It will take a generation—maybe two—to repair the damage to America caused by the Bush administration and its unfettered application of failed Republican philosophies ["Barack Obama a 1-Term President? Not So Fast," usnews.com]. From the economy to foreign policy to trade agreements to energy policy to the environment...complete disasters...as was entirely predictable based on past Republican administrations and Bush/Cheney's loyalties and lack of intelligence. At least the ruined reputation of the United States among the peoples of the world has already been improved 1,000 percent by Obama's election, and that makes us much safer than we were two weeks ago. President Obama will merely begin the long climb back to greatness. It will take him two terms. Then it will take two more eight-year Democratic administrations to complete the job. By then, if Americans are lucky, the failed GOP will be long extinct and deservedly dumped into the dustbin of history.
Comment by Jack of CA
When George Bush came to office in 2001, he inherited a strong economy. The United States basically knew respect from other countries. Two terms later, the world knows the verdict on this political fraud. Thousands of Americans and Iraqis are dead because of this man and his tinhorn friends. The American economy is in shambles. The American reputation for leadership and fair play in world politics—-developed because of good Democratic and Republican policies—-is a distant memory. This is what President-elect Obama has inherited. One term only, Mr. Pethokoukis? President Obama is going to need two terms just to start the rebuilding project for our international reputation because of the damage done by the rank amateur from Texas.
Comment by Will Snyder of MI
If Bush won two terms, Obama is probably a shoo-in. The economy is a mess, the war is getting old, and if the country is in at least slightly better shape in 2012 than it is now (can they get much worse?) he will be re-elected. Any positive movement after eight years of Bush will be refreshing to voters...even if he doesn't accomplish half of what he promised.
Comment by Pablo of WI