FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty
A year after President Obama rode into office on the mantra of hope and change, a lot of people are wondering, "Where's the beef?"
There's no question that change takes time... but there's been a lack of meaningful progress on so many of the big issues that faced him when he first occupied the Oval Office.
–Unemployment is now topping 10% and many think it will go even higher before things get better. We were told the stimulus package would keep it from going above eight percent.
–Health care reform, perhaps the president's top domestic priority, still has a long way to go before it becomes a reality - if it ever does.
–Deficits continue to soar, with the national debt now topping an astounding $12 trillion. This comes less than eight months after the debt hit $11 trillion.
–The president has committed to withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but with renewed violence there it's an open question how soon they can all come out. Afghanistan has now become Obama's war... as he decides whether to add more troops.
–The president's January deadline of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will likely go unmet.
As for other issues like immigration reform, legislation on climate change or regulating Wall Street - nothing yet.
The interesting thing is despite a lack of progress on a lot of these issues, the American people still like their new president.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 55% approve of how the president is handling his job... Furthermore, apart from his job approval... a whopping 76% have a favorable view of Mr. Obama as a person.
SO HERE'S MY QUESTION FOR YOU: Would you vote to re-elect President Obama one year later?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
John in Philadelphia
In a heartbeat. Considering what he walked into, it is nothing short of a miracle that the country is not in worse shape.
Where would we be if McCain/Palin had been elected? Bush just plain ruined so many things about this country that I believe Obama has been nothing short of fantastic!
No, I wouldn't. He still has some time to prove himself but his inexperience and socialistic doctrine have made an impact on our economy and society - and neither are positive. Yes, he has inherited a great deal of this mess from Bush and I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning.....Yes, he has also probably done some good in "changing our image" globally I'm sure that's important to many). If given the option to vote to re-elect or keep him in office today, I would decline.
Of course I would! Give the poor guy a break. He's only been there 9 months and no president has omnipotent power to do everything he wants. I say throw out most of Congress. There are just a few who truly represent the "people".
Jerry in Silver Spring, Maryland
I didn't vote for him, but I have to say that 1 year is not enough to make a judgment about his presidency.
Bob in Arizona
I did not vote for him the first time, and have not seen any great change to sway me to vote for him in the next election.
Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts
Hillary is looking better and better. Hillary-Barack 2012!
Yes. The reason people still like Obama is because they believe he truly wants what's best for the country (even if they don't agree on the "how"). That wasn't the belief under Bush/Cheney.