WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings are at a new low during his second term, is pivoting (again) back to the struggling and stagnant U.S. economy.
Reuters reports that after violence in Egypt has grabbed headlines throughout the world, Obama is trying to regain his domestic agenda.
Other failed attempts to pivot back to issues: gun control, climate change (or global warming), pre-K education and education funding increases, BRAIN initiative to study the human brain, and of course, the U.S. economy.
Obama is touring the Northeastern U.S. and plans on calling the GOP obstructionists and other names over their insistence to defund ObamaCare, Obama’s nationalized health care plan, and other contentious issues. Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas, is leading the charge from the Republicans to defund ObamaCare.
Not much has gone right for Obama. When he praised Egypt for a democratic transition, the military intervened and brought down the Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood-run government and appointed an interim government in its stead. When he focused on stringent gun control laws after a tragic school shooting, the legislative branch shot it down. When he pushed forward the BRAIN initiative and spoke on climate change, it only received tepid applause and support from the public.
And, to top things off, Obama continues to harp on the effects of the sequester, which was his idea in the first place as a part of the supercommittee bargain deal from over a year ago. With Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State, beginning her run for the 2016 presidency, it could mean that Obama’s second term is an early lame-duck presidency.