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. He is an original

    Why would anyone compare President Obama to anyone else? It is crazy. I have total confidence that President Obama could care less who he is compared to. He is brilliant, competent, and accomplishing every goal he has set for this country. I see people in the gulf region building homes, going back to work after our region was hit with Rita and Ike. No one can dispute what I see everyday. God bless him for ending this war. I know men that have done four tours. Enough is enough. Who cares what you think of his speech, this war is over, let us turn the page. He is an original, what we were taught to be in our homes and schools.

    September 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Russell N.C.

    AB Baltimore MD–You are dreaming. Are you not reading the polls? He will be lucky to serve his first four years. He is neither a Carter or Clinton. He is Obama. He will make a worse president than Carter.

    September 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. John

    maybe he will be himself?

    September 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    How about about neither! He is his own man. What a garbage question.
    Were we listening to the same speech last night? President Obama could have swept the rug with the trash and crap the rethugs have been throwing at him and the Democrats since 2008. He chose the high road. Something the rethugs can't understand starting with their retarded queen of hate all the way down to barbour.
    Somebody ih the democratic party needs to step up and show, for those people who still don't see the rethugs are the party of NO how hateful and bad they are for the middle class and the poor of this country. Take off those gloves. There is so much ammunition out there.
    Maybe they need to hire Jon Stewart or Steve Colbert as campaign managers. Those two shows explain the absurdity of the rethugs better than anyone in the lame stream media. Maybe Olberman and Maddow get closer to letting everyone know what IS really going on,.

    September 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Mike in SA

    Will? Be? How about already is and it's Carter.

    September 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Angry Peasant

    Carter? Clinton? I don't think either is appropriate. Obama reminds me of Stalin, Lenin, Chavez and Castro. But CNN is too cowardly to allow this post.

    September 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Nixon resigned because he was a political rat who used the power of the Fed. Govt. to try & crush his political enemies; like Bush/Rove.

    September 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. rdepontb

    If Obama decides or is voted to be a one-termer, so be it.

    His adminstration got us increased health care coverage, correcting in large part what had been an international discrace.

    They got us out of the infernal Iraq combat situation, if inartfully.

    Wall Street reform? Too long in coming, too many billions (trillions?) gone, but, finally, something.

    Shall I go on?

    Ok. They restored the world's trust in the good ol' US of A, after Cheney, Rumsfel, Wolfowitz, & Co. nearly got us expelled.

    They are making huge strides in educational reform, finally.

    Let me pause again-and remind you that these accomplishments were achieved under the duress of a depleted economy and war-ravaged national spirit.

    Just something to chew on.

    September 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. kf

    Aren't you jumping the gun a little. Give the President a chance and realize that he has many obstacles facing him along with the Party of NO that admitted they want him to FAIL.

    September 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    A better question is "Will Obama be a Marx or Lenin?"

    September 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. they call me "tater salad"

    Clinton...........Without the soiled blue dress!!!!

    September 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. BobPlanet

    Some love him and/or his policies but he seems to have zero connection on a personal level with millions of voters perhaps because he seems so arrogant, angry and/or unemotional most of the time despite the "cat ate the canary" grin he flashes on cue.

    September 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. A Patriot

    He will be an Obama ... he will not be limited by anyone`s comparison to what was past ... cute headline be damned !

    Unfortunately, it looks like he may need to be the janitor, cleaning up the messes of the past 30 years ... the wars we lied to get into, the TRILLIONS of taxpayer money wasted on this war, restoration of a "saving versus spending" conspicuious CONSUMPTION ethos ushered in by REAGAN, a re-balancing of the ratios of GDP that are spent on education, the DOD, SS, etc, ... to levels that are economically healthy for "LUNCH PAIL" Americans that work in factories that make the products that America can sell to the WORLD ... so that we collect their foriegn currency wealth instead of ship ours to them.

    President Obama will reset America. It may not be glamourous but his legacy will be exactly what history will show the country needed to stay the leader of a free world.

    September 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. ABM

    He is more of an FDR and Clinton than Carter. He has been able to get many signature initiatives and campain promises done but the people on the right will fight him to the Sun and back.

    Instead of focusing on how much better things are instead of the larger mess we could have been we are looking already at 2012 for whatever reason. Let's look back at the mountain of lies and obstruction that the Republicants have layed out in an effort to tarnish this President and turn away from the negative.

    Keep up the great work Mr. President!!!! You have my vote.

    September 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. cardog

    President Obama's speech to the nation Tuesday evening was a small step in getting the U.S. totally out of Iraq. Almost immediately, the Republicans chimed in that he did not say enough, he did not celebrate properly???
    What is there to celebrate? We got our troops for the most part out of harms way. Yes! there are still approximately 50,000 troops still there. They are still armed (as it should be) and will fight if attacked. Why am I talking about this you may ask? It's just another example of the Republicans not allowing this President to do the right thing, fulfilling the commitment he promised, if elected. It follows the pattern they have enacted from day one:
    1) No credit given for the Stimulus Package. No mention that it help save two American Industry giants, GM and Chrysler.
    2) No credit given that all Americans now have access to health care. In fact this health care law will bankrupt America and cause insurance companies to go out of business??
    3) No credit given to Wall Street Finance Reform.

    So to date after 20 months, to let the Republicans tell it, this President has done absolutely nothing for the American people???

    Let's not forget the two unemployment benefit extensions pushed by this President and the Democratic Congress, both the house and the senate, passed. No Republican Participated In Doing This. In fact the Republicans called all of you Americans who are out of work "Dead-Beats". Remember that when you go to vote for these compassionate @ss-circles.

    So that you on the right , don't think that I'm a pure liberal, it is my opinion we should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan entirely. If these people wish to kill each other, then let them have at it. For centuries, this culture has survived and killed each other and we, with our western ways are not going to change them.
    With that in mind, we as a nation must prep ourselves to respond with full force to any threat or attack coming from any one of these countries. That includes Iran. Should the government(s) of these countries allow fanatic extremist to exist in their country, then we as a strong nation should and will hold them responsible. It's time to stop playing around with these groups who wish to die for their cause. We need to start saying "So Be It".

    September 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jimbo (the real one)

    President Obama has kept the majority of campaign promises he made and it is just "killing" his detractors. He has also made some major mistakes but I believe that if the economy turns around between now an 2012 (history indicates that it will) he will win re-election against whomever the GOP send sagainst him. By the way, I am saying this as neither a democrat or republican, just an American that wants to see this country move forward.

    September 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Hate to break it to you: Obama is Bush Jr. Almost none of what Obama has done is anything different from Bush. The Iraqi exit and Afghani surge were both initiated by Bush. The bailouts and even large parts of the stimulus package were plans initially proposed by Bush. Gitmo is still open and functioning. Federal response to disasters are still shabby. Our intelligence gathering is still clogged up and lagging. Our stance internationally has barely changed. We have kept exactly the same stance with Iran, Israel, North Korea, China, and Russia. Pretty much the only slight difference is health care reform, and even there Obama compromised real reform away in favor of fattening the pockets of insurance corporations.

    September 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama will be Obama, a great President in his own right.

    Anyway, 20 years form now Carter will be known as a great peace maker who was ahead of his time, while Reagan will be cursed for his destruction of the US middle class, unions, and the TRUE American way of life...SECULARITY

    September 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Willa-PA

    The Media is mostly the blame for not getting the accomplishment he has so far out to the people. All they do is follow Palin and her so called accomplishments and who will distroy this country, which is well on its way due to the republicans. Careful what you wish for teaparty/republican followers.

    September 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Padraig

    Obama will be catergorized on his own. The only people who truly like him are the one's that get something for nothing. Hands out "woe is me" people. He will make our nation a welfare state and destroy our credibility with other nations.

    September 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Julia- Idaho Native American

    When our Presidents are decent people like Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, they appear to be weak to Americans, Reason: American's macho man mentality, Obama is great President, but he is way to civilized for the right wing degenerates, and maybe you Gloria, since you are the one that took delight in bringing this stupid issue up for discussion. Carter was a lot stronger than you give him credit for, so simply put, SHUT UP.

    September 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. blue

    This President knows what needs to be done and he is doing it. Thank You, Mr. President.

    September 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Looking more like Carter all the time. Seems like a decent guy who apologizes to the world all the time and seems totally over his head on the economy.

    September 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Tom G

    Orf the two former presidents, I'd bet on Obama being like Jimmy Carter. Carter had minimal success in foreign policy and zero success with the economy. In my opinion, he could care less about Iraq or Afgahnistan. As for the ecomony, he promised 8% unemployment if his stimulus package was adopted; well it was adopted. Unemployment is now hovering at 10% and our national debt has tripled. Unless the Republicans nominate another unelectable presidential candidate, Obama will likely be a one term president...thankfully!

    September 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. sammieb51

    We in this country have gotten so used to our politicians talking incessantly and .... sadly ..... doing nothing. Obama comes in, does a heck of a lot for all of us, actually tries to fulfill his campaign promise to get us out of Iraq, which we should have never been in to begin with, and he gets us out. Mission (Truly) Accomplished. Operation New Dawn - Iraqis live your lives and move on.

    Still not good enough - the talking heads are exploding all over the airwaves. Spent too much money there but why did he mention the economy in this speach, what does that have to do with anything (um, maybe the $1.2 trillion spent there, off the books, so far!!). But their government is not set up yet (and that's our fault?) and and and and .... Shut the heck up and go back to covering Paris Hilton and Roger Clemmons. Unless you have better ideas ....

    And Obama has moved on to yet another un-done mess left behind by the Bush administration, Mid-East Peace Process. So just keep talking folks, he is working his tail off.

    September 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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