President Obama’s appearance at the Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana signals his campaign strategy for 2012. He highlighted the latest developments of the plant and its turn around to profitability due to the decision to the $400 million stimulus bail out to the industry. Kokomo has shown a great drop in unemployment, from 20 % last year to 12 %; a sign that things are getting better, but much more work needs to be done. He said, “No, we aren’t out of the woods yet. It took a lot of years to get us into this mess. It will take longer than anybody would like to get us out. But I want everybody to be absolutely clear; we are moving in the right direction.”
This visit comes after the democrats suffered the loss of control of the house, and the GOP scrambling to generate an agenda to cut down government spending. The GOP has been against the bailout, arguing that this was a government take over. With the turn to profitability, President Obama chose to make the visit at this hour, partly to generate an early momentum towards the 2012 elections. The strategy to appear alongside his vice, Joe Biden in a campaign style is seeing mainly as a base to counter the popularity of the GOP, owing to the fact that the GOP now have the control of the house, and are mandated to engage in job creation. Job creation is considered the most challenging responsibility of the lawmakers, seemingly achievable, but easily elusive. In the two years in office, President Obama has seen the economy turn around and start to grow, although at a frustrating slow pace. In the next two years, based on the performance of the GOP on job creation, which is expected to be stagnating, Obama is looking to expose the GOP’s weakness due to the fact that, they still hold to their old policies that drove the economy to its knees.
He seems to have an advantage over the GOP, by the fact that the policies which he implemented are now taking root, and in a few months the benefits will be felt by the ordinary Americans. He also hopes that the division in the GOP will be an obstacle to them, as individuals in the party fight for popularity. It is not clear whether Sarah Palin will finally make up her mind about running for president, although she is really working hard towards that goal. If she does, then this will give President Obama an advantage over her, owing the fact that Sarah Palin has no clear agenda for the country. While she enjoys high popularity ratings, Sarah Palin is likely to face her most rude shock, if she runs for presidency. This is mainly because; her popularity might not drive masses to the polls, a fact that president Obama will capitalize on. In addition, The American voters seem to be very quick in forgetting, and the GOP might be on the losing end in the manner in which the Democrats suffered in the midterm elections.