As the Obama years wind down, people are wondering what went wrong. He was, in theory, a popular president who was then soundly rejected by winning votes for the other side in the presidency and both houses. This means that while he was popular, the results of his actions were not.
Zooming up to a higher altitude than how most politics are transacted, we see that Obama was hired to do a job by people who believed he could do it. Their hope was for a “post-racial” presidency, or that by finally electing an African-American to the office of president, America could overcome its vast racial fracture.
In other words, Obama was elected to heal the racial divide. Showing the arrogance common to people less intelligent than the role they are acting out requires, he did the exact opposite, and inflamed racial tensions. This is why he will go down in history as the least intelligent American president: he was elected for one task, and he failed it.
Thankfully, the result of this is that white Americans — and soon, Europeans — have backed away from the “diversity can work” ideal, and have started to realize the obvious truth: diversity cannot work. Groups have different self-interest, and diversity pits them against each other. Only the homogeneous nation can work, which is the concept of nationalism.
In that way, Barack Obama has been an unparalleled success.