Tuesday, November 24, 2009

90+ Accomplishments of the Obama Administration so far

Here is a list compiled by Robert Watson of Lynn University of a few of the Obama administration's accomplishments so far:

1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women

4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information

7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family

8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act

9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible

10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House

11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

16. New federal funding for science and research labs

17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

20. New funds for school construction

21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out

22. US Auto industry rescue plan

23. Housing rescue plan

24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

26. US financial and banking rescue plan

27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government

40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones

43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

44. Expanding vaccination programs

45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

46. Closed offshore tax safe havens

47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices

50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

51. Lower drug costs for seniors

52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

54. Improved housing for military personnel

55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses

56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

57. Increasing student loans

58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

60. Established a new cyber security office

61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness

64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

66. Improving benefits for veterans

67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud

69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

74. Making more loans available to small businesses

75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare

76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production

84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

86. Held first Seder in White House

87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform

89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform

90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!

And this list does not even mention that the Obama administration has put the US financial system, which was still near collapse when Obama took office, on much firmer footing. That the administration put GM and Chrysler through bankruptcy in record time. That the housing market has started to rebound. That the stock market is up about 50% from its low point about a month after Obama took office. That the US is now once again the most admired country in the world. That the President has reached out in a major way to the Muslim world through his speech in Cairo and other efforts. That he achieved a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council for nuclear non-proliferation. And that the President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

31 comments:

  1. There are a few genuine "accomplishments" but even Nero learned to play the fiddle, too.

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  2. I don't think Obama has had time to learn how to play the fiddle. You have to admit that he has been a pretty busy guy so far, even if you don't think that he has accomplished a lot.

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  3. After I got the laughter under control from reading the first two, I realized that there are actually a few things he has done.

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  4. uhh... "those are options" Man, that was pretty easy.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joe!

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  5. I respectfully challenge anyone to post a comprehensive list of Bush's accomplishments during his first 11 months in office that surpasses this in quantity and quality.

    Have at it!

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  6. Great list, but do wish it had dates and references.

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  7. The play Much Ado About Nothing comes to mind here.

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  8. Many things on this list are questionable, and worded pretty ambiguously. "phasing out gitmo" really can't be counted as an accomplishment, for example, because, well, it hasn't been phased out. In fact its still used, not unlike it was a year ago when Obama first said he was going to close it.

    Does starting to withdraw troops from Iraq really count? I guess that depends on who you ask.

    I agree w/the other comment that asks for dates and references...links to executive orders etc. There are lots of things not on this list too...of course they are negative.

    But hell, who wants a fair list. It's so much more fun to jerk eachother off.

    If it were a completely negative list, i'd ask for balance w/the positive and would also want references - for both.

    A balanced list would provide a lot more context.

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  9. Since when has announcing intentions been an accomplishment? Follow through is much more important than lip service.

    Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize is about as sickening as Kissinger getting it. Warmongers winning peace prizes totally make a mockery of those deserving people committed to peace.

    What planet are you from thinking he has "put the US financial system on a much firmer footing"? He’s pandering to the same bunch of crooks the Bush admin was, plus some, on our paychecks – if you are lucky enough to still get one of those.

    Healthcare? What’s that?

    And yes, Obama has reached out in a major way to the Muslim world by putting thousands more Muslims on No fly lists, ordering more airstrikes and drones that kill scores of civilians. Lofty words mean absolutely nothing when your kids or parents are blown to bits - or when your mother is stripped and cavity searched just because she happens to be Muslim. She might be 87 years old and bound to a wheelchair, but "strip her anyway." Yep, that'll win hearts and minds.

    Fantastic achievements -- incredibly progressive.

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  10. I'll bet that if Obama had walked on water, raised the dead, turned water into wine, healed the sick, and fed all the hungry with a few loaves and fishes, some of the above commentators would still be denigrating his accomplishments.

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  11. Everyone always asks to see proof, they say that because they haven't gotten their job back he failed on the economy right now, and since there are soldiers still fighting that he isn't withdrawing. You have to look beyond yourself and see the big picture.
    Has everyone forgotten about the balance of power? It exists in such a way that if you want to see change the republican party needs to block out the few people who are dead set on ruining his term in office by inhibiting the progress of the nation.
    They stand there and claim they are here to work on everything together but vote down everything and when anyone(including the Rep. leader) says that He thinks we can find some common ground they declare there is a "undeniable barrier" that will never allow a compromise.
    People are programed to criticize leaders. It is the only way to hold them accountable. That being said, we often forget about the many other leaders that WE have elected, and their actions(until they have affairs and crap).


    On a last note... if you want to close Gitmo... find as city to host the fair trials for those held there. Not one city has volunteered but many have said 'Not us, we wont take the risk'

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  13. I have extracted 25 of what i consider true accomplishment or noteworthy facts. I removed all the "has declared intentions to" "has announced he will" items. with the 25 remaining over the next few weeks i am going to attempt to validate these with at least three credible sources. I will post my result when done.

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  14. Nice list of accomplishments. I can see why he has only taken 65 vacations so far at this point in time compared to the 216 vacations at the same time from the previous president.

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  15. Truly narcissistic fluff. What drivel.

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  16. The Republicans controlled the Presidency, both houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court for six years. Still waiting for someone to post a list of their positive accomplishments during that time (there are basically none) and why returning power to them would be any different. Obama and the Dems haven't been perfect, but the other guys were a disaster, and I'll take a B over an F any time.

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  17. That was a good laugh...a list compiled of things he's spending money on that we don't have. I would call that an accomplishment.

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  18. We fought the Revolution with money that we didn't have. We purchased Louisiana and conquered the continent with money we didn't have. We defeated the Nazis with money we didn't have. We overthrew the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan with money we didn't have. I don't see why we can't pull ourselves out of recession, regulate the financial markets and reform the health insurance system with money we don't have.

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  19. Mr.OBAMA HAS LANDED IN A BIG HOLE(RECESSION) AND GIVEN A SMALL SHOVEL(4Years) TO DIG US OUT. IF HE CAN GET SOME HELP( FROM CONGRESS) WE WILL GET OUT OF THIS HOLE BEFORE IT GETS DEEPER.

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  20. "We purchased Louisiana and conquered the continent with money we didn't have."

    ?!

    Yes, the government and its advocates raped, pillaged, and murdered a continent of people with money they didn't have.

    Your pompous ethnocentrism is embarassing. I pity politicians and their lack of vision.

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  21. Thanks for your comment Anonymous. I was not trying to make a judgment about whether everything that America has done in its history was good or bad. I'm quite proud of some of the achievements I listed, and less proud of others. My only point was that we have done a lot of things with money we didn't have.

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  22. I hope that this is not off topic, however, many people need to know the following before making anymore negative comments about homosexuals serving in the Military George Washington had no problem at all of accepting the services of Baron Von Steuben.I doubt highly that any members of Congress are aware that if it weren't for Van Steuben's help, we would have lost the war at Valley Forge to the Red Coats and would more than likely be bowing to the King of England right now.

    The following is taken from information found on Yahoo.

    Baron von Steuben: A Prussian military genius, he trained George
    Washington's bedraggled militia at Valley Forge, molding it into a powerful force that, to everyone's amazement, fought the mighty British to a draw at the Battle of Monmouth. Many historians consider him to be the second-most-indispensable hero of
    the American Revolution after Washington. In fact, Von Steuben's ideas and techniques remained the foundation of the U.S. military for 150 years. Nonetheless, most Americans have never heard of him. You see, Baron von Steuben was gay. Von Steuben's homosexuality was not incidental, since it explains why he fled Europe and ended up at Valley Forge. Also, it pertains immensely to the issue of homosexuals in the U.S. military now.

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  23. No post detailing Bush admin. accomplishments. That says a lot.

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  24. If Mr Obama walked on water his critics would complain that it was because he could not swim. rk

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  25. Anonymous seems to be pretty willing to sound off. I personally use my name, as I can and will, any time, any place - defend my positions. In fact - call me about any of the 90 should you not believe them. Google works also - but it requires effort. As I have noted at OAF and Obama 2012 - we are on track. We are where we want to be. Then look at the ridiculous characters running on the Right. Robert Boseley

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  26. While I really am an avid supporter, the presentaiton and "general" nature of these accomplishments are really poor and incomplete. Who is writing editing this site? Initially your team was on point/impressive with its use of technology. What happened here? Please tell the people what HAS been done during your administraiton in a clear, concise way. The above list is almost condescending in its presentaiton. Do not over-simplify to the point of nothingness.

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  27. I feel Obama is only one leader with many criticism but still the best, great accomplishments! Thanks for this wealth of resources!
    Administration Job Duties

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  28. So many accomplishment!
    He also ordered the attack on Bin Laden, the world is much safer without him!
    Andyes the economy is atleast not sinking anymore, though some of us are still looking for jobs, but he stopped the dive that Bush started,
    He still has my vote!

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  29. I'm glad that enforcement for equal pay for women has been implemented. I don't think it makes sense to have recommendations in place if there is nothing to support them.

    By law there should be equal pay for people who perform the same job in the same company and who are equally qualified right? Yet there are still several cases where women are paid far less.

    It is good that this administration has taken steps that encourage or require appropriate action by employers, with the alternative being serious penalties.

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  30. With better enforcement of the equal pay, more women will be able to support their families. Small steps for individuals lead to big steps for the country.

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