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. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    NB. The Bush madness that ruined our country.

    August 30, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. rashid in ohio

    God be with you Obama looks like america used you as another person to blame for rich white people robbing america and the poor now that there created world is crumbling they want to blame you and say it's Obamas fault wow u deserve a longgggg vacation as far as i'm concerned keep up the good work

    August 30, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Orlando Patriot

    Let's make one thing clear: THIS IS OBAMA'S ECONOMY NOW!! Argue all you want about who was responsible for what Obama inherited all you want to but the fact is the Democrats have been in total power since January 2009. What has happened since then?

    Obama increased our national debt by $3 TRILLION (that's right-with a "T"), unemployment increased from 7% to 9.5% (with NO sign of recovery), passed a Health Care Law that is going to destroy ANY chance of recovery by incurring additional costs on businesses, threatening to intitiate the LARGEST tax increase in recent history, and so on and so on and so on. NO WONDER THIS ECONOMY IS IN SUCH TERRIBLE SHAPE!! Obama is not only RESPONSIBLE for this economy his terrible policies have CAUSED this economy to get WORSE in only two years!!

    Is this a "thorny" issue? OF COURSE IT IS!!! Obama is such an incompetent, useless, and corrupt president who cannot look FORWARD but always looking back. As you know if a driver is ONLY looking at the rearview mirror, and not the windshield, you will eventually hit a brick wall. Well, that is what Obama has done. What a classless and useless president..........

    August 30, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Dina

    I would vote for him again. Go Obama!

    August 30, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. charlie from the North

    We've got your back sir. It is not easy driving a pulling the economy out of the ditch, but you have and now the same drunken drivers who put us there want to get behind the wheel again.

    Don't do it America. Sure it's not comfortable riding in Obama's tow truck but the GOP totaled our car and put up roadblocks on our way to the garage.

    August 30, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. ATR

    President Obama has done more to help this country in 18 months than Bush did in 8 years. Now the "Party of No" has selective amnesia about any events occuring prior to January, 2009. Listen up Republicans, your party RUINED this country. It will take decades to fix what you broke so quit your whining and take some responsibility. Be a true American and support his president for all the good things he is trying to do.

    August 30, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. lady c

    mr. president you are doing a good job. GOD is with you. keep the faith . the real christain are praying for you.

    August 30, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Steve

    The problem with Obama is that he got in a habit to blame the Republicans for holding everything up such as the jobs bill. I want to remind him and all the rum dum Democrats that there is 59 Democrats in the Senate. What's the problem. I think if the Senate had 99 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican it would still be Republican's fault. Get with democrasts, get a life, do something. .

    August 30, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Steve

    The problem with Obama is that he got in a habit to blame the Republicans for holding everything up such as the jobs bill. I want to remind him and all the rum dum Democrats that there is 59 Democrats in the Senate. What's the problem. I think if the Senate had 99 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican it would still be Republican's fault. Get with it democrasts, get a life, do something. .

    August 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Steve

    The problem with Obama is that he got in a habit to blame the Republicans for holding everything up such as the jobs bill. I want to remind him and all the rum dum Democrats that there is 59 Democrats in the Senate. What's the problem. I think if the Senate had 99 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican it would still be Republican's fault. Get with it democrats, get a life, do something. .

    August 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Loretta

    Government can't do it all!!!! What does Corporate America need to do to help the economy? How about creating a few jobs now that your profit margin has increased?

    Yeah, how about doing your share Corporate America? Hire somebody!!!!

    August 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Jim

    Just 19 months ago Pres. Obama inherited a nation in the grip of a economic crisis not unlike 1933. Though reviled by his critics, he has saved the automobile and housing industries, implemented financial and healthcare reform, signed the START treaty with Russia, repaired America's relations with world leaders, and given a roadmap for Afghanistan. Tomorrow he will announce the end of our combat mission in IRAQ, bringing closure to Bush's $1 trillion foolish war. The ecomony will recover slowly, prodded by the FED's aggressive policies. I could not ask more from any President!

    August 30, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Keep up the good work Mr. President. Most of us know you have the best interest of the US in your heart.
    Don't listen to the fools from the extreme right wing.

    August 30, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Big George in Big D

    @Jim – Afghanistan? Don't you read the news?

    August 30, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Dean

    To LacrosseMom(the real one) who posted this......
    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.

    But do you know that it was the polocies of Clinton and Democrats who put people in houses they could not afford and who repealled the Glass-Steagall Act that prohibited commercial banks from collaborating with full-service brokerage firms or participating in investment banking activities. Investopedia explains Glass-Steagall Act
    The Glass-Steagall Act was enacted during the Great Depression. It protected bank depositors from the additional risks associated with security transactions. The act was dismantled in 1999. Consequently, the distinction between commercial banks and brokerage firms has blurred; many banks own brokerage firms and provide investment services and this led to the financial demise of Wall Street andbanksthat the taxpayer had to bail out.
    So it wasn't Bush's fault but Demsand Clinton's.

    August 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Summer of recovery, huh? Maybe the economy will recover when our corporate masters pay a decent wage for a decent day's work. Our economy runs on spending. Median income has lagged behind inflation for 3 decades, since around the time Ronny Rayguns started busting up unions and giving out tax breaks to the rich. Once this became untenable, the capitalists extended cheap easy credit to all, leading to an economic collapse. Go ahead and blame it on "liberals" all you want, but the truth is that global capitalism is responsible for most of the problems you neoclowns whine about. And yet you still vote for "business-friendly" politicians. Oh well, the "real Americans" are about as smart as a bag of hammers. Have a nice day!

    August 30, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Captain Awesome

    @ LacrosseMom(the real one) I'm not sure where you're getting your information, but here are some facts for you:

    - The jobless rate in 2008 was around 6%. Now, it's a beefy 9.5%
    - According to the New York Times, the 2008 budget deficit was around $400 billion. Obama has tripled down and it is now 1.3 Trillion.
    - The housing market imploded because of the liberal policies of Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.
    - This downhill slide in our economy started shortly after democrats took the majority in 2007.

    Obama has apologized for the U.S. around the world while bowing submissively to other world leaders, but he has fallen way short of the expectations set by the media and the people that elected him. We need real change in November!!!!! Start with voting out the democrats!!!

    August 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. flavoter

    The president is in a good place if he can shoot a straight message into the hearts of the "Republican party of no".

    His biggest enemy and problem is corporate America and there influence on both parties. NO hiring and banks not loaning wall street would love another stimulus package because they will get the money again and stuff there coffers even more.. There pockets get fatter and they cripple this president’s agenda.... Such great patriots showing there love for this country; that they can afford to relocate from at anytime..

    How do you force business to hire all these brilliant minds in this country someone is sitting on the answer and we know it’s not tax breaks for the wealthy they have proven they do not deserve them. How about a fix for these credit reporting agencies such a scam after a bad economic down turn scores are in the toilet.

    August 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. June in Chicago

    @kat – you should spend some time watching C-Span and see our so-called leaders in action.
    Your comment about how the President should "go along with most of our Senators and Congress" is ridiculous. The President is in line with most of the Senator and Congress. Where the problem lies is when a FEW of the Senators and Congressmen obstruct the process. It is called Filabustering. When the President was trying to get the Senate to pass the emergency unemployement compensation, there were Republican Senators taking up the time of the Senate to commemorate a former Senator who had died 10 years ago. They were not the least little bit concerned with the families who needed to put food on their tables that evening, or worried about how they would pay the rent/mortgage for the month. These clowns are a joke. I work for a living, but happened to be home sick that day and after what I saw, hell will freeze over before I vote for another Rebuplican. I voted for GW twice, I even voted for Regan and was never a fan of Clinton. But after the just plain mean spirit I saw that day from the Republicans, I can honestly say their actions when this crisis was going on was un-American!! And, that's putting it in nice words for CNN.
    People, we have to wake up and realize that all the nay-sayers have is fear and hate on their side. Please, please pay attention and vote your heart in November. The party of "NO" needs to be told NO!!

    August 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. MILLIE SIMPSON

    How's that Hahvahd hopey and changey stuff doing' for you, Bunkie?

    August 30, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Patricia Dickson

    May God bless you and keep you under his Blood Mr President their is no weapon that formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condenm this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their rightousness is of me, saith the Lord ISaiah 54' verse17.

    August 30, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. ingrid

    Totally agree with the real lacrosse mom. Well said. President Obama is doing more than he is getting credit for and his critics/ (most) republicans since the election have NEVER given him a fair shake, especially given what he inherited. Moreover, it seems clear that the Republican strategy is to obstruct to prevent/slow recovery as part of their strategy for taking back the white house. But Americans will not forget what they did for 8 years!

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Soap

    Yep, he had better do something quick, after all, I am sure another vacation will be on the schedule real soon. Cannot let job creation and the economy get in the way of his vacations.

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. t22

    He needs to get back to leading and fewer photo ops and speeches. His economic plans didn't work so he wants to double down. In the meantime, anyone who has run a household knows you can only spend money you don't have for so long, the difference being is the money he spends gets paid back by us.

    Cut taxes for corporations, take away disincentives for consumers, don't add short term incentives that skew markets, make consumer credit available. Most importantly, act like you own the problem.

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. June in Chicago

    Mr. President – We are with you! Hang in there. Your ideas and your commitment to making this Nation great again is exactly what this country needs!!!
    I voted for you in '08 and will do whatever I can to help you get re-elected in 2012!

    August 30, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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