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March 25th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

We Listen!

Here’s your daily recap of the best feedback we got from YOU on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Email. Continue the conversation below. And remember, keep it brief, and keep it clean. Thanks!


American Morning viewers eagerly expressed their opinions about President Obama’s second press conference in office. Most were very supportive of the president’s agenda, given his limited time in office:

  • Sheldon – I am no economist, but President Obama has been in office for a little over two months tackling a problem eight years in the making. The least Republicans can do is put their heads together to help find solutions to the problems that they created. If they have better ideas then it is their duty as Americans to make them known instead of silently hoping that the "other guy" loses.

Others expressed deep concern about the president’s proposed budget:

  • Vivi – When did educating our children and taking care of our sick become wasteful spending? We play rescue country to every other place on earth BUT GOD forbid us to help ourselves!!!!!
  • Sherry – The budget is: There is no budget, only a blank check backed by the full faith & credit of our children & grandchildren. America wanted him, America got him.

What are your thoughts on President Obama’s news conference? Do you think we’re headed in the right direction or are we on a course for disaster? Tell us your thoughts about the record budget.

Barney Frank was applauded for addressing Chief Justice Scalia’s expressing his opinion in light of his position on the Supreme Court.

  • Edwin – He [Barney Frank] is correct, but I would go one step further. For a sitting justice to express an opinion on a case is inappropriate. The ONLY thing that is proper for a case is the decision of the court! These opinions infer that the court has assumed the prerogative to make law and thereby violating the concept of unbiased justice in the courtroom. The Supreme Court has but one power in the constitution: Deciding the constitutionality of the case before them. The first Chief Justice recognized the pitfalls of going further and he was right. Individual opinions of justices MUST be restricted to their memoirs. How they arrived at their vote is of no value except to law students in school using them as reference. For those opinions to be placed to the public for "precedence" is harmful to the legal process. PERIOD.

Was Barney Frank justified in his calling Justice Scalia a ‘homophobe”? Do you believe that Justice Scalia made no inappropriate comments or do you agree with the viewer here that his position requires him to remain silent on such issues? Let us know what you think about the debate between the two public figures.


  • Matthew – Mr. Frank should not be calling people names. Both Mr. Frank and Justice Scalia have the Constitutional right to think and say whatever they want based on their own personal beliefs and moral convictions. Having attended Harvard Law School and awarded a J.D., Mr. Frank should understand that, and he must accept the fact that many people, including the majority of California voters as one example, may disagree with him. Using Mr. Frank’s rationale, one could say that he is a “female-phobe”.
  • Phillip Paschal – Anyone who denies equal rights to gays and lesbians is a homophobe. can't wait til we get down to the truth.
  • David – It’s one’s right to disagree with the President’s policies but it’s treasonous to wish for the failure of those policies and those who publicly do so should be prosecuted, scorned, shunned and/or punished.
  • Vic – Fred Thompson is no better that the rebels who started the Civil War. There are unpatiotic and treasonous individuals in our country – most go by the name “Neo Con” – who want to impose thier minority beliefs on the majority. If the majority speaks against them then they want to bring down the country and its chosen leadership. These individuals should be recognized for what they are. Regardless of what Thompson or his cohort Neo Cons say otherwise – these individuals are a disgrace to American life and values. Perhaps they should take there agenda to Iran, and live with another group of intolerant dogmatic ideologists who match Thompsons demeaner.


  • Gary McKoy – "That Homophobe Scalia" I am ashamed that a person in his position and with the authority to decide things that are so important and crucial to our way of life, sees things the way that he does. He should be sent to some type of human rights training. There should never be a law that says what two adults can or cannot do in the privacy of their own home. Or even a hotel room. This is the year 2009. There is no room for people like Scalia in my America!
  • Amy Courtney – People are forgetting that democrats had the house and senate for the last 3 yrs so they as well as republicans are responsible for this
  • Javier Medina – we hear the same politics everyday but no real changes.


  • barkway@amFIX – If we're too old to make back what we lost in savings B4 we'll need it, and can't work, what do we do? #amFIX
  • Gene_Starwind@amFIX – Scalia is an extreme right-winger and "Catholic". OF COURSE he's a homophobe!
  • ChristineTonkin@amFIX – Obama's campaign was like none we've seen b4 & from his speech I conclude that his presidency will be like none we've seen b4. Selah
  • mydoc17@amFIX – I have not really heard anything regarding people who have been foreclosed on already.
  • Imaalrightguy@amFIX – I have been waiting 20 yrs for someone to restructure healthcare, green energy and more. Pres. Obama is doing the right thing.
  • Gene_Starwind@amFIX – Scalia is an extreme right-winger and "Catholic". OF COURSE he's a homophobe!

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. M Fantus

    I e-mailed CNN yesterday and asked them to tone down the strident voices and a Big, Thank You ,is due. I was getting a headache...
    Legal pot is good. My mom had terminal cancer and couldn"t get chemotherapy. Her doctor told me to get pot on the street. I said I wouldn't know where, but my son probably did!
    Obama is at least trying to work something out of this mess. Who is to blame–all of us. Over charging credit cards, risky stock buys, no savings for the now rainy days. We will make it but there will be pain for lots of people.

    March 26, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  2. Bill Keck

    I just read an article about State's passing laws that welfare reciepents would have to take drug test. Well this is alright with me, but I think that all of our Elected officials should have to take random durg testing. Also before they could even run for election they would have to do a mandatory Drug test.

    March 26, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  3. LIN

    Yep, as I watch the 'comedy hour' each and every day it is quite amusing that my Grandmother's old saying has come to pass: "Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it". That sums up all the Americans that wanted a President that was constantly bombarding them with the word CHANGE. You now have it, so brace yourselves! And be sure you tell your Grandchildren how sorry you are before you die, that the debt on them is so high from your choice of a President.

    March 26, 2009 at 7:04 am |
  4. Stephanie

    I have been followning the journey of "Tim" on Pimp This Bum. What the Dolan's have done for this man is amazing. The Dolans' have given Tim a new lease on life and because of the web page and chat, Tim was able to re-connect with family that he has not spoken to in years. Keep up the good work Dolan's.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:51 am |
  5. Cat

    I feel the media is downright mean with the President they are finding fault whatever he does. If he smiles to much or is on TV to much they have reason to complain. He is trying to do a complicated job he does not need the media to complain on everything he does. We all need to support the President in this time of crisis. I feel the media promotes anger on subjects that destructs our society.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:38 am |
  6. K Dolan

    The Democrats started this economic collapse by pressuring banks to make loans to poor Americans. As always with the Dems, it sounded so nice, so warm and cuddly, but it isn't the way the world works. Now the poor Americans defaulting on those loans and our economy is collapsing because of it. This debacle roosts back squarely in the laps of Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and yes, Barrack Obama and his comrades at ACORN.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  7. Sandy

    I think President Obama has done a great job during his first TWO MONTHS in office trying to sift through the enormous challenges facing our country and trying to figure out the best way to handle these situations. The response by some members of the Republican party absolutely FLOOR me....are they serious? They hope the President fails. If this country self destructs I will blame the Republican party and the media that seems to add to all of political game playing....why do that? It terrifies me that half of this country is more interested in which political party looks good versus doing what is good for the country and more importantly all of us who are struggling due to anything being done in this country for the prior 8 years.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm |