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8 years ago, we had our first black president.

Fast forward to today and the end of his career is slowly arriving.

 

Curious, but what are your overall viewpoints on Obama's presidency?



 

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My thoughts: He's a President....

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First black president and race relations seem to be even worse.



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He was brought up to be the force of change we needed in the USA. We wanted very much for Obama to be the one to make things okay. Everyone was a champion for Barack, be it the media in all outlets(e.i. the ones that are doing it for Trump now) or your uninformed friend who just wanted something different. It wasn't a win for the Democrats, it wasn't a win for politics, it wasn't even a win for the right cause. What it was was a win for everyone who wanted a black president. It was a win for everyone who wanted something different.

Did we get the change? Has everything become better? Has Barack become the herald angel we thought he would be? Frankly, no. As a president, his time was spent mainly being mediocre. He kept his promise of pulling our troops back, which was one of his platforms while running, but it was inevitable with the public opinion after almost a decade of war.

But the media kept at it. Obama could not falter in the eyes of the majority of media outlets. Even when he failed, he was cool. He was always the one that gave a peace sign after every hip interview. He was always the one to go to the Daily show and continue his aura of suave. He was always hip to the times. He even dropped the mic. All of which hid the facade that he was simply mediocre.

But, mediocre or not, he was the best choice in a time where the old white men no longer could win presidency. All in all, despite the media juggernaut that blew Obama to the moon, despite his mediocrity; I just can't imagine another old white man in the last 8 years. Obama, like him or not, has served his purpose. Me thinks.



He didn't change shit. Bill Clinton did more for race than this clown ever did. Bill Clinton and Bush had to deal with more atrocities in their time and America still came out OK.

Obama's biggest challenge is probably deciding what hashtag to use. He is a joke.

Good riddance.



His most memorable attribute is his skin colour, which admittedly makes him one of the more competent individuals to grace the White House. He has had a rather disappointing but nonetheless clean presidency.


Hopefully Donald Trump will be able to change things up in this regard.



I think he'll be remembered more fondly, namely for

1.) Bin Laden is dead.

2.) We have a deal with Iran, which is far better I think than the hostile relationship of the last 30 years. While some criticize the deal, it finally opens diplomatic channels to Iran, giving them a taste of sweet oil revenues and a break from crippling sanctions, I think they will find life is better to play ball with the US than to go back to how things used to be which weren't good for anyone.


3.) We dropped the stupid embargo on Cuba stemming from the 1960s. Way past overdue. Americans will be able to holiday there soon, American companies will be able to do business there.

4.) There's been by and large no major terror attack on US soil, nothing remotely close to 9/11.


5.) US is largely energy independent, something unheard of 10-15 years ago. Price of gas is lower.

6.) Marijuana is on the path way to begin legal. Overdue.

7.) Gay marriage. Whatever, but I think you weren't going to stop people from being gay, so if they want to get married have at it.

8.) Didn't get baited into what would've been an unending war in Syria by Saudi Arabia like Bushes would have. US distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia in general he should be lauded for, unlike previous presidents that bent over backwards for them.

9.) Millions more people have health insurance today in America than 8 years ago largely because of Obamacare.


10.) The economy while not perfect has largely recovered from the catastrophic collapse of 2008. GDP is back above 2% which isn't worth throwing a party over but is in the healthy range and there's been no other similar type of economic collapse under his 8 year term. Stock market and value of American companies have risen steadily since 2008.


US has had fucked up race relations from its onset, no president was changing that. The onus on the president to suddenly stop people from being racist is stupid.



Soundwave said:

I think he'll be remembered more fondly, namely for

1.) Bin Laden is dead.

2.) We have a deal with Iran, which is far better I think than the hostile relationship of the last 30 years. While some criticize the deal, it finally opens diplomatic channels to Iran, giving them a taste of sweet oil revenues and a break from crippling sanctions, I think they will find life is better to play ball with the US than to go back to how things used to be which weren't good for anyone.


3.) We dropped the stupid embargo on Cuba stemming from the 1960s. Way past overdue. Americans will be able to holiday there soon, American companies will be able to do business there.

4.) There's been by and large no major terror attack on US soil, nothing remotely close to 9/11.


5.) US is largely energy independent, something unheard of 10-15 years ago. Price of gas is lower.

6.) Marijuana is on the path way to begin legal. Overdue.

7.) Gay marriage. Whatever, but I think you weren't going to stop people from being gay, so if they want to get married have at it.

8.) Didn't get baited into what would've been an unending war in Syria by Saudi Arabia like Bushes would have. US distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia in general he should be lauded for, unlike previous presidents that bent over backwards for them.

9.) Millions more people have health insurance today in America than 8 years ago largely because of Obamacare.


10.) The economy while not perfect has largely recovered from the catastrophic collapse of 2008. GDP is back above 2% which isn't worth throwing a party over but is in the healthy range and there's been no other similar type of economic collapse under his 8 year term. Stock market and value of American companies have risen steadily since 2008.


US has had fucked up race relations from its onset, no president was changing that. The onus on the president to suddenly stop people from being racist is stupid.

I think the bolded is things he should be remembered for.