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article imageOp-Ed: Obama a president of two faces

By Michael Bearak     Dec 28, 2010 in Politics
President Obama has been in office for almost two years, and now is the time that the citizens of the United States and people of the world to see the other face of Barack Obama.
It happened in 1994 with President Bill Clinton when the Republicans won control of Congress and it will more than likely happen with President Obama in 2010. The United States is two months past the Republicans grabbing hold of the U.S. House of Representatives and making strides in evening the numbers in the U.S. Senate.
For two years Barack Obama and the Democrats have had an unobstructed run of the United States. In the last two months President Obama has already had to soft-pedal many of the things before he would have pushed down the throats of Americans. Barack Obama has two years left to convince Americans that they should re-elect him as president for a second term.
President Obama has seen a steady decline in his approval ratings according to a Gallup Poll. now in his 7th quarter he came has come in at 44.7% which ended on October 19th. He is lower than Bush in 2002 and is only higher than Reagan in 1982 and Carter in 1978. So now he is faced with trying to convince Americans that his change has been good, and he will continue with that line because it got him into the White House in the first place. Only now he is going to try to convince people that change takes time, he is going to point to the fact that he passed health care reform, that he bailed out the banks, GM, health care and housing industry.
Only the economy hasn't changed for the better. The housing market is still poor, and foreclosures will only continue to rise as unemployment has yet to level off and show signs of growth. The private sector has shown some growth, something that Obama will point to, but his continued to suffocate small businesses so that growth may only be temporary.
President Barack Obama reflects during a meeting with his national security staff in the Situation R...
President Barack Obama reflects during a meeting with his national security staff in the Situation Room of the White House
White House Photo by Pete Souza
Now with control of the House of Representatives going to the Republicans and the Democrats losing absolute control of the Senate Obama finds himself in a position where he is forced to work with Republicans. The closed door dealings that took place during the health care negotiations where Republicans were left out and put on ice can't happen any longer with the shifts in numbers. Obama has to work with Republicans, he has to convince at least some to cross party lines for things Obama wants while keeping everyone in his party on-board.
Since he started running for president Obama has talked about change, he has talked about not doing things like they had been done before. He has increased the size of the government, he has taken over control of major industries, he has increased our national debt through repeated spending, he has failed to bring down unemployment. There is a lot that Obama can point to in regards to change; unfortunately with the good there is also a lot of bad.
President Obama looking at himself in the mirror
President Obama looking at himself in the mirror
White House photo by Pete D'Souza
For two years Americans have had to sit back and watch as things were put in front of us, passed regardless of whether the public wanted it or not and we were told it was good, that it was better even when our hearts and minds screamed otherwise.
Now for the next two years going into the 2012 elections we are going to see a totally different Obama. We are going to see one who not only acts like he is listening but actually takes to heart what he is told by the public. We are going to see a president who wants to win people over, he is going to ditch to a major extent what he wants and work on things that the "public" wants to see. We will see the other face President Obama as we move into the next election, one of teamwork, of compromise. What now remains to be seen is whether Americans will fall for him again or if the "change" he has talked about will lead to a change in the person in the White House.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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