10 Reasons Why American President Barack Obama May or May Not Have Been Re-Elected in 2012
So, American President Barack Obama was re-elected winning by narrow popular vote, but a relatively large number of delegates. The votes cast in this continuous poll showed that Obama would most likely win the nomination for four more years. However, a second poll found below showed that a majority did not think he should win. It appears folks were content to pick the best of two less than desirable candidates.
In early August 2010, American President Barack Obama's leadership style approval rating dropped to an all-time low for the third straight month. Even though, he made a valient effort to keep his campaign promises, it seems more American citizens became disillusioned with his presidential leadership style and policies. This article briefly discussed 10 reasons why president Barack Obama may or may not be re-elected in the 2012 American presidental election.
Do you think President Obama will be re-elected in 2012?
- 47% Yes
- 42% No
- 11% Not sure
This poll is now closed to voting.
Do you think President Obama should be re-elected in 2012?
- 44% Yes
- 49% No
- 4% Not sure
- 3% Plead the 5th
This poll is now closed to voting.
American's Slow to Change Presidential Leadership
The first reason President Obama may have been re-elected in the 2012 American presidential election is that American's tend to be slow to make changes in presidential leadership. Since Franklin Roosevelt was elected in 1932, the incumbent president has been re-elected at least once in all but three cases including John F. Kennedy who was assassinated. Those who were re-elected for another term included Roosevelt, three times; Harry Truman; Dwight Eisenhower; Lyndon Johnson; Richard Nixon; Ronald Reagan; William Clinton; and George W. Bush. Those not re-elected for another term since 1932 include Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush. So this pattern suggests that American President Barack Obama will be re-elected in 2012.
President Obama Attempted to Keep At Least Some of His Promises
A second reason why President Obama may have been re-elected to a second term in office is because he attempted to keep his campaign promises. Whether or not you agree with his policies or the final version of his legislative triumphs; American President Barack Obama has shown that for the most part he meant what he said in his campaign. He said he would pass health care reform legislation and he has. He said that he would pass financial reform legislation and he did. And, he said he would move the war from Iraq to Afghanistan and he has. No he has not yet done everything he set out to accomplish most important of which was to get American's back to work, but it was true that the financial mess he inherited was astronomical and ni one should have thought that he would be able to fix it overnight or even in 18 months.
Do you think President Obama has improved America's image around the world?See results without voting
America's Image is Improving around the World
Another reason why President Obama may have been re-elected in 2012 was that his leadership style helped improve America's image around the world. In his acceptance speech after the 2008 election, President Obama promised a more conciliatory approach to the world at-large. For the most part, he has delivered on that promise to the tune of the Nobel Peace Prize. Although some American citizens believed Obama's policies brought undesirable results in the Middle East and other regions of the world; citizens from other nations seem to think he is easier to work with than his predecessor.
President Obama Looked Presidential
President Barack Obama may have been re-elected in 2012 was he looked presidential. This is not to say that his opponent did not look or looked less presidential than Mr. Obama. Only to say, voters may have deemed Mr. Obama looked bright, energetic, and eloquent and even inspiring when behind the teleprompter .
President Obama Connects Well with the Web 2.0 Generation
A fifth reason why President Brack Obama may have been re-elected in 2012 is that he continued to connect with the younger millennial generation. As president, Mr. Obama continued to prove Social Media savvy and demonstrated that he understood the needs of the upcoming generations. To ensure the future for the next generation, he will need to find a way to reduce the budget deficit.
President Obama Seems Weak on National Defense
One reason why President Brack Obama may not be re-elected is because he seems weak on national defense. Other heads of state in places like China, Russia, and of course Iran don't seem to take him seriously. Perhaps his humble conciliatory tone which is so admirable is also working against him. In the case of China, the problem lies more in the amount of American debt the Chinese hold which President Obama had nothing to do with. Since th Chinese hold so much American debt they seem to think they are holding all the cards and don't have to deal with the current American Administration.
Has President Obama kept his promise to curtail activities of special interest groups in Washington?See results without voting
How would you rate President Obama's attempt to change how Washington operates?See results without voting
President Obama Has Been Unable to Curtail Interest Groups in Washington
A second reason why President Obama may not be re-elected is that he has been unable to keep his promise to curtail the activities of special interest groups in Washington, D.C. This is one of the campaign promises that President Obama made which he ahs been unable to impact in a significant way. This has been especially true of lobbyists from the Wall Street financial sector.
President Obama Seems To be Content with Symbolic Victories Rather Than Substantive Changes
A third reason why President Obama may not have been re-elected in 2012 was that he seemed to be content with symbolic victories rather than substantive changes. The health care reform bill has been heralded by proponents as a historical document because President Obama and his Democrat majority in Congress were able to pass the nation's first universal health care bill. They declared the same for their economic stimulus packages and their Wall Street financial reform bill. However, even the members of the media who supported Obama in 2008 like Arianna Huffington believe that these packages do not go far enough. And, of course those on the Republican side of the spectrum (including those who voted for Obama and change in 2008) believe the bills go too far.
Do you agree with President Obama's stance concerning a mosque at Ground Zero?See results without voting
President Obama's Willingness to Take the Unpopular Side of Controversial Issues
Another reason why President Obama may not be re-elected in 2012 is because of his willingness to take the unpopular side of controversial issues. This should be a reason to re-elect him, but sadly it will most likely work against him. This was most recently highlighted by his stanc eon the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan, New York. Even though the overwhelming majority of American's do not want a mosque opened at Ground Zero, Prseident Obama has rightfully stated that America is about Freedom of Religion and muslims should be able to open a mosque wherever they want. While he may be correct in terms of the U.S. Constitution, such unpopular stances on highly emotional issues like the happenings of 9/11 could work against President Obama being re-elected in 2012.
It's the Economy Stupid!
The fifth and perhaps most important reason why President Obama may not be re-elected in 2012 is that at least thus far he has not had much of an impact (if any) on the job's market. Perhaps, his stimulus packages have saved and or created public sector jobs, but he his impact on the private sector has been nil. People continue to feel the financial crunch and at least for the moment they do not see any relief in sight. Granted he inherited a financial mess that dates back to Reaganomics, but if President Obama cannot move the economy is a substantive way in the next two years, he most likely will not be re-elected in 2012. As former President Clinton realized, it's the economy stupid.
More by this Author
This article discusses the strengths and shortcomings President Barack Obama demonstrated during his tenure in the White House.
This article looks at the results of an informal survey about important qualifications to become president of the United States of America. The survey was taken from November 2012 to November 2016.
The President of the United States of America is the one of the top political positions in the world. What are the most important qualities to take into consideration when choosing a POTUS?