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January 21st, 2010
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 1/21/10

Editor's Note: With President Obama’s first anniversary in office following Tuesday’s Senate election upset for the Democrats, Thursday’s American Morning audience revived many negative perceptions about the president’s effectiveness as a leader of the Democratic Party and the country.

  • Claire: I am so sick of Barack Obama blaming Bush for everything that goes wrong in his administration, including the Mass Senate race. Makes one wonder if Michelle Obama gets pregnant will he blame that on Bush too? This guy needs to put on his "big boy" pants and start taking responsibility for what his administration has fouled up.
  • Jerry: Now that Congress and the President are losing constituent confidence for not taking the advice of actual forecast professionals, the Obama Administration is now waking up to the fact. […] It's just time for Congress and the President to get on board in a game on strategy instead of an end game theory that translates where this Nation will monopolize the fact that you get the best results when you give better resolve. And it's as simple as that!

How would you grade President Obama as he celebrates his first anniversary in office? What would you like to have seen him achieve that he did not?

Others showed less affection for the Republican’s joy at the election result, remarking “if I were a politician, I wouldn't appreciate having the reputation of having won an election fighting against the working class of people.”

  • Louise: Watching the reaction of the media and Republicans on the results of the Massachusetts vote, is a revelation. I haven't seen the Republicans and National Media so happy since they beat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats efforts to get health care for the working people who do the heavy lifting in this country without reward! Now if I were a politician, I wouldn't appreciate having the reputation of having won an election fighting against the working class of people, but then if one is to get the attention of the National Media, that is necessary. I have to hand it to them, the Republicans know their psychology in vote getting. […] Obama saw the sick and afflicted when he was campaigning and listened to them, and he is trying to meet those needs as a large part of the responsibilities he has as President. Another reason given for the Republican win in Massachusetts is their alarm over the rise in the National Debt. Yup, you understood me right! Many people besides myself have short-term memories!
  • Chris: Government suppose to be big to take care [of] its people. If government are not big then the money will be left to the one percent, which mean private government and they only cares about profit.
  • Karin: what about the republicans making a sat. emergency session to keep terri schiavo alive-that is gov't intrusion not small government. government intruding in our choices and privacy- then there is the patriot act, and the going into our phones and data and on and on. republicans are the party of big government not to help the people but to intrude. please talk about that

How do you feel about the Republican win in Massachusetts? Were the voters forgetting that it was the Republicans who increased government spending so substantially during the Bush years? Has President Obama worn out the “Blame Bush” excuse?

Goldman Sachs’ profit announcement riled many who were disgusted by the bank’s excess, yet some defended the organization: “[Goldman] was ‘told’ that it ‘had’ to take TARP. Paulson didn't want to single out any bank and cause a run on the bank. Why haven't you reported that?”

  • Keith: Why do we even bother with the goldman sachs stories. We keep hearing about a backlash from the people or the scorn of the public, goldman people dont care about that. It's like the rich king of a poor country, he doesn't care if the people hate him, he still lives in his big mansion and lives his lavish life.
  • JV: Has Christine Romans lost her mind? Boo-Hoo for Goldman Sachs. They gave to charity? Sure it did–that charity in the Caymans. Make them and all the other Wall Street crooks give back every dime and dollar and every bonus!!!!!!
  • AS: Christine Romans is not telling a complete story. Goldman is going to make record profits because it's lost so many competitors. It was "told" that it "had" to take TARP. Paulson didn't want to single out any bank and cause a run on the bank. Why haven't you reported that?

How do you feel about the massive profits earned by Goldman Sachs? Were they simply “opportunists” in a bad situation or are they “crooks”? What do you think should happen to the bonus money earned by the bank?

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  1. Moonsamy Devi

    President Obama is the best President from all the others Presidents of USA. A man of heart, does always his best for the Americans people. Health care is historic; no one before had succeeded to build up this reform. CONGRATULATIONS for the President. Now that everyone can take care of his health, otherwise that cost a burden.
    He is a man of peace, always try to maintain peace in the world.
    A man of dialogue. He knows how to speak with different authiorities. He has an easy approach with the others Presidents even if they are not easy to discuss. He is a good speaker and he has a very good and easy contact. He gives examples to the others authorities and he wants that America gives examples too. All my best to Sir barack Obama...Long live the President of USA, long live his family and long live America. Thanks

    March 23, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  2. Bruce L. Melkonian

    Of course it's proper for a prospective employer to look into a job-seeker's credit rating. The employer has the right to look at anything which could shed any light on the question: Will this person be a responsible and reliable employee? That includes credit rating, driving history, criminal law history, and even marital history. It's unlikely that things like a poor credit rating would absolutely bar this person from getting the job, but such information could be a very good and legitimate tie-breaker.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Sophia

    Good morning, I did not check the box to notify me of your comments to my suggestion dated 1/25/10
    Looking forward to your response.

    January 26, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  4. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Good Morning Guys. Hope your weekend was a good one.

    You know, in some ways, maybe it would have been the right medicine for none of the bailouts to have occurred, including George W. Bush's plea to pass a bailout.
    Maybe the country would have gotten a better taste to how bad things were cause of the miserable job the republicans and Bush and Cheney did. Think about it America, if none of those stimuluses were passed, how many jobs do you think America would have lost? The only truthful thing that came out of President Bush's mouth was when he went before America on National TV and said; " if we don't pass this bill we would have a depression greater than the Great Depression".

    The problems left to President Obama were off the charts. No one was or is capable of fixing these problems as fast as Americans would like.
    And, now to add insult to injury we have, (and the only word I can think of to describe the actions of the Supreme Court is CORRUPT) have a Supreme court who ruled that it is perfectly fine for a multi-national corporation to throw their dirty money into our political system. As if there is not enough dirty money already in our system. Our government is corrupt by corruptible men. And people wonder why their is so much angst in American people.

    We're falling apart at the seams. America needs a Saviour to bring back Justice. The world needs a Saviour to bring back Peace. I think America and the world needs to pray with a lot of humility.

    There is a Great movie that I just saw this weekend, it's The Book of Eli. I would recommend it to anyone, except children to go and see it.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  5. Scott

    Most of this contry now has some form of retirement fund if they are not self employed. Many self employed do also. But company funds are frequently vastly invested in the market. I wonder how many people have goldman sachs funds without knowing it.

    Of more concern is that our president does not seem to understand that things he has to say can negatively affect all of us financially.

    Even if he has a serious dislike of the business sector of our country, for our sakes he should keep it to himself.

    January 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  6. Tina

    I am an independent. I don't like what has been going on in either party in Washington. All of the blame goes to them and their backers. I have not seen any survey to, accurately, determine why the voters in Massachusetts, voted as they did. I suspect they are just as disgusted as I. Government has not addressed unemployment to our satisfaction. We need jobs!! Not sell them out overseas or over our borders. How about if we reward companies who do stay here and hire the US worker? How about imposing a tariff to companies who import here in a fair market? Who doesn't get frustrated, when calling a, supposed, American company, gets to talk with someone from overseas, that doesn't speak English? If we don't have jobs, we can't pay taxes, and, therefore, it creates a bigger burden on our budget.

    I, frankly, want what our government officials receive for Health Care. If it good enough for them, it is good enough for me. If some people like their insurance as it is, 30% increases pr year, no pre-existing conditions, and caps, FINE, let them have it. At least, give people a choice. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand this. In the mean time, a year from now, when we discover what a 47 million unemployment rate did to the uninsured, will we, as a compassionate nation, respond like a deer in the headlights, if things stay as they are? It is not as if we didn't see it coming. Me, I tend to be proactive, not reactive. Pres. Obama's first mistake, was to trust that both party's could be bipartisan in Congress to get a good health care bill done.

    Why aren't we deregulating? Haven't we learned from our past mistakes? Pres. Obama is moving in the right direction, by imposing fines on the past offenders, but it should have been done a long time ago. Conditions and penalties given out back in Nov 08, when the first TARP monies were given out.

    I am sure all of the above was on the minds of the voters of Massachusetts.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  7. smith

    If a democrat was an ex centerfold or a American idol contestant the right would be having a field day. To say Obama didn't inherit a mess is silly. It seems every thing that could go wrong has happened to this administration. But they have been quicker to respond than the previous administration and have tried to find answers when the other party will not help or offer suggestions. Every one wants a quick fix. I don't think that is possiable. Listening to the likes of Palin Chaney, Limbaugh Wilson is very scary. Look at the comments posted here.

    January 23, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  8. Zammer

    Americans did not vote against the Dems. or for the Reps. They voted against the incumbent and will continue to do so until Washington changes course. We're angry because because the politicians continue to pander and posture while the country crumbles. Time to step out of the selfish, short-sighted bubble and do the right thing.

    January 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  9. Willam

    I blame you the media for not reproting what is really going on.
    This will never make it on your site since it is all propaganda.
    There are so many things that CNN does not report on but if in fact you would just talk about the FED and how they are a private organazation that it has complete control of our money supply and they can give what ever amount they want to to whom every they want to. Have it be private individual, country or corporation. They have given trillions out over the last couple of years and they do not report to anyone.
    How about reporting Sibel Edmonds story. I do not blame Washinton I balme you the media. It is all propaganda. Shame on you.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  10. Dirk Peddler

    How do I rate Obama for his first year? F is the highest I can give him and his co-hordes. He makes socialism look democratic. Wants a finger in everything he can get his grubby hands on and turns us into a communist society. Sure tax the TARP recipients, who does he think will have to pay through increased fees, less lending, etc? And in the end they will still go under leaving us, the tax payers with more toilet paper which used to be shares. Health care? How about spend all the money with those wasted debates on job creation, incentives for companies to stay in the US instead of bailing out with our bailout money to foreign countries? Yeah but he'll just keep blaming everything on Bush, granted, Bush was an even bigger moron, but hey, Obama is not far behind. Anyone notice how the stock market takes a tumble every time he comes up with another bright idea? And just when you think the market is back where it was, he has to open his mouth again.....

    January 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  11. linda

    Obama,,,,, to hold the banks accountable, what a joke. Obama is a "Lame Duck" after only one year in office. The Republicans won't let this happen, just like Health Care. The Republicans run this country, they are "God". Just ask Ruch Limbaugh, the great Republican leader, who says everyday ," I Am On Loan From God"

    January 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  12. Francisco Novoa

    Yeah, may be it's boring to hear President Obama Suporters, blaming Bush for this Country situation, but I think it's worst to hear people blaming President Obama for not fixing what it took 8 years to mess up in less than one and when all the Republicans decided to make this Country ungovernable.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  13. Peter Gobeille

    Power to the People!

    GEITNER NEEDS TO GO!! He has played into the hands of the banks because he is one of them.

    The banks are saying The People need banks to invest in business.

    I say the banks need to act in the best interests of The People. We The People need to withdraw our funds and NOT PAY CREDIT CARDS to show the banks that they will act in OUR best interest and work with us as customers. The reason they push credit cards for business is that it makes them more money than making SBA loans. That is Phooey!!

    As for bad credit ratings? Just wait a few more months or couple years. The credit rating agencies will be adjusting everything to accommodate those of us who lost everything. After all they are no more than financial prostitutes!


    Power to the People!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  14. SAM

    Big Banks held accountable? It's about time. Read and listen and you'll hear that nothing has changed on Wall Street; They're attitude of arrogance, refusal to accept any responsibility for their part in the financial sunami that nearly happened last year and these big bonus'? I'm sick of it! ..and it's about time! ..

    January 22, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  15. Karen

    What time did you move Heidi Collins to? I have been looking for her.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm |