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Legacy Building For President Obama

December 13, 2015

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.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. tom permalink
    December 16, 2015 8:57 PM

    According to NPR the test launch was a violation of current UN resolutions–and we all know what a joke those are. But I think it is a pretty good indication of where things will go.

  2. December 16, 2015 2:54 PM

    It appears however that this missile test is allowed free of the enactment of the treaty. One can argue the more complex question following enactment of the treaty if such a test meets the language of the treaty, and that will surely be something to follow.

  3. tom permalink
    December 16, 2015 2:37 PM

    I heard no NPR that IRAN just violated the agreement by test firing a new ballistic missile. So you might want to scratch #2.

  4. tom permalink
    December 14, 2015 1:54 PM

    Sadly, you have missed the humor. Consider the antecedent of “there” in last sentence.

  5. December 14, 2015 11:57 AM

    I would add a fourth to that list……trade deal with Pacific rim nations

  6. December 14, 2015 11:56 AM

    Three topics show being patient and plotting strategy has worked; .

    1. Cuba

    2. Iran

    3. Climate Change

  7. tom permalink
    December 14, 2015 8:25 AM

    “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.”–so priceless. Thanks for a bit of humor on a Monday morning.

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