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President Obama Exit interview...thoughtful. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr.

President Obama Exit interview...thoughtful

President, thank you for doing this. As we're walking towards your office I have to think you're going to miss this short commute. BARACK OBAMA: [laughs] I am, it's one of the biggest benefits of being president that you really don't think about until you get here. THE List of 371 Obama Accomplishments so far, With Citations. There are a lot of naysayers out there, but those who claim that President Barack Obama was not that great or even “a disaster” as President really do not know what they are talking about.

THE List of 371 Obama Accomplishments so far, With Citations

Obama not only brought grace and dignity back to the White House, but he also accomplished a lot. He would have accomplished more, but “we the people” (including the professional left) labeled him “a disappointment” in his first two years, even though his policies prevented an economic depression and gave everyone better health insurance at a lower cost that would otherwise be the case. This was a remarkable man; easily the most “presidential” president we have seen in a while. And he has accomplished a lot, despite the hurdles we placed in his way, not the least of which was a Republican Congress that refused to do anything he proposed because they wanted to damage him.

Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government. 10 EPIC President Obama Accomplishments. Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama. It was a tale of two Americas.

Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama

In Las Vegas the casinos were humming with a hell-yes tide that was about to sweep the manic Donald Trump to his most pumped-up victory yet. In Washington DC, civilisation still existed. In the week Trump’s xenophobic bid to be the Republican presidential candidate began to look unstoppable, the man whose Americanness he has questioned was meeting 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin. In Pete Souza’s official White House photograph of their get-together, President Barack Obama cracks a delicious smile as the first lady dances with McLaurin, who was invited to visit the White House in recognition of community work she has done for decades in the US capital. Obama’s Life in 10 Photos That Will Make You Miss Him. **FILE ** This photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen.

Obama’s Life in 10 Photos That Will Make You Miss Him

Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows Obama in 1979 during his high school graduation in Hawaii with his grandmother Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham. Sen. Obama says his grandmother died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. Yes We Can: People Share Their Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency. Not forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s gift of origami cranes:The Asahi Shimbun. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue received a surprise gift from outgoing U.S.

Not forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s gift of origami cranes:The Asahi Shimbun

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy--two origami paper cranes folded by U.S. President Barack Obama. The nine most touching photos from Barack Obama's eight years as president. Official White House photographer Pete Souza is charged with documenting Barack Obama's two terms in office.

The nine most touching photos from Barack Obama's eight years as president

Thanks to the rise of social media networks since Obama became president, people around the world have been privy to some of the funniest and most intimate moments of life in the Oval Office and beyond. Souza's Instagram feed has been a joy to behold. His photos manage to capture the president acting, well, like a human being, rather than posing for official pictures. Just looking at a few of his recent shots, the president's goofier side shines through: Giving thanks for the Barack Obama we had — and imagining the one who could have done so much more. With Donald Trump representing a frightening unknown future, more akin to foreign authoritarian leaders like Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Ergodan of Turkey and Abdel Fattah el-Sis of Egypt than anything in American history, Barack Obama looks better all the time — a fact reflected in his approval ratings.

Giving thanks for the Barack Obama we had — and imagining the one who could have done so much more

But there’s a good argument to be made that a more forceful, more boldly progressive Obama could prevented this outcome. Not a radically different person, just one more comfortable with the sort of direct confrontation that was central to the teachings of Saul Alinsky, whom he was tarred with anyway. One trope that’s emerged after Trump’s election, is that leftist attitudes are somehow responsible. A recent Politico article is typical of pieces with this argument that liberal smugness was to blame for Trump: