Obama’s response to the midterms
Obama’s response to the midterms:
Pretty spectacular. Certainly the President’s month post-defeat contrasts with the negativism and in-fighting of the “winners.”
Kevin Drum lays out 37 days of hard work at the White House.
*November 10: Surprised everyone by announcing his support for strong net neutrality.
*November 11: Concluded a climate deal with China that was not only important in its own right, but has since been widely credited with jumpstarting progress at the Lima talks last week.
*November 20: Issued an executive order protecting millions of undocumented workers from the threat of deportation.
*November 26: Signed off on an important new EPA rule significantly limiting ozone emissions.
*December 15: Took a quiet victory lap as Western financial sanctions considerably sharpened the pain of Vladimir Putin’s imploding economy.
*December 16: Got nearly everything he wanted during the lame duck congressional session, and more. Democrats confirmed all important pending nominees, and then got Republican consent to several dozen lesser ones as well.
*December 17: Announced a historic renormalization of relations with Cuba.
I guess you can add to that a non-event: In its second year, Obamacare signups are going smoothly and ahead of target. Am I missing anything beyond that? Maybe. It’s been quite the whirlwind month for our bored, exhausted, disengaged president, hasn’t it? …Drum,MoJo
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