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Surely Obama is not a lame-duck president already?

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Gun control and his budget proposal tanked. To get immigration reform and momentum, Obama needs to 'lead from behind'

It's hard to believe it's only been three months since President Obama's rousing inaugural address, on a cold January day, when he sounded every bit the confident leader with his boxing gloves on, ready to sock it to Republicans, even on issues like climate change.

This should be Obama's prime time. He should be riding his re-election wave to get his second-term agenda passed. Instead, it's only April and already he looks worn-out and winless. Have we really arrived at a lame-duck presidency, four months in to Obama's four-year term?

His shortlist of priorities, at least, is clear: a budget deal, gun control and immigration reform.

He campaigned hard for gun control, speaking across the country on the issue and even dispatching the vice-president and his former campaign team to rally the public for change. "They deserve a vote," he cried repeatedly at the end of his state of the union address in front of congressmen and senators, invoking the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead at the hands of a deranged gunman, among other tragic gun deaths.

The problem for Obama is that he got a vote, just not the result he wanted. Even a watered-down proposal merely to enhance background checks failed.

Then, there's the budget. His supposed peace-offering plan in early April wasn't even taken seriously by the GOP or by the press. Consider some of the headlines: a Washington Post liberal blogger ran with "Obama makes Republicans an offer they will refuse"; Huffington Post said, "Obama budget packed with hard-to-pass stimulus measures"; and USA Today harshly summed it up with "On left and right, Obama's budget anticipated as a dud".

If he doesn't get immigration, he'll be 0 for 3. That's a strikeout in American baseball terms, and it will set the president up for a long and lonely second term. It will also embolden Republicans to keep up their dissent.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/25/obama-lame-duck-president

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"Already"? He's been simply lame as POTUS from the get-go!


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Ya know, I covered this concept, sideways, with the idea of annotated (look up in search tool, la )

but ..

It appears he's been a lame duck since Day 1 of his first term. What's he gotten accomplished, that speaks of his actual 'good works' ?

This 'change you can believe in' tag has surely turned a new line in the definition of 'believe', you betcha.


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