August 30th, 2010
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Obama juggles thorny issues in week ahead

 President Obama is turning his focus to the economy and Iraq this week.
President Obama is turning his focus to the economy and Iraq this week.

(CNN) - President Obama's vacation may have provided a much needed recharge as he jumps back into thorny issues this week.

Coming off a 10-day trip to Martha's Vineyard, Obama turns his attention to the economy and Iraq.

The economy is the No. 1 issue for voters, polls show, and as the midterm elections near, it's becoming increasingly clear that what the administration dubbed the "summer of recovery" has not yet met the public's expectations.

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    God Bless you Mr. President; Stay Strong!

    August 30, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. JonDie

    "Coming off a 10-day trip to Martha's Vineyard, Obama turns his attention to the economy and Iraq."

    So is CNN claiming that the president did NOT do any work during his 10-day "vacation?"

    August 30, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. mother and sister of soldiers

    I do hope the people of this country give him something else to think about this week, such as: the letter to the UN stating the human rights violations in our country particularly Arizona. He is a traitor for not upholding US law!!!! Is there anyone else he can further insult this country to?

    August 30, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Calling what our President just did a vacation is rather funny. he was in the news everyday because of policy statements, world or national issues. At best, it could be called a working vacation. I'll bet that he put in an 8 hour day on business everyday.

    August 30, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has faced such a mountain of crises! President Obama inherited:

    1. The biggest Budget Deficit in our Nation's history from Bush II.
    2. TWO wars, costing our Nation........ $6..........billion.......a........month!
    3. A Financial Disaster not seen since the Great Depression.
    4. Unemployment @ 10%.
    5. A Banking & Wall Street melt down, caused by ...... greed and deregulation!
    6. U.S. housing market imploding.

    GOP wants to blame all of the above on President Obama, but it wont stick. America is not stupid, we know who was in charge for 8 years.

    In addition, the Republicans controlled BOTH House & Senate from 1994-2006, in January 2007, the Democrats took a narrow majority. Wasn't until the elections of 2008, that the Democrats took the majority.

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO.

    Question: What have the Republicans done for America?

    August 30, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. aunt Bea and Opie

    Wall Street,like a drunken driver,wants the keys back so they can continue to drive without any rules.They are the ones stopping us on purpose and hurting the working class while they speculate the down side for profit.

    August 30, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. kat

    This President is a joke. He doesn't have a clue how to lead. He may have inherited some of this mess, but he's certainly made it far worse. He needs to go along with most of our Senators and Congress.

    August 30, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. jim

    Obama stiill hasn't done anything to deal with the nation's unemployment rate or to remove our troops from Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Eric

    Mommy, can we go to the museum and see the democrat?

    Folks, Obama has gotten every single policy he asked for. The congress ponied up everything, EVERYTHING he asked for. And all of these things were to "help the economy."

    I think double-digit unemployment for the first time in nearly 30 years speaks for itself.

    If his policies were going to help the economy, why has every economic indicator continued going south after enaction?

    Just like you cannot grow produce without planting seeds or sprouts, you cannot grow jobs without investment. No one will invest as long as Obama continues to inject so much uncertainty into the market.

    When conservatives take over BOTH houses of congress this year, expect to see a trillion new dollars plunked into the market in the first 24 hours.

    And Obama should be ecstatic to lose the congress, because taking away the congress is probably the only thing that will save this man's presidential legacy. It worked for Bill Clinton.

    August 30, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Jilli

    Obama's been dealing with "thorny issues" since day one, and he's handled them competently. "Thorny issues real and imagined like the birth certificate nonsense, the he's a muslim tripe, it goes on and on. That's the crap we have to look forward to if the republicans take charge of the congress – time wasted on nonsensical meaningless crap.

    I think his biggest problem is that he's dealing with the nation on an adult level, unfortunately, many just can't follow the message. But "death panels" are a real attention grabber – it's competely false, but it sticks. What does that say about the intelligence of our nation?

    August 30, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Until the citizens of the United States demand congress follow the will of the people and the government enforce the laws of the land in all areas our country will continue to slide until we have the same situation in our country as Mexico is facing now.
    Lawlessness and fear will rule!

    August 30, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. EmCee

    Has he announced plans yet for his next vacation? That will be forthcoming shortly, I'm sure.

    August 30, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. drr

    Kat, are you kidding me? "May" have inheirited some of this mess?? No he was given it all by the repukes. Then they sat back and did nothing hoping he fails so they could get their power back. You can continue to be lead along like sheep but we all know better.
    I'm sick and tired hearing the right bring up about jobs. Yes the unemployment rate is high but everyone knows jobs are the last thing that comes back after a recession.

    August 30, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Great picture of the First Family's return from vacation.
    You can't help but notice how close they are.
    I'm sooo glad that they were out of town during that fake ass "Come to Jesus" production by the Antichrist himself: Glen Beck.

    God Bless you Mr. President. God keep you and your wonderful family safe from harm and the nuts.

    August 30, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Shawn-GA

    Why does he need to be on T.V. AGAIN tomorrow? Why doesn't he listen to he American people instead of cramming through things that are against the majority of the country's will?

    I am beyond tired of hearing this is Bush's economy... every time I read or hear that it reminds me how uneducated and easy swayed people are. Congress has been under DEMOCRAT leadership for 4 YEARS!!! Bush made errors no doubt about it, however this is not all on him by any means, Obama asked for this job he was not forced into it. He has ignored what the majority of the country wants and did not keep him promises. It is far past the time for him to man up and take ownership.

    August 30, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Marcus

    The President, (doesn't matter be they Republican or Democrat) can not improve the job situation in this country. Those in the private sector can but, they won't because they have a better bottom line if they don't hire.
    Until the corporations decide to hire, we will remain in this situation.

    August 30, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Senator

    oh I thought the thorny issue would be all of his vacations: News Flash, us African Americans has been accused of not working and being lazy since 1608, and we practically built this country: The president Needs to give the History of how our economy got in this mess: The Republican party reminds me of the man who doesn't take care of his car, it stops running, cost a tun to fix and all the while he is blaming the guy who is fixing the car for all his troubles!

    August 30, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Well the POTUS has already proven that he can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    August 30, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin has created jobs: one for herself, one for her husband Todd campaigning for Miller, one for Bristol and one for Bristol's baby daddy Levi. Now how's that for job creation.

    August 30, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. TOP SGT

    "Obama has lost his connection with the American people. He's aloof without inspiring confidence. On issue after issue - terrorism, immigration, the oil spill, the environment and the ground zero mosque - he seems determined to craft his responses in a way that will annoy the most people possible. Liberals are frantically trying to explain away Obama's problems. Some want to protect their investment in Obama, and some want to protect their investment in liberalism. So some claim that his mistakes stem from not being progressive enough, while others insist that he's played his cards right, but we need to wait a bit longer for the payoff. I'm dubious on both counts. Obama has delivered massively for progressives, and it strikes me as idiotic to say that if he only squeezed a bit more liberalism into his first two years, everything would be better. Moreover, I don't think the payoff is coming, because I think the policies are wrong. But, again, that's an argument for a different day. What's clear right now is that the president who claimed to be the personification of a world-historical moment has clearly misread his mandate, the mood and the moment. He's lost at sea, and not even a bigger boat will save him."

    August 30, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. ABM

    Stay the course Mr. President and continue helping the people of this country!!!! It is a thankless job from some people but I will Thank You for evrything you have done so far. You will always have my vote. [This is coming from a registered Republican.]

    Obama 2012!!!!!

    August 30, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Get A Grip

    This guy couldn't figure his way out of a wet paper bag and he expects to "jumps back into thorny issues this week"......yeah right, when pigs fly.

    August 30, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Senator

    Mother and sister of Soldiers–no ones more of a traitor than the president that lied and got OUR Soldiers in this mess: The bllod of thousands of soldiers are on Mr. Bushes hands! Ask your soldiers how many of their fellow soldiers died in vain because of this grand LIE your dear president more vacations than any president Bush. What he needs to do is uphold U.S. Law nat US law as you put it, and send the entire Bush Administration to Jail for Treason

    August 30, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Shawn-GA

    BTW folks all those who state the Iraq war caused our economic troubles... I know that no one has educated you to this so allow me to enlighten you a bit.

    The ENTIRE war has cost less than the money Obama has thrown away on stimulus that did nothing for the country!

    WAKE UP!!! Read and educate yourselves, slick speeches do NOT make a leader.

    August 30, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Shirley in California

    Yes there is still lots of work to be done and I trust this president is the right person for the job. If some of these lazy, scared, treasonous republicans would actually go to work instead of sitting on their lazy, fat beer bellies and post nasty comments all day – the numbers would actually reflect a "summer of recovery" but we all know they would rather drink cheap beer and attend (b)eck rallies than help you get this country back on track. Sad day in America.

    August 30, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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