by Zoë Perry
I woke up this Wednesday morning feeling like it was St.Nicholas’ day. Only instead of walking straight to the door to look for treats in my boots like I always did as a child, I went straight to my computer to check on the news. To my relief and happiness, I didn’t see a picture of Romney waving into the cameras like this was just the best day of his life, but instead Obama’s victorious smile. On the other hand, I realized that I had my doubts and wasn’t as enthusiastic about the whole situation as I had thought I would be.
Even as the likeable and interesting person he is, I found myself questioning on how effective Obama could be in his second term as President since he failed to reach many of his goals during the last one. I don’t belong to the group of people who were naïve enough to believe that he would change everything in four years but still, he could have done much better. Through his campaign Obama certainly realized that he made mistakes that could have very well cost him his second term. He proved himself as a lousy bargainer, already lowering his demands before even facing the Republicans. He made Afghanistan his war. Realizing his mistakes do not go unnoticed, he also has to draw conclusions and change his strategy.
Obama has got his second change but the situation he finds himself in now hasn’t really changed since 2008 – at least not on the surface. The Democrats hold the majority in the Senate and the Republicans control the House of Representatives. Then again, there is a chance that there will be at least a few changes in the Republicans’ strategy to avoid a disaster like this happening again in 2016. First of all, they will have to find a way of dealing with their different factions such as the Tea Party. Through this election they also had to learn the hard way how much impact the votes of the Latinos can have, and this might make them more likely to make a deal on the topic of the country’s immigration system with the Democrats.
So there is at least a spark of hope that Obama will make some serious progress in his second term during. The pressure of another future election no longer exists and consequently we may see some changes in his Presidency. In the end it’s all on him and his ability to change – and nobody can say yet what he will make of his second term. He will have to be much stronger when it comes to facing the Republicans efforts in blocking his attempts on policies. Instead of trying to convince the Republicans with arguments he will have to focus on making deals. And he will have to make these deals his deals, not the Republican’s. In order not to be pushed around by the Republican Party again, he will have to be tougher and fight harder. However, one thing is certain: the next four years are going to be quite exciting.
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