Calling himself an “underdog,” President Obama today said the faltering economy is a drag on his presidency and seriously impairing his chances of winning again in 2012.
“Absolutely,” he said in response to a question from ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about whether the odds were against him come November 2012, given the economy. “I’m used to being the underdog. But at the end of the day people are going to ask — who’s got a vision?”
The American people, he conceded, are “not better off” than they were four years ago.
“The unemployment rate is way too high,” he said of the 9 percent jobless rate, the highest in more than half a century.
You can watch a clip of the interview here.
It’s really a simple question. “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Any president that receives a “No” in response has some ‘splainin’ to do if they want to be reelected.
Sadly, I was better off four years ago and I don’t feel real optimistic about the next four no matter who wins.
But I was doing a lot better twelve years ago.