President Obama is jamming his 2012 re-election bid into high gear, putting his familiar rhetoric to work, but look at what some of his critics have told the American public in recent days:

•”He is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.”

•A challenge to Obama from inside his own party “would be healthy.”

•”If [former President] Bill Clinton had been in the White House [during recent developments] and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.”

But these comments come from Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman, whose publication previously endorsed Obama; U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., chief of the Congressional Black Caucus – all individuals and groups who largely have been behind Obama.

Just what is going on?

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