Quick Takes: Obama’s Take on His Legacy

* At the end of an interview with Obama, Steve Inskeep asked the President how he had changed over the last eight years. After referring to his gray hair and his pride in watching his daughters grow up, Obama enumerated some of the things he’s accomplished and things that were left undone. He summed it up with this:

It’s interesting, though, that my fundamental belief in public service, my fundamental belief in the capacity of politics to — to solve problems, my belief in this country is stronger, not weaker. I’m less cynical now than I was…

You’d tally it up, it’s not bad for 7 1/2 years’ worth of work. And the stuff that has not gotten done, it’s teed up to get done. Climate change, with the Paris Agreement, 200 countries signed on — is a classic example of how I think about my work, but also the possibilities of government and politics.

We haven’t solved climate change because of that agreement, but we have now built an architecture that allows us, gives us a change to, over time collectively, in an unprecedented way, curb the pollution that contributes to climate change. And have we gotten it all done yet? No.

But have we now given the next president, the next Congress, the next generation a chance to solve it? Absolutely.

That is exactly what I was talking about when I wrote: President Obama Embraces a Systemic View of Change.

* Yeah, this happened today.

* If this was ISIS, it’s a testament to their brutality against Muslims.

A suicide bomber has killed four security officers and injured five others near one of Islam’s holiest sites in the Saudi city of Medina, according to the interior ministry.

The bomber detonated his explosives after being stopped outside the Prophet’s Mosque, a statement said.

The mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

Bombing the second holiest city during Ramadan ensures that the rest of the Islamic world will see the perpetrators as enemies. Conservative Christians take note: this would be like the KKK bombing Bethlehem during Christmas…only even more offensive.

* This is precisely why I cut the cord to cable news.

It won’t smash the republic. Still, in a small but significant way, Mr. Lewandowski’s hiring [by CNN] represents a signal moment in political journalism’s evolving embrace of political operatives: A major mainstream news organization is using a commentator who is legally prohibited from sharing the unvarnished truth on the subject — Mr. Trump — he was hired to talk about.

* Is that old band, “The Gang of 8” about to reunite?

Lindsey Graham doesn’t sugarcoat his prediction: Republicans are going to get thrashed in the November election, especially among Latinos. And it’s going to trigger another run at immigration reform in Congress next year, the South Carolina senator says.

“I’ll tell you what I’m going to do in 2017,” the plainspoken GOP deal maker said in a recent interview. “I’m going to take the Gang of Eight bill out, dust it off and ask anybody and everybody who wants to work with me to make it better to do so.”

Rubio, Rubio…wherefore art thou, Rubio?

* Finally, how about one more shot of girl power today?

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.