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It’s almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not.
A Progressive View of Obama’s Inauguration
Adam Green, 36, Co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee
We have seen two governing models from this President. One is actually very well represented by the gun debate, where he carved out a bold position on the front end and is now rallying the public to pressure Congress. That’s the sweet spot where smart governance meets huge grassroots activism. If he uses that as a model in his second term, he will be successful in passing genuinely progressive reforms.
The other model is the Wall Street and health care fight - it entails cutting a deal early on, and asking the grassroots to ratify a somewhat compromised deal.
The best thing we can do as progressives, in the very short term, is to reward this President for what he’s done on gun control, and make sure he learns the positive lesson, that when he sets out a bold position, the public will get his back. And that’s what we’re doing at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Larry Schweiger, 63, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
We have four years to get real progress on issues that we care about, like climate change and other wildlife issues.
President Obama’s first term was probably 70% green - he was constrained by the political pressures. We would have had a cap-and-trade program, it would have been close to 100% if they’d gotten that accomplished, but they’ve taken on mercury; auto fuel standards; a source performance standard on power plants in motion; we have an effort coming together to deal with existing sources of pollution. I think the effort to address carbon and other pollution in urban areas, to make sure people have clean air in urban spaces is a very important effort.
Teddy Roosevelt was clearly the environmental president, but other presidents have made similar comments.
Inauguration facts: “President Barack Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word ‘gay’ in an inaugural address in reference to sexual orientation, making two references to gay rights as he began his second term.