The moderate-liberal commentator in Washington, D.C. opines about the liberal Democrat: "The first [cloud] is the so-called second-term curse of scandals plaguing American presidents in the modern era. Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace over Watergate, Ronald Reagan was tied up with Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton was impeached over a sex scandal. By the end of his second term, George W. Bush was laid low by two unpopular wars and a crashing economy."
Mr. Williams continues his commentary about President Obama: "The second cloud over the president's new term is the extraordinarily high level of expectation attached to him by supporters. While Mr. Obama's 'rock star' persona is fading and his second inauguration will be less exciting, the nation still likes the president and has a lot of emotional investment in him."
He ain't done just yet: "With four years as president in his past and another four ahead of him, Mr. Obama might want to lower the exaggerated expectations. The clouds of partisanship, economic uncertainty and threats to world peace present challenges enough. It is up to him to rise to those challenges — and to the opportunities they present."