President Obama is coming home from his overseas trip pretty much empty-handed.How bad has it gotten? Some notable Democrats say he shouldn't even bother seeking re-election.
After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn't able to secure even a symbolic victory on an trip that was expected to give him plenty of opportunities to claim a win.
"This certainly was the worst 10 days of his political life," said Baruch College's Doug Muzzio.
"Given that he's not going to be able to get any domestic achievements with the Republicans in control of the House ...if he doesn't do it in foreign policy that's a big problem for him.
"He came back with bupkis (Yiddish for 'nothing')."
Obama's inauspicious 10-day, four-nation trip included a failure to land an anticipated slam-dunk free trade agreement with South Korea.
It also included a botched effort to rally Western allies to press China to budge on a monetary policy that threatens to keep the U.S. economy in the tank.
This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.Wishful thinking.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.