Obama 2.0: A town meeting offers insights on the second term

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Barack Obama stands at a historic moment shared by only a minority of presidents -- on the verge of his second elected term.

For him and the United States, this is a pivotal point. The so-called fiscal cliff must be addressed if the federal government is to meet its obligations in a fiscally sound way. The broader economy still leaves too many without work and too much uncertainty for businesses that would create jobs. Other challenges confront the country on climate change, energy development, aging infrastructure, educational achievement and the widening gap between rich and poor.

These and other issues are on the minds of Americans as President Obama shakes up his Cabinet, confronts Congress and makes plans for his second inaugural. What can the country expect in the next four years?

A distinguished panel will give Pittsburghers some insight at a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Town Meeting presented by PNC Financial Services on Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Heinz History Center.

The panel moderated by David Shribman, executive editor of the Post-Gazette, will feature: Cal Mackenzie, professor of government at Colby College in Maine; Tracie Mauriello, Washington bureau chief for the Post-Gazette; Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today; and Paul West, national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune news organizations.

Although the town meeting is free to the public, attendees should reserve a seat by registering at www.post-gazette.com/townmeeting or calling 412-263-3850.

Well-informed is well-armed and, like a president entering his second term, the American people will be better able to grasp the future if they are better prepared for it.

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