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I haven't paid as much attention to the news as I usually do. So I decided to do some research. Is President Obama the greatest thing since Mallomars or his he the AntiChrist? I figured that I'd go to Wikianswers to see his accomplishments and then research each one individually. Here is what I found.

1) Passing the "largest" economic stimulus bill in American history. I've always believed that you can destroy an economy in 20 minutes, but it'll take 20 years to cure it. Something drastic had to be done. If we are to be myopic we can declare victory, but we'll not know for years.

2) Ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and abolishing "enhanced interrogation techniques." Guantanamo Bay did more to destroy any respect that previous administrations have earned. A definite plus.

3) Setting a fixed timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq. We never belonged there to begin with,. It's about time.

4) Ordering 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and enlisting, with modest new assistance, European allies in a new multi-layered strategy there and in Pakistan. I hate agreeing with this move. No military endeavor, has ever been successful in Pakistan. But, the Bush Administration ignored the real culprits of 9-11. The President's focus on this issue appears to be working.

5) "Returning science to its rightful place" by lifting the Bush restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research. No down side.

6) Signing laws to expand children's health insurance (financed by a 61-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax the adviser did not tout). Let me get this straight. In the same stroke of the pen, children's health care was expanded and it became more burdensome to obtain cigarettes. What is your objection, Senator McConnell?

7) Signing a law meant to improve the ability of women who allege pay discrimination to sue their employer. Discriminators unite. What happened to their right to treat Women as second class citizens?

8) Diminishing the role of lobbyists in the White House.

"Upon taking office, the president also signed an executive order aimed at limiting outside influences on political appointees and reducing the role of lobbyists. The executive order requires all administration appointees to pledge that they will not accept gifts from lobbyists. The contractual language also promises that appointees will accept a two-year “reverse” revolving door ban that precludes them, while serving in their government position, from participation in particular matters involving specific parties related to their former employers or former clients. In this context, “particular matters” would include regulations and contracts. Finally, the pledge extends the current statutory ban on certain senior appointee communications with employees from the former Executive Branch agency, from one year to two years. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DRZSVNe8_OcJ:www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2009/April/Pages/WhiteHouseKicksOffNewWaveofReforms.aspx+Diminishing+the+role+of+lobbyists+in+the+White+House&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

My concern is, does it go far enough to curtail this "legalized bribery."

9) "Forge a meaningful statement from the United Nations" criticizing North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile.

10) Lifting travel and remittance restrictions for Cuban Americans who seek to travel more frequently to the island and send more US currency to their immediate family.

11) Appointed the first Latina to the US Supreme Court

12) Engaging world leaders in Europe, Turkey, Latin American and the Caribbean with "strength and humility."

This also does not address the fact, that he did what Presidents have been trying since Teddy Roosevelt, begin the process towards Health Care reform.

All Presidents learn on the job. Mistakes will be made, but the opposition is opposing him for the sake of opposing him, This is clearly counterproductive.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I agree with you. I say he is on the side of the Mallomar!!
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Yes, INDEED. Fox News be damned.
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
I admire the man's patience and perseverence. After the Republican was elected to the senate in Mass. Bill Clinton would have rolled over like a turtle on health care reform. Not our Barry!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Debt Relief
Completely agreed with you..... Nice

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