Obama's foreign successes may help little in 2012

October 23, 2011 - 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's allies say he scored a fourth big foreign policy success this year by ending the Iraq war on schedule.

But those events might play a small role in a 2012 election dominated by jobs and the economy.

Obama's supporters are seeking ways to make the most of his foreign accomplishments. They include the killings of Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi.

One approach is to contrast them with Congress' partisan-driven gridlock on key issues such as the deficit.

Democratic activist Karen Finney points to what she calls the progress Obama can make when he doesn't have Republicans obstructing him.

Finney says a president must show that he keeps his promises.