Why Obama’s Reelection Matters. (More Than You Thought)
In order to fully understand the impact of our decisions today, we have to wait for them to be interpreted by the history books of tomorrow. We’re all still struggling to fully understand the legacy President George W. Bush’s administration left behind. And while President Obama’s win in 2008 will inevitably go down in the books as a significant political victory, his presidency and the entire public perspective of American politics hinges on his reelection.
On November 4, 2008, 69 and a half million Americans sent a message to the rest of the nation and the world. By sending a presidential candidate who ran entirely on a message of change and hope to the White House, America bought into the dream that politics could be different, that change was possible.
By not reelecting him, history books will recall his election in 2008 as a fluke. An experiment in a new kind of politics, a politics of hope, that failed.
If Obama fails to get reelected, “He meant to show the unity of America but only underscored its division,” says The Atlantic’s James Fallows.
Historical perspective matters, and one-term Presidents largely look like failures in the eyes of the present looking back. In a country that desperately needs to unite rather than split further apart, President Obama’s reelection holds much more meaning than just the next 4 years.
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