April 30th, 2009
10:44 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama's success: It's all about 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/29/art.obama2.gi.jpg caption="Policy experts agree Obama's presidency will be rated on the speed and depth of the economic recovery."]NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama has said if the economy doesn't turn around on his watch, voters won't give him a second term.

"If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition," he said in an NBC interview in February.

Policy experts agree Obama's presidency will be rated on the speed and depth of the economic recovery. But they think he may only have until mid-2010 to get the economy moving in the right direction before Americans start blaming him for what ails them.

"If we get back to an upward economy in 2010, it'll be good. But if we're in it [longer] ... people's opinions will be formed. That's as much patience as Americans will have," said Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones senior fellow of the Peterson Institute.

And voters could take it out on Democrats in the November 2010 midterm congressional elections.

"Republicans could cut into Democratic majorities," said American University Professor Allan Lichtman, a political historian and presidential election expert.

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  1. GERALD

    Lets see , you borrow a bunch of money from the chinese that my un born grandchildren will have to pay back and this is success. Just remenber47% of america did not vote for him and that was running against a fellow democrat.

    April 30, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. No more Republicans

    We need to keep the Dems in the Whitehouse. Everytime a democrats fix the problems... People get comfortable and vote in a republican and they start the mess back over.

    I rather take a chance with the Democrats than the Republicans....

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. David

    Budget hawks applaud his deficit-neutral stance on issues like health care reform and his vow to reduce the annual deficit by 2013. But they're not happy with the fact that his budget would start running it up again by 2019, under even optimistic economic forecasts.

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    My money is still on Obama!

    April 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Spelmanite08

    WOW! Its crazy how adults are sitting back looking for Obama to do EVERYTHING for them. He's only one man. If he's not doing things quick enough, and you can type and/or read this blog and its comments, you're considered able bodied enoguh to get up and do something. If nothing big,at least in your own household.

    Barack ROCKS!!!

    Thank you Mr. President

    April 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. obama/mama

    I think Obama will do fine. I don't remember a president that started with so much on his plate. I think he is doing in an outstanding job even if there is always an issue coming his way.

    April 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. kathy nurse

    Hey The democrats get a higher approval rating in congress. That should say it all at least they are looking for answers to the problems and not just pushing their own agenda. Rep. need to sit up and notice there were 47 million without health care and since all the unemployment you bet it is much higher then that now.
    NOW CNN THAT IS A STORY WORTH LOOKING IN TO! HEALTHCARE IN A EPIDEMIC SEEMS TO BE A WORTHY STORY!

    I am tired of the republicans scare tactics on health insurance I have seen on TV. More FEAR mongering and that is great to be afraid but not at the cost of peoples health!

    April 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Tim

    Obama has put himself in quite a nice box on the enhanced interogation methods issue. He says it is torture, and was a dark day for the US, and implies therefore that it is immoral. I believe in the enhanced interogation methods, irregardless of whether they are technically torture or not. So in essence, he is calling me immoral.

    He has also made the statement that the abortion issue is above his paygrade. So he is comfortable calling someone who believes in enhanced interogation methods immoral, but he has a problem calling someone who aborts a human being immoral. He does acknowledge that it is a moral issue, but he doesn't call those who have an abortion immoral.

    So he must either think enhanced interogation methods are a bigger evil than killing an unborn child, or he is politicizing this issue, or he lacks the courage to call a good portion of his base, those who believe it is ok to have an abortion, immoral. Maybe there is something else I'm missing, I'll sit back and wait for the answer.

    In the meantime, Obama should stop preaching morality, it is offensive.

    April 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. aaa

    it wont happen. gop is done

    April 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    Hey wait a minute it took over 30 years to get to this point in time. I know that a lot of you out there have the memory of a nat but it started with the dismanteling of our steel companies and the textile industry in this country to be shipped overseas. This just didn't happen during the Bush amdministration although they certinly did speed it up because of their live for today attitude. And by the way the banking industry failed in the late 1970's when they allowed the Marquette Decision to be passed and if you doubt this go to PBS Front Line website and type into their search engine "The Secret History Of The Credit Card" and you will see the begining of the down fall of our banking industry in this country and the politicians that went along with the Aluminate of money in this country. ****************************************************************

    April 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Jeremy Brizzi

    Why is it that the majority of people from Texas are so hard-headed and blind to what's actually happening? I was in Texas for the election. Every time Obama spoke, people changed the channel, but when McCain spoke...all eyes were on the TV. You Texans, you don't listen. Just keep complaining about your guns and banging your bibles, leave the country to the open-minded and intelligent left who aren't using 50 year old ancient economics like it's the only answer. You can't balance the budget on a calculator, try burning the box and open up to reality.

    April 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    For some world perspective- The Canadian media also polled Canadians on their impressions of Obama's first 100 days.

    Over 82% of Canadians believe Obama is doing a very good job.

    The international reputation of the USA has been much improved over the last 100 days. The USA is no longer viewed as an arrogant, unethical, aggressive, self-interested "school yard bully" but rather as an informed, civil and cooperative member of the world community.

    You can bet the world is hoping and praying for a second Obama term.

    April 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. katiec

    Do not believe the republicans have a chance to take over in 2010.
    Their actions prove they do not care about us or our country and have done everything they can to create further destruction. Their goal that our President will fail is also wanting our country to fail.
    Heaven help us if the republicans gain control. It will be back to
    big business, lobbyists, and the rich running our country again.
    The American people just will not allow that to happen.

    April 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Some Guy

    Let's assume that the "golden age" of the United states was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1945-1965. What did we see back in those days? Massive government spending. Things like the GI bill, construction of the interstate hwy system, the "great society" programs which targeted poverty, research and development for the space race and yes, two wars. We actually had a middle class back then. The tax structure was very different then than it is now as well. Look up how much the higher tax brackets were paying back then and see how well they have had it since the days of Ronnie Rayguns. Man, Republicans have short memories. Please feel free to correct me, but use logic and concrete examples to do so and not talk radio buzz words and cries of socialism. You may resume your bickering. Have a nice day.

    April 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. walleye

    Iraq war, Afghan War, Economy, GM, AIG, Chrysler, Health Care, Global Warming, Pirates and now the Swine Flu.

    Unbelievable. I give Obama credit. He has taken on more in 4 months than the previous administration had done in 8 years. If half of these problems are solved it would be a monumental accomplishment. I have all the faith in this man. Maybe the RepubliKlans were right naming him the Messiah.

    April 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    I applaud Obama for wanting to get something done, but the truth is that his solutions will simply not work. And he is close-minded to any ideas whatsoever from the opposition, to the point of repeating the "Party of No" mantra we've been hearing so often. Well, the dems now have total control over everything..... so if we do not see results by 2010, he is right..... the people will speak their minds in the voting booth. .

    April 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. REG

    WOW Sometimes I can't believe the ignorace..... But then again many of the GOP followers belived Obama failed as president on JAN 20 so its a mute point. Weak foreign policy, If we as a county tell the rest of the world they can't use torture but we do it then why should they listen to us. Being a nation of hyprocrites will not make us safer. We have to become what we once were pre bush.. a nation to be respect and looked up to because we do the right thing and still accomplish our agendas. I believe our elected president is trying to get us there by trying to wipe the slate clean and telling the world this is the direction we need to be going. And in 4 years the quest will be are we better of now than we were 4 years ago. Until we can see that answer shut up and let the man do his job

    April 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Matt

    Right, we'll swing back in 2010 because we definitely want to go back to the policies that left us here in the first place. What a ruse.

    April 30, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Audrey from Indianapolis,In

    I love Democrats best change. Barrack Obama is good economy low price every change forever.

    April 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. MJM

    Give me a break!! He is not an American. He may have been born in the USa but he does not defend this country. When he went and had meetings in Cuba, he let them run down the United States like he didn't even live here. He does not have a back bone to speak of.
    In his speech last night when talking about our military, he held his head down the whole time like, if I look at the camera they will see I am lying. I am 56 years old and this is the worst prez we have had in my life time. Can't wait till his term is up!

    April 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Karl Rove

    Hillarious – Obama has destroyed the nation in 100 days but Bush did not in his 8 year that the Repubs worshipped him and rubber-stamped everyone of his failed polices from the Iraq War, tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation.

    It would help if there were any educated people left in the Republican Party but the smart ones have all left.

    Bottom line is Republicans don't want to admit they destroyed America and left our descendents with huge deficits and a diminished chance of the American Dream. Thanks for destroying America in your quest for greed!

    April 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Fernandez

    Mr. President- What were you doing in St Louis?. You could have provided meals for about 150 people for a year, the cost of your day trip .

    April 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Chicago independent age 25

    This will be the last blog I ever write on this site!! I am sick of hearing the same thing over and over again from both sides of the spectrum and rarely see logical retoric thats typed in these blogs. The Conservative Republicans keep whining about and saying "one and done" comments like that in regards to the Obama administartion are suppost to help the situation. So to all have fun with your uninformative bloging and whining. The funning thing is I'm only 25 and telling people that most likely older then me to grow up and stop complaining and do something.

    April 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Tim

    By the way, did anyone else catch his answer to whether or not it would ever be conceivable to him to use enhanced interogation methods. His answer was that he would do whatever is necessary to protect the United States and did not explicitly state that he would not use the techniques.

    April 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Its funny that the Republicans who caused this economic mess with their borrow and spend tactics, their supply side economics, and their deregulation of the banking industry think that they can fix it using the same old tired methods. Mr. Obama is trying to right the ship of state and to put in on the correct course away from the shoals which Reagan and the Bushes steered us into. if they cannot help then they should get out of the way.

    April 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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