September 19, 2017

Barack Obama announces re-election bid for 2012

'It begins with us' - What begins Barack? It doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as 'yes we can'.

US President Barack Obama has announced he will stand for re-election in the 2012 presidential elections.

Mr Obama’s campaign team released a video on his website today and sent an e-mail to supporters announcing his plans.

In his e-mail, Mr Obama said the campaign would start small and grow over time, “with people organising block-by-block, talking to neighbours, co-workers, and friends”.

It will be interesting to see if Obama can generate anything like the level of enthusiasm that he conjured up in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential elections.

In Obama’s favour is a slightly improving economic indicators and the lack of a standout (at this stage) Republican candidate.

President Obama has not set the world on fire in the last two years, but then I guess George W Bush set it on fire big time.

Obama’s actions since coming to power have not matched his election rhetoric, but he has not made any major policy gaffs and has given the United States a much needed lower international profile.

The campaign video is unusual in that Obama is nowhere to be seen. It is just people talking about what they think of Obama and what they can do to help him. The end slogan is “it begins with us.” It will be interesting to see if this phrase becomes the new “yes we can,” for the new campaign.

Mr Obama’s re-election campaign is reportedly seeking to raise as much as $1 billion, an increase on the $750m raised for the 2008 campaign.

Assuming Obama wins the Democratic nomination, his likely opponent from the Republican ranks will come from Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour or Sarah Palin.

One thing is for sure we are all going to be well sick of the electioneering by the time 2012 rolls around.