May 14th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Clarification on my conversations with the President

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

The characterization that I have been "advising" President Obama is inaccurate. Over the last few months I've had a couple of conversations with the President, off-the-record. At no point did President Obama ask me for advice on a specific policy or speech or proposal, nor did I volunteer it. I know that he has had similar meetings with other columnists.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed, it wouldn't have done Obama any harm at all, if you gave him a good piece of advice here and there! Especially in foreign politics!

    May 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Sri

      Also, you can give advice to the President of the United States, only if he asks for it. If he didn't ask for it and then if you wanted to give him advice, why would he take it – afterall he is the US President.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:12 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Dear oh dear, had Bush 2 met with Fareed earlier, the country would have been in a much better shape today.

        May 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  2. lacy

    Oops, Mr, "I'm so important" got caught. Suddenly it went from regularly meeting face to face with the bozo in the WH to a couple of conversations with him. Too funny.

    May 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Sri

      whats the difference between "regular face to face meetings" and "couple of conversations" ... I don't see any difference. If you look at the basic context of what Fareed had to say about his interactions/conversations with Obama, he said the same thing now that he has said before.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:09 am |
      • lacy

        Check out a dictionary if you fail to discern any difference. I doubt the question about his contact with the bozo in the WH was pulled out of thin air. He chose to self promote and then had to back track on his "importance". Guess he thought everyone who watches CNN would swallow his kool-aid and not question his statements.

        May 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • ral

      Only an Obama-hater would even make an issue out of this – and, let's face it, there is nothing that Obama can do that the haters won't try to make an issue of.
      Seriously, Obama could run into a burning building and save a baby and the irrational haters would find something about it to complain about! Get a grip and get over yourselves – you just sound stupid now.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • Joe

        @ral, So sayeth a Bush hater.

        May 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  3. moea

    I am glad someone in the White House is talking to you. You make sense and have a practical approach to many of our problems. You have pointed out solutions and not inflamed the discussions with more hostility. Thank you. I hope your ideas get acted upon. You also deserve the credit for being more out of the box and in the box than anybody who the White House has hired or listened to. Thanks for your sound advice through the years. I hope we as a nation become mature enough to hear and implement some of your suggestions.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  4. leeintulsa

    I'm more interested in what obama and kumar are talking about..

    May 15, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  5. mike

    I use to respect Fareed. However not only is he drinking the Kool-Aid, but making it and selling it 24 hours a day. I consider him one of the worst "journalist" on TV today. No objectivity, no searching for the truth. Just watch the Soros interview. Very sad that he has MADE A DECISION to take this path.

    May 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  6. Michael

    You have got to be kidding. A journalist that "gives the President advice" and we're supposed to believe that he's reporting to us objectively? He's so anti-american he's a joke anyway. Does Obama really need more advice on how to hate the United States. Remember, his goofy wife saying, "this is the first time I've been proud of America, that after America probably lifted her and her husband to the front of the line, NOT THROUGH ABILITY, but through the skin color clause of Affirmative Action. What IS this world coming to?

    May 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • ral

      I can't help but wonder if you were this bothered by the too-close relationship between Bob Woodward and George W. Bush? I also wonder how many outraged posts you made about Bush having 'round table' discussions with journalists – but only right-wing journalists from Fox? Probably none.....and it's probably too much for you to realize that there is nothing new, unusual or wrong about Presidents talking to all kinds of people.

      Fahreed, it's pretty obvious from the posts here that the only people who have a problem with this are those who are just looking for one reason after another to stoke their hate & prejudice – I wouldn't worry about what them – nothing will change their feeble minds, and they are far too mired in hate for reason to have any effect.

      May 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Timothy Bladel

        I wonder if Obama can do any wrong in your eyes. Look the country is not in better shape, and it does not seem like it is going to be for awhile. So many people have left Obama in the two and a half years in office. This has to do with Obama's policies and nothing else. Stop being so shallow.

        May 16, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  7. Nina

    Not surprised that a CNN "JournOlist" would be giving our Muslim-In Chief advice !! The Muslim-in-Chief needs all the help he can get. So I am not surprised that the Muslim-In-Chief would be listening to a CNN Muslim. In my opinion the CNN Muslim should be sent to GITMO....he is a disgrace !!!!!!!

    May 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • ral

      Once you use terms like "Muslim-In Chief ", you show yourself to be a person with no critical thinking skills and no credibility – and a bigot to boot.
      Go over to Freerepublic and post your nonsense – that's your target demo.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Mike

        And your critical thinking skills consist of inevitably saying "but, but, but Bush" any time some one criticizes the President.

        May 16, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • j. von hettlingen

      No wonder freedom of expression is censored in some countries. The founding fathers saw the danger of this excessive freedom and maintained that imbeciles shouldn't be given the right to vote or speak in public, in order to spare them the pain to be ridiculed.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  8. Deepak Kapur

    Your advise should be treasured and implemented by any President

    May 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  9. akw

    The post-American president gets advice from the post-American journalist. What could possibly go wrong?

    May 16, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  10. Menlo Bob

    Your advice on Libya is working beautifully!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  11. elenore

    Another foreigner involved in White House American Politics,What a surprise.Are you just trying to change American policies into your foreign 3rd world views.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  12. leeintulsa

    Hehe.. U talk funny

    May 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |

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