It was a week that could define President Obama’s legacy, and a week that made me proud to be an American.
Here’s a brief summary highlighting the events of the week:
- On Thursday, the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court, awarding a major victory to President Obama and validating his most prized domestic achievement.
- That same day, the Supreme Court also voted in support of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, ruling that the law allows plaintiffs to challenge government or private policies that have a discriminatory effect, without having to show evidence of intentional discrimination.
- The very next day the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a nationwide right.
- The Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, recommended the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol grounds.
- The U.S. House voted in favor of President Obama’s package of trade-related legislation, granting: 1) enhanced trade negotiation powers to the president, 2) aid for displaced workers, 3) trade incentives for sub-Saharan Africa, and 4) clearing a path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- And then perhaps the most powerful event of the week took place when President Obama delivered a powerful eulogy at the memorial for Clementa Pinckney, a victim of the Charleston shootings. I think the video below says it all:
Thank you President Obama for your leadership, your compassion, and the courage you have displayed in the face of all the adversity you have encountered over the past seven years.
I wish you, and our country, continued success.
Yes We Can.