America loves an underdog. And it looks like the Obama campaign does as well.
In the last week, both the president and vice president have specifically painted themselves with that brush, mindful that a come-from-behind narrative often gins up more donor enthusiasm and television airtime than a campaign that appears to be in cruise control.
The initial comments came Monday from President Obama, when during an ABC/Yahoo News interview the president immediately embraced the suggestion he has a steep hill to climb toward reelection.
“Absolutely…I’m used to being an underdog,” Obama said so definitively that interviewer George Stephanopoulos noted, “You embraced that pretty quickly.”
“Because– you know, given the economy, there's no doubt that, you know, whatever happens on your watch,” the president continued.
Three days later, the vice president chimed in, saying, the GOP is “strong enough to beat both of us."
"Look, no matter what the circumstance, at the end of the day, the American people right now are in real trouble," Biden also said, speaking at the Atlantic Ideas Forum Thursday in Washington. "That is never a good place to be going into re-election, whether it's your fault or not your fault. It's almost sometimes irrelevant."
Obama and Biden might not be off the mark: To be sure, the unemployment figure remains at 9.1 percent and the president’s approval rating is stuck in the low 40’s.
But it’s no surprise the Obama campaign wants to own the underdog mantle, just as it did during the 2007 primaries when it faced what looked like an unbeatable Hillary Clinton. No longer able to run as the outsider or an agent of change, at least the president can latch on to a modern day David and Goliath story as he seeks to get his supporters as enthusiastic as they were in 2008.
An incumbent President should not be an "underdog," he should have an advantage.
But since Obama's failing left and right, it makes that he would cast himself that way falsely.
I hope he's a one-term Pres. We need a real leader in the White House.
We do. But look at the twits running against him. :-/
obama's not the underdog ... he's the dog doo under the underdog.
Cut of your own nose to spite your face is the only applicable response 2 your delirium....
Well, of course, CNN would say everyone loves Obama........because they really think everyone wants a welfare state.
President Obama will win in 2012 because the GOP alternative is weak. He is just positioning for victory. It is called strategy but I guess you did not see that coming...
Sir, your record is perfect, you wrong again. If Obama was a candidate , can you Image what he would say about present President.
The Ron Paul alternative is not weak, and in fact has gained a lot of traction with many different people. As far as the mainstream neo-cons of the GOP, well you got me there.
Wrong, people will vote for anyone but Obama. It's a fact, Jack!
Did you read the article? They didn't say everyone loves Obama, just that he's trying to paint himself as the underdog as a scheme to get re-elected.
Welfare state? Were do you get your information? You rich man's lackey types have been filibustering in congress more times than any time in history against the middle class, and will not get into the WHITE HOUSE and will lose your hold on the HOUSE in 13.5 months, better get used to it. No matter what the elites from big media, big pharma and thenon-patriot manufacturing sector wants! Not even if you cheat at the pools again the bush the draft dodger did.
That is POLLS the cheated at, if case u did not figure out. Along with ne-con FEDERAL JUDGES t he enforce their political beliefs in our courts!
Thank God, the public is finally waking up ... which will result in the corrupt Obama administration ... and the dregs of society who support Obama, returning to powerless mediorcrity ... where they belong !!!
He's the under dog because his polocies suck. Sure he got dealt a bad hand that he has played to the worst of his ability. The bottom line is do we want to have 4 more years of this horrible president and his visions of a socialist utopia.
President Obama will win in Nov 2012 because the GOP alternative is very weak. Can't you at least see that or does it have to be spelt out.
The GOP isn't weak, but the media sure lies to point out their flaws. Obama is not up against a primary challenge, so no flaws are discussed.
Romney is gaining steam against Obama, and Romney will win next November.
Wrong, people will vote for anyone but Obama.
Could you even imagine for a second, Anyone currently in the GOP lineup winning the election. You would be re-living the bush years all over, probably starting another war, and privatizing social security, really a good idea, huh.
The public will not fall for a GOP agenda, letting the fat cats having a free ride... turn on your television and watch the fall of the greedy.
Well, obviously enough is never enough... Bush was elected for a second term and Obama makes him look like a first grader. If you and others who are so quick to bad mouth the president just do some research on what he HAS accomplished since elected. You'll find he has been one of the most effective presidents in the last 20 years. Listen... everyone can shoot from the hip when passing judgement. But the economy and job loss rates were like a run away frieght train even Superman couldn't stop when Obama was elected. Why is it so many believe someone else could have slowed that train down any better than Obama. I can think of two people that would have done a lot worse. But really.... you expect something to be corrected that was 12 years in the making? AND, to do it with a majority in the house who say their number one platform is to make Obama a one term president? Nice platform to run on. How about the one they promised would be job number one in the mid-terms...jobs? Where are they? They won't even consider working on Obamas jobs act to try and reach a compromise. Any idea why? If a comprehensive jobs bill is past it would make Obama look like a hero. So enough is enough... the GOP just screwed you, and millions more like you, again so they can once again be in control. If that happens, better pack your bags because before their four years are up you're not going to recognize this country.
Very well put, the GOP along with the TEABEGERS will do anything to discredit this administration including false claims and accusation (BAUCHMANN). I love it that there are so many of them running because just means they will take votes from each other leaving POTUS to be elected for another term.
Really? The GOP is going to screw us? If I remember right, we had healthy employment and a recovering economy through 2006 after the devistation of a tech bubble and terrorist attack that sent an already fragile economy reeling even more. Seems to me things headed south when the Dem's took control of the congress with "wealth-redistribution" shimmering in their eyes.
@ APOS–you are happy there are so many running because they are going to take votes away from each other? Huh? The field of GoPers is not going to be voted on against Obama. In the US we call it a PRIMARY, where the party decides early on who is going to run INDIVIDUALLY for the November election. They won't be splitting votes when the November election comes.
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HE promise change. Where is change? He said YES WE CAN. Where is it? He said in his first term he going to cut debt by 1/2. Where is it:"? He promise no lobbys. Whereis it. ? He hate rich, but take 38.500.00 per plate in donation for dinners. He promise,promise and just kva-kva-kva and travel,vacation and vacation. Where is JOBS,JOBS. He promise 8%, but we got 9.1%. I vote for him and I'm sorry for it.
So very well said. Our president has finally tired of being slapped in the face by the far right. He's tried over and over again to work with them since they took the House in the mid-terms to the point of angering the far left. He's had it and is finally standing his ground and letting us know where he stands; and it's a hell of a lot better then what the GOP is offering. I also agree that NOONE could have fixed this mess in a mere 4 years – it's gonna take more like 10 years to get us back on stable ground. At least this president is speaking for those of us that don't have the $$ to line the pockets of the politicians.
Seems to me obumma makes all gop canidates look like einstien
No, you and spelling suck. Pres. Obama will win reelection because the Repubs offer no jobs plan and are unpopular.
its obvious you dont read , how ignorant can you be
"America loves an underdog"......Well, of course we do. An American underdog, not a socialist underdog.
Socialist.? Do you even know what that is? u r against the middle class is what that means, get a job!
Though the country is upset is not a gone conclusion that the GOP will benefit from it. Their field is too weak so try again in 2016 as President Obama will win in 2012
If obama wins in 2012 ... America won't be around in 2016 !!!
people do understand (I hope) that Obama's job plan does indeed create jobs. Example, one of those tasks is to fix bridges & roads. Remember the bridge in Minnesota that collapsed. Once you itemize the list of bridges/roads (which is a task in its own right), then you can physically determine how to fix and how many people it will require to fix it. Those are all JOBS... JOBS no one is doing now because there are no funds to do so. So do not tell me the job bill does not create jobs... the only outstanding question is how to pay for those jobs... that should be take own it's own. The question is, are those type of jobs important enough to be paid for with federal taxes? Or Should it be left up the individual states (and hope no more Minnesota type of bridges exist).
So there is no money for those jobs? If you want Keynsian economics to begin to look like it works, then you need to appropriate the money in the right places. Why aren't you KE's out there recommending that they divert welfare/unemployment comp to subsidizing infrastructure projects like this. Instead, what is being advocated is to set up programs like this while maintaining all other outlays and burdening the successful with the tab.
I don't advocate Keynes, but if you're going to use it, use it right.
His plan does provide a way to pay for those infrastructure jobs by creating an infrastructure bank. It would initially be funded by the federal government with I believe $25-$50 billion and then would be opened up to private investors. What the bank will do is provide low-interest loans that will be used to fix the infrastructure and the bank will eventually become self-sufficient once the loan payments start being put back into the bank. It's a model that a lot of members of the house and the senate from both sides support. Well, some of the Right now have changed their tune because – wait for it..... our president likes the idea, so now the GOP says it won't work. Par for the course.
It is "cruise control" not "cruse control." Why is it that every story on CNN & Huffington Post, to name two places, has at least one major spelling or grammatical error? Is the editing being outsourced to a country where English is a second language? Or is it because English is not being taught correctly in our schools? Alexander Mooney, author of this article, please enlighten me. Do you not know how to spell "cruise" or was this a typo that no one caught or what???
Only 13% of the population currently defines itself as Liberal...13%. That is a statistically insignificant portion of the electorate as it pertains to national elections. Progressive Liberal extremism is dead. Get used to it. Vote 2012. One and done.
You folks on the right can throw around all of the labels you like. In 2012, President Obama will trounce anyone that you put against him. Rep/TPers have no competent competitors and no viable ideas for getting us out of their mess.
The exaggerations and lies by the right wing extremists only make them look foolish.
Liberal and proud. The conservatives are today's loyalist who packed up and went back to King George.
Jean, you have said this before that the "The conservatives are today's loyalist who packed up and went back to King George." OK if that is true then the Liberals stayed behind and continued slavery, denied women the right to vote. Get real, you want to cherry pick your way through history. The Revolution was about less government. If you had it your way Barry would be king, you would get your free government cheese, we would all be told what type of insurance to buy, car, home you name it.
Billion dollar Barry, the big business machine, trying to buy his way out of trouble. The public will not be fooled again.
One term! You must be delusional, U think we forgot what reagan the actor and bush the nit-middle class draft dodger to finish off the economy, will never happen, everybody is not young like U newbies, majority are wise to their hussle!
The people who oppose obama could not possibly do a better job of showing what a P.O.S. obama is, than obama himself. As each day goes by, Americans are witnessing more and more ways this inept President is destroying America ... and yet, his blindly devoted groupies, like jean and liz, continue to support him, and even claim their pride in his non-stop failures !!!
It's very telling that many in the financial sector are tepid about supporting the president, whether financially or on policy.It's because he is the only candidate in the race that sounds like he cares anything about Main St The middle class has contracted, and the poverty rate is higher than it has been in decades,while corporations and high-end retailers are thriving, and very prosperous.How can that be?If Reaganomics worked for everyone,which the Republican presidential candidates all espouse, for the most part;why such a disparity in these groups? Shouldn't we all either be doing well, or all ,not so well, if this theory actually worked the way Republicans say? If the GOP prevails in 2012, and fully implements their agenda, we will be left with an upper class, under class, and no middle class.
Is there a middle class now? Very slim margin. The GOPERS and TEABAGGERS will and want to make POTUS a one term prez while spreading lies and hatred for this Administration.
nobama 2012 i'll vote for anyone else just not this p.o.s. though i did vote for him the first time around he's had his run and fudged it up worse then anyone could have dreamed of
PLEASE!..Obama is the most dishonest president in recent history. Nearly every time he addresses the public he lies. He put a political spin on everything. His class warfare rhetoric is dangerous to our country. Did you happen to notice some of the protesters are starting to wear masks to hide their identity. If they become violent blame Obama.
Chris – You must be really confused. Why do you vote for the right guy, then turn away like this? How can you allow yourself to join the dark side? They have nothing to offer, except more unemployment. Buck up, Dude.
That is ignorant of reality LACKIES do. Some of these morons are getting paid by G>O>P to say this bull.
The people who oppose obama could not possibly do a better job of showing what a P.O.S. obama is, than obama himself. As each day goes by, Americans are witnessing more and more ways this inept President is destroying America ... and yet, his blindly devoted groupies continue to support him, and even claim their pride in his non-stop failures !!!
Whichever class you are categorized in is due through your own effort. You power yourself. If you land underclass, you always have a chance to go middle class or upper class... or not.
The financial folks are tepid for sure! They don't want rules on transactions and new types of worthless paper configured with complicated formulas that are unrecognizable to laymen. Industrialists do want their products taken from American worker's starting in 2002 with tax rebates from the neo-con congress. The Prez does have a majority af Americans that would back any decision he makes, Because he will do it for middle-class because because that is the best for America!
Maybe it would be a good idea to tariff those products when brought into the United States, with maybe 8% of wholesale price of aforementioned product!
I believe President Obama really cares about all the american people and this country, if a republican becomes the next president we are in big trouble ( the middle class). The Republican party is only interested in oil corporations, wall street and their agenda, please lets not be fooled again.
your forgetting we need oil obuma put alot of people out of work when he stopped the drilling sure ,some are going to get rich, thats the american way, how would you feel if you got wealthy and had to give it some guy standing on a corner who is capable of working, any one who agrees with obuma/s agenda is a dictator , obumas history
Obama may have been dealt a bad hand when he took office, but in a lot of ways he has continued the same way of dealing with them. This idea of bailouts and continued spending and continued inflation of the dollar. On foreign policy it's the exact same as Bush. We're still in Iraq. Still in Afghanistan. Still threatening Iran. While most of the GOP are no different in what they plan to do as president, I'm voting for the one that stands out and believes in the constitution and believes in liberty, Dr. Ron Paul.
We are winding down the Iraq & Afghanistan wars, in a responsible way that doesn't leave behind a power vacuum for terrorists to exploit. Many people in those countries have helped our efforts and they would suffer without our protection.
A Repug president would have unilaterally charged into Iran, without funds to do so.
Persident Obama kept us from getting bogged down in Libya by calling upon UN forces to take on a shared responsibility. That is the way the free world should operate, by mutual consensus and shared sacrifice. Bush destroyed our relationship with other world leaders.
Now, the US is more respected in the International community. It is a shame that the same doesn't apply internally.
Take away all of the lies about President Obama and we have a good sound leader that no one has been able to soil.
Ron Paul the world's biggest hypocrite...here is a guy that doesn't believe in health care or any government assistance for anyone regardless of the situation, while the whole time living on the government dole. He receives a government taxpayer funded salary + and annual COLA, has government paid health care and a government paid pension for life after serving 5 years and reaching the age of 50.
"funded salary" is not the same as living on the dole. You, Jean, are the one that is sucking money off the tax payer. Your Social Security check is funded directly by contributions made this month. Not years ago. Proof? Your president said it him self that Social Security checks may not be paid if we can not borrow the money.
Ron Paul never said that he did not believe in insurance. He said that tax payers should not pay for other peoples insurance. Half the people in the US do not pay taxes. That means that the other half have to pay for these dead beats. Now that is living off the dole if there ever was such a thing.
WRONG ... barack hussein obama is the world's BIGGEST hypocrite !!!
"Obama’s Class Warfare Rhetoric Backfires: Gallup Approval Rating Hits 38%, Ties All-Time Low…"
lol....sorry, dems.....there's no saving President Failure now.
Gallop has a call list of landlines that is 60% republican households what would you expect?
Underdog?? Underhanded YES
President Obama you would not be in this position if you did what we sent you to DC to do. You need to fight and fight hard against these do nothing republicans. People have been saying this for as long as you have been in the White House, you have the worst staff in the world if they are so out of touch they don't have their pulse on Democratic America. We need you to turn over the rocks and expose the snakes for what they are. Get in the fox hole and fight dirty the way the do. You will not win if you don't stop pandering to the republicans and giving in at every turn because we want someone on our side. NOW PLEASE FIGHT FOR NOT JUST YOUR JOB BUT FOR US THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING!!!!!!
President Obama has simply given the Repugs enough rope to hang themselves. And they are doing a fine job of it. Where did the Tea Partiers all go? Hmm, looks like they have been replaced with a real grassroots movement, but now it is the left that have mobilized themselves against corruption.
Meanwhile, the President has proven himself to be a mainstream leader, willing to compromise, instead of some Muslim terrorist as the right have attempted to frame him.
Obama will prevail in 2012 and our country will be a better place to live because of his leadership.
Get Real, Where the BUDGET??We can't afford another year of Obama Paying off his supporter's
tea party is still around and stronger then ever it's just liberal media bias blacking them out
Any other congress would be better the working class, this fresh batch is only relevant to the elites and their minions in the mid-term when a substantial percentage of dems did not vote. The reason is the prez not getting the public option for getting control of the greed in the medical profession in the U.S.. Our medicine has fallen behind other industrialized nations over the greed which replaced the hippocratic oath!
"cruse" control? Are you kidding me? A top notch organization like CNN can't hire someone who knows how to correctly spell "cruise"?
What the hell is "cruse control"?
"...television airtime than a campaign that appears to be in cruse control."
Barack Obama is not a failure. His policies over the last 3 years have made for a better america and have in fact started pulling us all out of a 20 year hole. He saved us from a depression, put regulation back on banks that ruined our economy and the repubs want to deregulate again. The republicans and banks are the ones who got us here into this mess with their deregulation and tax cuts to the rich and corporations. We as a country cannot afford MORE republican policy. Not one of the candidates could lead this country better then Barack. They did not even stand up as a leader for the gay soldier that got booed in the face at their debate. To me that says not one of them is fit to serve as commander in chief of our armed forces
barack obama is not A failure ... he is the ULTIMATE FAILURE !!!
Failure for the Neo-con anti middle class crowd who like health care prices going up every month and so on. Majority rule is back. And we now have watchers in the polls so tricks there are not going to work like 2000. Your whining bigotry is not going to work this time..Folks are even going after your rich tricksters in the markets. Its an American spring!
The last time I voted neo-conservative was Ronnie the actor's 1st term. When I realized he was after me! (being middle class) He was chumming with elites and having memory problems, and could no longer make a statement with reading it, very unlike an actor who usually has a great memory. Realizing the neo-cons were after my assets I switched to conservative democrat, and the neo- conservatives came into existence and have been after the bottom income scale to this day.....Just saying!
A conservative republican now has to emulate Ronnie the actor or get hell from the neo-cons who are not into balanced budgets just use the credit card with China............. :-(
Underdog? Vote Ron Paul! He's the only one with a different solution. End the Fed, End the Wars, Balance our Budget, and STAY in the confines of the CONSTITUTION! Obama, Romney, Perry, and Cain are all the same tools but from different sheds! Mark my words, Ron Paul will hurl himself into a top two candidate and then his message will resonate with more people. He will win! Cha-Ching! God Bless America
ABO = ANYBODY BUT OBAMA !!!
All these Astroturf teabaggers are so confident that they got the 2012 election wrapped up. Wait until we remove the trash in House of Reps in 2012!
Obama is always whining, 'man its the republicans!' He gave everything to cooperations (wallstreet, gm, ge) and wants to put mainstreet on welfare! You can be assured that perry will have you working even becoming rich when he becomes president – he will not be looking back to place blame but working forward. Romney=obama.
Our leader has changed his tune from belligerent to pathetic overnight. Now we are supposed to pity him??? You've got to be kidding. Who is givning him such nonsensical campaign advice?
Supporting an underdog is a practice that might engender traction during good times however, the only thing that is going to save the current president is a significant drop in unemployment and the real perception that his administration can better manage the economy. So far, that has not happened. The current scandals with Holder and Solyndra are not helping his cause either.
The President casts himself as an underdog because all of the hounds has been yapping at his heels since he took office. The world loves and underdog and the alternative to President Obama is to stagnate for four years trying to dismantle all of this presidents laws and people will be more poor than before.
He's not an underdog. He's a loser. Plain and simple. People were fooled.
Obama is too incompetent to be an underdog or President.
This President will always be remembered as the President who saved America from the 2nd great depression. He will win the 2012 election. It will be hard because of the distorted picture that the Right in this country has painted of Obama, but we will win.
YOU GO! Get Real, Victoria, and VickiPA! Good comments! I agree 100%.
PRESIDENT OBAMA has had so many hounds yapping at his heels? REALLY? NOPE...I don't think so. He's had so many pitbulls yapping at his a**, than hounds at his heels, catwill! You're right! And that's been ever since he took office. The haters have been setting the stage to make him look like the worst US President ever! Forget it you demons, because honest documentarians and historians will tell the truth about what has happened; and HISTORY WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! YES WE WILL AGAIN!
"Cruse" control? I think you have a misspelled word there.
It's time for Ron Paul. The only candidate worth voting for.
Obuma, you are the underdog for the way your leading our country, your the underdog and will loose, good riddens
'Groupies' huh? Well Howard, call us what you want! You know name-calling goes both ways, but just so you know, we'd always support OBAMA if all we had to compare his policies to were your lies, half-truths and hate-filled generic drivel! Jean and I certainly will continue to support him, because we know that whatever he does, has done or will do is for the good of AMERICA. So your true problem is, you can't get us to support your fake BS against the President! We never will support YOU Howard! LOL!
Thank you for your comments tlfaulkender. BEAUTIFUL!
@Chris; the last Republican that came close to looking like EINSTEIN as far as I'm concerned was Former Congressman Bob Dole. Oh yes, he wife is Democrat Elizabeth Dole. No wonder! LOL! BTW, the only one in the stupid lot of Republican candidates you got going now maybe Ron Paul, but he's not quite an Einstein..OBAMA has everyone of those loons beat! LOOK DEEP BEFORE YOU LEEP! LOL!
anyone else is better then obama