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June 7th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

How will the economy force Pres. Obama to change '12 campaign strategy?

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A volunteer receptionist answers a phone call at President Obama's re-election headquarters in Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The continuing struggles of the U.S. economy are becoming a big problem for President Obama and his campaign for re-election in 2012. Economic reports show an unwelcome slowdown in what had been a few months of encouraging job growth, as well as new lows for home prices.

The president's top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, is leaving, the latest in a string of top economic minds the president recruited after his election who have abandoned ship.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll out today says about six in 10 of those surveyed give the president poor marks on the economy and the deficit. Nearly half say they strongly disapprove of the way he's handling both issues. And the same poll found that if the election were held today President Obama would lose to Republican Mitt Romney.

Romney, who is far from an overwhelming favorite among members of his own party, has said jobs and the economy will be central issues in his campaign.

Democratic strategist James Carville - who first coined the phrase "It's the economy, stupid" back in 1992 - says if job creation stays down the 2012 race could be "very rough" for President Obama. He said the economy is so bad, there's heightened risk of civil unrest in this country.

For now, there's little the president can do short term other than try to say the right things on the campaign trail. Reducing the deficit and cutting spending are top priorities on Capitol Hill, but so far nothing has been done.

Rising gas prices and declining home prices are crimping consumer spending. So expect to hear the president highlight the modest gains in the economy since the worst days of 2008 and 2009. Strategists say he'll also make the case that things would be far worse if Republicans were in charge.

But if that's all he's got, it's not going to be enough.

Here’s my question to you: How will the economy force President Obama to change his campaign strategy for 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Pat in Idaho:
I don't think Obama can do anything to change his campaign strategy at this point. He made his bed, now he has to sleep in it. He's done.

Mark in Arkansas:
No American President has been reelected with unemployment over 9%. IF Mr. Obama hopes to break this record, he needs to stop touting meaningless success "snippets," and start making meaningful changes in our economy. Start first by throwing the Wall Street Bankers in jail.

Adem in Oakland, California:
The resignation of his economic adviser indicates that his economic policy has done little to improve the economy, despite the bailouts and QE2 (printing money). However, he’s in a good shape for reelection as long as his republican opponents keep missing 4th grade history questions.

Rich in Texas:
Jack, this election cycle Obama will have no president Bush to blame for the economy. Obama owns it now. He ran for president and won therefore he is responsible for the economy, warts and all. The hard sell to the American people is that when he took office we had a national debt of $10 trillion. Now that debt is over $14 trillion in just 2 years. When Bush left office the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent and now 2 years later it is over 9 percent. Gasoline when Bush left office was $1.83 per gallon today it is over $3.50 cents per gallon. The numbers do not lie. There is no fairy tale that Obama can spin to explain his failure to grow the economy.

Brian in San Diego:
It will force Obama to make his case by focusing more on how much worse things were when he took office, rather than any obvious signs that the salad days have returned. Unfortunately, while true, this will be far more difficult; "things were worse" is a much harder sell than "things are good now."

David in Alexandria, Virginia:
He should rewrite his campaign slogans to read : "No Change, No Hope, No Kidding, We're Broke"


Filed under: 2012 Election • Economy • President Barack Obama
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. pat in michigan

    I'm afraid it doesn't matter much. The Republicans own the banks and wallstreet and Obama cant stop the squeze play he is in. That is the mark of a rookie.He has been outplayed .Just put up a good show and get voted out.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Loren

    I expect not, after all he was elected on hollow promises, so why should he start telling the truth now?

    June 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Gerry

    Obama is too hardheaded to admit that his economic policies have failed and too stupid to recognize that he needs to change course. Through time the current recession will end thanks to private enterprise and no thanks to this administration. When that happens Obama will attempt take credit for it. Obama is in way over his head but his philosophy is that if you say the same lie enough times people will believe you. Kinda like Hitler's Joseph Goebbels.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az

    June 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  4. pad

    In des moines iowa a vp at wells fargo was paid 8 million dallars this past year. So the bank bail out worked well. So he should not change any thing about his strategy. He will get plenty of campaign contributions from the weathy.
    Paul
    ames ia

    June 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  5. MNResident

    He'll just have to lie some more, and the press will have to cover up more for him. That's no problem, since both have been doing the same thing for the last few years, anyway......

    June 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  6. David in Tampa

    He can run on the "Things have changed so much we are right back where we started at" slogan. That is change I can believe in regardless of what party wins in 2012.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  7. Paul

    FromDeepintheHeartofHurstTexas
    Jack,

    Because the answer to the question
    "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?"
    is
    NO!

    June 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  8. MNResident

    As far as tactics go, all he has to do is yell "racist" or "blame Bush" if someone brings up the economy, and change the subject. That tactic got him through 2008, and will probably get him through 2012....

    June 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama needs to get the message out that the deep recession has cut out many jobs. Re-education is a requirement for the new jobs of the future. It is taking longer to recover, because the financials of America were nearly destoryed along with the value.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  10. Joe R - Houston

    The republicans who hoped that nothing would change, got what they wanted and the democrats who hoped they'd get one of their own in the white house got what they wanted. Hope and Change worked before and it's even more appropriate now.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  11. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think president Obama needs to explain in clear detail where everyone can understand just how hard of a hit the economy took at the end of the Bush term in office. I for one did not expect miracles I'm just glad president Obama saved us from going over the cliff and into a depression. I also realize that electing a republican president would only help the rich by giving them more tax breaks than they already have and destroying Social Security and Medicare. This is what he needs to get across to the American voter.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Obama will ignore the economy, as he doesn't think anyone will blame HIM!

    Right!

    June 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  13. Ed from MD

    I think he will take the no hope, no change platform to restore credibility to the beauracratic system.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  14. Brad, Portland, OR

    His campaign slogan will have to be, "I know things aren't great, my predecessor darn near destroyed the economy, but things could be worse. A lot worse. If you vote in the Republican, you'll find out how bad things can get for anyone who isn't wealthy."

    June 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  15. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It will not force Obama to do anything different. He has his own agenda. And just like he was hell-bent on ramming a less than worthless healthcare bill through at all cost that did nothing for his constituency while countless jobs were lost, he will not listen to anyone. The difference is that this time, we as voters, have danced around the block with this politician and know better. I’ll write in Ron Paul if he isn’t nominated.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  16. Ken in broke California

    Not much he can do or any other President can where there is no longer enough work for our population of over three hundred million.

    If the economy is down, the anti big government republicans who say the private sector will create jobs, will criticize Obama for not making jobs. Jobs that he has no power to make other than government jobs with the vote of congress that for decades has given us a debt of 14 trillion dollars.

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the private sector to provide jobs, their employment offices are overseas.

    .

    June 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    The only way that Obama can get re-elected next year is to tell people what they want to hear even if he has to make something up.

    Skip the truth, most people don't want truth, facts or long term practical solutions, they want slogans, promises and someone else to blame if things don't work out the way they expected.

    Voters decide how to fix 30 year old complex problems like tax reform or immigration based on 30 second political commercials......need I say more???

    June 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Gary H. Boyd

    People vote with their pocket book and if it's empty this time next year Obama's got a very big problem. (That's assuming the Congress has not allowed the country to go bankrupt in the interium).
    He will have to recognize that business leaders believe he is anti-business and start proposing tax breaks and incentives that will give businesses reasons to expand and start hiring. Up to this point he's only given it lip service.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  19. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes the bad economy will force obama to tell more lies and make more promises of hope but the fact is that he is owned by wall street so nothing will change for the people on main street. The big wall street brokers like goldman sacks, the big banks, the big corporations, and the big defense contractors are getting everything they paid for thanks to obama and geithner the treasury secretary who forgot to pay his income taxes but still got approved. Don't expect anything different from obama other than talk.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  20. John ................... Marlton NJ

    He'll keep blaming Bush for the economy and either focus on some useless 'class-warfare' crap that 'stupid voters' will embrace and that GOP candidates wouldn't have the b*lls to challenge or maybe he will rerun a 2008 promise and actually pull troops out of every place they don't belong, citing his relentless pursuit and killing of BinLaden as Mission Accomplished". Naturally, if anyone tries calling him out on any of this, he will find a way to link the "race card" to his efforts .. Same old .. same old ..

    June 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Craig R. McNees

    tampa, fl he will have to order the installation of drive up windows to vote as most americans will be homeless and living in their cars by 2012.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  22. Wayne

    He can't change the strategy. The Obama economic strategy is the only strategy that benefits any job creation. The republicans attempt to block Obama care by holding the economy hostage with negitive information that brings fear to investors is only to say that Obama should not be re-elected and that he is responsible for the economy. The bail out money wasn't meant to go to C.E.O bonuses it was for investment in jobs. Now that the bail out money is gone the republicans agenda is to allow the economy go down that road as if we didn't have the bail out at all. Private sector investement is the answer to turn this economy around. Who controls private sector investement is the question about who will run this economy and government. Fear is in control for now, until a republican becomes President.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  23. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, I'm far from being an economical guru, but I don't know what
    he can do, when for two years he has faced an impenetrable
    brick wall with the Republicans. Their admitted sole purpose is
    to bring this President down, and they don't seem to care what
    the consequences are. Businesses are profitable, but they
    won't hire for some strange reason. I think there is a
    conspiracy working here that will only open up if the Republicans
    get their way, and it is a dangerous game they are playing.
    The Teacans are not to be trusted.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  24. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Davy Crockett said, "I would rather be beaton and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog."

    This president is the same. He will continue to create jobs through the proven methods that got us out of the Great Depression. The Republican dogma of throwing money at the rich creates Swiss bank accounts not American jobs.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  25. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, if the economy & unemployment aren't on the upswing, President Obama will need to talk with 'The Oracle at Delphi'
    David, Las Vegas

    June 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  26. David of Alexandria VA

    He should rewrite his campaign slogans to read : "No Change, No Hope, No Kidding, We're Broke"

    June 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  27. pat, Idaho

    I don't think Obama can do anything to change his campaign strategy at this point–he made his bed, now he has to sleep in it, he's done.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  28. david- seattle

    it will be like there is no economic concern. other than all the demise swept under the rug..

    June 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  29. Dave in Phoenix

    He will actually have to start taking a pretend interest in it again. The truth is he can do nothing. When companies hoard cash and send jobs overseas so they dont have to pay health care, 401ks, etc and take jobs away from Americans, there isn't much the president can do.

    The Repulican congress can however, enact laws stopping this. Either force these companies to move out of the US completely, or bring the jobs back.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  30. Brian, San Diego, CA

    It will force Obama to make his case by focusing more on how much worse things were when he took office, rather than any obvious signs that the salad days have returned. Unfortunately, while true, this will be far more difficult; "things were worse" is a much harder sell than "things are good now".

    June 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  31. Jane (Minnesota)

    I want Congress to actually focus on the economy and putting Americans back to work rather than all the other crap they have been (Planned Parenthood, gay marriage, abortion, not stopping oil industry tax loopholes, etc).

    I think President Obama needs to start calling out Congress publically as a do nothing Congress as one of his predecessor's (Sarah Palin – that would be Harry Truman") did and get some public pressure on them to do something and not just do the bidding of their campaign contributors. Obama isn't Superman – he can fix things alone – he needs the support of Congress. The American voters need to hear it from him.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    His only hope for winning would be to get Old Joe to not be his running mate and court Hillary to be VP. Hillary and Bill feel peoples pain and know how to show it, the President doesn't.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  33. Adem, Oakland

    The resignation of his economic adviser indicates that his economic policy has done a little to improve the economy, despite the bailouts and QE2 (printing money). However, he’s in a good shape for reelection as long as his republican opponents keep missing 4th grade history questions.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  34. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I really don't think he has to change it much, Jack.

    Obama just has to point out just how RADICAL Republican proposals to end Medicare in order to give even further tax cuts to multi-millionaires IS.

    I doubt that ANY Republican candidate will be able to overcome that.

    BUT it wouldn't hurt to also point out the the Republicans in the Senate have blocked EVERY jobs plan the the Obama administration has proposed since coming into office. they are "economic saboteurs".

    June 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  35. William

    Jack, I don't think that President Oboma has to change anything for his upcoming campaign. Yes, the economy is pretty bad and jobs are very scarce, but does anyone really think he can change that overnight? He has been blamed for everything under the sun, but that comes from the republican party, they seem to think they have all the answers. I wonder what they would do if we had a republican president, like we did when George Bush was in, probably give him a blank check in order to ruin this country, like he did when he was in office. He started two wars, without paying for them. Did he get the Ok from congress to go to war? I doubt it very muck. That's why we are in the mess we're in right now, it has nothing to do with Oboma.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  36. Jim

    Jack,

    Obama won't need to change his strategy at all. With the Seven Dwarfs that currently constitute the Republican field, it really won't matter.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  37. Jayne

    I don't think Mr. Obama needs to bother with a strategy. Today I heard the Republican wannabes described as looking like attendees at a Star Trek convention. The British are coming! The British are coming!

    June 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  38. tom winn

    change? there'll be no change. he can NOT run on his performance, that's dismal. the war's ending? that hasn't happened. the economy? it's gotten worse, not better. debit reduction? we can not even reduce the INCREASE in the climbing debt. he has to run on his 2008 hope and change message. and by that i mean, between now and then he'd better hope things change.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  39. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    What Obama says, and does, won't matter if members of Congress and the Senate can't get on the same page. With all of the talking, and no follow-through, I don't see that happening. The other problem is that I haven't forgotten about how both parties have passed legislation, or are trying to pass, that's detrimental to the Middle Class. Telling us we have to have health insurance we can't afford, trying to get rid of Medicare and Social Security, trying to get rid of unions..... The list just goes on and on. I, for one, have had enough.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  40. terence

    Obama is too busy jet setting around the world to worry about our economy. I thought we had a secretary of state Clinton and it was her job to meet foreign leaders. Now hes in election mode now for 2012 so he wont do anything about the economy now or anything else. . Like he said in 2008 WE NEED CHANGE!!!!
    Terence, Piscataway, NJ

    June 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  41. Dr. Robb

    Jack,
    Why would the President change in the middle of the stream with none of his economic policies working? Especially, when the republican can't seem to locate and agree on one individual that can defeat him. GET REAL! My family and I are preparing for another four years of the same. By the way Jack, can I borrow a dime and a cup of sugar from you? Also I might need too get a little cofffee, Bro. And milk!

    Columbia, SC

    June 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  42. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Like any election campaign, President Obama's strategy will adjust to the national priorities of the moment. Meanwhile, I believe that President Obama IS already focused on the economy based upon his many factory trips around the nation. More so than the house of Representatives which appears more focused on abortion than jobs.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  43. johnnie C from tamarac

    No all the Republican that are throwing Grandma under the bus is worse than texting body shots,lets check your emails and personal twitter messages

    June 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  44. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack this election cycle Obama will have no president Bush to blame for the economy. Obama owns it now. He ran for president and won therefore he is responsible for the economy warts and all. The hard sell to the American people is that when he took office we had a national debt of 10 trillion. Now that debt is over 14 trillion in just 2 years. When Bush left office the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent and now 2 years later it is over 9.7 percent. Gasoline when bush left office was $1.83 per gallon today it is over $3.50 cents per gallon. The numbers do not lie. There is no fairy tale that Obama can spin to explain his failure to grow the economy. Well he can always spout hope and change but we see how well that has worked up to now.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  45. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, Obama has no clue how to fix the economy. So all he can do is to spin the bad economic news to say – the country is headed in the right direction and use Mediscare tactics. Liar! – Minesh Baxi Troy MI

    June 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  46. Tony from Southport

    President Obama has always tested the waters before stepping in. It's a sign of a follower, not a leader. He puts forth the image that he believes the public wants to see. Don't listen to what he says, watch what he does. Of course he will change his campaign strategy, which by the way, he changes every day.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  47. Lana, Portland, Oregon

    He'll have to find an issue that trumps the economy. ... Oops.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  48. Joe CE

    I am not sure that Obama is capable of changing to accomodate changing conditions. Unfortunately, in this respoect he is like Bush. Best case senerio he will keep the campaqign promise to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement a

    June 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  49. mark in arkansas

    No American President has been reelected with unemployment over 9%. IF Mr. Obama hopes to break this record, he needs to stop touting meaningless success "snippets", and start making meaningful changes in our economy. Start first by throwing the Wall Street Bankers in jail.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  50. Joe CE

    I am not sure that Obama is capable of changing to accomodate changing conditions. Unfortunately, in this respoect he is like Bush. Best case senerio he will keep the campaqign promise to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement and all similar agreements to account for trade partners who lack enviornmental peocetion laws, worker ptotections, and social security & medicars equivalents.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  51. Roger from Albion PA

    If he yells real loud that he inherited a mess maybe the comotion will make people forget that he promised to fix it. Roger from Albion PA

    June 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  52. david from herndon, va

    He may have to start acting like a Democrat.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  53. andyz Lynn, MA

    It won't affect his economy position at all. He'll talk about bin Laden. No one will notice.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  54. Bill in New Mexico

    If the economy is worse, or no better, at mid-summer 2012, Obama should not run because he will not have a chance.

    If the economy has minimal improvement, Obama has a challenge. He should explain a plan for solving the national debt and the annual budget deficit. He should keep his promise on explaining to America what is entailed in that 2,700 page health care law.

    If the economy has major improvement, Obama should renew his unkept promises and work at cutting major expenses such as the wars.

    The voters liked Obama's 2008 campaign promises. Obama should renew those promises that were not kept and should have an intention in doing them.

    "Change" might still be refreshing to many voters.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  55. Carol Haines City, Fl

    I would ask the people " where are all the jobs the republicans promised to create?" There are none. The only thing they have done is block everything and waste time and money trying to screw the poor, working class and elderly. So if you want more of the same and your social security and medicare taken away and more money given to the wealthy, vote republican. If you want to have things evened out for the good of all American's, vote democrat.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  56. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    He should listen to real economists and allow the Bush Tax Cuts to expire. Right now the tax cuts let employers keep the same money without expanding. Tax them more and they must expand to get the same net income.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  57. Donald in New Mexico

    The economic recovery is to slow. The President has been cutting deals with Republicans that have had little or no effect on jobs. The new Republican led House of Representatives came to power by promising the first order of business would be jobs. All they have worked on since taking over is far right social engineering. They say they believe in less government, but they want more regulations against social policy. The rich got their tax cuts, the working poor and disabled got their programs cut. No jobs yet. The economy is stagnant. The rich are not creating jobs like the Republicans said they would if they got their tax cuts. Our country needs a jobs program. By 2012, the results of the current cuts will not have created a single job. The President needs a BIG JOBS PROGRAM. Help is needed on Main Street, not Wall Street. The "trickle down" cure has almost killed the patient. We need solutions not philosophy. We aren't all in this together. It's the poor man's recession. The rich are doing just fine.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  58. Dennis north carolina

    jobs jobs end the wars end the wars gring our troops

    June 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  59. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Take more from the middle class and bail out the rich.
    President Obama is Robin Hoods opposite.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  60. Bryan, Colorado

    Changing his campaign platform won't help him. He can't explain to the voters how it is the unemployment rate is higher now that when he took office. If he were managing my finances, I would fire him. He will loose because no matter what party you lead, it is alway's the economy stupid. The voters have every wright to be angry with the present adminstration no matter what party they support.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  61. Paul P.

    It shouldn't change much, the campaign was about the economy anyways and there is too much time between now and then to know how the conditions will be. In these times moods change from pessimism to optimism every other week and a good politician can always effectively spin the news whichever way works for them.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  62. Steve

    Not at all, if he believes he's pursuing policy that is in the long term interests of the United States and not responding to todays "blip" on the radar screen, as all GOOD Presidents do.

    IL

    June 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  63. Richard C.

    The economy is red-lining and has been since Obama was elected. His economic advisers are jumping off the 'Obama ship' like rats. He has no economic strategy and therefore will not be re-elected, hopefully.
    Obama is a narcissist and does not understand that he is clueless about the economy. He actually thinks he is doing the right thing and is impervious to criticism. We can and will do better with someone else in that position; ANYBODY!!
    Malvern,PA.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  64. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It's not what the President is going to "say" it is about what he "does." Rhetoric got him elected and action will get him out. He needs to start to provide jobs for the people who put him in office and start to tax the wealthy like he "said" he was going to do for 2008. He lost touch with who and what put him there and needs to come in for a landing and provide solutions to the economy's problems. Institute Regualtion on Derivitives no matter how unpopular this is with Wall Street. Do it Now. Bring our troops home and we can save $1 per troop. All of these politicans know what needs to be done. Just Do It!

    June 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  65. Cy Gardner

    1) Point out how bad things would be without Democrats bailing out the auto industry.
    2) Remind people he got Bin Laden
    3) Make sure people know that Mitt Romney made a lot of money by putting American companies out of business and sending those jobs overseas.
    4) see #2
    5) Point out how the GOP and their rich overlords have been doing whatever they can to make the economy worse for their own political gain.
    6) see #2
    7) Point out how horrible the Ryan plan would be for old people who get sick.
    8) Keep using phrase President Palin or President Gingrich to get a cheap laugh.

    cy Arlington VA

    June 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  66. Randy

    It will force him to kiss the feet instead of the ring of his neocon bosses who run both parties. The rest of this nonsense is to give the uninformed American public the illusion of a democracy. PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS!

    June 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  67. Peg in NY

    Jobs = money, so if he wants to get re-elected, he will have to put this country back to work. He has to increase real jobs, not low level or independant contracting types. It has been up to him to make this happen since he was elected. It is what will get the next President elected. It is at the forefront of what Americans need and want.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  68. dave in nashville

    Why does he want four more years is the question, his life is guaranteed gold plated with or without. Give someone else a chance to make history, maybe even one that knows there is a difference.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  69. Sandstone.

    "This is partly what is wrong with the USA! Quote> Declaring that President Obama’s “central planning” doesn’t work, Mr. Pawlenty said that if he were elected president, he would aim for a national economic growth rate of 5 percent, a target he called “a big, positive goal” that is achievable.

    “The addiction to spending must be brought to a halt, and we must have a president who has a growth agenda,” Mr. Pawlenty, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said in a speech at the University of Chicago. “The president is satisfied with a second-rate American economy produced by his third-rate policies. I’m not.”
    Unquote... It is not just spending with the USA. It is more about wastfull spending. Stop wasting power!!!!! You're Junkies in the USA! You sit getting fat on Soda Water and Pop corn, whilst the hyways are lit up with usless advert's. Broadway is far to broad!!!"

    June 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  70. Conor in Chicago

    Obama will be fine so long as he can articulate the fact that our lack of jobs and a flowing economy is directly related to the Corporatacracy trying to get him out of power. They can wait for another year or so with their tax cuts while we struggle for the scraps of the current US economy. The only thing they need to do is dethrone Obama, install a Corporatist Republican, and suddenly the flow of capital will resume. The problem is that this flow of capital will be that it will be identical to the Bush years where Americans will continue to lose jobs the Third World and new jobs created here, if any, will have no unions, no protections, and no health insurance and will be in effect BAD JOBS you will hardly able to support your family with. Of course from there the Republican plan to privatize everything including our access to oxygen will continue full steam and your media will tell you it's all part of a transition-just like Reagan’s Trickle Down nonsense 30 years ago.

    In short, your best bet is to keep Obama, show the Corporatacracy that we are not afraid of their power, and bet that they won't be willing to allow 4-5 more years of economic stagnation just because they read Ayn Rand when there were kids and it made them feel special.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  71. Karl in Flint

    What strategy? My crystal ball is in the shop, Jack. What does yours say about the economy a year from now? Your polls are giving the final exam the second week of class. I think we will be in a lot better shape next year, not back to the Clinton economy before Bush demolished it, but way ahead of where we would be if John McCain had won. McCain would be asking Greece for help by now. Maybe come back with this question after New Years.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  72. Cy Gardner

    He's got to show that the Republican economic "solutions" never change and never work. Allowing the rich to avoid taxes and feel consistently above the law did not lead to boom times under Reagan, Bush or Bush. A full fledged return to laissez faire economics will bury this country and destroy our way of life. If that, as usual , is going to be the Republican platform, then he must tell the American people that in a second term he will make the rich pay their way. cy Arlington, VA

    June 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  73. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Well, Jack, Mr. Obama can certainly change his campaign slogan from "Hope and Change" to a new 2012 "Can You Spare Some Change?" slogan.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  74. Joe

    Jack,
    President Obama will have to admit that his effort to compromise with the Republicans was a complete waste of time. When we have millions going hungry and without proper medical care every day, then the President will have to present the facts and not worry about alienating those in the political right who will never vote for him anyway. We can see economic doom hitting the US right in the face, and when the President can stand-up against outsourcing, political favoritism, and the wealthy controlling our economic issues, then he can make a real difference.
    Joe, Vestal, NY

    June 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  75. Ed from California

    We have to stop the exportation of our jobs to foreign countries, period. We need to start the return of said job's, immediately! I don't want to hear the lame excuses of how our workforce is no good uneducated or lazy. We had work and plenty of it, fifteen years ago. Congress has sold us all out to the lowest bidder and the Hoopleheads that voting all these knuckleheads in, so they can keep a gun, a bible? Give me a break! Jack....as long as we have uneducated voters that keep voting against their best interest's....we all have to have hope that there's growth in the fast food industry!! Mr. Boehner!!!! Where are the jobs?????

    June 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  76. Robby Bowling

    He & all of his disciples have already started the leave no lie behind campaign in hope of getting the great pretender reelected. If they get paranoid enough to think they'll be social unrest they'll start arresting the malcontents to scare the masses into submission. This should be the end of the socialist America experiment, but I fear it is just the beginning of the end. I think the words & warnings from Huxley's " Brave New World" have now become a reality. Our president is an imposter & our decline is now inevitable.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  77. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It's simple Jack: He will join the ranks of the unemployed. Get in line Mr. Obama I've been in the unemployment line through all your talk!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  78. steve

    I don't think it will change his strategy ..... but might just make him come up with one .
    Steve , New Mexico

    June 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  79. Gigi Oregon

    The trouble about the economy it's no better for the Republican party. We know what the Republicans economy program did to the middle class. I don't think many of us want to see the Republicans back in the White house. And at this point it's the Republicans or Obama for the White house. The lack of cooperation in the Republican and republican Tea party are the big problem in the economy. And also jobs for the unemployed. There is zero cooperation with the President and the democratic party. So its "more of the same" or if we weaken it's back to corporate America and their pawns "The Republican philosophy" no matter what they call themselves, they caused these problems President Obama inherited.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  80. calaurore9

    He should form a new economic team from private sector business leaders. No more academic theorists. But strategy, schmategy, people will vote based on whether they have a job in October 2012.

    Carol in MA

    June 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  81. John Moore - New Britain, PA

    The economy could use stimulus but due to the deficit that is hard to justify to many. The last stimulus spending was not done wisely and could have been better used to create longer term growth and hence jobs. They messed up. Trouble in the GOP alternatives offered to date are simplr retooled versions of "trickle down". That doesn't work since greed takes over and the trickle never starts and the bucks stay stuck at the top.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  82. Martin

    I don't know because right now I am so incensed with President Obama following with the other present day Hitlers of the West and NATO, The Rebels and the Opposition in the Libya situation and falling into the criminalities and muderous intent of Western Foreign Politics I am beginning to question wheather want to have President Obama serving another term. Acted totally illegally. Must it be emphasized that this could be another Iraq and Afghanistan and quite possibly another World War Three.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  83. John Moore - New Britain, PA

    The economy could use stimulus but due to the deficit that is hard to justify.The last stimulus spending was not done wisely and could have been better used to create longer term growth and hence jobs. They messed up. Trouble in the GOP alternatives offered to date are simplr retooled versions of "trickle down". That doesn't work since greed takes over and the trickle never starts and the bucks stay stuck at the top.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  84. Demos

    The President has a lot of grovelling to do this year. A new agenda must include job creation, punishing Wall Street and the Banks. The White House must reinvent itself for any opportunity in 2012. I'll vote for him again, however they have to try harder.

    Demos

    Toronto, Canada

    June 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  85. Leah

    That is the problem...changing a verbal strategy is not the same as implementing it. Words are hollow with Mr. Obama as we have seen
    in many very recent instances.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  86. Linda in Charleston, SC

    I give up on politics and politicians, it's makes me ill.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  87. Bill - NY

    Jack – other than giving you media types something to jawbone about, it doesn't really matter. Those who voted for Obama last time will blindly vote for him again regardless of any issues you'd think should make a difference. Presidential elections are more like American Idol than folks care to admit – talent, performance and results are not idicators fo success.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Jacque

    His focus on diplomacy and attaining bipartisan cooperation has alienated much of his base and many Democrats and independents feel that he has caved to the pressures far too often. If he doesn't take a stronger stand and that mean actions, not just words, then he will not be successful.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  89. Dave in Downingtown

    Whichever candidate says they're going to create jobs by taxing the living daylights out of companies that outsource our jobs to foreign countries would be a shoe-in. If we can find any candidates that aren't be leaned on by corporate lobbyists.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  90. Matt

    Nothing will change, obama will promise sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, just as in 2008, and the lemmings will follow.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Ed Fertik

    It should force him to step aside and let hisparty be represented by a candidate who understands traditonal American values and all the things that made us a great country. He has failed in numerous ways. Giving Clinton a shot would be the best thing he coud do for his country.

    Philmont NY

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  92. Scott - Washington DC

    A better question is how will doing everything in their power to oppose economic recovery and having the same policies that got us in this mess change the Republicans' 2012 strategy?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  93. william ryals

    I hope that the president will consider a different approach. The simplest and most effective strategy to fix the economy is to require retailers to purchase a percentage of their resale goods, in certain categories and when available in the form of american made products. this will instantly create a move to invest in american manufacturing by both americans and foreign investors.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Gregory Allen Gordon JR

    In 2012, being a democrat, he's got amazing options right here at home. Promising to bring more money to our country, paying off our debt, and ceasing multibillion donations for a while to focus on our best asset, America, would most likely be his best option. With the natural disasters tearing apart our homeland, he's got a great way to return our tax money to the taxpayers! Maybe even a few green energy policies and lower gas prices could return favor as well.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  95. Judy in Colorado

    A better question, Jack, should be "how does the government (at any level) create jobs?" Jobs come from the private sector corporations who are sitting on their thumbs and raking in big money. Didn't the GOP campaign in 2010 on the promise to create jobs? Where are THEIR jobs? As far as deficit reduction is concerned, the GOP have all sorts of ideas – every one of them basically unacceptable to my older generation.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  96. J. B. Nashville TN

    Obama is already campaigning and working his new strategy
    by minimizing and spinning the numbers. Last week he called the 9.1% unemployment rate a "bump". He fooled the American people
    in his first campaign with false rhetoric...he's not fooling anyone now...

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  97. Curt Wolters, Bellingham, WA

    He should lead from the front, for a change. It's long overdue.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  98. Kevin L NE

    It was said several times already:

    "The lack of cooperation in the Republican and Republican Tea party are the big problem in the economy."

    POTUS' plans are and have always been the welfare of the "people" and doesn't need to change anything except the people in the GOP.
    We can do that part of it..."if you work for someone and earn a wage or salary; you shouldn't be voting Republican."

    June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. Tommy

    Have we not remember? the calamities that caused havoc in our country? the tornado in Joplin, Georgia, the flood in missisippi and nearby state...that' s the bump on the road that Pres. Obama mentioned on the recovery from the recession.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  100. RS Kumar

    Change of strategy ? Does not matter ? We all know that. How about changing the process of electing the President and Vice President? Let us enforce one has to be a Democrat and one has to be a Republican. At least these guys would learn to work together to get something done !!

    Kumar
    Plainsboro, NJ

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  101. VegasBob

    It's already too late for President Obama. He should stand aside. I voted for President Obama in 2008, but I won't vote for him in 2012.

    Why? Let me count the ways: Tim Geither, Larry Summers, a failed stimulus program, reappointing Bernanke, failing to prosecute bankster fraud, the cash for clunkers program, the failed homebuyer credit, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, a health care bill without a public option.

    With the exception of killing bin Laden and repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' this President has failed the country miserably.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Steve from California

    During his upcoming Presidential campaign, President Obama should tell it like it is. The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. No sugar coating, no promises of "no new taxes", no appeasing lobbyists or special interest groups. We all know we're in a bind. We're all aware that we're going to have to make some sacrifices, some drastic changes in the way we live our lives. We need a leader who will make us realize that the reality is the American Empire is hanging by a thread.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  103. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Everybody who is looking to the Oval Office for causes and cures of our economic troubles gets an F in High School civics. The Congress is wholly and solely in charge of the economy. The Constitution makes it that way. if there is any one person who is responsible for the weakness of the recovery and the ineffectiveness of Presidential efforts, it is Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, whose use of cloture for all but 49 days of the previous term ensured that the economy would not recover and that Mr Obama and the Democrats would be blamed. That is in fact how the system works. CNN should be explaining this every day – Congress decides what taxes and what spending there is, and it takes 60 votes to control the Senate. That is the real explanation for out troubles. How to campaign on this is a real problem – the media continue to look in the wrong direction, and the body politic follows.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Von from Valdosta, GA

    The president cannot be fully blamed for the sad condition of our economy. However, he can stop saying that all is well when it is not. He should declare war on the economy and ask everyone to shoulder the pain. He should immediately take a 10% cut in pay along with Congress members. In closing no one can solve the problem. It will take a community effort. Stop the wasteful spending and stop giving our money to foreign countries.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  105. Billyinarkansas

    President Obama should let the Republicans win including the house and Senate. This way Republicans can finish screwing-up the economy and force their social agenda on the rest of the country. I assure you Republicans won't be elected to anything for generations to come. Obama must take the fall for the good of the country.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  106. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The President holds the power to bring our troops home, put American dollars back on American soil that is being used in defense spending and if he does that It will be Republicans who will need to change their economic strategy.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Vidhya Sivakumar

    Conduct a CNN poll and the President will change his strategy for sure !
    Vidhya
    Princeton, NJ

    June 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Nathan

    If the economy doesn't greatly improve, he'll have to become a republican...and then admit the Democrates don't have any good ideas....THEN maybe he can win. LOL In other words, he's got to reverse almost every policy he's made.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  109. harry - GA

    Jack –
    I'm 78 years old and I'm more concerned about the destiny of this country now than ever before. If Obama can't see the handwriting on the wall by now then rest assured he's not going to change and everything he does will be geared toward getting re-elected and expect him to do and say whatever it takes to achieve his goal. He is unqualified to occupy the position he's in and what makes it even sadder is that there was enough uninformed American voters in the last election to put someone like him in the highest office of this great country. Voters better wake up before it's too late!!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  110. James Ward

    As long as the GOP continues to launch major attacks on Medicare, and now Social Security, President Obama will have no problem getting reelected in 2012. I have to laugh at the people responding to your question who actually believe President Obama is responsible for the lack of jobs...I thought the massive tax cuts for the rich was supposed to stimulate that activity. Hey, think the economy is bad now? Wait until seniors have to pay an additional $6000 per year for health care if the GOP is successful with their Medicare "voucher" plan or if Social Security becomes privatized as the GOP now envisions. Just curious, but how many Independent and Republican seniors are willing to support the destruction of Medicare and Social Security?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  111. gregg blankley

    It won't be the economy that will make him change his campaign strategy. It will be the republicans. They do not like the things he does. That's the way washington works anymore. Bipartisan ship is the norm. If anyone knows about economic problems ask the "middle class". Give me 15 minutes on Capital Hill and they might learn a thing or two. They probably won't listen anyhow.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  112. Marsha

    He will, of course, remind people of all that he has done for American working people. For example, I benefited as did millions of families from the extension of unemployment benefits. My daughter had an opportunity to serve in Americorp for a year because that excellent program was expanded to get youth to commit to community service. She also benefited from the expansion of the Pell Grants for youth to attend college. I am also grateful that I am able to maintain insurance coverage for my 20-year-old daughter-even though I have to spend 25 percent of my income for the privilege. Let's not forget the way he's trying to expand health insurance access for everyone instead of keeping it a privilege of class the way the Republicans would prefer. Working class Americans should give President Obama an A+ on how he is addressing the economic disaster ushered in by the....o yeah the Republicans.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  113. Gregg Briese

    Jack,

    The economy will have have no effect on President Obama's stragety.
    If it is not good, he will say it would have been worse. If it is good he will act like he did when he came out of the Roman Columns.

    The answer will lie with the media, and what they are trying to sell at the particular time.

    Thank you

    Gregg B

    June 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  114. Media

    Jack,
    As a grown up who is struggling, I am very, very happy with the president's performance on all fronts. As a grown up, I recognize, it took us awhile to get into this mess and it will take us awhile to climb out of it. Also, I like the idea of feeling safe in my own country. So yeah, the president definitely has me and my husband's vote. If Congress is so concerned about the American people, maybe they'll pass some of the president's jobs bills.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  115. Frankie

    Problems with the economy involve life today for regular citizens, and what life will be like for regular citizens in 2012. The effect of economic problems on the 2012 elections is a very, very minor issue in comparison. We have a huge problem with our Congress trying to be politically correct rather than solve problems, please stop feeding into that.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  116. Lee from Albuquerque

    Nothing will FORCE him to change his policies or direction. He doesn't seem to be truly interested in what the people or his opponents are saying. He has his experts who are advising him.

    There is a leadership principle that, in a nutshell, says you are where you are today because of the decisions you made in the past. If you want to change your future, you have to start by changing how you think and the decisions you are making today.

    I don't see pBO coming to a realization that the current situation is bad enough that he needs to change his direction or thought processes.

    I believe he will be truly shocked when the polls start to show him falling off the cliff. Only a miracle will save him now.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  117. Tommy

    The visit in US of HU JINTAO of China, the chancellor of Germany just recently...Am sure! there would be a great deal on that with regards to the recovery, maybe on the 2nd half of this year we can feel the increase of job employment thru that visit.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  118. James Forney

    Alter, but do not make any significant changes. Anyone, including you, who think the very guys (republicans) who got us into this mess, will get us out needs their head examined. It would be like asking Madoff to develop new banking regulations or, asking Jack Abramoff to investigate ethical violations in campaign finance. Come on, don't be stupid America!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  119. Stephen Charchuk

    He can't, Jack. Americans are too short-term thinking. You care about NOW. The republicans know this and use it to their advantage. Most Americans have already forgotten that it was the republicans under Reagan and Bush jr. who created this mess and its going to take much more than a few years to fix it.

    It'll get worse before it can get better. If the republicans win next year it'll only get far worse faster since they'll go back to "Business" as usual as they tax cut and deregulate America into bankruptcy. I don't hold out too much hope for America's future.

    -Stephen
    Yarmouth, NS Canada

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  120. Will W.

    President Obama will have to promise that if reelected, he would work with the business community and congress to create jobs. This seems very unlikely though, because President Obama has tried to do this before and neither listened to him.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  121. Tom (Atlanta)

    I think the President is now "out of gas". He has spend his political capital and he did all he knew how to do. He talked a story who those not informed thought good. He pointed fingers at those who he needed "right the ship' and defeated togetherness, pitting one side against the other to build his own image. But, now we see his inexperience showing, and this "will not get it" any more. Jack, people are growing tired of his dividing approach to problems. He did not delivered and now people are seeing him as "all show and no go" and don't believe that he can deliver. Unfortunately, other countries are now seeing the same thing. I believe it is over for him. Peter's Principle has stuck again.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  122. AzRose

    I hope he doesn't use "Blame Bush" again. I think that method will fall flat, by 2012 Obama will have almost four years in office, he owns this economy now. The stimulus failed, those billions accomplished nothings in the way of permanent jobs, in fact the economy got worse.
    What is even worse, he has not cut spending enough, he needs to set the example of making sacrifices like we have to.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  123. Jim S - Milford, MI

    Wow – a lot of short-sighted, vindictive people here. I am working on a projected for 2 of the largest companies in America to migrate their information systems from one management toolset to another. There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people working on it. It will impact 10's of thousands. The original estimate was a 5 year program. This project is big, but definable - yet is dwarfed by the challenges of the US economy. We have only been 2 years into this presidency, with arguably the worst national financial situation in our history, yet we are ready to change direction? If we keep changing direction before the results are clear, we will never get anywhere. It's time to pick a direction, stick to it (with incremental course corrections) until there is enough time to see the credible directional trends (good or bad) before choosing to change direction again. Obama should contrast the successes so far with the historical failures of traditional Republican solutions.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  124. Gretchen

    Mitt Romney President? HA HA HA,You people would love to forget that the Bush administration and their policies put this country in a ditch,remember?All the republicans that are running against Obama agreed with the Bush policies,they can try to run bit they can't hide from that fact.Look at how Rmney ran his stae he has failed,also while the rupublicans spent years beating their collective chest about Obama being weak on security,He Got Osama bin laden case closed.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  125. Nancy, Tennessee

    The auto workers of Toledo heard one of the first campaign speeches last week on how he saved their jobs. He's still trying to win all the union workers' votes. Many people were probably thinking like I was that it was great, but what about the rest of the people whose jobs were not saved from the overseas job market. It's going to take more than saving the auto workers and the jobs related to those. And MacDonalds new personnel can't pay house, car, and health insurance payments on those jobs. Seriously, we need our manufacturing base back. We need to even the score on the import taxes.The U.S. import tax is 2% while China has 22% and India at over 40%.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  126. jean2009

    Jack, the last I heard the economy was shedding 700,000 jobs a month when the last President left office, and he left us with 2 unfunded wars, a major deficit, and the ship of state wreck to provide tax breaks for the wealthiest few. We currently have a plutocracy that cares only about the rich, and they have dug in their heels because a president has the audacity to think that working people need a living wage, health care, and a working infrastructure of schools and roads. I think more and more people are seeing the mess created and do not want to go back to the government that created the mess.

    I think his strategy should be spell out how to get our economy improving faster and where the road block is....say Republicans..

    June 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  127. Ralph Spyer

    The empire is in decine. There job out their at wal-mart or micky D . The Federal Reserve new what they were doing, why are they not in jail yet ? In live in Chicago ,Jack all the manufacturing jobs move out and the illegals move in.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  128. Rich from PA

    How can anyone, Democrat or Republican, bring jobs back to the level of pre-recession when almost everything bought in this country is made in foreign countries. All the salary money that should be stimulating our economy is stimulating other country's economies. Spread the wealth!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  129. Steve in Manchester, WA

    Americans see the president as either hero or scapegoat. Sadly, there aren't enough of them who think critically to conclude he is neither. The causes of our economic woes date back many decades and cross party boundaries – expensive wars, absurd trade policies, open borders, a medical system completely out of control, the emasculation of the public education system – along with factors completely beyond our influence: the thawing of 19th century central planning, the rise of Russia, Brazil, The Saudis, India and China, and, most disruptive of all -THE INTERNET... No matter what Obama does, he and the dems will take the heat – regardless of what the real causes are.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  130. Dennis

    The Republicans have NO NEW economic plans – NONE!
    All the Republicans want to do is roll back all the important financial regulations that were put in place after the Bush Financial Crisis of 2008 – and every economist says doing this by the Republicans, would make the USA more vulnerable to another financial crisis.
    The Republicans also want to continue giving away money to the billionaire oil companies. These are Companies who have publicly said they DO NOT need those $40 Billion dollar subsidies!
    The Republicans want to continue to cut taxes for millionaires, and billionaires – a move that will continue to add Trillions of dollars to the national debt.

    The Republicans have NO new plans for the economy – NONE! And we already say that the Republicans old policies are the ones that got us into the financial mess we are trying to get out of now!

    Anyone who votes for a Republican – has to be suffering from amnesia! They would be choosing to vote to put the disaster that was President BUSH back into the Whitehouse - The Republicans policies are EXACTLY the same policies that President Bush practiced - AND remember how that turned out for the USA - DISASTEROUS!! It resulted in the worst financial crisis for the USA since the Great Depression.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  131. George

    The plus side is that this president has the cojones to do what it takes, rattle the cage, ruffle feathers; but it will cost him a re-election. It’s all due to our BAU attitude; as long as it’s not in my back yard, as long as I don’t see it on my way to work, as long as it doesn’t effect my profits or wallet. We wont voote for someone who rattles our cage or picks our pocket

    June 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  132. Gretchen

    Oh yea I forgot to say,how's those bush tax cuts to tyhe wealthy working out? Obama agreed to keep them and have they created jobs? did the tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs under Bush? No they did not.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  133. Mark

    It won't change his strategy, and he will be a one term President.
    There must be a opening for a community organizer in Chicago!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  134. Cy Gardner

    He may have to dump Joe Biden in favor of a Chinese vice president. Mitt Romney falsely claims that his business experience made him a job creator. So, who's created more jobs in the last ten years than the Chinese? They may want a guy on our payroll to keep from foreclosing on our country. I think they've proven that they know more about economics than the voodoo priests of supply side humbuggery in the GOP. Yes, we Canton! cy Arlington, VA

    June 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  135. Fred In LA

    Unfortunately this President has no business or economic background. His answer is always to punish the rich and upper middle class. To get jobs back in this country, he would need to cancel all the tax breaks for corporations that set up shop in foreign countries. Remove all troops from foreign soil and use them to secure our borders. Illegals are illegal and must be removed so U.S. citizens can work and get good educations. Reign in the EPA a bit. Remove moratoriums and restrictions on Oil and Gas resources. Dismantle the IRS and institute a flat tax with no write offs or loop holes. That goes for individual incomes as well as corporate incomes. These simple steps would soon put this country back on firm economic ground.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  136. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    He should propose an "ethics czar" to clean house on both sides of the aisle then incorporate the best political team on the air to correct our wayward course. When the czar has completed his task the few left will be easier to deal with and underestand. Things are just too diverse, perverse, adverse, and versed. Let's get back to integrity, honesty and the American Way. Time for apple pie, want some ?

    June 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  137. Alex

    Jack, let's be honest. The Republicans will never allow the president to succeed. They voted against every proposal he sent up to congress because they want him to be a one term president. If a third of the bills were enacted, things would be better. Note to Republicans: " What goes around, comes around"

    June 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  138. Dan in Indiana

    Obama is going to have to go back to school, and this time he
    needs to major in economics!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  139. Paul Albert

    When President Obama resumed office, he did not paint any rosy picture about the economy. He clearly stated that the economy was in shambles, but nevertheless it would take time for a recovery. In all fairness to him, it is unrealistic to expect so much so soon. Have the detractors forgotten that we have been plunged in a depression? The critics seem to point at the problems that are wrong with the economy, but seem not to give a single road map as to how they will solve them. Are we gearing to buy another pig in the bag?

    Paul Albert
    NC

    June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  140. Darral from Iowa

    Jack,
    1.1 million jobs were created in 2010 under the Obama administration and a Democratic (though, severely obstructed) Congress. That’s more than the 1 million jobs the Bush administration created in total in the whole 8 years it was in charge of the U.S. 2011 is also on an upward growth trajectory. It doesn’t take a genius to identify which party was killing the economy and which is helping it. President Obama shouldn't change a thing. He should simply ask the American people if they want to put the party back in charge that truly started this whole mess? The republicans will as always simply be selling fear...that is the one thing they're an expert at.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  141. Donovan in Nevada

    In order for Obama to remain in the White House, he will need to run against the dumbest opponent possible. That is how Harry Reid won his most recent election.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  142. Linda C

    Obama should highlight some of the big companies that keep Republicans' pockets lined, and ask why they haven't created more jobs even though they are obscenely profitable during this recession. The CEO bonuses alone would probably be enough to hire hundreds or thousands of workers. I wonder if these companies are purposely holding off hiring to keep unemployment rates high, so they can keep blaming it on President Obama and use it against him in the campaign. I suspect there are hiring plans in place, but they're waiting until after the election in hopes that they can let a Republican president take the credit.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  143. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    He will have to find somebody other than Bush to blame for his failures!
    He has more than doubled the financial mess Bush left!

    Let's see him spin his failure of jobs because he "still allows" 8 million illegals to work instead of opening them jobs for our unemployed!

    Yorktown VA

    June 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  144. Mr. D

    Obama better open a job bank if he expects to get elected in 2012. While he is one-on-one campaigning, he can conduct job interviews.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  145. Gary

    He shouldn't have underestimated the power of the Republicans. They made it clear they would do anything to bring him down. And they have. They lied, threatened to shut down the government, whined and cried about everything. They even voted against their own ideas just to do this.
    The Dems need to start talking louder. Republicans would never regain the White House if people knew the truth.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  146. Richard Dunn

    The president has to talk about the republican governors job cutting bills. Then site John Bainer saying he doesn't care if americans loose their jobs.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  147. Dave

    The state of the economy today will be irrelavent. It will be the state of the economy at the time of the election. Since there will have been another 18 months of recovery time, I suspect the economy will be good enough to get him re-elected, unless the Republicans can come up with a charismatic candidate.
    A poll conducted a year and a half before the 2010 election, had Hillary Clinton as the next president. Enough said about polls.
    Dave
    Seattle

    June 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  148. Brian in IL

    The economy will once again be the central issue of this campaign, and regardless of who is at fault, President Obama did a poor job of following through with the progessive agenda proposed by Candidate Obama, and many are suffering as a result. And while we still don't know if there will be an NFL season this year, there is one football game that WILL be played, and that is the polical one. And now it looks as if the score will remain tied at zero-zero because neither side ever reaches the goal line. The Democrats and Republicans punt the ball to each other and neither side scores any points with the public. The only way we'll make any progress as if the public will stand up and fight back the way a few did in Wisconsin a while back. But the private sector is way too intimidated to do that, unlike in the 1890's when much labor unrest occurred at a time when there were NO safety nets such as unemployment insurance. With good judgment and memory and a liberal dose of logic, we might be productive and making progress yet, but it will take someone to stand up and be willing to be a martyr for the cause.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  149. Tommy

    Also, the political beckering that happens in congress is also one reason why the economy could not recover, there is no consensus that can be meet when it comes to the economic agenda of the white house, due to the disruption of this too much politics...

    On the federal government alone, because of the budget cut...many job layoffs had occurred, how could we expect an increase on employment if it happens to be like that...no federal job creation.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  150. Gretchen

    Obama saved the auto industry in this country,he wion't let the republicans end medicare he killed Osama bin laden,he passed health care reform so insurance company's can't drop people for a pre-existing condition,the list goes on and on as to his great accomplishments,yes the jobs are weak,but remember the american company's decided to leave this country because bush said they wouldnt have to pay taxes and they could pay their workers less,with that kind of deal who would stay here.We must understand what happened to get us in this disaster,it was not Pres.Obama.,republicans always say the government don't create jobs big businerss create jobs,so where the hell is all this big business who's creating all these jobs,it's another republican lie.after all Obama kept the Bush tax cuts to big business,and the wealthy,what did that do for this nation nothing,it put us in a bigger hole.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  151. Dana from the Bay Area

    Obama doesn't need to do anything to change his strategy but to continue tell the people the hard truth of what they don't want to year. If he hasn't already he need to come to the realization that he has to deal with a bunch of impatient children, and I'm not talking about Republicans (that's just obvious), I'm referring to the American people that believe we could magically get back 8 million jobs plus the number of jobs we should have been adding this whole time in a matter of a couple years. I am constantly telling my 3 and 1/2 year old daughter she needs to be patient if she want's that shiny new toy or she wants to talk to uncle on Skype. The American people are no different. With the speed of which people can obtain anything these days, they automatically assume this applies to job creation and the economy too. Americans need to wake up and get a clue. Republicans already stated they want to limit government spending and lower taxes. This means less help for us Americans and lower revenue for the government.

    He needs to continue doing what he said he would do despite having to drag Republicans kicking and screaming with him. He also needs to call the Republican bluff about deficit reduction and put the defense budget on the table and watch the hypocritical dominos fall. All our combat forces are out of Iraq and our training forces will be gone by the end of the year. Forces in Afghanistan will start to leave next month. He is doing his part and what he said he is going to do. No he didn't close Gitmo (I blame Republicans and the American people for stupidity), but he stopped hemorrhaging jobs. Yes the unemployment is at 9.1%, but he got use back 2 million plus jobs and counting.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |