September 21st, 2009
11:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Paterson, Obama meet


New York Gov. David Paterson greeted President Obama in Troy, New York Monday, one day after the New York Times reported the president has indirectly asked Paterson not to run for reelection. CNN's Ed Henry reports the two embraced and spoke briefly to each other.  (Getty Images)

Filed under: David Paterson • President Obama
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama thinks his oratory will pass for leadership. Combine that with his ego-need to be center stage all the time and guess what, Americans have elected another dud.

    September 21, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Tim

    They probably talked about Obama's $1 trillion new health care tax.

    September 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Proud member of the party of Yes We Can!

    As the "top Democrat" in the Democratic party the President has every right to express to Paterson that he does not believe he will be helping the party if he runs and those of you who think he's doing something wrong by expressing that to Paterson are, once again, IDIOTS! Many other Presidents, Republican & Democrat alike, have done the exact same thing. Obama is not the first and he will not be the last, SO PLEASE GET OFF HIS BACK FOR EVERY LITTLE THING . . . . IT'S OLD AND TIRED ALREADY!!!

    September 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. worriedmom

    Why is Obama and his thugs in on this now. Don't they have enough to keep them busy, like JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!

    This is becoming so obvious that this gang up there in Washington is all about MONEY AND POWER!!!

    Two things that will bring a man down!

    September 21, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Mike in LR

    Blind leading the blind.........literally.

    September 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Literally the blind leading the blind.

    September 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I recall John Lennon's nasty comment about Ray Charles.

    September 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. David

    Here is the big problem rearing its ugly head again- the federal government must stay out of the states issues. States need to start standing up against such things.

    September 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Erik

    Eddie, you say that "liberals account for only 19%-25% of the U.S. population, while "the clear majority lean heavily toward conservatism, almost 70%"....I'm not sure where you got your statistics, but they're obviously skewed. If they were correct, Obama never would have been elected in the first place.

    September 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. aware

    The emperor has no clothes! 😦

    September 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Paterson needs to understand that since he was not selected by Obama he needs to withdrawal. The almighty one has spoken. I would call this action racist or dicriminatory, but I am not a liberal.

    September 21, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Mamixztwo

    I like Patterson. I like Obama too, and I'll be the first to say that he needs to stay out of the N.Y. Governor's race...

    And for those of you making your off the hand comments about Muslims..this is America and last I checked, we are free to practice whatever religious beliefs we want to...if you believe in the constitution like you "claim" to, you wouldn't have a problem with muslims being approved to pray at the Capitol (WHY WOULD ANYONE BE UP IN ARMS ABOUT THAT ANYWAY???!!!!) OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS A CIVIL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NO MATTER WHAT RELIGION YOU ARE IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!! Deal with it.

    September 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Beverly

    President Barack Obama, the BEST President EVER!!!

    September 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. D. D.

    Paterson should do what's right for the party.

    September 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. joe m

    is this the big squeeze? the president trying to help the gov. 'see' the light? maybe not such a good idea, especially with the reports that POTUS is trying to convince the gov not to run.

    September 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jay

    All you people complaining must have voted for Bush. Remember without your vote for "'W" there would be no Obama, so just shut up and take it till 2012 then Mrs. Obama will be our next president until 2020. So all you haters have a long hard road ahead of you, might I suggest pain pills...Ha, Ha, Ha..

    September 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Truth time

    This is propaganda.

    Black hood politics, gun bearing henchman.

    This is propaganda.

    lets get it back over youre head

    This is propaganda.

    There are bigger crimes

    illegal war in Iraq

    This is propaganda

    Corporate corruption

    This propaganda

    Zealots crippling Lady Justice

    This is propa

    This is


    September 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Chas

    The President is right to "encourage" Mr. Patterson not to run in the next election. We New Yorkers would be in much better shape had Elliott Spitzer stayed on as Governor. He did no worse than many other, i.e. MANY other politicians. Let's bring Spitzer back and finally make some real improvements in this state of New York. Patterson is a nice guy – he just doesn't have the clout needed to run the great late state of New York.

    September 21, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. stormerF

    Shake hands Patterson this is Jessies son,he just sounds like Barry, But watch your back at the same time.

    September 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Dan

    Obama a lame duck limping on his left foot!

    September 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Fired up yet?

    Get your copy of the Constitution today – tomorrow it may be gone.

    September 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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