What a difference an administration makes.
When President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he is pulling out of the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal, he delivered another forceful reminder of how much the American electorate changed the course of history with the results of the 2016 election.
Once the result of the election became clear, then-President Barack Obama put on a show of trying to manage a peaceful transition of power, but as the country has learned since, was engaged in a furious effort behind the scenes to undermine the Trump presidency.
That effort, in the form of special counsel Robert Mueller and the jackals of the mainstream media, has continued to this day.
Trump has already taken huge steps toward getting rid of Obama’s legacy by drastically cutting government regulations (his work on the Environmental Protection Agency alone would justify his election). His appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has given conservatives at least a chance to save the Constitution from liberal lawfare.
And while he might not have been able to keep the promise of getting rid of Obamacare yet, the Republican tax bill he signed into law in December gutted it of its most despised feature — the individual mandate — and all but guaranteed the program will someday die an administrative death.
Still, the Obama legacy lingers. Here, with some help from the Gateway Pundit, is a look at some of the low points of the Obama administration. Some are simply forgotten, but others will be reverberating in this country for a long time to come.
The selfie stick
For all the liberals who love to accuse Trump of being self-centered, few could match the self-absorption of President Selfie Stick himself. Can anyone forget how Obama demeaned himself and his office in a BuzzFeed video that showed him mugging in a mirror and playing with a selfie stick in the Oval Office? Thanks, Obama.
Sailors captured by Iran
On a more serious note, the image of American sailors forced to their knees after being captured by Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf in January 2016 is a reminder of how shamefully weak the Obama years were.
Disgracefully, Obama actually delivered his State of the Union address for 2016 shortly after the sailors were captured — and he didn’t say a word about the incident for fear of upsetting the same precious nuclear deal that Trump shattered on Tuesday.
It’s a legacy of weakness that will take more than one Trump term to dig the country out of.
The “Beer Summit”
This July 2009 incident might well have been the beginning of the Obama administration’s eight-year attack on American law enforcement.
When Obama friend and former professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts by a white police sergeant who thought Gates was trying to break into the home, Obama wasted no time in declaring that police had “acted stupidly,” as Politico reported at the time.
That attention from the country’s top elected official turned what had been a minor, small-town story into a major narrative featuring American police officers, American blacks and the presidency. And police officers were not going to be on the winning side again until Trump was sworn into office.
Then there was the 2014 shooting of a black street thug named Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Extended rioting followed and spread across the country, with seemingly every violent interaction between a police officer and a black suspect being blamed on police racism.
The lie of “hands up, don’t shoot” was born in Ferguson, along with a lingering distrust between blacks and law enforcement that’s likely to be with the country for the foreseeable future.
Again, it will take more than one Trump term to erase that stain from the Obama years. But has anyone else noticed Black Lives Matter thugs have been relatively quiet since Trump took office?
One of the most disgraceful elements of Obama’s legacy will be how elements of the media covered for him to the point of actually deceiving the American public.
In 2005, when he was still the junior senator from Illinois, Obama was part of a Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Louis Farrakhan, the racist, anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.
Although a picture was taken of the incident, Obama was never called out on it because the image itself was suppressed for more than a decade.
When that kind of secrecy is combined with the pass Obama got on his relations with another controversial clergyman, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it doesn’t look good for the American media.
The mainstream might despise Trump, but he’s at least given the media a way not to be the boot-licking lapdogs of the party in power they had become under Obama. Today, they’re the boot-licking lapdogs of the party out of power.
NFL anthem protests
In yet another legacy of Obama’s last year in office, NFL players protesting what they consider to be injustice brought racial division to one of the last great places in American society where fans of all races could just relax and enjoy a game.
The protests started in 2016 with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and kept spreading. They nearly ruined the NFL season of 2017, and might well reappear this season.. Regardless, racial division in the sports world is another Obama legacy that will take some time to undo.
Not content with stirring up the pot of racism in the country, or even pushing homosexual marriage, the Obama administration tried to force transgender bathrooms into the country at every level, starting with its schools.
Those fights are still playing out in courtrooms across the country, and commercial businesses have learned the hard way that millions of customers don’t like the idea of little girls and women being vulnerable to any man who wants to try to pretend he’s female just to gain entry into a women’s restroom.
But the controversy is likely to continue for presidential adminsitrations to come.
America had presidents who tried drugs before getting into politics. Bill Clinton famously “didn’t inhale” (he lied about that, too.) George W. Bush admitted having had to deal with a potential drinking problem and, according to CNN, appeared to at least coyly admit having tried marijuana and cocaine as a young man.
But Obama’s iconic “choom gang” picture from his high school years set a new standard for low-life presidential behavior.
No matter what Trump critics say about him, he’s never been in a picture as low-life as this one.
Democrats like Obama might give grudging lip service to the idea of American capitalism. Except for some embarrassing “you didn’t build that” lines, they love to talk about American small businesses.
But what they really care about, cater to and will blow taxpayer dollars on are the crony capitalist businesses their friends and donors support.
America learned that lesson the hard way during the first year of Obama’s presidency, when his administration guaranteed more than a half billion dollars in loans to Solyndra, a company that manufactured solar battery panels in California.
Obama himself toured the plant in May 2010. By September of 2011, the company was in bankruptcy, and a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money was gone. It was one of the earliest scandals of his scandal-ridden presidency, not one of which was ever fully covered by the media.
That’s another of Obama’s legacies.
Still, whatever liberals want to say about Trump, it’s a solid bet you won’t find him squandering a half-billion taxpayer dollars, or making a photo-op out of touring a business that was little more than a sham operation getting ready to fold.
That takes a combination of corruption and ignorance that liberals specialize in. Corruption is possible in any political party. Ignorance of business is a Democrat calling card.
As Tuesday’s White House announcement showed, when the American people elected Trump, they elected a change in the direction of the country.
Some of the legacies of Obama’s wretched eight years in power are gone, others will take ages to get rid of, but the process is well and truly begun.
And what a difference and administration makes.