December 02, 2013


A Very Bad Year

First Read: "Now that we're into the final month of the year, it's worth recapping how rough 2013 has been for President Obama. The struggles with the federal website (more on that below) have dominated the last two months, and have sent his approval ratings to new lows. But before that, it was the damaging NSA/Snowden leaks. Before that, it was the IRS-Benghazi-leak stories (which have definitely lost their punch since the summer). And before that, it was the failure to get gun-control through the U.S. Senate."

Dan Balz: "This is hardly what Obama could have envisioned as he looked toward his second term in the weeks after his reelection. He took his 51 percent popular vote... as a mandate to press forward with a progressive agenda (although some around him warned not to over-interpret the voters' message). With much to accomplish, he sounded a note of impatience in his inaugural address as he sketched out his ambitions."










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