How much trouble is President Obama in?
June 12th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

How much trouble is President Obama in?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If President Barack Obama went to a fortuneteller this week, he might ask for his money back.

In his Washington Post column titled "Pileup at the White House," Dana Milbank writes how Commerce Secretary John Bryson's weekend car crashes - and possible felony hit-and-run charge - are just the latest in a string of bad news for the president.

The list is long.

Stalled job growth, the Wisconsin recall defeat and Attorney General Eric Holder facing a contempt-of-Congress citation over lawmakers’ demands for documents in the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation.

Bill Clinton contradicting the president, Mitt Romney raising more money, Congress squawking about national security leaks they say are coming from the White House and the president himself stupidly saying that the "private sector is doing fine." Really?

Milbank writes that all this adds up to one of the worst stretches of Obama's presidency: "There is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and that there may be no second term."

Milbank says that top officials in the Obama administration privately say they are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election.

Plus, there could be more bad news for Obama around the bend:

The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day now on the fate of the Affordable Care Act - widely known as “Obamacare” - as well as Arizona's controversial immigration law. Obama has a lot riding on both of these decisions.

With less than five months to go before the election, there's no doubt the president could use some good news.

Working in his favor is the fact that polls show voters like him and he has high favorability ratings, but that might not be enough to prevent him from his own car wreck come November 6.

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

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Lisa in Denver

    Really? What trouble is he in? SHUT UP. That has to be the lamest question you have asked in a long time.
    With the media, like you, keep beating the same horse until it's dead...no wonder the GOP gains strength. You help them right along with questions, stories and comments like this one.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  2. Mike S., New Orleans

    It doesn't matter how much trouble President Obama is in. What's important is how much trouble are Americans in for. Regardless of who wins the White House in November, we have a giant mess that was created by both parties from 2000-2012. Twelve years of ruthless partisan bickering can't be repaired by any one person, president or not.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  3. Mark in Topeka

    Unfortunately, the latest economic news seems to dictate the current health of a candidate's campaign. In addition to that, the selection of VP candidates may be particularly important in a close race. In my opinion, both candidates would be well advised to select someone that would be a strong, leading candidate for President in an upcoming election, such as Hillary Clinton for the Democrats or John Thune for the Republicans.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Dave - Phx

    Not as much as the rest of us. He is rich and will land on his feet even if he and Michelle lose their jobs, Ahhh what a life.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  5. David Sejeck

    The media would like the public to think President Obama is in trouble, given all of the polls they quote and the like. I dont answer any of the pollsters who call my house and I think there are alot like me. Just wait until the general election when the hispanics, aftrican americans, and people who do not answer pollsters, go to the polls to vote for Obama, Romney will not have a chance

    June 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  6. Ivan, Marion,Ohio

    If you mean ,being re-elected I don't believe he is going to have any problem.It might be a close race but he'll win.The voters know what and who the problem is,and it wasn't President Obama who wouldn't COMPOMISE.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  7. Randy

    Those people who know better don't care. They know there's been no difference between the two corporate/banker owned parties since reagan. The charade that's being put on is so that the corporate owned media can shakedown the politicians for the billions they received from corporate "donors". Obama will collect his millions in "speaking fees" and "presidential library donations" whether he leaves office now or in 2017. Mitt is just another in a long line of crooks who use the government to get rich while at the same time bashing middle class and poor people for wanting their fair share of what they've paid for.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Dave R

    He's not in trouble. This will be a hard fought election, but he will prevail. The encumbant usually does. The Republicans will try to convince people that things are worse than they really are, just like you. In the end, people will realize that this country was headed toward a cliff when Obama took office, and he got us turned around. By the time the election is held, we will have had 13 consectutive quarters of economic growth. We may not be growing at a fast pace, but 2% growth is better than the 3% contraction in Europe.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Tyrone Pettway

    To be up against Romney2sides President Obama id fine. I notice no one reports on Romney MA record as Govenor which id the only history we can look at and see how he will preside over a split Congress.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Mel - Houston

    The pundits would like us think that President Obama is in trouble respective of his run for reelection, but; he is smart and speaks quiet eloquently as we have seen in 2008 and during his first term in office. Running against a mirage is his challenge this time around. Willard's stance seems to shift with all the hot air that seems to surround him. Trying to pin down those vapors is a daunting task, however; I think the president is up to it. Wait until the live debates. Willard will be road kill.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  11. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The president isn't in trouble, he is trouble. He's trouble for Al Qaida. Trouble for Romney. Trouble for the Tea Party. Lots of folks out there are shaking in their boots, but none of them are Barack Obama.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  12. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    No trouble at all, he has his excellent retirement package in place, whether he loses his job in November or not. It is the American worker that would love to have his troubles.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  13. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Not much at all. Despite his dismal record of non-accomplishment, he will probably pull the election out of a hat. If there is a better politician than Bill Clinton (and I mean that in the worst sense of the term), it is Obama. Assisting him in his quest for reelection will be the completely out of touch with the real America, Mitt Romney. Now you may be remembering that Obama said he rather be a good one-term president than a bad two-term president (he will be the latter), but you have to keep in mind, he hasn’t kept any of his promises except one: (getting OBL). Yet even there, someone else did the heavy lifting for him.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  14. Jayne in NH

    Often the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. Mr. Romney is poised to become a rubber stamp for radical, far right policies and I don't believe the majority of Americans will go along with that. Especially women. We're rather partial to being in control of our own bodies.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  15. Debora

    Depends on how educated the voting public will be. If they know the issues and where each candidate stands, then President Obama is not in any trouble. If they listen to the hype and lies of the other candidate without doing some of their own research, then President Obama AND our country is in a world of trouble. Let's hope for an educated voter turnout.
    Bayside, NY

    June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  16. Brad, Portland, OR

    I think the only trouble he's in is due to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which lets SuperPACs spend unlimited amounts of money.

    The Republicans have most of the wealthy and corporations on their side, along with Wall Street and the Koch brothers. They can pump almost unlimited amounts of money into the Republican campaign, and they can "buy the pot" like they did in Wisconsin.

    In Wisconsin, the Republican SuperPACS outspent the Democrats 8 to 1. I expect they'll do the same thing in the Presidential election.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Susan

    Frankly, I don't think Obama should be in any trouble. He's been one of the greatest presidents in memory regarding foreign policy, military, healthcare. The economy has improved and though it's been slow I truly believe the lagging economy is a deliberate manipulation on the part of Boehner and the House.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  18. Steve,NY

    I don't think he's in any trouble yet. He hasn't done anthing yet. All the things that are going to happen are either in 2013 or ten years down the road. If you listen to him it's always Congress's fault or the Republican's fault. It used to be Bush's fault. All he does is campaign, which he has done for the last 4 years. You can't have a roockie with 2 years in the US Senate to be successful in running the country.
    I feel sorry for him. He took a job that's over his head. I wish him good luck in November.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  19. Bill of New Mexico

    I keep saying that it is deja vu from 1980.

    Everything will begin to snowball onto Obama.

    His lack of experience. Fast & Furious. His weird let Congress get things to rolling attitude. These revelations of classified information to make him appear the hero. His troop surge in Afghanistan. All his promises. Change! The promise to explain the Democrats' "Health Care." His early and big start in campaigning for 2012. His campaign promises of 2008 were a let-down. It is downhill from here to November and watch the snowball of disasters grow.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  20. Karl in Flint, MI

    He's not in as much trouble as we, the 99%, will be in if Mitt Romney becomes the next president. Obama needs to get out there and call these bold face liars out for the bold faced liars they are. I am assuming Romney is planning to "Bain" the country into a good economy, which means eliminating all non-productive entities like Social Security and Medicare, my means of existence. That is not acceptable and those that think it is need educating before November.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  21. jimmy in greenville, nc

    Jack, he has to be in big trouble if you are even asking the question. After al the hype of his first campaign I would have thought we would have declared him King for life by now. So he is in big, big trouble. I doubt very seriously if he will be able to run fast enough to run away from his Oval Office record.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    He is not as bad off as the press and the Republicans want us to think. You see now we have two countries in the U.S..
    The conservitive and the others all lumped together. Like it or not we have become a third rate country with third rate jobs for most of us. It does not look as the Republicans can get in power in the fall and even if they do they will not be able to change anything.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  23. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Not much, even if Portman is the VP nominee, he will still win Ohio, as well as Wisconsin and Michigan. Unless the economy gets radically worse rather than incementally better, he has the electoral votes all wrapped up. He even leads in North Carolina, Nevada and Virginia. Unless Romney figures out how not to alienate Mexican-Americans (not Cubans) every time a Republican talks about immigration, we are looking at an Obama landslide. Of course, if you are honest about this, no one will watch the news.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  24. Gary in San Jose, California

    He's not in as much trouble as we are, Jack. It looks like our choice this fall will be between someone who'll spend us into a crisis and someone who'll cut us into a crisis. Is there a third option?

    June 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  25. calaurore9

    He will get re-elected unless Europe craters before November and takes us with it. It's all about timing and the global economy.

    Carol In Northampton, Ma

    June 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  26. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I think for people that like Obama and believe what he and his party stand for he will do well in the next election. There however will be people that want to take a chance on Romney and the same republicans that got us in to a needless war in Iraq. My personal take on it is that I would rather deal with Obama another 4 years then the devil I don't know or trust, Mormon or not.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  27. Doug Ericson

    It does appear, that Obama and his Campaign staff, are trying to steal the thunder from the wily Republicans, and are now engaging in an all out effort to lose the election. And who can blame them. Is there anyone else clueless enough in this entire Country, besides " Thank You Daddy ", Mitt Romney, to actually want to be President, while the inevitible crushing finacial collapse occurs. Perhaps Mitt is the right man for this term, with his experience with bankruptcies. I can see President Romney, calling the Chinese Leaders and telling them he has good news and bad news, with a smile on his face. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  28. Pete in Georgia

    He was in trouble the day AFTER his iinauguration.
    What would you expect from a neighborhood organizer with ZERO real life every day American experience ??
    It's actually humorous now watching him pretend he knows what he's doing.
    NEVER, has this country had such an impostor as President.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Steve, Clifton, Virginia


    Shouldn't the question and focus be on how much trouble is the U S economy in or how much trouble is U S politics in? Isn't it time that we stop focusing on individuals and turn our attentions to the general well being of our country? It doesn't seem to matter anymore who our President is because the country is so divided along party lines that it matters not if there is a Republican or Democrat in the white House. It doesn't matter if it's a new President or the same President; young or old; black or white. The division in America has tied the hands of the President and the office of the President is no longer effective. We as Americans need to stop this and come together and vote for the common good of All Americas and not along political party lines, conservative or liberal lines, or racial lines, or class lines, but along what unites us lines, along the United States lines.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  30. bonnie from NJ

    I think his "trouble" is nothing to worry about now. However, I sure wish he would get out there and show the how anti middle class the Republicans are and what they really stand for. Maybe the democrats do spend too much on entitlement programs, but the Republicans would only use the same money for the military. In general, I would much rather give my money for Foodstamps and rent subsidies for my mother and the other needy seniors in her complex than defense contractors and keep trying to police the world.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  31. Gary H. Boyd

    I think the chicken has come home to roost for Obama, Jack. All the smooth oratory, fast and loose moves, hob knobbing with Hollywood liberals and behind the scenes hi-jinks such as leaks to the TIMES, are not Presidential. In fact, some see him as a phony and since perception often overrides reality, he's in bigger trouble than he may realize. It's becoming clear reelection is no longer a certainty.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  32. Peg in NY

    He is in alot of trouble. He needs to take the problems of the middle class seriously or he will lose the election. He and his comments may have already cost him the election.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  33. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    As far as I am concerned president Obama is not in a lot of trouble and will get reelected. With the social media and the Internet you are able to see what Romney is really about and you know as a working man he is not about you and never will be. All Romney knows is wealth, all of Romney's friends is wealthy. His business experience represented the wealthy and making money for his wealthy investors. Whether that helped or hurt the average citizen was never on Romney's mind. This is who he will represent when he becomes president. So you see Jack, your question should be how much trouble is Romney in.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  34. wayne, va beach, va

    I'd say he is in a lot of trouble, Jack. Four years ago the people voted for Obama, because they had had enough of
    Bush. They just did't think of the fact that Bush wasn't running. The smooth talking Obama could have sold hot coffee to a man in hell. Not so this time, the people have his number.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  35. Pete in Florida

    Obama is in a LOT of trouble.....until voters take an unbiased honest look at Mitt Romney and virtually all national Republican politicians. Romney is dishonest about every issue, and will be even more incompetent as President than Bush was. The Republican politcians created our current economic crisis, and have worked nonstop for the past 3 years against anything that might help repair the damage that THEY created. You think things are bad now? Put the Repubs back in charge and you'll think that today's problems are NOTHING compared to the damage they'll do. Have Americans learned NOTHING from the disastrous policies and actions of George W Bush and his GOP Congress???

    June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  36. Bert in LA, CA

    Hi Jack, if history repeats itself, Obama is not in trouble. Franklin D. Roosevelt inherited the Great Depression from a failed Republican presidency and was re-elected three more times; enough time for his “New Deal.” Obama inherited this mess from another Republican who all but destroyed that New Deal. Americans will give Obama more time to fix the Republican mess he inherited. Also, bin Laden is dead!

    June 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  37. Ed from Texas

    No, Jack. The question should have been: How much trouble are we all in because Republicans believe doing nothing is their only way to return to power?

    June 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  38. Martha Brooks

    Up until a month or so ago, it was the GOPers that couldn't resist stepping in the cow plop. Now it's the administration and the Dem's turn. Obama and Clinton saying dumb stuff. Leaks. Lawmakers howling for blood and wallowing in "investigations." Other than the important stuff like the economy, Syria and Health Care, it's all just a show and the media buys into it. Like Will Shakespeare says...full of sound and fury etc. etc.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Tim In Dallas

    He is in a ton of trouble, and the Obama campaign knows it too. They will not get the pass they got 4 years ago and the election will not be handed to them on the silver platter that they thought it would. People are waking up and they see what has actually went on the last 4 years and they know that we cannot take 4 more years of the same thing. People can knock Romney all they want to, but his record is not half as bad as Obama's. People are realizing that Obama is in way over his head and doesnt have a clue what he is doing. Yes he is a likeable guy and is probably really nice, but likeable and nice does not pay the bills or put food on the table. Likeable and nice does not put a roof over your head.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  40. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This November and the following few months may be the most important in our history since the war between us and England. The President won't win in November regardless of his popularity. Net worth is down 40% and people blame him for it and the economy will not improve so it will be a blood bath. I'll still vote for him.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Michael "C", Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: We often tend to point the "blame finger" to one individual for the unfavorable things that are occurring in the nation at the moment-when the real blame is just a "look in the mirror." Obama might be riding rough waters, and might be in a little difficulty--but whatever trouble Obama may be in--Mitten's troubles are much worst! When Mitten looks into the mirror-it is void of an image!

    June 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  42. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    Trouble? Give me a break! The man has a great government job with great benefits as well as a helluva retirement plan. I wish I was in that much "trouble".

    June 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  43. curtis in philadelphia

    On a scale from one to ten, one being no trouble, ten being lots of trouble, Obama is at a five, as in there's five months to the election! Reading John Bryson's car wreck like they're tea leaves to predict the future is a total stretch, or it tells me that it's a slow news day. What if Bryson really did have a seizure? What if the Supreme Court rules in Obama's favor, what if Romeny continues to show his total disconnect to main street? This question proves that the 24-hour news cycle is a beast the needs to be constantly fed, fortunately there are lots of spoons like CNN, MSNBC and the F-word network to do so.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  44. jk in MN

    The other choice looks far scarier to me.......It's way too far from the election for all this speculation.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Wihelm in Las Vegas

    really all comes down to two factors, Jack. 1) how is the economy doing into November and 2) do the American people really want to turn the govenment over to "Gordon Gekko"?

    June 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  46. Ed from California

    None.....he's in Jack. Or, would you rather have the Tea Pots continue to run this once mighty country into the dirt? How many jobs have the Tea Pot governors created? Or, for that matter Boehner/ None is the answer. Didn't you hear Willard say that what happened in WI is the demise of the Unions? When I hear crap like that, all I can do is wonder if people can figure that a prevailing wage is set by Unions. If the Unions are gone, No one is immune to the greed and corruption of our American patriot corporations. We'll all be soon enough working for $5.00/hr and be living in a cardboard box under some freeway. How's that "trickle down" been working for ya so far??

    June 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

    Compared to what the GOP and Romney are offering, he's in good shape.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  48. Tom From Texas

    How much trouble is he in? How much trouble was General Custer in at the battle of the Little Big Horn?

    June 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Gurgyl

    He is not in trouble, if Mittens gets elected entire nation is in trouble. Bain capital sells this nation to china, true.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  50. Reggie

    Obama is in a whole lot of trouble but its we Americans who need to worry because if he gets voted back in, we are in for some long dark days. We cannot afford to let Obama get back in office because he is going to bankrupt our country even more. He is way over his head in the presidential office and even his advisors seem to have blinders on. We need that change in November when Obama is voted out of office so our country came be saved from a total disaster.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  51. susan

    How much trouble he is in can't be accurately measured until about the beginning of October. Unlike me, you, and the rest of the political junkies out there, the average person probably doesn't even know who the Republican nominee is. I'm serious here.

    Joe Klein said that when he was on the road a few weeks ago, he asked many, many people if they knew anything that was in "Obamacare." He said he didn't fine even one person who could name something.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, I'm an Obama supporter. His attempts to reverse the growing negative trends of our shrinking middle income citizens is admirable. However, when it comes to some bad circumstances that seem to be piling up and stemming independant support for his reelection, they seem to be -How do you put it?- Many. Multitudinous. Heaps. Loads. Etc.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  53. Annie, Atlanta

    With the rightwing in charge of the messaging, probably a lot. Have you ever heard those rightwing hate-mongers on the radio. Good grief, the lies, hate, and fear are stunning. Without a counterbalance to this crap, personally I see the Democratic Party as doomed. And you thought it was ugly out there years ago. It didn't come close back then. These folks are full of hate and they control the airwaves.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  54. Karl in Flint, MI

    Well, manure happens, even at the White House. It's nice of Mr. Milbank to point it all out, but, in a week or two it will be old, forgotten news. The economy isn't going anywhere because the GOP Congress has made sure of it and maybe this is what the White House and Mr. Milbank need to emphasize. If Romney gets elected, he will make the Bush disaster look like a bird dropping on someone elses windshield compared to his plans to "Bain" the government, I guess that's his idea of creating jobs, but you can't knock what Romney stands for if he doesn't stand for anything so pick on Obama.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  55. Joi Gibson

    Well Jack, unfortunately, he's probably in a lot of trouble. But, when all the media constantly shouts is the negative, and it's all his fault, it gets into the pyche of the electorate. I, for one, have faith that he will prevail. The alternative, that being Romney, scares me as much as the Tea Party House Republicans. I think it is quite apparent this Congress salivates at the thought of throwing flames at the President. What John McCain said is disgusting and he should be ashamed of himself, but he still hasn't recovered from losing the 2008 election.The statement about the private sector, while unfortunate, is taking into account that private corporate profits are at an all time high. Quite frankly, they are doing fine. Me thinks he over-thought what he was trying to say. I have a question, realizing this is a presidential election year, but why does no one challenge this ineffectual Congress?

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  56. Larry in Houston

    How much trouble is President Obama in?
    "The list is Long" you say? LOL yep, that's funny. too long as a matter of fact, Much Too Long to tell about it, in this column. LOL – I'm a Democrat – but I never agree with Perry, or any of his cronies, but senator John Cornyn is correct, Holder should resign, he should have resigned a long time ago. As a matter of fact, In my opinion, Holder has been the worst U.S. Attorney General this country ever had – Ever. Obama should never had put him in that postion in the first place, in addition , if it was me, I would have rolled his head out the door with his termination papers, long time ago. I honestly don't know how such a worthless person stays in his postion as long as he has.
    Now to Your Question : I don't care what the so called "polls" say – Just wait til sometime around the middle of October Jack. I'll bet you a dollar to your dime that the polls will change dramatically. Let me put it this way : IF the Jobless rate is hovering around 8% – (give or take a percentage point) believe me, Romney will be our next Commander-in-Chief, period.
    Then you say – "a pileup at the white house" ? LOL – Just wait til November 6th – The "pile-up " will be – "Obama's a one termer" – The bottom has already fallen out, as far as I'm concerned – with the almost 16 trillion, and it doesn't seem like anybody that is in office really cares. Not only the Wisconsin recall, but what about the senator that took Edward kennedy's place ? I mean, Kennedy was a democratic senator for practically a lifetime. And if you think about it, there's more republicans taking democratic positions in more states, than Ever before. Believe me, there will be NO 2nd Term, for obama, period. IF I was obama right now, I would get on the horn to axelrod & plouffe, and TELL THEM to get ahold of Every Voting Person In the 5 or 6 Battleground States that is between the Ages of 18 – 34 – Get Their E-Mail addresses, send them e-mails to get them to VOTE, period. (and whatever Else it Took to do it ) Tha't his base, not the CBC (congressional black caucus) ( and the black vote) and whomever group Axelrod & Plouffe is relaying to Obama. It's going to be the 18 – 34 yr olds, who are registered voters, period. Otherwise, Obama's SUNK, period.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  57. Mark in Houston

    Of course he's got some problems, he's been President for four years. How much trouble he's in depends on how much snake oil rhetoric the voter will buy from the Republicans. For me, I haven't forgotten what "they " did the last time they were running the show. Obama gets my vote, that is if Democrats are still allowed to vote in Texas, come November.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  58. Dave from Vancouver

    Depends on how misinformed the American people are. The fact is the Republicans have been deliberately tanking the economy to win back the presidency and the congress. They've kept unemployment high by blocking and refusing to even consider the American Jobs Act. Focus on the facts Jack, not the sound bites. If the majority of Americans do that, he'll be alright.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  59. Gigi Oregon

    My response is... How much is Mr. Romney in trouble , let me count the ways. His statement on the poor (which is about to included the middle class). The fact that our churches for years have not held Mormon's in a unfavorable light (ant-Christ). Romney care, model for Obama care (if the Supreme court rules against health care what will happen to Romney Care?). His states growth in jobs during his term as governor. His dodging the Draft to holiday in France wearing a black suit and tie rather the Army fatigues defending our country. The Super Packs, the backing of the Republican party that nearly destroyed the poor/middle class with bad mortgage loans other banking fees, loans and insurance scams. Plus the Republican party and the Bush years and two wars in the wrong country with no plan to finance those wars and leave the debt to our Grand Children and the Democrat party to clean up. Meddling in declining education, Social security etc. and giving tax breaks to the rich instead of paying off the war debt. If the media cares to hide these abuses of power "we the people" will talk about them till the vote in November for President Obama. And the progress of Obama (bin Laden topping the #1 spot) in spite of the Republican party having only one (1) agenda, to make President Obama a one term President. I could go on but I think you got the message. Just a few of my complaints, in my opinion, from one of the "we the people" an not a happy conservative.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  60. Donna Wisconsin

    Why is it he gets blamed for everything by the media? Congress is against EVERYTHING he does. So no jobs ergo blame Congress! Gas prices went down. While they were up, he got blamed. They are down–so how about some support, huh? And since Republicans are firmly against him, I truly beleive they are holding on to their $$ and will only hire AFTER Romney wins. So how about we start placing the blame where it belongs: an uncooperative, uncompromising Congress!!

    June 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  61. Alan Thomas

    Interesting and if it is all true, we the people need to know about it. I wonder why it isnt on the front CNN page?

    June 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  62. Jim, Denver CO


    He is only in trouble because of the partisan antics of Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP. Every administration has had its share of screw ups and mistakes. I would hate to imagine the ones a Romney presidency and GOP controlled Congress would create.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  63. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama is a big boy. Some people are at there best when they can bring out the negatives. People like former presidents unless they are George W., but they are not real interested in their opinions. I do not believe President Obama leaked information about secrets or secret operations, but if he knew who did they would be turned over to the Justice Department for charges. It would not be AG Gonalez's "Hide and Seek" game over who outed Valerie Blame. The Republicans do not have a very strong candidate in Mitt Romney, so they will try their negative spin starting with Sore-Loser McCain. The Republican Senators deicided the day after the election in 2008 they would have one an only one mission: defeat Barrack Obama, just ask Senator Jim DeMint

    June 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  64. Ed in Sacramento

    Obama will stay in office for at least another four years, no matter what it takes. The election, if it goes his way, would only ratify his intentions to consolidate power!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  65. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    The beat down of President Obama is in full swing. It's being led by neocons who from his very first day in office have held themselves responsible for the singular task of making sure he is a one term President. That is all they want to do for this country, nothing more, nothing less. Look at where it has gotten us, deepening polarization, bigotry, and ideologues spewing hatred for anyone who doesn't agree with their narrow minded views. The Republican party welcomes these people into their tent without so much as batting an eyelash at someone who would hang an effigy of Obama because of his stand on gay marriage. Not to mention those who would like to round up all the gays and lesbians into concentration camp like settings complete with barbed wire. These well documented actions and rants done by "men of the cloth", have not been repudiated by Romney nor the Republican Party. The press and the media simply report these incidents and virtually take a middle ground attitude for reasons I can't explain. The mud slinging goes on and on about Obamas economic policies, and it is being thrown by the same people who got us into this mess in the first place. Romney and his crew continue to negate any positive signs of recovery by slamming Obama for suggesting that private corporations invest in this country with jobs and ramping up manufacturing. He's slammed for wanting to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure with tax dollars coming from those who have benefited the most from a system that has been created of, by, and for self interest groups. I dare say the self interest groups fueling the anti Obama campaign don't give a damn about the environment in spite of all scientific evidence about global warming. Furthermore, when it comes to Presidential elections especially, the media and press want nothing more than a neck and neck horse race down to the finish line. If it were a runaway for either candidate it would be considered boring news I suppose. Yes Obama is in trouble but, it is with the wrong people who want nothing more than to replace him.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  66. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Obama should be in trouble for ordering the assasinations of american citizens, the assasinations of civilians in afghanistan and pakistan with drone attacks, the bombing and assasinations of libyan citizens, and for doing nothing to stop banks, and wall street brokers from speculating and gambling away trillions of dollars of free money from the federal reserve instead of investing in america.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  67. MNResident

    He would be in MUCH worse shape if he had a decent opponent running against him. President Obama's ONLY saving grace is that Mitt Romney might be worse than he is, and that is saying a LOT...

    June 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  68. Brando

    It's OVER. DONE. Rove wins. There's no Carville on obama's side. No, he CAN'T. SILENT MAJORITY. GO MITT! 😉

    June 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  69. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Carol Costello asked a question this morning about where did civility go in America. Ask the Republicans ... it obviously doesn't appear in their dictionary. Same goes for the media. Most of the 'people' haven't lost civility and neither has Mr. Obama. He'll land on his feet for another term.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  70. vicky

    Obama is surrounded by corruption. He needs to keep standing up to it.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  71. Todd from Florida

    It does not look good, and the hearing today targeting the Attorney General did not help. But let's remember when we went to war in Iraq...where were the calls for resignation and investigators? Maybe we need an old fashioned Democratic March on Washington...yes I meant capital "D".

    June 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  72. John Keida

    Cable news ratings are down. Everything that happens over the summer will be forgoten by the few that even knew. I am looking forward to the political ads .... NOT!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  73. New Jersey Harry

    His trouble started when he refused to prosecute Wall St for the 08 Collapse. You always get in trouble when you don't do your job, and selling out your country for the sake of a few rich political donors never brings you much good luck.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  74. Terry Tanner

    Sure the President is likable. So is my mailman and my plumber. That doesn't mean I want them in the Oval Office. This man, however bright and amiable...even admirable.....was not ready for the job and shame on the media and the public for not recognizing that.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  75. Karl in Flint, MI

    It doesn't really matter if Obama is in trouble or not. We Americans are in the real trouble. If Obama wins and Congress stays under GOP control in the House and with the filibuster control of the Senate, we can look forward to four more years of a do-nothing Congress. If Romney wins, he will "Bain" the government and he and the 1% will cash in on eliminating essential programs we seniors and others depend on to live, leaving us in a hole like he did Massachusetts.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    Not much trouble Jack. Everything is going great in the USA. Not! The only "Change" you can believe in is when this term is over. No worries for the President though, he will always be able to get a job at ACORN.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  77. Dennis

    He's definitely in trouble but not as much as you'd think. Sure the economy's not going that well but we have yet to see if this election will be a referendum on Obama or Obama vs. Romney. If it is the latter then Obama will win. Also do not forget the changing demographics of the country make it more favorable for a Democrat to win the election.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  78. David Raleigh, nc

    Obama isn't in as much trouble as the everyday hard working citizen will be if he gets re-elected. Another 4 years of the Obama way just isn't gonna work. The only change I have seen the last 3 1/2 years is negative. America willing, he needs to be a 1 term president

    June 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  79. Sidney Sperry

    The President is in so much trouble, In the spirit of bipartisanship i would like to offer the following If you support Mitt Romney drive with your lights on during the day, If you support Barack Obama drive with your light on at Night.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  80. Mary Harris

    Most of these things are beyond his control anyway, so he might as well take his family to Martha's Vineyard and chill out for a few days. His comment that the private sector is doing just fine is actually a partial truth: the banks, the defense contractors and the multinational corporations are on a major roll.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  81. juanita

    He's a one-termer...he should start looking for a job, now...before he is removed from the White House....hopefully he will not have as difficult of a time as millions and millions of Americans who are, now jobless...on his watch!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Richard From Montreal,Canada


    He would be in a lot more trouble if most Americans knew that the Democrats blocked legislation in 2005 by John McCain to regulate Fannie Mae which could have prevented the housing crisis and hence the sinking of the net worth of many Americans by as much as 40% since 2007.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  83. Cee.La

    Both parties are guilty of stupid.....and if people dont wise up and demand that these politicians tell the truth....things wont get any better...regardless of who is president. Now if the Republicans have their way we will have a "special prosecutor' to determine if Eric Holder did/didnt co operate with blah, blah, blah.......they make me sick.......Does anyone remember Ken Starr and the $60Million spent to investigate Clinton? Jeez with all the money these folks spend on elections, witch hunts, we could start some productive efforts to put America back to work......

    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  84. Arthur from Massachusetts

    Well the GOP has decided tyo tank the economy by not acting on a Jobs bill of any kind that Obama has sent to Congress. You have Romney sitting out lie after lie, McCain still fight the last election he lost and the Dems not really backing up the President. If Obama is in trouble God the whole coutry is with Romney as President. By the time election rolls around if the GOP keeps going on its present do nothing , than we will all be on the bread line and we will have no one else to blame but ourselves. Romney was the worst Govenor Mass ever had and just the thought of this spineless whimp as President is enought to make me sick to my stomach. Wake up American

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  85. Brad farmington nm

    He can come back from this but it does not look good and the news for what has to be doen does not look good for him either. Syria is in a civil war, we do nothing. All of last week and I will leave it at that. The fact that he might lose 2 battles in the Spreme Court on constituional grounds, when you are a Constitional Law Professor doesn't look good either. To turn this around he is going to have to lead not push like he has done for most of his term Farmington NM,

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  86. Suzann Lombard

    Considering the opponent, none! "The Mitt" loves to sound off re: the problems Obama inherited from the last Republican pres. who spent billions on two wars, two stimulus payments with borrowed money, and the unfunded drug program, he has offered NO concrete plans to eliminate all the debt and get America back to work. Easy to say, harder to propose concrete alternatives when you have no clue!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  87. david roberts

    alot with cnn following foxes lead and giving obama 100% negative coverage

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  88. John p

    Unfortunately our culture is one to vote in a man based on likability and not qualifications for president. Mr. Cafferty you forgot one more extremely important element that will be missing from the November 6 election; hype. In addition to all the recent unfortunate events for the president he is also going into November with a lot less hype than he had in 2008.

    I am extremely saddened by the extraordinary gap in this country.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  89. jack in texas

    He would not be in nearly as contentious of a fight if u would just do reporting rather than stir the pot for the Republicans. Why not show what is working? Why not talk about where we were? As one of those who lost a great deal of personal wealth I know exactly when it happened... It was pre-Obama. the statistics show it and we all should be reminded of it. The rest of the arguments are garbage. Do u want us to lose the rest of our retirement? What is wrong with you people? There should be no question that returning to the past policies are bad for all of us, except the almighty one percent.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  90. Joyce

    I don't hink he is in much trouble at all. The American people aren't dumb and they know when the repubs are blowing smoke.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  91. Theresa H in Las Vegas

    Amazing! The news has become part of the campaign. It depends on how YOU tell it, and CNN tells it different than MSNBC or FOX. There is no longer any integrity in the reporting, it's as if you all have an agenda. Obama is doing bad because you guys select things that are controversial and pound our heads with them. The real important stuff is easily brushed over. We will get the President you guys decide to support, and that's the truth.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  92. Phil Rutter

    I appreciate the question actually-it seems President Obama has moved from a cocky position to a one-down position and almost daily gains more data to justify the one-down position. I had hopes he could rally, but the attacks on Romney's corporate acumen and successes (Touted by Former President Clinton-even with the non-apology offered two days later) seemed off, and they were. I don't feel we have any confidence in President Obama, as he's really not earned it, nor does he seem to care?
    I fully believe Romney will be a tough competitor in the Fall. Obama seems to be making it easier for Romney to shine, each time he or one of his staffers open their mouths. Keep quiet Romney-it's going to all work out:)
    Phil from Philadelphia

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  93. Nancy Hale

    I know I would feel better with a second term for our President as he would probably feel more freedom to do what he said he would like to do the first term, if we had not been in such a crisis..I amsick of this campaign and the money spent thanks to the Supreme Court...Romney will in two years if he gets elected start to campaign for a second term..right now in America we need balance and consistency not more campaigns in 24 months from Nov. 6th.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  94. Jay in NC

    The same amount of trouble that he has always been in. The only differences is that the media is now willing to report the truth.
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  95. Michael in MS

    Like anything else in life, the President should give his reelection campaign the attention it deserves if he really wants to "pass the test" and resume his job next year. These recent problems and "gaffes" he and his competition are currently experiencing demonstrate that neither of them are really giving the November 2012 election their full attention.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  96. H. Lowe

    The President is only in as much trouble as you distortionists in the corporate-owned media conjure up for him Jack. It's obvious that you're all covering up Mitt Romney's compulsive lying and flip-flopping by attempting to paint both campaigns with the old "a pox on both your houses meme." President Obama is doing a GREAT job, the private sector– with its record profits and offshore trillions– IS doing fine (just ask Mitt), and you media people should try telling it like it is, instead of trying to extort the campaigns into spending as much of their war chests as you can take them for.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  97. Sidney Sperry

    The President is in so much trouble, In the spirit of bipartisanship i would like to offer the following If you support Mitt Romney drive with your lights on during the day, If you support Barack Obama drive with your light Off at Night.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  98. Ezra

    I would probably give up if I were the President. I wouldn't even run for a second term. The President's successes have become failures. From Obamacare to his stimulus package. America can't let him get re-elected. He will be more flexible after this election. Remember that one? At the end of the day at least the private sector is doing "fine" right?

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  99. Ivan from Bowie, MD


    The President is in no trouble at all. He told us on January 20, 2009 that he can't get everything done in the first term. Therefore, everyone needs to hold there horses and be patient. President is playing chess, while the Republicans are playing checkers.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  100. Sandy

    Same crap different day. It really doesn't matter which candidate is in trouble today, tomorrow , or next week. Our country is going down like a sinking ship. I Don't want either of the choices we have for president. The middle class (if there is such a think anymore) is shrinking and nobody seems to care. Candidates want to elaborate or same sex marriage...well I don't care who marries who...that does not affect my life. Who are we to judge anyone else anyways. We need to focus on important things like feeding our starving families, helping families keep their homes...you know the important things that make our country go. The answer to your question Jack is America is in trouble.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  101. Lisa s N.J

    I always thought that President Obama would be relected. Now I am not so sure. I have a feeling there will be a big push back from the oil and coal companies. Their commercials are very effective and they could be a game changer in states like Va, Pa, Ohio.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  102. RepublicanAllTheWay

    Yes, he's in trouble but more importantly, our nation is in trouble. The question is who will create more trouble for us in the next four years. Selfishly, I just want a job and hope either man can help all people seeking employment find opportunities to restore the American dream for our children.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Lou N.J

    His incompetence, untruthfullnes, and that of his adminstration seem to finally be doing him in. People are seeing him for what he really is. I'd say he is in a lot of trouble, but there is a long time left until the election.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Lori in Arizona

    His opponent is Mitt Romney...that should answer your question Jack!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  105. Sharon from Texas

    As long as media personalities (like yourself) with the "bully pulpit" keep using words like "Stupidly" when referring to the President of the USA, he is SAFE!! We will remember that comment on 11/6/2012.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Rollo

    Once the Republicans get off their obstructionism loving butts – EVERYONE is in trouble – this has been the biggest waste of public money- paying any of the folks from both side- co-exist. They should all be censured and or have their pay and bennies stopped until SOMETHING – or anything gets done.

    Heck no he isn't in trouble but he should stop being a weenie and come out HARD on behalf of AMERICA

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Nick, Rochester, Michigan

    Low unemployment rates continue to stay steady or increase, the housing market is in ruins, there are no jobs, immigration legislation is still a major concern, scandals cloud the administration, and our global reputation is questionable. The President's key health care legislation is on the line. The only thing my neighbors have gained from this administration was "Cash for Clunkers." I'd say President Obama is in a lot of trouble come November.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  108. Michael Langwiser

    The American people are finally taking a hard look at the president and seeing how shallow he really is. The voters want actions not excuses. But with him looking thru a political perism at everything he doesn't know what to do.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Susan from Fort Lauderdale

    Jack, I don't think too much. We are the junkies. I read every newspaper and watch CNN all day. The vast majority of the American people are not at all engaged in the election yet, and simply won't be until a month or so before November. The day to day ups and downs and the lies, rhetoric and gaffes by each of the candidates' flunkies are simply not being closely followed by too many folks. Too much can happen in 5 months – it is way too soon to count the president out, regardless of what is being touted (and hoped for!) by Fox and Drudge!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  110. Henry in Traverse City

    So the private sector isn't doing just fine? Really?? Did you bother to look at the earnings of the S&P 500? Of couse you didn't; they're at an all time high just like the salaries of their CEOs. You know how they got there? By laying off every worker they could. So part of the private sector is doing just fine ...by savaging the rest of us. Wake up Jack and don't leave all the research to your assistants!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  111. RickFromDetroit

    Both candidates appear to enjoy insulting the American Public and the election will be decided by which "candidate" is the lessor of the evils, or which "political party" is the lessor of the evils. BOTH CANDIDATES STINK TO THE BONE!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  112. Matt from Oakland, CA

    President Obama has had a rough week, no question. But America will be in for a rough four years if Mitt Romney were to win. At least we know that Obama is fighting for the average American. Romney is fighting for corporate America – the same people that got us into this economic mess. Jack, you're asking the wrong question – as usual.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  113. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Not as much as the American People are. Take a look at all the hate filled messages you have just recieved. How can we survive? I think if Obama is elected, we will not.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  114. Chagres Girl

    President Obama will not be in trouble when the debating starts. Mitt Romney cannot go off script, so unless he has the questions before the debate, he won't be able to answer clearly. How will he ever be able to deal with the Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Iran, etc., if he doesn't have his mike in his ear getting the answers dictated to him?

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  115. christine

    Blah! Blah! and more Blahs. Jack, to answer onf your stupid question. Please, go back four years ago and compare Obama's #s to a more likeable McCain to one of the most despised candidate called Romney. Obama's #s where not great then and he won by a land slide. He will win again even bigger this time because voters cannot stand Romney and don't trust him. If Obama is truly in trouble, why is Romney not running away with the election? I know because my tea party republican parents cannot stand Romney and they won't be voting for him.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  116. Diane Grandma

    The problem is the GOP. Let's vote them out of power because Thay are hurting the country.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  117. Frances

    That was quite a question Jack, you excoriated the President while answering your own question. President Obama took over a near depression from the Republicans. He has brought us back to a place where we can eventually get back to a slow recovery. If the Republicans (tea party) would stop obstructing and help, such as passing the American Jobs act, as well as hiring back needed teachers, cops, and firemen we would have thousands of more jobs.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  118. Dave

    President Obama will not have a problem throughout this election cycle because of the huge philosophical difference between him and Mitt Romney. The Tea Party might invigorate a sizable minority of rabble-rowsing, self-interested, pretend patriots. But the backing President Obama will energize the next few months will make the Southern Conservative senators and congressmen look pathetic. The economy is not vibrant and poses a threat to his re-election, but the gross indifference to common people represented by the Romney juggernaut will drive populist sentiment in President Obama's corner. He'll be alright and a second term is imminent, Jack. You can book it. Take a $10,000 bet from Romney and give him 2-1 odds.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  119. Jim Walsh

    It not how much trouble President Obama is in. How much trouble are we in if he is not re-elected. The Ryan plan will reduce medicare to a voucher system, we will have to work to well above 70 years of age unless you're lucky enough to drop dead young. And all because the greedy bastards can't understand that the money that made up the Bush tax cuts is gone. Tell these people if you want to cut spending let the tax cuts expire.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  120. Simon/Orlando

    A lot. He can't count on an anti-Bush vote again. He can't run on the "Hope and Change " thing. He has to run on his record, which at this point is abysmal. I don't think it's even going to be close.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  121. George

    We need Obama for another term because of the just say no Congress which is now bought out by the super rich PACs. We need a socialist form of elections to preserve the democracy. We need to find a way to start the Monoply game over since too few own too much. The closer we get to one person owning everything the worse it gets

    June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  122. Emery in Kentucky

    The recent bad news may be the wake-up call Progressives need to get off their bums andfight for the re-election of our great President. He needs four more years to undo the mess it took his prede sensor eight years to get I to. God help our country if mitt Romney gets elected. He and the GOP would put us on the same path to austerity that is crippling Europe. We need Obama and the DEMS to stimulate our economy through government spending on needed infrastructure projects while money is so cheap for us to borrow. We can start paying down the debt when our economy is on sounder footing. Beware of the GOP a d their austerity plan now or our country will sink into depression with astronomical unemployment

    June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  123. Suzann from Washington

    Considering the opponent, none! "The Mitt" loves to sound off re: the problems Obama inherited from the last Republican pres. who spent billions on two wars, two stimulus payments with borrowed money, and the unfunded drug program, he has offered NO concrete plans to eliminate all the debt and get America back to work. Easy to say, harder to propose concrete alternatives when you have no clue!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  124. Name*Persr

    The President has done a good job, and would have done more, if the people would work him. With the same force they oppose him

    June 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  125. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I have to answer that question WITH a question: How much trouble is the GOP in? Truth is, you and many others in the media are beating this dead horse into a pulp, and giving the Republicans reason to state that they'll beat Obama in November. If I wanted THAT type of reporting and commentating, I'd watch Fox News.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  126. Chagres Girl

    P.S. The country is going to be in trouble if the Republicans get into power – then they'll see all their insurance subsidies, cost of living allowances, medicare, medicaid, everything ! go out the window. Just look at Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and then get a clue.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  127. Dona

    What bothers me most is, why did the POTUS say he was offended that some think the security leak may have come from "his" WH. Why didn't he say they will get to bottom of it, and if it did, this will be dealt with. That's how most people who care about our nation would react.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  128. Jay

    President Obama was handed a torch that was almost out of fire, he didn't create it but he has worked tirelessly and diligently to turn back the tide. Crises as bad as he inherited do not usually flip overnight. I am getting so sick of the negative campaigning taking place. I don't think he should fear anything because he is doing everything possible to correct the fault that split this Country. Wish someone would give him credit.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  129. don smotzer

    He is in alot of trouble. The economy of the U.S. is shot. Washington is cooking the books for him to get elected again. More jobs are being lost as he gets rid of the cleaning staff at the white house because he is never their to get it dirty. Too many rock star vacations I guess.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  130. Germaine

    Trouble like the private sector, you know the one that is putting up record number of profits but refuse to hire? How American

    June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Sidney Sperry Las Vegas NV.

    IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP, i would like to offer the following, If you support Mitt Romney drive with your lights on during the day, If you support Barack Obama drive with your light's off at Night.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  132. Marie

    He is not is trouble at all!! Just wait and see.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  133. Lynne in AZ

    None. He's a great man and an excellent President. He's getting us out of two wars, has ridded us of Bin Laden, has told my Arizona Governor to stick it, and has made available health insurance for my grand daughter – all within 3 years. I think American's are intelligent enough to see through the ridiculous ads on TV and understand that the Republican members of the U.S. Congress are representing their Party and not their constituents. After taking the Oath of Office, doesn't that make those Represenatives traitors to the people of the U.S.? If the Supreme Court knocks down the Affordable Heath Care Act, where will the young people get healthcare and who will take the blame? Certainly not our President.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  134. Leo Fox

    It is all about Syria, Spain, and the economy. Obama promised civility, but appointed pit bull types, like Holder, to his cabinet. His sincere befief- "that the private sector economy is just fine" – shows his lack of understanding regarding the economy. I am afraid that he really believes that hiring more firemen will turn around the very weak economy.

    Obama would make a great vice-president. Maybe he and Hillory could switch. Or, he could go back to school and get a business degree.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  135. Dave in Indiana

    The electoral college final tally come Election Night will be higher than the '08 thrashing of John McCain. Expect totals in the area of 350-185 for President Obama's re-election. America is poised to bounce into world prominence not seen since the 1960s.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  136. Patrick from Baltimore

    Obama will only be in trouble if he personally does something stupid. Politics has become so devisive that the American people are numb to it and many will wait for the debates to see who the biggest liar is. We are not stupid and recognize that the House and Supreme Court are run by the Republican Party and that Holder has been a target. Obamacare will be overturned and the result will push the youth vote to OBAMA and the Supreme Court will be branded as Activists. War in the Middle East now seems inevitable so OBAMA will be a standing President during War time. The Negative adds paid for by the Fat Cats will be fun to watch this time as they will all be lies. The American people, God Bless Them, will vote based on the truth. That will come out in the face to face debates. OBAMA is still looking good.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  137. Lis

    You know I do like Obam and I will vote for him , why? cuwe he keep plugging long, and the republicians just can't stop bbbling bout it. no mtter what he does the Republicns continue to work against him. Since obme ws elected there total focus was to make sure that he doesnt get5 re–elected. That is why he cant get things done, nd because of the nasty dirty politics, the mericn people aren't stupid .I see it , I hope others do.Now wih Mitt I cant believe he is where he is at now, he h so mny homes nd is ter5ing down one that5 is worth millions , yes the beach front one that he wsnts to put the elivstors in, yes that one go on lkine and ook at it,. tslk about a wste. The is no way he can relate to the averge merican he was born with silver spoon, he couldnt live like the regular americn . I hsve no problem with person becomnig ricvh, but I do when they spend on wste , and he is wawteful.If I was rich I would be embarassed to think that I woud consider buying a blouse for $1,000.00 Sorry something is wrong with that, That comes from never having to lkive life and realize how many others live, They have no clue, I have a cousin who is worth millions and you would never know it he fits in where ever he goes, nothing stands out that he is rich, He lives his life like we all do. and well I think Obama comes from that same background as a lot of americans do, he earned all he has, and he wasn't born into it,.Remember The shrub/Bush? and remember what he did, and the lies, and Mitt is just another liar he has already been busted many times in flat lies, just like BUSH

    June 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  138. Lil Cheesy

    He is in no trouble at all, the GOP has manufactured this bandwagon and is trying to get the not initiated to jump on. The election should be over by 9:30 p.m. this time, with another Obama victory. So get your popcorn ready.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  139. Ernie J

    Vice President Biden put it best in the 2008 primaries.This job doesn`t lend it self to on the job training. it is now becoming very apparent Pres. Obama`s inexperience is starting to catch up with him.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  140. emma from fl

    Lots of trouble, people are waking up, and are not listening to the snake oil salesman.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  141. SGT.John Coley USA.RET

    Pres.Obama may be in a little trouble but america would be in a lot more if Romney gets into office with his policies.cuts too social programs womens free too choose loose their rights rich get richer poor who cares.thats what america turns iinto

    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  142. Jens Gessner

    Obama is not in trouble, and nor is Romney. Only the American people are in trouble, regardless of the outcome of your election in November. 'Citizens United' and the Supreme Court saw to it that elections will be greatly influenced – and even decided – by money, lots of money. Don't think for a second that the donors wouldn't expect anything in return.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  143. John from Tallahassee,FL

    I, along with other rational people would say that the president is in a bad position not only from recent events but his lack of resume over the past four years. It startles me to know that people still support a man who has done nothing, absolutely nothing for this country.

    My question to Obama supporters would be why, give me one reason why. I'm afraid the only answer I would get would be: " he is just a likable guy"

    June 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  144. don smotzer

    Do we even need to answer this question. Our country is in serious trouble and Harry Reid is worried about a boxing match. What a bunch of clowns we have elected.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  145. Tina in NC

    What trouble??!! To date he has been handling the 2-Mitts; the do-nothing congress; the "no-taxes" for the rich (middle class doesn't count); the "don't shoot 'til you see the whites of their eyes" jobs report - just in case any republican should (for heavens sake) seek to create A job - shoot them down, etc., etc. Why are you not asking, "why shouldn't Congress lose their jobs for lack of handling the economy and not helping to CREATE NOT ONE JOB??!!"

    June 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  146. Carrington Bell

    Carrington/ Seattle

    It will be and has been a rough month for POTUS and will only get worse if the supreme court rules Obamacare unconstitutional. What i believe President Obama needs to do is to continue to let us know his plan on improving the economy, I think generally most americans approve on his ideas on the need to improve the public sector and save jobs for our public servants, this issue i believe if he stands firm on it will impact Romney in a negative way. Romney still does not have a clear plan on how to improve the economy other than tax cuts and the slashing of entitlement programs.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  147. Frances

    The tea party Republicans have obstructed almost everything the President has tried to do. amazingly enough he was able to pass a much needed health care bill, brought back our Auto industry, and killed Osama bin Laden. All with no help from the do-nothing Congress.

    As soon as Karl rove (the guy who gave us Bush W.) heard about the Commerce Secretary's accident he immediately put out a disparaging statement tying him to the President until he head that the poor man had a stroke, then he said he was just joking.

    The Eric Holder side show put on by the Darryl Issa who loves to investigate Democrats but not Ruplicans is nothing but a witch hunt. Issa has no shame.

    The private sector is doing fine they are sitting on a trillion dollars, and there are more wealthy people now than ever. They aren't hiring, nor were they hiring under Bush when they had all their TAX CUTS, when we were losing eight hundred thousand jobs a month. Our bad luck was when the tea party was voted in.


    June 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  148. Max - Park City, UT

    This is a comment from a thread on another CNN article.. And MY answer to your question:

    What happened to the war on terror? Oh, yea, Obama won it. What happened to Osama Bin Laden? Oh, yea, Obama got him. What happened to Gaddafi? Oh, yea, Obama got him too. What happened to the Great Recession? Oh, yea, GDP has been growing for three years. What happened to GM? Oh, yea, Obama saved them, and they are the number one car maker in the world. What happened to the stock market? Oh, yea, it has doubled since the stimulus.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  149. shankblack

    For those deniers who don't think Obama is in BIG trouble, I suggest you read Dana Milbank's article again. And my friends and most ardent liberal supporters of this president have ceased promoting his cause and intelligence. That to me is even more telling than Dana Milbank's article.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  150. Overby

    The common question being asked is.."are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?"...I think the question should be..."are you more afraid today than you were 4 years ago?"....even with all of Bush's mistakes and screw-ups, I wasn't afraid of the future 4 years ago. Today I'm completely fearful of the future in ObamaVille for me and my kids and grandkids and there's only one way to solve it...ABO, Anybody But Obama......

    June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  151. Cornel

    The POTUS is not in any trouble, we have his back and we will be there in November. To be blamed for an economy he inherited and have the Republicans to put their party first and the American people second is an outright shame. To have two wars unfunded, tax cuts unfunded, and the economy crashes, it no wonder why the US is in debt. The stimulus was not enough to surge the economy forward and now the Republicans answer is cut programs that were bipartisan. Bipartisanship will return upon OBAMA's re-election!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  152. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    He is fine and will always be ok. I wish the Question today would of been if Obama is in trouble, where are we gOing to be if Mitts is the new President. That is the real nightmare Jack!!!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  153. Joan

    Obama is not in any trouble., he does have a problem with you and CNN beating him down every chance you get. All the money the gop is spending should be put toward a makeover for Romney. Romney walks like a chicken that was born with really short legs and that clicking thing he does with his mouth after every sentence is unbearable to watch – just forget the makeover some things just can't be fixed. I could go on and on with the Romney flaws but don't want to waste my time.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  154. lynnej in nc

    None. The debates nor has Mr. Romney's VP pick have happened yet. So don't even go there. It's only in the first quarter of the football game and all anyone has been doing is punting.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  155. O.T.

    The bottom line has always been that Obama is, at heart, a statist and a wealth redistributionist. His policies result in less freedom and less economic growth, and less justice. He was doomed to fail, and now he's failing.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  156. cliff

    Jack, once again I love your fox news take on Obama. When Obama spoke on the Private Sector he did clarify that the Private Sector has been the steady part of the Economy and it has. Comparable to the rest of the Economy, it's been doing fine actually. It's the public sector that's been suffering and I think most Americans know this as well.

    Secondly, if you watched CNBC you's have seen the small buisness report today that showed the hirings were up and as a result this month they expect unemployment to drop. Sounds like a decent month brewing to me. Lastly, if Obamacare is overturned, most, even Republicans conceed that it will actually help fire up the Dem base which should help him in Nov. Bad month? If this is a bad month, I'll take it. It beats G.W Bush Jr and his second lowest favorability rating in U.S history, no?

    June 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  157. Name*Shay

    As long as the so called liberal press keeps the non stories on the front page. Did everybody forget about Valerie Plame. It's a fact that the public sector is doing poorly when 250,000 teachers are out of a job due to Republicans.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |

    one reason why jack is relegated to non prime time short segments is his inability to get understand the big picture. the thought that an unexpected seizure of cabinet member is Obama/s fault is beyond absurd. i know, i work in special education with students who have seizures. there is no warning and frequently no way to accurately predict the next one. as far as "fast and furious" is concerned, this program was started by the alcohol, tobacco and firearms chief of George Bush and it continued under his deputy as congress would not appoint Obama's choice to head the agency. in addtion, the GOP is desperate to try to find some way to dirty up Obama, so , of course this greek chorus of GOP sobbing is designed as their way to defeat Obama. you think he is an easy target? you underestimate Obama. wathc and see.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  159. JOHNNY S.

    the president is not going to win . because he taks one step forard and ten backard. he is the warst president this country ever had.he is a left luny tunn.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  160. joe Jarvis

    This president has flushed the country down the comode and hopefully he will follow the rest of us down with it. We are in dire need of true leadership not just the hype of hope and change. I just hope that the American people realize that if we reelect him it will be the end of this country the way we have leared to love it. We will be right behind Eourope in no time.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  161. mfx3

    Half of the items on this laundry list of problems are nothing more than smokescreens issued by the GOP, the other half aren't that big a deal. Obama could be doing better, but he's doing fine as far as the election is concerned.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  162. M. Johnson

    The President is in no more trouble than G.W. Bush was. Yes, he had a bad week, but how about the week he slammed Trump & killed Osama? Not to mention making a fool out of Trump when he proved his Birth Certificate was valid???

    Jack, Romney even erased ALL of his hard drives when he left the Mass Gov!

    A President always gains more experience in his second term & I'm betting the Economy will improve soon! And what a plus it was when Romney linked up Trump in Las Vegas.

    There is no guarantee the Supreme Court will strike down the Health Care law. Who's decided that already?


    June 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  163. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Jack – Your "Republican-leaning feathers" are showing. You just can not be fair to the President. The President's troubles began when he inherited a disasterous economy from Bush – two wars unfunded, tax breaks for seniors, unfunded, of course and tax breaks for the wealthiest citizens plus an economy going over the edge. His troubles and, in deed, the country's problems continued when the Republicans refused to work with the President to try to get the county back on track. Mitch McConnell said CLEARLY that the R's would not work with the President and he kept his word. The R's, upset because they lost and an African-American Democrat sat in the White House, were willing to take down the country to make this President fail. It is the continual behavior of the R's that has given nothing but problems to the President. Their behavior has been un-American, shameful and disgusting. Every R should look around at the unemployed man and women and realize they, offering no help to the President and, instead, did everything possible to bring this about, are responsible for the mess we have today. For many years, I was a Republican – never, never again. What has happened to the once-proud Republican party?

    June 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  164. Jim Charlotte NC

    Hopefully a lot since on his first day Romney will have everything under control. I'm sure unemployment will disappear in a matter of day. Apple, Ann Taylor, Nike and the rest will return to te US and pay a livable wage. Iran will surrender and China will beg us to be their friend no matter what it cost them..

    June 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  165. Gearloose

    It has taken three plus years, but Obama's lack of skill and experience is now showing. He's not in trouble because as someone else pointed out he's a multimillionaire and will land on his feet, but my bet is that he won't be our president next year.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  166. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Obama's not in as much trouble as Romney's going to be in because trouble loves company and Obama isn't going down without a fight.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  167. Thom Richer

    None, really. Had anyone but Romney been his opponent, he would have to worry some. However, since the Republican candidate, and I am not too sure he really is, is Romney, Obama will be reelected come what may.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  168. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The President's campaign is in imminent danger of being out spent by his GOP opponent. In 2010 when the Supreme Court gave the thumbs up for corporations to buy the politicians of their choice Democrats were placed in a position to eat dog food and puke or give up owed pensions, guaranteed healthcare, the value of their homes and their children's education. Democracy needs a serious review only not by the Supreme Court.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  169. Johnnie

    I see no trouble with Obama as yet, rather what I see is the majority that some few "Fast and Furious" politicians have deceived and continue to deceive.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  170. toni

    I suggest that people start listening to facts instead of Fox with all their lies which are unfortuntate for this the country.

    The House Republicans should all be fired as far as I'm concerned but they have redistricted to protect many of their own government jobs. If anyone is to be blamed is the Tea Party Republicans who even Jeb Bush is concerned about. Until we get the Tea Party Republicans out of office, God help us all.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  171. Phil

    I think he is sinking in his own quicksand. He tried to solve economic problems with socialist solutions and that was the wrong choice. Now he is looking frantically on who to blame. The american public by in large is getting tired of the finger pointing. They know he will now say anything if he thinks it will incrementally improve his chances of a second term. There is an old saying that applies to this; "Fool us once shame on you, fool us twice shame on us" This time we won't be fooled. It's time; BO MUST GO !

    June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  172. Bill

    Am I better off ecnomically than I was four years ago? Eight years ago? Ten years ago? No

    June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  173. Donaldo in ATL

    Not sure where to start, my suggestion would be to stay out of news conferences, lock yourself in the Oval Office, invite Congress leaders in, lock the doors until you arrive at real solutions. What has been revealed is his true level of ineptness and incompetence. Chicago might have an opening for a community leader with all the gang killings, he would fit right in.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  174. Duke from the Crowbar Saloon

    Trouble? Obama is polling at over-75% of the Hispanic vote, over-70% of the age 18-to-30 group and over-60% of the women voters. Everyone knows who caused our recession and who prolongs it by being unwilling to compromise.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  175. BC in LA

    Its close right now as to whether he deserves to keep his job.... some good things need to happen between now and the Fall.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  176. Peter from Toronto

    Obama is in serious trouble. It's mostly not his own fault, but fairness has never mattered much in politics.

    I think it would be insanity to put a Republican back in the White House spouting the same policies that helped to create the mess, but a lot of people will simply see that things are bad, want something different, and forget who created the mess in the first place.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  177. Tom James

    President Obama has been a do nothing President. He falls somewhere around the Jimmy Carter range.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  178. BamaRama

    Looks like Republican wishful thinking. If you could only make it so by saying it!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |