August 30th, 2010
12:27 PM ET
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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. Jonny

    You mean he hasn't been juggling thorny issues for the past two years?

    August 30, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. ABM

    Keep up the fight Mr. President.

    How can we get rid of lobby influence and corporate donation? Add it to the national ballot so REAL people can vote it out of the political scene once and for all. Time to get this country back on message and not mucked up by neo-conservatives who want derail our properity.

    August 30, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ Jim, its not so easy to create jobs in a mere year and a half. I suspect many companies are holding off hiring because they are wondering about the NOvember elections. If you listen to the Financial news, many of our companies are profitable. My husband's company just hired more people. Have patience, sir, no one has a "magic wand" to turn the Bush Disaster around overnight.

    And the war in Afghanistan, what a mess! Bush should have never, ever, gone into that God-foresaken country! But we are there for 7 years. Obama will end this war, but he has to do it wisely.

    Imagine the U.S. have an extra $6 billion a month!

    August 30, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. More change in November (but good change)

    Obama refuses to talk about how he and his policies personally tanked any hope of a quick recovery. Well, at least he was able to pass his agenda. Obama is the smartest man in the whole world–being advised by more smart guys.

    Side: What does a Harvard degree buy you these days? The right and know-how to screw up the country. Just look how many of the Obama administration are from Harvard–not to mention the CEOs and leaders at failing banking institutions. Harvard needs to teach ETHICS.

    August 30, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    The President has a tough job ahead of him. He needs to turn on some of that Obama charm and go into full campaign mode. He needs to take charge of the discussion going on in America. It won't be easy. For whatever reason, the Democrats in Congress have allowed the Republicans to frame the debate far too long and it has cost us. Somebody needs to tell them they're in charge.
    As far as Afghanistan is concerned, our efforts there were severely hampered by our involvement in Iraq. We are not in a position to prosecute 2 wars and meet all our other commitments. Blame that one on Bush. He should never have taken his eyes off Afghanistan or gotten us into Iraq. Now that Obama has gotten us out of Iraq, maybe he and his military leaders can now focus entirely on Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Scott in Atlanta

    Ummm. So you believe that Barack Obama is some sort of Manchurian Candidate, planted in our government by terrorist to destroy our country?

    But you also think it's impossible that 9/11 was an "inside job"?

    If you were planning this sort of conspiracy as a terrorist, would you choose a black man with a name like "Barack Hussein Obama" to sneak past the American public, or would you pick a less conspicuous, Southern white male from Crawford, TX?

    I'm just say'n... You think one scenerio can happen but not the other?One or the other folks, you can't have it both ways.

    August 30, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Rickster

    Oh great, President Failure is back to wreak more damage on the country.

    August 30, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Juggle? How about just lying to America

    Obama needs more practice dancing around these issues.

    Those 5 million new jobs I promised America in my first year -well, that is Bush's fault not mine.

    I understand we do not have border security or a comprehensive immigration reform bill I promised for my first year ...but at least I sued the State of Arizona for trying to do my job.

    I Know I promised seniors that they could keep their current health insurancee plans...but because of something some Republican did 28 years ago; that and Michael Steele – that is no longer true.

    Some have critized me for appointing Tim Geitner to head the Treasury and IRS even though he cheated on his taxes and then committed perjury before the congressional hearings when he fabrictaed that Turbo Tax story (which I thought was pretty good) --but I am going to take Roger Clemens to court on perjury charges so I will get somebody

    Some have said Afghanistan is my Vietnam. but I looked it up and they are two different countries, so do not believe this story – it is the GOP again spreading rumors.

    Many have asked where all the stimulus money went -– well, 25% of it was skimmed off the top; 25% was just burnt up; 25% of it just evaporated; and the rest is there somewhere .... oh oh, wait a minute here – that answer was for the BP oil spill - sorry

    Some of you have said that I am not American; and some of you have said I am not christian -- this does not matter becasue I am black and not a racist and anyone who critiiiiicizes me is likely white and a racist. (Thank you Reverend Wright for that answer

    Lastly, many of you have asked me to simply tell the truth -– well, you cannot handle the truth -– and you would not believe me anyway; so I am going to continue to simply read from this teleprompter. Now, where are my Greek columns I asked for when I do that TV thing on Iraq -- My surge idea really worked great and I am taking full credit for it

    August 30, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    And blind idiots like 'kat' aren't helping him or this country fix its problems. this president has accomplished more good things in his short time in office than all the recent repugs put together, but he's still getting slammed by the rabid 'right.' let's hope the people with functioning brains will outnumber the haters in November so he can continue his good work, hopefully with less obstructionism and hate.

    August 30, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Fox News and those connected will inject 'wedge issues' into the national conversation so that whatever President Obama says will not be heard. It might be time for a bold step. Since those 'true conservatives' are hell bent on filling their bank accounts with the green while sending the rest of us to hell in a hand basket, maybe its time to completely expose their agendas to the general public. Once the swamp is cleared of those cockroach-vulture 'true conservatives' maybe then we will be able to get to work on fixing this economy. Until the 'true conservative' vermin are gone out of the political arena, nothing much will be able to get accomplished.

    August 30, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. valwayne

    I truly hope the President is rested and recharged from his 10 days vacation with his rich Elite friends on the Vinyaaard!!! Because while he was enjoying his vacation, while millions of Ameicans had to cancel theirs, the news on UNEMPLOYMENT and the Economy was bad, bad, and bad! His policies of massive growth in the size and cost of Government, along with massive corrupt spending and debt have failed completely! We will hopefully get massive political change in Nov to balance our Government, but he will still be President. It would be nice if he would set aside his extreme left wing agenda, stop telling us we are racists and religious bigots, and focus on getting people back to work, and not in silly Government jobs!!!

    August 30, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. I Pledge Allegiance To The United States . . .

    And to our President, One Nation Under God, Indivisible With Liberty and Justice for All . . . Not just the well-healed monied Koch brothers.

    August 30, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. chutchin

    To: Mother and Sister of Soldiers-

    "He is a traitor for not upholding US law!!!!"

    Oh really? How is he a traitor? Because of the immigration law? Is that it? Excuse me, our immigration problem did not start on Jan. 20, 2008. Did you forget this? He has also signed a bill to deploy more US National Guards to the border than previous presidents. So tell me again why this man is a traitor?

    August 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Don Judson

    Since Tan-man Boehner was Speaker during the start of the two unfunded wars, the tax cuts for the rich, the deregulation of Wall Street, and the unfunded drug program, HE should resign!

    August 30, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. nini

    Summer of recovery NOT.

    Hay Mr. President the only reason you are able to have the speech on Iraq is because President Bush didn't play politics with Iraq war and did the right thing.

    You on the other hand used the war as a campaing tool in every campaing rally you attended. The difference between right and wrong never been more clear.

    Bush paid the political price and our solders paid with their lives that is the only reason you are able to have the speech about Iraq.
    The same solders that you accused of "Air raiding women and children.

    How soon do we forget, if we had true journalists like Tim Russet you couldn't get away with this.

    August 30, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Juggle? How about just lying to America

    I love this from LacrosseMom(the real one) August 30th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

    One thing about Dems – they do not let facts get in the way of a good story

    1. No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has faced such a mountain of crises! President Obama inherited:
    The biggest Budget Deficit in our Nation's history from Bush II.

    Fact Obama's deficit spending is larger than all cumulative deficits since this country's founding in 1776

    2. TWO wars, costing our Nation........ $6..........billion.......a........month!

    Fact – Did someone forget about 9-11 or the fact that 99% of Democrats approved invading iraq? Fact – Obama is escalating in Afghan not Bush -- Obama said he wa sin Afghan to hund down Osama - Osama is no longer in Afghan; he is in Pakistan ??

    3. A Financial Disaster not seen since the Great Depression.

    Fact see answer 1 above

    4. Unemployment @ 10%.

    Check you facts this is inaccurate Ae enjoyed relative prosperity under Bush and low unemployment

    5. A Banking & Wall Street melt down, caused by ...... greed and deregulation!

    Fact The Dems controlled for Bush's last two years and for 35 of the past 40 The Chairs of the finance committee were barney Frank and Chris Dood both of whom fought reform pushed by Bush The 3 largest campain recipients from Fannie Mae and Freddie MAx – barney, Frank, Chris Dodd, and then Sanator Obama

    6. U.S. housing market imploding.

    Fact This was due to Dems in the House blocking financial reform and pushing their housing for everyone plans

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

    Obama may have inherited most of his problems..but...He told us he could fix it and had a plan to do so...he has failed us. nuff said

    August 30, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    Obama is running away from GOP Charge of socialist. In so doing, he is turning around and around and giving rounds and rounds of stimulus money to the rich, just the way the GOP likes it.

    Result? Obama hasn't done a darn thing about the Unemployment, Social disparity, and the satisfaction of poor consumers needs, all of which could have solved our economic crisis and put money in the pockets of the rich as well, because they own the companies that sell the goods that would satisfy the new demands.

    If Obama had been bold and forced his social democratic agenda on the political class, this country would have been out of recession immediately after Bush.

    August 30, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Samantha

    Obama he can divert our attention away from his failures by seeking "success" in Middle East negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The peace of Israel and of the Palestinians is a matter for them to decide; when, how, under what circumstances.

    The peace and prosperityt of the United States is Obama's job. With two wars in limbo or regressing, and enemies growing in Pakistan, Somalia and up and down the African coast, it is clear whatever he is doing is not working. Pulling out of Iraq is not a success if it reverts to a killing field.

    It is time for Obama to tackle, not juggle, his own thorny problems.

    August 30, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Ed

    The economy and Iraq, that's 2 things Obama has no influence over.

    August 30, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Chris WA

    Can I have a 10-day vacation to Martha's vineyard, too? I hired this President to fix the economy and unemployment, and not to squander my hard-earned tax money. From WA parties to Spain to round-round trips and campaigns - what more this President needs to start working. As much as I lost respect and confidence in Mr. Obama, he is still my president. I hope this guy will wake up from slumber.

    August 30, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Take America Back: from Texas

    This "so-called" President is an absolute JOKE.....he doesn't have a clue of what a GREAT nation this is, all he has done is in one instance after another, belittled and degraded this great nation by his words of apology and his LACK of any words of unity!
    1. This past week a report to the UN on how absolutely awful this nation is concerning civil and human rights......all under the leadership of Obambi!
    2. He NEVER has words of unity concerning racism.....he is always silent until he gets over heated and blurts out things like "The Conn police dept acted stupidly"........Obambi loves to entice conflict and hatred......just like the Dems, when all else fails cry Racist!

    We live in the greatest nation on earth, and if one doesn't believe this how can they expect anything but opposition? The 60's "flower power/love children" of that era are now attempting to manage our naitonal affairs and it simply doesn't work! It is obvious that Obambi is of the 60's persuasion, i say if you don't love this great nation then all one needs to do is go wherever one believes they have it right.....matter-of-a-fact i think Obambi needs to move in with Chavez!

    August 30, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. JP

    Everything the President inherited went from bad to worse; instead of concentrating on them went after that health care thing.

    August 30, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. gt

    no jobs,,, no jobs,, no jobs,, whats there to juggle... stop taking vacations every month and go to work for the people....ugh...

    August 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    We should all remember that this is just one man. We should also remember that he inherited all the mess.

    We should never forget that the GOP that created all the mess is standing on the way of fixing it all the way.

    There is a proverb that says, fool me once... you all know the rest.
    Do we Americans want to be taken for a ride by republicans once again?

    The more things go bad in our country, the more I am mad at all the republicans who are still standing in the way of meaningful progress, or who participated, applauded Bush in his madness.

    August 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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