November 3rd, 2010
01:07 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: 'It feels bad'

13:56 p.m. ET – Obama rejected the contention that his policies are moving America in the wrong direction, citing the economic turnaround since he took office as proof but, in reference to an auto-related campaign analogy, adding that it could be argued "we're stuck in neutral."

13:51 p.m. ET – Obama called the legislative process of passing health care reform "an ugly mess," saying "that is something that I regret" but adding that "the outcome was a good one."

13:41 p.m. – Obama said he intends to meet with congressional leaders from both parties "in the next few weeks" to negotiate a compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts scheduled to expire by the end of the year.

13:30 p.m. ET – Obama reaffirmed his call for extending Bush-era tax cuts for most Americans, saying: "We've got some work to do to make sure that families are not seeing a higher tax burden, which is what will happen if Congress doesn't act."

13:26 p.m. ET – Obama: it would be a "misreading" of the midterm election results if anyone believed the American people want to spend the next two years trying to "relitigate" health care reform and other major legislation of his first two years in office.

13:15 p.m. ET – Obama: the result of the midterm elections "underscores for me that I've got to do a better job, just like everybody else in Washington."

13:12 p.m. ET – Obama: as the nation's leader, "I've got to take direct responsibility for the fact that we have not made as much progress as we need to make" in bringing down high unemployment and helping the economy fully recover from recession.

13:10 p.m. ET– Obama: both Democrats and Republicans have "certain principles that cannot be compromised," but the American people expect them to work together to solve the nation's problems.

13:08 p.m. ET– Obama: People are "deeply frustrated" over lingering hardship amid the slow recovery from economic recession, and while progress has been made, "clearly too many Americans haven't felt that progress. As president, I take responsibility for that."

13:05 p.m. ET – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that every election reminds America that "in our democracy, power rests not with those of us in elected office but with the people we have the privilege of serving."

Filed under: 2010 • issues • President Obama
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    Where was that sentiment when healthcare was rammed through?

    November 3, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Bill

    Yes it does Mr. President. The warning signs were there for months that something like this could/would happen. Did you ignore them? Was your personal/liberal agenda more important than those people you claim to serve? Introspection is now the order of the day. You are not a bad person Mr. President, but I don't agree with your policies.

    November 3, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. hope and change

    Sounds like his same old speech. never got it never will. Worst president ever period! He needs to step down and let America recover.

    November 3, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Orlando Patriot

    WHAT?!?! Now Obama CARES about the people he is "serving"? Why didn't you "care" for us when we were standing in town hall meeting, screaming from the rooftops, and yelling at our elected officials that we do NOT want Health Care, we do NOT want so-called "Stimulus", we do NOT want 3 trillion dollars more in debt, and so on and so on and so on.

    Let's be very clear: this is NOT a vote for the Republican Party. This is a vote AGAINST Barack Hussein Obama and his socialist ideology. The Republican Party is now on "probation". Listen to the people and you will get re-elected. Do NOT listen to the people and we will kick you out faster than you can say "Democrats are to blame". That also goes for Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat Party. Listen to "we the people" and govern as Obama just said which is to remember that "power rests not with those of us in elected office but with the people we have the privilege of serving". Listen to the people and you will get re-elected. DO NOT listen to the people and we will kick you out faster than you can say "It's George Bush's fault". Both parties remember: YOU WORK FOR US!!! WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!!!

    November 3, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. S. In California

    That's right. The people voted and I respect their vote regardless of whether I agree with it or not. NOW WHAT?

    November 3, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    NOW HE GETS IT!!! Did you REALLY think you and the Progressive Socialists in Congress could jam your socialist agenda down our throats without any push back??!! Stop being such an arrogant, condescending a-hole and do what you were elected to do! NOT be a full time DemocRAT HACK, NOT campaign full time, NOT fund raise fullt ime, LEAD FULL TIME!!

    November 3, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. No More

    We know that all along Mr. President, but due to your own arrogance, you think you're more powerful than WE THE PEOPLE. Those of us who are against your agenda, you declared during your interview with Univision as your "enemies," shame on YOU Mr. President. You're the worst President in US history, you're the ONLY President who made declaration publicly, those who doesn't support your agenda is your enemy and those who support your destruction of this country, are your friends and will be rewarded.

    Mr. President, I have a LOT of respect for the Oval office, but I have NO OUNCE of respect for you. You were given a chance by the American people to lead us as a nation, instead, all you've done is to divide us.

    Mr. President, I'm PROUD to declare YOU ARE NOT MY PRESIDENT!

    November 3, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. MAhole

    Mr. Obama is still the president and still has the veto power. The republicans have more of a voice now than they did and they have to use it instead of the attitude of NO, NO, NO – but in the end, the president still has the power.
    Things are going in the right direction and president Obama will make sure that the train stays on the track HE wants it to run on. This was only a mid-term.
    I'm just waiting now for the 2012 presidential election – when president Obama will win with an even higher majority than put him in office in the first place.
    The joke is on YOU – tea-tards and republicans............ Hahahahaaaaa

    November 3, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Michael Igoni

    Obama may as well kiss a second term goodbye! In the same breathe Americans must stop seeing themselves as the centre of the world and as such above suffering economic misfortunes. They should look around and see strikes and unemployment rife in Europe, terrorism threatening human existence. This midterm trouncing of the Obama government will be the country's immunodeficiency virus that will totally weaken them against the Jihad.

    November 3, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Xavier Gray

    Its not about this party or that party. we all need to be working together not against one another and always doing what's best for America. One nation, under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. United we stand, divided we fall. America needs an overhaul – chane has got to come and we need new blood, new ideas, and a new course. One team one dream –

    November 3, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Mike Dillard

    i am watching obama now and listening to him and he still does not get it...the people have spoken...we did not and do not want obamacare...we want a pres. that can say i am wrong and will start to listen to the people and quit blaming bush, repubicans and the people and start looking in the mirror....we the people do not like to be lied to

    November 3, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Bob in PA

    I guess he had forgotten that privilege thing.

    November 3, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. jpmichigan

    Listening to the President speech, he has once again shown the American people that he still doesn't get it, what the American people really want. They don't want the Health-care bill as it is, modification is needed. They don't want more spending or big government taking over their lives. Choices were made November 2, 2010 and more are to come. Many incumbents squeaked by but unless things change it maybe their last hurrah!

    November 3, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Michelle

    "in our democracy, power rests not with those of us in elected office but with the people we have the privilege of serving."

    Then why do you insist on passing legislation that the majority of those you have the provilege of serving reject? The falacy of this exact phrase is why this election went the way it did.

    November 3, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. The Truth

    The sad thing is that Obama and the democrat run Senate will continue to do the same garbage. I guarantee you that he will continue to blame Bush and the GOP when something fails or does not go his way. Bring on the 2012 elections so we can do a final sweep of democrats.

    November 3, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Maggie

    Mr. President, the people spoke yesterday and they are telling you that you are totally going in the wrong direction. If you don't turn around, then you will be gone in 2012. Maybe its best not to turn around so we can get rid of you in 2012. We need someone who is genuine and not arrogant like you. With your arrogance along with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, alot of good people have lost their jobs both in the Senate and Congress. The 3 of you should have been the ones to lose your jobs. 2012 you will be out of here!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    Iif you voted "against" President Obama for the Republican policies, for "spite" guess what, President Obama is STILL President, and you have to deal with Republican policies also.

    I will see you all at the $5.00 a gallon gasoline pumps, again. They are giving away free Tea Cups.

    November 3, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Winslow

    The President is DELUSIONAL

    November 3, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Chris

    Were all American's, just work together. Get over it, pay your fair share of taxes and move on.

    November 3, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. shawn

    Mr. Obama is pretty mad you can see it in is face and he should be. but he doing a good job hold it back. this country really dont care about a black man doing what right and making changes. all i can say Mr. obama hell with them and keep doing what you was told to do. it will back fire on all them soon later. we as black people need to put down ths damm gun and shut them. when i say shut them shut them with your word. long as you dont they going keep doing what they do and black people and poor people problem will never be heard.

    November 3, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Mike

    The frustration isn't just about the economy. The economy is a symptom. The frustration is with a process where the party in power says "we know what's right" and "we're going to do whatever we want to." Doesn't matter whether the party in power is Repub or Democrat. The frustration is a about a behavior in DC in which it's all about saying you won and got yoru way, rather than finding solutions that everyone can live with. DC, you are on notice. Learn to play together or in 2 years another big chunk of you - democratic and republican - will be without jobs.

    November 3, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Byron Wood

    I was struck by the fact that Obama considers an "overwhelming majority" of sentiment supporting the end of 'don't ask don't tell' to be a call to action, but that the negative public opinion regarding health care legislation was brushed off because Obama doesn't think that the American people want us to re-litigate old issues. Really?

    November 3, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Patricia

    Again,Obama stressed the progress we have made over the past two years, the fact that the bail out monies have been paid back and jobs, though few are there. Think of where we would be if these actions had not been done, no thanks to the GOP and their constant blockage of moving forward. Their real issue is the GOP had to work for the first time in years and it difficult to get the gears in motion

    November 3, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Norm

    " a "misreading" of the midterm election results if anyone believed the American people want to spend the next two years trying to "relitigate" health care reform and other major legislation of his first two years in office." Right.... that's why multiple states had ballot referendums declaring a person's right not to be forced to but heatlhcare insurance. What planet is this guy on?

    November 3, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Josh Boring - Lenexa, KS

    So the President doesn't think we should spend time relitigating health care even though most of the people who ran and won in the house campaigned on exactly that. Mr. President, you decided to push a progressive agenda of free health care for poor people, tax energy for everyone, and bailout any unionized company. Meanwhile the rest of the nation decided we don't like your policies and we voted your dogs out. If you don't accept the will of the American people, you will meet the same fate in November of 2012. Make the right choice, not for your agenda, but for the country. People need to get back to work. Give business the opportunity to hire people so we can get this country back to work.

    November 3, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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