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First Word: Does Obama have enough “juice” to push legislative agenda in second term?

The president said during a news conference Tuesday morning he couldn't force Republicans to cooperate if they are unable to. "It’s not my job to get [Congress] to behave. That’s their job."
/ Source: The Last Word

The president said during a news conference Tuesday morning he couldn't force Republicans to cooperate if they are unable to. "It’s not my job to get [Congress] to behave. That’s their job."

During a Tuesday morning news conference, President Obama responded forcefully to a question about whether he had enough “juice” to advance his agenda in his second term, after a major gun bill was defeated in the Senate earlier this month. Adding that he has to find a middle ground with a “dysfunctional” Congress, the president said he couldn’t force lawmakers from the other side of the aisle to cooperate if they are unable to. “It’s not my job to get [Congress] to behave. That’s their job.”