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The Perils of President “Present”

Truckman Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 2:11 PM
Same hare-BOTH times. Well-O campaigned the first time on "Hope and Change",and Lord,did he ever bring it!! Not what we wanted or needed though. "HOPE" we can make it to the next day,and "CHANGE",from a Republic to 3rd world Socialism. Thanks for nothing,O.

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...