GREEN BAY — While President Barack Obama has four more years, some political analysts say he will have to get the ball rolling soon if he wants to make big policy changes.
After taking the oath on Monday, President Obama outlined his vision for America.
"We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future,” he said during his inaugural address.
The president also spoke about marriage equality, the environment, access to voting and advancing technology.
Politicians from the other side of the aisle hope Obama focuses more efforts on the economy in his second term.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson said in a statement:
"...It is time to quit playing Washington politics and start acting responsibly to grow our economy and secure prosperity for future generations. As President Obama begins his second term, preventing the bankrupting of America should be his top priority."
The president faces another term at odds with a Republican controlled Congress. A hurdle he says won't prevent work from getting done.
"Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said.
Political analysts say the time Obama has to implement big policy changes isn't as long as you'd think.
“At the most he's got two years as soon as the midterm election dust settles. No one who is running for office is going to want to take on large policy decisions that the president offers because there's too much danger in that,” said Charley Jacobs, a political science professor at St. Norbert College.
Analysts say the president also faces the challenge of staying relevant within his own party.
"The conversation might get shifted. What do we do after this president leaves office? Without recognizing that he has another four years to try to achieve something,” said Jacobs.
Political analysts expect the president to give specifics about his agenda during his State of the Union address on February 12.
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