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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Obama: 'I don't think there's a sense that I've been successful'

By Matt DeLong

Taking his message directly to voters in key battleground states, President Obama on Monday invited reporters from four local news stations in Ohio, Iowa, Florida and Colorado to the White House to talk about the economy and his tax-cut package. During a sit-down with Adam Schrager of Colorado's KUSA on Monday, the president acknowledged that he has not delivered on one of his biggest campaign promises -- changing the way Washington does business.

"No, I don't think there's a sense that I've been successful. I think people feel that Washington still is dysfunctional," he said. "I think people still feel that overall, Washington is about a lot of politics and special interests and big money, but that ordinary people's voices too often aren't represented, and so my hope is that we're going to continue rebuilding a trust in government."

Watch video of the interviews below.

KUSA in Denver, Colo.:

WTBO in Tampa Bay, Fla.:

Raw video from Obama's interview with KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa here.

By Matt DeLong  | December 14, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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President Harry S. Truman was long deemed an abject failure as president. Decades passed before many realized what an innovative and groundbreaking presidency he actually had. I'm glad that Mr. Truman lived longed enough to see himself vindicated by history. I think that Mr. Obama is handling things quite well in the face of overwhelming odds and a high degrees of resistance and overt efforts to bring him down. Too many of us have grown addicted to instant gratification, which will never be achieved no matter how many times voters flip-flop between parties and opposite ends of the political spectrum. There is no "magic pill" solution to our problems nor will there ever be no matter who gets elected to what. We are too impatient and have too little faith (in God, that is).

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Trying to be a reasonable and moderate person while also being the chief executive of a country in which fully half the people judging your performance are complete imbeciles, as exampled in comments above, will simply result in unhappiness all around. It is not too late to start using the power of the executive branch to investigate the criminal activities of the GOP, clean out the Democratic party's deadwood and aspiring Republicans, and put the hammer to the GOP. As they always say, bipartisanship is date rape and the only thing they understand is force. Since the GOP specializes in projection, this means they only respect force, period, full stop. Reason and moderation do not work on conservatives, it is like doing card tricks for dogs.

Posted by: sparkplug1 | December 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Barry. You are correct. You have not been successful. An increasing number of Americans do not like your beliefs or your left winged agenda. We do not like your shoving a variety of leftist ideas down our throats. We do not like the amnesty you proposed for the criminal aliens. We do not like anything you forced upon us. And lastly, we do not like, you or your fat wife on a personal level. If you would resign or go away, people would immediately feel better, the stock market would improve as would the economy, and the general malaise that has settled in since 2008 would disappear. Do us a favor and resign.

Posted by: nomobarry | December 15, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

On the contrary you have been very successful at what you are. An extreme left wing radical.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | December 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Too bad President Obama doesn't think that "ordinary people" can't be liberal or progressive or he wouldn't be so insulting toward us. Obama is a failed President because he didn't go after the Bush regime but instead embraced Bush's illegal practices. That was his first sellout. He didn't pursue a public option despite US citizens desiring such an option. He is pursuing the failed policies of "free trade" that will further decimate the working class and then this horror of a tax bill that will increase the deficit while setting into motion the destruction of Social Security. In 2004 I came to the conclusion that John Kerry was a coward, unwilling to fight the Rethuglican Party. I have now come to believe that Obama is the bi-racial John Kerry.

Posted by: lmwilker | December 15, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This President does not create much confidence and is not worthy of a 2nd Term.

Posted by: nmauriello | December 15, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. President,

I think you've done a good job. I think you need to frame the message and get out in front of it. I also think you need to stop accepting blame for everything. The bottom line is that if Republicans were hearing from the American people that we don't want tax cuts for the rich, some of them would change their votes and would have relinquished that issue. The question then becomes, how many Americans contacted their Republican representatives to let them know that they did not want the tax cuts for the wealthiest and that if the member supported this tax cut, they would lose a vote?

Let people know that this is still a democracy and that if they don't want this, they'd better let the Republican representatives know about it.

Then, I think your Press Secretary should put pressure on the media to write more stories about the overwhelming majority of Americans who don't want this tax cut.

Posted by: lrice1 | December 15, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

But you haven't!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gany1 | December 15, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama is like a student who fails one test after another but then self-righteously asks his professor for an 'A.'

Like this petulant student, Obama asks us to praise him. But his words fall on deaf ears because we know that his actions belie his claims of accomplishment.

He lied and ran roughshod over the sovereign will of the American people to pass Obamacare, which will disastrously increase medical costs and further bust the budget. And his Stimulus Bill is a shameful amalgam of pork spending that has been spectacularly unsuccessful in reducing unemployment.

So, yes, Mr. President, we don't think you have been successful. In fact, we are absolutely certain that you have been a miserable failure.

Posted by: mmcsorley | December 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

No sh*t, Sherlock.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: slovelace - "Mr. President, it is a hard an thankless job, but somebody had to take." No one forced him - and he is far from qualified for assuming the role of president.

Posted by: texastornado78114 | December 14, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: slovelace - "Mr. President, it is a hard an thankless job, but somebody had to take." No one forced him - and he is far from qualified for assuming the role of president.

Posted by: texastornado78114 | December 14, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The reason the American people don't view Obama as being successful is that he hasn't been. He promised change we could believe in only to bring us change for the worse.

His admitted agenda is to fundamentally transform America and to that end he may be viewed as successful by the radical left. He has gone a long way in just 2 years to rip this country apart so that socialism can be instituted.

His "penalize the rich and reward sloth" policies are destroying the free enterprise system. His admitted disregard for the constitution erodes our rights, freedoms and liberties.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | December 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

After two years of partisan deadlock and a do-nothing Democratic Congress, the President finally has an opportunity to begin delivering on his campaign promises to change the way things are done in Washington. Just as President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich discovered, triangulation is the only way to get the tough decisions made for the country.

If the most reform-minded President in a century and the [incoming] most reform-minded Congress in a century cant get together to take on the special interests and the bureaucracy to finally fix the system on behalf of the American people, then we must conclude that, after 234 years, the Great Experiment has been a failure.

If by 2012: No Balanced Budget? No Tax Simplification? No Governmental Reorganization? Then, its OVER. The only logical political movement then would be one which seeks - in an orderly, legal fashion - to:

1. Disband the Bureaucracy;
2. Liquidate the Government; and,
3. Dissolve the Union.

It's impossible to argue that anyone else would have been any more knowledgeable, intelligent, or professional as President, over the last two years, regardless of his (or her) political persuasion. It's also impossible to argue that any Congress could be more goal-directed and reform-focused than that which we elected last month. If they cant get it done together, then it cant be done, period; which leaves us with a certain future of national bankruptcy, peak oil, catastrophic drought/famine, coastal inundation, and global social collapse. Unless, that is, we "Re-Constitute", and, indeed "Form a More Perfect Union"...

Posted by: PresstoDigitate | December 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

tripling the federal deficit? Success!

Longest 9% PLUS unemployment in american history? SUCCESS!

most american hungry since 1964? Success!

most americans in harms way since 1945? Success!!

what about common sense?
and bipartisanship and transparency?

it was easier to take the money, barrack'
when we see you smiling next to bill clinton we know you are history.

good luck traveling the world on the taxpayer's money, for the rest of your
UNSUCCESSFUL life....

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, it is a hard an thankless job, but somebody had to take. I apprepricate everything you have done and tried to do. I had hoped for more progress, but what can you do when lies are accepted as truth. I think we need a truthful law passed. A law that discourages lies and hold accountable people in public office for their lies. Things won't get better until we are operating with fairness. Or at least we when we can put in check some of this crazy behaivor. I thank you for trying and I'm sorry for all the unair attacks.

Posted by: slovelace | December 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, it is a hard an thankless job, but somebody had to take. I apprepricate everything you have done and tried to do. I had hoped for more progress, but what can you do when lies are accepted as truth. I think we need a truthful law passed. A law that discourages lies and hold accountable people in public office for their lies. Things won't get better until we are operating with fairness. Or at least we when we can put in check some of this crazy behaivor. I thank you for trying and I'm sorry for all the unair attacks.

Posted by: slovelace | December 14, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Left & Right agree: Barky is a mess.

Posted by: happyacres | December 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


It would have been helpful if you you (Pres. Obama) hadn't given away the store in the health care legislation. If you hadn't negotiated in secret (opposite of your campaign pledge), given away the public option (opposite of your campaign pledge),
and gone first to satisify big pharma, rather than the American people. Your actions speak much louder than your words (now or then).

It would have been nice too if you actually shut down warrentless wiretapping/Guantanemo (sp?)/extraordinary rendition/etc, etc/ (instead of caving on every single one, opposite of your campaign pledge).

Posted by: babble666 | December 14, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You couldn't have contributed to the partisan divide yourself, right? Not talking to the Republicans until the great shellack? Thought you and the progressives could do it on your own because you know better than the rest of us?

Boom, reality hits like an earthquake, huh?

You are correct in that there is no sense that you have been successful. You haven't been.

Posted by: Charley_XF | December 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You couldn't have contributed to the partisan divide yourself, right? Not talking to the Republicans until the great shellack? Thought you and the progressives could do it on your own because you know better than the rest of us?

Boom, reality hits like an earthquake, huh?

You are correct in that there is no sense that you have been successful. You haven't been.

Posted by: Charley_XF | December 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to realize that he walked into a lion’s den! Continuing to offer an olive branch to people who – vocally – said that they want you fail, isn’t good for you, the nation and its people. We already know that your heart is in the right place, you just need to push through the Republican BS!

Posted by: BasicInstinct | December 14, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to realize that he walked into a lion’s den! Continuing to offer an olive branch to people who – vocally – said that they want you fail, isn’t good for you, the nation and its people. We already know that your heart is in the right place, you just need to push through the Republican BS!

Posted by: BasicInstinct | December 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

You let the screaming meemies of the Right run the PR game. Tkae them on point by point. To hell with being polite. Get your message out there.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ya think?

Posted by: stvcar | December 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse


Mr. President, quit listending to the losers. They're miserable, and hateful, and as you can see for yourself, they're not capable of achieving happiness for themselves.

Even though they won big last November, they're still miserable sourpusses.

Quit listening to them, and listen to us, your supporters.

You've done a fine job in the face of all these adversities. Keep up the good work!


Posted by: lindalovejones | December 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

You dont get a sense?

Well here is a sense--You are an empty suit who fights for nothing and loses everything.


You have caved on everything--well except for getting more tax breaks for the rich--that you are very good at other than helping the rich get richer you stink and I voted for you and i will back any candidate that has a shot against you.

Neville Chamberlain would be proud.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 14, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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