The Obama Legacy
Success is a product of applying sound principles.
Obama’s legacy will always be a split view, depending on whether you look at the man or his policies.
When I look at the man — I am dazzled every time; intellectual, thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, eloquent, and a communicator of phenomenal ability, Obama’s oratory never failed to move me, even when I politically disagreed with him.
All of which make him a great man and a great President in my opinion.
This thing he did with great deportment for 8 years requires a lifetime of discipline, courage, hard work, horrible time sacrifice and the thick skin to deal with a barrage of constant insult.
This was done by Obama, in my humble opinion, for all the right reasons — he was striving to serve the American people, his people,
The argument over his policies, from success to failure, from health care to foreign policy — without stopping at race relations in between – will be viewed with more skepticism.
Many of Obama’s policies are already under fire from a variety of factors.
This is what the policy side of the Legacy debate will be about: Who was at fault for these failures?
This is a good question and goes to my opening statement about principle. In short, Obama is a great man, but long on principle and short on production.
The Obama administration ignored some key principles of success and some key principles for success were denied him. Again, this hurt his agenda, but did not tarnish the man.
Before Obama took office, his campaign presentation, which focused every eye on the candidate himself – was brilliant.
Tens of Millions of white Americans voted for him, they made him THEIR President. They adopted him. Voting for President is like picking a family Grand-Dad for the next few years. This is a family like emotional process for voters, it’s a bonding thing, it’s an emotional-trusting-thing, and in that regard — Barack Hussein Obama accomplished more — than he would any other day actually in office.
That sentence will be misconstrued as criticism, it is not. Obama’s victory, his subsequent victory, his deportment while in office, and his transition cooperation are getting little attention while the ACA collapses and terrorism explodes – but they will be focused on in the future.
Trump and his followers would never admit this, but Presidential Legacies and the effects of that Legacy do not turn on the opinion polls of the President or even the popular opinion of his policies on the day he leaves office.
These polls and election results are a verdict of the outgoing President’s policies and their immediate effects.
But that doesn’t form the Legacy. That long-term judgment by the American people, over time, will fade, and our appreciation and love for this President — we are proud of – will grow and grow.
Why? Obame turned hundreds of years of racism, hared, doubt, fear, and systemic injustice — that not only punished blacks but denied them access to power – ON IT’S EAR when he seized the most powerful office in the world.
It is history, and not only did he make us proud carrying it out, it was a joy to be here and see it happen.