In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the
Now that he will be leaving, how well did these initiatives listed in the press release actually work out?
"Securing the historic
The accord was never submitted to
That "deal" was another effort to circumvent the treaty-ratifying authority of
Even Democratic presidential nominee
"Destroying ISIL" and "dismantling al Qaeda."
We are at last making some progress against some of these "jayvee" teams, as Obama once described the Islamic State. Neither group has been dismantled or destroyed. Despite the death of
"Ending combat missions in
The Afghan war rages on. The precipitous withdrawal of all U.S. peacekeepers in 2011 from a quiet
This was an eight-year broken promise. The detention center still houses dangerous terrorists.
"Rebalancing to the
The anemic "Asia Pivot" failed.
"Supporting Central American development."
The once-achievable promise of a free-market, democratic
Democrats claimed Russian interference in the recent election. If true, it is proof that there is no such thing as "cybersecurity." The WikiLeaks releases, the hacked Clinton emails and the Edward Snowden disclosures confirm that the Obama administration was the least cybersecure presidency in history.
The NSA scandal, the hounding of
"Honoring our nation's veterans."
"Making sure our politics reflect America's best."
The 2016 presidential campaign was among the nastiest on record. WikiLeaks revealed unprecedented collusion between journalists and the Clinton campaign. Earlier, Obama had been the first president in U.S. history to refuse public campaign money. He was also the largest fundraiser of private cash and the greatest collector of
"Protecting voting rights."
Riots followed the recent presidential election. Democrats, without merit, joined failed
Lethal attacks on police are soaring.
"Promoting immigrant and refugee integration and citizenship awareness."
The southern U.S. border is largely unenforced. Immigration law is deliberately ignored. The president's refugee policy was unpopular and proved a disaster, as illustrated by the Boston Marathon bombings, the San Bernardino attack, the
Note what Obama's staff omitted: his doubling of the U.S. debt in eight years, the unworkable and soon-to-be-repealed Affordable Care Act, seven years of anemic economic growth, record labor nonparticipation, failed policy resets abroad, and a
Why, then, has the president's previously sinking popularity suddenly rebounded in 2016?
Obama disappeared from our collective television screens, replaced by unpopular candidates Clinton and Trump, who slung mud at each other and stole the limelight.
As a result, Obama discovered that the abstract idea of a lame-duck Obama was more popular than the cold reality of eight-year President Obama.
He wisely adjusted by rarely being heard from or seen for much of 2016.
So Obama now departs amid the ruin of the