A victory for Donald J. Trump means President Obama’s vision of transformation may not survive his administration. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times
New York Times: Obama’s Policies and Broader Vision Face Reckoning With History
As he raced across the country before the election, President Obama warned supporters about the stakes. “All the progress we’ve made over these last eight years,” he said, “goes out the window if we don’t win this election.”
Hillary Clinton, his anointed successor, did not win, and so now Mr. Obama will find out whether his prediction was just campaign hyperbole or if his legacy really has just gone out the window. Not only are specific initiatives like his health care and climate change programs at risk, but so, too, is the broader vision Mr. Obama articulated for America.
Suddenly, the progressive, post-racial, bridge-building society he promised has given way to an angry, jeering, us-against-them nation to be led by a new president who relishes reality-show name-calling with racial overtones. In none of Mr. Obama’s worst-case scenarios when he came to office was this the way he imagined leaving.
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WNU Editor: The devastation of the U.S. Middle Class. Obamacare disappointment. The loss of political power for the Democrat Party on the national, state, and local scenes. A new Cold War with Russia. Being involved in about 35 conflicts around the world. The list is long .... and I doubt that future historians will be kind. But he is America's first black President .... and he will be remembered for that.