President Obama’s legacy and succession in 2016


Guests: Peter Beinart, Paul Glastris and Matt Lewis

In his commencement speech at West Point Military Academy, President Obama said “America must always lead on the world stage”.  But the President was careful to add that military muscle should not be the primary tool.  And, earlier this week, he announced that the last American troops would come home from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.  But the President has faced criticism that US leadership has dwindled, against a backdrop of Syria’s civil war and Russian moves on Ukraine, raising questions over his White House legacy.  We explore the kind of leader President Obama has been, both at home and overseas, and examine the cast of potential candidates vying succeed him in 2016.  Joining us are: PETER BEINART, Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at The City University of New York and Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast-Newsweek; PAUL GLASTRIS, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Monthly and former Senior Speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton; and MATT LEWIS, Senior Contributor to the news website The Daily Caller and Contributing Editor to The Week magazine.

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