Barack Obama Incumbent U.S. Presidential Election 2012 Essay

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The race for the republican nomination for president of the United States is well underway. With casualties including Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain, it remains unclear at this juncture which candidate will walk away with the republican nod. As debate over who will garner the nomination, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, or Mitt Romney intensifies, attention is beginning to turn to the upcoming November general election and the democratic Presidential incumbent, Barack Obama.
On the 29 day of January 2009, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States. Born in Hawaii in 1961 to Barack Obama, Sr., a black man from Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white woman from Kansas; he overcame more
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Obama took office in January of 2009, as the economy plummeted. His presidency has been characterized by the stressors of an economic recession, which many experts consider “a financial crisis the likes of which has not been seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s” (George Soros 83) and the sluggish recovery following (Barack, nytimes.com). Obama’s term milestones have included unprecedented legislation including a universal health care bill, and a $787 billion dollar stimulus bill. In 2010 the country’s frustration with unemployment and a slow-changing economy saw a drop in Obama’s approval rating and republicans gaining a “242-193 majority in the House of Representatives...14 seats in the Senate”, a significant although not atypical midterm election response to “the state of the economy, and the publicʼs assessment of the presidentʼs job performance” (Acobson).
Recently, however, according to the latest CBS news poll published in the New York Times “President Obama’s political standing is rising along with voters’ optimism that the economy is getting better, a shift that coincides with continued Republican disquiet over the field of candidates seeking to replace him” (Rutinberg and Kopicki).
As the general 2012 presidential election draws near, the focus turns not only to Barack Obama’s past successes and perceived failures but increasingly on his stance on key political issues with regard to the future. CNN
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