November 14th, 2013
10:21 AM ET
1 year ago

John King: For Obama, a bad turn or a tipping point?

Washington (CNN) - With his presidency at a crossroads, President Barack Obama delivered his health care "fix it" message with a healthy dose of reflection and contrition: "I think I said early on when I was running, I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president."

At the moment, the challenge is to get back to being a productive president, and those who see a difficult path ahead include veteran Democrats the President counts among his most trusted friends and allies.

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  1. Sniffit

    How cute. Obama has trouble in the polls and CNN's smirking monkey, John King, gleefully draws as much attention to it as possible. Meanwhile, the GOP/Teatrolls' numbers are far worse, have been in the proverbial toilet for months and months, continue to go down and CNN has dutifully avoided any coverage of it the entire time. I suppose all the nontroversies wouldn't be as click-able and draw as much viewership if the GOP/Teatrolls weren't being propped up by the MSM, eh CNN? Can't have a nontroversy without two parties that appear "equal", right? Takes two to tango, eh? And you're going to make sure you've got two even if it requires blatant bias by omission. It's going to be fun watching his numbers rebound once the website is fixed and things really take off. What, pray tell, will CNN and the GOP/Teatrolls come up with then in order to forcefully "balance" the narrative?

    November 14, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. just saying

    it is funny to see that still, after all this lying and failure from obama, that 75% of blacks still approve of the job he is doing. even with massive unemployment numbers in the black community. so now we do know this is all about race with them. if obama detonated nukes above american cities, they would still back him.

    if you remove this race based backing of obama from the polls because it skews the results tremendously, obama's real approval numbers are in the low thirties. the only people supporting him at this point are the blacks and the free riders in this country. anybody with half a brain cannot deny the reality of his lies and failures.

    November 14, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "Numbers don't lie"

    What, has John King been reading Sniffit's posts on the Ticker? What's next - Rudy's "nice try, but we gotcha?"

    In any case, isn't it a little premature to write off the Obama presidency? I don't recall all this doomsaying when Bush's numbers tumbled 10 points after he tried - and failed rather miserably - to privatize Social Security.

    November 14, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Tony

    Do people remember that, just a few weeks ago, Republicans surrendered on the government shutdown and they had approval rating of 30%? That was just a few weeks ago. Obama needs to ride out the storm. This crisis will pass, because Republicans will find another way to hurt themselves.

    November 14, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    it is funny to see that still, after all this lying and failure from obama, that 75% of blacks still approve of the job he is doing. even with massive unemployment numbers in the black community. so now we do know this is all about race with them.
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    Where else do you expect black Americans to turn when they watch Ted Cruz commend an unabashed racist like Jesse Helms, and declare that everyone in the Senate needs to be like him?

    Where else do you expect black Americans to turn when they watch a Tea Party rally in front of the White House, complete with Confederate flag waving, that resembled a KKK rally right up to, and including, the wearing of pointy hats?

    It is all about race. Always has been. This country has been heavily settled by Europeans for close to 400 years. During which time, the first 250 years saw slavery as the backbone to the economy. It was only a mere 50 years ago that blacks in this country finally saw national legislation that protected their rights, meanwhile right wing extremists are calling for its' repeal. I think black Americans have become the smartest and shredest voting demographic. They always vote in their best interests.

    November 14, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Wilson

    I love how the socialists keep trying to defend and justify the mistakes/lies of the present, with the mistakes/lies of the past. Two wrongs don't make a right.

    November 14, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Babyboomer

    @Rudy NYC. Thank you. I couldn't have said it better myself. What exactly is the alternative for Black and Brown folks in the U.S. Cruz, Palin, Romney, McConnell, etc. I think not.

    November 14, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "Meanwhile, the GOP/Teatrolls' numbers are far worse, have been in the proverbial toilet for months and months, continue to go down and CNN has dutifully avoided any coverage of it the entire time."

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I can't stop laughing at that one. So here are some recent headlines from the ticker:

    – CNN Poll: GOP & tea party unfavorables at all-time highs – October 22
    – CNN Poll: GOP underwater; Obama approval down – March 18
    – Shutdown Poll: No winners but GOP bigger loser than Dems – October 14
    – Poll: Disapproval of Congress at historic high – November 12

    I could go on and on. You are the cute one, my man.

    November 14, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. anonymous

    Sniffit
    How cute. Obama has trouble in the polls and CNN's smirking monkey, John King, gleefully draws as much attention to it as possible. Meanwhile, the GOP/Teatrolls' numbers are far worse, have been in the proverbial toilet for months and months, continue to go down and CNN has dutifully avoided any coverage of it the entire time. I suppose all the nontroversies wouldn't be as click-able and draw as much viewership if the GOP/Teatrolls weren't being propped up by the MSM, eh CNN? Can't have a nontroversy without two parties that appear "equal", right? Takes two to tango, eh? And you're going to make sure you've got two even if it requires blatant bias by omission. It's going to be fun watching his numbers rebound once the website is fixed and things really take off. What, pray tell, will CNN and the GOP/Teatrolls come up with then in order to forcefully "balance" the narrative?
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    Allow me to translate:

    WHAA, WHAA, WHAA, WHAA.... my guy got got lying threw his teeth but WHAA, WHAA, WHAA, WHAA...nontrovery...WHAA, WHAA, WHAA,....false equivolency....WHAA, WHAA, WHAA,... racists... WHAA, WHAA, WHAA...

    November 14, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Thomas

    And what dose the GOP suggest , wait , obstruct , do nothing ?

    The Greatest country can't proved affordable healthcare , not so great .

    November 14, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven

    "Numbers don't lie"

    What, has John King been reading Sniffit's posts on the Ticker? What's next – Rudy's "nice try, but we gotcha?"
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    I take no credit for that line, which is why I always put it in quotes. The first time I heard it, I laughed myself to tears.

    November 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Evergreen

    Which party should I vote for: one that says Yes We Can protect or environment and grow the our economy, Yes We Can make healthcare more affordable, Yes We Can educate our young and increase college graduation, Yes We Can value american workers, and ensure a living wage or vote for a party that says No to these important American issues

    November 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Humm, What?,
    You think Obama Poll Numbers soar after Web Site Fixed. Boy do I have a Bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. Now if unemployment numbers reach those in Bush Administation, 4,5 percent before peasants re-elect democrats to congress, you may be right. It is still all about jobs.

    November 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Tony

    This is from a CMS website, the government agency in charge of running Obamacare:

    “Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires non-grand fathered health plans to cover essential health benefits (EHB), which include items and services in the following ten benefit categories: (1) ambulatory patient services; (2) emergency services;(3) hospitalization; (4) maternity and newborn care;(5) mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment; (6) prescription drugs; (7) rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices;(8) laboratory services;(9) preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and (10) pediatric services, including oral and vision care. The essential health benefits should be equal in scope to a typical employer health plan.”

    To summarize, only non-grandfathered plans need to comply with the requirements listed above. If insurance companies want to, they can grandfather existing plans and the grandfathered plans do not need to meet the requirements listed above.

    In other words, insurance companies are lying when they say that they are forced to cancel plans. They could have grandfathered the plans if they had wanted to. They chose not to keep the plans.

    November 14, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Tony wrote:

    In other words, insurance companies are lying when they say that they are forced to cancel plans. They could have grandfathered the plans if they had wanted to. They chose not to keep the plans.
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    The law was passed arguably four ago. When have we ever seen a health plan exist unchanged for that length of time? Republicans are just simply blaming the greed of insurance companies on the ACA and the President.

    November 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Thomas

    The Insurance lobby wants it to fail !

    Ask my Brother in law , , he dosn't want to give up his three homes , four porsche's , he's hitting Golfballs at the Olympic club right now .

    Why should an insurance agent make more then a Doctor ?

    November 14, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |