November 4th, 2008
08:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Sesno: America's problems could be worse

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(CNN) - It's over. Hard to believe - since this presidential campaign has been going on in one form or another for something like two years. It's a campaign that has been wrapped in fear, vulnerability and stark emotion. Now we're just waiting for a winner.

The keep-us-awake warnings have been relentless. Whoever wins will inherit the worst financial mess since the Great Depression. Maybe a trillion dollar deficit. Close to 50 million uninsured. Boomers barreling along toward retirement. A shrinking economy and a global recession that could take years to turn around. A mortgage and housing mess that have yet to bottom out.

Toss in the usual foreign migraines - Osama bin Laden, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, climate change - and it's a wonder anyone gets out of bed in the morning.

Yes, it's ugly out there. And Americans are scared. Polls show that nearly 9 in 10 think the country's going in the wrong direction. Our president's approval rating is just 28 percent. If is tired of hearing everyone moan about his legacy, he should just change the channel. Buy another baseball team. Or invest in a really nice timeshare in, say, Argentina. Most Americans consider his presidency a failure.

But let's not confuse challenging (okay, really challenging) with cataclysmic. I'm not turning a blind eye to the problems, or hiding behind rose-colored glasses. I'm just looking for a little context here - what these times are not.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Christine CT

    Goodbye Liz Dole and take the politics of hate with you!

    November 4, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Dana Knight

    Yes, there is no doubt President Obama will have his hands full. After all our country for the past year has been run by terrorist. Bush and Cheney are the two biggest terrorist who continue to give this country a bad rep. We are finally on the right path.

    November 4, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Sara

    The Rabbits won!

    November 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Barbara in NC

    Yeah – they could be worse – we could have a VP that had witches exorcised – though not successfully.

    Sarah is the kiss of death for republicans.

    I despise the liar.

    November 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. jim

    they will be much worse when the clown obama and his clones take over. Mark it down.

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Dana Knight

    Yes, there is no doubt President Obama will have his hands full. After all our country for the past year has been run by terrorist.

    That would be eight years...let's not forget the longevity for the criminal acts they've committed

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Barbara in NC

    Amen to Christine CT

    We don't like her very much.

    Ha ha ha ha ha – good riddance.

    November 4, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Amir

    Most of the problem country mentioned were created by US. They were not problems before Bush.

    November 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. KNIGHT-7579

    Why don't all you Yankees take Obama and your socialist views and move to Europe where you all would obviously love to live. We in the South have no use for you. And it isn't a race thing. It is a values and economic thing.

    November 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. AMY

    oh well...looks like alot of the obama haters will have to practicing in the mirror saying..PRESIDENT OBAMA!!


    November 4, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. jim

    you will never catch me saying it. It will be "that one"

    November 4, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. former gop

    President Barack Obama will change this entire world for good! I'm sorry his grandmother didn't live to see it, but I know she's watching. God bless and protect Barack Obama!

    November 4, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Michael Eastridge

    we might as well as put jerimiah wright in office, you wanna talk racism, he is obamas preacher.......i would vote condoleeza rice in a minute. it's not a black thing it's a common sense thing. WAKE UP PEOPLE. we're all going down now thanks to dems.

    November 4, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. tee

    you what "WE" folks here in the NORTH thinks it's time for a change and you ppl can just suck it up and move on it's amazing how nobody wants "change" GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Robin

    KNIGHT-7579 – That's funny, I could have sworn the right to dissenting opinions was a foundation of this country and the reason for our use of the democratic process. I couldn't care less if the South has a 'use' for my presence here.

    November 4, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Law-Amun-Ra

    former gop 🙂 its people like you that make me happy and smile & know there is still good souls left in this world 🙂

    night75 whatever: Its People like you who make me sick:
    Biggot;ever been to Russia???????? Ever had learnt for yourself things ? or only what youve been programmed to think and believe.

    Thank you formergop;for making my day today a good day 🙂
    May God Bless You Too!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Magic Wok

    If you really believe he'll be a better president you have something coming. He is the worst possible choice, and at the end of his four years you'll be thinking how close he resembled Bush. All ya'll are just plain stupid to vote for him. Christ, hes a American hating, muslum lovin' n****r man I wish I could move to Canada, HE'S NOT NOR WILL HE EVER BE MY PRESIDENT!!

    November 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |