Prepare to be shocked.

(USA Today) — Former president Bill Clinton says he would be “surprised” if President Obama doesn’t win re-election next year, even given today’s 9% unemployment rate.

In an upbeat assessment of Obama’s political future and the U.S. jobs picture, Clinton told reporters Tuesday afternoon that several years worth of economic stimulus, bank and auto bailouts, and business incentives are paying off.

The ex-president is trying to do his part. His Clinton Global Initiative will hold two days of meetings in Chicago Wednesday and Thursday in an effort to get hundreds of new commitments from the public and private sectors for job-creating endeavor.