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January 27th, 2009
04:23 PM ET

How would you rate Pres. Obama’s first week?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's been one week since Barack Obama became our 44th president, and a busy week it's been–signing executive orders, meeting with his teams of advisers on the economy, national security, Iraq and the Middle East. He's also been meeting with lawmakers from both parties trying to win support for his emergency stimulus package.

How's he doing so far?

In addition to getting his feet wet, the new President is learning some things along the way.

For example, the White House press room is where the press is, and if you don't want the press to ask you questions, don't go there.

If you're going to ban lobbyists from working for you, you have to ban the one that used to lobby for Raytheon from working in your Defense Department as well.

If you're going to close Guantanamo, you have to have a plan for what to do with the inmates there. A couple of them have turned up in recent al Qaeda videos.

You can't overturn President Bush's executive order banning abortion funding for charitable groups overseas without incurring the wrath of right-to-lifers in this country.

And picking a fight with the corpulent Oxycontin aficionado of right wing talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, will mobilize a bunch more on the conservative right and begin to down your approval ratings.

But the new President seems to be weathering the storm quite well. The latest Gallup Poll, taken over the weekend, gives him a 69% job approval rating.

Here’s my question to you: How would you rate President Obama's first week in office?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Andrew in Alamo, California writes:
Jack, as long as President Obama continues to distance himself from the Bush administration like he did in his first week, he will maintain his support nationally. It is too early to grade him on his performance, but I like what I see so far.

Markel from Houston writes:
Obama has been impressive. Congress has not. Change takes time. Obama is making his mark. He is still trying to show Congress a new, involved management style. I believe that our hyper-partisan Congress should look to the youngster for guidance on how to get along with their colleagues.

Joey frpm Yankee Island, New York writes:
Personally, I would give him an F. He is doing all the things he thinks are politically correct and not what the American people want. He needs to cut the pork out of the stimulus and not try and get the Republicans on board with some sort of barter. Pork is still pork and it is the taxpayers dollars that they are spending. Plus he moved a criminal into the Treasury Department.

Susan writes:
I think his first week in office has been outstanding. Reagan use to be known as the Great Communicator. I don't have a catchy phrase to describe it, but President Obama has demonstrated through his actions and words, that he understands the basic human need to communicate and be respected. By going to the State Department to inspire that workforce that has been shabbily treated, to going to the Hill to meet with the House Republicans, to granting a first interview to the Arab media (a stroke of genius), I am more excited than ever about his presidency and the future of our country and the world.

Kay from West Virginia writes:
I give him a solid D. Comments like, "Well, I won, so I'm going to get my way" are in no way bipartisan. Signing executive orders with so many loopholes to give himself wiggle room like he did on the Gitmo issue is a complete copout. Making new lobbying rules and then immediately giving one person a waiver is a reminder of the kind of thing we've seen for the last 8 years. Where is the change?

Jeremy writes:
For a guy who has walked into hell, he seems cool as a cucumber.


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soundoff (975 Responses)
  1. lvta, Maryland

    I very impressed with what he has done in his first week. As a matter, he has passed my exspectitons, Pres. Obama is all about the business of the people of the USA and abroad. God is Blessing America

    January 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  2. Dave from Orlando

    He’s off to a good start. But so far he has only done the easy stuff like limit his staff’s salaries. I’m still waiting for him to prosecute all the treasonous acts of the previous administration and I haven’t forgotten that he voted to legalize the criminal act of spying on Americans w/out a warrant and to further immunize all the criminals from prosecution. He also voted to turn over a trillion dollars to the banks w/out accountability or conditions. So I’m not expecting much.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  3. stefan

    simple
    i feel like he did more as a presidential nominee rather then him being president

    January 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  4. stefan

    i feel like he did more as a presidential nominee rather then him being president

    January 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  5. George

    Using George Bush as my yard stick of comparison, Obama looks like he has been in office for the last 8 years, and now Bush is beginning to see that he deserves the lowly numbers of approval. It still baffles me that when you ask no one that I talk to thinks Bush did a decent job, so where does the 27 percent come from. It is my bet that if a yea, or nay vote was taken today, you wouldn't hear 27 percent approval.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  6. lvta, Maryland

    I am very impressed with what he has done in his first week. As a matter of fact, he has passed my exspectitons, Pres. Obama is all about the business of the people of the USA and abroad. God is Blessing America

    January 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  7. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    Never a dull moment. I don't know how long he can keep courting Republicans, though. If they can only support a stimulus package if some of the stuff for poor people is removed to make room for more top end tax cuts, then they will have to be shunned. How much proof do they need that tose types of tax cuts are counter-productive and are in fact part of the problem. Are they blind to the facts or do they think everyone else is?

    January 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  8. Shawn Postell

    I'd say it was everything I expected. It really doesn't matter what he does, most media outlets will run cover in an effort to keep up the Obama image. If the former President, or possibly any former Presidents of the modern era, had written as many excutive orders, had nominations with similar background issues or interviewed with a media outlet other than a major American Media firm as their first major interview as President, is it hard for me to imagine that the headlines would have read much different?

    Either I'll be labled a loon or a kool-aid drinker – the only thing I'm impressed with so far is how the media coverage has changed for the sake of Hope and Change – imagine what could have been accomplished if this were the prevailing feeling eight years ago. Gone are the days of journalism – let's usher in the Emperor's New Wardrobe.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  9. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Pretty good Jack, he fulfilled some of the promises he made on the campaign trail overturning some tragic policy by proclamation. He began the posturing with the republicans and the far left dems to sort out the new pecking order in the government. he got right to work.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  10. Charles in Dallas, Tx

    Obama has been more direct and more active his first week in office than any other President I've seen in awhile. It's a great feeling to know that he's just not basting in the glamour of being the first African-American President, but he wants the American people to feel that his administration makes to make things right again in america and he wants us to feel safer. This messed up economy he's inherited has been screwed up for years, we understand it's going to take sometime. I'm sick of hearing every day about the big corporate CEO's, etc, that's willing to let their companies go belly-up just so they can go off to tropical islands and live out the remainer of their days with little or no concern not even a guilty conscience.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  11. John Vizzusi

    "Regardless of the latest Gallup Poles, I give him 5 stars or 100% rating! He has gone immediately to work on the Economic issues at hand... he is dealing with Abortion, closing Gitmo and working on a fast exist from Iraq. Plus he is going after "Hate Talk Radio" which will most certainly add evidence for a Fairness Docturn. He is ending "Division" and has lived up to everything he said he would do in the first 100 days. "What more could anyone ask for?
    John V. – Orlando, Florida

    January 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  12. Bill-Miami Fl

    First week is impressive . Seems to be doing a lot of work. Whether or not everyone agrees with what he is doing is beside the point for now. At least he is actively involved and trying to change things.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  13. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I think President Obama has had a fantastic first week in office, He hs done a 'great job' so far!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  14. Eric Godfrey

    Since I feel that protecting the country is important and that capitalism is a lot more sucessful than socialism I would give President Obama an F for a grade. He is closing Gitmo and he wants us tax payers to pay for these killers and thugs trials. He also wants to have these people housed in our prisons. While we are at it we should probably support their families since the bread earners have been tortured by loud music and sleep deprivation over the last few years and haven't been able to make an honest living. He is also wanting to spend more of our money for government programs such as ACORN(4.1 billion with a B) and other crooked outfits. For all of you that think this is just a right wing perspective please look up socialism in the dictionary and compare that to what President Obama is doing. He is trying to take control of banks, financial institutions, and wants to give welfare money to individuals that pay no taxes. By the time all is said and done he will make Jimmy Carter look like a genius.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  15. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    He talks a good game but his few votes have not been to our benefit, Rather, they were in favor of big business and criminals. So I’m not expecting much in any part of the disaster area formally known as the USA.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    Personally, I think he is off to a good start. His executive orders to close GITMO, to return to the Geneva Conventions, and to reverse our national loss of respect in the international arena can only help.

    Results are more mixed on the ecomonic front. He's got to get buy-in from both parties for his economic program, and meeting with the Republicans this morning was a good idea. If he can get buy-in from at least 1/3rd of the Congressional Republicans, it will cause serious embarassment to Congressional Democrats that they aren't doing more to help. Make some cuts on the program, and get SOMETHING out there that can help NOW, work on more long-term issues later.

    I did find Senator McCain's comments on the economic stimulus program humorous...coming as they did from the Presidential candidate who said that he didn't know as much as he wanted about the economy. He hasn't had to sell any of his houses, yet, so I guess he doesn't know what the rest of us are dealing with...

    January 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  17. Irv Lilley

    Jack , That question , is the type a waiter asks when a person has hardly begun to eat his meal. What do you think the answer will be?
    You should ask this question next year. I'll bet you get a lot of feed back.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  18. Beverly-NYC

    Grade A for a first week. Smooth transition, most of the cabinet picked and confirmed, executive orders signed. Only Republicans will find something to complain about. Americans elected the right man at the right time.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  19. Jayne

    I'm elated. I give him an A+, 5 stars and 100 on a scale of 10. Every day he overturns a Bush atrocity and continues the long, tedious process of restoring our country's image in the eyes of the world. For the first time in many years I'll proudly hang the stars and stripes from the front porch.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  20. Askia Omar

    Im trying to figure out why some Americans are expecting President Obama to have fixed everything by now? It took 8 years to create this mess, and some Americans have expected things to have improved significantly. I mean, It took God at least 7 days to create the earth, yet President Obama is only allowed 120 hrs to stop a couple wars and recover a bankrupt economy.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  21. erico sobeach 33139

    Charming, very charming. As soft as tissue paper. Wait till it begins to turn to sandpaper, with a whole nation left holding the (empty) bag of promises.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  22. Eddie from Chicago, IL

    He gets an A for effort, but we have yet to see the political ramifications of this expedience. He is certainly working hard to find the happy place between keeping the very liberal promises he made, and the promise to end bipartisanship.

    Its obvious he, unlike most politicians, really is trying to alter the way discussions take place in Washington. The problem is that it doesn't look like Washington takes him seriously yet, and he is at some point going to have to force bipartisanship down their throats with iron first. Old habits die hard, and there are a lot of *old* and stubborn habits in Washington. It sounds odd, but President Obama may have to figure out a way to force both sides to compromise or they will just go on smiling at the idea of bipartisanship but continue with the "childish things" when the cameras are off.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  23. Rex Richardson

    On a scale of 1 thru 10 I would give him an 8. He may not have all the answers, but Obama is not running from the problems that he has inherited. And compaired to G. W. Bush, Obama is like a breath of freash air after you have been locked in an outhouse for 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  24. Thomas in Alabama

    I think President Obama had a pretty good first week. He seemed to be doing alot with his time. Maybe he should think twice before visiting the press pool, but I can't think of one major misstep during these first days.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  25. Ron in Ohio

    I would give him a good rating. Our family, white by the way, feels he is presidential, intelligent and knows what is ahead. We feel much prouder with him as president. Good things will come. Realistically, President Obama knows there will be fights, and setbacks, but he will keep the goals in mind. Yes, good things will come.

    Ron in Ohio

    January 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  26. odessa

    i would give him a "A-' so far..if the old party poopers aren't supporting him on anything, he needs them to tell them to keep eating peanuts and suffer for the next serious elections because the citizens of this country are fed up with elephants ruining things all the time..his own party having egos issues and some of them don't stick together like glue..blue dogs democrats voted everything with bush and now they want to be conservative on government spending with president obama..i really see this as a joke to hurt the country instead helping our country getting back on track..obama needs to stick to his guns and stop caving in to the republicans..gop only care about the white house and themselves when it comes politics...president obama better start fighting back hard and drop them like a basket of potatoes..

    January 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  27. Barbara - NC

    I think he has done quite well. I'm happy.

    But, some of CNNs talking heads should have run for the job -– they seem to know so much more than anyone else in the world. HA.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  28. Surjit Atwal

    he is doing very very well. I would give him an A

    January 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  29. Steve in Michigan

    On a scale of one to ten ... I give the guy a 5.

    The good news is... he didn't do much.

    The bad news is... what he did was completely wrong.

    The other thing that came to light this past week... is Obama's idea of "swift immediate action" ... is really "SWIFT LEGISLATION" ... signing nifty little orders now... that don't take affect for a year... like closing Gitmo. Or, a passing an "urgent" stimulus package where 93% of the money doesn't even get spent THIS YEAR. (CBO data, folks, don't argue this point.)

    Also, he clearly depends on the same old white guys that have been screwing everything up for decades.

    Obama's style seems to be "quick sign this... no need to actually READ things...." so we can address some urgent issue with urgent legislation that... in reality... doesn't even do anything in the near future.

    YAWN ....

    When is Washington going to change?

    Remember change?

    You got elected on change....

    Took less than a week to resume business as usual in DC....

    YAWN.

    Wake me up in 4 years to vote again.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  30. Lynn from Tennessee

    Jack,
    President Obama has far surpassed my expectations. I think he is off to an excellent start and I give him an A +++!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  31. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I think he accomplished a lot in his first week. He acted on campaign promises and is trying to earn the trust of the American people as well as to unify Congress. He gets an"A" from me.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  32. Malcolm

    I thank God that we now have a president who is willing to work for the people. Now if we could find replacements for: Pelosi, Reid, Bohner and Kantor we would really have true leadship.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  33. David of Alexandria VA

    About average, maybe "at expectation." Obama has spent the week administratively signing a bunch of sort of ho-hum executive orders, to fulfill some camapign promises. Most of the orders seem to be simply to "study" something. Close Gitmo, if you can; see if you can end the Iraq war in 16 months, if you can, allow federal funding of stemcell research on human embryos, which was never actually ever stopped.

    I put this week in the category of the pre-game warm-up - practice your routine, routinely. Don't get hurt. The real test starts with the openning kick-off - consider that the stimulus plan.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  34. Al - Powder Spring, Ga

    I would rate President Obama's 1st week as excellent considering. He has a lot on his plate and i'm glad i'm not him. But he's a very intelligent man and thinks before he performs and i like that. Unlike some of our president's in the past. Some perform by emotions and hatred instead of analyzing things first. So keep it up Pres. Obama, like any other job you are going to make mistakes in the beginning but give him time quit all of this negatism. We should have press down on Bush more than just to let him do whatever he wanted to do.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  35. Harry Dikland

    Action for carmakers ,giving them 17 billion in cash wont add one job
    Why not buy up all the cars in overstock, sell them cheaply to those never able to buy a car .Working single mothers ,seniors and other working poor
    Put a 3-5 year stop to overseas import.
    This would immediately start up the production lines at the big 3 and the spinoff would be huge ,add the renewable energy plans and start on them right away. Let the banks stew in there own problems .Give carmakers a line of credit that allows them to pay wages till sold cars put them back in the black
    Silly ? mayby just an idea I was bored ok lol

    January 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  36. justin

    people are saying he doing too much two fast...i think its nice to have somebody doing something positive at all! There's your change

    January 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  37. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Even with the mess George Bush and the Republican Party left for the rest of us, it has been like a breath of springtime in January.He must be doing great or lousy old Rush Limberger wouldn't be whining so much.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  38. Linda in Florida

    President Obama has done more good during his first week than Dubya did during his whole eight years!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  39. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, I will say he appeared to be really busy. He started out the week charting the course of the nation, admonishing both sides of the Hill for the partisan divide, issuing executive orders to deliver on promises during the campaign including closing Gitmo, but the must promising news of the week was the interview where he spoke directly to the Arab world. He has wasted no time in getting the business of the nation in order domestically and internationally and I applaud him for that.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  40. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It is hard to judge the President's performance in such a short time sapn of a week--he is off to a good start---let's hope that it is a good ending.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  41. KarenB, Florida

    as expected. no yellow brick road rolled out. now instead of all the promises of things to be done "right away", it's back to reality, making exceptions–takes time–may take longer than expected.....etc... things coming to light all of sudden that were hushed up during the run for office. the ones who thought otherwise, well - has reality set in yet? Perhaps it started setting in for those standing in the cold in DC on
    Inauguration day.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  42. Dee

    Obama hasn't shown anything yet. IMO he is still all style and no substance. At some point he is going to have to make a decision, take a stand on something. Oh, and this media man-crush is sickening.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  43. Lee in TN

    So far , he has passed with flying colors. He came in with both feet beating the ground! I know it will take a long time to get back onto the right track, but ,now it seems that the long is somewhat beginning to shorten

    January 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  44. Jaison From NYC

    Jack!!!

    Not Good because he had insulted American People 3 times in one week. 1, He should have address American people 1st then Muslim countries and their citizens. 2, He has been putting down again and again our past Administration in front of world community. by the way past Administration were American right??? then isn't he suppose to protect any Americans in any situation??? if he wants to do good in world community then go ahead but don't let down my American fellows.
    3, Yesterday he has hinted to Republicans Law makers, stop listening Rush Limbaugh and work toward bipartisan and pass the bill. so he think Rush Limbaugh's political view is wrong and only his political view is right??? if he think that's right then he insulted Rush Limbaugh's political view and in America every citizens has right to express their views right?? so he had been 3 times critical toward Americans or their views. i think he should stop putting down Americans once and for all. i think he just want to work for only world community then America.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  45. Jana

    His 1st week is his honeymoon. He hasn't done anything to speak of. My opinion is on reserve for not but not exactly holding my breath.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  46. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    president obama first week i n office:
    Not as impressive as I thought -he has the 'power'
    He did say " I WON" that was good.
    As for as I know, he hasn't sent 'thank you' cards to all th e countrys that supported him.
    He hasn't sent anyone 'a get out of town'card yet.[DC]
    I think there's some real method to his madness.
    method-def.-the regular'common sense' way of doing anything
    madness-def.-rage "not seen yet'. I haven't heard how his meeting with the GOP went today.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  47. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Now that is what I call a good President. He is so refreshing to see and hear. I just beg Americans to give him a chance. He is far better than W. and will bring good to America. May God bless my neighbors for choosing Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  48. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Obama hit the ground running, as promised. He will be a breath of fresh air compared to the man we just sent back to Texas. The "in" box is certainly stuffed, but it looks like Obama is ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. Very impressed so far.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  49. Terry in Hanover County

    Okay, but I wish he had dumped Geithner. The new Treasury Secretary may turn out to be Obama's Achilles Heel. If I can remember to pay my taxes even if it means I eat rice and beans for a few months, then Geithner had no excuse. Once his tax issue was known, he should have bowed out or been removed from consideration. I think this was Obama's first mistake.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  50. Sherry Gardner

    Outstanding!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  51. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    Out of a scale of 1 to 10 a 9.5. We actually have a live human
    being in the Whitehouse, not someone who is just taking
    up space and counting the days to clear brush!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  52. Carol, Lakewood Co

    Report card for one week: Obama has energy, he follows through, he has good game!

    Colorado Mom

    January 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  53. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I think he is doing a good job regardless of the swiftboating attempts of the republican party trying to discredit him and tie his hands.
    He is OUR sincere, intelligent, capable, compassionate leader and we, the
    American people, support him on his policies, principles, efforts to
    stear our country from further destruction. He has initiated some good,
    important executive orders and there will be more to come.
    He does need to realize the republicans will never unify, continue
    their politics as usual and let the voters determine their future,
    which is dismal.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  54. Billy G in Las Vegas

    definately better than Bush or Clinton. as long as he continues to focus on getting the economy turned around and doesn't get caught up in any minor political garbage, I think he will continue to do well.

    one thing, though. he needs to take a lesson from FDR and give up on this "bipartizan" foolishness. he has the House and the Senate is close enough to where he can overcome the "RepubliCAN'Ts" there IF he gets the support of a couple of their moderates.

    in the last two elections the American people threw the party of Bush out on their ear because they were tired of their baloney. the Elephant is irrelevant.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  55. David in San Diego

    Such microscopic analysis does him a disservice. Give him at least the traditional "first hundred days" before trying to evaluate his efforts.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  56. Joe in DE

    yes, Congress needs to reassert equal authority. Executive privilidge should be limited to discussions between the President & an individual.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  57. Marieth, Chicago

    I believe he's doing an excellent job. He's a brave man to take on the disaster of the previous administration. God bless him. I have his back.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  58. Ray in Nashville

    He has hit the ground running yet he has also let us know that there are no quick and easy fixes. There's no quick way to undo 20 plus years of stupidity and calousness, but he's doing his best. I give him an A.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  59. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    I think he came out with "both guns smoking". He wants to get things rolling and fast. He knows we do not have time to lay back and say oh lets see what we should do that will not make waves. The Obama
    Tsunami is under way and we just have to see the results. Keep it up Obama!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  60. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Just the fact that we can understand what he is saying is exhilarating and refreshing. Although one week is not much, it already feels better to have someone in charge who can finish a sentence without pulverizing the english language. That alone instills a level of confidence that was never even remotely possible with Bush. All in all, I'd say he's doing better than expected.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  61. Richard in Kansas

    Jack,

    He has made numerous decisions but we don't know the outcome of even one of them. How would anybody know how he is doing just because he's decided on some issues.

    People say he is doing as they expected. If expectations are that he makes a bunch of decisions in the first 2 weeks then that's pretty lame. Expectations should be that he makes the RIGHT decisions.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  62. Kooky in CA

    He has accomplished far more than I expected him to. I can’t compare him to Bush because there is no comparison. Now he needs to get over his trying to cooperate with Congressional Republicans that don’t want to cooperate and who have no clue as to what the country needs or wants. He has to move on, despite them, and let the 2010 and 2012 elections speak for their incompetence.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  63. Al in IA

    Just great. It's nice to have a president who thinks.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  64. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Jack he has the biggest job in the world and it can't be done in a week. I think progress of the week was fine. The huge things are ahead and it's going to be interesting days. Lets see how bold he will become with things here at home because our past is going to haunt us for a long time to come.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  65. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, he's hit the ground running, makes me feel like I've had eight years of dirt washed off me. Imagine someone in Washington actually working for a change!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  66. carson

    just amazing jack ! he is not kind of the person who would feel well living in the white house as bush was . i might wonder if bush were still in W. house and the country will go burst very soon .

    January 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  67. peggy minnesota

    To busy working extra hours to watch Cnn Jack .I'm off next Monday maybe I can catch up.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  68. TB Pittaburgh Pa

    Ambitious. Who knows if these children we have elected to Congress with play well with each other long enough to do anything of importance.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  69. Frank from Peterborough

    It takes a lot longer to fix something than it did to break it and lot a longer to restore something that was torn apart so for much of what needs to be done it will not be accomplished for quite some time to come.

    Having said this Obama has to be given high marks for doing things through Executive Orders that needed his immediate attention and that will bring America back into the 21st Century while restoring some of the country's image throughout the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  70. Kerry Diehl

    I give him a big fat ZERO!
    ….Considering he has reinstated the use of our tax dollars to again fund abortion clinics (if I’m not mistaken, he even supports partial birth abortion as well) but chooses to close ‘gitmo’ and feel sorry for terrorists and murderers. These detainees if brought stateside will possibly be released by our liberal system only to wreak havoc again!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  71. Teeps, Pt Huron, Michigan

    He's doing pretty good. He has a big mess to clean up. The REP. left this country in a huge mess. In August Bush and McCain said the economy was fine. Look at it now. Its going to take awhile to fix it. I hope we don't go into a depression before its done.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  72. Brenda

    President Obama is doing a great job thus far. I give him an A.
    He is reaching out across party lines and he has most people
    behind him. Let us not forget that it's gonna take we as a people
    to help him accomplish his missions and we pray that GOD
    will continuously protect him and his family.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  73. Don (Ottawa)

    After just one week he has already surpassed Bush's 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  74. John from collinsville, Illinois

    Jack ask again in 94 days the bread is just starting to rise!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  75. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Jack, I think he is having some minor hiccups transitioning from legislator to Chief Executive, but his actions show that he is progressing well. However, I get the impression that he is in danger of going down the road that Jimmy Carter did and forgetting that with responsibilities as large as his you need to delegate. He must understand that his role is to provide vision and decision. Once he does, I think we will find that history will look upon Barack Obama as one of the best, truly worthy of comparison to Lincoln and FDR.

    Please post this question again next year.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  76. Katiec Pekin, IL

    He insulted that sleezeball Limbaugh?? Give me a break.
    Yes, everyone is entitled to an opinion but when a person
    continuously rants and raves for further destruction of our
    country he deserves no respect.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  77. Natalie Dayton, Oh

    Jack, this guy's first week continues to make unprecedented news and history. The hardest thing for humans to do is break old habits (including partisanship ideas). Obama continues to reach across party lines, race lines and every other line honoring both campaign promises while asking America and the world to rethink positions for those that will inherit the earth after we're all long gone.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  78. Sunil Grover

    One week is too little time to pass judgment either way and I recognize that it has sizzle so in my humble opinion.....

    President Obama has made some bold and decisive moves that seem to be aimed at creating an image of "ready on day one." While these are strong leadership traits and clearly deliver on "Change" their impact is still to be seen. He is doing what he said he will do and that is good.

    I'm sure there will be roadblocks and disappointments but so far so good....

    January 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  79. Robert

    Superb!
    He closed GITMO = A
    He is reaching out to Arabs = A
    He is working on passing the spending Bill = A
    He prevented his staff from coming back as Lobbisits = A
    He is working on moving up the Average MPG for Cars = A

    .. . . all this adds up to a whole lot more than Bush did for the American people! Im looking forward to the next week!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  80. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl

    Jack,
    He has done more positive things in one week than the last administration did in one year. I just hope he has the stamina to stand up to all the nay sayers and continue on a positive note. Maybe we will see a change for the better or maybe the worse is yet to come as a the result of the past . What ever happens it will take TIME, you know "things I must earn".
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    January 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  81. Willow, Iowa

    I think he has been busy, but I think we need to give him more time. He can't organize everything in a week. He may be good, but he's not that good. but once he gets everything connected together, I think we'll see that he's been doing wonderfully. It helps when we have intelligence in the Oval Office.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  82. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I rate Obama's first week at 90%. I don't care for his flip/flop on Lynn in the Defense Dept. If it's a no lobbyist zone, then President Obama should hold to his convictions.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  83. karen-phoenix

    President Obama has a BIG mess on his hands. So far, especially compared to the last eight years I would give him an EXCELLENT!! Especially last night when he talked to the Arab TV network. He's talking and listening to them, NOT being the bully on the playground and bombing everything in sight. We truely do have HOPE. NOW, the republicans better get behind him and mean Boener, Kyle and their buddies because we, the American people are feed up with republican crazyness and in 2010 there will be NO MORE republican party! And I WAS a republican for over 40 years!! Like most, NO MORE!!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  84. Ted

    I feel we have a front row seat to a great work in progress.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  85. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    President Obama is off to a good start and it would be better if the press would focus on people who rob us blind like John Thain who redecorated his office to excess and Citigroup's purchase of a $50 million private plane after getting a $45 billion cash infusion from the government.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  86. JR in Norfolk VA

    Never has a President issued so many executive orders in the first few days of his term, but he still could have done a few more. So I give him a B in Dictatorship and a D in Democracy. I'm still holding back the grade for Miracles until I see when spring will arrive on Groundhog Day.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  87. Doug - Dallas, TX

    I think it's been pretty good considering what he's up against. We as a country have to realize the problems won't be solved quickly. I have never seen such coverage of a new administration like this. Today is day eight and I can't wait for someone to perform the "miracle" that everyone seems to expect.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  88. Erik, Oregon

    Refreshing, since taking office he has inspired me to actually 'tune in' to whats happening daily. My concern with this is that it has become quite evident that reporters keep refering to President Obama as, "Barack Obama" instead of the name of privilege that the voting majority has bestowed upon him and his office since our great country was founded. Please, consider this as a major question?

    January 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  89. V.K. Raman, Sparks

    A+ at Harvard/Yale/Princeton standard

    January 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  90. Tanilan

    I give President Obama an "A" for effort. But like he told the nation, we have a long hard road to go, before we are back on track.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  91. karen

    Well it depends if you listen to the MSM or listen to C-Span. He is jamming his Stimulus down our throats. I think he is going too fast too soon. Just like the last bailout. The sky is falling The sky is falling!!!!
    Where did that get us??? This package that is going to be Obamas real mark has to be Bi-Partisan. Not Nancy Pelosi trying to get all her crap and pork stuffed into a bill that Obama is claiming is going to create jobs etc.

    We will never get a fair asessment from the Media on Obama. We have to just sit by while men weep and tingling feelings at his presence.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  92. Tina (Texas

    Outstanding!! We finally have a man who stands for principle and is willing to help us breath better and since everyone wants to quit depending on Middle Eastern oil and rely on elelctric. Maybe we can save what is left of this old planet before we all become extinct.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  93. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i think president obama has done a good job in his 1st week as president and expect he will do better in the future.he is 100% better than his predisessor george w. bush who is the reason we are in the difficulties we're in both economic and foreign relations

    January 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  94. David from California

    I like Obama but he spent the first week telling us that any time now we're going to engage in some bold and and swift action. Set a course and sail Mr. President.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  95. Mark from Kansas

    5 STARS (if there is nothing better)... 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  96. NANCY M.- Colorado

    I give him the highest marks. If only the Republicans would get off their high horses and see the big picture in what President Obama is doing, or trying to do in the face of those who think their job is to oppose everything.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  97. Charles Miller

    Has anyone been counttng the number of trips President Obama has already made to capitol hill? It seems like he has already eclipsed the four times Bush 43 went there for States of the Union addresses. A presidential lobbyist in chief! Finally a President is getting the congress to THINK and not just stonewall. What an breath of fresh air!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  98. John, Buffalo, NY

    Stellar! He has ended the injustice of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has stated in no uncertain terms that the United States will follow international law. And he has curbed the over-reaching of the federal government with respect to what is not an issue of privacy rights, but of federalism.

    I'm waiting with bated breath, though, to see what he does with the space program.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  99. HD in Phoenix

    I would have to say that Obama's first week in office is most impressive! Unlike Bush who was on a perpetual vacation to build up is Rubber Stamp Congress after he first became President, Obama is focusing on the actual issues and is demonstrating that a Presidency can and should be doing multiple things at a time domestically and abroad. Obama has hit the ground running and it is refreshing to see someone like him who has grace, is articulate, can actually think and is not some power hungry, control mongering moron like most in the GOP who have had this nation in a stranglehold over the last eight years.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  100. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    I give him a B -. If he care`s about our future he need`s to go after Bush and Co. or we are doomed to repeat the bafoonery of the past eight years. Then i will give him an A .

    January 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  101. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Seeing the amount of crap he has to clean up, after the Bush administration......he is off to a very good start.

    Ordering the closing of Guantanamo with in a year......re-instating America's "no torture" policy......reaching across the aisle to get Republic an's to work with him.....

    This man is ambitious, to say the least. Most of all....he is honest, loves this Country and wants to make it great again.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  102. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Until I can get up in the morning turn on CNN and hear the talking heads make some positive comments about the state of our economy, I will not comment on " how am I doing " Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  103. Melissa from New Orleans

    I'm impressed with him in his first week. Very impressed. His cronies... not so much. Someone needs to tell Pelosi and Reid to shut up and back their leader whether they want to or not. The last thing we need right now is infighting because they want to push the Democrat Agenda. And btw, I'm a Democrat.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  104. Ted

    What grade does Obama deserve? D- (at best)...he hasn't done anything other than institute policy regarding lobbists and ALREADY had to make an exception with his cabinet nominee. He hastily issued some exec orders WITHOUT thinking through the ramifications. Are you kidding me? Same ol', Same ol'. Obama is minor league at best. Obama is turning out to be the stuffed suit his naysayers said he was during the campaign. T minus 4 years and counting!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  105. John in Arizona

    If American CEOs had been putting in workweeks like the President's we wouldn't be in the economic mess he is now working overtime to fix.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  106. Phil from TX

    Well, I believe he has done a good job breaking from the previous administration. To name one thing he did differently was not taking at least a third of the week off for vacation....

    January 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  107. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I believe Obama has a great start in his first week and give him high ratings for:
    Attacking the
    Bush policies that
    Created this
    Disaster of a
    Failed economy and war

    January 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  108. Marie Ontario

    Actually Jack any informed person who thoroughly understands all the problems but domesic and internationally will certainly appreciate what the Obama administration has done in such a short period of time.

    Unfortunately America seems to be polluted with a large section of people who get all their information from the Rush's, Sean's and Bill "O"'s of the media which of course doesn't provide them with any of the facts or reality.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  109. tim power

    I give him an A- . He has been calm, directional, is listening and is fair . In Canada we wish in abig way we had a leader like you have .

    January 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  110. Katherine Palmira

    AMAZING!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  111. Timer

    Well, on a scale of 0-100, I would rate the road of 'bumps and obstacles' 100. I would rate the President's performance on this road, 75.

    I think he needs to be a bit more realistic when it comes to the media and reporters using any opportunity they can to get 'the story' – most definitely ask questions. He handled it okay, but he needs to get over the irritation of it. He's the President now, it gets worse from here.

    As far as Rush Lip-and-Mouth, I agree with you Jack. I don't think it's good to for the President to refer to sensationalist personalities by their names. It only promotes THEIR cause, in his case: hatred, ignorance, and mis-guided farts!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  112. Richard Sternagel

    President Obama is speaking to the American people more frequently than his predecessor. That is real change. And yes, I feel President Obama gets an A for his efforts this first week. He is trying to be inclusive in his dealings with Congress.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  113. Shane from Montreal

    He's gets an A for effort.

    The Republicans (as expected) on the other hand get an F for trying to stonewall him at every turn despite promising to work with him during the election.

    PS Canada loves President Obama too!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  114. Keith - Cleveland

    Well Jack, According to the bar chart that I am keeping on the Presidents, Obama has passed Dubya and gaining on FDR.

    At least we now have dialog in DC.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  115. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: It has been spectacular!! It's like waking up from a very bad dream and seeing that things are back to normal – it's been a long nighmare!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  116. jim Toronto

    HOPE!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  117. Don

    I take issue with your comment, " our country is failing thanks to the misguided policies of the right-wing nuts that have called the shots for the last eight years." Failed economy is not solely the result of right wing nuts but also due to a Democrate contolled congress and senate who had responsibility to oversee and implement policy to guard against failures we have witnessed. It was a democrate in control who was responsibile for pushing an agenda to mandate people to have home when in fact there was NO WAY they could afford them, hence the sub-prime issue. So don't push it on the "right-wing nuts", it falls on all of government, both parties, beginning in Carter's administration onward.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  118. Don

    Jaison from NY – Rush Limbaugh needs more than to be criticized... he needs an attitude adjustment along with the other hate mongers

    Yeah... I said it

    January 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  119. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, what's with this fanatical compulsion to microanalyze his every meeting and move? No one seemed to care for past Presidents. Do we really expect anything gets done in a week? About all he has done is close GITMO with no plan for what to do with the terrorists there, and agree to spend my taxes so people in other countries can get abortions on my nickle. I'm not impresed.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  120. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    I give him high marks for doing the sensible things quickly, and really trying to get the Republican's on board with the stimulus package, even though the Dems have enough of a majority to push through just about any package they care to. He's hit the ground leaping.

    Of course it will take some time to see how effective his major, mor controversial actions, like the stimulus package, turn out to be.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  121. kathleen san juan

    The euphoria of the inauguration is fading. The election of 2010 is looming and the Republicans smell blood. The stimulus package was a great idea in 2007, but this economy doesnt need stimulating-it needs life-support. A tax cut gives obscene amounts of money to the wealthy, who donate to the Republican Party, a few hundred dollars to 95% of Americans who are supposed to feel grateful after watching our taxes squandered for the past eight years. Democrats failed to provide oversight and they voted to allow the Bush administration to invade Iraq-oh, yes they did--and we will be paying for their mistakes for the rest of our lives.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  122. Mike S., New Orleans

    What a difference a week makes. Americans are hopeful again. And although nobody's performance can be judged by one week alone, just the fact that change has come at last brings hope.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  123. William Joseph Miller

    Obama gets kudos. He embodies that old Motwon Classic, "Taking Care of Business." He's doing far more than merely hitting the ground running. He's even attempting to reach across the aisle – albeit the GOP is biting his hand off. Obama needs to stop worrying about appeasing the GOP which is a snake pit of vested interests and go on with his stimulus package.
    Obama has my vote 100%. He cares for the people. We need to get Congress, especially the Republicans in the Senate, to get off their whiny rear ends and serve the people who are paying their salaries.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  124. John

    Jack: It was an excellent beginning for the Obama Administration. President Obama looked like he had been doing this job called the presidency for along time. It is great to have a professional as president rather than a cowboy or maverick. President Obama can speak and chew gum at the same time. President Obama is direct and clear what he wants from Congress. He served notice than many of the Bush executive orders would be changed or done away with all together. Obama and Biden look like and sound like real professionals doing a job which needed to be accomplished.

    John from Alabama

    January 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  125. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    Compared to what? If we are comparing his first week in office compared to other presidents, then he is doing pretty well, particularly with all the problems we are facing.
    Now, if we ask Obama to compare his first week in office to let's say a week in hell, he may admit he could probably get more done in the latter.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  126. Terry from Chicago

    Its amazing how the Bush/Republican supporters on here continue to spew the negative and trashy talk about a good and decent President but interestingly enough they never offer any good suggestions themseleves. Remember folks, thats what got us in this mess – the Republicans telling us that "the economy is in good shape."

    So for all you negative republicans that are "sore loosers" I say, get off here and go have yourselves a "pitty party" by yourselves, because America is tired of your antics and we want to move on. Get out of our way, we're tired of the same old politics of yester year.

    Good Luck President Obama and may God Bless you!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  127. sali

    A+

    January 27, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  128. Dave in Saint Louis

    lol way too early to judge!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  129. Larry Houston, Texas

    Jack – On a 1 – 10 scale ....I would rate him a "10".....He's not just "hitting the ground running" but "hitting the ground flying" To be perfectly honest, he's done more in a week, than "the bush" or any of his predecessors has done, in a year !

    January 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  130. Angie IN PA

    Jack
    I for one think President Obama has done a great Job so. Far I mean he has done more in a week Then Bush done in 8 Years keep up the good work Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  131. Kay in WV

    I give him a solid "D". Comments like, "Well, I won, so I'm going to get my way" are in no way bipartisan. Signing executive orders with so many loopholes to give himself wiggle room like he did on the Gitmo issue is a complete copout. Making new lobbying rules and then immediately giving one person a waiver is a reminder of the kind of thing we've seen for the last 8 years. Where is the "change"?

    January 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  132. Annie, Atlanta

    Better than we had during 8 years of Bush, but then I'm biased.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  133. BJ Smith

    After one week, I'm very impressed. A majority is behind him, I pray that lasts, he realizes he needs all of us to help him save us from ourselves.

    BJ in Seminole, FL

    January 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  134. Independent for Obama

    Excellent. ...Every day he is tackling something new while still showing us he is "on-the-ball" about the latest economic news. And his first step toward listening to the Arab world is just brilliant.....ignoring them has'nt helped American/Arab relations over the last 8 years, so maybe listening now might . And his announcement about closing Guantanamo was also brilliant as this will show Europe he is not the tyrranical "island" Bush was....this will soften international resistance to American actions in the future-and maybe then they will help us fight the war on terror as our military cannot handle this worldwide battle alone.
    Janie, Springfield MA

    January 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  135. Natalie Dayton Ohio

    President Obama's first week in office is unprecedented historically. Not only has he hit the ground running to keep up with campaign promises, but he has reached across more lines in this country and around the world than any other president in American history.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  136. Rose in Az

    I think he is doing okay but I want him to slow down a bit. He is trying to cover too many areas at the same time. I am not happy with his decision to close Gitmo without a positive plan for the detainees. I realize he has a lot on his plate but one thing at a time please. Get it right the first time.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  137. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    I keep thinking back to when Hillary was saying over and over how only she could "hit the ground running" on day one of taking the White House keys. My god, I would say President Obama has hit the ground running before he even got the keys! There can be no doubt now that America has made the right choice for president.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  138. John Hulett

    Obama has done what many people have feared "Change We Hate"
    1. Nationalizing Banks & financial institutions
    2. Making exceptions for serious problems with cabinet appointees – i.e. – making avoiding taxes OK for one who would be over our money system and ignoring the complicated relationship of Hillary's husband with countries that could be our enemies.
    3. Giving away money to organizations that have nothing to do with improving our economy – equals payoff to Acorn, family planning and others.
    4. Giving away taxpayer money without disclosing where it is going and why.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  139. Gayle

    It has been better than the last eight years........period!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  140. John, Fort Collins, CO

    It has been difficult to follow President Obama's progress in detail, since most of the television news has been devoted to more important people and issues such as Ron Blagojevich and Ted Haggard and the messes they have made of their lives. Both have been booked by every major network and high profile talk show this week to explain how they are really victims without personal responsibility. Hopefully, when they crawl back in their holes we can learn more about the important things going on in our country.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  141. Paul

    Hey Jack enough of the koolaid.....couple things. Limbaugh DIDNT SAY he hopes Obama fails he said he hopes he succeeds but not at the plocies and the agenda he set forth get it right....secondly, Powell is not a republican anymnore? when did he switch parties missed that one.

    and this.....

    Let me help you there, the answer is no. And in case Limbaugh hasn't noticed, our country is failing thanks to the misguided policies of the right-wing nuts that have called the shots for the last eight years.

    right-wing nuts? and you guys are uniters? You and your idiotfriend sin the media have successfully DIVIDED the country, thats right YOU DID and your friends Katie etc......

    Look in the mirror dude you are exactly what you proclaim to hate..........

    January 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  142. Gerry in Toronto

    On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate his first week at a 9. Change has come to America.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  143. Steve

    I thought he was doing a pretty good job till Guitner got confirmed if this is the smartest man in America we are in trouble.I wonder how many people are not going to pay their taxes now by saying it was just an honest mistake

    January 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  144. L.M.,Arizona

    A+ because he is not Bush as far as policies he is doing what he has to do. We won't know about the economy until later this year or the next.

    L.M.,Arizona

    January 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  145. Tom Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    I am truly amazed President Obama has taken the lead as the greatest American President of the new milleneum in one week

    January 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  146. Paul

    Natalie, he has done what more than any president in history? WOuld you like to back that up ? His comment to the Muslims about America not being his enemy is the SAME SAME SAME line Bush used.............but anyway back up your claims.

    and Independent for Obama since when does Europe not like us? In case you dont remember they threw out the leaders of Germany and France because they were antiAmerican. How do you think Europe feels about us protecting them from attack from Russia? they are letting US put protection in Poland. We also have army bases all over Europe. Do yourself a favor put the NY Times down.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  147. Tim in Texas

    Let's see, two million Americans on or near the Mall and no arrests – A+. Great Speech that reached out to Americans and the world – A+. Meet with Republicans more than once to foster bi-partisianship when you don't have to – A+. Set firm stratigic objectives on Guantanamo and Iraq – A+. Go to the State Department , rather than having them come to you for Clinton's swearing in – A+. Give your first interview to an Arab network – brilliant, a suprising and genius move.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  148. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I think that Obama has shown a great deal of energy and determination in his first week. I am impressed with what I have seen and heard. If this keeps ups, change will definitely happen.

    Troy, Ohio

    January 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  149. Anne in Bismark

    Very good,but he must stop attempting to please the Republicans (who got us to this place) and get the stimulus passed pronto.After all, as he said-he won.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  150. matthewbenzor

    what a differance a week makes i would give it 7

    January 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  151. Deanna Mollner

    Why are we measuring every minute of this Presidency. Give Obama a break. Lets see how hes doing in a couple of months. Giving his first interview to an Arab news station shows me all I need to know for now. Go Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  152. Mary Texas

    I would rate Oboma's first week as a 9. He is really trying to be uniter. but don't expect the Reps. to do anything but oppose. Oboma won this election because millions of us knew something had to change. Rep. were a rubber stamp for Bush. People need to let their congressman hear from them. My heart goes out to the many who have no job because a big company let them down. Our Republican freinds don't seem to interested in anything but getting that big tax break for the rich. I am 85 and lived through the big depression of the 30s.Believe me when I say we are onthe brink. Maybe you will have to get tough Oboma,,we're behind you all the way

    January 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  153. kevin monticello florida

    Same as the other idiotic politicians of late .....repremand our allies the isrealis ...placate the arab states, hatred of our second ammendmant rights, double standards disquised as change ,hatred of border security ...THIS TIME with one new twist ....those , even though having served their country, genuinly disabled, and or in need of real help – despite being some of the lowest income nationally wont get it why because were white !!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  154. angel in LA

    I think he is doing too much too fast and not giving enough thought to the consequence.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  155. Yvonne

    I think he is doing fine, in any business you have to put things in place. I think people should not be so quck to judge, If god put him in he will see hin thur this mess that he stepped in. Let the man do what he was ordained to do for this country.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  156. Chad --Los Angeles

    Good, I just hope he can fight off corruption and big business lobbyists, which influenced Bush so much, and led to our financial meltdown!! Keep fighting Obama!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  157. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    Our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama is doing as bad as Jimmy Carter did when he took office in 1977. Both of them promised change and the American people got change. The change is taking it out of your wallet. One good example in the Democrat Carter administration was the 21% mortgage rates and 14% unemployment. That sure didn't help the poor and middle class. I would tell them to check the record of Jimmy Carter and then tell me that the right wing is responsible for everything. If they still want to tell me Carter was a better president than George W. Bush, we both can have a good laugh.The liberals who blame the last year on right wing nuts haven't seen anything yet. Wait unti the end of Obama's first 100 days in office.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  158. Rick in Los Angeles

    Jack; It's impossible to rate Mr. Obama after one week, one month, or the symbolic "First 100 Days". Right wing conservatives won't even give him a chance, and the media will critique his every move, regardless of his motives. My question is "How do the American people rate in pulling together, regardless of political affiliation, in helping this man put this great country back on track?" One man cannot do it alone.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  159. JW in Atlanta

    The political air is so fresh and the smell of Washington seems to be clearing from the stench of the 'BRING EM ON' crowd. Have to give the man an A.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  160. Fred Lewis

    Both my wife and I voted for him because we thought we were going to elect a president who represented honesty and integirty. What a surprise. It appears you can serve in his cabinet even if you fail to pay your income taxes. All you need to do is say you made a mistake. Will that work for me? The more things change the more they stay the same.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  161. Mickie

    Oh please Paul, you republicans had your way for 8 years and ran this Country into the gutter and now you're upset because why? – you can't get your way any more – suck it up! Pres. Obama has been left with the biggest mess since the great depression and it can't be fixed overnight, thanks to Bush/Cheney. Their cronies (i.e., Haliburton, Blackwater, etc., etc. got their riches and that wasn't even disclosed by the republicans). I give Pres. Obama a 10 just for taking on this mess.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  162. annie florida

    a lot better than any of the other presidents and none of them had the magnitude of problems he has encountered. good luck to you and your efforts..it is such a pleasant and welcome change!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  163. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Obama is actually trying to fix the disaster that bush left behind,but the republicans have shown that they do not want to help the American and will keep obstructing whatever they can. In spite of that Obama had a very promising first week but he has so much to do.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  164. Martha Sample

    I give President Obama a 10 5 stars. INow I would like to see what can be done about the health care for laid off workers, who cannot get Cobra because the company they work for is closing their doors, Circuit city for example.

    Richmond Virginia

    January 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  165. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    Busy!!! But then he has 4 years to undo all this mess!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  166. QSTYK9 in Boston Mass

    Why does Obama and Democrats have to account for each and every dime they spend. I remember what Dick Cheney said when he was asked about some money. Quote: "None of your fuc**ng business"
    How come no one want an accounting of the TARP money. Bush disseminated 350BILLION to his buddies. Come on people, Citibank just bought a 500MILLION DOLLAR private jet. The CEO at Lehmans has decided to pay for his own office renovations which he tried to stick us for to the tune of a couple MILLION DOLLARS. I'm a layman and can't even consider speaking in terms of Millions and Billions....
    The Republicans do not want the money to go to the people that will spend it. They have enough money to wait us out even if it does take 8 years.... Why won't they provide credit?????

    January 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  167. Monica, NY

    After eight years of watching Bush vacation in Texas, it is a relief to know that the president HAS some actual responsibilites. It has only been one week since Obama was sworn in(twice), and he has accomplished more than George Bush will ever achieve in his lifetime. It is good to know that Americans wanted change and not a president that they could go "bar hopping" with.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  168. Aaron Spindler Boulder,CO

    Not to Impressed with his Stimulus package so far. It doesn't seem to be addressing the short term issues like out of control mortgages, CEO's and wasteless spending. Why don't we offer stimulus to people that actually own homes? 500 billion dollars would offer 50 million title holders $10,000 dollars per person. Which would definetly be a more effective use of our money, than the current dissapearing act we keep witnessing.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  169. Griff

    Empty! All Talk, No Action!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  170. Ralph Nelson

    80%. No points for kissing Republicans. Lost points for too much pork and tax cuts for rich. Lost points for too small a stimulus package. Over-exposing himself. No job for VP. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  171. Gigi in Alabama

    I would give him an A for the effort he has put out, but I would give Boehner and McCain a double F-. Someone needs to remind them that the majority of Americans told them we wanted no part of McCain and his warmed over Reaganomics.
    This country is in the toilet and all they want to do is pull the lever and flush us down.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  172. joey yankee lake n.y.

    Personally, i would give him an F. He is doing all the things he thinks are politicxally correct and not what the American people want. He needs to cut the pork out of the stimulus and not try and get the Rebublicans on board with some sort of barter. Pork is stll pork and it is the taxpayers dollars that they are spending. Plus he moved a criminal in to the Treasury dept. Geitner, Rezko you would think he would learn from past mistakes. Maybe he likes being surrounded by the criminal element. This geitner should be prosecuted not promoted. Remember 2010 is the time to get rid of Polosi, Reid and the whole gang that forgot who they work for.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  173. Phil

    President Obama's week has been productive. He is doing what he was elected to do. The problem that he is running up against is that Republicans don't seem to get it that they went further into the minority in the House and the Senate on Obama's way to the White House. And they are behaving as if they were the majority party. At some stage, President Obama is going to realize this Republican party wouldn't know the meaning of bipartisan even if it got up on its hind legs and bit them in their grand old hineys. And he's going to have to go the way of all presidents who got something done. Exercise the power that he surely has and let the wrath of the electorate rain down on Republicans if they are found to be standing in his way while trying to get yet another tax cut for millionaires. Yes, President Obama, you won. Now start acting like it because for all their talk, Republicans don't want you to succeed. They, like Rush, cannot wait for you to fail. So if that is the case, why worry about what they think?

    January 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  174. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    very good, he has restored dignity to the U.S. by banning torture; which Bush and Conservative Christians sanctioned.
    I want to know: who would Jesus waterboard?

    January 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  175. Lynn, Boise, ID

    I think he has done pretty well. Overall, I give him a B-. He is really trying to change the way Washington works and has held out a hand to the other side. He is working quickly and smartly to fulfill some of his campaign promises. However, I think he has done a lot of caving on his stimulus plan, though, and fear the republicans are setting him up for failure with their demands. I think he should stick to his infastructure idea and dump the pork in the nearest fire pit.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  176. Shelley Bolds

    I think President Obama is doing an excellent job in his first week. He is trying to be bipartisan, but the Republican party will not allow him to be. He has a lot of MESS to clean up. They need to get over it; he won the election fair and square.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  177. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest rating, I give President Obama an 8.5! He is doing his best, that's all one can do! Left with the Bush Disaster he needs all of our prayers.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  178. Pugas=AZ

    Let's give him some room to breathe. I hope he allows himself time to fully think out solutions to the many problems facing this country and not be pressured into making rash decisions. Quick fix USA will have to be patient while the medicine is administered.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  179. Rick in Az

    Well Jack, this seems like common sense to me.I think we can safely say that among the 53 percent of Americans that voted for him his positive rating will be good to excellent and among those that voted for a third party canidate his ratings would be fair. I think you could also safely say that his negatives will be high among those who think the country is doing great and the fundementals of our economy are still very strong, you know "REPUBLICANS".

    January 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  180. Greg in PA

    It's only been a week! Wow, this thing is going to last forever! I do however think it is really stupid that he wants to kill babies all over the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  181. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I have to agree with David Gergen, who called Obama's week "astonishingly ambitious." It's like he knows he doesn't have time to dilly-dally – there is so much to do and so much to correct.

    I found myself just grinning and nodding last night as I watched and listened to Obama's first foreign TV interview – it is just SO GOOD to have someone in the White House who knows how to talk!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  182. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Let's just put it this way: On Inauguration day, three generations of my family stood in our kitchen watching the ceremony with tears in our eyes.

    That day, after nearly a year of trying to sell our fully-paid-for home in California with dismal to no results, we received 5 offers and are now in contract at $25K over the asking price.

    That's change that my family can measure.

    Can he fix everything? I don't know, but I am willing to give him as much time as needed to try.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  183. Justin, Alexandria VA

    It was certainly better than Bush's first eight years.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  184. Jake, Oregon

    He's done well despite the naysayers.
    But you'd never know it if you listen to the few words Gibbs has had for the media.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  185. Phil P. in NJ

    I give President Obama an "A" in his first week. He's off to a fast start and with his leadership, we will get out of this mess.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  186. Les Oklahoma

    Jack President Obama has already given more attention to the area than Bush did in eight years we have to improve the lives of both the Palestinian and Israeli for their to every be peace in this part of the world you can not just deal with one side.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  187. Sherri

    I'm impressed with what he has done so far BUT I will hold off grading him until the final completion of the Stimulus package is done I.E. removing the earmarks that Pelosi, Reid, Schumer have put in that has absolutely NOTHING to do with jumpstarting the economy! President Obama must remove the birth control, lawn maintenance, $$$$ for government cars, and student loans!. This Stimulus package has to be without these pet projects earmarks for the American people including myself to really believe that the president has kept his promise of NO EARMARKS!. We have millions of JOBLESS Americans that can't pay taxes and spend money into the economy because they have no jobs & those that have jobs are losing them by the thousands every week. I am very disappointed so far in what I have seen Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer do to the Stimulus package, just as they did to the $700 BILLION dollar bailout with earmarks for their OWN self-interest! Shame on them AND shame on President Obama if he allows these earmarks to remain.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  188. Jay in Texas

    I'd give Obama a B- rating for his first week in office. He may have rated an A if he hadn't nominated a tax cheat for Secretary of Treasury and kept a Bush warmonger on as Secretary of Defense.
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  189. steve in Florida

    A+ under the circumstances. He wasted no time addressing several issues that were important to his supporters, while at the same time dealing with the last minute financial collapse and all the other debris Bush through in his path on the way out. He was like a teacher walking in on his first day to a classroom in chaos, hooligans yelling, wrestling, fighting, hair-pulling, spitballs and erasers flying. All hell broken loose. And the last teacher never made 'em crack a book.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  190. Paula (Indiana)

    Plain and simple... I think he is a good man trying to take on an overwhelmingly difficult job. He's doing his best and I am hopeful that he and his advisors will do their best to get us out of this mess. Of course he's going to have his critics... But frankly, I am not sure anyone has the answer to the mess this country is in right now... not even Rush Limbaugh, although he sure rants like he knows the answer.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  191. JoAnn Hardy in Iowa

    Very impressive!! I know it is going to take a long time to dig out of our current mess, but we are on our way.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  192. Andrew in Alamo, CA

    Jack, as long as President Obama continues to distance himself from the Bush administration like he did in his first week, he will maintain his support nationally. It is too early to grade him on his performance, but I like what I see so far.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  193. earle,florida

    Fair,"C+" ,at the current rate. PS. If Obama sells the public the entire stimulus package of $850bn., without breaking it up into quarters with proportional distribution over a designated time-frame to be tweaked as needed,he gets a ,Poor"D+",.. just thinking ahead Jack!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  194. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    the first week was very efficient in showing the change in the administration of the past in many areas! And this first week was in fact the continuation of the past couple of weeks in working to face the economic crisis.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  195. Joyce, Jacksonville, FL

    Jack,
    Let's face it. It will not matter what he does – Republicans and
    bigots will scream bloody murder! This country cannot continue to
    hand out money to banks and financial institutions who thumbs their
    noses, nor can it pay for everything every citizen needs. But....
    voicing hate and criticism for everything he undertakes accomplishes
    no more than all the money in the world. Give it a chance!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  196. Jim/NC

    I am concerned that President Obama allowed a tax cheat to be sworn in as Treasury Secretary. Signed an executive order to send $460 million per year to foreign family planning organizations. Appointed a lobbyists to his cabinet, which is contrary to what he said he would do. President Obama is working hard, but is it constructive and beneficial to our country? Time will tell!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  197. Sherri

    Absolutely Jack! Open communication is the way to go, you bring your friends close AND your enemies closer!. The gunslinger attitude that President Bush had and his stupid statement "BRING EM ON" that resulted in the war in Iraq escalating 2 fold of which we loss 4200 US soldiers, was despicable! Mr. Bush happily walks away to his $2 million estate & leaving the clean up mess for President Obama. America MUST communicate with the rest of the world, not only with our so-called allies!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  198. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    I can watch a new conference again without screaming at the tv – "What an idiot!" and having to explain to my kids that "idiot" is a bad word and they should never call anyone that!

    January 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  199. Markel Houston

    Obama has been impressive. Congress has not.

    Change takes time. Obama is making his mark. He is still trying to show Congress a new, involved management style.

    I believe that our hyper-partisan Congress should look to the youngster for guidance on how to get along with their colleagues.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  200. Don, Greenich

    Gee has it been a week, Jack?

    January 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  201. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Simply put Jack, he is showing the kind of leadership that we and the rest of the world have been hungry for. It really is enlightening to see a person with drive, desire, a heart and a brain in the White House taking on the challenges ahead of all us.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  202. Larry D.

    Jack,

    He is doing far better then george w. bush thats for sure during his first term and he already is placing alot of good bills on the table. I love obama he is going to make america and the world a better and more safer place. I give him A+ he is outstanding he knows how to take a fight to the table with issues, he works late nights and he doesnt mess around like bush did and spend like crazy. The road for him will be tough but I am sure with his audacity he will get through it.

    Albany ny

    January 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  203. wayne from ontario

    GREAT! Better than our Government in Canada is doing.
    Love your show Jack.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  204. garrick

    hi jack
    its been so long since we had a President,this is great to see the goverment be so active,im truly impressed by his first week and hope this will continue in order to build this nation back to being great,wonder how whats the guy name that was President feel about it .

    clearwater,fl

    January 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  205. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    After eight years of Bush, Obama could sit in the oval office and do nothing and it would be an improvement. However, he is going way above that. He is trying to work with the Republicans, making every attempt possible to save our economy, and showing the world that we would like to work with other nations, friends and enemies, to improve conditions for all ! A huge step forward from cowboy diplomacy.
    I give him an A+.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  206. David in Washington DC

    Considering that this is the first time in about 8 years that I can turn on the TV, listen to our President and say that this is a guy who sounds smart, is able to speak complete sentences and is not at fault for the mess we are in, I would say he has done very well.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  207. Gigi

    For a Republican women who didn't vote for him, I give him an A+ for effort. And then actually pray that he has success. And real hope will come when he throws the bums out of the press room. I didn't say the press I said the bums.
    Who really Listens to Rush and will admit it besides Jack. I haven't listen to him in eight plus years.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  208. Scott, Wichita

    We lost over 80,000 jobs yesterday, Jack. So much for this savior.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  209. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    He's done well. He stopped the train from rolling further back into the 20th century and in a weeks time he has once again put the country on the preface of 2001. There's 8 years of weeds and mud to get through but given time things will improve.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  210. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Rove. Yes because of these words...politicizing of the Department of Justice

    January 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  211. EC

    I give President Obama a 10+++++

    I'm so proud of my President. He's gotten things done in his first three days when George W. Bush had eight long years of nothing. I'm more amaze with President Obama's ability to remain focused and composed despite all the Republican "Whiners" like Boehner, McCain and others who have done NOTHING past and present. It's sad that the Republicans remain clueless on the economy. All you ever get from these Senior Republicans are "NOs" but they NEVER offer any solutions or provide better answers. What a WASTE of our tax paying dollars.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  212. Jeff Crocket

    More campaign style rhetoric and no order! The real battle is beginning between the far left and moderate democrats.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  213. Jay-San Antonio

    His first week was good. Better than many expected, but ultimately he still has 1,453 days to go.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  214. nancy

    Well after 8 years of hell, I was soooo glad to see Bush on airforce 1 heading towards texas for good. I thought this day would never come.

    My daughter's college portfolio fund is worth 30% of what is was worth this time last year. She is a senior in high school this year... how am I going to pay for her college education.

    Jack, I am part of that 69%. The remaining 31%, must be those hard core republicains, or those unintelligent people that still thinks a mix race person can not be a great leader, or those remaining few that just don't care.

    nancy, cape girardeau, mo

    January 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  215. Dave in Saint Louis

    His first week has proven to show him to be the greatest President of all time! The world is so truly blessed to have this tall, handsome, brilliant, articulate man as leader of the free world! I move to make Obama’s birthday a national holiday! I also ask that we change are nations Pledge to ONE NATION UNDER OBAMA and immediately put him on the dollar bill. Sorry George Washington but your old news. One final request I feel the Congress needs to immediately amend the constitution so President Obama can server as President Almighty forever! Thanks Jack I know you agree!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  216. jyll from TEXAS

    it's gonna be a long 4 years if you ask me....

    January 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  217. Peter

    Just taking the oath was a positive accomplishment larger than some former Presidents accomplished in their entire terms.

    As the jubilation of African Americans about the first black President fades along with the joy many feel about Bush's departure, what Obama does in the next few weeks will set a tone for his first term.

    That change came is obvious for any number of reasons. As to whether any of it is lasting or makes a difference, ask again later.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  218. John in Rohnert Park

    Jack, let's NOT rate the man after just one week . . . gez. The problems we face took years to accumulate and it might be at least a year before we see progress. Rating him as you're asking us to do after a week is not only inappropriate but frankly unworthy of you. You know better Jack and this was not your best of questions . . . but we still love ya Jack!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  219. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It has been a wonderful first week for Obama. I wish people would stop complaining and give him a chance to turn things around. This picking people apart is not helpful! GO OBAMA!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  220. Bob

    i think he has done more in this week then Bush has done in 2 years, he is trying to get people moving.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  221. Linda in Arizona

    He's doing a great job in spite of the obstructionist republicans and the constantly harping critics on cnn and other republican media outlets. He needs a new press secretary though. Gibbs is pathetic.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  222. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    Grading on a curve, I'd give Obama an A+. He is by far the most open-minded and responsive President we've ever had. Obama is facing the world's problems headlong and is making decisive actions taking into account a wide range of views. Far greater things are yet to come.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  223. Linda in Arizona

    PS Just exactly how did Obama "pick a fight" with the Oxy-popping pedophile fat blowhard, limbaugh? Seems to me that fight was picked by Bigmouth, not Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  224. Lisa Casey, Ashford, Alabama

    I don't know - I'm still celebrating that Bush is gone.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  225. cy gardner

    I give President Obama high marks for his first week. Until he outs a covert operative for political vindictiveness; bungles a disaster relief operation that he was given ample warning about; lies us into a war we don't need to fight; uses ideologically pure, but inexperienced stooges to run large departments they are not qualified to even work in; denies scientific fact for political expediency or stares into a homicidal ex-KGB agent's eyes and sees a pussycat and a soulmate, I'll probably continue to approve of the job he's doing. But then again, I don't watch Fox. cy gardner, arlington, va

    January 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  226. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Hold on Jack. Even an entry level job, without perks, has a 90 day probation period.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  227. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama has hit a homerun in the 1st inning of the 1st game of the World Series. We can only hope that he doesn't get fatigued and that he has the stamina to continue toward the win and MVP trophy. Sometimes with so much opposition its hard to stay engaged with so much vigor, but for the 1st round he has given us a 100% and we must reciprocate with a rating of 100% for his efforts.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  228. steve

    Jack,

    Envision a turtle sitting atop a fence post, and ask your self:

    Who put him up there?

    What can he do?

    January 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  229. Thomas

    I'm with Bob 100%

    I think he has done more in this week then Bush has done in 2 years, he is trying to get people moving.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  230. John Booth

    Obama has done Great! His democrat and republican colleagues however, continue to be act like fools. Obama has been twisting his legs trying to appease the liberals and the conservatives, pretty soon, he'll be blindsided by both sides of the isle and be left for dead. If his plan is not a success, the liberals will point to the more conservative measures,and the conservatives will blame the more liberal measures! It's a catch 22, we lose, or, we lose!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  231. Ed North Carolina

    I think he is doing ok, but it didn't take you guys in the press very long to turn on him. Given the mess Bush left us in it will take some time and perhaps the country would benefit if our newly elected leaders, both the President and Congress, were given a bit longer honeymoon.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  232. Steve in Clearwater, Florida

    I think he's had an amazing first week, making good on his promise to "hit the ground running." He's taken action quicker than any other president I can remember.

    As far as Rush Limbaugh goes, they need to give him a room in Gitmo before they bulldoze it.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  233. ED in RI

    Jack;
    Compared to Bush in "two" first weeks – "No comparison; Obama, hands down!" In his first week of office he has done much to send the world a positive message of fair & balanced foreign policies.
    NK

    January 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  234. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    A+

    I love this guy, Jack. I love what he is doing for the country. I love how slow he is to anger despite Republican blocking tactics.

    Boehner will find out from Republicans like Snowe that obstructionist games won't be tolerated. Not now. Then solutions will start being acted on.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  235. Robert Thomson

    An excellent first week. He speaks without stammering and making unusual facial expressions. His grammatical phrases are correct, he hasn't invented any new words and the concepts offered are easily understood. He has pressed for openess and transparency, he seems honest and trustworthy and it appears he will be able to keep a tight leash on Joe Biden. His actions and executive orders are well thought out and right on the money. A great week for Obama – he appears presidential and the country will be served well by him.

    Bob Thomson – Southfield, MI

    January 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  236. Priscilla in Buxton Maine

    The best first week of any president I have ever seen and I have seen them all since FDR.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  237. Sandra fromTexas

    Great Start. A stumble or two. He needs to ignore Oxycontin Rush and accept the fact that most Republicans are simply right -wing obstructionist and move on. All in all, I thought it was a very good week. The best one we have seen in 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  238. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Brilliant, Jack. The haters will be haters and get in the way no matter what he says or does, but at least we have a chance to do good in the world again after the 8 darkest years.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  239. Scott in Iowa City, IA

    I've been an ardent supporter of Obama since the Iowa caucuses, but have had lukewarm feelings toward his first week in office. The political "center" has moved much further to the right in the past few decades, and Obama is reaching a little too far across party lines for my comfort in his effort to gain Republican support for the stimulus package. Plus, amateur mistakes like giving Limbaugh the time of day and letting the press catch him off guard aren't helping Democrats defend the inexperience argument. But the closing of Gitmo and a push for stricter environmental regulations on the auto industry are promising starts on some of the campaign promises that drew me to Obama so long ago. As with the start of any new job, he has had a few hiccups - but he just happens to have the toughest job in the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  240. Big Tony in the ATL

    Add me to that 69% aprroval reported In the Gallup poll or do I make it 70% LOL. Helluva first week! "Yes, he can"

    January 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  241. Robert in Galveston

    Rating after one week? You folks need to get a life. He is following up on his promises, which is a lot better than little george did (unless you were a rich piggy). Give the man a break and let him do his job.
    Robert in TEXAS

    January 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  242. Bruce H

    He has done more in one week to end the partisian bickering that has gripped congress over the last 16 years than Bush ever did. Unfortunately, the policy results won't become apparent for a long time. At least we are on the right track.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  243. Arnie Semisch

    The PresidentSHOULD HAVE THE t.v.NETWORKS air all of the t.v.shows of the Walton"s to show the american people ,how toi live in a DEPRESSION

    January 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  244. Tom from Philly

    Most jobs give you a 30 probationary period to prove yourself, can we give the guy a chance before we reject him. But he surely shows an agressive interaction in all issues hes engaged in so far, and the ablility to do more than one thing at a time.. Thank god hes in office, mccain still hasnt figured out he lost the election in large part because he had no understanding or plan for the economy, yet he clings to the ideas that america rejected in the general election.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  245. Phyllis

    I rate President Obama 100%, because he had done more then what Bush did in his eight years.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  246. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    i don't see anything to jump up and down about. matter of fact , gas has gone up, more job's have been lost, more business have closed up, the bank's are asking for even more money, my credit card company has raised my interest rate, the electric company and cable company want a raise. what the hell's so wonderful ? this is not obama's doing , it the Bush aftershock's . OH HAVE A NICE DAY...

    January 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  247. Tom from Philly

    ok now the joke: Hey there is no check in my mailbox, my phone isnt ringing off the hook with job offers, the dow hasn't gotten up to 15,000 yet, and my 401 hasnt recoverd yet. what is he doing in that oval office?

    January 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  248. Nuwan

    Very Promising.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    January 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  249. Judi, Fredericksburg Va

    I think he has done great! I felt so hopeful for the U.S. on election day and I continue to feel that way. His interview and comments to the Muslim world...wow, what a concept...seek to understand before seeking to be understood – I'm very impressed.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  250. linda franks

    I think the President is doing just what we need him to do, WORK on confronting the very hard issues. It makes me feel so much more secure to see that he is a man of action. Let's get this country up and going. No matter what your affiliation, if you want to move this country forward GET TO WORK!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  251. vern-t anaheim,ca

    jack,i think president obama has done more in 1 week than president bush did in the 8 years of his presidency.bush has put the country in dire straits and it will take a long tim e to recover from the stupid mistakes of his administration.for those who believe george w. bush did a great job as president i suggest they go to see a psychiatrist

    January 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  252. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Jack,
    He has passed my expectations by far. Let's see on February 20th.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  253. Lynn - Mooresville, NC

    Considering he is still in the honeymoon phase with the people and the media, we are led to believe he has done everything perfect. But in one week, he has sent millions, we don't have, to other countries for abortion promotions, he has gotten a tax evader confirmed to treasury secretary, hired a lobbyist, pushed a trillion dollar stimulus bill with such items as new grass for Washington, millions for contraceptives and millions for Acorn, who made a mockery of our election process and even has taken the time out of the economic crises to exchange swipes with Rush. You must agree he has been busy! So I give him A+ for still fooling the American people and D- for knowing right from wrong.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  254. Richard

    He's doing great, but he has to get past the deniers (Republicans that yet untouched by either the election or what is going on out here). You said it yourself: "It's getting ugly out there." It would be nice if you could get Wolf on board with you rather than constantly vaciillating and giving voice to people that come in three flavors: 1) There is no problem; 2) they won't listen to us and 3); It's too late to do any good.

    Dr.Jared Diamond made it pretty clear in his best selling book, "Collapse," that most failed civilizations failed because of such nonsense. Do we want to be another? Ask Wolf if he wants to be a part of a solution, or to continue to be part of the problem.

    Maple Valley, WA

    January 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  255. Teresa

    Jack,

    You hit the nail on the head when you were talking about the self-inflated ego and the over plump Rush Limbaugh. I think President Obama really cares about the citizens of the United States and is trying very hard to do what is right for the country.

    Thank you.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  256. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Well, if he's on Rush Limbaugh's pissed off radar he's doing well. Just keep ticking that guy off and I'll be a happy girl. While he's at it, tune up Sean Hannity too.

    He can't possibly please them, may as well go for it. He'll have them looking like screaming lunatics. Oh wait, they already are. Oh well....

    January 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  257. Kim - Blair, NE

    He is doing his part. Everyone should remember to do theirs. I called my state senator yesterday (who was dragging his feet on the stimulous approval) and asked that he vote to push the package through.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  258. Janice from DE

    My friends and I agreed at lunch today that we have felt a breathe of fresh air this past week. Although the economy is worrisome, we feel a confidence and hope that was lacking the last 8 years. Obama is the real deal. He is in control. He is intelligent and educated and has done his homework so he does not have to rely on everybody elses opinions. He is a peacemaker. He is the right one for these times.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  259. Carolyn in Houston

    So far I'd give him an A+. He has already called for the closing of Gitmo, put restraints on lobbyists, thank goodness, and is working on a timely withdrawal from Iraq. He is busy doing what he can to build bipartisan support for his stimulus package. Unfortunately too many Republicans have participated in Rovian revenge/scorched earth politics for so long that they do not know how to compromise, even if such is better for the country. The more they obstruct Obama, the longer the American people will have to suffer. I wonder if this ever enters the Republicans' minds. Apparently not.

    I feel more secure knowing that a smart team is running our government for a change. It's nice to have more than a little brain thrust in Washington. Many of the Bush Administration's appointees were loyalists and partisan hacks who did not know what they were doing. As we all know, they created one heck of a mess.

    I sleep a lot better at night now.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  260. Independent for Obama

    To Paul at 3:02–Three points or you:
    1. I don't read the NY Times but it sounds like they think like I do-maybe I should check them out
    2. I have actually been to Europe recently and let me tell you THEY DON'T LIKE US because of Bush and his tyrranical, exclusionary ways (they actually started to believe we are dumb because we voted Bush in twice)....but they are starting to open back up to us because we elected Obama
    3. Calm down man, have some coolaid, stop listening to Rush,and look your Sarah Palin calendar.
    Janie, Springfield

    January 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  261. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I'd give him an A. He's done more in his first week to undo the disastrous policies of the Bush administration than most people would've expected him to do in his first TERM.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  262. Darryl

    After one week of just starting to unravel the mess left by his predecessor and getting some immediate priorities taken care of, I think he's doing a fine job. Patience America, this isn't a video game. Sometimes, you actually have to deal with the consequences of your bad decisions.

    Darryl in St. Petersburg

    January 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  263. Jon Hilton

    I think he's run into a lot more opposition than he originally thought on this stimulus package, especially from Democrats who carry around egos higher than Obama's. It's going to be interesting to see what he does with the detainees at Gitmo considering no state in the U.S. wants terrorists in their jails. Giving his limited time in the office however, I'd say his ambitions and goals are good, he just needs more support from Congress.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  264. Rob , NYC

    A+--he's doing exactly what he said he would do.What could be better than that ?

    January 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  265. Barbara NY

    I would give Obama an A, he really wants to do what's best for the U.S. However, the Republicans in Congress deserve an O for obstruction. They still don't get it.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  266. Sideswiped

    The Automakers knew for years that ultimately the cost of oil would rise yet they still continued to promote gas guzzling automobiles and trucks.

    What is now the point of saving them from themselves when it should come down to whom is the best and most competitive supplier of global markets, and I believe that to be the Japanese?

    All other thinking is truly tough to fathom.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  267. Dedee

    I believe that he has done more in a week that what bush did in 16 years oops 8 years it just seen to extremedly long time...

    January 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  268. larry

    where's the beef,he is making great efforts to clean Bush from history,he will be very little ,very much a puppet for the party and most likley impeached if does not get back to the page he read from prior to 11/4/08

    January 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  269. Webb in Idaho

    I sense a large amount of Limbaugh envy in Jack's comments. He obviously doesn't listen to Limbaugh or he would have added the appropriate context to Limbaugh's "I hope he fails" comment. If Limbaugh is so wrong and out of touch then let everyone hear your argument for the wonders of Socialism. He might be fat and a oxy-popping blowhard but that doesn't necessarily make him wrong. Also, blaming republican's entirely for this mess requires a selective memory. Which party was promoting "Affordable Housing" and ignoring the Bush administration's warnings? Jack would be far more credible if he was less of a blind advocate for the left.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  270. LF Oneto - VA

    He is doing an outstanding job in just a week. How refreshing to watch and listen a smart President with clear ideas of what he wants to do and where he want to take this country. Like FDR, JFK, President Obama is going to be one of our most charismatic and greatest presidents in modern history.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  271. Michele

    I think he's surprised a lot of folks, including we who have backed him all along. Language used in face to face with Muslim reporter was so level headed, so honest. I continue to back him 100%, and am truly amazed at how much work he had done and ready to present before inauguration, even with changes clearly made on the fly. I think he is going to dig our country out of the hole W tripped and pushed us into.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  272. Dj from Chicago

    How can you begin to grade his performace after 5 days on, what is arguably, the hardest job in the world.
    I can rate him on his intellegence, character and efforts. For those he get's A's across the board. But grading him after 5 days? Give me a break. Give him a break!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  273. Kyle, NY

    I wonder how all the unborn children who have been aborted in his 1st week and will be aborted under Obama's Presidency feel he is doing? You know, the ones with heart beats 19 days after conception and brains developing 21 days after conception.

    I'm pretty sure he gets a 0% approval rating from these folks.

    Wake up everyone, Obama is not a great guy when he doesn't care about unborn children - no matter how much he tries to charm you and con you about so-called "common ground" 😉

    January 27, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  274. Sideswiped

    I feel somewhat optimistic about our new President but the glowing tough questions of exit strategy from Iraq still looms as does what are next line of thinking shall be regarding Pakistan and Afghanistan and quelling that mess.

    Domestically the stimulus package really won't have a direct bearing affect for another 12-18 months yet by that time our countries economic mess may be so mind numbing that national depression shall grip most people that have lost most everything they have worked for their entire lives.

    Lastly, President Obama has to put to bed the issue of illegal immigration and how best to deal with this, and I believe with fervor the best way to solving our nations infrastructure problems is not to use this "cheap labor" to solve these problems. They all need to go back to where they came from and apply for citizenship the way others have in the past, or leave!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  275. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I'd give him a gold star. He's done more in one week than Bush did his first year. And he hasn't taken a vacation yet. That deserves another gold star.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  276. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i was infuriated when i heard rush limbaugh say he hoped president obama failed on sean hannity's show which i happed to see.that was a dire and disspictable thing to say and he should be tossed off the air for saying that. we should support any president who was trying his best under these trying times and not spew out the hatred rush limbaugh has.people should complain to fox news that they don't want that kind of language on the air

    January 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  277. Susan from Idaho

    Busy and productive, that is what we expected from his promises and he has proven to be a man of his word.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  278. tanya...atlanta

    I love it! His team is fully interactive and whether or not people agree on what he's doing. He's taking actions he's not sitting idle and he's compassionate. If America fails within the next 4 years at least we can say we died fighting! But, I honestly think if nobody does anything were gonna fail anyway! So KUDOS to Obama and good luck to the USA!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  279. Jack Carlson

    Confused ! Obama is confused and we can go down the list, however we all are aware who have any degree of intelligence. Obama is a novice and naive and "poor America".
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  280. Harvey Miller

    He deserves an A+, especially after the F- former occupant of the White House.
    Tustin, Michigan

    January 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  281. virginia watkins

    I think he is doing an outstanding job! He has the ability to see the larger world picture. The biggest problems we have in the world are over-population and starvation. Whatever happened to the idea of helping people(that includes women!) control their own destinies and their own bodies.... Do you think women want to bring babies into the world only to see them starve to death? or contract aids or malaria? or die in profane wars? Safe abortions and birth control are desperately needed by all women, not just the wealthy. I have long suspected that many in positions of power want large numbers of poor so they can raise armies and continue various forms of slavery in the world today.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  282. Richard Cayce

    President Obama's first week was politically motivating to most while
    shocking to the "do-nothings".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  283. Don, Seattle

    Outstanding!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  284. Bruce Gorenflo

    At least he didn't have the bad sense to do what Bill Clinton did in his first week, deal with gays in the military and tick both sides of the argument off at the same time; however, I sense a slight deer in the headlights look in front of the microphone that is less than inspiring. And all of the Bush bashing needs to stop; I don't think the former President should be blamed for the $4 a gallon gas needed to fill up our Lexus SUVs sucking up so much income that there was no money left to pay mortgages some people probably couldn't afford in the first place (and shouldn't have received loans for), leaving us in the economic condition we're in now. There is enough blame to go around, mostly greed and excess on everyone's parts.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  285. Tim Ehrlich

    Only one word needed: "Outstanding!"

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  286. Jeremy

    For a guy who has walked into hell, he seems cool as a cucumber.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  287. Nick

    Well, he hasn't saved the world yet.
    Nick

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  288. Drew

    I'm sure there's a learning curve, but I like the tone that he has set thus far.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  289. Colleen Davis

    I am impressed with the initatives Obama has taken, most of all his desire to act with bipartisan support. It appears he really does want to bring the country together.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  290. Jeff, Oklahoma

    On a scale of 1-10, I'd give him a 7. Of course, on the same scale, I'd give Bush a -3.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  291. Jeremy

    I think all considered he has done great considering the crap George Bush Left him, He has a lot of cleanup to do.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  292. citizenjournalistreview

    Outstanding! Exceptional! I wasn't an Obama supporter during primary season and until the end of the election campaign, but I am 100% in his corner now. He earned my support and he has it.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  293. Connor

    Better than Bush's 8 years

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  294. Kelli Downing

    I think President Obama has had a very productive first week in office! He has done so much in so little time already – that's a very good indication for the rest of his term. He's doing great!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  295. Nelles

    I think he has taken on more than he should. However if his staff is as good as they seem to be, he should be able to get a lot done in a short time. But nothing will get this economy moving faster than the normal cycle.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  296. Cecelia

    100% is how I would rate President Obama's first week Way to go, Cecelia

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  297. Donna

    I'm impressed with Obama! I like that he's making good on his campaign promises pronto and his first network interview with Arab television was enlightening. What a change of approach! Donna

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  298. Scott D. Shaw

    Two thumbs way up there!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  299. Tim

    I think he has done more in the first week than Bush in his
    8 year tenor

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  300. Ron from SF

    I'll say this, you can't compare this president's 1st week, with that of President Screw Up. For me to wake up every day not resenting my government is a god send. My blood pressure is down, too.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  301. Sandi, Chicago

    Jack:

    I think President Obama has been fantastic in his first week. Must be doing pretty good because all the right-wing Republicans on this site are complaining like the end of the world has arrived for them! Didn't hear them complaining when Bushie and his friends were messing everything up for 8 years. Like someone said the other day, the right wingers will never be happy with anything Obama does. So sad for them, miserable people and never try to find something to be happy about.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  302. matt

    he is a joke.. I miss Bush

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  303. RMDrury

    Outstanding–A+–I'm sleeping nights again after 8 years of insomnia.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  304. Mike Burkoff

    Jack,

    I would rate the President’s first week a B+. He has been working hard to put his economic stimulus plan in place. He reached out a hand to the Muslim community by doing an extensive interview with an Arab television network. He stepped across the aisle to the republicans in order to bring them into the fold so that their economic ideas are considered in the stimulus plan. The President recognizes that there is a serious problem. He did more in the week when it comes to realizing that we have a problem and putting together a viable plan then Bush did in 8 years. This is the same when it comes to the Muslim community. He wants to ensure that the Muslim community understands that the citizens of this country are not their enemies. This is again more than the Bush Administration did in 8 years. In thinking about the grade again, I think the President’s grade should be changed to an A-, significantly better than the Bush grade of an F when he flew back to Texas on January 22nd.

    Mike – Owings Mills, Maryland

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  305. Jamal

    A+ Jack he's showing this country and the world he's not only about his business but most importantly he's ready to turn this country around for the better.It's funny how he's done more in 1 week what Bush did in 8 years and I have a feeling it will get better.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  306. Jim Pomerance

    After one week in office, I would have to rate Obama as high as any President I've ever experienced. However, he'll never live up to Bush's legacy..........he hasn't taken a vacation yet!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  307. Chips, Dunlap, TN

    He found the Bathroom...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  308. MJL From Davenport, Iowa

    Excellent, I would give him an A+++++
    He has done more (for the good) in his first week than Bush did in 8 yrs.
    As far as Rush goes-who cares, only idiots listen to him, he is a has been, must be the drugs

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  309. George Johnson (Plain Dealing, LA)

    I would rate President Obama's first week in office as a CHANGE from what was the norm!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  310. michaelthomassr

    I give Barack Obama an A+

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  311. Lester

    Everyone will have something to disagree with, but Barack Obama is proving to be just the kind of leader we need at this point. He has extraordinary promise for being one of the great American presidents who provides vital leadership for the entire world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  312. EyeAm

    EXCELLENT!

    Obama wasted no time in beginning to reverse the former President's mistakes, by signing one Executive Order after another. If he did nothing but UNdo the last eight years, I think he'd have the highest rating of any President. 🙂 Fortunately, he's going to do so much more.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  313. Scott

    He is definitely shaking things up in DC and I for one am dam glad, it needs to be. Out with the old guard, McCain, and in with the new. New ways, new ideas. He'll do just fine.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  314. Alex

    100% Couldn't be Better.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  315. Jaycob- St Paul, Minnesota

    I think hes on the right track. Hes said all the right things and done all the right things thus far. I especially like the fact that hes reaching out to the muslim world, something that dubbya didnt do.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  316. David

    I'm not used to a president that has been so pro-active in doing good for the country. Every single day, he's out doing something to solve problems. A-

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  317. Tammy

    Leadership. For once.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  318. rob mohr

    A near perfect. Exactly what he promised and maybe just a bit more. There is a good chance we will more into a period of peace and prosperity. Rob Mohr

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  319. Salvador Trabanino, New Orleans

    One week, and Barack Obama has transformed the Presidency for the better.
    Now we know what he means by the "audacity of hope"
    Sal
    New Orleans

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  320. Ben L

    Jack,

    President Obama is a breath of fresh air. His demeanor and genial way of working across the aisles is something every American has craved for 8 years. i am more hopeful now than I have been in years.

    Ben L.
    Maryland

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  321. Garry, IA

    Thumbs UP, off to good start!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  322. Carol Dixon

    President Obama is doing a good job. He may not be pleasing everyone, but at least he is doing something!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  323. Jerry in Cincinnati

    I would rate Obama's first week in office as an overwhelming success. There's only so much that a new president can accomplish during the first week and I'd have to say Obama did more in the last week than Bush did during his first month in office.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  324. Daniel

    Where there has been substance to his first week, it appears more substantial than it really is due to the media's awe and anticipation that he is the political messiah.

    -Daniel, Washington DC

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  325. Jason Carter

    Simply amazing.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  326. Nana

    Obama is doing very well, striking the right note and the right cord. We are all rooting for him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  327. jf202

    I am absolutely discusted! That's how I would rate his first week!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  328. Ann in NH

    I'd say pretty darn good Jack. Let's see, he's gone to visit with the Republicans on Capitol Hill, he is shifting the troop numbers from Iraq to Afghanistan and he is opening the door to the Muslim world simply by saying "America is not your enemy". He is treating people with respect and dignity, regardless of philosophical differences. Rather than painting his critics as the enemy or unpatriotic he is trying to reach common ground. Refreshing, Jack.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  329. Janis

    I am so happy to see President Obama hit the ground running and make things happen right at the get go! I believe he will turn things around... not overnight but sooner rather than later. This new administration is going to unite our country – very happy with our country's new beginning and President Obama's first week has continued to validate the hope I have in him.
    Long Island, NY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  330. Terry

    Change that to Grade F....
    I forgot Gitmo..Gitmo enemy combatants....are fine right where they are..money has already been spent on the facility. Because if we have the equivalent Mumbai bombings to hotels, train, & restaurants over these Arab Islamic Murderers who strap bombs on children to blow up markets, mosques, schools...etc...and thus blow up innocent people...we've had 3,000 die already in New York.
    Guess what… Obama won't be able to blame Homeland Security, the CIA.. if the same thing happens here ...he will have to blame himself. Why because he made this decision in his second day of office…without thinking…actions of an immature and inexperienced politician who is still spewing political platitudes and not the security of this country....placating to the Muslim world by putting our necks on the line.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  331. Shirley

    Jack,

    It's only been ONE week. Give the guy time to get in the door. Why would Americans and the world expect a miracle? How can we expect Obama to undo in one week what it took Bush and his cronies EIGHT years to do. STOP THE MADNESS PEOPLE. Give Obama and his team time to do his work, please.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  332. Loch David Crane, M. Ed.

    A better Inaugural poem for President Barack Obama

    21 January 2009
    by Loch David Crane, San Diego Humanist

    It was the winter of Bush discontent:
    virtual breakdown of the government.
    To thank rich friends the workers were entombed
    in debt, their houses burdened like cocoons.

    Yet on the 20th day in January
    I heard the call of bold self confidence
    and whiffed the smell of peace–so contrary
    to burning Bush–Obama made such sense!

    We’ll lower our middle finger and extend
    the hand of freedom–will you mend?
    Roll back your fisted jihad and abate
    taking infidels’ heads off of late.
    Peace can be a rainbow butterfly
    or revenge will consume you ‘til you die.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  333. carol

    He's gets an A+ in my book. He's done more in 8 days than Bush did in 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  334. Judy

    As far as I am concerned, Obama's first week has been extra-ordinary ... just like the man is.
    Judy, Texas

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  335. Lisa (San Francisco)

    Jack, I seem to remember W taking off for Camp David (code for "vacation") during his first 100 days in office. Something I'm not sure had ever happened until his "administration"

    I'd say that Obama has done more in his first week than most people expected, and certainly done more good than W did in 8 years.

    I'd give him an A++

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  336. Mouaz Moustafa

    I believe the first week of this president's administration has been admirable. i am so proud to see a president who is willing to attack all the tremendous challenges that our country has to confront, without missing a beat. he has addressed the Palestinian Israeli issue, went to the Hill to talk to republicans about the stimulus package, ordered the closing of guantanamo, spoke out against torture, and started the fight for cleaner enviroment by putting limits on tail pipe emmissions. I am very proud of my president

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  337. Valerie

    i feel Obama has shown ..that he is willing to go the extra mile ...Now we just need everyone else in the house ..and the world leaders to show that they can too ...Good job Obama

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  338. becca mcnally

    A BIG FAT 0!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  339. terry

    He leads all recent Presidents in photo ops.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  340. C H Berry

    His only mistake was to acknowledge that Rush Limbaugh even exists.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  341. cheryl

    Limbaugh envy has you reduced to a name caller. What? No one can criticize anymore? Not only are we bankrupt financially but now we are going to bankrupt our freedom of speech.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  342. Frank, From Riverhead, N.Y.

    He has accomplished more in a week than "W" accomplished in 8 years!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  343. GAIL

    President Obama has done more positive things in a week than Bush did in his whole eight years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  344. Lane in Texas

    Obama's first week in office....He doesn't have the slightest idea of what he is doing. Bend over people, we are fixing to get a telephone pole!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  345. Susan

    I think he's got our backs. I trust him to learn quickly and make our country and our world a better place.

    I've been snowed in at home in Oklahoma today, so I've been watching CNN. My 15 year old and I just keep commenting to each other how much we enjoy televison these days.

    I have a peaceful, easy feeling, and I know he won't let us down . . . .

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  346. Ken

    President Obama is off to a good start! He has been doing the things that 'lil busch ignored. I think now that we have a President, something that we have been lacking in the last eight years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  347. Eddie

    I think President Obama has been doing a fantastic job. He said he would change things and progress America in the right direction, and make executive orders as soon as he was president and that's exactly what he did. He is slowly pushing this country into a better position than it was during the Bush Administration. It is going to take time, and he told us that in the beginning. The American people can't expect a miracle out the man in the first few weeks, things won't all get better over night. Good Job President Obama!

    Eddie
    Phoenix, AZ

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  348. rich

    Let's put it this way President Obama has done more in 1 week than Bush and company have done in 8 years!!

    rich

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  349. Thomas Fisher

    It is great to be a proud American! Thank YOU President Obama!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  350. What!?

    I think he is doing an outstanding job, especially for his first week as President of the United States.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  351. Beverly Jagla

    Two thunbs up. He promised quick action and he is delivering. The sense of hope seems to be everywhere. We know that he has a huge task ahead but I believe he is up to it and will have a very positive impact on our future.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  352. Sarah D

    Obama, as usual speaks through both ends of his mouth. He'll continue to lie to us and do something else until the end of time. He is the Great Deceiver.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  353. Linda Lemmond

    Oh, on a scale of 1 to 10, about 50 !!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  354. Gita Cupertino, Ca

    Every day has been a day of action. Nobody is perfect. There may have been a few starting problems.... but nothing irreversible, nothing irreparable. And also not all woes can be wished away with a snap of Obama's fingers. Agree we live in a 'fast food' world and want immediate solutions. But this man has long term solutions for us.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  355. Syed Hossain

    Brave first week and making bold moves. i thought it would be tough for Obama and CNN to becomae fair on Israel-Afganastian issue. He seems to be more fair than CNN.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  356. Diane Gordon

    I think the President is off to a great start. He is making the best out of the mess that Bush and his administration left us in. I personally support every move he has made this far.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  357. Albert

    Pres. Obama's first week in office? Good start. His first month in office? Great. His first year in office? Amazing! Let's give this man a chance to work and make things happen.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  358. Jerry Harris

    He has made more progress in a week than Shrub Bush did in eight years. I truly hope that the Republicans run Moose Palin for President in 2012 that will guarantee the democrats will be in office another four years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  359. John

    If my education level was higher than my 2 yrs of college I may be able to answer this guestion. Be that as it may The word Fantastic comes to mind

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  360. Todd

    After President Obama's first week, America has finally taken that first step to recovery of a very long 12 step program.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  361. Dr. Jim

    Very impressed. I love he addressed the Arab and Muslim world.
    On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is high, I rate him a 20!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  362. Robbie Chastain

    It's been up and down. The president has had some very good ideas but I believe that he's also had some very bad ideas such as lifting the abortion restriction. You're right in that Obama has just killed any chance of real support with a lot of people in this country. Nevertheless I don't feel that Obama's legacy has been written yet. I hope and pray that while I don't agree with some things that the president has done, I hope that he turns into an outstanding president.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  363. Denise Washburn

    OK...let's rate him by comparing him to others. Name another person from either party that would have done a more aggressive and thoughtful job? OK...I'll give you a little time....

    Sodus Point NY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  364. Mike Myers

    I would give him an 7 out of 10. While he has hit the ground running and done some good things, his appointment of Tim Geithner was the turd in the punchbowl. This guy made the same mistake on taxes four years in a row?!! C'mon, you just put a tax crook in charge of the IRS. Do you think we would get the same understanding if we made those mistakes for four straight years? lol He must owe Mr. Geithner something, right? This stinks.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  365. Joan M McElwee

    I'd give him an overall A+ He's made all the right first moves from speaking to the Arab world and deploying George MItchel on the Israeli/Pakistan problem; direct face-face engagement with Republicans on his stimulus package and delivering on many of his key campaign promises via executive order. Seems like he's been at it for months.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  366. Kenneth

    I'd say he did more in a week than the last guy did in a couple of years. The question is how far the GOP is going to go when it comes down to big issues. It's sad when the president ran such a hard campaign on change and now he can't make it happen more expeditiously because of the republican agenda's untiring misunderstanding of their own job descriptions.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  367. Kathy/ GA

    Since he hasn't followed in the steps of his governor and used the "F" word or told the republicans where to stick it, I give him an "A".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  368. Deborah Johnson

    I think his grasp of the issues says a lot about the man, his strengths and committment.
    Keep up the great work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  369. Janine

    I think President Obama is off to a great start. Its hard trying to get the country back when it is in such bad shape. But for the week he has been President he has impressed me with what he has accomplished thus far. He went right to work. Yes We Can!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  370. Doug Woelke

    How would I rate his first week? I wouldn't. If I learned anything at all from the debacle of 8 years of W, its that the only week that counts for anything when it comes to Presidential action is the current week.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  371. Julie Melano

    Obama is exactly the medicine this country needs. No question. If he keeps up this same momentum throughout his entire presidency, this will be a nation to be proud of once again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  372. tom taylor

    Jack I rate the man at least 90 % he is doing something. Mor has been done in his 1st week than the last quarter of 2008

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  373. Martha of Michigan

    I think he has done a tremendous job! President Obama is paying attention to the business of the people which has been ignored in the last 8 years!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  374. Tom KS

    A+
    I can't think of another president to affect so much positive change in the first few days of taking office. He is already living up to a number of his campaign promises. It's traditional for our presidents to get into office and then go on with business as usual. Not this time. I hope he keeps it up.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  375. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    I feel the President is off to a wonderful start. He's doing what he promised which was to go to work. Eventhough all the problems in the US won't be fixed in a day, he is trying to do as much as he can which is cleanup Bush and his administrations mess. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  376. Sharon Hollingsworth

    Mr. Obama is doing an excellent job!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  377. Stephanie and Michael

    He is doing a fabulous job! It is about time we get somebody in office that wants to govern in a bipartisan manner in order to do what's best for Americans not just corporate lobbyists.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  378. E. Collins

    He is doing a fabulous job and he just made us safer by taking the ideological battle to Al Qaeda and insolating them in his Al Arabiya interview. . On the economic side, he still needs to repeal the $140 billion tax break that Henry wrote for the banks by altering the tax code, he needs to give Wall Street some real rules so the crooks cannot have cover to steal more than they've already stolen.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  379. John

    President Obama has given me hope that there will be a future for our children. 5STARS

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  380. Bob Evans

    I think the new President is doing a great job, and even with a steep learning curve, he will succeed faster than many thought. Still, he can't change the world in less than a month. I think too many are expecting way too much, too soon.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  381. Joe Boutte

    I would give POTUS Obama an A+ for energy, effort, enthusiasm, and effectiveness. He's changing the culture in DC and the world. In one week he has shown that there are better ways to govern than to just hurl insults and criticism up and down Pennsylvannia Avenue. Now we need the leaders in Congress to start acting differently and earning their pay.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  382. Kevin, CA

    Obama is doing a hell of a job and has exceeded my expectations. What I do find frightening however is seeing a blurb on CNN directly after your commentary about Sara Palin possibly running for 2012. Oh HELL no!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  383. Joyce from San Francisco

    10 out of 10!! Finally, we have a president who knows that the war on terror is also a war of ideas, not just a muscle match. The president's actions this week have shown that he understands the challenges of the 21st century cannot be overcome by bullying and hectoring, but by winning over hearts and minds.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  384. Tracey G. (Atlanta, GA)

    I am impressed with President Obama and all he has done in his first week. I wonder if he sleeps 🙂 He has taken the White House by storm – hitting the ground running and hasn't stopped since. Well, I believe we can all rest assured that he is working, which is very little I can say for his predecessor.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  385. Nick D. Neighbour

    In his recent interview with the Arab Speaking Network, wouldn't it have been nice, to have heard Mr. Obama say that he is an AMERICAN FIRST?!
    Nick D. Neighbour.
    Pasadena. CA.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  386. kae in Va

    A breath of fresh air...keep up the good work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  387. Ephram

    I'm very optimistic with the flurry of activity President Obama has initiated in his first week. In my mind, the most important thing that he has done, wass to mobilize the US Government towards something other than the status quo. As in most cases, the most difficult step is the first one.

    Ephram
    Atlanta, GA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  388. skip Morlock

    President Obama is on Top of IT, I hope he keeps everyone so busy they won't have time to keep up.
    Rush is so busy trying to keep his listerers ,he will say anything.
    thanks skip

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  389. Tim, Maryland

    The man is logical and decisive. I want to vote for him again!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  390. Kevin Bungert

    Jack,

    Are you kidding me? Rating Obama after one week is like rating your marriage after one week!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  391. pappymathews

    i think the jury should stay "out' on an early approval rating until we see how he deals w/ the "corporate bailout" issue, but so far, so good

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  392. Cory in Texas

    I think Barack has done more for the good of the American People in one week than GB did in his entire Presidency.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  393. Saul

    Well, I would give President Obama high marks. He promised change and he has certainly delivered.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  394. Mela London

    He is excellent. Unfortunately, he still has to deal with the obstructionist Republican tax cutting is the answer to everything idealogues.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  395. Ryan

    So far so good. He's already been in office one week and he hasn't left for a vacation in Texas.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  396. Leland

    President Obama's first week in office was better than President Bush's 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  397. Cathy Ezrailson

    You can't stand for something without offending those who disagree. President Obama is not afraid of differing opinions or expressions of them. He seems to me to put himself on above the fray, looking at the big picture. He is doing just fine in my opinion.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  398. Sam Hanania

    He has done more in 7 days than President Bush did in the last four years. I am not saying I agree with him but he is very effective.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  399. Glenn Lapidus

    It is kinda sad that we are measuring him in timeslices of first day, first week, etc. That being said, he is setting a interesting tone. Quiet confidence in the ideals of America. Doing the interview on the Arab TV, inviting republicans and democrats to debate the economic crisis. He is encouraging debate and discussion.

    We will see if his actions will be successful domestically and internationally in due time. A week doesn't make the man.

    Glenn

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  400. Rich Wolverton

    It does not get much better given the impossible conditions Obama was handed. His approach is positive, active, thoughtful, encompassing and decisive. Everything The Dicider was not.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  401. Brian Knowles

    How would I rate Obamas' first week? A complete disaster for capatlism, freedom, and the American way.

    And then, his first interview is with Muslims.... You guys could't buy a clue on ebay, could you...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  402. David Paul

    A breath of fresh air.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  403. Jan - Gibson City, IL

    Jack, I couldn't be more thrilled or proud.

    I can't think what he could do to PROVE that he wants to do and be all that he promised during the campaign.

    If he doesn't inspire trust and hope in everyone, I don't know who would.

    BTW, I thought it WAS unfair for him to get grilled in the press room. We want to see him a regular guy sometimes, but if he tries to be, he gets slammed for it. I think he was just trying to get to know the other tenants of the building.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  404. David

    After eight years we finally have a President!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  405. dustymills

    As Americans, we could not have found anyone better to take on these massive problems. This man has accomplished more in his first week than GWB did in a year, he clearly is seeking to bring all sides togeather. I am very proud of President Obama, he is showing the whole world that there is no problem too large or small for him to find a solution for. We are finally coming back.........

    Central Oregon

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  406. Justin

    He's done more in one week than I've seen Bush do in years...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  407. Carlos

    FANTASTIC !
    He has done more in one week that Bush in 8 years !!!
    St. George, UT

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  408. Gayle Wright

    As productive and encouraging as I expected. President Obama "hit the ground running" just as he promised.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  409. Donna Fox

    Let's face it....he has done much in a week that ihiates the change he has promised....i hope he is taking his vitamins to keep up with it all....he doesn't look any older yet. i would be totally gray by now.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  410. Shirley - Chattanooga, TN

    Jack,

    It's only been ONE week. Give the guy time to get in the door. Why would Americans and the world expect a miracle? How can we expect Obama to undo in one week what it took Bush and his cronies EIGHT years to do. STOP THE MADNESS PEOPLE. Give Obama and his team time to do his work, please. How can we help?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  411. Cousondra

    Even though President Obama has made a few mistakes during his first week, he has gotten off to a great start! As with any job mistakes will be made, give him 6-months he will be the best we have seen in a long time. He has my approval!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  412. Margie and Tony

    We're dizzy. We can't keep up with him. At this rate, he'll be bored by summer!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  413. George Cohen

    A++++

    Remaining Republicans D-

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  414. Susan

    I think he is doing great....everything I wanted him to do. He is
    tackling the toughest issues and highest priorities right up front.
    I just hope the Republicans get the message that we want change
    in our politics.
    MSM

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  415. Cally Golding

    President Obama has obviously planning his agenda in advance so he could hit the ground running hard and in fact be ready to take charge on day one. I couldn't be more pleased. We finally have a true leader who is ready to lead.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  416. gisella orihuela

    This is The United States of America again !!!!
    We have a president !!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  417. linda

    Very pleased.... considering what he was left to work with !

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  418. Kate

    President Obama had been absolutely astounding in the way he is handling the challenges both domestic and international..it makes one proud to be an American. He is definitely an Officer and a Gentleman. I rate the work of these first 7 days as outstanding..

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  419. Jacqueline

    I have to say, I trust no politician... but... This man, if he stays on track as he is now, I will be amazed at the possibilities. He won't be able to do it all in one term. I'm sure he'll return for a second term, but I do believe he has the potential if nothing else at all happens, to put us back on track with regard to world view.

    In the last 4 years I didn't even like to admit I was American. Made me want to use an accent and do weird things to my hair so I wouldn't be recognized as American.

    Now I feel like I can be who I am again! Thanks Barack!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  420. Jeanne Lehnert

    In spite of some GOP obstacles, in my opinion he is living up to
    all of his promises and then some. I was 100% behind him and
    still am.
    Jeanne Lehner
    Mesa, AZ

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  421. Brian B from KC

    Clearly, our new president can walk and chew gum simultaneously. I hope his ambition and common sense are something that we come to take for granted. That we be quite the departure from 43.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  422. Kate NY

    Obama gets a 110% rating from me. it's been a stupendous,
    unprecedented 1st week performance...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  423. Lalita Satyal

    I didn't know you could pack so much in a week's time.
    OUR president is keeping his campaign promises, from the very start.
    We HAVE to help him.
    Lalita Satyal

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  424. Bill Martinez

    Excellent !! ... leadership without being arrogant, in-charge of matters, reliable, self-assurance. I give him 99.99% rate.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  425. John

    President Obama is doing a great job. He is a very inspiring president.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  426. Steven in NC

    Mr. Obama's actions of he past week have renewed my faith in this country. After eight years of darkness I am again seeing the light of liberty. It appears that Mr. Obama will truly restore our rightful standing in the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  427. LL McCormick

    His first week was amazing to watch. It is WONDERFUL to have a
    REAL President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  428. -Steve Albuquerque

    Outstanding. What a refreshing leader we have chosen. He's brave and is taking bold steps to deal with the enormous problems left by Bush.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  429. dorothy gianaras

    He is doing a wonderful job. Reaching out to the Muslim world should do wonders for world peace. I hope he keeps up this good work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  430. zane

    I am happy with everything he has done so far. If he reversed the kilo case it would be a grand slam. STOP EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  431. Walt

    Jack,
    So far I like the sound of the rubber hitting the road. Our new President has been rather proactive. He's trying to right wrongs of the past. Carry On, Mr. President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  432. Ric

    I love Obama! I almost tear up every time I listen to him speak. He is so conscious of the effects of his words around the world and the fact that he is reaching out a friendly hand to those we have isolated in the past years shows change is happening. I fully support him and look forward to rekindling friendships with other nations.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  433. kim halberdier

    Hell of a week! Keep up the great work and God Bless you.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  434. Rosemary Abram

    I commend our new President. He did want a lot of us who taken on new positions are used to doing; he hit the ground running.

    I hope (and I paraphrase) as I just heard said on your station that members of the House & Senate will stop voting their party –I believe they should begin voting their ideals and principles–if not perhaps they should get sent home for bad behaviour.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  435. Linda

    Incredible! I am so grateful that a man of his insight and intelligence is our president. He will make mistakes. I won't always agree with him, but he is thoughtful, willing to learn, and humble enough to say he is wrong.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  436. Mike

    I think his first week has been a whirlwind. We don't know what the effects will be yet but at least he is moving; and I'm pretty sure its in the right direction.

    Mike
    California

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  437. Jon Progessive

    A+ he s a breath of fresh air too those have endured the last 8yrs of tax breaks for the rich and sit on your A** policies for last year in office.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  438. Matthew

    President Obama is doing a great job. He Is attacking the problems that encompass the American people as well as the rest of the people in the world. Great job new President!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  439. Howard

    Amazing! Its much better than were accustomed to seeing! We couldn't even get an honest answer from George Jr

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  440. Bauer401

    I think its great to have a President who actually is doing what he said he would do. He might make a couple mistakes but at least he is making an effort. It looks like a great start to me.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  441. Sarah

    FABULOUS

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  442. Sky

    As far as I'm concerned he couldn't have done better.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  443. Dave

    Five out of Five Stars. But only because of the fact that I wouldn't expect him to any better than he has. A hard line on terrorists = good. Reaching out to the Arab and Muslim world = good. Trying to work with republicans and democrats on the stim package = good. Bringing good feelings to the country, regardless of how long they will last = good. I just hope nobody under his admin messes up too bad. I think he is doing just great.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  444. john hickey, dallas

    Jack, I am one of those who believe that the President's Secretary of State should have been elected. Given that attitude, and though I voted for Obama, he had a lot to prove to me. Having said that, he had a thrilling first week: his stand on ethics, his stand on environmental issues, and most importantly, his recommitting our great nation to high standards when dealing with prisoners.

    No more torture. No more "enhanced interogation." No more gitmo. These have inspired me to hope that he may well accomplish great things as he promised. He has bought himself much more time with me.

    I give him an A+ for week one.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  445. Anne-Marie Faul

    I think President Obama is doing great. He is trying to turn around the policies that got us so far off track and put us back on the map. These problems aren't simple. He is stretching beyond what's politically correct to what's necessary. He is asking more than the bubble of politicians what should be done. This is why I voted for him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  446. Tyler Starke

    The United States was like a patient that had undergone a botched kidney surgery. Obama needs to preform the same surgery to fix what the last person screwed up as well as provide the new kidney that will save the patient.

    I think Obama is doing a good job given the state of the address when he came into office. What is going to happen to Rush Limbaugh's approval rating for his loud mouth? I'd been a fan of Rush until he said he wanted Obama to 'fail'? Is that patriotic?

    My favorite moment of the Obama administration is when he froze those paychecks. Day 1!! awww, good times.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  447. Marjorie Lominy

    Iam still enjoying the fact that I now have a President who does not destroy the english langauge.....what a country!!!!
    His first week: nothing but NET....
    Marjorie
    NY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  448. Heyward

    President Obama hit the ground running in his first week. I'm beginning to feel proud to be an American and lucky to have President Obama as our commander in chief.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  449. Darrell

    Off the charts, compared to the idiot we had for 8 years!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  450. Terry

    A president who actually does what he promises in his campaign? Wait a minute...let me sit down! I think our president , on the big issues like the economy and his moves to speak to the muslim world deserve an A plus. If his actions continue and he continues to deliver on his promises, I believe he will be a great leader indeed.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  451. gerry

    I'd give him a 10 ! Except nobody is perfect,
    so therefore he gets a 9......Finally a Pres that is intelligent
    and can do more than one thing at a time.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  452. Eileen Curras

    The first week for President Barack Obama has certainly been an eye opener and better than the other president. He at least is showing that he cares to listen but nothing has been said about health care. He still needs to work on issue of Health and is affecting too many citizens.

    Mrs. Eileen Curras

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  453. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    No wonder the republicans are acting like fools. They must be ashamed of themselves and wondering how it must look to the rest of the country. Their incompetence is so much more glaring now.
    His performance is stellar.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  454. Dean in Pa

    Jack,

    I think he is off to a great start. First he stumped the Repubs by asking for their ideas. Second he told the Repubs not to listen to Rush "The Republican Saint of Idiotology" Limbaugh. All this in the first week without mentioning "political capital".
    What a first week.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  455. David

    It is in no way surprising that Obama would immediately reverse executive orders by President Bush. That is all that the disgusting, moronic dems want him to do. But he made two harsh mistakes this week. Lift the ban on the abortion funding = having ALOT of Americans pissed off. Closing Gitmo = where are we supposed to send the prisoners?

    Man, if you can't even think that far, some "leader" Obama is. This guy is an absolute joke, and in no way presidential material, at least currently. Who knows, I can see some growing wisdom in him in later years, but he's just a politician, not a leader. And yes silly liberals, there is a difference.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  456. One Eyed Bob Oregon

    In the ethics rules he signed into law re lobbyists I give him high marks as long as he follows through. I also commend him for going into the GOP meetings to show his degree of willingness to hear opposing views. Its refreshing to have a leader who appears to want to work in the open as opposed to b=Bush Cheney et al.

    One Eyed Bob Oregon

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  457. Thomas Bate

    There is only one word for Obamas first week , MIRACULOUS. He is simply amazing. I cant imagine ANYONE that could do a better job. NOBODY. This is the first time I've wanted to write a love letter to a US President.

    Tom Bate/ Ft. Lauderdale

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  458. Isaac Carmignani

    He is definitely outstanding. He has inspired me with his ability not to get bogged down. He is clear thinking and classy in his approach, keeping his promise to listen first and speak with those whom he may disagree with.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  459. Arnetta

    First week was first rate. There is a learning curve in any new job or undertaking. At least he is taking up the tasks. And to paraphrase an oft quoted quote: You can please some of the people some of the time, you can't please all of the people all of the time. The President gets an A+ is my book.

    Arnetta, IL

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  460. CSM-H

    Funny how you made the closing remark about Obama's ratings higher than Pres. Bush at the end of his eight years......How about Pres. Bush's incoming number vs. Obama's....I do believe Pres. Bush was higher.....

    I've tried to listen to you and Wolf with an open mind, I would like a "fair and balanced" idea of the news.....You all are not it!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  461. bruce lebovitz

    Unbelievable! What a difference from the previous administration. How open. How honest. The next eight years will be 180 degrees different...better social, financial and international policies...better for ALL Americans.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  462. Mary Erlenborn

    My husband and I believe that Obama is following through on his promise to restore our credibility abroad and to tackle the economic problems with a bipartisan approach. It may take a while for the "politics as usual" people to get used to this. I'm proud of his work so far and give him an 95% approval rating.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  463. Dori from Texas

    It has been a wonderful week. Although I do not agree with every position he takes, he is proving to be the President I hoped for and voted for.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  464. David Gutierrez

    OMG!!!!!!!!! The Obama Administration is barely 7 days old and we are viewing his "drop" in popularity from Inauguration Day??? Isn't one of the reasons we are in a financial/business crises due to the short term pressure on our CEO's for "instant" results? Who hasn't read of captains of industries foregoing healthy,long-term decisions to satisfy Wall Street's short-term performance measures? Yet, here we are doing exactly that with President Obama! Where was that scrutiny and outrage 8 days ago?

    David Gutierrez

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  465. Joyce

    I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love with a wonderful Pres.! It is wonderfully fulfilling to once again want to follow the news with a feeling of satisfaction rather than embarrassment. For over 4 years I avoided it because I just could NOT face Bush's ignorance.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  466. Joel

    First week as the puppet of Pelosi snd the spend all you can Demo's in Congress is what I expexted. Carter admin re-runs.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  467. donatus uzonwanne

    After all, they don't call him "the one" for nothing.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  468. Ken

    Obama is doing an outstanding job. People that don't "get it", need to "get it". It's been way too long since we have had a President that has accomplished so much in so little time. Sure, people will always find something to criticize about the President. But rhetoric and finger pointing are out, and a new era of taking responsibility and producing answers are in.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  469. Sandra

    I admire him for the endeavor that he has put forth. He has done well in attempting to forfill all his promises and what he wants for this country for everyone. Please give him a little leeway and time, it is not just the business of signing a piece of paper.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  470. DENISE SINGLETON

    I was worried that he was all talk and no action, but now I can exhale.
    President Obama is clearly demonstrating that he is a man of action and not just speeches. I had a few sleepless nights after he was sworn in, but now I feel the future is in the right hands. Keep up the good work Mister President!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  471. Doug Troutman

    A rather astonishing first week, a B+ or A-. Considering it follows eight years of Fs to a cheater who had to read notes on his eyelids to commit outrageous illegalities, destruction of the Constitution, and well, planet, hey, you can't turn it around overnight, but there sure are a lot of skid marks!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  472. Mike Neilson

    President Obama's first week shows just how amazing this man is, this is week as been great, just what he said it would be like..

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  473. alex

    well, I gave him A- . and you jack A- as well . however, wolf B+

    alex
    Los Angeles

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  474. dolore

    110% Jack. Obama's like no president I have seen anywhere, anytime. He's outstanding. He's done more in his first week of office than 10 lifetimes. Plus, he's being absolutely transparent with the American people, which is what I admire about him most. He's classy, elegant, communicative and productive. Whattaguy!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  475. Jerry Thomas

    I think Obama has done a very good job in his first week of office, especially considering all the challenges. He is quickly removing the red tape and quagmire normally associated with government. As he continues to make these difficult decisions repadly, I think that the rest of goverment will quickly catch up or dry up on the vines. I am already looking back at the Bush Administration and asking why everything was so slow, old-school and non-transparent? We were fooled by the wizard once again. We are lucky to have Obama and his work ethic.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  476. Sharon Zingery

    Desperate times re!quire dramatic moves. Yes, we can find Middle East Peace and, yes, we can find solutions to domestic troubles and, yes, we can minimize partisan deadlock. Our President would not take 'no' for an answer and he will get more people saying yes to Peace than we could have hoped for before Jan 20!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  477. Ana

    I give President Obama an "above expectations" mark! I never really cared for Politics, now I do. I look forward to see the results of his initial steps and words.
    Toronto, Canada

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  478. Steven D.

    President Obama, has done exceptionally well. He has already spent more time with his "would-be" adversaries than his predecessors, both locally and globally. Go figure?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  479. Lalita Satyal

    I didn't know you could pack so much in a week's time.
    OUR president is keeping his campaign promises, from the very start.
    We HAVE to help him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  480. Phil

    Working for the People. Great!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  481. Colin Foster

    Jack,

    I'm going with a 75%. Although the initiatives he has pushed are true to his promises, we've yet to see how things are going to come together into something cohesive.
    I will say this, I firmly believe he is the smartest guy in his cabinet, and that doesn't seem to happen with any appreciable frequency in our country. I hold out hope that good things are coming.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  482. ggs-trenton nj

    I think that President Obama is doing an outstanding job; he really believes that his campaign promises are to be kept–what a nice change! But he is caught between a rock and a hard place in Congress–D's and R's both a mess

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  483. Suzette

    I am extremely impressed. He's made some decisions that are very bold but necessary. And, when you are a "true leader"; you do not conform to the expectations of others. You set the bar for what type
    of results you're seeking. He's truly raised the Bar in politics..

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  484. Angel Cruz

    He has done more in 1 week than President Bush has done in 8 years! Whether or not you believe he has been completely "transparent" with us he has a plan for us American's. I can once again say that I am PROUD to be an American!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  485. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    I rate him 50-50, Jack, President Obama, has a whole lot to prove to me before i can give him a higher rating. True, he's talking a good game, but, i'm from "Old School" too and i believe in "Deeds, Not Words".
    Sly, Alpena, Mi.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  486. Diana from Oregon

    I'm amazed at his energy and commitment to the principles that we voted him into office for.

    I hope he will be willing to truly listen to suggestions & recommendations that can make his economic stimulus package more effective and will create more permanent family wage jobs.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  487. Will Poston

    I would give President Obama a 10/10 for his performance so far. He has initiated the process to close Gitmo, instructed his Middle East envoy George Mitchell to stop dictating (and start listening), and conducted substantive, philosophical discussions with the opposition.

    I was skeptical he could bring about the change he claimed, but that skepticism is fading quickly.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  488. Janice in Maryland

    I am quite impressed with the momentum and assertiveness of President Obama in his first week. It is quite apparent that he put substantial energy and effort into develoing his strategy and laying out the tactical plans of implementation. We wanted change and everything we've seen thus far is certainly a change in the right direction.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  489. Bill Davis

    Absolutely refreshing – that's how I would rate his first week. Decisive, bold, open, and communicating with a balance and focus that is making me proud to be an American (again).

    Give the President a 10.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  490. PhoenixChristian

    Outstanding performance in implementing his campaign promises
    during the first week. I pray he will be able to keep it up. He is a voice for the political and ecomomicly disadvanteged, the silent majority or the last 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  491. rachel jones

    A++. He's taking Appropriate Action, something that should have been done.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  492. James Smith

    For his first week, I'd rate fairly low. He failed to address the Gaza issue, and subsequently failed curb Israel's expansion attempts. That being the only real issue that has cropped up in week 1, it makes him kind of hard to rate. However, he hasn't really done anything yet that should warrant a review either good or bad. I do think his cabinet picks should be a clear indicator that Obama is not going to be too much different from Bush.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  493. Edith Carroll

    I am very pleased with Obama's actions during his first week in office. He's already taking action to make many greatly needed changes. Bush left our country in terrible shape on MANY fronts, and I am enormously relieved to have a President of Obama's intelligence and moral caliber to begin the reclamation of our country.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  494. Estilita Grimaldo

    President Obama is like a breath of fresh air. He's making good on his campaign promises. I am reassured by his presidency that I made the right choice when I gave up my birth nationality to become a US citizen. This is the United States that I believed in when I did it.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  495. Kenny Chen

    very good, fullfilling many promises wins my heart...........we should give him more support to do his job

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  496. Ashton Wilcox

    Hey Jack!

    Obama has been making moves, that's for sure. I like it. And I think he's been making the right moves.

    But when oh when is he going to open up the vault and tell us the truth about what went down in Roswell? The way to make this world's problems seem smaller is to open up and finally let everyone know that we're not alone.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  497. ted

    Jack,

    He is great. He work hard to convince both parties and he communicate with the american people and the people in the world, even kids.He is once in a blue moon president we ever seen.

    thanks,

    ted

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  498. Michael Cash

    I give him a solid A on his first week in office. He has followed through on several of his campaign promises and is reaching out to both the
    Republicans and the Muslim world with incredible leadership penache.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  499. Scott

    I think that he has done more for the United States in 1 week than President Bush did in eight years. He is doing different things because as well all know the definition of insantity is doing something the same repeatedly and expecting a different result.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  500. Deborah Waddy

    So, this is what it feels like to have an adult in charge.
    I can't be more pround of our President. He is really being a leader
    americans & the whole world can marvel at.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  501. Kathleen Schmidt

    Obama did what he promised in the campaign. Good for you Obama!
    Hail to truth in government. I rate Obama 200%.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  502. Mickey

    Ask questions first. Shoot only if you have to. Brilliant!! What a difference a week makes. A+

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  503. Dave Branson

    Jack
    In my opinion he did right admonishing Limbaugh. I wished he would have invited Limbaugh down to the White House gym to show Limbaugh how much he feared him! I give the new President an A for his actions so far. He is busy,deliberate and knows exactly what he is doing.
    Dave Branson
    Corona,Ca.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  504. Graeme Vancouver B.C. Canada

    Considering Obama hasn't wasted ANY time since he started his job, I think he has done pretty well in his first week.

    I found out the other day the Obama actually sleeps! Isn't that surprising?!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  505. Catherine

    Its about time we get a President that does what he says, works for his pay, and can multitask!! As a house wife I can accomplish alot in one day and apparently so can the President.
    Thank you President Obama

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  506. Sharon in Cleveland Ohio

    I think that President Obama's first week in office has proven to the world that "Change has come to America!" So far, he is definately keeping my "hope" alive!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  507. Bill Boon

    He has been doing fantastic!!!! Each day, including inauguration day, I have had tears in my eyes just thinking of what a change for good has happened to us. The world is a better place.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  508. HARRY WETTIG

    On a scale of 1 – 10 he is a definite 10. The change in the rhetoric of government is remarkable. How did we ever elect that past president – even by a questioned 50 percent!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  509. Adele

    President Obama has gotten more done in his first week than Bush in the eight years he was president. At least it seems that way. It is exhilarating, And, yes, there is hope.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  510. Peg Richardson

    President Obama is doing an outstanding job!!!! and I am a republican. He has an excellent pragmatic approach and a circular approach to problems. I just wish the republican party would stop shooting themselves in the foot. They has the majority before and voted in the TARP to benefit the backbone of Greed in this country. President Obama's plan builds jobs, which increases spending, which makes me able to qualify for loans, buy goods and the business man can produce products and off me services. And cutting taxes....NO Way. How. So many cities, states and I am certain the Federal Government is going to take it in the teeth are already having trouble making it....but then again..if I'm not working I'm not paying taxes. President Obama is top notch on my list – finally a practical president with a brain after 8 long years of pain!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  511. Peggy Howard

    I am so sick already of the media blitz to baby (find favor, give partiality to, render favor to) to Pres. Obama, as if he could do no wrong.
    He is not Goc. Especially CNN really brags up and babies Obama to the point I already am sick. Poor George Bush got nothing but downers. Please give fair coverage. I beg of you.

    If he favors the Muslums we will soon be bowing down to Osama and then what will you guys actually do? Get with the program!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  512. Howard Moody Jr.

    On a scale of 1 to 10. I'll give him a 9.9, Keep up the good work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  513. Clint Trammel

    I rate his first week far above average. He is a POLITICIAN who is keeping his campaign promises. Imagine that!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  514. Terrence

    I would give the President a "A-" for his first week in office. I would give the Press, Rush Limbaugh, and the others their continuing "F".

    This is a new administration. This President wants our input of positive ideas on how to pull ourselves out of the quagmire the previous Administration put us in. To those who would use the same rules and actions toward this Administration that have been acquired over the last Administrations tenure are just out of touch.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  515. Mario

    timely, effective, powerful.
    The light at the end of the tunnel

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  516. Michele Klaes

    A refreshing change from President Bush, President Obama had his shirt sleeves up on the first day of office. I especially admire that he goes to the departments for swearings in or other business. Appears he's a "hands-on leader" without micromanaging. I didn't vote for him, but I rate him an eight out of 10 for the first week. A workaholic for sure!!

    Michele
    Dallas

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  517. Kenny

    I think that he has done a great job in his first week. Keep the good job up.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  518. Sage from Annapolis, Maryland

    Exceptional would be the right word. You know Jack, I am a retired executive of a mid-sized company and I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't come close to the President's ability to focus on a topic, to make long-ranging and far-reaching decisions in such a coherent and highly competent way, and in what appears to be lightning speed. I've seen a lot of whiz kids in my day, but I have to say, I have never seen anyone quite like him.

    I recall that David Axelrod said that Barack Obama was the smartest man he knew. I understand clearly why he makes that statement. This man is one for the ages.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  519. Jeffrey Liles

    What initiative, intuition and focus! It feels extraordinary to know that we now have leadership that is proactive, rather than reactionary. And how amazing is it to have a President who isn't beholden to corporate crooks like EnRon, Halliburton or Blackwater? This is new. This is good. It feels like we're on a positive moral trajectory now.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  520. willa

    WOW! what a week for president Obama!/I think his approval rating is off the charts!/He's presidential,wise,has the right tone to reach out to friends and foe alike!/now if the republicans stop be obstrusive.he will make this nation great and respected again!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  521. george miller

    Obama will succeed, but if he listens to queen nancy & crazy harry and gives money to acorn, condom money for the poor and listens to their other looney left ideas, he will be doomed and a lame duck in two years. That would be terrible.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  522. Birney Hill

    Yesterday i would have given newly elected Pres. Obama a B+.
    With the addition of his interview with Arabic T.V. and his reach out to Congressional Republicans, I think he deserves an A+!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  523. BARBIE

    President Obama has exceeded my high expectations of him in his first week!
    President Obama is BRILLIANT, pragmatic, efficient, sensitive, and trustworthy!
    President Obama is the best thing that has ever happened to the United States of America and to the world.
    May God bless him and keep him safe forever.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  524. Dane in Nevada

    50% for hitting the ground running
    15% for Guantanamo
    15% for the abortion law
    15% for getting rid of lobbyist
    and 20%for actually becoming president

    that makes for a total of...115%......hmmmm....thats 15 too much....i must have gone to school in the US

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  525. Suzanne Knazek

    President Obama has jumped right in and started making the difficult decisions. He has validated all the faith we had in voting him into office. I am very hopeful and optimistic!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  526. Donnie Jones

    Are you serious? Compared to the idiot that was in office for the past 8 years, President Obama (man, that has a nice ring to it!) is moving at light speed and doing a FANTASTIC job. If he'd been in office 8 years ago, this country might not be in the mess we're in now. Great job, Mr. President. Keep it up! We're all behind you!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  527. Alice Tomasello

    His first week in office has 'blown away' the previous administrations record. He has surrounded himself with smart advisors, won the world over with Hope...reaching out the olive branch of Peace, and tried as best he can to 'undo' the tragic state of our economy....How would we have rated Bush after 7 days???

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  528. sheldon

    Obama is doing well and I hope he keeps up the good job he's doing.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  529. Mary Carver

    From a retired high school teacher... A+ ! And, by the way, Jack, I don't think he needs any "lessons" from you!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  530. Carl Bevens

    I would rate The First Black Presidens st week in office as good as it can get for now. If this get's any better we will all be living in complete harmony. The World Over.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  531. Lisa in Yucca Valley, CA

    Jack
    I rate it as an A+, 110%. He is doing his best to live up to the promises he made. As for the Republicans, they better thank their lucky stars that President Obama is NOT George Bush, and that he is trying to give them some dignity and input, though they do not deserve it, and have become irrelevant for a reason. And they better understand Obama WON, and that was an edict from the people. And the special interest whiners and complainers also should put a lid on it.. Give the President a minute to clean up the pressing messes and then he will get around to all these other issues. It is just plain tiresome to keep hearing news tidbits coming from adults acting like babies.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  532. Ayanna

    First week in office, even if you didn't vote for the guy, or support his policies, we must admit that he is working effectively at keeping his campaign promises, and making a geniue effort for change. On a scale of 1-10, I give him 12. Jack, this is the most classy President this country has seen.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  533. Gaylondo

    So far so good. He's definately stepping up and taking charge unlike our last puppet I mean President. In all seriousness he'll do some good things that we like and he'll some things we won't like, but let's please stay focused on the big picture. Our country needs to be fixed not torn apart from the inside out which is what's happened the last 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  534. Daunesh Alcott

    I felt better a week ago. Obama is making too many promises without thinking things through in a rush to appease his liberal base. Gitmo is there for a reason. Notice how every country has lined up against us and making clear they don't want the terrorists in their backyard. Neither does any governor in the US hoping to get re-elected. Bush and Cheney were 100% right in this area. Hopefully, he will stop drinking his own Kool-Aid that the press has made. Some things are better left alone. He should concentrate on the economy.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  535. Jon in Honolulu

    Obama's first week is better than the entire 8 year Bush presidency.

    Thankfully we have an intelligent, thoughtful, competent leader in charge.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  536. clive banfield

    Pesident Obama has done an extra-ordinary job during his first week in iffice. I rate his performance 100%.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  537. Brooke Farrell

    This was a great week for America. It was so nice to hear our President speak from strength and honor rather than from fear. The old bullying cowboy swagger is gone. Thinking and reason are back in the saddle. Sincerely, Brooke Farrell

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  538. Gary

    I would rate Obama a 10. 10 points higher than Bush

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  539. LT

    President Obama has done more in the first week to positively change the direction of our nation than Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II combined. He means business. This is good business for the United States and the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  540. Mitzi Snyder

    I would rate Obama's first week in office as an 8 on a scale from 1-10. He's doing a great job! Our country needed a smart, understanding doer!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  541. jwnixon

    Obama, is balanced. It's great to see a presient that working for what's best for america, not for his campaign donors

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  542. Deborah Ann Campling

    Finally, a man leading our country the way I lead two sons through their teenage years – pragmatism over dogma, listening over lecturing!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  543. Eric in Florida

    He looks good compared to all the other crooks around him.
    From either party, that is...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  544. tim

    president obama has done more good in his first week than any recent president. we finally have a well mannered president who see's the whole story not just the united states.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  545. Sylvester

    I am very impressed...the new President is really on the fast lane...King Kong has nothing on him ....God Bless America

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  546. Rupok

    His work is outstanding and if he continues like this every week not only will be able to bring the economy back but we will do it in his first term. By his second term America will be the country where opportunities are endless, again and more so.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  547. Debra Sheldon

    Don't think for a minute that you are alone in your opinions and perspectives, and please never be intimidated be by your critics or your employer, My husband and I are baby boomers, love your outlook, agree with you 90 percent of the time, and watch CNN partially because of you. One unfortunate result of this e-mail is that we now know that we don't know how to spell "curmudgeon". Mean't as flattery. Keep up the good work,

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  548. Frank Nardo

    I am impressed with President Obama not wasting anytime on issues facing our country, but I am a realist and as he's on a good path I will withhold judgement much later in the year before I start celebrating. My country has long been a disappointment to the american people.

    Frank
    Cape Coral FL

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  549. Kathy Rubino

    I'm proud to be an American Again!! Thank you, President Obama, for an incredible first week of your administration. Fom sea to shining sea and to all the nations of the world, respect and confidence is building already!! Kathy from Hollister, CA.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  550. Jim

    The presidents tempo has been impressive, however I am not sure that developing a terrorist bill of rights should have occupied his first few days in office. As for the stimulus plan I am disappointed to see that change has not come to the democrats, there does not appear to be any effort to bring the parties together for the sake and benefit of the nation. Nancy Palosy seems to be a polarizing figure that will ensure politics as usual and the American citizen the loser. I am hopeful that President Obama will break from this divisive practice and put Americans first.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  551. BDB from NC

    I don't think it should be a surprise to anyone that Obama has done an excellent job in his first week. Many problems to solve...many eyes watching... many critics talking smack... yet, Obama is cool, calm and collected. He is The Man!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  552. nancy

    has it been 5 days? after the last 8 long miserable years of the bush, cheney, that loud mouth limbaugh, etc., this is like a breathe of fresh air. i hope he can continue to work across aisle with the hypercrite republicans.

    being a former hilary supporter, i am very impressed and pleased with our new president. he is doing what he said he would and that is a very big plus in my book.

    keep up the good work and you will get my A.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  553. Tony H.

    Hey Jack- He woke up, had an intelligent thoguht and then tried to make a difference in the world! In my opinion he's done more over coffee than "Ole W" / Bush did in 8 years!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  554. Josalyn Knight

    I think that Pres Obama has had a very busy first week. He is trying to keep his word to the American people. I think he may have earned Pres Bush's pay check for the past 8 years in one week. Can we just extend his contract?

    Yokota AB, Japan

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  555. ph

    Well, it's early Jack. But it's amazing what you can accomplish when you have the good will of the majority on your side and Not just the enforcement of a few justices.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  556. Janice Lanham

    I was impressed with his taking a stand so early. I would like to see him quickly bring our country back in line with the constitution. I would like ot see him stop the illegal surveillance and remote interrogation. I am sure he will take some hits especially on the abortion issues. As far as Russ Limbaugh...he is not worth the time. The best that Obama can do is ignore him like the rest of us do. Raytheon as far I am concerned has gotten enough of our money through the defense department along with a few other corporations that design technology that allows the eroding of my privacy.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  557. Waqas

    Excellent and just what we need – real change without the influence of lobbyists. Reaching out to the Muslim world will not only be beneficial to the security of the US, but it will also help to change Muslim attitudes towards our country. You never know – Hamas might renounce violence once Obama commits to establishing a Palestinian state. Israel might stop threatening its neighbors once it realizes that the US is no longer willing to tolerate violations of peace agreements. Iran might respond warmly to American diplomacy when it comes to the nuclear situation.

    What Obama needs to do now is tell Israel to stop producing nuclear weapons as well – that would also help bring about peace and security in the Middle East.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  558. Mark

    In my short 34 years of life I have never seen such an intellectual president. His depth of understandng the issues that America faces are extraordinary.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  559. RM Morris

    right now I would say that he is on a dangerous road when he talks about closing Gitmo, Where is he going to put the detainees that are there now, expecially the ones that have been showing up in the Al-Queda Photo,s?

    I want to know why is he sending good money after Bad to the banks, expecially the ones that have already put it in the CEO's Pockets and they have run with it.
    I give him...50%

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  560. canadian supporter

    Obama's first week? Awesome! Everyday brings something new and novel.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  561. Jason

    Obama gets a solid "A." I felt a weight of guilt and shame lift from my shoulders the morning he signed the executive orders closing Gitmo and secret detention centers and banning torture.

    Jason
    Seattle, WA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  562. Brad in Miami Beach

    In President Obama's first week in office, he has addressed critical policy issues with more thoughtfulness, care, intelligence and common-sense than George W. Bush demonstrated in eight years. What a relief to have a thinking, feeling leader who is grounded in reality!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  563. Jon Progessive

    btw im the one the minority in alabama that voted for THE PRESIDENT

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  564. tlobe

    Unimpressive, but your long-running commentary has and remains even less impressive. Your performance could use a kick in the pants and medication for irrascible cumedgeon's syndrome.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  565. Carlos Hurtado

    As a unemployed citizen I am optimistic still! I think Obamas first week has been great and as he promised changing, We all know that things will be difficult, there is a lot to fix and make over. Still I am only optimistic because whats best is already happening! Chin up I am behind my President.

    Carlos
    San Francisco, CA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  566. Sandpeople

    He's batting a 1000 ! He's done more in a week than any other President in our lifetimes have done in 4 years..... ......................

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  567. Connor from Virginia

    Obama's first week has been better than Bush's 416, but who was counting?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  568. alex rodriguez

    I think he has done an awesome job! It seems that the media will always try to put a dampener on anything. It is nice to see that the government is in the hands of a compentent adult who is diplomatic, and inspiring , and is doing what he said he would do. About time.. He's been in office for a week.. He is amazing!!

    Republicans who say I hope he fails are scared because they see that the idologies of their party which screwed up the nation over the past 8 years and want us to believe that it has "worked" .. its only because they profited.. no one else. Geez... how stupid do they think the rest of us are....

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  569. Sharon, Chicago, IL

    I think he's done more in one week for the US and world than Bush was able to do in a year (or 8 years). Those who continue to hold on to the tired and failed policies of trickle-down economics and divide and conquer (Rovian tactics) are not going away, but are being shown how irrelevant they have become.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  570. Bob Conway

    President Obama has had a good first week and so far is having a very good second week.

    I especially applaud his willingness to talk to people - our friends and allies, Al Arabia, and even Republicans on the Hill. Obama is *SO* not Dubya, even more not Dubya than Bill Clinton was not Dubya - and that is great.

    Change has come to America. Spring has arrived early!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  571. Chantal, Hampton, VA

    A++ He's done an excellent job and gets extra credit for going to the capital to have a meeting with the Republicans and gets double points for interviewing with a muslim news cast. I hope the stimulus will not be abused by wall street and that some of these jobs will be filled by as many women as men...in other words, it can't all be construction stuff.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  572. Michelle

    President Obama is outstanding! As a Military member I am proud to say he is our President and Commander!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  573. Colleen Carpenter

    Gee whiz, Jack, are you being a little hard on the guy? How much do you usually accomplish in your first week of a new job? Personally, I'm lucky if I can wade through some file drawers and get the lay of the land!

    No President has ever even come close to dividing lobbyists from government to the extent he has, yet you focus on one appointment. You want him to have resolved the disposition of Guantanamo detainees when the Bush Administration couldn't even assemble their files. What did you have in mind for his second week? Is this what we have to look forward to?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  574. Paul Mitchell

    I would rate President Obama an A on his first week. His first days have been breathtaking, inspiring. Imagine: a man who truly believes in bipartisanship, renounces torture and illegal imprisonment, reaches out to the Muslim world, wants to create a Mid-East peace his FIRST YEAR in office (as opposed to all previous presidents, who were afraid to tackle this tough issue until later in their presidencies), who inspires us to help improve the country), has a vision of the future, who knows history and has travelled the world, seems to have no measure of hatred...
    We are living through a historic period.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  575. One Eyed Bob Oregon

    Ain't it great to have a President that can actually speak English???

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  576. bill

    Great. I'm impressed. He hasn't been afraid to wade right in and get his program going, and isn't afraid to take actions that will be very unpopular in some quarters.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  577. Gerda H. Snapper

    I think President Obama is doing a great job. I am impressed with his willingness to reach out to the Arab and Muslim world. At last we have a president who understands more than the politics of his own back yard and has some knowledge of world affairs and different cultures.
    For too long we have had to put up with public officials who know nothing of the world beyond their immediate surroundings, let alone anything about history or what it means to belong to a different culture.
    Go President Obsma and "May the Force Be With You" and God Bless all you do!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  578. twalke

    Why do so many people in the media neglect to call our new president, "President Barack Obama"? He has earned the respect and title of the office.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  579. Mary

    I'd rate President Obama 100%. I know it will take some getting use to for some, getting streight talk and action to support the promises made. He's on task.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  580. G.P. California

    I think he is doing a great job so far. Let's keep our fingers crossed and see if he can get people back to work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  581. bill thomas

    the fact that obama is dismantling some of the bush decisions is the beginning of the beginning of better times. "anything" that changes a bush position has to be pro u.s.a. and pro american.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  582. Etienne D.

    I think so far he is doing a good job and rate him a 75% . just to say a few words about the radio host . the question adressed to him .... " do you want President Obama fail?" fail for reach american goals and better ameria succeed for a better america and reach " I am glad he ask me that question" knowing by praising failure for President Obama is praising the Failure Of Ameriacan people and for a worst life than what we re seeing now.

    Thanks

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  583. cindy4540

    I'm impressed by how President Obama is conducting business in Washington. He is doing the countries business. I approve of all his proposals, executive orders, foreign policy decisions, and what he is proposing for the economic stimulus and TARP recovery legislation. Now, if we can only convince the rest of the House and Senate to conduct themselves as well, we may get this country moving again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  584. Ron Young

    Obama's first week has been truly refreshing. I look forward to our President addressing the inequities between our nations CEO's and the labor who is actually doing the work, (Specifically, Glenn Tilton at United Airlines). 42% paycuts and stolen pensions while our CEO takes more than 10 million annually, is a travesty.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  585. James, Charlotte

    With so much house cleaning to be done and these two wars to be won, I must give our new President an high-five. The burden alone to tackle all of these daunting tasks can give us a grim look at things, but he has done a lot in just 7 full days in office. Compared to all the other politicians that vacated that office he is trying to keep America united and a symbol of hope. A plus!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  586. Tom

    A+++ He's already worked harder and gotten more accomplished in his first week than Bush did in his entire 2nd term. But we're all sure Bush thought he himself did " a heckuva job", Jackie!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  587. david y peake

    pres. obama has made me proud that i voted for him. his first week has been fulfilling given the problems he inherited. he is trying to make his campaign promises reality. he will succeed given time.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  588. Nancy from Richmond, Indiana

    I think he is doing a great job. Obama is a person that loves challenges and doesn't like to just sit around and do nothing. He has done more in one week than Bush did in one month!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  589. joe minero

    mr cafferty,you are one of the biggest morons on tv,lets face it your a grumpy old man with nothing better to say but insult and throw digs at those who you dissagree with,no wonder why fox news mops the floor with your channel,you look very uncomfortable in that chair ,could it be your hemroids fog up your thinking......joe minero

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  590. jwint

    President Obama has done more in first week..then Bush in 8 years.
    He is open, honest, cares about people...and extremely smart.
    God blessed American.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  591. steve kidder

    Approve of some economic moves. Disaprove of Guantanamo
    decision. Its all still talk lets see what really happens when he
    forgets to stay in the middle of the road and gets runn over by the
    liberals or cons. Most of us live on the yellow line in the middele.
    Slight disaproval

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  592. Arthur King

    President Obama is the first senator to take office after a string of governors, who were very remote from Washingtonian politics. He has therefore an edge over his predecessors by having been around Washington for four years on Capitol before moving into the White House. He has definitely hit the ground running in his first week!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  593. Judy Keenan

    I think Obama has done extremely well i dont know of anyone who would have or could have done better! finally a president who does what he says he will do and wow he sure works hard and doesnt waste time! i love how he is representing the USA and taking such quick action to save not only the citizens finantially but also in reputation. all i can say is thank you Barack Obama and stay stong and stay the course! sincerely Judy Keenan

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  594. John Shaver

    Unbelievable-Unsurpassed in recent history. The man knows he is the leader of the American People and is making sure that the American People see that he means what he said and says and expects all of us to be a part of the recovery of our great Nation. His closing of Guantanamo has brought other Nations back into our friendship column, even to the extent that the European Union is offering their assistance in taking prisoners into their containment facilities. John, Spring Grove, PA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  595. Kate

    I think he is doing a bang up job! Wow in one week he has done more positive things for our country than Bush did in 8 years. Quantanimo is an embarrassment. Process them the way we do as an American.... file charges or not, prosecute if necessary, obtain convictions and lock up in Federal Prison, if not return to origin country. It is not that difficult. I just hope the UN goes after Bush for war crimes. That is why Obama isn't saying anything....he is going to let the UN do it.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  596. Mark

    While I don't agree with every decision President Obama has made I totally agree with the tone. He's actively and purposefully pursuing the changes that he promised and which were so overdue.

    I think we can finally say "Hail to the Chief" with a straight face again.

    Mark
    (Carlsbad, Ca)

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  597. Nancy Rhodes

    I think President Obama is doing a fantastic job in his first week. He has not worked miracles but then, he isn't on vacation at a ranch in Crawford, Texas. That has to count for a better record than we have seen in awhile.

    Nancy Rhodes

    Colville, Washington

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  598. MICHAEL BLANOS

    President Obama is doing an excellent job his first week as the Cleaner-In-Chief. He's mopping up a few of the many atrocities of the former President Bush, aka the Idiot-In-Chief. Sure glad that village has him back now.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  599. Geffen Okin-Larkin

    President Obama is doing great in his first week in office!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  600. Carol

    This is what an American president looks like, how business gets down, how leadership is executed and what a work ethic delivers. This is how a country's leader responds to crisis, handles policy differences and lays the groundwork for a new world order based on dignity and respect. I have never been so proud to be an American, whether I agree with every decision and policy or not.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  601. Mike Seamark

    Jack....I am obviously biased as I voted for President Obama....but I have to say that his first week in office has been a breath of fresh air...open-ness and transparency...versus the last 8 years. I want a President who is upfront, direct, open and honest. George Bush, although probably a good man at heart, did this country a great disservice at home and abroad. This is now an "Obama-Nation" and I wish him all the best!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  602. Jocelyne

    Jack
    I am very impressed by President Obama. He is a leader and he is not afraid to work hard for every American. He gives us hope for a good future. We needed a man like Mr. Obama to solve all the problems created and left by Bush/Cheney.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  603. Mrs. B

    President Obama, KUDOS to you and blessing from above. You are God sent , and a man after God's own heart. Continue to walk in love and peace. We are watching like never before, young, and seasoned. You have the support of the righteous those with Love in their hearts. Those who have never loved wouldn't understand how to love, so we say forgive them God for they do not understand. Move on with America at HEART. The battle is not ours it belongs to God. Great Job for your 1st week. You look good too. We have the FIrst Family FEVER !

    Mrs. Beverly Barthell, Riverdale Ga.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  604. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    As a "senior," I've witnessed a lot of political events over my lifetime. None have given me such a smile, a lift, or a feeling of hope for our country as Obama's election and first week has done. His articulate and even-keeled approach to any number of issues gives him very high marks for me. My sense of shame and embarrassment that I felt during Bush's administration has been replaced by pride.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  605. Ruthie

    For the first time in 8 years, as a former Republican who left the party, I am proud of our President. It wasn't a perfect week, but a week of thoughtful thinking and actions by President Obama. That's progress I can support, live with and be proud of.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  606. Carol Friedman

    I think President Obama has had an extremely effective first week. Just reaching out to the Arab world makes me feel like there is hope to mend out tattered image around the world. Communication is the key to a sucessful peace between our corners of the wolrd. His words are the truth... hopefully we are all listening.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  607. Karen

    I work all day, and then come home to easily put in another 6 hours getting ready for work tomorrow. I also help my son with his homework and try to maintain a household. It is not uncommon for me to get to bed after midnight and get up 4-5 hours later.

    All I want is a President who works as hard as I do. He is doing exactly what I wanted him to do.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  608. Lorenzo

    Jack, week one. A+ Excellent – He has not only improved the stature of the office, but he has clearly demonstrated that he has a plan and willing to be out front to drive it. What a refreshing change. Remember during the campaingn when all of his competitiors talked about his inexperience and the need for one for on-the-job training? Well, he looks more presidential and in charge than George Bush or Bill Clinton.

    Lorenzo
    Darnestown, Maryland

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  609. David Langen

    Great action and vision. Too bad about the abortion deal, though. A lot of us believe in everything Pres. Obama does except for that. I know he is looking out for the women and the poor; that's why he vetoed Bush on the abortion issue. Rich women can have abortions all they want so this is just Obama's way of evening the playing field. Eventually maybe there will be no unwanted child, but till then, the rich and the poor should have the same rights. Nevertheless, I give Obama 100% for knowing better than I do about what must be done to improve the lives of not only Americans but all peoples of the world.

    Great first week!

    Dave

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  610. Donna/Missouri

    Is it wrong to be scared about how well he's doing? So far, I've not seen either he or his administration put a foot wrong. I've grown so used to holding my breath for the next misstep or screw up, it's hard not to continue the habit.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  611. Avir from Bloomington, IN

    99/100. No one is perfect and for putting forth 110%, President Obama has done an excellent job for his first week.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  612. j c patchen

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job in all aspects than President Obama. He is a new creature in Washington: technologically savvy, socially and politically adept, non-insular, steady as a rock, and mightily gifted with judgement, reason, and emotional intelligence. What a difference a week makes.

    jc patchen

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  613. Mike Lewis

    Jack,

    Obama is off to a strong start! He's meeting with GOP leaders to state his case in an attempt to build relationships, holding briefings for the American people, each day, talking to Muslim world, sending positive signals to our allies, and has a good grasp on the issues. Imagine that, a President showing leadership, with strong communications skills, and knowledgeable of the decisions he is making. What a novelty!!

    Now, if he can just get Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democratic majority in check!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  614. Denise from Cape Coral Fl

    I Have to say for the first time in my Life of 51 years I Feel That this President is going to make a difference. He Speaks for all people of the world, We all want PEACE. I feel he has done a tremendous job since he has taken his oath in office.and I Thank God Everyday that we have a president that cares for all humanity.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  615. Linda Blount

    I remain very impressed with our President's knowledge of the important issues affecting the U.S. and his sincere attempt to start to heal the divisions in Congress and improve relations with countries across the globe. What a breath of fresh air after the last eight years when it was "us (The Republicans in power) vs them" (everybody else).
    Thank you President Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  616. Keith

    I think that President Obama's approval rating is 100%. President Obama has effectively done more on his firts week in office than Bush did all last year. I also think that we should give President Obama time to work on the issues at hand , and work with him. And to Rush Limbah: if President Obama fails, then we all fail as a country!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  617. Roland

    President Obama has done an excellent job with all that is left over from the Bush Administration. We are seeing a President of Action and clearly a better President then Bush or if we had elected McCain.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  618. Robert Hoage

    Talk about action. Talk about following through on campaign promises.
    Talk about beginning to reverse eight years of ineptitude, neglect of vital issues, as well as lack of insight, intelligence and just plain caring. What a relief. It makes me think that America just might start to get things right again. GOBAMA!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  619. asia

    President Obama's first week gets an A! It's wonderful to have a President who communicates and listens to all viewpoints. I just wish they would give some of that stimulus to the struggling middle class. We've had 8 years of hell and things are going to get worse before they get better.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  620. Audra from Millarville (CAN)

    ~~~Hey - I don't even live there (but, by God, we're glad you have the new Pres) - he's doing a near super-human job, and I can still smell the paint drying in the biddy! Let's hope Rush ol' boy gets a hold of more Oxy!~~~

    Cheers!
    Audra

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  621. Patty Graves

    I am so glad that I supported and voted for him. I think he has done a terrific job so far.....it's obvious, he means what he says (said).

    Love your news coverage. Patty, Roebuck, SC

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  622. Luke Walker

    President Obama has done a GREAT job. Sure anyone can find political flaws here and there but oh how quickly we forget the previous administration's bumbles and fumbles.

    It is so refreshing to see someone speak intelligently and act progressively. Stem cell research initiated, Guantanamo shut down, no more torture, a return to what the USA is supposed to be. It feels like the USA I grew up with is BACK!!!

    I will say that while President Obama has done a brilliant job this first week, the Republicans have done a horrible job in "getting over it." I have never more partisan attacks using such low tactics. Message boards are full of racist and mean spirited attacks all over the Internet and the hypocritical, bloated drug addict on the radio trying to stay relevant by wishing failure for the new President is just a sad, sad display.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  623. Paul, Texas

    He get's my 100%. All the right moves.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  624. Anthony Miller

    I think President Obama is doing great. His reaching out to and addressing the Muslim World is both proactive and refreshing; signalling a willingness to be open. His economic proposals are encouraging. I am sure there are many nay-sayers, but as usually they dont have any concrete alternative solutions. I pray that he will not let the detractors discourage him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  625. Olu (Atlanta GA)

    Jack,
    I am sure you know the answer to this question, but since you like to get us (the viewers) going ....President Obama has shown in his 1st week his capacity to roll-back 8 years of "tough-talking cowboy style" politics.
    My take is that as a result of his actions in the last 7 days, the world view of the US has improved significantly around the world.

    At home, he has shown his capacity to insert himself in moving our economy forward.

    He has my vote anyday ...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  626. GJoseph

    I am very impressed with President Obama's first week in office, I think he has done an outstanding job so far in reaching out to Republicans and trying to include them in his decisions regarding the economy. I do however think that he must bar William Lynn from taking the job as the Pentagon's second in command based on his recent actions against the "revolving door " in Washington. Lynn's ties to Raytheon are EXACTLY what this policy was designed to prohibit.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  627. vicki

    I think he's doing a good job considering the crap left for him by "Bush" and the lousy Republicans. They do not seem to remember it was their "King George" that just left office 7 days ago.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  628. Rick Cairns Swarthmore, Pa

    How do I rate his first week? Hot damn wizz bang!
    I've seen more of this president in a week than I saw the Shrub in 8 years. This one doesn't spin bad news and is going about the business of the president in exactly the way he promised.
    I'l give him a 99.996.
    He can get a hundred by removing the tax cuts from the stimulus package. It was tax cuts that got us in this mess in the first place!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  629. GiGi

    I just don't get it...I have never seen so much nit-picking over a president who is doing an tremendous job in his first week in office. What do you expect Jack...that he make NO mistakes. Just heard your commentary...give it a break... and give Obama a break...he is trying to help us and he is hitting the ground running. The press have nothing better to do than nit-pick and blow up every single thing he does. Yes... he will make mistakes, but he is doing all the right things and I am satisfied with his performance. The press obviously need advertising and revenue money so let's find and cover every single thing he does wrong. BTW, Jack...have you ever made mistakes??? Yeah, I thought so...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  630. jim mccarron

    Fore one week Oboma has done an Great job, I supported him from the get go and feel that we have not seen a president so in touch with the common person and who truly wants the best for everyone aroung the world. hang on you have not seen nothing yet. Jim from Leavenworth KS

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  631. Laura P Waiolama

    How woould I rate Obama?
    A BREATH OF FRESH AIR . LAURA. KONA. HAWAII.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  632. Betty/Athens, GA

    I think President Obama does us proud.....all us Americans..Democrat and Republican alike..Yeah buddy, it's all good...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  633. Shmulik

    In a word – REFRESHING!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  634. Dennis, Costa Rica

    After all of the hype and the speeches as an Obama supporter I myself was wondering what he was going to do when he took office. He gets an A+ from me. He is definitely here to work and is the Agent of change we have been waiting for and voted for.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  635. Linda Simmons

    President Obama deserves an "A" for the hardwork and hard issues
    he has confronted in his first week. We just need the senate and
    congress to catch up with him and to cooperate with passing the
    stimulus bill...instead of posterioring, while American lives are being
    interrupted and some almost decimated.

    To You Mr. President. May God Bless You!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  636. Sue

    Finally we no longer change channels when "the President" speaks. Obama is a man who not only speaks intelligently but also thoughtfully. Once again I am proud to be an American. Sue, Springfield, Va.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  637. Anja

    I think that he has done a great job! Name one president that has done as much as Obama during his first week as a president ?
    Jack, I wonder when he sleeps!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  638. Eileen Curras

    The first week for President Barack Obama has certainly been an eye opener and better than the other president. He at least is showing that he cares but nothing has been said about health care. He still needs to work on that issue that is affecting too many citizens.
    Mrs. Eileen Curras

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  639. Rod

    Obama is doing a great job, not complaining and jumping right in. This is the job he was born to do. The problem is with all the opposition from those who we thought knew what they were doing but why didn't they give George Bush half the rhetoric that they are giving our Great President Obama right now. Really it's jealously and you know jealously is as cruel as the grave. They need to read what the American people have mandated and that is to have change. Not the same old same old thing (republicans and some dems.)

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  640. Teri

    I think President Obama has done a great job thus far. I am really annoyed with how Republicans and that obnoxious radio host, whatever his name is, have been insisting on giving him a hard time. The majority of Americans trust Obama to help improve the state of this country, hence why he won the election and not the Republicans. President Obama needs to be given a chance to do as he sees fit without so much compalint. Obviously the Republican way has not worked in the past years, which explains why the country is so messed up now. President Obama isn't afraid to take bold chances, and whatever he does can only be a step up from what we've been trhough. President Obama, keep up the good work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  641. W Krebes

    The best week presidential leadership I have witnessed in 6+ years. We voted for change and the right-wing conservitives should give him more coopperation. Give his plans a chance to work!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  642. Dawn

    This lifelong Republican didn't vote for President Obama. Now I'm breathless with what this man has done (or is trying to do) during his first week in office and embarrassed that I failed to vote for him. This old Republican dog has learned some new tricks.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  643. Eric-Atlanta, GA

    President Obama has already done more in one week than George Bush did in eight years. I feel that NOW we have a leader that understand the ordinary American people, FINALLY!!! Thanks Goodness, American have make the right choice THIS TIME.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  644. bobby

    he has done more in a week than pres.bush did in a month to show the nation & the world,that he is committed to peace,and to help all people

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  645. Billy

    I'm impressed with what he's done this week.keep up the good work. Maybe he could tackle the economy now.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  646. Steven

    The first week of our new president is showing that America got exactly what it deserved, but not what it needed. He has already shown how he will not even follow his own rules (regarding lobbyists) and how he will hide his actions by not letting the public see his dirty deeds by doing them with little to no publicity (regarding foreign abortion). This president may get some things done, but at the cost of America's soul is not a price this nation should be willing to pay. If people think God is blessing America through the new president, they need to open their eyes and not be blinded by another charismatic politician who will use the gulibility of America to get what he wants. Shame on America for looking to make history instead of looking to do what is right.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  647. Lee

    I would rate President Obama's first week with one word – Refreshing.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  648. John

    I would have to agree with his style and policy; it is refreshing. However, this commitment to bipartisanship irritates me. If I went to a doctor to have a mole removed from my nose, and he, or she, removed my nose, two realizations would come to me:
    1. the doctor is a Republican, and
    2. I'm not going back to him, or her, again!
    I fully understand why, in his position, of course, but I don't have to like it, and I don't trust them. They've been too wrong, too long.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  649. Bob w

    He had dealt extrodinary in all aspects in this first week. With what I have seen, he should have been there eight years ago, and I might have more money in my 401k and wouldn't be wasteing so much time listeninig to right wingers talking just to hear themselves talk........the oxcicoten guy your referred to earlier.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  650. Donald Helbig

    President Obama is showing integrity, fortitude and intelligence and I applaud him and his staff this first week of Office.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  651. Mary Leigh and Graham Morbey

    We rate President Obama at 90% for his first week in office. He is doing exactly what he said he would do in his various campaign speeches, and doing these diverse things very rapidly.

    Mary Leigh (US citizen) and Graham Morbey
    Toronto, Canada

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  652. Sue Sommer

    I am thoroughly impressed by the swiftness President Obama has dealth with the serious economic issues we face, and the willingness to communicate on a wide variety of problems in the world. He is a breath of articulate fresh air after these past 8 years.
    Sue Sommer
    Oro Valley, AZ

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  653. Christine Garcia

    I thinl he is doing a great job! I trust him and think he sticking to his campaign promises as best as he can in really difficult times.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  654. Debbie in San Marcos, CA

    President Obama is amazing and he has done an incredible job his first week in office. People are too critical too soon. Give the man a chance to work. Is he perfect? No, of course not. He will make mistakes. However, he makes George Bush look even worse as a president, if that's even possible. I'm proud and excited to have Obama as our president!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  655. Frost

    very proud of him and proud to be an American. He's is the people's president. And it's nice for a "change". And for the GOP.. if you can't work with America and help us stand again then do the right thing and quit your $+ job and put someone in that will work to fix it.

    Republicans are negitive whinny Nellies these days.. and all of them are sounding like Rush.. And more than a few of them need to be reminded they can be removed from office.

    I wish someone would post the Account balance of all republicans that don't want the people to get a leg up. How many houses they own vs the family that just lost one. How they got a job to just whine when thousands are losing theirs.

    Remove all republicans...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  656. Nicholaus G

    The frivolity of opinion polls and constant ratings so often clung to by media and pundits is about as useless as George W. Bush's second term in office.

    President Obama has a lot of work ahead of him, much of it cleaning up the mess left by Bush. Not surprisingly, Obama hit the ground running.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  657. ann / kentucky

    Quantity and speed of actions does not guarantee quality of actions. I believe Obama has had a terrible first week signing many things which he has not thoroughly thought through. His stimulus package in particular has me very concerned. I attended several board meetings this week of various charities that I serve and each has submitted an application for stimulus money. Even though I serve on these Boards – I do not see how giving them money would stimulate our economy. WE need to find a way to make products which the world wants – not mortgage our country's future to China. We need to become a business friendly country so jobs stay here and not go to India, Argentina and Brazil. We have lost many tech jobs to these countries and OBamas proposals do not address this.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  658. Marcus

    I feel that he has done a good job reassuring America of his leadership with some shift, decisive moves that plant the seed for future progress. He hit the ground running and that is what America needed to see happen. Time will tell if he can keep the steady pace.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  659. Nancy in Virginia

    OMG...finally someone who understands who lives in this country. He rates an A++ in my grade book.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  660. sandi lewis

    this has been the best week of our lives we're actually sleeping all night . Its so nice to hear a President talk with respect to all but still ge
    t things done

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  661. Gail Mahabirsingh

    It is about time that the United States has a President who is not afraid to embrace the challenges of making peace with all citizens of the world whether they are Muslim. Jewish, Christian, etc. His speech today was clear, effective and strong. America, under Obama, will set the course to defeat terrorism and open the doors of common purpose and goodwill in all areas of the world that are struggling for freedom. 100% support from me – what a first week. Imagine how much will be done in one month!
    Gail Mahabirsingh, Forest Hills, NY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  662. Abhi

    Extraordinary! I have never seen so much action from any politician in his/her first week in the office. The President and his administration comes across sincere in their intent, and actions. They appear very professional, and confident while taking their unconvetional ways, where needed.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  663. jf202

    on a scale of about 1-10, I would give him a .000005

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  664. Byron

    I'd give President O'bama an A for the first week. How many times did George Bush get his tail over to meet with Senate Democrats to even try to come to some mutual understanding, whether the idea? President O'bama seems to be actively keeping his word. Its going to take time but at least he's doing something. Oxyman Rush and his other croonies realize they are old news hanging onto supporters who ideas are just as old. The face of America has changed and they need to get used to it. President O'bama rocks! Ps, Can Sarah Palin take a break and worry about Alaska.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  665. Michael

    The President is doing exactlt what he should do to regain our respect and admiration in the owrld, and rightly placing us as the beacon of hope. I for one, am tired of being the "ugly American".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  666. RM from Princeton, NJ

    He's done an outstanding job in trying to convey to the world –so quickly -that there is a "new sherriff in town' and that we won't tolerate inaction and stagnation anymore. Many of the things he has done recently are symbolic gestures....but they are still extremely important in order to begin initial steps towards changing the direction of our country toward greater respect around the world, increase cooperation from other countries, and make our own country an example for the world and a global leader again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  667. Joseph Coughlin

    President is going all out 100% in working toward fullfilling his campaign promises. He is an amaizing man. No one is perfect, but this man has my 100% support.

    Joseph S. Coughlin

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  668. Miranda Edison

    I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to have a president who is articulate, appears to be well-read, and who listens. This is not a president who is going to post boastful banners reading "mission accomplished" behind him without having actually accomplished something. I believe he is genuinely reaching out to all sides, and has the AUDACITY of hope, meaning that he has the courage to communicate, in his first week, with people who might otherwise behave in a reactionary manner towards this country. I am optimistic, for the first time in a long time, that genuine change will happen in this country, for jobs, for peace, and for the environment. If this is what the first week is like, i can't wait for the next. And the next, and the next.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  669. Adriana RM Atlanta,Ga

    Well you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. President Obama has actually put his stamp on his Presidency. Unlike the previous Administration who let just about anybody shift the rudder anytime it was politically expedient.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  670. Walt Dixon

    It is difficult to believe that it has only been one week. Never in my memory, and I go back to FDR's first term, have I seen a President step up to the plate with more initiative and vigor. He is actively working to fulfill his campaign promises. How many Presidents can you name who have done that, even in their entire term. You may not agree with all he does, but we knew exactly what we could expect when we elected him. No surprises here.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  671. Lisa

    Honestly, I feel that we have a "working" president. By comparison and honest reflection, the prior one didn't talk to us much. When he did, we got the humorous "Great Moments In Presidential Speeches", which may explain why he didn't talk much. Letterman tried the "Great Moments" segment with the current president. He looked so presidential and intelligent. ...Just not the same. I'll miss those!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  672. Larry Johnson

    President Obama has shown that he meant what he said, when he promised immediate action on several issues. He is using current and viable technology that can improve his ability to communicate. I am impressed with what I have seen, I can only hope and pray that this first week is an indication of what we can expect throughout this administration,

    January 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  673. L Cunningham

    I am thrilled with Pres. Obama! I appreciate greatly his intelligence and his ability to take charge in such difficult times. There are many who may want to make him wrong so they can be right. I know in my heart that Pres. Obama is enlightened and wants what is best for us and for the world. I can not ask any more of a leader of the free world.
    Go Obama Go!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  674. Fortune30

    I f we give Pres. Obama a chance, I think he can get this country back to where it should. The Question is where is that, If you feel you could do better then you are in the wrong business. He can't be worst then the last President...!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  675. Barbara Hagen/ Niles MI

    I think President Obama has done more in his first week than GW Bush did in eight years. It's amazing what you can get done if you just respect other people and their ideas. I can't wait everyday to turn on the TV to see what he accomplished for the day. He's just amazing. Oh, by the way he actually is trying to keep his campaign promises. How long has it been since we've seen that out of a President?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  676. Robbie in Cleveland Ohio

    99.9%! Can't say perfect because nobody is perfect.
    This is what we voted for. I find the President very honest, have
    courage, and for the people. Its a beautiful thing Jack.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  677. Leigh Eidson

    I think President Obama has hit the ground running. He has walked into a messy house with very few tools in his toolbox. Thankfully he has been given the most important two, a heart and a brain. He is bound to make some mistakes, but I have every confidence that he will make all the amends necessary to correct them. He has kept the American people apprised of his actions every step of the way. It's a refreshing change to have a president that speaks to you rather than down to you or the worst – not to you at all.

    Hopeful,
    Leigh Eidson
    Kennesaw, GA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  678. Jan

    I would rate the first week as a 10. It is a breath of fresh air to have an intelligent President.
    The President is putting forth his agenda as promised.
    I feel like the last ten years was something out of the 50's.
    The republicans did nothing for education, technology or human rights.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  679. MaryInNC

    Our new President's first week has been a busy one!
    What impressed me the most in his campaign is that he said he wanted people around him to challenge his thinking. He has shown us that he is a man of his word, wants the input of both sides of the isle, wants to renew our relationship with our allies around the world and hopes to make some peace with those we haven't considered as our allies in the past. It seemed so long in coming, but I still get a smile on my face every time I hear someone say "President Obama." You're off to a running start Mr. President. Keep up the awesome work!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  680. libbyva

    A+++ This man was forced to begin his Presidency BEFORE BEING SWORN IN. His words affected financial markets, international policies, and domestic activities BEFORE taking office. President Barack Obama has initiated more bold actions toward solving crisis situations in one week than other Presidents have made in ONE YEAR!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  681. Jeff - Wisconsin

    Great start
    – He made campaign promises he is following up on and implementing. His actions so far have painted a picture to the world that the US is on a very different track then the former administration. The direction at this point appears to be firm but more cooperative in nature towards the balance of the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  682. Texas Resident

    I think we need to all take a breath and step back a second...... All of the problems we face will not be repaired in 48 hours. Lets stop asking questions with obvious answers. We know that we will have to find a way to successfully close Gitmo and the next year will allow the President ( and his cabinet) to do that. We can't be any worse off than we are right now, so lets step back and be open to alternative methods. For Rush Limbaugh and his listeners. you said it was unpatriotic to not stand behind President Bush. However, we stood behind him. We stood behind him right into the mess we are in now. The people of THIS country elected President Obama, and your words ring true still....it is unpatriotic to suggest or hope that our country and President fail. You need a serious reality check!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  683. kate hurst

    A+
    Who knew Jack, a presidency is actually a job.
    So proud to have such a smart man as our leader.
    President Obama has done more in one week than Bush has in 8yrs &that includes all the mistakes Bush made.
    We are lucky to have him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  684. Mason

    It's only been one week and he's off to a great start. He's done alot in these 7 days and he's moving in the right direction. It will take time to get the country back to ground level after the past eight years of terrible management on various levels.

    Give him time. He's got a lot to do!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  685. PHIL DELHAY

    I think he is beginning to run the government like a business...setting up managers in the various departments that he has faith in to do the job that needs to be done rather than sit back and let the bureaucracy run him. I like that he is meeting head-on with various groups and getting involved on a daily basis. I just hope that there is some relief for small business owners and homeowners sooner than later.

    Phil
    Cape Coral, Fl

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  686. Steve

    Jack, I believe President Obama has had an outstanding week. It seems as if he has accomplished much more than his predecessors. President Obama is doing exactly what he has promised during his campaign. Is it possible that we may have elected a president that will keep his word? I'm thrill at that possibility.

    Steve,
    Phila., Pa

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  687. Stevie Love

    Excellent: suspending Guantanamo Bay trials immediately for some weeks; starting to switch the focus from the unnecessary war in Iraq to Afghanistan; pushing the stimulus package out there expediently, and extending the feeling out there to the Muslims that we are not their enemy therefore hopefully calming the urgency of Al Qaeda to harm the US

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  688. Joy

    It is nice to see the President and know that he will not hide from any problem. This week has been very wonderful!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  689. Sean Potts

    He couldn't be doing better. No more torture, no more Guantanamo, funding for all family planning organizations. As if that wasn't enough for the first week he flew down to the Middle East to address the Muslim world. This president is seeking common ground among all nations, faiths, and organizations. I'm just so relieved that we have an intelligent leader who struggles to see the perspectives of others.

    And can we please stop talking about abortion? This is getting old and the right to life is NOT always weightier than the right to privacy. Please give up.

    Obama deserves an A++

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  690. Jim Handy

    I don't think one week is enough to judge anyone in any job. However, just as it's been in the past , the problems with our country are not with the president. Our problems lie with with our bickering, do nothing, finger pointing congress. We need leadership in the congress and we need it NOW. Reid and Pelosi have made it clear they have no desire to help the country and the only thing they care about are thier legacies. If they really are concerned, the best thing they can do for the country is resign.

    Jim
    Inglewood Ca.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  691. B.J. Johnson

    He has hit the ground running as he promised. I think he and his
    administration members are setting a good example by freezing
    their salaries. He is also reaching out to the Republican side of
    Congress for their views and input an the stimulus package. All in all,
    doing a good job.

    B.J.
    Jacksonville, AR

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  692. Tony H.

    He woke up last Wed. morning, picked up a pen and had an intelligent thought. He just completley out preformed George W's last eight years in my opinion.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  693. Paul

    Well, I was willing to give Obama a chance, even though I did not vote for him. But on day two of his presidency, he blew it by signing an executive order to close Guantanamo. The next day, he confirmed my suspicions that he would pander to the left-wing wackos who got him elected, like George Soros and just about everyone in Hollywood, by using OURr tax dollars to fund abortions overseas, notwithstanding the fact that we are allegedly broke. I have no use for this man. In less than a week, with the stroke of his pen, he has taken away life and liberty. What are his plans for the pursuit of happiness? He's a LIBERAL, with a LIBERAL and SOCIALIST agenda. Rush Limbaugh is right...why WOULD we want this guy to succeed in ruining our country?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  694. Lawrence from Greenbelt MD

    Pres. Obama has a great feel for what is needed to bring about progress in America and the world. His first week has been extremely productive to say the least. He has been transparent, and forthright in his actions. Therefore, I believe his rating for the first week should be a 95 percent.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  695. mumtaz

    very impressive....trying to reach the muslim world..trying to be very friendly...hope everything will get better

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  696. Frederick(Washington, DC)

    Hello Jack, I think President Obama is doing a great job. This man has done more in one week than Bush has done in his entirely administration.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  697. latreca atlanta ga

    He has done what he said he would do. I think it is great.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  698. Antre, Baltimore MD

    I was an Obama supporter from the start but with all the clean-up he was facing I had alot of trepidation regarding if he would be able to fulfill all of those promises he made on the campaign trail. So far I think he is acing the wil he/ won't he litmus test. The economy, Gitmo, drawdown in Iraq, cabinet, Tim Geitner...soooo much in the first week. Hats off to getting things done. I smell CHANGE in he air!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  699. Jean

    He has exceeded my expectations. Republicans after meeting with the President need to understand that inaugural address included them too. When Prez Obama said, "I will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.", he wasn't only talking to our International foes. As well, the President stated had another message to the GOP, " know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." The Republican party who brought us this mess need to think about this hard, as people are losing their jobs in their districts as well.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  700. patti

    Pres. obama's first week was what I expected – fast paced,
    direct and he hit the ground running. I don't think we can expect
    any less of him in coming years. He's what we need right now
    and I'm confident he'll get the job done. What HE needs is the
    naysayers to give him a chance. He IS our president and deserves
    our support whether you're a democrat or a republican.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  701. Independent Voter, Tre`

    I think that President Obama is one of a rare breed of political figures, who actually do make good on their campaign promise. If he can not make good on some of his promises, he will make a compromise to get something productive done. The problem with most politics is that they aren't productive. I don't care what side you are on, if you can't produce we need to vote for your replacement. Someone, who can get the job done. The American people are finally waking up and realizing, enough is enough! President Obama understands that it isn't just democrats, republicans, and independent. We are all American's, if we created the constituion, we can solve these global and American issues. We put a man on the moon for God's sake!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  702. Karen Glaub

    Stunning! He has done so much this week to turn this country
    around and fast action was exactly what was needed. We have a
    long way to go to even stop the descending spiral of the economy,
    but he is implementing his plan and I think the rest of the world can
    see that we are moving in the right direction on foreign policy. Patience is what we need now.
    Karen,
    Florida

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  703. joe mancino

    considering how deep a hole the bush put us in, obama has come up a few feet, but stlll has a long way to get us us to street level.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  704. Page Sausman

    Jack,
    Great! I wish he could implement more of his campaign promises sooner. But, I know the perdicament we are in is not forgiving.
    Page in Boise, Idaho

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  705. Tony Smart

    Sounds like CNN is still up to it's old doubting ways. He has accomplished more in a week just by taking some initiative and reaching out than W. did by burning bridges and going off on his Rootinist, Tootinist, Shootinist Leader in the West sprees. I am a lot less conservative after the last administration. Let's give him a chance guys!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  706. larry buchas

    President Obama's Report Card:

    Leadership = A+
    Taking Initiative = A+
    Communication Skills = A+
    Working with others = A+
    Plans and Ideas = A+
    Honesty and Integrity = A

    Almost perfect. Jack, we can settle for that.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  707. Susan

    I think his first week in office has been outstanding. Reagan use to be known as the Great Communicator. I don't have a catchy phrase to describe it, but President Obama has demonstrated through his actions and words, that he understands the basic human need to communicate and be respected. By going to the State Department to inspire that workforce that has been shabbily treated, to going to the Hill to meet with the House Republicans, to granting a first interview to the Arab media (a stroke of genius), I am more excited than ever about his presidency and the future of our country and the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  708. Wolfe B.

    Excellent job...republicans have stated they've seen more of him then they did of Bush; He hit the ground running; he's followed through with his promise to extend a hand...he's walking the talk...now let's see if the policitians can get past themselves and work for the common goal of getting our country back on track. It's gonna be hard for many of them to break their habits of self importance, self centered, selfish greed.

    Great job Mr. President..God bless you and God bless America!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  709. James, from Texas

    Listen, I think he is doing an outstanding JOB! It takes a mature respectful leader (Obama) to address what has never been addressed before by an American president, the Muslim world. I think this is the first step in making the world a better and safer place. The Muslim world will be able to handle the change, but will America be able to accept the presidents extension of our hand to them???

    .........and no, I am a Christian

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  710. Debbie

    President Obama has done more in his first week in office with regard to establishing positive diplomatic relations with other countries and setting in motion strategies for correcting our domestic problems than was done in all of the previous eight years, so I rate his performance very high.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  711. MS, SC

    I continue to be impressed by what President Obama is doing. His recent interview with AlArabia is incredible. He states clearly the distinctions between extremist groups and the Muslim people. Something that has never been done by this country's leaders who have the tendency to group everyone under the same banner. This is what we need: clarification and intelligent talk, so that the American people can also learn truth rather than being inflamed by wrong rethoric.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  712. Danielle

    Obama has made tremendous progress in the first week of his presidency which is a significant amount compaired to his predecessor. He has teken an agressive approach that the American people need to see.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  713. Joseph

    President Obama- yes he is the President at last, did many things this week. He started the shutdown of Gitmo, laid out restrictions against former lobbyists promoting old employers with their White House jobs, tried to reach out to other countries that America is back and is even working on a tactical effort to save or at least help our failing economy. What he needs to do now is show he is willing to reach across the aisle and work with both Left and Right. If he doesn't do that the rest of it will fall apart- so my vote is still pending.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  714. George Mindling

    Outstanding! Look at the results with the White House reporters pool: once the restrictions and fear of reprisals from the Bush administration's control of the pool, the first thing the reporters attack is the person who set them free. Democracy in action! Amazing!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  715. allen from westchester

    Amazing. What more could he possibly have done? It is nice to see a Presdient lead for a change. And I never, ever thought anyone could sincerely implement bipartisanship in any meaningful way, but he is definitely doing that.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  716. Justin Kolpak

    Hey Jack,
    I have never seen a president behave the way that Obama has thus far. Lobbying for his stimulus is not something that presidents usually do. It is refreshing and absolutely needed.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  717. Jose

    I would rate his first week as an 8/10 simply because he managed to get things done with both praise and critizism rather than with just the second unlike his predecesor. One thing I would like to also say is that I would like him to talk about the lack of action agaisnt terrorist groups in America such as white supremacist groups, they use terror against many other Americans and I haven't heard about anything being done against them in the way that foreign terrorist groups are being battled.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  718. Sharon

    I think people will say "We should have elected a minority to the office of President" a long time ago! He's done a great job, thus far.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  719. Richard Booth

    Excellent first week!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  720. Frank Trumbell

    In his first week in office President Obama has demonstrated that he is very serious about turning America around and I give him very high marks on all of his decisions and efforts. However, I am concerned about his efforts to gain bipartisan approval of his stimulus package. While it is commendable to attempt to gain such bipartisan support, in November the American people rejected the Republican economic philosophy and approved our new president's ideas on the economy. He cannot abandon his efforts to create more jobs by spending on the country's infrastructure–he shouldn't even be negotiating on that point.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  721. Richard Hunt

    I especially like how he did his first public interview with an Arab news media to reinforce his comments he made during the inauguration speech shortly after dispatching George Mitchell as envoy to the middle east. I travel a lot throughout the world and visited Malaysia last year and although people there were friendly to me, they hated how the Bush Administration seemed to treat all countries with lots of Muslims as "the enemy".

    What a breath of fresh air. Go Obama–Code Green too!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  722. Susan Frost

    A long-awaited breath of fresh air! I'm still pinching myself to be sure it's real. A President with brains who respects the Constitution? Surely I must be dreaming – but don't wake me up, Jack.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  723. Pat Cannon

    After eight years, it is refreshing to see and hear a President who actually works, is honest with the American people, and is intelligent. So far, I am greatly impressed with President Obama's diligence, honesty, and resolve. Anyone who does not give our new President a favorable approval is either uninformed or a staunch Republican. Hilary Clinton once said we need a President who is ready from Day One. President Obama was ready and already working before Day One. We have never had a President-Elect who did as much as he did during the Transition period, and we have never had a President who has done so much since his Inauguration. Why anyone would give him an unacceptable rating is beyond my comprehension.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  724. Brandon from Arkansas

    He's already completed 2 tasks in his first week that George Bush couldn't complete in 8 years–sit down across the table from the other party & conduct a civilized interview with the Arab press!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  725. Carol Kearney

    Obama is doing an outstanding job! If the media and the Republicans would just get out of his way and let him and his cabinet members do their jobs, we'd have the economy mess and terrorism soon under control. I give him an A+!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  726. Rodney Stark

    President Obama has been more effective in his first week in office Vs. President Bush’s entire eight years. A+ is my rating. Go President Obama!

    Rodney Stark
    Morrow, GA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  727. Claire - Melbourne, FL

    Hello Jack,

    Yippee! Finally – someone with a brain who knows how to use it is in the White House. If only those obstuctionist Republicans would just sit down and shut up for 5 minutes, we might actually get something substantial accomplished!
    President Obama is trying but they all have their marching orders – do not vote for the bailout.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  728. Yanagi

    I feel that the throughout his first week of Presidency he has not been afraid to follow through with his promised commitments; and although I cannot agree completely on all of them, I can stand behind him and respect his resolve. He is our President, our leader and Commander of our Armed Forces and that is all that we, as a country, can do – stand behind our leader.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  729. Connie

    I rate Pres. Obama at 100%, especialy after he confronted CITI Bank about their new jet, I am happy someone is speaking out to these rich and greedy CEO's who think this economy isn't their problem, when they are spending the tax payers money. They are used to spending anyones money ,except their own. Congradulations Obama

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  730. Lucille Mazarin

    so far, i think he's doing a great job.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  731. Greg Walter

    If the people listening want to make the world a better place for all he wins 99%. The rest seem to have another agenda.
    Greg in Montana

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  732. Mary

    I'm very proud of him. I think Bay Buchanan spoke very sensibly earlier. Republicans should not vote against what the President initiates just because they're Republicans. I hope we all learn from what Obama has been trying to do all week – listen respectfully. We're all in this together whether we like it or not.

    Mary
    Laurel, NY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  733. Branimir Kvartuc

    This is what I voted for! A man and an administration that is addressing all of the obvious wrongs in the world and making them right. The environment, economy and the wars. Even though its still early, I have no doubts that this man will be successful in making a better world for all of us.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  734. John Allbritten

    How do I rate Barack Obama's first week in office? Almost as much as I rate the availability of oxygen. He is a "let's get it done" out-of-the box President who is wise, careful, deliberate, and honest. as his first week in office has instilled confidence in America not only among the majority of Americans, but among people and nations throughout the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  735. Michael Wishnowski

    Let me see, after the first week of his presidency, the press has already asked more questions of President Obama than they did of George Bush through his 8 years. He has also answered 3 times as many questions as George Bush did in the same time. People-listen to this guy. You have a REAL president now and who knows, if you just follow his lead, everyone can win for a change, not just those who are currently suffering through the tough economy by downgrading their choice of caviar. President Obama has been a perfect 10 out of 10 so far.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  736. Peter Alfano

    President Obama is starting to realize that this isn't about being a celebrity anymore. He actually has to do work. All the talk and hype during and right after the election are nothing to what the day-to-day duties of the President. He is talking like he still is a presidential nominee. Step it up asap

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  737. Faison A. McNeal

    I would rate President Obama’s first week in office as almost perfect, excellent or 95%. Mr. President, keep up the excellent work!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  738. Paul Kjorlie

    Here's my opinion. Mr Obama may have bit off more than he can chew (in international relations), but any new president would have been in that situation. I have all the faith in the world that president Obama can handle it diplomatically and with a lot more poise and confidence than the previous administration.

    Finally,.. I'm looking forward to the next four years.

    Paul

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  739. Mark Beers

    I was not a proponent of President Obama and I did not vote for him. More ideology than anything else – too old and set in my ways and died in the wool Republican.
    Having said that I am tremendously encouraged by the new presidents fast start. It appears to be more accomplished in the first week than most other presidents have done in the first year and while I do not agree 100% with the presidents platform, I appreciate that he is a man of his word and wants to ensure that his campaign promises are important to him and he will do all he can to get them on the agenda.
    I am very hopeful for progress under the new administration and in awe of the energy shown so far.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  740. Mike Myers

    7 out of 10. You mean he didn't fill nearly every position in his administration with people from the oil industry? How ever are we going to make sure that we keep using oil despite the fact that it's going to leave our planet uninhabitable for our children and grandchildren?

    Mike Myers
    Washington, MI

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  741. Ashley

    Better than I had ever imagined. I stopped paying attention when Pres. Bush got reelected, it seemed like our country was in a never ending tailspin. The problems of the world aren't solved, but at least we're on our way. Everything is changing and it's being felt around the world. Having just graduated as a hopeless Political Science major, I can say t's nice to watch the news again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  742. Christopher Allen

    He is not afraid to speak the truth. He is a President who can look the world in the eye, and say what needs to be said.

    It's been 8 years since a president was brave enough to stand in front of an audience comprised of people not afraid of being fired or excluded from the press corps for questioning authority.

    Good job Mister President!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  743. rp

    It's absurd to think you could rate a new president's job in just one week or even the thought of it. It will be unjustified. Just like a bell curve, there is always a margin for error. Let's wait at least a month or two to really do any kind of rating. The president may do everything right in the first week, but it will not have any conclusiveness over a longer average period of time. Therefore, rating his performance at a quarterly period, say 3 months, will have larger implications and much more meat to feast on!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  744. Gary Knopp

    We have seen the first signs of change. At times, this change will fell odd and perhaps uncomfortable. We have tried the other ways and our way of life has stalled. We must try other ways and we are now on our way.

    Personally I was thrilled with BHOs speech. After one week, I have gone from depressed to feeling a touch of real optimism.

    Change is "blow'n in the wind".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  745. Roman

    Jack, according to John Mccain and Sara Palin in the primaries, the world should of exploded by now.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  746. Don from Canada

    I'd say his first week is remarkable. Too bad it didn't happen 8 yrs ago. Can you image:

    perhaps no 9/11 & no war in Afghanistan
    definitely no war in Araq
    return to respect & leadership around the world
    perhaps a continuation of prosperity and surplus government from the Clinton years
    4000+ young americans still with us

    nuf said

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  747. Jeff

    He is doing an outstanding job so far. He is doing what he said he would do during the campaign... It is early into his tenure for a question like this though. Right wingers probably will p$ss and moan, but quite frankly I don't care. It is time to put science back into the front seat of the car again and put silly religious dogma back into the churches and with the T.V. evangelists where it belongs.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  748. Donald F Filsoof

    He is doing an excellent job trying to reach every one and to promote peace on earth. He needs our support to make things happen aroung the world. After all we all God's creations and we should get along. My grandfather told me when I was a kid that where ever you go the sky is blue.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  749. Eddy Laroche

    I think that President Obama is doing quite well and as expected. That's why we voted for him. He is right on schedule!! He is the true conscience of America.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  750. Williox

    I will give Obama 101%.
    He is working hard to fix the mess we are into.
    He is making every effort to repair our image overseas.
    Most especially, he is strangling lobbys that have colonized Washington.
    Change has Come to America.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  751. Lincoln

    Finally we have a thinker and a "true people person, with a broad world view" representing us in this highest job in the land.
    He is absolutely the man for the time. Americans have to be collectively proud.
    God bless America and protect him and his lovely family.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  752. Ed Gallaher; Hillsboro, OR

    A- (nobody's perfect).

    Visits the hill to meet with Congress. Talks to US regularly - We see his leadership, but we are being kept informed along the way. International broadcast promoting respect within the worldwide Muslim community, while remaining tough on terror. Closing Gitmo. More visible this week than GW Bush was in the past year. "Suggested CitiBank 're-think' the new $50M private luxury jet. THIS IS CHANGE, RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  753. Donnie Jones in Huntsville, Alabama

    Are you serious? Compared to the idiot we had in the White these past 8 years, President Obama (man that has a nice ring to it!) is moving at light speed and doing a FANTASTIC job! If he'd been in office 8 years ago, this country might not be in the mess it's in today! Great job, Mr. President, and keep up the great work! We're all behind you!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  754. steve kidder

    slight dissaproval. Guantanamo decision speaks of lack of reality.
    Some of these guys we let go we captured again o n the batlefield.
    malvern, arkansas

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  755. rheta

    President Obama has done a wonderful job; I'd rate his performance an A+. It is refreshing to have president that knows how to get things done. Usually Politicians want to form a commitee ....then take months or years to make their first move.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  756. Carson in Nova Scotia

    All we have to go on is a relative comparison to other Presidents now past. With the exception of a few, seems to me that's a very short yardstick and a very short time period upon which to pass judgement. Having said that and being on the outside looking in, in my opinion President Obama has gone above and beyond any and all expectations. I give him 100%! Based on what he's said over the past few years there should be no surprises to anyone and the majority has ruled! Thank God for living in a democracy. Everyone may not like everything he's done or will do but you can't accuse him of sitting on his ass!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  757. Tom, St. Louis, MO

    In his first week, President Obama's actions, and his honest approach to problems both here at home and abroad make it painfully clear the void of intelligent leadership we have suffered for the past eight years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  758. Mahmudul Hoque

    I think President Obama is an all rounded person who is interactive and listens to both parties before making decisions. Thus far, he is doing just the best a president can do for being in the office for one week. I hope he can undue some of the bad seeds that our former President has planted while "securing" our beloved U.S.A.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  759. Michelle, GA

    Obama has had a good first week... however, don't you think rating someone on the basis of their first week might be somewhat questionable? I mean, let's consider rating Bush 43 for 416 weeks. If we gave him the weekly word, would it have helped any of us? Doubtful. And while we're talking about opinions of the president, why would anyone want the president to fail as Limbaugh was quoted as saying? And why would anyone want to agree with this foolishness while we are in economic crisis? Who cares what Limbaugh and his minions think? I haven't ever cared and won't start now. Buena suerte, Barack.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  760. Don W. Robinson

    The president continues as a great communicator. he has defined the nations challenges unequivocally, and is actively involved in making the case for action, especially regarding the economy ,interational affairs, and trying to establish a bipartisan approach to moving ahead. His approach is 180 degrees from the secretive, devisive approach of the last administration..

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  761. Marie

    I agree 100% with everything President Obama is trying to do. His thinking is my thinking.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  762. Ric Schloff

    I have to say, Jack, that this is the most unusual first week of any of our presidents from 1 through 43! This president sees "Executive Privilege" as quite a different idea than his predecessor. To President Obama, it's a privilege to be the President in the Executive branch of our government! And to thank his constituency...you, me and all our citizens, Democrats, Republicans, Independents...he has maintained an "openess", and shared the decisions with the Legislative branch, listening respectfully "on their turf", and compromising wherever possible. "Inclusion" instead of "Exclusion", "Respect" instead of "Disrespect", and "Positivity" versus "Negativism". Out of "10", Jack, I'd say "9.75". It's our "privilege' to have such an "executive" in charge and doing his best to find the ladder we need to climb out of our hole

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  763. chuck burns

    For the first time in years, I feel as though the USA has a leader who is making decisions that will have a positive effect on the world that my greatgrandchildren will inlherit.... I can understand what he says, where he wants to take us, and appreciate the clear and distinct differences from the previsous administration. What is not to like??

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  764. Cynthia

    Brialliantly! He reached out to the Republicans and the Arabs. President Barack is trying to show all that he's willing to listen and that he cares about them. He ordered Guantualmo closed within one year ... he's trying to keep his promises to the American people. He sent an Envoy to Egypt, Israel and Palestine. President Barack is trying to bring the world together to collaborate towards world peace. I don't know whether or not he will achieve his goal but I will say this ...
    His approach is novel, and I believe that he will get further than any of his predecesor's in achieving this goal. May God bless him and his family.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  765. Achinike I. Nwinye

    He demonstrates Knowledge, and understands the problems facing us now. His approach to all them will bear fruit in a short time. We see his relentles pursuit of solution and I believe the results is imminent. I will give 75% rating.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  766. Chad

    In one week he aggressively began to pursue economic stimulus, set a morally fiscal tone by capping staff salaries, halted state-sponsored terror by moving to close Gitmo and refocus military efforts back to al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and extended his diplomacy to detractors both in the Arab world and Republicans at home. Best yet, he did it all without embarrassing himself by making up words that didn't previously exist.

    Chad
    Jackson, MI

    January 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  767. Lisa

    Before we cruely begin to access a man's intelligence, ability and resources lets remember that if we put all the presidents back into office to work together on this economy .. it probably would not be resolved to everyone's liking. As a political figure he may be fairly asked his opinions prior to his presidency and how he helped to prevent this global climate.
    It is my hope that his resources and dealings with matters will better our outcome. I am watching all day.. listening.... thinking along with all of you.
    I DO THINK HE IS DOING VERY WELL.. I AM IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I AM HEARING FROM TRUE LEADERS. HE SEEMS TO HAVE POWERFUL AND THOUGHTFUL MINDS WORKING WITH HIM..

    LOOKS GOOD FROM HERE.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  768. Marilyn

    Wow! What a week – filled with a flurry of activity. It seems that he has accompished more in one week than Bush did in a year. Reaching out to the Muslim world was a strategic plus in beginning to restore our status in the world that cowboy diplomacy destroyed. His "take charge" demeanor and calm authoritative manner go a long way to help those of us who have lost our jobs have some hope that perhaps he can handle this, too.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  769. marietta perold

    how can i say it??? i can, for the first time in the past 24 year..(i did not vote for bush 1; clinton; or the last bush) say i honestly go to sleep now and feel like america will still be here when i wake up.

    finally, someone with a plan for me...a 73 year old, white woman, who just lost all of her reitrement that she worked so hard for...and am struggling to just "maintain: herself.!!!

    i am so proud of him....and i am not even his mother!!!

    may God bless and keep him well, safe and happy with that lovely family he has so lovingly, with his wife, created for all to see and enjoy the example anyone of us would love to see our families to emulate and pray for.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  770. Jean

    He said 'I won" isn't that enough? The voice of the conservative American are saying they will win if he keeps stepping on the Right to life"they respect. And this condom thing...that's a stretch......for it to be a winner. What Obama needs to understand a phrase he uses with regularity .. is that many Americans want to win ...a job, a health plan , a peaceful America. It takes more than one winner...it could be a rough honeymoon. Ask me again in 90 days ....then Obama will need to understand.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  771. Patrick

    I have mixed but overall positive feelings about the President's first week. Overall, I believe that he has done an outstanding job. The interview with El Arabia was a good move – if ever we had a real opportunity to make progress in the middle east, it is now. President Obama's popularity around the world is a great asset in this, and the negative comments coming from some Arab leaders only serve to underscore their fear that their people may come to realize the truth about the way they have been used over the years.

    I thought the ethics policies he outlined are excellent, and the tone of his presidency in terms of his respectful relationship with the Republicans, the press, and the outside world are all positives. I do believe, however, that his choice of Treasury Secretary was a poor one. While Mr. Timothy Geithner may turn out to be well qualified, nominating a man who cannot or will not file his taxes properly for this post is a bad move. With the new authority granted to the Treasury Secretary under the Bush (and likely the Obama) bailout packages, this became one of the most important appointments and I believe it was botched. Still, overall a very successful first week.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  772. Larry Johnson - Kansas City, MO

    President Obama has shown that he meant what he said, when he promised immediate action on several issues. He is using current and viable technology that can improve his ability to communicate. I am impressed with what I have seen, I can only hope and pray that this first week is an indication of what we can expect throughout this administration.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  773. Sharon from Tampa, Fl

    I like what I am hearing and seeing from him. However I am worried about the Stimulus package. I campaigned, voted and support President Obama B-U-T I also support all the questions both Democrats & Republicans are asking because when the President mentioned there will be "False Starts" that worried me. A hundred dollars wasted of the package is a hundred dollars too much.

    Sharon from Tampa

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  774. pappy mathews

    let's give the pres. time to actually "do something" before we rate how he's doing...like the "corporate bailout" issue, which is surely more important to our country than an "1'st interview", no matter who he gave it to.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  775. Susan Day

    I give him an A+ . If any of our last four presidents had work this hard for our nation I'm sure we would not be in the mess we are in.
    I believe he has done a great job so far.
    I'm sure he will make some mistakes moving so fast but this is what we need right now and I am sure he will work just as hard to correct them.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  776. Wade Winston

    Our new President has done more in one week than Bush #2 did in 4 years oh I mean President Chaney!!!!! And the Right should have been this concern about the bailout package when they gave Bush 350 billion dollars with no accountability....Now that the Dems are running things the left wants to be concern about the ecoonomy....well they are 8 years too late...the damage is done!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  777. Josh P

    Jack,

    I would rate the first week a 9, but your use of “corpulent oxycontin aficionado” to describe the comedian known as Rush gets a 10.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  778. ben

    so far so good..im impressed of how efficiently he is handling his job .. but as you know ,even though he gets us straightened out of the bush fiasco , the right wing wackos are going to whine about any little thing.(think limbaugh, hannity,ingram,coulter et all} we know there are things he promised may not pan out but every president before him had the same affliction. lets not panic yet and let him do his job he was elected to do..a hell of a lot better than W did. oh i forgot to mention orielly to the mix along with other right wing nutjobs..like michelle malkin..what a bunch of losers

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  779. Bill Montgomery

    Jack,

    The first week was a whirlwind and overall I’d give it a ten out of ten. President Obama has love in his heart and a smile on his face and can lead us to challenge and overcome anything. I’m Canadian and I feel this way.

    "corpulent Oxycontin aficionado" is a tongue twister. (I had to use the dictionary)
    That crazy tub of goo needs to be challenged. Rush Limbaugh symbolizes everything that is wrong with America right now. What ever happened to sane, soft spoken journalism? Lynch the bastard!

    Bill

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  780. Tim in VA

    Obama's first week in office give's me hope that people in this country will start to look towards a third party. It's not "Politics" getting in the way when 2 parties have opposite beliefs on how the country should be run. A Republican is not choosing his party over the good of the US, he's choosing what he thinks is right.

    P.S. I wish Hollywood would stay on their sets and keep their political opinions to themselves. They just make me want to stop watching their shows or movies.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  781. Barbara

    I am very pleased with his first week. He definitely has demonstated he cares about this country and is starting his term by following up on some of his campaign promises. That iis mportant to the people and will be be a testament to his integrity and will gain more respect from other countries that are surely watching. Of course he may make some mistakes, but he is not only new to the office, but he is also human. The citizens of this country must be patient and trusting. I don't care what critics like pain killer abuser Limbaugh has to say. On any given day he may come out of out his mouth with something inappropriate. That's what he does best. Again I commend our President for keeping his word thus far, and I am confident he will not only be a good president, but be a GREAT President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  782. Mark McFann Kansas

    I think Obama is the best thing to happen to the US. in over 50 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  783. Mike P

    I think the new President is doing an absolutely great job. I hope that he is careful with dealing wiht the Republicans, their hidden attempt is to discredit him and win the elections in years to come. He should also stay away from those two infamous clowns, the Comedian Rush Limbaugh and the ignorant Sean Hannity....So far so good...A minus

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  784. keith

    Very diplomatic and smart, He has done so much in his first week.
    Great job President Obama!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  785. Terry Marvin

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009–4:19 pm CST

    Dear Jack Cafferty:

    I think Barack Obama did pretty good in his first week of being of
    being President. I hope other will think the same.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  786. Tom--Atlanta

    What a week, Jack, President obama actually takes action instead of just talking . What a new and different concept !
    I'll give him an 800% rating so far, it seems to me that in terms of doing positive things, He has probably accomplished more to move this country forward in his first week than "w" accomplished in 8 years.
    But, then, "w" did a heck of a job moving the country back toward the dark ages than anyone I can remember.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  787. Tom Ingram

    Obama's first week............"There's a new world coming, coming for you and me" .........His enthusiasm has help me to become an enthusist.
    His calmness has help calme me.His energy motivates me, and his love of country shines so brightly that it makes me proud to be an American

    Tom Ingram
    Jacksonville Beach Florida

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  788. M. Simon

    Pres Obama's 1st week performance rates 100% as he is completely engaged with his economic team to find the best way to help those who lost jobs, homes & small businesses with the stimulus package. On the other hand, the Republicans keep to their usual mantra of tax cuts which proved to be ineffective during the tenure of Bush. As usual the Republicans are not able to open their minds to new ideas that is not in concert with their old ideology that failed them & this country during Bush's term of 8 years causeing the financial fiasco that caused such chaos & distress to all of us who worked so hard to be financially independent. The Republicans should remember their ideology caused the mess that Pres Obama is trying to fix & they should stop acting like bullies.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  789. CassandrafromDorchester

    Hi CNN!

    I am a 21 year old student form Boston who was never into politics before but with Barack Obama and the new administration it has been great keeping up with the news in the hill!! My opinion on OUR president's first week in office is positively motivational. He shows us that although we may be under really difficult times...this is the time to stop talking about our issues and getting things done!! I am happy he is our president!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  790. Shmulik, Columbus, OH

    Only one word comes to mind – REFRESHING!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  791. Susan

    BRAVO! So far it appears we have a President who is intelligent and compassionate, respects and listens to others' opinions, shares his own and has a universal perspective, outstanding communication skills, limitless committment and energy. All this from behind a light-up-the-world smile. It appears we are on the path to recovery from being an ill nation governed by sick leaders. Pres. Obama offers yet another reason to be proud and thankful for living in America. May that trend continue for at least the next eight years!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  792. Terry Doherty

    PPresident Obamma has preformed admirably as president. He has carried out what he indicated he would. If he continues to progress forward in the manner he has so far we will have a president to go down in history as one of the greatest presidents to ever hold office. Keep up the good works...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  793. Allen Ouellette

    Jack:

    You're right that Pres. Obama can do nothng but irritate the lunatic right fringe by saying anything about the dope-addled Limbaugh. Why give him the free publicity? Far better to ignore the brainless boob.

    Keep doing what you're doing, Mr. President. We think you're doing just fine.

    Allen Ouellette (Well.LET)
    Larchwood, IA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  794. Warren form Decatur, GA

    Of course the ride was gonna be rough...... When the computers and politics are both old fashion you can only imagine how the "Beast" will ride

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  795. Mark Sheehan

    I served as a political appointee under JFK and worked for Barack 's election because he so reminded me of that intelligence, rationality and humor. Each day he convinces me even more that I was right. He is a great gift - I hope we protect him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  796. Oldschoolmusicfan

    My Man, "The community organizer" is doing his thing! Advice – Don't sweat the small stuff. Rush Lumbar represents the small stuff. America is counting on you.

    Old school

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  797. gary in arizona

    WE: FINALLY HAVE A MAN IN OFFICE.... ; these opertunities for peace have alwase been there. But in the past there was a hidden agenda. We see what that agenda got the middle class! We need as in the movie Independence Day " ALRIGHT NOW LETS CLEAR THE ROAD FOR THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!!! gary in Phx.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  798. Don

    I give President Obama an A. The companies that layed off 71,000 people yesterday, knew they were going to do that, but they waited for it to be on Obama's watch. He will take it all in stride & with public support we will have to DIG our way out of the HUGE MESS that cheney/bush left the country in.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  799. Carol Bentley

    I think he's doing a great job! He's inherited tremendous problems and he's tackling them head on.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  800. Freddie Poughkeepsie

    I think the president is doing a fine job so far. Some drastic changes had to be made after the mess the previous adminastration left. If we could extend the week to give him more time to deal with the rising unemployment wars on two fronts ect. mabey we can get to mars after all.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  801. James O'Brien

    I was lukewarm and now I'm hot on his administration. He's everywhere and he's leading. He has his finger on everything, as he promised in the campaign. It's not a matter of government being too big or too small, as he said at the inauguration, but of government working. He's making it work and I'm thankful. He's inherited a mess, nationally and internationally, from 8 years of incompetence and division. And he's making it work. What a breath of fresh air. Actually, what a whirlwind of fresh air. Sure beats the hot air of the past.

    Jim O'Brien
    Tucson, Arizona

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  802. Mike, CA

    I was extremely dissapointed with the president's decision to over-turn former President Bush's ban on the funding of international abortion advocate groups. I fear that the moral fiber of the United Stated of America is deteriorating and this does nothing but promote that decline. I was also upset over the decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. I was suprised, however, by his comments on pursuing terrorism and remain hopefull that he will remain tough on terorrist. I just hope that the American people will remember that he too is a man and not everything he says is necessarily correct nor is it always the best thing to do. Overall I remain unimpressed yet optimistic. Hopefully he can correct the Democratic Party's attack on American morals (though the abortion funding was a step in the wrong direction on that one).

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  803. Labani

    Jack, My rating on Obama first week in the office would be high 80's The man is really acting as how the President supposed to act. Within one week we have seen great mojor things such as closing Guantanamo bay, first tv interview that goes to Muslim world, convincing republicans to suport the stimulus plan. That's just one week in the office we are hoping more from Obama in years to come.

    Labani, Kansas city Mo.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  804. Matthew Campbell

    I think so far Pres. Obama has done a good job. I think he should keep doing interviews. I know he is busy running the country but lets face it, we are a people that need to see that someone is doing something. He is a great speaker and we have had 8 years of "Are you smarter than an Fifth Grader."

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  805. Enis from Vail

    His first week was simply remarkable. Finally we have a President that is eloquent, direct and respectful. His first interview, given to the Muslim world, was a phenominal outreah towards solutions and peace. Amazing... we can have some hope for the future!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  806. Ladi

    Obama 's performance in the past one week has been great. This is a confident president. I think he will succeed. I will rate him 9/10.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  807. celia menczel

    I would give him an A plus...
    Every day I'm pleasantly surprised by his agenda.....
    Though I was a Hillary supporter, he has my deepest gratitude for giving us hope, raising our spirits (despite the terrible economic news) tackling the Middle east problems, the climate, the economy etc etc...
    I only hope that the Republicans won't try to derail him, that Americans will be patient and give him the support he needs.... and that the Muslim World will recognize the chance to help bring peace to our world.....
    He is helping us to see that we are all in this together...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  808. Yasmin

    Well, at a scale of one to ten I personally rate him at 9 even though I'm only ten years old.I strongly believe he has done everything my fellow American's want him to and what he has said he'll do.I think that he is still trying to get used to what the president is supposed to do, I truly believe in him!He's off to a good start and I think he is doing better than any other president that I've every seen.But,I think that he should be focusing on the financial crisis more than he in my opinion is !I think he has a great a good leader ship style but can work on addressing the public better.I give him a A++ and I wish he was the Canadian prime minister here in Canada.His team is fully interactive and whether or not people agree on what he’s doing.Applause to him!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  809. Lesley from TX

    I think President Obama has done great his first week. He has done more in his first week that is positive, than President Bush did at all. President Obama is trying to get the economy back on track, for all of us, not just a few wealthy folks . I also believe that President Obama is doing the right thing by reaching out to all worlds to broker peace. President Obama is respectful yet firm in his foreign dealings. Let's support our President, maybe we will ALL reap the benefits.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  810. Peter Hebert

    Obama's nomination of Timothy Geithner to head the U.S. Treasury suggests more of the same. Under Paulson, Wall Street never had a better friend when what Wall Street deserved was prosecution with Judge Judy hearing the cases. More troubling is that Obama did not withdraw his nomination after it became known that Geithner did not pay the IRS what he owed even after he was repeatedly told that he had a tax liability. The TARP is the financial sector's self-serving continued abuse of the consumer-tax payer-citizen using the government to make this possible. Under Geithner, what's next? Special treatment for the Federal Reserve, perhaps special immunity for Greenspan? An increasing number of bumper stickers call for the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. Why is that?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  811. Kathy Knoxville Tn.

    I am concerned that he is trying so hard and getting lots of resistance. I wonder how many people hope he fails like "You know who". I don't even want to say his name. What a hateful person this man is. We have to believe this is all going to work and help him make it work. After all this is it for a while. Bush would have ended up having us in another war before it was all over. I think he has been a busy man and I love him for it. I am a Republican that voted for a Democrat. Of course my pick was Hillary. Thanks

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  812. Esther M. Levitt (Grandma Esther)

    Pres. Obama has enormous problems to tackle and the fact that
    he has addressed so many of them during his first week is admirable. His solutions may have only been partial but I'm sure he will be made aware and follow up. I would like to see him tackle our economy first and foremost which most of us consider a top priority. I'm hopeful. What he has done so far is amazing. Grandma Esther, Laguna Woods..

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  813. Hector Pagan

    (Si se puede)Yes we can work together for the benefit this country,A+

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  814. SamFL50

    I am so impressed with President Obama. He has shown he is ready to work and seem to enjoy it. It as though he has been in office for awhile. I love our new President. He is adjusting fine and self correcting as needed. I think President Obama has had a fantastic first week in office, He has done a ‘great job’ so far!!! President Obama is like a man on a mission. Just love it.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  815. Kevin C

    Pathetic! Lets recap: His first agenda was to stop torturing our enemies (muslims).. He freed some of the detainees – now you see them back with the Al Quaida.. He closed GITMO – without any plan of where to put them – thats ridiculously stupid! .. He promised that no lobbyist would be in his cabinet – yet, he has them! He promised change; however, he seated ex-clinton cabinet – and a clinton herself – he nominated two people for positions that have questionable characters – the New Mexico Governor removed himself - yet, he was investigated for taking money to play (state contracts) and we have a Treasure Secretary that has failed to pay his own taxes and had an illegal immigrant cleaning his house!! Does this sound like change?? He is nothing but a rich mans puppet with the ability to talk crap in a convincing manner!! I dont believe he has a 69% approval rating – you should focus your poll on a broader range of American citizens/taxpayers!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  816. Jean Maia

    President Obama has had an extraordinary week. His intellect and energy give me some hope that some problems will really be addressed. But as usual the Republicans will do everything they can to see him fail. They just don't get it that if he fails this country will continue to suffer the consequences of Republic lack of concern for anyone but their cohorts. And they do not care. They have absolutely no concern for us, only for being in power and taking all they can for themselves.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  817. Robert

    He's doing a great job. He's already put pressure on Citigroup to let them know that the American people now have a say in everything they do by telling them it isn't okay for them to buy a 50 million dollar corporate jet. Corporations should be held accountable by the government for putting money back into the citizens' pockets. Capitalism has failed. Imagine a world where when a company profits, the money is distributed between each of the workers for that company. That is what socialism is about. In a democratic socialism, people would be able to vote for who deserves a raise based on a person's character and work ethic, not just chosen by the boss for who knows what reason, possibly just because they are buddies as it is today in capitalism.

    Obama has also already started diplomacy with the Arab world to let them know that America is not the villain that some would have them believe. He has offered them an olive branch, but warned them that terrorism will not be tolerated.

    He is also letting America know that they can hold him accountable for all of his actions while he is President. He has taken far more responsibility than any president in recent times. One of the greatest things he has done already is modernize the White House for the internet. He's promised us a weekly address via his website. This is a very dignified thing to do.

    I would give his actions so far as President a 5/5.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  818. mike from illinois

    I did not vote for obama because of his stand on abortion ,because the way i look at it being pro choice and releasing funding to people engaged in that procedure is enabling the murder of an unborn child.I guess that makes him a murderer by proxy, so far a week and he is already in my dog house.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  819. Fran, NY

    He is off to a great start. I think people around the world deserve to be spoken to with respect. If you give respect you have the right to demand it.
    I hope the Congress does not decide to sandbag things – they will pay at the polls. I am a registered Democrat, but I don't always voted Democratic – they (the republicians) have to walk lightly and not vote just to be nasty, but in the best interest of the country if they want to keep their jobs. I know I'm not the only person who feels this way.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  820. Mary Chris

    I couldn't be more proud to be an American! Politicians often say anything to get elected. President Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do. He is bringing people together. Reaching out to everyone, Republicans, Democrats and even the Muslim world! He said he would reverse executive orders that denied family planning money to groups that include abortion information and he did! And he plans to close Guantanomo within a year and restore the rule of law to our dealings with prisoners. This will go a long way towards making the Muslim world see that our country is changing!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  821. Sarah Jordan

    Heck of a job President Obama.

    Makes me feel as if our country is taking a nice fresh shower each day and becoming clean again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  822. Melody Phillips

    I give President Obama an A-. He's hit the ground running, he is living up to many of his campaign promises. He knows the desperate financial situation we are in and is attacking it head on. His executive orders have improved our image in the world and have put us on the right track. His great effort to reach out to the Muslim world has impressed me.

    He's not perfect but I believe he will hit his stride. He is learning how to play the Washington game (I hope he doesn't learn the game too well). All in all, he has continued to make me very proud of my new government and to use a "trite" phrase has given me hope again.

    Melody in California

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  823. smilin' jack

    So far, so good...........I'm impressed with his aggressive programs that he stated he would implement and is on target. The world is watching and no doubt we shall reap the rewards that he spreads. I can't imagine W delivering a statement to the Arab world as Obama did and being well received. Best of all, we don't have to put up with poor english and the smirk.

    albany ny

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  824. Kathy

    Kudos to Obama – He is surely walking the talk. I am really pleased how he has turned around on economy stimulus program so far, on terror, GITMO and the appointment of the deserving people in the house on their merit alone. I feel really confident that he could come out as heroic in bringing peace, security and prosperity around the world quicker than anticipated.
    What worries me is that there are equal dark forces working against the goodness he posses. It may not take too long before we see the burst of all the enthusiams we are experiencing from his presense.
    Long live to Obama –
    Kathy, Chicago

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  825. Kristie B.

    He is our new 44th President of the U.S.A. Over time he remains consistent, soft-spoken, caring, thoughtful, intelligent, and articulate. He knows how to combat problems that all people face, as well as knows how to express solutions to the problems in a diplomatic way. He knows how to unite people together for the betterment of everyone. He is not selfish nor self-serving. He is a great leader who will transform new expectations for presidents to come.

    The question should be... "What do you think you will benefit from with Barack Obama as President?" The question should not be "How do you judge his performance in one week's time." That question is premature and assumptive. Let's see what happens first and withhold our judgments for an appropriate time.

    Kristie B.
    Beloit, WI

    January 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  826. Marian

    President Obama has done a wonderful job. If the Republicans would stop fighting him we all could move on.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  827. Adrian

    Jack, He is doing much better than I expected. In his first week in office he has began to lay the ground work to bring moderates both in the Republican Party in the USA and in the Muslim World into his sphere of influence. He is a brilliant man. He has the tempermanent and demeanour that is ideally suited for this time in history.

    – Adrian

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  828. Jean Wolcott Conn

    Beside the fact that he took off running, I am now proud to have a president who is well spoken, knowledgeable, and able to answer questions with confidence. I am proud of my president.
    I no longer turn the TV off in embarassment.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  829. Marie

    Terrific so far. Open communication style is fantastic. Just must realize you cannot engage someone like Rush Limbaugh. It makes stupidity valid.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  830. Paul Reiina

    Without a doubt President Obama has hit the ground running faster than any other President we can remember. This is what America gets when they elect a President with a Brain that is in his own body. He gets an A for effort on the economy and the Middle East Conflict but a B for not whipping Pelosi and the other democrats into submission and for bothering to comment about old melon head Rush Limbaugh who has disowned the Republican Party. Please Mr. President, Rush is an old chewed up piece of gum that is stuck to the bottom of your shoe, do what everyone else does scrape it off and throw it away and don't look back.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  831. Linda L

    I'm excited about the direction Obama is leading this country. True transpariency, honesty, attacking all fronts from the economy to Iraq. Showing the ability to work with the Republicans to address critical issues facing the country. I feel excited to be an American!

    Linda L
    Westerville, Ohio

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  832. Laura

    I believe he has done more for the American people in 7 days than the last Administration did in 8 years. People need to quite picking apart every little thing they can and give him the support he needs to get our country back on its feet. Good Grief, give the man a chance!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  833. Robert Hoage

    Talk about action. Talk about following through on campaign promises.
    Talk about beginning to reverse eight years of ineptitude and lack of insight, intelligence and just plain caring. It's a new beginning! It makes me think that America just might start to get things right. GOBAMA!
    –Bob from Maryland

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  834. Danny Bramson

    President Obama brought the US into the 21st century this week. An American commitment to a green economy, the closing of Gitmo, and his reaching out to the middle East, makes our backwards yokle-ruled land actually look like the advanced nation we have always claimed to be.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  835. Earnestine Colbert

    At 53 yrs old I love it. America needs to go back to our orgins. A nation of character, integrity, honour. We have been disgraced in the eyes of other nations, and are known as murders, who are greedy, and hate inconvience. A NOW nation.
    Just keep in mind that we all play a role in this change and now that Washington and big business know that we are watching, they will make better decisions. It's simple, we are all going on a strict diet, but we are going to love the way we look later on. Thanks Mr. President, I know we can do this.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  836. Patricia Young

    I would give President Obama a 99.44 % rating, same as Ivory soap, only because no human being is perfect! He has taken on so many problems in just his first week in office. I have so much confidence in his intelligence and ability to be one of the greatest presidents of all time! May God bless and keep President Obama safe.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  837. Rita Dunmon

    If he were allowed to do what is needed to get the economy stimulated I would rate him. I don't know about everyone else but if they would closed the darn doors to the public eye and get to work something might happen. Turn the money press on! Calculate 150% of every hard working American yearly salary based on the last two W2s, whether they work now or during the last 2 years and send us the money. I would bet we could stimulate the economy. The Government could prioritize by percent of the above mentioned payout to us, the working American, to be allocated to home loans, student loans, auto loans, medical bills, insurance and general spending. That way everybody gets a piece of the pie and we keep working and paying taxes. If we all loose our jobs who is replenishing taxes and paying back government loans?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  838. Zikerriel, Alabama

    Well I give him a 10, hes doing good so far,he can only do so much at a time.He working hard and is off on a good start.Republicans just need to join in and get with the ideas and the Democratics is doing well so far.And Limbaugh need to be quiet he isnt president,"I HOPE HE Fail"!!But Overall I give him a 10 he doing and CARING for us more than Bush Did for us!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  839. willie from ny

    He got a good start as an american i wanna ask the gop to work with him put jealousie on the side move the country forward.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  840. Rey

    You can't rate a house painting project by the color of the paint... My only concern is that he started painting too many rooms at the same time. So far so good, but the finished product it's what matters

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  841. Yusra

    I am finally proud to be an American again! He represents the true spirit of this country and I couldn't be happier about his performance in this first week.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  842. Thelma in TX

    What a great start, Obama has done better in 8 days then Bush did in 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  843. Vi

    Jack: I feel he is hitting a 100% so far. He is getting down to business and he is doing all he can to pass the stimulus bill. The republicans are doing their usual 'No, No, No' to everthing he is trying to do. for the American public. Just wait REPUBLICANS until the next election comes around. Your days are numbered for the senate and the house. You are only concerned about yourself and not the American public.. Who really cares what Rush Limbaugh says – I certainly do not. It is time to get the Republican idiots out of politics and get rid of the biggest idiot of all – Rush Limbaugh. Barack – just keep plugging away to get us back on track. Remember – it is you who won the Presidency. Good Luck !!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  844. celia menczel in Walnut Creek California

    I would give him an A plus...
    Every day I'm pleasantly surprised by his agenda.....
    Though I was a Hillary supporter, he has my deepest gratitude for giving us hope, raising our spirits (despite the terrible economic news) tackling the Middle east problems, the climate, the economy etc etc...
    I only hope that the Republicans won't try to derail him, that Americans will be patient and give him the support he needs.... and that the Muslim World will recognize the chance to help bring peace to our world.....
    He is helping us to see that we are all in this together...

    Walnut Creek California

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  845. Jochen from Germany

    It's refreshing to see your new president, how engaged he is in his first week in office, how he reaches out nationally to members of both parties 'on the hill', and internationally to the Muslim world. All sadly missed from the Bush/Cheney administration. Of course eventually he will tread on someone's toes, but give him a chance.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  846. Shira T

    After enduring 8 years of an inarticulate president who seemed ill-at-ease with the office, it is refreshing to see President Obama's confidence, sincerity, and comfort with the Office of President of the United States. The world is beginning to understand that the "Aloha spirit" is alive & well, and residing in The White House. I give him an 80% approval rating. However, I think he should stop dignifying Rush Limbaugh with a response to his traitorous comments, and let the Republicans prove they are paying closer attention to Limbaugh's directions via their actions, rather than their words.

    Shira T – Naalehu, Hawaii (The Big Island)

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  847. raymond grigsby

    OK I guess, he didnt have a 9-11, Katrina, Rita or Iowa floods .That justifies a good rating.Lets give him billions and see what he can do. Only time will tell. And no I didnt vote for him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  848. Michael Nally

    I approve of everything our new president has done his first week. I believe he has taken monumental steps in the right direction with all of America's most urgent matters. He has faced up to our economic crisis by meeting with Republicans and clarifying his stimulus package as he stated throughout his campaign. His words to the Muslim world today showed that we are on the right track to repairing America's image in the world, and that diplomacy and intelligent dialogue will dominant U.S. Foreign Policy in the years to come.

    -Michael Nally
    Anaheim, CA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  849. Juan

    President Obama has done a masterful job of following up on his promises while making an honest attempt to work with the GOP. His predecessor talked a lot about reaching across the aisle during his campaign but once elected he arrogantly did as he pleased because of his GOP majority. Now that the tables are turned, President Obama has taken the high road and chosen to work with republicans and moving closer towards restoring the integrity of his office.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  850. Carol Bohanan

    I feel the President has put many of his plans into operation and is right on target. I think he has a plan and if he can get the congress to move in his direction I feel there is a chance for America to return to its former greatness. We need to create jobs, get money moving again into the economy, create products and goods that are American made, and recreate pride in our country and government. I believe he has the best chance of doing this and if the congress has such great ideas in the first place why have they not done something about these problems by now. They all complain and criticize but they have no better answers. Get off your ass and do something for the country that counts. Give his ideas a try-we have lost so much already and cannot afford to lose more. The car makers have known for years now that we need energy efficient autos and have dragged their feet in implimenting any changes. The greedy people in this country who have lots and want lots more are going to have to learn how to live with less like the majority of us. Even things out and I want to see the President make government we can see working and know where OUR money goes. Keep on Keeping on President Obama!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  851. Ted

    I think he is doing a good job so far. He is doing exactly whar
    he said he would do in the campaign!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  852. Eric in San Antonio, Texas

    Jack:

    It seems to me President Obama is doing a fine job so far. It's both startling and refreshing to have an intelligent, coherent leader for our country. He won big and voters seem willing to give him a chance, unlike some in the media.

    As for worrying about incurring wrath, it should be obstructionist Republicans and nit-picky reporters with that concern. America is happy with her President and are willing to stand by him. We haven't been able to say that in a long time.

    Quit trying to ruin the honeymoon, Jack!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  853. Robin Nohara

    Great! The man is impressive! The people he's surrounded himself with, Impressive, His press secretary cool as a cucumber! Speaking to the Muslim people..very smart... reaching out an olive branch telling them "There's a new Sheriff in town"...I (we wanna work with you) while speaking to the terrorist letting them know, a lot may be going on in America right now but, don't start no s_ _ t! I'm watching you. This is a man who can not only handle himself in the White House, but can handle himself in the trenches (down and dirty) he's what we need to keep Americans safe while getting our economy back on track. I expected nothing different! He from Chicago!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  854. Dianne in Athens GA

    Jack, our new president has already shown that he intends to live up to his campaign promises. He has demonstrated great courage in going forth into the "unknown" this first week in office, and I would challenge anyone, Republican, Democrat, or Independent to argue that the previous administration stepped up and did ANYTHING to show the American people that he was "on the job" during his term. As far as I'm concerned, President Obama has not only talked-the-talk, but also walked-the-walk in only one week of being in office. It just goes to show that honesty, integrity, and personal obligation is not dead in America.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  855. Cheryl

    President Obama is executing well thought out plans. He seems to be making every effort to keep his promises to the American people. So far he's demonstrated great leadership. I believe that he will help us to regain respect in the world.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  856. phyllis

    He had a good week – I like the jump in the water and swim President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  857. ken

    Very political.
    Riding on the emotions of the people and getting what he wants. Some moves have been fulfillment of campaign promises without looking at the overall effect (closing gitmo and not having solutions of where to put prisoners).
    Rifing on our emotions to be able to put a tax cheat in charge of IRS and get away with it.. Setting a lobbyist policy for his Administration and then issuing a waiver. In both cases he claims these were the only men for the job. I don't think so. He just wanted what he wanted when he wanted it. That's the Golden Arches mentality.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  858. Ronda

    Obama is doing just what he promised. This is a scary time, fear mongers abound. We need a President who is working to reduce the waves of fear being generated, and to give us hope for the future. I support his efforts 100 percent.
    Athens, Georgia

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  859. Dahlia

    Good afternoon,

    I feel that President Obama has shown more interest, compassion, diplomacy and action in his first week of office than what we have experienced in the last 8 years.

    Obama is cultured, self confident, knowledgeable and has the talent to express his views as well as the views of America in an authoritative manner and with his heart.

    The republicans always seem to complain how government doesn't work and when they take office, they somehow always prove it.

    Government does work and can work and change is inevitible.

    Thank you, best wishes and God bless.

    Dahlia in Los Angeles

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  860. Joseph Coughlin

    He is proceeding to fullfill his campaign promises at full throttle. He has my support 100%.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  861. Abdolhalim Samir Mofleh

    Saalam- Alekum!!!!!
    I strongly appreciate everything Pres. Obama has done all week. Finally someone who understands that you cant bully the Muslim world. Respect is a fundamental key in winning the "war on terror" not killing civilians and attacking sovereign states to accomplish in destroying an ideological faction. His knowledge, demeanor , and bipartisanship on domestic issues as well.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  862. larry newcomb

    100 percent better than the last 8 years! Would "W" have gone to meet with the opposition leaders? I think not. Thank God arrogance has left 1600 Pensylvania Avenue. P.S. to Republican house leader, What about the PORK that the republicans attached to the last stimulus package before they'd pass it and the previous years of republican control. Where was the concern then?

    retired USAF Cmsgt

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  863. Eldo Hill

    I am very impressed with President Obama given the situations/ problems he inherited upon taking office and I am confident that he will pull us out of this situation, he will not be able to do it in a year or two years, it took 8 years to get us here. One other thing I would hope that the President would ignor comments made by Limbaugh and just consider the source, Limbaugh could never be the man that President Obama is, he hides behind his microphone every day and speak to people with his same mentality.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  864. Ray-ray

    I would say he is doing the best he can with the train wreck that has been placed before him. I have relatives overseas calling me and saying congradulations. What will impress me the most is what the american people do about energy. The green light is on. Will share holders keep squeezing the jobs out of companies?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  865. Ronnie

    Impressive!..It's obvious he's trying to kick ass, and there is no issue that can be ignored, but, and a big BUT, he had better be careful about how he tries to deal with Osama, for HE still has men on the board. The money is there, the will is always there, only God knows what weapons are there. Let's not become complacent, like we were on 9/10....every American should be just as vigilant as we thought we were on 9/12.... apart from this issue I think the guy is brilliant...he is a man of communication...this is the message from day 1....brilliant...that's how people of any stripe makes a decision in their own mind....he is already changing the world

    Ronnie
    Hamilton, ON

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  866. Anne Marie

    I think president Obama is doing an excellent job! He is making good on his campaign promises which is more than we can say for most!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  867. pat strain

    He just amazes me. I became progressively more impressed before the election, and what really amazes me, is that I grow more impressed every day. Unlike any I have seen before, Barack Obama is what a president should be.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  868. Jan

    President Obama has raised the bar for others in the political arena. He has stayed true to himself and stayed true to those of us who voted for him. I feel he has done an excellent job so far and I expect nothing less in the future!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  869. Sherman R. White, Sr.

    Barack Obama has been a breathe fresh of air in our nation's capitol. Here is a man, a leader, an American icon who gets it. The American people want solutions to problems, not the politics of the past.

    This President has made it clear that he will listen to opposing views and ideas – keeping an open mind. It is high time that members of Congress of both parties realize that this President has an overwhelming mandate to effect positive change. Get on board or get voted out of Congress!

    In this age of high tech communications, we have an Administration that is capable of launching a grass root, well-funded campaign against those who oppose it unjustly.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  870. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Well Jack, so far, so good. Steady as she goes – no drama Obama. If things keep going this way, it will be a wonderful four years. If only the new team gets us out of the short term crises we are in, and makes a good start on the longer term ones..

    But Rush Limbaugh says "I hope he fails..."

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  871. Audrey M.

    Jack,
    Ironically it has been President obama who has been doing an excellent job from his first day in office. Digging into the muck and mire
    left behind for him to deal with. What has been most interesting is that he has been doing exactly what he promised and has been inacting Change from day one. YET the country, the media and more importantly the Right has been doing the same ol, same ol whin whin whin and blame and complain and not for one second even attempting to change the old tired mindset they have been stuck in for 8 horrendous years. The Change cannot just come from our new President. It must come from US, the media, the Right and in fact the left. Change must come from ALL of us if we expect for one second for things to improve. So Jack to answer your question YES the President is doing an excellent job thus far but the rest of the country should be ashamed !!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  872. Romney E./ Indiana

    Pres. Obama is doing those things that have needed to be done since the beginning of the Bush administration. A killing frenzy of war never rectifies a problem, it only intensifies it. I am very pleased with the beginning days of Pres. Obamas duties and I feel confident that he is our man for America(ns).
    Thank God Bush is gone and Limbaugh should probably stop trying to make publicity for himself. The right wing republican views are vile and most times repulsively destructive to all those in contact or involved. I don't condone drug usage although Limbaugh may want to consider something that will help him rest his neck and mouth..
    God Bless America(ns) and Pres. Obama.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  873. Jean

    I like you Jack. Jack, you speak clear. I know Obama rate 99% in My political mind. Keep the spirit coming, President Obama

    Jean
    MS

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  874. Walt J/ retired Military

    I feel that the President has made an impressive start.I hope he does not get discouraged by those who are wishing that he will fail.The failure of this administration will not be good for any of us that call ourselves ,"Patriotic Americans".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  875. bob from missouri

    My wife and I have three small kids with ages ranging from 6 to 10. Many times I have to explain to them, "sometimes in order to get things accomplished faster you must slow down and make sure you are doing it right the first time so you do not have to do it twice".

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  876. Greg Rodgers

    He has done MORE in one week that Bush did in a year. I am VERY impressed about how he is talking WITH Republicans in a collaborative manner to pass important stimulus legislation.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  877. Loletha

    In his first week in office, the President has shown that he is the leader for this time. He has not swayed away from the issues and hitting those things hard on that trouble us the most. He and his administration is showing that they understand the job they must do and moving forward to do it. I am proud to be an American!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  878. barbara

    Great job!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  879. Steve from Texas

    I have a long list of decisions that I believe are misguided.
    -Amercia is Insolvent and his solution is to lead the effort to accelerate the accumulation of greater debt . I feel sorry for my children and grandchildren.
    -He talks about Bi partisanship but stands by while the House repeals the motion to recommit that in essense silences and drives over the minority party.
    – Though we are on the path to bankruptcy one of the early decisions is to fund the spread of abortion internationally and the spending stimulus includes funds for birth control. This is a bad decsion financially and even worse morally!
    – He announces a great policy on limits on lobbyist but then undoes it with giving a waiver to one of his team who lobbied as recently as last year for Raytheon.
    – He nominated a tax cheat for Sec of the Treasury.
    – President Bush went out of his way to be gracious to the President and his family during the transition and then was given insults and cheap shots in return.
    "Other than that Mrs Lincoln – how did you like the Play?!"

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  880. William Carter

    I think he is doing a good job. I feel more connected to what is going on than with previous Presidents. I have signed on to the White House website where I can voice my opinion about any subject, and I feel someone will read it. I get emails from Obama with updates of what he is doing. I have joined an organization called MoveOn in Charlotte and we have our first meeting with congresswoman Myrick to ask her support for Obama's economic recovery plan. I am looking at ways I can do my part to help get this country on its feet. I ask people to buy canvas grocery bags instead of using plastic. At 62 I'm confident in Obama's intentions and I applaud his intelligence. It's nice to listen to someone who uses the english language with real power, and who knows how to pronounce Nuclear!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  881. jackie

    Jack, very impressive.. more than I ever expected
    If it was not for the lack of trust created by Bush... president Obama will have 90%+ rating
    Proud to be an American
    Hope he will stay safe

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  882. Bill Hewett, Duncanville, AL

    I give him an "A+" and maybe the evil republicians will balk and vote no on everything so that by the next election republicans will be history.

    Bill

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  883. Judi Boulter

    Obama is surpassing any reasonable expectations for those of us who are not unfettered by facts. Regarding closing Guantanamo, he established a 1 year timeframe. Are we so paranoid as to conclude that he will not put a plan in place to secure the safety and well-being of civilians? He's done nothing but his job – and he's doing it better than I have seen for generations!

    An American in Canada

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  884. Keith

    As a republican, I must admit he's exceeded my expectations. He's interactive, hands-on, an active listener, respectful, caring, passionate, ambitious and very intelligent. I hope my fellow republicans in congress will vote to support his agendas. My eyes haven't lied to me this past week; President Obama is LEADING by example. I trust this man.

    Media PA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  885. K

    I am and continue to be very impressed with President Obama's actions, words and follow-through. As he stated so often, it is not about him, but about Us, the people, to bring about change. Yet we have a leader who is reminding us of our higher ideals and principles and putting them into action. We have a voice at last in this Administration. We may not agree with everything he says and does, but it is certainly refreshing to be addressed as co-partners of our destination to repair our democracy rather than the "dumbing down and fear-rattling crap" of the past President's team. I support President Obama and his team and will continue to remain engaged in every way. –K

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  886. tony

    Jack
    I am an independent and I give him an A+

    Reached out to Rebublicans!
    First ever interview with a Muslim Newspaper!
    What next? Diplomacy with IRAN?

    A glowing ember in our darkest hours

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  887. Danni

    Jack,
    It’s nice to see President Obama tackle international affairs his first week in office. He has shown that he can hit the ground running. If all the Islamic countries begin "likening him", than we might begin to start having a problem. Let’s not forget our biggest problem, our economy. It’s going to be a tough road ahead; I can see you asking this question again in a year or so.

    Danni
    Upland, CA

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  888. Bud Pratt, of Punta Gorda, Florida

    Bud Pratt, Punta Gorda, Florida

    I find Obama’s performance well nigh awe inspiring. It may be disappointing, to the ideological right and the left, but it suits me just fine. He’s covered more good ground in a week, than Bush in eight years.

    His pragmatic and inclusive approach, even to Republicans, is precisely what we need. His approach to the Moslem world, with too many of us were willing to hate all Moslems, is remarkable.

    At long last, the voice of reason is heard in the land, emanating from the White House. Who would have thunk it?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  889. rochelle gadson

    i think Pres. Obama is doing a good job, this mess that we are in did not happen over night, it will take time fix it, but i believe he is heading on the right track. when a baby starts to walk he or she will fall a lot of times, but as time go he or she will prefect the art of walking same as Pres. Obama he will do the same

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  890. jan

    Obama is one class act. Hardworking and doing what he said he'd do.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  891. Jules Mercado, CT

    I Love my President!!

    How many people has said that for any President? Not because he is Black, but because he means buisness. His main agenda is to get this country back on course. It's a huge task but obviously he is trying to fix the mess Bush has created first.

    Also, I hope he has the SEC investigate every Stock Brokerage Firm to make sure our money is still in there. If not, more people will loose trust in them and take there money out. Investing in other companies might just be a thing of the past.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  892. kemdi

    Hello Mr. Cafferty this is my first time answering your cafferty file. I enjoy watching your segment on the situation room. In answering your questions, I think all in all, President Obama has done a good job. Talking to the Republicans, talking about the economy and letting us know what is going. But, as somebody who recently lost his job in retail and still in school and have bills to pay. How can he help me. I have looked everywhere for the past week but it seems that there is no place safe to apply to.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  893. Marcos Rodriguez

    There's an old tale about the young child, the grandfather, and the donkey in which they could never seem to please the onlookers that passed them by. The young child on the donkey represented a lack of respect for the elderly grandfather. The grandfather on the donkey represented a lack of consideration for the young child. The grandfather and the child on the donkey angered animal rights activists...at the end the child and the grandfather carried the donkey, which is ridiculous, and the donkey fell into the river and died. President Obama brings a definiteness of purpose in unprecedented times, coming to terms with the fact that we now operate in the "world game." From the U.S. to China, the economies are interrelated, opportunity abounds but so does keen competition. President Bush's myopic vision hurt our economy and our politics. Now we have a reality check, but what better place than the U.S. and with an all encompassing leader like President Obama. His message is simple in relation to our situation, OPPORTUNITY mixed with DIFFICULTY. Time to embrace some old school values to make it through this time. What better time to observe and learn than now.

    -Marcos (Los Angeles, CA)

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  894. alex a

    ...A PRESIDENT THAT'S WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE? How dare he use diplomacy to cut some tension between Muslims and Christian extremist. And why would he want to reach across the aisle to create a bipartisan bill to (hopefully) get us out of a "cowboy created" recession. Sure makes me miss those good old days when presidents (Bush) would let thing worsen, only to be cleaned up by their succesor. This is Not the same country!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  895. Laura Moss Levine

    Definitely an A for effort! No one said any of this would be easy. I'm confident that if he mis-steps, he will regroup. He will also hold people responsible for making things work.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  896. John A. Feddema, Minneapolis

    Jack,
    President Obama is outperforming my expections. What a change from the neoconservatives who practically brought this country to its knees in 8 short years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  897. Jane

    Jack: It just shows that a good President can get things done. Now if the Congress will just settle down and work as hard as the President has, we as a country can go forward. But I am deeply worried that the Republicans are going to dig in and say no. Hopefully, the American public will let them know how we feel and force them to work with President Obama. Keep doing your great work, Jack

    By the way, I am an Independent.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  898. Zeidy Salas

    I like President Obama and what he is trying to do, I know there will always be the usual critics who will never be happy no matter what he does or does not do. Having a President who is willing to take the right action no matter what critics say is refreshing, this is a man that has shown great integrity. We already had eight years of the worst administration posible. Those of you out there who don't care about our country should let him do his job, you have already done enough damange to this country and its people, enough is enough!

    I wish him and his administration the best because we all know that many are out there to get him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  899. Tom

    A +++ Obama's already worked harder and accomplished more in his first week than Bush did in his entire 2nd term. But I'm sure W will think that he himself did a heckuva job, Jackie!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  900. Granville in Morgantown, WV

    Like a brisk but refreshing whirlwind of fresh air.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  901. Shmulik Epstein, Columbus, OH

    Only one word comes to mind – REFRESHING, and I would add that its nice to have a president that can comlete a sentence in English!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  902. Ryan

    Obama has done more in his presidency than Bush has done in his eight years of presidency. He has done very well so far, and I believe he will do a lot more soon.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  903. ann / kentucky

    I wish the media and constituents would start pressing our representatives and President what they are doing to create sustainable jobs in a world economy. WE need to become competitive again to keep jobs here – where are the questions.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  904. Donna Van Hook

    President Obama has demonstrated this week that he has an extensive and complex agenda for restoring the reputation and the robustness of our nation. He is proving to be focused, intelligent, courageous and resolute. His willingness to engage in conversation with those who disagree with him reflects his understanding of the alchemy of politics–i.e., the best solutions are discovered in the process of energetic dialogue. I give him an A+.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  905. Tiffany from Texas

    I think Obama is doing a great job accomplishing those tasks he spoke of on his campaign trail. Some Politicians have a bad habit of promising changes so that they get "the job". It's has been a delightful change to see someone keepin their promises. Obama is left to fix critical problems left by the Bush administration and that explains his swift actions. Those Republicans that would like to re- nominated need to watch their behaviors and play nice during the stimulus package meetings and discussions.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  906. Patricia Rowe

    Cut the president some slack. Why is everyone trying evaluate him after one week. Most jobs evaluate you after three months

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  907. lindajones

    jack, President Obama is only one person and he is doing the best he can.I think he has did more in a week ,than Bush did in 8year's.So you all just waiting for him too mess up because you all did not Vote for him anyway. So you all just don't have nothing else too do but put him down.But you know what God is on his side.And he will make through these 4 year's.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  908. pat

    Over this past week, it has become clear to me that Obama has begun to build solid platforms upon which to expand his visions regarding the economy, energy, foreign relations, and so forth. Brilliantly prepared, leaving no stone unturned, he is somehow able to orchestrate all the instruments of the players, whether they know it or not. For this to work, I doubt Obama will feel rushed even though he expresses that there is no time to waste. The ingredients have been added, let's trust him, give him the elbow room necessary – there will be enough time to rejoice when reminiscing at the dinner table. We may ask for second!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  909. ReGena

    Excellent Job President Obama! Considering the fact you inherited a world of manure, you have done a wonderful job in the past week. I don't expect you to clean up 8 years of manure in 7 days. I am confident you will do well.
    I am praying for you. God bless our President and God bless America!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  910. Nick Bernard

    Well enough, but he hasn't quite saved the world yet.

    Nick
    Marlborough, Mass.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  911. Isaac, Bronx, N.Y.

    Don't worry Jack at this rate his approval rating will be at 0 in no time, besides I still think he could of squeezed a few more bail outs out of that week.................

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  912. Anthony

    President Barack Obama is on the fast and right track to grapple with the pressing issues.

    I would rate President Obama's first week in office as impressive and indeed a sign of his visions for the future.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  913. Kathy Stover

    I am so disappointed.

    From the negative tone of Obama's inaugural speech, to his appointment of lobbyists which he said he would not do, to his continuing use of "Executive" power which he criticized Bush & Cheney for doing, I think he is saying one thing and doing another.

    He is following Bush's timeline for Iraq and Obama has promised us another war in Afganistan.

    He says he is closing Gitmo – in one year. I believe Bush would probably have closed it by then too. By the way, where will the enemy be held when they are captured in Afganistan? A rose by any other name.....

    Then we have Obama appointing people who are tax evaders, hirers of illegal workers and even a socialist as an "energy" czar.

    He is from the Chicago political environment and yet knows "nothing" about any of the corrupt fellow politicans from there. You know, Obama says he knew nothing about Rev. Wright, knew nothing about Bill Ayers, knew nothing about Acorn. Is he auditioning for a remake of Hogan's Heroes for the part of Sgt. Schultz? Remember the famous line, "I know nothing! I see nothing!"

    Kathy Stover
    Georgia

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  914. D Higgins Illinois

    I think he is off to a great start. Stepping right up to the plate, at least he is giving the american people something to hope for again, without hope we have nothing!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  915. Mel

    Jack,
    Obama was not kidding when he said he would hit the ground running.I am so proud to have a president that doesn't seem to have an ego that is going to get in the way of the way he governs.I think the American people really got it right this time.He is a classy guy going down to the congress to speak to the republicans about his stimulus package.He really is a man of the people.He has my total confidence and admiration.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  916. Judy McDonald

    STELLAR, STELLAR, STELLAR!

    The Judys
    Frankfort, KY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  917. Andrew M.

    Jack,

    President Obama has been steadfast and thorough during his first week. His acceptance speech in November was a turning point in history. His first week has now raised the bar on how to take an office or a job when you are first hired. His level of commitment and resolve has been astounding. My rating on a scale from 1 to 100 would be 100.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  918. larry

    i am pleased by his beginnings,compared to what we had,being a former u.s.army ranger, i can appreciate the challanges he faces and wish him well and i believe there will be great changes, because we NEED EM BADLY

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  919. Regina Patton Stell

    These seven days of Presidents Obama proactive administrative style is refreshing and on point. We truly have a professional with excellent leadership skills now leading our country. I am confident we have the right person for the job at hand as challenging as the daily news presents the facts. Lets us not forget we must also do our part by supporting his directions and become more responsible in our home budgets/spending.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  920. Roger Kearney

    I think that he is doing a terrific job! He is doing what he promised. I can't remember a President, who, in the first week showed the same wisdom, enthusiasm, and energy. I give him an A++.

    Roger, Troy, Ohio

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  921. Bart Chilcott

    Speaking on behalf of the air capitol of the world (Wichita Kansas), I give president Obama a D- for his efforts to shore up our failing economy. His socialistic demand that certain corporations cancel their orders for private business jets cut to the bone of Wichita's core business interest.

    Our president should not only guide and direct our legislation but also send positive messages that encourages our economy to grow. I would like for him to look into the eyes of the workers who base their livihoods on building business and commercial aircraft, and tell them why corporate America shouldn't buy their product.

    As a private citizen and tax payer, I would like to insist that President Obama sell the two Boeing 747's know as Air Force One as well as his helicopter (Marine One) since he feels that such luxuries are non essential and a waste of money. While we are at it, lets sell all of the SAM (special air mission) fleet that our government has. What's good for the goose is good for the gander where I come from.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  922. Juan Montelongo

    Very Impressive. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, it is visibly clear how engaged this President is and how badly he wants to get our country of of the mess left by the previous administration.
    It's probably not a fair comparison given the obvious intellectual differences between Obama and the previous office holder, but Mr. Obama has already tackled more issues (Guantanamo, the economy, stem cell research, the middle east, re-newable energy) in his first week in office than our former President did in two terms.
    It is too early to tell whether he will be successful in dealing with all these problems or not (given the divide between the two parties, he will probably have limited success), however, it is very re-assuring for Americans to know that we finally have a very capable and hard-working Commander In-Chief looking out for the interest of the majority of us and not only the wealthy and the corporate elite. Again, very impressive so far!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  923. Katie

    A very good start! President Obama is doing an outstanding job! Rate him? He gets a 9 , 10 being the highest, an A!!! No wonder I voted for him! He is trying very hard to bring this country on the right track. Go OBAMA!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  924. Carol Butler

    Fantastic first week, he is the Jordan of politics. Intelligent and commited to keeping his pomises to the American people, all of us. we are in goods hands..............

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  925. Nancy

    President Obama has said and is still saying that the problems this country and this world face will not be solved overnight, which is a HUGE understatement, so can everyone just stop expecting him to solve everything overnight? I can't even imgaine taking on such a job and having to work with the Bickering Bickersons in Congress to try to get it done. And, frankly, the press is acting like a bunch of vultures over his every sentence and action. I have been impressed with his calm focus and patience during his first week. The rest of the country should follow his example.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  926. Tosin from wichita falls, tx

    well...well...well....as with any other president, he would want to start up on a very bright side and i think he has....it's just left to see if he can keep up with the pressure....we'll be watching...

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  927. Loretta

    I'm 78 years of age and I can't remember the last time I've been this excited over anyone. In the words of the "godfather of soul" James Brown, "I feel good, I got you." This presidency is one of tremendous symbolism, almost prophetic. There's the bad guy "Osama" and the good guy "Obama." Now for sure, Osama's demise is near because he's got Obama to fear and goodness will prevail.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  928. Max

    For his first week, our President has demonstrated his comittment to our nation's ills and is whole heartedly engaged in making a difference. I have never seen such a level of activity from the White House...ever. We have had more substantive Press Meetings in one week than we had in the past 8 years.

    What a breath of fresh air to see such a level of effort from our President. We should all be so proud.

    Max
    CT

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  929. Isabel

    The "Pissing Contest" that Bush started with his "my way, or the highway" policy is finally over. I am honored to be represented by a President that is smart, humble, and COMMUNICATING with the rest of the world.
    And for those still complaining about the President's actions so far....keep in mind that we are only at day 8. Image 4+ years, just image.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  930. Sal

    I think President Obama is doing great. It is refreshing to see a president that is willing to engage with people with different viewpoints. I love to see a president that can intelligently respond to difficult questions. We live in a world that requires pragmatic solutions versus ideological rhetoric, and I see President Obama being very pragmatic.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  931. Pamela Hoffman

    I am so proud of the way in which President Obama and his team have rolled up their sleeves and are systematically addressing major issues effecting Americans: 1) Providing jobs for Americans and stimulating the economy, 2) Taking a pro-active stance on stem cell research which will help millions who are suffering, 3) Welcoming and respecting Muslims who are peaceful and distinguishing them from terrorists like Al Qaida. It is an intelligent and humane approach to resolving international issues and restoring our respect abroad, yet he has been firm in his posture against terrorism 4) Funding of abortions in countries where women need this support due to rapes, abuse, poverty and other human rights violations, 5) Sticking by Gertner so he can join the cabinet and help resolve a devastating economic crisis. Very few Americans could stand the scrutiny placed on cabinet members, 6) Finally, sending an internet message which encourages parents to take care of and love their children. He is a wonderful role model and has had a stellar first week despite the whines and castigation of total idiots like Rush Limbaugh and his followers.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  932. Joan

    On a scale of 1-10, how about 100. He is inspiring the U.S. by speaking the truth, and can lead the world with this amazing simple conccept. We are all be so proud that he is our President.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  933. J. Lawson

    I am so impressed with everything he is doing so far and so soon! I do hope that he will not burn out with all the pressure and extreme responsibility being placed on his plate. He is certainly focused and determined to take care of this mess as soon as possible. I hope that he will get the support that is necessary to accomplish the many tasks at hand. I keep him in my prayers.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  934. Johnny Sax, Park City, Utah

    President Obama has crossed every divide that has been built up over (at a minimal) the last eight years in just one week. His momentum is accelerating every day wiping out the evil that politicians have previously done and this collectively earns him an A+.... Excellent! I feel safer today than any point prior to his inauguration.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  935. Lynne Hugo

    It is refreshing to be proud of my President. I give him very high marks for his active first week in office, a week of promises kept, and calm reason. He is reaching out to those who disagree, without the snide contempt and disregard we saw in the last administration, while adhering to the principles, values, ethics, and resolve for which he was elected. The executive orders issued and initiatives taken have raised resounding "Amens!" from a grateful majority of newly hopeful citizens, and I count myself among them.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  936. Nancy

    Are you kidding? This guy has done more in his first week then that nitwit did in 8 years. By the way I am one of those that you think you know so well. I am over 50 female no college degree was a supporter of Hilary and voted for Obama. Stop saying that you know what I think because you don't know what I think.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  937. Audrey Calomino

    Dynamite! He's made more positive moves in one week than several others have made in the first hundred days - maybe in a complete term! I give him a 90%!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  938. Denise

    I think the President is off to a phenomenal start, under the circumstances. He did take on a huge mess from his predecessor and he is making a genuine endeavor to make good to enforce at least a few of his campaign promises. Remember, he has the hopes and dreams of the vast majority of the free world riding on his shoulders, and that's quite a bit to digest.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  939. miltckt

    excellent!!! he's only been in office and already he has done more than Bush. He's building a new relationship with the Muslims. Keeping his vists up with the GOP. and all this in one week. By the way he's about to cut taxes for millions of Americans. Glad I voted for him "GO OBAM"!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  940. J Freeman - Los Gatos CA

    "Brilliantly", and I am a conservative Republican!

    In the new age of speculation, marketing, and words, he has done the one thing that supersedes that all - taking intelligent action(s).

    The poise, clarity, and intelligent substance of his interview with Al Arabiya today, was the first time in my lifetime that I have ever seen genius applied to politics. Now, if he'll just have the same to revamp and force the complete reconstruction of small business enablers and protections, the American dream can be restored.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  941. James in Atlanta

    I thing the president is doing a great job. He is reaching out to the world and people who forign and domestic that work to make the US and democratic policies to get America working again to fail,

    Here is a copy of an email that I sent to my state represenatives in Washington.

    We all know the Republican or GOP policies of the past eight (8) years of cutting taxes and regulations for the rich and ignoring the middle class has put the US economy in the worst recession we have had in years.

    President Herbert Hover, Republican handed Franklin D. Roosevelt a Democrat an American economy in depression. History is repeating itself with the republicans getting US into a mess and the democrats having to get us out.

    I have herd nothing but the same old rhetoric that supports mega-corporations, elite, the high mighty and wealthy while ignoring the middle class.

    We need jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, reduce our dependency on foreign oil, secure our borders and re-educate America. I have heard nothing but criticism for the stimulus package. Until Republicans can offer ideas that achieve these goals then they should keep quiet.

    James in Atlanta

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  942. Dee in Wichita,KS

    President Obama's first week in office is impressive! Has it really only been a week? He not only puts forth a genuine effort (through his swift actions) to reassure the American public that he intends to make good on his campaign promises, but also addesses the Muslim/Arab communities with his intent to listen and be respectful of their world. I'm feeling more positive about the direction of this country every day! I am glued to CNN just to see what takes place next.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  943. Louis Leo

    President Obama has done nothing short of what he promised so far. The campaign Obama has transitioned beyond expectations to President Obama. I'd guess the President has done more in his first 7 days then any president, except for perhaps FDR as he attempted to halt the Great Depression. He has reached out to conservatives, undone most of the most backward Bush policies with meaningful executive orders, and even reached out, giving an Arabic news station his first "sit-down." Cowboy dipliomacy is over and ironically, understanding and diplomacy will probably keep us more safe than longhorn missles. I want to say with a laugh you can sense that many US stations (including CNN) are bitter that Arabic TV got his attention first! I can't say enough about his work thus far. The American people (like Eagles fans) don't expect perfect, or even to win every time – the American people expect a President who will try his very best, give 120% on our behalf every day, and he is doing that. A so far

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  944. Naoia

    Great!!! I too, am impressed. He is so good that he selected 3 or more of his competitors to come on Board and assist him in running the affairs of the USA!!! Hilary, Biden, Richardson are some of the people that campaigned against him. Each of them felt they were qualified to Run and Manage our Country as the Top Dog calling the shots. He not only won the election but he's allied with his competitors. WoW!!! Very Secure Man. Each of them have astonishing expertise that will contribute greatly to our country.
    Also, I love the direction his heading. Integrity, Humanity, Peace! Wow!!!
    I've read some of the comments and the evil, anger, self centered and divisive mentality that pours out from some of my fellow citizens just amaze me. They are BLIND AND IN DARKNESS!
    We just got rid of a President Bush who was the ultimate "Blind leading the Blind!"

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  945. Diane Brown

    President Obama does US proud! His first week has propped up respect, confidence, and intelligence, and has lifted the shades on Washington to let the light shine in, not to speak of the fact he has done more good for the country in one week than Bush did in 8 years.
    Way to go Mr. President!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  946. vN

    I can't stop watching news for a moment, so encouraging and uplifting to see the way president Obama handling things. He is a true leader who care so much for his people and the world community to live together in peace and better life.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  947. T. Harvey

    I would give President Obama an A. The President of the United States is the hardest job on the planet, I don't know of anyone that would take that job or better yet capable of doing that job.So lets just hope and pray that he has an A+ performance his entire term.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  948. Jan Illinois

    Jack that would be rated 1000 times better than Bush'es last week or any other week that he had in the last 8 years.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  949. Georgia Pace

    We haven't had a President so knowledgeable and speak so intelligently about issues in a very long time. I think he is doing great!

    Georgia

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  950. shirley burke

    Our President has really done an execellent job in the few days he has been in office. He is focused on the promises he made to us and is off to a very good start to getting them accomplished.

    You go Mr. President!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  951. Roger Cazares

    Chula Vista California, I attended the Inauguration last Tuesday and I am just barely getting over jet lag, cold feet and loss of sleep. Yet, President Obama has done more in a week to regain my confidence in the future of our country than Bush destroyed in eight years! We are ONE and we should act as ONE!...thanks...roger cazares

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  952. Steve

    I think the pres. is doing a great job. If we give the musslim world respect, they will respect us in return. They dont hate us because were free. They hate us because our bombs have killed more poeple then any other nation on earth! So Im happy we finaly have a president that will choose a diplomatic way of bringing our world together.
    love is the answere not war. thats the only way our kids will be safe in this world!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  953. Denise Nunes

    It's only been a week??? Imagine his first hundred days! He is phenominal! He is competent beyond my wildest expectation. No Johnny one note. The breath, depth, and intelligence of his reach shrinks the accomplishment of the Presidents who have come before him in my memory which spands 6 decades. Juxtaposing Obama's "wonder week" with the news that Palin is launching her bid for the presidency in the same newscast is beyond laughable; it insults our intelligence.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  954. Sharon

    In the first week, he's signed important Executive Orders, reached out to the to the Arab/Muslin world, talked respectfully to the opposition party, and shown more integrity and intelligence than we've seen in years in the Oval Office. If President Obama continues to keep his promises and reach out to those who haven't trusted us in a long time, our county will be safer (in my opinion) than it has been in a very long while. What a breath of fresh air this new President is – and it didn't take him long to get going. We needed a smart man to see what needed to be done and begin it. We have one at last. What's not to like?

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  955. Maya

    Doing great! Thank you for being the President I always wanted. You have brought respectability back to this country and are an example of how a true leader runs a country. You are dishing out a lot of tough love and that's what this country needs. Your thoughtful words show a respect for human kind that we haven't seen in a long time. Thank you President Obama, thank you.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  956. Marie, Michigan

    I think President Obama is doing a great job he gets 100% for his first week. President Obama is trying to work with both democrat and republican parties and get USA economy moving in the right direction. I’m just glad he didn’t take a vacation for his first month.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  957. Suzi Jarboe

    I feel that President Barack H Obama is what this country needs to get change done and back on track. What he does has nothing to do with his skin color. He is going to TRY to get our Economy on track. We need all the assistance that he can muster from the House and the Senate and get them to all think alike on one issue. The Economy. We need money flowing to get jobs going. I and my husband work for a school district that is suffering with the economy like it is. The children have to go to school in a bldg that is over 50 years old. We can't get money to do necessary repairs. Suport OBAMAs plan of action.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  958. Yeshi Gemaneh

    No one is perfect, as human beings all can make mistakes. “To err is human to forgive is divine.” This is only the beginning, there are years ahead. The President cannot do everything at one time. For a better result time and effort will be decisive. Above all, people should help him and stand firm next to him for a better achievement. Criticism alone is not sufficient; the good and patriotism citizen should come with solution as well. With open mind and kind heart a lot more to be done. Positive thinking should be added and President Obama is doing so far very good job.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  959. Col. Jenista - florida

    He has completed more in 1 week than Bush did in 8 years, and even told us what he was doing, so we are all informed. I will rate his out of 10 a 10. I am very satisfied with my choice of voting for him.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  960. Alex Rodriguez

    Miami, Florida
    Hello John, This is the first time in six years that I can finally say that I am proud of my President. It's about time that we have a president that does more than just say he wants to bring people together and actually does it. Going on an Islamic news station and giving his first televised interview as the president of the United States shows exactly how he plans to "lend a hand to clenched fists" As Elenore Roosevelt once said,
    "It isn't enough to talk about peace, one must believe it.
    And it isn't enough to to believe in it, one must work for it."
    – Eleanor Roosevelt

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  961. Matt Gingras

    Simply put, he's The Man!...The Right Man!...at the right time! He's doing so much in his first week, it takes all of CNN to keep up with him. What was his predecessor doing his first week? Oh! That's right! He was going on vacation at the ranch to play cowboy......enough said!

    GO BIG O!!! =)

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  962. Linda, Austin TX

    He is doing a GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I Love it, including the fact that he made a comment about the Citibank fools and now they are not buying a jet.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  963. Lynn, San Diego

    I'll give him a 98%, just because no one is perfect – Still struggling Republican, Lynn from San Digo

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  964. Jackie

    I think the president is doing an exceptional job; He is doing what he said he would and that is a welcomed change. That also makes him successful even when his policies are not.
    jcollins

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  965. Diane Sykstus

    I think President is doing a marvelous job – trying to reach across to republicans and trying to stimulate this economy. Who cares what the right-wing ultra conservatives say – they are not the people who won the election. I Give president Obama 100% confidence rating.
    Diane Sykstus from Huntsville, AL.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  966. Cal

    Obama has been absolutely stellar. He has already outlined clear and effective steps to address America dependency on foreign oil, including setting a minimum standard of 35mpg on domestically manufactured vehicles.

    In addition he has reached out directly to the global Muslim community in an effort to dispel prejudices and misunderstandings that have caused conflict over the past eight years.

    Furth more he has treated the GOP with respect by going to them with an open ear and open mind in attempting to pass his economic stimulus package.

    It is clear we are entering a new age with a new kind of leader. One who uses intellect, foresight and compassion to push his initiatives, as opposed to threats, brute force and self righteous values.

    I'm extremely impressed.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  967. Kathy Nelson

    I am pleased with the executive orders issued and the efforts of President Obama his first week in office. I am not pleased with the choice of Timothy Geitner for Treasury Secretary. I was ashamed of the US attack that killed at least a dozen innocent Afghan citizens. I am also disgusted with Republican's criticism attempting to stymie the stimulus package and their paranoid remarks about the closure of Guantanamo. I deplore the vileness of Rush Limbaugh's anti-Obama rhetoric.
    I hope the stimulus package passes as it stands and that Republicans experience an epiphany and cooperate for a change.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  968. Sydney from Austin, Tx

    So far so good. No complaints here, unsure why people are complaining already at just one week in office, they should get over it and stop being so selfish.
    I am proud of President Obama's actions taken to get things going and what he has managed to touch on, reach out to in just one week; that is representative of a serious, well-thought approach to many important issues left previously untouched, marred or mucked-up in some way.
    He is not being single-minded. Or simple-minded. He is opposite. He is tackling things accordingly with considerations taken from all angles. I'm impressed at this level of diplomacy as well as his abilities so far handling the homefront.
    Something I could get used to, something Americans have been denied.
    I hope this level of energy continues, because I can honestly say I think he is going to make us proud that he is the new face of America.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  969. sheldon

    Obama is the man for the job. He is for such a time as this. Americans' mentally is like that of a woman who was abused by her former lover, and as a result, having difficulty trusting the present lover.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  970. Harold Beverly

    I'd give his performance an A++ rating, as I've never in my 46 years of observing our political process, ever seen a President who has worked as fast, thorough, and considerate of his political opponents views, all while moving the nation's mood as a whole into a totally different place than it was just a week ago. I'd say he's done an incredible, and super-efficient job ... maybe the best ever for a new President. Rock on Barrack!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  971. M. Darton

    How would I rate President Obama first week? Jack I like you, but it is kind of a stupid question to ask. But since you ask I am going to anwser it. I think the President has done a real good job. America we have got us something special.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  972. Jenika

    Barack Obama is by far the most active-for-the-good-of-all President I have ever witnessed and I started out with Johnson. He is more than living up to his Campaign Promises and at lightning speed. In view of the do-nothing-except-for-the-corporations President we endured for eight long years, Americans now have an example of what an outstanding president is like. Hopefully, we will have him for eight years as that is what it will take to undo the harm Bush did.

    Jenika
    Portland, Oregon

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  973. bill winzeler

    I loved Obama's approach as a candidate, but am frankly surprised at how much more I love the way he's been governing. His comments today to alarabia moved me even more than the 04 convention speech, his impeccable articulation of well-reasoned positions during the campaign, or his solid and sensible inaugural address. I think we the American people and indeed the world have lucked out, been blessed by God, or hit the jackpot, whichever you prefer.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  974. Gloria

    It is heavenly to watch real intelligence in action. Pres. Obama has
    earned an A in the eyes & ears of this 66yr. old. GREAT!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  975. Tom Nelson

    We are a long way from seeing the results of what he is doing, but in the first seven days, President Obama has put a number of policies in motion that will set the tone of his administration. Only a fool would think that he would have no opposition, and he'll have to deal with that through his term. He'll win some and lose some as all presidents do. Let's just hope his loses are few and that he stands tall and continues to surround himself with competent people. What he does not need is to trade useless dialogue with a gasbag like Rush Limbaugh. Who cares if he wants the president to fail? Anyone who knows Limbaugh's platform knows he would feel that way. Add his issues with race and he's a political black hole (pardon the pun) that President Obama needs to avoid.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |