President Barack Obama pauses before answering a question from members of the media during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
HEALTH CARE FIRST: I would like to see the president make health care for all, where we all pay in and we are all covered. It's the only way it will work. And find a way to clean up the system, such as removing insurance companies from the picture because that's where too much money ends up. I'd like to see us out of all wars so that more money can go toward helping the veterans who have given so much. And perhaps set aside some of it to make Social Security safe for future generations. Social Security is not an entitlement - it's something we all pay for in the years we work and we receive money according to how much we paid in. It's an earned pension through the government. I'd also like to see him get more money to the Hurricane Sandy victims. We need to help our own.
FIX WASHINGTON: Given the flexibility that comes with a second term, President Barack Obama should focus on repairing the chronic dysfunction in Washington, D.C., through demonstrated acts of leadership. He never has to win an election again, so he should let go of the most partisan elements of his base and reach toward the middle. Issues like gun control, immigration, fiscal reform and entitlements all have sensible compromise solutions that would be broadly popular if embraced by both sides. The president needs to lead this shift by publicly rejecting the most extreme proposals of his own party and identifying those proposals from the other side that he could accept. Getting back to the old-fashioned practice of "horse-trading" would be a wonderful step forward given the dismal state in which his term begins. Little, I fear, can be accomplished without his willingness to take the first step.
END THE WARS: The president should get our troops home. The Middle Eastern nations are never going to become a united democratic area and our being there for now over 11 years has not brought peace any nearer. We're wasting way too much money and losing way too many lives there. Bring them home. Of course, this would add to our unemployment rate and is probably one reason the powers that be are dragging their collective feet. The No. 2 priority is to get a permanent ban on assault rifles. Permanent, not good for five years or some short-term limit. Just ignore the money coming from the National Rifle Association (like that will ever happen), which helps elect too many congressmen and representatives, and permanently ban these deadly weapons. Nine hundred Americans killed by gunfire in the short time since the massacre in Connecticut are 900 too many deaths by gunfire.
TORT REFORM: What Obama should do in his final term as president is protect America from the predatory trial lawyers, with real legal reforms. In his first term, he pushed a national health care agenda that most Americans didn't want. If he really wants to give a boost to job creation and reduce the cost of health care, he must stop the corrupt predatory practices of the legal community. Americans will be highly supportive of this effort. History will note him as one of the best presidents if he would be willing to target the lawyers for reform. Unfortunately, I doubt he has the courage to do what is needed.
BE BOLD: I don't have a laundry list of items the president should tackle in his second term. I would just like him to continue pursuing the issues he's passionate about and that he feels are good for the country. Also, since he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected any longer, I would like to see him get tougher and less afraid to ruffle any feathers as he goes about accomplishing his agenda.
MINIMIZE DAMAGE: I truly hope President Obama's biggest accomplishment is breaking his addiction to destroying my grandchildren's future. Another accomplishment would be total and compete failure in turning this once great nation into a socialist state. Sorry but I don't trust the man's concept on what America should be. He's inexperienced. This is the United States of America, the greatest nation on the planet. This is not ACORN. With God's help, his biggest accomplishment would be to pack up his Chicago politics handbook and go back to organizing a community somewhere far, far away.
FOLLOW THE RULES: He might try following the Constitution for a change.
WORK TOGETHER: Before answering this question I need to accept how little the president can do alone. He can nominate intelligent and honest judges to the federal courts that now have vacancies, but he needs intelligent and honest congresspeople to cooperate and approve. I may want peace everywhere, but how can the president accomplish that without cooperation from intelligent and honest leaders elsewhere? People in the Middle East have disliked each other for political, religious and territorial reasons for centuries. I can't expect the president or our army to change that. As for the budget and debt issues, the president can't pay the bills if the government doesn't have enough income. Again, Congress is needed to put the pieces together. They need to respect their oath of office more than they respect their agreement with Grover Norquist.
STABILIZE ECONOMY: First and foremost is to take the leadership role with Congress and get some stability in the economy with a budget, tax reform, spending cuts and a plan to reduce the deficit. Rather than sit back and lob grenades over the wall to Congress, he should work the phones, arrange meetings, act like the grownup and find common ground to do whatever it takes to get the economy stable and get people working again. Remember that George W. Bush was the illegitimate president due the 2000 Florida recount and he was able to accomplish several things before 9/11 when it all changed. Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were equally matched against a dug-in Congress and were able to lead to common ground. Either this president isn't up the task or he doesn't care about the economy.