President Obama is undoubtedly one of the most forward-thinking and successful presidents in US history. His achievements, in the face of vicious right wing opposition, have been nothing short of outstanding. Many items that have been on the progressive agenda for decades such as universal healthcare, have finally been approved by congress and the Supreme Court. And what’s even more miraculous is that while achieving these progressive goals, Obama has managed to completely turn the economy around from one of the worst recessions in US history.
When Obama took over from the republicans in 2009, America was on the verge of collapse, after eight years of unfettered capitalism and deregulation under Bush. When Obama took office, he swiftly took charge of economic policy with a series of fiscal stimulus packages designed to supplement and enhance our Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing measures. The results were nothing short of extraordinary. The S&P 500 steadily rose from a low of around 680 in 2009 to a recent record high of 2190. This will undoubtedly go down as the greatest economic turnaround ever achieved by a US president.
Obama’s single greatest achievement however, has to be the Affordable Care Act, which has been a dream of liberals and progressives for decades. Obama and his team skilfully navigated numerous obstacles in congress and the Supreme Court to finally pass a bill ensuring that every American, regardless of economic status or documentation, has access to healthcare. To this we can add his executive orders restricting the use of dangerous firearms, which were also skilfully navigated past congress. And to top it off, Obama has managed to bring American national defense into the 21st century by reclassifying broadband under telecommunications, allowing the internet to be better controlled and regulated.
It’s sad that Obama was not able to complete all of the items on his agenda, such as a ban on semi-automatics, amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and the TPP, but his achievements have been exceptional nonetheless. It’s now time for us to focus on Hillary’s campaign, and ensure that she overcomes her temporary bout of pneumonia to defeat Trump in November. We must make sure that the tremendous progress America has made over the last eight years is not undone by the republicans. We must also continue to build on our achievements, in order to permanently transform America into a nation that values equality over profit, fairness over greed, safety over risk, and tolerance over bigotry.