Pretty much everyone who’s anyone in politics was on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday for the dedication of the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture, including President Obama, who gave a 2,700-word speech beginning just before noon.

The president gave a preview of the event Friday evening.

It’s a bit of a relief to know that after today the museum will be left to speak for itself. Certainly, the president spoke of the historically significant treasures it houses, many provided by citizens who donated “family keepsakes tucked away in Grandma’s attic.”

But this being President Obama, he couldn’t resist drawing a line from the museum’s contents to contemporary America and all of the issues that, frankly, many who voted for him expected him to solve.

“A museum alone will not alleviate poverty in every inner city or … eliminate gun violence from all our neighborhoods, or immediately ensure that justice is always colorblind,” he noted.

As he’s done so often recently, in particular at the memorial service for the police officers murdered at a protest march in Dallas, the president addressed the #BlackLivesMatter movement but walked strictly down the center line between activists and police.

President Obama called the museum a place to better understand “how we can wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts and still grieve for fallen police officers” as well as “help a white visitor understand the pain and anger of demonstrators in places like Tulsa and Charlotte” while law enforcement officers, within the white communities across this nation, “in fits and starts, are struggling to understand, and are trying to do the right thing.”

While museums preserve the past and the present for future generations to observe and study, there’s one legacy of the Obama administration that’s been whole-heartedly adopted by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and we won’t miss it — the logically vacant political argument that [insert issue here] is (or isn’t) who we are as Americans.

Since a trip to D.C. might be a ways off, how about a summary of who, exactly, we are (and aren’t)?

A preview of Obama’s third term?

And that would be …?

In some states, a family bakery can be fined out of existence for not baking the cake for that wedding, too. Is that who we are as Americans?

Seeing as the president himself brought Tulsa and Charlotte into the conversation, would it hurt for someone in power to stand up to the vandals and looters throwing rocks at the police in Charlotte and to tell them definitively, “This is not who we are?”