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"This president has done most of what he said he would do if elected. ... What follows is a Partial list of Obama's accomplishments so far."

President Obama on the campaign trail. (photo: AP)
President Obama on the campaign trail. (photo: AP)

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+25 # rsnfan 2012-09-04 09:38
I will still vote for him but I am not one bit happy about his extending the Patriot Act and signing the NDAA bill.
And I am very unhappy about his allowing Monsanto thugs in the FDA and the USDA.
The negative effects of the above can cause long term damage and with our food supply may never be undone.
+11 # Street Level 2012-09-04 12:20
I'm with you on that. Obama also could have changed his cabinet members at anytime during the past 4 years and chose not to.
That said, I'm looking at SCOTUS and lower court appointments. The GOP has Obama's lower court appointments tied up in red tape and it will be no stretch as to who will end up on SCOTUS if Romney wins.
+17 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 12:46
They can only hold up progress like that for so long. After he's re-elected they can no longer say the just want him out. That said, unless we vote a lot more than the left is currently projected to, the reptiles will control both houses of Congress. They don't believe in compromise - just brute force.
+1 # Hey There 2012-09-07 00:38
Oh, Please don't pick on the reptiles who don't know the meaning of the word greed.
+3 # RLF 2012-09-05 06:01
I will be voting third party, but then...I'm in NY. This article is really wearing the rosey glasses...many of the accomplishments are nonexistant if you look below the act or order. All of the mortgage refinanceing rules were ignored by the banks and there was no enforcement. Same with his telling the bankers they couldn't have raises until the payback. It is the same with an incredible number of these. I don't think there is a large difference between Romney and Obama when it comes to results. I still don't have health care coverage and pretty soon I'll be fined for it.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-09-05 09:56
As I've said before, this isn't about the past. It's about the future.

If you want us to think there's no difference between someone who doesn't want war with Iran, doesn't want to destroy Social Security and Medicare


Someone who DOES want war with Iran and DOES want to destroy Social Security and Medicare,

I want to know what your real goals are?

What's you end game? To bring about the Apocalypse so you can be "raptured"? Otherwise, committing mass suicide doesn't seem like a very good strategy to me.
0 # punch 2012-09-10 18:24
Well, the article IS about the past. It's Obama's past accomplishments , right? So talking about Obama's past actions seems wholly appropriate, and saying that this isn't about the past seems wholly wrong.
+21 # Barbara K 2012-09-04 09:49
So great to see this list get out there. He has accomplished more in his less than 4 years than Bush accomplished in his 8 years in office. The Rs would have you think he accomplished nothing, after all, they set out to stop him, but he did get a lot accomplished in spite of them. He has so many more Bills being blocked by the Rs in the Senate, including the Jobs Bill that would have put a lot of people back to work a year ago.
+29 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 09:49
It's a good list. Notice how many of the things he accomplished would NOT have been accomplished if Mittens had been in the White House. It DOES make a difference which one of these wins!

We CAN'T AFFORD another repug President right now.

That said, I disagree that any criticism of him is unrealistic. He has a veto pen. He doesn't HAVE to sign every law repugs present to him. The NDAA is a perfect example. He didn't HAVE to rehire bush's old economic team. He did these things on his own.


Four more years of repug presidency could destroy this nation, and I for one, don't want that.
-8 # RLF 2012-09-05 06:02
'Four more years of repug presidency could destroy this nation, and I for one, don't want that.'

I think it may be the only way to save it.
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-09-05 09:47
THAT is the most dangerous gamble imaginable. Do you have ANY examples of countries destroyed from the inside to then be fixed and made better from the inside? The French Revolution? Remember Napoleon? How about "fixing" the Roman Empire by destroying it? Oh yeah! The DARK AGES!

Rather than destroying our country first and then fixing it, why not just fix it now?

Your problem is that you want everything perfect right now, and if anything makes you wait, you want to throw all the game pieces in the air, have a temper tantrum, and run away kicking and screaming.

This is the real world. We are faced with real world problems right now. We stand on the edge of destroying this country.

Don't think FOR MINUTE that you can fix a coming dark age in less than a few hundred years.

I love my children. Do you love yours?
+17 # pernsey 2012-09-04 09:59
Im grateful for this list of his accomplishments , all the critical lies being said about Obama are just that right wing made up delusional lies. The right wing try to project all Bush's blunders onto Obama. Hes done more then Bush would or could have done, if God forbid, we would have given Bush 20
years in office.

Thank you for spelling this out with links, I dont think most people realize how much he has done. No one is perfect, but to let 8 years of Bush blunders go, and nit pick this president is terrible.
+8 # jlstiles 2012-09-04 10:10
This article actually shows the opposite of what it wants because nothing here has mattered. Obama has made everything Bush did legal by not changing any of the laws and by not prosecuting anyone. If anything he has made it worse with his NDA. We still practice rendition and torture--look at Bradley Manning's case, the hero Obama has gone after instead of the torturers. He has also gone after whistle blowers more fervently than any other president before. He has not attempted prosecution of any of the bankers for their many many crimes and has protected them with all his might by putting them in his cabinet The same financial shenanigans persist as none of his legislation has any teeth. Glass-Steagall needs to be brought back obviously. Obama has perpetuated war, actually, and increased the military spending, in part with his useless afghanistan venture. He has also enabled Monsanto to control our food supply with questionable products that are very highly pollutive. He has appointed Monsanto execs to be in charge of food safety. Against 90% of america's wishes he has stood firmly against labeling, a campaign promise. His healthcare plan already failed in Massachusetts and protects insurance companies and ignored the public option, which we all wanted. He abandoned this option at a crucial moment in the debate.
+11 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 10:55
This election isn't just about the past. It's mostly about the future.

Obama COULD HAVE cooperated with repugs to end Social Security and Medicare. He COULD have bombed Iran.

Make no mistake. Mittens WILL try to end Social Security, Medicare, all federal student loans and any other piece of the social safety net he gets his paws on. Mittens WILL ALSO bomb Iran if he gets a chance.

Do you want things to get A WHOLE LOT WORSE? THEY WILL IF OBAMA LOSES.

Bush did a lot of damage. Obama didn't fix most of it. He also didn't cause much more. If Mittens had been in the White House for the past 4 years, we'd already be at war with Iran... DO YOU WANT THAT?

As it stands, repugs WILL control BOTH houses of Congress in a few months. Do you want ANYTHING to stand in their way? Or, would you rather just hide in a corner and give up?
+11 # genierae 2012-09-04 12:41
I'm not sure you're right that both houses of congress will go to Republicans, Billy Bob, I think that these right-wingers in congress are turning off the voters that they need in order to win. They are so deluded that they really think they are the saviors of this country, and when they speak their minds what comes out is often insane. American voters, for the most part, don't want lunatics to represent them.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 13:17
electoral-vote. com checks every available poll and averages them out. In the Senate race right now, it shows repugs with 49, Democrats with 47 and 4 ties. Of the 4 ties, one is in Arizona and the Democrat has a Spanish sounding last name. One is in Virginia, and one is against linda mcmahon of big time wrestling fame. The totals show akin behind by one point. He was way ahead before his stupid comment. He was way behind a few days later. He's already catching up.

The Senate races aren't as closely polled as the Presidential, so you may be right. A lot of their predictions are based on polls several months old. The races considered competitive usually have a poll every few weeks though.

I hope you're right, but right now, I'm seeing a lot of left-wingers thinking about watching videos on election night.
+13 # genierae 2012-09-04 10:58
The only sane course is to support and vote for Obama, anything else is madness. We also must vote to give him a Democratic congress, so that he can do much more for us.
-9 # brux 2012-09-04 12:00
Talking up Obama's accomplishments don't make it so, and it really does not solve the perception problem, and sadly he does have a problem, a major problem and it is not going away.

It was so bad that a year ago I was hoping he would drop out and put the Democratic debate process in front of voters like we have with Republicans this year.

There is a big problem here and it is getting bigger. Obama's lead is slipping away and there is an enthusiam gap, not matter how crazy Republicans are to think what they do.

Obama is the first President to put laws into effect past his f-ing administration and call it an accomplishment. Maybe it is, maybe not, I don't know, but I don't think one counts their chickens before they hatch.

Not matter what they say, I am angry about:
1. no discussion of single payer at all.
2. No public option.
3. the giveaway deals to the pharmaceutical industry.

AND what brought about all this mess is too much corporate money, and I don't hear Obama complaining about it or offering solutions to it.

I'm voting for Obama because it is the only sensible thing to do, but it is far from optimal.
-14 # jimattrell 2012-09-04 12:27
And now for the more important list.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 12:43
Simple question: Who do you plan to vote for and why?
+8 # Smokey 2012-09-04 12:31
Will I vote for Obama? Silly question. Of course I'll vote for Obama! With all of his failings and faults, he's still much better than Romney.... NOTES TO RADICALS: 1) The moment of truth comes in November. If the Occupy movement has been successful, we'll see lots of progressive votes - for ballot measures, etc. - in November; 2) Elect Romney and get a revolution? Some folks thought that Reagan's 1980 victory would spark massive protests. Yeah, sure. Life was bad and it got worse; 3) Third party candidate? We tried that with the Greens in 2000. Bush stole the election and the Green Party didn't make much progress; 4) Okay, okay... Obama isn't the messiah. Vote for him, don't expect too much, and keep organizing.
-15 # JackB 2012-09-04 14:01
Why not keep it simple? Before the last election Divine Barry campaigned on the premise that the country was headed straight down because of Bush.

Well now he has been in office for going on four years & I have no doubt the true believes here can easily point out where & how we are so much better off over where we were four years ago.

BTW - just pointing at that "list" won't get it done.
+9 # Billy Bob 2012-09-04 15:13
Keep it simple:

bin laden is dead
GM is alive

Simple enough?

How about this: Do you want war with Iran? ROMNEY DOES.

Do you want to destroy Social Security and Medicare? ROMNEY DOES.

Still having problems telling the difference?
-3 # dkonstruction 2012-09-04 14:46
The problem with this piece is that it harkens back to the campaign days when too many saw Obama as the next "savior" and then progressives/th e left did virtually nothing to put any pressure on him to fight for things like the public option (or single payer), real help for homeowners being foreclosed on by the banksters (and of course no prosecution of any of them), a stimulus that would have been more of a WPA style program instead of just handing wads of cash to the banksters who caused the problem in the first place and then expect them to reinvest/loan that money out "responsibly" such that it would help rebuild the economy (not to mention putting the foxes -- i.e., Geithner, Summers et. al -- in charge after they were the ones that raided it in the first place)....etc., etc.,

The point is to not look at Obama as either the "savior" or the devil incarnate but to realize that in the absence of a powerful (i.e., well organized and with an organizational infrastructure to boot) social movement exerting relentless pressure on them we are never going to get substantive progressive change in this country. This is the history of the country, our social movements and all meaningful progressive change (from the abolition of slavery to the New Deal to Women's suffrage etc.). Pieces like this that simply gloss over Obama's policy and implementation short comings by simply saying he's pretty much the opposite of disappointing are disengenuous at best.
+4 # gzuckier 2012-09-04 22:44
Indeed. Given the preponderance of rightwing pressure groups and money, the best you can hope for is to put somebody into office whom we can then pressure to adopt some progressive works, vs electing somebody who won't enact them no matter what.
+6 # pernsey 2012-09-04 19:30
I notice the right wingers in here just cant admit Obama has done some good stuff, but choose to believe the Fox news Lies about this president. Fox news could tell them that the sky is lime green and some how they would rationalize it and believe it. Facts are not liberal media, they are facts that are listed in the records of our history, not rewritten by a wanna be entertainment station pretending to be news channel.
+3 # gzuckier 2012-09-04 22:57
Ironically, the only people who can't see the difference between what Obama has done vs what the Republicans did in the past and want to do again, would be the relatively wealthy white heterosexual Christian males of northern European extraction ruling class. Heck, even the poor confused Republican base see the difference; what they're confused about is which team they actually placed their bet on.
-6 # RMDC 2012-09-05 04:59
"And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war."

This is complete lunacy. Osama was never more than a poster boy. Obama murdered him only to upstage repubicans. The invasion and massacres in Libya will go down in history as one of the great crimes of all time. Obama's mercenaries are now spreading out into north west Africa and overthrowing government and terrorizing the populations.

Obama has started wars -- only they are mostly "covert" and proxy wars. He's a liberal imperialist rather than a conservative one. In the end they are both the same -- a lot of people are murdered and whole nations reduced to chaos.

Obama is a puppet of the Bill Clinton faction in the dem party. He's appointed a lot of Clinton holdovers. And Clinton was a protoge of the Bush family. The Bushes still run the white house.

I agree that Obama is 1000 times better than Romney, but the lesser of two evils is still evil. I won't be voting this time. I really don't care who wins the election. The US is a hell hole and there's no one on the politial horizon who has any plans other than to make it worse.
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-09-05 09:50
By "not voting for evil" you're enabling the Presidency of someone YOU YOURSELF ADMIT is 1,000 times WORSE than Obama.

When you can find a saint who has a chance of entering the White House, let us know. Until then, you really need to ask yourself if you really care about this country at all.
-7 # Zot 2012-09-07 13:32
Perhaps you are unaware of the fact that Hussein Obama was never in the military and he never killed Osama bin Laden. Well trained US military men killed bin Laden. I can't believe people really believe Hussein Obama killed bin Laden. Personally, I would love to see him in a uniform, I would tell him to get on point. Do you think he would survive?
+2 # pagrad 2012-09-05 05:54
I have come to the conclusion that anyone who votes for an American Republican Party candidate is not thinking rationally and not logically. Such a person is not just misguided; they have not received a credible education. In doing so, they are actually dangerous. What should be done with someone who actually endorses Treason?

I used to think that such an act is just a misjudgment or a poor opinion. Not so,
these folks are putting the rest of society in danger. A convicted criminal is isolated and put in prison so that they will no longer harm other people. What should be done with individuals who advocate the destruction of our cities and our country?

One just has listen to the nonsense platitudes and irrational statements of these Republicans. If permitted, I can easily show their statements to be irrational. In the meantime, uneducated citizens are easily convinced that truth is being expressed.

The American Republican candidate for President has publicly stated that he prays
several times a day. There is no way that this may be proven. However, how can the American public support someone who exposes to lead a nation, based on superstition and unsupported ‘faith’, rather than actuality and facts?
0 # seeuingoa 2012-09-05 16:07
"This president has done most of what he said he would do if elected---"

and what about all the things he has been doing that no one who voted for him
could ever have imagined that he would do?

Violation of the 1st amendment,
Tar-sand pipeline,
Indefinite detention,
Taxcut for the rich,
Drilling in the Arctic,
Treatment of Bradley Manning,
Drone attacks,

and don´t talk about Congress please!
Obama never signed a document under torture.
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-09-05 18:32
Did I miss something? Did he approve the tar-sands pipeline when I wasn't looking? The last I heard he was still rejecting it. I know romney said he'd get it built if he had to do himself by hand (and it would be interesting to see him attempt manual labor), but I don't remember President Obama backtracking on it.

You're right about the other things however. Still, I don't want war with Iran, and I'd like to keep Social Security and Medicare. For these reasons I'm voting for Obama.
+1 # punch 2012-09-10 18:43
Let's put it simply like you like to do. Obama is in effect a torturer and a murderer. Even if we suppose Romney would be a bigger one, do you think it's okay to vote for a torturer and a murderer? Do you think it's moral to support that kind of behavior?

Let's say criminals handed you a gun and threatened to kill your kids if you yourself didn't kill your wife. In that situation I would refuse to do it, and let any killing be on the shoulders of the criminals. I would take no part in it, even if I was 100% sure that they would do as they said. The only moral thing to do would be to fight, even if I had no chance of overpowering the criminals. But I guess you would kill your wife in that situation, to spare the lives of your kids?

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