President Barack Obama, the most progressive president the United States has ever seen, will be leaving the White House on January 20, 2017. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2009 and has accomplished much since then.
Please Cut The Crap recently published a list of 371 of Obama’s accomplishments to acknowledge the great work this hero has put in. With just the accomplishments listed, Obama has, on average, 46 major accomplishments each year. While many conservative bigots sit back and complain about having an African American representing the country, Obama is improving the nation daily.
Obama has taken no breaks since being sworn into office, and, according to Please Cut The Crap,
‘On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.’
Rather than continuing to let the country get deeper and deeper into the debt George W. Bush acquired, Obama took money out of his own pocket and stopped his and other White House workers’ salaries until America got a hold of their finances.
This selfless act is one that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could never wrap his mind around.
Not only is Obama very selfless, but he has worked to ensure America’s government isn’t overrun by lobbyists. He reportedly “banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.”
This effort to stop lobbyists isn’t the only measure Obama has taken. He also,
‘Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.’
Obama has restricted the manipulative tactics of lobbyists and put procedures and laws into motion that make the American government more transparent. He is also the first president to stream every White House event live, giving Americans the ability to see what is happening behind the scenes and encouraging them to be more involved.
In another effort to make the government more transparent, Obama also,
‘Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them.’
Rather than treating Americans like a herd of blind sheep, he opened up public records that had previously been hidden. Obama scrapped former presidents’ efforts to cover up their errors and brought forth enlightenment about the sketchy tactics they have used against the American people.
While pushing the government to become more transparent for Americans, Obama has also improved America’s economy drastically.
‘By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%.’
Obama has also helped to expand American companies.
‘In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000.’
When Obama took office in 2009, the economy was in a hole. He acquired debt from presidents before him and was stuck funding a war that George W. Bush started. Families were losing their jobs and homes, and America was becoming a wasteland. Obama knew America needed change, and in order to ensure Americans did not lose their houses, he,
‘Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market.’
He also signed “The worker, homeownership, and business assistance act of 2009,” which “provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.”
Though bringing the economy back is a massive accomplishment, Obama did not stop there. He has continued to improve businesses that help America flourish. He set up a “$15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses,” brought back the airline profits to numbers before the recession, and managed to help the stock market reach record highs and get out of the slump Bush left it in.
Obama not only fights for America’s economy, but he also fights for Americans’ rights and well-being. He has always been a huge advocate of LGBT rights, and Obama not only pushed to refer to “gay marriage” as “marriage,” but he also destroyed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military and restricted federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
He has also made home life for Americans easier. In the last eight years, Obama has “worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.” He has also “used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.”
While in office, Barack Obama has accomplished many things that former presidents never deemed important enough to fight for. He broke stereotypes, brought back the economy, and promoted good will and education across the nation. From his first day in office, Obama has been a fighter, and he will continue to fight until the next president is inaugurated on January 20, 2017.