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January 19th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Obama's agenda is on the line in vote

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

The picture of the two former presidents - George W. Bush and Bill Clinton - together in the cause of saving Haiti was one of those arresting images we had to notice. Not because we never see the former presidents together; we do. Sad to say, it's usually when they're reunited after a tragedy - like a tsunami or an earthquake - and want to be of service.

Impending domestic financial disaster, a national health care crisis or threats of terror at home get no such bipartisan commiseration or leadership.

Pity.

And it's what is driving independent voters to despair. After all, it was supposed to be different in President Obama's post-partisan Washington. That's why they voted for him.

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  1. Bill

    How is so easy for all these celebrities and former presidents to get involved to raise millions of dollars for foreign countires, but somehow they can't raise $$$ for the families who are out of work, out of $$ and losing their homes. Food Banks here are nearly empty, but somehow they can come up with millions of dollars in a few days to feed, clothe, shelter and provide medical attention, to foreign countries, when we have all those needs right here!????

    January 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Norma

    Its wrong how the so call American Citizens allowed 8 years for the former prez to bring down the economy and only one year for President Obama to fix it.

    I am disgusted. How is it that so much scutiny is applied towards our current President and never before as much on previous President.

    Greed and selfishness is what is bring the country down and NO MAN SHALL SAVE IT.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  3. LM Cunningham

    Thank you! It was almost my exact thought.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  4. sheryl gaffket

    Thank you for the coverage on the earthquake. Also for trying out how come private and govermental people are being able to bring plans in for orphans but not the medical doctors and supplies that are need. I understand we need to remove the orphans but none of them are in danger of losing their lives or limbs, the injured are..It looks like Katrina all over again to many chiefs and the ones with the most money wins. How sad for the injured victims

    January 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Tim Gibson

    Voters are being ignored, or at least they had been prior to this special vote in MA. A majority party does not change or bring hope when it is unorganized and out of control and as you said, the came with the house mess has long been overused and the tired approach of fear should be laid to rest.

    It is time to make a stand on what is our foundation, not our corp. special interest lobby. The days of massive spending must stop and government growth must be reined in. We do not need more, we need better, we need functional and we need honest down to goodness, for the people politics.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  6. Sharon Spence

    I can't stop thinking about the young boy who was injured during the street riot in Port au Prince yesterday. Do you have any information on what became of him? He appeared to have a very serious head injury and was in desperate need of attention.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

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