- Dean Obeidallah: Obama in a tough stretch, facing policy debacles, low poll numbers
- If it were a movie, his character would be surrounded -- but he can change outcome, he says
- He says he must aggressively press agenda and also aim for Democrats to retake House
- Obeidallah: GOP dictating narrative, but he must take control before term runs out
Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the co-director of the new comedy documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" It was released recently.
Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.
(CNN) -- Things are looking horrible for President Barack Obama. There's the Obamacare website fiasco. Ongoing allegations of National Security Agency spying on European leaders. There was the government shutdown that damaged the economy on his watch. And a new poll released this week finds Obama with his lowest approval rating -- and his highest disapproval rating -- ever.
If this were a movie, we would be at the part where the hero finds himself surrounded. He has no escape routes and he's outgunned. What will happen next: Will our hero prevail like John McClane in "Die Hard," or will he fail like William Wallace in "Braveheart"?
Well, the good news for Obama is that the script for the final scenes of his presidency has not been written yet. The bad news is that he may not be the one writing it.
Simply put: Obama is not the protagonist driving his own story.