Obama Out *mic drop*
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WASHINGTON D.C.– Although we won’t know about America’s long-term trajectory after the Obama years for some time, as he comes to hs final days in office, it’s not too early to say that Obama will probably turn out to be one of the most consequential presidents in recent history, if not of all time.
“All of this progress is because of you — because of workers rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done and entrepreneurs starting new businesses,” said Mr. Obama in an address. “Because of teachers and health workers and parents — all of us taking care of each other. Because of our incredible men and women in uniform, serving to protect us all. Because, when we’re united as Americans, there’s nothing that we cannot do.”
Many would say President Obama had extremely successful terms, having led the nation through difficult times. President Obama helped the economy regrow after the Great Recession. He also passed a revolutionary healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, that benefited millions of Americans. The trouble is that each victory has come with extraordinary complications.
There are hundreds of other decisions and accomplishments one could point to over the last seven years as being of great consequence, but any list would have to include the nuclear agreement with Iran, the strengthening of relations with Cuba, new Wall Street regulations, saving the American auto industry, creating millions of jobs for Americans, ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ending discrimination against gays in the military, the legalization of same-sex marriage, and avoiding any kind of personal scandal.
Obama’s response to these crises—or, you could say, his method of leadership — has been surprisingly consistent. He has a legendarily, almost fanatically placid temperament. He has now spent eight years, since the start of his first presidential campaign, leading with pride while keeping his head, when others were losing theirs.
“My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop. In fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. But for now, whether you are young or whether you’re young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President — the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours,” said President Obama in his farewell address.