Obama's second term could look like his first
June 24th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama's second term could look like his first

Washington (CNN) - If all goes according to plan for President Barack Obama, his two-term presidency may end up being a case of "second verse, same as the first."

He won re-election last year by touting a first-term recovery from economic recession, as well as a major domestic achievement in health care reform and a major foreign policy triumph in taking out Osama bin Laden.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    He also is increasing U.S. aid, including military assistance, to Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad
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    Which is where he's going a bit overboard for me. Besides for that, if immigration gets passed, it will be a significant accomplishment. But let's be real. Te immigration bill has to get passed in the Tea Party House and therefore, the immigration bill is dead on arrival. If the President wants to improve his second term, he needs to keep pushing on a jobs bill from Congress to begin rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.

    June 24, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    To me, its looking like the legacy/history of the Obama presidency will not be WHAT he was able to accomplish but WHAT the Republican/Tea Party have done to ensure any accomplishments by the President. It will be less about President Obama and more about the obstructionists.

    June 24, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. saywhat

    President Obam's mistake has been to let the Bush era foreign interventionist policies & militarism to continue with MIC keeping the upper hand.
    He wanted to be a domestic president for Americans and i think Americans wanted that too with jobs and economy the priority with infrasructure, health & education to follow. But a failed Congress and its dominant neocon controlled mindset kept Mr.Obama mired in the the foreign front mess.

    June 24, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    With the domestic-terrorist GOP obstructing any progress, it's a wonder the President had any legislative victories at all. Imagine what could be accomplished if the GOP put aside their hatred for the President and middle-class Americans...

    June 24, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Holden

    There is no way under the sun, it could look worse than W's first of second term. The whole country was circling the drain on that one.

    June 24, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Peoples State of Illinois

    His legacy will be the continuing destruction of this country. The republicans in congress have done their best to slow his country killing policies, and instead of being thanked, they are called "obstructionists." If anything, history will probably condemn them for not doing more to halt the continuing decline of America.

    June 24, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. smith

    A real president could have brought both parties together, at least a little. Even GWB did that Obama is nothing more than a puppet for Carter and Soros.

    June 24, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Denise

    You're right, history will continue to condemn and doom the GOP, holding them accountable for their actions. Good luck in winning more general elections. Sure, you might pick up some off terms here and there in a few red districts where no one lives! Keep expanding that tent! I understand that Paula Dean and her family are looking for work. Perhaps she could run for office?

    June 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Peoples State of Illinois
    His legacy will be the continuing destruction of this country.
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    So if it's the "continuing" destruction of the country, that means the country was already on a crash course prior to him right? This economic calamity that we're in is because of Obama huh? Those unpaid for was are because of Obama right? That unpaid Medicare Prescription Drug plan passed under Obama right? Give me a break. You make no sense whatsoever.

    June 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. rs

    To me, its looking like the legacy/history of the Obama presidency will not be WHAT he was able to accomplish but WHAT the Republican/Tea Party have done to ensure any accomplishments by the President. It will be less about President Obama and more about the obstructionists.
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    Well, exactly. The metric here however is at what cost? Aside from the inevital pain caused to Americans by not having the Republicans work for jobs and the beterment of the economy, there is the very tangible damage to the GOP itself.
    In their ongoing figts with the duly elected President, they have:

    Shown the GOP to be very nearly anti-American, anti-government to the point of disloyalty.
    Shown the GOP is the party of and only for the rich.
    Shown the GOP as essentially policy-less. They have obstructed and voted down their own bills and legislation when they are supported by the President.
    Shown the GOP to be reality-challenged- do they really expect anyone to buy their latest, unfounded conspiracies- Again?
    Shown the GOP, through their TEA Party to be thinly veiled racists- considering especially the whole Birther idiocy.
    And the proof- Congressional approval ratings barely in the double digits- when the House is contolled by the GOP, and the GOP continued to cripple the Senate with filibusters. They look like what they are: backward, obstructionist hypocrits.

    In the end then, while the GOP may feel they prevented Obama from having very many political succesess, it is clear they have most likely mortaly wounded their own Brand in the porcess, and succeeded in demonstrating that the President is much more middle-of-the-road than the rabid radical they claim, especially in comparison to themselves.

    June 24, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    I think his continued use of military might in the world has continued distrust and terrorist threats to the US. It was a major slap in the world's face to get the Peace Prize and then quietly drone-bombed 1000's of innocent villagers along with a few terrorists. Along with Guantanamo and secret spying, he is just the new version of the old cowboy.

    June 24, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Peoples State of Illinois

    His legacy will be the continuing destruction of this country. The republicans in congress have done their best to slow his country killing policies, and instead of being thanked, they are called "obstructionists." If anything, history will probably condemn them for not doing more to halt the continuing decline of America.
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    Tearing down barriers to inequality is what you call "the continuing destruction of this country"? The Ledbetter Act, the end of DADT in the military, the indefensible DOMA, DREAM Act, and other policies and legislation tear down the barriers that isolate, discriminate, and alienate.

    When you look at it from that perspective, I guess you're correct.

    June 24, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Hindsight 20/20

    Why are some people so politically biased that they are deep in denial? Did the 2008 economic collapse not happen under a Republican leadership? Did the national debt's deep hole not occur under GOP leadership? This from the party of fiscal responsibility. Clinton left them with a surplus. Did they not run on jobs, jobs, jobs? Where are we with that? Oh that's right, the GOP decided to contradict the Pres on the jobs bill. This hole they dug is so deep but they expect the Dems to wave a magic wand and make it better. All the while they try to block everything this Pres does. Get real.

    June 24, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    And, for the sake of civil rights for the next generation, let's hope he also gets to appoint two more Supreme Court justices too!

    June 24, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Most Likely,
    He won't be running around saying the Rich aren't paying their Fair Share.
    He will still be leading from behind,
    And out of the Country selling more of ,You didn't build That,
    The Private Sector is doing fine, And Obama Care is lowering Health Costs and it is just a Bump in the Road. And of course selling the Nanny State, Food Stamps, Giving away the Store and Giving Illegals Amnesty.

    June 24, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Peoples State of Illinois
    His legacy will be the continuing destruction of this country.
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    So if it's the "continuing" destruction of the country, that means the country was already on a crash course prior to him right? This economic calamity that we're in is because of Obama huh? Those unpaid for was are because of Obama right? That unpaid Medicare Prescription Drug plan passed under Obama right? Give me a break. You make no sense whatsoever.
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    Yes, the country was on a crash course before Obama. The condition we are in is not entirely his fault. It is entirely his fault that America is accelerating in decline. Republicans fault for not doing more to stop him. Open your eyes, rather than your partisan hacking.

    June 24, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    The real accomplishment for the President will be having moved the Democrats to the political center: think about it. Virtually every major piece of legislation passed by this president owes its success to RINO policies that Heritage and other conservative think tanks were pushing 10-20 years ago. The only place where this is denied is the GOP, which has selective amnesia on virtually every policy decision, good or bad, over the last 30 years. The GOP, through blind obstructionism and a complete lack of original ideas, has been reduced to using parliamentary manuevers ( ie, gerrymandering) to stave off its own destruction. Every tactical advantage they have gained over the years has been squandered through a shamelss pandering to a demographic base that is shrinking by the hour, and that makes it less and less relevant through its utter lack of discipline and self-control. Ignorance and bullying are its main weapons, which it employs indiscriminantly. Where we once had the wit of Bill Buckley, we are now treated to the arrogance and shameless hypocrisy of Sean Hannity as the Right tacks back and forth, trying to get a headwind. They will run out of favorable winds, and they will sink without a trace.

    June 24, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is determined to become a dictator in America. America is awakening.

    June 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Tony

    This is because of the racist obstructionist hypocrital rethuglikkklan party, i call it as i see it cnn either post this or not.

    June 24, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. rs

    A real president could have brought both parties together, at least a little. Even GWB did that Obama is nothing more than a puppet for Carter and Soros.
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    Hard to do when McConnell swears to make the President a one-termer before he even takes office- and winds up filibustering his own bills to keep the President from getting laws passed. Be honest- the GOP walked off the field before the opening quarter and never looked back. They lost, why should anyone court them?

    Look- the GOP is a joke, a very bad one at that. They are determined to obstruct the President and any attempt to fix the problems they created at all cost. The have attempted to restrict civil rights, voters' rights, workers' rights, job security, womens' righta and more. They are the "dead-end" kids in government.

    Meanwhile, they (the GOP) are the puppets of the murdurous NRA, and every rich, radical kook in the northern hemisphere- specifically Grover Norquist and the Kochs.

    June 24, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Rudy NYC,
    Tearing down barriers, blah, blah,blah. Those barriers were torn down a long time ago. If they weren't Bloomerhead wouldn't be in the White House, would he? But as at least one person wrote Amatuer Hour. Ed Klien, I think. A leading liberal. The problem with some of you people is you don't want to do any of the hard work. As a result, over 80 years now, we have a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt. Need a job? You won't find it until someone with some common sense get's elected.

    June 24, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |