US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.