Assessing President Obama’s Impact & Legacy


Throughout our history, the National Urban League has taken seriously our responsibility to hold the President of the United States accountable to the needs of urban America and communities of color. As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20, we present the Obama Scorecard to assess the first African American president’s impact and legacy.

In creating this scorecard, we considered two important questions: (1) is the nation better off than it was eight years ago? and (2) is Black America better off than it was eight years ago? The answer to both questions is, unequivocally, yes. The Scorecard evaluates the Obama Administration’s successes and shortcomings in education, health, housing, economic development, and civil rights

After factoring in accomplishments, outright failures, and the conditions under which he served, the National Urban League has given the Obama Administration an overall rating of “Excellent,” the second-highest rating.