President Barack Obama may have scored a decisive win in his re-election bid on Nov. 6 but expectations remain high. Millions of Americans want the President to do more to improve the economy.
Though Obama defeated former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the Electoral College, the President faces numerous challenges including working with a divided Congress, fiscal obstacles, potential foreign relations crises and replacing key members of his cabinet. These challenges have also revealed America’s sharp polarization.
That polarization is reflected in Congress where the Republicans control the House of Representatives and the Democrats control the Senate.
“We still have the same exact leadership that we had from the last four years for the Democrats and the Republicans,” sophomore Nick Fiorillo said. “We saw in the last four years not a lot got done so [President Obama is] going to have to work with both sides now with the same people and try to make some progress in his second term.”
Many MTHS students, especially seniors, are worried about rising college tuition costs and how they will be able to pay for college.
“The most important issue to me is probably tuition for college and maybe jobs, too. Since I am going to college next year, I do think it’s a big issue because it’s going to affect most of my life if I get into a lot of debt and loans,” senior Erin Keating said.
Fellow senior Michelle Schomer shares the same concern and said, “Next year, I’ll be going to college and I won’t be able to pay for all that much so I am worried about the economy.”
Although the majority of Americans agree that the economy is the biggest issue today, some feel that other issues should be carefully examined as well. Gabe DeMiero, an MTHS alumnus and current teacher at Alamo Middle School (McAllen, TX), feels that education should not be ignored.
“There are a lot of students who don’t graduate from high school or don’t have an opportunity to get into college and that really comes down to an economical issue,” DeMiero said.
The presidential election allows the American people to decide on who they want to run the country for the next four years. As a result, Obama will have tough challenge in trying to unite Americans after a grueling election season.
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