Gary Pearce, a Democratic strategist in North Carolina, a swing state Mr Obama is likely to struggle to retain in 2012, said: "Democrats are worried. He looks weak, he doesn't say anything that grabs you, and people are looking for some kind of magic."
Comment: Black Magic lyrics (Frank Sinatra).
But he has morphed into a Jimmy:
"The notion everyone is talking about is 'is he Jimmy Carter or will he be a one-term president'