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Messages of Hope and Change Won’t Work for President Obama in 2012

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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.

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  • Yes !

  • @Korrik Sofalia: Thanks for reading and your response.

  • Exposing Obama’s shortcomings isn’t going to win you any friends here. Just remember that you aren’t the only one getting shelled by Obama 2012’s Odd Yessy Dawn campaigners.

  • @Realist: From your response, it seems that you are communicating to me that this is a site that does not receive posts that highlight President Obama’s shortcomings well. Is that what you are saying? Trust me, I know that I’m not the only one affected by the policies of President Obama, whether the policies are good or bad. Thanks for reading and your response.

  • Ian

    The Republicans can’t coalesce around one candidate because none have shown up on the radar that have a chance of beating an incumbent president.

    Obama has lots of money, and no real opposition. He doesn’t need a compelling campaign message.

  • Despite Realist’s cynicism, there’s a broad spectrum of political opinion among the regular commenters here at BC. Expect as many stern critics of the President as staunch defenders, and as many again who are in between.

  • Ian, at the moment Romney and Huckabee are the only possible candidates who are anywhere near Obama in the polls, and Huckabee is likely to fall away because his opinions are just too nutty.

    Romney suffered last time from the general perception of him as Bush-in-a-nicer-suit, but that shouldn’t be an issue this time around.

    There may be a dark horse lurking out there somewhere (as Obama was), but at this stage I’d expect the eventual GOP nominee to be either Palin or Romney.

  • @Ian: If unemployment numbers and gas prices stay where they are (or become more dreadful), I don’t think that the amount of money either party has is going to matter in this current political climate. This is why I contend that a compelling message is going to be needed from President Obama. The Republicans are also going to need to present the voters with a plausible alternative to President Obama. Thanks for reading and your response.

  • @Dr. Dreadful: You could be right about the eventual Republican nominee. Thanks for reading and your response.

  • “Is that what you are saying?”

    That’s what he’s saying, but he is unaware that commentors were not responding to Realist’s exposing of Obama’s shortcomings but the combination of his whining and his naive understanding of how DC works.

  • @El Bicho: Thanks.

  • To explain the YES: The article made clear that Obama can’t repeat his former build-on-his-spirit messages only. He will have to explain … with more differentiation. But this is not impossible. The economic situation was an inherited from the former administration, likewise Iraq and Afghanistan. The needed health insurance reform was blocked by the tea party – with doubtful “socialist” comments. It depends now on the campaign … so far from a European point of view.