OBAMA COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME
In the beginning, there was skepticism. That's right, I was pretty skeptical when it came to Barack Obama. I thought he was naive. I thought he was out of step with what needed to be done in America to bring it back to its previous glory. Finally, I thought he would never be successful because he was African-American. So, In 2008 I voted for Hilary to become the Democratic candidate for president.
I was wrong.
[From Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize Winning Princeton Economist] :
Obama was indeed naive: He faced scorched-earth Republican opposition from Day One, and it took him years to start dealing with that opposition realistically. Furthermore, he came perilously close to doing terrible things to the U.S. safety net in pursuit of a budget Grand Bargain; we were saved from significant cuts to Social Security and a rise in the Medicare age only by Republican greed, the GOP's unwillingness to make even token concessions.
But now the shoe is on the other foot: Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn't deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it's working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it's much more effective than you'd think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.
I'll go through those achievements shortly. First, however, let's take a moment to talk about the current wave of Obama-bashing. All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will.
In my opinion, Barack Obama has been very successful given the uphill battle with the do-nothing congress. I also believe history will prove me right.