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 … [Read more...] about Will Obama be remembered as one of the great US presidents?
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"This is my parents' bed and I sleep in here because I am scared of monsters in my bedroom," says Billie Eilish , as the camera focuses on her face. The trailer for The World's a Little Blurry is interspersed with images of the young woman, with blue hair, sometimes green, playing with her brother, recording a song or speaking about love. Then there are shots of the young singer asking her mother why she must cope instead of simply "missing people," and another one telling her audience how important it is to live in the moment: "Are you guys okay? You guys need to be okay because you're all the reason I'm okay." The young superstar shows how juggling exuberance and angst in a world of uncertainty is part of her everyday experience — something many young people can relate to as well: "It is a horrible time to be a teenager, kids are depressed," says Eilish's mother in the film, which premieres on streaming platform Apple TV+ on February 26. An almost completely documented … [Read more...] about Teenage prodigy: Billie Eilish up close in new documentary
IN a little over a decade, Ellie Goulding has shifted 15million albums and 102million singles and has enjoyed global success. But as she revealed her first pregnancy this week , in a carefully choreographed announcement alongside an interview with fashion bible Vogue, the 34-year-old singer and socialite made it clear her ambition is far bigger. This wasn’t just baby news, but a statement of intent. Just hours after the announcement, she made her first appearance with a burgeoning bump when she took centre stage at a high-end fashion launch for Hugo Boss as it unveiled a new collaboration with heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua. And the real revelation was the transformation of Ellie — now the darling of the fashion world, close friend of the royals and eager to branch out to become a top businesswoman alongside her already impressive showbiz credentials and an estimated £30million fortune. As one insider put it: “She’s done all she can as a pop star — her … [Read more...] about Ellie Goulding was plagued by doubt and anxiety but now she’s pregnant and planning her showstopping comeback
Barack Obama entered the White House in early 2009 on the back of a promise of hope and change. But how successful has his presidency been? Sky's editors and correspondents give their views. Foreign Affairs By Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor Barack Obama's tenure began with great hope. Of an intelligent reset of international relations largely deformed by neoconservatives behind the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the long war in Afghanistan. He was a disappointment. His allergy to foreign intervention resulted in a non-strategy on Syria and a general reluctance to throw the weight of his office behind burning issues of the day. Advertisement He failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Like David Cameron, he failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Legacy By Dominic Waghorn, Diplomatic Editor More from UK … [Read more...] about Pass or fail? Sky News experts give their verdicts on Obama’s era