The countdown to President Obama's departure from the White House is too much to handle. As America prepares for the incoming administration on January 20, it's only right that we take a look back on how President Obama's legacy has shaped millions of lives in the last eight years. CNN aired a special report Wednesday night titled, The Legacy of Barack Obama .
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For supporters, the message held true to the President's original promise of "hope" and "change" signaling his administration's success through strengthening the global economy, legalizing gay marriage, commuting non-violent drug offenses and more. And critics? They should be somewhat silenced (highly unlikely) at this point now that two terms worth of receipts were pulled in a two-hour television event.
During the special, CNN's Fareed Zakaria sat down with the President to candidly discuss his experiences as the 44th President of the United States. Not so surprisingly, President Obama discussed the racism that he has had to endure as POTUS.
"I think there's a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states," Obama told Zakaria. "Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the 'birther' movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely."
As noted in the special, being the first black President and handling events dealing with race proved to be monumental.
Despite race being one of many challenges during President Obama's two terms, he leaves behind a legacy that can never be forgotten. The special touched on the heart strings of viewers.
#ObamaLegacy proved to be more than a hashtag.
I watched nearly half of the #ObamaLegacy on CNN last night. I've never cried so much watching a program on television.— azulita (@oomiesays) December 8, 2016
Pres. Obama, you made this Republican love you. Your character, dignity, class, intelligence, and compassion will be missed. #ObamaLegacy— Lindsey Lulla (@lindsey_lulla) December 8, 2016