Why would any sane person want the job of U.S. President, 2009-2017? Just look at the headlines. And these are the problems we can ANTICIPATE. Obviously this does not include the problems we cannot anticipate.
The Economist: "Jump forward to 2017, when the next president will hope to relinquish office. A combination of demography and the rising costs of America’s huge entitlement programmes—Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—will be starting to bankrupt the country."
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Compare this overwhelming agenda with the state of the nation when George W. Bush came into office. The U.S. was at peace, the economy was chugging along, there was a budget surplus, the threat of terrorist attacks was not on most people's consciousness.