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Special Issue: Utopias
January 2-9, 2017, Issue
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Black Life and Death in the Age of Obama
His presidency saw new opportunities for black Americans—as well as the resurgence of white supremacy.
Which Way Does the Arc of Obama’s Moral Universe Bend?
Liberals once thought Obama would transcend race—but even his moderate views ended up provoking a whitelash.
Obama Did Not Fail Us—We Failed Each Other
On Barack Obama’s presidency, Trayvon Martin’s death, and the storm clouds of 2016.
Patricia J. Williams
Michelle Obama, Between Respectability and Radicalism
While we took pride in the first lady, activists changed what she could do.
The Mysterious Magnetism of Michelle Obama
How did the first lady, a model of intelligence and grace, manage to keep her composure?
American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In
The Obama era reminded us all that popular movements play an essential role as catalysts for political action.
The Education of Barack Obama
Only recently has the president focused on progressive issues like school funding and desegregation. Don’t expect Trump to do the same.
Obama’s Record on Climate Change Provides Lessons for Taking on President Trump
The past eight years have proven that pressure from ordinary people can counterbalance elite interests.
Was Obama Silicon Valley’s President?
The industry pinned its hopes on him early on.
Was Barack Obama a Transformational President?
Despite his bold promises, the president put more energy into rescuing, rather than changing, the old system.
Robert L. Borosage
Barack Obama’s Crash Course in Foreign Policy
After eight years on the job and many mistakes, he has gone from callow rookie to seasoned veteran.
Andrew J. Bacevich
Obama’s Civil Rights Legacy—and Ours
Today’s turmoil in race relations may be a testament to the progress his administration made.
The Strange Career of American Exceptionalism
…and Barack Obama’s curious role as its most ardent recent champion and prominent victim.
A Proof, a Test, an Instruction
Obama is ours, in the deep sense that Lincoln is ours.
How Will History Judge Barack Obama?
The president succeeded in repairing our institutions—but millions of Americans wanted to blow them up instead.
Obama Was Not an Economic Radical. Trump Will Be.
President Obama’s economic reforms were modest—but they’re definitely worth fighting for.
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I Miss Our Sane, Calm, Empathetic, Funny President Already
Before Trump’s election, we on the left didn’t give President Obama enough credit. Why?
The Deferred Dream of Barack Obama
His presidency remains symbolic—but it has become an emblem of America’s refusal to truly change.
Barack Obama Was Too Cool for the Press Room
The president’s insistence on thinking before acting drove the media around the bend... and toward Donald Trump.
What Happened to the Change We Once Believed In
After two terms, Obama leaves behind a legacy of promises kept—and broken.