November 4th, 2010
04:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Henry in the House: Does Obama get it?

Washington (CNN) - As I walked into the East Room for President Obama's post-shellacking news conference, a colleague from another organization joked, "Get ready for 17 versions of the same question."

I laughed because his point was true, many of us in the White House press corps were about to ask Obama several versions of the same question: After losing more than 60 seats in the House and several in the Senate, did you really hear the message from voters?

In short, do you get it?


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  1. onlysanetexanleft

    Mr. Henry, do you get it when your own exit polls showed that 48% of the people that voted wanted healthcare repealed and 47% wanted to get or expand it? THat's not a rejection of his policies. Man, CNN used to actually report the news, now they try to create it. Just imagine what the % would be if CNN and the rest of the MSM would have spent 1/3 the time helping people know what's actuallyu in the bill instead of having a democrat and a republican come on to debate wheter or not death panets are in the bill.

    November 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Turnout 42% many candidates who won got less than 55% so they got only30 % eligible votes

    President didn’t hear from 58 % of eligible voters (majority)

    Will media get this?

    November 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    We know he doesn't realllly get it. He is still so on his high horse, that he thinks he walks on water.

    November 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. barry

    No he didn't is the answer. He is not capable of getting it much like Jimmy Carter wasn't. With that said he most likely won't get a second term.

    November 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Jack

    Yes President Obama gets it. He's smarter than the average grizzly. He knew that if the Republicans gained the house they
    will now have to "man-up to the American people. Of course we saw how that worked in the last eight years. The president will now just wait for another landslide to put the Republicans out again in 2012, just like 2008. So yes, the president gets it. He's not sad, he's smart. So the question should be do the Republicans get it? And if not, will the
    American voters get it?

    November 4, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Rick in OP

    Obama reminds me of a once famous movie star who at one time was the most admired person in the world. Now he is a has-been just like Paris Hilton. He just can't believe that everyone does not realize how wonderful he is.

    November 4, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Dana

    Mr. President, Please don't allow the Republicans are Tea Party members bully you. I was not a fan of George Bush (43rd President) but I did respect him for his position and didn't allow anyone to detour him. Please continue to do the job you were sent do to. When I hear the republicans talk about budget cuts, we already no it's going to hurt the poor people not the rich. My grandmother always said "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Keep fighting Mr. President. We are praying for you.

    November 4, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. keepstufingthis

    Great read Ed. No, he does not understand and the libs who throw statistics around are not metioning it to him or themselves. They are still using the wrong statistics. Its kinda like the "summer of properity" we just finished. Rather than the economy and jobs, he worked on getting paybacks for the liberal constituencies, particularly very corrupt unions, a payback for their support. Then he moved on to healthcare insurance, which most of us who actually pay taxes did not want, but had shoved, literally shoved down our throats by a corrupt Democrat liberal congress who lied to us and the president also lied to us about it. Then during this election he called us his enemies and told us to sit in the back, we could not drive. This man is an arrogant, inept, incomptetent, corrupt liar. And now in spite of overwhelming evidence about what the election was about, he is still lying to us. Democrat liberals think Americans are stupid and he is the Democrat liberal.

    November 4, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Willa-PA

    He gets it, now the ball is the GOP court. Make them man up or else the ones voted for them, the independents, will ditch them next election. And what the independents and progressives wanted is the public uption and for the dems to stop negotiating with the GOP because all we will get is no, no and no. They come into power and start demanding to have their policies taken up. Obama is still pres and he needs to show some spine.

    November 4, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Wall Street Baller

    Does he get what?

    Dies he get that his only mistake was asking republicans for cooperation.

    Does he get that no matter what he did republicans would still hate.

    Does he get that the republican leadership claims to Christian but I am sure most of them have reserved seats in hell. I know dick
    Chenny does

    Does he get that repubs knownhis policies work and they will Do anything to make it seem other wise.

    The only think Obama does not get is that bi-partisan ship to the republicans is what they want when they want it.

    November 4, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Whatever anyone heard or not heard we are listening and hearing the screams from turtle man himself (sorry turtles). The rethuglikans are NOT going to extend their hand, they are not going to cooperate with the President and they are going to continue to screw the middle class and the poor and he will fail (and so will the Nation) because they are hatefu, spiteful and bigotted old men and then there's toupee man paul and his new teabagging friends.
    The difference is that since they put bumps on the road at every turn it is NOW their turn to "fix" whatever they perceive as being wrong. They have been harping on the President because he took care of healthcare (one of the many things he said he would do and has done or still trying to do in spite of the party of continued NO) before taking care of jobs and the economy. What are they now doing? Going after healthcare instead of jobs and the economy. Could it be that it is because they don't have solutions or ideas on how to fix anything?
    mcconnell sounded as he was mad as hell and he was not going to take it anymore. Thank you to those who didn't vote or voted for the teabaggers and rethugs. It's going to be a long two and four years.

    November 4, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. angry liberal

    Voters put Obama in the Whitehouse, based on false promises. He has abandoned the gay community, continued the death squads and war policies, bailed out big corporation donors and the world's terrorists know he lies want to attack our country like always. He didn't "get" it and didn't keep his promises. Why would he "get" it now? He will just look down his nose at us and smirk – that is getting old. Real old.

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Diana

    To the American People,

    The world stood in awe of you the day you voted this man in. He is one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever seen.

    Thank you. Stay the steady course of recovery.

    From a Canadian

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. remi

    asking president Obama that question is beneath ed Henry, especially as he looked like he was expresing an opinion that kind of sound like he knows better than the president. One of the problem with the press is that many of them dont have original opinion but the are all echo of their special sponsors. President Obama dont have to get it, the Republican campaign on what the were fed by the cable network, the subtly partisan posture of Wolf and his friends, the un solicited opinion of John king etc. America did not vote they wasted their vote because it is a proven case that victims always loved their captors. can you forget that under Republican 8 million jobs were lost and suddenly in 18 months expect them to come back! I did not see any good reason for turning agaist Obama, other than some big boys are jealous of his succes

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hell yes he gets it! We don't get it. We want the Boo-Hooing of Boehner to prove to us how "he gets it". No such luck. When the country was swishing rapidly down the toilet America, you wanted the level-headedness of Obama to pull us out. The President said over and over that we were in AN EMERGENCY SITUATION when he took over. He said from the beginning of his presidency that our recovery would take longer than his first term. He did NOT lie to us, we're just fickle, simple-minded in scope, and looking for the usual quick-fixes that got us into this mess in the first place.
    WE GOTTA EAT OUR SPINACH before we go back to being the nation of yore. We've been fed pablum for decades and now we're weak-minded, and short in foresight.
    The President is standing by his convictions. Convictions that were bourne out of the knowledge of economists world-wide. He is NOT looking for the quick fix. He wants to rebuild this country on ROCK NOT SAND.
    Hell yes he was hurt, he just is not into putting on the political show that Boehner was more than happy to feed the masses and that you swallowed as "patriotic". The President has plenty of gravitas. He feels the pain of this spoiled country wanting an immediate if precarious fix; but he has to be the parent, the grown-up and STAY THE COURSE.
    Somebody has to be the adult, even when their heart is breaking.
    Suck it up fellow Americans. We played for too long. Gratification will be delayed.

    November 4, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Lee Moon

    Henry, you don't get it. Given surveys that show the electorate woefully misinformed re Obama's policies (eg, most believe taxes have gone up, not down), do you get that reporters are falling down on their job? Maybe people rejected what they mistakenly but honestly believed to be Obama's policies/the effect of Obama's policies because no one is sorting truth from fiction. Did that ever occur to you? Who do you think you are that you can state what he should or should not take away from these results? I take away that blue collar white men are angry because this economy is terrible, and the future only looks bright to those on Wall Street and K Street. I also take away the public is, as a whole, wrong about what Obama's policies have done to our economy vs. what Republican policies have done/will do to our economy and I think the gigantic failure of the so-called 4th Estate to do any real reporting as opposed to punditry (l really don't care what you opinion or Chuck Todd or Katie Couric's opinion is – I can read the Editorial page for opinons) and reporting talking points fed to them by both parties will be seen by historians as a major factor in these election results Iand what will follow). The American People? Really? What % voted Henry? And is that % statistically representative of our citizenry as a whole? Just curious and a real reporter would have answers.

    November 4, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Yawn. The GOP doesn't even get it. They plan to mess up the government for 2 years with gridlock, shutdowns and attempting to use their takeover of the House as some sort of excuse to claim that they do not need to compromise on anything...that it was a message to Obama and the Dems that America wants them to do whatever the GOP says. Obama will have his own take on it. The Dems will each have their own take on it. And guess what? Millions of voters each had their own take on the message they were sending. There really is no unified message. Some GOPers, conservatives, independents, moderates, Dems and liberals want the message to be "cut the sh-t...ALL OF YOU...and get down to business by making compromises and working together"...but I GUARANTEE YOU that there is a significant number of people out there who want the message to be something far different. Just look at the posts here from gloating GOPers/Teatards/conservatives: they all think the message was "we finally put your uppity a$$ in its place, so do what we tell you to do and stop thinking you're supposed to run this country just because you were voted into office and given a Dem majority in 2008...this is OUR country, not yours, so just sit down, shut up and obey."

    November 4, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Real American

    What he does get is obstruction from every angle where is the working together. the Repugs would rather destroy this country then build it up. its a shame when other people and countries around World the know what a Great Leader we Have and some of us Don't SMH.

    November 4, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...But hey, on a lighter note, the RethugliKKKlans are back in the house! Yipeeee!!! Here come the jobs, here come the jobs!!!
    Oooh, oooh, and the lower taxes. Thank you Teabaggers!! Thank you Rethugs!!!
    We finally have the people THAT REALLY GET IT back home!!! Yes indeedy! Happy Days are here again.......

    November 4, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Derrick Martin

    Yea, they are upset that a black man is the head of a white county and they are out to change that at any cost to the county. I hope a terrorist come and blow this whole county (that was built on genocide, slavery and oppresion. They are trying to put him back into his place because they do not want him in their place.

    November 4, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Peter s

    Does Obama get it? Sure I hope he does!!! CNN prove me wrong with all the predictions I have made. Obama gonna have the last laugh!!

    November 4, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The question is: DO YOU GET IT AMERICA? No. You don't. But don't worry. The Rethugs are back. You will.
    I cried for my country on Tuesday. Then I prayed for it.

    November 4, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Chris

    The question should be 'Do Republicans Get It?.

    Apparently all they want to do is trashing the President and Repeal the Healthcare (which comes into effect in 4 years). What about now Republicans? I voted Republicans because I wanted them to do something about the economy, banks and bring jobs back. Not trash the President or repeal the healthcare.

    November 4, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Mikey

    What there is to get is that the public doesn't like 9.5% unemployment. Support of healthcare is a 50-50 proposition as a big chunk of those who don't approve of it wanted Congress to go further and create a public option or go completely public only. What he should get is that they have to message more. They must counter incorrect phrases, such as "government takeover of healthcare" (actual % of the industry taken over = 0.00%) and "cap and tax" (cap and trade is a market based solution originally proposed by the GOP). They also must do a much better job of touting the accomplishments of this Administration, the most accomplished in two years in a generation, and one of the three or four most accomplished in the past 100 years. Also, they must do a better job of pinning the GOP down on issues – make them vote. Of course, that will be harder now that the GOP controls the house and has fillabuster power in the Senate.

    Better messaging and a lower unemployment rate in 2012 will result in easy reelection of our POTUS.

    November 4, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Given surveys that show the electorate woefully misinformed re Obama's policies (eg, most believe taxes have gone up, not down), do you get that reporters are falling down on their job?"

    Indeed. This is perhaps the biggest point. Most people did not vote for or against what ACTUALLY happened over the past 2 years. Truth does not matter, only perception. Based on the GOP's massive misinformation campaigns and demogoguery over teh past 2 years and the "news" media's confusion of equivocation with fairness, we have an entire country full of people who voted for/against what they THOUGHT happened, what they THOUGHT was going on, what they THOUGHT was enacted, etc., but who actually have not the first freekin clue about the REALITY of it all. How many people voted as a means of sending a message to repeal the HCR Bill because they're afraid of "death panels"? How many people wanted to send a message that they can't stand that Obama raised our taxes? How many people voted in order to get the financial reforms repealed because they included "bailouts"? THIS is the danger of the media's abandonment of any semblence of journalistic integrity. We have reached the point where "news" programs will have bobbleheads argue about wheher water is wet. As a result, we have morons running around town claiming water is dry and doing the political equivalent of dancing in pubbles during an economic lightning storm while wearing a tinfoil hat. It's absurd. POLLS DO NOT DETERMINE TRUTH. ADVERTISING REVENUE DOES NOT DETERMINE TRUTH. THE LOCATION OF THE "MIDDLE" DOES NOT DETERMINE TRUTH. Facts, empirical evidence, science, studies and sometimes, rarely, even the help of expert opinions (but only to help us understand the results of the aforesaid science, studies, etc., not just share their "edumacated wisdom")...THOSE things determine truth. Start reporting the truth or the history books will be reporting that the media of our generation contributed directly to the collapse of a once great society.

    November 4, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |