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Posted May 10, 2011, 7:06 am
Yes, killing Osama bin Laden was good for President Barack Obama's national security street cred.
But as any successful politician or cynical economist will tell you, getting reelected takes more than swagger.
It takes a strong economy.
“This is a poll that should both fortify the president and frighten the president as he looks ahead to re-election,” Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, told MSNBC.
Here are the specific numbers that might keep the president awake at night as next year's presidential election gets underway:
The key number, of course, will be jobs.
That's because people tend to feel more optimistic about their own economic prospects when they have paychecks flowing in regularly. And that, in turn, leads to higher consumer confidence, which sparks more spending and faster economic growth.
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The latest news on that front has been mixed.
The U.S. economy, the world's largest, added 244,000 jobs in April. But the unemployment rate ticked up to 9 percent, and almost 14 million people in the U.S. are without jobs.
And there's nothing a Navy Seal team can do about that.