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President Obama’s Legacy Follows His Shadow


President Barack Obama will leave office after eight years of strutting even while sitting down, of preening even while standing up, of swanking while playing eighteen holes. Yet he remains the first president in American history to cast no shadow. Jimmy Carter cast a pale and minuscule shadow. Lyndon Johnson cast an obscene shadow. Obama leaves absolutely no shadow, even in the moonlight.

Provide me with a picture of this President, standing beneath the white columned portico of the White House, the sun on his face, a gray shadow behind him, and I will eat my hat. I might even eat your hat. The reason he casts no shadow anyplace is that there is no substance to him, not even a smudge. He is almost a totally illusory figure.

The last time I drew attention to Obama’s lamentable condition, some readers scoffed at me and pointed to Obamacare, which has practically wrecked the healthcare system of millions of Americans. Surely that disaster casts a long and dark shadow behind the 44th President, they admonished. I remained serene. And what about Obama’s dealings with Israel, our most loyal ally in the Middle East? Just the other day one of his henchpersons ambushed Israel in the U.N. Security Council. Admittedly there have been setbacks suffered by the United States while this incompetent was in office, but I believe they will be short-lived. Donald Trump is coming to town, and he is bringing with him an exceptional Cabinet. Already he is threatening to erase Obama’s foolishness, and he is doing it on Twitter. Wait until he is seated in the Oval Office with the power of the other two branches of government behind him. In the end, it will be seen that I was right, as I was right in calling the last election: Obama leaves no shadow, not even a legacy; Donald Trump won on November 8.

President Trump will arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue carrying an attaché case bulging with executive orders to rescind and agency regulations to nullify. I am sure that he is aware that for years the 44th President and his servitors have been promulgating regulations large and small to give the bureaucracy ever more intrusive control over business and the citizenry. Trump will, as he promised, cut the waste, rein in government, and “drain the swamp.”

For weeks President Obama — between rounds of golf and dabbling on the putting green — has been with the swipe of his pen dispatching executive orders banning oil drilling, establishing new environmental monuments, and encouraging regulations on a wide scale always as surreptitiously as possible. He has secured funding for Planned Parenthood onto eternity and ordered the transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo possibly into the New York City public school system. For weeks his Administration has been filling every job opening with its stooges all planning to ambush the incoming Administration. Even the janitorial staff is not exempt from Obama’s politics.

I certainly hope Donald is watching. As I pointed out a few weeks ago a stalwart band of us cool-headed conservatives supported him precisely because he would, as he says, “drain the swamp.” By the way, the Mainstream Media (MSM) is proceeding to ignore us — much as they did during the Reagan years — by focusing on and interviewing mediocrities and extremists. Of course, it is the MSM that is being left in history’s wake. As I say Donald is watching and Tweeting and preparing to take power from the man without a shadow.

When he does, he will have the Congressional Review Act to assist him by which members of his party will by virtue of a simple majority vote eliminate anything passed since June 2016. Then too the conservative House Freedom Caucus has reviewed the Obama Administration’s nuisance regulations and found hundreds that are vulnerable to disapproval. Finally, in 2011, 2013, and 2015, the House Republicans passed an act entitled the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act. Despite its unhappy name the act would have prevented practically every one of Obama’s power grabs in the realm of climate change and employment. Now it will be sent to President Trump for his signature. Happy days are here again.

On January 20, President Obama will pack his bags and head home, and in the months ahead, he will watch his legacy disappear. Soon it will be like his shadow. It will be invisible.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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