President Obama is learning the hard way that you can’t please all of your fans all of the time.

After riding a wave of liberal support into the White House three years ago, Obama has found that some of those same supporters are now among his most vocal critics.

In recent weeks, the president has been attacked by environmentalists over a clean-air rule; by Hispanic advocates over aggressive deportations; by labor unions over looming trade deals; by Jewish groups over Israel’s borders; and by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) over soaring unemployment among African Americans.

Hardly apologetic, Obama has met the critics head on, telling them to “shake it off” and “stop crying.” But the tough-love strategy could backfire, political experts warn, if it alienates the liberal base that will be vital to the president’s reelection chances next year.

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