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Obama's real achievements

Published 05/11/2010 | 07:45

FROM a distance, it is difficult to understand from where the disenchantment with President Barack Obama stems. The American people are said to be dissatisfied with the pace of change.

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In truth, his achievements after just two years in office would look impressive after a full four-year term.

He averted a 1930s-style depression with bank bailouts and car industry bailouts; minimised potential environmental disaster following the Gulf oil spill; passed the most extensive economic stimulus bill in American history; ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and abolished "enhanced interrogation techniques"; set a fixed timetable for withdrawing US combat forces from Iraq; and passed health care reform. Which of those measures would Republicans, rampant after their mid-term electoral landslide, want to reverse?

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