The Obama years, which left us divided and angry, paved the way for the ascent of Donald J. Trump.
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Peter Wehner January 14, 2017, New York Times
[I]n some respects the greatest failure of the Obama years is in the area where
many people thought he would excel. Mr. Obama made the centerpiece of his 2008
campaign a promise to end a politics that “breeds division and conflict and
cynicism.” In February of that year, I praised him for “a message that, at its core, is
about unity and hope rather than division and resentment.” Yet he leaves office with
America more conflicted and cynical than when he took office. More than 70 percent
of Americans say the country is either more divided or no more united than it was in 2009. Race relations are the worst in decades, and our nation is as polarized as it has
been in the modern era.