Who could forget President Obama’s “hope and change” slogan as a presidential candidate? Obama managed to successfully portray himself as figure who would “change the trajectory of America.” A figure “along the lines of Ronald Reagan, rebuking the legacy of Bill Clinton’s pragmatic presidency in the process.” As his presidency nears to an end, Obama is “finding that his main legacy is only half-achieved.” Obama has “indeed transformed the Democratic party to his liking, but failed to get anyone else to follow suit.” The National Journal,
At the same time, there’s no doubt he’s successfully pushed Democrats to adopt his favored policies with minimal dissent—and that will have lasting consequences for many elections to come. Despite uneven personal relations with his own party in Congress, there have been very few instances when his party’s members have split from his governing course, even on issues where the politics would dictate they should.
That’s the consequence of being the most polarizing president in history, according to Gallup’s latest polling analysis. Obama maintains strong support from his core supporters, even as Republicans have entirely abandoned him and independents have followed suit. Gallup found 79 percent of Democrats still backing him, even with a 42.6 percent average approval rating in his sixth year in office. That unusually large disconnect has emboldened the president to push forward on controversial issues that few other Democrats would touch, thanks to unyielding support from his base.