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Updated: April 4, 2011 23:16 IST

Obama announces re-election bid

Narayan Lakshman
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President Barack Obama during a speech in Washington. File Photo
President Barack Obama during a speech in Washington. File Photo

Using a video posted on the YouTube website ( United States President Barack Obama informally kicked off what appears to be another grassroots campaign for his 2012 re-election bid.

In a move that likely presages a campaign that will intensively use social media, Mr. Obama also reached out to Americans through Twitter and e-mail, where he said: “Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign. We are doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbours, co-workers, and friends.”

Mr. Obama said in his message that even though he was “focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more”, the work of laying the foundation for his campaign “must start today”.

The announcement of the re-election bid, though widely expected, comes at a time when the Republican leadership is relatively fragmented and, according to some pollsters, is yet to throw up a candidate who could mount a serious challenge to Mr. Obama's campaign in 2012.

According to a poll by Gallup late last month, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich were “bunched in the top tier while another dozen or so possibilities bring up the rear”.

Similarly, a survey by the Pew Research Center in March also indicated “a fairly tight cluster”, with Mr. Romney at 21 per cent, Mr. Huckabee at 20 per cent, Ms. Palin at 13 per cent and Mr. Gingrich 11 per cent.

Mr. Obama's job approval ratings, which hit an all-time low last year, ticked up to above 50 per cent following his January deal-making with Republicans on extending tax cuts for the American middle class.

While some polls such as Rasmussen placed the proportion of people who “somewhat approved” of his performance down at 45 per cent in March, observers noted that the steady improvement in job market conditions for the last four months is likely to buoy Mr. Obama's prospects if it persists. In the month of March the economy added 216,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 per cent.

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Obama is a hero in the fullest sense of the term. He does not run away from problems. He confronts them. He is alert. He is not a hypocrite. He is a man of peace. He leads not only America, but the whole world now. He is a gutsy leader. He has proved that his first priority is the America. Rest are secondary including religion. He takes responsibility for his actions. He is meant for achieving greater things in the world. Instead of worrying about silly matters with regard to his date of birth. Americans will do well to extend their co-operation.

from:  Venkatachalam
Posted on: May 4, 2011 at 13:49 IST

As much American needs world also need Mr Obama. A practical idealist who belives in action.Republicans now look leaderless. Sarah Palin who considers herself for top job and was in India recently doesn't possess intellectual capablity. But much will depend on American economy how it will recover will be deciding factor.

from:  Alok KUmar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 10:20 IST

Grassroots ? Obama ? What ? Do we look stupid ? Obama spent more than 750 million dollars to get elected in 2008. In the article above, you would have us believe that it's ".not about the money..." and that this is starting a new 'grass roots' campaign...

from:  Greg Patnude
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 04:48 IST
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