Saturday 25 February 2017

'Weak and ineffective' Obama has chance to salvage reputation - and save the planet

James Downey

James Downey

US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama

Over the past few months, and especially in recent days and weeks, the prospects for the human race have improved by several hundred per cent.

That statement must astonish people who have lately concentrated their attention on the ever-increasing threat from global warming, the wars in the Middle East, the spectacle of Europe seeming to fall apart, the horrors in the Mediterranean and the failures of political leadership almost everywhere.

Something else will surely astonish them. During all of his first term and much of his second as president of the United States, Barack Obama was regarded as a weak and ineffective leader. Now, with his retirement in sight, he has suddenly revealed himself as a man seeking, and with a good chance of achieving, courage and wisdom.

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