Election analysis: Now Obama truly is a lame duck

Obama Sad - Pete Souza

Now, President Barack Obama must limp into his final two years in office.

All second-term presidents lose considerable clout at this mark. But Obama’s time as a lame duck comes amid a political climate so fractured that compromise with Congress is all but impossible. And the Republican takeover of the Senate only further complicates his power to confront a confounding array of foreign and domestic policy challenges.

The range of crises is daunting.

Though the U.S. economy is growing at a healthy clip, wages are stagnant and the global economy is faltering. The Islamic State has racked up victories in Iraq and Syria, testing the administration’s policies, even as the U.S. rains down air strikes. The appearance of the deadly Ebola virus in the U.S. has rattled Americans and raised questions about whether a weary White House can handle several crises at once. A budget deal that bought peace with Congress for a while is nearing its end.

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2 thoughts on “Election analysis: Now Obama truly is a lame duck”

  1. The problem is that President Obama has been stripped of his political backing in the Congress.
    There comes a time when you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
    That is just about where this President is right now.
    Executive orders. Emergency orders. This is really all about jurisdiction over the way things are handled. And those orders are going to have to be very carefully done if he is to remain as President for 2 more years. I think there is a better than even chance that he won’t make it through the next 2 years.
    The Congress right now has a majority of opposition people in it. That means one wrong move, and they might take it to impeachment proceedings.
    The only safety net here is there has to be adequate reason behind such an impeachment call.
    He still has veto power. There is still a 2/3rds vote to over come a veto. And with careful management it may never come to that.
    The Republicans on the other hand have to show the American Public that they were worthy of being put in office at this time.
    That means a whole lot of things going on that without the power to do it, the Congress has sat on its hands and waited.
    Well it is time. The new Congress come January will be making a whole lot of changes. Or they will be sent back to the bleachers.
    It is time to put up or shut up and I think they are going to make the effort to make changes.
    Before a majority of Democrats was keeping that from happening.
    I think there is more than one outgoing Democrat willing to cross the fence because they will no longer have a job in Congress in January.
    And that is where the danger lies.

  2. President Obama has just spoke on Face The Nation. In effect, he has told the opposition in Congress to come up with a workable bill on immigration before the end of the year OR he will act on executive orders.
    He has also told the American People the Congress has to put up or shut up. That means he has a lame duck Congress. Take the last 2 months and do something, anything except sit on your hands and do nothing, then critically speak about the President.
    This is the sign of someone who is fed up with the ‘DO-NOTHING” Congress.
    He is one slick politician. He is now placing the blame on a scapegoat and that scapegoat doesn’t even know what just hit them. I compare his acting ability with that of President Reagan. President Reagan was one good poker player. This President is very dangerous at this point in time.

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