Cover Story Obama's second term: What history says to expect

The myths and realities of second-term presidents – and what they portend for Obama.

By , Correspondent

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They sit outside the Oval Office beside a table still piled with Christmas gifts: four White House aides waiting for the president. It is January 1997. They're supposed to talk with Bill Clinton about his inaugural, laying out themes for his second term.