April 4th, 2012
09:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Video: Van Jones on Obama's 'hope bubble' burst

(CNN) - Van Jones, author and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, asserted Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" that the White House underestimates its opponents.


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  1. gt

    that shows how bad obama blew it...had it all and did come thruough...

    April 4, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. king

    Obama is finding out how powerful big oil companies are. When he went up against big oil by trying to save the earth, and push green jobs, big oil unleashed fox news and their repubs minions on him. As they push lies to the gullibles in our society. Big oil runs this economy and they will be dammed to allow a little black president to mingle with their cash flow. Not when they've got the rabid repubs in they're back pockets. The earth would have to take on this fight to survive by itself. BRACE FOR IT.

    April 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Silly, Rabbit. Taking a measure of your opponent is not underestimating your opponent. This year the task is uniquely challenging, due to the shifting stances that the GOP is taking issues, and particularly by their front runner, Mitt Romney. When faced with an opponent like that, there is only one solution. Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. Step 1 would be taking a measure of your opponent to get a definition of "the worst."

    April 4, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. RealityBites

    A fine example of the gullibility of a dumbed down America.

    April 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. diridi

    Is this nation sold out to Big Oil, Rich, Corporate, Theological idiots, Mormon Nonsense, Bain-Capital thugs, China, Saudi-Oil, Job Shippers, etc, Wake up people, none of the Republican thugs stand for any of the Middle Class Americans. If they stood, we would never be in loots and cheats with GOP. Yes, I am for Obama2012.
    PS: Do not talk of Socialist, your Medicare, SS, unemployment benefit, etc, etc, all those socialistic....

    April 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. R.I.P. Damon

    Anyone who thinks that Pres. Obama's re-election is a sure thing needs to wake up and come back to reality. His administration's record is abysmal , his signature legislation is unwanted by almost two-thirds of the country, and no incumbent president has won a second term with an approval rating as low as his since Truman. The 2010 midterm election was a sign of more things to come. Even die-hard liberals I know are tiring of his "blame everyone first" attitude and his increasing hostility towards anyone who dare oppose him or his policies. Of course there are certain demographics who will vote for him no matter what, but he will not dominate the independent vote like he did in 2008. I predict it will be a very close race right down to the wire...

    April 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Obama wins

    I am for Obama 2012...and I approve this message.

    Obama/Biden/Pelosi !!!

    April 4, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. The REAL Truth

    @R.I.P. Damon – Anyone who thinks that Pres. Obama's re-election is a sure thing needs to wake up and come back to reality. His administration's record is abysmal
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    Don't believe anyone stated it was a sure thing. His administrations record is far better than his predecessors – despite a few hiccups. Dow at highest levels ever, OBL and his leadership mostly taken out, increasing employment, OUT of IRAQ (as promised) and working on being out of Afghanistan too. The battle with the military/industrial elite is never easy, unless you are in their pocket – like his predecessor.

    April 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Van Jones hit several key points here. First is that Obama oversold the philosophy in 2008. The liberals thought it was in the bag. Obama in the White House and Democrats running congress? Everything was solved. So Obama jumped out of the gate with the $800 billion stimulus bill, throwing money at banks to lend and auto companies to build cars, hundreds of billions of dollars to recover the housing market, spending billions of dollars in Cash for Clunkers, $billions at green energy and then muscling through federal government health care for the masses.

    What happened? Why did unemployment shoot straight up to over 10%? Why didn't banks lend money to small businesses? What about all those green energy jobs? And now ObamaCare in peril of being shot down by SCOTUS and if not then, at least repealed by the next Administration? And what happened in 2010? Why did Americans so decisively vote Republicans and strong Conservatives in?

    Obama forgot to manage the federal government. His ideas about what makes the economy work didn't pan out. But I don't really blame him. How in the world was he supposed to know about things he had zero experience with? He had no chance. He was set up for failure. He is not a bad guy. He is just the wrong guy. What were voters thinking?!?!

    Romney/ Ryan 2012. The right guys.

    April 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Taran

    As a friend said to me recently, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man a welfare check, free food, transportation and housing, and he will vote Democrat for a lifetime."

    April 4, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Roger

    I have no doubt that the President and his re-election committee are not underestimating the Republicans. They are well aware of all the dirty tricks, countless PAC money that the GOP will use to smear the President. We will be ready – don't underestimate the President or the common sense of a majority of the American people.

    I too am for Obama 2012.. and I also approve this message!

    April 4, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Taran

    Of course, for Obama's lemmings, facts are not "stubborn things" as John Adams suggested. They are irrelevant things. Agenda is all that matters.

    April 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. demwit

    I don't care what Obama does.., everything looks good after filtered through the progressive koolaid haze...

    April 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. PitBull

    The ONLY thing Obama has got is the gift of the gab. But 2008 proves that he "talks the talk"which some people believe – but as for "walking the walk" – NO WAY! Who ,in their right minds, are going to fall for THAT eyewash again in 2012?
    Only thhe terminally thick!

    April 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    Roger
    I have no doubt that the President and his re-election committee are not underestimating the Republicans. They are well aware of all the dirty tricks, countless PAC money that the GOP will use to smear the President.
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    Not to mention all of those common sense ideas and well-planned budgets to address national debt while saving entitlements that the Republicans are throwing out there! That's what Axelrod underestimated. How can he think the Democrats can win with personal smear and fear campaigns when Republicans are armed with experience, success and good plans based on good ideas?

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    R.I.P. Damon wrote:

    ...The 2010 midterm election was a sign of more things to come. Even die-hard liberals I know are tiring of his "blame everyone first" attitude and his increasing hostility towards anyone who dare oppose him or his policies. ....
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    Can't you hear the hypocrisy in your own words? What policies has Obama enacted that meet your description? Republicans have successfully followed the Grover Norquist mantra laid down following the Nov. 2008 defeat. It simply stated, "Make a liberal POTUS govern like a conservative." That philosophy has been the rationale behind the filibusters in the Senate, and the entire obstructionist policy exhibited by Republican in Congress. "Our number one goal is to make Pres. Obama a one term president."

    And, the strategy has worked. Obama has been forced to govern from the center-right. He has enacted and extended tax cuts, without creating any new ones. He has embraced legislative ideas that originally came out of conservative think tanks. His foreign policy has basically been a continuation of the Bush administration. To condemn "Obama's policies" is actually condemning conservative ideological policies as a failure.

    April 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Dr Knowitall

    Why do they give these little commies like Mr. Jones a soap box on national TV. Send them all back to the city parks where they belong.

    April 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. gg

    i dont think america could handle another republican president-deregulate wall street,banking, health care industry,oil companys.dead end

    April 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Joi Gibson

    There may be some truth to this. Maybe he hoped that with all the problems facing the nation, the parties could work together to address those problems. Who would have thunk it, that the Republicans would be so hell-bent on trying to destroy President Obama that the problems of the nation were not as important. Keep in mind what ole Mitchy said was their number one priority. I do not fault the President for trying to work with Republicans – that is as it should be. Having said that, it is perfectly clear, to me at least, that all the Republicans care about is getting back in power so they can implement the same old crap that got us in this mess in the first place. Middle class be damned.

    To my fellow Obama supporters, we must not be complacent this time. This election is too important. President Obama is the one to move us forward!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!!

    April 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Fair is Fair

    @ R.I.P. Damon –

    The other day I read one of your posts where you stated that your brother is a fallen hero. May God Bless you and bring you comfort. From the Mom of a soldier.

    April 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    ...What happened? Why did unemployment shoot straight up to over 10%? Why didn't banks lend money to small businesses?.............
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    How quickly conservatives forget and rewrite history. I know, it's what you do.

    Unemployment shot over 10% because of the failed ideological driven policies of the Bush administration. The -2% GDP reported by Bush was actually closer to -8%. Have you forgotten that their so called 'economic growth' policies ended with the biggest bust that Wall Street has ever seen? Big banks were not lending to anyone, but were busy spending much of their "free" money [ given to them by Bush under TARP, not Obama ] overseas as the global economic crisis spread.

    Not lending to small businesses led to the public outcry, "You helped Wall Street, but what about Main Street." The response to that outcry was the The Stimulus. Almost as soon as it was enacted, the rate of job loss slowed eventually peaking at just over 10%. Since that time, the month to month job loss steadily improved, eventually climbing into positive territory showing net gains. We are recovering from nearly a decade of bad economic policies. It will take nearly that long to fully recover, which Pres. Obama stated in his first speech as POTUS>

    April 4, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    No sane person would've believed that under the dismal circumstances that our country was left in in 2008, the losing Party would've stood idly by watching, and wishing the country to come to a screeching halt. The President, and millions of us were naive in making this assumption. The President, however, has managed in three years to no only get wise to GOP callousness but also to use their blatant disregard for the geenral public good to
    his advantage. He's evolved into quite the political chess player feedinghis opponents more than enough rope for them to hang themselves and not be able to whitewash their true intentions. We've ALL had the blinders removed from our eyes in regards to the GOP's agenda for our country: it doesn't include us average Americans. I believe that if President Obama started out a bit incredulous at the GOP's flat out refusal to assist in the recovery, he's parlayed that into a strength that portrays him as a consistent and effective leader, and the only intelligent and empathetic adult in the room. We've ALL had the blinders removed from our eyes in regards to the GOP's agenda for our country: it doesn't include us average Americans.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 4, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Taran

    Giving Obama credit for policies put in place before he was even elected,,,,getting us out of Iraq, for example, which was set up by Bush before Obama even beat Hillary in the primaries, yet the lemmings want to give Obama credit for it.

    April 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Hopeful

    I don't get the feeling that the president underestimates his opponents at all, in fact I think he takes them very seriously. He has worked extremely hard to get us on the path to a thriving prosperous country again and the possibllity that the GOP could take over and reverse all he has worked for is very serious business to him. That's the impression I get.

    April 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. FLIndependent

    I agree with the poster that said big oil owns our economy and is taking on our President. It is a real shame that these mega oil corporations can't give up their subsidies yet earn greater profits every quarter. And, what do they do with those profits – run ads against Obama!! Absolutely disgraceful. Living in Florida, the barrage of anti-Obama ads is beginning and it's going to be a very long 8 months. When the Dems had control during the first two years of Obama's presidency gas prices remained steady around $2.50 or so, but once the Repubs took the House they have been rising ever since – coincidence?? I think not. The oil companies know they will be protected by the House Repubs so they will rape us for all they can in order to try to help the Repubs win in 2012. WE CAN NOT LET THEM WIN!!!!

    April 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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