U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House on November 14 for his first news conference since winning re-election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama’s re-election is a huge relief—we dodged the Romney/Ryan bullet.
However, that’s not the same as winning a better future. If Obama’s first term is a prologue to the second, we should not expect to see much progress in strengthening the rights or bargaining ability of workers. Therefore, in Obama’s second term, we need to be:
• Smarter about the policies we advocate.
• Selective about the candidates we endorse.
• More disciplined about building a strong social movement.