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Question: (2009-04-02)

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Do you think Congress will pass Obama's health reform bill? Do you think Obama's health reform summit will lead to a bipartisan reform bill? Do you think the federal stimulus has significantly helped the economy over the past year? What was your reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech? Do you think Obama has been devoting enough attention to environmental issues? What should Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy be? Are you concerned the U.S. is becoming too involved in military operations in Pakistan? Did Obama deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you think Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan? Twinkies? Soda? Cigarettes? What items would you pay higher taxes on to ensure health care for all? Do you agree with Obama's decision to continue the practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation? Should President Obama be tackling both the economy and health care at the same time? Some gay rights activists say Obama is not taking their concerns seriously enough. Are they right? How should Obama prioritize the battles he takes to Congress? Will Obama's speech in Egypt improve America's image in the Muslim world? Who should Obama nominate as the next Supreme Court justice and why? Has the press been too lenient on Obama in his first 100 days? What do you think of Obama's performance on his debut trip abroad as president? Do you think Obama's budget plan is too ambitious? How do you think Obama has done in his first 50 days in office? Do you blame Obama for not living up to his no-earmark pledge?

Commenter: Oliver W.
I have followed this man since he began his campaign, and I can see right through him. What in the Name of Almighty God is wrong with some of you??? He has misled so many people, but, only, because you were WILLING to be misled! Sadly, ALL of us will pay for YOUR mistake! People in other countries don't "respect" him! They are AMUSED that such a large number of Americans cannot see what is right under their noses - and they are, happily, awaiting our downfall. Don't worry - it won't be long, now.

Commenter: Michael Barnett
I like President Obama's willingness to listen to the viewpoints of leaders from other countries and not push his agenda only. He appears intent on healing the past rifts of U.S. policy with world leaders so we can again work together on challenging world issues.

Commenter: Love Brains
It's so refreshing to have a president who is smarter than most 5th graders and who earned the position without a famous family buying his way in through political favor.

And not only is he better than what we had, I think he's doing a great job with the current challenges. He understands that this country can lead by good example and through communication and tolerance of different cultures. He understands the difference between tolerating culture and not tolerating acts of aggression. He understands that we don't want big government, but we do need government to watch over big business.

I don't like socialism, and I think it's unfair that the pundits with a republican agenda keep pushing the idea that Obama is moving us toward it. His plans are to provide more equal access to healthcare and opportunity in education. He isn't planning for government to take over the businesses of banking, car making and health care.

I hope people learn to judge politicians on their actions instead of on what their favorite talk show host says about them. I know it requires a little work to understand the choices the politicians make. And listening to a show is much easier. But at least accept that what you hear through the filter of someone with their own agenda is not necessarily the whole truth.

Commenter: Christopher
He exceeded my expectations. America, we did good! We've elected an intelligent, thoughful man to lead the free world. And guess what, the world responded positively. I am so proud!

Commenter: nobomba
It is disheartening to have the president of the US degrade our nation in a european address and bow to a foreign dignitary.

Commenter: Ron S.
Just this spring, the child came home from college. No longer the angry, invincible youth, the child views a wider world of complexity and possibility. This visit delivers to the parents that most flowering reward: That the future of the child is very bright. All glory goes to all of the ancestors of this child, America.

Commenter: Debbie Lackowitz
It was so nice to see President Obama abroad, and not worry about what faux pas would be made. He answered questions directly , and wasn't afraid to say we had made mistakes. You know what, there's nothing wrong with that because there is no doubt that many mistakes were made and now HE has to correct them! I am SO proud of him. The very fact that our President isn't ridiculed (or burned in effigy) says we did something right by electing him. He is doing a great job in re-building our reputation, and anyone who doesn't think it's necessary really wasn't "present" the last eight years! By reaching out to the Muslim world, he actually is making us safer. Thank you President Obama, for making us proud to be Americans once again!

Commenter: CJ
an embarrasement to our Country and those who fought for our freedoms.

Commenter: Roz Levinson
I think he is doing a terrific job of rebuilding our reputation among other nations.
I felt such pride watching him and our first lady stepping off the plane in England. For so long I have cringed at the thought that my president might do something to embarrass us.
When asked questions, he actually gave intelligent and thoughtful answers that made sense. It's been so long!!
At last we have a leader that we can feel pride in. I know he is just beginning his first term, but every day it seem that he fulfills another campaign promise.

Commenter: John J Rottersmann
I am from Europe originally and I believe that most European people consider Obama as a good Socialist.They don't have any idea about the Democratic Party and thinks that they are a party of the Left.I started to believe just before the last elections that the Democratic Party is on the right side of the Republican Party and that explains why the Republicans are represented by the right color ,as are the Socialists in the rest of the world.Teddy Rosevelt was certainly a man for the people ,the same with Lincoln.

Commenter: Les Swift
I Belive obama is going to bankrupt America. Every thing he is doing is just A band-aid or A pacifier

Commenter: gidget
I am angry to see our 'president' put down the country that he serves - apparently he has forgotten how often and at what high price to our citizens, America has defended the right of all people to be free and prosper. Would Europe be free had America not entered WWII? Mr Obama may be well educated, but it is by the prejudiced and left leaning agenda, not by the actual history of our formerly great and free nation.
America has lost her way, our liberty is being traded for marxism by Mr Obama and his mentors.

Commenter: Sophia Matrixa
President Obama is doing a fantastic job as President of this country; I can't imagine anyone else dealing with our economic mess with such grace and style. We have a lot of catching up to do nationally and on a global scale. It took eight years to get us to this horrific point in our history, it will certaintly take many years to get us out of it.

Commenter: Richard Hettler
I fear that President Obama may very well take this country down- as much as I condemned his predecessor, it is conceivable that this President's legacy will include the bankruptcy of America- in an 80 page brief recently furnished Obama [because he has promised an open and transparent government], he has ignored fourteen (14) years of FBI validated corruption brought to Obama's attention.

Commenter: KateNC
President Obama did a remarkable job of presenting a new yet faintly familiar face of America to the world. According to Krugman he got a stimulus even if it was through the IMF and Simon Johnson said he got the leadership of the IMF changed from all European all the time.

I liked his complex answers and the way he addressed problems without flinching although sometimes deflecting as with his addressing the Albanian issue of genocide when he was in Turkey.

President Obama did the U.S. proud.

Commenter: Lucy Roadarmel
Brillant! A statesman who is elegant, intelligent and sensitive to all. He is learned and a great example to children and adults to show how implortant learning is.

Refreshing! Not having to cringe each time my President opens his mouth.

Proud! To have him represent our country.

Pride! To see people in other countries respect our President and see that they feel good about our country again...


Commenter: Aunt Susan
Dear Mr. President,

Patriotic retirement:

There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force - pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations:

1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.

3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

Like I have been saying, they are bailing out the wrong people.

Commenter: Susan Helene
Our President and his lovely wife are rebuilding burnt bridges, and bringing some needed respect back to America. BRAVO BRAVO Hooray!!

Commenter: Sandra Stout
His Trip was wounderful ,He will make the USA look Good again, people will like us again . he is giving hope arown the world , he did a wounderful job of us, Thank you President Obama

Commenter: Delores Boyer
I think Obama is doing all that needs to be done to make the changes needed to make the country viable again.

Commenter: Jan VanderLinden/ Canada
He is doing fine,as expected and it is too earley to start talking about accomplishment or failures
My expectation is he wiil do great

Commenter: Saul
His "performance" is same act he gives here: lots of razzle dazzle and billions for failure (IMF/WTO).

Commenter: Robert Hertz
His trip was splendid. What a refreshing change from the days of George Bush. I am again excited for the future.

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