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April 6th, 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 bestowed praise on President Obama and the First Lady, as they continued their trip abroad. Many viewers were optimistic about the future of international relations:

  • BeeBee: I think Obama is doing a wonderful job uniting the US to the world! We can no longer rule the world we must partner with the world. People like Gingrich & Rumsfeld don't understand our new world and step out of the picture forever! We don't want old men with their mentality to be our leaders.

Even former naysayers waxed eloquently about the President:

  • Mike: I have to say although I was NOT happy with President Obama when he got an attitude with Ed Henry regarding when he knew about the bonuses; however, I have been impressed by his actions since he became our Leader. The PRIDE I am feeling as an American is beyond my ability to express that pride in written word! Maybe I can finally start traveling Europe again!

How do you feel about President Obama’s performance abroad? Do you believe he appropriately represented the United States and our interests? Was he too submissive or apologetic, or did he represent the U.S. with strength and dignity?

Some viewers took offense at Mr. Obama’s closing comments during the press conference with Turkey’s president:

  • David: I felt the press conference with Turkey’s President Gul today went very well...until President Obama's closing comments. He stated that the United States was not a Christian country, or Jewish country, or Muslim country. While trying to make a point about our religious freedoms, he offended me with this comment. As our Pledge of Allegiance states: "One nation, under GOD..." We are founded on Christianity, and we should remain steadfast on these grounds. We can still negotiate with the Turks without misrepresenting the beliefs of the most powerful Nation in the world.

Do you believe the President’s remarks in Turkey were inappropriate as the viewer above states, or were Mr. Obama’s words an attempt to present the U.S. as a refuge for religious freedom? Let us know what you think on these issues and others of interest to you.


  • Karen – I just retired and was able to watch all of your coverage. I’ve been a republican for 40 years but this year I voted for and donated to President Obama. After this trip and the great repair job he and Michelle did for the American image, I am soooo glad I switched!!! Will never go back to the republicans!!! They are sooo confused and self centered!!! They destroyed our economy and our image in the world which would have lead to an even worse economy. Thank you President Obama!!! At 65 I can change!!!
  • Mary – President Obama’s handling of events for the last two months reminds me of a college student writing a term paper named “We are the World”. Soon he will find out that America is No. 1 and that we stand alone in excellence, caring and sharing around the world. The Socialists policies of his healthcare and management of businesses will truely be a failure.


  • Francisco Mejia – As a combat veteran of Iraq twice and a forseeable tour in Afghanistan, I haven't been as on board of these combat missions until President Obama took office. I think he is executing his duties flawlessly in these difficult times with sound decisions and not hiding the facts. I am proud to serve under President Obama and to be part of his plans to better the country that we defend. SGT Mejia
  • Jim Eckett – Thank you for the story this morning on the First Lady's trip in which you covered her visit to that girl's school in England. Her talk of her humble beginnings is about as American as our leaders can get. I am sick of hearing stories about what she is wearing or what the Europeans think of her. Thank you!


  • devonmichael@amfix on Obama more doing & less talking. I feel like he is still on the campaign trail.
  • sandradnewton@amFIX The critics of this President should look upon his trip abroad not with disdain and mockery, but with a renewed respect.
  • nioro@amFIX As American Muslim, i think that President Obama's trip is making a difference and will make more differnce in Days coming Inchallah.
  • carnnell@amFIX Turkey is a Western influenced country not JUST a Muslim country. We must stop looking at Muslimism but at the totality of a country!

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Michael Polk

    I am amazed with the reporting of President Obama on CNN and other news agencies. He is being held and a much higher standard than any other president in history during the most difficult of times in US history. The country is involved in two wars while going through the most difficult financial downturn.

    He is being monitored on all the campaign promises made during a two year campaign process, while trying to handle all these major issues that were not there during the beginning phase of his campaign. He is trying to do a lot, while the media and Republican are dogging him at every turn. I think it is unfair and outrageous to expect everything discussed during the campaign are being held against him considering the difficult challenges he is faced with.

    It is amazing that this type of scutiny was not applied to previous presidents and no other president was held to such scrutiny. Maybe if CNN would have done a little of this during the eight years of President Bush's reign, we would not have been put in these situations. It is very frustrating and I wonder why CNN and other media are being so critical of President Obama.

    I do believe he has done more in the first 100 days than any other president in history, however this is not mentioned. No praise is given to him, only negative comments of what he has not accomplished. this raises questions about the integrity of the media and wonder what is the motive.

    I ask that CNN consider stories regarding the positives President Obama has accomplished in such a short period of time, instead of monitoring the 500 or so promises that were made during the campaign. It is a different world since the campaign process occurred and the focus should be on the major problems facing the President now. I know that is not what sells, but it is what is important and should be expressed.

    April 22, 2009 at 7:03 am |
  2. Ann Oriadha

    I agree with President Obama's speech in Turkey. We are a nation of many different faiths under God and must respect each other. I am also a Christian but was not offended by our President's comments. I believe that President Obama has greatly improved our image in the world which is so desperately needed.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  3. Cat

    I think the President is doing a great job trying to renew new paths for America and other countries that did not like us.This was a great start for the President and his wife, they did a great job. I feel the countries that he did vist and the important people he did talk to helped difuse the tensions that were around when Bush was in the White House. President Bush was the worse communicator and the worse President. I think America is in for a good start, people just need to give the President Obama time.

    April 7, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  4. Lisa Garcia

    We are NOT a Christian nation. In fact, most of our founding fathers were....


    Do your research next time!!!!!

    Obama did an EXTRAORDINARY job abroad. I could not have been happier with our President or prouder to be an American. I have every hope that Obama will lead the U.S. into a new age of enlightenment and that the rest of the world will follow!

    April 7, 2009 at 6:04 am |
  5. Ardvarck

    Light the afterburners and hang on! We are going to continue to see change. Change is necessary to move forward. Anything will be an improvement over the past eight years. All one hears from the right is "Be afraid, be very afraid."

    April 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  6. Leftopverroight

    I am proud of the President and the First Lady, that have done a lot to change our image abroad. I was a republican for years, that haa changed, and I will never go back to that Party.
    Think about it, the Party of Steele, Coulter, Hannity, Chaney, Limbaugh, Ingrahm, Rumfield, and the others from yester-year. I say God Bless the President and his Family. Thanks

    April 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |