President Obama Is Exhausted, And For Good Reason

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President Obama seems exhausted, and for good reason. With the success of the Paris conference, he may now add significant action on climate change to his already sizable legacy. The triumph of marriage equality, the beginning of the end of the drug war, the opening of Cuba — that would have been enough for any other president. The unemployment rate, which peaked at 10%, has now fallen to 5.9%. Thanks to Obamacare, the number of uninsured American adults has declined by 35%. As he prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address, Obama has been squeezed nearly dry.

What will the left look like after Obama? In a little under a year, progressive America will have to live without its biggest winner. The scope and magnitude of Obama 's achievements provoke a unique type of political despair. In the shade of his many successes, what hope can there be to solve the problems that have not just continued unabated but grown in ferocity? Under an African American president, we 've grown used to the fact that white police officers kill unarmed black civilians. Under a liberal president, the rich have gotten richer and the middle class has stagnated. Fully 95% of income gains in the recovery between 2009 and 2012 went to the wealthiest 1%.

The political crises of the moment are so profound ... that only the starkest, most radical change would bring hope or change.
Good policy no longer seems sufficient to the situation. Who can come up with a plan to confront income

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