Intended to create this thread after the Election, but New York Magazine published a month by month retrospective and aural history:
So I hope people will post their thoughts on the last 8 years of the Obama Presidency.
I was inspired by the election of Barack Obama in 2008, but even on Election Night my joy was tempered: I remember seeing the new President and his wife waving to an ecstatic crowd in Chicago, only to have the camera cut (or pull back) to show them standing in the middle of a giant bullet proof plastic cube. "oh" I thought. Yeah.
Cut to 2016 October, and in a weird way it's like Obama has done everything and nothing.
Two of the main planks of Obama's 2008 run, ending the war in Iraq, and a national Healthcare system, are regarded as conditional victories at best. Obama has tried mightily to pull America out of the Middle East, but Colin Powell's warning that "you break it, you fix it" has come to haunt the Obama Presidency. Obamcare may be regarded by historians as a "victory of an idea" vs. the actual plan that Obama got through Congress. Whoever takes the oath in January will make major changes to it.
For me President Obama will be/should be remembered as the Leader who didn't let the shit hit the fan, who kept cool and worked with people from all sides and points of view to literally save the world from a major financial collapse.
There are few people now living who remember the Great Depression, when unemployment exceeded 20%, or who lived in Wiemar Germany, when you had to use a Wheelbarrow to carry all the inflated currency you needed to buy a loaf of bread. We all know what followed that however.
We may be headed towards some new worldwide conflagration, economic, political or both. But for the last 8 years, Obama has kept us out of Depression and War (on a major scale).
President Obama has always struck me as the one real non partisan voice of reason, surrounded by small men/women with small minds.
Now the two candidates vying for the Presidency are the least liked and respected since, well, forever. I think this fact, sadly, ensures Obama's legacy.
Edited by Cylon Baby - 10/24/16 at 6:52pm