Written by Andrea Martin, Media by Jack Wang
After the disastrous midterm elections for the Democratic Party, President Barack Obama outlined his agenda, and addressed the U.S. citizens’ concerns. “The American people sent a message, one that they’ve sent for several elections now. They expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do,” Obama said. “They expect us to focus on their ambitions, not ours. They want us to get the job done.”
In detail, Obama announced he would engage in new goals that would concern the new Congress, which now has a Republican majority. For starters, Obama’s interest primarily is concerned with using military force to deal with the Islamic State, or also know as ISIS or ISIL. He’s also submitted a request to Congress to assist in funding when it comes to dealing with the current Ebola outbreak in Africa, and wants to work with Congress to pass a budget for the rest of the fiscal year. Over the next two years, Obama will work “as productive as possible,” saying he’s “eager” to find ways to work with Republicans on the most pending issues that concern the American people. Obama Said, “Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,”. However, he added that,”As president I have the unique responsibility to try to make this town work.”
After disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder resigned, it has now been confirmed that Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch to fill the position. “Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent, prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement.” Lynch, 55, is a Harvard graduate and popular prosecutor who is currently serving her second stint as U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, which covers Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Long Island. If confirmed to take over, Lynch would become the first black female Attorney General.
Here is a podcast with Dr. Scott Neumann, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Greenville College, talking about his opinions about Obama’s future plan after Midterm Election.