September 12th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Gohi

    I love this guy, cool but very wise. He knows exactly how to get his prey, like and eagle. The GOP is a band of extremists, who like to use the scared tactics. That will no longer, because in this country who is who. Who did what, and who is doing what. Brandishing guns in the rallies doesn't scare me, neither Obama. It's shame. We are running around talking democracy whereas we are practicing violence in our country. We lost our reputation around the world because of the GOP. But they shouldn't forget that no one has the monopol of violence.

    September 12, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. FiredUp

    I watched on CNN; he was brilliant. I'm Canadian and I was ready to go. Fascinating individual.

    September 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. 3rd Party

    I respect this president. I am just waiting to see the details of the plan next week. I want our nation to succeed. I just hope that in the process we don't turn on one another through violence and fear. I hope the media (CNN) will be more responsible and report facts and not sensationalist style stories for ratings. This is a very serious topic that needs real honest debate with actual FACTS from both sides. Please return to the journalistic standards of Walter Cronkite and not those of FOX or MSNBC. Hope this will get posted!!

    September 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    President Obama's promise not to add a dime to our deficit due to health care reform will not be possible without a Public Option.

    The Public Plan is the only plan to start real competitions and reduce health care costs. That is why private insurers are so afraid of it, because our nation's wastes are somebody's profits. We cannot afford discriminating the Public Option in the Exchange. GOP cannot yell about increasing deficits and refuse to support the Public Plan.

    September 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Felly

    I watched Obama's speech, and I'm fired up and ready to go. It's refreshing to have a charismatic and dynamic President unlike the Bushes! The Grand Obstructionist Party should think of what they can do to help our country and not what our country can do for them.

    September 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Jayden,FL

    Awesome rally Mr President.. memories from the 2008 trail!

    September 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Edward

    This guy is a part time president, he don't even look tough enough to be president, he is an empty suit.
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    I remember David Axelrod talking about the "permanent campaign", this is it. Republicans can make as much noise as they want at town halls and even when the president is addressing the nation but know this, should the economy recover, and it will, you have no hope of winning in 2012. What are you going to run on? The only thing I can think of are death panels and how much you think that the president is not really a US citizen ... and I'm being serious. I can't think of any alternatives that Republicans have proposed. This is why though the presidents approval rating has dropped Republicans approval rating has not risen. I think Republican I think Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and her "Obama wants to kill your grandmother". Seriously? That's all you've got? Goodluck!

    September 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. HonestMistake

    When will this guy remember he is the president of all U.S. citizens and not just the Dems?

    September 12, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. What Happened To Cutting Taxes

    Flashback? He has yet to stop campaigning. We all agree on the issues: reforming health care, fixing the economy, and ending the wars. There is a big difference between giving a pep rally and actually solving the issues. Fix the problems and then give us a speech.

    September 12, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Edward

    FYI the only empty suit was voted out of the Whitehouse last year. You know the one that Republicans were perfectly fine with when he was bailing people out and creating record debt due to spending money on a war we were lied into. Now all of a sudden a Democrat wants to spend money on Americans and they are taking to the streets. You can spend all the money you want on killingpeople and but spend money on making our country better and you're a socialist who spends too much. Reagan is their hero even though he ran up record deficits, raised taxes, made it possible for illegal immigrants to receive the emergency room care that we all have to pay for and had 12% unemployment. Did Republicans protest? No. That should tell you something.

    September 12, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. What Happened To Cutting Taxes

    I got an F bomb and it for every single one of our politicians. All of you are a bunch of jokes. It is not your money. It is the tax payers money. What are you going to do if we decide to revolt as a country and quit paying taxes? Time to boycott the IRS and send a real message to this F-ing joke of a government.

    September 12, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. I am so glad he won

    what luck, we could have been stuck with Palin and McCain

    September 12, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Marie,San Diego

    Love it! Very inspiring and will start helping (again) this President to achieve his agenda.

    September 12, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. mel in Fl

    We rolling our sleeves and working hard for a better America, for a united America!!!!!!!!!!! yes we can!!!!!!!! We walking with you Mr. President Barack Obama!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Deuce

    Fired up? Now he is choking from Black-Smoke. They elected him. Now they will see him turn to ashes. With nothing offered..

    September 12, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. center left

    Ok, Amercia the "public Option will force competition amoug health insurance plans. Like private schools, charter schools, home schools, online school and public schools. The more choice. the better for the consumer to bring down cost. It's a no brainer.

    September 12, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Chuck

    I've never seen Obama so confident, so comfortable in his eloquent speech at the Minneapolis rally on Health Care. He is very presidential and so unlike our previous president who always felt uncomfortable and unintelligible in such a setting.

    What a pleasure it is to support a president who displays intelligence, common sense, integrity, and, speaks so that everybody can understand. Way to go, Obama and kudos on your very interesting and informative speeches this week on Health Care Reform.

    September 12, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. math

    to "IS IT 2012 YET ??"
    Obama can continue his favorite campaign rallies, long after he retires. Which, we all hope and pray, will be in January, 2013.

    hmm, your math is off by 4 years making it 2016, but no worries we promise not to you behind and ensure you can sign up for healthcare that is if you do not have it once the billis signed this year.

    September 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. lisa

    Pres Obama has to stop being the nice guy.

    He needs to act like a leader. He should have called out Joe Wilson at the time he yelled liar. Pres Obama accepted his apology but because of Joe's actions now he needs to call him out. Joe didn't apoligize, he said "the Republican leadership said I should apoligize." He is now boasting about his remark. It is unbelievable the state of this country. Lets bring guns to rally's, yell and scream, and act like idiots.

    September 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Maria - Proud Democrat

    The flashback I remember is the one where HE PROMISED WE COULD GET THE SAME HEALTH CARE PROGRAM CONGRESS HAS....

    In other words we should be able to shop for Insurance across state lines the way Congress does......so when can we start?

    It's time to keep his promise....we don't want the mess that is being proposed right now......we want the SAME health care plan Congress has....just like Mr. Obama promised vehemently through out his campaign.

    Is this going to end up being another empty promise?

    September 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Mario, mtl, ca.

    This guy is the strongest man I ever see,, He is able to work on many issues,,, wow what a difference with the other guy

    September 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. MaryanneAZ

    More important than fired up and ready to go, I'm ready to contact my Representatives (again) and tell them that I support health care reform with a public option. Of course, they will not represent me when they vote (McCain, Kyl and Shadegg–you figure it out). I am funding candidates to replace those running in 2010 who can be ousted. Goodbye, McCain. Happy retirement to you.

    September 12, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. raymond

    lm ready to go. may God bless our president

    September 12, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. lisa

    1. Business should not provide health insurance. They don't provide auto insurance. Woman are suppose to be paid the same as a man for the same job well so should a single man vs a family man but with health insurance provided by an employer this is discrimination. The Republicans know this but don't want to share this with anyone that this is there goal.

    2.In order for the capital market to work for health insurance then the Health companies need to make a profit. In order to make a profit they decide what procedures they will cover. If there is a 60% chance a procedure will save your child but it costs $900,000 they can deny it because it isn't profitable. In order to make a profit you can't take patients with pre-existing conditions. If we force women to carry a pregnancy to term they by law we have to provide health care.

    3. If Republicans don't want to pull the plug on grandma then they have to raise taxes on the wealthy.

    4. It is time for real change. Go President Obama!

    September 12, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Concern citizen

    Yes Mr. president, come back, and fight back .

    September 12, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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