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Looking back at his historic presidency

Looking back at his historic presidency

Inspiring. Polarizing. Ground-breaking. Disappointing. How you describe Barack Obama’s presidency likely depends on which side of the aisle you set. But the historic nature of our country’s first black president is not disputed. We asked readers, local politicos and our newspaper’s columnists to weigh in on Obama’s legacy and what he meant to them.

A look at his wins and losses

Students say Michelle is the Obama they’ll miss

As President Barack Obama leaves office, his legacy will be hotly debated. For Maleché Moss and India Smith, however, the first black president’s impact has less to do with him and more to do with his wife. “She was one of the first first ladies to actually go to an Ivy League college and be successful,” said Moss, who like Smith is 16. Michelle Obama showed young black womenthat they were more than the stereotypes so often assigned to them.

Sue Lani Madsen: After eight years, he leaves a legacy of disappointment

Disappointment. That’s a common reaction to the last eight years of the Obama administration. There’s political disappointment among Democrats at the losses suffered as their power base retreated to urban centers. There is disappointment at not going further to advance the progressive agenda.

Two views of the Obama presidency

The eight years of the Obama presidency may be like the opening of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Democrats may see it as the best of times, Republicans as the worst. Here are contrasting views of party members from the Spokane area: