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. Bobby B.

    Obama is a huge dissapointment... What change..earmarks, pork and big government spending. What a liar .

    March 10, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Death of America by Obama

    FAIL !!

    March 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Bernie

    I agree with this idea. There are a lot of crappy teachers out there; and there's no reason the teacher that props a book up and sleeps during each class should be making as much as the imaginative teacher that actually cares about students' performance.

    March 10, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. ib

    I rate Obama a big Z he doesn't deserve an F as he heads this country toward socialism. By the way I do know what the word means. I thought Bush was a bad very bad president but Bush can't hold up to this one. The only people who think he is doing a good job are the one sided poll takers and liberals.

    March 10, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Paul from Kissimmee

    My opinion of his first 50 days? Everytime he opens his mouth, the economy gets worse. He's trying to sell socialism and using this economy to do it. Too many people are too blind to see it.

    March 10, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    What do you, Obama supporters expect?
    I am not surprised.

    March 10, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Ellie

    I give him an A base on the fact he hit the ground running and has proven that he's able to "multi-tasks" and stay cool, calm and collected through all the GOP Hater bashing that's been going on since day one.

    President Obama has proven that he can "rise" above these foolish clown and I have to respect that in a President. You can't let others, especially those who want you to FAIL so they can save their own faces because they've SCREWED up royally for 8 years, so they want to have someone else to blame.

    March 10, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. louann couch

    When are we going to quit blaming teachers? If teachers are great give them a bonus, but weeding out bad teachers? Give me a break! How 'bout getting parents to quit thinking about suing schools when little Johnny misbehaves and start backing up these poor human beings who are trying to bring up decent citizens? I'm so sick of it!

    March 10, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. GoOBAMA!

    President Obama is doing better than anyone could have EVER expected or hoped for from ANY Presidential Leader EVER! He IS OUR President of the People! Thank God! Not one moment too soon! It feels utmost refreshing to have a President that I can say that I truly honor and respect in my lifetime... I never thought there would ever be such a time in America! Thank YOU for each and every vote America! If you are not registered to vote, do it TODAY! It's easy!

    Obama '12!

    March 10, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Connie, MI

    A++++++++ Baby. He's a great president and smart.

    And let me say one more thing. We've already been through he$$ wih George W. Bush, so we're used to the fire. We plan to walk through the fire and back with Barack. Yes we will !!!

    March 10, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Fabian Blache, Baton Rouge, LA

    President Obama is going a fine job. Thank you Mr. President.

    March 10, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. See the AOL poll today----

    49% say Obama's performance has been poor. Only 25% say it has been excellent. Obama's support is trending "DOWN" and Limbaugh shall get his wish.

    March 10, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. TKW-New Mexico

    I think he's doing a great job. Everyone might not like his policies but at least he is trying to do his best to get America on track again. I don't agree with all of his policies but I'm glad he is taking initiative.

    March 10, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. Dominic

    First 50 days? So far I have a good idea of the way President Obama would like to take this country. That is why I voted for him. A's in all the columns.

    March 10, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Ron Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Crime has gone off the scale in America.All you have to do is read the papers and you will see.Not only do we need better education and better teachers that get involved and care about there students, but we must hire more police officers.And more involvment to whats happening on the streets.This will create more jobs and better education and safer streets.We must demand this now to help save our country from complete catastrophe

    March 10, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Little too late????

    We are in debt for $10 Trillion, spending is out of control.
    We sold our children's children down the river.
    Unemployment is over 8%.
    Foreclosures are still skyrocketing.
    Home values are still plummeting.
    The economy cannot survive Mr Obama 'making statements'
    The party that won now holds the checkbook...and are writing until the ink and paper is gone.

    ...but you know what?? BO is doing a great job in keeping those promises and being bipartisian!! Socialism is within his reach!

    And the DemacRATS are cheering BO is doing better than GWB did at day 50??? BO is at 61%, GWB was at 58%...statistical dead heat with the poll's margin of error at +/-3%.

    'RATS...time to make a decision. Is BO DOING AS GOOD as GWB did??? Or is BO DOING AS BAD AS GWB did??? The choice is yours. It's like 'what is heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of lead'???

    March 10, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Tulsa L

    He is doing great , at least he has the guts to try and do something, even if it is extraordinary measures........the same old crap doesn't work any more...........

    March 10, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    President Obama gets an A+++++++++++++++++ for the great job! Bush was just too stupid and drunk!

    March 10, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Michael

    President Obama and his administration is doing a good job.Mr. Bush and the Republicans got this nation in a mess.And I have faith in God and President Barack Obama to get us out of this mess.

    March 10, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Eric

    F = Failure. The worst President in the history of our nation has practically destroyed our economy for generations. The market has been tanking since he became the DNC nominee.

    March 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Capt. SNarKy

    I'll give him an "A" for ambition.

    A "C" for originality.

    And a "D-" for honesty and transparency.

    March 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Rob from Pa

    He gets the plus because he talks a good game. But yet he has done nothing that he promisced to do. His latest was not speaking out and getting thi sportk laden spending bill killed.

    March 10, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. KATHY


    March 10, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Simmy

    The US should have called it a victory when Sadam Hussein's regime was toppled. It has become a mild Viet Nam, and needs to be ended, regardless of the uprisings. There will never be peace, nor a democracy in Iraq. God bless our wonderful men and women who have sacrificed, (some with their lives) for "their" noble cause. They've obeyed the command to do battle. It's now time to tell them; 'come home. You've fought a good fight. It's time for the Iraqis to take their country back, come what may.'

    March 10, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. just today


    March 10, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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