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New York University public service professor Paul C. Light is pessimistic that Obama can accomplish much in coming months. He said Obama is running out of time to get things done in the face of GOP resistance and the decline of influence that comes with a second term. “I don’t think that he’ll get anything. His agenda is finished,” Light said. “It’s a political tragedy, because he’s got more knowledge about the job and less juice to get it done.” Keith Hennessey, who served as President George W. Bush’s top economic adviser, said people shouldn’t overstate the significance of Wednesday’s political accord. “Substantively, the net result is they’ve pressed ‘pause.’ And that’s it,” said Hennessey, adding that while Obama “played defense successfully,” that does not mean he will now be able to go on offense. Hennessey said it will be hard for the president and congressional Republicans to reconcile their competing fiscal goals — Obama wants to ease across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, while the GOP wants broad entitlement reforms. In addition, he said, the way the White House will likely campaign for its priorities could deepen the partisan divide. “If the president portrays this as this battle between light and dark, it’s hard for people to be simultaneously cooperating across party lines on other issues,” he said.