August 18th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama tough enough for the job?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Could Hillary Clinton have been right about Barack Obama?"

That's a quote from a Politico piece titled "Does Obama have the guts?" In it, Roger Simon reminds us how during the campaign, Clinton warned voters that Obama gave great speeches, but lacked the strength, toughness and will to get the job done.

Well, Americans will now get to see how President Obama governs when it comes to a divisive issue like health care reform. Even though there are many critics, will he push through on the public option - which is probably the best way to compete with the insurance industry?

And it's not just about health care... Some suggest the president is beginning to appear weak and wishy-washy on a range of issues - from gays in the military to immigration reform to apologizing to foreign countries, etc.

At times, the president appears to be ineffective at even leading his own party - as the Democrats wander around like a gaggle of unruly children. Mr. Obama ought to call a meeting of the Democratic leadership and tell them, "Look, I am the boss. If you don't like that idea, there are ways I can make your life miserable... especially when it comes time for re-election."

After all, there is something to be said for declaring: "I am the decider." President Bush may not have been our smartest president, but he made an effort to communicate that he was running the country.

President Obama is many things, including articulate, smart, polite, a gentleman... but can he govern when the going gets tough?

Here’s my question to you: Is President Obama tough enough for the job?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jeff from Hawaii writes:
Jack, It's starting to look like "no." I voted for President Obama in this last election, swept up by his calls for change. I am beginning to become disheartened however, as I have yet to see him forcefully deliver on anything he campaigned for, be it new jobs (I haven't worked since January), lower taxes (can't tax what you don't earn), health care, regulating Wall Street, etc. The only place I find him strong is in e-mails asking me to donate more money.

Jim from Los Angeles writes:
The president is still young and does not carry the battle scars necessary to push his agenda. The jury is still out, but deliberating. He needs to get his own party marching in step, (just study Lyndon Johnson for that technique) then go after the opposition with a pitch fork and a smile. But get going! He talks swell but that does not move people to action.

Nick writes:
Yes. 14 hours days, not taking money from special interests, running for president as an African-American when there's still racism, and inviting your toughest running mate to be in your administration? If “tough” can be defined as doing unprecedented things and actually following through, then yes.

Pete writes:
Chicago politics tough? Yes. Real world tough? No. His failures thus far can be chalked up to naïveté. That is a very dangerous trait for the leader of the free world. Is there even a backbone in his staff or cabinet? Where do we turn when it hits the fan?

Debbie writes:
In a nutshell: no. He is a nice guy, no question. But this is not what it takes to get the job done. His inexperience is really showing. I just wish it was Hillary in the White House.

Nikki from San Diego writes:
Jack, Not only is President Obama tough enough, he's cool with it too.

Lisa from Dublin, Ohio writes:
If he doesn't lower the boom now, the rest of his presidency is doomed. Pick your battles only when necessary. But for God's sake, don't let the cheerful troupe of morons we call Congress run all over you. We're all screwed if that happens.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Obama, has not been as assertive as he needs to be with his own party, as their have had discrepencies with what he has stated as his objectives and intentions with his new health care bill and what has been said by democratic leaders like nancy pelosi. However, the republican effort to undermine his health care bill with distractions and misinformation has been somewhat sickening. In my opinion he should just push whatever health care bill he and congressional democrats come up with and tell the republicans to come up with a better solution or lock it up

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  2. Rory Moore


    Its time to address reality. We do have a two party system, a right of center party and a right wing party. The Democrats may have a majority in congress, but traditional Democratic views no longer exist as we know them. That's why we're talking about co-opts instead of single payer or even a government option. Obama is trying to manage expectations and reality, plus he's not just kicking the can down the road like many previous presidents have.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  3. Pete

    Oh please, Jack. Stop being so dramatic. Of course Obama is tough enough for the job. His trouble with healthcare doesn't change that. Even Andrew Jackson wouldn't look strong if he dared deal with healthcare.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Henri Jenson

    President Obama ordered the closing of Gitmo WITHOUT A PLAN... He assured the stimulus would create 3.5 million jobs, IT DID NOT... He pushed a government option for healthcare only to declare that it is only a SLIVER OF HIS HEALTHCARE REFORM...

    President Obama is clearly not a leader... he is narcissist who will say anything that he thinks will make hime loveable.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Jack, I voted for him and still support him but I am beginning to feel the tremors beneath my feet. He may not have the guts to govern. If this proves to be true his only hope will be to drink lots of beer and get the guts to govern by yanking in the chain on the Blue Dogs and kicking the Republicans under the bus.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  6. Ron Mendel

    He seems like a wimp!
    and I voted for him...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  7. Theodore R. Wade Jr.

    Oh I think President Obama is tough enough for the job. His biggest problem is that the Congress and the prior administration could not walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Then he comes along and wants everyone to walk, talk, blog, tweet, all at the same time.
    It is called multiplexing, something that Congress is not familiar with.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  8. Henry

    Its almost impossible being tough while worrying about being liked... Bush did not care who liked him hence being tough...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  9. eugene

    his action have nothing to do with being though .
    you alone wish to make him tough,but he act like a comunist leader
    you are old enough to know
    except if you share his socialist views

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  10. June

    Do you want a President who claims to be a "decider" and leaps without looking and leads with the wrong decision? Who claims to lead but is listening to a VP that has intense anomosity so they shoot off their mouths and get America into wars and unfavorability with our allies that could have been prevented. What I appreciate about President Obama is that he assess the situation and take precaution and proceed from there. It seems that if President Obama does not go off half-cocked then he is timid and not tough enough. Not only is President Obama smart, he is showing his intelligence by being calm, not showing the Republicans and America and those countries who are not our allies his full hand. And why should he? Yes President Obama is tough enough for the job. What Americans and Republicans fail to realize is President Obama is just cool under pressure. Dig it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  11. Ron Rabatsky

    If President Obama continues to wait for republicans to endorse anything he does, nothing will get done for 4 years–and that would suit the republicans just fine, thank you.

    it is clear that republicans have nothing to offer except criticisms–and not constructive criticisms–of everything that Obama proposes. Who needs them. Obama needs to tell Harry Reid to quickly "grow a pair" and lead the Senate without always capitulating.

    And Blue Dog Democrats are not going to have Obama's coattails to drag them into office in 2010. So they better show their constituents the change that was promised by the Democratic Party in the last general election.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  12. J. A.

    One word sums up my view to the question-ridiculous. We tried the John Wayne approach to governing for several years and it accomplished little. Talking tough does little to tenderize the chickens. What is needed are brass knucle sessions behind closed doors. I am sure that those are taking place. Additionally, compromise is a sign of strength and not of weakness that is how all hallmark legislation gets passed. Only the feeble minded talk of no compromise. Real governing is a process that takes skill and leadership and we have lost sight of that. Mr. Obama has been President for a little over 6 months. In that time all of the major issues have been attacked and discussed. The discussion is messy but necessary. I'll wait to judge the final results. Either way "cowboying up" makes for good news stories, but bad leadership. Please leave the tough talk to Frank Perdue.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  13. Judy Arnold

    No, Jack, he is not tough enough. If he were, he would get rid of Rahm Emmanuel and start making his own decisions.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  14. Greg in Atlanta

    I think that the President is plenty tough enough when he needs to be. Ask the Taliban in Pakistan (Predator drones, anyone?). The fact is that with the complexities we face today, we need more of a surgeon than a cowboy. We have the most powerful and complex economy the world has ever seen, and contrary to public opinion, we need more than six months to fix it. It'll take more than a "dead or alive" swagger and flight suit photo ops to get us out of the mess we're in. Besides, it's hard to look tough whenyou're actually listening to what people are saying to you...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  15. Darin Williams

    I supported Hillary Clinton during the primary fight... I voted for President Obama reluctantly because of McCain's foolish choice of Sarah Palin... Now I we seem to be stuck with a junior senator with not enough experience getting the job done as our Chief Executive... while i continue to be hopeful that health care will not be gutted(of the public option), I am not sure if President Obama has the political savvy and clout on Capitol Hill to get it done.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  16. Mark - San Diego


    First off I am a Democrat and voted for Obama. I have always been concerned about his strength... He may have the smarts and eloquence, but I am concerned that all his campaign promises were just more blather, rather than conviction. When it comes to strength, I think he will bend to whatever the minorities want rather than the majority and for that I am sorry that I voted for him...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  17. kathleen

    It appears that Hillary was correct. Pres. Obama is a great speaker but is not able t o communicate the message on Health care adequatley. He appears to be unable to decide who in his party he should FOLLOW!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  18. Gman

    At this point in time all we have are promises. Nothing's been done.
    Oh they say he fixed the credit card fiasco. But did he? NOT. No one noticed that they got around it by raising minimum payments just a few dollars above your normal payments. Even if you always paid more than the minimum. And if you didn't notice, your interest rates doubled overnite if you paid your usual payment.

    He may be sharp, but he's not nearly as sharp as the sharks swimming around his pool.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  19. bonnie

    You Bet he is tough enough! He's already set loose more attacks on the Taliban with the drone's than Bush did. Obama has the intelligence to keep trying to talk to the people instead of demanding "my way or the highway" as Bush did.

    I also would like for the gun crazies to know that I would not appreciate being ANYWHERE that someone with a big gun was walking around – could be one of those crazy school shooter types. Guns belong in the home not in the public.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  20. Aaron owings mills md

    Hilary Clinton is wrong!! President Obama is tough enough to govern this country and to reform the U.S. healthcare system. Hilary and Bill Clinton had their chance to reform the healthcare system and failed!! Obama is the man to get this done period!! He is tough and very smart and will succeed.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  21. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    No Jack, His "True Colors" is starting to show. When you see him at these Town Hall Meetings, you can see that he's acting more like a Trial Lawyer than the President Of The United States.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  22. Dale

    If health care reform passes, Obama has passed his first big "toughness" test. Until then, the jury is out on this question.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  23. Patrick

    and yes i do believe he needs to get tougher if i didnt make that clear

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  24. pam dyenj

    yes obama is tuff enough on the job.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  25. Sherry Kleinman

    Jack I haven't been your biggest fan lately, but you got it right on. President Obama was never expected the country. He is just a figure head. The Democratic Congress runs things. That is the reason for all those Czars. The are running things for Emanuel. He is the one in charge. Obama is definitely not tough enough to do the job. Hilary was right. She would have made a much better president.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  26. ogo

    All the activity in Afghanistan with the highest number of approvals for Drone attacks, the renewed push to unsit the Taliban after years of inactivity, the rescued captain from the pirates. What do people really want a human being to do in less than a year in office.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  27. Marcio

    Nah..I. shouldve voted for :Hillary...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  28. Jose

    Absolutely – the misconception is that in order to be tough you have to be the one and only opinion that is definitive based on personal feelings and a strong disregard for the opposition. The fact that Obama welcomes open debate and is willing hear a broad spectrum of different views only makes his arguments stronger rather than weaker. His strength is his ability to find common ground with most Americans based on an assessment of a range of different views from the Liberals and Conservatives.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  29. Brian

    Bravo for asking the question! But while we are at it..ask the broader question... Is Obama enough of a Leader? Leadership does not always requires toughness, but Obama seems to be ineffective at all he tries his hand at as the President. This Democrat is diappointed to say the least.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  30. Leticia Redargav

    Hey Jack – Obama's toughness has nothing to do with how he governs. He is a radical left politician, bordering on Marxist, and nothing he does will make him appear normal or effective.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  31. Kalu Walter

    The President may not appear tough to both members of his party and the republicans,but he has to get the job done.As divisive as health care is,as volatile as the foreign policy may seem, and as unpredictable as the economy is.....Americans generally asked for a change and they have an absolute unwritten form of leadership.HOPE will always carry him through his entire career in politics.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  32. Jeanette

    Dealing with all he is dealing with, yes, he is tough enough. Does the average person has the guts to deal with what he has dealt with so far?

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  33. Kim DFW, TX

    I believe his desire for bi-partisanship is undermining his mission for true CHANGE!! Sometimes you have to drag those who do not and will not want change kicking & screaming!! You have the majority of the House & Senate....USE IT!!!!! Believe me, the Republicans would...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  34. Walther Shmit, Salem, OR

    That depends on which job we are talking about. He is tough enough to be a senator.
    Apparently though, he is terribly deficient in the testicular region when it comes to wielding the power bestowed upon the president of the USA.
    That sucking sound you hear is the sound of his liberal base disappearing while President Obama tries to achieve "bipartisan harmony".

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  35. Therese

    Obviously he is not up to the job of being President of the United States. He is a perpetual campaigner. He won and he still cannot stay in Washington. How much is his traveling costing the United States? He would be a great preacher...but President......only if you are still on the kool aid!!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  36. Dave F

    Telling my kid to walk away from a kid who wanted to fight with him was tough. How do you define tough, sending soldiers to fight a unjustified war is not tough at all.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  37. terri reed

    I am praying that he has the back bone to stand firm, regardless of the childish behavior of the right wing wackos. Let them scream, shout and roll around on the ground, that is what they do best. But he has to stand firm and not back down on health care reform and push on with the public option, if not, he will make sure in 2012 that's a wrap. He will not be re-elected. We are giving him the benefit of our doubts right now, please Mr. President show us what you are workin with! Don't let the bully republican crowd get their way.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  38. Rick Steiner

    President Obama is all you said he is, smart, articulate, good speaker and so on but is of a generation that has never really had to be resposible for their actions, and by letting Congress drive the path of the health care reform instead of taking the lead himself has shown me that he has no backbone to get down and dirty to make a point, as does his generation. I quess the baton has been passed from the war grown generations to the ME generation and my faith in this administration makes me feel that we as a country are in for more trouble. As much as I despised Bush, when he spoke we knew he was lying, with Pres. Obama time will tell.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  39. Karl from SF, CA

    If he's tough enough to deal with the South Side of Chicago, he's tough enough. Now he needs to treat the Democrats like South Side thugs, explain how things will be and give up on the bi-partisan junk. LBJ twisted arms and broke the ones that didn’t respond. Chuck Snake-in-the-Grassley has shown what bi-partisanship to Republicans is just a charade to impede any progress the American people want that the lobbyists don't sanction. Bi-partisan should be removed from the language. It doesn't exist today.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  40. Anthony Peterson

    Roanoke, VA - Obama needs to continue to speak softly, but carry his big stick. He'll see that some political victories can be won in this manner. I just hope that upon discovering that he can govern in this matter that he does'nt loose site on when to reel it. Its what Bush did, and look at the mess we got in.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  41. Amy Kelly, Miami, FL

    I'm happy to see that CNN is finally catching up with the news that I've been hearing since Obama was elected. Great little commentary there Jack! My answer is a resounding NO! Obama is not tough enough for the job. Again, he had no track record and had no significant accomplishments as a Senator. It baffles me that people voted for an unkown and it's costing our country in every way...IMO.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  42. Louis in Alpharetta, GA

    You're kidding right?

    After beating Hillary in the primaries, McCain in the general election, clamping down on the financial sector and lassoing the economy to get it back on track you think some crackpots who disrupt a few meetings by repeating lies that they have been fed are going to break him?

    My bet is on Obama's thoughtfulness, compassion and wisdom to trump the hype and insanity any day.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  43. Bill Kirkland

    Persistent salesmanship is the key for devisive issues like healthcare reform. Obama is the man for this task. His leadership and a Democratic majority in Congress will prevail.

    We need effective, affordable healthcare. Republicans has just one plan - "don't get sick"

    - Bill from Dallas, TX

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  44. Gary B

    Jack I don't know if he can cut the mustard and I don't think anyone does at this point? But one things for sure amid all the shimmering images president Obama has portrayed thusfar ....It sure seems apparent that he's all over the place at one time and not focased on the central issues plaguing our global economy and that's a real
    concern for all americans and a reflection on his dropped ratings.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  45. Linda in New Jersey


    Obama is a smart guy. I wouldn't underestimate him. I believe there is much more going on behind the scenes than we know about. I just signed a letter today THANKING at least 33 democratic senators for standing by their word saying they will not vote for the bill unless it includes a public option. I think it's still on the table despite what the press is saying.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  46. Blond Rocker

    Is Barack Obama tough enough? Oh, yeah! He's got the courage as deep as the Grand Canyon to go after the mafia-like Health Insurance Companies (HICs). By the way, I feel he was discussing tactic with President Clinton today and not North Korea. It would be against Executive Protocol to discuss this subject without the Secy of State. Obama gor his Clinton/North Korea days ago. Today the two Presidents discussed Health Care Reform.

    I'm not sure the HICs can't quite concieve a world where President Obama can make it VERY hard for their industry (think IRS, SEC scruitiny), if they don't back off and not support a Public Option. Call off their dogs, and astro-turf trouble makers.

    George Bush may have seemed to communicate that he was in charge (but now we know Cheeny was in charge, and then others).

    President Obama is the strongest (maybe stronger) President since FDR.

    Peace and Public Option!
    Blond Rocker

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  47. Scott Aurora,CO

    I thought he was. With his baptist-minister-style rhythm and punctuality he convinced this country to vote for him like a congregation to get up and yell, what has been lost is hope. Bush scared the hell out of us, which brought us together, Obama was more like MLK. His health message now is missing the mountain top, the glory land, All he'd have to say is what he sees America without his plan and the glorious America with it, that would sound like a president we had. Regan!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  48. Monica Smolij

    Of course President Obama is tough enough to govern and even more capable, knowlegeable, wise and descent than Mr. Bush

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  49. Raymond Blais

    Lets see; Johnson was tough and Bush was tough and that cost us thousands of American lives in unneccassary wars. So far Presendent Obama hasn't given away anything to another country and nobody is threatening us. That's toughen enough for me.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  50. mohammed

    i think he is good he is just under pressure from loads of issues like north korea, health care and so on

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  51. James

    Jack, it's not that Obama lacks toughness, it's that he respects the democratic process and our Constitution.

    After eight years with "The Decider," I think America needs a leader who cares more about following the law than advancing his own agenda.

    In the face of such stiff opposition from the right, it's a sign of Obama's strength that he doesn't follow in Bush's footsteps of invoking executive privilege.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  52. Aboud jumbe

    The last thing i want to take from pres. Obama Is to hear him say those draconian words "i am the decider" . Aboud; bangalore

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  53. Rick from El Paso, Texas

    Is President Obama tough enough? Does he have the machismo or swagger former President G.W. Bush? Do we want that persona all over again. Come on, America! Each president has his own style just like each one of us is unique. There's nothing wrong with President Obama's leadership style. It is actually refreshing watching this "cool dude" handle hot issues.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  54. Henri Jenson

    President Obama ordered the closing of Gitmo WITHOUT A PLAN… He assured us the stimulus would create 3.5 million jobs, IT DID NOT… He pushed a government option for healthcare only to declare that it is only a SLIVER OF HIS HEALTHCARE REFORM… and the next day, the government option was back to being critical to his plan.

    President Obama is clearly not a leader… he is narcissist who will say anything that he thinks will make him loveable. He answers questions by avoiding them. He is not tough enough but probably an interesting guy to have a beer with.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  55. Des,Toronto

    I think he is,but man even I am getting second thoughts.There is no way the public option will get republican support because they would have lost,so he has got to say "There will be no health care reform without a public option and mean it" The republicans have made it clear they want him to fail,so Pres Obama you have to be the decider and show them who is the boss you and the american people.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  56. John Combs

    Jack: Its about time Mr Obama get tough with all the Democrats in
    Congress and use a little "LBJ persuasion on them to get this health
    care bill finished and passed. Stop giving lip service and catering to the right. He has a majority ib both Houses now, but if a watered down Health Care Bill is passed that majority will disappear in the 2010
    mid-term elections. Even a Teddy Roosevelt approach will help," Talk
    Softly but carry a big stick".

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  57. GMz Photo

    Considering the right wing with their gun toting intimidation and out right misleading statements which do the US voters a disservice and considering he trounced the right wing in the election, absolutely! The question should be is Obama willing to stoop to paid protesting and forfeit integrity! I would think not and that is why I voted for him.

    Smarts and integrity wins over tough and deceptive every time!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  58. Aaron

    As of now it's a little early to tell. But it appears he's trying to please everybody and may end up pleasing no one. I think he should do what he wants to do even at the expense of his re-election like president John Tyler did.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  59. George in Texas

    As long as there is beer around, Obama can bring people around.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  60. Cliff


    ...Not nearly enough...Mr. Obama has NEVER run anything except his mouth. Here is a guy who espouses lofty ideals based on lofty rhetoric wrapped in unattainable objectives...tough is a relative term, but relatively, he's not tough enough...domestically or in foreign policy..the guy worries me...


    A bonafide African American Independent Conservative Citizen...

    South Bend, IN

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  61. Dick

    Tough can be defined in many ways. This man, our President,
    Barak Obama is no shrinking violet. You can bet lightning will strike if anyone, including his wimpy Congress, should cross him without reason. Now, his attempt to create a working viable government is parimount. But, he does need to get into the grassroots and create jobs for the very needy.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  62. walkaway

    Well Jack, I thought so but this public option flip-flop has come as a shock to this life long Democrat.

    I fear that there will be a one term president and a republican Senate in 2012 if the public option is replaced by a co-op plan that is destined to fail the American people. Does anyone remember Blue Cross was once a co-op? Talk about a "hot mess"

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  63. Jerry

    No he isn't tough Jack, I voted for him but now his weaknesses are becoming more apparent. He is not a leader, more like a male cheerleader in an all girl group.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  64. LeRoy

    Give me a break. Only thing George W. ran was this county into the ground. If you watched President Obama in Saturdays town hall in Colorado, only a moron would suggest he is weak.
    On NPR today, Alex Jones was interviewed about his new book, something about the death of news in America. I'm going to read it, you should too.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  65. Kyle

    From Cincinnati, Ohio:

    I think he is ... or perhaps he thinks that he is. But it remains to be seen how he finally comes down on some of these more controversial issues. I was a very enthusiastic supporter of his, very early on, but he tries to side-step or dance around some of these important issues, I'll be more than a little disappointed. Do what we elected you to do! Enact the changes you know are needed! If it's right, and you know it, then "just do it".

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  66. Fran of Huntington, NY

    Absolutely!! We are talking about the 1st black President from a very racist Country. Against all odds he made history, he's tough.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  67. Mike in St. Paul

    I don't think he needs to be tough, I think he needs to be shrewd. Look what he is going up against. There is nothing tougher than a collection of weak minds.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  68. Josh

    Little children get into arguments of “nuh-uh” and “uh-huh.” It takes a person of strong will and resolve to resist that urge that many of our lawmakers indulge in and present a solution that isn’t exactly what they wanted. As an independent, I admire a politician who seeks solutions and compromises and not party goals.

    Houston, TX

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  69. Dan In Japan

    Use a wheel or a club.... Smart or tough. I think Obama is trying to do the smart thing but is quickly learning that the Jerry Springer crowds are just too stupid to understand logic. And that's what Americans have become, ignorant and proud of it.
    "U.  S.  A.   U.  S.  A."
    Come on, Jack. Chant with we!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  70. Dave

    One reason that I prefered Hillary during the primaries, is because I knew when it came to the inevitable knife fight with the right wing, hers wouldn't be the only metaphorical blood in the room. I understand and appreciate Barack's commitment to bipartisanship, but now it is clear that no compromise with Republicans is available. President Obama needs to stand strong for the reforms that will deliver affordable healthcare to the American people. If the Senate stands in the way, they'll answer to the American people. It would be far, far worst to accept a watered-down bill that simply put more taxpayer dollars in the pockets of private healthcare insurers. Obama should tell Sen Baccus to negotiate the Finance committee bill in full committee and threaten to veto any bill which cannot provide real competition to private insurers.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  71. Gregory Harris

    You ask the question is Obama tough enough for the job. I would declare today yesterday and for years to come. Our president is tough enough. We must remember that our president came into office with two wars and the worst recession in many years. It will take some time for all of this mess that he received before going into office to rebound. The stimulus money has helped to save jobs in education and other places. Before the stimulus funds came there were many educators who were looking at getting pink slips but because of the stimulus package it has helped. I really get so tired of people putting a different standard on Obama than they put on our former president George Bush and themselves. Michael Jackson wrote the song Man in the mirror that says "You need to look at yourself and then you will look at others differently. America is a great county and we will get through all of this together.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  72. Kate R in SW Fla

    He DID said he'd try and be Bi-Partisan, which he is doing. As it becomes ever more apparent though, that Republicans will not work with him under any circumstances, he will have to accept that and move forward. As it stands now, I believe it is the Democrats in the Senate who are not tough enough. Obama really wants to do this in a bi-partisan way, but he is tough enough. I expect him to make the tough decision to go to Reconciliation after all. And I welcome that.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  73. Geri

    Obama is tough enough. Buft he is Chicago tough. His experience and only experience is Community Organization and at that hs is good with the help of his organization ACORN and it's many affiliates.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  74. tony

    he better be and include a public health care option. the co-ops would not help those unemployed or low income people that make only enough to feed and clothe thier family. co-ops rates are not much lower then regular insurers. Those that oppose this care only about thier own and to heck with others.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  75. Dan Joseph

    I am a Canadian and I think it is ridiculous that so many Americans over-criticize President Obama. It is an indication of where race relations 'really' are in the United States. Of course Barack Obama is 'tough enough', he has gone through racism never experienced by any other president and fought through obstacles that other presidents have never dealt with in their lives.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  76. Linda Ray

    No at the moment he's not! He needs to stand behind the public option. If he gets shot down in the end, he will at least have tried to make things right for the millions of Americans doing without.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  77. Q Jackson

    He's tough enough. Being generous takes a kind of strength that is almost always underestimated – the strength to restrain one's self. The President has demonstrated that he can extend the olive branch to adversaries in hostile situations to give them room to come to the table in this country and abroad. If he continues to do this effectively he won't need to drop the hammer and will build bridges – not destroy the. Rest assured he carries a big stick, he knows when and how to best to use it. Now is not the time.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  78. Edward

    President Obama was elected with a landslide, Majority of the house, and 60 Democrat Senators. Yet Republicans seem to be wining the Health reform even though the best they had was Sara Palin and Rush Limbaugh. A sad commentary on Democrats

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  79. PETER

    Yes he is tough enough for the job! He got it didn't he. Maybe it's time the critics stop critizing Mr Obama and started supporting him. After all he is faced with some of the most challeging decisions and issues that this country has seen in decades when it comes to the economy and security. Cut him some slack unless you are willing to fill his shoes yourself!

    New York

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  80. James Pierce

    I think the nice guy thing is gone on to long. Do everybody like LBJ on the 1964 voting rights act. He called individuals to the whitehouse. Told them they could do what they wanted on thier vote, but if they voted against him he would bring the full wieght of the office to bear and make it his goal in life to destroy them politically. That is what it takes. Especially with ignorant conservatives ranting and raving and carrying guns. Nazi thugs.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  81. Ken Mrozek, Chicago

    There's a difference between being tough and being a bully. Bush was tough leader while Obama is simply a confident bully. But that's the Chicago Way.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  82. jameela abdul-malik


    Since when did a President need to stop being accountable to the people? If the majority of the country, as polls suggest, do not want the Public Option, then why wouldn't the President reconsider. His call or the People's?


    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  83. Bill Wood

    The President is so far proving Hillary correct. Not only is he waffling on tough domestic issues, he is forgetting he is the leader of the free world.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  84. Bill Janes

    I don't think he is tough enough nor is he smart enough. It would be much better to control the cost rather than insuring everyone. We cannot continue to spend ourselves into debt with programs that will fail to do the job in the future. I don't think there is a problem with limiting who gets services now, but what happens in the future when they have to save money, then it will happen as it has always does. If the government cannot run Medicare and Medicade profitably how can we expect it to run a new multitrillion program. I guess they will take what is left of our SS to pay for it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  85. Lyn

    Yes, he is tough enough – of course, he isn't helped by his party or the goof-balls that are in the opposition party (no names mentioned). He is a wonderful example of a man, a father, a husband, and yes, a president. All presidents are limited by their office – national security issues, military issues, and other things limit transparancy. Transparency does not mean that he should reveal all. I believe that it means that he should be as up front as he can be given the limitations of his office. I believe in him and his presidency. So, I say, give him a chance. He deserves this.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  86. kathy

    I don't know if Obama is tough enough to listen to the American people as they express their concerns for the health care reform. The polls and townhalls have made it clear the people do not want this country changing health care that will put us further in debt, with higher taxes (for all including the middle class), and with government involvement. Obama got it right with the "look at the post office vs. Federal Express and UPS" statement...the post office is the government run entitiy. Fix Medicare and Medicaide first, and make it cost effective, than talk to us about a government option.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  87. Marie

    People want Obama to be everything be bipartisian but fold to the liberals bring people together but only if you are doing what we want you to do. Stop the war but don't be weak on defense. Listen to both side unlike Bush but at the end don't listen more like Bush. Liberals don't know what they want and conservatives don't want anything but failure give Obama a break and give him a chance to do his job.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  88. Victor Bhojson

    Yes! The present Obama is tough enough to rule. Toughness is not by merely appearing mean or aggressive. we don't need president that would rule us with an iron hand. Instead, employ diplomacy and dialogue. this way, the president involves us in his cabinet.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  89. bob

    I am a republican, I hid under the table when President Bush spoke, even my English is not that bad and I was in the slow class in high school. Now that I am “Highly educated” …. President Obama scares me to death.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  90. Wayne

    He not a real leader. A great campaigner and promiser but in action he only seeks the avenue that continues his appearance of omnipotence.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  91. Larry

    Was Clinton tough enough for the job?

    At first I didn't care for Clinton. I still have issues with him.

    At first I liked Bush. Now I think he had some poor people around him, and he made mistakes.

    Republicans paint Democrats as tax and spend and big government. It is interesting that Republicans Reagan and Bush 2 cut taxes, the budget and deficits grew faster and the job growth was slower under them than under Clinton, who raised taxes. So now I don't think Clinton was so bad.

    I hope you give Obama more than 200 days as a President.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  92. Abdul

    Being a President is a tough job. Being the president of the United Sates is even more gruesome, I don’t know how Obama does it. He is tough enough.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  93. Darin Williams

    Morristown, NJ
    I supported Hillary Clinton during the primary fight… I voted for President Obama reluctantly because of McCain’s foolish choice of Sarah Palin… Now we seem to be stuck with a junior senator with not enough experience or toughness getting the job done as our Chief Executive… while i continue to be hopeful that health care will not be gutted(of the public option), I am not sure if President Obama has the political savvy and clout on Capitol Hill to get it done. No public Option should be a deal breaker for Democrats and the President should man up and show some backbone.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  94. Marilyn - Florida

    Jack, I'm a little biased since I first supported Hillary as the best choice for the top job. I think it remains to be seen whether Obama is tough enough for getting the job done on healthcare. Those who say it is all going too fast obviously don't have uninsured dying relatives. Since this is my #1 issue, if he doesn't get "universal" coverage for all Americans ... I'll be looking for a different Democrat to support in 2012.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  95. Daniel

    President Obama is more than "tough enough", because he is the most mentally tough president we have had in decades! He has the nerve to challenge the status-quo when ignorant Americans, and Republicans, can't see past their own noses, or their socio-economic status or group, to do. If you he IS backing down on the public option portion of health care reform, which I don't believe he is, then it is not because he is not "tough enough", it is because he, just like most critical thinkers, understands that he is not a dictator and that he works for the people, not just Democrats, all the people!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  96. Ken

    No. President Obama does not have the depth of experience nor the intestinal fortitude to lead when the going gets tough. When a stand is needed on tough or unpopular positions. He is a master of the “pressed” dialog and can easily spout rhetoric people want to hear to make everything seem rosy; but he does not have the experience and depth to back up his speeches and make the experienced decisions needed.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  97. Lisa, Dublin, Ohio

    If he doesn't lower the boom now the rest of his presidency is doomed. Pick your battles only when necessary. But for God's sake don't let the cheerful troupe of morons we call Congress run all over you. We're all screwed if that happens.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  98. Bob in Lambertville, NJ

    I sure hope he has the fortitude to hold out for a public option for all Americans (not just seniors, members of congress, federal employees, state & local employees, veterans, the disabled, etc as we have now).

    I voted for him because he ran on the promise that we would have real health care reform, and I hope he remembers that...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  99. Randy from kent ohio

    I thought he was but now I am sure he is not. He said j=he would not sing a bill without a public option and now tells us its not a big part of insurance.He needs to stand up like the man we voted for and tell the very very few democrats he needs to get this done he will make their lives not worth a plug nicle in washington if they dont come along.He needs to start ever speack with their names and the fact they would not give you insurance or affordable insurance every times he speaks.And run their names 24/7 on the whitehouses home page. GW got things done without 60 seantors why can Obama do it with 60 ? He looks very very weak.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  100. David M

    Jack, although I'm from the tiny island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean I can say with confidence, ofcouse he can govern when the going gets tough. This is a President that actually uses his brain when it comes to these various issues unlike his predecessor. Americans wanted change and now they're complaining because he's doing things differently. No one seemed to have a problem with Bush tarnishing the resputation of the US for 8 years and now because Obama wants to have a dialouge with other countries that somehow makes him weak? Sun Tzu in the Art of War said and I quote, "To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." This quote suits Obama perfectly.

    St. Lucia

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  101. dianne uno

    Yes, he is definately tough enough for the job. He has already challenged the status quo, put his career on the line for what he believes is right. But he is a man who respects democracy and its principles. He is trying to have a bi-partisan effort for health reform but the old establishment of dirty tricks is still there. It will take time and the strong will of the people to change that but at least someone is not afraid to put their reputation and career on the line, unlike the senate or house.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  102. Steve Canada

    I do believe that President Obama is spending time trying to accomodate too many wide ranging positions on.health care for example. Maybe he is being too "nice"..I do believe that if he wishes to be more effective, he has to show some more "cojones"..An excellent fist step would be to call Boener, Ried and Pelosi in for a little chat..My daddy used to call them "come to Jesus moments". After they happened, a few things were very apparent..First one was who the boss was...Second thing was how things were going to be. Trust me folks...these meetings were only needed a few times. I think President Obama will come to this place. I hope its soon

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  103. Rick

    President Bush was not our smartest president... Jack, what gives you the right to judge W's intelligence. Should MIT graduates be the only candidates acceptable for the Presidency? I think Obama is stupid because he has squandered every opportunity to bring the other half of the country to his side. I was happy he won, even though I am a Republican but I get angry every time he demeans and criticizes the right. Someone "smart" would not do that and makes me wary of his decision making..

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  104. Dan

    Watching President Obama, I can see he thinks thoroughly about each decision he makes as well as the responses he gives whether it is at a press conference or town hall meeting. My question is do you think that President Obama believes that if he tries to enforce his power on the likes of Pelosi or other senior Democrat leaders, that he may rub his party the wrong way thus lose all credibility and respect, which will in turn cause Obama to fail in passing his agendas? Judging by the way the Democratic party does NOT stand together to get bills passed, I can't help but believe the Democratic party is not fully unified and I sense President Obama knows this as well.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  105. Justin

    Obama is tough enough, He comes off as a President who is realistic and cautious. I believe he will step it up when he finally realizes that Republicans are out to sabotage him and his party through extreme smear tactics and lies. I have lost some patience with him for not bringing out the big guns but I do believe he will bring it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  106. a.c. of La.

    I dont know yet. We are going to give President Obama, more time than this. There are those in the media and in politics who are acting like we should have the enormous challenges we face, fixed, it doesnt matter that these challenges have not been addressed in years. We think he is going to be just fine. College football season is almost here, I think we need a break from this craziness.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  107. Gervens

    Tough is President Obama's nickname.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  108. Fred Dean Weaver Oklahoma City

    President Obama is strong enough but you cant lead a dumb horse to water. America willy went to thrtr death in Iraq by Bush through Lies & now America want to kill healthcare through lies by grredy blue dog Democrates, Republicans, insurance companys and drug companys. America shows how ingorant they are carry legal & illigal guns were kids and crazy kid get hold of guns and kill lots of people, American lost there minds,

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  109. Jim in NM

    Tough is only a good quality when the person has other accompanying good qualities like ethics, integrity, morality and law abiding; none of which can be attributed to Obama.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  110. Phil Vesselinovitch

    I've been thinking about this myself Jack. I consider myself a Conservative Democrat and certainly don't approve of all of the president's current policies but to be honest I think he's shown surprising strength and "toughness" recently. More specifically, I've been surprised by how much I approve of his handling of recent foreign policy matters. Is he tough enough for the job? I didn't really know in November(voted for him anyway) but now I can say I think he is.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  111. Chuck from Inglewood, CA

    Jack, It depends on who's answering the question. Republicans will obviously say NO while Democrats say YES he is. Each one promoting their own agendas. What does it matter if eventually he does the job right. History will answer that question.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  112. Dan


    Obama is a gutless puppet. But aren't they all?

    Dan Tx

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  113. A. Dixon

    Is Obama tough enough? NO. And if the "main-street" media – NBC, CBS and even CNN – had been tough on him during his campaign, this would not be such a surprise to so many people. Heck, being the narcissist that he is, he's probably surprised himself. This is a problem for all of us. His weakness, his obsessive need to be right – clearly seen by his need to explain himself all the time, his constant campaigning, etc. – is going to cripple our government in a cesspool of indecision.

    God help us.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  114. John Miles

    The media loves drama, don't they? We're barely half a year into Obama's presidency and there's already hand wringing about whether or not he can get the job done. Those who seriously question whether this is the case must have short memories, as in my mind all of Hillary's predictions about our president's weaknesses were proven false when he defeated her and a black man named Barack Hussein Obama was elected president of the United States.

    People have always underestimated Obama every step of the way, but he will get health care passed with a public option: don't doubt it.

    John Miles
    Tupelo, MS

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  115. Eric Jubert

    President Obama is tough enough for the job. He will make the decisions that need to be made. Talking tough is overrated; didn't we get enough of that over the previous eight years?

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  116. Rob

    I don't see where you get the smart, articulate, polite stuff. I see none of these in Mr. Obama. If it were not for the thugs behind the scenes, I don't believe Mr. Obama has the inteligence to govern anything. He does not have enough experience to run a McDonalds,

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  117. george

    Obama is a light weight

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  118. Dave F

    I grew up in the south Bronx through the 70th and 80ths what kept me alive was walking away from fights, today I'm still alive, and able to say I made tough decision but they all paid off.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  119. FeLicia

    I find your question quite alarming and staged for failure; however, a very familar passage states, "..A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country..."

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  120. Mark Gillis

    Yuh, betcha!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  121. Jason B.

    NO! And no president in the last 40 years has been strong enough to combat the corporate take-over of America and the growing destruction of our environment. We need real change that will not come from neither the corporate parties–Republican or Democrat.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  122. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    We just had tough and dumb, let's have smart and diplomatic.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  123. Floyd Randolph

    Here we Jack and America. President Obama been in office what 7 mos. now you take statement from Sec Clinton about is Pres. Obama tough enough. Yes Pres Obama is remember this plate he in rec'd. Health, two wars, Banks, Auto industry the list goes on. Wait a year ask the question. American and Repubicans expects miracles in 7 mos. What happen the last eight years. Oh please every say Pres. Obama not just Obama. He is the president.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  124. Edward Muhl

    I am getting all the wrong signals that Obama is not the leader he needs to be to keep this country safe and to protect and preserve the Constitution. I did not vote for him but I was hopeful that he would do well. He is certainly going down a path I never envisioned and therefore he will certainly not get my vote next election.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  125. Tom from Illinois

    President Obama is finding out that just because he had the Chicago political machine behind him in Illinois, it doesn't mean the people of US are going to fold. He has never been a leader, he is just a good speaker in an empty suit. He isn't tough enough to push the health plan through.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  126. ron talbot

    watching events regularly since i retired 2 yrs ago, I believe that when all is said and done you'll find that Pres. Barak Obama is tougher than the rest of them put together. He just treads lightly.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  127. Joseph

    I'm not sure, but with the mushiness coming out of the White House, they'd better get their act together soon. It's time to show what he – and the Democrats in Congress – are really made of.

    I, for one, will never vote for the Democrats again if they fold on this opportunity for real reform in America.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  128. Robert

    No, he is not tough at all. We haven't seen this kind of weakness since Carter.

    It is clear that Obama is not the power in D.C.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  129. Chuck


    This is Barack's time to lead. If he gets punked by the loony right and fails to include the public option on healthcare, he will become the earliest lame duck president in American history. Sometime you have to make a stand for the greater good of the country. I hope he has the guts to do it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  130. Mark, Phoenix

    He has to stop pandering to the GOP. They have no intention of being bipartisan on anything. They just keep playing the role of Lucy yanking away the football as Charlie Brown tries to kick it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  131. Dra

    The American people need to be patient with our president when it comes to his leadership. One may not be tough at all times as long as the message is being carried out. The question is not whether Pres. Obama is tough enough for the job, but is the president trying to fulfill his duties and responsibilities at his best. I think yes!
    President Obama, as anyother president, needs to know how to handle himself as a leader, which I think Pres. Obama does. At least, I can say that Pres. Obama has stood out for the American people than most Presidents in the past. Not only that President Obama is a good leader but also a good follower.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  132. Jose Lopez III

    Absolutely – the misconception is that in order to be tough you have to be the one and only opinion that is definitive based on personal feelings and a strong disregard for the opposition. The fact that Obama welcomes open debate and is willing hear a broad spectrum of different views only makes his arguments stronger rather than weaker. His strength is his ability to find common ground with most Americans based on an assessment of a range of different views from the Liberals and Conservatives.

    By the way its my B-day today Jack -give me a shout out if you list on TV.

    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  133. Abdi

    You don’t need to be tough to accomplish something greater. Our president is smart, articulate, and well manner. With this type of uniqueness, He can use rational ideas to accomplish greater good rather than irrational behavior.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Jessica

    Pres. Obama is tough enough for the job. How do u ask? Well becuase his father left him, his mother as u said was living on food stamps. His father did not teach him the moral human qualites he has. If he is not crying or whining about the problems he has to face for us then in my eyes he is tough enough for the job. Kelso, WA

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  135. Britney- miami florida

    good evening! jack i think obama is tough enough for the job! but we must wait and give him time! obama is a man with patience! and bush is a hot head! who do u think comes is in first a man who talks the talk! or a man who walks the walk! AMERICA LET US ALL WAIT AND SEE!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  136. AB in LA

    I am a fan of president Obama who has been laid off from a firmly middle class job and am without healthcare, two situations I would never have predicted I'd be in. This healthcare debate is where the rubber meets the road and if necessity is the mother of invention this will be the defining moment as to whether candidate Obama has the balls to be president Obama! The jury is out as to whether he is tough enough, but we will see the pressure is on.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  137. Aaron owings mills md

    Hilary Clinton is wrong!! President Obama is tough enough to govern this country and to reform the U.S. healthcare system.Hilary Clinton should the last person to say anything about Obama's toughness, given the fact that he beat her in the primary and left her campaign in shambles while his campaign hummed along the road like a well oiled machine to victory. Hilary and Bill Clinton had their chance to reform the healthcare system and failed!! Obama is the man to get this done period!! He is tough, very smart and will succeed.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  138. Delia

    My decision on President Obama's "toughness" will be based on if he actually gets ALL AMERICANS health care coverage. Since the public option is questionable now, he may not be tough enough!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  139. Merryl

    OK, like the "I am the decider" attitude really worked for this country. Finally we have a president that is intelligent and a diplomat, imagine that. Not to mention he has to artistically dance around all the political crap around him in order to make a change that this country so badly needs. Is he tough enough shouldn't be the question, since "tough" hasn't worked in the past. But since you asked, yes he's tough enough, and since he's also smart enough, his "tough" is demonstrated with diplomacy and intelligence rather than raw, bull-headed ignorance.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  140. John Fielding

    Look, just because Obama isn't a "Decider" like Bush was, doesn't mean he's bad a leading. His is a different kind of leadership. It's not being indecisive, it's actually caring about working toward a common solution instead of just railroading his agenda, ignoring opposition because he can. A good leader takes a look at things from all sides and tries to do the best job, not just what he wants to do.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  141. Suzanne Sears, Omaha, NE

    Can't some special interest groups cut Obama just a slight bit of slack? Thanks to Bush, Cheney and the Republicans, he's got more on his plate to deal with than any President has had since FDR. He's been in office less than 1 year.

    Maybe some of these issues will be dealth with during his term, maybe not to everyone's satisfaction. But I think the economy, healthcare, and the war in Afghanistan have to come first – I think he's doing his best..

    Note to President Obama: I still have faith in you!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  142. Steve

    I love Obama but he needs to get tougher. So do Reid and Pelosi. Democrats could learn from the Republicans who regularily punish those that stray from the herd. In the same regard, Obama needs to be clear to the American people, Congress and the media that he is "the Decider" much like Bush did, but with some intelligence in his decisions and actions.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  143. John

    Jack: I sure hope so.....sigh.... I just wrote him a note last night suggesting the same thing; that he remind the Democrats and Congress who is in charge. But I must admit, I will be deeply disappointed if reform of our helth care system is, again, defeated by the smiling Republicans who have no intention of negotiating. After being a lifelong Republican (I changed with Bill Clinton) the Democrats are my party, but they have got to learn to present a united front and display strength......if they don't 2010 may see another change of command.....John, Billings Mt

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  144. Veries Seals

    Yes, President Obama is strong enough. He is going across the country pleading his case. the question should not be is the President strong enough, but is our congress and senate strong enough. They are too busy trying not offend there insurance lobbyist rather than to be about the business of the American People. That is for Democrats and Republicans alike, and I am a democrat. I respect the President for getting up in front of the entire country and explain to us his intentions for our lives and our futures. That is something that Former President Bush ever did!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  145. george

    old scool jack cafferty great qustion jack the answer is yes. our president just shot three terrorist's through the head and emphasized his ability to make heads roll and turn when the poop hits the fan. i dont see his preperation as week at all, this guy thinks it through and then acts americans are impatient and want it yesterday,well that's to damn bad the last eight years have taken there toll and healthcare reform and gays in the military are just one of many issues that the last administration could have cared less about.

    a reminder to the country........president obama has only been in office for a little more than half a year the country was almost destroyed in the last eight ..........years..

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  146. John Villanueva

    Obama is tough, but trying to push this health bill down the American throats will not fly. The bill has to be explained in full before we Americans will buy it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  147. Jigar

    Listening to people with opposing views doesn't make you weak, it makes you smart. You don't negotiate against yourself. He is listening to all sides before presenting his plan. It was smart to get the input from Congress first. He now knows his enemies, Republicans and Democrats, and their positions and can now prepare a proper plan of attack to get Healthcare reform done. Expect to see a plan that meets the needs of all Americans in the Fall.


    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  148. Michael A. Wash

    Don't confuse being tough enough with bullying and threatening behavior. Articulate, smart, polite, a gentleman – yes, and more, and it is because of these qualities and his vision for America that the American people chose his persuasion last November.

    President Obama is tough enough. He has had to be all his life.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  149. Frank Louisiana

    It does not matter how tough the President is as long as our congressmen and senators are paid off by lobbiest to vote the way they tell them to vote. It is a plain case of the rich putting the American public at each others throats while the news spins one clip soundbytes to back them up. Wouldn't it be something if the Obama had a nationwide vote and asked the people of this country to say yes or no to Public healthcare

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  150. Carl, Tampa

    I find it ridiculous for any of us to question the toughness of any president past, present or future. To survive a campaign, constant death threats, polictical back-stabbing and the relentless media alone gets high marks in my opinion in any measurement of toughness.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  151. Nick Versteegh

    President Obama isn't tough enough to write his own bill.
    He should have had the guts to write health care bill himself.
    His biggest mistake was to have it draftet by members of the House.
    These Representatives are the target of lobbyists. So what do you expect from them?
    Obama should crack down on his fellow democrats right now if he wants to sign a bill thats worth signing later this year.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  152. sydney

    its really sad that people tend to equate the presidents toughness on his ability to bully and coerce congress into doing what he wants.the real test of his toughness to me is his ability and tenacity to stay on his message and get the best deal for americans at the end of the day in the face of the well financed,organised and orchestrated opposition to health care reform of any kind.compromise is always a virture.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  153. Matt Ford

    No he is not. What's worse, he is not a man of his word
    especially towards disabled veterans.

    On Veterans day 2008, President elect Barack Obama stated, " As your next commander in chief, I promise to work every single day to keep that sacred trust with all who have served."( The Morning Call, Nov.12, 2008)

    Now the number of unprocessed veteran claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs exceeds 915,000, an increase of over 100,000 since the beginning of 2009( Marine Corps Times article by Rick Maze, June 30, 2009)

    To his shame, President Obama now sounds like most of the politicians we have in Washington, D.C.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  154. Adeyosola GBADEBO

    Sometimes in life you don't know you have crossed a line until you are on the otherside

    August 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  155. Steve

    Every time President Obama has an idea, he let's congress develop it and then as soon as there's any major opposition, he backtracks and says well, we're open to everyone else's ideas, and this was just my "preference."

    I voted for Obama, but this is not leadership. Why not just say the public option is essential, I expect all the democrats that got elected on my coattails to fall in line, and if the republican's want to oppose it that's their prerogative. It's going to pass anyway.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  156. Bill - Dallas, TX

    Not only is he NOT TOUGH enough, he's NOT FOCUSED enough. He's acting like the inexperienced, weak leader that this, or any country, cannot afford. I couldn't bring myself to vote for a couple of intellectual lightweights like McCain and Palin, but I had serious doubts about the alternative as well. Unfortunately, thus far he's proving my misgivings were not unfounded.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  157. Joan

    Oh, he is tough enough. He came out of Chicago after all. But he is trying to sell snake oil and the public is rejecting it. The public has also rejected his attitudes toward the country in general, towards the police, towards "doctors who will perform the more expensive procedure"–in other words professionals, and his attempts to lower us all to the least common denominator. He is trying very hard to "spread the wealth" and the people who have worked hard for it, just aren't buying it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  158. max

    Jack, the president in living in fairland, and no, he has turned out to be a very, very weak leader. I have not confident in him!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  159. Rosemaire

    Yes Jack, the President is tough enough. This President has a different way of governing. He is not the cowboy type. You wait and see, every policy he wants to have pass will pass. Years to come, you and everyone else will see the smarts of this President.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  160. PatCJack

    Yes, he is strong enough. He shows it every time someone is writing something negative. He continues to evaluate, rethink a stragety and push on if he truly feels that he is going in the best direction for the country. The problem he faces is all of the folks that constantly bash him instead of back him. He's already said, he can't do these things alone. For all of you that can find a reason not to... try finding a reason to. What people are afraid of is "Yes We Can". We all can.....

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  161. Dennis Stevenson

    The problem with Obama is not whether he's tough enough. It's with his socialist ideology that cannot be reconciled with what has made the USA the greatest, most successful and prosperous nation in history – freedom, not big government.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  162. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    Obama has no executive experience and it shows in his inability to lead!

    As President you need power and authority at times! Not diplomacy!

    The Secretary of State is suppose to be diplomatic! The President is the leader we do not have at this time!

    Obama has neither!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  163. Jonathan

    He's tough enough, but I don't think he's smart enough. Part of being a good leader is knowing to pick your battles.

    Obama picked a very poor one with Healthcare reform by aiming for all-in-one reform. He made enemies and created opposition that probably would not have arisen had he instead focused on smaller-scale, gradual reform. The result will be Obama will get a less comprehensive reform package in the Fall that will be identical to one he could have gotten two months ago with a fraction the effort and the controversy.

    Obama having all the guts in the world won't matter if he continues to be reckless in choosing his battles. He will simply always find himself on the defensive and exhaust his staff and supporters in the process.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  164. Capt. James Curtis USN RET

    The President above all must be a leader. Neither going to Harvard , being a Communty Organizeror nor being a 2 yr senator makes one a leader. Leaders are not born. In the US Navy a leader " earns his position " . He is not elected to be a leader , he learns over a long period by observing. Running the best campaign to date makes one a great champaign manager , not a " Great President ".

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  165. Peter Banner, Copenhagen

    I definitely believe that President Obama will be tough enough when required. I think he's got a lot more up he's sleeve and is willing to wait until the moment is right to make "pull a trigger".

    Obama IS being tested on issues and tasks obviously, but haven't really been tested yet in a way politically that requires him to "pull a trigger". While being a diplomat of style, he is aware of possible problems with being too aggressive. But take note on his swift action on the container ship hijacking.

    I don't doubt for a nano-second that President Obama is tough enough for his job and I'm certain that we will see him act tough domestically as well as internationally within the next 12 months.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  166. Bill Me LAter

    yes, BO is a good manager and is up against the big Corp companies and we know they are not doing what is best for the people in the USA.

    Address the health care crises, this country is facing. The real issue in terms of health care to me is a pretty simple one. How it, that this great county, the United States of America, is the only nation in the industries world, that does not grantee heath care to all of its people?

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  167. Stu

    Obama is clearly a celebrity, but he is no leader and it shows. Compared to great presidents, from both parties, such as Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, & Dwight Eisenhower, Obama does not even begin to measure up. Eloquent speeches and fancy degrees do not a leader make.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  168. jameela abdul-malik


    Of course The President is strong enough to lead. What I worry about is wheather he has to rate atleast a 10 on our rude-a-meter. Who is it that said "walk softly but carry a big stick."



    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  169. john

    There's no question about it...
    He's the right man for the times we find ourselves in..
    but is he the right man for the job????
    Right now America and indeed the world needs a Barack Obama in the big chair because everyone was fed up with the last occupant..
    Now the new kid on the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave is on a very steep learning curve.
    The only question is weather or not the U.S has deep enough pockets the finance the president's schooling?????

    Toronto Canada

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  170. Keith

    I do not see obama as either articulate, smart, polite, or a gentleman. Those worthy traits were inaccurately listed in the campaign sales brochure when this conman deceived this country. Articulate people speak without interjecting "uhs" every fourth or fifth word. Smart and polite gentlemen do not make false racial accusations against law enforcement personnel affecting their job. Has anyone informed his teleprompter that he is the leading law enforcement official in the country? He's an embarrasment.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  171. Chao

    I don't think Obama is going make a tough stand on any divisive issue such as health care reform. He dosen't want to be seen as a weak President and standing on the minority side. He wants to be seen as a good, strong, and popular President because he is in-deed the first African-American President of the United States of America. Therefore, he is more concern about his legacy than his governing policy.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  172. Akin Obafemi

    Jack, you remember the latin proverb that says 'it's easier to pull down than to build up'? That's so applicable in this situation. It's ever so easy to come up with negative criticism against even the most astute leaders. These issues are so complex that I find it difficult to believe any other person would have faired better in the same situation. My take on this is that the president should be given some more time before judgement is delivered.

    Akin Obafemi

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  173. Jim Ritchie

    Of course he is tough enough. What an absurd question to pose. President Obama is a smart and strategic leader. He probably needs some time to grow in the presidency, but he is demonstrating courage in facing the current hysteria about health care reform along with an unprecedented set of economic and international issues. The question to be posed is are the American people tough enough? Do we have the resolve to work together to solve any of the problems that face us? We will get the leadership we deserve. President Obama has great leadership gifts and he will serve us as well as we allow him to lead. Now, let's quit whining and go to work on rebuilding this nation. As FDR said, We have nothing to fear but fear itself

    August 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  174. Bre

    If in doubt, ask the Somolia pirates.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  175. DeeDee

    I know a few people with the personality and traits of President Obama. You CANNOT mistake their kindness for weakness. They are not rattlesnakes who make a lot of noise. They are like cobras who observe, assess the landscape and then strike without warning. This is the man who became President against the greatest odds, no one thought he would be where he is today. I say Barack Obama is plenty tough.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  176. Jeffrey

    The president must be more authoritative with his own party. They have the majority and therefore "should" have the votes needed to get this health care reform done, but he has been unable to get his entire party to stand behind. He should not waver on the public option; it is the only legitimate effort on the table that will force the insurance carriers to compete. The president should use some of his political capital and call in Bill Clinton to make a few rounds of public appearances to bolster strength for health reform with the public option.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  177. Wally Ali

    With Public Option out of the table, Obama is alienating the base faster than his approval ratings are dissipating.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  178. Samuel

    President Obama is not tough right now just like the beginning of the primary. He caught hard time getting tough till Hillary disciplined him. Result, we all saw how he crushed MacCain. He is again learning to govern. He will get better and the world will see.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  179. dew

    Yes Jack he is tough enough and smart. Watch how everything unfolds.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  180. Joy

    Apparently not. I am so disappointed I can't express my feelings adequately. Seems like Obama has backed off all the things that were so important to me during the campaign. Backed off the prosecution of the war criminals in the White House, stopping the war and bringing our troops home and now health insurance reform. Sad. I thought he would quit the bi-partisan thing because the Republicants have no intention of bargaining in good faith, as has been shown.
    Tucson, AZ

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  181. donna tobin

    Jack, I just finished 30 years of my life in a court house with a man that talked tough. Everyone that wanted favors cozied up to him. The very young people were afraid of him. The rest of us, ignored him and did our job. Never once did he confrount me about anything when I spoke my mind. That is what a bully is. Someone that talks tough but is full of hot air. Pres. Obama came up the hard way. People like him are nothing but strong. They do not have to put on a show and strut around hiding behind the cloak of their title.
    Wake up America, our President is smart, strong and has character.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  182. James

    Obama is a wimp, at least Bush appeared to be in charge. As long as he lets Congress take the lead they will be mired in bickering and he'll appear the wimp.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  183. Steve

    I agree with Dan in Japan, most Americans are ignorant (uninformed or misinformed) and the rest are stupid. Obama needs to use the Rovian and FOX News tactics of catchy soundbites and repeated propaganda – it is all that most Americans understand. The few intelligent ones who actually understand the facts and the details are already on Obama's side – he doesn't need to sell them.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  184. Ken in NC

    I voted for him and still support him but I am beginning to feel the tremors beneath my feet. He may not have the guts to govern. If this proves to be true his only hope will be to drink lots of beer and get the guts to govern by yanking in the chain on the Blue Dogs and kicking the Republicans under the bus.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  185. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Our president refuses to lower hisself to the level some politicians have stooped. You've heard, walk quietly and carry a big stick.
    President Obama's stick is the American people as we have had
    our fill of the dishonorable, hypocritical politicing going on today.
    With having to contend with big business, the republicans and
    the media, he actually needs a cannon.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  186. ralebol

    This is a turning point in his young presidency. It had to happen sooner or later. The Honeymoon is clearly over, and the Republicans are (finally) seeing an opening. It's a great opportunity for Obama to show that he is more than just a well-spoken gentleman, but that he can also be a tough SOB. Even if he risks some backlash, the respect he will earn will go a long way to make his presidency successful.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  187. Sgt C

    Pres. Obama has tried to manage an inclusive presidency. It's a welcome change from the cowboy politics of Cheney/Bush...to a point. It's time for him to strap on his six shooter and declare that he's the "decider", and steer our nation in the direction that the majority of US elected him to take us in.

    Gunsan, South Korea

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  188. chris

    i personally beileve he is tough enough for the job, but i dont think that obama realizes that politics is a dirty and corrupt game in general and if you want to accomplish your agenda you may have to get your hands dirty.Obama needs to be more Bush by ignoing public opinion polls ,be assertive,and say "i am the president and i want a public option in the health bill or i will veto it" and sometimes you need to force things through congress. (EXCEPT BE SMARTER THAN BUSH)

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  189. Jazmyne B.

    I think he is...yeah guess so....Whatever....I'm suppose to be seen not heard anyway. And plus I can't Vote.....Dang it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  190. Jim

    Good question, but I really think the question should be: Are the American people stupid enough to get fooled again?

    Hillary was plenty tough enough, and she failed as well. It isn't toughness but the lazy and ignorant group of Americans who have insurance and don't believe that the storm on the horizon re: future costs that WILL bankrupt them and possibly millions more in the not-too-distant-future. The politicians who are lining their pockets with Insurance industry money ought to be exposed as the frauds they are - they couldn't care less about their constituents - they've got their insurance needs covered.

    I mean really, when these same Americans, who have socialized medicine already (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) or who go to free clinics (that are funded by the government) protest that they don't want reform - their opinions are based on FEAR. They are so deluded to think that their health situation won't change and say that they don't want the Government to interfere with their Health care - it will be too late when they really need the insurance and it won't be there for them.

    We wonder how the Russians, Iraqis and Iranians could ever tolerate their leadership and abuses. Yet we, as a country, suffer from
    the exact same thing - an ignorant, lazy and fearful majority that manages to stick their heads in the sand and say – "Your not taking my cheese ..." - even though it is rotten to the core.

    We are destroying this country with our collective cowardice by swallowing one lie at a time.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  191. Charles from Los Angeles, California

    President Obama will win the health care reform debate now OR ELSE our young people (those that aren't sick themselves) will be forced to take care of us. As our nation ages and the health care crisis finally bankrupts the entire economy, get your kids ready for active duty hospital tours, nursing home visitations one weekend a month and 2 weeks during the summer.

    On the other end of the spectrum, trying tactics like government competition, public/private options, lowering costs, and educating our society on healthy living - JUST ENTIRELY too much work involved. Pull the rug right out from under the fat cat insurance companies and hospitals completely. Make hospital service a selective service requirement for everyone!!! Problem solved. An entire nation of young people learning about healthcare, what a novel idea.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  192. CB - in AZ

    Nope. he isnt tough enough. He does have a massive ego, and he may think he is tough enough, but the plain truth is – he is inexperienced. He doesnt have a track record of dealing with these Congressmen and Senators who have been in their seats longer than microwave ovens have been around. The seasoned politicians run right over him.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  193. Bill K.

    Growing up in Hawaii people tend to discount the prejudices he felt going to a predominantly White High School. If given a difficult decision I know he will be man enough to do the right thing, for the Country, for his peace of mind, and for the future of all our children.
    He and John Mccain are probably the last of the generations that would like to become President of the United States, to serve the people and their best interests . As you might have guessed this household voted Republican although we are long standing Democrats as Hawaii has always been a Democratic State. I wish the President well as he has stirred up the pot. I pray for a reasonable outcome,

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  194. tim

    People didn't think Jackie Robinson was tough because he first had to show he could "take it", waiting for the exact right time to be tough so as not to be called "uppity." Obama is in the same situation.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  195. NICK19473

    Ranting and raving are not signs of thoughness let alone strength; quite the opposite, they show both moral and physical weakness. Consider, a small dog barks its fool head off all the time and over anything and everything but a big dog just has to bark once or even just stop wagging its tail to maintain its ground. The GOP are the small puppies given the way they rant and rave, Obama....its obvious!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  196. Bob in Lambertville, NJ

    Maybe the best thing for the country would be to take all the members of Congress, and their families and staff, off their "public option" – and tell them they have to join the rest of us in the insurance "market". Then you would see a public option in the bill real quick...

    What a bunch of hypocrites who stand up there and talk about "Socialized Medicine" when they are the beneficiaries of the biggest "public option" in the land – and all on our dime!

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  197. Tom in Illinois

    He's not tough enough to lead the Democrats in congress let alone the whole country. If his own party doesn't follow him who will. You can only blame Bush and the Republicans so long for the lack of action.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  198. khurram

    He will be seen as a tought President when he starts bombing countries without any valid reasons and then defend his actions that he did the right thing.American buracrcy will love those actions but not the American people.Let the guy do his job.He is a smart guy.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  199. tyrus crump

    yes I think he's tough enough, but is america ready for a president that really believes in democracy? due to the fact that is he tough enough is the question today, says that america is still addicted to the pain they rather have amaster instead of a partner...

    August 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  200. Peter in Alabama

    What has he done so far? Given away a lot of money and wants to give away a WHOLE lot more in healthcare. Have we seen any real leadership? Ask our enemies...Iran, Syria, North Korea, and those pesky little Russians. Ask Israel this question.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  201. Voter

    No, I think Obama does not know how to govern. He is still in campaign mode and wants to please everyone. This is getting ridiculous, Obama changes sides too quickly: first all for public option on healthcare, then no public option. He apologized for the comment he made when the Harvard professor was arrested, the list goes on.

    I regret voting for Obama. We should have elected Hillary as the democratic candidate. At least we know where she stands, and she will not apologize for doing what she believes in.

    Obama is a great speaker, but even that is fading, I have no desire to see him speak anymore, I am sick of the whole thing.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  202. Gary

    I sure am not impressed. He would last 1 minute in the military yet he is commander in chief. Where did he receive his training? I don't think he was ever in any group except a militant one. I has messed up overseas diplomacy by speaking to the Mexican and Canada heads of state in Mexico. Since when does the President of the United States follow anyone. He bows to other leaders, follows them around like his new puppy dog. I would also like to hear where he received his training to be Commander in Chief of our military forces? Weak weak weak.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  203. Lee

    He's a pretty, well-spoken, do-nothing-himself, empty shell of a leader. He'll be easily crushed. The shallow puppy-love that he induces wears off quickly.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  204. Jack in DC

    Some are calling it pragmatism, but truth be told, President Obama sure does seem weak from all angles. He ought to show some uncharacteristic bursts of anger to shock and awe the self-anointed vote counters like Sen. Conrad to stop messing with his agenda.

    I've been tried to picture Hillary Clinton going through something like this and I just can't see it.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  205. LyndaJo

    President Obama must stand by the ideals for which he was elected President. If he wavers now, he will lose all credibility from every political base. Only, and ONLY, if he realizes that it is the President's obligation to rule with an iron fist at times; he will succeed. Lord knows that President Bush shoved his executive authority down our throats for eight long years. It's time to exercise YOUR judgements in leading our nation, President Obama.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  206. Darryl DiMascio

    What kind of a question is that? Of course he is! The question we should be asking is: Is the rest of the country tough enough to back him up? Seriously Jack, it's only been 7 months since the majority of voters decided that he WAS tough enough...AND smart enough. Maybe the question should be: Are the American people tough enough (or smart enough) to get behind their President and trust that he's capable of leading us to a better place than where W. left us?
    On second thought...I don't think we really want to know the answer to that one.
    Darryl in Nevada

    August 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |