November 3rd, 2010
09:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Does Pres. Obama Get It?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President Obama spoke of last night's Democratic party's "shellacking" in the midterm elections during a news conference at the White House this afternoon.

"Over the last two years, we've made progress," he told reporters. "But clearly too many Americans haven't felt that progress yet, and they told us that yesterday. And, as president, I take responsibility for that."

Pres. Obama pointed to the economy as a big reason for his party's loses at the polls.

"We've stabilized the economy. We've got job growth in the private sectors. But people all across America aren't feeling that progress. They don't see it," said Mr. Obama.

Tonight, Keeping Them Honest, we'll look at whether he truly gets it. Even after the president spent nearly 60 minutes at the microphone today some believe he does not get what happened last night.

Here's what did happen: Republicans earned at least 60 seats in the House of Representatives, regaining control of the chamber for the first time since 2006, according to CNN projections. That number could rise with 11 undecided House races still to be resolved.

In the Senate, Democrats lost six seats but keep control of the chamber, according to projections based on exit polling. The latest victory for Democrats came in Colorado, where incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet won a tight race against Republican Ken Buck, CNN projects. This gives Democrats 52 members in the Senate, with races still too close to call in Washington and Alaska.

Back to the House, where Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to become the new leader of that chamber in January.

"We are humbled by the trust the American people have placed in us and we recognize this is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work," Boehner told reporters this morning on Capitol Hill.

Boehner, and other Republicans, would like to repeal the health care bill and extend the Bush tax cuts. But can they get it done?

Keep in mind, Boehner and Pres. Obama have had a rocky relationship these past two years. We'll dig into that with our political panel.

We'll also have our political gurus look into their crystal balls and predict who they think will seek the White House in 2012. Mark your calendar. That election is now 734 days away.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

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  1. Carol

    I think Pres. Obama gets it, but why should he grovel at the feet of people who will use his every words to denigrate him. We will see what the Repubs do now since they have control of the house.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  2. Troy

    Its easy for the tea party set back and say government is being run wrong when they don't have to do nothing else that makes it right.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  3. Enrique

    President Obama only partly gets it. When most people believe that the health care law will add to the deficit (when in fact the CBO's final conclusion was that it will reduce the deficit), then yes: there is a big messaging problem. He's right about that. What he doesn't get is that he compromised too much with the Republicans, watered down the health care and other bills to the point that he greatly lost much of the support of his progressive base and of independents. It should not be forgotten that at one point a majority of Americans, when polled, said that they wanted a public option. Yet, instead of building on that, the public option was taken off the table in order to gain the support of conservatives, who never came his way. President Obama still seems like too much of a compromiser, which makes him seem weak.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  4. Doug

    I voted D in 2008 + was promised no more politics as usual. Then the first major legislation gets rammed through via politics usual??! I was offended! And voted R across the board! Get with the program Washington!

    November 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  5. Jackie Swinson

    Yes, President Obama gets the message. The media's focus is to kick a man when he is already down. No matter what President Obama does–especially for needy people–he is criticized.

    Initiate a news program outlining the problems that former President Bush created in order for us to be in the predicament that we have found ourselves, and you may prevent some politicians from making the same mistakes.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  6. Karen L.

    I believe The President has made some great gains in steering the country in the right direction. The People also attempt to elect House and Senate leaders who will be able to take the time to study and present the good things and bad things to them. So, when you see and hear these great leaders, in such strong opposition and you do not follow politics and the issues, your automatic conclusion may be that there is something terribly wrong with everything this President is trying to do. Hence, The People, don't always get it. Some agreed with the Iraq war on Principle and Patriotism, a small percentage did not agree based on the issues and I think it is safe to say that still, a good majority agree with the direction the President was going.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  7. emma

    frankly i think there's never been any respect for the president. republicans never have respected him as the president. so it was okay to spend billions on tax cuts and two wars....where were the concerns then? Michele bachman is a fake and a liar and they're not gonna do anything. their agenda was to make the president fail and that means that america fails. shame on the republicans.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  8. Jane

    Not only does the President not get it, but I think the rest of D.C. doesn't get it. We the American people are sick of the politicians. They cannot balance a budget...have they ever written a check and balanced their personal checking accounts. It is now time for the Republicans to represent their country and what we want. We the taxpayers are sick of all the talk about cutting SS, etc. Cut the federal spending. Open your eyes...it is not too difficult to see where there is wasteful spending.If taxpayers donated $100 January 1 I bet the gov't wouldn't take that money to pay towards the deficit. Do we everyday CPA's or accountants running our country.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  9. Mary

    I believe the problem is Obama addressed the difficult and long-term issues – the economy is difficult, health care is long-term. Those DO take more than speeches for people to feel. Americans want quick, short-term results. Look at everytime you ask the Republicans and Tea Party for details. They don't have any! What about all the spending in the BUSH years!

    November 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  10. Aireka

    I believe Obama gets it. It may have taken a a huge blow to the brain to get it, but the President gets it. Now more than ever, we need people in office who can produce jobs for the citizens of this great nation and fix our healthcare system. However, I don't see it coming from the right at all. This country has brought back racism and it is bring us down. What we have moved away from; has made itself reknown and that is a very sad thing.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  11. Lynda

    What is it about blind allegiance that keeps folks from seeing that President Obama does not know what he is doing. Educators surround him, philosophers surround him, mad dogs surround him such as the "trailer trash" expert, but no one can tell him anything other than a message that the U.S. needs to be fundamentally changed. He is not able to change. This inability to flex and see beyond the beltway may be a partial definition of a narcissistic personality disorder.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    In 40 years of voting (Independent) I have never seen a president work so hard to achieve what he campaigned on while working in a polarized enviornment. Yes he gets it

    November 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  13. Jarrad

    he obviously gets nothing. why is no one talking about his trip to india on a dime that isn't his.200 million dollars a day. great way to spend americans hard earned cash. this man is a child of a decision maker

    November 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  14. greg

    Oh one other thing. If republicans use redistricting to make all of their gains safely republican then democrats do have a real problem.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  15. Matt

    the president definitely gets it. He gets that a large majority of the public have been hoodwinked by the republicans into believing their lies about most of the policy passed. (most people think TARP was an Obama policy and that it has lost money) He gets the fact that this is really all about race. With all that air time Anderson touted why hasn't anyone believed what Obama said...simple they don't want to. The democratic party now means the party of the black and brown in the minds of the Right- it is in essence about racism, period!

    November 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Judy Stevens

    I find Obama just does not to instill a feeling a confidence or leadership. For example, in his speech today regarding the elections, he expressed his feelings, but that's not what I want in a president.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  17. Brett

    As a voter I just want to say it is Pres Obama's message, and his way of forcing his agenda on the people. I have yet to understand why we are giving healthcare to the people that already get free healthcare from my tax dollars. But do not pay taxes because they don't want a job. If they want help, then they flip burgers. It may not be the job they want but it is a JOB.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  18. greg

    what you guys fail to understand is that the democrats lost a bunch of seats that they should not have had in the first place. In 2008 voters elected many democrats and put them in republican districts. There was no way they were going to keep those gerrymandered seats. This is really a case of delusional politicians believing the hype. In reality they only lost some democratic seats that the republican can not hold long term. The things that make one republican or democrat do not change and the pendulum always swings back.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  19. Kerry, NY

    @ mark i agree with you. Obama gets it. ppl dont want real change they want something that's gonna give them back thier fake overextended lifestyles they are used to. my friend said when republicans was in power he was able to pay his mortgage. most ppl dnt realize this problem did not start yesterday. good luck america we r gonna need it. the american voters are too short sighted. ppl want a quick fix that would be a patch thats gonna need fixing in a few years. Obama wants to change things for the better so u dnt have to fix it again.. Anybody every wonder y republicans dnt like the healthcare bill????

    November 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  20. Charlie

    Do you think if the Republican Party does not produce during the next two years, will the stage be set for a possible Democratic revival?

    November 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  21. Dr. Julian Gothican

    Are we not being a bit naive? Of course he gets it but due to our form of government it takes time to bring things back from the brink. He was resisted by everyone when he first took office yet we all think he should be able to pull a new economy out of his pocket! Are we not all being a bit naive!

    Dr. Gothican

    November 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  22. Renee

    After watching the President at his news conference today, I really don't think he does get it. I don't expect much to change on his part, just praying for a single term for him now.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  23. Jeannie

    In addition. When the healthcare bill was shoved down our throats when the administration knew so many Americans were against it, we said we will remember in November. Guess What!

    November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  24. Catherine

    Obama gets it...most Americans, well they will never get it, and it is too bad that they can be manipulated by right-wing self-serving propaganda–whose agenda, the wealthy who have been dumping billions into this 24-h chatter aimed at manipulating Joe Public (not to be confused with Joe the Plumber). America, you have been had, and you have missed an opportunity to get it right.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  25. Val

    I mean seriously u have to spend money to get money.. Tht was the whole point of Pres Obama spending money for a better economy.. Just like if u start a business most people use all tht they have to start a business but then the business booms and u bringing in enough money to start a chain of other businesses.. Thts why he was spending but the Repubs wanted people to think he was just spending us into debt..

    November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  26. Anne

    If OR when the powers that be get around to "fixing" the education syste, they ought to include a mandate that every student take a course in citical thinking. Clearly, many people in this country can not or will not think anything through for themselves! It's a shame. Intelligence is seen as arrogance and they are so accustomed to "noise" and belligerance that they simply do not or can not really listen and understand what is really being said!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Val

    The president gets it!!! Do we get it is the question? Obviously the answer to that is no.. Slowly but surely we are coming out of a recession BUT!!! Looks like the people who where voted in the house (Repubs) is going to take us back another 2yrs.. Repubs are not for the working class at all.. Did yall see Rep Bachmans interview? She couldn't answer the questions tht Anderson Cooper was asking her abt SSC and Medicare.. They are going to cut everything and the people who voted for them are the ones who are going to be hurt the most..

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Rudolph Kriegler

    There is no certain cure for any economic illness, especially of the dimensions we have been through. Just because recovery is slower than the public would like, does not mean that the policies used to combat this almost fatal economic situation were wrong. The Republicans have been clever enough to exploit the situation but they cannot say, never mind prove, that there would be more jobs now under a Republican Administration. As far as we know, under a President McCain we may be in a full blown depression right now. Let us just see how the Republicans – now that they can push through anything in the House – would both keep the tax-cuts for the very rich and reduce the deficit at the same time.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. nico brown

    republican won,but god has the last saying.obama is doing the best he can do.the replubicans still have not stomach we have a black president.god is not going to put more on us than we can bare.if the replublicans fail us,i,m quoting from the bible they will reap it.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  30. LLW

    I am an independent and I voted AGAINST every policy Obama and the Democrats have shoved down American's throats. There was no healthcare reform, it was a bail out for the insurance industry. TARP was a failure because it did nothing to prevent the same event from occuring again and Wall Street went right back to doing what it always does, manipulating the stock market. Bernake is twisting the market with POMO and there still aren't jobs to speak of. I have four college degrees. Two in Physics, one in biology and one in business and I CANNOT FIND A JOB. I apply and I am competing with 500 other applicants. You people just refuse to understand that the American dream is now dead, destroyed by both the Republicans and the Democrats because they both put party above country. The Republicans will be voted out of their current position if they don't deliver on jobs. Jobs are the most important item on anyone's agenda. Without jobs there will be no America, no Social Security and no future. Until our Government recognizes that the social contract between business and American labor has been destroyed in the pursuit of Gobal business, nothing will be fixed and what happened on 11/2 will happen again and again until we get elected officials who put America FIRST. NAFTA and all the other FTAs have to go. The Obamacare mandate has to go. If I could FIRE THEM ALL, I would in a heartbeat.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  31. Daria, Pittsburgh PA

    He gets it. Too much finger pointing and not enough solutions.

    The healthcare bill should have been explained clearly as the saving grace for Medicaid and Medicare. Something like take this fix or be individually left with astronomical health bills because the government has no choice but to restructure levels of availability.

    The tide of greed and abuse that this country has lived in for so long may not be fixable. Therefore, honest idealism may not have a place in American politics or legislation.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Anne

    Yes, without a doubt, the President "gets it." Many Americans don't "get it." Why? Because they think everything can be put in a microwave and "fixed" in a nano second. Furthermore, too many are like like sheep - quick to follow along and repeat Republican propaganda and hate speech without bothering to pause and think for themselves. They should have been more careful about what they asked for when they voted. They are liable to get it and it won't be pretty!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  33. latoya

    yes obama gets it rep. dont everybody is yelling jobs jobs but nobody is giving him solutions on how to create jobs... then they talk about tax cuts for the rich and want to keep the money they earned but want to cut money from social security but isnt that money that we earned as well dont we have the right to recieve that money that we earned when was working its makes no sense to me

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Russell G. Allen Jr.

    Pres Obama does not get it.
    He says that he did not advertise his actions and suggestions well.
    This election was about his policy choices being wrong.
    It was not a vote for republicans or democrats.
    It was a message to Obama to wake up

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. TexasTeacher

    A grassroots movement ushered in the Obama Adminstration. Big Business used the very same grassroots strategy( Tea Party movement) to take the House. It's ironic how independents, evangelicals, and older middle class Caucasian Americans have the same agenda as Corporate America!

    I believe in order for Obama to win in 2012, Hillary Must be on the ticket. She offers a feminine intelligence that the GOP lacks.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Jennifer

    @MM. Do you really think that anyone could undo the debt and economic situation in 2 years when hat took 8 years

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Sandy

    I don't think the conversations from most of the experts understand. They are not listening to the people. They treat us like were stupid and skirt around issued that we don't want. Something else that really bothers me is flying around in them big jets and going overseas. Stay home more often. Every time they come here the cost for security alone is awful. Cars are stopped while they are still in the air and a policemen is put at every road for miles. I'm talking about 4 to a intersection and each business driveway. When the motorcade goes by, it's like watching the Thanksgiving parade there are so many limos and vehicles. Such a big waste of money that people could use let alone people have to sit in there car's waiting. What did it cost for the president just to go for one week and campaign with that jet for his party? How crazy.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Frank Sheeman

    "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." Sir Winston Churchill

    Perhaps the President should have kept that bust?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. mary b


    November 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Ruth Lizotte

    I think he is astute enough to see what went on last night, I think he is just skirying the issue!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. William Hepworth

    Obama obviously doesn't get it. He talks about all these jobs we've gained, yet no one has seen it anywhere. The healthcare is a great idea, before you vote on a bill you should probably read it though. If there was a public option would be the greatest step for the bill.

    From Iraq God bless America, thanks for voting

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. G

    Sorry but I still believe many are hiding behind a political veil. Behind that veil is bigotry and hate. Therefore many will not hear Obama's message nor understand what why he has the policies exercised to date.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Expat

    Whatever the results, going forward all accomplishments will be attributed to the Republican take over of the house. Either way I am afraid the Obama presidency will be out after one term. It is unfortunate but the President did not know how to play the game.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Jack, Long Island, NY

    No one gets it. The Republican machine set out to find Obama's "Waterloo"! (Doesn't anyone remember that statement?) The Republicans managed to instill fear and the TeaPartiers used racism. A sad state of affairs all the way around...

    November 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Mark - Arkansas

    Wow- this is a scary time for me because I think people just want to get back to their, over-sized SUVs, their children that are spoiled beyond beleif (5-yr old with iphones)and all their "bling." This president's hope needed all of us, we still need to change our ways. I think the people have placed their hopes again, into others doing something that we shoudl be doing ourselves. He gets it, he got it all along. Question is, do "we the people," get it?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Piethrower

    Pres Obama most likely will never "get it". He has a misguided view of the world order, and leads like a foreigner in his own country. Hope and change has come back to bite him hard.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  47. dc

    No Obama does not get it. The election is proof of that. Americans are fed up with the Democratic agenda. From the UN-stimulus bills, unemployment, foreclosures, loss of Kennedy's seat, to the rise of the tea party – the signs are there – He's just not listening. There will be more change in 2012

    November 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  48. JC-Los Angeles

    Rather than asking the question "does Obama get it?" one should really be asking "does America get Obama?"

    Barack Obama is who he is; he can be in power ten terms and he will govern exactly the same way; no changes.

    Whether cutting bait at Occidental; a post-college consulting firm; community organizing; law firms; teaching assignmnets; junior senator positions and the Presidency; he has moved up the line without any tangible results.

    Maybe America starting to get him.

    November 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  49. MM

    House changed Master – in a peacefull process, with participates of all concerning citizens.

    It's a system many in the world envy.

    American people should be reminded not to look for instant gratification – there is no quick fix.


    November 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
    • TexasTeacher

      I agree. Our country was driven into the ground by the previous administration for 8 years. Expecting a rapid and immediate change is immature!

      November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Annie Kate

    For Obama to claim that there is improvement in the economy puzzles me – I just don't see any at all especially when it comes to jobs and foreclosures. While the crowd in Washington bicker and spend enormous amounts of money a large number of Americans are losing their homes, their ability to even feed their families. Yes, people were fed up, even mad, but a lot of worry and fright was feeding this election too. Obama needs to quit traveling and taking vacations and get to work with the new Congress and get the country going again.

    November 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
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