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    Obama the Influencer

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    Someone may want to tell defeatist liberals: According to a study by Congressional Quarterly, President Obama has the highest mark of any first-year president in winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position since the survey began five decades ago. On issues where Obama had a clear position, his success rate was 96.7 percent. The previous high score was the 93 percent held by Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Reasons for Obama’s success include his careful selection of his battles and his willingness to compromise.