With ten days remaining for Barack Obama as president, a columnist for the Boston Globe has delivered a blistering eulogy of sorts for his time in office, declaring the Democrat to have been a monumental failure.
“As a political leader,” wrote columnist Jeff Jacoby, “Obama has been a disaster for his party. Since his inauguration in 2009, roughly 1,100 elected Democrats nationwide have been ousted by Republicans. Democrats lost their majorities in the US House and Senate. They now hold just 18 of the 50 governorships, and only 31 of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers. After eight years under Obama, the GOP is stronger than at any time since the 1920s, and the outgoing president’s party is in tatters.”
For many, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump to shuffle Obama out of the White House cannot come soon enough. A fair number of Obama’s critics have contended since his first campaign in 2008 that he is and always was an empty suit. What else could one observe about a guy who, as an Illinois state senator, voted “present?”
He rose rather swiftly from being a community organizer to a state legislator to a U.S. Senator and finally to the presidency. One suspects that since Day One he was running for the White House and all those other stops were temporary at best.
“Obama urged Americans to cast their votes as a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on his legacy,” Jacoby wrote, rubbing it in. “That’s what they did.”
In almost all respects, according to Jacoby’s column, Obama has left “a trail of failure and disappointment.” That goes for foreign policy, domestic policy, the economy, health care and national unity.
Is the Middle Class better off now than it was eight years ago? Has “affordable health care” been all that affordable? Are race relations better or worse? Is the world safer? Obama has said so on all counts.
In addition to saying goodbye to Obama, another writer – Rich Noyes at the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters – says it is time to bid farewell to a decade of media drooling over the departing president.
This part of the story leaves many wondering if the dominant media really has any sense at all, considering the media spying scandal that erupted a few years ago. Had a Republican president’s administration done that, it would still be front page news, above the fold.
The so-called “mainstream press” can’t even bring itself to acknowledge, much less report in-depth on the major scandals of Obama’s “transparent” presidency.
In addition to spying on the media, there was Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Bowe Bergdahl, the IRS, Obamacare, Solyndra; not exactly eight years without a speed-bump.
Obama rode into Washington on the “audacity of hope” which may have been more arrogance and hype. As he steps aside, there is a lingering feeling that six months from now, it may seem like he was never there.
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