Following eight years of George W. Bush President Barack Obama’s campaign was run on a tag line of hope and change, but Obama shared essentially the same policies as Mitt Romney, the republican candidate to follow Bush, with Obama himself describing his policies as “moderate republican” . This failure to delivery change directly led to the wide spread disillusion that caused President Trump. In addition having Hilary Clinton, Obama’s Vice President, and one of the least trusted candidates running for president in the 2016 election according to polls, who stood for all the same problems, who fraudulently side-lined Bernie Sanders to become the democratic candidate, and had a massive amount of baggage, just helped to solidify Trump’s presidency. And Obama is not making the political landscape any easier as he continues to be an influential voice of the Democratic Party, a party stuck in an existential debate over where it’s candidates should stand on corporate power. But judging by Obama’s numerous highly paid speeches made to Wall Street and corporate interests it's a clear reminder of where he stood, and further complicates his legacy and the formation of a competent opposition to Trump. Trump is a corrupt corporate president, the democrats need to oppose that to beat him, and Obama continues to complicate this dynamic.
Opposition: To depict Obama as the sole problem that caused Donald Trump to rise to political prominence is very short sighted, there are many elements that led to Trump’s presidency and they are of a much larger in scale than just the previous presidency. Trump relied on his media personality, his controversial outspoken and seemingly honest way of communicating resonated with many Americans, as did false promises to “make America great again”, combined with a huge systemic loss of faith in big businesses set the stage for Trump more than any policy of Obama’s. Obama himself has pointed out that controversial issues such as republicans, and the republican media, constantly requesting his birth certificate, the so called “Birtherism” attacks, as much more influential in fueling the divisive hatred and toxic environment that led to Trump.