How much trouble is President Obama in?
September 1st, 2011
05:00 PM ET

How much trouble is President Obama in?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The following is an understatement: Heading into an election year, President Obama has some "issues"... and they start very close to home.

Top black leaders are criticizing the president. They say he hasn't focused enough on problems devastating the African-American community - things like poverty, civil rights and jobs.

The unemployment rate among blacks is almost 16%, and for young African-Americans, it's nearly 40%. Nationally, unemployment is a shade over 9%.

The congressional black caucus recently challenged the president in a series of town halls. Leaders say they don't know what his jobs plan is for the black community, and "we want him to come out on our side and advocate, not to watch and wait."

Politico reports the president is reportedly angry that black leaders aren't giving him credit for achievements like health care reform and protecting medicaid - things that will help minority communities.

But here's the bottom line: If President Obama wants to win a second term, he needs blacks to come out in record numbers like they did in 2008 - especially in states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

African-Americans will likely vote for Mr. Obama overwhelmingly, but the question remains how high turnout will be.

And it's not just blacks. The president is also losing support among another key Democratic voting bloc: Women.

A new Gallup poll shows a record low of 41% of women approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing. That's a 30-point drop since he first took office.

Overall, a recent CNN poll shows that more than 1 in 4 Democrats think the party should nominate someone other than President Obama in 2012. And, 2/3 of all Americans give him a thumbs-down on the economy - the nation's top issue.

Like I said... saying the president has some "issues" is an understatement.

Here’s my question to you: How much trouble is President Obama in?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Independents like me decide elections. I voted for Obama because I believed it when he campaigned on getting us universal health care and out of the wars we're in. He failed on both big issues. Still, there are no Republican candidates running that I trust to be in charge of my country. So I guess I'll be voting for a do-nothing president over a do-all-the-wrong-things replacement. If the Republicans run someone even halfway decent, I think they could win by a landslide.

Paul in Ontario:
When you consider that the Republicans will probably nominate someone with the brains of a chipmunk and the ethics of a wolverine, I don't think President Obama is in much trouble at all.

Dave in Orlando, Florida:
He said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." For my money he would be neither, but I expect the latter.

Smith in Carlsbad, New Mexico:
In more trouble than anybody can imagine. His problem is all of his so-called highly educated university advisers are totally clueless; they are the ones who got him into trouble.

James in Denver:
There was a great joy within me when Obama was elected president. It was a sign that as a nation we truly were moving toward the ability to not judge a person by the color of their skin. What happens, however, when we judge him on the content of his presidency? With the economy as the primary issue, he's in trouble. He was promoted to ship captain on the Titanic just after we hit the iceberg.

Michael on Facebook:
Less and less with every word from Gov. Perry's mouth. Obama benefited mightily from voters who thought Palin was an idiot in 2008. Perry fits that bill rather nicely in 2012.

How many different ways can you spell "toast?"

soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Dennis Vee

    Frankly, I'm not worried about how much trouble Obama may or may not be in. I worry more about how much trouble America and average Americans will be in if any of the current crop of GOP contenders win in 2012.

    Even investors know that it takes a massive government infusion of money to correct such a deep financial crisis. If a Republican were to win expect another 10+ years of extreme hardship for working Americans

    September 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Emma in Baltimore

    It's pretty clear he's in a lot of trouble. He may be a very capable person with some very good ideas, but he hasn't been very successful at getting them implemented or in maintaining our confidence in him. The playing field is not what he perceives it to be: full of reasonable, responsible people with the Nation's best interests at heart. Compromising with them only compromises what's in our best interests, and gives them fodder to attack him as mediocre at best or as a failure at worst.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  3. Brian

    Obama is in big trouble, but he has been before and has worked his way out. In the end it will come down to having to choose between good and worse and good will win out.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  4. ranch111

    He's outta there unless he can pull something outta his butt.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  5. Russ in PA

    I think most Americans are more concerned with their own lot in life. Obama will leave the White House after one or two terms and still be rich. Not so the american public that have bought into the bail outs, the spending, the hand outs, the wars...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    September 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  6. J.D.

    Unless the Republicans come up with a sane candidate, Obama will win in 2012 despite angering his base because he panders to the right. Romney and Huntsman, who were the greatest hope for sanity, are rapidly veering far, far off the tracks as they pander to tea party voters. They haven't got a chance.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  7. Ed

    I hope too much to continue

    September 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  8. Bob from Melbourne

    The President was an Academic turned Bureaucrat. Need I say More? The trouble with Academics is they think they know everything. He has appointed other Academics to major position and see what it’s given us. He and his cronies haven’t helped the economy they’ve made it much worse with spending that got little or no results. He has never taken any responsibility for the utter failure of his policies but chooses instead to blame Bush or Republicans or the Tea Party or the Arab Spring or the Quakes, Tornados . He is known as the Blamer & Chief or the Pretender & Chief. He blames Congress even though Republicans have only controlled it this year. By that same logic couldn’t you argue that Pelosi and Read are responsible for Bush’s failures? I only hope that hes in enough trouble to not get re-elected.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  9. David from GA


    Unless the republicans improve their candidate selection maybe none. As much as I'd like to replace Obama none of these republican candidates are acceptable. Admittedly, they are running for the primaries but I get the impression this is as good as they are going to get. Obama has let us down and is to far right on some things and to far left on others. The republicans are all over the right side of the map. The one thing I will not do is vote for Rick Perry or anyone who shares his beliefs. It is obvious that he doesn't believe in or respect our constitution or anyone who doesn't agree with his radical views.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  10. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama maybe in some trouble, but the republicans are burying themselves with Texas slang, Grizzly Momma Bears, Tea Party peacocks, and busimen who believe unemployment is a better way to make profits. President Obama will not have an easy time being re-elected, but a republicans will have a worse time being elected. President Obama has had a positive message, but the republicans from day one have wanted to defeat Obama. Case in point, Senator Jim Dement. They were elected to govern and find solutions to problems, but the republicans are their on worse enemy.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  11. mike halter

    Jack with the Tea Party calling all the shot's for the republican party.
    Obama will win . After my 401-k fell six k. after the debt debate i'll never trust
    the Tea Party/Republican Party again.

    mike Largo Florida

    September 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, this President has shown no ability to handle money, whatsoever, has shown no ability to solve the obvious jobs problem of sending our jobs off shore, and has kept none of his promises about ending wars, etc.

    Why should anyone with any intelligence vote for him......at all?

    Nice speeches simply aren't enough to win my vote. I require real results........and so far, there have been zero positive results, in any arena.

    The only "accomplishments" he can even claim, is the passage of bad bills, that did more harm than good, and the ObamaCare was unconstitutional, which most of us with half a brain, already knew.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  13. Dave - Phx, Az

    People are ignorant and think the president is some almighty being who can just snap his fingers and make things happen. All legislation must start in the house. The house is controlled by republicans. Legislation is controlled by republicans. Rich people like republicans and run corporations. Rich people will not hire poor people until they get a republican president who removes all regulations. Vote republican and enjoy a nice mercury sandwich.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  14. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The dysfunction everyone speaks of is not only in Washington or with Obama, but we have a major role in it also, each and everyone one of us adult voters.

    We buy into ideologies that only imprison us, we live life not knowing the truth from lies as we have a dysfunctional belief system, and we keep making the same selfish decisions expecting different results.

    The problem will be resolved when each of us begins to change ourselves.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  15. James in Springfield, VA

    I think he is in some trouble but all he has to do is start fighting back against the tea party and republicans to change all of that. he needs to show the nation that it is not him that is the issue but the opposing party. like it or not he needs to treat his entire presidency as if he is running for office again......which means the gloves come off! look at what he said to cantor during the debt ceiling meetings. he put him in his place and you never hear of cantor anymore. time to kick the legs out from under the republicans.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Tina Tx

    I think I hear his ship gurgling now. He cannot get around the Republicans who want their president to be one of them. Sad thing I have not heard any of them telling me how they are going to get their fellow Americans back to work. Quit the bickering and get our country working again. We will soon become a thrid world with dirt cheap wages and this has happened because of elected officals are brats that refuse to work with each other to get America great again.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Fay in Abilene Tx

    The question is: how much trouble will America be in if Democrats and Independents stay away from the polls Nov 2012 and one of Mr. Obama's opponents wins the Presidency- I mean, have you even listened to some of those people?

    September 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  18. David in Tampa

    I would say he is in bunches of trouble until the Republicans have had their convention and all the world knows what buffoons head their ticket, and the wacky planks that constitutes their platform. Then it will be even-Steven because we will already know the same about the Democrats.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  19. Steve,NY

    Obama is in deep trouble. Matter of fact he never got out of trouble. If you listen to him he can't say anything meaningful without his teleprompter.He needs to practice speaking without electronic aids. In a debate with a Republican he's going to fail big time. He'll get eaten alive by either Perry or Romney.
    The blacks will support him even if he fails big time. They should look at the history , blacks do much better economically under Republican Presidents and Republican Governors in their respective states. You'd wthink they would learn by their experience and vote republican.
    They were much better off under Pres Bush then they were under Pres Clinton.
    It's time for Hillarry to jump in, because he's not going to beat a sharp GOP candidate and it's not going to be Palin. So Jack don't push Palin, it's not going to work.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  20. calvin

    Mr Obama is so far behind with the problem facing him he will never catch up. At this time he is behind Mr. Carter. He is not a stupid man but he is miss lead by his team players. New game plan stop blameing everyone and try to work on the problems at hand. Jobs for now then debt. Do what is good for american not the democrats who help with his down fall. Never say Bush caused it or the tea party is the problem. Just take care of jobs. and thenthe debit and you will see that the people will back you up not the democrats.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack - I'm going to venture out on a limb and suggest Barack Hussein Obama is in serious, Serious, SERIOUS trouble.
    The minorities, women and idealistis who elected him are now recognizing their mistake and many are directing their gaze at, none other than, Hillary Clinton to run against him for the nomination in 2012. With the GOP in disarray for a viable candidate, I'd cross over to vote for her and I'm a Republican.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  22. James Alexandria, VA

    I actually think he is in a little trouble but he really needs to start fighting back against the Tea Party and the Republicans. The debt ceiling argument should have shown the President that the gloves are off now. Look how he put Eric Cantor in his place and now you do not hear of him anymore. That is what he needs to do. And unfortunately I hate to say it but he also needs to treat his presidency like it is a non-stop campaign in which he has to fight all the time. It is a foregone conclusion that unless he starts to stick up for himself that nothing will get done unless he likes to have people run over him.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  23. Kevin in CA

    Any sense of political weakness at this point probably has no relation to what the situation will be a year from now. That being said, the President needs to do something to stop the decrease in the standard of living or his re-election is vulnerable in 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  24. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    When you consider that the Republicans will probably nominate someone with the brains of a chipmunk and the ethics of a wolverine, I don't think President Obama is in much trouble at all.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  25. calaurore9

    A lot. Of his own making. Bad staff, bad public relations for what he has accomplished. No clear vision. Heck, make one up as long as it's consistent and clear. What a disappointment. WimpObama.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  26. Noel Sivertson

    I don't think he's in that much trouble at all. He just has to keep pushing his economic plans because evertime he does he drives the Republicans into sayng no. Republicans are his greatest asset right now because they are bereft if any sensible ideas and their greatest fear is that the economy might show improvement, and unemployment might decrease, between now and election day and they will do anyhing to keep that from happening. People are beginning to see that and the more they do the more they see Obama as the lesser of two evils.

    New mexico

    September 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  27. Larry, RI

    Not as much as we'll be if we elect any single one of the Republican Party candidates. Don't they get that there is a separation of church and state? Their desire to combine the two is very scary and dangerous!

    September 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  28. Gail, Plano TX.

    Personally, Jack, I do not think he is trouble! Oh yes, people are complaining which is their norm. But even Christ himself, could not get anything done with this gridlocked Congress. The President's hands are tied! And this country is finished! Anything he proposes is squashed. And while I would have loved a single payer health insurance bill, I understand why it was not possible. Your poll on women is skewed, Jack. All the women I know support him. And we are WHITE!

    September 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  29. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    The myth that the executive branch of the government is supposed to be focusing on job creation started when Obama took office. The market was hurt by the market, not Obama. The entire banking system was brought down by over leveraged bad-debt. We need to start blaming the people who are actually responsible. The president is just the last person to sign legislation. This isn't his problem. Its ours.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  30. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, I'd say President Obama is in serious, Serious, SERIOUS trouble. The minorities, women and idealists who elected the guy are genuinely dissatisfied and are looking about for a viable candidate to run against him for the Democratic nomination. Interestingly, their gaze seems to be falling upon Hillary Clinton. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  31. Bert in El Monte, CA

    Hi Jack. Obama is in no trouble but the GOP is! Consider how many Hispanic and Latino Americans were between 12 and 18 years old in 2008 and will be voting for the first time in 2012. Obama gave them hope that people of all colors can be president. Compare that truth to the current message of the GOP to this fastest growing part of our population. GOP; good-bye!

    September 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  32. Dan in Aluququerque

    A year before the election, no one knows for sure. For one, whether the president's job plan will even get a listen from the right; It depends on a lot of things, including if the Super Committee fails to do any compromise and cuts only take effect. The ensuing degredation of the economy will rest on the obstrctionists among the GOP. Obama is not the legislative branch, and only half of that brach is doing what the public has said they want: spending cuts AND revenue.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  33. a.f.kean

    Whats wrong with our general population. It seems to me that no one lissons to what these presidential candidates and realize they have no plans that will cure our wooo'ss.let hem lay out a plan on how they plan to go about getting our people back to work? Something like cracking down on the greedy people that are taking jobs overseas for better profits..let put a tariffic tax on the merchandise big enough to make them realize that getting it made in the good old USA would help get the once largest mfg,ing country back on line.Getting a salesmen in office to get our multi-billion aires to devlelope a value to putting their name into posterity by creating new jobs.example/ warren buffit building a monorail system nation wide powerd by wind farm electricity.There are a lot of things we can do as a country to again be the leaders of nations,but first we need o collar the gready people and retrain them to be more patriotic.Of course the first thing we need to do is replace the members of both the house and senate with people that will work for the citezens who pay the tax's that carry the load and not the rich.Right now the republicans in our country are the main source to our failures.I'm 71.5 years old,I would like to see a maximum tem limit for both the houses of congess to match the presidents 2 term limit,a total of 8 years.After all,fresh blood keeps us moveing forward.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Karl in Flint

    Tell you what, how about we wait and see which Looney Tune he will be running against next year. Blacks and women may not be pleased with him right now, but given the current field of Tea Party candidates, there are no Republicans anymore, and their potential to decimate what women and blacks have fought for, his current popularity is irreverent. If he loses and the Tea Party takes over, we will get what we deserve for our stupidity.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  35. Dave

    He is serously vulnerable. The Republicans still need to come up with a good candidate, or they will not be able to overcome the advantage of encumbancy. Candidates who are too conservative, like Perry and Bachman, will never attract the independant voters needed to win.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  36. Dennis in Los Angeles

    Anyone who immediately jumps to the left, as this president did after campaigning on a bipartisan agenda, deserves to be in trouble. "Obama" will become another "Jimmy Carter" synonym for failure.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Doug

    Obama will win the next election unless he gets caught doing something really naughty. The Republicans are employing the strategy of surrendering the Office to Obama, so they don't get blamed for the depression that is coming. Thats why the Republicans are running the goofiest possible candidates, so they can't win. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  38. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    The Keilis-Borok and Lichtman system of prediction has accurately accounted for every presidential electoral result going back to 1860. They have successfully predicted the winners from their theory's inception. They have already predicted an Obama victory.

    You didn't like his chances last election against the Clinton machine. If you bet against Obama, make it mad money and not the rent.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  39. a.f.kean

    By the way, leave social security and medicare alone. we paid into it and diserve the benifts earned. No body gave your permission to steal what is not yours. Here again-lets get rid of the current congressmen and get some responcible people in there.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  40. ImALibertarian

    Obamas business allies have used him like a cheap whore and tossed him aside like yesterdays rancid garbage and there's nothing he can do about it.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Jk from Minnesota

    It depends on which media oultet you listen to. I am more unhappy with Congress in not being able to act like responsible represntatives and focus on actually making America better instead of worrying about pleasing their party and their big donors. I would like to think that the majority of the country feels this way – there's no strong voice from the middle – so we'll never know.

    Last time I checked, it should be the Congress passing legislation that improves our country and the President deciding whether the legislation should be signed into law or not. Maybe Obama should start using Executive orders where he can to move things forward like Geo W Bush did. Oh, can you hear the howling from the Republican side if he did it????

    September 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  42. James

    (Denver) There was a great joy within me when Obama was elected President. It was a sign that as a nation we truly were moving toward the ability to not judge a person upon the color of their skin. What happens, however, when we judge him on the content of his Presidency? With the economy as the primary issue, he's in trouble. He was promoted to ship captain on the Titanic just after we hit the iceberg and there's no way of telling how much he slowed down or sped up our "taking water". But voters don't vote on the jobs you might have saved, only the ones they've lost. He's in more trouble than he needs or deserves to be. We need to beach the ship and make repairs to save her from complete loss. Only one candidate knows how to do this: vote for Captain Paul.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  43. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack on average only 54 percent of all people that are eligible to vote in a presidential election ever do actually pull the leaver and vote so saying 41 percent of people are for Obama is still a fairly high number. A president is the president of all people not just blacks and a lot of people blacks included are out of work however Obama is not responsible for that. He inherited a lot of the problems and declining economy from Bush when he came on board. The problem is that no one in congress is making it any better for businesses in America to hire people to work in this country. They need to offer incentives to promote business growth instead of running business to the waiting arms of foreign countries with bad laws and high taxes and ineffective legislation. Congress has legislated America out of business and that needs to change real quick. Obama can do nothing alone.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  44. Ed from California

    In case you forget Jack...John Boehner and the Tea/Kochplican party has this country hostage...sorry, they control Congress. It's Congress that has the US checkbook. They are the ones who can and will not spend money for public sector work/jobs that will put Americans back to work for the duration of the project. It's Boehner and his controlled Congress that could end all trade association's w/communist China and bring back all of the outsourced jobs. Boehner, can force all the freeloading wealthy in this country to pay their fair share in taxes, including Chuck and Davey Koch. but, his bosses say, "Hell no, you wont"!! This isn't Obama's problem. He's doing what he can. It's the problem of American voters who put in the Tea/Kochplican in charge of this country. What this all says is this, Your vote counts, vote wisely.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  45. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Not as much trouble as the person who can't find a job.
    Obama already has a guaranteed retirement, and probably job offers to make him wealthy after the job he has. You know like all those folks on Capital Hill.
    Anyway we don't call it trouble anymore, it is called an issue.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  46. Tony from Southport, NC

    President Obama will most likely be a one term president because of his headstrong focus on health care reform and his incompetent, incongruous attempts at fixing the economy or creating jobs. He is a great elocutionist, and can read a teleprompter with the best of them, but his actions and solutions have been a dismal failure. His legacy will be of a man who says one thing and does the other. He is lucky to be in office this long and not having faced a presidential recall.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  47. lil magothy from Annapolis

    Not as much as one might think. The republicans and tea potty will spend the bulk of the next year thwarting any attempts Obama makes to get the economy rolling, to create jobs, to end corporate welfare, to alter the tax structure, to preserve any semblance of help for the middle class, the poor, and retirees. When we sink further into recession (at least those of us who aren't in the top 2%), they will blame Obama. I think the American people will see through that. Obama's biggest problem is with his base. Unless he grows a spine and starts standing up to the right-wing bullies, there is going to be major disappointment in his core base and in moderate centrists. However, given that whoever the republican nominee ends up being, I can't see sensible moderate people abandoning Obama for some radical right-wing, theocratic, sociopathic corporate pimp. If the electorate does disappoint me, I'll be watching CNN from Canada come November 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  48. Faye from Nevada

    Obama is not in that much trouble. He's been doing excellent, considering what he's been faced with. Our President, not a magician. Yes, we are experiencing problems but it's going to take the collective "we" to bring about change. Working together should be the goal of all American, both Republicans and Democrats. As intelligent and able as our President is he doesn't have a magic wand.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  49. lou

    Independents like me decide elections. I voted for Obama because I believed it when he campaigned on getting us universal health care and out of the wars we're in. He failed on both big issues. Still, there are no republican candidates running that I trust to be in charge of my country. So I guess I'll be voting for a do-nothing president over a do all the wrong things replacement. If the republicans had run someone even half way decent, I think they could have won by a landslide.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  50. Nancy

    To me its like sending one lone quarterback out vs the entire defensive line- and then being upset that he not only sis not make a touchdown but he lost the ball as well. We need to support our quarterback both from the hill and in our communities.
    II am sick of people beating up on the president – why don't we find a way of repairing the screwed up congress and senate, then maybe the President could get something done.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  51. Lori - PA


    Given that all of the politicians are completely out of touch with reality, and given that the childish games have started before Congress is back in session, who isn't in a lot trouble?

    September 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  52. DaveM

    Sure, President Obama has issues. The problem is that November 2012 will simply be a choice of the best of the worst and Obama, while no prize, is simply better than any Republican choice...

    September 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  53. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Republicans represent employers Democrats represent workers. Obama is in trouble with unemployed workers because Republicans will not urge their constituents, the employers, to create jobs to solve a bipartisan problem. This is not about the failure of Obama but the miserly contempt of Republicans who wouldl see the "South Rise Again" when slavery is returned to the American workplace.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  54. Dave, Orlando, FL

    He said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." For my money he would be neither, but I expect the latter.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  55. TomInRochNY

    I can't say I've gotten my votes worth out of president Obama. I'd like someone else to vote for, someone with a bit more testicular attitude, if you know what I mean. But, as long as the GOP insists on picking their candidates from Ringling Brothers rejects, he's not in much trouble at all. Have all the real leaders been outsourced, too?

    September 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  56. Carlsbad

    In more trouble than anybody can imagine, his problem is all of his so-called highly educated university advisers are totally clueless they are the ones that got him into trouble.

    New Mexico

    September 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  57. Bill in New Mexico

    How much trouble is Obama in?

    How many pages am I limited to?

    Three years of dismal economy under Obama, and Obama is suddenly running around getting ahold of Congress like Obama has just discovered an unemployment problem!

    Is Obama for real?

    Obama angered his "anti-war supporters" in not listening to Biden's advice and going ahead and expanding the Afghanaston War. Notice how the casualties are beginning to make records in Afghanastan.

    What did Obama think? that Biden was wrong?

    Obama's Heath Care Bill: 2700 pages of smoke and mirrors, pork barrel, cuts to medicare, something for everybody to hate, and who knows what else–all done in secrecy.

    Why did Obama bother running a campaign on transparency and change? Who likes hypocrisy?

    How much trouble is Obama in?

    One more year and the odds are going up that America is going into a second-dip recession.

    Republicans sure aren't going to vote for Obama!
    The groups that are listed in the question are not going to turn out for Obama!
    The "anti-war people" are steamed at Obama!
    Obama has angered most of the people that did vote for him!
    What about empty campaign promises: change, transparency, we hear you, America!

    Come the first Tuesday in November 2012 and Obama is going to receive his report card!

    And it is all going to be F's!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  58. Ed from Texas

    He would be in bigger trouble if the Republicans weren't crazy.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  59. Dennis

    I voted him last time and unless someone other than another bible thumping cowboy from Texas surfaces soon, I'll probably vote for him again.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  60. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    President Obama is in a lot of trouble. he needs to explain to people that supported him in the last selection just what he is up against. He has a Congress who refuses to work with him in solving our problems. The Tea party is out to defeat him in the next election at any cost even if it means sacrificing the welfare of the nation. Never in my life have I seen a Congress act like this. The President needs to make the people, especially the blacks, understand that they are in for a lot worse if they do not support him. The president needs to explain that they need to director anger at the people in Congress whose only purpose is looking out for the wealthy with even more tax cuts.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  61. phil

    forrgggett it. He'll win goin' way, Jack, minorities will forgive hime, an' vote him back in, Asides, Repubs only have Perry and
    bockman. rest of field ain't worth hitchin' horses up fer
    bobl Ocala florida

    September 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  62. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: The unemployment rate in the black community was high when the job market was good. The President is not the Messiah. He cannot accomplish anything with the GOP in charge. They play a really dirty hand. And u know why Jack. Because the GOP do not like the black man at the helm! Will someone please call it for what it is?

    September 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  63. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The African-American community better be more concerned if a Republican gets elected. Yes, he's in big trouble and has made some major boo-boos but he is leaps and bounds better suited than any of the GOP folks. History shows that the GOP got us here and I have no faith that they'll get us out of it.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  64. Ken Victoria BC

    Well Jack it is too early to specular as to the horse race for President. The GOP horse most likely will be the worst choice. As you stated turning out their voters will be the key.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  65. wayne, va beach, va

    On a scale of 1 to 10, jack, with 10 being in deep trouble, he's somewhere around 1,000.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  66. Pat in Michigan

    A turkey in a duck suit is still a turkey , even if he quacks eloquantly!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  67. RickFromDetroit

    Pres. Obama and the Democrat Party could be facing another disaster in 2012 similar to the one of November 2010. Jobs and the economy are the top issues facing voters, and if Obama doesn't quit using stimulus money for the wealthy and wall street he will lose a lot of votes from main street. President Obama still has not figured out that the recession is in the high unemployed areas of the country and this lack of consumer spending is moving the economy sideways. Also, his reductions in government jobs is offsetting the gains in private sector jobs.

    I think Pres. Obama would be better off if he fired his economic team and began sending $300 rebate checks to all individuals earning less than $40,000 a year, and make the monthly checks continuous for 3 to 6 months until consumer spending reaches levels high enough to create jobs. It is quite obvious that all of the stimulus money of 2009 did not reach the parts of the economy that needed stimulating, but the money was diverted to wall street investors. THE RICH GOT RICHER.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  68. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    President Obama will have to grow a spine to get re-elected. I took my "Obama 08" bumper sticker off of my car the third time he "pre-caved" in yet another negotiation. The GOP smell blood in the water, and rightly so! I will still vote for Obama in 2012 because I don't want to live in the privatized theocracy which seems to be the Tea Party's vision for America.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  69. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    Until the Republicans show some sign of real leadership, none at all.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  70. Herman Portland OR

    The trouble the President is in is the reality the he may not be able to turn around the economy in time for the elections. The President ran on Hope & Change and we got a partisan politician that only represented the minority not the majority. The lack of leadership and working the system instead of representing all of the American people was the beginning of the end of his Presidency. I think he will be a one term President only because he is out of touch with the American people.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  71. Ray E. (Georgia)

    How much trouble is the Country in? A 14.5 Trillion Dollar National Debt, At least 9.1 percent unemployment, Social Security, Medicare, Medicad all running out of money, 46 Million on Food Stamps, State Budgets in the Red, but not all Obama's fault but things are not getting any better. The Polls are not favoring Obama at this time. Looks bleak for Obama to getRer-elected.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  72. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Polls show most voters blame Republicans for this political mess not Obama. Rightly so, Obama has bent over backwards trying to get some cooperation.

    Mitch McConnell famously said that his top priority was that President Obama not be re-elected. As with the debt ceiling, they have screwed this country over in attempts to throw a monkey wrench in the works. Obama puts the country first. Voters see it.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  73. Steve, Clifton, VA


    I think the more appropriate question is "How much trouble is the country in". The disdain and disrespect for the Office of the president is at an all time low and politics seems to trump the health and well being of the country. Add a bit of racism and a strong effort to see this president fail as announced from the outset of his presidency and this president is in great trouble. When the Country is ready to nominate a Governor who called for the separation of Texas from the Union after all of the deaths this country suffered during the civil war to maintain the Union says a heck of a lot about this country. They just want to get that Black man out of the white House...

    September 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  74. Valerie in Raleigh

    The President has fallen short of what I had expected from him. However, he is hands-down the better occupant of the Oval Office than any candidates offered by the Republicans. His superior intelligence, calmness and decency is a far cry from some of the Republican candidates whose ideas of government scare the heck out of this Independent. The Tea Party has destroyed the once-proud Republican party. Too bad.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  75. marybeth, massachusetts


    I'm very disappointed in President Obama. I understand that his hands are tied in many ways, constitutionally (he doesn't have power of the purse/spending–that power belongs to Congress) and politically (he's got a radical Republican Congress whose sole agenda is to destroy him, even if it means taking down the country with him). But I think he has caved too much and too often. He doesn't have a backbone or any cahones–and as much as I don't think the Republicans understand the meaning of the word COMPROMISE, I don't think President Obama does either. He seems to think it means to cave to each and every single demand made by the Republicans in Congress. No wonder they're not worried–they stake out the most extreme position on each issue, and wait, and President Obama caves. Or they just say no, and President Obama caves. I'm thinking that President Obama should change his party affiliation to Republican–he has given the Republicans everything they want–extended the Bush tax cuts, isn't considering tax increases on corporations or the wealthy as part of a balanced budget (only spending cuts affecting the poor and what is left of the middle class), he removed Elizabeth Warren from the new consumer protection commission, so I really have to conclude that President Obama, not only is he nowhere near being the socialist and/or communist that the Republicans claim he is, he's actually a Republican. He hasn't stood up for the middle class or the poor.

    He wasn't my first choice, and I didn't vote for him in the 2008 primaries, although I did vote for him in the general election because I was absolutely horrified at the choice on the other side–"I'm so rich that I can't remember how many houses I own" McCain and "What's reading? What's a newspaper or journal?" dumber than dirt and proud of it Palin. If the Democrats put forward a reasonable candidate in the primaries, s/he will get my vote. The Republicans, well, that's a train wreck with their current crop of candidates running for office.

    I would say that President Obama is in trouble, but unless the Republicans can offer some one who isn't gung-ho on turning the U.S. into a theocracy (Perry, Bachmann), who doesn't want to set us back 500 years (Perry, Bachmann, Paul, Romney, Palin), who doesn't want to kill the middle class and turn the poor into slaves/serfs (all of them), I think President Obama still has a chance simply because the other candidates are just nuts and stupid and proud of it. Get a moderate in there (Bill Weld, for example), and he's in big trouble. Of course if people are disgusted enough, they might just stay home, and then we're guaranteed that whomever the Republicans put forward will win.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  76. LA Belle

    As long as the Republican brats stay on their mission to destroy this country, I hardly think it matters who the president is. You may have noticed that the Republican Congress did not refuse to give themselves a raise in salary, but they are more than willing to blame social security for the out-of-control debt. What audacity. Not that they are capable of understanding, but this is just not the decent thing to do to the very people that pay their salaries.
    They sure do need to attend classes on the difference between truth and lies, and right and wrong. Some of these guys have been in Congress for so long they have forgotten why they were elected and who elected them. 2012 may bring them back to reality.
    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  77. Gary H. Boyd

    Barack Obama's clearly in over his head as President of the US. Even the minorities, women and idealists who voted him in are now wanting him out. He may be a smooth talker but reality overrides smooth talk. Hillary might just want to rethink a run for the 2012 Democratic nomination.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  78. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Obama is not in any trouble with the blacks. They will whine but still vote for obama only because he is a brother. They don't seem to care that obama has done nothing for them other than talk. Obama the african american has attacked libya, 50,000 libyans are dead so far, blacks are being killed in u.s. supported secret wars in yemen and somalia, he has signed an executive order banning government paid abortion, and black unemployment is over 16%. The white liberals and labor unions will do the same even though he has done nothing for them either. Obama is a corporotist and is working for the plutocrats not main street. All you are going to get from obama is lower corporate taxes, lower tax rates for rich, elimination of labor and environmental regulations, higher health care premiums, and more job killing trade deals with columbia, korea and panama.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  79. Paul From Austin Texas

    He has several problems. But one of them so far is not who the GOP are putting up to run against him. A writh in candidate in the Democratict primary could be his biggest problem.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  80. Jim

    President Obama is in trouble because he has let Republicans gain the upper hand in the perceived fight for control of events and agendas. Boehner makes him look inept and emasculated in the fight for political leadership. He seems intimadated and backs down when a "stand" is called for and even if he lost the point he would still appear a fighter.
    If he went after Republicans the way he did Bin Laden he would be astronomical in approval rating and have the Republicans on the run. He is just not a fitghter! Instead he has compromised and backed down making him appear wead and inept. And it was there for the taking and he did not take it.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  81. Alex in Wisconsin

    The President's problem is that he promised to be the president of all Americans. Sounded good but it's a double edged sword. He has done something for everyone, but not enough for anyone. Half of Americans don't like the president personally and would never accept what he gives them. a quarter of Americans will have forgotten what he did by the end of the week and the rest will happily re-elect him, but he can't win with only 25% of the vote.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  82. CT Yankee

    It's unfortunate that he's been fought every step of the way, and in everything he's tried to do for the country. Any other President may have had the same hardships handling the "Soup Sandwich" that was served. Yes, he's in trouble. As are we all if we allow any of the current Tea Party zealots into the Oval Office. You think you lack freedoms now? Just wait. I want a President who provides guidance, not one who prays for it. I want a President chosen by the American people, not one who thinks he was chosen by God. Very scary people are vying for the White House, and while our current President needs to be more aggresive in fixing the problems that face our country...It is never really up to one man.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  83. Paul A

    We have the most caring, intelligent, wise, mature, brave and awesome President since Abraham Lincoln.... and we treat him like absolute crap! I wish people who oppose Obama could get just one glimps of where we'd be as a Nation if the Crypt Keeper and Ding dong lady had one the last Election! They would clutch their chest and fall over dead!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  84. Mike in VA

    Given the current front runners for the Republican Party nomination, he is probably in at at least as much trouble as Lyndon Johnson was in 1964 when he ran against Barry Goldwater.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    You make it sound like the man is going to be kicked to the curb when is term is over and he is going to live the rest of his life as a pauper.
    The man is going to bow out as gracefully as he can and enjoy the rest of his life in extravgant comfort.
    Do you really think all those people out there who have no jobs and are down and out really care about your question?
    In trouble! What a joke. Put Obama on the streets. Now your talking trouble.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  86. Pete from Georgia

    He's in as much trouble as you would expect ANY community organizer who deceived and connived his way into the most powerful political office in the world.
    He can't understand why he can't fool 300+ million Americans as easily as the "community" he came from.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  87. Rob in NC

    BIG TROUBLE!!! He has been saying the economy and jobs were his TOP priority since he took office. He has done NOTHING to make either better. We are deeper in debt, heading for a recession ( still not sure when we left the first one?!), and unemployment is still above 9% ( above 10 in NC). What exactly has he done? Rob in NC

    September 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    What is wrong with you democrates?? The republicans have vowed to get rid of President Obama and they have made it impossible for him to get anthing done. Why are you blaming the President? He has done more to help this country in the last years than Busth did in eight You lay on your couches and criticize .. You can't expect him to do it all.. Get up Stand up and give him some help and support.... Jay Las Vegas, Nev.....

    September 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  89. David Doherty

    The trouble he's in, is that if puts to much effort into the black community (where it's desperately needed) the childish republicans will jump all over it and say he's ignoring the rest of the country. He can't do the right thing without cutting his own throat. He needs to point out that the reason everything he attempts to do which would be good for the country, the Conservatives block him every step of the way, even if it means sinking the once great U.S.A.. Why the hell can't people see this? If any of these republicans other than Ron Paul get into office were screwed.
    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  90. CAROL B

    the whole gang up in Washington should be fired.
    at least we all know that Mr Obama has been blasted from every corner without even giving him
    a chance, and the media has chosen to stretch every detail as far as it can just to add to all
    of the turmoirl. Get real people, let's get America back to the days of putting America and it's people first
    not last. the silly games need to be ended.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  91. atrooper

    Plenty. But so is Congress. Presiden Obama & Congres are on there way to replacing the Kardahians as tthe worlds
    most disgusting reality show.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  92. David heading to Vancouver

    Big trouble if only 12% of Democrats show up again as they did in 2010. The height of irresponsibility considering the need for functional government during difficult times...

    September 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  93. Joe

    I believe President Obama is in a lot of trouble, but he is till better than ... the rest. Unfortunately, he has sold out those who believed in his rhetoric in favor of compromise. You cannot compromise with a "rattlesnake," which is what the party of "NO" has proven. In the meantime, American Corporations are making tons of dollars while laughing all the way to the bank, as the American economy falls due to "class warfare" administered by the filthy rich and blind following by the ignorant poor to Tea Party Principles, which sound good, but when examined lack substance.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  94. John B

    As the saying goes Jack, Obama is in deep dodo but the real problem is there is nobody in either party capable of doing a better job. I guess we will all be in deeper dodo come January, 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  95. Paul A

    I wonder how the Tea Party plans to apologize for ruining our Nations AAA credit rating, causing a double dip recession here, and for causing the huge global financial harm they have caused....how on earth can even you apologize for something like that???

    September 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  96. Denny from Tacoma

    Judging from the current Republican Presidential candidates, I venture to say that Obama is not in any trouble at all. We either reelect Obama or someone from a circus.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  97. Mark

    Jack, Obama can rearrange all the chairs he wants on the deck of his Titanic, but nothing is going to keep it from hitting that Iceberg of angry voters in 2012. He might as well get the life boats ready now.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  98. Frank Moore

    Washington State: Big Trouble and it is No jobs, No jobs, No Jobs. The rest don't matter much. And as for his jobs speech, Article II Section III of the US Constution states: "...he may, on extraordunary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them so the House..." Speaker needs to uphold the oath that he took to support the Constituition and Shut Up and Show Up for the Presidents speach.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Paul A

    Tea Party is code for "the folks who aren't quite sure they lost the Civil war!"

    September 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Brian Crewe


    While I’m not one to get hung up into all the political strife—but we have a policy deficit that fails to address bringing jobs back home. Essentially, offering companies some tax incentives to relocate back home “domestically” will help shore up some of our impeding issues. After all, jobs are the economic engine that drives our economy and this may very well unseat President Barrack Obama from office. Many people believe today the Country is headed in the wrong direction; and the change they expected never hit the pocket books of struggling Americans.

    Jack: It’s all about JOBS…JOBS…JOBS! Why can’t these GOP cronies get it? That may be exactly what has troubled President Barrack Obama presidency.

    Brian Crewe
    Hendersonville, North Carolina

    September 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  101. Ros.....Illinois

    He has my vote for 2012. I am a Lady and am very proud of our President. He has had a lot handed to him with no help from the Republicans and the news media. You can either make or break a President and sure are trying. Look how good Bush was treated and look what he did for our country. We need to promote what we have and quit running him down.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  102. Kent Whites

    President Obama is not the one who is in trouble, the American people are the ones who are in trouble. The lack of leadership in Washington, from all parties, is the result of people who are willing to serve a political party as opposed to a country. Imagine going into battle and all the officers argue about who is more powerful or right, instead of acting for the common good and saving the lives of their soldiers. The one way or common good here is the American way, not the political parties way, to stand for that would take genuine leadership, not partisan "followship".

    September 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  103. curtis in philadelphia

    It looks bad now Jack, but the election is over a year away. While Obama hasn't been what he was hyped to be, tehre simply wasn't an option in 2008. We don't even know who the Republican nimonee will be, but none of them are perfect either. Look at Clinton in '96 and Bush in 2004 and don't ever underestimate the power of incimbancy.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  104. Peg from NY

    President Obama is in huge trouble. He will get unenthusiastic votes from those who do not support the Republicans or the Tea Party. That is not terribly good news for him. I highly doubt that as many people will get out and vote for him.

    He knew the USA needed a very real plan regarding jobs and unemployment. So, he chose healthcare reform. Wrong, bad move. He has been so lackluster that he only has himself to blame, if he loses the election.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  105. Paul P.

    The amount of trouble he is in depends on who is running against him. A Democrat upset he hasn't lived up to their expectations sure isn't gonna to idly sit by and allow Perry or Bachmann to become President. That would be ideological suicide. Someone like Huntsmen or Romney however, would pose a big problem for him....but fortunately the GOP likely aren't smart enough to nominate them.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  106. A-Jay

    President Obama is in big trouble. It's time to stop tryin to be the grown up in the room and start disciplining the "children". Our society so much wants to hear what can be done for them, yet certain groups (tea party more specifically) are doing everthing in their power to ensure that this president doesn't succeed-even if it's to their (the tea party members) detriment. Presdient Obama, please learn from what's going on. There is no more room for you to be "above" all of the frivolous opposition you're having to endure-you brought it to us (the citizenry) now we ask you to stand your ground. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck please stop calling it everything else. Put it in their face and force them to defend themselves, and when they're forced to bring their defense to the "people" all these supposed "ideological" differences will not only be challenged but the horns will be shown. It's time

    September 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  107. Kirk in Apple Valley

    President Obama is in deep trouble. He hasn't learned how to stand up to the GOP and seems to cave every chance he gets. He also hasn't learned that he needs to forget about re-election and bite the bullet on the hard choices needed to get the economy back on track. (His re-election bid would take care of itself if he took on the economy head on).

    The unfortunate fact is that the United States will be in even deeper trouble if any one of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates were to be actually elected to the office.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  108. Ed Scheiner New Freedom Pa

    As much as the entire congress that is running for elecftion. Vote Oyt Incumbents One and ALL
    They want to play Mars and Venus in communications skills. The voting public does not understand their dialect either.

    Goodbye Incumbents.Oh youy too Tea Partiers. Go get a drink.

    Wanted Public Servants!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  109. Mike from Vancouver

    That depends Jack. How much air time has CNN given to Ron Paul and John Huntsman? If those two even get a few minutes to talk about their platforms, Obama is in DEEP trouble. Until that happens, Obama is fine, seeing as all it seems the media talks about anymore is Palin and Beck, 2 people who aren't even running for President.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  110. Mike from Texas

    Considering the GOP challengers none at all. Most educated Americans understand that President Obama has had one program after another blocked by the GOP because it is their mandate. The GOP has shot themselves in the foot by publically showing they care more about politics then they do the majority of Americans. The solution is simply to vote the incumbents out in 2012 and get a group inCongress who know who they work for!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  111. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    I'm ceratinly not voting for him again. He was hype and he still is all hype. Frankly I find him to be notghing but a money spending talker. His family and staff are spending like they have the money, which actually is my money and I'm broke. His little bus fiasco was maddening. Two planes to take to his vacation? What his wife couldn't wait 4 hours!!!! Where's all the austerity moves he's talked about!!!!! No Jack I won't vote for him again, and I'd say most of my other Obama voters aren't as well. Wea ll talked about voting him in, now we're all talking about voting him out. And his talk scheduled for the 8th, he was supposed to have that "LAST YEAR". His new moto ought to the "The Audacity of a DOPE"!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  112. dave in nashville

    Trouble? He has a guaranteed life of opulence, security and speaking fees that many would give their right arm for, hardly a recipe for trouble in any regard. Trouble is having kids to feed, clothe and educate when your boss decides to downsize and you're no longer needed.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  113. Ron

    He is down stream,with no paddle.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  114. MK Carlson

    How many different ways can you spell "toast"?

    September 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Brian from New York

    I voted for the President and wish he would have done as he promised. I think many of us voters feel betrayed.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  116. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Less and less with every word from Gov. Perry's mouth. He benefited mightily from voters who thought Palin was an idiot. Perry fits that bill rather nicely in 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  117. Dennis in Florida

    If Obama was Wiley Coyote, he would be holding an anvil and just realize he ran off the cliff. When the Black leaders start severely critizing him, it is obvious things are very bad.

    The trouble he is in should be insurmountable. After two and a half years, he has passed health care reform and strengthened the EPA. Nothing else has been accomplished. Unfortunately, for him, the courts may eliminate a very large portion of the ‘reform’ and the EPA seems to have found many ways to keep business form investing in the USA.

    The biggest single problem facing the country is the lack of good jobs. I worked for a fortune 500 Company for 29 years. During the late 90’s, when the economy was down there were many layoffs. However, the company was hiring union carpenters to make shipping crates. As Americans jobs were being terminated, the equipment to make bearings was being shipped to China and India. It took 5 to 10 years to send those jobs and similar one from other large companies off shore. Unless the leadership of the country becomes more business friendly, unemployment will remain high.

    No single president is going to get those jobs back to the USA in one or two years. No matter what is said in next week’s speech, unfortunately unemployment will probably remain high for at least several more years and the economy will remain very poor.

    Unless the Republicans nominate a complete clown, Obama will be a one term president. As Clinton said, ‘It’s the economy stupid.’

    September 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  118. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    It seems to me that Obama's troubles are all perspective. The media and the far right (not always the same thing except that crap owned by Murdoch) have assailed the young man mercilessly for pulling us out of a depression, getting some medical reform, and otherwise not allowing the morons in congress to give the rest of the country to the rich.; Seems he should have done more, sooner, better, and cheaper. Like Palin woulda done, of course.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  119. gilbert

    Are president is strong and as long as he doesn't compromise with the right wing extremes he will get the job done .

    September 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  120. Justin

    Of course he's in trouble. He's surrounded by Tea Party members who want to see this country go to shambles for their own political advantage, yet he keeps caving to their demands. "Hey Obama, move your presidential address on jobs so we can badmouth you the night before first." Obama's Response: "Sure thing Boehner."

    Hilton Head Island, SC

    September 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  121. Jake from Canada

    It dosen't look good jack. But then again who else can you see being president. Bachmann, Romney, Perry? The only good I see is Jon Huntsman, and he`s not leading in the polls

    September 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  122. Gigi Oregon

    Having voted Republican in the last election, I'd say he hasn't a thing to worry about. I'm not listening to the media or the religious right (HA!), this time around. I know exactly whom to blame for the jobs lost and it isn't the president. The Republicans continue every day to shoot themselves in the foot, by shooting off their mouth. I'm sick to death of John B and Mitch McC., the gang of six and the wannabe GOP candidates. If President Obama does nothing between now and the election...President Obama will get my vote. The one thing I'm watching are the corporations smart enough to see the need for change.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  123. J. O'connor

    As a Canadian I sincerely hope he is in no trouble at all. I watch a lot of CNN and am amazed at the number of Americans who think a Republican should be the next President. From the list of applicants so far, most countries, I'm sure are terrified of the possible result. There is supposed to be separation of church and state in your country and most of these people running in the Repulbican Race are so far to the right, I wonder if the population is feeling like it would be better to go back to the l950s. Good Luck with that.


    September 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  124. Max

    They need titles. "The Great Date Debacle," The Great Healthcare Debacle," "The Great Jobs Debacle." Six months into his presidency I realized that the President was surrounded by the worst advisers I have ever known a presidency to have. Deciding that some would be allowed to "resign" for better things I thought was great. The replacements are- should I say- the worst advisers I have ever seen a presidency to have. As a supporter of President Obama who voted for him not because he was African- American but because I believed him to be the best in the field and what America needed at the time, I am now having second and third thoughts. His management skills rate a zero. I may very well be in that twenty-five per cent of democrats who believe we should be given another choice. September 8, 2011, the great jobs speech, two and half years late, will be my deciding factor. If I hear from the onset that "I inherited a bad economy," something I have heard way too often, I will change the channel and begin to decide for whom the vote will be cast that first Tuesday in November, 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  125. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Obama was too inexperienced to be elected President. The fact that he didn't keep many of his campaign promises doesn't help him either. The only hope for the Dermocrats is to draft Hillary Clinton and run her against the GOP candidate. People will remember the prosperous Clinton years and also recall that the Republicans got us into all of this debt to begin with.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  126. Renee Peoria,Ill

    That all depends on who runs against him. I'm in that second demographic of women who are seriously disappointed in Obama. But I wouldn't vote for Perry or Bachmann at gunpoint. So despite my disappointment I may end up voting for Obama again just because he's the lesser of two evils. And really, isn't that pretty much the standard for all our elections anymore? The lesser of two evils?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  127. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much trouble is President Obama in?

    Obama is not the one in trouble Jack, Americans are.

    Not because of Obama, regardless of what the GOP complains about and what the media refuses to report about Obama has actually accomplished much despite constant GOP blocking.

    As an informed voter, not only do I watch what my own representatives do (or not do) I watch others who fancy themselves as "God Loving Patriotic American Leaders". These are the folks that should be outta here. They are the crybabies when they don't get their way. They are beholding to BIG CORPORATIONS and SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS and their legislation proves it. They care nothing about Americans or the problem our nation is facing today. As a matter of fact most put our nation at risk for their arrogance and greed.

    Enough is enough Jack.

    Change is coming to America and the Republicans are NOT going to like it.

    Roseville CA

    September 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  128. Pete in Milton, FL

    How much trouble? Americans don't like WIMPS! When it comes to dealing with the Republicans, Obama has been the most gutless president since Carter, and he's going to suffer the same fate. He has let the Republicans bluff him, bully him, control him, and thwart him at every turn. One term president, very forgetable.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  129. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is making more troubles for the GOP hopefuls because if they can't come up with a plan to pull a rabbit out of a hat, they're in.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  130. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    He is in just as much trouble as the Democrats that refuse to stand up for the 14-22 million unemployed legal immigrants and citizens that results in our bad economy. Obama and most Democrats refuse to take away 8 million jobs from illegals and open them for legal immigrants and citizens, no wonder Obama and the Democrats are taking the hits on re-elections!!

    York VA

    September 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  131. Beverly - NYC

    He is in no trouble at all when one considers the current crop of Republican wannabes. He has spent the past 3 years with the thankless job of fixing someone else's mess, all while being disrespected by the party of NO at every turn The same party who sold their minions a bill of good about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs to win in 2010 and haven't produced as much as a good fart. Hopefully when the President presnts his jobs bill and the Republicans give their usual reply NO, American will wake up and vote the bums who choose party over country out.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  132. bruce of DE

    He appears to be in trouble, but could easily turn it around by ripping up NAFTA and watch the rush of jobs race back into the US. Also, he needs to not be embarrassed about being a democrat and get back to his base.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  133. Dave from Georgia

    Yes, he is in trouble as long as Tea Party does not cooperate with him on any agenda, but for their own agenda.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  134. Colton

    I think the real question is, "How much trouble is our great Nation in?"

    September 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  135. Jason from New York

    Face it, he's not going to be reelected. All he's done is go on vacation while the nation has been in deep trouble. He's promised so much when we elected him, but did so little. In fact I would categorize him just as worst as the Bush administration.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  136. Ron

    Leadership is about getting other people to do what they wouldn't otherwise do-in Obama's case, he hasn't led much with the Republicans or the Democrats. Good ideas or not, if you can't lead you have to go. And when you fail to take charge and lead, there will no one behind you to follow. If a Republican candidate is willing to lead I think the American public will be willing to listen–Obama is in serious trouble.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  137. Adriana Caprice

    How can any of society blame all of it's problems on One man?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  138. Kevin B (New Jersey)

    Obama is done either way. Most people who wanted change now understand change to Obama means socialism. This country can't handle another 4 years of Obama.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  139. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Correct me if I'm wrong Jack, but does this mean that when there is a white President more attention should be paid to white people? Though I agree we still need oversight when it comes to race issues, but race can only be an issue when we do not include all humans.

    I'm sure there are other factors contributing to this disproportionate number of unemployment of blacks, maybe they should look to the private sector to who actually does the hiring.

    Poor Obama alone, by himself, can do nothing for unemployment, for any race, gender, or religion. But it is Obama, Congress, Private business, and all of us who can begin to turn this around. But we must first come together and put these nonsense ideologies and greed to rest.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  140. George G. Christos

    President Obama is not in Trouble, no one is smart enough to match witts with him. He will win all the Debates and the public will know who they have to vote for. You Guys make way too much out of Nothing.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  141. Dana Knight

    Who do you actually trust is doing their best to look out for the average Joe. Obama, all the rest of the controversies is immaterial.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  142. Fred

    No trouble he is going to win.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  143. wes

    I hope he's in big trouble.........all he promised to get into office was change of same old politics in wash...............it is a fiasco in washington....they all need to be fired......all of them are guilty of this partisan blah blah blah

    September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  144. Scott in NC

    Obama is in trouble because people are catching on that he is on a mission to take the country to economic ruin – on purpose – to consolidate power in the 24 square miles of Washington. The question is whether those who appreciate the Constitution will be able to take the power back in light of the Chicago-style politics and dishonesty that he represents.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  145. Troy

    He's in a lot of trouble. He also risks losing Louisiana and Wisconsin if he disrupts the opening game of the NFL.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  146. Joseph from GA

    Honestly President Obama is in a lot of trouble, but that is because the Republicans have blocked and held up every economic proposal from Mr Obama since he has taken office. The only things Repubs are interested in are getting a far-right conservative into the White House and nothing more.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  147. Name*jarrod

    It's all over for Obama. The progressives should nominate Sen.Berni Sanders and move on. If we stick with Obama we risk the chance of a dare I say it... a republican win, an American lose.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  148. Nancy Houtz

    Jack, President Obama was in trouble the day he was elected, in spite of being the smartest, hardest working President of my lifetime. Racism is alive and well in the U.S. and in spite of the enormous problems he faced from the Bush mess, he was undermined by the right in terribly negative ways with strong racial overtones, albeit so subtle that few who don't understand racism would have grasped. I am white, an independent and 75 years old/young. I pity our country for the way they have treated our President because he could've helped get us out of this mess had they cooperated and really been behind him. I for one am fed up with the ignorance that exists about what's been going on by the right.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  149. frank dileo

    Sure hes in trouble in the polls but look at the right wing mental cases that are up against him. The republicans are Obamas best friend right now. If i were to respond to that poll i would have ticked up that dissatisfaction number but ill also will go vote for him in the next election when given the choice and i dont think im alone.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  150. Dennis Starr

    It doesn't matter what color Obama is or where he was born; what matters is he is totally ineffective for all of us and is dealing with a Congress composed of children worried about their own petty situations or taking orders from the moneyed people.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  151. Phil

    While Obama is in real trouble, the Republicans are even worse. It is said that Americans are apathetic, but given the chance to vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE" would send a message to those DC incompetents. Maybe we should vote for you or Wolf!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  152. Wayne Henrich

    Obama's not in trouble... America is if the Far right wing-nuts win!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  153. James in TX

    Let's face it, he will have lifelong insurance, secret service protection,book deals, library and wealth. He will be fine when he departs the WH. The rest of us, we are screwed! He's like everyone else in Washington, they just don't give a crap.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  154. Tom Dempsey

    Another key Democratic voting bloc is the gay and lesbian community. Many of the criticisms leveled against Obama by other groups are also heard in the LGBT community. Slow to act and not fulfilling promises. I, for one, would like to see a nomination process opened for 2012 and see Hillary Clinton get in the game.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  155. Richard C.

    Jack, he's forced 'Obama-care' down our throat, continued costly wars, maintained an unacceptable unemployment rate,
    selected cabinet members like Imelt that send jobs out of the country, and fostered a negative feeling in consumers. If his re-election is not in trouble then American voters are idiots.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  156. Erik, New Jersey

    Not as much trouble as we are, Jack, especially if he gets re-elected. But I agree with you that the Republicans don't look any better. And again I agree that the possible exception is Ron Paul. We're buried in debt and will continue to go down hill unless we completely re-evaluate the proper role government.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  157. Ken in NC

    Dammed if we do and dammed if we don't. The President is not in trouble. Americans are in trouble. If a TeaPublican is elected in 2012, the trouble we are in will look like a flicker compared to the trouble this country will be in after the election.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  158. mike

    Hey why doen't every one give the 1/2 Caucasion, 1/2 African American Man a break! It's not his fault. It's Bush Cheny's fault. The sooner this counrty gets out of Iraq and Afganistan the better!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  159. Walt in Michigan


    The President is in huge trouble. His staff is so inept to think the Speaker of the House will bow to the President. Of course he didn't even see the problem of taking a few weeks off to play golf before bringing out his Jobs plan. I hope he has more to offer than to suggest raising the gas tax and creating shovel ready construction jobs. It didn't work the first time and it won't work this time.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  160. john wanca III

    he is in not in any trouble at all. by the time we get closer to the election and americans realize the choice between a honorable progressive president and more of what caused this terrible downward spiral in our country it is not even a debate. no sane person will trust a republican to run this country for many years

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  161. Rodrigo

    Obama won in 2008 trying to be everything to everyone. He overpromised what a "post-partisan", change agent he could be, and he has now disappointed everyone: blacks, Hispanics, liberals, students. He had no record to criticize in 2008, but now he does. If unemployment is still anywhere near nine percent in November 2012, he won't be able to overcome that in the election.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  162. Don fowler

    Obama is in no more trouble than the rest of the elected officials on Capital Hill. Democrats, Republicans - it makes no difference. The time of building consensus as part of democracy are long gone. It's time to throw out all these bums and start all over again until we find a group that can work together for the good of the country and not the good of their party. Let's put term limits on all of our elected officials. No more than two terms in ANY office. At least we would get some fresh blood up there over time.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  163. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, I'd say Barack Obama's in the middle of a 12 foot walk on a 6 foot pier and will soon find himself underwater.
    The minorities, women and idealists that elected him are seeking somebody who makes sense as they see it. Obama fails the test. Roosting on the tree in the horizon - Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  164. Jose

    Hello Jack,

    Long time listener and follower...I hate to say it Jack, but Obama, as someone said, is a one term president. He does not get to the root of the problem. The solution is simple, if he wants the American economy to move forward, then put money back into tax payers' pockets. Consumption is what drives our economy, and if there is no money in consumers' pockets, well there ain't no economy Jack. Here is a couple of ideas: come up with a solution that addresses high gas prices, reduce medical insurance cost, reduce Homeowners insurance cost, then food cost will go down, and people will have money to spend.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  165. cliff calloway, Calif

    We are all in trouble because those we elected are not willing to work together on the problems facing the country. Most republicans seem intent on doing every thing possible to make sure the President does not win a second term in office rather than address the issues concerning most americans.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  166. Allen from Idaho

    Well Jack I don't think the president will have a problem. I think it is the middle class if the other party takes over. the only thing they can think of is to give more money to the rich. The problem is they will take it from someone else guess how.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  167. Michael

    Yes President Obama is in trouble because Independents like me will NOT vote for him because he lied to us all. In 2008 we were promised no more wars yet now we are involved in more wars than what we were under Bush and it makes me sick! We were also promised the government would put the breaks on the outsourcing of American jobs for the sole purpose of cheap overseas labor yet another broken promise. The poor have become even poorer, nothing done about gas prices, instead the President wants to tax it higher which would hurt everyone, he caved in by not getting more taxes in the upper income bracket, he never closed the loopholes to stop business people from keeping their money overseas and get out of paying their fair share of taxes. Do I need to go on? If President Obama cared anything about his own party he would step down in 2012 and ask Hillary Clinton to run in his place. President Obama has also taken the black vote and the Latino vote for granted, he can campain all he wants to, it's not going to work because nobody believes anything he says anymore, you may as well call Obama Bush Jr. He has also bankrupted our country, allowed those who depend on Social Security to have no cost of living increase for 2 years in a row despite the prices of gas and food alone have gone through the roof. Please Mr. President step down and ask Hillary to run in 2012 before our country goes completely bankrupt while the poor, middleclass, and disabled be pushed to the side counted as nothing!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  168. Alan Gottlieb

    2008: "Yes we can" 2012: "Don't blame me." big disappointment. I voted for him in 2008 because there was no alternative. He has liitle or no administrative skill and does not know how to lead. The winds are against him now and he will be gonen

    September 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  169. Darlene Sierocuk

    Given that American business (including the banks) are sitting on more cash than any time in our history – who is surprised that the economy is at a stand still? Given that the US Congress cannot manage to raise the federal debt without a major fight – who is surprised that the economy is at a stand still? Is this the President's fault? I think not.
    I find it sad that President Obama is the first president of the United States of American (I can remember) that is not addressed as President Obama, but as Obama or Mr. Obama in our national media. It suggests the difficulty and extreme resistance he has faced in office. Who could possibility be successful, when there are those who still (i.e. ridiculous birth certificate waivers) refuse to accept that he is legitimate? He may be the first black president, but some days it is hard to tell. Please sign me as SAD in Florida.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  170. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack unfortunately no mater how bad things are in America people are not ready to put a republican back in charge of the Whitehouse. Especially not any of the field of republicans currently throwing their hats into the ring. Right now as long as Obama does nothing drastic in the next year he will be re-elected simply because there is no one better then him running that is electable.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Ruth

    Jeb Bush is going to be elected President in November 2012. Take that to the bank.
    No matter who runs on the Republican line, Barack Obama is going to be a one-term president (barring catastrophic or phenomenally good domestic/international events between now and ElectionDay.)
    Voters had so much hope in 2008 for a wonderful new spirit in the nation. No one expected President Obama AND HIS WIFE to settle into a don't-make-waves, upper-middle-class, do-nothing, take a zillion vacations and play basketball White House.
    The president will have no one to blame but himself, if he even cares about reelection. It's hard to tell WHAT he does care about, with the exception of himself and his family.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  172. john shaw

    The only answer to this political mess and the recalcitrance amongst the two parties is to form a third party. We need
    a more civil, moderate, middle of the road candidate. The only one amongst the Republican bunch of wingnuts is
    John Huntsman. He is the sleeping giant but does not get much publicity because he does not drink Tea or like to
    Obama is in a lot trouble and it is likely people will not come out to vote in large numbers for him.
    As for the Republicans, they are too far right.
    Everything in moderation is the operative phrase here.
    Besides Huntsman, I think Bloomberg would be good or a businessman like Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks.
    I am a Republican but it seems that their party has been hijacked by fringe elements.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  173. tashie

    i am so upset that we as black people are so eager to blame, when we lack the initiative to educate ourselves and volunteer, to help communities and then propel ourselves for jobs. The president is doing a lot to help the country, so I am hoping he gets another term to do what he wants. I see many black people walk the streets all day and complain then decide they are going to punish him by not voting! how silly will that be.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  174. Erik, New Jersey

    Not as much trouble as we are, Jack, especially if he gets re-elected. But I agree with you that the Republicans don't look any better. And again I agree that the possible exception is Ron Paul. We're buried in debt and will continue to go downhill unless we completely re-evaluate the proper role of government.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  175. Robin

    Pres. Obama is really in trouble with the black community; the black community feels overlooked and disregarded. He has not visited any predominantly black neighborhoods out of fear that the far right politicians and media would use any pictures or remarks against him for campaigning. Which they're going to do regardless, so he is going to have to risk it or risk losing voters; the black community just might take a page from his book and not show up come Nov 2012.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  176. David from Arkansas

    The African American caucus is bailing on him... women are bailing on him... we politically moderate white guys who voted for him are pretty well fed up to the point that the Tea Party folks are almost making sense! He is up a very polluted creek in a leaky boat without any viable means of propulsion. Jack's correct... the only ones that can save him are the Republicans who also have no viable means of propulsion.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  177. Susan in Texas

    Obama is in trouble because the American people are not able to process the glaring mistakes that George Bush made while in office. His administration did nothing but pander to big buisness and oil companies. He involved us in a war that has drained our economy and worn us down as people. His greed and stupidity will be felt for generations as we scramble to correct this mess. Obama is NOT the problem. He is, as I said faced by an angry nation filled with confusion. Obama tries to explain and work through these issues and is honestly to smart for most. Most want a fire breathing glad hand and that Jack is barking once again at our back door. Does America have a problem!!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Pete Veslocki

    The great subversive is toast.

    He plays 3 dimensional chess with our future while , Boehner is whipping his butt in checkers.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  179. AB

    President Obama is in very serious trouble–it is very hard for me and other supporters to make the case for his re-election. He needs to focus on the economy and make job creation his number one priority not just for African Americans, but for all Americans. Obama better have a jobs plan that is practical and acheivable. He needs to engage all sectors of the economy–business, government and nonprofits and individuals towards the end of job creation. Time is fast running out. All of these sectors must be used to create jobs period!! By the end of the day, results matter!!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Pete in Milton, FL

    Here's Obama in a poker game with Boehner: "Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. You've got all my chips, so I'll go get some more. Watch out, this time I might look at my cards...maybe....I'm not sure....no, I won't look. Fold. Fold. Fold." What a WASTED four years for America.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  181. Courtney

    I predict President Obama will be re-elected in 2012, because the Tea Party and the Republicans are doing nothing to help the president on the jobs issue. They are doing every thing they can to undermine this president because the GOP would rather see him fail, than the country succeed. I am one of the thousands of unemployed Americans in this country, but I don't blame Obama one bit. I have never personally hated the republicans more in my life, than I do today. To me, they are the ugly party. I will fully support this president to the very end, wherever that may lead.

    Courtney in Fort Myers, FL

    September 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  182. Karl in Flint

    Maybe the Republicans aren't as whacked as we think. In the 8 Bush years they started 2 very profitable wars, for the likes of Cheney, et al, eliminated taxes for their wealthy contributors and gave their Wall Street cronies a huge bailout for their supposed stupidity. Then they run McCain-Palin, knowing they had no real chance to win, and let Obama take the fall and all they have to do is sit back and say NO to everything and blame Obama for it all. He wins a second term and it's still his fault. Maybe a winning Perry-Palin ticket is just what the Democrats need to kill the Tea Party for good.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  183. somuel

    No body has ever been humiliation like Obama.. Tea Party has spread more fear about him. When he went to India they said he carried 2000 people with him. When he went for a tour. they said he has a million bus..when Michelle went to Europe, they said she is wasting money. Basically it is the hatred that has made him nothing... If I was Obama I will stop from running because am from outer space and because of my color am taking other peoples money (property) a socialist.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  184. Mike from Batavia, NY

    Obama is in trouble because his administration is the biggest weight on the economy. If you're a business and you're faced with the health care law you can't afford to comply with, the National Labor Relations Board that tells you where to relocate your business, and the EPA that regulates all the rest of your outputs, then why would you hire anybody? Obama's ideas may sound fascinating back in his law classroom, but they are nonsense for improving America's economy.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  185. Shirley

    The question should be "who is the alternative" and I think that after calculating all the responses you will have a resounding statement that Obama will be just fine! The Republican candidates who are vying for the office of President are truly lacking. Perry will probably find some foreign country to which he will give America while reducing American wages to those equal to India China ect. He has longed to leave America for a long time via seceding from the Union. Bachman and what comes out of her mouth is scary. We have already had an unpalatable taste of Palin. Obama will be fine, at least he is dealing with the problems better than any of the Republican candidates ever could.

    I admit that he could protest more, hold out longer and push the envelope more forcefully but then they would call him an angry Black Man. Americas will not sit idly by while the Republicans contribute to the failure of our President and this great Nation. What they are doing is treasonous! I said it and I mean it, I am angry.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  186. Bruce from New York City

    The only thing good about Obama loosing the election is that the Republicans will be left with the whole bag of problems to solve while the tea party ties their hands behind their backs.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  187. Kevin

    Love you on CNN Jack. I've never wrote in before but here goes. The only thing I'm gonna comment on is the unemployment rate. I have numerous friends here in Washington state that are out of work, most of them at first were terrified when they found out they would lose their job. But after they did the research, made some phone calls, they come to the conclusion that hey! Party time! .. I can make over half of what I was making working, and all I have to do is make a few phone calls a week, probably committing less than an hour into the whole unemployment search. Then on any given sunny warm day you can watch them floating down the river, beer in tow and let the good times roll! So 10,20,30 even 40% unemployment can be blamed on Obama not coming up with a job stimulus by the Republicans, who really don't have a cure either. People don't want to work. Now they don't have too.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  188. The Real American patriot

    That says more about the stupidity of Americans than President Obama, Jack. I must be one of the 35% who knows that
    the Republicans have us in this shape, duped the people into voting them in 2010 by lying about jobs(where are they Boehner?), plan on cutting social security and medicare, and ruining the country. But don't let the measly 35% of smart voters stop you from voting the republicans back in to finish you all off.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  189. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    He is in no trouble at all compared to congress. We the people know that they have obstructed every jobs bill and provided none of their own. They ran on a platform of job creation and instead produced none. They have produced nothing but complaints, and hope to transfer all blame for their negligence to Obama in 2012. Congress has nothing to offer America. They are the one's in big trouble.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  190. Greg Smith

    As long as the Republicans want to stymie President' Obama"s every move or initiative, then he is in a lot of trouble, only if the Republicans want to truely act in America's best interest will Obama fair well.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  191. Mac in Montana

    Obama will not get re-elected. He failed to set a course for this country and to stick to his guns.
    The American want a leader with a backbone. Obama caves on everthing. God help us Rick
    Perry will likely be our next president.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  192. Kevin

    Jack, Obama will be re-elected in a tight election....He will raise over a billion dollars in his re-election campaign and the Republican candidates are absolutely ridiculous with the exception of Huntsman. Huntsman is the only Republican candidate that can beat Obama and the Republican base are too stupid to realize this. Instead they will choose a Romney or Perry candidate and they cannot beat Obama. It is that simple...Obama or Romney? or Perry? Hmmm.... give me a break!


    September 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  193. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama has a huge battle ahead of him in his quest for re-election. When he ran the first time, all people had to judge him on was his speeches. Now he has a record now. His record does not match the speeches. It's hard to make us believe that he can do great things in a second term when he caved to Republican politics for 3 years.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  194. David Jawo

    Jack its not Obama that is in trouble but America. Imagine living in a country where there is no food safety, no environmental safety, no aviation safety, no environmental safety, no public schools, no regulation of financial institutions, and don't forget they succeed to repeal Obama care. That would be just the begining. What do we have left? LESS THAN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. Then you can pose the question again is Obama in big trouble?

    September 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  195. Ron WPAFB

    He is not in trouble, Jack, we are! yeah he is down in the polls, but that is because the Republicans are blocking any good legislation that would creat jobs. The President is trying his best to cut spending and will if given a chance. It all falls down to the same old theory, Who will do the most harm? Of course it is the Trickle Down Republicans and we all know that that policy doesn't work! Except the Republicans who are in a dream state which is our nightmare!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  196. David


    I am thinking that your question should be how much trouble is America in. The rest of the world is looking at America, and what they see is a state of denial on the issue of RACE which is still the 500 lb gorrilla in the room. No President in the History of America has had to endure this kind of partisanship, hatred, disrespect and it makes me wonder why even now, are BLACK Leaders, the Church, even the Pope not stating the obvious and calling it what it really is. WHy are people even you Jack, so quiet about the ISSUE OF RACE IN THIS COUNTRY???????? This President was under attack from the time until he announce untill the day he was sworn in. The Fox agenda, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Orielly all did they part to undermind this President with intent to dismiss a second term. They were people showing up at the President's Rallys with guns on their hips. I saw posters of the President of the United States representive of the HATE that is still an issue in this Country. Le's talk about that Jack!!!! Let's talk about what is WRONG WITH AMERICA, NOT THE BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!!!! and how much trouble is America in???????

    September 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  197. My V. Nguyen San Jose, California

    iI will continue to support President Obama and the Democrats' efforts to retake the House and to keep the Senate from right-wing Corporate supported Tea Party. When the Conservatives finally take total control of the government, we will have wars, cuts in social spending for defense, and loss of personal privacy, freedom, and liberty for National security.

    To me, it is a choice between Fascism and Socialism. I choose the last option.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  198. Roman

    President Obama is only in as much trouble only as the biased media wants hiim to be!
    The Alternatives to president Obama, (Tea party presidnetial candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann,Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the republican lunatic fringe hate group is chilling!
    Independent, main stream Americans and the democratic base, understand just how dangerous and damaging to our country these extremist republican and Tea party bigots are!
    They're willing to destroy this country in order to defeat the president! We've witnessed during the debt debate just how far they are willing to go!
    The GOP's Mitch McConnell is on record on what their number one priority is!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  199. Dian

    The president is becoming a 'historic and extraordinary ' let down' and disappointment, not only to his core supporters..African Americans who he has summarily dissed, ignored and alienated..but to the general American public and..his fan based all over the world: For a man who showed so much promise..and who has promised so much change..we, the people, promise change..by having him removed form office by the 2012 ballot.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  200. Gloria

    Yes, President Obama has not lived up to the expectations of many Americans, but I still hope he will serve another term. He has accomplished much more than he is given credit for, and he far outshines the Republican primary candidates who are hoping to defeat him. I also feel that Republican politicians are so focused on making him a one-term president, that they are placing that goal ahead of what is good for our country during these hard times. Shame on them!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  201. Michael Armstrong Sr. Sherman Tx.

    He's in the kind of trouble that you get voted out of office with just like Jimmy Carter .

    September 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  202. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Almost as much trouble as we are in! Things get better , he looks better, things get worse or stay the same, down goes Obama. Someone ought to know by now as the country prospers so do the policiticans. When nothing gets done or things just wallow as they are, they are all in trouble, party not withstanding.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  203. earl from northeast md

    obama is being held hostage,by big coperation with record profit.not hiring senting our jobs overseas.the goverment cant spend any money. to make jobs with the tea party saying no to everything,

    September 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  204. ST-Pennsylvania

    Our President is antagonizing his middle-class supporters . For example "Profitable Corporations" give middle-class people jobs and pay dividend to support retired people who saved and look for dividends to supplement their SS checks, since Government Bonds pay little. He should focus his complaints onto "overpaid CEO's" and "Money Manipulators" who paid $ 38k to be at his dinner in NY. Hope your Candiotti learns it also.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  205. Faye-Canada

    From above the border, it's clear the US is in bigger trouble than what most folks realize. With jobs as the number one concern, why not penalize companies that out-source jobs away from US citizens. It's time to bring the jobs "back home" instead of building other countries. And automation kills jobs too. It's supposed to be a Human Right to be able to support our families with a fair job, fair wage and fair laws. Even in the US. Corporations have way too much control over everything/everyone.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm |