New poll numbers indicate that many voters feel that President Obama has the country on the wrong track (to the tune of 75%). With an economy still in a downward spiral and unemplyment still above nine percent (and double that for Blacks), many are questioning whether or not the President is an effective leader.

Recently, news surfaced that many Democrats are questioning the President’s ability to lead. They cite his handling of the debt ceiling debate and other negotiations with Republicans. To some, the President has continually caved to the demands of the GOP, while leaving his base to fend for itself.

Leading Democratic strategist James Carville wrote a column giving the President a bit of advice: Panic!

Carville writes,

We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.

This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed.

Basically, Carville and many other Democrats are imploring the President to fight and get tough with Republicans. But can he?

Clutchettes and Gents…do you think President Obama is tough enough to be a good leader? Is he a good leader? 

Let’s talk about it! 

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  • Relax

    Whether he’s black or bi-racial is just a sideshow to me. In terms of the job he’s done as President, I think he’s been mediocre, and I think a lot of that has to do with his personality. He would have been okay if he had been elected during a time of relative prosperity, because he is basically a facilitator, not a leader. He’s not strong enough to be a leader on issues, and he doesn’t seem to like the idea of fighting hard against his opponents – it’s like he doesn’t want to get down and dirty with them. He prefers this cool, detached approach to government and politics, but unfortunately for him (and us), the Republicans are not cooperating with his preferences, and they’re mean and nasty and will do whatever it takes to win the battle and the war.

    The bad part about all of this is that not only has President Obama’s lackluster performance ruined the chances of his tenure being effective, it may have also ruined the chances of any Democrat (including himself) being elected President in 2012 and 2016. And if a Republican is elected President in 2012 (which looks increasingly likely ever day), then this country is in for a depressing descent. Because, let’s face it, many of the Republicans and the Tea Partiers who exert such influence on the Republicans are just off-the-wall nutty in their approach to the economy, the environment, etc.

    In retrospect, I’m thinking we should have gone with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate in 2008. If nothing else, she certainly has a lot of experience dealing effectively with difficult, powerful men.

    • Angie

      +1. Thanks, relax, you said it all for me. No need for me to go any further.

  • PGS

    I find this very interesting. WHen people say President Obama is not a good leader or President they really mean he didn’t come in and change things as fast as they would have liked.

    In terms of his record he’s actually been VERY effective.

    He’s done:

    1) The equal pay act, making paying women less illegal
    2) Ended “combat” in Iraq & set an end to Afganistan
    3) Health Care–presidents have been trying to do this for DECADES
    4) The big stimulus bill–our economy would look a WHOLE lot more effed up had this not have happened.
    5) Deading Bin Laden
    6) Appointing 2 more women to the court
    7) Passed Financial Reform

    That’s just off the top of my head. Rachel Maddow does a good job putting it in perspective here: http://on.msnbc.com/ipUi9L

    So to call him mediocre or ineffective is off base.

    • Relax

      The unemployment rate is just completely unacceptable to me, and the deficit/debt limit debacle resolution is also unacceptable to me.

      I am not oblivious to what Obama has accomplished, but I am disappointed that he didn’t take the fight to the Republicans on these two big issues.

      Now, all that said, I will be voting for Obama again in 2012, because any of the current alternatives the Republicans are offering up in terms of their candidates are a far worse choice for President of this country. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not even a close contest – any of the Republican candidates would be a disaster as President.

    • I think the president has a lot of flaws, but I really don’t know what can he do about the unemployment issue. After all, jobs are created by the private sector, not the federal government.

    • socially maladjusted

      Hareem Akinak

      After all, jobs are created by the private sector, not the federal government.

      Please explain how jobs are created in the private sector

      and

      may I refer you to the Roosevelt government in the Great Depression to see how a courageous and defiant president can create jobs.

      Btw Roosevelt won four or five elections.

    • socially maladjusted

      I find this very interesting. WHen people say President Obama is not a good leader or President they really mean he didn’t come in and change things as fast as they would have liked.

      Nope, I know myself and one other person at least, didn’t have any expectations of Obama or any other president so this part of your comment doesn’t apply.

      1) The equal pay act, making paying women less illegal

      Equal pay legistlation does bring about any structural “change” for women or for the rest of the massess in society, all it does is affirm the economic relationship between the haves and have nots. The haves own the means of production and they decide who gets paid what.

      2) Ended “combat” in Iraq & set an end to Afganistan]

      As far as I’m up to date on Americas wars, this hasn’t happened.

      3) Health Care–presidents have been trying to do this for DECADES

      and Obama also, has failed to bring into being a single payer health system. Over 50m Americans have no health coverage

      4) The big stimulus bill–our economy would look a WHOLE lot more effed up had this not have happened.

      a) this was implemented under Bush, Obama just took over.

      b)The government wasted tax payers money saving failed institutions, which under the principles of free makret capiltalism, should have been left to go under.
      The government should ONLY have intervened to prevent losses to millions of ordinary people who use banking services.

      c) The bankers were bailed out on the promise that they would continue lending to kick start the economy, that hasn’t happened it’s still nigh on impossible to get a mortgage or a loan to start a business.

      d) The tax payer got screwed twice – first in the bail outs and now in the austerity measures being imposed on working people to pay back the bali out money that the government borrowed from the banks and used to bail out the banks.

      Anyone who thinks the bail outs were the better of two evils, is naive beyond belief.

      5) Deading Bin Laden

      How the hell has this improved anything for the masses?

      6) Appointing 2 more women to the court

      How the hell has this improved anything for the masses

      7) Passed Financial Reform

      Well Obama’s reforms are not without their critics, the most convincing for me, being that ” too big to fail” means too big to exist, in other words the banks should simply be scaled down and subject to strict regulation.

      Go do some reading of BOTH sides of the argument before you parrot nonsense.

    • Demi

      @socially maladjusted:

      Shut it down, Goddamnit. thank you.

  • socially maladjusted

    1) The equal pay act, making paying women less illegal,

    Equal pay legistlation *does* bring about any structural “change” for women or for the rest of the massess in society, all it does is affirm the economic relationship between the haves and have nots. The haves own the means of production and they decide who gets paid what.

    should read

    Equal pay legistlation doesn’t bring about any structural “change” for women or for the rest of the massess in society, all it does is affirm the economic relationship between the haves and have nots. The haves own the means of production and they decide who gets paid what.

  • Reason

    @JustSayin’, I think most of us agree with your self-help sentiments. It’s your tone that as always creates the disconnect. You believe in being incendiary, inflammatory and many of us don’t.We know the statistics and the reality like the back of our own hand but you haven’t provided us with any proof that being harsh will change the problems anymore than Kanye-shrugging will. In fact it seems being harsh towards people with problems only drives them closer to their issues. You can call someone with obesity issues names from here to eternity and they will continue to do what they know best and that’s eat their feelings. But I still love you, girl.

    @socially maladjusted, can you please cite where I’ve said that the recession isn’t playing a role in (black) unemployment? The fact of the matter is that any address to the issue of (black) unemployment has to come with hard truths. The first truth is that presidents have no power over the economy. Unemployment was still high under FDR despite all of the social legislation he passed. What saved him was WW2. And I doubt the American people would let Pres. Obama manufacture a world war and re-instate the draft just to bring unemployment down. The second hard truth is that many of the jobs that were lost aren’t coming back. They’re gone. The third hard truth is that many people need to go back to school. There are jobs out there but not enough qualified people to fill them. If you don’t want the truth then you don’t want to be employed.

    • socially maladjusted

      @reason? (yeh right)
      @socially maladjusted, can you please cite where I’ve said that the recession isn’t playing a role in (black) unemployment?

      Well it’s a major ommission to NOT mention the recession and all its consequences when you’re on a bash the unemployed tirade.

      That tells us that you’re either an ignorant buffoon or have anti-working people agenda. I’m going for both.

      The first truth is that presidents have no power over the economy.

      Nah – truth is you are cluesless. and if you watched anything other than reality tv, you’d know that Obama unvieled a job creation programme earlier this week. Trouble is, it doesn’t go anywhere near as far as it needs to go.

      Unemployment was still high under FDR despite all of the social legislation he passed. What saved him was WW2.

      Er wrong – the NEW DEAL measures were implemented long before WW2, with some of the most important New Deal policies taking effect between 1933 and 1936. Get your facts right woman.

      Roosevelt created over 10 millions jobs, which would be 25 millions job in todays terms. If Obama were to embark on job creation programme of that magnitude it would near on eliminate unemployment.

      And I doubt the American people would let Pres. Obama manufacture a world war and re-instate the draft just to bring unemployment down.

      Well America is currently fighting five known wars and who knows how many covert wars. In fact, America has been in endless war since the end of WW2, so I don’t really see the relevence of this idiotic point.

      The second hard truth is that many of the jobs that were lost aren’t coming back. They’re gone. The third hard truth is that many people need to go back to school.There are jobs out there but not enough qualified people to fill them. If you don’t want the truth then you don’t want to be employed.

      So the jobs that have gone are not coming back, but there are jobs, it’s just that the millions upon millions of unemployed, many of whom are highly skilled workers, are not qualified to do them.

      Ok – produce the facts that support these claims because everything I see, hear and read says the opposite of this.

      The fact of the matter is that any address to the issue of (black) unemployment has to come with hard truths.

      Practice what you preach woman, and apply your own “hard truths” to yourself, coz you fail miserably to meet the standards you want to impose on others.

      Take YOUR OWN advice and get an education that teaches you how to read write comprehend and think critically rather than vicariously through recieved opinion.