How Obama changed America

Source: CNN

By Fareed Zakaria, Host

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” This article is adapted from the conclusion to “The Legacy of Barack Obama,” which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)In May 2010, Time magazine tells us, Barack Obama invited a group of America’s most distinguished presidential historians to dinner at the White House. He was searching for ideas, examples and “lessons from his predecessors.”

“But as the conversation progressed,” Time reported, “it became clear to several in the room that Obama” was most interested in the accomplishments of Ronald Reagan.
Fareed Zakaria

Reagan on first glance was an unlikely role model — an arch-conservative, actor-turned-politician who was better known for his anecdotes and humor than analysis and intellect. But Obama saw that Reagan had been a transformational president, someone who, as he said while campaigning in 2008, had “changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.” Clearly that was Obama’s aspiration as well — to change the trajectory of America.
Did he? If I had been taking stock in mid-2016, the case would have been overwhelming. The Obama administration passed near-universal health care. It fundamentally reshaped America’s energy policy to combat climate change and fuel a clean energy revolution. It enacted the largest reorganization of the financial industry since the Great Depression. It rescued the auto industry. And most of that happened in the administration’s first 18 months. Obama has argued, with merit, in the first two years in office, he accomplished more in domestic policy than any president since Lyndon Johnson.


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