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What can we expect from Obama's next four years?

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 08:34:10 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 08:35:55 AM CST

What can we expect from Obama's next four years?

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn into their second terms Sunday, one day before the inauguration ceremony in Washington.

So what can be expect from the next four years? A local political analyst expects to see major moves from the White House as Obama seeks to build his legacy.

According Muhlenberg College's Chris Borick, second terms are crucial for presidents.

"What is their legacy going to be? What are they going to be remembered for?", he said.

Mr. Obama is already pushing for strict new gun control measures after the Connecticut shooting rampage. The president also won a battle over new taxes with Republicans, who Borick said, now must work with the president.

"The Republican party standing right now is at one of its all-time lows, and for the Republicans to rebuild their brand, it's probably going to take some degree of compromise," he said.

Less talked about, but not forgotten, is immigration reform. Mr. Obama received 70 percent of the Hispanic vote.

"During President Obama's first term, there was a lot of anxiety among the Latino community because it really seemed like he had forgotten about his promise on immigration," said immigration analyst Paul Reyes, who writes a column for USA Today. "Meanwhile, there were record deportations going on, breaking up families."

There is also the military, which is bracing for cuts.

"I think the fundamental challenges are two," said military analyst Andrew Krepinevich, with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "One is to fit what is now a ten pound defense program into what is likely to be a five pound budget bag. And second, is the administration has really reordered the priorities for defense."

The White House wants a leaner military focused more on special forces.

"So if we have a notion that Special Forces can help us solve very precise problems, then clearly you don't want to lose that," said retired Major Gen. James Marks.

Analysts agree, the inaugural isn't even over, but President Obama's second term is already well underway.