By Bill Maher
Second inaugurals always seem kind of pointless and anticlimactic. We should probably just get rid of them. Actually, why not get rid of second terms altogether?
Presidents spend a good amount of their first terms trying to get re-elected. Then they get re-elected, and they're lame ducks! Everybody agrees they have maybe two years to get anything accomplished, and then people stop returning their calls. They're left impotent and alone with nothing to do, except maybe get blown by an intern. This is why there are so many second-term scandals: boredom.
Why not give presidents one six-year term where they don't have to worry about re-election or raising money or anything but trying to pass the test of history? Especially since they really only have six years anyway, and then the next election starts.
If Obama didn’t have to worry about re-election, I can think of all kinds of ways things would have been better. He could have come out for gay marriage much sooner, pushed gun control after the Gabby Giffords shooting instead of waiting for Sandy Hook, and talked more about global warming as the biggest problem of our time. And, perhaps most importantly, the Republicans wouldn't have wasted two years trying to destroy the economy to prevent him from getting re-elected.