Ex-President Barack Obama (D) said that in his Friday speech at the University of Illinois. I agree with him, but not for the reason he might think.
President Donald Trump might have triggered our economic recovery with lower taxes and reduced regulation. He might have begun restoring our nation’s position around the world with his firm rhetoric regarding responsibilities and his refusal to apologize—indeed, his willingness overtly to celebrate—American uniqueness and greatness.
But his election, and his performance in office, are symptoms of the malaise under which our nation labored during eight years of Obama’s economic failures, constant apologies for our nation’s historic successes around the globe, and timidity in enforcing even the most glibly offered red lines.
The Trump administration is the result of Americans’ disgruntlement with the dysfunctional policies of the prior administration.