Obama's Second Term

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

President Barack Obama is briefed while at Camp David, August 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorkerlooks ahead to what President Obama might try to accomplish if elected to a second term.


Ryan Lizza

Comments [18]

shawlin s from thruthville usa (brooklyn)

i remember a year ago an article ran on obama where he said "my family and i are very comfortable with the idea of me being a one term president" ...i'm beginning to think he's actually a little TOO comfortable with that thought.
i really can't see clinton being 'comfortable' with one term, he took her time in the limelight only to shrug his shoulders and say, this is too hard, i'm going back home to harvard. gee, thanks obama.
it's becoming increasingly likely that he's a one termer.

Jun. 12 2012 11:15 PM
Karen from NYC

To further correct any misunderstanding that Martin may have created with his disinformation: when the President took office, in January 2009, we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month. Within two months, that pattern had been reversed. The President has created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 25 months, with each month showing a growth in such positions. That is more net jobs than Bush created in 8 years. Not to mention that the Republicans crashed the economy.

He said the private sector was "fine" in response to a comment that maybe the private, not the public sector should be creating jobs. The private sector, while not creating enough jobs, is doing what it's supposed to do. The public sector, government (read "Congress") is not. That is why we have a slowdown. The rest is voodoo and the confidence fairy.

Jun. 12 2012 10:40 AM
Karen from NYC


I was on the air with the same comment. They got there by tying themselves to the Euro so that, when the global recession hit, they were unable to devalue their currency (a de facto "stimulus," in that it lowers the price of exports). They also invested in derivatives, as did the rest of Europe, and did NOT spend on stimulus in 2009, but like the rest of Europe -- Great Britain, Ireland -- tried austerity instead, with devastating results.

You righties laugh because you (1) don't have the facts or (2) don't understand the facts you have or (2) deny the facts. Thanks for the nasty remark, because I know that I've hit home when I get a few. I welcome the heat.

Jun. 12 2012 10:36 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Focus on the America;s 'flabby middle'...

The same way that a daily workout trims fat and builds muscle, the American economy, infrastructure and psyche needed to be re-molded to make it useful for the 21st century. And it's a process we each need to think about every day.

-Increased broadband infrastructure.
-Smarter energy distribution networks.
-High-speed rail to give people with 1,000 mile or less trips a competitive alternative to flying. This would also give us a way to transport wind produced hydrogen from the Rockies to city's that could burn it. Cuts America's thirst for world oil which helps us twice.
-Re-think immigration policy. Let migrant workers re-enter the country without having to be out for one year....but those that are staying have to become Americans.
-Let the Bush tax cuts lapse. First on upper percentiles, and then on all payers once the economy is on its feet and UNTIL the deficits are balanced.

Jun. 12 2012 10:33 AM
The Truth from Becky

When President Obama is re elected I would like to see him address the jobs and real estate issues first. I also hope he uses a little more "Executive" power to skirt around the ignorant repubs. If he has learned nothing else from this first term, it would be that they are devious.

Jun. 12 2012 10:28 AM
Ms. Eva from NJ

Find a way to stimulate conversations nationally about Americans' priorities. Reliance on polls and talking heads I think skews public conversation making many of us feel irrelevant. How many of 99% really feel that success of 1% means success for them. There is an org called AmericaSpeaks that organizes electronic town hall meetings. Hope to garner support for reform of tax code; also investing in a "peace economy."

Jun. 12 2012 10:21 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Caller Karen...."I don't want to see us end up like Spain or Italy" do you think they got there?

Gosh, lefties sure are funny.

Jun. 12 2012 10:20 AM

we didn't save GM we just gave them a few years before the next crisis.

Jun. 12 2012 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC

Well you don'e have to think about that because my bet is that Obama will not be reelected!

Jun. 12 2012 10:18 AM
Pordy from Madison, NJ

Great topic- so few are talking about this in the media. btw app is much improved... but why no access to comments page?

Jun. 12 2012 10:18 AM

I'd like to see him fill every single judicial vacancy. The legacy of the Republicans in the judiciary has led to Citizens United and the chipping away of women's rights - the right to choose and the right to equal pay. The judicial balance must be returned.

Jun. 12 2012 10:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

BRIAN – I don’t want to see 4 more years of this in a second term. Where will the revenues come from to pay all of these government workers? Eventually the math doesn’t work.

Private Jobs Down 4.6 Million From January 2008; Federal Jobs Up 11.4%

“Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase. That’s right, up 11.4%.”

Jun. 12 2012 10:12 AM
Karen from NYC

The President is running on a values platform; he stands for the rebuilding of the economy in a way that will last; rewarding hard work and responsibility; and creating a fair tax system. He'll continue to work toward these goals. The Republicans have been obstructing these policies for the past two years; it's their Congress, and their "economy" that we've been experiencing --hence the slowdown in the recovery that we'd made in 2009-2010, when the President passed the stimulus bill, saved GM, regulated Wall Street -- and saved us from another Great Depression.

Jun. 12 2012 10:12 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Forcing member of faith communities to pay for things against their conscience"?

Really - Ed, you must be having a laugh.

Jun. 12 2012 10:11 AM
Dave from New Brunswick, NJ

Obama 2nd Term:
Single-payer healthcare
End the war on drugs
Bring back the DREAM Act
Reign in the banks, prosecute those responsible for the crash
National climate policy

I don't remember who I heard saying it, but the first four years were Obama's "White term", and the next four will be the "black term". I hope so.

Jun. 12 2012 10:11 AM
John A.

He will replace the entire State diplomatic corps with Drone 'robocops'. No sense wasting time with messy negotiations. "We can't wait" he'll say. And I do look forward to your fourth segment.

Jun. 12 2012 10:10 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian -

Ask him whether Obama will increase the percentage of Americans who receive some kind of money from the Fed government (now at 55%) or the per capita amount (or both).... in order to assure that the modern, increasingly leftist "Democratic" party never loses an election again.

Heaven help us....what have we done?

Jun. 12 2012 09:05 AM
Ed from Larchmont

He will push abortion and same sex marriage to the max. And the restriction of religious freedom, forcing members of faith communities to pay for things against their conscience.

Jun. 12 2012 06:03 AM

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