Most conservatives I talk to or hear about are very hot and bothered by what Obama has "done to America". They are very passionate about it. So passionate that I would like to understand where they are coming from.

But, I have yet to get an objective source of information for their claims. This post from Todd Starnes is typically the kind of thing I come across. (Don't click if you don't want to support him - he has plenty of advertisements).

One example (from Todd's post):

When Obama apologized for America on foreign soil Bush was silent.

My questions would be:

  1. Which incident(s) are referred to, and
  2. What were the measurable consequences of that?

What are some best effort (at being objective) sources of information that can help me understand the conservative argument of how Obama fundamentally changed America?

I consider myself centrist, so when a conservative says something like "Obama declared war on police officers" I do not understand what they are referring to. The information I'm looking for would help me understand why conservatives think things like that, even if it's a cultural thing and not necessarily policy.

Books, articles, blogs, whatever. I'd prefer sources that aren't promoting a news organization such as Fox News or some other for-profit entity. But, if that's the best there is, that's fine.

By objective, I mean claims that include references that point to evidence. I know there isn't anything perfect out there. Again, best effort is fine.

UPDATE: I've updated to reflect that I'm looking for best effort, here.

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    There's not going to be an 'objective' source for their claims as their claims are specifically not objective.
    – user1530
    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:14
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    This question could be interpreted in two ways. One way is to interpret it as "please help me read the minds of millions of conservative Obama critics", which is impossible because "conservatives" are not a homogeneous hive-mind. The other way to interpret this question is as "please summarize all the effects of 8 years of Obama presidency on the United States". One could write a whole book about this. This question is too broad to answer adequately.
    – Philipp
    Oct 26, 2017 at 11:17
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    Goodness, people. I'm not looking for gospel. Just best effort. Even if it's right leaning but provides decent references, that's fine. I didn't ask anyone to summarize 8 years of Obama in their response, either. Yes, someone could write a book about it. Maybe that book is what I'm looking for.
    – l p
    Oct 26, 2017 at 11:44
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    It is unfortunate that this was on hold because he certainly fundamentally changed America. I can say that even if I don't support him politically. He was the first to use social media as intended. He was the first to be from outside the establishment (Remember, at the beginning even blacks said he was not black enough) even though he became part of it at the end. He usurp some of the power from congress and whether you think that is right or wrong, it changed how the public sees the presidency and what it can do for the average American. Oct 26, 2017 at 12:45
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    @FrankCedeno if by usurping you mean executive orders, he actually did very little of that.
    – user1530
    Oct 27, 2017 at 1:29

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It's a reference to this speech in which Obama said that he wants to fundamentally transform America (he then names some examples, such as mainstreet over wallstreet, improving things for the middle class, affordable college, etc).

He went into this again in an interview with Bill O'Reilly, where he again mentions good wages, public schools, etc.

When the Right wing talks about Obama "fundamentally transforming America" They are usually referring to a change in culture(in a way they do not like).


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