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Cold Takes: Giants

by M.G. Siegler

"The presidency is a relay race"

Barack Obama in an op-ed for The Economist:

So it’s no wonder that so many are receptive to the argument that the game is rigged. But amid this understandable frustration, much of it fanned by politicians who would actually make the problem worse rather than better, it is important to remember that capitalism has been the greatest driver of prosperity and opportunity the world has ever known.

This won't grab the headlines that the candidates covet, but the restraint and nuance in President Obama's letter is no less important. Actually, far more so. 

As he asks:

This paradox of progress and peril has been decades in the making. While I am proud of what my administration has accomplished these past eight years, I have always acknowledged that the work of perfecting our union would take far longer. The presidency is a relay race, requiring each of us to do our part to bring the country closer to its highest aspirations. So where does my successor go from here?


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