In 2008 President Barack Obama was elected president in an election that garnered some hope among all reaches of Americans that things in Washington might change. Hope was the slogan. Disappointment is likely how his presidency will be remembered.
That is how Michael Moore sees it, at least. Moore, who is popular for his documentaries that are largely liberal-leaning, was likely a supporter of Obama and some of the proposed changes Obama promised in his election campaigns, but has voiced to Hollywood Reporter his displeasure with Obama’s legacy.
“When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: He was the first black president,” Moore said during a discussion at The Hollywood Reporter‘s video lounge at the Toronto Film Festival. “OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now: ‘He was the first black American that got elected president.’ And that’s it. Eight years of your life and that’s what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that — you’d probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could’ve done. So, it is, on that level, a big disappointment,”
Those in the libertarian community, and hopefully the rest of the country would agree. There have been massive failures in the Obama era, but the most notable being that of inaction. Nothing that he promised was delivered on: no transparency, we are still at war with Iraq, he has started new wars, nothing has been done on immigration, and his illegal healthcare policy is failing left and right.
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