Democracy, said President Obama near the conclusion of his final State of the Union speech, “does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens.” Those are long gone, thanks to the great divider, but democracy as well requires a willingness to compromise. Valerie Jarrett particularly liked that line, and might even have written it.

If that was meant as some sort of call to action for Congress or yet another component of President Obama’s legacy, no one noticed.


Obamacare? People just didn’t understand how much they’d love it until it had been passed into law.