Change at the top
Whether you agree or not with his politics, it’s hard to deny that today’s inauguration of Barack Obama as president is a great moment in American history. When I was born, black Americans were still second-class citizens in their own country, subject to blatant discrimination and deadly violence. Today, a man born to an African father and a white mother is our president. Time will tell whether Obama will be a good president. Perhaps no American leader since Franklin Roosevelt has faced the immediate challenges Obama will encounter. In the days ahead, we can discuss the moves the new president is making. But today, let’s talk about the man who is leaving the Oval Office. Putting aside his achievements in “keeping America safe from terrorists,” which is no small matter, what, in your minds, are the achievements of the George W. Bush presidency?