June 15th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Would Pres. Obama win a 2nd term if election held today?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Tonight has the potential to be one of "those" moments for a president - a defining slice in time for Mr. Obama that could determine his relevancy from here on out.
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Nearly 60 days since the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history - Pres. Obama will address the American people from the Oval Office for the first time since he was elected.

And the pressure is definitely on. The Gulf Coast oil spill could carry a tremendous political price for Pres. Obama - perhaps putting re-election in 2012 out of his reach.

Lots of people - and we're not just talking Republicans here - are disappointed with the president's response to the oil spill. According to a U.S.A. Today/Gallup poll, seven out of 10 Americans say Mr. Obama has not been tough enough on oil giant BP and a majority rate his response as "poor" or "very poor." An Associated Press poll shows 52 percent disapprove of the way the president is handling the spill.

That means when it comes to tonight's speech - there better be some real meat on that bone and not just more fancy rhetoric delivered with the aid of a teleprompter.

And it's not just about the oil spill. Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post about Pres. Obama's shrinking popularity. The president's 2008 rival, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is now more popular than Pres. Obama by any measure - favorability ratings or job approval.

Of course, Clinton is on much safer ground than the president - as she tends to stick to relatively low-profile issues.

But it's still not a good sign for Pres. Obama when the polarizing former First Lady is beating him in the polls... one more reason why all eyes will be on the president tonight.

Here’s my question to you: If the election were held today, would President Obama win a second term?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

B. in Tennessee writes:
We voted for hope, we voted for change. Now I just hope it will change. We trusted rhetoric during the campaign and gave him a chance, but he seems stuck on rhetoric. I don't want another speech tonight, I want him to call the brightest minds from across the world and solve the problem at hand. I doubt he'd win if the election were today...I certainly know he's lost my vote.

Loman writes:
He has the toughest job of any president in the modern era. He is doing an above average job. I believe he will win again because this tide too will turn. Besides the Republicans do not have a candidate or the policies to win.

Don writes:
I doubt it. President Obama has shown a rather astounding lack of political acuity for a Chicago guy, coupled with an overall knowledge of what it takes to lead a great nation. He's great at teleprompter.

Stephanie writes:
I'm biased because I didn't vote for him in the first place, but it seems to me that when the curtain was finally pulled back on him, the American people discovered he isn't as great and wonderful as so many desperately wanted to believe in 2008. Hope and change are nice, pretty words – but they have no substance.

Gene writes:
Your crystal ball is cracked. Obama is doing a great job under terrible circumstances. He will win in 2012 because he will have been the best president we have had in a long time: intelligent, informed, decisive and – yes- calm. We don't need a raver as president. And we don't need pundits as prophets.

Rick in Cincinnati writes:
He wouldn't be re-elected before this oil spill, Jack. He blew his second term by the way Democrats went about getting this health care bill passed.

Wayne writes:
Yes, if he were running against McCain and Palin. No, if he were running against someone competent.

Filed under: Elections • President Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. LNAB

    I would say no... but the truth is, the alternative to Obama in 2012 would come from a party that would do nothing but reactivate their policies that destroyed our economy and the destruction of the regulatory system that contributed to the disaster in the Gulf.
    So not re-electing Obama would just be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  2. Scott

    I don't think it is just his position with BP. It's more to do with the lack of leadership he has displayed. Why did he decline an offer form the Dutch 5 days into the spill when they offered to send skimmers to help? Why do we still have wharehouses full or oil trapping booms in storage and not out in the gulf nearly 2 months later? Why was the pre approved plan to burn the oil not put into affect when the spill started? Why have they decided to stop using dispursants alltogether? What is he actually doing to help clean up the spill which occured in waters under federal juristiction? Pleas Mr. President, quit talking tough and acting incompetent.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  3. Ralph Spyer

    Who would you have run against him ? All the illegal immigrants children will be able to vote when they turn twenty one , say 20 million. Black Americans will vote 95% for Obama. Their are more Democratic than Republicans in America. The Democratic have a lock on California and New York state.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  4. Martin Cusack

    I think he would still win, even though he has low opinion rating now he still has acomplished more in his short term than most have with 8 years behind them, how can we judge one action against another when we as humans are prone to mistakes, I will vote Obama again as any other canadite cannot messure up

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  5. Perico de los Palotes

    Pres. Obama should have never been president. Hillary was and is the qualified person for the job.
    Hilary 2012!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    Of course he would, well, unless Elizabeth Cohen were running.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Justin

    I have never seen partisanship of elected officials higher.

    I have never seen the public opinion of elected officials lower.

    I have never seen such consistency of failed policies.

    I would say no, and would be shocked to see him elected for a second term in 2012, and especially when we are facing a super high unemployment rate, undergoing one of the worst disasters of our nation's history, and doing absolutely nothing to curb the largest invasion in our history (illegal immigration).

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  8. Dave Hoffman

    I would hope not! It should come as no surprise that a community organizer with no executive experience whatsoever is ill-equipped to handle an unprecedented environmental disaster like the one we're seeing in the Gulf. Even Obama is now realizing that charisma and crafty political rhetoric can not fix everything. It was a mistake to elect him in 2008 and his supporters are having buyer's remorse. Let's hope that Americans will wake up and vote him out in 2012.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  9. honest john in vermont

    If it was today he would squeak by Palin by a nose.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  10. Baron

    He'd have a tough time pulling a win, but the Republicans really don't have anyone much better. I think now would be a good time for third parties to be speaking up. Both sides are in someone's pocket. We need a leader who represents the best interests of the working class. You know, Jack: the folks that pay their leader's salaries.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  11. Mary

    If the election were held today, Jack, I'd write in Hiliary Clinton!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  12. P Berry

    Hey, Can anyone here in this time do any better. This man has had more on his plate with world issues then any President in the 21st Century. I wonder if he even sleeps at night! Can any and I mean any of us hold up or do better! Thank you Mr. Obama for trying to save America!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  13. melissa North Carolina.

    he is about a month too late.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  14. Lene, IL

    I don't think Obama would win a second term if held today. There have been too many campaign promises unkept, 'no more lobbyists", "transparency"..etc. ...Also remember the bozo's and tax cheats he appointed. Rahm Emmannuel gets a rent free apartment in DC from a BP advisor? That is probably why nothing done on the oil spill for so long.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  15. Pam-NC

    I would say that he wouldn't. I'm 60 years old and I can't remember a president having so many catastrophies dropped on his plate, along with the mess he had accumulated from the previous administration, along with the sudden economic mess–and– now he has oil dropped on it as well. I would love to see a conservative with all the answers to everything to sit in that hot seat. I'm sure there would be some butts!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  16. spicypink

    I would definitely vote for him today.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  17. Ryan

    The answer is no. The reason why has little to do with this BP debacle. It has to do with Obama "the candidate" being a completely different person than Obama "the president". What Obama campaigned on is nowhere near how he has acted in the presidency. He has only continued....if not amplified.....the horrendous cronyism that ran rampid through the Bush administration. Additionally, all of his major legislative "accomplishments" are not supported by the majority of the general public; poll after poll have proven this point.

    What the Obama administration believes in is the concept of "political survival." They will reverse policy two...three.....four........or FIVE times just to try and make the polls look favorably upon him and the media to treat him like a 'rock star." Obama is a shell. No substance. All rhetoric. For all the faults of Bush 43, at least people knew what he believed in. Nobody can honestly say with a straight face that they know or even understand what Obama believes in.

    Which brings us to the credibility gap.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  18. Aviate

    Yes he would. Hands down. With everything that's been thrown at him and the tough choices he's had to make, his approval rating is still hovering near 50%.

    And who on the GOP side could take him down? The former half-term governor of Alaska? "Drill, baby drill" might not be such a hot slogan right now. Mitt Romney? Newt Gingrich?

    Just saying "NO!" to everything and refusing to help clean up the colossal mess you created is not a way to win votes. Obama would win and it wouldn't even be close.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  19. Sandeep Agarwal


    In fact, I bet if we re-did the 2008 election today, we would have a President McCain.

    Thank you.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  20. Larry

    Only if he were running for President of Kenya.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  21. Matt


    The government has no one to blame more for the BP fiasco than itself. No oil company wants to be drilling a mile deep in the ocean.

    Drilling on land and dare I say it in our national parks which make up 1/2 of the midwest is safer, cheaper, and far less impactfull than enviornmentalists would have you believe. Bureaucrats too afraid to be politically incorrect bowed to the demands of activists without logic or reason. And this is the result....well done.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  22. Michael Conroy

    No, but the consitution gives him two more years to define himself. The Congressional elections may force him to govern by consensus and that may play to his strengths.

    Obama is no less popular than Reagan, Truman, Jackson or Jefferson were early in their presidencies. Those great presidents had a clear understanding of the American dream and personified the aspirations of their countrymen when they faced difficult re-election bids. Obama seems alienated from that vision but he may in fact be forging a new one. Great presidents have been shaped by the challenges of their times and we will see the measure of the man. . He was not my choice but he is my President and I pray that he makes wise choices.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  23. R

    Jack, I would hope so. He can't just wave a magic wand and shut off the flow of oil that is spilling in the Gulf. Blame the players in the oil game. That would be BP...I just hope that there is not a way for BP to weasel out of the financial responsibility of this that they have created. If this happens then the President will be toast and a one term-er.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  24. Thom Miller Kazoo MI

    Absolutely, he will be reelected. He lost the majority of the gulf states in the 08 election and he still won the election. President Obama is still a very dynamic leader along the lines of Regan. The spill was not his fault, the response was. He still has time to right his presidency with aggressive action concerning containment and cleanup today.

    Once he articulates his clear choice for where the country should go from here, and puts those words into action, I think this country will easily forgive him. The real item he needs to mention tonight is a call to action to move our economy away from the "seven sisters" and into a hydrogen economy. He is a two term president if he aggressively greens the economy.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  25. Cy Gardner

    I think it speaks volumes that the likeliest contender to replace him is a Democrat. The Republicans have a bunch of liars, hypocrits and nuts. I may not be happy with some of the ways the real President has handled things, but how could anyone trust McCain, Palin or any of the other rabble rousers, liars and clowns that are jostling for attention on FOX? He still seems smarter than anyone else applying for the job. And Hillary? If I were going to replace Obama, I would look for someone who is LESS acceptable to major corporations, not more so. cy from arlington, va

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  26. James Griffin

    Win a second term? Not a chance. Obama has proven inept at managing the federal response to the gulf oil problem, inept at management the war in Afghanistan, incapable of closing Guantanemo (stupid idea to begin with), has a Justice Department that can't seem to figure out where to try terrorists, and routinely runs down his own country. He makes Jimmy Carter look like a paragon of decisiveness and competence, and makes the Nixon White House look like the model of ethical behavior.

    Chattanooga, TN

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  27. Bob

    Easy question Jack. He would lose a yes or no vote if he was alone on the ballot but would win if he had a Republican opponent.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  28. shellibelli

    The answer would be yes If Palin was the opposing team again!

    Nother personal agaisnt Obama but I still think he is too new to politics and not tough enough when needed.

    Still I think that any one elected in Office would have had a hard time fixing what took BUsh and Cheney 8 years to mess up.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  29. Stephanie - Virginia

    I didn't vote for him the 1st term and will not vote for him the second if he runs. Hasn't shown me anything to include the backbone that it takes to be a President of the United States of America.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  30. Eileen

    He should not have won a first term. I hope the morons that voted for him have woken from their stupor and vote him out. On the job training is not for the presidency. His radical ideas are alien to most Americans.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  31. Susan L.

    I'd still vote for President Obama again. Hillary Clinton is a fine Secretary of State. I don't believe for a second she'd have done anything better or even all that differently. As to the Republicans, I shudder to think how utterly horrible a world we'd be living in today should McCain/Palin have won. I don't trust any Republican. No way. There is no doubt in my mind and I can answer with no hesitation that I would vote for President Obama.

    As to whether he would or not, it's useless prognostication, Jack, and you're smart enough to know that. He's not running a campaign today. And you're not even putting him up against any actual candidates. In a vacuum, I'm sure there a lot of people who are mad at the President and will say they wouldn't vote for him. Given a choice between him and, say, Sarah Palin, I think, yes, he'd still win. If you don't give him anyone to run against with their bright ideas about how to do everything, the question is utterly moot.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  32. Michael

    In an up-or-down vote, hard to say. Against all possible named Republican challengers? You betcha!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  33. Harold in Anchorage

    He has OUR votes

    June 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  34. Jon

    It would be closer than 2008, but probably. Unfortunately the Republican's don't seem to have any dynamic leaders in the queue.

    Atlanta, GA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  35. Walker

    He would because there is no opposition. He has struggled to resolve problems as quickly as he promised but he is trying. On the other hand all the former Republican candidates and current leaders have done nothing. The sit on the sidelines pointing out Obama's failures and try to blame him for end result of the policies they passed under Bush. The Repulicans are the party of No and don't have any fresh ideas. I think there is a good chance the part will break in two. The RW religious nuts who don't believe in the seperation of church in state (kind of like Iran) – lets call the the Tea Party, and more moderate Republicans like McCain used to be. In the long run it would be a good thing and leave all the whackos holding no seats or office – well except in Arizona may be.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  36. Josh

    In the absence of a strong and likable Republican voice, I can see him winning again. And so far, the Republicans have yet to produce a candidate that has resonated with a broad enough base of people to form any significant challenge to Obama.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  37. Dave

    Obama is showing his lack of executive experience. Hillary would have been a better president.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  38. Hans Maristela

    I wish so-called responsible journalists would stop using "polarizing First Lady" to describe SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton. It trivializes her many contributions to Arkansas, New York, America and the world. And is Secretary Clinton the president's only potential rival for 2012? What about his own vice president?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  39. Kazu

    Obama is a one term President. Clinton would have made a better President, and hope that she will consider running in 2012.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  40. Wayne

    No, Obama will not even win the nomination, much less the election. The oil spill is just one little detail of it.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  41. Wayne

    That depends on who is running against him. I hope it would be Sarah Palin, he would trounce her. President Obama did not create this mess, and given the circumstances, only BP and the oil indusrty can fix this. Is he supposed to put on a wet suit and dive down there himself?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  42. Martin Forrest

    Not only NO, but HELL NO! This guy is a good orator when he has his teleprompter, but he definitely is not an EXECUITIVE!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  43. Jesse Callahan

    Jack, the answer is a resounding No!. If I were a betting man, I would go further and say that he will not even finish his first term as president. I foresee a resignation in the not too distant future.

    Jesse in Texas

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  44. Mandy Cox

    I would hope not. He is good at talking but really is not a leader. He lacks experience and does not project confidence as a leader. America got what it voted for: a brainy, articulate community organizer with his way to perfect society. He cannot control events but must lead through them. My vote would be no if election were today.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  45. Deny

    Why is everyone so upset with President Obama when it was the Bush/Cheney administration that was so laxed on this profitable oil companies to begin with? Let's look at whose really to blame! If Bush could win a 2nd term after lying to us about the war in Iraq, then why can't Obama do the same? All he's doing is being Janitor-in-Chief as he's bombarded with cleaning up the mess that the Repub's left him. And now they have the nerve to complain. But isn't that what they do best?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  46. Angela

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I don't see how he could win a second term when voters like myself would not vote for him. We are Obama's most vocal, organized and staunch supporters. He gave us so much hope and promise during the elections..only to turn out to be more of the same! To say supporters like me are frustrated, disappointed and angry is an understatement. We worked night and day to get him elected and he has failed us miserably.

    Maybe the Hillary Clinton supporters were right.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  47. Cheryl

    Yes, I would vote for him.

    Marietta, GA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  48. Christene

    Mr. Cafferty,
    Hilarty Clinton cares enough said.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  49. Russell

    President Obama is an intellegent, thoughtful and decisive leader who has done a tremendous job navigating complex issues coming at him at light speed. I think he will be remembered as a President who cleaned up other people's messes...first George Bush's and now BP's.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  50. Frank

    I am not an Obama supporter, I believe that despite his campaign rhetoric and his impressive skills as a communicator, he has turned out to be a weak and divisive leader. That said, I don't think there is much that the President or anyone can do to resolve the oil spill crisis. Throwing the military at this problem however is an inappropriate use of those resources, this is a job that is best managed between FEMA, the EPA and BP.

    Washington D.C.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  51. Eric

    A lot depends on how the media portray Obama. In the last election the media provided a lot of misinformation that was biased in Obama's favor. They wanted him to win.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  52. Josh

    I would absolutely vote for the man again; This presidency has been has been the toughest since WWII and even since the Civil War. Two wars, The Great Depression, the Largest Debt in the history, worst ecological disaster in the history of the U.S. and he still remains calm, and thinks before he makes a decision. Where are the Republicans...doing what they do best just saying no to everything including suggesting solutions to some of these problems.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  53. Tom Jackson

    In one word YES!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  54. Jill San diego

    Yes the President would win today if an election was held. Lets face it Jack who could run against him? Why dont you all cut the president a little slack. He can not do anything right in your minds. People dont want big goverment, but when something like this, caused by big bussiness happens, everybody is screaming for the goverment. People in this country should make up their minds what they want. The president is doing a good job, lets leave him alone to do that job, and stop telling him what to do all the time.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  55. Jo Wolder

    Yes, I would still vote for him. Especially, if John McCain was still running against him.

    The last time I check BP was not a government fun company, so what do you want the President to do. In some cases, we say government should stay out of trying to run corporations and corporate america, but when something goes wrong in corporate america, we want government to step in. You can't have it both ways.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  56. Ragwng1

    While I voted for him in the past election, I can't see anyway that I could in 2012. He has failed in almost everything and has placed our children and their children in a horrible position for the future.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  57. Murray

    A foolish question. Would he win vs. who? Who would the Republicans put out against him? I am a Republican but currently there is no one on the other side that could beat him. Now, if your question was would he win the Democratic nomination if say Hilary were running again... Then I say probably not.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  58. Rita Stephan

    Do I think he would win? Probably not. Having said that, in all fairness, he has had to take on a lot of mess left behind from the "it's my way or the highway" administration that the damage is so large, this oil spill is the icing on the cake. Ask yourself,,, what big difference do you think Bush would have done. He wouldn't have... He would be protecting BP all the way. We have a President that makes time to think things through unlike Bush that is a bull in a china shop. I want to see more aggression but I prefer a careful knowledgeable step rather than an uninformed stampede. He does need to turn up the heat. Would I vote for him again? Yes I would. The alternative is unthinkable.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  59. Kenneth - Idaho

    No way, in fact someone from the Democratic Party should offer him a job so Hillary can run.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  60. ted merrell weschester illinois

    yes I would vote for Obama over ANY OTHER CANIDATE.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  61. Kirsten

    Jack, I doubt it. People now understand that he really has no experience that qualifies him for the position.

    Kirsten Fredericksburg, Virginia

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  62. Chitiera

    Ofcourse Obama will win! He's extremely intelligent, accomplished, relatable and I believe he truly cares about the future of this nation. There's isn't one opponent out there that compete with those characteristics.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  63. Gary Lungen

    Yes, he even has one of his daughters asking him "daddy, did you fix the leak yet". Give the man a break.. he has done what could be done based on the info he is given. And let's remember, the agency that approved this well was a holdover from the Bush Guys..

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  64. Alex

    I don't think he would win re-election, but neither would Clinton have won re-election in 1994 with a poor economy and huge budget deficits (sound familiar?). But economic problems often do not have a "quick fix". B.O. has 2 more years to prove himself and I hope for all our sakes that he is able to turn things around.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  65. Texas Firefighter

    I didn't fall for his BS the first time around and certainly wouldn't give this fraud another chance. He is a Jimmy Carter, one-termer who will go down in history as the worst president this country has ever elected. Elected, is a loose term considering the voting fraud by ACORN; the fraudulent foreign campaign contributions, his dual-citizenship, using a Connecticut social security number of a deceased person, Rev. Wright, Bill Ahyres, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, etc. The Mag Daddy is going down, not on Larry Sinclair anymore, but as a second termer.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  66. Will

    Let's see what our options are. Obama re-elected vs. more GOP corruption. Although I do not give Obama high marks on his response to this , our other choice would be the ones who watched porn and took money from this corrupt industry instead of doing the regulation they were supposed to be doing. My real choice would be a third party independent from corporate corruption, but , since that will not happen, Obama is the far better choice.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  67. jim linehan

    Answer: NO

    I voted for him.
    I will not vote for him again.
    As with all politicians anymore, they appear to be nothing more than persons who could not hack a job in the real world.
    Obama is [and was] just another political hack.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  68. Robert

    All depend who the republican candidates are, if it’s Sarah Palin, surely not.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  69. Michael

    No way he would be re-elected today. It's not just about the BP problem, either. I think America is on to him .... he's a charleton and people are now seeing so.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  70. Pete

    Barack Obama would never win now. The world now knows what a community organizer with no experience does in a crisis. The answer nothing but speeches. Anyone with any experience of any kind would have spoken to the BP chief on day one, two three and four. He didn't protect our beaches, he won't protect our southern border and he won't protect us. God save us from this cocky apprentice!


    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  71. Rayshawn Ordway

    Louisville, KY
    I'm not really sure but the consept is that President Obama should have or already been fixing this spill a long time ago with using the idea's from Darryl Carpenter, Kevin Costner, and etc to start cleaning up this oil that is killing the wild life, the creatures, the birds and etc in the Gulf Coast I think that Obama will have a 2nd term because even though he wasn't fast as lightening on the response of this spill but he does listen to the American Public to say something after a disaster occurs that is why I and the 51,999,999 people who voted for him respect that about him.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  72. S.C.Clarke

    Most definitely I would vote for President Obama.
    He has been as aggressive as any other President.
    Hilary's job description is much different than President Obama's.

    President Obama is not the only president that used a teleprompter.

    No one ever ask for our opinion. Did they ask any of President
    Obama's supporters.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  73. Kellye Serrano

    YES! Unless, of course, our collective memory is so short, we would put back in the power the same folks who deregulated, put corporate profits over the people and our environment, and who started this mess to begin with!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Ken

    NO WAY is he re-elected! Where are all the results for all the promises he made? The economy has declined and now our environment along the gulf is in dire straits. Nothing has changed with his administration...its the same 'OL do nothing leadership.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Bob Radil

    If Bush could be re-elected in spite of Iraq, then Obama would be expected to be easily re-elected. Also, had this BP problem happened during the Bush-Cheney regime, how ambitius would they have been in any corrective actions agains BP?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  76. Fred

    No, he wouldn't be re-elected.. Remember "Yes We Can"?...or..."Change has come"?...Where did the Obama that tapped into voters hearts go!? He has totally let the people down with his response to this Gulf disaster. The inspired heart of the voters voted him in...and the broken heart of those same voters will vote him out.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  77. Laurie Johnson

    YES I WOULD!!!!! These problems did not happen over night...We were on a sinking ship long before Obama and it didn't happen over night so we are not going to get out of this situation over night...He is doing what he can with the Power that he has. Could he have acted q sooner with the Oil spill YES, but I dont judge him on just this one thing...I look at the whole picture and yes I would vot for him again.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  78. Jake

    Depends who he runs against. Presuming the Republicans nominate someone like McCain or Romney then Obama doesn't stand a chance. If, they nominate Palin, it will be close. People are pretty fed up with Obama's arrogant, condescending, smug attitude.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  79. J.R.

    Well, I hope no ... I voted for him but I bet I will not vote for him again .. after they tell you all them promises about change and once they get there , they lie ...

    June 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Kathleen Peterson

    Yes, I would vote for him. I knew before he was elected that he probably would only get one term. He inherited so many problems that there is no way that he could maintain the level of popularity that he had when elected. I feel that he has had a good handle on what needs to be done, but faces overwhelming opposition and much unfair criticism.
    Troy, Michigan

    June 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Garnet_ME

    Should we be suprised when we "hire" a person only two years into a new (senate) job, watch as that person is "hired" to run the largest international corporation in the world, and cringe as we watch that 'corporation' (The U.S.) be mismanaged so horribly in every way?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. Jim

    I think it would be more about who was running against him than how he is handling the oil spill. I sure as hell wouldn't vote for Palin if the oil never stops flowing.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  83. Jeffrey York

    Obama, while having made mistakes, is genuinely making his best efforts to deal with the issues of the day. Now i disagree with universal healthcare and whatnot, but something has to happen. As for the oil spill, true, he has not cracked down on BP ennough, but he is encouraging people to help clean it up and still is chasitising BP

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  84. James Reteg

    Yes because the American people understand what he inherited and what he has done. You can tell that by the recent elections that you pundits tend to gloom and doom. You see Jack, the listeners listen to but are not guided by the media that are just out to stir controversy and not to embrace this country's needs. Otherwise, comments like mine would be highly promoted.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  85. Juliet

    No Obama wouldnt win because we vote based on emotions which depends on what is happening at the moment. It would be nice if Mr. Obama or any other president for that matter could wave a magic wand or have everyone jumping to his bidding. But in a democracy that is not the case. Rush gave the Right their marching orders, make sure he fails, and without diving into the sea and putting is fist in the hole, he is dependent on BP, who probably wants to stop the leak more than anyone of us. The question should be, could Mrs. Clinton or Mr. McCain have done any better with the same hand? Somehow, I think not.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  86. Joan Joakim

    There are good reasons for having a four year Presidential term. We are an impatient, emotional people who find it difficult to adjust to Obama, so different from previous models. I'll vote for him again in 2012.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  87. Raymond Montana

    No he wont, because he broke to many promise from the campagin speeches in 2008 before winning the election. My guess is he lies to much. The health care bill he said no body should go broke but some Americans did. My vote is NO.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  88. Jerome in Altanta

    Jack, As an Obama voter, I had great hopes for what his presidency could have meant for the country. But as the months go by, It has become clear that that experience thing really did matter. His lack of leadership with the health care bill, failure to support electable Democrats, and his delayed responds to this oil spill , now makes me think his reelection is no longer possible. Still, with a fragmented GOP, and the threat of a 3rd party entry in 2012, He still has some hope of a 2nd term

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  89. Barbara FL

    Absolutely not. Our govt. has let us down yet again. It's a travesty and IMMORAL what they have LET happen. Greed and dirty politics. Tell me Mr. President, are you showing your children the pictures of oil soaked and dead wildlife? Are you be able to look them in the eyes and explain to them why it ever happened in the first place and why you have waited so long to address this crisis?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  90. Chuck Glass

    Yes he would be re elected not for his response to the spill but because the Republicans will put up a lame candidate like Palin or Newt.
    As for the spill, he should be tougher on BP but made the mistake of believing their escalating figures from 1,000 bbls per day up to the new ones listed today.
    The shocking lack of regulations the oil companies have enjoyed for decades is what's to blame for this situation.
    How interesting to hear the anti government Red State Governors on the Gulf Coast scream for Government help now.
    We are at the mercy of the bandits we helped create.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  91. Louis

    Yes he will be re-elected because he can't hold all of that oil in his hands perhaps those who are blaming him for the spill, should go and put their finger in the hole, acidents happen, and no oneone can stop them or predict them we need to stop nit picking, and some of us who show real hatred for the man not as the (President) but who he is. we are all not fools and we see where this nit picking on every-least little thing is coming from, even you Cafferty.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  92. Karen Schrader

    I think President Obama is doing all the right things. I trust him to do what is right.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  93. joe

    Nope he wouldnt

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  94. R, L. Nicholson

    Hell yes I would. Our President didnt cause the oil spill and relied on BP to stop it. I am anxious to hear him tonight. The way I see it is this is another mess he didnt create that he has to clean up. I'm thinking the same folks that have been on is ass from the start. He deserves support not criticism. Give him some space.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Mom

    Faster than a Sarah Palin term in the governor's mansion!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  96. Lilly

    Good heavens. Bush got so little criticism for the mess he put us in compared to the criticism Obama gets for trying to get us out of the mess. The Republicans certainly know how to spin good into bad and they it constantly and repeatedly. If anyone is foolish enough to believe their trash, then they can vote for another Bush type of mess in 2012. I am always amazed at how people can be so easily misled. But, guess what, the Republicans aren't amazed by it. They use it to their advantage to the fullest. Wake up people and put on your thinking caps!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  97. Curtney Jacobs (Stockton, CA)

    What kind of asinine question is that? Is that what we should be focusing on, whether or not the president would win a second term if the elections were held today? Really? Give the president a chance to do his job. I know we all want instant fixes (seems to be the American way), but damn!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  98. Barbara

    With the apparent field of Republicans being offered it's a no brainer, of course. I voted for him the first time & do not in anyway regret that vote. It has been a breath of fresh air having a thinker in the White House again.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  99. Eileen

    At the moment, Jack, I would say no.

    However, I would be one of those voting for him. I have found great solace in his level of intelligence and calm demeanor.

    OKAY...I know many of you would be throwing pies at me. What I have seen as his failing is taking too much bad advice from his advisors (he should not have threatened kicking a#ses...that is not him.), and trying to work for bipartisanship with a group of opponents determined to only see his fail. (Funny how they are screaming for more Government, and more spending with the Oil Crisis. ????)

    Tonight, I hope he presents himself as no drama Obama, and dictates how this clean up will progress….making sure BP has no slimy, corporate option out of their obligations.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  100. Bob Mimm

    Your question can not really be answered the way you ask it. Who is challenging him? If McCain was the choice again Obama would win easily. We don't need a president who thinks war is the answer to our problems. If someone as popular as Mrs. Clinton was running against him I would bet he would not be reelected.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  101. Miami Obi

    I think that if Mr. Obama runs today he will definitely win. People are being unfairly critical about the president. That man has been nothing but good to this country. I challenge his critics out there including you Jack, what would you have done if you were the president? If any of you know the answer to this speak up, it is your country too. I understand that the environment is being destroyed and people have lost their livelihood, however,i think the president really cares and he is doing all that any human being can do! He is not God, he's a smart man but certainly not God.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  102. Mary

    Hello Jack, my answer to if Obama would win a 2nd term would determine if he after the midterms he starts to change his ways from liberal leanings and some accuse of being radical left in a country that is leaning center right and angry Americans are rising up and that includes those who voted for him like me. He would have to do as President Clinton did to win and that is move center left and start showing real bipartisanship and not scolding the Republicans because they vote "No" as he has said. The Republican party has reasons for voting "No" and it seems the American people awakening from their sleep of death during the 2008 election and now the reality of real leadership is testing Obama. There is no doubt that he must make some changes in the way he leads and his attitude to Republicans and make a true genuine effort to listen and work with the Republicans because in November it looks like he will be forced to. If President Clinton did it , then Obama can do it to and if he doesn't he won't be reelected in 2012 is my prediction. Sincerely Mary

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  103. Barry Dixon

    I hope Obama will be re-elected. I will vote for him. We will need his leadership and good sense even more in a second term. He is not without flaws. Who is? If he had been elected president, McCain would be hiding under his desk now and crying.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  104. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    On the job training, like it or not, is something every first term president has to do, since there is no equivalent job outside of the Oval Office. We were patient enough to allow Bush & Cheney 8 years to screw the country into the ground. Surely we can give this guy even half of that time.

    The choice last November was between a new and untried but obviously smart and well-intentioned candidate and a virtual third term for the most inept, incompetent and corrupt administration in our history. Since the election, the Republican alternatives have become even worse and the President has delivered in much of what he promised during the campaign.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  105. Nancy

    Polls, Polls, Polls
    They can prove absolutely nothing and can be interpreted anyway you would like them to. I say what I said in 2008 when he was elected, people have short memories and if the economy turns around he will get another term. The remark about the teleprompter is still stupid...by the why what were you reading off of
    Why didn't you mention that Bo the dog also had higher ratings. Damn if he do, damn if he don't. I say Mr. President, take your time and make the correct decision and this too shall pass.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  106. Jerry

    Jack the simple answer is NO, not today, tomorrow, not in 2012. How can we be so lucky to have another worst President in American history again Jerry/ iowa

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Meko

    Yep! I would certainly vote for him again!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  108. John

    Not a chance. Just like JImmy Carter experienced with the Iran hostage situation, the BP disaster will be his undoing. His inexperience is being illuminated for all to see.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  109. Marc Landry

    I would hope he would win a second term.
    Durring the election months we heard the cries of to much (big)government with Obama. Now we are crying for more. I'm confused. The president of the US is only human. The oil spill is a very unfortuante accident that needs everyone working together to solve. The time to play the politics should come later.

    Let's hope the politians will put the public good ahead of big oil going forward and ensure backup plans are in place. I hope my government will learn from yours,

    That's my view from Hamilton, Canada

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  110. Eric Tunick, Washington State

    Jack, what politician is'nt polarizing? And since this is a hypothetical election that we are discussing, just who, hypothetically speaking of course, is President Obama running against ? I think that even for a hypothetical election, that this would be important information on which to base our decision.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

    I wanted Hillary Clinton to begin with. Obama does not have enough experience to be president. I only voted for him because I didn't want John McCain. I am 79 years old, had six brothers in WW11, another in the Korean War. Keep the illegal immigrants out of our country. Stop taxing the middle class people to death. Stop this latest bill in the Senate regarding taxing and requiring licensing before you can sell you own home. Rediculous.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  112. Karen K

    I would vote for him in a heartbeat! He is only one person of thousands doing his best to remedy a very difficult and unprecedented situation. If this oil leak crisis is going to be his downfall, then I guess no one will be satisfied until he dons a mask and snorkel, dives down over 5000 feet and stops the leak with his bare hands. What more can one person do???? The media has to stop trying to imply that this will be his downfall and start supporting the efforts of everyone involved.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  113. Sky Buster

    President Obama is not qualified to be President of this country.
    He still hasn't fullfiled one of his campaign promises. I cannot
    believe he will be reelected. If he is, the citizens of this country
    are more stupid than I thought.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  114. Linda W

    I only wish the election was today! If he is pres until 2012 our country will be belly up by then. Our Constitution will be in the gutter and over half of the people will be on welfare......isn't that a fun thought?
    Fort Worth

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  115. Bob Kole


    He would not win a second term because the only "Change" I have seen so far is the chump change given to the working class vs the "Cha-ching" given to Wall Street.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  116. Deb

    He has my vote. What has he done wrong, nothing! All the problems ae man made and he is trying. I really don't think anyone could do better.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  117. MacacaUSA

    So what if Bush cut taxes for the rich and wasted 1.2 trillion dollars on wars and drove us into a recession? He was on the side of God..

    June 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  118. Sherri Williams

    WOW! with supporters like you Jack, who needs the Tea Party or the Birthers. You pile on President Obama when you know that he is limited and like the rest of America, thought that as large a company as BP is, surely, they know what their doing. Sarah Palin would have a more favorable rating now. After all, she's white. Looking over the last two administrations, that must have been all thats required. I don't want him to run in 2012...I want him to live and recover from this slimmy racism. Let Palin win, this country deserves her.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  119. Carol Farrell

    He has not handled any of our recent crisis with much ease. His lack of experience is showing at each of these crisis. The financial problem, the unemployment problem, the health care bill, Israel, the oil spill, terrorism and the terrorists all show his lack of experience. I did not vote for him for that reason. Now we are all paying for his lack of administrative experience. It was bound to happen, unfortunately we are all going to suffer the consequences. But, he sure can read from the teleprompter. Tonight should be a doozy! Spin, Spin, Spin. OJT is very costly when you are the President of the United States and the people of America paying the price!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  120. Kevin

    Jack, if the oil companies want him back in office he'll have no problem! They have to be liking him right now! If popular vote got him elected he would tank! How long is it going to take before the government realizes that this is a major crisis? Enough with the posturing and media covered walks on the beach!

    Warren, MI

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  121. joe

    unfortunately, the election of Obama was not based on merit. It was the anti bush sentiment and the popularity of voting in the first african american that got him in office

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  122. roland

    i say yes he would because this is not his mess up yes he is the president but damn what yall want him to do get out there and fight the b.p. ceo thats just dumb i think the people that are disagreeing are the ones that have not yet got over the fact that he is a black man and he is their president so yall need to get off him and get on the people from bp because this is their mess yall just trying to find something to put on that man

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  123. Miami Obi

    I think that if Mr. Obama runs today he will definitely win. People are being unfairly critical about the president. That man has been nothing but good to this country. I challenge his critics out there including you Jack, what would you have done if you were the president? If any of you know the answer to this speak up, it is your country too. I understand that the environment is being destroyed and people have lost their livelihood, however,i think the president really cares and he is doing all that any human being can do! He is not God, he's a smart man but certainly not God.
    Ann Arbor, MI

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  124. Iris

    Well, Jack, this is America and you know just how absurdly fickle we are as a people. I would guess it depends on who is running against Obama.
    However, the real question is why is everyone (including you) refusing to talk about clean energy legislation that would conserve our environment, create jobs and strengthen our national security?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  125. Robert

    All depend who the republican candidates are, if it’s Sarah Palin than heck yea!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  126. Ryan Paxton

    If President Obama was to win this hypothetical election, it would show to true ignorance of the U.S. as a whole. We continue to climb closer to the unemployment rate of the Great Depression which totally contradicts the whole purpose of the overrated Stimulus Plan. Another master plan, the Healthcare Reform, also didn't set well with not only Republicans but many of the Democratic voters as well. The people of America shouldn't have to fight to change the ways of the U.S. in the right direction based upon terrible decisions of a supposed leader. This on top of nothing sufficient being done to prevent further BP oil damage, I honestly can't see how Obama could pull voters in his favor. I will admit that I am a Republican, but I would vote for Hillary Clinton in a heartbeat if it would prevent Obama from maintaining his role as the American leader.

    Ryan Paxton
    From Blue Springs, Missouri.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  127. lede3957

    Not sure this is a fair question. The President is not yet through the first two years of his term and has weathered crisis after crisis. The BP spill cannot at present be contained by anyone or they would have done so. Take a good, long, look at his oposition -do you really believe they could have done/would have done any better? Given the condition of the country at the time he took office and the opposition he has endured, I believe him to be a survivor. Your question is indicative of the treatment/support given the President. Damned if he does;damned if he doesn't.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  128. Vic Latvis

    I'm an independant and voted for Obama because McCain's choice of Palin as his running mate was flawed. Obama lost my vote when he pushed the health care bill through. I'm worried about what he is going to say tonight concerning the oil spill. I hope he doesn't try to have the government take control of the processing of claims using BP money.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  129. Lynn

    Just picture McCain and Palin in this situation, yikes scary thought. The Republicans had 9/11 and look what happened in retaliation, invasion of a soverign nation, thousands killed, and still no capture of Osama bin Laden. But Bush was reelected to continue his policies that brought us to the brink, and now there's a question of Obama being reelected, why ask, seems you've already made up your minds.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  130. Bill

    Absolutely, I see no other great candidate from either the Democrats or Republicans. However people seem to think, putting a Republican back in the hot seat will solve all our problems. In todays case, it just shows Change is a lot harder than people make it out to be

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  131. John Cox

    I think the election would be like any other–you can't tell who you'd vote for until you see who else is running, but overall, I think his performance during the oil spill crisis has been positive. He has the government working where it can make a positive difference, which is different from Bush's actions during Katrina.

    Can you imagine what it would have been like if John McCain had been president when this happened? He would be ranting and raving and BP would probably have left the problem for the US government to fix, even though the government doesn't have the equipment to do it.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  132. Percy Smith

    Should have picked Hillary Clinton in the first place, but everyone got caught up in the hype. I do believe Hillary at the experience to handle the office and she would have avoided many of the blunders of the Obama adminstration. However, I do believe the Republicans have been very difficult every step of the way. They dug in their heels and have won the PR war. It's very sad that they have placed politcal points over the best interest of the country. Obama is not right about everything, but he also isn't wrong about everything like the Republicans have made the argued.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  133. Lindsey

    Yes. I think the plan is good to stop all oil drilling, and is part of the solution accompanied with the overhaul of the regulation of the oil companies that drill in this great nation we live in. He is not the president that helped to create this oil drill so deep under the ocean, it was the former President, Bush's final decision. Youngstown, FL.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  134. Sandra F. - Alaska

    Yes. My dad (a 20+ year Army veteran) and I would both vote for President Obama if the election was held today.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  135. Gary

    I voted for President Obama and support him as president but if the election were held today, I'm afraid he would not be re-elected. The oil spill, lack of decisiveness and health care reform have cost him any chance of reelection.

    In addition, lack of American response and show strength against continued threats by North Korea and Iran is to me a big issue.

    All the great speeches seem to run together now.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Gina

    Yes, he will. Obama is a strong, intellectual, and decisive president. Despite smears (media and the teacracy, he will win.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  137. Ed Murray

    God I hope he won't be reelected. That would make it 16 straight years of the worse presidents this country has ever had. It's horribly wrong now. I don't want to imagine what it would be like in 6 years if we don't get some serious change.

    Douglassville, PA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  138. Travis

    If an election was held today, then the only thing stopping the Republicans from winning the White House would be the lack of a strong leader. I think that Mr. Obama's lofty promises have been undercut by his talkshow circuit and his ineffectiveness at bringing the right and the left together... on ANY issue. He needs to realize that he is done campaigning and that there are real issues that need real attention.

    Wichita, KS

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  139. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, I think not for a few specific reasons. (1) The issue of his race has worn off. (2) His rhetoric has been monumentally self-serving and certainly not directed to mainstream America. (3) He doesn't act, but rather reacts and folks have caught on to that. Were I to grade his 18 months in office I'd give him a "C" and I suspect it takes a "B" or better to get reelected. Therefore, my answer to your question is a very simple - NO.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  140. Jacqueline Mongeot

    It depends on the other options of course.
    .President Obama works very hard, NOT for the corporate world but for the benefit of the ordinary citizens of this country in spite of the hostile behavior of the opposite party. He found a deplorable situation in all areas aggravated by recent accidents..
    He is a thinker seeking the best solutions to solve the problems we all face. Let's not speculate on his re-election as if we voted today. Give him a chance. It takes 4 years of College to get a diploma, it might take 4 years for him to earn his title: President of the United Sates.
    Jacqueline San Diego CA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  141. Art

    I wish he would have spoken to the nation earlier, but when you consider who might be running against him, he has my support. Living in South Carolina for five years has been a real experience.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  142. Isaac Dinkins

    yes. If people keep in mind that the crimes that the Bush administration committed through its gross mismanagement of the people's trust will require an equal number of terms to make them whole again. This President walked into a storm unlike any in the history of this nation, meanwhile Bush and his co-defendents walked away scott-free. So as difficult as it might be, the people must be honest with themselves and give Pres. Obama every opportunity to cure as much as humanly possible of the Bush/Chaney mess with minimal opposition with a 2nd term..

    June 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  143. camberly buckley

    Yes. He may not have moved as quickly as I would have liked and he may have compromised on the health care bill I would have wanted for this country, but at least it a good start. What's the alternative? Republican'ts. I think not! I'll take my chances with Obama. I don't want to return to the Bush years and I believe that's what we will get with the other party. As for the tea party yahoo's – dream on.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  144. John Geheran

    Unlikely...for two reasons: there are serious disconnects between his rhetoric and reality. And, secondly, most Americans do not take kindly to his tendency to "de-Ameriicanize" our great land.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  145. Rebecca

    Presidents should be elected for one six year term so they can concentrate on the really difficult job they have to do with out worrying about reelection. Gee I don't know if he'll be reelected, that depends on alot of things completely out of his control including how the news media spins this. Remember the "count down" every night in the the news while the American hostages were in Iran during Jimmy Carter's term in office.... Let's see if you start counting now and accuse him of being responsible for the whole oil spill mess, yeah he won't be reelected.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  146. Lynda - Spokane

    He should be re-elected. He's done a good job given the issues he has to deal with and the opposition from the other party to everything he tries to do. But, alas, the voters are fickle and they will cast him aside because he couldn't wave a magic wand and set things right. That is our instant gratification society; fix it now, give it to me now, and oh yeah and don't ask me to make any sacrifices. I wish folks would just give him a chance, stop the whining and decide at the end of his term if he should be re-elected. It would also be helpful if the media would tone down the drama they seem to create over everything that happens.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  147. Judy

    The American public is finally waking up to the horrors of a president whose only qualifications consisted of being a community organizer. I do not think he would be re-elected today because even his strongest supporters are quietly removing their Obama bumper stickers from their cars.

    Shreveport, LA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  148. rich gustin

    Let's see what Obama spits out tonight. If it's just more of his disappointing rhetoric, the answer is NO, he will not remain as our leader.

    What happened to all those energy ideas Obama discussed before his election? The country wants someone to lead us not be a referee of Congressional legislation–all the meaningful legislation Congress comes out with is watered down to barely nothing. The only concern of Congressmen seems to be to not offend any of their voters.

    I want a leader who, win or lose, will fight for what he believes would be best for our country,

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  149. Asiel

    Yes! Obama gets my vote. If you eat junk food 7 days a week for 8 years you will be morbidly obese. Absent surgery, it will take you more than a year or two to lose the weight. Bush spent 8 years damaging/destroying the US economy. It will take more than 2 or 4 years to recover from the damage of his administration.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. Peter of WI

    Maybe not today, but I think Obama will get re-elected in 2012. The Oil Spill will be over and forgotten (anyone remember Bush's failure to follow through for New Orleans?) and his list of accomplishments will be even greater.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  151. George Gountas

    There real question is how would a small government conservative president have acted differently with the BP disaster? Would he or she have increased regulations to have prevented this problem? NO! Would he or she have taken control of the clean up away from BP? NO! The fact is that a republican president would have no better answer to the BP disaster than President Obama. President Obama will win a second term in 2012. He will ask the american public one simple question. Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago? For the majority of the country the answer will be yes.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  152. jm

    Yes, he is the only President that actually works, and to try to fix what"s wrong with America.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  153. The Other G. W.

    I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

    He's been steady, strong, not falling for emotion or rumor.
    He's smart, measured and doing GOOD things.
    Now, if your issues with him are the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – thank Bush & Co.
    If your issue is the crisis of 2008 and it's fallout – thank Bush & Co; had
    Obama NOT taken the steps he did, we wouldn't be seeing a steady recovery beginning to unfold. If your issue is complete lack of oversight and regulation of the Oil Industry Practices resulting in the BP Disaster...you've Cheney + Bush with their hands in Halliburton and all the other players involved. OBAMA IS A GOOD MAN WITH A GOOD HEAD AND HEART. NOW IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT HIM MORE THAN EVER.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  154. Larry Puckett

    My answer is not only no, but Hell no. If people had known his Communistic views and Socialist agenda, he wouldn't have been elected the first time.
    I have been a History and Government teacher for 37 years, and I have never seen a person more inadequately prepared for a government office than he. He is leading uys straight into destruction.

    L P

    June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  155. Bernard

    Yes I would vote for Obama again. It's been only 16 months since he took office and he has been better for the country than Bush in all his 8 years in the White House.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  156. John, Minnesotax

    Of course He will get re-elected, Bush lied.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  157. Henry Melendez

    I don't think Mr. Obama would win a second term if elections were held today. Time and time again he has demonstrated his lack of experience in dealing with hard issues.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  158. Margarita (Colorado)

    Yes, I would because if we turn the government over to the republicans, we can forget about getting off of oil, Wall Street being kept in check, and decent access to healthcare for everyone. It does not matter what he does, he gets unfairly criticized. I doubt ANY president could do any better on this nearly impossible situation. I know his heart is in the right place, but our government is so bought and sold, that it is impossible for him to keep his promises. If I were he, I would not run for re-election. I would not want another 4 years of this mess!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  159. Barbara FL

    enough rhetoric. actions speak louder than words

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  160. calaurore9

    I still say they should swap jobs in 2012. He'd be a great Secretary of State and let's let have her chance to lead the country as the first woman Prez. Better Hillary than Sarah!

    Carol Colitti Levine
    Northampton, MA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  161. stubsy

    Wow, Obama is like Superman! Instead of deflecting bullets, he deflects blame.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  162. common sense in Texas

    You can't lead a nation with speeches.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  163. Albert Friday

    Obama wasn’t elected because he was the best man/woman, or because he was the most qualified, it was because we were all mad a Bush for loosing our invested money. Who would have ever dreamed that Obama would set himself to be emperor of America? We all need to vote in November.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  164. Curtis Bradley

    Yes, I would vote for President Obama. I really don't know why we (the America people) always think that the President have all the answers for life issues. Let those who think that they can plug the oil leak, go help BP, and then we might consider voting for them for President. What does the America people think the President is "The Messiah" Give our President a BREAK" He didn't create the problem in the first place.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  165. Saturday

    Kind of a dumb question, who is running against him?
    I certtainly wouldn't vote Republican, the thought of 4 more years of Bush/Cheney type politics is frightening.
    But yes, I would vote for Obama. I think he's doing a great job.
    What standard are we measuring this oil disaster by?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  166. Bob

    Absolutely. We seem to have extremely short-term memories in this country. Remember what a horrible direction our previous president had us in? This is exactly what we asked for and should STILL want! I'm happy that we no longer torture our prisoners, I'm happy we're ending the one war we should not have started and are finally getting around to fighting the one war we SHOULD have. The deficits are huge, but when in history have we had a recession and NOT had deficits. Does no one remember that this recession started In December 2007? Add to that the fact that the costs of both wars are now done in the budgetting process (and counting towards the deficit) instead of as special appropriations (and not counting towards annual deficits) and it is obvious that this president has us going in the right direction.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  167. McDole in OKC

    Yes and he probably will win 2nd election. I don't think he should run again though because of the blatent disrespect thrown at him causing a domino effect of negative incidents to occur; hate crimes, oil spills, constitutional violations(Arizona) No matter how great a president he can or will be, the majority in this country will not accept him. and as long as he's president things will not get any better.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  168. Robert

    He couldn't be elected dog catcher. The bailouts were a disaster. Cash for Clunkers was a disaster. The Stimulus was a disaster. The "health care bill" will bankrupt the country. He seems bent on turning this country into a Socialist country. I can't think of one thing he has done that I approve of. Many people will also think twice before they vote for a black man after being called racists every time they disagree with him.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  169. Gary

    I'm a registered Republican and voted for him as did my family. But unless he solves the oil spill soon, turns the economy around and
    stays on track with our war plans. He is NOT going to see a second terms because this first term is such a disaster.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  170. Sheryl

    It seems as if the media caters to President Obama, they must be afraid to be called racists. A label that is tough to live down especially if it's not true! It’s easy to blame former presidents for inherited problems. If I could throw some money at my problems they would probably go away too (at least for a little while) . . .

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  171. Anton Konnoff

    Obama took too long. The clean up and containment effort has been minimal. Switching to notebooks would save natural gas that can be used in cars and buses.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  172. Jayne

    No. His lack of leadership is shameful. Mr. President: stop listening to your advisor who worry about perception before acting on the behalf of the nation. The Gulf is dieing. Animals are dieing. People are losing their livilehood. Compared to this, Mr. Bush did an excellent job with Katrina.

    I have never been more disappointed in an elected official. If this is change, bring back the Republicans.

    Signed: life long Democrate

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  173. Beverly - Florida

    He probably would but he needs to WAKE UP. The American people voted for him because we thought he would be for us. People are still losing their jobs. They are more foreclosures happening. Money given to the banks for what? How many people if any got a loan modification. He has increased the deficit by how much? Soon our taxes will be going up. We already know who is going to be paying for the oil clean up. The Americans, the people who voted for him.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  174. Glennita

    Mr.Cafferty I am 13 and I watch CNN a lot, and I believe that if there was an election held today President Obama would win a second term because he has passed new bills and he is trying harder to help the economy. And also if people are so worried about him going to the Gulf of Mexico and help cleaning up, they should there and help instead of complaining.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  175. Tim

    Yes his administration could have responed faster. But his biggest mistake so far is underestimanting the veracity of the wing nuts and gop. If the election were today who would run against him white trash. Remember the primaries 82 incumbents only one lost.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  176. Joe - Houston, TX

    He couldn't get elected Senator if he was running today. Obama is done, he has shown us that he is a great campaigner who could talk his walk into becoming our Commander in Chief.........unfortunately we found out quickly he is our Campaigner in Chief and all his promises were quickly broken. The failure to act quickly on the oil disaster is the last straw and it is now understood how inexperienced Obama really is.

    Hillary 2012

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  177. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Slim to none...And slim just left town! Thanks to Obamacare!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  178. LLOY

    Jack, this question you and other pundits ask is plain goofy. The guy's smart, charged up and obviously working harder than any Pres in my lifetime with more challenges.

    The question of winning today is like asking who won the football game at the middle of the second quarter with the home team possessing the football the entire game thus far.

    The opposition can't lay a hand on him. Even if he was trailing before the half, haven't you heard of a comeback kid? If you hadn't noticed yet, he's a certified political genius. He's in control to the extent any human being could ever be.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  179. will

    My discouragement with Obama is not simply his handling of the oil volcano (hardly a spill) but extends nearly endlessly. His economic team of Geithner, Bernanke, Summers- the same guys that got us into this mess. His stupid war policy in Afghanistan and Iraq that simply pays off defense contractors and allows our kids to be killed for no reason. His continuation of Bush/Cheney secrecy and imprisonment policies. It goes on and on. Obama is not about change.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  180. sara from pa

    Yes he would win. If the president had camped down in the gulf from day one we would still have just as much oil in the gulf as we do now. He can't stop this mess. This problem and alot of the others speak to years of special interest groups running a muck in DC.
    I hope he runs and I will vote for him

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  181. Lilly

    Yes, I would vote for Obama again. Bush got so little criticism for the mess he put us in compared to the criticism Obama gets for trying to get us out of tmesses. The Republicans certainly know how to spin good into bad. If anyone is foolish enough to believe the negative spin, then they can vote for another Bush type of mess in 2012. I am always amazed at how people can be so easily misled.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  182. mary

    Absolutely NOT! He's a politician, not a leader.

    How long is the statute of limitations on blaming George Bush for everything? Even I'm sick of it.

    He's a slick talker with no substance. We voted for him....we only have ourselves to blame.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  183. Craig

    No, I believe if there were a decent candidate running against him he would be defeated. Tonight I expect to hear how this is the fault of the previous administration.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  184. DJ Rodney

    Why is everyone trying to put all the blame on Obama?
    The government is NOT in the business of capping Oil diasasters.
    He has limited avenues tonpursue.
    He has done more for this government than any other in a long time..Yes I will vote for him

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  185. PJ

    I would say he would, He is an excellent President who inherited a horrible mess. Of course he is not perfect; however, he is extremely intelligent and has done many courageous things in a short period of time.
    I am afraid much of the criticism against Obama is racially motivated and/or an effort by the fundamentalist Christian groups who want their extremist candidates in the Oval Office. God forbid that ever happens.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  186. Judy

    Do we want to vote for politicians who cross their arms, like stubborn children, and say "NO" to everything, no matter what it is; with no chance of negotiations, or trying to solve problems or doing anything constructive? Oh, and buy the way, they still want paychecks? I would vote for Obama!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  187. Sonia Howell

    No, He has a major problem on his hands, but what president hasen't? How you handle it is another. Too many irons in the kettle and Obama can't stir that many. Job might be 2 hard for him. Get a grip man. It doesn't matter who caused it at this point but it is Obama's mess to handle. He asked for the Job and now, what is he to do now? wait on another poll to see what his next move is going to be.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  188. Sue

    I was a strong proponent of President Obama. As I endured oil spill coverage this weekend, my mind finally snapped. I realized the president was just another political weasel. He is only slightly better than some. I doubt he would be voted in if the election were held today.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm |