Skip to comments.President Obamaís Most Amazing Accomplishment
Posted on 12/20/2013 6:09:22 AM PST by Kaslin
After nearly five years in office, whats President Obamas most significant accomplishment?
This is a serious question, so no jokes about the Nobel Prize he received for not being Bush. And no partisan GOP answers about the 2010 election, either.
Put yourself in the position of a future historian and think about what you would put in a book to describe Obamas biggest accomplishment.
I dont think anyone, regardless of ideology, would pick the so-called stimulus. Advocates of small government say it was a waste of money based ondeeply flawed Keynesian theory.
Proponents of big government, by contrast, also arent big fans of the stimulus, though theyre dissatisfied because they think Obama should have wasted even more money.
Another potential answer is Obamacare. Libertarians and conservatives, needless to say, would say it was a significant accomplishment in the same sense that the Titanic had a significant maiden voyage.
Leftists, by contrast, obviously cant be pleased by the way Obamacare is imploding in the short run, but they nonetheless may think that it will be worth it in the medium run because more people will be dependent on government (though they may regret their choice in the long run).
Killing Osama bin Laden is probably a good answer, but if terrorism and conflict with the Islamic world are still big issues in the future, then I suspect the achievements of Seal Team Six wont be seen as making that much of a difference.
For what its worth, I think the change in public opinion may be the Presidents most long-lasting and significant accomplishment. Take a look at these remarkable results just published by Gallup. A record share of the population now say that big government is the biggest threat to the nations future.
Wow. Im tempted to say that this is strong evidence of the effectiveness of the Cato Institute (and there is independent data to support that position), but I feel compelled to admit that Obama also deserves a good bit of the credit.
Even more amazing, President Obama has done something that is probably beyond even the ability of Cato. Hes convinced partisan Democrats that big government is a serious threat. Look at how the numbers have dramatically changed since 2008.
Whats particularly amazing about the shift among Democrats isnt that 56 percent now view big government as the major threat today, compared to 32 percent about five years ago. Whats shocking is that this change happened with a Democrat in the White House.
This is newsworthy because partisan Republicans and Democrats have a tendency to say things are good or bad depending on whether their team is in charge.
While these numbers are remarkable, I suppose its too early to say the growing concern about big government is the most significant accomplishment of the Obama presidency.
That being said, anxiety about big government may lead to big political changes in 2014 and 2016, and those political changes may then lead to big policy changes such as entitlement reform and tax reform.
And if that happens, then the shift in public opinion during the Obama years may turn out to be profoundly important. In other words, Obama may turn out to be another Herbert Hoover a politician whose statist policies set the stage for dramatic changes in public policy.
And if that happens, Obama truly will deserve to be named libertarian of the year.
P.S. While big government is the biggest threat to the countrys future, big business and big labor can be very dangerous to liberty when they get in bed with big government.
I think the greatest accomplishment he did for the country is that BASED upon Color he was elected, and people will for generations look to a persons IDEAS, and RECORD, and not to the rhetoric or color...that will be the milestone in the history books.
I think he DID play the race card to get elected when with slyly said, I DON’T LOOK LIKE THOSE OTHER GUYS PRINTED ON THE DOLLAR BILLS.
It is up to us to prevent him from doing so.
That arrogant pos is playing the race card all the time
He may be one of our greatest patriots.
First black president.
By far worst president.
Stop drinking the Kool-Aid
You said it.
Well we all know he’s tried in vain to usher in Gun Control. I got this in an email today and had to share:
In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed
Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not. Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
No NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservatives were involved.
SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns. Best idea I’ve heard to date.
Obama’s been so bad the GOP can’t even unify against him.
Roll out the Obamacare Nightmare,
The Libs are havin a barrel of FUN!
I get it. You may be correct. Of course he did’nt intend to be
patriotic but the end result might be the same.
This isn't actually his accomplishment, as much as it is the accomplishment of the American people to not discriminate on the basis of race, just as it was the accomplishment of the American people to not discrimination on the basis of Christian denomination in 1960.
By far worst president.
If I had to pick the worst President, I would pick Andrew Johnson; he so botched Reconstruction that the country had to live with the mess for at least the next century. At present, Obama is either #2 or #3; depending on what happens in the next three years, he may overtake James Buchanan, whose egregious errors paved the way for the Civil War--or not, though it isn't much comfort for the country to have been the third-worst rather then the second-worst.
Obama’s best protection is Joe Biden.
*to not discriminate*
Joe & Weepy. . . . . Have kept him alive. . . . .
That he is still in office!
It's much worse than that...there isn't a single person on the list of the first 17 possible successors who would be an improvement on the present occupant, with the possible exception of Speaker Boehner--but I would not expect him to roll back any of the wrong moves of the present administration, so we would not be better off if by some dint of coincidence the President and Vice President were to leave office simultaneously. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession
IIRC, Jimmah Carter got a Nobel for the same reason.
Best all around gun salesman of all time.
He set race relations back several generations. In my lifetime, I have never seen this level of hatred between races.
He most certainly has overplayed his hand.
Unlike Cuba, Venezuela, and other countries in the past that have experienced Marxist takeovers, The USA has had 270 years of freedom. There is a reaction afoot, and the Dem party is beginning to see that it may be an existential issue for them. Obamacare has given a tremendous black eye to liberal governance, merely by being put into practice.
It may be that we won't be able to take Obama down before 2016, but the Dem party and liberalism is being severely weakened, IMHO.
You think guilty white liberals and racist blacks voted for the part-black guy because they didn’t want to discriminate based on race?
I still pick LBJ (for the same reasons you pick Andrew Johnson). His policies drastically changed this country. Of course, it didn't happen overnight. These things take time and nearly 50 years later, we are finally and truly reaping the destruction that LBJ set into motion --and it's compounding.
Obama’s greatest accomplishment will be the return of control of the Senate and increased control of the House by REPUBLICANS. Obama’s coat tails are toxic!
He got elected. In spite of all his deep, cavernous flaws, he got elected. I don’t know if it is as much his accomplishment or the “journalist” and other powerful backers, but he got elected even though he should never even win a position of dog catcher.
Barry learned two things:
1. How to destroy a nation and the morale of a once decent society.
2. The proper use of toilet paper.
I expected to see a bare screen after reading the headline.
It’s hard to write anything when there isn’t anything.
By overplaying his hand, Obama has awakened American to the erosion of their rights.
The government has slowly been eating away at the constitution and the bill of rights since FDR and now Obama in his arrogance has made even the low information voters aware of it.
He has done us a great favor with his snooping NSA, his outlaw AG and homeland security, his foreign policy of supporting Marxist dictators and abandoning our former allies, his global warming lunacy, his disastrous mismanagement of the economy.
Who else has done so much to refocus the public attention in their government?
By far: Obama is the greatest salesman of Guns and Ammo President ever. No one could have marketed all kinds of weapons with greater effect, with merely a few words, than this man.
I think he will outshine gun salesman for generations to come.
Neither have I
I think that they believed that their vote demonstrated the end of racism, and it might effected such a demonstration, if the object of their vote had been more in character like, say, Condoleezza Rice, or Jackie Robinson, or any of those often touted on the right, such as Ben Carson.
Obama’s most famous accomplishment is that he has
remained unimpeached for over five years.
Which leads to a curiosity: VPs who become President by dint of succession have had about a 50/50 chance of being either successful or unsuccessful. Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford were unsuccessful as Presidents, while John Tyler, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry Truman were fairly to very successful--though Roosevelt's and Truman's successes were primarily in foreign policy rather than domestic issues.
The greatest thing LBJ did as President was to stand before TV cameras and spare us a final term of which he was eligible to run. Yet nearly 50 years later, his "Great Society" programs (coupled with Ted Kennedy's 1965 immigration act) have changed this country probably more-so than the actions of any President before or since.
If our country is today what LBJ envisioned when he signed these programs into law, than by all measures he had a very successful Presidency.