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August 12th, 2009
12:45 PM ET

President Obama meeting your expectations?

 The increasingly bitter battle over health care reform is making some people question President Obama's leadership.

The increasingly bitter battle over health care reform is making some people question President Obama's leadership.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The increasingly bitter battle over health care reform is making some people question President Obama's leadership.

Critics suggest that when it comes to governing on issues like health care, the president is missing the smooth confidence and "Yes we can" charisma that got him elected.

New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd writes of this debate that seems to be spinning out of control:

"President Obama has proven quicksilver instincts, but not in this case. You would think that a politician schooled in community organizing and the foul balls of a presidential campaign would be ready to squash this kind of nuttiness." Dowd adds that Mr. Obama knows how to rise to the occasion, but he may be running out of time to do so.

On Salon.com, Camille Paglia criticizes the president for proposing only "vague and slippery promises" when it comes to health care. Paglia, who supports the president, faults him for handing over much of the debate to congressional leaders and also seeming to be in an unexplained rush to get something – anything – passed.
She compares it to the "massive boondoggle" of the economic stimulus package, which the president pretty much gave Congress free rein to turn into one big pork project.

And it's not just health care. The list of issues this president faces is mind-boggling and probably unprecedented: from the economy and healthcare to immigration reform (which Mr. Obama now says won't happen until next year) on the home front... to Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea overseas.

Critics say on a lot of this stuff, the president is talking, not leading.

SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Is Barack Obama meeting your expectations as president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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May 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

President Obama: "You ain't seen nothing yet", should he be so confident?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Perhaps feeling proud of his accomplishments during his first four months in office, President Obama told a star-studded Hollywood crowd, "You ain't seen nothing yet."

Should President Obama be so confident about his presidency?

Should President Obama be so confident about his presidency?

At a fund-raising dinner where couples paid $30,000 a ticket, the president said he would put his first four months in office up against any prior administration since FDR.

Mr. Obama ticked off a list of some of the successes he's achieved so far including: passing the largest economic recovery package in the history of the U.S., removing the ban on funding of embryonic stem cell research, taking measures to stabilize the housing market, cracking down on predatory abuses by credit card companies and expanding the children's health insurance program. He also praised Sonia Sotomayor, his nominee for the Supreme Court.

Mr. Obama acknowledged that although his administration has made progress, there is more work to do and said we can't rest on our laurels. "It won't be easy. There will be setbacks. It will take time." He added that he's made some mistakes and guarantees he'll make more.

Meanwhile, when it comes to raising money, Barack Obama hasn't lost his fastball. The celebrity dinner, along with a concert later that evening, brought in between $3 and $4 million for the DNC.

Here’s my question to you: President Obama says "You ain't seen nothing yet" when it comes to his presidency. Should he be so confident?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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