Though the president himself, his staff, and his supporters around the country are busy devoting everything they’ve got to his 2012 re-election campaign, Obama revealed Monday that his family isn’t necessarily as “invested.”
“Michelle and the kids are wonderful in that if I said, ‘You know, guys, I want to do something different,’ they’d be fine. They’re not invested in daddy being president or my husband being president. But they do believe in what we’re doing,” Obama told NBC “Today Show” host Ann Curry in an interview that aired Tuesday.
And the president revealed that even he sometimes feels like giving up.
“I’m sure there are days where I say that one term is enough,” the president said, but he added that what keeps him going is the unfinished work regarding energy, education, and other issues.
In the end, Obama said, if his family is happy, he’s happy.
“If the family is doing well, if Michelle is still putting up with me, then I’ve got enough energy to keep on doing the work that I’m doing.”
Many of the president’s potential 2012 rivals have been calling for Americans to make Obama a one-term president.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in March dismissed Obama as a one-term president over the issue of health care.
“Obamacare is bad law, bad policy, and it is bad for America’s families,” Romney told a New Hampshire audience. “And that’s the reason why President Obama will be a one-term president.”
Last night, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) drew wide applause during a televised GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire for declaring: “President Obama is going to be a one-term president.”
Polls show that economic woes across the country and unemployment continue to drag down the president’s approval numbers.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed that after a brief “bounce” following the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, the president’s poll numbers are back down to a 47-46 approval rating. Polls taken in key swing states of Ohio and Florida this spring have shown that voters are split on whether the president deserves a second term.