For the entirety of his first term in office, Barack Obama blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush, for “the mess he inherited.”
When his record-setting $780 billion stimulus package failed to jump-start the economy, Obama reminded the American people that he had inherited the “Great Recession” from Bush.
Now that his time in office is ending and a new president waits in the wings, Obama — or at least his surrogates at “Time” magazine — are “paying it forward.” The publication has named President-elect Donald Trump as its “person of the year” for 2016. But if that title is intended as an honor (in 1938, the magazine named Adolf Hitler “man of the year”), the distinction comes with strings attached.
Although the cover shows a relatively benign picture of Trump, the caption identifies him as “President of the Divided State of America.” Pretty witty, eh?