August 6th, 2009
02:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Opinion: RNC Chairman Michael Steele on Obama

(CNN) - Friday marks President Obama's 200th day in office, and in most respects, his second hundred days as president have been worse than the first 100.

Obama campaigned on bringing "change" to America, and during his first 200 days as president, his real definition of change is becoming absolutely clear to Americans.

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  1. Respect

    The DNC should respond with Hucklebee's comments about Steele and why he was chosen. Then say, straight from the horse's mouth!

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Todd

    Look how angry you Dumocrats get when a light letting you see the truth appears through all that fog your party has created for you. Either you agree with Obama's socialist agenda, or you're really uninformed and have no idea what's going on. Typical of your zombie mentality. Go drink some more Kool-aid.

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. TCM

    Obama's done nothing but worsen the situation in this country. He's lied repeatedly, favored corrupt buddies, and deeped our debt beyond our grandchildren's to all libs who think he's done a good job, you're sadly mistaken and ill-informed. You may not like Steele, however, it's true that Obama has clearly shown that he's nothing more than a Chicago street activist thug at best; definitely not leadership material. Take away the teleprompter and he's without a thought...the best medicine for you libs is to experience what you voted's too bad that the real backbone of the country must suffer along with your uneducated and reckless actions.

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. J.L. n MD.

    OK............can you say productive, productive, productive. What's sad is republicans have never had a "plan" and it shows they still do not have a plan. All they can do and have always done is moan-n-groan, never doing anything to solve any problem.

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Mike in MN

    Obama has exposed himself as a far left liberal who tried to disguise himself as a centerist during the campaign. The American people have figured it out. The mainstream media did not vet Obama during the campaign. They did not call Obama on his past statements, written and oral that showed he was very liberal and not a centerist. Now Obama wants to cram large scale liberal changes down the throats of the American people. Change they DO NOT BELIEVE IN!. And he and his liberal congressional and Dem party buddies are supprised people are angry. They can't deal with the real anger so they now have a PR campaign to say the anger is fake. You can't get any farther out of touch with 50+ % of America than Obama is right now.

    August 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Emma

    Who trusts Mr. Steele's opinion? It is questionable what criteria he may have used and the time limits he visioned before he made his judgment. I guess we should not be surprised about GOP criticism. It is and will be a given when they are not in power.

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Jamie from Riverside

    And who cares what Michael Steele says thinks?

    August 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    Dear CNN,

    We have watched you since Ted Turner started cable news! What's up?

    Don't you KNOW that the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS are fair people? That we VOTED FOR President Obama? And we find your obvious right-leaning news offensive?

    To Mr. Steele: President Obama INHERITED the BUSH DISASTER took BUSH EUGHT YEARS! 200 days!!! GOOD GRIEF give Obama a break!

    August 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. George

    CNN is the new GOP network!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. talmag

    Mr. Steele, how can you honestly refuse to admit that many republicans have tried limit the success of our President. Just today, they threatened to lower the standard of anone who would vote for Sonia Mayeor. If that is not controlling what is? Just listen to your heros like Limbaugh and you will see and hear for yourself the filth and lies spewed by this individual. Today he suggested Hillary go and kiss the grave of President Obama's grandfather. What a jerk. This is the person you apologized to...what a laugh. You lost all credability when you did that. As a previous member of the republican party, I say that I am ashamed of the nonesense that is going on and I fear that there will some riots and someone will get hurt. You and your cohorts will take responsibility for this. The town hall meetings are to listen and learn about the health care bill but to yell and prevent the people from speaking shows that these people are not here to learn but are a "mob" incited by your group and Mr. Rick Scott.

    August 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. CA Senior

    Steele and his cohorts are so good at disempowering themselves.

    Hooray for Obama!

    August 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. A B C

    Change Mr. Steele means: Regulation, Oversight, Respect around the World, no tax breaks for the rich, Move away from dependance on foreign oil and give the Middle class a fighting chance to survive. This is what our Forefathers intended our Constitution to do. An even playing field is the only way for our GREAT COUNTRY will become strong again.

    August 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. DiBiase/Bad Newz, VA

    "I don't quite know what is driving the focus on the issue of settlements" – Rep. Eric Cantor

    This was quoted by Eric Cantor while he and 25 other republican members of Congress are in Israel. The statement is a direct contradiction of what the Obama Administration wants done in the region and Mr. Cantor is trying to undermine the president's foreign policy in Israel. Mr. Cantor may be Jewish, but this comment is downright treasonous. He needs to retract his statement NOW!!!

    August 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. talmag

    By the way Mr. Steele, I think President Obama is doing a tremendous job even with the negativity of your party. I support him and hope that he gets the health care bill passed. We definitely need it. He has kept his promises, so far and I can see that the economy is slowly getting better and will continue to do so. Perhaps he would not have had to have this recession to face if the republicans did their job. The recession started in Dec. of 07 so you had more time to fix it than he did.

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. gigi

    OMG!!!! Steal when will you realize why you are really the head of GOP! Lets see hmmmmmmmmmmm I think you get......

    Steal you will never hold a candle to President Obama no matter the situation....

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Meagan

    Republican Steele really is getting tiresome. He's a proven moron.

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Gary

    Mike Steele claims to be innocent on the stacking of the town hall meetings to disrupt discussion, but "thinks it's a good idea". So much for free speech, like Cheney & Bush & Daddy Limbaugh. Did Steele get Limbaugh's permission to speak first before offering an opinion?

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Hawaii gal

    Well it has been also about 200 days for Michael Steele, and he has been a total disaster! He is jealous of President Obama because Obama is an intellegent man with a vison, and Steele is a joke. The token black guy of the GOP.

    August 6, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. gigi

    Aware, you have got to be on CRACK, you have no integrity, no morals and no code of ethics....

    you need to get a life......and fast.

    August 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jane

    Mr Steele:

    What is your party going to do differently from its disasterous performance in previous 8 years of Geo W Bush????? I don't hear new ideas – just the same old sad song.......

    August 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Todd

    by the way. Stop blaming Bush. Your Democratic Congress pushed for the bailouts at the end of Bush's last term causing his deficit to go up, but it's still not as high as Obama's in his first 200 days! Also, the CRA (Community Re-investment Act) caused the housing market to crash. It was passed by Jimmy Carter, ignored by Reagan and enforced by Bill Clinton ending up in billions of dollars of bad loans that expired during the Bush administration and continue into the Obama administration. Obama was a community organizer that supported it and his own home state has been hit horribly by the crash in minority and poor communities.

    August 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. eric

    I would really like to read comments coming from people who can leave the labeling behind. If no one writes about any of the solutions put forward by the Republicans how can anyone say that that party has not offered anything except criticism? Stop and actually think things out before spouting names. Calling someone a nut does not promote tolerance, peace, nor bipartisanship. If you are a tolerant person the name calling has to be left at home, otherwise you are a hypocrite.

    August 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |

    The Republicans are on one mission and one mission only TO DESTROY PRESIDENT OBAMA! Rather then realize the People chose him to be President and grow up accept your loss and move on and work together for the good of the People and this country, the Republicans have acted like spoiled sore losers name calling,lying,twisting and as usual playing dirty politicts PATHETIC!

    August 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Todd

    last comment......the Republican Congress should get the credit for saving the Clinton economy his last four years. If Hillarycare would have passed we all would have been doomed then.

    August 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. chris

    thats funny... he just says the days have been bad – what's been so bad about the last 100 or 200 days?

    home prices stabilize
    respect around the world
    banks, stock market, 401k's going up
    dialogue with enemies
    various industries getting business again

    Was doing nothing while on a downward spiral a better option? is he only talking about stimulus/unemployment? How does he know these stimuli are bad? Japan/Germany had some stimuli post wars and they worked out.

    August 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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