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Jann S. Wenner's first question to Obama: "When you came into office, you felt you would be able to work with the other side. When did you realize that the Republicans had abandoned any real effort to work with you and create bipartisan policy?"

President Barack Obama, photo from Rolling Stone, 09/28/10. (photo: Reuters)
President Barack Obama, photo from Rolling Stone, 09/28/10. (photo: Reuters)

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+29 # Curtis L Walker 2010-09-28 22:05
Democrats have so many reasons to be proud of Obama. Perfect? No. We just got more work to do. Get out now and get folks engaged again and voting in November.

Imagine, given the damage to the nation Republicans have done the last 20 MONTHS, what having them control either the house or senate. Worst that civil war!
 
 
-33 # Karen I. 2010-09-28 22:18
Glass is half empty when broken promises are counted. Obama's continuing Bush's domestic tyranny, fostering policies like targeting American citizens for assassination as well as refusing to prosecute the criminal activity in the Bush regime, plus two wars, increases in secrecy and the use of 'state secrets', and there's no 'half-empty' about that. I wouldn't vote for Obama again if he ran for roost cleaner in a chicken house. He's Bush Lite, just more articulate.
 
 
+27 # Terry Wilson 2010-09-29 02:31
Karen--what solution do you propose? The Republicans have no new ideas or solutions to real problems in the US. Plus, 8 yrs. of George Bush and his cronies almost destroyed America. Do you honestly think voting for Republicans is going to help our country? If so, were you paying attention while Bush was President? If you think NOT voting is the answer, then you're effectively voting for Republicans. How can you expect Obama to be a perfect President when he gets no cooperation from the Republicans? And when he was left with a monumental mess?
 
 
+20 # Hors-D-whores 2010-09-29 03:02
Karen, you're no "Democrat??" and scary as a TPer. The domestic tyranny was put in place by Bush/Cheney and it takes a bit longer to get rid of bad policies then to put in place. Organization like the FBI, the Pentagon, the Military, the banksters, the thousands of lobbyists that represent the rich and connected, don't just disappear. They are still in the background making havoc. Did you really think that Obama was going to be able to end two wars, stop the 750,000 a month job losses, fix Wall Street, whenever he wanted? I think that the Bush SOB's were not prosecuted because the cases would have gone nowhere. In case you don't know our justice system is also broken. Imagine GW or Dick in front of the Roberts court (take all the time you need), what do you think would have happened? A lot of time and money would have been wasted and cases would have been slung so fast it would make your head spin. We do have endemic problems. Vote back REPUBLICANS if you want no fixes or NO PROGRESS.
 
 
+13 # Robin 2010-09-29 07:12
Quoting Karen I.:
Glass is half empty when broken promises are counted. Obama's continuing Bush's domestic tyranny, fostering policies like targeting American citizens for assassination as well as refusing to prosecute the criminal activity in the Bush regime, plus two wars, increases in secrecy and the use of 'state secrets', and there's no 'half-empty' about that. I wouldn't vote for Obama again if he ran for roost cleaner in a chicken house. He's Bush Lite, just more articulate.


Watch that. I stood on a table (metaphorically ) and said I'd never vote for Grey Davis for governor of California. Then I saw who the other side ran against him.

As much as you say Obama is "Bush-light" would you rather have "Bush-heavy" (Rove or Palin?)
 
 
+9 # Rebecca I 2010-09-29 11:41
HUH? Be wary of brainwashing. What or rather who would your alternative be? SP ans the Koch Brothers? BB and Dick Armey? SA? CO? JB and the Naysayers?? We all need to carefully look behind the scenes at what's really driving some of the rhetoric before we buy into it. Obama is the best and the brightest we have had in a long time - and most important is not a political puppet ie George Bush, Sarah Palin, Barbara Bachman, Sharon Angle, Christien O'Donnell, and the new fear-mongerers.
 
 
+8 # DaveW. 2010-09-29 12:16
Karen I. The Republican party is doing what it has always done except that now it is "doubling down" on the concept. It's this simple: The GOP champions the desires of those who need it the least. The Democrats are supposed to pick up everyone else. This basic philosophy has been in place since Republican William McKinley was President. The results have been exactly what you would expect. When the Repub's are in power, rich folks and corporations make out like bandits. Literally! When the Dems assume control a much greater measure of income equality takes place. There are minor variances to this analogy but it holds water quite well if you do the research. You claim, "I wouldn't vote for Obama again if he ran for roost cleaner in a chicken house." That's your privilege. But beware: When and if the Republicans assume control again, with their ever increasing right leaning, tea bag acquiescing base clamoring for the "return of their country" YOU may be happy to be the roost cleaner.
 
 
-10 # BeauMond 2010-09-30 22:59
[quote name="Karen I."]Glass is half empty when broken promises are counted.

Karen I
don't you know that the bulk of the people who sat through this interview are Obama supporters?

You are right like a few others and I quote "the other side of the same coin"

Everyone forgot that when the Republicans are in power, we all do well. People have jobs, small businesses flourish & the economy is up.

He says he is so concerned about the little people but who keeps the little people employed?

Big and small business

Wake up America before the Govt owns everything. Wait until he takes away the right to bear arms....
I love when he said he was here to uphold the Constitution.. My head is still spinning.

Yikes!
 
 
+8 # Wesley Morris 2010-10-01 12:07
Quoting BeauMond:


Everyone forgot that when the Republicans are in power, we all do well. People have jobs, small businesses flourish & the economy is up.

He says he is so concerned about the little people but who keeps the little people employed?


Surely, you jest! You have the right to your own opinion, but you do not have the right to your own FACTS! The financial meltdown began BECAUSE of the Bush/Republican policies of the previous administration' s eight years in office. Pandering to their REAL base, the "haves and have mores," is what nearly sent our economy over the edge. Wake up, INDEED!
 
 
-6 # Hank 2010-10-01 13:38
You do not have a right to "your own facts", either. These boom-bust cycles are, unfortunately, generational and won't be repealed anytime soon. q.v. Strauss & Howe, tulip mania, or hell, even housing prices -- you'll see the bubble started worldwide during the Clinton years.
 
 
+3 # Judy Byrd 2010-09-28 23:20
Stunning.

Right now, that's about all I can say.
 
 
+20 # Brenda Louise 2010-09-28 23:28
I'm proud to vote for those politicians who will back Obama. I think it's a rotten shame that the republicans act the way they do. But for the last 50 years the Republicans have done nothing but lie to the public and steal their hard earned money and throw away their jobs.
 
 
+5 # Regina 2010-09-28 23:39
The bottom-line problem is the expectation built up during the campaign that all the proclaimed "change" would be in place by high noon on 1/21/09. The "Yes, we can" refrain was interpreted that way, which is why the "NO" party's deliberate and concerted obstructionism produces the mistaken feeling that the administration hasn't produced any real change and is therefore totally ineffectual. Extrapolate that a bit further and the outlook for the 11/2 election becomes grim.
 
 
-1 # michael keenan 2010-09-29 00:08
Why should i vote for someone who wants to assassinate me?
 
 
-11 # Sven 2010-09-29 00:10
Excuses, excuses, excuses for the tiny changes since taking office. He seems thrilled just to be surrounded by celebrities and the super-rich and powerful. He can't blame everything on the Repugs; after all, he picked the train-wreck Rahm, Wall Street Toadies Summers and Timmy. He decided to knuckle under on issues of Afghanistan, no single-payer health care, Gitmo, wiretapping, no real Wall Street reform, etc., etc. He is no FDR. Time for some real progressive to challenge him (Grayson, Kucinich, bring back Howard Dean, how about Robert Kennedy Jr.?).
 
 
+6 # Harv 2010-09-29 01:01
What a bunch of soft-ball questions!

Where were the questions about the continuation of torture, rendition, denial of habeas corpus, warrantless wiretapping, military kangaroo courts, and the right of the president to unilaterally throw a US citizen in jail and deny him all legal rights for as long as he wants?

What about the denigration throughout his administration of the "whining" "professional liberals" who busted their butts to put him in office?

And, why has he failed to use recess appointments to put his nominees, who have been denied a vote in the Senate, into office?

Yeah, I'll vote for him and his gang of blue dogs and DINOs, but I'm sure not going to bust my butt like last time!
 
 
+15 # ER444 2010-09-29 02:00
Good God, why would anybody want that job??!! God bless Obama for trying. Let's get put the vote in November, more Republicans in power will only make a very bad situation worse !!
 
 
+18 # Hors-D-whores 2010-09-29 03:08
President Obama has kept more promises than I thought he was going to be able to keep considering the complete obstructionism by the Republicants. One of my favorites is the credit card legislation. Late fees were up to $39.00, I recently forgot to pay a credit card by one day and the fee is now only $15.00, yes my mistake, but I was delighted and I thank the Democratic Congress and President Obama.
 
 
+14 # Elkan Katz 2010-09-29 07:19
It's interesting that Karen I. and many others criticize Obama as Bush Lite and would apparently rather have Bush Heavy, that is, the lunatic Republican/Tea Party group control the Congress and be even more obstructive and pro the rich than they are now. Obama hasn't been great on all issues but has many accomplishments , including the relatively ignored achievement of replacing hacks and religious zealots in many government agencies with people dedicated to protecting the public.
 
 
+17 # C.P. 2010-09-29 07:21
So if people choose to vote against Progressives in the upcoming elections, what they are saying is that they would rather go back to the Conservatives who made the mess we're in now. Does that make sense? But wait, 57 million of them did vote to continue the Bush agenda when they voted for McCain and Palin in 2008, so making sense is not their strong point. I hope that those who voted for Obama and Biden will continue their belief in a better government and a plan to improve the conditions for the middle class.
 
 
+13 # Al 2010-09-29 07:48
It disturbs me to see people in this country wanting Obama to fail. It Disturbs me that considering Bush purposely did nothing in his last months of office and let things further decay disturbs me. But to see all republicans and this Tea Party gather from all sides and attack Obama is a nightmare! Did it occur to them if not for the stimulus packages to the auto industry and financial firms that we would have had even more hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers. That if not for the unemployment extensions there would have been even more unemployed! The media needs to report and expose this fact! It is obvious that Obama no matter what he does will go down in history as a failure only because the powers that be says so!
 
 
-4 # Alturn 2010-09-29 10:35
There is no American public figure that can articulate the needs of regular citizens and uncompromisingl y live and stand up for the precepts of that life.

That is why the World Teacher Maitreya, still quietly living in London, will be such a refreshing change when he finally is allowed to speak openly.
 
 
+15 # fredboy 2010-09-29 12:13
Excellent perspective.
Could the President remind the poor and working class and middle class that the Bush/GOP financial thrusts and policies almost destroyed them? That the Bush/GOP team doesn't care about them, preys on them, and uses them? And that voting GOP is social suicide? They are voting against themselves and their children and their children.
But no one comes right out and says it. Instead, it's "sorta" and "kinda" drifting and dodging and parsing.
We need clarity, focus, and the championing of this truth.
When the working and middle class tens of millions realize the Bentleys and mega-mansions were built with their money--their future--hell should break loose. Maybe that's what really needs to happen.
 
 
+10 # Jayne4People 2010-09-29 18:09
I'm 64 and I still think he is the best I have seen in my lifetime!

He has gotten more progressive legislation passed thus far then either LBJ or FDR!

Go onto WhiteHouse.gov people

This guy is amazing! I never expected perfection - so far he has met my expectations and even more considering a GOP which blocks everything he tries to do - considering that what he has accomplished is ASTOUNDING!

I hope progressives think long and hard before they consider sitting this one out - for instance, the GOP wants to do away with the balance of the stimulus - guess what? Most of remaining money will be used for fixing our roads and bridges - projects that are about ready to begin - projects that mean JOBS - of course the GOP would want to get rid of that because maybe the unemployment would start to go down - they will do ANYTHING to ensure our amazing President fails!
 
 
+6 # ross1954 2010-10-02 08:23
Hi Jayne4peopleI liked your comment.
I am a white senior and voted for one of the best president ever...OBAMA
 
 
+4 # Think4D 2010-09-29 19:31
The part where Obama says he is focused on "governing" rather than playing politics pretty much sums up what many progressives have feared. Obama and the Republicans are playing the same game by two different sets of rules. He is trying to play a gentleman's game and the Republicans are not gentlemen. Republicans *are* playing politics and have been been for decades. They care nothing for governing. He doesn't seem to grasp that politics are in fact as important as governing in this age of sound bytes and corporate-contr olled media. By not engaging them politically and calling them out on their appeals to emotion and distortions of truth he lets the Republicans have the advantage.
 
 
+5 # Phillip 2010-09-29 22:58
Complex problems have complex solutions. I'm so glad that BO understands this, and is leading us towards making the right (albeit, rarely easy) decisions.
 
 
+8 # soularddave 2010-09-30 08:40
Okay, don't vote for Obama in November; He's not running anyway. Please vote for Congressional representatives who will further your own tangible interests and those of the rest of us.

There's LOTS that the legislative and congressional branches can't do early in a first term, and even more they can't do during a presidential first term - especially if they can't even get appointments past the rethuglican Congress.

We weren't urged to have HOPE just for the short term. The entire future of the USA is at stake here, and Obama's team really is off to a spectacular start, considering what he's up against.

Yes, it'll take a while, and effort on OUR part, but WE CAN !

Hang in there!
 
 
+4 # Victory 2010-10-02 15:42
Those of us who lived up close and personal through the Black Panther era, learned one thing: Agent Provocateurs are everywhere.

Don't be so naive to think they are not present today, lest we forget and blithely dance along with the right wing, to their tunes.

Today's left progressives have valid concerns and are bound by their ethics to express their disagreements and disappointments in the current administration.

Do it responsibly, carefully and respectfully.

Focus on creative solutions and above all, unity, if you take issue with the President.The vitriol, temper tantrums and snarkiness in far too many of the comments, will undermine our cause, not improve it.

Remember, we voted for a president, not a magician. We got a brilliant, careful, deeply reflective man who is an incredible CEO, working in the worst climate possible. I'm impressed and I know this-

It could be much worse!
 

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