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The cover of the November 10 issue of National Journal.
The Final Act: Now Obama can work on his legacy. But first he must avert a recession, reduce the deficit, and make peace with Republicans. Here’s how.

The cover of the November 10 issue of National Journal.

The Final Act: Now Obama can work on his legacy. But first he must avert a recession, reduce the deficit, and make peace with Republicans. Here’s how.

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way, of course. Americans were said to be angry about everything from high gas prices to high unemployment. They’d take it out on someone: the “socialist Kenyan”, the tea party, incumbents of any stripe. But a funny thing happened. Voters who said we were on the wrong track decided to stay on the train anyway.”

After All That, Political Status Quo Remains

“2. Obama will learn from his mistakes. He let Romney go unchallenged Wednesday night as the GOP nominee distorted his own policies and injected some new ones into the campaign. Strategists close to Obama predicted hours after the debate that the president will be more aggressive in the next encounter. If Obama took the challenge lightly on Wednesday night, as some allies believe, Romney jolted him out of his nonchalance.”

5 Reasons Why It’s Too Early to Write Off Obama

Best Flair from the DNC (PHOTOS)

Kelly Jacobs, from Hernando, Miss., wears button laden campaign hat while touring the convention hall ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

"When Michelle Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, she was warily viewed as a woman proud of her country “for the first time” and caricatured by The New Yorker as an Afroed and armed rebel soldier.
Four years later, she’s now better known as the fashionista first lady who tells us to eat our vegetables.
While President Obama was steadily losing favor over the last four years, his wife was undergoing a successful public makeover. In keeping with tradition, the first lady has mostly steered clear of politics to focus on feel-good projects such as outreach to military families, organic gardening, and efforts to fight childhood obesity. Voters have seen her competing against talk-show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon in friendly push-up contests and gracing a coffee-table book holding a basket overflowing with fresh produce.
But although Michelle Obama’s public image has changed, the goal of her convention speech on Tuesday isn’t much different than it was four years ago. Like Ann Romney did for her husband last week in Tampa, a spouse’s job is to bring out the candidate’s softer side. Nobody knows a husband better than his wife.”
For Michelle Obama, a New Image but an Old Role
PHOTO CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP

"When Michelle Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, she was warily viewed as a woman proud of her country “for the first time” and caricatured by The New Yorker as an Afroed and armed rebel soldier.

Four years later, she’s now better known as the fashionista first lady who tells us to eat our vegetables.

While President Obama was steadily losing favor over the last four years, his wife was undergoing a successful public makeover. In keeping with tradition, the first lady has mostly steered clear of politics to focus on feel-good projects such as outreach to military families, organic gardening, and efforts to fight childhood obesity. Voters have seen her competing against talk-show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon in friendly push-up contests and gracing a coffee-table book holding a basket overflowing with fresh produce.

But although Michelle Obama’s public image has changed, the goal of her convention speech on Tuesday isn’t much different than it was four years ago. Like Ann Romney did for her husband last week in Tampa, a spouse’s job is to bring out the candidate’s softer side. Nobody knows a husband better than his wife.”

For Michelle Obama, a New Image but an Old Role

PHOTO CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP