101 Things People Want Obama to Do in Term 2

From the merely ambitious to the sublimely ridiculous, here's an exhaustive list of all the things people want Obama to do in his second term.

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President Barack Obama is one of only 17 U.S. presidents elected to a second term. And ever since he defeated Mitt Romney to earn himself another four years in office, everyone from Paul Volcker to the Taliban has weighed in on what he should do now. In an effort to make life easier for the soon-to-be re-inaugurated president, Foreign Policy has gathered much of this advice into one concise list.

Obama should…

1. Think legacy

2. Go for greatness this time — and start with the inaugural address

3. Say this during the inauguration todayand these things

4. Resolve America’s political and economic problems

5. Help Africa do the same

6. Foster entrepreneurship and innovation

7. Overturn Citizens United

8. Broker lasting peace in the Middle East

9. Stay out of Israel-Palestine peace efforts, for now

10. Meddle in Israel’s election

11. Worry about Bethlehem, Pennsylvania rather than Bethlehem, Palestine

12. Intervene in Syria

13. Stay away from Syria

14. Assassinate Bashar al-Assad

15. Enact a Marshall Plan for 2013

16. Stop being so European

17. Push gun control without Congress

18. Get tough on criminals instead

19. Admit his true feelings on the Second Amendment

20. Amend the Constitution

21. Listen to the NRA

22. Tackle gun control internationally, not just domestically

23. Stay pivoted toward Asia

24. Rethink the pivot

25. Pray that China overtakes the United States

26. Not freak out about China

27. Reform the Foreign Assistance Act

28. Talk to the Taliban

29. Admit he’s lost in Afghanistan. And leave. Thanks! – The Taliban

30. Stop being so reasonable

31. Stop governing like a visitor from a morally superior civilization

32. Get his authority back

33. Answer this: Are you a moralist or a realist?

34. Listen to Brookings

35. Listen to Chuck Hagel

36. Listen to Hugo Chávez

37. Forget Chavismo

38. End the Cuba embargo

39. Not end the Cuba embargo

40. Offer Iran a generous deal

41. Not expect Iran to come to the negotiating table

42. Write the rule book for drones

43. Stop using drones

44. Use drones. They’re the best tool we have.

45. Keep the drones, but develop alternative solutions

46. Abandon his cybersecurity executive order

47. Reduce the nuclear arsenal with New START II

48. Stop worrying and learn to love the bomb

49. Come to the table with congressional Republicans

50. Bypass congressional Republicans

51. "Work like a third world dictator and put [the opposition] in jail"

52. "Help save [the GOP] from [its own] crazy people"

53. Break the House Republicans

54. Play more golf with John Boehner

55. Throw dinners à la Thomas Jefferson

56. Be more like LBJ

57. Be more like Abraham Lincoln

58. Be more like Bill Clinton

59. Be less like Bill Clinton

60. Be more like Ronald Reagan

61. Continue being just like Reagan

62. Be more like RGIII

63. Be more like Vladimir Putin

64. Rebuild infrastructure

65. Cut entitlements — that’s what the American people want

66. Spare entitlements —  that’s what the American people want

67. Eat Ethiopian food

68. Stop eating ice cream with a spoon

69. Freeze drilling in the Arctic

70. Tackle oil like Napoleon tackled salt

71. Approve the Keystone Pipeline this time

72. Discover his inner hedgehog

73. Embrace his inner fox

74. Bring climate change to the forefront

75. Confront climate change. Here are four ways to start. Here are some more waysand here are some more.

76. Get with the Latin Americans and legalize pot

77. Close Gitmo

78. Deliver on America’s promise as the world’s foremost democracy and remove ridiculous obstacles to voting

79. Bankrupt North Korea

80. Reinstate the draft everyone should have "skin in the game"

81. Withdraw from Okinawa

82. Visit Africa

83. Not visit Russia

84. Look to New Mexico

85. Not accept parenting advice from the prime minister of Turkey

86. Compromise in his marriage

87. Not listen to his progressive daughters when it comes to policy

88. Not put women in combat

89. Make immigration reform a top priority

90. Do these six things to make immigration reform a reality

91. Back France in the fight against al Qaeda in Africa

92. Lead from behind in Mali

93. Pay income taxes in the foreign countries he visits

94. Learn to skip the last question at a press conference

95. Appoint at least two Latinos to his cabinet

96. Appoint a female FCC chair

97. Protect Main Street from Wall Street

98. Please Wall Street

99. Do more for D.C. than change his license plate

100. Swear in on Das Kapital rather than the Bible

101. Avoid a second-term scandal

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