There was an interesting comment attributed to the former UK Prime Minister which is in the attached link http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tony-blair-how-i-became-prime-minister-of-the-world-8909464.html
“that you start your first term as the most popular and least capable and end it as least popular and most capable”. That is an apt way of looking at leadership of a country. It is how one manages this popularity that seals your fate afterwards into someone who is loved or hated, and then later into history books as far as one’s legacy is concerned.
As Barak Obama looks at his legacy in his second term he is determined to leave a few including Obamacare Universal Healthcare for all, as one that is now controversial and may later define his Presidency that changed the Country’s perennial fear of longterm illness. However with regard to his foreign policy the killing of innocents which is an inevitable fallout of the use of drones, that don’t put Americal lives at risk, but seriously affects the US perception in the world as far as the misuse of their power is concerned is likely to be a defining outcome of his presidency instead of the stated aim of defending the Human Rights of other countries citizens from their own Govt. which is the stated aim of his administration and the appointment of Samantha Power in the United Nations to carry out his agenda.
It is interesting that Tony Blair and his band of Consultants have been able to parley his Prime Ministership to a major role in the field of Consulting with other Governments in strategy and governing, to make him a very wealthy man and who appears to be the envy of many in Britain who are upset at his use of his previous position for pecuniary gain. It is important to understand the all former Presidents of the US, engage in the lecture circuit commanding huge speaking fees and then their autobiographies receive huge advances prior to being written.
The problem in Sri Lanka is that our senior statesman go on too long, as politics is seen as a career for life, rather than one for a specific period of time, due to the various pressures, but mostly because people do not like their popularity they had as active politicians diminish upon retirement. Of course this is was not the case in the past when people went into politics for the love of service, and now it is to enrich the person. At least we can say that most of what Blair has earned is from work after he left office and while he is not as squeaky clean as he would like to portray, not a patch on the depths of corruption ours engage