Forget the good of the nation. According to The Hill, the most urgent concern six months into Obama’s second term is that poor Obama gets to do some victory laps.
Six months into his second term, the momentum that President Obama gained from his reelection win is a fading memory.
Few could have foreseen this White House struggling so much after Obama’s convincing 332-206 electoral vote victory over Mitt Romney last November.
“He needs wins and he needs them soon. There’s no way around that,” said one top Democratic strategist who routinely communicates with the White House. “I think just about everyone realizes that.”
Um, no, not everyone realizes that.
Obama’s year to date has been marked by a combination of failures, distractions and uncertainties.
A push for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last December came to nothing.
Controversies over the IRS and, more recently, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden absorbed administration energy and time.
The economy is improving, albeit more slowly than the president would like. If the recovery gains strength, it will lift Obama and the general mood of the nation.
Recovery? What recovery?