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But all of this suggests that we should discuss our future rather than trying to judge Obama - as that judgement depends a lot more on our vision for the future than on our assessment of what he has done.
In other words, let's leave Obama's legacy to history. But people are already busy with framing Obama's legacy and we're not even past the first midterm election!

PBS Newshour: Health Care May Grant Obama Legacy as 'Reformer' (March 30, 2010)

The New York Review of Books: Obama's Legacy: Afghanistan

Most presidents start wondering--or, more often, worrying--about their "legacy" well into their first term. Or, if they have a second term, they worry even more feverishly about what posterity will think of them. Obama need not wonder about his legacy, even this early. It is already fixed, and in one word: Afghanistan. He took on what he made America's longest war and what may turn out to be its most disastrous one.

Salon.com: Will eco-disasters destroy Obama's legacy?

WSJ: Obama's Legacy and the Iranian Bomb (Alan M. Dershowitz)

Neville Chamberlain was remembered for appeasing Germany, not his progressive social programs.

CBS News: Obama Seeks Legacy on Reducing World's Nuclear Weapons

This is politics, and what matters is perceptions. Plus it's more fun (and cheaper, and requires no expertise and no homework) to talk about Obama's legacy than about the future direction the world should be taking and why. And we're talking about the guy who got a Nobel Peace Price in his first year in office (talk about early attempts at legacy setting!) for not being Bush and went on to accept it with a "Just War" speech...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 17th, 2010 at 05:12:26 AM EST

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