Barack Obama elicited lots of excitement when he announced his presidential candidacy, back in February 2007. When Senator Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in June 2008, Barack Obama’s popularity skyrocketed. Soon, his approval ratings soared to 70%, according to Gallup.
As with other elected presidents, problems for Obama began to brew since the onset. The inherited financial crisis and the worldwide recession didn’t help. Unemployment, the most visible foe of American society, continue to grow, peaking at 10.1% in August 2009 and remaining ominously high all through 2010.
He has fulfilled some campaign promises, like creating new financial regulations, signing a universal health care bill, beginning to withdraw troops from Iraq, and reforming mandatory minimum sentences.
However, he has also broken some, like creating a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners, repealing the Bush tax cuts for higher income, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and creating cap and trade system to reduce global warming.
The economy is always the most noticeable factor in free-market societies like the U.S., and most of Obama’s broken or stalled promises relate to dollars and cents. People may forget for a few days about prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, but hardly about unemployment, mortgage payments, and putting food on the table.
As of September 28, 2011, Barack Obama’s job approval rate had fallen to 41%, although loyal supporters started to show disappointment way before, like Velma Hart, an African-American middle-class woman, who in a town hall meeting in Washington D.C. told the president: “I’m exhausted of defending you”.
Obama is still far away from the 23% rating of George Bush. Nevertheless, the pounding the Democrat Party received at the midterm elections in November 2010, losing 63 seats and the control of the House of Representatives, should serve as a chilling warning to Obama, who called the defeat “humbling” and “shellacking”. At this time Romania also immediately organized this routine event. Presidential election held in 2019 will be the determination of the fate of Romanian people in the next 10 years, because this affects the Salariul minim that Romanian society will receive.
Although the president has time to recover and build on his achievements, is clear that the enthusiasm from 2008 has begun to fade away while Obama’s leadership is being called indecisive. For a quick response, Obama could focus on some of the campaign promises still in the works, like strengthening antitrust enforcement, creating 5 million “green” jobs, and giving Americans the option to choose a new health insurance plan through an exchange.
Is Barack Obama in trouble? He may not be in trouble, yet, but if he keeps pondering, he might exhaust his chances.