Let's check in on those who generally support President Barack Obama, just to see how they're feeling this weekend.
It’s not only getting to the point where it’s getting hard to see him winning reelection. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term.
That was Michael Tomasky, writing in The Daily Beast about "a president adrift." The just-concluded week has thoroughly dismayed many who backed the president's agenda, and who he may need to entice to support his reelection campaign in 2012. The about-face on smog regulations that sets them back to pre-George W. Bush levels. The weird, embarrassing stare-down with Speaker of the House John Boehner on the scheduling of a jobs-related speech. Bleak statistic after bleak statistic about the nation's failure to generate job growth when it sorely needs it.
The president's erstwhile allies are united in bafflement.
"Obama campaigned big, but he's governing small," Larry Hanley, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, told the Associated Press, shortly before Obama and labor officials are scheduled to mark Labor Day with a joint rally. There's significant unrest among union heads, the AP said, with some "grousing that the president they worked so hard to elect has not focused enough on job creation and other bold plans to get their members back to work."