From commenting on the suddenly and bizarrely urgent need to have anyone use whatever restroom they he or she prefers—to the fulsome point of threatening to cut off school meals for districts that refuse to agree—to promoting same-sex marriage, to suggesting a national monument to gay rights on par with the Vietnam or World War II memorials.
Or perhaps more accurately, a monument akin to the Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial. No doubt the president sees himself as nothing less than the spurious equal of Dr. King as far as gay rights are concerned. Indeed, he finally has his orgiastic dream of being a civil rights leader, considering gay rights as nothing short of civil rights.
This is all poppycock, of course, as Barack Obama views gays as unwelcome fellow Democrats, given his frequent and now scrubbed pronouncements against gay marriage as recently as his first term.
But any port in a storm, eh? He failed to unite the American voters behind his bold, progressive (retro)visions. He certainly didn’t stop the rise of the seas, or healed the planet, or reset American relations.
The economy is every bit as bad or shaky as it was on his inauguration. Crime is up for the first time in decades, and race relations are as bad as they were in the 1970s. Our allies despise him, and our enemies openly mock him. Even if we charitably interpret his foreign policy decisions as intended to equalize America as a primus inter pares among other nations, he failed in that, too—most countries view themselves as stronger than America.
We could go on and on, but obviously there is no need to do so; doubtless you are adding examples in your own mind faster than the Czar can list them. His era of hope and change proved to be nothing more than a corrupt, insidious fog with so many scandals they can be alphabetized mnemonically.
He is no champion of gay rights—it’s just that he has nothing left. And this wasn’t even his idea; he’s just bankrupt of any other legacy. It’s pathetic, in that he’s now beating out a solo a capella rhythm about championing gay rights—and it isn’t even his idea.
Obama has at various times compared himself favorably with Reagan, Kennedy, and Lincoln. Imagine if Ronald Reagan left office in 1989 having only loosened abortion laws. Or if Kennedy had lived and left office in 1969 having only unionized federal employees. Or if Lincoln, too, had lived and left office in 1869 having ensured slavery made it to the Oregon Territory. This is akin to Obama leaving office in 2017 with his only stated achievement being same-sex marriage, of which he personally disapproves.
Some legacy. But then, he wasn’t much of a president, either.