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Legacy?

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As President Obama prepares for a Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago, his hometown where 762 homicides, the most in 20 years, took place last year, we can expect him to begin his remarks with a chorus of "O come, let us adore me," followed by a recitation of all the great things he did for the nation during the last eight years, beginning with his acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver behind an appallingly grandiose backdrop of gilded Greek columns. Hope and change had arrived. That came in the guise of the Affordable Care Act, now known as ObamaCare, which was crammed down the throat of Congress and America without a single Republican vote. There was an expansion of the economy, but it has been the weakest since World War II.

One would have thought that race relations in this country would have improved under the first African-American president, but not in the eyes of a majority of Americans (54 percent) who say they have deteriorated according to a recent CNN poll. As for Obama's popularity, it hasn't had a trickle-down effect on his party, with Republicans now holding 33 governorships and full control of Congress plus most state legislatures. Democrats, still delusional and demented over Donald Trump winning the presidency, vow to obstruct and delay legislation in Congress and filibuster cabinet and judicial appointees by Trump, starting with the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. As for the continuing terrorist attacks in this country, Obama has refused to attribute them to radical Islamists, foreign and domestic. His legacy, or what's left of it, has been forever tarnished by his cowardly and vindictive backstabbing of Israel, our staunchest ally in the Middle East, via a UN Security Council resolution.

Then we have the Russian hacking caper of Democratic National Committee emails during the election, which Obama mightily strove to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from doing by calling him out in China in September to "cut it out." How'd that work out?

That was the Obama legacy of leading from behind, leaving America's standing in the world diminished, its moral authority compromised and its foreign policy in shambles.

Some legacy.