Obama one year on – WHYS on TV

WHYS was on BBC World TV earlier today. Click here for part two and part three.

41 Responses to “Obama one year on – WHYS on TV”

  1. January 20, 2010 at 18:58

    Subject Obama’s First year in Presidency!

    I have been really astonished as I have seen people of American talking about their president Obama. Because the rest of the world and I may see that Obama is excellent leader with potantial knowledge. As many of us may think because within in United States of American itself as soon as he came to power, he had improved the country’s economy within less than a year. He had also been resilience President as he attempted to initiated the sustainable relationship with different countries such as China,saudi Arabia and so on. So therefore president is an excellent leader and am optimistic he going to satisfield your need in his president as American president but you people, you need to give him sometimes in his leadership.

    Deng Koang Giel

    • 2 Chen
      January 20, 2010 at 22:56

      By watching the debates in the American media, I am afraid that the images of Obama abroad and in the US cannot be more different. One sad thing in the American politics is what is good for the ouside world is not necessarily to the taste fo the domestic audience. “Fighting globam warming”, “engagment with other nations” “health care reform” and similar long-term moves do not provide immediate job opportunities and fast cash to the American public — which is hooked to politicians’ abilities to deliver fast results. No wonder Obama is being blamed — he has been in office for A YEAR — one year is a very very long time by American standard.

  2. 3 ken fronczek
    January 20, 2010 at 19:05

    It will be impossible to guage exactly what he has done in his first year, at least until the end of the 2nd, but WHAT NO ONE IS HARPING ON IS THE FACT HE FOLLOWED THE ABSOLUTE WORST PRESIDENT OF ALL-TIME AND STARTED HIS TERM WASTE DEEP IN A HORRIFIC MESS. There isnt a single human being alive that could have turned that all into Roses, at least non outside of Dubai.

  3. 4 ken fronczek
    January 20, 2010 at 19:09

    In this country we are only allowed to be patient for Republicans, the same goofballs who voted in Bush 2 twice. what a terrible mistake, and now it clearly shows. Moses, Ghandi, Jesus and Steve Forbes couldn’t get us out of this mess, anyone criticizing Obama is ignorant to the FACT that their previous votes ruined America. Thanks!

  4. 5 A.J.
    January 20, 2010 at 19:13

    President Obama is doing as best as can be expected. He came into office with a multitude of problems already and more on the horizon. The Republican electorate and Republican congress were angry at his election and have done everything in their power to impede Obama’s progress toward any of his goals. He came in with grand and noble goals. But just as every president discovers, goals become more difficult to reach when one realizes how many favors need to be repaid and how vicious the opposing party and segmented your own can be. It takes a lot of people and just the right circumstances to accomplish anything big. He may have the right intentions, but unless all the pieces fall into place, nothing will be done the way he may have promised or to the satisfaction of everyone.

  5. January 20, 2010 at 19:13

    When the night Obama was elected; relief was felt around the world. On 20 January 2009, he inaugurated presidency not only as a new face on the same government’s body but also the victory of hope over fear. Hopes were high but the things are going to get a lot harder. In my opinion his biggest failure is not addressing the biggest issue everyone cares and hoped about- Climate Change. World leaders including himself walk away from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009 December without a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal. His own target to close down the most controversial and notorious prison- Guantanamo Bay, still open. It is very necessary to ACT NOW!!! I wish him all the best. I am optimistic that 2010 will be a better year for him and for all of us as well.

    January 20, 2010 at 19:23

    Obama has done quite well.But I do think he’s rushing the health care reform.I’ll give him 75%

  7. 8 Jitan C (NYC)
    January 20, 2010 at 19:23

    Obama is the President of America and not the whole world. Let the world not forget that his first priority is America and not the battlefields of Gaza or the radicals of Afghanistan.
    And which genius can fix an economy in one year that has been evily capitalized for the last 30 years… He is a president not a magician!!!
    Wake up people… stop whining about things that are out of his league …

  8. 9 heather
    January 20, 2010 at 19:26

    Where in the world did these totally ignorant guests come from? Americans maxed out their credit cards because they wanted to go to Disney World? What? People maxed out their cards paying for healthcare and food. We shouldn’t apologize for completely screwing up the middle east? What?

    These two women can’t discuss ONE topic without switching back to some superficial party line. Both of them need to do their homework before supposing to represent Americans.

  9. 10 Melissa
    January 20, 2010 at 19:27

    I think it’s hilarious how Americans are already turning their back on Obama, like the woman on air said, “he’s not a magician.” The damage to this country is 9 years deep left over from the Bush regime, honestly that’s supposed to fixed in a year. Regarding the mortgages, these people without thinking entered into mortgages they couldn’t afford and when they’re housing get foreclosed on they cry foul. Well how about being a bit smarter and not getting yourself into such debt that you can’t get out of. Shame on Americans! Change is in our hands not Obama’s! He’s a figure head and can do nothing without the support of the American people.

  10. January 20, 2010 at 19:32

    Obama, above all, has failed to reverse the disastrous and criminal US foreign policy of invading and occupying other countries in violation of international law and continuing knee-jerk support of Israel in its flagrant and brutal violations of human rights and international law.

    He could use the “bully pulpit” to inform the massively disinformed US public of many ugly truths and our constitutional responsibilities under international law but has declined to do so.

  11. 12 Kacey
    January 20, 2010 at 19:33

    Obama will not be re-elected because, like many other politicians of both parties, he uses the middle and upper class as an ATM to buy votes through social spending.

  12. 13 Chad, Kentucky, USA
    January 20, 2010 at 19:35

    “He’s trying.” “He didn’t create the problems, Bush did.” “The Republicans are blocking him.” All these excuses a year later, after President Barack Obama has accomplished not one single substantive thing. Even on his own terms, according to his own promises and goals, whether he’s had a mandate or not, whether you agree with him or not. He’s accomplished nothing in a year while having some of the biggest majorities in Congress ever enjoyed by a President. So, if you’re still in the personality cult of Obama, you can make excuses. The facts are clear. Americans were sold a storyline and the media in America and around the world were fully complicit. But, the President has accomplished about as much in office as he did before he won the election: nothing. He’s a good looking guy with a beautiful family and he delivers a good speech, but he’s not a leader, he’s not even a administrator. He’s a speech and a smile, and now Americans have to deal with him for three years and it could be devastating in long-term ramifications.

    • 14 helen
      January 22, 2010 at 20:38

      You are very mistaken. In the last year President Obama has, almost single-handedly, restored to America its reputation in the world as a great democracy. That reputation had been TOTALLY destroyed by the previous administration, with their disregard for the rule of law, and even America’s friends were embarrassed to be associated with the good ol’ USA
      As to the other things he is trying to achieve, no-one can put right in a year what it took the republicans 8 years to destoy

  13. 15 jayne in Scotland
    January 20, 2010 at 19:36

    Obama has moved to safeguard the interests of those that lean on him the most …the bankers and corporations . This an empty road because for America to ‘compete in a market that is now in free fall he mujst by necessity put it on the backs of the American people …but in doing so he will open the door to the far right…..and create an increasingly angry and frustrated working class …

    …In time America might yet see its 2nd Civil War .

  14. 16 Francisco in Spain
    January 20, 2010 at 19:37

    Hi Ross, Obama is going well because he’s trying to change an unacceptable health care that currently are putting people either bankrupted or dead when they get seriously ill.

  15. 17 Jane
    January 20, 2010 at 19:42

    I am enraged that you would have two women on this program that are suppose to represent the US and just sound like idiots. Can’t you find people who at least have legitimate knowledge about what is happening in the Us.

  16. 18 Joseph A. Migliore
    January 20, 2010 at 19:46

    The central focus of his first year should of been mostly on fixing the economy and on establishing a engaging foreign policy abroad, particularly where the U.S. is involved in military conflict.

    I am very disappointed with Obama’s first year in office, he received the Noble Peace Prize prematurely and it was not deserving. In foreign policy we went from a nation engaged in two wars to a nation engaged in five wars during Obama’s first year. From the Karzai government being reinstated, despite the corruption — to not being willing to engage with the Taliban in a effort to establish a reconciliatory process in Afghanistan. There has been one catastrophic failure after another, I don’t see a concerted effort with reaching an agreement for establishing a Palestinian State? I am against the increase in drone missile strikes, because they are killing a number of civilians, it is counterproductive and the adverse impact outweighs greatly the benefits. Barack Obama gets a strong “C-” on foreign policy for his first term.

  17. 19 Ryan T
    January 20, 2010 at 19:47

    I’m one of those people who’s disgusted with the piddling around and excessive compromise on vital issues in Washington. But it still makes no sense to wait until election season to make your frustrations known, and then vote a likely obstructionist into office against your own best interests.

    The democrats also need to sharpen their message and better communicate the direction and reasons for their policies. That applies to several important issues, including energy reform:

  18. 20 Edwin Young
    January 20, 2010 at 19:47

    I would love to immigrate to England!

  19. 21 EchoRose in Florida
    January 20, 2010 at 19:48

    I’m ready to immigrate to Europe, but not for embarrassment of my president, but due to my anger over people in my country who do not support him.

    We voted him in because of the huge issues he would undertake for us, and only a year into it we throw him to the wolves!

    America has evolved into a very conservative hypocratic society and I think I want out!

  20. 22 EchoRose in Florida
    January 20, 2010 at 19:52

    AMEN MARCUS!!!!!

  21. 23 Mary-Margaret Stockert
    January 20, 2010 at 19:54

    I am disappointed in many ways, though I realize President Obama was left with the most terrible mess. I’ll just mention two of my biggest concerns.

    First his administration’s decision to continue with the Bush land mine policy. This seems like an easy thing to simply change.

    Second, as a public school teacher, I feel sad that his daughters get a rich complete education including the arts, when children at my school (with 85% of the families qualifying for free and reduced lunch) are put at the mercy of “Race to the Top” and still suffer under No Child Left Behind.

  22. 24 N.J.
    January 20, 2010 at 19:57

    The American people elect politicians to have someone to blame for their own faults.

    The current economic crisis took eight years to occur. It started with the Bush tax cuts. Where do you think the money came from to finance subprime loans.

    Theses tax cuts allowed the wealthiest Americans to have excess income to invest, speculatively. They were not investing in the stock market, which was doing badly when Bush took office, nor were they sticking the money into bank accounts at a few percent. They looked for investments that would return 15- 20 percent and that cause this economic catastrophe.

    It was a mess that was eight years in the making. It will take more than a few years to fix it.

    Going back to a political party with an economic philosophy which created this recession is not going to fix it. Time will, and Obama must be given MORE than a year to do so.

  23. 25 Ryan T
    January 20, 2010 at 20:18

    And it doesn’t help, EchoRose, that most media outlets today fail to properly investigate the issues, many citizens fail to look into more than one, convenient side of a story, and the majority of the editorial landscape is still comprised of ultra-conservative bloviators with little regard for whole truth.

  24. 26 Jean
    January 20, 2010 at 20:25

    President Obama warned us early on that he would make mistakes but would make corrections as needed. I believe he can/will do just that. In the mean time some Democratics will be paying a price. Our son is a Democratic representative in the Hawaii state legislature. He is up for election this coming November and is taking nothing for granted even though he has a great record. He has been knocking on doors, etc., for weeks now. I still support President Obama and pray daily that he will have wisdom and strength.

  25. 27 patti in cape coral
    January 20, 2010 at 20:31

    OMG, I love that Irish Obama song!

  26. 28 T
    January 20, 2010 at 21:44

    Please pay attention. There is NO health care reform here in the States. What Obama and Congress are talking about does away with “pre-existing” conditions for kids. But they stay in place for the rest of us.

    How then is that “reform”? Give up some, you get some. And THAT’s reform? No it’s not. Govt. employees have universal care. Why then can’t the rest of us have that?

    Because they’re the rich and powerful, that’s why.

    • 29 helen
      January 22, 2010 at 20:50

      The reason you cant have universal health care is becuase the Republicans have scared the American public into equating it with tax rises. Obama wanted a public option but could only get that through if enough people voted for it. There is no such thing as FREE health care anywhere. In Britain we have the NHS and though it does mean some tax, it also means you never have to worry about how you will get care if you get really ill. I think I would rather pay a little more tax and know I could always get treatment than have lower tax but have to lose most of what I have if I get a life threatening illness. A no brainer really! But if you want the same peace of mind then you need to get your representatives to vote for the health reform plan and then keeppushing them to improve on it over time.

  27. 30 Idris Dangalan
    January 20, 2010 at 22:33

    President Obama deserved to services Americans more he done so far, because is the different between American leaders from others. I meant for every 100 missions American leader missed only 10.

  28. 31 Peter in jamaica
    January 20, 2010 at 23:08

    i really don’t understand what the American people want. I used to think that the Jamaican people are impatient and have short memories, but i am mistaken. The man was voted in in 2008 took power in 2009 and now its 2010. He has done one thing that no other President of the USA has ever done to my knowledge. He has given the USA a new face to the rest of the world. Now most people now look at the US with a different view. Before people looked at the US and thought that it was a bully and that they thought were better then everyone else but now people are taking a step back to reevaluate their believes. That in my book is a substantial feat by itself.
    Also the American people need to remember that what he is trying to achieve and has achieved in the health care reform again, no other president has achieved. another thing is that the crisis that is gripping the US today happened over 2007-2008. Do you expect him to fix such a major crisis that has gripped the world in ONE YEAR????? people people give me a break, the man needs time so give it to him.
    Also please bear in mind he is constantly at odds with the Republican party who are totally against him and whatever he stands for or intends to do to make things right and I’m sorry to say that if he didn’t beat McCain so badly and to add insult to injury being a black man just makes matters worse.
    Give the man a chance that is why he was voted in for in the first place he is human not a sorcerer.

  29. January 20, 2010 at 23:20

    Till she mentioned inexperience, I hadn’t realised that I don’t think even a hint of inexperience has shown. And that’s quite impressive when I think about it – I was prepared to tolerate a bit of inexperience early on, but I haven’t seen any. He has been just as good and just as bad as any more experienced person.

    Naivety during his campaign? Yup, in regards to the lobbyists. It was a bit lofty of him to think he could sweep away such a embedded part of the US political culture.

    More than Obama I see a sickness in their Congress. I detest the US Congress. It’s filled with self-interested individuals who won’t let any bill pass unless they get to paper-clip a little something for their little corner of America, resulting in severely bloated BIlls that are hard to understand and are largely irrelevant to the original aim.

    As was mentioned in the programme, I think Obama has done well enough.

    And I think blaming Reagan, the Bushes and/or Clinton for the current economic woes would make more sense than blaming Obama.

    Given the choices I would still have voted Obama if I were US-American. But personally Kucinich I think would have made a better President (not that he ever had a chance).

  30. 33 Alista
    January 20, 2010 at 23:43

    How do the american public expect jobs to return overnight?
    Data from the past has conclusively proven that after a recession, the unemployment rate only begins to decrease six quarters after economic growth occurs.

    The lack of progress on issues such as healthcare is the fault of:
    A) the republicans who filibustered and did everything they could to stop it
    B) the system which seems to be designed so as to slow down the legislative process

  31. 34 Tan Boon Tee
    January 21, 2010 at 08:57

    Well, he has to bite the bullet to stop his image from shrinking further.

    Eloquence does not always work, action in getting promises fulfilled on time often does.


  32. 35 piscator
    January 21, 2010 at 17:21

    I would not be so impolite to tell the US voter what is wrong with Obama as a man – nothing much so far as I can see. I did make a prediction before he was even elected that he was another Tony Blair – a merangue politician – looks tasty, but there is nothing but hot air inside.

    People forget, and I think Obama tried to forget, that companies are far more important than Presidents. And nearly every politician, media voice, intellectual and political activist in the World speaks for a company of some kind. Thats why he has not been able to achieve anything much. Nobody takes any notice of him.

    Business people only appeared to take notice of Presidents like Bush because he was on the side of cheap profits.

  33. 36 saqib usman
    January 21, 2010 at 18:22

    Obama was elected as a president of America last year but I have never seen a bit change in the behaviour of Americans Minster about Pakistani people Igive only 50 marks to Obama

  34. 37 robin rattansingh
    January 21, 2010 at 21:34

    obama cannot change or put to end decades of filth,i know this but you guys who are in support of him and his advisors should understand it’s not what political and economic mess he was thrown into but rather should focus on his intension to bring to the people positive change that he soo PROMISE, and to show he has done neither, failed in every department so far including military affairs.

  35. 38 James Ian
    January 22, 2010 at 07:52

    Ok so far, except for the healthcare thing. But that’s not all his fault that’s more a long held Democrat agenda thing.

  36. 39 baz
    January 22, 2010 at 11:14

    I really take exception to the BBC analysts who are suggesting Obama is loosing support because he is trying to push through a “socialist” program such as health care. There are two main reasons for his poll numbers falling. If anything, voters are for Obama’s health care proposals; Obama is loosing support because his measures do not go far enough! Then there is the mobilization of miss-informers and spin doctors who don’t want to see him fulfill the promises he rode in on (the main stream media is complicit in this; I suspect even the BBC are not exactly unbiased in their shallow reportage).Then there is his own party who are effectively torpedoing him because of who they receive their handouts from. They really should get the big money out of politics! Its a shame the BBC cannot delve into some of these issues; I wonder if they have been co opted by corporate USA too!

  37. 40 lekshak-nigeri
    January 22, 2010 at 19:51

    president Obama is trying his best for the American people and will be judged only by history. Remember he inherited the problem and its deficult to repair a demage system within one year of his stewardship and therefore he should be giving more time, may in his third year we may begin to judge him. Meanwhile i will say that he remain one of the most prominent 21st century leader. i give 70percent mark.

  38. 41 T
    January 24, 2010 at 05:03

    Obama was elected when people knew there were other choices. But they were censored by the main two parties and the MSM.

    Now we see that Obama is no different than any other politician. Yet, many people refuse to face this reality. What does that say about the state of Stateside politics?

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