March 30th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
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John King: Obama's political team on full throttle

CNN's John King reviews the political scene on Sunday and what you can expect in the week ahead.
CNN's John King reviews the political scene on Sunday and what you can expect in the week ahead.

Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics.

(CNN) - It was an extraordinary Sunday, reflecting the many challenges facing the still young Obama administration.

Why extraordinary? Traditionally, when an administration –Republican or Democratic - offers up the president for a Sunday interview, the other programs are left without senior administration guests. It is a simple strategy: When the president speaks, he stands alone.

But the Obama White House took a dramatically different approach this week.

Yes, President Obama made his first appearance on a Sunday interview since moving into the White House. But the administration also made available two Cabinet secretaries, Treasury and Defense, as well as the top general and top diplomat charged with implementing the risky new Afghanistan/Pakistan policy.

There's a lot to digest from the Sunday blitz:

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  1. Brian Crooks

    Now that idiot fired Waggoner he is well on his way to nationalizing
    and further killing the auto industry.

    Stay out of it Obama. You and your staff and all the politicians are
    ruining business. You run a lousy goverment and you should stay out of companies.

    Let them fail or succeed on their own. You are killing us you moron.
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    He didn't fire Waggoner, Waggoner resigned. He could've kept his job but it would've cost him further bailout money. They gave Waggoner time to come up with a plan to keep his company viable in the long term and he failed miserably. Tell me why you think Waggoner should be allowed to keep his job, even though he completely tanked it to begin with and has failed to come up with a plan to fix it, yet still wants more money from Washington. Yeah, right.

    March 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Sam Sixpack

    GWB did our country a disservice — rather than educate gullible idiots, he just used and abused them until they started worshipping someone else. Unfortunately, OHB isn't doing anything to educate them either.

    You think the economy is bad? Just wait a year or two until China dumps their holdings on the market. You can't really believe China is buying up our debt because the communists-in-charge are pro-America.

    March 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Virginian

    Yes, he is at full throttle, and we know what can happen when something spins out of control. Obama is determined to take over the world, one stupid mindless fool at a time. This fool didn't and ain't falling for it! God help us all if he gets elected one more time-by 2012 we will be living like Russia does, and that isn't fun!

    March 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Scott AZ

    Obama is firing private sector business leaders? This should send a cold chill down everyone's spine.

    If Obama wants to play God and fire people, he ought to start with those members of his own party who were behind the Fannie-mae and Freddie-mac debacle that started this economic mess we're in.

    March 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Terry

    The Obama Administration is trying to solve problems that should have been solved in the seventies (like global warming, oil dependency), the eighties (the national debt), the nineties (trade, commerce, and the devastation of America's middle class by global corporations), and terrorism. The administrations of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush did nothing to deal with these things. Each of them actually helped make the problems worse (except that Clinton actually tried to deal with the deficit).

    Those of you who imagine that Obama is poisoning the pristine well of free enterprise need to read a book or two. It was corporate malfeasance and incompentence that got us into this mess. And not one CEO has taken any responsibility or exhibited any leadership whatsoever - except to complain that the federal government did not regulate business strictly enough!!!!! They are like a teenager who took the family car out on an unauthorized joy ride, wrecked it, and are now blaming the parents for leaving the keys where he could find it!

    Think about it.

    March 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Obama's administration is sprinting as fast as it can. Unfortunately, there is no clear course and they are running away from the good policies. It's generally not a good idea to sprint as fast as you can when you don't know where you are, where you are going or how you got here in the first place.

    March 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. In Houston, TX

    *singing* Feeeelings...Nothing moore thann FEELINGS! Not really fact or predictions based upon fact...really just feelings...

    Get over yourself people. How can you say these negative things about Obama? How can you pass such judgement upon him after 3 months when you have had inept, ill-advised, ov vacation most of the time, STUPID STOOPID Bush? The very incarnation of political incompetence in power. How can any of us say he is in "way over his head" when none of us have walked in this man's shoes or been in is situation EVER? You have no facts to back this up. You are obviously not listening to Obama. So right now, all your negativity, your predictions of doom and gloom is you expressing your (*singing*) Feeeeeelings...nothing more thaaannnn FEEEEEEELIIIIINGS!

    March 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Harry

    Mr. King, can you give American people a break please and stop insulting their intelligence?

    March 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Carl

    With all due respect to the president, but the American people will take your firing of GM CEO a little more seriously if you

    A) forced the resignation of Dodd, Frank, Geithner, Maxine Watters, and a few others, including Ds and Rs, that got us in this mess

    B) forced the resignation of any.... ANY board member on ANY financial company.

    This is just a show at this point. It shows me who really runs the country.

    March 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Chris

    Man, the folks on this board shooting down the President kills me. People, we got into this mess a little over 8yrs ago and folks want it solved yesterday. Well too bad people becasue this recession will be around for at least a year!!! The President has been in Office for a litlle less than three months doing a whole lot. The guy is smart and will prove all the folks wrong.

    March 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. George

    Barack did not fire Waggoner. Get your fact right before you blow smoke. But maybe some should have been fired. Like the Aig creeps
    and others that stole and pilfered America.
    The republicans cry about nationalizing, but say nothing about their George Bush and friends that borrowed from a Communist country, and also from the country that was the home of the terrorist.
    It may take 16 years to undo what Bush did in 8.

    March 30, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Larry from RI

    Wagner has failed to turn things around after receiving billions in taxpayer aid so yes, he should be asked to step aside.

    He and other incompetent senior management have run GM into the ground and the second he took our tax dollars GM became answerable to the new shareholders – us, the taxpayer!

    The days of CEO's making millions and millions of dollars while sucking the life out of their corporations are over – as are the days of the GOP!

    Good job Mr. Obama, the Republicant's are whining and throwing tantrums like the spoiled little children they are so you must be drilling into the correct nerve – keep it up!

    March 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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