What do you think of former President Barrack Obama?
- 1 year agoFavorite Answer
I love the man!
I come from a large politically active family and have been interested in and involved with politics since the 1950s when moderate Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th U.S. President. My career military electronics genius dad thought that "Ike" being a military general would be problematic for President Eisenhower because a military officer barks out commands and the lower-ranked troops are expected to follow those orders---"Ours is not to reason why; ours is but to do or die." This is now how Washington D.C. works, my dad reminded us during family debates, because there were 435 House members and 100 Senators who were not inclined to blindly obey anyone's orders.
I was in military uniform the day our beloved JFK was shot, and felt so proud to be serving my country during war time when our popular President Kennedy gave his life for it, and I participated in the Civil Rights movement, as did my family, so that there would be "Equal justice for all" and a less divided nation. I thought Lyndon Johnson was crude, but he did get a lot done during his tenure. The election of Ronald Reagan who had already begun to show signs of Alzheimer's was, in my dad's and my opinion, a disaster---little more than a puppet presidency with an affable, likeable script reader or, as the Reagan/Bush-Bush/Quayle economic terrorist Grover Norquist put it for what the GOP looks for in its Presidential candidates: "Someone pliable with enough digits to sign whatever we put in front of him." I though Richard Nixon was really good on foreign policy, but driven by repressed insecurities that led him to be very corrupt. When Nixon deregulated the insurance industry and created for-profit HMOs that denied coverage to low-income or poor sick people, he lost my respect, but when a disgraced former President Nixon went on C-SPAN to publicly bawl out the incompetent Reagan/Bush administration for ignoring the monumental and historic FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL for close to a week after the wall came down, I respected his intelligence on foreign policy and lost respect for the Reagan handlers and the news media that fell for the PROPAGANDA CON JOB that to this very day "credits" Reagan with the Berlin Wall coming down all because the scriptwriters wrote him a speech five days after that Wall came down without a peep from the White House that had the line "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down that Wall!" as though the Reagan administration actually had something to do with it. They did not, by the way. And for Reagan to call out to "Mr. Gorbachev" in the speech, acting as if Reagan was strong and sane (neither of which was true) after he had mistaken New York Governor Mario Cuomo for Mr. Gorbachev was pretty hard to swallow for those of us in the know about Reagan's incompetence that the Koch brother oil barons' covert DONOR NETWORK (Jane Mayer, 2017) covered up to peddle GOP bull...er...elephant crap.
And so to budget-balancing, $362B surplus-building, jobs galore creating President Bill Clinton coming to power after the Reagan recession, collapse of the GOP-deregulated savings and loan industry, and the horrendous firing of PATCO that declared all-out greed-driven war on our nation's full-time workers with WH consent, and his fellow Leo astrologically Barack Obama, both men hugely popular with the American people (which scared the living daylights out of the Koch-funded right-wing Republican party): Each Democrat inherited a GOP-caused mess, but Barack Obama's inheritance after eight long years of GOP totalitarianism and fiscal insanities was nearly fatal---the price-gouging on gas despite huge reserves (two oilmen in the White House, Bush and Cheney) that maxed out credit cards for working Americans, lowering their credit scores and locking them out of any loans; the deregulation of the housing and credit markets that set up the criminal subprime lending that led to the COLLAPSE at taxpayers' expense by 2005 through 2009; the unpaid-for tax cuts for the richest 1% of billionaires and wealthy corporations in 2001 and 2003 that swallowed up Bill Clinton's $362B surplus in one giant gulp before going on to run up massive National Debt and deficit (unpaid for wars, unpaid for mandates, unpaid for elimination of revenues through lowered tax rate on billionaires, general fiscal incompetence) all during the GOP rule---some of that deficit and debt hidden by cooking the books (leaving $5.2 TRILLION of debt OFF THE BOOKS to convince people the GOP economy was not as bad as was true), all leading up to the devastating nearly fatal FINANCIAL SYSTEM MELTDOWN from 2007 through to 2009! This is what erudite Hawaii-born brilliant and incredibly patient President Obama inherited on Day One of his Presidency. But there is more with which Barack Obama had to deal: "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives" (2012) by Robert Draper describes how the treason-committing white supremacist Congressional lawmakers (Senators and Congressmen) met in secret on Capital Hill on Inauguration night January 20, 2009 to PLOT AGAINST this brand new people-elected man-of-color President, each attendee taking an "oath" to "BLOCK EVERY LEGISLATION and block every single Obama nomination---no matter how much merit"! DURING WAR TIME! I sometimes wonder what the Statute of Limitations is for TREASON, because each attendee should be put on trial for violating their Oath of Office and for attempting to interfere with the democratic election that brought Barack Obama to power.
In spite of the obstruction, look at all the good that diplomatically gifted, incredibly intelligent, and so very patient Barack Obama was able to achieve: ""The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era" by Michael Grunwald, 2012; recovery.gov; and "The Legacy of Barack Obama: A Consequential President" by Michael D'Antonio. By June 2009, according to Bloomberg News economists, President Obama's wise economic policies had revered the Republican-caused Great Recession (the worst recession in America since the GOP-caused Great Recession from 1929 through 1938); had given 95% of America's workers making less than $250,000 per year a paid-for tax cut (recovery.gov) to put more money in the workers' pockets each payday in order to STIMULATE SPENDING (demand-side economics put into play), signed into law the people-serving insurers-reforming (lobbyists hated) Affordable Care Act by March 2009; reregulated the GOP-deregulated banks and Wall Street---and so on. All of the 362 bills passed in the first term of Barack Obama were made possible by his high-performing 111th Congress headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and mild-mannered former featherweight boxing champion Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)---a Congress that C-SPAN News and the LA Times rated as "the most productive Congress in more than 60 years"!
As a person, Barack Obama is extraordinary---a real role model for our youngsters, and still beloved by the people who put our miracles-working President Obama into power.
- PearlLv 71 year ago
i think he was a good president
- virtual_cleoLv 71 year ago
I think his name is easier to spell than you demonstrate.
- Anonymous1 year ago
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- 1 year ago
He was the worst President. At his political core, he was an anti-Colonialist. Anti-Colonialism is a very common belief in Indonesia, India, South America, and large part of Africa. Anti-colonialists believe America is too wealthy and powerful. They believe the USA is a colonialist nation. The remedy for that, is to decrease America's wealth and power. Obama actively did everything he could to decrease America's wealth and power.
- mickeyLv 71 year ago
he is a no good commie who was placed in the white house
- Anonymous1 year ago
- mustagmeLv 71 year ago
One of the worst Presidents ever to be elected.
- RichardLv 71 year ago
A modestly above-average president who had a horrible and cowardly foreign policy.
- Anonymous1 year ago
He was a good speaker. But a bad president.
- GrayriderLv 61 year ago
As little as possible. I'm glad he is gone.