Donald Trump = The short-term impact of Obama's eight years in office

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He came, he saw, and he changed the world. Mostly for the worse.

As Barack Obama enters the twilight of his reign of error, he is still doing things his peculiar way. A craven deal to bring Iran’s mad mullahs in from the cold, a visit to Castro’s Cuba, hugs for nuclear survivors in Hiroshima.

At home he is shutting down coal mines and throwing open America’s borders and schoolhouse bathrooms. He rarely bothers to pretend that Congress matters anymore, with every executive action a headline-grabbing dare to the courts to stop him.

Each day brings a new notch on the legacy belt as he appears determined to do things just to prove he can. History will sort the wheat from the chaff, but the short-term impact of Obama’s eight years can be summed up in two words: ­Donald Trump.

Obama begat Trump. Without Obama’s mixture of breathtaking arrogance and stunning incompetence, there is no constituency or emotional space for a Trump.

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.