I'm somewhere between "average" and "no." Obama has proven very prone to go with the popularity polls and the money, which makes him average. But what pushes me towards a slightly lower opinion of him is that he is even willing to do that with things that are universally terrible for the people, and completely unconstitutional. I'm talking mostly about security and information issues.
But... I can't reasonably say that makes him worse, since no administration before his apart from Bush had the opportunity to do the same (and Bush was willing to as well). This is a very new issue. But how many presidents that history regards favorably, or at least passably, would have done the same? Probably quite a few, I'm guessing. Let's not forget that some of our most lauded presidents also committed some of our most serious human rights violations.
None of this releases Obama. If anything, it simply casts more doubt on other presidents of questionable ethical firmness who are simply from a less technological era.
But the truth is, we won't know the true impact of the Obama years until they're a decade in the past, and our system actively discourages ethically strong people from running for president.
I answered he is neither the best nor the worst. He has done a fair job...clarification coming here....cleaning up the mess his predecessor left him. Not sure why that strikes ire in anyone...impartiality. Just because I am a lifelong GOPier, with libertarian tilt, does not make me blind.
Then, he pandered more by allowing us (servicemembers) to take polls about whether we wanted DADT repealed. When it became clear the polls wouldn't come back as favorable as he'd liked, he went ahead and repealed it before the results were official! That shows an absolute lack of testicular fortitude to me. We just want a guy who's going to tell us what to do. Yes or no, are we still following this order? That's it. None of this asking of our opinion then disregarding it when you don't like it. And our civilian leadership wonders why they can't get us to participate in these polls anymore.
Finally, regarding DOMA, he went about that in a totally unconstitutional manner. A POTUS can't pick and choose what laws to enforce and what not to. If he really cared about gays, he would have made a big public push for it's repeal like he does for all of his other pet projects.
Pres Obama is no champion of gays. He just pandered to them so he could get votes. Just like he has virtually every other voting demographic.
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