September 1st, 2010
12:38 PM ET
12 years ago

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. Ben

    All indicators right now point to him being a Carter, not a Clinton.

    September 1, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. curious steve, boston, ma

    do not insult mr. carter.

    September 1, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Independent Voter

    Despite all the greek columns and eloquent teleprompter speeches Oblamo may give over the next two years, there is zero chance that Obama will get a second term. As a small business owner in Massachusetts – an S Corporation – the revocation of the Bush tax cuts is a tax increase for tens of thousands of small business owners throughout the US like me. We are the job creators in this country (90%); we are the economic engine. Why then is Obama going to make small companies like mine pay more taxes than Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, and IBM, etc? Why? Becasue he does not have a clue what makes this economy run ...not a clue. As small business owner, I pay $16,000 a year for my health insurance. But my company cannot deduct this as I am an owner. Does this make sense? Of course not.

    We need some conservative GOP leaders who can save this country and this economy from being driven over the cliff by A president that cannot drive, and by an auto union horde intent on feeding themselves at the pig's trough.

    September 1, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. AndyG

    "The president, for all of his success in checking off his to-do list, is now seen as just more of the same by a growing number of voters: a partisan Democrat addicted to big government and big spending."

    What is your evidence for this? The only way you could possible say this with any credibility is point to opinion polls that ask that question. Otherwise you're just making stuff up and feeding it into the DC media's received wisdom

    September 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. diridi

    She is a total idiot...okay. Why should Pres. Obama be Carter or Clinton...??? Did any one president make pass the Health Care reform? Financial Reform? Was any one president in the same position as Pres. Obama when he took office with huge deficit? This lady has no brain, and a total idiot...I do not know why CNN is keeping this stupid, brainless idiot in the first place....she licks GOP other end...even though, they messed the nation like a hell....what a pity...America...!! I do not care what poll biased says, Dems will win in Nov....o.k....until GOP rig third world is not possible here....

    September 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Jack

    I think he will even fail to measure up to Carter's failures.

    Not because he isn't intelligent but rather because he is inexperienced (having never held a real job), naive (never really been anywhere or done anything), and because he is idealist (still believes socialistic concepts will work in spite of history proving him wrong).

    When he gets out and get his head handed to him a couple of times and experiences the reality that is this world he might be a good Congressman. Maybe someday.

    Given his "youth" he will have many, many years to determine "where he went wrong" but I doubt that his Ivy League ego and mentality will ever really allow him to admit that he was wrong. In all likelihood he will follow the trail of another intelligent elite, Robert McNamara and never admit that he did anything wrong. Obama will have tons of people to blame: Bush; all of Republican Congress; all of Democratic Congress; rednecks; conservatives; etc., etc.

    September 1, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Peace

    How come those called Political Analysts are nowadays turning themselves to be President Advisers! If the President doesn't mention anything which is in their mind, they turn to downgrade him. These analysts should ask themselves how many they are in the entire nation? And why should the President say what they think?

    September 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. We need Hillary to run against Obama.......

    in the 2012 primary......she'll beat him in a landslide....Obama is one and DONE.

    September 1, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. DrWardCiacII

    He is the worst president in the history of these United States. In two years he and the CNN liberals changed the United States form the world's superpower to a second-rate military force and Third World economy. They did this by squandering trillions for pet liberal projects like healthcare for deadbeats, left wing united autoworkers, social services for illegals, and funds to prop up overpaid leftist schoolmarm's salaries and pensions. So, they took care of their own, who will contribute some of that money back this election cycle, but the rest of the country is as mad as h- and not going to take it anymore.

    Why would the CNN liberal editors remove this before – it's all true.

    September 1, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Brian in MD

    More like Carter on Carter's worst days.

    September 1, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. tef59

    This is possibly the last time I have anything to do with CNN. CNN has Fox News envy so bad that AC is barely hanging on by a thread. King had THREE conservatives on last night to give reaction to the president's speech. Honestly....grading the president on the speech? He wasn't being POLITICAL!!! He was soberly announcing the beginning of the end of an unjust occupation of a country that never attacked us! What Maddow did with after the speech was pure brilliance. Even our local news station covered him visiting our local army post (Ft. Bliss) in a more objective manner. They completely avoided questions about politics and kept to the historical facts.

    Our president inherited the occupation of Iraq. All through the campaign he told us he opposed it. Indeed, if there had been no unwarranted occupation, there would have been no need for a surge. He also stated over and over that he would end the occupation of Iraq to focus on the war on the Taliban, from where our attackers came. For Borger to say that he didn't support the surge in Iraq, and praised Bush for it, then is using a surge himself is preposterous, and she is grabbing at straws.

    September 1, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. water bearer

    President Obama will be seen in history as one of our greatest presidents. Of that I have no doubt. To make comparisons to other presidents is just asanine!

    And to awaitingliberalizationbyCNN: Your comments are also asanine

    September 1, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. cardog

    President Obama is a President that stands by what he said he would do. Much of it has been accomplished, but we forget, the Republicans have put every road-block possible to make this president fail.

    I, for one, am very upset with the Democratic party. For these past 20 months or so, they have done nothing but worry about what the polls say, rather then do the job the people sent them to Congress to do.

    Now we are 2 months away from the mid-term elections and these Democratic roaches are scurrying away looking for someplace to hide rather then fight back against these liars who call themselves the Republican party.

    If indeed the Democrats loose control of the house in Congress, they have no one to blame but themselves. Wringing of the hands and crying poor me, won't get any of them my vote. Standing on principals and doing the right thing will. After deep thought about the political atmosphere we are in today, it's not so much that the Republicans have failed to do anything to better the lives of Americans, but rather there are people in this country that dislike our President so much that they are willing to return us to the very environment that brought us to where we are today. I simply cannot understand that. What I cannot understand even more is those of us who call ourselves Democrats being so so complacent and so uninvolved that we will allow what appears will happen, to happen???

    America, take heed, you will get exactly what you deserve as a nation, if you return these power hungry bigoted Republicans to hold the majority in the House of Representatives.

    September 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Eugene

    Clinton was a Carter until the mid-term elections when he found he lost his majority and had to compromise to get things done. When Obama loses his majority he will also have to move right and the country will be better for it. Despite the slated view portrayed in some media, America is not a left leaning country, or a right leaning country, it is a moderate country, and when we have a balance of power at the fedral level, the gridlock forces moderate policles that are in keeping with the majority. Never forget, GRIDLOCK IS A GOOD THING.

    September 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Jerry

    He will replace Carter as the bench mark for worst president ever, mark my words.

    September 1, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Rocco

    Obama, will be treated well in History. He certainly will get a second term. How fast we forget how near our entire economic system was to complete collapse. Obama is doing OK and he will continue to fight the good fight and make this nation strong again. It would go a lot faster except he has to fight Republicans every step of the way. But even at that, Obama knows that is just part of the Job.

    If the Republicans don't wise up there is not going to be much of the party to bring back.

    September 1, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. davkat

    Now that I think about it, it will be better for Obama if the repubs took control of the house and senate like they did when Clinton was in office. This happens all the time. (review your political history) I'd love to see if the repubs fight amoung themselves over who is conservative and who is not conservative enough. If nothing gets done, and they continue as the party of "no", then the American people will switch back to the dems in 2012. So, as Clint Eastwood once said" Go ahead, make my day"! This may be a win for Obama after all. Good strategy!

    September 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    He is NOT either!!!

    He was already called the WORST president in HISTORY when his history has not been written yet. Halfway through his term and EVERYONE expected a MIRACLE – there is not depression and there will not be a 'double-dip recession'.

    President Obama is moving FORWARD and the media is giving the FAR-RIGHT RepubliCAN'Ts too much publicity and making them seem as if they are martyrs...........NOT!!!!

    Mark my word – after the election, the job market will get better and the economy and the RepubliCAN'Ts are going to try and take credit for that!!!

    The ReubliCAN'Ts hid behind the FAR-RIGHT Tea Party and to them, they feel they are winning!!! Even the POLLS, which are run by RepubliCAN'Ts make them believe they are on top!!!

    It will backfire come November and in 2012, President Obama will be elected again... Yes We Can!!

    September 1, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. The Incompetent Mr. Obama

    Both. A lying (Clinton) Failure (Carter).

    September 1, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. susan

    I don't really think that CNN has been adding "value" to news lately. They used to be my favorite station, now it seems they just try to spike and create controversy . I think that at times it borders on dangerous territory in their blatent attempts to sway the American public. The democrats and Obama certainly have their problems, but where is the honest reporting about rebublicans? It seems to have disappeared. If there is a political blood bath this fall, I lay it on the terrible media coverage surrounding complicated issues. Obama has had a remarkable start given what he has had to deal with. He has accomplished extraordinary things, are they "watered" down, yes, that is a called compromise and democracy. We need to get beyond "the next quarter and realize that it doesn't happen overnight.

    September 1, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. welches, oregon

    Gloria is a big mouthed right wing nut job- she condemns Obama for not giving The Shrub and The Dick credit for the end of combat missions. However, Ms. Gloria forgot that The Shrub and The Dick started this war with a lie to our (her's) Nation.

    I'll repeat – credit is deserved where credit is due.

    September 1, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. kyrianmege

    What a naive comparisons?.. Obama is different and has accomplished alot more than the two ex Presidents. Despite how the mid term election turned out, Obama is still a great President and even if he didn't win in 2012, history will be very kind to him. None of the Presidents in modern history has ever faced the kind of difficult challenges this President is facing now and slow but steady he is having success and will succeed...... Stay strong President Obama and know that your name has been written in history book as a great leader of our generation.

    September 1, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Riley

    I hate to say it, but Obama is WEAKER than Carter, and that's hard to do.


    September 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. June in Chicago

    Obama, I believe, will blaze his own trails. Although those on the right refuse to acknowledge it, he has already made significant positive changes and, given the opportunity to serve another term, will continue to do so. He did change health care, he did change the way Wall Street can operate and he did put an end to the combat portion of Iraq. If only he had a cooperative Congress to work with, we might even see those jobs coming back faster than they have.

    We get a leader like this every once is a great while. If the stuffed shirts/suits/skirts in Washington would only work with this man instead of trying to trip him up on every step he takes, we all would be a lot beter off and our children would see what coming together to make a difference is all about. Right now, they are only hearing hate, lies and fear from our leaders. When is this Country ever going to get it? It take ALL of us to make a difference. One man can not fix the problems we all face in our everyday lives. We need a Washington that will work for us, not against each other!!

    September 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. terry,va

    Obummie will be worse than Carter. He is trying to turn the country into a socialist state. This years' election will prevent that, and even turn back the hands of time with the stupid laws they have passed. He is also worst that Carter in foreign policy. The world saw Carter as weak and even a tin cup dictatorship like Iran held our people hostage until Reagan came into office. They knew better than to mess with Ronnie. He would have wiped them out. The world sees Obummie as an incompetent bow boy who can be snookered until it will be to late to defend our self.

    September 1, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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