Obama pleads for voters In a major economic speech in Cleveland Thursday, Obama asserted that it was always going to take time for the U.S. economy to recover after the crisis of 2008. This was not your normal recession, he said. Throughout history, it has typically taken countries up to 10 years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude. Today, the economies of many European countries still arent growing. But Obamas appeal for patience will only make sense if a plurality of voters agree that the nation is moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. If his actions during his first term are instead seen as fundamentally ineffectual, the argument for more time falls apart. Mitt Romney has been making the case for the prosecution. In advance of Obamas Cleveland speech last week, Romney predicted: Its ... likely that hes going to say, Give me four more years, even though I didnt get it done in the first three-and-a-half. In a worrying sign for Obama, even Democrats who spoke to The Hill expressed concern about how much patience the electorate is likely to extend toward him. If this is about patience, we lose, one former senior administration official said. We have to make this election about how far weve come and is the president genuinely giving it everything hes got. Republican strategists, meanwhile, are scathing toward the more time argument. They insist voters are well on their way toward deciding, a la Elvis Presley, that they need a little less conversation and a little more action than Obama is offering. Needing more time doesnt move the dial when Americans are feeling that nothing has changed over the past four years, said Ron Bonjean, a GOP consultant with long experience on Capitol Hill. ********************************************* But, I thought he had done such a good job. If he has, why is he asking for more time ? When does the left wake up and realize we could have put a white rat in the White House and gotten better results than what Obama has delivered. After Jan 2013...he's gonna have lots of time to consider just how badly he's damaged this country and it's governing processes.