September 29th, 2009
08:26 PM ET
14 years ago

Podcast: Secret Service investigates poll posted on Facebook

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WASHINGTON (CNN)– In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama is set to sit down Wednesday with his top generals for several high-profile meetings on Afghanistan. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look at how Obama is approaching one of his most important foreign policy challenges.

Plus: A major setback Tuesday for supporters of the so-called "public option," as two Democratic amendments to include the measure were defeated during a Senate committee vote. But Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, the sponsor of one of the amendments, insists the public option is not dead yet and vows to continue his push to keep the issue on the table.

Meanwhile: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks terror attacks and emergency preparedness since 9/11. Are America's cities equipped to handle a terrorist attack? Wolf Blitzer gets the answers.

Finally: Democratic strategist Paul Begala and Republican strategist Rich Galen weigh in on a Facebook poll about President Obama so controversial that the Secret Service is investigating it. The two strategists sound off on the heated rhetoric.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Barbara Brown

    It is appalling. I thought the United States was beyond this. It just magnifies the need to spend money on education. Ignorance is running rampent.

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. AHS

    Obama has little regard for human life other than his own and is unfit to act as president of any operation. His resume is thinner than water and as shallow as a mud puddle.Inexperience and lack of maturity are self evident in all his decisions or deeds. Olyimpics are that last thing of importance at this time, not to mention the wasted travel expense for an event, if it did come to USA, would still be years away and do nothing for the countries economy. Geeeze, give us a break and stop this excessive ego trip. America needs a true leader of experience and sound judgement, not a community trouble starter and a gang of tax dodging Chicago Thugs in DC. Congress should get a back bone and put a leash on this educated nut case before he burns down the town hall.So american voters, go vote and send these criminal minded actors packing for good, and don't for get the political correct congress members, that won't stand up for america in a time of much need.

    September 29, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Talk about wanting AMERICA to FAIL.... this is sick, tasteless, classless, cowardly... As if the country didnt have enough things to worry about, some idiots want to spark this as a topic????? Americans have ISSUES....

    September 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. bl

    Is this poll a "Republican" or "right-wing conspiracy"? Maybe it was Bush that posted that poll!

    So where was the outrage when a movie was "written", directed and produced about Bush being assassinated???

    Please make intelligent and thoughtful arguments, not just emotional rants.

    "Mmm, mmmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama/He said that all must lend a hand/To make this country strong again....mmm, mmmm, mmm, Barak Hussein Obama..."

    September 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Fox news is playing up the videos of children (without the children's permission) singing about making the country better. Their Faux outrage appears to be missing when children from Louisiana sang the praises of Bush and FEMA after Katrina.

    Remember, billonaire foreigner Rupert Murdoch is quite fond of China, and has no problem with their human right's violations.

    September 29, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Jeff

    To those who say a majority of Americans do not want a public option I say put it to a vote from American voters. This is the ONLY clear way to see what a majority want…YES or NO on a public option. No polls, no special interests groups, no political grand standing…a vote by U.S. citizens – the government of this country. This is how we elect our public officials and this how we should determine this most important factor of health care reform. Unless this happens I hope no one votes for those elected officials who oppose it. I know I won't.

    September 29, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. JonPeter

    The irony of all this is that if in 2004 someone has created a similar poll regarding Bush or Cheney, Homeland security would have quickly spirited them off to some secret prison while the rightwingnuts applauded the actions of the Secret Service and Homeland Security.

    September 29, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Amazing

    What a waste of tax payer dollars, to investigate some meaningless poll. Where was all the outrage with a movie about Bush being assassinated? The halloween decoration of Sarah Palin hanging from a tree? A little bit of an over reaction?

    September 29, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Simmy

    Right now, home grown terrorists are more of a threat to the US than bin laden wannabes.....Fueled by Hong Kong Sue, problemed child Beck, Rush, man of means with no life, joe the bejeckled heckler, and assortments of teabaggers, birthers, tenthers, george wallacers, etc., no good can come of their mockery of the highest office in the land and American ideals.....

    September 29, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    Oh now the Secret Service will consume millions of dollars investigationg facebook so nothing can be said to contradict Nazi OBama. This man is beginning to make me sick.

    September 29, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Peggy

    The fact that someone doesn't believe that legislation is the way to end abortion doesn't make them evil or an enemy to anything. This kind of crap is beneath a federal legislator. It is shameful how low the Republican party members will stoop to get votes.

    September 29, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Bob the Observer

    Of course it was a stupid poll and an idiot must have written it. But my question is, "Where was the Secret Service when someone made a movie about the assassination of George W. Bush?" Where were they when people were posting websites on how to kill him, and calling for his assassination? What is so different about these two presidents that it is wrong now, but it was right then?

    It's always been wrong. But then again, there's that pesky first amendment we have to worry about...

    September 29, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Eva from Tampa

    There should be no "sounding off" about the Facebook question. I hope they catch the person(s) and those who responded and throw the book at them. You can not threaten the President and get away with it. Enough is enough. I hope the Repugs and Entertainers are proud of themselves for stoking this hatred. They never learn...but they will get another lesson in 2010 and 2012. Americans are too smart for this-they will continue to play to their shrinking base and call it "a groundswell" of americans to "want to take their country back". How absurd and uneducated. So glad the secret service is taking this seriously. A couple idiots and right wing nuts tried in court and sent to jail for threatening the President may clip some wings.

    September 29, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. harold

    Its too bad that the Senators siding with private health insurance companies.. that they are not the ones who have no health care.. And they are pleading with the USA voters to approve health care for them... What would we tell those Senators?.That its too costly to insure them?.That a government Health care choice would take over health care? that it would be socialist? That it would be big government..?..Sorry Senators you will have to look someplace else for health insurance.. And the Absurb notation that it takes 60 votes out of 100 votes in the US senate to pass something.. What kind of Democracy is that?... 51 out of a 100 votes is a majority and it is the right wing group carrys on with their agenda...

    September 29, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |