How Obama makes his case for a second term
June 6th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

How Obama makes his case for a second term

Julian E. Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, lays down the case Obama can make for a second term as president:

President Obama must make the difficult transition from being the candidate who once ran as the maverick - the agent of change - to the candidate who now represents the political establishment. There is no way to escape this.

Rather than seeking to change the status quo, to some extent he must defend it to voters. The new message that he must craft for them is important, not just for re-election, but because it could help shape how he's perceived in the next four years, should he win.

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  1. i8jomomma

    i can't believe we are gonna let him stay around to see if he is gonna get re-elected or not

    June 7, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey, i8jomomma! If we couldn't raise up from our obviously comatosed, stupidity, on both sides of the spectrum, and push Bush out after his first 'selection', we all but have the right to sit back and watch to see Obama get re-elected! We slept through 8 years of BUSH failed policies! We allowed him to be selected twice and where did it get us? Who won in the end? EVERYTHING Obama's been trying to rectify, renew or redo is being done in direct results of those extenuating circumstances of the BUSH policies!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    How soon you folks forget! Problem is, you turn your heads as if it never happened. You want us all to go back to sleep and act like Bush has no fault in the miserable state this nation. Everything is Obamas' fault! Well why is it that he's even had to deal with this American financial topsy-turvy in the first place? All 'Hail Marys' to Bush, unless it's something that's been spinned by the media to give a negative view to the masses, then it's all Obamas' fault! You keep pointing fingers, we will too!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm |