Of course President Barack Obama wasn’t perfect. From his stance on TPP, to how he handled terrorism, to even the way he dealt with unprecedented Republican obstruction, there are certainly a few big issues on which I either disagreed with him or wished he had handled differently.
Nevertheless, I have no doubt in my mind that he was one of the best presidents the United States has ever had.
Ignoring, for a moment, everything he actually accomplished, has there ever been a “cooler” president? While I know that sounds kind of silly, in many ways, Obama transcended politics. Being a subject that’s not exactly the most “hip” or “exciting” to talk about, Obama did a fantastic job connecting with younger Americans. He added a certain wit and humor to the White House we’ve never seen before.
Unfortunately, we replaced him with one of the most uptight, insecure and petty individuals I’ve ever seen — it’s a damn shame.
But one thing Barack Obama didn’t do was embarrass the country. After eight years of George W. Bush doing just about everything he could to make the world think Americans were buffoons who couldn’t complete a sentence, Obama stood tall as one of the most well-spoken, intelligent and professional leaders we’ve ever had.
Now we’ve replaced him with a moron who has the temperament of a petulant 12-year-old, and the vocabulary of a 3rd grader — SAD!
However, to avoid turning this into a novel-length article, I wanted to quickly run down 5 reasons why I think Barack Obama was one of our nation’s greatest presidents.
1. He saved us from a near complete collapse of our economy: While I know it’s been 8 years, I’m still shocked by how many people seem to have forgotten how bad things were when Barack Obama first took office. Our economy was collapsing, hundreds of thousands of jobs were being lost every month, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse and we still were dealing with two wars.
It was an absolute mess.
Yet despite how catastrophic things were when he took office, he turned things around in a matter of a couple of months, and the nation saw near constant improvement month-to-month and year-to-year during his time in office.
2. We found and killed the most wanted terrorist in U.S. history: Did he personally pull the trigger? No. But I’ve also never seen a president not given credit for something that happened during his administration because they didn’t personally do it. He did something in just over two years that Bush couldn’t do in eight — ordered the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
No matter what Republicans might try to claim, history will forever consider Barack Obama as the President of the United States who ordered the killing of the monster responsible for the deaths of thousands.
Had Barack Obama been a Republican, this would be something that would have instantly cemented him as a “legend” within the party. Though I refuse to let their hypocrisy negate what a historic day May 2, 2011 was for this country and Obama’s presidency.
3. Presided over the longest private-sector job streak in history: Barack Obama was president for 96 months — 75 straight of which we saw private sector job creation. I can also include the fact that he cut unemployment by more than half of its 10% peak in October of 2009, stocks broke multiple records and we saw over 15 million jobs created on his watch. Keep in mind that he did all of this despite blatant attempts by Republicans to sabotage and obstruct anything he wanted to do every chance they got.
4. The Affordable Care Act: It’s amazing that before Obama signed the ACA into law, you hardly saw any talk from Republicans about fixing out heavily flawed health care industry. Yet once it was passed, then suddenly you heard conservatives talk about “repealing and replacing it with a better plan.” Though as we’ve all recently seen, they never actually had a plan and seem terrified to finally fulfill their years-long promise to “repeal every last word of Obamacare” the first chance they got.
No matter what the future holds for the ACA, Barack Obama’s signature law provided millions of people with health insurance, was the biggest overhaul to our health care industry in decades, and would have been much better had the GOP not done everything it could to prevent him from tweaking the law to make it better for everyone.
There are people who are literally only alive today because of the Affordable Care Act.
5. The number of people whose lives are better today than they were when he took office: Even many of the Republicans I know are much better off today than they were before he was president. While they’ll never admit that Obama had anything to do with it — he did. Without a doubt this country is much better off than it was when he was elected.
Going beyond that, it’s the:
- Millions of people who gained access to health insurance.
- Millions of others who no longer had to suffer the indignation of being denied health insurance because they had a pre-existing condition.
- Women who were protected against wage discrimination under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
- Gay Americans who can now marry the person they love.
- Gay men and women who can now openly server their country after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was ended.
- Over 15 million people who found jobs during his time in office.
- Jobs that were saved due to his 2009 stimulus bill.
- American auto workers who owe their employment, in part, to his auto bailout.
- DREAMers who, at least for a short while, no longer had to live their lives in fear.
- Service men and women who weren’t sent into pointless wars like they were by his predecessor.
- Entire world which will benefit from the climate pact he was able to get 195 countries (including China) to agree to.
The list goes on and on.
His critics can deny the truth about him all they want, but it’s indisputable that most Americans are better off today than they were eight years ago because of what Barack Obama was able to accomplish.
Call me a “fanboy” or whatever — I don’t care. The facts are on my side. Furthermore, if the truth about Barack Obama were really that awful, then Republicans wouldn’t have spent eight years fabricating conspiracies and lies about him.
After eight years I’m very proud to say that I voted (twice!) for someone who, I believe, was one of the best presidents this country has ever had.
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