Chicago Tribune: Why Obama Should Withdraw

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What began with an army of disgruntled bloggers weary of President Obama’s inability to stand-up to congressional Republicans and a complete lack of leadership on such issues as Social Security and Medicare, has reached Mr. Obama’s hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.

In a Sunday op-ed titled “Why Obama Should Withdraw,” editorial board member and columnist, Steve Chapman writes:

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was “Morning in America.” For Barack Obama, it’s more like midnight in a coal mine.

The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can’t even sneak a cigarette.

But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.

That might be the sensible thing to do. It’s hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn’t, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?

Besides avoiding this indignity, Obama might do his party a big favor. In hard times, voters have a powerful urge to punish incumbents. He could slake this thirst by stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him at the top of the ticket.

The ideal candidate would be a figure of stature and ability who can’t be blamed for the economy. That person should not be a member of Congress, since it has an even lower approval rating than the president’s.

It would also help to be conspicuously associated with prosperity. Given Obama’s reputation for being too quick to compromise, a reputation for toughness would be an asset.

As it happens, there is someone at hand who fits this description: Hillary Clinton. Her husband presided over a boom, she’s been busy deposing dictators instead of destroying jobs, and she’s never been accused of being a pushover.

Not only that, Clinton is a savvy political veteran who already knows how to run for president. Oh, and a new Bloomberg poll finds her to be merely “the most popular national political figure in America today.”

President Obama’s LBJ moment is rabidly approaching. The Hillary Army is ready and willing. Just give the order and we are there.

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22 Responses to Chicago Tribune: Why Obama Should Withdraw

  1. The Real Adam says:

    When the hometown rag turns on you, I think there’s a problem.

    I would very much support Obama’s decision not to seek reelection. In fact, I might even respect his choice to save the Democratic party what looks to be a humiliating defeat in 2012 if Obama is at the top of the ticket. But, his ego is so large that I just don’t think he will go gracefully. Obama needs a primary challenger to ease him out.

  2. ItsMyCountryToo says:

    Oh give it a freaking break, why not put the country stagnation where it belongs. On the do nothing rethuglicans. If you, or anyone else for that matter, think the party of no will put the needs of this country above politics I have some ocean front property to sell you in Kansas. The party of no ONLY priority is putting another gop in the whitehouse and if it takes bringing down this country so be it, they have NO intention working with any democrat, they are too busy selling & giving this country to corporations and they wealthy.

  3. Brigid says:

    Obama withdraw? What are you smoking? Despite the fact he hasn’t miraculously cured all our ills, he’s the best thing that’s happened to this country in 20 years!

  4. Stephen Iversonn says:

    President Obama won’t win in a one-to-one race against Mitt Romney.

    Not with 9.1% unemployment, 22% real unemployment, and job approval numbers in the high 30’s. It took George Bush two terms to dip to job approval numbers this low. The situation with Obama is reminiscent of Jimmy Carter: bright guy, non-confrontational, a weak leader, and eventually, the American people just stopped listening to him.

    I think Obama finds himself where Carter found himself in 1980 and we know how that turned out. The DNC needs to schedule a meeting with President Obama and urge him to step aside. If he steps aside, opening the door for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama could become a well respected senior statesman instead of an ineffective bore.

  5. PUMA Lisa 1972 says:

    Obama withdraw? What are you smoking? Despite the fact he hasn’t miraculously cured all our ills, he’s the best thing that’s happened to this country in 20 years!

    Brigid – Better than Bill Clinton? Really? I think you might have a difficult time with that sale.

  6. nogravity says:

    Oh ffs, the Chicago Tribune is hardly Obama’s hometown paper. The Trib has been a mouthpiece for the Republicans since the Col. McCormick days, who, by the way, would be the prototype of the teabagger.

    From his wiki page:
    “McCormick was regarded as a “remote, coldly aloof, ruthless aristocrat, living in lonely magnificence, disdaining the common people… an exceptional man, a lone wolf whose strength and courage could be looked up to, but at the same time had to be feared; an eccentric, misanthropic genius whose haughty bearing, cold eye and steely reserve made it impossible to like or trust him.” McCormick was described by one opponent as “the greatest mind of the fourteenth century”[21] and by the American labor historian Art Preis as a “fascist-minded multi-millionaire”.”

    Also, this dump Obama movement is coming from Dick Cheney waving his bony fist in the air in one final attempt to take this country down.

  7. Mommom says:

    Hillary is tired .She does not want to run anymore.Got anyone else?

    Nothing convinces me that times would be better under a different President.They could even be worse. Republicans would be no more likely to support Hillary and help move this country forward.They would still be the dog in the manger.

  8. Chad Lebanon says:

    How many print and online newspapers does this make?

    The New York Times
    The Los Angeles Times
    The Washington Post
    The Christian Science Monitor


    The Daily Beast
    The Daily Caller

    Various blogs and news walls.

    It’s beginning. The White House must be aware of this trend. What will be interesting to me is, will Obama step aside before it becomes a tsunami and he’s buried?

  9. DMason says:

    If unemployment under below 7% as President Obama promised, the US troops were out of Iraq and Afghanistan as he campaigned he do, and GITMO was closed, he would not be in this sad position and a liability to the Democratic party.

  10. ajihani says:

    Some said we should watch Hillary’s hair.

    When she styles it shorter and with highlights like 2008 then expect something is under way. If she decides to make a go of it, I’m in. We can’t lose 2012 to 2016 to Romney or Perry. If that happens, the U.S. will become like Iran. Religion will inform everything.

  11. Estacada says:

    I’ve been angry at President Obama since he decided against prosecuting war crimes carried out by the previous administration. He knows better so there is no excuse for giving Rumsfeld, Cheney, Yoo and Gonzales a “pass.”

    Add to this tripling the number of US troops in Afghanistan and offering up Social Security and Medicare to Boehner and McConnell and there’s not much reason to support him in 2012.

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  13. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Peter DeFazio all say President Obama should face a primary challenge.

    The good news is, it’s still 13 months before the General Election.

  14. Seabec says:

    Hillary is running. How can she not?

  15. Randy Arroyo says:

    I have to say reading this op-ed in the Chicago Tribune is shocking. It is not usual and customary for a hometown newspaper to turn on a president. The best thing for Obama to do is the right thing and announce he doesn’t plan to seek reelection. I like Obama; he seems like a decent guy, a good father and husband but he isn’t a fighter and we need a fighter who won’t back down from the Boehner gang.

  16. Marburg says:

    The problem is systemic and goes back to 2008.

    Hillary Clinton rightfully belonged at the top of the ticket. Ted Kennedy and the DNC needed to tell then-Sen. Obama he would be selected as Ms. Clinton’s running mate. Thus, he could’ve acquired valuable learn-as-you-go experience. Then he would be adequately seasoned to run for president come 2016.

    Events were set in motion backward.

  17. Fran says:

    Maybe Hillary is old & wise enough to NOT want the job. She can retire comfortably & step away from the D.C. bs at a time when the country is at it’s worst.

  18. Joe in Colorado says:

    Is it possible to email Hillary Clinton at State and beg her to challenge Obama? Maybe if she hears from enough Americans, people desperate for leadership and appalled by his enthusiastic willingness to capitulate to McConnell and Boehner, weary of being unemployed and embarrassed by our ten year war in Afghanistan, perhaps Hillary Clinton will decide this is her time to shine?

  19. Political Girl says:

    Hillary is ready? You think Joe Biden is just going to roll over? You think the Narcissist in Chief is going to say, “Oh sure, I’ll leave.” Hah…

  20. feminazi says:

    Political Girl – Do I think Hillary Clinton is ready? Absolutely. She possesses the intelligence, experience and the strength to be president. You do not? As for Obama “rolling over,” I don’t think he will step aside. His ego won’t allow for it. As for Biden, he always said on the Sunday political shows he wanted to be Secretary of State. Since Hillary is leaving State at the end of Obama’s term, the president could make her his veep and thus position her for a 2016 presidential run.

  21. retahyajyajav says:

    Run, Hillary, Run!

  22. James says:

    I agree. I feel that Obama, as much as I respect him, should consider making this his first and last term in the Oval Office. His poll numbers are crashing. Most polls indicate that he is losing independents. In fact, they seem to be moving to the right. The Economy is not improving. He can not get any legislation through the House. Obama has done all that he can, and honestly, I am glad it was him at the helm rather than McCain during these last three years. Better to bow out gracefully than to go down badly in 2012, which I think will happen if Romeny is the GOP candidate. It would be great if Hillary ran. I think she would win, and maybe get two terms in office. She could continue to move the progressive agenda forward, picking up where Obama left off.

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