As the presidential campaign heads into its final month, President Obama will be on the trail in behalf of his first-term secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. But in a real sense he also will be stumping for his own legacy.
A political cliché holds that presidential campaigns are, or should be, about the future. But Obama's nearly eight years in the White House in a significant way provide a framework for Clinton's aspirations, she having been a principal in carrying out his foreign policy agenda.
On the domestic side as well, she has been a consistent supporter, having embraced his controversial Affordable Care Act, popularly and often unpopularly called Obamacare, a forerunner of which she was a principal if failed architect.
In what is repeatedly peddled by the Republicans as "a change election" in which angry voters are demanding a new direction under outsider Donald Trump, the implication is that Obama has been a loser and that a Hillary Clinton presidency would bring more of the same.