BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Obama rip a page from Clinton’s playbook?
August 10th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Obama rip a page from Clinton’s playbook?

(CNN) – Have you noticed how many liberals lately have been piling on President Obama? Their criticisms have been harsh and intense. They mostly focus on his supposed willingness to make concessions to conservative Republicans. They charge that he lets himself be bullied because that is part of his non-confrontational nature.

I remember hearing similar criticism in 1995 and 1996 when President Bill Clinton was being hammered for making deals with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other conservative Republicans. Clinton, for example, agreed to major welfare reform which infuriated many of his liberal base. He was accused of selling out long-standing Democratic Party principles.

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  1. A real American

    Look up the definition of neo-liberal. There's your answer.

    August 10, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. cathy raats

    The difference between then and now is that the political atmosphere is more feral now and the margins are greater

    August 10, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Shirley In California

    Overall, with everything our president is dealing with he is doing a good job. However, compromise is a two way street. There is no way he can continue rolling over and walking away. I really wish he would quit giving in and LEAD. The others would have no choice but to follow or roll over and die. Please Mr. President LEAD.

    August 10, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. gt

    he better get a play book from someone ,,, right now he is wing it .and its not working...

    August 10, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. doug

    Major difference, Clinton didn't hate every American right of center and never called every American right of center the enemy as Obama has, for example the interview he did on Univision last fall.

    Clinton didn't hate the hard working, good hearted and decent people in the middle of the country, he would never say something so hateful and offensive as "they cling to their guns and religion".

    August 10, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They charge that he lets himself be bullied because that is part of his non-confrontational nature.
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    I'm having a good-humored chuckle over this one.
    As much as I would've liked for Obama to have gone "hood" on some of these tough-talking suburban wannabes I never once saw him being bullied. I saw him being left out to dry by members of his own Party. I saw a man who had lost his mentor in Ted Kennedy and could've used his guidance to help him navigate, and circumvent the bullcrap that is inherent within Washington. And ultimately I saw a man that used his intelligence, and chess-like thinking to leverage himself, BY HIMSELF, with NO HELP against a system that has been entrenched in this town for many, many decades.
    Let's face it, whether you agree with his policies or not, the man had THE COJONES to facedown the pharmaceutical, Big Oil, insurance, AND Wall Street pretty much all by himself. He did what no one else dared do, and he did it for the middle class. He has stood fast to his beliefs, and has done the best he could facing almost insurmountable odds and people in government. What he has accomplished for this country in spite all of this obstruction is nothing short of prodigious.
    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Obama is NO Bill Clinton. Clinton was smart enough to know when what he was doing wasn't working. Obama doubles down on failure after failure. Either too stupid and inexperienced to know better, or more likely too arrogant to admit he was wrong. Obama is also FAR MORE DIVISIVE and ideological than Clinton. He has attacked and demonized everybody or entity on this planet. Blamed them for anything and everything. Again, too arrogant to admit HE is wrong.

    August 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....Yet...should he decide one day to 'lose it' and go off on certain individuals, well, let's just say that millions of us would be cheering from sea to shining sea.
    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Canuck

    There are still those out there that accuse him of being a socialist... and they're believed – just ask the tea party. Obama is a good man but he has been a huge disappointment to most liberals.

    August 10, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. diridi

    tax the wealthy....nation needs it now...

    August 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    doug

    Major difference, Clinton didn't hate every American right of center and never called every American right of center the enemy as Obama has, for example the interview he did on Univision last fall.
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    Univision is a spanish channel. I've seen Obama on Univision. Never heard what you said he said. Maybe that's what Faux said he said on Univision for their non-spanish speaking tell-us-what-to-think tv audience.
    You speak spanish doug? You're barely literate in english, so my guess would be no.

    August 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    He's not just triangulating himself with the Dems and GOP at the other two corners...he's triangulating himself and the Dems with the GOP and Teatrolls at the other two corners. They set themselves up for it and you saw it with Boehner's 4 days of blatantly partisan delay with his debt ceiling proposal when he was trying to find a way to get enough Teatrolls to support his bill to pass it without a single Dem vote (rather than compromise). The Teatrolls have helped the GOP paint themselves into a very inconvenient ideological corner and the polls are showing that their answer to it, which is to dig in, entrench themselves further and grow even more recalcitrant towards compromise, has already and is going to hurt them badly. All Obama has to do is continue being the adult in the room, keep on offering compromise to some reasonable extent and keep getting refused by the beligerent, ideologically myopic GOP/Teatrolls and he basically hands them all the rope they could ever need for their own political hangings. Rationalizations and messaging from the GOP are starting to sound desperate, angry, and more loosely connected to reality. Just watch how they try to justify threatening another government shutdown in September and then move on to another debt ceiling debacle right before Xmas in hopes it kills the holiday economy. Someone should clue them into the fact that they need to do more damage to Obama than to themselves in order for their strategery to work (and they're not).

    August 10, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Why is it, that Dems think handing out money, helps the poor? It doesn't. That is proven by decades of handing out money to the poor.

    That money has to be tied to 2 things: 1. Public works work, must be done, be those who able bodied, to receive the money. 2. Those receiving funds must participate in community college educational programs.

    Only money used to help those help themselves, is a good investment.

    August 10, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama doing just ok, Obama will win 2012 because there is no strong candidate from republican side. As long as tea party is there Obama will win

    August 10, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Name

    The President is being attacked on a regular bases,and is still with a mid 40 approval rating. Just wait when the GOP has their candidate and he goes on the offensive. Always know who your enemy is and attack with everything you got. I see another term and a legacy in the making.

    August 10, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Obama is a good man but he has been a huge disappointment to most liberals."

    Not most. It's the minority who thought that electing him would get them the pony they wished for. Many of us recognized that despite it being the better choice to go single-payer or public option, it wasn't realistic to expect it...that it isn't realistic to expect that he can "put his foot down" and play a 14th Amendment debt ceiling card that only invites impeachment proceedings the GOP was hoping for in the first place....that incrementalism works and it's the only option available to us given the current political climate. Add in that many of us recognize when astroturf fauxgressives are flooding liberal blog/commentary sites to try to encourage the demoralization of liberals and sell people on the "please be disheartened and fail to show up at the polls in Nov 2012 or vote 3rd party" memes.

    Here's a clue for all the liberals who are whining: whether you like it or not, you have a choice bewteen Obama or a severely mentally damaged conservative ideologue puppet in Nov 2012 and the only "message" staying home or voting 3rd party will send is that you chose the GOPer. Choose wisely.

    August 10, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. joey P.R.

    I wanted Hillary in the White House. I mean I felt she was the only candidate with true experience on how to manage a struggling country knee deep in debt. With "PROVEN" skills mind you. The Clintons had us going well and balanced during those times! But I elected for Obama b/c she lost in the democratic race and it could've been my uncle Harry runnin' but I was voting donkey no matter what! The only "change" in the oval office I've seen is skin color so far. But I really feel America missed it's chance to cut some time off of recovery by not going with proven sucessful experience I mean it was obvious. America was too busy tryin' to get the first black man elected into office. They (we) were trying to make history instead of learning from it. That's why we're in the shape we're in with no end in sight and no answers.

    August 10, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. QP

    Wolf,

    Congats on entering your seventh year! I love the way you report, questions you ask guest, and The Situation Room!

    As a constant viewer of your program, I'm becoming increasing concerned about the grid-lock on Capital Hill. Specifically, the Republican stance resistance on increasing taxes on the "Job Creaters", the Tea Partys resistance on increasing the "Debt Ceiling", and the Democrats resistance to cut Medicare and Social Security!

    All of this is rather puzzling to me since your guest are all politians that are driven by partisanship and ideology. Can you please assemble a panel of leading economist, key business leaders (Warren Buffet would be nice) along some folks from the rating agencies on your show so that we may develop on own opinions regarding what needs to happen to fix the economic crisis without the poison from the politicians? This would create tougher questions for your political guest to answer!

    My second request is that you look into investigationing Fannie Mae! As you are aware, both Fannie and Freddie were recently downgraded by S & P. To add insult to injury, Fannie plans on asking tax payers for an additional $2.8 Billion to manage their inventory. I do beleive there is a bit of mis-managment within the Asset Managment within Fannie Mae. A friend of mine recently offered $270K for a home that was listed for $280K and they rejected his offer. Excactly on month later, Fannie had no other bids and relisted the property at $268K. (This is not an isolated incident and there are a ton of blogs on the internet where this has repeatedly occured and may be a good story for Anderon's show, Keeping them honest).

    Thanks Wolf!

    August 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. henny

    Obama is quite divisive and has not "been there" for most americans. Obama is pretty much useless- great figure head lousy LEADER

    August 10, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. doug

    Thanks Obama momma, your a lib so all you have are attacks in response to a conservative's facts.

    Obama said it, you can't defend that so you attack the messenger, this is why every Republican is morally superior to any Democrat. Democrats, for the most part, have your values.

    As for your comment "I saw a man who had lost his mentor in Ted Kennedy"

    So now we know Obama's inspiration for driving our nation’s economy off of a cliff.

    The funny thing is that you would want a Republican to be put away for life if one ever did what your hero Kennedy did. This is why everything you say is a joke, you are just a puppet, I would bet that you have never had a single thought of your own. Now respond with the lies about Laura Bush, as you are programmed to do when confronted with the truth about Kennedy.

    First US President to lower our nations credit rating = Barack Obama.

    August 10, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. doug

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....Yet...should he decide one day to 'lose it' and go off on certain individuals, well, let's just say that millions of us would be cheering from sea to shining sea.
    Obama 2012

    Yup, no different than how the National Socialists in Germany reacted when their furior "went off" on his opposition.

    August 10, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. JohnP

    Hey there gutless CNN. What's up with the insults from Dominican Mama? Maybe she should get a job and not spend the whole day posting her rants.

    August 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. bill

    obama is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    August 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Oregon Calling

    I personally do not believe that President Obama is selling out. What I think some are missing is that the Republicans actually control congress. Think about it, a slight majority in the house & the ever threatened filibuster in the Senate. How can he do otherwise?

    Peace :-)

    August 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    @SOUTHERN HOTTIE
    REAL CUTS? Yeah, like what? For example tax cuts to big oil and the ultra rich? That would be great! But I highly doubt you mean that, as, your posts are usually lacking in non-partisan perspicacity.
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    WOW!! "non-partisan perspicacity"??? I love it when you talk dirty SOUTHERN HOTTIE! 8-)))))

    August 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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