January 29, 2014
HE'LL SIGN WHATEVER THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS SENDS HIM:
Good Speech, Modest Agenda, Diminished Leader (Ron Fournier, January 28, 2014, National Journal)
Is that all there is?In what may be his last, best chance to revive a presidency that has fallen far short of its promise, Barack Obama unveiled his 2014 agenda Tuesday night: small-bore executive orders, studies, summits, and legislation, long-seasoned and stalled. "America does not stand still," he said, "and neither will I."He focused on the era's seminal issue, loss of social mobility and income equality in a post-industrial, global economy. "The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by--let alone get ahead," Obama said to a joint session of Congress attending his annual State of the Union address.Another cold, hard fact: Obama may not have the skill, the will, or the time to do much about it.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2014 1:01 PM