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Obama Legacy

We're More Divided As A Nation Than Ever, And This Poll On Obama's Legacy Shows It

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

When President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address last week, he was speaking to two very different countries. One of them he...

Obama Shares The Greatest Memory Of His Presidency

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

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Obama's Second Term Could Be The Most Consequential In Recent Memory

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics

Barack Obama enters the final year of his presidency with plenty of unfinished business, from closing Guantanamo Bay to completing negotiations over ...

The Climax of Obama's Climate Legacy

William S. Becker | Posted 11.29.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

As President Obama flies to Paris for the latest international negotiation on climate change, diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic appear confused about what his position will be. Will he champion legally binding commitments by all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? Or will he agree only to deal with no legal force?

Obama's Legacy Loomed Large At Democratic Debate

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The five candidates at Tuesday’s Democratic debate talked a lot about the man they hope to replace, President Barack Obama. When m...

Obama's Presidential Library Could Cost $1 Billion: Report

The New York Times | Marina Fang | Posted 08.16.2015 | Politics

As he considers his legacy, President Obama is privately mapping out a postpresidential infrastructure that could cost as much as $1 billion....

An #IranDeal Tied to Humanitarian Measures

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Maryam Zar

On this international day of friendship, I am prompted to think of the #IranDeal that is so fresh on the minds of many in the work of international friend making. This is no pact between friends, but it does present an opportunity for some straight talk between frenemies.

Obama Has Outclassed the Grand Old White Establishment

Cody Cain | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The experience of witnessing the first black President in the history of the United States has indeed been a wonderment to behold. As it turned out, the grand old white establishment revealed itself to be petty, obstructionist, vindictive, and incompetent. History will remember them as such, to the extent history will remember them at all.

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

Obama's Legacy Takes Shape With The Help Of Unlikely Allies

Associated Press | Julie Pace | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with ...

Ryan Grim

Iran, Cuba And China: Obama Steadily Builds Diplomatic Legacy | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be hard to remember today, but Barack Obama became president, more or less, thanks to his foreign policy. His early opposition to...

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

As I begin to rethink and review the Obama presidency, I think history will judge it based principally not on Obamacare but on two other matters: his foreign policy and the consequences of his presidency on the unfinished business of race relations in America.

President Obama Could Be More Effective Out-Of-Office

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

There is a reason why he filled football stadiums in 2007. President Obama's passion borders on spiritual. This man possesses a ninja-like mastery of rhetoric and persuasion and delivers a speech arguably more powerful than anyone walking this planet--listen to his Selma speech on March 7th to confirm.

The Issue That's Looming Over The Final Years Of Obama's Presidency

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

(Adds reference to Obama tax proposal) By Howard Schneider DALTON, Georgia Jan 18 (Reuters) - Barack Obama enters the f...

Yes-We-Can President Faces Twilight Of Maybes

AP | By JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. ...

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

Howard Fineman

Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy? | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?” Thi...

Paul Krugman: Obama's Record On Fighting Inequality Better Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business

Banks may still be too big to fail, wages are still flat, and the income gap is still widening, but economist Paul Krugman nevertheless calls Presiden...

Backing Up President Obama

Evan Pondel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Evan Pondel

Measuring the president's approval rating is riddled with pitfalls. The Gallup poll feels more like a barometer for people's take on how messed up the world is at the moment, and boy, does the world feel messed up at the moment.

Obama Hosts Africa Summit With An Eye On Legacy

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama immerses himself in talks on Africa's regional security, democracy building and business investment this...

A Third Of Voters Call Obama The Worst President Since WWII

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

A third of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Georg...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Every Crisis Is The 'Biggest Test' Of Obama's Presidency | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Russia heightens its military activity in Ukraine, President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis is arguably "the biggest test of h...

The Roll Out of the Affordable Care Website: Obama's 'Katrina'?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The self-inflicted roll out farce of the Affordable Care website is nothing short of high "drama." It may have more lasting political damage to Obama's presidency than any intransigence or opposition of the Tea Party and Republican members of Congress.

Obama: 'I'll Worry About My Legacy Later'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

As he winds through his second term in Washington, President Barack Obama does not appear to be overly concerned with how history will judge him. I...

The Indefinite Detention of Justice at Guantanamo

T.A. Ridout | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

If President Obama is concerned about his legacy, closing Guantanamo should be at the top of his list. President Bush created this mess, but it has fallen to Obama to fix it. Sometimes a leader has to ignore the polls and simply do what is right.