April 1st, 2010
04:57 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama jokes that pundits would make lousy farmers

Portland, Maine (CNN) - It's a good thing that political pundits aren't farmers, according to President Barack Obama.

In a dig at Washington punditry and its mindset of instant analysis, Obama joked during a speech Thursday on health care about what would happen if those same opinion makers tried farming.

The day after planting a seed, Obama said, the pundits would look at the ground and see no change.

"Nothing's happened," the president exclaimed in mock horror to pantomime the pundits' reaction. "There's no crop! We're gonna starve!"

The supporting crowd laughed and cheered as a smiling Obama clearly enjoyed the lighter side of celebrating last month's signing of health reform legislation, his biggest victory so far as president.

"It's been a week, folks," Obama said, encouraging everyone - including Washington pundits - to wait until the provisions of health care reform take effect before trying to determine if the public likes it.

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  1. get real

    So true.

    April 1, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    That was a perfect anology of how the American people are. They expect everything to happen overnight.

    April 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Also note that Farmrs also take subsidies, making them socialists. I can't wait for the Repubs to reply to that.

    April 1, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    The way Michael Steele is going the Dems will do much better in Nov. than they thought they would.

    They just have to hope that somehow Steele survives this one so he screw up again!!

    April 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Michele

    The same could be said of Republicans, Mr. President. And Sarah Palin.., Ms. "hopey changey."

    April 1, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    That because the pundits spread lies and fear in the American people, it's their DNA.

    April 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Locked out of the other site.

    Folks keep saying 'if the healthcare reform is so great why does he have to keep going around the country selling it?'. He's NOT SELLING IT, he is explaining it to his countrymen. People do not have time to read 1000+ pages, and the GOP is taking advantage of ignorance and replacing it with lies and fear.

    Barack is an outstanding orator. He connects with people. It is his one of his biggest strenghts, and I would think that we should be grateful that as opposed to "shoving this bill down our throat with specifics unexplained, he is taking the time to travel the country and break it down for the average Joe.

    Give the man SOME credit. He is a good Christian, and he practices what the GOP only preaches: kindness to his fellow man, even the smallest and weakest amongst them. He is President to us all. I am proud of him, and our country for electing him.

    April 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. John D

    The jokes on you Obozo! You're a disgrace to the country! You never worked an honest day in your life!

    April 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. ib

    The sad part is that Obama is a real April fool joke. It's a shame we don't have to put with him for just one day like we do April's fool day. A victory in health care I don't think so; a sad day for healthcare is more the truth.

    April 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Rob Johnson

    One of the things I like most about Obama is his ability to see the big picture in a world full of ADD-addled short attention spans.

    Anybody who thought Obama was going to fix the economy and solve all our problems in a year was living in a dreamworld. These things take time, and I for one am glad Obama is on the job.

    I just hope he gets 8 years to work with, God knows it will take that long just to clean up after 8 years of Bush.

    April 1, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    Very true analysis!!! The pundits would even complain about the seed not growing because it's not raining!! They would not think about 'watering' it.

    This is how the world sees America now!! They see fighting on the media – Tea Party anger – statements being made by SOME (RepubliCAN'Ts) who have 'openly' stated that they 'would not' cooperate with President Obama 'for the rest of the year' – it's ugly.

    What all should do is pick up a a jar of water and water that seed when it does not rain and/or sit back and wait for the seed to grow if there is 'ample' rain!!!

    April 1, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I guess I just don't understand the elitist, socialist sense of humor. Is he mocking someone who said that nothing has changed? Is he making fun of his followers for not figuring out all of the shenanigans he pulled over on the hard working actual taxpayers of America? He is of course mocking someone in the smarmy elitist way liberals do. I just can't figure out who. I believe there are a lot of us who know more about the actual provisions of the monstrosity and understand their import and impact on us than he maybe realizes. One of the problems with elitist socialists has always been a disdain for the intelligence of others.

    April 1, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. rdepontb

    Finally, a Reagan-esque sense of humor, timing, humanity!

    April 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Mr. Obama just nailed the problem with media 2.0 and its instant analysis of current events. Give things time to evolve, OK?

    Of course, the media will likely take issue with his take on the problem. But, that's to be expected, right?

    April 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. HypocriCNNation

    Punditry In Print, Television, And Online Is An Equal Oppertunity (And Oppertunist) Business. Arrogance, Self Righteousness, And Blatent Misrepresentations Of Facts Are The Daily Routine. With The Biggest Enablers Being Corperately Owned Cable News Channels (HypocriCNN & FIXed News Channel), And Fledgeling AM Radio (Neo-Conservative Leaning ABC Radio).

    April 1, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. sherry

    So true.......Repubs exspect things to happen right now.
    Obama keep up the good work......

    April 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Susan

    He's certainly right about the "pundits" or "talking heads". They have absolutely no patience whatsoever. No wonder they're all saying health care is a disaster. It's only been signed into law for a week!

    April 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Well, he's right. And we wonder why everyone's running around like angry troglodytes? No matter what party you belong to or what station you watch or listen to or which websites you frequent, the advertising industry has turned the "news" media into a fight for who can do the best Chicken Little impression to grab the most viewers/clickers/subscribers, etc. JOURNALISM IS DEAD.

    April 1, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Broken

    Obama is the most partisan president I can remember. Based on his farmer analysis he wants a few more years to before we pass judgement while he still blames Bush for everything. I know my company that is very large just had a $30M witedown due to this shiny healthcare bill. Think we could hire a few people with $30M-ridiculous. He needs more time to RUIN our economy.

    April 1, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Sammie

    What do you expect from the Republicans and Tea Partyers? It's as if they themselves have become the "nattering nabobs of negattivsm" that former Rep. VP Agnew scornfully spoke of the Dems not so long ago.

    April 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. obamarroids

    As some great pundit said, many times freedom is lost during a moment of great cheers and applause. May Allah save us from this evil evil man.

    April 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Love it!!! LOL.

    April 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Michael O'Boaill, Los Angeles, CA

    Obama has the momentum to get change done! We voted for change and he will make it "happen".

    April 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |

    lousy farmers vs lousy president all in the same both parties talk out the side of their necks with lies and deceit just to get you to vote for them

    vote them all out and start fresh

    they need to stop the childish bickering and start serving the people for free take a pay cut and live like the majority of americans who are not elitists

    April 1, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Yes sir, back in November of '08 we elected the RIGHT person to be President of this country! Keep pushing on Mr. President! all the hate that comes from the center and right...screw em!

    April 1, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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