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A Tribute to Outgoing President Barack Obama - Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Updated on January 20, 2017
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Official Portrait of Barack Obama
Official Portrait of Barack Obama | Source

President Barack Hussein Obama II took his final walk around the White House this morning as the President of the United States. He and his wife Michelle and their children will leave the mansion after eight years of serving in the nation’s highest capacity. He will certainly be remembered in American history for many reasons. He was the first black man to be elected President and the first President born outside of the contiguous United States. He will be remembered as a man who came to Washington with little political experience, but a strong desire to fundamentally change our nation. His campaign slogan, Hope and Change,” will be remembered as pivotal in our nation’s history. Some of his main platform topics back in his campaigning days were, ending the foreign wars America was involved in, increasing our energy independence, and reforming the health care system. With Delaware Senator Joseph Biden by his side as Vice President, Obama brilliantly spoke about a better America, an America where detention centers such as Guantanamo Bay would be shuttered, and an America where those who felt persecuted would have a voice. A gifted orator, Obama was able to speak eloquently about his vision of the future and how he planned on moving the nation forward.

Eight Years Later...

Now, eight years later, President Obama is leaving public office to resume his life as a regular citizen. His policies will certainly be reviewed and debated for decades after his service ends, as those of every other President has been. Also like other Presidents, a library will be constructed in his honor to maintain documentation of his term in office. His supporters will do everything in their power to ensure his legacy is written to showcase his successes and possible offer an after-the-fact analysis of why his failures were someone else’s fault. The Republican Congress will certainly be named in the latter portion, most-likely being called obstructionists or worse. He will be remembered as the fourth President who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama’s was for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Many look at this award in hindsight with a high degree of skepticism, especially when looking at the state of race-relations and other divisions in America today.

Official Portrait of Eric Holder, former US Attorney General
Official Portrait of Eric Holder, former US Attorney General | Source

Controversies and Complications

Many opponents of President Obama still hold onto the belief that the President was born in Kenya and has a forged birth certificate and a fictitious social security number. There were claims about his sexuality, his marital status, and there was even a period where he was considered the devil incarnate. Many controversial events took place during his tenure, yet he somehow remained unscathed and will leave office with a decent approval rating. The IRS Scandal and the targeting of conservative groups by then director Lois Lerner, was improper but no one was able to make an actual connection to the White House and the President. Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF sting operation gone horrendously wrong, allowed over 2,000 guns to flow into the hands of Mexican Cartels. Several of those guns, which the ATF lost, tracking of, were found at the scene of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in Arizona in 2010. This case led to the Justice Department refusing to provide Congress with the documentation of the operation, which further and directly resulted in then Attorney General Eric Holder being found in Contempt of Congress. Subsequent follow-up linked 69 murders to guns lost by the ATF.

An even higher-profile murder scene happened in Libya under Obama’s watch. On September 11th, 2012, the United States Consulate was attacked by armed terrorists who succeeded in overwhelming the minimal security forces on site. United States Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were murdered while defending the complex by members of the militant group Ansar al-Sharia. The Obama Administration and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, initially attempted to blame the incident on a dated YouTube video; something which most Americans quickly dismissed. The entire incident remained a black-eye on America and the Obama Administration, especially since numerous requests for details through the Freedom of Information Act, were dismissed or delayed. Many analysts feel strongly that this event was one of the key reasons why Hillary Clinton was unable to defeat Donald Trump in the most recent election. Her e-mail scandal played a larger part in that defeat. Ironically, the two are intertwined since it was during the investigation into Benghazi that her private home-based e-mail server was discovered. A lengthy investigation took place in which the FBI was deeply involved, but in the end, just like the IRS scandal and Fast and Furious, no one was able to produce evidence which connected her system with the White House. President Obama was insulated from the entire narrative, despite the fact that most Americans assume he was aware of it, since she was his Secretary of State. Unlike Benghazi, no one has been able to tie any American casualties with her e-mail scandal.

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Obamacare Logo (unofficial) | Source

Veterans, Healthcare Reform, and Obamacare

Both CIA contractors murdered in Benghazi were former Navy SEALS, elite fighting men of the United States Military. Many other former servicemen and women died during Obama’s tenure, but not from enemy fire. The Department of Veterans Affairs came under intense fire during the Obama Administration when an Inspector General discovered falsified paperwork to cover up for extremely lengthy waiting times for our veterans to received medical care. Many died while waiting for care and a subsequent report from the Inspector General revealed that over 800,000 records were delayed in the system and up to 300,000 may have died as a result of the waits. The outrage over this scandal was bipartisan and rightly so; neither political party is without many men and women who served the nation.

President Obama was again insulated from the fallout over the VA, and it’s once again a major platform issue, but this time the Republicans are taking up the challenge to reform the VA once and for all. On the topic of health care is where Obama will most likely be remembered best. President Obama followed up on his campaign promise of health care reform, of in this case, health care takeover by the Federal Government. The Affordable Care Act, a 1,107 page bill that we “had to pass to read,” was approved on strict party lines both in the Senate and in Congress. To this day, President Obama has been criticized for making statements that are simply not true, namely, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” The implementation of Obamacare was a disaster, with multiple website failures, severe cost overruns, and skyrocketing out of pocket costs for Americans. The law was supposed to overhaul the medical industry in America for the better, when in fact it did just the opposite and will likely be repealed within the first year of Donald Trump’s Presidency and replaced with something that is lower costing and better for the American family.

Obsolete Style of Food Coupon
Obsolete Style of Food Coupon

Spending, the National Debt, and Unemployment

Spending in Washington has always been a front-and-center topic. President Obama leaves office with a bloated Federal Debt level just shy of $20 Trillion dollars. President Obama is responsible for $9.335 Trillion of that debt; nearly half the total number. He has accumulated more debt than any President in history. Other economic metrics under Obama are telling of his Presidency. Food Stamp recipients are up 42%, consumer prices are up 12.4%, and home ownership is down 3.8%, while corporate profits are up a staggering 166%. The Work Force Participation level is at its lowest level in decades and many people have given up on every finding work. Under President Obama, big business owners reaped in huge profits but did reinvest or add jobs due to the uncertainty of taxation and regulation policies.

The Obama Administration spent a lot of money and with unemployment levels very high, had smaller tax revenues. The 2009 Stimulus Program, Obamacare, and massive increases in spending attached to social programs drove the debt up quickly. His first budget alone added $1.587 Trillion to the debt. Overseas conflicts continued to be funded in the early part of his administration and even after the elimination of Osama bin-Laden by US Special Forces, the war on terror continued to be expensive. Increased spending on climate change programs, common core implementation, and other partisan activities added to the discretionary spending managed by the Oval Office. Arguments will likely continue for years about the state of the nation when former President Bush left office, which is often cited as a big reason why Obama had so much debt early in his Presidency. Yes, Mr. Bush did leave Obama with a mess, which he promptly made worse. Unemployment was very high during the end of Bush’s tenue, yet instead of focusing on jobs early on, Obama went straight for health care reform; a move which is still a sore spot among many people on both sides of the aisle. If President Obama had got America working again and then made an attempt to pass a bi-partisan health care law, things could be very different and we’d most certainly have seen Hillary Clinton win the Presidency, despite her many shortcomings and shady arrangements with foreign supporters.

Wins Some, Lose More

Despite them not being 100% his fault, many will spend much of their time hammering Obama for the dismal unemployment numbers America experienced the entire time he held office, or the excessive regulations generated by the White House, but not everything he did was bad. Homicides nationally were down 13%, yet in very Liberal cities such as Chicago, they were national news almost daily. Violent crime was also down 16%. The Stock Market was healthy with the S&P up 139% over his terms. The huge jumps in corporate profits and an elevated stock market are areas which Republicans are linked with, and it’s usually negative. The number of Americans uninsured dropped with the heavily subsidized programs available through Obamacare. During President Obama’s two terms, America’s import of petroleum dropped by 62% while domestic production of oil rose 87%. The price of a gallon of gas at the pump has been relatively stable for the last year. Energy was one of his campaign focuses, especially green energy.

President Obama examines a solar panel at the California Solyndra plant - now closed
President Obama examines a solar panel at the California Solyndra plant - now closed | Source

Green Energy

America remembers the period when President Obama pushed his green-energy platform, often ignoring actual facts and costs connected to getting it off the ground. Government funding was made available to multiple green energy companies, most of which failed, leaving the taxpayers to pick up the bill. None were as visible as Solyndra, a California solar panel company which received over $500 million in funding from the Obama White House before shutting down and was later to be embroiled in a scandal when independent government watchdogs identified that the Obama Administration bypassed key taxpayer protection protocols in a rush to approve funds. Key players at Solyndra were linked to key Obama fundraisers and many accused the Oval Office of picking favorites. Green energy production is up and we’re seeing more focus on hybrid and electric cars, energy efficient construction of new buildings, and other futuristic approaches to managing energy use all were born from the original notion of Obama. Even though we lost money on the front-end, President Obama should be credited with starting something that, with the right care and investment, could turn thing positive in the next few decades.

Article II of the United States Constitution

Evaluating a President can come in many forms, but one thing that should be elevated over everything else is how they lived up to their Presidential duties, outlined in Article II of the United States Constitution. This section of our most sacred document lays out specific duties the President is responsible for. The President shall serve the nation as Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces, shall make treaties with the support and approval of the Senate, shall fill vacancies in the Federal Courts as they become open, and shall enforce the Laws of the United States. President Obama did not fulfill his Constitutional obligations, especially when it came to enforcing the law. Instead, the former President selectively enforced certain laws, tried through Executive Order to change others, and by his actions led to many cities across the nation establishing themselves as “sanctuary cities.” Obama has been accused of overreach on a level no other President has ever attempted or had success with. He open spoke about his duties to enforce the law while simultaneously telling everyone he “couldn’t wait for Congress to act.”

The Executive branch under President Obama routinely ignored laws associated with immigration, both illegal and legal. The nation was flooded with illegal aliens crossing our southern border under Obama’s watch while the White House made claims that deportations were up. Immigration officials were given directives to ignore certain areas along the border and the former President pushed multiple programs through that provided benefits for immigrants and illegals, often benefits which citizens could not access. He added insult to injury by upping the number of refugees that could come to America and often tried to resettle them in areas that didn’t want them. He used an Executive Order to create the DREAM Act, trying to protect children of illegals from being deported. The court system typically gives the Executive Office a lot of leeway in immigration enforcement which allowed Obama to move in the way he did. Crimes committed by illegals were touted by the opposition as one of the many reasons why Obama should reverse his open border policies, but they fell on deaf ears. Hillary Clinton supporting open borders was viewed as a continuation of Obama’s policies and was another reason why she lost to Donald Trump, the current President who has pledged to build a border wall and deport anyone without citizenship or legal status under American law.

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The President as a Social Justice Warrior

President Obama was a leader who focused on social issues much more than his predecessors, and he frequently became involved with delicate subjects. Unfortunately, his involvement made many tense situations worse and ultimately ended up making America even more divided than before his election. Race relations, which have always been a touchy subject in America, became much worse with his election. When America elected a black man to the highest office in the land, people of color everywhere were optimistic that he would be the person to fix decades of injustices. Obama’s pastor the infamous Reverend Jeremiah Wright, ministered to the President with sermons filled with racial rhetoric and bias. Obama brought that with him as baggage; baggage which would hinder him from even coming close to healing the racial divide in America. He chose to speak out before the facts were all known about key dividing incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore, and with the death of Trayvon Martin, Freddie Grey, and other black Americans. Some say it was his negativity which led to the formation of the domestic terrorist group Black Lives Matter. Others want to hang the deaths of many police officers on his head, since he did nothing to stop the racial turmoil he created. Instead of using fact-based analysis, Obama played the race card often and with zeal. Instead of support law enforcement, Obama supported the law breakers, simply because they were minorities.

Another area in which Mr. Obama got deeply involved with was the LGBT movement and same-sex marriage. He changed his position from being in favor of traditional marriage, which he used as a campaign point when debating Hillary Clinton many years ago, to one which put America on the path to same-sex marriage. Once started, the shift continued and our nation is currently seeing new things unfold daily. Transgenderism, still considered a mental disorder by the medical profession, became heralded by the White House and strangely encouraged by many Democrats. The Administration forced their position on the states and the school system, putting parents in the uncomfortable position of their children being forced to share restroom facilities with people who were of the opposite biological sex than they were. It’s just another example of the divisionary politics practiced by the Obama White House.

Democrats Losing Key Positions Under Obama's Leadership

Now that Mr. Obama is leaving office, America will change. Most of his Executive Orders will be rescinded by President Trump and his signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, will be dismantled. To this day, he still feels as if everything he did was right and the opposition was in the wrong. It’s nothing to fault the man for. He told America that he wanted to fundamentally change this country before he was elected, and that’s what happened. Unfortunately Mr. Obama was unable to get the support for many of his policies from Congress and the American people, and in many cases, even his own Party. The loss of Democratic Senate seats, House seats, and state governorships and legislators has been staggeringly large. His eight years of hope and change damaged the Democratic brand worse than anyone else has ever done, especially a two-term President. Under President Obama, Democrats have lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats. His complex style of leadership, massive amount of regulation, and attempts to expand or change the role of many agencies in government have not been positive for the Democratic Party. Under Obama agencies like NASA were focusing on immigration and climate change.

Donald J. Trump - 45th President of the United States
Donald J. Trump - 45th President of the United States | Source

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due - Obama's Real Legacy

So, in summary, Obama can be credited with one thing above anything else; he is solely responsible for creating an environment in America which allowed Donald J. Trump to get elected as our next President. By ignoring the citizenry in favor of immigrants or non-citizens, Obama allowed populism to rise up and take over the nation. By using the mainstream media as his errand boys and girls, he set the stage for the emergence of stronger and bolder internet-based news sites to level the playing field. Massive regulation will usher in a new era where Washington is more hands-off and the states more hands-on in key areas such as education and other policy making. By allowing social activists to operate in areas that were outside the law, Obama will be cited as the reason why law enforcement spending will increase and the Border Patrol will have a much larger role. Businesses, landlords, and job sites will now scrutinize the immigration status of a person before moving ahead with anything, and those who fail to validate will be certainly arrested and deported. And American companies will once again invest in American workers, American made products will be valuable, and America will rise again to a level of greatness that the world hasn’t seen since the Reagan era.

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  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 8 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    Celebsfan is confused. He says Obama isn't the blame for populism. He needs top look up the meaning of populism. He loves Obama because Obama made his life better as in made life better for ordinary people. Yet populism means support for the concerns of ordinary people or the quality of appealing to or being aimed at ordinary people. Obama gave that lip service but his actions were the opposite. Populism is not the result of most Americans lacking the political knowledge to make the right choices. That's what all liberals believe, that they are the only ones with the knowledge of how everything and anything should be done, they are the elite. That's why a man like Trump who genuinely is for the ordinary man was the recipient of a populist movement which as Ralph states was allowed to rise up because of Obama's distaste and disregard for the ordinary people as demonstrated in his actions, not what he read off his teleprompter.

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    Paula 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Celebsfan. If you can state your life is "better" after 8 years of Barack Obama's cockeyed & lethal leadership, you absolutely had to be down in the gutter, indigent, hungry, sick, helpless, hopeless & comatose. But, hey....congratulations on the upgrade.

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 8 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    He gets half the credit for guiding. The rest of the credit goes to the mindless D-emings for following Hillarity over the political cliff.

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    FitnezzJim 8 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Should Obama get credit for guiding lemming Democrats over the political cliff?

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 8 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    Just think, if the democrats, namely their "leader" Obama had really concentrated on getting the economy going and jobs and not shoving an unwanted healthcare plan down our throats they never would have lost control of congress, would have been seen as crossing the aisle for the sake of America and would have been able to do anything they wanted later probably with Republican support. People would have believed electing a black man was what the country needed.

    Instead they defied common sense, made every mistake in the book and then doubled down on it by nominating Hillarity! They never learn from their mistakes, just like the terrorists they are plain stupid and blind to reality.

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    Ralph Schwartz 8 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I've often thought that Joe Biden could have beat Trump.

    Instead, The democrats drank their own koolaid and supported Hillary to the point of cheating inside the DNC - they appeared too focused on driving their agenda - an agenda which really only mattered to less than half of the nation. Yes, registered democrats will still vote for a dem even though they are broke from Obamacare and out of work....odd, but true.

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 8 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    Ralph, you have no need for a collaborator. You are a one man cornucopia of political fact! Although you and Carolyn would make a good pair. I am available on a consulting basis however... Since the liberals here play the troll card anytime you nail them in a lie you can contact me at TROLL.ORG which stands for The Righty Outing Liberal Lies :-)

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    Larry Douglas Clifton 8 months ago from Tampa Bay area

    From article "Now, eight years later, President Obama is leaving public office to resume his life..."

    From me: Yes, eight years and $10.5 trillion later...

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    Ara Vahanian 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    Ralph,

    Thank you so much for this. You made lots of great points. However, I would not blame Obama for the rise of populism. This rise of populism is due to the fact that most Americans lack the political knowledge to make the right choices, that is why DJT is now President. Obama did what he could do in spite of the obstructionist tactics used by the GOP. What more could he have done? I will say that the Democrats did not spend enough time in the poorer states to talk to the people, to show them that they were on their side. That stated, I blame Bernie Sanders and his supporters for weakening the Democrats in one of the most important elections in US history. Many Democrats never bothered to show up at the polls and vote. Overall, Barack Obama is a great man and he was a proper leader for the US. I will miss him dearly. Is my life better under Obama? It sure is.

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    Ralph Schwartz 8 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Taze - an impressive response and fantastic addition to what I wrote - maybe we should collaborate on something some day

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    Carolyn Fields 8 months ago from the USA

    I agree generally with everything. I wish to highlight and emphasize one key point: the difference between the unemployment rate and the workforce participation rate. When you "give up" looking, you fall out of the statistics. So, if you look at 100 people, with 90 people actively employed, and 10 looking for work, you have a 10% unemployment rate. But when 5 of the 10 people stop looking for work, you now have 90 working, and 5 looking, or an unemployment rate of 5.26%. The other 5 people are back living at home with their parents, and no longer "count." This is the travesty that is usually ignored. Thanks for bringing it out.

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 8 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    Well done again Ralph but the one place you skipped over in giving credit where credit is due is Obama's Claim that black America Is better off since he took office.“Like the rest of America, black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office.”

    The only one bright spot is the unemployment rate (and no surprise with this administration it is a deceptive one). For black Americans overall, that number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has slid from 12.7 percent when Obama was inaugurated to 8.8 percent last month — down 30.7 percent. The unemployment rate for black teenagers (ages 16 to 19) also declined over the same period, from 35.3 percent to 23.3 percent — down 34 percent.

    But, more ominously, the seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black Americans across the board has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.7 percent — down 2.4 percent. Just like the national unemployment rate for the country being lower than when BO took office that statistic is deceiving when you look at the labor-force-participation rate when 94 million not able to find work.

    The seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black teenagers also sagged from 29.6 percent to 28.8 percent — down 2.7 percent. During Obama’s tenure, the percentage of black Americans struggling below the poverty line has advanced, according to the most recent Census Bureau data, from 25.8 in 2009 to 26.2 in 2014 — up 1.6 percent.

    Real median income among black households during those years, according to the Census Bureau, sank from $35,954 to $35,398 — down 1.5 percent.

    The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent. Also, from Obama’s oath of office through the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of black Americans who own homes foundered from 46.1 percent to 41.9 percent, according to the Census — down 9.1 percent.

    Yes blacks still love Obama but they aren't happy with his policies. How can they be? How did this racist country (which is what they and the media want you to believe America is) elect the first Black man in history? Given what the left and the media want us to believe, that America is still a racist nation, and his failed presidency which therefore did not usher in a post racial era, undoubtedly the only conclusion anyone can come to is that there will never be another black president elected here and credit for that can only be given to Barack Obama who therefore was not even a credit to his race.

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    Ralph Schwartz 8 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks for the spellcheck Paula. I sat down early this morning with the intention of writing about the inauguration. It got me thinking and one thing led to another and this is the result. As Americans, we all need to find a way to live in the country when the political winds blow opposite to our favor. Republicans have spent the last eight years under conditions which many didn't like. Now it's possible the opposite - the swinging pendulum.

    Barack Obama is an extraordinary speaker, a highly educated and clever man, and will certainly find himself in demand as a speaker in the future. His vision is globalistic in nature, and he supports many policies which caused massive bloat in DC. I don't agree with most of what he said, but I respected the fact that he achieved something very few people do; being elected to the most powerful position in the world. I wish him well, but I also say good riddance to his regulations, his globalism, and his partisanship.

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    Paula 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ralph (psst. edit your title) just read it, U'll see the missing "R".

    I'm glad it was you who chose to take on this project of penning a tribute to BHO. I suppose there will be others & we can hope that they are as fair & factual as your excellent work.

    It is accurate, informational and as unbiased as it should be. As for how history will treat him, it remains to be seen. Personally, I feel comfortable to say that his 8 years were more or less like the reign of many of our past leaders. Cannot please everyone, cannot make all of your decisions and actions totally impeccable~~there are and will be failures as well as successes. Those who adored him found little if any fault. Those who were seriously against him, found fault with nearly every move he made and word he spoke. Is this unusual? Not at all.

    Aside from "politically," where in all honesty I can admit he disappointed me many times~~on a clearly personal note, I am fond of Barack Obama. He impresses me immensely in his abilities to show his "regular guy, down to earth & comedic personality." He is a public speaker extraordinaire without doubt. His role as a husband and father IMO, is enviable. Men would do well to pay attention to his Family man excellence. Thanks for this, Ralph. Thoroughly impressive.

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    FitnezzJim 8 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    My favorite line in this was "... usher in a new era where Washington is more hands-off and the states more hands-on ..."

    I truly believe that much of the conflict we have had over the past eight years was not so much due to Obama being President. Instead it was due to the rise of partisan power, that is, whichever party is in power gets to write the laws they want to write, and the way they want to write them. Obama had the vision to do the right things, but lacked the ability to make them happen in a practical manner. This was further complicated by the lack of effective sanity checks on new legislation that could have been provided by effective States representation, especially those already familiar with proposed new laws. The lack of effective States representation was driven by failures of our respective Senators to adequately represent for their individual States. If they had, much of the angst of Obama’s presidency could have been avoided. Nobody has proven able to lead effectively when partisanship is allowed to run amok.

    Because of that, I’ll say it again, my favorite line in this was "... usher in a new era where Washington is more hands-off and the states more hands-on ..."

    We can only hope that the allegiance of Senator to party becomes a thing of the past, and we find some way of shifting back to Senators effectively presenting their individual states positions on which concerns should or should not become federal law.

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    Old Poolman 8 months ago

    Great job Ralph. I noticed that the major objection to Trump's inaugural speech today was when he said he was giving America back to we-the-people. Then Media jumped right on this saying it was distasteful among other things.

    I would question what they find wrong with a statement such as that one? Could it possibly be that is a sign of things to come? Could it be that we are going to wake up and start demanding our elected representatives start doing the job we hired them to do?

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    Kathleen Cochran 8 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Amen.

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    Jack Lee 8 months ago from Yorktown NY

    Ralph, well said and I totally agree.