A deal today, but this year's been a legislative dud for Obama
October 16th, 2013
09:28 PM ET
6 months ago

A deal today, but this year's been a legislative dud for Obama

Washington (CNN) - It began with high hopes and lofty rhetoric, as a newly reelected President Barack Obama ended his State of the Union wish list with a call to action: "It remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."

But 2013 will hardly be remembered as a great chapter. Instead, even with Wednesday's debt ceiling and government funding deal, this is a wasted year in Washington, one of more band-aid budgeting, polarized partisanship and Republican chaos.

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  1. Data Driven

    "this year's been a legislative dud for Obama"

    The great thing about John King articles is that you don't have to read them: word-salad, word-salad, gossip-cribbed-from-Jim VandeHei, Politico, Politico, Beltway conventional wisdom, word-salad, false equivalence, word salad–

    Yeah, it's been a legislative dud for Obama, John. It's always tough when rebels against the United States have infiltrated the highest levels of our government. Me, I'm cutting the President some slack. Lincoln, at least, had recourse to General Grant.

    October 16, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Hooper

    Go ahead and threaten to shut the government down again, in February. It will just make it that much easier to vote a straight democratic ticket, come November. Sick and tired of the games played by the republicans, and their delusional reasoning process. They'll lie to the public, telling all how they are looking out for your interest, but the truth is that they only care for the K-Street bandits, and corporate coffers. Think different, you are just as delusional as they are.

    October 16, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. El exigente

    Panetta hit it on the head in his WashPost piece. Obama refuses to engage. For a man of the people, he seems oddly above the fray.
    Politics and statesmanship are largely based on one's ability to forge a relationship and dialogue with one's adversary.
    Obama seems to know only the politics of destruction. Is it a wonder it nearly took a complete shitstorm to get A deal on the budget?
    The prez needs to get his butt up to the Hill and play the game, as odious as that may be to him personally.

    October 16, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Tigas

    Where are the Obamacare enrollment stats?
    Obamacare is over two weeks old.

    Could Senator Reid and Senator Baucus (chief architect of Obamacare) be right? Train-wreck?

    October 16, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. buongiorno

    he said she said ENOUGH

    October 16, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. justanaverageguy

    Don't forget, Obama still has to get his Social Security and Medicare cuts in. He'll need the cover of another crisis for that, or more likely – trade our earned benefits for the ramped up sequester cuts come Jan. If we allow it that is.

    October 16, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Oh, stop giving the GOP hope. They have not made the president look as bad as they have hoped to. The Tea Party have pretty much given him a victory. They tried and tried to basically destroy ACA even though it is the law of the land. The GOP don't looks so good right now either because they let the Tea Party take over. So if President Obama looks bad, the GOP don't look any better.

    October 16, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Xavier

    Venezuela got chavez... USA got the tea party.... Everyone is stupid ??? Every country gets sometime crazy people... Democracies are not alike but they get sometimes the same result

    October 16, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Instead, even with Wednesday's debt ceiling and government funding deal, this is a wasted year in Washington, one of more band-aid budgeting, polarized partisanship and Republican chaos."

    Gosh, John King. Judging by your own words, one would think it has been more a "dud" for Republicans.

    October 16, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    President Obama can have productive remaining years in office if voters kick out Republican Tea Partiers in the 2014 midterm elections.

    October 16, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. ED1

    It's been a dud for the past five years.

    October 16, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. AmericanDebt

    How hypocritical it is for Democrats to celebrate increasing the national debt by another trillion dollars! The previous administration was called "unpatriotic" for adding $5 trillion dollars to the national debt in 8 years. (Back then, no one complained about negative remarks about a President due to free speech. . . times have changed with Democrat double standards). Anyway, Democrats have increased the national debt from $8 trillion in 2008 to over $16 trillion in five years: $8 trillion in 5 years! And we're supposed to be happy about adding another trillion dollars of debt? Why aren't Americans complaining now about the national debt increasing at three times the rate as the previous administration? Lack of education, double standards, partisanship preferred over truth, just sad.

    October 16, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. Wes

    uhbama has been a failure since becoming president.

    October 16, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Mike Texoma

    This was no small victory. This was a wholesale repudiation of the Tea Party by its Congressional peers. This was an out and out shellacking. If they try this again in January of 2014, a midterm election year, they could lose their majority in the Republican caucus. Amen.

    October 16, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    that is hardly the presidents fault . its because of a far far right loony tune fancy flying the condefdeate nazi facist flag outside of the white house . i was reduced to tears ashamed to be an american . and that it in a nut shell their is that far right wing confederate faction of the right who spent decades and decades and decades in the political no mans land . decent republicans which was the majority of the GOP since before 2000 wouldn't give the far right tea party loony's the time of day . something terrible has happened to the GOP and now this small faction of fanatics is basically running the GOP . NOW DO YOU THING I AM GOING TO GIVE SARA PALIN AND TED CRUZ CONTROL OF OUR NUKE WEAPONS BY ELECTING THEM YOU GOTTA BE NUTS . so see for me right now THE REPUBLICANS ARE DANGEROUS AND UN ELECTABLE . PS I THINK THE GOP HAVE BLOWN ANY CHANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2016 ANY CHANCE .i will never vote for them or trust them ever again that is it . all they do is represent big money and billionaires and to hell with the other 90% of the country . enough is enough i am had it with the gop .

    October 16, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. bernard

    24% gop and falling . imagine Sara palin and ted Cruz and his wacky backers in the heretage foundation had control of the nukes . no way these loony's are un electable . ted Cruz and his idiots would start a nuke war to bring back jesus as they say . they are insane religious fanatics and they are dangerous america .while the tea party runs the gop i am voting democratic .i dont have a choice stopping extinction of the human race depends on it .the tea party are more dangerous than the teleban to the entire world .

    October 17, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Bettina

    Future generations will pay the price for irresponsible governance in Washington.
    How high do you think the debt ceiling can go .., not too much higher without giving away your country.
    You should have elected Romney , at least he had executive leadership experience and would have known how to get people together and make deals.
    This whole fiasco is down to the awol President who meets Miss America and makes sandwiches in a pantry but avoids meeting with lawmakers to hammer out a deal.
    The world has seen your leaders from both parties ( more so the Democrats ) as mean spirited and name calling juveniles. Obama is the worst Preident you have ever had.

    October 17, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. OHmama

    Well let's see...if the President sends outlines of bills to the Hill, he is accused of trying to legislate from the White House (which is not the role of the President) and accused of being a dictator. If he stays out of the negoiations, then he is accused of being a weak leader. When he sat down with John Boehner and came to a reasonable solution they could both agree to, Mr. Boehner couldn't get the far right Republicans to back the deal (you know the ones who decided the night before the President was sworn in to make him a 'one-term' president).

    Quite simply, it doesn't matter what this President does, he is going to be villified by the far right and exhaulted by the far left.

    As an actual moderate, I'm sick to death of both parties and all of the partisan bickering. We are all Americans. We know America has some serious problems. So we need a government that will put the special interests aside and actually govern for the best of the country. Unfortunately I don't think that will happen unless we get all of the money out of politics and impose term limits on EVERY elected position.

    October 17, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  19. freedom

    It would have never gotten to this point if the president didn't say "I won't negotiate." He will not accept that he has to deal with congress. He thinks he's a dictator. It's not going to change – this is the way our government is set up – and we have a constitution – which supersedes the office of the presidency.

    October 17, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. Evergreen

    The takeaway for current and future politicians: You will gain nothing by taking our government hostage so don't try it. Thank you Mr. President for standing your ground.

    October 17, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. bassman

    Only Pres. Obama could get away with barricading on open-air memorial and not have our media criticize it.

    October 17, 2013 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Attention GOP, 3 of the Senators were GOP women that stepped up to the plate. Maybe they chose to help President O and Reid because they value women as human beings with something to contribute as opposed to just legislating them to being bi-pedal incubators?

    Maybe, because women appreciate a man that helps them and their children, by keeping Head Start funded, as opposed to a group of angry white men that love to scream about the "promise" of a zygote, but when that zygote breathes it's first breath, it becomes a member of a "litter" produced by a "welfare queen" to increase her check?

    Just, keep up the good work GOP! You make me proud.

    October 17, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    President Obama stared the Guns Over People tea potty terrorists down and they caved in bigtime. The only beautiful thing about the whole GOP mess was watching the Koch Brothers sprint away from the tea potty after they were caught funding and guiding their huge mistake.

    October 17, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  24. Marie MD

    A dud for Obama? Really? I want whatever it is you are on John King.
    This was a victory for our country. The domestic terrorists got nothing. First of all, except for defunding Obamacare for the 100th time they had no idea, in their own words, what else they wanted.
    When the queen of mean from AK comes to a rally that turned out not millions but a handful of rednecks with confederate flags and got worst reviews than expected or she goes to NJ to try to rally the crazies for lonegan and loses again that's a good day for our country.
    Any teatard (Rafael bin laden, paul Vitter, Rubio, Harris [only one from MDs eastern shore] anyone who voted against the US) needs to be thrown out come next election(s),. One dollar per person given to a campaign adds up. If the teatards have the billionaires on their side we need to make sure they don't win anything ever again. We beat them in 2012 with over $400M we can beat them all again.

    October 17, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  25. Minnie Mouse

    This battle is over. What's it going to be in January and February 2014?? The same case again. Now that you have three months in advance, will that be enough to meet the next deadlines??

    I hope no one thinks they are a winner because this was a group effort to get the country and government in this position and to put the government back into place. It took everyone to vote on the Affordable Care Act and this what this entire fiasco was all about. A few people thought they were going to get their way! Defund, delay, repeal,reform or how about just man up and woman up and move on!! This law is not going away, whether some of you like it or not!!

    There's hasn't been any breaking news of people dying from this law and the country is not destroyed, so the law must be working. The computer system is not at it's 100% best yet but it's like any new computer program. They all take time and the site is flooded with millions of people at one time. It will all work out in the end for the good of all of the people who do not have insurance and the millions of people who can't get coverage will now be able to receive coverage. The laws already been in place since 2010.

    Come January and February, find something else to reform, delay, or defund that's been needing it for years and years that's driving up the debt. Like all the "Entitlements" and "Wasteful Government Spending". Two great places to start because both of these are poorly managed and out of control.

    October 17, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
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