I had one overwhelming thought watching President Barack Obama give his final State of the Union Address:
We’re gonna miss this guy.
We’ll miss his graceful style and an undervalued record of achievement that — with a year to go — has already put him in the ranks of fine American Presidents.
Of course we won’t all miss him, but even many Republicans who despise Obama may look back with nostalgia at low inflation, low interest rates and low unemployment, with no American troops other than a smattering of Special Forces in combat abroad.
Despite persistent income inequality, stagnant wages, a broken immigration system, the threat of ISIS and plenty more woes, Obama’s legacy has been one of slow but consistent progress.
He will likely end his presidency with the unemployment rate cut in half (to 5%) and the budget deficit cut by more than two-thirds.