This piece has the full rearview mirror perspective on Obama.. and it might remain a strange time in American history and politics for posterity..
In the end it seems like factors like lack of practical experience and aversion of conflicts hampered too much of the whole thing… even if health care, which might be a step forward, and scaling back the military are two big and important achievements.
Other things like inequality and the corruption of private money into politics have become a lot worse, and a bigger job for the next one to confront…
The Obama Paradox
The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama’s presidency, the failure of the health care website. Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way: He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room.
It’s a small thing, almost a nervous tic, but Obama’s habit of knocking on wood during Obamacare meetings had become notable, something that close advisers talked and even joked about among themselves.