This week I had a conversation on Twitter with a reader over former president Barack Obama’s legacy.  Upon reading a rumor that he was working on his next memoir, I wrote this:

I meant it as a humorous little jab, but it wasn’t viewed that way by a couple of the people who saw it.  It was instead characterized as “ODS” or “Obama Derangement Syndrome”.  In response, I used the powerful argument tactic known as “I’m rubber and you’re glue” and implied that people who defend Obama on such things as this suffer from what could be called “OWD” or “Obama Worshiping Disorder”.  No matter what, it seems that certain people can never bring themselves to admit that Obama ever did anything wrong or that his presidency wasn’t a raging success by any historical measure.

But I thought about it further and realized that we on the Right probably do have an ODS problem.  We seemingly can’t admit that he did anything right or that his presidency had any successes.  Is that ODS?  Perhaps.  Usually, I consider ODS to be more of the Birther or “He’s wanted to destroy America” or “He was a gay Iranian puppet” variety.  He totally does smell like brimstone though.  I heard it from a guy.

I can see why Obama fans would get annoyed by us constantly beating down the president they voted for, admired, and defended for eight years.  On the flip side of that though, I think their defense of Obama has become almost reflexive.  They can’t let any attack go unanswered any more than we can let Obama go.

Maybe it’s time we on the Right acknowledged that Obama is gone and can’t hurt us anymore?  Unless, of course, you’re one of those who believe that he’s still guiding the #Resistance from his top secret lair in Washington, DC.

So here goes.  I think Obama was a mediocre president, not a bad one.  I wouldn’t place him in the bottom 10 of US presidents.  Maybe the bottom 25.   His worst negatives were the lack of any major legislation except for the ACA, which brought his party to its lowest level of influence since the 1920’s, his aimless foreign policy that saw Islamic radicals rage across the Levant despite his sincere desire to stop the wars, a perception of weakening of American power along with Russia stepping in to fill the gap, and the worsening of the domestic partisan divide.  The last is the one with which he would agree, and has.

Positives?  He left office with a strengthening economy.  Trump will get the credit for it, but we should be fair and acknowledge that Obama inherited a hideous economy.  Does the president actually have much to do with the economy?  Hard to say, but people do typically remember presidential eras in terms of whether or not they found themselves better off at the end of them.  Me?  I definitely improved my prospects during the Obama years.

Also, he ordered the operation that killed bin Laden.  It was a ballsy raid and it was ballsy for him to greenlight it.  I’ll give him this because I’m glad the bearded shitbeard is dead.

Overall, I think Obama will be remembered in 50, 100, 150 years as a president who was personally popular but enjoyed few legislative or foreign policy successes.  He had no major doctrine nor did he “fundamentally change” anything that Trump can’t reverse (since he’s allowing Obamacare to collapse under its own weight).

I don’t think any of it will be remembered as disastrous unless Iran develops nuclear weapons and promptly attacks us with them.  Of course, he will always be remembered as the first black president, if for nothing else.  That alone will ensure him a favorable rating from historians, you know.

I’d like to see us move past the crazy emotionalism of the Obama years.  That means Republicans should finally admit that if Obama had an evil plan to destroy America, it failed.  Democrats can acknowledge that his legacy is secure but that he fell far short of what they hoped he would.  You guys projected a lot of your own aspirations into him and, like Director Krennic, you choked on them.  We, in turn, poured an enormous amount of hatred into Obama and it brought us nothing but a hollow victory in the form of a RINO Congress and a president with deservedly record-high disapproval.

It’s time to Get Over Obama, folks.  I’m administering some therapy and we can do this with or without the electric shocks.  Confront your ODS or OWD and let’s move past it all.

If you hated him, say one nice thing.  I also think you can find one criticism or failing of his if you loved him.  I’m wondering if we can get a consensus that Obama was simply a president who was personally popular but fell far short of expectations.  That seems fair, doesn’t it?

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Judge dredd, pro se

Obamacare is deeply flawed but still a more humane law than anything the republicans have put forth yet.

I’d also say that obama’s frank-dowd bills might have gone too far but his real estate regulation laws worked out fairly well.

kevinmkr

Maybe the bottom 25 Was this intentional? Because it’s funny. But it’s even funnier if you didn’t mean to put that instead of “top 20”. Regarding your request for a criticism, Obama was the “cool parent”. Between beer summits, vast coverage of his NCAA March Madness brackets, and singing Al Green at the Apollo, he very much wanted to be seen as fun. “See? I’m not just a stuffy intellectual Constitutional lawyer!”. It often rang hollow and seemed much more for show than any type of true reflection of what he really cared about in his personal life. Vicious, I… Read more »

kevinmkr

BTW, I’ve sent you two emails in the last couple of weeks to two different email addresses. Did they go MIA or are we in a fight? 😉

Zurvan

I don’t look at it as OWS, I look at it as ODS swinging both ways, just like TDS now swings both ways – there are those who sincerely expected Trump to push the big red nuclear button as soon as he entered office, and those who think the guy hasn’t done anything wrong since…ever. Both suffer from TDS, just in different ways. I’ll give Obama the Osama raid, but that’s about it. I definitely put him in my bottom 10 Presidents, if for no other reasons than my healthcare costs going up by some 1,000% since Obamacare passed. As… Read more »

santino

Hmm, any discounts for members of this blog?

mashav

That makes me feel so much better. My gmail does the same to kevinmkr and I keep forgetting to check that folder since my household is all set on Russian mail order brides, boner pills and Nigerian millions.

mashav

Here are the things I liked, in no particular order: the ACA improved America’s image abroad the stimulus bill – (this is a big umbrella because it invested in renewable technology, basic scientific research, etc.) tax cuts 17 million jobs bin Laden auto industry bailout troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan new GI bill repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” / Obergefell reversed Bush torture policies new START treaty Asia ‘pivot’ – it was fairly visionary, in theory, not sure how much impact it made Iran deal stem cell research credit card, bank, real estate reform Sotomayor and Kagan, lower court… Read more »

I can agree with most of this but I was never very enamored of the ACA. I resolved to be neutral officially since I have very a good healthcare plan and didn’t really want a change. It would be selfish not to acknowledge that others don’t have it so lucky so I kept my mouth mostly shut there. My main objection was the mandated insurance. I don’t like mandated purchases. I understand the reason but it is a slippery slope I don’t want to go down. I don’t want to be forced to buy Ivanka’s fugly shoes someday. My main… Read more »

mashav

I really wish he just pushed all the way to single payer and gotten it over with. The ACA is a shitty compromise. My own insurance has gone up. However, I am willing to pay more if it means more people are covered. That, to me, is way more pro-life than what we usually call pro-life. Aside from just coverage, they say that 90k people have been saved by the computerized medical records provision of the ACA, alone. There is so much in there, aside from the the the basic provisions everyone knows about. The mandate – I am mandated… Read more »

mashav

Wait, that’s all it take to be ODS free? I feel way less proud of my certification now

mashav

She didn’t say he was the Antichrist, just mentally ill. Why are the rules different for TDS and ODS?

mashav

No, WOD. pfluffy said:

He could have done better with the WOD.

mashav

I prefer to think she meant Crossfit. Obama’s six pack really needed some work at times. I mean, he can never be the vision of masculinity our current POTUS is, but he could have made an effort.

War on Drugs. Thrill it is early. It is entirely possible that Trump will just start firing people. He is getting very shitty council and he needs competent people. The boobs he has helping him are making him look bad and once he realizes this shit will hit the fan. Perhaps a reboot would help me a bit with my TDS. For instance, liberals are bitching about Ivanka having and office and a clearance without an actual job. I think the clearance is probably unlawful (no need to know) but give her the office and whatever she needs. She is… Read more »

Zurvan

Here are the things I liked, in no particular order:

Adding on to my already enumerated issues, this makes up an almost complete list of everything I disliked. Ha!

Zurvan

Aside from just coverage, they say that 90k people have been saved by the computerized medical records provision of the ACA, alone.

Yeah, they said I could keep my coverage too. I don’t believe it either.

Thrill

Alright.

(hides the stun gun behind his back)

mashav

Quelle surprise!

i am going to need a maid….

watching what has been posted on FB and twitter, i can see clearly that ODS and TDS are 2 sides of the same coin…
same shit different presidents.

Yea, they found out she couldn’t know anything unless it was official.

I did like that Obama did go easy on states that legalized weed, and made a half assed gesture to pardoning some people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

Another thing that i can say that i am very happy what what Obama did, His constant demonizing of gun owners and half ass stabs at gun control, instigated a massive growth in the Firearms manufacturing infrastructure, lowered prices increased options and encouraged more and more development and innovation.

Zurvan

I agree with all your criticisms, BUT would like to know if I can at least get you to acknowledge that Obama wasn’t the Antichrist? If I can get that, you get pronounced “ODS Free”! Obama wasn’t the Antichrist, or secretly Muslim, or from another country, and I don’t think he wanted to harm this nation. He wanted to do the best he could, the best he knew how. Unfortunately a community organizer is about as qualified to be President as a reality TV business mogul. They’re both extreme narcissists, which is not a good trait for a leader.

Zurvan

I swear I used quote tags on that. This blog hates me.

Melania wore a wicked cool dress at the inauguration?

This is pretty much what has to change. There is a cart/horse thing with this. Who is going to go first? You can forget boomers and most Xers that have been in this shit for decades. It won’t be possible until millennials are more represented in politics.

Thrill

Good enough! You are free of ODS.

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