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15 hot-button issues President Obama will face or may try to tackle in his second term

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 10:01 a.m. MST

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The Associated Press reported on Jan. 17 that climate change is expected to be one of the main issues the president has promised to tackle in his second term.

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity," Obama said in his inaugural address. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms."

"The president has been clear that tackling climate change and enhancing energy security will be among his top priorities in his second term," White House spokesman Clark Stevens told The Associated Press.

According to the AP report, environmental groups are hoping Obama will use his executive authority to create more national monuments, and that the president will take "swift, decisive action to prevent more erratic weather, superstorms and wildfires."

At the Sunday night "Green Ball," Vice President Joe Biden told environmentalists that the administration would not let climate change fall by the wayside during this next term, and that they should "keep the faith."

>> In this Dec. 9, 2008 file photo, President-elect Barack Obama meets with former Vice President Al Gore in Chicago.
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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't really see an issue with Obama and this list.

Obama got majority of the Latino vote with the Dream Act. Something his Republican counter parts refuse to talk about.

Obama secured the LGBT vote by ending DADT and being the first President against DOMA and to publicly support Monogamy for gay Americans.

Obama continues to get the Black vote due to supporting Affirmative action and education for minorities.

Obama decimated Mitt Romney on foreign policy, being the sitting President when the war in Iraq ended, having an exit date for Afghanistan and giving the order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Domestic issues have only been created by the Republican Party. Taxes, the Budget and gun control have been fabricated by Republican Obstruction and the constant gun deaths in America fuel the need for checks at gun shows.

No, I'd say Obama will be just fine.

And the more votes Obama got for his 2nd term, support that.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

You're right. Obama will do just fine because he will handout a laundry list of promises, which people will believe entirely, and not accomplish a single one, just like the last four years.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

Sorry SS, I have to report a factual error in your statement.

President Obama did accomplish one major promise, it was ObamaCare and like it or hate it, you got to give him his due on that one.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

Pagaette
You're right more takers than makers want obama to continue down this path of destruction.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Obama got millions less votes this time around, and less than 51% of the total this time. There was no mandate in this election. Yet, he believes he is King.

Maurice McBride
Roanoke, VA

It would appear that he is going to make LBJ look like a right-wing conservative.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Rvalens2,
Ya got me. My bad! Still, just proof that the things he does promise are worthless.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Lol.

Obama got 'less' votes than last time, so that is an indicator that Obama 'lost'?

Who was sworn into Presidential office in 2008 and again in 2012?

Talk is cheap.

And all I am seeing on this story is nothing but personal attacks.

So sad.

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