Let me first begin with this undeniable truth: I’m a conservative who didn’t vote for Barack Obama, but I would be ignorant if I didn’t acknowledge that the former Senator from Illinois is someone many Americans would like to have burger with.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s take a quick overview of how Obama’s presidency turned out.
When Obama was elected in 2008, he was not only entering an historic era in America, but he essentially had the international community rooting for him. The charismatic gentleman with unmatched oratory skills had left many hoping for a successful presidency.
But it appeared from the start that Obama was more concerned with cementing a personal legacy than doing what was actually right for America.
One of Obama’s key campaign pledges was to reform health care and he figured Obamacare was the solution.
But with rising premiums and skyrocketing costs, the implementation of Obamacare is in peril with many looking for either a repeal or major tweaks.
On a broader economic note, over 1 million fewer Americans are working now than they were eight years ago, leaving Obama to preside over a weaker labor force, and therefore anemic economic results.
In regards to foreign policy and national security, Obama shouldn’t be hopeful for a vibrant legacy there. Telling Russia that he’ll have more flexibility after an election, leaving the chaotic and war-torn country of Syria to the care of Russia, an Iran deal that exhibited a $400 million dollar United States ransom and the rebuke of Israel, along with the United Nations, has made Obama’s record on foreign policy an abysmal failure.
On a socio-cultural front, it doesn’t look much better. The president did very little to enhance and strengthen race relations by siding with Black Lives Matter and divisive figures such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
While the president did manage to become one of the few politicians to effectively embrace culture, he allowed it to impact him in negative ways.
He associated himself with vile mainstream individuals such as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and was a regular appearance for late-night comedy shows while many Americans felt he was ignoring chaotic crises on the home front and abroad.
And perhaps one of the most brutal mistakes he could’ve made was embracing Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State who was tainted by a lack of ethics and FBI investigations. The election of Donald Trump as President wasn’t just a sound defeat for Clinton, but it was also a painful reminder to Obama that his legacy is simply something the American people do not desire to be tied to.
But even with all the criticism and disagreements, there is something that Obama must be applauded for: his love of family.
The nation’s first black President was loyal to his wife and children, defying the stereotypes that at many times define black men, and for that, America will forever be grateful.
So in summation, Obama is a very nice person who just happened to be a horrible politician.
Demetrius Minor is the Coalitions Director for Americans For Prosperity-FL. He is also the author of “Preservation and Purpose: The Making Of A Young Millennial and A Manifesto for Faith, Family and Politics.” He is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network.
In addition, Demetrius is a former conservative talk show host, blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern in the Bush administration, preacher, and graduate of the Pentecostals of Alexandria Minister’s Training Center (POATC).
Demetrius’s writings have been featured in Independent Journal Review, Townhall and The Washington Times.