February 24th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Too early for Pres. Obama to plan re-election campaign?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is taking a lot for granted.

Politico reports that top White House advisers are quietly working on plans for the 2012 re-election campaign.
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For now - the planning is made up of private, closed-door meetings among aides at all levels. I guess when you have the economy, health care reform and the deficits under control, you can spend your time worrying about the next election. Even if it is almost three years away.

The article's sources say the president has given every sign he plans to run again and wants the next campaign to look a lot like the last one. My guess is it won't turn out the same way.

It's believed the re-election campaign would be managed by the white house deputy chief of staff Jim Messina - and possibly be run out of Chicago... a good way to remove it from Beltway politics and locate it instead in that bastion of good government.

The planning is still at its early stages - but some say it would likely launch in about a year.

Nonetheless, there's still a long way to go. President Obama's approval rating is hovering at around 50 percent; and a majority say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected.

The American people were promised change and a lot of them think this administration is just more of the same. And if the jobs don't start coming back soon, he may want to see if that community organizer job is still open.

Here’s my question to you: Is it too early for President Obama to be planning his re-election campaign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Cliff in Rego Park, New York writes:
Jack, Every politician of both parties starts to run for re-election on their first day in office. The only solution to enhance selflessness and limit corruption is term limits… If the milk that I buy at the supermarket has an expiration date to prevent spoilage, why not apply the same standard to our legislators?

Dave in Oregon writes:
Why not? Let's all just be hopeful that Cheney and Palin don’t start planning.

Scott in Illinois writes:
Jack, I think President Obama needs to worry more about the economy, jobs, the deficit, health care and getting Republicans to work with Democrats instead of worrying about his re-election bid. Truth be told, I don't believe he will be re-elected unless things change dramatically between now and 2012.

Richard in Texas writes:
Of course it isn't too early for Obama to start campaigning. In fact, I have a couple of catchy slogans that he is welcome to use. "Isn't It Time You Were Disappointed Again?" "Read My Lips: No New Tax Cuts"

Tomi writes:
It's not too early for Obama to start planning for his re-election. After all, his opponents on the conservative side have started to plot his ouster.

Thaddeus in Milwaukee writes:
How about he follows through with the first campaign "promises" before moving on to additional hogwash? So in short, yes, it is too early.

Pete in Georgia writes:
Election campaigns are what Obama lives for. He's like a dog chasing a car, not having a clue what to do if he catches it.

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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Joseph


    I don't think it's ever too early to start planning your re-election campaign. As for the results turning out different this time around, I think that the choices are pretty obvious... if you liked the Republicans and their policies that got us into this mess, by all means, vote them back in and get a another dose of the same. If you didn't like the policies of the last eight years, or the economy etc. that President Obama inherited... then stop expecting miracles and give the man another seven years to undo the damage.


    Brooklyn, NY

    February 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  2. Rob in NC

    As the koolaid man would say – Oh Yeah!! This is the problem in all levels of the government. These folks spend all their time getting re-elected instead of working for the good of the country. At least they are excited and proactive about something. Rob in NC

    February 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  3. perry jones

    onama who
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    February 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  4. Dan, Chantilly VA

    It's the truth of today's political landscape; campaigning never "begins" or "ends" it's just constantly going on. I put a lot of the blame on the media. You guys were running polls in 2007 asking if people would vote for Palin in 2012. The funny thing is that with the short attention span of the average voter, not much of anything anyone says for next 2 years will matter on election day.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  5. Laura

    What does it matter Jack? The minute he didn't have the country's mega disasters all fixed within six months I knew the guy was toast. The guy can't catch a break from the people or Congress so what's the difference? He loses whichever way he tries to go so let the country break out the marshmallows and slow roast him till he leaves. I don't think he's any under illusion that any door was really open for him.

    San Angelo, TX

    February 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  6. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No-it's too early to imply he'll be a failed president. But you're right that the next campaign won't look like the last one-the next one will have lots of accomplishments to tout.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  7. Joe CE

    If Obama wants to seek reelection, he needs tp an & executer the reained of his first term better than he has todate.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  8. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Isn't that what we want, someone who is organized, prepared, and forward looking?

    Yet if this wasn't being done now I can see your question two years from now Jack: Why did Obama wait two years to begin organizing his campaign?

    He's doing just fine considering the knuckleheads in Congress and asinine criticisms like this question, time will show how great a person he really is.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  9. james in anaheim california

    Gee jack, what do you think? When you don't have a single private sector job to speak of or health care reform in place; i wouldn't make myself look dumb by planning a re-election campaign. I'd be looking for a way to take care of the mess this administration has this country currently in. Honestly how could he or anyone of his staff sleep at night knowing that their planning a re-election campaign that has no hope of winning?

    February 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  10. Chris

    Obama definitely deserves to be re-elected....he is on top of all the problems he inherited from the Republicans.
    How funny it is that the same Republicans have become the stumbling blocks in his efforts at solving all the rpoblems they passed on to him.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  11. Rory Murray

    Yes it's too early, but that's all any Politician seems to give a damn about anymore, getting re-elected. So much for the "will of the people".
    Let's throw all the BUMS out in November, especially Pelosi, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer and Baca!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    February 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  12. Wynona Ely-Atlanta Georgia

    No, it is not. President Obama started campaigning for president in February 2007 almost 2 years before he was elected. President Obama raised close to 1 billion dollars thru small donations and with the news media talking everyday about 2012, he would be smart to start early. He has got a lot to do between now and 2012. Let him start early if it means him winning again in 2012.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  13. Karl from SF, CA

    We all know that the day after a politician is elected they start planning their re-election. In Congress it’s what keeps the lobbyists employed, buying the next Congress. As for Hope and Change, give me a break. He’s been in office one year now with the Party of NO. As for Hope, I hope the Republicans and stupid Democrats in Congress get replaced by Democrats or bi-partisan Republicans so we can get some change going. 290 bills hanging in the Senate is a travesty to our Democracy and should be an impeachable offense for the Republicans blocking them.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  14. Pete - Georgia

    Election campaigns are what Obama lives for. He's like a dog chasing a car, not having a clue what to do if he catches it.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  15. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    It's not so much the president himself planning but the Democratic Party already planning behind the scenes. Every administration starts to raise money, boost support etc... the first day of their first term.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  16. David Sisters OR

    Why not! –let's all just be hopefull that Cheney and Palin dont start planning

    February 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  17. Sue From Idaho

    Yup, he'd better be planning where to eat in Chicago if there isn't a lot more change and transparency.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  18. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY


    Every politician of both parties start to run for re-election on their first day in office. The only solution to enhance selflessness and limit corruption is term limits – 2 terms and you're out – and public financing of all campaigns.
    If the milk that I buy at the supermarket has an expiration date to prevent spoilage, why not apply the same standard to our legislators ?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  19. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    Out here we know that gridlock will prevail in all well intended legislation now, especially for the benefit of the people. The awakening to the numbing effect of arrogant officials will impact elections this time around moreso than the last in my opinion. If the same old stock is offered, all that will be accomplished is confusion as to which evil choice or party is the best and that in itself will be good. As far as President Obama planning too early for re election, I would say yes but as a consolation it is not too early to plan the architecture and location of his museum, perhaps an Air Force One design, oh wait, perhaps Nancy Pelosi already copyrighted that design?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  20. Mike in Texas

    Absolutely not! After all that is Congress does. It took President Clinton almost two terms to fix the mess he inherited, and this mess is much worse. Progress is being made dispite the partisan politics. Everyone expects to fix the results of 8 years over night, it can't be done, it takes time, and in this case more time because of the lack of cooperation across the isle.

    Congress acts like a bunch of jack asses and the American public is watching. WeE need more transparency, and voting records available on line! Let us see who is blocking progress and what they voted against for re-election political ponts!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  21. Don from Belleville, Ontario

    Jack. It is never too early to plan for re-election.
    And not just for the President. Senators and Congressmen must also be proactive in order to ensure their continued careers.
    America leads the industrialized world in re-election funding and planning, and some pundits have the gall to claim that the USA is no longer first in anything.
    Your re-election should command all your attention starting today, Mr. President. Don't worry about the American people.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  22. Robert Williams

    No, he and his team started thinking about it as soon as he was a winner in 2008. That's why no comment on Gaza genocide in Operation Cast Lead, while waiting to sworn in, that's why there's no new call for re0investigation of 9-11 with new military grade nano-thermite found in ALL of the 9-11 dust and victums remains, dead and those who survived stil have micro-nodules in clothing. The census survey motto is: We can't move forward unless we mail it back, well the REAL American can't move forward untill WE look back at how we got here. History must not fall to the bush hagiographers.

    Mooers NY

    February 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  23. Scott Stodden

    Jack I think President Obama needs to worry more about the economy, jobs, the deficit, health care and getting Republicans to work with Democrats more so than worrying about his re-election bid cause truth be told I don't believe he will be re-elected unless things change dramatically between now and 2012, America needs experience in Washington and that is something President Obama and his administration is lacking right except of course for the beautiful Hillary Clinton!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  24. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    Too early? The Obama re-election campaign probably began on Jan 21, 2009 – Innauguration Day. His senior Chicago 'advisors' (Emanuel, Axelrod, Jarrett, Gibbs) would have initiated the planning process immediately, including fundraising, travel agenda, congressional electoral risk analysis, massive funding for Census Bureau & Acorn (ensure all those new voters are onboard), etc.
    Remember the Chicago mantra – 'Vote early & vote often'

    February 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  25. Jayden,FL

    President Obama started planning his re-election bid on January 21st 2009.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  26. Tom Kerr

    Jack, you're missing the point. All of these politicians (President, Congress, etc.) are ALWAYS planning the next election. That's the problem.
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    February 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  27. Tomi Wah

    It's not too early for Obama to start planning for his re-election. After all his opponents on the conservative side have started to plot his ouster.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  28. Rebecca

    Jack, When did he actually stop campaigning? Since he has been in office he has spent less time in Washington than any other president I can rmember. Oh and remind me is he running for President of the United States or the World?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  29. Nora HG,Corpus Christi TX

    Jeez , Jack tell us how you really feel. You are quite sarcastic, and I really do love your comment about the Community organizer, you and Sarah Palin seem to have the same opinion about that.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  30. Mary, Front Royal VA

    OH PLEASE!!!! Always Always running – ALL of them. I just wish they'd run AWAY!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  31. Angie

    Is it too early for the President to get ready for the next election?
    Every time someone waits, they loose.
    Everyone complains the individual waited too long.
    No it is not too early.

    So whose fault is it for the Partisan that exists in Washington?
    It is the Fault of the Party that Insisted they would Not work with Obama, the Party that insisted they would Block everything Obama, the Party that insisted they will stop Obama from making any change in Washington.
    That Party is the Republican Party.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  32. Benjamin Black

    It is not too early for President Obama to planning his re-election campaign, he has every right to be thinking about the future, also it might make him realize all of the things he has to do before 2012.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  33. Karol

    He should be planning for his next job as it will not be in the White House.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  34. Babs from Los Angeles

    It's too early for you to be implying that his presidency is a failure, Jack. Of course, he should think about running. If the economy comes back, healthcare is fixed, Iraq is stabilized, and the Afghanistan withdrawal has begun, this man will have earned a second term. I mean, duh, Jack.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  35. karen

    It may be a bit early, but it's also much, much too early to write off this administration and the efforts they are making to change things for the better. When the senate is mostly fossils, or worse, obstructionists, it's hard for change to go quickly. And the American people need a better memory of where we were and how we are coming along. This "instant gratification" culture is not realistic.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  36. francoise lanzot

    Not at all! He needs another term to get things in motion.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  37. Seyi I.

    If it's not too early for some Americans to be saying President Obama shouldn't be reelected, then it's not too early for him to plan reelection. Translation: No.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  38. Bob Pollack

    Yes, Jack, it's too early for President Obama to start planning reelection. Shame on him for not solving everything by Tuesday after inaugeration. How about realizing that it takes time to turn the Titanic around, if we're going to do it. Kicking the man for making the effort is less than productive, less than patriotic. There are signs of jobs increasing, there are bipartisan efforts on health care and on jobs.
    So yes, I'd vote for him again. Maybe you wouldn't, but I don't base my opinions on daily spin

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  39. Mike Patterson

    I think that Mr. Obama needs to spend more time worrying about what is happening with the economy and delivering the change he promised, and not how to get back into Chicago politics.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  40. Charles

    Your concern is ludicrous. A presidential campaign is a vast and complex undertaking, requiring extraordinarily complex planning and tactics. There is no way that it would be good for this country to even think that Barack Obama is a lame duck, because that would be the kiss of death for any meaningful change or improvement in this country at all. Cluck-clucking over perfectly rational, reasonable and even necessary political planning is so much sanctimonious claptrap. Please; give me a break!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  41. Than Ball - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    His 're-election campaign' should be his actions as President. If he would have the "audacity" to even think about running a re-election campaign before worrying about the other problems we have in this country that in itself is reason to not re-elect him, or any other similar minded politician.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  42. joan

    No it is not too early. I have started thinking that President Obama needs to get another term. He is working his butt off for the American people and with time he will turn water into wine. Go Bama!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  43. astersia

    It's much too early for President Obama to consider his re-election campaign. He's doing his best with the issues under his control, and all will be well when the economic measures he took early in his administration start to have an effect. Congress should legislate health care reform NOW.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  44. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I hear President Obama also has a team planning Sasha's wedding, the 2032 Olympics and the year 3000 New Years celebration. Apparently, he really likes planning ahead.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  45. Neva Martin of Walton, KY

    It's too early for Americans to write President Obama off, Jack. And it's too early for you to start finding more and more to nitpick Obama about. He's only been in office a year and he could use a break from naysayers like you. Give us all a break and start picking on the Republicans for a change. They're the ones who got us into this mess.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  46. Guddy

    No it is not to early. This administration can work on more fronts. What is the problem? What did other administration did in the past? It takes a long time to make a research, what was good and was went wrong and what can they make better till then.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  47. Shirley aka Tillie

    No ...... because the media, Sarah Palin and all the Republican are working hard everyday to try to make sure we do not vote him back into office again. He is going to get my vote. He seem to care more about what the American people need and want. All the folks listed above do not have a clue. If it were not for the above backstabbers his numbers would be a lot higher. Why is he being graded every day? Why are you doing this? We know who we are going to vote for!!!!! BELIEVE THAT!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  48. Jane Addams

    No, it is not too soon and I'm sure President Bush did the same halfway through his first term.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  49. Juliet

    Jack, it's not too early for his aides to start working on future campaign. Afterall George Bush started working on his from the day he took office. You need to learn how to plan ur life ahead of time. Give me a break!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  50. James Weime (Sierra Vista, AZ)

    No Jack...it is too late, he should have started on that the first day in office! Too bad he didn't live up to the hype...

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  51. Michael n Seattle

    what do you mean too early? Our group and many others I communicate with have been working on his re election every month since December 2008

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  52. A. in DFW Texas

    Isn't it the job of an elected official to get re-elected?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  53. Aviva Blaichman

    Of course it's not too early for Obama to plan his re-election.
    He inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression and two Wars. A global warming debacle, failing infrastructure and schools
    he needs time to get us out of this mess. The President is an educated astute student of history and he knows what it will take to get us out of this mess.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  54. ronda

    Do you think? Once again the president is showing how out of touch he is and how this is all about him..With unemployment still almost 10 per cent,an enormous deficit sure to bankrupt the next generation, one would think that Mr Obama would have the audacity to put his re-election on hold and start taking care of the country-isn't this what he was ELECTED to do.. time to stop the rock star all about me campaign and get to work..if he does what he promised maybe he will get elected, if not as is what we are seeing then he does not deserve to..

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  55. robert nestora

    hopefully he'll be unemployed so he will feel what its like because he doesnt seem to feel the pain the american people are feeling now if it wasnt for scott brown he wouldnt have even cared.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  56. Rick St Augustine Fla

    Not at all...considering the Lies & Spin that are being thrown at this Admin from the party of No and No Ideas..President Obama was handed a Free Falling Economy not seen since the Great Depression, and if the republicans would get out of the way, he wil go down in History as one of the Greatest...he's allready got my Vote

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  57. joe toscano

    This is great! He will spoil any chance of any other canidate that is not white of becoming president for many many years to come, he can't be that stupied or maybe he his. Oh he is stupied "what am I saying" look what he's doing.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  58. Phyllis Fitzgerald

    Jack, I think all politicians begin planning the next election the day after the first election has been won or lost. And by the way, I think that his name is still Barack Obama, not God Himself. There is only so much that even he can do in less than a year. Give him a break, please!!

    Austin, Tx.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  59. Michael from Henderson, NV

    Of course it's too early to start planning for reelection, yet in politics reelection is all that matters. And it has only been a year. Anyone who was expecting serious change within a year was living in a dream world. With the gridlocked Congress, it will take even longer for any change to be seen. Americans want instant gratification, but an old adage holds true: patience is a virtue.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  60. Mary Ann

    Too early...it is never too early while folks like you talk about the election of 2012. Why not....everyone else is waging a campaign against him, It is easy to make him a loser against no one...wait until he is running against Mitt or Palin. This is a no brainer..he'll be re-elected hands down.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  61. CCC

    Actually, this President can walk and chew gum at the same time. Most Presidents plan for their reelection and havent' done or dealt with the most critical issues that President Obama has dealt with. No, for a Harvard graduate I don't see a problem with it. Actually give me a call President Obama, I will work your reelection campaign AGAIN. Jack, you mentioned CHANGE...I've seen a change when was the last time a President has spent anytime in the last eight years on DOMESTIC Agenda? Answer that question and you can see why I will be proudly casting my vote again in November 2012 for Barack Obama. For those who like mediocrity and the status quo I'm sure they will say.."a one term president"..like VP Cheney. What does he know..he was missing on the domestic front for eight years.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  62. Ed Fertik

    Could have fooled me Jack. I thought the last campaign was still going on! Isn't Obama ALWAYS campaigning? After all, hasn't he made almost five hundred speeches since becoming President? He and his teleprompter have been all over the country with campaign like, self congratulating, egomaniac style talk. He better do all he can early to come back from the disaster he created. If only he could run against George Bush he might even win......or would he ?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  63. Sean

    President Obama should not be planning his re-election campaign. I did not vote for his "change" because any president who promises to come in and "change" the nation is living in a fantasy world! He has been focused on his health care issue for far to long. Perhaps he should be focused on our military until the job is done in its finality!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  64. Tony - Columbus OH

    The President's best campaigning will be done when he fixed the economy, lowers unemployment and really lowers spending, (not just freezing a bloated budget). Leave health care and cap and trade alone until his second term. That would help the Democrats in 2010 if he did that, otherwise, the Republicans are sure to gain seats in the House and Senate.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  65. David Johnson

    The GOP made it clear from the moment Obama took office that they were bent on his political destruction. This is the party that cratered our economy through deregulation, opportunistic wars and tax cuts for those who needed it least. Yesterday is not too soon for the White House to begin the effort to insure those fools do not return to power.

    David Johnson San Diego California

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  66. David P Vernon

    Tucson, Az – In a word, no. The organization has nothing to do with the issues that will be moving the voters then. Obviously, it is too soon to give up on 2012, seeing that is is the first quarter of 2010! So far, the Repubicans have used theIr noise machine to blame Obama for their blockade of Congress, a piece of patent nonsense thar you have not pointed out. If the Administration has success to point to by this November, they may rout the Republicans. If they have enough success to point to by 2011, they may win in 2012 by a landslide. The game is not over – it has barely started. The opera is not over unitl the fat lady sings. Same here – no use plamning to quit, or planning to lose!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    I do not think it is too early for Obama to make plans for 2012. However, the plans I feel he should make would be to start buying new suitcases and packing boxes.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  68. Cheryl

    C'mon Jack, the man has been President for 13 months! I'm 63 and I've never seen a Presdent step into a mess as big as was left for him to clean up. On top of that he has a recalcitrant opposition party to deal with.The shock of a sitting President having meetings to plan for his reelection campaign is completely unheard OF!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  69. Janne from NC

    He really should concentrate on producing all that change and hope from the last campaign before he starts with more change and hope on a new campaign. After all, he might not like the change the American people will want..

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  70. Val

    Jack, I listened to CNN/Fox/MSNBC let President Bush drive us into a ditch in the first 4 years of his Presidency with many of the main media developing logos and cheering them along. We have deficits as far as the eye can see with a tax cut that benefitted NONE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. Maybe should have elected McCain/Palin and see how you would have liked THE SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION. McCain is still trying to figure it out.

    What the hell were you looking for in a year. Gimmie a break.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  71. Carl Ball


    I think the President is doing a great job and should be planning to run in 2012. The problem is the disloyal oppposition Party of NO.

    Carl from Pahrump, Nv

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  72. Tim Sunderland

    First, give President Obama a break. It took the country years to get into the hole we are in. He is not going to turn it around in a year. It takes time.

    As for re-election, Sarah Palin is hot on the speaking circuit, and Ron Paul won a straw vote less than a week ago. It looks as if a lot of other folks are running for president, and the news agencies–including CNN–are reporting on it. He'd be a fool not to have someone working on it.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  73. Darrell from Indiana

    Considering how often reporters discuss how the Republican party is attempting to get more votes – via conventions, tea party movements, etc. why would it be to early for Obama to consider reelection? So far neither party has anything to offer the USA population this time around.

    Maybe the real question should be are all reporters in the bag for the Republican party. Because that is about all I see on your program anymore.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  74. Stephen Winsett

    No,not too early, because it is going to take some work. Turns out the Republicans have left our country in such bad straits, it going to take a long time to recover. Obama's big mistake was trying to be bipartisan. The republicans aren't interested in what's good for the country, only what's good for the party. If he had not been bipartisan, we would have a public option, bank reform, and most likely a better recovery.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  75. Dave

    C'mon Jack,
    This is a consequence of the supreme court ruling giving corprotations free speech.... If the corporatrions weren't ready to drop a couple hundred million at the drop of the hat on anyone willing to oppose president Obama, we wouldn't be talking about this. Let's face it, this is what our politics has become, until the supreme court changes it's make-up, or until real campaign finance reform happens

    February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  76. Yancey Martin / Columbia, SC

    Jack, it's too early for you to count this President out and you should stop comparing his capabilities to yours. He can plan his re-election and do his job as President. We just need to get rid of the party of NO!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  77. Thaddeus - Milwaukee, WI

    How about following through with the first campaign "promises" before moving on to additional hogwash. So in short, no.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  78. Terrance

    I'm a huge Obama supporter for now but it is way too early to be thinking about 2012 election. To be honest if more improvement in the Economy and the war don't start soon then I'm not even sure I would even vote for him again. But I definitely will not be voting for a Republican however, anyone that thinks its okay to say "NO" to everything and offer no ideas to help the President then their not part of the solution either, just more of the problem. I believe the Republicans dislike Obama so much that they rather see our country continue to fall than help the President. So in 2012 I would seeking a third candidate for my vote or no vote at all.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  79. Darlene E

    No that's all the congress is worring about so he has to be sure he's not behind. Also this is one decision you media can't CLOUD UP forcing him to have to CHANGE his plans JACK.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  80. donald ecklund

    Obama should concentrate on US economics not worry about 2012 election

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  81. Michael, Springfield VA

    Does the election cycle ever really end? Making campaign overteurs before the mid-terms is as offensive as the Christmas decorations going up at the mall before Halloween. If Obama wants a second term the best way to gnerate real results in this term.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  82. grady early, san marcos, texas


    No, Jack, it's never too early to begin campaigning. It's the elections that really count. Governing is just that awkward bit in between that has to be gotten through as quickly as possible. It's hard to go wrong quoting Winston Churchill. Or paraphrasing: Our politicians sometimes stumble onto the truth. But they always pick themselves up, look around furtively, and then scuttle off as if nothing had happened. Nothing, that is, that might interfere with the next election.


    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  83. G

    No, it is never too early for a strategic thinker and visionary to be contemplating 3 -5 years out. The President of the U.S. is fulfilling the role he was elected to fill. Can one man be blamed for the grid lock on major domestic issues when the reality is the reason for failure to change is Congress. We now need term limitations, and the change we need so badly will come. It is the career politicians who "learn the game" and benefit personally by closed door meetings that have stalled the change initiatives. His plan as chief was admirable, the indians failed to execute it.
    Baton Rouge, La

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  84. amwa

    No I don't think it is to early since all these Republicans are out there campaigning already. I tell you I will never vote for another Republican after all the hate and shenanigans and lies that bunch have told. What a bunch of adolescent schoolboys they are. Go Barack you are so superior mentally than all of them.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  85. Mike Colgate

    If President Obama can produse on half of the things he spoke so sturringly about in his run for the office he won't need to worry about getting re-elected. On the other hand, if the promised changes don't start to bubble up out of the Washington quagmire there will not be enough money in the DNC to get him re-elected.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  86. Shirley aka Tillie

    No President has had the experience when he first came into office. This position is on-the-job training. Did George Bush (small fry) have experience????

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  87. Josslyn

    If it is too soon for Presidnet Obama to make plans for his re-election then it surely is too soon for folks to be making plans for him to be a one term president. i dont understand the lack of patience with this president trying to make the changes he promised happen while dealing with the mess he was left, the birthers, the racists, the tea baggers, and those who just want to see him fail even if it means the country as a whole suffers. I say make those plans for re-election. We some positivity because its sure not going to come from the coverage the current White House gets.

    Savannah, Georgia

    February 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  88. James Hogan

    Please give the President a chance! In a mile run, do you give up on a runner after the first quarter mile? There are 3 quarters of a mile or 3 years to go. The President started with his foot in a bucket of concrete and he is getting no corperation from the Republicans. Let's at least give him 3 years before all this negativity. GOD BLESS AMERICAN!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  89. CLL

    Regarding the comment about lack of experience, the so-called experienced former administration allowed the economy to descend into the abyss. How did that 'experience' work for us? Experience alone did not work. Less posturing and BS could help. Politics is full of it.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  90. jon from orlando

    No, it is not too early for Obama to plan his re-election campaign. The republican propaganda machine never stops trying to tear him down and he needs to counter their lies.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  91. melissa gonzalez pryor

    Jack, it's not to early to start running for president. The GOP got started on Obama's innauguration day. By, saying NO to everything, shows that this is their campaign slogan!! They are hopping mad in Texas and talking presidancy, with Rick Perry. CRAZY!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  92. Mr B

    Although the President has a lot on his plate right now. It's a good thing for a manager to plan for the future no matter what others think. Mr. B – Elizabethtown NC

    February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  93. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    No Jack it is not to early for Obama, because it is not to early for Sarha, Newt, Rush, and centerfold boy Brown. It is not to early for the Tea Party people from the pages of Alice in Wonderland that don,t want to be late from a very important date. In the end it will be the people that will decide if he is a one or two term President. When he was elected the new campain began and it really does for each President because their actions either make or break them.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  94. Patricia/Georgia

    Why not,....everyone else is worring about the next election and it started the day after the innauguration. That is why nothing is getting done....the republicans decided not to help Obama get things done and concentrate on getting back control and win back the white house instead of working toward getting things done for the people. The people didn't matter to them ..it was just the party they cared about. ....and getting back control. They never got over their loss so why would the democrats be any different. Politics as usual.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  95. Th.Watson

    That's why you have a staff. Let them worry about 2k12.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  96. Jerry Dallas TX

    The Republicans started months ago, and continue doing so every day. Didn't you catch the CPAC convention on CNN Jack? This is America, the campaigning never ends. So its only prudent he and his campaign staff think ahead as well.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  97. joe m

    i'm surprised that you are seem surprised about this. haven't we been told over and over again that the reason that none of these politicians ever get anything substantive doen is b/c immediately after they are elected they are already planning and fundraising for a re-election. heck, in 2008, immediately after the presidential election, people were already talking about people like sarah palin and other republicans who may run in 2012. for nearly 13 months now we've been hearing about the november elections. for all his talk that he'd rather be a a good one term president, rather than a bad 2 termer, the president is no different from any elected official and is interested more interested in a second term than not.

    Hillsborough, NC

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  98. Bev

    Why not, everyone else is.
    I'm really tired of the Republicans acting like Nov. of 2012 is tomorrow.
    I would never ever vote for one of them.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  99. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, I voted for and support President Obama, so I might be biased. But, he did get a majority of votes in 2008 and I see no reason why he can't repeat in 2012. I think things will get better, and I think his most vocal detractors will be burned out. But that aside, those of us who worked to get him elected last time haven't left his camp, and when the time comes we will step up to the plate.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  100. andrew

    Jack, please tell me this is a trick question. Obama is doing what he's good at- organizing elections and running for office. It's the only thing that he has shown that he is good at. He certainly cannot run the government effectively. Until this past 12 months, he would not qualify to manage a used car lot. So give him a break!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  101. Sylvia, Brockton MA

    It's never too early to plan for re-election; in fact I believe this president is facing obstacles never seen before because of his race. President Obama has/is doing his best to bring change to the country but the same old "Crackers" are trying to divert us from his mission by teabagging, birther lies, etc.... I support President Obama and will do everything I can to assist in his re-election.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  102. Rex Roach

    To early? President Obama should have started the day after he took officeon trying to get re-elected! He is going to need all the help he can get to get re-elected again!
    Thanks to Obama's generous "simultaneous plan" to give bonuses to CEO's, AIG and Wall Street. Independents will clean ALL the houses!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  103. Mike In Indiana

    If President Obama can produce on half of the things he spoke so sturringly about in his run for the office he won't need to worry about getting re-elected. On the other hand, if the promised changes don't start to bubble up out of the Washington quagmire there will not be enough money in the DNC to get him re-elected.

    (Throw out the first comment with the misspellings)

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  104. Arthur Martinez, Oklahoma City

    He should be working on his IMPEACHMENT defense...

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  105. Rajinder Kumar Goyal

    Republicans have been planning for the 2010 election campaign from the very day President Obama was sworn in. That's why they haven't contributed anything or done anything that would benefit people. So,why can the President not start planning for the 2012 campaign, as long as the work he is doing for the people doesn't suffer. Gov. Shwarzneggar of California, a republican himself said yesterday about his party that the Republicans are a party of No, and have spent all their time planning for 2010 election.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  106. Roger Dewberry

    No, it's not too eary for him to be planning his campaign. It's a free country. That doesn't mean I want to hear about it until he is voted out of office.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  107. Matt

    Shouldn't the real statement be "Is it too early to judge the success of this administration?". Hello. The man has been in office 1 year. After 8 years of failed policies, I thought nobody was expecting this to be an overnight fix. it's not changing an oil filter! Jobs will come in time; health care reform will come in time; so let's give this administration some more time before we judge them so harshly. If in another year we still see no change, then I will jump on the bandwagon. Perhaps we would be seeing a lot more change if every initiative didn't end up in a partisan stailmate.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  108. Thaddeus - Milwaukee, WI

    How about he follows through with the first campaign "promises" before moving on to additional hogwash. So in short, yes it is too early.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  109. Dixie

    I absolutely think it is time for President Obama to start running for his next election. How long has Romney been preparing? The Supreme Court has assured us that corporate America will be chosing our next leader, we had better start now especially seeing all the money that they poured into the Brown election in Massachusetts.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  110. R Smith

    No, Jack it is not too early for President to plan for the next election. He should plan not to run because he is not getting my vote!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  111. Maya Texas

    Dear Jack,
    Who cares when he starts. There are so many issues we need to be discussing right now and this is not it. Let's just hope he gets a second term with no morons in Congress so he can get some work done.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  112. Minesh -Troy, MI

    President Obama is a power-hungry corrupt politician whose goal is to keep and expand power. His goal is definitely NOT serve his fellow countrymen. Boot him out.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  113. Lucy Fowler

    I think it is a little early, but if he does run I will vote for him again.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  114. F.Reeves

    No! it's not too early planning for re-election. Does CNN executives have a five to ten year business plan

    February 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  115. Ken in NC

    If he wants my vote again he will have to have spinal surgey to install some back bone so he can stand up to the opposition and enable him to lead rather than delegate.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  116. Viet.(DC)

    Jack, of course its a little early, its been only one year, although a few people expected him to immediately change an entrench political establishment call Republican and few no spine Democrats bent on defeating him at every turn However, I think he is begining to realize what he is up against and a new tactic is needed. I have confidence in our President that the American people will Achieve the change that will come.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  117. Andy

    Who says we haven't seen change? At least we're more aware of how bad things really are. I voted for Obama, and have faith. "yes we can"

    February 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  118. Jay

    No, it's not too early to plan his re-election. Since when has it ever been a bad idea to plan ahead? It's only the early stages so they have time to review what worked and didn't work in his last campaign and make improvements where necessary and it also allows him to add new ideas. His approval rating may not be where some people think it should be, but he's doing the job he was chosen to do. President Obama's choices may not make everyone happy, but you can't please everyone. Everyone says they have not seen change, but people need to be patient. With all the issues this nation is facing, you can't expect instant results.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  119. carolyn jones - california

    He is the only person who should be President – Yest He Deserves Another Term!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  120. Sonya Roberts

    It's never too early. How about this for a slogan: "Spare Change You Can Count On! "

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  121. Michael Sanders

    In today's permanent campaign environment, there is nothing wrong with the the Dems starting the planning for 2012. I think we all need to realize that this president was handed a mess of biblical proportions. We helped create it , and now the least we can do is give the guy some time to fix it without jumping all over him a year into of one the toughest presidencies American history.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  122. Lisa Illinois

    Fix the economy and get americans back to work and he won't need to campaign, he would be a shoe in. Lets worry about that now not 2012!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  123. Donald Ecklund,Gainesville Florida.

    Obama should concentrate on US economics not worry about 2012 election.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  124. juliet, AZ

    jack, have you asked how early the Republicans has campaigned to take over the Congress? Obstructionism/blockage started right after the inauguration !!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  125. Mohammed Konneh, North Carolina, Charlotte

    Jack, did I hear that President Obama is planning for the 2012 re-election when his desk is fill with Health care, the economy recover plan and getting million of American back to work? This is a joke and sound like I am in the world of illusion when these problem are broad to tackle with efficiency. Let that close door meeting remain in Washington until 2012 and this is totally unacceptable and unjustifiable.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  126. Tom Echols

    It is no more too early for President Obama to plan for his re-election than it is for others to doom his present administation. The situation that this country is in did not happen in a year nor will it be corrected in a year. Is it not wise, if not fair, to allow at leaest the same amount of time for the cure to work that was allowed for the problem to fester.
    Tom Echols – Huntsville, AL

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  127. CAisajoke

    No, it is not too early for the Obama Team to start working on the presidents re-election. Campaigning & winning the presidency are the ONLY thing Obama and his entourage can seem to accomplish.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  128. scott

    Well Jack ,if you must know how i feel,here it is.As an independent who voted for him ,and displeased that i did,I don't care if he does run again,he won't get my vote,nor any other leader in Washinton D.C.,I despise them all,they care about only one thing and that themselves,and not about us,if they did care, would we be in the mess we're in now?

    scott, Fla.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  129. Steve from Toronto

    It’s probably smart to start the early stages of planning a re-election campaign. Yes, next year it will be in full swing but unless the unemployment rate drops considerably and people are back working in a healthy, growing economy by 2012, it will not matter how much and how hard he campaigns, he will get the boot come November 6th, 2012. It will be Jimmy Carter’s re-election of 1980 all over again.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  130. steve- virginia beach

    Any time is too early for him to start campaigning although he has done so every time he embarks on one of his town hall junkets. It will be tough enough cleaning up the mess after one Obama term; two could prove catastrophic. Yet the Dems leadership is indicating that they think we'tre stupid enough to fall for more of their nonsense. Stupid enough to believe that their inability to get things done is the Republican's fault when the Dems control Congress and the White House. Stupid enough to believe that vague rhetoric and Bush-bashing will get Obama re-elected. And stupid enough to believe that excessive spending by Dems is the solution to excessive spending by Repubs. But I don't think we're as stupid as they think we are. Some of us maybe but not enough of us.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  131. Patti Tobias

    Jack, I love you to death, but cut Obama some slack. Bush got a pass through two elections and was in campaign mode the whole time. Quietly planning for the future is a good thing, like so many other things he is trying to do. Patti, Fla

    February 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  132. cindyc

    Why would you ever question when the proper time is to start planning for re-election? The Rupublicans have been planning for a while and you're insinuating that the president can't multi-task. I assure you the economy, jobs, healthcare etc... are the most important things on his mind, but having four extra years to accomplish what he would like to is important as well.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  133. CCC

    @Andrew..you've got to be kidding me. Remember he's good a community organizing...Palin gave him credit for that. Please. I AM THE COMMUNITY and that' s how he got elected.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  134. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Actually, I'm hoping for a real change... Starting at the top. Where are the jobs he promised?... Still waiting to see them. Where is the hope?... MIA!

    His chances for reelection, right now... Slim to none and slim just left town!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  135. Wale

    It's never too early to start planning a re-election. Start by 'planning' to improve the job situation.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    It most certainly isn't too early for Barack to begin shining light on all the low down hypocrites in Washington; those whom are so eager to see him fail at our country's expense. Thus far, the President has bent over backwards to work with right on key issues only to be sucker punched each time. The sooner the President pulls his sword and slashes back at at the GOP, the better his chances in 2012. Instead of playing Mr. nice, Obama needs to start leveling the score.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  137. Tony

    If we, the American People, re-elect Obama and others in Congrees, based on what has been done this year, then we deserve what we get in 2012. Remember "Beware the Greeks bearing gifts".

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  138. Th.Watson

    Early bird gets the worm jack. Besides that's what you have a staff for. These are the times we live in. This time around I hope he takes no prisoners. Last time he was too nice.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  139. Eric Frankson

    If it's not too early to broadcast polls pitting Pres. Obama against un-named GOP opponents, then it probably isn't too early for him to look toward 2012. But "media hype' can take the blame for lack of Congressional success in correcting the very real, very dangerous problems America faces. Creating partisons splits among DC politicians might be good for the ratings, but it's incredibly bad for our Nation's future.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  140. Sonya - Atlanta, GA

    A better question is when did past presidents start running for their re-elections? Even better, when did Pres. Bush begin his campaign for his second term which he didn't deserve and certainly did not use successfully?

    If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, so all the politicians/media spokespersons who are complaining and endlessly trying to find fault with President Obama are wasting our time and accomplishing nothing.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  141. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yes it's too early, the Republicans haven't finished campaigning for his failure.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  142. Joan in florida

    The congressional Republican Party of NO has been planning their next election for over a year by voting NO in their foolish attempts to make Obama and the Democrats look like it is them who can't get anything done. The result has been that nothing much gets through the Senate because of their 110 (to date) filibusters.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  143. Roger Orobi

    Jack, I don't think it's too late? Since we have been so inpetient about the economic recovery, where we expected Mr Obama to have fixed the economy, brought unemployment down to 4% and finally, turned the US deficit into surplus, all just within his first year, then why don't we also expect him to start building a re-election compaign stage this early? What is our problem?

    Houston, TX

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  144. Wendell

    Obama and his bunch are nuts to be working on his career and to hell with everybody else's!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  145. Evelyn Rivera

    Did you ask the same question of Bush? If he was reelected so will Obama. Why are you so hard on this President? He was handed a royal mess and then he has a bunch of idiots in Congress, especially the Republicans, who are trying their best to destroy him. Then with commentators such as yourself! Where were you when Bush was destroying our country or were you enjoying it? Obama will be successful, and he should be reelected, or do you believe the idiotic republicans should keep on destroying it???

    E. Rivera
    Stamford, CT

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  146. Judy

    With the amount of money needed to run for President nowadays, it's never too early. Until there is campaign finance reform this will continue. And why is this a problem now? Was George Bush placed under such scrutiny, such a microscope? – he never stopped campaigning for 8 years and nobody seemed to mind. It would be nice to see the deference given to President Obama that has been given to George Bush about a lot of things, never mind running for re-election.
    For heavens sake, give it a rest.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  147. Darren - Detroit

    Why not, we all know the obstructionists already are.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  148. amanda

    Yes I think it is to early For obama to be thinking about the next election. HE needs to be concernating on this term.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  149. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Dear Jack, In my forty odd years on this planet, I have discovered that if you are a politician, life is always a campaign. It never ends. Of course President Obama is planning for his re-election. As did ALL the Presidents before him. Remeber Karl Rove's infamous plan for a 'Permanent Republican Majority'? And who knows? With a Presidential candidate like Sarah Palin, it will be a sure win for President Obama.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  150. anthony petrini

    no it is not to early.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  151. Peggy Spokane,WA

    He can plan all he wants. And without question, he has no doubt been workng on it since November of 2008, but unless there is an upswing in jobs, and health care is reformed to make give value to the American people he will probably have an uphill battle serving the hope and change pablum the the public again,
    I am a life long Democrat and I voted for the guy, but I am still waiting for leadership. I know he can give a good speach! But, the speaches do not butter the bread.
    I was a supporter of Hillary, for the very reason that the woman has the experience tested in the fire to handle the mean mob in D.C.
    I was worried about Obamas naieve approach and that is what I see as his stumbling block now.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  152. Reginald Johns

    Obama is nuts, he sells out the base and is working on reelection! All the Democrats had to do was give people the choice of a Medicare buy in and work on the health insurance industry in small steps. Giving trillions of dollars to banks was a no-no and they turn around and raise credit card rates, plus no real banking reforms has come to pass. Republicans are a joke and I'm not voting for the Democrats either. Both parties are a bringing the country down to it's knees!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  153. Pat from Florida

    Well Jack, the republicans have been campaigning since the inauguration. On the other hand, the president has been trying to fulfill the promises that he made while campaigning. I am one of many that supports the president and I hope that his staff is looking forward in regards to his re-election.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  154. Josh R. - Long Beach, CA

    Why not? You can be sure that anyone who's even contemplated running against Obama in 2012 started planning their campaign the moment he was elected. Why should he give them any greater headstart than necessary?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  155. Yvonne

    Yes, it's too early and too late for Obama!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  156. Linda Wisconsin

    Yes, its too early. There's way too much work to be done, like listening to the people who elected him the first time.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  157. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Seems to me that he has enough on his plate during this term to worry about the next. More closed door meetings. There is that transparency we were promised. He's avoiding the media now,how does he think that will be a possibility during the next campaign? I personally think the Peter Principle is applicable he. He's reached his level of incapability and better keep his contacts for that community organizer in 2012 because the Oval Office will have a new occupant then.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  158. Mike B.

    Berlin , Md.
    Not only is it to early for the president to engage in plans for his relection,I have always believed that no incumbent should be allowed to campain for relection. How well they perform in the ofice that they were elected to should be enough to either re-elect or defeat them at the next election. 100% of their attention and effort, for their full term, should be directed to serving the people that elected them and addressing the issues that got them elected.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  159. Eleanore Hartz

    Serving the country to the best of his ability, bringing needed changes to Washington, were Obama's goals when he sought election. A 2nd term was not, and is not, his top priority now (there are plenty of other issues to deal with), even if preparations to run are being laid. Naturally, being unprepared to seek re-election, if nominated, would be silly.The opposition is certainly busy with their trial balloons, meetings and surveys. Apparently, it's not too soon for them.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  160. Michael Sanders

    In today's permanent campaign environment, there is nothing wrong with the the Democrats starting the planning for 2012. I think we all need to realize that this president was handed a mess of biblical proportions. We helped create it , and now the least we can do is give the guy some time to fix it without jumping all over him a year into of one the toughest presidencies American history.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  161. Sheila

    Jack, President Obama is a free American citizen who has the right to run again for this country's highest office-period. Did you ask this of George Wallace, or John McCain, or do they have some special right because of who they are to run. This country was in a mess when he got here, and of course, America will only give a short leash to the new guy who historically has to be 3 times better, smarter, highest IQ, etc., but anything else is acceptable as long as it is what America is used to having. President Obama has endured the worst anti-american, anti-black, anti human being the last year than most young people have ever witnessed.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  162. Birddog in mississippi

    Of course he should be planning his campaign. Like it or not, that is part of his job. He has long-term goals for what he wants to accomplish and that is a good thing. Given the unemployment rate right now, it's actually surprising that his approval ratings are so high. Reagan had approval ratings under 50% at this point in his tenure in office - and gee, lookie what happened.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  163. andy--gaithersburg MD

    unless things CHANGE, and quickly, he will be a one-term President...

    February 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  164. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    Sure, why not divert attention from what's killing Americans abroad and demoralizing us at home? With two wars going on and on and ON and the country in a fiscal mess, we need a president who at least makes us think that he cares about us, not just his ego.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  165. Char

    I think that in about a year or so it would be appropriate to start planning a re-election for President Obama.
    However, why not give him a little more time to turn things around for the American people. It took a while for this country to fall all into the financial morass that we are in. And, it is going to take more than one year to stablize our economy. In addition to the two wars, the Republican troublemakers and not to mention a past Vice President who resurrected himself from the bowels of the Bush Administration and is now speaking ill of our President and his administration.
    We never heard from him until now .
    The Republicans had there eight years and they took us to hell. Give this administration time to get this country back on track. It isn't going to take one year. Mr. Obama said that during his election campaign.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  166. Larry

    I vote for a single 6 year term. Forget the re-election process, not to mention the cost and inefficiency while in office.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  167. John in East Syracuse, New York

    No, Jack. It was too early when the Republicans started their campaign to derail the Obama presdiency even before its inauguration.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  168. John in Aberdeen, NC

    We all know that the first rule of a politician is to be re-elected. Obama's staff have to start getting ready now because they will not have the Bush administration to blame everything on. It will take time for them to find someone else to blame all our problems on. I guess, of course, he could start with congress, but its been controlled by Democrats for the last 3 years. Hmmm, aren't they responsible for the budget?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  169. Maria Kenez

    The best way to get reelected is to take care of the urgent problems we are facing. This administration set out to do just that. They have encountered a barrage of resistence from the Extreme Right who openly want him to fail. There is a propaganda war against Obama lead by Fox, Limbaugh, Palin and others.

    There are Republican lawmakers who voted against the stimulus, and then went out and got credit for it anyway, because they count on an uninformed/misinformed public.

    If the 2012 campaign has already started, it was the Republicans who started it, not Obama.

    I hope that Obama will be a two term president, so that he can complete his agenda. But if that does not happen, to me it just means we do not deserve this brilliant man. We will just have to get another Bush type. Hey, maybe his brother!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  170. Carol, Austin,TX

    OK, so voters (some, we're still not sure how many) were totally prepared to re-elect George W. Bush after four years of ineptitude and, in many cases, completely irrational decisions which put our country in even more peril. Now those same voters, we can presume, are only willing to give President Obama one year to fix all the destruction of the last eight years. He tries to get through a health care plan and the Representatives and Congress-persons, who are controlled like puppets by the purse strings of the insurance companies, throw up every roadblock their deep pockets can concoct. And those pockets ARE deep – we should know, we've been putting premiums in for years and getting precious little back for our trouble. Give the guy a chance – change is only possible with cooperation and I would sure like to see Congress and the House behave as if they represent US for a change – not the PACs. The PACs may support them financially but we sure can vote them out. Please, if you agree with anything I've said and you don't vote – please start – it's the only way we can take our country back. Sixty-four percent was a good turnout, imagine what we could do with 90% or more!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  171. Steven Sawyer

    Jack, I often see eye to eye with your observation, but I cannot agree with you today. The fact is that President Obama cannot run a government alone, both the democrats and the republican have let us down. Nancy Pelosi with her renegade actions at the beginning of this presidency sent a message to the republicans that has come back to bite us in the butt and the republican just say no to everything is not helping our country move forward. The President needs all hand on deck, if he is going to move this county back to prosperity.

    Jack I am one of the person in our county that is out of work and doing everything I can to make ends meet, but the truth is I know, and you know that President Obama cannot turn around a economy in one year or four years for that matter, something that took eight or more years to create.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  172. don upstate n.y.

    Jack, If Pres. Obama gets every unemployed a job , lowers healhcare costs , lower taxes and brings all of our HEROIC TROOPS home, He won't have to campaign a single day.(DOESN'T HURT TO DREAM!!) Don upstate N.Y.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  173. steve- virginia beach

    What????? Obama and his supporters keep saying that a year isn't enough time to get his act together and proffer solutions to our problems. If a year's worth of on-the-job-training isn't enough, what does he have to campaign on?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  174. Johnny Bush

    Jack, Election Day 2012, let's walk to the polls together, vote for President Obama, have a beer afterwards at a local Irish Pub and talk politics?

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  175. Claire Melbourne FL

    Too Early??? Nah – he's late in getting started.....when did Bush/Cheney start their campaign for a second term?? At least Pres. Obama plans for the future – like he's doing for our country. We've not had any decent leadership since Jan 20th 2001.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  176. Will G.

    No its not . And I hope he wins, Obama did not cause this mess Bush and his people did ! Who thought he ( Obama ) could fix it in a year, I did not think he would , it would be foolish to think he could ! I think by the end of his term there would be great change.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  177. Philly/PA

    Dear Jack,

    You said that Obama was "starting" his 2012 campaign. Wrong! Obama has had an on going, non stop, campaign ever since he took office. Obama knows how to campaign. Unfortunately his complete lack of experience prevents him from governing.

    Hillary was 100% right. Obama is a "show horse" I am convinced that, many and including you, will agree that Hillary, the work horse would have been a much better president.

    The country will be lucky if it survives 3 more years of Obama. I am looking forward to voting Obama and his Chicago advisors out of office.

    Phyllis,/ Media, PA

    February 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  178. Bette Balliet

    Since the Republicans have been running against Obama since his swearing in ceremony – with Fox as their mouthpiece – his planners are possibly starting the 2012 election campaign too late – not too early.

    Mission Viejo, CA

    February 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  179. Viv from NY

    Obama will do fine in 2012 – Just take a look at what the other side has NOTHING

    February 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  180. EugeneWiese

    I don't care what Pres.Obama does about getting reelected,but I do hope he does get a second term. I have every confidence that by the time for election he will have proven to deliver all the things he has promised. the only thing that could stop him may be big business and special interests,and of course our conservative supreme court..President Obama represents Democracy,his adversaries are: anarchists,dictatorial types,greedy,and in my opinion,have a way to go to show any sign of Christianity: love,caring,humilty,and the virtues we usually associate with Christian values,which have been touted and preached for the past 30 years. Obama is a Christian,and has the wisdom and understanding to be the best President we've ever had. Gene

    February 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  181. Armen G

    No Jack, I don't think it is too early! This administration needs more than three years to convince the American people that they deserve another chance.

    I voted for Obama and have been one of his devoted supporters since the time he announced his candidacy. Nonetheless, I now have some doubts whether this administration has what it takes to put this country back on its track. But what is also sad is that I do not see any Republican doing a better job.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  182. ron - american living in Copenhagen

    This is - one of the biggest problems facing American politics - working to get re-elected - if our administrative branch would work more on the problems facing the country it would be a godsend - but they just want to get re-elected and stay on the gravy train - is it too early??? Hell yes - solve some things first - work for the people - then worry about election day

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  183. Khan in Florida

    Jack, every president thinks about re-election this early. It seems everything this president does is scrutinized by the media, including you. And by the way, it's part of his staff planning this, not him. 2012 will go smooth for him, being that he will have many accomplishments under his belt.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  184. Jean McCollister

    No – it is not too early for President Obama to start working on his campaign. All those who are interested in running, Democrat and Republican, are already preparing for the run – its just politics.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  185. Wm in TX

    What are Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Paul, Pawlenty, Perry, Gingrich, Hunter, and Coulter, Beck, and Steele et. al. doing?
    All the corporate-persons are making their choices now so they can be rolled out in the ongoing media blitz.
    Super Bowl ads were just a warm-up.
    We will vote as we are told and vote for the best funded anger and hate commercials shown most often.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  186. Tim in Texas

    Gee Jack, seems to me that y'all were asking if he would be elected again about two days after he took office. Seems to me that the second after Scott Brown was elected, yall were speculating on whether he'd run or not. How's about Bobby Jindal? Sarah Palin? Mitt Romney? You guys are the ones who run a perpetual campaign, with your magic wall and your strategists and your constant polls. Don't criticize what you create.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  187. Meice

    No! I don't think it's too early for President Obama to start planning his re-election campaign, what a smart thing to do!. Why wait until the last minute or the end of his term? Obama is fresh and intelligent. Stop looking at the ways of past Presidents and check out the Obama approach. It's annoying to constantly hear all of the negative in regards to President Obama, where was it when Bush was in office? Remember, Obama didn't make or cause America's issues.

    Arlington, Texas

    February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  188. Th.Watson

    Jack I don't get it. I mean the mans been in office for a year now and the Republicans have done nothing but say no to everything that has been offered. What have they offered. The word. No. No wonder we have grid lock in Washington. And the citzens can't see what the Republicans are doing to this country, my god are they blind or just Stupid!! I hope to god the Backlash takes the Republicans out of office, and not the Democrats. " cause they are the only one's trying to fix the mess the Republicans got us into in the first place.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  189. Maureen in Keyport NJ

    Of course he should, aren't the "R's"? They started planning 2012 the day after Obama was elected. Don't you think eight years of THEM were enough? Give him a chance will you! sheesh!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  190. David Demoise

    No, Obama shouldn't be thinking of his re-election campaign yet. His war policy is essentially the Bush Doctrine.

    Like many others, he has not stepped out of the way to let the free market work, thus delaying the correction that needs to happen. Instead his administration like many others before him, continues to ignore the Federal Reserves' money trust, forcing us to accept fiat money and continuing the hidden tax of inflation upon the people. Individuals and businesses can and do live irresponsibly, however neither inflates the money supply; the central bank does that. If a person or business behaves badly, the natural regulator of NO BAILOUT will solve the problem, forcing businesses to not accept a government safety net when deliberate poor decision making is chosen over wise business practices. The only thing the government is responsible for is enforcing the law by enforcing contracts.

    The Obama administration like so many others doesn't live by these principles, and therefore should not be thinking about another re-election, and in the end doesn't deserve one.

    David Demoise
    Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  191. Gigi Oregon

    Better to be to early than late. The Republican Party started the day after Pres. Obama was elected. They have been fighting against him day and night to fail. According to your polls. Filibuster ring a bell to you. American politics get worse every generation. Thanks in particular to the TV news talk shows and the Internet net. I truly believe Pres. Obama wants change but for some reason there is no backbone in the Democrats and the killing power of the Republicans make change a pipe dream..

    February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  192. Peter

    I dont see why not. What is good for the goose should also be so for the duck. To think otherwise is discriminatory.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  193. Paul Harman

    C'mon Jack; if the "Community Organizer" thinks it's the right time, he might just know what he's doing. And if the American Public (not known for its lengthy attention span) after only one year, cannot remember where we were: on the brink of economic collapse, torturing people, increasingly isolated from the world community, we should WAKE UP!  

    February 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  194. Kel Toomb

    You accuse President Obama of taking a lot for granted because people in his administration are already working on the next campaign. I would submit that it would be taking a lot for granted if he were NOT making plans for the next campaign. I can't help but wonder why he would want to be reelected though. After seeing how he has been treated and how ignorant, fickle, and racist Americans really are – we don't deserve someone of his intellegence, vision, and decency. Let's face it – America is on the downhill side of greatness. It won't be much longer until the only things we lead the world in are stupidity and greed. Besides, his best efforts are too little too late anyway. Thanks to the republicans – we are winning the race to the bottom. At least we're winning something!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  195. Paul Walgerg

    Jack slow down and take a deep breath, this is exactly the type of impatience that has gotten this great Country in the state it's in right now. It took the Honorable George W Bush and his republican NoMie's 8 years to destroy this country. G W was given a balanced budget in 2000 and a wealth of good will. We expect Obama to to fix 2 wars, the economy, health care reform, tackle climate change and illegal immigration, don't ask don't tell, close Gitmo, and be home in time for dinner. It's been 12 months Jack since he took office, we should all get off the ledge and get down on our knees and pray for him and this great Country.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  196. Chester/Denver

    No Jack. "the sooner the Better".

    February 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  197. Egberto Willies

    It is too early for someone to have opened their mouth. Everyone knows the re-election campaign begins the day the President steps into the White House. Otherwise we would have already had healthcare reform with a public option.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  198. Mike

    When did he stop campaigning? Of course it's too early for him to campaign for 2012.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  199. Sue in Newtown

    Why not, isn't eveybody else? And by the way Wolf, I'm shopping for a new car, and was undecided between a Toyota and a Honda. Therefore, due to the recalls I'll probably be buying a Honda. I disagree with that Republican governor that this administration is going after Toyota in order to get people to buy from the American car companies that received bailouts – what a bunch of hooey. And it's pretty disgusting that he is defending Toyota, seeing as they admitted to their negligence today. Guess we know where his allegiance is.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  200. Ley

    It is not too late. It's only too insane to even think about something like that in a crucial moment when the american people are facing the toughest moment of an everyday life.

    Why should he be re-elected if he can't deliver the goods? Let's be at least logical homies, no nonsense please.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm |