FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
In his first interview since heart surgery last summer, Dick Cheney says he thinks President Obama will be a one-term president.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/01/18/art.cheney.jpg caption="Former Vice President Dick Cheney"]
The former vice president - who hasn't exactly been shy about his opinions since leaving office - tells NBC News that Mr. Obama chose a course of action that didn't have as much support as he thought it did.
Cheney points specifically to lack of job creation, deficit spending and big government programs, including health care. He insists there's a lot of support for repealing the health care law.
Cheney also suggests that President Obama has taken lessons from the wisdom of the Bush Administration. He says the president has "learned from experience" that some of his predecessor's decisions on terrorism were necessary. The former veep believes Mr. Obama has changed his tune on a lot of this stuff since he was a candidate.
Things like not being able to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison camp. Also, Cheney cites the Obama administration's expanded use of drones in Pakistan. He believes now that he's president, Mr. Obama "found it necessary to be more sympathetic to the kinds of things we did."
So how about Cheney's prediction that President Obama won't get a second term?
A new poll out shows the president's approval rating is up five points since December - and that more Americans think he's a strong leader who can handle a crisis.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll puts Mr. Obama's approval at 53 percent. And what might be most significant here is that the increase comes from the ever-important independent voters.
Also, President Obama's rating at the start of his third year is six points higher than Bill Clinton's was, and a whopping 16 points higher than Ronald Reagan's.
Here’s my question to you: Dick Cheney says President Obama will be a one-term president. Is he right?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jamie in St. Louis writes:
Depends on who runs against him. If Palin or Gingrich wins the Republican primary, Obama will win the presidency in a landslide. If someone like Chris Christie would run, it would be a close election. A third party candidate like Bloomberg would also throw a wrench in Obama's chances. All of that being said, if Hillary Clinton runs against Obama in a primary, I would think this time she would win.
Yep, when 5 buck gasoline and 12% unemployment hit the American public in two years, Obama will be going back to organizing communities.
Jeff in Bishop, Georgia writes:
Mr. Cafferty, With more than a year until the GOP nominates its candidate, it is premature for Cheney to make that prediction with certainty. If the GOP has a dynamic ticket that can garner the independent vote, they have a great chance. If not, Obama will win a 2nd term.
John in Marlton, New Jersey writes:
Yes, Cheney is right. It's been obvious from the beginning that Obama's election had more to do with its historical significance than any meaningful policy or change in direction. Having said that, Obama's first term has failed the American people and damaged the aspirations of a generation that will follow.
I think it really all depends on the next year and how both Obama and the Democrats in the House and Senate handle the roadblocks that the Tea Party and the far right have promised to throw their way.
With a blessing like that from Cheney, I am not at all surprised to see that the polls don't match. When did facts ever matter to this man? Let's let time and America decide the future and leave this angry man to the past where he belongs.