Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate…
Over the last three years Obama has had to concede much of his programme to Republicans in Congress. His healthcare reforms had to be significantly watered down even before Republicans won back the House of Representatives in 2010. And the reforms themselves have since acted as a lightning rod for criticism of the President.
Obama is struggling to get the economy going again amid continued turbulence in the global economy and unemployment is staying stubbornly high despite the massive £800 billion stimulus package. Even now he is under fire from both left and right for not being able to secure a deal on the deficit.
Would his experience as a businessman and a successful state governor create the change that the country needs?
And would a Republican president be able to better bridge the gap between Tea Party Republicans and moderate Democrats in Congress?