In a massive feature article, New York Magazine chronologically recaps the Barack Obama’s presidency. It’s really quite breathtaking what happened since he took office.
More than “hope,” Obama’s candidacy promised “one America.” It is the deep irony of his presidency, and for Obama himself probably the tragedy, that the past eight years saw the country fiercely divided against itself. The president still managed to get a ridiculous amount done, advancing an unusually progressive agenda. But however Americans end up remembering the Obama years decades from now, one thing we can say for sure is that it did not feel, at the time, like an unmitigated liberal triumph. It felt like a cold civil war.
The country will miss him terribly. No matter who occupies the White House next.