What Will Obama's Next Four Years Be Like?

ObamaPresident Obama is now officially sworn in for a second term and oh, what a difference four years makes.

Not only was today's inauguration ceremony much smaller than his two-million people inauguration four years ago, but the president  now faces Americans who are beaten down by the recession, as well as a deeply divided Congress.

Can the president turn things around in his second term? That's what we're asking you today, in honor of the inauguration. How do you think President Obama's second term will go? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know.


One thing that's stood out to me recently is that the national media is now beng far more critical of the president. Now that Obama has won a second term, articles picking apart his leadership style and administration are everywhere.

The New York Times ran a front page opinion piece on Sunday with a headline that stated, "Obama is a lousy manager."

A CNN post on the swearing-in included a quote that characterized Obama's first term as one of "instability, arguing, fighting" with Congress.

And a new NBC/WSJ poll shows an "American public holding mixed attitudes about the next four years, concerns about the economy and a belief that tougher times lie ahead.

Honestly, I don't think any president would have an easy time of it right now, Republican or Democrat.

The question we're left asking is whether President Obama will learn from his first-term mistakes. What do you think? Will he do a better job this time around? Will he find a way to work with Congress? Will he change the minds of Americans who have stopped believing in him?

Or do you believe that tougher times lie ahead for all of us, the president included?

Image via Cal Almonds/Flickr

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DebaLa DebaLa

It's what  we do as individuals and families that matter most.

bills... billsfan1104

Too bad the media kissed his ass and sucked up to him during the election. They did a country a disservice by not doing non biased pieces. So now they are saying something bad about him.

Katie Martin-Pflugh

The president always,no matter who it is,has a tough row to hoe. President Obama does have a few things working in his favor! There will be one third of the Congress up for re-election in 2 years and the people are watching more then ever how they will work with the president and for them. We have learned in the last 2 elections,money can not buy everything, not even an election! We do have the power to make things happen, to change the coarse of action, if we so choose to. We need to keep this in mind and support what we believe in, work for what is right, and demand we be heard. This president listens to the people, he has their interest at heart, he wants what is best for the majority of the people, not what big money, big business demands or tries to buy.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

The last four years are already evidence enough of what we can expect for the next four years. I am frightened, to be honest. Oh, and I don't feel like he has or ever has had my best interests at heart. Billsfan, I always agree with what you say! Thank you!

gem09... gem092011

Katie---spoken like a good little sheeple. And we wonder why the phrase "low information" voter has become popular.

Despite the class warfare mentality that people like Katie obviously lap up, Obama actually outspent and outraised Romney during the election. So please spare me the whole "evil Mitt Romney tried to buy the election for his rich buddies" hyperbole.

Let's focus on facts. Obama has done nothing to indicate that he plans to rule for the majority or from the middle. (Exactly how was ramming the incredibly unpopular Obamacare down the throats of the American people using reconcilliation during the middle of the night "listening to the people?" Or refusing to offer any real spending cuts going forward despite the fact that most people realize we are headed towards financial disaster if we continue on this path?)

I suppose if you like 8% unemployment, runaway entitlement spending, higher taxes, and unconstitutional executive orders to be handed down willy-nilly, then Obama's your man! You must be looking forward to the next 4 years!

For the rest of us, we are just praying that the things he "accomplishes" over this next term don't damage the country and the economy beyond repair.

bleed... bleedingheart8D

He has a tough road. People are expecting so much. I wish him the best and that's what everyone should wish for. We all should want him to do a good job. 

babyb... babybirch

Gem, there is no need to be condescending. Whether you like it or not, Obama is here to stay for the next four years. I agree with bleedingheart. Instead of complaining and attacking each other we should work towards a better tomorrow and hope that our president will do a good job. I am also wishing our President and his beautiful family the very best, and hoping that he has the wisdom and courage to do what's best for our country.

tifferie tifferie

I see Civil unrest, possibly war.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Babybirch, I dont think Gem was being condescending. She is just sharing her opinion and personally I agree with her. While I would like to "hope" Obama does well, realistically, I dont see it happening. At least not with the way he has already run things.

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