Benghazi, IRS Cloud Obama's Agenda

Administration stumbles give Republicans new grounds to fight back in the second term.

Barack Obama's place in history was cemented the moment he finished the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009. Somewhere in the first line of every obituary, no matter how many years from now it's written, he'll be called the country's first black president.

Whatever else will be said about him by obituary writers and, further down the road, historians, is still playing out in his second term. Health care will play a role, for sure, along with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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David Morris
Deputy Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Morris has covered every presidential election since 1984 and has been based in Washington since 1994. Before joining Kiplinger in 2010, he directed exit polling operations for The Associated Press, was chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and was managing editor and executive editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. He was also assistant director of the polling unit for ABC News, worked for three Pennsylvania newspapers and directed AP's bureau in Sacramento, Cal.