Only 301 days remain until President Barack Obama leaves office and the new president elect is inaugurated. The catchphrase “End of an Error” signifies the completion of Barack Obama’s presidency, viewed as less than stellar by much of the nation – his approval rating dropping to just 37% at the end of 2015. After running on a campaign of “Change” in 2008, before being sworn in during January of 2009, many Republicans see that the only change Obama has facilitated for America has not been for the better.
As the first elected African American president, we feel as if President Obama failed to heal our racial divisions as he had optimistically promised. In fact, during Obama’s second term in office, the issue of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement seemed far from being solved, dividing much of the nation by race.
Other shortcomings of Barack Obama’s presidency include the slow, weak economic recovery that he presided over – slower than any economic recovery since the great depression. After taking office during a steep economic crisis, Obama promised “Change”. Statistics have misrepresented the job creation numbers, painting our current president’s achievements in a more favorable light.
In a previously published article, I wrote about the Social Security crisis and voiced my concern about receiving benefits. Interestingly enough, yesterday I had the unique opportunity to meet Reggie Love, former Duke basketball and football player, and former personal aide to Senator and President Obama. Gathered with just about 15 other students for a small Q&A forum at my university, I asked Reggie a question regarding ethics. I asked him whether or not he had disagreed on a issue with President Obama before and he shared that when it comes to Social Security, he too, closer in age to our generation, worries about receiving benefits. Additionally, he admitted that he didn’t fully support healthcare reform, quoting that “80% of the care goes to about 20% of the population.” Love concluded his answer to my question that he viewed some of Obama’s decisions as moving on the basis that something needed to get done.
As we Americans quickly approach the party nominations for both the Republican and Democratic parties, both side remain hopeful that they will land a candidate in the White House in 2017. Republicans are especially hopeful to have our nominee elected after two long terms of liberal Presidential leadership with a U.S. Senate and both houses of Congress already right leaning.