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U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

David Shribman

Can Obama avoid the second-term curse?

So, there may be some life left in the Obama presidency after all.

Second presidential terms are rarely productive or successful. Lyndon Johnson was bogged down in Vietnam, Richard Nixon in Watergate, Ronald Reagan in Iran-Contra, Bill Clinton in impeachment, George W. Bush in financial collapse. Barack Obama, to employ a seasonal metaphor, thus is sailing into strong historical winds.