Obama’s Legacy-Chasing

Streetwise Professor once again writes the post that I was going to, describing the farce that is becoming the last weeks of Barack Obama’s Presidency.  SWP cites the following three decisions as being the worst of the lot, and I agree with him:

1. Obama’s ruling all of the USA’s Arctic offshore areas off-limits for future oil and gas developments (I wrote about that here).

2. His seemingly personal decision to break with decades of US policy and abstain from the UN vote on Israeli settlements.

3. His decision to expel Russian diplomats from the US, supposedly in retaliation for their “hacking” the election, evidence for which is laughably weak.

I have been saying for some time that history will judge Barack Obama very harshly indeed (by contrast, I think George W. Bush will be treated surprisingly kindly).  The truth behind somebody’s Presidency usually emerges when the key players retire and start writing their memoirs, and the personalities and the processes behind each major decision are revealed.  Judging by his behaviour in recent weeks, Obama seems keen that we not wait that long to find out who he really is.

There is a key word in all of this, mentioned in this report:

President Barack Obama has unilaterally designated two new “national monument” nature preserves in the western US states of Nevada and Utah.

The Bears Ears National Monument and the Gold Butte National Monument will protect areas rich in Native American artefacts from energy drilling.

Some Republicans in those states are opposed to the move and say it amounts to a federal land-grab.

It comes as Mr Obama attempts to secure his environmental legacy.

Legacy.  Right from the beginning, all Obama has been interested in is “securing his legacy”, regardless of what catastrophe was brought about in the meantime.  I’ve written about leaders chasing legacies before, and it is as bad a sign as any.  Like a person’s character, somebody’s legacy is best described by other people, not the individual concerned.

Obama, realising time is very short, is desperately trying to comprehend the disparity between what he thinks of himself and the verdict that the electorate just delivered on his eight years in office.  In trying to shore up his legacy he is cutting an increasingly childish and pathetic figure, one who is in serious danger of becoming a laughing stock.  If he breaks with precedent and does what he has threatened by continuing to sound off once he leaves office, then he will at least have the comfort of knowing his legacy will be assured.  It just won’t be the one he wanted.

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8 thoughts on “Obama’s Legacy-Chasing

  1. I can’t disagree with anything here, Tim.

    I’m also guessing that – like Putin did with Medvedev, ironically – Barry also thought he’d be able to carry on running the show even when formally out of power.

    Now he’s in a rush.

  2. It is fair to say that had The Shrillary won, Obumble would have been able to exert some degree of influence on the next few years of American life. Certainly the Muslim Brotherhood hold would have been lengthened. Once it became clear however that she had been legitimately beaten (and the recounts I believe showed more people than originally thought voted Trump, and the electoral college proved not as open as the left hoped to intimidation) the child masquerading as an adult was only left with the ‘lash out wildly’ option for his closing days. Trouble is, there are still nearly three weeks left of his ‘power’ and a fool’s rage knows no bounds.

    I too think history will, once the revelations tumble out, judge Obumble harshly indeed. He staked everything on being highly regarded yet did nothing that any normal person would regard as even middling. he talked a lot about himself, wrote two autobiographies (and will certainly I would think write third) and the Lame Stream Media in the fading liberal corners of the world will strive to pump him up just as before. Once the true story of his elusive birth certificate if not his actual birthplace comes to light, his secretive background and other affiliations come to light a lot of people in the future — if not now — will wonder how so many people were taken in. Not once, but twice.

    I have a relative who was born in Africa and she thinks that Obumble is one of the greatest men ever. Even she will in time, I think, come to realise he was nothing of the sort.

  3. “history will judge Barack Obama very harshly indeed (by contrast, I think George W. Bush will be treated surprisingly kindly)”: not while history is written by Dems it won’t.

  4. I agree with you, Tim, but of course I have thought from the beginning that the man was an arrested adolescent with a very shallow intellect and a fixation on a 1970s anti-colonialism – basically meaning that he has learnt absolutely nothing since he was about 17.

  5. I have a relative who was born in Africa and she thinks that Obumble is one of the greatest men ever.

    Alas, the bar is set pretty low in that part of the world. As SMFS pointed out at Tim Worstall’s, Mandela was considered a saint partly because he refrained from eating his enemies.

  6. not while history is written by Dems it won’t.

    I’m talking about serious historians, not political shills. Gaddis, for example.

  7. I agree with you, Tim, but of course I have thought from the beginning that the man was an arrested adolescent with a very shallow intellect and a fixation on a 1970s anti-colonialism – basically meaning that he has learnt absolutely nothing since he was about 17.

    Exactly. I think the reason his thesis has been kept under wraps is because it’ll be 1970s Black Liberation/Marxist shite of high-school quality.

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