Not-so-great expectations for presidents in year 4 (AP) – 1450th Edition

15 11 2011

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in San Francisco. President Barack Obama's 'we can't wait' refrain is all about projecting a sense of urgency and bold action heading into his fourth year in office. It turns out recent presidents haven't had much luck with that. The fourth year is often a disappointment, particularly when a president facing re-election is trying coax action out of a Congress in the hands of the other party. The heady optimism of earlier years gets bogged down in partisan bickering, and big initiatives give way to less ambitious steps. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)AP – President Barack Obama’s “we can’t wait” refrain is all about projecting a sense of urgency and bold action heading into his fourth year in office. It turns out other presidents haven’t had much luck with that.

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