Larry Jacobs weighs in on the challenges Obama will face during his second term.
"The first term was animated by this remarkable historic moment of electing an African-American president, by an oversized and perhaps unrealistic dream of post-partisan politics," says Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota. "On every one of those dimensions, he's in a different situation. He's now faced with a divided government and what will likely be an intransigent Republican majority in the House. He's come to grips now with the limits of American fiscal policy and the need to scale back some entitlement programs the Democrats dearly love, as well as having a root canal with House Republicans to get some revenue."
November 8, 2012