By VICTOR E. SASSON
New York billionaire businessman Donald John Trump, once denounced as a wacko and racist, has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
As Barack Obama leaves Washington today, it's useful to review what he has accomplished, and ask whether President Trump can possibly match his actions to the magic-wand promises he made during a long, bitter campaign that was designed to divide the nation.
Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, whose 1991 confirmation hearing was marked by accusations of sexual harassment, similar to those made against Trump.
Among the things President Obama has accomplished these past eight years, despite racially motivated opposition from Republicans in Congress:
1. Obama saved the economy from imminent collapse.
2. Passed health-care reform, giving 20 million people insurance.
3. Passed Wall Street Reform.
4. Negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.
5. Got the Paris climate deal signed.
6. Killed Osama bin Laden.
7. Ended combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
8. Bailed out the auto industry.
9. Repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and put the full force of the U.S. government behind marriage equality.
And it's useful to review how poorly the tabloids treated Trump and his wife during the campaign: