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“A look at the president’s career shows he has never stayed in a job four years without looking to move on to something better,” notes Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Examiner, who has traced Mr. Obama’s restlessness since his days as a community organizer. The tendency sent him from law school to state legislature, to campaigns for U.S. House and Senate and finally the presidency.

Now Obama has been president for nearly four years. Aided by a huge Democratic majority from 2009 to 2011, he achieved some big things — massive stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize, essentially for showing up. But he hasn’t achieved, and won’t achieve in four more years, the ‘fundamental transformation’ of American society that he envisioned,” Mr. York says. “And his entire career suggests that by now he should be angling for a bigger, better job. The problem is, there isn’t such a position — and a second term in the same old job doesn’t count.”

AND IN SUMMATION

“He looked tired, he had trouble getting his answers out. It looks like he took my million and spent it all on weed.”

(HBO host Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to President Obama’s re-election campaign in March, pondering the president’s debate performance in Denver.)

“You know what the American people want right now? They don’t want you, they don’t want me. They just want these guys to work together, cut the crap, shut the hell up and do their jobs.”

(Pollster Frank Luntz, pondering the state of U.S. politicians and politics in general, to Mr. Maher.)

POLL DU JOUR

• 58 percent of senior level executives in the U.S. plan on increasing hiring within the next 12 months.

• 49 percent are not hiring and “remaining status quo.”

• 43 percent do not anticipate an increase in hiring, or anticipate layoffs; 26 percent are actively hiring.

• 39 percent say the “end of the fiscal cliff” would make them most prone to hiring.

• 30 percent cite increased economic stability in the European Union as a hiring incentive.

• 19 percent cite the U.S. lowering its corporate tax rate.

Source: A Korn/Ferry International survey of “hundreds” of senior level executives, conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 3.; the exact number of respondents was not released.

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