Conservative David Brooks, who never had much good to say about Obama, has suddenly turned around with a column in the NY Times titled “I Miss Barack Obama“. Ignore for a moment that Brooks seems to forget that Obama is still in office and going strong. And Brooks still disagrees with most of Obama’s policy decisions. But still.
What are the things he says he will miss about Barack Obama?
First is “basic integrity”. When was the last time we had a presidency without any major scandals?
Second is “a sense of basic humanity”. Trump wants to deport Muslims and anyone else he doesn’t like. Obama went to a mosque and reasserted their place in America.
Third is “a soundness in his decision-making process”. Obama makes good decisions based on what is good policy, not just based on politics like the previous occupant.
Fourth, “grace under pressure”. Marco Rubio got attacked in the last debate and fell apart. Obama has been under attack since before he was inaugurated, but has virtually never lost his cool.
Fifth, “a resilient sense of optimism”. Most of the current presidential candidates are telling us that America is no longer great or is on the verge of complete collapse. Not Obama.
I believe that Obama will have a legacy of not just America’s first president who was not a white man, but as a great president. After his detractors have been forgotten and Fox News is long off the air (if you don’t believe it, read this), people will still remember Obama, what he accomplished, and the “integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance” that Brooks says he will miss.