September 22nd, 2010
08:43 AM ET
4 years ago

The Sweep: How did Obama lose his mojo?

Voters in Virginia swung in the 2008 election in President Obama's direction. Two years into his presidency, the state will decide whether Democrats get two more years to turn things around.
Voters in Virginia swung in the 2008 election in President Obama's direction. Two years into his presidency, the state will decide whether Democrats get two more years to turn things around.

In "The Sweep," CNN dives deep into issues that are making news and why they're in the headlines.

Chesapeake, Virginia (CNN) - It's dinner time on Sunday night and fresh burgers are sizzling on the grill a few feet away as Aaron Wheeler Sr., an African-American pastor who marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a kid, sits on his back patio and muses about how it has already been almost two years since President Obama's stunning election night victory electrified a nation.

The 63-year-old Wheeler usually votes Republican, but he will never forget sitting in his living room in southeastern Virginia, about a 3½-hour drive from Washington, watching as state after state fell into the Obama column and tens of thousands of young people joined older men and women from his generation to stream into Chicago, Illinois' Grant Park and chant "Yes we can!" and "We have overcome!" before an international television audience.

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  1. Riley

    He lost his MoJo after continuously proposing legistaltion that goes directly opposite the will of the people. SHAME ON HIM!!

    September 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    America was not built on huge federal debt, big government, runaway entitlements, paying people not to work and federal ownership of industry and finance. The USSR was and it collapsed years ago.

    We are headed very quickly in the wrong direction and American voters realize that. They will change this direction at the voting booths in 6 weeks.

    September 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Bob in PA

    He never had any "mojo". It was all a facade built by political power brokers and the establishment media.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. david

    I do not think President Obama has lost his drive, what I do now is that every thing he has been trying to get done is crushed by the hypocrisy of our current government and all its back biting tactic. I sit back and watch as our government (Senators and Representatives) only agrue for what they as individuals what and not what is good for the people of this fine country or the country in its self.
    Obama need to put down hard rules and make some very hard decisions and use excecutive orders to achieve some thing. He also need to treat the house and senate as they really are bunch of children fighting.

    September 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    Come on CNN, he never had mojo. America wanted a change from Bush but they did not know what type of change they were buying into. Obama rarely voted in the senate so he did not have to run on his past record. Yes, he was against the war but he was not even a senator when the war vote took place. He was a Johnny Come Lately who came out against the war once it turned bad! Obama is too liberal for the majority of Americans and the polls prove it!! I do not care if they poll folks with land lines or cell phones!!!!

    So continue to state your liberal case! You already lost most of your base! And the rest are leaving with great haste!!!!

    Go Repubs/Tea Partiers in November!!!!

    September 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. SuperD

    He never had any mojo. All he has is a bunch of rhetoric and platitudes and a teleprompter. No substance, just words, no action, just words, no real world experience in anything, just words.

    He's a con man. Nothing more.

    September 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Illinois 2

    He didn't have any in the first place, he just hassmooth line of BS and way too many voters fell for it. This brings me to ask, how many first time voters voted for him just because of who he is or where he is from???

    September 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Faith

    Arrogance and Ego always lead to a fall but Obama was unprepared to be President. He has great political skills but little feel for the American people like Clinton or Reagan. Obama’s deleterious economic policies along with the preposterous spending by an increasingly liberal Democratic Congress that he left unchecked has been painful. Worst of all he has not been willing to change.

    September 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Darko

    Consistent promise breaking and 'mistruths' don't do well with mojo.

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. mike

    The american voter was expecting the republican party to work with this president on issues that concerned most americans but the only thing we got was more division and then along came some tea party that the republicans suck up to only to find out that there way of thinking has now more radical than ever republican party it is not concerned on how they gain power as long as they gain it there is a old saying actions speak louder then words so were do you think they stand

    September 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    How did Obama lose his mojo? Seriously? The Republican "Noise Machine," that's how. I have a wingnut sister who thinks Obama raised her taxes since taking office and will raise them again when the Bush tax cuts expire (she does not make $250,000). There is no reasoning with her. The fact that our taxes were the lowest in 60 years last year, to her, is a lie. No wonder our standing in the world is dropping rapidly. The ignorance, thanks to Fox and other right wing blowhards, is astounding. What happens to us if we can't stop this?

    September 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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