College students’ support for the President is waning — a worrying sign for Democrats who are trying to reenergize young voters before the midterm elections, which are just three weeks away. In 2008, Obama benefited from a flurry of endorsements from celebrities that young adults look up to such as Jay-Z, Chris Rock and Jennifer Aniston. The President is making an effort to renew that campus enthusiasm. Obama will appear at a town hall that will be aired live on several youth-friendly networks including MTV and BET.
He’ll also lead a rally Sunday at Ohio State University — where the campus’ 55,000 students are an important voting bloc in the battleground state. Political scientists, campaign workers, and students said many young people are disenchanted with Obama’s handling of the economy, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and failures to end the ban against gays serving openly in the military. There’s also frustration of his inability to have delivered campaign promises to change Washington.