November 3rd, 2010
01:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: 'It feels bad'

13:56 p.m. ET – Obama rejected the contention that his policies are moving America in the wrong direction, citing the economic turnaround since he took office as proof but, in reference to an auto-related campaign analogy, adding that it could be argued "we're stuck in neutral."

13:51 p.m. ET – Obama called the legislative process of passing health care reform "an ugly mess," saying "that is something that I regret" but adding that "the outcome was a good one."

13:41 p.m. – Obama said he intends to meet with congressional leaders from both parties "in the next few weeks" to negotiate a compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts scheduled to expire by the end of the year.

13:30 p.m. ET – Obama reaffirmed his call for extending Bush-era tax cuts for most Americans, saying: "We've got some work to do to make sure that families are not seeing a higher tax burden, which is what will happen if Congress doesn't act."

13:26 p.m. ET – Obama: it would be a "misreading" of the midterm election results if anyone believed the American people want to spend the next two years trying to "relitigate" health care reform and other major legislation of his first two years in office.

13:15 p.m. ET – Obama: the result of the midterm elections "underscores for me that I've got to do a better job, just like everybody else in Washington."

13:12 p.m. ET – Obama: as the nation's leader, "I've got to take direct responsibility for the fact that we have not made as much progress as we need to make" in bringing down high unemployment and helping the economy fully recover from recession.

13:10 p.m. ET– Obama: both Democrats and Republicans have "certain principles that cannot be compromised," but the American people expect them to work together to solve the nation's problems.

13:08 p.m. ET– Obama: People are "deeply frustrated" over lingering hardship amid the slow recovery from economic recession, and while progress has been made, "clearly too many Americans haven't felt that progress. As president, I take responsibility for that."

13:05 p.m. ET – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that every election reminds America that "in our democracy, power rests not with those of us in elected office but with the people we have the privilege of serving."

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    just accept it Mr. President......America has spoken and it said "DUH!"

    November 3, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Tom

    Classic Obama. He still doesn't get it .... shoving bad policies down our throat is not the "change" Americans wanted. The most divisive and ideological President in my lifetime.

    November 3, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. keepstufingthis

    Judging by his comments he still does not get it, which I did not expect him to. Narcissitic, meglomaniac, lying and corrupt, incompetent and inept. Even CNN's own poll says the election was really about him.

    November 3, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. francisca lindor-thomas

    imy comment to the president is that i appreciate his honesty and loyalty as well. he has done alot within the eighteen months he has been in office. But i am a single mother i have a daughter in private school . i dont make a whole lot of money so i do think it's time that the working classs and single parents agenda is addressed my being single is not something i had a choice not to be i am divorce to put it midely i lost my car, can"t afford to purchase another to put it in a nut shell my dependency is praying every day that things will gvet better

    November 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Janet

    We R The People. It is so sad we R a divided nation. One minute we R up., One minute we R down. Im watching both parties. To be honest I dont trust nobody in government. Especially since Bush stole the election in 2000

    November 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Robert

    "no one party will be able to dictate where we go from here" – that is correct Mr. President. The Democrats will no longer be able to dictate what direction this Country is taking. The wave of red was the American voters – Change we can Believe In – Mr. President.

    November 3, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. No More

    @francisca lindor-thomas

    Obama is tone deaf, he doesn't hear us.

    November 3, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Scott

    Finally people are coming to their senses, we have taking control of the house, 2 years from now we will take the White house. Then this country will finally start to turn around. It is good that Repub have taken majority in the house. We can stop Obama and his reckless, radical liberal policy's. Red is such a pretty color. Oh ya almost forgot T-Shah, LaCrosse Mom, Obama Mama, Dutch Bad Newz, if you are still reading these, its ok to cry into your milk. The repubs and the Tea party are taking the trash out. HAHAHAHAHAH.

    November 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Medardus

    Republicans have two years to fix the economy starting.... now.

    November 3, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Justin

    Don't worry Mr. President. This is how things always swing historically. The damage of the Bush administration cant be fixed in 1yr and 10 months!

    November 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    The President himself said, although he was not on the ballot, his agenda was! Sir, your agenda was rejected! President Clinton had to retool in 1994 and it worked out well. Why can't you? It appears you STILL believe it wasn't about your policy when YOU even said it was! REtool or prepare to RElocate!

    November 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...citing the economic turnaround since he took office as proof..."

    Who is this guy? Baghdad Bob? What "economic turnaround?"

    "Obama called the legislative process of passing health care reform "an ugly mess," saying "that is something that I regret" but adding that "the outcome was a good one.""

    Health insurance premiums are already rising and a lot of insurers are dropping out of various markets. "The outcome was a good one" only if the objective was to ruin the US health care industry, which ObamaCare would have done except for the way yesterday's election went.

    November 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. TiredofthheRhetoricinDC

    I am really getting tired of these people hollaring about some Liberal policy. when these are the SAME people hollering for more medicare, more health care.. more jobs, help with their house being under water financial wise.
    Make up your dam mind.

    This is the problem with this country which Obama and many others recognize. People use pundit talking points instead of learning themselves. Do people NOT remember... Obama was hired to take care of Health Care.. to lower your taxes which was done.. to turn about this economy from a 800K job lose per month to less than 100 K per month loss. To accomplish financial reform which was not present and got us into this mess.

    This whole liberal , socialist mumbo jumbo is both ideological rhetoric and delusional. Ramming down healthcare? give me a break! This has been 65 years in the making and a major cause of the deficit. I'm getting sick of americans making a fool of this country and spitting inconclusive and uneducated rhetoric. Grow up and read.. No wonder Americas Educational system is a joke compared to others. We dont read.

    One more thing, Republicans one by small margins even in the worse recession since the depression. Another point, the US ranks 134th in voter participation.

    November 3, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    Those of you (idiots) stressing you want someone honest, who listens to the people and is forthright DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH. Is that what (little) George was when took us into a war to shed innocent lives? YOU hypocrites YOU!

    November 3, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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