When everyone returns in September, Mr Obama will also be forced to focus on keeping control of the Senate in Democratic hands (which will now be harder than ever) and picking up more seats in the House of Representatives. If he is unsuccessful with these political endeavours in the mid-terms, his legacy will then rest only upon the accomplishments of his first term in office.
The sequester was a legislative tool designed to scare the Congress into doing its job. It clearly seems to have failed to produce this result. If it goes into effect, the sequester means across the board cuts in every agency of federal government with no ability to control what is cut and what is not.
During this contentious political season with all that has been said about the anger, hatred and the disgust we American's have for one another - let me say on this Christmas morning - that I have never been prouder to be one of over three hundred million Americans who still believes in this great and ever-evolving democratic experiment.