10 Reasons Obama’s Presidency Will Go Down In History

Here are some of the president's biggest accomplishments

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In a few short weeks, President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House will officially come to an end and Donald Trump will begin his terrifying reign as the leader of the free world. For many, this is a very scary reality, one that I’m still grappling to come to terms with myself. Nevertheless, as we prepare for Obama’s exit, let’s remember what his administration as president has done for the American people.

  1. Health insurance for millions

One of Obama’s primary goals as president was to tackle the country’s broken healthcare system. Although we still have a long way to go in order to achieve this goal, Obama set the foundation by passing the historic Affordable Care Act. Because of his signature healthcare law, 20 million more uninsured Americans currently have health insurance today.

  1. Gay rights

Obama, who made history in 2008 by becoming the first African American man to be elected as Commander-in-Chief, has left a legacy marked by civil rights victories and progressive legislation. For one, he overturned the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act, allowing Americans from the LGBTQ community to openly serve in our armed forces. On top of that, he also extended federal benefits to same-sex partners of government workers and beat the record of appointing more openly gay U.S. officials than any other president.

  1. Economic Recovery

Obama’s leadership helped bring our economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also revived the auto industry, which, in turn, helped Chrysler and GM create 250,000 more jobs. Plus, he passed the Dodd-Frank Act to hold Wall Street accountable and prevent another financial meltdown. In addition, he signed the Recovery Act, which cut taxes and saved millions of jobs.

  1. Death of Osama Bin Laden

No one can forget the wave of patriotism that flooded our country when the president announced in 2011 that Osama Bin Laden was dead.

“Last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice,” said the president. The notorious terrorist—believed to be responsible for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the attacks on 9/11 attacks—had been on the FBI’s “most wanted” list for more than a decade.

  1. My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

In order to directly help young people of color, the White House sponsored My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, a public-private partnership that provides young men of color with mentorship and life intervention that aims to address their challenges and racial injustice.

  1. Restoring Diplomatic Ties Between the U.S. and Cuba

After decades of tension, Obama worked with Cuban President Raul Castro to reverse broken relations between the U.S. and Cuba and restore diplomatic ties.

  1. Pushed to Raise the Minimum Wage

In 2013, the president called for states to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Since then, 18 states, plus Washington, D.C. have raised their wages.

  1. Climate Change

President Obama played an instrumental role in creating the Paris Agreement, which created a comprehensive framework to reduce global climate change.

  1. Job Growth

Obama touts an impressive record of 73 consecutive months of overall job growth as of October 2016.

  1. Equity for women and girls of color

In March 2009, the Obama administration created the White House Council on Women and Girls to address women’s needs and concerns. The Council also launched a specific work initiative called Advancing Equity that ensure that policies and programs in the federal government take into account the unique obstacles faced by women and girls of color.




  • Northern Sentinel

    Health insurance unaffordable for millions.

    Destroyed the definition of Marriage

    Economic recovery….you’re cracking me up.

    Where’s the body?

    My Brother’s Keeper….racist.

    Hobnobbing with brutal dictators

    Destroying entry level jobs…but a boon for the automation industry.

    Finally figured out how to tax the air we breathe.

    Job growth… Jobless growth 92-94 million without jobs.

    Solved a non-existent problem to curry favor with racists

  • Jagee

    Obama is a pussy, I’m glad he’s gone. Putin just made a massive fool out of him.

  • willygreen69@yahoo.com

    Wait…. you said “accomplishments?” HAHAH hahahah hahahah

  • The Facts

    1. Health insurance for millions

    Except for me and mine, cant afford it, and make, of course JUST enough to not get a subsidy. I lost my insurance when this kicked in and have not been insured since

    2. Gay rights

    You dont get special rights for being strange or a pervert.

    3. Economic Recovery

    hHAHAHAHA worst economy ever. Sure the market it up thanks to low interest rates but everyone in the real word is suffering.

    4. Death of Osama Bin Laden

    The military did that, not Obama.

    5. My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

    Another program whites will never need

    6. Restoring Diplomatic Ties Between the U.S. and Cuba

    YAY Communism. Meanwhile he is trying to start a war with Russia.

    7. Pushed to Raise the Minimum Wage\

    And drove more people out of work, thanks to automation

    8. Climate Change

    Is fake, it means nothing, its not real

    9. Job Growth

    HAHAHAHAHA AGAIN, jobless are in the millions, most have given up.

    10. Equity for women and girls of color

    When I hear the phrase “Women and girls” I know I am wasting my time dealing with a liberal. Sorry but If you want equity, achieve it, don’t force it on others by government mandate.

  • John DeIorio

    1) Health insurance for millions –possibly his legacy piece of legislation, was passed late at night without the support of an entire party of Congress, was upheld by a Supreme Court that had a Chief Justice make the argument that the “fine” was, in fact, a “tax” in which the government at first said was not a “tax”, forces a consumer to buy a product they may not want, puts the federal government in control of a significant portion of the U.S. economy, infringes on doctor/patient privacy, has caused more people to lose insurance than actually gained insurance through skyrocketing costs or mandating plans they don’t need, forces a religious denomination to provide an insurance plan to its employees that goes against their conscience, has generated costs and system problems that are unsustainable and would probably die a horrible death on its own.
    2) Gay rights – “beat the record of appointing more openly gay U.S. officials than any other president” –Government is supposed to be representative of all for the benefit of all. Were these appointments based on their knowledge, skills and/or abilities to do a good job for the people, or was it simply to “check a box”?
    3) Economic Recovery – President Obama has presided over one of the most moribund economies with nearly non-existent economic growth over eight years. The levels of regulation have greatly hurt the expansion of small businesses, tax incentives offered to “green” industries were nothing more than a transfer of wealth to cronies and supporters and largely failed (Solyndra). Yes, the stock market has done well…guaranteed money to certain industries (i.e. health care) guarantees investors will invest in these companies. However, He has also presided over the highest level of people not in the work force (94+ million prime working age people, age 16-65, the highest in decades) and the job growth that he touts are mainly low-wage, part-time positions that cannot be used to raise families. The unemployment rates the Obama administration touts are simply fabricated…they eliminate many factors and indicators that have been in these statistics for decades.
    4) Death of Osama Bin Laden – credit where credit is due…yes, he did. He also deserves credit for keeping the pressure on the terrorist organizations through drone strikes on terrorist leadership. However, his failed foreign policy, desire to “lead from behind”, support of muslim countries over the relationship with Israel, failure to follow through on a “line in the sand” in Syria (don’t draw a line you won’t follow through on) and disastrous Libya policy (in part Secretary of State Clinton’s fault, but the buck stops with him) has made us much more unsafe and disrespected in the world. Leadership abhors a vacuum, and without the United States’ leadership, other countries will exert pressure.
    5) My Brother’s Keeper Initiative – a largely unknown initiative that is, by its design, divisive. Programs that encourage public-private partnership for mentorship and life intervention would be beneficial to ALL young men, and women, for that matter. Arguably, not the government’s job.
    6) Restoring Diplomatic Ties Between the U.S. and Cuba – a slap in the face to the American citizens whose heritage hails from Cuba who watched the destruction of a country through failed totalitarian/communist policies that encourage squashing civil rights and jailing dissidents…which still exists.
    7) Pushed to Raise the Minimum Wage –Unsustainable. The United States if a free market, capitalist system. Those that want to get paid more will work harder, or take the necessary steps to prepare themselves to earn more. McDonald’s, though worthy employment for part-timers, teenagers, seniors looking to earn extra income, etc., is not a career, nor should it be made a career. Early outcomes from the 18 states that have mandated raising the minimum wage have mixed outcomes. It may very likely hurt those that it is most designed to help.
    8) Climate Change –imposing largely restrictive regulations on American businesses hurts Americans because they cannot get jobs in an economy that is restricted by too many regulations.
    9) Job Growth – see #3 above.
    10) Equity for women and girls of color – again, divisive…wouldn’t it be nice if he supported programs that heralded equity of women and girls, regardless of color? Also, arguably not the government’s job.

    A few other observations:
    Selena, as a writer, you immediately discredit yourself by opening your article with the following paragraph: “In a few short weeks, President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House will officially come to an end and Donald Trump will begin his terrifying reign as the leader of the free world. For many, this is a very scary reality, one that I’m still grappling to come to terms with myself. “ – Take yourself out of the article. It’s not about you, you are providing thoughts for people to ponder. Donald Trump won with the votes of many people who previously voted for President Obama not only the first time, but the second time. In 2008, many saw him as someone new, fresh, younger, more vibrant, with real ideas to get us out of the funk the country was in…Bush fatigue, Iraq, Katrina, a banking and economic crisis…many people looked past race, his inexperience and the questionable friends, acquaintances and circumstances surrounding him. They heard him say just prior to his inauguration (paraphrasing) that we were just days away from “radically transforming America”.

    I will give Obama credit…in eight short years he did radically transform America. However, America is now a country that is extremely divided, perhaps almost as divided as before the Civil War. The ideals and principles that allowed this country to grow, flourish and succeed have been disdained by this President and his administration (Remember, “You didn’t build that”, and “bitter clingers”, or “the police acted stupidly”?). Faith in institutions is at an all-time low. Trust in each other and especially in the government as a government of the people, by the people and for the people is at an all-time low. Terrorism has hit home (Fort Hood (workplace violence, really?, San Bernardino, Ohio State). People feel unsafe locally and abroad, and are very unsure of their economic future.

    I noticed in your title you didn’t say HOW Obama’s Presidency will go down in history. I guess this is why?

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