Farewell to the Obama Administration

A roundup of articles summarizing the final days of the Obama Administration, as well as a peek at Planetizen's eight-year archive of President Obama's policies in the world of planning.

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January 20, 2017, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The scene in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2013. | January 21, 2009 / Shutterstock

The big news from President Barack Obama's final day in office was a decision to commute 330 drug sentences, as reported by the Associated Press. In a separate article for The Washington Post, Sari Horwitz put the action in context: "His final group of clemencies was the most Obama granted in a day and the most granted on one day in U.S. history."

Articles examining President Obama's legacy have been abundant in recent months and weeks. The final days of the Obama Administration were no different.

President Obama himself took time to write a letter to the American people, thanking the country for making him a better man.

Keeping in mind the finality of the day, President Obama now sets the stage for the Trump Administration, which will now have to build its own legacy. Danielle Kurtzleben shares a host of data that illustrate the state of the country the President Trump has inherited. The article provides data on the economy, politics, crime/justice, immigration, foreign policy, the environment, health policy, and health outcomes. The article amounts to a massive data dump, setting a thorough baseline of comparison for the incoming Trump Administration.

Because President Obama is cherished by many as the first Black president, and a unique character regardless of his race and position, a few articles ventured to capture the measure of the man, separate from federal politics.

Finally, we at Planetizen have been following the Obama Administration closely since before Day 1 of his presidency. The collection of all the articles we ever tagged under the category of "Obama Administration" will stand as a record of President Obama's goals, achievements, struggles, and failures.


James Brasuell

James Brasuell is a writer and editor, producing web, print, and video content on the subjects of planning, urbanism, and mobility. James has managed all editorial content and direction for Planetizen since 2014 and was promoted to editorial director in 2021.

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