Looking Back on Obama

With Donald Trump’s inauguration behind us, and what promises to be a controversial presidency ahead, we wanted to look back at Barack Obama’s two terms and see Mr. Trump’s starting point. Republicans have sharply criticized the economy’s performance under Obama, while Mr. Obama has claimed himself that Americans are better off at the end of his presidency than they were at the beginning. I do want to remind readers at the outset that Presidents can have a profound impact on the economy, but the effects can take years to manifest and are hard to nail down. What follows is not an evaluation of Obama, but merely a look at what has happened while he was president.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Complicated

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King is of much more use to us as a man, doubtful and flawed, than he ever could be as a legend or a myth. He is a reminder that cheaters can change the world, that believers can proclaim truth even as they grapple with uncertainty. Dr. King’s story demonstrates what we already know to be true from looking within ourselves: that we are complicated mixtures of good and evil and that no label of color, creed, or character is sufficient to encapsulate us.

A Call for Obama’s Resignation

There is an amusing petition on Change.org calling for President Barack Obama to resign as president on the day before or day of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration. The idea would be to make Joe Biden president for a day or so, apparently for grins and giggles. The petition was created by blogger and Yale graduate Zack Hunt. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Empathy

It may be that a little more compassion and a little less empathy may be in order. Care about everyone involved because it is the most humane thing to do, but do not let yourself lose sight of sound reason and compassion in feeling the feelings of those involved.