Deflating Obama’s Legacy?
On January 20, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States in Washington D.C. Trump has promised to move quickly to reverse many policies ratified during the Obama administration. On the day of his inauguration, Trump signed his first executive order, which scaled down Obamacare, the healthcare law that’s considered Obama’s signature accomplishment. Three days later, he signed another executive order, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal signed by Obama in 2016 that involves a dozen countries, from Canada and Chile to Australia and Japan. Political analysts say Trump is likely to take other steps to undo some of Obama’s key policies.
- Who is the man in the cartoon, and what is he doing with the needle?
- Why do you think Obama’s legacy is represented as a balloon rather than a more solid object?
- What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
- New presidents often resort to executive orders to dismantle some of the policies of their predecessors. Why do you think they do that rather than have legislation go through Congress?
- What do you think President Trump hopes to accomplish in office? Do you think he will succeed?