President Barack Obama made an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday on December 30, 2012. During this interview the host David Gregory spent the first block of time discussing the fiscal cliff. As I write this on late Tuesday night (January 1, 2013), a deal has finally been agreed upon. My next post will dissect the deal in great detail so expect a new post in a day or two. For now I am going to very quickly concentrate on the priorities President Obama articulated for his second term in the White House.
After the first block of time David Gregory asked the President numerous questions regarding the policies he intends to consolidate his efforts on. In this interview he spoke of four primary policies:
- “Fixing the broken immigration system”
- Stabilize the economy, encourage growth
- Make advancements in energy while keeping the environment in mind
- Preventing the tax rate of middle class Americans from going up (his #1 priority)
In addition to speaking about his priorities, President Obama briefly touched upon other topics as well: cabinet nominations, the Benghazi investigation and gun control are included.
I’ve attached a video of the interview below in case you’re interested in watching it for yourself.
Only time will tell how these goals measure up against the next four years. I’m skeptical of improvement within our deficit problem because neither side is willing to make appropriate cuts… And if that doesn’t happen then I’m not sure how long any real growth can last. But this is a discussion for a later post. I’ll address any disappointments I have with President Obama’s policies for the second term as they come up in Congress and the media. The sole purpose of this post is to give everyone an idea of what to expect the President to focus on in the coming years. Hope it was helpful to those who didn’t know, be sure to check out the other posts and watch out for the upcoming post about the fiscal cliff deal.