Former administration officials and Democratic strategists in touch with the White House say Obama say has to make something of the next three months before people put him in the rear-view mirror.

“Once 2014 rolls around, people are going to care less and less about his legislative priorities and they’ll have their sights set on the next big thing,” one former administration official said.

“They need a shift, and it needs to be quick if they’re planning on getting anything done,” said the official, who described the next three months as decisive.

GOP critics of the president argue he’s already a lame duck.

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