* He has proven himself unable to govern. He promised up a post-partisan Washington...but instead we enter into the last year of his first term more divided than ever. Many of his supporters cling to the narrative that Republicans in Congress have been stoppping his initiatives at every turn. However when he entered office he had atmospheric approval ratings that stretched across the aisle but more importantly he had super-majorities in BOTH Houses of Congress. For the first two years of his administration the Republicans in no way could do anything to stop Democratic policies. The resistance he got...came from the moderates in his own party. If he could not lead when his own party was firmly in control of Congress...how can he do it with a divided legislature?
Political parties have always been cock-blocking each other, so this is a moot point, when Obama said he wanted a post-partisan Washington he obviously was pandering to both parties, knowing full well this wasn't going to be possible, all presidents have done this to some extent. Everybody knows a Post-partisan Washington is bullshit, the reality is a partisan government is the only form of government that really manages to make any significant changes.
Furthermore he was leading when his congress was in "full power", he just didn't feel the need to discuss with the public some of the more ballsier things he did, because I feel he knew that the people that needed to know would find out, and that's the thing I like about Obama, he's a pragmatist.
For example when the seal team 6 mission to kill Osama was a success, I think it was an intelligent decision not to release the photo's of Osamas corpse to the public, because that would have made a martyr out of an asshole. It would have been a popular thing to do, but it also would have been a stupid action because it would has just instigated more violence amongst extremists.
If you prefer take a more obscure example of his leadership on foreign issues, the successful pogrom he had preformed by the Navy Seals on the Somalian pirates that held the American cargo ship hostage, many people have never heard of that... It's because killing and military missions are unpopular, and have repercussions on the global stage, Obama understands this, which is why he prefers to keep things quiet, that's leadership... I should mention this occurred during his first three months of tenure.
Furthermore who do you want to lead the free world? Are there any other candidates you honestly see fit on the republican bench? Is it worth putting a new guy in place, when Obama has done a satisfactory job at WORST?
* He also has a very undistinguished foreign policy record. The relationships with our allies is no stronger than it was in '08. In fact they are very strained with our top three strongest allies: England, Israel and S. Korea. With our adversaries we are a joke (Russia, Iran). The only things he has in terms of success are things any president would have done: using the Navy SeALs to take out Somali pirates and Usama bin Laden. Now I'm not all that convinced that he'll be up to the challenge of working with a post-Jong Il N. Korea.
Well now this is flat out bullshit, I've been a member of the Canadian C-Circle club since I was legally eligible to join, I can tell you with Canadian politicians, and the general public Obama is a very well respected individual, are you insinuating that Canada isn't one of America's strongest allies?
I'm personally offended by this statement given so many of our troops died in a war supporting your country, Canada was one of the last countries to pull out of the war primarily because we understood it's importance. Stephen Harper extended the mission several times not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iraq which was an extremely unpopular decision, he did this because Canada was in solidarity with the end goal of eradicating a pernicious ideology. I would say Canada is Americas #1 ally, isn't that why Obama chose to visit our Country first?
As for Koreans, I spoke with a personal friend who follows Korean politics, and I've heard nothing but good things about Obama's perception in that region, he's extremely popular with the people there. I can't speak as to whether he's popular with government officials, but any government worth a flying fuck is run by it's people, so the fact he's a well liked individual is very good for Americas "soft power".
Any presidents relationship with your countries enemies will always be shit, if it's not it's because the president did something to make them fear the government, which of course means that course of action would be criticized in another manner.
Frankly I think North Koreas opinion of America doesn't matter, they aren't going to do shit, they make a tiny ruckus to draw attention so they can negotiate for food for their terribly malnourished people. So they aren't a real threat to America in the slightest, although I do sympathize for the people there and I think military action should be taken on them. You're not stupid, so I'm sure you can see that pre-emptive measures would have massive repercussions on South Korea, which is why we aren't able to act now. The North Korean issue is something no president has wanted to touch with a ten foot pole for a long time.
* Obamacare, his signature legacy-legislation, is a Frankenstein bill that he advocated and politiked for...but did not guide its provisions. What he ended up signing into law was a bill that had been cobbled together hap-hazardly. Now the Supreme Court may invalidate it's key provision: the individual mandate. Whatever your veiw on healthcare reform...he didn't lead. He didn't guide. He didn't write or support Democratic lawmakers.
I concur the health care bill could have been handled better, it was a start, but he failed to sell it to the public :(
Anyway, just thought I'd open a new discussion on the 2012 election.