President Obama has openly admitted his desire to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America. There is only 1 year left in his presidency (thank goodness), but he is far from finished.
In a recent email to supporters, Obama wrote:
“I’ve got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I’m still in office. And that’s what I intend to do.”
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The president is packing his final year with foreign travel and has about a half-dozen trips abroad planned, including a likely visit to Cuba. The White House’s legislative agenda is slim and centers mostly on areas where he already has overlapping priorities with Republicans, including final passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and criminal justice reform. But he’s also eyeing provocative executive actions, including an expansion of background checks for gun purchases and the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
More details on the President’s agenda will come to light in his final State of the Union address on January 12, but one thing is certain: Obama is desperate to salvage his failing legacy, and he’s going to be looking to do big things in his final year.