I voted for and support Obama, but agree that his humor, and more significantly, his doomsday remarks about the economy were inappropriate ["Obama's Punch Drunk Performance on 60 Minutes Displays His Inexperience," usnews.com]. I think he should focus on improvement, not giving himself cover if things get worse.
Comment by Bob Bolton of MD
This guy is walking into the biggest nightmare on Elm Street. I think we need to allow him to simply be himself and let his character, experience, and his aides guide us through this mess. He seems more real to me than any other president. Ever seen any of our prior presidents willing to completely be themselves on American TV? That demonstrates his complete confidence that he is a good person and has no qualms about talking about the ugly stuff.
Comment by Marcy of MN
You cannot grow into the job [of the presidency], so everyone stop giving this guy a break. When it comes to experience, we all know he didn't have it, but we wanted change. So much for change. This presidency is clueless and maybe these problems are more difficult than the average American can comprehend, but how do you sign a bill that allows the AIG execs to get a bonus then chastise them for taking what you allowed them to take. Please, enough is enough. We cannot blame this guy or that guy. We need a leader who knows what to do and obviously without the teleprompter he does not know what to do. Stay off of Leno and stay in the White House listening to the top businessmen of the world. I don't need a president laughing about the economy to make me feel better.
Comment by Frank of NJ
Any normal person would have to laugh at the mess he has on his hands. Laugh or cry. And perhaps he felt like crying, but decided it would be better to laugh. You think he believes the mess we are in is funny? Hardly. I doubt it. But, maybe laughing makes it easier to deal with. Now he's wrong to laugh. What else can you accuse the guy of? He has been called everything in the book and now he gets accused of laughing too much, appearing on TV and talking to the public too much. I guess he just can't do anything right to appease the haters.
Comment by Gerry Corriveau of RI
It's nice to have a regular guy in the White House who hopefully will be able to turn things around. Give him a break. He just started in on trying to fix an eight-year disaster that was left for him. I think he's doing a fine job and deserves a lot more time to get into the new position. Not many of us could handle the stress of being the president, and you just need to laugh at the mess were in sometimes.... We all saw it coming so you can be depressed about it or try to be chipper and do what you can to get by until things get better.
Comment by Gina of WA