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(CNN) – His poll numbers are in the basement. Chaos is erupting in the Middle East. And the gridlock on Capitol Hill right now makes Manhattan rush hour look like a walk in the park.
The White House is facing attacks on all fronts, and as President Obama's second term wanes on, his critics are already dubbing him a "lame duck".
On Friday, more than five years into his presidency, the commander-in-chief is back out on the trail, trying to get himself associated with a different kind of power animal – a bear.
During a walk to the Interior Department earlier this month, Obama said: "The bear is loose." He has used the self-declared nickname several times since.
"Barring some big upset in the coming election, he's going to have a worse Congress than he does now," said Michael Scherer, Washington bureau chief for Time. "He's sort of a lame duck dressing up like a bear right now."
"The next six months will be centered on the midterm elections. So nothing's going to get done in Congress," says Shira Center, politics editor for Roll Call. "There's not much of an opportunity to do much anyway."
For more political analysis from Time's Micheal Scherer and Roll Call's Shira Center, including a discussion of the Mississippi primary, check out the video above.