March 10th, 2009
07:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Podcast: President Obama’s grade at 50 days

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(CNN) – President Obama’s embraced the idea of paying educators according to their performance, but it’s a proposal that doesn’t play well with some key groups within his own party. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reports on the president’s vision to improve schools.

Plus: Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile join the education conversation, and talk about a controversial Washington Post op-ed that compares Obama to former President George W. Bush in Tuesday’s Strategy Session.

Also: It’s been 50 days since Barack Obama took the oath of office - how do you think the president is doing so far? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider looks at what critics and supporters are saying.

Finally: A bloody new development that could affect President Obama’s plans to bring the troops home from Iraq. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence looks at recent bombing spikes that could sidetrack U.S. withdrawal.

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  1. jaye

    I give him an A....and my opinion is the only opinion I care about.

    March 10, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |

    His style of piling one thing on top of another without much degree of oversight and details to follow inspire the eventual outcome, a shoddy job which cost an unbelievable amount of money. Overall he gets a D-. An A for effort and below F for approach and naivete.

    March 10, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. RYN

    As a republican, I think Obama is doing well. A lot of us thought he might have a hidden agenda, but so far his moderate centrist approach seems to be what the country needs.

    March 10, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. banderson

    I think that in 50 days this president has stuck to his pledge of being able to do more than one thing at a time. I give him a B plus.

    March 10, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. williams

    mr president has done fantastic job within shoetage time even with problem that he tookover from old hands,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,keep the spirist mr president we can granteed you four more year come 2012.

    March 10, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Brad of IL.

    I feel he is doing a good job ruining our country. With a high grade of 100% , I say he earned about 0 % . OK ,that was too easy. I would give him a 15 % approval rating.

    March 10, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. ruth

    Obama is doing great. Look what was left for him to deal with.He has done more in 50 days than Bush did in 8 years. Oh, I forgot, Bush started a WAR. Let's give Obama a chance to get things done. A lot of people blame him for the stock market failing–How about today–379 points up. Are you going to give him credit for that? It is time to grow up America and stop acting like spoiled children.

    March 10, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |


    March 10, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Obama 2.0

    I think that the president has done a great job to date on most every issue. But I am very disapointed in what is getting ready to happen concerning the omni hog rooting it's way to the white house. What a missed opportunity it will be if the president signs the pork laden bill.

    McCain was/is right on this one.

    March 10, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. big papa

    Reforming healthcare will help businesses like GM (and others) cut costs, especially retirees' legacy healthcare costs...

    Reforming Education will help to save our most precious natural resource, our youngsters...

    ...providing them with the skills they need to compete in a technologically and business dominate world...

    Reforming the regulations that allowed the Wall Street pirates to bilk TRILLIONS from the treasury and pockets of honest investors...

    ...will restore much needed credibility to the markets, and our economic system...

    ...and Reforming government will restore the people's faith (at least those who act in good faith) in our democracy...

    ...the media talking heads say he's doing too much...

    ...Can it be done?

    ...with OUR support...

    ..."Yes he can!"...

    ...The Wall Street thieves and schisters don't want this to happen bec too much money is being spread out amongst the people, and out of THEIR hands...

    ...the right wing conservatives don't want it bec they HATE the melting pot of America, and are just as greedy and racist as the WS mafia...

    ...Support our President's earnest efforts on behalf of the MAJORITY that elected him...

    ...NEVER forget who got us into this mess...

    March 10, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. aliou FL

    We need to find out if the bombing is not the handy work of those who want to spend more time and money in the wild west of Iraq!!!!!!!!

    Can't trust anyone who was appointed by bush to do anything with this war itself started under false pretense.

    March 10, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    There are two Types of grading. They are criteian based evaluations where the teacher looks at a particular set of needed and evaluates based on whether or not the criteria are met. On this score I would say

    Honesty A+
    Realism B+
    Economy A
    Cabinet choices A-
    Respect for Science A++
    Foreign policy A
    Poliotical Shrewdness A

    The other type of evaluation is "normative based" . In normative evaluation the teacher compares hoe well an individual does compared to others in the students class. Comapring Obama to the last President I would give him an A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey what is the limit for the amount of characters allowed on this blog?

    March 10, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    Ironic that Obama makes the Education speech at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and then states that the Latinos have been the most deprived of education. Excuse me, but in all honesty why is he all of a sudden catering to the Latinos. What happen to the majority of African Americans that voted for him??? Seems he is just campaigning for a vote for the next 4 years!

    March 10, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Steph

    I think he's doing an awesome job. Better in 50 days than Bush did in a full 8 years. Keep up the great work!

    March 10, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    F on performance.
    F on policy.
    F on execution.
    A on speech reading.
    A on campaigning.
    F for leadership

    Our long American nighmare is only beginning.

    March 10, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. David

    Just another politician. Full of lies and other stuff!

    March 10, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. David

    Not Good!

    March 10, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Fred May Sr.

    Considering to group of spoiled Repuplicans across the aisle I think he is doing OK. You would after they get spanked twice they would see the light. They will continue to fight until the Country is so deep in trouble it will take a Genious to get it back on an even keel. McConnell, Boehner, Ried and Pelosi have got to go. They have caused more problems than enough.

    March 10, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Katherine

    I think one issue that is being ignored in the effort to improve education is the problem of teenage pregnancies. Children raising children does not usually lead to strong parental support which is so important to ensuring children get a good education.

    March 10, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. King, Columbus, OH

    President Obama promised of change on the campaign tray and i think he's delivering the promise. the realization of this change may take longer but the path he's taking the country is just what we need after 8 years of messy governance. If Bush and Cheney had pursued even 10th of what Obama has done in 50days, we would have enjoyed a better America.Its a shame!!!

    My grade: A+
    Actual Score: 99.95%

    March 10, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Had It

    Give it 8 years - after all, you gave the village idiot that couldn't even speak english 8 years. If Obama does no better than Shrub, he'll still get the same benefits Shrub gets – DEALWITH IT.

    March 10, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Lee in Oregon

    How is President Obama doing so far? In a word FANTASTIC!!!!!
    There are those that complain he is tackling too much too soon and I say HOORAY!!! We finally have a president in office that is working for the American people. Yes, it is possible to walk & chew gum at the same time!!!!!!

    Go President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. texasgreenacres

    The media and CNN try to create a negative atmosphere around president Obama. But the people still trust love and respect what he's trying to do.Here's one for you Media CNN, Do what the people are doing give him a chance if he blows it pile on. And if he don't give him the praise he deserves.HOW ABOUT IT!

    March 10, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. embrace change


    March 10, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Marge

    Forget about obama's grade....we should give the republicans in congress a big fat zero.

    March 10, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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