How Long Does Obama Have To Turn The Economy? Two Years!

Two years? Yup, two years. At least that’s what White House Advisor and part time CNN pundit tells Wolf Blitzer. He sounds kind of nervous to me, as in … this ain’t working as fast as we thought it might. Playing the American people for two years, even by the One, is a tall order.

The Launching point is a Washington Post Poll:

Two-thirds of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the country’s top job, and six in 10 give him good marks on issue No. 1, the flagging economy. Those figures are little changed from last month. But he receives lower marks for dealing with the federal budget deficit after submitting a plan that would see continued huge deficits over the next decade. Fifty-two percent back Obama on his approach to the deficit, with the public split about evenly over whether belt-tightening or big increases in spending should be used to try to improve the economy.

None of this surprises me given the hope n change that came with President Hope n Change. And to be honest, I would be surprised if it were otherwise. But if things don’t improve or improve only modestly … will the American people give him even more than 6 months before they call it “The Obama Economy”? Oh yeah, says his White House/CNN media advisor, Paul Begala told Wolf tonight.


Sounds like he has a little hopenchange going for himself there. Why else would he play the “Bush” card. Not even the people polled blame “W” anymore.

… the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president, for turmoil in the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Sounds like Bush/Rush/Palin ain’t playing anymore. But that’s just me. So how long do you give the young President.

Honest Poll … how long do you actually think the American people will give Obama to turn the economy. And I do mean turn.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Darlene on March 31, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Let's see, if you project the damages done in just 2 months to what those damages will be in 2 years, do you think that poll will reflect the same marks?  Well, I would say doubtful.  The very unfortunate reality is we have to wait 2 years to find out.   By then, we will be all too aware of the cost to us as individual Americans.

  2. Anne-EH on March 31, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The truth is that at best Jim, PBO has ONLY about a year to get this economy turned around before even the most devoted PBO support starts not only to question him but also to turn against him. 

  3. Dimsdale on March 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    The sooner the pitchforks and torches come out, the better off the country will end up.

  4. phil on April 2, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Is 'ineptitude' an impeachable offense?

  5. BryJ3023 on April 2, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Paul Begala sounds like all the Professors I have had in my four years of college,  Are there any conservative minded individuals left in higher education?  I am amazed I came out on the right.

    When will the Bush card stop!  Are they going to use it for mid term elections and the next presidental election

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