Steve Chapman argues that President Obama might be well advised to call it quits after a single term as president:
If he runs for re-election, Obama may find that the only fate worse than losing is winning. But he might arrange things so it will be Clinton who has the unenviable job of reviving the economy, balancing the budget, getting out of Afghanistan and grappling with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Obama, meanwhile, will be on a Hawaiian beach, wrestling the cap off a Corona.
Not to put too fine a point on it but that’s crazy talk. Being president is an itch that just doesn’t go away.
However, I have a serious question arising from the column cited above. Can anyone think of a president’s second term that was more successful, more distinguished than his first term? I can’t think of one in my lifetime.
I can think of any number of less than distinguished, even disastrous second terms, however.