September 7th, 2010
02:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Democrats to the president: Get a clear message

Rep. Jason Altmire shakes hands during the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade.

Rep. Jason Altmire shakes hands during the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CNN) - From union activists to Democratic members of Congress, the message to the White House is clear: They want President Obama to present a clearer, more coherent message about his plans to turn around the economy.

In interviews across Pennsylvania, rank-and-file Democrats said that message has been lacking. And selling a clear vision for economic recovery is the only way to improve Democrats' chances and prevent Republicans from taking control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

This sense of urgency comes as the president unveils initiatives this week to help spur the economy and job growth.

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  1. Illinoistom

    I think Obama's message is crystal clear: "Bush did it." Unfortunately, Obama is just Bush's 3rd term in terms of spending, bailouts, endless wars, favoring Wall Street and unions over the working, middle, and professional classes.

    September 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Marcus

    The President, Congress and the Senate cannot be expected to create jobs by themselves, the private sector has to jump on the bandwagon. Problem is, the private sector has had a field day with this "recession" by being able to let go those who were given nice benefits and to whom age has crept up on. They hire temps, so as not to pay a salary or give benefits and to those lucky enough to have a job, give them more responsibility for the same pay.

    Until private corporations start hiring, we are going to be stuck in this rut for years. Makes no difference who is the sitting President, be they Republican or Democrat, they don't do the hiring.

    September 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    The man has no clear message. He didn't during the campaign and he still doesn't, If he would at least stick with one issue for more than an hour, it might be helpful. Is he ADHD, by the way?

    September 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. jim

    How do you present a clear message to the publc on the economy when you don't understand basics about the free market system?

    September 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    You have to have a plan in order to be able to communicate it in a coherent clear manner! And to the minions that claim the Repubs have no plan, I say they are waiting until they take the two chambers before they set forth their plan to grow our economy. No need to have Obama steal the credit from them(Right President Bush) not to mention the Dems have not listened to Repub ideas for the past 19 months!!! Come on November, you can not come soon enough!! This is when we begin to take back America from the spend-spend and spend more liberals!!!! Some of the Dem bloggers on here(you know who you are) are going to be forced to get a job come November!!!

    September 7, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Orlando Patriot

    How can Obama get a "clear message" when he is so over his head he has no idea what a coherent sentence looks like!! Obama couldn't find his way out of a paper bag. This is what you get when you elect a Community Organizer that has NEVER HAD A REAL JOB!!! How can a president claim he knows how to FIX an economy when he has never WORKED in the private sector?? This guy is incompetent, arrogant, and classless. What a nausiating disappointment.........

    September 7, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Dean

    For those of you who want to raise taxes on the wealthy.................Have any of you ever been hired by or worked for a poor man or a man on welfare?

    September 7, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    What these chicken livered Democratic politicians want is for the President to speak in "bumpersticker"-ese.

    He should do that but these locals need to take responsibility and the fight to the Republicans themselves. They need to translate the Administrations actions into their local language.

    Since when is "leadership" engaging in constant political packaging ??? These same guys would turn around and lamblast the President for being the "Campaigner in Chief" if all he did was communicate his accomplishments.

    September 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. W l jones

    There are not one clear route to this economy recovery... only a slow process is the only way to go. If you heat it up to fast we would end up with higher unemployment through imflation we cannot afford that at this time just as we turned the corner. Bless.

    September 7, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    What??? The great communicator can not deliver a clear message? Someone get some windex for the teleprompter!!!! November 2010 – a great month for tax paying Americans!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    'They want President Obama to present a clearer, more coherent message about his plans to turn around the economy.'

    What the President has said, has been clear and coherent, in my opinion. However, maybe a modification in presentation might be in order. One way of doing this is to keep in mind, that people have a very short attention span and the media is going to jump in and dissect every phrase and nuance. Most likely they will give a 'negative spin' to everything the President says. To get any message across the President must thrart the 'spin'. Every statement of fact must be repeated and 'differently' at least three different times during a public presentation. At the end, of the presentation (the fourth time). All statements are summarized and closed as a sort proof to validity. The President can break away from the intent of the presentation at will, but must do the repetition in order to carry the ideas home.

    September 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "They want President Obama to present a clearer, more coherent message about his plans to turn around the economy."

    And therein lies the problem. He has no effective plan.

    September 7, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Eric

    Passing the largest, most wasteful spending bill in American history...
    Spending more money in nine months than all previous presidents combined...
    Outspending his predecessor FOUR TIMES OVER, eight times as fast...
    Illegally annexing the medical industry...
    Illegally annexing two of the three major U.S. auto manufacturers...
    Bailouts for failed banking/lending institutions...
    Meddling in the automotive purchase market (clunkers)...
    Meddling in the home weatherization market ("caulkers")...
    Spending money we don't have...
    Spending money we can't borror or print fast enough...
    Introducing into the common lexicon, the use of the word TRILLION...
    Selection of unapologetic, rabid socialists and marxists into presidential inner circle of cabinet members and advisors...
    Quote: "...spread the wealth around..."

    Uh, I think he HAS sent a message... a VERY CLEAR message...

    And the American people have rejected him AND HIS PARTY because of it.

    See you in a generation Democrats.
    You've done a heck of a job, Barry.

    September 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Dean

    NEW YORK ( - If President Obama's 2011 budget were put into effect as proposed, the U.S. federal government would add an estimated $9.8 trillion to the country's accrued debt over the next decade, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office........................................
    That would mean that Obama has added more to the national debt than the total amount added by the previous 43 POTUS.
    He has a message.......Third World here we come!

    September 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. The Real Me

    American People to the president: Get a clear message

    September 7, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. IF you Aren't Scarred Out Of Your Wits That the Republics Will Take Over Power . . .

    You ain't breathing.

    Democrat to Democrats: Get off your fat arses and work so that the far right doesn't take over the government.

    September 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Democrats to the president: Get a clear message

    Just as soon as you all get YOUR stuff together.

    It is quite NERVY, to put it mildly, for Democraps to ask the President to get out a clear message when you're all doing your own thing, and whta will benefit YOU personally, ie re-election.

    The latest appears to be the Dems that voted NO on healthcare actually touting said vote and trying to spin it to their advantage. The last time I checked the President was VERY CLEAR on where he stood on healthcare. You guys going behind his back OFF MESSAGE smakes you part of the PROBLEM, and plays into the GOP's hands....again!

    September 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. A Former Democratic Army Veteran

    Obama doesn't have a clue how to answer that. We will just have to wait until the Republicans are back in control then expect the economy to turn around. Watch Obama then try to regain his popularity but it won't fly this time. A BUM IS A BUM AND HE IS A BIG MUSLIM ONE.

    September 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    The American People to the President:: GET A CLUE!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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