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10 Remarkable Achievements of Barack Obama's Presidency

The many accomplishments of the 44th president.

As 2017 draws ever nearer, so does the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Regardless our political preferences, it can’t be disputed that President Obama forever has a place in history.

Besides being the first African-American president of the United States of America, he’s accomplished much.

 

Here are some of the most remarkable achievements of Barack Obama’s Presidency:

1. Ended the war in Iraq.

President Obama inherited many international conflicts when he took office. One of these was the Iraq War, which he ended when he ordered all troops to withdraw from the country. The last military troops left Iraq in December of 2011.

2. Championed Healthcare Reform.

In 2010, President Obama signed and implemented the Affordable Care Act, extending health coverage to approximately 32 Million Americans and cutting health care cost.

 

3. Eliminated enemies of the USA.

President Obama ordered special ops to infiltrate a secret compound in Afghanistan in 2011 resulting in the death of Osama bin Laden, the known leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. Also in 2011, the president had US forces join a coalition with European and Arab governments to topple the dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

4. Passed an American Stimulus Plan.

The economy was in a deep recession at the time that President Obama took office. In 2009, he passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which contributed $787 billion to the economy in an effort to create grow and sustainability which successfully pulled the USA out of the worse recession since the Great Depression.

5. Increased benefits and support for US Veterans.

As of the 2014 census, there are over 19.3 Million Veterans in the USA. Those Veterans deserve to be taken care of when they return home from service but they don’t always get the help they need. President Obama increased the Department of Veterans Affairs budget in 2010 and 2011 as well as signed a new GI bill worth $78 billion to encourage education and businesses for Veterans.

 

President Obama greets Sgt. Bill Mohr, 108-year-old veteran who served in WWII, in the Blue Room today.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

 

6. Invested in America’s future by supporting renewable technology.

With part of the 2009 stimulus package, President Obama earmarked $90 billion to be invested in renewable energy, smart grids, clean coal, electric cars, and many other technologies that will be essential to future operations.

7. With the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, improved the nutrition of school lunch.

Coordinating with the First Lady, President Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 that put $4.5 billion into school lunch programs, doubling the fruits and vegetables available to children and requiring servings of whole grains to help nourish the children of the United States. That amount also is being used in schools across America to start school gardens to teach children about farming and nutrition. 

 

8. Passed drastic Wall Street and banking reform.

Part of the recession that President Obama inherited was caused by a lack of banking and Wall Street regulations that saw abuse of loan and spending policies. To combat this, in 2010 President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Act cracked down on abusive and frivolous loan practices and misuse of bank capital, thus holding Wall Street and other bankers accountable.

9. Encouraged Green initiatives.

Known as President Obama’s “stealth climate policy”, with new policies implemented through the FDA, some of the most toxic power plants in the world were shut down across America and drastically decreased carbon emissions. The president also signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act in 2009 which protected 2 million acres of wildlife for the purpose of conservation and education.

10. Improved America’s image abroad.

With President Obama’s use of diplomacy and fair practices, he increased the foreign opinions of the United States after a period of anti-American sentiments. From 2008 to 2011, a survey showed favorable opinions toward the U.S. – it rose in ten of fifteen countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, with an average increase of 26 percent showed that among 15 countries polled.

 

"Over the past century, our two nations have known cooperation and then conflict, painful separation, and a long reconciliation. Now, more than two decades of normalized ties between our governments allows us to reach a new moment. It’s clear from this visit that both our peoples are eager for an even closer relationship, a deeper relationship. And I was moved to see so many people lining the streets as we were driving into town today. I bring greetings and friendship of the American people, including some outstanding members of Congress who are joining me on this visit, and so many Vietnamese Americans whose families bind us together and remind us of the values that we share." —President Obama in Vietnam

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The role of president is the hardest job in the United States of America

It is one that the president takes on with the hope that he will leave the office with the state of the union better than it was when he entered it.

President Barack Obama has done just that.

 

Dream big.

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