Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Cafferty File: Improving U.S. image
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

What should the U.S. do to improve its image overseas?

Jack, If we were to impeach President Bush, we would immediately be seen in a better light by other countries. Other countries hate our president.
Mary, Arizona City, Arizona

If the U.S. wants to improve its worldwide image it needs to:
1) get out of Iraq
2) quit being the world's policeman without the backing of the U.N.
3) keep its nose out of places where it doesn't belong
If the U.S. can do this it might improve its image from ugly American to a kinder gentler one.
Linda, Milton, Wisconsin

America needs to go to the closet and get out an old staple, a humble pie, bake it well, dine on it properly and make sure it is all eaten. With it, try a helping of diplomacy, a dash of tact and a pinch of sugar.
Richard, Ontario

What does it mean if public financing of presidential campaigns becomes a thing of the past?

It means that we the people have lost yet again. It means only the very wealthy have voices in our so-called democracy. Only their voices will be heard. We little people who actually sweat making this country work will be voiceless yet again. The rich have gotten the tax cuts; they've cut our pensions and our health care... I pay my taxes and I pay my bills. All I'd like is a government that stays out of my way and doesn't make life more difficult.
Rick, Chicago, Illinois

Private financed campaigns reek of special interests. If the Democrats are so eager to change, why not do it with special interests? They can show their true colors.
Lennie, Lexington, Kentucky

Ending all public financing, at every level, would be a good thing and would eliminate marginal candidates.
Jim, Scottsdale, Arizona

How seriously will you take President Bush's State of the Union address tonight?

Regarding President Bush, he won't say anything worth listening to. But just like someone who might be attracted to watching a car crash, I'll be watching the State of the Union address.
Yvette, Hudson, Ohio

I don't believe that President Bush cares what any of us think, and there is no opinion poll, no precedent, no congressional down-dressing, no legal barrier that will stop him. That's serious. Adam, Boston, Massachusetts

Seriously, of course. He's the president, and he still has two years left. He's unpopular but not a lame duck. And only he commands the troops.
Andrew, New York

I will take it with a grain of salt. My son just joined the Army; I am proud of my son and horrified at what he is going to be sent to.
John, Kingston, New York
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 1/23/2007 05:51:00 PM ET | Permalink
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