September 1st, 2010
12:38 PM ET
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Borger: Will Obama be a Clinton – or a Carter?

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Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union" as well as participating in special events coverage.

Washington (CNN) - There are just times, when you are president of the United States, that formally speaking to the American people is part of the job.

Not because it's politically wise, or even politically advisable - but because you have something important to say. As in, the seven-year-combat-mission-in-Iraq-is-over. Or, more specifically, as President Obama said, "it's time to turn the page."

It wasn't a particularly artful speech, nor was it full of new and interesting ideas. It was what it was: a ceremonial proclamation ending combat in a war Obama inherited (and opposed) and a declaration to fight another war (also, as he says, inherited) on the economy.

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  1. beth

    Obama won't be a Clinton or a Carter. He'll be an Obama. Why are you trying to apply a previous Presidency to a totally new time and era. As far as Obama goes, he is what he is, not what someone else was. Get over the comparisons.

    September 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The man is to narccistic to realize that he has been wrong about everything and being led around by the nose by the union bosses and their corrupt, paid for congress. Hopefully, he will be more like Richard Nixon and forced to resign for ineptness and incompetence rather than having to wait for the next election like we did with Carter.

    September 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. AB Baltimore MD

    Gloria, Obama will get a second term as president and will do more to make the USA "a more perfect union". So far, Obama has accomplished alot in terms of reform. He now needs to turn the economy around and put Americans back to work. When he does this, he will be extremely hard to beat in 2012.

    September 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. don

    As long as he does what's right it doesn't really matter. Jimmy Carter doesn't have anything to be ashamed of and neither does Bill Clinton (ploitically speaking). Keep up the great work Mr President some of us are still behind you. .

    September 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Steve in North Carolina

    He'll be in a class by himself..The worst President in my lifetime.

    September 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama will be known as the great divider!! He has created a class warfare and has increased the divide between business and the middle class!! His rhetoric and policies have done more to drive companies to sit on the sideline rather than hire workers than any other president in history!! I think if he could rise to a Carter like presidency, he will be lucky!!!!

    September 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Obama's 2008 presidential victory was historic. Yea for us!

    Now it's time to turn the page.

    September 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Vancouver WA

    Obama will never be a Clinton. Clinton has brilliant mind and great in working across party lines. I don't see much fights among politican party lines than it is today. Obama is proud and believes he is the One and everyone should bow down. If one disagree, then they call you out with names as they do with Tea Party folks. There are more disconnects in people's of this nation than there were during President Clinton's time. Obama is way far off Clinton's prowess and brilliance.

    So, Obama will be Obama or be an Carter.

    September 1, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Carly

    I agree, he'll be Obama. Why do we have to categorize these people? The recent Gallup poll showing a lead by the GOP has them all salivating a bit prematurely. That's the same poll that showed Obama and McCain tied in '08! Most of us have better memories and will not give power back to the Repubs. who have no solutions for us middle class. Who gets polled anyway....retirement homes?

    September 1, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Dale

    Barack Obama won my vote primarily by being "opposed to stupid wars" as he put it. This is the big difference between Republicans and others. Republicans view war as a noble act of patriotism, not a last ditch act after all efforts at diplomacy and spycraft have failed. Or in other words, Republicans are warmongers. Obama is no warmonger. He inherited two unfinished wars. One is now (mostly) finished. The other he is trying to wrap up as responsibly as possible. So vote for Republicans and you can appologize to your kids when you visit their graves at Arlington.

    September 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. drew

    Obama is the great president–if he was a European President....awful American president–I think he dislikes the core values of America and what the principles on which this country is built. My biggest mistake in the past two years was voting for him....will never vote Democrat again. Finally realize they are just LOOTERS!!! Don't think they know what personal responsibility means and just take from hard working individuals to give to their looting unions and socialist followers.
    Think most people are beginning to see this. Even my lifelong democrat wife will never vote for looting democrats again.

    September 1, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Bill in CA.

    @AB...when he turns it around...or IF!!!

    September 1, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. D. Tree

    Neither. With his historic investment in green collar jobs, the biggest middle class tax cut in 50 years, and the most sweeping reforms of Wall St. and Health Insurance laws, President Obama has already surpassed the accomplishments of both Carter and Clinton.

    In 10 years, when our Green Tech economy is fueling a resurgence of American Manufacturing, people will thank President Obama for his visionary leadership.

    September 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Enough is Enough

    Obama makes Carter look good and Bush a superstar.

    September 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Eric

    He already *IS* Jimmy Carter.

    Obama is no William Jefferson Clinton. Clinton was and IS the premier politician, astute and savvy enough to pivot on a dime, change his mind and take credit for GOP legislative successes he opposed in the previous breath.

    Obama won't pivot. He simply isn't that talented, nor that open minded.
    He's a one termer. Guaranteed... and a failed one at that.

    September 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. MediaTalksTooMuch

    Does anyone realize that this woman and rest of the media talks too much? Even Mr. President's dog does not bark that much! These people in media talk like they have answers to all problmes that mankind faces! If they think they are the only smart people, why don't they run for WH? These are jurks who polute our 'Air Space' every day!

    September 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Jimmy Carter II

    September 1, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Service

    Clinton, although an adulterer, was intelligent when it came to the economy. Carter lacked charisma, negatively impacted our military capabilities, and allowed American hostages to remain in Iran for over a year. Both were better qualified for the presidency! Despite their flaws, they didn't talk down to Americans, promote and support false religions, or quadruple a defiicit in less than two years. There was also no doubt how much they genuinely cared about the military.

    Last night was evidence that liberal America just wanted to glaze over Iraq, not recognize the physical and mental sacrifices from servicemembers, and just leave the war to those in the military. This country is at war; therefore, the entire nation should be focusing on that very fact instead of just briefly mentioning it matter of factly and shifting to focus mainly on the economy.

    September 1, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. carlos

    more intelligence, more caring, more patriotic than all the sickening repulsives, and, if I could add a comment about the nincompoops who day in day out post their idiotic comments and insulting the President, well, they must have been brutalized by their inbred parents that all they know is just repeat the insults given by their parents and or is really contagious because they truly believe in their ignorance..

    September 1, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Phil in KC

    The president came on TV to announce a fait accompli and the Republicans rail against him because he didn't flog himself over his opposition to the surge. And they note that he proclaimed an end to the combat mission, yet we still have troops there. No matter what Obama might say, these guys would find something to carp about. This is a great example.
    Of course, these same people conveniently forget about their adoration for W when he came on TV in a rather ostentatious show to proclaim "Mission Accomplished". And what has been the cost in dollars and human lives since then?

    September 1, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Ready for 2012

    Obama will be a Carter, a one-term president who will be remembered as the worst president ever.

    September 1, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. strong

    Barky will never be a Bill Clinton - he just isn't all that bright, brilliant. Dream on.

    As for being a Carter, probably not even.

    Barky is just big dud. The joke was on us.

    September 1, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. BDub

    AB, that is funny. Obama has already spent more than the entire war in Iraq on 'fixing' the economy. He has no idea how to create private sector jobs. We can't afford (nor do those who understand history want) his desire to turn us into another Europe (which is failing BTW). The USA exists because people wanted to get away from an oppressive government. All he is doing is trying to take this country in the opposite direction of the fundamental premise of it's entire existence, LIBERTY. Seems like a brilliant idea! NOT! No, the establishment of the GOP is not much better. Real conservatives are the only thing that can save us from the destruction.

    September 1, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. katiec

    President Obama will be President Obama, With his intelligence, sincerity, leadership why in the world would he even consider being anyone else.
    Borger, you, CNN are getting out of hand with your negativity on anything our president or the Democrats do, your undying support for the right and your lack of integrity and honor.
    No wonder CNN is going down the tubes as you hide behind news you can trust, yet continue to push your bias. Has Murdock bought you out??

    September 1, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Rick

    Obama will not be compared to either of those two...he will be known for what he is...and so far that has been one of the worst presidents in history. has divided race more than ever, not managed to work in a bipartisan manner, totally inexperienced (which has shown on numerous occasions) and bluntly, the most far left reaching president we have had. This has been a disaster. The plea for change from GWB was heard but what those that voted for him didn't hear, was exactly what he said he was going to do....destroy the american way of life by pandering to the left and redistributing wealth. Once we become a third world country and everyone is feeding off of the government, we will have more Obamas in office. We as a nation need to stop this and kick the scum to the curb and get back to what has made this nation great....a good work ethic, hard working citizens and good honest people. WAKE UP !

    September 1, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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