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Should the economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?
July 19th, 2012
03:50 PM ET

Should the economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Storm clouds are gathering for President Barack Obama.

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Mitt Romney with a 1-point lead over Obama with 4% of voters undecided. And when asked about the economy, the difference is even more glaring. Romney holds an 8 percentage point lead over the president. Just 39% of those surveyed approve of the president's handling of the economy. That's down from 44% in April.

More bad news for the president:

In the crucial battleground of Virginia, Romney has closed a 12-point gap with Obama, and the two are now tied, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. In 2008, Obama became the first Democrat to win that state since 1964.

Suffice to say that if there is no significant improvement in the economy - and it better start soon - Obama could have problems in Virginia and elsewhere.

The jobs picture remains bleak. Unemployment has been above 8% for 41 consecutive months now. Forty-one months. This morning, first-time jobless claims jumped sharply - up 34,000 from the previous week.

A new Gallup Poll shows Americans overwhelmingly say creating "more or better jobs" is the most important thing the government can do to jump-start the economy. That’s why some of the president's words and actions aren't helping much.

Many took issue when Obama said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Then there's the president's "jobs council." It hasn't even met for six months. The White House says Obama has "obviously got a lot on his plate" while Republicans suggest he's had time in the past six months to attend more than 100 fundraisers and play golf 10 times.

Here’s my question to you: Should the economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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

soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Mysterious

    I know you don't want to hear this, but he was handed a nightmare, kept us from going over the deep end, and then has to work with a Congress (GOP) who's main goal is to make him a "one term president." He has wonderful ideas about putting Americans back to work, but the GOP won't allow anything to happen where he succeeds.

    Romney once asked if President Obama gets it after the "message from Wisconsin," and then demonized teachers, firefighers and police officers. Makes you wonder if there are any members of the GOP who are teachers, firefighters and police officers. Or, all they all democrats? But I digress. No, the economyshould not stop him from winning a second term. Congress needs to change, to be able to WORK WITH the president .

    July 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  2. Paul Austin Texas

    No it took a long time to get it in such a mess by both parties .It will take a long time to get it under control and improvement. Beleive me a super rich guy is not going to fix anything. None of us really have any real choice this election.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  3. RickFromDetroit

    NO! Even though the Presidents economic policies have been less than desirable, they are an improvement over what we had under Bush and probably better than what Romney has to offer.

    Once Obama, the Congress, and the Economists admit that the real problem with the economy is Wall Street, and they direct future stimulus to the lower income areas of the economy to stimulate growth from the bottom up by increasing consumer where it has been anemic, the economy will once again start growing. Trickle down economics is a "cheap lie" to keep the money flowing into the pockets of the upper middle class and the wealthy, while our deficits continue to grow out of control. The majority of the tax cuts and the payroll tax cut are for the most part putting more money in the pockets of the wealthy, while the low income and poverty are still "starving."

    Thirty years of Wall Street Profits at the expense of the working class has left us with anemic consumer spending from the former middle class, while the tax deferred investment accounts are bulging at the seams with the paychecks that once returned corporate profits back into the economy in the form of higher wages and benefits.

    Until we cap Wall Street profits for the "job creators" so we can provide the consumers with money to purchase the "job creators" products, we will continue to see our economy moving sideways, higher entitlement costs, lower collection of tax revenues, and more bailouts for the corporations, who use their profits for shareholders when they should be using their profits for higher employee wages and plant expansions. They now favor outsourcing their labor to foreign countries to increase their bottom line for their shareholders.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  4. Ed from California

    Jack......the republican controlled congress, led by John Boehner (heard of him?). Well he and his party has the American checkbook...not Obama. Boehner and his cronies have done nothing in getting outsourced jobs returned or getting millions of out-of-work Americans very needed medical insurance. Hell, Obama has to sell his soul (tax breaks to the wealthy) in order to get extensions of unemployment insurance. Again, congress, controlled by Boehner has the spending checkbook for the country not Obama. So in short, yes, Pres, Obama should be re-elected. Boehner, "Where are the jobs?"

    July 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  5. Herman Portland OR

    The broken promises and the policies are why the economy is stagnant. We can't give the President a pass and hope another 4 years of the same will help America. Mitt Romney has a vision and is inspired to do what is best for America by easing regulation and getting American's back to work so they can increase their odds of success and independence from the government.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  6. Ed in Harrisburg

    Jack, I am convinced neither candidate has the solution to the economy. It is in the hands of the American people in terms of their spending habits and work ethic. Both candidates' solutions fail to address the issues facing the overwhelming majority of Americans and cater to special interests which are fueling their candidaciies. Both are tools of their donors and backers and couldn't give a rat's behind about the average American despite adds claiming so. Things are going to get worse before the get better regardless who is in office.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  7. Terry in Virginia

    Why? He didn't create this mess. "W" and the GOP took a Clinton surplus and turned it into a win for the rich and a loss for the rest of us. Since Mr. Obama won election, the GOP in Congress has worked harder than they ever have worked before to make sure the economy does not get better. The Party of No has made the lives of the working class as miserable as possible in their quest to make sure Mr. Obama is a one-term President. Led by Senator McConnell, they have put Party above Country and for that they deserve to be tossed out of office come November.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  8. bonnie from NJ

    How many times do we have to go over this, Jack. He inherited a broken mess, was prevented from doing anything by the party of "make this a one term administration" nuts in Congress, etc. etc. etc. If any middle class person out there believes their economy is going to get better under the Republicans, they had better go back to school (and do it soon because if Mitt wins there be no public school funding).

    July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  9. Mark in BC NV

    How long will it take for you minions to figure out that socialism doesn't work? Look at Europe, it's failed there and has brought them to bankruptcy. Socialist/Marxist narcisstic egotistical clueless Obama is living in a dream world. I can't wait until November and he knows he's lost the election.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Bob in Ohio

    No, what it should do is keep all the Republicans who refused to consider any legislation that would have helped the economic recovery from getting re-elected. The shoe should be on the other foot.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  11. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    We know the real story behind the economy & we know Romney is crooked & he will NEVER get to the white house,Obama will make history again,this time dont read only the negative opinions

    July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  12. Thomas, USA ARMY Retired, Chicago, IL

    No. The economy is being sabotaged by the Republican not Obama. Conservative is trying to make Limbaught dream come true. Remember Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail. Well Limbaugh dream was at the expense of America's Recovery after 9/11..

    Republican/conservatives should be ashamed of themselves for not helping President Obama get America's economy back to normal.

    Instead, tea party elected republicans (America's credit score sabotaged) did to America' economy (shovel ready projects crippled) what Osama bin Ladin couldn't do.

    They are well meaning "traitors." Loving America means you do it in deeds as well as words.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    Not when you consider the GOP has done nothing more than roll out the same old tired trickle down theories that have been an abject failure for more than 30 years, with Romney parrotting them, too. Good grief, shouldn't we know better by now? Are we incapable of learning from our mistakes? Makes me wonder.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  14. Riley ODay

    No, but I think it might hurt him enough to lose. I also think things will stay the same or worse in the future regardless of who wins.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  15. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Absolutely not, in case anyone has been asleep the last 3 1/2 years, republicans have attempted to block any movement to get the country out of the chest high mud their favorite son, George W Bush, dug. Has Obama done everything correctly no, no one does. At least he didn't ignore the problems, he just had years of dealing with obstructionists. A President Romney means more tax cuts for him and his buddies, more guns, less education, and if given a chance, a even more conservative Supreme Court to solidify the 19th century mindset.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  16. Dave - Phx

    No. The economy is in peril because of greedy corporations who want to fire Americans and give our jobs to cheap overseas labor. Then the managers of these companies want to turn around and blame the EPA and Socialism for everything. This is George Bush's economy still, and Republicans have not done one thing to help Obama improve it. Our economy will never improve if American companies sock money away and wont hire us. We cannot buy their products without jobs. They cannot create jobs without us buying products. Maybe the 1% should quit taking all the money and trickle some down like they claim has worked for the last 30 years.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  17. Roxy

    Absolutely not, Republicans have deliberately drove this country over the cliff in order to see him fail. Republicans should lose their jobs for obstruction!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  18. Ruth in Indianapolis

    No. If it's bad now, think what it will be if the republicans win. If that happens, the rich will get richer, more jobs will disappear, and those of us who are barely middle-class now will drop lower and, from the point of view of government, become invisible. I don't always like Obama, but the alternative is terrifying.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  19. Doug Ericson

    I don't think the Presidents really have that much power anymore. I believe the responsiblility for the economy, for the Governments part in it, belongs to Congress. And I think both parties can take equal share in the blame. Our current Congress is like two young dogs being trained in a home, where you come home and there is a mess on the floor, and you ask your two young dogs which one did it, and they look at each other like, I don't know, I didn't do it. So you don't know who made the mess, but you have to clean it up, never the less. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  20. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Another "Obama + Economy = Bad" post Jack?

    No, it shouldn't prevent him from winning because he's doing a good job. Are we so polarized in our thinking that we think "fair" isn't an improvement from "catastrophic"? When he took office the economy was dying. Now, it has labored breathing. A few more years and some new tax laws and we could be doing great. Could.

    The idea that everything isn't perfect so Obama must be the anti-christ is a little reactionist if you ask me.

    Is this country so blinded we've already forgotten what happens when you put a businessmen in the White House?

    The only way to get this country rolling again is for congress to act in the best interest of the people. Unfortunately, the people in power generally benefit by taking from people in an unfair way. A bolstering economy Does Not Help A Billionaire. They want high demand for jobs Jack, so they can pay low wages. If you put a businessman in charge they help THEIR business. It's not a talent that fixes a nation. If we ever want to get out of this mess, we have to learn that you can't just say "business" in a sentence, and everything after that MUST be true.

    Rich people and the government don't "create" jobs. Demand creates jobs. Create demand in the market. Get the MASSES spending money on new tv's and cars (cash for clunkers – thanks Obama) and stuff. Have that stuff made here. It's actually EASY to do if you're not afraid of ticking a billionaire off.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  21. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The President prevented a Second Great Depression when many economists said no one could. He chose stimulus, saving and creating millions of jobs, when Europe chose austerity and reaped a double dip recession. He has proven he'll look out for the 99% and not just the 1%. Until Paul Krugman develops the charisma that has him delivering the impossible, we need to stay with the miracle worker we have.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  22. James - Alexandria, VA

    No the economy should not prevent President Obama from winning a second term because anyone who has half a brain knows that it is Congress that is the issue not the President. If the GOP gain anything this election cycle that will show the whole world that us Americans are that stupid.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  23. Pat in Michigan

    Not really no. The economy is the result of many factors coming together in the perfect storm as it were.Congress won't compromise. powerful pacs have reasonable politicians running scared .two unfunded and futile wars have us bleeding.Now toss in a generation aging up to retirement and a congress who would not act 30 years or more ago to head off this diaster and you have a problem all are to blame for.
    My uneducated advice.Stay the course with this President and toss out Congress.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  24. JD in NH

    No. The economy has been steadily improving with job growth over the past 2 1/2 years. Home sales are up. The man isn't Houdini. He can't take the Bush near depression and turn it into prosperity overnight. It will probably take us decades to recover from the damage of 2 unpaid for wars, unpaid for tax cuts and unpaid for Medicare Part D. The worst thing that could happen would be to elect another charge and spend Republican.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  25. ArtsEyes

    Which one are you talking about...? The one which was on life-support that was handed to him or the one he has given new life to... If you look at where we was as country 4 years go then the answer is No... POTUS has come a long way and we as a country have come a long way to fix the last 8 years of life-support... So the answer is "No"...

    July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  26. Loren, Chicago

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. His chief accompishment, the so-called Health Care Reform Act, which seemed designed more to fill his campaign coffers and reward his campaign supporters, is universally recognized as a time bomb for the American economy. Nothing he has done in his Presidency appears to encourage the creation of jobs in the United States and his attacks on Bain capital seem to encourage class warfare, when capital is needed in the U.S. to rebuild the economy. Why should capital come the United States when the President seems to be encouraging the have-nots to take what they don't have? Let's say goodbye to this Presidency, it has failed.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  27. D. Wilson

    This amazes me that people blame Obama on the economy. When every effort he made to do something was shot down by GOP house. Even though this MESS started under BUSH. Bush bailed out the banks not Obama and that is the point in time where this all started. BIG money created this mess and now the GOP wants the public to believe big bucks Romney will be our hero to save the economy. All his so called job creatours have sat on the sidelines since the bank bailouts. The middle class does more good for the economy than the wealthy. They buy more consumer goods, when they have good wages and thier jobs are not OUT-SOURCED.
    D.Wilson ST.Louis, MO the SHOW ME STATE

    July 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  28. Gary in San Jose, California

    It's not the economy, stupid. It's the debt.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  29. Brian, from Fountain Co

    Whether or not President Barack Obama should be reelected do to the economy is questionable because the Government works for the people. The President can’t make people do things that the American people are not willing to do. For instance, like trying to go into business for yourself and hire employees you own employees. In addition, lots business owner in American have the attitude that Mitt Romney has, like sending their company’s overseas because it is more profitable. In other words, people should stop complaining and elect the President that works in favor of everybody quality. After all, America is what the people make out of it, not the Government.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Joe from MO

    No. That would just reward a do-nothing Republican congress.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  31. Randy

    Yes, and it should prevent Romney from having a first term. This buzzard crony capitalism, banker funded, nepotism filled, prostitution like government we have now needs to be eradicated. A congress and president who is willing to get the money out of politics completely is what we need. These clowns are just jockeying to see who's going to be the madame and collect the money that big business and the rich throw washingtons way.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  32. Phyllis G Williams

    Should the economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?

    How could it? He inherited it and iis working on iit. It is impossible to improve anything properly without cooperation
    when only a part of your recommendations are considered. More unity, better economy.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  33. Richard Texas

    While Obama did not cause the economy to fail he certainly has done little successfully to help it. In that sense he should be canned. The problem is the only other option is Romney and he is not offering any thing better. So if you throw Obama under the bus for his inability to help to stimulate the economy you certainly can not vote for Romney based on his George Bush republican plan. It is just more of the same along with the republican propensity for unnecessary wars. Basically Jack America can not afford to elect either candidate.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  34. Sam, Dallas TX

    President Obama should be re-elected, rather than blaming him for slow economic recovery, i will throw the blame at the obstructionist Republicans whose only goal is to make him a one term President. Mr. Romney who is completely out-of-touch, is only interested in maintaining the economy of the 1%ers, and not the middle class.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  35. Brenda from Ontario, Canada

    I think Obama has done well in keeping the US from sinking into the abyss. Given the disaster he walked into in 2009, the 'say NO" to everything Congress (God forbid the Repukes let a Black man succeed as a President), the decline of the EU, and the subsequent slow down in the Asian markets, I don't believe anyone, be they Republican or Democrat, could have done any better. Perhaps if Congress hadn't been so hell bent on making sure he would be a "one term" President, legislation would have been passed that would have assisted in an economic recovery. Their "say NO" attitude will come back a bite them in the butt! Karma is a great thing!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  36. Jerrison

    Maybe because the economy is improving right now. He also did a great job in various other situations. Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  37. Name*Virginia

    No, he needs a supportive Congress. He hasn't had a chance to show us all that he can do, the little that he has gotten past the republican block has help a great deal. I want to see his plans, which show a DEEP understanding of our economy, able to to pleated in full. It would be exceedingly foolish for us to return to the blind policies that got us her

    July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  38. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The answer is no, because of the crater hole that was left the president, the president was still able to created more jobs then Bush administration did in five years. I think that is amazing. On the Republican side they are offering to take us back to the trickle-down theory and honoring their pledge to Glover Nordquist not to raise taxes especially on the wealthy. With that combination the average citizen like myself is left holding the bag while watching our nation become a two class nation of rich and poor.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  39. Ron

    Without Question!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  40. Joi Gibson

    No, it should not. I believe he is doing all he can to stimulate the economy, however, with an obstructionist do-nothing Congress, President Obama should not be held totally responsible. He has reasonable, fair proposals for the nation. One term is not enough to undue eight plus years of disaster. He deserves another term.

    Joi Gibson
    West Palm Beach, FL

    July 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  41. Ben from Boston

    The President likes to lead from behind. If he wants another four years he has to highlight all that he has done behind the scenes to improve the economy. Attacking Romney will not cut it. If he can convince the public that he has made a Herculean effort to improve the economy, they will reelect him. He needs to let his minions do the attacking and spend all his own time on emphasizing the positive.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  42. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should the economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?

    Prevent? Hardly. 30 months of straight JOB GROWTH, no longer on the brink of a 2nd GREAT DEPRESSION, and he did this with one hand tied behind his back.

    Had the Republicans worked with the Democrats and Obama the unemployment rate would be around 5%, but then they couldn't blame Obama for it.

    Most Americans are NOT as STUPID as Republicans tale them for. If they think that they will get a another term in office then they are delusional.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    July 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Beth

    No, the economy should not stop Pres. Obama from being re-elected. Even though the GOP doesn't want to hear this, the President inherited a terrible mess and, although it is a slow recovery, he has created new jobs, the car companies are doing well, real estate is picking up and Bin Laden is dead. Romney claims that his business experience qualifies him to be President. Looking back, two of the most successful Presidents – i.e. Clinton and Reagan – did not have business backgrounds (Clinton is an attorney as is Obama and Reagan was a movie star). So much for Romney's argument. The Republican ideologies and policies of George Bush brought the U.S. to the brink of disaster. Although the GOP players have changed, the ideologies and policies have not. Remember what Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome". The American people aren't insane.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  44. Barbara

    Not when you consider WHY there are so few jobs created. For that, you're gonna have to ask Mitch (make him one term no matter what) McConnell or Eric (Wall Street Poster Boy) Cantor.

    They seem to have known all those answers since they huddled the night of the inauguration.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  45. Karl in Flint, MI

    It better not. When you look at the known millions and unknown Super PAC billions Mitt is piling up, and you know these people want pay back, big time, if you think Bush 43 ruined the economy via two wars [military industrial complex Ike warned about] and tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, to pay back his donors, multiply that by many, many times more for Mitt to pay it all back. Our government is being bought by and for the 1% and once it's sold out, no reruns. All sales are final.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  46. Kevin

    No...It should prevent the stonewalling Republicans in Congress from winning a another term.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  47. Anthony Heyward

    No, but it should prevent Congress from staying in the hands of Republicans. Maybe with Obama's second term and Nancy Pelosi as speaker more can get done. I think the Presidents record thus far is astounding considering the circumstances.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  48. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The economy is because of greedy, reckless Republicans at the expense of the middle class. For the GOP to claim only they can fix the economy by doing the same thing that put us here is simply no logical. The majority of Americans are "middle class", the government should rise the majority in a democracy. Obama deserves another four years to rise the middle class.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  49. Andre R. Newcomb

    "The economy"? Absolutely NOT! Purse strings are regularly manipulated by the freaks for the benefit of the freaks. And quite often (in my 50 years of watching) the effects of this and the effects of that take a while to permeate the various levels of society. ONLY the government operates on visible exposure terms . . . NOT the juice freaks and money pigs. This current situation is not of Obama's doing. And quite a few of the remedies enacted into legislation ALSO take some time to emerge and gain concensus (official). America can't blame the colored man. Not this time.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  50. roy whittaker

    No! President Obama is working diligently to bring an end to the problems created by greedy old men! Why not abolish congress instead of changing the top executive???

    July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  51. Evelyn Berryhill

    No, it's shouldn't, because if that was the case than the republicans shouldn't never be in the white house ever. The whole economy mess come from the republicans, start with Bush and his cabins. President Obama trying to clean it up and he is having a hard time doing it. And the republicans don't make it any easily. It is a shame how much debit come from the republicans president and just because president Obama had to add on to stimulate the economy, they blame the whole debit on him. For that reason i will never trust another republicans to present me again. It will be better if they admit to the truth and apology for it and start prove to the american people that rthey are for real. Memphis TN.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  52. JB from Nashville

    Of course, the economy should prevent the President from another term! He refuses to acknowledge or change his failed policies....it's time to get out of town!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  53. Thom Richer

    Absolutely not. It is not on man's fault for what has happened to the economy. Besides Obama there is Congress, Wall Street, 10 years of unwarranted concocted wars that may never see an end and especially the past administration under Bush, Cheney and Rove. The money wasted on war and other governments alone would have prevented all of this economic trouble. I believe ten years of military waste is the main reason for our problem no matter who the man in the White House may have been these past 3 and a half years can not be held responsible alone. So, no, in all fairness, it should not hinder his reelection in November. Continuing the wars, however, is a big mistake for any president at this point.

    Thom Rjicher
    Negaunee, MI

    July 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  54. Michael

    No Jack it sould not. This election is about the future of America. The Republicans want to make sure the rich get richer
    and impose there ideology on the rest of us. To put it bluntly Jack I think the Bullies, Bigots, and Birthers are driving a
    lot of moderate Republicans out of the Party. So sad what has happened to the G.O.P. ?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  55. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,

    That is what the "Party of No" is hoping for. But anyone with a brain knows who the real culprits are regarding a flagging economy, and come election day hopefully we will get rid of some of those idiots.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  56. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    no because the alternative of Romney and his Paul Ryan budget would be WORSE for BOTH the economy AND the deficit. it's the same old "trickle-down" economics that has NOT worked going back to Ronald Reagan.

    and WHY should anyone BLAME Obama when it's the REPUBLICANS that have used the filibuster to BLOCK any jobs bills in the Senate since he took office?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  57. Pete in Florida

    Not when (1) the majority of our current economic problems are the direct result of Bush and GOP actions, and (2) that same party that caused these problems has steadfastly refused for the past 3-1/2 years to work with Obama and the Dems to help repair the damage and restore the economy. Here's a fact – if someone destroys my house, and 3 years later it's still partially destroyed because I'm broke and the guy that destroyed it refuses to help fix it, I'm not gonna forget that HE'S the person that destroyed it. Bush and the GOP "broke it", and they'll OWN it until it's fixed.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  58. Susan-NJ

    I If Obama can't fix the economy we should say "Next!" Canada is now the richest nation in the world. Good going Democrats!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  59. John from Alabama

    Jack: People can see the problems with the economy. They know it belongs to President Obama, but they also know it started with President George W. Bush. Most Americans believe they are part of the middle class, whether they are or not. Mitt Romney is not for them, but he wants to keep taxcuts for the rich. The only thing Mitt wants to do is make the rich get richer, and repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. President Obama has had steady growth in economy for 29 months, and has had steady growth in jobs. It might be slow, but it is growth.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  60. Julie from Chicago

    While the economy is not where we would like it to be, it has improved a great deal since President Obama took office. I know people don't feel it yet, but when you look at growth charts and the number of people that are starting to go back to work it is apparant that the president was able to halt the economic freefall this country was in. I believe President Obama deserves another 4 years to complete what he has started. I like the Affordable Care Act and I like what he has done with foreign policy along with halting the economic slide that he started with. I think people forget how bad it really was by 2008 and how much better it is today.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  61. Cal from Newark,Ohio

    Absolutely, Positively, YES!
    If he wants to spout off about all the good he does(I don't know what that is, though), then he should take the heat for all
    the bad, and there is plenty of that! I'm going to give Romney a chance. This country badly needs new direction and someone with ideas to get us back on track, or this economy and us are doomed. I absolutely do not care one iota that
    Romney has made millions! To me, that is what we need! A person that knows how to take a little and turn it into a lot!
    Good for him! I really think he is a good man and can turn this around for us. Isn't that what we want for our children
    and grandchildren?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  62. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No but is sure would be nice to see everyone in Congress replaced and especially the tea party.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  63. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely. We're in a $16 trillion dollar hole and he's spending money like a drunken sailor. 4 more years of Obama and Americ's economy will be unrecognizeable

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  64. Tonybottomline

    It's depends on whether Romney would make the economy worse?!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  65. Allan Hanson Placerville, ca

    NO He inherited a big mess from Bush, an economy tanking and 2 wars we can neither win or get out of, jobs all shipped overseas,
    A Republican Congress that fights anything he tries to do.
    They will do anything to prevent his reelection, God help us if they do.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  66. Eric - Houston

    Definitely, after all didn't he himself say that if the unemployment rate was was not better than it is, he would be a one term president. I think we should take him at his word.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  67. David Peltier, Augusta Georgia

    Yes it should! Obama does not deserve a second term because of what he has done to ruin this country's economy!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  68. KB and JB central Florida

    Get him out of there before he can do more damage! This is so obvious it defies belief
    I can predict some of the answers you will get – "it's not his fault, blame it on –whoever –" ..."it's Romney's fault since he
    hasn't shown more tax papers"...and other nonsense.
    Look even he said if he couldn't help things he should not have a second term . well, open eyes and look around, it's worse, infinitely worse – at this point it doesn't matter who did what/when as far as previous administrations, it is LONG PAST time to quit beating that horse to death – "man up"..."own up" – the shame is in pretending to be "making things better" when obviously failing miserably at every turn.
    After posting and your answers come out -and I read others replies – I know a lot of folks won't believe what I've said – all I know is, it is so obvious.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  69. Curtis in Philadelphia

    No it shouldn't; in 2008 we elected a president, not a magician. Have people forgotten just how bad the economy was when Bush left office? Companies were hemorrhaging jobs, banks were almost, and maybe should have, gone out of business, huge brokerage houses, Lehmann Borthers and Bear Stearns ceased to exist, and Obama is supposed to single-handedly stop that flood of economic woes? Let's not forget that Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is on record saying that his number one job was to make sure that Obama was a one-term president. Jack, if the economy is so bad, how come there is so much money to spend on this election? Imagine if that election money was spent on job creation, by the so-called job creators. PS – GM is alive, and Bin Laden is dead.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  70. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, I can list 897 reasons for Obama NOT being re-elected.
    Yes, the Economy is on the list.
    He is an unmitigated DISASTER as a president. An impostor. A complete failure.
    End of story.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  71. Jim, Toronto

    Every country in the world is wrestling with this issue and for Americans to blame one person is simply unreasonable unless of course Mitt Romney becomes President and is likewise unable to solve the problem. Romney has yet to provide "any" concrete plans to the American people outlining his ideas to stimulate the economy aside from negative rhetoric and vague statements that don't serve as a basis to have him in the White House. Michelle Bachmann's racist rant should be a clue to the misguided thinking of the Republican Party.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  72. Bert from L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, no, this economy is the manifestation of the Reaganomics Big Lie and should not prevent President Obama from winning a second term. It is not his fault that Money left in the grip of the 1% does not trickle-down to create jobs but gets stashed in tax shelters in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands by greedy global corporatist like Romney who could not care less about America's economy.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  73. Brian in Las Vegas

    No it should not. The GOP has been doing everything in its power to obstruct changes that would have shortened our recovery. If the economy should reflect poorly on anyone it should be on the people who wasted 33 votes chasing something they knew would not happen, the group that filibustered more in three years than occurs in most decades should be the ones bearing the brunt of the blame.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  74. Brain, from Fountain Co

    Whether or not President Barack Obama should be reelected do to the economy is questionable because the Government works for the people. The President can’t make people do things that the American people are not willing to do. For instance, like trying to go into business for yourself and hiring employees of your own. In addition, lots business owner in American have the attitude that Mitt Romney has, like sending their company’s overseas because it is more profitable. In other words, people should stop complaining and elect the President that works in favor of everybody equality. After all, America is what the people make out of it, not the Government.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  75. chris

    yes his hope and cha nge has not worked as promised

    July 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  76. Wanda Bray

    Absolutely not–given the Republicans obstructionism to create jobs and improve the economy. A 'bad' economy is what Repubs have been banking on. Time and time again they have blocked legislation to create jobs and then ask 'where are the jobs?' Americans should realize by now the Repubs have NO plan for improving our economy!!! Obama deserves a second term without question!!! Imagine what could have been accomplished had their been 'BIPARTISANSHIP'

    July 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  77. jdmja

    YES!!! Why should he be any different than any other politician.... He has had over 3 years to turn it around and all we have is more debt and no new jobs!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  78. Susan from Central Iowa

    No. The issue is more about the inability of either the House or the Senate to work as a team to pass legislation that will actually help Americans. We are all reaping the results of their inability to do what is right for individual American people as opposed to the corporate 'person'. It appears to me that Congressional views are concentrated on the short term corporate gain, rather than the long term stability of our country.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  79. Mike

    Jack, Not only should it prevent Obama from "winning" a second term, per his own words, it should prevent him from
    "running" for a second term. Remember "I'll Be a One-Term President If I Don't Fix This Economy In Three Years; I Will Be Held "Accountable" "?
    Mike
    Tampa,Fl

    July 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  80. R. Lee from Erie Co. PA

    Yes, he promised to fix it and broke his promise. It's just that simple.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  81. Mark in Topeka

    No, I think the President, Congess, and the Fed have done all they can to improve the economy, at least using the traditional tools of fiscal and monetary policy. I believe they have been successful in avoiding (or delaying) much more massive unemployment. However, one result has been the accumulation of an almost unbelievable, massive debt which now looms as a proximate threat, not just to our grandchildren, but to us today. This vulnerability includes exposing us to the possible concerted action of large debtholders, such as Japan and China. At some point, it seems that interest rates must rise and that will signifiantly increase the debt problem. What to do about the federal debt is one of the key questions that the Presidential candidates need to answer. Let's hope they (we) can come up with sound alternatives, not just sound bytes.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  82. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, this country has been on the track of economic collapse for the past 30 years, when we let Ronald Reagan con us into supporting 1% of the population at the expense of the other 99%, and now the pillars that hold up the economy have collapsed. One man cannot undo that in 4 years, but he does need a congress that will focus on fixing our economic problems rather than defeating him at the polls.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  83. Ken from Arizona

    Did 9/11 stop GW Bush from being reelected? The President is sworn to defend the coutry from attack. I don't recall where it says the president is resppnsible for creating jobs. GW Bush lost control of the economy and failed to prevent 9/11 nobody called for him to impeached. Yet Bill Clinton was impeached for less. Republicans could not have done better. What do you think John McCain and Sarah Pallin could have done with the economic gift President Obama was given? The same big mouth cry babies had their chance and failed. President Obama will be reelected.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  84. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Who ever suggested the President was responsible for the economy? The free enterprise private sector, the market place is re responsible for the economy. The last time I looked, for the the last few decades, 16 trillion in government borrowing and spending has been the economy. Yeah, Obama has big trouble, if our government doesn't borrow and spend more.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  85. russkeller

    And the Alternative is what exactly? Jack debating who's better with these two parties is like arguing weather MC Donald's or Burger King is Heather and shouting down anyone who suggests something other than fast food.

    Russ in LA

    July 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  86. David of Alexandria VA

    The economy is the economy - but what he has not been able to do with it should be enough to convince most people that he really does not have a god idea how to make it better. He seems to have an archaic 1990's view that increaing taxes on the villified and spending money on a bunch of stuff for the unvillifiable is the path to his re-election but not much else. I see no vision beyond that, four more years of mediochrity will sink us and therefore I think it's time to give someone else a shot

    July 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  87. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It better not. Republicans are spending billions trying to make everyone forget what the last Republican administration did to this country. The lack of a robust recovery from that disaster, is solely the fault of Republican obstructionisim and a Congress that is complicit in undermining a legally elected President. If the economy is not improving, it's not his fault. That blame goes to Mitch McConnell, Grover Norquist, and the Tea Baggers.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  88. David Doherty

    No, you think the economy's bad now! If the non-empathetic Romney gets into office and starts clearing all the roadblocks for all his rich corporate pal's, you can kiss the American dream good bye for all but the very rich. It's enough to make me sick that the party that gave us Nixon and Bush could actually be close to taking control again.
    Dave from NH.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  89. WR Jones

    This is the time when voters need to take a long look at President Obama's record in regard to jobs and efforts on his part to work with both sides to resolve the devastating loses to workers and businesses. There is nothing as important to the country and it's people as the next fours years and the approach the next President takes to restore our reputation and standing in the world to attract investments and success. If we can't judge President Obama on his attempts at fixing this problem, it's tough to find any other measure that matters when considering if he deserves another four years, but keep in mind, the President himself said at the start of his term if he failed to right the economy in four years that he did not deserve another term, yet now he now claims it was worse than he thought, but that's like a boxer bragging of a knockout, but comes out gasping for breathe in the third round complaining the guy is tougher than he thought... nobody cares, where's the knockout?!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  90. bill

    no. why blame him for a congress that has done little or nothing in the last 3 years?? the man has offered plans that are either DOA or ideas that 5 years ago were those of the congress itself but not acceptable to those same people now.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  91. Carl in San Diego

    No!! Although the economy hasn't improved as much as we would like, it has, for the most part stablized under Obama. The Republican's have no new ideas and continue to push and promote the same policies that they, and the Bush Administration used to get us into this economic turmoil in the first place. Compromise needs to be made on both sides, until that happens in Congress, the people will continue to suffer at the hands of these millionaire perennial politicians.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  92. Greg in Arkansas

    A reminder......NOT finding the WMD's in Iraq didn't prevent Bush from winning a second term...

    July 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  93. Burbank

    The economy won't hurt his chances nearly as much as selling out the middle class taxpayer in favor of job stealing illegal aliens to shill himself for a few Latino votes!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  94. Tim In Dallas

    Well Jack its just so much more than the economy. His ideaology is way off track from what this country needs and wants. He wants bigger government, bigger taxes, bigger spending. I myself would like to see government cut right in half. Obama has just been a very bad president and does not know how to lead a country. Thats what you get though when you elect a man with no experience and was a community organizer.America just got fooled into electing him and he has shown the past 4 years that was he in over his head. Its now time to let someone who knows something about business to take over and get things back on track. If we get 4 more years of what we have gotten the past 4 we are in a butt load of trouble, and I mean BIG trouble if he wins re-election!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  95. Caroline Brooks

    god i hope so!! I will take anything right now to get him out.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  96. Ronald Morris

    I looked at the economic meltdown when Obama was elected and new he would go down as the first and worst black president no matter what he did. I hoped that like Truman people would look back on him more favorably 50 years later when the recession was a distant memory. Unfortunately Obama has done nothing to help the economy and lots to hurt it. He has ignored the housing mortgage crisis and spent money only to help bankers and rich guys who wanted to start up obviously suicidal green energy companies. If you don't have enough money to give to his election like an union or corporation or Hollywood movie star he just does not care.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  97. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    It don't matter if Obama gets re-elected or not.
    Government health care and gun control gave republicans the majority in the house in 1994.
    In 2010 government health care gave republicans house control again.
    Come 2012, republicans will take the senate. (23) incumbent dem senators and Barney done cut and run !
    President Obama can not run on his record, that is his only problem for re-election.
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    July 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  98. All those kittens

    Well at this point I'm seriously unclear about what Romney would do differently. All I hear from him is shutting down services and keeping tax cuts in place. He does nothing but complain about Obama when I want to hear from him what he will do differently. Even his own voting base can't answer that question. It's all "Obama the loser" and I'll tell you Obama may have not done "wonders" for our economy but he certainly hasn't gotten any help from the other side!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  99. Brad, Portland, OR

    The Republicans destroyed the economy under Bush, giving us the worst economy in history since the Great Depression.

    Obama took over, and tried to fix the economy.

    The Republicans in Congress have done everything in their power to obstruct him and prevent him from fixing the economy.

    Now the Republicans say, "Look, the economy is bad! You should let us have the Presidency again!"

    Personally, I don't think Obama should be blamed for the bad economy, and I don't think the Republicans should be rewarded for sabotaging it and keeping it broken.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  100. Gail, Plano TX.

    No it shouldn't, Jack. The GOP has opposed any job plan that the President proposed. The economy is suffering because of the obstruction of Republicans. Not because of the President. John Boehner is hardly the person to answer your questions on CNN. He's on now. He curses and yet you Wolfe just continue like there's nothing wrong with it. Boehner is part of the problem. The GOP is buying the election. Right in front of our eyes. They are also suppressing the vote. I never hear you talk about it, Jack. Might be a good question for your audience.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  101. Donna Wisconsin

    SICK, sick to death of all the mud slinging at the President! He can do Nothing without Congress. Romney–if elected–will do NOTHING without Congress. Unless everyone has a memory fart and believes that more tax breaks, less regulation and more money to the top will make jobs–jobs of course that will barely keep a family alive. Stop criticizing the Pres for the road trips and playing golf. Again a memory fart. Bush went to Texas and took more vacations that any other President. So be careful what you wish for. I will not have any sympathy for this country should they elect wooden head to be president. God help us because we will turn into an Iran with freedoms gone and rights only for the rich and Evangelical Christians.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  102. Mike

    Jack,
    Americans are so myopic and fickle, it's amazing!
    This is a country that was losing 750,000 jobs a single month when this man was sworn into office. You can focus all you want on the 8.2% unemployment, but over 4.3 million jobs have been created under this President's watch. He has accomplished a lot, OBL is dead, Ghaddafi is gone etc. When the president was sworn in, things were so bad that even though my wife and I made 6 figures, I cut back for fear of the unknown. I can say that I have resumed living my life and spending money again. Thanks Mr. President.
    A president is not a king, he has to work with congress. When the GOP elements within the congress basically refuse to work with him and their leader states "his main goal is to make Barack Obama a one term president", how do you suppose things will turn out?
    As Abe Lincoln said, a house divided cannot stand. This extreme partisanship and my way or the highway, rather than what is good for the country is dooming this great country.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  103. Mysterious

    Is he playing golf on company time? Can he fund-raise and perform Presidential duties simultaneously? No and yes, respectively.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  104. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    No. The President should be elected to a second term and, if we want our county to prosper, we need to vote out every single Tea Partier now in the House of Representatives. There is the problem. They are the sole reason our country's credit rating was reduced. The President has tried to help the economy but the Republicans in the House block it. And, we must have more revenue in the form of taxes. And, speaking of taxes, who the "heck" is Grover Norquist that our elected Republicans sign a pledge to him never, never to raise taxes under any circumstances? I found that our Republican senator here in NC, Richard Burr, signed the Norquist pledge and I am furious! I thought those who were elected spoke to and for the ones who put them in office not to a Republican pundent whose "ring" they kiss. There is something very wrong here.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  105. rick atlanta

    Please Lord! Let this term be his last. Otherwise, America as we've known it, is gone. As nice a gentleman as he may be, his view of America is not the view the majority believe in. This is not a country that was designed to be the "hand-out" capital of the world. Where in the world are the voters who recognize the traditions that made this country great?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  106. Steve

    Is Jack contractually obligated to run this same make believe question every couple of months? Obama is clearly going to win good economy or bad economy, if you don't see that your blind.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  107. patricia todd

    With the WPA (and CCC) FDR created more than eight million jobs over an 8-year period. Since jobs are being created in the private sector, it suggests that certain obstructionists are doing their best to eliminate federal jobs, programs, and funding for the states. Cutting funds to education and parks? Ignoring the infrastructure (Hudson R. Bridge, for example)? Ill-advised at best, destructive and idiotic at worst.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  108. George R.

    Regardless of the fact that the U.S. media is a right-wing propaganda machine, who basically condemns Obama for everything (except the NDAA, which the right-wingers support) for the sole purpose of installing another mass-murderer like G.W. Bush in the White House, Obama will win a second term. If Romney comes up with something better than "it's Obama's fault" for his entire campaign platform, he might have a chance, but I doubt that will happen. Team Romney should put that slogan on bumper-stickers and buttons: "Romney: It's Obama's fault."

    July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  109. Ben

    The economy shouldn't doom Obama; his policies have been frustrated or ignored by a Republican House of Representatives unwilling to engage in anything that might redound positively to the president. The economy should doom the Republican majority in the House, which promised us jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010 and has delivered nothing but an obsession with right-wing orthodoxy.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  110. Bill, Bloomington Il

    It should Jack. He had two years of no GOP interference and failed to acomplish anything. Now he wants suddenly to put America back to work.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  111. ryan

    Yeah, gee, well let's go ahead and give back the steering wheel to the very people who put us in the ditch in the first place. The GOP created this mess, how they have the nerve to even front a nominee this election is beyond me.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  112. taz111111111

    America is waking up. Obama's economic agenda is strangling the country.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  113. Known

    Yea... yea..yea its big bad bush's fault. The dems haven't even tried to pass a budget. Unemployment has been over 8% for 41 straight weeks. Obama had the house and the senate all to himself for his first two years and still couldn't pass a budget , but thats bush's fault.

    He gives out free loans to his donors that go bankrupt (solondra ect.) that's bush's fault. has not meet with his jobs council in 6 months wait that's bush's fault.

    when does obama have to take some blame for his first term. Its been a disaster. The guy cant even run on his record he has to bash romney in every ad. pretty sad. All the while romney pull into a tie in the polls, so his negitive ads arn't doing the trick.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  114. doncville

    Yes it should..nuff said.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  115. Barry G.

    The U.S. economy has suffered horrific—possibly irreparable–damage, due to the abuse, exploitation and corruption between Washington D.C. and Wall Street.

    Does anyone honestly believe that an economy can survive such massive mismanagement, abuse and malfeasance?

    Does anyone honestly believe that anyone can repair such damage?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  116. Jim Charlotte NC

    Jack
    Was the housing market a disaster. Where was the Stock Market, Did gas prices ever get as high as they were during the last Administration. Is Unemployment any higher than it was. Maybe it is time for Obama to go but if Democrats work half as hard to hurt this country as the GOP did over the past 3 years we all may be in a great deal more trouble than we are today.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  117. Jeremy

    President Obama inherited a nightmare and is making the best of it – he ran in 2008 with many promises – and he tried to reach all the lofty goals – it was harder then he thought – but, he never said it was going to be easy! In Pennsylvania, the recession isn't hitting us as hard as other states that I visited. That being said – none of the "rust belt" states are going to abandon him – Some may hold their nose – but, consider the alternative. Talk about disconnected with the common people – Romney is an elitist who is so out there – not going to be the person to help the middle class – I have faith in our President – he will lead us out of this mess!!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  118. Chuck

    In a word No. I know who caused this recession / depression, I know who has spent the last three years making sure Obama and the Country would fail. Now you think we should give the republicans a third Bush term, not on your life Jack.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  119. CurtJ

    Too many Republican leaders have publicly stated they will make Obama a one term president, and they have turned into a political party of no, and to the point of damaging America financially and militarily.
    Obama had inherited a situation of 2 wars of choice, outsourced industries and choice high paying jobs thanks to bribed and conflict of interest and collusion challenged political prostitutes on behalf of their corporate pimps, who have worked, works or will work for their corporate pimps, or were just plain bribed.
    Programs are defunded to the point of inefficiency so the bribed political prostitutes can holler they don't work so they can give the money to their corporate pimps.
    Treason actually.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  120. Rob in FL

    YES! Obama didn't cause the economic problems, but even with all his good intensions he lacks the skills to implement policies that will move us forward. It's time to let someone else take a crack at it.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  121. csnord

    Will the economy doom Obama? For the sake of us all, we can only hope so.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  122. Ron

    It's high time the American people started acting collectively like the CEO of a very large, very valuable company. Mr. Obama has had four years to set the economy back on course, and the job has proven too big for him. He might be a personable guy. He might even be smart. But he's not the right man in the right job at the right time ... and we cannot risk that we'll be saying the same thing four years from now. A new vision is needed.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  123. lt, from albuquerque, nm

    Obama should prevent Obama from winning a second term. You can only blame the last guy for so long, and that time has long passed. Yet the blame game is all we're hearing. Lots of words and little to no action- unless by action you mean photo-ops, fundraisers, athletic team pep talks, etc. Oh yea...and golf.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  124. Kevin

    Given his lack of leadership experience, I am not surprised that Obama has failed as miserably as he has.....

    Everybody always laments the the GOP House will not work with him.....I thought compromise is a two-way street; besides, he could have passed all of his beloved legislation when his party controlled the whole party, but they spent the majority of time trying to pass his signature legislation, which I believe will be his downfall

    Furthermore, his speech in Virginia last week should have opened everybody eyes as to what he believes in......

    July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  125. Charles M.

    Blame Bush

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  126. ben

    human being are lazy and only make adjustments to protect their inner circle, that's why whats in the best interest of the public does change at a very fast rate at all

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  127. Ralph Nelson

    No, be reelected. All economic legislation must start and be passed by the House of Representatives. Since the Tea Party took over the House in 2010 all legislation to correct the economy has been blocked. If you want to correct the problem you must throw out the Tea Party, put the Democrats back in control of the House, have Harry Reed allow economic legislation to pass the Senate on a 51 vote majority, and join with the Europeans to stimulate the world's economies and pull all of us out of recession (just like Reagon did in 1982 Big 8 economic conference). Elect Romney and you get huge cuts and a deep return to recession (as in 1938, 1969, 1981, 1991).

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  128. Phil

    Obama knew the economic condition that the country was in and said he would be the guy to fix it. Too often I hear comments that suggest the economy that he inherited was a big surprise, it wasn't. The economy was starting to fall apart in Sept of 2008, he got elected in Nov. 2008. He ran on turning around this Bush economy. Now that he has not done that, we the voting public should give him more time. Hogwash! He said he could fix it, and he has not. Lets put this in perspective of professional sports team. If you had a team that is not doing well and floundering, does the owner of the team say; well the manager was given a tough situation to deal with these past 3 years, so Im going to sign him up for a 4 year contract, hell NO! You bring in another manager with a different approach. So here is the news alert on this example, WE ARE THE OWNER. It's time to make the change; BO MUST GO !

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  129. Carolyn Grover

    Someone said he inherited this problem. Yes, we were in bad times but Obama came in with the idea to push Health Care and not the economy. He had both House and Senate As Dems so what is the excuse for two years. Obamacare not looking at Jobs.Sorry. He can't use my poor me any longer. One term because of he is reelected this country will not be the same. He needs to grow up and be an adult and take blame when due.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  130. Bob

    Jack, The economy is going to doom all of us, if we do not change some to the so called free trade policies that have plagued the manufacturing sector of this country for the last 12 years. I have seen it first hand in the electronics market, and am one of the few lucky servivors to still have a job in manufacturing. Something has got to change. We can't all be greeters at the local retail store!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  131. JP

    Wrong question Jack, It should be is Obama's handling of th economy going to keep him from a second term, and the answer is yes. New entitlement we can't affort, demonizing business, union puppet the list goes on and on. In a nut shell If you look at everything Obama wants to do we have an example its called Calfornia, high taxes, public sector union calling the shots, over regulation, sanctuary for illegals, hudge deficit, etc how are things working out there we don't need this in the other 49 states.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  132. Janet Pelosi, San Fran

    Of course is should Jack. From day one he has blamed everything from the weather to his poor taste in clothes on the previous administration. He made grandiose promises (lies) about how he was going to fix this and fix that. Yet he was unable to do so. And please, I don't want to hear all the liberal whining about the GOP preventing him from doing his job. The Dems took the house and senate in 2006 (long before the economic melt down) and Obama had Dems in control for the 1st two years of his presidency and he still couldn't pass as much as a simple budget. He said he could fix the economy along with everything else. He did nothing but pass a huge unwanted takeover of the health care system and spent a trillion on the demulis package filling his donors pockets. Get him out of there while we still have a country.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  133. Freedom

    "SHOULD" has nothing to do with it. He campaigned on the economy and promised to fix it. Live by the sword......well, you know the rest.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  134. Suoiretsym

    and as an counter point to Mysterious, the President needs to change to be able to WORK WITH Congress.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  135. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Unfortunately, at every turn the Republican muscle has opposed job creation efforts in order to discredit Obama. The Republicans have no qualms about subjugating the masses to achieve their aim. It's time that the Democratic Information Machine comes out powerfully so that the voting population will be aware that we are in this mess thanks to The Republican hidden agenda. If not he may be a "One term President".

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  136. andyoo

    "will economy doom obama?"
    OF COURSE NOT!!
    beacuase obama already doom economy first...

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  137. dkroll

    But why could obama not get any budget done in two years where he had the majority in the house and senate. Stretch Pelosi has the purse strings then, and noting got done, excepts for spending tax dollars, our tax dollars on failed programs that did not help and put this once Great Country at terrible risk. What he has done or failed to do, is very very said. I sure hope his gold game improved though.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  138. glenn

    Making Obama a one term president has been the main focus of GOP since January 2009. The day he was sworn in, he was already to blame for everything including the bubonic plague in the middle ages (those were democratic rats, Jack) and they will probably succeed. They have no plan to put us back to work. They don't care if health care bankrupts us. In their world, all you need to do is cut taxes and all will be well. They have no other plan. Schoolyard namecalling, inflaming racism, threatening every one that disagrees with them a Liberal or Nazi or Islamist terrorist seems to be mainstay methods of their quest for power. I, for one, am sick of it and will go to my grave never voting for a Republican again. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.............

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  139. Dave R-Seattle

    We now have 12 consecutive quarters of economic growth. Sluggish growth yes, but its still better than the Euorpean economies, and a heck of a lot better than the downward spiral we were in at the end of the Bush administration.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  140. Leon Schmidt

    The DOW is now within 8% of its all time high of 14,164 (Oct 2007) since Obama took office. The previous administration oversaw a 58% drop. In what world is this not a significant recovery?

    The better investigative journalistic question is what is holding down employment recovery in light of overwhelmingly positive Wall Street indicators?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  141. the omni potent one

    If it doesn't it shows how good of a job the media does at propping up thier chosen one.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  142. budgie girl

    If you look at what he was dealt – particularly the subprime lending crisis that was worse than anybody anticipated, a congress that had no interest in helping him achieve measure of success, and throw on top if it a european economic crisis that is really beyond his control, what do you want the guy to do. the fact that the stock market has recovered, we have pulled ourselves out of the recession (look at the GDP numbers), and jobs are being added despite massive cuts in government sector jobs – i think the guy has done a pretty good job. not sure how it could have been handled better given the cards he was dealt – i'm waiting to hear the specifics of what he could have done differently.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  143. RCG

    It's George W. Bush and a Republican Congress that created the depression that this country is now experiencing by giving the massive tax breaks to the super rich. That automatically shifts that tax burden to the middle class. I hope that enough Americans will be smart enough to realize that the economic problems we now face are truly not of Obama's doing.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  144. Bev1412

    The question is, "Will taxes doom Romney?"

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  145. andyoo

    please don't blame obama's failure on economy on GOP congress.
    he had his own Democrate congress for 2 -3 years....and still nothing good comes to live.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  146. Mr. D

    It probably would be. It won't be Romney doing the deed. Republicans, you haven't done your homework. It's time to go back to school to study politics. A decision making class wouldn't be a bad idea either, for you and the Democrats.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  147. Aletheya

    When Romney is forced to release more tax returns – and has to explain how his IRA grew to $100 million without breaking the law – he will become unelectable, and Obama will have a second term. As for the economy, the question is not how much faster we would like it to grow, the question is what would have happened had Obama, the Fed, and even George W. Bush, not intervened. The answer is a depression worse than the 30's. Obama is doing fine.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  148. Phil

    Oh, and for those mis informed that blame congress, he had a democratic house and a democratic senate for the first two years of his presidency and how did he spend his political capital? Did he focus everything on this god awful recession as VP Biden puts it...NOOOOOOO. He focused it all on healthcare, of which 65% of americans don't want.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  149. Ted

    The president has to grow up and quit blamming everything on someone else. He sounds more like a spoiled child than a president. If he can quit with the talk ( that's what got him elected ) and to the walk, then he should get re-elected.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  150. Blue Monarch

    Despite the state of the economy, I hope Obama wins a second term. Perhaps in the second term, there will be more bipartanship efforts to work on the economy. I do not want a president that supports corporate welfare to the exclusion of consumer welfare or the needs of the wealthy over the needs of the poor.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  151. David, Oregon

    NO! Obama inherited this lousy economy from George Bush who thought it was smart to pay for 2 wars with three tax cuts. The president is unable to get anything done because of the "do nothing" congress in particular the republicans who don't want a second term for Obama. It is sad because if congress would have supported Obama from the start of his term and approved some of his initiaves we wouldn't be in such bad shape now.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  152. Sirned

    The rich are doing great under Obama just look at their million dollar donations and the stock market today.. It's the rest of us that are holding on by our fingernails worried about real uncertainty and only Obama is adressing solutions for us.....Romney more glorification of the rich and demonization of the poor.....We seen this movie for 30 years...Keep Obama please!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  153. ricardo1968

    The 'bad economy' has always been the main topic in every presidential race, and no president that I have seen has been able to influence it in any significant way. The health of the economy is an important issue, but in presidential politics it should be recognized as a non-issue, because there isn't a thing any president can do to improve it.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  154. jane

    Do you have selective amnesia.....We have not forgotten the mess Obama took on when he walked into office and how the Repubs have fought him thoughout his presidency.....OBAMA 2012

    July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  155. Scott

    The sad state of the economy will prevent Obama from earning a second term, because his own words of late have unmasked him as a hard core socialist. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was received as pure fiction in the 1950's, but now appears to be ringing true. Scary! People will vote their wallets, and Romney will win by a landslide.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  156. MC, Austin, TX

    Thinking that anybody could have dug us out of the Great Recession completely in just 4 years is wishful thinking. Given the GOP's efforts to prevent passage of legislation the improve the economy (including deliberately causing the US' credit rating to drop) there is no serious argument that any lack of progress is Obama's fault. The reality is that the economy and the jobs picture have been improving slowly in spite of those headwinds. And the regulatory environment is gradually being repaired so that the corruption that caused the Recession does not recur.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  157. bc in LA

    He inherited a mess but he has been in charge for 3 1/2 years now with little progress, so yes, it may be time for a change.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  158. Geecogs

    Mitt Romney's only believable promise is that he will make things better for the rich. The rest of us are second class citizen's who can only envy, but not expect to receive any of the benefits. As far as I can tell, those who embrace his leadership have been tricked or are rich. Obama has done a good job stabilizing the mess without the help (and in some cases with the hindrance) of congress. We are much better off than Europe. Another term and another congress for him!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  159. Scuppie in Portland Maine

    Perpetuate the Myth. Vote!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  160. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Jack, the facts are that President Bush seriously hurt our economy when he poured billions into the Iraq War. The facts are that President Obama faced an uphill battle with opposition from the Republican Party, corporations, and the recent break-away group, the Tea Party. The facts are that Obama has managed to slow down the decline in jobs and restore the economy, albeit slowly...unfortunately, people have amnesias of convenience when it comes to elections, and will likely hold Obama accountable for the slow economic recovery by not giving him a second chance. Such is the rather depressing way of American politics.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  161. TownC

    Mr. Obama's distractions can't change the economic realities in people's lives. Mr. Obama is out of ideas and is fiddling while the economy burns. As his attacks on Mitt become sharper, Mitt's poll numbers continue to rise. He told Mitt to take responsibility for what happened at Bain and so he must take responsibility for the dreadful economy and the terrible unemployment numbers. It's a good thing Mr. Obama can sing. He will need work come January!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  162. Mark

    What's the alternative? More Reaganomics? We've lived under a Republican economic plan for the last 30 years: Low taxes will help all Americans. It's helped a few Americans a lot, but most Americans not at all...it did help pile a mountain of debt onto our nation.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  163. Steve NH

    Jack, my answer is NO. The President inheirted an economy that was headed over a cliff. Things aren't where we need them to be, but looking at the rest of the world (read: "Trading Partners") and the credit cruch/housing and the Euro-zone mess it's a wonder things aren't a lot worse. I'm more conderned with the fact that no-one can seek a middle ground anymore... Congress needs to be kicked to the curb for all the lack of character they exhibit!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  164. Devendra Ray

    You're right. Someone takes 8yrs to destroy the economy. Obama does not have magic to improve everything in one term. remebers the two wars, prescription drugs benefits so many others thing that last persident had done was unfunded...He has done nothing like that..Economy is improving since he is in office...He deserve 2nd term to make stronger the fundamental of economy...

    July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  165. Pat,Fayetteville

    If you want to improve the economy in America everyone has to work together, you cannot expect the Government to clean it up. A lot of this started with American consumers buying stuff imported from foreign countriies, now if your going to move to that country to get work, that would probably be your best bet, since they have all the jobs.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  166. Nathan C., North Carolina

    I voted for Obama and probably will again, though I'll do it holding my nose. That said, I am absolutely (insert series of swear words here) amazed that Romney isn't 20 points ahead in the polls. Normally, an incumbent in a bad economy is doomed, regardless of party or the political mood of the country. The one and only reason I suspect Obama might win is because Romney's campaign seems to be being run by amateurs and idiots. On a playing field in which logic has a role, Romney should be way, way ahead of Obama right now, not essentially in a dead-heat. But yeah... I fear that the economy may well sink Obama.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  167. George from Raleigh, North Carolina

    No! Republican should fear the coming election. They are the ones who have stalled economic progress, fought against their own ideas when Obama embraced them, and generally obfuscated any effort to help the common man. They have only offered old trickle down ideas and slander against the other party. If we reward the republicans for this behavior then we deserve the train wreck they'll deliver.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  168. Ann from Charleston SC

    The economy shouldn't prevent President Obama from being re elected. People think that changing leadership will accomplish miracles, but it won't. We know what President Obama has accomplished – it just doesn't suit those who do not understand that the U.S. is part of a global economy and we are not the only country on the planet. Yes, the recovery is sluggish, but then the Republicans' policies did lead us into this recession. Why don't we just toss a coin?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  169. Roger, Dallas

    "Should" the economy Prevent another term? No. But the GOP is doing a masterful job of steering the public and the media away from discussing how President Bush's policies got us here and that the Republican House has done all it can to prevent progress in the name of defeating President Obama.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  170. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Should isn't the operative word, Jack. The economy, coupled with the palatable distaste for the Health Care act voiced by over 40% of those polled coupled with the regular demonizing heaped upon him by the Republican leadership and Mitt Romney's blatant lies, negative ads, etc. put Obama's second term at considerable risk. Unless the Repugs blow it completely, the operative word is "will."

    July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  171. AB

    Jack, polls come, go and change like the weather. The economy is improving, albeit, slowly. I know people who got hired into a new job after enduring a year of unemployment. Job fairs are numerous and some hiring is taking place in large, medium sized and small companies. Even the government is hiring, contrary to what I am hearing in the news!!
    So, jack, President Obama will be re-elected once the economic improvement gets stronger well before election day. You mark my words!!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  172. Bob Melbourne, FL

    4 years ago the President said he was going to fundamentally change America. What we didn't know was he wanted to tranform America into a statist/socialist society. Any jobs that have been created in the private sector were created inspite of his policies not because of them. He needs the his base to be unemployed or under employed so he can promise handouts. He rewards his supporters with tax payers money.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  173. Chris, Portland, Oregon

    All I hear reasons is because of Republicans, because he was handed a bad economy, reasons, reasons.. Obama was hired by people to be the CEO of United States. Instead of saving this country, he put us in more debt, unsecure economy, wasted investments on green energy companies that wen bankrupt.,etc. Groceries are going higher and higher, no salary increases, no profit sharing, no career advancement, fear of being tax more to pay for entitlement, pay for healthcare. I FEAR MORE FOR THIS COUNTRY IF OBAMA WINS.. HE IS BUT A FAILURE..AS HE SAID, IF WE FAIL, ALL FAIL.. I DON'T THINK SO..He fail but hardworking people who doesn't believe in handouts always WINs

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  174. wcbhwk

    It matters not what Mr. Obama inherited. Simply look at the polling trends, extrapolate out to November against a back-drop of the economy staying where it is (never mind getting worse, which is more likely), he is cooked.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  175. John C from Long Island

    President Obama has done a Good Job. Besides, I look forward to his re-election so I can watch Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck pop a blood vessel.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  176. Trip in Ga.

    President Obama has done the best he can. He has a press corp. that does all it can to spin anything negatively (yes it has an impact on the economy) and a do nothing congress that is insulated by these same political reporters who are personal friends and have become little more then talking point readers. Perhaps it is you and your colleagues who need to be replaced not our president.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  177. cy gardner

    The Wall St. crooks who are donating to Romney's campaign over the President's by a 7 to 1 ratio and the obstructionists in the GOP are way more responsible for the bad economy than President Obama. GOP economic dogma, don't make the rich pay taxes or obey laws, put us into a near depression. Austerity measures in Europe have plunged the countries that turned to them into a double dip recession. Repeatedly, on a range of issues, the Democrats want to solve problems and the Republicans want to extend and profit by them. You have to be terribly greedy or terribly stupid to vote Republican. cy from arlilngton, va

    July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  178. Martin, USAF Retired, South Jordan, Utah

    Yes. No budget. No fiscal restraint. No example. No leadership. No unity. No idea about the difference between a king and a President. No record to run on...no improvement on a single thing you promised. Nothing to say to supporters except it's someone else's fault.
    No more whinning. Step aside Mr. President. You said yourself you'd be one-term President. At least do one thing you said you would.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  179. Bob in Pa

    If it doesn't, his foreign policy alone should. Under his watch and encouragement, the world has been set on fire. From listening to him, it almost seems that he desires to pit American against American and do the same here.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  180. John

    Absolutely not. So that the mean-spirited Republicans in Congress can be rewarded? I find it amusing that Republicans around the country has been able to keep a straight face while blaming this president for a mess that GW Bush caused and their representatives in Congress putting politics above the interest of the country just to make Obama a one-time president.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  181. Mike From Texas

    Coming from a economic metldown and near financial collapse 3.5 yrs ago following the last GOP president, why would we want to go back to the same failed polcies. Are our memories that short or are people just history challanged?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  182. Gonfis

    What planet are most of you living on. This administration has demonstrably made bad things worse at every level and just had one of their senators go public yesterday that they are playing politics with the mandated tax increase hoping people like most of you apparently do, believe they are doing something in your interest. Thank goodness it appears the tide is turning from this administration.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  183. Terry, Aspen, Co

    The simple truth is that socialism has never produced a vibrant, productive economy anywhere it has been tried. It never
    'has rewarded creative people who work hard with success. The only thing it has consistently done is to get people who don't work hard and want someone else's money to vote for it. If Obama is not re elected it will simply be that he is
    using a very, very old failure of an economic policy – called Socilalism. China, and Russia both gave it a good shot and now even they are substituting capitalism for their dramatic economic failures – so clearly pointed out by Hong Kong and other examples of capitalistic success. Obamas policies have been a repeat of all the other countries around the world who have implemented socialism, an abstract clear economic failure. A failure to motivate people to be the best they can be, a failure to reward excellence, as has been clearly and graphically demonstrated by the line of people from all over the world trying to get into the US, not Castro's cuba or Greece or China or USSR. Wake up America, and fire this
    totally inexperienced "leveler of the playing field," before he eliminates the line of people waiting to get in, before his sense of social justice destroys the admirable nature of the American dream. Before everyone is on foodstamps and there are no more rich people to tax! Wake up!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  184. Justin

    GLOBALISM is the No. 1 enemy of job growth in America.

    Democrats and Republicans are both to blame. Democrats create expensive programs and an onerous regulatory climate which makes it too expensive for businesses to operate domestically, while Republicans push trade deals that decimate industry after industry.

    Until someone decides to put America first, we will sink further and further behind the rest of the world.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  185. Scott

    Yes, Yes, A thousand times yes. This inept communiy organizer has made a bad recession worse. next year is a nightmare no matter who gets elected. You need only look at Europe to see where this president is leading us.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  186. Sandstone

    "Ask Mr Bush! Job's Economy Business. I think that's his negatives, now what are his positives?"

    July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  187. anonymous

    Perhaps Obama's handling of the economic situation shouldn't prevent a second term, but let's be honest, politics is about finding compromise through difference. Every politician faces formidable opponents. Truly great politicians achieve results either through reconciliation (e.g. Bill Clinton) because they realize that it is possible to trade some of their ideology in favor a solution of compromise, or through sheer power of persuasion.

    With this in mind, I defend neither the president or Congress. However, the joke we call our Congress is to some degree shackled by the fact that they are a mob, a faction - whatever you want to call it - who are by definition all but incapable of bending dogma for the greater good. (Herein lies ones of the great paradoxes of representative democracy and a root of it's success and failure but that's a whole other matter,)

    So while Congress in its present incarnation is semi-bound to uselessness, the President is our chosen executive leader and should be the one to marshal forces toward reconciliation. He should be the one to show everyone else that all or nothing achievement along ideological lines is an idealistic mirage. His job is not to stand up for only what he believes, but to achieve through compromise. Obama is like most other politicians in that he said he would introduce a new brand of politics but didn't care to actually do it when the going got tough. This was his campaign promise.

    P.S. Anyone who thinks that the Republicans or Democrats are always right are mere children who either do not care to reflect deeply, or are fearful of what they may find.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  188. Donaldo

    In his own words, "if I don't improve the economy, I will be a one term POTUS" The Campaigner in Chief has spoken, nothing more to say.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  189. Shirley U. Jest

    Obama will keep going until he has 51% of the country dependant on hand-outs. At that point, they'll all vote themselves a share of whatever they want to take from the other 49%.

    Democracy is doomed if 51% of the people decide to rob the other 49%, just because they can, or can rationalize arguments why they "should."

    The state I live in is well to the left of center, and is a single-party government. There's no way the right, or even a moderate can get elected, because the left will rouse the welfare state over fears of losing their "entitlements". I'd hate to see the entire country go the same way.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  190. claydo66

    The dirty bathwater residue we know as Obama, is circling the drain right now.Even the media who normally idolizes everything about this usurper is beginning to turn tails and run.The economy has become too large of a pile of dirt to just sweep under the rug.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  191. David

    No. Obama understands that the economy is a complicated machine that is affected in so many ways. The media tries to simplify the concept by focusing on the unemployment rate but it’s important to measure other metrics as well like: growth in manufacturing and retail, increased auto sales, resurgence of home building growth, record growth in stock indexes, corporate capital at its highest levels, and over 4 million jobs created. With the help of the American people, this administration has created a foundation for our economy to grow again. Obama is most qualified to lead this country through the next set of difficult tasks that our country needs to resolve like the debt, income inequality, tax fairness and simplification, education, infrastructure, and creating more certainty. Obama’s life experience gives him the ability to be more objective and fair then Romney when finding compromise on all of these issues. Unfortunately we have been burdened with a Congress who ran on a platform of creating jobs, but have instead settled for repealing health care reform 33 times and making Obama a one term President. We need an electorate that will elect a Congress that will seek to find compromise and expediency when dealing with these issues.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  192. Dick

    Jack- time to take the reins from the community organizer and pass them to a professional businessman who has a record of fixing serious problems. Remember when the President was going to be "laser -focused " on jobs many months ago? Well that focus has yielded little except further division of our great country! Giving the President four more years would likely yield little more than the same. In fact it has been reported- but not on MSNBC! – that the President's Job Council has not met for over 6 months!! Laser -focused??

    July 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  193. DRinNYC

    We can debate all day on whether Obama has done the right or wrong thing. Here's the problem: Congress does not want to work with him. They want him out so I think that Obama needs to go. There's a substantial amount of cash sitting on the sidelines (big business, investors) and that's where it will stay if Obama is re-elected. On election day, I am taking an anti-incumbent approach to voting....you only get one term in an elected position.. I think all of you should consider this too.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  194. Red, White and Blue

    Absolutely, Obama must go. Everyone with any common sense knew in 2008 that a "community organizer" with no record of any kind of business achievement or experience would be a total disaster, and Obama turned out to be the worst president in the last 100 years. To paraphrase the movie "The Right Stuff" - 'Never send a monkey to do a man's job"!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  195. Jack 2

    Obama's weak in almost all areas of the government. He's a weak leader who hasn't the power to get anything done.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  196. DRAKE MALLARD

    Most Americans believe that the GOP has obstructed the President for political gain.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  197. William

    Obama meant well, but you cannot get anywhere with a two party system. The party that wins the election should be given four years uninterrupted to make their policies work, the people then at least can make a choice to keep the party in power or make a change based on performance. Four years goes in the blink of an eye.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  198. Marilou

    The President has no idea of how the US Economy works and welcomes growing dependcy upon the government. He is definitely responsible for the significant growth of the deficit while doing nothing to add in jobs recovery. He demonstrated his lack of partnering with the Republic house/congress when he "forced through" the totally unacceptable Obamacare. He will never understand how to win-win for both parties.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  199. Mark - Independent

    I dont belive it will. The president inherited a huge defict in regards to the ecomny and the deficit. Also, the presindent has put foward many great ideas that both pary can agree on and yet the "DO NOTHING CONGRESS" has blocked him in every way possible. The pople are not stupid to forget who brough us to this point ; the policies of the last 8yrs.. Also given the mess with Europe Obama has been masterfull in navigating trough all this mess.. He ended he war, he pass health care, he save the car industry and provented a depression. I think the Amercan people are not stupid to go back to what it was prior.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  200. dkroll

    Okay, last question, so obama, the democrat led house, and the democrat let senate gets a free pass on the damage they did the first two years in a presidency that will go down as the worst in history? His first term is about over and he cannot or will not take any accountability for any of his mistakes or the damage that he has done to this Country. Again, somebody, please tell me one thing, just one thing obama did that increased our Liberty.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  201. Diane

    The economy has been bad since he was elected, granted nothing has been done to jump start it. Here is a thought, the government is not the one who generates the jobs, it is the common man with ideas. Ideas have to turn into businesses and if the banks will not lend the money, then the business does not get started, jobs do not get created, etc. and the economy just stands where it is, dead stopped. The government bailed out the banks, but they sure have not turned around and bailed out the economy by some careful lending, careful lending should not mean you have to walk on water to get a loan as it appears you have to do today to get a loan. Romney or Obama will inherit a stalled economy and no words alone from either one of them will get it going again, that takes people and institutions to take the initiative.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  202. Billy @ Houston,Texas

    Obama ran on the platform of "Yes, .. we can ... " Despite his upbeat of promising to do it within a certain amount of time and declaring that he then should be a one-term president if not able to, is it really surprising ... after all of the rough spots that this economy has been through – the auto industry on the verge of elimination, the failed mortgage companies, bailed out insurance companies, ... and let's not forget about the House constantly going in the opposite direction because they feel that their plan is better – that it is taking longer than he, or anyone else thought that it would? We gave Bush more than four years ... and that's all we are going to say about that! With a little bit of cooperation, I think that in four years we could be saying, "Yes, .. we did!"

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  203. brian, new york

    Jack,
    No he should not be re elected. Im tired of the "everything was in shambles" excuse. Please don't take the job if you cant handle it or are not qualified. He had 2 years with democrats in congress and chose to cram through a pointless stimulus and admirable but not necessary ,at the time, healthcare act. Blaming Republicans for not allowing him to advance his jobs agenda is just another excuse, where was his jobs agenda before 2010. I wish he did a great job, and acted as he promised us he would in 2008 but he chooses to blame his short comings on republicans and the private sector...He will not get my vote again...truly a disappointment to myself and millions of Americans, who thought this was the Hope and Change we so greatly needed and deserved.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  204. dennis narciso

    Yes. Yes it should.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  205. jean

    If the economy doesn't doe it then it'll be his big mouthj and lies.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  206. MK from MN

    Computerization, mechanization, globalization have worked together decouple productivity and employment. Multi-national corprations can grow their bottom line even as they shrink their payroll. Demographic changes make the New Deal social programs an unreasonable burden on those who can find work. In this new economic reality, political leaders have few levers to pull to increase employment and grow the economy. Those who believe that any President will be able to exert much influence on the the economy live with their heads buried deeply in the sands of the past.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  207. Adam Harrison

    Jack,

    Yes. President Obama continues to hold onto the broken idea that government is responsible for the U.S.'s achievements. He had control of Congress his first two years, passed an enormous stimulus, made promises, and failed to keep them.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  208. mike.g.hall

    I'm so tired of this "let's blame Bush forever" crap. I'm a Democrat and even I'm not buying that load anymore. After two years, it became Obama's economy. It's his economy and it's his failure. BTW, the Dems had control of Congress from 2007-2010 just as the economy started to tank. Coincidence? I think not. Romney 2012.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  209. Adam Smith

    Mr. Cafferty, our economic system is called Capitalism. In Capitalism, the forces of the free markets control that state of the economy. Presidents don't. In Capitalism, the way to rev up the economy is simple: consumers have to spend money and businesses have to hire workers. The dark side of Capitalism is that it encourages business to fire, not hire workers, because workers are an expense, and Capitalism's goal is to maximize profits, which requires minimizing expenses. That's why you get automated checkout lines replacing human cashiers, and it's why you get ATMs replacing of human tellers. Unemployed workers spend less money and the economy slows. Simple as that. The economic slowdown is global. It's not unique to the U.S. Fortunately, we have a President who supported the moves that kept a global recession from becoming a global depression, and we've been in economic recovery since 2010. A good situation, good enough to win my vote in 2012.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  210. Brad, Honolulu HI

    Yes Jack. Obama had 2 years of total Democratic control in Congress, and they wasted those years trying to force the bad medicine that is Obamacare down our throats. They pushed a 'stimulous' plan that they guaranteed would keep unemployment under 8 percent. Instead, it merely rewarded the President's donors such as Solyndra who took the money and filed for bankruptcy, as unemployment jumped to 10 percent and hasn't been below 8 percent since! This President is responsible for the last 4 years. It's time to hold him accountable.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  211. michelle - san francisco

    I sure hope Americans have a little more brains than blame a slow economy on one person. I know people have short memory but please, they should remember what Obama had to deal with domestically and globally, and that considered, I think he did a great job. He needs more time.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  212. Rick C.

    Let's rewrite the title to this story: Should the world economy prevent President Obama from winning a second term?

    Right now, the problems in Europe and rumblings in China are freaking out the US financial system. If they're freaked out, then so are US companies. Remember, they're the ones looking around at the stats and refusing to hire new workers.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  213. Frank

    If the economy dooms Obama, It will be more doomed with rich pandering, profiteering, government for the rich Mitt Romney! He will eliminate taxes on the rich, eliminate Social Security for the elderly, increase military spending on an army that already has over 3 thousand nuclear war heads, invade Iran, the middle class will cease to exist etc.
    It's scary to think a low life like Romney will be president!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  214. Doug

    The economy will cetainly hurt President Obama. However, none of us should forget how inept our House and Senate have been. They spend more time on recess, hashing out polarizing agendas, and giving our money to their friends than helping the American people, and this country. If President Obama is to be voted out, we should vote all of Washington out, too. I have never seen such a sorry group of men and women!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  215. Robert W. North Carolina

    I would think not except for the fact that another president had a similar situation and the economy turned around. Remember Reaganomics? It started a wave that was enjoyed well into the Clinton years.,

    July 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  216. lieswehear

    No not the economy, it should be the quotes printed from books he authored and published. words like:

    From Dreams From My Father:
    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.."

    "There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white."

    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    Scary thought coming from a president who should love the country he was born? and raised in!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  217. Duane - st.pete Florida

    that's what he was hired to fix.....time to rehire a new person. left or right....he has failed. his core base will support him regardless of how much he spends or how bad things get employment wise....but the independent vote has left him.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  218. Charles

    Of course he should lose his job. Anyone who thinks otherwise has no understanding of economics.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  219. Tom in McKinney, TX

    Taxing the rich will not save this economy. The gov't needs to stop the wreckless spending!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  220. Jon, Atlanta

    If he was CEO of any company, he would be fired (or the company would be out of business) after four years of similar dismal performance. The board and employees would be calling for his head. Why should this be any different?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  221. Steve

    Folks- Obama is WAY over his head. He has no clue what to do. If he was a real leader and loved His country he would just step down. Let Hilary take over. Anyone would do better. He is unable to man up and lead. All he does is divide and blame. Just listen to his speeches this week. Forget about your political leanings. He is a divider. And Jack, yes part of the problem is he has had over a 100 fundraisers but hasn't even met with his job counsel in 6 months!! The man just doesn't get it. I'm not mad. I feel sorry for him. Someone throw him a life jacket!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  222. Brad in Michigan

    The presidency is a job and the president has a mandate. He has failed by all measures and needs to be fired and replaced. Many of these comments are ridiculous. Stop blaming Bush for EVERYTHING. Stop blaming Republicans for everything. Much of being the president requires WORKING WITH OTHERS despite stonewalling efforts. The reason the republicans wont meet in the middle is that Obama's ideas are so radical and possess no payback (except for his constituency) for America as a whole. It was a great experiment of putting a community organizer in the highest office in the world, but he just cannot get the job done and the direction of our country is now pointed to bankruptcy and divisiveness. We need a new president to bring everyone (at least those in the middle) back together to make a better future for our children because huge spending, huge debt and higher taxes is crappy thing to hand down to our children. Our children should have every opportunity to become as successful and as rich as possible. Obama doesn't want Americans to become rich and influential. He believes there is a cap to achievement in American. And for that, he should be fired.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  223. Charles

    Why has he not had a job meeting in 6 months?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  224. mapu

    Rommey doesn't have a chance, when people really learn that he is from the planet Kolob, is going to start asking from his birth certificate. Unfortunately, it is in the safe with his taxes, and he lost the key. Even though he really thinks it could be the black guy or gay living close by took it. May be the illegal Guatemalans doing his yard?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  225. Bert

    Sheesh, these clowns are still blaming George Bush. That's pathetic. Yeah, he's getting voted out.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  226. rob

    We all had high hopes when Obama was elected president; the country needed changes then and continues to need changes today. Obama made a tactical error early in his administration; he did not pay sufficient attention to repairing the economy with its high unemployment rate. People often blame Congress for the troubles, but it is Obama's job to find a way to reach agreement with the legislative branch to get things done. This is his biggest failure and the country is paying a steep price for it.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  227. Kevin in Denver

    Not a chance. It will however guarantee the t party will be sent packing as we thinking Americans know where the blame really lies.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  228. Reggie53

    But of course Jack........Obama should not be given that second opportunity to wreck our country even further. If Obama was a white president doing the same nonsense that he is doing, the people would want to vote him out. Obama is getting a pass because people do not want to seen as being racist if they say they want him gone. Obama is way over his head and he himself said that if he could not get the deficit down he would not run for a second term. Well Mr. President you have made it worse so I think you should have stuck to your original plan. But I suppose the power has gone to his head and he does not want to step down. He would rather destroy our country than step down and say I have not done a good job...let someone else take over and see if we can make our country good again. Its just his ego.....he cannot admit that he is a lousy leader and his policies are a total disaster to our great country.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  229. Patrick

    The president isn't doing himself any good with these verbal slip-ups. I am holding off until the bitter end on this one. Too soon to say. We'll see come November.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Kyle from Indiana

    Yes! I know for a fact if I screwed up this bad....well, I know I wouldn't have a job.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  231. Sistwo

    He had both houses of congress the first two years of his term, why didn't they do something then? Easy to blame the republicans and President Bush, but honestly, democrats aren't the answer either.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  232. SEKA

    The Economy is the most important thing right for the Americans, especially the job situation. The White house needs someone who can deliver America from this current situation, and if Obama can't he shouldn't be allowed to continue.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  233. John

    The economy will be his downfall only if Americans fail to understand why we got where we are. Unfortunately, there are too many.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  234. Jeannie Vawter

    I have two things I tell my republican friends...would McCain have been better and what is it that Romeny says that makes you think he will be better. There's no answer to either of those questions. I see more Obama hatrid then solutions. And, yes he does deserve another term. We are in home construction and now have work..it is better. Perfect, no..better yes!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  235. Chris Houston Texas

    Unfortuantely it will matter and that's a shame. Since 1980, with the exception of Clinton's 8 years, the GOP have had power and we have cut taxes to the bone and balloned the deficit. If the GOP Economic model worked, the economy would be on fire and it's not and Mr. Romney wants to continue that same model. Most American's don't seem to inderstand that and it baffles me.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Rick from Ohio

    It probably should not prevent any president from being re-elected. In this case it will be his lack of business experience that may doom him. That and his own misstatements. These statements feed the perception that he has no clue as to what small businesses do to succeed or create jobs. Of course, had he focused in creating jobs by rebuilding and repairing the infrastructure and then working on health care he might not be in the position he is.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  237. Danny S

    Yes, Yes, and YES! Enough of these people who say he was handed a bad economy. They've passed such legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act which takes care of some of the problems from 2008 and it's still a complete mess. If Obama was good at what he does he would have gotten the crucial legislation he needed passed when he had control of the 111th Congress. Bush may have pushed the cart down the hill but Obama has hit the boost button and thrown us into overdrive.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  238. Vance, Savannah, Georgia

    This is the Trickle Down Tea Party-John Boehner-McConnel-we will never pass a Economy Bill that helps Obama economy. JOBS–no help, just cut, cut and let the private sector function on their own regardless of Euro crisis, Droughts, Infrastructuree crumbling, States-cities going Bankrupt, the house collapsing-Nero is fiddiling big time.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  239. dkroll

    Why has every budget or jobs bill the House has given over to the Senate it is refused to even being discussed. Who is blocking who???

    July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  240. David in FL

    All of the Obama apologetics on this biased blog, I'm almost surprised Cafferty could pen the words without facing a crisis in readership. The fact is, the President's record and policies were never a big part of the "plate" despite all that hope and change promise from 4 years ago. And for all of you people who point out that he inherited a GWB mess, you have no more excuses. This is Obama's economy. And if you know its a mess to begin with, why do you waste all of you political capital pushing Obamacare down America's throat? Reform is needed and I agree with some of it, but GET THE JOBS BACK FIRST.. Get the engine of the economy running before you saddle it. Obama could not, because he does not have the relevant experience.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  241. Rees Cramer

    no .....the president is doing ok If Congress had balls instead of Grover we might get someplace.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  242. Tom

    how can the GOP blame Obama when their nominee has been the pioneer of outsourcing, bankrupting companies, and sending jobs out of the country. No on talks about manufacturing jobs being send elsewhere. How about the same old GOP policies with horrendous job growth........a fact of each and every GOP President. And then there's the total focus of making Obama a one term president right from the start. How would anyone improve the economy when the cooperation is nil. He deserves a 2nd term!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  243. Jeff

    No...the economy will not prevent President Obama from winning a second term. He's kept the economy from going down the toilet 4 years ago by bailing out the automotive industry. He's a smart, compassionate American who only strives for the best for his country. We could have been farther down the road to recovery if the Republicans in congress had only wanted to work with him instead of against him.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  244. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No the economy shouldn't keep Obama from winning the next election because it's still too early to tell and the Republicans know this, that's why they're trying to taking their best shots now. Otherwise the Republicans have nothing to fall back on.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  245. micheal

    I think the president has done the best he can. The Republicans from DAY 1 whole plan is to say no to the presidents plan. So he s had no chances. So throw out the bums in Congress and reelect obama

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  246. garycarl

    Obama is not alone in this economy.
    How many jobs has the House of Representatives and the Senate created? How are they working with the President to fix this economy.
    No one should be reelected to office whose ideology is to lie, blame, and characterize another for the leadership they themselves lack.
    Obama should be given four more years and be able to work with a sensible congress.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  247. Jacque Downing

    It shouldn't because if it hadn't been for what little bit he was allowed to accomplish, the economy would have gotten much, much worse than it did. Had he had any cooperation, it would be a whole lot more improved that it has been able to reach, simply because of the *Obstructionism*, organized and perpetrated IMO for the partisan reason of insuring he did NOT get re-elected. IMO that was also unpatriotic and detrimental to the whole country and the majority of it's population.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  248. stephen

    Not when the alternative is a vulture capitalist who will cut all social programs out of the budget so he can give tax cuts to the rich, excelerate climate change, increase defense spending without a need to do that, and lead us to another financial collapse because he will be wanting his rich friends to get everything out of the economy they can. The best answer is to vote all the republicans out ans then maybe the democrats can actually pass something to help start restoring the middle class.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  249. Bill

    Remember "THE PARTY OF NO"? Everything that pres. Obama tried to do, the GOP blocked. That is why the economy has not improved more quickly. If the president doesn't remind people about everything that was tried, and the GOP efforts to block the efforts, he will lose. The result will be tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the rest of us. Bill from Piscataway, NJ

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  250. KM

    I like Barack Obama as a person. As the POTUS I have not been particularly impressed. Personally, it appeared as if all of the arrows that the president had in his quiver were entirely too quickly used in order to attempt to "stimulate" the economy. A more limited and targeted approach might have yielded similar results, but at least we would not have the level of debt that we are currently carrying. I also agree with the Romney camp in its assertion that the current methodology of character assassination by the president is "beneath the dignity of the office". It appears as if there are a lot of Americans out there who feel the same. If you're following the public opinion polls, the change in numbers seems to bear that out. I have no doubt that not all of the movement in the numbers has to do solely with the economy. If the president truly desires to have another four years in office, he might want to consider explaining to the American electorate exactly what it is HE plans to do to improve things as opposed to merely trying to find ways to discredit his opponent. Based upon the current numbers Mr. President, that strategy is not working.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  251. John Keida

    OMG, Jack. Slash taxes and regulations on the one hand, or, Keynsian spending and spiralling debt on the other. It seems like the whole political/economic thing may be broken beyond repair. If so, then what? Too scary to think about!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  252. Henry

    No, Obama should be re-elected, because if Romney wins we will all wish George W. Bush was back in office.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  253. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    No, Jack. It isn't Barack Obama's fault that we've got so many treasonous Republicans in Congress who would destroy our country rather than have Barack Obama succeed with anything. This is the ultimate of racism.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  254. Frank, Jacksonville, Florida

    President Obama should not be re-elected, not just because of the poor economy but his ideology of a government oligarchy ruling over a dependent society and his "transformational" philosophy designed to diminish the Bill of Rights. He had it in his hands to do the right thing and but he was never committed to it.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  255. Alex Landi

    CA
    Jack-
    If President Obama doesn't get reelected in November, it won't be the "economy's" fault. It will be his incompetence and lack of understanding of what America is all about. His desire to "fundamentally remake America" has been a disaster. This election is about saving this country. Obama said that if he hadn't turned things around by this time he would be a one term president. Let's make sure he keeps at least one promise.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  256. patrick

    Whoever wins we all lose.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  257. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Absolutely not. Anyone with half a brain who has been following President Obamas trials and tribulations wit regards to the economy might agree that this lousy economy is being fostered and perpetrated by the do nothing Republican Party. Lets not forget that from day one of Obamas term in office Mitch McConnell and his party had but one goal and that was to make sure Obama serve only one term. THAT IS THEIR PRIMARY CONCERN. In other words "SCREW THE COUNTRY JUST SO WE CAN GET HIM VOTED OUT". The Republicans have never taken any responsibility for this mess and would have us believe that it all happened on Obamas watch, he created it, caused it, and it won't get any better because of him. In my opinion the Republicans have a very good knack for selling this Country down the river in order to get into the White House.This myopic obstructionist ideology stinks to high heaven. You'd think that the right wing religious folks under the Republican tent would be bothered by the stench but no, they just put on airs. I will take Obamas economic policies over the trickle down (don't eat the yellow snow) theory any day.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  258. Dick M.

    Obama doesn't deserve a second term, or as a matter of fact, any other political job ever again. Got to be one of the worst do-nothing good presidents in our country's history.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  259. Osilama Abu from Ontario,Canada

    Hey Jack,
    The economy will not hinder Obama from being re-elected.The American people are aware of the frustrating impediments of the Republican party over the past 31/2 years to make Obama fail.In this election a blow to the Republican party in November elections will send a message to future politicians that you were elected to work with your opponents and solve the countries problems.
    Obama,will definitely- by God`s grace win the 2012 Nov.elections.Imagine a Mitt Ronmey Presidency-No health care for the poor,all the 1% associates buying up every poor person in America,Banks raising interest rates to 15%,10 different wars at same time to keep the defence industry running,White house hosting all the 1% parties to decide how to further allocate America to cronies,oil prices going for $15 per liter so the companies can make more profit.Unemployment benefits no longer payable,Taxes for the rich fixed at 2% and for the poor at 20%,because according to Ronmey -they are not working hard enough,Unions proscribed,Rush Limbaugh made white house press secretary,Michelle Bachman-secretary of state and Herman Cain-Defense secretary to electrify the fences of the US against all nations.

    Obama 4 more years.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  260. Uwe Pickering

    The Republicans are still trying to destroy the economy before the election. The are filibustering as hard as ever, and they do not care what happens to the American people, they just want the power to destroy every social program and women's health care. They are trying to use fear and loathing with no real economic policy initiatives. Kill social programs, fund wars, and feed the rich.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  261. Americans Hang onto your Shorts

    Obama should be given the opportunity for a second term. Let him finish what he started. If American's elect Romeny, hang onto your shorts....he will cater to his buds and keep the wealth in the inner circle of America and does not include the middle class. When an individual vies for the highest job in the land and does not make his personal and business credentials available to all Americans – this is a RED FLAG! The President's life needs to be transparent to all – no skeletons! Romney has skeletons that he is either ashamed of or embarrassed to share! Either way he is not the person to steer the ship.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  262. Raymond

    No, It should not. It's amazing but people forget that the republicans haven't done anything for 4 years. Except say NO. No to the jobs bill that would put millions to and back t work. Rebuild infrastructure, etc. Now it's reelection time and everybody is worried about fund raising that the president is doing. THE JOBS BILL is out there, why not have the republican who haven't done anything for 4 years, work on that. That alone will get Obama re-elected.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  263. DemsMeanItWasntMyFault

    The Liberals on this comment continually cry: it's all the Republicans Fault! Question #1: Do Dems take any responsibility for our completely broken legislation? Question #2. If you "blame the Republican House in 2012" why do you not blame the Democrat House (instead of George Bush) from 2006 – 2010? You know, those years when Pelosi was in charge.

    Of course Obama should lose his job over the poor economy. His policies and politics have a great deal to do with the sad state of affairs. He made many promises and didn't deliver. Oh, and Dems, you do know that Bill Clinton was most effective when he had to work with a Republican legislature. I love selective memory - it's so much fun to watch crybabies continually talk out of both sides of their mouths.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  264. Mastercon

    Social Security will be axed by 2014 to pay off this country's debts. It is the only solvent amount of money now and if seniors vote for Obama they are all cutting their throats...SS is the first thing this guy will go for when the money is needed very quickly to pay off anything we now owe which is a heluva a LOT!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  265. Ceemak. La.

    President Obama should be re elected.....there is NO ONE who could have done better......NO ONE....When we give President Eisenhower the credit for the Super Hwys,........he had a Congress that passed the laws..to get it done.....President Obama has a bunch of Grover Norquist pledges........ who,s only ambition in life is to fillibuster, bluster, accuse, oppose, cry, and whine......to work with.....

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  266. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    No, Jack. George W. Bush – the great procrastinator – openly admitted he left so many problems to his successor. Is it any wonder he's been so busy cleaning up after Bush?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  267. Dawn

    Congress should have put the American people first, instead of obstructing everything the President tried to do to create jobs, i.e., the Jobs Act, and stimulate the economy. Now, a bunch of rich, old white men are spending zillions of dollars, to twist the President's words and take them out of context. CNN is the part of the press...why don't you report this truth? Because you know the Presidency is up for sale this year (the Congress has already been purchased) and Mr. You're so Bain is the poster boy for the downward spiral of the great Country.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  268. Vinetender

    Of course the economy should prevent another term -. Carney said that the Jobs Council has 4 jobs producing projects already under construction. What ARE they? Why aren't these talked about? What's the PLAN? Where's the progress? Throw us a REAL bone. The President is too busy to meet with the Jobs Council? It's as if Obama is busy straightening the pictures on the wall, and no clue that the house is burning down. It's clear that Obama is in over his head when it comes to the economy. He has no experience with economics of any size, and has no economic vision. Party politics aside, we must hire the best person for the job – it isn't Obama.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  269. Ben Sims

    Jack, No! As often stated President Obama did inherit a bad economy the worst we as Americans have seen since the Roosevelt administration. This economic problem is like turning around an aircraft carrier it takes time more than three plus years. Americans must learn that patience and determination to see this economy improve is the key. We've come along way since Bush let's stay the course and President Obama will lead us through this storm to a more promising future. Patience people patience! The best is yet to come but not under Romney!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  270. garycarl

    Obama should have another 4 years to finish.
    How many jobs has the Congress created? How has the House of Representatives improved the economy?
    We are all in this together, and stonewalling, blame, lies, and the lust for power is all their faults.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  271. mkuske

    It should. Yes, he was handed a mess (one who's roots extend back to Clinton's 1990s HUD), but HIS policies have done nothing but prolong the malaise. He is responsible for that, especially considering he had a super majority Congress to rubber stamp his initial programs.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  272. Paul North Dakota

    Absolutely! Blaming your predecessor after 1 year? Okay I'll give that to you. After over 3 years? No excuses.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  273. David in FL

    I keep hearing all of these excuses coming out of the Democrats who post on these boards: :
    Blame Bush,
    When that gets tired, Blame Congress,
    When that gets old, Blame Bad Luck,
    When people won't buy it,
    Blame (__________)
    Own your crap, fix your crap. So tired of the excuses.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  274. sandra

    We need a new President....

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  275. irving

    Imno expert. I get most of my information from the media. And one thing i hear all the time is. A president cant create jobs. Then i hear its president is responsible for the unemployment. Then i hear Europe is a big part of our economy. Should the president be to blame for this mess. I don't know as soon as you can figure it out let me know.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  276. Alfred Fiks

    Yes, unless the Republican candidate's prospects for economic solutions are even worse -- which they definitely appear to be. But Obama will need a Democratic Congress, too. Will he get it?
    Alfred, Costa Rica

    July 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  277. ron

    We gave Bush 2 terms to destroy the economy. We should give President Obama two terms to fix it. In 2009 unemployment was 10% and the DOW was 6,626. Unemployment is now 8.2% and the DOW is 12,943. How quickly we forget.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  278. Ram Manchi

    Obama inherited one of the worst situations – accruing debt from irresponsible wars, failing economy due to incompetent administration of GWB. In spite of Democratic majority in congress, Obama made sincere efforts to work together on a bipartisan basis. It is a shame that right at the beginning with Mitch McConnell declaring GOP's primary agenda is to fail Obama, at the expense of the national interest. Therefore, GOP needs to be wiped off in this election and Obama be given an opportunity to complete is mission by re-election.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  279. Mike

    Yes; I don't believe the government creates jobs but I do believe it has a tremendous effect on public opinion which is the driving force of the economy. The current statistics would suggest the public doesn't have much faith in our current president.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  280. mick puleo

    obama can't lose as long as your network keeps propping him up with rosy assessments from your "political analysts"
    who have only one objective, namely to keep a liberal democrat in the white house. whatever happened to objective
    reporting, jack? what network can i turn to if i REALLY want to hear both sides of the issue?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  281. Sophia, Georgia

    No, He did not create this mess and he should be allowed the second term like the rest have been given over the years. Right or wrong they were all given the opportunity to at least try to fix what is broken. So we owe it to him to give to give him a fair chance to at least try. Fair is fair.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  282. Dave in WA

    Republicans made a mistake obstructing policy to improve the economy. They've taken blame while trying to create a situation where they could blame the president. It's really backfiring on them now.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  283. Ken

    Of course not! He has tried to get the economy going time and again with bills to create jobs to build up our dilapidated infrastructure and Republicans are set against anything that might improve the economy at the expense of the most wealthy. And if Romney gets in they want to cut spending and see how much worse they can make things. The Repubilicans created a mess in the Bush years and think they can go back to doing that if they can get Obama out. Elect a hedge fund guy to solve the problem?? He wants to privatize everything so all the value the 99% have paid to create The Commons is passed to his friends who can't figure out which write-offs they will use next year to add to their profits.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  284. An Independent Voter from Minnesota

    YES! Definitely! The President complains that Washington politcs has not changed. The reason we voted for him in 2008 is to use the power of his leadership to bring Congress together and work together. Most people have forgotten that the Dems had the Congress for two years and still the President could barely get anything done. The President as a leader has failed. Do we need another 4 years of it? NO! We need someone who can bring about the unity of congress and create jobs. It's the corporations that create jobs, and not the government. If the corporations are strong and feel that the rug is not going to be pulled out from beneath them, they will start hiring. Right now we need a Republican President who is economically savvy to get the country ahead from the looming financial cliff. If America continues to keep spending more than it's revenue, and keeps borrowing to cover the gap, one day America will have to declare bankruptcy. We need to curb the spending and find a way to increase revenue. I sincerely believe Mitt Romney is the man of the time right now! I have nothing against the President, it's just that he had 3 years to turn the ship around and he has not been capable of doing it. America simply cannot afford to keep going down the same path for the next 4 years.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  285. Biffgee

    The economy should make him a one term president. President Obama thinks that government comes before capitalism. Without our capitalist republic and tax GENERATING businesses, there would be no tax CONSUMING government. Without a vibrant, capitalist, private sector there are very few jobs! Just check the want ads and websites. All of you recent graduates will have a very hard time finding a good career of your choice if there are no businesses. And Mr. President, someone's business IS their own property, not yours.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  286. Roderick- Dallas, TX

    Obama has done a pretty good job all things considered. Remember how bad things were when he took office? Romney, and other people like him who have shipped jobs overseas for bigger profits for them and their investors are the problem not the solution .Romney didn't care about American workers then and he does not now (if he did, why did he out source the job of keeping his money to the caymens?) I think anybody that is honest with themselves knew that companies shipping jobs overseas was going to rear up and bite us in the pants sooner or later.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  287. David in FL

    Then there's the president's "jobs council." It hasn't even met for six months. The White House says Obama has "obviously got a lot on his plate" while Republicans suggest he's had time in the past six months to attend more than 100 fundraisers and play golf 10 times.
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    How dare you say that Obama is not worried about Jobs, he's been focusing on not losing his for a long time.. lets be fair ok?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  288. Sandy

    I see it this way... Obama had 4 years of waving his magic wand and nothing has happened. I am sooooo tired of the empty promises from both candidates. America will probably be no better if Romney wins but let's give him a chance to wave his magic wand. There are many issues on both sides that should prevent both of the candidates from winning so what can we do? Everyone has skeletons in their closets and many unanswered questions that will probably never be answered. I want to know when a candidate will appear that is actually working for America and not themselves. I hope to vote for that candidate in my lifetime.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  289. Gary from Virginia

    Well Jack the economy is a big issue but when you compare Romney and Obama would a Romney presidency be worse than what we have now with more tax cuts, cut backs in health care, more defense spending for more wars. Obama looks like the least scary choice.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  290. solex

    What gets me is that Obama is really in a no-lose situation. If he wins another term, great. If not, he gets to retire to a nice office and personal secretary and a healthy 200k per year pension and free health care for him and his wife forever.

    If he wins, all that stuff simply h appens four years later.

    So the only people that will lose if Romeny wins are the middle class.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  291. Bryan, Austin, TX

    No, the economy should NOT prevent Obama from winning a 2nd term. With companies sitting on the most cash they've acquired in over 50 years and overworking their employees, they could hire more people and help unemployment if they really wanted to. I'm sick of hearing how the wealthy are the job creators. Perhaps a few are, but certainly not all of them. Why not have CEO's give up their ridiculous salaries to hire more rank-and-file employees?.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  292. Steve Seagrave

    No. I am a conservative republican and even I am aware that this mess was created under my team's leadership. We supported the various stimulus packages when President Obama took office but have since sat on our hands preferring to demonize the President instead of compromising to get something done for our nation. Unfortunately the President has failed to fight for doing something and BOTH parties seem to now be more interested in throwing rocks than getting to work for our nation. Reagan was able to "cross the aisle" to get things done. There are no "Reagans" in Washington these days.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  293. Peoplelikemysterious

    Obama had TWO YEARS OF COMPLETE CONTROL. So you goof libs need to take responsibility and admit you guys are terribad.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  294. Atlanta

    Jack, I think it's bias programs like this that FEEDS the negative politics we have. The very sick expression on your face is a dead give way of your true beliefs. What ever happened to America and respecting the highest office in the land? America grossly disrespected our former Pres. Bush. No one is perfect! God Bless America.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  295. Think Clearly, Newburgh, IN

    Hey Jack,

    When did you join the Romney Campaign Team? I used to think you were neutral but apparently Not. What happened to the NPR Poll and the Fox News Poll showing the President in the lead as well.

    I you want to talk about the Economy, please include all the President's proposed Job Bills blocked by the Republican congress if you really want to have a fair conversation. So we know what both sides are doing

    Until then, You will be very welcomed at the Fox News Channel...

    Thank You for trying...

    July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  296. Common Sense

    "Lack of Leadership" from this president's part will kill his second term.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  297. jo in Cal

    If the people that want President Obama out are not multi-millionaires like Mitt, Rove, Norquist, Rush and,the Kocks, Adelson, foster Friese, who are buying this election, will get a very rude awakining. These corporate types are only interested in what will turn them a dollar, no matter who it hurts. If they think that things are bad now, hold on a minute. President Obama is working hard for the 1% that are not. Didn't the GOP start to derail the President on the day of the Inaguaration?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  298. Name*Stacy

    No, it shouldn't keep the president from winning. Regardless of the person in office, the economy can't really be changed that much. However, if Romney were in office, it would continue to get worse.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  299. KenB

    Should the economy prevent the President from winning a Second term?

    Absolutely. The choice before us is abundantly clear, Governor Romney will restore the American economy and all the opportunity inherit to it. And President Obama will continue to try and revise the American economy to suit his more socialistic beliefs.

    Mitt Romney helped save the 2002 Winter Olympics, Governor Romney helped turn around a floundering state economy in Massachusetts that had to contend with significant projected deficits when he took office, he turned a deficit into a surplus, and unemployment was lowered to 4.5%. America needs someone with a proven track record of handling tough situations and turning them around. Mitt Romney is that man.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  300. adgnyc

    The economy is in the tank not because of Obama, but because of the party of "NO" who was determined from the day Obama won the election to make him a one-term president. They have done everything they can to make Obama look like he's failed. Obama was handed a pile of crap from the Repubs, and he has done the absolute best he can to make it better, constantly having to fight against the Repubs. They are the ones who need to be worried; Obama will win in a landslide.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  301. Brad

    I'm a partner in a technology company that's been in business for 20 years. I have never seen a President that knew so little about the economy. I'm creating high paying professional jobs and we contract with individuals in all 50 states. How many of you people commenting on this blog actually have to make a payroll? It's very easy to vote with your party, but I would like to see you keep professionals employed with the poor leadship from this President. He may not have created the economic mess, but he certainly has no idea how to begin to improve the situation. Look at how he wasted his first 2 years of his presidency on health care (that you rarely hear him comment on the campain trail) instead of creating jobs. He is clueless on how to create a private sector job! You should all be concerned about Obama's true lack of pure executive skills.

    Brad – Minnesota

    July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  302. Trish in AZ

    Certainly, it shoud spare us a second term. We all knew what challenges to the economy–the soaring medical costs, stagnation in housing, rising demands on public assistance and the like, that our demographics would present beginnging in this decade, immigration issues notwithstanding, when the oldest Baby Boomers reached retirement and Social Security age. Shame on this Administrationand the legislatiure for not putting in place economic policies, and protections and limits on public programs, PRIOR to this disaster!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  303. David in FL

    My dear democrats, if the tables were turned you would be calling for the President's head on a diamond studded platter. Let's pause for perspective and truth. The Job's board hasn't met in 6 months? Come-on... It's the economy!!! Do something or get out of the way.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  304. Brian

    People who blame Congress on here do not remember I guess that both houses were Democrats in the presidents first two years and nothing got done. I think both sides have messed up and need to take parts of both sides plans to fix things. Bill Clinton worked with a Republican congress in the 90's and things got better. Both sides need to work together and use universally supported ideas to get things on track. Things like lower spending on entitlements and military, fix tort reform, keep taxes low for everyone, eliminate waste and fraud. All these are things that can be done and are supported by most Americans why can't both sides work together. The great president's have all worked with the opposite party so either Obama gets better at it and he then deserves to stay or he doesn't and he should be voted out. The key is that the parties work together for what is best for American.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  305. Ray Raza

    Honesty and hard work. (2) One child per person policy. And (3) Every citizen should force their governments to waste less on defense and invest more on tourism to create local jobs.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  306. ALLAN HORN - ST. PETE, FL

    Actually Jack, the economy should prevent McConnell and Boehner from being re-elected. They are the ones who have blocked or filibustered virtually every one of the attempts to pass legislation that would create jobs or finance research in order to prevent Obama from winning a second term.

    I consider such behavior anti-American!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  307. Don Gee

    Obamah's biggest problem is the just say No Congress. He has had some very good ideas that Congress refuses to pass just because they are his ideas. I am going to be very curios to see how many of these freshman Congressmen are re-elected. Americans' have to re-learn the art of thinking and stop being so gullible. We cannot just believe it just because our party says it. Think America-we are in trouble.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  308. Willa45

    It was the Bush Administration that started all the fires and now the GOP has done everything in their power to prevent this President from putting them out. If the Economy crashes and burns again (it almost did in 2008), it will be on the GOP, not on President Obama. The worst part of it is that Mitt Romney isn't running to create jobs here in the USA, he's running to finish what Bush started..the hostile corporate takeover of America and it's good 'ol boy Mitt who will serve the US on a platter.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  309. Oniel

    Jack, should the fact that MIT Romney haveing off-shore accounts, file false report to the SEC, and think that he can hide frome the American people how he really got his moneys. Stop him from running for President; I guess not. So why should anything stop the Presedent.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  310. Ann K

    The over-8 % unemployment rate began as a result of our country's financial meltdown which began before President Obama ever took office. If it weren't for the measures he's taken our economy would have totally collapsed & unemployment would be far higher than it is today. Yes, President Obama deserves a 2nd term to continue bringing our country back to where it was – back when we had a surplus instead of a deficit, back before we weren't waging unnecessary wars, back when our houses had so much more value, back when people were civil to each other even if they disagreed politically.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  311. omahakidw

    Really ? This guy has the gift of gab to the point everytime he says something, people beleiive it. There nio wat this guy fdeserves a second term. He told us all something in 2008, aand since then he`d changed the conversation regarding his contest with Mr Romney, and we as Americans have bought into this "smooth talker" from Chicago ,100% ! No way throw him and his policies out . You can`t keep doing the sames things and expecting a differant result. In this case Mr. Obama . Time to go

    July 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  312. Meghan Duffey

    This election people will be voting based off of what is in their pockets. With the economy stalled, and the issue of the budget coming back to the table right around the time of election, Obama is facing an uphill battle.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  313. Nancy Beaver

    Obama has done an unreal job keeping this nation together after what the George Bush group of thugs did to this country. We voted for change and the Repulicans have voted against us at every turn. Our only hope is to vote every bum out. (vote 33 times for the health care bill – come on – get real.) We are coming back now – slowly but coming back. It scares the hell out of me that the Republicans would do if they get back in control – another war, more best pals on Wall Street in our pockets. And Romney (Romney Scissorhand will use those scissors – not on our hair but on our Health Care, Taxes for his rich buddies, cutting programs needed for the unemployed) He is most likely still moving companies over seas and keeping all the secret money going off shore. Do his kids work for him? WAKE UP!!!!NANCY/TULS

    July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  314. O.T.

    Obama was a community organizer. He knows nothing about creating jobs. That's not partisanship, it's a fact. You might like him. That does not mean he is a good president, or even an acceptable one. The U.S. economy has no chance of growing strongly until a new president is elected. 2012 would be much better than waiting until 2016 to have this demonstrated.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  315. Frederick

    The real answer is no, because he didn't create it. This economy is the brain child of the repubs of how our country should run, yet if you ask one about it..they all will simple do a Romney & blame someone else. After eight years of distruction, it will take more than four to put it all back together again. Frederick....Atlanta

    July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  316. Mei - Mass

    Jack – the Dems took over both houses of congress in Jan 2007 as I recall, and Barak Obama, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank were all part of it when the Dems took over. At that time un-employment was 5.5 % and GDP was 3%+. Well, look at us now. I don't buy the argument that the recession was all the GOP's fault, and as a small business owner I'm sure I don't like what we're hearing from President Obama lately. No more time Mr President – I'll take my next chance on Romney, thanks.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  317. NJ from Michigan

    Jack, what if this economy is a kind of 'new normal?' If so, will any President have the ability to institute the tools for a turn around? What troubles me about Mitt are the Bain matter as well as his refusal to provide full disclosure on taxes. Let's keep Obama; we already know what we have. He's done alot and he can do more (if the Congress would step up to the plate).

    July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  318. Arlene, Illinois

    Have I missed somthing lately or have the Republicans changed the alwaysNO votes to YES.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  319. Rick

    This guy has sunk his own boat. I voted for him in 2008. His hope and change has morphed to doom and gloom. He has a good line of talk, but lacks substance. In short he is a bag of wind, ill wind at that. I am one of the Independents who was fooled the first time with other members of my family. While we are not wild about Romney, our slogan this time went from Hope & Change to ABO....ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  320. Ancient Texan

    Nothing Obama has done up now has worked and soaking the rich will not make any difference either. THe amount raised by raising taxes back to Clinton rates on the $250,000 and up group would be devoured in 8 1/2 DAYS.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  321. Charles

    Your question was offensive in that you misrepresented what President Obama said. It was clear from the full clip of his speech that he was referring to roads and bridges helping businesses to succeed. Please apologize for perpetuating this right wing insulting lie. Any American with integrity or decency will denounce the Republicans for this purposeful misrepresentation of President Obama's uplifting and uniting words. This country has thrived under the leadership of President Obama. If you want a job or a better job and better health, then do not vote Republican/Tea Party – they blocked every effort by the President to ensure that your life would be much better by now – economically and physically. If you want the USA to go down the toilet and become a third world country, then vote Republican/Tea Party. If you want to live in the USA and be proud of your country, then vote against the Republican/Tea Party. If you claim to be Christian, then be it – stop voting for Republicans/Tea Partiers who embrace greed, war (mass murder), and persecution of the sick and the poor.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  322. Emily Jones

    President Obama should not be denied a second term because of the Economy. We Americans have watched while the Republican Congress has blocked any effort that he has presented to create more jobs. Example: The Jobs Bill. I do not know how many times the president has met with his Jobs Coucili recently;but I do know that he has already met with them enough to know what needs to be done and with their suggestions, created the current Jobs Bill, that the Republicans are blocking. This President is about Action, not Show.
    Also, if you are going to quote what the President said in his speeches, then you should listen to the entire speech yourself and take an out of context from a Mitt Romney Political Ad. I heard and read the entire speech and the President was referring to the the fact that the roads and bridges that he had spoken about earlier were not built by the Small Business Man;not that the small businessman did not build his own business. You seem toe so obviously biased towards Mitt Romney and it is a shame that you are in a position to quote those bias views on CNN.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  323. Laura

    No. I am a 63 year old life long Democrat however I have, up until recently, respected the Repubs for their point of view. Sadly they are now a party of fring wing foolish people that act like they are auditioning for a second rate saturday morning children's sitcom every time they are in front of a camera. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. I know how I will vote and think that our nation hasn't completely lost its mind and come the second tuesday after the second monday in noverber all will be moving forward and the Repubs can go on ranting in the frings and hating the Gays, people other than white, non christians, etc, etc, and march at the abortion clinics.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  324. Cath

    No. But if congress doesn't improve, how will the next term be better?

    July 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  325. Michael

    Funny how the Republicans blame Obama for the unemployment caused by Republican blockage of legislation that would create jobs. It's even more funny when you realize that taxes are now the lowest they have ever been since the 50's on the top earners, and that with mostly Republican policies has led to jobs being shipped overseas. I know, let's elect a Republican!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  326. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    I know you don't want to hear this, but the answer is NO. It is the Republican CONGRESS that has shot down, dragged its feet, obstructed, delayed, etc. any kind of "real" economic (read: jobs) recovery in their sole aim to make Obama a one-term President. They don't care if they hurt the economy, they don't care if people lose their jobs, their homes, their pensions, their healthcare (medicare and medicaid), their social security (which is NOT NOT NOT an entitlement–working people have paid into SS for years), they want the middle class to go the way of the do-do bird (become extinct).

    It is CONGRESS and only CONGRESS that has the power to tax, to spend, to pass legislation. Take a good look at the Constitution, Article I, §8. The President does not have these powers. We have a GOP Congress that has refused from day one of Obama's presidency to work with him. They've put themselves, politics, hatred, and their wealthy masters first, ahead of the country.

    Jack, you really need to be more balanced; your biases are showing yet again. I believe that Fox News is hiring more President Obama haters.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm |