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Pres. Obama faces challenges in next term

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 6:47 PM by Brittany Weiss, Russell Jones
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 6:47 PM
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BATON ROUGE - Today in Baton Rouge, there was a lot of talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and what will come with his next four years in office.

Voters like Rhonda Sharris said even though the same man's in the White House, changes must be made.

"You know, we've got to look forward to something. We can't have the same as we've had," she told News 2.

Both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney said in their post-election speeches they wanted an end to partisan bickering. Political analyst Bob Mann with the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU said that will definitely be an uphill battle.

"His biggest challenge is going to be working with a republican majority in the house, that still does not seem to be in any mood to compromise," Mann said.

It's a challenge the president will have to tackle immediately. In January, a series of economic changes called the "fiscal cliff" will kick in if Congress doesn't address the government's deepening debt. If Obama can't get Democrats and Republicans to reach a deal, it would mean tax increases for almost every American.

Even if the fiscal cliff is addressed, Mann says Obama could still face challenges from Republicans on the host of other issues caused by a still-recovering economy.

"We're talking about some serious problems in our economy... at a time when we're just about - we're trying to come out of a recession," Mann said.

In his victory speech, Obama said he'd become a better president because of the people he met on the campaign trail and while in the Oval Office.

Rhonda Sharris hopes that holds true.

"He's gonna have to find a way to be able to communicate and not, you know, not just push his issue, but listen, and hopefully he's heard the people," she said.

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