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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:14 PM
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What the fuck has Obama done so far, anyway?
I have recently been criticized for focusing too much on the things that Obama said he would do but hasn't, or things he has done that I don't like.

In my own defense I would point out that I frequently focus attention on good things he does.

Today I discovered this cool website I would like to share: /

Simple, to the point, and fairly well documented.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:16 PM
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1. Rude response
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 04:38 PM by XemaSab
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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:21 PM
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3. gee thanks....., I think.
seems like a backhanded way of saying "you are just discovering that website today? you sure are behind the times."

i'm sure for every website you think is great and I haven't seen yet I could show you one that you haven't seen.

I don't really see the purpose or benefit of rolling your eyes or being condescending to someone who makes a post of website. Just because you've seen it, doesn't mean everyone else in the world has.

geesh... how about a little consideration?
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:39 PM
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11. Sorry for the kneejerk rudeness
It was wrong of me. :(
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MrTriumph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:19 PM
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2. And what he has failed to do (the list is long)
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 04:19 PM by MrTriumph
10. Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay.

9. Toughen the laws to stop revolving door between gov't and lobbyists.

8. End no-bid contracts for military contractors.

7. Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving bonuses to top management.

6. Allow judges to re-negotiate bank terms for homeowners when their houses go into foreclosure.

5. Increase taxes on capital gains and dividends (which mainly benefit the rich).

4. Repeal Bush tax cuts for the rich.

3. Allow re-importation of prescription drugs.

2. Walk with picketers when collective bargaining rights are at risk.

1. Sign no health care bill that does not have a public option.

Note: The above provided by another DUer.
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:25 PM
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5. You left out walking on water, feeding 6,000 poor people with 7 fish and
turning water into wine. He is the president not the king, things he wants have to be passed by both house's before they can be done.
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:42 PM
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13. So nothing that Obama has done or failed to do
has anything to do with Obama. Got it. I'll remember that next time he appoints a CEO who's company took 3 billion in tax credits as the Job Czar. It's not his fault.
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Rozebella Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:55 PM
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17. Good Point
Guys, at least try to keep in mind that Obama is a PERSON, not a god. If you all think you can do a better job, then by all means, go run up the white house and dance your little political jig for the world to see. Critique is productive, but right now, a lot of you are just having fits of teen angst (take it from a middle schooler, I would know!)
Obama is not the best president we've ever had.
Nor is he the worst.
The whole point of democracy is that the ideas and opinions of the public are heard and generally acted upon. Look how tired the poor guy is. He looks at least fifteen years older since the beginning of his term.
This isn't about political parties or prejudice, I just genuinely think that it's about time the citizens of the US actually step up and try to help fix our own nation, instead of waiting for the government to do it for us. You're all smart, mature adults. Why don't you draw up some brilliant plan instead of just ranting?
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:08 PM
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28. You forgot to complain that people want ponies.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:26 PM
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6. Can this be considered spam yet?
I've seen it posted in a dozen threads, and much of it is stuff he can't do without Congress.

Yeah, remember Congress? They are kind of important when it comes to passing laws and stuff.

Also, number 2? As someone in Wisconsin, who has been to a vast majority of the protests, let me just say that he wasn't needed, and I don't hold it against him for not coming. It would have changed the debate and strengthened the Republicans against us. Not to mention all the security that would have been needed, and honestly, if he had shown up, all that would have been given was a speech - to which the response here would be "Oh, another pretty speech".
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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:40 PM
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12. All Obama had to do was let the tax cuts expire
They would have expired automatically.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:18 PM
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37. As I understand it,
Republicans held unemployment benefits hostage unless they were extended. Or something like that.
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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:21 PM
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38. If they did, that would have been a golden opportunity...
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 10:22 PM by Cali_Democrat
to take to the TV EVERY SINGLE DAY and slam the rethugs for holding up unemployment benefits for ordinary Americans unless the rich got their tax cuts in this horrible economic environment. The rethugs would have caved eventually
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:59 PM
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19. I agree. It's getting old, too.
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 05:00 PM by freshwest
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:59 PM
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24. Agreed on WI (also here fighting the good fight). Glad he stayed out of it.
VERY glad. I don't think we would have won like we did yesterday if he had gotten involved.
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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:33 PM
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9. Missing from your list....
failure to keep his promise for a more "open government"? Patriot Act, illegal wire tapping, etc...? All I can find is that they started releasing the list of people who visit the whitehouse. How about repealing provisions of the patriot act and restoring the FISA court to the pre-bush standing?
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Cal33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:46 PM
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16. The list of what he has done is also long. This one is about 6 months old:

Share3288 341by The BigotBasher

Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 05:51:27 PM PST

It is not my list but the authors are encouraging others to spread it and some times good news is just worth spreading. It certainly beats the fear and hate messages that seem to clog up the spam boxes of so many email accounts.

The BigotBasher's diary :: ::

Ordered the White House and all federal agencies to respect the Freedom of Information Act and overturned Bush-era limits on accessibility of federal documents (2009)

Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible (2009)

Placed limits on lobbyists access to the White House (2009)

Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration (2009)

Signed a measure strengthening registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists (2009)

Ordered that lobbyists must be removed from and are no longer permitted to serve on federal and White House advisory panels and boards (2009) * Note: After saying he would not hire lobbyists, a few have been hired in the Administration

Companies and individuals who are delinquent on their taxes or owe back taxes are no longer allowed to bid for federal contracts (2009)

Initiated the e-Rulemaking Initiative (in cooperation with Cornell University) to allow for online public notice and comment of federal laws and initiatives (2010)

Issued the Open Gov Directive ordering all Cabinet departments to promote transparency and citizen participation in their policies (2010)

Signed extensions on banning lobbyists from serving on agency boards (2010)

Developed the Don Not Pay List with data on contractors and recipients of federal funds who are deemed to be ineligible because of fraud and abuse (2010)


The White House website now provides information on all economic stimulus projects and spending, along with an unprecedented amount of information on our government (2009)

Ended the Bush-era practice of circumventing established FDA rules for political reasons (2009)

Ended the Bush-era practice of having White House staff rewrite the findings of scientific and environmental regulations and reports when they disagreed with the results (2009)

Limited the salaries of senior White House aides (salaries cut to $100,000) (2009)

Has urged Congress to adopt Pay-Go (whereby each dollar of spending is offset by a dollar in cuts or revenues, which was used in the `90s but abandoned in the `00s) (2010)

Has been holding open meetings with Republican leaders, although they complain of a lack of access and information (2010)

Signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (2010) * Note: To curb wasteful spending

Tasked federal agencies to develop plans for disposing of unneeded real estate and then to eliminate unnecessary or non-economical lands, properties, etc. (2010)


Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane (which wasnt even used in Iraq/Afghanistan) and other outdated weapons systems (2009)

Announced his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (2009) * Note: The closure has been delayed due to massive opposition but it remains on the agenda.

Stated his interest in housing terrorists at a new federal super max facility in the US (2009) * Note: this has been delayed in the face of massive opposition but it remains on the agenda

Cut the expensive Reagan era missile defense program, saving $1.4 billion in 2010 (2009)

Cancelled plans to station anti-ballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic (2009)

Replacing long-range, expensive missile systems with more efficient smaller systems (2009)

Increased US Navy patrols off the Somali coast in response to pirating (2009)

Established a new cyber security office and appointed a cyber security czar (2009)

Ordered the first nation-wide comprehensive cyber threat assessment (2009)

Instituted a new Nuclear Posture Review, revising US nuclear deterrence policy to encourage more nations to join the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (2010) * Note: Components of the policy include: a pledge to stop nuclear testing; a pledge to not build a new generation of nucs; identifying nuclear terrorism, rather than a launch from another nuclear state, as the major threat; a pledge to not use nucs on a non-nuclear state in a conventional conflict; etc.
Executive orders to block payment, transfers, exports, etc of individuals and organizations support the regimes of North Korea, Iran, Somali pirates, and other foreign threats (2010)

Presidential Memoranda to extend certain provisions of The Trading with Enemies Act which was to expire in September 2010 (2010) * Note: This includes freezing assets and banning trade that benefits the Cuban regime; however further efforts at normalizing travel to Cuba are supported

Signed bill for southwest border security and increased funds and agents on the Mexican border (2010)

Signed the Comprehensive Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act to deal with foreign regimes like Iran and North Korea (2010)


Began the phased withdrawal of US troops from Iraq (2009); continuing the withdrawal (2010)

Changed the US military command in the Afghan conflict (2009)

Tasked the Pentagon to reorganize US policy in Afghanistan; the new policy includes 30,000 additional troops deployed, priority training of Afghan forces, developing agriculture and infrastructure, limiting aerial bombing, etc. (2009)

Ordered the Pentagon to send additional helicopters to assist US Marine units and Special Forces in Afghanistan (2009)

Increased unmanned drone strikes on Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan (2009)

Ended the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date (2009)


Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)

Ended the Bush-era blackout imposed on media coverage of the return of fallen US soldiers (2009) * Note: The media is now permitted to cover the story pending adherence to respectful rules and with the approval of the fallen soldiers family

Ended the Bush-era black out policy on media coverage of war casualties (2009) * Note: Full information is now released for the first time in the War on Terror

Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)

Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009) * Note: The old Hummers were very vulnerable to roadside explosives and an alarming percentage of our soldiers lost in Iraq were on account of IEDs

Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)

Improving housing for military personnel (2009)

Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)

Ordered that conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other neglected military hospitals be improved (2009)

Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military to a post-Cold War, modern fighting force (2009) * Note: Bush announced in 2001 his intention to do this but backed off the reforms after 9/11, which include: new procurement policies; increasing the size of Special Ops units; deploying new technologies; creating new cyber security units; etc.

Ended the Bush-era practice of awarding no-bid defense contracts (2009)

Improving benefits for veterans as well as VA staffing, information systems, etc. (2009)

Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)

Suspended the Bush-era decision to purchase a fleet of Marine One helicopters from suppliers in favor of American made helicopters (2009)

Ordered a review of the existing Dont ask, dont tell policy on gays in the military (2010)

New GI Bill for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (2009)

Signed bill providing assistance for caregivers of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010) * Note: The omnibus bill does the following: Training, funding, and counseling for caregivers; promoting pilot childcare programs for women vets under treatment at the VA; independent oversight to prevent abuse; readjustment counseling for National Guard and reservist units; etc.

Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)

Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)

Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses (2010) * Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.

Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel) (2010)


Closed the Bush-era secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe (2009)

Ended the Bush-era policy allowing enhanced interrogation (torture); the US is again in compliance with Geneva Convention standards (2009) * Note: Obama has permitted some controversial interrogation techniques to continue

Restarted international nuclear non-proliferation talks and reestablished international nuclear inspection protocols (2009) * Note: Bush withdrew from non-proliferation talks and dismantled the inspection infrastructure

Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic (2009) * Note: These were suspended under Bush

Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions (2009) * Note: These were suspended under Bush

Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office (2009)

Banned the export of cluster bombs (2009)

Overturned Bush-era plans to increase the US nuclear arsenal (2009)

Authorized the Navy SEALS operation that freed by force the US shipping captain held by Somali pirates (2009)

Restored the US commitment to the UN population fund for family planning; overturned the ban on providing funds internationally for family planning (2009) * Note: The family planning efforts were suspended under Bush

Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit families (2009)

Extended an offer of engagement (free from sanctions and penalties) to Iran through December 31, 2009 (Iran did not accept the offer) (2009)

Sent envoys to the Middle East and other parts of the world, reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy (2009)

Authorized discussions with North Korea and the private mission by former president, Bill Clinton, to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons (2009)

Authorized discussions with Myanmar and the mission by Senator Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive (2009)

Renewed loan guarantees for Israel (2009)

Signed the USIFTA trade agreement with/for Israel (2009)

Authorized a $550m advance for Israel (six months prior to the scheduled date) in order to accommodate Israelis economic and financial needs (2009)

Continued agreements with Israel for cultural exchanges, immigration, etc. (2009)

Spoke on Arab television, spoke at an Egyptian university, and met with Arab leaders in an effort to change the tone of US-Arab relations (2009)

Ordered the US to finally pay its dues to the United Nations (2009)

Attended the Summit of Americas meeting in Trinidad and Tobago (2010)

Dispatched several envoys and initiated talks with numerous nations (2010)

Signed a nuclear limitation treaty with Russia (2010) * Note: The agreement calls for both countries to reduce their nucs by one-third (1,500) and launch systems by half (800)

Hosted nuclear non-proliferation summit for several nations (2010)

Executive Order to establish support offices in the State Department to assist the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan (2010)

Presidential Memoranda to continue drug interdiction support with Columbia (2010)


Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) (2009) * Note: Bush was the first president since Herbert Hoover to not make infrastructure a priority

Authorized the US auto industry rescue plan and two GMAC rescue packages (2009)

Authorized the housing rescue plan and new FHA residential housing guarantees (2009)

Authorized a $789 billion economic stimulus plan (2009) * Note: 1/3 in tax cuts for working-class families; 1/3 to states for infrastructure projects; 1/3 to states to prevent the layoff of police officers, teachers, etc. at risk of losing their jobs because of state budget shortfalls

Instituted a new rule allowing the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (in as quickly as one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying (2009)

Authorized a continuation of the US financial and banking rescue plans initiated at the end of the Bush administration and authorized TARP funds to buy toxic assets from failing financial institutions (2009)

Authorized the Cash for Clunkers program that stimulated auto sales and removed old, inefficient, polluting cars from the road (2009)

Convened a jobs summit to bring experts together to develop ideas for creating jobs (2009)

Ordered the FDIC to beef up deposit insurance (2009)

Ended the Bush-era policy of protecting credit card companies (2009) * Note: In place of the old policy, new consumer protections were instituted and the industrys predatory practices were banned

Authorized the federal government to make more loans available to small businesses and ordered lower rates for federal loans to small businesses (2009)

Placed a 35% tariff on Chinese tires and a few other products such as pipes after China was found to be illegally dumping exports below cost (2009) * Note: Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan all refused to get tough on Chinas predatory trade practices; Bush II refused four times during his presidency

In November 2009, Obama extended unemployment benefits for one million workers

and expanded coverage for some existing homeowners who are buying again (2009)

Called on Congress to deliver a Jobs bill (2010)

Credit card companies are prohibited from raising rates without advance notification or arbitrarily if customers are paying bills on time (2010)

Signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits set to expire (2010)

Signed historic Wall Street reform bill (2010) * Note: Designed to reregulate and end abusive practices and promote consumer protections

Signed the HIRE Act to stimulate the economic recovery (2010) * Note: The bill includes: tax cuts for small businesses who hire someone unemployed for at least two months; small businesses can write off their investments in equipment this year; etc.

National Export Initiative established to enhance federal support (technical assistance, training, trade missions, etc.) and coordination efforts to help US businesses export products and services (2010)

Initiatives to promote a Wireless Broadband Revolution (2010) * Note: Among other things, broadband is finally being considered as necessary infrastructure, with efforts to expand use, access, and spectrum

Expanded agricultural credit to farmers during current economic crisis (2010)

Signed bill - US Manufacturing Enhancement Act (2010)

Signed bill - Single Family Housing Mortgage Insurance (2010)


Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks to permit the US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals (2009)

Ended the Bush-era policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs (2009) * Note: The new policy promotes in-sourcing investments to brings jobs back to the US

Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provides small tax cuts for 95% of working families (2009) * Note: The tax cuts were not as big as was suggested during the 2008 campaign

Convened an advisory board that is looking into simplifying the tax code (2009)

Ordered the closing of offshore tax safe havens (for individual and business tax evaders) (2009)

Reduced taxes for some small businesses to stimulate the economic recovery (2009)

Extended the Home Buyers Credit for first-time home buyers (2009)

Proposed doubling the child tax credit (2010)

Called for the repeal of the capital gains tax for small businesses (2010)

Proposed rolling back the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (2010) * Note: This would be for families earning over $250,000/year and would return their tax rates to the 1990s level


Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut federal spending (2009)

Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify wasteful spending and practices (2009)

Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient (2009)

Overturned the Bush-era practice of not listing certain federal programs in the federal budget (2009) (2010) * Note: Bush did this (so did Reagan) in an effort to hide programs and make the budget look smaller; such off budget items are now included in the annual budget

Full appropriations for war are now included in the budget (2009) (2010) * Note: Bush did not list many of the appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, and War on Terror

Funds for emergency appropriations are now included in the budget (2009) (2010)

Proposed a three-year freeze on federal discretionary spending beginning in 2011 (2010)

Is in the process of cutting 120 federal programs identified as either wasteful or unnecessary (2010)

Established a bipartisan commission on fiscal responsibility, staffed by House and Senate members and private citizens, tasked with submitting proposals to balance the budget (2010) * Note: In the face of Republican opposition, the powers of the commission were watered down

Established a bipartisan commission on the future of Social Security, tasked with submitting proposals to preserve and strengthen Social Security (2010) * Note: In the face of Republican opposition, the powers of the commission were watered down

Cut $20 billion from federal budget and has pledged to cut at least this much every year (2010)

Ultimately decided to cancel planned new presidential helicopter fleet and stick with marine One (2010)

Freezing all discretionary spending for next three years, except on national security (2010)

Presidential Memoranda to freeze discretionary awards, bonuses, etc. for federal political appointees (2010)

Beginning to use Pay-As-You-Go (Pay-Go) to offset budget expenditures with budget cuts or revenue enhancements (2010)


Removed Bush era restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research (2009)

Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research (2009)

Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children (2009)

Established an independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare (2009)

Reversed some of the Bush-era restrictions that prevented Medicare from negotiating with pharmaceutical firms for cheaper drugs, allowing government to again competitively bid (2009) * Note: Obama had promised to lift all restrictions but, while he did negotiate with drug companies for them to lower their costs the deal only lifted some restrictions

Expanding government vaccination programs (2009)

Issued new disease prevention guidelines and priorities for the CDC (2009)

Authorized the FDA to finally begin regulating tobacco (2009)

Tasked federal labs to prioritize research on and deployment of H1N1 vaccines (2009)

Asked multiple congressional committees to bring forward a healthcare reform bill; held dozens of public hearings and town halls on the issue (2009) (2010)

Established a new council on National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health to be chaired by Surgeon General and charged with promoting healthy lifestyles and integrative healthcare (2010)

When accusations to the contrary arose, an Executive Order was signed to reaffirm that federal funds are not to be used for abortion services (2010)

Historic healthcare reform bill signed - $940 billion over 10 years (2010) * Note: 32 million additional Americans will receive healthcare coverage and costs will be lowered for most Americans, but many of the goals are phased in over four years

Components of the bill

- Prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals/family members with pre-existing health conditions; a temporary plan is being developed to cover high-risk individuals with pre-existing conditions until the full reforms go into effect in 2014

- Prevents insurance companies from placing lifetime limits on benefits

- Bans rescission so insurance companies cant cancel coverage if individuals keep their policies current or if they become ill

- An individuals out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are capped

- Closes the donut hole (Part D) for Medicare prescription drug coverage (under Bush, Medicare helped pay for drugs up to $2,600 and above $4,550, but individuals had to pay 100% of the costs in between these amounts); now Medicare helps cover costs irrespective of the amount seniors will now pay only 25% of drug costs up to $4,550 and only 5% of drug costs above that amount

- In 2010, an emergency provision will offer seniors a $250 rebate on the costs incurred within the donut hole

- Individuals living at or below the poverty line were eligible for healthcare under Medicaid, but by 2014 individuals/families living slightly above (making up to $14,404/$29,327) the poverty line will also be eligible for benefits

- Individuals/families making less than $43,320/$88,200 per year will qualify for government subsidies to help purchase health insurance

- All individuals must have health insurance or face a government fine; all large (over 50 employees) employers must offer health insurance to employees or pay a fine

- Small businesses can get a tax credit if they offer health care

- There are hardship exemptions if individuals cant afford health insurance

- Families can keep their children in college on their plans through age 26

- Promotes health insurance exchanges so consumers can buy wholesale

- Creates consumer assistance offices to help consumers file complaints or appeal decisions from insurance companies; beginning in 2011, insurance companies can no longer make excessive rate hikes without justification and approval, and those doing so may be barred from participating in new health insurance exchanges

Funding sources:

- Large employers (over 50 workers) that dont offer health benefits will be charged a $2,000/worker fee; if the employer offers coverage but employees instead purchase federally subsidized insurance the fee is $3,000/worker receiving federal subsidies or $750/worker (whichever is lower)

- Annual fees on pharmaceutical companies ($27 billion), health insurance companies ($60 billion), and medical device-makers ($20 billion)

- Annual penalties on individuals who do not have health insurance (up to a maximum of $695/person)

- Increase in the Medicare payroll tax from 1.45% to 2.35% for individuals making $200,000+ and families making $250,000+

- 3.8% tax on unearned income for millionaires

- Insurance companies will be subject to a tax on each high-end insurance plan (so-called Cadillac plans) they offer


- Illegal immigrants are not eligible for insurance or subsidies

- By Executive Order, such federal funding cant be used for abortion

- The federal government will assist states by covering all of the increased expenses of expanding Medicaid coverage (90% of costs after 2020)


Removed a ruling that now allows individual states to enact automotive fuel efficiency standards above federal standards (2009)

Offered attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles (2009)

Overturned Bush-era rule that weakened the Endangered Species Act (2009)

Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government (2009)

Ended the Bush-era policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions (2009)

Signed a measure requiring energy producing plants to begin producing 15% of their energy from renewable sources (2009)

Announced that the federal government would reengage in the long-delayed effort to clean up Superfund toxic waste sites (2009)

Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production (2009) * Note: Much of Obamas energy reform was killed by Senate Republicans

Proposed a new refuge for wild mustangs (2009)

Cancelled several Bush-era mountain-top removal and mining permits (2009)

Reengaged in international treaties and agreements to protect the Antarctic (2009)

* Note: Bush had withdrawn from such efforts

Asked Congress for an energy reform and cap and trade bill (2009) * Note: The Congress failed to pass such a bill

Developing plan to lease US coastal waters for wind and water-current energy production (2009)

Overturned Bush-era policies that allowed uranium mining near national parks such as the Grand Canyon (2009)

Expanded the Petrified Forest National Park (2009)

Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act that protects millions of acres of scenic, historic, and recreational lands and trails (2009)

Requiring that government buildings and facilities be retrofitted to save energy costs (2009) * Note: These green retrofits are moving very slowly

Authorized studies in several western states to determine how to support large-scale solar installations (2009)

Attended the Copenhagen talks and, after the talks were stalled, negotiated an international (voluntary) agreement on reducing carbon emissions and raising funds to assist developing nations in offsetting carbon emissions (2009)

Banned importation of pythons in response to a growing population of pythons damaging the Florida Everglades (2009)

Committing the federal government to increasing research and use of renewable, clean energy sources such as wind, biomass, etc. (2009)

Executive orders establishing a federal initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all federal operations (2009) (2010)

Called for exploring the possibility of additional off-shore oil drilling in the Gulf, Atlantic, and off Alaska (but not in ANWR) (2010)

Agreed to consider increases in nuclear energy production and requested a study on the feasibility of nuclear power plant construction (2010) * Note: Nearly all energy initiatives were defeated by Republican opposition in Congress

Increased investment in clean energy projects (2010)

Executive Order to develop a new strategy for and commitment to ocean and lake resources, and for scientific research on water quality (2010)


Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill) (2009)

Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court (2009)

Held the first Seder in White House (2009)

Appointed a diverse Cabinet and diverse White House staff (2009)

Spoke at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization (2009)

Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes (2009)

Reversed the Bush-era practice of politicizing Justice Department investigations and prosecutions against political opponents (2009)

Pushing for some of the 9/11 perpetrators to be tried in federal court (2009) * Note: The process has moved at a snails pace and, in the face of opposition, Obama has remained quiet

Signed an extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Bill to provide federal research and support for treating the disease (2009)

Allowed the State Department of offer same-sex benefits for employees (2009)

Proposed that the Pentagon repeal the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy; placed a freeze on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military (2009)

After eight years of neglect, the Justice Department and EEOC are again enforcing employment discrimination laws (2009)

Convened the White House Tribal Nations Conference, inviting representatives from 564 federally-recognized Indian tribes (2009)

Provided increased school projects for Indian lands and increased funds for the Indian Health Service (2009)

Signed an Executive Order mandating that his Cabinet develop plans to work with and consult Indian tribes on issues impacting Indian lands (2009)

Commissioned a study to develop alternatives to Dont Ask, Dont Tell (2010)

Called for federal agencies to look into recognizing gay partnerships in terms of benefits (2010)

Signed an Executive Order for the Presidents Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

Signed Executive Order to promote the federal government as a model employer when it comes to hiring the disabled (2010) * Note: This includes new efforts to increase the recruitment, hiring, and training for the disabled

Programs to assist Spanish speakers with the US Census (2010)

Elena Kagen appointed to Supreme Court (2010)

Tasked all federal agencies to develop new strategies to address HIV/AIDS (2010)

After organizing studies on the topic in 2009, tasked the Pentagon to eliminate Dont Ask, Dont Tell (2010)

Signed Fair Sentencing Act (2010) * Note: The Administration continues to deescalate marijuana interdiction and raids; increased dramatically the amount of cocaine one must possess to be sentenced to jail; eliminated mandatory sentencing for first-time drug abusers and simple possession


Authorized construction funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access in K-12 public schools (2009)

Increased funding for school construction (2009)

Increased funding available for student loans (2009)

Expanded the national youth service program (2009)

Streamlined the federal student loan process to save $87 billion over the next 10 years (2009)

Changed the rule to allow students struggling to make college loan payments to refinance their loans (2009)

Beginning discussions with Congress for education reform (2009) * Note: Much of Obamas education reform has been sidelined by opposition in Congress

Initiated a Race to the Top competitive federal grant program for states who develop innovative policies (2009)

Instituted a judgment review allowing families with student loans to petition to have their current financial status determine the loan rather than the previous years finances (2009)

Launched Educate to Innovate, a public/private partnership making $236 million available for science, mathematics, and technology education programs (2009)

Proposed capping the maximum amount students must pay on student loans (as percentage of their income) (2010)

Proposed reducing student loan obligations for individuals going to work in community and public service jobs (2010)

The federal government will offer direct student loans, cutting out the cost of private banks (middle man) who increase the costs in order to make a profit (2010)

Increased investment in technologies for schools/education (2010)


Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness (2009)

FEMA once again reports directly to the president (2009) * Note: Bush removed FEMA (prior to the Hurricane Katrina disaster) from this status

Demonstrated an immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters (2009)

Ordered that funds be released and red tape be streamlined for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in the Gulf Coast (2009)

Timely and massive relief effort in response to the January 2010 earthquake and ensuing humanitarian crisis (2010)

Components of the response:

- The FBIs National Center for Disaster Fraud was tasked to look into possible fraud with organizations soliciting funds for relief

- Announced the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

- Established an emergency Haiti Task Force in the State Department

- Established a website with information, resources, and a posting of a person finder online to help families and friends to locate loved ones

- Joint aid and relief planning with the U.K.

- Sponsored a resolution in the UN Security Council for additional security and police forces in Haiti

- Dispatched the US Navy floating hospital (USNS Comfort) and, within 5 days, 9 naval and relief ships, 5 Coast Guard cutters, 8 Coast Guard aircraft, and 12,000 US military personnel

- Initial dispatch of several ships and cargo planes full of humanitarian aid and supplies, 6 search/rescue teams (500 personnel), and 265 Department of Health & Human Services personnel for emergency medical and aid support

- Established a mobile US air traffic control center at the destroyed airport in Port-au-Prince

After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a freeze was placed on new deep water projects (2010)

Executive Order to establish new security measures to minimize accidental release of bio and chemical agents; new strategies for public health and bioterrorism response (2010)

Established a national commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon spill to examine facts and report a plan of action; new efforts to prevent offshore spills (2010)

After a slow start in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the White House is promoting a long-term plan to reconstruct the damaged Gulf and negotiated with BP the establishment of a multi-billion dollar trust fund for victims of the spill (2010)

Extended national flood insurance program for those in need during current economic crisis (2010)


New federal funding for science and research labs (2009)

Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program (2009)

Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program (2009)

Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud (2009)

Ordered the DEA to stop raids on medical marijuana usage (2009)

Ordered a review of existing mandatory minimum prison sentencing (2009)

Signed an order to limit airport tarmac delays and the time passengers had to sit in the plane/on the tarmac during delays (2009)

Restored the EPA to Cabinet level status (2009) * Note: Bush removed the EPA from this status

Beginning discussions with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform (2010)

* Note: Much of Obamas immigration reform had been stalled by opposition in Congress

Commissioned expert panels and reports from NASA; announced a new direction for human space flight that involves funding a new heavy lift-launcher and jettisoning the Ares 1 program; boosting NASAs budget by $1 billion in 2011 (2010)

Ordered a ban on text-messaging for all commercial truck and bus drivers (2010)

Signed bill FAA Air Transportaiton Modernizatin and Safety Improvement Act (2010)


The Obamas paid for the renovations of the private living quarters in the White House with their own money rather than using the funds provided to all new first families (2009)

The Obamas reused many Christmas ornaments from previous White House trees rather than buy new ones (2009)

The Obamas used LED energy-saving lights on White House Christmas tree (2009)

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; donated the award money for the prize to several charities (2009)

Planted a garden for the White Houses vegetables and flowers (2009)

Installed a swing set/playground for the Obama daughters and children of White House employees (2009)

Held over 150 public town halls, press conferences, interviews, etc. in first year in office (2009) * Note: Official numbers are not available on such things, but this seems to be a new record high

Less than 30 days of vacation in first year in office (2009) * Note: Official numbers are not readily available on such things, but this seems to be a new record low


B4B NOTE: Special Thanks to Robert P. Watson, Ph. D., Professor of American Studies, Lynn University who compiled this list and writes " Like all presidents, Barack Obama has made mistakes. But, as a presidential historian, I have been struck by claims being put forward by Obamas many critics and the news media that he has accomplished little when, in fact, his presidency is easily one of the most active in history." And Thanks to our friend Sherry Lou Meeks.

Thank You Mr. President !

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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:03 PM
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20. "Proposed rolling back the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (2010)"

huh? nice "achievement" there, as if we all don't know what REALLY happened (i.e., he ended up EXTENDING those tax cuts).

the whole "list of achievements" is pretty much like that example.
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Cal33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:56 PM
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23. I am only asking the following question because I don't know the answer:
How much support from the Democratic Congress did Obama get to roll back
the Bush tax-cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Do you think those Blue
Dog congresspeople (as well as some others) were on his side?

I am not for Obama altogether either. I also get mad at him sometimes.
But we don't know the whole story, do we?
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Cal33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:05 PM
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25. "He ended up extending those tax-cuts." I believe it was in
exchange for extending unemployment benefits.
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MrTriumph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:08 PM
Response to Reply #25
27. He capitulated prematurely and probably unnecessarily.
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Cal33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:19 PM
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29. You are right. That's one of the things I don't understand and don't like about
him. Sometimes I still hope he has a special reason, if not a plan, up his
sleeve for doing this. More likely this is wishful thinking on my part.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:57 PM
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18. Sorry he's a politician and not the Easter Bunny.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:07 PM
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21. Well at least we gave him almost 2 years .... to fix 30 years of GOP mess.
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:22 PM
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4. Don't you mean "What the fuck has Congress done so far"?
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:43 PM
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15. +1 Good one, it's always congress's fault when they can't get anything done, but why do they get no
credit when stuff *is* done.
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:41 PM
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31. blah
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:27 PM
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7. All you have to do is go to ...... and read the Obamameter 'Promises Kept' section (7 pages): /
and go to and read what he has done
Executive Orders:

It's not hard to do, give it a try ;)

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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:36 PM
Response to Reply #7
10. Thanks for that politfact link.
Great website.
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UncleTomsEvilBrother Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:27 PM
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8. Garybeck
I could've told you that you were walking into a bit of an ambush when you started a positive thread about President Obama on this website. Though I've seen the link before, it is refreshing to go to the site for a reminder that we voted for a President who is trying to move this country in the right direction, regardless of our frustration with his seemingly slow pace.

Thanks for the link, though.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:08 PM
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26. 'we voted for a President who is trying to move this country in the RIGHT direction'
When you're right, you're right.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:42 PM
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14. one hand gives and the other takes away....
and here we are stuck in the middle with him.... :evilgrin:
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:24 PM
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22. All he has to do is bring the troops home, tax the rich, and "fix" his crappy HCR, like he promised
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akbacchus_BC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:04 PM
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36. Then you should run for President, you have all the answers, keyboard
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Countdown_3_2_1 Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:23 PM
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30. We still have our boys in harm's way. END the wars. Congress not needed.
The President is commander in chief. One order spoken into a phone, and our boys (and girls) come home.
What is really so difficult with that?
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akbacchus_BC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:55 PM
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32. President Obama did much more to rescind the Bush atrocities. The
minute he got elected, the right felt wronged, if that is not racism, tell me what is!

No matter what this President does, he will never do what you want. He inherited shit and in as much as I do not agree with some of his ideas, he is the President and trying his best. With all the adversity and shit he inherited, he is doing very well so far!

I am amazed that he can still keep his cool.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:57 PM
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33. like what?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:00 PM
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35. Deleted message
Message removed by moderator.
FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:31 PM
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39. He did not have to support continuing bush tax cuts, or bush wiretaps, etc. etc.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:59 PM
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34. By sheer coincidence, Tedd Rall has a piece up that taks a different view from that website you cite
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:28 PM
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40. Ted Rall is dead on, which will only lead to one thing: Ted Rall's character assasination.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:33 PM
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Obama passed ROMNEY-CARE instead of single payer public option or Medicare for all.

Obama flip flopped on military tribunals.

Obama flip flopped on closing Guantanamo.

Obama FAILED to pass card check.

Obama FAILED to end the war.

Obama FAILED to prosecute the banksters and handed them wads of cash instead.

Obama bailed out Wall Street instead of Main Street.

Obama FAILED to create a REAL FDR style government jobs program.

Obama FAILED to put in place a mortgage foreclosure moratorium as FDR did.

Obama regularly caves to the crazy Republicans and teabaggers.

All in all the so-called "achievements" your website contains are teeny tiny next to his failures which I have listed for you.
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