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President Obama: A Transformative President?

During his campaign for president in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he said that his goal was to be a transformational president akin to Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy rather than a caretaker president in the mold of Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon. As Obama put it, he wanted to be a president who “changed the trajectory of America.” Five-and-a-half years into his term, we can now begin to consider whether he has lived up to his own lofty ambitions. Has the 44th President of the United States changed the trajectory of American history? While we do not yet have definitive answers to this question, we can at least begin to ponder President Obama’s place in history, evaluating his greatest successes and his most bitter failures (Note: This is not a question of the President’s electoral or policy victories and defeats, but rather an analysis of his presidency from the perspective of its historical impact).

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