The alleged Mark Twain quote was actually, ‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,’ but Americans – and the White House press corps – got the point at President Obama’s news conference on Tuesday. Citing the White House’s struggles with gun control and the sequester, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked the President, “So my question to you is do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this Congress?” Before paraphrasing Twain, President Obama joked that “if you put it that way – maybe I should just pack it up and go home – golly.” The conventional wisdom around the Beltway is that the President may be losing some of his mojo now that he has passed the 100-day threshold of his second term. Pundits and columnists are using the news conference remarks to cite some of President Obama’s failures and examples of what may be deemed “Obama fatigue.” But the so-called experts may not be asking the right question: Instead of ‘has the President lost control of his agenda?’ maybe they should be asking ‘can the President still get it done?’ We’ll tackle those queries and more about the Obama Administration’s road ahead when we see you at noon ET on msnbc.
Ron Fournier, Editorial Director, National Journal (@ron_fournier)
Karen Finney, msnbc Host (@finneyk)
Benjamin Wallace-Wells, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine (@benwallacewells)
Hugo Lindgren, Editor, The New York Times Magazine (@hugolindgren)
Charlie Savage, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times (@charlie_savage) joins as a guest
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO (@RichardTrumka) joins as a guest
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