Clarence Page’s column asked, “Will tensions tarnish Obama legacy?” [Opinion, July 15].

Page notes that Obama was elected on a promise of “hope” and “change” and is trying to heal national racial anxiety.

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This reminds me of the story about a priest, on the last day of a wake, admitting the deceased was not a regular parishioner, and he therefore didn’t know him and would appreciate if one of the attendees would say something positive about the deceased. After several minutes of silence and another request by the priest, a man rose in the rear of the group and said, “His brother was worse.”

Unfortunately for President Barack Obama — and Page — I can’t think of any president who was worse.

Joseph Cannizzo, New Hyde Park