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Will Challenges Make Obama a One-Term Wonder?

Barack Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet, but some have already guessed that his days as president will be numbered to one term. According to a panel of New York Times White House reporters, if Obama's plan to save the economy doesn't work, he has little chance of winning a second term. In addition, the economy's demand for attention could likely cause Obama to abandon his campaign promises, like universal healthcare and environmental regulations, bringing down his popularity.

During the campaign, Obama's legion of supporters definitely had high expectation for real change. Still, I think many will maintain a little patience considering the onslaught of challenges facing the new president. It's probably way too early to ask, but do you think these reporters are right about Obama's high risk of losing in 2012?

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Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I'm torn. On the one hand, Obama wasn't my pick for President. On the other hand, now that he's elected, I want him to do well, I want the country to do well. It seems like he would only be a one term president if things get worse, and I certainly don't want to hope for that. So maybe I hope he does well and then decides to "spend more time with his family"?
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
Oh God I hope he only serves one term. I'd really like to be proud of my country again in four years instead of eight.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Gosh i hope its just a one term thing. besides doesnt he have to go save the other worlds in the universe?
liliblu liliblu 7 years
"Kind of like yesterday, when Bush complained that he inherited a recession..." :highfive:
stephley stephley 7 years
Kind of like yesterday, when Bush complained that he inherited a recession...
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I don't like the answers to this question. I like to think he will be able to improve the country. As for needing a good campaign to blame it on Bush I think everyone is more than ready to do that anyway.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
No more than you do momma, but I have no faith in him.
stephley stephley 7 years
RED WHITE AND BLUE!
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
And what are those 'true colors'?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
Do you know him personally clara?
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
I really believe he's a fad. While I'm sure that some people, and a lot of them right here on this site, voted for him because they believe in him, I think for the most part voting for him was a fad. He is new and different and so NOT George Bush. But, I also believe that he will show his true colors over the next four years and people will be disappointed. No, I don't think he'll be re-elected.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Hainan the picture was taken at Ben's Chili Bowl on Saturday. Read the picture caption. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2009/01/11/PH2009011101320.html Steph's right. She is a cute baby.
stephley stephley 7 years
And Modus, considering how well voting for Bush twice turned out for some of the predictors, I'm willing to put money on how their predictions turn out.
stephley stephley 7 years
That's a lovely baby he's holding, by the way.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
It will be interesting to go back and look at predictions like this is four years and see if some people were on target or way off.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
'This looks alot like '76 with Carter getting elected having full control of the house and senate with the backdrop of economic turmoil. We can only hope the result is the same.' The Republicans sure as hell don't have a Reagan-like candidate they can insert into the election fray, so I'm doubtful. There is still a major advantage an incumbent enjoys running for their second term, without a good GOP candidate no matter what Obama does in his first term I think he will win a second term (if he chooses to run). Unless Republicans vote against Obama and not for a candidate, which would be funny since they were so up in arms about people voting against Bush in the '04 election. Generally I think its way too early to tell.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I agree with Jude C. I don't think he'll need to blame anything on the Bush Administration and I didn't vote for him because he compared McCain to Bush, chancletta, though I did find the last 8 years to be grossly disappointing. No one who has a bit of sense in their head is going to expect everything to be perfect after this four year term. I voted "other" because there was no option I liked.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
This looks alot like '76 with Carter getting elected having full control of the house and senate with the backdrop of economic turmoil. We can only hope the result is the same.
geebers geebers 7 years
It IS way too early to ask - he is still not the President!
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Hainan the pictue was taken at Ben's Chili Bowl. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2009/01/11/PH2009011101320.html He and Fenty ordered a house specialty, a Chili Half-Smoke _ a quarter-pound half pork and beef smoked sausage on a steamed bun with mustard, onions and chili sauce _ along with a big helping of some cheese fries. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/10/AR2009011001027.html?sub=AR This a picture of Obama with Mayor Fenty (seated). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2009/01/11/PH2009011100273.html
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
awesome quote carrie.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
awesome quote carrie.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Of course it's too early to tell. Still, I think Americans are expecting way too much from both Obama and the government. Those who think the government is the cure-all for your financial troubles are sadly mistaken. I just hope Obama knows that Americans really can't afford a trillion dollar bailout right now. Because that's where the money will come from to pay for this thing...Americans. "Trying to tax your way out of an economic crisis is like standing in a pale and trying to pick yourself up by the handle." -Winston Churchill
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Of course it's too early to tell.Still, I think Americans are expecting way too much from both Obama and the government. Those who think the government is the cure-all for your financial troubles are sadly mistaken. I just hope Obama knows that Americans really can't afford a trillion dollar bailout right now. Because that's where the money will come from to pay for this thing...Americans."Trying to tax your way out of an economic crisis is like standing in a pale and trying to pick yourself up by the handle." -Winston Churchill
chancleta chancleta 7 years
He won comparing McCain to Bush and he'll run for a second term complaining about Bush.
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