“a truly historic presidency”

Rolling Stone: The charges are familiar: He’s a compromiser who hasn’t stood up to the GOP or Wall Street. But a look at his record reveals something even more startling — a truly historic presidency

Less than halfway through his first term, Obama has compiled a remarkable track record. As president, he has rewritten America’s social contract to make health care accessible for all citizens. He has brought 100,000 troops home from war and forged a once-unthinkable consensus around the endgame for the Bush administration’s $3 trillion blunder in Iraq. He has secured sweeping financial reforms that elevate the rights of consumers over Wall Street bankers and give regulators powerful new tools to prevent another collapse. And most important of all, he has achieved all of this while moving boldly to ward off another Great Depression and put the country back on a halting path to recovery.

Along the way, Obama delivered record tax cuts to the middle class and slashed nearly $200 billion in corporate welfare — reinvesting that money to make college more accessible and Medicare more solvent. He single-handedly prevented the collapse of the Big Three automakers — saving more than 1 million jobs — and brought Big Tobacco, at last, under the yoke of federal regulation. Even in the face of congressional intransigence on climate change, he has fought to constrain carbon pollution by executive fiat and to invest $200 billion in clean energy — an initiative bigger than John F. Kennedy’s moonshot and one that’s on track to double America’s capacity to generate renewable energy by the end of Obama’s first term.

On the social front, he has improved pay parity for women and hate-crime protections for gays and lesbians. He has brought a measure of sanity to the drug war, reducing the sentencing disparity for crack cocaine while granting states wide latitude to experiment with marijuana laws. And he has installed two young, female justices on the Supreme Court, creating what Brinkley calls “an Obama imprint on the court for generations.”

…..In his quest for progress, Obama has also had to maneuver against an unrelenting head wind from the “Party of No” and its billionaire backers. “Obama is harassed as well as opposed,” says Princeton historian Sean Wilentz. “The crazy Republican right is now unfettered. You’ve got a Senate with no adult leadership. And Obama’s up against Rupert Murdoch, Dick Armey, the Koch brothers and the rest of the professional right.” Compared to the opposition faced by the most transformative Democratic presidents, adds Wilentz, “it’s a wholly different scale.”


8 Responses to ““a truly historic presidency””

  1. 1 Eleroy
    October 14, 2010 at 3:42 am

    This article is well done. Bravo to Rolling Stone for doing this while everyone else chooses insead to score chep points with the fickle and the racists amongst us.

  2. 3 Hachikō
    October 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    So unlike the cynical tripe Peter Baker wrote in the NYT that’s got liberals freaking out (once again). BTW, out of curiosity, are all liberals like that? Hypersensitive to criticism. Know-it-all attitude. Obsessively critical. Incessant complainers/whiners. Cynical and pessimistic. Self-defeatist. Unwilling to compromise. I mean, seriously, I’m beginning to think that to be a liberal you’ve got to love self-flagellation and just a miserable existence.

    • 4 Kelly
      October 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      I don’t recall them being that way during Clinton time though. Maybe I was too young but he could do no wrong from what I recall. I believe there is more to this but I wont go there right now.

    • 5 Eleroy
      October 15, 2010 at 3:20 am

      Oh my goodness Hachikō, great observations. It’s sheer madness.

      Just last night a friend of mine made the same observations, but went a bit further:

      He contends that there is indeed an element of racism in the condescending and disrespectful treatment of President Obama by his so-called liberal base – different of course from the blatant racism of his right wing opponents.

      The left it appears feel they own him because they got him there and he better do their bidding and exactly as they instruct him to.

      There is also this unconscious superiority complex that seeps through especially when they by their words and actions act so exasperated because Obama has not regurgitated or addressed points and issues as they have instructed him to from their living room armchairs, their shows, blogs etc.

      Take for instance Jon Stewart (did you watch his very respectful treatment of Condi Rice?) who is especially demeaning but cunningly tries to play off as humor his very direct insults on “Barack Obama” and Keith Olbermann who’s new thing is to consistently address President Obama as “Mr. Obama” even as he makes sure to address Bush and Clinton respectfully as “President”.
      And all this because Keith is mad that President Obama in his view, has not immediately overturned DADT. (Instituted by Bill Clinton by the way.)

      It’s even stranger that those on the left who claim the President is too “moderate” seem to be touting the even more moderate Hillary Clinton to replace him.

      Go figure.

  3. 6 Kelly
    October 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    His strength is staying focused and getting things done. Facts prevail all the false news being put out there. Let the naysayers and hate mongers run around naysaying and hating. I stand with this President.

  4. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    October 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Keith Olbermann is on my last nerve. His thin skin, and impatient attitudes toward our President are a reflection of his own short comings, and are at best short sighted and fueled by his own sense of arrogance. Fortunately I can change the channel!

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