For now, boosting the paychecks of millions of Americans unfairly exempted from overtime laws is a good start, even if long overdue. Ending deportations aimed at appeasing right-wing voters and politicians who won’t be satisfied until all “illegals” magically vanish from our shores is a positive step toward political reform that, however long delayed, will never be denied.
And the act, even if largely symbolic, of acknowledging the crisis that confronts young black men in America is historic, even if the level of funding for My Brother’s Keeper doesn’t address the depth of need. More than five years after entering office with grand-indeed, almost impossible-expectations, the president remains bruised but unbowed. His political resilience against daunting opposition is at once an inspiration and exemplar of what’s at stake not only during the rest of his term in office but also long after he exits the national stage.