Reading Obama’s Rhetoric for Clues on Second Term

Lauren RubensteinJanuary 25, 20131min
Lim: Obama looks to be following FDR's bold example, not Clinton's cautious one, for his second term

Bloomberg View columnist Amity Shlaes recently turned to Associate Professor of Government Elvin Lim for his reading on Obama’s rhetoric in his Inaugural Address and other recent public statements. Obama’s “bold posture” in advocating for ambitious, liberal goals signals that he intends to follow the aggressive approach of Franklin Roosevelt in his second term, rather than the cautious and moderate approach of Bill Clinton.