Obama fights perception that administration is out of time, losing altitude, in flames, spiraling toward earth…Posted: January 16, 2014
And on Wednesday, Obama came here to promote the creation of a new manufacturing innovation institute that he described as a model effort for the economy of the future. Obama said he would like to create 45 such institutions, but the White House has found money for only four — making it more a symbol of what he’d like to do than a demonstration of broad achievement.
“The pieces are there to restore some of the ground that the middle class has lost in recent decades,” Obama told a youthful crowd at North Carolina State University, which will lead the new institute. “But it requires us to take action. This has to be a year of action.”
Despite the lofty language, Obama begins 2014 with none of the boundless hope that characterized the start of his second term last year, when the president believed that his sizable reelection victory might break the Republican “fever” opposed to his policies. He had grand ambitions, hoping for a budget deal, an overhaul of immigration laws, a successful launch of the Affordable Care Act, near-universal preschool and other big ideas.
None of that happened. Instead, he got the deep spending cuts known as sequestration, a partial government shutdown and a botched health-care launch. Now, with the midterm elections and bitter congressional division casting a long shadow over his sixth year in office, Obama and his senior aides are fighting the perception that they are out of time to make progress on his priorities.
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