July 22nd, 2010
03:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Can Obama sell Dems' legislative victories?

Washington (CNN) - A legislative win is a win - but not necessarily when it comes to swaying voters facing the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression.

High unemployment and fears over an ever-increasing federal debt are weighing heavily on Americans. That could drown out President Obama's meesage as he heads out on the campaign trail to tout Democrats' legislative wins: health care reform, financial regulatory reform and economic stimulus projects, among others.

"Right now he is facing an uphill battle," said Vanderbilt University political scientist John Geer. "I don't think there's much that can be done about that. He'll sharpen the message. But when economies are soft, incumbents have a tough time."

And members of Congress, bracing for a tough election, got a frank assessment Wednesday of where the economy is headed.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Yes he can sell these victories. But i wouldn't suggest that he does. The idea is to label the GOBP has the party of NO!!!

    -NO to the middle class and yes to the rich
    -NO to the Gulf Coast victims and yes to BP
    -NO to those who lost everything in this recession and yes to Wall St

    Need I go on? If the President can paint them as the Party of NO and also point out their OBSTRUCTION, dems should be picking up seats in November.

    July 22, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Orlando Patriot

    Obama couldn't sell lemonade on a hot August afternoon. Could he sell Health Care? NO!! The majority know this will be a catastrophe and he did not listen to what the people wanted (just wait until November!!). Then he tried to sell a Stimulus Package and couldn't do that and of course it was a catastrophic failure (just wait unti November!!). Then he tries to sell Immigration Reform and the people don't want that either (just wait until November!!) and also tries to sell Cap & Trade. Again the people know that will be a catastrophe and doesn't want it (just wait until November!!) and I could go on and on.

    End result: JUST WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER!! We may not be able to get rid of Obama (not until 2012!!) but we CAN get rid of all the lazy, corrupt, dishonest, uncaring, pitiful politicians CURRENTLY IN OFFICE!! I assure you that after the November elections they will need to give all politicians nametags because you won't recognize ANY of the new faces!!

    July 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. one voice

    If the banks would lend and the Mega rich Corporations would hire, we would be out of this slump by now. The problem is they and the power hungry GOP want our President to fail. CLOWNS

    July 22, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. snow

    nobummer and the demorats campaigned on hopey/changey also the most ethical congress ever. The first was total bull and the second was a straight out lie. The demorats have brought the 2010 and 2012 elections upon themselves and will lose by a large margin.

    July 22, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. one voice

    I say use reconciliation when possible to jam it down their throat(GOP) so our bills aren't watered down by the CORPORATE SHILL GOP REPS.

    July 22, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. thor

    He's hoping that they will support him till the election in Nov.so that there are enough pieces in place his socilist agenda will be left intact. No matter if the dems lose big time it won't matter.Obama and the leadership are all that matters ,.the bottom fishers will pay the price.

    July 22, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Bleak

    Obama and the DNC are not going to run on their records because even their leglislative victories like Healthcare are not approved of by a majority of Americans. I don't hear them saying the truch that they tripled in the deficit in 18 months, jacked up unemployment, and anti-business regulations grinded hiring and spending to a standstill. Hope and Change...what a joke.

    July 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. key

    He has my vote. The hardest working president in my life time.

    July 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    the folks who've had their brains sucked out by Fux Noise will never see the good this man has done. We reality-based people already know what he's done and love him for it. he's accomplished more good for this country in his 1 1/2 years in office than any republican in my whole 60 years!!! imagine what he could've done if the party of NO wasn't acting like a bunch of brats throwing a tantrum and were actually doing the job their constituents sent them to DC to do. we need to give him more Democrats, not fewer, so he can finish the job we elected him to do. it never ceases to amaze me how people can vote for a president from one party and then turn around and vote for senators and reps whose life's mission is to stop the guy they voted for for president from doing what they want him to do. it's insane! if you want a Democratic president to accomplish the good things the Democratic Party stands for, then ELECT DEMOCRATS TO HELP HIM DO IT!!! this is really simple, people.

    July 22, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    What this incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president has done with his "legislative victories" is taken money from the hard working American tax payer and redistributed it to the lazy, dope smoking, non working, non taxpaying Oprah watchers that are his constituency. He and his libertard administration and congress should be impeached and jailed. He has awakened sleeping giants and it is like the Japanese claiming a great victory at Pearl Harbor. A victory yes, but one that would end in devastating defeat.

    July 22, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. independent

    President Obama is doing a pretty good job considering what he had to work with, and the tasks he was handed when he started. I can hardly wait to see what he'll be able to accomplish in term two, once some of these fires are out.

    July 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    The reason we have had high un-employment is because of the failed Republican Presidency of Bush/Cheney in partnership with a Republican controlled Congress for more than six of their eight years in power.
    The reason we still have such high un-employment is because the Republican Party's choice to delay and obstruct (filabuster) everything our current President and the Democratic Party has implemented – from legislation to low level cabinet appointments – all for the purpose of (hoped) political gain.
    The Republican Party and their propogandists (fox, hate radio, teabaggers, etc.) are who need to loose in the elctions this fall because they earned it.
    And they will so long as the truth is out there.

    July 22, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Obama victories are America's losses

    Count among Obama's victories the fact that he hired a tax cheat and liar to run the IRS; passed healthcare from the bowels of the Capitol basement with no GOP input; gave billions to unions to secure their mid term votes; gave away billions in pork; created the largest deficit in the history of the US; gave government control of health care without getting any meaningful reform; continues to protect a corrupt government in Afghanistan; and has not created any of the 5 million NEW net incremental jops he promised us in his first year. Truly a stellar list of victories upon which to hang your hat ..... NOT !

    July 22, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. snow

    HEY KEY, you must have been born yesterday, hardest working President in your life time, you must have been born yesterday or you are totally clueless.

    July 22, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. ANN


    We all know what is really going on here....

    July 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    A win is when legislation that has passed actually works and does what it is supposed to. For the Obama Administration along with the Pelosi/ Reid congress these are few and far between. They have gone through tax dollars like no other federal government in the history of the world, but the vast majority of it not accomplished the intent or delivered on the promises.

    July 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    For us Americans the Healthcare Reform, Banking Reform, Stimulus Package, and getting BP to set aside $20 billion were big victories.
    For you in the minority who are fascists (and are too stupid to know you are or what that means) they are defeats.
    We the people are winning, and you the "American Idiots" are becoming extinct. Thank God.

    July 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. thor

    When the economy is as bad as it is all you can do is distract the voter to other unimportant issues or blame someone else.Obama is a master at this.It's too bad the media who is supposed to be the watchdog is in bed with this socialist..

    July 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. XWngLady

    I agree completely with Liz the First...The President has done much of what he said that he was going to do in the time that he has in the midst of an economic and political firestorm. I shudder at the thought of what would have happened to the economy to health care costs, to education, to the Gulf, to the war, etc. if the Republicans had been in charge....scary, just scary.

    P.S. I'm sick of all of the Republicans that keep saying that Democrats just want handouts and for the government to do everything for them..WTH!!! I work every *#@$^ day!! and I pay a healthy dose of taxes myself. I have two college degrees and NO ONE is giving me a handout. But I know what is right. And I have enough sense to know that having a country full of poor, uneducated, unhealthy children and people is more of a drag on our wealth as a country than anything else. HUMAN RESOURCES is the most precious resource that we have. If we don't value and invest in our OWN citizens then we are as poor as the poorest country there is.

    July 22, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    YES! Democrats have delivered a long list of great solutions and benefits for the American workers, American families, and the long forgetten American middle class.
    Voters should take a close look at who worked hard for them all year and passed ALL people-oriented legislation and who sat on the sidelines doing NOTHING, telling lies, spreading hate and fear, igniting racism and violence again in our country and supporting the extremist dangerous racist tea baggers from who 3 were arrested by the FBI for credible death threats to Democratic leaders.

    Republicans only care about themselves, grabbing power, and bowing at the altar of big business to get their bribes for their votes. Republicans hate the middle class. They want big business to have cheap labor – like sending our jobs overseas with no penalities and letting businesses hire illegal workers as cheap slave labor with no prosecution. They don't want big business to have to follow any rules or be held accountable for any harm they cause the People.

    Look at who is apologizing to BP for America being too hard on them!! Isn't that treason to support a foreign (British) attacker of our soil instead of the American people whose lives and land they have destroyed?

    Republicans have nothing positive to offer our nation and have said many times they want us to fail. So "country first" huh?

    Their plan for America is to repeal healthcare, repeal financial regulations on the banks, repeal equal pay for women, get rid of Medicare and send seniors to the insurance companies who really will kill them, eliminate Social Security,rid child free lunch programs, eliminate educational programs like Head Start, repeal the student loan program so more high school kids can afford to go to college, no immigration reform, no clean energy reform, and repeal the Obama tax cuts for the middle class. Sounds great and so American.

    All they do want to keep are the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (non-funded in the budget) and keep their Congressional salaries, govt-run healthcare they don't want us to have too, and their fat pensions when most of us have no pensions and are forced to use 401Ks for our retirement.

    It's time to clean HOUSE and SENATE of all Republicans. They are destructive destroyers of America and want to take us back to the disaster Bush years and policies. They want to stomp out the middle class and have a two caste system – the very rich and the very poor. They have the "Marie Antionette" attitude...if they have no bread, then "let them eat cake".

    Democrats are the Party of the People and if we let them keep working for us, America will recover faster, we will the leader in new energy techology, there will be penalites for sending American jobs overseas, we will have the safety and right of good healthcare, better pay for AMERICAN workers and not illegals, more consumer protection from abusive corporations (like we just got in the financial reform law), better educational opportunities, no more wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Republicans think we should never leave), and power back to the PEOPLE where it belongs.

    The choice is VERY clear – the Democrats who work for the People or the Republicans who hate the People and only work for the big corporations who abuse us.

    Stand strong for the PEOPLE and let's get more Democrats into Congress for the best future for America.

    July 22, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Billy J in Texas

    It is a classic story.
    Conservatives sell out their parties ideals and the country. Republicans lose because the country is mad and their party is disillusioned. Democrats lay seed and do what is 'right' not expedient. Democrats are kicked out because results are not fast enough at fixing what the hypocritical, criminal Republicans had messed up earlier. Republicans win another round of controlling Washington. Corporate America scores another victory at the expense of the middle class.
    Rinse and Repeat.

    July 22, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |