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I'm an armchair quarterback of history.

Of course, this means I've studied the presidency of Barrack Obama and find myself respecting a talented man who erred more than he succeeded as president. He brought hope to so many Americans when our country was thirsting for it, only to fail to meet the lofty expectations that I had for him.

He certainly felt a great responsibility to resolve the pressing issues facing America in 2008. As leaders customarily do, he put himself out there and tried new things to improve America. He tried, he failed many times, but he always failed in style. He never sulked. He took more criticism than any president in history and yet he continued to move forward with hope. He never yielded from the responsibility he felt to try and help people who needed it: those without healthcare; a world facing the threat of a nuclear program in Iran; a military that was stuck in Iraq with seemingly no way out. His efforts to address these issues were either unsuccessful or incorrect, in my opinion.

And yet his legacy will be hope. His legacy will be that he was a good man who never gave up despite the setbacks and the unprecedented criticism. He represented the best qualities that we hold so dear in America, and yet those qualities may have led to many of his failures as president.

MATT HELFRICH

Harleysville, Pa. (formerly of York)

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