It is the start of an intense week of campaigning for Barack Obama as he battles to stop his presidency going down with all hands in midterm elections on November 2.
He heads to key battleground Florida today as all the polls indicate the Democrats are in for a thrashing, and could lose control of both houses of Congress.
“See what the other side is counting on, they are counting on you staying home, counting on your silence, counting on your amnesia and apathy. They are counting on young people staying home, and union members and black people staying home, and middle class families staying home,” he told a crowd in Pittsburg.
Beyond Democrat disillusionment with his presidency Obama also lacks the hate figure George Bush provided in 2008 to spur voters on.
But the Republicans, too, have their hands full with the Tea Party movement, whose right-wing radicalism may turn off moderate voters who dislike Sarah Palin and her followers.
Tea Party candidates have elbowed aside several Republican establishment figures in key states that could fall to the Republicans in November. However the Republican hierarchy fears the Tea Party radicals are less electable.
Palin has endorsed every Tea Party challenger for a Republican candidacy bar one; the challenger to John McCain in Arizona, the man who plucked her from obscurity to run as his vice-presidential candidate in the 2008 Presidential election.