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It’s time to face facts: Obama’s presidency was a failure


By Kyle Smith

January 14, 2017 | 2:06pm

The closing arguments for the Obama years are arriving, and they aren’t helping the outgoing president. A case in point is a new book published this week, one that acknowledges “Obama’s supporters have experienced [his presidency] as a continuous disappointment.”

Those supporters, and others, must have noticed that “for most of Obama’s term, wage gains were largely confined to the rich.” Or that “The administration’s planning in Libya clearly failed” or “It is certain that the actual outcome [of Obama’s Syria policy] was disastrous.”

Even many of President Obama’s proudest achievements look about as enduring as April snow: “If there was a single aspect of Obama’s legacy most vulnerable to reversal, it was his achievements on climate change,” the book says, and “Obama’s regulatory offensive is, of course, vulnerable to reversal by Donald Trump or the Supreme Court, since it rested upon executive action.” The longest chapter is titled “The Inevitability of Disappointment.”

13 thoughts on “It’s time to face facts: Obama’s presidency was a failure

  1. I see it as a case of him being generally popular as a person but his politics not at all. The election was a basic case of middle America saying enough of all this so-called social justice crap.

  2. Heartbreaking.

  3. Middle America?
    62 million people don’t live in “Middle America”.
    Half the country gave the DNC their walking papers and rightfully so.
    Borders, language and culture.

  4. Bush’s Fault.
    (settled science)

  5. Middle America elected Trump woth the help of affirmative action in the Electoral College.

    There are many reasons why there will forever be an asterisk next to Trump’s name. And he hasn’t even been sworn in. The list will grow. A minority of Americans elected an ignorant buffoon. If he makes it into the history books it will be for the horrors that he brings to the world.

  6. its called the electoral college , you may want to familiarize yourself with the constitution of the United states

  7. He had highest approval rating of any President in 30 years (source: Rasmussen)
    Under his watch Dow Jone Increased 250% (Source: Wall St Journal – not a lefty loving publication)
    Unemployment was lowest in 13 years (Source: US Dep’t of Labor)

  8. The Electoral College levels the playing field. Folks in less populated states are provided weight. The founders thought that some individuals could be manipulated and the college would soften the effect. The reverse is true.

    The Constitution can be amended. Times change.

  9. yes and the participation rate for employment is the lowest since Jimmy Carter

  10. I am familiar with the constitution. And the amendments.

    Room for improvement.

  11. Without the electoral college mexifornia aka California and the New York City liberals would decide who wins the office.

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