(Moneywatch) The drawback to winning a presidential election is you are stuck with the job. The economic situation confronting President Barack Obama at the start of his second term is light-years ahead of the one he faced when he first took office, but that doesn't mean it's all sunshine on the horizon. In fact, there are challenges ahead which, if they break the wrong way, could make all of us nostalgic for the good old days of 2008.
Nearly all of these problems are out of the president's power to stop or even slow down because they aren't happening in the U.S. They range from the collapse of the European Union to a massive slowdown in China and more.
Here's a look at seven worst-case economic scenarios that are worrying more than a few well-informed observers.