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sεαη asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

'Obama administration' accomplishments, can anyone help me get started on this list ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A Congressional Quarterly study shows President Obama has a higher legislative success rate than any president in the more than 50 years CQ has been keeping track. And that's just part of the story. A sampling of the president's record shows that he has achieved more in his first year than many presidents do in two terms:


    •Economic stimulus package, which rescued the world economy from collapse. Much of the money given to banks has been paid back with interest, and the president is pursuing a temporary tax on bailed out financial institutions in order to recover the rest. Many other policy victories were contained in the stimulus package; some are listed below

    •Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA), greatly strengthening protections against mortgage fraud

    •Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act, protecting against excessive rate increases and other abuses

    •Unemployment insurance for up to 99 weeks for the unemployed and modernized state UI programs to cover more of the unemployed

    •Large new investments in the safety net, from food stamps (SNAP) to affordable housing to child care

    •Auto industry rescue, which saved tens of thousands of jobs and stabilized the economies of Michigan and other auto-industry states

    •Billions in stimulus funding for broadband internet access


    •Three major health bills:


    ◦Tobacco regulation

    ◦Stimulus funds for Medicaid, COBRA subsidies, health information technology and the National Institutes of Health

    •Stem cell research protections

    •Reversal of the Bush ban on funding overseas family planning clinics

    International Relations

    •Withdrawal from Iraq proceeding on schedule, resources redirected to Afghanistan-Pakistan region as promised

    •End of torture and closure of CIA "black sites"

    •Closure of Guantanamo Bay prison under way

    •Transformation of relations with the Arab world through the Cairo speech and other measures. Reconnection with Latin America and other regions.

    •Restoration of the United States' ranking as the most admired country in the world

    •Nobel Peace Prize

    Energy & Environment

    •Protection of 2 million acres from oil and gas drilling and other development

    •Gas mileage improvements, with requirements rising to 35mpg

    •Stimulus expansion of state energy conservation programs such as weatherization

    •Stimulus support for transit programs and hybrid / electric vehicle production

    •Stimulus funds for new smart grid investments


    •Billions in stimulus funding for education, with a focus on improved performance under Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a renowned reformer

    •Race to the Top: performance-based state education assistance

    •$5 billion in new funding for Head Start

    Civil Rights

    •Lilly Ledbetter gender equity and Equal Pay laws

    •Hate crimes protections for gays, lesbians and others

    •Reform of the Justice Department, including the end of politicized appointments and a dramatic increase in enforcement by the Civil Rights Division

    •Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina ever to serve on the Supreme Court


    •Labor rights reinforced, from project labor agreements to protecting the rights of contractor employees on federal jobs

    •Unionization made easier for airline and railway workers, while labor officials were appointed who will strengthen overall freedom to form unions

    Open Government

    •Historic Open Government Initiative: As the government reform coalition Democracy21 reported, the Obama administration has adopted "the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established by an Administration to govern its own activities."

    •Internet access to government data (e.g. via in forms that enable and encourage the development of new information sharing applications.

    •Organizing For America, a nation-wide "citizens lobby" that provides a powerful new vehicle for grassroots involvement in governing.

    Public Service

    •Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act, which seeks to reinvigorate our culture of national service and provide new opportunities for service to all who want to respond.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yet there is one extremely consequential area where Obama has done just about everything a liberal could ask for--but done it so quietly that almost no one, including most liberals, has noticed. Obama’s three Republican predecessors were all committed to weakening or even destroying the country’s regulatory apparatus: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the other agencies that are supposed to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices. Now Obama is seeking to rebuild these battered institutions. In doing so, he isn’t simply improving the effectiveness of various government offices or making scattered progress on a few issues; he is resuscitating an entire philosophy of government with roots in the Progressive era of the early twentieth century. Taken as a whole, Obama’s revival of these agencies is arguably the most significant accomplishment of his first year in office.

    The regulatory agencies, most of which date from one of the three great reform periods (1901–1914, 1932–1938, and 1961–1972) of the last century, were intended to smooth out the rough edges (the “externalities,” in economic jargon) of modern capitalism--from dirty air to dangerous workplaces to defective merchandise to financial corruption. With wide latitude in writing and enforcing regulations, they have been described as a “fourth branch of government.”

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bush administration accomplishments

    start a pointless war in Iraq=check

    make most countries in world hate the USA and create more terrorist=check

    create debt that we can never payoff=check

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  • 1 decade ago

    He signed the "Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009" into law in his second week of office.

    That's an accomplishment, whether or not one agrees with it.

    That's all I can think of.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Obama had numerous accomplishments in his first year

    Passing stimulus, generating jobs. On February 17, 2009, Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus bill into law. In December 2009, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued a report estimating that "in the third quarter of calendar year 2009, an additional 600,000 to 1.6 million people were employed in the United States" due to that legislation. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, CBO has increased its estimate to 800,000 to 2.4 million additional employed through the fourth quarter of that year. Moreover, a November 20, 2009, New York Times article reported that the "consensus" among "dispassionate analysts" is that "the stimulus package, messy as it is, is working," citing nonpartisan analyses of gross domestic product and total employment figures by several companies specializing in economic forecasting. Further, a January 25 USA Today article stated that, according to its "quarterly survey of 50 economists," "[u]nemployment would have hit 10.8% -- higher than December's 10% rate -- without Obama's $787 billion stimulus program," adding, "The difference would translate into another 1.2 million lost jobs."

    Eliminating wasteful spending. Obama was able to achieve some significant cuts to wasteful spending -- most notably, the elimination of the F-22 fighter jet program after he successfully lobbied the Senate to vote to strip out financing for more jets from a defense funding authorization bill. The Washington Times reported on January 14 that Obama won "60 percent of his proposed cuts" and also managed "to get Congress to ax several programs that had bedeviled President George W. Bush for years."

    Sotomayor nomination. On May 26, 2009, Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice David Souter. She was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 2009, and sworn in August 8, making her the first Hispanic justice, and only the third woman, on the court.

    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The first bill President Obama signed into law, on January 29, 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands the rights of workers to sue employers over wage discrimination claims.

    SCHIP expansion. On February 5, 2009, Obama signed a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover 4 million more lower-income children.

    Public lands bill. On March 30, Obama signed an omnibus public lands bill, which The New York Times reported "allows for 2 million more acres to be declared wilderness... [with] more than 1,000 miles designated as scenic rivers, and adds land for national trails."

    Credit card reform. On May 21, 2009, Obama signed into law a bill providing what USA Today called the "most sweeping changes to the credit card industry in 40 years," adding restrictions on interest rate increases and fees and restricting the marketing of credit cards to college students.

    Transparency. The Washington Post reported that moves by the Obama administration to improve government transparency "included a ban on lobbyist gifts; restrictions on the hiring of lobbyists; publication of White House visitor logs and other records; and a move to bar lobbyists from serving on advisory boards." A report by Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, and U.S. PIRG stated that: "The cumulative effect of the Administration's actions has been to adopt the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics and transparency rules and policies ever established by an Administration to govern its own activities."

    Tobacco regulation. On June 22, 2009, Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which, for the first time, gave the U.S. Food & Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco.

    National service. On April 21, 2009, Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expands the scope of AmeriCorps and provides opportunities for young people and senior citizens to join in service programs.

    Stem cell research. On May 9, 2009, Obama signed an executive order easing restrictions on the use of federal money for embryonic stem cell research.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Proposed environmental regulations - blocked by Republicans.

    Proposed healthcare reform - blocked by Republicans.

    Proposed BIPARTISAN panel to look at debt and deficit - blocked by Republicans.

    Tried to close illegal GITMO - blocked by Republicans (they passed a BILL denying him funds).

    DOW over 10,000.

    Housing jumped 10%

    Banks in early repayment.

    Job losses slowing down.


    Source(s): Question is - why do you guys not know any of this? (Oh that's right, Fox News forgets to mention things sometimes don't they?)
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  • 1 decade ago

    He called Kanye West a jacka** or some other equally disparaging term. Either way, that was a true accomplishment.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He successfully drove his poll numbers down

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That should be easy! Hand in a blank piece of paper and you should get a A+!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    he announced the that Guantanamo Bay would be closed WITHIN ONE YEAR.

    ohh wait.... it's still open

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