March 1st, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Too much 'Chicago' in the White House?


The Chicago skyline along Lake Michigan. (PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama needs to go "Chicago-style" on health care if he wants to get his signature legislation through Congress.

Al Hunt writes for Bloomberg News that the president hasn't been tough enough in pushing for the things he wants:

"That's not the Obama style; he tends to be patient, persistent, sometimes charming; although from Chicago, he doesn't practice the arm-twisting politics the city is known for."

Hunt goes on to say that when it comes to health care reform, time is not on the president's side. Actually - he's only got a few weeks - since the bill needs to pass before Congress goes on spring break at the end of the month.

And, Hunt writes that Mr. Obama will need to use "forceful persuasion" in order to get wavering Democrats in the House and Senate on board. Meanwhile this call for the president to use more "Chicago-style" tactics comes as critics charge the White House is loaded with too many Chicago insiders.

Almost all of the president's inner circle hails from Chicago - including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, top advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, and of course, First Lady Michelle Obama.

Some blame the paralysis in Washington now on the so-called Chicago mafia, saying they don't have enough experience to govern at the executive branch level. And that they're not listening to what the American people want.

In particular, many fingers are pointed at Emanuel, known as "Rahmbo" - saying he's gone too far with his abrasive manner and cursing.

Here’s my question to you: Is there too much "Chicago" in the White House?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John in Illinois writes:
Jack, I live in Illinois and the stench of the graft and corruption can be felt all the way down in my little town of Sparta. Through back room deals with Chicago politicians, my taxes currently support bus service for Cook County 540 miles away.

Riv writes:
As someone from Chicago, I have to say I've grown weary of the term "Chicago politics". No one outside of Chicago seems to know what it really means, so it has now become shorthand for something a politician did that the speaker or writer didn't like. It's a lot more complex and nuanced than that. I don't necessary disagree with Jack Cafferty here, but I think the answers he'll get will reflect the way non-locals tend to paint with a broad brush.

Jeffrey writes:
Not enough Chicago when it mattered: at the start. He should have strong-armed through the original proposal on which he had campaigned. By leaving it up to Congress to just come up with something for him to sign, the process resulted in a bill that nobody likes and will be ineffectual at solving the problems. I don't think any amount of strong arming will get this bill passed.

Marion in Alabama writes:
Obama's main problem is he surrounded himself with "yes" people from Chicago, just like Jimmy Carter did with the Georgia crowd.

R. in Alaska writes:
Is there too much "Chicago" in the White House? Is the sky blue? That style of government doesn't belong in D.C. It doesn't even really belong in Chicago. It's 2010 after all. Personally, I'm getting real leery and very weary of the huge push to pass the health care bill. No transparency. No C-SPAN sessions. No bill available on the Internet. Many flaws. Many fights. Many excuses not to start over and get it right. Let's hope the whole bill sinks quickly beneath the waters of Lake Michigan with a few dead-weight politicians chained to it.

Connie in Huntley, Illinois writes:
Jack, In my opinion, you can never have too much Chicago anywhere.

Silas in Boston writes:
Forget Chicago tactics, Jack. It's time for Barack Obama to meet Tony Soprano.

Filed under: President Barack Obama • White House
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    No. The gridlock in Washington is being caused by one entity: Republican Senators. They are breaking filibuster records in order to block any legislation – good or bad – from passing. Now they say they'll immediately begin investigtions into everything Obama if they should win a majority in November. And here we thought government couldn't act any slower.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  2. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    They could probably use a little more strong arm tactics to get some of the needed laws passed. When you deal with a bunch of lying thieves like we have in congress that take millions in handouts from lobbyist then to hell with them, give them a dose of their own medicine.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  3. M & M

    Too much Chicago in Washington? Isn't this the "hope and change" we wanted when we voted for Obama?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  4. jimmy in greenville, north carolina

    Too much Chicago? I don't think so. There is so much indecision in the White House there ain't no room for Chicago....or Des Moines or any place else.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Sheena

    I grew up and was raised in Chicago, and for as long as I can remember there was corrupt governing there, and still is, it will never change, and Obama is just a continuation of it in the white house. He is trying to please and pay back all the Chicago crooks that got him to where he is now.... What a mess, what a shame for this country, Hopefully in Nov. the tides will change and this country will get back on track again to being the beautiful free country it WAS....

    March 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  6. Joe CE

    No doubt about too much Chicago. Obama needs to get a new staff.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  7. frankie

    Blaming Washington's broken government on Chicago? Wow!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Hey Jack,

    Quit pushing your cable special on broken government!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  9. keeth

    The premise of your question is inherently flawed and insulting.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  10. Mark

    We should step on all forms of democracy to get one trillion dollar Obamacare to pass! NOT

    March 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  11. Bertina

    It can't be both, Jack. He either has to get medieval or he doesn't. And when have the mafia been liberal? Odd analogy.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  12. Holli

    Absolutely! The American people are tired of having things crammed down their throats...or even better...twisting our arms.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  13. Steve


    You are an idiot!!! This is the dumbest question you have ever asked. You just angered all people from Chicago. Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the U.S.

    Just remember who got us into this mess in the first place......the good old boys from Texas!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  14. Nick

    When bush was in office and ruining this country did we ask if there was too much texas in d.c.? I think NOT. So why ask now???? Clearly Mr Cafferty you have nothing better to focus on.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  15. Jason Cutler

    If Chicago style means no more mister nice guy, then President Obama needs to have MORE Chicago style. The only way any meaningful changes have every been implemented in our system is by legislative "brass knuckles," which means control of who gets the money. Republicans are not deviating from their strategy of thwarting anything that Democrats could claim as success – regardless of how this strategy harms average Americans. This is how we got Medicare and Medicade and it's the only way we're ever going to get an better and fairer healthcare system.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  16. Pete

    What did you expect from a Chicago community organizer with no experience?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  17. Michael Quince

    Yep that is exactly what D.C. needs more thuggery. Isn't it bad enough that this bozo is in office? I mean have you ever seen someone LESS Presidential in all of your life? What an utter disgrace to this once great country.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  18. Jason Cutler

    If Chicago style means no more mister nice guy, then President Obama needs to have MORE Chicago style. The only way any meaningful changes have every been implemented in our system is by legislative "brass knuckles," which means control of who gets the money. Republicans are not deviating from their strategy of thwarting anything that Democrats could claim as success – regardless of how this strategy harms average Americans. This is how we got Medicare and Medicade and it's the only way we're ever going to get an better and fairer healthcare system.
    Wilton, CT

    March 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  19. David

    Chicago is one of the most corrupt political machine in the country.The only way anyone succeeds in CHicago is to play the game.

    Now we have a President , Chief of Staff..etc who enjoyed success in Chicago politics running the country.

    No wonder nothing gets done....as long as they make money...what do they care if the rest of us go broke !!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  20. Steve

    An emphatic YES!! I freely admit that I did not vote for Obama; however, to me the most telling precursor to how he was going to govern was his selection of Emanuel. The blatant hypocrisy of campaigning on improving the tone in Washington then going to an arm twisting Chief of Staff that leaves a wake of "dead bodies" wherever he goes was telling.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  21. David Crumlish

    This is the most incompetant group of people from Chicago, excluding the Cubs. Why President Obama continues to try to ram this bloated bill down people's throat is beyond me. It's the economy stupid!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  22. M.Cochran

    I live in Illinois. After Blagojevich, George Ryan, and all the other Chicago politicians, all you have to do is look at the state Illinois is in (broke, delinquent on payments to schools, vendors, exorbitant pension plans) the last thing DC needs is Chicago-style politics.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  23. Kraig Rasool

    I think that the northwest wind that sits just behind Obama needs to]
    churn a little harder....The Chicago style can stand a little more fine
    tuning. You have to understand who he's dealing with (Obama)...the
    republicans have always been sort of gangsters behind the curtain.
    It Sometimes leaks out and you hear of brawls on the house floor.
    Suffice to say there isnt enough Chicago in the tactics used by the
    Obama administration...a little more Al capone for dinner and the
    dessert will fill that void.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  24. Pat

    It is less about style and more about ideology. If Obama twisted some arms to stop the war on the middle east I bet everyone would applaud.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  25. Antonio Figueroa Maryland, Frederick

    Jack maybe the government can stop being payed for there lack of accomplishment on running this country,they have been in there for ever they are the CIO in or government, and they stink like the rest. Mr. Obama sorry sir, but keep up the good work.I WAS GLAD TO VOTE FOR YOU america we are in trouble in all asspect of all our future

    March 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  26. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, oh yeah, way too much! That has been my opinion since the 21 Jan, 2009. However, the President doesn't have the leadership ability, or experience himself, so he had to import it from somewhere, and of course, Chicago is where his political base was formed. Let's admit it, Pelosi, Reid, Emanual, Axelrod, and Summers are running this country, not the President. He is just the talking/smiling bobble-head for the those folks.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  27. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Kind of reminds you of Jimmy Carter. Even the leadership quality is the same.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  28. Norman Autrey

    Dang it Jack,
    Why didn't you ask if there is too much Texas in DC when Bush and company were there? President Bush brought in lots of good ole boys and girls from his days as governor. I got sick and tired of seeing the same folks on TV from his administration when he was governor of our great state, well great until Tom Delay and the two different bouts of redistricting. Come on, lets not be so silly. The Windy City or Austin, does it really matter? Who thinks up these things for you? You are a smart man, ask some better questions! Thanks, Norm from Albuquerque

    March 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  29. Adrian Gillem

    It does not matter if the White House has too much "Chicago" in it so long as all that are in there are doing a better job than that former "Texan's" Administration.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  30. Juan

    Juan form Oakland California

    Jack, There's always been plenty of "Chicago-style" in DC.
    And Chicago is no more about "forceful persuasion" than they are in Texas!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  31. Angie

    Obviously not if as you say he's not practicing the "arm twisting politics" Chicago is known for. Perhaps that is just what is needed. Some action. DC needs some CHICAGO STYLE to get it right!!!
    I live in Washington, DC. I AM FROM CHICAGO, IL!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  32. Rick - New York

    Even one person from 'Chicago' is "Too much Chicago in the White House"!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  33. zack

    I'm from Chicago. This city is so corrupt..and now it's in Washington where its corruptness can truly flourish. One big fat mistake, America.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  34. Jay

    thas right

    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  35. Bobby

    Name me a president that hasn't surrounded himself with an inner circle that he's familiar with or has worked with before. This is a ridiculous argument. The real argument should be about over-generalization in our country. If I hear one more politician on EITHER side say, "This is clearly what the American people want" and "this is how all of the American people feel," – I might puke. The only way to gauge exactly how the majority feels is by factual election-day style voting. All of these random polls are ridiculous and inaccurate, and it's very frustrating to all intelligent people who don't classify themselves as liberals/conservatives or Dems/Repubs, and are simply American citizens.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  36. John

    Rediculous premis. Grow up!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  37. Charlotte

    Every president is inclined to surround himself with people he knows and can work with. The previous unfortunate years found a lot of Texans there. I think this is a significant improvement.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  38. Patrick Riley

    Two problems, the first is our President couldn't find his way out of a room with the door open and exit lights pointing the direction. The second is he has put his friends in key positions and they have the same amount of insight and knowledge.

    The Illinois political system is diseased with corruption, all you need to do is look at how many have had a change of address to a state run institution.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  39. Narak

    The White House is stacked if cronies from Chicago. If I was President Obama, my staff would consist of Dixiecrats and Mountain West Democrats.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  40. Steve B in Los Angeles

    I'm sorry if my grammar and spelling may be off because

    Good grief, it has taken you this long to figure out or at least finally be honest enough to point out the Chicago politics connection with all of its

    You are the sharp one Jack, and don't let anyone tell you different.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  41. Bronson from Saylorsburg, PA

    Politicians can promise anything they want from change to open government, but the plain truth is nothing can ever happen except for corruption. Our government is completely gridlocked and has been for the past 20 years as anyone can tell. I supported Obama and although he is making progress he will never have total control, those bureaucrats will.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  42. Alan Woodard

    The correct question regarding the paralysis in Washington does not involve the amount of "Chicago" in the White House. It has much more to do with the record setting pace that the party of No is using the filibuster.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  43. JLS

    Health care reform is long overdue in this country. The Republicans are trying to sabotage the leadership of President Obama while middle class America suffers again. Do you really think that they want to see an African American succeed in office?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  44. Andre Mckinney

    In know way is there to many people from Chicago Most Presidents tend to bring many of there inner circle from home. Take Bush and Roes and Carter and Burt Lance and so on and so on!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  45. Gary our West

    Patient, persistent, sometimes charming? Maybe his first month.

    Marginalizing those on his enemies list, strong arms and brass knuckles are now the tools of the trade. His cadre of 30+ czars will see that the minions toe the line. Self-importance, self-absorption, and self-centeredness. You got to love the guy. He and his cronies learned their lessons well in the windy city.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  46. Chad from Tampa

    There's too much arrogance in the White House.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  47. steve in florida

    Only if K Street is actually located on Lake Michigan.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  48. David Crumlish

    President Obama, Dick Durbin, Roland Burris. Chicago sure is a funny town. Last time I laughed this hard I was watching the 3 Stooges.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  49. Lesem Ramos

    Lesem from Florida...

    I don't think so... and besides who cares? The real concern should be can he get the job done? I believe so and there should be some more arm twisting in D.C. b/c NO ONE has budged at all towards working for the PEOPLE!

    OBAMA 2012!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  50. Joe Samson

    Chicago, IL

    The paralysis in DC is solely the result of the GOP filibustering everything – it seems the ONLY way O'Bama will get anything meaningful accomplished will be with a stronger arm that some may liken to Chicago-style politics. So be it! This city is working for most unlike the nation's capitol where nothing's working for anybody.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  51. Tobie Wheelock

    Yes, definitely. Mr. Obama's staff believes behind the scene "Strong Arm" tactics are business as usual. It won't work. D.C. politics are not based on this premise.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  52. W.N. Sanabria


    If memory serves, nearly all of W's inside circle were fellow Texans. It is hardly unsual for a politician who starts his career at the local level to carry with him some of the people who helped him move up to the national stage.

    Having said that, how can we reconcile complaints about the prevalence of Chicago style staffers with the fact that arm twisting is not occurring.? Is tThis is just another exampe of the media having it both ways – heads I win, tails you lose?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  53. Susan in Sunnyvale

    Well, I guess I prefer Chicago to Texas, but I would like to see a more diverse circle around the President of ALL the states.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  54. Bob - Pittsburgh Pa

    Maybe not too much Chicago Jack, just not enough America.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  55. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Yes, but we'll fix that in 2012.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  56. enginerd

    Too much Chicago? Not enough by far... maybe we need a little texas in there too. Bush passed some truly one sided and ugly bills via reconciliation including bills that added a lot more to the deficit than this one! Just get it done. As far as I can tell, everything in the bill is widely agreed on by everyone in the country. The only thing that is holding people back is the marketing. Well I think it is time for him to just go ahead and become the executive that we voted in and push this legislation. If he would have passed it with the public option on reconciliation in the first two months of the debate, we would all be hailing him as the great humanitarian president. Instead we have this overly kind and all too patient president. Patience and gullibility are different things. The Republicans are playing a game exactly like they said they would and they are winning. Perception will shift once the bill is enacted and everyone realizes that these are all good things.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  57. Laurie

    The tactics this administration has used...back room deals, bought votes.....Arrogance and closed minded..... The actions are sure not in line with the vision that was painted during the elections. All the Democrats have shown is that they are as corrupt, power hungry and greedy as Republicans. Not the change they presented when they were asking for our votes. Say anything to get the vote....so then they can do anything with little regard for the people that put them in office to begin with.

    These people were not equipped with enough experience to hit the ground running....and definately not able to tackle the real problems of this country.

    Mafia style or not....It just isn't working....

    March 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  58. David Sisters OR

    Nah- Reagan and Nixon had Californians, Carter had Georgians, Clinton had Arkansans, Bush had idiots, they all bring people they are familiar with along with them.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  59. Dave T

    Yes, I wholeheartedly believe there's too much Chicago politics in Obamanation. I was an avid supporter of this administration during the election, but can tell you that with the antics and behavior of such officials as Rahmbo and loudmouth Lahood, I'm disgusted and they will not get my vote again in 2012. The NHTSA/Toyota hearing debacle that taxpayers paid for is just another example of our "broken government" and another reason to kick the Democrats out...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  60. Marie MD

    What there's too much of in DC is the old men from C Street who are only thinking of their retirement and healthcare.
    The President has surrounded himself with friends and trusted colleagues. The way the repugs have come after him for everything he needs all the love he can get.
    If it was really a mafia type group they would have gotten more done without letting the repugs get in the way.
    Who thinks up these questions?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  61. Mike

    Why not? Pushing through the things you want doesn't hurt does it? I mean it doesn't lead to wars, or domestic spying, or CIA torture does it?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  62. Jeff

    The more Chicago, the better.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  63. Mohammad Lahluh

    The president need to be more assertive and kick some ass in washington.
    Being decent and nice dosn't get the job done.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  64. Cindy

    I blame Washington paralysis on Washington. It's Congress in Washington that's the problem, not Obama's administration. Kick the Washington crony bums out!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  65. DrewinSanAntone

    If the question pertains to the corruption that Chicago politics is known for, then of course there is too much Chicago in Washington. Every lobbyist dollar constitutes what amounts to a bribe to congress, and we call it "speech".

    "Chicago Politics" is a smear phrase used by the right to attack Obama, but it ignores his general style, as the article pointed out. He's tough, and that's a very good thing. I'd like him to be tougher, but to be honest, the more reasoned, rational approach to the presidency is a welcome relief from the faux-cowboy style we had to endure for the last decade.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  66. MIke Thomas

    Simply put Jack, No!

    The only thing there is too much of in Washington is a very long line of politicians waiting to say NO to whatever President Obama, or the Demecrats put forward. If it isn't right wing, faith based, or so called fiscally conservative, then they say no thanks. I had to laugh when the president called them on it in the summit. By the way, we took your idea to be conservative in one approach, then a week later you all said NO, we won't do that, it's a socialists agenda.

    I can't wait for the midterm elections. I will bet a lot of politicians(R), will experience first hand the pink slips that all americans have been suffering since the last Republican administration. Lest we forget, it was they who spent our tomorrow, for their power of the day in 2 wars and helped wall street while thumbing their nose at main street.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  67. Richard Evey, Morganton, NC

    The elected people in Washington, DC have not listened to "We the People" since the turn of the last century, I think that was 1900..

    March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  68. Chris, NY

    Enough with the politics of fear Jack.......To label anyone based on the state they hailed from is disgusting.....In the past 16 years, we didn't hear the question is there too much Arkansas in the WH, or too much Texas? This is a right wing flash point question to stir up the conservatives......As if they need anymore stirring up.......
    Americans choose hope over fear.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  69. deb0155

    I was born and raised in Chicago and currently reside here. We are the most corrupt city in the country!

    So why are we so surprised that Obama and his administration are not listening to the American people. It all boils down to common sense – if we Chicagoans are not being listened to – then do you think it's going to get any better in Washington with all the Chicago thugs running our country?! This is how Chicago is run – and now – this is how the country is run! The Chicago mafia!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  70. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    Every President surround himself with people that he trusts. It happens in business and in politics. His (Obama) experience limits such trusted friends to be from the area where he developed his political acumen. However, that said, the real problem in Washington is not too much Chicago in the White House but too little courage and Independence in Congress. That and entirely too much political back tracking and party loyalty to doing nothing.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  71. steve

    I am continually amazed when I see how people are blaming Pres. Obama for his continued work to try and reform one of the most idiotic health care systems in the world.

    What was in the news today? Billing costs....1,000 dollar tooth brush? and this is what you call "good" health care.

    The GOP only care about two things. Getting there power back and second making sure the Democrats can't take any credit for anything positive in the country.

    You can say what you want about our Canadian Health Care system. But let me tell you this...if god forbid my family or I get sick. I guarantee that I don't worry about losing my home and life and despite what the media will tell you in most cases if its serious. You get put to the top of the list for treatment.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  72. Tony, Houston Texas

    So much so that Al Capone would be proud.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  73. Tim from Illinois

    Chicago is the city that works. Too much Chicago in the White House would mean health care and energy would have been done month's ago. The White House needs to order some balls to go along with their deep dish pizza and share them with the Senate.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  74. Jill

    Yes, there is too much "Chicago" in DC but more importantly, there is too much "Chicago" in Illinois!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  75. Jeffrey Sherwin

    Name a President that didn't have a lot of staffers from their home state. These are people the President feels comfortable with and (usually) has the same thought process and goals. Doesn't mean that they will work out, but it is a reasonable explaination why they are there.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  76. Mark

    The "Chicago Mob" has moved into the White House lock stock and barrel, and the biggest mobster of all is Eric Holder, who wants terrorists who pled GUILTY to 9/11 murders to have "fair trials", but won't prosecute black panthers holding clubs who intimidate voters ten feet in front of a polling place on election day. If our Attorney General's actions don't smack of "mob politics" I don't know what does, and our President looks the other way. Shame on him.


    March 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  77. Michael

    In my opinion there is already too much "Chicago" in the Whitehouse. The Chicago Mafia is already in place. Unfortunately, this is nothing to be proud of. Chicago politics are known for, first and foremost, being corrupt. We don't need that in the Whitehouse. Send them back to Chicago!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  78. Bob

    So...your expert said that he has kept clear of being too alike the majority of Chicago politicians, and you still went with this 'schock-jock' headline? And who's 'Mr. Obama'?

    Last I checked, he was the President.

    Jump back to the Bush Administration, a term you rarely heard when he was in office, and you regularly called him the President.

    All you hear about our current President, is that he is called Obama, and his healthcare bill is called Obamacare, as labeled by the GOPers, and believers in creation.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  79. marion/Alabama

    Obama's main problem is he surrounded himself with yes people from Chicago,Just like Jimmy Carter did with the Georgia crowd.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  80. Denise Miller

    This comment is for all reporters and newscasters, President Obama is the President of the USA and should be address in as so, not Mr. Obama!! I am so sick of hearing this every single day in some form or fashion on the news, especially CNN and the Morning shows and along with Mr. Chuck Todd who reports on the white house news. I never hear any reporters address Former President Bush or Clinton as Mr. Bush or Mr. Clinton. You all need to get with the program, President Obama is all our President and should be given respect . He's been President for over a year now!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  81. Richard Nemanick

    I believe they have too much "Chicago" in the White House. Their influence was obvious when the White House was cutting deals over healthcare. The Union exclusion from the "luxury tax" was an obvious example of the "Chicago" influence. That type of "deal" has no place in the healtcare plan. A national plan should treat all people as equal as possible. Making special deals based on union membership is a traversty.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  82. Riv

    As someone from Chicago, I have to say I've grown weary of the term "Chicago politics". No one outside of Chicago seems to know what it really means, so it has now become shorthand for something a politician did that the speaker or writer didn't like. It's a lot more complex and nuanced than that. I don't necessary disagree with Jack Cafferty here, but I think the answers he'll get will reflect the way non-locals tend to paint with a broad brush.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  83. Jon

    Not enough Chicago, in my opinion. Too much Texas.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  84. Joe Farage

    Chicago is known as the WINDY CITY– The White House is Blowing a
    Gale- Hurricane strength- even the mighty "oaks" are bent low to the ground-–but its all HOT AIR!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  85. Peter Thorpe

    Just like the pizza – way too much dough and leaves you bloated and feeling terrible when you're done..

    March 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  86. Martha Andrews

    From Pa. Jack–was there too much Texas in the Bush adm.?

    OBAMAand most presidents want men they can trust–not strangers helping them and being on their staff. WHY NOT men he knows?

    Bush brought a truck load of Texans or very loyal Bush toadies to his staff and cabinet! I didn't hear you ask if there were too much Texas?

    Give this man a chance! AND as to big government–if it hadn't been for this "big" government do you really think TOYOTA would have really fixed or acknowledged the problem without D.C. intervention? DO you really think the Diabetic drug that causes heart attacks would have come out and told the consumers–"OH by the way–this drug we're selling causes heart attacks"?

    I'd rather have the government as a neutral referee than one consumer against the Giant CEO FATCATS!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  87. john lane

    I live in Illinois and the stench of the graft and corruption can be felt all the way down in my little town of Sparta, Il.Through back room deals with Chicago pols my taxes currently support bus service for Cook County 540 miles away. wtf

    March 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  88. c spurgeon

    Too much CNN in the media..Man You guys are goingn right. Take your paid analyst with you. I only listen to the news now. Don't need to hear your one sided opinionated journalism???

    March 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  89. Nikki

    Is there too much chicago in the white house is a ridiculous question. I think the press needs to get a grip and stop nit picking looking for every single thing to nail the President to the wall on. Did anyone question other Presidents' cabinet appointments and/or where they were from? I don't think so. The bottom line is that Chicago is known for it's cut-throat practices when it comes to politics and business, and obviously Mr. Hunt @ Bloomberg news agrees. Obviously you agree as well, else you wouldn't have quoted from his article ("That's not the Obama style; he tends to be patient, persistent, sometimes charming; although from Chicago, he doesn't practice the arm-twisting politics the city is known for."). So the purpose of your question, was what?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  90. TB

    Yes, there's way too much Chicago in the Whitehouse. It's like the old saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it." Well, now they have it and don't have a clue what to do with it. And it will be another 34 months before the next tenant gets their chance. I don't know that we are going to survive that long.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  91. Kevin in Dallas

    Too much analysis. Just get it done. Enough talk and enough Cafferty, MSNBC, FOX, PBS, CBS, NBC and ABC blabbing.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  92. David

    I think your initial assessment was correct – Obama is NOT using Chicago style politics but needs to be. The whole point of having someone like Rahm Emanuel is so Chicago style politics can be used but the President's hands can be clean. Let Rahm loose! Time for coddling the Republicans has long been over.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  93. Jerry Kristal

    The Republican's idea of health insurance is to pass a law that
    says it is illegal for low and poor income people to get sick or
    injured while Senator McCain in the hospital .

    March 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  94. Dale,,,IOWA

    And was there to much "TEXAS" the last eight years,!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  95. Ralph k

    Growing up in the Chicago area in the 60's and 70's there were allot of "mafia" people still around.

    One thing you learn from that is that the head of the organization usually tries to stay above the fray and keep his hands clean in order to avoid jail.

    So, to say Obama "doesn't practice "arm-twisting" style politics the city is known for" is false if he's the leader. He's still in charge of what Rahmbo, Jarrett and Axelrod do and say.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  96. Layne Alleman

    Hey youse guys, lay off my toddlin town ifya nose whats good for ya.Me and da mayor'll hav ta come down there an rearange a few bodie parts to ya. Uttsa matta, you don like the nice guy we sentjas? Youse don behave and were goin see to it youse goin hav imforaye 50yrs like da mayors old man usta say ya can never hav to muts a good ting. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  97. Jack

    He already supports bribery doesn't that count as Chicago style. I guess he could take a lesson from past Democratic Conventions and just have them beaten if they don't vote the way he thinks they should.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  98. Gigi Oregon

    I don't know much about the Chicago mafia In the White House. To judge Pres. Obama. But I would be interested in which Mafia that the Republican Party and the Bush Presidencies are connected with. And Wow! Pres. Bush 2 sure got the tax cut for the RICH quick . I guess the Democrats cooperated on that vote.

    How much dollar and cents difference between tax cuts for the rich and the cost of health care for all Americans be... Now that's a QUESTION I'd like to see answered in the media. That could/should/would be something all Americans and the world would be interested in. OR at least they should be.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  99. Tom

    Don't confuse Chicago style politics with arm-twisting, that was Al Capone. The closest that Mayor Daley can come to arm-twisting is to bulldoze Meigs field at midnight, or exercise "quick-take" eminent domain to expand O'Hare airport. This is nothing more than effective exercise of executive powers, without needing any support from City Council or the Illinois legislature.

    When it comes to legislation, Chicago style politics is more about greasing the right palms, and managing your voters. It's very easy to do, because everyone in power has their hand out. The important thing is to distract, or avoid attention of the U.S. Attorney.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  100. Seth

    Chicago Thugs have replaced Texas thugs...and the circle of life continues.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  101. James Allen

    Don't recall CNN raising the question of "too much Texas" in the previous admi8nistration. Guess a WHITE President is afforded greater leeway. Get the point?

    James Allen
    Euless, TX

    March 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  102. Lynn

    Not enough. Chicago is the City that works.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  103. Rosemary, New York, NY

    It's not Chicago that's the problem, it's too many nay-saying Republicans in Congress. Forget Rahm Emmanuel–they would have opposed any Democratic initiative not matter who was chief of staff.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  104. Monica

    Not enough. Push it through for goodness sakes! The majority of the people wanted the public option and the Democrats gave in to the Republicans. No more giving in. Be strong, stand strong and get it passed. Let's not give up 30 million people who wouldn't be covered under the Republican plan. Let's not give up pre-existing conditions just because its not in the Republican plan. Basically, the Republicans don't have a plan that is in the best interests of the American people. The Democrats do. Mr. President, get this plan pushed through now. The American people want to see strength and action in our best interests.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  105. james

    I really don't think it is an issue of effective arm twisting, "Chicago-style" or any other that is holding this legislation back.

    The Dems must have political cover because there is a sufficient number of them that fear what this bill will do. If this were not the case, the Dems would exercise the so-called "nuclear option", pass the bill, and reap the political rewards of having saved US healthcare.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  106. Lon

    If "Chicago style politics" means hard ball politics, then Obama needs more of it, not less. The Republicans have made it clear that their strategy is to paralyze the country and convince the public that Obama is responsible for the mess they've created. Obama's attempts to compromise with such creatures as these seems downright foolish.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  107. Bob in Chandler

    "Arm twisting" doesn't work when you have nothing to reciprocate with. Congress is corrupt and incompetent, but smart enough to know that IOUs from a lame duck President are next to worthless. These guys are not Lyndon Johnson – just an arrogant bunch of amateur wannabes drunk on their own liberal hubris. Legislators will stay off the radar screen of anything controversial until after the November 2010 elections. In the meantime, the people suffer, and debt and taxes increase more in 4 years than the previous 222!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  108. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    So Mr Hunt wants to ignore the facts that the US is (supposed to be) a democracy and that a majority of Americans don't want the health care proposals currently before Congress to be enacted. He wants to replace American democracy with Barack Obama autocracy and Congressional tyranny.

    If autocracy and tyranny are the way things are done in Chicago, there's certainly no place for it the White House. There no place for it in Chicago either, for that matter.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  109. Manny McKnight fm Chicago, il

    Jack...if there were more "chicago" in the white house...meaning "the arm twisting, screw you if you don't like the way I do it" type politics then you might see alot more of his agenda being pushed through instead of this quagmire.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  110. Frank, Las Vegas

    To be honest, there's not enough Chicago in the White House! Everyone talks about Chicago politics as if it's a bad thing. Just shows how many people don't know squat about Chicago politics. Chicago is a big city that works and works for the people. Yes there may the occasional deal that is made behind closed doors, but 99% of the time it's a good deal for the city and it's citizens. So Chicago politics isn't a bad thing as long as it's for the over good of the citizens. We need more of it, not less!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  111. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, "Chicago Style" is fine when it comes to pizza or hot dogs. When it comes to politics, the style so "progressive" that even DEAD PEOPLE are voting is what we do not need! Obama has surrounded himself with people just as unqualified for the job they hold that he does. We need to do a CLEAN SWEEP of the White House to get rid of all of the "Chicago Style" people, from the top on down. And replace it with someone who at least has the RESPECT for the Oval Office that Ronald Reagan had!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  112. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    As long as "Chicago" is working in his favor, then who cares? Cut him some slack!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  113. Narak

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The White House is stacked with cronies from Chicago. If I ever get elected POTUS, my staff would consist of Dixiecrats and Mountain West Democrats.

    Washington, DC

    March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  114. Robert

    When is the last time you heard Rahm curse? Or even seen him in the media being "abrasive." It's been a while, yes? So why even bring it up? I personally hate the guy and think he is one of the worst people for the job of chief of staff. But your "article" is crap.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  115. Really?

    Bush – too much Texas
    Regan – too much Hollywood
    All other presidents – too much white

    Tell it all Jack!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  116. Augie

    What is your point, isn't Chicago part of the United States?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  117. Mark B

    Thanks for re-broadcasting the right-wingers tin-foil-hat criticim of President Obama and giving it credibility now. Besides, it's going to take years of Chicago-style politics to remove the stench of Texas-style politics that has been left behind.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  118. Scott Stodden

    I don't think and believe its where you come from Jack, I don't think there's to much Chicago in the White House but to much inexperience in the White House, we need experienced people or else our country is going to go broke under the Obama administration!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  119. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think there's too much "Washington in Washington, Jack. It makes too much of any other place stick out like a sore thumb.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  120. Dan Richards

    Obama and democrats need to run over the GOP and not look back. Why is the media ignoring this part of the story: "Senate Republicans using filibusters at record-setting pace." Run over the GOP and democrats will win BIG in 2010.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  121. Bill of Hewlett, NY

    There's not enough Chicago in the White House. At the risk of praising Al Capone, President Obama needs to use more baseball bat diplomacy.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  122. Leslie

    I agree that the president should be a lot tougher with the congress on a number of issues. Although I do not want to see Chicago style politics in the white house. It will only lead to even more corruption in a town like Washington. Mr Obama needs to stop being Mr. cool and lower the hammer on the congress and bring real change to Washington. If he doesn't watch out he will not have the majority in any house and become a lame duck in his first term.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  123. Dan Lemmons

    Absotively too much Chi Town attitude. As a frustrated Illini, I can testify to what Chicago-Style politics can do to governance. All one has to do is look at the economic and psychological state of Illinois to get a glimpse of what's on the agenda for the rest of this term. If the darkened, closed door policy-making bureaucrats continues to rule Illinois politics, why would the boys want to change tactics now?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  124. Brian Riccomini

    I believe that Chicago style politics would be a step in the right direction. Look at Chicago now compared to 20 years ago. The city is cleaner, has a great public transportation system and some desirable housing. I think that the politicians have done a great job compared to other cities. Maybe these critics are just jealous?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  125. dave

    How else would you explain the backroom deals and threats of paybacks against lawmakers who don't agree with this administration? What he wants is more important than what anyone else thinks.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Ray, Colorado Springs

    There's 'I'll twist his arm' Chicago politics and 'He's going to twist your arm' Chicago politics. Don't think that because Obama keeps his hands clean in public that they aren't dirty anyway. Too bad for the administration small time Chicago methods don't work in the big boy leagues. Lucky us, only 2 years 11 months until we get someone who's effective.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  127. Megan

    Are you CRAZY????????? Bunning is holding the country HOSTAGE and you are wondering if Obama picked too many Chicagoans?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  128. Tony L. - Atlanta

    Too much Chicago?? Where was he suppose to go to fill White House posts – Alaska? If there is anything I have to criticize the president for is that he has not been tough enough on the losing Republican party. For a party that is in the minority, they seem to be the ones setting the agenda and running America and we saw how that worked out during Bush's eight years in office (2 wars and a financial collapse). America likes their leaders to be tough and sometimes a little heavy handed. Maybe a little more Chicago style politics is what these sore losers need to show them and the American people who's in really in charge.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  129. Kevin in CA

    No ... there's no more "Chicago" in the Obama administration than there was "Texas" in the Bush administration.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Steve In Tampa

    The answer is a resounding yes.

    The administration is geared for campaigning and celebrating, not governing.

    They have put a virtual wall around themselves and the nation.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  131. Ken

    Living in Chicago, the answer is yes. Chicago and Illinois is run via machine politics, where a few people hold the power and dictate to most of the politicians what should be done (and they do it). Obama has tried to do the same in DC and I think he really cannot understand why people are disagreeing with him. To him he's the man in charge, dissent should be expressed only behind closed doors, and publically everyone (on the Democratic side) does what he says. That fact that moderate Democrats not only will not go along but publically state opposition to his ideas is something he cannot grasp as that is NOT how it is done in Chicago. If Obama were more of a leader that merely the supposed head of an organization (like Chicago), then perhaps things could get done.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  132. William Haggerty

    Hope you run for something in Congress.
    Well, it's finally figured out. The past ICE AGES (e.g.,Chicago and near-by were under several hundred feet of snow and ice) were really
    Warming Periods where there was so much humidity in the air it snowed so much it wouldn't melt for several centuires. Big Al is right – the Global Warming really means an ICE AGE.
    Best regards,
    William Haggerty

    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  133. Kenneth from Atlanta

    Well, since healthcare has not passed, I think there has not been enough Chicago style politics. In fact, Prez Obama needs to pull out and use all Chicago style politricks before mid term elections come around.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  134. rnelson

    When Emanuel stated immediately after the election that "we can't let a good crisis go to waste," and the new administration began to push hard to pass certain initiatives that could never have been passed without complete Democratic control over Congress, previous Obama supporters became very nervous. What was thought would be change in a good way, was viewed by many as an opportunity to use the economic crisis as a way to implement a very left-wing Democratic agenda that would normally never be considered, and is not favored even by the majority of Democrats. Now, in the wake of this immature and naive approach by Emanuel, Axelrod, and other advisors, Obama is viewed by many with a great degree of suspicion. Surrounding himself with Chicago cronies only worsens this perception. If Chicago politics had a favorable reputation, perhaps this wouldn't be a concern; however, we all know how Chicago politics work and nobody wants this to become the way America works.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  135. John DeMartini

    Not too much Chicago, just not enough public servants.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  136. Nate

    Are you kidding? Would you consider the last 8 years with Bush cordial and his Texas posse? Washington has always been this way, at least in Chicago we get things done.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  137. Darin

    Give it rest, Jack. Did anyone ever ask if there was "too much Texas in the White House" when GW Bush was there?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Lee Hall

    Yes there's too much Chicago in Washington, you can tell by the arrogance on display from Obama's inner circle. I'd be surprised if any of them could pass a background check to enlist in the military.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  139. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    Is there too much "Chicago" in the White House? It isn't "Chicago" that scent the air.

    Our political system has opened up a sewer of stinking waste that has engulfed our congress. The Republicans had the reins for eight years when our economy hit the fans. Instead of graciously working with the new majority to get it fixed, they have been screaming that it is everybody else's fault for so long, that Congress is only constant bickering about whose is at fault.

    Kind of like the parents of the child drowining in their swimming pool. while they continue to argue should have been watching their child, while that child is going down for the last time. They may have their "points", but their child will drown before they get him out of the pool if they don't stop arguing. Americans would like to see action instead of "talking points" and whose fault it is.

    I no longer care who broke it anymore. Just fix it. Call who ever you need to, but just get it fix. If Congress can't get it fix, then we need to just replace it with a brand new one. If they can't come to an agreement, I will be voting every encumbent out and start with a brand spanking new Senator.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  140. Larry Rubenstein, Hollywood, Florida


    What a useless question to ask. You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Have you run out of good ideas already?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  141. Willow, Iowa

    Good heavens no. I wish he were a bit more assertive, showing people exactly what he wants, what the public wants, etc. He's too polite and trying to be compromising and tactful. Time to take off the gloves.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  142. Brian

    While I am a resident of the state of Illinois, I often find that this state is the prime example of large government and "spend-crazy politics" leading to fiscal instability and a place of societal satiety, even in the unacceptable conditions this state endures. Of course, President Obama has taken that attitude and is trying to apply it to the national level, so voter beware.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  143. viki

    No more than too much Texass in the WH when Bushie was there!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  144. smc

    There needs to be more arm twisting – from Obama himself. If he wants this to be his signature issue, he needs to get out there and get the votes, and he needs to get out there and explain to the people what this healthcare bill will do for them.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  145. honestjohn in Vermont

    There is way too much "Chicago" at the Whitehouse which leads to myopic input and leadership and results. A little too inbred.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  146. alexander

    This country should vote to close the White house down for good, for evevr . Set up a small office bulding some where in d.c. and vote in a commitee of six or eight people to run the country . One man and his hangdowns that are total cowards can not and never will have the courage to run this country. Lets face facts our chhildren are certainly wimps, weenies, as they call them in the military .Or would you people keep Obama A total failure .OR will you vote in A Miss Piggy, .OR will you continue to vote in many many RANGELS.
    2/1 /10 MA.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Arlette

    I would have to say that there is too much D C in government period. Who is pretending that the corrupt, dysfunctional U S Congress hasn't been suffering form paralysis for the past 30 years? Do you call that denial or just lying? Yesterday, CNN interviewed retiring congressmen from both parties who blame the partisanship in districts for the win/lose mentality that has taken over both Congress and the media. What was the media's big question following the healthcare summit? Who won. What do you hear from the media following any deficiencies or errors in government.? Who is to blame? Why can we scapegoat, boost our ratings and fail to ever follow up to see if the problem is repaired. Fixing government is no where near as sexy to the media as tearing it down. When is the last time a CNN host came to the table with facts regarding healthcare in America as the facts confirm that we have far from the "Best healthcare in the World." Who at CNN has the fortitude to confront lies from anyone in congress with facts to their face?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  148. Bill Williams

    Hey Jack
    dont you just love to have something to say neg. about america and
    democracy. what a traitor to the usa.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  149. Jack Brown

    I think it is clearly time for the Dems to play hard all – just like the Republicans would in similar circumstances. Does anyone really think the Dems should hesitate to "go Chicago-style on this issue and ram it through? I say use all the clout needed and get this badly-needed bill through Congress.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  150. The Chi

    There is not enough Chicago in D.C., there is no place nearly as amazing!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  151. Dan, Madison, WI

    Chicago style won't fix Washington.

    Senator Bunning continues to block a bill extending unemployed benefits. He says America can't afford $10 billion. That's an admirable stand. But in the next sentence he says Reid should have passed the $85 billion.

    No wonder so many children are failing in school. Senators like Bunning keep telling Americans $85 billion is less than $10 billion.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  152. kwparry

    If Chicago style is to jam something down the throat of the people whether or not it will actually work, or it will actually benefit them, just to say you were the first person in that office to accomplish it, then yes, there is too much Chicago in D.C.
    Otherwise, step away from this problem and deal with other just as important issues that also need resolving.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  153. wanda j brown

    At this point I don't think POTUS is listening to anyone but the so-called Chicago Mafia. But come November he will listen to his base
    as soon as he realizes they didn't show up to the Polls. And that is in order to send him a message. The message: Remember who brung You!!! This wasn't the change we voted for.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  154. Nick

    Here's the problem with "Chicago style" politics. Most of our politicians go to jail for being crooked and doing exactly what the public doesn't want. No one wanted Cook County to raise taxes, but they did. Politicians wanted the Olympics in Chicago, not the public. That's Chicago-style politics.

    If Obama wanted my vote before he lept into the White House, he could have shown me that he could have cleaned up Chicago first. Instead, he's just another from a long line of politicians whose idea of persuasion is a punch in the gut.


    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  155. Marlena

    Jack - This turn of phrase originated as a personal insult to the President of the United States. Please, let's not let someone's personal insult [ref. everyone from Chicago must be a "gangster",or in the mafia] get elevated into a political statement. It's so off-the-wall it resembles Sarah Palin and her "death panels". Please - Our president deserves better than that, and so do we Americans. (...and your daily questions are usually so excellent ...)

    Marlena in Orlando

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  156. I Singh

    Hi Jack

    I taught the Congress in washingtom makes the laws of our land – why can't they just make it illegal to refuse Medical coverage to any one under any circumstance rather tha passing such a large medical bill that we can't pay for or cap premium that insurance companies can charge – it is all about the President's Legacy – He want's do what no other past president could have done – in the process reward those who choose not to take care of themselves medically and financially and punish those who work hard to get where they are – remember we are already supporting these people with deductions from our paychecks – it is all about redistribution of wealth without taking into consideration the hard work and sacrifices those people made to get where they are. This is an incentive for people to do nothing, pay no taxes, get free medical and free money from the government!! We are slowly moving towards third world status while other nations are progressing


    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Chuyen Tran

    The problems that President Barack Obama has can be traced to the following factors:

    1) Lack of executive experience.
    2) Too much hubris.
    3) Disregard of the will of the majority of the American people.
    4) Choose the wrong hills to die on (figuratively speaking, of course).

    Sounds like a perfect storm coming. Let's hope we all will survive this.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  158. Dave Phillips

    Ignoring the public will is not a Chicago thing, and seems to have perfected itself while in DC. Obama is not listening to his base because we already got him elected and now he's doing the job of those in America who have real power: corporate lobbyists. Rahm Emanuel has alienated the base. His mistakes will come to fruition the next time this White House goes, hat in hand, begging "******* retarded" liberals for another four years. We won't be listening to them.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Paul R.

    Obama was elected with a mandate to reform health care. We should have universal coverage and instead he let the GOP and moderate Dems water it down to a mandate to buy into a broken for-profit health care system. We need more Chicago politics if he wants his base to vote for him in 2012.

    Chicago, IL

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  160. Nick

    There is probably the same amount of Chicago as there was Texas when GW was first elected. Did the Repugnants complain then?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Trent

    The 3 best Mayors Chicago ever had Richard J. Daley, Harold Washington and now Richard M. Daley weren't liked by everyone but they were respected, they managed to get things done! The President isn't practicing politics of sort at the moment, "Chicago or D.C. style" If the President truly believes in what's he's doing with regards to health care reform, he cannot pay attention to poll numbers or approval ratings, he just needs to get it done.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  162. Stephen A. Howell, Bella Vista, Arkansas

    In the long run you cannot run this country through parliamentary tricks and ignoring the wishes of the American people. There are always going to be leaders with issues that they feel are vital and essential, but if the people are not with them they have to let it go. I think President Obama is in danger of , "becoming married to an issue." He is so blinded by the good he thinks will come from his actions he is failing to ask himself the crucial question. Is this what the people want? Because if the people are not with him he is in big trouble. It appears he and his party are heading down a very dangerous road. Many leaders have thought they knew better than the American people the dust bin of history is full of them.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  163. wiseirishwoman

    Is that like "too much" Cowboy in the White House when Bush and Cheney were in office?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  164. charleen belt

    President Obama can have whomever he wish surrounding him, period. Stop with the notions you are implying.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  165. Mike Andelman

    Born and bred in Chicago. Definitely too much Chicago in DC but the Daleys wouldn't have sat thru a meeting like the healthcare summit and leave things unresolved. Obama's team hasn't yet perfected the cram down.

    On another note, wife an I used to look forward to the Sunday morning political shows to better understand issues. However, with rare exceptions (like Candy Crowley's show yesterday), guest interviews have become irritating attemps at obfuscation. I think we'll just sleep in next Sunday.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  166. Bryan

    Who cares what I think or what the American people want?

    When he said he would change politics in Washington did anyone think he ment make it worse?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  167. Average Guy

    Isn't Chicago in America. It appears to me that people especially Conservatives and Conservative sympathizers are going to great lengths to find a reason to not cooperate with the Obama' administrations. If you are from a certain geographical region, it stands that the people that you choose to be in your administration or on your staff will probably come from the region that you do.

    Let's stop creating nonsense to discuss and get on with moving this country forward.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  168. Mike in L.A.

    I would rather have too much of the good stuff Chicago puts out... Hot Dogs, Deep Dish Pizza and the poor Cubs. These people are going to push their agenda and do not care what the country is saying. This will result in there not being another Chicago President until the Cubs win a world series.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  169. Steve

    Not to worry . Most Chicago officals only serve one term
    in ellected office so, if we can stall this thing we'll be O.K. By the way Jack,,most Chicago elected officals serve a second term but,,it's generally in a federal prison.

    Statesville , N.C.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  170. george coleman

    i'm 69 years old and have followed politics in Chicago since the first Mayor Dalley's outlook on politics for the politicians and not the people. It has become an ugly scar on American Politics for many years due to their continued political skullduggery by not being transparent and continuing that direction apparently without legitimate confrontation with the exception of the intervention by the Feds. George Coleman, Kentucky

    March 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  171. rosemarie Oregon

    Its better to have too much Chicago than too much Republican first of all. Surrounding yourself with people you know are smart enough to be there is a good thing. Education with no since of any common sense, we will surely fail.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  172. gail

    That is a ridiculous question, as if everyone in Chicago is the same. Did anyone ask if there was too much Texas in the Bush White house. The question is so lame and it sounds like something a tea party bigot would ask.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  173. James M. Campbell

    Nope. We need as much Chicago as possible in DC. In fact, we need the help of any city outside of the DC Beltline to be of assistance in correcting the current deadlock.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  174. John Salemi

    Probably not. No one is on their way to jail.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  175. Randall

    Too much Chicago in the White House? Never. Politics are as much a part of Chicago as the Cubs. The politics of Chicago (and the greater Illinois) government has been an essential aspect of Chicago's history. From earliest Chicago government through the machine politics perfected by Richard J. Daley, Chicago has had the best and worst of politics. This is still true today; we are the home of the first African American President, and one of the biggest political scandals of 2009. Not only has President Obama survived the politics of Chicago and Illinois, he has thrived. This is just name calling in an attempt to help sway the public into disliking the Obama administration without actually proving a point.

    Chicago, IL

    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  176. Illinoistom

    Jack, If you look at the debt that Chicago and the rest of Illinois have racked up under total Democrat control, then yes you have to conclude that there is too much Chicago in the White House. Chicago Democrats are notorious for promising the moon while providing no means to pay for it.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  177. Lori in Houston

    Yes Jack, just like there was too much Texas in the WH last presidency. What America needs now is intelligent people who listen to Americans and who get get things done – bipartisian or not. I don't care if they act with class or not in private, as long as they get past this gridlock and DO something.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  178. Randy Holder

    Firstly, I don't think ANYONE in Washington is listening to what the people want. It's like they're deaf....forgotten how to listen.

    Secondly, I think the "Chicago style" politics is what broke the system in the first place.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  179. Fritos

    Hola Amigos:

    You're suggesting that there is something wrong with Chicago style – not true. Chicago is a great city because it has a great Mayor – Daley. Chicago works!

    The problem isn't Chicago style, it's the Healthcare disaster bill! You say the American People want it but you must not be reading the same polls as published in various media (NYT, WSJ, etc.). The bill started as a cost control measure but has morphed into "insure everybody", which wouldn't be a bad idea except "everybody" doesn't want to pay their bill. They want me and probably 80 million other taxpayers to pay it for them. No thanks!!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  180. Brent

    Yes! Some of the best presidents had wonderful personal relationships with the opposition, even if they disagreed on the issues. This president is incapable of this, belittling and demeaning the opposition is not the way to get things done in a bi-partisan fashion. The White House demonstrates an intellectual arrogance that is a disgrace to the office.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  181. john

    I do not believe that brand or style policy making and implementation is appropriate. Listen to the country and do the RIGHT thing !

    March 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  182. raised in "everything for all citizens society"

    Having being raised in Spain ( with "the all for one and one for all mentality") I wonder why we in the USA are heading or at least talking the talk of the goverment and central goverment alone be the everything,provide every thing or say that is the sole answer to everything or the greatest avenue to all goods things for its citizens, we in Spain have an unemployment of almost 19%, we are a country in Spain providing the "all" of almost everything to many, many people, it does not work , Why is this so hard to understand in the USA? when the people are so burden with taxes, many in the middle class become poor and many of the poor become miserable, be careful USA, use common sense,,

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  183. Jimmy Morris

    Too much Chicago in the White House?Where is Machine Gun Kelly when you need him or was that Al Capone?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  184. Bob Kole


    There is too much inexperience in the White House period. The presidents lack of experience in dealing with getting legislation through the House and Senate is now paralizing his administration.

    This White House is making Jimmy Carter's look like it was staffed with the sages of the ages.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  185. John

    Of course there is way too many Chicago thugs in the White House, why do you even ask.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  186. Gary

    What was Obama's campaign slogans, "change you can believe in", "transparency", on and on. Just slogans, no truth, typical "Chicago style' crooked politicans. Time for a tea party.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  187. michael m


    If there was too much "Chicago" in the White House, you'd have a Health Care Plan in place already, 3 fall guys for the graft involved in making it happen, and 22 future indictments of congressional members because they don't like the "Chicago" way. Yep, sounds about right.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  188. Phil Kessack

    There is WAY too much "Chicago-style politics" in Washington. The independent voters are discussed with both parties, but the blatent buyoffs and carveouts (e.g., union tax exclusion) has made the Heath Care bill TOXIC to most voters.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  189. andy

    Its a shame that people like Al Hunt thinks that Chicago's gangsta style of politics belongs in Washington. With Obama acting like a bully and these multi-millon dollar backroom payoffs, there is to much of there already.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  190. RM

    Yes... This White House is the most corrupt in history. Obama has surrounded himself with leftists, Marxists, union thugs, and just plain corrupt people. Less than three years left for this one term failure.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  191. rob, Staten Island, NY

    Reagan said it best:
    "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine". This has nothing to do with what the people want – its what Obama wants. Those radical associations he had, that no-one cared about during the election, tells a great deal about his intentions. He wants governmnet control, social justice, and to "fundamnetally change" this country so a new socialist society emerges.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  192. Dan Dillon

    No question about it.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  193. Heather

    There is too much Chicago style politics going on in Washington. I believe that this administration as well as the members of the Senate and the Congress do not care what "the people" want. They have set their agenda and they are going to act on it with out any regard to what the people back home think. Oh sure they will sugar coat it to make the bitter pill go down a little easier, but the end is just the same. I believe that if there were term limits set (which will never happen) then a lot of this politicing would cease. And as far as this health care bill is concerned. If it is to be so GRAND then why won't the members of the Executive Branch, House and Senate members go with the same policy?? I think we all know that answer.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  194. Jerry

    So the title's about how there's too much Chicago in the White House... but the article states that Obama is not Chicago enough? Am I missing something here?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  195. michael m


    If there was too much "Chicago" in the White House, you'd have a Health Care Plan in place already, 3 fall guys for the graft involved in making it happen, and 22 future indictments of congressional members because they don't like the "Chicago" way. Yep, sounds about right.

    chicago, illinois

    March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  196. fred shapiro

    Must be a trick question-there is no such thing as "too much Chicago". Too much LA, maybe. But Chicago, never.
    Fred Shapiro
    Chicago, IL

    March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  197. Nate Cicero, IL

    Simply. Yes!

    While many outside of Chicago snicker and laugh about "Chicago" style politics. Those of us who live with it & it's consequences see nothing to laugh at.

    Chicago politics is all about getting and keeping power and it's perks. You get and keep that power by giving handouts to your friends and getting money handed back to you. You keep a tight hold on that power by doing whatever is necessary to keep the other party out of power.

    People who wonder why Obama is the way he is and does things the way he does only need to look at the people that taught him how to play the game: the Chicago Machine.

    And anybody who thinks Chicago-style politics is about arm twisting and "forceful persuasion", has never lived or worked in Chicago. Real Chicago politics is about the favor for a favor, the hand up for a hand out, the backroom deal not the podium speil.

    The problem Obama's folks have run into is that they were caught off-guard because they came across people who were willing to stand up to them. They aren't used to that.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  198. George Hamilton

    Too much Chicago? Now really, let's think about that !!! You would think that Chicago has some stigma of Mob control (oops we do/did). Or you would think that to be important in Chicago you need to be connect to a pol (oops again, you do). Or that you get things done by playing hardball even if you are wrong (oops number 3).

    But most of all you gotta remember that the Democratic Machine in Chicago is always right and the Republicans or Independents are just there to be ignored (wow – just like those in Congress).

    A lot of important politicians hail from Chicago. Rod, Rosty, Roland, and many more. Over 1,000 public officials and businessmen have been convicted of public corruption in Illinois since 1970: 9 Cook County judges, 30 Chicago aldermen, two members of Congress and two governors - plus another imprisoned for crimes unrelated to state government.

    And in what other state is a standing joke that "dead people still vote".

    No, there may be a lot of Chicago politicians in Washington, but we got a whole lot more to send there to help "straighten things out."

    March 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  199. bob

    Yes there is too much Chicago, starting right at the top

    March 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  200. The Broker.

    "Scar-Face? means a few more sticky-plasters, to the bill."

    March 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  201. BUICK

    As one who lives in the state, let me tell you there's too much Chicago in Illinois. I wish Indiana would annex the whole place with all of its suburbs and maybe then we could have some decent government of, by & for the real people of IL.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  202. Brent in AZ

    Not at all. I'd love to see Mr. Obama go all Capone on the obstructionist party and pass the bill. We'll reward the Democrats for it in November with VOTES.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  203. bear

    This administration clearly has an agenda and it is not pro-America. The citizens have lost their voice in Washington, DC.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  204. debbie b

    No Jack, Too much OBAMA in the White House.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  205. Jason Boykin in Lincoln NE

    Too Much? If you ask me there hasn't been enough. The Republicans spent 6 years ramming whatever they wanted through congress and got Alfred E. Bush to "What me worry" rubber stamp every single thing. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they are crying like a 3 yr old beggin his mom for Lucky Charms in the grocery store. Listen here Jr., you're gonna get Health Care reform and you're gonna LIKE IT!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  206. Tyler

    What a ridiculous question and critique. Really getting down to the issuesJack.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  207. Mattison Brooks in Virginia

    I've been less than amused with the song and dance that this administration has been putting on for the American people for the past year, but I get the feeling you're not talking about the broadway musical Jack.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  208. Tom H

    No question. They don't understand "representative" government in Chicago. It's been run by a few for many decades.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  209. James H Anderson

    What a joke! As the son of a secret service agent assigned to each president since fdr, my father always said " politics is a dirty business! How can such smart people act so dumb!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  210. David Petitti

    Hunt is right: Obama is no more "Chicago style" than Rodeo Drive, sushi, or Angelina Jolie. In Chicago, you support your alderman and your mayor or your tree doesn't get trimmed, your graffiti doesn't get blasted off, and your property tax assessment appeal gets denied.

    If he wants to emulate the Hog Butcher of the World, he needs to ram that bill through Congress by any means available.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  211. Nick San Diego

    Too much Chicago in Washington??? Hell not enough. . Obama has tried the charm and niceness. Now its time to get TOUGH.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  212. Brian

    There is too much intellectual immaturity and plenty of poor decision making.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  213. Bob


    I would say there is too much Chicago style politics in Washington, if we are not politically correct and call it Saul Alinsky politics.

    The "Change" promised by the President is actually the change that Alinsky espoused. From a socialist point of view, for real change to occur among the masses, there has to be fractured organizing. Pit the rich against the poor (health care reform), corporations versus unions, strong centralized government versus states rights and finally Federal vs individual rights. How to achieve: Ensure your policies will increase the deficit so the US loses its economic independence, , increase spending and taxation with a predetermined outcome, redistribution of wealth, create extreme polarization in the three branches of government, especially Congress, so the masses will become totally disenchanted with their current form of democracy. Alinsky was known for community organizing using a socialist framework. The current administration is doing the same thing. When this is accomplished, the masses will give in and then the real "change" can begin to reform our democracy.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  214. Ross

    all the talk about Canadian health care but they do not have a welfare program. If you have health care, welfare, and social services ...food stamps etc. Just what incentive is it to work?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  215. LINDA

    And I suppose Sarah Palin does have the executive experience that President Obama doesn't have? Beauty queen vs. law professor? Please!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  216. george coleman

    i hope the Dems. cram the health bill down the throats of the American People so that those who still think he's our guy will know better. Politics are rotten in America which includes both parties. I wish there was a viable Independent or Third Party created which will reflect the majority of we conservatives which are not represented by either party currently.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  217. David

    Chicago is a city that works while Washington is the city that dose not work at all. Perhaps we need more Chicago in Washington! Daley would know what to do with such a majority!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  218. Sue

    Too much Chicago is probably better than too much Washington DC and definitely better then too much Wall Street NYC in the White House as we have found out at the expense of our 401K's in the not so distant past!
    Chicago-Yes, Chicago.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  219. Jeff Levenson

    Since one out of every nine Americans lives in California it seems we need at least one advisor from the once Golden State!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  220. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY

    The problem is that there too much Washington in Washington. Self-indulgence is the only item on the menu and all our poiticians are grossly overweight.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  221. Joseph

    No, Jack, there's not enough "Chicago" in the White house. I think there should be more "Rolling Stones" too. Some James Taylor would be helpful as well.

    Joe In Delray Beach, Florida

    March 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  222. Chitown Jason

    Al Hunt is right, Jack. If Washington worked like Chicago, a lot more would have been accomplished by now. Sure, it would be corrupt, but it already is anyways. Corrupt with results is better than corrupt with gridlock. Chicago has become a world-class city over the last 20-25 years. The results speak for themselves. What results has Washington produced? i don't even think Google could find the answer to that question.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  223. Mo Gangstar

    I've already seen enough of this thug style politics.....Obama has never accomplished any thing real, in business or politics, and this inexperience is evident in his first year on the job. Welcome to the real world Mr. President....Hope you don't sink us in your on-the-job training session!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  224. zzmook

    A politician from Chicago has three top advisers from his (exceedingly large) hometown. So? And guess what – the wife doesn't count.

    As for "Rahmbo"s abrasive style, I've got two words for you – Dick Cheney.

    I think there's too much Cafferty asking stupid, oversimplified leading questions to get the Obama-bashing parade rolling. When was the last time this guy DIDN'T phone it in with pablum like this?

    March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  225. Kelley Hannah, Knoxville, TN

    Absolutely there is too much Chicago in DC., And I don't believe for a minute that Pres. Obama doesn't use some of the tactics he's learned throughout the years from associating with the likes of the so called Chicago Mafia and thugs. A lot of those people need to go. Rahmo is the first one. And why is Timothy Geitner allowed to stay. Considering that he hadn't paid his taxes – of course that seems to be par for the course in Congress. I am so sick of the so called change and hope I want to get sick to my stomach. The sooner the Obama crowd is out of there the better. All our senior friends do not want the health care, higher taxes, etc. They are destroying this country inch by inch. And I'm not sure we can ever get it back again. We need some honest politicians who actually care about he American people Witness what is going on right now. The American people have spoken loud and clear all summer long and into 2010. We do NOT want health care to be taken over by the government. BUT listen to Obama and Pelosi and Reid. They are doing what the American people want they say. I hope they all lose in the next election. No one is listening to us any more. Somehow the crowd in DC actually believes they know better than we do–as long as they can run the country their way. God help us all!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  226. Lloyd French

    Why in the world is this even a question. There should be ZERO "Chicago-style" politics in DC since all it really is is corruptions. The last thing DC needs is more government corruption.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  227. Jim from Chicago

    "He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue...that's the Chicago way."

    Might be exactly what they need in Washington. They can't seem to get anything done otherwise.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  228. jtciz

    No, there is not

    March 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  229. Norman Buffalo,NY

    There is an obsession with health care which most Americans don't want in the form before Congress while while the economy flounders. People want jobs first and an end to record spending and deficits. The Democrats want small business to pull us out of the reccession while threatening them with higher taxes, health care to pay for, cap and trade to pay for, and a tidal wave of inflation that will follow this massive spending. Bank loans will be variable rate interest so when inflation begins to hit, their interest rates will sky rocket. Why would any business owner in his right mind borrow to expand now. It would be business suicide.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  230. Dan

    C'mon Jack. There's not enough Chicago in the White House. We need healthcare reform and if that means banging a few heads together and knee capping a few nay votes, then lets get on with it. Maybe the Dems can rent Tom Delay out for a few week as an added cushion.

    –Kansas City

    March 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  231. andrew

    I,m sorryJack but I don,t understand your question.
    Chicago and Washington poltics are one and the same

    March 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  232. Ryan

    Too much Chicago in D.C.? I would suggest that whenever a president from either party forms an administration with only like-minded individuals that it's a recipe for public policy disaster (history has shown this to be true). Additionally, when you're "inner circle" all hails from the same area with backgrounds that you wouldn't consider "clean".......this is an additional weight on top of the obvious. The obvious being that for all the rhetoric of "hope" and "change" coupled with fighting "special interests"..........it's unfortunate that the Obama administration looks more like the typical politicians that he campaigned 18+ months against. For what does it say when you campaign against "special interests" but then form your own "special interest" organizations (Healthcare for America Now, Organizing for America). The Obama administration has turned into its own worst enemy.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  233. Adam (Chicago)

    It does make you wonder doesn't it? Chicago is the most corrupt city in the nation and yet Obama fills his entire advisor staff with Chicago insiders. Last time I checked...this was a massive nation with very qualified people in many cities other than Chicago. Didn't Obama owe any of them favors?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  234. marty

    Yes, there is.
    But, the erstwhile Community Organizer is the one I'd like to see depart first.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  235. Annie, Atlanta

    No. They may hail from Chicago, my hometown, but they’re a bunch of spineless wimps compared to Democrats of the Daley Machine era. They’d benefit by studying those guys. We’d all benefit by not having to sit on edge waiting for this White House to do something – anything! Good grief, it’s painful!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  236. Chris - Sarasota, Florida

    Jack, the White House has gone through all kinds of "styles." With virtually every President there's a new one. So long as every person that walks out of the White House still likes New York pizza better, it's okay with me.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  237. David

    There is absolutely too much Chicago in Washington. If progressives want government run health care, they should just do it on a state by state basis just like Massachusetts did in 2006! Then everybody gets what they want, CA, IL, NY, and NJ can have government run health care, and the rest of America does not have to get forced into a system that they despise.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  238. James Florida

    Dear Jack

    Chicago is known for Corrupt Poloticians.

    Now part of that is running the White House


    March 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  239. Silas Kain - Boston

    There's not enough Chicago in the White House, Jack. Barack Obama needs less Gandi and a hell of a lot more Richard Daley, Sr. in the Administration. At least with Mayor Daley, things got done whether you liked it or not.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  240. dennis

    Well if I recall, you supported the election of this style of politics.
    Just remember, you VOTED for this style.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  241. angie

    That is right. Obama does Not practice the Arm twisting that the City Chicago is Known For.


    Because Obama was Born and Raised on the island and State Hawaii. In Hawaii they are Patient, Kind. There outlook is different, so he is different.

    And that is a good thing.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  242. jeff jackson, alabama

    The educated people of this country knew
    the history of Chicago politics for the last
    80 years. The people got what they asked
    for. They let a hate for one man cloud their
    judgement in another.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  243. Texas Tom

    Easiest question you've ever asked!!! One word answer, "YES." The United States now experiences the greatest showing of backroom dealing, bribes and sleazy deal making that would make Mayor Daley so proud. Obama learned how to twist arms and be a wheeler-dealer from the best of them. This wasn't the Change we expected......... We've gone from bad to worse.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  244. Keith from Wisconsin

    Your question is tangential. The right question should be "is there not enough health care actual cost reduction in the bill masquarading as health care

    March 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  245. Michael G Tampa, FL

    If Obama wanted to really implement "Change", he could
    have filled his cabinet with Phd economists and got this country
    back on track.
    He might have even found a few of those in Chicago.....
    But ask this question Jack:
    How qualified is each member of the Obama cabinet in their respective positions ?
    How many Master's degrees and Phd's are there in their respective fields ?
    Just sayin.....

    March 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  246. Adam (Chicago)

    To all of these people that think Chicago "works"...have you not paid any attention whatsoever for the past 100 years? Chicago is one political scandal after another...ad naseum. Over 10% sales tax here in Chicago. Massive property tax increases while home prices decrease? (fishy) Did I mention that both the state and the city are bankrupt?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  247. DIck

    It isn't that there is too much Chicago in D.C. It's that there are too
    few people in this administration with the ability to hear. And it's even questionable that this "Chicago-style" of politics is all that tough anyway. Rahmbo is, after all, a ballet dancer and my 17 year old can get a pitch from the mound to home plate – on the fly.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  248. Chris

    No, there's not enough. I want the White House to be nastier, more corrupt, and more self-aggrandizing.

    What kind of question is this?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  249. RainyAlaska

    Is there too much "Chicago" in the White House?

    Is the sky blue? That style of government doesn't belong in D.C. It doesn't even really belong in Chicago. It's 2010 after all. Personally, I'm getting real leery and very weary of the huge push by this administration to pass the Health Care Bill. No transparency. No CSPAN sessions. No bill available on the Internet. Many flaws. Many fights. Many excuses not to start over and get it right. Let's hope the whole bill sinks quickly beneath the waters of Lake Michigan with a few dead-weight politicians chained to it.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  250. Rico

    What's with the constant Chicago-bashing from a certain group of people? It seems these same people are constantly denigrating New York City, Hollywood, San Francisco, the State of Massachusetts, and now Chicago. Basically, they hate every iconic place that people around the world associate with America. I know Hunt was using it in the context of a pep talk, but the overarching negative generalizations of these great American cities where millions of Americans live and work is not patriotic.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  251. Jeffrey Friedman

    Not enough Chicago when it mattered: at the start. He should have strong-armed through the original proposal on which he had campaigned. By leaving it up to congress to just come up with something for him to sign, the process resulted in a bill that nobody likes and will be ineffectual at solving the problems. I don't think any amount of strong arming will get this bill passed.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  252. Linda in Arizona

    First you say Obama isn't tough enough, and you equate tough to Chicago (Mafia?) style politics. Next you say the president's advisers are TOO Chicago-style, and single out rahm emanuel, whom I loathe, but because he's a DINO and a corporatist, not because he SWEARS, Miss Manners, nor for his abrasiveness. I hate him for his INEFFECTUALNESS. Of course, once you figure out that Obama and his people are the exact opposite of what they campaigned on, and that everything he says he's for, he will later give away or renege on, then you have an idea of what to expect. They are there to lose everything to the right, and to discredit the real left for the next 100 years, possibly forever, and they are doing a superb job of it. They have to hurry too. The agreement was for 4 years only.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  253. Becker

    You bet there is to much Chicago in Washingston with all the political chicanery from the White House. One of the many examples is that charade we saw last week in the Health Care Summit. Obama's idea of compromise is his way completely and thats okay if he would just come out & say it instead of trying to play the semi-nice guy and actiing as the American people are a bunch of sheep. Notice how he was Mr. President and everyone else was Jim & Joe – what a self serving jerk the president has become.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  254. BR

    Absolutely not. We have had the most bad experience during Bush era, so the fog of fear still exist. Obama is doing the right thing. Tio impliment a new and good change, always takes courage. The americans are suffering. Stop this bikering and move on people. Whatever style Obama has to offer- is SOOOOO much better than STUPID bush. American glorious days are ahead. Obama 2012!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  255. Silas Kain - Boston

    Forget Chicago tactics, Jack. It's time for Barack Obabma to meet Tony Soprano.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  256. Bubbatroid

    Nice try, Joe. The Dems had absolute control of all branches of govt for a year and couldn't get it done – absolutely nothing to do with the Republican filibuster, which has only been a threat for a month and a half. What killed it was the American people rising up and demanding accountability from their government.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  257. Jonathan Century City, CA

    Jack.. when you say go "Chicago Style" on healthcare are you reffering to corrupt and inept?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  258. Jim

    Well, it is about time you woke up and smelled the coffee, Jack. You have been one of those CNN and NBC proponents of the King and his court. Now it seems you are turning to the other side. About time–now start telling the country what a real looser this guy is–along with all his cronies!! When will you start emphasizing that the american people do not want this healthcare bs - just look at MA, they are in big trouble with it and the country will be the same way. Want to sell health care, fix what we have, add competition to the rates and add tort reform!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  259. Laura

    Yep, there's too much Chicago in DC. The crap that's overflowed it's cesspool on the Chicago River and is now polluting the Potomac. It's just too bad we don't have a plumber like Mike Royko anymore. He'd relish the job of mocking these mopes.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  260. Reid

    Some of us tried to tell you that Obama – and his whole team – did not have the experience to govern. Sarah Palin could do – at least – as well.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  261. Jason in CT

    Ever ask why ghettos vote liberal and they always stay ghettos and then everyone else is blamed? You bring the ghetto to washington and the whole country will be ghetto.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  262. Gigi Oregon

    Too much Chicago style Mafia...In the White house. What about the Texas style mafia in the last administration.. They sure got the tax cut for the rich quick with the willing help of the Democrats. Maybe it's time the Republicans help "we the people" by cooperating with the Democrats.
    There are a lot of unemployed, poor and no health care Republicans. So, Republicans stop saying the people don't want health care, or unemployment benefits. That is a lie... Or if Pres. Obama has to use Chicago style tactics...Grin and bare it. It's all in the game of politics.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  263. David A Whitaker

    No Jack where on earth does this question come next question.



    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  264. Robert

    Too much Chicago? No. Any city would strike out at this point.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  265. Joe


    Did you ever question if there was too much Texas in the Bush administration? Oops, Cheney was supposed to represent Wyoming, but I have not seen him there in years.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  266. Sir Walter

    Lets not blame Chicago, it's my kind of town. Check the guy's resume out....there is the problem.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  267. Greg

    Last time I looked Chicago was part of America so who cares?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  268. Hunter

    Not only is there too much Chicago in the White House, there is too much Chicago in Chicago.

    Chicago, IL

    March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  269. judyjudy

    I am from Chicago...Obama is the most far left liberal in town. People did know what they were in for when the elected this man. They wanted change...and change is what they are going to get. They just were blinded by what kind of change they thought they would get. People need to stand up. He is doing all he can to run this economy in the ground. He is a socialist!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  270. R Tonn

    Lack of executive expertise has plagued the administration since before the (Presidential) election.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  271. Ken

    I don't think there's too much Chicago in the White House. But I do think there's too much Cafferty on CNN.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  272. Jon from Tempe, Az

    There is plenty of Chicago in the Whitehouse, we need more of it in the Senate. Harry Reid is a pathetic pacifistic whimp. He needs to use strong arm tactics to make his fellow Senators vote for the public option. It is his fault that it did not pass. Let's put Dick Durbin as the Senate Majority leader so we can get some Chicago there!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  273. Britton

    No, there's too much chump in the senate.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  274. Moby, Detroit, MI

    Jack, Obama needs to develop a spine has strong as the Sears Tower to deal with the DC insiders. It is the only way he will succeed as president in this partisan environment .

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  275. Chicago-Style

    They should have gone "DEEP DISH" on legislation from the get go. Pile it on, cook it up, and feed the hungry Americans in need of help...jobs bills, health bills, fiscal bills, mobilization, environmental bills, regulatory bills, housing bills...let's go.

    I'm beginning to think the movie Groundhog Day has more variety in it than the daily back and forth in government with seemingly no resolution. Didn't we talk about all this stuff 6 months ago? In the same ways????

    Am I the only one here that thinks this? Help. I want a slice of Chicago Style Obama Govt. Cheese Pizza. ahaha

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  276. Betty

    There is not enough Chicago in the White House!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  277. Tootsie

    Why not....we had 8 years of "Texas" that practically put us six feet under with world opinion, any change would be welcome. However it should be noted that while Obama may be toying with Chicago-style and the Democrats, we just can't seem to get the Half-Baked Alaska idea away from the Republicans. Sheesh!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  278. Inna

    Obviously not!
    Otherwise, we would have already had health care bill passed.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  279. Al

    More people were murdered in Chicago in the last 3 years than were killed in Iraq. Now that Biden has declared Iraq a Democratic victory (sounds like a Blagovisim), I suppose they are ready to "change" Chicago like they are "changing" Iran, healthcare, global warming, barf, barf, barf.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  280. Tasha

    Yes, there is too much Chicago in the White House. Being one of the worst slum lords in Chicago, far worse than Tony Rezco, Valerie Jarrett should be in the big house, not the White House.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  281. Devin

    I think the President thus far has been a little over-patient and over-indulgent. Hes gone farther than any President before him to make sure the opponents voice is heard, but at the same time hasn't gone far enough to make sure his bottom line gets through undiluted. If there was too much Chicago in Washington D.C., I think it would be the exact opposite as I have stated. Would that be a better thing? We will have to see what the voters think this November.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  282. Ken Shull

    One was too many !

    Kenny G
    Otis, Oregon

    March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  283. Serb Topalski

    There is not enough Chicago politics. If President Obama acted Chicago style politics we would already have Health insurance. If I was Rahm Emanual I would not stop with cursing. President should start kicking some butts if we are to have better country.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  284. Ed Brown

    It has nothing to do with "too much Chicago" or too little Chicago. It has to do with the simple fact that, in general, the individuals running the government at all levels and from all parties are the second rate minds of their times. Look back to the the founding fathers. Men like Washington, Jefferson, and Adams were all the top minds of their generation. All of the top minds in the current generation(s) running the country are in Business, Medicine, Academia, and Science. Politics got the leftovers. The second string is running this country, whether they are from Chicago or not. THAT is why we can't get a health care bill passed, and if we do get one, it won't be a good one.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  285. John

    Too much Chicago and not enough 1773 era Boston, Massachusetts.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  286. John, Fort Collins, CO

    For geographical reasons, Chicago has always been know as the "windy city". But unless the Obama administration has a sudden, miraculous transformation, his legacy won't be about his city of origin, it will be his "windy presidency" in Washington. I would love nothing more than to see the President I voted for do well, but so far his oration skills have far surpassed his ability to lead.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  287. Rich Mattas


    You can't say there is too much Chicago in the White House. As far as I know, no one has yet ended up with broken knee caps.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  288. sreve burger

    Was there too much California in Reagans White House? Too much Texas in Bushes White house? Its natural wanting those around you that you know,worked with and trust.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  289. Mary

    Jack, so now another adjective goes on the list?

    All Blacks are lazy
    All Women are weak
    all Gays are sinful
    and now
    All Chicagoans are Mfia?

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  290. Don Ritchie

    Dearest Jack,

    President Obama does not have the personal authority to make or break a rival politician's future. The President can not arm twist like Mayor Daley because he does not have the leverage... unlike – as in your previous hour's question – Charlie Rangel.

    Don in Louisiana

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  291. texas pete

    Just another attack strategy from the right. They are not having much luck bringing down Obama. Every time Obama appears on TV with Republicans they (The Republican Party) make themselves look like bumbling mindless robots. If you can't make attacks against Obama stick they only option you have left is more ridiculous conspiracy theories about his cabinet and staff...

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  292. Doug Rosenthal

    No Jack...if anything there should be more "chicago" in the white house. The administration isn't being aggressive enough attacking republicans for their constant unwillingness for compromise, and inability to enact reforms that help the American people. After what Senator Bunning did today by blocking unemployment benefit extensions there is nothing I would like more than an attack "chicago style" campaign against him and his Republican colleagues in congress.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  293. Jauntelle Ayo

    There is definitely to much "Chicago" in the White House. Obama's team is trying to govern, like they campaigned but its not working. He needs to start over and send his Chicago flunkies packing.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  294. Chris for CA

    I would rather have more "Chicago" in the White House than what we had with the last administration where we had too much "Texas". In fact, it seemed as if we too little president in DC and too much president in Crawford. I simply believe no one is giving Obama the benefit of the doubt that every president gets before any major law or action is taken. I have never seen a more scrutinized presidency before and I think for the fairness and openness this president has exhibited, the media still refuses to recognize the good job that is being done so far. A president that is actually TRYING to make good on a campaign promise within his first year.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  295. Mike from Michigan

    Yes, too much Chicago, but more to the point, too much left wing liberalism in the White House. What do you think the references to past associations was all about during the campaign? Reverend Wright, Saul Olinski, Acorn – Far Left Wing Liberalism – Talk about your chickens coming home to roost.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  296. Barbara from NJ

    They said the same thing about Truman, too many 'cronies' from his old neighborhood. The President needs to surround himself with those in whom he has comfort and trust. Truman accomplished great things with those men and so will our current President. Experience isn't everything, committment is.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  297. Pete Waddington

    No, there's not enough Chicago. I did not agree with President Bush on most of his agenda, but I respected him for pushing through his idels, however misguided. I voted for President Obama because of his vision and positions. He needs to stand tall.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  298. Mike

    Hi Jack! Are you referring to the hot dog with tomato, dill pickle and poppy seed bun? Oh yes I love Chicago-style!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  299. Mike LaLlave

    I think there are too many Chicago politicians in the white house. We need a more balanced White House that would reflect the thinking of the country in general (West Coast, East Coast as well as the middle of the country.) That way they would be more responsive to the wishes of the people.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  300. LeRoy in Jersey City

    I thought "Chicago Style" means the local government is in the pockets of the Illinois money players. So now Obama is playing "Washington Style," when the national government is in the pockets of the global bankers. Same as it ever was.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm |