It has surprised us that the greatest significance of the Obama presidency appears to, for the time being at least, lost. It is likely because it is to play down its significance. However, in the future, the tremendous impact of the Obama presidency in history is that he is not white. He is and will always be the first non-white American president. No matter how far into the future we go, that will always be a fact and mark a gargantuan change in America. Obamacare will not matter and nothing else that has occurred during his presidency will matter relative to the fact he is not white.
An observation, although potentially one of much less significance, is that a man of a minority race was elected to the Presidency before a woman of any race. It is hard to remember that President Obama defeated the first woman in history that now possesses the best odds of winning our next Presidential election.
For whatever reason, as we have discussed the presidency and as we have read the news regarding the candidates, we have not once heard anyone mention how incredibly historic and game changing it will be if Hillary Clinton wins in November. It is as though it does not matter in the same way that we appear to have forgotten the significance of the first minority president.
If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency of the United States, she will, for all time, be the first woman President. Two thousand years from now, even if the United States no longer exists, Hillary Clinton will be the first woman President of the United States. It is the equivalent of a woman being the first to reach the moon or land on Mars. It is more significant than any Presidency in the United States since George Washington. Obama’s was the most significant since Lincoln.
If Donald Trump is elected, he could the the the best or worst president in history, and his significance will be lost. This can never be if Hillary wins.
It is our belief that there are many in government well aware of its significance, and that the significance of Obama’s presidency is still discussed each day, not just as a historical event, but as one that must not be tainted. No significant negative event can occur that could be correlated with the first woman president, because it will always be associated with the gender rather than the person. We can only imagine if, in the middle of the Obama presidency, the economy collapsed and we did enter the massive depression Ben Bernanke, possibly the best Federal Reserve Chairman in history, maneuvered the entire world economy to avoid. The first minority president would always be associated with the worst economic downturn in America and possibly the world. That did not occur, and Obama’s presidency has been essentially uneventful and of little significance other than his race. No one can say he was a bad president. Some may say he has been above average or a good president. He is otherwise, insignificant.
Hillary, if the stars are aligned, will historically become the first woman president of the United States, something that will forever change American history. It is my belief that, even if you do not want her to become president, you should be a proud American if she does.