Four years later, some Iowa Democrats have mixed feelings about Obama
January 2nd, 2012
10:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Four years later, some Iowa Democrats have mixed feelings about Obama

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Daniel Bradshaw, a young barber at Platinum Kutz in central Des Moines, hovers over a customer's half-trimmed head, clippers in hand, talking about the good old days of 2008.

"Yeah, I was all for Obama. He was the man!" proclaimed Bradshaw, 32, whose friends call him "Mr. Puerto Rico" and whose colleagues sometimes refer to him as "Mr. Steal-Your-Client." As he brushed the hair clippings off his apron, he goes on: "I even got to meet him, once. He was all that."

Or so he thought.  Bradshaw, like many of his fellow Democrats, feels let down.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Obama supporters are down? Ask Romney & the GOP how they feel about their prospects.

    January 2, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Ya think??? Realistically speaking, over one half of all American Voters (those not already living off of Nanny Government) have many mixed feelings about Obama and those feelings are bad and worse!

    January 2, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. BARACK OBAMA 2012!!!!!!

    Here we go again CNN another lame story about Pres.Obama. CNN you hitch your wagon to the Tea Party and help gave life to this clown show. Fox News started the Tea Party and CNN took the bate and now the most trusted new in cable has egg on their face. Remember stay objective, not a cheerleader.

    January 2, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Larry L

    I have great faith in President Obama – more than in 2008. He has continued to fight for all Americans in the face of tremendous obstructionism and outright hostage taking by the Republican Party. Republicans in the Senate filibustered every initiative, blocking debate and killing the democratic process. Those in the House only forwarded ridiculous Tea Party bills with no connection to reality and no hope of passage. They wanted our government to fail simply to give the Republicans political points for the 2010 and 2012 elections. While they attacked Social Security, Medicare, and forced America's bond rating down, the President fought for the working people. Republicans started the wars, but President Obama became the terrorist's worst nightmare. Republicans fought for the wealthy, and President fought for families. My confidence in the President is high. Conversely, the Republican Congress should be held for charges.

    January 3, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. bullock w

    I m feeling know that presdient obama have lots problems with weak. He will be out of his presdient 2012

    January 3, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    Mr. Puerto Rico will vote in November – and his wife – and they will vote for President Obama. His excuse reflected more of the "do-nothing Congress."

    ►"He doesn't care about all that mess. They just haven't let him do his job. I have never seen so many politicians fighting so hard to take one man down. But he's fighting for all of us," said Robert "Big Rob" Presswood, co-owner of the barber shop...◄

    Now that is true Barber Shop talk – especially in a "shop of color" – A lot of democrats are frustrated with what President Obama had to do from time to get to continue to help the middle class – BUT – We're not "dumb enough" to stay home NOR are we dumb enough to vote for one of THOSE from the Right!!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 3, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. kat

    Face it ,Black America, this clown sold you out ! You were dupped, all this clown had in his mind was to win the presidency and make history, Are you proud now that you put this clown in the White House? I'm not. He's an idiot and now is the time that we vote him out and send him back to Kenya where he belongs.

    January 3, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Corwin7

    Well of course they do... after all we aren't the American third Reich marching in lockstep and verbolten from speaking ill of our candidates. That distinction belongs to the Republican Taliban and thier ilk.

    January 3, 2012 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  9. Corwin7

    The sad reality of the Obama takes from a couple months to a year to build a house...but if you don't care about the people living inside you can burn it down in an hour or so.

    January 3, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  10. time wont tell

    instead of feeling let down by Obama .. most people I know feel betrayed by the GOP .. constant gridlock over issues that should be passed with bipartisan support .. have kept our country apart and dysfunctional .. the only goal of the GOP is to defeat Obama at any price .. and keep the top 2% in power

    January 3, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  11. diridi

    Well,, it takes some time the mess caused by GOP. o.k, Do not steal the customers, we do not do business like that in USA!!!
    They have to believe you and come to you....

    January 3, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Scott in Atlanta

    He's an i-di@t. He we shee-p-ishly fall right into the sn@re laid for him. The opposition to P-resident Ob@ma's efforts, have ex-e-cuted a 3 years long p-lot to subvert the will of @bama supporters; in hopes that they will not be motivated to even particpate in the process this e-lection.

    True to form, here comes this du-fuss.

    When a R-epublic@n wins the election, and ships his ba-rbershop job overseas, raises his t@xes, tosses his gr@ndma out of her nursing home, locks him up for being an ille-gal im-mi-grant, etc... He'll be the first one on the News whining and complaining.

    It saddens me that, as if we didn't have enough obstacles in the way of keeping a good P-resident in office, we have to deal with these a-pathetic cr@bs-in-a-barrel supposedly on our own team.

    January 3, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Independent Voters

    Well go vote for the republican party and see how really bad you going to suffer under Gop agenda.
    Wake up and see how the republican dont want Obama to win middle class votes.

    January 3, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    it is good to see that some people understand that although the presidnet has not accomplished all that he wants, he can NOT do it alone. With the approval of Congress at an all time LOW it is easy to make Obama the scapegoat for ALL the failings. And unlike some he doesn't say it's not his fault. I just wonder if he had been able to get more through the Congress like his jobs bill or the millionaire sur tax, getting infrastructure jobs going what the economy would look like now. A president can make suggestions, Congress has to pass them and then if certain things are not accepted the president can veto it, and if Congress has enough votes to override the veto they can do that too. Some people don't know how government works, they just like to point fingers. Well at least the way government is SUPPOSE to work.

    January 3, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. gg

    cleaning up after bush is going to take more then one term–after other reseccions the plant was always down the road to put the lights back on ,now they are parking lots,30 yrs of republicans and trickle=down

    January 3, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. ja

    their is no alternative

    January 3, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Yes, yes.... stay home... I feel your anger... makes you strong... gives you focus... goooooooooooooood....

    January 3, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |