Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. He writes for Politico, Time, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years – a New York Times bestseller.
Obama's enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol who reflected the values of the progressive elite. He will be revered by his admirers as his generation's JFK. And Obama isn't going away. Even as his legacy washes away, the apotheosis will begin.
The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the left.
Trump thrives off media hostility. It allows him to portray himself as the victim of a stilted establishment. For all that Trump complains about negative press coverage, he wants to be locked in a relationship of mutual antagonism with the media.
Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. The reset was premised on willful naivete about Russia.