March 30th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
13 years ago

John King: Obama's political team on full throttle

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="CNN's John King reviews the political scene on Sunday and what you can expect in the week ahead."]

Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics.

(CNN) - It was an extraordinary Sunday, reflecting the many challenges facing the still young Obama administration.

Why extraordinary? Traditionally, when an administration –Republican or Democratic - offers up the president for a Sunday interview, the other programs are left without senior administration guests. It is a simple strategy: When the president speaks, he stands alone.

But the Obama White House took a dramatically different approach this week.

Yes, President Obama made his first appearance on a Sunday interview since moving into the White House. But the administration also made available two Cabinet secretaries, Treasury and Defense, as well as the top general and top diplomat charged with implementing the risky new Afghanistan/Pakistan policy.

There's a lot to digest from the Sunday blitz:

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Baze

    I guess it's real shock when a President actually does what he said he would during the campaign period

    March 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    This president is definitely in way over his head.

    March 30, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Johnny DC

    Wow – behold the extraordinary!! The only thing extraordinary is the media love for this unproven man... unproven within the Legislative Branch yesterday, unproven in the Executive Branch today. I can't wait for his run at Chief Justice in 2013, where the media will no doubt hail him the best judge in our nation's history.

    March 30, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Change is good.

    Get used to it.

    March 30, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Hey BIG Spender

    Sell, Sell, Sell.

    Wait, the Democrats are critizing Rove but they are using his tactics?

    March 30, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    I, for one have had ENOUGH OF YOU AND YOUR

    President Obama and his administration should

    You are sooooooooooo biased, one can almost
    feel it every time speak!

    March 30, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Lori

    As opposed to Bush and the Republicans who were running on empty. Look where that got us...

    March 30, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Mari

    Mr. King, I did not read your article. Unfortunately for you, we have already recognized you for the conservative you are. Which is fine, you are free to have your opinions, free to be on the 'right'. And we are free not to watch your show.

    When you interviewed Cheney and asked him that leading question about America's 'security' as if Cheney were an expert, you lost us here at our house. With that single question you 'outed' yourself as one of the neocons. You gave the 'soap box' to Cheney. You did not ask him any tough questions, what about torture? What about the high unemployment at the end of the Bush/Cheney tenure? What about the breaking of Constitutional law with spying on American citizens?

    You, John King, could have asked some very important and indeed challenging questions, but instead you played softball with Cheney, making it very easy for him to continue the to spew his neocon ideology!

    We do not watch you show. IF we wanted to watch the far-right spew its vile we can turn to .......... "Faux News."

    March 30, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. George

    John: Maybe you should have spoken out when Bush and Chenny were destroying our great country. Now that they have done the damage, you choose to hammer on the guy that is trying to clean up the mess.
    I for one would not speak to Chenny even if he were sitting beside me. But you let him rant about how fine torture is and you sit there like the puppet that you are. Oh well, John, maybe Fox News is hiring.
    You would fit in well beside Hannity, and Ann Coulter.

    March 30, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Obama's the Man

    Obama has done more good for the country in two months than the Retards did in 8 years. It just has not been enough to regain what the Retards threw away.

    March 30, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. RealityKing

    Contray to what the media said.., but its very obviously a president does need executive experience for a smooth transition.

    March 30, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Dianne

    Yes the Obama administration is on full throtle to destroy this country and the foundation that it was built upon. When will the media bias stop? What has the administration and congress really done for America, but spend money that it does not have. We are just increasing the dependency of more Americans on government.

    Obama is the most inept and under qualified President ever elected to the office. The only thing that Obama has on his side are his words and the media.

    Change is not good when it involves taking money from one group to give to another. Why are we allowing this administration to paint those that have worked hard as greedy? I have worked 60-70 hours a week to EARN the salary that I make. I am not in a position to receive any college aid for my daughter, instead I will be paying increased taxes to support those who do not work.

    Those who are taking money from the government need to realize that the money is coming from other Americans who have worked and sacraficed many years for what they have EARNED.

    March 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. xcusme

    Seems like the President is going to be as transparent as possible. John why dont you make a left turn every now and then.

    March 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. katiec

    We all know we cannot depend on the media for fair, unbiased reporting. They let the republicans spew their hypocrasy and never question them or attack. Quite the opposite for any Democrat that
    they face.
    The true American people are getting so tired of the media. Like
    the republicans they have no interest in the survival of our country,
    only making headlines regardless of how distorted they are.
    I would think they would be embarressed about the lack of integrity
    we all know they have, but evidently not as they continue on with
    their lies, distortion, bias, just like their fellow republicans.

    March 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Cynthia

    Why should anyone care about what john king thinks his opinion is one sided you can see hatred for the president every time he asks a question and doesn't get the answer he wants you might as well take ed henry and join rush limbaughon the radio.

    March 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Danny Boy

    Wow, these are truly CHAINS we can believe in. : ) I hope Barry's on-the-job training picks up. He is in over his head and it shows. People in this country are beginning to rise up, his numbers are tanking, and the World is starting to turn on him. He is a total joke and people that say otherwise are either ignorant or punch-drinking fools. Wake up people! Read "Atlas Shrugged". It is very poignant to what is going on at the moment. If, after reading it, you decide you want that road to be traveled, then go for it, but I think you may decide otherwise.

    March 30, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Rick CT

    More proof that when Obama speaks, the market crashes. Yes Baze, he seems to be keeping his promise to be more transparent, but talk is cheap. He also promised no more earmarks. His 8,000+ broken promises in the spending bill he signed, which also authorized the AIG bonuses, has cost the taxpayers over $8 billion. That's real money.

    March 30, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This country is going to move ahead with or without you into the 21st Century. We've spent too much time and money over the past 8 years doing nothing progressive that set us back economically, etc.

    March 30, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Wayne, ca

    Obama is the first president who works hard right from the start on his campaign promises and implements them.

    This is what makes the republicans mad, because they are used to
    fool the public .

    Good job president Obama at least we can believe in you.

    March 30, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Dittohead

    working hard or working smart? nice spin john.

    March 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Matthew, Detroit

    Now that idiot fired Waggoner he is well on his way to nationalizing
    and further killing the auto industry.

    Stay out of it Obama. You and your staff and all the politicians are
    ruining business. You run a lousy goverment and you should stay out of companies.

    Let them fail or succeed on their own. You are killing us you moron.

    March 30, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    GWB did us our country a disservice - rather than educate gullible idiots, he just used and abused them until they started worhipping someone else. Unfortunately, OHB isn't doing anything to educate them either.

    You think the economy is bad? Just wait a year or two until China dumps their holdings on the market. You can't really believe China is buying up our debt because the communists-in-charge are pro-America.

    March 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Glennis

    Can anyone say over exposure? If the president ever comes to a sudden stop, he'll have to find a proctologist to have the embedded members of the media removed!

    March 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. lynn in NM

    The tax man cometh! Too bad it won't be for anything worthwhile. I think it's hilarious that the head of GM has to resign, but one of the board of directors of the biggest cash pit in the world (AIG) gets put on a tax reform board. Hmmmmm. I would like to see the records of donations to the Democrats campaigns.

    March 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Helen, NY

    We have a bad Socialist President. He does not know what he is doing because he is has no experience. Imagine he asked CEO at GM to go.

    Isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? The US government can’t balance their own budget and is spending money like water; this administration’s leadership could not manage a convenience store!!!

    The government is scaring the people; look at the DOW plummeting at this news!!! Stop the madness!!!

    March 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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