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There was nothing about the Obama presidency that really makes one nostalgic for it. Indeed, the irony is that, whatever his personal popularity among Democrats, they actually should have little desire to renew his presidency either.Fun fact: By the time Mr. Obama left office, 77% of all partisan elective offices across the Federal, state and local levels were in Republican hands. Whatever his charisma among partisan Democrats, it did not translate into votes. Mr. Obama's presidency left the Democratic party a shambles and at a post-WWII low in terms of the number of elective offices it held.It also set the stage for the Trump presidency. The irony is that the assumption was that because Mr. Obama was the nation's first African-American President, that he would be a unifying force in terms of race relations and the culture generally.In terms of the latter, Mr. Obama's condescension - "clinging to guns and religion" - infuriated what had previously been a core constituency of the Democratic coalition, i. e., blue collar and lower middle income workers. At a time when the economy was transitioning from an manufacturing/extractions base to a service/high tech base, thereby putting pressure on that aforementioned demographic, Mr. Obama's dismissiveness of their concerns and culture drove them into the waiting arms of Mr. Trump. (Over 400 counties that had twice voted for Mr. Obama switched to Mr. Trump.)Secondly, Mr. Obama was similarly tone deaf on race relations. Not for nothing did the nation's current spate of racial tensions begin on his watch. Ferguson, the ill-fated "beer summit" and all the rest. Mr. Obama did not make any real efforts to have each side understand the other and thus racial tensions festered during his term even as he allegedly embodied the post-racial era in American politics.In policy terms, Obama was unremarkable, failing to really break with the dominant Reaganite consensus that, ironically, Mr. Trump seems to be bringing to an end. This is best seen in Obamacare.Mr. Obama's biggest legislative accomplishment, Obamacare was not what he wanted - a national health care system. It was watered down, but then he could not even get - this out of a Democratically controlled Congress - "the government option." It then passed but was wildly unpopular - costing the Democrats their previously mentioned majority - until the GOP eliminated the government mandate, thereby further watering the law down. Only at that point did Obamacare become popular.After that, Mr. Obama's accomplishments are pretty thin on the ground. Indeed, a study by CRS found that Mr. Obama ranks toward the bottom of post-WWII Presidents in terms of his ability to get legislation through Congress. Ahead of only George H. W. Bush, Carter and Ford.In terms of foreign policy, Mr. Obama was shallow and feckless. The assassination of Osama bin Laden was something any President would have done and, in any case, was more cathartic than strategically consequential. The Iran deal so full of holes - not requiring inspection of Iranian military facilities, among other things - that Tehran had no trouble conforming to it. Beyond that, there were no accomplishments to speak of.In terms of the economy, it grew under Mr. Obama, but well below historic norms. Indeed, Mr. Obama famously said that the nation would have to get used to 2% or less growth. The economy then grew 3% in the early part of the Trump presidency. (Note: I am no fan of Mr. Trump. I merely relay the data.)Add it all up, and Mr. Obama was merely one in a line of largely inconsequential presidencies than began with Mr. Clinton's. He was a mediocre figure who was less than the sum of his parts and who did not fundamentally change the country in any positive way and, indeed, was on balance, a net subtraction in terms of fostering better race relations. In short, Obama's reputation far exceeds the reality of his time in the WH.
11:35 P. M. EDT01 MAY 2011East Room of The White House"Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children...And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network...Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."That's all I ever need to know to know the answer of your question.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNYmK19-d0U
As the first black president this means he will always be spoken about! I think whilst he seems a lovely guy... I think a lot of people were wearing rose to red glasses and therefore he got away with a lot of things! Clever clever man. His wife would have made a better president!
He said that on day ONE, he would close Gitmo. Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr9Oubxw1gAIf Obama wasn't 50% black, he would never have been the president.
The liberals who endorse revisionist history will remember him as great because he is black.
Why would he be? Democrats are already distancing themselves from him and his legacy.
No, probably not as an especially good President. I think he will be remembered as an okay President. He was the first person with any kind of African blood to take office, but his policies, agenda, and even his speeches, lacked a certain conviction. If you get the chance to read through the transcripts in his speeches sometime, you will see what I mean; they don't really say anything at all. They sound great, but when you parse apart his words, or at least when I parsed apart his words, I noticed that there was no substance; he never actually tells you what he is going to do to resolve problems.It makes for really interesting reading!
He was not a bad president, but he really did not stand out compared to his predecessors. Also, the good he did accomplish was marred by him letting Russia do as they please with Ukraine, not deploying troops to Syria back when he could have EASILY destroyed ISIS and because of the financial burden he put on people by forcing them to either be ripped off by an insurance company or pay a tax penalty. I will give him props on the insurance issue because his intentions were good and brought the debate to the table, but levying a tax penalty before he gave the program a chance to see if it worked or not was foolish.
Not by me. I share many values with liberals/progressives, but I think Obama was one of the absolute worse presidents. Granted, he was one of the slickest huxters ever, but he caused more harm to this country and to the world than anyone else in history.
He'll always be remembered as the first black president but as far as creating any meaningful legislative or foreign policy changes Obama really didn't achieve anything. Immigrants who came here illegally as children are still in limbo, our healthcare system is even more f***ed than it was before Obamacare, and the economy recovered from the recession in 2008 much slower than it should have because of the Obama administration's policies.
1 – Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years2 – Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans3 – Ended the war in Iraq4 – Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden5 – Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession6 – Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality7 – Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”8 – Saved the U. S. auto industry9 – Helped put the U. S. ontrack for energy independence by 202010 – Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan11 – Signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowing as many as 5 million people living in the U. S. illegally to avoid deportation and receive work permits12 –Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector
13 – Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent14 – Reversed Bush-era torture policies15 – Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba16 – Increased Department of Veteran Affairs funding17 – Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act18 – Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars19 – Improved school nutrition with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act20 – Repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy21 – Signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making it a federal crime to assault anyone based on sexual or gender identification22 – Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal23 – He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women24 – Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice
25 – Supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI bill26 – Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”27 – Launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative designed to help young minorities achieve their full potential28 – Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer
You are delusional. Obama had absolutely nothing to do with killing Osama bin Laden. The operation had been ongoing for years and they just happened to catch a lucky break while he was in office. As far as the economy goes I have had multiple professors who are significantly more experienced and qualified to speak on economics than you explain step by step how the Obama administration mishandled the recession so, I really don't give a shit what you think about that. Finally, I have worked with leading doctors and administrators from NYU and Mass General and many other of the top hospitals in the country and not a single one of them thinks Obamacare improved our healthcare system
Also the war in Iraq isn't over and Obama's rush to pull out of the region led to the spread of ISIS so you're an idiot if you think that was a success
This same pink anon ask this question every week. And gives this bull shit list.
He is going to be remembered as the most unamerican president after the truth about his treasonous acts come to light. Many high ranking political figures take part in crimes so sick it would and will make your stomach turn. Stay strong. This is not just another 4 year election. 100x bigger than watergate.
I don't think he will be remembered as a great president, but he will be remembered in history as a good president. And he will particularly be remembered as the president who effectively started the process to get health care to all.
To be honest...Majority of people have never agreed on any presidents through out the history of the US presidents legacy. So I say no. Regardless of my political beliefs. Truth is there will never truly be a majority ruling on who a great amazing us president is. Every president will be the bad guy to some group.
Not really. I don't recall much about what he did what was particularly great.Although it is worth noting that, compared to Obama, Trump has done much less of many of the things people point to as bad about Trump. "Kids in cages" or deportation for example, Obama has way higher numbers. If Obama was great, Trump is great.
I don't know if the greatest but he helped stabilize things after the recession and he was pretty stable and sane unlike...
If Obama was great, that means George W. Bush was also great, because Obama continued almost all of Bush's policies and even kept his Secretary of Defense.
Don't take this the wrong way, he will definitely be remembered as the first black president, but honestly he didn't do too much during his years in office, so I don't think he will be remembered in the same way Washington, Lincoln, or FDR
Yes definitely, even though I am not from America USA 🇺🇸 but I can totally say that he is going be remembered as one of the GREAT US presidents!!! 💯👏🏼👌🏼 Because he is the first black president this means his name will always pop up. ❤️
No. He is weak in every single dimension, e. g. foreign policy, domestic policy, race relations... seriously, if a race war starts it's his fault.
now im very clear that i hate trump and all he stands for but scatch the surface and obama was no different in his actions. just more skilled at hiding his real role as war monger and corporate puppet. watch this and you will see what i mean hopefully...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4OI0GUCI_Aincidentally my view and that of lowkey has nothing to do with partisan politics
No, people already don't like Dronebama and i assume that will only increase as more people become aware of US politics.
Well, Osama was killed under his watch so that was good. Otherwise I do not see any notable achievements, other than the ACA which got the Republicans and Trump elected.
Probably not. Just as the first black one. Don't get me wrong, I think he was the best in the long time, but he hasn't changed enough to be noticed by history.
The worst he could have been the best by bring blacks up to white level but what did he do, what did his State Department Hillary and his DA Holton do? They all 3 including Obamma PLAYED THE RACE CARD!
Other. He'll be remembered as the first black president, eloquent, and as having tried hard to bring the sides together.
Maybe but mainly as the man who dropped more bombs than any other President, even surpassing Vietnam war figures.
I think so he did a lot for this country and the culture. People can disagree on his foreign policies or domestic policies but I think everyone can agree he tried to do what was best for the country
Even though I didn't vote for him, I thought that maybe if one good thing would come of him being president. He would help to end racism or at least tone it down a bit.Boy was I disappointed!
He will be remembered for being the first black guy, ObamaCare, and thats it...
Well in a sense he is and should be remembered as a great black man who became president. I think that yes this is absolutely correct His only real accomplishment, Obamacare , has been abysmal.
He'll be remembered because he was the first non-white president. He was neither good nor bad though he simply was.
The worst economy in my lifetime happened under him and that's really the biggest thing that I'm concerned with under a president. If say in that regard he wasn't a good president. Did he look and act presidential... absolutely but that only goes so far
Who wouldn't following coke enthusiast George Bush Jr. And before American just the world's respect with putting in a pathetic excuse for a human being, who cares for no one, but those that can do favors for him, but yet those that stand behind him dont realize he dont care for you not for the color of your skin but your position of influence.
Definitely not. His policy was awful and he didn't succeed in much at all.Poor president. For sure.
can't say but probaly 1 who tried to exsplain how the white house words should be spoken to the world
Fortunately not. I'm 100% confident in a few decades when people don't look at him through ideological glasses, he will be seen as a rather horrible president who has done a lot of really bad things to the country.! RemindMeIn50Years
He'll be remembered as a somewhat good president but not the greatest president.
anybody that came before trump would have been remembered as "great" xD
Only for Liberals and Blacks. Just because he was Black.
Probably because people glorify him for being the first black president of the USA.
Kinda, but the great ones are all in the old school
I would not know of great political achievements.But I do believe that he will be remembered for his personality, which is agreeable no matter which political position I stand for myself.
Fuck no!! What'd he do that was so great? Most of the presidents we've ever had cheated, stole and lied. Besides, he never WAS president, he was not legally allowed to be president!!
I hope not - he was an abysmal leader that doesn't deserve any special recognition.
Hell to the no. There hasn't been a great Democratic president since JFK.
Not even close, he will be remembered with James Polk, Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and Woodrow Wilson. Bottom 25% of all time.
Not Great!He was not great.He didn't even knew what the whole US system was doing in his time.
Of course he knew.
Only by racists… Anyone that paid attention to his policy knows he was garbage.
Libya wouldn't be likely to think so. He'll be remembered as the black president.
obama was a great president i also liked john kennedy and bill clinton the only republican i liked as president was gerald ford and lincoln
the only republican i would vote for as president would be john kasich governor of ohio he seems like a good guy
He sucked balls his second and last term as governor
Well he was the first black president so his name will always pop up.
Only by the very dim people that loved him. The rest thought he was an idiot.
Well I don't believe he was ever legally president. But we was a president and out of all the presidents in my lifetime he was the worst and Carter was the second.
Not if those white conservative history books have anything to say about it.
He was at least the sanest president of all time. But also one of the best ones yes.
Absolutely , even though I am not from USA but I can totally say that he is gonna he remembered as one of the great US presidents
He was one of the worse unless your a liberal twitt
Easily in the top 50 right now
he's was ranked up there with carter
Look at how many presidents we've had. It's a joke. Harding, regarded as one of the most corrupt and worse, is in the Top 50 too.
I know hilliary would have been even worse
Obama didn't do anything good.
Does somebody have a crush?
The only reason he would be remembered as great is because Trump came right after him LOLAt lease he is not a butt hurt hater like Trump
More like the worst president.
First black president
No, not even slightly.
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