Job creation and balanced budgets for Bill Clinton, the war on Iraq for George W. Bush and most likely the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for Barack Obama. These are the legacies of the US presidents of the past two decades. History books probably won’t remember this but when it comes to Obama there is one more thing that he leaves behind: a choice between a bad candidate and a worse one. I’ll leave it to your discretion to designate either of the two as bad or worse. These lines are being written on Tuesday when it is still unknown who will have the chance to celebrate in less than 24 hours. Apart from the hardcore supporters of Clinton and Trump, it most likely won’t be the American voters. According to a survey in August by ABC News and the Washington Post, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most unpopular presidential candidates in more than 30 years of polling. And they didn’t do much to improve this in the past two months: the latest average of RealClearPolitics shows a 55% unfavourability rating for Clinton and 58% for Trump. Previously, former president George H.W. Bush had the highest unfavourable rating for a major-party candidate, in 1992, but that was after four years in office. It might sound a bit harsh to fault Obama for all this but he deserves at least part of the blame. Consider this: when he leaves office several of his major initiatives will still hang in the legal balance, meaning the courts and his successor will play a major role in shaping his legacy. Ongoing legal challenges by Republican-governed states and business groups are targeting Obama’s signature health-care law, his plan to combat climate change, a key immigration initiative, his transgender rights policy, his “net neutrality” internet rules, overtime pay for workers and other matters. And it’s not just Republicans. There are quite a few Democrats who are not full-fledged supporters of some of the President’s ideas. So it’s understandable that he would want somebody in the White House who will continue what he started. Thus the scandal-ridden Hillary became the shoo-in candidate of the Democrats, which I believe partially led to the emergence of the scandal-ridden Trump. Many try to play down the significance of the email controversy but think about it this way for a second: other things equal, would Hillary have had the slightest chance to become the nominee if her last name wasn’t Clinton?