Today, I read about President Obama’s legacy and what the President will be doing with a Republican majority in Congress during his last two years as President: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/obama-midterms-political-enemies-113704_Page2.html#.VJZ1Hd0MBg
It was an Interesting article by Glenn Thrush, and I especially liked this, “and, most importantly, he’s (Obama) increasingly untethered from what he views as a petty, geriatric Democratic establishment he originally crusaded against as a presidential candidate in 2007”.
For what it’s worth, I agree and am excited about it; President Obama’s appeasement of the petty, geriatric Democratic establishment has irked me and other liberal progressives since he first took office.
At first I thought the President’s concern for Establishment Democrats was a mistake and was disappointed, but of course, then I came to realize the President had to have the Democratic vote for Obamacare to become a reality; he ate his pride to get Obamacare for the People. Otherwise, his Obamacare legacy would have ended in the first days of his term. And, for that I have always believed the Democrats were their own worst enemy.
As I see it, the day that Obama drives home from the inauguration of the new President in 2017, is going to be one of the happiest day of the President’s life. A legacy isn’t worth it. And I disagree that Obama is all about his legacy; I just don’t believe that.
On Inauguration Day in 2009, his legacy as the first Black President of the United States was established; he needed nothing else for his legacy, but that didn’t stop him from creating Obamacare, as the law of the land.
With Obamacare the President became the First U.S. President to succeed in the impossible by getting a form of universal health care for Americans. Obamacare was huge, but it was only the ‘icing on the cake’ to the miracle of Obama becoming America’s First Black U.S. President.
It would not appear to me that President Obama is nearly as concerned about his legacy as he is concerned about accomplishing positive things for the benefit all of the ‘People’ (now, including Cuban People) and believes the accomplishments of the United States of America is more important than his own legacy. As President he has been consistent in use of the pronoun ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, as many other Presidents have.
Further, the rest of the World looked at America in a different light, when America elected a Black American to the Presidency; and the rest of the Civilized World loves President Obama as much as the majority of Americans who elected him twice, do. And, foreigners are aghast at the vile Republican opponent’s rhetoric directed at the President; it actually appears, un-American to them.
And, it is my guess that President Obama’s legacy in the future will be established by his foreign policy, which Americans and Republicans appear to either dispute or ignore entirely.
As for me, President Obama is about a close to being “Superman” as any American President.