May 2nd, 2009
12:05 PM ET
5 years ago

King: GOP tries to get back on track

Republican leaders are trying to show that they are not the 'party of no.'
Republican leaders are trying to show that they are not the 'party of no.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It was hardly the newsiest answer at his 100-day prime-time news conference, but President Obama's careful assessment of the state of the Republican Party is noteworthy.

"You know, politics in America changes very quickly and I'm a big believer that things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem," the president said at the East Room event marking his 100th day in office.

It was a big day for the president, for sure. And, perhaps, a big week for the Republican Party as well, as a number of important and interesting players in GOP affairs began new efforts designed to repair the party's sullied brand in time for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

The 2006 and 2008 election results offer plenty of evidence of Republican troubles, as have our travels to 18 states since launching State of the Union in January. Adding his voice, Obama couldn't help but suggest he believes the congressional wing of the GOP is not off to a good start in 2009.

"I don't believe in crystal balls," the president said. "I do think that our administration has taken some steps that have restored confidence in the American people that we're moving in the right direction, and that simply opposing our approach on every front is probably not a good political strategy."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Mark

    I think it's too late... the world has seen what they are truly about – deception, self serving, discriminatory, and greed.

    May 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Americans like Obama personally, but politically they are still much closer to Reagan. The Republicans are far better off than they know.

    May 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. white woman in Hawaii

    Note to the GOP – if you want a party makeover, don't have Boehner as your front man. He is probably the most divisive man in congress. If you look up the party of NO in the dictionary you would see his picture. You need to get a fresh face with fresh ideas that will actually work and that will appeal to the majority of Americans. Even though I currently consider myself to be a democrat, we do need two viable political parties in this country to keep thing in check. But the GOP is still going down the wrong road...they are totally lost.

    Too bad Meghan McCain is still too young an inexperienced to lead her party, because she is a fresh face with some moderate ideas and is tolerant. Maybe the older members of her party can learn from her, or the GOP will have to wait for her to grow up and gain more experience and influence.

    May 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. dittohead using forty names

    There is no track for the GOP to get back on.Just looked at Shaun Hannity saying he would under go waterboarding for charity.He was lying like the GOP has been doing for years.

    May 2, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. 'coiny'

    the first thing they should do is stop saying no to everything.

    May 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Hope

    The GOP wants less government so they should leave, first they need to pay the tax payers 5 trillion deficit they created without building as much as one road.

    May 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. mike,texas

    They dont get it repackaging old ideals is like the south trying to repackage slavery after the civil war.Its over, move on to what the people (poor,middle class)want.

    May 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    To get the party of NO back on track, they will have to bull doze the track, way stations, and fire the employees.

    Just slapping a new coat of paint on the same train station and putting a black conductor on the train, with a fat, bald drug addicted engineer just is not going to do it.

    But I personally, think they are doing a fine job, so just keep on painting!

    May 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. gary davis

    I have to agree with the presidents assesments on the republican party
    also if the republicans want to reset the party dynamics .then by all means do so but stop squaking like chickens and get your winny ass's to work and help all of us get the country back to being functual, and productive . to many americans are out of work and suffering from the last eight years . we really could give a crap about how upset the republicans are, and are going to continue to be .

    looks pretty much self centered and greedy . your con game has ended . get over it

    May 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. arivera

    The republicans are a racist party plain and simple. The rhetoric that I have heard over this flu outbreak is going to kill them among minorities. Their standing was already pretty dismal so I don't think they should be feeling very confident right now.

    May 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. gary davis

    take a real good look at the picture of the idiot that has his mouth open squaking about the new administration . he needs to shut up and do his job not his party personal issues . what a joke . probably needs physical therapy for his hand and arm from patting himself on the back every day.again what a joke.

    May 2, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Why does't the GOP like the fact that President Obama is spending money to rebuild America? They had no problem giving gwb a blank check to rebuild Iraq.

    May 2, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Henry

    Why does it seem like John King, and his wife Dana Bash, seem a little slanted to the right. They claim it is probing reporting. RIGHT!!

    May 2, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. christine

    Oh please john king we alredy no that you are a republican thats why some of us dont trust in cnn anymore we thought cnn was independent but it looks like its turning into fox news they also have ditto heads like you you are just hannity and his friends on fox cnn is no longer indepedent thats why they sinking in ratings , i amm an independent and i use to get my news from cnn but now i have to watch cbs 11 becasue of people like you john king

    May 2, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Melissa

    The problem is that the party still doesn't seem to understand what it needs to change and is trying to do the same business as usually but sending out party members to recruit.

    It isn't going to work.

    They haven't learned anything and still aren't listening.

    May 2, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Lori

    GOP tries to get back on track: Ummmm, how about for starters- the GOP embraces diversity. Look at the picture! It looks like my grandfather's high school reunion- like the Million White Man March.

    May 2, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. JonDie

    Too bad Republicans NEVER worry about getting the country on the right track.

    All they worry about is themselves.

    May 2, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Lynn

    And the GOP hack John King will do everything he can do to help them. His "lovefest" with Cantor on the mindless 100 day report card was pathetic for a "journalist".

    You can't get back on track with the same old faces, failed policies, using trumped up "fears", attempts at character assassination and obstructionist techniques. Romney's "revolutionaries" want to keep America in the 20th century with its economic policies for the rich and a foreign policy of creating more enemies and reducing allies around the world.

    May 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. rob

    ever notice just about all of CNN's "ticker" tidbits are all about the republicans. Guess it's hard for CNN to be open minded, huh?

    May 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Ken

    Republican leaders are trying to show that they are not the 'party of no'

    Then try saying yes or at least put forth alternate ideas other than "lower the taxes on the wealthy and let the effects trickle down"!.
    The Middle Class has been waitng a long time for these "crumbs" that you would throw to them – and it is tired of waiting.

    May 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Henry

    Is John King all of a sudden God?

    More stories written by him in the Ticker than by anyone else. I count four right now.

    John King is the type of guy who makes the news instead of report it. That would be find I guess if he was somewhat unbiased.

    Guess we have to fill up State of the Union with something. That is why John is looking under the rocks trying toget the bees moving.

    May 2, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. HB

    They aren't the party of "NO", just the party of yesterday. Long Live Palin the sage from Wassilla.

    May 2, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Proud American

    This country has already had a Memorial for the republicans, now is the time to bury them. 2010, 2012 Goodbye hate mungers..

    May 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. The Death of America by Obama

    Don't allow McCain to have any part of this. The American people have had enough of him.

    May 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. The Unshrub

    Just because they all agreed to say yes to keep saying no does not make them a party of yes.

    May 2, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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