Assessing Obama's Second Term Agenda

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reihan Salam, writer for The National Review's "The Agenda" policy blog, discusses the Obama inaugural address and second term policy priorities.


Reihan Salam

Comments [25]

Wayne LaPierre is a propagandist whose very existence depends on his ability to scare people. He needs to push the fallacy that the government wants to take away legally purchased and registered guns. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jan. 24 2013 05:18 PM

@Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Your FoxNews Syndrome is showing....

>>The Benghazi, Mali and Algerian attacks show that Obama's "Mission >>Accomplished" moment with OBL was premature.

Bin Laden is still dead.

>>16 Trillion debt and growing, continued dependence on ME oil, 23 million >>unemployed (the number conveniently ignores the long term unemployed >>which would make the number much higher) are Obamas "achievements".

What is your opinion regarding the hypocrisy and ineffectiveness of the GOP House of Representatives? You might recall a certain mantanned cry-baby claiming that 'The American people have spoken loud and clear. They want JOBS JOBS JOBS." What a load of hooey.

Jan. 24 2013 05:11 PM

What does this guy do?

What are his credentials/experience??

I LOVE the "pundit" that comes to "punditry" with ZERO experience doing anything other than bloviating.

A 33 yo, fast-talking, BS artist.

Get a job!!

Jan. 23 2013 11:22 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The Benghazi, Mali and Algerian attacks show that Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment with OBL was premature.

16 Trillion debt and growing, continued dependence on ME oil, 23 million unemployed (the number conveniently ignores the long term unemployed which would make the number much higher) are Obamas "achievements".

Jan. 23 2013 11:01 AM
John from Fanwood

This is a very satisfying time for us liberals! I heard Reihan Salam last night on the News Hour spouting the same effluent. The Rs seem so shocked that the president isn’t adopting the Romney platform and is actually mapping out a second term that will benefit most people. Republicans want their “benefit the few” programs adopted in a spirit of cooperation, while discounting Mitch McConnell’s statement on the Senate floor that his party’s sole purpose was to make Obama a one-term president. Brings to mind the Claude Rains' line from Casablanca “I'm shocked, shocked that there's gambling at Rick's"

Jan. 23 2013 10:50 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

In his second inaugural address, Obama said that after 4 years of economic stagnation, international decline, smearing of the business community and ugly & divisive class warfare … he’s going to do even MORE of the above.

"Yo', y'all, I'm just gettin' started."

What a man of vision.

Jan. 23 2013 10:38 AM
Rich P

I'm not an endorser of virtually everything Mr. Slam says, but in defense of his speaking style, he has always been a fast talker. I've become frenetic just watching him on Bill Maher's show.

Jan. 23 2013 10:37 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

He's not speaking fast. You're just listening too slow.

Jan. 23 2013 10:33 AM

Fresh-faced and eager "dumb-sh*tidness"!!

Jan. 23 2013 10:30 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Phil from UWS -- It's a tactic of charlatans to talk fast. Of the many rules we require around substantive discourse, "no fast talking" and "take time to address every point" could be two.

Jan. 23 2013 10:29 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I'm old enough to remember 2004 (your guest doesn't sound as if he's old enough to remember 9 years ago) :-)
Anyway, Bush announced that he had a "mandate" and he wanted to privatize SS based on that mandate. He felt he had earned the right to do whatever the h*ll he wanted to do. The Reps cheered him on. Now, after 4 years of Republican gridlock the Reps are wondering why the prez didn't announce that he wants to work with them.

Jan. 23 2013 10:25 AM
Salvatore Principato from Greenwich Village

Judging by Reihan Salam's panicked and hyper active tone of voice, it does seem Republican's realize history is by passing their reactionary agenda and the only tactic they have left is to put words into President Obama's mouth and spin them in the most nasty and malevolent way. The guest needs to take a chill pill, he comes off as pre-recorded and sped up.

Jan. 23 2013 10:24 AM
Phil from UWS

Brian, you should have asked him why he was talking so fast.
Why was he talking so fast? Was he on something?

Jan. 23 2013 10:24 AM
fuva from harlemworld

These people get outraged about the response to their outrageous, obstructionist, hyper-partisan behavior.
And have the temerity to try to lecture someone about it.

Jan. 23 2013 10:23 AM

It is quite incredible to hear the republican party criticize the president for not reaching out or being accommodating after their behavior for the last 4 years. You have no footing for this argument and
smacks of hypocrisy.

Jan. 23 2013 10:22 AM
janet alcott

get this reihan off the air. there;s a whole network dedicated to these people who hate obama. enough brian.

Jan. 23 2013 10:21 AM
Rich P from Long Island

So the Republicans were recalcitrant toward the White House at every turn, the dumped on most of Obama's initiatives, compared him to Carter connoting a feckless leader and now they wonder why Obama didn't reach out to them in his Inauguration speech. Oh I see, they thought the President was an idiot.

Jan. 23 2013 10:20 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

While I often disagree with Reihan Salam,I truly appreciate his reasoned approach and willingness to go anywhere to speak his mind.

That being said, his characterization of Obama's (and implicitly all progressive) collective action as NECESSARILY equating to "centralized Federal government" solutions. I think that perception is part of a standard set assumptions, largely unfounded and unsubstantiated, by American conservatives and libertarians. (I would say that even economic Neoliberals do not understand collective action in this manner.)

Jan. 23 2013 10:18 AM
The Truth from Becky

WTH Brian?! Did you not hear him try to "embrace" the "otherside" the whole first 4 years??? They didn't want that!

Jan. 23 2013 10:16 AM
Bob from Pelham NY

Did I mis-hear or did the guest inadvertently got the Churchill quote reversed - I heard him say the quote as democracy was the best form of government except for all the others (which is the opposite of the quote, and the point the guest was trying to make).

Jan. 23 2013 10:16 AM
Katherine from Westchester, NY

Did he just say that Winston Churchill said that democracy is the best form of government except for all the others? Churchill said the opposite, didn't he? Calling it the worst form of government except for all the others, no?

Jan. 23 2013 10:15 AM

Churchill said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

not best form of government

Jan. 23 2013 10:13 AM
Tom from UWS

Yesterday I heard a republican in the news claim that they had hoped for a speech like Mr. Obama's 2008 nomination acceptance speech. If the GOP is yearning for the "old Obama", we may be getting somewhere.

Jan. 23 2013 10:11 AM
Robert from NYC

What, no segment on Beyonce's pre-recorded yet still with two errors version of the Star-Spangled Banner!

Jan. 23 2013 09:54 AM
Ed from Larchmont

President Obama, they say, outlined an unapologetic progressive/liberal agenda for his second term. No centrist at all. There should be a large fight coming.

On the other hand, President Obama run on and will not back down on his support or abortion. This is the 40th year, and international events might overtake any plans President Obama has for his second term.

Jan. 23 2013 06:00 AM

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