Obama's Agenda: The Challenges of a Second Term

Soon after winning reelection, presidents are seen as lame ducks. Why are second terms so unkind to their winners? In Obama's Agenda: The Challenges of a Second Term, author Kenneth Jost offers readers an issues-focused narrative that assesses Obama's ability to move his second-term agenda in a highly partisan environment in Washington. From the rollout of Obamacare, to the sluggish economy, to efforts to reform immigration policy, to unrest in the Middle East, Obama's track record since his second inauguration does not portend big wins for his second term. And if history is our guide, the 2014 midterm elections are unlikely to change the balance of power on Capitol Hill. Jost offers needed context and analysis, yet draws in readers with a vivid look at the most pressing issues President Obama faces.

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