Maybe people are right when they say Obama made mistakes. But I think he is a fundamentally decent human being and a hell of a lot smarter than most people, with a perfect understanding of this horrible global chess game and the ramifications of each move. He has had to make impossible decisions that will haunt him forever, the weight of which would break any of us. But ultimately it was always for the right reasons.
On balance I think Obama was fucking great. He has a long list of very real accomplishments that he just doesn't get enough credit for. He was someone who could actually be trusted with power, a truly rare thing. He was not a lying power hungry narcissist, he didn't believe he was on some mission from God, he didn't use his position to enrich himself or his pals. He tried to make the world a better place, I mean he REALLY TRIED. He understood the Constitution and respected it. He believed in a more inclusive society, in freedom of religion, free and fair elections, a free press. On a personal level I admired his intelligence, his wit, his endless optimism and refusal to give in to cynicism. That "professorial" thing that he always got shit for was something that only made me like him more not less. I'm probably biased because as a naturalized citizen he's the only president I ever had. I cannot afford health insurance anymore but thanks to him for a while there was at least the hope that maybe someday I could get on Obamacare. And he made us non whites feel like he was looking out for us, with him in charge it felt like I belonged in America and not in a gas chamber. I will miss him very very much. His picture is proudly displayed on my wall and it will be staying there.