A Retrospective on Obama

Our Republican friends finally got their wish. Barack Obama is no longer president of the United States. Steve Rabinowitz wrote a fascinating summary of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an insider's pro-Israel perspective. 

Former New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman, one of Israel's best friends on either side of the aisle, says that history will look kindly on Barack Obama.

Rob Eshman summed it up perfectly: Thank you, Obama.

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Iran Deal. It was not headline news. Why? Because the deal is working. I'm proud of the small role this newsletter played in fighting the misinformation campaign against the deal, a deal that made the world much safer.

Are you still hung up on the decision to abstain on U.N. Resolution 2334? Then you owe it to yourself to read this from George Mitchell and Alon Sacher.

Maybe Trump will prove us wrong and govern responsibly. Every American must hope so. But every fact-based American knows that there is nothing in Trump's record or in his "America First" Inaugural Address that indicates he will do so, and plenty in Trump's record to raise concerns from Day One.

We have much to worry and be vigilant about, and the worst lesson we can teach our kids is that Donald Trump is what it means to be president of the United States. Trump is a dangerous aberration. He won the election, and in that narrow sense is legitimate, but the day we accept him as legitimate in any broader context, or accept him as the new normal, is the day we have truly lost the Republic.

Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history. Before you accuse anyone of partisanship, read Paul Waldman's article and see if you can think of a worse Cabinet. It's not partisan if it's true.

What worries Ben Rhodes about Trump? The transcript of this interview with President Obama's deputy national security adviser provides some perspective.

It's going to be a long four years. We must fight hard, but we can't let ourselves become consumed by hate or despair. As John Lennon said, "Everything will be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not the end."

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