What will Obama be remembered for? 11 ways the president’s legacy will be remembered.

As President Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, on a trip to Peru, a reporter asked him if he thought he would be the last Democratic president for a while.

“I’m not worried about being the last Democratic president…not even for a while,” Obama said noted.

Obama embarked on his final foreign trip following President-elect Donald Trump’s historic election victory, stopping in Greece, Germany and Peru. And he is clearly thinking about the future of the United States — and what his legacy will be after eight years in office.

Here’s a look at some of the events of Obama’s tenure that will define his presidency.

2008 election

Obama made history in 2008 by becoming the first African-American president in United States history. His campaign slogan “Yes we can!” amid a sense of “hope and change” that resonated among war-weary voters after eight years under President George W. Bush.

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Iraq

While Obama has successfully campaigned to end the war in Iraq, history will not be kind to how the deal unfolded. Former President George W. Bush engineered the withdrawal of the US military moving, and there were many stipulations on which the Iraqis and the United States disagreed. But Obama would like remove nearly all US troops in the country by the end of 2011, which critics say created a vacuum that led to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Afghanistan

The ongoing war in Afghanistan is America’s longest war and the one Obama has also pledged to end. But Obama launched a ascend troops in 2009 which lasted until 2012 as violence continued to plague the country. Obama began withdrawing US troops in 2014, but delayed their withdrawal several times over the next two years. The White House now said 8,400 soldiers will remain in the country at the end of the year.

While Obama is credited with killing former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a surprise nighttime raid in Pakistan in 2011, his legacy in Afghanistan still hangs on the future of this torn nation. by war.

Syria

In 2012, Obama noted the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad would constitute a “red line” that the United States would not tolerate being crossed. A year later, after evidence has emerged that Assad had gassed and killed more than 1,400 civilians, Obama demand Congress for authorization to take military action against the regime, but Assad Agreed to hand over its chemical arsenal before a vote takes place.

The war in Syria has only gotten worse since. Secretary of State John Kerry recently spoke by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to Reuters. The two agreed to continue trying to find a solution, but still have problems with “moderate” US-backed fighters.

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“I recognize that [finding a political solution] didn’t work”, Obama noted during a press conference at the White House on November 14. “It’s something I keep thinking about every day and we keep trying to find a formula that would allow us to see an end to this suffering.”

Iran nuclear deal

In 2015, Obama announcement that Iran had agreed to reduce its nuclear weapons capabilities and submit to inspections in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions that had crippled the country. The agreement between Iran and the major world powers will go down as one of the defining achievements of Obama’s foreign policy.

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President-elect Donald Trump continues critical the deal during his presidential campaign, promising to back out of the deal once in office. Obama said after meeting with Trump at the White House after the election, he believed the president-elect would keep the deal intact.

“I suspect that when the president-elect comes in and consults with his Republican colleagues on the Hill, they will look at the facts,” Obama said. noted during his post-election press conference. “Because unraveling a deal that works and prevents Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain, especially if the alternative was to release them from any obligation and go ahead and seek a weapon. “

Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act was also criticized by Trump on the campaign trail, but he has already noted that there are parts of it that he would like to keep, including allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions. Still, Trump says he wants to untangle and revamp the historic health care plan, though It’s unclear how and when he would do it.

2014 midterm elections

Americans sent Obama’s message in 2014, when Republicans won the biggest majority in Congress in decades.

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This was seen as a clear mandate against Obama, and specifically against the Affordable Care Act. Republicans regained control of the Senate and retained control of the House, which they would successfully defend two years later in the 2016 election.

Marital equality

Most of the nation rejoiced when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2015, an issue championed by Obama.

“We are big, vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and histories, but bound by our common ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny,” Obama noted following the judgment.

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Race relations

Obama’s legacy on race is still being played out after several high-profile police shootings. After George Zimmerman shot and killed a teenager Trayvon Martin in a high-profile case in Florida in 2012, Obama Recount Americans that “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”.

The demonstrations from 2014 to Ferguson, Missouri, revealed a deep divide in the nation along racial lines, a divide that Obama has struggled to mend. There were also several other police shootings across the country, including Baltimore and Charlotte, North Carolina. A CNN/ORC A poll in early October found that 54% of respondents say race relations are worse since Obama was elected in 2008.

Government bailout

Obama took office during one of America’s worst financial crises. He put in place a massive bailout program that helped save several banks that were “too big to fail.”

The economy has since recovered, and while critics still question whether it was the right thing to do, most agree that Obama’s aggressive action to save banks and industry automobile has kept the economy from soaring even further.

Social networks

Obama was skewered in the press for wearing “dad jeans” while throwing the first pitch at a Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2009. Despite this fashion faux pas, Obama will go down in history as the first true “social media” president. “.

He and First Lady Michelle Obama have dominated social media and subverted the traditional version of the presidency by appearing on all sorts of TV shows and late-night shows.

Kevin E. Boling