Four years ago, during his first inauguration, Barack Obama was sworn in a context where the expectations were enormous and the peril so. Arriving on the front of the stage in the middle of the worst economic crisis in 70 years, he was an inspiration and symbol of social change.
In such an atmosphere, there are few who wanted to know the basic idea had the president on the role of government. The emergency simplifies the task of a chief executive.
In January 2009, the matter elected and his party of origin, the president’s agenda would probably have been the same: to prevent the U.S. economy is experiencing a second Great Depression, saving the automotive sector, restore the flow of credit and Americans back to work.
Having met all these goals and giving himself the luxury of adding a reform of the health system, Obama now faces the following problem: what to do for his encore?
The backdrop of his second inauguration is one of a less promising presidential stature, an economy in better shape, and his new term begins without any specific risk on the horizon. After an eloquent inaugural speech, it may govern the Dwight Eisenhower and George HW Bush-effective solutions in finder and moderate, but not high aspirations.
Barack Obama has the word most often used to describe themselves is “pragmatist.” Continuing this way for four more years, we will remember him as a skilled decision maker and a good manager for troubled times. But it is not the highest, it is unlikely to succeed in becoming the leader transformer he had promised to embody.
That the President has yet to develop a broad and coherent government vision does not mean it lacks political agenda