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Obama Presidency

Obama and the America He Rebuilt

Tina Issa | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Tina Issa

Obama rebuilt this nation, under the most difficult of political situations, with unprecedented obstruction. Hope and Change happened. His legacies are remarkable. They should be celebrated.

Tavis Smiley: Black Americans Have 'Lost Ground' Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Eight years into Barack Obama's presidency, Tavis Smiley is not so optimistic about the first black president's legacy on racial issues. ...

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

John Feffer | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

As I survey the post-2016 alternatives, I'm increasingly concerned that, for the immediate future at least, what we got over the last two terms is as good as it gets.

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 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.

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 ...

Obama Unleashed

Politico | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

If President Barack Obama’s year ended in November, it would have been one of the worst of his presidency. ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama's Message To GOP After Elections: I'm Still The President | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's party may have taken a beating at the polls last week, but that hasn't stopped him from taking an aggressive se...

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...

Sorry Professor Krugman: Obama Came to Office Holding a Royal Flush, and Then He Declared His Hand "Ace High"

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Our system of governance - which has steered this nation into greatness over our two-plus centuries - is in shambles. The destructive force America needed Obama to subdue has grown stronger. The future of American democracy is in serious doubt. Can we call such a legacy the mark of a "successful" presidency?

Chuck Todd's Incredibly Harsh Words For Obama

Posted 06.18.2014 | Media

"This poll is a disaster for the president...essentially the public is saying, 'your presidency is over.'" — Chuck Todd, speaking on Wednesday's...

President Obama Is No Bush

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has accomplished far too much in the face of far too much adversity. To spin his plunging popularity numbers as if he's a complete failure is to horribly mangle the comparison with the president who clearly was a failure.

Obama's Top Advisers Set To Spill Insider Details

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the next month, two of President Barack Obama's closest first-term advisers will spill insider details on the administration'...

A Presidency of Decline

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The president's inability to get much of significance done, no matter the topic, has become legendary. In this, he may be the perfect symbol of our age.

The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

David Bromwich | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Bromwich

For some time now, observers -- a surprisingly wide range of them -- have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president.

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...

20 Ways Obama and Democrats Have Betrayed the World

Chris Ernesto | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

Conservative, reactionary politics are expected from those Republican presidents who came before him but Obama branded himself as being different, something for which Americans were ready.

The Obama Conundrum

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Who ever heard of a presidency already into its second term that, according to just about all observers, has only one significant achievement, and clearly hasn't a hope in hell of getting a second one?

The Second Term: Can Obama Mature Into a Great President?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

A second term of office for a president should be one that defines and seals an historical legacy, one in which a certain level of maturity and vision is achieved in the absence of the need to get reelected to office. Obama's second term is shaping up to be nothing more than a repeat of his lackluster, or half-assed, first four years in office.

Can President Obama Become a Statesman?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Several of Barack Obama's most recent interventions cast a cloud over his ability to act as a true statesman.

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...

Our Economy Sorely Needs a Boost. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Anyone?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The price of oil, and in turn gasoline, continues on its clearly speculation-driven trajectory. A significant break in the price of oil would be an enormous boost to the economy.

Obama Going Bulworth?

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama has spoken privately of "going Bulworth," a reference to the 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a ...

Progress For Black Politicians Remains Elusive In Obama Era

Politico | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential cand...

The US-Israeli Defense Treaty?

Barry Lando | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Mr. President, could you explain why America's security is dependent on a treaty between Egypt and Israel?