Comments about ‘News analysis: Oba-meh: Observers left and right underwhelmed in Charlotte by President Obama's speech’

Return to article »

Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended


What of Bush's "Ownership Society?"

From the "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission" Report:

Widespread failures in financial regulation and supervision proved devastating to the stability of the nation’s financial markets.

Dramatic failures of corporate governance and risk management at many systemically important financial institutions were a key cause of this crisis.

A combination of excessive borrowing, risky investments, and lack of transparency put the financial system on a collision course with crisis.

The government was ill prepared for the crisis, and its inconsistent response added to the uncertainty and panic in the financial markets.

There was a systemic breakdown in accountability and ethics.
Lenders made loans that they knew borrowers could not afford and that could cause massive losses to investors in mortgage securities....They knew a significant percentage of the sampled loans did not meet their own underwriting standards or those of the originators. Nonetheless, they sold those securities to investors.

Collapsing mortgage-lending standards and the mortgage securitization pipeline lit and spread the flame of contagion and crisis.

Over-the-counter derivatives contributed significantly to this crisis.

The failures of credit rating agencies were essential cogs in the wheel of financial destruction.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Wildcat Spring Street

If you actually read the article you would find it was a compilation of statements from other news sources: most of whom (such as Politico) are partisan leftists

@Utah centrist
From some seats in the ballpark everything appears to be in right field: its kinda obvious you are not really seated near home plate?

Holladay, UT

Once again the Des News fails the laugh test. Every article is a one-sided editorial. I guess it's good business to "run to the base" when your state is 70% republican.


Obama’s approval rating climbed to 52 percent, his highest rating in many months, according to Gallup’s latest poll. The last three days of the Democratic National Convention gave him a 7 percent bump in approval over three days, with a 3 percent hike in just the past 24 hours. Mitt Romney received no bump in the polls from the RNC, dropping from 47 percent before the convention to 46 percent.

Politico is fairly centrist, not obviously left or right.


The stock market has been going up like crazy. Why? Because investors have realized that everything is getting better and that Obama will be reelected (so we will be continuing in the right direction).

Centerville, UT

Obama is in big trouble. Romney had an okay speech and that's all he really needed. Obama had an okay speech and he REALLY need something big. He has no plan. This country can't wait for him to have another try at it.

Lehi, UT

I felt like most of the DNC was sort of a B rate movie, with some really good acting, but mostly poor acting and a lot of screaming, facts or no.

Salt Lake, UT


You would think Mitt would have learned that on his first loss wouldn't you

spring street

its is a compilation of statements out of context to try to make a point not to report the news, I stick by my previous statement but thanks.

Kaysville, UT

I still think if was interesting to see Mrs. President Obama sitting there ready to give VP Biden the cut it off sign almost in his lap. Again, Biden only said there were 2 tough decisions the President made, the auto industry bailout and Bin Laden. The President can't win without the unions such as the UAW and SEIU behind him.

This administration twists everything, worse than Bill Clinton's timeframe. At least President Obama okayed the kill, not firing a couple of drones and then dropping the real hunt. President Clinto made it sound as if he did everything perfectly and is the only one that can and did. That was one way to say that this President isn't really doing it, without doing it.

Less than two months will bring wrangling to the highest peak and pinnacle.

Alpine, UT

I've never heard this guy speak with any kind of substance. He doesn't understand the fibers that make a free country and a free people. At the DNC, even his own are divided on basic issues that make America free and unique among world powers. The loony left who want to live off the labors of others don't belong in a free society. And they should never be given leadership roles in a free society.

salt lake, UT

So people that you do not politically agree with don't deserve to live in a free society? do you see anything wrong with that logic?


It's just like the old metaphor about you and your fellow camper being chased by a bear. You don't need to be faster than the bear, only faster than your friend. Obama did not need to be perfect, or even great. He just needed to be better than Romney. And he was by all accounts.

Obama got a significant bounce from his convention, Romney got zero bounce. The numbers don't lie. End of story.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

At least President Obama's speech was memorable and you are actually talking about his speech. All that came out of the RNC convention was an 80 year old man talking to a chair.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

It fits the MO. When backed into a corner, Obama votes "Present."

Durham, NC

4 years ago the Republicans managed to have the economy in a free fall, the stock market crashing from 14,000 to 6,600, home prices in free fall, 800,000 plus jobs lost per month, 2 wars, a manufacturing industry on the verge of total collapse, and a banking system on its knees needing a global bailout... and a full blow global recession....

Based on these credentials, they are proud to announce that really, this time they do have the answer. Not going to tell us other than it will be to lower the top marginal rate, get rid of all capital gains taxes (which represents 100% of Romney's income and will lower his personal marginal income tax rate to 0%), and reduce the the deduction we have on homes by 30% to pay for the capital gains cut.

Romney's taxes go to 0. The average household looses 30% of the mortgage deduction.

I wish there was a real honest plan out there. I do think Obama's plan has had marginal successs - success none-the-less but marginally so. We need a better plan, just not Romney's.

Mcallen, TX

If Obama needs more time, and he's really trying to help our economy, then why:

* give billions to the Muslim Brotherhood, and use the stimulus money to give billions to China, Japan, Australia, Finland, Mexico. And why hundreds of millions to Solyndra?
* take millions of our money for vacations.
* not deal with Canada for an oil pipeline?

It's not what he says in a speech, but what he does.

Mcallen, TX

Too bad Obama can't use the same determination in his speech, to fix the economy, lower taxes, bring down unemployment, or reduce the deficit.

Cedar Hills, UT

I would just say this - perhaps as a challenge to liberals. Go see "2016 Obama's America". It is playing at Cenemark theaters. The director is Dinesh D'Souza. If you people truly are "open minded" then go see the documentary. If you have seen it I would like to hear an "objective" opinion - not an emotional response. Tell me what you thought about the points brought forward in the film - especially the last 20 minutes when it talks about what 2016 will look like under 4 more years of Obama. Again - save your emotional response because I don't want to hear it. I do want to hear however your thoughts or your "objective and fact based" rebuttal or your agreement. I want to hear your thoughts about the national debt graphic especially. Set aside your partisan hats and just try to be open minded if you can. If you can't then don't bother.

This film is something EVERYONE should see!!!

Cedar Hills, UT

After seeing the documentary 2016 - Obama's American I have a different take on things. I would highly encourage everyone - conservative and liberal to see it. It is excellent. As far as Obama's speech - I'm not surprised at all. Obama doesn't feel the need to repeat 2008 because he thinks American's are too gullible - too uninformed - and too lazy intellectually to NOT elect him in 2012. He may be right. Sadly he may be right. There are many great people in this country but there are also many people who are ripe for someone like Obama to overwhelm them. Sad but true.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments