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Pres Obama: “Se te cayo el tabaco”

From time to time, we have to go to that philosopher of philosophers, the inimitable Beny More of Santa Isabel de la Lajas., a town near Cienfuegos and the likely inspiration for "El Santo de Tia Juliana".

I think that Beny would be singing this about the collapsing political fortunes of President Obama:  "Se te cayo el tabaco, mi hermano, se te cayo!".

Obama's second term agenda has slowed to a crawl.   As we know, second term presidents have a short window to do something before they go "lame duck".

How do you say "lame duck" in cubano?  The answer is "Se te cayo el tabaco"!

The real story is that the Obama agenda has gone off track and there are no signs that it will start moving again.

Senate Democrats killed gun control.  Climate change is not happening because there are too many Democrats who would rather keep jobs in their states than subscribe to theories that may or may not be true.

Immigration reform will be tough to get through Congress.  Foreign policy is as unpredictable as always.

And let's not forget about the "roll-out problems" of ObamaCare.

Did anybody in this administration test the system?  Who got this huge contract and gave us this disaster of a roll-out?

To be fair, technical problems can be overcome if fixed quickly.

"Premium shock" in the Affordable Health Care Act will not be forgotten!

It looks more and more that the Affordable Health Care Act lowered premiums by increasing deductibles .  Most people will see through that, sign off and not come back!

What exactly is the Obama team looking forward to in the second of this term? Frankly, they don't have much to cheer about.

We are likely to be in another fight in a couple of months, as Peter Baker reminded us.  After all, we just kicked the can a couple of months forward with the last deal.  We didn't fix a single problem!

We are not going to have another "shutdown" but we will see a lot of that 2006 video of Senator Obama saying that raising the debt ceiling is a failure of leadership.

More importantly, can he lead? govern? get anything done?

I think that there is a growing sense in the land that President Obama is not capable of bringing people together or accomplishing things.

I smell a Carter and that's an awful odor for any White House!

Ron Fourneir has a message for President Obama, and I hope that he reads the column:

"Okay, we get it: Obama is a winning politician. What's in serious doubt is whether he will be remembered as a successful president."

Well, he does not look like a very successful president!

Yes, Beny is right:  "Obama se te cayo el tabaco"!

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