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Gingrich: Obama's Legacy Will Disappear and He Has No One to Blame But Himself

United States President Barack Obama (Rex Features via AP Images)

One year from now, it will be as if President Obama never existed. Okay, that may be overstating things, but not by much. Because he neglected the sober work of a statesman, which would have involved convincing Congress to enact his ideas through legislation, Obama will watch over the next year as many of his deeds fades into nothing. From The Hill:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Obama’s legacy will disappear within a year of him leaves office.

In an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Gingrich criticized Obama for telling President-elect Donald Trump to push his policies through Congress, rather than by executive orders.

“What you’re watching is a man who realizes all of a sudden 90 percent of his legacy is going to disappear because he didn’t do the hard work of passing legislation,” Gingrich said.

“Starting the opening day when Trump starts to repeal all these executive orders, it’s going to be like one of those balloons that deflates and down to a core to 10 or 15 percent of what he originally did,” Gingrich continued. “The rest is all going to disappear within a year.”

As well it should. Obama rested upon the arrogant assumption that he would be succeeded by a Democrat, and that his party would retain or gain legislative power. Now that they’ve instead lost everything, and given Obama’s inability to work cooperatively with legislators the way a president is meant to, history may note Obama’s presidency as little more than racial trivia.