In some ways on could perhaps say that Obama moved from a “not good enough” to “barely good enough” President during his first term – given the rough spot he’s been dealt as the 44th President. But he’s not very good as a candidate, and he doesn’t appear to be very good at working with Congress either, building alliences and engaging in the political process.
But, he’s what’s there. The alternative is way worse.
Is Obama overrated as a candidate?
In his closing remarks at the first debate in Denver last week, President Obama uttered the following sentence: “Four years ago, I said that I’m not a perfect man and I wouldn’t be a perfect president.”
For anyone who has watched Obama campaign for a second term this year, the phrase is old hat — part of the president’s seemingly self-effacing acknowledgment that he has, is and will continue to make mistakes but that he does so in the service of trying to do the right thing. (….)