With a compliant media and an expanding base of low-information voters, it appears the president will emerge victorious in the public relations struggle revolving around the continuing resolution crisis.
Or is it fiscal cliff? Sequester? Debt ceiling? Regardless, short term the president likely wins. Longer term might well be another matter altogether. The following questions, while not directly on point, could prove illustrative.
When the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression began, who was president? With the exception of Vice President Biden who apparently believes President Roosevelt went on television to assure the public all would be well, most middle-schoolers know the correct answer is Herbert Hoover. Who was speaker of the House?
Admittedly, although second in line behind the vice president in succession to the presidency, most speakers are generally not well known. The gentleman referenced above, however, was a rather significant historical figure. He married the president's daughter (not that Roosevelt) in the White House and a major federal office building in Washington, D.C., is named in his honor. More than 80 years later, Hoover remains a recognizable figure while Nicholas Longworth has receded into the dust bin of history. President Obama has secured his place in history. How will he be remembered?