June 11th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
6 years ago

Video: What Obama's second term could look like

(CNN) - CNN Political Contributor Ryan Lizza, a staff writer with "The New Yorker," takes a look into what a second term could look like if President Barack Obama were re-elected.

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    His second term will be all about completing some unfinished business from his first term such as immigration reform. He could also push for a big infrastructure jobs bill and then shove it down the GOP's throats.

    June 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Chris

    For Obama's first term, every one on the Right predicted:

    *Obama was totally soft on terrorism and within months, if not weeks, of his assuming office there would be another 9-11 level terrorist attack on this country, and we would never, ever get Bin Laden.
    *Obama was going to take everyone's guns.
    *Obama was going to double everyone's taxes.
    *Within the first year of Obama's presidency, there would be a second, even greater financial collapse that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic by comparison.
    *Obama was going to impose Sharia law on the country and ban Chrsitianity.
    *Obama was going to use a national televised broadcast to school children to brainswash them into communism and start his own Hitler Youth group.
    *Health care reform was going to create governement run Death Panels that were going to execute your grandma.
    *The auto bailouts and health care reform were the first steps in the complete government take over all industries.
    *Under Obama we would all be paying over $6 a gallon for gasoline.
    *Obama was actually a sleeper agent for a cell of Kenyan Muslim terrorists, who fifty years ago forged his birth certificate and planted a fake announcement in Hawaii newspapers.
    *There was going to be an uprsining of blacks, demanding whites pay reparations.
    *Under Obama, society was going to totally collapse and we would live in a post-apocalyptic hellscape, where the only thing that would protect you from the horde of cannibals would be if you stocked up on gold and guns.
    *Obama was going to have all registered Republicans rounded up and put in FEMA run concentration camps and declare himself dictator for life.
    *Obama was the Anti-Christ and was going to usher in the End Times.

    How many times do you have to hear Chicken Little run around screaming "The sky is falling! The sky is faling!" before you realize he's full of it?

    June 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Joe

    Bill Clinton won re-election by moving to the center and declaring big gov dead.

    Now imagine the opposite in Obama's second term.., one in which he has "more room" to negotiate.

    June 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Myviewis

    I don't think much will change because Obama still is getting on the job training since he had no experience working in the real world when he took the job of President. His resume showed his work experience of a Professor, Author and Community Organizer but no finance, business, accounting or owning a business experience and no schooling in these areas either. So, 4 years later he has gained the knowledge of a intern who has never flown solo and learned from personal experience. He is surrounded by people making decisions for him, guiding him but has no personal experience to base, compare their information, guidance to. Very different from those who have been Governors, Mayors, City Manager, Business owners or studied accounting, finance, business administration. This is the reality that Democrats keep ignoring and the rest of us don't ignore. Obama did not study for this job.

    June 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Name

    He'll tackle tax reform. Infrastructure increasing "domestic" jobs. Get us out of the business of war. Energy. What he needs is a majority in both houses.

    June 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Larry L

    At some point the Republicans in the Congress will realize that obstructing progress isn't in their own interest. Senate Republicans can't continue filibustering every action and House Tea Party lap-dogs will need to do something besides make political statements and defend the ultra-rich. Americans are tired of that crap and expect their Congress to do their job.

    June 11, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. william Gould

    If the american people give him a chance, instead of bashing him, he may get things done. Certainly the economy is better now. Then when he first took office. The president has been eliminating the high terrorist of the world. He has more experience then Mr. Romney. It would be hard for any country, to deal with crisis after crisis. He is doing his best, considering how many politicians despise him.

    June 11, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. textee

    "What Obama's second term could look like"?

    That's like declaring "What Elvis could look like on his next concert tour".

    Earth to CNN: There won't be a "second term" for Obama. Not even Obama's massive voter fraud machine will prevent the pro-America community from returning Obama to his unrepentant terrorist friends William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

    June 11, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Larry L


    Earth to CNN: Not even the Democrat party's massive voter fraud machine will prevent the pro-America community from preventing Obama's "second term".
    You forget the greatest voter fraud of all... it took the Republican crooks in Florida and the right-wing Supreme Court to get "W" in the White House – where he promptly destroyed our economy.

    June 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Padraig

    If he gets another term I see only misery and driving this country more towards socialism.

    June 11, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. pkbkr

    Obama/Biden 2012 the only real hope for America!

    June 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. SuperD

    I shudder at the thought of 4 more years on this Leftist B.S. from this administration. I have never been "scared" of a President before Obama. There is no telling what his screwed up Leftist brain could come up with 4 more years to lurch the country towards some Progressive utopia, where nobody uses gas, everything is free (except for taxpayers like me) and we all sing Kumbaya in his honor.

    June 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Name JR

    Let me get this straight. The prez has jobs bill for teachers(union), firemen(union), police(union). This appears to be the same circle jerk that has bankrupted our cities and states. Americans are just learning of the incestual relationship between union bosses and the pandering demo party. Its easy to trick the apathetic public with old tired slogans.

    June 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. demwit

    Give Obama a majority in the house and senate and he would have been able to get a lot more done!! Oh, wait a minute..

    June 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that Obama's second term has a Congress that is more cooperative because this session doesn't do squat. The teapublicans don't understand investment and needing to spend to get that return which won't be this year. That is a major hinderance.

    June 11, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Laura, Paulden AZ

    @Larry L-If you remember, Al Gore and the DNC had the right to demand a recount in the whole state. He would of got that but he only cherry-picked the democratic areas to recount. So when the chad situation developed, the SOTUS stepped in and decided that he couldn't do that. I think it is time of Obama to stop blaming, Bush, Congress, the American people, foreigners, and start taking some responsibilty for his record or more like it "lack of" a record!

    June 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. ST

    Pres. Obama could have accomplished a lot by now if there were no GOP congress put in place in 2010. If I can remember well, in his first year, there were a lot of complaints from GOP that he is doing a lot at the same time. It was like they were applying breaks on his progress. Funny enough they are now telling latinos that he didn't fulfill his promise by dealing with immigration reform. Pathetic!

    June 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. RealityBites

    Obama has added $6 TRILLION to our national debt in 4 yeras. 4 more would be catastrophic to our children and grandchildren's future. Not that the over educated media clowns, like those at the New Yoker, seem to have notice.

    June 11, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Pete

    His second term should have him putting his foot down,saying enough is enough to republicans in the House and Senate,same to some Dems as well.Do a Clinton on them saying if there's no bipartsanship or compremise,then nothing ,I mean nothing will get past me,remember MR.VETO,we go way back!!Republicans may get booted out also making it easier not having to put up with Boehner or McConnell or a republican majority in the House,they'd listen more if their in the minority.Get rid of the Citizens United Act,restructure SCOTUS,the majority there needs their heads checked from Roberts down.Set a fire under small businesses butts,making them hire,same for big corporations,businesses alike,make it a priority,that's numero uno!!Get governors at the WH,set them straight,especially those arrogent, ignorent republican ones,tell them get their house in order or send people to do it,can't stress that enough.Get a modern restructured tax table laid out,one that benefits everyone,not just the wealthy or corporations too big to fail.Restructure mortgage processes,get people in homes,people in homes pay taxes,state and federal,that's a fact,that's progress economicly.Restructure world trade,especially to China,no more currency manipualating...Restructure the military and related fields,make it mean and lean.No more foriegn aid unless we get something in return,no gimmes,no freebies..Just some of my ideas,from a old retired union welder whos been around!!!

    June 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Name

    We had a president who had an MBA he knew about and accounting and all he things you need to know on how to run a business. But Obviouly that didn't work out did t? I'm more convince that albeit having business skills does help but being president of the unites states takes little more than an MBA it takes some one wih an idea of how to work with people and guide or "organize" then to a better future.

    June 11, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. RS, CA

    Thank God Obama has opposition in the Congress. Can you imagine what he would have wrought in his first term if that were not the case? I shudder to think of it. And, no - we will NOT re-elect him. Once is quite enough – yikes!

    Romney for REAL hope and change!

    June 11, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. me

    There will be more hope and change...

    June 11, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Dr. KnowItAll

    Thats too scary to even think about !
    More regulations, Higher cost of living, higher taxes, bigger deficits ! NOBama 2012 !

    June 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |