Was Obama a good President? This question comes to our mind as his presidency gradually winds to a close.
For the majority of his two terms, Obama’s presidential rating has ranged in the mid 40’s, however over the last few months; he has been clocking a consistent 50% and over which shows that majority of Americans believe that he has been a good president. In fact, according to the Gallup Poll, his most recent weekly average approval rates at 51% as per the polling carried out for the week of May 16-22, 2016.
There is a good reason for this approval, as President Obama has brought about a lot of stability as compared to the period before his election for the first time. Immediately after coming to power, he unveiled a range of sweeping measures which have helped improve the American Economy, which is definitely in a much better state now as compared to 2009.
Apart from the economy, Obama has brought about huge massive changes in the last seven years:
The unemployment rate is currently hovering around 5.5 % as compared to 7.3% in December 2008, just a month before he came to power. ObamaCare Medicare reforms were his brainchild and have transformed the country. It was health care reform aimed at improving medical care for seniors and their families. Millions more seniors were covered under the Affordable Care Act.
The stock markets are mostly buoyant, which is always a great indicator of the country’s overall economic health.
Obama has also raised school academic standards, brought about legislation ensuring pay parity for women, legalized same-sex marriage, led the fight against the specter of global warming, and saved the domestic auto industry.
He also reduced the deficit by two-thirds to a manageable 2.5% of GDP, made America a safer place by taking out Osama Bin Laden, ended the Cuba’s embargo, pulled out of the draining war with Iraq, and ensured that relations with Iraq are a lot more stable today.
In conclusion, history will look at Obama as a transformational president who has had to weather vicious attacks from his rivals while carrying out the most difficult job in the entire world.