WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE OBAMA LEGACY?
The ever-restless news media tracks presidential activities — sometimes as sport, sometimes for political purposes — calling attention to how many times President Obama has gone to the golf course (180, or thereabouts) or how much he’s spent in taxpayer funds to fire up Air Force One for fundraising or recreation. That’s around $44 million, according to a Judicial Watch tally.
Meanwhile, the president has some 30 months left in office, and the dreaded “L” word looms — “L” as in “legacy.” As his days in the White House dwindle down to the proverbial precious few, Mr. Obama’s legacy building is likely to commence sooner rather than later. The hunt will be on for authentic achievements with quantifiable gains. When analysts and pundits finish squawking about it all, the historians will emerge to sort things out, a process that can take decades.
But alas, the press is busy charting the White House trajectory in terms of failures, not victories.
“If President Obama wants to change his legacy from massive immigration failure to bipartisan immigration reform, his best bet is to work with Republicans to craft a measure that addresses the humanitarian crisis, helps secure our southern border — and puts us in a better place to pass the other reforms we need,” says a New York Post editorial, which offers a little advice.
“Back in 2008, the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, famously said, ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.’ The border now presents Obama with such an opportunity to move America forward on immigration. But it requires a president willing to lead rather than play politics.” of Barack Obama than Democrats were after six years of George W. Bush. While there’s a healthy intramural battle inside the party during the midterm primaries, the midterm general election looks very positive for the GOP, which will only strengthen enthusiasm for 2016. Republicans do believe President Obama has done tremendous damage to our country, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel that we can see,” Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak tells Inside the Beltway. projections by Kantar Media, which tracks such things. That’s a lot of fancy advertising and attack ads. But victory may come down to some old-school reliables like handshakes and baby kissing. Like in New Hampshire, for example. The intense rivalry between Republican Scott Brown and incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen could be decided at state fairs, town halls and downhome diners.
“More than any other state in the nation, personal candidate interaction has been and will be a deciding factor in this U.S. Senate race. New Hampshire voters want to know and like their elected representatives. As a result, it feels like Shaheen and Brown are everywhere this summer saying hello to every voter they can find,” Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, tells The Beltway.