Suppose 50 years from now when both men will be gone and their presidencies and first hand accounts a distant memory and left to the archives. The students of the future will have more archival material than ever before because of everything being digitalized.
You’ve got Obama who broke a glass ceiling and did it by captivating and winning the hearts and minds of people not just in the United States as a beacon of a turning of the page to a new chapter in the American story. As the first ever black president, a two-term president, a popular president (near 60% approval by the time he left office) who tackled the worst economic decline since The Great Depression, his place in history is secure. He is a landmark figure.
But then you’ve got Trump who ran really what was a grievence campaign against Obama’s legacy and governed in that manner. He didn’t accomplish anything legislatively to compete with the Affordable Care Act or the Recovery Act that Obama did. Instead he did his best to repeal one and wasn’t given the time to try and institute a recovery of his own because the American people booted him out after one term. What he did accomplish was two impeachments, scandal after scandal, and captivating the hearts and minds of millions of people as a beacon of flipping back the pages to an old chapter when America was last great.
Neither man can be spoken about without the other being connected. But there is always through the teaching of history a narrative which emphasizes a particular figure or a particular event in greater depth than others. Not necessarily for good reasons but because of the consequential importance.