The US currency has lost more than 1/3 of its value against the euro since the election of W Bush, and this despite all the problems in southern Europe. Prospects for it lose another 1/3 are good considering the massive US trade deficit, budget deficit, asinine healthcare policy, and hopeless divided government.
The process seems to be for both major US parties pick a trained politician to become President and preferably one with as little useful experience as possible. Actors turned politicians, or "businessmen" aided in their pursuits by political connections are good candidates to lead. It just pathetic.