In all truth, it is no easy or simple task to judge Obama fairly. As is the case of with any US President, he has said and done much, in the midst of numerous complex problems, and surrounded, pushed, and constrained by what may be our world’s most convoluted government. It is made no easier by the fiery and conflict-ridden politics of 21st century America.
Even more, the difficulty in judging Obama on his performance and accomplishments is exacerbated by the diametrically opposed ideologies and goals of the American people who didn’t vote for him and those within America’s border who did so. It’s hard to judge his performance when one has to choose between the metrics of what a POTUS should do and what he was elected to do.
Yes, I know! As a White, it’s racist of me to judge Obama if my judgment is not favorable and/or doesn’t excuse his failings due to America being a racist country.
But let’s ignore all that the boy’s done to America, both domestically and in the realm of our relations with the other nations and power groups in the world. Let’s just use Obama’s own pronouncements and promises as the basis of his success criteria:
- Job creation
- Economic growth
- Improving our health-care system
- Reducing the national debt
- Reducing poverty
- Reducing income inequality
- The Russian “reset”
- Peace in the Middle East
- Renewed focus on Afghanistan
- A new, brighter beginning with the Arab world
- Better relations with our allies
- Ending the type of politics that breeds division, conflict, and cynicism
- Working with the other party
- Transparency in his administration
- No lobbyists working in his administration.
The above were all stated goals of the Obama presidency. In every single case the boy has failed, often utterly, to achieve them. America is nearly five and a half years into his tenure in the White House and, by any objective measure, the lofty expectations and grand pronouncements of Obama have crashed and floundered upon the rocks of reality and his own incompetence at governing.
These is not to say that Obama has achieved no success at all. He has one stellar accomplishment to his credit. He’s Black and the POTUS. You might even say that he has achieved two accomplishments, being elected and being re-elected.
I suppose fortunately, California’s state legislature is trying to make it a law that California schools teach this to their students. Obama’s accomplishment, being the First Black President, will be highlighted in social studies curricula moving forward.
Obama’s Legacy Circa 2052
Personally, I think it good that the students will taught Obama’s only accomplishment. Elsewise, the boy will likely end up nothing but a footnote in history. It’d be a shame for Obama’s legacy, the first – and possibly last for a long time – Black POTUS, to be little more than some chipped and faded lawn jockeys mouldering in derelict yards or up for sale at garage sales and flea markets.