In his January inaugural address sketching out the promise of a second presidential term, here are some things Barack Obama did not mention: Surveillance. Drones. Syria. Chechnya. North Korea. Benghazi. Guantanamo.
And yet from roughly March 6, the day Rand Paul staged his 13-hour Senate filibuster to protest Obama’s drone policies, the White House has been whiplashed from one foreign policy and national security crisis to another. Facing a near constant state of emergency, Obama has been hard-pressed to promote his message on issues like gun control, immigration, health care and the economy.
This week is a case in point. Today Obama will unveil a new set of bold executive actions designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions thought to fuel climate change. Yesterday, the Senate easily approved an amendment to its immigration bill that suggests the law will pass that chamber. And as of yesterday, the implementation of Obamacare is less than 100 days away.