June 9th, 2009
06:41 PM ET
soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Brennan

    Well you would know JON! You're the best at acting like one!

    June 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Larry Nobrega

    What arrogance we Americans have thinking that we know what is best for people of the rest of this planet. The idea that war is preferable over negotiations is insanity to me. I don't know if Obama actions in the international community will be successful but I pray they will be. I find that people that stand up and criticize what President Obama is trying to do speak from a fear based, hate based, and discrimination based ideology.

    June 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. hrp

    Another 'has-been' looking for free publicity.

    June 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. ghost

    Looks like one more flew over the cuckoo's nest.

    I wish CNN would give more details. Like the venue in question. I wonder why the Israel part was in it. However, to say that everything the man has done has failed is pre-mature at best and disingenious at worst. I really wish folks would give up forecasting and stick to their day jobs.

    I ask yet again, what happens should all of his plans actually work? Will any of you man up (or woman up, as it were) and admit it? Probably not. Already republicans are saying (I predicted this, but who didn't?) that any recovery may not be linked to the stimulus plan. Already trying to cover their tracks.

    June 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Peggy - TX

    No, President Obama is not a false prophet. He has never claimed to be a saint or a prophet or a savior. He has only claimed to be a man, with a vison that Government should work for the people, rather then for Big Business and the hard cold facts, that the GOP is not able to bear , is that he is doing an extrodinary good job so far cleaning up the mess left by 8 years of neglect and mismanagement by the old GOP's selection for the POTUS.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Jeff

    Jon must have stopped taking his medication again. Now his delusions have taken over and he thinks he knows something about foreign policy! Such addled hysteria would be funny if it were not pathetic. Jon, you should have learned from Bush that foreign policy is not for amateurs; it is best left to those experienced professionals who have studied and practiced it. Obama and his staff know a helluva lot more about it than you do.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Ian

    Let's see how many times the word "racist" comes from the left.

    God forbid anyone might actually have a legitimate complaint about Obama's policies.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. lucy2

    False prophet? What is this, the middle ages? Come on. Obama was elected by a majority of the people, and is doing the job he was hired to do. It's one thing to disagree with him and his methods, but this sort of nonsense, especially by a Hollywood actor, no less, is just unnecessary. (And yes, I find Hollywood's infiltration of politics annoying when it's the Dems too)
    The GOP needs to find NEW leadership, return to the true roots of their party, and start to propose some solutions that will actually be helpful. If they can figure out how to do that, I'm listening. Until then, no thanks.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Kevin

    Interesting comment! Where was Mr. Voight in speaking out against Bush when he lied to the American people? What proof does he offer that the policies of Obama have weaken the nation? Are his comments driven by the fear of something new and different? Change is hard! I believe the President is on the right track. I do not agree with all of his policies, but I continue to believe in him. It is absolutely too early to tell if the policies are a failure or not. Mr. Obama may be a false prophet, but Mr. Voight has clearly taken the mantle as the new prophet of fear mongering.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Spicoli's Van

    In times as challenging as these, it's important that we as a nation look to find examples of insightful leadership. I'm glad that, with all the educated, experienced and sober voices in the world to choose from, we as Americans give credence to Angelina Jolie's sometimes-stable actor father.

    Gonna get right on that train, yessiree...

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Larry from RI

    "False Prophet"?
    Yet another religious right, wing nut from the American Christian Taliban heard from!

    BTW – I thought you GOPers didn't like Hollywood actors having a say in politics? So now it's OK with you – as long as they are saying something that you agree with!

    June 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Must be tough for the Republicans when they have John Voigt as their "go-to" guy for criticism of President Obama. Of course, if Sarah Palin is your MAIN speaker, how far down the list to you go to get someone LESS relevant to follow her?

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. drkmbrown

    Mr. Voight, your narcissism is quite evident here. You are welcome to share your opinions, but I would hope that not much weight would be given to such comments from an obviously biased person.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. fielding mellish

    Why do we need to listen to any of these actors on either side? This guy is about as smart as Joe Buck, the dumb hick he played in Midnight Cowboy.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. lucy

    I sure am glad someone has the guts to speak out and say what millons of people are wanting to say. It's a shame this man is running our country down to all these other countries and making us look like stupid idiots. have mercy on us.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. IndyVoter

    Shame on you John V....I rather like you as an actor, but you are way off on this one. Why do you and your friends insist of maintaining a warhawk attitude? President Obama is not a prophet at all, but he does speak the truth in wisdom. My bible says "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" – Matt 5:9. It also says, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Proverbs (the book of wisdom) 15:1, finally, it says, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" – Romans 12:19. That's not to say that we shouldn't have the best, most robust military/defense capability that this world has ever seen or punish crime and illegal and truly threatening behavior, but rather that we should employ it only when necessary. We certainly should not use it to "scare" the world into respecting us....because frankly, it doesn't and hasn't worked.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Pragmatic

    False Prophet? Again getting religion and government all mixed up! We don't have prophets – false or otherwise – in government. We have legally elected officials who can be voted out of office on a regular schedule! This guy has been looking for the national treasure too long.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. David

    A perfect speech and Voight is exactly right. I am amazed that anyone in the spotlight has the stones to critize Obama.

    June 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. katiec

    CNN, why is what this man has to say against our president important? Why does he along with Gingrich, Cheney, Rove, Limbaugh, Palin etc constantly get your headlines? Where are
    the headlines in support of President Obama? Where are
    articles of importance, discussing the health care plan, economy,
    the broken education system.
    Where are the fact checks on what these hypocrits say, the questions
    about their integrity?
    Oh, forgot, those are reserved for the few you interview who show
    opposition to the GOP.

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. tg

    Amen! Jon Voight hit the nail on the head.

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. tochi

    I suppose Obama hasn't invaded some random nation on false pretext,so he must be weak.. He is helping our car industry rather than frittering billions away on waging wars,so he must be weak. He is helping dig our financial system out of a hole rather than planning who to invade next,so he must be weak. He is waging a diplomatic war to bring peace in the Middle East, so he must be weak

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. hbg

    Voight: How ignorant can one be??!!!???

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Bill Carey

    I don't know what Obama this guy is talking about, but nothing he said is describing the President. He sounds like a bitter sour grapes Republican, who has no solutions of his own, so spends his time criticizing one who does have solutions.

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Jake

    And I am supposed to be interested in what this has-been actor has to say about my President for what reason? And I didn't realize President Obama had been elected to prophecy anyway.

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Barbara Rizzo

    Maybe instead of blasting the President, our elected officials should be supporting him and lets have a little less from the private sector – these people are one of the problems with this country, we can't pay our bills, but we can pay $20 million to an actor for a movie, or millions to our sports figures – if they want to advise the president start with taking less money in their paychecks, my husband won't make $20 million in his lifetime let alone a movie! Remember that the president did not create this mess...it took over
    8 years to get into ,it will take more than 6 months to get us out of it, so why don't we all cut him a break and give him the support he needs, at least he is trying~

    June 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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