August 23rd, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

10 things Obama must do in 10 weeks

The next ten weeks will be crucial for President Obama.
The next ten weeks will be crucial for President Obama.

(CNN) – President Obama is facing criticism that his message has gone off track at a crucial time for his party and administration. With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, the president's approval ratings are at their lowest. Analysts are predicting big wins for Republicans in November.

Ten weeks is an eternity in politics, and Republican and Democratic strategists say there are some key things Obama can do in the final stretch to restore the confidence of the American people and minimize expected losses for his party.

1. Simplify the message

Candidate Obama inspired voters in the 2008 election with a simple message of hope and change. Halfway through his term, the president now faces the complex reality of governing.

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  1. Deborah/Kansas City

    He needs to put out the facts of what the stimulus, tarp, and saving GM has done. There is so much misinformation and out right lies about many of the benefits. Republicans are still calling it "Government take over of healthcare", when there is not even a public option. All of the money is being paid back with interest and sooner than expected, non of this is getting out. The lies are louder and more frequent than the truth is being told.

    August 23, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. TangledThorns

    How about... act like a president of the United States? Let's vote the professor out in 2012 and elect a real leader like Sarah Palin!

    August 23, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    I have to agree about simplifying the message. After 8 years of the Bush regime, I.Q.s dropped sharply in this country. Why else would he have ever gotten a single vote?

    Every time Sarah Palin utters a word and showcases her stupidity on the national stage, there are people cheering her on. Again, proof that the intelligence level has dropped.

    So yes, by all means, simplify your message, Mr. President. We have some GOP simpletons out there who don't have the brain capacity to understand that you're having to mop up after an 8 year disaster.

    However, for those of us with the higher I.Q.s and who have no problem whatsoever understanding an intelligent president such as yourself who is doing the right thing by Americans, I thank you.

    I went 8 years without having a president worth thanking, so it's a great thing to have a good president in the White House finally.

    August 23, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. terry,va

    One through ten.....crawl in a hole.

    August 23, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Dis-gusted

    When I think of the last administration and how the Republicans rubber-stamped everything Bush put out there, ....well look at the mess we are in now due to all that "rubber-stamping." Obama and this administration look good to me.

    August 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. mother and sister of soldiers

    How about leading by example! How about being the leader and accept responsibility for the economy and stop playing the blame game? How about responsible spending? How about not demonizing the very people who create jobs? How about you plain stop criticizing and slamming people who do not agree with your agenda? His tactic of conquering by division is a complete turnoff. It is time to be president not tout the title.

    August 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. bill

    maybe president obama .has got teen things to do.but CNN YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO.LIKE NOT REPORTING.LIES. OBAMA IS NOT MUSLEM.NOR DID YOU REPUTIATE BIRTHERS. AND WHAT ABOUT MUSLEM CENTER. ALL LIES AND TIME TO SET the record straight.what ever happened to reporting truth in media. i know you wont post it but is true

    August 23, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. gt

    or jobs .. jobs. jobs. jobs. jobs. ....people who dont have one are getting very very angry....its jobs....

    August 23, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. These 10 things are ALL TALK

    Does Obama and Kristi Keck think we are all stupid? That we can be fooled a second time by Oblah-blah? This list has ZERO actions – ZERO goals – and Zero for the American people. This list deals solely in TALK and more TALK and better channeled TALK and agressive TALK and defensive TALK. TALK TALK TALK. President Teleprompter may have gotten elected by talking a good story, but that is not going to work a sscond time - Americans want RESULTS

    August 23, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. chris

    Its over Obama, Pack up and leave because the conservatives are coming in.

    August 23, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. katiec

    Regardless of what President Obama does he will be treated negatively by the media, the republicans.
    It is bad enough to have the radical right constantly spewing their propaganda, lies, distortions, fear mongering but when the media reinforces , headlines their every hypocrasy, and, unfortunately people believing their bias, sensationalize matters of little importance, never fact check or comment on distorted statements than that adds fuel to the fire.
    The republicans have used every effort to destroy our president, win and any cost and pursue their undying love and support for Wall St and the rich, however they do not realize or recognize the intelligence of the American people.

    August 23, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Dano

    If American voter's memories are so short that they put the same group that caused the current economic mess back in power just 2 years after voting them out, then we as a nation are less intelligent than anyone thinks and will get exactly what we deserve.

    August 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Hangar 13

    Ms. Keck omitted the most important piece of advice. Lie about everything you've done and plan to do, and rely on the mainstream media to back you up. The truth is hideously frightening, and it will never sell in November.

    August 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. all of America

    Dosen't matter what obama does in ten weeks, he and his democrats have lost the voters confidence. The voters know the change they make will be short term to try to win votes then when the elections are over they will go right back to their socialistic agenda , and their abuse of power to pass bills and the propaganda that they spread about the bills they pass. The public has spoken , we need a real leader who has the ability to get the US out of this sink hole that obama has got us in ! We need somebody that can represent the US to the world as a world power, not bow down to every countries leader and apologize for all the worlds problems .

    August 23, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Augsbee

    Seriously, as long as the President continues to give people money, takes care of them financially he shouldn't have any problems nor any Democrat. Our country has reached a point of thousands of Americans who welcome government taking over their lives, finances, medical. People are done worrying about work, paying bills, worrying about the medical, if the President could turn it around to have most Americans working for the government Obama would definitely win another election and the GOP would disappear. From what I read and hear most Americans now would like nothing better than government take over completely, especially this new generation that is not interested in work, having a home, family.

    August 23, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. U.S. Common Sense

    How about resign?

    August 23, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Ron in Califonia

    So much damage has been done by the Democrats and Obama that there is nothing he could do now. Besides he has a huge credibility problem with inependents that they will think he is pandering to get votes. e will never chnage his stripes. What is important here is what have Republican learned from the Democrats poor leadeship. Republicans need to be ready to govern from the center right and work with Democrats. Don't squander a great opportunity.

    August 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Simon, Orlando

    I like that #1. His campaign slogan"change" was about as simplistic as it gets for a message. It took a lot of people with extremely simple minds to actually believe it meant something and vote for him.

    August 23, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Gordon Shumway

    Resigning would be a wonderful start!

    August 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Cavalier Johnson

    Excellent write up. Some have made mention that the President has lost some of his swagger since the 2008 election and has dropped his more centrist tone. Sometimes President Obama's message can become "overwhelming"-he should focus on simplifying it.

    August 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. mattd

    you forgot quit

    August 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Willy Brown

    He can resign and take the next nine weeks off.

    August 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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