Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?
September 14th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It had to be a pretty rough morning to wake up to in the White House today.

Democrats suffered two stunning losses in special elections. In both cases, the Republican winners tied their opponents to President Barack Obama and his economic policies.

The most crushing loss came in New York. Democrats lost the seat of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a seat that hasn't gone Republican since the 1920s.

The district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is heavily Jewish, Democratic, pro-union and blue-collar.

If this doesn't send the Democratic Party into panic mode, it ought to. The results in Brooklyn bring into question whether Obama can carry Florida next year, a state absolutely crucial to his re-election.

And there's more. The guy who won, Republican Bob Turner, is a retired cable TV executive who has never served elective office. He defeated a Democratic state assemblyman, David Weprin, with two decades of experience in public service.

National Democrats poured in half a million dollars at the last minute and even sent former President Bill Clinton to campaign, but none of that mattered.

Meanwhile, in Nevada - another important state for the president's re-election - the Democrat was trounced in a special election there.

These twin losses are only the latest in a string of bad news for Obama:

A new CNN poll shows Obama receiving the highest disapproval rating of his presidency at 55%.

As for his $447 billion jobs plan, it's looking unlikely that will get much, if any, traction in a divided Congress.

And if the upcoming election is really all about jobs and the economy, the president's campaign could very well be doomed:

The Congressional Budget Office says the economy will grow slower than anticipated and that unemployment will stay close to 9% through the end of 2012.

Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

He has to run. President Obama is the only thing standing between the citizenry of the United States and insanity. The thought of Rick Perry sitting in the Oval Office is not what I call comforting. And although Romney seems to be fairly moderate and halfway bright, he can't fix anything. All in all, Obama is still the best we have – right now.

What an excellent idea. He has been trying to dig the country out of a hole and his shovel is not up to the job. Let's get someone with a larger shovel.

Liz on Facebook:
Only if Hillary runs. She would be the only one that could do it. Name recognition plus experience.

Great, now we go from a yutz (Obama) to pastor klutz (Perry). If Obama bows out, the flood gates will open. We will drown in biblical notations and in the reconfiguring of everything, from science to the lost space suit Jesus came in.

Joe in Binghamton, New York:
Jack, Why would you ask a question like this when it suggests we should let the obstructionists win the Civil War? Kind of reminds me of giving in to the terrorists.

Pete in Georgia:
Obama not run for president? It's all he knows. It's what he lives for. The campaign. He's like a dog chasing a car, not knowing in the least what to do if and when he catches it. It's the chase – the campaign. Pathetic.

Only if a real Democrat steps in as the counterbalance to the GOP. I'm not happy with Obama's performance, but I'm not senile.

Steve in Illinois:
No. I've already bought too many "2012" (with his little symbol in the 0) bumper stickers and buttons.

soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Alex in wisconsin

    After listening to Tea Party folks cheering the idea of letting uninsured people die, I will be glad to vote for President Obama. Jack, i gotta look in the archives and see if you asked the same question about President Bush. If you weren't asking whether or not president bush should resign or run for re-election, you shouldn't be asking that of President Obama.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. james in greenville nc

    No, Jack, he should not even consider it. His ego might consider it though.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  3. lou

    Most people aren't paying any attention to politics right now. As we get closer to the election, people will start tuning in and then it will be a fairly easy decision. Polls show Americans want the rich to pay more in taxes and the entitlement programs left alone. Republicans are running directly against these two things. If the democrats keep that message simple and clear, they should win decisively.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Ron


    September 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Kevin SD CA

    Great idea! Maybe he should move to Cuba, or Venezuela, and run for President somewhere where they will embrace his socialist ideology; or where the people have already been forced into submitting to his views and dictates!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm |

    get a life...the election is months away...a lot could change betwen now and then!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Gil Labbe

    Of course President O'Bama needs to run for re-election. The country desperately needs a Republican President and that's the best way to assure a Republican victory in 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Jayne

    Yes. If he's really not into fighting for Democratic Party principles, he should step aside and give us a chance to find someone who is. All his problems have been caused by becoming half a Republican.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Jim from Summerville SC

    Absolutely, with Obama out of the race, the Democrats could nominate Hillary Clinton. With Democratic and independent voter support, she would win in a landslide.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Peg from NY

    He could have considered that but he is running for President. I am left to wonder exactly who truly advises him on his most important decision. If only there was going to be another option.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  11. AB

    No Jack, President Obama should consider running for re-election and be committed to winning the presidency in 2012. He one of the best presidents in United States history. The people who should reconsider running for re-election are Republican congressmen and congresswomen. President Obama saved the auto and banking industries, enacted a federal healthcare reform message into law for the first time in U.S. history and developed and proposed a jobs bill and submitted it to Congress last week. These are accomplishments that merit re-election.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    WOW! That would surely throw a monkey wrench into the Republican's campaign plans. Their worst nightmare now is that the economy and the job situation might improve between now and election day. Obama leaving the race would be their second worst nigtmare.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  13. John in Alabama

    Jack: I think all candidates for re-election should evaluate whether they will run for office. I am sure Michelle and Barrack Obama have considered running or not running for the office of President of the United States. I believe President Obama will win the election barely, but will win with more than 3% than whoever the Republicans run against him. President Obama will receive more popular vote than did President George W. Bush did in 2004. The meaning of this anlysis is the people believe that President Obama needs a second term, if Texas Boy President George W. Bush got one.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Bob Field Estero

    No. He should run again with Hilary Clinton as his running mate.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  15. Jk from Minnesota

    I wouldn't blame him if he chose not to run – he's tried to be bi-partisan with a group whose idea of bi-partisan is to say No to everything he asks. I would rather see him be harder on this Congress and call them out publically for what they are – another "Do nothing constructive for America" Congress. He needs to be more like FDR and Truman. Sad part of it is who would run if he didn't – and that cast of circus sideshow acts running in the GOP party are rather scary to me.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  16. Doug

    The public has a much lower opinion of Congress than the Presidency, so anyone who would reccomend Obama shouldn't run, would also have to say the same thing about every member of Congress. But, even with a totally new Congress, and a new President, things would stay the same. Even with Palin as President, and a Republican controlled House and Senate, things will stay the same. We are on the same collision course, between the theocrats and secularist, that inspired the Arab Spring. We are in a New Era, and no one can predict where it is going to lead us. Doug.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  17. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?

    With all that he has accomplish despite all that Blocking, Name Calling, Disrespect for the Office etc from the GOP?

    He has MY vote.

    No one with half a brain would vote for anyone in the Republican Party. We are all going to vote for REAL Democrats and Independents that want to get Americans back to work. We are going to make those sore loser Republicans irrelevant.

    Enough is enough.

    Roseville CA

    September 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Russ in PA

    Now there is a novel idea: I vote that he not run for President, as he and the bureacrats have done such a bang-up job of continuing to turn this country into a regulated mess. Note that I said "contine", as both Parties are one and the same. They both believe in centrally-planning the economy, and they both want to spend us into oblivion.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Probably........but it is a rare thing for an incumbent to do.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Brad, Portland, OR

    It's too late to get a Democratic challenger going, and it would just weaken Obama for the general election and let the Republican candidate win in a cake-walk.

    While Republicans might like that idea, as bad as Obama has been for the American people, any of the Republican candidates would be far worse.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Ron WPAFB

    No! He is the best person for the Job. I personall believe the complete disrespect by the GOP Leaders is pure Racism! I grew up with Racism all around me and can see it in the way Cantor, Bohner, and especially Mitch McConnell talk back to the President. The GOP is like a child caught in a lie, acting back and making untrue remarks like the GOP does in their propaganda machine! Another, and the biggest problem is that the GOP is putting Party before Country! They are in election mode and will waste the tax payers money for the next 14 months. And yet the American People have been brainwashed by the propaganda of the GOP. Having a difference in opinion is one thing, Jack, but completely ignoring the facts and not passing bills while holding this country hostage is Treasonous! I mean that! We have no enforcement of the Congressmen and women to make them do their jobs! How is it Jack, that our Constitution allows for one party to run this country into the ground for no good reason but Political Gain?

    To block every good bill and hold hostage the American Homeless, the American Poor, the American Jobless who are victims of GOP policies by the previous Administration is TREASON. And unless the Media, YOU, can bring the truth to the American People and show the GOP is the problem, then we 're done Jack! This country cannot survive another GOP President who believes in Trickle Down Economics, it has NEVER WORKED!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Jon Campbell

    Obama will appoint Hillary as his new VP soon and will not care whether or not he is reelected. The guy cannot continue to battle the racially-challenged extreme dominionism of the Tea Party. There would be no Tea Party had McCain and Palin been elected. Think about it!

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  23. Laura Nichols

    No, President Obama should definitely run again for president. He is the best shot this country has – look, really look at what the Republicans are offering – nothing to the middle class.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  24. Jerry Driskell

    WHAT ? He still has 20+ countries and 500+ cities to visit. He can't possibly do that by the end of 2012.
    Jerry in GA

    September 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  25. Ed from Texas

    It's not President Obama's fault that Republicans are obstructionists.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  26. carman mcdowell

    Absolutely NOT! Considering that he is trying to steer the ship, save it from sinking, save the drowning and fight half the crew all at the same time, I think he's doing a hellava job!

    September 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  27. Mark Ivy, Indiana

    Personally I would like to see someone else on the ticket for the Democrats. However, from a political standpoint, I don't think President Barak Obama has any choice but to run. That said, I think the Democrats would be well served if someone else on their side of the aisle jumped into the race. Let's face at this time our options are not the most ideal. Either we opt for more of the same failed leadership or we choose from a Republican candidate, yet to be named, but if one of the current crop does nothing to inspire the confidence the nation needs to get out of the morass we find ourselves. At present it's choose the devil we know or the devil who may be ready to unseat the current occupant of the White House. We need a candidate, Democrat or Republican, that can once more instill a sense of security in our economy. Unfortunately right now none of the above can do it.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  28. leemarie50

    Jack, we could not be that lucky. President Obama has been the worst thing that has happened to the United States. He is President of some of the people, only those who belong to Unions. I do not think he even considers those living in poverty. He acedemic models do not compute.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm |

    He's going to run, and he's going to win. I know the media prefers drama, but it seems to me that all the media does is report on the negative circumstances surrounding President Obama. I support his re-elction for two reasons: I am a Democrat, and the alternative is pretty scary. The media doesn't report on the positive stuff that he does. And, there are positive things. How about interviewing people who have benefited from the decisions he's made, instead of always talking with the folks who will disagree with him no matter what? Like Matlin, Castallenos, Demint, and the like.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  30. G. Mark Allen

    Hello Jack, I'm just an interested bystander from North of the 49th in Canada where watching Americans ranks in second place only to hockey as our national past time. Interesting questionre; Whether Obama should consider not running for re-election. From my standpoint, maybe Obama should consider not running since to many eyes outside of the USA, we often wonder if only extreme right-wing nutjobs actually ever get any decent press down there? I mean, 8 years of George W? Glenn Beck? Michelle Bachmann? Rick Perry? Sarah Palin? Wow, is there no place in U.S. politics for more passive sober thought from intelligent, articulate and world-aware, compassionate men and women down there?

    September 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  31. Ken Victoria BC

    The answer to this question is yes. However and note, there is always a however. The however depends on weather You or Mr. Wolf will run as the tag team you are. If the two of you are not ready, willing and able, then Barrack must walk not run.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  32. bob z fr ,pa.

    that would be the best x mas present ever

    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  33. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,President Obama should seek reelection.Why use up a good candidate in 2012?There is no way any Democrat can win, he may as well continue his impersonation of Jimmy Carter and go down in flames!

    September 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  34. Debra

    I should hope he doesn't back out of the race. I'd hate to think of what America will become if one of the GOP frontrunners took the post. Not only would we be in deep trouble, they would start preaching to many that do not share their belief system and I would not be comfortable with that. The GOP candidates have a hard time separating their beliefs from the issues at hand.

    Annville, PA

    September 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  35. bonnie from NJ

    After learning that a Republican won Anthony Weiner's seat in NYC, I would think it should be a consideration for him, because I am now scared to death that we will end up with a Republican winning. However, I have another solution for him, grow a back bone and stand up to the Republicans and you might win back the support of the liberals and independents that have given up on him.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  36. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, I believe immediate resignation should be an option

    September 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  37. Larry, RI

    Jack, how many different ways are you going to ask this same question? Obviously this is something that you'd love to see happen. A battle for a Democratic primary would defnitely hurt the party and guarantee the Presidency to any number of incompetent candidates from that Tea/Republican Party. If that happens then we'd all be traveling (as Michael Moore states) on the Teatanic!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  38. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Absolutely not. He's not Lyndon Johnson with Vietnam. For Obama not to run would hand the election to the Republicans in a landslide resulting in George W Bush thinking. We should learn from mistakes.. Each Republican candidate are myopic to a greater extent than George W Bush, and are no more understanding. There will be another George W Bush in office some day but it should be separated by centuries, not by 4 years.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  39. Mark Oklahoma City

    Of course he should, Jack. But, have you ever heard of a politician with an EGO the size of Montana stepping down from office over the flimsy reasoning that they didn't do their job for their constituents? If that happened on a regular basis, just where would this country be? Maybe, we'd be a helluva lot better off!

    September 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  40. Bob Hansen

    Jack, The president has no chance for a second term. The Republicans have managed to stick the blame for everything wrong with this country on him. (it has been their full time job since he was elected) and Obama has done NOTHING to fight back. The truth is that much of that wrong started on the GOP's watch, and they have somehow convinced a large part of the populace that it is all Obama's fault. And he is STILL talking about the need to work together. He truly doesn't get it. If the Dems don't see this and find someone else who understands and can beat these Republicans, then it is my opinion that they have already written off the white house for the next 4 years. Put up Hillary. She knows how this works and I'm sure she isn't going to lay down for the GOP onslought. If the Dem party doesn't do this, she should quit the party and run as an independent. It's the only way to prevent a total Republican takeover of this country. That scares me a lot. A whole lot. It will be the permanent end of the middle class, the rich will rule and the rest of us will dig their ditches until we die. Yes Obama should not only consider not running, he should face the facts and back down for the good of America.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  41. Aris

    He should do what lyndon johnson ,and "his great society", did and give the people a reprieve with his racist policies accomodating the Educations of hate,while abusing people with affirmative action international infractions from money worshipping migrations

    September 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  42. Pat (Missouri)

    Jack, President O'bama is a study in deliberate, thoughtful, intelligent leadership. We are surrounding by reactionary ill -informed, irresponsible, obstructionistic politicians who would like nothing better than for this president to step aside and make their path clear for a return to power. I believe that President O'bama has too much courage and integrity to allow that to happen to us.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  43. Mark

    To save America, he should resign! It's obvious he's in over his head. For someone who has never run anything in his life, including 82% of his administration, they are clueless on how to get this country back on the tracks.
    Mark from Boulder City, NV

    September 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Realistically it is smart for Obama to run for re-election. The republicans don't have anyone running who can beat him. It isn't so much that republicans are not qualified or that Obama is a good leader because he isn't. It is the nasty taste left in voters mouths after George Bush. All of those WMD'S that were never found and all the lies that lead up to a war in Iraq that never should have been waged. It isn't even just American voters that don't trust the republicans. It is the rest of the world that does not trust them. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  45. chris

    only if the democratsn want a democrat in the white house if he runs for re-election it will be ober for the democrats in the white house in jan 2013

    September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  46. Dale

    Obama not running for president, no way his narcissistic ego will not allow that to happen.

    New Mexico

    September 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  47. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    No, he should not. In a second term he will not have to worry about being re-elected and that will free his hands to act more decisively. Besides he's much smarter than anyone the Republicans have, a party where ignorance and stupidity are virtues.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  48. Phyllis G. Williams

    Should President Obama consider not running for re-election?

    Why shouldn't he? when to my shock and surprise my Jewish Boss said:
    "He's the best President America has ever had".


    September 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  49. Bob T - Southfield, MI

    Jack – I think the public needs to know the extent of impact the Citizens United decision may have had on the New York election. According to I Watch, a nonpartisan reporter, "Party and non-party groups favoring the Republicans outspent their pro-Democratic counterparts $978,000 to $676,900, helping to partially offset the hard-money fundraising gap enjoyed by the Democrats." If the Citizen's United decision is remembered then I suggest that Obama and every other Democrat ought to opt out and give it all to the Republicans and their wealthy cronies.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  50. Minesh Baxi

    Jack, Obama should run for re-election as he is the perfect poster child for liberal policies of tax, spend and destroy the economy with anti-business regulations. The contrast between the two parties will be clear and we will be rid of the liberal nuisance in this country. Thank God that even Democrats are waking up to the disaster they created by electing Obama.

    Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    September 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  51. Mark Ropp

    Yes... I'm a Democrat that had supported Ms. Clinton in the last election and wish that she or anyone else in the Democratic Party with more experience would challenge him. I voted for Mr. Obama because he was my party’s nomination. Unfortunately President Obama is like a car my party bought thinking it was the right choice, but once we drove it for awhile and realized it's not giving us the gas mileage we’d hoped for and what the manufacturer claimed on the sticker, are stuck with because everyone in the our Party believes driving this gas guzzler for another four years is better than trading it in before the loan is paid off!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  52. John NY

    Obama shouldn't run, he just don't have the intelligence for this job, his performance has been a dismal failure.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  53. Dennis in Florida

    Come on Jack, get real. Based on the state of the economy and just about everything else going wrong in America today, no rational person in Obama’s position would believe they could be reelected.

    Unfortunately, politicians are not rational and they have huge egos. Do you think Obama could ever intentionally give up flying around for free in Air Force?

    He was elected by promising to give everyone everything they wanted, and so far he is still giving the same promises. As long as he can blame Bush or the rest of the Republicans for the nation’s problems, he will run. If the Republicans can’t get their act together, he may very well be the victor!


    September 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  54. Dwane

    If the Democrats plan on winning this election, they must nominate Mrs. Clinton. She is the only electable Democrat. I can't picture the majority of Americans voting for Mr. Romney or Mr. Perry over her.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  55. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I think it would be a big mistake for President Obama not to run in 2012. He represents change, a total change in the way America operates internally and how it is perceived by the rest of the world. It is important to me to know if the majority of American voters will continue to support his philosophies of how government should operate. After six generations of Americans in my family it may be time to move.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  56. Sandstone.

    "Yes Jack. And he should also consider resigning now before he does any more damage to the Democrates and the rest of the frinancial world!"

    September 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  57. Dogood - Sacramento CA

    I think President Obama absolutely needs to run for re-election. America can not withstand another Republican era filled with Tea Party sentiment, capital cronyism, and the demolishment of entitlements. Infact Americas only chance for recovery is for President Obama to be re-elected, and for democratic voters to return for the congressional elections to even out the playing field in congress. So for those Americans who want change, who want to see our great nation not just recover but surpass past economic growth, and for those who want the best furture for their children this is what needs to be done. Re-elect Obama!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  58. curtis in philadelphia

    I don't know Jack. The country is still under the influence of the Bush tax code, that's a fact. The Republicans have come out and said that they won't help Obama, cue the tape of Mitch McConnell informing everyone that his number one job was not to create jobs or help the economy, but rather to make sure that Obama is a one-term president. There is plenty of blame to go around to all three branches of our government, however, the only reason we know who Captain Smith was, is because he was the captain of the Titanic when it sank. There's got to be a life-raft named Hillary somewhere.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  59. Scott Shevlin

    Obama should not run for re-election. He has disappointed his supporters throughout his presidency. When will he realize he is up against people that want him to fail so they will never compromise. He is weak and will only get hard core Democrats to vote for him.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  60. Donald Desaulniers

    Yes, he should decide NOT to run, but that decision needs to have nothing to do with the results of these two special elections. The job of president is too demanding on Mr. Obama and his family to drag his loved ones through another year of intense campaigning and then four more years of intense pressure. Just look at how much Mr. Obama has aged since he was elected. He made history by getting elected, and has led America during a period when no one could have been successful given the destructive political gridlock. He has served his country well, but it it time to put himself and his family first. Let someone else jump into the pressure cooker that is called the Presidency.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  61. Flatsguide

    Not only should he not run next year, he should quit right now. We could run without a president for a year, it couldn't be any worse than whats happening now.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  62. James S.

    Of Course he should. Are we going to trust the GOP to make things better for the middle class? That won't happen. Obama 2012 All the way.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  63. Brian Klein

    He absolutely should reconsider. He has his time to prove himself and his policies and neither have shown any sign of life to bring the country out of the doldrums we are currently in. The Democrats should not think for one second that he is their best candidate and should consider bringing someone else to the plate. The country needs a leader, and right now only one comes to mind and it isn't President Obama. We need someone strong and true to their convictions, who stands firm on their policies and sees them to the end.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  64. Rob in NC

    Obama would do better to run for used car salesman of the year at a local dealership. He is better suited to that type of job than he is pres.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  65. kurt

    He should resign now.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  66. NOBAMA

    Obama needs to let someone else run as democratic candidate....how about anyone..anyone?????

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  67. noeh urzine

    Only if Hillary is fired up and ready to go... she could win... independents love Bill Clinton and with her they get a package deal.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  68. Big Bob

    Wow, Jack!

    Who hit you upside the head all of a sudden?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  69. Nancy

    Sure! Why not? He's just as qualified as anyone else out there and he's had on the job experience.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  70. One-Legged Sandpiper

    Only if we want 2016 to be decided in Thunderdome.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  71. Gene

    I wish there was a Democrat alternative to Obama. I am not voting Republican but am down right depressed over the state of the economy and the stupid continued war in Afghanistan! How about marshaling our resources on a war on poverty at home?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  72. Spock

    Not only not run for president, but not even run around the block

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  73. Tan Huynh

    hell no..Win or lose Obama should fight the thugs on the right till the end..

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  74. david in memphis

    Of course he should. But no man with an ego the size of that man's ego will ever make such a decision. Don't get me wrong, I have real questions about whether any of the suspects on the other side of the aisle can really right the ship, but certainly the president's policies have failed/are failing miserably and I'm not sure the country could handle 4 more years of the same.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  75. John Griffin

    Absolutely, this job is so far over his head and he does not have a clue. He should save himself and his party the embarrasment of running again. Clearly, right now the only job he is trying to save is his own.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  76. Rob

    I think President Obama needs to run for re-election so we can vote him out! He needs to be told at the ballot box that his policies haven't helped reverse the Bush mess, but merely added to it. I would like to see if there are any Democrats that have the courage to challenge him in the primary. To challenge the sitting president in a primary election is truly putting the people over politics. It saddens me that no one in the Democratic Party has the courage to do it. Come on Hillary DO IT!!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  77. Chris Collins

    As a Republican, I honestly think that President Obama not running again would give the Democrats their best chance at keeping the White House.

    Orange Park, FL

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  78. constituent

    That depends- who is he thinking of? If he truly wishes to do the best for the country then yes...he should. Tere are other more worthy and experienced Democrats who can stand at the helm. If he is thinking of himself, what has he to lose?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  79. TomPaine32

    It's not Obama's economic policies that are the problem. It is Republicans who want to take advantage of hard economic turns to win votes. Their strategy is obvious: do nothing, hope the economic does not recover, and win big in 2012. It is a cynical strategy, but it might work. Should Obama run? Yes, he should run and he should be more aggressive in attacking the people who care more about winning elections than helping the American people.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  80. Justin

    As an independent voter, I'd cast my vote in a heartbeat for Hillary Clinton. I can't say the same for Obama as of now – my vote is still up in the air.

    Mobile, AL

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  81. Steve

    Yes. Look at what the GOP is offering. I'll hold my nose and vote for Obama in 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  82. QS in Seattle

    Quick answer – no, he shouldn't consider not running.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  83. Bob

    If obama really cared about this country, (which he doesn't) he would have stepped down already. Siting, sickness or anything he could think of. He is by far the most enept, incapable occupant of the white house I have ever seen.
    But he doesn't care this country. He wants to be re-elected for power sake. Whether he's in there legally or not, (and I think not) we can't afford another four years of obamaism. This country would cease to exist as we know it. The cry should be "2012 and out.!" Anyone has got to be better than obama. Even Daffy Duck!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  84. webster

    Of course he should run. We need another 4 years of Obama to convince Americans to completely give up on putting faith in the government to lead us to economic prosperity. Let me point out a major irony of the Obama jobs plan. Obama stands on TV and critques tax cuts for the rich and tax breaks for corporations. OK, fine, run of the mill Democrat and progressive rhetoric. Meanwhile, he somehow thinks it better to borrow a half a trillion dollars and dole it out to corporations and businesses to create jobs. So now, instead of corporations keeping their own money they get a huge handout of money to hire and the American taxpayer pays interest to China on the money. Corporation gets same welfare, fewer jobs are created than if companies kept their money in the first place and the taxpayer grabs his ankles. Most people are waking up to these shenanigans. Ron Paul 2012

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  85. Arch Stanton

    What an incredibly stupid question. This country is faced with some of the most incompetent, ridiculous theocrats ever as Republican candidates. If any Republican wins, it is certain doom for the future of the USA. And you think Obama should step aside and let that happen?

    Seriously, Jack, come up with better questions. I like ya, but this one makes me wonder if you should consider renewing your CNN contract.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  86. John

    No, that way the Republicans are assured of winning the presidency.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  87. bob

    Obama is the worst President since Jimmy Carter and he should start packing his bags now and not wait till 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  88. Tom, Warren,RI

    The President should display leadership in this economic crisis by stating he will not seek or accept the Democratic nomination. Thereby freeing him to concentrate all of his attention and energy over the next fourteen months to getting America back to work and the economy back on track.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  89. Matt

    Do we really need to ask this? Is it not obvious he should bow out gracefully and return to teaching Constitutional law at University of Illinois?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  90. anne82958

    Obama will not abandon this country to be destroyed by the Tea Party.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  91. John

    Yes he should run. Democrats need 2 stop being scared of their own shadows. They need to rebuild America now and put construction workers back to work. Stop running from the President but look to him for leadership. He never was a left wing liberal. He is a middle of the road Democrat who has done some incredible things even with a Republican party that has done nothing but fight him on everything he ever tried. He got Healthcare Reform, Killed Bin Laden has reached across the aisle but has been slapped across the hand every time he reaches out

    September 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  92. CitizenJP

    Whatever economic progress has happened since the Great Recessiion started is due to the leadership of President Obama: The stock market has come back, the jobs have grown but not enough, etc. He does does not have to outright lie like some of the repuliica leaders but wWhat the president needs to do is talk about his party's achievemnent much more loudly.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  93. Brian

    He stands no chance! Even with an ugly field of republicans running he stands no chance. He has proven to anyone with any business sense at all that he has no clue what fuels this economy. Trying to burden small businesses with mandated health care for all employees was a crucial mistake. That alone proved he had no clue what kind of effect it would have on small businesses and their ability to maintain profitability or how it would effect their hiring practices. Not to mention ever being able to expand! DUMB DUMB DUMB.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  94. sheppard

    He should definetly run! With most of the GOP canidates, and the likely nominee being hard right, and putting their religous right morals into choices they will make. I think obama will win just with the scare factor. Otherwise we are doomed to go backwards on human rights ( gay rights, womens choice, stem cell research, ect)

    Battleground WA.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  95. D

    As long as Mitt Romney or Rick Perry will be his likely opponents...I think that answer is yes.

    A more important question is will the GOP actual go with one of those two less than stellar choices. Its not like they will allow Ron Paul a seat at the table and Bachman makes Sarah Palin look like JFK.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  96. MarkZ

    Obama should realize he does not have the skills to recover the economy and do the honorable thing and not run for re-election. .

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  97. Tina

    I think he should reconsider. If Democrats can field another candidate who has a better chance of winning, absolutely. (Hillary, anyone?) The President has deeply disappointed me working so hard to appease republicans. They aren't going to re-elect him, his base will. He keeps acting stunned that he can't get any cooperation out of them, and they seem to have consumed his presidency. Time is running out. A wise man once said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Sadly, the only real 'change' I've seen out of this president is his willingness to define his presidency by trying to get the bullies next door to like him.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

    I do not think that will be a good idea at this point of the election season for him to consider not to run. But, I think that it is time for president Obama to let go his ego and ask Hillary Clinton to run in the ticket. It is the only way for him to be re-elected. The Obama/Clinton will be the ideal ticket for democrats in 2012 otherwise Mr. Obama will not be re-elected, not matter how much to the middle he moves to.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  99. RIck

    I come from a family of life-long Democats. I voted for McGovern, Carter, Clinton, and Obama. I wont vote for Obama again and I dont have the time to list all the reasons. He is clueless and refuses to learn from his mistakes. We are going to end up with a RIck Perry in the White House because of this guy.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  100. Mary Mitchell Seattle, WA

    More to the point, why does he want to subject himself to 4 more years of frustration? He knows the Republicans
    regard it as a sacred trust to oppose him at every turn, and even his own party is not solidly behind him. Being
    president of the US is never a walk in the park, but Obama seems to be targeted more than the usual disputes between
    Congress and thse White House.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  101. Jack NYC

    First off, much too much is being made of this Brooklyn election. It was more about Israel than Obama. Most people in that district were apathetic because this seat is to be redistricted soon. The Orthodox Jewish community came out in force because they are, for the most part, Republican. They align themselves with the conservative Christian wing of the Republican party. Each blindly support Israel but for obvious different reasons. Obama should definitely run for re-election. For one thing, a year is a long time–for another, we may yet see the GOP implode with it's extremists locking the party into a set of no-compromise, obstructionist handcuffs.

    Jack NYC

    September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  102. CitizenJP

    Whatever economic progress has happened since the Great Recessiion started is due to the leadership of President Obama: The stock market has come back, the jobs have grown but not enough, etc. He does does not have to outright lie like some of the republican leaders but what the president needs to do is talk about his party's achievemnent much more loudly.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  103. Patrick Murphy

    Past elections have offered us the best of two candidates. This election offers the lesser of two evils. And there is no Ted Kennedy waiting in the Democratic wings to challenge President Obama.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  104. 1wakeupcall

    As a conservative, I want President Obama right where he is–that is running in the next election. Having an alternate Democrat might mean we would lose the White House to another liberal, big government, and ineffective President.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  105. Patsy, Texas

    No, Jack. Why should he walk away now? The Tea Party/Republicans have done nothing to help solve America's
    problems, and they never will. Why should America be handed over to obstructionist pissants when there is
    still some chance things will improve somewhat without their help. We were growing until the Tea Party raided
    the Republicans, and the voters let themselves be hoodwinked. If it happens again, President Obama can leave
    with his head held high knowing he tried his best. As for me, if Perry is elected I will head for the hills.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  106. Mike Simonini

    Yes, he should run. He will argue that when the republicans controlled the legislature, spending went through the roof and can't be trusted with the purse strings. That the Republicans are nothing more than obstructionists led by Senator Mc Connell(KY), who swore POTUS would not get a second term. Power for the Republicans rather the people that need help. Three, look at the competition. All self destructible.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  107. Rick from L.A

    No he should stay the course. He has to fight even if the battle seems unwinable.,not because of arogance or a sense of self entitlement, but because he has to show that he can keep fighting when the going get's rough. If he were to yield now, it would be confirming every bad thing the GOP said about him.

    Mr. President keep your guard up and watch for the Tea Party feints.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  108. Brian in Los Angeles

    YES!!! I have been a life-long Democrat and I believe with absolute certainty that Obama should NOT run for re-election. I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and I strongly believe she should be the Democrat's nominee in 2012. I will write her name in on the primary ballot if she is not officially running.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  109. starshine

    I hope he won't run, but you can't stop ego.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  110. Ben Trumble

    Viewed purely through partisan lens the best hope for Democrats in 2012 would indeed be an "anybody but Obama" scenario. An unpopular President, however well personally intentioned he may be, has to leave Dems feeling like it is 1932 and their guy is called Hoover. Free from the buyes's remorse associated with President Obama another Dem would face far fewer negatives in countering a Rick Perry, or even a Mitt Romney. For the good of the party and the nation the President should retire.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  111. mike

    Yes.He should reconsider. I do not want GOP to win when the country is in such a bad economic situation

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  112. cajr

    whether he does run again or not does not make a difference. i think a majority of americans think obama and the democratic controlled everything wasted too much time and political clout on healthcare which a majority of americans did not approve of. rather than concentrate on the economy and jobs and tax reform, he chose to appease the far left loons and create some sort of legacy for himself. problem is another four years and keeping control of all three branches would have been far more advantagous. it is starting to seem like his priorities are not with what is good for the country. its like he is trying too little too late as damage control.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  113. Doug, DC

    Sure he should consider it if he doesn't care about the future of this country. I don't care how bad things look for his re-election. If he believes that his agenda is the best hope in turning our economy around, then he needs to agressively fight for it. This President seems to have had more bad things happen during his Presidency than any President I can remember and quite frankly I think he has handled it adequately. Also, when you consider the alternative, I'll take President Obama EVERYTIME!!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  114. Charles in North Carolina

    Jack, most Americans might not like President Obama's handling of the economy, and his current disapproval ratings may be in the toilet, but he still looks better than any of the far right Republicans wanting to run against him in 2010. Next November is still a long way off. I wouldn't count Obama out just yet.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Bobby Eaton

    That should not even cross his mind, He should fight until the end, Its a shame that to get rid of a president this republican congress and senate will sacriface Americans and thier way of life for their own ideaolgy. Ridiculous, be careful what you wish for.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  116. John Thompson

    President "O" should reconsider and run for an office in a small village where he can't do much (more) damage! Personally I think Hillary is already picking out the new drapes for 1600 PA Avenue.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  117. John- Detroit MI

    People read too much into local elections. They slandered the Democrat in New York, saying he was a terrorist and hated Israel in a Jewish area. Plus he wasn't an impressive candidate. Republicans are masters at libel. The American public has a herd mentality. They always vote the other party out if they were angry with the party that was in power. That's why we have Nikki Haley and Scott Walker, people with little substance who are pure shills.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  118. pat epping

    It matters not who rules the country but who controls its money supply. This has not changed in 100 years nor will it. What if nobody voted? Or if a write in candidate actually won the popular vote?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  119. Pam from Texas

    No. Why? Because he is our leader. I hope with 4 more years after 2012 that what he has tried so hard to accomplish will come to bear. But in the next breath, if the Congress doesn't attempt "compromise" nothing will work. And when I say that, I mean from both sides. My main issue now with President Obama is that he needs to deal with America not the Tea Party. The "ones" in Congress have signed on with Mr. Norquist. The last I heard he wasn't elected to anything. So yes I want President Obama to run in 2012. Do you honestly want everything controlled by the Tea Party? God (or whatever you believe), I pray not.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  120. Jeff

    I think all who recognize at some point that they have failed at the job or task they have been given realize it is time to pass that responsibility onto someone who can better accomplish the goal. I think Obama has found himself in that postion but cannot come to grips with the limitations of his abilities and sees no honorable way to pass the torch to a more qualified individual, so he will run knowing its not in the best interest of the country.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  121. Mike from Canada

    Obama is creating his own problems. He is just putting out fires rather than provide the leadership he was elected for and what the nation really needs right now. Why didnt he come up with a real 5 year job creation plan that assumes his involvement through to completion, through his second term. Maybe the question should be, "Has President Obama already given up on a second term".

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  122. Cody from Illinois

    If the president doesn't run, the Dems might as well concede victory to the Repubs. While his approval rating is down, still more Americans trust the president with the economy than Repubs – afterall, it's the Repubs who came out weakest from the debt deal. Furthermore, the Repub nominee has the challenge of steering hard left back to middle ground after pantering to the Tea Party to win the nomination.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  123. Stagg Newman

    Obama should ask Hillary to run and step aside.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  124. mrstriggins

    Really, I usually take your questions seriously until now. I don't recall this question being posed to Bush 43.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  125. Oscar Tremont

    Step down in January or so, let Hillary run (and win).

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  126. Nate

    I'm a republican, and I'm probably voting for Obama this cycle. I've been pleased with him in general- it is not up to the president to set how many jobs are created or lost each year, despite the fact he gets the lion share of the credit and blame. His biggest mistake was a hair-brained healthcare plan engineered by the moronic democratic congress.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  127. Gigi Oregon

    Having voted republican in the last election and after the damaged done by Pres. Bush or VP Cheney(who either was the real president) I'm not dumb enough too do it again. Pres. Obama will receive my vote. I see nothing in the Republican party that will help the United states to over come the Bush years of wars, neglect and support of corporate abuse. They will continue with wars and rumor of wars and get the middle class to pay for it, continue to support taking jobs over seas for more profit for corporate America and to hell with the people. They are a stubborn and ruthless party and properly called the "Red party". The will drive the United states into a divided country and we will be no different than any other third world country wanting freedom from oppression. Not only the war debt has been left for our children but they will have to go to the streets to take back their country.

    So President Obama has a 55% approval rating WOW! sounds good to me...what was congress' 13%. the only reason the job's plan won't work will be the blood on the hands of the Republican tea party. And if any of those out of work vote Republican...sorry but you will be your own worse enemy. President Obama has done more for the people than any other president since FDR. While your doing nothing Goggle...Franklin D Roosevelt he is good reading. Not perfect but he made "We the People" fearless and strong.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  128. Ed in Reno, Nevada

    Last I checked President Obama wasn't running for either of these seats. These two seats were won because the voters chose the candidate they liked best. Being from Nevada I can tell you that the two major party candidates stunk. So all we got here in Nevada was the most popular loser. What a way to run a Democracy.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  129. Carl

    He has to run, and we need him to run 14 months is a life time in a election and alot can change over that time polls are one thing but let wait until the Republican pick who will run for them and see how Obama looks then with what is running on thier side I think most people will feel pretty good about him then.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  130. Hippie Kenny

    If he cares about the country, he will not run & let Hillary run. America needs someone who has the backbone to stand up to Republican's and their cult of whackos – the Tea Party. I don't see him doing that, tho. The love of power always wins out. . . . Kenny – Brick, N.J.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  131. Leo Driscoll

    That is ridiculous. Those two elections do not mean anything. Special circumstances in NewYork with Weiner's downfall and the Jewish vote protesting Obama's policy in regards to the Palestinians. Obama only received 55 % of the vote in 2008. The other election was in a strong Republican District in a very Republican state.. It is a long time before the election and we will see what the voting public says about the Republican response to Obama's economic intiative.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  132. Marc Schoenfeld

    You can't expect a President to be a Phd. in economics but you can expect him to surround himseld with people who are. The President has gone through 3 top economic advisors in years. He has cabinet offices including the Secretary of the Treasury who can't seem to pay their income taxes correctly. His economic advisors come from universities and nobody on his team has ever had a real job including the President. Let's face reality–this administration is so incompetent one can only say that they make the three stooges look like Rhode Scholars.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  133. Mark Anderson

    Of course not. But he should stop running as a Republican Senator from the 20th century and start running as a Democratic President of the 21st century. That's the only way he can defeat the 19th century candidate that will inevitably be nominated by the GOP.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  134. J Parks

    He should 'resign' from running again with the nobility he portrays so well. For the sake of his family, for the sake of his race, for the sake of the country (we can't survive a Perry regime.)

    Somewhere out there a tough Democrat is hiding.....

    September 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  135. Nancy Keeney

    Sure. Why not? He's just as qualified as anyone else out there and he's had on the job experience. Nancy Chattanooga TN

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  136. Martin Carlson

    Mr. Obama should not run again. No matter what he tries the ingrained powers that be will not let him succeed. Hillary Clinton would make a much more viable candidate. From what Dick Cheney has said lately she may even get his backing.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  137. beevee

    I think he should run. If the american public/voters are wise they will reelect him. If they are dumb, thoughtless and listen to the crooks of the GOP side (teapertiers and other extremists) and the media constantly blaring that Obama's policies are not helping the country (which is not right in my opinion) they may not reelect him but they will pay for it by what the GOP in the WH is going to do for the middle and low income peolple of this country. As I see it the GOP will do nothing for these folks except empty promises until get elected.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  138. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    President Obama is facing an uphill battle, but how many incumbent presidents haven't? For that matter, how many fresh-faced presidents haven't faced such staggering odds when their party hasn't gained the support they need? Should Obama consider not running for re-election? No. If the Republicans remain divided as they are now, it will only benefit the Democrats in the long run, so while the recent losses are shocking, they could benefit in the longer run while the Republicans continue to feud between the 'Old Guard' and the new Tea Party group.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  139. Whitt (Quincy, MA)

    Should Obama bow out now? Hell yes! Will he? Not bloody likely. Any man self-centered enough to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing to earn it isn't going to step aside for the good of the party or the country.

    While we're at it, having the entire Republican slate of candidates also step aside would be an equally helpful gesture.

    None of the above in 2012!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  140. jatovi

    This is a silly question. He needs to run. Currently no matter who you put on the GOP ticket after listening to the GOP debates so far, President Obama will be the only sane one on the ballot. I mean think about it there's "let the uninsured die" Ron Paul, "I'll make make a lie up for your vote" Michelle Bauchman, "my claim to fame is that I'm from Texas and I execute people" Rick Perry, or "just write down what you want me to say and I'll say it" Mitt Romney. Those are your top vote get'ers on the GOP side. All are leaning way past the bus parking lot right. Yes President Obama hasn't turned water into wine yet but he is much better than any on the GOP side, because they all want to get rid of the EPA which will turn my water into what Winnie is.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  141. Mark Ford

    "I will not seek, nor will accept, another term as your president." Lyndon Baines Johnson

    September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  142. davis steiner

    Just like the republicans, the democrats should be looking for the candidate with the best chance to win. Obama doesn't have to look far–she sits next to him in the cabinet room as secretary of state!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  143. Phil

    That is an interesting question. If he was the pragmatic democrat that he proports to be, he should definately consider it but more than likely he won't. My guess is that Vice President Joe Biden will mysteriously develop some type of illness, or personal issue that will require him to resign his position. And then low and behold, Hillary Clinton will be asked and would be honored to take the role of Vice President. I wish I could attribute this predication as some type of special power that I have but I can't. It is simply my ability to see this President as what he is, a man who is in over his head but who's desire to hang onto power will surely out weigh his character.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  144. MarkZ

    Obama should appoint Bill Clinton as his chief economic advisor now and give him full control to ballance the budget. That is, if he would take it. Hillary is doing good job as Sec of State and should stay there, but Obama should give her more power. That's one of his biggest weknesses, he has to maintain control over all of his staff so he can get the credit.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  145. us1776

    I don't think this NY Cinderella seat says much of anything. It's going away.

    Let's see what happens when GOP/TEA puts forth one of these current nitwits they have.

    There's not a one of the tea party that is electable by the mainsteam electorate.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  146. Toby

    I am very disappointed with The President. It is as if we have no sacred cow any more and the Republican party are the butchers. Every time we turn around Obama had the bull by the hands leading it off to the butcher. I don't know when or how it all began but "We the People" don't have the protection of the Constitution any more. We need Representatives who represent us and not sell off our farm! Let me Quote Thomas Jefferson: The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  147. bobtn

    Obama should retire gracefully and do volunteer work

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  148. JohnCBarclow

    There is too much at stake for Obama to run. We can't have another Republican president. Since FDR, every incumbent who has won reelection has had at least 50% approval 12 months before election. Every incumbent with less than 50% approval has lost. Obama, with approval hovering in the low 40s, is in the latter camp. Obama needs to step aside and let someone else run. Maybe Hillary.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  149. Marc Schoenfeld

    3 top economic officers in "2" years
    offices should be officers

    September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  150. geoff hancock

    Jack, he should consider resigning now.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  151. Bill Henderson

    Of course Obama should run. That way, the Republicans will win in 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  152. frankie

    Well Jack,

    To be fair, Obama said the day he became a senator that he would absolutely not run for president because he had no experience in politics and it would not be right for him to run. Then what did he do? Well obviously he didn't keep his word. So I say YES, tell us you'll run again Obama. Then in accordance with your history of NOT keeping your word, you will indeed not run.

    Let us not forget what Obama stands for One Big A– Mistake America

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  153. Christian

    Silly question, Obama steps and who fills his shoes? He'll win Florida as long as Rubio isn't the VP candidate and he'll win the election, but barely. Rubio as VP would be a permanent Obama killer.

    Christian. Lexington, KY

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  154. patricia

    Seriously? Obama would be doing an excellent job if it weren't for the obstructionism of the Republicans. As for the Democrats. Obama didn't promise he would give them everything they wanted. He ran on the premise that we could do things differently in Washington. But in order for that to happen, he has to have Democrats with a backbone and Republicans with a conscience.... he's had neither!!!!! He's one man and he can't do it on his own. WE own the mistakes of the past 10 years, we the American people were ignorant in voting for Bush for two terms. It's time for both Republicans and Democrats to be really truly informed and to stop watching and listening to stupid pundits!!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  155. Will

    Honestly I think he should not run again. But we need a good democratic canadate.. someone please talk Hilary into running

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  156. Toni Anastasia

    President Obama deserves another term to try and pass some important legislation. Everyone knows that Bush partially caused this mess we're in – espeically IRAQ. Don't kid yourselves – race still matters.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  157. Bob Lees

    Absolutely he should. I know that whenever I hit a rough patch I seriously consider jumping in front of a train or at the very least quitting my job, leaving the wife and kids and moving to a commune in Oregon.
    Obama still leads all Republican challengers, he's polled as the most trusted politician on the economy. Now some guy loses an election in an Ultra-orthodox section of NYC that will quite likely be redistricted out of existence before 2012 and it's suggested that Obama not run? Dumb question.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  158. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    For the sake of the country, and the Democratic party, it would be great if Obama stepped down. He has set the progressive movement back by a decade, largely because he is not a progressive, but somehow, the stupid American electorate thinks he is. He's moved right of center in the last year, and his conservative policy choices are helping to continue the process of running the country into a ditch, just like the Bush policies did last decade.

    We've already had too many Middle East wars, too many tax cuts, too much loosening of gun laws, too much corporate welfare, spent too much time getting rid of flatly discriminatory policies in the military (DADT), too much "enhanced interrogation", too much of the TSA, too many years drilling for more oil, too much of Ben Bernanke, too much of the Supreme Court getting more conservative, and far too long caving to Republican temper tantrums just because they yell the loudest.

    Almost anyone in the Democratic field would be better than Obama. Liberals showed their naivete by electing him in the first place, despite him having no record of having ever lead anything. He's an incompetent negotiator and strategist, a flip-flopper, a spineless corporate tool, and a typical two-faced lawyer ... he believes in nothing, so you can't rely on him to back up any promises he makes.

    Time to go, Mr. President.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  159. John Thompson

    President "O" should reconsider and not run again, instead sell the White House as a "Short Sale" due to economic distress he can't seem to fix.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  160. Wayne

    If not Obama than who?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  161. Douglas Hasty

    Polls go up, polls go down. A lot still could happen in the next 13 months. Clinton came back. Bush 2 came back when I thought he couldn't. Obama probably will, but he's got to earn it. It's all about the economy, and if he can swing this, he's in again.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  162. AJ

    Yes He should. Even though he may not seem popular right now but the best thing is that the alternatives on the republician side are not too exciting either. Aganist Perry and Romney he will win re election. The only person that give challange will be Huntsman but a guy from Utah will never be elected in republician primaries.....

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  163. Chris, Bx., NY

    A quitter never wins, unless of cours it's Ms. Palin........No, President obama is a good man w/ good principles. Much has been accomplished despite the bad news. He has my vote in 2012, and he should definitely run for re-election.
    By the way the NY-9 election was a real local election...Mayor Koch (who has big sway in that district) endorsed the republican, and the ground zero mosque, as well as standing up for Israel, were the issues being used a political tools to win the election.
    Jack just endorse Romney, or Perry already, sheesh.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  164. Ed Wood

    No. The same people who put GWB in power and painted anybody that objected to the war in Iraq as a traitor cost us over 3 trillion dollars. Now they want it all back...RIGHT NOW!. No democrat is going to win so why spend the time and money to find another candidate. By the way Jack, if any Tea Party individuals might be switching over from Fox, tell them what the tax on the rich was under Dwight Eisenhower (91%) and how he used it to build the interstate highway system.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  165. Guapo

    Funny, but there are still folks out there with their head in the sand that actually think BHO is doing a great job...

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  166. PO Dunn

    Change, Change, Change,– not my fault, not my fault, not my fault! This rhetoric is tiresome and shows total lack of knowledge and no leadership. He can't or won't build unity. If the socialist (democrats) are to survive the 2012 election, Obama needs to concentrate all of his energy and resources on the economy and jobs and discontinue campaigning for the office. Let some other leader run on the ticket.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  167. M.Carter - New Jersey

    Yes he should reconsider and definitely NOT seek reelection – for his own sake and sanity, as well as for the good of the country. It is clear that the GOP who have completely hijacked the government and have stymied every single initiative the poor guy has tried to put forth – are much more concerned about not allowing a (black) President a single iota of credit for anything – even if its for the good of the country. Further and given the current polarization and dysfunctionality in Washington,, another 4 years of Obama is a death sentence for the country because it'll just be another 4 years of stagnation and nothing getting done , AGAIN because the GOP won't allow it. The GOP have no credibility nor any business being elected ever again since they caused all of these fiscal and economic problems and serve only the interests of the very rich (and their lobbyests.) Obama should resign and the Dems should do whatever it takes to right the wrong from 2008. That being, draft Hillary Clinton to be the next President. (She should have been in the first place with Obama as her v.p. but too many ideological dreamer in the Democratic party thought the country was ready for a blaxk President. The racist white members of the GOP have clearly proven them wrong on that one..

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  168. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama's chances for re-election are looking more elusive than the change Americans want in Washington. A new face on the ballot in November that represents the Democratic Party will save this nation from the rule of the Republicans and their pandering to the rich. A bad Democrat on any day cares more for the American public than a good Republican cares their whole life. President Obama needs to step aside.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  169. Cary

    If he doesn't run who would they replace him with? Hillary has said she doesn't want to run and Biden would be called Obama's clone. If he doesn't run it effectively means the Democrats concede the election. Given how wildly unpopular the Republican's likely candidate, Rich Perry, is to two thirds of the country the Democrats need to be very careful about making dramatic moves that will further erode confidence. Also remember given Congress's approval rating Obama may still be the most popular man in Washington.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  170. Adam

    After 2 3/4 years in the big chair, Obama has demonstrated his only true skill – dividing the country with political rhetoric and playing the victim. His latest "If you love me, you gotta help me pass this bill" is indicative of his desperation. I'm surprised that Democrats arenb't running from him. And now Obama is unashamedly going after the high school kids who will be of voting age in 2012. But by 2012 a high schooler will have already forgotten what Obama said.

    For the good of our country, Mr. Obama please do not run in 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  171. Shane Michael

    Hello Jack,

    Responding to the question of Obama getting re-elected, doesn't Obama realize that he's not reliable to run this country like the slogan "Change" is basicly lower employment of change and Obama doesn't have the mentality creating new jobs for our country and the economy?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  172. Travis

    Has he really been a President to begin with?

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  173. Dwayne

    I have been predicting for several months that he will not run. Why? I have detected for some time that he is no longer enjoying being President. Also, I am not impressed with him as President, but, he appears to be a very good father and husband. I think is family would greatly appreciate him stepping down. I don't think they are enjoying this time either.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  174. irene, philadelphia

    Should not run if wants to keep Dems in the White House. Small chance for them to win in general and only of Hillary is back on the ballot.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  175. Doug

    I agree with James in Greenville. His ego will convince him to run again. However if he sees no traction in job creation and if the $800 billion in stimulus is any indication of the proposed $450 billion in stimulus, not only President Obama but the Democratic party is doomed to lose the next election.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  176. Cathy

    Of course....anyone but Obama in the White House during this one of the most challenging Presidency's would be very scary.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  177. ralebol

    Good question. But do the democrats have a choice and not embrace Obama? Don't think so either.
    What need to happen for Obama:
    – Obama continues to show some teeth.
    – The republicans are perceived as blocking any job program.
    – The economy gets better, and unemployment starts picking up.
    – Perry tumbles. Romney fumbles. And Palin gets is the race as an independent.
    – Obama proposes a major immigration program.
    So much can happen in the next 14 months. I wouldn't count Obama out. At this low point, it can only get better for him.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  178. Louis Sloan

    No, just because things are tough for the country he is not going to quit. He wanted to be President to bring change and do the right things for this country. He is the strongest leader I have seen in my lifetime. He tries to do the right thing despite how he has been treated by many in the congress, media and country. To be the first black President is not going to be easy just check our nation's history. But if we as a nation ride these tough times through with this President it is going to pay off in the long term because he operates with integrty and honour something lacking in those who oppose everything he does. I support his efforts 100%. I thank him for his service and his efforts to help all Americans.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  179. Fred In LA

    Resigning today would suit me fine.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  180. Travis

    Has he really been a President to begin with? Travis, Duluth GA

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  181. cy west

    With Hillary as Pres and Bill as VP, it's a slam dunk !!! Cy West

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  182. JayDeeT

    If Obama decides to end his Presidency at one term, the Democratic Party will be left drifting with no clear leader, even though Obama has not be a totally clear leader. If he is as intelligent and astute as I thought in 2008, he should know by now that his white, middle=class independent vote, his youth voters, his coalition of Latino and black voters, his Jewish and professional Catholic voters, and traditional "progressive" (i.e., liberal) voters, all will not be there for him in the same numbers as they were in 2008. The Reblubicans, on the other hand, will flock to the polls in records GOP numbers. If he goes ahead and runs for re-election, he will be defeated in a near-landslide, regardless of whothe GOP candidate will be. As a result, this country will fall faster into its rank of a "third-world" nation, with the goal of being brought back to the 13th century. Obama's mistake was to cave in to just about everything that would have benefited the American people. He simply let the right-wing hate-mongers have their way with him!!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  183. Dave

    No! Obama should not reconsider running for re-election. The only people that would help are the Republican candidates. If they can't beat Obama all on their own they don't deserve to be in office.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

    Please do not discourage Obama from running! Another Democrat might actually have a chance, and that would only deepen the hole that Obama has dug.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  185. Brian

    I think the President's problem is that he has been running for re-election since healthcare reform began imploding. It's time for him to put running for office to the side and begin leading.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  186. steve

    I think the general public is already pulling away from the Republican candidates. The president will do fine next year.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  187. Julie

    Of course he should continue to run. Turning tail now and running from the fight would do the rest of his term significant damage. How can he rebuild credibility if he can't stand up to the GOP and fight the good fight? Obama isn't a quitter. That's reserved for the likes of Sarah Palin.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  188. Mike Ashkar

    Yes. Presidnet Obma must run, he will win the election. Losing a seat or two will not change the fact that he did alot for Americans, and he fixed alot of the 8 years that George Bush had destroyed. Obama can not fix in four year what Bush destroyed in 8 years. Bush gave the country to Obama with two on going wars, stock market was already down, but Obama was able to stop one of the war and slow down the other,plus he was able to hunt and kill the head of the sneak (Bin Laden). Obma was able to get the healthcare reforms done. Noone els before got even close. Rebuilding takes much longer time and efforts than destroying.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  189. Mary

    As an Obama supporter I think he should run, however, chances of a victory are getting slimmer with all of the extremists and political discord. I don't believe there is another Democrat, other than possibly Hilary Clinton, that could jump into the contest this late in the game.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  190. Tim Lewers From Ramsey ,NJ

    I'm from Brooklyn originally and Turner, the winner this time, got over 40% of the vote in that district the last time he ran and he was going against an incumbent and he didn't have the popular former Mayor Koch on his side then. I don't think it means anything. Obama might not be a shoe in but he is an experienced campaigner and has done a credible job as President and appears to be getting better at it. I think his main problem has been the idiots and crooks that got us in so many jams in the first place. I mean the ones from both parties. Obama is starting to change his administration and has started to lead from the middle, which is where I think he should be in order to get enough of the majority support he needs to overcome the self-serving politicians who are presently still slowing down our formally vibrant economy.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  191. ratickle

    Expecting a politician not to run for re-election is like expecting a coke-head not to snort. Both are addicted to what they do.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  192. Mandy from Minnesota

    Depending on who the Republicans nominate, he could still win. I'm still not convinced that a Republican president would have done any better economically.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  193. Al, Wisconsin

    Well, I say NO; he must re-run.

    At least for the good sake of America, the poor, the middle class, the teachers, the policemen, the firefighters, the youth. What good is in America, when she re-elects a president who went into wars, brought the economy to default and eliminated the middle class, and yet won't even allow the first black president a chance to fix all that mess.

    Let's face it, it is all about the emperor's clothes; we can spin and hit around the bush, but who will dare to call it as it is. When public figures call for his failure, when government officials want to make his healthcare reform a 'Waterloo' and when you have people still won't accept him being American citizen, then, there is much more than polls and approval in it indeed.

    What a shame.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |

    Run President Obama Run... otherwise many of us/you will end up under the BRIDGE( no homes) or DEAD ( no Insurance)!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  195. Pamela

    He should run, Jack, and stop being the gentleman. He must stand up and fight for what we Democrats want and we have to make sure our voices and votes are counted. We can't afford these extreme Republicans winning office. They will destroy America.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  196. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Perhaps he could take a clue from an apparently respected republican, Sarah Palin, and resign so that he could go on a PR and consulting tour for millions of bucks and no responsibility other than speak or double speak for the benefit of the masses.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  197. Jay Lopez

    I'm a Latino Democrat from California and I am so totally upset with the Democrats that I'm considering changing parties, but yes Obama should run, if only to give the Repubs a target to shoot for...can I say that or is it politically incorrect?

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  198. Anthony Heyward

    Of course he should run again. Now whether this country deserves him is another question. His track record of big things are real, and factual. The only -ONLY -reason he has not been able to get things done is because...1. The american electorate is stupid and put a whole bunch of tea baggers in congress, and 2. because suddenly and almost manically, there is a hell of a lot hatred directed towards him. I'm sure not of this of course has to do with race...right? I say let Perry in so all the morons that base their feeling about him on something sick with in themselves can have regrets with George W. Bush the second. Obama is a smart man and he should consider a more deserving and fulling job than leading a bunch of idiots...yes I said it...idiots.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  199. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    He should, but he won't. I don't think I've ever seen a President before who comes out with an aggressive plan to improve the economy, and the very next day says "I don't have to get everything I wanted. I'm willing to accept less".
    That's how he's handled every issue. He caves before the battle even begins. Save your concessions for the negotiations! He would be more likely to achieve something that way, or at least show that he is willing to face down the Republicans and that they are the ones holding back progress!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  200. Dave


    Should Obama consider not running? R U Cra-Z? He could feasibly be the greatest elected official in 4-ever. He ran the military that killed Bin Ladin. All of the greatest generation and a 4 time elected president could not do that. He got health care done. Clinton tried and failed and the next was FDR and he did S.S.I. seventy years ago.
    Obama should absolutly run. People have 99 weeks of unemployment insurance because of him. People have better protection because of him.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  201. cppray

    The entire field should withdraw, R's and D's. We need a group of elected officials who will work for the country. Obama tries but is (and will never have) without a supporting cast.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  202. Chris

    I don't know, but the Democratic party should consider another candidate if they want to have a change in the next election.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  203. Tim

    Yes he should run. I always consider the first term the president's training, and we all know he needed a lot of training to clean up the mess he inherited. He's just now getting to implement some of his own ideas.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  204. Michael in New York, NY

    Hi Jack,

    Absolutely not! Barack Obama with his new Job Bill has shown that he can excite the masses once again. I believe he's learned that 'these people' simply won't listen to reason and operate in good faith and is showing that he can stick to his guns. This will inspire folks again and we can expect that they will support him and turnout in droves.

    Especially after considering what the recent Republican debates looked like. Applause lines for death and ignorance... there is no way Romney will beat Perry. In a general election – there is no way America will choose Perry as Commander in Chief.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  205. cliff

    Yes, he should not run. He provides no leadership no vision. Look at the stock market about his jobs plan. No imagination nothing new. Would have never thought that he would be worse than the previous president. Ms Clinton would have been much better choice. Maybe she or another Dem willl make a run regardless of what the Pres decides to do.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  206. Rod Harter

    Yes, Jack. He should run. No president has been confronted with such a dire economic situation and found all rational dialogue/discussion of solutions covered over with disinformation, lies, distortions, an alternate world of facts, and outright knuckle-dragging. A minority of conservative, right-wing, evangelical, populist mental midgets have held this country hostage and are prepared to ruin our nation' s economy! The only adult in the sandbox needs to run again and prevail over this do-nothing congress. The Tea Party Declaration: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men – except blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims- are created equal and are endowed by MY- not their- creator (White Evangelical God) with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness- you just can't vote, however. It's regrettable, but the dumbing down of America is complete with the likes of Bachman, Perry, and Palin. But, hey! Our educational system is not ranked 17th in the industrial world for nothing!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  207. LJH

    The sad thing here... Is that this question should not be about "the man"....but what is best for the country. I can not vote for this 'man" again. I think he has shown weak / poor leadership and has let everyone whip him around. Nothing against the individual, but everything in me says this guy is not the quality of leader we need at this time. He is not strong enough to get things done. He does not have the vision we need. He does not have the ability to bring the parties together. Without those things, the American people will suffer. If President Obama loves this country, then he should step aside so a better / stronger representative for the Democratic party can come forward.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  208. John in New Jersey

    Obama has consistently failed as a leader. For the good of the country he should resign immediately and not wait for his term to end. My greatest concern is the GOP will nominate a far right religious conservate that has no shot at winning a Presidential Election and we'll be stuck with another 4 years of all talk, failed action, no leadership.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  209. ken

    He made promises running for office that were not his to make. He broke just about every other promise as well. He needs to step aside and let someone whom knows what they are doing take over be it Dem or GOP. Not to do so is criminal and will cause more damage in the end. I would, if I were in his spot. He has any love for the USA he'll get out of the way. If not that proves he is out to destroy us.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

    YES he should drop out! Obama has by far been the worst president in U.S. history. The only ones left voting for him are the people who are either ignorant zombies, or too stubborn to admit they elected an unqualified man for the job. I can admit my mistake. Can you?

    Chicago, IL

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  211. I like baklava from Houston TX

    It would be smarter for Democrats to run another candidate. The new Dem contender could distance themselves from Obama's unpopular policies and economic ineptitudes; while continuing to the Obama tactics of Bush-blaming and Medi-Scaring seniors.

    Obama is now toothless, he can't run on hope and change, because "change" implies outing the incumbent ... and he can't run on his record, because frankly his record sucks.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  212. Frankie in DC

    Jack, Obama is not the problem. The problem is GOP lawmakers' stubborn, maniacal refusal to compromise. Nobody – except maybe God - could fix what Bush left behind in just 4 years. And God clearly isn't impressed enough with all those bended knees in the dinosaur-denying Tea Party or he would have done something by now. Thanks to a steady diet of "Insta-Junk" from the Internet and reality shows, America's short attention span proving toxic. Obama needs more time to implement his programs, and the GOP needs to stop standing in the way. They certainly haven't offered any coherent alternatives, have they?

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  213. Jon in Rochester

    I think that it's too late and I think that It's too bad because I think that Obama has had every intention of doing the right things and has tried very hard. His first mistake was trying to placate the GOP. He tried the bipartisan route but you can't compromise with people that don't want to give an inch on anything. Even when he introduces ideas that were once Republican ideas, they are rejected.

    The American public has a very short memory. I can't believe the people that don't remember the financial issues starting prior to the 2008 election. I remember very distinctly that September day that GWB announced the first bailout of the financial institutions and AIG.

    Unfortunately, I think that we're going to end up in a bigger mess after the 2012 election. More "Trickle Down" policy will be introduced and the rich and the corporations are just going to end up getting richer and the middleclass will get poorer and poorer. Corporations don't need the middleclass anymore. They have 3rd world countries to manufacture their goods and developing countries to buy them. The American dream is over!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  214. SF_SS

    No, he should run. He presents the GOP their best chance of taking full control. It might not be so if Hillary runs.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  215. Bob (Illinois)

    Of course he should run for reelection! Look at the alternatives in the GOP.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  216. dave in nashville

    The question is whether another democrat will grow a pair and run against him, he needs some more humility.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  217. Joan H

    Are you kidding? Simply roll over because the waters are a bit rough? Wouldn't that just be the exclamation point on Republican accusations? Of course he must run! It's way too early to predict the election climate or outcome for next year. President Obama needs to continue to stand tough, activate his base, and focus more on defending his principles than on building his legacy with whatever compromise he can get.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  218. Nancy Urban

    Yes, absolutely, President Obama should run for re-election. The enormous problems he inherited. which were at least eight years in the making, will not be solved in four years and maybe not even in eight. He is the best man out there, in my opinion, in terms of intelligence and a sincere desire to improve the lot of middle-class Americans.

    Nancy Urban
    Jacksonville, Florida

    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  219. Duane from Texas

    John, the President will leave the White House on good terms with the American public if he chooses to face the fact that he will not be reelected, and then work with Congress to produce a climate for his successor that will bring America on the path to fiscal and political recovery

    September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  220. M. Rains, Ont. Canada

    Jack, why is it that so many of your questions during the last year or so seem to come from the Republican Party? You quote poll numbers but fail to mention in the same poll, a higher percentage trust Obama more then the Republicans on the Economy

    September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  221. Aaron


    The same could have been asked when unemployment went up 3 points during Ronald Reagan's first 3 years in office. And Reagan inherited a bad situation from his 2 previous predecessors unless somebody else besides Nixon/Ford was responsible for the utter ruin in the Middle East, namely in Iran.

    This is a bad situation and there are a number of ways out of it. I'll take the guy who wants to help make our country healthier, both financially and personally. I'll take the guy who tries to build our economy back in a responsible way that propagates responsibility throughout the country rather than turning our whole financial system over to Wall Street again. Why don't you use your position to point out that good performance comes from results, and you're holding the Presidency to a different standard than the Republican members of Congress are.

    Based on what I saw on Monday night, where I saw a cure for cancer booed, death was cheered, honesty was sacrificed for shock value, and a basic lack of responsibility was demonstrated by all of the people on stage who blindly followed the political course set by the Bush administration from 2001 – 2009, if you're asking whether or not he should step aside for Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, or Mitt Romney, I would have to emphatically say no. The problem isn't with the skipper. It's with the people rowing the boat.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  222. Leo

    NO! He is going to win. The election is 14 months away. Why are we even discussing this question. The Republicans are already self distructing and they will continue to do so through next year. They have nothing to run on except hate and division. When people start paying attention to politics as the election get's closer they will see the Republicans for what they are. The voice of the corporations and the rich, in other words about 5% of the population.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  223. barbara in nc

    He's the ONLY chance this country has of not becoming a FASCIST country - if he does NOT run, I'll stay home for sure on election day, because the looney toons running on the right would be against my religious beliefs (as a true christian that does not believe in lying or killing - but I do believe in helping people who have less than I have myself).

    September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  224. Dave L

    No, no,no! He needs to run! I want a Republican back in the White House.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  225. Doug Lobel

    No, he should not run for re-election. The economy is not really his fault but he will be pegged to it regardless. If the economy does not pick up by mid next year, he is toast. Better to sacrifice himslf for the good of the party or we may be stuck with a president from the tea party.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  226. jatovi

    This is a silly question. He needs to run. Currently no matter who you put on the GOP ticket after listening to the GOP debates so far, President Obama will be the only sane one on the ballot. I mean think about it there's "let the uninsured die" Ron Paul, "I'll make make a lie up for your vote" Michelle Bauchman, "my claim to fame is that I'm from Texas and I execute people" Rick Perry, or "just write down what you want me to say and I'll say it" Mitt Romney. Those are your top vote get'ers on the GOP side. All are leaning way past the bus parking lot right. Yes President Obama hasn't turned water into wine yet but he is much better than any on the GOP side, because they all want to get rid of the EPA which will turn my water into what Winnie is.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  227. E=MC2

    Personally, I feel that the Presdient would do a SERVICE for the country by bowing out. His policies are simply too divisive. I know he has many supporters, but it is clear the American people have come to their senses and realized it was a mistake to elect someone simply because he promised the world and yet didn't have the ability or leadership to ever succeed. The two special elections are a very clear indication as to what the American public at large feels- his administration cannot deliver what this country needs. So, instead of putting us through another divisive election, I would much rather see someone else from the democratic party run that has experience and leadership skills to be viable. The countries "experiment" with Obama was a huge failure and it's time for him to step down.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  228. Valerie

    I think President Obama should run for the Presidency again. By then, hopefully, a lot more people who are not busy listening to the Republicans dissing him, will realize that this is one of the most caring, unselfish Presidents to be in the White House. They aught to wake up and realize that he cannot do as he promised since he is not being fully supported by Congress and the Senate who constantly fight against his proposals. After the example the other day when he tried to protect Social Security I am still surprised that the Republicans keep getting votes. They were the ones who brought this country into near disaster and now they are blaming the President for something he inherited. He has tried to fix things but without the support he needs. If the people vote for another Republican President, then they deserve whatever disaster overcomes this country. It must be so difficult for the President to be productive when those hate mongers keep digging at him. You can tell that the Republicans do not have the best interest of the people of this country, yet the people are too blind to see it. Wake up folks if you want the United States to be a solid country once again and stop supporting people–the Republicans–who seem hell bent on destroying it. Support Obama and try to help him help you.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  229. Chris In Athens GA

    Yes- Jack, definitively YES. This president irk's the extreme right (by ending DADT, and touting tax increases for the wealthy) and the extreme left (by not pushing for deeper regulation and placing Social Security on the table). Couple that with massive security wins (e.g. bin Laden and Gaddaffi)...he is doing better that he gets crit for. It took 8 years to wreck a solvent and surplus economy- hard to fix in 3 years. YES YES.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  230. Mick

    This sad state that we find ourselves in is a direct symptom of a broken government. Both the left and right have lost touch with We, The People. Nearly 130 years worth of inept, self-serving and corrupt politicians on both sides of the isle have shipwrecked our country. Obama's administration has just been salt in the gaping wound that is our hope.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  231. chris collin

    Yes, he should run. America needs to realize corporate america sending most decent jobs oversees is the main drag on the economy not the Prez.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  232. Glenn, Albany GA

    Obama needs to use his book sense and know he's in over his head and not run. He simply lacks the experience to save our economy – he's never even held a private sector job!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  233. dew

    no he shouldn't run, he should run for the pres. of mexico. illegals are the people he help the most illegals, and he could make more money over there for there kickbacks.and he can play golf all the time.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  234. JN

    Uh...Jack...Bush, jr. ran with worse numbers, two wars, national and international hate against him...and won! With nearly two years till the election, Obama has a great chance of building his numbers and moving the economy in a positive direction. Also, all local elections are local. The voters in NY were voting against the Weiner guy, not so much against Obama. And I live in Nevada...I wouldn't try to make sense of anything we or Californians do on election days.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  235. H Allen Johnson Spencer, TN

    Why would he? He still has far too many lavish vacations to take and high end parties to throw.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  236. Alan in MA

    If a better candiate for the democratic party was running then I might consider voting for them. Even though some opposing Obama are right wing nuts, they will probably do better than our current president.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  237. Tina1649

    I think, having inherited such a dreary economy from Bush, that Obama has done all that one person can do in his position. Having to deal with stubborn and self-serving GOP members certainly does not help the situation at all. Give Obama a break!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  238. Scott

    Good question. Obama probably SHOULD consider not running, and letting a different person try to win it for democrats. It is worth considering, if not ultimately doing. Personally, I think he is the best man for the job and I think he has proven it over and over. I think he has tried to compromise at a time when compromise was needed, but he is being denounced for doing so. The Republicans are all just downright scary right now; if they get elected, I believe the widening gap between the wealthy and the middle class will continue to get even wider. Many Americans think that democrats want big government. But that is just GOP spin because the GOP wants to put keep money and power in the hands of the wealthy, and they cannot do that if the middle class has protections and regulations that keep the middle class from dwindling toward poverty. I believe in what Obama is trying to accomplish. He speaks reality, not spin, and I would vote for him.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  239. Nicholas

    I love how people bad mouth Republicans and call them racist. Not liking Obama has nothing to do with race. He was not qualified to run this country but unfortunately he got elected on his hope and yes we can feel good. Look at the job he's done. I think he has set this country back a couple decades as far as getting a minority elected to be President. That's sad being that Herman Cain would be an excellent candidate.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  240. NJBob

    No, Obama should run. And if, by chance, the Republican candidate should win, then this country will have gotten the president it really deserves....one who glorifies ignorance and embraces stupidity. And I'll take down my flag and use it to wash my car.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  241. Jim Mahon

    It took a kick from Eugene McCarthy, but Lyndon Johnson stepped aside in the face of a severley divided electorate. President Obama should do the same.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  242. Gina

    I hope to God he runs and wins. Everyday I hear a tidbit from the repubs and it scares me to death. The repubs talk about believing in God but they have no moral compass or compassion – Pres Obama does. America needs a moral compass at this difficult time.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  243. Linda in Alabama

    No he should not run again. This Nation can't stand 4 more years of his stupidity. I'm a Republican but if Hiliary gets the Democratic nomination I will vote for her! Of all the candidates I've read about, although she isn't a candidate, she has the most to offer this country.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  244. Kirk (Apple Valley)

    Only if Hillary will take his place on the ballot.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  245. Stephen

    It didn't take 3 years to get into this mess. We seem to forget what was initially predicted concerning our economy when former President Bush left office. Whether President Obama run's again or not, his presence in the White House is not our problem.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  246. Jeetu

    I think it depends on what Obama wishes to accomplish and how. The alternative candidates being proposed by the republican party are all losers in my view. Hence, Obama may win. My issue is the fact that Obama seems to lost his convictions. he does not believe in his own proposals as he states only a week alter that he will accept less than what he proposes. Also, he does not stand firm on his own proposals or conictions, like in Debt ceiliong case when he was convinced that taxes should be rasied or even before to extend the Bush tax breaks on the wealthy. The fact is that he has yielded to republican demands throughout his presidency.

    Therefore, we have not seen the democratic proposals really yet to take effect to find out if they work. The special elections therefore, are not a reflection on Obama or the democrats. It is an attack on the politicians. People want to see change and representatives from non-political fields are better than the politicians.

    Does the same thing apply to presidential election? I do not think so as all the candidates are politicians for this office.

    However, to win the election, Obama should develop the fighting spirit he had when he was a candidate the first time. To make people trust him, he needs to show, rather soon, that he can stand by his convictions and deliver the results. If not, we as a country are in big trouble since any of republican candidate is much worse than Obama as is clear from their debates. They don't care for people, only their own election or re-election.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  247. Patrick

    I would be very happy to see another Democrat run against him in the Primaries and Caucuses..................I would be happy to see Hillary Clinton challenge him and win the nomination so the Democratic Party could have a chance in Nov. 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  248. Ash

    For the good of the party, he should step aside ONLY if Hillary Clinton would agree to run. Dems should see the writing on the wall – he has very little chance of being re elected. If Clinton ran, there's a much better chance of having a Dem in the White House.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  249. Doreen Johnson

    Wow...you people are incredible. This guy was handed an economy in tatters and you've all given him, what, 2-1/2 years to get it together. Dont' want him? Send him up here...we'll take him.

    Give the US back to the Republicans and then watch as you see Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any type of decent healthcare disappear.

    Thank God every day I'm a Canadian.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  250. ryen

    who else can win. Stay on. Lot of things can change between now and the election day.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  251. Mike

    Absolutely Not!!!! We need to get Hillary to get back into the ring to fight for us Hillary favored democrats of 08. She was the right choice back then, and America should see the writing on the wall....even if it is the blue color a great blue pants suit!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  252. Darren

    run baby run.....2012.....like perry is going to defeat him.......minority like you,the left like you and you will get half of the swing vote.......see you in the white house in 2012.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  253. Steve in Indy

    Well, I've been watching the Repulican Presidential debates, and if that is all they have to offer, I desperately want Obama to run. He has more intellect, wisdom, and intuition than the eight of them do put together!!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  254. Mike Skitt

    No, his election was an interesting an experiment but white America will not accept a black man in the White House

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  255. DawnL/CA

    Of course the President should run, although I sometimes wonder why he would want to. He has to deal with an obstructionist congress, the party of NO. They will be the new "do nothing" congress just to try their darnest that Obama will not get a 2nd. term. The R's do no work; they are lazy and should be drug-tested.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  256. Tayo, NY

    Why not. Afterall, the bunch of guys that contesting on the GOP side are mediocares. They are only pundering to the extreme right and the TEA Party. I'm fine with Obama's re-election bid. I will vote for him again. However, American people want him to be more forceful in executing his job.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  257. mansoor

    Seriously Jack, President Obama is the best president for America,and GOP is bad news ,I wake up in night thinking what going to happened to my country if GOP wins white house

    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  258. Daniel

    Yes..Being president should not be about politics. Being president should be about serving the country and helping the country and if you cant do it then give someone else the chance. In these time we the people understand that the Presidency is tough and We support whatever decison!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  259. Marylander

    For the Republican's sake and thus the countries, lets hope he does run again so we can finally get a new administration in Washington that will actually lead. While a nice guy, President Obama is NOT a leader and that is exactly waht this country does need- leadership in the White House.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  260. Dave in Freehold New Jersey

    Clearly President Obama needs to get out of the way and get out now. As a small business owner, NOTHING in the job plan will cause me to hire ANYONE. We need to get our energy plan front and center. Bring our Demand for energy to create millions of jobs in natural gas, oil fields, coal, nuclear, alternatives and a drive towards green and technologyright here in America.

    Why cant we look at the top 20 items in dollar value that we import from China and others and work to get those jobs and plants back to the USA?

    Why are we not asking China to repay there Billions in Debt they owe us and stiffed us 50+ years ago.

    Why cant we reduce the troop levels in Europe and other bases around the world that we really dont need anymore.

    Why do we spend more on military than everyone else combined? Time for a new president now.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  261. David Cowen

    Sadly, yes, he should. And not for the screaming of most of whom you will hear from in response. He is simply ineffective due to his approach to his job. President Obama has assumed the mantle of the most powerful leader in the world as if he were a state legislator from Illinois. He has good intentions but he is too used to a legislative mind set - that is, file a bill and deal and compromise until you get something done. Then you go back to your district and tell everyone how many bills you got passed. A President does not pass bills or get a score card based on how many bills got passed. A President leads. He sends bills to Congress and tells them what he will not accept to be taken away. He cannot simply have compromise as his opening bid. He needs to let someone who will lead be president; leaving the passing of bills to Congress.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  262. Roxanne

    Mr. Obama gave the Oval Office a great run, but clearly politics are not his forte. The need for a diverse and experienced president is overwhelmingly crucial to our Nation's re-birth. It's time for a change and Mr. Obama needs to do the best thing for our country-give the reins to someone else.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  263. Chonnie

    I am a woman Business owner, affiliated with neither political party, from Rick Perry's very Republican State of Texas – and I voted for Obama the first time around and would vote for him again. While his presidency has not generated the results a lot of Americans were hoping for – what he has shown is a calm facade when things at are a frenzy – while both parties are frothing at the mouth! It just boggles my mind that everyone thought that "change" will happen overnight – especially the state of the country inherited by the Obama administration. Good or bad, his presidency has shown the horrible dysfunction of our country and his message has always been that we, the people, have the power to make it better. Why would we want a President who puts Education first, the Environment on the forefront, is willing to take on Corporate America, help unemployed Americans, willing to admit there is something wrong with Entitlement programs (and fix it)! – and is doing it without being a bully. So – no – Obama should absolutely run for office again...if nothing else – to irritate the current establishment...because what is left? A Congresswoman who will take the women's movement back 50 years, the Governor who has put Texas education on the path of disaster, or any of the yahoo's on the Democrat side. no thank you.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  264. terence

    Jack, The only thing Obama should run for is the door!
    Terence, NJ

    September 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  265. NewMalthus

    Here comes Hillary !!!! [ if the DNC has any sense left ]

    September 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  266. M. Strout OK

    When you're trying to move forward you either pull, push, or get out of the way. I suggest he does the latter.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  267. Will

    Heck no, so far all the Republican contenders are so far to the right its not even funny. Right now Obama is the only real one in the middle

    September 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  268. Carl in New York

    This election all the passion is against Obama, he doesn't stand a chance. Hillary might have a better shot at beating the Republicans.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  269. Justin

    Despite Obama’s weak stance on many issues, he will be the only Democrat to unite the Independents and Democrats; after all he does do speeches well. Besides Romney and Huntsman, the majority of Republican presidential candidates do not appeal to the Independents and considering the likelihood of a moderate being elected, I think he still has a shot.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  270. Troy Broderson,Sioux City,Iowa

    Jack,Yes President Obama should run,People don't get it,It is the lobbyist running this country they are paying off the the congressmen by buying them to create laws and voting the way they want them to vote or they will not give them money for there election war chests that is why this country can't get anything accomplished to help the working man.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  271. Howard in DC

    When the going gets tough the tough get going. Obama needs to run and show the country how the Republican Party of the rich will run the economy into the ground with their illogical economic policies. They claim Obama's policies have failed, and perhaps they haven't had the effect everyone wanted because the recession was so deep, but the Republican ideaology currently in play would've sent unemployment for the working class far above 10%. The American electorate is fickle. We need to wake up and realize that Obama is looking out for the middle class and less fortunate and the good of the country. While he isn't perfect, the Republicans just want to continue to line the pockets of their rich constituency while they tell the rest of us "let them eat cake."

    September 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  272. mark

    There is nothing shameful about being a one term president look at Jimmy Carter. Oh, wait, forget that.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  273. Kevin in MD

    I have voted Republican for most of my life while registered Independent. This time around I am registered Republican and plan on voting for the in my states primary for the worst dog in the line up at the time. Then I am voting Obama on Nov 4th....One thing the Dems have to do though is announce that when they take Congress over again, the keep Pelosi in the back room. If I was them I would be more scared of her that any republican!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  274. Eric S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    A competitive two party system, which is technically what we are governed undress in the United States of America. It should be the opinion of he Democratic party that decides the candidate based on which is he best for the American people. Politics aside; if the incoming candidates are focused on not fixing and not blaming then it shouldn't matter the party as the people would be better off in the long run.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  275. Jon Dillon

    Mr. Obama - for ideological reasons - is hugely to the left and has become an enemy of the public. He should go home.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  276. John, Albuquerque, NM

    Yes, he should run, all the DNC needs to do is create two ads.
    One with the debate audience members cheering the number of executions in Texas and one with them applauding "Let him die" in the Tea Party debate.
    Show them over and over during every race and decent people will vote for anyone to keep the Tea Party and the current GOP candidates out of office.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  277. Robert, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Jack, an emphatic NO. I would ask this question after the Republican primary. You have a rift going on in the Republican Party that creates a lot of uncertainty...they have no strong front runner. If a Tea Party favorite is elected in the primary, it will energize the Democratic base and will solidify the Independent votes to President Obama. 14 months is a long time to sway public opinion.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  278. Bob from Canada

    Jack, I have no ties to any American political party, as such, it is clear to see that President Obama got handed a full slate of issues (both domestic and global) which he bore no responsibility in creating, yet has rightly assumed full responsibility for seeing his country safely out of. President Obama is the right person for the job because he and his Cabinet are methodically and prudently addressing the issues head on. If he had a more level-minded and less party-driven Congress with which to work your great country would have been well on its way to recovery. As long as members of Congress think and act along party-lines rather than uniting as one for the good of the American people, good leaders such as Mr. Obama will appear ineffective. I hope Americans will allow President Obama another term for the good of your country. Former President Bush was allowed two terms, and he was the instigator of many of the issues now before you.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  279. Ryan

    He should just quit now. This country needs another TX governor for President. It worked out great last time.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  280. Brendan

    Jack, if the President was Republican, you would be charged with treason for asking a question like that. Look at our alternatives! The problem Obama had during his first term is that he tried to use logic and reason to deal with Congress. Republicans don't play by the rules and will lie, cheat, and steal in order to gain power. Hence the current stalemate we have in creating productive measures towards an economic recovery. He will soon be labeled a lame duck by the Republicans, and blamed for Bush's original mess. Obama needs to put the gloves on soon and refuse to be pushed around.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  281. BW Lawrenceville, Ga

    The President should run for re-election. The country should clearly see that with a massive run by Rep. Governors to restrict voting rights, the Congress does not have the working American's best interest at heart. What we have seen is a major split not of parties but of the people. This was not and is not the President's agenda but is the agenda of the Republican Party to steer voters up by fear and misinformation. What the President need is new advisers, his current staff is too laid back and lack hard core political fighting skills. The President has done more for American's in 4 years than Bush did in 8 years. American's need to wake up to realize that he reformed credit card laws to protect Americans, he passed health insurance for Americans, he has cut troops in Iraqi for America, the stimulus was for America. No one talks about what would have happened if there was no bail out. What a change in the Congress this President will get more done and save America from future separation between the Elite, Very Rich, Wealth--Middle Class-and the poor. You need to realize that the Republican plan is to continue to let tax rates remain the same for the wealthy and tax more the middle class and poor. The will completely strip away workers rights, reduce teachers nationwide, reduce law enforcement, increase the military and spend billions more on wars we need to end.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  282. Cody

    No way. Obama has been great, even if the Republican's don't see it. The Republican's will only make our situation worse by deregulating businesses so they can cause another financial crisis and lowering taxes so the government is even less able to handle the debt. The Republicans want to drive us off the cliff, we need Obama in the driver seat.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  283. Mark from Louisiana

    His ego is too out of control for him not too run. Hey Jack, where are the stories on the Solyrnda scandal that is tied to the white house?

    September 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  284. Chris

    Get real, Jack. Of course he should run. If there weren't as many idiots denying EVERYTHING that he suggests to fix the country then things would be running much more smoothly. There are too many people in congress and the senate that would rather further their political careers than see our country get back on the right track.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  285. Steve

    Well someone in the Democratic party needs to run. It should be the incumbent. Comparing to the Republicans its is better then nothing. I won't vote regardless of who's running. I do not want to be responsible for voting for a couple of crackpots.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  286. wilson

    We need all fresh faces in Washington because it's clear that the current leaders can't get it done. I'm talking about democrats, republicans, and the tea party thugs. At this point, I'd vote for my neighbor Joe down the street instead of ANY of the current tripe. We need someone who isn't in there to get reelected... someone who give a crap about tomorrow and the future of our nation.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  287. Ralph Nelson

    Yes. He is a failed president who never does anything unless it's the 11th hour. He is a poor manager. Way too conservative for a time when we need bold economic leadership. He should have the love of country to not run and encourage someone who can proviode economic leadership (Clinton?) to run and support that person to the hild. If the Republicans win the economy has had it. Kiss America bye bye.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  288. Landis

    No, king Obama should NOT run for 're-election'! He has NOT been 'our' president a single day of this term.. He's a Clueless Jerk and should Never have been elected... Shows to go 'ya how dumb, blind and ideological the bleeding heart Left is.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  289. larry loebig

    I think Obama should run unless Hilary Clinton would consider being the candidate. She has already announced she was leaving after the first term. Either would win. She might do a better job and help carry demo senate.

    Larry Loebig – Oakland CA

    September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  290. samm

    He should run all the way back to his ancestral home in Kenya...we have no need for any more of his dismal failures...

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  291. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Yes! Remember folks: it was Republicans and Republican policies that got us into this mess in the first place. President Obama and the Democrats have made mistakes, but they have kept us from another Depression .Moreover, the conservative movement has become more and more radicalized as the Tea Party and the current presidential contenders prove.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  292. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    Jack. I have been predicting for months that Barack Obama will pull a Lyndon Johnson and choose not to run. He has a big ego and, if it is inevitable that he is going to lose, he will choose to not run.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  293. Wayne

    He should resign in shame

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  294. Stan

    From the stand point of most Democrats, the best chance to have a Democrat in the White House after 2012 would be to draft Hillary. I say "draft Hillary" because Obama is unable to clearly see his fate (ego problem). From the stand point of most Republicans, he should run because Republicans have a good chance of defeating Obama but would have a difficult time defeating Hillary. My personal choice (which no one is really interested in) would rather Hillary run and Obama find in his manhood to resolve the failure of his administration.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  295. Eddie

    Please say this is insider information – that he would actually considering not running would be a great thing for this country. Texas

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  296. C. Pedersen

    Of course he should run. George W. Bush spent 8 years decimating our economy, and destroying our standing on the World Stage. Obama should be given an equal amount of time to try and clean up the worst mess any President has ever inherited.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  297. JT

    Whomever the GOP picks as their nominee will fail at any debate with Obama. It will come down to the lesser of two evils, with one who institutes change too slowly, and the other who will want to take us back to the dark ages. So yes, of course he should run again.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  298. Mary Steele

    I thought he was already running for some other country considering he is "still" protecting 8 million illegal workers instead of14-22 million unemployed legal immigrants and citizens, we need to impeach him!

    York VA

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  299. DEEJ

    No, the President should not run for reelection. For that matter, none in Congress should run for reelection either.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  300. Rena

    What? Hands down the stupidest question you have ever asked. And you don't typically ask stupid questions. Maybe it's the weather?

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  301. Lizzie in Los Angeles

    Consider not running? For Mr.Obama, that would be tantamount to considering not breathing.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  302. Bob - Burnsville MN

    I would say YES!!! His priorities of spending more than a year working on health care "reforms" instead of the economy and jobs do not speak well of his judgment. Caving to congressional republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone, including the rich, doesn't say much about his strength or character. I was hoping that he would be challenged for the party nomination by someone else with some credibility, but that doesn't seem to be a possibility anymore. The 2012 election will most likely come down to the choice of the lesser or two evils. Joy oh joy!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  303. Linda in Arizona

    Yes, he should, but he won't. He hasn't finished his mission to completely destroy the Democratic Party, and discredit the left for the next 20 years yet.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  304. Mike Holston Ellington, Ct

    No ! He should step aside and let Hillary Clinton run instead. He has been an abject failue ! I saw that as soon as he appointed Tim Geithner as Sec of the Treasury.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  305. Gary reed

    Do the country a favor and make the first positive announcement of his presidency, not to run!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  306. Rick Anderson

    Have Joe Biden resign....fill the Vice Presidency with Hillary Clinton....then next April have some type of medical ailment that requires Obama to step down.......President Hillary Clinton! Works for me! How about you Jack?

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  307. Brian

    Of course he should. When will people realize that the President can't control the economy. There are business cycles in the economy and this one is no different. It my be exacerbated by the banking/housing crisis, which will not be complete until all the foreclosures are cycled through. You may as well blame the economy on Congress. They have as much control as the President does!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  308. Scott

    Good question. Obama probably SHOULD consider not running, and letting a different person try to win it for democrats. It is worth considering, if not ultimately doing. Personally, I think he is the best man for the job and I think he has proven it over and over. I think he has tried to compromise at a time when compromise was needed, but he is being denounced for doing so. The Republicans are all just downright scary right now; if they get elected, I believe the widening gap between the wealthy and the middle class will continue to get even wider. Many Americans think that democrats want big government. But that is just GOP spin because the GOP wants to put keep money and power in the hands of the wealthy, and they cannot do that if the middle class has protections and regulations that keep the middle class from dwindling toward poverty. I believe in what Obama is trying to accomplish. He speaks reality, not spin, and I would vote for him. –Scott, Seattle, WA

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  309. Ed Fertik

    Yes. He has failed in a way that makes even Jimmy Carter look good and he has failed in every aspect of his job including helping African Americans who gave him almost total support. But anyone in his party that supported him and empowered him as he went about his disastrous decisions will have a hard time getting elected too. That being said, anyone would be better. Anyone !

    New York

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  310. Craig from Pa.

    Republicans still don't have anyone that could beat him...Maybe the electorate is trying to oust the current Congress in hopes that they may participate in the process of governing more...who knows...It's all a game anymore....

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  311. Judy

    I rather see Pres. Obama run for reelection ANY DAY over those loser Republicans who CREATED this economic mess in the first place, and who are completely worthless as Pres. Obama is at least TRYING to get us out of the mess unlike the other side who sit on their butts, do nothing but criticize Pres. Obama to score points, and get reelected! The GOP is TOTALLY inept as all they do when they get into office is: create more scandals (such as Iraq, the Iran-Contra Affair, Watergate, etc.), worry about stupid things such as who is sleeping w/who, turn their backs on the American peoples' needs in favor of foreign countries (such as Iraq), play politics, and on & on & on! The GOP is so corrupt, it should be dissolved!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  312. Tom

    BTW, let Obama run, it will be fun!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  313. Jason keltz

    As a republican I would love to see him stay in office and lose my only fear is that we would end up with Rick perry who I think is to far to the right that he can't seethe right and our country I hope has evolved from being that far right...but the truth of the matter is if he want to run and is not afraid of losing go him but if he is afraid that it is going to be too difficult of a campaign then he should have never of ran in the first place

    September 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |