He was flawed, right-wing, anti-women’s rights, personally principled, often well-meaning, sometimes prejudiced, diplomatic, thoughtful, hot-headed – and he probably wouldn’t have attracted so many plaudits if he hadn’t died in the age of Donald Trump.
This American powerlessness provides three lessons that we would be wrong to ignore.
Barack Obama wanted three attributes of Australia for America. He wanted Australia's universal healthcare system, its gun laws and its compulsory voting system. These are three of the defining differences between the two societies.
The problem with a roadmap that leads only to the past is that when the future arrives, there is no plan.
For Trump, this is a devastating defeat ... which will probably aggravate his already grotesque obsession with everything ... Barack Obama achieved.
His pathetic intervention has only served to complicate the process even more.
Don’t try making sense of the U.S. health-care debate, because there is no sense to it.