Fareed Zakaria Explores the 44th President's Tenure
Zakaria asserts that President Barack Obama brought dramatic policy changes to the American landscape, and he argues that the ambitious Obama Presidency may be among the most consequential in history. In 'The Legacy of Barack Obama,'Zakaria tells the stories of some of the Presidents biggest policy bets both the brilliant successes and the heartbreaking failures.
Through extraordinarily candid interviews with President Obama, as well as many of the key players who served his administration, 'The Legacy of Barack Obama' examines the historic election of Americas first African-American President, the impact of the gridlock that haunted his tenure, what he achieved in the face of unprecedented opposition, and the vexing problems he was unable to solve. Zakaria illustrates the behind-the-scenes concerns and strategy that yielded President Obamas comprehensive healthcare legislation a feat that had eluded seven previous presidents, his personal struggle with the racial strife that rocked his years in office, the rescue of the global economy, the historic deal with Iran to halt that nations march towards a nuclear weapon, the global climate change agreements, the appointment of two women to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Obamas moves on social issues such as marriage equality for gay Americans, equal pay legislation, criminal justice reform, and more.
Now, President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned to dismantle most of Obamas achievements, has declared that almost every major Obama initiative is under threat. And, among the crises that appear will remain unsolved as President Obama prepares to leave office are: the irony of the fact that polls show race relations are at their lowest point in a generation, common sense gun regulations, an unabated and brutal civil war in Syria, and the resulting massive migration that has helped usher in a wave of nativist populism across Europe and America.
Interviewed for this special broadcast:
David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama/Chief Strategist for Barack Obamas presidential campaigns 2007-2012, Believer, My Forty Years in Politics, 2015
Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, 2015
Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, 2009-2010
Timothy Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary, 2009-2013
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, 2009-present
Van Jones, White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, 2009; president, Dream Corps; CNN Commentator
John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, 2013-present; former U.S. Senator (D-MA), 1985-2013
Randall Kennedy, professor, Harvard Law School; The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency, 2012
President Barack Obama
Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), Director of the CIA, 2011-2012; Commander of U.S. Central Command, 2008-2010