September 17th, 2009
06:55 PM ET

Commentary: Carter is wrong on Obama's opposition

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Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He was White House political director for President Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

President Obama is about to undertake a full-scale blitz of all the Sunday talk shows to try to convince the American people one more time of the merits of his health care plan.

This is after he has spoken on the subject publicly more than 100 times and after he just gave a nationwide speech before the Congress and the country.

I know this is his highest priority, but what else can he say to turn around the nearly half the country that doesn't want his health care plan? And if he told us honestly that the plan he and the Democrats are proposing could cost you more and cut services for those on Medicare, even more people would be opposed.

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  1. Cindy...NC

    In know way do I think this is a racial matter. Too much has happened to quickly. Pres. Obama has been in office less than a year and look at our debt. He is asking us to look to the government to monitor our healthcare again at a huge amount of money. Let's face it! The government doesn't handle matters well at all.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. toodygoodshoes

    Carter isn't helping Obama at all with his remarks. There is racism in this country, no doubt about it. But to characterize anyone who opposes Obama's performance, policies, or proposals as racist is just flat out wrong. Carter is out of touch with what is really going on in America, as are many who are sitting on their backsides in the House and Senate.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  3. SandraWI

    President Carter was correct in what he stated. The problem is the racist have enbedded themselves in with the government protesters and make it seem as if you are against the people who oppose Obama you are called a racist. That's not the case but like President Carter said, a large amount of these people don't want a black man to be President. Until the racist people stop hiding behind the tea party people and allow them to protest the distaste for big government, we will have never have a true discussion of how to fix healthcare or our financial system. This is what the racist want, to disrupt the black Presdients adminstration by any means possible. It's a shame the tea baggers don't see that they are being used like hoods on a klan member.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  4. dave

    Carter was wrong, again. The reason Obama is getting criticized is not because he's black, it's because his far left policies, hypocrasy and his unrestrained spending.
    When he got elected, I think many americans gave him the benefit of the doubt, hoping that maybe his total inexperience and far left record would not continue but instead he is far worse then everyone's fears.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  5. Tim Gibson

    Carter is so far off base it does not even count as being in the game. Yet, just as he has his, that is my opinion.

    Beyond the pep-rally appeal of Obama with his informercial style there just is no meat to his politics beyond pork. We are headed into a much larger collapse of our economy and he is still on the campaign trail.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  6. Noel in TX

    Not only is Carter wrong but I detect senility in his voice.Why do weeven bother with someone who had such a disastrous administration.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  7. Amazing

    If people would sift through the rhetoric they would KNOW this healthcare proposal is a BAD idea. We all want reform, but not this. They need to do real reform, making insurance affordable and available for all to purchase, problem is as it always is, Democrats don't want a fair system where everyone pays for their own coverage.

    Carter Loves Obama and thinks of Obamas presidency as his second term. Worst president ever needs to zip it!

    September 17, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Great article Ed and it's right on the money. Carter is just another Dem that likes to hear himself talk and try to spew his rhetoric to take everyones attention off of the horrific health care bill that they are trying to get together and pass. He has no proof to back anything he said up with except for a few signs that were held up at the march by a fringe group who represent no one but themselves and surely not all who oppose Obama's agendas.

    His attack would be laughable if our country wasn't in such bad shape. And if they pass this thing it will be even worse.

    Funny also how he cried that calling Obama names, saying he's a Nazi or an animal is so wrong because he is the president yet he had no problem with the exact same things done to Bush while he was in office.

    Jimmy...you can't have it both ways so stop your whining!!


    September 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  9. mike tn

    sure carter is wrong.he is rich he does not have to worry about paying
    for health care like all us working stiffs do.see he does not worry who is going to pay for all this.he is sure it wont come out his pocket.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Conserve' in USA

    The president just doesn't get it! He has lost his appeal. He has not accomplished anything he said he was going to do!

    September 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  11. Conserve' in USA

    Where is the reporting on the ACORN scandle? How many other organizations, that are back by this administration, have the same morals as ACORN?

    September 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm |