President Obama faces new challenges in his re-election campaign

As President Obama begins to gear up for the 2012 election, he faces significant challenges that he didn’t have in 2008.  After riding a wave of discontent, he came into office by basically being the “other guy” or “not them” vote.  But now that America has had two years to watch him where he can’t hide is record, people are waking up to see what they voted for in 2008, and frankly, they aren’t pleased.

Obama acknowledged the challenge last week in Boston. “Somebody asked me, how do we reinvigorate the population, the voter, after two very tough years?” he told Democratic donors. “How do we recapture that magic that got so many young people involved for the very first time in 2008?”

I have an answer for you Mr. President.  You could step up and actually lead.  Could someone name one single piece of legislation or policy that the President has actually shown leadership on?

  • Healthcare? Sorry – Obama’s “landmark” achievement was bundled together by Nancy Pelosi and her handpicked crew.  Obama had little to do with the packaging and more to do with the selling of the idea.
  • Financial Reform? See above, only insert Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.
  • Stimulus? Get real – he just said, “Send me a giant bill full of shovel ready projects and I’ll sign it.”  This was nothing more than a collection of items that every House Democrat had been waiting around for the right time to earmark.
  • What about Gitmo? He’s basically done the exact opposite there of his first executive order and promise – to close it in a year.  Two years later it is not only still open (thankfully), but he has now said that there will be a process of indefinite holding of terror suspects.

I can’t say I am surprised.  While everyone was swooning over “Hope and Change,” the reasonable people were asking for definitions – definitions that were never given or were vague in nature.  This is a man who really never did anything in the Illinois State Senate, where he more often than not voted “present.”  He had no significant achievements in the U.S. Senate, either.  How could we expect a career legislative slacker to be an effective workaholic executive leader?