While he was traveling all over this country promising “change that we could believe in”, many thought that he didn’t have a chance to win and there were a few who even voted for him as joke. We were so confident that he would turn out to be just like all the rest and some even wondered why not make history by electing the first African-American president. What we did not know was how serious he was at delivering on the promises he made during the campaign.
He hit the ground running by signing into law the Lilly Ledbetter act which guaranteed women equal pay for equal rights. A long sought and well deserved right which had escaped women all these years prior. After that many who pretended to know more than him and those he surrounded himself with was advocating he concentrate on jobs but instead he choose to stop the country’s hemorrhaging of cash first. He took up the mantle started by the Bush Administration of TARP and the Auto bailout but tweaked it to produce positive results. Not every dime requested by the Bush Administration was spent but every dime was accounted for and now the taxpayers are looking at a gain. Cash for Clunkers were a huge success and could be one of the main reasons that Chrysler and General Motors are doing quite well now. Attention was then turned to Healthcare.
Out of the woodwork came those again railing about him not being focused on what he should be and how damaging this action would be to his presidency. None of them ever realized that he was not doing these things to secure a second term but to deliver on what he promised. Included with that was other major legislation which in any other presidency would be considered landmark and just one of these would be a great legacy. Some said he was doing too much while others say he wasn’t doing enough and those who always had something negative to say got more camera time than those who spoke positively. It then became a fight for camera time and those who could create the most negative of all comments were the one which got the most play. Regardless of how much time they were given in front of the camera they still were not able to stop him and make anything his “Waterloo”.
Healthcare passed, Wall Street Reform, Stimulus Package, Leaving Iraq, Largest Middle Class Tax Cut in History, New Start Treaty, Supreme Court Nominations, The Calm Act, Student Loan Reforms, Indian Rights Bill, Food & Safety Bill, Largest increase in Education funding in history, Black farmers finally got their money, Huge trade deal with South Korea, increased drone attacks, terrorist arrests and quietly securing loose nuclear materials and now we are on a path to end the war in Afghanistan. As I said before, any one of these would have been all America needed to feel good about the choice they made on Election Day, but not with him. There are those who still want to believe that he is an alien which may explain why he has done more in two years than the entire president nearly combined did since the birth of this nation.
What will history say about Barack Hussein Obama? Depends on whose writing it but if it is close to being correct, it should say that what this president did was step up to the plate and hit homerun after homerun even though the refs on the field keeps calling them singles or doubles. What history should say is all those experts whose job is to sit in front of a camera or a microphone and speak for those people that they have never meet or tell this president exactly what he should be doing that he’s not have been wrong on mostly every count. This president seems to have the Midas touch and he has done it his way. He throws his temper tantrums behind close doors and very rarely in public. He takes full responsibility for things that don’t go right but gets quickly criticized when he try to get credit for when they do.
What should history say about this president? History should say that very few if any who came before never accomplished half as much as he did in two years and that alone should have earned him a little breathing room. History should say that regardless of what happens in the next two years this man made history in more ways than one and for years to come, those after will have a much stronger foundation to build on and instead of having to construct the entire house, just add a few rooms or two. History should say that the majority did know best when they choose him to lead us and that action alone should be sufficient evidence that the American public can correctly direct this country and should be listened to especially during non-election periods. If we continue to move forward and in this direction, we will still have millions of miles to go before we can claim that “more perfect union” but we will have came close enough to see it now just over the horizon. God bless America and its people.