April 29th, 2009
10:10 PM ET
9 years ago

How well has the Senate done?

What grade does the Senate deserve?

What grade does the Senate deserve?

What grade does the Senate deserve for its performance over the president's first 100 days?

Let us know here, and tell us why in the comments.

Voting has ended. You gave the Senate a C+.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Ripon


    April 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. cwak1


    April 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. lorraine

    the senate i agree deserve a C plus because they are just there getting paid! i think they should all be fired, because they have done nothing for me. Rockford Illinois scoll district #205 is messed up. it would be nice to get someone in there who cares abouth the future of these children, african american and latino children!

    April 29, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. george

    when we a very poor republican house and senate that act like little boys and girl and all there crying.i have two dogs that have more brains then all of them, and they really have a mine of there own.


    and this are MEN & Woman what a shame..................../////////////$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    thay forget they did $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    DiCk And GeOrGe all class arent they

    April 29, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. Judy

    Am very disappointed the Republicans have opposed most programs and have had the attitude to vote against everything. Why not work together for the betterment of the country?

    April 29, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. Jim Cummins

    I give the congress (and the president) a D. In my observation they have solved no problems, only added debt to my grandchildren. I once took a 15% cut in salary just to retain my job. I took it. The UAW has priced the US automakers out of the market. The same thing happened in the textile industry. Can't anybody see where this is headed?? Press "1" for English? Give me a break! I'm not an isolationist. I drive a foreign car. I'm wearing a shirt made out of this country, but I would rather have bought these products from US makers had they been close in price or quality.

    April 29, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Mainer

    My two Senators get a big F. They are closet democrats and it's time they came out like Specter finally did.

    The Senate overall, another big F. How they can have Reid as majority leader is beyond me. I've never seen the man smile once!

    April 29, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Nani Sandstrom

    I regret the grade I accidently gave this question. I wanted to give them an F. I am simply frustrated with the bickering and backstabbing. They are a careless group of adults in charge of so many issues...they seem to walk around the issues...

    April 29, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. TXDave

    I'd grade the Democratic Senators an A and the Republican Senators an F so that averages out to...a C!

    April 29, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. lorraine

    I think Barock Obama has done the best he can with what he has to work with. the republicans are bound and determined to see him fail, and thats why i don't think he will. he deserves an A plus for effort, conduct, and for being so positive. i wish him the best!

    April 29, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. trrussell

    The stimulus package was a travesty – rush to vote more than 3/4 trillion dollars of spending loaded with pork in a plan that can not possibly have a significant effect for months. like other laws passed recently, no study of what's in it or how it might work in practice. The President talks bipartisan but he and senate and house majorities have not given any evidence of actually working with the other side to find reasonable compromise or even listen to objections. Now our country is preparing, thanks to the unbreakable majority in the Senate, to blindly leap into the void of limitless spending on programs no one has the least idea how they will work or what the costs will be, never mind how to pay for them. it's very exciting (for those addicted to tv adulation) to blaze ahead with marvelous sounding programs – the hard part is crafting laws that actually deliver benefit worth the cost with unintended results that we citizens can actually survive. Grade wise, i give both senate and house leadership P for partisan and D for Don't care as long as i get re-elected. Exhibit A would be Specter.

    April 29, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. John Houston

    I think is off on a good start and he will be able to accomplish every goal he has set in his first term.
    He is transparent and everyseems to be aware atleast of where he is taking the country and one is free to give an opinion if they agree with him.

    April 29, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Edward Zettle

    I believe that the people who were responsible for the banking failure should have to be held accountable. There is no doubt that by following the paperwork people responsible would be found out and monies recovered. It must be a large crowd...

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Volker E. Kummrow

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    as a German I`m sitting in a little, very comfortable hotel in Wellington, CO, and watching your show on the first 100 days of President Obama, who from my point of view gave a great speech and answered he question asked afterwards by "journaille" very sensable, especially on the subject of bipartisanship.

    What is very interesting for me as a guest of this great country that your show gives a view of what the Americans seem to think of this new administration. Btw kind of show you would never see on GermanTV on the Merkel – administration.

    If I may say so, "keep on trucking"

    Kind Regarda
    Volker E. Kummrow

    Well I will keep on watching; and still do so in Germany

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. John Houston

    I will give the President an A.
    Overall, he has commanded respect and I think the American People understand him better and feel connected to him in respect to his background.
    A new era of beginning and change of politics in Washington.

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Americonio

    I think all of them for the time at hand today should forget about their own States Lobbyist, and focus on the nation as awhole.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Simon Texas

    if you eliminate Reid and Pelosi i give them a B. including those jokers D+

    April 29, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. seebofubar

    I give them an A+++++ for blindly folowing the most clueless sad excuse of a president we have ever seen in America. No worry though They will soon be the minority again.

    April 29, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Cassie


    Pelosi and Reid can't seem to get over that they are in charge and could try making nice instead of manipulating. The Republicans have a whole other huge issue which is refusing to acknowledge what voters have said they want and continuing to march to a dying drummer. It's like Michael Douglas so aptly said in the film "The American President" (I think that's the title) and I paraphase..."These are serious times with serious problems and your 15 minutes are up". Until the GOP sees that new solutions and ideas are needed they will be fording up a faster and faster moving stream. The issue of big government vs small government is an old and really dead issue.

    Also, I was disgusted by their treatment of fellow Reps (Snow, Spector and Collins) who voted their conscience and represented their constituencies. If I were Collins and Snoe I would defect with Spector.

    April 29, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Donna

    Well I have to say that I, for one, am very disappointed in the Senate. Being from Kentucky I find the Senator Mitch, minority leader, has just be sad and embarrassing
    I have written him on many occasions only to get lame excuses for what he does. He barely held on to his seat during the last election. I hope he looses it in the next election. He has done nothing to help the the people and seems to hate those who needs his help the most!
    I give the entire senate a big fat F.

    April 29, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. richard

    One word, socialism, huge debt, universal health, and the few of us that pay. Why don't you let the cnn folks have a show with the fox folks and then have a vote on acceptance. Your station is riducluous, where does the President stand, is he for socialism or the free enterprize system, or some where in the middle, The first 100 days are over and we see on the final day Arlene Specter switch parties, a disgrace. We have a president that never bought a house on his own and comes from the most corrupt state in the union. Let's vote on the speaker of the house and her first 100 days and can you tell me that she has done a acceptable job, if she does not get a F then something is wrong. Please post these comments, thank you

    April 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. Mike


    at least he responded to you.

    I wrote to Senator Menendez in NJ here and he doesn't even bother to respond to me. The fact that they're letting budget reconciliation determine something as important as healthcare is ridiculous and irresponsible.

    April 29, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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