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December 20th, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Can President Obama bounce back?

In a conversation with Van Jones and Newt Gingrich, political strategists Penny Lee and John Feehery look ahead to 2014 and discuss what President Obama and Republicans need to accomplish.

When asked what President Obama's New Year's resolution should be, Lee offered "no more selfies with world leaders," while Feehery suggested that he appears "at least once on 'Duck Dynasty.'"

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  1. REGinAZ

    They aggressively go on ranting about “lies”, which is literally dishonest itself as their constant efforts have been consistently aimed to deceive. The way you could tell when GWBush was lying was just to check to see if he was moving his lips. They boldly fault and block all efforts with their stubborn and arrogant “my way or no way” gridlock, always protecting Special Interests and “the money’s” interests, their strong supporters and masters, no matter what the costs to the people. With the power, influence and money provided them as “puppets” for “the money”, they constantly seek to use their propaganda machine to con and manipulate, insultingly just taking the majority for granted as “pawns” easy to dupe, use and abuse. The Republican / Tea Party offers the majority, including the total middle-class, nothing but deception as they strive to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which can only result in “more of the same” that cost the majority and the country greatly, while only the very wealthy always gain. Their deception is the real “lie” the majority must reject as today’s GOP has become owned and controlled by “the money” and completely incapable of honestly and responsibly governing for the people.

    January 8, 2014 at 2:37 am | Reply
  2. jamie

    Isn't this administration's desperate attempt to extend unemployment benefits just an admission that they have not done a thing in the last 6 to help lower the unemployment rate?

    January 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • lessthantolerant

      And now they want it to be a class warfare issue. Look at the props behind Obama, women and minorities. Please the clown prince has done nothing to move America forward and now he wants us to feed parasite nation.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • mike proctor

      It does not matter at this time whether President Obama bounce back or not because history will shows this President did the best he could base what he has to work with (a racist groups call republicans/tea-baggers). You damn right I'm bringing race into the picture because you have to be blind not see what is happening in this Country. The republicans/tea-baggers promise JOB,JOB in November 2010 soo where are all these jobs they promise?? Also read the comments in reference to this President such B/S about him being the worse President in the history of this Country,come on this line of B/S is old. The white man been running this Country over 200 years and look where we were when this President taken over as President. The American people need to take their heads out the sand and look at the facts for instant who are benefiting from this hardship in this Country it shore God not the middle-class/poor. This President send a job bill to Congress two year ago that would have put people back to work,let see, umm who shut it down and refused to send it to the floor for a up and down vote. Wake up America you being punk by these A/O who want you to believe it the black guy who is screwing you and your families. Oh, I can let this one go by, The Government should be run like a business,hmm, who ran the Country into ground and can to the Government for a bail out?? the Government should be on a budget just like the American family,hmm who are losing their homes and needed a bail out. So all you dumb asses who think this President is the worse needs to study your history on all the past President before made such a stupid statement.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  3. Mike Texoma

    I think it is very possible that the President can turn the poll numbers around. As the ACA proves itself a genuine benefit to the people the poll numbers will turn themselves around. As the economic numbers continue to improve, the poll numbers will turn themselves around. And if we get another year of passing anti-abortion legislation and no progress on jobs, the poll numbers will tell a different story altogether.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  4. Scott

    "Bounce Back?" The hot air is out of all of Obama's balls, so his balls don't bounce.

    January 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  5. Paul Prejean

    Nope, not after people realize he signed away their Social Security checks. Opps!

    This law is called the Debt Collection Act of 1996.

    Chapter 10 Section 2B reads:

    Subparagraph (A) of section 3716(c)(3) of title 31, United States
    Code (as added by subsection (d)(2) of this section), shall apply
    only to payments made after the date which is 4 months after
    the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) The purposes of this section are the following:
    (1) To maximize collections of delinquent debts owed to
    the Government by ensuring quick action to enforce recovery
    of debts and the use of all appropriate collection tools.

    What does this have to do with the ACA?

    If you continue to read there are two things that the head of a federal agency must do. This is an either or type thing so I will state the second here:

    ‘‘(2) prescribe regulations on collecting by administrative
    offset consistent with the regulations referred to in paragraph

    OK now let's talk about the ACA penalties.

    Here is what the ACA penalties section has to say in regards to collection:

    The Secretary shall prescribe rules for the collection of the
    penalty imposed by this section in cases where continuous
    periods include months in more than 1 taxable year.

    Compare the two statements from the two separate laws very carefully and you will see that this is a plan to force Americans into the insurance industry AND take their social security if they do not comply.

    These laws go hand and hand.

    This is why there are no criminal penalties, levy's or liens against people that don't comply.

    The government will get it's pound of flesh regardless.

    January 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • bill birch

      Well done Paul. This also depends on SS actually being dispensed. At some point, tens of trllions of debt have serious consequences

      January 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  6. PaulCat

    Yes he can and yes he will. He just need to stop waiting on the GOP in the House to get to work. Just do your thing Mr. Obama. The Republicans will still get their $200,000 monthly paycheck for doing nothing..

    January 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Reply

    President Obama is the worst human being ever to become President. Obama Disaster Care is a gift to the Republicans , they will take the Senate increase the House in 2014 and take the President in 2016. Happy Days are coming.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Kurt

      And Mitt Romney would win in a landslide.

      These sorts of statments are always kind of amusing. (on both sides) The people who make them believe them with all their hearts. They have a viewpoint and have an unshakeable belief that the rest of the country feels the same way.

      Then they're SHOCKED when reality shows them that they didn't have a very good read on the rest of the country.

      The talk radio people here in SC all were convinced there was no way Obama was winning in 2012. Why? Because they talked to people and everyone they talked to agreed with them.

      They were shocked that so many people don't think the same way as their friends and them.

      All their friends are for keeping assault weapons legal. But Rasmussen (a conservative pollster) shows that 59% of americans favor an assault weapon ban. Their friends say that marriage should be between a man and a woman because that's what the bible says. But only 53% of Americans believe that marriage is a religious institution in this country. And they think the GOP will clean up because of Obamacare... but with the current situation (which most believe will improve somewhat as more people get coverage) the Rasmussen generic ballot is tied between democrats and the GOP. They were also tied on November 6th of 2012 leading up to the elections... where the Democrats gained two senate seats and 8 house seats.

      The world just doesn't work the way you think it does. You should try looking at more statistical information rather then just what you observe. YOu aren't seeing the entire country.

      January 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Akuru

      I agree with GSMITH. He is the equivalent of Castro. Unqualified, FAILED, FAILING and full of deception and fraud.
      His whole lhealthcare is a fraud. if he fought on the belief that healthcare is a crisis in this country, why the HELL DID HE NEED 5 years to make it a start ? Second term win is the only reason. And, after all those rotten speeches and billions spent, all you get is a broken website ? Only liberals can sustain and admire this kind of a fraud. Clinton came close, but atleast he was not wicked. Obama is a dangerous crook.
      Now, as for CNN, the less said the better. These hosts are talking about 'Obama's revival" ?? This is the audacity of arrogance. They should be asking if the country can bounce back from Obama's failed presidency and assault on business, liberty and our lives.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • mike proctor

      Hey stupid I have health insurance and I do not have to worry about being cancel because I have a pre-existence condition or be cut off ever again because the insurance company feel they have spend enough money on me.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  8. Jack33

    Of course he can...and he will.

    December 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  9. Bubba

    Obama should not even try to bounce back. He should just kick back and Veto anything that does not tickle his fancy. The GOP can barely scrape enough votes to pass anything. They will never find enough votes to override a Veto.

    December 30, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  10. Smittysmith

    Can he "bounce back"? Sure, if we drop him from a high enough cliff

    December 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  11. Thom

    Even W bounced back from his 29% approval rating before he left.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  12. Kurt

    The media seems to think that Obama needs to "bounce back"... which makes little sense.

    Other democrats need to worry about popularity and elections, but Obama doesn't have to anymore. His goals at this point are different, but the media seems to keep trying to paint him as a future candidate when he's simply not.

    Obama is working to cement a legacy and implementing some lasting good (in his mind). If Obamacare is accepted enough it can't be cancelled when he leaves office, and he's got us "mostly" out of Iraq and Afghanistan and we avoid a new military involvement (Syria?)... then he's going to have a larger legacy then most other presidents could talk about.

    What's interesting is that he's fairly moderate and willing to compromise. If the GOP were more like they were 15 years ago, the amount of things that would have been accomplished would likely be staggering. 4 dollars of cuts in spending for 1 dollar of increased revenue as a grand bargain? In the 90's the GOP would have JUMPED on that. We might have a balanced budget again if those politicians were in place because Obama was willing to go there.

    The GOP missed a chance with Obama. They had a moderate guy willing to give up more then Clinton or Carter or really any other Democrat president was willing to give up who really wasn't asking for a whole lot in return. They likely won't have another Democrat president willing to do that and willing to push his party in congress to go along. This was their chance to get huge chunks of their agenda passed for little cost... and they threw it away because they thought it would be better politics just to oppose everything.

    December 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • HaroldLewisBlair

      Obama is going back to Kenya to live of the money he scammed off SOLYNDRA & OBAMACARE-

      December 28, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • Kurt

        Birtherism? Really?

        I thought that went out of style once Obama was re-elected and it became known that the latest Tea party favorite was born in Canada to a Cuban father.

        December 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  13. Dave

    He may bounce back, but he hasn't hit near bottom yet. Therefore, we don't know how low he will end up going before he starts to bounce back. I also don't think he will really have any measurable up-swing until after he is out of office for a few years.

    December 26, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
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  15. luc

    The American people have a very short memory. Have they forgotten what the republican party stands for viva la rich.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Dave

      You do understand that it is exactly this admin's policies that have lead to the super rich getting even richer and faster than anytime in the last 75+ years, while the median household real wealth and income had declined since 2008, don't you? The Rich love Obama and his policies. Just look at the Christmas spending. Median and lower mid class spending is down this year. The noticeable increase in spending is by the mega wealthy buying mega gifts. This was reported on CNN just 2 or 3 days ago.

      December 26, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Kurt

        I disagree. You can say that what the government has done has had that effect, but other then a short window of time between Al Franken winning the MN recount and Scott Brown being elected, the GOP has prevented Obama from instituting much in the way of broad fiscal policy through their obstructionism.

        He used that window to get Obamacare passed. Other then that, the only real fiscal policy change was the bush tax cut expiration which while not EVERYTHING Obama wanted, was not a positive for the wealthy.

        If Obama had been able to institute his stated policies (elimination of tax loopholes for big business and the wealthy, eliminating the bush tax cuts JUST for the top 2 income groups, non-watered down Voeckler rule) you probably wouldn't be making that claim.

        As it is, we largely have the same environment for the wealthy as we had when he came in, largely due to the GOP holding fast on allowing Obama to do anything to provide benefits for the poor or increase taxation on the rich. Perhaps it would have been better if he had used those 5-7 months of a supermajority in his first year to push legislation on income inequality rather then medical care... but he likely thought he'd have 2 years. Scott Brown being elected from Mass ended that though.

        December 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Of the People, By The People, For The People...what happened to that?

    December 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • James

      I think I read that is some "quaint old document" somewhere. Its been revised to "of by and for ultra-rich sociopaths and global corporations." I think the prepositions and punctuations are still the same though, if that is any consolation.

      December 24, 2013 at 7:30 am | Reply
    • Jared Daub

      Power grabbers in office happened. And THAT only happened by a slow erosion of public knowledge of our countries beginnings and a rapid erosion of the spirit of the American. Every year they convince the people they "need" more government. They prove time and time again how inefficient government programs are, yet we keep letting them employ more and more, yes, including Obamacare. We allow them to regulate us, to tell us what is right and wrong, and to convince us natural law does not exist. They believe "THEY" hold the power, they believe they hold the law an they believe they originated the law because "THEY" know best. You want to make its simple? Lets give states back the power. All of these decisions should be handled at state levels because the lawmakers are "closer" at the state level. They see and hear the people much better there than behind the closed doors in Washington. We have been slowly fooled into a way of thinking. When the government shut down the "people" couldn't handle it. They thought life would end. We don't need a big government to operate, in fact big government hinders EVERY aspect of the capitalist way. So my question isn't your party, because often I don't align with "my" "party". My question is are you FOR freedom, or AGAINST it? Are you FOR LIBERTY, or against it. Are you for a Government that is unintrusive, or against that? Freedom is dangerous to hold, and people will want to take that from us through many means whether it be guns, bombs, fire, or laws from our own people. If you are for BIG government, you are not for freedom, you are progressive, and you are damaging our nation. Do not fall for the lies on either side. Think for yourselves. Liberals and Republicans can find common ground on many core principals, but the hostility coming from the progressives in EACH party blinds that.

      December 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  17. SMITTY

    @lam its not name calling he won that title, period. Arent you tired of making excuses for this clown ????

    December 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  18. Charles

    Of course the President will bounce back, life is filled with ups and downs. It is important for him to receive a reality check every once and a while, that people will love you one day and leave you the next. But real friends will remain after everyone else has gone.

    December 23, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Steve

      We don't need a "friend"...we need a PRESIDENT who will LEAD. Instead of giving us speeches full of vaporous platitude, how long do we have to wait for him to fix the economy? Why does his utopian healthcare welfare ObamaCare cost us HIGHER premiums instead of the less he promised? Why do millions of people have to have the policies they like cancelled only to end up with fancier plans we don't want or need at HIGHER cost? Why has he hidden the Benghazi survivors from us so we can't ask them really what happened...I thought his was the most transparent administration ever. Why does his liberal administration like the IRS feel like they can target and harrass conservative groups? Why is Barack Obama's NSA leading the big government push to spy on us? Why has Obama refused for four years in a row to comply with the law to produce a he afraid we'll find out how he has massively increased the size and spending of govenment? Why does he feel he can just IGNORE Laws, like enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act or our borders for that matter? Why does he willy-niilly change laws that only Congress can all the exceptions and waivers and extensions to his screwed up ObamaCare he's been handing out. Is he our King??? Why does he team with the Mexican government to run TV ads on their soap operas telling how illegals can collect benefits once they get here? Why does he want amnesty for illegals? Oh yeah; thats right: it creates the biggest Democrat voter registration coup of all time; no wonder Hispanics from illegal immigration will become the majority in theis country between 2040-50. How about a president that will stop being a self serving socialist that has all but guaranteed our country will go bankrupt sooner or think the housing bubble was bad; the debt bubble will kill us and we may NEVER recover. Impeach this radical NOW..

      December 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • jackdin

        Steve you have many questions. I have some answers for you. The President can only propose his ideas or Policy which has to be voted on by the Senate and the House of Representatives Here's what the administration has done so far, they ensured that Direct, Immediate Assistance for Homeowners, to end foreclosures, The Recovery Act created thousands of jobs and provided new temporary tax credits to companies that add jobs here in the United States. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that companies should not get billions of dollars in tax deductions for moving their operations overseas. Just letting you know Steve you can't impeach a President for having different views or opinions than you do. As to your other questions you might try reading a book or have you heard of it buddy)

        December 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
      • James

        It's a puzzlement. You can look up each and every one of your claims and see that your grasp of the facts in every case is tenuous at best.

        I understand why Cruz and the like support rich sociopaths but why would anyone else choose to believe spin and lies when the truth is more compelling?

        They talked about it for a hundred years. From Eisenhower, Kennedy - LBJ - to Bush. They talked while our healthcare system killed people because of economics. Recent statistics place the number at 30,000 to 50,000 deaths per year. Obama and the Democrats in congress knew they would take a lot of hits for fixing this plague on American citizens. They bit the bullet and did it anyway because it is the right thing to do. It will save lives. Maybe your own.

        Obama is the best President we have ever had. That makes him a friend.

        December 24, 2013 at 7:24 am |
      • nina gravelle

        Loved your article. Very well said !

        December 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
      • Steve

        Amen to everything you said, you are right on the money Steve.He is a radical who is destroying your country. The world needs a strong USA even more now than in the past. He really is the enemy within.

        December 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
      • mike proctor

        Hey Steve I have two question for you: #1 were you born stupid #2 or did you grew into it??

        January 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
    • Dan5404

      when the Affordable Care Act saves this country'from our current screwed up "private" rip off greed system, the Republicans will have lost their only pretense of a "policy", which is actually nothing but negativism and obstruction. They have engaged in five years of character assassination lies and propaganda, helped along by technical problems with a computer program. That will all end, and the GOP/Tea Party will have to deal with the reality that their programs have not changed since they were rejected by voters in two presidential elections, and have become even more extreme right-wing.

      December 24, 2013 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Charles: You are absolutely right. All politicians are graded on a curve, and there will soon be such bad news for the far right radicals, that the president's current problems will be forgotten. What bad news you ask? Within 90 days, the revised US credit rating will be issued, showing a two level drop because of the far right caused shutdown and default threat.This lowered rating will increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points, which will add $100 billion to the deficit.

      Further, there is a good chance that when the rating drop occurs, the business community will eliminate all support for the far right, as previously promised.

      What Democratic president wouldn't be buoyed by these actions?

      December 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Jared Daub

      I don't rest easy knowing our government is willing to partake in social experiments that damage our nation, or the fact that you are OK just calling this a down period. Its not about ups and downs, its about principal and he has none. He is greedy and self centered, and those on both sides of this government operating that way will be ousted. Do not accept this man, his lies and deceit are completely and totally unacceptable, and it is a sad day that our people would accept it from ANY party, let alone the president..

      December 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  19. ashton

    Obama should have been bounced out- so the issue about bounce back – would not be around. He is a cosmetic president with shallow, hollow words. Even his stance on the Games- he sends two inactive, gay representatives with no credibility to the athletes of this era. Yet, he thinks- and so do his followers- that he has taken a stance against the Russian government. Once more it demonstrates his inability to take a strong leadership role. The guy is a weak leader. Lying is his strength and mustering up hope with empty rhetoric is his style. There is no bounce back .

    December 23, 2013 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      ashton: The only way to "bounce out" any president is to have the House impeach him and the Senate convict him. Write your Representative with any evidence you have of an impeachable offense, and demand that he begin impeachment proceedings. If he is impeached, the matter will move to the Senate for a trial presided over by the chief Justice. If Obama is convicted by the Senate, Biden will move into the president's office. (Out of the frying pan into the fire!)

      December 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  20. W.G.

    He´ll be remembered for the great things he´s accomplished . Newt Girich we´ll be remembered for being
    a CREEP ! Nuff said !

    December 23, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Arlo

      The "great" things he has accomplished? Name one. Destroying the best health care system in the world, which leaders of countries with socialized medicine came to for their surgeries? Saying "yes" so that the SEALS could use Bush/Cheney-era fully developed and matured intel so that THEY could kill Bin Laden? Obama had very little to do with the process. Being so hopelessly addicted to naïve, bogus Leftist ideology so that he was cluelessly responsible for the recovery taking ten years longer than it should have If we are, in fact lucky enough to recover in a few years?

      December 24, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
      • Novowel4me

        This will probably come as a shock. The US does not have the greatest healthcare system in the world. The US currently ranks around 30th in quality of healthcare system. Go ahead, google "ranking healthcare systems" and see what comes up. Also a shock will be that US citizens pay the most for their healthcare than any other nation. BTW what is the GOP solution? ZERO, NADA, ZIP.

        December 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
      • Kurt

        "Great" is a matter of opinion. But "Impactful" is probably accurate.

        In his 5 years, the following things have happened.

        1. Major healthcare reform.
        2. Ended military operations in Iraq (this is squishy, but all "ends" of military conflicts are that way)
        3. Effected resolution of Libya conflict with no US casualties.
        4. Reduced deficits (from 10/1/08-9/30/09... bush's last... 1.9 trillion added to debt. 09-10: 1.6 trillion. 10-11: 1.3 trillion. 11-12: 1.2 trillion. 12-13: 0.7 trillion.
        5. Ordered operation that eliminated Osama bin laden.
        6. Common Core system in education.
        7. Economic Stimulus bill.
        8. Consumer protection agency and regulations on credit cards.
        9. Widespread changes to the food safety system in the US.
        10. Ending "don't ask/don't tell"

        Again, I understand people may not like all of these things. But in 5 years he's gotten MAJOR initiatives implemented in several important areas of our government. If he can manage to work out some sort of long term nuclear agreement with Iran, exit Afghanistan in some way, avoid getting pulled in to Syria and possibly get the GOP to enact some immigration reform, he could go down as one of the most productive presidents ever... which is suprising considering the level of obstructionism he's faced.

        December 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  21. cuisinemanager

    Obama will be able to bounce back a little but not much, the trust in this president has completely evaporated. He will not be able to get the public to support him in any meaningful way. Of course the media and the party faithful will follow and approve of his behavior no matter what he does, but these people are in the minority and do not have the best interest of the country at heart!

    December 23, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Arlo

      The media already handed him a second term that he in no way deserved. He's always been exactly what he is right now. It's just that the media shielded him until his second term was safely in the bag. More of the voters should have listened to the Conservatives, but no. They chose ignorance and media manipulation. Shameful.

      December 24, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      cuisinemanager: See my comment to Charles. The president's current low rating will shortly be OBE (Overcome By Events). Within 90 days, a revised US credit rating will be issued that reflects consideration of the right wing caused shutdown and default threat. The rating will go down two levels. This will increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points and grow the deficit by $100 billion. Since all politicians are graded on a curve, the president will bounce up and the far right will sink down.

      December 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  22. Tom1940

    Bounce Back? From What? How does one "bounce back" from totally being discredited on just about every promise and statement of fact (from his point of view, at least)? He can't! There's "no margin of error" when one lies. It just "is". Building a legacy in the face of failure on so many things is impossible, in my view. Of course he will have a legacy! The point is, will it be one that even after it is dissected, analyzed, mulled over and filtered through the historians and analysis of "first person books", that are to follow – there will not be much to talk about, except a meteoric rise in political stature, reaching a zenith upon being elected President, then an equally meteoric descent, which seems to have no "bottom arc" to it, except crashing and burning. Too bad! He could have been among those leaders and ground breakers such as Washington, Lincoln, etc., but now, who knows?

    December 23, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  23. 2020

    It is not important Obama bounce back or not. He has done more than enough for the nation than the people deserve.

    It is important is America is in the path of destroying itself. The rich play the wall street number game, ripping off the investors, 401K holders, yet, the people themselves live in the dream neverland. When they wake up, the world has left them. It is nothing but your own doing. Sorry to tell you the truth.

    December 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  24. Tony

    According to a new Washington Post/ABC poll (published December 19), Obama has an approval rating of 43%, which is still 19 points higher than congressional Republicans, whose approval rating is 24%. So yes, Obama can bounce back, because he is still more popular than Republicans AFTER the Obamacare rollout fiasco. Sometimes you are lucky because your opponents suck even more.

    December 22, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • Jeffact

      Obama apologists are always trying to spin that turd in comparing how the sucky president doesn't suck quite as much as GOP or Congress. Well...that bounce back your talking about is not going to happen for a number of reasons including his credibility and trustworthiness among Millennials is also at an all time low.

      December 23, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
      • Tony

        I can say similar things about Republicans (they have no credibility with any group except the rich and conservative Christians), yet Republicans always think that they will bounce back. Republicans have to get to first base with Millennials. Just chanting "Obama sucks" and "Obama is a failure" does nothing for Millennials.

        December 23, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  25. James

    Well - Lets see ...

    Ending a war that republicans lied to congress and to the people to start.. That is a plus.

    Putting back some regulation of the financial industry to protect taxpayers from yet more
    looting, and over republican objections.. that is a plus.

    Getting OBL when Bush failed repeatedly before deciding it wasn't that important, and over the
    objections of Pakistan.. that's a plus.

    Getting Quadaffi after Reagan tried and failed repeatedly, and over the objections of some
    republicans .. that's a plus.

    Creating strong regulations of health insurance companies to keep them from cheating people, to
    insure people can get decent healthcare, many for the first time in their lives and saving the
    lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and over objections, lies and sabatoge by Republicans.. that is a plus.

    Expanding Medicaide to millions of people to save millions of lives... that's a plus.

    Getting chemical weapons out of Syria without firing a shot.. that's a plus.

    Ending the war in Afghanistan too??

    What President has EVER done as much for America?

    December 22, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @James,no matter if Pres.Obama walked on water and cured cancer he'd still be the black Muslim villian in the WH..Remember it was McConnell on the senate floor saying his one agenda is to make this president our first African american one a one termer ..He lost that bet but he as a racist from the bible toting south won't stop till the president leaves office ,remember that..It's a hard pill to swallow but its the hypocritical right with no cures,solutions for anything they create ARE the major problem in this country and they know it!!

      December 23, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • John

      Expanding government programs the government can't that a plus?
      A Business stays afloat by a simple rule: spend responsibly, and don't buy things you don't need.
      Why does the president believe the government is exempt from this simple rule?
      Last I saw, the national debt has risen more than 6 trillion dollars since he took office.
      I know exactly what you will reply to that. "He spent so much because of the previous administraton's problems."
      The previous administration's problem was the same, exact thing: irresponsible spending. The only way to bring this country back to its former glory is for the government to stop this mad spending spree.
      Reply with whatever numbers and studies you want, but in today's America, statistics mean absolutely nothing. You can take any analysis, and look at it with two completely different viewpoints, and draw two completely different conclusions. Don't look at the numbers, look at the country around you. Does it seem healthy? Does it seem like it's doing well?
      Then decide whether or not the government, and especially its leader, President Obama, need to be more conservative with their spending.

      December 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      James, how soon people forget. The President in my opinion does not highlight enough of his accomplishments; and he does not have enough people on the frontline, who are speaking truth to power against the lies that are carelessly thrown out by the opposition party.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply
    • Juan in El Paso

      It is the Russians who are getting the chemical weapons out of Syria, not Obama! He sat on the sidelines dumbfounded about what to do for so long the Russians finally did it themselves.

      December 28, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
  26. SweetSugarmama

    President Obama and his legacy will be just fine, he will be remembered for many great things. I wander though if history will also show the utter disrespect and unreasonableness that he has had to endure for his entire Presidency. I myself have been a little cross with the President for not being more aggressive and more out spoken but some of us dont have to carry a big stick, some how no matter the odds if we are tried and true things always seem to work in President Obama behalf.

    December 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Well he better get started then. He hasn't done anything good yet. He's running out of time.

      December 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • Iamnotfooled

        You really should Google Obama's Accomplishments and catch up.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
      • 2020

        He has done enough to get you off your chair. that is enough

        December 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Harold Blair

      Obama is the biggest FRAUD in history-and has deceived America like none before him- being our first minority president- w all wanted him to do well but when the people backing him spent millions to cover up his past history-many became suspicious-and for good reason-there is a lot more- tons of lies & deceptions on America- just GOOGLE "Mia Marie Pope" to hear one of Mr-"O"'s old friends talk about his shocking past history- but when you have the richest people in the world covering for you then anything really serious about you will just not be printed- as we speak a lawsuit against Obama;s SSN in in progress in California- (did you read about it) (of course you didn't) Obama uses a different SSN to make out his income tax with- probably because it is tied into past crimes- Obama's SSN fails the government E-VERIFY program that the government uses to verify valid SSN's-

      December 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • O'drama Ya Mama

        You're crazy if you think anything you said is actually true. The part about his SSN being fake is ridiculous. Have you tried his SSN on e-verifiy? Please tell me you did so I can call you an even bigger loon. Presidents dont make their SSN public. Try and find any other Presidents SSN anywhere and you will fail. At least try and research the claims you make before you try and pass them off as fact.

        December 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Joyce Streible

      He should have been more agressive in his first term. He tried tohard to get along with the republicans and he has almost waited to long to tell them to go to --.

      December 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      My sentiments exactly.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  27. Simple faith

    President Obama will be able to bounce back. He is the type that holds no grudges towards anyone who slanders his name and goodwill. As in the debates for the presidency, he came back from losing the first debate and won the last two. He is cool and confident and shows no anguish that could ruin the image as president. He did not Lie to us, he did not know all about the BS the contractors can pull if no one was watching to make money off the federal government. The person in charge of the program I believe was not knowledgable in tetchy stuff. The procurement process in hiring a contractor for doing the job was poor. I believe President Obama had good intentions, but did not know the processes. He is not blaming others for the screw ups. Like anything new the kinks will have to be worked out. Our President is a much better person than the Republicans have to offer. There are many people angry at him, he is listening to your frustrations and will fix things. Who would you trust more, Cruz, Ryan, Rubio, Cantor, Boehner, RPaul, Romney, Palin, etc? Think about it.

    December 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      Step outside and look around the LIAR OF THE YEAR REWARD Is his claim to not be forgotten

      December 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • Iamnotfooled

        It is so juvenile and typical that all you have is name calling. I suppose you are perfect?

        December 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
    • Rob

      Not MY president. He may be yours.

      December 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • Iamnotfooled

        Well if he is Not your President you have no say.

        December 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
      • Pete

        @Rob,then take credit for putting that brainless,Texas moron in Bush in office then idiot..Can't have it both ways or are you an independent that was once a card holding republican but after constantly having republican failures you play fence straggler!You tell me ,you've opened your ignorent mouth now back it up!!Or move out of this country !!

        December 23, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  28. ProtectAmericanJobs

    More importantly can America bounce back after all the nonsense from the last 2-3 decades?

    Unfortunately most of our politicians are a frigging joke – Only it's not so funny, because for the past 2-3 decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

    It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral BS, which get's most voters so caught up in the BS that they lose sight of the bigger picture.

    We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

    Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

    All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

    But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

    But aren't there at least a handful of these frigging powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around? If there aren't, we're screwed.

    December 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Wouldn't we be better off if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans/tea-whatevers! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

      Let's face it – Over the past 2-3 decades, both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

      Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

      It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and its citizens. All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go!

      The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel. Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

      Americans need Patriotic American Leaders – NOT Party-Line-Politicians!

      December 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • James

      Corporations are not in the "help America" business. Their sole responsibility is to maximize profits for their shareholders. It's not legal for them to act for any other purpose. If they spend a million dollars on an ad campaign to convince Americans what patriots they are, it is only because they see it as an opportunity to make millions more. They fly a 30×60 foot American flag on their premises here and the Chinese flag on their premises there.

      December 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        On the US Department of Commerce's US Census Bureau website there's a graphic showing how our trade imbalance has gotten progressively worse over the entire period from 1989 to the present and how it's really accelerated at an increasingly greater rate each year since 1999. We can thank "our leaders" and the WTO for that.

        See for yourself: www(dot)census(dot)gov(slash)foreign-trade(slash)balance(slash)c0004(dot)html

        Check it out and figure it out for yourself.

        If these "free trade" agreements were so good us, why did our trade deficit keep getting larger and larger during this span of time.

        *** Increasingly way more money going out versus coming in every year. ***

        And how has this been working out for the American people and the Real American Economy?

        It's not rocket science.

        While our politicians have been bickering for years like idiotic fools, China has been crushing the USA in an economic war that we don't even know we're in and without even firing a shot.

        Bringing manufacturing back home to the USA is going to end up being not only a key to restoring our economy, but to maintaining our national security as well.

        * Chinese firms and state agencies have been implicated in a host of hacking attacks, on targets ranging from leading industrial and technology firms, to the Pentagon and other US government agencies, to the New York Times, Coca-Cola and numerous other companies and industries.

        * Oct 2012: The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said U.S. telecommunications operators should not be allowed do business with China's top network equipment makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat.

        * Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

        * Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

        I’m not a lefty or member of any union. I run a business that employs over 20 people and produces products that are purchased by customers that do manufacturing and packaging. I’m just an average Joe, but I've been saying this for more than 15 years now. If I can see it, so can our so called leaders (political leaders) who are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

        Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let’s keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

        Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

        Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

        The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

        We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

        December 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Jobs to Tax-Paying US Citizens.

        December 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        The so called “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world’s customer base out of work.

        Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

        Unfortunately most of our politicians are a frigging joke – Only it's not so funny, because for the past 2-3 decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

        Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

        The outsourcing is not just limited to unskilled and skilled blue-collar manufacturing jobs either. It's also impacting white-collar jobs like, plant managers, engineers, IT jobs, purchasing, customer service, etc........... being outsourced to India, China................. When will it stop?

        Foreigners will be coming here and buying our houses after we all foreclose. They'll also be taking over our government too, after it defaults from lack income tax revenue, due to businesses in the USA shutting down and or US jobs being outsourced and everyone being out of work.

        Just the other day a friend that works in the IT department of a major paint company found out that 90% of their IT department in the USA is being laid off and will be replaced by IT techs in India. He has until February and he's gone, but not until he helps train and transition the job to those that are replacing him.

        This summer I learned from a highly educated engineer that their company had recently displaced 100 of their 105 engineers here in the USA by replacing them with engineers in India. He was fortunate enough to be one of the 5 out 105 American engineers that they kept.

        This is eventually going to effect even the few Americans who are championing outsourcing.

        December 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • James

        I'm not disagreeing. I'm saying that isn't going to happen. Things have to get a LOT worse before people will stop electing these servants of ultrarich sociopaths and global corporations. By the time that happens America will no longer have the advantages it has had since the great war. It's too bad really but they almost totally control the media. There is no way to change it. They will regulate internet eventually as well. Meanwhile we have these guys stocking up on assault weapons and survival supplies waiting for those black helicopters to usher in the New World Order. Its already happened and they missed it, so they vote for Republicans... go figure...

        December 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        True – Too bad there weren't at least a handful of the powerful puppet-masters who are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and a sense loyalty to America and their fellow Americans that could get together and finally start trying to turn this trend around.

        December 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm |


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    • Rob

      LOL. Funny.

      December 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply




    December 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      FREE? universal healthcare? no

      December 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • lessthantolerant

      Keep drinking the kool aide. Obama will go down as the worst president ever. The stupid fool is inept.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  32. Gunderson

    Can you put Humpty Dumpty together again?

    December 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  33. henry

    I have a question for Newt, it seems that you are good at everything , most likely at criticizing Obama… Why can't you be president? If you are so knowledgeable , why can't you be selected by your party/

    December 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  34. Smitty

    Once the world found out how he has continue to kie, even after being caught, no bounce back

    December 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply

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