Obama Is Still In Trouble

It had looked like a second term....

There is too much uncertainty in the country and in the world, and it argues strongly for a change in American leadership.
There is too much uncertainty in the country and in the world, and it argues strongly for a change in American leadership. | Source

Results are needed at a time when simply campaigning isn't solving real problems, or even making answers clearer.

What is stacking up against a second term for President/Candidate Obama?

$ Unemployment remains too high.

$ Congress is coming back in session still deadlocked.

$ The Euro-zone Crisis is unresolved and looking worse.

$ German willingness to act as Europe's stabilizer is fading.

$ Israel sees Iran's nuclear ambitions accelerating dangerously.

$ England and France have transitioned to new leadership less partnered with the U. S.

$ The National Debt remains out of control with a second recession looming and no balanced budget on the table.

$ Candidate Willard Mitt Romney's campaign is gaining steam as Romney becomes better respected as an individual and donations flow in.

$ Candidate Obama is vulnerable in the upcoming debates due to his party's choice to run such negative ad distortions about his opponent.

$ Goodwill toward America in the Middle East which arose from the Arab Spring has been damaged by a perceived American insult to the Muslim prophet resulting in anti-American riots.

$ Guantanamo Prison Camp remains open and the judicial process there is moving as slow as cold molasses.

$ Afghanistan remains an unstable and corrupt sinkhole for scarce American dollars with allies pulling out and American casualties continuously in the day's news.

$ The Syrian Civil War is worsening while the Syrian Free Army remains fragmented and accused of the type of atrocities characteristic of the Syrian Government as Turkey struggles to shelter the influx of Syrian Refugees.

$ Foreign policy inexperience, once the Romney/Paul glaring weakness, is now wounding Candidate Obama at a time when for all her outstanding efforts Secretary Hillary Clinton also appears less able to control events overseas; and, the United Nations remains a joke of ineffectiveness as Russia and China continue their support of the Syrian dictator.

$ Support for Obamacare, Obama's signal achievement, remains divided and insufficient to secure a victory given all the remaining unresolved problems and 2008 promises voters can hold Obama responsible for as the "Blame Bush strategy" wears thin.

$ The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is at such a low level as to predict no second term for the incumbent based on the history of past elections where defeated incumbents reached election day with much higher CCI's. No incomubent has ever been elected with such a low CCI.

In what has become a cliche about American elections, "It's the economy, stupid!", the combination of the out-of-control National Debt, continuing high unemployment, instability abroad, a looming second recession, a deadlocked Congress which could see Republican gains in the House and the Senate...all these have now combined to find a Candidate Obama seeking to create some new good news, or an "event" that might give him some aura of leadership he presently seems to lack.

In short: Obama is still in trouble.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

You list a lot of foreign policy issues to support your argument that its the economy. POTUS wears a lot of hats. Its unlikely that a businessman with no foreign policy experience will make it easy for the voters to pull the lever. Romney needs to figure out how to sell his past governing experience (he didn't bother running for a second term because MA was in such a mess) and give some specifics as to what exactly he would do different than Obama.


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MrNock 4 years ago from Kaduna, Kaduna State - Nigeria

Don't you think that the man, Obama, is already carrying spillover burdens from Bush's misrule and maladministration? No human can inherit the kind of battered economy that Obama did and perform better than he did! It is always good to apportion credit to the deserving irrespective of our personal opinion. I'm no American, but I assure you, from my observation, America's best bet is Obama. Mitt will only throw the country back into war which will take him 4-8 years trying to justify instead of providing quality leadership.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

peanutroaster: Time will tell. You have stated your opinion on Mr. Romney, and I have stated why I think Candidate Obama is at least in trouble, if not serious trouble.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MrNock: Welcome to you in Nigeria. Americans popularly elected Candidate Obama to bring about the changes he promised in 2008 and gave him both a Democrat-controlled House and Senate to work with. It was reasonable for Americans to expect the changes he promised could be achieved in four years. Even with his own party's control of both legislative houses we are left with an increase in our National Debt whose growth is larger than that growth in a single presidency in history (now over $16 Trillion US). And Obama is proposing more indebtedness as his way of solving the indebtedness! He has not made his path "Forward" any clearer with the specifics many Americans need in order to feel comfortable in giving him another four years to accomplish the changes he promised four years ago. Frankly, his candidacy for a second term is in serious trouble.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

You might also noted that, we as voters, are being continually bombed with skewed polling results from major media sources. Who is surprised when Obama shows a 5 point lead in the polls only to find that those polled leaned very heavily Democrat? Ask yourself why a public media outlet would try so hard to distort the facts and confuse the voters? Is that the truth that our media intends to deliver to us....it crosses the line of pur propaganda in my book. Zogby was the only poll shown this week with an equal representation of Dems, Reps, and Independent potential voters. Until the public starts demanding the truth instead of blindly following what they "want" to believe, this nation is in trouble and stuck with Obama as well....the two are synonomous! ~WB


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Obama is a total and complete failure. he is not and will never be a leader, and anyone who doesn't see that is delusional. He will take our country down. i have no respect for anyone from a different country trying to tell Americans about our country. i can give you many examples of his bad policies but the leftists that propagate the hubs will only call them lies. Obama is a failure and if we don't wake up to his liberal leftist policies, we are headed for Doom. The 2012 predictions are slowly coming true. Look at the middle east , Iran, Syria, the U.S. economy, the climate , these events are all pointing to the 2012 doomsday scenario.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

I can't imagine that Romney is a better candidate than Obama. I have been a MA resident for over 20 years. I lived here when Romney governed and he left lots of messes in his wake...particularly the health care/insurance system. I have no faith that he is better than Obama...and I do believe that Obama has had lots of messes left by Bush to overcome. If Romney undoes any of the strides forward that Obama has successfully accomplished, then we really are doomed.

As far as I am concerned, the House and Senate are checks and balances to the President's power...and if they keep Obama back from accomplishing something good for our country...then shame on them. I believe in the checks and balances, but am disappointed if Congress's stalemate is a political move to keep back Obama from making positive change because they would rather blame something on Obama in order to see Romney as the US President.

I would not blame Obama for the policies of foreign leaders. That is not fair to him, which makes this hub rather biased propaganda in itself. I would also hate to see Hillary Clinton have to step down as Secretary of State. She carries lots of positive diplomacy skills in her favor and is respected by foreign leaders who are open to seeing women in such positions.

I think that Obama does want to bring the troops home, but is being held back by opposing groups "behind the scenes." I think that Romeny would not make that a priority. I think that he would go along with whatever will make him money...and that is the military!


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

Starting unfunded wars and giving away revenue to the rich are the largest sources of debt. GOP solution to everything is to slash government jobs which will just put more people out of work and cause local governments to make up the difference. That and tossing needy people, seniors under the bus.

Some spending was necessary to keep nurses, teachers, construction workers and auto workers employed. Romney see things from corporate raider's balance sheet. Just let GM fail and ship the jobs over seas - its all good for corporations who are people (according to Mitt).

Personally I'd like to see more being done to fix our infrastructure including the 8,000 critical bridges that need to be replaced or fixed. Put people to work on our future!

Kudos for comments on this post being civil.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Who the hell ever heard of a "funded war"....wars are not planned and budgeted for....and the tax cuts to which you allude....those begun in the Bush Administration would not even start to scratch the surface on the debt which has been incurred since Obama took office. That is the biggest cop out you liberals have to justify the continued wasting of tax dollars....tax and spend is all you know. ~WB


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

These wars the average person doesn't even feel. People complain about gas prices, in World War II we had scrap drives and victory gardens. Today no one even pays attention.

Romney wants to raise spending on the military by 10% no doubt to get ready for another war. So glad we didn't have McCain in the White House otherwise we'd be in Syria right now.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Obama is far from perfect - and i wish there were a viable option - but - there ISN'T!

Romney is a joke - and just because obama hasn't achieved certain things doesn't mean that romney could!

look at the fool he's making of himself with his idiot statements re; syria/egypt..


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

My goodness! I see the Left is well represented in the pot stirring.

I commend you, Sir, for listing true facts. Many here keeping repeating the theme that Obama is not responsible for things he inherited and things going on in other countries. Every President ever has been held to the fires by the press on problems he inherited and issues involving us and other countries, save this one. Hello! It's the job of the President to deal with these issues.

How has he done so? Well, he's continually insulting America's most powerful allies while weakening the military in every way possible and being sure to bankrupt the nation through the highest government spending ever, over printing money which is still contributing to inflation, passing Obamacare that most of us don't agree with and will make healthcare a federally run entity not to mention further bankrupt us. The list could go on for pages. Anyone that doesn't see it at this point is seriously in trouble... within their own head.

He promised hope and change. He delivered. Hope has been slaughtered for our children not being economically enslaved if we don't fix this mess pronto and change was for the worse!


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Bravo, .....Poetvix. the truth will set you free. this president is a failure . the leftys say that Romney will be worse and constantly harp on him but will not look at "the annointed one " . He will not even say the word Terrorism slip out of his mouth. he apologizes for America when we are attacked . At least Romney will do something about it .

Romney has taken a stand on Syria and Egypt , not like obama who is scared to insult them who attack us .

how do you know what Romney can do if we don't give him a chance . He could certainly do better than this president . you people who hide your leftist retohric behind the guise of I am not a liberal leftist are so fake . your true colors shine threough with your defense of this failure .


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

Romney's "stand" on Syria are foolish utterances trying to make political gain from a tragedy. What does he want? To get the whole middle east all riled up? He comes off like a fool. No wonder the Europeans couldn't stand him on his summer trip.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

P roaster , you make foolish statements that are only your own opinion. America and Romney wants to stop the killing of innocent people, the Syrian people , they are being killed by their own Govt. that is what America stands for peace through strength. if we don't do something, that is why the syrians hate us , because obama says he is for the masses but he does nothing . Iran kills it people and they pleaded for our help , but obama did nothing, they would not be getting the bomb if obama had the guts to make a decision three years ago. Now he isolates Israel and is scared to stop them again. they are laughing at America, Russia is laughing at America, China has told our govt. to shut up . all because of obama. he is a failure. who cares what the europeans think , we have saved them so many times it we lost count.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Stick to the subjec, please. Is Obama still in trouble or not?


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Lots in well written reasons. My thought is does America listen to reason? People, unfortunately are wrapped up in daily issues and don't take time to really know what is going on. You have listed all these great reasons but they need to get out to the public and about 100000 times.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Is obama in trouble ?

unemployment at 8.2 %, hightest length of unemployment in history. GDP growth a menial 1.2 %, even the worst recorvery in history was an average of 4.2 % .

6 trillion added to the debt in 3 1/2 years and climbing under obama, President Bush added 6 trillion in 8 years.

" if I don't have this fixed in three years, then I will be a one term president. " said by, barack HUSSEIN obama.

Now we must make his words come true .


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I wager we will have a second term. People are more confident in Obama than the ups and downs of daily events would seem, and the GOP campaign is hobbled by Mr R's one dimensional character and lack of experience, not to mention the daily serving of waffles on healthcare, etc.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

the leftist media propagandists also told us that the Wisconsin vote was going to be very close, according to the polls. Ehhhh, they were wrong. The media is trying to put the idea in the public's head that the election is over. It is over, for obama not Romney. It sure is funny how the left always seems to know what the majority of "People" want. Lack of experience ? obama has never had a real job. He was a community organizer , living off the taxpayers money, talk about no experience . thats why we are where we are today. !


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

President of the United States is about as real as a job can get. Its 2012.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I find it laughable some stated Romney has no experience as if Obama does. He's never held a real job in his life. This one is the first he's ever had. Many say he's failing. Just as many see him as saving the nation. I don't think he's in trouble. I think he's exactly where he wants to be which is poised at the reigns to take America out as a free nation. We have been weakened in every way conceivable. Look to his actions to determine who he supports. It's not America, it's not Israel, it's not freedom, it's not economic recovery, it's nothing that will allow us to survive if it continues. But, tragically and fatally for us ALL some still follow along behind him blindly singing his praises. He's not in trouble. The survival of a free America is.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Can Ryan fend off an ascerbic Joe Biden? Looking at the other half of the Romney/Ryan team and trying to picture either of the two VP designees as POTUS can have some effect. Will it? Tune in 10/11/12 and look at that debate later to see how it figured in.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Now it is four years later. We are in another presidential campaign. There is no incumbent running for reelection, though the exiting president has chosen sides and plans to play the great American game of politics on the side of his party and Mrs. Clinton.

For at least the last two months (April and May) the Consumer Confidence Index has dropped, and now 25% of respondents say that "jobs are hard to find."

It is interesting to look back four years and compare the 2012 presidential election to this 2016 campaign, and this campaign's consummate "insider" versus the brash, unorthodox "outsider."

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