I remember back in 2008, the night Barack Obama was elected, thinking to myself that this was as good as it was going to get. While I was happy to see him elected, I knew then that the expectations about what he was going to be able to do as president were so overly inflated that even if he turned out to be a great president, it wasn’t going to be enough.
And that’s pretty much been the case.
Republicans were never going to support him. That was obvious from the start. But even many far-left liberals have turned on him because he wasn’t “liberal enough.” Though I’ve yet to have any of them explain to me how he was going to push through this all-liberal agenda – with a Congress partially controlled by Republicans.
But that’s a topic for another day.
Though sitting around thinking today, it just hit me that when all is said and done, Barack Obama is going to go down as one of the least appreciated presidents in United States history. At least for the short-term. Decades from now the story might be different. But, for now, most Americans aren’t going to be able to appreciate how good he’s really been.
So I thought I’d lend a helping hand and give everybody a few reminders.
1) The Economy: I’m not old enough to have lived through the Great Depression or the Bay of Pigs, so I’m sure there have been more terrifying times in our nation’s history. That being said, I’ve personally never seen a country spinning out of control with fear like I did in 2008 when our economy fell apart. When he was sworn into office we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. Yet, in just a few months, he managed to cut those job losses by more than half. Not only that, but we’ve seen historic economic growth in just this year alone to go along with the almost 6 years of continuous private sector job growth. On Obama’s watch, we’ve created nearly 13 million private sector jobs in less than 7 years. And, again, this was all on the heels of one of the worst economic crashes in our nation’s history.
2) Combating Terrorism: When it comes to terrorist attacks, the lone go-to attack is the one that happened in Benghazi Libya where four Americans died. Though some may use the San Bernardino attack, it’s difficult to consider that shooting much different than the litany of other mass shootings we’ve seen over the last few years. Now, almost all loss of life is tragic, but the worst attack Obama can be saddled with is one that ended in four deaths? Have people forgotten that nearly 4,500 Americans died in Iraq? And that’s just in Iraq. That’s not including the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died or the casualties we suffered in Afghanistan. During Bush’s 8 years nearly 10,000 Americans died either by terrorist attacks or by wars started by him. And what did it accomplish? He never found Osama bin Ladin and Iraq has turned into an absolute train wreck. Speaking of Osama bin Ladin, it only took President Obama two years to do what Bush couldn’t do in nearly 8 – find and kill him. Not only that, but President Obama managed to successfully get Syria to give up their chemical weapons… without firing a single shot. Tell me, what else could he have possibly done these last few years to “combat terrorism” that didn’t involve going full-on into at least one to two more wars?
3) Gay Rights: Without a doubt, and it’s not even close to disputable, Barack Obama has done more for homosexuals in this country than any other president in history. He was the first president to come out in support of same-sex marriage (though, of course, this was a couple of years after he defended “traditional marriage” – he is a politician after all) and he repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” That, of course, allowed gay members of our military to openly serve without fear of being kicked out due to their sexual orientation. And we can’t forget that while he’s been president, same-sex marriage became legal in this country.
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