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The Obama Presidency: An Assessment

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Overall, the central lesson of the Obama presidency is the crucial role of the Left in saving America from its worst errors. It was the anti-war Left in the Democratic Party that gave the nomination to Obama, rather than to Hillary Clinton, and this was a great achievement, not just because of the election of an African-American (we also need a woman President to be sure) but because Hillary Clinton would almost certainly have led this country into an outright war with Iran. It was also the Left, especially the short-lived but profoundly important Occupy movement, that brought the issue of social and economic inequality– in a word, class– back to American society, giving Obama the language that provided him with his re-election victory. Obama has proven to be a disappointing, but not disastrous president, but his presidency is likely to be remembered as the time when an American Left began to revive.

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