February 8th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Rate Obama administration's handling of Egypt?


People demonstrated in support of Egypt's uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in front of the White House earlier this week. Secretary of State Clinton called for international support for an orderly transition to democracy, warning of forces that might try to derail it. (PHOTO CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Dealing with politics in the Middle East can be tantamount to juggling hand grenades, but some think the Obama administration is making a mess of its response to the crisis in Egypt.

The White House is sending out mixed messages.

First, President Barack Obama said Egypt's transition "must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now," and It looked like the administration was taking steps to increase pressure on Hosni Mubarak to step aside. Well, maybe not.

Since then, Mubarak has made it clear he's not going anywhere until September. He says he needs to stick around to maintain stability.

So the administration is changing its tune. Now Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, says the process in Egypt will be "bumpy" and that "it's going to take some time to work this stuff out."

Meanwhile, the administration is undercutting its own diplomat, Frank Wisner. They sent him to Egypt to negotiate directly with Mubarak.

Upon his return, Wisner said Mubarak should stay in office - at least for now so he can hand over authority in an orderly manner. But Gibbs says Wisner doesn't speak for the administration. Gibbs says the Egyptians should decide the details of the transition.

Potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calls all this back-and-forth "amateurish." Gingrich says he's concerned about the administration's handling of the situation and that it can't get on the same page as its special envoy.

Here’s my question to you: How would you rate the Obama administration's handling of the crisis in Egypt?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Egypt • Obama Administration
February 8th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Pres. Obama get serious about deficit in his budget?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The U.S. is headed for fiscal disaster... and Washington may just watch while the ship goes down.
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As President Obama gets ready to present his budget next week, it's unclear if he'll propose the tough cuts necessary to start turning things around.

We are in big trouble.

The national debt now tops $14 trillion dollars, and there's another $1.5 trillion deficit projected for this year.

And while everybody in Washington talks about cutting the deficits, no one really seems to mean it. Plus the public is partly to blame, as well. Polls show nearly 80 percent of Americans say it's more important to prevent cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid than to reduce the deficit.

So where are our leaders on this critical issue? President Obama all but ignored his own deficit commission. And the midterms caused everybody to look the other way.

Now A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to revive key elements of the commission's plan to cut deficits by $4 trillion in the next 10 years. But with a presidential election looming on the horizon - it will be a tough sell.

Experts suggest if the president wants to get serious, he needs to be specific in his upcoming budget... like setting targets for how much the government will cut. If Congress doesn't meet these targets, then across-the-board spending cuts should kick in.

Meanwhile, as Congress and the president sit on their hands when it comes to government spending, governors are setting a good example. They're slashing budgets, firing people, cutting programs - you know, "REAL" cost cutting.

But when it comes to the federal government, all we get is talk.

Here’s my question to you: Will President Obama get serious about the deficit when he presents his budget?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Budget cuts • Deficit • President Barack Obama