(BLOOMBERG) As Barack Obama seeks approval for a military strike in Syria, he finds the footprint of his historic presidency shrinking.

It’s the fate of most second-term presidents as it becomes harder to keep public support and win legislative fights while their power wanes. For Obama, it’s arrived early.

 He has implored Congress, the American public and U.S. allies around the world to support a military strike in Syria to deter its use of chemical weapons, yet even many fellow Democrats have failed to rally to his call.

Should Congress give Obama authority to attack Syria?

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