Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hope & Change Comes Eight Years Into the Obama Presidency

Barack Obama finally delivers on his message of hope and change on this, the last day of his presidency. Don’t accuse the man of not fulfilling this ubiquitous, and amorphous, campaign pledge.

He didn’t stop the rise of the oceans or heal the planet. But he did give America Donald Trump. And in his final days, he behaves a bit like his successor. Kinda. Sorta.

The president graciously refers to Trump as “freely elected.” But his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, declined to say whether Obama considers his successor “legitimate” after CNN’s Jake Tapper gave him several opportunities. Forty-four plans to attend 45’s inauguration. But he offered “no comment” regarding the dozens of congressional Democrats skipping the festivities.

After years of enduring “Kenyan-born” as a prefix to his name, Obama, one might guess, should eagerly eschew attempts to kneecap the incoming president’s legitimacy. But more interested in payback than principle, the small-souled bigshot instead plays the game, albeit passive-aggressively, that his antagonists played with him. He didn’t grow in office. He shrank.

The president finally got tough on immigration in one of his parting shots as president.

“Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities,” Obama announced last week. “By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.”

Like Mexico?

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