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Barack Obama's Previous Employment

Updated on April 1, 2017
Barack Obama, who used to be U.S. President.  That is democracy.
Barack Obama, who used to be U.S. President. That is democracy. | Source
U.S. President Barack Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
U.S. President Barack Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. | Source

This is an old post, before the U.S. presidential election in 2016. American voters made their choice and Donald Trump is the 2017 U.S. President. The post was also a re-cap of Obama's last days in the White House.

President Obama's Last Christmas

Americans are going to the polls November 8, 2016 to choose a new president. All eyes are on the United States and the world will just have to respect the outcome of the election. What is important is what America wants, Trump or Clinton.

In the meantime, President Obama is on a global victory tour, saying goodbye to friends and enemies he made during his presidency.

The 2016 Christmas will be Barack Obama’s last, where he will be addressed as President of the United States of America. He will be just Mr. Obama after the 2017 inauguration of the new president.

His presidency is a reminder that the world will have to live with what Americans decide in the fall, because every presidency has been what they wanted at a particular time.

Examples include the perpetuation of slavery, denying African Americans the right to vote, the institution of a minimum wage, tightening borders, affordable health care, Vietnam, Iraq, the cold war with Russia, Cuba, dropping the bomb on Hiroshima Japan, to name a few internal and foreign policies.

The Obama Legacy

The Obama presidency also demonstrates that the American voter cannot be taken for granted. Way back in 1997, he was elected to the state of Illinois Senate, where he served until he graduated to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Some insiders in the Democratic Party saw his potential and set the ball rolling for him to run for president.

They told Americans he was ready and they voted for him, dispelling assumptions about the importance of money, family background and a myriad of political connections when running for the White House.

His father is from Africa. He was born in Hawaii, a state known for its awesome beaches and geography and not associated with the civil rights struggle. He also did not have any ‘old’ money to pay political bills.

That changed when the presidential race began because Obama had men and women across the nation that flipped the script on fundraising by taking the online route.

Obama is what Americans wanted in 2008 and with his re-election in 2012. As President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoy their last Christmas, some Americans know how they will vote in November 2016.

He has friends and foes in Congress, among his own party, on the streets, in academia and abroad. The next U.S. president will inherit all that. It comes with the job. Call it an occupational hazard.

What America Wants Abroad

The U.S. is regarded as the most powerful nation in the world for a number of reasons. One of them is that it affects other countries either positively or negatively.

That is why they are monitoring the 2016 race to the White House. How they feel about the possibility of having a former president’s wife or a former reality television star and businessman as U.S. president is immaterial. It is what America wants that matters.

There were some skeptics abroad when Ronald Reagan ran for president. They couldn’t understand how a former Hollywood actor could be a U.S. president. He won and lived in the White House from 1981 to 1989 because it is what America wanted.

Therefore, countries abroad will have to deal with America’s choice in whatever relationship they have. It is mostly trading and America has public strategic military alliances, and secret ones.

American universities also attract many foreign students, even those that hate the country’s religious freedom, freedom for women, freedom of speech and other freedoms.

Who is America?

The statement what America wants might be misleading because the next U.S. President will be decided by people who voted.

Majority rules so those that voted for the loser will just have to grin and bear it. Surely, they are not part of ‘what America wants’ are they?

There are also people who feel that they have no say in the matter because Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are products of privilege. They have money and connections that have put them on the road to the White House.

Americans Living Abroad

Americans living abroad are part of ‘what America wants’ in the November presidential elections because mechanisms are in place for them to vote long distance.

They will bear the brunt of the choice American voters make because they will constantly have their backs against the wall, defending the outcome of the November vote or denouncing it.

He or she is our president and I support him/her.

I didn’t vote for him or her.

I didn’t vote.

Obama's Farewell Speech

What America wants is part of Obama's speech to the House of Commons in Canada on the 29th of June.

It is a paella of many things, but the underlying message is America's survival as a capitalist country that is constantly looking for new markets and customers.

The next president might not care for the Obama presidency but both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton can relate to that.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting article.


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