Friday, December 23, 2016

Despite Republican Obstruction and Economic Obstacles, the Presidency of Barack Obama Has Been a Success

It should not be forgotten, John Boehner and the Republican House of Representatives’ attitude regarding Obama’s agenda was “We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

However, we have a stronger economy than the one when Barack Obama became President in 2009. Today, unemployment is at a nine-year low. The markets are experiencing new highs. More people have health insurance than before Obamacare. And, President Obama has created shifts toward natural gas, wind, and solar power, diminishing our dependence on burning fossil fuels.

But on January 20, 2017, Republicans will be emboldened. Unlike President Obama, President Donald Trump will sign most legislation the Republicans forward to his desk. The legislation he will sign include repeal of Obamacare, measures to alter Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and policies that will return the United States to burning fossil fuels.

But beyond political differences, there is a big difference between the man Donald Trump and the man Barack Obama.

President Obama is considerate, articulate, rational, and knows facts and data before he speaks.

Donald Trump is irrational, fact-free, and shoots from the hip. I cannot imagine a President Trump clearly articulating complex issues.

The other big difference is that the Obama family exudes family values that we all should aspire to emulate. President Barack Obama is a model father. First Lady Michelle Obama is a model mother.

“No matter what you think of Obama the executive branch, it’s hard to argue that Obama the human being has been anything less than a model of class and dignity. If, as was often said about black pioneers in sports, you had to be twice as good to succeed, Obama’s personal behavior has set a standard few presidents have ever reached.”

Moreover, Obama is the sixth President in history to be elected twice with 51% or more votes. In 2008, Obama's total popular vote amount of 69,498,516 votes—52.9%—is the highest amount ever won by a presidential candidate.” In 2012, President Obama earned 65,915,795 votes or 51.1 percent of the popular vote.

By comparison, Trump won 62,979,879 popular votes, 46.1%, compared with Clinton’s 65,844,954, 48.2%.

"Historians will remember President Obama for his rational, evidence-based approach," former economic adviser Alan Krueger said, "as opposed to the emotional, visceral style of the two presidents [George W Bush and Donald Trump]  who will bookend his time in office.

“A lesser president," Krueger added, would have "upended our economic system for short-term political gain.”

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