Word from Jake Tapper at ABC News is, it will come tomorrow in the form of a communication to supporters (ie: Astroturfing for Obama).
In a video message to be emailed to his list of 14 million supporters, President Obama will announce on Monday that he's running for re-election and will file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, Democratic sources tell ABC News. The message will likely come before dawn on Monday.
The April 4 date has been picked for a while, though always with the caveat that world events could push the date.
Amidst reports the announcement could come this week, Republicans have criticized the timing. "I find it kind of ironic that the week we're trying to engage the president, the Democrats and the country with an honest debate about our budget, with real solutions to fix this country's problems and prevent a debt crisis, the president is launching his re-election campaign," Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told Fox News Sunday.
President Bush announced he would run for reelection around this time eight years ago -- in May 2003, to be precise.
Democratic officials acknowledge that this race will be difficult, with the nation mired in close-to-9 percent unemployment, three wars including Libya, and a controversial legislative record including a stimulus bill and health care effort that are not particularly popular.
Nonetheless, Democrats say, the Obama team is optimistic given the political skills of the president, what they perceive as the weaknesses of the GOP field, what promises to be a challenging primary process with a surging Tea Party role, and the advantages of incumbency.
The political map will not be the same. Indiana seems a real reach now, and states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina will be difficult.
Democrats say that demographic shifts strengthened their position in states they picked up in 2008 such as Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and New Mexico. Without Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the ticket, Arizona will be in play.
Democratic officials also argue that recent events such as budget fights in states like Wisconsin have galvanized the Democratic base -- union members, women, and African-Americans.
UPDATE: The text arrived this morning in my mailbox:
Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign.
We're doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you -- with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build (as only a community organizer can, M.I.M).
So even though I'm focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.
We've always known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily. It never does. But as my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we've made -- and make more -- we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest.
As we take this step, I'd like to share a video that features some folks like you who are helping to lead the way on this journey. Please take a moment to watch:
In the coming days, supporters like you will begin forging a new organization that we'll build together in cities and towns across the country. And I'll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that's farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we've built before. We'll start by doing something unprecedented: coordinating millions of one-on-one conversations between supporters across every single state, reconnecting old friends, inspiring new ones to join the cause, and readying ourselves for next year's fight. (getting in their faces???? M.I.M.)
This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate. But the cause of making a lasting difference for our families, our communities, and our country has never been about one person (really? We know it's always been about you). And it will succeed only if we work together.
There will be much more to come as the race unfolds. Today, simply let us know you're in to help us begin, and then spread the word:
Thank you, Barack
The first ad has been produced already.
Pretty accurate. The Obama 2012 Campaign slogan should be "Because four years of golf, wagu steak, and White House parties just wasn't enough."
Honestly - I don't hear one word among these people in the official Obama video to tell me why he should be re-elected. It's just blind faith in a cult of personality who has been built up by an adoring media.
The only thing he has to run on is a record of disaster: high unemployment, higher deficits, more government spending, involvement in Libya where we have no business being involved, and dividing America on the basis of class, race, and ideology.