Blitzer's Blog: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?
June 28th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
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Blitzer's Blog: Has Obama lived up to his 2008 priorities?

(CNN) - With President Obama back in Iowa today, I went back to look at my interview with then-candidate Obama in Des Moines on October 31, 2008 – only days before his election. He reflected on how far he had come in Iowa.

"There were a bunch of people out here who signed up for our campaign when we had almost no money, very few endorsements," he said. "The polls weren't good for us."

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  1. Marie MD

    He has tried and has kept his word on some promises but when you have a freakin rethug congress who wants him to fail and keeps putting speed bumps in front of anything he wants to do then it's nearly impossible to finished what he started.
    Just heard on the radio that coburn and lieberman (both horse's behinds get literally free insurance and pension from the government) want to raise the Medicasre age to 67 and want to make sure those RICH????? seniors who make $80,000 pay more. EXCUUUUUUSE ME! BUT YOU WANT TO TAX SENIORS AND NOR THE FREAKIN' RICH WHO MAKE OVER $250,000 A YEAR. ARE YOU FREAKIN' CRAZY!!!!!!!! Seniors are on a fixed income.
    AARP needs to get on the horse here and come to the rescue or we will have old people living in tents. If it came to that, let's make sure we all camp out in front of these clowns' houses!

    June 28, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. S. In California - Obama 2012

    With ALL things considered – I would say he has done a very good job. No other president in history has had to deal with what he has (TP racists). He gets a B+ from me. In the next four years (since he will be reelected), I'm sure his accomplishments will be even greater as the American people will have thrown the republicans back into the taverns and country clubs where they came from and where they seem most suited.

    June 28, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. gt

    obama indian name would be "much thunder little rain"...not much to really talk about...for all the change he said he would do..

    June 28, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    The mere fact that some Republicans are pinning for someone like Jon Huntsman to join the race as an potentially worthy adversary to President Obama is evidence that the President HAS significantly brought CHANGE TO AMERICA. He has scared at least some portion of the RIGHT into acting in a much more civil & bi-partisan manner – these afterall are the attributes that form Hunstman's appeal. They want to win and they believe they need a facsimile of Barack Obama to do it.

    Add to that:

    Equal pay for equal work for women (Lilly Ledbetter Act)
    Healthcare Reform
    Repeal of DADT
    Ending Combat in Iraq
    Killing Bin Laden and drawing down our troops in Afghanistan
    Saving General Motors & Chryler from Bankruptcy / Liquidation and the jobs we'd have lost
    Progress on Green Energy [electric cars, greater CAFE standards, but still more work to be done]
    Progress on Education Reform [still more work to be done]
    Stopping the H1N1 Pandemic
    Forcing BP to ponyup $20B to clean up the Gulf

    all in the fact of unrelenting opposition from Republicans starting in February of 2009, and it's clear that Barack Obama has done a hell of a job.

    June 28, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    American voters made it clear in November that a large majority believe electing Obama in 2008 was a mistake. He can talk all day long but when it comes to implementing anything he consistently misfires. Three years is enough time to see past the talk. The results are worse than underwhelming. We are in worse shape than when he took office.

    June 28, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. stevegee

    Are we better off than we were two and a half years ago? NObama.
    Vote YES for Republicans in 2012.

    June 28, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    @akickin'donkey – funny you should mention "Killing Bin Laden" because before Reggie Brown was stopped short during his comedy act when it was really getting funny against the rethugs (thanks Bill Maher for having him on your program to finish) there were a few claps when Brown mentioned it during his act. How dare the President finish the job that the shrub not only started but that he wasn't losing sleep or thinking about bin laden six months later.
    Of course, there were a lot of clapping and laughing when he said that the President is a one term president. That's more the rethug right wing mantra.

    June 28, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Mitzie

    On every count President Obama has worked to advance those goals. As President, he has to rely on Congress to approve. Republicans have made it their mandate that President Barack Obama will not succeed. Sad that we live in a world in which party affiliation is more important than America as a whole.

    June 28, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Mikey

    @ A Kickin' Donkey – absolutely spot on. You can add landmark financial reform legislation to the list. Probably the most accomplished first 2 1/2 years since FDR. Oh, and by the way, if you comapre the economy under Obama to that under Reagan (the economic God to conservatives), he is actually doing better in terms of unemployment, job growth, and GDP after inheriting a worse economic situation (the worst in 70 years).

    June 28, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. XWngLady

    That's like asking "Has Pres. Obama been able to push a boulder up a steep hill with all of the Republicans sitting on the boulder?"...Pres. Obama has done a good job considering where we were when he took office. Are people on crack? Have they forgotten how banks were defaulting, entire industries tanking, stock market and housing plummeting, hundreds of thousands of jobs being slashed MONTHLY? Have we forgotten?....Yet in only 2 1/2 years we have managed to stabilize. Any sane economist will tell you that we shouldn't expect to be fully recovered for at least 7 years to a decade. Why is the world are people asking "Has Obama saved the world?" Of course he hasn't. And anything he has accomplished is MIRACLE, given the Republicans who have stopped, blocked and in all other ways obstructed anything that the President has tried to do to get the country back on track!!.....We need to be asking what have the Republicans done to lift a hand? **crickets. crickets** ...Anyone? Anyone? Beuhler?

    June 28, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Considering the HELL NO CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, I think our President has done a remarkable job of getting past some of the obstacles they put up.

    If they voted FOR every bill they put forward (instead of turning their yellow tails and filibustering) this country could be further along in every aspect.

    June 28, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Have the republicans lived up to their promise to destroy the middle class, police, firemen, teachers, seniors, veterans, poor children, minorities, union workers, and nurses? Why yes they have!

    June 28, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. juliei4

    I think the president has done a great job given what he inherited and the GOP fighting him on every single thing he wishes to accomplish. There is always a reality shift between seeking a new position and actually having the responsibilities of that position. Everything you would like to do cannot always be done because there are things you don't know about until you sit in that chair in the oval office. I'm sure the reality shock for President Obama was not nearly as great as it would be for the majority of the GOP candidates. Their methods steered us into the ditch in the prior administration and they're still for the same methods. What's the definition of insanity? Oh yes – doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    June 28, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Albo58

    This man took a bad situation and made it worse! He is ill-advised, arrogant and too stuck on stupid to change...chunk in 2012!

    June 28, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Palin Power

    Obozo is destined to be a 1 term EPIC FAIL and he WILL inevitably lose to God's Chosen One Sarah Palin in 2012! God herself let him win in 2008 and let this whole mess happen. God hates Obozo and is setting him up to fail so that Her Chosen One Sarah Palin will PWN him in 2012! This is all part of God's Great and Grand Plan. God truly wants Palin to be President and will help make everything better under the wise and astute leadership of the Real Messiah and Savior Sarah Palin!

    June 28, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. duckbutter

    obama is more like bush,still in two wars and he is bombing another country in the middle east

    June 28, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    The "kickin Donkey" said it all for me. Right on. If everyone who feels the way we do gets off their butts and vote= landslide. If anyone who feels that way stays home, shame on them for they will be letting the tea party decide the fate of our nation.

    June 28, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |