"I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired."
Jeff Greenfield says maybe not:
Poor Barack Obama. After fighting and spending his way to a close but clear re-election, he’s doomed to four years of agony thanks to that “second-term” curse, which afflicts just about every president who has had the misfortune to win another four years.
The litany appears compelling: the martyred Lincoln; Grant mired in scandal; FDR suffering big political setbacks; Nixon’s disgrace; Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal; Clinton’s impeachment; George W. Bush’s collapsing popularity. A second term sounds so unappealing, it’s almost surprising Obama didn’t ask for a recount.
Except…there are two things worth remembering about this “curse.” First, it doesn’t really afflict every second-term president. Second, for many presidents, the woes are rooted in actions and decisions taken during the first term—which raises a dicey question about what might come to afflict this president.
More Americans put Romney than Obama on Kris Kringle’s “nice” list: 63 percent said the former Massachusetts governor would get presents, against just 51 percent for the president, PPP said.
Respondents gave Mommy quite a bit of latitude were she caught smooching Saint Nick: 43 percent would tell Daddy, while 40 percent would not, and 17 percent weren’t sure.
Did Grandma get run over by a reindeer? The poll suggested the jolly fat man wouldn’t have too much to worry about: 61 percent said they would not press charges, and just 24 percent said they would. There was a slight partisan split on that question, with 33 percent of Democrats saying they’d take Father Christmas to court, compared to 19 percent of Republicans.
By a 52-45 percent margin, respondents professed to believe in Santa, and 80 percent said they were on his “nice list.” Just 11 percent fessed up to belonging in the “naughty” column of the ledger. Forty-four percent said Santa was a Democrat, against 28 percent who said he was a Republican. (No word on whether the elves are, or should be, unionized or protected by OSHA’s workplace safeguards).
Yahoo News’s Olivier Knox on a very important public poll