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  •  It was over in his first year. (1+ / 0-)
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    He has nothing, nothing to lose and needs to come out swinging like a madman.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:27:28 PM PDT

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    •  He has everything to lose (4+ / 0-)

      Right now he's secured his legacy as a good enough president to be past the Ford, Carter and Bush I comparisons, and doesn't need to exceed them to merit annual invitations to Davos, Aspen and Bill Gates' house. If he tries to do anything bigger, he risks screwing that up, for little to nothing in return. So I expect him to govern even more conservatively than he did in his first term, especially given that he's not a risk-taker or fighter by nature, who likes to talk big but act medium. I.e. another Clinton.

      At most, he might give a series of carefully worded speeches during his last year or so intended to warn us about the environmental and economic dangers that confront us and serve as a call to action, while leaving it up to a future president to actually deal with them, akin to Eisenhower warning us against the growing power of the MIC as he himself did all he could to build it up. Presidents like to give legacy-saving mop-up speeches on their way out, as they hand the real mop to the next guy or gal.

      And I completely agree, his presidency was over before his first year was done, possibly before the first 100 days, at least in terms of being about truly big and important things that urgently need to be dealt with.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:35:54 PM PDT

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