Five Steps to a Win in 2012
President Obama has officially begun his campaign to win reelection in 2012. With GOP candidates firing up their campaigns and Hilary contemplating a run of her own, the President will have to step up his game if he plans on securing a second term as the most powerful man in the world.
This political commentator has come up with 5 steps that President Obama must take if he wants to win in 2012.
1) Admit that the first term was a failure.
There is no doubt that President Obama’s first term as Commander in Chief was a failure. Nothing seemed to go according to plan and the promise of change never came to fruition.
Not only is Guantanamo Bay still open, it is going to be used as the base for trials of the prisoners being detained there.
The U.S. is still involved in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama had campaigned on bringing an end to these conflicts. Instead he has sent more troops to both countries (which needed to be done). There seems to be no end in sight for our time in the Middle East.
There is no clarity with the United States’ third military conflict in Libya. The President needs to provide more information about our operations in Libya.
The economy is has done no better under President Obama’s guidance than under our previous president’s. Unemployment is still high with a sluggish recovery just beginning to peak it’s head out. The bailout package passed at the start of Obama’s term didn’t do much to turn the economy around. Desperate to see the economy improve, Obama signed an extension on the Bush era tax cuts, which he had indicated he would not do, because the “rich don’t deserve tax cuts.”
The American people know that this first term has failed and don’t want to be told otherwise. If President Obama wants to secure votes he must own his failures.
2) Reach across the aisle.
President Obama must reach across the aisle. Working with or at least giving the impression of working with the GOP is essential in winning in 2012. If Obama ostracizes the opposing party he will be ousted just as his democratic friends in Congress were in 2010.
3) Provide true transparency.
President Obama campaigned on the idea of transparency. Where is it? The president has hidden his true agenda at every turn. President Obama has done this to avoid pigeonholing himself into one camp or the other. The hope is to win votes by appearing to be in the middle, but sometimes appearing to be in the middle is loses transparency.Continued on the next page