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One year after being elected, has President Barack Obama done a good job?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 5, 2009

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“I feel he is a bit overwhelmed. I think we just need to give him more time. I still have high hopes for him.”

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“Yes and no … one person can only do so much … with regard to the Afghan war, he hasn’t done much to really change that.”

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“I pretty much think he’s done the best he can do … a lot of the challenges he’s faced weren’t really part of the campaign process.”

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“Not enough of a good job … he’s made good on some of his promises … but he’s not willing to give up on the idea of bipartisan support when he has enough support to get the job done.”


BigPrune 8 years, 1 month ago

The question should be, "After one year, do you feel less anxiety since B.H. Obama became president?"

The defeat of the democrats in two governor races tells the story, no online poll necessary.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

Look at the fantastic whoppers in the government's "saved and created jobs" figures. Billions of dollars have been whizzed away to repay political markers. The campaigner in chief is adrift. He knows less about governance than a pig knows about string theory.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

Remember remember The fourth of November The ACORN treason and plot And what the media did to help And the pig in the poke that we've got

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

TOB, I prefer cheddar so sharp you could cut yourself on it.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 1 month ago

OK if all you wanted was inexperienced community organizer. As POTUS he's a flop!

Bruce Rist 8 years, 1 month ago

Let's see the dollar is worth 20% less than when he started. Unemployment raised to 10%, he owns car companies and banks and he's never even run a hot dog stand he did inherit a trillion dollar deficit from GW Bush, but his answer to that is raise it to three trillion.
AND he hangs out with the scums of the earth like Bill Ayers and Malik Zulu Shabazz

Nope D minus, The college professor is in over his head.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 1 month ago

And autie, he and his party controls the whole shootin' match, he don't need no stinkin' cooperation, he can just push his agenda down our "collective throats". But he and his party knows that's not what Americans vote for so they are spinnin' round trying to slip it pass the voters watchful eyes. 2010 is coming and his reich is nearing an end.

Matt Warman 8 years, 1 month ago

Can the LJW come up with a question to stir up reaction more? Why not just Bud or Miller? I do like the big sunglasses wearing body worker. Whatever that is. Sounds good though.

remember_username 8 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I'd give him a B, up from the C indicated because of the difficulty rating of current issues. I'm certainly less anxious with the current administration as opposed to the last.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 1 month ago

Every politician promises things that they don't deliver, unfortunately it seems to be a part of the game. I think he's done a fair job...not spectacular, not horrible.

Unemployment is the biggest issue in this country right now, IMO. They say the economy has improved, but this is only because businesses are getting into the black by cutting employees and forcing retirements. It's nice to see the stocks go up, but the unemployment rate is a little alarming. He hasn't really created the permanent jobs he talked about.

I'm with LarryNative on the troop would be nice to see more of them coming home, but I realize you can't just pull everyone at the drop of a hat.

Although nothing's been done about health car yet, I think he's done a masterful job of getting the entire country talking and thinking about it. Even though his public option may never pass, I think people on both sides of the aisle can agree that some type of reform to the health care system is overdue.

He hasn't even been in office for a year...I'm optimistic about the next three.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 1 month ago

he's doing a good job w/ what he has to work w/. he has alot on his plate-- moreso than the last several presidents did at the beginning of their terms-- and we can't expect big time change overnight.

nbnozzy 8 years, 1 month ago

autie (Anonymous) says…

I think he has done alright considering all the lack of cooperation from the nattering nabobs of negativism. You know, all the ilk like Beck, Coulter, the “you lie” guy. Yeah, given the mess left by the previous tenant he had done a pretty good job cleaning up

okay autie.... give me one example of what Obama has done to make the nation better than what previous tenant had done. Just one thing that shows we are better off now than just a little over a year ago.

leedavid 8 years, 1 month ago

Obama has both houses of congress, he does not need the support of Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity or any other talk show host. No matter whose fault you think it was to cause the economic problems, the war in Afghanistan, or Iraq. They are Obama's to solve. On those issues alone, how is he doing? Well I believe he is in rival with Jimmy Carter for the worst president in modern history. He is bent on health care and climate change. The people of the nation are scared of the economy, putting food on their table, getting or keeping a job. Obama's response? He saved or created jobs that no one can come up with the same math the White House uses. Oh and I like Bud and Michelob. LOL

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

TOB, having a Free State beer is almost always better than punching someone.

nbnozzy 8 years, 1 month ago

honeychild (Mel Briscoe) says…

he's doing a good job w/ what he has to work w/.

{you mean like Pelosi, Reid, Rangel. Biden, Dodd, et al.?}

he has alot on his plate—

{and it's still full.. he's done nothing productive to empty it}

moreso than the last several presidents did at the beginning of their terms—

{Both Clinton and GW Bush inheirted recessions and other problems. Obama just cries about his problems and has done nothing to roll up his sleeves, use bipartisan support to fix things, and get things solved. It's his way or the highway. Not going to work in Congress.}

and we can't expect big time change overnight

{can we expect anything from this man? So far, he's rating a big fat F in my book. The most incompetent President in history. When this inept "leader" makes Jimmy Carter look better, we're in a world of hurt....}

Matt Warman 8 years, 1 month ago

Bud, Michelob or Busch. With Pepper Jack and seal.

sfjayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Im not sure he has done much of anything - although to be sure he is way better that the former idiot in charge.

nbnozzy 8 years, 1 month ago


Ford Motor Company showed a profit because they did business as usual and didn't let the Obama government take over. Give the Lawrence boy Alan Mulally credit for knowing that when left alone in a capitalist society, to go about doing what you do best... and things usually work out.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 1 month ago

I think foreign policy is going a lot smoother than it was before as well.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

Axelrod's puppet has offended our allies and encouraged our enemies. Is that what passes for smooth foreign policy these days?

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 1 month ago

No worse than what happened on Bush's watch. I thought everyone said "We Will Never Forget".

jonas_opines 8 years, 1 month ago

C or C+ on a few pop quizzes, attendence and participation. Hasn't taken the midterm, final, or turned in the term paper yet. But still better than the last one who took a few of the pop quizzes, did very poorly, was saved by the fire drill and then responded by trying to burn down the rival school.

nbnozzy 8 years, 1 month ago

autie.... you are side stepping my statement to you.

"give me one example of what Obama has done to make the nation better than what previous tenant had done. Just one thing that shows we are better off now than just a little over a year ago."

The key word is "Obama".

ms_canada 8 years, 1 month ago

edjayhawk - if you don't like the two party system, take a look at the mess a 3 or 4 party system can make as in Canada. I wish we only had a two party system. With a 4 party system, no party has a majority to form a stable government. We don't have a four year term like you have and so if there is a minority government, a "no confidence" vote can throw them out and we have new election. One government lasted only 18 months. How the heck can they accomplish anything in that short time.
And as for Mr. Obama, what the heck do you expect with the mess he inherited. Do any of you really believe that pulling your troops out of the middle east would be a good thing. Those young men and women in their graves would flip over and think to themselves. Hell, I died for nothing!!! And yes, I know, there will be more deaths. Democracy does not go down without a spoon full of sugar. That war should not have been allowed to go on for 8 years in the first place. It should have been oust Saddam and get out. Democracy cannot be forced upon a people who don't want it in the first place. GWB and his gang knew nothing about the mind of the middle eastern people. Just bring them democracy and they will be so happy. Bull durham. And Afghanistan is even worse. they are a tribal people and want nothing to do with government of the people by the people. And don't even talk about the corruption in the government. What a collosul mess. You all should get down on your knees and pray for wisdom for the govenment that you now have to get out of this mess quickly, not malign them every time you open your mouth. Sorry for this but I do hate whinners. You got it now suck it up.

thewayitis 8 years, 1 month ago

My predictions came true. NO-BAMA for sure. 4 and out

jonas_opines 8 years, 1 month ago

"Those young men and women in their graves would flip over and think to themselves. Hell, I died for nothing!!!"

That's been my opinion since the beginning, Mrs. C. I don't see the problem as being that we finally admitted it to ourselves.

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago

The beating the dems are going to take in the 2010 elections will largely be governed by whether or not the recession / unemployment deepens, the value of the dollar continues to crash, oil / commodity prices spike, peoples 401K's become worthless again, terrorists attack the homeland again, inflation takes off, or Afghanistan gets appreciably worse.

There is a disturbingly high probability any one of those things will happen which will cause the dems to lose control of congress. Regardless, the mid-term elections will seriously weaken Mr. Obama if there isn't measurable improvement in our country about 300 days from now.

I predict in 2012 election, Mr. Obama will replace Carter as the best contemporary example of a one-term President, and reaffirm the fact the country isn't ready to move as far to the left as he wanted.

Satirical 8 years, 1 month ago

hitme... "Has he even quit smoking yet?"

The real question is what does he smoke.

Satirical 8 years, 1 month ago

Obama: "I don't understand why problems aren't solving themselves. I have done the same thing which won me the election...I have voted 'present' on every single issue. I just don't understand."

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago

....I forgot to add if the Republicans put up a candidate like Owl Gore or Bob Kerry 2012, PrezBO will get a second term.

MyName 8 years, 1 month ago

Umm... I think a body work is someone who works on auto bodies.

And for all the criticism, I think he's doing alot better than McCain would have, and I shudder to think about what would happen if McCain had a heart attack or something and we'd have Palin running our foreign policy.

labmonkey 8 years, 1 month ago

When families are in debt, the worst thing they can do is to go into even more debt. I do not know if we can survive the 1-2 punch of W and Obama. If cap and trade passes, put a fork in the United States, we are done.

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago

I agree Babboy - it is too early to make predictions - but ideological bloviating is half the fun of posting.

It is foolish for anyone to make too much of these elections though. They "tend" to indicate only one possible outcome next November. Much can and will change before the next one.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 1 month ago

"I think he's doing alot better than McCain would have"

Making statements that can be neither proved nor disproved: this is what the internet is all about. Especially on the subject of politics.

pace 8 years, 1 month ago

I think Obama is great. I never thought he could instantly fix the mess that resulted from Bush and Cheney running the country. Some of their mess may never be fixable. I see him as a man to guide the country on a path to recovery. We should recognize that it will be a long haul. I wish more families were being helped not just banks and corporations. I hope he stays focused and keeps fighting for solutions and bipartisan. It will take all of us to put the country on a road to recovery. The theatrics and rhetoric of hate seem a poor offering. I think we have better than that to offer. The hate is draining our energy.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal

This is what Obama walked into...

  1. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal

  2. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money?

  3. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy)

The bogus repub party is setting records for home loan scandals that put millions out of work and deplete retirement accounts.

Why isn't anyone on trial and going to jail?

jonas_opines 8 years, 1 month ago

Satirical (Anonymous) says…

"hitme… “Has he even quit smoking yet?”

The real question is what does he smoke."

I've heard his aids gave him cut-off McDonalds straws and told him that it was a synth compound called O2. Kind of like K2, but changed to be named after him.

I've heard he still hasn't gotten the joke, either.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

We need more outdated copy/paste here. Get cracking, merrill.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 1 month ago

"Why isn't anyone on trial and going to jail?"

Because mindless cutting and pasting isn't a crime...yet.

Satirical 8 years, 1 month ago


Do you know what I used to do when people couldn't come up with original arguments, but instead just copied and pasted the same nonsense repeatedly? I followed their post with another off-topic link and copy/paste.

For example.

merrill... "Why isn't anyone on trial and going to jail?"

Here is why -

"Cut in half and seed squash. Place the squash halves, cut-side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub the flesh with softened butter or oil, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with brown sugar, maple syrup or orange juice. Flip the squash over and roast them for 40 to 45 minutes in a preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven. Roast the squash until the skin is blistered, browned and the flesh tender. Insert a fork or knife under the skin to test that the flesh is tender. When the squash has cooled the skin should peel off easily."

Anyone can see how this proves all democrats are evil, right merrill?

ms_canada 8 years, 1 month ago

edjayhawk - my answer was not to you alone. Just the first part. I don't think there is any perfect form of government except a Theocracy.

puddleglum 8 years, 1 month ago

he needs to say f---this bi-partisan crud. lets get on with it. and start getting some stuff done.


JoRight 8 years, 1 month ago

It's hard to win a hand w/ the cards that he was dealt.

Regardless, if Palin / McCain would have prevailed liberals would be bashing, Obama / Biden win, conservatives bash.

It was essentially a lose lose situation. No matter who was in office, the same or similar situation would have come out.

tbaker 8 years, 1 month ago right.

Most politicians (some notable exceptions) only care about themselves and being re-elected. Its hard to tell them apart - both major parties are equally accomplished spenders, growers of government, and out-right liars. The difference (if there is one) is Mr. Obama has awakened people. He awakened the young and disaffected independents during the election, and now he has awakened ordinary conservative folks (also largely independent) with his policy choices. They will be his undoing if things do not get appreciably better in this country in the next 9-10 months.

corkster 8 years, 1 month ago

i agree that maybe he hasn't made enough steps in the right direction, but come on, give the guy some time. we all have to realize he is human, is a new president, and like anyone else, needs time to adjust to a new home for his family, new environment, new job. granted, our president doesn't really have the luxury of that "getting used to it, learning the ropes" period, but we can't expect him to POOF! fix everything in what, 9 months??

Sunny Parker 8 years, 1 month ago

No...he has not done a good job at anything but spend tax dollars! Very sad!

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