The meteoric rise of President Barack H. Obama into a national figure in American politics, leading to him to winning the U.S. presidency, is without question a remarkable story in American history. Numerous Americans were captivated by the brilliant eloquence of then-Senator Barack Obama when he delivered a poignant keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Now, Americans have had an opportunity to see what President Obama means when he employs “hope” and “change,” and let’s just say that it’s going to take more than those words to win the 2012 Presidential Election. Additionally, President Obama will not be able to use “let’s make history” with any substance behind it because there’s no history to be made by re-electing him.
The history made by electing him is he’s the first Black president of the U.S. The Republican Party could possibly nominate its own Black candidate for president, Herman Cain, former chairman and chief executive officer of the National Restaurants Association, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, and one of the leading Tea Party favorites for president.
Prominent Blacks such as Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have been dissatisfied with the policies of the Obama administration. Dr. Cornel West claimed that President Obama spoke to him in a demeaning way when he tried to offer Obama his opinions about his administration’s policies. However, President Obama still enjoys an overwhelming majority of Black voters’ support and approval.
Many people on the far left who zealously supported Obama’s presidential candidacy are among some of his most vociferous critics. President Obama will certainly need greater voter turnout than the Democratic party’s candidates received during the 2010 midterm election, in which Republicans gained a historic number of new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, closed the margin between themselves and Democrats in the U.S. Senate, and secured a majority of the available governorships.
President Obama’s health care reform legislation has many opponents across the nation, and all Republican candidates who were elected in the midterms ran against it, which was one of the chief reasons they won.
Just before you think that this article is painting a melancholy picture about President Obama’s chances of winning in 2012, his chances of winning are great. First, President Obama has the powers inherent in being an incumbent to his advantage. As the incumbent president, Obama can use his current position as president to campaign for himself, which will not cost him any money.
At any moment, he can hold a press conference and interrupt the scheduled television programming to deliver a campaign message to the American people. President Obama can come into your homes, cars, workplaces, etc. in ways his eventual opponent can only dream of doing.
Republicans have yet to coalesce around one candidate. They will not be able to say that President Obama lacks experience this time. He knows how to raise money like no one in the history of American politics. It has been said that President Obama will raise over a billion dollars for the 2012 election. With that type of money, it’s going to be difficult for a Republican candidate to defeat him.
One thing is for sure: it will be interesting to see President Obama’s strategies for winning and the Republican party’s eventual nominee’s strategies for defeating him. President Obama must develop an innovative and compelling campaign message. He cannot simply recycle his messages of hope and change that contributed immensely to him winning the presidency.
He’s a sophisticated politician and will have some fresh approaches to attempt to thwart the challenge from the Republican nominee for president in 2012.