November 16, 2009

What Has President Obama Accomplished?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama of 'dithering'. My view is that our president is more active in more areas than any other president in my lifetime. Soulclap to Robert Watson, Ph.D., coordinator of American Studies at Lynn University for documenting some of President Obama's accomplishments between January-August 2009.
  1. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

  2. Announced his intention to push for energy reform

  3. Announced his intention to push for education reform

  4. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

  5. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

  6. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

  7. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more underinsured

  8. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

  9. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

  10. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Webb to secure the release of an American held captive

  11. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

  12. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force... this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

  13. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

  14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

  15. "Cash for clunkers" program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales

  16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

  17. Closed offshore tax safe havens

  18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

  19. Ended media "blackout" on war casualties; reporting full information

  20. Ended media "blackout" on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover A.F.B.; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family

  21. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

  22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

  23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

  24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

  25. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

  26. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

  27. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

  28. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices

  29. Ended previous "stop-loss" policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

  30. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

  31. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

  32. Established a new cyber security office

  33. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

  34. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

  35. Expanding vaccination programs

  36. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover A.F.B.

  37. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

  38. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

  39. Held first Seder in White House

  40. Housing rescue plan

  41. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

  42. Improved housing for military personnel

  43. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

  44. Improving benefits for veterans

  45. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants...) after years of neglect

  46. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

  47. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

  48. Increasing student loans

  49. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

  50. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

  51. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return "home" to visit loved ones

  52. Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women

  53. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

  54. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

  55. Limits on lobbyists' access to the White House

  56. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

  57. Lower drug costs for seniors

  58. Making more loans available to small businesses

  59. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

  60. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

  61. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

  62. New federal funding for science and research labs

  63. New funds for school construction

  64. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

  65. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

  66. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

  67. Paid for redecorations of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

  68. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

  69. Put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

  70. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

  71. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

  72. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

  73. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

  74. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

  75. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

  76. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

  77. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

  78. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

  79. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

  80. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

  81. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

  82. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

  83. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

  84. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

  85. The "secret detention" facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

  86. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

  87. US Auto industry rescue plan

  88. US financial and banking rescue plan

  89. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

  90. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!


teamowens313 said...

You know, I think that about says it all. I mean, if that doesn't tell the story, what will?

Villager said...

Keith - Sometimes you just have to lay things out to debunk the myths that grow over time...

Regina said...

WOO!! Now THAT'S What's up!! and not even a full year under his belt! And I know there is much, much more in store for this administration. I got tired just reading the list. And people always say what has he done, he's not doing this or that, I am totally impressed and even more hopeful for the future!
Kudos for what he has accomplished and God's blessings for what is yet to come!
Peace & Love!
By the way, I will link to this posting if you don't mind!

Gunfighter said...

The PResident's detractors will scoff at most of what is listed here... but you wait, Barack Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

Villager said...

Regina - Link-love is always appreciated! I rec'd this info in an email blast. Instead of sending it to others via email I thought it would be a good idea to post it. It quickly became the most popular post on my blog today. :)

Gunfighter - You may be right. Plenty of folks have visited the post ... but, few leave comments. I did find myself smiling as the list kept getting longer! As for your predicion about Obama's place in our presidential history ... I'm content to let it ride for the next 3-7 years...

clnmike said...

Despite all this the perception is still all about Healthcare, the wars with the gay issues bringing up the rear.

clnmike said...

No pun intended with the gay issues bringing up the rear part...seriously.

Villager said...

Mike - I understand the need for Obama to sign health care reform, end the two wars and end the DADT policy in the military. However, I also understand that he can't do everything at once. I'm comfortable that these major issues will be dealt with by our president...

I'm also confident that a John McCain presidency would have been a true disaster...

teamowens313 said...


Just wanted you to know this post inspired me to make my own appeal. Stop by the Spot when you get a minute.

Villager said...

Keith - The message on your blog was powerful. Thank you for pointing me to it... said...

Hey Villager,

I'm sending more blog hits your way....

Wanted to let you know...

Villager said...

Lisa - I appreciate all the 'link-love' that I can get. I hope that this list gets longer over the coming weeks and months...

Vernon Malcolm said...

Now that the anti-science, superstition-based initiative presidency is over, we need Manhattan projects to make us great again and boost us out of this Grotesque Depression. First we must provide free advertising-based wimax wireless internet to everyone to end land line monopolies. Better yet, renationalize the telephone companies like in 1917 and now put them and the DTV fiasco and the internet under a renationalized post office. Because bovine flatulence is the major source of greenhouse gases, we must develop home growable microbes to provide all of our protein. We must finally join the metric system and take advantage of DTV problems to create a unified global standard for television and cellular telephones instead of this Anglo Saxon competitive waste. We must address that most illness starts from behavior, especially from parents. Since paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality, we must provide put the appropriate medications, like lithium, in the water supply and require dangerous wingnuts who refuse free mental health care to be implanted with drug release devices. Churches should be licensed to reduce supersition and all clergy dealing with small children should be psychiatrically monitored to prevent molesting. We need to psychiatrically regulate the preachers and teachers that produce these creatures. Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh were the ultimate superstition based initiatives. Aborting future terrorists and sterilizing their parents is the most effective homeland security. Preganancy is a shelfish, environmentally desturctive act and must be punished, not rewarded with benefits, preference and leave. Widen navigation straits (Gibraltar, Suez, Malacca, Danube, Panama and Hellspont) with deep nukes to prevent war. In order to fund this we must nationalize the entire financial, electrical and transportation system and extinguish the silly feudal notion that each industry should be regulated by its peers. Technology mandates a transformation of tax subsidies from feudal forecloseable debt to risk sharing equity. Real estate and insurance, the engines of feudalism, must be brought under the Federal Reserve so we may replace all buildings with hazardous materials to provide public works. Insects, flooding and fire spread asbestos, lead and mold which prematurely disables the disadvantaged. Disposable manufactured housing assures children are not prematurely disabled and disadvantaged. Because feudalism is the threat to progress everywhere, we must abolish large land holdings by farmers, foresters or religions and instead make all such large landholding part of the forest service so our trees may diminish greenhouse gases. Darwin led to the worst colonial, militarist, atrocity and stock market abuses in history - Lamarkian inhertiance and mitochondrial DNA show that Darwin was not all he is crackered up to be. We must abolish executive pay and make sure all employees in a company are all paid equally. We must abolish this exploitative idea of trade and monopoly and make every manufactured disposable cottage self sufficient through the microbes we invent. Southern Oligarchs destroyed the Democarts in the sixties and destroyed the Republicans this decade - they would not allow viable candidates like Colin Powell, Mitt Romney or Condi Rice to even be considered!

Villager said...

Vernon - Have you considered submitting this rant as a screenplay for a science fiction movie?