Washington (CNN) - The last time President Barack Obama held a full-blown news conference at the White House, his first campaign rally was two months away and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum looked to have the upper hand over Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential primaries.
To be sure, in some ways the political landscape has changed dramatically since Obama fielded questions from the White House press corps on March 6: He is now assured of four more years in the Oval Office and can claim fresh leverage in his dealings with Republicans over reaching a budget deal.
Nothing has changed, other than Obama's departure time.
The president doesnt have any more leverage than before the election. The liberal spin I guess. Republicans have the house and half of America stands with them, we dont have to roll over to the presidents/democrats wasteful demands. If taxes are raised they will just be blown away with the rest of the money the dems waste. Increased taxes means increased spending in liberal agendas.
There is no mandate...voters gave Republicans control of the House. Obama is just a lousy president.