In the first year in office, the (let us assume new) president spends his time learning the ropes from his trusted inner circle of advisors, who themselves have little or no experience governing. He has made promises, commitments while running for office, but turning these into legislation seems to be impossible.
In the second year the opposition party starts in on shredding him, as with mid-term elections in the offing it does not want him to accomplish anything substantial.
In the third year his own party starts in on shredding him for being weak and ineffective. Alternatives start popping up out of the woodwork.
In the fourth year he is facing a dog-fight with a handful of his own party members, all seeking his party's nomination for president for the next four years.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 15 February 2016 at 17:55
The first year of a second term is the (no longer new) President's fifth year in the office. He and his administration are as experienced and sure-footed as they are likely to be in the context of urgent matters that cannot always be predicted but always require immediate response.
The fourth year of a second term is the eighth and last year of his or any other presidency.
His legacy is established or it is not. The determination is never immediate.
Nor is his legacy the issue before voters .
The choice of president is not a grocery store brand.
At this time, the choice is .....who will be the NEXT PRESIDENT.
The legacy of former President George Bush has not yet been assessed.
President Obama has not even completed his second term in office.
Americans everywhere are engrossed in making the decision.
People of every stripe and colour and every level of social structure.
Even those who have no stake....and yet we do....people world- over have an interest in who becomes President of the United States Of America.
Americans may not not be aware or concerned about the interest of the world.
But the world is interested nevertheless. We are holding our breath.
A person without experience in the business of government is unthinkable.
The contest does not even begin until the wheat is separated from the chaff.