A Real World Plan for Obama's Second Term


| 11/8/2012 2:21:57 PM


Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012 Election, Bipartisanship, David Korten.,

Obama-CrowdThe votes are in and President Obama has a second term with a virtual guarantee that he will again face a gridlocked Congress. So what is a president to do?

Those suggesting Obama reach out to Republicans forget President Clinton’s second term, when his impeachment became the top priority of congressional Republicans.

Governor Romney and a good many pundits are calling for him to reach out to the same Republican opponents who made a pact after his first term election to do everything in their power to assure the failure of his presidency—and persistently voted as a solid block to fulfill that promise.

Some suggest it may be different in President Obama’s second term because he will not be running again. They forget President Clinton’s second term, when his impeachment on the flimsiest of grounds became the top priority of congressional Republicans.

When Senator Obama won the election that put him in the White House, I wrote a national address I hoped he might deliver as president outlining policies for a new economy equal to the challenges of the 21st century. Since he did not choose to deliver it during his first term, I was thinking I might dust it off and put forth a similar proposal for his second term.

Reading it now, I realize that most of what I proposed requires congressional action that will never happen so long as congress remains captive to my-way-or-the-highway extremists. President Obama will have his hands full simply getting a budget bill through congress that is adequate to keep the country running and avoid a financial default. If he succeeds in this, it will be a heroic accomplishment.