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Monday, June 20, 2011


Here's a link to a huge list of what President Obama has accomplished so far.

The following is only a partial list of impressive accomplishments President Obama has completed in the 2 years 4 months he's been in office, despite the most uncooperative opposition party any president has had to deal with in modern times.

That he was able to achieve this much is a tribute to his skill as a chief executive in this very divided country.

The opposition has lied (and will continue to do so--it's their only weapon against this president's success) about Mr. Obama's record.  So if you're reading on some rightwing blog that Mr. Obama has accomplished nothing, you're reading more rightwing propaganda and disinformation.  This list attests to what President Obama has accomplished, and shows that the rightwingers lie about it. 

The opposition can have their own opinions, but not their own facts.  And here are the facts:

Legislative Prowess

Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.

Fiscal Responsibility

Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending.

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.

Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression

He pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act.

In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%.

He completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs.

He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

He oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years.

He also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.

He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

He signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

He signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market.

Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.

He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges.

He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs.

Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

He made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests.

He wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders.

He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.

Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

He advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

He pushed through and signed a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping.

He appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

He’s appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.

He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

Fighting Poverty

He provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

He improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad

He visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.

As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.

He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.

He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through.

Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.

He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

He released the Bush torture memos.

On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention.

Better Approach to “Defense”

Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty.

He created and executed a plan to end our involvement in Iraq in a responsible manner, and followed through.

Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect

He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

He provided the troops with better body armor.

He created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities.

He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.


He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process.

Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

Greater Transparency and Better Government

He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.

The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live.

He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.

He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests.

National Safety and Security

He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.

Has repeatedly beefed up border security

Killed Osama bin Laden.

Science, Technology and Health Care

He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

He opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months.

Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

Strengthening the Middle Class and Families

He worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

 Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950.

He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times.

Environment and Energy

He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards.

He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade.

He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.

Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

He doubled federal spending on clean energy research.

He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

He reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars.

Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

He strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

He increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%

Other Stuff

He has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.

He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations.

Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

He nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.

He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.

He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule.

He loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.

Ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.



Dave Miller said...

Shaw, you know this is just your interpretation of the facts...

Others are sure to argue, and indeed have, that all of this means nothing...

I think people only want to acknowledge any accomplishments of Obama if they are the ones they wanted.

Too bad we cannot add the end of a couple of wars to that list...

Shaw Kenawe said...

These are not interpretations of facts, Dave. The record shows that these are solid, real accomplishments. But I know what you mean. Even the facts won't disabuse people of their prejudices and misinformation.

I hope before the end of Pres. Obama's first term that we'll see the end of all the wars we're involved in. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Jerry Critter said...

Great list, Shaw. One of the things I like about it is that each item is referenced...unlike most of the blah, blah, blah we hear from the other side.

Dave Miller said...

Shaw, now if we could only get the Dems to man up and defend that list...

The GOP is very good at defending and/or manipulating their actions into election bullet points.

The Dems, much less so.

It pains me to see no Dems on the Sunday shows defending the President and pressing the attack. Where are they?

Surely there are a number of items on this list that would be good talking points fodder.

Shaw Kenawe said...


The Obama people SHOULD promote this list and the positive things Mr. Obama has accomplished. But the Obama people are not booked on the Sunday shows.

Conservative Media Bias: Bush Officials Outnumber Obama 6 to 1 On Sunday Shows

Our "liberal media" at work.

That whole meme just doesn't fly anymore. And the above link tells us why.

Anonymous said...

hey shaw,

you p.o.'d that illiterate blogger again...get ready for another blog post bashing you...he can't handle the enrages him...and that's always good for a laugh...

Anonymous said...


"Isn’t it funny as hell how fast the Obana LYING ass-kissers come to Bozo’s defense every time I write a negative post about him and that’s just about every day!
The Queen of progressive-Ape-Shit says “The opposition can have their own opinions, but not their own facts. And here are the facts:” And then follows up with a slue of un-factual horse manure that only a progressive-Ape-Shit worshiper would even dream of believing. Look, everyone is entitled to form your own opinions but NOT your own facts .
For the record, this is nonsensical. I have no doubt that this spin minister believes what she writes but this was so unbelievable that even a Liberal would shake their heads when reading it. It reads like a Fairytale. The accomplishments of Obama and his his Hope and Changey thing are a shade from ZERO. Unless you want to refer to the fact that the Muslim world benefits from his accomplishments . Then I might agree. I might suggest to the Queen of Ptrogressiveshit to try rubbing her knees together to make music. That might be a bit more of an accomplishment rather then to try and resurrect the failure of Barack Hussein Obama." --tha malcontent

illiterate horsehit

Dave Miller said...

Shaw, I remember that particular weekend...

My question is why is that so almost every weekend?

At least this weekend there was a former press aide on FOX News Sunday, but, and it pains me to say this, they are about the only folks on Sunday who afford a place at the table for Dem boosters.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dear Anon,

Thanks for tipping me off on "tha malcontent's" cri de coeur. Oh how the poor dear suffers!

It appears that he becomes so agitated with anything I write that HE ends up writing as though he were channeling Sarah Palin. IOW, it's a word salad of incongruous gobbledegook.

I must say, though, how flattered I am that he cares so much.


BTW, anon, are you who I think you are? RO?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, it's a mystery to me why so many GOPers get to appear on the Sunday shows. Are the Dems so busy that they can't give the shows the time?

Or is it bias?

Who knows?

billy pilgrim said...

that's a long list. i'm surprised you didn't have him rest on the seventh day.

Shaw Kenawe said...

billy, I'm the one who had to rest after posting that list.

Yes, Jerry C., each item is backed up with a link. Unlike the blather that comes from the wingers who do nothing but whine and bitch about Obama, and produce no evidence for what they claim.

dmarks said...

Just picking one out... I don't think the tax credit for hybrid cars is necessary at all. Just let them sell for the real price. There are plenty of cars that naturally sell for a much lower price.

Another accomplishment: by intervening in Libya, he prevented what surely would have been a bloodbath as Ghadaffi would have retaken Benghazi and the other free territories and slaughtered tens of thousands.

Infidel753 said...

He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

And this will lift far more suffering off of the world than most of us can imagine. Stem cells show great promise in curing Alzheimer's, paralysis, several forms of blindness, and many other curses. If the increased funding for research helps these cures arrive even one year earlier, it will save hundreds of thousands of lives and give better lives to millions.

Policy changes can be reversed by a future reactionary administration, but technological improvements, once established, are here to stay.

Teeluck said...

Well...we just may have the end of some wars to add to that list soon...starting with the reduction of Forces in Afghanistan. This is an excellent post Shaw :)

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Lee said...

very well said, shaw, and oh so true...i'm not sure who the winger is who said mr. obama has not accomplished anything, but you sure did nail him/her...these wingers seem to be in their own make believe world.

Anonymous said...

how does he manage all this in between golf games?

Shaw Kenawe said...


obviously he's smarter than the average person who can't understand that a talented president can do more than two things at once.

"Now watch this drive!"

Anonymous said... anonymous @11:56 either lisa or the angry malcontent stuck that comment in here...the angry illiterate guy can't keep from talking about you shaw on his provide facts that prove his post has absolutely no's all sour apples...he can't handle the truth...just sayin'...

Leslie Parsley said...

Impressive list and thanks for taking the time to dig up all those references. A lot of solid work here, Shaw.

While the right-wing lies are the major concern, we must not overlook the skeptics on the hard left. They are just as short-sighted and negative. I remember publishing a similar list, but no where near as comprehensive, about a year ago and getting slammed by members of this group. "But he hasn't done this and he hasn't done that." "He didn't get this or that." "What took him so long?"

They never want to give the man credit for anything. This was very evident at Networks Nations when Dan Choi and others attacked him for not doing anything for the LGBT community. Completely false. And heaven forbid that they acknowledge the fact that this president has met with a wall of obstructionism from the opposition unlike any president in our history.

Shaw Kenawe said...


The far left's mantra seems to be "I want it all, and I want it now!"

It is unfortunate that Dan Choi attacked the president the way he did, since Mr. Obama has been the most ardent supporter of LGBT rights this country has ever had.

Choi and others have forgotten what President Obama has often repeated, that he is the president of all the people, not just groups that want their agendas passed now.

The far righties are just as nutty, since one of their own has put up a blog post stating that Mr. Obama has accomplished zero, nada, since he became president.

Of course that's a lie and only enforces the fact that the extremes on both sides suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Claiming that President Obama has accomplished nothing--killing Osama bin Laden is nothing? Passing the ACA, abolishing DADT, stopping torture, allowing stem cell research to recommence are all "nothings" in the eyes of deranged malcontents.

Leslie Parsley said...

Choi showed his ass at NN by insulting an OFA volunteer, ripping up his Obama flyer and yelling at him. A pompous little jerk, imo.

Anonymous said...

Accomplishing something and having successes are 2 different things.
Too bad none of these accomplishments are helping Americans succeed.

dmarks said...

Anon; I'm conservative, and think several of the things listed are counterproductive/regressive (bad ideas) or ineffective at best. But "none" have worked? Are you so blindly partisan? I could easily pick and defend several of bullet points.

And I bet you would be defending all of them.... if the President had an (R) after his name.

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