#HashOut on Location: What do you think Obama’s most important second-term accomplishment should be?

Baratunde Thurston
November 8, 2012

It was strange doing a HashOut On Location without a political convention credential hanging around my neck and military personnel visible on every corner. The conventions are long over, however, as is the entire election season, so I felt pulled out of retirement — like some gritty bank heist protagonist for "one last gig" — when Yahoo asked me to do a post-election segment.

We planted ourselves in Union Square in San Francisco, and allowed the personalities of that city to find us, and oh did they ever. Badge-wearing city workers, iPod-bearing students and Midwestern tourists all weighed in on the most important task for President Barack Obama during his second term as the smoke from a nearby marijuana cigarette wafted over us.

Most of the answers we got were what I would expect: "fix the economy," "do something about immigration reform," and "bring the country together" topped the list. The "Most Likely To Be A Republican" response came from an Atlanta woman who said, "He needs to stop playing golf, and learn about the economy." The "Most Effective Non-Response" response came from her husband who said the most important thing Obama needs to do is "do something important."

He's a poet, and didn't even know it.

What do you think Obama's most important second-term accomplishment should be? Weigh in via HashOut online, and congratulations America on another successful election.

Baratunde Thurston is the author of the New York Times best-selling book "How To Be Black" (now in paperback howtobeblack.me/htbborder) and the founder of Cultivated Wit http://cultivatedwit.com.