What kind of 'change' did President Obama deliver?
July 10th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

What kind of 'change' did President Obama deliver?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barring some cataclysmic surprise as election day nears and people decide who they're going to vote for, it will likely come down to what it always comes down to - the answer to that eternal question: How am I doing?

In 2008 President Obama won by promising to change America.

And he has. Trouble is some people think he's changed it for the worse.

Mitt Romney remains pretty much an unknown, except for his time as governor of Massachusetts.

He wants lower taxes, fewer regulations, more defense spending, and an end to what he calls the "kick in the gut" of 8.2% unemployment.

The wild card for the winner of the presidential election is Congress.

The Democrats control the Senate. The Republicans control the House. And unless that changes, it's doubtful whoever wins is going to get much done.

But one thing's for certain: This is not the same country President Obama took over when he was inaugurated in January of 2009.

Our standard of living continues to decline and our National Debt has passed the point of no return

The middle class is rapidly disappearing and the hope that President Obama spoke of along with change is increasingly tough to come by.

The fact is the U.S. may have changed forever. And not for the better.

Here’s my question to you: What kind of "change" did President Obama deliver?

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 (237 Responses)
  1. Bruce PompFL

    My business is up 20% per year for the last 3 years. With the economy slowing again, it is down a few points YTD but if the confidence level goes up, business will start growing again. With the Affordable Health Care Act, once the purchasing groups are in place employee health care will be provided at a reasonable price and employee retention and hiring will be easier.

    This is change I can believe in. Real and good for the small businesses

    July 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  2. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Lets see, the economy stopped moving down and up (not as much as propels would have liked), health care has gotten better (not as good as a single payer, but its not bad), Bin Laden is dead, we're out of Iraq, will be out of Afghanistan, the whole world doesn't hate us and the US's influence on the world seems to be much stronger. All of this despite having an opposing party put his 2012 loss as their number one, two and three goals above all else and I'd say its pretty impressive. Could it be better? Yes, but I don't know of anyone who would have done so in the circumstances he had to deal with.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama provided change when he saved the automobile industry, he delivered The Stock Market from 6500 points to 12,000+ points by 2010, provided regulations so wall street banks would be more accountable, he delivered confidence to the financial sector improving 401K's invesments for retiree in the future, and changed the way health care would be delivered to the 38 million who had no coverage. These changes needed to happen because much of the financial sector regulations dated back to the 1930's and were out of date. The Affordable Health Care Act made people who could afford heath insurance a penalty or tax, if they do not get some type of coverage. The health care act imroved health care for everyone. The last time health care made this needed big of a change was 1965 adoption of Medicare Act. Yes, changes which were needed and delivered by President Barrack Obama.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Jayne in NH

    In 2014 people won't be tied to a job they hate because of health insurance. That's huge. He ended the Iraqi war and Bin Laden is history. The U.S. auto industry has survived only because of the President's actions. At the time of the Wall Street meltdown no other entity would give them a loan. On a personal note, if I hadn't been able to get into the new pre-existing condition insurance pool, I would probably be in a wheelchair today.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Honor and dignity, for starters. A sense we won't see war based on a grudge, either his or his vp's. A sense that though his hands are tied by money, power, and petulance, he actually gives a damn about this country and its people. We've traveled far in a positive direction under his stewardship. Of course if you listen to rightwing hate radio and tv, you'll never know it, sadly. Our media is allowed to lie to us now, and that's just a whole other story, and a shame.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  6. Richard Hill/Colebrook,NH

    Let's see Jack; LillyLebetter done, DADT done, wall street reform done, healthcare reform done, Osama Bin Ladin done, Troops out of Afghanistan done, fighting for the Middleclass done; completely cleaning the GOP'S PLOW, on a daily basis,PRICELESS!

    July 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  7. Catha Dock

    What kind of change could you expect when from day one of election the( i can't believe we have a black president) congress had already decided that they wasn't passing anything he put on the table.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  8. Pat in Michigan

    the transparency he promised turned out to be the racist attitude of a certain political party camoflaged in supposed ideology The people who are blatantly stonewalling are racist in their intent to make sure he is a one term president.
    To me though he did show the world that THE PUBLIC would not lose their minds and fall into chaos because a black man was in the white house.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  9. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    He hobbled the runaway assault on our economy that health care has been. He signed legislation guranteeing women the right to be paid what they earned. He ended the Republican war in Iraq. Bin Laden can't tell you all that has been done regarding terrorism. Obama prevented a second depression in this country while Europe adopted the Republican austerity approach and are now in double dip recession.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Kimmy, Salisbury NC

    We got hustled Jack, by a smooth talker. He promised us change. He didn't say what kind of change. He didn't tell us we would have to pay to bail out the banks..(hurting the middle class in the pocket book). His health care 'fine', 'penalty' , 'tax' whatever you want to call it for those to poor to pay for medical insurance.. The big thing I would like to see is just what the REAL Unemployment numbers are... Count those who can no longer collect, count those who couldn't find a job and are now able to collect SS, count those who just gave up.... I am guessing about 22% Could CNN please run the numbers on the TRUE unemployment numbers?

    July 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  11. Russ in PA

    More of the same old, tired Progressive semantics and spending from Obama. Of course, that is similar to what the Republicans promised and delivered: ever more government intervention, ever more spending, and less common sense. Once again the best answer to this remains as always: Ron Paul in 2012...

    July 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Gary in San Jose, California

    President Obama delivered all kinds of changes in his speeches but turned out to be a typical Democratic politician. I'm sure he had good intentions but got ruined by the system just like many others. Our system of government is not very open to change. Maybe that's what we should change.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  13. jk in MN

    Right now, only as much as the obstructionist GOP majority in the house and the senate minority will allow. What the Congression GOP members of Congress have done (or not done is the better wording) since the President took office and the GOP took over the House seems treasonous to me. To put your party's interest in winning over the good of the country is absolutely unacceptable!

    July 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  14. EdfromMd

    The kind where the more things change the more they stay the same.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  15. Ed from California

    You know Jack....Pres Obama did pretty well considering that the Teapot congress did absolutely nothing to help the middle class grow. As you well know Jack,,,congress has the American checkbook. And with that they can stop all of our corporate welfare to American corporations that do nothing to grow our countries economy, just their own economy.Congress could end the unbalanced trade w/communist China, Mexico, and India. Congress could invest in new schools or fixing up our old ones. Congress could invest in all new infrastructure, roads, bridges etc... Congress could get behind in helping provide Solar panels to all homes across this great land. Help make cheap home electricity for our use. Perhaps, Solyndra wouldn't have gone out-of-business. Without Congress's help, no president can be successful. We all know why they don't want to get behind him. Lets all hope America wakes up and fire all those in DC that won't support America and her families. It's, "We the people", Not, We the Koch brothers!!

    P.S. I do like though, that John Roberts made Medical insurance a TAX. I believe we can write the whole thing off and not that lousy 2% of AGI crap!! I hope that right?

    July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  16. Catha Dock

    why is everyone forgetting that Romney stated that he is not worried about the poor because there is a safety net in place for us, that's in response to the private sector. Congress and republicans are holding up progress in this nation just to derailed this black President, why wont the media just state the truth.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  17. wayne, va beach, va

    The kind that stinks, Jack.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  18. bob

    you're kidding right. he ruined this country.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  19. Indie Pete in Florida

    More fair question would be: "How much of the change that Obama tried to deliver was blocked by Reoublicans trying to destroy his Presidency?". My question is, when are you moving to Fox News, Jack? Your disingenuous Obama attacks disguised as innocent questions would go over big during Hannity's show.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  20. Peg in NY

    He delivered no relevant changes.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  21. jen seattle,wa

    Obama MissInterpretated the words at the jefferson memorial with belief that to change you have to change the color of the people who are in charge.That is racist and doesnt solve the dilemma of people being backstabbed with affirmative action infractions ,nor does it solve the inhenrent corruption that his financial reform allowed the status quo.Obama Only changed the future success of u.s. by empowering china who dictates some tax policy that he capitulates to in order to make the lender more happy than the borrower

    July 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    He delivered change to the 30 Million uninsured American citizens. Unfortunately, the changes he attempted have been thwarted by "TEA Partiers" and Grover Norquist and his un-American pledge. I wish the TEA Partiers would learn from such Founding Fathers as Hamilton and Washington (As in the "Whiskey Rebellion".) What a bunch of unwitting dupes.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    ......passed healthcare in American history, killed Bin Laden etc, passed Fin. Reg Reform, push infrastructure, green energy, DADT, consumer protection,

    July 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  24. Brad, Portland, OR

    The change Obama delivered from the Bush administration is he actually TRIED to do the right thing and make things better.

    Bush just made things worse and worse.

    Unfortunately, Obama was blocked at every turn by the Republicans in Congress, whose only goal was to make Obama a one-term President, no matter how badly it hurt the country. Their reasoning being that if conditions were bad, Obama wouldn't be re-elected.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  25. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    President Obama delivered the kind of change which redirected the country from lowering taxes while in the middle of two wars. He delivered the kind of change which changed our economy from substantial job loses to one of mild but reversed job gains. He brought forth the greatest increase in young adult engagement in the political process. President Obama restored respect and admiration for America . Finally, he brought intellect and civility back into the Office of The White House despite the lack of it offered by his critics. Blend of of these things together and the change he delivered was clearly Leadership.....

    July 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  26. Richard Texas

    Well Jack we can say for certain that he got the republicans out of the Whitehouse for 4 years and we have not entered into any more needless wars like Iraq. We went there twice under the republicans lead by Bush 1 and then a second time under Bush 2 and those folks never attacked any American on 9/11 or before 9/11. Obama may not have delivered on many promises but the one thing he did do was deliver us from the republicans and for that I would elect him again and I suspect many others will too.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  27. Elba Garza

    I elba has to say about president obama i think hes doin his job all the while when he became president we was in a verry bad situation now you congress know verry well you put him in a spot and to see what he can do well as far as i can see hes got us out on the major issues and like he said it will take some time and i been seeing progress on them issues now the ritch want to pay on the ballots giving us americans no say on what who and why well as an america im tired of them playing with ower lives we are goin to take back ower rite for a fare vote so mr. president obama you keep doing wat need to be dun i be leave we will get back ower rights becaues in reality!! its us that can make a change we american can .

    July 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  28. s in fl

    He changed the direction of the country, Jack. His list of his accomplishments is historical, especially considering the fact that he walked through his first term with the GOP hanging on his leg like a red-faced, screaming spoiled brat in a crowded Walmart, holding their breath till we ALL turn blue. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so terrifying.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  29. Randy

    He did what no republican president could ever dream about doing, he put social security and medicare up for auction while silencing the left and the African American constituency. While the left and african Americans are in this starry eyed Obama daze he has basically adopted republican policies and pawning them off as liberal. Along with clintons fake liberalism and obamas right wing 180, we've gotten NAFTA, FISA, bank bailouts, forced ins. Industry healthcare, more wars, trickle up joblessness, congressional insider trading, no wall street prosecutions, continual bush tax cuts for the rich, etc, etc.. . If I was republican. Jesus Christ couldn't stop me from voting Obama in November.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  30. Ronald Morris

    I actually don;t think he has changed things much. The economy was shot when he was elected and it is still shot. His great news this month, 150,000 new workers and 80,000 new jobs. That;s a net increase in unemployment of 70,000 for June. All the 'statistics' that politicians use to hide the real unemployment numbers just really don't hold up against facts like these. To expand on Mark Twain "There are lies, d####d lies, statistics and political speech."

    July 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  31. Sherrie

    The "change" that Obama delivered has been a huge increase in our national debt, a huge tax increase in the
    guise of "Obamacare", and the worst economy in memory. He may (or may not) have delivered two and a half
    million "new" jobs; he certainly delivered more than THREE million new people on the "disability" rolls.

    God help us.

    Morgan County

    July 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  32. Andre R. Newcomb

    40 of 41! Continuing a tradition of no-nonsense like stone-walling Democrats so that Republican Senators could deliver a pocket veto knock-out.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  33. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't care who is president you need a Congress that is willing to work with you. President Obama's administration without the help of Congress still created more jobs than George W did in his first four years in office. I feel once the new health care plan gets up and running the public will realize just how good it is for everyone like the people did in Massachusetts when Romney introduced the same plan years ago. When you have a president offering for every $10 cut there will be one dollar in taxes in order to cut the deficit and the Republicans refuse it because they took a pledge to Glover Nordquist, who is not even a member of government. To me that shows you exactly what the president is up against.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  34. Loren, Chicago

    He brought the "Chicago Way" to national politics. If you aren't familiar with the Chicago Way, it means doing whatever it takes to get elected and stay elected regardless of how it impacts the electorate. It means taking care of the people who donated to your campaign at the expense of the needs of the electorate. It means getting jobs for your friends regardless of their ability or capability for the jobs that they get. It is above all painting your opponents as enemies at the expense of the truth. For as bad as politics have been in this country, the Chicago Way is the absolute nadir.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  35. KB and JB central Florida

    What kind of change? appears to be trying to drag the USA down the rabbit hole! It may not have been the best of circumstances when he ascended to the presidency, but the track record/results prove it's not only "just as bad", it's much worse – jobs, debt – dividing the people – history does have a way of repeating itself.
    Wake up people.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Sandstone

    "Loose! Most people all over the world are now counting their pennies, and it was nothing like this until 2009, then it just grew out of all proportions."

    July 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  37. Tom in Desoto, TX

    He did get health care passed and even Judge Roberts went along. The "Just say No" Party, AKA Republicans, to everything Obama attempted I'm sure are fuming about Roberts's vote. For 3 1/2 years Republicans have voted as one against Obama and it didn't matter what the issue. Vote Republican, they can't wait to repeal minimum wage laws.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  38. David - Augusta, Georgia

    The change President Obama delivered was America being a country that people look up at to a country that is run by China, acts like Britian, and that cowers against Russia like the French to the Germans in World War 2.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  39. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Ended our wasted efforts in Iraq, got OBL, kept the tax cuts and passed a health care law. All things considered in the last two years with the GOP's main goal to destroy everything to defeat him, I'd give him an A+ and the GOP a ticket to Afhangistan with an empty weapon.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  40. Reggie53

    The change that Obama brought is the change in the worst way. His policies have been disasterous and we cannot afford to give him another 4 years to destroy our country even further. Obama is way over his head and he has no sense of leadership. His change is the kind of change that you would not even wish on your worst enemy that is how bad it has been.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  41. Ron WPAFB

    There you go again, Jack, asking a question that can't be answered! He has changed Health Care forever! He did go after the guys that actually perpetrated 9-11 and killed Bin Laden! He pulled us out of that Bush War! But the real change is yet to come. The GOP has blocked good legislation at every turn. Even today voting to repeal Health Care again, a measure that is certain no to pass the Senate and has a Veto waiting on it as the GOP wastes more and more Taxpayer time and Money. In November, when we send the GOP home over their Partisan Politics and total disregard for the American People, Then we'll see real change, progress, Jobs, and prosperity. The GOP has to GO!

    July 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  42. robin

    about sixty three cens

    July 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  43. Michael Bindner

    He stopped another great depression. Sadly, he did not do anything to change the tenor of debate. Even passing a GOP developed health care plan met with opposition that likely had everything to do with his age and race and nothing to do with policy.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  44. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Unfortunately, for President Obama and the rest of America, the biggest change we saw is the racist and obstructionist far right wing of the Republican party coming out of the shadows that they normaly operate in. For decades we all knew they were there, planting the seeds of hate and division among the fringe elements in society. Their own fear and paranoia has forced them out into the light of day for all to see. This is obviously not the "change" Obama was talking about, and it is so very sad, and extremely frustrating, to witness a major political party turn against the very nation they proclaim to love. So much valuable time and national treasure has been needlessly wasted because a few small men in powerful positions insist on putting their own personal fears and bigotry ahead of the good of the nation.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  45. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Obama did not deliver any change for main street. All we got from obama is more unemployment, more illegals, more forclosures, assassinations of americans, patriot act extension, no jobs for college grads, higher gasoline prices, higher food prices, higher tuition, higher health care premiums, higher drug prices, 3 trillion more in federal debt, more defense spending, more wars, more drone attacks, more taxcuts for the rich, more bonuses for wall street, the rich got richer, and the big banks got bigger.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  46. Pete in Georgia

    He delivered CHANGE designed to forever alter America from a Free Enterprise Capitalist society to a Socialist Society. A society where EVERYONE get's a share of the nations wealth regardless if they are Citizens, regardless of education, regardless of work ethic.
    Pretty much regardless of anything.
    It's the ultimate insult to every hard working American who believes in personal integrity and accountability.
    Under his mantra America will turn into a lazy unproductive society of parasites.
    Total doom within 25 years.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  47. John E



    He promised a new brand of politics based around the people and he delivered politics as usual. Instead of doing what he said he would do by reaching out to experts outside of the normal politicians, he reached out to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank to pull out the old tired liberal democrats playbook to try and solve our problems. He said he would be a different president than Bush but instead he signed extensions to the patriot act and expanded NDAA essentially doubling down on Bush era policies. He said he wouldn't drop the ball like Bush did in Katrina yet when his time came with the gulf oil spill, he coward down to BP and let them do what they wanted almost seeming afraid to confront BP and get things done right for the people.

    Jack, anyone can see that there has been zero change and that President Obama has proven himself to be a typical politician, promising everything and delivering nothing. We had 8 years previously of this type of politician. But sadly, no matter if we vote for Obama or Romney, we will get the SAME exact level of change, ZERO. Why? Because big money runs these politicians and both candidates will do exactly what they are told.

    Sad, isn't it Jack?

    July 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  48. Valeria

    He saved the U.S automotive company. He enforced the Lilybed Law. Those are a couple changes, but, i think there should be a WHOLE LOT more....

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    July 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  49. Janne from NC

    The national debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama
    welfare funding has increased by 41% and the
    labor force participation rate has plummeted to 63.7%
    How's that for CHANGE you can believe in ?!

    July 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  50. chris

    the change we did not ask for from his presentation as a candite in 2008

    July 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  51. Dave R-Seattle

    The biggest change will not be seen in his lifetime. It is the inspiration he gives to young African Americans, to achieve and become great leaders.

    July 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  52. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Your question challenging as it is, implies that the country would have been better off with McCain/Palin. I beg to differ and thus my answer is in the form of a question. Do you really think Sarah Palin was suitable to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency? Do you feel grateful that didn't happen? As far as McCain and the Republican intransigent attitude is concerned, were he to be in the Oval Office I believe we'd still be in Iraq, the global community would hate us as much as they did under "W's" watch, and the downward financial spiral would not have bottomed out yet. Please spare me the details of what President Obama has not achieved.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  53. TODD

    more illegal immigrants rights,more racial tensions,more debt to china,more taxes for his healthcare fiasco..shall i continue..or were you looking for positive points?..none come to mind.


    July 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  54. PeteWJr

    Jack, do we need to provide you and the media with another long list of the President's accomplishments? Just because he can't get everything done in three to four years doesn't mean he hasn't accomplished anything. The President told the American people it may very well take a second term and given the Congress that he has to work with, what more can you expect short of more Executive Orders like Bush did? It is time for the Congress (Republicans) to put their bruised egos aside from the loss of the White House and do their job! When are people going to hold them accountable instead of just the President?

    July 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  55. Ann from Charleston SC

    President Obama didn't deliver the change. The Republicans who declared that their mission was to make Obama a one term president delivered the change by blocking every move he tried to make, by refusing to work with him, refusing to recognize consensus and to compromise. Until we get grown-ups elected to Congress, we will continue along this path of self destruction.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  56. TG

    You can't bring change to anything if one half of the viable changers won't even consider change or compromise. This has been the fly in the ointment, so to speak, since President Obama was sworn in. Actually, prior to his officially becoming our president, the Republicans started their quest to make sure President Obama failed. The Republican House of Representatives and their way or the highway attitude is running this wonderful country down the commode. They really don't care about the US or the people of this country. They only care about themselves and getting President Obama out of office. They are the ones that should be voted out – not President Obama. If all these corporations (part of the 1%) are the job creators – where are the jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have had the huge tax cuts for years.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  57. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Jack, if you think Mr. Obama has 'changed' things for the worse ... you ain't seen nuthin yet if Romney gets in. If Romney becomes President. the USA will no longer have a middle class ... only the very rich and the poor. At least Obama sounds sincere when he talks about helping the middle class. Romney only wants the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. I shudder to think ........

    July 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  58. David of Alexandria VA

    Obama changed the tenor of the national dialogue. And, not for the better. He was elected on a hopeful and inclusive message but has governed (or whatever he's doing) from a confrontational, vollifying, acrimonious, finger-pointing, and sanctimonious perch. HIs message far too often entails how hopelessly the deck is stacked against you, all wrapped in a soaring oratory of moral certitude. if we had an ideological divide before, he has opened this to an ideological chasm, complete with an abyss. Maybe that approach works when you're organizing a community in Chicago. This isn't Chicago.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  59. Mike in Minneapolis

    Osama is gone. Al Qaeda has been decimated. Insurance companies can't drop you if you are no longer profitable. The car industry has been saved. Credit cars companies now have rules to follow. Gays are now allowed to serve in the military. Obama inherited the Titanic the day after it hit the iceberg, and from day one he was alone. The GOP all abandoned ship, just like that guy on the Costa Concordia, and then they started trying to block the way. I think we will be fine. The only change we need now is to throw the rest of the do-things in Congress overboard.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  60. Martha Brooks

    Remember this: the President does not rule by fiat. Even an "Executive Order" can only directly affect a department of the Executive branch. Anything beyond that, he can only propose legislation, or submit a budget to congress.The Legislative branch is the one who controls the finances – both the collection of revenue (taxation) and the expenditures. They are the only ones that can propose (bills) and pass "laws." So no matter who gets elected President in November and no matter what promises are made to do such and such on "the first day" they ain't the creator.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  61. David Gerstenfeld

    First, the President is a much better speaker then the last guy, second, "I'll get back to you on that Jack".
    David, Las vegas

    July 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  62. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, Obama tried to get some sort of health care program that would eventually encompass all Americans and he has drawn down U.S. involvement in Iraq and eliminated Osama bin Laden. Whatever changes he has tried to make have been met with bitter resistance from the Republicans whose goal was to prevent him from accomplishing anything at all. For this reason, it seems that he has brought little or no change whatsoever. Now, if Mitt Romney's goals are lower taxes, fewer regulations and more defense spending, then Americans have to ask themselves if these sound vaguely familiar. They were the same as those of the last administration's platform under George Bush. If they were responsible for the mess of bailouts, the housing crisis, high unemployment and an astronomical national debt, then what positive results could be gained if implemented again? It's obvious Mitt Romney and the Republicans have no new strategy that would benefit the majority of the American people. A vote for them is not the way to go.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  63. trent

    more for the common good of the average man than romney would have,i fail to see how letting gm dissolve would have been beneficial to america(than again several southern gop states have subaru and toyota plants and i am assuming accompanying lobbyists),love it or hate the healthcare law has provisions people on both sides of the aisle can appreciate,although the gop down to the legislators who helped craft it would ardently oppose the notion(may have something to do with its built in tax increase affecting the wealthy to pay for the bill)or how about the succesful change in policy in our middleeastern campaign, where in we are drawing down troops,and have tracked down bin laden,as well as other key terrorist leaders(deprioritized under bush,doubt romney would have done better) and done what must be done.rather than attempting to police a foreign nation at the expenditure of billions of our dollars and more importantly the lives of our young.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  64. Connie G. Chicago, IL

    The type of change that has Republican conservatives, tea-partiers and racists running scared. He has kept America from experiencing the financial horrors that has plagued Greece. In spite of the obstructionism employed by Congressional Republicans, he has enjoyed a string success in matters such as equal pay for women,i.e., Lillie Ledbetter Act, Detroit auto bailout, Affordable Care Act, quasi Immigration reform, eliminating the world of Osama Bin Laden, none of which his predecessor displayed the ability to do or even concern himself with bin laden's capture. Ask George, Jr. Need I say more?

    July 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  65. Sylvia from California

    He changed my perception of politicians... I actually believed that they really cared about us. Obama opened my eyes to the fact that politics are corrupt, self serving, egotistical and liars. I would be more forgiving of Obama if at least he admitted that he is totally clueless and in over his head.... He needs to go before he totally distroys our country!

    July 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  66. Gigi Oregon

    President Obama has brought change. He has reduced the fear mongering of the wars and rumor of wars of the Republicans and the thousands of death of our young soldiers. The capture and death of bin Laden. The "Stock act" (stopping Insider trading by congress). Not one America died in helping the end of Gaddafi. Just this with NO cooperation from the Republican Party. Caring about the health of the middle class of our country who can't afford the high cost of doctors and medicine. At one time #1 riches country in the world, now in decline because of the wars and monies given to other countries at the neglect of our own infrastructure for the past dozen years. The difference between the Republicans and the Democrat is one party works for the people the other works for the greed of themselves.

    I'm looking forward as a conservative to vote for a president who cares about rebuilding America and not his pocket book and sitting in the high places and at the head of the elite banquets.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  67. Bob Melbourne, FL

    4 years ago we made history. Now it's time to make sense Romney 2012

    July 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  68. RickFromDetroit

    The President delivered the change we were looking for in his first year in office, but after he bailed out the wealthy, wall street, banks, real estate market, auto makers, corporate America, and all of the rest of the gangsters that got us into this economic mess, it was then back to business as usual, and we are now headed back to where we started.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  69. Bob in Ohio

    He delivered a lot of change for me. I have reduced how often I change the oil in my car, get a haircut, go out to eat, or buy a book (even yours Jack). Come to think of it I have become very efficient in all of my spending, I guess you could say I've changed for the better thanks to President Obama, maybe I'll have to vote for him again.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  70. Sabrina form Canada

    Jack, you asked the question and provided the answer yourself, are you really a journalist? Keep up the good work you are doing on behalf of MR Romney!

    July 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  71. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    President Obama has made and is making changes from the Bush Era wars, tax breaks for the rich. equal health care for all, economic stimulus for the middle class which staved off unnecessary hardship during the early uncertainties of the 2008 fiscal crisis. He has firmly seized the leadership role towards restoring financial opportunity for Middle Class Americans. The Democratic agenda run by Obama just happens to be directly opposed by financially successful Americans who would rather buy the power to become richer than spend their money helping their fellow Americans.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  72. Paul in NC

    You're right, Jack. Things in this country have changed for the worse. It happened at precisely the moment the Supreme Court blundered by annointing Geogre Bush president. Our decline from that point has been persistent and perhaps permanent. Obama did try to change course but has been blocked from day one by McConnell and others who want nothing more than for him to fail. Now they are touting Romney as our savior. Welcome to the United Plutocracy of America.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  73. Lee, Wyoming

    The change he has delivered is to present USA as having a classy, educated leader.
    He has wound down the wars, he did in bin Laden in tricky old Pakistan, and has worked with a GOP that disgusts some of its own people. He deals with greed hitherto unrealized in this nation.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  74. Ted

    It proved that all you have to be is a good talker to get elected president...

    July 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Larry in Houston

    What kind of "change" did President Obama deliver?

    WoW ! Tough question, Mr. Cafferty. "Middle Class is "rapidly" disappearing ? LOL – Rapidly ? LOL Why do you think I'm one of many they call me a "Transplant" down here ? It's surely doesn't have anything to do with shrubs / trees / or flowers, I can assure you. LOL – – Most of the time, You've already answered your question with your article, but I understand, You want to know what is on everybody else's minds, (no problem) You're right on the point of no return, The only way we can get Out is IF Bill Gates AND Warren Buffet ends up Donating everything they've got, to the national debt. ( and I mean everything) OR this country will have to end up passing laws that has been illegal for years, such as gambling in Every State, (such as slots & casinos) not just Lotteries) & etc. (otherwise we're already Sunk ! )

    Now to your answer : The only "change" in my honest opinion, is the fact that IF we had Romney in, as our president, he would have "outsourced" GM & Ford , to another country, as opposed to Obama, which gave them another chance, and got a bailout.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the middle class, what's left of us)

    July 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  76. TomInRochNY

    At least Obama's change I can believe in. The change republicans offer is the same as what GWB and many other republicans before him offered us. That kind of change I'm not interested in. In fact, I'm tired of it. So tired I can't even be sick about it, just resigned to them not coming up with anything new or better.

    And president Obama had help with some of that change. I'm certainly not blaming him for the credit down grade. Moody's isn't blaming him either. Nor am I blaming him for not including tax reform in a budget/debt deal. Spending cuts alone will not do it, Mr. Boehner.

    I could go on, but I think I'll take a nap instead. The nightmares are better than reality these days.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    July 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  77. curtis in philadelphia

    What kind of "change" Jack? Loose. But in 2008 there really wasn't a choice, the McPain ticket would have been the same as W. Bush: lower taxes for the rich, more guns, less gays, lots of God and a war in Iran, with no way of paying for it. I'll take Obama's loose change over that McPain chump change any day.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  78. Ethan

    The only change he delivered was having a black, liberal,George W. Bush in office.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  79. E. Martin

    What kind of 'change' did President Obama deliver? That's easy: POCKET change!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  80. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think the biggest change President Obama has made affected what use to be the Grand Old Party because it appears they aren't so Grand anymore, in fact I don't know who they are or what they stand for.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  81. Hoosier

    Obama gave us more government, more debt, more divisiveness, more "entitlement," a depressed economy. As Guiliani said, it's not what you're handed, it's what you do with it. I'm tired of him saying that "well, look what I've been handed! Get over it–you're way in over your head!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  82. Peter from Toronto

    As a non-American, let me speak from that perspective. Under the Bush Administration we watched the United States change from mostly being a force of good in the world to something much more sinister and terrifying. Even long-time friends of America were becoming fearful of the path that Conservative America was taking the country down, and what it meant for the rest of the world.

    That is why there was such worldwide jubilation when Obama won the election. For the most part the United States has become a much better and more responsible global citizen under Obama. They still have a long way to go, but the worries are now back to what they used to be and not the more dangerous path they took in the previous decade.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  83. Michael

    The change Obama gave America is High dept, socialism, unemployment, and bad foreign policy

    July 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  84. Ted

    The president has changed America....SHORT CHANGED IT.....We are broke.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  85. Pete, NJ

    He reversed the crash & burn slide we were on. The gains are not what we hoped for but they are still gains. Congress has a lot to do with the lack of progress. I am still waiting for the jobs that the Job Creators were supposed to deliver. Trickle Down started 30 years ago under Reagan, but only one thing consistently rolls down hill. It hasn't been jobs.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  86. Randal in Tennessee

    he has divided this country like no other president since "lincoln". If the left thought 2010 was a shock wait til Nov.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  87. dklucius

    the change is that we are now a welfare state there is more entitlements than taxpayers. And Obama wants to tax the rich to make it even wider gap. how many more trillions in debt for 4 more years?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  88. Alex

    Let's see: he has increased the deficit more that all prior administrations combined, absolutely NO budget during his entire presidency and taking no personal responsibility whatsoever for steering our jobs and our economy into the ground; not to mention ruining our system of health care

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  89. Ed in Sacramento

    There are many things Obama has done which I do not like. What stands out is his a daily effort to pit race and religion against one another. That may be a cheap way of getting votes, but it splits our country in a manner which just might not heal come November.

    Thanks for the change Obama!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  90. George

    Obama has changed America from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave – where being a hard working, law abiding person can lead you to the American Dream – to a European-style, entitlement state where the law doesn't count fo rmuch (i.e., immigration laws, DOMA, laws protecting the validity of voting, and too many more). Plus, he has nerly bankrupt the country. I have great concerns about the future of my grandchildren.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  91. Nancy Pella, Iowa

    Jack, the greatest "change" President Obama has provided is being a President with tremendous integrity who has placed the interest of the middle class and ordinary people as top priority. Very few leaders of the past have done so. Unfortunately, too many people don't pay close enough attention to realize just how much of a gift they've been given to have Obama in charge during these very uncertain years. I believe he's saved our nation!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    How can you possibly effect radical or at least more change when you have jerks like Mitch McConnell in the Senate. The Senator stated on National TV that he would NOT support ANYTHING that the President wanted passed that would help the people.
    So again, how do you effect change when the Congress that is SUPPOSED to help the people, REFUSES to do anything. The problem is NOT the President, but the Congress and the lack of term limits, that allow jerks like McConnell to waste our time and money.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  93. Ray

    Jack, pres Obama stopped an economic slide that surely was headed for a depression. He reversed the job loss trend and saved the auto industry. I doubt there is any politician who could do any better. He has my vote for another four.....

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  94. D

    What..... CHANGE? Exactly that, change in our pockets. He did just what he said he was gona do. Changed this country for ever and we will never, in my generation get out of the HOLE he has put us in. But yet Romney cant do us any justice either, were way to FAR into this! You cant fix stupid Jack, and that's what we have become! Democracy yea right! Dont forget to VOTE though, for CHANGE, to funny!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Deb in Michigan

    Obama is standing up for middle class America and is trying to make sure that they are included in the future instead of American becoming like a third world nation where there are those who are wealthy beyond belief and those who are poor beyond belief with no one in between. I am much better off than I was when Obama came into office. I supported him in the last election and will continue to support and advocate for him as our president and as a presidential candidate. I pray daily that Romney can't buy the presidency and am considering leaving the US for Canada if he does win.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  96. Betty in San Diego

    Let's put it this way. The "extra" $40.00 per month that he wants me to "keep" will go a long way in the $1350.00 I send each month to my divorced, single mother of two daughter that has been unemployed for over a year and she is a military veteran. I do this to keep her out of the system – the very system that he appears to want all Americans in. Obama will give you a fish; Mitt Romney will teach you to fish.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  97. Paul Williams

    These are the changes we have gotten from President Obama
    1) A country more racially divided then it has been for many years
    2) A country were the President decides which Laws he will enforce and which ones he wont
    3) A country were one Political Party (Democrats) will boycott debates and other things hosted by a major network (fox)
    4) A country were unemployment over 8% has become the norm
    5) A country so divided that Government cant hardly function

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  98. Troy in IOWA

    Obama has hurt this country in a profound way. He said Bush's deficits were UnAmerican well what are his even bigger deficits? Obama loses Iowa in November

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  99. Bill in Rotonda Florida

    Change requires empowerment. I certainly do not feel empowered. Nothing that would qualify as change here.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  100. Cliff

    "What kind of "change" did President Obama deliver?"
    Every day for three and a half years the nation has woken up to yet another HORROR from this president.
    The list of unbelievable horrors is so huge that whole books have been written just cataloging them.
    Obama, the most communist of presidents, represents not US citizens, but the Comintern.
    Change? I say GOD AWFUL

    July 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  101. dklucius

    the change is that now there is a larger entitlement society than there are taxpayers and with another tax on the rich means the government will spend it to increase the welfare state even more

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Terry from Pennsylvania

    I was not a big believer in the "hope and change" thing. But after four years, I have to admit, it's gotten to me. In terms of the occupant of the White House, I'm "hoping" it "changes" SOON!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  103. Khelleh

    Jack, your question already gave the answer in favor of anybody but Obama. What about the country that Obama inherited after Bush?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  104. John in Florida

    It could of been better if the other side would be less stubborn...Take the idiot we have as Gov...if we got a zillion $ grant he would turn it down just for spite..The Rep[s love it.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Ralos from San Joaquin Valley, CA

    Obama MUST be replaced! Our economy is not only facing mortgage crises, we are facing disgraceful unemployment rate, ridiculous morale, dangerous neighborhoods due to low morales and unemployment, and loss of credibility in the international community. Food prices have significantly gone up in the past 3 years since Obama took office, employment wages have dropped, but consumer products, including food has gone up significantly. Is there still a value to our dollar?! Bring in a new LEADER!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  106. ron

    He changed America by dividing us, rich from poor, black from white, republicans from democrats, have from have nots. He spoke about bringing America together bu has been only divisive.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  107. movinman

    Our president galvenized the bigot vote in congress. While not all who voted against his measures are bigots, they represent bigots and accept huge donations from bigots and bigot blocks. Do you know what kind of constituency exists outside Louisville, Kentucky?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  108. Mike from Houston, TX

    From where we were 3 1/2 years ago, things are better. The change has been to stop the downward spiral President Obama came in with. This has been the most difficult thing he has had to do. The media is like a drama queen and make everything sound worse than it is just so they can spend hours talking about nothing.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Mike


    Obama has destroyed business confidence, started the dismantling of the private health care sector, borrowed more money than all Presidents prior to him combined, lost our AAA credit rating, created a toxic class warfare 'us against them' mentality, and has provided absolutely no leadership in terms of creating bipartisan cooperation in Congress.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  110. D

    HE has changed the entire past and future for all generations to come. By the Constitution right? Yea right!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  111. Stephen, Indiana

    Obama has delivered lots of change, none of which has moved our country forward. The president has delivered trillions of dollars in change to our national debt. While we continue to borrow change from other countries, our economy is changing for the worse. Not to mention changing health care so we have less change in our pockets. I wish my bank account had this much change.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  112. Ralos from San Joaquin Valley, CA

    We are no longer a nation of opportunity, but we ARE a nation of welfare!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  113. M Larkin

    The "hope and change" he promised was division and an angst this country has never experienced before. There is such a sense of dread for the future of the country and the future generations. I am afraid for my community, my children , my nation. If you don't agree with this administration and it's supporters, you are a racist crazy. Well, I' m not...I'm actually part of the "soft democrats" they are so desperate to get..female, college educated, Hispanic....registered democrat. I didn't vote for Mr. Obama in 2008 and i cannot wait to cast my vote for Mr.Romney in November. I finally summoned up the courage to put a "Romney 2012" bumper sticker on my car...

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  114. Tim In Dallas

    Obama promised to fundamentally change America. We have seen that more and more. Theres more people on food stamps, unemployment, disability, losing their homes, jobs, butts, and the country is divided right down the middle. I have never in my life seen this country more divided than it is now. There has been no leadership, just leading from behind. There was also the "World Apology Tour" from day one. High unemployment is a new standard under Obama. This president had 2 years of anything he wanted, which a lot of people and a lot of news media seem to forget. He had the white house, the senate, and the congress so he couldve done anything he wanted, and he did. Change? Yes we got it! Hows that working out for you America?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  115. Lougreen

    First of all we are not losing 700,000 jobs a month. We know that 80,000 is not enough but 700,000 is worse. We are seeing improvement. In this microwave -can't wait for it society, we have really rachetted up unrealistic expectations in light of what our economy looked like when the President took office. One thing I know, a President Romney will do absolutely no better!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    He brought the change that should've been brought by Bush..namely the concerns of Americans finally being addressed, such as the jobs market, healthcare reform, and education...and he brought the troops home from Iraq. Republicans and their supporters would have you believe that Obama has hurt the economy and screwed up healthcare.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  117. Richard C.

    I think President Obama has made an honest attempt to bring about positive change, but has met opposition from the Republicans in Congress. If leaders like Boehner were more willing to compromise, and were actually wiling to put Americans first, we might see more progress. For now, I say keep the president in office.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  118. Sy in san diego

    the kind that turned my dollar bills into change

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  119. Stephanie in Seattle

    Without a doubt, we're more divisive than anytime I can remember. This president doesn't stop at criticizing his opponents but lashes out at citizens that don't agree with him. Obama has lowered the bar and taken a big bite out of the esteem of the office of the president. I'm not sure if this should be credited to obama or not but we've been convinced that it's better to elect a leader who can relate to and join us in our complaining and blaming than one who has the brains and skills to help us all rise from the ashes.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  120. Nikki/san diego

    President Obama provided a change that keeps us honest as a nation of freedom and constitutional rights, which will eventually unite us rather than divide us.... of course, we'll have to wipe our nose and grow up before we appreciate the change!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  121. Maggie

    we are friendly with other nations haven't seen a shoe fly at President obama, he If President Obama didn't have to go through so many fillerbuster my god people in America just may be working he can't change things if he don't get co-operation from them but its always the Presidents fault..well I can't imagine us with MITT THE NIT

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  122. Barry from Missouri

    The president has had to deal with a congress that is set to destroy the american middle. Congress sets the budged, Congress sets the tax rate. Congress sets the financial and budgetary policy they have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises. Congress pays the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.

    Everything that people are grading the Executive branch on is the congressional grade.
    The executive branch has done excellent in the face of an incompetent congress.


    July 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  123. Marc in Toronto

    Unfair questions Jack considering the President campaigned based on a stategy that was devised well before the economy fell off the cliff. His time has been spent keeping the country from falling into the abyss. Still, the President was able to get the Affordable Healthcare Act passed an act that will no doubt eventually be the basis for a single payer system that covers all for a lot less than is being spent now. Ask the auto workers if Obama delivered. Ask Bin Laden, Khadafi and dozens of other terrorists if Obama delivered. Ask the middle class who they believe is truly fighting on their behalf. I know it isn`t the guy that loves to fire people, doesn`t care about the poor and will say or do anything including compromising his own integerity to make a sales pitch to the American people. .

    I belive history will determine that President Obama did an incredible job under the most trying of circumstances.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  124. j.torrey1@hotmail.com

    With the Republicans call for the elimination of Entitliments like Medicare, Social Security, Wellfare and Food Stamps, to balance the budget while they lower taxes for the rich. I believe the if Romney gets elected we will have massive riots and crime by 2014. If Obama is reelected and the Republicans continue their partsan politics, the same will happen between 2015 and 2016. Unless both parties get back to working together we won't have another election for president, just civil war.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  125. Mark from New Jersey

    He stuck his finger in a dam that already had a crack in it, while the Republicans continue to hit it with sledge hammers. Get rid of health insurance for the benefit of insurance companies? Enlarge what is a bigger military budget that is already bigger than the next 10 nations combined? Take away rights from women and honor the addle-brained who don't believe in evolution or climate change? Cut taxes on the rich by cutting the middle class and the poor? He's done a great job in the face of all of that. It is we the people who have failed.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  126. LR

    It took 8 years to get erase the surpluses of the last Democratic President, now we expect instantaneous change? It took Clinton 2 terms to get the economy headed in the right direction. Now Obama has had shown increments in job gains over the last few months prior to the last couple. Due to lax regulation, we find ourselves in this situation. People speak wanting change but they always vote the same people in. Why does being a politician have to be a "career" they get full time pay for part time work and they're the only employees who have control over their raises, what a crazy system. If people switch brands when shopping for items when they are unhappy with the product, than why do they just blindly vote themselves into the same situation over and over again? If some of our ancestors took their taxation without representation fight right to the British, than why do we now settle for the government we have today? Government is not a perfect system but it should not be skewed toward favoring those with deep pockets.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  127. Bobby From NY

    While listening to this commentary for a while I thought my television had somehow switched over to Fox News. You did a world class job of president bashing. I'm sure the right wingers at Fox would be proud. Afterall your comments were just an "fair and balanced" as they usually are. Real good job outta you Jack O' Reilly.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Rick in SC

    He changed my mind about him. I supported him before his election. Turns out I was conned by a snake oil salesman. He should be known as "The Great Deceiver" for evermore!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  129. Isaac

    Jack.., I think mr. Obama has brought a lot of change to America n also the whole world.. Not only has he inspired n uplifted America's image around the world, but he has brought in a new healthcare law, enacted laws to protect consumers against banks, students loan at 3.4, and of course the economy is improving... No more going back to the same old...same old..

    July 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  130. Nelson215

    Bin Laden = Dead
    War in Iraq = Ended
    Health Care Law = Upheld
    Khadifi = Removed/Dead
    Laws for Women = Equal Pay
    Bleeding Economy = Recovering
    Afghanistan War = Ending

    Total = Change

    July 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  131. dave- illiniois

    Jack, after ten years of bush era tax cuts for the wealthy(sopposed to create jobs) and no help from the private sector, (sitting on there hands and that tax cut money) i think the president has done about all he can do to change the country, he passed health care, got bin laden, but has had his hands tied the whole time!!we need patiriots not greedy businesses running this country. Its looking like the super rich and the working poor!! they've run us working class into week to week surfdom. we need change in the partisan goverment before we and the president can change anything!! thanks feel free to edit. guys like you are hard to come by keep telling it like it is!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  132. Brian

    When you say it fast it sounds like "Hope and Change" but when you take a closer look and read the fine print you find it is actually "Hoax and Chains". It sounds the same but it's not. Obamacare is the highest tax increase on the middle class in history, and also takes $500 Billion from the nearly bankrupt Medicare which seniors can't survive without. They talk about 28 months of net new jobs (why 28 months and not the 43 months since Obama took office)o but the Obama presidency is an undeniable net loss of jobs according to the Department of Labor statistics. The jobs being created are lower paying, lower tech, lower standard of living jobs. Obama ideas didn't work because Socialism only works until you run out of other people's money to spend.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  133. Nicolle

    Obama provided little change for the better. For teachers, he just continued the undermining. Honestly, from the White House to Congress, I see what my psychology professors said, which was that these people are sociopaths and care nothing about the betterment of society. I don't expect much from this election or any other. It is time to do away with career politicians and return to the system of our founding fathers: you serve a term and then go back to your regular job. Average Americans need to design their own destinies instead of these clowns.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  134. Joel in Dallas

    Jack, President Obama has delivered on one thing and that is change. The country is more divided than ever before along Race and class lines that people seem to have already decided the side they stand for. It seems African American's cannot even talk about politics without making it a race issue. I have never in my 42 yrs. seen a time where people were jealous of someone's wealth or their achievement's or a time where our politician's cannot even find leadership all they have division coming from the White House . " God help our Country " !

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  135. Jimmy D. in Deltona, Florida

    Here's the change

    There is an international tax haven watch list, he supported funding for safer agriculture practices, he helped created a youth service corp, Obamacare, bin Laden is dead, tons of terrorists are dead, the America Invents Act... etc.

    Whether you think the change is good or bad is subjective and strongly correlates directly with the letter your party representatives display on CNN. A sad statement really.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  136. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    He has changed to political landscape from distrust and disagreement to hated. I can see how people become radicalized. We are on the verge of civil war.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  137. Sarah, Houston, TX

    Obama has improved the image of America around the world...among other things . America is a blessed nation because every now and then a good leader emerges to help steer the country from disaster when we find ourselves on the brink. God bless Obama for his tireless leadership and God continue to bless the USA.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  138. Hirsh, PA

    What most Americans don't understand is that when they voted for President Obama in 2008, they voted for change he could set in motion. And he did that – even Mitt Romney can't deny that the first two years of Obama's term were productive. With the monstrous ideological split in Congress are people surprised that almost nothing has gotten done over the last two years? He may be President, but the Founding Fathers – who Tea Partiers swear by – made it so that the President would never have all the power. Next time you blame President Obama look at Congress first.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  139. Jim - Washington State

    Jack, Predident Obama ushered in the age of cognitive apathy. He has galvanized political polarity that was just a bad back room discussion 10 years ago. Today, as a result of our devisive, destructive partisan political process we are now aware of the fact that our egos are writing checks that our grandkids can't cash. We're aware that compromise is dead. In a two party system of government absent cooperation the country is locked into a self destructive path of government whose duty no longer is the common good.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  140. geraldo

    yes he delivered change, just not the kind of change he promised

    July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  141. Henry in Maryland

    First, I will concede the change Obama actually "delivered" was limited because Congressional Tea Party Republicans, who shill for the 1/2 of 1 percent have taken the position, "We got ours. We will hold the country hostage to make Obama fail, and [expletive you cannot say on TV] the 99 percent." Nevertheless, Obama delivered (1) Got us out of Iraq which did NOT attack us on 9/11, and killed Bin Laden and many of his senior operatives who did; (2) Saved GM and Chrysler, which Romney would have let die, along with millions of American jobs; (3) Regulations to reign in those who caused the economic meltdown; and (4) A major step forward to stop America being the only major nation in the world where a family could lose its life savings due to a major illness of a family members, even if they had health insurance. That is change we can and should believe in.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  142. davidpun

    To be fair, I think he has done quite a lot, even if noone can quite define exactly what it is that he has done. However, I suspect history will judge him for what he didn't do. He was probably the last President who could actually do anything realistic to avoid the looming fiscal crisis, but in fact had no intention of doing anything to reduce the deficit.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  143. stephanurus

    Jack, why not just ask the question instead of preceding it with negatives about the president that give away how you want the question answered.? Your question was hardly unbiased. Try reframeing it in a more neutral light and then asking it again. As it stands now, it does not deserve an answer.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  144. Greg Starcevich

    He has done alot since Bush has left, even tho there was still alot of people losing there jobs after Obama took office. we are still under the Voodoo / Trickle down economics from the Bush years and the GOP pushed Obama to sign the tax cuts in 2010 to continue the trickle down so the rich could get richer. Its time for them to pay there fare share without rightoffs . The middle class has taken a HIT all those years , Now let get back to the Clinton years of them paying more and more people back to work .

    July 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  145. John Altanta

    Jobs better
    regulations Less
    Taxes Down
    Government growth Down
    Auto industry back
    Healthcare reform Started
    Everything is better and as good as it can get with the GOP obstruction.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  146. JB from Nashville

    Barack Obama promised "change", but, he delivered Drastic Change: lowered our standard of living,
    and divided the country in the most partisan , non transparent White House we've ever had. The election
    of Barack Onama was the biggest "con" in history. The result of good policies and unity is low unemployment,
    as we all enjoyed and flourished under the Bill Clinton, and, yes...George W Bush when the average unemployment rate averaged 5.26%. Instead of of Presifent Obama blaming and criticizing President Bush for the last 3 1/2 years, he should have consulted with him....he and the country would be much better off!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  147. Ola

    Common Jack!, Obama cannot provide all the changes in 4 years, not with the very uncooperative republicans in congress. We need to give a second term to allow him complete what he started.
    Americans are fed up with the lies and politics of the republicans.
    I am Independent, Columbus Ohio.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  148. bill hoch

    Jack, here's what he changed. He changed the downward spiral we were in at the end at the last administration. By giving stimulus money to the auto industry and bailing out wall street, he might have saved us from another depression. After losing my job because of the Republican theory of giving more money to the rich, I don't want to go down that road again...that's why Obama again has my vote. Bill, Pa

    July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  149. pbernasc

    hu .. dude ... he got Bin Laden killed. That is good enough for me

    July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  150. Think Clearly, Newburgh, IN

    Really Jack, Really...?

    Please help me remove the congressional roadblock so I get to my destination; CHANGE!

    Will you please tell Boehner to bring the President's economic bills to a vote in congress instead the 35th vote on repealing Obamacare...? What a waste...

    Oh by the way I cant want to see the exchange come into effect so I can get some control on my healthcare policy that has risen to $583/month in two years

    I get to keep my son on my policy and free of fear loosing my nest egg because of cancer...?

    Yep... THAT is CHANGE my friend. Change I truly love and still more to come.


    July 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  151. Bill

    Unfortunately, Obama did about the best he could. I wish he had spent a little less, but how much of that was left over from our off the books wars via Bush?

    If you really want to know why our economy sucks and is getting worse, all you have to do is look at our energy market. Shale oil produces less energy than almost any of the renewable options, yet the oilmen believe we are going to develop it anyway. The physics doesn't work. Energy is the resource that makes the other resources work and until we get a massive investment in new infrastructure in place and sane growth policies the economy is going to be tough. I doubt it matters who is in office. We're finally starting to pay the piper for decades of unsustainable energy growth.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  152. Dave Todoroff

    Jack, Really? How about saved the world from the brink of economic collapse? How about saved the auto industry and the stock market? Passed healthcare. Got Bin Laden and many other terrorists. Ended the Iraq war and soon Afghanistan. Many economic indicators reversed the downturn the day Obama took office despite the fact that the rich 1% control the wealth and are slowly sucking all of us dry. He accomplished a great deal despite the super hostile Republican congress and senate trying to block everything he proposed. I still believe we live in a racist country and most conservatives hate Mr. Obama because he is black. In my opinion he is the greatest president since FDR and Lincoln.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  153. Indie Pete in Florida

    Actually, it's the Republicans that delivered change, changing our Congress from one that would work together with each other and the sitting President for the betterment of our country, into one that now has only one function – defeat the other party, costs to the country be damned.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  154. mame

    Obama has done the best he or amyone could do under the conditions he received and the people he had to work with.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  155. John Sutter

    After 8 years of a desaster of government and 02 trillion dollars wasted in wars, Obama saved the economy from collapse, he brought order and fair play in wall street and real estate markets, he caught some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world including Bin Laden, he saved our automotive industry and he is strongly taking the side of the middle class people like no other president has done. All done with a huge huge burden on his shoulders inherited from the previous administration.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  156. Rick E

    It would have been fantastic change if Boehner hadn't made a vow that He would do what ever it took to make sure that Obama was a one term failure! At the cost of the American puplic. Boehner should be in extracted!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  157. Mr. D

    Change? How about pocket change. Brother can you spare a dime?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  158. HC Puckett

    He has certainly solidified the dislike of freeloaders, welfare queens, and all of the poor me, sick, unable to work, lying residents drawing SSA. Check the numbers if you don't believe. Socialism has arrived with the Big "O". Gee; look at the numbers he has added to the goverment payroll. I could go on but you get the picture. It has been an unreal three and a half years. I really don't understand how he's lived thru it considering all the lives and families his action have ruined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  159. Steve

    Obama change did didley squat. Obamamites that voted for him got taken to the cleaners. Remember the Obamamites keep on claiming that the Republican Congress is the blame. The truth is the Democrats cotrolled both houses between 2006-2010 and they screwed things up so bad and plamed it on Bush. Now their blaming it on Congress and not Obama. Keep in mind that the Republicans only controll the House. The Democrats controll the Senate and the White house, yet it still the Republican's fault. Either the Democrats in this blog are stupid or the Press is not reporting the facts. Is it the Presidents fault or is it the Congress?? You can have it both ways. . No logic to their thinking. The big GM bailout was a joke. The Unions took ownership of GM. Current stockholders bought GM stock via the IPO for $38 a share. Current price is $20 a share. If GM is doing so great why isn't the stock going up?? The stockholders getting screwed again. I'm one of them. Again the Obamamites are dreaming, no logic to their thinking. Obama is going to destroy this country if he gets elected asgain for 4 more years. Obamamites will still blame Bush. We need to get vote out all the Democrats in the Senate, vote out all the Democrats in the house, elect Romney and the country will boom again. If things don't improve then you came the Republicans.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  160. Brian

    In another 120 days when Obama's first term ends all liberals will face the ultimate decision. Obama will have completed four years while blaming all results on George W Bush for everything. Liberals agreeing it is all Bush's fault will now have to admit that everything they hated about George W Bush was actually Bill Clinton's fault and everything Liberals loved about Bill Clinton was actually George H W Bushes fault. Otherwise they will have to admit that they are hypocrites and everyone know Liberals would never admit such a truth.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  161. Cam in St. Louis,MO

    Despite all the political crap about Obama, personally, I see that he has helped reverse the country's fall into a possible depression. Job growth may be slow but its better than nothing or what it was before. He has pushed through 'Universal Healthcare' which is something every American should have when 'the day' comes. I feel the country is going through a sort of crisis and with some of President Obama's policies "this is the time for the U.S. to reinvent itself" and balance the budget rather than rush back to conservative policies (Romney) or try to rush the economy which is what got us into this mess.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  162. Abraham Lincoln

    "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    You cannot further brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
    You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  163. Elizabeth in Ohio

    His change is not what I voted for !!! He is letting our CONSATUTION be changed for ever ! We look as if were a third world country! He said him self if after four years he could not get anything done he would step down! Time to step down ,and at lest keep one promise. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  164. Chuck Ebele

    Our fear for Osama Bin Laden, and his cronies who are dead has changed, The leadership of Libya has changed, Ghadafi is gone, Economy is no more losing 700,000+ jobs a month that has changed, unemployment rate has changed by more than half from 17%+ to 8.2% since Obama took office, there no longer exists Don’t ask don’t tell in the military, that has changed, you can no longer arrest and deport Hispanics just from mere suspicion, Students are no more robbed by financial institutions thru loans, you want me to go on and on? No need, because those who hate Obama for whatever reason, you and I well know, will never see any change.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  165. Riley ODay

    He changed the way we use drones against enemies of the state.{ successful } . None of the changes he promised.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  166. Diane

    President Obama changed the attitude of the world toward the US by beginning to reinstate us as the "good guys". As someone brought up on an island who is also sensitive to the current Zeitgeist, he knows well that one cannot maintain a position of isolationism in a globalized world surrounded by others. Diplomacy rather than aggression seems to be the order of the day with this president. Even negative comments about his opponents are civil and measured and always recognize the other's rights and humanity. The "change" is that sometimes the US provides leadership and sometimes the US provides respectful followership to achieve its aims. He doesn't huff and puff to blow the house down but simply goes after the bugs and steps on them in a no nonsense, efficient and quiet manner. It is refreshing that we have a president who does not have to destroy entire countries due to his own fears and insecurities.

    Diane G. in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    July 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  167. Phil

    Jack, we believed that the man would do as he said. That he would deliver a new, more transparent, team oriented government. We knew that it wasn't possible, especially from a person who had so little experience running anything, let alone the most powerful and complex government in the world. So now we are surprised that he has not delivered. He was never qualified in the first place to deliver on his promises but off we went to the polls and closed our minds off to logic and pulled the lever to elect him. So now faced with the same decision as before, do we listen and believe him now? Beleive that this country is really only composed of the 1% greedy americans who keep all the goodies to themselves? or do we believe we are still a country where if you work hard, you too can become wealthy and successful. For me it's easy, I believe in the later. There is an old saying that applies to this President; Fool us once, shame on you, Fool us twice, shame on us. I hope this country won'y be fooled a second time.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  168. Corey

    He has been trying Jack. But it's hard to change when the other side is hell bent on preventing change.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  169. Keenan, Saint Cloud MN

    He didn't clearly define what "change" was going to be, so I cannot really answer your question.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  170. nwg6011

    1. He stopped us from going into a depression.
    2. He changed health care forever, something everyone else failed to do for the past 60 years.
    3. Because of Obama, the terrorists are afraid of us for a change.
    4. He saved the auto industry. We can still buy American.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  171. Shmeckell

    After reading the headline I couldn't stop laughing long enough to read the article.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  172. Yemi

    The change he has brought is an opportunity for Americans to look in the mirror and see the problems they have helped to created over the yrs. The mortgage crisis did not begin during his term, neither did the banking debacle, the wars, the lowering educational standards, or the spending without balancing the budgets.......etc. While he has tried in some areas to fix things, it would take a long time of American sacrifices to heal the NATION, and not a band-aid like fix.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  173. Irving

    President Obama is losing. He is losing to the forces of mega-money in America. He is working for change that will give control of our democracy back to the ordinary citizen. He is failing. The super rich are winning. They now control most of the wealth and income in American and no longer need to hide the reality that our congress is their emlpoyee. Obama tried to lead the nation out of a plutocracy...so far, they are winning.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  174. LR

    Since unemployment was double digits when he started and although not perfect it's still 2 points less than when he started, despite Republican efforts to try to sink anything presented by a Democrat. High jacking the political process like a child unwilling to share a toy is wrong and we need to get rid of anyone in either house that refuses to be an individual and would rather be a drone for thier party. If our political system has become more like two sports teams fighting to win a trophy and not two groups of individuals willing to work together for the common good, then we as a citizenry need to end this culture and have people run for office as individuals and not as Republican or Democrat. As for Romney, I don't believe he's the answer many peope believe he is. He just happens to be the default candidate since no one he ran against souded qualified to carry a sentence or a thought. He wasn't good enough to beat McCain. Also I don't think I could vote for someone whose company was responsible for the closing of a toy store, what's next taking a lolliepop from children?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  175. mlr

    Yes – but it is all bad change - dividing our country, furthering hate between classes, increasing prejudice, overspending like never seen before, dumping on his own troops by turning his political attack dogs on them, etc

    July 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  176. John from Oregon

    Jack, you seem to have answered your own question...so why do you bother to ask our opinions? You apparently have been spending your time watching 'Fox News' (NOT news) or listening to Sean and Rush on the radio. You missed a lot of actual facts in your presentation (journalism?).
    Our President came to the office with his hand extended and has been slapped by the 'opposition party' for three and a half years. In spite of that, he has delivered a trajectory for us to build on when we have a congress that is interested in governing instead of winning. The fact is that the GOP is good at controlling the message, but LOUSY at governing. They dug such a deep hole for the best part of thirty years that no president could repair the damage in one term, especially with a congress that is more interested in partisanship than the health of the nation.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  177. Boo

    Considering who Obama had to work with (the Republicans who tried to stonewall EVERYTHING), I'd say yes he did deliver change. All I know is I hope he gets re-elected.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  178. Bill Virginia

    The change that President Obama has brought to the White House is straight forward honesty. He is a hard working, hard charging family man with the betterment of the country foremost in his heart. Hate mongers like Bachman and Behnoir and the Tea party have stated from day one that they wanted him to be a one-term president. The Bush-Cheney team and secretary of the Treasury Paulson ruined the country and bankrupted it. People like Wolf Blitzer who is crying about high taxing only exacerbate the problems. Stories like the hospital in Afghanistan with a full Air Force Colonel who was in charge of the hospital and now is crying about the military leadership are pathetic. Using weak people like that Colonel who was a part of the medical leadership are now trying to use things like this against Obama. CNN should recognize that this was not about the president or our leadership, rather it was and is about that Colonel who did not stand up and be counted as his Hippocratic oath demands. President Obama trusted him as did all of America to do his job. Now he is pointing fingers during an election year. This is pathetic.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  179. iceload9

    He hasn't delivered any change. Which is why it's baffling why the republicans hate him.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  180. Nick

    Its ridiculous to think any president could effect real change when our elected politicians act like spoiled middle schoolers!! I don't blame just President Obama, but the rest of Washington as well. Also us Americans who refuse to take responsibility for our actions! It's easier to blame the rich, wall street, dems or repubs, etc...good luck any future president! Until us as a nation change...we can't expect our presidents to change anything for us.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  181. Mike SC

    Bush started the change, Obama made it worse. He's abused the highest office in the country to scratch the backs of the wealthy and progressives. If he stays or goes, the middle class will never have suffered more.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  182. lynnej in nc

    Let's see, Libby Ledbetter Act, Healthcare Bill passed that put us on the road to universal care, oh yeah, bin Laden
    is history and we're pulling out of the Middle East to the chagrin of the neo-cons that started this mess.

    There would be a lot of change in this country and be on a better path of recovery if the GOPTP would stop saying 'NO' because the president happens to be black.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  183. Bill

    It's time for some to quit drinking the kool aid. For the first 2 years the demos controlled both houses and the presidency...and in that period of time all they did is add to the national debt, pass Obamacare (more debt and taxes and more IRS agents) They took their eye off the most important thing..JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. If they put all that energy it took to pass "Obamas Great Society" into solving REAL problems...now that would have been change. After being unemployed for 2 years that's all I have left in my bank account...CHANGE.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  184. Brian

    Bin Laden = Dead = Bush policy that Obama opposed actually worked
    War in Iraq = Ended = Iraq collapsing and US will be back in 15 years trying to get it right a third time
    Health Care Law = Upheld = Largest Tax increase in the history of planet earth
    Khadifi = Removed/Dead = a Libya which finally a real threat to America just like Egypt
    Laws for Women = Equal Pay= hasn't occurred and likely never will
    Bleeding Economy = Recovering = the more unemployed people you don't count the lower the unemployment numbers
    Afghanistan War = Ending = a country that can't govern itself and will become a haven for terrorism

    Total = Change for the worse on every front

    July 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  185. keith travis

    Jack, the sad truth is, we really don't know who to believe. I am neither Dem or Rep. I voted for BO, as I too wanted change. But I think the change he (along with congress and senate, Dems and Reps) has brought has been more cultural, in that we are more divided as a nation than we ever have been. "ObamaCare" is a perfect example. Who do we believe? Neither Rep or Dems care for me. They care for themselves and the Special Interest Groups...that don't usually represent my voting values. What we need is a clean sweep. We say the war in Iraq is over, no more troops. The troops are still there. Maybe not 100K, but there are many service members still there that don protective gear everyday.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  186. ObamaNation

    He sure did. The CBO estimate the Average American Family lost 39% of there wealth under OBAMA.
    41 months of consecutive unemployment over 8% is a new record !
    A raise in gas prices for $1.84 a gallon to $3.64
    A raise in milk prices from $1.68 a gallon to nearly $4.00
    PEW research states.. Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped as a consequence.
    All Black economic gains have been wiped out under OBAMA.
    Latino and Black unemployment hover around 11.5 and 14.5 % respectively.
    And we are $6 Trillion more in debt under OBAMA.

    Those are REAL changes !!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  187. pitbullstew

    Obama has delivered the naked raw truth about the gop, who were willing to destroy americas credit rating, as the gop continues to fight for tax breaks for the wealthy, as they now set their sights on blocking affordable health care ?
    And it not a pretty sight. Thanks Jack, I need a drink.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  188. Brian

    According to the way Obama counts unemployment, if we could get every American to stop looking for a job then unemployment will be zero percent. Won't that make a great headline.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  189. Brian Smith

    I'm not so sure Jack – Osama is gone, Al Qaeda is nearly a memory, Health Care is a good idea that has been implemented, the deficit cuts go into effect next year, Auto manufacturers are still in business, Apple and Google are still profiting....There is more, those are just the thoughts that spring to mind. It can't be all bad. And just think how bad it would have been if President McCain died and Palin was 'in charge' HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  190. VCULOU

    One change in America is that the House republicans have become rabid in opposition to anything the president touches and they have stopped trying to work with Dems and actually solve the problems of America. The all need to g
    et back to working for America and not just the screaming torch and pitch fork crowd.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  191. Would You Look At That

    "ignorance is bliss" is the obvious motto of the liberal masses... FACT- US job recovery didn't take place until after the 2010 congressional elections. Truth – He robbed the Medicare fund blind to pay for his "pet" project. TRUTH – over two dozen jobs bills passed the house continue to sit on Harry Reid's desk. TRUTH – more people went on disability last month than the private sector hired. TRUTH – the welfare payroll is at an all time high. TRUTH – words straight from the horse's mouth "If i can't fix [the economy] in three years, I'll be looking at a one-term proposition." Time to pay up BHO.... no time to reneg on your promise now... it costs us too much money and freedom.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  192. Brandon Harrison, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

    I think the "change" Obama has delivered is misunderstood in many ways. Only a handful of presidents have dramatically "changed" or "shifted" this country single-handed–And I don't think Obama is one of them at this point. Much of the "change" that has occurred is the consequence of many unsustainable tracks the country has been on this last decade: unfunded wars, mandates, and laws; rampant and unregulated globalization; widespread financing and credit abuses; and an American consumer market that encourages the belief in buying happiness–or at least its perception. I think the biggest change is that we have to sober up and accept the notion that what made America "Great" in terms of prosperity cannot hold up a country and populous for long. Now, especially, is the time to stop blaming each other and come together in order to alleviate much of the problems that we can fix in the short and long term without clinging to the belief that America will always be "immaculate," you know, like the good old days.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  193. Kenneth Krieger

    I believe Obama has united more and more Americans to vote him out of office. He still thinks his rhetoric works and that we will believe anything he says. George Wasington is known for never telling a lie. Obama will go down in history for never telling the truth. ... Kenneth Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    July 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  194. Sherry Canandaigua, New YOrk

    Unless Obama does something really stupid my mind is already made up...I am voting for the man that I think represents the Middle Class. When I hear him talk ....he is talking to me the Middle Class. What has he done...he has thought of the Middle Class ...it is Congress who is wasting time and our tax dollars rehashing the Afffordable Health Care Act. I heard earlier today that there was a high percentage who have already made up their minds on who they were going to vote for...and I am one of them. Though I am a registered Republican...I can't stomach Mitt the artifical Suit ,So it is Obama all the way.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  195. Gail, Plano TX.

    Well, Jack, he killed Osama Bin Laden! That's what he promised, & he did it!
    He got rid of Don't ask, don't tell in theiliyary.
    He passed health care legislation which will insure millions of Americans at an affordable rate.
    He inspires people to do better, think better. He shows us by example, every day how to live with adversity thru his dealings with the GOP. He brings a brightness to the presidency which has been absent for eons.

    He is educated but couples that fact with common sense.

    And he cares. He is a prince of a guy!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  196. Ceemak. La.

    I still believe in the Obama change, but a terrible economic catastrophe got in the way, and a GOP that has made it their lifes ambition to make anything Obama null and void...

    July 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  197. Alan

    I see is a long list of broken promises:

    1.) Closing Gitmo in his first year in office.
    2.) C-SPAN would cover all of the senate debates on healthcare reform.
    3.) Tackle lobbying reform in his first year in office.
    4.) Immigration reform would be addressed in his first year in office.
    5.) All bills would be posted on the whitehouse website for 5 days prior to signing.
    6.) Ending earmarks.
    7.) Direct talks with Iran.
    8.) Ending the hiring of lobbyists for whitehouse jobs.
    9.) Disclose the names of all attendees at closed whitehouse meetings.
    10.) No more closed door drafting of bills.
    11.) Immediately work on a plan to balance the budget within 5 years – How's that handled? He produces no budget for 3 years.
    12.) By spending over $700 billion in borrowed Chinese money, he'd keep unemployment below 8%
    13.) He'd usher in a new era of bipartisan cooperation on all matters, then shoves his 2,000 page healthcare plan down the other party's throat and in all that paper it fails to address healthcare insurance's cost, only addressing expanding availability.
    14.) He'd usher in a new era of energy independence featuring solar, nuclear and wind energy.
    15.) Simpson Bowles, a group patterned on his 2010 deficit commission, produces a financial rescue plan for the country and he ignores it.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  198. John

    I actually don't see much change at all, and I certainly don't think hyperbolic statements like, "our National Debt has passed the point of no return" adds anything to the conversation. It has? What does that mean? It can't be paid off? What is "the point of no return" in your mind, Jack? You sound a little biased there, buddy.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  199. davecu

    He has changed my country to an entitled society devoid of personal responsibility!
    Our 'Orator on Chief"\' is more concerned with the votes he buys that with the welfare of the American citizen.

    My fixed income is buying less and less.
    I'm glad I'm not a college grad this year. The disillusionment must be monumental.

    This is NOT the change I had hoped for.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  200. Adam from California

    President Obama has ushered in an era where 1 in 7 Americans recieves subsidized food from the government, thats nearly 50 million people; along with the highest election year unemployment of 8.2%. The only change we have seen is new false promises of hope and change that will never be fufilled, at the cost of every single American. In this era of 'change', Americans are going to have to decide whether to be sheep or have a chance to be something better.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  201. Michael

    The only change this man has offered is a lack of transparency, loss of freedoms, a turn toward socialism, manipulation of the constitution, constant barrage of lies, hiding the truth about himself from the American public, damage to the US Military that the people that back him will be crying about when China comes to collect on the debt he has accrued and they wish to make you their bitches! He has done more to jeopardize our freedoms and in more ways than any president in history. That is what he has done for you. I think every person in this country that values the freedom that our Constitution was constructed to protect should be ashamed of the blind support you offer this man! Freedom is not something you should be overlooking!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  202. Norris from Alabama

    He's provided plenty of change. He's killed Osama bin Laden, provided support that helped topple Muammar Gaddafi, killed Anwar Al-Awlaki and used a more intelligent tactics that have degraded al-Qaeda significantly—something that Bush wasn't able to do while occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. His 'Race to the Top' program has gotten state officials, school administrators, teachers and unions to work together to improve education and set national standards. We've gone from losing 800,000 jobs a month to adding 4mil over the last two years. He's gotten passage of a law that could help millions gain insurance. He's ended immigration policies that have torn innocent families apart and put together the Simpson-Boyles commission that produced a the best road map for solving our fiscal and deficit problems. Problem is, we need more change.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  203. Bill from North Carolna

    Change and Hope he has given us. But, that really means we are now hoping someone can give me some change so I can eat and pay the rent. Before he and his Hope and Change came along....and I voted for him....I had a nice job, house, car and a wonderful life. His change brought me no job, no house, no car, and not so good of a life. But, he can not take my voting rights away this November....and I can assure you, I WILL NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID FOUR YEARS AGO!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  204. Fowobi77

    President Barack Obama delivered Health Care Reform Act, Shutdown War In Iraq, Killed Osama Bin Ladin, Reserved 11.5% Unemployment Rate to 8.2% Counting Down, and Saved Auto Industry etc...That's change enough for me and my family


    July 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  205. Adam Harrison


    The kind of change that strips Americans of their freedom and ingenuity.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  206. LOL

    Perhaps Mr. C you should really look at the REAL reason nothing is changing: The GoP has thrown the USA under the bus because they have been bought and paid for. Everyone knows this and only the stupid are still denying it.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  207. Nodack

    The GOP fabricated their Iraq evidence of WMD and made up the Al Queda ties to Saddam. They demanded a UN vote on Iraq and when it came up no you went in anyway. They started a war for greed, not 9/11. They got 200,000+ Iraqi's killed, 5000 American soldiers killed, spent $1,000,000,000,000.00 all for what? You guys found out it was a lie and didn't care. You re-elected Bush anyway. He then doubled the debt. You didn't care. He destroyed the economy. You didn't care.

    Now Obama is elected and tries to make health care affordable for all Americans and Republican's heads are ready to explode from anger at such a treasonous act. It has been abundantly clear that Republicans have no intention of helping Obama get anything positive done for the country and have done everything humanly possible to trip up Obama along the way.

    They obviously have a different set of standards as to what is right and wrong than I do so, yes Jack, I have seen hope and change from Obama and I have seen him bend over backwards trying to work with Republicans even to the point of angering his own party and to the Republicans all the see is another Bin Laden or Saddam that needs to be taken out.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  208. Kmac499

    Don't you believe the change he planned got sunk with the Bush depession. Its hard to focus on the initial objective of draiining the pond when your up to butt in alligators.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  209. jack

    While everyone is cheering, we now have racial tensions that instead of simmering as they always have, have come to the surface just because of who we have as president. I grant that some of his changes have yet to actually take effect and we will see, if they are allowed.
    I've personally lost faith in both sides of the aisle, we have dismal representation which compounds every bad thing. The issue will stem to "US and THEM" in both congress, senate, but more importantly, in the constituence. We are as divided as we possibly have ever been. That's a change that we could do without instead of fostering.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  210. Nick-o

    It takes time, Jack, to fix 8 years of disastrous "see no evil" anti-federal oversight. It takes time when you take on an economy that had all indicators in the gutter. Slow growth is better than no growth, and I'll go so far to say better than fast growth, because moderate growth is more likely to sustain itself in the long term.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  211. Jared

    Sure, he delivered change, just as all new presidents do, but there was also a lot of business as usual that the dems have taken credit for on his behalf.

    Iraq – It is nice to be out, but it was done on the timescale that President Bush agreed to and we probably should have waited longer for Iraq to stabalize.
    Bin Laden – Glad to have him out of the way. Go Navy Seals! And the President gets a shout out for giving the order.
    Healthcare Reform – Some of it is good, some of it is bad, but all in all it is a big mess.
    Economy – My business grew under Bush even during the recession, died under Obama.
    Debt – Well that changed a lot didn't it? Up up and away!

    It would have been worse, but thankfully we have some congressmen who are willing to say no to the president.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  212. Jason Shoulders

    How much more change do you people need?

    – First president in over 60 years to successfully introduce health reform
    – Ended the Iraq war
    – Repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
    – 28 months in a row of private sector job growth

    July 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  213. Matt Allentown, PA

    Look at Scranton failing just an hour north of me – the riots and marshall law feel like they are minutes away, not hours. Remember what Obama told Joe the plummer – he believes in spreading the wealth around. Thats great, but we cant all be rich – we CAN all be poor – when you say the middle class is disappearing you are correct – and the middle class is not getting rich. Obama has lowered the bar to appeal to the least common denominator, not raised it. He does hate america and is doing the best job he can to destory it.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  214. Ron from Indialantic


    Many posters on here blame a republican congress for President Obama's lack of "change". It seems they all forget that he enjoyed two years of a filibuster proof majority and still got little done except a healthcare bill that has done nothing but sharply divide this country further.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  215. Joseph

    Would have been nice if someone asked that question 4years ago!

    July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  216. jon leitch

    What Obama has done is make Americans more aware of their rights to affordable medical care. How is it possible that the people of America have to suffer third world conditions as the Republicans gleefully champion the ugly concept of health care for profit? Glad I don't to pull out my wallet at the hospital.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  217. Danny Farole

    Jack, The change has been to take politics to the next horrible level. Never before have we been so divided. President Obama seems very likeable and a lot of people respond to that but his experience and background for the highest office in the land is grossly mismatched. There is a skills test to drive,work,fly,teach,etc. We need a minimum requirement for the presidency. Maybe Governor as the minimum but also the job requires the skills to create jobs, balance a budget and pretty much run things like a business. There are times to invest and spend and times to shore up the bottom line. Unfortunately coming from academia and community organizing does not give one the skill set needed to hold the office of president of our beloved United States.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  218. EC

    Jack, he did bring about change. The change was in the republicans and some democrats who vote with them against our President. This President can't get any thing done because of congress. It is those members with big egos, for years they have talked about health care and never got it done. It took the first black President to get it done , when others tried and failled. The repulicans hate this President so much, they will do any thing to cause him to fail. They need to know all of America can see what they are doing, they do know wrong from right. All I can see is racism by the republican congress. All the change I have seen is in the attitudes of a White republican congress against a black President who is good and smart and is not a dummy.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  219. bkgrandma

    If all those Southern racist Republicans had worked with President Obama, maybe he would have been able to do even more that all he has done to make this country a better place. They vowed they would make him a one term president when he first took office. One can't help but think it was really eating them up inside that a black man beat them. Here's hoping it happens again in 2012.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  220. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    President Obama returned intelligence and clear-thinking to the White House after eight years of George Bush. He is turning around the economy. Got us out of one of two wars and is working on the second withdrawl. His policies caught and eliminated Osama. Allowing the auto industry and it's suppliers to return to a profitable business saving millions of jobs. Pushed education instead of cut-backs. Restored sensible enviromental policies trampeled by Republicans. Gave healthcare to the thousands who had no coverage and, with his leadership, other countries now see us as good and decent people and not the world's bullies. I am extremely grateful to this good man.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  221. Curtis in Ms.

    I really don't like making excuses, but how can president Obama get anything done when you have leaders in this great country saying that we are going to make sure he is a one term president at any cost. It just show how mean and hateful we are. Remember this post,, as soon as Mitt win, things will change instantly, not because of what he will or will not do but because their will be a white man as the leader again.......face it people America was not ready for a black president.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  222. Rags

    "What kind of 'change' did President Obama deliver?"

    That's a tough question because there's been so many that to pick one or some wouldn't do justice to the question. More change could have happened had the Repuglicans helped instead of hindering.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  223. Brian fr Langley BC

    Wow, lot of egalitarian socialists in this country. There is only one true path to equality for all, and that's poverty for all. Without disparity there is NO incentive, without incentive there is no hard work, no sacrifice, and no innovation. Without these three things there is no prosperity. What part of "there is no free lunch" do you socialists not get.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  224. Duke

    Obama has changed the U.S. America was not built on handing out goods and services. Remember the ad the once stated, "they earned it the old fashion way"? Earned is the key word here. Obama feels people deserve everything, whether they earned it or not!!
    Bad example for our kids!! We need the work ethic, not the, "please feel sorry for me", ethic.!!

    July 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  225. Johnny 5

    Politicians are never in it for the good of the people. You have to help yourself first and on occasion the govt. may chip in something worthy. People blame his failing on racism but he got in the house didn't he? sometimes you just fail at things. This country can't be NO.1 forever for that's just how nature works.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  226. jack

    We could post on this meaningless article and place until actual change comes along, meantime, just Vote. Vote for whomever you believe in, bottom line, all our hot air means nothing, but that lever, punch, or curtain pull is real...

    July 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  227. marat

    Its pretty pathetic to read people posting Obama's AMAZING contributions. Consider: Obama, on a per year basis, is the biggest peace time spender in American history. If the TARP is excluded, Obama raised spending from 21% of GDP to 24%. That increase was accomplished in a mere three years. The guy has spent over 1 Trillion bucks EVERY single year he has been in office. George Bush, the previous record holder, took 8 years to increase expenditures from 18% to 21% of GDP. While the Obamabots are still following Obama's Despicable "lets use Bush as a Scapegoat so I can take ZERO repsonsibility for the destroyed American economy, Obama CONTINUES to viciously invoke Bush. Its disgusting and he shows JUST how desperate he is. The Truth is there to see: the Man was TOTALLY INCOMPETENT right from the start and had no business being put into such a position. He's been good for one thing–getting America into a debt so deep that it will be many, many years before it can be addressed. And he CONTINUES to spend like a fish. Lord, give this man a job in some little town before the next election...let him give speeches all day long and wear a Crown (after all, he thinks he is an Emperor anyway...somewhere where he can do no damage. Americans got TOTALLY SUCKERED and may just do it all over again. I fear for the nation, and for the extraordinary Divisiveness along economic, ethnic and party lines that Obama has VERY consciously encouraged in our nation.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  228. robert

    Because of the current unfavorable business climate, my wife lost her job recently and we lost a third of our income. Since we lost our benefits through her layoff our health insurance has now risen 400%. My retirement account has fallen during the Obama administration and what little equity I have in a couple of pieces of real estate is on the decline. People can talk in theory all day long but this is our REAL reality. Our change has been terrible.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  229. Roy Gregory

    I employ 178 people and pay 1/2 of their health insurance. Me and my CFO have decided its more efficient to pay the "penalty" or "tax" or whatever it is called so our employees will be fending for themselves in the open health insurance market. So, I will make more money by kicking this cost to the consumer. I wish the best of luck the the new 178 that won't have health insurance on my dime. Thanks Obama! Truth is, I'd rather be selling more, producing more, and employing more and insuring mroe, but that whole economy thing sucks right now (and for our foreseeable future).

    July 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  230. Visitor in SC

    The changes he has brought are all negative! People are saying that Obama is wrecking the country making it worse... and I totally agree!
    Our only solution is at the voting booth! We voted him in... and we shall vote him OUT. And that means NO democrats
    can expect to be elected. And... those holding seats better find a new job!

    July 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  231. Nospam

    I must admit, he has brought change. I've never seen so much hate and racism as I've seen since he took office. He is one of the most arrogant liberals I've seen in decades. If he doesn't like a law, he'll make sure its not enforced. If he can't get a law passed, then he'll just bypass congress. When he does get a law passed, he practically threatens the Supreme Court that they better not rule it unconstitutional. Then when it's ruled in his favor, because they call it a tax, he insists that it's not a tax, even though if it wasn't a tax, then it would have been ruled unconsitutional. There have been news reports about the justice department not charging african americans with hate crimes. If there is a news story with racial overtones, he goes out of his way to foster prejudice such as with the arrest of the african american professor and his comments about the Trayvon Martin killing.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  232. Ron Hall Arkansas

    Jack a lot of the change has been superficial. He has done two years of a so called payroll tax cut Stimulus. That mess has just shorted the Social Security Trust and created more debt. Most people spent this so called stimulus at Wal-Mart, buying foreign made merchandise. Now he wants to stop the "Bush Tax cuts" on people making over $250K oer year. That sure doesn't do much to tackle our debt. We need some plans that are real and not just show. We need to bring manufacturing back our country. We need real energy plans. We need to address reducing the costs of Health Care and Education. Instead, we pass legislation for programs that increase these costs

    July 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  233. Terry in Virginia

    He promised hope and change and then governed like George W. Bush until his poll numbers tanked. The major change from Mr. Obama is that when he figured out that he may very well lose this election to one of the worst candidates the GOP could pick, he decided to go negative. Voters have seen this act too many times before from our elected politicians. Hope and change or hope for change? For decades, the crooks that brought down the economy have been in charge. That hasn't changed. When DOJ starts indicting the CEOs of the Big Banks, then I will believe that things will change. I still hope that Mr. Obama leads that charge but to date he and Congress are too beholden to those very crooks for campaign contributions. When will our elected representatives learn that they work for us, the 99%, too?

    July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  234. Michael

    What kind of change has President Obama delivered? How about the return of our country to prosperity? He pulled us back from the brink. He has returned our country to a place of respect in the international community. He's brought us to a place of transparencey as apposed to the unending stream of lies offered by the republican party. I offer this question to any nay sayers; how short is your memory? Don't you remember how prosperous the US was before GW? He and his republican party ran our country into the dirt. If you want to live in a third world country vote for Mit Romney and austerity. If you want to live in a prosperous country think back to which party last offered that. That's the change I can believe in; the one that's proven.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  235. DC Johnny

    If only, Jack. If only.

    We are just a few quick, punishing taxes on the wealthy away from a healthy economy. Just think what great impact it will have when we go grab $100B per year from the wealthiest Americans, with no end in sight for our spending. Such a glorious place this will be when we can use that $100B per year to fund another month of our government's annual deficit. Our kids will thank us.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  236. ajs

    Bill from North Carolna

    Change and Hope he has given us. But, that really means we are now hoping someone can give me some change so I can eat and pay the rent. Before he and his Hope and Change came along....and I voted for him....I had a nice job, house, car and a wonderful life. His change brought me no job, no house, no car, and not so good of a life. But, he can not take my voting rights away this November....and I can assure you, I WILL NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID FOUR YEARS AGO!

    This is exactly how small minded and ignorant the American people are.

    If Obama wasn't in office the past 4 years...we'd still be in Iraq, the auto industry would be dead, Bin Ladin would be alive, and the stock market would be in the toilet..

    July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  237. tragicaim

    Are you people sheep or what....change for the better.. laughable. 8.2% unemployment, 5.8 trillion "unpatriotic" increase in our debt, and transparency that is clear as mud. People like to blame the Republican congress but don't forget about that Democratic Senate hasn't been doing much either try 1,000+ days without a budget for our country. Our military tracked down and killed Bin Laden not Obama. Our credit rating was downgraded (first time ever). I wonder how much you sheep will STILL blame this on Bush. WAKE UP people the government isn't our ATM.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm |