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President Obama has a lot on his plate coming into his second term and the odds of having a messy second term are not in his favor Historically second-term Presidents have faced some type of major issue or scandal in their second terms and only time will tell if the same will occur for President Obama In Chapter 6 in the Fault Lines text 3 points are argued by 3 different authors Adam Clymer Tim Cavanaugh and Akhil Reed Amar who hail from backgrounds and offer their own insight into the second term of President Obama I will analyze the reality of the second term curse the memory of failures during second terms descriptions of various successes and failures of past presidents and key points throughout the chapter The curse is essentially a matter of probability we remember failures more easily I agree with the descriptions of the successes and failures for the most part and my stance in the debate leans toward Clymer and AmarHistorically American presidents have always served a maximum of two terms Franklin Delano Roosevelt became bold and ran for a third term and won The 22nd amendment was passed to prevent this from occurring again Second terms have in the past been wrought with turmoil This is simply a matter of probability and there are reasonable explanations for the failures and conflicts of second terms Presidents going into their second terms now are often bolder and attempt to implement bigger ideas than in their first terms because theres no possibility of reelection In other cases Presidents simply do not have enough strong ideas or have lost vital members to their cabinets as is the case with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the loss of his adviser Louis Howe In other instances the president shoots himself in the foot President Clinton did just that with his involvement in the Monica Lewinsky Scandal and was impeached for it In actuality even presidents that
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