Looking back at 8 years of the Obama Presidency

October 28, 2016 - 6 minutes read

President Barack Obama’s last day as president will be January 20, 2017. Barack Obama took the stage and the presidency on a campaign of hope and change at a time when the economy was in the grips of recession. Although it took him six years into the administration to comfortably declare “The shadow of crisis has passed”,  Obama has constantly delivered. Throughout his term he has been noted for his exemplary personal character as well as the amount of cool he brought to the Oval office. As the final days of the Obama presidency looms near, we take a look back at 8 years of the Obama administration.

Healthcare

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President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 or Obamacare as it is popularly known is a law enacted to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance. $17.6 million people and counting have gained coverage under the Affordable care Act. The rate of the uninsured in American has fallen below 10% for the first time.

Check out this NYTimes article for more insights into Obamacare.

Jobs

The $787 billion stimulus bill championed by the Obama administration helped pull the US out of recession and create millions of jobs. The US has had the longest uninterrupted stretch of private-sector job growth with 14.4 million jobs created in a stretch of 73 months.

NPR has more insight on the job streak here.

Climate Change

“I’d say the president’s legacy on climate change lies in his success in making climate change a central policy obligation, getting millions of Americans to care about it, bringing along industry and other stakeholders, and tackling the problem in the face of withering opposition from Congress.”

— Carol M. Browner, former administrator of the EPA

Obama’s Climate Change plan established the first ever carbon emission limits for power plants and new fuel economy standards for cars. Although the Obama administration has drawn flak for leasing massive amounts of publicly owned fossil fuels even while embracing clean renewables; the Clean Power Plan, CAFE standards, methane regulation and other actions have created a framework for the United Sates to achieve long-term emission reductions.

Under president Obama, America also led the global effort to combat climate change. Delegates from 196 countries came together at the Paris COP21 climate talks and reached an agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Read an overview of the agreement here.

Foreign Relations

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Source: LATimes

The Obama administration “turned the page on an outdated half century old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopening embassies in both countries.”  Since then, the administration has made it easier to travel to and do business with Cuba.

Human Rights

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Rainbow colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage June 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Mr.Obama made a successful push in 2011 to get Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay service members in the military. “No matter who you are, here in America you are free to marry the person you love”  said Mr.Obama on the Supreme Courts landmark ruling on July 26, 2015 to legalize marriages of same-sex couples throughout the country.

Peace

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The United States and five other world powers reached a landmark agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.The deal went on to get the approval of Congress in the months that followed. The agreement also helped Iran transform it’s position in the world stage, creating a forum where the country can integrate itself into the international community.

Check out this article from NPR for a 1 year update on the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Trade

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The Trans Pacific Partnership, negotiated by the Obama administration is a trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim countries that aims to deepen economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs and fostering trade to boost growth. It will knock out 18,000 tariffs that other countries now place on American products and goods. The deal which is currently pending senate approval, would create a single market much like the EU if approved. With 12 member countries that have a collective population of around 800 million and responsible for 40% of world trade, this is a pretty big deal. 

“I see tragedy and comedy and pain and irony and all that stuff. But in the end I think life is fascinating, and I think people are more good than bad, and I think that the possibilities of progress are real.”

– Barack Obama

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