Obama's Left, Right and Center

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, MSNBC contributor, and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, talk about the Obama agenda, the angry left and right, and the coming midterm elections.


Jonathan Alter and Katrina vanden Heuvel

Comments [15]

wu from alabama

Somehow your guests sound very apologetic for Obama to me. Just say it straight, Obama is not governing as he promised in his campaign (not even close). period.

Talking about shaping a big idea, does anybody see the any shape of a n even moderate size of idea of Obama? He's a guy who talks big, but always does small.

Jul. 30 2010 03:29 PM

We don't need entrepeneurs,,,we need tariffs to offset the advantages imported goods have.THAT will build businesses here&pay don the debt.

Jul. 30 2010 12:38 PM
Peter S.Mulshine from Phillipsburg


Jul. 30 2010 12:29 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

Well the guy is just another butler of the established system. In that speech in Cairo Egypt he said:

"During the history of America in the last century, a single example of sacrifice from the country's elite towards humanity or the people of other regions of the world, cannot be found.

Can it be realistic to think then, that the arrival of an african-american president to the white house, will change the political philosophy of the nation -always oriented, traditionally, to achieve global domination-?

Those who think that such thing is possible, should try to comprehend why America -the country with the biggest military budget, even bigger than that of all of the other countries of the world combined- keeps spending enormous amounts of money in preparing for war."

=P but of course, this went and goes under reported =]

Jul. 30 2010 11:35 AM
The Truth from Becky

I don't think I have heard as much play by play on any President before this one. Obama 1st day, Obama 30 days, Obama 90 days, Obama 6 mths, Obama 1yr...I suspect this is going to continue for the next 3 years!!

Jul. 30 2010 10:28 AM
Mark Read from Brooklyn

To simply say "it's harder than it looks, Obama wants to do the right thing but it's very difficult" obscures the fact that Obama was kowtowing to corporate power from the outset, as demonstrated by his immediate appointments of Geitner and Summers to his economic team, two champions of deregulation and backers of big finance. It was evident from that moment that Obama was just no better than Clinton. He represents one wing of the National Business Party. Health care "reform" was a massive giveaway to the insurance industry. Those that have broken the system(s) continue to be rewarded, at the expense of everybody else.

Jul. 30 2010 10:26 AM
The Truth from Becky

WOW - "We are the majority, he MUST lead us"? What? Got a feeling this is one Black man you won't be telling what to do! You will put it in a suggestion format.

Jul. 30 2010 10:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Yes, Mr. Alter ...... you have it correct (and you emphasized it and repeated it) about Obama's true gift......CUNNING.
Not wisdom or leadership, but cunning.

Hopefully, he will actually put this cunning to good use in foreign policy against our enemies and improve his lackluster record to date.

Jul. 30 2010 10:22 AM
The Truth from Becky

What??? The King movement civil rights...what?

I am not part of the angry 48%, where do they get these statistics???

Jul. 30 2010 10:20 AM
Robert from NYC

Jonathan Alter is selling a book...
Alter is also "contaminated" as is Richard Wolff who, both of whom go access to the administration for research for their respective books and so as "embedded" or "inbedwith" have acculturated to administrations way of thinking. Therefore neither of these guys can be really objective. They tend to see things with a leaning toward the administrations point of view.

Jul. 30 2010 10:19 AM

Initially I was frustrated because Obama was falling short on so many campaign promises. I am now infuriated because he continues to run a reactive presidency rather than a proactive one. When homosexuals can't get married and the Gulf of Mexico is full of oil it is absurd that the white house takes the time to respond to the lowly Breitbart.

The democratic party needs to stop focusing on getting reelected and start focusing on fulfilling the promises they made to the people who voted for them.

Jul. 30 2010 10:16 AM
karen from NYC

I'm angry, but not at Obama. I'm angry at the Republicans who killed the small business bill yesterday, in a cynical effort to sabotage economic recovery. The Republicans are sending the country a message: do it our way, or we will break your legs. Meanwhile, their PR people are delivering the "official" message: "We're spending too much money." People who do not "trust" Obama are responding to his apparent inability to break the Republican mafia.

We need to support Obama and to denounce the Republican strategy. I want to help. What can I do?

Jul. 30 2010 10:15 AM

I'm not angry neither is 48% of the nation.

we should never forget the hand obama was dealt

when is brian's vaction ending???

Jul. 30 2010 10:02 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh, are doing more free public relations work for the Democrats and the White House by propagating the myth of Obama as a "centrist" because some people from the very Far Left don't think that he has done enough(damage). We know the trick and aren't so stupid as to believe that if these two (politically extreme) guests are unhappy with him (they are always willing to play along), he must be doing OK for the center.
He's not.

Jul. 30 2010 09:36 AM
Robert from NYC

Obama lost me over a year ago and as time passes, each month I become more and more dissatisfied with his administration and the democratic party itself. I have sworn to vote either for someone completely different--out with Schumer, Gilibrand and Baloney-in with the new but never any republicans. If the field is empty opposing the dems I have decided that not voting for that office is the way to go. Yes, the non-vote is as much a vote against all running. We've been (mis)lead to think that not voting is a vote for the opposite side OR for the worse candidate. But when you feel that neither suit your agenda or politics then just don't vote for anyone. I think more people might reconsidering a non-vote.

Jul. 30 2010 09:22 AM

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