What are the Chances Obama Will Bow Out of the 2012 Race?


During a special broadcast on the Vietnam War, following the Tet Offensive in February of 1968, Walter Cronkite concluded the program with this: “To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. It is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.

After hearing Cronkite’s comments, Lyndon Johnson is reported to have turned to aides and said: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” One month later, Johnson went on national television and told a stunned listening audience: “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”

While there is no equivalency to Walter Conkrite in the “mainstream” media 42 years later, one wonders what went through the mind of Barack Obama when his hometown newspaper, the liberal Chicago Tribune, called on the beleaguered president to drop out of the 2012 race. Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Steve Chapman:

“When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.” For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine. The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can’t even sneak a cigarette. 

His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He’s staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don’t think would work.

The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, “it’s going to be impossible for the president to win.” Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: ‘Panic.’ Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?”

Ever the president of his own fan club, it’s a safe bet that Obama merely brushed aside his hometown newspaper’s call — even if it hurt, or angered him deep down inside. But the Tribune is just one voice in a cacophony that is growing louder and louder by the week:

From Democratic operatives Pat Cadell and Doug Schoen to Ralph Nader, liberals are doing everything from vowing to challenge Obama in the primaries, to calling on him to step aside for the good of the Democratic Party.

Obama will surely hear none of it. While he’ll continue to read impassioned speeches from his trusty teleprompter — calling Republicans every name in the book, and blaming them for all that ails the world, the reality is this: The economy and the deficit have become Obama’s Vietnam. LightSquared, Solyndra and Operation “Fast and Furious” could cumulatively — or any one of them singularly — become his Watergate. His troops on the far-left are disenamored with their “hope and change” president, while those on the right are screaming “We told you so!” at the top their lungs. And guess what? Independents, women, blacks, and even rank-and-file Democrats are listening, Mr. President.

The bottom line is: Barack Hussein Obama is no longer having fun playing President of the United States. It looked good on paper, so he gave it whirl; lo and behold, he won. No one will ever know when he first gazed at himself in the mirror one morning — with the look on his face of a dog who had finally caught the car it had been chasing for so long — and wondered to himself: “What in the hell have I gotten myself into?”

It’s written all over him; he often appears to be simply going through the motions. His thin skin is thinner than ever, and his patience resembles that of Yosemite Sam when he’s had enough of Bugs Bunny. He came into office with arguably the least experience of any of his predecessors; his minions said he would “grow into the job.” That never happened. And it never will.

Obama has never stopped campaigning — and truth be told, he doesn’t know how to stop: Every speech is a campaign speech. When Republicans disagree with his proposals behind closed doors, he marches straight out to his teleprompter and scolds them like school children. He calls for “civil discourse,” yet vilifies his “enemies” on Hispanic radio stations. He calls for compromise, but holds fast to his stubborn demands of more taxes and more deficit spending. His pathetic “jobs” speech was perhaps the most divisive — and desperate — of his failed presidency. Panic has set in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The vultures are circling, Mr. President. Maybe their bites aren’t as bad as those of the alligators in the moat along the Mexican border!