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Break's over: Obama faces sea of troubles

Published on Jan 5, 2014 11:56 AM
 
US President Barack Obama walks on the second hole green at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on January 2, 2014 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Mr Obama swaps the sun-dappled golf courses of tropical Hawaii for a Washington in the grip of an Arctic cold snap this weekend, and faces a tough political season ahead. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama swaps the sun-dappled golf courses of tropical Hawaii for a Washington in the grip of an Arctic cold snap this weekend, and faces a tough political season ahead.

With his approval rating languishing at near record lows and locked in a Cold War with a surly Congress, he needs quick victories in the run-up to his State of the Union address at the end of the month.

After 16 days of rest in his home state, Obama must oversee the final implementation of his troubled health care reform and find a way to help thousands of long-term unemployed stripped of their benefits.

His National Security Agency is still under legal and political scrutiny after contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of a surveillance program which one federal judge dubbed "almost Orwellian."

 
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