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John Sununu: Obama Will Pander Over Next Two Years

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 03:55 PM

Barack Obama will likely spend the remainder of his presidency building up his legacy by pandering to his favorite causes, says John Sununu, former White House chief of staff to George H.W. Bush.

"He's just going to take the last two years and do constituency pandering. He's going to fly into constituencies that supported him and find little things that he can do to solidify his legacy with them," Sununu said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"This issue of free community colleges, talk about constituency pandering. First of all, it's unrealistic. It really can't be done with the kind of economic situation the country is in.

"And yet he wants to throw it out there so he gets credit amongst the young people, a lot of whom unfortunately were great supporters of his in 2008 and 2012."

Sununu, who is also a former governor of New Hampshire, believes Obama's presidency continues to unfold as a colossal failure.

"President Barack Obama really has not grasped the responsibility of being president of the nation that has to lead the world," Sununu said.

"In fact, he almost is averse to the idea of American exceptionalism and the responsibility of being the last superpower. To a great extent, he has eroded the credibility of the United States to our allies.

"And frankly, [his administration has] made it so that even our friends not only don't respect us, our foes don't fear us anymore. It's a terrible, terrible situation. It's why the world is as unstable as it is today."

Sununu said a proposal to stop Obama from implementing his controversial immigration overhaul by defunding parts of the Department of Homeland Security is unlikely to get the 60 votes it needs in the Senate.

"I've been talking to people and they're not optimistic about it, but there are a few Democratic senators they are working on to just vote, to allow it to come to a vote and then they don't have to vote on the bill," he said.

"They are trying to figure out a way to do it, but this is important for folks to understand. We should take this legislation and keep driving this kind of legislation home.

"But until we get a super majority in the Senate, up to 60, we're going to have to keep settling for not necessarily the best piece of legislation, but we should be nibbling away at these things and getting whatever we can get through the system so that when we've got the right numbers in the right places, we can finish the rest of the job."

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