The First Draft: Obama’s travels of no help at home

July 9, 2009

President Barack Obama remains hard at work at the summit of G8 wealthy industrialized nations in Italy on Thursday, while his top domestic initiatives stumble and misfire at home.

Obama’s top legislative priority, a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, has lurched through weeks of intensive horse-trading and positioning on Capitol Hill, where five different committees in Congress are trying to fashion workable proposals that can win initial approval by the August recess.

That timeline appears to be slipping as the effort to attract Republican support, pare the bill’s price tag of at least $1 trillion and find ways to pay for it without broad tax increases has left even some Democrats restive.

Obama’s other priority in Congress, the climate change bill, faces a much tougher road in the Senate than in the House, which passed a version late last month.

Republican criticism of his efforts to turn around the economy also has grown as the jobless rate USA-ECONOMY/continues to rise and calls for a second stimulus spending package grow louder.

Meanwhile, polls show Obama’s approval rating, while still strong, slipping slightly. A new CNN poll put it at 61 percent , down a point from a month earlier, while his disapproval rating inched up two points to 37 percent. In some areas he has taken an even harder hit, with his approval rating in the battleground state of Ohio slipping from 62 percent in May to 49 percent.

It’s enough to make a guy not want to come home.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder (Librarian Gary Klein looks at jobs at The Work Place, which offers career services, in Boston)


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Another stimulus spending package, well a measly couple of hundred bucks per person isn’t the solution. Let’s solve this problem once and for all, we need to do some serious money printing, let’s crank up those printing presses and make every American a millionaire.

The Chinese won’t have to know a thing, we simply tell them that our newly found wealth is the result of retrieving some of Bernie’s hidden assets. Recession? What Recession?

Posted by Nikkei 225 | Report as abusive

The ‘s travel part of the headline can be easily dropped.
Need a proof? Just ask anyone who lost their jobs and/or got their houses foreclosed between Obama’s inauguration and now. Ask yourself if you are today better off than you were in January.
The headline should read “Obama of no help at home”. Sad but true.

Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive

Enough to make a guy not want to come home, lol. The country would surely benefit more if he stayed away.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

He did’nt start the fire . . .
Those who complain now would still be whinning if JC himself was our pres.
Most of these comments are nothing more than a whine-fest. Seriously folks, why not come up with some sort of intelligent solution for real problems. Get engaged.

Posted by eloise | Report as abusive

politics is like a pendulum as far as it swings one way it swings the other way if there is sufficient england the voters elected the leftist government of harold wilson who tipped the balance in favor of the unions and in return the unions made it almost impossible for management to function,and the country was also crippled by a series of national a consequence the right wing government of thatcher was elected into power because the people were so fed up.everybody is ridiculing sarah palin but if obama screws up with all this spending and unemployment soars don,t be to surprised because it appeared that thatcher had no chance until events changed the climate.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

“Obama remains hard at work” Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Good one! Nice to see some writers still have a sense of humor.

Posted by hughglass | Report as abusive

yes well meaning social programs no matter how good the intentions are,come back to slap the proposer in the face.gray davis brought out a work share program in CA the intention was to allow companies to share the work days between employees rather than lay people off.the plan was the work force could work three days and the two days off they could claim unemployment.most of the companies that i knew worked a seven day cycle so what they did they laid their work force off for two days as an excuse so they could get them to work sat and sun for single time pay,and told them to claim unemployment for the two days.harold wison in england came up with another social idea,your taxes are taken off your weekly paycheck in england and the scheme was if you had worked for a period of time through the year if you lost your job the taxes you had paid would be added to your unemployment check till you had got it all back.people calculated that if they worked till june they could pack in working that year and get back almost the full amount they had been receiving in their pay checks,so it had to be stopped because of the abuse.when will these do gooders think these social programs through?

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive