Can you believe it? A year has passed since President Barack Obama was re-elected to the White House. It seems like only yesterday that the candidates, the parties, the media and the electorate were hotly debating the issues of character, competence, and vision. These were the primary campaign issues.
So far, even an avid supporter of the president would have to admit, hand over heart, that President Obama has disappointed us in his second term.
Why? Take your pick — the NSA scandal, the IRS embarrassment, the questions about the nation's economic recovery, and other problems that have dogged the president for the past 52 weeks. Is this part for the course in any U.S. president's second term or emblematic of something more serious afoot?
The president's approval rating is problematic at a time when he most needs to muster the support of his political base. "Saturday Night Live" last weekend poked fun at this development but it is no laughing matter.
President Obama needs to have his supporters express their approval of his character and his vision for the rest of his second term. At this point, President Obama has nothing left to prove to anyone. He won a historic first election and solidified his place in history by winning, resoundingly, a second four years in the White House.
Winning the election is the nation's first African-American term was an undeniable majestic moment for the man and the nation. It was an outcome that mankind could celebrate anywhere in the world — a sign of great progress.
But gaining re-election was in itself also a major triumph, for an incumbent candidate who had little to campaign on. It was as if Barack Obama had found himself in a high-stakes poker game, betting on a purported full house when he had actually had nothing in his hand but a measly low pair. President Obama was campaigning in 2012 on the promise of something better ahead — just like a determined card player in the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
There is plenty of time for the POTUS to turn it around and regain the nation's approval and trust. Right now, however, one thing is clear: Barack Obama is risking his legacy on a failure to reach the potential of his campaign pledges.
Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.
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