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October 1, 2013

Obama's year

By DONNA BRAZILE

September is just about over, and even though we have most of fall and a small part of winter to go, for some, the end of the year is nigh. For baseball and its fans, for instance, the year ends in October. And for my Jewish friends, the old year ended about three weeks ago and the new year is already here.

I began thinking about year’s end when I reflected on President Barack Obama’s year so far — year one after re-election, year five of his presidency.

Some of you may remember the 1960s live album “That Was the Year That Was” by Tom Lehrer, one of our finest political satirists. (If only Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert would sing more ...) It was a send-up of the crises, real or concocted, of the day. Thinking about the president’s year, one might agree with the opening line of the title song, “That was the year that was, it’s over — let it go.”

With three months left in 2013, President Obama may already feel it’s time to say, “Let the year go.” 

There was the trifecta of fake scandals — what I call the “mock shock,” since there was no there, there. The economy’s remained an issue — modestly growing, but struggling. The countdown on immigration reform started, then stalled. Gun safety is an issue that just won’t go away because people keep getting massacred and Congress keeps dithering. 

Speaking of Congress, at this point, is it anything more than a bad reality TV show? How else can Sen. Ted Cruz’s performance be described? Voted off the island by his fellow Republicans. I don’t think any president has had to deal with a more do-nothing (only about 22 bills passed), hold-my-breath-till-my-face-turns-blue group of “representatives.” 

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