With his first six years in office a complete failure, Obama is shifting his focus to the longterm in the hope that he can be remembered as someone who put in place effective plans.
“Everything he does now is geared to this idea that whatever initiatives he puts in place are going to come to greater fruition after he leaves office, and he will be remembered as the one who put them in motion,” says historian Robert Dallek.
Obama is counting on Hillary Clinton or another Democrat being elected in 2016, because they would likely carry out his unfinished agendas. Meanwhile, reports say that Obama is hoping to join the Supreme Court if a Democrat becomes president next.
“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,” Obama said of his ideal Supreme Court Justice, clearly thinking he displays these qualities. “The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African American, or gay, or disabled, or old.”
With that as his longterm plan, now Obama is pushing various agendas that he hopes will allow him to save some face as president. These agendas include “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative modeled after Michelle’s “Let’s Move” campaign that is designed to create opportunities for boys and men of color. Last week, Obama hosted 50 heads of state from Africa for the first U.S.-Africa Summit ever.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all in Washington for summit events, showing that Obama may need to fight his way into the “Africa Club.”
“What Obama is doing fits under the headline, ‘Despite the commitment of previous presidents, lots of work remains to be done to create a healthier economic relationship’,” said William Galston of the Brookings Institution. He added that unlike the initiatives of his predecessors, which are largely humanitarian, Obama is carving out a niche for himself as “the proponent for and advocate for a new kind of economic relationship in the developing world.”
It has become clear that Obama is already easing into focusing on his post-presidency legacy, which makes many uneasy, as he still has two years left in office.
“It doesn’t mean he intends to do nothing,” says Galston, “but it’s pretty well known he’s about given up on Congress.”
Like the sore loser that he is, Obama is refusing to play ball now that the Republicans are in charge. Even he seems to understand that his presidency has been a failure, so he is now focusing on the future in a desperate attempt to save his name in the history books.
All of Obama’s plans hinge on a Democrat being elected office. If a Republican wins, Obama will be devastated, as it will mean that his hopes of ever being remembered as anything other than a horrible president will be destroyed. If that’s not motivation to make sure a Republican is elected, I don’t know what is!