Obama’s Second Term? Anything is Possible.
Over the weekend the President affirmed his commitment to making Chinese takeout a centerpiece of his re-election strategy. House Republicans vowed to block any measure that did not allow for discounts on orders $35 or more. Photo from sfexaminer.com.
In a mere eight months the election will be over and we’ll be anxiously preparing ourselves for either another term of Barack Obama (the next exciting stage of our historically destined achievement of communism) or for a new era of conservative rule (a new-old era, maybe) led by a president who, despite so many expectations and indications to the contrary, managed to overcome the glaring limitations of his appeal in the final eight months of his campaign, vanquished his rivals, simultaneously revitalized his party and galvanized it behind him, and earned the sympathy of sensitive, vulnerable independent voters moved, sometimes to tears, by the justness of his cause, his elegant and old-fashioned statesmanship, and the sheer heroism of his labors to win their support when, not even a year before, he and his fellow candidates were being written off as fratricidal, then suicidal, bozos.
But let’s suppose for a minute that Obama wins.
The Washington Post reports that everyone is in a speculative mood over what a second term for Barack Obama might look like. From the left’s expectations about same-sex marriage and the environment to the right’s concern over gun legislation, Iran’s nukes, and federal spending, there’s a little something for everybody.
By saying little about specifics, the President has done a lot to allow both sides to fantasize about what lies ahead.
Even after three years in office, Obama remains a political Rorschach test. His friends still project their brightest hopes on him. His enemies still project their deepest nightmares.
What do you expect from the President in his second term, if he gets one? What would you like to see happen – or not happen?
Is he going to do as conservatives have feared (and some liberals have hoped) by moving leftward and pursuing a radical or radical-ish agenda? Or is he going to be more like Bill Clinton and try to settle, modestly, somewhere in the middle (with a little more modesty, perhaps, than President Clinton demonstrated in his second term)?
And couldn’t it be that all this talk about what the President will or won’t do after he wins is a little premature? We’ve still got eight long, long months to go and there’s plenty of opportunity for surprise.
Just in case the President does win, though, we’ve designed a fun game of bingo that you can play over the next four years with your friends and family at home using these cards: