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January 27th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 1/27/10

Editor's Note: With the president’s first State of the Union speech slated for this evening, Wednesday’s American Morning audience debated the results of Mr. Obama’s first year in office.

  • Marilyn: The American people, like those in Youngstown and Pittsburgh that you referenced this morning, keep waiting for manufacturing jobs to return to our country because they recognize that those industries provide jobs that have made our country strong and vibrant. When our so-called leaders provide American based companies with tax breaks and other incentives to move their manufacturing to other countries it was the beginning of the end. President Obama addressed this issue during his campaign and promised to change this situation. That hasn't happened, as we well know. I consider what these American based businesses have done as treasonous. That their executives benefit financially from gross profits made at our expense is also treasonous and until Obama addresses this issue, which is at the root of our employment problem, I can only classify anything he says as lip service.
  • Donald: Where is the change, Pelosi and Reid are still "dealing". Congress voted itself an increase and no veto. Seniors on SSA were "froze" and all we got was excuses. Where are the vetoes?
  • Henry: The president may as well figure losing more seats. First of all Pelosi and Reid need to go; they are a disgrace to our country. […] It's not good to have one party rule the whole thing. The President said he gets the message; we’ll see. […] I'm tired of giving our work to other countries; what about us. […]. There is absolutely no excuse to pay these people [ politicians] and get treated like this. […]
  • RP: OMG! Saying "Obama...and...fiscal responsibility" in the same sentence?.....That's got too make you choke on every syllable? Hey you tell Obama if he wants to impress me and the Nation try "Entitlement cuts" and start with that smug sense of "entitlement" all federal employees seem to possess....freeze their wages, benefits, COLA entitlements, travel, private use of military jets........In other words.....I'm sick of all the appearances and lip-service! Show Me Your Teeth...sissy!
  • Dear CNN, Do you really believe that the general public has forgotten how we got here?? To listen to your political spin, (not news), one would think that Obama's election lost all the jobs, and is responsible for the present state of our economy. Wrong. What we are now experiencing is a "domino effect", an "aftershock" of 8 long miserable years of incompetence and mismanagement. The fact that no mere mortal (the president) could possibly reverse ALL these problems, and fix health care in one year is not important to those now busily engaged in "framing" the Democratic agenda. As far as the "waste", and voter "anger" that you tout daily....there is no mention of all the billions of our precious dollars that went missing, down a "black hole" in Iraq. No mention of the fact that Bush/Cheney handed Obama the worst economy since the stone age, and "wasted" the surplus they inherited from 8 years under a Democratic president. Start telling it like it is, not like your corporate bosses would like it to seem. Perhaps we can begin to respect journalism again.

How do you feel about the president’s first year? What do you want to hear from the president in his first State of the Union address tonight?

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  1. Dale durham

    the Toyota FJ Cruiser has a inner fender problem in the 2007 and 2008 models. Toyota refuses to fix this problem blaming it on "modifications". However, Toyota uses the FJ's off-road ability in ALL of it's advertising brochures. The inner fender issue is also in non modified vehicles.

    Toyota has modified the inner fenders three times to correct this. The 2009 and 2010 models do not appear to have this problem as the modification seems to be working. But, Toyota will not acknoledge the issue is a.manufacture defect. Their representatives say Toyota has the right to improve the product. Unfortunately they don't want to correct the problems of previous faulty design!

    Google FJ Cruiser fender bulges and rips for more information.

    February 1, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  2. DavidH

    As a black man, I am proud to see a black man as president; but unfortunately Obama is the wrong black man. He has charisma and the gift of gab, but this country needs leadership and experience at this time of crisis. I was laid off last year and I feel it could have been avoided if we had the right person in office making the right decisions. I see either Bill Clinton or Mick Romney as two experienced leaders that could have saved my job and that of millions of others by offering a tax incentive to businesses of eliminating the payroll tax for a period of time or some similar incentive to keep companies from laying off workers. The Stimulus Plan is all over the map, lacking a focus. Obama is totally incompetent and clueless as to what needs to be done. CNN is showing what a waste the Stimulus Bill has become. After listening to the State of the Union last night, I see that he is still clueless. It's unfortunate that he gets support from such a high percentage of black people. It's painfully obvious that black people will support him no matter what. It's ironic that black people are the worst hurt by his incompetence.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  3. jean

    First of all,one year to fix this mess? Americans have such a short memory. For eight years,Bush and his buddies were able to push through their agenda without so much as a peep. Fast forward...we're in a recession and Bush keeps denying it instead of preparing for it. It's time for the Dems to grow a pair and start pushing back,hard, against the Republicans. We elected you to fight for us and change things in Washington. How can they do that when they are so afraid of the Republicans?

    January 28, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  4. Angie

    The Republicans claim that they are the ones fighting for jobs.
    Yet during their 8 years reign of terror, jobs were going overseas because Republicans signed a bill to give financial government incentives for companies to take jobs away from Americans and send those jobs to other countries.

    The Republicans claim that they are willing to be bi-partisan.
    Yet from the first months of Obama's first year in office, the Republicans stated that they would do all they could to prevent anything of his to go through, and to help him fail.

    The Republicans claim that they are the ones fighting for the middle class.
    Yet during their eight years in the white house, the Republicans did all they could do to help the middle class right out of their homes.

    With that kind of help from the Republicans, we are better off without their help.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  5. Sue

    I think that having Rudy on CNN is great – whether or not you agree is your choice...I think that is called free speech. Two sides...differing opinions...debating the issues. Called America! Don't like it then perhaps go to Iran where people with dissenting opinions are shot. Grow up. Partisianship is alive and well in this country...why keep adding to it. In the meantime while we vilify each other the true enemy who likes to blow up our planes and kill our CIA agents and our brave men and women in uniform and who plot the end of our country watch and laugh at our antics.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  6. E. Lyles

    What is CNN doing letting Rudy Juliana having a bully pulpit for 15 minutes to lambash the President of the United States. Half of what he said he made up as he went along. Next time show a little partisianship and have someone on with your guest who can at least give us the other side of the story, perhaps the truth.

    Whose idea was this anyway?

    January 28, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  7. Rick

    PLEASE ... One of the critical points in last night's SOTU address was one that focused on the divisions in Congress between the two parties in power. Just sayin' (to borrow a phrase) ~ do you not see how divisive your program is in solving these problems? Or any "news" program, for that matter? The "news" media has made the job of the president ~ or any politician ~ immeasurably harder to reach consensus because the media insists on tearing ANYTHING apart. You give massive amounts of fuel to those who care nothing more than to keep the fires burning. Stop. PLEASE !!! Support the process. Offer up the positive instead of the usual constant divisive news stories that focus on what's wrong with this country. Come on people. Do something positive for a change.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  8. stillonline

    Do you people have alzheimer's? Or do you think that if you pretend that Bush didn't leave this nation in shambles you can avoid journalistic malpractice for being his accomplice?

    Every now and then, give a shot at real "objective" reporting. Today you're echoing the GOP talking points.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  9. Phil

    I keep hearing from the GOP, how they've stood up for the American
    people, how they're now standing and fighting for the jobs to return,
    and how this President has caused nothing but problems for this
    Nation. So..I'd like to ask just a couple of questions of the GOP.
    Why weren't you standing up for the american people during the
    last 8 years, when YOUR President, was sending thousands and
    thousands of jobs overseas just for the sake of free enterprise, and
    the world would be better off?? Why weren't you standing up as
    YOUR President took a huge surplus, and basically flushed it down
    the toilet, and left us with a debt that we will never ever recover??
    Why weren't you standing up when YOUR President led us into
    Iraq without the proper intelligence for the sake of the vice president"s
    NO BID contracts to a company that he was still affiliated with?
    Oh yeah...I guess you forgot about all that, and now want to put 8 yrs
    blame of the worst president this country has ever known on the
    current president, and expect him to fix everything in just 12 short months. Lets remember this...It didn't take 12 months to get into
    this's not going to take 12 months to recover!!!!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  10. Joe

    It seems that those who have written off the President have no idea what change really means. Neglecting domestic affairs for 8 years has a price and now we are paying, highways are falling apart, education system is a joke, social security is close to being broke, financial system collapsed, etc. All this will cost a lot to repair and it will take a lot of time to get things back to normal. No one seems to have a problem wasting billions of dollars fighting terrorism but yet the people complaining have a huge issue when it comes to spending money on domestic issues, issues which affect each and every one of us more than a terrorist does. It was not Bin Laden that gave us mortgage derivatives it was Wall St, it was not Bin Laden who failed to respond to New Orleans it was FEMA, it was not Bin Laden who made the highway of Minneapolis collapse but it was our own neglect. If we avoid our domestic issues any longer it will just get worse but than again fixing our domestic issues requires some sacrifice, given how we "Americans" are i think we are all doomed.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:08 am |
  11. Linda Blankensop

    I'm neither a democrat or repulican, liberal or conservative. I am an independent due to all of the bicking in the house and senate. It seems right now that all they care about is how is going to take over. But, it seems to me that everyone forgets that when President Clinton was in office that our nation was in the black. And now after 8 years of the Bush era are nation is in a mess plus all of the lies he has told our nation. Could someone tell me why that when 9-11 happened, that President Bush put Bin Laden's family on a private plan and flew them out of our country? How soon we forget!!! No one has given President Obama a chance, what did people think that he could change everything in a year's time. Look at how long it took our government to get in this mess. President Obama may have made some bad decisions but who doesn't. My only wish is that everyone would do some research on a subject before blowing off their mouths. Ex. Rush Limbuagh and Sarah Palin. I feel that they just want to get people all ralied up. So, on this note, I still support President Obama... Also were do you get some of these polls?? I sure haven't been asked and so have alot of others that still support our President???

    January 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  12. jim vicalvi

    I resign, effective today!!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  13. sasha

    This was never going to be easy. As candidate Obama said just three days before the election: "Don't think for a moment that power will concede without a fight."

    Now, we're seeing how true that really is.

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm |