Was Obama a good president?
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Was Obama a good president?

by kem_pel added 1 year ago

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  • In his 2008 run for the White House, President Barack Obama promised to shut down the prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on his second full day as president he issued an executive order to close it within a year. Eight years later, that has not happened, though the number of people imprisoned there has dropped from 242 to 55. Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald joins Alison Stewart.   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/obama-failed-close-guantanamo/
    by lukas added 11 months ago 0 0

    During Obamas presidency the democrats lost a lot of power in the senate, congress etc.
    According to Louis Jacobson of Governing magazine, “Democratic losses in the Senate have so far reached 22 percent, 27 percent in the House, 36 percent in governorships and a stunning 59 percent in fully controlled state legislatures."
    See: http://nypost.com/2016/11/01/the-democrats-will-be-in-bad-shape-even-if-hillary-wins/
    by jame1 added 11 months ago 0 0

    While Obama was the first president to acknowledge climate change, he also gave three times more loans to fossile fuels projects than Bush jr. did: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2016/nov/30/obama-climate-change-legacy-global-warming-video
    by jame1 added 11 months ago 0 0

    It seems the arguments for this motion are largely emotive, and also totally untrue. The idea that Obamacare "keeps health-costs down" is laughable in the face of rising premiums, from which most Obamacare recipients were protected only by government intervention (read: Obama used tax money to save the victims of his policy from the higher premiums it created). Those who claim he had a "scandal-free presidency" clearly weren't paying attention for the last 8 years, particularly when he ordered the assassination (without jury trial) of Abdul al-Awlaki, a 16 year old who's only crime was having a terrorist father (they justified the killing by stating that the boy "should've had a far more responsible father". As for the Nobel Peace Prize, ask yourself: does the man who ordered 20'000 bombings in 7 countries in the space of one year (2016) deserve such a prize? I think not.

    By every serious measure, Obama was a failure. His foreign policy was atrocious. Over the course of his presidency, race relations have hit a generational low in the eyes of the general public. The Democrats have been devastated nationwide. And his economic polices did the following:

    • Doubled the national debt
    • Lowered the employment rate by 3%
    • Lowered median household income by more than $3500
    • Increased the numbers in poverty by around 7 million persons.
    • Raised health insurance rates for families by 50% on average
    • Lowered the home ownership rate.

    Finally, from a British perspective, he was an American president who did not value the relationship between our two nations. On the contrary, he showed contempt for Britain in favour of supranational aims with the European Union, leading inevitably to the unacceptable levelling of threats at the British people during our successful campaign for Brexit. A deeply unsuccessful president with a malevolent agenda who ordinary Americans disliked so much they voted in Donald bloody Trump...

    by Harleygator added 8 months ago 0 0