November 4, 2009
Posted: 1351 GMT

Pres. Barack Obama's opposition party, the Republicans, won 2 out of the 3 biggest races in Tuesday's election. Some claim it's a sign of waning support for the U.S. president. So, we wanted to know:

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Sayan Majumdar   November 4th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

President Barrack Obama has assumed the United States Presidency at a critical juncture in world politics and is facing several challenges on multiple issues simultaneously both in home and abroad.

Well intended yet pragmatic one gets a feeling that he may well accomplish his nation’s objectives earlier by acting more tough than usual.


John New Jersey   November 4th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

Please please be a little more objective with your reporting. CNN is very important to me for a lot of my information. This is changing quickly with me and many of my friends. Report all of the news good and bad. Much too selective.

Nick Kalikajaros   November 4th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

Obama is setting the foundations for global stability through his US presidency. The US has been absent such a inspirational leader for so many decades.

Keep up the great work President Obama

Carola   November 4th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

President Obama has given the world hope and set a tone that promotes civilized behaviour between individuals and between nations.
After only nine months in office, he cannot have been able to solve the problems besetting America and the world, but he is trying.

We love him and pin a great deal of hope on him!


Olu (uk)   November 4th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

The President is just a year old in the Oval Office, what he has achieved in just a short time is extral ordinary. I am very opstimistic that, His administration will be praised for the coming year.

Olu (united kingdom)

Abdul Kyanika Nsibambi - Uganda   November 4th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

President Obama has managed to bring the big world economies to work together to overcome the credit crunch,

He has given hope to the world which is responsible for the quick recovery of the world economy,

Though Obama painted a rosy future but also reminded the world that it will not be easy to get over this economic crisis,

I think I think his on course with his promises although it it too quick to judge him now on issues which have bee outstanding for years.

Let us give him a chance and support to implement his manifesto for a better world.


Tarek   November 4th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

Hi sweet Hala, with the rest of Idesk.

Best wish in my mind all the time to you all.

For Mr. Barak USA president, I rate him after his election poor doing not becouse of what Mr. Barak is doing now, infact he is great man and president,, but the poor side came becouse he did not get that much support and help which he was expecting from others around and next to him,

Best regards to you all.

Fawad   November 4th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

People before him did a solid job to cause irreparable damages. He is trying to accomplish something phenomenon and that is to undo what they have done.

We aren't seeing any changes because they've dug very deep, not because he's not doing enough.

ejiro obuks   November 4th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Obama is doing what he promised, and like he said at his acceptance speech it might take more than four years or more to get to uhuru. Let's not forget it took Bush 8years to get America into this mess,let's give Barrackthe support he need,not unhealthy distractions

Ken   November 4th, 2009 5:58 pm ET

It seems to me that President Obama has poor decision making skills. He leaves many decisions to Congress and simply does not make those decisions which he can't leave to Congress.

Keira   November 4th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

The fact is Pres. Obama has 8 YEARS of bad policies to turn around. Whoever thinks he'll get things turned in one year is delusional. The man, while not fulfilling all of his campaign promises yet, is laying the ground work for the FUTURE! With the state of the economy, people are looking for instant gratification. Realistically, it's not possible to halt 8 years of bad, bad governing & turn it 180 degress in one year. It's just not possible.

Obama needs to concentrate on passing healthcare and take care of the economy. When people start seeing changes in their own lives, opinions will change for the better. Not to mention the outcome of the war in Afghanistan, or his upcoming strategy to stay/leave the country.

One thing I disagree with Obama's handling is his need to negotiate w/ the Republicans. When you negotiate you don't start in the middle b/c the other party will take you for all you're worth. Start on one corner & meet in the middle. He might've lost time doing that in regards to healthcare. Boo!

Sasha   November 4th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Everyone seems to want Obama to do his job at a very fast pace. All of the issues that he has on his plate are very serious and he is doing the right thing, that is making decisions with thourough research and thought for the world as a hold. Go Obama. Take your time.

Sasha   November 4th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

as a whole I mean (;

Ramie Mwidau   November 4th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

I find it very funny when Obama is being judged by his one year term in office when the damage in his country was done over a ten year period by president Bush. I think we should be realistic rather than be politically blind. Three cheers for you President Obama, keep going, you are on the right track!!!!

Kathryn-Zeta   November 4th, 2009 6:49 pm ET

I love Barack Obama, not only has he and does he plan to make to great and beneficial changes, since he won my WHOLE school has become interested in American Government & Politics. Presidents before him made unforgivable and inexcusable mistakes, the moment he became president he was thrown into their mistakes, it's imperative that people understand that he is going above and beyond to bring America back from the dark cloud which has been following her since 2001.

President Barack Obama giving America a better future.

Menu72   November 4th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

I think people need to realise that changes that Obama has promised are not going to happen over night and that he is on the way to doing what he promised. It also helps if everyone allows him to actually go ahead with what he promised rather than standing in the way and making it more difficult for him to achieve his goals.

Jenny Young   November 4th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

Americans should stand behind their president 100%, you are so fortunate to have such a visionary in the Whitehouse. Given the situation that he took over after George W, Bush's tenure, I think he has accomplished so much already, and, given the chance he will fulfill his promises.

Katerina   November 4th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

Give Obama a break, did you really think that he would change the world all by himself in 1 year?

Real, profound change requires time, patience and understanding that some resist change intentionally.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be skeptical at every step of the way, to ensure that this is the change we truly want to live with.

Cajetan O. Obodo   November 4th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

It is very easy to find faults with people at the helm. Let us exercise patience with this good man. President Obama has good vision for our global society. He should not be rushed into taking impetuous decisions that might be detrimental to all of us. So far I give him an A grade.

Carl Briley   November 4th, 2009 7:08 pm ET

I truly wish that anyone not only Americans, that are dissatisfied with the Presidents accomplishments thus far, take a moment and realize that it is only the 1st year in office. Given the magnitude of the problems he faces, it is in my view unreasonable to expect everything to to change for the better in 12 months. As a leader, he has chosen the proper direction, to lead America into the future for the better. We as a nation, need to rally behind our President and support him in order to get the job done.

Richard Caldwell   November 4th, 2009 7:31 pm ET

The Presidency was set up to be the weakest part of the three part Republic–the Supreme Court and Congress being the other two. Starting with George Bush we see a proliferation of advisers called czars by some. However, the difference is, Obama's czars actually think they have power (this is my first problem with him). My second is that the Apollo Alliance and Acorn are influencing him heavily with no checks or balances–The Apollo Alliance wrote the Stimulus bill that is destroying our country, no one in Congress bothered to read it, we have lost jobs and worldwide financial strength because of it and we are pitted against each other by the press to take the focus off of what matters. What matters is we have a Constitution that provides us liberties and freedoms to all and the direction that Obama wants to go is contrary to this–Where is the Supreme court on all of this. Lets Defend our Constitution that made us the most powerful and envied nation on this planet and work the real issues not made up ones. You stimulate the economy by encouraging small business and competition. WE got our selfs to this point by allowing our Government (Dems and Republicans) to get out of hand with lending practices and labor practices that have broken us. WE need to vote them ALL out and get people in that focus on supporting the Constitution not taxing, and spending and giving money to special interest groups (ACORN for one). Lets get back on track America.

lyna   November 5th, 2009 12:09 am ET

come on ,people , try and give president,Obama, a break,did he tell any one he was the Almighty God to change the world ,he is just one year old ,what about Brush who spend two term in the offic what have he done in those years of his stay in the white House,is president,Obama God or Jesus christ the son of God to bring change to the world with in a year,let us say the true that president, Obama has done his best for the past one year ,and he is stay keeping it on,why can,t we all help him with out prays ,

Jasmine from Iran   November 11th, 2009 10:01 am ET

President Obama is a great speaker. As for his ability to ACHEIVE matters that is another issue. The argument is that he has only had one year. OK let give him more time and see what happens. Yes let give him time while Soldiers and people are dying in Afghanistan and Pakistan, While terror attacks still happening around the world, while Iran is continuing it evil, while Iran is killing is killing its own people and american are building killed by terrorists in their own land. Yes lets give him more time. And lets hear more of his speeches. Lets wait until Obama starts a new " friendship " with likes of the iranian government.

Carl Briley   November 11th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

There are many issues at risk in Afghanistan. That is not a easy decision what to do at this point. I believe that President Obama is doing the proper thing in thinking things thru. Unfortunately, no one man can control the will of the world. There are people in the world that just want to destroy and kill, and watch the world burn. President Obama nor any other President or Head of State will ever be able to do anything to control the will of crazy people. With regards to Iran, I believe from what I saw after the election that the Iranian people want change. Although I can't personally speak for the President, but in my view, the people of Iran need to take more action on making change happen for themselves.

Melikeylongtime   November 11th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

He's done well but certainly not excellent! lol

Jasmine from Iran   November 12th, 2009 12:18 pm ET

Carl Briley,

President Obama and former US president are not just president for US. The are the leader and protectors of " Democracy & Freedom "
US or any other nation can no longer exist just by them selve. The whole world is dependent on each other. Weather for oil , Gas, Technology , Nuclear or ....
AS for the issue of Iran. Yes Iranian are fighting against very brutal dictator, theocratic , murderer government with empty hands. I hope we succeed. We are fighting for " Democracy & Freedom "

Now how do you think Iranians feel when they are facing such difficult
battle and then the leader of " Democracy & Freedom " chooses not to say anything. Or tries to turn a blind eye on what is happening and sides with Iranian government.
Or how do American feel when Iranian government preaches Death to America or Death to Isreal and West. Do you think that the nuclear in Iran is a joke? Do you think that the Iranian government is not going to use it someday?
So my dear the government of Iran is not only a issue for Iranian but an issue and trouble for all nations. who do think is financially supporting all that terror that is happening in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and ....?

Patrick Rancholo   November 13th, 2009 6:47 am ET

Considering what he is inherited, i think he is doing gud at the moment. The unemployed numbers could still be bad and Afghanistan war not getting better, but i think he should be given time, and mostly we are waiting for the coming Afghanistan war plan, i think we shall judge him looking at his strategy for Afghanistan.

Carl Briley   November 13th, 2009 11:32 am ET

Jasmine, I agree with what you said on both issues. My point is that given how complex these problems are, I believe it to be a little unrealistic to think that President Obama can solve them, and all the other problems he faces, in 12 months which is the originally issue for this forum.

I wish nothing but prosperity and hope for the Iranian people, as well as for any people that feel oppressed around the world.

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