It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.
Now, coming off one of his worst weeks since taking office, Mr. Obama is nearing a decision on whether he really meant that. Is he willing to try to administer the disagreeable medicine that could help the economy mend over the long term, even if that means damaging his chances for re-election?
The Federal Reserve’s finding on Tuesday that there is little prospect for rapid economic growth over the next two years was the latest in a summer of bad economic news. One administration official called the atmosphere around the president’s economic team “angry and morose.”
There was no word on the mood of the president’s political team, but it was unlikely to be buoyed by the Fed’s assertion that the economy would still be faltering well past Mr. Obama’s second inauguration, should he win another term.
“The problem for Obama is that right now, the United States is either at a precipice or has fallen off it,” said David Rothkopf, a Commerce Department official in the Clinton administration. “If he is true to his commitment to rather be a good one-term president, then this is the character test. In some respects, this is the 3 a.m. phone call.”
THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE, (A) IT'S NOT OBAMA'S FAULT, AND (B) IT WILL BE OBAMA'S USE OF NECESSARY "GOOD MEDICINE" THAT WILL MAKE HIM MORE UNPOPULAR.
OBAMA WILL NOT BE A GOOD ONE-TERMER; HE IS A DISASTROUS ONE ALREADY!
OBAMA DUG HIS OWN HOLE WHEN HE DUG THIS NATION'S ECONOMY INOT A HOLE WITH THE PORKULUS AND OBAMACARE AND AN OVER-AGRESSIVE EPA.
FOR 3 LONG YEARS, OBAMA HAS BLOCKED THE GOOD MEDICINE THIS NATION NEEDED OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
AND ANOTHER REASON OBAMA IS SO UNPOPULAR IS THAT HE FAILED MISERABLY TO DELIVER THE IDIOTIC PACIFISTIC PROMISES HE MADE DURING THE CAMPAIGN - TO CLOSE GITMO AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
OBAMA IS NO TRUMAN; OBAMA HAS NOT MADE THE TOUGH BUT NECESSARY GOOD DECISIONS - AND WEATHERED THE STORM - TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE.
HE IS NOT TRUMAN; OBAMA IS CARTER - ONLY WORSE.
EVEN HILLARY WOULD HAVE BEEN A FAR FAR FAR BETTER POTUS.
I BELIEVE OBAMA WILL BE A ONE-TERMER.
I WISH HE LEAVES BEFORE HIS TERM IS UP.
I PRAY WE SURVIVE TO THE NEXT ELECTION.