As the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to a close, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further to address climate change, immigration reform, and racial inequality, while critics on the right can’t find much of anything they’ll miss. With an approval rating of 51 percent, the highest it’s been in years, President Obama seems poised to leave office on a high note. But what will the history books say?
- 2016 Festival