During a conference hosted by the White House, President Barack Obama did not fall short of answering questions about his presidential legacy.
The conference offered an audience of 75 young Southeast Asian leaders who are part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows Program. They met the U.S. President and launched questions on an array of topics from civic engagement to environmental practices and management, to foreign policy, as well as President’s Obama legacy.
The much dreaded word finally escaped the President who answered to the young people that he is proud of certain aspects that his administration achieved and that the main goal of someone who launches in a political career should undoubtedly be to help people to the last limit of your power.
With that being said, a quick look back brought back to the front the Affordable Care Act, one of the legislation pieces President Obama is most fond of. This particular legislative piece was much debated at its time and echoes are still murmuring around. Yet, its beneficial effects cannot be denied.
President Obama also reminded the young Southeast Asian leaders that at the time he took office, the economic crisis was creeping in at a global level. He is proud to say that he took the leadership role very seriously and deflected some dire consequences on the U.S. and the global markets eventually.
Bringing the United States above China and Russia in the opinion of the world is yet another reason to be proud. Leadership the President said, and leadership for the right reasons did this. At the moment of winning the most vetted seat in the U.S., the nation ranked below China and a little over Russia.
Diplomacy played a significant role in bringing the U.S. above again, the President believes. His diplomatic efforts translated into a normalization of the relation between the U.S. and Cuba, two wars brought to a much awaited end, as well as a breakthrough in the Iran-P5+1 negotiation on nuclear power.
Some of the declarations made on this occasion by President Obama were directes as a response to his GOP detractors who have recently blamed his lead in foreign politics for the upsurge in terror groups and attacks.
Senator Lindsay Graham commented that recently that the President made the citizens of the U.S. less safe in the face of terrorism running wild in an upsurge not seen since 9/11.
President Obama final comment responding to the question of how he would like to be remembered was that he hoped he would be remembered fondly.
He then stressed that the hardest part of the job is to live with the consequences of decisions that didn’t prove right and have the courage to admit it.
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