Obama confident of second presidential term

US President Barack Obama has exuded confidence that he will be elected for his second term during the November presidential elections.

Updated: Feb 29, 2012, 08:54 AM IST

Washington: With some recent opinion polls
showing that his popularity ratings have improved, US
President Barack Obama has exuded confidence that he will be
elected for his second term during the November presidential elections.

"Five years from now when I`m not President anymore, I`ll
buy one (Chevy Cobalt) and drive it myself. Yes, that`s
right," a confident Obama said in his address to the United
Auto Workers here amidst applause from the audience of "four
more years" yesterday.

Riding on a nationwide wave, in November 2008, Obama
created history by becoming the first African American to win
presidential elections. On January 20, 2009, he was sworn-in
as the first non-white President of the United States.

"The fact that he is confident that the American people
believe or will believe when he presents his case that his
vision for where we need to go to grow the economy, where we
need to go to create jobs, where we need to go to further
secure America`s national security interests is the right
vision -- and that debate will be engaged and that theory will
be tested in November," the White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney told reporters here in a press conference.

"But he is confident, although he is certainly aware that
when you`re in the kind of economic environment that we`ve
been in for the past three-plus years that this will be
invariably a very competitive election," he said responding to
questions.

"He intends to make his case to make clear what his vision
is, to explain the decisions that he`s made and the policies
that he`s put into place, and why he thinks they were the
right ones to get this economy into a situation where instead
of hemorrhaging jobs at 775,000 per month, it`s been growing
steadily," the US official said.

A total of 3.7 million jobs have been created so far in
the private sector, Carney said, adding that Obama looks
forward to the time when the other party has chosen its
nominee to engage in that debate directly with his opponent.

"But he will continue to make the point that there is
still time between now and November to get things done for the
American people," he said.

The US official claimed that the people do not want
Washington to freeze and stop acting on their behalf, adding
that within this time period efforts would be on to enhance
economic growth and create jobs.

PTI