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November 15th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Should Pres. Obama not run for re-election?

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FILE PHOTO: Obama campaigning in 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

To be a great leader, President Obama should not seek re-election in 2012.

That's according to a Washington Post piece by two pollsters who worked for Democratic presidents.

Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen write that Mr. Obama needs to decide how he wants to govern for the next two years. And, they believe the only way he can attempt to fix the serious problems facing this country is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.

By announcing he won't run again, Mr. Obama "will be able to unite the country, provide national and international leadership, escape the hold of the left, isolate the right and achieve results that would be otherwise unachievable."

Caddell and Schoen write that President Obama would not be a lame duck if he forgoes another term. Instead they believe it would give him much more leverage with both parties.

If the president showed more bipartisanship, the Republicans would be forced to meet him half way. Plus, Mr. Obama wouldn't be constantly worried about pleasing the Democrats' base - people like senior citizens and unions - in order to convince them to vote for him in two years.

Could make it a whole lot easier to accomplish something meaningful on the tough issues - like the deficit.

The writers do believe that President Obama can be re-elected if he chooses to run, but to win he'll have to carry out a "scorched-earth campaign," the kind of divisive campaign that President Bush ran in 2004 and that Mr. Obama completely rejected the first time around.

Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama not run for re-election in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Linda in Arizona writes:
If he announces that he's not running in 2012, he will be a lame duck, and instead of next-to-nothing getting done, it will be nothing at all. Anyway, he won't do it, so why bother with this idle conjecturing? I don't agree with their conclusions about uniting the country and "providing national and international leadership" either. How would a lame duck president accomplish anything like that?

Joe in Florida writes:
Obama will run in 2012. And he might win it. Hillary was the only one that would have given him a ticket back to Chicago, but I don't think she is going to run.

Dave in Cincinnati writes:
As a political maverick who finds his politics somewhere between Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party, I definitely think he should run. It will near assure a change in the Oval Office.

T. writes:
What a stupid question. Of course he should run again.

John writes:
He should not run. He is out of touch with mainstream America. Follow LBJ. He knew he wouldn't be re-elected either.

Susan in Idaho writes:
No, no one will miss him until he's gone. What would we have had with McWrong and the Wasilla wonder? Someone that would have had to postpone one thing on his agenda to tackle another and a quitter. Of course, we might have had Joe the Plumber for Secretary of State and Wilford Brimley for Secretary of War.

Susan in Florida writes:
Jack, Does it really matter since the world is going to end on Dec. 21st 2012, according to ancient Mayan calendar? At least that's what the History Channel is telling us... And Jesse Ventura.

David in North Carolina writes:
Yes. Obama should run, and get a second coat of shellac.

soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Joanne

    Obama has every right to run, however with losing Ohio, Florida, Pa, Wisconsin and other States he has a 40% chance perhaps. Americans don't forget anymore as most politicians believed – we will remember the seriously flawed Health Care program (now 111 large Companies are waived as they cannot afford), not to speak of the 3.5 Trillion in spending – and that is "thus far". Matters not what he does now, it is over. Repubs are on probation as well.
    When you are incompetent it's best you stay within your own !
    Joanne
    Mn

    November 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  2. Renee

    Of course he should, no president can possibly accomplish his goals in one term, as we all know they spend most if not all of the first term cleaning up from their predecessor's messes.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  3. Lisa in San Jose

    Lately Obama seems to have run away from every other political fight, so it wouldn't surprise me if he runs away from re-election too.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  4. Annie D.

    If he doesn't grow a pair and start bucking the Republicans pretty soon, I'd just as soon he sit it out . . . and I'm a person who wept with joy on the last election night.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Conor in Chicago

    If he caves on taxs for the rich I will agree that he shouldn't. That's the last straw for me.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  6. Pete from Georgia

    Obama not run for re-election ?? He would be in therapy for years if he couldn't rn. It's the ONLY thing he knows how to do. He's like a dog chasing a car, not having a clue what to do if he catches it.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Bob

    If Obama wants the democrats to loose, then yes, run for re-election.
    He should be ousted now before this country goes completely down the drain. So my answer is NO, Obama should not seek re-election.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Jared Snow (Columbus OH)

    No, he should not, and all other Democrats should not run for re-election either. Put everything under Republican control for the next 16 years, and we have two choices. Either they govern responsibly and fix what is wrong with this country (highly unlikely) or they will continue to run it into the ground. In any case, there will be no questions regarding who is at fault. All we do now is go back and forth, placing blame when it is convenient and politically advantageous which results in nothing of substance being done.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Bob Moore

    jack why wouldn't Obama run for re election? He's been one of the best presidents of my lifetime. We now have Health care reform, Wall St. reform and he has the best foreign policy we've had in years. It's the media that wants him out. How about doing your job and report the news rather than shape it?

    November 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  10. David

    If Obama continues to disappoint, no. He needs to ask himself: Would a Republican president have compromised as much with the other side as he has? Obama needs to be as ruthless and calculating as the Republicans and needs advisors that will encourage more arm twisting by this administration.

    David, Austin, TX

    November 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, the Dems have zero chance, if he does run again. if he wants to bow out, to bolster the chances of his party, that might be a good decision......but then, he hasn't made very many good decisions, now has he?

    November 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  12. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It is much easier to run for a second term as president when you have a proven track record to run on. In Obama's case he does not. He was basically unknown before he ran for president so we had little to show for his tenure up to that point. That is why the DNC was so high on Obama to begin with. He had done very little for people to complain about. That meant there was nothing to attack or go after. Change sounded real good to a lot of people unhappy with Bush the republicans and 2 wars. That will not be the case this election cycle. What matters now is the economy and jobs and Obama and the democrats have just not delivered fast enough.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  13. Maxwell

    The best choice would be to bow out and let the Dems endorse someone else, possibly Hillary, to run for prez in 2012. Otherwise, we might have to get used to saying "President Palin offended another world leader today."

    November 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  14. IKHAN from Nevada

    President Obama should come back fighting.

    He is the counterfoil to the politics of fear & hate his oponents saw fit to off load on American public.

    We need him now more than ever, albeit in a far stronger stance.
    He should go more public for his policies, speaking to the population and particularly to the young voters & listening to them. He should put in more efforts to regain his standing in the Mid-west. And he should revive his agenda of 'Change' translating it into action.
    But come back he must.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  15. bob z fr ,pa.

    no a common man off the street would be better

    November 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  16. pat in michigan

    Without Question He should run again.
    After two years of the Republicans making matters even worse .Americans will realize that they made a mistake again and go 180 in the booth.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  17. Kristen

    As much as I would love to have him in office another 4 years, I think that if he can't win the election he shouldn't waste his time campaigning and use that time to try and accomplish as much good as he can in the time he has left.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  18. Jef P.

    Jack:

    Yes, but as Hillary Clinton's Vice President!

    Jef P.
    Louisiana

    November 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama will run for office. President Obama will win, if the the unemployment percentage is around 8%. If Sarah Palin, Newt the hoot from Georgia, or Mit Romney runs it will be easier for Presidennt Obama to win. President Obama is not a coward, and does run from a challenge. This nation needs President Obama to meet some of the biggest challenges we have faced since the end of World War II. Jack, President Obama is the same man you championed 2 years ago.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  20. Willda Ritter, Lakewood, CO

    No he shouldn't but he will. Just like Peloi, he doesn't know when enough is enough.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Steve

    He should not. Back in end of 2009 I made a comment on your blog that Obama wasn't going to make it, mainly due to his lack of experience and his illogical left wing advisors. I also recommended that we bring Bush back in 2012, that's Jeb Bush but you never released my comment.
    That prediction is getting more credible. Jeb Bush and Romney for 2012. This will make the Liberals squirm. Guess whast if Obama doesn't run in 2012 the Liberals don't have anybody else. The pickings are slim; Hillary Biden, Pelosi, Rev Sharpton?? Scary isn't it.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  22. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Yes – he should NOT run. He blew it big time. No rational person expected that anyone could undo 8 years of damage in even 4 years, but no one could have expected Obama to give the farm away either. He failed to fulfill any of his promises at all in any meaningful way. Healthcare reform is in name only and is a giveaway to the industry. All the bums and crooks were bailed out with no strings attached to no good end, we are deeper in debt than we were, we are still heading for the cliff, but only faster and the only people who have not only not been helped, but instead have been kicked and insulted are the middle class (what’s left of it). Obama has to be delusional by negotiating with himself before he even talks to the party of “NO.” And now we have been insulted by all of our so called friends in the world. If Korea can spit in Obama’s face after all we did for them we have been reduced to a banana republic.

    We need Hilary more than ever now. At least she’s got a pair.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  23. Patsy, Texas

    Why not, Jack? Some are so willing to kick him to the curb without
    seeing the good that has been done. The economy, as we know,
    took eight years to decline. He is doing everything he can to bring it
    back, and doing it virtually alone. The Republicans fought him
    every step of the way putting their personal ambitions ahead of the
    Country. They say they want bipartisanship, but only if it goes
    their way. I will never trust them again, especially because the way
    they have acted the last two years. I cannot see any Republican
    that I would want as President. We gave Bush eight years to take
    us to the edge, so I am willing to give President Obama more time
    for success.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  24. Ed from California

    No, he should run again. He's doing a great job, with absolutely no help.

    Jack, the midterm election turnout was 40% of the total turnout that voted in 2008. What that means is a small minority of voters is going to control the majority of voters that stayed home.

    Yes, this election to the voters was about jobs. The problem is the people who they voted in don't care about American jobs.

    The "present", Bush Tax Cuts in place now since 2000, has not created one private sector American job. It has created jobs in Mexico, communist China and in India.

    It's not funny, but South Korea outsources it's small electronics work, and appliances assembly to Mexico. Go to the big box store and check it out. What Pres. Obama needs to do is bring all of our troops home from S. Korea.............then he'll get a trade deal!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  25. Steve, Clifton, VA

    If Bush could run for re-election and then succeed in being re-elected, then President Obama should not only run for re-election but also seek a third term while working to have the constitution modified/amended to allow a third term for any competent President that follows anyone like Bush.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Tony from Southport

    I think President Obama should run in 2012 but he might consider taking Hillary as his running mate. Joe Biden could certainly handle the Secretary of State position and would bring some levity to our allies and enemies alike.

    Hillary may be planning a run against Obama but if he were to ask her to be VP, she might take it to use as a spring board to 2016 at a time when Sarah Palin might be the Republican candidate and Hillary would have a good chance to defeat her. Now as a Republican, I hope this doesn't happen. I hope Obama doesn't run in 2012 because no matter who gets elected, we'll be better off without him.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  27. Max

    Obama should not run for 2012 election. This President had no experience managing any company prior to become a president that why this country is going BK. What he said in the public is not what he does.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  28. Jerry Driskell

    I'll let you know in a year. If the unemployment rate is over 8% I don't think he will need to worry about getting re-elected; even if he is able to make good on some of his other "promises".
    Jerry in GA

    November 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  29. bill dreibusch

    let's make the best of re-elections the next two years and plant some wind turbines on capitol hill.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  30. Mysterious, Chicago

    You, Jack, won't be satisfied until he won't run. I hope he does. I hope he finds Osama bin Laden, cures all of the worlds problems, both financially and environmentally, then he can rest.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Mark, OKC

    Jack, only a person with an ego the size of Texas would get hired to do a job, miserably fail at that job and then ask for a renewal of his contract for another four years. And every single President we have ever had has done exactly that!

    November 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  32. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, if a man like George Bush can get reelected after invading Iraq knowing and being warned that the intelligence they were receiving about weapons of mass instruction could be false. Then Obama who was left with Bush's mess to clean up should run for a second term. It really doesn't matter who runs for president in either party. They will be cleaning up president Bush's mess for quite awhile.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  33. Paul P

    The way I see things, this question is simply too premature to even pose. As impatient, naive and fickle as the public is right now, if two years is enough time for the electorate to turn their back on the man they elected, then two years is enough time for them to welcome him back if things start turning around.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  34. ken, atlantic city nj

    Obama should not run for re-election. He turned out to be a bigger corporotist and liar than bush. You can't believe a word he says. The only change we got was more bonuses for ceo's, higher salaries for ceo's, more tax cuts for business, more bank bailouts, more corporate welfare, more tax breaks for millionaires, more wars, more defense contractors, more job losses, more job outsourcing to china and india, more poverty, more homeless people, more foreclosures, more wall street gambling, no colas for social security, the total elimination of government paid abortions, bigger federal debt, and the extension of bush tax cuts for millionaires. The federal government has 70 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and obamas debt commission wants to cut the top tax rate from 35% to 23%. Watch what he does not what he says.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  35. Brian, Baton Rouge

    Let's see if he rolls over for the Republicans on the Bush tax cuts. If he does, then I'd like to see a different Democratic candidate.

    If we let the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone, including the middle class, and eliminate the cap on the payroll tax for Social Security, we can totally eliminate the annual deficit and begin paying off the national debt within 10 years.

    And Social Security and Medicare will be solvent indefinitely, without having to make the elderly work until they're 69 years old, or cutting their benefits.

    Remember, the average monthly Social Security payment is $1,172.20. That's $14,066.40 per year.

    Do you really need to balance the federal budget on the backs of old folks making $14,066.40 per year, especially to give tax cuts to millionaires?

    November 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  36. KDS Irvine, CA

    Let's get real Jack,
    what sitting president wants to give up the power and luxuries that come with the office? You bet your butt he is going to run again in 2012 especially if Sarah Palin gets the Republican nomination.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  37. dennis in minneapolis minnesota

    All I know is, if Republicans gain control of the senate, house, and president's office, we are in trouble. We can't take another round of Voodoo Economics. I wish we could get Clinton back. Only recent surplus we've had, amidst economic growth. Tough to argue the numbers.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  38. Gordon NJ

    I don't mean to sound doubly negative here, but no, he should not not run. However, if he can't even stop the Republicans from taking America $700 Billion dollars further into debt so that Donald Trump can get his desperately needed tax cut, then maybe he should not run.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  39. Illinois 2

    The president should not run for re-election because he would most likely lose and further,he has lost the support of all those independents that were there for him in 2008. I did not vote for him for president but, I did for the senate and with all the mess he has helped to create, I wish I had that vote back....

    November 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  40. Brian (From Chicago)

    President Obama should run for re-election. Although we rake him through the coals every chance we get, he is good for the country because he cares and has ideas. I hope he doesn't take these shelackings personally, but pepole don't appreciate what he's done already. And probably won't for years to come, not until he's long out of office. I am actually afraid of when he does leave office, and we elect some idiot like Palin with no solutions, no idea how to act on a national stage, just talking points blaming Obama for all the mess we're in.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  41. saldunn

    Why wouldn't he; we have almost 2 years to go and this President has done more than any other President whether we ALL like or not he has been working. The question: Are the media and the GOP trying to dirty the election for 2012 now. Is this one of the Republican talking points.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Louis Patyk

    Yes, He should run. I cannot think of on reason why he should not.
    We now, at least for a little while, health care, all of us poor folk and not jist the well to do. No pre condition con. Great ain,t it. We all now have what the folks at CNN have never had to worry about. LOL
    Louis from La Salle IL

    November 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  43. katiec Pekin, IL

    Of course President Obama should run again.
    Even with his numerous accomplishments he still has plans for the betterment of our country.
    After these next two years of gridlock, the republicans trying to make victims of middle class America, voters will welcome him back with open arms.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  44. Ken in Pinon Hills,CA

    If the last guy in the Oval Office hadn’t run for re-election, maybe you wouldn’t be asking the question today.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  45. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, your question suggests there's a possibility he wouldn't run which is absurd. The guy is the greatest president America has ever had and, if you don't believe that, just ask him. I say he should not only run for reelection, but that he will win a landslide in all 50 states and be our guiding light for another four years. We, as a nation, are truly blessed to have him. My next appointment with my psychiatrist is on Thursday.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  46. Patrick from Minnesota

    Of course he should run for re-election. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton suffered losses at midterms, the former never even having a majority in congress, and both pulled off re-election. The only reason Republicans want him to retire is because they know that they'll lose if Obama is on the ballot.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  47. Joe CE

    This question appears intended to plants an idea. Half those who answer now are likely to change their minds in a year. I expect to see similar questions in the near future – don't disappoiny me Jack..

    November 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  48. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    Jack,
    The only thing worse than what we are in for in the next two years would be going through them with a lame-duck president. If President Obama can figure out a way to put people back to work, the budget will fix itself and Obama will be re-elected. If the employment picture is still dreadful in 2012, Obama doesn't deserve re-election. Why do people in Washington insist on treating 'jobs' as a four-letter word?

    November 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  49. Michael Danahy

    Come on Jack, you can do better than this. Of course President Obama should run for re-election....and win. He's done more in two years than the republicans have in twenty.

    Mike from LA

    November 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  50. Robby Bowling

    Once was enough thank you. Now if we could more to stop runnin. Obama is one of the most innept presidents we ever had. Anybody that believed in this hope and change mantra either has no memory or is brain dead. But then again after ABC, NBC and CBS and their bias start crying about a liberal agenda who really knows what will happen. As for me keep the lying snake oil sellsman off the air and out of our biz.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  51. Gary Bellew

    Yes not run. Why tell us and show us things we already know don't do it or even help?

    Gary, MO (and more)

    November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  52. Paul Austin,Texas

    Only if the one that fishes with bears says she will not run. Palin with her reality show that she says is not reality confirms she will not run will we all be safe if he does not run.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  53. Stella-Northern New York

    Well Jack perhaps he should. I voted for him because I thought he would make a strong President for the people of this country. However, he continues to let the Republican Party sling mud in his face,turning the other cheek and pretending that bipartisanship is just around the corner. What does it take to wake him up???They hate his guts and he's still trying to play "nice guy " with a pack of wolves. I think the Democrates stayed home and did not vote in November because they were disgusted with him . I suspose he will go along with everything the Republicans want even though they have a majority in the House only. I'm leaning very much toward Hillary. There are very hard times ahead for all Americans,irregardless of party and we're going to need a very strong and balanced President . None of us can take much more of this. By that I mean the "killing of America".

    November 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  54. Joyce H

    Why should he not run? He didn't cause the problem. The Republicans had two years to do nothing but vilify the man and his administration, while the Democrats were trying to get things back in order. I can't believe that the American people can give every president the benefit of the doubt but this one. But we all know why, don't we? Jack, you are so bent on making Obama the scapegoat for the economic downturn and all the problems we are facing, while giving the Republicans. and tea party folks a break.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  55. JENNA

    1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

    2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

    3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

    4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

    5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

    6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

    7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family

    8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

    9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

    10. Limits on lobbyist’s access to the White House

    11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

    12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

    13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

    14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

    15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

    16. New federal funding for science and research labs

    17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

    18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

    19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

    20. New funds for school construction

    21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

    22. US Auto industry rescue plan

    23. Housing rescue plan

    24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

    25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

    26. US financial and banking rescue plan

    27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

    28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

    29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

    30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

    31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

    32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

    33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

    34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

    35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

    36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

    37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

    38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

    39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

    40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

    41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

    42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

    43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

    44. Expanding vaccination programs

    45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

    46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

    47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

    48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

    49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

    50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

    51. Lower drug costs for seniors

    52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

    53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

    54. Improved housing for military personnel

    55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

    56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

    57. Increasing student loans

    58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

    59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

    60. Established a new cyber security office

    61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

    62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

    63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

    64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

    65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

    66. Improving benefits for veterans

    67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

    68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

    69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

    70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

    71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

    72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

    73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

    74. Making more loans available to small businesses

    75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

    76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

    77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

    78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

    79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

    80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

    81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

    82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

    83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

    84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

    85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

    86. Held first Seder in White House

    87. Attempting to reform the nation’s healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

    88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

    89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

    90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

    91. HEALTH CARE REFORM

    CONSIDERING WHAT HE WAS LEFT WITH AND WHO STOOD IN HIS WAY HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED MUCH. HE HAS MY SUPPORT!

    JENNA
    Roseville CA

    November 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  56. Alie

    Absolutely, Mr. Obama is a highly thoughtful President. We need his calm and intellectual character for the next four years to continue advancing this great country to greater heights.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  57. southerncousin

    No he should definitely run. It will be so much fun to shoot at his record and point out that telepromters are not presidents, and Nobel Peace Prize winners are pretty much phony.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  58. Griff

    "No! he should run, boy should he run. I wan t him to go through what America did to John McCain 2yrs ago. He (Obama) has done nothing for Anyone on this planet, except his own idiotic-ego. John McCain in any other part of the world, would have been recognised for being a Hero. Yet you went ahead and elected that piece of shit Obama.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  59. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    President Obama has accomplished quite a bit since he took office, but just because he hasn't solved all of our problems you give up on him? How sadly typical of Americans who want every problem solved like they are on TV... before the final commercial! Not being up for the long haul to get our problems solved is the crux of all of our problems. We have been promised a free ride by both sides and choose to ignore that it is being paid for by money borrowed from Communist China!

    November 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  60. john ....... marlton, nj

    He should not only not run for re-election , he should resign in disgrace.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  61. JONIQUE

    Of course President Obama should run again. Did you ask the same questioin of Bush? of course not. Go back in your files and check- did you ask the same question of for mer president Bush? why npot ask a question re: shoould the rich people get richer thru tax breaks? That's a question we need to be debating. I am beginning to beleive you want to increase the redership, not support our President. I bet you will not read this. You arer not the Cafferty I knew. Go back and check your questions- are you developing a pattern of unfairness?
    White Woman supporter from Va.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  62. James in San Diego

    Of course he will run. The proper question is should the progressives mount a primary challenge and/or a third run for the presidency. The answer to that is definitely YES.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  63. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Why should that be , Jack ? Yes, President Obama was given the keys to a wrecked car and failed to fully convert it into into a fully-equipped, functional, brand new luxury car in 2 years.
    Given that that one-half of the mechanics went on strike ( Republicans) and the other half ran away from their handiwork, his list of accomplishments is still impressive.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  64. Richard Smiley.jr

    Why should he not Jack hell if Bush can run for Re-election with cant Obama and he will run anyway so everything will be fine!

    November 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  65. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Yes Jack Obama must run in 2012 for two reasons the first is I want a republican president and the second is I want to see if he looses worst then Jimmy Carter .

    November 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  66. honest John in Vermont

    Forget everything else he does, but if the economy looks anything like it does now he should go back to Chicago and maybe be Mayor.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  67. Jim

    Jack,

    The question shouldn't be should he run or not, but how is he going to get the Party of NO to get off their butts and help the common citizen of this country. They all need to spend the next 18 months focusing on the business of the country and not their next campain.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    November 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  68. AB

    President Barack Obama should and must run for a second term and I believe that he will in 2012. I believe that he deserves another term. Obama has signed into law healthcare reform way before the end of his first term–something that other U.S. presidents have tried and failed to do. He has signed into law financial reform initiatives and has rescued the auto and financial industries from bankrupcy–all in the first 18 months of his presidency. Obama has done more to bring about change in America than any other president since FDR.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  69. john meade

    NO. After 4 years as president he still is not qualified to be president. Abject failure. This man can't manage a staff of one much less an entire country leading administration.

    Please step away from the podium Mr. Obama.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  70. stormy lady

    Why would he want to stay in such an ignorant environment. The pay isn't that great. He was put there unfortunately to clean the mess and put out the fire. In that case he has served in an excellent manner, professional, world stage diplomat and statesman. He will do fine even if he don't want the job. He should write the greatest tell- all- book and include everything from day one about the treatment of the first, or his historian can assist in writing it from media records and it will outsell thriller. If the people want him in 12, so be it. After his win of the presidency in 08 every politician and their mothers dreams of running for the job as if they didn't know it existed before, or the president evented the job even someone like sarah palin, who writes in her hand and can only bash the president. How about a channel to bash her all day or any of the others. The president will become more popular abroad without the WH if he survives the hate campaign in this country, the next 2 years.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  71. Jesse

    The President prevented another economic depression and delivered health care to every US citizen. He should run again and deserves to be re-elected.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  72. chris

    jack we don't need to answer this question he won't listen to us the average pissed off taxpayers

    November 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  73. Peter from Toronto

    How do you show bipartisanship to a group of people who close their eyes, stick their fingers in their ears, and say "No no no!" over and over and over?

    No Democratic President is going to get any more cooperation from Republicans than Obama has. It's not really about him or his policies either–many of his policies are downright Republican in nature. No, the problem is that the Republicans will do anything they can to regain power, and if that means stalling even the most important legislation in a time of crisis and sowing fear into Americans about their own government, well, so be it.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  74. Paul New Port Richey, Fl

    Smell that, Jack? It's too late now. The goose is cooked and the table is set. The carving will be in November 2012.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  75. Tom in Atlanta

    If he decides not to run it means we could get a real Democrat in there.

    Someone who might, for example, get serious about prosecuting Bush and Co for War Crimes.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  76. craig bock

    Writing from deer
    stand near linn mo

    He should not run –
    work to bring both
    parties closer to
    solving national
    issues. By not
    having to worry he
    could pull us out
    of both wars.
    Mostly likely unite
    the country.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  77. Delores

    I would hope he would step down for the good of the country. Maybe the Democrats can run someone with a middle of the road moderate brain instead of someone with Obama's elitist arrogance. And, maybe the Republicans can run someone with a middle of the road moderate brain instead of divisive Sarah Palin. It would be a welcome change to have some who works for the benefit of all the American taxpayers and unites the country in our common causes of peace, justice, liberty, jobs, and prosperity for all.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  78. Dave in Cincinnati

    As a political maverick who finds his politics somewhere between Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party, I definitely think he should run. It will near assure a change in Oval Office.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  79. Alex

    I disagree. President Obama has been exactly what this nation needed at this point in time. A person willing to sacrifice popularity to enact changes needed to move the country forward and remain on par with the rest of the world. Notice the "remain on par" as opposed to leading the world thanks to the disastrous years of the early 2000s.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  80. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    For him not to run is unAmerican-LOL! He has a responsibility to his party and to concede makes them look even worse than they do now for supporting his agenda that continues to shut out citizens from the 7+ Million jobs illegals have!! His one true campaign promise to "hold illegal employers accountable" would cut the unemployment rate IN HALF!!

    Yorktown VA

    November 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  81. Greg in Mechanicsburg

    I think that Obama has done everything he set out to do during the 2008 elections, with the exception of not going far enough in health care reform. He has moved so far to the center that he has lost the liberal base and moderate republicans and conservative democrats would in all likelihood not vote for him regardless of what he does. I think he should continue to do what he thinks is best...for a one term president. And I think he should name his heir apparent, Hillary Clinton and hope she continues his legacy.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  82. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    Yes, he should NOT run in 2012. And since that'll make him a lame duck, he should quit now, beause "only dead fish go with the flow." I've never heard such BS in my life. Of COURSE he should (and will) run again. And he'll be considered a great president after his 2 terms are over.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  83. Bertina

    Only if Republicans do what they say they are going to do; which, I doubt seriously.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  84. Viv from NY

    Did people tell Bush to not run again? The country was just as divided. The problem is not with Obama but with the Republicans in congress who refuse to compromise and refuse to work with him. If they keep this up every democratic President will fail and be one term president . Do we allow that?The question should be what to do with a party that refuses to work with the other . What is really shocking is that the Washington Post printed this crazy opinion piece and you are repeating it! .

    November 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  85. John from San Antonio

    Yes he should run. No one is going to unite the two parties because that is not in the interest of the powers that be. Divisions based on emotions is what is counted on to keep Americans from uniting and tackling the real problems facing America. The new faces in Washington are going to confirm that soon. Nothing is going to change. When the middle class is eliminated, America as we know it will no longer exist.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  86. Pisher from Harrisburg

    Caddell and Schoen can stick it where the sun don't "schoen". Name us one politician who has a better plan than Obama. Name one politician who can deliver on the better plan.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  87. david -seattle

    yes! he thinks job creations are india.
    and he is utterly failing in trying to deal with the china trade war they declared a decade ago .. he is truly the most full of you know what politician in my life time... i thought clinton was bad but this guy lives the lifestyle while never discipliniiing the big business that derailed our country... his job creations are a joke... hoover and f.d.r. era job creations from public works aint cutting it...... but its all about race with him....

    November 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  88. Randy

    Yes, he should not run in 2012. Only in america would someone have the nerve to suggest that the country became unbearably polarized by the first black president. Not george "DUNCE" bush, or blue dress bill, or kill the unions and trickle down reagan. But obama? He should not run and allow the destruction to happen under the same race who started it so they can't blame anyone but themselves.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  89. Ed

    Yeah but only because he is not a U.S. citizen. The rest of your article is just a lot of BS.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  90. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Maybe not. But if not then we need the Democrats to select another black man to run, so we can see the REAL reason Obama has hit a constant brick wall!

    It's because he is BLACK, and nothing more!

    November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  91. Kevin L

    In one hand Jack; no he shouldn't...like President Clinton; he demostrates his education and knowledge. The American people are just too dumb for a smart leader; they prefer a "cowboy" so my thoughts are that they elect a Palin canidate, the country does a "bush" and when everyone is down and out then they will wish he had ran. Sorry; this country gets what its asking for and those types don't play well with the rest of the world. President Obama represents all people of color in how he's been treated; so no; do his one term and flush the toilet cause that's where the country is going...

    November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  92. Terry T.

    If he doesn't get people back to work soon, NO. People aren't looking at the big picture as the President has to. They only see how things are affecting them on a personnel level. As long as people are out of work they are going to blame someone and who better than the sitting President.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  93. Michael Malone

    From a coronation standpoint, and what we signed up for in 2008, President Obama owes it to the American to run in2012. The mission or transcending path he can offer is gonna take the two terms. He has performed an admirable job thus far

    November 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  94. Jeff In Minnesota

    Why is this a problem Jack? If the President wants to run for re-election, then he should run and let the electorate decide. If the electorate sends him packing, then he'll know that he made the wrong decision. Isn't that the American way?

    November 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  95. Al

    We have gone from the audacity of hope to the reality of disappointment. He still has almost two years to get it right before he has to decide whether to run.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  96. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Maybe he should just quit half-way through his first term just like a famous (now very rich) Alaskan governor did.

    Actually, the recently elected Republican House will have to show that they are working hard toward recovering the US economy and lost jobs over the next two years. If they don't or if they gridlock government with continuous investigations of the Obama White House and with bill after bill to overturn "Obamacare" that will do more to re-elect Obama than anything he would have to do.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  97. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I think it would be better for the country if he did not run. He sould not have run the first time. He didn't have the worldly experience nor the political wisdom to be President. He led a great movement and got himself placed in power but I personaly feel his being President is a perfect example of the "Peter Principle"in action.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  98. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Here is a novel idea, what say President Obama just be who he is meant to be, and that is a person who like the rest of us should be full of hope, faith, compassion, gratitude, positive energy, and love. Then let's see what he can or cannot get done and if we choose to reelect him.

    At least then he will be able to walk away knowing he was who he was always intended to be, a child of God.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  99. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    This question is about 21 months premature. Why not wairt until the Democratic National Convention and do something real dumb; let the voices of the people be heard!

    November 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  100. David in Raleigh, NC

    He would be an even greater President if he resigned ending his attempt to convert the United States into a Socialist and Marxist state.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  101. Stentor

    Jack,
    Hands down the dumbest question you've ever submitted. We all know what the answer is really going to be, so why is this anything other than an exercise in wishful thinking just to bring out all the trolls? You know, all the Birthers, Tea Party yahoos, anti-Obama Republicans, & conservatives who think the country's going to h*ll in a handbasket. You could be asking much smarter, more relevant questions than this tripe.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  102. Conor in Chicago

    This whole premise totally flawed. The authors of this article forget that the "Imperial Presidency" dynamic in 21st America mainly applies to foreign policy. Even if Obama decided to fall on his sword and do what was right he would be one cog in a wheel of lifelong politicians. His pledge to not run again would be pointless. Whomever the front runner was to replace him as the Democratic nominee would become the next target of the Republicans and they would simply cater their strategy to oppose Obama and his likely Democratic successor. If anything the prospect of Republicans having to deal with Obama until 2016 actually strengthens America's ability to do something useful.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  103. Steven P

    "Should President Obama not run for re-election in 2012?"

    Only way he'd get re-elected is if the Repubs put up Palin. They are both as polarizing – rightly or wrongly.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  104. Eliz Turner

    Absolutely it has gone too far. We are losing more and more or our rights all the time and these full body screeners are an example. Being patted down instead of using a wand is not a reasonable compromise.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  105. hurricanepaul from Hawaii

    Hey Jack, everyone was all gung ho to elect 'the first African-American President', why shouldn't Obama step aside and give someone else a chance?

    You know, someone else like Obama who also has a 'funny sounding name' and 'doesn't look like all the other presidents', like Florida senator-elect and Cuban-American Republican Marco Rubio.

    Then, after Marco Rubio, 'the first Cuban-American President' is elected, we could go down the list every four years unil every Nationality in America has had their chance to sit in The White House.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  106. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    If President Obama continues on his track of lobbing all decisions over to Congress, I'd say lets have another historic moment and replace him with another candidate in 2012.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  107. Annie, Atlanta

    I think he should, but that's up to him. Personally, if it were me, I’d tell us all to shove it. I’ve never seen a president attacked like this one, and that’s something considering what a disgrace President Bush was. Our problems can’t be solved in two years – maybe not even two generations – but you know us, we want what we want when we want it. And if we're not instantly gratified we look for newer shinier objects. God help us.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  108. Scott Stodden

    Jack What Kind Of Question Is This? Of Course President Obama Should Run And Will Run For Re-Election Come 2012! Why Shouldn't He Run? He's The Only President In American History Who Has Been Tortured By The Media Left And Right Each And Everyday Since He Walked Into The Oval Office And For What? He's Doing The Job Better Than Expected, He Saved Our Country From A Depression, He Has Added And Saved Thousands Of Jobs Across The Country, He's The Only President To Ever Get Health Care Passed For Everyone, He Cracked Down On Wall Street By Passing Financial Reform So That Wall Street And Big Banks Are Held Accountable If They Go Under Again! So What Is He Doing Wrong? President Obama I Urge You To Run For Re-Election We All Love You!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    November 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  109. Joanne

    The government has indeed run amuck. Now, in order to fly you must submit to who knows who touching and fondling your private parts, or a nude scan viewed by a voyeur. Have you looked at the TSA personnel in the airport? They are not the cream of the crop. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I am seriously thinking about canceling my up coming vacation because of this. Let's make sure Obama and staff get this treatment every time they board a govenment plane.

    NO! Obama should not run in 2012, and should not be re-elected.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  110. Sam dallas

    These pollsters are liers. Obama not seeking for re-election will not make him a great President, but will place him in the same category with Sara Palin as a quiter. I will rather advise him to think and act like a politician.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  111. Marilyn Read

    Since President Obama arrived in Washington he has reached and reached toward the Republicans. There are those of us who pray that he will now turn around DADT, not give in the bullies on the right. The world despises a bully and "the other" are just that, led by TanMan. We want the troups out of Afganistan, Iraq, OUT of the middle East.
    We pray daily that President Obama will now live up to campaign promises, to make real substantial changes these last 6 years. Yes, I feel he will be elected again and he will be tougher. By a long shot.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  112. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Obama will run in 2012. And he might win it. Hillary was the only one that would have give him a ticket back to Chicago, but I don't thing she is going to to run.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  113. Valerie in Raleigh

    President Obama should run in 2012 with the motto "If the party of No continues with No's, I am ready ! " When the President took office, he was dealing with the disasterous situation left by Bush and, instead of helping with job loss and home forclosures, the Republicans clearly announced their goal was to "Make the President fail" and, they have done everything possible to make this happen. This is why I am no longer a Republican.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  114. randy

    i think president obama needs to run for re-election in 2012 because it;s going to take him longer than 4 years to get our economy going again. i think the best solution obama could have done 2 years ago is give every household a check for 150,000 and specify that the money has to go towards paying the banks off for their home,buy a new car,pay off their credit cards debt and that would get our economy going fast. if someone is unemployed, tuition for school would help,and if people had the money to put back into our economy, our country would grow faster out of this recession, jobs would grow, banks could get their money and be able to help people refinance for the future.
    giving the banks and auto makers a bail out is wrong,,,,,,,they are the ones that hurt the economy in the first place, also i would put a national freeze on oil and gas,,,,,oil need to be under 50 dollars a barrel. no more and gas be 1.90 a gallon. put a 10 year freeze on them and i gurantee our economy will boom and spread like wild fire.maybe if the republicans would quit sitting on the cob and listen to the people, we would be better shape by now. untill our congress change their dirty diapers and get the stinch out of congress we won;t have much of country, start working together babies,

    November 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  115. JIM California

    After all the lies he told, he should not run. If he does, he will lose by a landslide. You would have to ask yourself are you better off than you were 2 years ago. Case closed.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  116. Spads

    Yes of course he should run! He fought for everything he was elected on. The republicans are the ones not cooperating and their partisan propaganda is devastating, but that doesn’t mean give up. The President needs to stand his ground for what he, and, the massive millions of us out here believe in. He needs to attack the defense budget. Nothing in the history of mankind wastes money like DOD and I can testify to it! Eleven carrier battle groups driving around the oceans doing what? There is nothing out there to counter!

    November 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  117. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    GITMO is still open with no trials in site.
    Surge in Afganistan.
    Bush tax cuts will remain in place.
    The U.S. owes China $800 billion dollars. Recent trip to China president Obama did not offer to pay down the debt, nor even "humbly" ask for another loan. He basically asked the people of China to give up their jobs and send them to the U.S.?
    Fannie & Freddie remain unscathed and doing business as usual.
    Non transparent insurance/health care reform is becoming transparently clear. To insure 30 million extra people will not be free to tax payers.
    I think that any incumbent president should always run for re-election.
    However, I also think/believe that president Obama will not be nominated by the dem party in 2012. Hillary Clinton will be the dem choice in 2012. No conservatives needed.
    Gregory Turman
    Dallas,Texas

    November 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  118. Alex in Wisconsin

    It says alot about this country when a President will have to step out of the race just to be remembered kindly for doing good things for the country. How can anyone trust Government when the people are distrustful of a politician who is doing his best to make the country as a whole better? Does it not bother anyone that the most successful politicians are the ones who screw the country over while the least successful politicians are the ones who actually work to make the country better?

    November 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  119. Gigi Oregon

    Yes and President Obama, had better worry about the Democratic base, seniors, and the unions. And the Democrat base, seniors, and unions had better remember what it was like during the Bush Day's or we will be in a world of hurt With all this Republican take over in Congress. If you think President Bush made a mess give the Republicans keys to the kingdom and hell will take over.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  120. Wendy Truth

    OMG – Go ahead – make my day – no my month – no wait – my year!

    We, the people of the US couldn't be that lucky

    November 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  121. PJ

    I believe the man himself has the ability to govern and run this country, but by not attracting the best of the best made available to him will be his down fall. The rainbow colition is fine but he needs in next several years to rally the troops that have the same zeal that brought him into office. He will run 2012!

    November 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  122. Frank Cape Coral FL

    He most certainly should run for President in 2012. I would not think much of him if he bailed out after only 4 yrs, as I did not vote for him and probably would not vote for him 2012,but I would have less respect for him if he turned tail and chickened out on another 4 yrs, I don't believe he will win but he should try.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  123. Linda in Arizona

    By announcing he won't run again, Mr. Obama "will be able to unite the country, provide national and international leadership, escape the hold of the left, isolate the right and achieve results that would be otherwise unachievable.

    What "hold of the left" could they be referring to? Obama threw "the left", professional and "amateur", under the bus the first month of his term. How much further to the right can he govern? If he announces that he's not running in 2012, he will be a lame duck, and instead of next-to-nothing getting done, it will be nothing at all. Anyway, he won't do it, so why bother with this idle conjecturing? I don't agree with their conclusions about uniting the country and "providing national and international leadership" either. How would a lame duck president accomplish anything like that? I don't know what their motives are, but I suspect they want someone else to run in 2012. Well, so do I, but I don't think Obama should give up in the middle of his first term. That's just too palinesque for me.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  124. Kevin in CA

    Announcing that he won't run again would make him irrelevant and initiate political gridlock ... in short – it accomplishes nothing but uncertainty.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  125. GG Falderal

    Obama was never qualified to say "yes we can", as he wasn't capable of decisive leadership – at times, his authority was delivered with a rubber gavel. He's a peacemaker during a time of war and strife. Not that we need him to be another inept "decider", but the opposition seizes on pacifism, delaying effective policy making.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  126. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That depends on what happens in the next 2 years. In the last election less then 122,394,724 people voted or about 54 percent of the registered voters. That means about half of the available voters did not even vote. A lot can happen when people get mad. Unemployment and a poor economy motivate people to take their anger out on political administrations and sometimes it isn't even the current administration that causes the problem but they happen to hold the baton at the time. I think if Obama runs in 2012 he better have his and his families bags packed on election eve.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  127. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    A year ago when gridlock was so evident in American politics, I did feel that President Obama could bring harmony to Washington by declaring that he would not run for re-election in 2012.
    Now that the midterms are over, I believe that American politicians have clearly shown that they have no intention of cooperating.
    My opinion now is that a declaration by Obama that he won't run would be futile. It won't help America or bring any harmony.
    Besides, Obama has shown in the past 2 years that he is very ambitious and loves the power of the presidency. No one but a smooth talking Obama clone would have any chance to convince this President not to run again.
    Unfortunately, his re-election speeches will likely start in the next few days. Oh joy !!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  128. Susan from Idaho

    No, no one will miss him until he's gone. What would we have had with Mcwrong and the Wasilla wonder? Some one that would have had to postpone one thing on his agenda to tackle another and a quitter. Of course we might have had Joe the plumber for secretary of state and Wiford Brimley for secretary of war.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  129. Dennis Mesko

    Only if Mitch McConnell refuses to run, also.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  130. Linda

    Why wouldn't he run for re-election? These two turds just came out of the woodworks. He is the best president that we have had for a long time. Bloggers keep saying that he will be able to unite the country if he announce that he won't run. What a dumb statement!! It is not his job to unite the country. It wasn't united before he became president and it won't be after he leaves. We will still have the same old racist jerks out there.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  131. Tillie / Texas

    He should run. President Obama is a great President. Some folks just don't want him in the White House.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  132. David

    Yes. Obama should run - and get a 2nd coat of shellac.

    David
    Wilmington, NC

    November 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  133. Spads

    Damn the Republicans! Full Speed Ahead!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  134. Karen Conine

    He should have not run the first time.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  135. Bill (Tacoma) WA.

    Why shouldn't he run; what gop canidate could beat him. Oh, the gop doesn't have one. RUN President Obama RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  136. Jerrold Whaley

    What party woulld he represent as he is now 65% republican, 25% democrat, and 10% who knows what!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  137. Catherine

    No he should not run. He has been a complete disaster. He runs around the world apologizing for the US, why I don't know, he will not protect our borders. he shoved Obama care down the throat of Americans when most of us don't want it, and in short he just does not represent the majority of American people.

    His change we can believe in has been a nightmare for this country.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  138. Kevin,FL

    He should NOT run period! he lied and flipped flopped on most of the things he campaigned on. As Hillary Clinton said during the campaign Obama is an empty suit he's spineless.. he has no backbone whatsoever, he caves into the republicans to easily.. I hope Hillary Clinton runs in 2012

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  139. James Mcghin

    He should agree not to run if all the senators and congressmen agree to the same. It seems they all spend most of their energy simply trying to get reelected anyway. How about some straight forward common sense decisions for a change and leave behind the lobbyists and party chairmen.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  140. Tami Womack

    Absolutely, President Obama has done more for this country in 1 year than any president has since the 50's. It would have been nice to see all of this outrage against our government when the Bush Administration was in office. Where was the Tea Party then? Where was this big Republican plan to cut spending?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  141. BARBIE ON CAMANO ISLAND

    November 15th, 2010 5:29 pm ET

    Jack What Kind Of Question Is This? Of Course President Obama Should Run And Will Run For Re-Election Come 2012! Why Shouldn't He Run? He's The Only President In American History Who Has Been Tortured By The Media Left And Right Each And Everyday Since He Walked Into The Oval Office And For What? He's Doing The Job Better Than Expected, He Saved Our Country From A Depression, He Has Added And Saved Thousands Of Jobs Across The Country, He's The Only President To Ever Get Health Care Passed For Everyone, He Cracked Down On Wall Street By Passing Financial Reform So That Wall Street And Big Banks Are Held Accountable If They Go Under Again! So What Is He Doing Wrong? President Obama I Urge You To Run For Re-Election We All Love You!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  142. Richie

    Why shouldn't he run?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  143. Lucy Armstrong

    Of course he should run; he is the best president we ever had!
    I will vote for him.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Charles

    No only should he run, I will still vote for him. It is obvious that everyone has come to the table with their ideas and PREJUDICES and everybody wants some attention. As a small business owner who was able to continue due to the administration's quick action, I'm still in business, and the stocks I own are worth more today, than at the end of President Bush's presidency.
    I wish that many citizens stop blaming the Federal government for things their state government and governors should be doing!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  145. Lili-Marlene Rose

    President Obama has every right to run again if he feels he is living up to his oath in taking office, which I happen to think he is. I can't believe the Republicans and Tea Partiers criticize Obama for not cooperating with them! They are responsible for setting the example for not cooperating with the President!! Such hypocrisy.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  146. mary grace Florida

    He should run.......but, he should lead the nation, make the hard choices needed to make some of the tough choices necessary to get us back to work...deficit down. I voted for him in 08 and will do so again ...IF....he will take more control of the agenda.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  147. Cvillian

    Obama should run so that we Conservatives can win yet another election. He is our perfect foil and we love him for it! Run, Mr. President, Run!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  148. Sue

    President Obama should not run again. He's done enough damage and needs to get out of office. I will vote for anybody that runs against him!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  149. John

    He should not run. He is out of touch with mainstream America. Follow LBJ. He knew he wouldn't be re-elected either.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  150. j morris

    Hell NO Jack – since his first day in office the President has been hampered and hammered by his political opponents – republicans have vowed to see him fail at every turn and even promised to do as much. The country would be better off if he stuck to just one term and let Hillary take control – let the repubs just try and dish her😛

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  151. Gary

    He should not run.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  152. William McSherry

    Jack,
    That's a ridiculous question. President Obama is one of the smartest and most honest Presidents we've ever had, and we need him to run again in 2012 if this country is going to have any chance of regaining its status and stature in the world. He saved capitalism, the American car manufacturing industry, and ended Bush's unnecessary war in Iraq. He implemented health care reform (NOT a gov't takeover!), and finance reform, and he did all this and much, much more without any Republican cooperation. Really, you media clowns need to start telling the public the facts, not engaging in these kinds of games. Get serious, please.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  153. John

    No, he should not run. He is bad for our country.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  154. terrence

    The president should run for a 2nd term there was no way he could have totally corrected anything in 4 years, heck took 8 years to mess it up. now the republicans are in office and they still have not achieved anything but Lie. Obama is trying to to what is right but a few idiots who start fires with the people are trying their best to stop him from doing the right thing

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  155. Susan in New Port Richey, FL

    Jack,

    Does it really matter since the world is going to end on Dec. 21st 2012 according to ancient Mayan calendar...

    At least that's what the History Channel is telling us...

    And Jesse Ventura...

    Hmmm, maybe I should rethink this issue...

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  156. marilynn toronto ontario

    I have to say this is one of the dumbest questions I've heard you ask Jack, and I do hold you in high esteem, usually.

    The man has more brains and common sense than most, and I, an observer from an outside country have to wonder at the low standards the US public must have of their elected leaders.

    Would you really want someone as talented as him to NOT run?,
    why the hell didn't you ask this question before Bush ran for his second term?? Why was alright to inflict a moron like George W Bush on the world?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  157. clem

    I don't see the logic of this idea. He's tried bipartisanship and the GOP has completely rejected the offer. How would being a lame duck for two years make it any easier for him to govern?
    That said, I do hope he chooses not to run & turns the Democratic candidacy over to HRC. I can see it now-HRC vs Palin!
    What a political catfight that would be.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  158. Tami Womack

    Our country is in it's worst state in a decade and a Black President had to fix it. Wow....I absolutely think he should run again and I hope he wins..../

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Jack!!!

    You should have your mouth washed out with soap for suggesting that Obama not seek re-election and have the 2012 presidential campaign start so soon....

    We have been beaten to death with political ads for the past year just for the 2010 election cycle......we need a break!!!!

    To start now would ensure that nothing will get done in Congress for the next two years EXCEPT political posturing.....we need to have the problems fixed NOW

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  160. jide

    What a bunch of racist question is that Jack? Has anyone ever asked a president not to consider reelection ever? Where was this wonderful question when Bush was in office. It could have saved us over a trillion dollars or more in national debt and a few thousand lives from the iraqis and american soldiers if Bush had not ran for the second term.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  161. jack flynn

    What a perfect choice. Imagine how history would remember this hybrid Euro/African leader if he was this brave. Bet your presidency on the American people to recognize greatness. Give their gift back to them and let them love you. Trust.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  162. Matt, Miami FL

    Absolutely NOT. If he steps up in the next two years maybe. How does he step up? well Jack heres how, stop compromising! and do what the American People hired you to do. To rid of us of the last traces of the Bush Administration.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  163. Loren Taylor

    Hi Jack-
    Don't want to diss your skills as a pundit, but this is something me & my crew have talked about for at least the past year. Disavowing the perpetual election cycle would let the President be a real leader and allow him to bring the change we voted him in for in the 1st place. It's not about finding a way to compromise, exactly the opposite. He could finally ignore the wishy-washy, so-called "swing" voters who want elected officials to bring instant results.

    Loren Taylor
    Chicago

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  164. SmokinJoe

    Heck no he shouldn't run. I think we should arrange a burning of the Capitol building, blame it on the Tea Party and suspend all civil liberties and Obama declare himself "Leader". We should then give new powers to the TSA and realize that no American is above suspision. If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. Bend over.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  165. Tim

    I'd prefer he run for the exact reason Caddell and Schoen state, because I want the opposite of C & S. IF he does run, he will maintain a feeling of obligation to the citizens of this country, and pass conservative change. C & S's hope is that he makes himself a lame duck, and consequently shove as much "progressive" policy down our throats (e.g. Obamacase).

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  166. jennifer

    Of course President Obama should run for a second term. The premise of the article is seriously flawed given they offer no proof that everything will fall into place as they predict. I remember well why I voted for Obama, including the facts he was willing to work with Republicans and, most importantly, it was largely the Republicans who advocated deregulation creating the need for bailing out Wall Street.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Rick

    Of coarse he should. He's the leader of the Democratic Party and the only real sane voice of reason the Dems have. The other most vocal voice's are too far to the left and unflappable. Despite the constant whinning of those that hate him and never supported him in the first place, he will be a formidable opponent in 2012 with a track record of accomplishments. An Republican nominee will have a difficult time defeating him. Remember the much hated Bush vs Sqeaky clean Kerry not too many years ago? The results will be the same.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  168. ttown

    Yes he should run because if he does not the REP will take all that he has done and say that it was all their idea along, they will take credit for anything good that has come from his term in office. SO RUN BABY RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  169. Mark from Boston

    Absolutely Not.

    Running for re-election is Obama's prerogative. And, we the people should respond accordingly. That's what makes America great. If you like his agenda, vote for him; if you like the contrarian, vote for them. But, do not vote against someone. That's how we got into this mess in the first place. We also need more responsible journalism instead of fanning the rhetorical heads I win, tails you lose.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  170. John Kempt Jr

    Hell Yes. I said Hell Yes.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  171. Jack

    No. I think Sarah Palin should be our next President. She's more than qualified. She's a beauty pageant runner up, ex mayor, short term governor and most importantly of all, an excellent parent to a good conservative christian family.

    Perhaps we should elect another member of the Bush dynasty. The Bush family have been so good to the citizens of the United States and those of other countries, especially those they have invaded illegally.

    Here's hoping that President Obama runs again and if not, Hilary Clinton runs. I really wish Bill Clinton could run again.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  172. Lawrie Hollingsworth

    Obama has proved to be the empty suit many of us Chicagoans thought he would be. He should step aside and let the actual winner of the 2008 Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton, take her rightful shot. We don't need 4 more years of a guy who needs training wheels as he has never held a governing position or a particularly responsible one that I can see!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  173. Howard 'duke' Holtz

    No. Deciding not to run for the reasons you stated, would accentuate the fact that our two party system and proceedings in Washington DC are not working, which is not a good reason for a good president not to run. It would be a self-defeating precedent for our country.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  174. becky - Las Vegas

    Why would the President purposely make himself a lame duck president? Sounds like a Palin move, Jack. Dumb. Down right dumb, dontcha know!?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  175. Jim Blevins

    Obviously Obama has struck a chord as evidenced by the counter reaction. Since I like what he has done, I want him in office for as long as possible which mean that I want him for another term.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  176. Joe

    Jack, it didn't work for President James K, Polk in one of the more divisive periods of our country's history. I don't think it would help for President Obama to say he wasn' running in 2012.

    Joe
    Alabama

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  177. David

    Not sure what brand Caddell and Schoen, smoke, but it would be quite foolhardy of Obama to take their advice. In the schoolyard of US politics, it would be much like taping a "Kick Me" sign on his back. Ridiculous!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  178. Jack from Williamsburg

    To think that Republicans will co-operate with the President if he says he will not run is folly. They will not disappoint their big guns and the religious saps who fund them. They are out for blood. He needs to stay the course.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  179. Dwight

    He should not take it off the table, the extremist would consider it a victory. We may not be able to get a better candidate, one who listens and uses reasoning rather than dogma and ideals not based on facts.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  180. 808Johnny

    Bipartisan means the two parties compromise,...how does Obama compromise with the Party of NO?
    Even IF, the President chose not to run, the Republicans will continue to be the Party of NO.
    The Republicans have already indicated their unwillingness to work with the President by threatening to repeal, or not fund the Health Care plan.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  181. Linda Williams

    This is a stupid question, of course President Obama should seek another term in office, and I will be out there beating the bushes, to get out the vote to make sure he wins. If this country can allow someone like George Bush to do nothing for 8 years, they can allow President Obama to continue his work. Tell the haters to back-off

    November 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  182. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama should run, it's in the interest of our national security that he continues diplomatic relationships around the World.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  183. J.A.R ( La )

    Yes the president should run in 2012. We are depend in on it. Simply because they Republican party will fall on their face once again. They need to prove that they can work with it other parties. If they do not before 2012. Then the people will not see a Republican party run this country for a long time.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  184. Mike

    Absolutely not Jack. This is exactly what the Republicans (not necessarilly the people) want.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  185. Angela Tacoma Washington

    You see,That is where the term opinions are like blank everybody has one... Who cares what these guys think, Of course he should run! Why Not? We have had many Presidents and none are perfect. President Obama was expected to walk on water create a miracle in the midst of a storm. Obama's original supporters are still his supporters, everyone that jumped on the band wagon was not expected to stay on for the long haul. I hope he runs, and he will always have my vote!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  186. mayrene powell

    No he should not run for President again. The United States cant take another term of Barack Obama. I am a 63 year old grandmother and I am really worried, I have never seen things in such a mess.I did not vote for him the first time and I wont vote for him the next time and I am a registered Dem. I live in Auburn, KY. I love your show Jack!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  187. Ken in NC

    There are two reasons Republicans don't want President Obama to run. (1) They fear he will finish getting our nation on the right track and they will be left in the cold. (2) This reason is classified. It's also the reason they have run a constant campaign of hate and fear against this President since the election. Democrats that don't want him to run are the spineless members of the party. They are ready to roll over and give it up.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Dan Radakovich

    What planet are those pollsters living on? The only influence the president will have is based on the fact that he might be there 6 more years. Term limits and lame duckism weaken, not strengthen, power and ability to perform. Did Johnson's pledge to not seek re-election help his party, the war effort, or anything at all in the 1960s? It merely shifted the emphasis to the Chicago convention. Would Truman have benefited the country in 1946 had he yielded to such demands? The surest way for President Obama to marginalize himself is by such an idiotic statement, and it would be a base betrayal of his supporters who voted him in.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  189. Ervin

    You dawg-gone-skippy he should. He has every right just like any American has that right. I have a great idea...let Wolfe run against him.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  190. Dawn

    Absolutely NOT.
    He is the worst President in present day history,
    It is easy to blame the last guy..He is gone..
    I remember Truman..he was bad Carter was
    not great..but Obama..is bar far worse.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  191. Steve White

    Pres. Obama should not throw in the towel, the fight may actually be starting to turn in his favor. The last thing the extremist Conservatives really want to see are his policies actually work after all the rabid "we want our country back" claptrap. By the way, we all have a piece of this country. So says this Republican.

    S. White Naples, FL

    November 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  192. eric

    I like President Obama and I identify myself more with the Democrats than the Republicans but I don't think he should run for re-election. He's just not all that good of a president. He refuses to challenge the crimes Bush and his cronies committed, and has preserved most of the Neocon agenda including the formation of the American Police State. He failed at defending ACORN from lies that ultimately destroyed it. I mean if the leader of the free world can't even do that.......

    November 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  193. Mark

    Yes I feel like he should run ! I don't really see an alternative on the GOP side, that would be an improvement. He would still turn out the youth vote like he did in the last election. If Palin runs and wins; I'm relocating to another country ! The GOP will have to have someone who has better solutions in order to get my vote ! He does need to quit caving into them , however.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  194. Mark / Minnesota

    He should not. After two years of mile long answers we only here words without action. He has put up an invisible shield between himself and the public. Just watch Him. He can't speek unless he is reading. Its sad because I voted for Him. Mark

    November 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  195. Lynn K Tennessee

    YES, If the President cannot go overseas and receive the respect as the leader of the free world, then he should see the writing on the
    Oval office wall.
    Obama may be willing to work with the GOP now and even before the mid-term election I am a native of Ohio, and I think John Boehner
    could and would work with President Obama, but Mitch & Eric is going
    to keep everything grid locked. Lets also remember we have the upset Rand Paul, who wants to be the leader in the House for the
    Tea Party movement. If President Obama stays grid locked then why
    would anyone want to run again knowing that he would go through
    4 more years wasted off his life. President Obama, enjoy your wife and daughters. We know what the Republicans can do, Raise taxes,
    take us to War and spend any surplus that once was stored up in
    2000. Lets not forget the out sourcing of our jobs. Oh yes we know exactly what to expect out of the GOP!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  196. Fyne

    Sounds great on paper. But, If these guys are not merely seeking publicity, why not propose the mass resignation of all Democratic congresspeople and senators. That way, we can eliminate all opposition and have our brightest brains in the Republican party straighten out the country before we get back once more to the luxury of multiparty democracy.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  197. Mark Hot Spring's AR

    It's a waste of time and money for the Dem.I think the American people made that clear in the mid term election's.We have had our fill of him a Nastey Polsi,and they don't seam to get that,what do the American people have to do to get that point across to them,gess gest vote him out,that's my plan.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  198. Robert

    Does he have the right to run? Yes
    Should he run? No
    The President campaigned a good bit on governing from the middle and working w/ both parties. He has failed to live up to his campaign rhetoric. Now he has the opportunity to practice what he preached during the next 2 years and then it will be time for someone else to lead this country.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  199. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Now this is funny, you handicapping President Obama with two wars, 10 million jobs lost during Bush's term in office and more after, and then when he can't clean up all the mess in less then 2 years in office you ask the people should he run again when you just gave back the Congress to the same people who helped Bush and his jolly men put our country near third world status.

    This whole thing just like the people who voted the Republicans back in control of the House of Representatives is wrong, when the people lose a little more then maybe they will stop dream that the Republicans truly care for people of America over their businesses interests!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  200. Sharon / Phoenix

    No, I don't feel he should run again. No one can disagree with the fact that he simply has not been a strong leader. He talks a whole lot of double talk and seems to have no measurable level of sincerity. He is also quite devisive and slummy with regard to the respect he should have for the office and his behavior. His on the job ability has not been surprising, given his lack of experience. Nor does he seem to want to align himself with people who could honestly help through their experience, ii.e. job creation, fiscal restraint, health care changes that bring cost down. So no, I hope for the sake of the county he does not run again.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  201. toby

    President Obama should run for re-election and I hope he does. I am a Navy Veteran and I am ashamed of the way this country (media included) has treated our President. You guys in the media allow people to disrespect President Obama all the time. Jack even you are one sided in your discussions against the President. Why don't you guys have the guts to tell your viewers that this man inherited a mess created by white guys and that every economist in the world states that The Presidents plan is working and that his plan for the economy is the correct plan. NO matter what you say President Obama is already one of the greatest and smartest Presidents we have had. God Bless The United states and all of it's racist people.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  202. John Luma, Moorpark CA

    This is thinking right out of la-la-land! We have a traditional two-party political system where the majority-voter winning Presidential candidate governs for 4 years, not caves to the opposition after the first difficult 2 years. Yet history shows that mid-term victory by the opposition often creates better governance, just as it did during Clinton's first 4 years. And if Abraham Lincoln gave in to his opponents during his first term and did what these guys are recommending, the U.S. would be North and South still. No, what the American voter wants now is compromise, not capitulation, to move the country forward FOR ALL CITIZENS.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  203. Bill

    Why does the president have to forgo reelection in order to meet Republicans half way? I actually think the administration is doing a relatively good job. And I imagine many of the blowhards out there are going to be taken aback when Obama IS re-elected in 2012. I don't buy that support for the president from his base has waned as much as many would have us think. The problem is, too many of us didn't show in the last election.
    This administration has a real opportunity to try to work WITH Republicans. And Republicans have a real opportunity to try to work WITH the administration. But, I think it would be a dangerous proposition to try to change direction on the economic recovery strategy. That's where we could be driven into a deeper recession or even a depression. And you know the Republicans would then try to blame Obama for the crash!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  204. Stephanie

    If President Obama says he isn't going to run for a second term, the Republicans and the Tea Party are going to claim absolute victory. They'll claim it as a vindication of their ideas and the rest of the country will eat it up. It would be the ultimate sign of weakness. There's no conceivable way that it'd be anything close to empowering for Obama.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  205. Doug Harrison

    First of all Jack, I have viewed cnn for many years. Everything that you post is very bitter and you totally ignore the voice of the "common people", the people who make less than 40 grand a year. Most of the people who voted for Mr. Obama are poor, or rapidly becomming poor. I am an Independent Trucking Contractor and I do not Know what the next day will hold. Mr. Obama is our president and he is going to do fine and will be re-elected in 2012 because he is for the poor, not the lazy but the poor. This is something that the Republicans need to understand. By the way, I voted for Mr Reagan.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  206. Kathy fron Delaware

    He definitely SHOULD run in 2012. Republicans know that he has actually been on the right track and that the negative advertising they were responsible for this past campaign will be proved untrue by 2012. There is absolutely no assurance that the Republicans would not simply mark time as they succeeded all too well in doing over the past two years. They do not have better ideas; their financial and social policies will continue to increase the gap between the “have’ and the “have nots,” and—especially if accountability is brought back to campaign spending – he will win again. The 2010 midterms actually did not give them a mandate. Many of those races were pretty close; exit polling about health care actually was fairly evenly divided; economic statistics continue to improve slowly, and his approval rating is also improving. So, though Republicans gained a historic number of seats this fall, many of those races were fairly close. A decision not to run could open the way for a complete Republican take-over, giving them the opportunity for VERY long-term influence through several probable Supreme Court appointments between now and 2016. Mr. Obama is needs to stay in the White House.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  207. Wanda Burdett

    Yes!, President Obama should run for re-election. He is the best president we have had in my lifetime. He tries to help everyone without any appreciation . He gets blamed for everthing. He can do nothing right in the eyes of the Republicans. They tell lies on him and try to spread hate and fear about him. The main one is Dumb Ass Sarah Palin. She hates to lose.It's all about race! The only thing that is wrong with Pres.Obama is that he is too nice for his own good.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  208. mario ca

    no he shouldn't,,, what a question from you Jack 18 months and you want the moon,,,,by the way hope you are not looking for a third Bush, please

    November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  209. josh

    i would not like to see him run in 2012, not because he's done a bad job, on the contrary, i feel he's done a better job than most presidents perceeding him,. & because he took on so much so fast, the GOP & tea baggers, couldn't keep up, it scared the hell out of them.
    They were never familiarize with his style,..but to see him trash by so many hurts me, This country is not ready for a honest man, a good respectable father & husband, it bothers me to see a good person trashed because of jealousy & racialism. I hope he don't run, but i think he will, because when he 1st ran, i must admit he taught me a man of (56 yrs) not to run from a fight , & deal with heaters with respect & honesty. Go Mr. President.

    thanks
    Josh from Pa

    November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  210. Thomas

    Of course he should. He's already created more jobs than Bush's 8 yrs..unemployment is going down..He's already shown he's better than both Bush's combined. We're digging out Jack. Just takes time.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  211. Cack

    Jack.
    It doesn't seem like you watch C–Span. If you did, you would have seen the Republicans blocking every move that the Dems made & then twisted & spun every word. YES, HE HAS TO RUN!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  212. rob

    It's funny no one ever mention anything about GWB stepping down after the biggest terrorist attack in this country that HE failed to stop. Or GWB being asked to step down when he lied us in to war(with CNN's help).

    It's just still the same elite establishment trying to tell people how to think. I'm sure these two didn't step up to call for Clinton to step down after Lewinsky. Maybe because its the presidents black and the white racist in the Dem party can make excuses to get rid of him!

    rob
    long beach, ca

    November 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  213. Jim

    Jack,

    That suggestion is so goofy it's worthy of Sarah Palin, as is the "logic" underpinning it. Announcing that he will not run in 2012 would be seen as cowardly capitulation by the President, would energize the Tea party loonies like nothing else could,and would further demoralize the Democrats and their supporters. You lead by being a leader, not a quitter (like Palin). Obama needs to reaffirm his faith in his principles and programs and take the Republicans head on. If that means two years of wrangling and stalemate, then so be it. At least the Dems and their leader will show everyone, including a couple of idiot pollsters, that they're willing to fight for the American people and they will not go quietly into the night.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  214. Trish Charlotte

    Is this a trick question? He has never stopped campaigning. So now he should stop campaigning and become our President for two years , then returning to Chicago.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  215. Bob in Kansas City

    If he runs I will vote for him, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN, they fought FDR at every turn in the 30's when he tried to keep people like my parents from starving and have stayed true to the cause since.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  216. Luci

    yes he should run. He has done more for our Country in almost two years than the last President ever thought of doing in eight years. He is for ordinary people not against us like the former.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  217. James D. Rhodes, LPC

    Jack, I think you and many of the naysayers need to back off a bit. HE'S ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE 2 YEARS!!!! Look at what he was up against! Now the voice of the people have spoken about debt. I thnk some of the heathcare plan can help to bring down some of the debt over time. I do believe that the President must get more serious about the deficits....as should both parties! Let's remember that they have all helped us get there and we must all partisipate in bringing it down!I think to some degree, the President is a scapegoat. The country is like a "sick" family.....they always have to choose one in the family and pick on him......

    November 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  218. winnell reynolds

    President Obama has done more good in two years than Bush did
    in eight years. He the best and the brightest of any one in the Republican
    party.He certainly needs to run again.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  219. Nancy

    No he has done enough damage to our Country He had neither the experience or idea of how to run this country . It was a Popularity game to him

    November 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  220. Don Webb

    Of course. It takes more than two years to clean up the disaster left by Bush.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  221. Margaret, Fayetteville, NC.

    If he wants fulfill all the "promises" he campaigned on - then he should not run. He would be a true patriot if he sacrificed his personal ambition and buckled down to authentically "serve" this country. Fat chance.........

    November 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  222. vladimy

    I think it's too early to tell. So far, no one else have better ideas for the country than him. All I heard is lower taxes and cut deficits which seems impossible to accomplish at once.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  223. Don

    Not only Obama, but If everyone in Congress decided to not worry about their re-election and work as a team to get this country on the right fiscal course, their re-election would almost be guaranteed.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  224. sharon

    Yes, he should run, will run and will win! But... it would be great if your question was more relevant to 2010 and not 2012.How about, what states receive the most pork/earmarks and if they ban earmarks will they REALLY ban earmarks?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  225. Anne in New Jersey

    Yes–he should NOT run for the Presidency again. He's already done enough damage, and we can ill afford Obamacare or another two years of his foreign policy (or lack thereof). His constant pushing of untenable debt upon us, our children and grandchildren is moving our once great country to the brink of collapse. Obama's complete deafness to the wants of the American public will come back to bite him in the butt. Why not leave while he still has a shred of dignity left?

    November 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  226. Arnold MI

    He should run in 2012. Giving up now would blow his entire agenda.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  227. Ed's Kate

    I certainly hope that he runs again in 2012. He is very capable of being the President. Hopefully, in time, folks will realize that he is not the one at fault for what has happened in this country. The problem has been and still is the opposition who want him out of office along with the horrible situation the current administration inherited.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  228. Cack

    Jack.
    You must be RICH because that's the people that don't want President Obama to run for a second term, besides the crazy tea bags.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  229. lindakay

    Sure Pres. Obama should run again. I can,t wait for 2012!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  230. Annie, Atlanta

    Eliz Turner @5:21 – back it up with proof. What rights have we lost under President Obama? Seriously? Where have you been the last 10 years, or more specifically during the Bush administration when we lost our right to privacy while he was spying on us? Or when we lost trust in our government completely having been lied into a war where he and his cronies could make millions or billions? Or that same trust when he bailed out banks with no strings attached after they sunk the global economy. Seriously, look again.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  231. Silvio Renzulli

    NO! He should put his money where his mouth is. He said he would rather be a good one term president than a mediocre 2 term one. I am one former dem turned Indy who has buyers remorse. I think he was extremely naive to think he could get the other side to work with him simply because he gave a good speech. Republicans made it clear from day one they were not going to work with him. It was part of a carefully orchestrated strategy by republicans to force the president and democrats to do everything on a party line knowing they would over reach and the idiot democrats and the inexperienced president did just that. So no I don't think Obama should run again. As Harry Reid said Obama avoids confrontation and is a peacemaker not a fighter. In this hyperpartisan environment democrats need a fighter not a peacemaker. Obama in my opinion backed himself into a corner by saying he would change Washington and command bipartisanship. A more experienced leader would not have limited himself that way. I think Obama would be better suited for the Supreme Court as his expertise is in constitutional law.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  232. Larry in New Jersey

    Absurd question. What you really mean to ask is should the President surrender his office to the Republican obstructionists and incoming Tea Party Constitutional experts. Better stated, equally as absurd.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  233. Bob Hoeller

    If he doesn't, then the Republicans won. Americans have very short memories. They (the republicans) were in power '02 – '06 and through their lack of oversite in domestic affairs and over zealousness in the international matters got us into this mess. Recessions take a months to
    develop and generally twice as long to recover from.
    Bob Hoeller, Lexington, KY

    November 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  234. Scott

    The arguments for Obama not to run for a second term are the same as the arguments for term limits on all elected officials. Any American who watches politics knows that elected officials at all levels, city, state, & federal, use a large portion of their time in office to seek re-election, & I for one am sick of it. Work for the ppl., not for your own campaign!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  235. Bob Hoeller

    If he doesn't, then the Republicans won. Americans have very short memories. They (the republicans) were in power '02 – '06 and through their lack of oversite in domestic affairs and over zealousness in the international matters got us into this mess. Recessions take months to
    develop and generally twice as long to recover from.
    Bob Hoeller, Lexington, KY

    November 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  236. Lois A. Boyd

    We have the best president at a better time. Obama only should not run if the country can not remember their hopelessnes before him for it is said wall street tells an accomplished hold forward for the state of the union. I believe those that do not want ou president to not run again want the country to start failing again. Long Live America

    November 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  237. Billie Kaye

    When the Republicans or Tea Partiers say they want to reduce speding back to 2008 levels, why aren't you asking them if they mean the level NOT INCLUDING the 2 wars that Pres, Bush ran off the budget books. Maybe Pres. Obama should take the two wars out of his budget.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  238. Brandon

    Yes he should run! With all the big promises he made, i wouldn't expect it to be done in 4 years, or even 8 years!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  239. Steve, OH

    After two years of Republican "trickle down", they'll be begging for
    President Obama to run again, Jack.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  240. varry

    Yes, he should run. He is doing a great job. Now, I want the Dem,Repub,Tea party, and Indepen, to stop waiting our time, money, and work with him.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  241. Dennis north Carolina

    Run baby run!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm |