Controversies knock Obama off balance
June 11th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
5 years ago

Controversies knock Obama off balance

Washington (CNN) - History shows that second terms in the White House can be much tougher than first ones, and that is proving true so far for President Barack Obama.

Less than five months in, Obama and his administration appear knocked off balance by a barrage of controversies and criticisms exacerbating the bitter political battles that marked his first four years in office.


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  1. Sniffit

    Fluff piece redux: "Please stay tuned to the controversies!!! We need your viewership and clicking patterns for our ad revenue!!!!"

    There's not a single bit of actual information in this article. None. Just bobbleheaded editorializing. Yawn.

    June 11, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    Oh goody! Great news for the GOP, while you failed to make him a one term POTUS, you did succeed in obstructing his second term. This ought to make all the girls like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Graham, etc wet their panties.

    Nothing but a bunch of traitors..........

    June 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Obama,is just showing us who he really is.a weak leader with big words but little action. he told the poor white dems that richer whites took all of their money.he told poor blacks (who have the mind set of socialist anyway)that the country has to take care of them.he told latino groups to vote for me and your dreams of a life time green card will come true. all he does he lie. but the rich white racist liberals are one who should really be ashamed. we need real change.

    June 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Canuck

    Obama was such an inspiration , now he's revealed himself to be just another President kowtowing to the corporations and powers that be. The man is such a disappointment – surely even Dominican Mama would agree?

    June 11, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    A bunch of fabricated controversies in an effort by republicans to keep the focus off of JOBS!!! Remember those?

    June 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hold tight Mr. President.
    This too shall pass.

    June 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If Obama won't come to their mountain (of cow dung) they will bring their mountain to Obama.
    Nothing to see here – again.

    June 11, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It appears that our country was only allowed to be kept safe under Duhbya.
    Go freakin' figure these people!

    June 11, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Scott

    YOur done Obama, get out of office your entire adminstration was a failure from day one. You sir are no deserving of any respect, but rather scorn. Feeling blue take a pill, the same ones you are trying to shove down our throats with Obama Care.

    June 11, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Marty, FL

    Sniffit best summarized this in one word a few days ago:

    "Non-troversaries" fabricated by MSM.

    June 11, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Peoples State of Illinois


    Obama was such an inspiration , now he's revealed himself to be just another President kowtowing to the corporations and powers that be. The man is such a disappointment – surely even Dominican Mama would agree?
    She won't agree. She (and other worshippers) have drank to much koolaide.

    June 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Fundaments, opinions. We all got 'em!

    June 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    ".... unreleased interview last week with an anonymous IRS manager who labeled himself a “conservative Republican.” The manager essentially said it was he who started the targeting of the groups and — contrary to GOP allegations — said that the White House wasn’t involved and that it wasn’t politically motivated....."

    And yet Issa only wants to release cherry-picked snippets of the interviews...hmmmmmm......

    June 11, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Everyday a new scandal with this administration. No surprise.

    June 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. ja

    my advice foge ahead, most of this mess is old hat, meant to sabotage

    June 11, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Dean

    Obama has been an embarrasement from Day 1. I cannot wait until he and his wife are on their way out the door.

    June 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Tony

    The only party that totally screwed this country for 30years are the republiclowns

    June 11, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. smith

    alot of liberals in denial around here

    June 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. ST

    There is no major controversy. It is only the media which is fabricating everything and make a mountains from a very tiny hill. I do think there are people out there who are very disappointed with media's performance nowadays. They are not reporting, they are exaggerating; they are not finding the facts, they just making talking points; they are bringing the past and make it the present, instead of dealing with what is really happening at that moment. They are wasting time of everyone instead of dealing with stuff which are beneficial to people. They are taking everything as news, while it is not , in order to count it as a day and at the same time filling their pockets.

    June 11, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Anthony in California

    Seems to be a trend for Republicans to resort to contrived scandals when they have no solutions to bring to the table, yet still want power.

    Birth Certificate? Fail
    Pals w terrorists? Fail
    Take your guns? Fail
    Benghazi? Fail
    FastFurious? Fail
    IRS? Fail
    Eavesdrop (Bush's Patriot Act?) Fail

    Yet, jobs rate improving, economy improving, housing market on the rise, Osama STILL dead...
    Wow. The President is doing a terrible job (sarcasm).

    June 11, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Alan

    Got a quarter (old price for hard copy news print and for a phone call from a public telephone, remember those?) – go call someone who cares. Dean – Congress has been the embarassment with their obstructionistic behavior, The Surpreme Court has been an embarassment voting for big bucks advertising which then drove $120 million to get seen on TV, Washington DC politics, the Media have been an embarassment for first jamming George W down our throats and the trillion dollar credit card war he got us into all for the self inflicted glory of finishing something his father "41" had the intelligence not too, after accomplishing a fully paid for war to free Kuwait. And the embarassment of CNN, Howard Yee Haw Dean, Nancy No Nuts Pelosi and Harry In Search Light Reid jamming this (then) 178 day in Senate office experienced man down our throats when McCain, if he picked someone with an ounce of intelligence would have won the presidency or better yet, finally a mixed 'dream' ticket of McCain and Hillary Clinton for the 21st Century. Now BACK OFF and let the man do his job..which with a dysfunctional congress, is challenging..he's doing the best he can with what he's been dealt..and considering the mega million dollar salaries of the Crooks on Wall Street, at $400K per year, you wouldn't have the guts to run an entire country, would you now?

    June 11, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Name lynn

    President obama is a good man an great president its the media lying on the man, obama isn saying nothing thats the news media an the people talking. People you dont hear the president saying what these people saying the president is black an his back ground is clean thats why the people is angry with the president.

    June 11, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. anonymous

    let's face it. the liberal lsm in this country sold obama to the country and has protected him ever since. 4 years of no results, nothing was his fault, it was always somebody elses fault. then they find out obama and his justice dept. goons are going after the press and the honeymoon came to an abrupted halt. and then it comes out obama's irs is targeting his opponents and keeping them from participating in elections. scandal after scandeal after scandal and now the lsm refuses to cover and lie for him any more. boo hoo hoo.....

    June 11, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    I'm still trying to figure out how exactly the POTUS and FLOTUS were an embarrassment from day 1....... Care to enlighten me Dean?

    June 11, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Mary Ann

    Our president is doing a great job even though the GOP/teabaggers have none every thing including resorting to contrived scandals.I wouldn't expect anything less from the GOP/baggers.

    June 11, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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