Inside Obama’s Presidency with Michael Grunwald

In a live discussion starting at 11a.m., TIME's Michael Grunwald will join panelists from the Atlantic, New York Times, Guardian, Slate, and PBS to discuss the question "Is Obama a truly transformative president?"

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Today TIME’s Michael Grunwald will join a panel discussion on the new FRONTLINE film Inside Obama’s Presidency, a look back on Barack Obama’s first four years in office and on their implications for his second term. Panelists–including James Fallows from The Atlantic; Peter Baker, the New York Times; Heidi Moore, The Guardian; David Weigel, Slate; and Christina Bellantoni, PBS NewsHour–will discuss one main question: Is Barack Obama a truly transformative president?

The two-part program examines inside accounts of the President’s key experiences and decisions, from his battles with Republicans over health care and the economy to his expansion of targeted killings of enemies. Four years has changed the man who came into office on a mantle of hope and change, the question is, how? The conversation will continue tomorrow, when the focus will turn to Obama’s second term agenda: what actually seems achievable, and what must the president do to secure his legacy?

Watch the live discussion below:

12 comments
DREGstudios
DREGstudios

The racism of yesteryear has come full circle in our county.  The entire world embraced our choice of a black President four years ago and most nations of the world still support him.  The fringe elements of Republican sect have crept through into the mainstream once again with conservative mouthpieces planting the seeds of hate.  The only doubt lies here at home rooting from bigotry.  Watch the white hands paint Obama in Blackface at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

sacredh
sacredh

I think history will be a better judge of that than we are. 50 years from now when people reflect on the changes that occurred on his watch (reform of healthcare, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights progress like gays/lesbians serving openly and the fast pace of same sex marriages, a true start to green energy and energy independence, recovery from a near depression), history may very well see Obama not just as the first black President, but as a transformation leader that reshaped America. Reagan didn't deserve as much credit for the fall of the Soviet Union as he got and Obama probably won't deserve as much credit as he'll get, but history will probably disagree.

cent-fan
cent-fan

I would say Obama is less a transformative President than a reflection of the transformation of the times and the electorate.  There is some kicking and screaming involved but the country will be brought around to the fact there is a big world out there (consult your I-Phone).  We're all stuck on this rock together with our different skins, customs, and ideas and we're all competing for the last of the pie.  Elitism and exclusivity ain't going to go as far.  Open minded leaders are essential... and some day that idea will stick... or maybe someone will volunteer to host another world war.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Pretty interesting read so far.

Arimathean
Arimathean

Don't forget the second prerequisite for transformation: openness to the experience.  I would argue that Obama has been a President whose actions should have been transformative, but a population resisting the transformation managed to dampen his impact.  My point-of-view may be quite biased -- I live in the South, where people with Obama bumper stickers are regularly flipped the bird and cut off in traffic.

MrObvious
MrObvious

This is a more realistic assessment then Obama 2016 - pure wet your pants fantasy that made the author of the equally awful book rich by milking the fear gland of the GOP base.

reallife
reallife

@DREGstudios ah of course!  good old "race card" always come in handy hahaha so predictable

outsider
outsider

@sacredh 


Just the fact that he could get anything done with the 112th congress will reflect well on him in 50 years. 


Conversely, that congress (and this one if it acts the same) will be quite the black mark on the GOP, if the party still exists in 50 years - which is doubtful. 

reallife
reallife

@outsider2011 @sacredh 50 years from now President Kardashian will be a footnote in the history books as the first black president. That's all.

outsider
outsider

@reallife @outsider2011 @sacredh  

You're on the wrong side of history; you're just like those people who fought against the civil rights movement; and the current GOP/TP will be viewed the same way we view them. 


You can't stop change - and the more you try to impede it, the more scared, and pretty sad you look doing it.