President Obama has finally lost an election.
Donald Trump defeated the two-term Democrat on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, even though his name wasn’t technically on the ballot.
Obama’s signature achievements — the executive orders, ObamaCare, a future open immigration path that favors Democrats — all of it hung on the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency — something that the polls painted as ridiculous as early as two weeks ago.
In fact, right up until polls closed, Huffington Post had Hillary Clinton with a 99 percent chance of victory.
That isn’t a complete surprise since HuffPo is famously liberal in a Fox News-for-Republicans sort of way, but it is telling of how far the political left’s views are now removed from reality.
— ALWAYS TRUMP! (@Always_Trump) November 9, 2016
Gallup shows that the President Obama approval rating is higher than it’s ever been at an astounding 56 percent as of Tuesday night, even as the election slipped through his would-be successor’s fingers.
There has been talk for weeks that Obama’s approval rating, like Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers turned out to be, were artificially inflated. His decision to go all-in behind Hillary demonstrated the president saw this election as not just a referendum on the Clintons but a referendum on his own policies.
Now that a majority of the country has spoken, it appears he was right, but that doesn’t make what happened Tuesday night any less of a defeat.
Throughout the campaign — and even four years earlier when President Obama defeated Mitt Romney — Trump unleashed a litany of insults against the president and his inability to govern. Trump famously propagated the “birther” movement and didn’t discourage supporters who claimed the president was a Muslim.
He disrespected and denigrated the person holding the highest office in the land. The same person who adamantly told voters this campaign season that Hillary Clinton was the most qualified person to ever run for the White House.
But if you doubt that Donald Trump’s win Tuesday night was anything less than a defeat of Barack Obama, listen to the president’s own words.
“Everything we have done over the past eight years will be reversed under a Trump presidency,” Obama said in comments reported by RealClearPolitics. “And everything will be sustained and built on under a Hillary Clinton presidency. This vote is as important as any of those other two votes [in 2008 and 2012].”
Even more sobering than President Obama’s own words, however, are the results that emanated from Ohio, a crucial swing state that voted for him twice in 2008 and 2012.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2016
How history remembers a president depends on the lasting effects of his policies. Usually a commander-in-chief can hang his hat on something.
However, for President Obama, that something is ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, something Donald Trump has promised to repeal and replace in the first 100 days of his administration.
Most other achievements from the president came through executive orders instead of through being willing to compromise with lawmakers. Trump has promised to roll those back in the first 100 as well.
The country’s selection of Trump demonstrates that at least a small majority didn’t buy into the myth of Republican obstructionism that President Obama repeatedly accused.
Now Trump has a mandate with a Republican Senate and House of Representatives to back up whatever his agenda turns out to be — and all three branches of government have the country behind them.
But what do you think, readers?
Did President Obama lose to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election? Sound off in the comments section below.