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What changes will “Obama 2.0″ bring?

October 14, 2010

What will Obama 2.0 look like?

USA/President Barack Obama has given little hint of a major shift in his governing strategy following the midterm elections on Nov. 2, but Peter Baker’s piece in the New York Times magazine suggests changes are in the works.

But it’s not clear how far-reaching they will be.

Baker writes that Obama aides Pete Rouse, the interim chief of staff, and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina have been talking with the president about “Obama 2.0.”

The piece cites education, expanded trade and scaled-back energy legislation as areas that might lend themselves to bipartisan agreement. Baker also quotes Obama as saying that “regardless of what happens after this election” there will be room for bipartisan cooperation because Republicans will feel more responsible.
    
Obama’s decision to tap insiders for key staff roles, such as Rouse for chief of staff and Tom Donilon for national security adviser, had many assuming the White House was planning few changes to its strategy. That assumption might not be entirely correct.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at a “commit to vote tele-town webcast” at George Washington University)

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Obama 2.0 will be like Obama 1.0 – New name and new packaging, but the same old flaky, finicky failure underneath. Democrats controlled the house in 2007 and the economy collapsed in 2008. We are approaching 2011 and it just keeps getting worse. Should we have expected anything else from a “community organizer” with ZERO experience in the real worlds of business, economics, military, international relations, etc.

Posted by thecritic | Report as abusive
 

Obama 2.0? Let such a thing not be mentioned! The true patriots shall rise up long before then.

Just you wait.

Posted by swill8295 | Report as abusive
 

Un-educated quote: “Baker quotes Obama as saying that “regardless of what happens after this election” there will be room for bipartisan cooperation because Republicans will feel more responsible.”
The only thing the GOP feels responsible for is obstruction. They never (repeat NEVER) have room for bipartisan cooperation….
Get schooled. It’s educational….

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