(NationalSentinel) In about two weeks, Barack Obama will become an ex-president who will no doubt go on to make lots more money writing books, giving speeches and running big foundations.
Over the coming years, he’ll wax poetic about all his ‘accomplishments’ and talk swimmingly about his ‘legacy.’ But there are lots of things Obama won’t talk about, such as all of the things he failed to deliver on when he first promised “hope and change” in 2008.
Donald Trump didn’t wait until Inauguration Day to insert himself into U.S. foreign policy. He broke with precedent when he intervened to pressure Egypt to withdraw a draft U.N. resolution condemning Israel, and the U.S. to veto the final resolution.
At the same time, President Barack Obama is not going quietly into the night. He has used that pen of his to sign a rash of last-minute executive orders commuting the sentences of some prisoners, pardoning others, banning drilling off the Atlantic coast and in parts of the Arctic Ocean, and declaring 1.65 million acres of desert in Utah and Nevada as national monuments.
When he isn’t making mischief for his successor, Obama is busy drafting his legacy, which will culminate in a reprise of the historic moments of his presidency as part of a Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago. (Why wait for others to assess your legacy when you can do it yourself?)
Obama is certain to relate his successes from the past eight years, including the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and more than six years of sustained job growth. Then there are a handful of things he would prefer that we forget…
What would they be? In no particular order:
- The economy is still bad–maybe not like it was in 2008, but if Obama had done such a great job creating opportunities, then Donald J. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan would not have resonated so well;
- Obama may be personally popular, but his party sure isn’t, having lost some 1,900 seats over the course of his presidency in Congress, in state legislatures and governor’s mansions across the country;
- The world is a lot less respectful and fearful of the U.S.;
- Race relations are worse since the election of the first black president, not better;
- Islamic terrorism, which Obama could never say, is more prolific now than before he took office.
Notably, even first lady Michelle Obama complained recently about there being no “hope” — after eight years of a husband-president who campaigned on that very concept.
That’s not Trump’s fault; that’s Obama’s fault, right?