Second terms for U.S. presidents are tough. One’s domestic political capital quickly burns off after his Election Day mandate is forgotten by political friends and foes. So presidents often become “foreign-policy presidents” in their final years in the Oval Office.
Things were heading in that familiar direction for Barack Obama. But there are signs Obama’s rather unconventional and often turbulent presidency might veer off that path, raising big questions about what Team Obama will accomplish in its second term.
Obama’s domestic agenda is, well, in trouble. “We did fumble the ball on it,” Obama told reporters during a telling press conference on Thursday. Some pundits say the botched Obamacare rollout — unless fixes are put in place fast — could derail his entire second-term domestic agenda.
So, time to look abroad for some legacy fodder, right? Not. So. Fast. More