President Obama's First Two Years in Office
Official White House photo by Pete Souza.
Few presidents have faced the expectations that confronted Barack Obama in 2009. Voters sent him to the White House largely based on his vow to change the way Washington works. The realities of governing soon overshadowed ambitious promises made on the campaign trail. His major achievements – landmark health care legislation, a successful stimulus package, and two Supreme Court confirmations – came at a high price. A crushing defeat for Democrats in the midterm elections has already taken a toll on the rest of his agenda. Diane and her guests discuss President Obama’s first two years in office and what he must do to win a second term.
professor and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University; author of a forthcoming book, "Obama in Office: The First Two Years."
Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
Washington editor for NPR.
columnist, The New York Times.