Legacy Building For President Obama
One of the books I am reading is The President’s Club where the attempts made by ex-presidents to enhance their image and reputation is explored by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. How leaders shape or attempt to shape their legacy is appealing to watch unfold. In the last term of President Obama that is naturally one of the themes we watch play out, with this weekend producing a huge reminder of how important it is to set high-minded goals and strive for them when working in the White House.
For Mr. Obama, the agreement represents a legacy-shaping success, destined to join his health care law in the annals of his most lasting achievements
The deal, reached after two weeks of intensive negotiating by world leaders and top diplomats, is a vindication of Mr. Obama’s decision to make tackling climate change a centerpiece of his second term. As the economy improved and Mr. Obama was able to focus on other priorities, he invested substantial time, energy and political capital on forging a pact that he has described as a moral imperative.
It also reflects difficult lessons Mr. Obama learned about diplomacy and global leadership along the way. In Copenhagen, he was a first-term president meeting “the stark reality of just how complicated and fractured this issue was on the global stage,” a senior administration official said on Saturday.
Mr. Obama’s experience there “underscored that if we were going to make real progress on this, we were going to have to be patient and develop a strategy” both at home and globally.