June 8th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

How does Pres. Obama get out from under oil spill?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Pres. Obama wants Americans to know that he's finally very angry about the Gulf oil spill.

He is so worked up that he told NBC that he's met with experts about the spill to learn quote "whose ass to kick."
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/08/art.obama.oil.jpg caption=" Pres. Obama, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen (R), and White House energy adviser Carol Browner discuss the Obama administration's response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "]
But here's the problem: Seven weeks into this crisis, the public isn't too pleased with Mr. Obama's response to America's worst environmental disaster ever... and it seems like this oil spill could swallow the president up along with thousands of miles of coastline.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 69 percent of those surveyed rate the federal response to the oil spill negatively. That's worse than the rating for the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

Not good.

And a new Gallup Poll shows that more Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the oil spill. And the president's 40 percent approval rating on the oil spill trails his overall job rating by seven points.

These poll results come despite the fact that the White House has been working aggressively to address criticism of how they've responded.

The president has returned several times to the Gulf... and it seems each time we hear him speak, he's trying to show more emotion and passion.

Trouble is at this point, some of it comes across as contrived. "Whose ass to kick," is not Obama's style.

The fact is this "accident" in the Gulf may prove to be a serious stumbling block in Mr. Obama's young presidency... and could jeopardize his ability to push through his agenda. Even some liberals are beginning to desert him.

Here’s my question to you: How does President Obama get out from under the oil spill?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


June 8th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Afghanistan war = America's longest. Worth it?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The U.S. war in Afghanistan by some counts is now the longest war in American history.

It's been 104 months since October 2001 and the start of a hugely popular mission in the aftermath of 9/11.

That's longer than World War II. And that's longer than Vietnam - it was 103 months from the passage of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops there.

It's worth noting some insist that Vietnam is still the longer war; that American servicemen were taking casualties there as early as 1961 - long before the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

At first, Afghanistan seemed like a cake walk. Within months, the U.S. had driven the Taliban from the capital city of Kabul. And Kandahar, the headquarters of the terrorist group, was in U.S. sights. In fact, on the one-year anniversary - then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said: "The Taliban are gone. The Al Qaeda are gone."

But instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan we invaded Iraq and now nine years later the Taliban seem more dangerous than ever. President Obama recently ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the war in Afghanistan.

Of course, sadly, that means the deaths of U.S. service members continue... recently passing the 1,000 mark. Yesterday was the deadliest day for coalition forces in Afghanistan this year.

But warfare has changed a lot, and the military death toll in Afghanistan is nowhere near the 58,000 U.S. troops lost in Vietnam or the 400,000 who lost their lives in World War II.

Here’s my question to you: Technically the war in Afghanistan is now America's longest. Has it been worth it?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Afghanistan
June 8th, 2010
01:07 PM ET