BARACK Obama was braced for a kicking from America today as fed-up voters go to the polls in mid-term elections.
The President spent yesterday gloomily holed up at the White House - his Democrats 15 points behind the resurgent Republicans.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate look certain to fall to his rivals - who are backed by Sarah Palin's Tea Party movement.
It would leave him as a lame duck leader wielding power with only his Presidential veto.
After sweeping into the White House two years ago Mr Obama made a final desperate plea to the country to back him.
He begged voters to remember his Bob The Builder slogan: "Yes we can." But even that came back to haunt him.
Referring to America's ills, Republican John Boehner scoffed: "Instead of fixing them, his policies have made them worse."
Obama's wife Michelle also hit the campaign trail to try to stem the looming disaster. But with a final Gallup poll putting the Democrats on 40 points to the Republicans' 55 her efforts looked to have been in vain. A total of 435 congressional seats are up for grabs, 37 senate seats and 37 governorships.
The Republicans - needing a net gain of 39 to take Congress and ten to seize the Senate - want to undo Obama's healthcare and financial reforms. His veto will mean deadlock.