It’s not simply that Mr. Obama has fallen short of what he promised; it’s that he has been, in so many respects, a failure.
Choose your metrics.
Better yet, choose Mr. Obama’s metrics:
Improving our health-care system.
Reducing the debt.
Reducing income inequality.
Slowing the rise of the oceans.
Healing the planet.
Repairing the world.
The Russian “reset.”
Peace in the Middle East.
Red lines in Syria.
Renewed focus on Afghanistan.
A new beginning with the Arab world.
Better relations with our allies.
Depolarizing our politics.
Putting an end to the type of politics that “breeds division and conflict and cynicism.”
Working with the other party.
No lobbyists working in his administration.
His commitment to seek public financing in the general election.
The list goes on and on.