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Le Figaro, France

Obama Has Won,
but Can He Overcome
Government Paralysis?


By Laure Mandeville

Translated By Diana Huet de Guerville

7 November 2012

Edited by Mary Young


France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

This question will be the focus of all discussions in the days to come. The president has won, which wasn't a given. This victory should give Democrats reason enough to celebrate after a bitter and closely fought battle. But will Obama be able to govern? What lessons will he take from the months of total paralysis imposed by the House's Republican majority? Will he seek inspiration from Clinton's three-way battle with Republicans and Democrats during his second term? Or will he overcome Republican obstruction the Truman way, using public opinion as leverage against his adversaries?

Observers are unanimous: He has limited room for maneuvering in a highly charged psychological context.



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