Monday 22 January 2018

Obama's real achievements

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.

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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