November 14th, 2013
11:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Borger: Obama is 'mad, frustrated and angry'

(CNN) – As the story of the Obamacare website fiasco unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the President is "mad, frustrated and angry."

Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he's running out of time to fix it and angry that he's got a second-term agenda now going nowhere. He's so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides, saying he would have delayed the website if he had known it was a mess.

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  1. ED1

    This is what happens when jerks don't read bills they pass or want passed scrap the whole thing and put out a bill that we live with remember we didn't want the bill to begin with it was forced down our throats.

    November 14, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Well,
    When all else fails, read the directions.Peasants angry too. No Jobs.

    November 14, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. tom l

    Let me guess, this will be the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up and the last thing he thinks about before he goes to sleep.

    November 14, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Oh brother. For anyone who watches or, like me, used to watch CNN, you will notice that this is an absolute favorite, recurring theme for Borger: Obama as "angry black man." She can't get enough of it....and yet, she refuses to talk honestly about what the GOP/Teatrolls have done and keep doing that justifies his ire.

    November 14, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ED1

    This is what happens when jerks don't read bills they pass or want passed scrap the whole thing and put out a bill that we live with remember we didn't want the bill to begin with it was forced down our throats.
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    The right wing loves to lie about the bill being "forced down our throats". The bill passed cloture in December 2009. For the misinformed, that means the effort to filibuster the bill was defeated with 60 votes. For the further misinformed, once a bill passes cloture, then debate on the bill is permitted on the Senate floor.

    For the most misinformed, the Senate debate discussed the *actual contents* of the bill. This occured over a 2 month period before the bill was passed in March 2010. In other words, Republicans knew what was in the bill, which is why they were trying to filibuster it in the first place.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    November 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Gunderson

    Wow Rudy,
    Republician's knew what in bill? Maybe that why they all vote against it. Whopty Do, now democrats also know what in bill. And are they Mad!

    November 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. You Can Keep Your Plan If You Want

    Paraphrasing a person I heard on Bloomberg TV this morning "In an attempt to provide health insurance for 30 million uninsured Americans they screwed up the health insurance for the other 270 million Americans."

    November 14, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Totally earned outcomes.

    November 14, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Tigas

    ""If I had known (about the website problems)," the steaming President reportedly said, according to The New York Times, "we could have delayed the website."" – CNN

    Does EVERYTHING blindside Obama? Not a sign of a good President when you didn't know that your signature project was having major issues...

    November 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Republicans knew what was in the bill"

    Indeed. They knew so well and had read it so thoroughly, in fact, that they had a plethora of talking points mischaracterizing very specific sections or portions of the ACA. "Death panels" comes to mind. And let's not forget all the reporting and expert interviews and articles and reports and studies, etc., prior to it being enacted too.

    Anyhoo, the oft-regurgitated "they didn't even read it or know what was in it when they passed it" canard is patently absurd. Citing Pelosi's silly, snide comment about passing it to find out what's in it doesn't make that ridiculous talking point any more true or rational.

    November 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. tom l

    @Sniffit

    This was what Robert Gibbs said about President Obama 4 years ago with regards to the economy:

    "Well, look, I hope that the people there and the people across the country believe that the president is working hard every day to get the economy back on track. But, look, he understands their anger and frustration. He's angry and frustrated too."

    Does that make Gibbs a racist, too? Good grief. And you wonder why I think you're a latent racist. The "angry black man" theme didn't even cross my mind. Obama's race didn't even occur to me, yet it did to you.

    I should leave you alone, though. I know you're having a bad day. I mean, Obama just proposed to do something that repubs had suggested. He just went directly against what you have been talking about and I know that must hurt. By the way, so you're ok that the pres can just change a law, huh? You're all good with this "solution"?

    November 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    ""In an attempt to provide health insurance for 30 million uninsured Americans they screwed up the health insurance for the other 270 million Americans.""

    Except they didn't. What a silly exaggeration.

    November 14, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. freedom

    What the hell is HE angry about?? He and his family are set for life – because of our generous treatment of presidents in this country. But, he hates this country – HYPOCRITE!

    November 14, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. You Can Keep Your Plan If You Want

    "If I had known (about the website problems)," the steaming President reportedly said, according to The New York Times, "we could have delayed the website."
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    The supposed signature achievement of his presidency and he was not aware of the problems?

    If true (and I doubt it), then Obama should resign.

    November 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    " Obama is 'mad, frustrated and angry' "

    I really hate to say this about my President, but the above statement would carry more weight if he wasn't reported being on the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale (from the movie Caddyshack), with some NBA star, last weekend.

    I know, W spent way more time relaxing during his terms (kept him out of the way while dick C ran the country). I complained about W. I can complain about Obama, when I feel it is needed. Image matters.

    November 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    This was what Robert Gibbs said about President Obama 4 years ago with regards to the economy:

    "Well, look, I hope that the people there and the people across the country believe that the president is working hard every day to get the economy back on track. But, look, he understands their anger and frustration. He's angry and frustrated too."

    Does that make Gibbs a racist, too? Good grief. And you wonder why I think you're a latent racist. The "angry black man" theme didn't even cross my mind. Obama's race didn't even occur to me, yet it did to you.
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    No. All it means is that you like posting ridiculously idiotic disconnects.

    November 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Mary Ann McDonald

    This is exactly why our fore fathers did not give government more power than the states...When government gets involved in people's lives, it become a mess, waste of billions of $'s and causes more problems than helpes.
    Then you figure the arrogance of Pelosi, not to mention Obama on top of lies, and their answer "Just pass the bill, and then we will read it". would you sign a important document without knowing whats in it?
    This man played on the emotions and trust of innocent American people in both elections and has done nothing but vacation, wasting millions of tax $'s and has been NO President of the people. He just cut food stamps by 65 million to suite his wife's pet food trip on the people, because she does't thing families are smart enough: so they cut everyones benfits so she can tell everyone how to take care of their children....
    The bible says The Lord raises Kings up for times and places for a reason, well I believe he has given the American people what they want, and ask for if it dosen't open eyes and hearts, What Will !!!
    There are many who need help, but many who used this gov. and it's sinful nature for the change in a Nation that will forever be changed unless people open their eyes and hearts to the Lord...

    November 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein

    When people tell you that your project is going to work and fail to get their job done, it would make most people angry and frustrated. In this case, it is Obama that is looking bad and not the programmers and others that should have been working at it as well as those that set the deadlines to get things done.

    November 14, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "This was what Robert Gibbs said about President Obama 4 years ago with regards to the economy:

    "Well, look, I hope that the people there and the people across the country believe that the president is working hard every day to get the economy back on track. But, look, he understands their anger and frustration. He's angry and frustrated too."

    Does that make Gibbs a racist, too? Good grief. And you wonder why I think you're a latent racist. The "angry black man" theme didn't even cross my mind."

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    Oh give it up Tom. If you can't tell the difference between someone who regularly comes back to the theme, as I explained Borger consistently does, versus someone who mentioned it once, requiring you to fart around on the Googlez to find it, then it's not my job to help you. Learn to differentiate things based on relevant, salient facts. Your false equivalence of Gibbs observing it once, versus Borger constantly returning to it, is an extremely lame attempt at a "gotcha."

    November 14, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "This is exactly why our fore fathers did not give government more power than the states"

    Three words: Supremacy Clause, pre-emption. Now, go do your homework.

    "He just cut food stamps by 65 million to suite his wife's pet food trip on the people, because she does't thing families are smart enough: so they cut everyones benfits so she can tell everyone how to take care of their children...."

    Ummm, no. The GOP/Teatrolls in congress forced cuts in food stamps via legislation. That's not even remotely up for debate. They did it and are proud of doing it. You are clearly terribly misinformed.

    November 14, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |