Obama Fights for Asia Trade Deal As Legacy Hangs in the Balance

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U.S. President Barack Obama

(Worthy News)-- The next 48 hours could determine whether Barack Obama's presidency effectively has ended, the Washington Times reported.

If Mr. Obama somehow persuades dozens of Democratic lawmakers to change their minds by Tuesday night and vote with him on a second attempt to pass trade legislation, he will rescue an agreement that is designed to be the centerpiece of his foreign policy shift toward Asia and is the major economic initiative of his second term.

But if the defeat delivered by the House on Friday stands, Mr. Obama will lose much more than his desired Trade Promotion Authority. Unable to lead a majority of his own party, he will enter the final 18 months of his presidency badly weakened in the eyes of foreign powers and the U.S. public. --[wp_colorbox_media url="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/14/obama-fights-for-asia-trade-deal-with-relevance-ha/" type="iframe" hyperlink="Source"]

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