Obama’s legacy

posted at 5:45 pm on September 20, 2010 by Steven Den Beste

A long time ago I came to the conclusion that one of the motives driving Obama is his concern over his legacy. How will he be seen once he leaves office? In particular, given that he’s the first President who isn’t white, what kind of record will he leave behind for the next non-white to make the attempt?

Will voters say, “Oh boy! This guy might be another Obama!” or will they say, “God help us, he might be another Obama”? Obama doesn’t want it to be the latter.

Unfortunately, it is increasingly looking as if that will be his legacy. The Obama administration is rapidly shaping up as a good bad-example. Obama has done nearly everything wrong that he possibly could do. Those that follow will learn from his example not what to do but rather what not to do.

Here’s some of what not to do:

1. Believe your own press clippings. An obsequious press wouldn’t lie, would they?

2. Staff your entire administration with people out of the ivory tower. No one needs any practical experience if they’re smart enough, and virtuous enough.

3. Value world opinion above all other things. Everywhere you go, apologize. Bow and kneel.

4. Believe that weakness is a form of strength. If you disarm, everyone else will, too.

5. Your face and voice are your most important weapons. Use them. Keep using them. Your main job is public appearances!

6. Believe in miracles. If you order the world to cool, the oceans to fall, the economy to grow, the nation’s enemies to vanish, well, it’ll happen.

7. Never admit mistakes. Everything bad that happens is someone else’s fault. Make sure to identify exactly who, and tell everybody incessantly.

8. Always keep in mind that it’s all about you.

9. Spend! Spend! Spend!

10. Push your agenda through, by hook or by crook, even in the face of voter opposition.

Obama wanted to be a transformative president, the left’s answer to Reagan. Unfortunately for Obama, he’s going to transform the country, alright, but in the long run it will be the same direction as Reagan.

I think it will take decades to undo most of the damage that Obama has caused (mainly by out-of-control spending and expansion of government) but it’ll happen, and this country will survive it. At the end of Obama’s one-and-only term as president, the country will be wounded but still standing.

Obama’s main legacy is going to be to utterly blacken the reputation of the “Progressive” political program for the next fifty years, if not even longer.

History will judge Obama’s biggest historical effect to be the backlash he will inspire against him among voters. His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

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Call me prejudiced all you want, but… 3rd world president = 3rd world economy = 3rd world nation.

abobo on September 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Obama has made it more difficult for other blacks to get elected. People are getting tired of being accused of being racist, just because they criticize him.

JamesB on September 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I’d like to believe this, but Obama’s opposition is the Republican Party, and frankly, it won’t take the Repubs. anything close to 50 years to screw things up.

WordsMatter on September 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Obama’s legacy

The 100 year flood, seeing a supernova first-hand, winning the lottery, being a worse President than Carter. These are things most people will never experience.

He was worse than Carter.

BobMbx on September 20, 2010 at 5:51 PM

At the end of Obama’s one-and-only term as president, the country will be wounded but still standing.

Albeit with a crutch,limp and terrible hangover.

fourdeucer on September 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Well done, President Dinkins. Setting race relations back 50 years.

Reagan after Carter

Rudy after Dinkins

Cuda after Zero

The contrasts could not be starker.

hamnj7 on September 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Whoever follows Obama into the White House will share the same fate as Bud Fox: Appointed CEO of a company that got cut up and sold that same day.

BobMbx on September 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM

At the end of Obama’s one-and-only term as president, the country will be wounded but still standing.

Like this

BobMbx on September 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM

“The means of arriving at tyranny is to gain the confidence of the multitude, and one does this by declaring himself the enemy of the rich.” – Aristotle

Django on September 20, 2010 at 5:59 PM

One thing for sure the commie,liberal,progressives or whatever they are gonna call themselves will need a new label and mascot.The Star gazer/unicorn Party of tomorrow located on big rock candy mountain.Shame of it is some folks had wanted relations to improve but the race card won out.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM

The purpose to his life seems to be to serve as a warning to others.

michaelo on September 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Good part of legacy: Obama’s failures killed off all the HA trolls.

Chuck Schick on September 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I like Sarah Palin’s observation that Obama wants to change America while what we need is to be renewed or restored. There’s a phrase in the Tao Te Ching

The empire is a sacred vessel and nothing should be done to it.
Whoever does anything to it will ruin it;
whoever lays hold of it will lose it.

He’s trying to change it, and he’s ruining it.

Paul-Cincy on September 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Did YOU say “utterly blacken”…?

RAAAAACCCIIISSSSTTT

Kuffar on September 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Those of you who voted for Obama can relax: sometime down the road you’ll have an opportunity to vote for a competent black president. Change that works you over!

ya2daup on September 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Here will be the legacy:

(When putting down a rival who’s been indicted for corruption) He’s just another Obamacrat politician…

(When speech lasts too long) Oblama, Oblama, Oblama…

(When catching someone in a lie) Don’t you Obama to us!!

(Correcting a silly math mistake) Where did you learn Obamanomics?

(When scolding a worker who’s caught goofing off on the job) We don’t need any more Obamas here!!!

landlines on September 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Like this

BobMbx on September 20, 2010 at 5:58
PLUS 100%
Todays winner!

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Obama’s main legacy is going to be to utterly blacken the reputation of the “Progressive” political program for the next fifty years, if not even longer.

Only IF the Tea Party elects CONSERVATIVES and ousts the PROGRESSIVE RINOS AND MODERATES!

Otherwise the door of compromise, pander, redistribute, spend and confiscate wealth will be open.

The CONSERVATIVES must then always be vigilant to attacks on them by above said groups. T

The ideas that one mans money should be used to elevate others by gov’t decree is an irresistable elixir to corrupt and shallow minded pols and academics!

dhunter on September 20, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Obama could have a lasting positive impact – if young people and “swing voters” learn the lesson he is teaching them: NEVER trust a Democrat.

Adjoran on September 20, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Obama = FUBAR

Failing unprecedentedly by awful reasoning.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

We are still dealing with the effects of Obama 1.0, otherwise known as Jimmy Carter.

The Iranian crisis, the creation of the Department of Education (ok, HEW might have made almost as much of a mess), and the Community Reinvestment Act, which required banks to “give back” to the poor communities, i.e., making loans and mortgages to poor people who could not pay them back, rather than just taking their money into savings and checking accounts.

Wethal on September 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

History will judge Obama’s biggest historical effect to be the backlash he will inspire against him among voters. His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

I DISAGREE! The Tea Party “movement” as to the growing majority of voters in the U.S. who oppose big government, ongoing tax increases (and taxes in general on principle), government intrusion into our lives if not overrun of the individual by government…all of this has been present in growing voter association for a while now.

Though I agree that Obama in the Presidency has pushed the Tea Party forward, he’s hardly the cause of the Tea Party existing. I would never award him that honor.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Here’s what I think Barack Obama’s legacy will be (and is already):

Biggest Fool in the Presidency, Ever.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:12 PM

My Bad will soon be replaced by he done “bommah dat one”.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 20, 2010 at 6:13 PM

History will judge Obama’s biggest historical effect to be the backlash he will inspire against him among voters. His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

Absolutely! Newton’s Laws of Motion, one and two have been applied now comes the 3rd. The backlash will reach far into the future and I predict his name will become a verb and it won’t be complimentary.

Texas Gal on September 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Here will be the legacy:

(When putting down a rival who’s been indicted for corruption) He’s just another Obamacrat politician…

(When speech lasts too long) Oblama, Oblama, Oblama…

(When catching someone in a lie) Don’t you Obama to us!!

(Correcting a silly math mistake) Where did you learn Obamanomics?

(When scolding a worker who’s caught goofing off on the job) We don’t need any more Obamas here!!!

landlines on September 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

“Obama” is now the land where bad things are.

Or stupid, idiotic, foolish things.

“You’re from the land of Obama!
…you’re in Obamaland!”

Opposite of Heaven, the wrong direction at the crossroads from America.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Obama could have a lasting positive impact – if young people and “swing voters” learn the lesson he is teaching them: NEVER trust a Democrat.

Adjoran on September 20, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Alas its not just Democrats we have to fear its the PROGRESSIVES from both parties the socialist panderers who would take another mans money to buy votes.
We must rid the RINOs from our own Party as they leave the door open for another all out assualt. It was an over spending, big governement, Karl Rove lead Republican party that ushered in Obama and gave them the green light to go for real massive redistribution.
Redistribution Lite as the Rinos would do is just as dangerous as all out redistribution if not more so.

Kind of like boiling a frog or lobster starting with cold water and slowly briniging it to a boil!

Its more isidious as the effects are less detectable!

dhunter on September 20, 2010 at 6:20 PM

CHANGE for the worse gone worst.

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Obama’s main legacy is going to be to utterly blacken the reputation…

Racist.

Bishop on September 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM

The 1st POTUS ever to helo-evacuate from the White House roof just steps ahead of a raging horde of angry Americans?

Bishop on September 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

His legacy will be quite similar to “Typhoid Mary”…

Khun Joe on September 20, 2010 at 6:33 PM

“Got no change in ma pocket, baby!
Got no shoes on ma feet!
Ain’t had a job in years! Yeah baby, you know it!
No food for a’most a week!

Got dem ol’ Obama blues baby! Got dem ol’ Obama blues!

I’m down on ma knees agin, little darlin!

Got dem Obama blues!

Vntnrse on September 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I don’t think that Obama will get the Democratic nomination in 2012.

The party elders of his party will tell him to either step aside or get trampled.

molonlabe28 on September 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Never trust a Dimmi or a RINO! They’ll stab you in the back first chance they get.

Ogabe on September 20, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Good part of legacy: Obama’s failures killed off all the HA trolls.

Chuck Schick on September 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Except for the ones in today’s Jimmy Carter thread, and the one in the earlier thread about O’bama censoring the word “Creator”.

Del Dolemonte on September 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Obama’s main legacy is going to be to utterly blacken the reputation of the “Progressive” Oppressive political program for the next fifty years, if not even longer.

FIFY

Oppressive regulation
Oppressive Taxation.
Oppressive control of the nation.
Oppressive takeovers of industry
Oppressive takeovers of the healthcare system through Obamacare.
Oppressive in terms of tyranny in Democrats not recognizing the Constitutional limits on their power..

I could go on, but you get the picture.

Chip on September 20, 2010 at 6:45 PM

History will judge Obama’s biggest historical effect to be the backlash he will inspire against him among voters. His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

I think the Tea Party was inevitable. It might have lost steam, because McCain would not have done the stuff Obama did but it is giving Obama too much credit to say these feelings haven’t been peculating for a very long time.

I think the Tea Party actually started in the elections of 2006 and 2008 when Republicans voted Republicans out.

petunia on September 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM

11. Elevate appearance over reality: spin is all that matters.

LASue on September 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

The best legacy is that the socialist agenda of the Democrats is going to have to go back underground. I actually think in this regard Obama has done freedom loving Americans something of a favor. BUT only if the backlash continues.

ORconservative on September 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I know this is OT, but where is AP tonite? Was something mentioned earlier that I missed?

lukespapa on September 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I think it will take decades to undo most of the damage that Obama has caused (mainly by out-of-control spending and expansion of government)

It’s hard to believe that anyone could be gullible enough to think that expansion of government and out of control spending have been markers of the Obama administration. You fail to understand that deficit spending on the precipice of a deep depression is proven, mainstream economic policy. No action in the face of a historic economic crisis didn’t work during the Great Depression, and fortunately Obama’s economic team did something to keep the economy from a more violent contraction.

Bush is the one who gave the nation a nearly $1 tril structural deficit during an economic boom while doubling the national debt. So while you may cheer for a return to the Bush era, people who understand that our country’s power is based on our economic strength aren’t quite as excited. We can’t afford a repeat of Bush level deficit spending when the economy is thriving.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The best legacy is that the socialist agenda of the Democrats is going to have to go back underground. I actually think in this regard Obama has done freedom loving Americans something of a favor. BUT only if the backlash continues.
ORconservative on September 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

My hope is that after years of incrementally becoming more and more socialistic, the shock of Obama’s attempt at transforming the country into a socialist dystopia has woken people up to the danger.

Chip on September 20, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I know this is OT, but where is AP tonite? Was something mentioned earlier that I missed?

lukespapa on September 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM

He called in late, he had a Meghan Mac date! (<:)

dhunter on September 20, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I think Obama could possibly could keep the democrat party in the minority for a generation.

I wonder how many democrats who tied their wagon to his are kicking themselves. Politicians like Kathleen Sebelius can kiss their political future good bye.

bopbottle on September 20, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I know this is OT, but where is AP tonite? Was something mentioned earlier that I missed?

lukespapa on September 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM

He is hosting a fundraiser for Christine O’Donnell.

bopbottle on September 20, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Unless the new congress we elect completely overturns everything and we basically get a do-over on everything enacted and every new czar/department/government take-over the Obama Legacy will be at least as effective as Carter and potentially worse than Wilson.

Don’t you see it doesn’t matter to him if anyone likes him, he wishes to control you and to set in motion long lasting control for his Marxist ilk. Clinton “triangulated” because he wanted to be liked, Obama could care less.

It doesn’t matter to him if history judges him a buffon, we and our future are the ones who will suffer for it unless those we elect will undo all that has been done and then reach back and undo somemore.

batterup on September 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM

You fail to understand that deficit spending on the precipice of a deep depression is proven, mainstream economic policy. No action in the face of a historic economic crisis didn’t work during the Great Depression, and fortunately Obama’s economic team did something to keep the economy from a more violent contraction.

Bush is the one who gave the nation a nearly $1 tril structural deficit during an economic boom while doubling the national debt. We can’t afford a repeat of Bush level deficit spending when the economy is thriving.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Do you even know how to read an economic chart? Or a history book …maybe something more current than 1955? Or is this just Kosspeak bs?

There’s so much fail there, its hard to know where to begin.

Easy to rebut: just hard to know where to start.

fortunately Obama’s economic team did something to keep the economy from a more violent contraction.

Oh wait. I see: you forgot the /sarc.

My bad. Sorry.

davisbr on September 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM

My hope is that after years of incrementally becoming more and more socialistic

Hold on, how have we become more socialist? By saving GM, Ford, and Chrysler and preserving the country’s manufacturing base? Or by failing to structurally change health care through a public option?

The one chance Obama had to do something truly ‘socialist’ was missed. Obama’s economic team could have nationalized the bloated, too-big-to-fail banks, such as Citibank, then broken those banks up and sold off their assets, essentially ending the too big to fail era. Instead, Obama let those banks live on and stay fully intact, awaiting another possible bail out. Since then, Citibank and its kind have become a huge weight on the economy, as their huge portfolios of bad loans have led to overly conservative lending practices that keep businesses from expanding.

So congratulate yourselves, in the spirit of free markets the Citibank beast continues to live. And before you start talking about how China is more ‘free market’ than Obama, the Chinese government has nearly complete control over all the country’s top banks.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

There’s so much fail there, its hard to know where to begin.

davisbr on September 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM

As an economic humorist of your standing, I’m sure you could humor me by sharing a few facts. I don’t have an ideological stone to grind here and am willing to agree to whatever economic formula has been most successful in the past- based on factual evidence. I just want (a) the deficit lowered and (b) the nation’s account balances made healthy. At the very least, we can all agree that there’s a problem to address.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

His most important legacy will be the Tea Party movement, which wouldn’t have happened without him.

Clearly Hussein Louie was unfamiliar with Newton’s Third Law. He may be able to grasp some understanding of it come November 2.

Luka on September 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

The structure of the Tea Party movement points to major, underlying changes in our response to the modern age and acceptance of it. One of the major points is the Feiler Faster Thesis, expanded to knowledge processing by individuals across the spectrum, is in play. That means the old timelines of decades are shifted down into years. There is a final incompressible set of timelines for financial institutions, but there isn’t one for government that goes beyond 2 years.

That 2 years is the time it takes to get a new Congress.

Congress has one great power it has rarely used: not to spend.

Things will change very quickly the day a Congress that refuses to spend for big government is put in place. Very, very quickly.

ajacksonian on September 20, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Remember the frog in the pot who just sat there as the water temperature slowly rose? Obama and his minions made the mistake of setting the burner on high. If they had just proceeded slowly, most of the public would barely notice. Just look at Bush. He was the proto-Obama with his huge spending and entitlement programs. He was just more restrained than the Obamamites and Republicans couldn’t believe one of theirs would financially ruin us.

NNtrancer on September 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I don’t think that Obama will get the Democratic nomination in 2012.

The party elders of his party Hillary will tell him to either step aside or get trampled.

molonlabe28 on September 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on September 20, 2010 at 9:09 PM

” Those that follow will learn from his example not what to do but rather what not to do.”

I respectfully disagree. Obama is the prime example of how the lefties refuse to learn. How many failed socialist countries were there in the 20th century? Did Obama, Pelosi, Reid et al learn from those failures? Read the comments of trolls on conservative blogs or go to HuffPo or KOS. Talk about a collective. Collective of morons. Did the Dems learn from HillaryCare? LOL. Bubba snookered Obama and the Dems to go for it, thus giving Hillary a shot at the 2012 nomination.

Sadly, leftists never learn from real world experience. We may whittle them down to a very small number, but they will always be around and they will never learn. In their own way, they are like Holocaust deniers when it comes to socialism.

JimP on September 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

He was the proto-Obama with his huge spending and entitlement programs. He was just more restrained than the Obamamites and Republicans couldn’t believe one of theirs would financially ruin us.

NNtrancer on September 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Well, Bush may have financially ruined us. It’s called saving for a rainy day- and America failed disastrously to follow that common sense principle. Other countries, like China had far, far larger stimulus packages as a percentage of GDP in response to the Great Recession. The difference is that those other nations hadn’t engaged the previous 8 years in massive deficit spending.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Steve, have I mentioned how much I admire you?

BlameAmericaLast on September 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM

It’s hard to believe that anyone could be gullible enough to think that expansion of government and out of control spending have been markers of the Obama administration. You fail to understand that deficit spending on the precipice of a deep depression is proven, mainstream economic policy. No action in the face of a historic economic crisis didn’t work during the Great Depression, and fortunately Obama’s economic team did something to keep the economy from a more violent contraction.

Bush is the one who gave the nation a nearly $1 tril structural deficit during an economic boom while doubling the national debt. So while you may cheer for a return to the Bush era, people who understand that our country’s power is based on our economic strength aren’t quite as excited. We can’t afford a repeat of Bush level deficit spending when the economy is thriving.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

A) it is untrue that defecit spending ended the great depression. All recent studies have demonstrated that teh new deal spending actually deepened and prolonged teh great depression.

B) no other proof exists for the proposition that deficit spending ends recessions;

c) there is no proof that obama’s spending “saved” anything. First, to the extent you claim victory for taking property from the rightful shareholders of G.M. et al, congratulations. Let’s see how these companies do in the next 10 years and whether we took on billions in debt to simply kick the can down the road. I would have preferred to have allowed these companies to go into bankruptcy. There is no evidence that doing so would have “destoryed our economy” or whether it would have allowed the market to salvage it for the better. I think the latter would have occurred.

You are arguing entirely on faith. faith that spending somehow accomplished something. There is no evidence that it did, only assertions.

As to Bush – I agree, his spending was out of control, both with a republican congress and then a democrat congress.

But, Obama’s spending has absolutely dwarfed Bush’s. You are religously wedded to the idea that deficit spending is the answer, I disagree, and there is no historical evidence supporting you, despite what you say. But we do know for sure that the huge debts that Obama has incurred will be a drag on the economy for generations.

As to socialism, just b/c we don’t have a single-payer system right now, Obamacare is so heavy a regulatory burden, it is akin to state control. Moreover it is designed to drive private insurers out of business so taht teh state can take over. Just because you lack the intellect to see that, or are completely dishonest, does not change that fact. Obamacare will be another enormous drag on the american economy and destroy both a good healthcare system and jobs.

Your faith in socialism is pretty interesting though.

Monkeytoe on September 21, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I don’t have an ideological stone to grind here and am willing to agree to whatever economic formula has been most successful in the past- based on factual evidence. I just want (a) the deficit lowered and (b) the nation’s account balances made healthy. At the very least, we can all agree that there’s a problem to address.

bayam on September 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

YOu claim no ideological stone, yet you come on every post and push the socialist line. Why is it that liberals always claim not to be liberal or ideological? They are simply “arguing from reason”.

Sure, we agree there is a problem. Cut spending and regulations and don’t increase taxes. Then business will grow and any extra revenue from that and spending cuts can be used to pay down the debt.

Monkeytoe on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Thank you Steve. I enjoyed reason number 8, as follows.

8. Always keep in mind that it’s all about you.

But, let’s add always keep in mind how many pens it takes to sign your name. Oh, that’s right, the protocol is to have a pen for everyone invited to the signing- OH no, now I have remember the number of letters in my name and how many pens are there and create a logarithm to get the answer. What’s a logarithm?

MSGTAS on September 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM