October 27th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Cafferty: Where has the Obama 'magic' gone?

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Some Democrats are calling it the "Obama hangover."

Even with President Obama on the campaign trail, at fund-raising events and taping TV ads for many state and local candidates – it seems like the electricity of the 2008 campaign is a distant memory.

The Los Angeles Times reports how much tougher it is to get people fired up to volunteer and vote Democrat this time around. And, as President Obama tries to address health care, the economy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – some of his decisions may not sit well with voters at the local level.

A lot of eyes are on the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia; and a congressional race in upstate New York's 23rd district.

With election day a week away – things aren't looking so hot for Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia... One new poll shows him trailing Republican Bob McConnell by 11 points. Meanwhile – White House officials have been complaining about the quality of Deeds' campaign... gee, think they're trying to distance themselves from him?

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  1. ib

    People are waking up to what a disaster Obama is for this country. Hope it keeps growing while we still have a country. Hope Deeds loses by a landside; people in Va. cannot afford any more tax increases.

    October 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. felicia

    His magic is not gone infact it's even better, now if people were still carrying on like we were during the campaign you people would be really mad. President Obama is fine just like he said he ain't losing any sleep over any of this negativity.

    October 27, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Obama fails= Americans win

    Majic? He never had any to begin with. All he had was a bunch of desparate and ignorant people who believed anything he said. We tried to warn you people about him, but nobody wanted to listen. He needs to stop with this healthcare bull and get back to important issues like winning this war. You deserved what you voted for. Dont worry though dems, we will take back power in 2010 and fix this guys mess. let all who voted for obama learn a lesson that you cant have an inexperienced, naive, coward as our president

    October 27, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. mike

    Everyone has realized uhbama is an incompetent joke.

    October 27, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. D.R.

    I guess you have to find something to talk about when it's your job every day. That's the problem with all news these days.

    October 27, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. dan smith

    People are finally starting to realize what a joke this moron is,unfortunately it is too little too late,the Traitor in Chief is effectively taking control of all sectors of this once great country. Where are you when we need you the most Ronald Reagan,America has lost its way.

    October 27, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. inofritzn

    Because hope and dreams are giving away to reality.

    October 27, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Dean in PA

    It's because lots of stupid people had unreasonable expectations that he was just going to march into Washington and everything would change. He said he would do everything in his power to produce change and he has... you can thank the Repugnicants for stonewalling every effort to bring about needed change. He expected to be stonewalled, but he continues to try anyway. Did all of those idiots really believe that magic would happen? It takes time, people. Try getting behind him again and showing him that you support what he's attempting to do.

    October 27, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    Where has CAFFERTY's magic go????? He doesn't have any!!! President Obama is not a magician and he does not do TRICKS!!

    To YOU the so-called magic probably disappeared!

    But to many others – who hardly tune into cable news anymore because of the constant HAMMER on the top of President Obama's head to get all he promised done in 1 year – STILL see the MAGIC if you want to call it that!!

    October 27, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. JES

    Once the people see what he is like you can understand. It's always been about smoke and mirrors.

    He can't do the job you elected him to and we are on our way to socialism why can't the people of this great nation see that.

    October 27, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Obama is a socialist and it's beginning to show. America doesn't want it.

    October 27, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Shiro

    Obama is all talk right now anyways and the dems in congress are indecisive fools , so i can understand why the dems are hurting as of now .. although i still prefer democrats over the republicans.

    October 27, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Democrats = party of hate!

    I think people are waking up from there coma's.

    October 27, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Aaron Owings Mills MD

    The Obama Magic is beginning to fade in the midst of increasing unemployment and a so-called jobless recovery. President Obama needs to start formulating and implementing job growth policies to facilitate a real economic recovery from our current recession. A jobless recovery is really no recovery at all. Obama should throw down the gauntlet, take a page from FDR and create a public works program and put people to work. There are many things that need to be done around the country to rebuild infrastructure-roads, bridges, walkways, and revitalize neighborhoods. Developing and implementing a jobs producing and growth strategy resulting in economic recovery would restore the magic of hope for the Obama Administration.

    October 27, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Artie

    The liberals can only carry on this goofy idol worship so long!

    October 27, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    With millions more unempolyed and the war in Afghanistan getting worse by the day, maybe it is hard to find large numbers of the still faithfull to get fired up.
    With the death of 8 US soldiers yesterday, October now has 55 dead US soldiers in Afghanistan. Thats the highest death toll month since the war started in 2001. And August 2009 had 51, the second highest. So under Obama we have had the two worst months on the war in Afghanistan. And they are trying to blame it on Bush. If Bush was so bad, at least it did not cost US soldiers their lives. How can Obama be better? He has no clue what to do, and is letting politics get in the way of listening to his top generals while US soldiers die on the battle field.

    October 27, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. terry,va

    Hope and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee. People better get their head out of where ever they have it and see that Obummie is nothing but hot air and hope. We need to pull ourselves up by our boot straps get it done by hard work not hoping and wishing. This isn't Alice in wonderland Obummie!!!

    October 27, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Observant1

    The electricity of the 2008 campaign is a distant memory because Obama has let down the American people whom believed in him. We did not want the stimulus packages shoved down our throats, and screamed in rage about the bailouts but he did not listen. And when running his campaign and promising to revamp the tax codes and bring jobs back to American, we believed. Change you can believe it!!!

    None of the current policies have done nothing to enhance American lives, and now trying to push Healthcare reform, with more taxes on to us is unacceptable.

    No, I am not a republican, I am not bashing Obama, I voted for him in good faith and he has disappointed me and millions of other. I am an Independent and I doubt if one Democrat get elected in 2010 or 2012

    October 27, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. W l Jones

    That some of the media going around sturrup trouble every time they post something in print or on T.V.

    October 27, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Rajinder Goyal

    Obama magic is still alive and well.If it doesn't seem obvious, its because the extreme right wing conservatives along with the Republican Party brass have done and are doing everying possible to discolor the Obama magic. The brickwall President Obama has run into should surprise no one. Capitol Hill is the most inefficient form of Government, and is dfragging the Obama magic down with it. But time will tell that Obama will put his stamp on many things that Republicans could never dream of.

    October 27, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Albo58

    Previously, people were unaware of Obama's real substance and after the last 10 months, they now know he lacks any real substance!

    October 27, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. A.B.

    The aura of the Obama Magic is reaching its twilight due to the following reasons:
    * The economy is still in recession and unemployment is on the rise.
    * The President has not shown real leadership on healthcare reform.
    * The President is directing stimulus money to businesses and banks instead of allocating that money towards job creation.
    * The President is more concerned with bipartisanship than with accomplishing tasks such as reforming healthcare.

    President Obama needs to get his policy priorities straight and start showing real leadership on healthcare reform and on other issues. He needs to pay attention to the people who put him in office.

    October 27, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Mirta

    Cry me a river...the facade is starting to crumble. If anyone has ever read Hillary Clinton's book, "Living History", you will recall that she talks indepthly about how overwhelming the first few years are in the White House. Obama HAS to be experiencing the same thing, yet he continues to campaign!!! Get to work and stop worrying about date night with your wife, official portraits and putting your wife on late night TV (BTW, I thought she was flat and not very impressive...). GET TO WORK! People are starting to figure it out, that is why the magic is gone!

    October 27, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Just a thought..

    I agree some of the luster has faded. However, the majority of his moves have made our country better in the eyes of other countries, which is what we need after our absurd actions of the previous adminstration..

    October 27, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. brownvan

    Calling it Obama "magic" is spot on, Jack.
    All of the President's critics seem to think he is ineffective because he hasn't been able to wave a wand and fix problems in 10 months which took decades to create! President Obama is continuing the thoughtful and methodical approach which convinced me to vote for him in the first place, but the American voter's attention span will not suffer a strategy which takes time to implement .

    Anchorage, AK

    October 27, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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