A One-Term Wonder?

The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” suggests that is exactly the reality our beleaguered President finds himself staring at:

52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

Obama faces a 44-52 deficit among both all Americans and registered voters, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. Four percent had no opinion.

The reelection numbers are slightly more sour than Obama’s approval ratings, which are basically tied. 49 percent of people told CNN that they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, while 50 percent disapprove.

The temptation to mock, while great, will be resisted. No personal fan of the man, I almost feel bad for him…almost… as I think back to the doom George W. Bush was told he faced in the run-up to his own re-election and remember how badly I hoped the experts were wrong back then. I’m sure Obama’s fans feel the same way today, so in deference I’ll back off for now.

I will add, though, that drawing comparisons between what Bush faced during his first term then and what Obama has faced during his own first term now is instructive. Bush started 2 wars with a fair amount of success (take it easy…I said fair amount) and Obama has failed to end them as he promised to. Bush inherited a decent economy (however much it was built upon a house of cards) that fairly quickly collapsed before having a full-bore stroke after 9/11. Obama inherited a struggling economy that had some potential for improvement until he chose to bail out everyone and take them over… Bush’s post-9/11 economic stroke would look good now compared to what we’re faced with today. We were afraid back then…now we’re just fiscally cynical and wholly distrustful of the Federal Government.

Like Bush, Obama now finds himself having to glad-hand his political opponents. I think (and I’m prepared to be corrected on this) that there is a fundamental difference between the two however; Bush gave in a little without having to abandon his agenda while Obama appears ready to give up all he stood for a year ago just to cling to his political life – agenda be damned.

Having even some Executive experience really does mean something when you wake up one morning and find yourself assigned the task of being President of the United States…Governor (I suggest here) offers a bit more of that than Community Organizer and hand-wringing political activist. It makes one wonder, yet again, which is the better President…or at least which of these two will be better remembered for having given the job a try.