Woodward: Obama Didn't Fix 'Economic Issues' In First Term "Well, one theme is the president, no matter who is president, is the chief strategist. They set the tone. They say this is how we're going to do things and fix things. In the case of Obama and the first term, and the economic issues, he didn't fix them. And he didn't find a way to work his will. And you see Lincoln and Jefferson and Eisenhower did. Now, we're catching Obama midstream. He still has another four years. The interesting question is going to be, how he takes victory."