Obama Unleashed? Or Obama Rejected? : The President in his Second Term

Monday, April 27, 2015 7:30pm
Banatao Auditorium
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
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Midway through his second term, has President Obama found new political life? Has a recovering economy freed him to pursue a more activist agenda aimed at the middle class, including a higher minimum wage, tuition-free community college, and additional taxes on the wealthy? Or is the President’s opportunity to influence policy essentially over, repudiated by the rejection of the voters in 2014? Faced with hostile Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, is he already a lame duck? We gather together experts to talk about Obama’s performance over the past year, and the prospects for his final two years in office.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cal Berkeley Democrats

Cathleen Decker, National Politics Editor, Los Angeles Times

Steven F. Hayward, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Thomas Mann, Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

Ann O'Leary, Senior Policy Adviser, Hillary Clinton