Since President Obama seems to be a reflective soul, he must be reflecting on the irony of his latest predicament: as the man who came into office promising to change everything and who instead seems to have let much of what he promised to fix only get worse.
First, the good news: Slowly but surely, the economy is coming back. And that's no small feat, given where it was in 2009.
Then, everything else: The constitutional scholar, civil libertarian and antiwar activist can't seem to wake up each day without some basic challenge to his political ecology. The confirmed presence of chemical weapons in Syria now makes some sort of escalation there inevitable, just as the war in Afghanistan winds down. (More military support for the rebels? No-fly zone?)
John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.
In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.
But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."
Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. An ethics investigation into how her campaign funds were used will end when she exits Congress at the end of her term.
The Republican Congresswoman announced the news in a video on her website on Wednesday. Bachmann said she didn't base the decision on the congressional ethics inquiry, and it's not because she's worried about her chances of getting re-elected. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Part two of John King's sit down interview with George and Laura Bush on the eve of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Former President Bush talks about what he learned during his time in the White House and some tough decisions during his presidency.
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John King sat down with George and Laura Bush for a special private interview on the eve of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Former President Bush talks about what he learned during his time in the White House and some tough decisions during his presidency.
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Sparks fly when Margaret Hoover, Gayle Trotter and Charles Blow discuss the GOP's future and how to broaden its appeal after a study commissioned by the Republican National Committee prescribed a major makeover for the party.
The report stated, "Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future." And a new CNN/ORC poll reveals 38 percent view the GOP in a favorable light while 54 percent of voters surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, plans to spend $10 million to reshape their message.
Hoover supports Priebus' initiative and "preaching tolerance" on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform. "There has got to be room for people that have different views on different issues, which means we're getting rid of this necessity to have absolute orthodoxy on every issue," she says.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced he has changed his stance on same-sex marriage because his 21-year-old son is gay. CNN asked his conservative colleagues at CPAC to react to his reversal on the issue.
For more on Portman's decision, read One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage
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