Amid the flood of “alternative truths” spewing forth from the inaugaration, it’s easy to lose track of one President Obama’s last good deeds as President: he commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence.
Now, I’m not saying she should have served the time she already has, or that Obama shouldn’t have done this sooner.
After all, Obama’s administration put her in prison in the first place and kept her there all this time. I’m not saying he’s a hero. I’m saying that he did the right thing as of 2017.
There have been a number of people tirelessly working for Chelsea Manning’s release since day one. Most have never even meet her face to face. They’re the real heroes here.
I hope that she’s able to build a life in or out of the spotlight, whichever she chooses.