October 2nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

How can Pres. Obama put some wins on the board?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

He gambled and lost, and now the whole exercise looks a little silly. President Obama, the First Lady, Oprah Winfrey... three airplanes, cars, Secret Service, staff, and of course all that luggage trekking off to Copenhagen to try to lure the Olympics to Chicago. The Windy City finished fourth in a field of four.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama presented Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics today in Copenhagen.

But that's sort of the way it has been going for President Obama lately...

Instead of Copenhagen - he might have gone to Chicago and addressed the brutal murder of a 16-year-old honor student in broad daylight at the hands of four street punks.

Remember the lectures we got from Obama during the campaign about family values, the importance of a father figure in a child's home, etc.? Here was a real chance to walk the walk... but he took a pass in favor of Copenhagen. Instead - all we got was the White House press secretary saying the beating video was chilling.

The Olympics news came the same day as the jobs report and that news wasn't any better. More job losses than expected and the unemployment rate at its highest level in 26 years.

After months of debate, health care reform isn't going anywhere.

Iran is thumbing its nose at our president and the world. They may soon be able to blow up the entire neighborhood.

North Korea certainly doesn't seem deterred by our change of administrations either.

Afghanistan is getting worse, and there is now disagreement within the administration on what to do about it. Study it some more seems the short-term answer. Meanwhile our troops are dying in record numbers there.

Except for the stimulus package, the scoreboard doesn't look too good for our new president.

Here’s my question to you: What does President Obama have to do to start putting some wins on the board?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Nathan writes:
Obama can withdraw the opportunity he gave Congress to work together, and start telling them what to push through and what not to. If he doesn't start acting like their boss, they're going to squander his only term in office.

Spencer writes:
In order for Obama to start putting some wins up, he's got to walk the walk he touted during his campaign. He spoke of change like "no more pork," but still put his autograph on a stimulus bill loaded with it. From the stimulus on, the president has done nothing but create a disjuncture between his presidency and the values he campaigned on.

Norma writes:
I am beginning to not care for you too much, Cafferty. You're beginning to sound too much like those on 'that other channel.'

Ernie writes:
Abandon the far left agenda and start paying attention to the hurting center of this country.

Andy from Nevada writes:
Two words, Jack: Create jobs!

Philip writes:
Maybe it's time that the president started acting like the president instead of the Celebrity-in-Chief. He may not put more 'wins' on the board, but at least then he would be fighting the fights that matter and would have more of the public behind him. Slowly his supporters are starting to wonder when he's going to actually DO something.

Jeff in Hawaii writes:
Jack, He needs to quit being so damn nice.

Russ in Pa. writes:
1. Put an end to the Patriot Act. 2. Pull the troops out of everywhere. 3. Get the government out of health care. Completely. 4. End the Fed. 5. Have a beer.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Geoff T in Toronto, Canada

    Hi Jack,
    He has to get health care passed. Anything after that is just gravy, he'll already have his legacy.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  2. mark, Bradenton,FL

    End the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, put bankers in prison, put lobbyists in prison, put outsourcers of jobs in prison. Get rid of GM and Chrysler. Fight unemployment aggressively. Don;t take oprah for an Olympic bid, clean up crime in Chicago and he will put wins on his side.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Joanne B

    He's not going to put wins on the Board.....he campaigned in the Center and has governed from the far left – and the people have labled him as untrustworthy and the "fight is on". The blatant untruths are obvious...or perhaps he believes his fantasy !
    I can't imagine that people can't see what they are doing....do they think their intelligence is that much higher than the American People?

    He did not win the Olympics as the fix was in weeks ago.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  4. David in Natchez,MS

    Send us all another check.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Joe CE

    He can do some universally p[opular things like securing ports and borders against drugs & terrorists – this long after 911 and neither DEms or GOP taking effective action. He could also go for a PRIVATE heath insrance option – non-profit corp to act as coop for small business & individuals noteligible for l;arge groups. And finally take action against explotative employeers delibertly using illegals for profit. Then reinstall rational controls of the financial markets. The lobbist would scream agaisnt these moves but they would have overwhelming support.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Allen L Wenger

    Forget about bipartisanship and start working on the programs and policies important to all Democrats. Moving a lot of issues in the right direction is more beneficial than trying to completely revamp a few issues. Once you get something moving in the right direction, you can always move it a little farther, based on the initial success. Momentum does not start out at a run, it usually crawls first.

    Mountain Home ID

    October 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Conor in Chicago

    He needs to fight fire with fire. 8 years of the Republicans showed me that the new norm for American poltics is to rule by the "dictatorship of the majority party". What Obama seems to not get is that they still plan on doing that. If they are out of power they are going to obstruct everything the Dems do. If they are in power they are going to ignore everything the Dems want. If he wants to accomplish anything he needs to pretend like they aren't there. Otherwise in the Reps eyes he is "weak".

    October 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  8. Tom from Philly

    So many are pre-judging the obama presidency. hmm that has a dual meaning. Lets talk about his wins/losses in 8 years... He is taking on the special interests of the establishment, the people and business that have bought and held onto the government for their personal gain for decades.. give the man a chance did you expect this to be easy?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  9. Independent Joe


    He would score a touchdown if he would just include tort reform to go along with his health care bill. It's hard to lower health insurance cost without lowering the cost of health care.

    Independent Joe

    October 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Peg from NY

    Some very real cooperation and listening would be a start, if it is genuine.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  11. Saratoga Surfer

    Stay on message and stay on track. Do what he feels is right for the country and don't get diverted by the RIGHT-WING HATE machine.

    It took years to get into the mess, we gave Bush 8 years to come around, it's only fair to give some time to make his case. He hasn't been in office 9 months and they are already trying bring him down.

    We need to get back to supporting our president regardless of who he is, and taking out our anger in the voting booth, rather than the press or blogs. HATE IS NOT AN AMERICA VALUE.


    October 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  12. John C

    Start to govern from the middle as opposed to from the far left. Stick to one issue at a time and get it done. We elected what we thought was a moderate and a reformer instead we have been getting the same old same old and in some cases even more cronyism and shadiness then the prior administration. Where are the campaign promises? I mean come on. If this continues we may start to wish for the "good old" Bush days.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Terry in Hanover

    He could start by not telling us what We the People must do and start showing by actions to help Main Street with jobs. Show the big banks that they will never see another dime of taxpayer money in the form of bailouts and regulate these monsters before we have another economic collapse. Speeches don't put food on my table; hard work does.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Roy

    It will be impossible for him to placate the 20% of this country who are insane, no matter what he does. Remember, Jesus Christ fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead. For this, he was crucified.


    October 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  15. marlene

    I can only guess at what your definition of a "win" means. It won't matter what the President does, the Republicans will still "do nothing". Congress is the big loser. The President can advocate, push, negotiate and press the public opinion. If there is a big loser it is Congress and I hope they will lose in 2010. The President's public approval ratings are still in the low 50's, Dems in the high 30's and Republicans in the 20's. What does that tell you the American people think about Wins? When government doesn't work, we all lose.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jayne

    That Obama, what a piker. After a mere 8 months in office he has only pulled the economy back from the brink of depression, begun the process of reforming health care in this country, signed the Lily Ledbetter fair pay law that finally gives parity to women in employment, expanded the SCHIP children's health program, begun funding embryonic stem cell research, saved the American car industry, begun the closure of Guantanamo Bay, begun turning Iraq over to the Iraqis, started long overdue work on climate change, appointed a Supreme Court justice, opened dialogue with countries previously ignored, gained the support of the Russians in the Iran nuclear standoff and presided over the United Nations Security Council, the first American president to do so. Many of us had hoped he might part the Red Sea and turn water into wine, but maybe that will come in the next 8 months.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Lisa in Shelton

    stop letting faux News keep score. He's had successes but the "Republi-spin" tarnishes everything.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Phillip in Long Beach, Ca

    Perhaps he can go back to community organizing and leave government to the big kids : )

    October 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  19. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Concentrate on one or two items. So far, he's been like a one man baseball team trying to cover all fielding positions at once.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  20. Christian

    He needs to calm down and evaluate the situations, in the situation room might I add, Hi Wolf. Then he needs to proceed from there and stop looking for Republican support. The Democrats control Congress and I believe he and Congress can push great legislation through with or without the scum of America in fine attire's support, which they stole the money or took bribes to pay for that attire.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  21. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    I am not kidding nor do I take pleasure in saying its toooooo late.Too
    many czars talking to him,too many lost chances..........the truth is that his own congress is just hurting him awful as I knew they would.This may sound crazy but he would of actually been better off with a Republican congress crazy as that seems its true.He is a great guy
    who I want to do well but the people around him are not very smart.We
    even have a secretary of state that has to have 10 other people do her work while she takes photo ops only.No home runs for this really nice guy,he hired the wrong folks.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  22. Dan

    He has to start pushing harder. DUring the campaign and the early part of his term he thought his smarts and speaking ability would inspire many to do what he wanted but the way things get done is through the nitty gritty rough and tumble work behind the scenes. Once he realizes this he will serve everyone better.
    St. Louis, MO

    October 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  23. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Bring real reforms at home!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  24. Kentucky

    He has quite a few wins, already Jack. The first was when he won the election. He is abot to win the healthcare reform impasse. He is winning the climate change legislation as well. Jack, Obama signed a few pieces of legislation into law within a few weeks after his inauguuration. Does the Ledbetter bill sound familiar?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  25. Christine from Ocean City, MD

    Obama needs to get out of his own way.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Bring real reforms at home.


    as for Afghanistan rhetoric of the message of sending more troops now it does not give the army more troops tomorrow. The decision will be made in just time to do it right with humility of the reality of the Afghan people.

    After eight years of Bush medicine and decades of Washington nobody wants to accept what the world is telling us : individual humility at home and abroad for cleaning up a broken system where each individual has to face its own mirror..trust me it is not easy but it is then worth living with clarity!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  27. Eric - Houston

    All he has to do is to tackle easy things which simply don't matter. The President gets the difficult things many of which he may not win. The best Presidents, the real leaders, also get the unpopular things. Which means he both might fail and anger people. A President is not elected to make his life easy, a President is elected to make America a better place and to help Americans succeed. He needs to keep swinging, he has had some wins, he will have more.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  28. Garfield Canada

    Jack the sad truth is the rest of the world is looking at the United States in complete bewilderment. We see your elected government members taking money to influence their vote on very important issues such as Health Care. Lobbyist’s payments are bribes, and for elected officials to take a bribes would be treated as a criminal act in most countries. The guilty would be charged and if found guilty put in to jail. What the hell is going on in your country Jack?
    How do you expect your President or anyone else to get anything done in a country that allows that?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  29. bill rupert

    Stop trying to be everywhere at once and start paying full time and attention to the critical programs that will either make or break his presidency – Let's try health care as an example: he should have been all over this thing. And I don't mean going out to po-dunk where-ever and giving the same old stupid stump speech that we've all heard 110 times. I know it by heart and it does not say anything specific about anything. You can't sell that way. Specifics sell!-period. He should have been twisting arms behind the scenes and telling Senator Baukus (and others) what he wanted. But no-not Mr. Nice Guy. He has got to start concentrating on the core issues and have a "take no prisoners atttitude". This guy Gracey is breath of fresh air on the Hill. That's what Barak needs some of. Oh we'll maybe Hilliary was right: He's just not tough enough.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  30. Lori - PA

    Spend more time focusing on the issues that are important. Like working with Congress and the Sentate on the health care reform bill. How about the war in Afgahnistan? What about the rising number of people who are unemployed?

    He should have been here dealing with those issues, not in Denmark.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  31. Jackie in Dallas

    Well, Jack, it would be nice to remember that job statistics lag any where from 4-8 months behind actual improvements in the other economic indicators.

    It would also be nice to remember that the trip to Copenhagen was planned before the murder of the 16 year old in Chicago. Do you KNOW how expensive it is to change plans with the logistics of a Presidential visit? Or the insult it would have been to other world leaders by cancelling his visit? Or the fact that no matter what he did, he would have been labeled wrong by the GOP?

    Or that the healthcare reform is being stymied by the GOP fear tactics, and by the number of members of Congress who are in the pockets of the healthcare industry? How about an indepth story on THAT? Or the fact that for all their criticism of the Congressional Budget that he signed, the GOP has been proven hypocritical by a story here on CNN: "Utah's Republican Sen. Robert Bennett wants to help his home-state company take their project nationwide, so he's secured a $5 million earmark in the defense spending bill. That $5 million comes from the fund that's supposed to pay for troops' basic needs such as food, fuel and ammunition." How's that for supporting the troops - take money away from their food and ammo budget, but give them a nice DVD present if they make it back alive!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    He could play checkers or tic-tac-toe by himself. Other than that with his track record so far he won't win any battles in the next 3 years, 3 months and 18 days, that's the day when a new President will be sworn in.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  33. Joe in VA

    The loss by Chicago was not a surprise. Brazil is an emerging power, there have never been an Olympics in South America that I recall, and having one of its citizens beaten to death by a bunch of thugs on the city streets probably did not help Chicago. This was a victory of substance over celebrity. However, to get to your question, perhaps the president should consider the old adage, "Jack of all trades, master of none." The most successful people do a few things but do them well and with strong focus. Maybe he needs to try to focus on the biggest issues and not spread himself so thin.

    Chatham, VA

    October 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  34. Alex in Seattle

    He can start by providing the leadership to actually use the congressional majority and the mandate he won last November. The Republicans were worried when the Democrats got their 60 vote majority in the senate but the Dems seem to squandered their advantage. President Obama needs to spend some time on the hill getting his party motivated. Maybe take a page from the Republican playbook and show some party unity. They need to get something done or they will find themselves in the minority again... and for the same reasons. It seems that Will Rogers is still correct when he said that he did not belong to an organized political party. He was a Democrat.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Nancy Counter

    I am fried with the Health Care Reform, we need to get rid of the whole bunch and I'll bet the next election will play that out. I expected the Republicans to be more interested in their pockets than the well being of the American people but we put those Democrats in to vote for us and they sure as heck didn't. I am really disapointed in President Obama he didn't even put Single Payer on the table. That was what we voted him in for, damn, he's just another politician and I really liked him.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  36. Russ in PA

    1. Put an end to the Patriot Act.
    2. Pull the troops out of everywhere.
    3. Get the government out of health care. Completely.
    4. End the FED.
    5. Have a beer.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  37. mark pribble Anna Illinois

    It's going to be an up hill battle, when you have the republican party undermining every thing you say and do. He needs to put his foot down and tell all the others to PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  38. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    How about telling the American people that he will from this day forward work to bring back good paying manufacturing jobs and focus on the economy. Then start a true war on drugs and crime in America, not overseas.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  39. Bert

    Bring our men home from Afghanistan and let that country fight there own wars.They win they win! If they lose they lose! Sounds crude and rude but lets worry about america and our own people and borders! It is time we quit fighting everyones war!
    This is another Vietnam and we will be there for years and will not win the war.Bush blundered not going full bore after 9-11 in Afghanistan and instead went into Irag because Saddam threatened his daddy years ago.It is to late for Afghanistan!
    I hear an echoing in the wind?I believe what I'am hearing is "time for change"?Sound familiar Jack?
    So we shall see if this president practices what he preeches?
    No regulation on wall street and the greedy banks so "no change"there?Billions and billions spent on senseless wars so "no change there?
    Perhaps I better have my hearing checked because I could swear what I recall hearing was "change"!

    October 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  40. Victoria Milton, Florida

    It's time for him to be the person we saw in the election. Someone who was going to reform the govt. and remove the special interests and pork. I voted for him. ( The lesser of two evils) hoping he just might change things for the better. Now all I see is his agenda.. What happenen to America's agenda? Washington has done it magic on him.... made him into one of THEM.... How sad for our country that wanted change...

    October 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  41. Audrey Fryer

    I don't remember you having all this criticism when George Bush was in power (and if you did you certainly didn't put it in print) and was off visiting his ranch every other weekend, which incorporated airplanes, helicopters, staff, secret service et, (but at least Mr. Obama tried to get the Olympics, emphasis on Tried) for the U.S.Health care – get on your congresspeople's cases – that's what their job is. Iran or North Korea aren't doing anything different than what has been done in the last 8 years(other than I believe they are talking to the U.S.now). Remember Jack, Miracles happen right away – the impossible takes a little longer.

    Vancouver Island

    October 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  42. Johnny From SC

    The number one thing we need is the stop the conflict between the Democrats, the Republican's and the media. If we want this country to prosper we need the President bashing to stop and actually set down and figure what is actually best for America. There are to many American's hoping and praying for Obama to fail. What they don't seem to realize is that if he fails we all fail. I've read blogs where people are actually happy that we did not win the Olympic bid. How American is that?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, i don't know how he puts some wins on the board for himself, but it would be a real win for America if he resigned and went back to Chicago.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm |

    Did you see all of those people celebrating and dancing in the streets? No, I don't mean Rio. I'm talking about Fox News. When the Dems finally get their heads on straight and pass Health Care Reform with a Public Option, the Republicans won't be able to elect a dog-catcher for the next hundred years.
    If Jesus had been a Republican, or Publican as they were called in those days, he would have told Lazarus, "Sorry, Lazarus, you have a pre-existing condition."
    But Jesus, the Liberal, said in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"
    John 11:43

    October 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  45. Al from SoCal

    He he needs to get it out of his head that he is there to "fundamentally change America", and that his job is to govern America and protect America. He needs to abandon Pelosi's of his party's (a socialist liberal left), and stick to governing from the middle as he said he would during the campaign.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  46. bill rupert

    I wrote a longer version of this but I'll cut to the chase Jack.
    I've beern selling technology to the feds for a long time. One thing you learn if you are going to be sucessful is: Specifics Sell! Period!...Giving wide ranging and open ended presentations and speeches without specifics is a losing proposition. And that is why this Health Care reform is a joke. The only thing that will happen here is that cost's will continue to rise along with everbodys Insurance rates.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  47. Fred R Deleon

    President Obama just got to small to fill the shoes of President of this
    Great Country. The color of his skin has nothing to do with all his mistakes. Around him at the WH you find quite a few non grata personna individuals. That is bad. Obama doesn't know it; that's worst
    His lack of success is by large due to the Congress that instead doing their job rather go for kissing Obama's hand. We can't and shouldn't blame Obama for all of his failure, but Congress. Big spending, investing in Finland Auto Makers ove half of millon dollars to back up Al Gore. Obama needs around him people with CLEAN back ground and...with the necessary and required knowledge to help him. Let's remember Nixon got out for Watergate Hotel brake in. He, Nixon wasn't present in such brake in, but he knew. Obama knows what is going on now.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  48. fred doofenshmirtz

    Listen to Rush. It's that simple.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  49. Arie Bakker

    I would love to see members of the Republican Party take action against John Ensign. He's a real piece of work, and I'll bet you his fellow Republicans won't do a thing.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  50. lockeanddemosthenes

    The scoreboard is more even than you think. On the contrary, Iran is no longer thumbing their nose at anyone. They are well aware, especially with the confession of a second site, that international pressure has increased, not to mention Russia has shifted positions to be more agreeable to U.S. intentions. And North Korea, while not deterred, is certainly better than it was a year ago. Families are talking again, and North Korea isn't issuing any of the sorts of threats they did while Bush was president. The Olympics was certainly a failure, but you've generalized far too many of the other issues here. This won't get posted because it is too long, but next time take a deeper look at all the issues please.


    October 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  51. Denni's north Carolina

    stay the course

    October 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  52. george

    It's funny that no one seems to be paying any attention to the positive things that are happening since Obama took office, instead they just sit on their hands and expect more to happen in such a short period of time. My GOD people he doesn't walk on water, but to expect him to accomplish all of the things that you want him to will take a little time. He certainly isn't getting any help from the Republicans who would much rather see him fail, but for us to expect so much, so soon is just plain stupid. If you have any common sense at all you should realize that is usually takes a lot longer time to solve a problem than to cause one, and that being the case he should have all of the mess that the Republicans, and their cronies have caused to be taken care of by the time he leaves office. Should you want it done any faster, do it yourself ...

    October 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  53. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    I hope so, since if he wins, America wins.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  54. Arie Bakker

    President Obama, just can't win. No matter what he does, or where he goes, the opposition will criticize him. I can't tell you how many Republicans come up to me, and say: "see what "you" President has done. It makes me sick, and the fear mongers like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and the likes love it, just to improve their ratings.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  55. Lucy

    He has to learn the power or persuasion. Sometimes I wonder how he ever got elected (not that I'm complaining), because he can't seem to convince people of anything else.
    SF, CA

    October 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  56. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Wading through the steaming pile that was left him, it's easy for people to second guess every move he makes. I personally don't give a hang if the Olympics go to Chicago, but I think this president has many great things in store for us. My money is on Iran, and healthcare reform this year.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  57. t

    Let's remeber that they were many problems in this counrty before President Obama took office. Based on history, he has done more than any modern day president. It takes time and he has only been in office a little over eight months. The healthcare reform bill is not over. Things will get better!!! I'm glad he went to Copenhagen. If Dallas, Texas was in the final four for the Olympics, no one including you, would have said it was silly for former-President Bush to go and lobby for the Olympics. Remeber that President Bush took many vacations to Texas during the economic crisis.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  58. Donna Wisconsin

    Healthcare reform is going somewhere–read your own CNN news stories! Iran is talking at the table, the economic picture is getting better here and in the world, which is directly attributed to this administration. Afganistan is getting a thoughtful president examining all options instead of a 'cowboy'. And on it goes! It's only the news media that want to keep harping on the negatives. the Pres is doing a great job!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  59. Paul from Canada

    While the Olympic bid didn't turn out the way he wanted, in general, this question seems reflective of the instant gratification culture we live in. President Obama is tackling very large issues, and yet we expect quick and clear results. Everything is not within his control to correct or change and everyone is falling all over themselves to challenge him. Lets wait for the processes to work themselves through, then we can critique.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  60. James

    I give Mr. Obama an A for effort I don't what anybody says it could of bought a lot jobs for Chicago and boost the economy not only for Chicago but other areas to. It was worth the shot. The republlicans say they want him to try and add some jobs to the economy well he tried.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  61. John

    Mr. Obama really needs to move on this Afghanistan situation, and get this Iraq War exit strategy moving. This won't help the economy, but it will save American lives.\
    Pampa, TX

    October 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  62. Jim Bailey

    Yeah, he's such a loser ain't he;
    some one else had to trash the economy for him,
    some one else had to invade a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11
    and some one else had to give the nation's health care to the insurance companies.
    He's a loser...to those with selective memories.
    Cripple Creek

    October 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  63. Barbara, Ft Lauderdale

    He needs to stop spending money and figure out how to lower our deficit. Plain and simple.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  64. Annie, Atlanta

    Who knows? He took on a mess unseen since FDR. Add to that the GOP whose sole plan of survival is to destroy our President by any means possible, ratcheting up hatred to historic levels. And we wonder why one of our cities wasn’t awarded the Olympic games? The rest of the world is watching us self-destruct and have the wisdom to stay away.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  65. John in Manassas

    The President needs to focus like a laser beem on three things and three things only: creating jobs, passing universal health care legislation, and Afghanistan. He needs to communicate a clear and concise plan for each. Right now there's just a lot of noise, chaos, and uncertainty. Focus on those three issues and shelve everything else until expiration.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  66. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Stop watching Faux News. CNN will tell you that this president has established talks with North Korea and Iran. He has given women equal pay. He and the First Lady have restored the morale of our military. He has restored funding for the VA hospitals. He is making it obvious with intense deliberations that he is not cavalier about the loss of our troops.
    He is getting us out of a depression that some economists feared would be greater than the first. In eight months he has not yet secured national health care but his predecessors did not accomplish it in over a hundred years. he will accomplish it before his first term is done. Don't buy into the Faux News propaganda, you'll make a fool of yourself.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  67. Sylvain

    You are right Jack, Superman failed again!... He just can't beat those villains. It's time for him to go back to his Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole and break a few crystals.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  68. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    So Iran is thumbing it's nose at the United States. According to the headlines in the los Angeles Times, "Hopeful signs emerge from talks with Iran." Does this sound like a loss to Obama? And can we stop talking about wins and losses.
    I might point out that Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter equal choice act. He was able to get SCHIPS passed. The EPA is beginning to take stronger measures against green house gases. It's not Obama's fault that health insurance companies are bribing congressmen on both sides of the aisle to derail health care reform. I might point out that a recent poll by CBs/Times proves that 63% of the people want a public option.
    And on his way back from Copenhagen, Obama was conducting a conference with General Stanley McCrystal about future policy in Afghanistan. And we need to review where we are going in Afghanistan because if we do not create a policy more synch with the needs of the Afghan people, there is no way we will "win" in Afghanistan. (The term ":win" itself represents a rather ignorant world view, and a policy that reflects this attitude is a sure fire defeat.)
    So is Obama the "loser" that Jack Cafferty wants him to be?
    I don't think so.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  69. Cindy

    Stop foreign workers access to American's jobs. Implement trade regulations to create protectionism of American workers. Otherwise, President Obama needs to resign, even Vice President Biden could do a better job.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  70. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Maybe if the US and Chicago had shown a unified front instead of all the child like bickering then maybe Chicago would have won the Olympics. But when the IOC sees the individual factions bickering like Children then are going to look someplace else.

    And the Republicans total aim is to insure that President Obama DOES NOT win anything. Just so they can point to it and gloat. Forget about all the people that are getting harmed all the Republicans want to do is stop ANYTHING this President wants to accomplish.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  71. Jerry Alpharetta, GA

    What he needs is focus. He must prioritize and focus one issue at a time. He has lots of charisma is a fantastic speaker but he lacks the management skills necessary to multi-task in arenas that are totally new to him. The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  72. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    Let's examine the real reasons that the IOC chose Rio instead of Chicago for the 2016 Olympics.

    Maybe we need to go back into history to 1996

    The Olympic games in 2016 were marred by a bombing. The bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph bombed the Olympics because the Olympics were created to "celebrate the ideals of global socialism." He wanted to "anger and embarrass the Washington government"and "to force the cancellation of the games or at least create a state of insecurity to empty the streets around the venues and thereby eat into the vast amounts of money invested."( He was a fugitive for five years finding asylum in the southern Appalachian Mounts where apparently a lot of the local residents regarded him as a hero.

    Let's fast forward to the summer of 2009 where people demonstrated en masse not only to protest health care but to express their hatred for Obama. Gun-toters showed up at presidential rallies with loaded weapons. Right wing radio pundits spread a hate and smear campaign, larded with veiled death threats. From listening to Lou Dobbs, I got the impression that in many communities you could be lynched for speaking Spanish. God help you if you spoke French or Arabic.

    According to the latest issue of Intelligence Report published by the Southern Leadership Conference, right=wing militias are on the rise. And I am certain that the NRA would insist on the right to carry the weapon of their choice into all Olympic venues – and file a lawsuit to block the games if they did not get their way.

    Let's also examine the title of Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue. What might that stay to the international community. And bear in mind that Sarah Palin, the NRA, and right wing militias might be running this country in 2016, so that Rudolph's attitudes toward the Olympics will no longer be the opinion of a madman, but actually the public policy of the United States.

    Would you entrust the Olympics to a place like the United States? Would you set up the Olympics in Afghanistan or Somalia?

    Brazil has plenty of problems, but under the leadership of President Lula, Brazil is making progress in solving these problems. And unlike the United States, where white-is-right is getting a new lease on life, the people of Brazil actually look like much of the rest of the world.

    Those are the reasons Rio won. It's no great loss to Chicago any way, since many people of Chicago didn't want the games. Sure, maybe Obama made a mistake going to Copenhagen, but that depends on how avid a sports fan you are.

    And as far a "set back" for Obama, on the way home from Copenhagen he was having a conference with General Stanley McCrystal about Afghanistan and diplomats seem to be making progress with talks with Iran.

    I am glad Obama is not sweating the small stuff. Neither should we.

    *The quotes are from a statement Rudolph made in 2005 after he was secaptured. I found them on Wikipedia

    October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  73. Joanne from Medina

    What are we? spoiled children who need to win everything or we cry?
    President Obama is doing everything humanly possible for his country. Maybe we should be asking what can we do?

    October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  74. Gregory C

    I never taught that some many people were in dream land, to believe the IOC would award the Olimpics to Chicago. What a waste of money on all fronts. I give my reason with a question. How would it look to the rest of the world if Ch was chosen after the President and his Wife and the Queen or talk TV made a special visit and appeal? If I was a IOC voting member I would have to vote for Rio also. after all that pressure.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  75. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, he needs to keep plugging away. After all, the Bush recession didn't happen overnight, it's been in the making since the late '80's. Go back and read up on the recession that Reagan inherited. Joblessness went to over 10%, deficit spending was vastly increased and taxes on corporations were raised by a huge amount. It took us a couple of years to recover back then, too.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  76. Dr. Jim Farrow (New Orleans)

    He's had plenty of wins and much progress on many intransigent issues!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  77. Nancy, CA

    Adopt Harry Truman as his new hero!! President Obama needs to develop more backbone and start "Giving Them Hell" – particularly some of the "do-nothing" Democrats in Congress, who he seems to be amazingly and blindly depending on.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  78. RDR Texas

    Stay in the White H ouse and do some WORK !!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  79. Kate

    I want to know why he even went to the IOC conference, when we are in the middle of wars on two fronts and other issues like health care and unemployment are tearing this country apart. He is not a celebrity and needs to stop acting like one. He needs to stay here and do his job, which is taking care of America for American's. I am sick and tired of seeing him jet all over the world and act like a Hollywood Fool, and bad mouth America. Who is his puppet master this week?

    Kate in Maryland

    October 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  80. Will from San Jose

    The Olympics were a no-win situation. He flies to Copenhagen and people complain. Had he not gone and Chicago loses the bid, people would have complained that he didn't properly support an American city.

    His own party have proven they are incapable of getting anything done, despite having that fabled super majority in the Senate that was supposed to allow them to pass whatever they wanted.

    The President needs to find some thing that can be fixed by executive order alone. Afghanistan is the first of those, and I think that has a lot to do with why they are taking the time to make sure they get it right.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  81. Alice NEWYORK

    Give it a break, media sensationalism , 24/7, you guys stir the pot! Oh well one thing is for sure, all the negative remarks will add up to positive! Do you trink ? Come on Jack ! Everybody should just take a deep breath. After 8 or more years of sleep, now they're waking up and there is no stopping the noise. regardless of who it is from. Cut him some slack Jack, can't make everybody happy isn't that what you said back awhile ago.?

    October 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  82. James in North Carolina

    It's just that the American People have seen Obama for who is instead of the media creation that got him elected.

    Other than being a great orator who speaks well with speeches preloaded in the teleprompter, Obama doesn't bring a lot of substance to the job of President.

    Without the teleprompter and the pre-written, Obama doesn't seem nearly as Presidential.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  83. Brian Daniels

    He has to start listening to the people of this country, Jack. Just because he was elected by a majority of voters doesn't mean he can do whatever HE thinks is right. That means taking a dose of humility and listening to us and to people who know what to do – like his generals in Afghanistan, for starters. People are starting to get the feeling that when it comes to President Obama, there is less than meets the eye.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  84. gene mcdonald

    he talks and talks but doesn't seem to listen to the people AND his trip to Chicago about the Olympics? that's an important act of a president?

    October 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  85. JENNA

    What does President Obama have to do to start putting some wins on the board?

    Why are you ignoring the WINS that he has already put "on the board" Jack?

    Roseville CA

    October 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  86. crwoo

    stop listening to all the noise in his ears especially the weak democrats

    October 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  87. Jan from NJ

    He should get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and reinstate all the willing men and women who were discharged because of it.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  88. honestjohn in Vermont

    He has to realize his limitations and stop making mistakes only the completely inexperienced make. At the rate he is going the Republicans need do nothing...Obama will make all the mistakes they need.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  89. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dear Jack,

    A president can not legislate. President Obama has done all he can and continues to work hard to return our Nation to prosperity from the Bush Disaster. One big win will be the passing of Healthcare and healthcare reform.

    Another win would be to END the senseless war in Afghanistan.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  90. Todd

    Well Jack,
    He needs to stop focusing on a health care bill that will not make it through congress and, focus on getting this country out of these two pointless and costly wars.

    Norfolk, VA

    October 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  91. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, how about some REAL bipartisanship, instead of "We won, get over it". How about coming out and saying what we all know is true-We are going to send more troops to Afghanistan, that gets support from both parties, although the Dems will split. How about getting a significant, huge piece of the stimulous money to work on energy independence. That is something everyone can understand and get behind. Personally, I don't see any of this happening. Health care is virtually guaranteed to be rammed through, and that is NOT a victory, it is a divider, and the rhetoric/confrontation will only increase.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  92. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Looks like every one’s first guess or assessment of Obama during the 2004 convention was spot on – not ready for prime time. To get a few wins on the table, he has to stop playing games, even if he thinks they are Olympic, and get back to his campaign promises; change, providing a public alternative to healthcare (so that any other reform has teeth in it) holding criminals (both war and financial) accountable instead of rewarding them, start real measures to help the middle class instead of bailing out corporate looters (I mean losers) and bail them out instead (he can pay for it by getting give backs from those who got a free ride on the backs of the rest of us. That would do for starters. If he can get serious about his presidency and get some of this done by the end of his first term, he may get a second term.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  93. Kimberly Krautter, Atlanta, GA

    Frankly, the only way for the President to rack up some wins is to put a shoe in Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel's tail end for failing to control staff leaks to the media and for utterly failing to get Congressional Dems behind the President's health care reform agenda and failing to get out in front of the public debate on the economy, Afghanistan and health care. I blame Rahm.

    As for Chicago, unfortunately, Jack, I think you're right. Given the tragic number of senseless teen deaths in Chicago stacking up week after week after week, the President should have gone to his hometown first to directly address the many systemic issues there. Doing so might have even boosted confidence in the city by IOC voters. That said, frankly Obama was in a no win situation. Had he been the only national leader not to go to Copenhagen and Chicago lost, then they would complain it was because he didn't go. Had he gone and Chicago won, he would have been accused of cronyism for the windfalls the Games would have meant to his friends. He did go and still lost, so his political capital is called into question.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  94. chris

    simple jack
    1. help out the average american give thme tax cuts meaningful ones
    2. end stimulas fpr banks autos and others
    3. shrink govt of amployess get rid of ths czars
    4. dump the current health care bill and climate bill
    5 and finally start doing fos us and not the special intrest

    October 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  95. Maria

    He needs to get on the phone and put pressure on his party members to get the health plan passed. He should also have more private meetings at the W.H and go to Capitol Hill for meetings...and for the ten millionth time...take Rham Emanuel out of the negotiations. He just puts off too many people. Public option, while off the table for now, needs to be explained clearly to the voters and more than that, explain step-by-step what would happen if I lost my private insurance )I am) and must find someone to insure me for pre-existing condition(I have.) No one will help me right now. I want to hear what the President says about specific situations like that.



    October 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  96. Winton from Alaska

    Simple. He's got to organize a few pick-up basketball games against a team of conservative's from congress and beat them by a double score or more each game.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  97. Chris from Chalfont

    Jack, not sure he can. I've asked over and over again "What has he accomplished" and can never get an answer. He is a fantastic public speaker and in the end, that is all he is. Obama has allowed his fame to get this his head and truly believes he is a rock star. He is merely gloss over flash over gloss with no substance. Although it's early in his presidency he is proving what his opponents have said all along; he is NOT capable. He is way in over his head.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  98. a.c. of La.

    Lets see Jack ... his own party are a bunch of wimps who cant give him a decent healthcare bill........ It will turn around ........No one said it was going to be easy.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  99. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I think that he needs to focus in on healthcare and get the job done. I also think that the media needs to quit making mountains out of molehills. The Olympics issue was ill-advised and will dog him for a few weeks or so. In addition, Democratic Congressmen and women need to support their president. Everybody needs to focus in and do the job.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  100. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    President Obama can put some points on the board when his health care bill is passed. Jobs will come when he gets his energy and climate change bill(s) are passed. Actually.there are small and large businesses in Virginia that are doing quite well;however, the big outsourcing during the past 8 yrs.(,you know,Free Markets)has led to middle class disaster. I think regardless of who is in office we are headed for a long drought period for good paying jobs,if ever. Gene

    October 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  101. Tom


    President Obama needs to score a victory on health care. He needs to quickly morph into Teddy Roosevelt and take on the entrenched lobbyists - not only the insurance industry and Big Pharma; but, the trial lawyers, too. Use that big darn stick WE voters gave him. Then he's got to address the unemployment problem and ensure the stimulus bucks are creating JOBS! And, change the dynamic in Afghanistan. Shift the focus from a purely military approach to one that includes economic development that can compete with the opium industry! Last, but not least, let Michael Moore know that 'capitalism' is not a political system... Tom from Davenport, IA - Go HAWKS!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  102. Pugas-AZ

    It is about time that we start fixing the mirad of things wrong with this country. Back when I attended Fenger high school in Chicago we occasionally had fist fights but never anything like the brutal beating and slaying of an honor student. This is, I'm afraid, symtomatic of the downward spiral of our country. Obama should step up and really lead this country out of the darkness by asserting himself as a true leader, not just a front man. We certainly wish him well for it will be a tough, tough job. He will need all the help he can get.

    Let's all pull together and get this train back on the tracks.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  103. Moe Highland Village tx

    Believe in what the people want, not on hand picked Czars in it for money only want.. Remember, For the People by the People........

    October 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  104. perry jones

    He got the election and now he is finding out that the job is more than just telling us we are bad ,or something is better for us. his job is now to win or lose battels it is to make sure that the congress is not screwing the public and so far he is par with his last three or four predisessors congress is screwing all of us

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    October 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  105. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, as to the 'five ring circus' BO actually won. Actually, the taxpayers of Chicago, Illinois and the USA won!! Well ask the taxpayers of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada about the amount of money already blown and the 'circus' hasn't even started!!
    Montreal is still paying for their 'circus' and that was 33 years ago!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  106. Tim in Texas

    Jack, Jack, Jack, lets see what's really happening. A few weeks ago, nobody would have dreamed that Russia or China would ever even consider putting hefty sanctions on Iran. They have already placed stronger sanctions on North Korea & thus far they seem to be working. Back to Iran - there is a proposal on the table to have the enriched nuclear material from Iran shipped to Russia & then France, then back to Iran in fuel rods - harmless fuel rods. And Iran has a deadline for inspections of its facilities. As far as health care - Clinton never got a single bill out of committee. We now have 4 out of committee and a fifth on the way. Substantial wins take time, Obama is further ahead in all of these races than any other president has ever been. And preventing a great depression was not what you would call an insubstantial victory.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  107. SMAG , Munhall , Pa.

    No more Mr. Nice Guy !!! Bring out the President Johnson in himself!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  108. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Every since he was elected hes made bad choices with his cabinet and with his bills its just amazing that he would take Opra with him after she down played Chicago with her school and said that Chicago dont deserve her school in placed it in Africa its just plane and simple our president has no common since . what would you say about his lake of foresite we elected a looser.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  109. Roy Brown

    Jacck damned if you and damned if you don't. If Obama had not gone, Fox News would have blamed the loss on his not going.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  110. ROD Chicago

    I dont think he can do anything. He misled the American people to get himself elected. Everyone is now finding out what this guy is all about. Democrats like Obama dont have the first clue about foreign affairs. All they care about is domestic social engineering. Get control of peoples livlihoods and healthcare and then hold them ransom for their votes. Thats the Chicago way.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  111. robb

    He should just declare was on the Republican Party. Screw 'em, they had their chances to fix things, and all they did was serve up a big dish of fail.
    Single Payer Health Care Now.
    The rest will start to fall into line if we are all healthy

    October 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  112. Brian - Trinidad

    But isn't this the same as what we saw during the campaign?Lots of bullish talk,big shot celebrities lining up behing the biggest celebrity of them all,Oprah,to praise his intellect etc.etc.And you media blasted anyone,a.k.a.Clinton or McCain,who raised the experience factor,i.e.ability to get a job done. And now you're telling us Obama isn't what you told us he is?What's up with that?

    October 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  113. James Conn

    Try getting the media to start showing positive coverage. Chicago, who wants to go to a place where 50% of the people didn't want the Olympics, more teenagers die there then our American troops overseas. Healthcare is nothing more than a death panel. Congress has more lawbreakers then our professional athletes. Our banking system is a big rip-off of American taxpayers. Come on Jack, I already lost my job and it's getting to the point that I'm going to give myself a break and stop watching the news coverage. Obama is not the cause of our current problems. Our Society in general wants to keep the reins and don't want to pass them on. Jim , Logansport In.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  114. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Kick the democratic leadership in the ass and quite trying to make them all happy. If the members of congress don't stop stuffing their pockets with money from the lobbyist then we'll never have a health care program. The jerks will just get richer and the rest of us will never see the light of day.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  115. stan wamboldt

    Wins on the board you say? In my opinion he puts wins on the board every day just by taking all these problems head on. The man was left with a country in the worst shape of it's 234 year existance and because he hasn't straightened it out in less than a year everyone wants to call him a failure.
    The Republicans can't believe he wasted a couple of days on the Olympics; where were they when George Bush was taking more vacations that any two Presidents put together, and that was after starting two wars.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  116. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Give it more time, Jack. For Gods sake ,he's only been in office a little over 9 months! I know you're a skeptic, but really! If he could clean up the mess from the last 8 years in 9 months, he could get a job in a magic show on the Vegas strip! Please don't talk like a whiny Republican!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  117. nino toscano

    Give him time.
    I know, G. Bush was quicker in his messing up the world.
    But, unlike screwing up, to make good takes time.
    I fully trust the Man.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  118. jennifer

    hey jack how about you quit being so mean the president and first lady were doing something good for the country and if you should know his people are already in chicago working on the situatuation that happened to the little boy.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  119. realist101

    Hell, if you could keep him off of Air Force One he might be able to get some work done! He's been on Air Force One now for 9 months and I thinks it's time for him to spend a little time at the White House.

    By the way, can you tell the American people how much it cost to move him from place to place each time he fires up Air Force One? We have a right to know what it's costing us, don't we!

    Houston Texas

    October 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  120. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    If Obama DIDN'T go to Copenhagen, the Republicans would've been attacking him for not caring about the Olympics being in this country because he's "un-American." He was gone for 24 hours, meeting with General McChrystal in the process. He gave Iran 2 weeks to prove they meant what they said, health care reform is well on its way to becoming a bill, and the economy is improving, although slowly. And Obama has already put more wins on the board in his first 8 months than most other presidents. He's doing exceptionally well.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  121. Vincent Connecticut

    He can't do anything. Obama is totally inexperienced, totally inept, has no idea what he's doing and totally arrogant and ego centric to boot! (Did you see his UN speech- I, I ME ME)
    Here's a guy who had 100 days experience as Senator, on the state level, voted "Present" more times than 'yea' or 'nay', oh and of course, was a 'community organizer' who worked with ACORN a lot!
    He can't make a decision on Afghanistan while our soldiers are dying, he's bankrupting our country, he's surrounding himself with some of the creepiest left wing characters (did you see Jennings, the new "School safety czar"?); what were those who voted for him thinking?! CHANGE? As Dr. Phil would say, "How's that working out for you?!"

    October 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  122. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why do insist that one person is all things to all people?

    Tell me Jack, what have you done about Iran, North Korea, and Afghanistan; about health care; how have you reduced crime and influenced family values?

    About as much as I have, which is nearly nil. We think it is enough to elect one person then sit back and hope he/she does something about our problems.

    These are human conditions that should be met and resolved by all people.

    When do you we start Jack?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  123. Jeffrey Venner


    Honestly, I think he might be pressing too hard over these last 9 months. Less could be more at this point! A presidency should be compared to a marathon and a level of pacing yourself could be the best tactic at this moment.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  124. Paul - New Orleans, LA

    We America need to stop being so selfish and all the time and do things the right way. Obama is as of now the face of America; he's putting not only a public face for his adminstration, for the health care reform, but to the international stage. Obama is putting a positive influence on America worldwide, and so what if we didn't get the 2016 Olympics. At least we got the Super Bowl.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  125. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I dont think that the Olympic comity gave a care what happend to Michels dad hears two reasons why he faild the first is he picked the wrong city and the second is why would they place the Olympics there when Opra wouldnt even place her school there .

    October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  126. Sam Tighiouart

    To get those pluses on the board, he might consider living up to a few of his campaign promises! If Congress stands in his way, then he needs to take to the airwaves and call them out by name so we can get involved. We voted him into office for Change and will back him so long as he is fulfilling those promises, not splitting hairs and back peddling, but fulfilling.
    As to Chicago, that is not a deal breaker for me, at least he tried. The Olympics in Chicago would have been a powerful motivator for the people of Chicago and a boost to our economy but it is not an end all. Pride comes from many places and events. Congrats to Rio and our best wishes for a successful event!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  127. JWC in Atlanta

    The Prez is going to have to show some teeth that can and will bite. He'll have to take a painful bite out of the Iranians, the Koreans, the Republicans, and anyone else who stands in the way of genuine domestic progress. If he tries to glad-hand his way toward the kinds of goals facing our nation, he'll only do it for a single term.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  128. Remo, in beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    He needs to work one thing at a time! Does this ring a bell: Jack of all trades master of none!

    Right now I see him as "NObama". Yes I voted for him, unfortunately I didn't realize the "teleprompter" was really who I voted for.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  129. Bill from Alabama

    The president has to finally realize that he US has to join the rest of the world and get rid of the antiquated imperial measurment system and Farenheit temperatues measuring system. It's time to go metric and Celcius. That will create thousands of jobs and finally will make sense.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  130. Brett - Denver

    He needs to just keep on keeping on. Everyone seems to think he should have been able to dig us out of the abyss in less than six months. That's short-term thinking. Obama needs to look down the road to the long term. He's still got more than 3 years to get things done.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  131. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    First off, forget cooperating with the Republicans. They won't, he shouldn't. Roll over them if need be. That will not only score wins for him, but because of his agenda it will also be a score for the American people.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  132. James Harris


    Ok I'm glad that Chicago's crime problem is getting a lot of spot light and maybe it'll go to fixing the crime problem in Chicago. But lets put this whole thing in perspective, in 2008 1 in 2,478 people where murdered in Detroit, 1 in 3,132 people where murdered in Washington DC, 1 in 3,753 people where murdered in Atlanta, 1 in 4,495 people murdered in Philadelphia, and in Chicago 1 in 5,649 people where murdered. Meaning you are TWICE more likely to be murdered in Detroit than in Chicago. The amount of murders in Washington DC was 188, Atlanta was 146, Philadelphia had 322, Detroit had 368 and Chicago had 506. Yes Chicago had the most but keep in mind that it is also 2 time larger than Philadelphia, 3 times larger than Detroit, 5 times larger than Washington DC and almost 6 times larger than Atlanta yet their murder rate and crime rate continues to trump Chicago when adjusted for population. All of those cities ranked in the top 25 most dangerous cities in 2008, except Chicago! I only hope the publicity goes to address the issue instead of furthering negative connotation for Chicago because obviously many other cities are worst and deserve the publicity more! Yes 500 murders is 500 murders regardless but lets make sure we are thinking of solutions instead of denigrating a cities where crime rate is proportional less than a lot of other cities.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  133. -Nioshii-

    You'll never win if you don't play the game. Our President competed like an Olympian "in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams" as the Olympic athletes' oath states. Neo cons would have criticized him for not going & blamed him for the loss if he hadn't gone to Copenhagen. Portraying this as a loss for him personally or politically is pathetically revealing. President Obama continues to model civil behavior and he demonstrated how to be a good sport in wishing Brazil well, -N-

    October 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  134. Nathan Schubert

    Obama can withdraw the opportunity he gave Congress to work together, and start telling them what to push through and what not to. If he doesn't start acting like their boss, they're going to squander his only term in office.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  135. Micah Miller (Canton, OH)

    He needs to crack the whip and get the Democrats in rank and file. The Republicans are turning into the party of "NO" so his party needs to start proving that yes, they can.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  136. Veronica

    President Obama needs to continue doing what he is doing! Jack don't focus only on the negative...try focusing on the positive things the President has done and continue to do.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  137. Jessica from London Ontario

    Simple Jack, he can start with passing universal healthcare. Then the American people will know he is truly on their side.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  138. Klint

    Frankly, it would be a big win if he wasnt so at odds with his campaign promises. He seems to be same empty suit who voted "present" 112 times.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  139. Kenneth in Seattle

    They did tort reform in Texas a couple of years ago. They capped awards, and did everything Republicans wanted. But the promised reductions in malpractice premiums and insurance premiums never happened. It turned out that tort reform was just a gift to insurance companies, because their payouts were cut, but the premiums they received stayed the same. Who would have guessed?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  140. jeff in hawaii


    He needs to quit being so damn nice.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  141. Errick in CA

    Jack, we just had the first face to face with Iranians in 30 years and you don't think that's progress?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  142. Mike

    Jack take a chill pill. The president coming here to Chicago isn't going to change the situation with gang violence. Give him a break. We needed the Olympics, Daley is the one who should be getting his ass in gear.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  143. Eva

    Stand up and tell the republicans to shut up. Why do we keep trying to work with these people. Tell the blue dogs to put up or shut up. All the republicans do is fight fight fight every thing anyone tries to do and it is all for politics. He needs to do what he did when he was campaigning. Live up to his promises and tell the blue dog democrats to do the same.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  144. Gene in Pennsylvania

    So the community organizer has assembled a team of bunglers and boobs and you guys wonder why he has no accomplishments? Wishing and hoping don't cut it when you are the chief executive of the greatest nation on earth. Some competence would help. Gene

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  145. stewart resmer

    Point of order?
    Those werent 4 punks who budgeoned that young man to death?
    They were murderous killers and the rest are/were accessories after the fact.

    As to your question? Obama has a great deal to deal with as president, soem he wins some he loses, just like any other president.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  146. Bill Bradley

    "One thing at a time and that done well is as good a rule as any can tell"; from my 4th grade teacher.

    BB, St George, Ontario

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Andy - Nevada

    Two words Jack. Create jobs!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Sean

    It's not what the President needs to do, its what the people need to do. Give his policies some time to work before you call them losses.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  149. truthislife

    Greetings: Alls Obama knows how too do is SPEND money and smile to attempt to cover up his unwise ways. These people "think" they are gods-making audacious boast! Praise the true God, the Father of the resurrected Jesus Christ He didn't allow the wicked to prosper. Obama IS NOT worthy of children being coerced too praise him! Obama isn't the way of change a and hope. He is a man of arrogant words and deceptive agendas!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  150. joe of New Jersey

    He should stop trying to be a rock star and try being a president.
    Ah for the days of Camelot when the White House had dignity and respect not one of the guys.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  151. Bob Watts

    It seems those who think they know it all want him to start a war with iran. Too get health care he would need to eliminate the Republican party. Anyway he is winning with the majority because he wants to help America but the party of NO does not care about America because they worship money, insurance companies and big business. If the Republicans knew what toothpaste Obama uses I am sure they would find fault with it.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  152. Spencer

    In order for Obama to start putting some wins up, he's got to walk the walk he touted during his campaign. He spoke of change like "no more pork", but still put his autograph on a stimulus bill loaded with it. From the stimulus on, the President has done nothing but create a disjuncture between his Presidency and the values he campaigned on.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  153. Edward

    President Obama has the ability to do many things at the same time, instead of trying to slow the President down we need to speed up the other players(Congress).

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  154. Ron from South Carolina

    Keep doing what he is doing and make more noise about what he wants exactly. I think that it was bold and correct to try and include all parties in discussions about health care etc. but the time has come for him to come out swinging and tell these people what he wants. I want health care with a public option because it is the "only" way to keep insurance companies from continuing to stick it to us. They only have one goal, as much profit as they can make no matter who it hurts.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  155. Kate

    Stop passing blame to President Bush and the Republicans and get to work! No one likes a whiner.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  156. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Does the lemmon law include an american president.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  157. al Saratoga Springs, NY

    He needs to rule with fear with the "axis of evil" and love with the U.S. people. Right now, he's not much of a leader at all!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  158. Jared

    He should stop talking. We know he's good at it. That's why he did all the town hall meetings and media talks. That's what he tried to prove once more in Copenhagen. I hope he finally realizes to shut up and get to work.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  159. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    Resign – That would be a win for all.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  160. Terri in Southwest Virginia

    Find a way to stop the talkers who belittle every thing he does or says. No matter what he does, there will be people who find fault with it and work toward his failure, regardless of the end effects on this nation. When people continue to believe all the baloney spewed by the self promoting talkers, how can any thing positive happen. Negativity seems to be the better selling product.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  161. CK Honolulu

    OK, the Olympic bid failed. His team did not guage the politics of the IOC very well. Hopefully, Obama has learned that he can't just charm and beguile people. Sometimes the President needs to play hardball. HOpefully, he'll go knock some heads around in Congress and better articulate details to the public rather than the articulate vaguaries and get a MEANINGFUL Healthcare reform bill through.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  162. George Butler

    CNN is whining about Chicago losing, and "wanting to know" why.

    Europeans and the rest of the World are getting tired of how "Americans" continue to think that personally related physical handicaps and disabilities justify our getting pity and special consideration / rewards. (Political correctness, I reckon.)... Read More

    Michelle got up in front of the Committee & World, whining about how her poor, dear father had MS, was on canes, and pushed her to excel in athletics.

    Somehow, she tried to tie that to how well Chicago should host the games, because the US supports athletes.

    "Oh, poor me."

    Thank you, Michelle, for losing us the bid in front of the IOC...

    Sorry, but I am tired of hearing how suppressed and deserving the US is, because of our inabilities.

    Of the 4 countries in the competition, which one hasn't pissed off the rest of the world with their stance in international affairs, thus posing the least chance of some suicide bomber(s) setting something off during the games?

    And "deserving pity"? What about the tens of thousands of orphaned street urchins trying to live from day to day in Rio?...

    [... and he steps back from his soap box...]

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  163. david f

    We could hear this kind of crap on Fox News. Obama is doing fine, I voted for him, and I'm happy with how he's doing his job. People need to sit back and watch for a while, and stopped questioning everything freaking thing he does.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  164. Ernie J

    Abandon the far left aganda and start paying attention the hurting center of this country.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  165. Larry

    The first thing the president can do is make sure the American taxpayer is reimbursed by the Chicago Olympic committee for this trip. Has anyone figured out how much money this 13 hour trip cost us?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  166. Larry

    Jack, are you kidding? Given the severity of all the issue on the president's plate, we surely didn't expect him to wave the magic wand of hope and make it all go away in 8 months? If he had been able to solve ANY of these issues in such short order, that would've made him the deity Limbaugh and his buds accuse him of being! Patience Jack. Patience.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  167. John Gunkle

    The problem is President Obama is taking on to much at the same time. If he could focus on one and complete it, then he would have a win. He is not paying full attention to what the public wanted, which was the economy and the wars. Instaed he is trying to do it all the first year of his administration.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  168. Colten Neath

    He needs to quit trying to appease to conservatives and Republicans who will never support him anyways, and push his ideas through. Too much diplomacy, not enough. I voted for Barack even though it got me exiled by my conservative church, and Barack can handle some criticism to push the agenda I voted for against lots of opposition.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  169. Isaac

    President Obama can stop talking and make things happen. He is proving the republican corrent when they said all Obama is good for is a speech. He is proving to be a week president. Bush was a terrible president but at least he got things done, even if those things damaged our rights and freedoms.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  170. Richard N.

    For God's sakes Jack cafferty, give President Obama some slack.

    Name one, just one, other person you would like to see replace him at this moment in time as President of the United Staes of America.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  171. Philip

    Maybe it's time that the President started acting like the President instead of the Celebrity in Chief. He may not put more 'wins' on the board, but at least then he would be fighting the fights that matter and would have more of the public behind him. Slowly his supporters are starting to wonder when he's going to actually DO something.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  172. Ron

    Its about time Jack see's Obama for who he really is! Now if more liberals speak the truth about other liberals we all might have a future.

    Middletown, CT

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  173. Don from Wisconsin

    Jack the first thing he has to do is total up the entire cost of the trip to Copenhagen and reimburse the American taxpayer. Please make it payable to the US Treasury and deposit is ASAP. Oh, and make sure it does not come back "non sufficient funds".

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  174. Brian

    Obama did a very very American thing, by going to Denmark to try and secure the Olympics and bring JOBS and economic revenue not only to the city of Chicago but to the United States, Granted Chicago was to benefit hugely by it.States like Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana would of also have benefited from the Olympics.

    Conservatives need to drop this, Obama would of received criticism if he didn't go so just drop it.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  175. Margaret McGuire

    Stay off of that airplane for at least a week.
    Imagine the cost saving just with that.
    Start acting Presidential and stay off the TV every chance he gets.
    How about trying to handle one thing at a time

    October 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  176. cl

    Sorry Jack, I have to laugh......this administration just doesn't get it!!!
    Axelrod says all Obama lost by going to Denmark was a few hours of sleep.....excuse me???? How many millions of taxpayer dollars was wasted by this????

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  177. Linda in Arizona

    I'm going to echo RDR in Texas: "Stay in the White House and do some WORK!!!!! From day one, he has avoided the Oval Office like the plague. He won't even give speeches from there, although it's the best bully pulpit location he has, and one that nobody else has. Flitting around the world and the country, out for burger runs when he has a 5 star chef and staff at his disposal, date nights, blah, blah, blah. I'm so sick of watching his act. If I had it to do over, I'd vote for Hillary. At least she's diligent.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  178. Dario Andino

    I believe President Obama's visit was also aimed at helping Chicago's economy by bringing direct and indirect much needed employment. Without a doubt, it would've had help many people's pockets. At least he tried. Also, a President is also supposed to be able to multi-task. His critics denounce his trip. Well, what's wrong with leaving the beating path for a moment and maybe have some fun without forgetting his primary responsibilities. He will continue to do the right thing for America, if his critics shup up long enought to allow him to continue.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  179. Kitty

    Lighten up on the President! He, unlike Bush, is more than capable of handling many things in a day. The trip to Copenhagen was not wasted; it was diplomacy, which we can use a lot of to cure the woes left over from the last administration.

    Sure, some wins would be nice. If only the right wing would allow them, for all of us.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  180. Jackie in Dallas

    To paraphrase the famous words of JFK, Jack, maybe we should say, "ask not what President Obama can do for you, but what YOU can do to help the country". A good adage that the bluedog dems and the GOP should live by.

    And that includes you, Jack, with your provocative questions just itching to get those wingnuts going!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  181. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    I give President Obama credit for going to Copenhagen and representing the United States Of America even though the U.S. did not win. Other critics would have said: "It was a waste of tax payer dollars for the President to go there". Other critics would have said: "If the President did not go there to respresent Chicago or the U.S., he was un-American", and if Chicago did win the 2016 Summer Games, critics would have said: "It was Fixed". What a great Country we live in.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  182. Dianne

    Amazing Jack, yesterday more people favored going to Copenhagen, but you read more nays. If you donot agree then it was wrong? Donot try to use those poor children in Chicago as an excuse, this horrible situation has been happening before President Obama became President. Where was the disgust for those beautiful children before? Where was your comment under Bush about these children?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  183. Judy

    The problem with Obama is that he is trying too hard to be pals with everyone while maintaining his nice guy image.
    It is time to take a page out of Dubya's playbook and completely ignore the opposition, get tough and get his programs endorsed and passed with the support he does have.
    Nice guys do indeed finish last.The previous eight months confirm that.
    Get a backbone and start roaring. Above all,expose the republican lies for what they are. He shouldn't sit back and take it with nary a word of rebuke.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  184. Jan SC

    It's simple....Stop listening to his advisors and start listening to
    "Cable Chatter". well most cable stations anyway!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  185. Soroche

    He has a difficult road ahead. He chose to go to Denmark rather than help the healthcare crisis or our economy. If he doesn't do something that can turn our country around, I predict a new man/women working in the oval office in 2012.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  186. Jim in Oregon

    Is our country's legislative branch beginning to make a move to become the sole "decider" of the peoples fate? What happenned to "checks and balances?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  187. Jerry-Dallas TX

    Ease up Jack! Health care is closer to being a reality than ever before; He is taking the right approach to Iran; what is wrong with thinking seriously about what it is we are doing in Afghanistan, isn't that just the prudent thing to do? With respect to both Iran and North Korea, someone at last has the insight to discover that its really difficult to influence another country if you don't talk to them. He walked in to a mess, it didn't form overnight and won't be cured overnight. Finally, I wish the press would acknowledge that only difficult problems with no easy or clear solutions are the kind of problems that wind up on a President's desk.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  188. Mark, San Francisco

    He's got the senate and congress on his side. So he needs to start shoving his agenda through and not worry about pleasing everyone (especially Republicans, because I don't think they're ever happy and seem to only know one word, "No!"). Enough Mr. Nice Guy. It's gotten old. It's time to start pushing people around because that's what this country needs. We need the change he talked about. Even if some of the country isn't ready. It's time.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  189. David - NY

    Wow – I think that's really enough. Maybe if people would try to support him in his efforts instead of constantly trying to find something wrong – for the story – something COULD get done. It's a little ridiculous . But, I really do believe, still, he is still trying to pick up the peices from the previous administration and this just shows that what they did was REALLY bad. It's not an easy task – it's hard work – maybe he'll have to come in on weekends...

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  190. Angela

    He needs to put that ego in check. For the first time I agree with the Dredge Report " The Ego has Landed". Chicago desperately needs help with their youth crime problems. Please focus on that Mr. President. That would be a wonderful win if you could use your clout for that.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  191. John P.

    He could simply resign. Even the stimulas package was not his.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm |

    HE IS WINNING!. He gets an A+ for giving his best to bring jobs to America. Now on with the war! Don't forget Health Care! etc.....!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  193. Ken Horseman

    Obama didn't create this economic crisis - he inherited it. As for the criticism of going to Copenhagen instead of Chicago, that's a cheap shot. Damned if he did, damned if he didn't. He did, however, send his Attorney General and Secretary of Education to begin a dialogue on violence and kids. To make one more important than the other is misguided. Give him a break.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  194. Fred Kahn Liberty, N.Y.

    The President's agenda reminds me of dating: if you ask enough girls out? eventually one says yes.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  195. Bob Watts

    Jack, how soon we forget Bush and the last 8 years. Obama is trying to help America but then stands the Republicans who want to extend their useless 8 years. Hey, jack to you know where the Republicans get that magic grape juice that suddenly made them so smart.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  196. David in San Diego

    Ask the King of Spain whether he thinks it was a waste of time to be part of the Barcelona presentation. He was a "loser" too. Why do we have to keep wins-and-losses score on a daily basis?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  197. Dennis.S. Toronto Canada

    How can Pres. Obama put some wins on the board?
    Go home and first thing tell the Democratic party in Washington D.C.
    to all get on board and push this Healthcare trough.period.
    No more discussions no more name calling but just get it done.
    Because he can, he has the majority use it and get a huge Win!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  198. Mitra McKinnom

    The president right on the money. If he wanted to go to Chicago and address that murder we would have had another controversy around that. Did you forget his speech to the kids the first day of school? All this mess in the world which was mostly America's job, takes time to fix and there is nothing wrong for the president to travel to get a great event happening in our country. If you want to count the money that is being waisted, count the bombs and guns etc. we are blowing up and kill innocent people overseas! Please get off his case and stop counting money that has to be spent if the man moves. HE IS THE PRESIDENT and we have to respect him more. It is our job to protect him and support him so that he can do his job.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  199. clyde woodfin

    First, I think your assessment of Obama's progress may be a little harsh. One person can only be in one place at a time, and if you expect the President to be at every tragedy that occurs in this nation then you will find yourself very disappointed. Look at our last President. He said he didn't even have a clue as to the extent of the damage that Katrina caused , much less make an effort to show up in support of the people in New Orleans.

    The only problem that I see with the progress that Obama is trying to make for us is that money seems to win the day. Obama's clout only goes so far. He is trying to get people on board to do the right thing but as the saying goes, 'You can drag a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.'

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  200. CPT Monk

    Maybe if he would just turn down the arrogancy meter, common people would be more receptive to him.

    CHI-Town Monk

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  201. Paul Spottek


    President Obama must drive out the lobbyists. The American people didn't vote for them but they are controlling our reps. Intolerable.

    Paul, Red Creek, N.Y., Korean war vet.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  202. Mike M From Toronto

    Hey Jack, Health Care reform will be the major win for President Obama. As a Canadian, I am apolled when I hear that many Americans cannot get medical assistance when they are in need. We may have some challanges with the medical care in Canada, but atleast we try to take care of all our citizins.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  203. mike gyda

    The Pres can start by growing a spine, manning-up, and following through by taking an unwavering position and making some firm executive decisions.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |

    I'm starting to think that President Obama is just another replacement manequin that has been placed in the window.
    The rest of his Administration is pretty lame also.
    Speaking for the group as a whole, they haven't even made a ripple in the water as far as standing out as leaders.
    I.m not impressed with our Secratary of State either. She should be fired for lack of action in foreign affars. That would be a win for our President.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  205. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    The President needs to do the next right thing – make the next best decision he can regarding whatever come across his desk, while doing his best to ignore the Monday morning quarterbacks who always think they know the better way to solve a problem – after the fact, of course.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  206. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    First, run Nancy Pelosi out of town, then outlaw the NeoCons. If you talk with the American voting public you will see exactly how divided we have become. The average voter can agree with the president on 99 out of a 100 issues but the one issue they disagree on turns them rabid. What ever happened to legislating for the good of the majority?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  207. John Hilbert

    Barack should consider making either Mitt Romney or Ross Perot his "Make some good Decisions" Czar. At least we would have someone with some business sense in the White House!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  208. sharon

    Go to Chicago and interfer with a Local Issue. It's his hometown but he has no more authority there than he did with the Harvard professor Wasn't it just a few months ago everyone was telling him to keep OUT of local issues.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  209. JustMe

    It was tragic what happened to the 16 year old but Jack there are so many tragedies in this country, people killed, natural disasters, sick dying, keeping our country safe, etc. do you expect Obama to go to all of them? Any president of the United States has more on their shoulders than any one person should but yep, some people will expect him to handle every situation the way they think he should. The president has to have some rest away from all the bad!!!!!!! He has enough to deal with and for sure it's a can't win for him no matter what he does someone is going to find fault with it. The Republicans seem to forget there are more to please in this country than just them!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  210. Jack

    Maybe Obama should start – The Peoples Party, for the people, by the people. That might put some wins on the board for him.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  211. frankie

    Yiou can't fix eight years in eight months. Did you catch the fact that he had a long talk with one of the Generals in person while he was in Copenhagen?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  212. Michelle in St. Charles

    The question isn't what OBAMA has to do, but, rather, it is what do WE THE PEOPLE have to do to put a few "wins" on the board. Perhaps we should start showing more concern for our fellow citizens by insisting upon afforable health care for all of us, better educational opportunities for all of our children and more investment in all of our neighborhoods. We are no longer a democracy, Jack; we are a plutocracy where the rich get a chance at the American Dream and no one else gets that same opportunity, anymore. Maybe we shouldn't expect the president to "win for us"; we need to do more for ourselves and for our fellow Americans. No longer should our motto be "As long as I get mine, to hell with the rest of you."

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  213. Bren Sully

    Jack I’m a huge Obama supporter but, if he doesn’t man up soon we might have a serious problem. He needs to remember Americans hate long drawn out ‘as always’ politics. That’s what he promised to stop, but instead everything has become more partisan, more drawn out, and much more politicized. He needs to be a Democrats version Reagan, not another Carter.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  214. Thomas, Binghamton, New York

    Jack, I am convinced that he has a chance of racking up wins if he moves beyond the personality and beyond image. He needs to stop the perpetual campaign, traveling around the world so much, and giving so many speeches– Too much media! He needs to stay put in Washington. He should spend much more time in Grassley's office trying to convince him and other Republicans of the need for health reform - or more accurately, that he is willing to listen. He has too ears! He should use them!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  215. Tia

    Cafferty I agree with you totally, and I think President Obama needs to pratice what he preaches. WE ARE BROKE, yes maybe the olmpics would of bring money into our country but not until 2010! What about now. Limo's , planes, luggage what could we spent that money on? Investigation on What is really happening right in from of his nose.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  216. Larry So Cali

    Jack, Stop listening to the right who have America scared to look outside and do whats best for the majority of people who have been ripped off for the last thirty years by far right brain wash and scare tactics that seem to work well on the mentally challenged easily manipulated American people. Sad how a small minority of ruling class can lie to the majority and get the results they do with Totally phoney polls ,,ect,ect...

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  217. Peter

    It was a bit surprising to see the eagerness to win from Rio, seemed all people eagerly waiting...what a positive point for Rio's bid. I think same for Japan and Spain. However, there was some kind of protest and dissapointment even in the president's efforts, including from prominent political figures. This had its own effect on the Chicago's bid, because it counts.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  218. Judy Sosebee

    To put some wins on the board, Obama could use some of this Federal extravagance on Education. He said last week, kids should be in school more to keep them safer. Where will the educators come from if a teacher's salary qualifies them for food stamps? A little boy handed our President a petition this year, asking for help for
    his school. Obama responded, in essence, that nothing could be done right now.
    Judy in Texas

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  219. Karl from SF, CA

    How about President Obama takes his vehicle, “The Beast”, up to the Senate Office Buildings and pick up any 3 “Blue Dogs” and take them down to the nearest D.C. police station. Once there, take them individually in that padded, sound-proof, very slow elevator all police stations have and with the help of a piece of rubber hose, educate them on what the Democratic Party wants to accomplish and how it is imperative they cooperate in that endeavor. Many a lesson has been learned by that method and I’ll bet he wouldn’t have to make a second trip. By the time they got back to Capitol Hill the remaining “Blue Dogs” would all be REAL Democrats. Isn’t this how the Republicans keep their troops in line? I bet it is. Sometimes a good education can be painful.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  220. quinton


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  221. Maggie D

    I like how Obama is, once again, shouldering the blame for something his predecessor started. It was Bush that threw his hat into the ring for Chicago 2016, back in 2007. That said, Obama could have handled that situation better.

    On the other hand, in the grand scheme, it's an extremely minor incident.

    As a current movie trailer suggests, in coarser words than I'll use here, my advice to President Obama is to 'put up, or shut up.' He has the majority, and his attempts at bipartisanship have failed against a solid bloc of whining twelve year olds who bring little else to the table. The only lesson he can take from the current Republicans is how to form an impenetrable shield wall: Take his team, build the fortress, and ram something USEFUL through the system. Health care reform might be a good thing – not the weak, spindly system he has in place now, but real reform, with a public option.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  222. Sherry

    A real Bummer.NOT. I hope this has humbled the President a little bit and now he finds the Oval Office. There is real work that needs to be done.Everyone just needs to get over it and move on. We have soliders dying every day.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  223. A winner

    Jack you and the Liberal Media (CNN Included) Praised this guy Obama throughout his run for president and Now your scratching your head, asking yourself how he can get a win? Losers lose and winners win, Next election back a winner! Someone with more then just a community organizer background.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  224. Lynn Spinella

    Jack: Stop being so negative. How many Presidents do you know who would have hopped an airplane to try to win mega-bucks and jobs for the people in the US. Too bad George didn't do the same thing prior to going to war with Iraq. Get some sleep Jack and get back to me in the morning.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  225. Tim, Boston, MA

    How about tackling something a little simpler, such as fulfilling his campaign promises of repealing the DOMA and overturning the military's "don't ask, dont't tell" policy?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  226. Parth Punjabi

    No one wins as long as corporations continue to pay off members of our government. And by the way, this president has been in power for less than a year. Those in the media are quick to judge...and any one who knows about presidential policies knows that it takes a lot longer than a few months to judge outcomes, but I am not surprised this question is being asked in our instant gratification fueled society. Until people open their eyes and see how they are being scammed, nothing will change!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  227. Paul L.

    Here's how you and your journalist friends could help Obama put a win on the board: place blame where it belongs instead of on Obama. High unemployment? How could eight years of Republican bungling possibly be undone in eight months? Trouble in Afghanistan? How about Bush turning his back on that country in favor of a debacle in Iraq? Deficits? See Iraq War, a squandered surplus, tax cuts for the rich. Health care reform stymied? That's Obama's fault? Hah!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  228. Lou from North Carolina

    Do what Congress is doing. Nothing! That will put wins on the board in a few months.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  229. mamie

    The president needs to start acting like a president and not like a rock star. A plane load of celeb's and the first lady, paid for by me; air force one for the president, a plane for the press and secret service, and a plane for the cadillac, paid for by me. Fourteen hours in Copenhagen and one hour with the general who he has only talked to once since he came to office? He needs to attend a class entitled "How to be President 101." What's more he just needs some class period.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  230. Rian McMurtry

    He needs to quit caving in to the Republicans. He needs to remember that he, not McCain, won. Damn the Republicans! Full Speed to the Left!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  231. Big-K(DC)

    All he need to do is continue to not pay attention to the haters, 24 hours news people and continue to correct the mishaps of the past 8 years of which all of the fore mention have selective memory, after all how long have he been in office? just as I thought. After a few years then we can complain.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  232. Mike, Chicago

    Jack – Obama is doing what he needs to do. The rest of us need to practice patience. His wins may not be coming fast enough to feed the insatiable appetite of 24 hour cable news, but win he will. We will all win. And by the way – the comment about him going to Chicago instead of Copenhagen was a cheap shot that I would expect to hear on Fox News, not from you.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  233. Karen Liberty Township Ohio

    It depends on your definition of win. The housing market has begun to show signs of life – a win. The Cash for Clunkers was a huge success – a win. Our soldiers are coming on from Iraq – a win. We're closer to Health Care Reform than we've been in decades a win. Most economists agree the recession is over – a win. Not every win can be the big one! After all it takes 16 wins to get the chance to play in the Super Bowl! Lets give him a chance and in the mean time lets give him his wins!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  234. Kevin Michael

    if Obama HADN'T gone to Copenhagen, the right would be criticizing him for not doing enough to promote the US and not caring about the potential jobs and economic benefits of hosting the Olympics. They would have accused him of "forgetting where he came from", "losing touch with the people" and other such nonsense.

    And while Chicago lost their bid despite Obama's appearance, if he hadn't gone, they still would have lost and people would be blaming that loss on his lack of support.

    Bottom line: Obama took ONE DAY out of his schedule to do one of the many things we expect the President to do–promote the States on the world stage. Trying to turn Chicago's failed bid into "Obama's failure" is just asinine.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  235. sanja

    Release the industries in our country from the choking hold they have on them! Let the free market do it's job, and then the government will realize tax dollars they desperately need. You see the results of "Cash for Clunkers". It inflated the auto industry numbers for a month, now they are flat. In the mean time it hurt the used car dealers and virtually the rest of us that buys only used cars, as now the used car prices are inflated. Also, the salvage companies were hurt and the charitable organizations that utilize the cars for the needy. Well, you get my point, Obama would do well to lower tax rates on companies, and everyone would be amazed how quickly they would be paying the dollars in that they were before. Never saw redistribution of dollars work in the past, as I do realize that the entrepenuers of this country put people to work that is productive.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  236. chris

    I was hoping an African American would prove alot of people wrong like the "Tuskeegee Airmen" did. But Hes blowing it.
    It seems like his duties as a President have taken a back seat to the important issues at hand. War, Unemployment, Iran, N. Korea etc.
    I have lost all faith in Obama.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  237. John

    Easy... Steal the Republican's play book and learn how to play hard... and dirty... Always on the offense. No more Mr. bipartisan nice guy...

    And Jack, cut the guy some slack for flying to Copenhagen for a day. Maybe our Country would be in less of a mess if our last President hadn't spent 487 days vacationing at Camp David.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  238. Donna

    There have been positive signs that things are improving but your particular "Spin" Jack does not point out that the economy is on the mend, Job are always the last to recover. We all know why we don't have a health care bill yet, when we listen the to "party of NO" try to defeat all efforts by the Democrats. Why are you not listing the comments by Republicans with as much distain. The Olympic bid was for America. President Obama would have been blamed if he had stayed home. For a change lets hear your positive side, Jack.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  239. Bob


    I have enjoyed listening to you in the past – but have never disagreed more with your commentary – seems you are only looking to raise the bloodpressure of those who like to be involved in controversey – Barack Obama has more wins in 9 mths. than most presidents have in 4 years. – He is a superstar for this country

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  240. Jessie Fox

    He should keep being president...Presidents take these type of trips....Hima Making a trip to Chicago would not help anything...Give him some room to breathe..

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  241. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack – To put some winds on the board President Obama needs to: 1) pull our troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq as soon as possible, 2) take a firm stand requiring the public option for health care reform, and 3) push forward climate change legislation with more money for green jobs - and this is just for starters!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  242. Rick Medina,OH


    Our President, and the right choice in last year's election, needs to learn how to eat an elephant ... one bite at a time.

    Health care reform is the right battle, but not in increments of 1000 pages. Let's reform insurance, before we try to extend it to everyone. By all accounts, a righteous reform alone will reduce the numbers of uninsured.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  243. Richard in Ohio

    Not a problem for President Obama.

    Just provide more jobs by supporting small business owners.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  244. E smith

    How about you ask the question to the republicans who have done nothing ! No is not a contribution I can't understand why they get paid.
    Take their pay checks and help someone anyone.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  245. Robert Brainard

    The President wins by doing the right thing. Whether it is trying to bring affordable health care to all Americans, carefully considering all options in Afganistan, or trying to bring the Olympic games to the United States { I wanted to go), doing the right things to improve the lives of Americans is the right thing for Mr Obama to do.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  246. Karen Davenport

    President Obama already has wins on the board. The measure of a president is what he does on a daily basis to help the people he serves. President Obama has put bills in place to equalize payment for women in the same positions as men. Healthcare is on the path to improvement for millions of Americans. He has worked hard to repair the relationships of America with other countries. Of course the media seldiom considers the positive and can't rest until they must find some reason to throw darts as whatever the president does.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  247. Kent

    Jack, maybe CNN should have been more balanced in the coverage of Chicago. Maybe CNN should have focused a little on the kidnappings and crime in RIO.

    I'm proud of my President & First Lady for trying to bring the games to the USA.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  248. Mike

    No matter how on the negative you dwell, President Obama has done better in less than a year compared to Bush, who by the way none of you blame for tyhe mess he left us in.

    Thanks to Mr. Obama,
    Americs is once again respected for respecting other nations.
    America can now stand up proud and not be counted as a bully.

    No thanks to people like you who indirectly lobby for the Insurance Co. aginst the public option, the president has exposed who stands with the people and who does not. Included are those congress men/senators who voted the bill down.

    Jack, the President has already won on many fronts.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  249. Juliette - Orange, CA

    Cementing his proposals on health care reform would be the single greatest victory Obama could hope to achieve in this term as president, something that simply isn't possible until the bickering in Washington pipes down long enough for us to remember the issues we cared about in the first place. ...Oh, and Jack? I AM beginning to forget.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  250. Tom K.

    Santa Monica, CA

    Dear Jack,

    This is why we shouldn't vote for a president based on race or because we don't like the other party. Obama's smart, but he's not presidential-tough. Do we know what his GPA was at Yale? Anyway, if he can show more confidence, like Bill Clinton and be fearless, like Ronald Reagan, he will succeed. Maybe if he pulls the plug on NAFTA, people here in the U.S. will feel like he's trying to win back the jobs of this country. Right now, he looks like he's overwhelmed in the job. Not good.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  251. Juliette B

    President Obama needs to support the new goverment in Honduras, this is an issue that no one seems to be talking about. He has to stop being on Chavez, Ortega´s, and Castro´s side, or is it that President Obama is a socialist at heart?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  252. Desmond in Calgary Alberta

    Maybe he needs to try governing as he campaigned, that being as a centrist "purple stater". He needs to say "No" to the liberals in Congress and drop the public option for health care reform, enact a troop surge in Afghanistan as General McChrystal is requesting, and come out swinging against the upside down value system in America's innercities which has children acting as defacto "lookouts" for street thugs. An address to the nation's youth on this subject would foster no where near the opposition than did his "back to school address" three weeks ago.

    In any event these apparent setbacks maybe helpful to Mr. Obama in that they're giving him a chance to make adjustments to his presidency well ahead of his first official test in 2010.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  253. jim

    What the President needs to do is stop being so nice to everyone and start flexing his political muscles.Being nice has gotten him nowhere so far and it will get him nowhere in the future.Politics is a game and if you are just going to be nice to everyone they will dance around the subject all day long and walk all over you.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  254. melanieann

    Democrats have a problem in general – they give up too easily and take what is given to them. Instead of settling for less, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress need to push for healthcare reform WITH a public option, bring home all of our troops, close Guantanamo, and pass cap and trade laws as soon as possible. Sounds simple. Too bad it's not.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  255. Sam Moore

    The best way for Obama to get some wins is to resign. He needs to resign real soon before he totally destroys the United States.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  256. Mike in Colorado

    With the progress in the meetings with Iran it appears that Obama has had more success there than Bush had in eight years of saber rattling.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  257. Larry D.

    Cut him some slack, will you? I don't see the loses, I see a great man doing great things, and sure didn't appreciate your brushing off the stimulus package as a little fluff! You forgot about Iran already? A good start after 30 years of nothing! His impressive appearances at the UN and G20? His handling of the Somali pirates? I also appreciate his care before sending more of our soldiers into harms way in what is close to a no-win situation. And let's not forget his gracious demeanor in the face of hideous and horrendous attacks aimed at him for the wingnuts! Come on! It would be nice if you didn't buy into the "soundbite" mentality that changes must be made in the time a takes a banana to ripen!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  258. Adam in NFLD Canada

    1) Attack Iran.
    2) Call Netanyahu, ask what other countries Israel wishes to spill American blood over.
    3) Follow Bibi's instructions.
    4) Bask in the Approval of the Neocons!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  259. David Hunter

    Its simple, Obama needs to explain he has kept his word by allowing both sides to contribute to the health care debate. Then he needs to stand up and lead the issue to its finale. With regards to Iran, Obama just needs to to stand firm reminding them we will stand behind Israel if they drag their feet. With Netanyahu leading Israel, I think Iran knows the time table. Obama should attempt a surge in Afghanistan, it is worth a try. Your honeymoon is over.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  260. jim

    If Obama wants to post a win then he needs to quit pushing his leftist agenda. All the new programs he is throwing at U.S. citizens is doing nothing more than raising taxes which he promised not to do.
    This country needs jobs, not more taxes.


    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  261. Daniel L. Heath Jr.

    I don't think the president is a gambler, but he is thoughtful to make a mighty effort (which isn't silly at all) to bring a world major event to Chicago and the states which would have created jobs and an economic boost to our economy.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  262. Donald in CA

    Give up on republican help and start doing what he promised the people who voted for him. He should spend the next four or eight years getting the the things done that he promised us who helped get him elected. These haters didnt vote for him so why bother.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  263. waltinAZ

    The wins are underway. Never in the history of America has a president been given so little time to allow his policies to work! President Obama knows what is come from hard times and defeats and rise above things. That's why he is where he is now! So stay tuned! And, Jack be respectful and say "President Obama" or "Mr. Obama". You can refer to him as just "Obama"–even disdainfully–in your personal time!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  264. John from Alabama

    Jack: The unemployment numbers will improve, Chicago is a dangerous place nothing he says or does will change it, so he goes to Denmark in a last ditch effort for something good for his old hometown. If he had stayed home you would have criticized him. The president can not win, but I would not count him out, because he does not use his gut for decisions. Afghanistan would have already been over except we had to go to war in Iraq for some stupid reason. Who sent us to Iraq? How smat was that move? Answer the questions, Jack.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  265. Kim, Student in PA


    You win some, you lose some. If this is our new President's worst lost during the next for or eight years, we all should consider ourselves lucky. This Olympic thing might be slightly overblown, and no the President did not help matters by adding international prestige to it. But honestly, the biggest difference and what Mr. Obama might have said upon his return is, "hey look we're the United States of America" if Chicago wants to create jobs by building new stadiums, which can be used by schools, youth organizations and residents alike..."then Build it anyway!" Since when has the United States needed permission from the world community to enhance one of our greatest cities. In short, How does the President stack up some wins... by inspiring us to STAND and DELIVER, keep building, even as the world tries to kick us when we're down.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  266. Almaciga

    President Obama will have to come back and fight for the Health Public Option with no mandate and get rid of the flood insurance mandate. And to denounce those senators publicly who are just trying for the tax payers to pay for the damages done to water front property. Those people can afford thier own flood insurance. The poor who lost their homes have move from the area and we do well to help them.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  267. Mark from Michigan

    For Obama to win, he has to not hold back. I get tired of people putting Obama in a corner and he never fights back. Obama is doing what he can do to make our lives easier, and everything that is happening to him is the result of what he inherited from Bush. For Obama, he needs to just ignore all the republicans, the glen becks, the bill o'reilys', and whoever else, and work for the 52 million people who voted for him.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  268. Manny, San Diego

    He should spend more time in the Oval office instead of jetting around on Air Force One, then maybe something of real importance could get done.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  269. Sam Taylor Oroville CA

    there is nothing He can do jack.
    The democrats have decided against voting
    for the Things they were elected to do, both He and they
    Will be replaced by a Super Republican majority.
    Jeb Bush will become our next President.
    More welfare for Wall street, Insurance companies,
    and no Jobs.
    We might import our Cheap labor in the deregulation
    era to come, of the new robber Barons.
    We will have 2 Classes of people, the super rich, and the Super poor.
    We will not be able to buy any weapons from China, so
    the Islamic world Power will emerge.
    when the Super rich have Raped and Plundered America,
    they Will no longer need the whores in Congress.
    they will all move elsewhere, leaving America, a wretched 3rd
    World Nation to receive Aid for Bengla desh, Liberia, and Zambia

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  270. John Margherita

    Other than putting muzzles on Pelosi and Reed the first thing Obama should do is to announce his resignation.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  271. Peter

    The media was too interested in showing dissapointment on the President's efforts, icluding known political figures, dissaproving his trip and his efforts and there seemed to be more of it than joy if Chicago won. How was it in Brazil? Full of eagerness and good wishes and full support. At least that is what we saw in the media.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  272. Frank in Laguna Niguel, CA

    That's right. Let's all blame Chicago and the President for trying to bring the Olympics to the US. Chicago raised 100 million of private money to support their bid and did a fantastic job. Zero public money. Now we're going to turn on them for doing this on their own and enlisting the help of the President. Give me a break! Seems to me that health care is making substantial progress also thank you! We've never been so close to substantial health care reform.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  273. Bill - SeoDomainNames

    We see a rising stock market, fueled by what I think is stock market addiction.

    We see improvements in home sales, because the housing market has crashed and we are now in record lows.

    We see improvements in car sales, due to the big rebates and incentives, and rock bottom prices. This is no longer from last months report.

    We need to know what America is, and what we do in this new world.

    Our jobless numbers are rising, and I am consistently hearing of other countries and their growing wealth. I am afraid we are no longer the economic leader, rather a country that does not know what we do, not sitting on a large oil reserve, gold under our feet, ready to be harvested, or trying for technology that we can not protect due to the economic cycles and fast changing technologies.

    I like Obama! I want him to do well! I don't want to be negative. I am going to at least work on what I am good at, and hope we all collectively get it together, know what we do, and all like each other too!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  274. CW

    President Obama just needs to focus on one issue at a time. He's doing too much from the mess he inherited from the previous administration. Maybe Obama needs to play hardball politics and settle for nothing but positive results. He needs to hold Congress accountable for what they don't get done. Congress is failing America and our future is hanging in the balance.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  275. Ricardo Williams

    So, let me get this straight. President Obama was supposed to stop everything that he is trying to accomplish overseas and fly all the way back to Chicago to address the situation there and then fly all the way back overseas and resume the work he started? Come on now! The situation with the children killing children is a national tradgedy and SHOULD be addressed by the President , but in due time after he returns! common sense should be a factor in your commentary. I like you Jack, but this time the common sense was left out!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  276. ron mcrae

    it took the past administration years to make the mess it going to take more than a few months to get out of it.FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THE THIEVES AND CON MEN on wall street then the parisites in gov who fed off them.this is going to take awhile .If you listen to the so called debate on health care for example they are alive and well ,still feeding the the public there lies and politics of fear good luck Obama you have taken on an impossible battle .money and greed hae a big edge

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  277. T42

    Jack, thousands have exhausted their unemployment benefits because we can't find a job. I look everyday and nothing! And when I do have an interview, I am competing with sometimes one hundred applicants! He can put a win on the board if he goes to the Senate and fight for another unemployment extension for people who are struggling! It amazes me that he can go and fight for a city which has a big issue with teen murders instead of helping the very ones who put him in office who now, no fault of our own, need help. Amazing!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  278. quinton

    the man obviouslly knows nothingl about how to run this country

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  279. George

    Jack you are hitting the nail good this week. Just the facts w/o a lot of the bias. President Obama is going to need to lead more I feel. So far he just wants change. He needs to lead us to it. Lead by example.

    People can tell when a person is leading. Not threatening, nor speaking in high and vague terms but actually leading. He should state his mind, his views, his concerns and be much more specific. I don't want to go to a web-site to see the details which more likely were not written by him.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  280. Damon

    Do you know why nice guys finish last? It is because we like them but end up not respecting them. Where as a campaign of fear, we respected. What Obama needs to do is trim down his agenda, he is obviously an over achiever but with that proven we need a narrowed focus on Healthcare, Affganistan with more ally help, not our troops, and the Economy.....

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  281. Wendy


    That is an easy question. Replace Congress. They are the ones taking payoffs. How can the President ever win with when Congress is only interested how much money they can get. They are as corrupt as they come. There should be a law against any money changing hands. But, who will pass it? The people hold all the cards, but do you see any of them doing anything? Don't blame this on the President.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  282. Craig Raiche

    Dear Jack,
    All President Obama needs to do is cheat just like the bankers, the Wall street crooks and the lobbyists that got us here in the first place.
    It seems to be the way to win, at least temporarily.

    Craig Raiche

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  283. Howard Kasper

    Compared to the last guy – I put a gold star in Obama's Sunday school book! You can not do what you do not even try to do.

    Carlsbad, CA.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  284. Chad

    I don't know that "health care" and "wars" can be won in 9 months. I feel that things will gradually continue to improve, but that doesn't make News, instead we are watching David Letterman's personal affairs? You mentioned Obama paying attention to the child who was killed in Chicago, why don't you do focsus on the child? Is that news not worthy? Don't be a hypocrite.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  285. eve everall

    as far as I'm concerned, he has "wins" every day. Don't forget about Lilly Ledbetter act, the H1N1 vaccination, acti-tobacco bill, cash for clunkers, supreme court nomination, stem cell research, etc on the domestic front. Then on the foreign stage, how about the relaxation of restrictions on Cuba , tensions with Canada over "buy American" clause in stimulus package, Pakistan relationship, freeing the journalists in North Korea, the North Korean tankers incident, nuclear arms with Russia, European defense shield, the Somali pirate incident, and most recently SOME progress with Iran.
    You always look on the negative side and are ready to pounce on Obama. Wolf Bitzer as well...Remember Wolf was promoting the congressional election in New York as a referendum on Obama. Well, the Democrat won, and that was brushed under the rug. Now Biltzer is calling the upcoming governor races as a referendum on Obama. If the Republican wins, you better believe that Biltzer will be all over that and it will be discussed ad-nauseum by the "best political team" on TV. If the Democat wins, the the subject will be dropped.

    It's you guys that don't report and discuss Obama's wins.

    Eve – AZ

    October 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  286. Mike in Texas

    Jack, you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. But you can't please all of the people all of the time. The only way Obama can win is to concentrate on appeasing the millions who worked so hard and showed up on election day to vote him in.

    Message to Barrack. I am confident that 99.99% of those voters will gladly accept any public option. Just make it happen. Stay away from Copenhagen, roll up your sleeves and make it happen. As a lifelong straight ticket Democrat I'm asking myself WWHD? What would Hilary do?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  287. Jim in Oregon

    Three branches of government are prescribed in our constitution in order to prevent the abuse of power. Are we experiencing a power play by the legislative branch of our government to direct foreign policy, (Honduras) and safeguard our corporate economy (Insurance)?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  288. Bob

    From Albany, Oregon: Instead of giving thousands of dollars to car buyers to purchase a new vehicle, instead of giving billions to banks and insurance companies who arrogantly refuse to account for it,, how about trying to stabilize the incomes of the millions of working people who are trying to keep up with this corrupt system. The american worker is supposed to be the backbone of this country and it appears that someone is trying to break that back.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  289. Andrew Smyth

    Come back to the center were most of the country is. Give up the drug companies and the lawyers. Then the Right would be pressured to give up the insurance companies and we might end up with a health care billed that is really for the people.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  290. Satinder Mullick

    The president needs to rethink his approach on big issues.For example,economic recovery–it requires push from Chinese,Europeans as much as America.Same thing for Afghanistan–it is fundamentally an issue,that affects Pakistan today-but it also affects Russia and China ,if Extremists win.President needs to do a better job of including others in the fight against extremism.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  291. tom

    well jack its all the same with all these presidents they seem to want to do good but what is their true agenda.the brutal killing of the young boy in the hands of thugs who they themselves are young tells us where the country is headed,and has been that way for the last 20 years why hasn't any of these leaders taken action in this country but turn their heads to help other countries or make a pitch for the olympics don't you think for a second that all the countries of the world see how the UNITED STATES treat their own people, isn't it a sad situation to put yourself in as a world leader? if the united states lead by example and corrected most of the problems in this country then i believe every country will follow suit.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  292. c-u-r-m-u-d-g-e-o-n

    The president has only to wait for history to put some wins on the board.

    The press in almost all its branches needs to build audience (neither fairness nor wisdom does that, especially when the listeners are anxious about their livelihoods), so its job is to be outrageous. For example, no one is pointing out how feckless and ungrateful the president would have looked if he had not done his best for Chicago. No one is waiting for his decision on Afghanistan (not to mention waiting for the consequences of that decision), because this week's magazine issue must be sold. No one is waiting for the CBO review of the Senate Finance Committee healthcare markup either, and for the same reason.

    To win in the eyes of history, the president has to run an operation that makes defensible choices behind the scenes in almost all cases and correct choices in most. He also needs to lead, saying inspiring things that are not empty. He is doing that. These things matter, whether the press is paying attention or not.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  293. Patricia A Harris

    Jack: According to my morning newpaper, the President has sent some of his Cabinet members to Chicago in the wake of the recent violence. Do you really think the President should set a precedent by going to every city that has a incidence of violence.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  294. Uche Nwakudu, Chicago

    How can President Obama get anything done in an atmosphere of rancid hostility and opposition for anything he does or even plans to do? Many politicians and right wing megalomaniacs are more interested in snuffing out Obama's shine and making sure he fails than joining together to solve the many problems confronting the country. No one can blame Obama for failing to muscle his way through things. He conducts himself like a true democratic leader unlike the last president and his cohorts who conducted government business with the bravado and sheer impunity of a dictatorship.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  295. Chloe W.

    Dear Jack,

    President Obama is not God and cannot work miracles. You want this President to undo 8 years of bad decisions and catastrophic mistakes in less than a year? What we as a people can do is to stop whinning, critizing, and complaining and expecting miracles. I love yor daily questions, but this time your question is not helpfull to the present climate of wanting to blame President Obama no matter what he does. On one hand people complain he is doing to much and others that he is doing too little. This President is going to be critized no matter what he does. Please help stop the direction the conversation is going in this country. Let's all stop whining and critizing and being negative and restore this country to some sanity.

    Best Regards
    Chloe W.
    San Antonio, TX

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  296. 2-miler in Illinois

    The Brazilians won the Olympics–Congratulations to RIO!
    Chicago and the others cities made great efforts. Good for President Obama for going to Europe - all the other national leaders did too. How about Chicago in 2020....

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  297. Kathryn

    Jack, please. You seem to be among those who expected more than a mere mortal could accomplish, and in nine months, yet.....and among those who will decry any progress on a problem as a failure because it wasn't a home run. The problems are monumental and there are plenty of powerful people with a vested interest in interfering with solutions to them. Patience is a virtue. Maybe we used up too much of it from 2000 to 2008, but patience is required. The trip in support of the U.S. Olympic bid? Get over it. I'm just glad to have a president we can be pretty sure won't embarrass us when he leaves D.C. for a trip overseas.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  298. Bill

    Two words Jack, "health care!" It doesn't matter what the final bill looks like as long as something is passed.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  299. Syed

    Loosing Olympics is not Obama's fault . Last time Americans desperately tried to bribe the olympic committee to get Salt lake city olympics , American officials became pimps and offered prostitutes
    and what is worse is the fact that they disclosed every thing after winning the bid .Humiliated the Olympic officials. You think they will forget that easily ? you can blame Obama for that .
    President can not interfere in every criminal matter in US , why would you even expect him to comment and interfere in every criminal wrong doing in your country .You love to believe that criminals and drug dealers come from Mexico , as if you do not have enough of your own .If Obama were to involve in every criminal case . He would not be able to do any thing else . the way you pose question is sheer propaganda , you twist the facts mixed with your biases and then ask for comments .
    when it comes to Iran you are worried on Israel's behalf . If Americans are really as timid to be afraid of a weak country like Iran , they must be timid or suffering from collective clinical psychosis or it is just a propaganda . Iran has never attacked its neighbours .just because Ahmedinajad is an honest talker . Does not mince words to Please you, He has become the biggest threat to the world and Obama should devote his life to stopping Iran by hook or by crook . Obama is a great man but I believe Americans deserve some one like Bush .

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  300. Mack L. McRae

    President Obama doesn't really need to do any more than he is doing now. America, however, needs to show greater appreciation for the kind of President who cares so deeply about our country and everything that is good for us. I am confident that God will sustain President Obama and all that he is trying to do for a country that has no respect for someone who has spent most of his adult life advocating for others. It will be a great day in America when the rest of us catch up to President Obama's level of decency and commitment to working to improve the lives of others. To suggest that President Obama doesn't care about the young man who was killed in Chicago is a cheap, idiotic shot that needs no further discussion.

    Mack L. McRae,
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm |