Think about it, there are uncountable number of government departments, it is simply too big for a president within 4 years to ensure each and every department under his leadership is free of corruption, or aligned with the new leaders stances, etc. If you didn't like the Government is too big argument based solely on libertarian views. Think about it from a "My Favorite President is getting his ass kicked in the office" perspective. There is simply too much, to many, and to little time for any president to truly do anything worth doing. There are too many entrenched administrators, too many departments go unchecked, too many hacks continue to be unsupervised. The Right wing is loving attacking Obama for his watch of the MMS department... I didn't even know such a department existed before this Oil Spill! How is it possible for any president to get anything done, or to manage everything, and ensure he is on top of everything, when it's so big. So my bold prediction is: Due to the size of government, presidents current and future, and the recent past will be unable to avoid issues that reduce the public's confidence in their leader. This cycle of supposed incompetence will continue until the public losses complete faith in democracy, opening up the chance for a altered form of government to take hold here in America. The sheer size of the government is the reason why government can't succeed at anything. Until we reduce the size in which government operates, and the size of control it attempts to exert, we are doomed to continually repeat "failed" presidencies.