Like Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama will be remembered for crossing a seemingly infrangible color line.
However the comparison stops there. Playing in the major leagues, even for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hardly compares with becoming President of the United States.
On the other hand, Robinson did an outstanding job and his achievement has had lasting beneficial consequences. Can anyone who is not an abject booster claim as much for Obama?
After that memorable Grant Park moment on election night and the concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the weekend before his first inauguration, there is not much more positive to say about the job he has done.
In addition to breaking the color line, there is also a chance that Obama will be remembered for major environmental catastrophes, though it is not likely inasmuch as sins of omission are less salient than sins of commission, and he is just one in a very long line of do-nothing American – and world — leaders.