Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau have compiled an extensive list of President Barack Obama’s top 50 accomplishments in The Washington Monthly. It is one of those pieces that you want to bookmark, so when you are debating with right wingers who make false claims about Obama, you can pull facts quickly.
Late last night Republicans in the House voted to gut the ethics oversight committee, further paving the way for themselves to pillage and plunder Obama’s accomplishments with little retribution available to Democrats.
Republicans did everything in the power to block President Obama in the past eight years, it is amazing by some regards that he accomplished what he did. Here’s a few highlights from The Washington Monthly’s list:
1. Passed Health Care Reform
After five presidents over the course of a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. More than twenty million Americans have gained coverage since the passage of the law, which provides subsidies for Americans to buy coverage, expands Medicaid eligibility, and prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.[…]
2. Rescued the Economy
Signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid the most severe downturn since the Great Depression.[…]
With the help and hard work of Secretary of State John Kerry, the Obama administration:
4. Negotiated a Deal to Block A Nuclear Iran
Led six nations in reaching an agreement with Iran that requires the country to end its nuclear weapons program and submit to a rigorous International Atomic Energy Agency inspections regime in exchange for lifting global sanctions.[…]
5. Secured U.S. Commitment to a Global Agreement on Climate Change
Provided key leadership to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which produced the 2015 Paris Agreement, a commitment by 197 nations to reduce global carbon emissions and limit the global rise in temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius.
13. Normalized Relations with Cuba
In 2014, took steps to open diplomatic and commercial ties with Cuba, ending the failed Cold War policy of isolation. In March 2016, direct mail flights to Cuba resumed for the first time in fifty years. American tourists may also now freely visit the country.
The list goes on, however, we should all remember that President Obama also…
50. Avoided Scandal
Became the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to serve two terms with no serious personal or political scandal.
The difference between the Obama presidency and the incoming Trump presidency is glaring before Trump even takes office. To compare, read David Brooks’ latest column, The Snapchat Presidency of Donald Trump.
Normal leaders come up with policy proposals in a certain conventional way. They gather their advisers around them and they debate alternatives — with briefing papers, intelligence briefings and implementation strategies.
Donald Trump doesn’t do that. He’s tweeted out policy gestures in recent weeks, say about the future of America’s nuclear arsenal.
Donald Trump will not be a normal leader. We know that. Be part of the resistance that stands up a declares, we will not allow the normalization of the Trump presidency.