May 31, 2011 10:14 PM by Gene Cotton

Obama finds some solid ground; tests still ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been six months since Republicans alarmed Democrats with their midterm election wave. But in that time, President Barack Obama has shaken off the jitters and found his political footing in spite of sluggish economic growth and deep public anxiety about the direction of the country.

The White House now displays an air of confidence, bolstered in part by achievements such as the death of Osama bin Laden and the financial success of an auto industry that Obama bailed out over the objections of many.

Obama is also benefiting from the absence of negatives. The economy, while lethargic, is growing and the private sector is creating jobs. Natural disasters have not developed into governmental crises.

A veteran Republican pollster, Wes Anderson, says he thinks it's likely Obama will be re-elected.



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