A Consequential President

A Consequential President

The Legacy of Barack Obama

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Barack Obama was once a most unlikely candidate, but his successful campaign for the White House made him a worldwide sensation and a transformative figure even before he was inaugurated. Elected as the Iraq War and the Great Recession had discouraged millions of Americans, Obama made a promise of hope that revived the national spirit. Soon after he occupied the White House, Congress approved his economic-recovery act and his program to save the U.S. auto industry. Both worked better than any observer predicted, and together they powered a recovery that has seen growth return and unemployment reduced to below five percent. Today the American economy is again the most vibrant in the world and its recovery has far outpaced Western Europe's. Had he only saved the U.S. economy, Barack Obama would be considered a truly successful president. However, he has achieved so much more, against ferocious opposition --- including some who challenged his claim to being an American citizen --- that he can be counted as one of the most consequential presidents in history. With health care reform he ended a long-running crisis of escalating costs and inadequate access of treatment that threatened the well-being of 50 million people. His energy policies drove down the cost of power generated by the sun, the wind, and even fossil fuels. His efforts on climate change produced the first treaty to address global warming in a meaningful way --- the Paris Agreement --- and his diplomacy produced a dramatic reduction in the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Add the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the normalization of relations with Cuba, and his “pivot” toward Asia, and Obama's successes abroad match those at home. In A Consequential President, Michael D'Antonio tallies President Obama’s long record of achievement, recalling both his major successes and less-noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. The record includes Obama's role as a inspirational leader who was required to navigate race relations as the first black president and had to function in an atmosphere that included both racial acrimony from his critics and unfair expectations among supporters. In light of these conditions, Obama's greatest achievement came as he restored dignity and ethics to the office of the president, and serve as proof that he has delivered the hope and the change he promised eight years before.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250081391
Characteristics: 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 27, 2017

[Update: Under Obama, civil liberties were set back incredibly - - with the authoritarian right they granted themselves to kill an American anywhere on the planet without due process - - or any other form of process. And President Obama's final action: granting complete access to raw data by all 17 intel agencies, more unbridled power to the professional thieves and embezzlers; reminds of how Clinton, in his final act in the White House, granted exemption from the US Constitution to all members of the intelligence community - - and that is one large group of highly questionable types!]
I have to give President Obama credit for at least one major change, under his administration, it is NOW legal for the government to propagandize the citizenry. Although not entirely his doing, but his continuation of the policies of Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan and Carter, he left the US foreign policy and national security in a complete shambles.
[Broken Promises: besides that hope and change thing - - no high-speed rail, promised by Obama many years ago - - still completely botched up electronic medical records systems - - promised by Obama many years ago - - yes, there have been many wait staff positions created during his 8 years!]
What a total and complete crock - - economic indicators [home ownership, new business and bank creation, labor participation in the workforce {which conveniently is used to make unemployment numbers appear so low}, et cetera] are on the negative side to a dramatic degree: compare and contrast this book with Frank's book, Listen, Liberals and Bill Press' book, Buyer's Remorse. Whenever I hear Obama give a speech, I am reminded of Richard Nixon, one of the self-styled elites who is laughing at the masses - - President Obama, within one year of vacating office, will be worth at least one-half billion dollars.
Would strongly suggest Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger's study on those jobs created under Obama, along with the Rutgers University study pointing out that one-third of those jobs could not be verified.

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