Barack Obama sure was something, wasn’t he? Now that new elections are (maybe?) on the way in the United States, everyone’s anxious to see whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be the one to rule the world’s most powerful nation for the next four years. One thing is for sure: he won’t make us forget about how lovely Obama was. But why do Americans consider him to be the best president of their lifetime? Let’s take a look.
The Age Effect
Well, let’s not beat around the bush here: we’ve currently had 4 years of Trump. Before that 8 years of Obama, then 8 years of Bush. So if you’re going back to the first semi-decent President before Obama, we’d end up with Bill Clinton, which is already 20 years ago. Taking into account you don’t start voting before the age of 18 (and hardly anyone cares about politics before the age of 18), there simply hasn’t been a real contender for the title for anyone under the age of 38. And if you think Obama is better than Clinton was (which you should, by the way), that means no contenders if you’re under the age of 46. All we’ve had before that was George Bush Sr. and Ronald Reagan. Basically, unless you’ve lived through World War II, it’s hard to find a president that’s objectively as good as Obama.
He Was Eloquent
While George Bush did manage to communicate on the level of the blue collar workers of America, Obama was the first to do it without making it sound like he was purposefully using easier words. If there’s anything we all miss from Obama, it’s his ability to speak for huge crowds and make sure that everyone understood what he was saying.