It’s been a dark few years for the U.S. economy, but the smoke is finally clearing after the hard-hitting bank, mortgage, war, and unemployment crises that hit their peak at the end of 2007. As Obama’s first term draws to a close, it’s a good time to assess the strides he’s made since his appointment and to evaluate the hurdles that lay ahead.

The first and most pressing is, of course, reelection. Two weeks ago, President Obama kick-started his 2012 campaign, on a very simple platform: Forward. And his first promotional video sets out to remind voters of what he’s done during his first term, before starting the hard push toward the next level.

Since Obama’s first campaign was run on the grander ambitions of hope and change, it’s interesting to contrast the emotional highs the ’08 trail wrought to the more practical, workaday ideas of endurance and putting our noses to the grindstone for the sake of progress.

If you haven’t already, take a look at Obama’s “Forward” video,¬†which outlines his accomplishments in office, and challenges us to keep it movin’:

What do you think? Will campaigning on the platform of “Forward” be enough to hush the opponents and detractors?

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