October 3rd, 2011
05:49 PM ET

Underdog Obama

President Obama said he is the “underdog” in the 2012 campaign, given the tough economic conditions facing the country.  Despite his position as the incumbent, the president said in an interview with ABC News that he is “used to being the underdog,” referring to the beginning of his 2008 run for president. “But at the end of the day people are going to ask who's got a vision for the future,” he said.

The high unemployment rate and struggling economy also led President Obama to say that the American people are “not better off” than they were four years ago.  The comment was in response to a question that referenced the famous question Ronald Reagan used in his campaign against Jimmy Carter in 1980.  "They're not better off than they were before Lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we're going through. I think that what we've seen is that we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy but the unemployment rate is still way too high," he said. 

Topics: 2010 Elections

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That's known as playing political games, with the press.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  2. george of the jungle


    October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  3. racegirl1

    You wouldn't be an underdog if you would have stood up to the republicans when you got in office. We elected you to not keeping backing down, giving in and letting the republicans have their way in negotiations. We needed to see backbone from you and now you are trying to show you found it. Well, dah don't wait for us to get excited when you didn't get anything done with a democratic House and Senate. So you took 21 months do find yourself well we need time to get excited also. I know what the other choice is, I will vote for you but with NO excitement. You should have at least tried someone for getting us in a war, and how about trying some of those wall street bankers. They got away with people losing their homes, losing their jobs losing retirements and now you want our support. Well paraphrasing Janet Jackson what have you done for use lately. Tell that to the homeless, the hungry, the unemployed and see what they say.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  4. Just Sayin'

    That's known as the truth as "it is what it is" dude or dudette. THINK FOOL!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Hmm

    Mr. Obama set a bar that was too high for his abilities.
    In all the glitz and glitter, Mr. Obama's self-hype was believed by his supporters who wouldn't or couldn't accept Mr. Obama's limitations. Now his governing inadequacies and destructive agenda are evident for all who choose to see them. So, cleverly, Mr. Obama sets the bar in a ditch – if he simply stands on ground level, his abilities will seem to be adequate.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • Notfooled

      And the Republicans had nothing to do with it right?

      October 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  6. Hmm

    Mr. Obama isn't an underdog. He just plays one to his supporters for his reelection campaign.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  7. Victoria

    Obama grew up in a poor but well educated single parent home. He had to utilize all that makes america the land of opportunity to get where he has gotten today. He has 1st hand knowledge of daily REAL average american life and the repub candidates can never understand that. Repubs support walmart & exxon Not People... Barack is for education, infrastructure, jobs, fair taxes, and the middle class. The 10 poorest states in our country are under republican control. I do not want to see that effect nationwide. If Barack can better himself into the whitehouse he can better our nation. That is his vison. He has saved us from a depression and is digging us out of a hole that took 20 years to dig!! His ploicies are working! Obama 2012.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • olufemi osho

      I couldn't disagree with you on that one. Obama 2012 all the way.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Howard

      It's fools and suckers like you, that obama counts on, to dupe, scam, and con his ridiculous policies and empty promises.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Notfooled

      @Howard-everything Victoria said is true. You are the sucker for the do nothing House of Reps.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  8. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    NOBAMA'S polices are the reason he is in this position it's not G.W.Bush's fault like NOBAMA would like you to believe or any body's else fault like NOBAMA would like you to believe he blames every body buy himself ! ! ! I'm sure I'll get blasted by the NOBAMAITES because I don't agree with everything he says or does because I don't agree with everything he says or does I'm called a RACIST and UN- AMERICAN but I haven't heard any BLACKS being called a RACIST when they didn't agree with everything Bush said or did , the is different standards for whites and BLACKS because of NOBAMA and it makes me sick to my stomach that NOBAMAITES are driving a wedge between the whites and BLACKS in this country

    October 4, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Trace

      @Bob...or should we say BooB?

      You sound like a five year old. Grow-up! " ....waa waa, the Blacks weren't called racists, but I am" Geesh my 13 year old is more mature than you and I would trust his judgement before yours.

      You are the very reason this country continues stuck in this mess. You and yours are too stupid to realize the problem existed before Obama even took office. HEY SMART GUY....We were losing 700K jobs per month before Obama took the oath of office. How could it have been all his fault?

      Granted, the President hasn't gotten us out of the mess, GW BUSH LEFT US, like he promised, but I believe the problem was bigger than he thought. Plus I'm not sure he realized how stupid the GOP/Tea Party would turn out to be; WITH NO IDEAS, ONLY BUMPER STICKER IDIOCY. Sound familiar to you ?

      October 4, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • mikle

        I agree with Bob.Black people can say about white whatever, but not white. And Obama really help to divide American. His speech prove this all the time.

        October 4, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • mikle

        Trace, don't you tire already to blame Bush? You need to grow up and ask Obama, where is YES WE CAN, where IS change , where is 1/2 debt cut, where is promise jobs, where, where, where. Just kva kva kva .

        October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Notfooled

        @Mikle--ask the obstructionist republicans that block everything.

        October 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  9. mikle

    He wants sympathy. Everything he said is a game and for special purpose. I don't trust him. I vote for him, but not anymore.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • olufemi osho

      since you do not want to vote for him, vote for gadafi then. I am sure you will be happier livng worst than you are now.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Howard

      Obama the Underdog ??? ... more like dog doo under the dog !!!

      October 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  10. MANDIE

    mikle, get a life. first of all president obama is not looking for sympathy. change can never come in this country when
    we have the likes of you and your republicans holding this country hostage. There is a job bill in their hands with
    plenty of things that they can agree on but refuse. Because they come from this president a democrate and oh
    yes the "Black" lets not leave that part out. This country will remain divided with people like you.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  11. justin

    I actually want a president who will tell us the truth. If things are bad i want to be told they are & there is room for improvement. I want a president who tells us that education is the only true way to thrive in the 21st century. I dont want a president who tells us everything is going great when it's not. Obama does not sugar coat or tell people what they want to hear. He told everyone in 08 that things were not going to be easy he never once said it will be a cake walk.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Blacks didn't like a whole lot of decisions and policies made by GWB and many previous Presidents, but we generally didn't have nor were we privvy to such technology as we have so much of today to voice our disgust and disagreements! We'd just talk about the issues between ourselves, quietly most of the time. Another one of the main reasons whites didn't get a chance to call us racists is that many of us are still stuck in the past where..Ooooh! Don't get caught publicly towncrying against a WHITE MAN!

    October 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  13. Notfooled

    He did it before as the underdog and he will do it again. By a landslide because people see the repubs for what they are.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore, Bob, the ones of us who were able to speak on them out in the public to one another, to other whites, through the computer, or on our jobs, in our community civics groups (which oftentimes includes at least one white), in our church groups and other venues, we were shut down, or greivous to say 'BOUGHT OUT'. With all of the racist problems we're yet experiencing in America, we know that 'Money Talks and Bulls**t Walks! That's with opportunistic blacks and especially whites! WHAT DISAGREEMENTS?

    October 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    This AMERICAN political system was set up within these borders, which was already occupied by the Natives of this land...who are now referred to as NATIVE AMERICANS, mainly by whites and for whites and anybody who came here strapped with money, period! So if by chance BLACKS, the ones that you claim are the poorest, dependant on ALL the government handouts, don't have the where-with-all, positions, the clout, and no 'real' platforms even attempted to complain, it would fall on 'white' deaf ears! GET REAL!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You haven't been sick to your stomach like you're gonna be if you don't get honest and stop your BS! You accuse PRES OBAMA of driving a wedge between the AMERICAN people, well Mr Bob, whether you care to own up to it or not, the American people have had that particular wedge between them since before and after the Civil War! 1965 didn't even make a real difference, thus was born Affirmative Action! You all are using the political arena as a hiding place for your hate-ridden agendas. YOU HATE THAT BLACK MAN!

    October 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  17. thomasf0

    Do we really need another homophobic anti middle class, anti non-white, anti affordable health care, anti environment, anti-balanced budget, anti education, anti social security, anti wall street rules, anti union anti manufacturing, anti taxing rich tricksters republican again? I and many others have said it would destroy U.S.A. We shall see in in 2012.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @mikle, You need to grow up! Furthermore, shut up unless you come up with something new besides kva kva kva! And stop piggybacking off of something that you had interpreted to you that other haters wrote! I really don't see why you even inject anything into any thread on this blog, because it's all so generic with no substance! You tell ME where YES WE CAN is! Barack Obama ran on 'YES WE CAN', not 'YES HE CAN'! Where is his 'WE'? You and your newfound party might need to 'LOOK AT THE MAN IN THE MIRROR'!

    October 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  19. thomasf0

    And big media is wrong again as you will see when ratings drop more. You have to report not opinionize...

    October 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  20. Joe

    obama sucks get him out of here He's the worst disaster in america since 9/11

    October 5, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Trace

      @ Joe

      Amazingly stupid and vaccous statement. Do you just enjoy sounding like a complete fool. I actually think that if the GOP/Tea Party idiots could connect the dots, make some sense, they might have more of a following. But unfortunately for these corporate and millionaire lackeys, all they can do is spout out bumper sticker slogan.

      ....I mean...listen at yourself. "Obama is the worst disaster since 9/11"???? Really???are you serious??? GW was warned about Bin Laden in Aug 2011 and by 9/11 nearly 3000 people died. Ok...what's Obama done since then? He's simply gone about eradicating (killing for those of modest intellect; like you joe) most of Al Qaeda and seeing that the perpetrator of 9/11 (OBL) now swims with the fishes. The guy is DEAD DEAD DEAD

      Aren't you even embarassed that your posts are just ridculous on their very face. You should go back to your mom's basement and STFU.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:40 am |