Obama announces for 2012

President Barack Obama made it official Monday: He’s running for a second term in 2012.

That’s not news. The last president not to seek a second term was James K. Polk in 1848. Once Obama was elected in 2008, it was obvious he would run in 2012.

No Republican has formally declared for president but plenty are at the starting line, just waiting to take off. It should be a crowded field in the 2012 primary and caucus season.

One GOPer, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, decided not to run for the White House in 2012.

Someone, perhaps Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin or Tim Pawlenty, will get the Republican nomination and take a run at Obama. The high unemployment, the fact that American soldiers are fighting in three countries and the still slumping economy have Americans restless and looking for leadership. 

Here’s a link to some Republican hopefuls’ thoughts on Obama’s announcement: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/04/potential-2012-gop-presidential-candidates-respond-to-obama-re-election-announcement.html

Are you happy with the job the president has done at the halfway point in his term? Will you support him in 2012? Or who do you back for president?

By the way, Polk had a good reason for not running again. He had promised to serve just one term and his word was good. He was also ill and died three months after leaving office. Historians rank him one of the 10 greatest presidents.