In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama's message was build on the words hope and change. Four years later, President Obama still deals with a struggling country and stammering economy.
Greyer hair is the most obvious indicator the past four years have been a challenge for President Obama. Now, a term that began with great expectation is ending with questions and doubt.
Recently, Republican Party candidate for vice president Paul Ryan has been all over the airwaves asking the question: "Do you think you're better off than four years ago?" ABC Political Analyst Cokie Roberts tells KSFY News, while it took the Obama campaign a while to get its act together to answer the question, now they are saying, "Yes, of course we are."
"The president has created millions of jobs on his watch and the country was on its knees four years ago. But, it's a hard sell when there are so many people out of work and a lot of people are feeling like they are really suffering in this country," Roberts said.
Roberts said in order for Obama to be re-elected, the president will have to lay out a plan showing voters he is worth another four years.
"The main thing they have to do is lay out some kind of vision for the next four years that people can say, ok, that's worth giving him another shot," Roberts said.
Right in the mix of this hotly contested presidential race is the state of Iowa. In 2008, Obama won the state with a 9.5 percent margin of victory. Roberts said it would be crucial to his campaign this election. In fact, Roberts said the president will be back in Iowa on Friday.
"Iowa is one of the few states that is actually seated on the convention floor, instead of the bleachers here. That recognizes that it's a battleground state. Iowa starts voting in three weeks—September 27th," Roberts said. "So, one of the things this campaign is doing is getting organized there right now to try and get out the vote."
President Obama will not accept his party's nomination until Thursday when he addresses his party at the Democratic National Convention.
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