About a year ago Obama told Diane Sawyer that he would sooner be a one-term president than a mediocre two-term one. Now the time to make that decision is at hand. Obama has just come through 10 days from hell. He signed off on the debt-crisis only to be savaged by his Liberal allies like the New York Times who accused him of caving to the Tea Party. Standard and Poor’s cut the U.S. credit for the first time In history on Obama’s watch. The markets tanked and there is no prospect of an economic recovery soon.
What is the problem? I put it to you this way. In his very DNA Obama is a conciliator, a compromiser always seeking common ground. But that is not how the GOP operates, especially the Tea Party. They are absolutists. For them, compromise is a dirty word. It would seem that Obama does not negotiate well in that atmosphere.
So the question arises. Is Obama temperamentally suited to be president in a context where conflict trumps compromise?
Secondly, chances are that the GOP will retain their majority in the House of Representatives. Moreover there is more than a 50-50 chance the GOP will win control of the Senate. There are many more Democratic seats up for grabsin 2012 than Republican seats. How could Obama, even if he won re-election govern in that gridlock. He wants comprehensive immigration reform. No chance if the GOP controls congress. Obama would be impotent. Does he want four years of that?
Thirdly, there are rumours that Michelle Obama is not happy with her life in the White House.
Could Obama turn the torch over the Hillary Clinton?
Will Obama run for a seond term?
What do you think?