President Lyndon Johnson famously responded to overwhelming public criticism of his handling of Vietnam by announcing that he would not serve as President for a second full term — he channeled the long-dead General William Tecumseh Sherman, who said “If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”
This created chaos for the Democratic party in 1968, and paved the way for Richard Nixon to explore entirely new and different ways to get into political trouble concerning Vietnam.
Today, it is easy to see that President Barack Obama has run in to strong — I’m not sure “overwhelming” is accurate, but “strong” certainly is — public criticism of his handling of the economy. Is the solution a Polk-like “one and done” for Barack Obama?
Survey says: irrelevant, because it’s not gonna happen. It’s fundamentally contrary to the President’s personality not to seek re-election, just as it was fundamentally contrary to his personality to decline a Nobel Peace Prize he demonstrably had not earned.