A campaigning President Barack Obama said Tuesday it will take a few years to dig the nation out of the recession, warning impatient voters that any candidate promising faster results "is just looking for your vote."So Barry and Friends have gone from promising to keep unemployment below 8% to guaranteeing us 500,000-plus jobs with the stimulus to saying 'well, things could be a lot worse' to this? And by the way is the "look at all I've done with no GOP backing" creed going to work on voters when he's had a supermajority to work with for almost 2 years, nevermind the fact that it's his base (i.e. the "professional left") that's giving him the most grief nowadays? Whatever the case, if he keeps this up I just don't see independents buying it in 2012.
The president's economic outlook, coming in the heat of a divisive midterm campaign stretch, reflected his tricky political reality. He must try to persuade people soured by the sagging economy that they should re-elect Democratic leaders now, but he also is laboring to get voters to measure his efforts with a long view, as he looks ahead to his own re-election campaign in 2012.
Darting into Seattle to stir up enthusiasm and cash for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, Obama spoke as a president whose agenda is on the line. He has pushed through all his big legislative items with virtually no Republican backing.