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  •  He should have waited a few more terms (1+ / 0-)
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    before running.  He wasn't ready for the job and, as such, his legacy will suffer.

    Of course, that was his choice.

    If cutting Social Security & Medicare benefits for low income seniors is what Democrats do after they win a budget standoff, I'd hate to see what they do after they lose one.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:03:34 PM PST

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    •  I think he thought the timing was right/ripe (0+ / 0-)

      for him to win, the country was ready.

      I think he had a worse deck stacked against him than many other Presidents. I see what you mean but also know their are huge mitigating circumstances. Worst recession since Depression for example. It seems there is more political upheaval and change in other countries/regions than usual, such as the Arab Spring (huge). And then he did inherit two wars and associated tax cuts. Much easier not to cut taxes in the first place than raise them later. It may be partly my perception but it does seem to me that Obama had a much harder job. Part of it of course is unprecedented opposition in Congress (first term from the start Reps pledged to block everything Obama wanted no matter what its merit. That never happened before).

      I don't think Clinton for example had this much on his plate when he took office. GWB didn't when he first came in.

      •  didn't see your comment before the rec-time-limit (0+ / 0-)

        kicked in, but it deserves a big recommendation. I think you nailed it.

        While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

        by Tamar on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:15:07 AM PST

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