The OP Poll assumptions themselves demonstrate the problem with politics in the United States. I did not vote in the poll because there was no respondent available other than those who see Left/Right Politics as the only input to the question being asked.
There was no: I am fully independent non-party affiliated optimistic centrist who does not lean.
Parties and party affiliation have been the death nail of functional government. We no longer have functional government precisely because of extreme party dogma being supported, even when those extreme positions are bad for the country or not for the greater good of ALL American Citizens. To answer the central question without "leaning" in any direction the answer is a resounding, yes. This president has not only been a good president, he's been one of the most conscientious and thoughtful presidents that my generation has seen. And, under the massive weight of circumstance prior to entering office, he's also been the most productive president in my generation - relative to the fallen state of the union prior to his entering office. Did he achieve all of his campaign goals? No and no president would have under the same set of fallen state of the union conditions prior to entering office.
Under the pre-entry circumstances, what this president did achieve was nothing short of a miracle - especially given the extremist within the right wing who never had any pretense about supporting anything this president did, no matter how good it might have been for the country. The extremist have politicized anything and everything they could, in an attempt to cause this president to fail. In that regard, the extremists place politics ahead of the Citizens best interest. And, they continue to play politics with some of the most sensitive and important issues in America, as the exchange of Bergdhal for illegally detained Gitmo hostages suggests.
President Obama, has done a lot to restore at least some international dignity to our country as well. The previous administration under George W. Bush, was nothing short of a dictating cabal whose only interest was obtaining access to Iraqi oil, no matter how many lies they had to tell (and they told many) to get there. That administration caused the United States more international loss of integrity than anything a sitting U.S. president had done in quite a while prior.
I could run a list a mile long showing what this president has done that would more than qualify his presidency a resounding success in light of what the absolute mess the previous president left behind for him to clean up. So much so, that on this very board I used to call Obama, Janitor in Chief. Not as a derogatory term, but as a way of describing the garbage collection and waste handling this man has had to do, in order to at least try to restore some semblance of governmental stability in the wake of the outgoing George W. Bush, who in my opinion was THE worst president this nation has produced.
Success is not merely in the eyes of the beholder. Success is actually measurable. This president has been so successful that his extremist political antigens in Washington, have done absolutely nothing but criticize his every (solitary) move and every single executive measure the man has taken up as president.
What I don't like:
- He did not officially close Gitmo
- He took too long to press executive authority the people gave him when republicans showed no desire to work with him very early on
- He did not abandon the notion of Federal Government's electronic intrusion into the lives of American Citizens early enough
- He drew red lines in the sand publicly while not doing a good enough job in explaining why he changed course (which was the right thing to do)
Overall, however, this has been a very successful president given the conditions he found extant when taking office. He's been thoughtful, intelligent, articulate, aware, conscious, well reasoned, consistent and as reliable as any modern president can be with a completely dysfunctional congress.
Last edited by PW4000; 06-10-14 at 07:18 PM.
dang the bro killed bin laden (biggest criminal since hitler to America) and that aint good enough!!!!! ran more illegals out than any president!!! got women equal pay in gov jobs!!! Obama is hated because of his color first and being a demo second....no reason to put our heads in the sand about it
Really? Obama is hated because of his color? Not the countless number of scandals, the disrespect to our military, the rapid welfare, the furthered wussification of America? Yeah, I doubt it.