A tale of two terms: Obama's unfinished business and battles ahead
January 20th, 2013
02:57 PM ET
9 years ago

A tale of two terms: Obama's unfinished business and battles ahead

Washington (CNN) - What a difference.

Barack Obama assumed the presidency four years ago on a day full of history and hope. The second time around there is less hype, far lower expectations, and no illusions about the capital's political climate.

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  1. Leopold Stotch

    Unfinished business because he laid down on us during his first term.

    January 20, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Larry L

    I hope he is for once supported by the Republican – those who absolutely nothing but obstruct progress for the first four years. Let's have actual debate in the Senate rather than childish filibusters – like the one where Mitch McConnell filibustered his own proposal! Let's get bills from the House that are more than political theater – no "personhood" crap.

    January 20, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Larry L

    I hope they all do a better job than governing than I just did of typing my last post!

    January 20, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    I would prefer that the president use his second term being a leader for ALL of the people. He dedicated his first term to deliberately and systematically dividing this great nation into two separate factions in order to promote his wealth redistribution agenda and to get re-elected. The hate that he instilled into the "have-nots" against the "haves" will not be a help in restoring the economy or reduce unemployment, but will keep us divided for the duration of his term.

    January 20, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. maire

    I've no expectation that President Obama will do anything to reduce fed govt spending,reduce fed govt debt or act in good faith to do anything for anyone in the country except for his financial backers and political cronies...in other words,just more of the showboating to feather his post-POTUS nest,same old same old of the past four years.

    January 20, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. plain&simple

    All the Obama haters will have three more years to cry and whine about his dividing the country,then they will have to unite in the glory of another democrat president!!! As long as he is white and male that is!!

    January 20, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    All the white presidents laid their hands on the bible an swear on the bible whats wrong with obama.

    January 20, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Jack Novak

    We already know what obama and the democrats plan. Spend,Spend, Spend, Tax,Tax,Tax.!! That was easy to figure out!!

    January 20, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Wow, Malia and Sasha are getting tall! What a lovely family ... I do like the bangs ... Bless you, Mr. President, and thanks again for all your hard work and dedication to the betterment of ALL these United States!

    Keep up the good work and continue not letting the nay-sayers get you down! The "New Yorker" hit the nail on the head with their cover this week ...

    January 20, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Ancient Texan: You really never turn off Fox, do you? The channel that continually lies to you and does everything in its power to turn you against our president. You remember him? Duly elected by a majority of Americans TWICE based on the FACT that under his leadership our economy is rebounding, bin Laden is dead, and we're investing in OUR country again.

    But I'm wasting my breath. Old dog, new tricks and all that. "Ancient" is a great way to describe your thinking ...

    January 21, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. Tangela norment

    I think our president is doing a wonderful job.some people fell like he have been in office long enough to fix this dramma that was already there when he got there.my god the man is not superman it takes time for everything .so i know he have done a lovely job.people lets stop all this dramma and let the president do his job.cause remember he did not create this problem.the problem was there when he made it to the white house.he is doing everthing he can to get it right.he have done a lot compared to some of the other presidents that have come through the white house

    January 21, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Maire, what same old same old do you mean PPACA? its the law Boehner says. Oh the failed car industry bailout GM no 1 and Chrysler recovering and Ford doing well without help nothing to do there same old etc?. Ah yes the bad, bad bank bailouts ( bush proposed dems supported) and AIG latter we the people have a profit and the former ( banks) all doing very well thanks despite the bad, bad Dodd Frank legislation and Consumer protection act.... Oh fo got about the housing crisis mortgage foreclosures declining, house prices rising, and construction on the upturn? DADT, Ledbetter, all these horrible bad things he does not need to repeat HE'S MOVING ON not like the stick in the mud Republican ideologues like you; to immigration reform, economic growth and budget solutions not dire threats of debt ceiling, our Republican austerity way or the highway!! Instead of a sensible budget with compromise from both sides On taxes ( revenue) defense cuts ( Republicans) spending cuts and yes some sensible not draconian changes to discretionary spending and entitlements. (Democrats.)
    Shall we note finally Maire, that not even your Republican ( Ryan) budget proposal balanced the budget before 2030 per the CBO. And note that balancing the budget simply means the debt at best remains static unless the economy is growing.
    Time for both sides to start talking TO each other instead of AT each other.

    January 21, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  13. Marry

    To see the President should always include the tremendous problems he was hit with the moment he stepped though the door of the White House. The very annoying part – the problems where home made by a very ruthless predecessor and the GOP that saturated the US with fear and even worse, misinformation for their own gain (2%, corporate America, etc.). In the following years, they doubled down on it and continued misrepresenting the State of the Nation to the American public and refused participation to restore/reform the country.
    With that background, the President deserves much more credit than he is ever given. To accomplish so much was not because of the GOP but despite of them. The American voter deserves a lot of credit too – but we have to continue to support facts and solutions over simple fears and minds – now and in the future. If we do that it will be the biggest accomplishment of President Obama! Congratulations!

    January 21, 2013 03:26 am at 3:26 am |