Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I know we’re only half-way through, but can we take a moment to consider Barak Obama’s legacy as President? How’s he shaping up against his competition?
Reagan and Bush I ended the Cold War.
Nixon opened China.
Johnson – civil rights. Like it or hate it, he made it happen.
Kennedy – I credit the inspirational ‘put a man on the moon speech’. That was a pivotal moment.
Truman won The War by dropping The Bomb. World changing event.
Slick Willie, Carter, Eisenhower – nothing much happened, good or bad, they’re as forgettable as Hayes or Cleveland.
The Light Bringer? So far, the subjects for his legacy include:
the worst economy since the Great Depression
the worst race relations in 50 years
global terrorists rebounding bigger, stronger and more confident than ever
alienating our allies and destroyed all hope of working relations with our associates (China, Russia for example).
destroyed the concept of rule of law with scandals such as IRS, Fast and Furious, GM bailout
executed American citizens without trial, hearing or oversight
increased surveillance of American citizens to levels the KGB only dreamed of
has drones over everyone
has people reading this email
This is Barak Obama’s legacy – The hope and change – so far. It’s bad enough. And we have three years left.
Maybe if we invade Syria, things will get better?