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Aayush Sharma, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
While the social media recently went gaga over the photos by Time Magazine1 showing Barack Obama’s aging, there is a need to look at the larger picture than just seeing what meets the eye. At his last State of the Union address delivered to the Congress recently, he seemed to be following a two-pronged strategy of revisiting his achievements in office and portraying the bigger picture of ‘change’ – something which he is known for.
Whatever may his strategy have been, he has made his bit of history while in office. Whether the events would turn out to be pleasant or not for The Great American Dream, is largely debatable. This includes2 the nuclear deal with Iran, tackling of the economy after recession, climate change, counter-terrorism stance of his government (before and after Osama), healthcare reform, saga of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba.
Unfortunately, just like the Indian political landscape, the American policy progress has been thwarted by the deadlock approach of the opposition. Nonetheless, the change in Indian political leadership has positively seen a new level of diplomatic ties with the United States.
- Time Magazine’s link: me/1ZZiOgZ
- The Guardian’s comprehensive list of major pledges made by Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union addresses:http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/12/obama-state-of-the-union-address-key-policy-pledges-analysis