The Second Term: What would Obama do if reelected?

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The Second Term

What would Obama do if reëlected?


June 18, 2012

President Obama awaiting G8 leaders at Camp David last month. He has an ambitious agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. Photograph by Luke Sharrett.

President Obama
awaiting G8 leaders at Camp David last month. He has an ambitious
agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to
highlight. Photograph by Luke Sharrett.

In November, 1984, President
Ronald Reagan was reëlected in a landslide victory over Walter Mondale,
taking forty-nine states and fifty-nine per cent of the popular vote.
The Reagan revolution was powerfully reaffirmed. Soon after, Donald
Regan, the new chief of staff, sent word to a small group of trusted
friends and Administration officials seeking advice on how Reagan should
approach his last four years in office. It was an unusual moment in the
history of the Presidency, and the experience of recent incumbents
offered no guidance. No President since Dwight D. Eisenhower had served
two full terms. John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Lyndon Johnson,
overwhelmed by the war in Vietnam, had declined to run for reëlection in
1968. Richard Nixon resigned less than seventeen months into his second
term. Gerald Ford (who was never elected) and Jimmy Carter were
defeated. By the nineteen-eighties, it had become popular to talk about
the crisis of the Presidency; a bipartisan group of Washington leaders,
with Carter’s support, launched the National Committee for a Single
Six-Year Presidential Term.

Regan’s effort to foresee a successful
second term is documented in a series of memos at the Reagan Library.
President Obama, who in November could face one of the tightest bids for
reëlection in history, has periodically spoken of his admiration for
Reagan. “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory for America,” he told a
Reno, Nevada, newspaper in early 2008. “He just tapped into what people
were already feeling, which was we want clarity, we want optimism.” From
the inception of his Presidential bid, Obama has sought to present
himself as a leader with far-reaching ideas, and has prided himself on
his ability to look past the politics of the moment. To the degree that
he is able to ponder his strategy for the next four years, it’s natural
to think he might steal a glance at the Reagan playbook. Responding to
Regan’s confidential memo, Tom Korologos, an adviser to every Republican
President from Nixon to George W. Bush, told the Reagan White House
that the second term should be viewed from the standpoint of the
President’s intended legacy.

“It seems to me that the President
needs to decide what his legacy is going to be,” Korologos wrote on
January 24, 1985, a few days after Reagan’s second inaugural. “What is
he going to be the most proud of when he’s sitting at the ranch with
Nancy four and five years after his Presidency? Is it going to be an
arms control agreement? Is it going to be a balanced budget? Is it going
to be world-wide economic recovery? Is it going to be a combination of
all of this: peace and prosperity? . . . Every speech; every appearance;
every foreign trip; every congressional phone call and every act
involving the President should be made with the long-range goal in

Every President running for reëlection begins to think
about his second term well before victory is assured. In early 2009,
Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first chief of staff, told me that the White House
was already contemplating the Presidency in terms of eight years. He
said that it was folly to try to accomplish everything in the first
term. “I don’t buy into everybody’s theory about the final years of a
Presidency,” Emanuel said. “There’s an accepted wisdom that in the final
years you’re kind of done. Ronald Reagan, in the final years, got arms
control, immigration reform, and created a separate new department,”
that of Veterans Affairs.

final years arms immigration reform created separate department veterans affairs

campaign is well aware that he may end up like Jimmy Carter or George
H. W. Bush, the two most recent one-term Presidents, who were both
defeated despite some notable—even historic—accomplishments, including
the Camp David Accords, under Carter, and the Gulf War, under Bush. The
country remains closely divided, and the economy is teetering again.
After several months of relatively positive news, the employment report
released in June was gloomy. Barring a disastrous revelation or blunder,
Mitt Romney will be a more formidable opponent than many assumed during
his rightward lurch to secure the Republican nomination.

White House officials were reluctant to discuss a second term; they are
focussed more on the campaign than on what comes after. But the
ostensible purpose of a political campaign is to articulate for the
public what a candidate will do if he prevails. “It’s a tension,” David
Axelrod, Obama’s longtime political adviser, said. “On the one hand, you
don’t want to be presumptuous in assuming a second term. But campaigns
are about the future, and there is an imperative to spell out where
we’re going.”

Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at
least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The
President has said that the most important policy he could address in
his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks
could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is
concerned with containing nuclear proliferation. In April, 2009, in one
of the most notable speeches of his Presidency, he said, in Prague, “I
state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace
and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” He conceded that the
goal might not be achieved in his lifetime but promised to take
“concrete steps,” including a new treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear
weapons and ratification of the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban

In 2010, Obama negotiated a new Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty with the Russians and won its passage in the Senate. But, despite
his promise to “immediately and aggressively” ratify the C.N.T.B.T., he
never submitted it for ratification. As James Mann writes in “The
Obamians,” his forthcoming book on Obama’s foreign policy, “The Obama
administration crouched, unwilling to risk controversy and a Senate
fight for a cause that the President, in his Prague speech, had endorsed
and had promised to push quickly and vigorously.” As with climate
change, Obama’s early rhetoric and idealism met the reality of
Washington politics and his reluctance to confront Congress.

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  • BlueRepublican 2012/06/14 23:43:45
    Obama will spend more and more of America's money, till it's gone
    Thanks for the post atomikmom. This guy's a SPENDING machine!!
  • LarryFine 2012/06/12 14:20:32
    Destroy America
    Sell Texas to Mexico and Alaska to the Russians, for a dollar each.
  • atomikmom LarryFine 2012/06/13 03:50:12
    LOL!!! That sounds like something Obama would do.
  • Deb 2012/06/12 14:19:28
    Destroy America
    Finish what he has started, destroying the United States. Wouldn't surprise me if he ignored Congress, got some sharia law on the books, demanded that every Fed worker wear a brown shirt....and much more. BTW: not really joking about this either...it would be the complete meltdown of our Country, and the beginning of the Collapse of all other Countries. there is NO WAY he can get another 4 yrs. My God....I shudder at the thought!
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/06/12 14:06:39
  • apachehellfire65 2012/06/12 10:51:30 (edited)
    you need a all the above. my work here is done
  • atomikmom apacheh... 2012/06/13 03:51:21
    Mass distruction
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/06/12 09:42:26
    Lady Whitewolf
    Hopefully straighten out the MESS the republicans are making!
  • USAF Vet 2012/06/12 08:32:20
    USAF Vet
    It's anyone's guess.
  • D D 2012/06/12 07:48:58
    Destroy America
    D D
    He will do more of the same except ramp it up 100 notches. More lost freedoms. More loss of our nations sovereignty. Martial law. Dictatorship (or damn close to it). We will start feeling all Obama has done when his bills, executive orders and laws are implemented.


  • angelbaby 2012/06/12 07:41:39
    Destroy America
    He would be unrestrained to do just about anything
    His marzsist ideology brain would want to do!
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/06/12 07:09:10
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    The same thing he did in his first term: very little. He's a so-so president, get over it.
  • john Kills 2012/06/12 06:55:20
    john Kills
    Run and hide or leave the country completely.
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/06/12 06:44:12
    JCD aka "biz"
    Possibly ask Congress to pass a public option.
    America spends 17% of its GDP on health care, vs. 6-11% in other rich countries which all have universal health care, and often better vital statistics.

    Why do you insist on wasting so much money?
  • keymanjim JCD aka... 2012/06/12 07:01:33
    That's only because other countries keep their vital statics different than us.
    Here in the US a baby is considered still-born if they are born dead. In the UK, if a baby dies within two weeks of it's birth then it's considered still-born and not died of lack of medical treatment.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/06/12 06:41:43
    Destroy America
    No question about it. Obama is a dangerous failure and it would be the end of the USA if he were to stay in with out having to worry about re-election.
  • mwg0735 2012/06/12 06:39:03
  • L1 2012/06/12 06:25:47
    I really don't know. The economy is a mess, immigration reform is stagnant, and who knows what else is to come?
  • Wolfman 2012/06/12 06:03:30
    Destroy America
    Obie would double the $6-TRILLION that he spent in his first term, destroy more jobs, double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment, start more obscure wars while destroying our military, end our ability to create energy with coal and oil, and play more golf.
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/12 05:42:56
    Destroy America
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    He will change his name to "The Dictator formerly known as The 0"
  • redhorse29 2012/06/12 05:19:51
    Obama will spend more and more of America's money, till it's gone
    spend spend spend and spend some more. any problem blame BUSH.
  • VICTORIA 2012/06/12 04:55:06
    You'd have to be an idiot to oppose nuclear proliferation.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/06/12 04:12:35
    Destroy America
    Maybe it's just what the neocons and GOP fools need who support the NWO thug ORomney to get them out of the stinking lazy boys!
  • Dagon 2012/06/12 04:11:24 (edited)
  • atomikmom Dagon 2012/06/12 04:12:43
    Shades of Obama today!!!
  • Dagon atomikmom 2012/06/12 04:13:34
  • atomikmom Dagon 2012/06/12 04:16:54
    In other words he will make the Flames grow Higher
  • Dagon atomikmom 2012/06/12 16:54:55
  • VICTORIA Dagon 2012/06/12 04:53:57
    o come on now
  • Dagon VICTORIA 2012/06/12 16:59:53
  • VICTORIA Dagon 2012/06/13 03:38:27
    The country is changing because we feel ripped off- you don't even lknow what self sustaining means.
    No offense dagon -but you don't have a clue on this- google it
  • Dagon VICTORIA 2012/06/13 03:58:41
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/06/12 04:10:19
    Destroy America
    Your Favorite Nerd
    Destroy America is the result of all the other choices.
  • atomikmom Your Fa... 2012/06/12 04:11:52
    That's the truth!!!
  • atomikmom 2012/06/12 04:10:14
    Take control of America and it's future and Flip-Flop
    That's the way the Obama Ball Bounces!!! that's the Pits!!!

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