Obama’s Lift From Court, Europe

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President Barack Obama departing the White House.

President Barack Obama embarks on the first bus tour of his re-election campaign later this week politically strengthened, thanks to a conservative chief justice and European government leaders.

The Obama administration won two Supreme Court victories last week, one backing his signature health-care law and the other his intervention to block a controversial Arizona immigration law.

While the court’s official role may be limited to judging the constitutionality of laws, the rulings nonetheless confer legitimacy on both the president’s actions. Together, they also send a signal to the public that the president is a competent manager, says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication in Philadelphia.

“The Republican attack on Obama has been `nice guy, not up to the task,”’ Jamieson says. “This blunts the narrative and it does it with two different decisions in one week.”

At the same time, the European leaders’ deal on the continent’s debt crisis reduces the danger of a pre-election shock to the U.S. economy. Announcement of the agreement on Friday eased financial markets’ concerns over cascading bank failures in Europe and sent global stocks and the euro on their biggest surge this year.

See the full story at Bloomberg.com.


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