President Barack Obama, accompanied by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, reacts to a reporter's question about the event he was leaving at the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, for outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Credit: AP
Dan Pfeiffer, President Barack Obama's communications director, recently told The Washington Post that neither America's political system nor Republicans are "worthy" of the opportunity the president's second term represents.
“There’s a moment of opportunity now that’s important,” Pfeiffer said. “What’s frustrating is that we don’t have a political system or an opposition party worthy of the opportunity.”
Yes, unfortunately for Democrats, President Obama will have to work with Republicans, who control the majority in the House of Representatives, to get things done. Well, he can also use executive orders as he demonstrated in his first term. "If he is successful, his record could include a variety of legislative achievements that have eluded previous presidents and a place in history as the president who moved the country beyond the wars of the post-Sept. 11 era," The Washington Post adds.
“Days in your second term are in many ways more important than in your first,” Pfeiffer said, noting that the president's second-term power is is "an hourglass running out of sand," so he must move quickly.
Do you agree that Obama's second term represents an "opportunity" that Republicans and the U.S. political system are simply not "worthy" of?
(H/T: Weekly Standard)