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The Obama legacy that no one can, or should, undo
Barack Obama departs the Oval Office for the last time as president, at the White House in Washington, DC.
The work of unraveling President Obama’s legacy is under way, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won’t be able to touch the core of it.
Obama’s enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first African-American president who represented a current of social change in the country and reflected the values and attitudes of the progressive elite.
He will be remembered — and revered — by his admirers as his generation’s JFK. The standards here are largely stylistic, and Obama checks nearly every box: He was a young president; a photogenic man with a good-looking family; a symbol of generational change; an orator given to flights of inspiring rhetoric; if not a wit exactly, a facile talker with a taste for mocking the other side.
The process is a little like Romans deciding which emperors to make gods after their deaths, depending on their reputations. For Democrats, LBJ and Jimmy Carter were too unglamorous and too obviously failures, whereas Bill Clinton gave too much ground to Republicans (and didn’t keep his dalliances discreet).
Obama won two terms, is as ideologically pure as reasonably possible and has cultural staying power.
The original myth of Camelot was borne aloft by the tragedy of JFK’s assassination, which created a suspension of disbelief about the martyred president. Read More at NYPost.com
It’s time to face facts: Obama’s presidency
TRUMP OUTLINES ‘NEW VISION’ ON FIRST DAY AS PRESIDENT
Vowing to “get the job done,” President Trump took office Friday outlining a drastically different agenda than that of his predecessor and installing key members of his national security team – as he began the work of turning his bold, and often brash, campaign promises into action.
“The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action,” Trump declared in his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol, issuing a fiery condemnation of business as usual in Washington.
The president presided over the traditional inaugural fanfare, taking part in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue before an evening of balls and other festivities. But on the sidelines, his team already was making its mark, part of what Trump called a “new vision.”
The official White House website swiftly switched as Trump took the oath of office, reflecting a new agenda for the new administration.
At the top of the “issues” section was Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which included a commitment to nix Obama-era policies to curb global warming and regulate U.S. waterways.
Team Trump deemed them “harmful and unnecessary policies” that hurt the economy. “Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years,” the website now states.
The site posted additional plans for the military, foreign policy, the economy and more. The jobs plan committed to “pro-growth tax reform” including a reduction in the corporate tax rate.
In terms of official actions, Trump’s first day consisted mostly of routine transfer-of-power measures. He signed nomination papers for his Cabinet picks – but also his first bill, legislation allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as Defense secretary.
The Senate later confirmed Mattis to lead the Pentagon, as well as retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats angered GOP colleagues by resisting efforts to consider more Cabinet nominees on the first day.
But bigger and more visceral battles were playing out on the streets of Washington Friday, as anti-Trump protesters swarmed parts of the District in demonstrations that turned violent at times. Amid dozens of arrests, protesters smashed the windows of businesses, forced the temporary shutdown of security checkpoints and clashed with police – who used pepper spray and tear gas to try to control the crowds.
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PENCE: COMMUTING MANNING’S SENTENCE ‘WAS A MISTAKE’
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” Wednesday that President Obama’s decision to commute Private Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for releasing classified documents to Wikileaks “was a mistake.”
“Private Manning is a traitor and should not have been turned into a martyr,” Pence told Baier two days before his inauguration as Donald Trump’s vice president. “Private Manning’s actions compromised our national security, endangered American personnel downrange, compromised individuals in Afghanistan who were cooperating with our forces by leaking 750,000 documents to Wikileaks.”
Pence vowed that the Trump administration would be “committed to protecting our nation’s secrets” and would “bring to bear the law” on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who reportedly vowed that he would allow himself to be extradited to the U.S. if Manning was granted “clemency.”
Wikileaks gained notoriety during last year’s election campaign when it published emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, actions seen as benefiting Trump’s campaign.
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TOP TRUMP ADVISER: US-UK TRADE DEAL READY WITHIN ‘FIRST SIX MONTHS’
Donald Trump expects to be in a position to offer the United Kingdom a free trade deal within the “first six months or the first year” of his administration, says Anthony Scaramucci, the noted entrepreneur and host of the Wall Street Week programme who will serve as the incoming president’s Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Speaking to ITV News, the SkyBridge Capital founder confirmed that the current plan is to “get in the White House and get the president inaugurated and then take the steps necessary to make sure the UK is at the front of the line, as opposed to at the back the line, on trade deals”.
Scaramucci’s reference to “the back of the line” was a call back to outgoing president Barack Obama threatening that the British would be at the back of the queue for a trade deal if they voted to leave the European Union (EU), which does not allow its members to strike trade deals on their own.
Obama’s use of the word “queue”, which is uncommon in American-English, raised suspicions that he had been fed lines by the Remain-supporting former prime minister, David Cameron, and Scaramucci’s decision to use the more traditional “line” may have been significant.
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Trump, Melania dance to ‘My Way’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ at inaugural balls
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a whirlwind tour of three inaugural balls on Friday, proclaiming “Well, we did it,” as they arrived at their first gala.
“We did it. We began this journey and they said … we didn’t have a chance but we knew we were going to win and we won,” Trump said with Melania, who was wearing an off-the-shoulder cream-colored gown, at his side.
“We really did something that’s so special and this evening is so special, and this whole day and yesterday, so incredible,” a tuxedo-wearing Trump said at the Liberty Ball.
He also took a pot shot at his political enemies.
“People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today,” he said.
At their second gala, Trump got the Freedom Ball crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center roaring when he asked if he should “keep the Twitter going.”
He said his Twitter account with its more than 20 million followers gives him “a way to bypassing dishonest media.”
Trump thanked his supporters, his Vice President Mike Pence and even gave a shout-out to God for helping with the weather.
The day started out dreary and it began sprinkling lightly during the swearing-in ceremony before clearing up later.
“It’s like God was looking down on us,” he said.
They danced to the Frank Sinatra hit, “My Way,” sang by Erin Boheme, who also entertained the gala crowd earlier.
During the dance, Trump mouthed some of the words and held Melania’s hand near his.
About halfway through, Pence and his wife and Trump’s extended family, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, joined them on stage.
The president and first lady capped the night at the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball, which was invitation only for wounded warriors, first responders, members of the military, cops and firefighters.
“I like you for a lot of reasons. I love you because you voted for me,” he told them.
He spoke to active-duty military members serving in Afghanistan on a video feed.
“I am with you all the way. You have somebody who’s going to be right alongside of you,” Trump said.
He and Melania danced with service members during the Whitney Houston hit, “I Will Always Love You.”
Who were Melania and Ivanka wearing at the inaugural ball?
And the First Lady wore white.
Melania Trump took to the Inaugural Ball stage donning a modern confection by Hervé Pierre.
Having spent over fourteen years previously working at Carolina Herrera, the relatively under-the-radar Pierre worked solo with the newly minted First Lady on her sleek, minimal look for her first dance with the President, reports WWD.
The fitted column was complete with an off-shoulder detail and a thigh-high slit. Cinched at the waist with a red belt, the only décor was a sculptural ruffle detail that slinked down the front of her gown.
She completed the look with matching white pumps, a pair of diamond earrings, and her tresses down in gentle waves with a chic side part.
Her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, joined the first couple on stage wearing a nude, embellished design by Herrera, according to CNN. The Venezuelan-American designer is known for dressing first ladies, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Obama.
Earlier in the day, the first lady sported a powder blue Ralph Lauren dress and coat as her husband was sworn in as president.
(July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006)
was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical re-search, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
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