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Nine things Obama will be remembered for

If historians wrote only one thing about Barack Obama they would likely note that 143 years after slavery a young Illinois senator became the first black president of the USIf historians were to write only one thing about Barack Hussein Obama, they would likely note that — 143 years after slavery was abolished — a young Illinois senator became the first black president of the United States. In office, Obama sometimes struggled to turn that poetry into the prose of governance. Outgoing president George W. Bush and the Federal Reserve had kicked off the government’s first panicked efforts at containment, but Obama faced down ideological opposition to large fiscal stimulus, extending government spending by $831 billion and providing ballast to the economy.

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