November 2, 2013
(CNN) -- Things are looking horrible for President Barack Obama. There's the Obamacare website fiasco. Ongoing of National Security Agency spying on European leaders. There was the government shutdown that on his watch. And a new finds Obama with his lowest approval rating -- and his highest disapproval rating -- ever.
If this were a movie, we would be at the part where the hero finds himself surrounded. He has no escape routes and he's outgunned. What will happen next: Will our hero prevail like John McClane in "Die Hard," or will he fail like William Wallace in "Braveheart"?
Well, the good news for Obama is that the script for the final scenes of his presidency has not been written yet. The bad news is that he may not be the one writing it.
Simply put: Obama is not the protagonist driving his own story. Rather, his storyline is being dictated by others. No question, he has long had trouble controlling the narrative, with a GOP bent on denying him, basically, everything he wants. But now he's heading toward the end of his final term -- and the clock is ticking on his agenda.