President Donald Trump has done an unexpected favor to former President Barack Obama's legacy. The bumpy rollout of Trump's travel ban makes the botched rollout of Obama's Affordable Care Act look smooth as silk.
Putting aside for a moment the critical question of whether the ban will make Americans safer (spoiler alert: probably not), the too-hastily written order sparked global confusion over how it was to be implemented. As critics in both parties have said, Trump's order for "extreme vetting" needed a lot more vetting, too.
As a result, the new president's signing of the executive order stranded travelers around the world, led to protests at airports across the country, touched off chaotic scenes across the immigration and national security bureaucracy.
Trump's executive order, unveiled last Friday at the end of his first full week in office, barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.