[Ed. note: Yes, of course. Obama needs another term (????)]
In his speech at the 2012 Democratic convention, former President Bill Clinton argued Barack Obama’s case, saying “No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”
How about five?
A year after the election, Americans aren’t happy with Obama. A recently-released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found only 43 percent approve of the job the president is doing — the lowest ever. And when it comes to the economy, it’s worse: Only 39 percent think he’s doing a good job while a significant majority — 58 percent — do not. This may be a case of it being darkest before the dawn, however. As 2013 ends and we turn the page to a new year, the US economy appears poised for a significant rebound, and with it, Obama’s fortunes.
The economic news from November has been strikingly good. To most Americans, the important measures of the economy are those that track employment. Another new high for the Dow Jones Industrial Index may prompt cheers, but it has little meaning for the out-of-work or underemployed. November saw the unemployment rate drop to 7.0 percent, the lowest since before Obama took office.