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Obama is in the jaws of political death, can he survive?

do you agree with this Time article?

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Asked by lovinangels at 2:20 PM on Oct. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:20 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • lovinangels

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:21 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • From the article:
    With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle. (See Obama's troubled first year, issue by issue.)

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:21 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • On Friday, after the release of the latest bleak unemployment data - the last major jobs figures before the midterms - Obama said, "Putting the American people back to work, expanding opportunity, rebuilding the economic security of the middle class is the moral and national challenge of our time." But elites feel the President has failed to meet that challenge and are convinced he will be unable to do so in the remainder of his term. Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama's decisions are causing harm - that businesses are being hurt by the Administration's legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.

    And that sentiment is spreading. Many members of the general public appear deeply skeptical of Obama's capacity to turn things around, especially, but not exclusively, those inclined to dislike him -

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:22 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • Tea Partyers and John McCain voters, but also tens of millions of middle-class Americans, including quite a few who turned out for Obama in 2008. (See how some Americans are facing the prospect of long-term unemployment.)

    The misery afflicting the country has no political affiliation. Listen to the voices from this striking TV ad for Rob Portman, the Republican former Congressman and Bush budget director who is running for Senate from Ohio. One woman at a Dayton career fair says starkly, "There are no jobs." A man announces plaintively and with obvious frustration, "I've been looking for a job now for 13 months." Events like this job fair are becoming the grim iconic gatherings of our time, the breadlines for the Obama years.

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:23 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • Most of Obama's private (and sometimes public) rebuttals to the voices slamming him on all sides are justified or spot on. He did inherit a lot of problems from the Bush Administration. He did act quickly in the initial weeks of his Administration to stave off a worldwide depression. His efforts at job creation have been obstructed by Republicans (even the proposals based on policies supported by the GOP in the past). His opponents haven't put forth specifics of their own, nor offered genuine compromise, while the media have allowed the right's activists and gabbers to run wild with criticism without furnishing legitimate alternative solutions. (See Barack Obama's top 10 sound bites.)

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:24 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • But Obama has exacerbated his political problems not just by failing to enact policies that would have actually turned the economy around, but also by authorizing a series of tactical moves intended to demonize Republicans and distract from the problems at hand. He has wasted time lambasting his foes when he should have been putting forth his agenda in a clear, optimistic fashion, defending the benefits of his key decisions during the past two years (health care and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, for example) and explaining what he would do with a re-elected Democratic majority to spur growth.

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:24 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • I didn't read the article but I hope not...

    Answer by Lisa.Price at 2:25 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • I copy and pasted a lot of it.

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 2:26 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • President Obama has the same problem that every President has had.....people want a savior....someone who can work some sort of miracle and magic and fix all the problems of the world....We are at a low point, there is a lot of fear-mongering going on as people battle for power, and we are watching it play is ebb and flow....and no one person can fix all the problems mankind has created for ourselves...we are at war, the environment is being destroyed, our economy is at a low point.....President Obama is just one man, and I'm not exactly sure what people expected, but they were bound to be disappointed...

    Answer by Anna92464 at 2:27 PM on Oct. 11, 2010

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