September 10th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

CNN analysts take on Obama's Q&A session

CNN Security Analyst David Gergen said he believed Obama's press conference was "mostly passionless and, frankly, boring" until the mosque question.

There, he took a much clearer stand on the mosque than he has in the past.

CNN political analyst Roland Martin, however, criticized the summation, saying he is not looking for anyone in Washington to "enamor me."

However, Martin said, he would have liked to have seen Obama be clearer about Republicans setting up roadblocks, saying no and blocking progress.

"You know what? He's not an entertainer," Martin said of Obama. "He's the quarterback. He has to set the tone," Martin said.

CNN's John King, host of "John King U.S.A." said he was impressed by his "long, substantive answers" on several of the issues and noted that on some questions he spoke for three, six and seven minutes to address some of these issues.

Candy Crowley, host of CNN's "State of the Union," said she got the sense that Obama did not want the issue of the mosque to be raised, but everyone on the CNN panel seemed to agree that Obama was most passionate in addressing that specific issue.

CNN political analyst Donna Brazile speculated that Obama became so passionate because Muslim Americans died in 9/11 and have also given their lives in the cause for freedom.

King said he was concerned with U.S. troops who are Muslim.

"Look, there are Muslim troops serving under me, your commander in chief," King said, summating Obama's thoughts.

Crowley said while Democrats do not want the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to be a major issue as November approaches, Obama reiterated his administration's stance that he wants them to expires for couples making more than $250,000, but not for the middle-class.

Borger, however, said she felt he seemed to leave room for compromise if he can get a jobs bill though Congress.

Addressing Martin's statement that he doesn't want politicians to entertain, Gergen said he doesn't, either. However, when Obama was on the campaign trail his tone, enthusiasm and message "stirred people's hopes."

But in Friday's address, Gergen said, Obama seemed more "professorial' and "there wasn't much electricity to it." At the beginning of the speech, he tried to rally Democrats with a "nakedly partisan" attack, Gergen said, but he has had trouble rallying his party of late.

"I think he hasn't found his voice again," Gergen said. "His voice isn't communicating in the same way."

Gergen thinks perhaps the newser lacked electricity because it carried on too long, more than an hour, noting it's tougher to "rifle-shot your message."

Obama seemingly was closer to using a shotgun, he said.

All of the CNN panelists seem to agree the Republicans are hammering Democrats on the economy.

Crowley said Obama seemed to say, "Well, OK, you can stick with us or you can go back to the people who caused this mess."

For Roland Martin, there is one key.

Obama "must stay on the offensive" about the GOP trying to block Democratic action on the economy.

Obama has to loudly voice this allegation and "give other Democrats the confidence to say it themselves, what they've done has made sense," Martin said.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Mike

    My problem with most Democrats and President Obama regarding economic issues is that they want to increase my taxes to pay for hand-outs to those who are capable of improving their financial position by education or working but choose not to do so. Their purported reason for doing so is to help people improve their financial standing in society so that they will become taxpayers and a contributor to society. Statistics prove otherwise and the Democrats know that, but also know that in order to get in power or stay in power, they have to sell this false philosophy to the masses. The truth is that the more the government provides to these folks the more dependent on the government they become and the more likely they are going to vote for the Democrats who wiil continue the hand-outs at the expense of hard-working Americans, who have through education and/or hard work improved their financial standing in society. I am the oldest of nine children. My father was a high school drop-out who worked 3 jobs to feed and shelter his children. Now I am trying to help my children get their college education but my ability to do so is going to be impaired because my taxes and healthcare costs are going to increase due to the Democrats and Obama. The impact on their personal pocket books is de-minimus as most of them are super wealthy. However, the impact on two earner incomes in the range of 80,000.00 to 300,000.00 is significant. My wife and I make less than $140,000.00 but having analyzed the tax code and the new healthcare bill, I know that my taxes and healthcare bills are going up directly and indirectly. Why? So everyone gets healthcare. If you are, due to mental or medical issues, unable to work to provide for yourself, including providing healthcare, we already pay taxes to assist you and you receive healhtcare that is usually better than private healthcare. So why do we need universal healthcare; Oh! to help those who could work 3 jobs(70-80 hours) per week but dont think they should have to do so because they think should have same lifestyle as the so-called rich person ( apparently, according to Democrats tax and healthcare schemes, people like me). I have no problem helping those who are unable to help themselves but I do not support the philosophy helping those who can help themselves but choose not to do so. In short, the class warfare strategy of the Democrats is a big lie. Their tax and spending programs hurt vs. help the middle class, the backbone of this country. Most of whom were not born into wealth but through hard-work (working 3 jobs if necessary) and/or education (working their way through college) have achieved financial success but now cnat help their own because they are taxed to help those who choose not to help themselves.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Unless you live with your head stuck in the ground, you must be aware that Obama has rejected tax increased for those whose income are less than $250,000.

      So those slovenly people who you think you are being forces to take care of are 98% of Americans. (Only 3% of small businesses have income above $250,000.)

      Since Reagan, the Republicans have used the government to make the top 2% richer and the rest of Americans poorer. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

      The economy was growing just fine under Bill Clinton. Time for tax breaks to go to the middle class, not bank presidents.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      By the way, every American should be covered by health insurance.

      ANYONE WHO IS NOT COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE is counting on SOMEONE ELSE TO PICK UP THE TAB, if they should get seriously sick.

      The Dems used the health reform proposals of Bob Dole, the Heritage Foundation, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as their model for a INTELLIGENTLY DESIGNED, FAIR, AND PAID FOR plan.

      Unlike the ban-negotiation-with-drug-companies Republican Medicare part D, which was not paid for and immediately increased the federal debt (though less than originally projected).

      1. Where was the Republican plan for (almost) all Americans being covered by insurance?

      2. Where was the Republican plan to make it illegal to deny health insurance to any American because of preexisting conditions?

      3. OR, IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN INSURANCE, where was the Republican plan to PAY FOR medical care for every American who gets seriously ill?

      I happen to know the answer. THERE WAS ZERO REPUBLICAN PLAN TO DO ANY OF THESE ESSENTIAL GOALS. The Republicans turned out to be "All hat, and no cattle."

      September 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    John, I see you are drinkng the Kool aid; That sale job of tax increases only to the so-called rich–$250,000.00 or more is bogus. First, their plan is to allow all of the Bush tax cuts to expire and then they are going to pass legislation o allegedly ensure that anyone making income less than $250,000.00 doesn't pay more taxes. In the meantime, our helathcare costs go up to pay for Obama care and we are expected to believe that Democrats will keep those of us earning less than $250,000.00 from paying more in taxes even though that won't generat enough income to pay for all of their spending programs. C'mom. get with it. Ain't happening. My taxes went down with Bush. I like managing my own money and deciding which charities to which to contribute ( worhtwhile ones) not funds for elementary schools to hand-out condoms programs promoted by Democrats (most of whom are former 60s hippies who claim they care about everyone else but really want the hand-out program so they can free-load too.) I would love to know how many Democrats actually earn in the $100,000.00- $300,000.00. I doubt very many.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Source for 'let all the tax cuts expire'? Your butt.

      What the Dems will do is pass legislation to make the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 permanent.

      Health insurance rates have been going up 7% a year for YEARS NOW. Now, under the health reform act, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to COLLECT PREMIUMS YEAR AFTER YEAR, then cancel your coverage when you get sick.

      This is going to be a tough election for Dems, but Republicans help us every single day that they insist that the middle class pay small a percentage of the tax burden.


      * * * * * *
      So where *was* that Republican plan to either get all Americans covered by insurance or to pay for their life saving care if they don't have insurance? In your butt.

      So where *was* that Republican plan to make discrimination against cancer survivors and others with 'preexisting conditions'? In your butt.

      So where *was* that Republican plan to balance the budget? In your butt.

      So where *was that Republican plan to avoid an economic catastrophe so severe that it cost 8 million Americans their jobs? In your butt.

      Enjoy your Kool aid!

      September 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This is going to be a tough election for Dems, but Republicans help us every single day that they insist that the middle class pay too small a percentage of the tax burden.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dina K.

      Right on, Mike!

      September 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen

      Good points. I wonder truly how many Dems understand economics anyway. Either the current recession was created by Bush's tax cuts or it was a monetary saturation. It could not be both and never has a tax rate policy created a recession, so it was the latter. If the Dems, or any liberal for that matter, believe that Bush's tax cuts created this great economical debacle, then the Dems could raise them anytime and expect a quick fix to our economic problem. I find it humorous that now they're debating about keeping them intact knowing full well that raising any marginal rate wouild assist in the suppression of economy.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dina K.

    to abqan: To answer your question on whether or not someone yelling out "Jesus" before committing an offense would somehow taint all Christians -just look at the way the Muslim world is reacting to one man (out of millions) who said he would burn some Qurans – yes, they do apply their hatred to us en mass as Americans even if one person does something disdainful. At least he's not cutting off heads....

    September 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WAKE UP!

    John, I'm with you. CNN is hate mongering as usual and slamming our dear president who has done much. Thing is, Obama is not a Flashy guy...he's not a do and tell all, he is a classy, brilliant man working hard and has no time to be dancing on TV like the previous president. It will all come out in the wash, the truth of his hard work. By the way, I don't have health insurance BUT most Europeans and Canadians are cared for medically so that they can be functioning people in society. No health insurance means less at work and the rest of us picking up the tab.

    September 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Burn koran?

    Burning a Koran is considered a hate crime of which this minister or nut case should be charged for. First charge – threatening retoric, second charge would be if he actually goes out and does this. There are laws against discrimination toward any group of people in this country and he will be charged. (by the way...he is not a true man of the cloth) he's a nut case. Anyone asking themselves?

    September 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dina K.

      Glad that you think that the Muslims that kill people and bomb buildings all around the world are nut case hate criminals. It's not just someone here who burns paper, right?

      September 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen

      The pastor's actions would be considered 'speech' and burning the koran would be his way of expressing his opinion in that the muslim community as a whole is not nor has condemned the actions of the few who carry out their terrorist activities.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. luckyfella1

    regarding the mosque at ground zero!
    I don't agree with the President in todays news conference.

    Catholics did not create 9/11
    Protestants did not create 9/11
    Jews did not create 9/11 (but they nearly destroyed our economy)
    Baptists did not create 9/11



    However, I do not believe that the Quran should be burned. It would create more problems than we could handle.

    I do believe that all MOSLEMS should leave the UNITED STATES. This country was founded with CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS.
    MOSLEMS WANT TO TAKE OVER, as they have in many other countries.
    I believe that our policy should be the same as AUSTRALIA... The Prez there said " if you don't like it, get out!!!!!"
    Australia was founded on CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS. I agree with them.
    More countries should do the same. I'm sick and tired of being kicked around and told what to do by MOSLEMS.

    September 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen


      September 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill Berry

    Can anybody tell me when was the last time there was a quick fix to our economy at a time when initially it was this bad? The Islamic and Muslim faiths as a whole are not responsible for what happened on September 11, 2001. Do we subject crimes in this country by all others to a faith test? I was listening to talk show this morning that two of its guests suggested President Obama find a way to arrest Pastor Jones down in Gainesville, FL; make up a reason to arrest him. The 1st Amendment while inconvenient is what it is and whether we think this guy is right or wrong, he has the right to do it whether I hate the guy or not. Look at us! How from 9/11 when everybody came together regardless of who and what we believed in to how political this has become to simply win votes. I'm waiting for the Republicans to give me hard answers to what they are going to do these next couple of years. Please tell me it is to do nothing but stone wall legislation at every turn and get rid of President Obama and nothing more. Tell me they have a plan because I'm waiting to hear it it. Change never comes easy; reverting back to pre-Obama is not my idea of what I envision my children's future to be.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marcus

    Really? A $365 million White House renovation? Come on ALREADY – CAN we PLEASE get some common sense somewhere?! People are losing their houses, jobs, basic living needs and who knows what else, because some can't even get a few hundred dollars?! My God I feel like we are living in one of those "poor countries" we used to study in school and felt good and lucky we were Americans. Well not so much anymore....SO SAD.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |

    When was the last time the U.S. fired upon the training centers/camps of Alkada?
    Hopefully, it is day and night 24/7.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

    Is the proposed mosque at the 9/11 site placed to show up in the 9/11 reflecting pools??????????

    September 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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