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Obama Second Term

Yes, He Did: Why Obama Is the Most Consequential Second-Term President Since FDR

Lawrence Jacobs | Posted 01.11.2017 | World
Lawrence Jacobs

Here is what is rarely acknowledged and speaks volumes about Obama's impact: we now accept the sea change in the lives of most Americans that the Affordable Care Act swept in. No one serious challenges the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of insurance coverage for all without the threat of preexisting conditions, the new coverage for the prescription drug benefits for seniors and much more.

The Public and the 22nd Amendment: Third Terms and Lame Ducks

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Obama is prevented from re-election by the 22nd Amendment, which has limited presidents to two terms since 1951. The public is strongly supportive of this restriction, but more divided in their perceptions of the effect of the two-term cap on presidential second terms.

Obama Saves His Best For Last

The Dish | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics

There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; ...

Obama's Revenge

Politico | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

Two senior White House staffers stumbled out of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago into the boozy, early-morning aftermath of President Obama’s Nov. 6, 2...

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

What Has Obama Done for You Lately?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Imagine a progressive president fighting to fix the insane economic inequality in the country or to end the senseless drug war or best of all battling to get money out of politics. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Well, that's not the president we have. We have one who is coasting. But God knows what he's coasting toward.

Using One Frame of Film to Review the Whole Movie

Dave Helfert | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

News is what's happening right now, or just happened, or is about to happen. Anything that occurred before today's news cycle is history. This feeds a national attention deficit that leads us to careen from crisis to crisis like a drunk in a Ferrari.

The President's Economics Speech

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In terms of diagnosis, it was a speech of great depth. In terms of prescription, it was ambitious. Clearly, he knows this Congress will not legislate his economic agenda. But he must set the terms of the debate, and I thought his terms were exactly right.

My Advice for President Obama

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

It seems like every new poll shows President Obama's approval rating slipping lower and lower. The second term slump is nothing new for presidents. What has been striking is how quickly Democrats have started to break away from President Obama.

SNL's Solution For Obama's Second Term Blues

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 11.17.2013 | Comedy

President Obama has not exactly had an easy time his his reelection. On last night's "Saturday Night Live," a commercial for Paxil Second-Term Strengt...

X-Ray of a Flagging Presidency

Bill McKibben | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill McKibben

As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on -- and it's now well over two years old -- it's illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers the president not just a choice of policies, but a choice of friends, worldviews, styles.

Immoral Lie About Obama Second Term Sweeps Capitol Hill

Salon | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

When President Obama decided to seek authorization to bomb Syria, he didn’t just throw the fate of his plans into the hands of 535 unpredictable mem...

The Second Term: Can Obama Mature Into a Great President?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

A second term of office for a president should be one that defines and seals an historical legacy, one in which a certain level of maturity and vision is achieved in the absence of the need to get reelected to office. Obama's second term is shaping up to be nothing more than a repeat of his lackluster, or half-assed, first four years in office.

Obama Gets Bold On Climate Change

The Washington Post | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

President Obama's environmental policies are likely to play a prominent role in defining his second term, even as the budget, immigration and health c...

Is There No Price to Be Paid?

Stan Greenberg | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Stan Greenberg

We would all benefit from listening to the voters who may be trying to tell us something about what is happening in Washington and the U.S. Congress. Maybe there is a price to pay for not trying to help our country meet its challenges.

Obama's Second Term Challenge

Alfred J. Zacher | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Alfred J. Zacher

Based on the challenges to his legislative agenda, at present it appears that President Obama will have an unimpressive second term and he does not seem to have the tools to change that.

Joy Resmovits

Big Education Appointment In The Works? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will likely soon tap a new chief of staff, sources say. Sources close to the administration, who requested ...

Obama's Tenure, So Far

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Obama may be criticized for not schmoozing enough with individual congressmen, or for running a sometimes imperfect administration (those so-called "scandals") but what remains critical is his willingness to engage Americans and push forward matters of national import.

The Bully Pulpit

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

In November 2012, the nation, by a fairly sizable majority, reelected their president to serve another four years. Sometimes that is referred to as the "will of the people." So what happens when the people's will is being stymied by the gamesmanship of a gang of 45?

Truth and Justice: The American Way?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

If he weren't president today, Professor Obama would be up in arms over the actions of President Obama and his administration. In fact, he was up in arms over similar things involving the administration of President Bush.

Is Obama Cursed?

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's second-term agenda hit a road block this month when a series of scandals within the administration stacked up, one after anot...

Obama and Nixon: A Historical Perspective

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Those who bother to read these historical snippets will find many important departures and only tenuous parallels between the Obama Administration's IRS affair and Richard Nixon's Watergate-era IRS scandal.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the kickoff of Second Term Scandal Season, though the first entrants fall on very different parts of the manufactured scandal vs. real scandal continuum. On the deeply-contrived end is Benghazi -- with supposedly damning White House emails having been altered by GOP leakers. On the actually scandalous end is the administration's snooping through the AP's phone records, which the New York Times called "an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers." The incident points out the hypocrisy of a White House that praises whistleblowers in the abstract, but then goes after them -- aggressively and often. "Speaking truth to power is now a criminal act," says whistleblower and former NSA executive Thomas Drake, who the DOJ charged under the WW I-era Espionage Act. It's President Obama's war against whistleblowers that is the true scandal.

Obama 2.0: Breaking the Impasse

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Aiko Stevenson

Within the first quarter of his final term, Barack Obama has chalked up two frustrating defeats: the sting of across the board budget cuts, followed by the bite of failed gun sales reform. And, now the specter of a triple faced scandal threatens to engulf his presidency.

Pyromaniacs on the Potomac: The Problem With Obama's Second Term

Robert Reich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Six months into a second term and the Obama White House is on the defensive and floundering: Benghazi, the IRS's investigations of right-wing groups, the Justice Department's snooping into journalists' phone records, Obamacare behind schedule, the Administration's push for gun control ending in failure.