Undoing a Legacy? Trump Could Undo Much of Obama's Legacy but Not All of It

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Undoing a Legacy? Trump Could Undo Much of Obama's Legacy but Not All of It

Jan, 27th 2017

Speaking with the New Yorker's David Remnick after Donald Trump's victory, President Obama expressed a surprising amount of optimism about the potential for his legacy to survive a Republican president and Congress.

Obama said he felt he had accomplished "seventy or seventy-five percent" of what he wanted to do upon taking office. "Maybe fifteen percent of that gets rolled back, twenty percent," he told Remnick. "But there's still a lot of stuff that sticks."

With Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell gunning to repeal, roll back, or gut just about everything Obama did over the past eight years, this is a startling statement. I’d be lying if I said I knew for sure Obama was right about the percentages; so much depends on the particularities of Congress...

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