America must turn the corner on a number of things in order to renew its leadership and viability in the world. It will take hard work and those seeking to assume the reins post-Obama had better have some humility about the challenge. President Obama is striking the right chord.
In a report from The Guardian, the headline reads: “Obama: Washington 'has to change' after shutdown and debt ceiling crisis.”
Do you agree that America has lost credibility?
- It has shown how a dysfunctional government can increase economic risk to such an extent that the Chinese call for de-Americanizing the global economy.
- It has revealed economic vulnerability from America carrying too much debt and deficit.
- It has revealed that America can no longer afford its aggressive foreign policy as a nation-builder.
- It has revealed domestic vulnerability by appearing to be unable to prevent people from living in poverty, and caring for people through a system of social security on which citizens depend.
- It has revealed the callousness of some in political power even when their home states are often places where people live in need of government support that is a contradiction.
Obama’s saying that there are no winners from putting government back in business is a sign of humility. It is true that merely keeping the doors open does not portend operational success.
Hillary Clinton appeared on the campaign trail to back Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia. She said people are looking for "common sense and common ground."
“President repeats appeal for bipartisan co-operation later echoed by Hillary Clinton in Virginia campaign speech
Martin Pengelly in New York
theguardian.com, Saturday 19 October 2013 10.01 EDT
Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to repeat his appeal for greater co-operation between political parties in Washington DC, in the aftermath of the government shutdown and national debt crisis. The president also restated his claim that despite the Republican climbdown that cleared the way for a resolution of the crisis on Wednesday night, "no winners" had emerged from the political drama of the last two weeks.
Later in the day the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, echoed Obama's words in a speech delivered in support of Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for the governorship of Virginia. Clinton said the US people were looking for a return to "common sense and common ground" and would look to the Virginia race – McAuliffe faces the Republican Ken Cuccinelli – for a turn away from "divisive politics".