November 3rd, 2010
01:07 PM ET
8 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."

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Lindsey

    I don't think that the president got the message. He kept speaking about energy reform. We don't want government in another part of our lives. Government is there to regulate not mandate. Allow Americans to take care of our own communties quit giving handouts. Regulate healthcare don't mandate it or give it out.

    November 3, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Tired of the nonsense

    What's bad is that there are so many unintelligent people out there who voted for the Rethuglicans. They just handed our country into the 9th level of hell.

    November 3, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. willard bullock

    I hope that obama will be feeling better soon so boehner will can more interest help with obama so maybe obama will be improve soon

    November 3, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    Mr. President you are doing a good job. The only mistake you've made is spending too much money. I would like to see you slow down in that area. While I voted a straight democratic ticket, some balance is not a bad thing. [R]'s have done nothing but attack you and call you every disrespectful name there is but you STILL keep getting the work done for the American people. Voters will regret their decisions yesterday once the masks come off of the republican party. We STILL support you 100% here in California. Go Mr. President go!

    November 3, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. NoSpinDawg

    The TRUE auto analogy...

    Bush drove this country into a ditch... Obama got out and began selling off the wreck for parts.

    November 3, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    To ALL the democrats who lost their jobs yesterday thank you for all your hard work. I hope you success in your future endeavors.

    November 3, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Dave

    I hate that Republicans got any victory, because they don't deserve one; they got the country into this mess and they're ready to make the same mistakes over again, because they do not learn. They're a theocratic party, and they don't know how to govern because they don't think they have to – they think that their imaginary friend in the sky will take care of everything, although – like trickle-down economics – that's a theory that sounds good but never actually works.

    But, maybe now that the Republicans have to share some responsibility for this country succeeding, maybe they'll at least stop trying to work against it. For two years now they've been trying to keep America down just so it'll reflect badly on Obama. Now that failure will also reflect badly on them, they'll decide they'd better see some progress made. You can't motivate a Republican to do anything unless selfishness comes into play... and now they have responsibility, too.

    We will be watching them. They'd better hope it pays off, because they didn't win this because people like or trust them... they won because the party in power always takes losses when the economy is bad, and they benefited by being the only viable alternative.

    November 3, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. selbyhope

    What do CNN need from President Odama, Blood

    November 3, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. elobogrande

    Now that R's can halt federal assistance to the states, you can appreciate the last two years local taxes. Ya got change now.

    November 3, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. President thanks for all that you've done in the moving this country into the 21st century and please don't let the Republicans "repeal" the 21st century.

    November 3, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Russinmaine

    Imagine how it feels for all those that you through under the bus and are unemployed this morning! Pelosi knew she was surrounded by her minions of fools and re-election was safe, hope it was worth it for all you who are now history!

    November 3, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Dave G

    Now we can move forward. Yes we can...steer this country back to Constitution and capitalism. This is a referendum on your performance, Mr. President, and we're saying you're doing poorly.

    November 3, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Winslow

    This president does not see his agenda is OUT. If he doesn't think his agenda was voted against, then he is DELUSIONAL and I stand by my statement!

    November 3, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Veto every republican bill

    November 3, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. The Ride is Over

    Obama and the dems got two aways around that.

    November 3, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Fed Up

    He still doesn't get it. This man is so arrogant that nothing can get through to him. Unbelievable!

    November 3, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. JKV

    First of all, what is the point of the timeline? Is this reporting? Come on. I have had enough of this guy, I certainly don't need a minute-by-minute report of the nonsense that comes out of his mouth. Secondly, a time reported from a 24 hour clock does not get a PM, you cannot be 13 hours after noon without being into the next day.

    November 3, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Nancy Keenan-Rich

    I think President Obama did a terrific job and it was difficult to see him so pained though appropriately so. But, I'm wondering if your panel is tone deaf. Maybe it's because they were mostly men and their jobs are to be critical but I don't think they listened. One said he was talking "about all this green energy". For about a minute. Another that "he didn't take responsibility". Well I heard him take responsibility. Non-verbal behavior is a form of communication as is tone of voice.
    Your commentators should know that. I saw a president who is taking responsibility who has taken things to heart
    and is willing to change. As for the economy, he shouldn't let people forget how these problems started but no one is listening. No one gave him the credit he's due. Not fair and balanced as they say on Fox. It's a shame to your viewers.

    November 3, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Tim

    He feels bad? What about us?

    November 3, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Tim

    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."

    So the ends justify the means? And I would say the means justified the outcome.

    November 3, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Tim

    People are deeply frustrated with the reparations and transfer of wealth.

    November 3, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Mama4Obama

    I still support my president. He inherited a massive mess and its going to take longer than 18 months, 2 years or 4 years for that matter to fix. Fix in 18 months what was created over a period of 8 years! Give me a break! Lets see the House fix it in 1 year... Dem presidents are always stuck with "fixing" a Republican mess. God bless the president and his administration.

    November 3, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. blueoceans2

    Where are the jobs? We know they are not here! They are in China and BRIC... Why are they there? The US is not business friendly.. Until the US becomes business friendly and we deal with currency manipulation, the jobs will stay outside the US.

    November 3, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Did I misundertand Mr Obama? I was working and listening to the press conference and thought I heard a reporter mention that about 2/3 of Americans disagreed with his policies and his response sounded like he was saying that proves that 1/3 agree with him. I may have misunderstood since I was working on a project. If he did feel that 1 out of every three people agreeing with him somehow endorses his approach, what does that say about his attitude toward the majority desire for this country?

    November 3, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Washington DC Insider

    Ok everyone, let's roll up our sleeves and work hard for the next 2 years. The House is going to pass legislation and if the Senate is seen as blocking it, we will see a reversal of power there in 2012. As far as the President goes, if he starts Vetoing things as Dutch/Bad Newz, VA suggested in another post, we'll see a Republican President in 2012.

    Face it people, they all have to work together, and if they gridlock the system, the one who does the gridlocking (Senate) and the one who does the Vetoing (President) will see a reversal of power. Plain and simple. And for those of you who keep slinging hate at the people who voted Republican, you are only pushing independents further away from the Democratic Party. So how about some civility instead of bile and hate. They won, get over it (sounds like what Liberals were saying after Obama won).

    November 3, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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