It has been one year exactly since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. He promised the one thing voters wanted most – change. But following Republican victories in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday, and his approval rating dropping to 50 per cent, how is the President doing?
America’s economy is still struggling, despite the President’s bailouts, stimulus packages and new legislation. His toughest battle has been with healthcare, which he named his top priority. But political hostility is making the process arduous. There are tough decisions to be made about whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Obama has another three years left of his first term. Undoubtedly his popularity has fallen since his election triumph a year ago, but he still has time to regain the confidence of the American people. The next test will be a year from now, when voters elect a new Congress.