When Obama stepped into office on Jan. 20, 2009, it had to be one of the most exciting moments of his life. And undoubtedly the most daunting. America was on the verge of economic collapse, involved in two wars and in the middle of a host of other urgent issues. Ninety-nine problems  in his lap before he could say "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
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In just under two years, he's pushed several reforms through Congress: health care reform, financial regulation and small-business tax breaks, among others. At times it's probably seemed like an impossible task, with criticism from conservatives and liberals. How many more mountains will he move  before his first term is over?
Are the West Wing walls closing in on him? In a recent New York Times Magazine piece , senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that President Obama hates the "theatrics of Washington." Only a handful of people have his BlackBerry e-mail address. Even the redecoration of the Oval Office  came under fire. Sing it, Nina .
The "previous cat " in the White House -- George W. Bush -- left a box full of days-old kitty litter in the Oval Office, metaphorically speaking. Early in his presidency, Obama made it clear that that mess -- a $1.3 trillion deficit  -- had been placed on his shoulders. He certainly didn't carry it in when he took office.
So maybe it wouldn't be politically correct for him to say this to Republicans who have stood in the way of his quest for change. But we bet it has crossed his mind. Several times. Cee Lo, take it away .
Yes, he's living in a big, white house in Washington, D.C. But Obama's got to convince voters that he's average, just like them . That he knows how they feel, and he wants the economy to get better just as fast as they do.
Obama's been in Seattle for Sen. Patty Murray  and Oregon for gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber , and he'll continue his tour until Nov. 2. Hopefully, with the president lending an extra hand now, these candidates will win and then rally their constituents for him come 2012: "It won't be long/Till I'm gonna need/Somebody to lean on ."
Young people were some of Obama's loudest supporters in the 2008 election -- 66 percent of those under 30 voted for him . And if young voters stay as concerned about the state of America as they were in Obama's recent town hall meeting , they could be the deciding votes in the upcoming elections -- if they shake off their lethargy  and get to the polls. Wake up, everybody! 
If Democrats don't vote on Election Day -- or happen to go against their party -- Congress will be leaning "to the right, to the right ." Obama needs to shore up his base and make sure they know that he needs them now more than ever.
"Don't leave me with regrets, 'cause we haven't finished yet," Patti LaBelle sings in this song from The Five Heartbeats soundtrack . Obama still has campaign promises that he'd like to tend to, so he should be telling voters not to "Eddie Cain't" him out of the White House in 2012.