The rest of the story: What Obama won’t tell you about his legacy

Caroline Baum, MarketWatch (first published in MarketWatch, Jan 6th, 2017)
From the economy to race relations, the president failed to deliver on his promise of hope and change

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008 in front of Greek columns and full of hope, but how did it turn out?

Donald Trump didn’t wait until Inauguration Day to insert himself into U.S. foreign policy. He broke with precedent when he intervened to pressure Egypt to withdraw a draft U.N. resolution condemning Israel, and the U.S. to veto the final resolution.

At the same time, President Barack Obama is not going quietly into the night. He has used that pen of his to sign a rash of last-minute executive orders commuting the sentences of some prisoners, pardoning others, banning drilling off the Atlantic coast and in parts of the Arctic Ocean, and declaring 1.65 million acres of desert in Utah and Nevada as national monuments.

When he isn’t making mischief for his successor, Obama is busy drafting his legacy, which will culminate in a reprise of the historic moments of his presidency as part of of a Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago. (Why wait for others to assess your legacy when you can do it yourself?)

Obama is certain to relate his successes from the past eight years, including the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and more than six years of sustained job growth. Then there are a handful of things he would prefer that we forget…

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Clarity on Trump’s 100 Day “To-Do List”

Bill Mottram, Colorado Conservative and Blog Admin

The UK publication, The Daily Mail recently published an very good article on Trumps Gettysburg speech and his 28 point “Contract for the American Voter”. The clever organization and presentation of this article encouraged me to recast my earlier post. Hopefully this “do over” will add clarity and understanding to Trump’s comprehensive 100 day plan and underline the significant differences between Trump and Clinton.

The Daily Mail looked at the 28 points and separated them into four distinct categories:

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Immigration and Rule-of-Law
  • Jobs and Trade
  • Bills Trump will push in his first 100 days

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