Do you think Barack Obama has done a great job as president? Be honest, and speak your mind.
Let's not forget, Barack Obama has helped a lot of college students with government funding and finical support. Not to mention, he captured one of the biggest terrorist of our time Osama Bin Laden. According to addictinginfo.org, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. So we must consider his accomplishments. However, personally, I didn't agree with his healthcare plan for the American people.
I had high hopes for him, but ultimately he is a disappointment despite the few things he's accomplished. He's pushing the TPP - a total sellout to corporate interests. He constantly and chronically caves to the right instead of standing up as an actual democrat. He's accused of being a "liberal" but he's anything but. Also, his number one failure is giving a pass to the big banks who drove our economy into the gutter. If any normal person were to engage in such activities we'd spend the rest of our lives in prison for fraud and theft. The banks got a bailout on our dime and continue their antics. No justice was served. Oh, and don't forget his pushes for broader surveillance and other issues that are an affront to personal freedoms. He talked a good game - and never walked his talk. Obamacare was a good start, but he caved and instead of putting us on a path to a one payer system - he basically gave a "bailout' to the private insurance industry. Obama is a scam and a legendary disappointment.
Under our present political climate it's where "compromise" is considered treason towards one's own party and the Republican party has divided itself into conservative and "Tea Party" conservatives very little legislation has been pushed through congress from either side.
Considering where the economy was in early 2009 when he stepped into office after the "Great Recession" (Unemployment at 10%, stock market crashed, and foreclosures at a all time high... Things have improved! Anyone denying that short-term memory loss.
Real estate values are rising, the stock market is at all time highs, unemployment is around 5.4%, millions of people who had no access to health insurance now have it including young adults who can remain on their parents plan until age 26,Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Having said all the above presidents rarely are "given any credit" for anything good that happens and they always get the blame for anything bad. How one personally (feels) about a sitting president will shade his or her every action they take. If you hate someone they can do no right and if you love them they can do no wrong!
Very few people are truly "objective" when it comes to politics!
No matter which party wins a presidential election you're going to have close to half of the people being unhappy because their candidate did not win. Giving praise to an opposition party candidate is not going to help your party win the next election!
The so called "success rate" of congressional votes is tied to having the majority of the seats held in congress by a sitting president's party. Most presidents are going to have the majority of people in their party vote the way they want them to. The real challenge is when the president is from one party and the majority of congress is from the opposition party.
I imagine FDR got more votes through for his "New Deal" than LBJ.
As much as we decry "gridlock" in politics the majority of people are against one party being in controll of both the executive and legislative branches for too long!
Ideally we'd like both parties to come up with solutions to our problems and hammer out a working compromise.
Sadly in today's political climate party interests comes before the national interests.
It's far easier to tear down the opposition party than it is to propose solutions. The 2016 will be interesting.
Generally speaking a two term president is usually replaced by the opposition party. If the people elect Hilary or some other Democrat it will be because they don't believe in or like the solutions being offered by the Republican party.
Most people vote according to domestic issues and their pocket book.
Credits to Obama:
-Pushed for more manufacturing jobs back home.
-Oversaw the killing of Bin Laden (didn't do much since there's many waiting to take his place) but a morale boaster in some ways. I hate how conservatives think Obama took credit when he didn't deserve it. If the SEALS failed to kill Bin Laden, I bet those conservatives will be laying the blame on Obama.
-His immigration policies are terrible. He seems to favor foreigners coming into the US over US citizens and residents.
-Bailout which lead to more debt.
-Affordable Healthcare didn't solve the root cause of the health care issue.
-Policies on gun control is terrible.
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