May 2nd, 2009
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

King: GOP tries to get back on track

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican leaders are trying to show that they are not the 'party of no.'"]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was hardly the newsiest answer at his 100-day prime-time news conference, but President Obama's careful assessment of the state of the Republican Party is noteworthy.

"You know, politics in America changes very quickly and I'm a big believer that things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem," the president said at the East Room event marking his 100th day in office.

It was a big day for the president, for sure. And, perhaps, a big week for the Republican Party as well, as a number of important and interesting players in GOP affairs began new efforts designed to repair the party's sullied brand in time for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

The 2006 and 2008 election results offer plenty of evidence of Republican troubles, as have our travels to 18 states since launching State of the Union in January. Adding his voice, Obama couldn't help but suggest he believes the congressional wing of the GOP is not off to a good start in 2009.

"I don't believe in crystal balls," the president said. "I do think that our administration has taken some steps that have restored confidence in the American people that we're moving in the right direction, and that simply opposing our approach on every front is probably not a good political strategy."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Cali Mike

    Good political strategy: Elect a smart guy.

    I did.

    May 2, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Independent

    How can you say it was a good week for the Republicans...they are the party of NO....another bill passed and they all said NO....

    Now they are getting in line to make sure who ever President Obama picks for the Supreme Court, they are going to try and block it...The party of NO at work again, they should be so proud of themselves....

    May 2, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. mw

    The Party of NO has to go.
    Rushie worshipers are losers.
    Ann Coulter admirers are short sided (like her cute little skirts).
    She is hot to some GOPers- that is her appeal.
    Nobody trusts GOP - too non supportive. Seem to be against what is best for America just because they are inadequate and so far behind Obama intellilectually. They are intimidated and at a loss in knowing how to be MEN.

    May 2, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. KR

    I totally agree with Mark.

    May 2, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Terri New Orleans

    The REPUBLICANS were doomed when they elected BUSH jr, he spent this country into so much DEBT it will take DECADES to fix, he took us to 2 WARS , We should have never INVADED Iraq, he allowed torture, spread HATE , and made us the most HATED nation ever....The REPUBLICANS will NEVER recover from what GEORGE BUSH jr did to them .............

    May 2, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. monman

    You can't help but notice something glaring about this Republican picture, except for one white woman, the rest are old, white, men. This pretty much represents what this party is all about, while the country is vastly multi-racial, they continue to perpetuate this exclusionary, status quo, of racial dominance. How can you represent the country with this. Funny thing is, they know what they need to do, but they can't make themselves do it because of their so called 'Republican base', which still abhors a minority president in the white house.

    May 2, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Stu in Las Vegas

    John King should be ashamed of himself. He IS NOT a journalist, he is a media microphone for the republican party!

    May 2, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. P. Y.

    The Republican Party will take a long time to get back on track. They are already screaming about Obama's choice for the Supreme Court and he hasn't even picked anyone yet. That is the way they operate. Just push negativity toward anything that Obama does, even before he does it. They just want him to fail, no matter what it does to the country.

    May 2, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. CDR K.

    Hate. Based on what I see in these insightful commentaries, appear to be the domain of supporters of the current administration.

    I am probably not the only one who would like to see a strong national figure, other than radio and tv personalities, who could intelligently explain and educate the masses on the principles of individual freedom, fiscal responsibility, and why protecting and following the Constitution is in the best interests of this country, not in "change".

    Enjoy Socialism America..., it's what you asked for.

    May 2, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Goverment is your Daddy

    Keep the high spending, Trade and Cap [Engery Tax]....normal Americans will open up there eyes and then you will see change...

    May 2, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Pat Omaha, NE

    For 100 days+ we have a seen an intelligent, hard-working, competent,
    well informed President! The GOP can't stand it! That's OK.......maybe after a few more years of watching the example of leadership, this inclusive, compassionate man, they'll get a clue....??? Naaaaww...
    probably not......

    May 2, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Big Al C.

    It is true republicans are a party of yes they voted yes to war. They voted yes to spending more money for iraqi infrastructure and tax cuts for the wealthy. Republicans have moral values that keep them voting yes to enhanced prices for big oil companies. Like voting yes for the drill baby drill !!!!! After all the republican party are the only ones who are true patroits.

    May 2, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Honorable Kansas Vet

    The GOP is dead, the ideas have been lost, the special interests have become the only interests, party leadership don't even know what they stand for any more with out extreme right wing groups telling them what to say, its one thing to be conservative and a totally other thing to be CONSERVATIVE.

    May 2, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Who the hell cares? Let them rot in hell for all I care.... SOMEONE start reporting on what Obama is trying to do and who is NOT helping him! That is what I and millions more voters who fought to elect this President WANT to know... not how the Grand ole Party is in trouble! KaRIst! The country is in trouble because of the grand ole party, so stop giving them press and start covering the stories we WANT to hear! Who is helping the President make the changes that will help the middle class and who is throwing him under the bus? The man is a jewel... support him with respect like you did that idiot Bush!

    May 2, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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