Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Obama’s Second Chance

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While America has given Obama a second chance to get the country back on the right track, the tone of the country is much different than when he first ran on a platform of hope and change.
The Houston Chronicle reports on the message that voters sent on Election Day:
It seems that many Americans went to the polls without much enthusiasm for either candidate, but, nevertheless, with a clear idea of whom they preferred. The majority seemed to be saying to Obama: “You didn’t get it all right the first time, but we’re going to give you a second chance.” In a way, they voted for “hope and change” again. I don’t think it was so much a ratification of health care or “Race to the Top” or any other Obama initiative. It was more a vote on his character: “We think you’re trying. Now try even harder. Learn from your mistakes. Reach out to the other side, even if they slap away your hand, and focus like a laser on the economy, so those of us who voted for you today without much enthusiasm can feel good about this vote.”
While Obama has one another term, this election cycle represents a different picture for the President, “Obama may never become the unifying figure he promised to be in the 2008 race, but he will have four more years to try to enact sweeping changes that could affect the United States for decades,” reports Reuters.
Real Clear Politics reports the reality and tone of the nation going into President Obama’s second term,”Now Obama is no longer the man of hope and change, but a scarred and realistic president whose people gave him a second term and a second chance in the hope he might change.”
While the balance in D.C. remains virtually unchanged, the needs and demands of the nation remain as dynamic as ever. 
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