Has Obama been a Great President?
Has Obama been a Great President?
average?... sure, why not.
He hasn't been a bad president.
However, great does not come to mind.
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Great? Absolutely not. "Adequate" is the best term I can think of.
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For those who obviously haven't been paying attention to anything but the Left Wing media apologists for his adminsistration from Day One, here is a synopsis of his presidency up to the time of the writing of this article.
https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2...rd-of-failure/Obama’s Staggering Record of Failure
Peter Wehner | @Peter_Wehner 04.24.2014 - 3:15 PM
"...It’s not simply that Mr. Obama has fallen short of what he promised; it’s that he has been, in so many respects, a failure.
Choose your metrics.
Better yet, choose Mr. Obama’s metrics:
Improving our health-care system.
Reducing the debt.
Reducing income inequality.
Slowing the rise of the oceans.
Healing the planet.
Repairing the world.
The Russian “reset.”
Peace in the Middle East.
Red lines in Syria.
Renewed focus on Afghanistan.
A new beginning with the Arab world.
Better relations with our allies.
Depolarizing our politics.
Putting an end to the type of politics that “breeds division and conflict and cynicism.”
Working with the other party.
No lobbyists working in his administration.
His commitment to seek public financing in the general election.
The list goes on and on.
Better than we've had in a while but I would hardly call him great. Certainly a lot better than the dittohead haters try to make him out to be.
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He has been the greatest US President that Al Sharpton, a GITMO prisoner, a terrorist group, a brutal dictatorship, or the 1% could ever wish for.
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"Great" is often a title awarded to someone who navigates a crisis or deals with extraordinary circumstances. The crises that Obama has had to deal with (and dealt with just fine) are rather ordinary for this time and place in history. "Great" tends to come from circumstance.
Obama has been a good president. I don't agree with his policy when he compromises on liberal values, but that doesn't make him worse at the job.
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He did about as good a job as any President can do. In case you missed it:Job creation.
- labor force participation rates started to fall in 2001, long before he came into office
- LFPR has been flat lately
- we're back to more or less full employment
- he did pretty much save the US auto industry, which is doing fairly well now
I'd say average in this respect.
How many positive quarters have we had in a row?Economic growth.
How much better is the US doing than the EU and China?
Again, average performance.
How many millions of Americans now have health insurance after the ACA passed?Improving our health-care system.
Whose law gave us guaranteed issue, let young adults stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, and is slowly closing the Medicare "donut hole"?
Single payer would've been much better, and he should've pushed harder for it. C'est la guerre.
lolReducing the debt.
Bush 43 policies (including cutting taxes while waging 2 massive wars, a ridiculous act of fiscal irresponsibility) and a devastating downturn left the federal government with huge liabilities and falling revenues. Despite that, the deficit has fallen steadily during his term. hmmm
Oddly enough, the best way to do these things is to increase taxes on the wealthy, improve safety nets for the poor, and increase minimum wages. I'm sure the Republicans in Congress were backing him 100% on those policies. Oh wait...Reducing poverty. Reducing income inequality.
Again, almost all such efforts are stymied by Republicans. Kudos!Slowing the rise of the oceans. Healing the planet. Repairing the world.
Yes, I'm sure Obama is telling Putin what to do. (Nor did any other President do a better job at dealing with Putin.)The Russian “reset.”
Uh huh. No matter what happened in that respect, he'd get bashed for it. If we stayed in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, it'd be an endless quagmire. If we send ground troops to Syria, he'd be a war-mongerer who got us into another quagmire. When we stayed out of Libya, it was decried as a disaster, by politicians who had no interest in sending US troops to Libya.Peace in the Middle East. Red lines in Syria. Renewed focus on Afghanistan.
Can you really imagine John McCain (!) or Mitt Romney (!!) doing a better job in the Middle East? I can't. It's not like the last 5 Presidents (2 Democrats, 3 Republicans) did any better.
lolDepolarizing our politics. Working with the other party.
Yes, over a decade of mostly (but not exclusively) Republicans pushing for polarization. Obama's fault!
He's definitely blown those. He also flubbed the foreclosure crisis, which is inexcusable. Financial services also aren't as well-regulated as they should be.Transparency. No lobbyists working in his administration. His commitment to seek public financing in the general election.
I'm sure that any President would have a similar track record. Bush 43 might be a bit worse, since iirc he started out as more isolationist, but events beyond his control derailed that impulse.
Great - No.
average at best.