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Get used to President Obama's swagger

Published on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Get used to President Obama's swagger

Obama taunted his Republican opponents at his State of the Union address, reminding them in an off-the-cuff remark that he won both of his presidential runs and boasting about the suddenly booming economy: "At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. This is good news, people."

His cocky, colloquial cadence was a bit much, but it's hard to deny Obama a victory lap now that Americans are optimistic about the economy after six years of misery. This isn't necessarily the result of his policies — but neither were the six years in the doldrums his fault. This president, like all presidents, gets the blame when the economy is weak and the credit when it is strong.

In that sense, people may not appreciate the extent to which Obama is likely to be ascendant in his final two years in office. It happened rather suddenly in the past couple of months, but the lame-duck path Obama was on now looks more like Ronald Reagan's in 1987 and 1988. If the economy continues on its current trajectory, as most expect, he'll leave office a popular president and leave the 2016 Democratic nominee with a relatively easy path to victory.

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