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The Perils of President “Present”

Rick 2811 Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 8:19 AM
In 20 years when books are written don't be surprised to learn Obama thought himself to be another Ronald Reagan...sticking to his convictions against all odds and advice. The big difference of course is being correct or not...we'll see but if the first term is any indication of Obama's policies being right, he's doomed !

When the history of the 2012 fiscal cliff debate is written, conspicuously absent will be any mention of robust presidential leadership to avert the impending financial crisis. Whatever the president believes was the basis for his reelection, surely he cannot think he was given another term to simply be, as he has been, a mere observer of national crises.

Observers can be important, in elections for instance. They monitor to ensure the process is fair and proceeds according to established standards. But they have no responsibility for taking an active role to determine the outcome of the election. Similarly, football...