Passing items like the plan take away from his

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: ich aims to spur investment in energy efficient buildings; and the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to boost emerging technologies. And at a press conference last week, Obama called on Congress to deliver on some modest proposals, including several trade deals, an infrastructure fund and a bill overhauling the patent system. The spate of economic announcements, even seemingly minor ones, appears designed to rebut criticism of the president during his first two years on the job as more interested in health care than the economy and to broadcast to a gloomy electorate that he is singularly focused on jobs. “For Obama, the large strategic challenge is to look and sound reasonable and in touch, a guy who gets it,” even if he is hamstrung by Congress, said Douglas Schoen, a pollster who worked on Clinton’s reelection campaign. At the same time, the White House has made selective use of a classic Clinton maneuver, using small ideas to amplify a broader political message . Bruce Reed, a driver of the strategy under Clinton as director of the Domestic Policy Council, returned to the White House in January as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff. In Obama’s case, the thread between events such as the bullying summit, new warnings on cigarette packages, the introduction of a fatherhood pledge and entertainment discounts for fathers and their kids is to position the president as a protector of the well-being of middle-class families, aides said. “While economic recovery is the president’s top priority, there are areas that he will continue to focus on — because they are important to the American people, because they are impacting the health and safety of families like cigarette smoking, because they are impacting the lives of children in our schools like bullying,” the White House official said. “That isn’t about politics — that is about taking steps to improve the lives and futures of people in this country.” The parallel between Clinton and Obama isn’t seamless. Clinton went so small at times that he appeared to be running for mayor. With the economy strong and foreign entanglements limited, the Clinton administration worked far more aggressively to cherry-pick federal agencies for ideas that addressed the everyday anxieties of families and buffed his image with independent voters. But the comparison is relevant in terms of the modest ambitions and the message: The White House doesn’t need to stand still, even if Congress does. “Realistically, they would love to do something big on energy and immigration, but there is very limited opportunity to do this in this Congress,” said Jim Kessler, vice president for policy with Third Way, a centrist group. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 213 Mercury Politics Internal Link – Political Capital (1/4) Obama’s political capital crucial to the agenda – especially in election season Terigopula , Writer for the Harvard Political Review , 11 (Rajiv, 1-14-11, Harvard Political Review , “President Obama’s Political Capital,” , 7-6-11, GJV) Much hullabaloo has been made in the last two weeks over the state of the 112th Congress and...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/14/2013 for the course POL 090 taught by Professor Framer during the Spring '13 term at Shimer.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online