Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in the American Story.

While Barack Obama could have done more, it can hardly be said that he didn’t do enough, or that his last years as US President were spent sitting as a ‘lame duck;’ particularly with the Republican takeover of the US Senate in 2014; which many felt would cripple, if not severely limit Barack’s designs, and portend a reversal of Signature bills and actions.

The Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare‘); the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a massive keynesian economic stimulus bill including major reforms to the nation’s education system; earmarks for clean energy, and expansions of federal government assistance; the virtually undiscussed Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act posing a challenge to Wall Street’s monolithic-power; executive action to enact regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect nearly 6,000,000 (6 million) undocumented immigrants (including elderly, women, and children) from deportation; ending the ban on gay and lesbian service in the military; raising taxes on those in the wealthiest tax-brackets; and while Barack didn’t directly rule on the Obergefell v. Hodges (576 UsSct 2015) case legitimizing same-sex marriage as an equal one (and not ‘separate but’ vis a vis ‘opposite sex’ marriage) in the eyes of the law under the 14th amendment to The US Constitution; 2 of the female supreme court justices he appointed, attorneys Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagen, did.

Barack Obama’s presidency holds symbolic-value as proof that the reign of (old, rich) white-men in all the leadership positions in the US Political System (and conversely, private-sector) is neither absolute nor irrevocable, and America (and by extension, any nation and/or organization) as a whole can be represented by an unlikely face, an improbable name, and a force of character and finesse’ that belies years; nigh centuries of oppression, victimization, and consignment to the ‘doghouse;’ and likewise; a lifetime of experience battling same.

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