It's been a tough slog for President Obama. This has not been the typical recession of the past.
The inherited pressures on this economy were and are compounded by the continuing effects of the failed trickle-down theory of economics put forth by the previous administration. Plus, you have the incredibly draining and unjustifiable costs of TWO (now one) wars, and the collapse of not just the housing, mortgage and financial industries but also with the steady down-turn in the World economy.
Add to that a non functioning Congress with Republicans openly and vocally pronouncing that they'll "do whatever it takes to make Obama a one term president" regardless of the collateral damage inflicted by them to our fragile economy.
Despite all these frustrating influences, damaging obstacles and partisan roadblocks this country is still making gains, albeit slow ones.
I, as a moderate, am quite willing to go another 4 years with President Obama. The alternative is not only an upheaval and disruption of the positive processes now in motion and evident, but also a mediocre, regressive and highly partisan republican administration bent on undoing and retrenching rather than building upon and progressing.
This is not the election to slingshot back to the discredited fiscal policies, economic practices and imposed social "morals" of the Right and uber-Right. Practices and policies that got America into the mess it's slowly climbing out of.
Actually, no election should be. We should hold steady and be patient (not something we Americans are good at) with this Administration.