That being said, Obama is a bush league President with some major league challenges.
To begin with, it might send a thrill up your leg to be able to say that you voted for the first black President, but once you've already done it, it's not nearly as exciting the second time around. Moreover, Obama's not going to be able to successfully run on "change," "hope," "unity," and being everything to everybody in 2012. Americans have already been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and it's already too ratty to wear even when they're mowing the lawn.
This time around, Obama will have a rather significant record to run on and unfortunately for him, it's extremely unpopular with everyone but liberals. We have an economy in the toilet, a soaring jobless rate, a failed stimulus, massive debt, rocketing gas prices, funneling billions to his corporate cronies in bailouts, cash for clunkers, suing Arizona for trying to enforce immigration law, bungling the Gulf oil spill, starting another war in Libya, and the destruction of the American health care system via Obamacare. Running on that agenda would be like Neville Chamberlain running on his expert handling of Nazi Germany.
So, what will Obama and his allies run on in 2012 (Hat tip to Brooks Bayne for the idea)?
1) Yes, I am the President who got Osama Bin Laden! Why do you ask? Oh, you didn't? Well, let's talk about it anyway! Putting an extra hole in Bin Laden's skull and dumping him in Davy Jones’ locker is the one positive, popular accomplishment that Obama has to boast about. So, expect him to mention it. A lot. Like, as much as Rudy Giuliani used to talk about 9/11. When the only thing you have to run on is saying "Okey-Dokey" to the military when it tells you it wants to grease Osama Bin Laden, then you'll do just about anything short of putting out commemorative plates celebrating your decision.
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