January 5th, 2012
11:37 PM ET

Video: KTH: Abuse of executive power?

Republicans say President Obama's four agency recess appointments are unconstitutional. Anderson Cooper reports.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. DavidPun

    Who cares? This is just political gamesmanship on all sides. How gullible can the American voters get to listen to all this nonsense?

    January 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Charlie

    Yes. That is the problem with what passes for journalism today.
    It used to be their job to ascertain facts for the public to form their opinion.
    But bias and half facts are more entertaining.
    So the fourth estate has died.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Gary F


      January 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  3. Tyler

    Dems. and Reps. need to get off their high horse and work together. Instead of one party saying (or doing) something in retalliation to the other is getting this country nowhere. Regardless if it is an election year and the reps. just want Obama out or vice-versa, they still need to be focusing on the real issuses. If every elected official says they have a good idea for fixing the country, do what was done in grade school, get a huge white board and write them down and then sort out the pros and cons.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Donna Chevrier

    Obama has consistently been denied going up the middle, (approval in the senate) so like football, he is has been forced to make an end run and move forward the goals he had set for his term of office.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Judy

      Boy do I agree with you. !!!

      January 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  5. Joe Weinberg

    I thought the interchange between Mr. Cooper, Ari Fleisher & the other guests regarding the use of recess appointments highlights the serious deficiencies in modern journalism. Mr. Fleisher's asserted that there was no difference betwen the Republican's blocking appointments of President Obama and how Mr. Bush was treated by the Democratic congress in his first term. Your other guest disagreed. This is an empirical question. Data is presumably available to answer that question. This assertion is a critical one for the legitimacy of the president's or the Republican's claims. CNN staff was most certainly aware of that. Yet these facts were either not known to Mr. Cooper or kept from us viewers. Thus we had no basis to choose between the two sides' assertions. Ideally, Mr. Cooper could have presented the facts to his guests for their reactions. At the least, the facts should have been given to the viewers after the interviews. Lies and distortions need to be challenged with facts, not with comppeting talking heads.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  6. Bill

    First, let me say that the President should be able to appoint whomever he wishes. And, unless they are not qualified, and unless it is a permanent appointment they should be confirmed almost without question. Let the incoming President make his own appointments if he doesn't like the current ones. Appointments should not be blocked by either party without good reason. That being said, a rule is a rule, is a rule. It's called a RECESS appointment for a reason. If Congress was in session (even if only technically) the President should NOT have made the appointment. If the parties don't like the rule, then change it.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:02 am |