homes. He will do what the richest 300 in the U.S. tell him including cuts in SS and Medicare to "resolve our debt problem". As I see it , only God can save us .

    September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  52. Sylvia from San Diego

    How about all of it!!! What ever happened to, "the buck stops here?" Of course Obama is to blame for what is going on in the economy. He has chosen to surround himself with people who have lots of experience working for the public section or are educators with zero practical knowledge and never worked a day in the private sector.... Obama owns this economy and this mess!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  53. Hawgcaller*

    The president can't do much to help with a "no" congress. They don't give a damn about jobs or the economy. The republicans will ruin this country to get elected and people are dumb enough to let them.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  54. Paul P.

    Untimately he'll be held responsible, but I do not blame him entirely. Only a naive person would think someone could simply wave a magic policy wand and turn things around after so much job loss and personal debt has been accumulated in the country. Obama has been trying to be a centrist throughout this, and he's close when he suggests investment is the right path forward, but imagine what could have been achieved with a co-operative Congress and spirit of teamwork. In a three-pronged system of government, you cannot put all the blame on one branch, especially when each have their own agendas to fulfill.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  55. Greg in Arkansas

    Not much, every day on the Situation Room, I hear the Republicans blast him for not doing anything to create jobs and fix the economy......so if he hasn't done anything, how can I, or anyone else, blame him for a struggling economy?
    After all, I remember that the Senate Minority Leader McConnell's mission statement was to "make President Obama a one term president" and the Republican actions of blocking everything Obama proposes hasn't created jobs or done much to end the recession either.

    In a normal situation Congress passes the bills, the President signs the bills but in this case, Congress passes the buck as it tries to run out the clock until the next election.....nothing gets done....and we all suffer.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  56. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Truthfully, I cannot blame him any more than I can blame someone in a bucket brigade to put the fire out by tossing a bucket of kerosene on the fire. It's dramatic and tragic at the same time ! Everyone will suffer the heat.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  57. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, You can't blame Obama 100% IMO. Congress itself has to get the ball rolling. The House GOP stated on Day 1 that their SOLE purpose was to make Obama a 1-termer,while taking 1 week off for every 2 weeks worked themselves. If anyone tried to do that while working for one of their pal's businesses who funds them,you would be unemployed right now also. The GOP has provided this Nation with exactly one job. A ream job. Greg M. FL

    September 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  58. John Blythe

    Bush presided over the economic collapse in 2008 and with the approval of the Democratic Congress pushed through a $700 billion bailout. When Bush left office, our national debt was $10 trillion and a deficit of $1 trillion. Under Obama we now have over $14 trillion in debt and deficits increased to $3 trillion. I'm curious what Obama and his Democratic Congress did for the first two years of his term? The $850 billion stimulus bill was a disaster, shoving Obama Care down the country's throat is costly and the green jobs are now a joke with the controversy over Solyndra. They're both to blame. People are suffering in this country Jack! It also doesn't help resonate a positive message with tens of millions of people are unemployed, the First Family takes vacations all over the world at tax payer expense!

    John
    Los Angeles, California

    September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  59. Paul P.

    I don't blame him..... for a country so fervent about small government and free market capitalism, people sure expect alot from the President to solve all the problems. With all the debt accumulated and jobs lossed, the truth is people aren't spending, and that creates low consumer demand and low business activity. The government cannot create demand, but it can spur infrastructure investment in the country, especially with the low interest rates right now...the trouble is the GOP sees that as 'stimulus', they'd rather cut their way to prosperity.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  60. Jane in CA

    I blame him only a little. Unfortunately, he bought into bi-partisanship and used too many Republican ideas to actually do any good. Tax cuts only stimulate when they are given to the bottom half, not the top half of income earners. In order to grow, you need to get more people employed, not just keep people from being laid off. Choosing the lowest multipliers because Republicans love them gets you the lowest growth. Fact is, the decade of zero growth was built in when housing bubbled. It will be at least a decade before new housing is actually needed in this country, even longer as the people get poorer and keep doubling up. That was the fault of Wall Street and their enablers, aka Republicans.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  61. roger from phoenix

    The buck stop with him. That said the old ways of Washington need to change , maybe they worked 40 or 50 years ago but not in this day and age . We need to get rid of campain contributions, impliment term limits , abolish the IRS , stop policing the world , create a new manufacturing base , reduce medicare , stop fighting wars , the list goes on and on. Now with that said you have to ask yourself the same faces in Washington that got the country in this mess are going to have the answer to get it out. If you believe that you probably believe in peter pan .

    September 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  62. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    While I don't agree with all the President's policies and ideas, I don't blame him for our declining economy. I blame the GOP, who hae this President so much that they vote against programs they were for 3 years ago. I blame Wall Street and Big Business. Wall street for deliberately creating the housing bubble through thier shady mortgage backed securities, and Big Business for shipping jobs overseas while beating thier chests that no one is buying anything. Most of all, I blame us, the American populace, for voting in the current crop of knucklheads we have in Congress.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  63. Bill in PA

    Jack
    Not very much.
    It is all the anti-president folks ,at any cost, on everything that he might suggest or makes common sense.
    But we the voters think this is just great. We are addicted to the theater. A Greek Tragedy, in this case.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  64. John B

    I don't blame President Obama at all given what he walked into the day he took office. His actions averted another "Great Depression" despite the lack of help from the Republicans. What's really sad is that the Republicans continue to refuse to help solve any of the country's problems. I certainly don't expect them to say the President is doing a great job and he should get reelected, but it would be nice to see some real debate on real problems that do have real solutions instead of all this political badmouthing.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  65. Joe

    Jack,
    I feel it really needs to be said that the President is only one man in a government with three branches. If the Democratic Congress had stone-walled the Bush administration and the Republican agenda, then our country would be no where's near in as bad shape.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats and President Obama chose to believe our country's previous 235 years of compromise as the best way to lead our country. Now we have a quagmire swamp of Republican Crocodiles waiting to kill off our President, at the expense of the the American people.

    Jack, people are suffering and the Republican controlled legislature could care less who is being hurt or worse – are dying.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  66. Pat (Missouri)

    I do not blame President O'bama at all for the economic problems we are facing today. I do not blame President O'bama for the European Debt Crisis either. To coin an old phrase, "times are tough all over". Rather I think that the President did the best he could with what options he had and what he felt he could get through congress. I blame congress for being inept and Republicans for being self serving rather than serving the people that gave them their jobs. If congress would put the people first the economy would begin to improve. Republicans and their business friends do not want the economy to improve until they are once again in power. The thing is they put the economy in the toilet in the first place...

    September 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  67. Pete in Milton, FL

    I blame Obama about 10%, and that's only because he's been too weak-willled to stand up to the Republicans and DEMAND that Congress work together with him to solve our economic woes. The other 90% I blame on the Republicans for roadblocking EVERY effort to create jobs and improve our economy. Iinstead, they are KILLING jobs in every state that they control. And with GOP leaders stating that their only real goal is to defeat Obama in 2012, the economy is not gonna improve until then, and will undoubtedly get even worse if the GOP wins the White House and all of Congress.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  68. Karen

    I do not blame him. I blame those who elected an unqualified person to run our Country.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  69. Ann from Charleston SC

    I blame President Obama for the struggling economy about as much as I blame him for the tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis we have been experiencing.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  70. Barbara

    Not at all. He is just trying to clean up the mess left by the Bush Administration. – From Cocoa, Flo.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  71. Noe

    I don't think he's doing everything he can to turn it around yet its impossible for him to do given the situation he's in. At first I thought it would be ridiculous to think that republicans actually would want him to fail. Actually hanging the American people out to dry simply to watch him fail....BUT, you you don't see that that is what is actually going on then you're neck deep in George bush's koolaid...

    September 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  72. Annie, Atlanta

    Actually I blame President Clinton and Senator Gramm. Glass Stegall should have never been overturned. And I blame President Bush for his tax breaks, deregulation, two wars, and his instructions not to worry, go shopping. God we've turned into sheep, and it's just getting worse.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, I no longer believe that a monster lives under my bed or that a boogie man exists. I do know that one man cannot fix our huge, far-reaching economy or else he would have. I have seen the tape of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stating that his number one job is to make sure Obama doesn't get re-elected. I would expect a man of McConnell's intellect to be able to better multi-task, like help create jobs, help to fix the economy and try to make sure Obama doesn't win re-election. If we have to blame one man, I say it should be McConnell, he's the one who's on record with having his priorities totally out of line with what's best for the country: hey McConnell, it's jobs and the economy stupid!

    September 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  74. Minesh Baxi

    Jack, the economy could have improved long ago if Obama had focused his attention on helping job-creators by providing tax incentives and decreasing regulations. Instead he gave money to his buddies in the unions and corporations like GE and Solyndra. Also he has been committed to adding more burdensome regulations and interfering in oil and gas industry. High price of gas, more taxes on people who create jobs and more power tio unions is guaranteed to slow any economy on the planet. – Minesh Baxi, Troy MI

    September 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  75. Darryl H - Vancouver, Canada

    I don’t blame President Obama for the struggling economy. It was a disaster when he took office and it’s going to be a long haul for recovery. If anyone is to blame, it’s the people that re-elected Bush for a second term? I still can’t wrap my head around that one.
    And now people are actually thinking a Republican can fix the country by eliminating Obama Care and Old Age Security? If you think times are tough now, wait until that becomes reality and the rich become richer while the middle class has to eat cat food with no medical care.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  76. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    None. Funny how the Republicans want government to stay out of the economy, but are the first to blame a democratic president when it is doing poorly. Obama extended Republican tax cuts. I'm not sure how they can even blame him without insulting themselves. The real problem is the relative value of money, and the distribution of that money. The relative value of the average American has gone down over time. The people of the lower and middle class have a far smaller piece of the financial pie. As a result, they have less spending power. 90% of Americans can't buy as much as they used to. This isn't a mystery, its basic economics. People with less money spend less.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  77. lilmagothy, annapolis

    The most blame that can be ascribed to the President is that he lacks the boldness of FDR and the feistiness of Truman. He inherited an economy that had been devastated by fighting two wars with TAX CUTS and had been decimated by unregulated Wall Street greed. Given the fact that the republican/tea potty congress made it clear from the start that their ONLY agenda was his defeat, and not the welfare of the country, he should have been much firmer right from the get-go. Congress makes the laws and deals with taxes and funding – they have shirked their responsibility. The President can only provide leadership and direction – Obama has shirked that responsibilty.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  78. Pat in Michigan

    I don't blame him at all. I blame an arrogant Nancy Pelosi who shoved a health care bill down everyones throat. I Blame an obstuctionist Repu.blican Congress from letting us all go down just so they can dismantle our country for the sake of 1% and their greed.My wife and I are looking for a home in any other country but here.I will not be used and abused any longer.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  79. Loren

    Not a lot, I blame Bill Clinton for half and Barney Frank for the rest. What most people fail to recogize is that it is the opening of trade with China fostered by Clinton's administration that has taken the greatest toll on the U.S. economy. He let thousands of manufacturing jobs go to China to satisfy the business desires of Walmart on the false promise of higher paying internet jobs that have never materialized. It was Barney Frank who pushed for relaxation of credit standards that fostered the housing boom that ultimately caused credit markets to crash due to the iinevitable coming back to earth of the internet bubble. Obama has merely continued in this fine tradition by packing his staff with former Goldman Sachs partners who have let the financial companies off the hook for their questionable activities during the financial run-up.

    Got all that Jack? The American people have short attention spans and have forgotten how we got in this mess, but President Obama has done less than nothing to get us out, abetting those responsible in their escape from justice.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  80. Ed in california

    I really can't think of anything he has done to make things better.
    His administrations is inept when it comes to the economy.
    Obama only seems interested in paying off those who got him elected.

    Would suspect that the majority agrees with me! Ok, those at the Huffington Post wouldn't, but I was talking about real people.

    Ed in Sacramento

    September 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  81. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I don't blame President Obama for the struggling economy, I blame the GOP now in charge of part of Congress. They claim to be in favor of bringing jobs back to America, and yet they veto, challenge, and generally whine like little children when things they want considered are blocked by the president. Unfortunately, Jack, America has the biggest case of memory lapse I've ever seen, and people will blame Obama for their economic woes.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  82. Rob in NC

    I blame everyone in government, but quite honestly the president is only a figurehead. Congress is in charge and they do not care about the American people or they would work together to make things better. Unfortunately, we don't pay them well enough to be heard. Rob in NC

    September 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  83. Paulette in Dallas

    I blame Obama a lot. Back in 2007 he should have declined the offer to run for the Presidency. He wasn't ready yet. He should have deferred and pushed for Hillary. His own ego took over and he just wanted a job he could not handle. The Republicans knew he couldn't cut the mustard and they still know it today. Obama did not take the bull by the horns in his first two years with a Democratic Congress. Now the Democratic Party needs to take the bull by the horns and tell Obama to step aside because the American people WANT Hillary!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  84. Davd

    Dave
    Woodstock,CT
    If the Dow goes up 400 or goes down 400 has little to do with U.S leadership. Corporations and people are going to invest willy-nilly. They will put there money in a day or a week or a month and then take it out. If you want to blame somebody blame CNBC or any investment company that says get the biggest bang in the least time.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  85. David from Herndon, VA

    Not much. The GOP has made the calculation that if they say "no" to absolutely everything and try to tear the whole country down, they'll do better in the next election. Unfortunately, that plan is working.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  86. Max in NY

    I voted for Obama, and I'm not sure if I can again in the next election. I believe he truly wants to compromise with the right, but he starts in the middle, and then by the time he is done compromising his solutions are right of center. He's shown time and time again there's no real fire in his belly.

    But its hard to blame the economy on him. He's lowered taxes on businesses for the most part, and the Moody's downgrading fiascos have been for the most part (if not totally) out of his control.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  87. Kev

    This President has to go send him back to Chicago where he came from. The End!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  88. Battle

    Of course this clown of a President is to blame. He now is officially the worse President in the history of this great country! I just wish the election was this November as for sure this black Jimmy Carter of a President would be gone for sure!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  89. Warren B

    Americans are morons. The president has no control over the economy – he cannot pass bills/laws to improve or hurt the economy – that is the purvue of Congress. Blame your congressman if you want to balme someone other than the person you should be blaming (yourself). If you buy a house you can't afford, or buy a big screen TV you shouldn't have, or a behemoth car you shouldn't have, you helped create this crisis.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  90. Charles

    How much do you blame President Obama for the struggling economy?

    100%

    You're not just a president for the great photo-ops.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  91. Pete

    Answer this: If George Bush was President now whos fault would it be? This is exactly what a failed Presidency looks like with the left wing media providing cover along the way. Obama never had a plan, never led anything even a girl scout meeting and needs to leave office. Hilary would have done a much better job but hey we proved to the world that we aren't a racist country. At what cost? Would you let a Dr with no experience operate on you?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  92. Archie in Arkansas

    Not nearly as much as I blame Bush, Cheney and Wall Street. Everything tanked on Bush's watch. I'm surprised that we're doing as well as we are.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  93. Howard in Allexandria, VA

    The economy would be in its present shape regardless of who was President. We started down this path in 2001 when all of us accepted the idea that the U.S. could go to war and create a major new medical benefit (prescription drugs) while cutting taxes instead of raising them. With all of that, and a Congress determined to bring the President down, not even Jesus Christ could've made a difference in the White House.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  94. Mark in Las Vegas

    Jack, Presidents take the credit when the economy is good and they also get the credit when the economy is bad. In both cases, Presidents have little control over which way the economy goes during their time. It looks like Obama will be a one term President and if I were his close adviser I would recommend to him to announce in January that he wouldn't seek a 2nd term. He would save his family, himself, the nation, and his party a great deal of heartache.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  95. Paul Cooper

    I blame Obama entirely. He has had almost 3 years, and the only thing he has done in that time is trash talk everyone who disagrees with him on any issue and threaten ever higher taxes on those who build successful businesses. This is not the leadership he promised when he asked to be entrusted with the presidency, and no matter how lucky he gets in the way of an economic recovery in 2012, he does not deserve a second term.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  96. Scott

    There are a lot of factors at play here that are not the fault of the President. However, President Obama has appeared to be a weak leader on the economy at every turn. What he appears to be offering is a 1930's style to fix an economy and that just isn't going to cut it.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  97. taylor ashland ky

    It is not President Obama, it is the obstructionism of the republicans, they would let the
    country burn, to take him down.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  98. Jessica, Sparta, NJ

    HI Jack, While he may have a small part of the blame he sure isn't the one that got the economy into the current downward spiral that we seem to be in. Bad fiscal policy's pushed by both sides (of course we know which one is more responsible than the other, cough, cough, Republicans...) have gotten us to this point. How the Republicans can stand up and demand more of the same that got us into this mess is beyond me.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  99. jack

    It all depends who you ask. From a High Middle income taxpayer, I think he has hurt our economy. He wants us to share our wealth with those at the bottom end, who elected him. Not gonna happen, they are there because they elected a long time ago to follow the path they do. We are voting him out.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  100. blake r.

    Typical Cafferty. Mostly one-sided. Obama needs to take a more laissez-fare approach to the economy and let the market adjust itself, rather than inject cash constantly. How much blame do I put on Obama? A lot at this juncture. Nothing has changed since 2008, things are just getting worse.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  101. Why would I blame the President?

    It's certainly not the president's fault. The current crisis has been brought on us by the Republicans. Before 2000 we had a surplus and all was looking well, then they started spending without restraint and cut revenues simultaneously. Add to that their previous folly of removing all constraints on the big investment banks and you have the 1920's all over again. Now with the Republicans held hostage by the Tea Party and Grover Norquist, nothing will get accomplished. The only hope is to throw all Republicans out of office, everywhere!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  102. Doug

    I am prepared to give Obama a pass on the economy if he pledges not to take any credit when it gets better and it will get better when business leaders here about policies that make sense out of DC..
    Doug Richmond VA

    September 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  103. Jon

    ... So how does Congress factor into all of this? Remind me?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  104. Snorkle in Corvallis

    It's not his fault, or even his economy. Every attempt to improve the economy, and thus the lives of everyday Americans, has been thwarted by republicons who would rather the people suffer than let Obama look good to the electorate. The more Americans suffer, the better the chance that some conservative might become President-and then we are really screwed!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  105. Barri

    I blame the Bush administration, with George Bush at the top....Ho four years also blame Obama, maily becuase he spent the first four years apeasing big business, the so called stiim package and the automakers. Amercans, black, white latinos, we all are suffering from the poor leadership in Washington, and no one seems to have any idea of how to get us out.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  106. JMBarrett, Rhode Island

    Obama on his own is no more responsible for the bad economy than I am. It began with the collapse of the housing bubble, under George Bush – remember? Why isn't it Wall Street's fault? They're the ones who suckered investors into buying up poisonous derivatives. The American public will be cleaning up the mess made by Wall Street for decades to come. And as long as the Republicans protect these same Wall Street morons (Dodd-Frank, oh my!), it will just drag on and on and on.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  107. Dawn from KC

    I blame President Obama. It's his out of control spending that has made a bad situation worse. I know everyone would love to blame Bush (and he owns a share) until the cows come home but Bush no longer resides in the White House anymore and he hasn't for the last 3 yrs. President Obama has thrown good money after bad, i.e Solyndra.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  108. Mike

    ObamaCare, new federal business regulations and the in general Democrat war on business and the wealthy is responsible for the current economic woes. Repeal the health care law and get the Federal Government off the back of American business and the economy will thrive. I know this isn't popular with the Left and Progressives in general, but it is the truth.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  109. John Murphree

    W. Bush had 8 years to mess up our whole society, not just the economy with his stupid, unwinnable wars and his absolute incompetence, with great help from Chanehy, Rumsfeld, etc. To conclude that this mess in Obama's fualt is absolutely missing WB's ineptness and willful incompetnece.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  110. DON SUTTON

    25% of Deficit is the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 25% is Economic decline. 25% is Medicare prescription costs that are enforced at the highest cost to rape the government. 25% is tax breaks and loopholes in tax laws. Obama is not to blame here, he inherited a sinking Titanic and now faces losing an election at no fault of his own. Congress is too blame, and no other.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  111. sam russell

    i dont blame obama at all; in fact i recall in his first week in office he had to bail out several banks. 8 years of bush did us in

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  112. leemarie50

    I do not blame him for bring on the weak economy, I blame him for his partisan ways that invokes class warefare at every event. He is president of some of the people and that does not necessarily include the poor. He is at war with wall street, with the rich, with the republicans with the tea party with non union labor. This is a man whose ecomonic policy is to tax the rich more. His promises are hollow. Obama was going to go through the budget line by line. Is that in my life time. Obama is and will continue to make matters worse by his divide and conquer mentality. And this is all for his re-election,

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  113. Peter M

    Let's be smart: Mr. Obama is human. He is only one person. He does not make laws nor control the purse strings. He inherited a bloody mess of messes. He has offered myriad compromises. He has reasonably asked to merely return to a tax formula that was in effect when the US enjoyed a surplus and close some loopholes. If I blame him for anything, it's being too nice with his avowed political enemies.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  114. Bob - Burnsville MN

    While he no doubt inherited an economy in trouble, IMHO he hasn't done much to fix it. Way too much time and attention spent his first 2 years on health care. While that issue certainly needed some attention it should NOT have been job one. Unfortunately I don't see any GOP candidates with a realistic plan to solve the problem either; in fact I think most of them would make it even worse.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  115. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    I blame the presidents. Starting with Reagan. Bush and his gang of Neocons are the most to blame. Not to mention the best congress money can buy. I blame Obama only for not understanding that the Republicans would never cooperate with him, since they are essentially paid not to.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  116. Yimbo

    If one is consistent – you can blame Bush for the economic meltdown & must blame Obama for the failure to revive it. One can't blame one but not the other whether you are right or left wing. My take is that the office of the President doesn't affect the economy in any near term sense whatsoever so that the blame/credit is just a matter of timing. The office of Prez vetos or authorizes bills that over a few years affect the temper of the economy. The aura of the Obama team now is: Big Tax, Big Deficit, Big Regulation – – and their motto is: "Its for your own good"......shellacking 2012 cometh.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  117. BrianC

    I blame an disfunctional Congress for much of the stagnant recovery. Congress are unwilling to find any common ground on historically proven methods of spuring recovery and job growth. Government spending (i.e. Stimulus) has been used throughout all the other recessions during the 20th Century to pull ourselves out of the messes we get ourselves into. MANY members of Congress are dismissing that history in favor of unrealistic actions that go against this historical trend and advice from nonpartisan economists. The President's policy attempts are more in line with these previously used tools.

    Now, yes, the debt is a problem but that needs long-term solutions. Job creation is short-term. The more people that find work will reduce debt spending that has been a result of the massive lost revenues during the depths of the recession between September 2008 and April 2009 especially.

    It's time to quit denying history and do what works. Congress is the problem, not the President.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  118. Jesse Zuehl

    I think presidents, in general, have only a marginal effect on the economy and macro forces like the huge global debt bubble and the rise of the middle class in China are far more important. We have been trying to compete with countres that allow workers to be paid far less than we do for more than a decade and covering the resultant revenue shortfall with borrowing. If that trend is coming to an end it is certainly not the fault of the president, but an inevitable shift back towards global economic equilibrium.

    Jesse Zuehl
    Chicago, IL

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  119. anon

    Obama wasn't shovel ready on day one! I'm sure Hil & Bill are chillaxin and laughing at Reid and his cronies for knocking her out of the way while they propped up their boy Obama. He is so in over his head, his arrogance & ignorance is a bad combo for America. It's been his economy for almost 3 years. His stimulus didn't get us under 8% unemployment nor will his tax & spend ideology. He's got to go!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  120. V

    I don't blame Obama. However, I do blame congress for self-sabotaging our economy.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  121. KC

    Obama lied, the economy died

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  122. Tom in AZ

    The President's stimulus plan was misguided. Once the money ran out, so did the jobs. Nothing sustainable came from it. But to be fair, until real estate recovers, there will be no recovery, and there is not much the government can do to revive real estate. Confidence has to come from the markets, and that will take some time. The real estate problem is in the hundreds of Trillions, any government stimulus there is like removing one tick from an elephant.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  123. John Malone

    Well we all want to blame someone and he is the one at the top. Tough luck for him. Who did we give the credit to when we were all acting like we we were back in the roaing 20est. He is at the the wrong place at the right time to take it on. The people who filled there pockets and the ones who arranged the money
    flow should take the blame . John Malone San Diego

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  124. Rob Sessler

    I don't think people realize how close to a true 2nd Great Depression we were in 2009. We definitely avoided the abyss, could we have done better? probably, hindsight is 20/20. The economy usually succeeds or fails despite what goes on in Washington. True, long term supply and demand dynamics cannot be altered or manipulated easily by any President.

    I am a registered Republican, but if they cannot actually come up with good ideas instead of the retreading the failed policies of the past, I will be voting for Obama.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  125. chris

    It is definitely Obama's economy. He had two years of a rubber stamp congress and all he did was pas a stimulus that rewarded his political allies and a new entitlement that we don't even come close to affording. In the last year despite being "the best orator ever" he has failed to come up with any reasonable ideas for fixing the economy or even reforming entitlements.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  126. Daniel P. Hanover

    There aren't too many people who have been as anti-Obmaniac since DAY ONE, as I am. This is an extremely complex issue, and there is plenty of blame to go around, BUT he campaigned for this job relentlessly and sold the American people that ONLY HE could "fix the ecnomy" and "keep the unemployment rate under 8%" by spending trillions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It hasn't worked, and he appears clueless and in over his head. The ONLY solution is to cut government spending dramatically so we can begin to end the deficits and pay down the national debt. So far, Obama has been steadfastly opposed to this, and apparently still is. So yes, HE is to blame. He wanted the job because he said he could fix things. Well, then DO IT ! I DO think he is inept, in over his head, is worse than Jimmy Carter (as if anyone ever thought that were possible), AND he's a one-termer for sure. NEXT !

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  127. Curt, Ohio

    Just as President Bush was not responsible for the recession of 2001, President Obama was not and is not responsible for the recession that began in 2008 and that continues as a weak economy. The economic situation Obama inherited was in essence a free-fall. The free-fall has slowed, but recovery is very slow. I think the lesson we should have learned long ago is that something as large and complex as a national economy is mostly beyond the control of politicians, even of presidents. However, the political lesson we're all familiar with is that one party needs to pin the scapegoat label on the other party.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  128. Mike in Calgary

    Jack-

    Not at all- You don't blame first responders for the catastrophe.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  129. SMG

    Obama did not create the problem. If Bush did not get into two unecessary wars we would not have this situation. Let's face it Cheney and Bush helped their business associates to make money off the wars and also allowed Wall Street to run wild. There was major damage. While Obama has not done everything perfectly, how can anyone expect him to clean up eight years of mismanagement in four. Plus, you have to add the fact that the "party of no", the Republicans, have vowed to make him a one term president without considering the well being of the American people.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  130. Middle Ground Gal

    I blame Obama the most - he had the chance to lead, he failed to lead. He succeeded in taking a bad situation and making it worse. He succeeded in taking a country united after 9/11 and dividing it. The only leadership he has shown is how to make everyone who has a different opinion his enemy. What President has ever been more divisive in our lifetimes? America will cure its own ills, if the President will show a love of our country and do what is in its best interests! Osage Beach, Missouri

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  131. hjs3

    Sorry Jack, I have n't heard one of these congressional geniuses come up with a valid non-political
    pearl of wisdom yet......Oh except it's all Obama's fault.
    Talk about amnesia....
    It's not about fixing the blame...It's about fixing the problem and you simply will not "cut" your way out of it.

    THE END

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  132. David in Cleveland

    Why are the economy woes always about personal blame? The woes are about policy failure, so let's focus on the policies that need to be changed. Let's focus on the fact that the government intervention is the problem. The more intervention, the worse it gets.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  133. Erik Anderson

    Oh, Lordy b'ghordy Chuck!! Jesus himself could have been elected in 2008, and even his Second Coming would have been blamed for the dip in the Dow! Obama stepped into this pile of pig poo when he was elected, and any "sign" that the economy is about to tank would immediately have the sharks circling, calling for his blood... It's disheartening (to say the least!) to see this reasonable and intelligent man being pilloried by the likes of Bachmann, Perry, et al on a daily basis. To paraphrase Issac Asimov, anti-intellectualism runs rampant "because my igonorance is as good as your facts." Give Our President a break!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  134. Ron demarco

    Do the math;

    Under Bush, 2 Trillion for War that wasn't paid for, 1 trillion in Tax Cuts for the rich and 1 Trillion for Medicare that the
    Republican Congress passed with no way to pay for it.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  135. bcinwi

    He is to blame 100%. People saying he inherited a bad economy, while true, that's only an acceptable excuse for so long. America needs to do the right thing and impeach this guy. He hasn't done anything except create a garbage health care plan and make the economy worse.

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

    I blame him to the extent that he hasn't been more forceful with the Republicans who are trying to block his proposals not because they are bad or wrong, but because of ideological promises they made in order to gain or retain their position in office. When someone says you are wrong but you know you're right, don't give in to them – fight! Shine the light of educated economic principles on them instead of trying to get your enemies to like you by giving in to them.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  137. St. Patrick

    I think Obama is the least to blame. This terrible mess was created under President Stupid who lied us into 2 wars, with no money to pay for them, massive tax breaks for the wealthy, an outlandish prescription drug bill with no money to apy for it. Obama did his best to get us out of this mess. The stimulus program didn't work because it was way too little. 90% of economists would agree with that assestment. Do something half-ass, you get half-ass results. The Republicans did and continue to do anything and everything to stop him from succeeding, because they think the American people are stupid enough to blame him, when this whole mess is really their own doing. They are even on record for turning down an Obama generated proposal to cut 4 trillion from the deficit (3.8 spending cuts and only .2 for closing tax loopholes) and they turned that down. So, it is clear they are more than willing to crash the economy because they think the American people are stupid enough to elect a Republican to the WH. The problem here is they are correct, the American people are that stupid. This way they think they can regain the WH.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  138. Znod

    I don't blame him at all. He is faced with problems that lie in uncharted territory and has to deal with an opposition party whose only goal apparently is to hold him to 1 term. While the President's stimulation efforts certainly did not solve all the problems, they did result in things being demonstrably better than they would have been otherwise. I get tired of hearing that his programs have not helped. Comments such as these come from those who know pretty much nothing or are hold-him-to-1-term-no-matter-what-the-cost morons. For what it is worth, I am an independent. I probably won't be able to vote Republican again for a very long time because of strategies such "just say no" and "hold him to 1 term" and because of the party's inability to put forth Presidential candidates that I can take seriously. The majority of Americans wants compromise when it comes to solving problems–not just say no. The Republicans need to get serious in this regard.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  139. Gary G.

    His lack of experience is really showing now. You cannot surround yourself with acedemics and expect the economy to rise out of a slump. He should use the services of more people from the manufacturing sector.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  140. Donald in CA

    Yea, its Obama's fault that all the manufacturing jobs were sent to other countries before he got in office. I can never understand why a poor person would vote republican who look at the poor as colaterial damage.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  141. andyz Lynn, MA

    He inherited this mess from Dub-ya and Darth Cheney. I do blame him form the free for all cash give away and complete debacle of accounting for tax payers monies in the, "Big Hand Out."

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  142. Ice

    Let's see: 8 years of the village idiot (George W.Bush with Dick Cheney) and America is bankrupt. Obama inherited this bankruptcy from 8 years of idiot Bush. What brain dead idiots voted for this buffoon twice? Look where America is now after two Republican terms? Bankrupt.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  143. Bruce from Santa Cruz

    Not at all, Jack. Not only did Obama inherit most of this mess, the GOP did everyting possible to make him, and unfortunately the US economy, fail. It's a sad commentary on how low politics has come when one party is willing to destroy the country in order to gain political power.
    The GOP only cares about their jobs. Their jobs are paid for by the large corporations and as long as they do the corporations bidding they will have jobs, regardless of the state of the country.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  144. Simon/Orlando

    100%. He doesn't have a clue about how to create jobs. He doesn't care about how much the national debt is dragging the economy down. He thinks that companies will hire people if they get a temporary tax break. He has the mistaken idea that hiring more government workers will somehow grow the economy. He has shown on all levels that he just doesn't get how to fix the problem. Next time why don't we elect someone with some experience at running something and not just elect a comunnity organizer with absolutely no business experience.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  145. Mike

    Jack,
    I don't see you asking did President Obama policies make the stock market rise when it does?
    You are fear mongering.
    The stock market responds to events worldwide, in Europe, Asia, Middle East as well as the United States. Last I checked, the U.S. President is not responsible for economic policies in countries abroad.
    The media is driving the fear of a recession, and essentially making it a self fulfiling prophecy.
    What hapenned to good old news reporting?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  146. Warren

    Jack, thats like blaming Poland for World War II. I guess if the message is heard enough as it is the republican talking point voters believe it is true. Unquestionably, the cause of our woeful economy was caused by the greed on wall street and had the republicans won the white house our economy would still be the same. There does not seem to any leaders in Washington with original ideas and when the President proposes an idea they ( republicans ) just say no it reminds me of Nancy Reagan

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  147. Robert Lucic

    The president has very little to do with the state of the economy, even though he gets the blame. The problem is we had an economy over the last ten years built on buying and selling each other houses using money we didn't have. No one is going to build new houses or buildings for a very long time, so those construction jobs are gone. Nothing the president can do is going to bring those jobs back any time soon. They were artificial jobs in the first place. We in this country can't expect some magic from the president to fix this systemic problem.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  148. Steve, Houston TX

    Jack,
    If an aircraft carrier runs aground, we don't ask "who was at fault?" or "Is the Captain to blame?". Even if the first officer is the one commanding the ship at that moment, the Captain loses his job. When you are Captain of a ship, you are held responsible for everything that happens on that ship. Such is leadership. Obama is the "Captain" of our country right now. While Bush and the Republicans may have had roles in this too, they are not in command. We hired President Obama to fix this problem. We didn't specify how he should fix it and we didn't tell him to spend his whole first year creating a new entitlement program, that was his choice. We just hired him to fix the problem whatever way he wanted. If he can't fix it, then we will fire him and hire someone else and give them a chance.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  149. neil

    absolutely none. All the policies that created this from an economics perspective derived from for President Bush. I hold a masters in Econ, and the policies not the person is at fault. Bush's policies led to this, and the republicans have continued it. So Bush hands down

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  150. elflander

    Didn't vote for him. Not a fan. Perhaps better policies could have been put in place by the current President. But if memory serves, there was talk of recession before he took office. And today I watched my fortunes dwindle after a GLOBAL sell-off. Is it possible that the current problems are simply beyond the scope of whoever should happen to be the current POTUS?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  151. J. Martin

    Well the way I see it, the state of the economy sits squarely on the previous administration! You know the rivers continue to rise long after it stops raining and it rained heavily for the last 8 years!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  152. Lisa

    No more than anyone else. We were foolishly taken into one war by Bush when we should have been in another, and ended up in that war anyway. But 2 wars, made worse by keeping those expenses from the budget as if war is free, set this thing off. Then there's the lack of regulations, which allowed the whole housing nightmare – always a Republic favorite. Finally, Obama can't move. Republicans are purposefully blocking him at every turn, thinking we're all too stupid to see that's what's going on. This makes it hard to see if he's succeeding or failing. That said, Obama needs to stand his ground, which I don't see him doing. He needs to keep his accomplishments out in front, which I don't see him doing. Interesting how he got bin Laden but no one talked about that for very long. I thought that was so important and what our patriotic sense has been so much about lately. As always, a failing of Democrats is that they compromise too much, giving too much away.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  153. whadaham NY

    From Owls Head NY: Most of the 500 residents up here are Democrats, and everyone I've talked to don't plan to vote in 2012- noone worth voting for. Food and gas prices are way up and there hasn't been a cost of living increase for Social Security; low income seniors like my hubby are just barely making it.
    Only thing to do is just wait it out until 2016. Hopefully, a Democrat worth voting for will run for President.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  154. Ed Klein

    Yes, the president is to blame, along with all of his lame advisors. A president can't know everything, but he does have to know how to surround himself with the people how can produce what he's missing. He hasn't done that and most of those he appointed have left. That speaks to his character as well.

    He was never qualified for the job in the first place. And, the fraud and manipulation of the housing market, that started when Bush was in, continues today. The regulations and reqirements placed on business, is expensive and time consuming. He's never run a business and does not have a clue, depends on inept advisors and hasn't got the crust to admit his mistakes.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  155. Brent Harrelson

    The economy is 0% Obama's fault. The simply fact is that a president can do very little, or nothing to make a good economy. Clinton got credit for an economic boom, but it was actually the advent of the internet that caused the boom. A president, and/or Congress, CAN however screw up an economy. Bush is an excellent example of that. Obama inherited Bush's mistakes and has little real power to correct them. Congress could take some positive actions but the Tea Party puppet masters make sure that the Republicans remain the party of no. Washington isn't about helping the people, its about scoring points against the other party while America sinks.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  156. Karl in Flint

    You can't blame someone that isn't allowed to do anything to blame him for. The obstructionist have blocked everything the president has tried to do to get the economy going and jobs, jobs, jobs. They did that for two years and since the elections last year when they promised jobs if they we the majority. They are now the majority and still nothing. I blame the republicans [small "r" on that].

    September 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  157. Frank Battaglia MD JD

    Obama is not the only one in Washington responsible for our economic woes. He must share the blame with Barney Franks, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed and the entire leftist socialist Democratic party. They fully intend to destroy our Democracy– and they are doing a good job at it.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  158. ephraim

    I don't blame the President at all. He has very good, well measured ideas, but simply not the authority to act unilaterally. Its the reality of a democracy. First he had to keep us out of a depression, everyone thinks there is a magic potion he could apply and make things like they were in the 50's... That he kept us from sliding into the abyss should be enough. Then the wasteful wars that destabilized the region so much he had to keep things in check. Finally he got Bin Laden but now people always need another bogey man so we are on to something else. Add to it we all have seen how unbelievably poor the lawmakers have behaved in Washington, putting up endless road blocks at every point in his Presidency, torpedoing every single idea regardless of merit, all somehow trying to make him look illegitimate and keep the U.S. engaged in maintaining a fictional myth of ourselves that never really existed. They have further forced the US into a shameful S&P rating downgrade, and even still dragging their feet on the jobs bill which basically budget neutral. WE are still the greatest country in the world,but we need to live and work in reality not a cowboy western myth that itself was never true....

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  159. Roger Caplan

    No amount of stimulus will compensate for the drag on the economy caused by resource scarcity, the effects of which were temporarily ameliorated through the creation of excess debt. As a result of scarcity, supply of commodities becomes inelastic. Increased demand causes their prices to rise exponentially, de-stimulating the economy before any recovery has taken hold. Demand is further weakened by declining real wages, and the continuing concentration of financial resources into the hands of fewer people.

    From a US perspective, the growth of other major economies in a scarce resource world necessarily reduces the share of global resources we can consume. Since traditional wealth measures are a function of resources consumed, it is inevitable that US living standards will fall – a process which, despite being deferred by pumping excess credit into the economy, has been underway for some time now.

    These are not problems of Obama's making. No politician has apparently realized what's going on, or if they have, has been prepared to share that with the American people. Obama's failing is that he has not voiced a transformational set of policies to deal with this new reality.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  160. Jak myers

    I think the guy is doing a phenomenal job ..stop hating on him

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  161. jbs

    If I arrive at an accident and one person is dead, one lost his arm and the other his leg; TEN YEARS LATER, one individual will still be dead, one lost an arm and the other lost his leg, it doesn’t matter how many different cops or firemen you bring to the seen or who drives the car off. Therefore I blame George Bush, Corporate and GOP is to Blame...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  162. Collin

    Jack, I have been a long time fan of your show. However, I don't understand why NO ONE is calling attention to the Tea Party and their effect on this country. They held us hostages during the Debt Ceiling negotiations/crises. They continue to REFUSE to play ball. They do NOT and will NOT support this president, even if it means that the US burns to ashes. They put politics, and yes race (someone has to say it), in front of country. They ARE terrorist who will do anything in their power to screw up the economy and ruin the president's chances for reelection. I don't blame the president, I blame the Tea Party fanatics/terrorist.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  163. Patty D.

    I look at it this way, Jack. Most of our manufacturing jobs were long gone before he ever entered office. With disasterous trade policies like NAFTA and the Republicans coddling of companies shipping our jobs over seas, we 'Little People' will never get ahead, let alone live the 'American Dream'.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  164. Jason G.

    None...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  165. Joe

    I don't blame him at all. Bush's two unfunded wars (one of them unnecessary) and tax cuts for the rich destroyed the surplus Clinton left behind and sent us into a deep hole. It's going to take a while to crawl out, especially with the Republicans obstructing every step of the way.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  166. TX/CAGram

    No, that one came to us as a rememberance gift from the Bush Administration. It didn't take much to roll it into the huge snowball it has become.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  167. Ben

    Well, the funny part is that it isn't the fault of Obama OR Bush. Congress spends the money. Always, always, always Congress. The President can only propose a budget and spending plan, but does not have the authority to spend anything without Congressional approval. That includes the Democrat controlled Congress in the last two years of the Bush Administration as well as our current circus.

    Americans need to get back to choosing our best and brightest to represent us instead of these pre-packaged insiders who have repeatedly proven themselves inadequate to the task.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  168. RTinKC

    100%. He asked for the job and now he has it. No more "I inherited this economy" excuses. He decided to focus the first couple of years of his Presidency on other agenda items and didn't "focus like a laser" on the economy when he should have.

    No more excuses. Nut up or Shut up.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  169. David in Houston

    Two unfunded wars...Bush Tax Cuts...de-regulation of housing markets...

    We could say this was Obama's fault but then we would not be giving credit where credit is due...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  170. Joey

    This economic downturn is not the fault of the President. This downturn was in the making long before President Obama was elected and the Democrats and Republicans know it. They are both trying to use it to gain their political ends. The downturn is due to much earlier actions by Presidents of both parties. We need trade policy that will open markets to American companies. We need laws that required American companies who sell here to produce here as well as other areas. They can do this. Without such policy changes, our situation will get worse without further government spending.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  171. Jake

    I don't blame President Obama as much as I do the republicans in congress.He walk into a mess not 3 years ago, and all he has got from the republicans is"no,no, and hell no" What I do blame him for is not standing up to them.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  172. Greg Rockford, IL

    I don't blame him at all. He started in a huge hole due to Bush Jr. TARP basically saved the auto industry which everybody conveniently forgets when discussing "jobs." The last 2 years have been nothing more than the economy wringing the excesses of the housing bubble and borrowing bubble. Obama has lowered taxes via the payroll tax and extension of the Bush tax cuts. Corporations have record profits because they are hoarding cash and not investing. They are not investing because the consumer is tapped out and there is no demand for goods, beside what the wealthy can afford. The middle class is eroding due to globalization and politicians don't know or don't care. If I have to place blame, its on Bush Jr. for starting two wars without paying for them, thereby creating additional debt, lowering taxes when we couldn't afford it, and I also blame the Federal Reserve for an excessively easy monetary policy when one was not needed back in 05, 06, and 07. People who blame Obama are just looking for a convenient scapegoat and are unwilling or unable to think critically about the cause of the economy's decline.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  173. Ben

    I do not blame the President for the mess the republican party created. The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts have contributed greatly to the nation's deficit and debt. It took 8 years of republican leadership in the White House and 6 years of republican congressional control to get us here. I realized it would not take simply 4 years to fix this, but the only way to restore balance are ending the tax cuts and reforming our system. If we want to lead the world, we must accept the change that is needed to make it happen!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  174. 2trufactsnobs

    President Obama is not to be blamed for the economic situation that the US is stuck with today. Last month the Republican control house took our nation to the brink and tried to cast the entire nation over the cliff over the debt ceiling and it looks like they succeeded. I have paid taxes as an American citizen all of my life for this? To be thrown off the cliff because of political idealogy? Bad enough we got rip-offed by mortage speculators and insurance companies in 2007. Now the Republican party thinks they can do basically the same thing, sink the economy and walk away scott free.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  175. Brian (Glen Oaks, NY)

    Jack
    This is a depression. The American people can't face that. The politicians can't tell us that. We all want a quick fix that doesn't exist. Politicians are about winning elections. They don't care about economy, quiet possibly even America. Have you seen Congress. Boehner runs a crew he can't control. McConnell, his sole purpose is to unseat Pres. Obama.
    Obama saves car industry, Wall street, Banking regs, health care, Bin Laden, Libya. What's ths guy supposed to do? Walk on water. Well I guess Bachman does. So yeah...he's screwed.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  176. Chris from Urbana Illinois

    President Obama is neither a dictator nor a magician. He's not at fault and he shouldn't get the credit if the economy improves. There are no Silver bullets in a 15 trillion dollar economy attached to a unpredictable global reality. We all sink or swim together.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  177. jim in seattle

    Jack Blame the president no. wall stret bailout / the congress tea party / the war in the middle east / grease/ the euro zone / abrib spring/ the drought / wild fires / the list can go on and on. Bad time to be the president of the united states. sorry if you want to blame a person look in the mirror. jim.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  178. Jennifer

    This country will blame Obama for all their problems.This is easier than dealing with the root causes of the economic downturn,which were stewed to perfection from previous administrations.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  179. Jack Sucks

    Yes, one man is to blame for this global catastrophe. Yes, that's sarcasm.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  180. Dann Jackson

    Madison WI
    For sure the economy is NOT President Obama's fault! We were making good progress until the Republicans took over the house. In January 2009 I thought for sure we were headed to the next great depression, then we started making progress. Now that the Republicans have one goal, which is to defeat President Obama in 2012, they have set us directly back where W left us, heading right to the next great depression. There are very few people that under how complex the situation is, and that we all need to resolve it together. If I was in President Obama's shoes, I wouldn't want another term. Everyone is so negative, why should he give up the best years of his life for so many ungreatful people?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  181. Martin

    Not much.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  182. Steven Dobrosielski

    If he has any blame it is no more than 10%. He has tried to compromise with people who's main focus is to make him a one term President instead of caring about this country and it's citizens! He has tried to deal with people who don't have this country in their best interests.
    I put the primary blame on the greed of the Banking and Financial industry, They focused on short term gain at the expense of long term stability. Lack of and in fact reduction of regulations to keep them in line has been a big mistake.
    Didn't this country go thru this in the 20's and 30's (The Great Depression). What is the saying?; "Those that don't pay attention to History are doomed to repeat it".
    Finally I would blame the citizens of this country, we also focus too much on short term gain and simple quick solutions.
    This economy took years to get into this mess it is going to take years to get out.
    I for one would prefer Pres. Obama in office as opposed to someone else because I know he cares about the average citizen. The people who want to get him out of office care about Wall street, Bankers, millionaires, and Oil companies.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  183. Dave from Tennessee

    Let’s see, President Obama took office with a majority in the House of Representatives, and a 60 vote majority in the Senate. Upon taking office Mitch McConnell stated that the number one goal of the Republican Party was to defeat President Obama in 2012. In the Senate the Republicans vowed to use the filibuster on most of the legislation that President Obama wanted to introduce. Oh yes, President Obama inherited a presidency from President Bush with the banks failing, the auto industry virtually bankrupt, the housing market tanking, the country in two wars and a national debt or 12 trillion that President Bush managed to accumulate from the 5.5 Trillion debt and a budget surplus that he inherited from President Clinton. In 2010 the republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate the Democrats were still in the majority but no longer had 60 votes necessary to prevent a filibuster. Since the 2010 election with a large majority in the house the president has not had a chance to pass anything significant. The Republicans are bound and determined that there will be no tax increases probably because the majority of them have signed a pledge with Grover Norquist never to raise taxes, pretty stupid. However, several bipartisan committees have come to the conclusion that both budget cuts and increased revenue through taxes is the only way to reduce our national debt. Finally President Obama has realized that he has no chance working with congress so he has made the jobs proposal to congress and is taking the message to the people. What he has proposed is what our country needs and what the majority of Americans want, it will be interesting to see how this affects his rating in the polls and also the rating of the house Republicans.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  184. David

    Has he helped? Probably not. The issue is still the same as when he took office. 8 years of driving this country into the ground money wise by Bush and Repubs, can't be fixed with half way decent ideas from Dems and a do nothing Repub party in less than four years. Repubs are the party of NO. Do you have an Idea, NO (BTW cutting spending is not an idea), well how about this idea, NO. But you don't win elections being right, you win them by tell everyone wrong is wrong instead of you.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  185. Suncatcher

    I blame all politicians of all parties – all the way back to the start of the Clinton years – for the economic mess we are in today. Politicians told banks to loan money to anyone – as long as they were breathing. Corruption by ALL. Greed by ALL.
    Power plays by ALL. We have a great country. It needs a clean house, senate, white house, badly. 2012 is a great opportunity for all US citizens to do just that. It is time the taxpayers said enough is enough and stopped this insanity. We are giving our future social security to today's illegals? Why? We are allowing illegals into this country – including terrorists? Why? No one in Congress will talk with the guy sitting across the aisle? Why? The President is fanning the flames of dissent? Why? NO ONE is offering a realistic program for repairing our economy, Social Security, taxes. Why? The President sent an multi-billion dollar, 800+ page stack of unknown laws for changing healthcare to Congress and demanded passage right then and there – even though no one had even read the entire document? Why? Talk about dysfunctional. THIS taxpayer has had it. THIS taxpayer is a former CEO – and has been out of a job since June 30, 2009. THIS taxpayer is going to do something about it come November 2012 – starting with EVERYONE WHO SITS IN WASHINGTON DC. NONE of you deserve my vote.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  186. Al

    From NY – Hard to actually blame him for anything, isn't it, Jack? Since he's been in office he's done little except backtrack (pick a side/topic) contradict, avoid ... and spend (but everyone does that, so where's the "Change?") I guess, you vote for someone with no real legislative experience ("Here!"), no business experience, no military experience, no diplomatic experience - it's hard to blame him, y'know?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  187. Don

    I think Obama inherited a truly unprecedented economic mess, and should not be blamed for it. That said, I think he wasted political capital on health care reform and didn't play hardball enough to avoid being stonewalled at every turn by the Republicans. We'll never really know if he should take heat for things not being better, or get credit for things not being worse. Someone should analyse with 20-20 hindsight the effects of all the initiatives he had blocked or filibustered to see if the economy would have benefited.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  188. Voiceinthewind

    I don't blame President Obama one iota. Try The Shrub who rigged the votes to become president and was given a budget surplus which he turned into a defecit almost immediately, then used 9/11 to start a illegal occupation in Iraq and then gave the oil companies and big business tax breaks totaling trillions of dollars and then Banckrupted America. And now the republicant's expect President Obama to pull America out of thier mess without any help or coperation and nothing but no new taxes and keep the the tax cuts in place. I noticed that since the republicants have taken over the senate the rate of people joining the ranks of poverty level is swelling especially in the republicant states and then we have an Idiot like Scerry ruing for President while his state is broke and bowworing from the fed to the tune of 175 million and his poverty level one of the highest in America and he wants to run America when he can't run his own state and is driving it into the ground rather than building it up. All these Republicant Candidates bashing Obama instead of telling us how they intend to unite America and build a better America and get people out of Poverty and back to work. No one person or party is going to do it it is going to take cooperation of the President and both parties of congress to pull us out and that won't happen as long as we have people like Bonner the Mean Drunk who will say no to any kind of idea that might help America to spite president Obama this is not the way a country should be run. It should be run on Compromise and cooperation and until it is we will be in this mess. Obama has extended himself to the Republicant party and all they did was see it as a sign of weakness and attacked instead of trying to help Americ and its people out of the Banckrupted state they have put us in.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  189. sheila prazak

    I blame him very little. He's tried to be moderate but has continued to be stopped in one way or another. My only blame for him is that he hasn't turned the focus on who's been blame until now.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  190. SaVannah

    He is not to blame. It took time for our country to ge to this place and it is going to take time to get us out. Bush is to blame because he decided we needed to have a meaningless war which did put us in debt.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  191. chuck

    Americans were losing between 700,000 to 800,000 jobs a month and we as a nation lost somewhere in the range of 13 trillion dollars of wealth between 401ks and jobs. And that was before the president raised his right hand before taking office. If he to blame for anything is that the stimulus wasn't big enough and he has been to willing to reach out to people who want nothing to do with him. There is a big difference between compromise and being compromised. If your going to lose, lose on your principles, not someone else.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  192. Mike

    No one person can be blamed for the gyrations of a free market – HOWEVER when the free market is in a downturn an administration plays a HUGE role in establishing confidence the free market will rebound. Obama must be blamed for creating uncertainty, lack of confidence and policies which are constraining to a free market (ie tax increases, bigger government involvement and complex regulations). By the way – the President shouldn't worry about blame! He should be seeing the reaction of the market to every government intervention and realize the best strategy is let the market correct itself and limit government bureaucracy in the business world.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  193. safetgard

    What do i think about our President? 58% of the white people elected him and now 75% of us are complaining,I am white but I did not vote for him, but hey.......... you ask and you recieve in this country, correct???????

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  194. Richard King

    The President isn't to blame. CONGRESS is to blame. The President has tried everything to get Congress to do something, but both Democrats and Republicans are to stupid to realize that they Represent ALL Americans NOT just their own Party!!!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  195. Tom Bentley

    Jack, The economy was in deep trouble long before Obama became president. Wall street made it come to a head, Bank slippery mortgage policys made it come to a head, and our do nothing congress isn't helping Obama one bit. It's become a political issue, not what they can do for the US population.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  196. Paul Pruitt

    How can we blame the President for a business community that refuses to take responsibility for its own poor decisions. Wall Street demanded that to increase profits, American firms relocate overseas to lower costs, throwing millions of blue collar workers into the streets. As long as the real estate industry kept the illusion of never ending wealth, we were all to eager to purchase (on credit) those inexpensive items that created wealth for China, but left us loaded with debt and jobless.
    The only ones to blame are ourselves, and the corporate boards that bought into this sham of business management.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  197. Bill Howell, USMC Retired

    Jack, at some point the President needs to take ownership of this country, which includes the economy. I supported the President in 2008, but as it stands today, he will not have that support or vote in 2012. The Presdient needs to stand up and lead. Admittedly, I agree with Carville, some heads should roll. I see big changes in 2012 at the executive and legislative branches if this morass continues, and there is no reason to beleive it won't.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  198. Atul Chaudhary

    Well, as people are more informed by not being shield by liberal media, they will know the real Pres Obama, an ignorant one.

    I never thought he had any presidential material to begin with. Not to say that others were much better but at least they were experienced people. He has never held a job. Never been an administrator and is an ideologue. Well, being in that position requires lot of guts and most of the times , he is missing that element. Hope democrats can find someone who can be portrayed as a viable candidate otherwise even Sarah Palin will win under current scenario.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  199. Ben

    In 2010, the Republicans ran on a promise of focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs. They've not introduced one significant piece of legislation to promote jobs. If they think that cutting taxes on the rich and deregulating everything will create jobs, we've just spent ten years proving that doesn't work.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  200. Jonathan Ashburn VA

    Blame President Obama?? Not at all, I blame the GOP for stone walling and being obstructionist, not allowing the President to do his job we put him in office to do. President Obama didn't open up the flood gates to this economic downturn. Sure everybody will say its been three years since he took office and stop blaming Bush, but the fact of the matter is that there is only so much a president can do to improve the economy. Presidents create policies, not jobs, it's up to the private sector to hire; and everyone is afraid to right now in fear of a world wide recession. We've got to worry about Greece defaulting and taking the entire EU down with it which is only going to make it worst on us. However I'm sure some how some way the GOP or the Presidential Candidates will figure out a way to Blame President Obama for that to. No matter what he does it always all his fault in the eyes of some. If he was smart he would get out ahead of this and blame them first..

    September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  201. Dan

    Well, I'll be the first to say I think both parties are capable of improving that number on their own. However, I don't think either is capable of doing so in the short term due to the ridiculous partisanship we continue to see.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  202. Marcus

    President Obama is not to blame for a decade of GOP stealing by way of Halliburton, Enron, Blackwater, and more. Obama has put a 'stop loss' on the situation, however he needs the GOP help, not their animosity. The healthcare plan would have worked fine if the GOP kept out of it and didn't try to destroy it. We don't want a theoracy, so vote DNC!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  203. Mark

    Blame George Washington and on up to Obama..But, the buck stops with the person in charge. Obama is to blame for the current problem, his time as president is almost over and WHAT WHAT WHAT has he done??????

    September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  204. Steve

    Not as much as I blame CNBC's ranting Rick and laughable Larry

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  205. Richard Lord

    There is an enormous ideological gulf in America. I blame Obama for believing the red side to be reasonable. Also, sadly for him, the reality of a global economy is finally sinking in (i.e., nearly every economic problem America has is attributable to the fact that workers in other countries can do everything we do for a fraction of the cost).

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  206. Jeff

    The economy wasn't in great shape when he took over...but he and the Democrat led Congress had two+ years to make it better...but instead they made it. It is time for a change.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  207. NR

    Obama is not to blame he was delt this mess. Every time a Republican is in office the rich get richer and middleclass need to work more jobs. Trickel down econimics does not work!!!

    Voting republican does not make you smater or richer if you mak under $100k a year!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  208. Jeff

    Just so there is no question...he has made it worse

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  209. Viet. Vet

    Jack;
    I give the president 20% blame only because of his past continous efforts to obtain bipartisan and caving in to the Republican party assault on the middle class. the Republican Tea pary are 80% the blame for our current ecomony.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  210. Patrick Lewis from DC

    I don't blame President Obama one bit. He might have handled things better, but that's not blame. I blame Former President Bush and anyone around him that thought leaving interest rates near zero for a decade was a good idea. That environment sucked all the devils in and put them to work. I also blame the GOP and the Tea party for obstructing any and everything that has been proposed to remedy the situation. And there is a special type of blame that goes to Grover Norquest for crippling government with his no tax pledge. Most of all, I blame the media for giving voice to people who lie and say things like "tax cuts create jobs" without asking HOW. How would yet another tax cut create a job? Where are the people in the media that will make someone support their beliefs with facts? You want to know who I blame for the economy, Jack? I blame your colleagues.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  211. David

    I don't blame Obama for the economy. I blame Republican obstructionism for leaving us in the situation we're in now. The President tried to get the Republicans to compromise but they simply refused.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  212. Chuck

    Think what the economy and unemployment would be like if McCain-Palin had won ...

    September 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  213. Dave

    I don't blame Obama at all. This mess was created by Republicans for Republicans and they are laughing all the way to the bank.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  214. FLOP

    I blame...
    1. Bush ..for creating the mess and deficit that he created when invading Iraq
    2. Tea Party ..for blaming Obama for the deficit and holding the economy hostage especially during the fabricated debt cieling crisis
    3. Republicans ..for obstructing any legislation that would be a job booster, (where are the Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Boehner???) and for signing a no more higher tax pledge when taxes are at their lowest since WWII
    4. Obama .. for not putting his foot down and being a formidable force to lead
    It seems to me that the only way to get out of this is to unfortunately spend more on our nations infrastructure and education, green energy, etc. That creates jobs which generates more revenue. A chimpanzee can do the math on this issue.

    Filip
    Sacramento CA (Former rebublican)

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  215. Mambo Jambo

    At this point I am allocating 60% blame to President Obama for the struggling economy. The president just doesn't understand that the American economy is a free market economy and the only way for the economy to improve is for him to promote policies that support free enterprise. The President's hostile attitude towards business hasn't helped and infact in my opinion, has to a certain extent contributed toward the current stand still that we are in now. While I support legislation that has been enacted to reign in abusive practices by big banks and corporations,such as the Dodd-Frank law, I, like many Americans understand that for the economy to growth, it is these very insitutions that will drive that growth. Therefore the time for hostility towards Wall Street needs to come to an end for the President. It is time for the President to extend an olive branch to Wall Street, get Congress in line and lead.
    Mambo
    Columbia, Maryland

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  216. Bill V.

    Try inheriting a business that's bleeding money in a down economic cycle. Now try correcting the problem with a board of directors that refuse to adopt any change that you put to them and employees (i.e. two wars) that are selling your business out the back door. The only thing that I blame President Obama for is not being tougher on his opponents.
    Huntington, NY

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  217. Ed from Manassas, VA

    Presidents can do little structurally to directly affect the economy in the short-term. Historically, its what policy decisions they make years prior that affect the future of the economy. Un-needed tax cuts, two wars, a new entitlement program and a stimulus that was ill-focused have left this president in a bind, however, and culpable to an extent as he was perceived to be ill-focused in the first two years of his term. The only thing the current president can do is give the "perception" of doing something. Those who are not perceived to "care" usually pay the price – Hoover and George Bush (42) being primary examples. Our perception of Mr. Obama will determine his fate.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  218. Tom W., Flagstaff AZ

    Obama is not responsibile for the economy. The lousy economy is beyond a president's powers to rectify. Add to this fact, the Republicans have been theocratical obstructionists. Prior to the Obama presidency, George Bush damaged the economy by conducting a two-front war while concurrently lowering taxes.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  219. Jack in Florida

    He is responsible to the extent that the Republican party wants him to fail. They will do anything to see this man become a failure, even threatening this country's finances and economy. I place the blame on Congress, not Obama. The Republican controlled house is the party of NO and this country will fail based on their short sightedness.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  220. Mary Steele

    Obama own 90% of it. He claims that getting "America" back to work is his goal yet he flat-out refuses to open 8 million jobs illegal workers have so they can be filled by 8 million of the 14-22 million unemployed legal immigrants and citizens!!

    Yorktown Va

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  221. Tim

    The GOP is to blame. thery are the Emperor (Nero) who "fiddled while Rome (America) burnes". They would rather sacrifics the country to make President Obama look bad, that to help the middle class. They have and always will put party first. This is the least productive Congress in the history of this great country. They could care less for you and me.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  222. Ash

    I think it's time we stop looking for a scapegoat, whether that be President Obama or former President Bush. As a nation we have made financial mistakes and I think the best way forward is to roll up our sleeves and create our own jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  223. Eugene Parry

    Obama not to blame, profit maximizaion to blame for the economy.Blame the inventors of outsourcing. America will feed their enemies for money. They will strenghten their enemies for money. They would have been better off deveope africa who might be years thousands of years away having what it takes to hurt USA. The love of money let many ignore the continent. And they will pay the price. Who do you think China is a threat to only USA and its allies not the little countiries in Asia they nothing they want. They can defeat them with their present resources, they are aiming for something bigger

    September 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  224. roland

    Bush failed with his tricks to pull us out of the recession Obama failed with his tricks to pull us out of the recession. Doesn't mean either caused the recession. The truth is NEITHER president is to blame because we as the people have no consensus on the cause. Until we put the problem on paper and equal line beneath then we can agree. The main problem is lack of demand. Continuing to pull tricks in the wake of lacking demand is just crazy.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  225. Marty Restivo

    It is Bush's world that we live-in. Unfunded wars, big tax breaks for the rich and a big unfunded prescription drug plan. In the 20s the rich did quite well the same as they have done in the last 10 years.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  226. David Kolen

    I'm smart enough to realize that without Barack Obama we could be in a much worse place.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  227. Bobby E. Lahmon

    None whatsoever, the economy was toast long before we even knew who Obama was,and he never promised to wave some magic wand and fix it all overnight,now that may very well a standard the some may be holding him to ,but it's unrealistic and unfair ,I blame Bush.the republicans and the tea party more for the shape it's in than anybody.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  228. John from the Virgin Islands

    The blame is on both Bush and Cheney for tinkering with the regulations which would have alerted us a long time ago to what Banking and Insurance were conspiring to do. The collapse could have been averted. It's been down hill since. I blame President Barack Obama for extending the Bush Tax Cuts, the Democrat Congress that did not pass the Budget, the Democrats who stayed home in 2010 and allowing these yahoos in the Tea Party to kidnap our Nation.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  229. ELLIOT

    I blame Bush, Obama and Congress for the continued failing economy. Obama has not stepped up as a leader and done really anything at all to help the economy. So many issues and yet very little leadership coming from the White House other then unemployement benefit extensions, $$$green jobs that cost to much, new regs, and new taxes.

    He seriously needs to just take the bull by the horn and shove something through Congress. He needs to piss off both the far left and the far right and help the middle class. He needs to be a REAL LEADER and lead this country.

    Elliot
    Keizer, Oregon

    September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  230. Dale

    Pres. Obama presidency was doomed from the beginning, even before he was in the Senate this perfect economy storm was brewing.
    Congress spending more than it had coming in earmarks, Wall Street greed and stupidity,Super computers taking over trading with their superfast trading algorithms,No common sense.

    And then 9/11 hit, killing a lot of people and computer records that had highly sensitive nonreplaceable banking and market data destroyed,That is when everything started to fall apart wars one right after another, Wall Street banks housing schemes with (trade centers sensitive Data missing,) and then a do-nothing, but argue Congress and Senate.
    It all came together nearly 5 years ago , and then Obama's economy he was doomed from the beginning.

    Dale N.M.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  231. kelly, Orangeville Ontario

    How much can he be blamed Jack. Regardless of what the right likes to claim this eceonomy is NOT because of Obama's policies and his policies have actually stopped the decline of job loss. Yes, there were no jobs gained in August but that is a whole lot better then the 700,000 rapid losses a month under the Bush administration. The republicans have obstructed everything he has tried to do and claim that they know what's best..well guess what, we are still under the "job creating tax cut" for millionares so where are all the jobs??? Obama can only do so much, he has tried to reach across the aisle but to no avail so maybe he can be faulted for thinking that the Congress would actually like to work together to do what's best for the country. He was wrong but that's the ONLY thing I can fully blame him for.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  232. Tony

    I don't blame Obama,but it's not good. Looks like it's going to get worse.He's got the wheel and it's going to cost him.

    Might have to pick the best of the worst come election time

    September 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  233. rene

    I blame the filibusters that prevented any of Obama's bills from getting to the floor for a vote without watering down. Filibusters need to be outlawed so that majority rule can be restored. Obama could have done much more if the GOP played fair. I will never forgive them for that.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  234. John B. in Kansas

    I'll put him in the mix of politicians who have failed us on this matter but I blame them equally. Why can't we fire the lot and try again? If so, can we find replacements with with spines and a brains?

    September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  235. mary

    Obama inherited this mess from the greedy mortgage bankers. You are a typical American, very flightly, only looking at today and not yesterday and never tomorrow. You must have ADHC like the rest of this country. Get away from your remote for a few minutes.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  236. Adrian, Oregon City, OR

    Obama inherited an economic mess, and we all need to be concerned about the long range budget deficit. But right now, we need an aggressive jobs program to put people back to work, and rebuild our manufacturing base. That will take a combination of tax reform, tax increases, short-term spending and long term entitlement reform, including lifting the cap on FICA withholding and capping benefits, among other reforms. Single payer national health (medicare for all) would save money long term. But unfortunately, Obama doesn't have the power to put a rational fix in place, and the Republican strategy is to wait for him to fail, and pick up the pieces when it's their turn. I don't see our form of government as being sensible enough or mature enough to do the right thing. Sad to say.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  237. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Jack, I blame the previous administration for starting two ruinous wars, one of which was based on lies at the highest levels of the administration, squandering the surpluses handed to them by President Clinton, unbridled spending on Homeland Security, coddling of the near criminal Wall Street thugs, and more recently, the 'stick it in your eye' attitude of the Repugnican't controlled House.

    That said, Obama has not been the leader we elected. He is too willing to retreat in the face of the enemy and for what ever reason, refuses to call the Repubs out when they play fast and loose with the facts. I suspect that if the economy slips back into a recession, that the fickle American electorate will boot him in favor of whomever the Repugnican'ts nominate. Even, perish the thought, our good friend, the Alaskan Moose Killer.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  238. Catherine

    You want to know who I blame Jack....us. You me and everyone else who has insisted on living on credit, borrowing more than they can afford and not living within their means for the last 3 decades. Start with looking inward. Oh yeah, then you can blame the congress next for allowing the country to be run into the ground, followed by Bush who spent us into oblivion and Obama who hasn't had the guts to fight dirty enough to bring it all back.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  239. Lloyd, Belen, NM

    There is plenty of blame to go around. Bush, Obama, the crooks in Congress, the Wall Street giants who do not give a tinker's dam about anything but bottom lines and bonuses. However, I believe that we are at a place where it is time to quit fixing the blame and focus on fixing the problem. What a concept. But since there are no bribes or kickbacks involved with fixing the problem, I doubt that the Congress will get around to doing anything about it. Res ipsa loquitur!

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  240. pat

    I will blame obama for being too nice to the republicans who have stopped every effort by Obama to create jobs. Republicans are protecting the millionaires and asking to reduce the regulations. This are the reasons in the last months of Bush presidency, Hundreds of billions of dollars had to be paid to banks to keep the financial system afloat. This are the same republicans blaming obama for class war..when they are the ones who have no appreciation for older americans nor the middle class americans.

    If reduced taxes and regulations would create jobs..why did bush fail to do this when he had the taxes reduced..and lowered regulations. It is last thing we want is repeat of the bush years..which republicans want to bring back.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  241. Lynn O'Keefe

    This president did not lie.He said he came into office to transform this country by redistributing the wealth. He has done exactly what he said he would do:destroy this country's economy. He is also correct in that we cannot wait 14 months to get rid of him.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  242. Weiser

    Obama was nothing more than a community organizer no one remembers. Obama has never had private sector work experience or any management experience. Obama lived off the government, because that's all he knew how to do.

    It's the voters and medias fault for not doing their due diligence on someone of questionable abilities. It was more important to the liberal media to elect a person of race than someone qualified for the job. Obama is a failed experiment. Obama has failed the Nation. Obama will blame anyone for his inadequacies but himself. Because of Obama incompetence, this country won't start to recover until 2013 when he's out of office in disgrace as a President and a human being.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  243. JC

    It's a global economic crisis, not a national economic crisis. I think the President is trying everything he possibly can to make it better, considering the other party blocking him and citizens criticizing him. What candidate out there has experience dealing with multiple factors involved with a global economic crisis considering Europe (including Greece) and how it impacts our great country? Give him a break.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  244. Hoverman

    Where do you come up with these Obama supporters? They certainly do not live in the business world thai I live in- There is absolutely no support for anything he is doing. Just resign! I do business all over the country. The election can not come quick enough for those who make decisions and try to make a profit.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  245. Lawrence W.

    Three years, he owns it now. Blame Bush, Blame the various Congressmen that have hiked spending every year, but it still is his to fix or make worse and he made it worse. One thing I don't blame him or Bush for is the unemployment rate. It had to happen, we increased the labor force by 100% when we insisted that every family have two careers. Doubling the workforce in an economy that isn't growing that fast meant that the correction had to come. Many of those not working have discovered, now that they HAD to get their debt ceiling dowh, that they rather like one income families.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  246. Sydney

    I blame the Republican Party! Not President Obama! When ever a particular party messes things up (Bush 8 Years) they should be forced to HELP bring the current party fix what they caused (economy) back to good standing! They should not have the luxury to be a party of NO until things are back to a happy balance. Period!!! The GOP can show America that they care by being a party of YES!

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  247. Bon Hoeller

    The President entered a tie game in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, no outs, and a 3 and 0 count on the batter. I ask, what would you have done? He is trying his hardest but the Party of "NO" blocks any and all efforts to revive the economy. I'd like to know if any Tea Party or Republicans have ever taken a course in Economis?
    Recessions of this magnitude take ten years to correct. Witness: 1929-1940 and 1981-1991.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  248. Boyd Ames - San Clemente, CA

    GW's policies may well have been responsible for alot of what has happened to our's and the world's economies; but the policies of HOPE, TAX & SPEND – brought to us by the Great and Wonderful "O", Reid and Pelosi have exacerbated those difficulties. The fact that Democrats love giving our money away with no chance of balancing our budget has made our leadership of world events a supreme embarassment. Obama MUST go if we are to survive as a Republic.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  249. matt houston

    Yeah Jack, blame Obama for the economy...also for cancer too.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  250. Louie

    Obama responsibility 0%.If he has any brain left,he should step on the front of American people and explain very clearly:"I do not want to continue to be president to bunch of idiots,I do not want to run for the second term,period"!

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  251. Marc B

    Blaming someone is the easiest thing to do. If we are looking for who to blame, it should be us for electing people who are more worried about their seats than are worried about the country. The President for being softer than he has to be, the entire congress for being hateful instead of constructive and businesses for leaving the country to make an extra yuan.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  252. Sumday27

    I blame the people in congress who block everything he tries to do. Nobody can predict the future 100% sometimes you dont always have the perfect answer. Often times you need to let someone try something new. For example cutting taxes over the past 10 yrs for the so called"job creators" has done nothing to create jobs. All these people do is cup their hands over their ears and cry la la la la la la la

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  253. RSC1911

    Obama owned this economy once he and the Democrat congress passed stimulous 1 and Obamacare. GOP has only been in charge of the House of Representatives since January, they have only prevented Obama from putting the nails in our economic coffin.
    Obama is a classic liberal, their methoods have never worked anywhere else, why does he think they'll work here.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  254. Logo4245

    He took over the banking system (how are your banking fees?) He has shut down most drilling and exploratory drilling (so, how's the cost of gas lately? – it was $1.80 when Obama took office) He has spent more than $1 trillion dollars in stimulus and all we have lost 2 million jobs (that is because the stimulus money that was meant to create jobs went to the unions to replenish their bankrupt pension funds) He has blocked job creation in South Carolina and destroyed the economy of the Louisiana coastline. He passed a massive health care takeover and insurance premiums have skyrocketed and companies will not hire because they don't want to be strapped with Obama care. How much do I blame Obama – about 99% Either he is a moron or a socialist engineer run amuck with the largest economy in the world.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  255. sevresblue

    No thinking person could blame this economy on President Obama. The economy was tanking months before he took office! The obstinate Republican lockstep gang has foiled every step the president has tried to take. I'm GOOD with how the economy is improving. And it is... my business is picking up.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  256. shela

    not at all, why hasnt anyone brought up what john mccain would have done. he would not have bailed out the auto industry ( 3 million more jobs lost) he would not have provided the rest of the stimilus that obama did. we would be in another war with Libya. we would be in a depression not a recession. shela

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  257. Ken, Jacci and Steve

    When are people going to remember that Obama inherited 10 years of Bush tax cuts to the "job creators" who have yet to create jobs, except for their own special interest contractors? When are we going to remember that the mess that Obama inherited was not of his making = yet he managed to keep our banks afloat, to keep our auto industry (the only manufacturing we still do) and the recession/depression from being a repeat of 1929. When are poor republicans going to stop being distracted by lies and realize they are the ones getting screwed over and over. Fool me once ... can't fool me again. George W. Bush

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  258. CJ in CA

    I see the economy as a problem beginning with Clinton when it was in a bubble when Bush took it over. Honestly, I knew back then that Bush was handed a problem. Bush then handed a problem to Obama. The trouble with Obama is that he likes to spend and create more government. Also, he doesn't seem to value private businesses especially small businesses. When is someone going to come along who cleans out and downsizes the government. It is way too big with too much waste.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  259. Lee

    It would be simple to blame Obama wouldn't it? Just another President being used as a scapegoat to take the blame for the entire government. What about the un-elected officials like Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke? What about the multi-billion dollar corporations that sold off all of our manufacturing and production to foreign nations? What about the fed who've done nothing but bail out their bank buddies in Goldman Sachs and others? Not even the President has power over the Federal Reserve, they are above law and accountability.

    If you blame Obama, you've walked right into their trap. Line and Sinker. That just means he leaves while everyone else that has caused this 30 year problem stays.

    Way to be America.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  260. Susan Dow

    I don't blame the president at all. I blame the extremists on the right who have made it their goal to see Obama fail even if it means the country fails. They are not the patriots they profess to be, they are totally self serving.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  261. Judy

    We need to look beyond Washington and to the large Corporations in America that are holding back on hiring and hoarding thier cash. If they do not hire, there is no money to hire. Blaming someone who has little or no control over the real problem is what we need to stop doing. Corporate America, Banks, and not helping people with mortgages was and is our dimise.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  262. JP in Texas

    Not one little bit. George Bush pushed the bus over the hill with all his might. Pres. Obama came in office has has made a super effort to stop the bus from crashing at the bottom of the cliff. Problem is as with all things that need to be stopped it takes time to get it to slow then actually stop. When you apply the brakes to stop your car it does not stop immediately. The economy is no different. The president is stopping the fall and we as consumers, potential employees and voters must be patient and keep in mind that George Bush gave the gave the economy a pretty hard and fast push over the cliff.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  263. Patrick - Franklin, TN

    I say he's got plenty of the blame to share with the guy before him, AND the professional Congressmen and women who couldn't seem to light a good legislative campfire, even when they held BOTH houses of Congress. If "economy" came before "healthcare" things might be really different fot Obama right now. I think he once said "We won, get over it". Sounds to me like he owned it at that very moment.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  264. BK Kabourou

    I blame the President for the financial problems in America i look at the sell out politicians who self interest lead them to violate their oaths for more money in the form of campaign funds (legal bribes) and whose greed has blinded them to the simple fact that the unfair taxation of the middle class and poor the non-enforcement of environmental and financial regulations and the consistent and constant need to create conflict that lead to wars and perpetuate the Zionist military industrial complex

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  265. Girared O'Malley

    If a mechanic breaks your car and you take it to a second mechanic who then can't fix it, which mechanic do you blame the most? Answer:the first mechanic. Well, the first mechanic is Bush. An economy is like an egg:once dropped it becomes very difficult, if not impossible, to put the pieces back together. Instead of treating our economy with kid gloves Bush abused it and may have destroyed it..

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  266. Ella Lee

    I don't blame him at all. I blame the Republican Congress. He has tried and tried with these people who have pushed back everytime against and and everything he wanted to do to help the average american people with their party slogan of NO, AND HELL NO. So if you want to look around and find somebody to blame, look no further than your republican congressman – THAT WILL BE THE ONE.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  267. Mary Stubbs

    IIt's really not a question of blame as much as it is the concern that he does not have an appropriate response to the struggling economy. Simply put, the country has lost faith in Obama's ability to deal with really difficult problems. He has no solution himself, and he does not seem able to recruit people to advise him who will move the country in the right direction. I think people want a change in leadership because this "leader" is not leading.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  268. Tom

    Can anyone remember that Obama was in the congress before he was president? So why are people still trying to blame Bush for all the problems we have today? It has been 2 1/2 years since anyone has even heard from Bush about anything. Obama will never grow up and take any responsibility for anything that will ever go wrong, let alone own what he has created, a split America. And that is the real fact.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  269. Kai

    I blame the people who voted for him just to make history or because they bought the line that any change is an improvement. I don't know anyone personally who is not much worse off financially than they were before he took office. That was the litmus test put to us as voters the last election, so it's fair to give it right back to the Democrats who put him in office. How does oversimplifying complex problems feel?

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  270. Kathy

    I don't blame President Obama at all. I believe the economic crisis started w/Bush and the Republicans spend every waking minute blaming the President. The Rublicans are degrading the President and will not cooperate w/the Democrats. Their only concern is electing a Republican for the 2012 election. Shame on the Republicans for wasting time and money, now when the American people need them the most to cooperate for the good of our country.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  271. Margot

    I blame the oil companies and the Republicans.......After the BP oil spill–the oil companies jacked up their prices because they want to get rid of Obama and his drilling regulations.......Put the economy in the toilet and get someone they can control in the White House........Look back at when the economy started to go south again-right around the time oil companies started jacking up prices. Republicans have refused to help get thiis economy moving and used their "power" in the House to get our credit downgraded. Get a clue–corporate America wants him gone and is pulling every trick they can out of the bag. Better the politician you own than the one who can't be bought. With one exception-ask the auto industry and their workers how they feel about Obama....without him they would be gone. Margot from Washington

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  272. Rick

    None. It took several years to create this mess and Americans think this guy or anybody is going to fix it overnight. Get a clue. You can't just put it in a microwave for 3 minutes and it's all better. While we were sitting on our behinds watching it all go to hell, President Obama was nowhere near the Whitehouse but now it's all his fault. Go ahead do him a favor, give the mess to somebody else and then blame it all on that president too. Historically bad economies like this take at least four years to get going in a positive direction.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  273. CountryBoy

    I don't blame him at all! Our last president couldn't even form a proper sentence, and was a total embarrassment. Maybe Obama is a little new, maybe a little green...but he got right in there trying to be new, trying to do things! Look what he was saddled with for crying out loud! Seriously! Republicans have been bashing, battling, and up his ass every second since losing office...like a bunch of fucking spoiled brat kids! I'm sick of it. Sick of them! I absolutely believe that Pres. Obama will win another term, and that he will be known as the one we needed for the job when we needed it most.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  274. Rob in Chicago

    It's interesting that Republicans dismiss the prosperity during most periods under Democratic leadership as a lag effect from the previous Republicans, yet they insist that it's Obama's fault we're in economic distress during his first term following eight disastrous Bush years that even Republicans distance themselves from.

    You'd think in this day and age we'd be capable of being a little more realistic, (dare I say scientific), and stop believing the rhetoric of the day like so many rabid cliff bound lemmings.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  275. William Karish

    Not at all. What is worrisome is the people who do believe he is to blame. The problem is systemic. This recession is
    fueled by greed. We have only created 2,000,000 jobs in the last decade according to Fareed Z. That goes way beyond the president. I am in the transportation industry and have seen a dramatic (negative) response by companies to do buisness as usual ever since the Tea Party played their games back in July. It's a shame. We were doing much better than the news pundits would admit. Now that they pushed for a second round before the elections we just might go over the cliff.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  276. Expatriat El Guapo

    None well maybe some.I blame more the corporate greed of the bank ing community they took our money to get well,paid it back and now healthy won`t lend it.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm |