August 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Is Barack Obama's presidency in trouble?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama should take a page from former President Clinton's play book and move to the right - so says Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn.

He writes that Clinton's presidency was actually saved after his push for health care reform failed and the Republicans won control of both houses of Congress. McGurn says it was at that point that Clinton started adopting the most appealing parts of his opponents' agenda and moved his whole approach to governing more toward the political center.

McGurn suggests that a move to the right would be a "bitter pill" for President Obama since he's made health care his signature issue. But he points to polls that for months have been showing a huge gap between the president's popularity and the lack of public support for many of his policies.

He says the president bet that his personal popularity would be enough to push through his agenda... but it hasn't. Instead - his credibility and popularity are taking a hit.

President Obama has been slipping in the polls for weeks, and the latest Gallup weekly tracking poll shows the president's approval at 52-percent - a new low. It's also down significantly from 59-percent just a month ago. Gallup says the president's rating among several demographic and political groups is now registering below the symbolic threshold of 50-percent.

And, health care reform is far from the only challenge facing this White House. The recession still has a tight grip on the economy... with the dollar losing influence daily, news that deficits will be worse than the administration predicted... and an unemployment rate soon expected to hit 10-percent.

Here’s my question to you: Is Barack Obama's presidency in trouble?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kathleen writes:
Obama is facing the realities of the presidency. But given the enormity of the problems he faced, he's doing very well and has the potential for greatness. What I can't understand is the strategic stumbling on health care reform when he and his staff have been so brilliant on just about everything until now.

Bernie writes:
Yes, Pres. Obama is in serious trouble. The reason is a lack of focus combined with a lack of resolve. By flip-flopping on so many issues and caving into special interests, while letting the Pelosi's and Reid's do his legislative diplomacy for him, the country is starting to wonder if this guy will get anything done.

Ken from North Carolina writes:
Pres. Obama had an agenda when he was running for president, however, towards the end of the campaign our economy went south. That and two wars have complicated his agenda, but to say it is in trouble is stretching it a bit. Our economy will turn around and wars will end. President Obama will get some credit and beyond that he will accomplish some of his goals and that will give him an edge in the elections of 2012.

Chris from San Antonio, Texas writes:
It's the economy, stupid. Obama's presidency will hinge on one issue and one issue only: jobs. If Obama and the Democratic Party can manage to get us out of this fiscal quagmire, then universal health care can fall into a deep pit of mootness. Conversely, if this economy is not significantly improved by the time Obama faces re-election, then all the health care coverage in Switzerland will not save his presidency.

Lori from Pennsylvania writes:
If I balanced my budget the way he balances the country’s, I would be jail. It is disgraceful.

Lou writes:
Iraq is starting to stand on its own and our soldiers will be home within a year. We averted a depression. The stock market has gone up 20-percent since January. Reforming health care is going through a healthy debate. Gitmo was officially closed and will be dismantled. Now I hear there is hope for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. What, that's not good enough for the first six-months in office?

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Dallas

    No, Jack, not really. I think the greatest majority of people in this country understand that President Obama inherited a mess that he wasn't expecting, and is doing as well as anyone could. Do I think that McCain would have done any better? God, no! He has less of a grasp of economics than anyone on the Hill! Hillary? Hmm. Don't think so. She's being a lot more effective as Sec of State than I expected, but she is violently polarizing, even more so that President Obama. Kerry, Lieberman, Edwards, Huckabee, etc.? Let's face it, none of them could have done any better and some a lot worse.

    August 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  2. Ann from Wi

    His presidency is NOT in trouble!! It is just rediculous how people are letting the Republicans panic them instead of using their own brains. I also can't understand how seniors are allowing the Republicans to brainwash them about the Health Care Bill. When Bush got us into awful debt with the war etc. there were NO complaints. While the insurance companies were getting richer and richer off us-there were no complaints under Bush! Give me a break!
    I am glad Obama has gone on vacation to get away from all this crazy nonsense. Be patient and wait til he gets back to Washington and he WILL pass the best Health reform he can at this time. Why can't we focus on the good things he has already done since he is in office!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  3. Camilla

    Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968), and some of us are old enough to remember him running for President, was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.
    Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech:
    "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."

    August 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  4. BILL, WI

    Stop chasing poll numbers and lead!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  5. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    The only important barameter on the Obama Presidency, short of the election of 2012, is the election of 2010. If his majorities grow, his presidency is doing just fine.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    No, it's not in trouble yet. He just needs to realize that winning an election, and being showered with media affection doesn't mean he can do what ever he wants. The Republicans tried to do it too, yes. But since when do two wrongs make a right?

    August 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Melissa

    Its 7 and a half months into his Presidency. Thats nothing. His Presidency isn't in trouble especially considering that his approval rating is around exactly the same area that nearly every administration for the last hundred years experienced after 7 and a half months. Its not President Obama thats in trouble, its the Congress who is cutting itself off at the foot.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  8. Wilhelm von Nord Bock

    probably so IF he doesn't get some kind of meaningful healthcare reform done, Jack.

    and with President Obama's personal popularity, if he's in political trouble just think how much trouble the average Democrate congressman or senator is in in 2010 and beyond? these so called "blue dogs" better start working with the President to overcome the Republican obstructionists or they will ALL be looking for a job come November of next year.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  9. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    His Presidency will remain in trouble as long as he keeps us in the quagmire of Afghanistan. The war robs him of funds that could be used for health care reform. They are connected at the hip, and together doomed to fail, hence we have a one term President without the change he promised.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  10. Jack Kramer in California

    I am not an Obama supporter, and I did not vote for him. I do not think his presidency is in trouble. It is still early in his term. In spite of his policies, the economy will eventually turn around, and being the president at the time of the turn around, he will get the credit. That is just how it goes.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  11. David of Alexandria VA

    You bet. The Obama adminstration has made sweeping promises of reform which relied on the "shock and awe" of the first whirlwind months to get momentum. Health care has stalled and may only marginally succeed. He can only blame himself for this. With the national debt through the roof, and the Afghan and Iraq wars festering I believe he will have no ammunition left to pursue his other policies. Frankly, I think he will become bored, disillusioned, withdrawn and reclusive and the last couple of years of his adminsitration will be at best ceremonial. There will be no second term.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  12. Richard, Brooklyn NY

    Yes its unequivocally in trouble and in some cases mortal danger with the crazy gun nuts at the town halls. The progressive leftists are beginning to turn on him because of his lack of a back-bone on issues like: Torture and the public option on health care. The republican base has always hated him. And the democrats in congress are having a hard time falling in line behind him. This all leaves leftists like myself asking "why did I vote for him again?"

    Bush for all his faults at least had the obedience of his party and was able to get things done, granted those things pretty much destroyed the country but the point is he did them.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  13. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Not at all Jack. This is a man of greater intelligence & street smarts than the average politician. Also in his favor is that he isn't corrupt or driven by greed or self-servance like the last administration. Sure, even he has to deal with the unexpected, but just wait & see. Smart money is on him.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  14. John in Santa Barbara

    He needs to start acting like an executive because that is what he is. He has to take positions and stand by them and demand that others get in step. That's called leadership and that is why we elected him.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  15. Paul Austin, Texas

    No I do not think so. Why do so many americans only look at the negative side of everything. Obama has not been in a year yet and I for one have seen him do more than Bush did in eight years. Jack you and all of us should know being the President is no easy cake walk. If he is a one or two term President we all know after the next election and not util then. If he is voted out then the people will have spoken. He has a very hard job and we should all look at the positive side of his presidency along with the negative and judge his average performance.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Jean Potter

    No, I don't believe President Obama's presidency is in trouble. I think the polls are simply an expression by the American people and will go up and down throughout a presidential term. All presidencies have suffered a downturn in the polls when a controversial issue such as health care reform has been under scrutiny and is in the process of going forward. All tactics, including scare tactics are being used to keep people from approving it as presented. However, it is becoming more an issue of "how to repair it" rather than "if it needs repairing." It does need repairing. That now seems to have become apparent to the majority of the population. Now we need to concentrate on specific areas and fix it in increments as the method becomes available to assuage fear and fulfill the hopes of the most Americans who would like to reform it. The old feeling of "Do something, even if it is wrong" simply cannot apply to legislation as important as this. Our President has the interests of the American people at heart and is amenable to suggestion. Let's pull together and work with him instead of against him, and try to accomplish a greatly needed service for our country.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  17. Steve

    Oh please. He hasn't been in office for a year. He was left with an illegal war, a gigantic deficit, a corrupt health service, contractors who have screwed up the pentagon and the anger of the rest of the world at us. Comeon Jack. Stop listening to the crazy right wing talking points.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  18. Bob B Orlando, Florida

    Yes, there is a revolution brewing. You can see it when militia turnout with guns at events the President is attending. I would say the President is in grave danger as well as trouble.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  19. Conor in Chicago

    Obama’s presidency is in trouble if he allows the Right Wing to continue to control everything in the name of “Bi-Partisanship”. There is no “Bipartisanship” in the United States-not ever since Bush, or Clinton for that matter.

    He was elected to counter the Right’s assertion that their vision of the world and this country was the correct vision-a vision that has already left our Superpower status in question and has caused a fragility in this country not seen since the 30’s. He was elected to get something done and try to reverse the damage of the Bush years, not try and pander to crazies on the Right who’s version of Bi-Partisanship is “believe in God and believe in me and we’ll do just fine”.

    So long as he continues to pretend that we are “One Nation” his Presidency is doomed because I can assure you his opposition sure as hell doesn’t believe it.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  20. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I am a lifelong, I'm 60 years old, Republican. I voted for Obama because of what Bush did to my party. I'm afraid his presidency as well as the future of my children and grandchildren are in danger. I'm sure he means well, but the size of the deficit does not seem to bother him. This is serious dodo and and Obama acts like he is playing Monopoly.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  21. Conor in Chicago

    His Presidency is in trouble because he’s a wimp-pure and simple. If this country was poorer we’d be shooting at each other in the streets by now. This is a Civil War without shots being fired. To the left we didn’t elect a President we elected a political General and thus far he’s a total failure on that end. The Neo Cons pushed an agenda on us and now we are suffering from its results. Don’t you think we elected you so that you could push back? Hello? Obama? Enough of this Mr. Nice Guy nonsense. I thought you were “from Chicago”. A native son of Chicago would have done something useful by now-like tear apart the opposition on national television for 2 hours straight-not let them dominate the conversation.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  22. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    You betcha! He’s done nothing for the middle class – only taken their children’s money to bail out billionaires and bolster GM which was destined for bankruptcy no matter what. He has continued two wars that can never be won because of how one was abandoned before completed, and the other was one of choice that was a terrible mistake. He attempted to reach out to the incorrigible such as Kadafi, which is a waste of time – to wit: Kadafi figuratively spat in Obama’s face by giving a hearo’s welcome to a convicted terrorist. He will allow healthcare reform to be watered down and just allow the industry to soak us even more. He has failed to protect our privacy; indeed he has gone out of his way to strip us of our privacy. He continues to ignore border security saying that saving billionaires is more important at the moment. He has no stomach for going after war criminals after promising he would up hold our laws and international laws. If he does anything he will only punish the lowest pawns while letting the masterminds (Bush Cheney, and the 3 R’s) completely off the hook, regardless of how much evidence comes to light against them.

    If I wanted to end my presidency as soon as possible, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  23. Trueman - Toronto, Ontario

    Hi Jack,
    The instant-gratification, 24-hour-newscycle culture of Americans seems to be ready to write him off after only 7 months in office. It took 8 years, two controvertial wars, and an economic collapse to write off Bush. Now THAT'S progress, America!
    Give any gun-wielding, propaganda-filled right winger a microphone and he's suddenly a political commentator decrying the failure of the Obama administration. Giving the "Birthers" and their kind an open and uncontested forum to voice their malcontent may make for colorful 24-hour news filler, but it's one-sided sensationalism and it smacks of GOP Swift-Boat tactics.
    That's why Obama can't get anywhere, and that's why America seems ready to eat him alive.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  24. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    I believe so. With 30 Czars that he has appointed to get around public scrutiny, he has lost all credibility for his tranparency in government as far as I'm concerned. Think about it for a moment, 30 people, acting for the president with no one to be accountable to. Now tell me how that benefits the country. The largest number of appointed people of "any" presidency. The largest and highest paid staff of any presidency. Now you tell me how that it being fiscally prudent. It only demonstrates that the White House says one thing and does the other. It also tells me that he is out of his league. He has no real plan, he has to rely on his "teams". For a person who has expouted "vision" he certainly is relying on others to develop it for him.
    Now we have run away national debt, and he wants to spend more money. Where exactly is the "common sense" in those actions? I've always lived under the notion that if you don't have the money for it, don't buy it. Maybe the White House should learn that "if you don't have the money" don't spend it. Right now we have a "White House of Cards" and it won't take much to have it all tumble down.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  25. Tom from Philly

    The Obama presidency is plagued with trouble, the 20% of america that is maniacle repbulican movement. They are creating this wonderful illusion of public discontent by pumping lies and hatred into the country. SAAAAAY what is that familiar.... He still has my mandate for national healthcare, and now that the maniacle idiots cant say he ever had a 60 seat senate, (all 60 were never active), healthcare is now going to be insurance reform but i hope their plan backfires and the dems make senate gains and hold majority in the house then they will be truly irrelavent

    August 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  26. Roy

    I hope not, because if his Presidency is in trouble, then America is in trouble.

    Port Aransas, TX

    August 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  27. David in San Diego

    Of course not. He will be President until at least 20 January 2013 and, most likely, until 2017.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  28. Tina Tx

    It will be unless he does not pull our soldiers out of the Middle East. The action over there is bankrupting the country.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  29. nora CC TXAS

    It is amazing to me you would ask this question after what a whole 7 months? The mess left behind to clean up would of been hard for anyone to walk in and be a hero or a keeper after this amount of time. GW Bush's presidency was never in trouble and that was after 8 years of well you know what. I am surprised by your question Jack after such a short time, do you know something we don't?

    August 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  30. Kevin

    Absolutely! Barack Obama does not represent main stream America. Everything he does puts another nail into the coffin of his administration.

    Since coming to power, his administration and his radical left wing supporters alienate, disparage and ignore the will of the American people (health care debate) AND wage war on American institutions that protect America (CIA) and networks that are exercising their journalistic integrity (Fox) to report fairly on his administration. Most other networks (CNN included) have not exercised their journalistic integrity since the presidential election.

    His radical friends are rewarded with appointment to offices that report only to him (Czars). His foreign "apology" tours are offensive and contemptible.

    Obama and the Democrats will pay for their arrogance in the next set of elections. It's time for a Revolution by Ballot!

    August 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  31. Mario (from) Vegas

    There's no way his presidency is in trouble he's been alot better than Bush in my eyes even though he's not what I expected but we do have to give him time to clean up this mess the previous adminastration left.Maybe if he came in when Bush did the economy and etc. would be alot better because he would be coming in with a clean plate instead of all this nonsense he has to fix I dont blame him I blame BUSH :(...

    August 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  32. JWC in Atlanta

    Yes...but only because the country is in trouble, and of no fault of this particular administration. "It's the economy, stupid" is still the refrain, and as long as we carry huge debt, rack up gigantic deficits, face monster inflation, continue an of, by, and for the rich socio-economic ideal, this and any other administration is going to spend its days "in trouble".

    August 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  33. Jason, Koloa HI

    Anybody who became president after the Bush Disaster was eventually going to be doomed. Becoming the captain of a listing ship is not exactly a rose petaled path to future success. Obama is in a lose-lose situation and his skill and leadership can only help him lose less than a lesser qualified person. He deserves to be commended for even trying change an unfixable disaster.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  34. carrie snider

    Republicans are so blinded by hate for democrats that they'll do anything block progress. We have to keep in mind they've always resisted and feared change. That's why they're always on the wrong side of history.ie womens rights civil rights support for the poverty stricken. There is a vicious streak of greed that runs down the center of this supposed party of Christ. Obama will never gain right wingers support. His presidency is only in trouble if he let's this small minority dictate his actions.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  35. Dollar Bill

    It's amazing Pres Obama has only been in office for less than a year and there's talk about his Presidency being in trouble. It sounds to me like, the black man always has to do the job better to be excepted.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  36. Dr.Giorgio, medico-chirurgo, in Italy

    Dear Jack, here in Italy, Barack Obama's presidency, has been getting very good reviews! His appearance at the G-8 international conference, held in earthquake Aquila, Italy, was deemed a huge success by Italian politcal leaders, including by,Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi. Even Michele Obama has been getting much time on Italian and other European shows, by her willingness to board Air Force One, in shorts, amd her green gardening with children on the White House lawn! Barack Obama's presidency, may "Be troubled", if his neo-conservative politcal enemies, decide to hurt him, either physicall at some point, (As many middle class Europeans fear), or otherwise!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  37. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Why? What is any different than expected? The Fall 2008 near-collapse of the entire financial system was not expected to rebound until 2010. Healthcare was not expected to be an easy slide, and there isn't anything for a President to do until there is a bill to sign, except promote a bill once written, which the Congress has not yet done. [And the right has not said anything credible against the proposals]. The war was expected to escalate in Afghanistan. What, Jack, were you expecting different? The only thing troubling is a media that has become more and more obsessed with telling people that there must be something wrong!!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  38. Kerry Diehl

    Yes, but our country and our constitution are in even MORE trouble because of his presidency!

    Socialism, Marxism and Communism encirle him with input from his Czars and far left liberal Senators and Congressmen not to mention ACORN and the SEIU groups to name a few!!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  39. bob z, from pa.

    it is coming out that he is not what ihe people thought he was he will bring down this country if we can't stop his spending

    August 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  40. Lou from North Carolina

    Please let the man breathe and exhale.....just one time.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  41. Chuck

    Not yet, but the hill is getting steeper. Who watches the presidents contacts?(golfing partners, etc) Does he not have advisors that tell him who not to be seen with? With continuing goofups like these he could easily become a one term president.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  42. Dave

    Jack if you listen to the media yes for me he's doing what most leader do. Anyone who take on programs like health care are going to have problems with the power brokers in this country. Just listen to all the lies.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  43. Bill Davis

    Isn't it a bit early in his term to be asking that question? I usually give college coaches at least two, maybe three years before yelling "throw the bum out!"

    August 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  44. Marlene C. Wilmington,De

    Jack, NO! Pres. Obama's not in trouble. He has accomplished more in 200 days, than some presidents have in 4 or 8 years! But I'm really sick of the media showing what they perceive as negative and not enough of the positive! The insurance industry is behind all the blatant lies! While trying to keep making millions at the sick people's expense! Wake up people! It's sad that so many Americans are so easily swayed by lies through the media! Who has most of the commercials on tv? The health industry! They're spending $1.4 mil a day to keep their companies rich!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  45. Bert

    Jack you are starting to sound like Limbaugh and the rest of the clan!
    Will you be dinning with Sarah next?
    Perhaps you are out of vacation time already Jack! If needed take a leave of absence.I understand reporting the news today is stressful but by all means don't get caught up in all the rhetoric about our president!
    I'am worried about you Jack?

    August 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  46. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    It should not be in trouble but with the Army of talking heads on television updating the President's poll numbers every 27 seconds, one can undestand why the numbers are low. Remember, report the news don't try to make the news.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  47. Jill

    Well, he certainly hasn't done anything illegal or immoral, so I doubt his presidency is in any real trouble. His approval ratings, however, may see some decline. Let's face it–he promised the moon without any idea of what he could realistically accomplish. As soon as he redefines what he can and can't do and makes his promises more believable, he'll see his numbers go back up.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  48. Willow, Iowa

    Jack, I don't believe its in trouble, yet. It could be if he doesn't take matters in hand and start to get things done. His campaign ideas were health care reform, DADT, and change. So far, he's still new, but he needs to make a stand, I think he's trying to placate everyone. If he's a one term President, so what? He needs to do what he set out to do. He needs to keep his nose clean, and do what he is supposed to do. So no ethics complaints, etc. He hasn't been in office very long and he had a rough start. I think we should give him the benefit for now. But he needs to stand up soon.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  49. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Only if the press continues to have so much coverage of the right-wing detractors on the health care issue. Any sensible working class person should fight for a public option. Most everyone enjoys their Social Security benefits so why would there be opposition to the Federal government coming to the aid of the average guy? I think President Obama is doing an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  50. Tony from Torrington

    Geez, I hope so. I really want this country to remain the United States of America with a great constitution and individual freedom, and not the Socialist States of Obamanation. The presidency is an honor for an individual to attain. The individual should not try to be above the position. No one is more important than the country, the United States of America. He is trying to be above the rest of the country, and above the position he was elected to, and I hope he fails.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  51. Paul

    Popularity polls fluctuate with presidents all the time. Anytime a candidate becomes the person in charge he loses some luster. And in these economic times, I dare say anyone in office right now would be on the hot seat. I'd rather see a president stand up to the plate and swing for what he believes in, then stand there hoping for a walk to first. I don't think there is any reason for concern about his presidency at all, as long as one doesn't let fear and ignorance get in the way.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  52. Ed from California

    No, our hysterical news media is in trouble. You overexpose everything, for what, ratings? You all seem to think the negative side of any story is the most important side. None of you can report a "BALANCED" side of anything. The' Squeaky Wheel" isn't democracy, it's "Special interest"!

    Look at these Town Hall meetings. You in the media only show the ones that people are yelling at each other. You always show the "red" states, verses the "blue" states. You would never show a Town Hall meeting that people are in favor of the issue(s), no ratings.

    Like yesterday, at John McCain's Town Hall. He didn't give one straight answer to those Seniors. The Seniors are scared to death of loosing their Medicare and Social Security benefits because of the hysterical media, not reporting the truthful facts. HR 3200 will INCREASE their benefits, not decrease them.

    Remember, it was George Bush along with McCain and his Republican Party that wanted to "privatize" Social Security. We were going to be able to invest that money in the stock market, on our own. Where do you think those Seniors would be right now if that "idea" wasn't blocked by the Democrats?

    It's a good thing that most of those people there have a bad memory, or that meeting would be allot different.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  53. Lynn


    Aren't you jumping the gun? We gave Jr. Bush 8 long years of screwing up and here we are barely into 7 months of Obama being President and you are asking, if "he is in trouble?" Gimme a break...I'm not going to even dignify it with a real response. Since when does a President only get 7 months to fulfill all of his elected obligations? Ridiculous! You media folks never cease to amaze me....

    August 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  54. kim

    Are you kidding? He's just getting started and I cant wait until healthcare reform is passed so that he direct is attention to some of our other pressing problems. No way! The presidency is not in trouble. I absolutely adore my president and truly thank him for what he has done and will do for my country.
    atlanta, ga

    August 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  55. Michael Odegard

    I'm not voting for Barack Obama, a Democrat or a Republican again. I'm not voting for anyone born between the years of 1947-1963, ever again. Baby boomers used to say don't trust anyone over 30. I say never trust a baby boomer, ever.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  56. Ruie - Brownstown, MI

    Dear Jack: As Former Jusctice Sandra Day O'Conner and Justice Breyer have often said, we desperately need Civics to be taught in our schools again as a requirement for graduation! Where President Obama seems to be in the most trouble is where he is ACTUALLY acting as a President is supposed to: ie. letting the Attorney General do his job independently of the President, letting the Congress do their job - (though, of course, they rarely do, and this has caused him some problems). In other words, we got used to a President and Vice-President who didn't even know, or refused to admit, that they belonged in the Executive Branch ONLY. I believe when it is all said and done, we will look back and say he had a good run.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  57. chris

    yep so is congress dem's and senate are in trouble too i am sure if we could do a election between him and a republicAn worthy opponent the current president would loose out

    August 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  58. Richard McKinney, Texas

    No I don't think so. Even a monkey could do Obama's job. All that any president in America has ever been is someone to either blame or applaud for the failure or success of the United States Congress. The president can set the agenda but the Congress holds the purse strings. The United States Congress is what makes or breaks a president and this democrat controlled congress is trying to snap Obama like a twig.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  59. Dr. Jim Farrow (New Orleans)

    After eight months of hard work for the American people under very adverse conditions, his presidency is hardly in trouble. The ones in trouble continue to be the Republicans. The Republicans, always sore loosers, are doing exactly what they did with Bill Clinton's presidency. They will stop at nothing to make a Democratic president look bad.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  60. Tom, Bradenton, FL

    Yes it is. We keep wasting money on these senseless wars. Zero job creation only job losses. Outsourcing is not being stopped, we have not left NAFTA, lobbyism is alive as never before, he broke his promise that taxes will not go up but he about to tax anything but the rich. No health care, you are right Jack he is in trouble I will not vote for him ever again. Big Mistake.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  61. Pamela holt

    Pamela holt foley,al. No, the republican party is trying to convince everyone it is, along with their sidekicks, Shawn hannity and bill o-Reilly. All those two need , are a sugar titty, to pacify them.....

    August 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Stephen Johnson

    Yes the presidency is in trouble. Kennedy was the leader that could get both sides of the isle talking about an issue and get something done. Now, the Democrats have to find a backbone and actually stand up for President Obama without the Lion of the Senate. The President depending on them is like using tissue to protect yourself from rain: it aint gonna work.

    Detroit, Michigan

    August 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  63. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    Many people didn't think he had a chance to become president, When they woke up, He was elected.Now they want to get rid of him. He is doing a good job, He don't act stupit. Myself I wish they would join him. But I'm affraid politicians will be POLITICIANS, and try to fight him. WHAT A UGLY WORLD!!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  64. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Let's see: If you disregard the powers that are doing their best to destroy his presidency and concentrate on what he wants to achieve for this country, then NO. If you want to concentrate on the lies and fears being forced upon us by the GOP and the press giving them a forumn from which to spread those untruths, then YES. I find the situation most shameful!!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  65. Cheryl in South Carolina

    Of course not, Jack. The country's in trouble and we are dealing with a lot of difficult, expensive, and complicated problems that have been allowed to fester for too long – the same set of problems we would have had if the other guy had won. Relax! He's doing fine.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  66. Craig


    Isn't this too early to ask this question? After all it is not what happens in the first 100, 200 days. It is what happens in the first 1,000 days. So my answer is an emphatic "no". I feel that a presidency is not decided in a short haul, but over the long haul. Each president gets bumped and bruised during their tenure. President Obama is just getting started. Give him time he had a lot on his plate when he took the oath. And he is doing just fine leading a nation which places more an more demands on our presidents.

    in Oklahoma

    August 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  67. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Not in my book. It is very clear to me that Congress is collectively the wishy-washy government body that is unable to proceed with health care reform thus far. Have you ever wondered how the Republican party even as a minority can still spin the Democrats into a tizzy? Could it be that the Democrats are also dependent upon big business for "campaign" contributions?

    August 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  68. Albert K.. L.A, CA

    Obama’s presidency could not be in trouble unless voters miraculously forget how Bush and Cheney left the economy and told lies to start a war, and have a sudden appetite for the Republican recipe of patriotism and fright, over concern for the people, to ever consider electing another Republican.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  69. Maria

    Oh good grief, Charie Brown!

    So once in awhile someone pulls the football out from under him. Who cares, except his suit cleaner.

    Obama is doing fine. He makes some questionable choices....like Rahm Emanuel, and his continued loyality to Berneke. That may be nuts,

    Give hime time and Obama will turn out to be the best President thiscountry has ever had.

    He should be getting props and admiration instead of GOP obstructionism.Brunswick,MD

    August 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  70. Diane/Allentown PA

    Jeez Jack, its been seven months, come on. Look what he walked into taking the Presidency!

    That last guy ran through a surplus so fast our heads were spinning, lied us into a war, and ran up the deficit, and after 8 years, I don't remember anyone asking this question of him.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  71. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    No, it's not. But does make for an easy story line like birthers, death panels, and other right-wing talking points.

    The polls show that Americans want progressive reform. When the voice of the people is not coming through, then yes there is trouble.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  72. Pablo in Arlington Texas


    Not if he will take Edward M. Kennedy as his model.

    Arlington Texas

    August 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  73. Barry Wantagh NY

    No. Everybody expects everything to be done NOW. With barely six months on the job what else do the people want the president to accomplish. The stock market is up close to 1500 points. he has kept the country from going bankrupt. What else can he do in such a short time.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  74. Joe in VA

    Clearly, a lot of the gloss is off the Obama presidency, but most Americans still want him to succeed for the sake of us all. It now appears the question will turn on the health care issue and the tangential issue of our mounting debt. If he can pull of a middle-of-the road plan accepted by most Aericans and one not driven by either the extreme right or left, and if the economy can bounce back – both tall orders – his presidency seems stable. If the democrats ram a health plan through or if the plan fails, and if debt keeps spiraling out of control, he's in trouble.


    August 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  75. lockeanddemosthenes

    No. Or rather, not yet. Obama received one of the largest electoral college victories in history. It will take a lot to bring his presidency to the level of ineffectiveness of our last eight years, but it is headed in that direction. We are close to progress in the Middle East, but North Korea is acting peculiar as is Hugo Chavez. Obama has three years left, and at the rate Republicans are nit-picking and fabricating stories, he might not make it. Passing healthcare with or without Republican approval would be a big step. The longer the debate rages on, the lower his ratings will drop.


    August 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  76. george

    Isn't it wonderful how understanding that people are, especially the ones who have enough sense, or are not just sore losers to know that you can't get everything undone from the previous administration in just very short time. Nice of you to ask the question although Obama hasn't had 8 years to get it right yet, and some who wouldn't have had it right if they had been in office 20 more years. What I am so thankful for is that the former administration is gone. Now lets get down to the business of getting this thing right before we have another just like, or even worse than Bush. I haven't seen a lot of Bush lately, guess he's out in some cow pasture turning over cow paddies looking for his legacy.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  77. Stephanie

    Why is it you ask this every week, Jack? Do you really expect different answers? Why not a blog as to whether the republicans are in trouble?

    August 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  78. Kerry Florida

    Absolutely not! Hey, not even Bush could screw up that bad in 8 months...Oh wait, we did invade the wrong country after 9/11...

    August 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  79. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    A lot of Republicans would like to make you think that it is.
    He has only just begun and we have only just begun to see what a great President he will become.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  80. Mark in OKC

    I can't understand why if America wanted a totally left wing fanatic like Obama, why didn't we just put Ted Kennedy in the White House a long time ago? Teddy could have done a lot better job.

    OKC, OK

    August 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  81. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack, I think everything is riding on the economy and people going back to work for president Obama to get elected to a second term. When people are working and have money they seem content with the president they have in office. Especially if they were out of work. Like the man said, it's the economy stupid.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  82. Helen Canada

    No Juck:
    especially now with the death of Ted Kennedy. His death Aug/25/09
    is an omen.I believe he wanted to die that day for his anniversary speech at Aug/25/08. Ted is senting a message to every one about the Health care that so much wanted.
    I think Republicans and Democrats will come to an agreement and sign the bill for health care.
    Ted is looking after Barack Obama from above.
    Mark my word I believe before or after his funeral Ted Kennedy has made a special Video and encourage people to support the health care.
    Ted Kennedy will win again.,and then he will rest in peace.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  83. CJ New York City

    Is it ever? Where do we start, trade, detainees, Afghanistan, housing stimulus, cash for clunkers or more tax payers' money for everyone. The most important program mortgage bailout was nothing more than a disgrace. It should have been called bank bailout two. The program as I understand it helped less than 3% of the people who really needed help. I know families that could have really used the help that never came. Oh, oh I almost forgot 'HEALTHCARE REFORM' That was currently is the mess of the century. The government is running out of money for Medicare. The people that are enrolled on Medicare pay for it! and they what be to believe that they could run 90% of the population that's on private insurane. Move over Jimmy Carter you'll have company in history. Can you say "One Term". PS, I voted for both of them, boy some choice's you'll love to get a do over.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  84. william fitzwater

    What constitutes trouble? Look at what has been accomplished . Even if 1/2 of the proposed ideas of health care reform pass it still will be a big accomplishment.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  85. bobwhite in Kansas

    Obama's presidency is not so much in trouble as largely disappointing. His campaign was a textbook model of success and excellence but he has not followed-through on his campaign agenda and that is "disappointing." Those of us who supported and worked for Obama's election are disappointed in his absence of overt advocacy for "change." He apparantly meant what we are experiencing, now, while we thought he meant outright challenge and change of the way things are done in DC. Actually, while we pledge support and honor to our country, we do not like our corrupt form of government.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  86. gp

    No...... He will be just fine, if he can get a little help from his fellow democratic. I know when it comes to voting for senators, there will be some changes that will be coming to reflect how unhappy the public has been with their lack of stance on healthcare issues. Keep your eye open for that Jack... Change is coming.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  87. jane

    I certainly hope not! If he were to lose, any semblance of decency in this country would also be lost. I hope Americans are tired to death of the "legal" thievery that's been going on in DC for a long, long time. It's my opinion that all – and I mean all – PACs should be kicked out, but of course that'll never happen. The almighty dollar still rules.

    Jane in Vermont

    August 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  88. Karen, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    It heading for the abyss because President Obama is all talk and no action. We elected him (I voted for him, too) to stay in Washington and solve the nations' problems. So far, he has shown no leadership and no backbone. The Congress is running all over him.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  89. lou

    Iraq is starting to stand on their own and our soldiers will be home within a year. We averted a depression. The stock market has gone up 20% since January. Reforming health care is going through a healthy debate. Gitmo was officially closed and is awaiting dismantle. Now I hear there is hope for peace talks between Israel and the Palestines. What, that's not good enough for the first 6 months in office?

    August 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  90. Thom Richer


    I picked up the latest issue of "Soap Opera" but couldn't find the Situation Room, Wolf or you anywhere in it. What's up with that, Jack? I mean with questions like this one, you should have been on the cover. Keep this reporting up and the next thing you know you will do stories on what books Obama reads or what the First Lady wears. By the way, I haven't seen much on the wars. Did they end without my knowing it? Viva Walter Cronkite.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  91. Ron from SF

    Yes, he promised Change and in the name of bi-partisanship, he's sold out everything he was supposed to stand for. Tortures get a pass, the constitution still gets treated as toilet paper, Iraq goes on and corporate interests like United Health Care are served, instead of the Public Option. I donated to his campaign and told others to vote for him. I won’t be doing that in 2012. What’s sad is that he sold out progressives to serve people who hate him and those of us who bought what he sold, are not going to forget these betrayals.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  92. Sam Tighiouart

    Jack I would have to say yes. With each passing day he is losing the support base that propelled him into the White House. While all Presidents have lived the posh lifestyle, Obama protrayed himself as different; a man of change, one of us. What we are seeing is more of the same. He has backed away from almost every campaign promise. Time and time again he has backed away when confronted with Lobbyist and Corporate Issues. Main Street put him in office, but he caters to Wall Street! He has sold us out. I campaigned for him and voted for him, but not again. I would rather vote for a fox, at least I know what to expect with the fox guarding the hen house.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  93. Richard K.

    In Toronto

    Well, he's not turning out to be the strong, single-minded president I thought he would be. In the Healthcare issue, why can't he explain better why insurance companies are primarily in it for the money and that having a public option is the only option if all Americans are to be included and not refused because of pre-existing conditions, financial hardship etc. Instead, he smiles meekly as special interest groups rudely brush by him....

    August 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  94. Katiec Pekin, IL

    With not only the republicans, but the media constantly striking out against him, he has a rough road. The media (big business) along with more than a few commentators out to destroy him, we American people do not get trustworthyand unbiased reporting.
    And, Jack, you seem to be joining their parade. How sad for us,
    our country and you.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  95. Vee C

    Yes! Two old sayings come to mind "You slow, You blow" and "If you sit on the fence too long, you're bound to get beat by both sides"
    After the lofty speeches, and the going gets tough, can the tough please get going?
    I believe this president will speak too long, ponder too long and study too long and GO WRONG!
    I voted for him and still believes he can turn things around but not like this. Instead of all the presidents' men and women and even those not yet hired, I want to see the president in action!
    On me of little faith.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  96. Brian


    In trouble? Are you asking if he's at risk of being impeached? I don't think so, unless fixing the economy, halting unemployment, saving the housing market and trying to provide Americans with affordable health care are impeachable offenses.

    Boise, ID

    August 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |


    If Obama does not begin showing that he is in charge then yes, his Administration is doomed. It is clear tthat he is not just being adviced but told what to do and say... It's all rehearsed and we are sick and tired of his pontifications..... I am afraid that his inexperience is beginning to show and there are no good resources nor time to learn..... He is the mouth piece for his Advisors!!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  98. Ronald Holst

    I would think that the republicans would love it they are the party of no to every thing except there own self need and wants .

    August 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  99. Jerry from Monroe Co. WV

    I wouldn't say that is in trouble, not yet. It is time for democrats to rally for the public option in healthcare reform as a memorial to Ted Kennedy. The good news is that we are not asking weather a presidency is a disaster. We did that last year and the answer was "yes".

    August 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  100. Connie

    If President Obama's Presidency is in trouble it's because he was handled a multitude of problems by the previous President who had no clue how to correct any of them.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  101. Jerry from Monroe Co. WV

    I wouldn’t say that it is in trouble, not yet. It is time for democrats to rally for the public option in healthcare reform as a memorial to Ted Kennedy. The good news is that we are not asking weather a presidency is a disaster. We did that last year and the answer was “yes”.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Douglas White, Wheeling WV

    It seems that america are having trouble trying to understand what the Repubublicans, the Democrats and the president are doing about the economy, immigration and healt care reform,
    Maybe the Senate and Congress could send everyone in america a decoder ring, so that we can better understand what they are trying to tell us what they are trying to do about this mess in health care reform, the economy and everything else thats dragging america under a pile of debt,

    August 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  103. John from Alabama

    Jack: No Prtesident Obama's presidency is not in trouble. I believe there will be a health reform act signed into law. The recession will start to lose its grip on the American consumer in December 2009, and 2010 will be a year when the percentage of unemployed will start to drop. President Obama might not have the robust Democratic controlled Congress, but he will still continue move the nation forward.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  104. Leslie

    I think that that party itself that is in trouble not so much the administration. The democrats need to " GROW A PAIR" It is in their best interest that they stay with the president as he will right this wrong when congress gets things moving. It is sad that on this day of mourning that when we think about it the last great thing that this country did was in the 60's and that president gave the congress a dead line. The president has the right ideas that will make us a leading player in the world in the next 100 years but, until the congress stands up and takes action we will keep asking ourselves whats wrong with the administration.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  105. Vinnie Vino


    Not yet, however if the President does not get the health care reform he is pushing for turn out the lights the party is over because this issue is the centerpiece of his Presidency...

    Vinnie Vino
    Central Islip, N.Y.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  106. joe m

    while the most rabid of the right would love to believe this, obama has a long way to go. he is not even past his first year. the situation he faces today is not an iran or vietnam. while he still has problems that he has to deal with, his presidency is far from being in trouble. ask this question again after the 2010 elections and we will all have a better idea.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  107. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I think what has got to happen is that the democrats need to pass the bills that are required to get this country back on the right path whether or not the republican jerks like it or not.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  108. Nuwan Samaranayake

    No. He is doing what is right for the country. Change is not easy. It needs bold steps. Although many voted him for change, I am not sure how many people understood what change really means. His popularity will suffer for taking bold action. That is how it is. He must go forward with his tasks with firm determination. People will see the light later. Good leaders do not wait for the people to see everything before making right decisions.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  109. Terry Pierson

    In politics when you drive down the center of the road you get hit by traffic from both sides. While this might make for some ugly looking collisions the fact that he has offended the left and the right radical party ideologues probably means he is doing something right.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  110. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack, you talk like everythng, that took eight years to materialize, is his fault. We did not get into these diasters overnight, and it will not be
    resolved overnight. Why you insist on trying to drag him down is beyond me. You, Jack, have changed, and not for the better.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  111. docb

    I think there is a normal leveling off but It could be attributible to the 'immediate gratification syndrome' of the media -coupled with the people being concerned about the economy-The Repubs and much of media obsessed with 'ARE WE THERE YET'!

    Or it could be the zipcodes the pollsters are using..you know 'push polls' and the right demographic zip does drive the answers!
    No news here...

    August 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  112. A. Davis, Sacramento, CA

    I hope not! I think just because he has hit a bump with health care–how to compete with the lies coming from the other side–doesn't mean that he's through. I admire him for taking and keeping to the high road even though it is difficult to deal with people who can only say no and set their sites on trying to make him a failure.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  113. Jay in Texas

    I believe Obama's presidency is in big trouble and he has made it that way. He's re-appointed many of the old Bush people to his administration, he has not kept any major campaign promise he made, and he has extended our participation in two illegal wars.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  114. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    George Bush ran home to Texas after masterminding the US into the greatest crisis of its history. Obama has turned things around on every battleground and is going to bring about the first real health reform in my lifetime. In trouble? not hardly.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  115. Kevin in CA

    His presidency is not in trouble yet. However, if health insurance reform is meaningless and job losses continue well into 2010, he will probably be a one term wonder.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  116. Alveta, Maryland

    Heck NO! Jack, it's the President before him and the President after him. Dispite all the BS going on here in USA and abroad, he's doing a great job with the short time he's been in office. It's not going as smooth as President Obama wants, but give it time. PATIENTS PEOPLE PATIENTS

    August 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  117. C.K. of Colorado

    Do you think Obama can solve 8 years of problems in only 7 months?In case you haven't noticed, he's not the Wizard of Oz. Do you think if you were in his shoes you could solve America's problems?

    August 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Pugas-AZ

    It is not surprising that he is "cooling off". That is to be expected as the afterglow of the election wears off and the realities of governing the country take hold. His election gave a false sense that the country was moving to the left in a grand manner. Apparently this is not the case and people are speaking up concerning the direction the country is taking. His ship should start a turn to starboard.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I'm less upset with Obama than I am with Congress. At least Obama is trying to work with everyone. The message from both sides of Congress has been "my way or the highway". Obama could afford to move a bit to the right, but Congress will never get anything done unless they all move about 7 steps toward the center.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  120. Wm in PA

    Yes! President Obama took office with: the country in two wars; trillions in debt; a financial melt-down underway; taxes way below the level needed to operate the country; regulation of corporations and financial institutions gutted, more than 25 thousand lobbyists controlling the congress, 2500 right-wing-nut hate mongers on the radio and tv 24/7 spewing hate, telling lies and wishing for our failure; rising pollution or air and water; dramatic climate change bringing storms, and droughts; and a public media that thinks Michael Jackson and Octo-mom are news.
    Sorry Jack, it will take generations to regain what we had 12 short years ago: jobs, prosperity, peace and growing retirement savings if we are lucky but it may be too late. We may be too divided to serve the needs of our citizens.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  121. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Only in the minds of the media and the Republicans. How quickly you guys forget all the problems that he inherited from the Bush administration–and how much work he's done on so many of them. Your question strongly implies that you can't wait to see him fail. I think he'll catch his second wind–and then watch out. Why don't you ask if the Republicans have done anything for America lately and if their supposed comeback as a party and political power is failing? You want to talk about failure–right now the conservatives are the definition of that word.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  122. Howard M.-Bolingbrook IL

    I think President Obama's presidency could be in some trouble. The reasons are because he has adopted too many of the Bush administrations practices and tactics. This White House has not been the paragon of transparency Mr. Obama promised. The fuzzy under the table deal with "Big Pharma". Lastly, President Obama has shown little or no consistent fortitude in support of the Health Care Reform Bill thus far. I am a life long Democrat and I have become impatient and disheartened because of the above noted factors.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  123. george in MD

    jack!..I assumed changes well come by voting for Mr. president that was his calling for small government and lower our taxes and restoring our Faith in government...but all I see is more fat add to already large government ,more tax funded projects ,and a large deficits that resemble some sought American countries that we used to be highly critical off.
    it well come a time when we do same as does country who added zeros to heir currencies inorder to fix and balance the deficit.
    jack...in order for us to communicate most effectively we need to speak with same language that campaigned for change in it loud voice Mr. president you are on the wrong promised track.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  124. Susan

    The President shouldn't have pushed the health care issue so hard, so soon although he told us he was going to do it when he was elected. So many voters flocked to the Democratic party based on his rhetoric in 2008 they must have wanted health care reform. So, I am thinking there is a silent majority that doesn't make media headlines as easily as a loud and angry person who protests.
    Susan B
    Natchitoches, LA

    August 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  125. Terry from Illinois

    The "Yes we can" party is addressing the tough issues for working Americans of which "change" brings out the emotions. Its a whole lot better than the past 8 years of "No" party and them addressing issues only for the rich and the companies.
    Wait another year and see where Obama's polls are at, then ask that question...

    August 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  126. Chris from Savannah

    Any president who will not face his critics and answer their questions in a direct clear manner is bound for trouble.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  127. debra, nc

    It took eight years for the Bush administration to get us into this mess. President Obama has been in office for only eight months. During that time the Dow has risen 1500 points,, he stopped the US from sliding into a depression, health care reform is further along then it has ever been and the mideast peace talks are restarting. This after only 8 months. People need to have more patience and stop acting like this is a probationary Presidency. President Obama has proven to be a steady leader.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  128. Carmen Patti

    I believe in Obama. Is this the Rev Wright moment of his presidency? Probably, but there is no one I would rather have as my leader during these historic times..Just wait until September he will be back, focused and strong.Have patience, have faith...

    August 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |

    The Presidency is never in trouble Jack. Its the American people who are in trouble. We are the ones who hired him and if he fails we all fail. When all is said and done, no matter how badly our Presidents screw up, they will still live a life of the highest quality while the American people struggle to stay out of harms way.
    I may sound sinister. Prove me wrong.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  130. Paul S. New Port Richey, Fl

    Anyone who flies crates of lobsters to Montana for a town hall meeting in a tattered economy is slapping all Americans in the face. This elitist administration is doomed.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Jeff in Minnesota

    It is in trouble because President Obama has Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed driving the agenda. It's tough lead when everyone else thinks they should be leading.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  132. Tim in Texas

    No, Jack. His presidency is not in trouble and he should not move to the right. The right has moved so far to the right that they have fallen off the cliff into lulu land. Why would he want to move there? The problem is not that American's don't support his policies - the problem is that many Americans believe the crap that the right has been dishing out. Think about health care - aside form death panels and such - think about what McCain has proposed - that we tax health benefits - a tax that will hit the middle & lower classes the hardest - then we 'give' everybody $2500 dollars (whether they need it or not) to go out and buy insurance (which nobody could buy for $2500)– so that 16% of that tax-payer money goes straight to profiting the insurance companies. Brilliant. Why would I want to subsidize the insurance companies by being taxed on the money I pay them in the first place?

    August 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  133. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    The President is not in trouble, but the people trying to pull him down are. Ted Kennedy didn't die for nothing.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  134. Karen (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

    Yes, he is in BIG trouble if he keeps pushing bills through Congress according to some imaginary deadline. There is no transparency and no one has the time to read anything before he is pushing to have it on his desk. When is he going to STOP campaigning? He isn't a leader but he sure can manage to use scare tactics on Congress and the rest of the country in order to push his bills through. All he seems to do is blame the other guy for the mess we are in, but he and his party were there for the last 8 years and they didn't protest then so why now?

    August 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  135. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    President Obama's presidency in trouble? Polls, and those who overtly and covertly wish and are doing all they can to make him fail notwithstanding, no. Jack, what other president in your lifetime has been expected to clean up so much mess in so short a time? and with so little help? If Americans would ask ourselves what is worse today (other than unemployment) than it was on January 19, 2009, we would know that he is helping the country in spite of ourselves. Maybe if we stop demanding instant gratification, we would appreciate the small progress that's been made. And Jack, please stop feeding into this madness. He’s our President. If he fails, we all fail.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  136. Dan

    It is still too early to determine if his presidency is in trouble, the American people have a history of being impatient; they expect quick fixes to complicated problems. The 2010 mid-term elections will give us a very good idea. If the Democrats are trounced because of displeasure with the President than his re-election chances will be slim to none, but in politics anything can happen so stay tuned.

    St. Louis, MO

    August 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  137. Dennis North Carolina

    no but there are some people who want him to fail.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  138. Ed from Southwest Colorado

    Seven months???? Obama inherited a disaster in the making and has statrted to turn things around and the media and repubs can't stand it. He is actually acting like a real president unlike the last one. And if the American people thing he can turn around eight years of total mismanagement in the short time he has been in office, they should get back on Prozac and relax. It will be a long haul, but he is going in the right direction. Now if only the democrats in congress would try to help??

    August 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  139. Daniel

    No, his presidency is not in trouble, very far from what the Repubicans will have you believe. They, the Republicans lied and went to war and gave the rich the tax cuts that have created the mess we are in now. Obama is simply correctiong the mess created by the moron, the compassionate conservative.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  140. Richard J. Gottlieb - in Queretaro, Mexico

    52% approval rating in a country as diversified as ours! Wouldn't bUSH and Cheney have loved to have left office with that!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  141. Doris/St Louis

    This President has done more in 7 months than most presidents have done during their entire term/terms. The majority of Americans, and people throughout the world are for, and with this president. The republicans decided to opt out therefore, they have no voice in his decisions.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  142. Ray in Nashville

    His administration has been in trouble since the day it took office. The Bush administration and 28 years of Republican economic practices (yes, that includes the Clinton years) resulted in President Obama entering the White House with a proverbial burning sack of you-know-what at the front door. As he has tried to stamp out the flames, he is getting covered in the stuff, and the Republicans who left it there are dancing about fanning the flames and laughing.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  143. Gregory Portland, ME.

    It was the split between the conservative and moderate Republicans during the election that helped launch Obama on his plan for "change" in America. Due to some unforseen circumstances his plans were sidetracked and now it doesn't appear that we can afford "change" and others are fine with the status Quo! The tide has shifted again and will again, that's what tides do! Don't count Obama out yet!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  144. Natalie

    No, Jack I don't think his presidency is in trouble. I think the GOP is in trouble because they have not yet learned the simplest of lessons: Don't keep putting new paint on the same old barn." Americans on both sides of the isles are tired of the politics as usual game. That is why President Obama was elected. We Americans want answers to our questions and concerns that cannot be answered with the hate speech and rhetoric reminiscent of the "red scare" era. Do yourselves a favor, dismantle the barn, rebuild and come back in such a way that we all can be proud of our democratic process. Right now the GOP is coming off to the country and the world as out dated, racist, trouble makers who would rather watch our citizens die off than simply to roll up their sleeves and help pull the threads of our nation back together. Democracy is good. We want and need it...just not the way its being used in recent years by naysaying conservatives who have seemingly taken their ball and bats home because they lost one. A new election will come, Republicans will (if they get themselves together) once again be in the White House. Thats how our system works. Use this time to rebuild respect for your party and stop holding America down.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  145. Emma, San Luis Obispo

    Trouble? Jack come on..........he is just getting started. The republicans would love nothing more, but they are sadly mistaken if they believe it.

    President Obama has accomplished more in his first 100 days in office than GWBush did in eight years.....which reminds me; President Obama has spent so much time cleaing up the mess the republicans made in eight years. Let us never forget they brought this nation to it's knees financially, and spent us into record deficits and trillions in debt.
    President Obama is just what this nation needs to bring some sanity back to leading and governing this nation.........remember he's carrying the torch the Kennedy's passed on to him.........so stop asking if he's in trouble............it's only been eight months!
    Rome wasn't built in a day or eight months and it took Bush eight years to bring us down, with the full support of the republicans.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  146. anna

    No Jack, anyone that counts him out is in trouble. He is doing what so many have not had the guts to do, try to help the people. He is finding it is not easy, to cut through the bull! I truly believe he will be laughing all the way back to the White House for his second turn, when the dust settles. The average people need to win once in a while! I am truly afraid of the Republicans, They will use every ugly trick in the book to see him not succeed, but I believe he would go down with the ship, not throw the people over board like our Republican friends!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  147. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Do hope when you read these posts, you note, Jack, that the majority say he is not in trouble, but the republicans, past administration and the media are our biggest negitivity and disruption of his trying to
    save our country.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  148. marjorie chance

    I certainly hope Obama's Presidency is not in trouble. We finally have a leader in the White House whose eloquent voice speaks to our country's concerns and who has the energy and commtment to inspire a better future for us all.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  149. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    Considering the trajectory of the last eight years, I would have to say that the country is in a better position to recover under President Barack Obama than under Bush or another Bush clone. Barack Obama's presidency is not in trouble. The phoenix is rising and it has more than nine lives.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  150. Corbin

    If Obama will stop reaching out to the angry right, then some real reform can happen. GOP input ruined the stimulus, and it will ruin the healthcare bill if he lets them do it. Bush never reached out like Obama, so Obama shouldn't reach out to the people who got us in this mess! Obama is no liberal, he's a republican pacifist!

    Central, TN

    August 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  151. Scott Stodden

    As a loyal & liberal Democrat Jack I would have to say yes President Obama's presidency is in serious trouble. Look at the spending issue alone for just one second and know that this is the President who has spent the most money than any other President in history when we don't even have the money to spend. We remember President Clinton was a spender to but he knew what he was doing when he was spending otherwise he wouldnt left off with a surplus. I believe President Obama thinks he's doing the right thing for our country but I said it before Jack and I'll say it again that he does not have the experience and knowledge to deal with the many, many problems that this country is facing. I always supported Hillary in the primary election because President Obama does not have the experience to know what to do when that phone rings at 3AM but we cant blame him for creating these problems cuz we all know who created them thanks George, but we can only blame President Obama for continuing the problems we're facing. Its only goin to get worse Jack

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    August 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  152. JIM S

    Obama's presidency is in big trouble. His approval rating is worse that that of George W Bush at the end of his first term. At the rate he is going down, his approval ratings would projected to be about 18% at the end of his term. The American people voted for Obama with his campaign promise of Change. We got it all right. Just the wrong kind.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  153. Daisy

    Come on Jack!! Give the man a chance you are as bad as the Rep. He has been in office 7 mo. I don't know how the Rep can think his presidency is in trouble hell they had Bush in there 8 years and still can;t see he is the WORST president this country will EVER have!! Obama is doing fine considering all the lies that are being told by the Pigs like Rush and the rest of the uneducated right wing. I feel sorry for them some day they will have to answer for there lies. I think they forgot Thou shall NOT lie applies to them to. So some day they will get a rude awakening when God tells them that he know of all there lies and just because they say they are so Godly does make it true!! Daisy Rushville

    August 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  154. Chad from Los Angeles

    Its hard to so quickly clean up the mess left by the worst president in modern history. Bush took us to rock bottom, so the only way to go is up, just be patient. Did it take God just one day to create our world, no it took several!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  155. David in Raleigh, NC

    America is tired of Obama's Socialist Spending policies. First we had the failed $787 billion dollar stimulus that would keep unemployment at 8% if Congress quickly voted for the bill without reading it and debating it. Now Obama says unemployment is headed towards 11% even with his Socialist pork spending plan in place. Now Obama wants to spend a fortune nationalizing health care. I think America has finally had enough. Looks like Obama's failed Socialist policies are going to give the House and Senate to the Republicans in 2010 and the White House to the Republicans in 2012.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  156. bill rupert

    It's getting there Jack. If Health care does not pass with a public option, his base will give up on him and he'll be back on that lovely tree lined street in the Chicago suburbs in 2012. I bet right now he's saying: Good! I hope so.

    I'm starting to think that Barak went after the Presidency as if it was an athletic event. Just to prove that he could do it.... Now that he's in, he's leaving the heavy lifting to his Cabinet and staff.

    I hope I'm wrong, cause I like him

    Bud/Reston, VA

    August 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  157. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Jack president Obamas presidency was in trouble before he ever raised his hand he didnt have all the luxurys as the previous chiefs when he walked into the oval office there was a firing squad waiting for him just waiting for him to make a mistake on a already troubled nation the differance between Obama is the others had some lead way to screw up he dont.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  158. Sue from Redwood City

    All presidencies have ups and downs, I think he's doing OK and the approval rating will eventually go up again.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  159. Deborah Black

    No, President Obama is doing a tremendous job in the face of the worst conditions. I got all my money in my 401K back and have made 4% profit so far this year. Housing is up, consumer condfidence is up, and we are working on one of the most sever problems in our country.
    Those people who hate him and always have; are the only ones up in arms. I heard a man in a town hall meeting the other day, say he had a gun and would go to Washington to kill the President if he could get enough people to go with him. Isn't that against the law? What is even worse is that Republican Politicians are encouraging the viscious lies and hateful rethoric, just like they did during the campaign. The Republican party is pathetic, they do not care anything about Americans, only for their own greed and power. No True American would support the way they are fueling hatred and lies.
    The country will be so much better off in a short time and they will be seen for what they are and President Obama will be reelected easily.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  160. Donald in CA

    With the mess Bush left and the no help republican party, i think Obama will go down as one of the greatist Presidents ever. The economy is turning around and things are looking up. Rush Limbaugh spoke for the republican party when he said he hopes Obama fails. The republican party will be the loser as Obama straighten out the mess this country is in..

    August 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  161. Emmanuel Mapesa


    Being Kenyan, I have carefully observed every move Obama has made and am afraid I must pass this verdict: Obama lacks political spine. This is going to cost him so much.

    Emmanuel Mapesa
    Leipzig, Germany.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  162. Jim/NC

    Any president would be in trouble given the circumstances. But lets face it, President Obama is making it worse with his spending and listening to the far left of the democratic party. Blaming Bush for the problems that our country is encountering is beginning to make me puke. Blaming Bush is like blaming your childrens treacher for their bad grades. HIS POLICIES ARE THE PROBLEM!!! Preisdent Obama had better move to the center or he is doomed.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |

    His presidency may be in a little trouble but the rest of us are in BIG trouble. Trillions upon trillons. Egad!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  164. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    For the sake of My country, I hop not, but, I think he should make some changes.
    So many people say he is doing better than his immediate predecessors.
    I have always told my children not to compare themselves with peopple who were not as good as they are, but they should always emulate those who are better than they are.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  165. Rob of Brooklyn

    No , he's not in trouble , but the GOP is . They are a dying breed and dying more everyday .

    August 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  166. Chris, Bx. NY

    Barack Hussein Obama, does not have to pander to the right........He is a centrist, without a doubt, already. His views are not far left, but rather correct. People need to get with the program. If the President only does one term, but gets health care reform, brings back this economy (which is happening slowly), and passes energy, and education reform, he will have done enough, in four years, and will go down in history, as one of the great Presidents. 52% approval is enough to carry on a Presidency........even the conservative savior, Ronald Reagan, lost tracking in the polls big time, until two years into his presidency when unemployment began to drop.
    As a matter of fact, when recovery comes, and the economy turns around, he'll definitely be re-elected.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  167. Austin new jersey

    No of course not true saying that our economy is bad would be a understatement, however the mans trying unlike that other slacker we called a president and by the looks of it things are getting better such as housing and the dow jones seems to be going up for quite some while so just want to see what's going to happen the full year before i start predicting gloom and doom.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  168. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack ,i dont think presiodent obama's presidency is in real trouble yet as he has only been in office for 9 months .he inherited a big mess from the previous administration which he did not create.i think he had better get the economy of this country moving again before the election of 2012 or only be a 1 term president.i like president obama and believe he is trying his best to help the country recover from this recession but i am appaled by all the hatered i see towards him because he is black.if he can get the country moving again he will be re-elected in 2012

    August 26, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  169. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's presidency is in trouble only if there is proof of someone in the Republican party that can do a better job.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  170. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Obama's presidency was, and still is, based on blaming the past President for "the mess he inherited". That excuse will only take him so far. His presidency is in trouble because now the independant voter who got him into office is realizing the fact that he is too inexperienced for the job. They are realizing the fact that he is simply a pawn of Big Labor and the large voting blocks his party is beholden to. And sadly, they are realizing he does in fact share the hurtful words and thoughts of Rev. Wright.
    I can disagree with everything Rev. Wright believes, but I can respect him for standing up and saying what he feels. I cannot repsect Obama since it's obvious he beleives the same things as Rev. Wright, yet he hid from it just so he can gain power.
    The American people are not stupid, and are to going to allow this pawn of the Liberal establishment (Goldman Sachs, the media, NAACP, UAW, etc.) to ruin this great capitalist democracy!!!!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  171. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    At least we don't see Pres Obama flying off to "cut brush and trim trees" in Texas all the time. Bush squandered the surplus left by Clinton with his tax refund in 2001. Now, people are screaming about higher taxes etc......Watch out people, if anyone can remember what happened in California in the 70s when Prop 13 was passed that cut property taxes back....well, cities, counties, the State started to cut back services, even going so far as to bill you for answering fire alarms on YOUR property. Bush's tax cuts in reality do the same thing, except that the rich don't give a damn.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  172. Jim Bailey

    Yer kidding right?
    Given the morass that he was handed don't you think you'd be in a little trouble too?
    Cripple Creek

    August 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  173. Markel, Houston, TX

    He is the man with the plan. Don't count him out just yet! It is said that a great leader is one who surrounds her/himself with talent. President Obama is surrounded by some of the best and the brightest talent to be found. Mr. Obama inherited a mess that took years to create. It surely won't be resolved within a year or two, anyone expecting complete resolution in 7-8 months is not being practical.

    The partisan bickering and shadow boxing from the GOP is laughable. If Mr. Obama were to exclaim that it was daytime at twelve noon, I suspect that the GOP would insist that it is night time and that Mr. Obama was guilty of treason for saying such a thing.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  174. Moraba Gum-Sah

    I do not believe so. But he has been handed a set of economic realities which will take years to repair, and his policies so far have only made those things (deficits) worse. He has shown himself to deal to the center: and is a liberal at heart with an idealistic twinge. Such an attitude in the 70s may have worked, now is a different time. His foriegn policy has been centrist. His security policy frankly naive. And his domestic policy appropriately intentioned but dangerously expensive. Speeches from telepromters can only go so far. Leadership is about making tough decisions. He needs to do that in multiple fronts now. Speak less, and act more.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  175. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    It was in trouble the day he took office, having said that, the economy is beginning to show signs of life. All of this, I'm sure, to the chagrin of the republicans. Why try and paint him as weak when the truth is, he shows an enormous amount of gumption. The trouble with the press these days, is they are trying to live down the fact that they let Bush get away with murder during his tenure, and look where that got us. Lighten up Jack, and give him some time.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  176. Dana of Imperial Beach

    I wouldn't necessarily would say that the Obama's presidency is in trouble. I would say that I would like the fascination with him would shimmer down so the people would ask him the questions that really matter. Enough of the news junkets asking, "President Obama here is a hardhitting question: "What you have for breakfast?"" Ask about the real deal on this healthcare reform, what's being done to stop illegal immigration, what's being done to stop poverty in this country, and why is the deficit and spending go up, up, up? I want real questions to be asked and answered. But if he keeps avoiding these questions people will grow tired of it.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  177. Ron in Ohio

    No. Besides, it's awfully early to ask this kind of sensationalizing question. His presidency is and will be a battle against the enemy, the Republicans who represent the drug companies, health care insurance companies and big oil and so on. Any presidency can be sussessful when people reach out to help it be so and any presidency can fall short when enemies work so avidly and their followers are so easily led with fear and hate. Is American's sun rising or setting? It all depends on what Americans want. I prefer rising. Conservatives prefer status quo at best.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  178. Jackie in Dallas

    No, Jack, not really.

    I think the greatest majority of people in this country understand that President Obama inherited a mess that he wasn’t expecting, and is doing as well as anyone could. And a 52% approval rate is better than any rate that President George W. Bush had in the last three years of his second term!

    Do I think that McCain would have done any better? God, no! He has less of a grasp of economics than anyone on the Hill! Hillary? Hmm. Don’t think so. She’s being a lot more effective as Sec of State than I expected, but she is violently polarizing, even more so that President Obama. Kerry, Lieberman, Edwards, Huckabee, etc.? Let’s face it, none of them could have done any better and some a lot worse.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  179. deon

    Obama presidency was in trouble even before he got into office.....he was set up for failure.....anyone in their right mind could have seen this all coming....i know i did.....

    August 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  180. Mark (Newburgh, NY)

    Yes, because the media has been telling everyone his Presidency is in trouble. Couple that with the collective attention-deficit disorder of a nation and the childish demand for immediate gratification and no President could stand a chance under these conditions.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  181. Carlos Averhoff

    Absolutly NOT! When all is said and done Barack Obama will be known as one of our greatest presidents.
    He is an activist president, and there is peril in that. He has been in office 6 months and he has accomplished and done more in that time than Bush did in 8 years.....

    August 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  182. Dee

    Pres. Obama is doing exactly what needs to be done.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  183. Woodrow Davis

    Mr. Obama's presidency was in trouble the moment he had to provide something other than rhetoric.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  184. Dante

    Are you kidding me? This is what's on his plate in the near future: Peace in THe middle East, Health Care (Which will pass) and a stock market that will top 10,000 for the first time since this thing hits....

    Do I think he's willing to compromise a little too much with Republicans? Yes... but give the man SOME credit.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  185. Kathleen

    Obama is facing the realities of the presidency. But given the enormity of the problems he faced, he's doing very well and has the potential for greatness. What I can't understand if the strategic stumbling on health care reform when he and his staff have been so brilliant on just about everything until now.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  186. Ginger

    I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt. It has only been 8 months since he has been in office and he is at least trying to fix things. Bottom line is WE as a people CANNOT single handedly hold him accountable for OUR actions and those from our previous president. He has uncovered the dirt under the rug and is trying to sort it all out. Lets give him a real chance.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  187. Ann

    Only the media would dream, at a time like this, of creating uncertainty about President Obama's Presidency. That's the job of historians looking back, not press creating a story because they have nothing better to do.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  188. Tris Meyeres

    Not really, but I pray that he doesn't win another term. Yes, I voted for him but there is something about Obama I can't really put my hands on. Maybe a wolf in sheep's clothing. Who knows. I just feel he's not being as truthful as he says he is. There is no real transparency.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  189. Alan

    Of course Mr. Cafferty, I knew it was in jeopardy from the beginning. With Obama bringing in so many impossible changes and making so many promises that are impossible to follow through with, it is inevitable for his presidency, or his legacy for that matter to be in jeopardy. People should have realized this in the beginning before blindly voting for a man who made so many promises, that it would be impossible to follow through with them.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |

    I hardly think that a dip in the polls to 52% signifies the Obama presidency is in trouble. I would hope that American's would have more common sense and patience -the housing market is improving slowly, the financial market is improving slowly, healthcare is moving forward in fits and starts. America didn't get into this mess in 6 months and Obama can't fix it in 6 months. Give the man a chance and get off his case people.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  191. Steven Fromewick

    Grow up already! He's been the President for 7 months. Stop this incessant prognosticating and give him a chance to do his job. Why not ask a question about something that involves the "NOW" as opposed to more than 3 years into the future.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |

    No, once this Health Care is passed his approval rating will rise again! Once people see his actions are not going to pull the plug on grandma, people will then turn on the republicans. The stimulus package will hit heavier in a few months and will put more people back to work. He will be our finest president – He's a great man!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  193. Fred Conklin

    It was in trouble to begin with – economic crisis equivalent to the Great Depression, 2 wars, and the goal to bring healthcare reform – and he knew/knows it. He has said many times his could well be a one term presidency. (For the good of the country, we ALL should hope not). He has taken on the issues that are in the LONG TERM INTEREST of this country. The only problem is that we have a population so spoiled and engrained with the expectation of entitlement that THEY CANNOT SEE WHAT IS IN THE LONG TERM INTEREST of this country

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  194. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    No, but I think he need to give up on health care and move on.I say a prayer everyday for him.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  195. Linda in Arizona

    Move more to the right? You must be joking. He's already so far to the right, I'm saying I never voted for a republican in my life until I voted for Obama. If his presidency is "in trouble", it's because he's shoved his progressive base under the bus from day one. How could he be any less popular with republicans than he already is? It's Democrats who are beginning to turn away from him. And why quote the WSJ? They have about as much credibility as fox news.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  196. str84wird in Sedona, AZ

    The whole country is in trouble so of course the Obama presidency is! He has not yet pulled a magic rabbit out of an magical hat to solve all the problems....and people are too impatient to give him time to fix what the last president took 8 years to break!
    We have to give him a chance. He's on the right track as far as I'm concerned.
    If the other party would be less critical and more cooperative, we might make a little more progress.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  197. Ken, Beaverton, MI

    It was in trouble the day he began breaking campaign promises and surrounding himself with the Chicago mafia.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  198. Egberto Willies

    His presidency is not in trouble. Given the mess that he inherited I am surprised it took this long for people to become disillusioned on with the president all the way down. He will be in trouble if he becomes just another Clinton trying triangulation as that bus has long outlived its usefulness. He better accomplish concrete policies that differentiates from the status quo else he will lose Congress in 2010 and the Presidency in 2010. The public know the devil in the Republicans and will go back to what they know as opposed to an unrealized expectation.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  199. marie{Canada}

    I think the President would not be in trouble if the members would work with him, and not act like they are in another country, and afraid to give him a chance on what he's trying to accomplish in his Presidentcey, all of the Americaians should work togethr

    August 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  200. Jon

    President Obama spends more time on TV than you do Jack...SERIOUSLY...can't this guy go one day without standing in front of the TV cameras...it's pretty clear that he's in over his head...while I don't think the vitriole surrounding the health care debate is helping, I think Barack Obama demonstrated very poor planning in rolling this program out...

    August 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  201. Nick

    As someone who voted for obama, I lost confidence in him over two months ago. Too much spending has happened. But, I hope the next spending is cash for glasses so everyone trade in there glasses and can see how bad of a president he is.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  202. Mike M

    Let's go with the first question, should Pres. Obama go to the "right" like Pres. Clinton? .................The Free Trade Bill has resulted in millions of lost American jobs, deregulation helped bring about the economic mess we now find ourselves, NO HEALTH CARE REFORM, and ENRON................. If it's all the same to you, I'll pass on "going to the right".

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  203. Riley

    No, the polls are lies unless the American people are starting to actually wake up. You need to look at the people behind the curtain aka the fed. Bankers are to blame for these problems and their "puppet" Obama is taking the heat, just like the presidents before him.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  204. kathy from Phoenix

    I hope it's not in trouble! He hasn't been in office long enough to repair all the damage the Bush/Cheney years left behind. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day! If people would just try to work together instead of arguing all the time. What a novelty!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  205. Mary

    No, I think he just has more than his share to try and bring back the country from years of "free fall". He has only been in the White House for 7 months and people expect complete recovery. It's just not possible. To boot a lot of this is global, not just the USA in trouble. If the press would just stop the rediculous "crap" information and report the news Americans might be able to feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  206. pete decoste

    It's amazing that 8 years went by while the country's economy slipped into the abyss without any accountability whatsoever. To expect Pres. Obama to cure the epidemic Bush created within a year or two years time is unrealistic.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  207. Gudrun Liste

    No it is not, but the hate propaganda and all the lies are working. The media are doing a very good job to bring only the negative site. Why are you not show the positive points You question is a shame too. You all have no respect and everything is only because he is a black president. He stopped the worse and without his plans and bill, we would have a disaster.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  208. Cece


    I think our government is slowly recovery. It would certainly help our President if the people who voted for him would stand behind him. Afterall we voted for change, give him a chance with our support. I trust him solving our problems more so than a republican. I have listened to some republicans answers on health reform and they know we need health reform but don't want to admit to try President Obama's health reform. They did not give a answer how to reform health reform. Fox news is bad bad for our government. They should be off the air.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  209. Colleen Meegan, San Antonio TX

    President Obama's not near in as much trouble as those of us in that pesky 10%! I have had no insurance a year now, just lost another job, and I hear those silly Death Squad people loudly shouting out the Obama Administration's insistance we need helath care. It's not Obama, it's ME who is in trouble! Allow him to do his job for God's sake and get me back to work! I have survived breast cancer, chemo, radiation, a doctoral program, but this joblessness and hopelessness is killing me!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  210. Marvin Polinsky

    Obama in trouble? Only if he lost his backbone when he moved into the White House and backs down on a public option for health care.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  211. Kelly, PA

    From the perspective of level-headed people who understand the load of crap President Obama inherited, my answer would be no. What ticks me off are those folks who supported Bush's deficit building policies based on lies and deception instead of creating systems that actually helped people. Those are the very same people who are now yelling "foul". I wonder what the polls would say if only rational people could take them.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  212. donnanoggle

    President Obama is doing just fine considering the republican right wing has been trying to tear him down with everything he tries to accomplish. Our economy is doing a lot better. Everyone wants the health care to be passed that is why he won the election and he should not move more to the right. I believe he should stay right where he is because the republicans are going to lose the elections next fall. I am so proud of the Obama administration and I am proud of what he has accomplished in such a short time in office, which is more than any other president in a long time. We who voted for him are still proud of him.

    Thank you, Donna

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  213. Jennifer, Atlanta, GA

    Six months in and we are already wondering whether Obama's presidency is in trouble? Most of the media and the pundits are forgetting that we are no longer in 24-hour campaign mode and are covering the Administration as if governance were a horse race. Getting the economy back on track will take time and things such as health care reform must go through the legislative process. Forget about Obama's presidency, the country is in trouble if people start to expect that all of these complicated efforts can be or should be accomplished overnight.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  214. Sarah

    Absolutely not!
    I am annoyed that CNN would play up some sensational article by a WSJ columnist, no doubt which echoes the right-wing 'doom and gloom' hype of this past summer. Clinton saved his administration because he was a brilliant financial and economic wizard - remember we actually had a surplus after his two terms. The health-care mess of the 90's had NOTHING to do with success. It was exactly the OPPOSITE and has brought shame, frustration and embarrassment to the Democratic party. So...given this...why should Obama follow what this idiot at WSJ is advising? A win for public health care is a win for Obama, the Dems and for America.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  215. David

    Unemployment rate: 10%, World wide POLITICAL instability, collapse of GM and Chrysler, Attempts at addressing QUESTIONABLE Climate Change, Continue questionable presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, lack of credit for business, CONTINUED LOW MARKET, Sorry leftist idiots, but the Left has controlled Congress for over two years and Obama has been in the White House for six months! Bush pretty much sucked for the last 2-3 years of his Presidency, but this DEPRESSSION is OWNED BY OBAMA, PELOSI AND REID!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  216. Robert in Omaha

    Yes, Obama's presidency is in trouble. He's giving away too much of his agenda in hopes of being remembered as a figure that transcends partisan divisions. With the Party of No opposing every move Obama makes, no amount of compromise will allow him to do this. His watering down of his progressive platform is frustrating and alienating those who elected him and is casting doubt on the future of his presidency.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  217. Russ Wetmore

    Mr. Obama seems to forget often that more than 45% of the population and more than half of the states did not vote for him. As such, he cannot presume he has the will of the people behind him, and health care is such a polarizing issue. Moving more to the right is definitely the right move if he doesn't want Washington to come to a standstill.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  218. a.c. of La.

    No Jack, Weare not a reasonable people anymore, we want all these problems fixed yesterday. We are 8 months into his Presidency,we have some huge problems that were not of his making, The Republicans have taken advantage of ignorance to incite people into thinking their government is going to do away with them. Are we going to let them get away with this? He cant do it alone .

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  219. Harriet

    He's only in trouble if he follows the Clinton thing. He was elected because the people wanted change - not a repeat of the past. The media really has been negative and obstructionist - like the wording of your question. Look at the lack of coverage to huge demonstrations during the Bush error (people only being allowed to demonstrate behind barbed wire) and the mounds of coverage given the insurance industry plants at the health care town halls. Do the corporate sponsors give you a bonus for even asking a question like this?
    Berkley, MI

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  220. Mary Jo

    Certainly not in my house. I believe when the media finally gets the picture that there is a connection between the movement out of this recession into a period of recovery as opposed to the the depression we were heading for before he took over, they will be able to once again speak positively about our sitting President. I cannot believe that health care will not pass when the Democrats hold a majority in both houses, even though we have some Democrats who are Republicans in elephant clothing. And now with the passing of Ted Kennedy, I have faith that Democrats will be reminded of who they are supposed to be supporting and will listen to the President and follow him down this road to better the lives of the American people.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  221. hash

    give me a break
    Obama is the president who has so many challenges of our time.In less than a year it s too much asking for this hard working brand new president in this short period of time.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  222. Mitchell

    Not only is Obama's Presidency in trouble, the whole Democratic Party is going to suffer. This Administration is trying to handle too many key issues all at the same time. Not only will the Obama Presidency be in trouble, but also our countries nation debt and the freedom of its' people are going to be affected. In upcoming elections people will realize that they do not want their lives to be ran by the government especially under this current president and administration.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  223. Austin, Vancouver, BC

    Well Jack honestly being an American living in Canada, its very easy for me to see things clearly, without the corrupt republicans jamming their views down my throat, and without the ignorance of some of my fellow Americans to hold me back. I think President Obama is doing an admirable job, given the situation he has to deal with, I believe much of the criticism is unjust and that republicans are still bitter, and will do anything to tarnish President Obama's image and character, so I say to all of my fellow Americans, leave him alone and follow in Ted's footsteps start becoming the solution and not the problem, or in Ted's case become a saint and start saving the world.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  224. Marsha

    His presidency is not in trouble if he does what he says. He ran on health care reform, climate change legislation, and wiping away the stain of the Cheney administration. If he sticks with that he will please the people who voted for him. The screamers are not the ones who voted for him. He owes the young, the progressive old, the poor, the minorities, the gay and workers. They are the ones who voted for him. And they will continue to follow him if he leads where he promised.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  225. ed in ri

    Obamas' presidency was in jeopardy immediately after appointing Rahm Emmanuel to chief of staff; then, followed by his team of economic advisers that all include the Wall Street prime-time, that put this country and the world into this upside-down economic abyss, at their personal leisure. Hard to believe, that Goldman-sachs is now giving huge bonuses to all of their guys, while the taxpayers are still living in tent citys! NWO

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  226. Gwen

    Absolutely not, Obama has barely been in office 9 months and some political pundits are ready to write his obituary. It's clear that the opposition has organized brilliantly and their supporters have loud voices, but I believe the majority of Americans support our President and want him to stand firm against the nay sayers and the good old boys who want to "Stay the Course" of business as usual. I voted for Change that I believe In and look to this President to deliver on his campaign promises. If he fails to deliver I will blame the Democratic House and Senate and work as hard to defeat the weaklings as I worked to elect President Obama.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  227. Sallie Clotfelter

    President Obama is struggling mightly to straighten out the economic, health care, and foreign policy challenges he inherited. It is not "he" who is in trouble, it is "we" who will be in trouble if Republicans and Democrats don't to join together to make constructive and difficult decisions. Meanwhile, news media should resist undermining such efforts and give fair coverage to those who are working in the national interest.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  228. Andy

    Jack, Of course obama's presidency is in trouble. It has been from the start. You can't put someone in office with no experience and expect them to do well. It just won't happen. The biggest joke of the whole thing is trying to pin the problems on the Rep. Party for not jumping on board with all the stupid ideas obama has. He is loosing his own party now. What more can you say about that???

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  229. walter collins

    JACK – his presidency if it is to succeed, must be in some form of jeopardy due to the current state of polarization. Not only are financial and health institutions on the brink of collapse without significant change, but revelations of the more than hypocritical republican conservative base has an un-listening base, and fear collapse. His efforts to enjoin that conservative base in understanding a united country cannot be overseered by the haves over the have nots. He continually demonstrates superior listening ability and re-envisions and re-interprets how we must bridge the existing gaps.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  230. Jim G

    It is in trouble and I am perplexed as to why he has let this happen. He has passed most major decisions and policies to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Eric Holder. No input on the stimulus, little input on healthcare and easily swayed on the public option question by whichever side makes the most noise. He blames Republicans on Healthcare but can't control his own party. His veneer is wearing thin. There has to be some substance there somewhere and the latest news on the additional trillions in debt facing this country are going to have ramifications in the mid term elections.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  231. Marcus Scott

    Of course not. In the aftermath of Bush and Republican policies, we will need at least eight years to really turn things around, notwithstanding the fact that we are seeing positive change directly related to President Obama's strategies in eight months. In order to contiue to go forward, we need to stay President Obama's course, rather than go retrograde due to Republican fear, xenaphobia and greed.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  232. Allan Hanson Placerville,Ca

    Yes, because he is expected to clean up the mess left from the previous administration. Why doesn't anybody bring out the mess he inherited?
    Why is Bush given a free ride? He created this mess that will take years to clean up.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  233. Sharon

    If President Obama's presidency is in trouble than we are in trouble as a county. He was elected to cause change and told us it wouldn't be easy and would take all of us working together. If he fails it is because we have failed him. If we don't stand up to the lies and the attempts to put politics ahead of progress for our country than shame on us. Supporting our President in restoring our country should be everyone's priority. I trust him and don't believe the enemies of change will ultimately prevail. I am betting on the intelligence of our people and standing with President Obama to change our country.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  234. Madeleine Brockwell

    Obama's presidency is not in trouble. Like bleating sheep, most people will go along and agree with what they hear blasted at them every hour on cable news channels. That was proven during the Bush admin. Remember terror alerts and WMD's.? Most intelligent people will give this president credit for doing what every other politician with their "hand out" was afraid to do. He's working hard to bring change.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  235. Scott

    Absolutely not. The President needs to make tough decisions and he has. The economy is turning around, Health Care will get passed and there seems to be life in the Middle East for compromise. The President is acting as he said he would open debate, respecting the process rather than ramming his views down America's collective throats. It would be refreshing and beneficial if the Republicans would learn this President is changing the very nature of governing and join Americans in supporting the American people.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  236. mass

    ohh let me think about this..... you know jack. there is noting to think about this. president obama is doing a great job. his presidency is not in any trouble. the man is doing what he can. but by the great of god he will solve all of this problems.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  237. Whata wonderfulworld

    President Obama is not in trouble. People who don't do anything never get into trouble. Active risk takers are subject to criticism, not a bad thing to learn from. Obama tackles the serious issues he inherited. He leads us into change. The 21st Century will change us whether we are ready or not because of higher costs and fewer resources. The previous administration is in trouble due to years of come what may attitudes which brought devastation to too many families from war, lack of work and hurricanes. Kudos to President Obama. Shame on all the naysayers when only 6 months has passed and they think they can write off this presidency. No way Jose.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  238. Marilyn Gibbs

    I voted for him, but he is too enamored with his own voice, too much talking, no action. He should have pushed health care from the beginning instead of running around Europe giving his speeches. I see hin as a talk all/do nothing president. Wish I had voted for Clinton. Doubt he gets a second term.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  239. Janett Johnson

    No, I do not think Obama's presidency is in trouble. It seems like people are starting to forget that he was handed the worst economy in our history since the Great Depression, and in my opinion, we owe him our thanks for preventing another depression. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's alot better than it would have been had he not acted. If he fails at Healthcare reform, it will not be his fault. At least he tried. The Republican Party, who is owned by the health insurance companies, has done everything they can to thwart his efforts in this area. We cannot let them win. The Republicans didn't even try to do anything about healthcare when they had control the last eight years. The Bush administration should be prosecuted and sent to prison for the way they ripped off the American people the past eight years, and they should be tried for the murder of 4,000+ of our soldiers who died in Iraq in a needless, groundless war.

    Janett J., Harrisburg, PA

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  240. Dale A Chamberlain


    Absolutely Obama's presidency is in trouble. For the sake of America, he needs to do a course correction especially since he has over 3 years left. Both he and his more liberal sided Democrats on Capitol Hill are giving Americans the impression that they know best and the voters' thoughts do not matter. No politician should forget that the voter is their real boss and we've got our next chance to determine who we hire in 2010. If he fails to adjust soon, he will find the remainder of his term a struggle without a Democratically controlled House, and fewer Dems in the Senate eventually leading up to him becoming a one term President.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  241. Rob

    Preseident Obamas' presidency can't possibly be in any trouble. Some of the American public/ Republicans seems to want to forget that it took 8 years for this country to be driven into the ground by the Bush years.

    President Obama will need more than the few months he's been in office to undo the Bush years.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  242. Jason Dupuis

    As a Canadian deeply interested and even mildly involved in US Politics, this question is absurd. Let's push aside the fact that the Republican Presidential field is weak at best, not to mention that Republicans still have low approval numbers. He achieved what for a Democrat is a landslide this past election, has passed a massive stimulus package, and has restored confidence to your nation at home and abroad. After Hillary-Care did anyone believe the health care debate would be quick and easy. He's been in office less than a year, are Americans really that shocked that he could not accomplish all his goals prior to the anniversary of his election, much less his inauguration. Have patience, instead of a cowboy, this President is a thoughful, calculated and confident man, who has shown the patience and statesmanship a reform bill of this nature demands.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  243. David

    Money is still being funneled to the banks and Wall Street. George Soros and Warren Buffet, for example continue to get richer on their hedge fund investments! Corporations like GE and ADM continue to receive large amounts of tax dollars toward alternative energy boondoggles. Soldiers continue be sent to IRAQ and indeed are still dying there. Since we are out of the cities, Iran continues to gain strength. Worse is our vastly expanded adventure in Afghanistan! A British General yesterday spoke of a 30 to 40 year presence! What makes anybody think that we will do any better there than the Soviet Union did? Young Americans continue to be wounded and killed, with little ground gained! Yet where is the outrage of the left or the media? When Bush was President, CNN showed us every video of a casualty or damaged vehicle twenty times. Now all is downplayed. We rightly condemned Bush for reckless spending, but this “Marxist wannabe” has him covered. He promotes CAP and TRADE, hiding both the cost and the consequences. Now, this health care fiasco! At the very least, we can't afford to even consider it until the economy improves. Yesterday, Obama spoke of losing 247,000 jobs in July with POSITIVE SPIN! Obama is merely forcing his agenda down our throat before the outrage against his total lack of leadership boils over, his approval ratings crash, and he deservedly becomes politically neutered.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  244. Tony

    Only if the people here in the U.S are becoming a little off tune, if you know what I mean. We just had a tragic loss with ANOTHER Kennedy, and they are the only one's in the GOV, JUST like Obama, that cared for others more than themselves! People have to open their eye's and see that Obama is trying to help us!!!!!!!!! He spoke with heart, not with politics. He told us in the debate that changes ARE needed, and told us that it will up to TWO, TWO!!!, years before any changes will completely be seen!! We are going to start another CIVIL WAR, if the DEM and REP, don't get their heads out of their butt's, and start thinking of the people, WHICH OBAMA IS DOING, but has these idiots in front of him. So tell me, do you blame the GOOD for the BAD, and thank the bad for the bad!!!?

    So we all have to get our heads out of our ass's and put more logic and see more faith, in everything that's being done! Because Obama nothing happens in the blink of a eye!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA11111

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  245. Kenni (San Antonio, TX)

    Let me get this straight: No one notices that Bush's presidency was in trouble for nearly eight years. Obama's been in office for what, seven months and people are already ready to throw in the towel? Give the man a break. He still has time. He is one man, not God despite what some people want to believe. That's what is wrong with America today, we're so impatient and ready to set blame, but some of us never take responsibility for anything that happens.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  246. Jasmine

    YES! President Obama's presidency is in trouble becaue in the last 7months and 26 days, he has neglected to change America from the mess left by the Bush Administration and others. CNN does not help by reporting every detail of his presidency in the First 100 days, the second 100 days, the 50th 100 day! Please, give the man a chance to make the change we need.

    Our country is in trouble, if we look at the big issues rather than the "gottcha" moments, maybe we can get something done. When the Healthcare debate press conference was held, we heard absolutely nothing about the real problem, instead CNN (and others) covered the side show of his personal view on race relations in Boston. Please people, CNN, let's get real! If you have an option to choose news that will benefit the people of America...choose that! Let this other crap go the FOX!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  247. Edna

    President Obama's presidency is in trouble only with the Talking Heads on TV.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  248. Carolyn Hill, Jacksonville

    Not in my book. And where are these polls coming from? I've never had a chance to take one. I think this country is so fortunate to have a patient, smart and focused leader such as Pres. Obama; I do not think he walks on water or is perfect in any way, but this is a president who has motivated me in a way that no other has.

    But I hope America does not destroy another good man because of greed, fear or egos and I hope he continues to rise above all the petty malignments and POLLS!!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  249. ingrid, new york

    first i want everyone to reflect on what have they accomplished in the last 7 months, what has anyone ever been able to accomplish in 7 months. for goodness sake we cannot even finish a baby in 7 months, we cannot get a college education in 7 months, we cannot rise from foot soldier to general in 7 months, we cannot make billions in 7 months! we really need to stop being children expecting perfection of our daddy and the be dissppointed when it turns out that he is a terrific person who is human after all.

    secondly, i think that the optimism, the hope and the positive energy associated with the election of Barak Obama has been problematic for him. just think about it, had mccain and palin been elected, the expectations would be so low that none of us would be dissappointed that he had not fixed everything because we did not expect it. Similarly, expectations of Bush's second term were so low that no one really jumped down his throat at his continued blundering they way they are jumping down Obama's throat for not moving fast enough or not fixing everything that ails this country.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  250. John Boyle

    Obama's popularity plunges to 52%? This is defined as failure? President Bush left office well below 40%.

    Seems like the Birthers and health care obstructionists have gained control of the "Liberal Media". I am still waiting for their alternative fix to the Health Care mess.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  251. j/NJ

    Is Barack Obama’s presidency in trouble?

    An inescapable possibility in the 1st term considering President Obama is not the progressive many, including his supporters, believed him to be during the 2008 campaign...with the exception of health care reform and abortion rights, the President has taken a right of center position in most if not all of his policies...

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  252. Elizabeth, Clarksville, Tennessee

    President Obama's hair is a little grayer now. Maybe with each new gray hair comes more wisdom. He will get his health care reform passed and our economy will recover. He didn't take this job to sit down after just 7 months. There is work to be done and he appears to be enjoying every minute of it.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  253. Jerry

    Obama has been in the WH only 9months and has done more in those months than Bush ever did in his 8yrs! Obama is a mover, gets things done! He inherited a BIG mess and yes you have to spend money in order to make money! He has plans, let's give a chance to get these plans up and going! Let's don't count him as OUT in such a short time.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  254. Lloyd

    Obama's presidency will be over if he can't deliver to the voters
    health care that he promised last year. We sent him to the whitehouse
    to change our government. and change it you must. If he is going to
    have an effective presidency.

    Great Falls

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  255. Joleen

    WE need to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day! It took years for these problems to build and President Obama cannot be expected to erase them all in a matter of months. Lets be real and not labor the idea that his Presidency is in trouble. He has been served a plate full of problems–he's not a miracle worker.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  256. Ron

    Jack, this President. is being given more grief from some in the media and the GOP then any other President that has occupied this office. It doesn't take much to see the reason for it. I say no, he'll deliver or in his own words, the American people will fire him at the end of his term.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  257. Big John

    So some dirtbag from rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal "thinks" Obama should move to the fascist right. NO, Obama needs to take health care financing OUT of the private sector and then focus on breakingt America's fossil fuel addiction. After that, the financial sector needs to be regulated to the MAX. Any bank, anywhere who doesn't FULLY DISCLOSE information to the IRS should be OFF LIMITS to Americans. Hey there, fat cat, How 'bout a felony conviction. When are people going to realize that Republicans aren't loyal Americans. They only care about the rich. The religoius wack jobs and Koresh gun NUTS are being used 2 for a penny by the republicans,

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  258. bob olson

    President Obama's presidency is in trouble because he is moving this great nation into a social state. For example on Health Reform, he refuses to put a cap on tort reform where millions of dollars are lost to injured people and lawyers who become millionaires over a simple medical lawsuit.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  259. Darlene

    Obama has only been President for 8 months, I don't understand how rational Americans expect the United States to be changed from what President Bush has done in the last 8 years. Let's be reasonable and give him a chance. Of course his numbers are down, if you had a 100 ton elephant dropped in your lap, your numbers would be down to. I wish Bush could have taken the 100 ton elephant with him and not left it for Obama to clean up.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  260. JasonDT

    Probably: President Obama's presidency could very well hinge on the siccess or failure of the health care reform issue. He failed to control the headlines, failed to clearly explainh the factsw to the county (with simple charts and concepts), and failed to manage Pelosi and Reed to provide competent and effective leadership. Also, the Republicans are extremely resentful over the results of the 2008 election and know that the passing of a good health care reform will deny them many vaotes for ears to come. The GOP want Obama to fail so they can regain their redneck grip on the White House.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  261. Catherine Brune

    I think Obama is in trouble. I, for one, voted for someone I thought was more in the Center. Bush had raised the national debt so much, I thought President Obama was going to address the debt and work at bringing it down, NOT raising it 9X, while pushing through an agenda. The Healthcare reform bill is such a COSTLY mess. He should listen to the people and take the time to do it right. After he pushed through a spending bill nobody read in the name of stimulus, I don't trust him.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  262. Ann in Asheville, NC

    Balderdash! If polls were taken of the voters under 30 (wonder how many of them have health care!?!?), and the media would stop accentuating the negative, I bet President Obama's rating would be RISING. Come on America, let's work together. What is the point of all the snarling? I'd much rather see more news about the good things happening, and I certainly don't want to vote for a party that does nothing but stir up lies, disinformation and hate (yep, that would be the Republicans!).

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  263. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida

    The President is selling a very unpopular health care plan which is affecting his administration negatively.
    Everyone would like a free house but nobody wants government housing.
    We all want affordable health care. It should not have exclusions for sickness or pre-existing conditions. II should not be the employer's responsibility to fund health care. Employer's often descriminate with deductions and often pay nothing for themselves under group care as a perk. Neopotism is rampant and insurance salesmen barter these perks to make the sale.. It should be ONLY available to legal US citizens including emergency care. It should be regulated for cost controls by the government and everyone should pay the same amount young 'old sick and healthy. Further we don't want double coverages which is common under the current system .Since medical care is covered by worker's comp .auto and homeowners insurances these would be eliminated by a mandatory health care plan reducing costs. American citizens should empowered to purchase and shop for coverage and pick who they chose to trade with similar to auto insurance.
    Allowing people to shop for their own insurance eliminates both employer and government exploitations. We should pass legislation against extreme law suits and establish maximum payments estabished by a review board of citizen. ( Such as public sevice commisions) Insurance executives should be held to a line for incomes and bonuses on a par with doctors and nurses.They should not be allowed rediculous pay since this system is now closer to a utility than free enterprize. Huge insurance conglomerates with towering buildings would also not be required opening small business opportunities to a central fund. It can be done and it can be done this year. It will be an adjustment for the theives that currently operate our health care system now. Expect a strong opposition.....

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  264. Jackie in Dallas

    Jim S.

    President Bush's approval rate didn't go above 43% in the last three YEARS of his presidency. When he left office, it was at 38%, up slightly from the 32% it was when the initial Wall Street fiasco happened.

    52% is low for President Obama, but if you study the approval polls for previous presidents, you will see that ALL of them, including Bush Sr. and Bush Jr hit lulls about 6-7 months in. What saved Bush Jr. was 9/11. Even Reagan, who was one of the first Presidents to be tracked with approval polls (albeit on a monthly basis rather than a weekly or daily basis like Obama), had some serious slumps in his popularity.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  265. Annie, Atlanta

    No. There hasn’t been a President in my lifetime, until now, that has had to deal with such overwhelming problems. Given his intellect, I think (hope) he is letting each branch do their jobs, and will step in when needed.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  266. Paulia

    No, his presidency is not in trouble. How quickly we forget about the shape the country was in prior to him taking office. He cannot work miracles in 8 months. The American people have not taken control over their own spending habits and responsibility for what they can do. Get behind our President and the country.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  267. J

    Not really, but he needs to get tougher on some issues.
    He needs to be able to say "Enough is Enough" and move on with our without Republicans.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  268. Bernadette

    Yes, our President's Presidency is in trouble. I have a feeling no matter what he does this country will not be pleased. They really expect him to work miricles. His own party isn't giving him the support he deserves. The problem is they need to put a term limits on these
    Senate seats. We need more open minded people running this country. People who understand everyday peoples needs. This country still has a long way to go.

    Perhaps if he takes us to an unjusticed war his approval ratings will go back up.

    These Senators don't care about Healthcare Reform. It's politics as usual.


    August 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  269. Giovanni Piovano

    President Obama is not in trouble. The whole country is. It is time for Republicans to stop playing their political games by highjacking all that Obama administration tries to achieve and start caring about the future of their country. Republicans dug the hole this country is in; it's time for them to help fill it up instead of keep on digging a deeper one.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  270. Brian Smith PhD

    The Obama Presidency was in trouble the minute he said he would bring change to Washington DC. Although many politicians claim they will bring change to Washington, none have ever succeeded. Only when we get rid of lobbyists and special interest groups will there be effective change. We can start by imposing term limits in both Houses.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  271. Irene McNeill

    I think that obamas poll number are droping because he's not doing
    enough to pass health care, most americans want health care and
    like myself we're tired of all the lies that have been spread by the right
    to discredit health care and want obama to get tough with his own party and get it passed, it's time to say this is what we're going to do
    and do it. Like i tell my children and grandkids make a plan and do it.

    Irene from Michigan

    August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  272. keith,lancaster ky.

    I think the question should be is the constituion and america in trouble from the Obama presidency, I would have to say things don't look very good.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  273. Jose

    Change is Good , except when its BAD!!. President Obama may believe in what he is doing but it is obvious that is not working!.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  274. jeremiah

    No Mr. Cafferty, President Obama's Presidency is not in trouble for if it is, then that means the country is in deeper trouble than irresponsible journalists are portraying. When are the American people going to wake up and realize the true power we hold as US citizens and start to demand through economic boycotts higher levels of standards be met by those responsible for bringing us the news, instead of allowing the media to fan confusion and fear because that is what sells airtime to advertisers seeking to maximize on the America's sensational love affair of despair? My goodness!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  275. Joe

    President Obama's Presidency is under attack from the "far right", essentially because of the "Bold Initiatives" that his administration has undertaken to redress the gross mismanagement of previous admanistrations. Health Care Reform is unpopular because relatively uninformed Americans are allowing their opinions to be influenced by the "far Right" and "vested private sector interest groups". Perhaps the Obama Administration should focus more on the cost of doing nothing as oppose to the cost of reforming the health care system. Once Americans learn that if nothing is done to reform the system, they will loose more, in terms of benefits or increase cost of benefits, than they would if reform is achieved.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  276. cindy

    yes because we want everything now. i am disable my husband was laid of 8-12-08 he has just started back to school. at the age of 52. we are fighting to keep our home. my husband does not have health care the republican do what they do best fear . we are a people that can not wait . president obama told us that it will take time. when you do a good cleaning in your house. there is a bigger mess when you are in the middle . it takes time to do it right.why he my not beable to do what he needs to do. is fear fear fear fear

    August 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  277. Paul Gilbert

    If Obama sticks to his plans to help Americans in need and to challenge businesses that exploit the American populace and the American government, then he proves that his causes are more important to him and more valuable to our nation than his "political" success.

    I would judge that as a good trait for an American president.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  278. jc macqueen

    JC Mac from Des Moines, Iowa

    Republicans destroyed America. After 8 years of Republicans running the country with their control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, we are dealing with the disaster of the Republican agenda.
    Obama has been in office how long? 7 months? He's dealing with meltdowns caused by Republicans and now he's chastised and CNN is questioning him for those disasters after only 7 months?
    Republicans caused a near complete collapse of the financial system. Republicans got us into a fraudulent war in Iraq. Republicans voted against all environmental measures that would have taken us away from slavery to Oil companies. Republicans voted against controlling Wall St....all of which have dropped us into an economic depression unseen since the 1930s.
    Bush's popularity was a miserable 20% and Cheney's was 19 – people.
    Those 20% for Bush must be the lunatics who still believe Obama was not born in America, that corporate “health care companies” care about you not their profits, that the world was created 6,000 years ago, and Sarah Palin didn't quit because of her illegal actions– her dresses just weren't going to be paid for by the people of Alaska anymore.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  279. marie

    The President isn't in trouble. We are – all the ordinary Americans who came together to bring change to our country. We're sitting back and letting special interests with big money scare us. Yes we have tough times ahead. Now is not the time to give up. Together we are stronger than any group. We are the biggest lobby there is. We are America.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  280. edweena

    No, he's not in trouble...yet! Americans gave Bush 8 years before realizing they made a mistake! And what a mistake it was! Obama will turn things around. Bill Clinton's first year wasn't all sweet either, and he made it to 8 years!

    What President Obama needs to do, is stand up to Congress and show the leadership that I know he possess to get things done the way he wants. Give to the American people what he promised...Health Care Reform and you'll see the results!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  281. DeeDee


    We were willing to give George Bush 8-years to spend the Clinton surplus, send our troops to fight an illegimate war, and trash our economy, but we're only willing to give Barack Obama 8 months to clean up the mess Bush left behind? I'm sorry I don't get it. That's illogical to me.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  282. John, Lake Wales, FL

    Yes, I am four year college graduate and unemployed for twenty months. I’ve worked once in four years and unfortunately it wasn’t a position, but a Job. We live in Polk County Florida because we could not find affordable housing in New York where we had to move from. Even now, I owe more on my mortgage than my home is worth and cannot obtain a bank refinance. Although, the banks and the automobile manufacturers where bailed out. How nice for them. What happened to the promise for change? What has changed for the middle class? Unfortunately, nothing!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  283. Keith (San Francisco)

    Clearly. Obama has had plenty of time to fix all of the problems he inherited, and he has yet to do it. Besides, his potential to get progressive and positive things done with a filibuster free Congress is just downright Un-American. Quick, we need a "wag the dog" war to wage to get our minds off of what this man and his administration can accomplish.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  284. Jerry

    Hey, I have an idea! Since the Bush/Cheney admin unloaded all this mess on Obama, let's put all their earnings from their books/speeches they will be making in the next few years towards the deficit. No, no that won't work either, cause if the rest of the American people are like me, I have noooooo desire to see what they have to write or speak about now. But hey, it was a PLAN. We need to start somewhere! Keep up the good work Obama.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  285. Chris, Philadelphia

    I don't think his presidency is in trouble. Even if he is not re-elected in 2012, I believe the historians would say how successful he was as President. He's trying to do the right thing in the mist of the bullies and naysayers on the right and that requires a strong backbone. That's what is leader does- The right thing! Perhaps we are just not use to that anymore.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  286. Robert, New Orleans

    Our country has been in trouble since the former administration left it in shambles. President Obama inherited a mess. The fact that home sales are up, car sales are up, foreclosures are down, the stock market is up, all indicate his presidency is succeeding beyond anyone's expectations.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  287. Charlie Johnson

    The problem is simple; there is no sales person for health care.

    Nancy is threatning to ram it through; Reid is scared to death of his next election. So the President has to stand up. I'm not in favor of the government getting more involved, but as a Sales Executive and President of a Small business ($120M) sombody has to take the lead and frankly there is no leaderships. Kennedy might have been that person, but that's not going to happen now.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  288. Gail AL.

    When are people going to stop saying, the mess he inherited. This is Obama's mess, and it's about time people start to realize it. With the mess this country is in think what it will be in 2012. Obama hasn't a chance for a second term, Thank God.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  289. Jim Michigan

    Yes! With all the talk about taxing the wealthy to pay for everything, we, the American people know anybody with a job is going to be taxed into poverty. If the democrats want to expand welfare I suggest he focus on realizing the savings he is speaking of first, go after tort reform and get some of these habitual welfare familes into jobs and expect more Americans to contribute to the overall cost of all these free give-me's.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  290. Jean OK

    NO, President Obama's presidency is NOT in trouble! This is a man who truly cares what happens to the American citizen, the USA and the world unlike the past eight years. If Ianyone should have trouble it will be the people who are trying so desparately to block anything he is trying to do to rectify the wongs that have been done. It is time for the good citizens who backed him during the election to stand up and support his efforts to get America back on track.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  291. Cara

    Jack, you betcha Obama's presidency is in trouble. He cannot continue to blame the deficit on Bush and it's time he mans up and owns it. The stimulus package was to have shovel ready funding for jobs – it didn't. The stimulus was supposed to help stimulate our economy and save jobs. It didn't. Now they say most of the stimulus spending won't take place for another two years. That's a long time to wait for a life preserver! Spending is out of control and Obama is trying to ram yet another costly bill through congress. Where is the transparency he promised about health care reform? He said the meetings would be televised on CSPAN. They haven't. He continues to travel cross country at $60K per hour in Air Force One. He either doesn't care or doesn't understand how much money he's burning through day by day. He tried to circumvent the US Constitution by hiring 30+ Czars. I didn't vote for him because he was too inexperienced for the job and that sadly is being proven true. I respect that he is our president and I want him to succeed because if he fails, then our country fails.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  292. jack wisconsin

    just goes to show what a mess bush and the republicans left this country in, and the republicans are still trying to distroy it even now with their scare tactics Obama help us

    August 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  293. Cinnamon L Sole

    No, the President has said repeatedly that we didn't get into this mess over night and it will take a long while to get out of it. Personally, I think he needs to remind the public, at every chance he can, that this country is in this current depression and the trillion dollar deficit is a direct result of the last administration. We need constant reminders as to why we voted for him in the first place.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  294. Texan

    NO! We the people expect all of this mess must be fix before the year end. This is NOT possible. Give him time and a chance to work with this mess. How many presidents inherit this much mess?

    August 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  295. Thomas Tx.

    I voted for Pres. Obama and still support him. However, Hillary may have been right about his being "all hat and no cattle"-at least as far as health care reform goes.He just doesn't seem to have enough fighter instinct. I am really worried that he is losing on that front. If so, the nation loses big time.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  296. Tyler

    Obama's presidency will be in trouble if he doesn't realize that he needs to stop being an empty suit and start being a president. He has to accept the fact that being the cool guy might have gotten him elected but its not going to solve america's problems. He needs to start making jobs, lower the country's debt, find a health care program that fits both left and right, and not just get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but give us victory in both. He could fix all other problems we have but none would matter if we sacrificed another generation of U.S. soldiers in vain and lose face like in Vietnam. His presidency isn't in trouble yet, but he has a very narrow chance of success.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  297. Jim Michigan

    I think as long as Obama treats the American people like idiots, assuring us that health care will not add to our debt and that illegals will not be covered then yes, he is in trouble. So long as illegal immigrants are permitted to use our health system they are covered – the cost will be passed onto us all and that will make the cost far too much for us to accept or support..

    August 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  298. Delia

    Jack, who are they contacting for these "polls"? I don't think Obama's in trouble - I think the country is in trouble! However, it wasn't his fault. He's been dealt an awful hand and he's playing every card he can. I'm hoping that health care reform will get passed now because it would be a nice tribute to Ted Kennedy. It wouldn't hurt Obama either, of course!

    Katy, TX

    August 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  299. Jacquie

    My you’re an impatient bunch! The mess that’s going on in the United States didn’t take six months to make, and it’s not going to take six months to fix. Give the guy some time! I wish Canada had the same kind of leadership. A leader who takes a bull by the horns, instead like ours who takes the bull by the _________.


    August 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  300. George Hernandez

    I believe many people forget that the previous administration left the country in big trouble. I don't think many people realize that 8 months in the presidency is enough to get us out of the recession that Obama was inhereted. In fact we have not even hit rock bottom. It will take at least another year before we can start seeing progress and the country getting out of recession. Obama is doing the right things to get us out of recession. However, he needs to speed up the flow of money to stimulate the economy faster before people start losing confidence in him.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  301. Robert Bell Terre Haute, IN.

    President Obama's Presidency is NOT in trouble and neither is Health Care reform. I have been out going door to door talking to people and I am here to tell you that in spite of all the negativity and miss- information the cable net work have been spewing out about how President Obama's popularity is slipping, and how support for health care reform is basically dead especially where The Public Option is concerned. This is all a bunch of crap. I know first hand that the majority of those I have spoke with Love the President and are very much behind him this includes health care reform and the public option. Look we hired this man to bring change and that is exactly what he is doing. So do our country a favor and stop with all the negativity. I do not know where you guys get your information but it sounds to me that you news people at CNN and the lot don't want the president to succeed, and the fact that you are using your broadcast as a weapon against President is down right irresponsible journalism. This is a time to stand with our president, to work with him, and not against him.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm |