A lame duck before his time
troops, which stabilizes Iraq security situation. August 2007: Antiterrorism bill signed. December 2007: Energy bill signed. July 2008: Major expansion of Bush's initiative to fight AIDS in Africa signed. ON THE DOWNSIDENovember 2006: Democrats win control of House and Senate. March 2007: Tren 75 Stack Vice president's chief of staff convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. Bush signs a series of bailout bills. President Barack Obama speaks during the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. The League of Conservation advocates for state and national environmental laws. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Photo: Mark Wilson Getty Images)
WASHINGTON The woes of a second term are nothing new, but for President Obama they seem to have started sooner and struck harder than for his predecessors.
In his State of the Union address, delivered precisely six months ago Monday, Obama outlined a scaled down agenda for his sixth year in office, acknowledging the difficulty of passing legislation in a gridlocked Congress and vowing to use "the pen and the phone" to get things done. Now even those circumscribed ambitions have been overshadowed by crises overseas that are demanding his attention and buffeting his presidency.
"He's a lame duck and it's not even lame duck time," says Sara Fagen, who knows the territory. As White House political director during George W. Bush's second term, she saw that administration face growing resistance in Congress and have to battle for attention as the political world turned to the next presidential election but not, she says, as early as Obama has had to deal with those complications.
White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri acknowledges it has gotten harder to command the attention of the news media. "A lot of the press around the first term is focused Testosterone Propionate 100mg on what whatever action the president is taking will mean for his or her ability to have a second term," she said. "That sort of motivation for the press is removed."
But during second terms, as with first ones, "you need to be focused on the opportunities and prepared for whatever problems are going to be coming your way," she says. "The "Comprar Gh Jintropin" world doesn't stop spinning."
For Obama, the world has become a dramatically more problematic place in recent weeks, from the Israeli pounding of Palestinians in Gaza to Russia's role in the shootdown of a Malaysian jetliner over Ukraine. forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year.
And at home, enacting any sort of major legislation over the next two and a half years is hard to imagine. The White House has shelved the idea of legislation to overhaul the immigration system, once hoped to be a centerpiece of his second term. Even his request for emergency funding to deal with the influx of children from Central America is stalled on Capitol Hill.
"Today, we actually signed a bill," Obama declared to laughter at a Seattle fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee last week. "It was shocking." (It was an uncontroversial law Testosterone Propionate Baltic to streamline federal job training programs.)
Early in his presidency, Obama overruled aides concerned about pursuing a sweeping health care overhaul, telling them he hadn't been sent to the White House to "do school uniforms." The exchange, reported by Jonathan Alter in his book The Promise, was a dig at small bore initiatives Bill Clinton had pursued, especially during his second term.
Now Obama apparently sees the value of executive orders, pilot projects, White House conferences and public private partnerships some with broad impact, "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" others to more symbolic effect. "There are a lot that are very large and there are some that are smaller," White House counselor Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
This month, the White House issued a 42 page report detailing more than 40 things Obama had done during the first six months as part of the "year of action" he had promised in the State of the Union. They ranged from new EPA rules limiting carbon pollution a major initiative to combat climate change to a White House "summit" on helping student athletes avoid concussions.
Which is not so far afield from Clinton's effort to increase safety and discipline for students by, well, requiring school uniforms.
VETOES AND VICTORIES
The president's recent two term predecessors Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also encountered political setbacks and international upheaval in the second half of their second terms.
In Reagan's sixth year midterm election, Republicans lost control of the Senate. In Bush's sixth year midterm, Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate. Congress voted to override Reagan's veto of the Water Quality Control Act and Bush's veto of the farm bill. Lobbying for administration backed bills got harder.
"The further we got away from Clinton's re election, the less likely Congress was going to work with the president to get something done," recalls Stephanie Cutter, a senior aide in the Clinton and Obama administrations who is now co host of CNN's Crossfire. "So he turned to foreign policy and he turned to executive actions. That's not dissimilar to what's happening today, except Congress started saying 'no' much earlier."
Even so, during their final two years or so in office, Reagan was engaged with a new Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, paving the way for the end of the Cold War. Clinton helped negotiate the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Bush dramatically expanded his initiative to combat AIDS in Africa.
Former aides and analysts see some lessons from their experiences that Obama might want to consider:
The legislative achievements often involved compromises that put the president at odds with members of Congress from his own party. Clinton signed a balanced budget bill in 1997 that acceded to Republican demands to end deficit spending. During his final months in office, in 1988, Reagan signed a bipartisan welfare bill that brought complaints from conservatives about creating make work public jobs. And the only members of Congress Comprar Gh Jintropin who voted against Bush's proposal in 2008 to "Comprar Gh Jintropin" triple funding to combat global AIDS were fellow Republicans.
In lobbying for the welfare bill, Reagan "called members "Oxandrolone Powder India" of Congress; he had them over; he talked to them," including those who were ideological opponents, says Frank Donatelli, Reagan's White House political director. (One key ally on the welfare bill: Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas.)