March 11th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What will end President Obama's honeymoon?

More than 50 days into the Obama administration and it looks like his honeymoon with the American people is not over just yet.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/11/art.barack.jpg caption="President Obama's honeymoon with the American people is still going strong, according to recent polls."]

A CNN poll of polls shows 61 percent of those surveyed approve of the job President Obama is doing. This isn't as high as it was during the transition period or right after the inauguration, but it's still significant.

This rating is also slightly higher than those of his predecessors - George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan - at around the same time.

President Obama is maintaining this approval rating as he gets down to the business of governing; following through on many campaign promises and making some tough decisions on everything from Iraq to Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay detainees, education and health care.

And of course the biggest issue of all remains the economy. Although the stock market doesn't seem to have much confidence in the new president or his bailout plans, polls suggest Americans do. A recent poll shows three out of four Americans have confidence in the president to make the right economic decisions; that's much higher than the percent who have confidence in Wall Street or Congressional Republicans.

Here’s my question to you: What will it take to end President Obama's honeymoon?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mike from Sacramento, California writes:
Only one thing would end it for me and that's if he stops telling the truth. He will continue to get a lot of slack from good Americans of every political persuasion as long as he's honest.

Lee from Minnesota writes:
The honeymoon has barely started. Don't be so quick to forget the hell of the past eight years. I have full confidence in our current intelligent, intelligent, intelligent president. Did I emphasize intelligent? What a change from the past eight years.

Jack writes:
A constant barrage of negative press. The honeymoon will end when the media say it’s over.

Michele from New York writes:

The honeymoon won't be over until this country and the media realize that Mr. Obama is not god. He can not fix everything nor does he have the experience, which people have not figured out yet. Those of us who did not vote for him are just sitting here waiting and watching as more and more mistakes are being made. Open your eyes people.

Shaun writes:
I think an incident on the Korean Peninsula may put Russia and China on the defensive. How Obama deals with emerging global issues will test his presidency and ultimately the American people’s faith in "change."

Alyssa from Chicago writes:
Well, Jack, his honeymoon will be over if the economy is still underwater in two years and if Americans start throwing shoes at him.

Marie from Oceanside, California writes:
What will end the honeymoon? Your questions.

Kathy from Georgia writes:
If you don't get over your crush on Michelle, Jack. The president has enough to worry about without having to worry about a hunk like you gushing about his wife. Does that merit me a copy of your new book?

Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    Allowing the bill that was sent to him today which has 8,000 + add-ons to pass. If he needs a line item veto authority, then hold the bill until he gets it. One ear mark that Senator Graham supported is for his state of South Carolina's gold coast. A convention hall at my expense. FOR SURE, Myrtle Beach doesn't need a $850,000 + convention hall NOT out of my tax dollar. If they want that, tax their local people who would make the money that the convention hall would bring to Myrtle Beach. He campaigned on earmarks. If he lets this one slide, I don't believe in him either. I will put him in the basket with Bush.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    As long as the Republicans keep spouting the same old talking points that we voted out in November, President Obama will stay popular. Like Clinton during the 90's, the more the Republicans raged, the more popular Clinton became! They don't seem to be very fast learners, so my guess is the honeymoon will last for a long time.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  3. Gigi

    As soon as he bends his knee to wall street and the banking industry etc. Then people will then throw up their hands and say business as usual.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  4. Michael Durham Signal Hill Ca.

    The Country is in a mess and reasonable American People understand the President deserves time and the benefit of the doubt. However the honeymoon is over with Failure.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    If your Congresswoman isn’t bringing home some pork, get rid of him or her and elect someone who can. What do these idiots think we elect them to do? Pork produces jobs.

    Someone ought to get an earmark and study the bridge to nowhere to see how many jobs it created, how many pairs of shoes were sold, how many cars were bought, how many homes were sold, and how many tables was bread put on.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  6. John in LA

    Honeymoon, Jack? With whom?

    The Republicans have been trashing him since the day he stepped into the Oval Office.

    And the press is constantly repeating Republican talking points on cable news, 24/7.

    Or do you mean his honeymoon with the public? That will hopefully keep on going as long as he keeps working hard to fix the problems Bush and the Republicans and their corporate cronies got us into for the last 8 years.

    Obama's got a terrible job and is working so hard to make this country better. With the constant carping from the Republicans and their friends in the media, he needs all the support from the rest of us that we can give him.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  7. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    If he has an affair with an intern and lies about it, Ignores a natural disaster, or erodes our civil rights.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  8. george c paree

    When you tell people the truth tell america the facts about Obamas take over of americas minds the fact is communist

    March 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  9. Nancy, Tennessee

    When the stock market comes back, we'll have the full package. It is refreshing to see the President tackle some of the issues that have been ignored in past administrations. President Obama can see things that other leaders ignored or were ignorant of. If you fly in jets all the time, you don't see the state of the interstate highways. If you have your own personal doctors and Walter Reed, you don't see the long wait in the emergency room because people without insurance use it for a clinic. If you send your kids to private school, you don't see the babysitting service by the teachers in public schools. And the list goes on...

    March 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  10. Ralph Nelson

    If he fails to fix the banks. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  11. Mike, FL

    When Americans run out of their unemployment and 90 Million baby boomers hit the ranks of SS and Medicare. End of all politicians who have set back and did nothing to stop or help the enormous problems facing the country. Bailouts and bad spending!! Money to the top not to the bottom. I cant wait!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  12. Greg Camp

    Obama is popular because he's intelligent, thoughtful, courageous, and manly

    March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  13. Linda Milgate

    President Obama is smart and compassionate–what a concept. We need to get beyond greed as a national value. Isn't working.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Ray in Nashville

    I think it will take a lot because he has placed himself in the middle, in the position of being the President for all Americans. Congress will be seen as the problem since they will keep on sniping at him and each other.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    Only if the American take their eyes off of what our President is trying to do, to get the mess straightened out. He is working very hard and the Republicans, Rush, and The Christian Right, are trying their best to run him down by constantly telling lies etc. We have to close our ears to their Crap and have our own opinion.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  16. Ronald Holst

    If He stands in the way of holding this nations War Criminals From Justus .

    March 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  17. Vic Leeber

    Vic leeber From Stony Point NY

    With the Liberal media reigning Supreme there will be no end to Obama's honeymoon, never mind the excuse that he inherited this mess!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  18. Linda Milgate

    President Obama is smart and compassionate– what a concept. We need to get beyond greed as our national value. Isn't working
    Bay Area California

    March 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  19. docb

    The market [ institutional] has been acting like petulant children! Hoping to pressure the new Admin enough so he would buckle-like last year and bail the out with NO pain but interesting how all the fast moving positions Obama has taken may have convinced them that it is best to get on with it!

    It will be stop /start but we could be on the mend...slow but sure.


    March 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  20. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Aside from a major additional catastrophe, I don't think President Obama will lose his honeymoon status for a very long time – hopefully his steps to improve and bring the economy out of this huge crisis will start to bear fruit in the next 1-2 years, and his status will still be high as a popular President.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  21. Deb (New York)

    With the ever present party of "NO" always at the forefront, President Obama may enjoy an extended honeymoon.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  22. Mickie

    What honeymoon – the republicans, democrats and media have been trashing him already for not fixing everything Bush/Cheney destroyed and he hasn't even been in office 2 full months. A far cry from the Bush "political mandate" he claimed without the landslide Obama had with voters. I wish people had put Bush/Cheney under the same microscope they are using for Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  23. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Obama's signing a pork laden bill behind closed doors is a good motivator for America to call the lawyer to draw up the divorce papers. Now get out of our house and go live with your illegal alien aunt in Cleveland.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  24. Melody Chapin

    We don't want the honeymoon period to end for President Obama and why would it end? He has kept his campaign promises and even if he makes a mistake here and there, my goodness the average person receives at least a three month probation period on a new job. President Obama has exceeded our expectations. The only thing that would end it is if he doesn't quit smoking and he gets a smoking related illness. I hope he has quit smoking.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  25. just me!

    Failure to hold the Bush adminstration accountable for their many crimes and misdeeds, not replacing the greedy executives in wall street/banking and auto industry, courting the gratitude of illegal aliens instead of the LEGAL citizens, the news media continually repeating reuplican/Rush comments and lastly congress who is self absorbed with reelection/their own self importance with Pelosi and Reid placing their agenda first.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  26. Dennis North Carolina

    The honeymoon will never end as long as Obama is open and truthful with the public that put him in office. we gave him abig job with many items on the table. so we have to give him time and space to complete the job correctly.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  27. Helen Canada

    Obama's honeymoon will never be over,because he is honest and he realy wants this Country to suceed but his hands some times are tight
    and he cannot always do what he wants.The republicans want him to fail,but the more they try the more their reputation goes down the drain.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  28. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    President Obama's honeymoon with Congress will be over when Michelle and the kids say it is. I can say from experience, as much as we men think we are in control, it’s the smart ladies at home who get us to do whatever they want us to. And rightly so, I might add.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  29. Bob from New Brighton

    When O'Bama gets the intestinal fortitude to stand up to both the democrats and republicans and really lets them know that his ideas are the ones we voted for. He should have vetoesd this last spending bill and stopped the pork in it's tracks. Let the battle begin. The American voters are behind him but he has to act.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  30. Maria

    I think his "honeymoon" period will last a while. Most rational people understand that he is dealing with a HUGE mess left by the previous administration so something extremely drastic would have to happen for his poll numbers to slip

    March 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  31. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello Jack. I don't think that will happen any time soon and i think that the majority of americans know that these problems just didn't happen overnight. Now is the time in american history to have a leader that is forthright and transparent to the american people A LEADER. The American people must realize that we are being mauled by an ecomomic war that is as dire as World War II was. everyone must make scarifices and work hard to re- build america. The time has come to quit being a nation of whinney ,selfish ,self centered, grumbling people and pull together to strengthen our great nation.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  32. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    The honeymoon will be over when the GOP wakes up and starts co-operating, using commonsense instead of plugging failed ideologies and thereby recovering some of their own fall in popularity. Once they regain their senses we shall see an evening out of support in the country. At the moment they seem to be ignoring the facts that we are at war, in economic decline and need every ounce of optimism and purposefulness from all our representatives.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  33. Laura

    Unrealistic expectations that Obama and his administration can have this all fixed by Friday. George Bush had eight years to trash this economy to the point we are now at and of all the things they left behind a solution was not one of them so instead of people complaining constantly write up a proposal on how you can magically fix it. Don't forget to put your name on it so your feet can be held to the fire.

    San Angelo, Texas

    March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  34. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Honeymoon is over very soon Jack, I'll be unemployed for over a year, unemployment compensation is gone, my underage child and I will be in a tent city by this summer and everything I have saved in the past 7 years will be gone along with the house I purchased in 2003. It will be a soup line for me and I'll be screaming mad. Politics got us here and I lost all control when I cannot find a job because of it.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  35. Marie, South Carolina

    If we're worrying about Obama's honeymoon being over, then the economy must be bouncing off the bottom.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  36. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Ronald Reagan had an 8 year honeymoon. No reason to assume the same won't be true for Barack Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  37. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I agree with Tom who comments at the top of the page........ for me it will end in 2016, when President Obama retires from 8 years of presidency, leaving our Nation........ a hell of a lot better than he found it!

    I will be blogging everyday to remind everyone that Obama inherited the Bush Disaster! The best thing I heard from a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is that Americans are willing to give Obama 2-3 years to fix this mess! And a whooping 84% agree that Obama....... inherited this disaster!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  38. Allen in Hartwell GA

    My opinion is that things must turn around before Wall Street critics and GOP critics can turn the public against Obama. The question is how long the public will give Obama, and I would think at least one year.

    Jack, I read your excerpt, and it was like deja vu all over again. I don't know if you have anyone with you now or not, but I would be afraid to come home to an empty house today, even after 17 years of sobriety. I still remember the taste of that first cold beer of the day, and the feeling of numbness that blanketed my mind.
    One day at a time, brother.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  39. Karen - Missouri

    absolutely nothing will end it. In just 2 months, Obama has worked faster, harder, more fairly than anyone else. My question is this...when will people quit acting so impatient?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  40. Dave, Vancouver, Canada

    For some folks, nothing. For the rest of us it'll take an irreversible collapse in world equity markets, leading to a catastrophic loss of wealth and a dirty-thirties-style depression to knock President Obama off his pedastel. I admire the man, but I worry that he's trying to do too much. He needs to focus, laser-like, on the economy now, to the exclusion of everything else. If he doesn't we all fall down.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  41. Valerie

    Here is a President who is actually trying to repair and strenghten the country after eight years of the incompetent Bush administration. We need to ignore the Republicans and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and give superior intelligence, factual understanding and clear thinking a chance. So far, he gets a rate of 100% from me. Go Prez.

    Valerie – Senior Citizen, North Carolina

    March 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  42. Dean in Pa


    The only way his honeymoon will end is if he concedes to the Repubs, then and only then will the Demy's and Independents give him the cold shoulder/silent treatment. When he feels their wrath, it will be an uncivil union and the "war of the roses" will begin.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  43. Wisconsin Don

    We all know what happens on a honeymoon and we've been getting it big time for the last 50 days.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  44. Mike S., New Orleans

    I doubt if President Obama feels like he's been on a honeymoon. The Republican Rage Machine has blasted his every move. He is working on massive problems created by those same ranters and ravers. We're lucky he wanted the job. This isn't a marriage, and there is no honeymoon. This is the leader of the United States.... leading.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  45. J Buck

    Obama is rated the worst Preisdent for Dow downward trend in American History (Ford very close to 1 as well); and the worst when it comes to picking cabinets.
    Naive, inexperienced and not truly American.
    Joan B

    March 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  46. Georgia from PA

    We were nine months into the W presidency when hit with 911, somehow it wasn't Bushey's fault his administration failed to protect the people (the only job the government has according to our Constitution)...Maybe ten months? It took eight years to implode our country with Bush policy (the secret dirty bomb) and there still are the delusional screaming Bush was a genius. I don't know, I'd say 55 days isn't a very long honeymoon. A good marraige stands on a continual romance, no matter how much work that takes from both partners.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  47. George-Canada

    The honeymoon will never end because of Media(MSNBC,NBC,CNN,CBS) will make sure he gets the right coverage.
    And of course like always you will not post my comment.
    Exept Lou Dobs i stoped watching CNN just for this reason...making Obama a superstar.
    Have a good day

    March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  48. Russ in Johnston, IA

    If his cap-and-trade energy policy even comes close to being implemented. What a money grab!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  49. Joe


    There was never a honeymoon for President Obama. The Republican obstructionists have revealed their true colors. "No, no, no."

    In addition, I noticed your so called network consultants seldom show who they worked for and what type of group they represent.

    Did you ever notice the quantity of comments on Lou Dobbs are from conservative – Republicans? About the only commentators who seem to express their honest thoughts are Paul Begala and David Gergen. We know Dave has a Republican background; however, at least he comes across as being fair.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    March 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  50. me46

    Once it appears that the president is listening to his advisors and staff more than he is listening to the people, his numbers will shrink. Compromise is one of Obama's greatest strengths but it could also be his undoing if he sells out on his campaign promises. Barack has great vision but Washington has a way of turning good ideas into mocking points. If he becomes defensive, he's sunk.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  51. Pugas-AZ

    The honeymoon may not be over but ithe infatuation phase is starting to look suspect. Too many problems are cutting into the groom's time with his bride. The bride wants results and that takes time. The aunts and uncles from both sides of the aisle are not helping the relationship as they posture and pontificate adnauseam. As usual, money issues will define the longer term relationship.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  52. Jim S

    The honeymoon will end if and when people see that the stimulus bill is not working and the Republicans will make sure that it does. They've been hoping that he'll fail since the day he took office anyway and Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have been stirring up the Republican masses. Personally, I hope, for the good of the country, he succeeds and then the Republicans goose is cooked so to speak.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  53. jim

    He will conclude after 8 years of magnificent leadership, almost making amends for the previous 8 years.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  54. Geri

    If we have lost another million jobs plus at the end of April even with the $20 extra a week many people will get in their paychecks beginning April 1, his poll numbers will drop dramatically. Of course if President Obama continues to deliver his important speeches to Mexican American Chamber of Commerce instead of delivering them to the whole nation his poll numbers aren't going to hold up either. What was it? 300,000 illegal aliens are expected to prosper from the stimulus package, good for them but not so good for those of us who have to pay for the stimulus package. Shall we all revolt now so we can get it over with and continue on with life.

    President Obama needs to put James Baker in charge of straightening out this economic mess. He'll do a great job, he has wisdom, good judgment, clout and the confidence of the American people on both sides of the aisle and yes, he is a mature grownup who is no longer worried about, "But! What will they say? What will they think. What will they do? What do the polls say?"

    Geri – Mead, OK

    March 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  55. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Four years of no change since people voted for real change! Need to keep on reminding people about patience since this crisis is different and remind people that they voted for change and push their Congress to move faster as being united and bold at the same time!
    And for me being united and bold would mean for both sides to accept each other's strong ideas and put them in a new stimulus package and each side to stop taking credit for half of the simulus! Ah! Sorry Jack...I was actually dreaming for a minute..it's free!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  56. Lori

    Well frankly, I think we should have a honeymoon with president Obama for at least 6 months. I don't think the honeymoon will be over for awhile, unless he starts a war, lies about what he's doing, or begins to basically fall apart like the bush administration did. I think so far he's on the right track, and I appreciate all he's done so far.
    Lori, Grass Valley CA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  57. Alan Braunsetin

    President Obama's honeymoon won't be ending anytime soon.
    America has woken up from the mess that George Bush left behind and will not be fooled by the same stupidity that we have been forced to live under for the past eight years.

    Most smart people are thirlled to have a man of high intelligence running our country and most people don't put much in the silly buzz words like "liberal" or "Socialist" that the brain dead Republican Party like to throw around.

    Riverdale New York

    March 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  58. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jack, great book excerpt!! But on this topic, you sound like a honeymoon is bad and needs to be ended!
    I think as long as there is a concerted effort by some political party to denigrate Obama continuously, there will always be a majority in this country who 'keeps' him on the political honeymoon as a backlash against blind opposition and resistance to his programs simply because of his party affiliations. That is, the more he is bashed publically, the more people will rally to his side...perhaps the opposition will one day realize this before the GOP is disbanded.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  59. john ...... marlton, nj

    It's already over..... the 9000 earmarks in the $410 billion liberal agenda bill is the beginning of divorce court...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  60. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    A Republican clone of Obama might end his honeymoon.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  61. Christine, Thousand Oaks Ca

    I think it will last for quite a while. He is sincere, hard-working, intelligent and not afraid to take on the problems as well as his some of those who supported him, such as the teachers unions) It took us 28 years to get into this mess (starting with Reaganomics) and it will take us a long time to get out. We need to be patient. Finally, the right guy is steering the ship. And, if the Republicans, (who are irrelevant, have no ideas and are out of touch) keep up their sniping, the honeymoon will last even longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  62. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    If the voters demand that he fix all the problems created by the Republicans in the first year of his administration and it doesn't happen it may cause him to drop in the polls. If people are rational and realize that the problems took years to develop and will take years to solve he should do all right.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  63. Russ South Haven

    Maybe standing up to the teachers union? It will be a hell of a fight. People who bring feeling to work, should plan on them getting hurt. The popular thing to do in many cases is the worste thing you can do. NEVER EVER AT ANY COST REWARD FAILURE. Does that explain why we continue electing these idiots?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  64. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    As long as the Republicans don't practice what they preach, the honeymoon will be forever. Such as, all the earmarks and pork, how much is for Republicans again? They won't pass a bill unless it is stuffed with pork and then scream like girly men about it.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  65. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Listen to the republicans already blaming the democrats and the first simulus and saying how only their ideas are the good ones! This is pathetic! Since the first stimulus which every economist were saying it needed to be big; it wwas reduced in size mainly because of republicans!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  66. Doris/St. Louis

    Get use to it, there is no honey moon with President Obama, it's a continuous love affair, he's a soul-mate of the world. I'm estatic to have a President that is adored throughout the world. It was a long time coming, but it is well worth the wait.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Gerry

    His honeymoon will go on, not just for 8 years but long into the future. If I was a religious person, I'd say he was the second coming. I cannot find anything he has done wrong. He is a breath of fresh air after the stagnent stench of the last administration.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  68. frankie

    Honeymoon? He was being picked apart and overanalyzed and buried in problems and controversy, before he even took the oath of office. He's a quick study, he learns from events as they happen. He will do fine.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Judy Self

    I don't think the honeymoon WILL end. That is with those who are in favor of him now. It is amazing to me that for the past 8 years while GWB was running this country into the ground on every front, there was hardly a peep from anyone. Now that Pres. Obama has been elected and in office a mere 50 days, suddenly everyone has something to say and wants the whole mess cleaned up overnight...literally! If that were by some miracle possible they would just go back to their old ways immediately. Better that it takes a while and causes some suffering so that the lessons are better learned and remembered. Just as in parenting, letting your children learn some of life's lessons the ard way is tough, but necessary. Bailing them out everytime they are in trouble only leads to more of the same behavior. Keep up the great work President Obama. This 'instant gratification' generation has a few hard lessons to learn.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  70. brian fortier

    Obamas honeymoon will never end aslong as the mainstream meadia remain in the tank for the president and keep the spin on his policies one could only imagine what is being passed through the house and senate while the focus in the meadia is on the economy brian f. pine point maine

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  71. M Gallo

    I don't see it happening. Just look at the changes he's made so far. We are finally leaving the Bush Dark Ages, and in spite of the problems that lie ahead, there is a feeling of hope for the first time in 8 years. We had a president who lived in a state of denial, and told us everything was peachy when it wasn't ( until it became impossible to keep up the pretense). If President Obama keeps telling us the truth, keeps doing what he promised, and doesn't listen to big corporations and their lobbyists, I know he will get the country out of the mess we're in.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  72. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    Since he inherited many problems on multiple fronts, the homeymoon will end for President Obama when sufficient time for his plans to work has passed and the plans fail; from my point of view that is 1 yr. from the time each plan was passed.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  73. don gray

    When he stops being honest, stops trying to be bipartisan and starts practicing politics as usual.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  74. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    Perfect question regarding politics and the honeymoon thing...the honeymoon will end when those involved realize there's too many in in the same bed, and love ain't on the agenda !


    March 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  75. Jerry Harris

    It should last longer if the idiot republicans will just do the right thing and help the President with some of his policies instead of saying what they would do, didn't they control things for the past eight years?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    What do you mean what will end it. It already is. Stock market not doing too well. Geithner the tax cheat incompetent to address the financial crisis. His staff members are incompetent. Our Socialist president is planning on dismantling the border fence to make them less secure. There is no confidence in securing the borders in a poll conducted by Lou Dobbs CNN. 87% polled did not think he will secure the borders. It will get worse when he starts taxing the working and middle class to death with hidden taxes. He will go down in history as a tax and spend liberal.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  77. Patricia

    The far right is laying in wait for something–anything–to go awry. They're desperate. When this happens, they will be all over it, crying out to the mainstream media to wail and moan and beat their chests. They'll try to link perceived screw-ups to all that crap they made up before the election. If they can get lucky enough to get two in a row, the honeymoon is over. We're a fickle lot.


    March 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  78. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Considering there are hundreds of billions of dollars currently being doled out, someone, somewhere is bound to redirect some of it into their own pockets. The first major scandal involving these funds will take over the headlines and have the Repbulicans screaming for a special prosecutor. And the Graf Limbaugh will have a field day.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  79. shawn-nashville

    no matter how hard the republican party tries they wont end the honeymoon America hasnt forgot about anything they did. I believe if he doesnt continue to make good progress and continue to keep moving forward that could end his honeymoon. He is doing so much so soon and if the economy bounces back in the next year or so he will be deemed a hero! The republican party only wished that Obama was 1 of them!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  80. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    If his stimulus package doesn't get the economy rolling and the slide is still downward,the honeymoon will be over.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  81. Lee

    It would take something monumentally stupid...like allowing illegal immigration to continue unchecked.

    Houston, TX

    March 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  82. Carrie Stewart

    Jack, if President Obama lost his cool, focused, positive and foreward thinking nature and became a negative, double-talking and self-serving idiot like so many of his detractors, this would signal the end of his honeymoon. Personally, I think the President already has moved on beyond the honeymoon stage into real marriage where he shows his true positive intentions toward his chosen America--–that's just fine with me.

    Baltimore, Maryland

    March 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  83. Kevin Vogan, Oil City, PA


    The honeymoon for President Obama has already ended. It ended in Washington the second he was sworn in. He is no longer running in the celebrity contest that is our election system, he is on the job and hard at work. As far as his honeymoon with the people, it may never end for some of the people. He is such a leader and great speaker that he puts some people in a trance when they hear him. For others they have already given up on letting him settle in and have helped him pack his bags for the trip back to reality.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  84. Larry in Florida

    Jack, I think his "honeymoon" is about over. The latest spending bill including all of the usual "pork" tells me his change was only talk. He's just like the rest of Washington, Talk big, get the job, sit on your butt and blame someone else. When is this country going to elect someone who seriously tries to do the job regardless of what the "party" and their "cronies" think.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  85. Pat Hobbis

    I am a Canadian and have noticed that the US media has said little about what happened while President Obama was in Canada.

    A RUSSIAN BOMBER APPROACHED CANADIAN AIR SPACE so close they had to be repelled by Candian Forces.

    I think you folks had better start adding this up.
    Russia China Millitary exercises, North Korea and Iran working on the Bomb. Now China makes moves to claim new International waters.
    I appears as if Russia intends to do the same in the North.

    Somehow Pres. Obama some how America is seen as Vulnerable at this time and should show it's MIGHT and Authority. We around the World hope that Pres. Obama will keep America Strong and RESTORE the Ethics we have all come to EXPECT from the US.
    Sincerely, Your peace loving neighbour.
    Pat, from Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  86. Andrea B.

    Why does it have to end? I think the American people are so used to having an incompetent leader, that almost anything is better. Perhaps they also realize that it's not Obama's fault that the economy is in such bad shape. He's one of the many that are trying to fix it!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  87. David in Raleigh, NC

    When the public figures out that the pork spending package masquerading as a stimulus package isn’t helping the economy and that it’s only result will be adding to the national debt and stifle long term growth.

    People are sheep, but they aren’t stupid. They quickly figure out that the emperor has no clothes.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  88. Carla, Toronto, Canada

    A Republican who makes a proposal that is nonsensical, valid, and workable. But we can rest easy because that will never happen

    March 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  89. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    He seems to have forgotten the earmarks he said he would not allow, but passed today.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  90. Harry Lime

    Inauguration Day 2017

    March 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  91. Carla, Toronto, Canada

    A Republican who makes a proposal that is not nonsensical but valid and workable. But we can rest easy because that will never happen

    March 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  92. Renisha Epps

    Hi Jack! Good Question! Actually, President Obama never had a honeymoon to begin with. Whoever considered inheriting a billion dollar deficit, a pathetic healthcare system, an unnecessary war, and a divided country a honeymoon? Not to mention he's probably going to have to kiss bipartisanship good-bye! I agree, we should not spend ourselves brook....well, we're already there. I would like to see more unity in this country since we are "One nation under God, INDIVISIBLE with liberty and justice for ALL!"

    March 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  93. amy

    If Obama doesn't deal immediately and effectively with the crisis in the banking system and the bank's toxic assets, the honeymoon will be over.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  94. Barbara - NC

    Jack – people throw out "earmarks" and "pork" like they are EXTRA money in a budget.

    Why don't you all spend some time explaining that they (earmarks and pork) are just used for the DC politicians to designate how their state's money from the Gov't. will be spent.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  95. Ron in Ohio

    My question to you is when will people stop trying to end it with questions like yours and the predictable Republican attacks. Obama has so much junk to deal with that he will not be able to satisfy many. I believe he knows that and that the "honeymoon" would be short but that in the long run, his efforts will help heal the problems left by the party on the right. Other presidents faced criticism, but the good ones stayed in for the long haul. Honeymoons aren't important, eyes on the goals to take care of people are. Instead of attacking, Americans should rally to help.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  96. Bob

    Obama will have a long honeymoon because of the absolute mess Bush and Cheney left for him and the new administration. The challenges this new President is facing are unparalleled. From the economy to health care (also economic) to our standing in the world this administration has a very large hill to climb. Oh by the way we have two wars that we need to bring to resolution.

    The good news is that this President seems to look at all issues from all sides and that hopefully he will come up with good solutions.

    Those that wish for his failure might want to consider the real consequences of such hyperbole.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  97. ada in ms

    One thing...a depression.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  98. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    It will actually be difficult for Mr. Obama to end the honeymoon he enjoys right now. Unless he does like Mr. Bush and spends more time on vacation and less time trying to solve our problems.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  99. Ann from Atlanta, TX

    The media is doing everything they can to end the "honeymoon". I get so tired of hearing ... is he doing enough, is he trying to do too much, is he to blame for this or that. And let's not forget .. Michelle Obama had on a sleaveless dress - is that inappropriate? GIVE ME A BREAK!! I'm about ready to lump in the media with used car salesmen and lawyers!

    Give him time to do his job! Quit acting like the tabloid media

    March 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  100. Joe the Mechanic-Pa.

    Thanks to the Bush Administration, President Obama's Honnymoon ended the first day he became Commander-in-Chief.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  101. TZ

    i think it's funny that so many people on this blog are willing to watch there saveings disapear while they say it's W fault. Now when katie curic took over the eveining news and her rateings sucked it was the bigest story on t.v. The point is we elected obama to fix the problem no mattwer what problem it is and he has not done so. In fact he is guilty of what cnn viewers describe as "the politics of fear" every day he tells us we are in desperate trouble as the market falls. Anybody remember that obama was one of the most powerful senators in the U.S.A. for 2 years. Of course none of it was his fault. Yea right! i could list a 20 item email of every lie obama has told in just 50 days! Guantanamo lie, pork lie, and on and on honet moon is toast jack!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  102. Evan

    That's easy! The Republican Party.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  103. Jay

    The honeymoon will end 2017 when he finishes his second term.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  104. Evan - Nashville, TN

    That's easy! The Republican Party will end Obama's honeymoon.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  105. Kelly {San Diego}

    A Republican who makes the tiniest bit of sense.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  106. Kris Craig in Olympia, WA

    He could always nominate Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court. It worked for his predecessor.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  107. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    I don't think Obama's honeymoon will end until we finally send G.W. Bush's memory to the ash bin of history and we finally get out from under the black cloud he and the current GOP leadership put the country under.
    Dicky Neely
    corpus Christi, Tx.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  108. june hagman

    The endorsement of Rush Limbaugh would end Obama's honeymoon.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  109. Ginny Bauman

    What will it take to end the honeymoon? The Media!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  110. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, Hopefully not during his two terms in the White House. Yes, I said two because at the rate he's going he will need at least that amount of time to undo or fix most of the messes that the Republicans have dig us into over these many years that they have been in control of our purse strings, the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  111. Evan - Nashville, TN


    March 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Lee in MN

    The honeymoon has barely started. Don't be so quick to forget the HELL of the past eight years. I have full confidence in our current intelligent...intelligent..intelligent President. Did I emphasize intelligent??? What a change from the past eight years.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Mike Farrace Sacramento

    Only one thing would end it for me, and that's if he stops telling the truth. He will continue to get a lot of slack from good Americans of every political persuasion as long as he's honest.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  114. Allan Needell

    The sure wy to end the honeymoon is for President Obama to abandon his campaign promises and begin acting like a Republican.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Donald Chenua

    It's no different than any other honeymoon when one party realizes that the other is spending money we don't have it will be over. The A

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  116. Scotty from Central Coast, CA

    Common Jack, lets not give the opponents any ideas.

    Obama has done more for American citizens in the last 50 days than any other President. As long as he remembers who he is working for, his approval rating will remain high.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  117. Stephanie

    The honeymoon will end when people stop comparing Prez. Obama to Prez. Bush. When the public view him objectively, he will have to answer to a much higher standard.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  118. Nick DeShano

    President Obama's honeymoon will end when the mainstream media take him off his pedestal and start being honest with the American people.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  119. Chris from Ohio

    The economy going into the green and the Republicans taking credit will end Obama's honeymoon...but the republicans created the wedding from hell while Obama is running a cinderella type wedding

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  120. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, the day he starts acting like the same old Politicians that have been in there for the past eight years and counting, then he's done.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  121. Raj

    him messing up and not apologizing for it!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  122. Peggy Howard

    I think the honeymoon is slowly coming down, starting with today when he signed the papers out of media sight. He was against pork in his campaign, now the plan is filled with ham. There is no way he can keep up the lime light with the nation in a crisis, the news media like wolves, and the people in crisis with bank problems and no jobs.
    Wait and see what tomorrow will bring. He will wake out of the dream
    very soon.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  123. Mary Michigan

    honey moon will be over when the republicans keep being negative and not trying to work with President Obama. I truly believe this country needs to come together thru the government and the president believes this to. We citizens are one as americans and need to remember this.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  124. Dean Singh

    The rest of the world will have more to say about the end of the "Honeymoon" The US has pulled the entire world into the "marriage"
    via the financial meltdown.....that's what you get when you base any society on an " economy "

    Dean S.
    Kelowna , Canada

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  125. Bill Boccalatte

    Come on, Jack!

    Doesn't that question call for a negative answer? You have done better than that, Jack. Ask intelligent questions that will bring out intelligent answers.

    Questions like that have got to go.


    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Bill Brown

    This is an odd honey moon with the mist of make believe in the eyes of many. Bottom line is both houses and both sides of the isle will have some major differences with President Obama but they all know that the country needs exactly what he is trying to do. The USA public is learning it the hard way.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |

    An act of GOD.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  128. Christian Haerle

    I think the only thing that could end the "honeymoon" is if President Obama makes a mistake in policy (economic, security, foreign policy, etc.) I don't see that as very likely as I consider him to be very smart and very capable. He has a lot to deal with and turning things around may take some time, but I hope that a failure to get quick results is not viewed by the American public as an Obama failure. Mr. Obama inherited a very difficult situation so although I respect his intellect and judgment, I am not expecting an immediate upturn in America's situation.

    Christian Haerle

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  129. Rudy Molinet- Key West, FL

    As long as President Obama continues to keep his promises, his honeymoon will continue. He made several promises affirming equal rights for gays and lesbians. As long as he keep these promises, signs a bill to outlaw employment discrimination for Gays and Lesbians, overturns "don't ask, don't tell, and overturns DOMA, he will have my confidence and support. We need to establish equality for all in this nation after so many years of oppression from the Bush Administration.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Jane - Mississippi

    A lack of confidence in him...and I don't see that happening.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  131. John in Seattle

    He just needs to keep doing what he is doing: Taking tax dollars from my uninsured butt, and making COBRA payments for somebody else. I can't comprehend how he can't comprehend how that would annoy people.

    He could also keep pandering to self serving groups, like illegal immigrants and women. 17% of our politicians are women, because 17% of the people studying political science are women. Discrimination has nothing to do with it. I thought he was going to be honest with the American people.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  132. Anita

    If he continues to allow Nancy Pelosi and her free spending ways as Speaker of the House (second stimulus and flying family and friends around the country on our dime) with little to no understanding that it's my money she's spending.

    I think the power is going to her head and he needs to reign her in...NOW!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  133. Shaun Evans

    I think an incident on the Korean Penninsula may put Russia and China on the defensive. How he deals with emerging global issues will test his presidency and ultimately the American peoples faith in "change". He's on the right path but can the American people stand the rate of change ?

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  134. Christin

    What Honeymoon.....you all just don't get it you can dig, dig and dig.....you're not going to find anything......period...at least President Obama, unlike George Bush has spent his first 50 days in office working and not on vacation...still want to talk about a honeymoon...

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  135. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    What will it take to end President Obama’s honeymoon?

    It would take him to become a republican but most importantly it would take a big change in his personality and develop a condition called incompetence that unfortunately we have not found yet a cure for except what we call an election which is a temporay medication since side affects of incompetence are long lasting...as we are experiencing now from the last eight years!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  136. Lynn

    When will The Presidents Honeymoon end??


    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  137. Tony Fiallo

    Simple, it will take a monumentally stupid action marked by the hubris and disdain for the American people, which we have come to associate with his predecessor. In other words, if he continues on his present course, I don't think the American people will lose their respect for him and his efforts on our behalf. Wewill continue to support his earnest efforts to undo the damage of the past 8 years.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  138. Joseph

    Negative Jack, a more constructive question should be 'What should the president do to continue with the honeymoon'. It's not a positive thing to ask people to come up with ideas that will end a successful run.

    London, UK

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  139. Barbara - NC

    Well, Jack. I've read several of the remarks in this blog. It appears the paid republican bloggers with their limbaugh talking points have now targeted your posts. Too bad. I can't stand the negativity, divisiveness, and constant griping.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  140. Donald Chenua

    It's no different than any other honeymoon when one party realizes that the other is spending money we don't have it will be over. Also giving 410 billion dollars to another woman is not the best way to keep the fires lit.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  141. Miguel, Ontario, Canada

    An affair scandal with Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh at the impeachment trial as the lone witness. So until that happens the man who is loved around the world and who continues to insipre billions will most likely enjoy a 4 year long honeymoon, and 4 more if things start panning out for you guys.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  142. elvis mak

    only when americans will start listening to people like rush limbaug and the no party{republican),obama deserve all the support as is working hard to get usa out of this mess, from rep.of ireland

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  143. Kevin

    Just a little bit of time. He is enjoying a honeymoon right now, but it will end within a year, just like every other president. Anyone who thinks Obama isn't having a honeymoon right now is an absolute moron. His popularity is far, far higher than it will be in a year, that is not debatable. Once a year is over, people will start to stop blaming Bush for everything, and will start blaming Obama and his wasteful spending. And if it weren't for the liberal media trying to prop this guy up, it would be even sooner. But people can't be fooled forever and they won't be. I predict the Republicans will have great elections in 2010 and 2012.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  144. frances jarrett

    Obama's honeymoon is over when it ends in a very Happy Marriage!
    For that time will tell – I am very positive the Happy Marriage will prevail!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  145. gabriel addy

    I believe the only way Obama's honeymoon will end is if the economy doesn't stop the downward slope and flatten out by the end of the year or if all the stimulus money he is spending doesn't begin creating new jobs

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  146. leon zelby

    Continued overly excessive television exposure instead of keeping at least some of the promises, like the reduction, if not elimination of what is euphemistically referred to as "earmarks">

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  147. Sheryl

    Jack, I am not sure who these pollsters are calling, but they sure haven't called me or the 18 of 21 people with whom I had a group discussion with about Obama and those numbers do not add up to a 61% approval rating.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  148. Marjorie G

    Honeymoon will last as long as media allows a positive perception. Just a presentation of the facts.

    Case in point is the air time today on earmarks, which is only 1.8% of the bill. Spending which we still need as stimulus.

    Eliminating all earmarks was never an Obama promise. GOP doth protest too much about what is their majority of the earmarks.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  149. Richard

    If the main stream media keeps parroting the conservative AM radio shows, his honeymoon will not last long. I wish the media was really liberal. Actually, I would be happy if the media was just plain fair. (and I don't mean fair like FOX).

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  150. cheryl murphy, whitman, ma

    Why all the doom and gloom? What is wrong with the American people having confidence in their president? I would think it would make you happy. Instead its all about when is he going to fall.....
    Give him a chance....he has 8 years of a mess to clean up. It will probably take just as long or longer to fix it.
    Yes, he has made mistakes but guess what?...He has been totally HONEST about everything. I will back this man up no matter what.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  151. David M. Saint Paul, MN

    Time. With his effort at expediting trickle down poverty with his borrow and spend pork, ah, I mean "stimulus" recovery plans - he's off to a good start...

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  152. Sunnie

    The same thing that endss any other honeymoon...more money going out than coming in.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Linda


    Why such a negative question Jack? I'm amazed at some of you in the media who keep insisting on baiting the American people with questions like this. Why can't you put a little positive spin on things once in a while. The President is doing an excellent job, given the mess he inherited.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  154. elliot

    i would like to know if after the honeymoon is over its not the love thats over is getting started on the plan to start saving for the future that counts

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  155. Uchenna Okafor

    The honeymoon will end when the president screws up...oh wait...thats something he doesn't seem to do a lot of...will be funny to see what makes him lose his support...if he does

    Atlanta, GA

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  156. Henry Farley-WV

    Do everything opposite of the last administration and the honeymoon will never end. The cowboy diplomacy era is over.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  157. Anne

    He will lose his honeymoon status if this recession turns into a Depression. For some people it already had. Bush used the fear from 9-11 to push through his agenda for a war in Iraq, Obama is using the fear caused by worldwide economic collapse to push through his agenda for heatlh care and other pork projects that the Democrats have wanted for years This collapse was caused by the housing, mortgage, banking problem not education. Greed by people signing NINJA loans (no income, no job, no assets, no problem) wanting McMansions and greedy mortgage lenders willing to accomadate their stupidity. Wall Street then bought into the whole mess and we have an economy in free fall.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  158. james dahl

    the honeymoon is over. obama is now responsible for the billion dollar per hour spending spree that congress is on and the spiraling level of consumer confidence evidenced in the stock market. it doesnt help that his campaign rhetoric obout eliminating pork barrel spending was tossed out the window when he signed the omnibus bill with over 8,000 sides of pork. should be called the ominous bill.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  159. Judy in Iowa

    The Obama Honeymoon will begin to wane with the importation of more cheap labor for the millions already fighting to find employment. Then it will come to a screeching halt when the battle of immigration reform resumes and he advocates amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants who are already draining this crippled nation's economy.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  160. Teresa Joerger

    If the banks that received all the extra money they were given do not adhere to helping people stay afloat and keep a roof over their head. I think they are already hoarding it for themselves. When I called asking for help to lower my payment, they said call back when you are two months behind in your payments? Two months behind?! So they want us to ruin our perfect credit then go back and talk to them so they will be able to say your credit score isn't good so I'm sorry your SOL. Why would they want us to hurt our credit score before they talk to us? So, they can say no and keep the money for themselves.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  161. Ron Powell, New Haven, CT

    President Obama's honeymoon will end when the media coverage of his administration and ability to govern becomes universally and consistently negative. Nothing can kill the public's love affair with an elected political figure quicker than a constant barrage of bad press whether it's deserved or not.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  162. Ms. Martin

    Dear Jack....this is such a negative blog topic. It is simple...we need upliftment as a nation and people. Questions and topics such as this have really made me question the media's ability to be informative instead of divisive. Who knows what it will take to end President Obama's honeymoon, but why are we even making this topic headline news! With great power comes great responsibility. Now, please give the American people responsible reporting and less drama. Thanks

    March 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  163. alyssabella

    well jack his honey moon will be over if the economy is still underwater in 2 years and if Americans start throwing shoes at him.

    alyssabella, chicago, il

    March 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  164. Jim Green, Seguin, TX www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack.....what a negative question.......but it has concerned me is that President Obama will be held to a differenet standard, not becaue he is black, but rather because the expectations on his coming into office was so high.....with some expefting miracles......and he may pull that off yet.....but my guess is that we will give him a one year honeymoom period......

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  165. Mark Stovey

    What will end the honeymooon is Rush Limbaugh playing the "Drowsy Chaperone" gleefully cheering for the country to fail. As the unofficial leader of the GOP he has more influence than anyone else to single-handedly destroy our national morale. I say the American people needs an anullment from this menatlly cruel overseer.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  166. patty

    Well, I would hope that it wouldn't end until his 4 years were up. The country really needs a break. But, I do think it will end sooner than we hope. I don't understand how we are taught and held responsible for making a proper budget and hold off on un-nessary spending as individuals. but our government can spend spend and spend more without any accountability. Come on lets get with the program. Fix the things that need fixing first. Let's straighten this country out before it goes to complete hell. Thanks.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  167. Karl from SF, CA

    On January 20th, President Obama opened the countries garage and found a broken down wreck with 4 flats, no spare, a blown engine, slipping transmission and differential and no steering wheel. He is now trying to get it in running condition, despite wannabe mechanics (Republicans) trying to tell him how to do it. As long as he keeps working on it, the honeymoon will continue. The last eight years aren’t going away overnight, in a month or even a year and everyone but the Republicans know it. Remember, they are reading the 1929 repair manual and trying to find their leader at the same time.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  168. Mac from Vacaville

    People will get over him eventually. Maybe not anytime soon but they will because it always happens. All presidents do something at one point or another that hurts them badly in the eyes of the public. His failure to keep earmarks off the stimulus bill is but the first of many errors to come.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  169. Obama4me

    Good grief! President Obama has only been in office for 2 months! We are all just pleased to see an intelligent, articulate leader in the White House for a change. Not to mention that the President is facing tremendous issues that took years for Republicans to screw up, he has much more time to prove himself. The American public is intelligent enough to know not to expect him to move mountains and to give him time to work it all out. I don't believe that Republicans have as much time to continue their agenda, they have had enough time to stop this from happening and look where we are as a country. The Republican leaders had better get onboard with saving this country's economy by cooperating with Democrats and coming up with some NEW IDEAS rather than bickering about their philosophy or they may see more of them leaving Washington in the next election.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  170. Louisa Rogers

    The honey moon will end when the economy is still dire two years from now. Let's give President Obama a chance to turn things around.
    Hingham MA

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  171. Herman

    When we realize we got everything we wanted and it doesn't make us any happier than we were, when we're slurping our Starbucks, wasting energy, and fighting wars to end all wars again, when the economy is up and going again and half the world is still going to bed hungry, our parents are still dying, and our children are still on drugs–then we'll realize our knight in shining armor was not what we dreamed he could be be. The honeymoon ends when we return to the village and find nothing's changed, and there's still work to be done.
    Nashville, TN

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  172. Adam

    When the American People pull together to get the economy back track (Regardless of Social Class). If we each bought a few shares of stock it would pull Wall Street up enough to regain confidence in our system. Compare it to Obama accepting small contributions for his presidential campaign = the largest campaign budget in history.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  173. Mary Ann

    Frankly, I think the American people will stay with Obama for the long-term, unless he manages to get caught with his pants down around his knees outside of the Oval Office! We've been waiting 12 years for leadership to come out of the Oval Office. Whether history shows Obama to be a success or a failure, at least he's confidently making decisions and trying to move the country out of this mess and into the future. I'd love the political debate to be about various plans, but there's not another plan on the table...or even on the horizon. So, I'll go with Obama...as "doing nothing" right now isn't an option.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  174. Leota scott

    Never, despite the hope and dreams of the Republican Party. They wish the President no good will. Infact, if President Obama turned water into wine the Republicans would stop drinking!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  175. Red (Brooklyn, NY)

    No offense, Jack, but when the news media runs out of juicy nuggets of negativity, then they will begin to find something to report with no concern or remembering that he came into office with nearly insurmountable problems!
    We just need to keep focused on the progression of the country's returning to normalcy and highlighting the positive with words of encouragement.
    And, oh, the average John Q. Public has no idea (not really, truth be known, or else why aren't they in public office?) how to deal with the complexities of being a President!
    Remember, you can't please everyone!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  176. Adam

    When the American People pull together to get the economy back track (Regardless of Social Class). If we each bought a few shares of stock it would pull Wall Street up enough to regain confidence in our system. Compare it to Obama accepting small contributions for his presidential campaign = the largest campaign budget in history.

    Kingsport, TN

    March 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  177. Amarissa

    I don't know who CNN polls, Jack, but the honeymoon is over in all other polls including Rasmussen! Of course, it's well known you are his biggest fan!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  178. gerald

    The socalled honeymoon is a fiction. This was demonstrated by the rocky start the Obama administration had since inaugration day brought about by the mess the Bush people left for the Obama people to clean up. Talk about a honeymoon is nothing more than idle banter. Better to talk about how to get the American economy on its feet again. This is the imperative job Barack Obama has to do with as much as the Congress he can get to support him.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  179. Michelle

    It's already over for the media, the republicans and wall street, Luckily we the american people are gonna give the president a chance and I will judge once he is up for reelection

    March 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  180. Liz

    Once the honeymoon stage is over, we'll move to normalcy and realism. A relationship, where all parties understand that for the relationship to work everyone has to join in and work to make it a success. Pointing fingers and playing the blame game will weaken the relationship and hinder the bonding.

    As long as the President remains honest, continues to try and is looking out for the majority and not the minority, the honeymoon and marriage will remain solid.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  181. Janice

    Jack – Obama's honeymoon will end if he pays anything other than "listening service" to the Republican party. For goodness sake – don't do anything they advocate. They're both nuts and corrupt.

    Aberdeen, SD

    March 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  182. Beverly

    Dear CNN:
    Greed and Racism is the reason that USA is in the economy situation today!!
    Greed and Racism has destroyed our Country. Presently, USA (we) look like a bunch of idiots. "A nation of cowards" is exactly what we look like to the other countries. We at one time were considered Number One, not any longer. They are all laughing at us.

    Republicians are making USA look like "a nation of Cowards" fighting congress instead of working as team members. You lost the election, lets move on and try and work together with one another.

    Constantly going against every and anything said by President Barack H. Obama is absolutely ridiculous. Please let us get it together and work together as a Country.

    If we do not work together as a great Country we are going to be in even more trouble. China will in up OWNING USA.

    Thank you

    March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  183. Marvin, IL

    No end in sight as long as he keeps working to solve real problems.,

    2016 is the answer to your question.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  184. Rob

    President Obama has four years to fix Bush's mess, that was the agreement when we gave him the keys to the oval office in November. If he can't fix the mess by 2012 we'll take the keys away from him. It's that simple Jack.

    Palm Beach, FL

    March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm |



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    March 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  186. Grant H. Vancouver, Canada


    Jack, are you running out of ideas to bring down Obama's poll numbers? The media, the Republicans, Rush...collectiely, you've tried everything and his approval rating just stays in the 60's.

    Maybe, someone in your audience will give you an idea that may work but as long as Obama is trying things to get out of the ditch, not clearing brush, he's going to get the people's support

    March 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  187. Layne Alleman

    Jack, If Wall Street is allowed to continue to hold the rest of the country hostage for 2 or more months, look out. Unfortunately, too many in this counrty believe that our government (including the President) controls these crooks. They don't, but they can re-write the oversight. Bottom line; cut the President some slack. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  188. Jack

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,
    Let us get to the real point instead of turning around : the progressive but regrettable revocation of the "Glass-Steagall Act" of 1933, from 1980 until 1999. The banking system will not work fluently again without going back to such basically simple scenario that impedes banks to "speculate". It is very simple to do and I guess Senator Mc Cain may simply want something of similar order, President Obama too, I also guess. Let's thus go to real and practical bipartisanship.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  189. John R Sarppraicone The God Father

    Jack where is the common sense ,let the goverment open a credit card co and charge us 4% on our money and see how fast the people put it back into buying US products. Bradenton Florida How many times are they going to give this money out and not make a dent in anything.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  190. Rick

    In a society trained for instant gratification, the sheer magnitude of problems left by the previous administration coupled with expectations for addressing issues such as health care might seem to offer cause for impatience or disillusion. One hopes the electorate is wise enough to realize these problems have been brewing for a long while and that it will take more than 100 days or anything close to that to achieve resolution.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  191. Carlton

    It has been said that true leadership questions how their decisions will affect the nation three generations ahead. Thus far he is on the mark though if special interests begin take decisions presidence, that will surely be seen as another failed Presidency.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  192. Frank,Blanchard, Idaho

    Hello Jack, I think as long as he stays on the path he is, he will hold the power of the people down here on the ground floor. You know were the work is being done that nobody wants to do. I do believe and would like to see, some stimulas a little more at this level. I'm trying to start a small bizz, and my wife works full time at hospital and goes to school fulltime, we all could use alittle stimulas down here, I promise yah, it will work back up to those that think they need it!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  193. Deborah S

    pres Obama will continue to be on top if he keeps on the mantra of transparency. Honesty, and keeping away from Bush's policies which have been lies and deceit.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  194. Randy B, Odenton Maryland


    The honeymoon will be over when the media says it's over. When the media can report without bias and favoritism and we learn the truth about how the presidents own party is abusing it’s position and making him look like a fool, then the American people will truly understand the predicament we’re in. Not that there is anything we can do about it.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  195. Miguel Romero

    Once the American people wake up as to who Mr. Obama is, the honeymoon will end.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  196. Mandy

    Are you serious? What honeymoon, everything President Obama does is trashed by the GOP, picked on by the media (every network and reporter, but Wolf Blizter) and thrown to the wolves by the democrats. Unlike other presidents, President Obama never had a honeymoon, his relationship has been more like Chris Brown and Rhianna, he's Rhianna in the relationship.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  197. Earl McClure

    The honeymoon will be over when the American citizens realize Obama is just another politician who happens to be better at lying than most. Like the veto of pork in bills he signs.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  198. Bruce

    The honeymoon will be ended by the full effects, though delayed, of the Bush Depression. Massive starvation will visit us in part due to the ethanol industry, and in part from world wide drought, and in part from the Bush Depression. The Honeymoon will vanish, and violent riots will dominate the news!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  199. doris coleman

    To the republicans: You were not so concerned when you were in the presidential office about spending, or even where it was spent. I would rather pay higher taxes for things needed in this country,than any other. The honeymoon with Obama is because he shares our honeymoon with America, and wants to do the right thing for those who have not avoided paying taxes. Republicans work on a strategy to regain your integrity first.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  200. Loretta

    I voted for Barack Obama because he was against the Iraq War, however, I am in complete disagreement with his intention to send additional troops to Afghanistan. We do not belong in the Middle East.
    We are not the liberators, on the contrary, we are the interlopers and invaders. It's always been about establishing bases in the Persian Gulf and power through oil. Afghanistan will be his Vietnam. I hope and pray that he changes his strategy. Capturing Osama bin Laden can only be done using covert commando type tactics. For me, Afghanistan will be the end of the honeymoon.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  201. Greg

    One has to play the cards one is dealt, President Obama will win even with a terrible hand. We have to give Him time to fix this mess, I still have hope. Let's talk after three and a half years.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  202. Kenny, WA

    President Obama's honeymoon will be over inevitably if he does not focus on the next generation's educational opportunity. If he ever turns his back on the future work force he will be getting a lot of heat from both sides of the isle and his political career will be over.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  203. don

    today when he signed a bill full of earmarks he said he would not do and to sign bill behind closed doors whats he hiding

    March 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  204. Richard Halama

    Hi Jack .Istead of billions and billions to big bussness ,foreign aid ,and bailouts.You could give every american a million bucks ! Do the math I bet the total cost would be less and we as a whole could jump start the economy. Now I feel like having a honeymoon. thanks Rich

    March 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  205. Mikey B

    Honeymoon? Jack, we're way past the honeymoon. Obama got elected remember? And now it's like we're watching him learn how to walk.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
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  207. Josh from Chicago

    A time machine- so that someone can go back in time and warn us all of the rigging of the 2000 election. If Bush were never put in office in the first place, we would not have cause to be so enamored with Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  208. Sherri Illinois

    The honeymoon was over the day after 1/21/09 when he was introduced to the ECONOMIC Tsunami that President Bush left behind. I as well as majority of the American people know that President Obama inherited this mess and we have confidence in him & his administration that they will get America back on her feet again with or WITHOUT the Republicans in the House and the sleazeballs like Rush Limbaugh who's a multi-millionaire and has NO clue what main street USA has gone thru for 8 yrs.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  209. doris coleman

    As long as President Obama has the American peoples interest, the taxpayers, our health, that about business attitude, the intelligence to make excellent choices, and that smile, he will remain popular. The Limbaugh's, and others that choose to look down the road, instead of up the road, are not even making a dent in this honeymoon. They are simply revealing why they lost the election.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  210. Greg in Frankfort KY

    The continued lack of consumer confidence in the economic system will end the President’s honeymoon, Jack. In the previous administration American investors got fleeced, as anyone with a few pennies left in a 401k account will tell you; now under this administration we’re getting fleeced again as taxpayers by bailing out banks that are “too big to fail.” Pick my pocket once, shame on you. Pick my pocket twice…. Then economists have the gall to tell me it’s my fault the economy’s not rebounding because I have the good sense not to take on more debt when, from day to day I don’t know if I’ll have the means to pay it back? Forget about the honeymoon, I want a divorce.

    Greg, Frankfort KY

    March 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  211. Juan

    Jack , A long long time. By 2012 there will be no more republicans better than that there will be no more FOX news, so lets have a honeymoon party

    March 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  212. Chris S from California

    The end will come if (hopefully when) people start demanding more GOOD leadership from their polictians and paying close attention to what they do. It not enough to hear leaders say what you want them to say, but we as a voting public need to openly critical and investgative, in our own right, when it comes to "keeping 'em honest" (sorry for the AC360 pun). Until most people stop being fixated on the octomom and all things trivial, the honeymoon may last until another republican becomes the president.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  213. Judy W

    Presidents honeymoon will be over and soon if he still continues to follow dear old Nancy and Harry and their fight for the illegal immigrants over the rights of American citizens. President Obama or Nancy Palosie who's in charge any how????
    Warren, Ohio

    March 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  214. Tyler

    The honeymoon will be over when Americans lose their memories again. We will soon forget all about Bush and the previous 8 years and then it'll be President Sarah Palin...God help us all!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  215. Celia Wakefield

    GGIP! Listening to the talking heads grade the President has sent me to your site. This is NOT work that can be done on a Blackberry instantly. It seems to be, from not believing all the news I hear/see on CNN that the President is working hard and working on delivering his campaign promises. Did we think he could deliver every one? Well I am not that naive! But I believe that he gets up each day, and works very hard for us. Which is more than I can say I saw over the last 8 years, except in the fear field. That arena was really worked over.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  216. Carmen Hacker

    I know this has nothing to do with the current question, but I noticed that New York is thinking about taxing some sporting events. I think this would be a good ideal. To add a .25 cent tax to all sports on the grade school and High school level would generate a great deal of money. Plus adding a 1.00 to each professional ticket sold throughout the country, would also generate Millions of dollars. Plus if each state would sit up toll roads they could maintain there road repairs without taxing the people for it. Also what happened to the idea of Lotteries providing extra money for our education programs. Something went wrong there. Some of the highest paid people should be our teachers and our policemen and firemen.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  217. anangeli

    We should give him twice as much as we all gave to a not so intelligent president as a maximum. We were all ashamed of his lack of clarity and only subject of discourse.

    That is, we need at least 16 years, that is what takes to undo what was done if not more. The silent voices for eight years are so eager to talk and blame. I cannot believe what I hear. So many factions are so impatient to criticize and declare the honeymoon over, that I wonder why weren't they as impatient with the injustices and impositions of the past admin? Blah, blah, blah. What does a honeymoon mean and why is it important when it ends ? It doe snot matter as long as proress is done. I have seen presidents from many walks of life including acting. That is no experience at all in governing. Why emphasize that for Obama when it is not true?

    March 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm |