How have foreign policy issues affected the Obama presidency? How about his battles with Congress? How can we compare the Bush and Obama presidencies?  What are the president's prospects for...

 How have foreign policy issues affected the Obama presidency? How about his battles with Congress? How can we compare the Bush and Obama presidencies?  What are the president's prospects for governing in the years ahead?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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President Obama has almost no chance of governing effectively in the remaining years of his term.  This is because of the deep divide within Congress and the hatred that has built up between the Republican and Democratic parties.  This is similar to the problems that George W. Bush had after the midterm elections in his second term.

President Obama’s presidency has been affected by the fact that he and the Republicans simply cannot get along.  This is largely due to the degree of polarization in our country today.  The Republicans and Democrats have essentially disagreed on everything since Obama came into office.  There have been disputes over foreign policy and over domestic policy.  I would argue that both foreign and domestic policy have contributed to the bad blood.  It is likely that “Obamacare” is the biggest reason for the Republicans’ dislike of Obama, but they also tend to argue that he is excessively weak in his foreign policy.

In short, then, both foreign policy and Obama’s fights with Congress (some of which have been about foreign policy) have affected his presidency.  They have made it impossible for him to reach compromises with Congressional Republicans on any major issues.  This will poison the last years of his presidency, particularly as the Republicans are at least likely to control both houses of Congress in the last two years of Obama’s presidency.

In many ways, Obama’s presidency has been similar to the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency.  After the GOP lost control of Congress, Bush could not get any of his policies passed.  The Democrats hated him too much to allow that to happen.  The major differences between Bush and Obama are A) Bush built up a lot of goodwill with his handling of the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and B) Bush had much more time with a friendly Congress than Obama has had.

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user5862657 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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"Bush built up a lot of goodwill with his handling of the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks "

Hi there,

do you really thing so? I am conservative but I have heard many things against Bush precisely because of that,  can you clear up or give sources or statistics or polls saying that  he really built up a lot of goodwill?

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Jessica Gardner | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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According to this record of polls during Bush's presidency, he was extremely popular in the aftermath of 9/11, showing a record 90% approval rating on September 21st, 2011.

Whether he built up long-term goodwill is possibly a matter of opinion, but in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the Twin Towers, most Americans were happy with his quick reaction to the disaster.

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itsrainingmuffins | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I don't know much about politics, but I do know that President Obama is putting people in an outrage because he's doing exactly what he's not supposed to. I think that he ruffled Russia's feathers and now we're kind of screwed. So far he has really done nothing right and that in itself is pretty terrifying.

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