Obama is at one of those crossroad moments. One like when the economy tanked in October 2008, in the final throes of the election. When McCain floundered like a dead fish trying to prove his economic concern, and Obama stayed cool, strong and forceful - ensuring his ultimate victory. Or like when Jeremiah Wright became a distraction to his campaign, Obama responded by giving a weighty speech on race - one applauded broadly across the political spectrum. And when at the beginning of 2011, with his numbers low, he gave another speech that lifted the country's spirits after the tragic shooting in Tuscon. Again, taking the reins to steer the tides in his direction.
Obama's taken great advantage of some opportunities. While sadly missing out on others. But if he wants four more years of this gig, now is one of those opportunities he better figure out how to game.
He seemed to be rallying there for a while, helped in part because the weirdly ridiculous Republican primary shined a sad light on the party and its candidates. But Romney's settled into his role as "the accepted" frontrunner, and the economy has moved beyond stalling and now appears to be slipping backwards. That's what the job growth and unemployment numbers said today - and in kind, the stock market.
So now's the time for Obama to have a big moment. But this time a speech isn't going to cut it. And neither will political show. He's got to actually deliver - and now. And if he's not delivering good news - which may be the case for months to come - he better deliver a plan. A detailed, yet very simply articulated plan on how to create jobs - jobs that effectively build and improve our country's infrastructure, energy and communication systems. And he has to do this immediately.
Corporations are sitting on tons of cash - because they're fearful, skeptical, and, well greedy. And more tax breaks aren't going to get them to create any more jobs. The government has to do it. The good news is that the world economy is staged perfectly for him to make a big play. Europe is falling apart, pouring their money into dollars, and borrowing costs are at an insanely low point. Borrow to build. If not now, when?
Some could argue it may be too late for Obama, that you need three months of good economic news before heading into the election, and it's more than unlikely that will happen now. Even though some of the consumer demand numbers are up from a year ago, the overall sentiment is that this economy is not recovering. With summer here, and the election literally months away, he better make this moment his - to deliver a plan, take the stage, sell it and demand immediate Congressional action. Fuck the Republicans opposition. He needs to be bold, stand tall for what we know he truly believes in, get people working, lead this country forward - and just as importantly, ensure his victory come November.
Even the mere thought of Romney in the White House makes me shiver.