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President Barack Obama may be in India but he is haunted by rejection back home and admits he must make what he calls “mid course corrections” if he wants to see a second term to his embattled Presidency.
Speaking to college students in Mumbai, India, Obama said voters exercised their “right, obligation and duty” last Tuesday when they ousted many incumbents — mostly Democrats — and elected candidates who openly oppose his policies.
Obama may not have been on the ballot but the state of his Presidency was and it was that Presidency that voters rejected by overwhelming numbers.
With Republicans winning control of the House and eating into the Democratic majority in the Senate, Obama must face the political reality that his future at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is threatened and that he must find a way to recapture the hearts and minds of voters that put him in office in 2008.
Former President Bill Clinton managed to reverse the tide after his drift to the left cost Democrats control of Congress in 1994. It remains to be seen if Obama can do the same.
Obama didn’t offer any specifics but admitted the election “requires me to take some mid course corrections and adjustments.”
Just how he will make those corrections is unknown. He said the corrections, in large part, will depend on negotiations with Republicans who have shown little sign of wanting to help the President.
Obama knows he has to change the tone of his Presidency but he has yet to say how he will do so.
Meanwhile, Democratic insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that party leaders are looking at ways to win back voters without Obama and some say privately that they are looking at ways to distance themselves from the increasingly unpopular President.
Obama is on his longest Presidential junket abroad — a 10 whirlwind days in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.