How Obama blew the entire last year

How Obama blew the entire last year

It doesn’t get much better than the exhilaration Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hundreds of supporters packed into McCormick Place at 12:38 on the morning of Nov. 7, 2012. There he was, in his hometown of Chicago, flushed with victory, only the 15th incumbent ever reelected to a second presidential term. It didn’t seem at all boastful when he proclaimed to cheers that the nation had just “voted for action, not politics as usual.”

Now, a year later, here he is, in Washington, sobered by a succession of setbacks and no longer quite so sure that he is seeing anything but politics as usual. For the president, it has been a very tough year. Almost nothing that Obama publicly predicted would follow his reelection has come to pass. He had optimistically proclaimed in a Rolling Stone interview that his victory “might break the fever” with Republicans who had declared their top goal was to deny him a second term. With him never again appearing on a ballot, he said then, his hope was that Republicans “might say to themselves, ‘You know what? We’ve lost our way here. We need to refocus on trying to get things done for the American people.'”

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