Overheard on CNN.com: Should President Obama sidestep Congress?
July 28th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Should President Obama sidestep Congress?

Comment of the day:

"I don't know if I'm relieved or concerned about some of the revelations in this article. While they all seem a bit shady, I suppose it's good to know that there are still some executive options on the table to keep us from going over the brink that Congress has brought us to."–svscnn

3 ways Obama could bypass Congress

"We are having a debt-ceiling crisis because Congress has given the president contradictory commands," writes Constitutional Law professor Jack Balkin, "Congress has ordered the president to spend money, and it has forbidden him to borrow enough money to obey its orders." But President Obama may be able to save the United States from defaulting, he writes, perhaps by issuing $1 trillion coins or selling the Federal Reserve an option on $2 trillion in property.

katahdin62 said, "President Obama should do whatever he has to do to protect the country. Clearly most of the rational Republicans are gone, and the few who remain are too scared of the nuts to act in the best interests of the country. Since he's stuck dealing with screaming children who can't be reasoned with, the president should simply act on his own."

jschartz said, "Avoid the gimmicks of the first two options. Option three is viable since the Constitution may well grant the president that power based upon interpretation. If it comes down to the wire, I think President Obama should do this. Let Congress impeach him and question the constitutionality of this move. Maybe then America will wake up to the reality of our representation: Many House members place politics above America's well-being by refusing real compromise."

But mslman71 said, "No matter how frustrating dealing with Congress might be that is no reason to bypass it. What country is this? Hail the emperor, is that what you want? What happens when the pendulum swings back the other way and a Republican is in office?" MetsFan17 replied, "Where were you when Emperor W was running the country into the ground? Probably never saw a single thing wrong there."

jandrews10 said, "Defaulting on our debt would cause a collapse of the bond market, as I understand it. Interest rates would rise, causing a slowdown in the housing market because people wouldn't be able to afford to buy homes with higher rates. Credit card rates would rise. It would give the impression that our safest investment (bonds) are no longer a safe investment. It wouldn't be a good thing."

MsMaryE said, "I predict that on 3 August, President Obama will give a press conference on who and what will get paid. He will not use the 14th Amendment. He will let the tea party and Boehner hang themselves."

takingsides said, "Man, if the U.S. defaults I am going into business digging moats and building drawbridges."

Reaction to pastor giving thanks for 'smokin' hot wife'

A Baptist preacher who gave the invocation at a NASCAR race tickled some and offended others last weekend by thanking God for his wife and corporations for their cars, and then signing off, "Boogity, boogity, boogity, amen." Many CNN.com readers applauded the pastor, Joe Nelms, for his good humor and appreciation of his wife.

Karen said, "I think he's a sweetie-pie husband for saying that in the prayer! I think God loves it when we're crazy-in-love with our spouses!" shelly said, "I think it was wonderful! I've been married for 23 years and this was the first time my husband really heard a prayer!:))"

Ashlyn said, "I think it was sweet. This woman is married with kids, and if she had any supermodel days, they are long behind her. If her husband wants to proclaim her 'smokin' hot' for everyone (including God) to hear, good for her. We should all hope our spouses still find us hot after years of marriage and multiple kids. The product placement seemed a bit over the top, though."

Jesus Loves Nascar! said, " 'And yea, verily, thou shalt roar around a circle again and again in thy holy attempt to become rich and famous in a Jesus-loving way as thousands of beer-smeared yokels who haveth not much upstairs hoot and yowl and thinketh this is something amazing as they give lots of their cash to rich people and hope to see a gnarly crash, for Jesus loveth a few good smash-ups.' The Gospel of Rubes, 12:34-45"

But others were not amused. SAM said, "To pray in Jesus' name, the highest name, above all others and to make a mockery of it is a disgrace! God does not want us to act as if we are dipped in pickle juice and while you can ask anything in that name, this pastor went too far and should be ashamed."

peter lawrence replied, "Dear Sam, if Jesus was to hear that prayer he would be laughing as well. You, on the other hand, have no sense of humor and probably no life. Go get a life and have some fun and stop being an ass!" CN0 said, "Jesus loved a party." Don said, "God doesn't mind, he has a good sense of humor. How else would you explain the platypus?"

jacksonsaid, "It was a lighthearted remark made at a race. It ain't the pope speaking to the throngs in the Vatican Square." Jesus Loves Nascar! replied, "Actually, that was the Southern Baptist equivalent of the pope speaking to the throngs at the Vatican!"

Britain bans airbrushed Julia Roberts makeup ad

Airbrushed makeup ads of actor Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington are misleading, Britain's Advertising Standards Agency ruled. The watchdog agency banned L'Oreal's photos of the two, saying they exaggerated the ability of the products they were promoting to cover lines, wrinkles and blemishes. L'Oreal called the Roberts image "aspirational."

Kudos to the British, said many CNN.com readers. seter16 said, "Europe is so much further ahead of us in so many ways. In America we value that we can lie to our citizens to get them to buy a product." Neutral79 said, "Must be nice living in a country where the regulators actually do their jobs on behalf of the public." guru2u2 said, "They insist on truth in advertising? How odd and clearly un-American."

SomeDudeinNCsaid, "If you see how much work goes into Photoshopping an advertisement of even a beautiful woman, you would be shocked. They are so aggressive in removing every little blemish that people have a totally unrealistic view of who those people even are." pmichner said, "Just say at the very end of the commercial 'This has been an advertisement for Mega Airbrushing Company.' "

Claghorn said, "The thing I like best about makeup is the persistent use of the phrase 'natural.' Constantly telling you that coating yourself in several layers of chemical compounds is the way to achieve the 'natural' look." CG77 said, "If the makeup could achieve those effects, why didn't they?"

1MyOpinion said, "Look how good my product is (after I fix it)."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Renelda Moorehead

    I loved the NASCAR 'scripture.' As for God having a sense of humor? Just look in the mirror!!! LOL

    July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Isn't that a little blasphemous, Renelda? We should keep God's name out of these jokes here. I understand that God hates iniquity, so he cannot think too much of the Republicans and their iniquitous right-wing ideology!!!

      July 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ruffnutt troll, i assume: if ya wanna play it that way, god is the biggest joke of all..

      July 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Ever since MAN created GOD we've had nothing but killing, torture, intolerance and absolute stupidity... this is the 21st century, perhaps we might just be able to get GODS, KINGS, QUEENS out of our imagination and begin a concerted effort to deal with and help our fellow human beings...

      July 29, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The very two things on Capitol Hill that urgently need to be done, won't be!!! First, we need to stop all this useless and unnecessary military spending which is breaking the national economy and secondly, we do need to raise the debt limit ceiling and make the wealthy pay their fair share of the taxes. The MIC(military-industrial-complex) rules as always!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/forever-war/

      July 29, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I DID NOT WRITE the 5:58 PM post.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      I did too. We need to curtail this unnecessary military spending and just say no to the MIC(military-industrial-complex) but the idiots on Capitol Hill won't, unfortunately!

      July 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If Obama can sidestep Congress, he should do it.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    IF i seen that trillion dollar coin i would swipe it...

    July 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe norman

    i dont know how the republicans .can stand in front of the american people and blame pres. obama for or debt .when mr w bush took office he had a surplus of 152.76 billion when he left 8 years later .he left us with a debt 1416 billion the republicans should be burying heads in the sand . wait a minute they are.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Hey joe I HAVE A idea all that surplus how about you ask chris dodd and barney frank they was in charge of the banking and caused that mess with our economy that you and the rest of the libbies like to blame bush for

    July 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ramtough

    Answer me this,Congress...How can you vote to bailout corporations and banks who were financially irresponsible and you can't vote to bail the good old US of A out of a debt crisis?

    July 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Thomas Jefferson

    Yes, Obama should definitely sidestep Congress by resigning and admitting that the job is way over his head. That is what Obama should do.

    July 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick of It

      Well put!!!!

      July 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    The republicans are playing right into his hands. When i saw boehner follow obama the other night, i thought boehner looked the fool.

    The president called out the people to write their congressman. All boehner did was talk about more symbolic crap that won't pass the senate. It won't pass because it puts us right back where we are in 6 months.

    Obama won't have to worry in 2012. He'll get the house back, and it will be easy street. At least, until 2014. I'll call 2012, too early for 2014.

    July 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Futurist

    All media commentators seem astounded at the debt limit standoff. Reminder: this is just one effect of using a profligate, manipulative, anachronistic form of money, which is fiat currency. When you deal with a character that has no morals,
    no standards, and revels in the gutter, you know what you've got. The worst is yet to come. But, the President is being advised properly by some, he is just refusing to face facts. A new socioeconomics will come about, but it will now be
    very painful to both the wealthy, the creditors, the government officials, and Wall Street. In the place where real business is being done, these people are being told "You're money's no good here."

    July 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    I have a idea have congress sidestep the president i would feel better about that

    July 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    NOT JIF AT 7:09!

    July 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Madame Royale

    I am with JIF:
    If Obama can sidestep Congress, he should.
    Boehner and company aren't showing any good faith at all by stomping out of meetings...
    Things must be resolved.

    July 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • WINat

      Obama can't make a decision. He wants the debt ceiling raised until the 2012 elections are over for his political gain. Why don't the Democrats think about the country for once and not re-election.

      De-Fault and let the chips fall where the Democrats laid em.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Madame Royale

    I meant JIF Real, not the Troll Patrol.

    July 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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