Legacy is sought by presidents but hard to evaluate for years to come. Not least because much depends on how the country and next president handle their inheritance. Mr Obama will hope future historians will include the following among his achievements when they come to judge him: Saving the US economy after the 2008 banking crisis, Obamacare, the Iran deal and undeniable progress in dealing with humanity’s greatest threat, climate change. The first cannot be undone by Donald Trump. The others can. And his personal achievements will also be beyond the reach of his successor too. He will always be America’s first black president, twice elected. And he undeniably brought a decency, dignity and level of respect for the office he held, and a complete absence of scandal. Advertisement But beyond the Herculean effort of wrestling Obamacare through office Barack Obama has no great domestic legislative programme with his name on it. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Biden tells President: Obamacare is a ‘BFD’ Most of the blame lies with his Republican nemeses on Capitol Hill who vowed to make him a one-term president. They opposed his stimulus bill which passed without a single one… Read full this story
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