President 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?
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