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Sat May 7, 2016, 09:50 AM

Vox - Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history

Of course, almost all of the right, and a very small number on the left, diminish the magnitude of these accomplishments, and continuing to try to water them down, most notably the attacks on Dodd-Frank by the Republican Congress, but President Obama managed to push a fairly liberal agenda in the face of solid opposition by a Republican Congress and conservative court for a good portion of his tenure.


Love him or hate him, Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history and that he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism.

He signed into law a comprehensive national health insurance bill, a goal that had eluded progressive presidents for a century. He got surprisingly tough reforms to Wall Street passed as well, not to mention a stimulus package that both blunted the recession and transformed education and energy policy.

He's put in place the toughest climate rules in American history and signed a major international climate accord. He opened the US to Cuba for the first time in more than half a century, and reached a peaceful settlement to the nuclear standoff with Iran.

You can celebrate or bemoan these accomplishments. Liberals hail them as moves toward a social democratic welfare state and a foreign policy more skeptical of military intervention; conservatives critique Obama's efforts to expand regulation and the government's reach, and accuse him of abdicating America's role as world hegemon.

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TomCADem May 2016 OP
malthaussen May 2016 #1

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Sat May 7, 2016, 10:18 AM

1. "Officially," huh?

I wonder what body makes these designations? Seems like there must be a lot of officials around.

-- Mal

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