The ‘lame duck’ is running the show


President Obama, allegedly a “lame duck” with a Republican Congress set against him, is beating the GOP again and again in the twilight of his presidency.

Washington (CNN) At the time in his tenure when most presidents fret over their waning clout, Barack Obama is redefining the concept of the lame duck.

His administration has been energized by his aggressive use of executive power. Some of the most hard-won achievements of his early years in office are beginning to pay off. And his political luck seems to be turning. With a term and a half behind him, Obama’s prospects are brighter than they have been for years.

“We are on offense,” said a White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, noting with satisfaction that predictions that the new Republican majority would grab the initiative and quickly make the White House a peripheral player did not pan out.