Evaluating Barack Obama

Jan 12,2017 – JORDAN TIMES – Jonathan Power

President Barack Obama steps down at the age of 55. He will probably live, given his healthy lifestyle, until he is over 90. So what on Earth is he going to do for the next 40 years?

Realistically, we do not know and right now probably he does not know either. But one thing we can be sure of: as he writes his second autobiography in his very special prose, he will be critically re-evaluating every decision and policy change he made.

This is an honest man, if on a few occasions he failed to be. And we, the jury, try to be, if sometimes we fail, too.

What did he do right and what did he do wrong?

This week I look at his domestic policies, next week at his foreign policies.

When he came to power, the economy was in shambles, still attempting to recover from the worldwide fallout from the collapse of the Wall Street icon, the Lehman Brothers bank.

He dealt with the issues as a true follower of the greatest economist of them all, John Maynard Keynes, priming the pump with massive investment in roads and America’s rotting bridges.

He invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools.

He put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

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  1. OK, patiently waiting for next week. Obama’s home politics were probably more positive than his foreign policy actions.

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