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December 2nd, 2013
07:14 PM ET

Can Obama recover? Van Jones: Yes, he can

On Crossfire, Van Jones explains to former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich how critics have been asking for years if Obama can recover.

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  1. Norma

    To: CNN
    There is a time and season for all things…and blessed is this season when “BENEVOLENT” AMERICA takes care of her own.
    On the issue of healthcare, may I urge you to be truly patriotic and come together, as you can so easily do, and give the gift of this life-saving measure to those who need it but cannot afford it and have been looking to the government for far too long.
    Rome was not built in a day, and the leap from where you are now (before Obama) to where you must be (post Obama) is too complex and problematic to be achieved in one go, despite President Obama’s brilliance and good intentions.
    Therefore, let us give credit where it is due and be thankful for the breakthrough that has been accomplished, knowing there are other hands coming to serve in their own right and in respectful continuation of this inspiring endeavor.
    America will always be GREAT AND GOOD.

    December 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      When the national debt reaches 2X the size of our economy, we will have no greatness left to give. As happy as hugging trees and saying love will save you, and Obama is "brilliant" might make you feel now, China is going to own those trees in the future because of Obama's debt and policies, and heaven knows all the love in the world won't save the environment from them. So snap out of your Obama stupor with the rest of the idiots who voted for a man who can't spell leader with a teleprompter, and vote for fiscal conservatives.

      December 5, 2013 at 2:07 am | Reply
      • Dylan

        I'll stick with the Democrats and the rest of my lovely liberals. Thanks, but no thanks. By the way, it was fiscal conservatives who sold america to china in the first place. Capitalism anyone?? I think we all know who got us here.

        December 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  2. RD

    Coming from Van Jones, a self-described comunist who got kicked out of the Obama administration, yeah, I believe him.

    December 4, 2013 at 3:52 am | Reply
  3. RD

    Coming from Van Jones, a self-described communist who got kicked out of the Obama administration, yeah, I believe him.

    December 4, 2013 at 3:51 am | Reply
  4. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Considering that facts will make the Republican misinformation campaign bite the dust and unmasked them, yes, the president will do well. I'm kind of worried about Reinc Priebus. Was he purged? Or is he still on the faint couch?

    December 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  5. Sarah

    Started watching Crossfire for the 2nd time. It was so unpleasant to listen to, I had to change the channel.. The RNC was being asked good questions, but was never able to answer as the next commen was thrown outt, followed by the next question, followed by the next comment. Never did hear an answer. I'm all for a good debate, but this was just loud noise. No thank you.

    December 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Nic Gibson

      I absolutely agree. Especially Stephanie Cutter – it's like she can't bear to let somebody taught for more than 5 consecutive seconds. it's like they want Republicans to come on and sit there while the Democratic debaters prorate them and ask 15 questions and allow them time to answer one partially. I find it pretty much unwatchable. And I respect Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp for trying to create a crossfire worthy of the name.

      December 5, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  6. Michael

    For all you idiots that are posting without thinking... The only time Obama was able to get anything done was his first two years in office. Since then he has not been able to implement his promises because of the WORST CONGRESS EVERRRRRRRRR!!!!!

    December 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • ashton

      If YOU are thinking and this is the best with which you can offer, I am afraid to read what you would offer if you WERE NOT THINKING as the rest of us "idiots s as you referenced.

      December 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Peppy

      Typical blame someone else, jerk.

      December 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  7. Alyx

    Lol it doesn't really matter, way to bow down to pointless stories CNN. Like Obama or not he is president and he will be for the next few years regardless of what anybody thinks. The funny thing is that republicans who have spent the last 5 years alienating the majority of Americans really do have a confidence problem in the next election. When it comes down to picking the lesser of 2 evils at this point it really won't matter who democrats put up in 2016.

    December 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  8. shawn

    I hope people are smart enough to realize Obama is just talk. He has absouletly acomploshied nothing for the last 5 years. I voted for him the fist time around and gave him 4 years to get something done. Hot air

    December 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  9. B Fanning

    Do we really want to embrace the principles of this administration and the Democratic party?

    Lying and then lying about lying
    Incompetence
    Redistribution
    A welfare state
    Bribery
    Nanny state
    Poor education system controlled by union thugs
    Generational theft
    A jobless economy
    Transparency? What transparency?
    Hope – What Hope?
    Change? Change for the worse.

    December 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Maria Rivera-Carvalho

      Got facts? I didn't think so.

      December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Stephen

      To answer B Fanning:

      Do we really want to embrace the principles of this administration and the Democratic party?
      YES. YES WE CAN. CAUSE IF WE DON'T, WE ARE DOMED BY THE REPUBLICANS. AND HERE IS WHY.

      Lying and then lying about lying – WMD's, an illegal war, 4,000 dead US soldiers and one million dead Iraqis.
      Incompetence – Katrina and 911 on the Bush watch.
      Redistribution – from the poor who are forced to buy junk health insurance to the rich who deny care when needed.
      A welfare state – $20 billion in handouts to rich oil companies, farm subsidies and billions in bank bailouts
      Bribery – Rich CEO's such as United Fruit Company, who bribe foreign governments. Iran-Contra and bribes.
      Nanny state – Nannies are good. They look after our kids.
      Poor education system controlled by union thugs – All the other countries that you call socialist are leading America.
      Generational theft – The powerful rob the poor and give to the rich. No change in minimum wage.
      A jobless economy – Economy was destroyed by GOP deregulation. GOP won't pass Obama's jobs bill through the house.
      Transparency? What transparency? – Was Dick Chaney transparent?
      Hope – What Hope? – Hope after Obama, Hilary will continue the push for fairness in America.
      Change? Change for the worse. Clinton left Bush a surplus. Bush turned the surplus into a deficit and then burned the house down.

      December 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  10. ashton

    How can you recover what you never had? By now, many citizens have given their heads a god shake and did some soul searching. Here was a man- Barrack- who built his egotistical dream of becoming the first black president- solely on manipulation of words, speech delivery and race-. He never should have been president. Too late now.The damage is done, the masses fooled, history made and the USA has never been hated as much as they are now world wide. To those who were fooled and mesmerized by is buzz words, his antics and his glib speeches, I hope that you have awoken. There is a new dawn coming.

    December 3, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  11. Jeff

    Of course he can and more than likely he will. Like all other programs the ACA will get cleaned up and will become part of everyday life. 3 months from now America will not be focusing on the ACA, they will be paying close attention to yet another budget and debt ceiling fabricated cliff hanger. The Tea Party can not and will not be able to control themselves. By the beginning of March we will all be talking about idiots like Cruz and Bachman once again. The GOP will be in complete cannibal mode and that will send us into the 2014 primary cycle.

    For the record I am not pleased with the ACA, but I do not see any effort from the GOP to offer solutions or alternatives. The party is dysfunctional and out of touch with all but the radicals of its party. Every time I hear a Tea Party member scream "We want our country back" I cringe. I envision old white men longing for the days of segregation and females without the vote and equal rights. Those days are long over, they will never exist again. We are a diverse country and with diversity comes consideration of other groups beliefs and traditions. This is our, to include all of us from all sides, country now and the sooner we all come to grips with that the sooner we can move forward.

    This country has no room for intolerance any longer, if you feel you can not co-exist with people of other view points, religion, social lifestyles, or race then move. This country will never go back to the days the Tea Party desires. You are the minority and as each day passes you will continue to become more so.

    December 3, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Herbert

      Jeff, you write "This country has no room for intolerance any longer, if you feel you can not co-exist with people of other view points, religion, social lifestyles, or race then move", yet intolerance what your comments promote. You seem to have no "tolerance" for the GOP or Tea Party and their views. If you sincerely believed in "tolerance of ideas", you would embrace the diversity of ideas that converatives and liberals bring to the table. Perhaps you should take your own advice...and book a flight out.

      December 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • libertarian

        I thought Jeff was right. What he said is actually true about the Republicans and the Tea party. Those old school conservative traditional views are not what most Americans have any more. I am a fiscal conservative, so I agree with the Republicans on some of those issues but I don't believe that my personal religious views should be forced upon others as many in the GOP seem to think is the "right way." Socially, these days, you must be tolerant and respect the views of others. We are a free country for crying out loud, religion is a personal thing.

        Obama is a horrible president and his ACA is a train wreck, but until the Republicans offer a fair and viable alternative, you might as well go ahead and say that Hillary will be the next president. I'd vote for her over some crazy like Cruz.

        December 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  12. galactus

    I lost all respect for President Obama when he gave out millions of work visas to illegal aliens at a time of record high unemployment. He does not care about the American people but panders to special interest groups.

    December 3, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
  13. Terry

    Of course he can; programs such as social security and medicare were ostensibly pushed back against at their start. The Affordable Care Act will be looked at no different the longer it moves forward. Try taking a seniors social security or medicare away. The only way health care could have been better handled is if they would have allowed the Administration a single payer program like the vast majority of first world countries use. The question should be will voters see past the party of blocking progress.

    December 3, 2013 at 6:21 am | Reply
  14. Francis Edwards

    Of course he will because they have already begun playing the race card. Blame BUSH, Blame RACE anybody but the man who is causing all of this. I am offened that you think everyone who dislikes O'bama is a racist, we just don't like the fact O'bamacare was forced down our throuts don't read the bill just pass it. It has nothing to do with him being black. We are not all simple minded southeners from Texas as Mr. Jones wants to believe.

    December 3, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
  15. Butch

    How about ? Will the Republicans recover?

    December 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • Justin G

      It will be tough cleaning up Obama's healthcare fiasco. Not sure if anyone will be able to fix the healthcare by the time Obama is done with it. I don't cheer republicans or democrats, but Republicans have reallly not done anything wrong in most of all of this. Its the Obama Admin in scandal after scandal, corruption, dishonesty, deceit, the list goes on. Not to mention its been proven he won the election due to mass election fraud from Democrats. So, Im not sure you should be gloating over Republicans, Democrats have just as much work if not more ahead of them in the future. Regardless, America will go to civil war before allowing socialist democrats to take complete control of the government. Americans need to wake up. Democrats & Republicans will be the reason America will eventually collapse. There is so much desception, lying, and deceit across the board in the US government today. People need to realize, ALL POLITITIONS are nothing more than con artist. Lastly, people should not fear their government, the government should fear its people (V) Right now the government fears nothing. That needs to change or we are all in alot of trouble in the next few coming years.

      December 3, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Terry

      Exactly, Butch. They might have a strong hold in small towns and governors of states, but I'm afraid Washington Republicans have messed up a national elections for the foreseeable future.

      December 3, 2013 at 6:24 am | Reply
  16. Peppy

    Regardless of what the great inept one does, (failure after failure, solyndra anyone) morons like this jones will continue to blame others

    December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply

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