Four years without campaigning and concern over being re-elected. Four years of opportunity to make progress without worry or consequence of how it will affect the upcoming election. Four year is a long time for the most powerful person in the world, the President of the United States, to truly make a difference and honor the promises they made to the American people who elected them. Yet, so often controversy and corruption cloud most President’s second terms.
The IRS, Associated Press, and Benghazi are the latest controversies engulfing the administration’s second term. Just to quickly recap each:
Benghazi: Did the Obama administration fail to react at all to save four Americans including the first ambassador in 30 years from dying, and then after the fact fail to blame terrorism for the attack and then take any accountability at all for the events that happened.
IRS Scandal: How involved was the Obama administration in the recent IRS targeting of specifically Conservative and Tea Party groups?
Associated Press: Are Americans alright with the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaing the private phone records of several Associated Press reporters and editors in the wake of a terrorist plot leak, potentially violating their right to Privacy?
These are the latest scandals to rain down on the Obama administration, and this is not the first administration to experience second term scandals in recent years. Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, and Clinton had Monica Lewinsky.
Now with the Obama administration falling into the common Second Term Scandals, begs me to ask the question if true progress can ever be made in a President’s second term. Causing factors can include the opposing party clouding the media airwaves with claims of scandal or the administration’s potential belief of second term invincibility that without an election looming on the horizon normal rules do not apply to them. Either way the American people are the one’s getting affected most, usually left with a President failing to make good on the promises they made when elected, lack of trust in the American government, and an overall bad reputation on the World Stage.
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