President Barack Obama is on the cover of Rolling Stone with the title "Ready for the Fight". He knows that the next few months will be very difficult, to say the least, but is prepared for all the punches and showing he is no weak prez. He talked about not feeling stage fright when he covered Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Apollo earlier this year. Of the experience, he said:
"I can sing. I wasn't worried about being able to hit those notes."
The president went in on Mitt Romney and said he would not be able to go to the middle after campaigning conservative Republicans to win the nomination. He says:
"I don't think that their nominee is going to be able to suddenly say, 'Everything I've said for the last six months, I didn't mean.' I'm assuming that he meant it. When you're running for president, people are paying attention to what you're saying," Obama said. "I think the general election will be as sharp a contrast between the two parties as we've seen in a generation." Obama, branding his critics "far out of the mainstream," added: "My hope is that if the American people send a message to them that's consistent with the fact that Congress is polling at 13 percent right now, and they suffer some losses in this next election, that there's going to be some self-reflection going on—that it might break the fever. They might say to themselves, 'You know what, we've lost our way here. We need to refocus on trying to get things done for the American people."
Obama was asked about climate change, which he defended and said he would bring to the forefront of the 2012 election. He said:
"I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way. That there's a way to do it that is entirely compatible with strong economic growth and job creation," he said.
This will probably be one of the ugliest battles for presidency we have seen in recent presidential elections.