opinionAs Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20, here are nine things his presidency may be remembered for:- Making history - ================== If historians were to write only one thing about Barack Hussein Obama, they would likely note that -- 143 years after slavery was abolished -- a young Illinois senator became the first black president of the United States. Obama, just 47 at his 2009 inauguration, harnessed magisterial oratory to rally a diverse electoral coalition behind a message of “hope and change.” In office, Obama sometimes struggled to turn that poetry into the prose of governance. From the moment Obama was elected,Republics in Congress vowed to oppose him tooth and nail. Obama wasn't quite able to do that but he extended insurance coverage to tens of millions of citizens who previously had none. Barely 100 days after Obama took office, he told regional leaders at a Summit of the Americas that the United States had changed.
Source: Sunday Times January 11, 2017 16:21 UTC