FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
After listening to his speech last night, you gotta wonder: Is President Obama more worried about the U.S. defaulting on its debt obligations? Or is he more worried about being re-elected to a second term in 2012?
The president says he wants a deal on the debt ceiling, but he's been unable to bring both parties together to agree on anything– even after days of closed door meetings. Republican House Speaker John Boehner walked out on talks with President Obama this weekend. He said he won't negotiate with the president anymore and instead he will work directly with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. There's a match made in heaven.
The president is in trouble. For starters, a lot of the people who elected him in 2008 aren't so pleased with the job he's doing. An ABC News/Washington Post poll out today shows the number of liberal Democrats who support Obama on his jobs record has dropped from 53 percent last year to below a third. And the percentage of African Americans who feel the president has helped the economy and the jobs situation has plummeted from 77 percent to barely one-half.
One recent poll showed that any generic Republican would beat President Obama by eight percentage points if the election was held today. I don't know if you've noticed, but the current Republican field of presidential candidates leaves a lot to be desired.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, said he thinks it would be a good idea for President Obama to face some primary opposition as we get closer to the election. The last incumbent president to face primary opposition was ... ready? ... Jimmy Carter.
Here’s my question to you: Is President Obama more concerned with his reelection than with the welfare of the country?
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