The Presidency: Looking Back, Looking Forward

photo of President Obama
Monday, April 11, 2016
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Banatao Auditorium
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
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With President Obama serving his final year in office and the campaign to replace him unfolding before us, we will examine the legacy of the Obama years and the ways in which his presidency has influenced the race to replace him. What has the Obama presidency meant to the country? Was his tenure a historic achievement in which he reoriented America toward his own progressive ideals, or a leftward lurch that tried to take the country in a direction voters did not want? What are we to make of his signature policy achievement – Obamacare? Abroad, did Obama restore America’s reputation around the world, or did he lack the toughness needed to lead the global superpower? What about the race for his successor? Will the president’s party face an uphill battle to hold the White House for a third straight term, or does Obama himself reflect an increasingly diverse America where Republicans will struggle to win national elections? Join us as we look back to the presidency of Barack Obama, and ahead to the 2016 election battle.


Julia R. Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University, and author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate

Lanhee J. Chen, David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Thomas E. Mann, Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC-Berkeley, and author of  It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

Lynn Sweet, Columnist and Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times