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Obama's shift to political centre

Business Times - 29 Jan 2010


Obama's shift to political centre

He seems to be moving his focus away from healthcare reform and climate change to rising deficit and joblessness

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

SHIFTING gears for the second year of his administration and responding to the growing economic discontent among American voters who seemed to be turning against him and the Democrats who now control the White House and Congress - demonstrated in the loss of the Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts - US President Barack Obama seemed to be moving towards the political centre during his first State of the Union address late on Wednesday night.

He shifted his focus away from healthcare reform and climate change to the more immediate concerns of the American people - the expanding deficit and the continuing high rate of unemployment.

While he still remains a popular president, Mr Obama has spent much of his first year in office and most of his political capital on what has…