This is the last night we’ll go to sleep with Barack Obama as President. Some may be glad, others may be crying at the very thought. Keith Knight has a powerful comic at Fuse about what can’t be taken away. knight-obama2b.png

The past can’t be changed. And to quote Star Trek, one person cannot change the future, but they can change the present. Be the change you believe in.


  1. So his greatest achievement was nothing he actually did as president? Given that his real achievement was getting Trump elected – guess that is right.

  2. @Bob: That’s a bit of a harsh assessment, but I’ll grant that the idea of Obama was often far more powerful than Obama the human being.

    On the whole, I think he was a pretty good President. There are a lot of areas in which he disappointed me — expanding government surveillance, drone strikes, and letting the banking executives who wrecked our economy off scot-free are a few examples off the top of my head.

    And speaking of that last one — I think you’re on to something. There are a lot of reasons Trump got elected, but I think the Democrats’ failure to combat economic inequality is a biggie. Trump is not the solution — one look at his/Goldman Sachs’s cabinet is enough to see that — but I can understand why his economic rhetoric resonated with people. (I can’t understand why they didn’t find his racism and misogyny to be disqualifying, mind.)

    But, on the other hand, Obama did a lot of good, even if he often didn’t go as far as I’d have liked. He made positive progress in reforming the drug war, and while he may not have gone as far as I’d have liked in terms of the economy or healthcare, we’re certainly better off than we were eight years ago.

    Whether all that could be wiped out in the blink of an eye or the stroke of a pen…well, we’re about to find out.

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