The Talker: Will Obama move forward beyond troubles?

The Talker: Will Obama move forward beyond troubles?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Storm clouds are over the White House and President Obama's second term agenda is in danger of getting sidetracked.

It's been a rough month for the president. Allegations about the Benghazi situation are gaining traction, the IRS was caught targeting conservative groups for tax scrutiny, and it came out that the justice department secretly looked at the phone records of journalists.

Then, rain from the sky over a White House press conference was like a gift from the sky to the president's critics.

Mr. Obama was hosting the prime minister of Turkey at a joint conference. Noting that his guest might not have a dry suit to change into, he asked a pair of marines to hold umbrellas over his guest and perhaps so things didn't look uneven, himself as well.

Two bad things resulted. One: some goofy looking photos. Two: an actual debate about whether the move forced the umbrella-holders to violate a rule.

Male marines are normally not allowed to use umbrellas while in uniform. A spokesman for the marines said it's extremely rare to see it happen, but indicated with a direct request from the president, the marines did the right thing by complying.

Still, the whole thing just looked bad. Right-leaning papers and websites made front-page headlines of the umbrella incident. Even the high-minded "New Yorker" magazine had a take. It ran an article title "Obama and the Nixonian Umbrella." For a sitting president, being compared to Richard Nixon in any way is a storm itself.

So will the bad news hanging over Obama soon go away, or will the clouds fog up the rest of the presidency?

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