In the midst of all the euphoria over the second term victory of Barack Obama, many observers are sobered by the history of recent second term Presidents.
Richard Nixon, after victory in 1972, faced impeachment in the Watergate Scandal, and resigned in 1974.
Ronald Reagan, after victory in 1984, faced the Iran Contra scandal, and indications that he was mentally lacking in alertness.
Bill Clinton, after victory in 1996, faced the Paula Jones-Monica Lewinsky scandal, and was impeached by the House of Representatives.
George W. Bush, after victory in 2004, had major disasters with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the stock market and economic collapse (The Great Recession) in the Fall of 2008.
Can Barack Obama avoid tragedy and disaster, and go on to have an outstanding second term, with the reality of being a “lame duck” President?